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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five new releases that caught my eye!

 

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The Toll

Cherie Priest

July 9th, 2019

The TollFrom Cherie Priest, the author of The Family Plot and Maplecroft, comes The Toll, a tense, dark, and scary treat for modern fans of the traditionally strange and macabre.

The Verge—New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for July
Lit Reactor—Most Anticipated Horror Books of 2019

Take a road trip into a Southern gothic horror novel.

Titus and Melanie Bell are on their honeymoon and have reservations in the Okefenokee Swamp cabins for a canoeing trip. But shortly before they reach their destination, the road narrows into a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car.

Much later, Titus wakes up lying in the middle of the road, no bridge in sight. Melanie is missing. When he calls the police, they tell him there is no such bridge on Route 177 . . .

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The Chain

Adrian McKinty

July 9th, 2019

The ChainVictim.
Survivor.
Abductor.
Criminal.
You will become each one.

Your phone rings.

A stranger has kidnapped your child.

To free them you must abduct someone else’s child.

Your child will be released when your victim’s parents kidnap another child.

If any of these things don’t happen:
Your child will be killed.
You are now part of the chain

“You are not the first.
And you will certainly not be the last.”

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Dark Pact
The Mostly Open Paranormal Investigative Agency Book 1

Lisa Manifold

July 17th, 2019

Dark PactBeing cursed is a family affair.

I thought my aunts were the only ones plagued with supernatural doom and gloom. Turns out, it runs in the family. I thought I was doing the right thing by making a promise to my friend, and now, apparently, there’s hell to pay.

When my own personal demon blows my business up, he thinks he’s closed me down for good. But I inherited more than just a demon problem from my aunts – I also got their steadfast unwillingness to let a small setback dictate the terms of my life.

So now my investigative agency is “mostly open” after the hellspawn Madigan’s explosive tantrum, and that’s fine. It’s going to take a lot more than hellfire to make me break my promise.

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The Road From Death:
School of Rebirth and Reincarnation

Tobias Wade

July 15th, 2019

The Road From DeathYou can’t rest just because you’re dead.
Dead souls still have one job to do: they must learn to live again.

And there’s no better place to do that than ‘The Mortuary, the School of Rebirth and Reincarnation.’

There are many different ways to walk the road from death. You can study necromancy and learn to possess a living human, be reborn as a new child, or even animate yourself into the Undead.

Others prefer to connect with nature in their Transhumanism classes to discover their spirit animal which will guide them into a wild new life.

There are even those who favor Demonology, the foul practice of summoning from the Netherworld. Stranger still are those who don’t mind shedding the constraints of mortality to be born again amidst those monstrous ranks.

All who enter the Mortuary must search their past lives for meaning in order to guide who they will become.

The School of Rebirth and Reincarnation is a supernatural series about zombies, demons, vampires, ghosts, and all manner of unspeakably awful things.

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Rogue: Planet Athion
Survivor’s Heart Book 1

Debbie Cassidy

July 8th, 2019

RogueEach Victory is another day I get to continue breathing. Each Victory is a reprieve from Death.
Ever since I was betrayed and taken from my home planet, ever since they pumped me with poison and abandoned me on this asteroid to fight or die, I’ve been surviving.

But I’m not alone.

There are others with me, alien to me, just as I am to them. Separated into Houses we fight as a team on the blood-soaked sands while the elite watch.

Each day is about survival until him.

An outsider, he brings death, but he might also be our salvation.

There can be no us and them. There can be no prejudice. There can only be the team, because together we are stronger.

A Sci fi adventure with a Whychoose romance and part of the Planet Athion world.

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

I often get book recommendations from other Goodreads users, many of which I have no interest in reading, but my Five on Friday today brings you five of those suggestion that I have added to my to-read list.

 
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The Waiting
by Joe Hart

The WaitingEvan Tormer is haunted.

His life has been shattered by events beyond his control and regret is his constant companion. His wife is gone, lost to an unbeatable cancer. His son has been mentally and physically handicapped by a tragic accident. He’s been fired for using company funds in a failed attempt to save his wife’s life.

On a whim, Evan accepts an invitation to housesit on a picturesque island in northern Minnesota. At first it seems like the perfect second chance for he and his son to recover and rebuild their life together.

But there is something very, very wrong with the house and all that occupies it. And worst of all, Evan doesn’t know if the house is haunted…

…Or if it’s all in his mind.

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Draculas
(Konrath/Kilborn Collective)
by Blake Crouch, Jack Kilborn, Jeff Strand and F. Paul Wilson

DraculasA DYING MAN’S GREATEST TREASURE…

Mortimer Moorecook, retired Wall Street raider, avid collector, is losing his fight against cancer. With weeks to live, a package arrives at the door of his hillside mansion—an artifact he paid millions for…a hominoid skull with elongated teeth, discovered in a farmer’s field in the Romanian countryside. With Shanna, his beautiful research assistant looking on, he sinks the skull’s razor sharp fangs into his neck, and immediately goes into convulsions.

OPENS THE DOOR TO AN ANCIENT EVIL…

A rural hospital. A slow night in the ER. Until Moorecook arrives strapped to a gurney, where he promptly codes and dies.

WHERE DEATH IS JUST THE BEGINNING.

Four well-known horror authors pool their penchants for scares and thrills, and tackle one of the greatest of all legends, with each writer creating a unique character and following them through a vampire outbreak in a secluded hospital.

The goal was simple: write the most intense novel they possibly could.

Which they did.

A Word of Warning:

Within these pages, you will find no black capes, no satin-lined coffins, no brooding heartthrobs who want to talk about your feelings. Forget sunlight and stakes. Throw out your garlic and your crosses. This is the Anti-TWILIGHT.

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The Curse of Wetherley House
by Amy Cross

The Curse of Wetherley HouseWhen she agrees to visit a supposedly haunted house with an old friend, Rosie assumes she’ll encounter nothing more scary than a few creaks and bumps in the night. Even the legend of Evil Mary doesn’t put her off. After all, she knows ghosts aren’t real. But when Mary makes her first appearance, Rosie realizes she might already be trapped.

For more than a century, Wetherley House has been cursed. A horrific encounter on a remote road in the late 1800’s has already caused a chain of misery and pain for all those who live at the house. Wetherley House was abandoned long ago, after a terrible discovery in the basement, something has remained undetected within its room. And even the local children know that Evil Mary waits in the house for anyone foolish enough to walk through the front door.

Before long, Rosie realizes that her entire life has been defined by the spirit of a woman who died in agony. Can she become the first person to escape Evil Mary, or will she fall victim to the same fate as the house’s other occupants?

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Big Bad
by David Brian

Big BadA short read of approximately 7,500 words: Tommy has spent many years detained within Broad-lands Institute — a hospital for the criminally insane. Over time he has learned to accept his confinement. After all, it is no more than he deserves given the heinous nature of his previous crimes.

However, when a new member of the nursing staff begins taking an interest in Tommy, he learns things previously kept from him: Like why he is being permanently dosed with meds. How, and why, his parents really died. And is it just a coincidence his earlier crimes occurred at the time of a full moon?

Nurse Jenny informs Tommy about the true nature of his world: Secret Government cabals, and their plans for a New World Order; the murder of his parents, and facing up to the reality of his life as a werewolf.

Then, when she thinks he is ready, she tells him the biggest secret of all: Nurse Jenny has a way out of Broad-lands.

But, as is often the case, nothing comes without a price. What is the real motivation for her aiding Tommy’s escape?
A tale of horror that unfolds beneath the light of a full moon.

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The Haunting of Ashburn House
by Darcy Coates

The Haunting of Ashburn HouseThere’s something wrong with Ashburn House…
The ancient building has been the subject of rumours for close to a century. Its owner, Edith, refused to let guests inside and rarely visited the nearby town.

Following Edith’s death, her sole surviving relative, Adrienne, inherits the property. Adrienne’s only possessions are a suitcase of luggage, twenty dollars, and her pet cat. Ashburn House is a lifeline she can’t afford to refuse.

Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to ignore the unease that grows as she explores her new home. Strange messages have been etched into the wallpaper, an old grave is hidden in the forest behind the house, and eerie portraits in the upstairs hall seem to watch her every movement.

As she uncovers more of the house’s secrets, Adrienne begins to believe the whispered rumours about Ashburn may hold more truth than she ever suspected. The building has a bleak and grisly past, and as she chases the threads of a decades-old mystery, Adrienne realises she’s become the prey to something deeply unnatural and intensely resentful.

Only one thing is certain: Ashburn’s dead are not at rest.

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UK Indie Lit Fest 2019

27 Jul, 10:00 – 17:00

Kala Sangam, St Peter’s House, 1 Forster Square, Bradford BD1 4TY, UK

The Fourth Annual UK Indie Lit Fest is just over two weeks away.

Bringing together over 30 authors from across the United Kingdom, there are attending authors selling signed copies of their books, live readings, workshops, Q&A panels, and publishing houses in attendance, plus much more…

The UK Indie Lit Fest 2019 is a FREE family day out with much to offer.

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Have you grabbed your FREE ticket yet? I have!

Find out more and keep up to date with all the announcements:

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In November, 2018 the UK Indie Lit Fest was named as one of the
Top 5 Literary Festivals in the UK.

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Although I missed the first one in 2016, this year will be my 3rd visit to the UK Indie Lit Fest and I hope to visit many more times. I have met some great authors and made some wonderful friends.

I have shelves filled with signed copies of awesome books I’ve bought at the event. I’ve even read some of them, although I still have some catching up to do!

In the previous years, I had a better budget and could buy pretty much anything that caught my eye. However, this year I will have to be more careful, so I have a list of books that I need, and hopefully, I’ll still be able to buy a few extras.

I am always nervous when I arrive at the event, but everyone is so welcoming that my anxiety drops to a manageable level, and I can enjoy myself. Last year my granddaughter came with me and that helped.

Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five reads for July

These five books are on my to-read list this month. The first four are for blog tours on Just Books, and the other is from my bookshelf.

 

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Discussion of a Decent Dream
by E. Curtis

Discussion of a Decent DreamRather, I raced through the woods in odd fashions of knowing…

In the fall of 1789, on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales, a dense, persistent fog enshrouds the village of Ingleton. Shadowed spirits hide in the mist and bedevil the townsfolk, heralding a tragedy that has befallen one of their own.

Edmond continues to search for Alexandra, his fiancée, who disappeared the same night that the mist set upon their town. Presumed dead by all others, he visits Alexandra’s empty grave, desperate for any hint of what has become of her. Weary from the sleepless nights on his quest, no longer able to stay awake, Edmond falls into a dream before her headstone and there obtains clues from Alexandra as to her whereabouts.

Haunted all the while by a malevolent spirit, Edmond follows the trail that Alexandra left for him and enters the underworld, only to learn that he has been there before, and in fact, quite often. But more, he discovers how he is to blame for Alexandra’s disappearance.

A dark literary novel rich in imagery, Discussion of a Decent Dream unearths the consequences of a child’s decision to surrender his heart in exchange for unholy power and transcendent knowledge.

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Dead & Talking: A Porter & The Gliss Investigation
by Des Burkinshaw

Dead & TalkingIf a ghost appeared from nowhere, rescued you from suicide and then ordered you to start solving crimes to help dead people, what would you do?

When it happens to Porter Norton, he just wants to put his head in his hands and have nothing to do with it.

But now he has to atone for the family curse that has seen all the men die at their own hands for five generations.

The Gliss, the sarcastic spirit that rescues him, says he can now and see and hear the Dead – if he’s close to their remains. Porter has to use his unwelcome gift to clear up past injustices. Or else.

Forced to investigate the murder of a WW1 British Tommy executed for spying in 1917, he begins to suspect the case has links to his own family history.
Along the way, Porter enlists the help of a bickering group of misfits, who struggle to stay involved – because only fools believe in the supernatural, don’t they?

Full of pop culture references, banter and twists, the story takes us from present-day London and Flanders to scenes from World War 1.

As Porter, The Gliss, and friends, get deeper into the explosive case, they discover their own lives and sanity are at stake. An evil from WW1 pursues them all.

Dead & Talking is the debut novel from Des Burkinshaw, a TV producer/director with credits on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Discovery. He is a former Times journalist whose work has been published in many other publications.

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Scouse Gothic: The Pool of Life… and Death
by Ian McKinney

Scouse GothicMelville wakes with a pounding headache – there had been too many hangovers recently, but this one felt different. What had he been drinking last night? Then he remembered – it was blood.

Enter the bizarre world of Scouse Gothic where a reluctant vampire mourns a lost love and his past lives, where a retired ‘hit man’ plans one more killing and dreams of food, and a mother sets out to avenge her son’s murder, and, meanwhile, a grieving husband is visited by an angry angel.

Set in present day Liverpool, vampires and mortals co-exist, unaware of each others’ secrets and that their past and present are inextricably linked.

But as their lives converge, who will be expected to atone for past sins?

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Battle Ground
by Rachel Churcher

Battle GroundSixteen-year-old Bex Ellman has been drafted into an army she doesn’t support and a cause she doesn’t believe in.

Her plan is to keep her head down, and keep herself and her friends safe – until she witnesses an atrocity she can’t ignore, and a government conspiracy that threatens lives all over the UK.

With her loyalties challenged, Bex must decide who to fight for – and who to leave behind.

Publication Date: 25th July 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 
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A Boy from the Streets
by Maria Gibbs

A Boy from the StreetsTwo babies abandoned at birth—one grows up in a life of privilege, the other in poverty.

On the 12th of September, 1981, twin boys are born in a Brasilian hospital and left to their fate as orphans. Jose is adopted by a couple who takes him to England, but the other isn’t so lucky. Pedro ends up on the streets of Rio, left to fend for himself in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Love and betrayal.

Twelve years later Jose’s family returns to Brasil, where he learns the truth about his adoption and his twin. Thinking his adoptive parents no longer want him, he runs away to find his brother. What follows will shake Jose to the core and shape the rest of his life—if he can survive.

Murder.

Jose isn’t the only one whose life will change. Pedro is offered an opportunity beyond any of his wildest dreams, but to keep it will mean the betrayal of someone he loves. This proves to be a far greater challenge than he anticipated when the orphan finds himself suddenly surrounded by family who, unfortunately, don’t all have good intentions.

Hopes and dreams.

A Boy from the Streets will tug at your heart-strings and have you rooting for the little guy as you follow the twists and turns this multi-continental tale takes.

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June Round-up

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Books I Read In June 2019

I read the five books from my to-read list on my Five on Friday (June 7th). I also read three more.

 

My Reviews:

Game of Crones by Jay Raven

Lynmouth Stories by L V Hay

Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

The Sentinel’s Reign by Suzanne Rogerson

Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval

Paroled From Heaven by Lily Luchesi

Cry Standing Up by Valarie Savage Kinney

 

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

Five new releases

Five story collections / anthologies released this month.
A great way to discover new-to-you authors!

 

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Wastelands: The New Apocalypse
June 4, 2019

WastelandsThe new post-apocalyptic collection by master anthologist John Joseph Adams, featuring never-before-published stories and curated reprints by some of the genre’s most popular and critically-acclaimed authors.

In WASTELANDS: THE NEW APOCALYPSE, veteran anthology editor John Joseph Adams is once again our guide through the wastelands using his genre and editorial expertise to curate his finest collection of post-apocalyptic short fiction yet. Whether the end comes via nuclear war, pandemic, climate change, or cosmological disaster, these stories explore the extraordinary trials and tribulations of those who survive.

Featuring never-before-published tales by: Veronica Roth, Hugh Howey, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Tananarive Due, Richard Kadrey, Scott Sigler, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias S. Buckell, Meg Elison, Greg van Eekhout, Wendy N. Wagner, Jeremiah Tolbert, and Violet Allen–plus, recent reprints by: Carmen Maria Machado, Carrie Vaughn, Ken Liu, Paolo Bacigalupi, Kami Garcia, Charlie Jane Anders, Catherynne M. Valente, Jack Skillingstead, Sofia Samatar, Maureen F. McHugh, Nisi Shawl, Adam-Troy Castro, Dale Bailey, Susan Jane Bigelow, Corinne Duyvis, Shaenon K. Garrity, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Darcie Little Badger, Timothy Mudie, and Emma Osborne.

Continuing in the tradition of WASTELANDS: STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE, these 34 stories ask: What would life be like after the end of the world as we know it?

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Untamed Skies
June 15, 2019

Untamed SkiesThe laws of time and space unravel as new worlds clash.

Supernatural forces collide and kingdoms stand on the edge of a precipice when the Rogue Skies authors unleash a spellbinding collection of reality-bending stories that test your limits for the surreal.

This is the fantasy and science fiction box set you’ve been waiting for! You’ll be swept into a paranormal world filled with witches, angels, magical beings and transported to unknown galaxies to battle rogue aliens.

This collection of stories is not to be missed!

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Summer Solstice: A Limited Edition Collection of Fantasy & Paranormal Romances
June 18, 2019

Summer SolsticeFill yourself with the heat of summer with these paranormal and fantasy reads.

From shifters to goddesses, vampires to aliens, there’s something for everyone within these pages. Look no further for sizzling romances and thrilling adventures that are bound to leave you desperate for a cool down.

Featuring stories by:
USA Today & International Bestselling Author Nicole Morgan
USA Today & International Bestselling Author Laura Greenwood
USA Today Bestselling Author Laurie Treacy
USA Today Bestselling Author Candace Sams
USA Today Bestselling Author, Two-time EPIC award winner, Amazon Bestselling Author Lesli Richardson
Award winning, IPPY Gold Medal Winner, and Amazon Bestselling Author Nikki Landis
USA Today Bestselling Author Kat Parrish
Author Ashlee Nicole Bye
International Bestselling Author Krista Ames
International Bestselling Author Deelylah Mullin
Bestselling Author Elana Brooks
Award Winning Author Brenda Sparks
Author Katherine Kingston

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Paranormal Academy: A Limited Edition Paranormal Romance and Reverse Harem Collection
June 22, 2019

Paranormal AcademySpellbinding romance. Bold heroines. Deadly supernaturals.

Fall in love with seductive immortals and discover the allure of eternity. Fight alongside powerful witches as they learn to harness ancient sorcery. Entangle yourself in wicked worlds where magic and mayhem intertwine.

Enroll in Paranormal Academy today and treat yourself to 16 page-turning tales of romance, intrigue, and adventure in this limited time collection!

This set includes stories from:
May Dawson, Elena Lawson, Rebecca Ethington, Lena Mae Hill, LJ Swallow, Heather Marie Adkins & April, Canavan, K.N. Lee, Angela Kulig, Scarlett Haven, Solo Storm, Skyler Andra, Laura Greenwood, Elena Gray & Kelli McCracken, Ashlee Nicole Bye, Madison Stone and Kat Parrish.

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Shards of Fantasy: A Collection of Fantasy Stories
June 27, 2019

Shards of FantasyA group of authors has come together to bring you a collection of spellbinding tales of magic, romance, and adventure.

Fantasy can be found anywhere; the heart of a child, the peak of a mountain, the depths of the sea, or deep in the forest. Come play with fairies, swim with mermaids, and fight battles with wizards as you immerse yourself in these stories by talented authors in the genre.

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Lazy Sunday

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