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Five Books – Five Genres – One Author

Looking for a new book to read this weekend?
Try one of these books by Valarie Savage Kinney

 

In the Presence of KnowingTitle: In the Presence of Knowing
Series: Secrets of Windy Springs, #1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Keisha is pregnant and on the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend. Hiding out at Windy Springs Renaissance Festival, she discovers a world of magic.

Stepping into new and unfamiliar territory, she finds herself among people different from any she’s met before. Though she feels she’ll never fit in, Keisha finds hope when she meets Rogan, who plays the troll. As friendship blossoms into romance, she soon discovers that Rogan, as well as others at Windy Springs, have abilities beyond the average individual – abilities that the child growing within her shares as well. When danger comes to Windy Springs, she’ll need the combined powers of Rogan and his friends to keep her and the baby safe.

In the Presence of Knowing is the first book in the Secrets of Windy Springs series. Grab your copy today and find out what mysteries await within the magical forest at Windy Springs.

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My review:

In the Presence of Knowing is an amazing introduction to the Secrets of Windy Springs series.

We meet an amazing cast of fleshed out, unique, and non-conventional characters.
Keisha is strong and yet vulnerable. Rogan is kind and compassionate, and not the typical handsome hero.
Captain Dash is eccentric and is one of my favourite characters.

The setting was beautifully described. I’ve never been to a Renaissance Faire, but it’s now somewhere I’d love to go. I loved the ‘family’ bond and the atmosphere that was depicted in the book.

This is a wonderfully written book, with a mysterious storyline that kept me engaged.
I’m sure there are plenty of ups and downs still to come in this series and, after the sudden cliff-hanger at the end of the book, I am desperate to know more!

 

 
SlitherTitle: Slither
Genre: Paranormal, Horror

We’re often told tales of the underworlds to feed the darkest corners of our nightmares. We tuck them away with the sunlight and laugh away the fear our minds created. But the daylight offers no relief for Zari. She’s hidden her waking nightmare as nothing more than a damaged past. The venom of her secrets consumes her, as well as those she cares for most. Emmett, the love of her life and the only one with a past dark enough to respect her space, becomes a pawn in the war against the demonic force which is her bloodright. Can Zari overpower those out to get her to feed on the innocent? Can she save Emmett from the evil of Slither?

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My review:

Much more than a horror story…

A fascinating story that kept me on the edge of my seat and was impossible to put down.
The well thought out and unique plot twisted it’s way through this well-written book.

The main characters were well-fleshed out, each had their own flaws and abusive pasts to deal with, but worked wonderfully together to help and heal each other.

The villains were dark and menacing characters and easy to hate.

 

 
HeckledTitle: Heckled
Genre: Thriller, Psychological

Drinking. Drugging. Cutting.

Exxel Jensen has spent his life finding ways to rid himself of the Heckler, and failed miserably.

On the surface, his future is bright: a beautiful wife, a child on the way, and a career he loves as a stand up comedian.

Beneath the surface lurks the darkness: crippling depression, anxiety, and alcoholism.

Helena Jensen has seen her husband spiral downward before and feels helpless to stop it as she watches him falling again.

She would do anything to help him, anything to diminish the pain that plagues him.

Exxel knows she would, and he also knows she can’t.

Because the person fueling his depression and addictions is someone she can’t see.

And how can he explain the Heckler to anyone, when he doesn’t even understand it himself?

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My review:

The author takes the reader on a dark jouney to the depths of despair in this accurate portrayal of depression.

As someone who has depression I could relate to the feelings of worthlessness that Exxel experiences, and count myself lucky I don’t have a heckler.

Well done, Valarie, for tackling this much misunderstood condition, with care and compassion!!

 

 
ConsumptionTitle: Consumption
Genre: Horror, Short Stories

…Consumption is a chilling collection chronicling the stories of six people consuming or being consumed by something unnatural.

The Satisfaction of Mercy
Mercy was left for dead in the toxic sewers of Detroit, and now she is consumed with the need for revenge.

Jagged Disintegration
Kelsey has fallen victim to a terrible virus with the power to destroy her life from the inside out.

The Wedding Takeover
Laura is determined to finally have her perfect wedding day, even if she must steal it from someone else.

To Scotland!
Eric is broken-hearted when his best online friend disappears, and he’d give anything to have her back… but not like this.

Creeping Moss
Celeste didn’t notice the first black spots, until they spread and took over every aspect of her life.

Maternal Consumption
Samaria has fought the gnawing hunger in her gut for years, until she’s finally satisfied by eating something she shouldn’t.

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My review:

A collection of short, superbly creepy stories from Valarie Savage Kinney.

Six quick reads that will make your flesh crawl, send shivers down your spine, or make your hair stand on end…. possibly all three!

My favourites were The Wedding Takeover and Creeping Moss.

 

 
51QOy9hLbILTitle: Just Hold On
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

A Heartbreaking Struggle…

Two strangers are thrown together through insurmountable tragedy.

Since his family disintegrated a decade ago, Jake has kept his heart safely ensconced within the protective walls he’s erected. Determined to live out his life alone and free of the burden of love, Jake’s world is turned upside down when the grief of a woman he hardly knows calls him to step out of his comfort zone. Once Marnie enters the picture, he tries not to notice how broken, how pitiful…and how beautiful she is. Jake is torn between doing the right thing for himself….and doing the right thing.

Devastated by loss after loss, Marnie is left a shell of her former self. After losing her home in a fire and numbed by yet another heartbreaking tragedy, she is unable to communicate or even function on her own. Marnie finds she must place her trust in a quirky stranger and his three-legged dog. Desperate to reach out to the only stability in her life – Jake – but paralyzed by pain, she struggles to pick up the shattered pieces of hope. Marnie wonders if she will ever learn to live – or love – again.

One year. One apartment. Two strangers, each wrapped in their own personal turmoil. Can Jake and Marnie overcome the obstacles before them and find love despite the odds?

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I haven’t read Just Hold On… yet.
But as I enjoyed the four books above, it is on my to-read list!

 

 

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Saturday Spotlight

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Treaters by CJ Rutherford

(The Divine Conflict Book 1)

A post-apocalyptic survival fiction novel

 
36270240“They never hunt alone, and these things rule the night!”

When the world ends on Halloween night, Jaz, a retired US Marine thinks it’s all over.
His friends, his family…they’re gone.

He’s alone, and on the run from the slaughterhouses of the cities.

On his desperate dash to the desolation of North Dakota, Jaz encounters Jennifer, and together they escape to the wilderness, and safety.

As Jaz and Jennifer come to terms with the fact they may be the last two people alive, they realize the attack on Halloween night was just the beginning, and safety was a foolish dream.

Something more sinister is at work, and it’s coming for them.

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My Review:

A fantastic read that kept me on the edge of my seat.
It’s an amazing mix of horror, fantasy and romance, with plenty of action.
It grabs you on page one and doesn’t let go until you reach the end…
And what an ending – I didn’t see that coming.

The treaters are out to destroy all humankind and something else is destroying all life on earth.

After the death of his friends, Jaz is left to survive the end of the world on his own, until he meets Jennifer. They may be the only two people left on earth after the treater’s invasion.

Thanks to CJ Rutherford’s descriptive writing, I joined Jaz and Jennifer (and Tray, the dog) as they ran, hid, survived attacks and fell in love.

This is an awesome book and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.

**I first came across CJ Rutherford’s Treaters when it was a short story in The Cat, the Crow, and the Cauldron: A Halloween Anthology which I read and reviewed in October, 2015.
Since then CJ Rutherford has taken that short story and turned it into this terrific novel.

 

The Author:

4sZhqFeZ_400x400CJ Rutherford has always been a story teller, even if they started out in his mind only. He grew up on a farm in very rural Ireland, and was left pretty much to his own devices most of the time.

So, he invented his own world, with fairies, trolls, and other mystical creatures.

His stories stayed with him throughout his life, sometimes scrawled down on scraps of paper, and occasionally brought to life in a sketch (although he’s the first to admit what he drew and what you might see might not bear any similarity to each other.)

Along came two daughters, and at last he had an outlet for his imagination. As the girls grew up they were enthralled by the characters and the worlds their father created. He even brought them to life in his fantasy world, and they never knew when he sat down to tell them their bed-time story, whether they would be fighting a dragon or playing with one.

But time moves on, and daughters grow up, and soon enough, CJ needed another way to tell his tales.

The rest, as they say, is history…or the future, depending on how you look at it

 

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Also by CJ Rutherford: Tales of the Neverwar

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Claude the Imaginary Dragon – lives in CJ’s head

 

Five on Friday

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Five Books – Five Authors – Five Genres

Looking for a new book to read this weekend? Try one of these 5 reads!

 

Dead NormalTitle: Dead Normal
Author: D M Singh
Genre: Humour, Paranormal

“My name is Amanda and at the ripe age of 23 I’m dead. I got the biggest shock of my after-life, when I discovered that what I thought was a near-death experience was just…death. What could be weirder than that you say? I just met death and his name is Derek.”

Amanda discovers that in order to move on, she must experience the things she never did while alive, Accompanied by her very own Grim Reaper

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My review:

I loved this book!

I enjoyed the wonderfully quirky multi-faceted characters and the sweet, yet awkward romance between Amanda and Derek.

I giggled at the humour, the banter between friends and the situations they find themselves in.

I was surprised at the unexpected plot twists and the fantastic ending.

 

RiddleTitle: Riddle
Author: Elizabeth Horton-Newton
Genre: Thriller, Suspense

Seven years ago Kort Eriksen went to prison for killing his girlfriend Desiree. Now he’s back in Riddle and some people think he got off easy. Others, including long time friend Norma, think he was railroaded because he’s the only Native American in town. Grace Donahue is running away from her past. Trapped in Riddle until her car is repaired she develops a friendship with Kort. Suddenly accidents are happening and people are dying. Is Kort adding to his list of victims or has someone else taken the reins? As mysteries from the past rise to the surface, more questions will be raised. The suspect file grows as victims fall. Is Desiree’s killer back for more or is someone trying to avenge her death? The riddle of Riddle will be solved, but how many bodies will it take to find the answers?

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My review:

A well-written book, with an intriguing storyline and a great cast of fleshed-out characters.

The book has believable romance and unpredictable mystery.

A true riddle with many twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.

 

The GuardiansTitle: The Guardians
Author: Gina Moray
Genre: Horror

There’s something in the fields…

Hank Smithson has been battling bad crops, sabotage, and the bank for the last few years, and has decided to do something about it. A talk with a mysterious stranger named LaReux leads him to build a special scarecrow, a Guardian, for the field. Hank is skeptical of its power, but one scarecrow becomes three and the fields prosper. But there’s a problem – people are dying and success always comes at a price.

A determined cop…

Carlos Higgins and his partner are sent from the Wichita Police Department to investigate an unusual murder in the sleepy town of Runner’s Mill. While on the case, several more die and they all have one thing in common – Hank Smithson.
While Higgins and Landley believe they know the killer, they learn that the real culprit is deadlier and more terrifying than they could have imagined.

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My review:

I enjoy a good horror story and having read Gina Moray’s short story, Cemetery at Devil’s Bend, I knew I had to read her debut novel, The Guardians, and I wasn’t disappointed… it was everything I hoped it would be!

With this descriptive and wonderfully scary story, Gina had me gripped from the start and kept me on the edge of my seat as the gory body count rose and had me wondering who, if anyone, would survive the terrifying evil.

Not for the faint hearted, but if, like me, you like a good scary book, The Guardians is well worth reading.

 

Illusional RealityTitle: Illusional Reality
Author: Karina Kantas
Genre: Fantasy

Nobody expects to stare death in the face only to find out your entire life is a lie. Rescued by Salco, marketing executive Becky finds herself in an unknown magical world filled with happy people that try to forget their land is on the brink of destruction.

Becky will soon learn that her arrival is no accident. If learning that she is Thya, the heir of the enchanting land isn’t enough, she’s then told that an Oracle prophesied that she will save the gentle Tsinians from slavery and domination by Darthorn, the Warlord of Senx.

It is at a festival where she is introduced to the Tsinian council and her kinsmen, that she learns the whole truth. The council are so certain that a union between Darthorn’s son, Kovon and Thya will create peace between the two lands. However, Darthorn has plans for Tsinia as does Kovon for Thya and neither are good.

Although her future has been planned and if she is to save Tsinia she must marry Kovon, Thya gives her heart to another. A love that is forbidden and dangerous.

Illusional Reality is a story about hope, courage, love and sacrifice.

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My review:

An interesting and enjoyable read from Karina Kantas.

This well-written story clipped along at a good and steady pace.

The detailed descriptions let me see the magical land of Tsinia, with it’s tree-top dwellings and it’s friendly and peaceful inhabitants. Senx, the home of her ‘intended’, Kovon and his father, Darthorn, is a much darker and gloomier place.

The main characters are well fleshed out, and Thya/Becky runs through the whole spectrum of emotions, from disbelief to acceptance, anger to peace, and love to heartbreak, and I felt them along with her.

I am hopeful that Illusional Reality is the first book of a series!

 

The WastelandersTitle: The Wastelanders
Author: Tim Hemlin
Genre: Dystopian

When water is scarce, a drop is more precious than gold. In this post- apocalyptic world, America is controlled by a corporate oligarchy known as the Water Cartel, and warrior-priest Joey Hawke finds himself trapped between a mysterious geneticist amassing a clone army and a group of political fanatics convinced that a dead president will rise from his tomb to lead them to salvation.

Caught outside his spiritual haven when the Cartel moves against the Wastelanders, Joey is aided by Bear, an enigmatic weapons runner, a lovesick Scrapwoman, and Bernie Hawke, his estranged father. But against the Cartel’s military strength, led by the power hungry Rex Fielder, Joey’s only hope may be Si-Ting, a young woman with prescient abilities—a woman who not only holds the key to his heart but also to an American conspiracy to crown its future with the withered laurels of the past.

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My review:

Reading A Friend in Need inspired me to read Tim Hemlin’s Wastelanders.
I was fascinated by the brief introduction to the world and its characters and needed to know more.

The story starts with a bang and had me hooked from page one, with it’s unique and strange world filled with interesting and believable characters.

The plot is intelligently thought out and well written, with surprising twists that add to the complexity of the story

Marvellous!

 

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12 Days of Christmas Book Buying Event

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During December of last year I took part in the 12 Days of Christmas Book Buying Event on Facebook.

The event was hosted by author, Rose Montague

It was a great way to support the Indie Author community as well as finding some new books and hopefully discovering some great new-to-me authors to love.

 

As a reader, I posted in the event at the beginning of December listing what type of books I was interested in buying, as well as the price range I would buy.

I listed horror, paranormal, fantasy and thrillers for my genres and in a price range of $0.99 – $3.99.

Authors then listed their books in the comments.

Starting 12/13/17 I bought one book each day for 12 days, chosen from those listed.

 

By December 12th there were nearly 50 books listed and more were added during the next few days, from which I had to choose just 12 books to buy!

It was not an easy choice

There were two or three that had gone over my price range and unfortunately had to be ruled out, and a couple that were already on my kindle. That still left over 50 books!!

 

I don’t know how many times I read through the blurb for each book, but it was a lot! Many of the books I didn’t get during the event ended up on my to-read list to buy at a later date.

I did manage to chose and buy one book for each of the twelve days, and over the next few weeks I’ll be reading, and reviewing, each of them.

 

These are my 12 books:

 

Day 1:  The Caging at Deadwater Manor by Sandie Will

Day 2:  The Red Rider by Randall Allen Dunn

Day 3:  Aaspa’s Eyes by Jane Jago

Day 4:  Recall by Connie Cockrell

Day 5:  Angel: The Mithista Incident by Scott Borgman

Day 6:  Sweet Nightmares by Zizi Cole

Day 7:  The Temptation of Dragons by Chrys Cymri

Day 8:  Blackrock by S. K. Gregory

Day 9:  Falter by Haven Cage

Day 10: Kindred: Book 1 A Realms of the Otherworld Book by Jana LaPelle

Day 11: The Werewolf Whisperer by Camilla Ochlan

Day 12: Guardian by Gillian Joy

 

Saturday Spotlight – The Caging at Deadwater Manor by Sandie Will

Saturday Spotlight – The Red Rider by Randall Allen Dunn

Saturday Spotlight – Recall by Connie Cockrell

Aaspa’s Eyes by Jane Jago

Monsterland by Michael Okon

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Title: Monsterland
Author: Michael Okon
Genre: Horror (Monsters)

 
cover8Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

Wyatt Baldwin’s senior year is not going well. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An ongoing debate with his best friends Melvin and Howard Drucker over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can interact with vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by werewolves on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

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Excerpt:

What were the interlopers doing here? Billy thought furiously. This was their territory. The humans didn’t belong in the swamp. The moon continued its trip to the heavens, the familiar agony beginning in his chest. Billy fought the demons churning within his body, feeling the pain of metamorphosis. He curled inward, hunching his shoulders, the curse of his nature making his spine pull until his tendons and muscles tore from their human positions to transform into something wicked. A howl erupted from his throat, followed by another, and then another. Grabbing handfuls of dirt, he tried to fight the awful change, but, as the sun dipped to its fiery death, the moon took control of his life, and the unnatural force tore through his unwilling body. Reason fled; his heart raced. Falling on his hands and knees, he let loose a keening cry as his face elongated, his body changing into a canine, fangs filling his mouth. He raced in a circle in a demented dance, knowing his fellow pack members did the same thing. Slowing, he regulated his labored breathing, forcing the icy calmness he needed to keep some semblance of reason. He peered through the dense brush. Lights from the search party bobbed in the distance. The odor, the stench of humanity, filled the clearing.

He turned, digging furiously on the ground, throwing dirt on the flames, hiding their existence. It was no good. Discovery would ruin everything. No one could live with their kind. Humans brought disease, humans brought anger, humans brought hatred. They were there; he could smell them, see their clumsy bodies invading his home. “They’ve found us,” he growled in the special language they used. “Run!” he barked as he turned to his pack, watching his friends’ naked skin transform until it was covered with the same silvered fur. They cried out in unison at the pain, howling with the injustice, and then ran in fear from the interlopers threatening their habitat.

 

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Author Bio:

AuthorPhoto_MonsterlandMichael Okon is the award-winning and best-selling author & screenwriter formerly known as Michael Phillip Cash. His originally self-published book Monsterland was picked up in a two-book publishing deal by WordFire Press. Michael is happily married and writes full-time on the North Shore of Long Island with his two screaming monsters in the background.

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Consumption by Valarie Savage Kinney

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Consumption is a chilling collection chronicling the stories of six people consuming or being consumed by something unnatural.

 
Picture1The Satisfaction of Mercy

Mercy was left for dead in the toxic sewers of Detroit, and now she is consumed with the need for revenge.

 
Jagged Disintegration

Kelsey has fallen victim to a terrible virus with the power to destroy her life from the inside out.

 
The Wedding Takeover

Laura is determined to finally have her perfect wedding day, even if she must steal it from someone else.

 
To Scotland!

Eric is broken-hearted when his best online friend disappears, and he’d give anything to have her back… but not like this.

 
Creeping Moss

Celeste didn’t notice the first black spots, until they spread and took over every aspect of her life.

 
Maternal Consumption

Samaria has fought the gnawing hunger in her gut for years, until she’s finally satisfied by eating something she shouldn’t.

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Meet The Author:

Picture3Valarie Savage Kinney is a writer, fiber artist, and Renaissance festival junkie with a wicked caffeine addiction.

She resides in Michigan with her husband, four children, and two insane little dogs.

She is the author of Just Hold On, Slither, Heckled, and The Secrets of Windy Springs series, as well as short stories in various anthologies.

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Mayhem, Madness and Mirth?

Jessica Wren and Ian Williams challenge each other with monthly themes on the blog:

Mayhem, Madness and Mirth?

Follow the blog to be notified when new stories are uploaded each month!

December’s theme is: Christmas Horror/Thriller

 

Carol of the Bells

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by Jessica Wren

 

Recently widowed Olivia Westcott notices that her teenage son is acting very strangely. An FBI statistician, she notices a bizarre murder pattern and comes to believe her son has fallen victim to Carol of the Bells, a horrific 300-year old curse. A mysterious stranger offers to help her break the curse, but to do so means Olivia has to face a painful past. Inspired by The Crucible.

 

Gift Wrap Killer

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A string of gruesome murders has Samantha, a homicide detective, determined to crack the case at any cost. But when her mental health is at stake, Samantha’s partner and family must intervene before she gets herself in too deep.

 

 

 

 

The Authors:

Jessica Wren

jessJessica is a teacher and author from Georgia. Her debut novel is Ice, a paranormal thriller about a small town under siege.

Jessica is also working on the second edition of Ice and a paranormal dystopian trilogy: The Solomon Project, The Rehoboam Sanctions, and The Abijah Coalition. This trilogy will follow three generations of men who are singled out for brutality by the iron-fisted Conference of Independent Nations (C.I.N.). Jessica cannot wait to have this trilogy in its final form.

 

Ian Williams

ianIan is a Science Fiction writer from the UK. His first novel, Transitory, is a murder mystery/thriller set on a distant moon, where a strange alien festival is taking place.

His next book was The Sentient Collector; a futuristic tale of technology gone too far and humanity’s overreliance on AI. It was followed by The Sentient Mimic, and then the final in the trilogy, The Sentient Corruption.