Friday, 20 January 2017

Audiobook Review: The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak!


    The Harvesting (The Harvesting Series Book 1) Audiobook
  • Written by: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:03-11-15
  • Publisher: Clockpunk Press
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  • It's all fun and games until someone ends up undead.
  • Layla Petrovich has spent her whole life running away from her hometown of Hamletville. Raised by the town's medium, and dubbed the "weird" girl for her fascination with swords, the last thing Layla wants is to go home.
  • But when she receives a desperate call to return just as a mysterious outbreak sweeps the country, Layla's instincts urge her to go. Good thing, because the dead are rising.
  • Layla, however, isn't entirely on her own. With her psychic powers growing, surely everything will turn out okay, right?
  • Not so fast. Just when Layla believes she might survive the apocalypse, a sinister and ancient force rises from the shadows to finish mankind for good.
  • Because the truth is, we were never alone in this world.
  • Begin The Harvesting Series with The Harvesting, Book 1.
  • My Thoughts:

  • This book was soooo good!!! It has a bit of everything. 

  • When Layla is called home by her grandmother, she knows something must be seriously wrong. Her grandmother doesn't call her home in such a mysterious manner for no reason. When she arrives, she finds her grandmothers home changed! There is a chain link fence all around the property and her windows seemed to be boarded up. Layla wants answers but all her grandmother does is hand her a massive shopping list and tells her to buy everything on it. Layla obeys as she knows her grandmother won't answer questions till she is ready. Layla heads off to get everything from food, bottled water and batteries to odd things like holy water. It reads to Layla like a list for someone preparing to hole up in preparation for a storm. 

  • A storm is coming in the shape of a mysterious virus. As Layla watches events unfold on the news, the virus hits her small town and the dead seem to be rising! Layla realises her grandmother saw this happen, which is why she called Layla back. Laylas grandmother tells her she must protect the town and its inhabitants. What follows is one heck of a ride for both Layla and us!!! 

  • I think the best thing about this book, for me anyway, was Layla!! She was absolutely kick ass and awesome. This is a woman who teaches people how to use old weapons like the Shashka and Katana. Her blade of choice is the Shashka and it comes in extremely useful when a Zombie apocalypse comes ;) She is level headed, brave and smart and it's hard to not to root for her. On top of the Zombies, she is also dealing with the fact that she seems to have inherited her grandmothers physic ability and is now seeing forest spirits talking to her!! Yet she never loses her focus and does everything she can to keep everyone safe. 

  • Another major plus for this book was the world building! We start off with the Zombies but interwoven throughout is the introduction of various other supernatural beings. Like the forest spirits, ghosts and other things! It was spectacularly done!! 

  • This book is such an amazing one that I'm surprised it isn't more popular! The characters were all amazing, especially Layla and her Grandmother, the world may be bleak but it is extremely well built and developed and the whole book is full of twists, turns and action, that I flew through this in no time! I can't wait to dive back into this world and see what happens Layla and her crew!

  • Kristin James did a great job with the narration. She was easy to follow and had plenty of different cadences. I loved her voice for Grandmother!! I will definitely check out more by her. 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Audiobook Review: Yeager's Mission by Scott Bell!


    Yeager's Mission Audiobook
  • Written by: Scott Bell
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:12-09-16
  • Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
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  • After a number of earthquakes hammer the Sierra Madre region of Mexico, Grupo Verdugo, a splinter group of cartel enforcers, takes control of the drug shipping routes through that territory. Caught in the middle, a small orphanage high in the mountains, desperate for supplies to care for the children and the battered earthquake victims, reaches out to Abel Yeager for help.
    Yeager and his friend Victor agree to deliver the needed food and medicine. But Grupo Verdugo seems to have a special interest in starving out the clergy and forcing them to bend to their will. They send a man known as the Executioner to stop anyone daring to assist the people.
    Yeager and Victor are in for the biggest fight of their lives as they are forced to move 40 children, a dozen sick and injured patients, and one feisty doctor out of the mission and through mountains infested with vicious killers.
  • My Thoughts:
  • After devouring book 1, I eagerly jumped into this, and have to say that it was better than ever!! Victor asks Yeager to help him bring much needed food and medical equipment to an orphanage that has been cut off from help because of earthquakes. After the earthquake and with the police's attention elsewhere, a drug cartel have claimed the routes to and from the orphanage as theirs. They are not letting trucks through, so Victor’s cousin, a priest at the orphanage, enlists Victor and Yeager to help them. While sounding perilous, Yeager doesn't think it will be too much of a problem and agrees to help. Little does he know what's in store for him!!
    Poor Yeager, he is just settling down with Charlie, in a quiet country house, when Victor comes knocking. He can't refuse to help him so agrees. He ends up going to a remote area to help the orphanage, but ends up in a fight for, not only his life, but the life of all the people in the orphanage! He is once again, an outstanding hero!!! 
    Charlie, meanwhile, is in her own fight for her life! Someone isn't happy with the events of the first book and wants revenge. With Yeager gone, can Charlie survive and keep herself and her son live?
    Once again, Scott Bell has written another amazing and action packed adventure!! This book has so much going for it! So many twists and turns, it's not all action either, there are different stories weaved throughout and we see them all come together seamlessly at the end. Brilliant!
    J. Scott Bennett was amazing as always!! He has so many accents and tones that it is always a pleasure to listen to his work. He makes it feel like more than one narrator is narrating! He also knows how to tell a story!!! He puts so much expression and emotion behind his characters, that they feel real. Highly recommend you check out his work!


The Unleashed by Bentz Deyo Book Blitz and Giveaway!

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The Unleashed (Book 2 in The Undelightened Series) by Bentz Deyo 
 Genre: YA Contemporary/Fantasy 

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Leam Holt has done the unthinkable. He’s saved Harbing from utter destruction by consuming the toxin that was intended for the entire town and he’s rescued Eloa’s father from Darkness Headquarters. But at what cost? Stricken by the poison and unable to remember who he is or access his Light side, Leam is captured by Gideon. Surrounded by evil, Leam revels in his undiluted Dark power and connects with other violent and corrupt kids, especially the bold and gorgeous Rylan. Still, Leam struggles to piece together his memories, including those of the beautiful Eloa, whom he discovers is in grave danger. While forces of Light work to free Leam, the world is thrown into turmoil. The battle over the prophet, the person who will lead the world into complete Darkness or Light, is heating up, and Leam’s role in the war grows murkier.

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Read Below for an excerpt from The Unleashed
UnLeashedthe for updates on the rest of the undelightened series, visit www.bentzdeyo.com UnLeashedthe BENTZ DEYO the unleashed: a novel Copyright © 2017 by Bentz Deyo All rights reserved. Except as permitted under the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, no part of the publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the author. The characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to locales, actual events or persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author. Third Floor Publishing, LLC First paperback edition: January 2017 Deyo, Bentz The Unleashed: a novel / by Bentz Deyo – 1st ed. ISBN 978-0-9911551-3-2 Cover Design Lisa Marie Pompilio Author Headshot by Elaine Zelker Photography Visit the website at www.bentzdeyo.com Printed in the United States of America For Dave, my friend, who still teaches me courage every day. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” edgar allen poe

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Chapter 1

A man shot a burst of energy from his palm. The force hit the boy square in the chest, propelling him through a stretch of woodlands until he was flung out onto paved road. The back of his neck struck asphalt first, as he skidded into the curb, the road curving down a hill out of sight. The boy could hear footsteps, many of them, scuffling up the hill. Through the haze of dizzy stars, he dragged himself to his feet and stumbled behind a nearby sidewalk garbage can. Peering through the garbage can’s metal mesh, the boy watched about fifteen figures approach. They were draped in trench coats as black as the sky had surely been an hour ago, although now, from below the horizon, the sun was lending the sky some light and a little color. “Keep your eyes peeled,” a short, dumpy man growled, glaring at the woods from which the boy had been flung. “Gideon wants this kid found.” “He wants this prospect found,” a taller man with a razor- sharp goatee said. “But Kavitch is right, everybody, the boy could be nearby.” “How do we know that?” a third man asked, big and blond. “The prospect disappeared from his home here in Harbing. Vanished into the air right in front of his brother and a girl of Light. Those two are being brought into headquarters now.” The boy huddled closer to the garbage can, hugging his knees to keep them from shaking. Could he be this “prospect” these people were talking about? Why the hell couldn’t he remember anything? His home in Harbing? A brother? A … “Girl of Light, Flint?” asked the blond man. The man with the goatee nodded. “Daughter of the goon we got locked up in the dungeons. Seems to be a family affair.” “What’s the prospect look like?” a black-h aired woman with a hoarse voice asked. “We go by his hands,” Flint said, peering at a spot near the middle of the road. “He’s got white markings on his thumbs and index fingers.” The boy went straight to his hands and his heart lurched. Identical white, thick- banded scars curved from the tips of his thumbs to the tips of his index fingers. Two things struck him at once: he was some sort of prospect wanted by people in black trench coats, and he had no memory at all, no sense of identity. He was also losing blood, which he could feel spilling down the back of his neck, running a wet warm trail between his shoulder blades. “Flin’, wha’ you lookin’ a’?” someone masked by the others asked. The boy followed Flint’s line of sight as Flint moved to the yellow lines, bent down, and put his finger to a small, shiny, dark pool. With a jolt of panic, the boy grabbed the back of his head. “Blood,” Flint said, as it dripped off his finger. The last thing the boy saw peeking through the mesh wiring was a flash of Flint’s palm before the garbage can blasted apart in an explosion of debris and metal shards. When the boy was able to blink his eyes open, he found himself completely surrounded by a circle of black trench coats. Facing him stood Flint. “Gideon’s looking for you, buddy,” Flint said, his face darkening. “Believes you’re the culprit who foiled last night’s plans.” 2 Plans? The boy thought, searching for a way out of the circle but knowing it wasn’t there. What plans? “Was it you?” Flint asked. The boy shrugged. “You don’t know?” Flint scratched his razor- sharp goatee. “What did you do last night?” The boy shook his head. “What do you know, buddy?” “Nothing.” The boy’s gaze darted around the faces he could see. No kind eyes. No smiles. Heart hammering, he forced his face calm. “Just what I’ve heard from you.” A tall black man beside Flint grinned, all gums, no teeth. “Then why aren’t you scared of us, handsome?” “Quiet!” Flint shouted, drawing his ring finger to the side of his head. His eyes widened. The boy’s extremities went numb. “Another telemast coming in, boys. Seems the prospect’s status has upgraded. Enemy to be taken in alive.” Without a breath, Flint added, “The order’s from Gideon himself.” The boy felt fear shiver through the group, as each trench- coater raised beam-s traight arms in unison, every palm faced right at him. “Take him now, boys,” Flint said, “before he vanishes, as he’s apt to do.” With a quick swirl of dark movement, a hood was stuffed over the boy’s head. Firm hands were gripped around his wrists and ankles. The boy could see nothing but black. 3

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Chapter 2

Fluctuating in and out of consciousness, back and forth between full darkness and a thick grogginess where she sensed shadows of movement and blanketed light, Eloa tiredly won- dered not if she was stuck in a dream or a nightmare, but whether this reality would be dreamlike or nightmarish if the fog were to clear. “How far’d you stick the needle in, Cabus? She can barely open her eyes.” “She’ll be fine, Samara; it was a pinch.” Eloa didn’t recognize the voices. She was too sleepy, like her head was full of cotton. “To the bone?” the woman, Samara, asked with a mixture of annoyance and panic. “Our orders didn’t say induce a coma.” “She won’t slip that deep. She’ll be fully alert by …” The voice of the man, Cabus, faded as Eloa fell back into blackness, swimming there until consciousness returned and reality was again weighed down by whatever drug they had administered. She was lying flat, it was dark, and she was moving, one captor by her head and the other by her feet. There was also soft whimpering beside her. She was not the only captive. She flopped her woozy head toward the whimpering, but slipped away again. Something of a memory came to her: a shiny beige oval hovering above her, a face, a large face, with long locks of golden hair. “Dad,” Eloa muttered. “Where are you? You okay?” “What’d she say?” the voice by her head asked. Samara. Reality. Moving through the dark. “Told you it’s not a coma,” Cabus said, gloating. Eloa tried to blink in her surroundings. Was it a tunnel? Where were they? What was this? “What do you want from me?” a boy next to her screamed. “Wh- wh- what was I supposed to do?” “Now, now, Holt pup,” Cabus said, his voice grinning. “Be still.” “Leam was there! I did my job! I was roping him in and next second he was gone. How was I supposed to see that coming if no one else did?” “Take it up with Gideon, Zach,” Samara said. Zach? Eloa thought, battling the black clouds of the drugs for clarity. Zach? Zach? The thought of the name tasted bad. “No one told me he was a prospect, whatever the hell that means!” Zach shouted with desperation. “No one told me he had powers. No one told me he could disappear into thin air. And I’m better than him anyway! Can’t you see — ” “I said take it up with Gideon, you little shit,” Samara snapped. “Another word and I’ll tear your tongue out.” They have Zach, too, Eloa remembered. Zach Holt. That’s right — they got us from Holt Manor. Zach dragged me there. I remember now. And Leam … Did he get away? Leam … Leam … Blackness took her completely again, reality gone. The memory oval returned, smaller this time, paler, no golden hair. This face, also a man, was her dad’s age, her dad’s friend … “Porlo,” Eloa moaned. “Did she say … ?” Samara, even through Eloa’s haze, sounded stunned. 5 “Porlo,” Cabus said, sounding equally baffled. “I heard it too.” “Porlo,” Eloa moaned again, opening her eyes. Bursts of red torch flames above her head illuminated patches of stone wall as they moved. “How would she know Porlo, Cabus? She’s of the Light — by the look of her she might not have even purified yet.” “Don’t know. But I’m sure Gideon — ” Pain suddenly rippled through Eloa’s body. She bit back a scream, her teeth digging into her lip. “Her body’s fighting the injection — can you see it?” Cabus asked, sounding amused. “She’ll sleep hard soon, then come to. Yes, then she’ll come to.” “We’re nearly there anyway,” Samara said. “Her first. Cell A.” Through the pain, fear crippled Eloa’s mind. She could only grasp onto the horrible thought that she was now a prisoner, most likely at Darkness Headquarters, and her dad, since Leam had deserted her, she remembered now, was probably dead. “And the Holt pup?” Cabus asked Samara. “To his mother.” Eloa closed her eyes from the pockets of red fire, trying to turn off her mind. Her pain was abating, as was the little strength she had been able to muster. Soon her eyelids grew heavy, and the brightness of the flames beyond them dimmed. The world went dark, the sounds of her captors’ footsteps faded, and her last thought was that whatever was to be the horror show she’d experience here, she’d wake up to it. 6

bentzAbout the Author:
Deyo is a New Jersey native who can usually be found running, writing, jotting new ideas in his million notebooks… or explaining things like “why pee is yellow” and “what is wind?” to his three year old daughter. He’s a fantasy nerd at heart and is currently writing book 3 of The Undelightened Series.
Author website: www.bentzdeyo.com
​ Twitter: @bentzdeyo
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Audiobook Review: Heaven's Door by John G. Hartness!


    Heaven's Door Audiobook
  • Written by: John G. Hartness
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:12-26-16
  • Publisher: Falstaff Books
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  • He's finally found something to care about after a century of searching, but will he lose it all at the hands of his most dangerous foe yet?
  • Seven years ago, Quincy Harker vanquished the demon Orobas and saved the city of Charlotte, NC from his evil plans. Or so he thought. Now the half-divine Nephilim are turning up dead in the Queen City, and it looks like Orobas is back to finish the job.
  • Can Harker stop Orobas, or will the bloodthirsty demon unleash hell on Earth?
  • Who is behind these horrible murders, and why do they seem to be calling Harker out?
  • Will this be the battle that finally ends the long life of Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter?
  • Find out when Harker, his girlfriend Detective Rebecca Flynn, his guardian angel Glory, and his uncle, the legendary Count Dracula bring the battle of the diving and demonic right to Heaven's Door.
  • He's the immortal magic-wielding child of Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray from the classic novel Dracula. But to him it's not a story, it's family history. Quincy Harker is what you'd get if Constantine were renewed by HBO and taken to the darkest of dark sides. When things go bump in the night, he bumps right back.

  • My Thoughts:

  • Seeing as this is book 6, and if I say something about the plot, I could spoil something for this one or for preceding ones, I'm not going to say anything other than that this is Quincy's hardest fight yet!! It sees Quincy having to deal with someone killing Nephalim and trying to open the door to hell. Quincy finds out that it is his old nemesis Orobas but who is helping him? Well let me just say, be prepared for some shocks!! 

  • Love this series and so far it hasn't disappointed me yet! Being that they are all so short, I'm amazed at how much the author can cram into it without it feeling rushed. Lot's of action, fights, snarky comments and even a little romance. We also get a plot that is packed full of twists and turns and with some surprising revelations! 

  • I adore the character of Quincy! He is kick ass, snarky and not afraid to do what's right and what's needed. I mean he does something quite drastic to himself in order to destroy a demon!!! I love his snarkiness the most though. Some of his lines have me laughing out loud. I also love how the author throws in some pop culture references! I loved seeing Quincy show a softer side too. His relationship with the good detective is slowly growing and it was awesome to see. 

  • In all, this series is a fun and addicting read. The author has created some amazing characters and ones that will stay with you for a long time. 

  • James Foster is Quincy Harker!! I honestly don't think I would like anyone else to narrate him. He "gets" Quincy and really brings his personality to life. He never fails to deliver anything other than a stellar performance with each story he tells. A must listen narrator. 

Audiobook Review: Yeager's Law by Scott Bell!


    Yeager's Law Audiobook
  • Written by: Scott Bell
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:07-19-16
  • Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
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  • Abel Yeager is dead broke, down on his luck, and suffering from a serious case of what-the-hell-does-it-matter. His transition from active Marine to stateside long-haul trucker hit a wicked speed bump when his rig was involved in a wreck that claimed the life of a pregnant woman and laid him up for several months.
  • Back at work but deeply in debt, Yeager meets bookstore owner Charlie Buchanan in St. Louis and jumps at the chance to haul a load of remainder books to Austin for her. On the way south, a crew of truck thieves tracks his every move. But none of them know what Charlie's ex has smuggled inside the book pallets, who he stole it from, or how far the owner will go to get it back. Charlie's the first person Yeager has cared about in a long time, but as their bond deepens, so does the danger they're in.
  • With enemy forces closing in, Yeager battles greed, corruption, and his own fatalism in a bid to hold true to Yeager's First Law: come home at the end of the day.

  • My Thoughts: 

  • Yeager rocks!!! Both the story and Yeager himself!! So Yeager is a truck driver, and on a routine drive, he is hijacked when pulls into a rest stop. Now Yeager is an ex-marine and will not take this lying down, but just as he is trying to come up with a way to disarm the guy, a woman comes out with a gun pointed at the hijacker. What follows is an action packed and addicting read!!

  • Plot wise, this is the kind of book that would translate really well to the big screen as there is plenty of action and plenty of things that the special effects folks would have a ball with!! The whole book reminded me of Rambo! 

  • Character wise, Yeager is the bomb!! A total and utter bad ass!! I'll tell you one thing, the bad guys didn't know what they were getting themselves in for :) I don't want to say much about what he does, but gosh he is awesome!! Lol. 

  • I really liked Charlie too. She is a quiet girl but when she sees what is happening to Yeager, she isn't afraid to pull out her gun and step in. She is badass in her own way, plus she runs a book store!!! Lol. Also Victor is awesome! Such a fun character!! 

  • In all, this is one of those books that you can't help but enjoy. All action, big scenes, plenty of bad guys and a hero worthy of the the name!! It's not all action though, because we get to see Yeager and Charlie's relationship develop. We also get a look at Yeager before and find out why things are happening to him! Extremely well written and developed, this is a must red for fans of big blockbuster type books! 

  • I've said it before about J. Scott Bennett, and I'll say it again, his range of tones and accents is truly impressive!! It really felt like there was multiple people narrating the story! Loved his portrayal of Victor!!! He absolutely nailed the performance in this and he brought the book alive. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Audiobook Review: Dweller by Jeff Strand!


    Dweller Audiobook
  • Written by: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Scott Thomas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:01-05-17
  • Publisher: Jeff Strand
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  • The lifetime story of a boy and his monster.
  • When Toby Floren was eight years old, he discovered a monster living in the woods behind his house. A ghastly, frightening creature with claws, fangs, and a taste for human flesh. As he ran out of the forest, screaming, Toby felt that he'd been lucky to escape with his life.
  • Years later, Toby finds comfort with the creature. It's his own special secret - something that nobody else in the world knows about. Somebody to talk to. Somebody to confide in. Sure, Toby has concerns about his own sanity, but really, what boy wouldn't want to be best friends with a monster in the woods, especially if he's being tormented by bullies? The creature, who he names Owen, may be the answer to his problems...
  • From Jeff Strand, the author of Pressure, comes the story of a macabre, decades-long friendship. A relationship that will last their entire lives, through times of happiness, tragedy, love, loss, madness, and complete darkness.
  • My Thoughts: 

  • This book was..... I don't even know what it was. It was brilliant, it was gripping, it was heartbreaking, it was creepy, it was .... it was a heartbreaking horror!! Unlike anything I've read in a long time!!

  • Ok, so we have a Toby, who is 8 and is being badly bullied. He doesn't really have any friends and is a loner, as such.  He goes into the forest behind his house and ventures further than he ever went before. He finds a monster, there isn't any other word to describe the hairy thing that has lots of teeth and claws! He runs home screaming but his parents think it's his imagination. Toby thinks that maybe it was and ventures back in there. Again he sees the same monster but this time Toby tries to talk to it. What follows is a story of a boy and his best friend Owen. the monster who lives in the woods.

  • As I said, this book is unlike anything I've read before. While it does have gorey bits, I mean Owen is a monster and it does get bloody at times, this isn't just a horror story. This follows Toby from when he first meets Owen, and tells the story of his lifetime, through all the bad and some good times. From the younger Toby and the bullies he faces, to Toby's first love, to the older Toby and the way his life turned out, through it all we follow his friendship with Owen and the impact it has on him and others. 

  • This was an engrossing and addicting read and one I devoured! I had so many emotions whilst reading, my heart broke for both Toby and Owen so many times! How can an author make you feel so much for these characters!!! Well, this author certainly can. He doesn't sugarcoat anything, yet you find yourself rooting for Toby and Owen and wanting them to be Ok. I want to get into the story but I really don't want to spoil anything for you!!! This book will gobble you up and spit you out as a sniveling mess. I can not recommend it enough!!! 

  • Go grab this book right now and find out what happens when your best friend is a monster!

  • This isn't the first book narrated by Scott Thomas that I've listened to, nor will it be my last. He is phenomenal! He portrays Toby perfectly and even though Owen doesn't really talk, he still manages to bring him across brilliantly too.  I was enthralled while listening and didn't want it to end. A narrator I can highly recommend. 

Damaged Goods by Jennifer Bardsley Release Day Celebration and Giveaway! #ReleaseDay #DamagedGoods #Month9Squad #Month9Books


Title: DAMAGED GOODS (Blank Slate #2)
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Pub. Date: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 300

I am so excited that DAMAGED GOODS by Jennifer Bardsley releases today and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Jennifer Bardsley, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only courtesy of Month9Books. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Blanca has everything she ever wanted, a hot boyfriend named Seth and the loving support of her foster father, Cal. She’s finally escaped the abusive control of her birth father, Barbelo Nemo, and her tortured childhood at Tabula Rasa School.
But the scars of Blanca’s Vestal upbringing run deep, especially when the FBI start asking questions. Blanca feels abandoned by Seth who is hunting for Lilith, Blanca’s only blood relative. The Defectos, a support group of Vestal-Rejects, offer Blanca comfort instead.
While the Vestal order crumbles, Chinese rivals called the Guardians rise to power and wrest control of important Tabula Rasa contacts. Now Blanca’s life is in peril once more, and this time, Blanca struggles to recognize friend from foe.

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Title: GENESIS GIRL (Blank Slate #1)
Author: Jennifer Bardsley
Pub. Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 280

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. 
Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.
Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. 
By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online. 



Excerpt

I look to where he points, and the flash of thumb-cameras blinds me. Vestals must never have their pictures taken by random people. That privilege belongs to the companies that purchase them and market a Vestal’s privacy one advertisement at a time. I reach my arms out by instinct, to protect my face from the public. “I’m fine with it,” I lie, pulling my hands down. “But we better leave now or we’ll be late to the restaurant.”

“My dad can wait a few minutes.” Seth scoops me in his arms.

“Blanca!” one of the spectators calls. “And Veritas Rex! Is that really you?”

Seth holds up his hand and wiggles his finger-chips. “The one and only!” Then he dips me back for a kiss.

I stiffen like cardboard. “Stop it,” I mumble, trying not to squirm. All I can think about is the cameras, my face flashed worldwide and weirdoes slobbering over my private moment with Seth. 

“We’ve got to go or we’ll be late.”

Seth kisses my nose. “I didn’t know you were so punctual.”

“Yes.” I pull myself out of his grasp. “Cal’s waiting.” The sooner I put my helmet on and get back on my motorcycle, the better.

“Blanca,” a man calls as we ride away. “I love you! I’ve watched you all year!”


Underneath my jacket, I shiver. The fame that surrounds me is chilling.

About Jennifer: 
Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for the Sunday edition of The Everett Daily HeraldShe also blogs at Teaching My Baby to Read with the mission of sparking a national debate on the important roll parents play in education. Jennifer is a graduate of Stanford University and a member of SCBWI. She lives with her husband and two children in Edmonds, WA.GENESIS GIRL will release in 2016 and is about an 18 year-old girl whose lack of a virtual footprint makes her so valuable that she is auctioned off to the highest bidder, the sequel  will come out in 2017. Jennifer is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Literary AgencyLLC.

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Monday, 16 January 2017

Audiobook Review: Horror Stories by Ron Ripley , Eric Whittle , Sara Clancy ,David Longhorn , A.I. Nasser!


    Horror Stories: A Short Story Collection Audiobook
  • Written by: Ron Ripley , Eric Whittle , Sara Clancy ,David Longhorn , A.I. Nasser
  • Narrated by: Matt Gilcheck
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:12-15-16
  • Publisher: ScareStreet.com
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  • A young woman’s night-time escapade goes eerily wrong. A man is forced to relive the horrible accident that tore his family apart over and over again. An underground thrill through ancient catacombs proves disastrously horrific. A young boy is haunted by the scarecrow in the fields behind his home. And a woman is revisited by the ghost of a psychotic killer in the most dreadful of ways. 

  • Scare Street brings you some of the best short horror stories by authors Ron Ripley, David Longhorn, Eric Whittle, Sara Clancy and A. I. Nasser, all in one book. Together, these stories promise more than just a shiver down the spine and a fear of the dark, but the soft caress of terror that comes with the unknown and the unexpected. 

  • Join us through the pages of the best of what Scare Street has to offer, and be sure to bring a night light along with you. You definitely don’t want to be left alone in the dark! 


  • My Thoughts: 

  • So here we have a deliciously dark selection of horror stories, brought to you by some talented authors! The summary here says it best..."A young woman’s night-time escapade goes eerily wrong. A man is forced to relive the horrible accident that tore his family apart over and over again. An underground thrill through ancient catacombs proves disastrously horrific. A young boy is haunted by the scarecrow in the fields behind his home. And a woman is revisited by the ghost of a psychotic killer in the most dreadful of ways."

  • I'm really impressed with some of these stories. Often times with short stories, I feel like something is missing, but here most of the stories felt complete. I think my favourite was Scarecrow, where a young boy and his sister are abused by their drunken father. The father acquires a scarecrow to watch over the corn fields but the scarecrow keeps moving. Who is moving it and why? This one was equal parts heartbreaking as it was incredibly scary!! I've always been afraid of scarecrows, they are just so so creepy, so this one really frightened me. 

  • As in any collection, there are some stories better than others, but all of them are entertaining and worth the read! I've found some new authors to check out!! I'd highly recommend you check out this book, and as I write this review, the kindle edition is free, so grab it and be in for an awesome ride!! 

  • Matt Gilcheck read the stories really well. He did a great job bringing the atmosphere of each story to life. 

 
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