Saturday, 21 October 2017

Audiobook Review: Dark Hunt by Grace Hamilton!


  • In the post-apocalyptic aftermath, Megan Wolford is settling in with her makeshift family at the safe haven of their lodge, but she remains wary of trusting others. Despite her growing feelings for Wyatt Morris, the leader of the group, she still feels most secure on her own. But when she becomes separated from her beloved daughter Caitlin in a storm, Megan is in danger of losing the one thing keeping her fighting to stay alive. Injured and desperate, she must fight every instinct within her to rely on the others for help when they find evidence that Caitlin has been kidnapped. Wyatt is determined to do everything he can to bring her home, and he organizes a search party to visit a set of old adversaries in the guise of traders to try and find the missing girl - but Megan would rather take matters into her own hands. With Megan setting off alone to face unknown enemies, she is more vulnerable than ever. When a mysterious stranger known as the Green Woman appears to be a lead in finding Caitlin, she'll have to track her down. Can she put aside her stubborn need for independence and accept help from her newfound community before it's too late?

My Thoughts: 

I enjoyed the first book but thought things were a little too easy for Megan, but I still decided to give book 2 a go to see if the series would redeem itself. Well, it did a bit. This one was more tense and action packed, but I still felt... I don't know, everything was, again, still too easy. 

Plot wise, it's a lot more fast paced than book 1. Megan and Caitlin decide to go out hunting, but a storm comes in and they fall down a cliff. Megan loses consciousness and when she awakes she realises she can't see Caitlin. She's hurt too so searching for her is hard. Meanwhile Wyatt feels like something is wrong and goes in search of Megan. They find her badly hurt but can't find Caitlin. Taking Megan home, Wyatt knows he will have to do everything in his power to bring Caitlin back!  

As I said, the plot was faster, but there were a few things I didn't like. One of which is a spoiler so I'm not going to talk about (Caitlin). Another thing is the fact that I disliked Megan in this!! She acted like a spoiled little so and so. I know she is out of her mind with worry but why would you treat Wyatt like that?? God forbid but if something were to happen like that to any of my boys, I'd be frantic and out of my mind, but I'd also know that people can only do their best, and Wyatt was going above and beyond for her, yet she blanked him. Her decisions left a lot to be desired!!

Wyatt was and is awesome. He does what he can for the people he loves!! I would love to see a bit more of him in the books. The rest of the family are great too. We get to see some more new characters too.

In all, a good story. I really hope the author realises that not everything would come  easy during the apocalypse. I have yet to see them really struggle, which, unless you were a prepper, would be impossible. Though I reckon even being a prepper you would still struggle some. 

Andrew Tell was clear and easy to listen to. He has plenty of tones and voices and read this well. 

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Ambrose Ibsen Author Feature and Giveaway!

On the blog today, I have an interview with another of my favourite authors!! I've pretty much devoured every book he's written and loved them all! It's a treat for me to have him here, so please welcome Ambrose Ibsen!! 

About the Author:
Once upon a time, a young Ambrose Ibsen discovered a collection of ghost stories on his father's bookshelf. He was never the same again.

Apart from horror fiction, he enjoys good coffee, brewed strong.

His favorite authors include: H.P. Lovecraft, Yukio Mishima, Koji Suzuki, William Hope Hodgson, Algernon Blackwood and M.R. James

Website: https://ambroseibsen.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ambrose-Ibsen-867837259919312
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmbroseIbsen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14031995.Ambrose_Ibsen
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gKc9Iv

Before we get to the interview, check out some of my reviews below. 
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Some Places Should Stay Abandoned... Dr. Siegfried Klein has vanished on a mysterious pilgrimage to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville. The locals in the surrounding areas are tight-lipped, hostile to outsiders. Local legend has it that the old Sick House is packed with spirits, none of them friendly, and that to set foot in it is to enter Hell itself. 
Enter Harlan Ulrich, private investigator and skeptic. 
Traveling to the site, the detective begins the long process of separating truth from grisly local myth, and during his investigation stumbles upon certain frightful evidence that tries his nerve. He wants to find the doctor in one piece and weathers the hostilities of the locals even as their stories keep him up at night. But the longer he spends in the ghost town of Moonville, the more he feels the influence of something sinister in the shuttered infirmary. 
When finally the truth is revealed and the infirmary's sordid past comes to light, will Ulrich manage to escape with his life? Join him as he braves the myth-shadowed unknown and seeks out the missing doctor in The Sick House, a full-length novel of paranormal suspense and horror.


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A Voice From Beyond The Grave? College students Kenji and Dylan stumble upon a strange recording in the background of an obscure song. It's a woman's voice, uttering a string of seemingly random characters. Upon further inspection, the song appears to have been embedded with a hidden message. Attempting to crack the mysterious code and becoming obsessed with the recording, Kenji and Dylan set off in search of answers. With every turn in the road however, the puzzle only seems to grow more complicated. And sinister. 
Retired Vietnam vet Reggie Cash is also drawn in by this message, and before long both he and the two college students are on the trail of the mysterious woman featured in the recording. But who is she, and where is she leading them? 
As things fall into place and strange events unfold, the three of them begin to wish that they'd never heard the recording at all... 
TRANSMISSION is a full-length novel of supernatural horror and suspense by Ambrose Ibsen.

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What lurks within Chaythe Asylum? College professor Stephen Barlow needs cash. Badly. When a student asks him to head a new campus organization that centers around paranormal research, he puts his skepticism aside and signs on in the hopes of scoring a fat bonus. 
Enter Chaythe Asylum—a long-shuttered and controversial institution where patients were allegedly subjected to unethical experiments. Closed in 1989 after a series of grisly murders, Stephen deems the old building as good a place as any to explore the possibility of the supernatural and arranges to take a tour with his students. 
But it turns out that the asylum is not as abandoned as it seems. There is something sinister in the building. It has watched and waited for nearly three decades, and when Stephen and his students enter, they find themselves at the center of a nightmare 28 years in the making. 
ASYLUM is the first novel in the Afterlife Investigations trilogy.

He has plenty more to offer, so please, check out his Amazon page HERE. Now onto the interview, and I'm also giving away an ecopy of any of Ambrose's books, so don't forget to enter! 

Where do your ideas come from?
I'm most often inspired by the goings-on in my day-to-day life. Interactions with others, long drives through town, things like that. I'll be minding my own business and will just so happen to notice something commonplace at the right time. When viewed through the right lens, virtually anything can appear frightening or novel. I tend to come up with a lot of ideas while out grocery shopping at 3 AM, too.

How do you develop your writing ideas?
Usually, when I have a kernel of a story in mind, I sit on it for a bit. I let it grow mentally, then shear away the extraneous bits until it grows into something I'd like to write. If the growth gets out of hand, I trim it all the way back to the initial idea and start the process over again. I very rarely start out with a fully-formed idea for a story. Usually it's a single character, or a setting I'd like to explore, or a mood or style I want to convey. The other things grow naturally from that initial spark, but there's a lot that ends up on the cutting room floor before I even put pen to paper.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?
All over the place! Books I read, movies I watch, people I used to go to school with, old co-workers, family members, passersby at the mall... I try not to incorporate myself into them, but characteristics of mine sometimes slip in anyhow.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I think I was in 2nd grade. Probably 7 years old. I recall very clearly sitting at my desk in school after having just finished one of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps books. I set it down and thought, “Man, I'd really like to do that!”

What makes you unique as a writer?
This will seem like a cop-out answer, but the things that make me unique as a writer are the same things that make every writer unique; voice and vision. I don't feel that the topics I write about are particularly groundbreaking; frankly, they've been covered for a long, long time, and by far more talented writers than myself. But I can do something that all of those greats can't, and that's tell a story like Ambrose Ibsen, from Ambrose Ibsen's point of view. Anyone can tell a ghost story, can go through the tropes, but what draws us in to any given story is the writer's unique vision. When one tells a story of any kind, the storyteller's unique perspective is put on display, and I think that's what we really take an interest in as readers. In my opinion, the rest of it—the ghosts, the haunted houses—is all window dressing, relatively speaking.

You write a lot of Horror books, is this your preferred genre and what about the horror genre interests you?
Yes, horror is my preferred genre. I've been drawn to it since I was old enough to read. When I was young, exploring works of horror was exciting to me because it gave me an excuse to read about terrible or scandalous things while still being a well-behaved kid. I was not a brave child, not well-liked by my peers, but reading about things that went bump in the night made me feel brave. Reading about ghosts and murders felt very “adult” to me. From an early age, too, I've been obsessed with death. I grappled with the idea of my own mortality, and diving headlong into horror over the years has been a valuable way for me to explore both the concept of death and other tangential subjects. Perhaps I could have explored the subject through theological or philosophical studies, but those fields don't offer mind-bending eldritch horrors or skeletons popping out of closets!

Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can tell us?
Halloween is my favorite holiday, hands down, so I've got a fair few I could share. The one that comes to mind lately takes me to my junior high years. Bear in mind, I went to a Catholic school from ages 6 to 13. I was probably in 7th grade, 12 years old, at the time of this story. I'd been invited to a Halloween party, and the person throwing it had gotten ahold of The Exorcist on VHS—without informing her parents. Now, it was a big party, probably fifty or sixty kids, and most were interested in dancing, eating and debauchery. Me? I was glued to the screen. I'd never seen The Exorcist up to that point, but was familiar with its infamy. I was transfixed by the maturity of the storytelling. It wasn't garish like so many popular horror films. It was genuinely frightening and approached its subject matter with a level of intelligence I'd not known possible. Eventually, the host's mother walked in, threw a fit because we'd dared watch such an “evil” film, and made us turn it off half-way through. Nonetheless, I left that party on cloud nine. The viewing felt like a badge of honor.

What scares you?

Large, deep bodies of water are something that frighten me terribly. I can't swim, but even if I could, there's something incredibly eerie to me about deep water. Not knowing what lurks under the surface... It's a primal sort of fear.

What was the first horror book/story you remember reading?
The first? Probably Alvin Schwartz' In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories. It's an old picture book, and it may have been my earliest introduction to horror literature. I adored the illustrations by Dirk Zimmer. I owned a dogeared copy for years, and bought a new one recently for my own children to enjoy.

What is your favorite horror book?
Now, that's a tough one! It's difficult to narrow it down to just one. Koji Suzuki's Ringu has been a massive inspiration to me, and I would list it among the very best books I've ever read, regardless of genre. The works of H.P. Lovecraft, especially The Call of Cthulhu and The Shadow Over Innsmouth could easily fill this spot. Though some would contest its inclusion in the horror genre, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Grey is also one of my very favorites.

What is your favorite horror movie?
Another tough one to narrow down. The Ring (2002)—the American version directed by Gore Verbinski, is probably my all-time favorite. It reignited my interest in horror as a teenager. Then there's Noroi: The Curse (2005), directed by Koji Shiraishi and Pulse (2001) directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. When I was a teenager and my interest in horror cinema began to blossom, the major cinematic movement at that time was “J-Horror”—that is, Japanese horror. For that reason, most of my favorites hail from Japanese directors or source materials. I saw them at a particularly impressionable time in my life and they left a tremendous impression.

What is one stereotype about horror writers that is absolutely wrong?
I think there's a stereotype that we enjoy nothing but horror, or that we're all obsessed with gore and violence. Personally, I have varied tastes, and I enjoy books and films from many different genres. And the obsession with gore and violence couldn't be any more off the mark for me. I have to be in the right mood to enjoy gory stuff. Too often, it comes off as low-brow. Give me taut atmosphere over shocking gore any day of the week.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your books?
Truthfully, they'd all end up as completely different books if I did. I'd change one thing... and then another... and another, etc. If I allow myself, I can sit down during the editing phase and never run out of things to tweak. I'd make this scene scarier, or flesh out this character more. There are some books I probably wouldn't have written, too. From a publishing or business standpoint, there are a lot of things I would change. But from a writing and creativity standpoint, I think it's healthier to leave the books as they are. Every one of my books represents the absolute best I was able to produce at the time of publication. I could go back and rewrite them, and it's possible they'd end up better, but it would be a betrayal of that older work, too.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love reading and movies, of course. Sitting down with a good cup of coffee and enjoying a book is bliss. Music is very important to me, so going for long walks or drives while listening to music is extremely enjoyable to me. I love spending time with my family, sharing good meals with them or going out on trips to the zoo or science center. Walking around bookstores or libraries and getting lost in the stacks is something I enjoy from time to time. When I'm not writing, I'm often seeking out new coffee shops or breweries in town.

What’s the best vacation you ever had?
I must have been about 12 or 13 years old. My family and I went up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and stayed in a little house on the shore of a lake for a week or two. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan has been a vacation spot for people in my family going back a generation or two, at least, and I have fond memories of fishing with my dad and brother, of swimming in the water and plucking leeches off of my legs. I haven't been there in years, but hope to go back soon.

What’s your favourite rainy day movie?
Either Last Life in the Universe (2003) or All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001). The former is a Thai film, and has the most sumptuous cinematography. The latter is a moving (and depressing) Japanese film. Both have a great, rainy aesthetic.

If you could be any age again for a week, which would you choose and why?
Any age? Tough call. I'd say maybe 18 years old. That's the age when the whole world gets blown open and you end up stranded in “adulthood”. I wasn't ready for it, then. Or maybe 21. I'm currently 29, so I suppose my real answer would be “Between 14 and 21”. I think there's a lot of interesting stuff I overlooked in those years because of teenaged angst and whatnot.

If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would it be?

This is a really hard one to answer. There are a ton of “right” answers to this, but in the interest of picking a more obscure event that has some personal importance to me, I'd pick the suicide of novelist Yukio Mishima.

What's you favourite place to read?
Currently, my favorite spot is at my kitchen table. The light from the nearby window is just right—not too harsh, not too faint—and my coffee is always within arm's reach. When I was a kid, my absolute favorite place to read was on my grandmother's bed, next to the window. I have fond memories of laying out across her bed and reading piles of library books.

When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?
The cafe! But once I've got a coffee in hand, I often skim the new releases and the literary fiction. The sections with the cheap paperback versions of the classics, too. I will say, most of the bookstores in my area look more like gift shops than bookstores these days. I suppose it isn't profitable for the folks at Barnes and Noble to strictly sell books anymore. I happen to like the variety, though. When I'm done looking at books, I take a gander at their selections of vinyl records and candles—and let me tell you, I love a good hand-poured candle!

If you had a million dollars, what would be the first thing you would buy?
I was tempted to respond to this by quoting a bit of the old Barenaked Ladies tune, but seriously, I'd probably buy a house. My family and I currently rent, and it's not the greatest situation. I'd stamp out a good bit of debt and buy a nice, big house on a decent lot of land where my wife and I could keep some chickens and plant some vegetables. And perhaps I'd pick up a fur coat—but not a real one, as that's pretty cruel, haha.



Thank you Ambrose for stopping by!! So guys, have you anything you want to ask Ambrose? Comment below if you do. The giveaway is for any eBook by Ambrose for 2 people. 

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Audiobook Review: The Hunted Tribe by Roma Gray!


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  • Narrated by: Terry F. Self
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 05-02-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Roma Gray
A teen descendant of a Native American tribe cursed by an ancient creature may be the only one who can save his bloodline in this YA supernatural thriller.
Deep in the North American forests lurks an animal spirit known as the Grishla. The Grishla is so ancient it pre-dates the human race by several million years, and it is so powerful and reclusive only very insightful witches know of its existence. Five hundred years ago, the Dwanake tribe possessed such witches. Drunk on their own power and arrogance, these witches attempted to enslave the Grishla. Enraged, the creature began hunting and killing the Dwanake. Desperate, the tribal elders ordered experiments on the Dwanake children to create the ultimate witch to defend their people. Sixteen-year-old Sean Wolf is that witch. But Sean is so powerful that he cannot control his own magic. Will he be able to defeat the Grishla or will he destroy himself and everyone that he loves?

My Thoughts: 

Let me tell you, this was an awesome book!! I honestly didn't know what to expect with this and will admit that the only reason I read it was the dinosaur on the front ;) I didn't read the blurb and went into it blind. 

This is about Sean. His mum thinks he is practicing witch craft because his dad nearly died in a fire. While he can do magic (though he doesn't know it yet) it isn't his fault the fire started, in fact, he saved his dad that night. There is a century old battle going on and a vicious animal spirit is on the hunt. The Grishla cursed Seans family and the tribe they are descendant from and has come to collect. After years of searching for a way to rid the tribe of he Grishla, Sean may be it. He might be their only hope, but he is clueless and the ony people who can train him, seem to turning up dead!!

I have to say that my favourite thing about this book is the lore! The Native Americans are fascinating and their mythology and legends are more so. The author put a lot of work into researching this and it showed. I loved reading about the Grishla and finding out all about it. You add in Druids, witches and magic, and you're definitely onto a winner!! This was well written and developed and I adored it.

Character wise, they were, again, well written and developed. Sean was a typical moody teen who pushes the boundaries. But he is essentially a good kid and has no clue about anything. His mother is horrible and his father is next to useless. I loved that he was sent to his grans!! She was awesome!! 

In all, a unique, well crafted story. It captivated me from the start and I need to know what is going to happen next. 

I enjoyed Terry F. Self's narration. He was clear and easy to listen to, I just found him a little unenthusiastic! I felt like he could have preformed the book a little better and added some oomph to it. A little more inflection would have worked better!! 

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Wicked Fallout by Kelly Charron Book Blitz and Giveaway!


Wicked Fallout
Kelly Charron
(Pretty Wicked #2)
Publication date: July 17th 2017
Genres: Adult, Thriller

“Wicked Fallout is a twisty cat and mouse psychological thriller that will keep you turning pages right up to the unexpected end. A creepy mix of horror and psychological insight, Charron takes you into the mind of a killer and doesn’t let go.”
~Eileen Cook, Author of WITH MALICE

Convicted of six murders when she was just fifteen, the notorious Ryann Wilkanson hasn’t been able to act on her darkest, deadliest urges for twelve years. She’s exhausted her appeals and has little hope of ever getting out of prison and back to hunting.
Until a media-hungry legal team mounts a campaign to do the impossible—get her immediately released with a commuted sentence.
Forensic psychiatrist Nancy Clafin has mere weeks to evaluate Ryann’s current mental state against her grisly past to determine if she’s changed. But under the shadow of her own questionable history, it’s not easy to separate her personal life from her professional duty.
At least that’s what Ryann is counting on.
Behind the cold steel doors of a Colorado maximum-security prison, will Nancy find a cold-blooded killer or a newly redeemed woman determined to right her past wrongs?
**This novel can be enjoyed as a standalone or as part of the Pretty Wicked series.
EXCERPT:

I spin around and see two women rolling on the ground, hair flying. Fights are a pretty rare occurrence, but when they happen it’s nasty. I once read that men fight to injure, but women fight to kill.
Sounds accurate.
The women roll closer to our table, and we all jerk out of the way in case some of the action heads toward us. I can hardly see who it is, but Georgina is quick to say it’s Roxie and Jinx. And they are going at each other: hands whacking, hair pulling, face slapping, and rib kicking. The whole nine. But it doesn’t go on for too long. Two guards descend on them, yanking the women apart. Some damage is already done. Jinx has a bloody nose and a swelling eye, and Roxie’s lip is split open.
“Fuck, man. Did you see that? Roxie almost killed the bitch! Bam!” Margot slams her hand on the table and my head rings. Jodi laughs. Must be nice for her to sit back and chuckle, since she’s never actually fought in here.
“Enough, Margot, or the guards are gonna be over here next.” Steph eyes her and Margot settles down.
The cafeteria is returning to normal so we sit again, and I try to force a spoonful of my cold, lumpy lunch down. It takes all my concentration to swallow the disgusting mouthful. My stomach clenches, so I drop my spoon.
“No offense, princess, but you look like shit,” Georgina says in between shovels. She’s a fat pig. No matter how disgusting the food is in here, don’t take your eyes off your plate or it’ll be in her goddamn mouth before you know what’s happening.
I lock my gaze on her. “Thanks. Just giving you a chance to feel a bit better about your ugly ass.”
She shoots me the finger.
“Seriously, you look pale, like even more than normal,” Stephanie chimes in, sounding far too motherly for my liking.
I smile. “Thanks, ladies. You sure are the fucking cheer committee today.”
“This shrink is really taking the piss outta you, huh? I ain’t never seen you so frazzled before,” Jodi says.
“I’m just tired. Been sleeping like shit, the food is inedible, and yes, talking in circles about your feelings is agony. So I’m taking donations—any booze, pills, or weed is welcome.” Most of what I say is bravado. Keeping up appearances is key to survival in this hellhole. I can’t afford to get caught with any contraband in case a miracle happens and I have a chance of getting out. What a kick in the tit that would be, if I got approved only to have a stupid joint found in my bunk.
“We’re all suffering in here, princess, so buck up.” Georgina braces her gigantic noggin on top of her propped arms.
It takes all my strength to stay calm. Sometimes people in here forget what I’m capable of. Maybe some of them don’t believe in my history and are willing to take a chance by coming at me.
Too bad I’m on my best behavior.
Margot puts a hand in Georgina’s face. “Lay off her, Gina. Ain’t none of us know what being examined under a microscope like that feels like. I know I’d be stressed to fucking shit if my whole future relied on talking to one damn bitch for a couple of weeks.”
“Thanks, Margot, but you don’t have to defend me.”
“Yeah, princess is a big girl. She can take care of herself, or so she wants us to think.”
I glower at her and swallow the scream that threatens to explode out of me. I’m afraid if I release it, I’ll never stop. “You got something to say?” I sit on my hands. Just in case I’m a little too tempted to gouge her eyes out.
Georgina stands up from her spot at the table across from me and walks around to my side. “Actually, yeah. I think you’re a fucking weak-ass bitch who ain’t no one afraid of in here, especially not me. You walk around all high and mighty, thinking you’re better than us, smarter and prettier than us, but guess what—you in here just like the fucking rest of us, and I ain’t scared by your supposed past.” She makes finger quotations an inch from my face.
I stand. We’re eye to eye. I can feel her hot, stinky breath on my face. Her finger jabs me in the chest. My blood fills my ears and I can’t hear much past the intense rushing. I clench my fists at my sides. Ready. I want her to come at me so badly. “Is that so? You gonna do something about it then?” I say, smacking her finger away from me. My eyes narrow on her acne-scarred face.
Before I can register what’s happening, I feel her two bony hands dig into my chest. The air is pushed out and I gasp. My legs tremble. Teeth clench.
It only takes me a second to leap onto her. Her fingers are entwined in my hair and I can feel the pressure as she yanks. I elbow her, and she lets go. The top of my hand swings across her cheek and I hear a loud slapping sound. Her head flies back, her arms wave wildly as she tries to grab a hold of me, but my adrenaline is pumping so hard that I don’t feel anything. My hands find their way to her neck. I squeeze and squeeze. Teeth gritting.
The power of my fingers pressing into the flesh of her neck makes me shiver with excitement. It feels like I can breathe for the first time since that day in the library all those years ago.
I have tunnel vision. I only see her eyes rolling back and her mouth attempting to suck in air. My heartbeat increases in my ears. Thump. Thump. Thump. My hands and wrists must be aching, but I don’t feel them.
Her arms keep flailing. Her fingers attempt to dig at my face. I don’t feel that either, I just keep pressing my hands into her. Squeezing. I wonder how much longer until she dies. I’m tingling all over.
And then I feel hands on me—pulling and yanking me off her. I fight harder, and then so do the hands.
My grasp is broken. I’m being lifted into the air. I’m screaming and swearing. I’m shaking, ferocious with rage. It’s a sensation from a time very long ago, yet it’s so familiar to me.
A man’s gruff voice breaks into my trance. My arms are twisted behind my back where I’m cuffed. Tightly. “That’s enough, Wilkanson! You’re done! You’re done!”
Now that I’m off her, I realize in a sobering moment that he might not be talking about just the fight. A hurtling wave of nausea makes my stomach twist and my mouth water.
I may have just ruined any chance I ever had to get out of here.
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I’m whisked away by two guards who throw me into solitary.
They aren’t gentle with me as they literally launch me inside the room. I’ve never been in here before, but I’ve heard enough horror stories to know I never wanted to see it. I land on the ground with a thud. My bones vibrate from the motion. My arms are sore and bruised above my elbows where I was manhandled.
“I got to say, I’m surprised to see you in here, Wilkanson. There goes your perfect record. Was it worth it?” The guard, Han, shakes his head. He looks like a disappointed daddy and not some guy who’s getting underpaid to deal with us lowlifes.
I remain quiet, as is my right. It’s about the only thing I can control in here.
The other guard that has kindly accompanied me to the hole is Rickers. Unlike Han, has a smug smile on his face, like he’s been waiting for this moment with a lousy fifty bucks riding on it.
Han spins me around and unlocks the handcuffs. My wrists are sore from being forced into the cold, hard metal. I rub them, trying to get the circulation back into my hands. My brain finally registers where I am as I look around the closet-sized room. There’s nothing in here but a sweat- stained pad on the floor and a disgusting dirty blanket that I wouldn’t touch for fear of contracting scabies or countless other contagious diseases.
“Someone will be in later to bring you to your hearing. Do you want anyone else there with you?” Rickers asks.
“What do you mean? I don’t understand what’s happening,” I say, and it’s the truth. I’ve never committed an offense before. My anger has dwindled, and I’m left in a state of confusion and shock. My body trembles. I can even feel my ribs shaking. What did I fucking do?
Han stands tall, shoulders squared, with his hand on his baton. He looks like he’s ready to take down a linebacker and not some hundred-and-ten-pound chick. “You’ll be taken in to see an adjudicator. You can bring in witnesses if you think it’ll help your case. You’ll tell them what happened and plead guilty or not guilty of the offense—in this case, assaulting a fellow inmate.”
“But Georgina started it. She hit me first!” Ugh. I hear the pitiful whine in my voice and I wonder how I suddenly became a petulant child. I need to get my shit together before the hearing if I have any hope in hell of being taken seriously. “Can you ask Stephanie Harvey and Jodi Brown to come? They were there.”
“We’ll see what we can do,” Han says.
“So what, I have to stay in here until then? How long does this hearing take to set up?” I ask. My palms are slick, and I wipe them on the thighs of my pants.
“It could be a few hours.”
“Oh, great,” I exhale, relieved.
“Or it could be tomorrow,” Rickers adds.
My eyes and mouth widen. “What? You mean to tell me that I could be stuck in this hell
hole overnight?” My mind reels. My bunk is shitty, but it’s the Westin compared to this hovel. “That’s right.” Rickers smiles. “Shoulda thought about that before you tried to kill someone in here.” He walks out with Han right behind him.
My hand goes up and I wave for them to stop. “No, wait. You can’t leave me.”
Han takes another step away. “I’m afraid we can, and just in case we’re not back today, sleep tight.” The hefty steel door slams shut. The sound reverberates, echoing painfully in my ears. I’m dizzy. The walls look like they’re getting closer. The air is cold and stale. My stomach turns over.
Think, Ryann. Lunch was served at one o’clock. The fight happened just after, which puts it around two. There’s got to be enough time to get a judge or adjudicator to see me. What if the warden won’t let Steph and Jodi out to testify for me?
I need water. My mouth is so dry.
Surely someone will come soon. In twelve years at this prison, I’ve never so much as hid a candy bar I wasn’t supposed to have. I don’t deserve this.
Fighting is a major infraction. Georgina wanted this. This was probably her fucking plan the entire time.
What the fuck did I do?





Author Bio:
Kelly Charron is the author of YA and adult horror, psychological thrillers and urban fantasy novels. All with gritty, murderous inclinations and some moderate amounts of humor. She spends far too much time consuming true crime television (and chocolate) while trying to decide if yes, it was the husband, with the wrench, in the library. She lives with her husband and cat, Moo Moo, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Black Moon Rising by D. J. Machale Nerd Blast and Giveaway!


Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Series: The Library (Book 2)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 3, 2017)


Synopsis
The next fast-paced, thrilling adventure from bestselling author D. J. MacHale! Check out a book and fall under its spell . . . literally.
Marcus is an agent of the Library--a place filled with tales that don't have an ending. Mysteries that won't be solved until Marcus and his friends Theo and Lu step in to finish them. Before it's too late.
Because mysterious accidents are disturbing a middle school in Massachusetts. Windows shatter for no reason. Bleachers collapse at a pep rally. Most of the students think they're just having a string of bad luck, but Marcus suspects something a lot more dangerous. Something like witchcraft. When the black moon rises, this story must come to an end . . . one way or another.

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Praise for THE LIBRARY Series

“A mysterious, hard-to-put-down book with a twisting plot, funny characters, and haunting souls. I can’t wait to hear what adventures they have next.” —A.J. H., age 11

“I read enough in just one day to fill my school reading log for a week.” —Michael C., age 10

“A unique, intriguing book filled with page-turning adventures.” —Madeline H., age 12

“Couldn’t put it down. I stayed up reading until 11:00 p.m. with only one thought in my mind: one more chapter!” —Ben H., age 11

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies. As an author, his ten-volume book series: Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space became a New York Times #1 bestseller.
He was raised in Greenwich, CT where he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm; engraving trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse…in between playing football and running track. D.J. graduated from New York University where he received a BFA in film production.
His film-making career began in New York where he worked as a freelance writer/director making corporate videos and television commercials.
D.J. broke into the entertainment business by writing several ABC Afterschool Specials. As co-creator of the popular Nickelodeon series: Are You Afraid of the Dark?, he produced all 91 episodes. D.J. also wrote and directed the movie Tower of Terror for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney. The Showtime series Chris Cross was co-created, written and produced by D.J. It received the CableAce award for Best Youth Series.
D.J. created and produced the Discovery Kids/NBC television series Flight 29 Down. He wrote every episode and directed several. His work on Flight 29 Down earned him the Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Children’s Script and a Directors Guild of America award nomination.
Other notable television writing credits include the ABC Afterschool Special titled Seasonal Differences; the pilot for the long-running PBS/CBS series Ghostwriter; and the HBO series Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective for which he received a CableAce nomination for writing.
In print, D.J. also authored the supernatural Morpheus Road trilogy; a whimsical picture book The Monster Princess; and The SYLO Chronicles, a thrilling sci-fi trilogy. He also wrote Voyagers: Project Alpha, the first of a six book science fiction adventure.
D.J.’s newest book series is The Library, a spooky middle-grade anthology about a mysterious library filled with unfinished supernatural tales, and the daring young people who must complete them.
D.J. lives in Southern California with his wife Evangeline and daughter Keaton. They are avid backpackers, scuba divers and skiers. Rounding out the household is a spoiled golden retriever named Casey and an equally spoiled tuxedo cat named Jinx.
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WEBSITE: http://djmachalebooks.com/
TWITTER: @DJMacHale
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Audiobook Review: The Orphans by Mike Evans!


When one man pushes science past it's breaking point, an unimaginable hell is unleashed on society. This apocalyptic book is brutal and beautifully described. The Orphans: Origins, Volume 1 is a zombie tale like no other before it.Frank Fox lost his wife to cancer eight years ago. He'd been recruited to work on a classified mission for a cure, which could have saved tens of thousands. On the verge of success, his wife unexpectedly lost her battle. He was sent home to care for his young son, Shaun, who still holds resentment today.Now, when a second chance at love holds promise, she tells him that she too is dying of cancer. Frank vows to cure her, not knowing of the deadly results and government cover-up that took place almost a decade earlier.When Frank thinks he has the cure, a new breed of zombies, the likes of which you've never heard about before, is unleashed. They each have the strength of 10 men and speed that can't be matched. Their hunger can never satisfied. When the outbreak happens, Frank wants but one thing: to get his only son, Shaun, and his friends free from town, and he fights a battle against zombies to do so.Listen to The Orphans to hear who makes it past day one! This story will leave your heart pounding, as this amazingly intense series is only beginning! Look for Surviving the Turned, Volume 2, coming soon.
My Thoughts:

Do you ever wonder how or why does the Zombie Apocalypse start? I mean, I know how it usually starts in books or movies, but if it was real, how would it start? Well I think Mike Evans hit a home run with this because it's exactly the way I think it would start!! 

The government recruit some top scientists to create something soldiers could use in defense of chemical warfare, but things don't go as planned. Frank Fox was one of the scientists but was sent home before he could see the finished product. His wife had died of cancer and he had to care for his son. Years later, he meets a woman and just as he proposes to her, she tells him that she has terminal cancer. He can't lose someone else to this disease, so gets his research out from the time he was working with the government and decides to try to modify it so it can become a cure. Well... that's all I'll say about it!! Want to know what happens? Then go buy it.

I find with a lot of the Zombie books I read, there is always an abundance of characters who are glossed over. I often find myself confused with what is happening to who, but not here. The author really took the time to let us get to know each and every character. We get to see how and why the outbreak happened and I loved that!! I loved that I became invested in them so quickly. I loved getting to see why someone would create something so destructive, why you would play God as such!! I pretty much loved everything about this!!

The story is compelling, it's entertaining, it's captivating and I devoured it. The pace is fast enough to hold your attention, and as it starts with kids shooting Zombies, you know it's going to become more scary and intense. The author has created an amazing book 1 and I can't wait to see if all the rest are just as good. I'm invested in the characters and need to know what's going to happen with them :) 

In all, a well crafted and developed story. This author knows how to tell a great story and I need more!!! 

The narration is the only thing that brought this down. The narrator was...... boring. I don't know, he was reading it slow and with little inflection, plus he seemed to take a lot of pauses in the middle of sentences. It was quite frustrating to listen to and was almost a DNF for me. I ended up having to speed up his narration and it became just about bearable. By the end, it didn't annoy me that much!! I will listen to the next one and can only hope he will have grown as a narrator with each one. 

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Red Right Hand by Levi Black Nerd Blast and Giveaway!


Series: The Mythos War (Book 1)
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (July 25, 2017)


Synopsis
Charlie Tristan Moore isn't a hero. She's a survivor. On a night when her demons from the past are triggered, she arrives home to something even more harrowing-an attack by three monstrous skinhounds, creatures straight out of nightmares. She fights but is outmatched. Just as hope seems lost, in sweeps The Man In Black, a rescuer even more monstrous and unlikely, dressed in a long, dark coat that seems to have a life of its own and with a black-bladed sword held in his terrible, red right hand.

Her rescue comes at a cost. She must become his new Acolyte and embrace a dark magick she never knew she had inside her. To ensure she gives it her all, he takes her friend and possible love, Daniel, in thrall as a hostage to her obedience. The Man in Black, a Lovecraftian chaos god, claims to be battling his brethren gods, other horrors who are staging an incipient apocalypse. But is he truly the lesser of all evils or merely killing off the competition? Either way, will Charlie be strong enough to save herself, Daniel, and possibly the entire world?
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Praise for RED RIGHT HAND

Red Right Hand is a perfect blend of old-school horror and modern storytelling sorcery. Levi Black is absolutely riveting! ―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Predator One and Deadlands: Ghostwalkers.

Visceral and creepy, Red Right Hand is a sincerely twisted tale that’s every bit as thrilling as it is macabre. ―Cherie Priest, bestselling author of Boneshaker and Maplecroft

A merge of horror and dark fantasy that will grab you by the throat! ―Faith Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series.

Red Right Hand is a beautiful, terrifying nightmare of a book. Stylish and nerve-wracking, it held me constantly in an iron grip as I read it...and has yet to let me go. More, Levi Black! ―Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of The Rules

Levi Black writes with bare knuckle confidence and a champion prizefighter’s skill. Red Right Hand is his first round combination that leaves you flat on the canvass, dazed and impressed. Get in the ring and be ready for battle. ―Nate Southard, author of Pale Horses and Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again?

Levi Black's Red Right Hand is visceral, violent, and sexy. This book has jaggedly-sharp humor, snappy patter and tight pacing that can literately leave you breathless at some points. It's crazy fun with unspeakable horrors! ―R.S. Belcher, author of Nightwise and The Six-Gun Tarot

Imagine that one of Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones showed up at your door and said, ‘You work for me now.’ That’s the premise of Red Right Hand, Levi Black’s grim and gory tale that takes urban fantasy into the darkest places of both the universe and the human heart. Riveting in both senses of the word: it grips your attention, and it feels like bolts punching through your flesh. ―Alex Bledsoe, author of Long Black Curl

EXCERPT
THE CHEAP ALCOHOL burned as it splashed down my throat.
Fumes roiled up the back of my esophagus, making me choke. It felt like getting punched in the tonsils with a fistful of kerosene.
I sucked in a breath, swallowing hard.
Dammit, Daniel …
I really like you.
Holding the dented, plastic bottle of vodka, I smeared my arm across my face, wiping away hot tears.
The first guy I … and he knew. He knew.
I fumbled keys out of my pocket and held them up, jangling them in front of my face. They woozed and blended in a fuzz of eyestrain, tears, and alcohol.
Now you know there’s nobody in this crappy world you can trust.
My rage had cooled on the walk home, devolving into a ball of hurt and anger and drunken fog. The stairs to the townhouse I shared were treacherous, threatening to throw me back down them with each step, but I wasn’t going to let them get the best of me.
I’m stubborn that way.
Besides, it was cold outside.
The key in my hand stabbed at the keyhole, brass clicking on brass. I had to lean my forehead against the door frame to get the key to slide into the lock. It turned in a smooth motion, barely a click to tell me it had unlocked. I stumbled across the threshold, slamming the door closed behind me, harder than I meant to.
Dammit.
At least the night is over. Just go to bed and try again in the morning. You’ve got jujitsu at ten. You can take it out on the mat.
My keys hit the table by the door with a metallic clatter, clashing against my roommates’ keys.
Keep it down, or you’ll have the whole house up. Shasta’ll want to know what’s wrong, and you do NOT want to get into that. Not tonight.
I looked up the stairs to my room.
Bed.
Just get to bed.
I’d taken only a few wobbly steps when the first skinless dog stepped from the shadows.
Copyright © 2016 by Levi Black

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Levi Black lives in Metro Atlanta with his wife and an array of toys, books, records, and comics. He's been weird his whole life and is almost as scary as he looks. Red Right Hand is his first novel.
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WEBSITE: https://leviblackbooks.wordpress.com/
TWITTER: @JamesTuckwriter
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14220711.Levi_Black
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Monday, 16 October 2017

Rick Chesler Author Feature and Giveaway!

Hi guys, on the blog today, I have one of my favourite authors. I've read nearly all of his books and loved them. His imagination always takes me away from the worries and stress of real life!! I will be giving away some of his books below, but first check  some of them out, read the interview and please, welcome Rick Chesler to the blog!! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rick Chesler holds a Bachelor of Science in marine biology and can often be found diving, boating or traveling to research his next thriller idea. A former contractor for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and the State of Hawaii, he currently lives in South Florida with his family, at the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Visit him online at twitter.com/rickchesler, facebook.com/rickchesler, or rickchesler.com.
Rick has such an amazing imagination. Before we get to the interview, here are two of my favourite ones by him!

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 An underwater luxury hotel on a gorgeous tropical island is set for an extravagant opening weekend with the world watching. The only thing standing in the way of a first-rate experience for the jet-setting VIPs is an unscrupulous businessman and sixty feet of prehistoric shark. As the underwater complex is besieged by a marauding behemoth, newly minted marine biologist Coco Keahi must face off against the ancient predator as it rises from the deep with a vengeance. Meanwhile, a human monster has decided he would be better off if Coco were one of the creature’s victims.

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An Antarctic research team hoping to study microbial organisms in an underground lake discovers something far more amazing: perfectly preserved dinosaur corpses. After one thaws and wakes ravenously hungry, it becomes apparent that death, like life, will find a way. Environmental activist Alex Ramirez, son of the expedition’s paleontologist, came to Antarctica to defend the organisms from extinction, but soon learns that it is the human race that needs protecting.

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Rick has many more amazing books, so please check out his Amazon page HERE, Book Depository page HERE, and his Goodreads page HERE. Now onto the awesome interview.

You have a lot of different types of books, from Dinosaurs to Uncontacted tribes, where do your ideas come from?
Many of them are focused on man vs. nature in some way, whether it be extinct or thought-to-be extinct life, something having to do with cryptozoology, or the environment itself. My stories often focus on people needing to get something very important done under challenging conditions, whether those be dinosaurs, big sharks or a freezing mountain top.

How do you develop your writing ideas?
I keep a simple Word file on my computer of story ideas. If I think of something I think might be good, Ill put a line or two about it in the file. I started it many years ago and it is like thirty pages long now. Some of my best stories come from combining two or more of these little ideas together into one concept, things that might seem totally separate at first, but then after a while, an interesting way to combine them will come to me. Sometimes those become stories that drive an entire novel or even series of novels.

Where do you find inspiration for your characters?
Usually the story informs what kind of major characters I need, but sometimes to breathe life into them I’ll give them some quirky trait inspired by someone in real life, like something funny they said, or a unique mannerism or type of voice, etc. News stories (and not only the major ones) are also full of ideas for characters. Sometimes, if a character is in a profession I don’t know much about, I might interview someone who actually does that in real life, and they always provide great insight, and not only in a factual or procedural way, but in the way they talk about and describe the people they’ve worked with over the course of their careers.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

In my late twenties, after reading novels for most of my life, I started to think that I might be able to contribute one of my own to the genres I enjoyed after having been entertained by so many others.

What writers inspire/d you?

Definitely Clive Cussler, in my teen years. His early Dirk Pitt series really hooked me on action-adventure with underwater settings. Then Michael Crichton, who wrote about these crazy science fiction scenarios with terrific realism and insane suspense. Many, many others as well, but those are two who I read just about everything they put out early on.

How has your writing career changed since you started?

On the business side, like a lot of writers, I’ve grown much more dependent on Kindle than I ever saw coming. I remember when ebooks were a curiosity, a real fringe thing. But at the same time I think it’s great that it gets so many people reading. Audiobooks, too, have become a bigger part of my readers’ experience than they were only a few years ago.

As far as the actual writing, I’ve done a lot more co-authoring than I would have guessed in my early days. But it helped me to put out more books in a shorter period of time, which got me noticed more, as well as allowing me to learn a lot from other writers, and have a lot of fun working with some great people who have become true friends.

What does your writing process look like?

I almost always start with some sort of outline. This can vary from a detailed, chapter by chapter document to a loose beginning, middle, and end framework. But usually I begin with a premise that can often be summed up by a what-if idea (e.g. what if a new island was formed by a volcano in international waters?) Then I flesh that out in outline form, including major characters, setting, and plot points. If the outline is thorough enough, I’ll then play around with rewriting it, looking at it spatially to see if it has a good balance of rising and falling action, that there are enough twists in the plot, at the right times. Sometimes I do this in Excel, where color coding is my friend. That helps to visually look at the story before beginning to write, to look for a sense of balance of different elements like pacing, characters, even themes. Other times I will take a less analytical approach and start writing with only the opening chapters outlined, and then outline ahead a few chapters at a time as I write the manuscript. Both methods have their advantages and drawbacks, but I do find the writing to go faster with a more thorough outline, because the essential story ideas have mostly been thought out ahead of time. It can be less flexible, though, than a looser outline that has more room to breathe as the story is written.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I’ve been writing with my MS Word set to a black screen with green font for quite some time now. I find it easier on the eyes than standard black text on white.

What are your writing goals for the next year?

Heading into 2018 I’ll be focusing more on the action-adventure genre, and probably not as much co-authoring as I’ve done in recent years, although I will still likely be doing some of that.

What is the most useful tool you use as a writer?
My imagination. Specifically, the ability to recognize the potential for a great story when I see one, or even part of one.

What is your latest book about?

UNCONTACTED is a human origins thriller about a secret guarded by two primitive tribes living on opposite sides of the world.

Name the five biggest distractions from your writing.
The Florida Keys outside my door
Beer
Strumming my ukulele
Reading
Video games

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Outside of reviews, readers do sometimes email me or contact me via social media, and I’m always glad they take the time to let me know what they thought about one of my books, regardless of what they say. Usually they say positive things, like I just wanted to let you know I read your book on a train or on the beach, or listened to the audiobook during my commute and I really liked it, will there be a sequel or more in that series? That kind of thing.

But every now and then I get complaints, like from animal rights activists about my first novel, WIRED KINGDOM, who were upset that I was “exploiting whales for money” by writing about a blue whale with a mounted webcam that broadcasts a murder at sea. Or sometimes a reader will write to nitpick me about some technical detail, like, “The F-18A couldn’t possibly be deployed that rapidly in that situation because…” that type of thing, which is fine.

And sometimes they are really inspiring / heartbreaking, like a woman who once told me she read one of my novels (HOTEL MEGALODON, I think it was) in the hospital while her husband was dying and she said it was the only thing that could take her mind off of things for even a little bit.

But mostly they’re just readers who are glad to have been entertained for a few hours, and I can’t ask for much more than that, because that’s my job.

What's the one thing you'd like to say to your readers?
Stay with me. Good things are coming! And thank you for reading.

Some Get to know me Questions

What’s the best vacation you ever had?

Fiji honeymoon with my wife.

What’s your favourite rainy day movie?
JAWS

If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would it be?
The Crucifixion.

What's your favourite place to read?

Wherever I can!

When you walk into a book store, where do you head first?
Why, to the Fiction section, of course, straight to the “Cs” to see if they might have anything by Rick Chesler! But seriously, as a reader, I usually check out New Releases, and then probably Thrillers.

If you had a million dollars, what would be the first thing you would buy?
More time to write!

Thanks so much Rick for stopping by, is there anything else you wish readers to know!!


Many thanks, Natalie, for the opportunity! I would like to let readers know that my next release will be book one in a new action-adventure series, ATLANTIS GOLD: An Omega Files Adventure, about a pair of ex-Navy treasure hunters on a globe-hopping search for the fabled lost city. Look for it later this year!

Here is my Amazon author page. Please click the “Follow” button in the upper left corner to receive notices from Amazon when I have a new release. Happy reading!


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