Calling Indie Horror/Thriller Authors! #IndieAuthors #bookpromo #BadMoonOnTheRise

For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon On The Rise, 31 days of horror/thriller writers!  download (5) If you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, send me your info.  This is your chance for free publicity, to talk up your book, learn about other authors of the same genre, and hopefully sell some books.  Each post will contain any information you’d like to include, such as a book synopsis, author bio, contact links, buy links and a short interview.

Only 3 spots left!  Email me at tpolen6@gmail.com with your name and title of your book and I’ll send you an info sheet within the next week.

I’d appreciate any help in spreading the word about this, so thanks in advance!

The Dead City by Dylan J. Morgan #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog #bookreviews @dylanjmorgan

Nuclear war devastated the planet of Hemera and shattered its main city, Magna. A 31329015century later, its sister planet, Erebus, despatched a team of soldiers to the city to rescue Hemera’s president and restore that world to its former glory. What the reconnaissance team found however was a violent mutated population—all they discovered there was death. Now, four weeks after the final mayday call from her decimated soldiers, Erebus has sent a larger force to Hemera’s surface. Colonel Paden is coming with them, but his desires go way beyond the rescue of the surviving recon team. A mountain of jewels and gold is rumoured to lie buried beneath the presidential palace, and Paden is here to claim the wealth he believes is due to him.

Dropped into an unforgiving world, Ryan and the other soldiers of Erebus Superior Armed Forces soon discover everything is not as they thought. Magna’s population is more deadly than they could ever have imagined, their Colonel more corrupt than they’d ever known. Seeking refuge in the president’s underground bunker, the combatants are forced to sacrifice everything just to stay alive.

Bandit clans control Hemera’s dead lands and they’ve surrounded Magna in an effort to claim the fortune that belongs to their planet. Mutants control the city streets, but all they want is the taste of human flesh. Trapped inside the dead city, Ryan must fight against a mutated population—against the greed, betrayal, and hatred of those who stand at his side—in a desperate battle for survival. – Goodreads.com

I’ve been anticipating this followup to The Dead Lands (review here) and was highly rewarded for my impatience patience.

The reader is immediately dropped into a riveting action sequence that will make you want to flip ahead to see what happens – but try to resist the urge!  The action sequences are vivid and extremely well done and I could easily picture the scenes as if watching a movie.

Morgan also possesses a talent at creating characters you love and those you love to hate and would like to feed to the mutants yourself – namely the greedy, narcissistic, and disgusting Colonel Paden.  That being said, one of the reasons Morgan’s books are so suspenseful is that you never know if one of your favorite characters will live or go down in a blaze of glory –  or even with a whimper.  But it sure does make for an exciting read.

And the ending!  Just when I thought the story was over, my heart rate had returned to normal, and I’d made peace with the sacrifices and deaths, a curveball came out of nowhere and left me in shock.  A dark, but nice twist that could lead to a sequel – I hope.  This book is scheduled for publication September 4th, 2016.

I received a copy of this book through Rosie’s Book Review Team in exchange for an honest review.

 

Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive 28374370dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it’s the “rex,” the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out.

But Samuel and his father aren’t the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books and sitting rooms. And if she can’t prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood.

As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. Their flourishing romance is one that will never be allowed. And with both eyeing the same prize, it’s a romance that seems destined for failure. As their attraction deepens, danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone’s secrets to come to light and forcing Samuel and Rachel to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other? – Goodreads.com

I had such fun reading this book.  My oldest son turned me into a dinosaur nerd when he was around 5 years old (he carried plastic dinosaurs with him wherever we went), so I loved the adventure and wonder of discovering new dinosaur breeds and fossils in this novel.

The two MCs, Samuel and Rachel, are nearly polar opposites in personality – him being more rash and impulsive, and Rachel the more practical and balanced type.  But they share a deep love of paleontology and their personalities play off each other quite well.  At times, they also display more maturity than their competitor fathers and it makes for some humorous situations.  While the reader knows a romance between them is a given, I appreciated that the author gave each of them their own character arcs apart from the romance, which made it a more interesting read for me.

I enjoyed everything about this book – the paleontology, feuding fathers, wild west setting with Native Americans, and the determination of a young woman to follow her own dreams during a time period where it was unheard of for women to have dreams other than marriage and children.  Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a well-paced adventure, humor, and a dash of romance thrown in.  This book is scheduled for publication September 20, 2016.

Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Calling Indie Horror/Thriller Authors! #IndieAuthors #bookpromo #BadMoonOnTheRise

For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon On The Rise, 31 days of horror/thriller writers!  download (5) If you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, send me your info.  This is your chance for free publicity, to talk up your book, learn about other authors of the same genre, and hopefully sell some books.  Each post will contain any information you’d like to include, such as a book synopsis, author bio, contact links, buy links and a short interview.

Only 8 spots left!  Email me at tpolen6@gmail.com with your name and title of your book and I’ll send you an info sheet within the next week.

I’d appreciate any help in spreading the word about this, so thanks in advance!

Dead Souls by J. Lincoln Fenn #bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog

From the award-winning author of the acclaimed novel Poe comes an edgy and bone-27274380chilling new novel.

When Fiona Dunn is approached in a bar by a man who claims he’s the devil, she figures it’s just some kind of postmodern-slash-ironic pickup line. But a few drinks in, he offers her a wish in exchange for her immortal soul, and in addition, Fiona must perform a special favor for him whenever the time comes. Fiona finds the entire matter so absurd that she agrees. Bad idea. Not only does Fiona soon discover that she really was talking to the devil incarnate, but she’s now been initiated into a bizarre support group of similar “dead souls”—those who have done the same thing as Fiona on a whim, and who must spend their waking hours in absolute terror of that favor eventually being called in…and what exactly is required from each of them in order to give the devil his due. – Goodreads.com

I read another book by this author, Poe (review here) a few years back and adored it, so when I saw Dead Souls up for review on NetGalley, I quickly requested it.

Obviously, making a deal with the devil isn’t the best decision in the world, and Fiona has no idea what she’s let herself in for.  The story leads the reader on a dark path of twists and turns and may not be for the squeamish, as some parts are a little grisly – something you should expect considering the subject matter.  I found it both interesting and surprising what some of the characters trade their souls for – realizing after the fact maybe their wishes should have been worded differently.

Something that didn’t work for me was the relationship between Fiona and Justin – I never bought into it, but part of that could have been because I never cared for Fiona, feeling frustrated at her stupidity and lack of self-esteem.  Maybe that’s what the author intended, as there were very few likable characters.

Dead Souls moves along at a brisk pace, offering an engrossing, horrific tale, not for the faint of heart.   This book is scheduled for publication September 20th.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Dead City by Dylan J. Morgan #FridayBookShare @ShelleyWilson72 @DylanJMorgan

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Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson.   Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare.  The rules are as follow:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favorite line/scene.

I’ve been reading The Dead City by Dylan J. Morgan.

First line:  Strobes of late morning sunlight sliced through the gaping shells of ruined buildings in radiant lances, stabbing a city long since dead.

Recruit fans by adding book blurb:  Nuclear war devastated the planet of Hemera and shattered its main city, Magna. A century later, its sister planet, Erebus, despatched a team of soldiers to the city to rescue Hemera’s president and restore that world to its former glory. What the reconnaissance team found however was a violent mutated population—all they discovered there was death. Now, four weeks after the final mayday call from her decimated soldiers, Erebus has sent a larger force to Hemera’s surface. Colonel Paden is coming with them, but his desires go way beyond the rescue of the surviving recon team. A mountain of jewels and gold is rumoured to lie buried beneath the presidential palace, and Paden is here to claim the wealth he believes is due to him.

Dropped into an unforgiving world, Ryan and the other soldiers of Erebus Superior Armed Forces soon discover everything is not as they thought. Magna’s population is more deadly than they could ever have imagined, their Colonel more corrupt than they’d ever known. Seeking refuge in the president’s underground bunker, the combatants are forced to sacrifice everything just to stay alive.

Bandit clans control Hemera’s dead lands and they’ve surrounded Magna in an effort to claim the fortune that belongs to their planet. Mutants control the city streets, but all they want is the taste of human flesh. Trapped inside the dead city, Ryan must fight against a mutated population—against the greed, betrayal, and hatred of those who stand at his side—in a desperate battle for survival.

Introduce the main character:  Ensemble cast, but I’ll focus on Ryan:  brave, loyal, protective

Delightful design:

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Audience appeal:  Sci-fi/post-apocalyptic/thriller fans – some scenes require a strong constitution

Your favorite line/scene:  “Do your job,” Marshal added.  “Make it quick, make it professional.”

Green light,” the robotic voice said.  “Commence disembarkation.”

Ryan’s pulse hammered hard, excitement thundered through him.  It’d been too long since he’d jumped from a TC in combat, with a clear objective laid out instead of a simple training exercise.  He felt alive, energized – and aroused.

“Let’s do this!” Marshal shouted, and stepped into the air.

Breathing out, relaxing his muscles as best he could, Ryan followed his commanding officer into the city.

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich #bookreview #horror

A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped 28449150there, by The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich.

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too–the questions that Silla can’t ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? – Goodreads.com

This author’s first book, The Dead House (review here), was a chilling, wonderful debut, so I was anxious to read her followup novel and might have done a little dance when I received it from NetGalley.

This book contains such vivid imagery with the creaking old manor containing rooms that haven’t been opened in years and the dangerous forest surrounding it – a perfect setting for this supernatural tale.  Told primarily from Silla’s perspective, it’s difficult to determine what’s real and what isn’t, as her sanity seems to spiral in different directions.  And the trees!  When Silla thinks they’re moving closer to the house, it brought to mind the hedge animals in The Shining.  Her journal entries and various sizes of fonts used in formatting are clever tools in portraying her emotions and jagged perception of reality.

At times eerie, heartbreaking, and breathtaking, this is a dark, addictive, and totally captivating read with an ending you may or may not see coming, but one you won’t soon forget.  This book is scheduled for publication September 6th, 2016.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.