Calling Indie Horror/Thriller Authors! #IndieAuthors #horror #thriller

For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon Rising, 31 days of horror/thriller writers!   If you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, and would like to be featured, send me your info.  This is an opportunity not only for free publicity and book sales (hopefully), but also to crawl out from under your colossal TBR piles and buy more books!  Each post will feature one of your releases, a blurb, author bio, contact links, buy links, and a short interview.  If you’d like to include a giveaway or have alternative ideas for your post, I’m open to suggestions.

This is the third year of Bad Moon Rising and spots tend to fill up fast, so if you’d like to be included, email me at tpolen6@gmail.com.

 

Tipping Point (Project Renova #1) by Terry Tyler #TuesdayBookBlog #PostApocalyptic @TerryTyler4

‘I didn’t know danger was floating behind us on the breeze as we walked along the beach, seeping in through the windows of our picture postcard life.’

The year is 2024. A new social networking site bursts onto the scene. Private Life promises total privacy, with freebies and financial incentives for all. Across the world, a record number of users sign up.

A deadly virus is discovered in a little known African province, and it’s spreading—fast. The UK announces a countrywide vaccination programme. Members of underground group Unicorn believe the disease to be man-made, and that the people are being fed lies driven by a vast conspiracy.

Vicky Keating’s boyfriend, Dex, is working for Unicorn over two hundred miles away when the first UK outbreak is detected in her home town of Shipden, on the Norfolk coast. The town is placed under military controlled quarantine and, despite official assurances that there is no need for panic, within days the virus is unstoppable.

In London, Travis begins to question the nature of the top secret data analysis project he is working on, while in Newcastle there are scores to be settled…

This is the first book in the Project Renova series; the second, Lindisfarne, is due to be published in September 2017, with the final instalment in the middle of 2018. A collection of outtake short stories, Patient Zero, is in progress, and should be available around December 2017. – Goodreads.com

This is the first book I’ve read by this author and, to my knowledge, the post-apocalyptic genre is a different path for her.  I’m thrilled she decided to branch out, as this is a favorite for me.

With a variety of characters operating on various levels of the ‘Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark’ spectrum, the reader is introduced to those who bury their head in the sand, others who believe it’s a glitch the government will correct and a happy ending will be had by all, people who thrive on total anarchy, and doomsday folks who planned months in advance.  Vicki’s journey is very credible, from disbelief at what’s happening in her world, to eventual acceptance, and how best to survive and protect her daughter.

This is a disturbing story, not only because of the horrific circumstances and gradual breakdown of society, but also, even though an improbable situation, it’s quite believable.  That’s partly because it’s obvious the author did extensive research, but it also just makes sense in a twisted governmental conspiracy type of way.  I especially enjoyed the nods to some of my favorites – 28 Weeks Later, Dawn of the Dead, and The Walking Dead (Eugene!).

This is the first in a series, and I’m very glad I won’t have to wait long for the second book!  I’d highly recommend Tipping Point for post-apocalyptic/dystopian fans.  Get started now before the next book releases in September.

I received a digital ARC from the author.

 

Indie Author Friday: D. Wallace Peach #IndieAuthor #scifi #fantasy

Today’s Indie Author is an incredibly talented writer and poet and I also have to mention her stunning book covers – so vibrant and eye-catching.  Catling’s Bane is the Book of the Month at KC Books & Music and will be free on Amazon this weekend.  Welcome, D. Wallace Peach!

In the tiers of Ellegeance, the elite Influencers’ Guild holds the power to manipulate emotions. Love and fear, pain and pleasure, healing and death mark the extremes of their sway, but it’s the subtle blends that hook their victims’ hearts. They hide behind oaths of loyalty and rule the world.

A child born in the grim warrens beneath the city, Catling rues the rose birthmark encircling her eye. Yet, it grants her the ability to disrupt the influencers’ sway. Established methods of civil control disintegrate before her. She’s a weapon desired by those who reign and those who rebel.

To the Influencer’s Guild, she’s an aberration, a threat. They order her death and thus the betrayals begin. One woman protects and trains her, plotting to use her shield to further imperial goals. No longer a helpless child, Catling has other plans. As chaos shakes the foundations of order and rule, will she become the realm’s savior? Or its executioner?

Welcome to a world of three moons, a sentient landscape, rivers of light, and tier cities that rise from the swamps like otherworld flowers. A planet of waterdragons, where humans are the aliens living among three-fingered natives with spotted skin. Where a half-blood converses with the fog and the goddess plans her final reckoning.

What’s the most constructive criticism you’ve been given in your writing career?

My first book begged for criticism, and wow, did I get a boat load from some very generous and dedicated souls in my critique group. I did just about everything wrong and had to rewrite that entire tome from front to back about six times on top of all the usual editing passes. Many of the criticisms were straight-forward no-brainers – such as “only one POV per scene.” Less easily implemented was the advice “less is more.” Tighten, tighten, tighten has become my mantra and something I still work hard at.

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

When I was first published, my lack of knowledge could have filled a bottomless pit. I wasn’t hooked into the writing community through social media, so I didn’t even know that I was clueless. In hindsight, the biggest mistake was going with a traditional publisher. I gave up control over my books for six frustrating years. No control meant weak covers, zero promotional capability, and low sales. Without a doubt, I would have made mistakes without a publisher’s guidance, but I could have fixed them too! I’m much happier and more successful now as an indie author.

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

I received an email from a teenage fan who said that my first book “Myths of the Mirror” had helped her during a difficult time in her life. It’s a gentle book about choices and a pair of young people seeking their “Way” in the world. I was so touched by her note, and it summed up all I could have hoped for with that story.

Any unusual talents or hobbies?

These more personal questions are hard! My unusual talent is that I’m not afraid to try something new and fail. I enthusiastically take on any crazy project that triggers the old brain, and more often than not, I make a mess of things, learn my lessons, and do a better job the next time. First time successes are pretty fun too, though less common. The fearless failures have generated some life adventures to add to my writer’s file cabinet of experience.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

I don’t watch much television, but I haven’t missed an episode of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Vikings, and Westworld. All fantasy-ish shows – right up my alley. Most days, I watch a bit of the bizarre Washington DC “reality show” but turn it off before my head explodes.

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Honestly, the book hasn’t been written yet – probably because it would be incredibly dull. Nothing traumatic would happen, and there’d be no conflicts or hardships. The pace would drag, and the character would enjoy a great relationship with a wonderful family and friends, love and laughter. The world would be at peace and we’d truly be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. To sum it up, I like to write drama and death, but I wouldn’t want to live it.

Author Bio

D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

Social Media

Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Myths of the Mirror Blog: http://mythsofthemirror.com

Wallace Peach Books website: http://dwallacepeachbooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Myths-of-the-Mirror/187264861398982

Twitter: @dwallacepeach

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068749.D_Wallace_Peach

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Project Pandora (Assassin Fall #1) by Aden Polydoros #bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog @EntangledTeen @AdenPolydoros @chapterxchapter

Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced from home to home, he’s learned that lesson the hard way. Cue world’s tiniest violin. But when strange things start happening—waking up with bloody knuckles and no memory of the night before or the burner phone he can’t let out of his sight— Tyler starts to wonder if he can even trust himself.

Even stranger, the girl he’s falling for has a burner phone just like his. Finding out what’s really happening only leads to more questions…questions that could get them both killed. It’s not like someone’s kidnapping teens lost in the system and brainwashing them to be assassins or anything, right? And what happens to rogue assets who defy control?

In a race against the clock, they’ll have to uncover the truth behind Project Pandora and take it down—before they’re reactivated. Good thing the program spent millions training them to kick ass…Goodreads.com

With shades of Jason Bourne, morally ambiguous characters, and trained teenage assassins, I absolutely devoured this book in two days.  This is a dark, intense YA read I found difficult to put down.

Although this book is heavy on action, all the characters are captivating and well-developed – but by far, my favorite is Hades.  He’s cunning, dangerous, and untrustworthy, but with such a tragic backstory, I dare you not to like him.  He made the book for me.  I’ve read the author is working on a novella detailing Hades’s past – can’t wait to get my hands on that one.

Told from four POVs, I’d highly recommend this YA sci-fi/thriller to older teens and fans of espionage, conspiracy theories, and psychological thrillers.  Project Pandora knocked it out of the park.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.

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Indie Author Friday: Lucinda E. Clarke #IndieAuthor #thriller #autobiography @LucindaEClarke

Today’s author, Lucinda E. Clarke, has lived a colorful life so far – and after reading this interview, I’m inclined to believe more adventures lie in her future.  She shares with us a variety of award-winning books and a special talent I can identify with – ‘I’m a very average cook and my claim to fame is I’ve not poisoned anyone yet.’  My family can confirm this.

Walking over Eggshells:  myBook.to/WoE – available on all outlets

My story of growing up with a mother with Narcissistic Personality Disorder and my whirlwind life with a Walter Mitty husband who country hopped all over Africa. It covers 5 decades, 8 countries with never a dull moment.

Truth lies & Propaganda: http://goo.gl/Ws7b4w  &

More Truth, lies and Propaganda http://goo.gl/Ws7b4w – available on all outlets

Tales of my writing and filming career in Africa, from meeting Nelson Mandela, witchdoctors, royalty and everyday people in rural areas.

Amie: African Adventure Book 1 of 4 myBook.to/Amie1  – in Amazon KDP

I take Amie from her comfortable home and family outside London to Africa, but the moment she settles in, civil war breaks out and soon she fighting for her life.

Amie and the Child of Africa Book 2 myBook.to/Amie2 – in Amazon KDP

Amie and her husband are in hiding, but she is determined to rescue the little African child she fostered in book 1. Little does she know that Angelina is being held by a group affiliated to IS and she must use all her wits against this group of international terrorists.

Amie: Stolen Future Book 3  http://amzn.to/2ie5N72   – Amazon KDP

Amie loses everything, her possessions, her home, her family and even her name. She has never been more helpless or more alone. She is now forced to work for those who do not have her best interests at heart but she is determined to survive.

Amie: Cut for Life – due out in September 2017

Amie the most reluctant spy in history is sent on a look see mission which turns out to be more dangerous than she could ever have imagined. She has no idea who to trust or how to get 4 kidnapped children home to England.

Unhappily Ever After: A Fairy Tale for Grown-ups http://goo.gl/s7IQT4

A parody set in Fairyland in the genre of Rowan Atkinson and Tom Sharpe which shows the well-loved characters in a whole new light.

The very Worst riding School in the World – my free novella  myBook.to/WRS

What do you love most about the writing process?

Power! Now, this is going to sound awful, but I promise you I’m quite a nice person and would never do anyone any harm or hurt them in any way – but the same cannot be said about my writing. I just adore creating characters and then doing exactly what I want with them. I can put them in wheelchairs, give them a fatal disease, transport them unwillingly across the world and then, if they begin to annoy me I can kill them off after they watched the love of their life being tortured to death. As a writer I can do all those things I would never dare – or possibly want to do – quite safely, and know I’ve not broken the law.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

“Sign it and make time!” I’m going back now over 20 years to the day I wrote in my diary “My publisher flew down from Johannesburg and took me out to lunch.” One of those magical moments in any writer’s career, and yes, she worked for one of the big 5. They had already published one of my educational books, she held out a contract for a whole series and I turned it down. Not as crazy as you might think. At the time I was writing for radio, television and videos and they paid me quickly. I knew that royalties from further books would take months to arrive, and I needed to pay the rent and put food on the table. I didn’t have time to write books, scripts and go out on location, I was working 24/7 as it was. Now I’m retired and self-publishing I often wonder what if I had signed? Probably starved to death!

What is something memorable you’ve heard from your readers/fans?

I had no intentions of publishing my first book, a memoir “Walking over Eggshells.” I wrote it to explain to my children my life with my mother who could not or would not love me. It was only after her death that I discovered she suffered from a personality disorder and that knowledge washed away years of guilt. I met someone who’d had the same experience and after comparing notes, I decided to share the knowledge. I’ve received dozens of emails from all over the world thanking me for telling my story and how it has helped them. Those readers’ responses mean more to me than the silver medal I won.  It was worth all the hard work and I hope it will continue to enlighten many more people in the future.

Oh and a couple of readers have called me the new Wilbur Smith – for the Amie books – I loved that!

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I’m not sure I have! It has been a massive leap from radio and TV to the printed page, even though in my almost 40 years I’ve scribbled all the other stuff from mayoral speeches, to brochures, plays, adverts, articles, newspaper column etc. Each day I write I learn something new but the hardest thing for me is to keep track of timelines and characters for over 100,000 words. My editor tears her hair out. I am getting there, but I’ve always written from the heart, not mechanically plotting out from scene to scene before I write the first paragraph.

My biggest learning curve is the marketing side – what a nightmare for a techie idiot like me!

Any unusual talents or hobbies?

I really shouldn’t answer this one as I’m pretty mediocre at most things. My daily exercise – on the odd occasion I’m not writing – is to walk from the front door to the car. I’m a very average cook and my claim to fame is I’ve not poisoned anyone yet. I used to knit and sew, but nothing earth shattering. Is it unusual to move house at the drop of a hat? I’ve got permanent itchy feet, lived in 8 different countries to date and would relocate again if asked. I know the moment I press end on this I’ll remember some amazing talent I’d quite forgotten about, but right now, no, I’m nothing special.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?

I’ve retired – the retired bit is a joke – to Spain so we don’t get Netflix and only watch a couple of programmes a night if that, but my favourites are the European series and the one I watched last night on BBC 4 “I Know Who You Are” a Spanish production is excellent. Needless to say we read the subtitles! – but we do that with a lot of British programmes too, after living in Africa for most of my life, I can’t understand many of the local UK accents. I love series like “The Bridge,” “West Wing,” and “House of Cards,” programmes that are cleverly written and make you think and try to guess the end.

Author Bio

Abandoned in the African bush with a 9 week old baby and no resources Lucinda could look back on a childhood of mental abuse, without knowing that before her lay an even more bizarre future. She would run the worst riding school in the world, broadcast live with a bayonet at her throat, be fired from her teaching position and thrown into the media world. She would learn how to lie in the name of propaganda, write about dozens of topics for a variety of clients and have her own newspaper column. She would meet kings and statesmen, international artists and rural Africans. She would win several awards along the way for her scripting and films. Eventually she would reluctantly leave Africa to retire in Spain. A few months later she would begin writing books – seven to date in a variety of genres – and start a whole new career, collecting more awards.

Back in Europe Lucinda met many people who knew little about Africa except for what they had seen in the media. And so, the Amie stories were born, to paint a true picture of the peoples and culture on the Dark continent wrapped up in a thrilling series of adventures which reflect the author’s love for the lands she unwillingly left behind.

Social Media

Web: http://lucindaeclarkeauthor.com
Blog: http://lucindaeclarke.wordpress.com
Amazon author: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lucinda-E-Clarke/e/B00FDWB914/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7996778.Lucinda_E_Clarke
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucindaEClarke
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucindaeclarke.author

 

Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson #bookreview #sci-fi

An ingenious new thriller that weaves a path through history, following a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries, written by the New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse.

Present day: When a young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology uncovers a terrible secret concealed in the workings of a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll, she is thrown into a hidden world that lurks just under the surface of our own. With her career and her life at stake, June Stefanov will ally with a remarkable traveler who exposes her to a reality she never imagined, as they embark on an around-the-world adventure and discover breathtaking secrets of the past…

Russia, 1725: In the depths of the Kremlin, the tsar’s loyal mechanician brings to life two astonishingly humanlike mechanical beings. Peter and Elena are a brother and sister fallen out of time, possessed with uncanny power, and destined to serve great empires. Struggling to blend into pre-Victorian society, they are pulled into a legendary war that has raged for centuries.

The Clockwork Dynasty seamlessly interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings designed to live by ironclad principles, yet constantly searching for meaning. As June plunges deeper into their world, her choices will ultimately determine their survival or extermination. Richly-imagined and heart-pounding, Daniel H. Wilson’s novel expertly draws on his robotics and science background, combining exquisitely drawn characters with visionary technology–and riveting action. – Goodreads.com

Do I really need to say how ravishing this cover is?  I’ve read several other books by this author and he has yet to disappoint me.

The chapters alternate between past, present, and various settings in history and reveal how Peter and June are connected.  The history of the avtomats and how they each live by their ‘word’ is intriguing and I would have liked more details, but it looks like there’s a sequel, so I’m assuming the author plans to expand on that in a future book.  With intricate avtomat design descriptions and vivid imagery, the action scenes play out like a movie (especially when June experiences claustrophobia) – and I can easily picture this as a movie.

There’s no doubt I enjoyed Clockwork Dynasty, but I admit the pacing was a bit slow in a few places and I skimmed through some pages.  While Peter’s character was well-developed (I kept forgetting he wasn’t human), June felt a little flat and other than her engineering talents, I knew next to nothing about her.

If you’re familiar with Wilson’s books, you know they tend to revolve around artificial intelligence and robotics, so if that’s your thing, this is your book.  If, however, you’re looking for more of a steampunk feel, the cover is slightly misleading.  In my opinion, this book leans more toward sci-fi.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the digital ARC.

Calling Indie Horror/Thriller Authors! #IndieAuthors #horror #thriller

 

For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon Rising, 31 days of horror/thriller writers!   If you’re an indie author of horror/thriller books, and would like to be featured, send me your info.  This is an opportunity not only for free publicity and book sales (hopefully), but also to crawl out from under your colossal TBR piles and buy more books!  Each post will feature one of your releases, a blurb, author bio, contact links, buy links, and a short interview.  If you’d like to include a giveaway or have alternative ideas for your post, I’m open to suggestions.

This is the third year of Bad Moon Rising and spots tend to fill up fast, so if you’d like to be included, email me at tpolen6@gmail.com.