Calling #Horror, #Thriller, and #Paranormal #IndieAuthors for #BadMoonRising

 

For the month of October, Books & Such will again be featuring Bad Moon Rising!  If you’re an indie author of horror, thriller, or paranormal books and would like to be featured, send me your info.  Free publicity, book sales (hopefully!), new authors to follow, and more books added to the TBR – what’s not to like?

Each post will feature one of your releases, a blurb, author bio, social media 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 fifth 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.

#ShareAReviewDay Tuesday – The Gemini Connection by Teri Polen

Author Marcia Meara very generously loans out her blog for #ShareAReviewDay every Tuesday and featured The Gemini Connection this week. While you’re there, check out her romantic suspense series, Wake-Robin Ridge and Riverbend. Thanks again, Marcia!

The Write Stuff

Our second guest of the day is author Teri Polen, who is sharing a terrific review of her book, The Gemini Connection. This one ticks all the boxes for folks who love sci-fi adventure and action, combined with unbreakable bonds between brothers. I know you’ll want to share it all over social media. Thanks!

REVIEW:

D. W. Peach

June 23, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Oh, what a fun read. Sci-fi fans will have a blast with this thriller, but readers who love human stories will thoroughly enjoy this book too. Simon and Evan are twins with a unique connection even though they are strikingly different. Simon is cerebral, a scientist and gentle soul. Evan is a jock with a temper and a painful chip on his shoulder—he’s never been able to live up to his parents’ expectations.

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WWW Wednesday: What Am I Reading? #amreading

WWW Wednesday is a meme from Sam at Taking On A World Of Words

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

If you know me, what I’m currently reading may surprise you.  I’ve read nearly all of D.G. Driver’s novels (she’s practically a neighbor, living in Nashville).  All the Love You Write is the continuation of a novella (here) I read by this author a few years ago.  The interfering ghosts mentioned in the description are Mark’s grandparents who left behind love notes they’d written to each other while his grandfather served in the Vietnam war.  I challenge you to read this and not have every heartstring you possess tugged on.  Such a sweet, heartwarming story.

A story about young love, first love, true love, timeless love, and the power of love letters.

Mark and Bethany are two mismatched high school seniors in a new relationship.

It’s doomed to fail.

Mark has adored Bethany since middle school, and she’s finally giving him a chance. Only, he’s clumsy at romance and knows he’ll lose her because of it. Bethany thinks Mark is sweet. Only, she’s afraid to commit her whole heart to him because he’s going into the army and she’s headed off to college.

Fifty years earlier, a boy and a girl from the same high school shared an amazing but tragic love story. They have now returned as ghosts and are interfering in Mark and Bethany’s relationship.

Who are they? Why do they care what happens to Mark and Bethany?

Over the weekend, I finished The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett.  What a fun romp this was!  With ciphers, puzzles, and teasing dialogue, this had the feel of an Indiana Jones movie.

The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father.

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it. 

Next, I’ll read Hood Academy by Shelley Wilson.  It’s been a while since I’ve read werewolves (Twilight maybe?), so I’m excited to get to this one.

Will she follow the pack…or destroy them?

A dead mother. A violent father. A missing brother.

When Mia’s father is murdered, it’s her estranged uncle that comes to the rescue, but what he offers her in return for his help could be worse than the life she is leaving behind.

Taken to Hood Academy, a unique school deep in the forest, she discovers friendships, love, and the courage to stand on her own.

Mia takes the oath that seals her future as a werewolf hunter, but not everyone wants Mia to succeed.

Screams in the night. Secret rooms. Hidden letters. Mia becomes an important piece in a game she doesn’t want to play.

Loyalty, friendships, and family bonds are tested as Mia discovers her true identity, but will the truth set her free, or will it destroy her? 

 

The Warehouse by Rob Hart #bookreview #thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Cloud isn’t just a place to work. It’s a place to live. And when you’re here, you’ll never want to leave. 

Paxton never thought he’d be working for Cloud, the giant tech company that’s eaten much of the American economy. Much less that he’d be moving into one of the company’s sprawling live-work facilities. 

But compared to what’s left outside, Cloud’s bland chainstore life of gleaming entertainment halls, open-plan offices, and vast warehouses…well, it doesn’t seem so bad. It’s more than anyone else is offering. 

Zinnia never thought she’d be infiltrating Cloud. But now she’s undercover, inside the walls, risking it all to ferret out the company’s darkest secrets. And Paxton, with his ordinary little hopes and fears? He just might make the perfect pawn. If she can bear to sacrifice him. 

As the truth about Cloud unfolds, Zinnia must gamble everything on a desperate scheme—one that risks both their lives, even as it forces Paxton to question everything about the world he’s so carefully assembled here. 

Together, they’ll learn just how far the company will go…to make the world a better place. 

Set in the confines of a corporate panopticon that’s at once brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is a near-future thriller about what happens when Big Brother meets Big Business–and who will pay the ultimate price.

I’ll be honest – although this book description intrigued me, it was Blake Crouch’s recommendation that made me want to read this novel.  After finishing, I had to sit with it a few days because I honestly didn’t know how I felt about it.

Few people will read this description and not immediately think of Amazon.  The Warehouse is a cautionary tale, albeit extreme, that paints a harrowing futuristic picture.  Cloud controls or has influence over nearly everything – the business environment, laws, politics.  Seemingly nothing is out of its reach.

I didn’t particularly care about these characters, but their moral ambiguity was intriguing and held me enthralled.  Paxton harbors feelings of anger and retribution after his small business is crushed by Cloud – and yet he finds himself working for the tech company.  Zinnia will sacrifice anything or anyone to accomplish her goals.  And Gibson Wells, the multi-billionaire owner of Cloud, truly believes everything he’s done has made the world a better place.

This is a well-paced thriller with some suprising plot twists, and the sections showing the monotony of Paxton’s and Zinnia’s lives are brilliant.  The Warehouse is undoubtedly one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read this year.  It will leave you feeling unsettled, and I guarantee you’ll still be thinking about it days after reading.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

 

#TheLionKing and #BadMoonRising

Happy Monday!  I’m still playing catchup and have several unchecked boxes on my to-do list – which I’m hoping to take care of before vacation.  I’m keeping the vision of waves, sand, a chair, books, and an umbrella at the forefront of my brain for inspiration.  And I have to make my list of beach reads!

Last weekend we visited with my oldest son and went to see The Lion King.  At around two-years-old, he was obsessed with it – shirts, shoes, sheets, a sleeping bag, and action figures he took everywhere – we contributed a lot toward Disney’s healthy bottom line.  He also watched the movie on video every night.  Hubby and I could probably still recite it from memory.  Seeing the new movie with him was special – kind of like coming full circle (or circle of life – you know I just had to throw that in).  We all had the same opinion – the new version wasn’t bad, but the animated one is still  better.

In case you missed it next week, I still have openings for Bad Moon Rising in October.  About half the spots filled up the first day, so contact me at tpolen6@gmail.com soon if you’d like to participate!  Click here for more details.

Cover Reveal: Eventide by Mae Clair #thriller #supernaturalsuspense

In case you missed it yesterday, Mae Clair revealed the beautiful, eerie cover to Eventide, the final book in her Hode’s Hill series. I’ve got my copy pre-ordered – do you?

From the Pen of Mae Clair

Hi, friends! Thanks for joining me today as I roll out the cover of the final book in my Hode’s Hill Series of novels. A special thanks to Staci Triolo for designing the snazzy header image for me. Isn’t it great? I was so appreciative of Staci’s help, given I feel like I’ve been treading water lately. But then I know she is, too. Most writers recognize it as a regular state of mind.

Every once in a while, we get something sparkly to distract us. For me it’s my latest cover.

Book cover for Eventide, a Hode's Hill novel by Mae Clair shows an old abandoned house in a wash of blue tones

Release Date: December 31, 2019
Genre: Supernatural Thriller / Suspense /Mystery
Publisher:  Kensington Publishing • Lyrical Underground Imprint


As with the first two novels in the Hode’s Hill series, Eventide features a dual timeline with two mysteries—one set in the present, one in the 1800s—that intertwine at the end.

Blurb:
The darkness is coming . . .

The…

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Containment (Sanctuary #2) by Caryn Lix #bookreview #YA #scifi

They may have escaped Sanctuary, but Kenzie and her friends are far from safe.

Ex-Omnistellar prison guard Kenzie and her superpowered friends barely made it off Sanctuary alive. Now they’re stuck in a stolen alien ship with nowhere to go and no one to help them. Kenzie is desperate for a plan, but she doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Everyone has their own dark secrets: Omnistellar, her parents, even Cage. Worse still, she’s haunted by memories of the aliens who nearly tore her to shreds—and forced her to accidentally kill one of the Sanctuary prisoners, Matt.

When Kenzie intercepts a radio communication suggesting that more aliens are on their way, she knows there’s only one choice: They must turn themselves in to Omnistellar and destroy the ship before the aliens follow the signal straight to them. Because if the monstrous creatures who attacked Sanctuary reach Earth, then it’s game over for humanity.

What Kenzie doesn’t know is that the aliens aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Omnistellar has put a bounty on Kenzie’s head—and the question is whether the aliens or Omnistellar get to her first. 

I read the first book in this series, Sanctuary, last summer and referred to it as a mixture of Alien and X-Men.  I was thrilled to receive an ARC of book two.

First, I have to comment on the book covers – they’re beautiful, bold, and completely eye-catching.  It’s easy to tell they’re part of the same series.  To say this diverse cast of characters experienced traumatic events in Sanctuary is an understatement.  Because of what happened to them, some are understandably suffering from PTSD – which is something you don’t see addressed very often in YA novels and is handled very well.

This author is brilliant at ending chapters on exciting cliffhangers.  I’d plan to read a couple of chapters before bed, then wind up going through two more because I had to know what happened next.  Character development is also a strength, and it’s easy to see how these characters have evolved from the first book.

Pacing was a bit of an problem for me.  This book sits at around 500 pages, and I felt it could have been tightened in some areas.  Kenzie is dealing with a lot of issues – guilt, relationship woes, death of a parent – and her internal thoughts about this take up a chunk of the first 50% of the book to the extent I felt it overshadowed what was happening in front of her.  I read an ARC, so this may change with the final version.

Containment ends on a cliffhanger (just like most of the chapters!), so I’ll be anxious to read the next book in the series.  If you enjoy high stakes sci-fi that ventures into the horror arena, I’d recommend this series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.