Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry #YA #supernatural #contemporary #TuesdayBookBlog

The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.
 
In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.

This book deals with some heavy subject matter – a family grieving in various ways after the tragic loss of their sister.

For me, the bonds between the sisters are one of the highlights of the story.  Sure, they have their squabbles, but will also defend each other until the end.  Each has their own distinct personality and way of dealing with grief – some in not the most healthy ways – and I appreciated the different POVs of each sister.

My favorite parts of the story are when Ana’s ghost tries to communicate with her sisters – I always love the addition of anything supernatural – and it’s the primary reason I requested this book.  Without giving away spoilers, one situation involving Ana left me hanging at the end, and I would have liked to know the outcome.  Some parts, while interesting, felt a little disjointed and didn’t really come together for me.

This is a well-written, quick read (I read it on a two hour flight), but a dark, heavy tale of grief and loss with a supernatural twist.

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

 

 

End of Day (Hode’s Hill #2) by Mae Clair #bookreview #supernatural #suspense

The past is never truly buried…  

Generations of Jillian Cley’s family have been tasked with a strange duty—tending the burial plot of Gabriel Vane, whose body was the first to be interred in the Hode’s Hill cemetery. Jillian faithfully continues the long-standing tradition—until one October night, Vane’s body is stolen from its resting place. Is it a Halloween prank? Or something more sinister?  

As the descendants of those buried in the church yard begin to experience bizarre “accidents,” Jillian tries to uncover the cause. Deeply empathic, she does not make friends easily, or lightly. But to fend off the terror taking over her town, she must join forces with artist Dante DeLuca, whose sensitivity to the spirit world has been both a blessing and a curse. The two soon realize Jillian’s murky family history is entwined with a tragic legacy tracing back to the founding of Hode’s Hill. To set matters right, an ancient wrong must be avenged…or Jillian, Dante, and everyone in town will forever be at the mercy of a vengeful spirit.

This review was meant to be posted months ago, so I have no idea why it was still in my review draft folder.  Maybe it’s fortuitous, because the first book in this series, Cusp of Night, is free, and this book and the last, Eventide, are $0.99 through February 25th.  Take advantage of this deal now – you won’t regret it!

I loved the first book in this series and was so excited to read End of Day, I made it my choice for book club.

This is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold, dreary night.  Some scenes will send chills up your spine and have you glancing over your shoulder to make sure no one’s there.  With book club members, it spawned spirited conversations ranging from genetics (an odd choice, I know) to our beliefs in ghosts and mediums.  For this horror fan, it was a highly enjoyable meeting.

As with the first book in the series, I especially enjoyed the alternating timelines and how Gabriel’s fate was gradually explained.  I remembered Dante from the previous book and looked forward to learning more about him.  He’s now one of my favorite characters in the series, and his scenes with Elliott in the role of a substitute father figure warmed my heart.  Jillian’s tragic circumstances immediately pulled me in, and I count her therapy dog, Blizzard, as one of the best bookish furry friends I’ve read.

End of Day is a compelling blend of paranormal, thriller, and mystery, and although part of a series, can easily be read as a standalone.  I  highly recommend this well-written, atmospheric read.

The Last Christmas: A Repairman Jack Novel by F. Paul Wilson #bookreview #supernatural #thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

Jack is back.

Wilson never said he was through with Repairman Jack. He said he was through turning in a new novel every year. He also said when a story came along that was right for Jack, he’d write it.

The Last Christmas is that story.

It’s late December between Ground Zero and Fatal Error, a winter of discontent for Jack who’s perhaps spending too much time hanging at Julio’s. An old contact, Edward Burkes, convinces him to take on a missing-person fix. As usual, nothing is as it seems, and the missing person isn’t exactly a person. In fact, it’s like nothing anyone has ever seen.

And in the middle of all this, the mysterious Madame de Medici hires him to safeguard a valuable object. Simple, right?

Not even close.

Yep, Jack is back and, as usual, weird trouble is on his heels.

Many years ago, a friend loaned me Conspiracies, the third Repairman Jack novel. I was immediately hooked and scrambled to read the first two in the series.  Since then, I’ve remained a loyal fan and have read every book, as well as Repairman Jack: The Early Years.  I was distraught when I’d believed the last book of the series had been written a few years ago – so imagine my excitement when I saw a new Jack book on NetGalley!

Repairman Jack is hands down one of the coolest characters I’ve ever read, and it was such a treat to hang out again with him, Abe, Gia, Vicky, Julio, and Parabellum again.  This latest “fix” involves some genetic engineering, but still ties in with the overall arc of the series.  Jack using his powers of “persuasion”, sweet moments with Gia and Vicky, discussions over food with Abe, nail-biting close calls – it’s all here.

This series is classified as horror – not the gore variety – but closer to supernatural occult.  If that’s even a category.  If you enjoy intelligent MCs, otherworldly themes, exciting action sequences, and memorable characters, look no further.  Repairman Jack will always be at the top of my list of favorite books.  Jack is back!

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

#BadMoonRising: Lost on the Water – A Ghost Story by D.G. Driver #YA #ghoststory #supernatural

Happy Halloween!  We come to the final day of Bad Moon Rising where we’ve debated the pros and cons of vampires versus werewolves, Jack versus Carrie, aliens versus serial killers, and many other harrowing situations, while also discovering new authors and books.

Today’s author has already spent the night in a haunted hotel and says while it was spooky, she’d go for it again.  I’ve read her featured book (how awesomely eerie is that cover?), and it’s likely to raise the hairs on the back of your neck.  Even better, it’s also on sale until until November 8th – so what’s stopping you from curling up with this supernatural tale tonight?  Welcome D.G. Driver!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house? 

I have spent the night in a haunted hotel before on a ghost hunt. While thrilling, it was definitely spooky. So, I think I’ll go for the haunted house, hoping that it has fewer ghosts to hide from and outrun than the haunted graveyard.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Oh, I definitely choose vampire. Werewolves are messy and never remember what they’ve done. Plus, it seems like it hurts a lot turning into a werewolf. Vampires can be classy, if they choose to, and they can pick their victims and whether or not they’re going to drink them to death or not.

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

Well, I was a teen in the 80s, so this isn’t a real question. Ha ha! I remember rushing home from school to see Thriller the first time on MTV. My theater friends and I danced to it around the track in the Homecoming parade one year. It will always be the best Halloween song.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

When I was a teenager, I started writing a very Indiana Jones inspired story set in Hawaii, dealing with Hawaiian mythology. The story was probably awful, but I could get into living in Hawaii for a year and coming up with something interesting. Maybe another mermaid book.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

The cover for Lost on the Water – A Ghost Story is my favorite. I think my designer, Caroline Andrus, who does all the covers of my books with Fire and Ice YA Books, really captured the tone and feel of the story. I like the greenish/gray tone of it, too. We went back and forth a few times until she nailed it.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Ooh, let me think about this. I wrote 3 full-length novels (1 horror, 2 fantasy) back in the 90s that I abandoned. I have 2 middle grade historical novels that were published in 1999/2001 by a tiny press that quickly went out of business. I have 3 more middle grade novels that are complete. I have some hope for one of them, but the others will probably never be published. I have a play that was produced but hasn’t been published. I also wrote a couple screenplays, and I’m considering turning at least one of them into a novel at some point.

One girl’s daring adventure turns into a long frightful night lost on the water.

Forced to leave the California beach behind to spend the summer with her grandma in rural Tennessee, Dannie is certain this will be the most boring summer of her life. Things start looking up when a group of local kids, mistaking her short hair and boyish figure, invite her on their ‘no girls allowed’ overnight kayaking trip. Obviously, her grandma refuses to let her go. But Dannie suspects the real reason is that the woman is afraid of the lake, only she won’t tell Dannie why.

Longing for freedom and adventure, Dannie finds an old rowboat hidden behind the shed and sneaks off on her own to catch up to her new friends. It seems like a simple solution … until everything goes wrong.

Dannie soon discovers this lake is more than just vast. It’s full of danger, family secrets, and ghosts.

Purchase Link

Lost on the Water – A Ghost Story is discounted to $2.99 through November 8th for Halloween season. (I believe by the time this post comes out it will have been transferred to Kindle Unlimited.)

https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Water-D-G-Driver-ebook/dp/B07F983SKT

in print http://www.lulu.com/shop/d-g-driver/lost-on-the-water/paperback/product-23691615.html

Bio

D.G. Driver is an optimist at heart, and that’s why she likes to write about young people making an impact on the world. You’ll find among her books a teen environmental activist, a young girl teaching people about autism acceptance and to stop bullying people with special needs, a princess who wants to be more than a prize for a prince, a boy who wins a girl’s heart by being genuine and chivalrous, and a girl who bravely searches for a friend lost along the shore of a dark lake. She is an award-winning author of books for teens and tweens, but you’ll find some romance and horror stories published in anthologies, too. When Driver isn’t writing, she’s a teacher at an inclusive child development program in Nashville, TN. She might also take a break from writing once in a while to strut the stage in a local theater production. You’re guaranteed to find her belting out Broadway show tunes anytime she’s driving. Learn more about her books at www.dgdriver.com

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#BadMoonRising: Saving Hascal’s Horrors by Laura Smith #ghosts #supernatural #middlegrade

Hanging out in a haunted graveyard or spending the night in a haunted house?  This author has no problem with either – she’s done both.  And if the Ghostbusters need a new recruit?  She’s ready – already has the proton pack.  Welcome Laura Smith!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I’ve actually walked through a haunted graveyard at midnight, and it didn’t really phase me. Cemeteries are pretty peaceful places at any time of day, and as long as your intentions are innocent, nothing should bother you.

I’ve also spent the night in old, eerie houses and even once slept over in a church as a kid which was pretty creepy, but as a horror fan, it’s also exciting. It’s everyday life that scares me, and having other people around me who are afraid of the paranormal always makes me feel braver not only to face a potentially scary situation but also to come out of my shell in response to that adrenaline rush that you get from being scared.

Would you rather spend a night in The Overlook Hotel with Jack Torrance or be in the high school gym during prom with Carrie?

While I’d love to experience the isolation of staying in a hotel during a blizzard, I’d be more in my element around Carrie. I feel like she would leave me alone, and I’d either be able to stop her from getting drenched in pig’s blood or at least get out of there before she freaks out. Also, Carrie is my favorite Stephen King book so that alone gets my vote.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Definitely the Ghostbusters. I watched both movies religiously as a kid, and my brother, sisters, and I had toy proton packs that we would use to play Ghostbusters while the cartoon played in the background. So, I feel like I’m really practiced in the art of busting ghosts. I’ve also never seen an episode of the X-Files. So, it was an easy choice.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

Saving Hascal’s Horrors is easily my favorite cover. I drew the image myself and chose the font. It’s not perfect, but it’s personal, and each silhouette perfectly represents each of the main characters in the story.

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

I love to read, watch movies, draw, exercise, garden, watch YouTube videos, shop, and spend time with my family. I’m never bored. There are always projects or activities in progress in or around my house, and this year, I’ve taken on so many writing gigs, including starting my own blog, that there’s always writing to do. If I could freeze time or add more waking hours to my day, I would, but I always finish what I start.

What are you working on now?

In terms of novels, I’m working on a trilogy about a little girl who gets super powers after losing her eyesight in one eye in a freak accident. The series has a strong anti-bullying message. Each character is bullied for a different reason, and it’s populated with my most diverse cast yet. Two books in the series are finished. The first is in the process of being submitted to agents and publishers, the second is in the editing process, and the third is still being written. I’m determined to get this series traditionally published, even if it’s just by a small, independent press, but I’m still proud to be called an indie author.

Ten-year-old Mike Hascal loves horror movies. His family owns a horror-themed shop that his sister, Julie, inherited from their dad who died when Mike was only two. Before his death, the shop held a contest to see who could find and photograph a real live ghost. Two teenage boys went into some nearby woods looking to win this contest. One of the boys, Shawn Mackey, never made it out of the woods. Shawn’s father, a teacher at Mike’s school, then forced the Hascal family to close their shop to the public.

When Mike finds out about this, he and his friends, along with his new friend and horror movie lover, Freddy Nickerman, spend the summer planning a search for Shawn’s body in the now forbidden woods. Will Mike and his friends make it out and save the shop, or will the ghost of Shawn Mackey keep them from leaving too?

Purchase Links

Amazon

Bio

Laura Smith is an author, blogger, and freelance writer from Pittsburgh, PA. She has self-published three middle grade books, writes book reviews for LitPick, reviews movies for HorrorScreams VideoVault, and blogs for HubPages and her own personal blog. She is a life long horror fan, and her love of the genre led her to write her second novel, Saving Hascal’s Horrors, which is an homage to both the kid-friendly and adult horror books and movies that she devoured growing up. When she’s not writing, she’s usually watching movies, drawing, gardening, shopping, and spending time with her family.

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#BadMoonRising: A Halloween Tale by Austin Crawley #YA #supernatural

As a kid, who wasn’t dared (or even double or triple-dog-dared) to do something?  Like, say, go into the neighborhood haunted house?  Today’s author reveals what happens when a group of teens accept that dare with his new release, A Halloween Tale.  Welcome Austin Crawley!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I’d choose the haunted house. Graveyards are pretty wide open and the best you might get is a wandering spirit. Haunted houses can get really intense!

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

Monster Mash, definitely. It has a beat anyone can dance to while Thriller is more a professional dancer production thing.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Funny enough, I would choose X-Files. I never saw the Ghostbusters team as sustainable and investigative work appeals to me.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Loch Ness. I’ve traveled in small villages in England and Scotland and would love to stay in one for a year, but Loch Ness has the lake monster mythology to contribute to creativity.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Half-finished, two. One is a Halloween story and the other is an expansion of my short story, The Locked Door [online at https://www.inkitt.com/stories/mystery/15277%5D. One other I’ve got partially done is the first of a projected four book supernatural Dystopian series. I have another unrelated series in notes so there’s plenty of new books to come from me in the next few years.

What are you working on now?

My most immediate project is the Halloween story which I hope to release in October. It’s called A Halloween Tale.

Other than that, I’m sort of bouncing between the other two part-finished projects but mostly on The Locked Door, which might have a different title when it comes out. Or maybe not. I haven’t decided yet. I get bursts of inspiration for the supernatural Dystopian series and sometimes just have to sit and write some of it.

Five teenagers, goaded on by a 10-year-old little brother, enter the neighborhood haunted house looking for spooky adventures for Halloween. What they find is more than they bargained for, but now they can’t get out!

Purchase Link:

Amazon

Bio

Austin Crawley writes Horror and Dystopian fiction with a supernatural twist. His lifelong love of ghost stories and interest in comparative religions has led him to seek the darker corners of human existence and to exploit them in prose, touching on our deepest fears. He has been known to spend his vacations visiting places that are reported to be haunted.

Crawley is the author of A Christmas Tale, a story about three young women who perform a séance to raise the fictional ghosts of Dickens’ A Christmas carol with surprising results, and of Letters to the Damned, about a post box in a small English village that reportedly transmits written requests for favours to the dead and damned. His most recent release is A Halloween Tale, to be released October 2019, a haunted house tale filled with horrific, inter-dimensional terror.

Social Media

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Twitter: @AustinOCrawley

 

#BadMoonRising: Through the Nethergate by Roberta Eaton Cheadle #YA #horror #supernatural

Many of you know today’s author from her children’s books (I dream of living in Chocolate Land), poetry, the book she co-authored with her mother, and extraordinary baking creations.  But did you also know she’s the author of a new young adult horror book?  Welcome Roberta (Robbie) Cheadle!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I would prefer to walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight. That is the witching hour and there is no telling what interesting ghosts you might meet during your stroll. Graveyards frequently contain the bodies of people from many different eras and, as many people don’t die badly, these spirits would be peaceable and have no reason to scare or haunt anyone. In the UK, many graveyards are up to three people deep – just think of the fascinating history these ghosts could share on a moonlight stroll through their tombstones.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

I would never chose to be a werewolf as I do not like a lot of body hair. I also don’t think that werewolves are glamorous, beautiful or subtle in any way. They kill in the most basic and savage way.

Vampires, on the other hand, are described as being very beautiful in both Dracula by Bram Stoker and Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. If you have to be one of the undead, why not be a beautiful one? They also have an air of sophistication, age and history about them which are all things I like.

Would you rather spend a night in The Overlook Hotel with Jack Torrance or be in the high school gym during prom with Carrie?

Definitely I would prefer to take my chances with Jack Torrance at the Overlook. My reasons for this are simple. Very few of the students at the prom attended by Carrie survived while, Danny, Wendy and Halloran all survived their experience with Jack as a murderer. In addition, in the sequel to The Shining, Jack’s ghost helps Danny to overcome at frightening and horrific situation. He had some good lurking inside him. Carrie completely cracked when she was humiliated in public and showed no mercy.

What behind-the-scenes tidbit in your life would probably surprise your readers?

My readers may [or may not] be surprised to know how obsessive I am. Throughout my life I have had obsessions that have ranked above nearly everything else except for my direct family. These have been reading, exercise, studying to become a chartered accountant, teaching Sunday school, writing my publications about investing in Africa, baking, fondant art and now writing. One day my interest may change and I may never set pen to paper again. Blogging is also an obsession of mine as I spend approximately 3 hours a day doing it.

People often ask how I get as much done as I do and I think the reason is that I am obsessive about most things I enjoy including my job and, currently my writing and blogging, and that results in my focusing completely and with great determination on those particular things. I find time for these things above most other occupations, except my boys who always get my time and attention when they need it.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Currently, I have four books in various stages of completion. The first is the second book in the Silly Willy series called Silly Willy goes to London. This one is fairly complete but I have been quite distracted with my new passion for writing for adults and young adults. I am a creature of obsessions and my ghost stories and supernatural writings are the latest in a series.

I have started book 2 in my mother’s story about growing up during and after WW2 in Bungay, Suffolk. I have a lot of her notes and need to settle down to some serious writing on this one. It will be called After the Bombs Fell.

I am nearly finished a novella about the Anglo Boer War from the perspective of the Afrikaaners. This story takes the form of a supernatural tale and is called A Ghost and His Gold. I am toying with the idea of writing a second supernatural novella to include with this first one about the ghost of an 1820s female settler from the UK.

I am also 40 000 words into my dystopian novel about a future world that is suffering the effects of global warming and the fourth industrial revolution. I put this one aside in order to finish A Ghost and His Gold. My plan is to send the novella for editing and then carry on with Russian roulette, anyone?

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

When I am not writing, I like to work [especially when I am busy with an interesting transaction with lots of complications], bake and do fondant art. I entertain my family for tea every second Sunday and I usually bake all the goodies for these teas. I also entertain my family [up to 21 adults and children] on all high days and holidays like Christmas, Easter and my Mom’s birthday.

Can one girl banish evil?

Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own.

In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise.

With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.

A clever melding of fiction and historical facts.

Purchase Links

It is available from Lulu.com here: Lulu.com
It is also available from TSL Publications as a soft copy book here: TSL Publications
It will be available on Amazon in a few weeks’ time.

Bio

Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with six published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications.

Robbie has recently branched into young adult and adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie’s first supernatural, young adult book, Through the Nethergate, published as Roberta Eaton Cheadle has recently become available

Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre, and three short stories in the short story murder mystery collection, Death Among Us, edited by Stephen Bentley. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

Robbie has also recently published a poetry collection, Open a new door, together with fellow South African poet, Kim Blades.

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