#BadMoonRising: Brother Love – A Crossroad by Teagan Riordain Geneviene #YA #paranormal

Happy Friday!  And I’m about to make your day even better.  The creativity of today’s author never fails to astound me.  From her three ingredients stories (objects chosen by readers) to her collaborations with other authors, the tales are wildly entertaining and inventive.  If you’re not familiar with her work, here’s your opportunity to change that.  Welcome Teagan Riordain Geneviene!

Hi, everyone. I’m Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene. Firstly, Teri, thanks for letting me be a part of Bad Moon Rising, 2019! I know you sort of stretch the limits of the theme to let me participate, but this year I have a “Twilight Zone-ish” novella to share.

Promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene
Promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Teri asked some fabulous, whimsical questions, and here they are!

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

Both sound like my warped idea of fun. There’s a dark and mysterious figure in Brother Love – a Crossroad. He sits on tombstones, playing blues songs on his guitar. So, I’ll choose the graveyard, maybe he’ll let me sing along. As he says, “Ain’t nobody here gonna complain about the noise.”

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

Ha! I’m not coordinated enough for Thriller, not to mention the fact that my back would probably get stuck in some very awkward position. Play the Monster Mash for me, Teri.

Besides, even though the featured novella was inspired by a Neil Diamond song from a later time, there’s some fun 50s music in Brother Love — a Crossroad. I had fun with the old song “Love Potion No. Nine” naming streets and even a character for the streets and people mentioned in that song.

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Jinx on rotary phone next to “Brother Love – a Crossroad” on my Kindle.

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

You mean the door isn’t locked? And there’s no serial killer lurking in the alley where the trash cans are? Hmmm…

If that seems like a strange answer, then click here and you might understand.

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?

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Sunset from my back yard

I’m actually very close to that right now. I relocated from Washington, DC to a very small city in the “high desert” Southwest (USA) this spring. Years ago, I started (barely) a story that I meant to be a three or four volume series. The setting for the story is here – or rather fictional area in the state of New Mexico. Sigh… there are so many stories I want to tell. I need to live to be 120 years old.

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

Ugh! I can’t seem to choose. “The Skull of the Alchemist” is probably my favorite. (Book awaiting rewrite.) However, I was very happy with this one for Brother Love, because I was able to combine so many elements of the story without it seeming “busy.” Thanks to fellow blogger, Dan Antion for letting me use his photo of a hymnal page as the background. Dan also provided photo illustrations for the story when it was a blog serial.

I make all my own covers and promotional images, and love the work. (If anyone is interested, I’m exploring the prospect of doing that for others.)

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Promo image by Teagan R. Geneviene

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

As I’ve already alluded to this, I guess I should choose this question. Let’s see… Notes and plans for the third book in the Atonement series. It will explore backstories for characters, including Teri’s favorite, Lilith the calico cat. I mentioned The Skull of the Alchemist, that’s book-2 for my fictionalized Cornelis Drebbel. In the where-would-you-live question, I meant the series (started, if barely) that begins with Tatterdemallian the Electric Zucchini, an urban fantasy/steampunk mashup. There’s also The Guitar Mancer, an urban fantasy. And… I’ll finish this answer by taking the liberty of using an extra question ― next.

What are you working on now?

I recently did a double cover reveal for two books I hope to launch soon. Click here. This includes the third of my 1920s mystery books about Pip and her friends, A Ghost in the Kitchen. Also my first non-fiction book – a dictionary of Roaring Twenties slang, Speak Flapper.

A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Oh, I’m also in the middle of a #Steampunk serial on my blog, Teagan’s Books. It’s called The Delta Pearl. This is actually a rewrite of yet another novel that was waiting on the shelf for publication. It’s a Victorian looking mystery set on a magical riverboat.

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The Delta Pearl book cover created by Teagan R. Geneviene

Teri, thank you again for letting me participate in Bad Moon Rising. I realize you put a ton of work into this event. I look forward to it every year. So many exciting books! Enjoy the rest of October.

Author Bio and Universal Purchase Links

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Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene’s work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the southwest (of the USA). Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes cozy mysteries and steampunk. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or an urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy. There are no *extremes* in violence, sex, or profanity.

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#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.

Social Media

WordPress: https://robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robertawrites/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobertaEaton17
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Robbie+Cheadle&i=stripbooks-intl-ship&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

#BadMoonRising: At Daddy’s Hands by Jacob Paul Patchen #thriller #suspense

If this is your first day dropping by Bad Moon Rising, you’ve missed some entertaining conversations over the past few days along with new books and authors.  And here’s another.  Today we welcome Jacob Paul Patchen with At Daddy’s Hands, which was a #1 Amazon New Release just a month ago!

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Aliens.  So that I finally know the truth… and make a few suggestions on who they should take next.

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

Woods with a killer on the loose. Mostly because that’s my playground, and they should fear my magic sticks and rocky mud pies.

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

X-Files. I think it would be more interesting investigating a bunch of weird phenomenon than dealing with apparitions that can walk through walls.

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

When I enrolled at Muskingum University, it wasn’t to get a degree, it was to play football. Matter of fact, playing football again was my biggest goal after returning from my deployment to Iraq in 2005. But after total reconstructive knee surgery my freshman year, they made me pick a major. Luckily, I chose English.

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

Even in my 30’s I still try to pretend that I’m an athlete. I work out, run, stay active, play sports, and complain about all of it. I watch a lot of movies, think of excuses NOT to go to work, and daydream about what life would be like if I was a little bit taller.

Also, I nap. A lot.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently in the “pre-planning” stages of my next book. Basically, that means that I’ve done a lot of thinking about it, but no actual work.

But I do hope to start it before the end of the year. It will be a book about PTSD, love, and catastrophe. It doesn’t have a title yet, but I can see a few characters shuffling around aimlessly in my head waiting for me to give them the go-ahead and be.

In public, Jim Handler is a well-respected, small-town hero, and homicide detective who solved the case of the Will’s Creek Massacre. But at home, in the shadows, Jim’s childhood demons come alive to feast upon his family in the form of sexual, physical, and mental abuse.

But his three teenage children have had enough. They have devised a plan for redemption.

Empowered by the legal system’s lack of accountability, a judge who offers a quiet and meager plea deal to save face, Jim feels enabled to do whatever he wants to his family. With no one to keep Jim in check, this cycle of sexual and physical abuse is rampant. It is up to Nikki, Tyler, and Ally to end the evil that is devouring the Handler family.

Buy Link

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Author Bio and Social Media

Jacob Graham, writing as Jacob Paul Patchen, is an Ohio writer who earns his inspiration through experience. He uses a unique voice of wit and grit to write about social issues, such as family, love, humor, learning, and war. Jacob is a 5-star author of several books in various genres, an award winning poet, and a combat veteran.

 

 

 

 

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy #bookreview #YA #fantasy

In the city of Craewick, memories reign. The power-obsessed ruler of the city, Madame, has cultivated a society in which memories are currency, citizens are divided by ability, and Gifted individuals can take memories from others through touch as they please.

Seventeen-year-old Etta Lark is desperate to live outside of the corrupt culture, but grapples with the guilt of an accident that has left her mother bedridden in the city’s asylum. When Madame threatens to put her mother up for auction, a Craewick practice in which a “criminal’s” memories are sold to the highest bidder before being killed, Etta will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if it means rejoining the Shadows, the rebel group she swore off in the wake of the accident years earlier.

To prove her allegiance to the Shadows and rescue her mother, Etta must steal a memorized map of the Maze, a formidable prison created by the bloodthirsty ruler of a neighboring Realm. So she sets out on a journey in which she faces startling attacks, unexpected romance, and, above all, her own past in order to set things right in her world. 

The fascinating idea of memories being currency, the beautiful cover, and a MC in a perilous situation are what drew me to this book.

While intricate and interesting, the world-building confused me for the most part.  With a lot of moving pieces, sparse details are given about the different realms and types of Gifted.  At the end of the book is a glossary containing descriptions and explanations that would have helped while reading.  I wish it had been at the beginning of the novel instead.

Several twists are revealed at the end of some chapters, and the author did an admirable job at making me read just a little longer in one sitting to see what happened next.  That being said, things seem to fall into place a little too conveniently, which dampened the conflict and intensity for me.  The journey Etta and Reid undertake lasts a good portion of the book, and I assumed this would be the first in a series; however, the pace kicks into overdrive in the last 20% and wraps up the story in a neat bow.

The Memory Thief isn’t a bad read by any means, and several other reviewers have enjoyed it, but the ambiguous world-building and uneven pacing left me scratching my head several times.  Putting the glossary at the beginning of the book would help alleviate much of the confusion.

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

 

 

Slay by Brittney Morris #bookreview #YA #suspense #TuesdayBookBlog

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process? 

I can’t say I’m the target audience for this book, but that didn’t keep me from wanting to dive in and play Slay.

I was immediately intrigued by a high school girl developing such a popular game and keeping it a secret from everyone she knows.  And the game!  A safe place where players don’t have to hide and can enjoy the freedom to be who they truly are.  Such creative imagery – the characters in the game, the dueling cards, the world within Slay – I can see how this would transfer easily to the big screen.

Something else I enjoyed are the relationships between Kiera, her sister, Steph and their parents, and Kiera’s friendship with Cicada – all loving, humorous, and very relatable.  Her relationship with Harper is a tad strained at times, even though they’ve been friends since they were children.  Having read The Hate U Give, there are parallels between Starr and Kiera in the way they felt they could never truly be themselves around their white friends.

When the troll infiltrated the game, I was so ready for him to get what he deserved.  The buildup is tense, infuriating, and completely offensive – and then there’s a twist and the situation is dealt with in just a few pages.  I felt a little cheated, like the payoff wasn’t big enough.

Even if you’re not a gamer, Slayer is an exciting, suspenseful read with some powerful and timely messages.

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

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee #bookreview #YA #LGBT

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

I’ve had this book in my TBR for a while, and when I had to be in the car for an extended period, I took advantage of the audio book.  And I wonder why I waited so long to get to this fabulous novel.

Christian Coulson is an outstanding narrator and a perfect voice for Monty.  Monty himself is a mess – narcissistic, oblivious, and generally a danger to himself and others with his actions, but he does it in such a charming way, you can’t help but go along with him.  And Percy – such a sweet, gentle soul who deserves some sort of award for sticking by Monty for so long.  Their Grand Tour is one dangerous situation after another, mostly due to Monty’s poor decisions, but an exciting, nerve-wracking adventure for the reader.  He has so many quotable lines, I could fill a notebook with them.

This is an easy five stars for me, and I only regret it took me this long to read the novel.  If you’re a fan of historical fiction with a heavy dose of humor and adventure, and brash, self-destructive MCs with a good heart, here it is.  It’s a wildly entertaining ride.

 

Hood Academy by Shelley Wilson #bookreview #YA #urbanfantasy #TuesdayBookBlog

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? 

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book featuring werewolves (Twilight maybe?), so I was excited to get into this novel.  And the cover designer did a magnificent job at capturing readers’ attention.

This novel starts out with a heart-pounding sequence when Mia witnesses a werewolf killing her father.  From there, the plot takes off at a fast pace and rarely slows down.  Mia is a strong protagonist, occasionally leaping into action before thinking things through, and she’s suffered the loss of her mother, abuse from her father, and feels abandoned by her brother.  Without giving away spoilers, the author did a fantastic job at introducing conflict to the story, and Mia’s loyalties are pulled in several directions.

The transformation of human to werewolf is described in detail with vivid imagery, including both the immense pain involved and the feeling of power and animal instincts upon completion.  Being a science nerd, Sebastian’s research fascinated me, and this is an angle I haven’t seen explored in other werewolf books.  I also enjoyed the loyal friendship between Mia and Elizabeth and, lacking a female presence in her life since the death of her mother, her relationship with her teacher, Miss Ross.

Something I missed was more interaction between Mia and a character from her past who turns up again.  In the beginning of part two of the book, part one was summarized, giving the impression of two separate books being combined.  As I read an ARC, this is something that may change in the final version.

If you’re a fan of fast-paced urban fantasy with likeable characters and strong friendships, add Hood Academy to your TBR.  It also boasts some pretty cool werewolves!

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