Archive for July, 2017

Pre-order: Twist Me: A Dark Romance Anthology of love, lust, desires, murder, mystery and more

July 23, 2017 - 6:05 pm No Comments

Pre-order: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0742J7WR2/?tag=geolinker-21

 

Twist Me: A Dark Romance Anthology of love, lust, desires, murder, mystery and more

12 authors brings you 12 original short stories of when good boys want to meet you and bad boys want blood. Voices need to be heard and secrets stay buried for only so long. Feel the whip of a dominatrix and you might become a dark princess. Where lessons are learned the hard way of internet dating. Never fall for the enemy and till death do you really part. Take a walk in the sand and watch love burn like wildfire to create a cataclysmic effect.

*All proceeds go to ASPCA*

Final Girls by Riley Sager

July 20, 2017 - 8:31 pm No Comments

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Published by Ebury Digital on 13th July 2017

354 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

We have all watched those slasher films when the sole survivor is a pretty girl covered in blood screaming at the camera. Final Girls is the story about Quincy, Sam and Lisa, 3 girls all who have been in this situation and were now trying to move on with their life.

The story mainly revolves around Quincy, the latest girl, now living with a defence attorney and running her own baking blog, you would not know what she went through, she was good at hiding her feelings and the only one who knew what she was really feeling was Coop the cop who rescued her. Lisa was the complete opposite, embracing the publicity, she felt that she could help people with her experiences and Sam, went off the grid and did not want to be found. However, this all changed when Lisa’s body was found and the police suspected suicide.

Throughout this book you can see Quincy develop as a character at the start she was very meek and mild and whilst she was trying to live, she could not do it without someone to lean on whether it was Jeff or Coop. However, after Lisa’s death, she became stronger and was learning to stand up for herself, although she still used Coop as a crutch.

From the opening slasher scene, this author takes you on an adventure. I found Quincy’s past of interest and these scenes had the traditional slasher feel to them, the scenes that gives you goosebumps.  The author has a knack of leading you down the wrong path and whilst reading this book I must have changed my mind at least 3 times whilst trying to work out who was behind the killings. There were a number of times that I just sat there in shock. This book is fast paced and with more of Quincy’s memories returning as the story progressed I didn’t want to put it down. This is a great psychological read and would make a great film

Corpselight – Verity Fassbinder Book 2 – Angela Slatter

July 20, 2017 - 6:26 pm No Comments

Corpse Light (Verity Fassbinder Book 2)
Author: Angela Slatter
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Page count: 400pp
Release date: 13th July 2017
Online: @AngelaSlatter, @MeadOlivia, @JoFletcherBooks,
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Corpselight-Verity-Fassbinder-Book-2-ebook/dp/B01INGSVZI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500570659&sr=1-1&keywords=corpselight

This long anticipated sequel to Angela Slatter’s sole debut novel Vigil, starts answering those lingering questions from the first book, from the off.
The primary one being; is Verity pregnant?
Serious kudos for Slatter for introducing the plethora of issues that come into play once a strong kick-ass heroine is expecting a baby.
Yes, Verity has lost her super-strength (her inheritance from Weyrd father Grigori) and yes she’s tired, on enforced rest and riddled with hormones, but that doesn’t stop her from kicking ass.
Arse-kicking comes in many forms and the most obvious aspects of Verity’s qualities are her intelligence, her fire, her compassion and her ability to see and understand beyond the obvious. There’s a reason she’s the ‘go-to’ person when it comes to liasons with the Weyrd community.
That, my friends, still makes her a kick-ass heroine.
However, Slatter would’ve been nuts to miss the opportunity to play around with the ‘Pregnancy stuff’.
She has great fun writing other characters who poke fun at her condition, whilst sharing with the reader the unexpected difficulties women face whilst pregnant; fro, getting in and out of chairs, to tiredness, emotions, cranky moments and not being able to drink coffee.
That, in my mind, is sacrilege.
It makes for some hilarious gags along the way.
In the midst of her rest period though, Verity is getting kind of bored doing nothing, so when the chance to do some investigation crops up, she dives in.
A spirit or Weyrd creature is taking slinging mud to a whole new level in the house of lawyer Susan Beckett. The entity is creating the equivalent of ‘la boue’; a vile mixture of blood, mud and sewage seen in the streets of France in the 1700s. But Susan Beckett is claiming for the third time in a row from the ‘Unnatural Happenstance’ proviso of her insurance yet she won’t let the company send in their exorcism style clean up crew; just the actual poo cleaning crew. So, what is she hiding?
She’s also not the first legal person in danger in the novel and it makes me wonder; ‘is the only good lawyer a Dead lawyer’!
Although officially on pregnancy leave, Verity is tasked with finding out the cause of the poo-flinging and exactly what their client is hiding.
Then, to top it off, drowned bodies are turning up nowhere near water, in places like cafes. And Verity is called on again, for her advice.
This book is a sheer delight, and whether you’ve read the first one or not, there’s enough exposition that you can enjoy the Sisters Norn in Little Venice, Bela (current boss and ex-boyfriend and the love/hate/detest relationship between him and current beau David), Ziggi (Weyrd taxi driver/protector and surrogate uncle) and a whole host of exotic ‘other’ characters from diverse cultures.
And; word is out that the Boatman is still after Verity to get his knife back. Yeah, that Boatman.
As for the Council of Five, who govern supernaturals in Australia, they have been ‘retired’ or moved on due to the corruption found by Verity in the last book. Perhaps the surprising addition to the new council is Theo, the youngest Norn sister and a wild card.
Rhonda McIntyre police liaison to the ‘Weyrd’ community is the one who calls on Verity for help again, in this book.
In Vigil, she had been saved by an angel after Verity had pulled a few strings but it doesn’t make her any less grumpy, so she delights in calling her friend ‘fatso’ now she is heavy with child. The banter between Rhonda and Verity is an example of sublime writing.
The title of the novel refers to a couple of corpselights hovering in Verity’s backyard, aka ‘Will ‘O’ ‘the’ Wisp’ or foxfire. At the beginning we’re not entirely sure how all of these mystery pieces slot together, but don’t worry, all will be revealed.
This is urban fantasy at its best and I truly hope Verity and all of her supporting cast get to grow and develop and that the series gets the longevity of characters such as Toby Daye by Seanan Maguire.
Slatter knows how to build tension, weave plot strands, write interesting and fun characters with sparking dialogue and add enough dark that the squeamish may let out the odd “urgh”.
This is pretty much superlative and I predict awards next year for Slatter.
Bloody well done!

 

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Hell Cat Blog Tour

July 14, 2017 - 5:32 am No Comments

Yesterday we found out about the author behind the book. Today here is our review of Hell Cat.

Hell Cat of the Holt (a novella): supernatural horror in the Shadow Fabric mythos by Mark Cassell

Published by Herbs House on 1st June 2017

148 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Living in Mabley Holt, Anne’s only concerns was to make her accountancy deadlines and to find her missing cat. Hearing rumours of a black cat roaming the village Anne starts to investigate, but finds herself embroiled in an ancient legend

Although Anne had only heard of the black cat from her grandad, she still decided to walk for miles looking for her missing cat. Whilst most of her walks were uneventful, on one occasion she meets a new neighbour Leo, who was knowledgeable of the local legend. Using him to learn more about the mysterious happenings in the village and the black cat.

This story starts with Anne’s grandad and grandma and the end of chapter 1 sets you up for a turbulent journey. As well as the black cat, there is a black fungus appearing all over the village and with the appearance of ghosts makes this a chilling read. As soon as Anne met Leo, the pace of the story changed. The illustrative way the author wrote made this story intense and once I started this story I had to finish it in one sitting. Whilst reading this you can imagine the fungus growing at a pace suffocating the light and the black cat creeping in the shadows.  An added story at the end The Artist and The Crone tells the story of Leo a year before Anne arrived in the village and ties up this novella perfectly.

This was the first story I have read from this author and looking on my kindle it won’t be the last. A great chilling read and a good companion to The Shadow Fabric Mythos

Cursed by Skylar Mckinzie

July 14, 2017 - 4:48 am No Comments

Cursed by Skylar Mckinzie is live!!

*Can they solve the puzzle of their past to save the town from the evil forces that affect their future?*

Get it now on Amazon and Kindle – hyperurl.co/g6zjcc

Blurb:

Skye, Stormy, and Savannah Davidson are no different from the other residents of Discovery, Massachusetts, or so they think. As their 25th birthday approaches, the town begins to treat them with wariness and suspicion. Skye begins to believe the triplets are special. Can they solve the puzzle of their past to save the town from the evil forces that affect their future?

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press

www.zombiecupcakepress.com 

Enquiries: enquiries@zombiecupcakepress.co.uk

Submissions: submissions@zombiecupcakepress.co.uk