Archive for February, 2018

Out today

February 28, 2018 - 7:18 pm No Comments

Out today
I met Lavinia Urban at The Darker side of Fiction. She is such a lovely person and it was great to met her.
This is her story
My Journey: Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer.
2017 was one of the hardest times of my life. It was the year I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer.
In this book I lay everything bare and tell you what it is really like living with cancer.
smarturl.it/livingwithcancer
£1.99/$2.99

The Night Lies Bleeding by MD Lachlan

February 26, 2018 - 10:20 pm No Comments

The Night Lies Bleeding by MD Lachlan
Published by Gollancz on 22nd February 2018
447 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When countries are at war there are plenty of casualties, but when bodies are turning up with strange markings, the London police are baffled. Calling in an expert who has his own secrets, can they find out who is behind it.
Whilst the murders are happening in London, in Germany Dr Max Voller has applied to join the SS. What started out as a bit of a laugh soon got serious when he was accepted to prove his psychic theory.
Craw and Dr Voller’s stories at the start are told separately but as the story continues they soon intertwine. Craw was constantly fighting his inner wolf, whilst also trying to help the police. Plagued with memories of his former lives he was slowly cracking up. Adding to his pressure was Professor Harbard who had his own agenda. Dr Voller was an idealist, Even though he was Nazi, he did not wish to be part of the conflict, but after entering the SS, his was forced to change his way of life. Mixed in with their stories was the history of the Ancient Norse gods and the part they played in the war.
As Craws and Voller’s stories were running parallel it was easy to follow the story. However there were parts that I found heavy going and this did slow me down with my reading. The experiments that Dr Voller did were graphic, but this was what happened in the war and whilst distressing, it did help explain the paranormal fascination that Himmler and Hitler had. The action was full on and the final scenes were a page turner. Whilst I had not read any other stories in this series I did not feel that I missed out as the story could be read as a stand alone. For my first introduction to Craw I really liked him as a character and I am interested in reading his previous stories.

Blog Tour for Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella by Michael Patrick Hicks

February 22, 2018 - 7:40 pm 1 Comment

Today it is my day to showcase Broken Shells by Michael Patrick Hicks

Broken Shells: A Subterranean Horror Novella by Michael Patrick Hicks
Published by High Fever Books on 2nd February 2018
105 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Most people get junk mail in their post and sometimes you do get a scratchcard delivered. How many people think it is a con and just rip it up. Antoine DeWitt was going to rip his card up, but pressure from his girlfriend forced him to try and cash it in. What he got was more than he expected.
Antoine just wanted something to go his way. With a girlfriend and a baby money would not stretch and they were always behind in their payments. When he goes to get the cash you have the feeling that things are finally going his way.
This is the first book that I have read by this author and whilst there are just over 100 pages, he definitely has a knack of telling a complete story. From the moment Antoine collects his winnings it is none stop action and whilst I was reading it all I could think of was the film Species. The style of writing was really descriptive and you could imagine being trapped and those creatures chasing you. Throughout I was urging the Antoine on to become the hero he wanted to be.
This is a great horror story that I did not want to end, through out the gore there are some touching memories from Antoine and you can see how much he did love his family. If you are looking for a story that will make you flinch and keep you on the edge of your seat then pick up this book. I am off to get some more of his works.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Broken-Shells-Subterranean-Horror-Novella-ebook/dp/B079KGQWNV/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

Blackwater by TWM Ashford

February 19, 2018 - 9:06 pm No Comments

Blackwater by TWM Ashford
Published by White Inc on 17th January 2017
301 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Blackwater has its issues. Residents are disappearing, parts of the slums are being torn down. People are rioting and bodies are turning up. Hunter is a vigilante moving in the shadows and seeking information about it daughter Amy.
Hunter was a brooding loner. He only had a few close friends Liandra owner of The Engine Room, who also got Hunter his jobs and Abdul, a librarian and fount of all knowledge. They were there for him when he needed it. Good at what he did, in fact he was too good which made a lot of enemies. He only went for people who deserved to die, trying to find out what happened to his daughter.
This story is very descriptive, the sights and smells of Blackwater come to life whilst you are reading. This a quick pace book as there is always something going on. The story is full of action and some of the scenes will make you wince. There were times that I could not get over how many injuries Hunter had and how he could carry on, but he showed how determined he was. Throughout I was routing for Hunter which made it a page turner.
Whilst the story did not finish on a cliff-hanger, the story was not over and the Blackwater vol2 is already published so you carry on Hunter’s journey. If you like dystopian, fantasy and action all thrown into one then pick up this book

A Life to Waste by Andrew Lennon

February 18, 2018 - 11:56 am No Comments

A Life to Waste by Andrew Lennon
Published by Grand Mal Press on 26th November 2013
147 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having read some of this author’s short stories, I knew what to expect when I picked this to read.
After an accident killed his dreams Dave spent his days drinking and smoking weed whilst watching horror films. A waste of space who expected his mom to do everything. After people in his neighbourhood and family start going missing, and the only clue is blood, Dave surprises everyone.
A slow start whilst you learn all about Dave and the reasons behind his lifestyle, but as soon after the 1st incident the pace picked up making you want to carry on reading and with 147 pages you can read it in one sitting. The scenes in the warehouse were subtle and whilst horrific, left the reader to use their imagination to the destructive ways the killer worked. I will just say that his artwork was not for the faint hearted.
My only complaint was there was not much known about the killer, and if there is not already I would enjoy reading a book just on the killer as I would be interested to see how he ticked. A quick read that for a couple of hours will have you cringing with some of the scenes.