Archive for February, 2019

Blog Tour for One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin

February 21, 2019 - 6:21 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin…..Here is the blurb

DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet.

When 12-year-old Paul disappears from school, Yorke’s only clue is a pool of animal blood. Fearing the worst, he turns toward the most obvious suspect, recently released local murderer, Thomas Ray.

But as the snow in Salisbury worsens, Ray’s mutilated body is discovered, and Yorke is left with no choice but to journey into the sinister heart of a demented family that has plagued the community for generations. Can he save the boy? Or will the evil he discovers changes him forever?

One Last Prayer for the Rays introducing DCI Michael Yorke.

One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin

Published on 11th February 2019

315 pages

When Paul Ray, a 12-year-old boy goes missing at school, all that’s left is a high quantity of blood and it doesn’t look good. Tasked with the case, DCI Yorke had history with the family, but can he put his prejudice aside and find the boy alive?

Even though I have finished this story I could not tell you much about DCI Yorke, he kept himself to himself and had a few close friends. He was good at his job and ran a tight ship. Throughout the story, there were hints about his past life and I hope that I get to know more about him in future books  

The history of the Rays is revealed throughout the story and with every generation having an evil streak, the suspect list gets longer. As you find out more about the Rays you can understand why the residents of Salisbury despise them.

Whilst the book had a lot going on, it was an easy story to follow. From the abduction, you are following DCI Yorke as he investigates the crime and it did feel like you were watching a police drama on the TV. Scenes were described in detail and some readers may find some of the torture scenes a bit gruesome. However. these scenes helped enforce how dark certain members of the Ray family were. Other scenes had me shouting at the characters as I was getting so involved in the story. One of my favourite scenes was the car chase in the multi-storey carpark.

There were enough twists in the story to keeping me guessing to the end and as more clues came out about who was behind it, I found myself emotionally torn between feeling sorry for them and wanting them to be caught.

Being so involved in the story this was a fast read as I wanted to find out who was behind the crime. If you are looking for a dark thriller than pick up this book and I will look out for more books by this author 

Buying links UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Last-Prayer-Rays-exhilarating-ebook/dp/B07M5H7JYS

US https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Prayer-Rays-exhilarating-ebook/dp/B07M5H7JYS

Author’s Bio

Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre. 

​Having released One Last Prayer for the Rays he is now working on the second instalment of DCI Michael Yorke’s wild ride, The Repenting Serpent. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.​​

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

Twitter https://twitter.com/MarkinWes

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WesMarkinAuthor/

Stalker/s by LJ Hasbrouck

February 20, 2019 - 10:56 pm No Comments

Stalker/s by LJ Hasbrouck

Published by NineStar Press on 14th January 2019

382 pages

There are not many stories that as I am writing the review, I am thinking of changing my star rating, but this was one of them as I am still thinking about the story a day after I finished the book.

Brian Jameson is disturbed by a gunshot, an intruder has broken into his house and scratched his mom. Being at the epicentre of the pandemic, Brian is forced to learn how to survive. Escaping with his grandfather, he joins up with old friends, twins Louis and Eva and they start their journey to a better life, but with the Stalkers and ruthless gangs hindering them, will they make it to the island of their dreams.

Brian was a quiet 19-year old, not knowing what he wanted to do with his life, he was going with the flow. Having lived a sheltered life, he was forced to grow up when his mom became ill and the virus began to spread, but even when he was danger, he always tried to show compassion. His friend Louis was the complete opposite, confident, a bit of a bad boy, he had a nasty streak and at times acted like a child having a strop, but together they were good for each other.

Whilst there are some similarities between Stalkers and Zombies, ie the virus was passed by fluid, they craved raw flesh: Stalkers felt more sinister. The virus changed the people whilst they were alive, they moved at speed and they planned their move. Creeping in the shadows they had an evil laugh which would make your skin crawl.

The variety of characters they come across were well described. Whether they were the cutthroat gang that took over a derelict fairground or the dynamic D whose only friend was a cat, they all had their own tales of survival. As you read you are following Brian on a journey of discovery, whether it was learning how to hunt or finding the real meaning of love. The love between Brian and Louis started off slowly and as the journey intensified so did their relationship.

Following 3 young people as they are travelling through a dangerous America was addictive and I had to force myself to put the book down to do real-life tasks. However, before I knew it I had finished the story. What can I say about the ending wow I didn’t see most of it coming.

This is the 1st story I have read by this author and it won’t be the last.   

It Lives in the Basement by Sahara Foley

February 18, 2019 - 6:49 pm No Comments

It Lives in the Basement by Sahara Foley

Published 25th March 2018 (3rd edition)

137 pages

After a couple is reported missing, the Police get called to investigate, but with no clues to their disappearance, Lieutenant Flynn hasn’t any ideas where they are, The only hint is a notebook with the opening statement “I hope no one reads this because that means I am dead”. But who or what is behind the disappearances.

When I started this book, I did think that it was going to be a collection of short stories. However, It Lives in the Basement sets the scene for what is soon to come.  The story proceeds in chronological order as you follow Carter, who originally worked with Flynn, and Sergeant Pete Alvarez who is on his only personal demon hunt.

This was a quick read for me as I wanted to know what was going to happen. The author slowly built up the suspense as you listen to Alvarez tell his story to Carter and what starts out as eccentric ramblings soon become real. The last quarter of the book was full on and even when there was a quiet spell, you expected something to jump out on them or that feeling that they were being watching. But when it all kicked off, it was bloody and messy.

This is my first read by this author and I had purchased this book for my kindle when it was released in 2016. I cannot believe it has taken me this long to read it.    

Winter Trials (Northern Witch Book 1) By KS Marsden

February 17, 2019 - 10:33 am No Comments

Winter Trials (Northern Witch Book 1) By KS Marsden

Published 16th November 2016

88 pages

If you are looking for a quick YA read to introduce you to a new series than you can’t go wrong with this story.

Set in the Yorkshire countryside, Mark lives in a small village with his family. In his final year at school, Mark soon has other things to worry about as well as his school work. As the local witch, his Nanna wants to start teaching him his heritage. When Damien starts at his school, he soon realises how important it is to learn the family magic.

Even though this was a short story, the characters evolve throughout the pages. When Damien starts at the school, his and Mark’s relationship slowly starts to develop and as it does you get to know more about Damien’s tragic life. Mark is a strong confident character who thanks to a strong bond with his family and best friends, have their support with whatever he chooses to do. Like other readers my favourite character was Nanna, a no-nonsense woman who stands no fools and as the High Witch is good at her magic.

The story flows smoothly and as it slowly builds to a magical battle, it reinforces the close bond between the friends.     

Moving up to Yorkshire, no one tells you about the cold weather, so I did have a giggle when Mark saw Damien shivering at the bus stop in his trendy trench coat and said. “Well, it won’t do for a Yorkshire winter. This is nowt yet. It gets worse”

This is free on Kindle to download and book 2 Awaken is already out. Whilst this is YA, this a perfect read for anyone that likes PNR.     

Z: A Love Story by DE McCluskey

February 14, 2019 - 6:30 am No Comments

Z: A Love Story by DE McCluskey

Published by Dammaged Productions on 14th February 2019

223 pages

If you know me, you know that I rarely read romance, but add a few zombies and I will be first in the queue to buy it.

14th February or Valentine’s Day is a day for all lovers, but if you are like Kevin, it is just another day on the calendar. Kevin was your “average joe” getting up at the same time, catching the same bus working in the same office for the last 10 years. There are 2 things that he enjoys in his mundane life, the view from his desk and Rachel Elder. Could this Valentine’s day be something special?

On the other side of the world, America are experimenting with a new virus. However, when disaster strikes, the end of the world is nigh.

I enjoy zombie book where the MC is just an ordinary person, with no special training and has to confront zombies and Kevin was perfect for that role. Oblivious to the world around him, he just went on with his life. A shy man, who wouldn’t take a risk, even when it came to love. Rachel was young, intelligent and gorgeous. Not wanting to be hurt by a man again, she had one rule no office romances.

From the moment Kevin’s alarm clock went off, I knew that I would enjoy this book. There is a good blend of horror and comedy throughout out. The zombie attacks will have you swapping from grimacing to laughing with every scene, especially the scenes in the bathroom. I was laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my face. The story smoothly alternates between the outbreak in American and Kevin and his love life over here in the UK. Having it span over the two countries enables you to follow the outbreak as it happens and read how it is easily spread.

This is a book that I didn’t want to put down, with the outbreak and Kevin’s love-life it kept me reading into the wee hours and I woke up with a book hangover. The last quarter of the book was full on, non-stop action and the ending, I don’t want to spoil it but what an ending.

This is a must buy for zombie lovers and anyone who enjoys comedy with their horror.  Yet again this author has produced a great read.