Got a message from a new author who is needing some publicity. This’ll be short, since I don’t have much info on her.
Anyway–you remember how it was when you first started out. Give her some help in launching her name and book, would you? She and I would be very grateful.
Coming in January 2015
They had no choice. It was run, or be slaughtered.
The Slayers were in Jellaska Kob Lertan, laying waste to all they came across. Porter, Sarah, and the rest of the band scattered to the four winds, hoping to be able to meet up again somewhere away from the carnage.
Tick is unfortunate enough to be caught by slave traders, and meets a young chimera by the name of Domino. The rest of the group has found each other and, accompanied by a strange chimera by the name of Gwinn, fights its way to the rescue of both youngsters.
From there, they encounter one perilous adventure after another, as they work out how exactly they will be able to save the world from imminent war between the Mythics and the Slayers. For the Mythics are headed by a half-mad gryphon, and the leader of the Slayers is much more than he seems. Both are faced off against each other, with humanity in the middle.
Much is learned, much is lost, and then found again. Hopes raised, then dashed. And just when the heroes believe they have all the answers they need, a new, terrible truth is learned–one that will make them question everything they have been through.
This, the last in the series entitled “The Slayer and the Sphinx”, is a sweeping, incredible end to a fantastic story. So much goes on in this book that it is just about impossible to describe it all.
There is so much here–love and betrayal, trust and disappointment, faith and fear. Through it all, the characters remain true to their comrades (for the most part), sacrificing their all to save each other–physically, mentally, psychologically. A very satisfying end to a well-told tale. I think Tolkien would have loved it.
Mr. Bolander left a few threads that just might turn into another series. We shall have to wait and see.
“No! Don’t go up there! You’ve seen what happened—you know better! No, don’t…!
“…you went up there….WHY??? Oh no! Look out!”
Do you know how hard it is to cover your eyes and still read? But I found myself doing just that while possessed by this book. This was a grade-A horror movie in words.
The second book, but the first in the “Ian McDermott, Ph.D.” series, finds our hero starting out on his new career as a hunter of things of a nightmarish nature. Summoned by Harmony Falls’ authorities (through a website search, no less), Ian has to crawl out of the bottle in order to face a horror that has reared its ugly reality in the small town.
An immense creature, called “Bigfoot” by a survivor, has been seen and experienced in the wilds around Little Merwin, into which Harmony Falls feeds. The old-timers call it “Loup-Garou”—man-wolf. Two hikers are missing, and soon enough into the investigation, someone else is attacked, leaving everyone stunned.
But more than stunned. It is this impetus that stirs them into true action, despite the intrusion of the news media—which learns the awful truth, but can’t do a thing about it (you’ll find out why).
One thing is for certain—secrets of the night are no longer secret, and lives will be changed forever.
Mr. Reuben has written a fangtastic (no, that’s not a typo) story here. It has all the elements of horror and suspense that every book needs—missing bodies, lovers looking for excitement in the perilous dark, shadows lurking just beyond our sight, the building suspense that leaves the readers gasping—yep, it has all that.
He has built up a very believable character in Ian McDermott, who any reader can sympathize with. Maybe the losses he endured and the pain he lives with are not on everyone’s daily agenda, but surely his reactions can be believed and understood. The way he works through his own problems to solve the ones plaguing the town is admirable.
The sense of humor throughout (“Chief Bleeds-a-Lot”—ha!) really helps to dispel the horror, so that the reader can get ready for the next dose.
And they do come at regular intervals, believe me…
I’m still waiting to see where the dog fits into all of this…
There is a third book coming out in this series. I’m definitely keeping my eyes peeled for it. (I get the feeling, from the title, that that is not all that might get peeled—yikes!)
I’d like you to meet Amy McKlung, author of what sounds like a really good paranormal series. We’re going to have a “This or That?” interview, but first I thought you’d like to see what she and her muse have come up with to entertain and intrigue you:
Cascades of Moonlight (The Parker Harris Series Book 1)
Parker Harris was a normal teenage girl with a normal teenage life. That was true until two years ago when she was bitten by a werewolf, forcing her to endure the painful shifting each month during the full moon. She has kept this secret from everyone she loves.
One day a stranger enters her small town and knows this secret. Nothing ever happens in the small town of Cascade Idaho, and new people rarely move in, but its Parker’s senior year now and two new faces show up in town. Shortly after their arrival, there is a brutal murder which becomes the first in Cascades history.
Dreams, Spells, and Moonlit Tales (The Parker Harris Series Book 2
Parker Harris desires a normal life, but it’s just not in the cards for her. Parker is a werewolf. She has been for three years now.
It’s the summer after she graduated high school and she is preparing for college. If only grades and college classes were her only worries. Parker and Jackie are trying to mend their fractured friendship from her betrayal. Jackie and Mitchell are working on their relationship, fighting jealousy and trust issues of their own.
Quinn, a vampire, is the love of Parker’s life. He begins to look into his family’s past and what he finds is not pretty. In fact, it could mean the end for his relationship with Parker. A mistake from Parker’s past is revealed and proves to be more enormous than she realized.
Dreams—Parker is having dreams and visions of Will. She can’t decipher real from illusion it seems.
Spells—Charisma, a new friend to the group, brings magic into the fold.
Moonlit Tales—it seems that the full moon is not only a time for Parker to feel the pain of shifting. It’s also a time for unexplained occurrences and secrets being revealed. Can Parker and Quinn’s love survive the obstacles they encounter? Is Jackie trustworthy? Are Parker’s feelings for Mitchell becoming too strong for her to ignore? Dreams, Spells, and Moonlit Tales summarize the events of Parker’s life in this book.
The Dark Moon (The Parker Harris Series Book 3)
This book picks up from the moment we left off in book two. Quinn received a call from Parker stating Will is alive. Quinn drops everything to rush to her aid. Will he make it in time or will his father stop him?
Parker and Mitchell’s feelings are not going away and they begin to take a toll on Mitchell’s relationship with Jackie. Everyone seems to have a secret they are keeping from Parker and it seems they feel “there’s something she should know” and now is the time.
Parker is overwhelmed with all the new information coming her way. Parker’s secret life as a werewolf is on the brink of being exposed.
Novella: The Cold Moon, The Parker Harris Series Book #3.5
This is a story told from Mitchell’s point of view. This novella is broken into three parts:
The Change: In this portion we will learn what events happened leading to Mitchell’s change into a vampire and how he dealt with it.
Lupita and Fangs: The story of how their friendship blossomed into something more.
What Happens Next: The lead in to the spin-off series, The Crispin Sinclair Chronicles. We’ll learn what happened to the fab four after The Dark Moon ended. We’ll also meet a new character who will be pivotal to Crispin’s story.
I’d post more, but that would be telling…hee hee…
Ah, here’s our author:
Okay, now that we’ve gotten acquainted–on with the “This or That?” interview:
Summer or Winter? Winter, definitely. I’m not a fan of heat.
Morning or Night?
Tea or Coffee? Coffee for the caffeine purpose only
Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings? Harry Potter, though I do love the Rings as well!
Dogs or Cats? Dogs, as long as they are outside pets.
McDonalds or Burger King? McDonald’s, they put something addictive in their nuggets.
Cake or Pie? I have to choose??
The Simpsons or Family Guy? Family Guy, Stewie is my hero! Damn you woman!
Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy, reality bites sometimes.
Pancake or Waffles? Waffles. My dad makes the best waffles.
Baked or Fried? Depends on the food, but most stuff tastes better fried. Especially Oreos. OMG.
Hamburgers or Hotdogs? Hamburgers
Pen or Pencil? Pen mostly. Pencils for drawing only.
Video Games or Board Games? Board Games, there is nothing like a tense game of Monopoly!
Shower or Bath? Shower.
Rain or Snow? Snow.
Vampire or Wolf? Vampire
Rock or Rap? Rock
Ketchup or Mustard? Mustard
Love or Money? Love
Movies or Reading? Movies. As much as I love reading, I love movies even more.
80’s or 90’s Music? 80’s music without a doubt
Comedy or Horror? Comedy most of the time. I do enjoy some Horror.
Adult or YA? Both
Halloween or Christmas? Christmas, my very favorite time of the year
Lucky Charms or Trix? Lucky Charms, I love marshmallows.
White Chocolate or Milk Chocolate? Milk Chocolate
Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew? Mountain Dew between the two of these, especially Code Red.
Hotel or Tent? Hotel
Walking Dead or The Vampire Diaries? Walking Dead! I like the Vampire Diaries but I could watch Walking Dead over and over and over…and I have.
Boots or flip flops? Boots.
Well, that was fun! Thanks for being a guest here today, Amy, and I hope all goes well with your book blog tour.
When you think of Heaven, what do you think of?
I think a lot of people would envision pearly gates, angels sitting around on clouds, that sort of thing.
Now ask Audie and Cave what it’s really like.
Guess what? It ain’t perfect.
And why? Evil has found a foothold in the Land of Perfection. And it’s taking over the south part of the land. Creatures you wouldn’t expect in eternal bliss are becoming a regular sight, and the Elder Angels are starting to act strange.
Audie is sought on Earth to be brought to Eternity, and Cave, her love-struck admirer, finds a way to go along for the ride–literally. Neither of them have an inkling of what’s going on, and are both surprised to find out that Audie is a Phoenix. She has powers beyond her wildest dreams, not that she had ever dreamt of such a thing in her life.
It’s up to her and her hastily-formed Angel Army, each with powers and abilities of their own, to put their heavenly home to rights once again. With a rallying cry of “Have faith in me”, they fight against the foes that try to block their journey to rescue the Elder Angels.
But will they be able to make it in time? There are so many seemingly impossible obstacles–but this is where faith has its finest hour.
I love books like this. An army intent on accomplishing the good, while fighting both the evil from without and the uncertainty from within. The author gives her Angel Army some very exciting and suspenseful tasks, and it is so satisfying to see how they get through them. From beginning to end, they lean on each other, bolstering each other’s courage and faith–both in themselves and in each other.
It’s not only a great adventure story, it’s a good lesson on the value of friendship.
Judging from the title, one would surmise that this book is a comedic look at the subject of zombies and apocalypses.
One would be very wrong…
In this, the second book of the Zombie War series, the little group of four survivors has grown into a much larger band. With their combined intelligence and know-how, they’ve set themselves up in a very secure refuge in the wilds of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
It would take quite an intelligent, organized attack to get through all of the barriers that have been set up around their settlement’s perimeter. And, since fresh humans are no longer in large supply, it is believed that the zombies are getting, well, stupid. Their intellect resources have been pretty much dried up.
This makes the humans feel pretty comfortable inside their enclosure, although it’s a little strange seeing kids playing outside with guns strapped to their hips–the real weapons, not play ones. Outside the fence, though, it’s anyone’s guess, especially when provisions are needed.
And they are needed, badly. A trip to the home improvement store and grocery is not what it used to be–especially when an attack can come from anywhere, including from inside floor-model appliances.
And the danger is expanded exponentially when a scouting party learns that the zombies aren’t quite as stupid and slow as were originally thought…
I’m pretty sure I will never go into a warehouse-type store again without looking over my shoulder a lot. Especially if I am one of only a very few people in its aisles.
Ms. Booth has done another great job of creating a world where survival teeters on the edge from every angle. Her characters are so perfect for their roles, and the twist at the end was one I did not see coming. Perhaps it’s because I went along with the belief that the zombies were, um, zombified. The slow-moving, moaning, glaze-eyed, decaying sort that are typical of undead brain-eaters have no part in this book.
The author has published a third book in this series, called “Zombified!” I think I need to get it as soon as possible…
Oh—sorry. I just finished reading “Of War and Taters”, by Ashley Chappell. Hoo-boy—this is not a book that you would want to read in bed while your significant other is trying to get to sleep.
A small-town sherriff (yes, two Rs—the guy who made the badge ran off with the florist before they could get another one made), Stanley Grace is used to the gossip and the mentality of the people of Merit, the town he protects and serves. Whether it be mad women or millionaires, rolling-pin collectors or the husbands they use said utensils upon, he has pretty much seen it all. It’s rather a mix of Mayberry RFD and something Terry Pratchett may have made up.
His own wife has tried to murder him on many occasions and has sweetly denied it, and he pretty much just lets her get away with it. Every once in a while, she finds something else to grace her attentions on, which takes the load off him.
Enter Cud, the stray dog. Formerly called Mr. Cuddle Face by Stanley’s wife, he is seriously considering moving in to the sherriff’s (two Rs) office for good.
This may have also been a bad idea. With the cavalcade of weirdness that suddenly overtakes their town, Stanley and his lone deputy have their hands full, and little dogs are often overlooked. He takes it in stride, though. Life in Merit is never boring.
You know, it’s funny how rumors get started. A gang of ne’er-do-wells, all of them at the ripe old ages of nine through eleven, get themselves and their town in deep national trouble. The media circus, including one Dana Perki (the “I” is silent), swoops down on the burg to investigate. This is happening at approximately the same time as a real sawdust-and-elephants circus is putting up tents in Mad Mother Hinkle’s potato field.
And the population of Merit has grown by one more citizen. Okay, a half a citizen. Maybe.
Monty Gregory, a murdered actor, has decided that he would rather not be dead, thank you. And so it is thus. Sort of.
All of this comes together in a soup bowl of comedy and insanity. What’s surprising is that drama and mystery are thrown into the mix as well, and the result is a very satisfying end.
This was the most hilarious book I have read since the last Terry Pratchett novel. I can honestly compare Ms. Chappell and Mr. Pratchett favorably. Every one of her characters is wonderfully memorable, and there are more twists and turns in this tale than the kinks in Cud’s coat.
I know this will sound over-used, but I really mean it: “Of War and Taters” is laugh-out-loud hilarious.