Monday, January 15, 2018

Media Blitz! Piercing the Veil by Guy Riessen

Piercing the Veil
by Guy Riessen
Genre: Horror, Supernatural Occult Thriller

What do flesh-eating cell phones, brain-enhancing tacos, and a real live dead foot have in common?

They're all tools in the destruction of our world, and a weapons-grade team of heavily-armed Miskatonic University nerds may be humanity’s last hope.

Something is ripping holes in the Veil of energy that separates our world from that of the ancient evils writhing just beyond what we think is reality. Time is running out for Professors Derrick LeStrand, Howard Strauss and their team of researchers as they race to hunt down a mysterious Frenchman who wields Necromantic Death Magic unlike anything they’ve seen before.

Tearing open psychological wounds from Derrick’s past, the cabalistic sorcerer is gathering ancient icons of power to pierce the Veil and bring down the only thing shielding mankind from the relentless horrors beyond.

If they fail, the only questions that will remain are who will live in servitude to the Great Old Ones and who will die…and who will supply Derrick with tacos?

Set against the backdrop of a world where H.P. Lovecraft was not a fiction writer, but a Sweep, a special operative trained to protect the collective sanity of the human race with misinformative blends of fact and fiction … where the Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual is little more than a slightly skewed Audubon Field Guide, and the monster movies you grew up with are more documentary than not. 

It’s Nerdthulhu Lethal Weapon cranked to eleven.

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Guy Riessen is an American author of contemporary dark fiction spanning the science fiction, horror, fantasy and crime genres. Born in South Dakota, he grew up in the Southern California beach town of Huntington Beach. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, graduated with a degree in English from UC Berkeley, and has been living in the wild lands north of San Francisco ever since. After nearly two decades of creating artwork in the visual effects industry for feature films, he returned to his first passion: writing speculative fiction.

He's been published on Under the Bed, Near to the Knuckle and Shotgun Honey, and in the anthologies Urban Temples of Cthulhu, Dreams of the Miskatonic and It's All Trumped Up.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Media Blitz! Reign of Ash by Meg Anne

Book Excerpt The figure in the center moved forward. Long skeletal fingers appeared from the bottom of its sleeves to lift the hood back to reveal its face. There was a startled gasp behind her, but it was the only sound in the entirety of the clearing. Even the animals had decided to make themselves scarce for this particular meeting. Helena couldn’t blame them. The Keepers were terrifying. There was no other word for the beings that stood before her. The other two followed the lead of the first and removed their hoods. She swallowed thickly, silently wishing they would put them back. Their faces were gaunt, hairless, and a white so pale, she could make out the pulsing of purple veins beneath the thin skin. Their eyes were pits of black and their mouths were stitched shut, thick black cords woven in a crisscrossing pattern along the length of them. The only distinguishing marks between them were the swirling tattoos that covered almost every visible inch of skin. The markings were a deep navy blue, but as Helena stared at them, they seemed to shift and move in a serpentine fashion. Without conscious thought, Helena decided the only way to get through this encounter was to brazen it out. “It would seem that Miranda got the looks in the family.” Behind her Kragen and Ronan snickered with appreciation, while she saw Timmins close his eyes in dismay. Miranda’s own lips curled in an approving smile. “Kiri, may I introduce you to the Triumvirate,” she said by way of introduction. “These are the oldest of the Keepers, those who have sworn their loyalty to the realm and have shaken off all vestiges of their past lives in order to lead and offer guidance without any of the bias of mortality.” “One could argue that it is mortality that allows for the most valuable of guidance,” Helena murmured. “Our Kiri is wise,” the voices hissed in her mind. It was hard to discern any type of emotion, but Helena could have sworn she sensed amusement. “You will have to forgive my ignorance,” Helena replied, “I had not realized the head of the Keepers would be gracing us with their presence.” “Nor had I, Kiri, or I would have better prepared you,” Miranda said drolly. There was a hint of censure in her voice, as though she was not pleased by the appearance of the Triumvirate.
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Review! Thirteen Mercies, Three Kills by Liv Olteano 5 Cranky Stars

Thirteen Mercies, Three KillsThirteen Mercies, Three Kills by Liv Olteano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Wow! I absolutely loved this story. The subject matter and setting combination seem so far out there that it couldn't possibly work... But it does! The story is set in a dystopian Victorian era where steampunk thrives. The paranormal aspect makes the story even more interesting but keeps it real enough that the reader can imagine this whole world actually coming into existence. The author gives great visuals while keeping the story moving with amazing storytelling. The whole story flows well and it was extremely hard to put down.

The main character, Christina Mera Richards, is well developed as are the important supporting characters. Christina seems like she would be an over-the-top character, but she is perfect for this whole beautifully created world. The ideas are fresh and new and nothing is predictable. There is a lot of evil-doing and corruption as well as the typical Victorian era ideals with some darkness thrown in. The bad guys are, well, really bad, and Christina has to figure out how to stop them. The romance aspect is nice in the fact that it's not too overdone and doesn't distract from the story at all. There is nothing that distracts from the overall story, and there isn't a lot of over telling of details and information. Even with so much going on in the story, it wasn't hard to keep up and be completely enveloped.

The writing itself is well done and I saw no real grammatical or flow errors. The story kept the pace the whole time with only the climax seeming a tad rushed. There aren't any unnecessary bloody scenes and the romance and language are kept clean. Overall this is an awesome book and I hope to see a sequel soon.

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New Review! Man Flu by Shari J. Ryan 4.5 Cranky Stars

Man FluMan Flu by Shari J. Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Cranky Stars

Hannah is having a hard time adjusting to being a single, working mom. Her ex-husband moved in next door to her with his much younger lover. While being pulled into a million directions, Hannah reaches her breaking point.

What I enjoyed about this story was the laugh out loud moments I had. The interaction between Hannah and her assistant Brielle are hilarious. Especially when the new guy shows up as the intern. Shari Ryan nailed it perfectly on what it is like when a man is sick. Sorry guys, but it’s true. The situations that Hannah finds herself in are absolutely hilarious at times.

What took me out of the story was the pacing. I thought the storyline advanced way too quickly. The plot twist though more than made up for it though. I had no idea that was coming, and it was perfectly executed.

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New Review! Loving Lucas by Lily Ryan 3.5 Cranky Stars

Loving LucasLoving Lucas by Lily Ryan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Cranky Stars

I had a few false starts with this book. I’d pick it up and read a few chapters then stop. For some reason despite this being the genre I usually read me and the book didn’t click well. I love the initial meeting of Lucas and Olivia but it kind of went off the rails after that for me.

Lucas was just rude and Olivia so cynical. It was a lot of ups and downs and how that relationship worked is beyond me.

I believe this book would be good for someone and I think I was just having an off day and in no way trashing Lily Ryans work. I think this was all me. I hope someone out there finds Lucas redeeming and deserving of Olivias love.

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New Review! Alace Sweets by MariaLisa deMora 4.5 Cranky Stars

Alace SweetsAlace Sweets by MariaLisa deMora
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Cranky Stars

Alace Sweets is the child of a hooker and grew up in a motel room. She didn’t have a life most envied but it was her life and it taught her how to live until the unthinkable happened. When those monsters didn’t pay for their crimes she started a new life. Alace wasn’t always a vigilante killer, even though she hated that word. She felt she had to right the wrongs of the justice system. Armed with new identities from her “handler” Regg she set out to right the wrongs. She didn’t expect to meet the handsome Eric nor did she expect the ultimate betrayal.

Eric was a lawyer but when he met Alace, who at the time her name was Querida, he dug into her background because something didn’t add up. Flash forward a few years and he’s hot on her trail and they finally meet. He learns small things about Alace including her real name but little did he know he’d fall in love with her. Now they are trying to make a life for themselves while he knows her darkest secrets.

This book was gory at times. I cringed often because hey murder isn’t pretty and neither is some of these crimes these jerks pulled. I could understand why Alace was how she was but I started to wonder when she would notice she was having her strings pulled. She thought she was in control but truly she wasn’t. It’s not all vengeance and gore and death there is an underlying romance under it all. It shows that love knows no boundaries. I really liked this book and would recommend it to people who love a good dark romance with some gory elements.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Review! History (Stella Blunt #2) by C.L. Lynch

History (Stella Blunt #2)History by C.L. Lynch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars

Stella Blunt is back and full of even more sass than before. With Howie by her side nothing can go wrong.... until it does.

Howie is struggling with the zombie virus. Although he's only a half zombie and not contagious his dreams say otherwise.

The world is officially falling apart. Super zombies are popping up and Stella is a target.

This series is unlike anything I've read before. While zombie books are out in abundance, CL Lynch found a way to pave a new path. I've never read a series like this with such amazing and relatable characters and a storyline that kept me guessing until the last page.

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