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Book Trailer Friday!

Posted: January 1, 2016 in Book Trailer
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Happy New Year!

It’s the first book trailer of the new year. Let’s see what’s on the shelf…

22396591Goodreads.com Description: “Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . .

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?

Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, THE DEAD HOUSE is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.”

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Book Trailer Friday!

Posted: October 9, 2015 in Book Trailer, Young Adult
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Road Trip Friday!

Happy Friday!

It really is a great day. I’m on my way to my home state for the Great Lakes Book Bash! I am so excited. But, before I check out of here, take a look at this book trailer…

A little creepy, right? Well, here’s the book information:

Goodreads.com Description: “Leo remembers little of his past. Desperate for a new life, he snatches up the first job to come along. On his second day, he witnesses a murder, and the Shadow Fabric – a malevolent force that controls the darkness – takes the body and vanishes with it.
 
Determined to get answers, Leo has no idea where to turn. Revelations come in the most unlikely places, and secrets of witchcraft and ancient artefacts unfold. In particular, a device used in the 17th century to extract evil from witches proves key to his discoveries. With these truths long hidden from humankind, his memory unravels. Not only haunted by the past, a sinister presence within the darkness threatens Leo’s existence and he soon doubts everything and everyone…including himself.
 
The relentless and destructive power of the Shadow Fabric compels Leo to fight not only this growing darkness, but also the entity beneath the Fabric’s surface. While these supernatural horrors rage and his world crumbles, Leo must confront his past before he can embrace his future. But the future may not exist.
 
Bringing witchcraft and demon fiction into the 21st century
THE SHADOW FABRIC is a British horror novel revealing the unknown history of the witch, the paranormal, and demons. With a slice of occult horror and an insight into the true cause of the Great Fire of London, the story opens up history and spreads it raw.” 

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 Coming Soon!  

Twelve horror stories weave truths you do not want to hear.

The collection includes:

  • Intensive Scare – Three teenagers dabble in the occult and learn there’s a good reason to be afraid of the dark.
  • Red, White and Black – When a clinical trial goes horribly wrong, a lone survivor finds herself fleeing from a sentient infection.
  • Meeting Mum – Introducing a new girlfriend to your parents has never been so problematic.
  • Midnight Clay – An otherwise pleasant homeward journey is interrupted by a demon with a particularly grotesque skill.

From past, present, and future, each story binds the Shadow Fabric mythos tighter, revealing that everything around us is entwined with a deep-rooted darkness. And sometimes that darkness — the fabric — tears.

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Book Trailer Friday!

Posted: October 2, 2015 in Book Trailer
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How was your week? Mine was somewhat productive. Next weekend Great Lakes Book Bash in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Can’t wait!

Let’s check out a trailer from a new favorite author…J.D. Barker:

If you thought that was creepy, be sure to read my review for his current book, Forsaken. And, check out his short stories:

Goodreads.com Description: “Tyler was a killer. He left more than a dozen bodies in his wake as he hitched across the country toward Los Angeles.

With the sweltering heat of Nevada’s desert beating down, sweat pouring from his skin, he slowly trudged away each mile of Route 582 waiting for his next victim to happen upon him. When a silver sports car appears out of nowhere, a grin edges his lips. Its beautiful driver offers him a ride, unaware it may just be her last kind act.”

Goodreads.com Description: “A late night encounter with a beautiful girl leads to unexpected consequences.” 

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Goodreads.com Description: “Some women dread the idea of turning into their mothers. For Elise Gardener, that dread has twisted into an all-too-real nightmare. Elise has always been the spooky misfit of her wealthy family—and a disappointment to her overbearing mother. Elise’s problem is that she’s supernaturally sensitive. She’s an empath who can’t help seeing and feeling the intimate emotions—sometimes painful or shameful—of every person she meets. While her cousins are starting glamorous and lucrative careers, Elise is happy working as an unseen housekeeper at a camp for underprivileged children. But Elise’s cloistered life is shattered when her mother seemingly drowns herself. Elise invites her tenuous best friend—Mallory, a girl she’s only known for two months—to the memorial at the Gardeners’ private isle on the Georgia coast. Together, they discover that Elise’s family have a sinister secret that they’ve been keeping for generations. They are in the thrall of a dark spirit—a powerful, primordial ancestor who lives eternally by possessing the bodies of its descendants. Elise’s own mother was its last host…and the Gardeners’ inner circle have been raising Elise to be next. As the entity invades her mind, Elise is haunted by the memories of its past victims (including a Khmer princess and a mesmerist in pre-Revolution Paris). Through these visions she may find salvation, but her chances are slim. In 8,000 years no heir has ever broken free of the Gardener’s Line of Descent.”

About the Author:

“James Derry has been writing or drawing stories since the day his parents let him borrow a ballpoint pen. That’s when he created his first magnum opus in blue ink: a comic-book parody of Ghostbusters called ‘Roastbusters.’ Hey, he was ten.

He studied art in college (The University of Georgia), and eventually his aspirations shifted from being an illustrator to being a graphic designer. He returned to writing ten years ago after meeting his wife. He currently resides in Atlanta and spends large chunks of his free time working on (and reworking) a variety of fiction projects.” [Amazon bio]

I received an ARC from Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for an honest review.

My Review:

James Derry’s Line of Descent  is a dark, creepy horror story. I enjoyed the well-written suspenseful tale of Elise Gardener, a girl destined to become just like her mother, grandparents, etc.

I loved the characters Derry crafted. Elise moved me to sorrow. The poor girl lost her mother and was forced to carry out a strange, twisted family tradition. Mallory was someone in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was a courageous girl wanting to be a good friend. Unfortunately, I think she may have enjoyed being in the Gardener’s world. She may even have found it to be advantageous. The character of the Wise One was a classic creepy villain. It was a being only concerned about itself and its survival. Each character Derry created was fully developed and interesting.

I felt Line of Descent was the embodiment of the classic horror tale. Derry included all the right elements: foreshadowing (sprinkled throughout the tale), fear (evident in Mallory’s and Elise’s actions and thoughts), suspense (I couldn’t put the book down), mystery (what role did the ring, blood and all the artifacts play in the tale?), and imagination (Derry nailed it with a unique story). Derry’s tale included an overpowering evil persona, a strong protagonist, a cast of wannabe’s in a power struggle and the good friend who is supportive even in the face of danger.

The details were excellent in Line of Descent. I could easily slip inside Elise’s dreams and visualize everything. Even the setting of the story was easy to create in my mind.

I loved how Derry ended Elise’s story. Whether or not there’s a sequel, isn’t important. Classic horror tales don’t need one. Think back to Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery”. You didn’t have to know what happened next to the characters. Your mind created the conclusion or it left you with a thought. Derry’s Line of Descent left me a thought: Can something be called a parasite, if the host is willing?

Pick up a copy of Line of Descent. You will not be disappointed!

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)