Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1 Review: Created, The Destroyer

Title: Created, The Destroyer
Author: Warren Murphy and Richard Ben Shapir
Publisher: Little Brown Group
Published: December 3, 2012
Paperback, 187 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0615786889
Genre: Action-Adventure
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
When you're on death row, minutes from the electric chair, and a hook-handed monk offers to save your life if you'll just swallow a simple little pill... what've you got to lose? You take the pill. Then you wake up, officially "dead," in the back of an ambulance, headed for an undisclosed location. Welcome to your new life, working for CURE, the most secret, most deniable, most extra-judicial government agency ever to exist. Only the President knows about it, and even he doesn't control it.

That's what happened to Remo Williams, a New Jersey cop framed for a murder he didn't commit. Framed by the very people who saved him, in fact. And now, trained in esoteric martial arts by Chiun, master of Sinanju, he's going to become the ultimate killing machine. Remo will be America's last line of defense against mad scientists, organized crime, ancient undead gods, and anything else that threatens the Constitution. Remo Williams is the Destroyer.

An action-adventure series leavened with social and political satire, the Destroyer novels have been thrilling readers worldwide for decades

My Thoughts:When I was approached to review this book, I was only vaguely familiar with Remo Williams, mostly from the ‘80’s movie, Remo Williams-the Adventure Begins, which I have not seen for many, many years. I was excited to get the chance to go back and read the start of a series that I found, after some study, was pivotal for its many fans. It is my privilege to help in a small way to bring this book to a new generation of readers. 

Remo Williams is an ex-NJ cop that stands wrongfully accused of murder. He is rescued from the electric chair by a hook-handed monk that arranges it to look like the execution was successful. Remo is then taken to the base of an ultra secret government organization to begin his training as an assassin given the task of eliminating a criminal element that so far has been untouchable.

This is the first book in the series and as such, from an action stand-point, it’s a bit slow. A lot of time is spent developing the characters, especially Remo. That being said, I still found the book intriguing and also a quick read. The writing was excellent. The storyline, while a bit over the top as compared to today, was still believable. There is abundant wit, humor and sarcasm throughout the story. I am looking forward to continuing on in the series so that I can get to know Chiun, Remo’s mentor and master of the martial art of Sinanju. This is a great re-release now available in e-book format.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

0 Review: The Revealed

Title: The Revealed
Author: Jessica Hickam
Publisher: SparkPress
Published: June 17, 2014
Ebook, ARC
ISBN13: 9781940716008
Genre: Dystopia
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:
Lily Atwood lives in what used to be called Washington, D.C. Her father is one of the most powerful men in the world, having been a vital part of rebuilding and reuniting humanity after the war that killed over five billion people. Now he’s running to be one of its leaders.

But in the rediscovered peace on Earth, a new enemy has risen. They call themselves the Revealed – a powerful underground organization that has been kidnapping 18 year olds across the globe without reservation. No one knows why they are kidnapping these teens, but it’s clear something is different about these people. They can set fires with a snap of their fingers and create a wind strong enough to barrel over a tree with a flick of their wrist. No one has been able to stop them, and they have targeted Lily as their next victim.

But Lily has waited too long to break free from her father’s shadow to let some rebel organization just ruin everything. Not without a fight.

My Thoughts:
Lily Atwood is eighteen. She lives a sheltered life and is under constant scrutiny. Her dad is running for President of what is left of the United States. And if that's not bad enough, she's also being threatened by an underground group called The Revealed. 

Nobody really knows much about this group. Only that they kidnap eighteen-year-old kids. And the kids are never seen again. Lily has received several notes from the group stating that she's their next target. 

This novel started out a little slow for me. It was about halfway through before anything really started to happen. Once things started to heat up, it was touch and go. There are several things I did like about this novel: Lily and Kai, Lily not wanting to live in a box, Lily's attitude, and most of the characters. 

The story was okay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that great either. For me, this book didn't really distinguish itself from other dystopian novels. However not all books can be The Hunger Games or Divergent. So if dystopian novels is your bag, then you might want to give this one a go. Also The Revealed is the first book in a series. Maybe now that the groundwork has been laid things will really start to come together in the next book. 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

0 Interview with Brandon Daily

The nineteenth century looms just a few years away, bringing with it the belief in progress and a new world. But for Josiah Fuller, William Corvin, and the Rider in the Appalachian backwoods and small towns of the late nineteenth century, there is nothing but a world where bloodshed is paid for in blood, and violence is the ultimate law of the land.

When seventeen-year-old Josiah Fuller comes home to find his parents hanged and mutilated and the family house burned to the ground, he sets off to find the man responsible for their murders and avenge their deaths. His journey takes him through new towns and wildernesses he has not seen before. He meets people who show him the realities of living in a violent world, forcing Josiah to decide what is most important to him: vengeance or grace.

Years after running away from home as a young boy, William Corvin returns with his new bride to take over the family's coal mining operation. Though he is haunted by the violence of his past, he sets out to live a peaceful life and start a family there. However, Corvin's hopes of peace are challenged when a horrible act of violence causes him to revert back to the man he once was.

After being visited by an angel in a dream years earlier, the Rider has become a man with violence in his blood, believing himself to be appointed by God to collect the souls of sinners. He travels around on his horse, killing whoever he feels is deserving of God's wrath and vengeance. These three men move along their own individual paths, their stories intersecting with one another, continually searching for an understanding of the violent world in which they live and their own actions within that world.

The novel examines the power and fragility of belief and conviction within humans, showing how one small act often leads to consequences that reach far beyond anyone's imagining.

1. Compare and Contrast Josiah, William, and The Rider.

There’s a great deal of overlap between the three main characters. In many ways, I wrote them all as being different versions of each other; more specifically, William and The Rider are two versions of what Josiah could be, depending on his actions in the narrative. If Josiah gives in to his violent desires, then he could become The Rider, and if he tries to move on in life and seek some form of peace—as tarnished as it may be—then he could become William.

All three men are capable of violence, but, at the same time, they all despise that violence (even The Rider). Of William and The Rider, William is the one who has acted upon that despise, who has actively tried to move on from his past and begin life again with hope.

2. A Murder Country is described as a novel that "examines the power and fragility of belief and conviction within humans . . ." Explain what you mean by that.

A Murder Country is a story that focuses on violence and vengeance and how those things destroy (both in the characters, themselves, and the world around them). One single act is not contained within one person; rather, it is spread out and affects everything and everyone. That being said, I fear a complete belief in something. Those “true believers,” we call extremists, but they are nothing more than people who believe in their convictions so intensely that they will do and sacrifice anything for it/them. That’s a scary thing. I wanted to portray that fear, and examine it, through my characters. I think The Rider most clearly illustrates this. He believes with his entire being that he is chosen by God to kill sinners—whether he is chosen or not isn’t for me to say, and it is unimportant; there is enough evidence given to argue either way. There are plenty of instances in the narrative where he cannot fully understand that conviction, and he wishes to stop, but he cannot and does not because of his belief.

Believing in something is a fantastic thing—everyone needs to believe in something—but to what extent someone should believe in something and give him/herself over to that belief is a very important question. And I wanted to study this in the book.

3. This novel is set in late 19th century Appalachia. Have you ever been to Appalachia?

Though I currently live in Central Georgia (which, by no means is Appalachia, but is a start), I was born and raised in Southern California. I began writing A Murder Country in California, constantly researching the surroundings and people of Appalachia as I wrote. There were times when I wondered if I should just change the setting to something more familiar, but I knew that the story had to be set there. Though I had no first-hand knowledge of the place, I could clearly see the characters and the setting when I closed my eyes.

It wasn’t until after I moved across the country that I finished the novel. When I got to Georgia, I can remember clearly how many things I had gotten wrong in the book. I went through the entire manuscript, changing certain aspects, mainly small things that may seem so insignificant, but I wanted to create something that was genuine to the place.

Moving to this part of the country, I found a love for the peculiarities of the land: the smells and the tastes in the air, the sounds, mainly from the insects here. I loved it all and knew that I needed to capture everything on the page. Today, I stand by the fact that without moving and gaining that first-hand knowledge here, the book would have been much less than what it is now.

4. This is your first novel. What are some tips you've picked up along the way?

The best advice I can give to writers out there is to not stop writing, even the days you have “writer’s block.” It sounds cliché, and it is, but it is because it’s true and important. A Murder Country took me nearly four and a half years to write. I started it just after finishing college (undergrad), but about halfway through I became worried, scared that the last half couldn’t match the first. And instead of pushing through and completing it, saving adjustments and rewrites for later, I quit writing it all together. That was a mistake. I wish I had just pushed through, even on the days when I thought I had nothing genuine to write—it could have been trash or it could have been poetry, but either way it would have been physically there on the paper, and that is so much easier to work with than abstract images and sentences floating around in my mind. So write—whatever it is, whether it’s good or horrible, whether it makes sense or not, just get it on paper and then work with it. No one can spew out perfection on a first draft—remember that.

5. You teach high school English and Literature. One of my high school literature teachers tortured me with the lit classic Ethan Frome. Sometimes I think about rereading the book to see if my perspective on it would change now that I'm an adult. Have you ever re-read a book that you've disliked only to reassess your original opinion?

Absolutely. It always amazes me how much I miss when I read a book—and I think that’s a natural thing for readers. We become so immersed in one aspect of the narrative that we miss out on some of the subtleties. For me, I tend to stay too focused on the main character and miss out on the secondary characters. And that’s a real negative; so much of the power of books comes from the subtleties and the small aspects we sometimes gloss over. It’s also a strange thing to see how your worldview and your focuses and thoughts of people change over time.

One book that I’ve reassessed my original opinion on is Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. After reading the book a second time, it has become one of my favorite books and, more importantly, I’ve come to realize just how astounding—structurally and narratively—it is. I first read it after finishing my undergrad —I’d never been forced to read much Faulkner, besides “A Rose for Emily” and I went on a mini-binge of Faulkner novels and stories, just for fun (I know). That said, I thought As I Lay Dying rambled too much, that Faulkner was trying to do too much compositionally, that he was experimenting too much with narrator, that the book was just too tongue-in-cheek, in a way.

I always wanted to read the novel again but never really got the chance to pick it up again until last school year; I had one of my lit classes read it. I remember really getting into the book, and maybe it was just the fact that I was reading/analyzing it as a teacher instead of just as a “casual reader,” or maybe it was that we were discussing the book as a class and I was hearing the students’ really interesting responses, but I came away marveling at the novel, wondering how I could have been so wrong about it years before.

Twitter is @BrandonDaily38

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

0 To Live Forever Blog Tour: Interview with Andra Watkins

1. What made you pick Meriwether Lewis as a guide to help Emmaline?

Meriwether Lewis is most remembered for being a kind of guide, a leader of a band of men. If he could be trapped between life and death, it made sense to me that he would continue to be assigned variations of a key role he played in life until he redeemed himself.

2. You describe your book as the novel "that usually falls through the cracks as agents and publishers struggle to figure out ‘what shelf does it go on?'"  When writing the story did you ever get bogged down with not being able to fit inside one particular genre?

Humans need classification systems to function. We classify everything on site, from the people we meet to the experiences we're offered to yes, even the books we read. My own experience with easy classifications caused me to almost miss people, experiences and books that have changed my life. As a life-long avid reader, I despair with the focus on genre. I didn't care about genre when I was writing this book. My focus was on weaving what I considered to be a good story, on taking characters and situations and merging them in new ways. I hope I give most readers an experience they never expected, with people they've grown to love. My favorite line to see in a review is the most consistent one I've gotten: "I didn't expect to like this book, and I loved it." Or, as NY Times Bestselling Author Cassandra King said of my novel: "Give it a try. I dare you."

3.  What draws Em and Merry together?

Merry has to find and help a living person to escape Nowhere. Em is a nine-year-old girl with a madam mother who wants to sell her to the highest bidder on her tenth birthday. When Merry finds Em in New Orleans, she's running from that highest bidder, a man who was also Merry's nemesis in life. To find his future, Merry has to vanquish his past.

4. If you could live forever, would you want to?

In the book, the concept of immortality revolves around being remembered. To be remembered by someone is the only way we can live forever. Whether we admit it or not, I think we all want to be remembered. It's why some people choose to have children, why others give large sums of money, and yes, even why some politicians want to plaster their names on every bridge and traffic interchange available. While creativity is somewhat compulsive, it's also why many artists make art. So, to answer your question, I hope my words will help me live forever.

5. What historical character (other than Lewis) would you want to have a cup of coffee with?

I might risk a cup of coffee with the Judge, the villain in To Live Forever. He's one of the most complex, yet totally forgotten characters in American history. As a writer, he was a gift to explore and to savor. It was an interesting challenge to take his badness from life and try to figure out how he might choose to magnify it. I really hope to see more of him in the future. (And if you want to know his name, you'll just have to read the book.)

Publication Date: March 1, 2014
Publisher: World Hermit Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: General Fiction/Paranormal

Is remembrance immortality? Nobody wants to be forgotten, least of all the famous.
Meriwether Lewis lived a memorable life. He and William Clark were the first white men to reach the Pacific in their failed attempt to discover a Northwest Passage. Much celebrated upon their return, Lewis was appointed governor of the vast Upper Louisiana Territory and began preparing his eagerly-anticipated journals for publication. But his re-entry into society proved as challenging as his journey. Battling financial and psychological demons and faced with mounting pressure from Washington, Lewis set out on a pivotal trip to the nation’s capital in September 1809. His mission: to publish his journals and salvage his political career. He never made it. He died in a roadside inn on the Natchez Trace in Tennessee from one gunshot to the head and another to the abdomen.
Was it suicide or murder? His mysterious death tainted his legacy and his fame quickly faded. Merry’s own memory of his death is fuzzy at best. All he knows is he’s fallen into Nowhere, where his only shot at redemption lies in the fate of rescuing another. An ill-suited “guardian angel,” Merry comes to in the same New Orleans bar after twelve straight failures. Now, with one drink and a two-dollar bill he is sent on his last assignment, his final shot at escape from the purgatory in which he’s been dwelling for almost 200 years. Merry still believes he can reverse his forgotten fortunes.
Nine-year-old Emmaline Cagney is the daughter of French Quarter madam and a Dixieland bass player. When her mother wins custody in a bitter divorce, Emmaline carves out her childhood among the ladies of Bourbon Street. Bounced between innocence and immorality, she struggles to find her safe haven, even while her mother makes her open her dress and serve tea to grown men.
It isn’t until Emmaline finds the strange cards hidden in her mother’s desk that she realizes why these men are visiting: her mother has offered to sell her to the highest bidder. To escape a life of prostitution, she slips away during a police raid on her mother’s bordello, desperate to find her father in Nashville.
Merry’s fateful two-dollar bill leads him to Emmaline as she is being chased by the winner of her mother’s sick card game: The Judge. A dangerous Nowhere Man convinced that Emmaline is the reincarnation of his long dead wife, Judge Wilkinson is determined to possess her, to tease out his wife’s spirit and marry her when she is ready. That Emmaline is now guarded by Meriwether Lewis, his bitter rival in life, further stokes his obsessive rage.
To elude the Judge, Em and Merry navigate the Mississippi River to Natchez. They set off on an adventure along the storied Natchez Trace, where they meet Cajun bird watchers, Elvis-crooning Siamese twins, War of 1812 re-enactors, Spanish wild boar hunters and ancient mound dwellers. Are these people their allies? Or pawns of the perverted, powerful Judge?
After a bloody confrontation with the Judge at Lewis’s grave, Merry and Em limp into Nashville and discover her father at the Parthenon. Just as Merry wrestles with the specter of success in his mission to deliver Em, The Judge intercedes with renewed determination to win Emmaline, waging a final battle for her soul. Merry vanquishes the Judge and earns his redemption. As his spirit fuses with the body of Em’s living father, Merry discovers that immortality lives within the salvation of another, not the remembrance of the multitude.

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About the Author

Hey. I’m Andra Watkins. I’m a native of Tennessee, but I’m lucky to call Charleston, South Carolina, home for 23 years. I’m the author of ‘To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis’, coming March 1, 2014. It’s a mishmash of historical fiction, paranormal fiction and suspense that follows Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark fame) after his mysterious death on the Natchez Trace in 1809.
I like:
eating (A lot; Italian food is my favorite.)
traveling (I never met a destination I didn’t like.)
reading (My favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo.)
coffee (the caffeinated version) and COFFEE (sex)
performing (theater, singing, public speaking, playing piano)
time with my friends
Sirius XM Chill
yoga (No, I can’t stand on my head.)
writing in bed
I don’t like:
getting up in the morning
cilantro (It is the devil weed.)
surprises (For me or for anyone else.)
house cleaning

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Natchez Trace Walk

The Natchez Trace is a 10,000-year-old road that runs from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. Thousands of years ago, animals used its natural ridge line as a migratory route from points in the Ohio River Valley to the salt licks in Mississippi. It was logical for the first Native Americans to settle along the Trace to follow part of their migrating food supply. When the Kaintucks settled west of the Appalachians, they had to sell their goods at ports in New Orleans or Natchez, but before steam power, they had to walk home. The Trace became one of the busiest roads in North America.
To launch To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis, I am the first living person to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did since the rise of steam power in the 1820′s. From March 1, 2014 to April 3, 2014, I walked fifteen miles a day. Six days a week. One rest day per week. I spent each night in the modern-day equivalent of stands, places much like Grinder’s Stand, where Meriwether Lewis died from two gunshot wounds on October 11, 1809.

To Live Forever Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 21
Review at Unshelfish
Tuesday, July 22
Excerpt at Making My Mark
Thursday, July 24
Spotlight at What Is That Book About
Friday, July 25
Review at Mel’s Shelves
Monday, July 28
Review at Ryann Donnelly
Excerpt & Giveaway at Paranormal Book Club
Wednesday, July 30
Review at The Worm Hole
Guest Post at Sallie’s Book Reviews and More
Monday, August 4
Spotlight & Giveaway at Reading Lark
Wednesday, August 6
Spotlight & Giveaway at Mina’s Bookshelf
Thursday, August 7
Review at Mythical Books
Monday, August 11
Guest Post at Lost in Books
Tuesday, August 12
Review at Beth’s Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 13
Review at The Readers Hollow
Monday, August 18
Spotlight & Giveaway at Susan Heim on Writing
Wednesday, August 20
Interview at To Read or Not to Read
Wednesday, August 21
Interview at Tower of Babel
Monday, August 25
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, August 26
Review & Giveaway at My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews
Monday, September 1
Spotlight at Bibliophilia, Please
Tuesday, September 3
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Wednesday, September 4
Review at Brooke Blogs

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

0 Interview with Denis O'Neill

1.  Whiplash has many positive reviews. Why do you think this story resonates with so many people?
I think the coming-of-age passage is a universal one for anyone who's been to - or going to - college... probably for anyone in those crucial 18-22 year-old, leaving-home years, whether college is/was in the mix or not.   The best kind of storytelling always has a universal component dressed up in the specifics of a certain time and place.   I think WHIPLASH has resonated with readers because the four period when I was in college at Dartmouth - particularly the last two years that have been dramatically compressed into one - was so tumultuous and momentous in so many ways: the Vietnam War, Civil Rights, political assassinations, etc.   We were lucky to have lived in such interesting times... "too" interesting, at times... but memorable for that reason... and intriguing to anyone who's gone through a similar passage, perhaps under less trying circumstances.

2. How did you come up with the title?
The collision of a road trip culture with the reality of the war was really jarring.  The subtitle" When the Vietnam War rolled a hand grenade into the Animal House" struck me as a perfect and colorful description of what was going on... leading to a definite feeling of "Whiplash" as we were jerked back and forth between these two competing realities.

3.  What inspired you to write this memoir?
I was back in Hanover, New Hampshire for my 40th college reunion, remembering all the old stories with my classmates... when I realized I had been sitting on a great story for more than four decades.   I had been mostly writing screenplays ("The River Wild" with Meryl Streep, and others) for twenty years, and the idea of retelling the saga of what we had been through was appealing... especially being able to step outside of the normal screenplay writing constrictions.  Another compelling element was that I have three boys who were about to go off to college ((two are in college now) and I thought it was a good time to let them know what y college experience had been like.

4. What is something you hope readers will take away from this book?
 I'd like readers to consider the notion that in these crucial, coming-of-age years, some universal truths remain, whether the specter of going to war after graduation is in play, or not.   Question and challenge authority.   Don't be afraid to speak up for what's right, even if it's out of your comfort zone.  Be ever aware that there is power in one voice... especially when joined with others.   Our anti-war protests helped to end the war in Vietnam.  We were the first generation that was lied to by our government in a persistent and cynical way... and the first to stand up to THE BIG LIE and help change things.

5.  Where can people find Whiplash?
WHIPLASH is available in paperback, or as a download, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Iphone, and Vook.   You can visit my website for the book (, get more information and reviews, and get to those same buying sites.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

0 Interview with Mary Rowan

1. Leaving the Beach's main character deals with bulimia. Why did you give your character an eating disorder?
Well, I had eating disorders for many years--from about age 15 to age 30. During that time, I was both anorexic and bulimic (mainly bulimic). But I also went through brief periods of time when I ate fairly normally. And believe it or not, I don't think anyone--even my parents, best friends, and boyfriends--ever knew I was sick because I hid it all so well. In other words, I was living a fairly full life, despite my illness. So I really wanted to write a book about a character with a serious eating disorder, but who also has other things going on. Another way to say it is that I didn't want to write an "issue" book. 

2. Erin's also obsessed with music: Jim Morrison, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. What is it about these musicians that resonate with Erin? 
All of these musicians are strong, sexy, iconic, male singer-songwriters who have (or had, in the case of Jim Morrison) the ability to control an audience. This is real power. Erin, who lacks self-esteem and strong male role models, turns to these icons to fill the voids in her life. 

3. Lenny Weir is a musician with a lot of problems of his own. What pulls Erin and Lenny together? 
Erin is very drawn to Lenny because she sees herself--and her suffering--in him. But while she suffers silently, Lenny's suffering is done in public. Erin can hide in her house, eating and vomiting, but Lenny needs to go up on stage and perform, and the press documents his every move. Erin finds this both admirable and sad, and she wants to help him. As far as Lenny being drawn to Erin, well, when he meets her in the bathroom at the nightclub, he recognizes her inner beauty. But that's all I'll say about him, because I don't want to add any spoilers to this interview. 

4. This novel has been described as "inspiring," "insightful," and "brutally honest." Would you agree with those descriptions? 
Well, I hope it's inspiring and insightful, but I guess that depends on the reader. As for the brutally honest part, I do think that's accurate. I tried very hard to make Erin a real and vulnerable character. In regard to the elements of the story that deal with bulimia, I drew on my own experiences with that disease as much as possible. That wasn't easy in some cases, but I did my best to be accurate and honest.

5. What are you working on now? 
The novel I'm currently working on (working title: Amateurs and Radios) is really different than Leaving the Beach or its "partner book", Living by Ear. Living by Ear and Leaving the Beach are both very woman-centric and music themed, and although the stories are quite different, they have a lot in common. But my new story is about a twenty-something woman who reluctantly befriends the 70-year-old ham radio operator who lives across the street from her. There's very little music in the story, and many of the chapters are written from the perspective of the man. That's a huge change for me, and a real challenge. I'm having a lot of fun writing it, though. I just hope other people will be interested in reading it!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

0 Feature: Robert Friedrich

Hello and welcome to the show, my name is Robert Friedrich and I am an Indie Author of Horror and Sci-fi. I recently returned from Egypt back to Eastern Europe – Slovakia – where I am from and am using my location now to spread my work over Europe. You want to know more about me? Look into what I write as set in examples below – there is always a piece of me in everything I write.

Full Bio:
Robert Friedrich is an Author who writes in a multitude of styles which include Novella's, Short Stories, Poetry and even Screenplays. His books are famous for taking an unconventional route through the darkest of places and emotions, and are generally driven by fast paced action and direct-from-heart dialogue. His current releases include: The Darkness Within: A Novella, Enlightened by Darkness Anthologies, The Book of Metal Lyrics and Seed of Evil, which is the first part of an entire up-coming Saga. Robert surprises his audience by how different, each of his book's tone, message is and how they are visually descriptive. He also designs his own book covers and trailers.
"A fictional Dystopia is better than a fake Utopia." -- Robert Friedrich

My latest book is a 1st part of a post-apocalyptic mini-series called Welcome to your Death.
Don’t fear Yellowstone, fear what follows! Part one of Welcome to your Death introduces readers to a dangerous new world. Yellowstone’s eruption left the Earth devastated. Now, many years later, a survivor emerges from hibernation, unaware of the dangers that inhabit his long-lost home. His arrival sets events into motion that will ultimately decide everyone's fate, but does he have what it takes? Embark on an adventure unlike any other and see what secrets linger in the shadows. Welcome to the Post-Apocalypse.

A ruined city sits there, maybe a few kilometers away, yet still visible from the cliff. He looks down and sees a long way ahead. He also sees what looks like the destroyed remains of that strange room he awoke in yesterday. For a few moments he observes, looking for a way or path other than having to scale the cliff.  In this unknown place, a place he does not recognize, the only area where he may find some answers lies probably in the city. He looks down again and sees a possible way to slope.
Afterward, loud noises, shouts and weapon fire echo from the distance, alarming him.
“Oh no. More of those bandits must be looking for their missing people. I need to get out of here!”

Find more of me and my work here and here.

Enjoy and taste the experience.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

0 Save the date!

Twitter will be burning hot this summer when two wonderfully talented British suspense/mystery authors will be answering YOUR questions. Here's what you need to know:

Who: Sarah Hilary (@sarah_hilary) and Alex Marwood (@AlexMarwood1)
What: Twitter Chat. Sarah and Alex will answer your questions!
When: Wednesday, August 20th from 12-1 pm EST
Where:  #killerfiction
Why: Why not?


“Award-winning short story writer Sarah Hilary has crafted a tight, nasty mystery… gripping and full of graphic details about the lives and psychology of her characters, both abusers and their victims.”
Eileen Brady, Mystery Scene Magazine

“If this first entry is anything to go by, Hilary's sense of plot and subtle character building will make the DI Marnie Rome series one to watch.”

“Promising…[Hilary] skillfully interweaves multiple viewpoints on the way to the mystery’s unsettling conclusion.”
Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Val McDermid and Ian Rankin will love this tremendous debut. Someone Else’s Skin puts Sarah Hilary and DI Marnie Rome squarely on the map. A gripping, disturbing examination of domestic violence with gravitas in spades, this book haunts you well after its finish.
Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Through the Evil Days


“If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one—THE KILLER NEXT DOOR—is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters.”—Stephen King

Description: star “A taut, fascinating tale that's not for the weak of stomach… [Alex Marwood] not only creates a cast of memorable characters, but also ratchets up the suspense, leaving readers to dread what might be around the next corner. Many writers shine at characterization or at creating tension; the trick is in successfully combining the two. In this case, readers will care what happens to Collette and the rest of the boarders while simultaneously waiting for the literary axe to fall. Marwood…proves she's got staying power in this addictive tale.”
—Kirkus, Starred Review

Description: star “If the author’s first book explored how poverty and abuse can make monsters of men, then this new novel will have readers peering suspiciously at the neighbors and wondering just what’s behind their closed doors. This tightly plotted story grabs readers from the opening paragraphs and will keep them up far too late at night. Highly recommended for fans of Laura Lippman, Tana French, and Gillian Flynn.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

0 Ghosts of Salem by Sam Baltrusis Spotlight


Nestled on the rocky coast of Massachusetts, Salem is a city
steeped with history and legend. Famously known for its witch trials, the historic North Shore seaport also has a dark history of smugglers and deadly fires. It is considered to be one of New England's most haunted destinations. Inside Howard Street Cemetery, the ghost of accused witch Giles Corey wanders among the gravestones. Outside the Ropes Mansion the ghost of Abigail Ropes can be seen peeking out of the windows. The Gardner-Pingree House on Essex Street
is host to the spirit of sea captain Joseph White, a man whose murder in 1830 inspired literary giants like Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Join author and paranormal journalist Sam Baltrusis on a chilling journey through the streets of Salem as he chronicles the historic haunts of the Witch City. 


About The Author

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Sam Baltrusis, author of "Ghosts of Boston" and "Ghosts of
Cambridge," freelances for various publications and is the former managing editor of Scout Magazine in Somerville and Cambridge. He has been featured as Boston's paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's Haunted Encounters and Paranormal State's Ryan Buell's Paranormal Insider Radio. Baltrusis moonlights as a tour guide and launched the successful ghost tour, Cambridge Haunts, and
is producing a new tour in Salem.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

0 My Viking Vampire Feature and Giveaway

My Viking Vampire
Sanctuary, Texas
Krystal Shannan

Bailey Ross’ world is crumbling around her. Her abusive ex, a human, is closing in on her again, and to make matters worse, a new enemy, a djinn, is stalking her. This supernatural being takes great pleasure in human pain, something Bailey has in excess thanks to her ex. If she’s caught by either, she’s as good as dead.

Backed into a corner and desperate to escape, she does something she swore wouldn’t ever be possible again –trusting a man. And he’s a vampire.

Protection via the sexy vampire Erick Thorson may prove to be a little more than she bargained for. Sparks fly between them and she finds herself agreeing to more than just protection. Though he has promised not to let anyone harm her, the small west Texas town is more than it seems and he may not be able to make good on his vow no matter how hard he tries.

Will Sanctuary be the home Bailey longs for or will she have to die to find out?


Meet the Author:

Krystal Shannan goes to sleep every night dreaming of mythical realms with werewolves, vampires, fae, and dragons. Occasional a fabulous, completely human story slips into the mix, but powers and abilities usually crop up without fail, twisting reality into whatever her mind can conceive.

As a child, her parents encouraged her interests in Ancient Greek and Roman mythology and all things historical and magickal. As an adult the interests only grew. She is a child of Neverland and refuses to ever stop believing in fairies.

She is guilty of indulging and being a Buffy the Vampire Slayer groupie as well as an Angel fan. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of Joss Whedon, you are missing out! She also makes sure to watch as many action and adventure movies as possible. The more exciting the better. Yippee-Ki-Yay..... If you don't know the end of that phrase, then you probably don't like the same movies.

She writes stories full of action, snark, magick, and heart-felt emotion. If you are looking for leisurely paced sweet romance, her books are probably not for you. But, for those looking for a magical ride, filled with adventure, passion, and just a hint of humor. Welcome home.

Krystal Shannan
Putting Magick in Romance one Soul Mate at a Time.
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