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text 2018-10-16 14:18
Doorbells at Dusk: Only $1.99 (for a limited time: 10/16/18)
"A delightfully rich collection, suffused with horror of many flavors and degrees. . ."
-- The Haunted Reading Room
 
"Doorbells at Dusk dims the glow of other Halloween horror anthologies. . .one of the best books of 2018. . ."
-- Haunted by Deadlines
 
"Doorbells at Dusk is a welcome addition to the pantheon of Halloween horrors. Not that this is much of a shock, mind you. Evans Light knows how to deliver a great Halloween anthology; you don't need to look past any of the three Bad Apples: Slices of Halloween Horror books he co-created to find proof of that, and Doorbells at Dusk serves as further evidence to this claim."
-- Michael Patrick Hicks, author of Broken Shells and Mass Hysteria
  
"Doorbells at Dusk captures the essence of Halloween. It is fun, scary, and will leave a rush that only an overdose of candy corn can match." 
-- Jim Mcleod, Ginger Nuts of Horror
  
"Finding a really good Halloween anthology is like getting the full-size candy bar. Doorbells at Dusk is definitely the full-size treat."
-- Frank Michaels Errington's Horrible Book Reviews
 
"If you're looking for a great anthology to fill out your Halloween reading this year, make it Doorbells at Dusk."
-- Char's Horror Corner
  
"A great seasonal collection that you'll want to re-read in the years to come. Highly recommended!"
-- Horror After Dark
 

"Whether you’re a long-time horror lover or just someone looking for a spooky Halloween read, I highly recommend picking up this anthology." -- Howling Libraries

 

Grab DOORBELLS AT DUSK for only $1.99 (for a limited time:10/16)!

 

 

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review 2018-10-15 05:23
Fever
Fractured Honor - Kaylea Cross

Beckett has had the hots for Sierra for a long time.  She is the sister to his best friend, so he never intends to act on the urge.  As a military man, and a good friend, he has kept himself away from temptation - until now.

 

Sierra has wanted Beckett for such a long time.  She knows he has started to look at her differently, but she also knows he is avoiding her as well.  Her brother's best friend is a fine specimen and she means to have him.

 

This story classifies as a slow burn.  The heat is there.  The want is there.  The mutual feelings are there.  I loved the characters loyalty.  I loved how clear the feelings and worries came across.  Good sold story and a great read.  I give book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.

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review 2018-10-09 05:21
Review: Read & Riot- a Pussy Riot Guide to Activism

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Written as a stream of consciousness, Nadya shares her experiences and thoughts on the state of things and how we as individuals can still have our say and try to make a difference in the world.

 

It's a fast read and easy to digest, with each chapter (aka Rules) broken into three segments: Words, Deeds & Heroes.

 

Words covers various topics like Questioning the Status Quo, the Prison Industrial Complex and What Putin Has to Do with Trump.

 

Deeds encompasses things we can all do- Dadaism, If the Kids are United, Art in Action and Pussy Riot Church (a Russian church that was more like a mini-mart or a venue hall).

 

Heroes explores the figures who've influenced Nadya's life and outlook- King, the Berrigan Brothers, Bell Hooks, Emmeline Pankhurst and Aleksandra Kollontai.

 

Equally intriguing is the recommended reading list at the end of the book, which offers up some pretty good stuff to feed your head and free your mind.  If nothing else, you'll end up with a crash course on activist ideas and a view from the front lines delivered by a person who's still there.

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review 2018-10-01 14:51
Bangs Head on Desk
Ghosted - Rosie Walsh

I seriously need to find some books to enjoy soon. Between this one and "Lair of Dreams" I pretty much despaired through Saturday. "Ghosted" just doesn't work. It doesn't lean in enough to the mystery or romance portions. At times Walsh seems like she was in the middle of writing a romantic suspense book, but pulled it back. Also, the two characters, Sarah and Eddie are bland and have zero chemistry together. I also had some thoughts about Sarah acting like a loon (there is no other word for it) throughout this book over a guy she had sex with for seven days. If she was younger (in her 20s) I could have just went with it, but she's almost 40 and going away weeping and running cause she lost the love of her life. I maybe screeched get a grip at the 50 percent mark.

 

"Ghosted" starts off with Sarah and Eddie on their last day together. Sarah is worried about seeing Eddie again and vice versa. It's a long road to get there, but it eventually comes out that Sarah lives in California and is only in England visiting family. Eddie, is about to go off on a vacation with friends, so they promise to call each other when he's back in town so they can figure this thing out. My comment was, figure out what? You live an ocean apart, get real. It also dribbles out these two nitwits didn't even talk about their personal lives with each other. Sarah also lies that she's divorced (no separated) and they are both content thinking true love's dream or something.


Fast forward to Sarah not hearing from Eddie and growing increasingly frantic. Two of her best friends are just eh, you had a holiday fling, keep it moving. Sarah though knows that what she and Eddie has was real and proceeds to stalk (yes she does) him through social media, his friend's social media, and even follows one of his friends to a football match hoping Eddie would be there. She's unhinged enough to make me wish that this had ended with Eddie getting a restraining order. I think that what bugs me the most about this, is that if the genders were flipped this would be unacceptable. Point blank, this is unacceptable, I don't care if you are male or female. Getting ghosted sucks, it doesn't give you carte blanche to stalk people. 


To make matters worse, Sarah thinks about going back to Eddie's house to see if he is there, (I can't recall if she does that) but then proceeds to write him letters telling him about her life. I am still trying to see the romance in this book, cause it's not hitting any of my romance receptors at all.

 

The other characters in this book are given short shrift since we are just following Sarah along as she obsesses and cries over Eddie. Her friends problems are not as important as figuring out the mystery of why Eddie ghosted her. And what gets me, is that it is alluded to and then point blank pointed out how bad things are with some of her friends lives. Jo is with a terrible guy. Her friend Jenni has fertility problems. Sarah has an estranged husband with a new girlfriend that you would think she would be more focused on than Eddie. 

 

As other reviewers had pointed out, the whole obsession after 7 days makes zero sense. If these two had been dating for months or years it would have worked better. However, Walsh has to set it up as a short time in order for the twists that follow to work. Frankly, if you are just hell-bent on setting up a twist instead of writing a good book, it just makes me liken you to "Girl on a Train" and will cause me to avoid your books in the future. 


The writing was not good. I think another reviewer pointed out that Walsh overly decribes scenery in every scene and she does. I don't care about grass that much. I don't need to hear all of the colors it can be described, along with the smells, etc. The flow was awful. When the book switches POV things really grinded to a halt. After we switch I was ready for the second twist and was glad that I called it correctly. Too bad, if Walsh had shaken things up, that would have saved the book for me. 

 

The ending was just a meh moment. It doesn't make sense based on what we as readers know. The people going on about this being a great romance made me scratch my head. Sure it's a great romance if we want to pretend that people would have a totally different reaction than what Walsh shows here which is love conquers all. 

 

 

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text 2018-09-30 14:06
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Ghosted - Rosie Walsh

What a letdown. Walsh telegraphs most of the twists in this book except for one which was cleverly done. Other than that, she seemed reluctant to push the mystery or romance aspects of the book very hard. Another reviewer said it best, Sarah is ridiculously selflishly absorbed. 

 

You eventually get all of the pieces to Sarah, but honestly I went eh. The biggest issue I had was that when you find out what’s been going on the romance for me died. It made zero sense for it to be this earth shattering thing after all of the secrets came out.

 

The other characters had way more problems and issues I wanted to focus on. Jo’s partner who didn’t work and threatened her about custody of her son. Jenni and her husband failing to get pregnant. I was actually kind of disgusted with how Walsh treated Jenni.

 

I think Walsh made a mistake transitioning to Eddie’s POV half way though. He seriously sounded like a doormat with regards to his mother and he didn’t seem to have a life. I also didn’t get why he loved Sarah. Their chemistry is non-existent. 

 

Too bad Walsh didn’t lean into the romantic suspense side of things like she could have. She dipped her toe in a few times and let things die.

 

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