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review 2018-09-23 14:26
The Sea was a Fair Master 5* book review

The Sea was a Fair Master

Calvin Demmer, 2018

5* Book review

 

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads: “The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him.

The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.”

 

I love horror shorts, short films and short stories. Some are downright terrible, while others are terrifyingly great. It’s surprising what can be packed into a 5 minute video of a few pages in a book. I’m one who loves to be scared, I want to be clinging onto my fiancé Andy, the child in me scared of what might be lurking behind the sofa or under the bed. There is a damsel in distress within me who loves the feeling of being protected by my man during scary scenes.

 

This collection of short stories from Calvin Demmer titled ‘The Sea was a Fair Master’ is quite frankly a masterpiece.  I would absolutely love to see a few of these, Hangman and Trashcan Sam in particular, expanded into novellas if not full novels. Within the pages of ‘The Sea was a Fair Master’, are great stories; I was genuinely unnerved by a few.

 

‘Hangman’ is one of my favourites from the collection. An unsettling tale of the ‘Extreme English’ class, one class you absolutely cannot fail. The penalty is death.

 

Another I particularly liked was ‘Graves’. This is a sad story of death and the struggle to move on. This is one that tugged on the heartstrings a little.

 

‘Trashcan Sam’, now this is an interesting one. I would love to read more of this, to see where it started and how it develops. This is creepy world of garbage looters and the random oddities they find in peoples trash. It’s rather disturbing I thought, and possibly my overall favourite. It’s hard to choose as they are all so good.

 

You can find ‘The Sea was a Fair Master on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Was-Fair-Master-ebook/dp/B07CT4KNB3/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537707584&sr=8-1&keywords=the+sea+was+a+fair+master

It’s also free via Kindle Unlimited.

 

Check it out, please, it’s worth your time.

 

5/5 I LOVED IT

Lesley-Ann (Housewife of Horror)

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review 2018-09-23 08:59
A Passionaate Gospel of True Love

The book transcends from autobiography to a novel which is a striking. Before the confusion begins to recede from your thoughts the novel surfaces and you begin to enjoy. Moh Lal Rai seems to be author personified but it could be anyone going through the experience of discovering a true love.

From an age of innocence Moh has an intense desire to change her circumstances. The traditional and patriarchal ambiance dominating her life is stifling and in order to liberate herself from clutches of the family she has to outdo. And she does she becomes a fashion designer of repute and then transcends into a love Diva.


With faith in Goddess Durga she finds the sailing smooth but there is one hitch. Finding love seems to be a daunting task after a failed marriage. Eventually she hears from Maa…an announcement that promises to augur a change in her life. She was to meet her true love in India, the premonition is in shape of an announcement from Maa Durga at Las Vegas fashion show.

The romantic interlude begins whence she meets her true lover Gaurang in Chennai in

 

India. The roller coaster ride is an esoteric assemblage of myths and religion that is part of their romance. The book is not about holding hand romance or a fantasy land love story. The narration is more about a relationship which develops between the true lovers and the effect of surrounding potpourri of characters that color the book throughout.

 

A Passionate Gospel of True Love is a new kind of love story based in India and readers must go through this exciting tale.

 

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review 2018-09-22 11:00
Release Week Review! Don't Trust a Killer by Cynthia Eden!

 

 

To catch a killer…you have to use the perfect bait.

 

FBI Agent Bree Harlow is working the biggest case of her career. She’s undercover on the hunt for a killer who has murdered three women—and she isn’t going to stop until she brings down her prey. She’s scored a job at Fantasy, the hottest club in New Orleans, and she’s just caught the attention of the club’s owner, the sexy and dangerous Kace Quick. Everyone knows the guy is shady—and probably linked to every criminal activity in the Big Easy. She shouldn’t find him so attractive. Shouldn’t want to do anything but lock the guy away. After all, he is her chief suspect.

 

Be careful…sometimes, you can’t see the danger coming.

 

Kace knows there is far more to Bree than meets the eye. He isn’t a fool, and he can spot a Fed from a mile away, though he does admit that Bree is the sexiest FBI agent he’s ever seen. He lets her play her game, though Kace plans to keep his hands very far off his gorgeous new problem. Then the attacks begin. Attacks all focused on Bree. And suddenly, it’s not a game any longer because Kace isn’t about to let his FBI agent get caught in the crossfire.

 

To hurt a man, you have to destroy what he wants most.

 

Kace has a powerful enemy working in the darkness—a man who wants to destroy Kace by making him look guilty as hell. Kace is being set up for murders he didn’t commit. And now, the killer has locked onto his next victim—Bree. Despite Kace’s best efforts, he has let Bree get too close. For the first time in years, Kace cares about someone else—a fatal flaw. And the killer in the dark can’t wait to make Kace pay for past sins…The killer thinks he can hurt Bree, and by hurting her, the mighty Kace Quick will fall.

 

Things aren’t always as they appear…

 

Bree won’t be anyone’s victim. She’s not the damsel in distress—she’s the woman ready to take down a murderer. She’ll break every rule in the FBI’s precious handbook in order to protect the lover she knows is innocent. Kace is hers, and Bree won’t let anyone hurt him. She’ll catch the real killer, she’ll prove his guilt, and maybe, just maybe, Bree and Kace can stop their world from going down in flames.

 

Sex, murder, and lies…just another day in the Big Easy…

 


It’s just another day in the Big Easy as Bree goes undercover to catch serial killer and catches the attention of the sexy and dangerous Kace who the FBI believes to be the crime lord behind the murders. Kace and Bree are bold, charismatic characters that easily bring readers into their world and hold them captive with their sizzling chemistry and daring and brave romance. Against all odds, the attractions burns hotter the longer they work together and the relationship has several obstacles that will have to be overcome including some past emotional baggage.

 

Thrills and intrigue keep readers turning the pages of this fast paced and smooth flowing plot that has a dangerously edgy feel as the hero and heroine face some hair raising events and try to determine who the killer is before they become his next victims all while dealing with law enforcement that has decided Kace is guilty and they are determined to bring him down. Surprising twists keep readers guessing which adds to the intense thrill of the story and once again the author has created a well-developed world that she brings to brilliant life, making it easy for the readers to connect to the characters and to become part of the story and being set in New Orleans spices up the story as it helps set up the atmosphere and adds to the dangerous, edgy crime lord persona of Kace and some of his employees. I was completely caught up in this book from the very beginning and I was especially excited by the astonishing conclusion of Bree’s case.

 

 

Author's Book Page -


https://cynthiaeden.com/books/dont-trust-a-killer/

 

 

 

Add Don't Trust a Killer to your shelves at -

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40657752-don-t-trust-a-killer

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/don-t-trust-a-killer-by-cynthia-eden

 

 

Characters from Shattered (LOST #3) appear in Don't Trust a Killer.


https://cynthiaeden.com/books/shattered/

 

Cynthia's https://cynthiaeden.com/books/shattered/

 


Cynthia Eden's next romantic suspense - Don't Love a Liar will be releasing November 13, 2018)


https://cynthiaeden.com/books/dont-love-a-liar/

 

 

in print or ebook at -

 

Amazon - http://amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07F21SPWQ/cynthiaeden-20

 

B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/?ean=2940162107439

 

GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=4gtiDwAAQBAJ

 

iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1403950878?mt=11&uo=6&at=1l3vpNn&ct=cynthiaeden-20

 

Kobo - http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=9781942840473

 

print - http://amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1723709727/cynthiaeden-20

 

 

Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award . Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over eighty novels and novellas.

 

Cynthia is a “hybrid” author. She has published extensively with New York (her New York publishers include Avon, Kensington, Grand Central, and Harlequin), and she has also enjoyed success in her indie writing career.

 

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

 

 

Website - http://www.cynthiaeden.com/

 

Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/cynthiaeden

 

BookBub- https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cynthia-eden

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/cynthiaedenfanpage

 

Twitter - http://twitter.com/cynthiaeden

 

InstaGram - http://www.instagram.com/cynthiaedenauthor/

 

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review 2018-09-22 05:48
When The Dark Comes, The Battle for Perdido Beach Begins...
Fear (The Gone Series) - Michael Grant

Series can be difficult to write for an author and of course, for me, I have never read any books beyond a trilogy as I prefer it to be short and sweet. Gone series by Michael Granthad surprise me in some - good flow of science-fiction, unraveling plots and twist and characters you understand them and seeing them change as the book series progress. This is the fifth in the 6 book series and Fear has reach its level of not just a good read but one I never thought I want to finish the series to know what happens next.

 

The FAYZ is going dark, literally. As dark shapes slowly covers the dome and the children of Perdido Beach panic in fear of what will happen when they are in the dark, Sam has to face his greatest fear - the dark. As others make decisions of what they need to do, the gaiaphage is making a move - one that involves Diana's baby. With the dark covering the dome, and the world outside of the dome are going to discover if the parents of the children of Perdido Beach will be able to see their children again, one thing is for certain - the battle has just begun.

 

Although I took too long to read this (since June, I have no excuse for this late reading and its entirely my fault not making the time for), Fear is the too good to be true not making it into an adaptation, one worthy as a TV series. There's just so much to go for (horror, action, romance, suspense) even though, yes the book is graphic in its violence description and really not for the weak stomach, Fear to me is like the ending of Empire Strikes Back. Overall, I just can't wait to read the next one and hopefully, buckle up my reading habit.

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review 2018-09-21 11:00
Blog Tour with Excerpt, Giveaway & Release Week Review! Siren's Calling (The Sea King's Daughters #4) Piper J. Drake!

 

 

Amae Waters is a mermaid blending in with humankind. Her mission? Prepare the oceans for the return of her people. But a new predator has entered the Puget Sound, defying human understanding, and Amae must face it and darker dangers lurking in the deep.


Available September 18th – Siren’s Calling, The Sea King’s Daughters IV, An urban fantasy novella by Piper J Drake.


Title: Siren’s Calling
Author: Piper J. Drake
Series: The Sea King’s Daughters
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Publisher: Independent
Print Length: 22,000 words
ASIN: B07FWSWV5T

 


An urban fantasy novella from Piper J. Drake...

 

Amae Waters will never live up to her father's expectations--she's not a leader and she's not a solider. Rather than live with his disappointment, she's left his realm and built a life for herself in Seattle, a mermaid blending in with humankind. Her mission? To prepare the oceans for the return of her people. But she's not sure she's cut out to accomplish that either.

 

A new predator has entered the waters of the Puget Sound, ravaging orcas and leaving their carcasses to wash ashore for humans to find. Whatever is killing them is beyond human understanding and Amae must find it before it irrevocably damages the complex balance of the ocean ecosystems.

 

But greater danger lurks in the deep. Amae is done evading traps. She'll defend her territory and prove she needn't be a soldier to be a warrior or become the sacrifice used to end her people.

 

 

This novella is short but exciting, I love the plot and the author’s underwater world. The characters are strong and fascinating and easily draw the readers into this vivid world and there are lots of thrilling event that keep readers glued to the pages of this fast paced story that flows smoothly throughout Amae’s story as she discovers that she doesn’t have to be a soldier to keep the balance of the ocean ecosystem. The story is an urban fantasy so while the story hints that there might be a romance in the future, the story is more about forming a new friendship when Amae helps a selkie male. I found the story a delightful read, however I do wish that the story had been a bit longer with more details.

 

 

Add to your bookshelves at –

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41038913-siren-s-calling?from_search=true

 

 

 

Siren’s Calling is the 4th book in The Sea King’s Daughters series

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/237157-the-sea-king-s-daughters

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HFF7H56?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

Look for other stories in this exciting Urban Fantasy series from Philippa Ballantine, Stacia D. Kelly, Lauren Harris, Katee Robert, and Asa Maria Bradley.


1 Siren’s Tide by Philippa Ballantine
2 Siren’s Serenity by Stacia D. Kelly
3 Siren’s Curse by Katee Robert
4 Siren’s Calling by Piper J. Drake
5 Siren’s Surge by Lauren Harris (coming Oct 15, 2018)

 

 

AVAILABLE in ebook at –

 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Sirens-Calling-Kings-Daughters-Book-ebook/dp/B07FWSWV5T/

 

 

Excerpt from Siren’s Calling:


I tasted blood in the water.

Changing course with a flick of my tail, I swam against the fast-moving ocean current toward the source. There were no vibrations in the water to indicate the thrashing of a living thing in distress and the seas were quieter than usual. Not surprising, with this much blood carried on the currents. Predators would be drawn to it and prey would be wise to leave the area or hide.


Curious, I’d come to investigate, thinking one of the killer whale pods had taken a baleen whale. It wasn’t unheard of, though it didn’t happen often. A big kill like that would draw plenty of ocean denizens, and I hadn’t tasted whale in a long time. I wouldn’t kill one, not when I couldn't finish consuming it myself and not when so many whale species were endangered, but I wouldn’t let it go to waste, either.


When I didn’t find anything in open water, I’d pulled myself up onto the rocky outcropping between islands and found it. The body. But it wasn’t a humpback or gray whale, not a mink or fin whale, either. It was an orca, a killer whale, and that didn’t make any kind of sense.


Before I could take a closer look, the sound of a powerful motor cut through the morning calls of seabirds. Harbor seals lifted their heads and looked around from where they lay on another rock outcropping. A lone Steller sea lion grunted and scratched his head with a huge hind flipper. He turned to stare at me and I met his gaze, unconcerned. He was a prime specimen of a bull, the largest I’d ever encountered, but he posed no threat to me.


The waves slapped against the rocks around my tail fin in a changed cadence. A boat was approaching, and with it, humans. They were probably whale watching, which meant every one of them would be on the lookout for wildlife. Most of them would have binoculars. I couldn’t let them see me in this form.


I dove back into the water, darting through forests of kelp and berating myself for lingering past dawn. There was too much light and I had to dive deep to be sure nothing on the surface caught sight of even a tail flick from me.


As far as humans were concerned, I didn’t exist. I was a myth, a fairy tale.


If they saw me, they might not even believe what they’d seen. In their dreams or after too many drinks, they might whisper, “Mermaid.”
And they’d be right.

 

 

Follow the tour and #enter to #win a Piper J Drake Gift Basket!

 

Enter at: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b050ef29572/?

 

 

About Piper J. Drake:

 

Piper J. Drake is a bestselling author of romantic suspense and edgy contemporary romance, a frequent flyer, and day job road warrior. She is often distracted by dogs, cupcakes, and random shenanigans.


Connect with Piper at:

 

Website - http://piperjdrake.com/

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorPiperJDrake

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/piperjdrake

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/+PiperJDrake/posts


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13868164.Piper_J_Drake

 

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/PiperJDrake

 

 

 

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