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text 2018-05-01 18:45
April 2018-That's A Wrap!
Stirring the Sheets - Chad Lutzke
Zombie Bigfoot (Creature Quest Series Book 1) - Nick Sullivan
Unbury Carol: A Novel - Josh Malerman
Hammurabi Road: A Tale of Northern Ontario Vengeance - Steve Vernon
It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World - Curtis M. Lawson
Winterbay Abbey: A Ghost Story - John Bladek,Davonna Juroe,Matt Godfrey
All Systems Red - Martha Wells
Sick House - Jeff Strand
SHOCK Anthology - Joe Pruitt
Figures Unseen: Selected Stories - Steve Rasnic Tem,Matt Godfrey

I've read 13 books this month!

 

Graphic Novels

SAGA, Volume 6 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples 4*

SHOCK Anthology edited by Joe Pruett 4*

 

Total: 2

 

 

Novellas

Stirring the Sheets by Chad Lutzke 5*

All Systems Red by Martha Wells 3.5*

RAGE by Richard Bachman 3*

Manchester Vice by Jack Strange 4*

 

Total: 4

 

Audiobooks

Zombie Bigfoot written and narrated by Nick Sullivan 4*

Hammurabi Road by Steve Vernon 4*

Winterbay Abbey: A Ghost Story by John Bladek and Davonna Juroe, narrated by Matt Godfrey 4.5*

Figures Unseen: Selected Stories by Steve Rasnic Tem, narrated by Matt Godfrey 5*

 

Total: 4

 

 

ARCS/Reads for Review

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman 3.5*

It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson 4*

 

Total: 2

 

Random Reads

Sick House by Jeff Strand 3.5*

 

 

 

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:

Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR

1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene

2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon

3. October by Michael Rowe

4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson

Status: 4/40

 2018 Running Total: 61

 

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review 2018-04-22 15:33
SICK HOUSE by Jeff Strand
Sick House - Jeff Strand

 SICK HOUSE is yet another example of Jeff Strand's crazy and sick mind. What fun!

 

It's a relatively short book written in such a way that it just flies by. There's crime, violence, murder, witchcraft, a haunted house, lots of blood and gore and a satisfying ending. What else is there to say?

 

Recommended for those who like their in horror in short, bloody bites!

 

*I bought this book with my hard earned money and it was worth it.*

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review 2018-02-08 00:00
Sick House
Sick House - Jeff Strand This was a quick, fun read that was only ruined by Gina being as snarky as the family was.
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review 2017-11-29 11:21
Book Review - Dangerous Changes by Joyce T Strand (An Emily Lazzaro Mystery) plus All-New Fire 7 Tablet / $25 Amazon GC Giveaway - 3 Winners!
Dangerous Changes: An Emily Lazzaro Mystery - Joyce T Strand

An excellent novel based around a fraudulent scheme and the real beauty of the book is the real capture of human emotions around the good old formula of trust.

As the main character has moved to start her life afresh, being a newbie in a close community she struggles with her conscious on whether to follow her heart or her head.  The psyche portrayed by all the characters shows that the author has a deep understanding of what makes humans tick and the means they will go to achieve their own pursuits.  With this in mind, as the plot unfolds, you as a reader are left guessing as to what path and who the heroine will turn to in the end.

Having read other Joyce Strand books I always think it is courageous of an author to create new story lines and characters away from those who have been so popular.  In this she does not disappoint, a well written page turning novel with twists and turns with an attachment to human emotions make for a very good read indeed.  Having short chapters gives the reader plenty of time to contemplate what is happening.

The strong message of this book is that in blind faith in those you trust can leave you in a position of desperation.  Follow your instincts and not your heart.

An interesting read for any lover of thrillers and being tested mentally.

 

https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/dangerous-changes-by-joyce-t-strand.html 

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/dangerous-changes-by-joyce-t-strand.html
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text 2017-11-08 13:16
NEW MYSTERY RELEASE - Dangerous Changes by Joyce T Strand Author
Dangerous Changes: An Emily Lazzaro Mystery - Joyce T Strand

NEW MYSTERY RELEASE 
Dangerous Changes by Joyce T Strand Author (An Emily Lazzaro Mystery) plus All-New Fire 7 Tablet / $25 Amazon GC Giveaway - 3 Winners!

 

"A heart-pounding start to a thrilling mystery. Emily thinks she's finally found a place to start over. An idyllic, small, southern California town, an ex-fiancee mostly in the background, and new love on the horizon. But not all is well in paradise. Death, the past, and suspicion all combine to throw Emily's world into chaos, as the reader rides right alongside her, feeling each hairpin turn and steep slope." - The Faerie Review

 

"Emily finds herself tangled in a web of lies & deceit in Dangerous Changes which is full of twists and turns." reviews @ebookaddictsuk

 

"Dangerous Changes brings to life the deception and lies that is common in today’s world. You never know who the next victim of circumstance will be or if they will be able to change the outcome. Emily Lazzaro is a trusting and caring soul that unfortunately finds herself in the middle of a web of lies and deceit. Dangerous Changes is an intriguing and well-written story. There are many twists and turns that form a believable plot." Between the Coverz

 

Read more on the #book and author here....
https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/dangerous-changes-by-joyce-t-strand.html

 

Book Description 
NEW RELEASE….
A series of events rattle Emily Lazzaro: a near-death encounter with a pickup on a narrow mountain road, the murder of a would-be client, and an ex-fiancé who won’t let go. Can she survive a police investigation, pressure from her ex’s company, and the suspicions of a possible new love-interest—so that she can make the changes to create a meaningful new life in a special town in southern California?

 

About Emily Lazzaro

Emily Lazzaro is the daughter of Wayne Lazzaro, the winemaker for the Hilltop Sunset winery in the previously published three Brynn Bancroft mysteries. She moved with her fiancé to Ramona, Calif., a rural community near San Diego, following graduation from college with a degree in hospitality. Her fiancé was eager to purchase a vineyard and develop a winery in the up and coming Ramona wine region, which suited Emily’s goals.

However, after moving to Ramona, it becomes apparent to Emily that she is not a good match for her fiancé. She discovers that he does not respect her opinions and insists on making decisions without her input. So she breaks off the engagement.

 

She decides to remain in Ramona despite her fiancé living there with his new vineyard. She appreciates the unique rocky terrain and proximity to the ocean and San Diego, along with the mixture of fine wineries, artists, and equestrian activities. She makes her living doing people’s taxes, and when Dangerous Changes opens, we discover she is looking to make a career change.

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/dangerous-changes-by-joyce-t-strand.html
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