Horror Everywhere: An Anthology of Scares Volume 1
Horror , Reviews / December 2, 2017

  BOOK DESCRIPTION   A book that holds a deadly secret. A violin that cannot be destroyed. A peephole that reveals true evil. A daughter with a lethal distaste for her parents. A watchful eye. Turn down the lights and enjoy these ten tales of the macabre as you find there is… Horror Everywhere   REVIEW Horror fans will love sinking their teeth into this one! From a young age, horror has been a companion for author Riley J. Pierce. It has been her longest love, and the thing that has kept her searching for what really goes bump in the night. From the classic monster to the teen slasher movies, she adores them all. She hopes that through the eyes of one horror fan to another, you’ll begin to ‘see the potential frights all around you’. She says that, ‘true horror fans can look at the simplest thing and turn it into something sinister.’ And that’s exactly what she has put into in this first anthology. The author weaves intense tales of horror, mystery, and suspense, with intriguing twists and turns that easily captivates the reader’s attention from the beginning. Amelia’s Secret, Enchantment of the Strings, Blind Date, Dinner…

A Business for the Broken
Fiction , Reviews , Romance / December 2, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION “Do you really want to wait for karma?” A small black business card for Seynire Inc mysteriously appears in a coffee shop to Beth Stanley, and another in Isla Gordon’s purse. With nothing but a phone number and a question printed on the card, they call it only to discover that within the city lies an underground company that specializes in revenge. For a hefty fee and a nondisclosure agreement, Beth and Isla decide to let go and let Lydia Stanwick, owner of Seynire Inc, teach their exes a lesson they’ll never forget. When plans start to derail, Lydia must fight to keep herself from being exposed while giving her clients exactly what they paid for. What starts as a heart for a heart ends in be careful what you wish for…   REVIEW A well-crafted steamy tale of revenge The title alone keys you into the tone of this wonderful new novel by Riley J. Pierce. A Business for the Broken has a dual story line that eventually leads the reader into an underground revenge service. Although they say revenge is a dish best served cold, I found this story getting a little hot under the collar…

Three Paperclips & a Grey Scarf (An Evan Davis Tale)

BOOK DESCRIPTION Evan Davis is a writer, or at least he would be if he could finish his first book. Because the book has languished unfinished, Davis finds himself presented with an ultimatum by his agent: Take a three-month assignment as a press embed in Afghanistan or risk losing his book contract. Since the job does have a salary attached he takes it, but before departing, a friend hands Davis a hastily gathered good luck charm: three paperclips. Over the months in country, he gets to know the men of a small team of US soldiers that he is deployed with and rediscovers his muse writing about their experiences in Southwest Asia for a truth hungry American public. Davis also finds a use for each of his talismans, as they save his life and those of the men he comes to regard as his team; the soldiers who promised each other that they would all make it home in one piece. REVIEW War is hell, for sure, but war can make for irrefutably brilliant book writing and movie-making. If you’re a fan of action, adventure, war stories, mystery, thriller and suspense…this one has it all! Author Sheldon Charles weaves a…

A World Without Color: A True Story Of the Last Three Days With My Cat
Fiction , Reviews / October 12, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION One story. Two endings. Genuine and fictional. Which ending is yours? What do you say to someone who is dying? And what do you say when that someone can’t understand a word you are saying? How do you comfort each other throughout… and beyond? My love, if you go away in a few days, the world will lose its colors and darken like the land of Mordor. If you go away and leave me to wander aimlessly, alone in this sea become wild, like a ship with a broken rudder and drowned sailors, and if I don’t find comfort in the warmth of your body, clutched in my embrace at the end of the day, I’m afraid I won’t survive. “I don’t regret anything. Marcel was not only my cat, he was my everything. My brother, my friend, my world shrank in a soft gray-striped furry ball.”—Bernard Jan Powerful. Emotional. Honest. A heartfelt and moving novella. Translated into English by Bernard Jan Editing and proofreading by Philip Newey, Thomas Carley Jr. and Kath Middleton Cover design by Mario Kožar MKM Media Cover photo by Zach Singh REVIEW Anyone who has ever lost a pet will be able to…

Being Exposed
Coming of age , Fiction / September 23, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Garrett tried to hide that he was gay—only his best friends knew—but when his secret comes out, so do his biggest fears and threats. Coming out has made Garrett a target, and when he’s attacked on a weekend trip, he must explore how to deal with his latest fate. His best friends Jackie and Tanya watch as Garrett navigates his new reality, and must decide how they would react if the deep secrets they harbor were revealed. Being Exposed tells the stories of three different friends dealing with the decision to reveal themselves and brave the potential consequences of being bullied or being able to find another way.    REVIEW   An Absorbing, Thought-Provoking and Heart-Wrenching Coming-Of-Age Story Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Being Exposed, is such a book. Author…

The Witches of Wildwood: Cape May Horror Stories and Other Scary Tales from the Jersey Shore
Fiction , Horror / September 5, 2017

  BOOK DESCRIPTION Werewolves… vampires… swamp beasts… zombies… even a Jersey Devil… all of these chilling creatures and more await you in this haunting collection of 11 contemporary horror fiction stories by Mark Wesley Curran. Uniquely set ‘down the shore’ in South Jersey’s Cape May County, these scary tales are sure to terrify and entertain both adult readers as well as young adults. The spooky offerings include: – An abrasive radio talk show host is stalked by an angry werewolf in ‘Werewolves of Dennis’ – A Fun Pier boardwalk worker falls under the spell of a strange attic dwelling girl  in ‘The Girl In The Attic’ – An ancient sailing ship filled with bloodthirsty zombies crashes into the Jersey Shore in ‘Night of the Wildwood Dead’ The cornerstone of the collection is ‘The Witches of Wildwood,’ the harrowing and suspenseful tale of a witch-hunting preacher hell-bent on killing four teenage sisters determined to destroy the world from their Wildwood boarding house. This collection contains: The Girl In The Attic – Dante’s Inferno At Castle Dracula – Neptune’s Revenge – Night of the Wildwood Dead – Captain Harvey’s Wildwood Seafood Palace – Showdown In Anglesea – The Fortune Teller Machine  –…

Ines’ Words
Science Fiction / June 14, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION The love story between Ines de Castro and King D Pedro I is one of the most tragic, intense and powerful in European history. Their story has become a legend and it is difficult to separate fact from fiction, where the only certainty that remains is the element of forbidden, but everlasting, love. With her latest work, Ines’ Words, Haidji brings her unique and magical style to this subject and shows not only the enduring power of the legend, but of love itself. BOOK REVIEW Powerful, poetic and beautifully written, 14 Jun. 2017 Royalty doesn’t get you everything it seems. It’s a well known fact, that when it comes to royalty or aristocracy, you rarely marry for love. More often than not they are usually arranged by the respective families, having their authority, affluence and general interests in mind, with the bride and groom having little or no say in the matter. Since these political arrangements were essential in the power plays (both past and present), there is no room for love. In the case of Prince Pedro of Portugal and Lady Inês de Castro, they were willing to defy these notions. However, not even a King’s forbidden…

Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody
Coming of age / May 21, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Who is the mysterious Rudy Kazoody, and what, if anything, did he have to do with the events that occurred to a group of teenagers during one fateful summer in New York City’s Bronx neighborhood in the early 1960s? Growing up is difficult enough. But when you’re a recent immigrant arriving in a country that is going through its own coming-of-age process, fueled by rock ‘n’ roll, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, free love, the pill, LSD, and the Cold War, it’s downright confusing, and for some—lethal. With the various upheavals shaking America to its core, Joey, whose family emigrated to the Bronx from Italy’s Apennine Mountains, struggles to retain his innocent, optimistic outlook on life as he and the other young teenagers on Arthur Avenue—virtually all of whom also come from immigrant, working-class families—try to find their place in this new order. From the euphoria of first love to the despair of dashed dreams and betrayal, Joey emerges from the summer sadder but wiser in this romantic, mysterious, and nostalgic tale. Behind it all lurks the mysterious Rudy Kazoody, an enigma that Joey feels he must solve or else remain forever just outside the inner…

Set in the Woods
Horror , Reviews / March 16, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Jordan, a seventeen-year-old dropout struggling to make ends meet, accepts an offer to act in an independent horror film. He finds himself stranded at the set, an abandoned house tucked deep in the woods, with a mentally deranged director. REVIEW A Well Crafted Horror Story, October 4, 2016 Set in the Woods, was an entrancing and commendable work that had me immersed from the beginning. The story surges from scene to scene with high voltage, and the author shows extraordinary skill when it comes to storytelling. There are twists and turns in this page turner that will take the reader on a gripping journey! The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book. It’s one of those stories that come along once in a while that that will make you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I don’t do spoilers so I’m giving nothing…

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