Saturday, December 10, 2016

INTO THE MIST - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


https://www.amazon.com/Into-Mist-Terri-DelCampo-ebook/dp/B00MWFCKOA/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Into The Mist, by Terri DelCampo, is an unusual Vampire novel. Yes, evil things happen and blood is shed, but there are still semblances of humanity contained within. I am certain you will enjoy this great novel. I certainly did.

Not all Vampires are created equal.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


Dan Wynthrop, vampire with a conscience, finds a way to survive without killing, but will his solution leave him in even worse torment?

Format: Kindle Edition
I don't normally read books I consider "frightening" .. but this one pulled me in. If you like vampire stories mixed I. with love, death and suspense, read this one.

Friday, December 9, 2016

TIDES OF CHAOS - BY LORI R. LOPEZ & BLAZE MCROB



https://www.amazon.com/Tides-Chaos-Blaze-McRob-ebook/dp/B019YZ9JS0?ie=UTF8&keywords=tides%20of%20chaos&qid=1463967598&ref_=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1&s=books&sr=1-1

 Tides Of Chaos, by Lori R. Lopez and Blaze McRob can best be described as mad-cap horror/science-fiction/ fantasy/teen/and young adult. We didn't leave much out, did we? The Kindle version is only 99 cents, and the paperback, with interior illustrations done by Lori, is only $5.00. If you're looking for a breath of fresh air, this book is for you.

Happy reading!

Blaze McRob

Book description:


 A man and woman meet online while the world around them is falling apart. Where are the creatures from that have invaded their planet? What do they want? These questions and more must be answered if the human race is to survive this doomsday scenario. Authors Blaze McRob and Lori R. Lopez join forces to present an unusual tale of an apocalypse that has devastated society. Elvie and Ed managed to connect in a world gone mad. They give each other hope and support from a thousand miles apart. Will it be enough to save them? Read their frantic messages as they attempt to make sense of the situation in this illustrated short fiction from two accomplished horror authors. The story was actually written by exchanging E-mails like the characters, without knowing what might come next. Look for an illustrated print edition featuring artwork by Lori R. Lopez. 

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Blaze McRob writes from deep within his soul. While many people ask him if he could write lighter tomes, he chooses not to, wishing instead to release his inner demons. He has written many novels over the years, penned under other writers’ names. He chooses to come out now and play as Blaze. While novels are his true love, he is enjoying writing short stories and even some poetry. Yes, his poems also reflect sadness. Some things don’t change . . . A few of his newer pieces are MISTS OF PAPOOSE POND (a horror-adventure novel); SILVER HELLS (a short-story holiday horror collection written with Terri DelCampo); BLOOD SPATTER (a collection of Halloween short horror stories written with Terri DelCampo). Four additional horror novels are being released in 2016: GHOST NO MORE, QUARTER MOON HAUNTS, ’68 BUICK, and WOLF WHISPERS. Lori R. Lopez prefers to be mysterious and not divulge too much information about herself. That can be difficult when she is writing an entire book series about her life, along with her various fictional pursuits: long and short tales of Horror, Fantasy, Adventure, Science Fiction, Fable, Verse and more . . . including titles such as THE DARK MISTER SNARK, THE FAIRY FLY, AN ILL WIND BLOWS, ODDS AND ENDS, CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, POETIC REFLECTIONS: THE QUEEN OF HATS, and DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS. Her life, in fact, is not just an open book — it is a number of open books! Alas, her wish to remain anonymous (but not to be confused with the other Anonymouses out there) cannot be realized so long as she persists at chronicling in great detail the events that befall her. Nonetheless, should you ever by chance meet this clandestine author, it would be terribly considerate to pretend you know nothing about her; not even this much, which is really very little at all.

BENT METAL - BY NINA D'ARCANGELA


https://www.amazon.com/Bent-Metal-Nina-DArcangela-ebook/dp/B00NN5ZQ6C/ref=cm_rdp_product_img#nav-subnav

This is my book review for Bent Metal, by Nina D'Arcangela, that I did a couple years ago. Nina writes a short story with punch. I know you'll enjoy it.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


Where does reality end and dreamscape begin?

Woken each night by the sounds of screams and twisting metal, Lauren must relive the panic and fear of discovering her brother’s broken body on the asphalt. But each morning, she finds it’s only a dream… One she doesn’t want to keep having.

At what point does a dream become a nightmare, and what if the nightmare was more than a figment of her subconscious?

5.0 out of 5 stars Bent Metal Will Bend Your Mind!, September 19, 2014
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This review is from: Bent Metal (Kindle Edition)
Bent Metal, by Nina D'Arcangela, is one of those mind-blowing tales that takes twists and turns from start to finish. You know the ending, but you really don't. You are pulled into alternate realities that pull at you from all directions, whispering into your ears that what you are reading only hints at the truth, and no matter how it plays out, there will be deep sadness.

Many people say never to write about dreams. No one cares to hear about them. I beg to differ. Dreams are on a plane of existence unlike our waking psyches. Nina's dream world is interlaced with realities, and bonds itself to the physical reality we try to ground ourselves in.

I have had the same dream every night for 47 years. I keep hoping for a different ending so that happiness will finally wash over me. This gives me more insight into the tale Nina shares with us. I understand. I believe. And I can still hope.

Read Bent Metal. Nina D'Arcangela is a master of psychological horror.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

IT'S UP TO YOU TO SELL YOUR BOOKS

It's Thursday, so I have decided to put up a Throwback Thursday post. I hope you get something out of it.
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This is a most interesting year for those who write and read horror books. There have been a number of Presses closing their doors. Samhain shook the industry when they announced they would be shutting down  not only their horror line, but their other genres as well. Samhain had some well known horror authors with books published by them. Since my first posting about this, it appears that their romance department is accepting submissions. Supposedly - I read this back in July and heard it mentioned from several authors -  their horror department was going to be up and running again. I can't find anything that shows any new books have been published.

Another Press has not closed down, but it is having difficulties paying royalties and was forced to stop publishing their horror line. And there are many more.

Even a co-owned Press I was involved in closed its doors on March 31st. We ran in the red from day one. I could no longer afford to be the only one to pay all the bills, and the rest of the members, we had twenty, chose not to continue. We did put out some fine books for a while, but this is a tough business. Many authors think that a publisher should give writers their first born sons. Hmm. I think not, especially when many authors do nothing to help market their books. Case in point: my Press had an anthology that was going along pretty good for a while. I personally paid for the marketing, did more on my own, paid for the formatting, art, and more. Then the editor, who had a story in it himself, told the rest of the authors it was not necessary for them to help with the marketing. Nice move on his part. Sales dropped, of course.

So, from my experiences as a publisher, let me just say that there was no money to be made. No more could I do my work for free and pay the bills on top of it. This was a cooperative venture, my friends. The publisher and the authors need to work as a team. If they don't, the venture is doomed. My own work did not get published while other authors' work did at my former Press. No more complaining about that. It was an expensive learning experience, but I met some great people I would not have met otherwise.

What is a person to do? There are a number of choices:

1. Get a Big 5 publisher to publish your book. Good luck on that one. And, even if you do, the advance you received will have to be earned back. If it's not, you're totally screwed. You'll owe your publisher and you'll be black-balled from the Big  5. Not cool. Besides, your royalty rates will suck big-time.

2. You can be published by a small or medium sized press. You probably won't get an advance, but your royalty rate will almost certainly be higher. And you will start getting your money as soon as the publisher receives the money from Amazon and the rest - based on whether you're receiving quarterly or half-year royalties. This is a far better option. Check around and find out the more reputable publishers.

3. Some publishers pay a pro-rate of five cents a word or more. This is a harder gig to get, but it can be lucrative. One point I need to make here is that I see this discussed in various Facebook groups a lot. Many  authors want to hold out for this sweet deal. It's their choice, of course, but with publishers closing shop, I wouldn't hold my breath. And, to be perfectly honest, a number of these authors need to sharpen their skills at the craft before this will happen.

4. Some publishers will pay $25.00 or more for individual short stories for anthologies. This is not only cash in your pocket from the git-go, but, as a rule, a royalty only anthology nets the authors crap. There are simply too many hands in the pot. If you can get the $25.00, you'll be doing better in most cases.

5. Self-publishing is an option. In my case, this is the path I have chosen. My wife, Terri DelCampo, and I started up our own Press for our works only. We do all the work and reap all the benefits. Blazing Owl Press is our baby all the way. Are we getting rich? No. But we are selling books. Gotta love that.

As if the closing down of established publishers hasn't made it more difficult for horror authors to sell books, there has been a rather nasty bit of infighting going on in the Horror Writers Association. While this doesn't directly affect sales, this whole debacle is not only a black-eye for the organization, but it gives those who write horror a bad image. Coming this close to the Stoker Convention doesn't make things any better. There are many hard workers at various positions at the HWA. I am friends with many of them and respect many others, but a lot of work will have to be done to clear things up. This started out with one incident and spread to another. I will not go as far as my friend Brian Keene has in regards to this controversy, but he is doing what is best for him and I am doing the same. There might be some benefits that some authors will reap from being a member of the HWA, but I don't see anything they have to offer that I can't do myself. Also, I have never liked the fact that to be an active member, which means you can vote on the Stokers and such, you must provide proof of how much money you made from any of your books. No one sees that information except me and the IRS. All in all, it has always sounded elitist to me.

Not everyone will agree with all the points I presented here. That's fine with me. If you want any more information or links to answer any of your questions, I will be happy to supply them. Just remember that when the shit hits the fan, one must find a way to get out of the blast of defecation hurled at you. No matter what organization you are a member of or who publishes your books, everything depends on you. Make the right decisions. You're the boss. If you fail, it's your fault. You didn't work hard enough. Learn the craft; write a great book; make the right publishing decision; and don't blame anyone else.

Thanks for reading.

Blaze McRob  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

FREE ONLINE JIGSAW PUZZLE


http://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/VOSX06MZ/DESTINY-CHANGED-COVER

Do you like to do jigsaw puzzles? Do you like free stuff? Bingo! Jigidi is loaded with free jigsaw puzzles you can do online. And, it just so happens that many book covers can be easily made into puzzles, including horror ones. Terri DelCampo makes ones that won't upset the younger folks on Jigidi's website, but not many of our book covers are blood and guts type anyway. Look at the one above for Destiny Changed, my ghoul novella. It makes for a pleasant puzzle, I would say. Jigidi is great for folks who just like to solve the puzzles, as well as those who like to make them.

Hit the link above and check the puzzle out. Have a little fun. Check out the other ones Terri has, as well. Many are for children.

Blaze McRob

BOOK REVIEW FOR COBWEBS - BY C. L. HERNANDEZ



http://www.amazon.com/Cobwebs-C-L-Hernandez-ebook/dp/B00IK6BC1W/ref=sr_1_18_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459440376&sr=8-18&keywords=cl+hernandez

C. L. Hernandez is a favorite author of Terri DelCampo and myself. Cobwebs is a collection of wonderful horror shorts that introduced me to this skilled author. Read our reviews below. Believe me: you will find a new favorite author. She is that good.

Blaze McRob


Book description:

 A mummified hand seeks
revenge. A harmless witch gets pushed a little too far. The Grim Reaper falls
victim to a prank. This is the kind of ghoulish fun you'll find in Cobwebs, volume
one of C. L. Hernandez's Horror Story Six-Packs! Six ghoulishly crafted stories
to keep you awake long into the night! Try one a day, or be a glutton for
punishment, and devour them all at once!

on April 10, 2014
Six different recipes for keeping awake at night. Hernandez weaves creepiness and dread into a horror merengue that oozes down your spine and chills your marrow.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Cobwebs, by C.L. Hernandez, is a brilliant collection! I am new to this author, having stumbled across her when she asked to be my friend on Facebook. This collection would be outstanding for an established author, let alone a new talent on the scene. She is a classic example of why I love to read horror written by women authors. There is that special something and she "has" it!

All of these stories are awesome. And they are all so different. There is not only humor sprinkled into this collection, there is sarcastic wit bandied about - my favorite kind! Give The Man A Hand proves that.

The Leaf Lady is a wonderful revenge story. I am screaming to say more, but I would ruin it for you.

Stage Dive is the shortest one and it floored me because of the ending. Superb!

Death In A Bottle shows me the intelligence dwelling within this story. This is my favorite in the collection! The Grim Reaper versus . . . versus a most cunning adversary.

Brie Noir has horror, revenge, love, and witchcraft all wrapped up into a superb tale. Oh. It also has cheese.

Tub toys is the most chilling one in the collection. You know something is going to happen, but when and how?

There you have it! Six fantastic stories from an author I want to read more tales from. You will love every story! My personal guaranty!

Monday, December 5, 2016

SOMEDAY ALWAYS COMES - BY WANDA S. PARYLA


https://www.amazon.com/Someday-Always-Comes-Wanda-Paryla-ebook/dp/B00B0HMZS2/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480985876&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=Someday+Never+Comes+by+Wanda+Paryla

I bought a paperback version of this great book a few years back. Wanda was giving a portion of the proceeds to a Veterans' organization, and I couldn't resist. Someday Always Comes turned out to be a very pleasant read. I'm a finicky reader and don't stick with books if they don't grab my attention early on. This book certainly did that for me. I give it 5Stars. See what is does for you.

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 In a comprehensive narrative of courage, passion and forever friendship, sixteen year-old Tessa Price, an orphan with a broken heart, little trust and eyes on the future has one really big wish. That someday she could get out of the lives of her Aunt Kiki and Kiki’s abusive husband, Dino, or just die.

The difficult-to-impress Tessa spends her days theoretically saving everyone. She is a heroine of an unlikely kind who denies her pain and regret by getting wrapped up in the troubles of others to forget her own.

With rock-star sized aspirations, Tessa seizes one moment in time and rolls the dice, taking her teenage friends on a life-changing journey, crashing and burning into someday. That road is wrought with grief and catastrophe and Tessa struggles to keep things together, while denying herself true love and ignoring her limitations until it’s too late.

As she watches her friends spiral to rock bottom, Tessa blames herself for their fall from grace. When the death of a loved one sends her reeling into substance abuse, Tessa, everyone’s champ, falls to her knees and becomes everything she hates. Even the life growing inside her seems unable to deter her from a path of self destruction.

Can Tessa rise, once again, from the ashes? Moreover, will her champion wait for her with a genuine love forever?

From the Author

I wrote the first draft of Someday Always Comes ten years ago. After writing it, I let it fall into my very own slush pile. I'd pull it out every couple years, dust it off and work on this scene or that, brush up grammar, etc. Then put it away again with a deep sigh, hoping that someday I'd be able to give it to the public but life got too busy for me to dedicate the time. But over the years, the people in the book nagged at me. During the decade, they became real to me and I finally realized I had to let them live. It was their destinies. I fell in love with its characters - Tessa, Brianna, Sweet, Kyle, Jaime and J.K. are my children. I found myself wanting to save them all at every turn. I knew that someday would come, and indeed it has. 

on August 2, 2013
Although not normally the type of novel I read, availability of a free promotional copy persuaded me to take a look. Having a relatively short attention span, the length of the novel (500+ pages) caused me a little trepidation, but I persevered. I am glad I did. The novel is very well written, first person POV from a sixteen year old girl trying to hit the big time as a rock star. Her background and story seemed very real, and I found myself totally engrossed and at times, quite emotional. Some of the situations I found difficult to comprehend, not being female or American, but I have no hesitation in awarding 5 stars for an excellent story.
 
on May 19, 2013
Regardless if you were Punk, New Wave, Rocker or even Country Western in the mid-80's, you can relate to this character. If not her (Tessa) then her friends. I see not only myself at that age, but my closest friends from them and even some are still around now in those same predicaments.
For me, this story brings the best of a less than pleasant time in my life, my friends, and the lengths we go to for each other and still do.
 
on February 14, 2013
I would like to say first off, that the version of the book I read does have editing or grammatical errors. A time or two it stopped the flow, but I've alerted the author and she assured me the book is being re-edited. I did not base my review upon any errors or missing words from the text, only on the story, etc.

This read is a very moving experience. It takes a reader from hate, to love, from resentment to forgiveness time and time again. My favorite is the bit of humor the narrator inserts, one-liners and such. The story follow teens from rags to riches, giving us a glimse of the private teen world where kids try to solve adult issues themselves instead of asking aid from adults or the authorities. We forget as we age that we all lived in such a private world at one time, to some extent. Tessa's turbulant young life makes me want to hug her. I detest child abusers.

The book isn't too long, and I think some story between Tessa & Jaime has been left out. Maybe the author could've made 2 books.

The book is written in the first person. I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 only for that purpose. I would've loved to see the viewpoints of the different characters instead of just Tessa's. But truly, the story is hers alone to tell. In the last chapter & at the end I think the author indicates a possible sequel. I'll be watching for it. Until then, my best advice to a potential reader is to get your tissues ready, you'll need them. (Or maybe I'm just mushy.)

BLAZIN' CHRISTMAS BOOK TRAILER


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lxs4QvCQIk&feature=youtu.be

From Terri DelCampo:

"Blaze McRob doles out serious chills that could seriously make hell freeze over in "Blazin' Christmas," a collection of holiday horror stories! Muahohoho!"

Thank you, Terri!

Beverly Cialone produced a grand book trailer for Blazin' Christmas. Take a look and a listen. You will love her work. She does all the book trailers for Blazing Owl Press.

Happy Holidays!

Blaze McRob

 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

THE LAST VAMPIRE - BY KATHRYN MEYER GRIFFITH



http://www.amazon.com/Last-Vampire-Kathryn-Meyer-Griffith-ebook/dp/B0163P4EWU/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1460221853&sr=1-5&keywords=the+last+vampire

I've said it once, and I'll say it again. The Last Vampire, by Kathryn Meyer Griffith, is my favorite end-days novel. I can't recommend it highly enough. Check out my review below.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

 Emma Bloodworth once had a normal life, a loving husband and two children, a cat, a good job in the city, and she was happy. Then, for her, everything changed…as the world ended. The earthquakes, the global floods and the devastating fires arrived first. The human race, displaced and panicked, at first fled, migrating to any place there was food and shelter. Then the worldwide plague arrived with its waves of death. And as mankind suffered and died out, vampires, their numbers dwindling from the same sickness, struggled and fought fiercely among themselves to survive in a world where there weren’t enough humans left to feed upon. As the months went by the vampires become fewer, more desperate and ruthless. Emma, as the world disintegrated around her, found herself alone, the old life she’d known, her family and friends all dead…and fighting off an unnatural hunger as she became one of the undead. Defying her unwanted destiny she was determined to resist the increasing bloodlust, the need to kill and feed on human blood, of losing her humanity, for as long as she could bear it, but she was so hungry, and the night, the wolves, called. And then she met Matthew and was no longer alone…but could the love she felt for him protect him from her hunger; could her love protect him from the other vampires?

Vampire With A Difference,
November 1, 2010
 5 Stars
This review is from: The Last Vampire: Author's New Revised Edition (Kindle Edition)
Too often, vampires are either the horrific beasts of old or the new romantic heart throbs. I prefer the nasty buggers. This novel certainly has those, but it also comes up with an entirely different concept which personalizes the protagonist and endears her to your heart. Without destroying the story for you, when you blend this in with the other horrific aspects of the world taking place, it becomes riveting, drawing you in to see where the author is going to take us next. Just when I thought I had it figured out, there would be new twists and turns. My kind of novel! I read roughly 100 novels a year. The Last Vampire is at the top of my list.