Sunday, April 23, 2017

NEW OPEN SUBMISSION CALL FROM SIRENS CALL PUBLICATIONS


https://sirenscallpublications.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/opensubmissions-mentalwardstoriesfromtheasylum-volume2-horror-asylum/

From the good folks at Sirens Call Publications:

"Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce its newest anthology open call! We loved our first Mental Ward: Stories from the Asylum call so much, we're opening another for Volume 2 with the exact same details! Have at it wordsmiths , and send us true depravity to read!"

Get your pens a writing!

Blaze McRob

Thursday, April 20, 2017

THE CHOSEN ONE - BY NICOLE STOREY



The Chosen One, by Nicole Storey, is the first novel in the Grimsley Hollow series. This big book has sixty-four 5 Star reviews. Way to go, Nicole! It is a coming of age/fantasy/scary/paranormal/sci-fi book. However, this novel can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Read the free sample on Amazon and you'll see what I mean. I bought this book back in 2014 and love it.

Get yours now!

Blaze McRob


    Book description:

    Eleven-year-old Gage Gilbert is autistic, loves Halloween, and has no friends. He longs to share real adventures – not just those conjured in his head.

    A mysterious key leads him to Eve, a young witch from another world called Grimsley Hollow. It’s a place where all magical beings live in safety and peace, but their realm is in trouble. Gage is the only one who can save them from a nefarious witch who has taken control.
    And the human world is next on her list.

    With Eve’s help (along with a potty-mouthed pixy, a trouble-making werewolf, a half-vampire, and a couple of dragons) Gage travels to Grimsley Hollow and together, they embark on a journey that will change them all.

    It’s a deadly race against evil, where extraordinary creatures stalk the land under a harvest moon and nightmarish monsters take form.

    Gage wanted friends and adventure, but had no idea they would come at such a dangerous price.

    Editorial Reviews

    Review

    "I loved the Harry Potter books and i can heartfully say that Nicole Storey has captured the magic and mystery of Grimsley Hollow just as good as JK Rowling did in her books but with the additional insight of what an autistic person has to deal with on a day to day basis." -Mr. Magic
    "Nicole Storey deals with middle school issues in such intriguing way that leaves kids mesmerized by the story instead of realizing that they are learning tolerance and acceptance in the process. I read the Kindle version and was so impressed that I bought the paperback for the sixth grade class at my school. From what I heard, the kids loved it as much as I did!" -Jane Carroll, Author
    "The Grimsley Hollow series is clearly not just for young adults! However, it does inspire young people to read. It's a reason to get off of their devices and video games and actually read a book. What a concept! Something that is decreasing as time goes by which is a real shame since young people can get the best education by reading. Let's hope that changes because books like these gets you thinking as there are many positive messages and virtues shared throughout these pages. It's actually much more than it seems. It's golden!" -Brend Perlin, Author

    From the Inside Flap

    What are people saying about Grimsley Hollow: The Chosen One?
    Exciting, scary, a breathless chase to save Grimsley Hollow from the clutches of an evil witch.  This is Halloween at your doorstep, dark shapes in the woods at night.  Shivery wonderful!
    -Malla Duncan - Smashwords purchase
    ...so many people (children and adults alike) look at autism as a disability in the world today, but Gage proves that this is not true
    -Arual - Just a reader - Amazon purchase
    This is truly a magical book that I hope will inspire empathy for kids that might be a little bit different
    -James Crawford - Amazon purchase
    ...this is a book I yearn to see on the movie screen.  This is also a book I would love to see used as part of the curriculum in middle school
    -ChristiAK - Amazon purchase
    ...Nicole Storey as captured the magic and mystery of Grimsley Hollow just as as JK Rowling did in her books but with the additional insight of what an autistic person has to deal with on a day to day basis
    Mr. Magic - Amazon purchase

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    RED TIDE - BY DAVID REUBEN ASLIN



    Red Tide, by David Reuben Aslin, is an action-packed Vampire/paranormal detective/mystery you will be sure to love. David has 42 reviews up on Amazon for this great book. Also, there is a generous free sample for you to read.

    Get it now!

    Blaze McRob




    Book description:

    Paranormal Investigator, Ian McDermott, has come to the small coastal river city of Astoria, Oregon … to investigate a rash of recent slayings, that in their wake, have left the banks of the Columbia River littered with horrifically mutilated, completely exsanguinated … rotting corpses.

    All leads point to the new waterfront nightclub aptly named: The Morgue—devilishly devised by its unabashedly flamboyant owner, Vladimir Drago Salizzar (a self-proclaimed vampiric creature of the night), to attract Gothic types and presumed vampire role-playing raving revelers.

    Ian, along with his four-legged friend, Scout, and his financial benefactor’s niece, Zoey, finds himself in way beyond his depth, caught up in an unimaginable web of extreme danger, malevolent evil, and demonic deceit, in this terrifying tale that will leave you breathless at every twist and turn; as you dive deep into the cold hellish abyss that is … Red Tide – The Flavel House Horror / Vampires of the Morgue.

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    BOOK DREAMS - VOLUME 1



    Book Dreams - Volume 1 is the first anthology from Brain to Books. There are many great stories by super authors included within its pages. I am familiar with many of them and happy to find new authors to read. Check out some fantastic stories and poems!

    Blaze McRob



    Book description:

    Brain to Books presents its first anthology, "Book Dreams (Volume #1). Here we present a collection of short stories and poems featured in the 2017 Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo.

    Authors include Ani H. Manjikian, Adam Dreece, W.J. Howard, Toi Thomas, Timothy Bateson, Laura McHale Holland, Ash Krafton, Charlene Diane Jones, Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra, Sanzaki Kojika, Tyrean Martinson, C.T. Callahan, Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra, and Angela B. Chrysler

    This collection includes:

    Ying to Yang a poem by Ani H. Manjikian
    Snappy and Dashing by Adam Dreece [Blurb Coming soon]
    Road to Nowhere by WJ Howard [Blurb Coming soon]
    From the Inside by Toi Thomas
    April Fool by Timothy Bateson [Blurb Coming soon]
    The Quilt of Belonging by Laura McHale Holland [Blurb Coming soon]
    Anamnesis by Ash Krafton
    The Archive of Sinners: Priti by Sanzaki Kojika [Blurb Coming soon]
    Here There Be Dragons! By Tyrean Martinson [Blurb Coming soon]
    Through My Eyes by C.T. Callahan [Blurb Coming soon]
    Retribution Served by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra
    Mother/Earth a poem by Charlene Diane Jones
    Continuum a poem by Charlene Diane Jones
    The Unborn Dreaming the Born a poem by Charlene Diane Jones
    My Sea of Dreams a poem by Angela B. Chrysler


    From the Inside
    Eric finds himself trapped inside an ever changing box with only his mentor Victor to help him get out. The thing is, Victor’s been keeping a secret that just may be the answer to their salvation.

    Retribution Served
    Retribution, when served, can take quite an unexpected turn.

    Anamnesis
    When the past comes back to haunt you, sometimes the least of your problems are the ghosts.A woman’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down when a mysterious stranger gives her back the memories he’d hidden from her fifteen years ago.

    She remembers more than their dangerous past together–she remembers his magic and how he used it against her. That magic would be a dangerous weapon in the hands of a mother who would do anything to protect her son…even if faced with the father who’s come back to claim him.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    UPDATES FOR THE HOTHEAD - AKA BLAZE MCROB



    Just a short ditty to keep folks abreast of what I'm up to now, and for the rest of the year. First up is that I will be posting more Women In Horror posts. My previous computer needed a rest and my lovely wife, Terri DelCampo, got me a new one. I needed some time to get used to it since not all the keys are in the same place. It took me quite some time to adapt to the location of my delete key, for example. This is a very important key for me as I tend to make a lot of typing mistakes. I use the two finger approach. Bingo! That brought another problem into play. The print on the keys is smaller. I have night blindness, so I really need larger print to be able to type, even in instances of a mere shadow. Once more, Terri jumped to my aid and got me some large, bright letters and such that could be put on top of the existing keys. Now I can go at it with a lot more ease. Hence, Women In Horror will resume next week. I will be showcasing the talents of many great women horror authors.

    Another big change is that I have decided not to keep any of my books in Kindle Unlimited. The experiment there was not exactly a game changer. I will be expanding the markets available for my books. Blazing Owl Press, which Terri and I co-own, will allow all our books to be available not only on Amazon but places such as Apple, Kobo, Nook, and more. To add even more availability for a reader to obtain our books, most will be available in paperback versions as well. Obviously, all our titles will not come out in the other outlets immediately, but it will be done.

    Terri and I have one joint collection of short stories coming up soon. Assbiters From Hell. As you can tell by the title, this is one horrific collection. After that, both of us will be getting more novels and novellas written. I have many short stories written that I will get out at some time, but it's not a priority at the moment.

    Club Blaze is on the way. This is extreme horror that Zack Kullis and I are putting out. If you love your horror down and dirty, this is for you. This will be made available everywhere. Keep your peepers open. I'll shout it out from the rooftops when it's ready to go.

    I will be writing a super hero novel, or series of novellas ( I haven't decided on which yet ), called Selchor. Some of you might have seen some short stories I wrote about Selchor. This is a man who is truly on the side of the underdog. Don't think this will not be a bit on the horrific side. It will. Not everything my super-hero does is white-glove pure. There is evil to be fought, and Selchor is the man for it. He makes the rules and administers the justice.

    I have four novel sequels to write and at least one novella sequel. I am finishing a novel called Last Chance which is an indigenous spiritual, adventure, and romance tale. Dogs, Skunks, And Other Runners is being completed. It's a non-fiction collection of running stories. A YA fantasy novel is finished. Say It Again, Damn It! is a long coming-of-age novel about strength, betrayal, and brutality. The protagonist is a snarky, independent guy I think you'll like.

    Now, I have to add that not everything above will be published this year. Club Blaze, Selchor, and Assbiters From Hell are up for sure. The others will be written, but I'll need to figure out slots for them. I have 30 something books up on Amazon now. I want to get my books everywhere I can. Then I'll add in the others.

    I'll be catching you around, my friends.

    Blaze McRob  



      

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    WELCOME 2017 B2BCYCON VISITORS





    April 7, 8, and 9 give us the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo. W. J. Howard tells us all about what she will be doing during this great time at  http://wjhoward.com/welcome-b2bcycon/. She has many activities planned and you won't want to miss out on any of them. I'll be spreading more posts around as W. J. shares them with us.

    Also, you can go to http://b2bcycon.com/horror/ and find out about all the other great authors participating in this grand event. There is much they have to share with you. I was astounded when I went through the list of books listed there from some truly fantastic authors. I own a number of these books and more are on my to buy list. See what I mean. I'll catch you over there!

    Blaze McRob





    Monday, April 3, 2017

    TRYING AMAZON'S NEW PRINT BOOK OPTIONS - BY RJ CRAYTON



    RJ Crayton has a super post for authors concerning whether or not they should try Amazon's new print book options. She really did her homework on this article. Go to http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2017/03/14/trying-amazons-new-print-book-options/ and read what she has to say. You'll certainly be enlightened. I know I was.

    While you're there, read some of the other great posts RG and other super talented authors have on Indies Unlimited. They have new posts every day. I visit there often.

    Blaze McRob


    Sunday, April 2, 2017

    EYE OF THE STORM - BY ELLE KLASS


    https://www.amazon.com/Eye-Storm-Eilidas-Tragedy-Ruthless-ebook/dp/B00OC2H712/

    Eye Of The Storm: Eilida's Tragedy, by Elle Klass, is Volume 1 in the Ruthless Storm Trilogy. I purchased it last year and really love it! I'm not sure how long this great tome will be free, but it is at the present time. Like I said, there are other books in the series, so you get the chance to cut your horror teeth on this one.

    Elle writes fantastic horror, so get this novel now!

    Blaze McRob


    Book description:


    It’s a normal day for Sunshine as she takes the seat at her desk as receptionist at the Lyden Times until the tragedy of a young nameless woman floods the newsroom. Her head and body covered in bloody gashes and fresh bruises. Sunshine forms an immediate interest and digs into her life. After learning her identity, Eilida, she pokes around her hometown where she is mistaken for Eilida. Soon Sunshine’s world crashes. Everything she loved begins to fade. She trades in her skirts and heels for jeans and sneakers. A ghost avails itself to her and a man with eyes dark as coal stalks her dreams and waking nightmares. Her fiancĂ© worries as he can’t wrap his mind around her transformation yet refuses to let go. Time ticks down as their wedding date approaches on the anniversary of a day that changed Eilida’s life forever…

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    THE DEAD GAME - BY SUSANNE LEIST



    The Dead Game, by Susanne Leist, is a great novel for fans of Vampire stories. Actually, there's a lot more going on within the pages of this tome. Mystery awaits thee. Shenanigans of the nasty kind lurk in the shadows. The paranormal beings are waiting for you to read what they're up to. Indulge them. After all, this is their game. The Dead Game.

    Blaze McRob


    Book description:


    Book 1 in Series
    After graduating college, Linda Bennett leaves New York for the slower-paced lifestyle of Oasis, Florida. She opens a bookstore and makes new friends. Life is simple-that is until the dead body washes up on shore. She is horrified to learn that dead bodies and disappearing tourists are common for this small town. There is talk of secret parties being held by the original residents in their secluded mansions. Once the sun sets, the tourist-friendly town becomes a haven for evil and dark shadows. But this is only the beginning.
    Linda and the other young residents receive an unsigned invitation to a party at End House, the deserted house in the forest behind town; a house with its own violent history. They are pursued through revolving rooms and dangerous traps, barely escaping with their lives. Two of their own remain trapped inside. Or so they think.
    It's up to Linda and her friends to search out The Dead and find the evil one controlling their once peaceful community. Can they trust the Sheriff and his best friend, Todd?
    THE DEAD GAME has begun.

    Editorial Reviews

    Review

    The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a mysterious supernatural thriller withplenty of twists and turns that is well-written and keeps you turningthe page. From the first page you start a wild ride and just when youthink all is well, she throws in another twist. 
    Rhonda Cratty, Parenting & Education Examiner


    I was absolutely surprised by this book! I knew it had some enigmaticmystery and some dark action, but the author set up the story so well Iwas happily amazed. It starts with a very engaging character, a youngwoman who is very well portrayed in a community, Oasis, Florida. Thetown's mysteries are maze-like and become deeper and more sinister asthe book progresses. This is a very original approach to the concept of vampires and their existence.
    Ray Miller "Relevant Reviewer"

    The Dead Game by Susanne Leist is a top-notch haunted house horror thriller. The author excels at spookydescriptions, terrifying scenarios like opening a door and stepping into a black abyss or forever trapped in a dark maze with endless roomsstretching into infinity. Her characters are perfect and the reader caneasily connect with them.
    Simon Okill, Simon's Phantom Blog

    A beachfront town, a hauntedmansion, people disappearing or turning up dead--these are the elementsof gothic horror, but this unique novel has a more than a few twists.The writing is first-rate, and the pace is fast. The characters arewell-defined, and the plot is imaginative and unpredictable...
    Howard Lipman, pen name PanOrpheus, author


    Susanne's take on vampires is fresh andnew but you'll have to read to know. She takes the age old vampirelegend and turns it into something I've never read before...

    Elle Klass, Author of As Snow Falls

    From the Author

    To be or not to be a writer.
    This has been the hardest question for me.
    Should I continue with my pursuit?
    Or step away and claim defeat?
    One book written.
    One book sold.
    It dances around on Amazon and Nook.
    It reaches new heights in its niche,
    And then it slowly bows its head in silence.
    The highs feel good and lofty,
    While the lows feel depressing and sad.
    Is it worth it? 
    Is it worth the aggravation?
    I am told that a writer must keep writing.
    More books to dance around.
    More highs and lows.
    Should I keep doing this?
    Will I keep doing this? 
    Yes, for now
    As I wait for the next high.