Thursday, December 18, 2014


Tabby's Haunted Christmas, by L. Hollar, is out today! Just in time for Christmas. I read this great little tale and enjoyed it immensely. I'm sure you and your children will too. Even ghosts and other paranormal entities enjoy Christmas. Read this story and you will see for yourself. It will find a great home on your Kindle. Be prepared for your children to ask you over and over again to read it or have you read it to them.

The fantastic full-color cover art and full-color interior art is done by the one and only Thomas Arensberg. He really hit the spirit of this book with his art, but then why should I be surprised?

Blaze McRob

Book Description

December 17, 2014 5 - 18
Tabby watches the town as the human kids prepare for Christmas, and wonders why they don't celebrate the colorful holiday. Can she convince her Aunt to allow Christmas in their house again? Note: The events in this story take place prior to the events in Tabby's Haunted Valentine.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Kathryn Meyer Griffith has two great Dinosaur books for your reading pleasure! Dinosaur Lake and Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising. Both tales happen in Crater Lake, Oregon and I was intrigued at the git-go. My review explains my feelings. It is below the Dinosaur Lake book description.

If you love Dinosaurs, or if you love great stories regardless of genre, these are for you.

Kathryn has many other great books on her Amazon page . I have read many of them and love them all, so you might want to take a look.

Fill your stockings and those of your friends with Kathryn's great books. Share some love with your Kindles too.

Blaze McRob

Book Description

August 29, 2012
An ancient predator has been reborn in the caves beneath Crater Lake
…and it’s hungry.

Ex-cop Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for eight years and he likes his park and his life the way it’s been. Safe. Tranquil. Predictable. But he’s about to be tested in so many ways. First the earthquakes begin…people begin to go missing…then there’s some mysterious water creature that’s taken up residence in the caves below Crater Lake and it’s not only growing in size, it’s aggressive and cunning…and very hungry.
And it’s decided it likes human beings. To eat.
And it can come up onto land.
So Henry, with the help of his wife, Ann; a young paleontologist named Justin; and a band of brave men must not only protect his park and his people from the monster but somehow find where it lives and destroy it…before it can kill again. ***

Editorial Reviews


Dinosaurs Arising is out!
This is a captivating tale, which should seize and maintain the fascination of everybody even remotely interested in archaeology, pre-history, the great outdoors, National Parks, dinosaurs, earthquakes, volcanoes, gargantuan predators, etc. I strongly urge all readers of fiction to get this book and devour it. This would make a great gift, too, for many people on your holiday gift-giving list.- Reader's Favorite Reviews November 14, 2012

Bones, tracks, weird disappearances of humans and animals; earthquakes and tremors, could there really be a dinosaur living under Crater Lake? The tragic disappearances of people at a National Park, the mysterious creature that live in the caves, the frequency of earthquakes all add up to one hell of a story. 5 Stars! - Romancing the Book October 24, 2012

I was skeptical that it might not fit well into this particular paranormal format but boy, was I wrong! What I discovered was a whole new and intriguing kind of paranormal story complete with a supernatural character that simply shouldn't exist, a creature with depth and capacity for survival and thought and it simply blew me away! -Vampire Explored

It is a suspenseful novel with realistic, compelling characters. I enjoyed reading Dinosaur Lake and can honestly recommend it. One last thing I'd like to add is that I'm glad I discovered Griffith because back in the nineties she was one of the horror authors writing for Leisure Books. I was a big fan of this publisher back then. Many of her Leisure titles (among them, WITCHES) are now being republished by Damnation Books. -The Dark Phantom Reviews

From the Author

Dinosaur Lake's Backstory Essay By Kathryn Meyer Griffith Of all my 16 novels Dinosaur Lake has the strangest story attached to its creation, death and rebirth...20 years later...of any of them.
Not so much because, as a few of my books, it took so long to write or publish, but because in 1993 it was contracted, edited and the final galleys had been proofed by me for a 5th paperback book release from Zebra (Kensington Publishing) after 3 earlier novels with Leisure Books. I even had a stack of the full-color, printed and embossed covers; it was only weeks before it was to go to the bookshelves (in those days the brick & mortar stores were still king, no Internet or ebooks). I strongly believed it'd be my breakout book. You know, the book that'd make my career and launch me into the stratosphere with Stephen King and Anne Rice? How wrong I'd be. But, hey, I thought who wouldn't love a tale of a cunning but malevolent rampaging prehistoric dinosaur living in Crater Lake, Oregon, and the Park Ranger who, along with a ragtag gang of heroes who'd try to stop it? I mean, I'd always loved anything about dinosaurs...dinosaur books, playing with those little plastic figurines and watching old stop-action dinosaur movies of the 1950's and 60's...who hadn't? Apparently someone. My new editor at Zebra.
By 1994, after four novels with them, I'd lost my sweet editor there and a new one took her place...and over the next year he didn't like anything I wrote for him and later that year Zebra unceremoniously dropped me and my book (Predator...which never came out but still lingers to this very day like some weird ghost book in every computer on the global Internet) only six weeks away from going to the bookstore shelves. When we were editing the book and deciding on the title and the cover, I'd begged the new editor not to call it Predator (his choice as they hadn't liked my American Loch Ness Monster title), bad title since there was a popular movie out of that name and the movie, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, was nothing about a dinosaur, and the cover was awful, an empty boat on a lake...what!!! Having that book-my first ever-dumped like that was a crushing experience, let me tell you. I had a stack of finished, printed covers and my final edits were done! But nothing my agent or I could say or do would change their minds. They said they were cutting their horror lines and setting adrift a lot of their mid-list horror authors because horror (in 1994) was on the decline. The new editor-that-didn't-like-my-writing explained: "And no one wants to read a book about a dinosaur." Yeah, sure. And six months later Jurassic Park the book came out! We all know how that story ended, don't we? People loved the book, the movies; they loved dinosaurs.
I'll never know the real reason they cut the book but that male editor never bought another book from me...which was another weird thing because when I'd met him in New York (I went for a Horror Convention) in the summer of 1993 he'd taken my husband and I out to lunch and gushed over me and said how much he'd loved my last release WITCHES. Hmmm.
Anyway, I got to keep my advance but the book was officially dead. It never came out. I grieved. I was so disgusted I stashed it in a drawer somewhere and tried to forget it. Until now. After I'd finished revising and rereleasing all my new/old 15 books (and besides paperbacks they're in ebooks for the first time ever) from Eternal Press/Damnation Books in June of 2012 I remembered about my American Loch Ness Monster novel, took it out and reread it.
Whoa, like a lot of my older novels now years later I could see what was wrong with it and how to fix it. Back then I hadn't seen the head-hopping I did or the awkward phrasing, stiff or overly dramatic dialogue, repetitive words and other things I've learned since to recognize and stay away from. Of course, computers help make the editing so much easier. I think I'd done the original book on my electric typewriter. Anyway, telling myself the dumping of that book had been a turning point in my writing life-sending me in the wrong direction for a long time apparently...I couldn't sell a book for eight long years after that-I decided to rewrite and finally release it. In fact, I was going to do something that twenty years ago would have been unheard of and frowned on...self-publish the book myself. With Kindle Direct. For the first time in forty years I was walking away from the traditional publishers and going on my own. Thank you J.A. Konrath's blog! I figured I could sell the Kindle ebook a lot cheaper and, thus, use it to introduce (as enticement) more readers to my writing and perhaps, if they liked it, they'd buy more of my other fifteen novels, novellas and various short stories. It could work, right? So here it is, retitled, rewritten, updated and with an amazing new cover I love by Dawne Dominque... Dinosaur Lake.. I hope my readers will like it. Thank you, author Kathryn Meyer Griffith

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dinosaur Lake Is One Super Tale! September 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Dinosaur Lake, by Kathryn Meyer Griffith, rocks! Okay, so I'm one of Kathryn's biggest fans. I suppose I might be a bit prejudiced about her talents. This story contains many aspects that particularly grab me. I have visited Crater Lake many times; I have lived in Klamath Falls; and I am in love with the wilderness the way the people in this story are. However, Kathryn takes her magic wand and stirs all of these elements together to make one super story. I would rate this a multi genre book appealing to young adults and we older readers who simply love a great tale we can wrap our imagination around. This is perfect for that. Read this great book. You won't be disappointed!

Kathryn was kind enough to have given me a copy to read for review. However, I intend to purchase copies for my friends and family.

By the way, the cover art by Dawne Dominque is superb! 

Book Description

March 27, 2014
Prehistoric creatures have again invaded Crater Lake National Park
…and this time there’s more than one.

DINOSAUR LAKE II: Dinosaurs Arising
by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for thirteen years now and thought the days when he’d had to fight a rogue dinosaur that lived in the caves below the lake were long over.
Until one of his park rangers, to save a visitor’s life, is in a deadly struggle out in the woods with a new breed of dinosaur worse than the last one. It’s as big as a man, but this one is a young one. And growing.
Then more of the creatures begin to show up everywhere, threatening people and destroying the tranquility and safety of his beloved park.
A tourist trolley filled with fifteen people is snatched up off the crater’s rim by another version of the younger one…but this one has grown into a giant with fangs, claws and a deadly tail.
And this one has wings.
Ugly Gargoyles, Henry calls them.
For this one isn’t alone.
They’re flying beyond the park’s boundaries into the neighboring towns.
So Henry, with the help of his son-in-law, a paleontologist named Justin, and a band of brave park rangers, and a few good soldiers, must not only protect his park and his people from monsters once more but find their lair and destroy it and them before the creatures kill again. ***
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare at Crater Lake August 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Once again, terror has arrived at Crater Lake in the form of horrible flying dinosaurs that seem to have appeared out of the stuff of Indian legends. And once again it is up to the Chief Ranger, his staff, members of the Army, and the Chief's paleontologist son-in-law to seek out and destroy this menace. We also get a peek into the personal and private lives of those people, and the effect this danger has on their family members
and friends, as well as themselves. This is an action filled story, and there is one event after another that prevents the extermination of these creatures. Like the prequel to this book, we are drawn into this terrifying tale, and are anxious to see its outcome. Of course we all know dinosaurs don't exist in our world of they?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


This week's Terror Tuesday is a preview chapter from my upcoming novel '68 Buick. My Grim Reaper hates child abuse . . .

Paradox Of Existence

     Joe always appeared to be a strange sort: a short, pot-bellied, balding guy obviously under the thumb of his domineering wife, but this . . . this I didn't expect. The man always seems to hide within his own shadows, afraid to do anything meaningful. And yet now his mind is releasing its secrets to me, screaming out the horrors he has inflicted upon children as young as five. That this little, pathetic bastard can get the children to maintain his twisted agenda is incomprehensible.

     No more.

     I wonder if Joe knows I'm dead. It doesn't really matter. For pure shock effect, it would be great to see him swallow his disgusting tongue and choke on it if I was to knock on his door.

     Shit! That's a good idea. I want to confront this little bastard face to face; I want to see the look on his face as he realizes what's happening.

     He is home alone. This will be a piece of cake.

     I turn the door knob and meet no resistance. That's my invitation to come in.

     His house is immaculate. That demanding bitch of a wife of his cracks the whip about cleanliness. She won't be happy.

     Joe is in the office he maintains within his house. The sniveling ass-hole works for his wife, keeping the books for her realty company. He's at the computer now, but what he's looking at has nothing to do with book-keeping.

     I walk in as quiet as a ghost and sit in a chair behind him, waiting to be discovered. He's so intent on the computer screen that it takes him a good fifteen minutes to realize I'm there.

     “What the . . .!” he shouts.

     “Need some help finding that last word, Joe? I’ll give you a clue: it starts with the letter F and ends with the letter K.”
     “But you're . . . you're dead!”

     “You say that as if it's a bad thing. Okay. I'm dead. Big fucking deal.”

     He's ready to shit in his pants. Terror runs through his veins, forcing his neck and face to grow gigantic veins and arteries. Everything from his neck up looks like a seething sea of snakes, all fighting for dominance. Some look like they want to erupt out of his flesh.

     I laugh: a cold, sinister laugh. “What's the matter, Joe? Are you afraid of ghosts? Do you want to touch me to see if your hand goes through my body? I can see into your mind, you worthless piece of shit. That's exactly what you want to do. C'mon. Do it. Grow a pair.”

     He backs up, trying to sneak out of the room. Fat chance of that happening.

     Stopping before he reaches the door, he clutches his head in his hands and sobs a horrible wail.

     “That's right, Joe: visions of the little children are popping into your head, aren't they? Why should you be afraid of little children?”

     He drops to his knees, his crying getting louder.

     “Here come more children, Joe. It looks as if they are angry; angry at you. Why? What could possibly cause such anger from sweet, innocent children?”

     “You bastard! Get out of my head!”

     “Name calling will get you nowhere. These children want revenge. Revenge from what, Joe? What did you do to them? What caused this fury of theirs?”

     Visions of despicable horror run through Joe's head: the panic his tiny victims show as he perpetrates his touching, his sodomy, his penetration of their innocence. But now it is his turn to feel the pain; his turn to suffer the angst of the unknown.

     They surround him from all sides; they hold knives; they mean to use them.

     “That's right, Joe. Revenge. They will extract more than just a chunk of your flesh. Watch out! They're coming closer! You're on your knees. They can slice all of you: every last piece of that stinking body of yours; that foul sack of perverted filth.”

     “Get them off me!”

     '“But I'm not responsible for them being here, Joe. You are. I'm not the one who caused them so much pain and grief. You are.”

     In his mind, Joe remembers every last detail of his depravity, his forced intrusions on the bodies and souls of the little ones. With every stroke of their knives, he feels their pain.

     “That's right, Joe: you are a real bastard. You deserve worse than this.”

     Joe screams over and over again, the knives cutting him to shreds.

     “You will get worse than this!” I scream.

     The children fade away leaving Joe and me alone. He grabs his head as the throbbing vessels explode all at once. Every vein, every artery shoving huge amounts of blood onto the carpet and spraying everything within a six foot radius. His body makes one last convulsive rattle and lies still.

     His wife walks in and stares at his blood-soaked body. She gives a token check to make sure he's not still alive then backs away from his body.

     She has a look I've seen before. She doesn't really care about Joe; she's merely repulsed by the whole scene before her. There is no emotion on her face. The bitch just doesn't want to get blood on her fancy duds.

     The computer screen is on, flashing pictures at her, drawing her over to look at them. She gasps at what she sees: young children being molested by men like her husband, every imaginable form of torture being foisted on them.

     “You fucking pig! You disgusting animal! You deserve to die! I hope it hurt and it wasn't over in a hurry.”

     After hollering at his lifeless body, she turns the computer off and goes into the living room to call 911.

     Joe shakes violently. “She doesn't even care!” he hollers.

     “Why should she?” I say. “You're a disgusting piece of shit. Oh, excuse me. You're a disgusting piece of dead shit.”

     He rests against his desk, sobbing and still shaking. “She didn't notice either of us in the room,” he murmurs. “Why? I saw you when I was still alive.”

     “We're both dead. She can't see either of us. You only saw me because I wanted you to see me. Shock effect. It worked.”

     “What now?”

     “The fun begins now. For me, not for you. You are going on a drive to your new home. You will be nice and roasty-toasty.”

     “Where is it?”

     “Your new landlord will let me know soon.”

     We walk out of the house and get into my Buick. “This is horrible way to treat my car, but it's the only way I get to keep her. See, unlike you, I can become solid again whenever I wish. I can be seen, and I can remain unseen. And the same goes for this deluxe chariot.”

     I turn the key, and instantly I know where to drive. “Enjoy the trip,” I say, a sneer on my face. “You won't be getting another enjoyable one.”

     A wonderful look of panic floods Joe's face. Tsk, tsk. Does he expect to walk into the bright light? I don't even get to do that. But then again, I'm not going where he is, either.

     I'm not even to the corner when I see my children walking home from school. My hood is up and my face is diverted from their sight. They stare at the Buick, in awe of its majestic styling. Yes, I miss hugging my children, but I will be around to watch over them. They will grow up before my eyes.

     After all, I was here for them today. Had I still been alive, I would have never known what was going to happen to them. I was able to make sure it didn't happen.

     Being dead isn't all bad.

Blaze McRob


The Shadow Soldier, by Becca Boucher, is not only a great book, but all proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project. This is true for the Kindle ebook as well as the paper back version.

Sadly, a friend of Becca, an 18 year old girl in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, Keely R. Walsh, was killed in a car accident on her way to Guard Drill. Wow! This is overpowering. I have the obituary notice link above. Her Mom suggests one of the Memorial Donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in her daughter's name. If you wish to do so on your own, it would be great.

Also, if you want to buy a copy of either version of this great book, we can send the information on to Keeley's Mom and the Wounded Warriors for you. The ebook is only .99 and the entire amount goes to the Wounded Warriors Project. The same is true of the paper back which is only $4.19. All the money goes to this great organization as well. You can purchase at the Amazon links above. This way you get a great book and the Wounded Warriors Project, in Keely's memory, gets all the money. You can send us your name and we can forward the information. If you wish to remain anonymous, that is okay too. Rest assured that the full purchase price goes to the Wounded Warriors. I will pick up all expenses.

Becca and I both feel strongly about this cause. It was her idea to donate the proceeds to the Wounded Warriors Project and I agreed. Visionary Press Collaborative and I will be sending copies of the paper version to Becca so she can sign for this super organization, and to honor her friend. 

A little bit of money can go a long way and do a lot of good. If you have any questions you can contact me at or my Facebook page .

Thank you.

Blaze McRob

Book Description
November 5, 2014
When a soldier is lost in the snowy mountains of Afghanistan, another soldier shoulders the blame, while a young woman feels his loss thousands of miles away in Boston's Back Bay. Can a mysterious man bridge the gap and help the two heal?
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow Soldier November 7, 2014
By Pixie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Shadow Soldier By Becca Boucher
Synopsis: When a soldier is lost in the snowy mountains of Afghanistan, another soldier shoulders the blame, while a young woman feels his loss thousands of miles away in Boston's Back Bay. Can a mysterious man bridge the gap and help the two heal?
My Review: With Veteran's day around the corner, I cannot think of a better book to read! Ms Boucher takes us through the Love, The sacrifices, The loyalty , The Bravery and The deepest feelings of an Army Ranger in Afghanistan , His Girlfriend, his best friend and a "Shadow Soldier" who is the guiding hand in this story. It is very fast paced , action packed and sometimes devastating... yes I cried.. It is such a touching story of what our Soldiers go through and what the people left behind must face. VERY well written I give this Book 5 Beers and a coke... (I changed it a little but read the book and you'll see) 

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, I loved how easily she wove the ... November 10, 2014
By Jamie
Format:Kindle Edition
Not the first book offered to us by this author and certainly not the last. Great read, I loved how easily she wove the story together and made me feel the words. How the courage and the tears just flowed off the pages. A wonderful display of ability and deep regard for those who serve.

Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Heroes: a person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities. Rebecca Boucher seems to have a flair for writing stories about our military heroes and The Shadow Soldier is no exception. Add a little paranormal in the mix and you have one awesome short story. I've never been in the military, never had a brother or sister serve, so I can't feel the angst that comes with having to say goodbye to a loved one and travel overseas to protect our rights or to help others protect theirs. Rebecca is spot on with this story. Dread, grief, and a little bit of happiness prevail in The Shadow Soldier. I seriously wonder how many of our brothers and sisters truly have a Shadow Soldier walking with them? Rebecca makes it seem as though they all do. Well done, Rebecca, well done. Oh, and I learned also that all proceeds of this sale are going to the Wounded Warrior Project.

5.0 out of 5 stars wow, just wow. November 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Okay, I'll admit it. I cried. A lot. The Shadow Soldier is a well written, fast paced story that hits home. I know from experience what it feels like to be afraid your soldier isn't coming home, and this story hits that nail on the head. There are no further words for how I can explain this, or review it, and to me at least that is the best possible review I can give, when a story leaves you speechless and utterly wordless, you know it's good.

Well done Becca, well done.

Monday, December 15, 2014


I hear from people who ask me why they should pay .99 for a short story because that's highway robbery. Well, besides the fact that a short story can tell you if you would like to buy more of this author's work in longer form or even more short stories, let's go to Math 101.First we'll take the case of a self-published author.

You walk into a fast food place and think about the employees who would like to enjoy a livable wage. Some say $15 an hour is fair. Okay, let's take the case of an author who sells a short story of 3,000 words for .99. Whoah, you say. That is really short. Yes, it is. But is it worth at least what a small order of French fries would cost you?

I say without a doubt.

3,000 words equates to around twelve pages. The author has to pay for cover art for the ebook. Let's say $50 for that, if you're lucky. Formatting is $1 a page. Editing at least that. Maybe double. So without the author's time, we're at $74 already. If the author is a super whizz-bang and can write the tale in three hours, should she/he not be paid at least as much as the burger employee? Of course. Add another $45. We're up to $119 now. And this does not include marketing so someone knows the author's book is out there to buy. Add another $50 at least between the author's time and a paid professional's time.$169 now.

These are rock-bottom prices that you'll be lucky to get.

So how many books on Amazon does the author need to sell? You will get around .35 royalty per book. Thus, the author needs to sell roughly 483 books to cover the $169. How many authors do this with the typical ebook? Not many. 11 hours at $15/hour comes to $165, so we're close here.

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Now lets take the case of an author going with a small Press. There will be only two expense factors here: the author's time, which will be the same $45, and doing their share of the marketing. Add in $25. Total time at $15/hour comes to $70.

At 4.7 hours, the author needs to sell 400 books to reach minimum wage if the Press and the author each share the royalties evenly. Not every Press is as generous as this. The Press needs to sell roughly 550 books to cover expenses, while the author has to sell 83 less books to stay at minimum wage. The Press needs to sell 150 more because of the added expense. Of course, once the 550 books are sold, the Press is making money because it is now in the black for this book. Again, the chance is this might not occur. So in this model, the author comes out ahead going with a Press, at least until the book sells a lot of copies. Even disregarding the minimum wage factor for a second, we see that at 400 books sold, the author has $70 and the Press has $70, but the Press is in the red by $29.

At any rate, no matter how you look at it, the author deserves minimum wage.

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So, the next time someone asks you why they should pay .99 for a great story, spout the facts.

It is about time authors started getting fair compensation for their work.

Blaze McRob


Crystal Lake Publishing's featured author of the week is... Blaze McRob.
Blaze has ghost written for the BIGGEST names around, and he's writing for himself now. Plus he's a Vietnam veteran, and an awesome guy.
Be sure to check out his work:

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My thanks go to Joe Mynhardt for this honor! Since Crystal Lake Publishing has many authors in stand alone and anthology works, I am indeed happy and fortunate to receive this award. You can check out the books I'm in at the link above. I hope you enjoy my tales and those of my fellow authors at Crystal Lake. What a great bunch of people!

Blaze McRob


Shana Festa has just released Time Of Death Book Two: Asylum. This is a super Zombie story and begins where Time Of Death Book One: Induction left off. It is a stand alone novel but, as with any series, I would suggest you read the first book too. You won't be sorry. This is Zombie horror at its best. Look at all the great reviews on Amazon.

As the reviews state, Shana kicks ass with humor. Hmmn. Not easy to pull off but Shana does it so well.

Shana Festa has some great Holiday presents for the Zombie lovers on your list. Spread the love and gore both.

Oh yeah!

Blaze McRob

Book Description

December 9, 2014
Surviving the journey is just the beginning.

The last two months have brought nothing but death and destruction for Emma Rossi. She survived the initial zombie outbreak with her husband, Jake, and their dog, Daphne, but the cost was steep: Sanibel has fallen.

In a world where the only constant is change, the group is pushed to their limits before reaching the gates of Asylum, a coastal stronghold in Sarasota, Florida.

Once again, Emma must navigate an apocalyptic wasteland filled with relentless hordes of the undead and other menacing horrors that threaten her survival.

Only thing is certain. No one is safe from what lurks on either side of Asylum's gates. Sanity will be tested; and many won't live to tell the tale.

5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites. December 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book to give an honest review.
Let me start off saying that this cover is BADASS! If I was to walk into a store and saw this cover I would pick it up without even glancing at the blurb.

Anyway on to the review, would it be weird as a reviewer to say that I love this author? Literally I love the way her mind works and she can put it all out in an awesome story. I am torn on if I loved book one more or book two more maybe I love them the same. There are more than one laugh out loud moments. Below is one of my favorites.
"Not an option. I'm prairie dogging. Not to mention, how big of a tool would I look if I walked in squeezing my cheeks together and just asked to use their toilet."

With Asylum we pick up right where book one left off. Emma has her husband Jake back, she has her sister in law and brother in law, add into the mix Daphne. Yes the trusty, yapping dog who loves to leave surprise nuggets!
The group is still living on the boat after they had to leave the island they were on because of an outbreak. I will never once in my life fully understand why if you get bitten by a damn zombie before you turn you come back to the safe haven. You got to know you will be munching on your love ones.
While drifting along they all start to wonder what they are going to do when supplies start running out, and they come across another boat how awesome right? Yeah we all know how this goes down like always, fast forward to now they have to book it by foot. They come across other survivors which we all know is far and in between. And they get to meet new characters, and lose some. This is where we learn of Asylum. It is a safe haven for all to come but it is mentioned on more than one occasion you have to pretty much pull your weight within the community. Sorry but to me this already sends out red flags.
We watch how Emma, Meg, and Jake go through so much and one tragic event causes Jake to treat Emma like crap and I loved how she decided she was going to put him in place. It was something he needed after all they have been though.
I have to say I think the zombies are starting to act different and not in a good way. Something and it may be nothing is going on with them. Hope they are not evolving how crazy would that be.

This author has a way of adding humor, into the gore and the depression that these characters are going through that you can't help but to laugh, want to cry and go oh snap I didn't see that coming.

If you need a zombie book to read, I say get your copy of these two books. You can not and will not be disappointed.

The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it ended. I was so ready for more after reading the ending, now I just have to found out when book three will be coming out.

Shana, keep doing what you are doing and writing awesome, amazeballs, ass-kicking, humor filled zombie stories.

Book Description

May 26, 2014
When no one or nowhere is safe, where do you go to escape the monsters?

In a few short days, 37 year old Emma Rossi’s hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life.

And they’re hungry.

Infection ravages the Eastern Seaboard with alarming speed while attempts to contain the spread of infection fail. Within days, a small pocket of panicked survivors are all that remain of civilization. Fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside her husband Jake and their dog Daphne, Emma comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare.

Relying on snarky wit and sheer determination, she is forced to commit atrocious acts to protect her family and avoid joining the ranks of the undead.

Editorial Reviews


"A must read. Time of Death: Induction is the Zombie Apocalypse at its best. Scary, scary stuff." 

"Shana Festa's debut novel is disturbing. She breathed creative life into the zombie genre. With three-dimensional characters and a compelling plot, Time of Death: Induction is a book you will read fast, but remember forever. Job well-done!"
"The characters feel genuine, and you can't help but get involved with them. That's the strength of this book, and like any good zombie, all I want is more!"
"Readers will find Shana Festa's work original, poignant, funny, gory, heartbreaking, and above all else totally satisfying. Time of Death showcases a strong new voice in dystopian fiction that will leave you hungry for more."
"Shana Festa delivers an outstanding old school zombie tale that will keep you up late and remind you why you love this genre."
"I enjoyed this fast paced debut novel by Shana Festa. The gripping and unique nature of the book kept me turning the pages, and you'll have a hard time putting down."

"Festa has created a masterpiece in which the reader completely immerses and doesn't come up for air until the very end. The ending is brutal and holds absolutely nothing back, you will be begging for the follow up to ToD: Induction in no time." 

About the Author

Shana Festa grew up in the small town of Northborough Massachusetts. As an impressionable tot, she shared in her father's love for Horror, and spent most of her childhood hiding under the blankets worrying what nightmarish creature lurked in her closet. She grew up on a healthy diet of classics like Nightmare on Elm Street, Return of the Living Dead, American Werewolf in London, Child's Play and Poltergeist.

Her writing career was born from her long-time addiction to terrifying tales. Under her alter ego, The Bookie Monster, Shana reviews horror and paranormal books, with an emphasis on zombie fiction. Her altruistic beliefs fuse seamlessly with The Bookie Monster's mission to provide readers with honest reviews and to provide authors with a platform to promote their labors of love.

Shana holds a degree in nursing and now resides in Cape Coral, Florida with her husband and two adorable dogs. In addition to her apocalyptic series, TIME OF DEATH, she is a founding member of AT HELL'S GATES, a horror anthology series dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces through the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. 
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and amazing October 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The zombie books I normally read aren't what you'd expect. They're not the norm for zombies. I've never watched The Walking Dead. Basically, I'm the worst zombie fan in the traditional sense. This is why I was nervous about reading Shana Festa's Induction. I was afraid I was going to be a good audience for it. And I felt a bit intimidated by reading a traditional zombie novel.

But you know what? All of those worries were unfounded. I found myself lost in the pages of Induction quickly. Shana Festa is such a talented writer that I felt surrounded by her world within a few chapters. I was on the edge of my seat as I read this book. Festa was able to incite a very real feeling of fear when it comes to her take on a zombie apocalypse.

The inclusion of Daphne, Emma's beloved dog, was such a sweet touch. At times, I doubted Emma. She wasn't the easiest character to like. But her resolve and utter badassness redeemed her. The relationship she had with her dog solidified my like of her. She was rather fearless when it was needed. Her lack of mercy was a refreshing break that I enjoyed because it was absolutely warranted.

The one thing that always stood out to me was Shana Festa's ability to kill off a character in any way at any time. A lot of readers will enjoy this. It makes for a more edge of the seat, gripping read. But I think this is where reading predominately Young Adult literature has ruined me. I felt like the deaths sometimes overshadowed the rest of the story. The feeling of hope was missing and it stood out to me. But like I said, a lot of readers will enjoy the more realistic aspect.

Shana Festa definitely has something promising with the Time of Death series. With this debut, she has shown a strong handle of storytelling with a fluid grace. I will definitely be tuning in for the rest of this series. And if you're a zombie fan, you're missing out until you pick up Induction!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


Get all four of the great books in the Portals Of Destiny series, written by Shay West, for only .99 each! Great buy for fantastic books. These are full novels, so you're getting your money's worth for sure. These will make super gifts to put on some Kindles. Add in yours as well. Shay writes great sci-fi.

Soon, I will have more great news for you concerning this super talented author. But for now, jump on this great deal!

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Blaze McRob

Book Description

August 9, 2012
Astra. Kromin. Volgon. Earth. To each of the four planets are sent four Guardians, with one mission: to protect and serve the Chosen, those unwitting champions of prophecy who alone can save the galaxy from the terrifying Mekans. But the signs of prophecy have not yet appeared, and the decision to send the Guardians early could doom all in the galaxy to death.

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Available through Booktrope Publishing under the name Shay West!

About the Author

Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior (fund raiser), Ancient New (steampunk/fantasy). 

5.0 out of 5 stars A vivid picture of five distinct worlds September 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Mekans...even the name sounds foreboding. Machine intelligence, stripping the resources of planet after planet, making their way across the galaxy, leaving burned out husks in their wake. The only hope for the survival of countless species are The Chosen, small groups of four different species who are watched over and trained by Guardians from the planet Gentra. The Gentran prophecy says The Chosen hold the key to defeating the Mekans, but when one Chosen is killed, the prophecy may be in jeopardy. This is the epic science fiction/fantasy story Shay West has begun to weave with Book One of the Portals of Destiny.

West paints a vivid picture of five distinct worlds, and pulls it off with no trouble, something many world builders have issues with in just one. There is a wide range of characters, many of which are delved deeply into, enough so that the reader can identify with several at once. West makes it easy to follow each, as the races are significantly different enough not to get confused. A reptilian warrior race, a clone race, a magical race, and of course, humans - albeit post-apocalyptic.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, from start to finish. The detail in the worlds, the depth of characters, the grandiose far-reaching plot are all done in an easy-to-follow format and style. At certain points I do feel it gets a bit deep into description, but knowing this is the first part of a series, and knowing the full story will not wrap up by the final page, it all makes perfect sense.

I felt the mix of science fiction (clones, weaponry) and fantasy (magic, transformations) was very well done. The overall crafting of the story reminded me a bit of The Empire Strikes Back, mixing the science fiction scenes with the Jedi training fantasy aspect.

The only negatives I encountered, and completely my personal opinion, would be a little bit of point of view confusion, but only very rarely; and (possible spoiler alert) I felt the key killing of the Chosen happened a little too late in the story (I kept waiting for it to happen, as the `book jacket blurb' emphasizes it). But absolutely nothing that detracts from the overall story, which was well edited...much more so than most independent authors' works I've read before.

West has put together the beginnings of an epic story arc with very interesting characters. And it's just starting!

(Note: This is a repost of my 2011 review prior to West re-releasing through a new publisher)

Saturday, December 13, 2014


What do you get when you take a photograph and have ten members of the Pen Of The Damned view it and write a 100 word tale of horror based on it? You get an eclectic array of fantastic stories, all of them Damned Dark. Go visit the link below and get your ration of horror for the day. You're not scared are you? Heh, heh. Maybe you will be afterwards.

Check out the other stories we have over there while you're visiting. They're all horror and all free!

Blaze McRob

This week on Pen of the Damned comes DAMNED WORDS 10. One picture, ten different point of views. Featuring Thomas Brown, Jon Olson, Tyr Kieran, Zack Kullis, Blaze McRob, Magenta Nero, Craig McGray Author, Leslie Moon, Nina D'Arcangela and Joseph Pinto

Misery Thomas Brown Misery rolled with the dogs in the shadows of Tompkin’s shed. On August 25th, 1968, Mike Callahan hung himself from a cross-beam in the ceiling. The wood was old and riddled wit...