Wednesday, April 16, 2014

JESSY MARIE ROBERTS - WOMAN IN HORROR!







http://www.amazon.com/Jessy-Marie-Roberts/e/B003TY66A2


Jessy Marie Roberts is my Woman In Horror today! She is a writer, an editor, and up 'til last year, a publisher. Her Press, Pill Hill Press, was very respected in the industry. Lori R. Lopez and I co-wrote a story for one of their anthologies the other year. Most of what Pill Hill published was speculative fiction, but as you can see below, there are some tales of outright horror as well. Sometimes real life matters hit us up and we cannot do what we love to do. My hope is that everything prompting the closure of Pill Hill Press will be resolved and Jessy gets back in the saddle again. All of us in the Small Press community know about the trials and tribulations of the business, and that is why we must always be there for our friends. It doesn't matter if they are authors with stories in other Presses, or if they are Small Presses working hard to keep quality tales coming. Jessy is a class act all the way.

As for Jessy's writing skills, they are superb. She has learned the craft well. Buy and read some of her stories and you will see what I mean. 

Jessy Marie Roberts is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob
      

Jessy Marie Roberts

Jessy Marie Roberts is a writer and editor living in a "haunted" house in Western Nebraska with her husband and their two dogs, Tucker and Snags. Jessy writes primarily horror fiction, but occasionally dabbles in fantasy and science fiction. She intends to write a bestselling novel, but is easily distracted by barking dogs and scribbling on paper.
Jessy grew up in a small town south of San Jose, California, where she basked in the shade of El Toro and completed a three year stint as a Mighty Acorn. She attended the University of California at Davis for two years before transferring to Chadron State College in Western Nebraska.
Her favorite superhero is Superman, and she desperately clings to the belief The Last Son of Krypton is real and flying high somewhere, saving those who need saving. And if Superman isn't real, Jessy hopes somewhere, on a tall building, lurks a vampire with a soul...

 



 

Shadows & Light: Tales of Lost Kingdoms by Jean Rabe, Christopher Heath and Alva J. Roberts (Sep 27, 2009)

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The Four Horsemen: An Anthology of Conquest, War, Famine & Death by Roberts, Alva J., Hardy, Nye Joell, Kontis, Alethea and Alexa, Camille (Jul 6, 2010)

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The Bitter End: Tales of Nautical Terror by Jessica A. Weiss, Alva J. Roberts and Jessy Marie Roberts (Nov 23, 2009)

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A Whodunit Halloween by Freeman, Paul A., Mayo, Gwen, Champlin, Tim and Dawson, Donna (Jul 3, 2010)

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The Middle of Nowhere (Anniversary Edition) by Jessy Marie Roberts (Jul 17, 2010)

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Kinberra Down by Eric S Brown and Jessy Marie Roberts (May 19, 2010)

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Love Kills: My Bloody Valentine by Mark Souza and Jessy Marie Roberts (Jan 20, 2010)

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Quest for Atlantis: Legends of a Lost Continent (An Anthology) by Whalen, John M., Giangregorio, Anthony, Roberts, Jessy Marie and Roberts, Alva J. (Jul 6, 2010)

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Haunted: An Anthology of the Supernatural by Ben Langhinrichs, David Tallerman and Jessy Marie Roberts (Jun 15, 2010)

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Pandora's Nightmare: Horror Unleashed (An Anthology) by D. Nathan Hilliard, Nye Joell Hardy, Scott Taylor and Jessy Marie Roberts (Mar 19, 2010)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THE WRONG GUY - BY ZACK KULLIS - IS THIS WEEK'S TERROR TUESDAY!



The Wrong Guy, by Zack Kullis, is this weeks Terror Tuesday! Read a tale of extreme retribution told in the manner that only Zack can tell it. Nasty bugger, but that's what you love, isn't it?

Go to our website and read more from Zack and the rest of the twisted members of The Pen Of The Damned. We have tales for all your Dark, Damned musings.

Blaze McRob

The Wrong Guy

Jon stubbed out his cigarette and took a mint out of his pocket.  The mint might have seemed odd, given the circumstance, but it was for his enjoyment rather than consideration of the man in the chair.  He rolled the mint around his tongue for a minute before he pulled it out and placed it next to his cigarette.
It was time to get started.  The leather of his imported loafers made a gentle scuff-tap sound on the aged concrete as he walked.  Jon’s cultured voiced bounced across the large room.  ”Greg.  You’ve had enough time to think about what happened yesterday.”
The man in the chair breathed unevenly through his nose.  Jon knew Greg was exhausted. Certain steps needed to be taken before things could be corrected, but Jon was ready to be free of this problem.  “I need you to think about what happened four days ago, and I don’t want you to respond until I’m ready for your input.  Do you understand?”
Greg nodded his head.  He was broken and compliant.
“Good.  Four days ago you were driving down the turnpike shortly after 8:25.  You were in a Jeep.  You cut in front of somebody in a vintage Jaguar.”
Greg’s breathing sped up.
“The individual in the Jaguar briefly flashed his lights at you.  Do you remember what you did next?”
A drop of moisture fell from Greg’s nose as a quiet whimper sounded in his throat.  Jon felt a sudden spike of heat in his chest and head.  “Answer me,” Jon screamed.
Greg sobbed through his nose and shook his head dejectedly.  Jon backed up and cleared his throat.  “I apologize.  A refined man doesn’t need to raise his voice.  Besides, I should have remembered that you are not allowed to speak yet.”  Jon straightened his shirt and toyed with the cuffs until he was calm and collected.  He opened a box of latex gloves and began to put them on.
“Back to four days ago, Greg.  You slowed down, dangerously, and then pulled behind the Jaguar.  Then you proceeded to follow the Jaguar, flashing your lights, driving erratically, and endangering other people on the toll way.”
Jon’s voice lost its refined tone and picked up an angry edge he could no longer hold back.  His heart beat heavily as adrenaline started to flow through his system.  “You followed the Jaguar into the city, stopped in front of him at a light, jumped out of your Jeep and began to scream obscenities.  I want you to tell me the last thing you said to the driver of the Jaguar before you left.”
Cold silence filled the room.
“Don’t forget what happened yesterday when we did this,” Jon warned.  “I only want to hear one thing from you.”
He turned on the industrial lights, filling the large room with their intense glow.  There was a table covered with an array of dirty surgical instruments.  The wood of Greg’s chair was sprayed with stains, old and new, in a horrific mix of colors and odors.  Greg’s right foot sat in a dark pool of coagulated blood and gore.  His left foot, ankle, and half of his lower leg had been carelessly removed.  The frightful stump was still raw and stinking from being cauterized yesterday.  Greg’s arms were secured tightly to the chair’s arms, his thighs tied down to the seat, and thick bands kept his shoulders pulled flush against the chair’s back.
Jon’s manicured hands deftly pulled a knife out of his pocket, slipped the curved blade under the dirty material tied savagely around Greg’s head, and slashed through the gag.  Much of the material had been tied in a large knot and shoved into Greg’s mouth.  Jon yanked the material and pulled the foul-smelling knot out with a dry flop. A soft mewling tumbled incoherently out of Greg’s mouth.
“Now, Greg, tell me the last thing you said to the driver of the Jaguar.  If you don’t, I will cut both of your hands off at the wrist.  It will hurt much more than what I did yesterday.”
Greg moaned pathetically.  His words passed over his dry tongue like sand over boulders.  “I told him to watch who he flashed his lights at.  I told him that one day he was going to fuck with the wrong guy.”
There it was.  Greg had admitted it.  Jon felt the fury swell, but he did nothing to hold it back.  He no longer needed to.  The way was clear.  Greg had admitted his impropriety, had exposed himself for the ignorant wretch he was, and now it was time to excise this cancerous growth.
Jon slipped the knife behind the dirty blind fold and cut it off.  The rag fell from Greg’s head.  His eyes, hidden from light for the last three days, opened and shut sporadically as he tried to see where he was.  He finally stopped squinting and looked at his captor.  It was the guy from the Jaguar.
“Please no,” Greg wailed.
Jon smiled as he felt his anger move beyond the point of no return.  He only had a few more minutes of self-control before he lost all composure.  Jon hated people like Greg, and he had known more than a few.  He viewed this as a social service he offered to educated and polite people who had to share their oxygen with human waste like this.  His vision started to grow dark around the edges.  His time for coherency was coming to an end, so Jon decided that he had better start now while he could still remember some of the cutting.  It was his favorite part.
He picked up the medical bone saw, something he was very familiar with, and turned towards Greg.
“It was you that fucked with the wrong guy.”

KENRA DANIELS - WOMAN IN HORROR!





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http://kenradaniels.com/


http://www.amazon.com/Kenra-Daniels/e/B009BIA1VA/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1397520833&sr=1-2-ent


http://archangelscreed.com/balancing-the-universe/




Kenra Daniels is my Woman In Horror today! I guess it makes total sense since Azure Boone and Kenra both write many novels as a team and Azure was my Woman In Horror yesterday. This won't be a rerun of yesterday's post, though, since Kenra writes books on her own as well.

The one book of Kenra's I definitely have to spot light is Safe Heart (Blood Dragon). Why? Have you ever read a book with weredragons and vampires in it together? Add in a weredragon Enforcer, some humans used as food, mainly by the vampires because weredragons tastes are superior to those of vampires. In the minds of the weredragons anyway. An unexpected love develops between the two species which could threaten to undermine the truce between them. This tale rocks with horror, love, humor, and impossible situations made possible because of the deft pen wielded by the skilled author who Kenra is. This is a genre blending tale that I heartily recommend. Personally, besides the hot erotic scenes, I love the weredragons. This novel is a classic!


Below are some words from Kenra on her Facebook page:

"I believe *everyone* eligible to vote owes it to everyone else to vote. I believe every single elected official should have served in the military, federal elected officials should have min. 4yrs active duty. Personal funds shouldn't be used to campaign. We need strict ethics reforms at all levels of govt to rout out corruption/conflicts of interest. Every single adult American who is capable, physically and/or mentally, should serve the nation in some capacity - military, civil service... Lots of other "radical" beliefs and ideas, too."

I don't know about you, but I see gems of wisdom everywhere in these words. I served in 'Nam and knew many pacifists who were also serving there. They did not carry weapons. They were medics and were some of the bravest men I have ever known. These great soldiers fall into what Kenra desribed above. They served, every bit as much as those of us who carried weapons. Their blood was spilled the same as the rest of us. Two thumbs up from me on what Kenra wrote!

Kenra's Amazon bio:


"One half of the Archangels Creed team!! My coauthor, Azure Boone, and I are long time best friends and writing critique partners. Co authoring was a natural progression for us!
I live in rural eastern KY with my very own Romance Novel Hero/Husband. We have one adult daughter, and find ourselves, in our mid-40s, raising her three little boys as she battles physical and mental health issues, as well as addiction. So we're back to diapers and preschool when we were just starting to become accustomed to an empty nest! The only part we'd change is for our daughter to be healthy and more involved, though. The boys are such a joy!
When I'm not riding herd on the boys, or writing, I enjoy cooking, sewing, crafts, gardening, camping, and other things. Horses used to be at the top of that list, but I have health problems that make riding impossible now, and it's still too painful emotionally to be around horses and not able to ride. Maybe someday I can get to the point where I can be near them and not ride, and not feel as if I lost my best friend.
Writing is a lifelong obsession for me instead of recent discovery. The bright side to my chronic illness is that I have enforced periods of limited physical activity, which turns into writing time. I have Fibromyalgia, in addition to an unidentified condition that's causing progressive nerve damage. I take several medications daily, including a narcotic pain reliever to manage the massive pain associated.
Before I became unable to work, I was a Preschool teacher for almost 15 years. Great experience for raising 3 very active little boys :)"

I suggest you visit Kenra on her website  http://kenradaniels.com/ . There you will gain much insight into the wonderful person she is. She is quite a spunky lady, a trait I admire much. She does what she must do to handle things that throw themselves in her face in the most ultimate horror of all: real life. I am particularly intrigued by a post here http://archangelscreed.com/balancing-the-universe/ . This back and forth discussion explains how Kenra feels about erotica in her stories. She describes it as being Physical-Emotional-Spiritual. That's all I will say here. The read is fascinating and anyone writing or thinking about writing erotica into their tales should read this.

Kenra Daniels is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob


 

Safe Heart (Blood Dragon) by Kenra Daniels (Oct 12, 2012)

Book Description

October 12, 2012
Assigned to rescue a vampire kidnapped by humans determined to exterminate them, a weredragon Enforcer falls in love. Will betrayal keep them apart?

Can the pursuit of true love overcome the fear of society’s rejection and exile? Vampire Jaden Beayer thinks so. When she is kidnapped and tortured by humans, her government sends weredragon Enforcer Kiellen Henley to find her. After her recovery, Jaden convinces Kiellen to help her track down the humans responsible for her torture and exact revenge on them. The problem is, Jaden feels Kiellen is the missing ingredient for her complete recovery. Kiellen believes she has mistaken gratitude for attraction, and despite his overpowering need, he rejects her attempts at seduction.

As they face violence and betrayal from unexpected sources, Jaden’s quest for revenge becomes one for justice. Kiellen’s resistance evolves into acceptance and love. Jaden wants forever with Kiellen, but he’s realistic. They simply can’t be together because they are enemies. Weredragons and vampires have always been at war, and a relationship between Kiellen and Jaden could even endanger the fragile centuries-long truce.

When Jaden is finally safe and Kiellen’s name has been cleared, Kiellen says goodbye, leaving Jaden devastated and himself dangerously heart broken. Will Jaden ever be able to help Kiellen overcome his fears of prejudice and exile, and fulfill their love, making her his forever? Or will their love spark open warfare and send them both to the death penalty?

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The Background:

Today's weredragons are the modern descendants of an alien species that arrived on Earth during the infancy of humankind. These highly intelligent reptiles, with their technological advances, considered themselves THE Apex predator. Humans weren't their preferred prey, being considered unpalatable and too much trouble for too little reward, even if they were the most intelligent, adaptable prey on the planet.

When dragons discovered vampires preying on humans, they couldn't allow the challenge to their superiority go unmet. A long and bloody war erupted between the two predator species, but the war only served to keep both populations under control.

Dragons adapted their chameleon-like ability to take the shapes of other life forms and learned to shape shift into human bodies. The skill allowed dragons to live secretly among humans like the vampires did, but didn't give them a real advantage in the war.

As human populations increased and became organized, they started to hunt dragons and vampires. Most dragons lived the majority of their lives in human form and eventually lost the ability to take on other forms. Around the same time, they began calling themselves 'weredragons' in an attempt to alleviate the brutal, predatory image humans held of them.

Today, vampires and weredragons are still enemies, but a long-term truce is in effect, enforced by the Inter Racial Council. Both continue to live secretly among humans, and only rarely cross paths.
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it and am dying for book 2, December 16, 2012
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OMG seriously where do I even start? I started this book Friday morning and finished it Saturday night in between work and children!! It was amazing. I cant even begin to tell you what I didn't like because honestly there wasn't anything. I loved the intense sexual chemistry and cheered when they finally, well YOU KNOW.

Ok I am a huge BDB fan and all I could think of when Kiellen was being talked about was Rhage. So naturally Jaden became a kick ass version of Mary for me. (If you don't know what i am referring to then ...sigh....I am sorry but you are missing a great love story there between them BUT back to Kenra's book). I also loved the politics this book presented. The fact there is a Council there to protect the different species of Paranormal persons. I enjoyed the friendships each character brought to the story even if they were back stabbing bitches....sorry but we all know we have friends like that in our life. I liked the respect that Jaden and Kiellen gave to each other most of all . He respected what she had been through and she respected his ideas and concerns. I was glad that the 'trama" Jaden received at the hands of the Mortification people was skimmed over. To me, my imagination made it much worse that any writing could have made it.

Ok so why did I like this book? It was literally on the edge of your seat suspense and then hot ass sexual chemistry filled with alot of laughing...like the scene where he drops her because his jeans are still around his ankles and he is carrying her to the bed. The the inn keepers bust in thinking something is wrong..........soooo damn funny. So I would definitely give this book a thumbs up. I cant wait for book 2 and already was harassing the author about it!! This could definitely become a favorite series of mine without a doubt. 
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Summon Dorn (Archangels Creed) by Kenra Daniels and Azure Boone (Jan 1, 2014)

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