Saturday, February 17, 2018

W. J. HOWARD - WOMAN IN HORROR



W. J. Howard is my Woman In Horror today! She is on a bit of a break from social media because she wants to work on her projects. Nothing wrong with that. The sooner she writes more great books, the happier I'll be.

From some of Wendy's past posts:
"W. J. (Wendy) Howard writes dark stories mixed with comedy for all ages. Her main focus is creating fast-paced, action-packed stories that read like video games. Wendy appreciates unconventional methods of publishing and released the first in The Courier series, Call For Obstruction, by tweeting it on Twitter. 

Wendy has loved horror since the age of four, when her grandmother let her watch the movie, The Crawling Hand. She was instantly addicted and watched every movie she could on Creature Features and Svengoolie on Chicago TV while she was growing up. Writing horror came natural, especially of the short variety.

After a few years in Catholic school and a nun who wielded a thick ruler, she grew into an obsession with good vs evil. She studies world religions and philosophy for the fun of it and her work is greatly influenced by these things."


Amazon bio:

Wendy Howard writes dark stories mixed with comedy for all ages. Her main focus is creating action-packed stories for young people with more of a mind for gaming than reading. She grew up in an average American middle-class home with her parents and two younger sisters. Today she lives near Denver, Colorado with her growing family.

At the age of twenty-two, Wendy joined the U.S. Air Force and began a career in computer technology that lasted twenty years. During eight years of military service, she spent a few years in Germany before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1990. She settled in Colorado after leaving the service and doesn’t plan to live anywhere else until the wind carries her ashes from the mountains out of the state.




Check out all of Wendy's great links. She's waiting for you to drop by. You'll find me there a lot. I know the cool people who care about the craft, and Wendy Howard is certainly one of them. To see her latest information, go to http://wjhoward.com

W. J. Howard is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob


Friday, February 16, 2018

BILLIE-JO WILLIAMS - WOMAN IN HORROR






Billie-Jo Williams is my Woman In Horror today! I met her on Twitter a while back. With each passing day, I am getting to like Twitter more and more. Had it not been for the tweets between Billie, her friends, my friends, and me, I would probably still be unaware of Billie and her great novels. I got carried away into her world of dragons via her nine part The Destiny Of Dragons series.
 
The Destiny Of Dragons: BookOne: The Book Of Wrath is the first in this series. Follow Billie-Jo as she weaves a tale of superb fantasy, with great action, magic, mythical beasts, romance, and more. As you can tell from her picture above, Billie-Jo is ready to get into action at a moment's notice.

This great book has 445 pages and is only .99. That's right! This is a great deal! Get to know all about the beginning of The Destiny Of Dragons. You'll get sucked right in to the action!

Amazon bio:
                                                         
Born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK, died who knows where, I'm on a quest to become a full-time writer, in order to fulfill a life-long dream. I can't remember a time when I didn't write and can't imagine a time when I won't. Having lived without electricity for a time, necessity sparked my love affair with writing, as it was easier to write than read in poor light. No one else had written the story I wanted to read and my characters yearned to live and breathe, so I had to bring them to life!

Now I write for the experience and the pleasure, for it is my passion, my religion, my parent, my councilor: my identity. I write because I don't know how not to! My head is full of stories all jostling for position and it's never a matter of which book to write next, for I work on concurrent projects.

My literary inspirations are an eclectic lot ranging from English and French classics, to graphic novels, historical biographies, Japanese manga and great fantasy, of course.

The Destiny of Dragons is a nine headed Hydra of a series, combining action, adventurous quests, distinct characters, environmental concerns, good vs evil, imagination, loss, magic, myriad detail, mythical beasts, romance, sharp imagery, triumphs and more. The fantasy only builds as the books progress. It has been crafted with much care and attention, penned with love, blood, sweat and tears, so all nine books are intricately linked. The series has been completed and book eight will follow in early 2018, fingers crossed!

This is the great book that starts off the Destiny Of Dragons series, and a great one it is. 



This is the blockbuster book that started it all! This is a not to be missed novel!

Book description:

Damned by greedy Emperor Azmyth and his weak heir, Grand Prince Len, the Imperial Capital of Ay is winked out in one terrible moment by the mysterious Dark Destruction. Ill prepared for the rigours of leadership, Len leans upon his talented personal protector, Kai Canarbis, but as Kai spirits the unworthy imperial heirs through the disintegrating empire, in search of sanctuary and support, they must endure the karma of the Vallely dynasty’s crimes.

Caught in arrogant, na├»ve Len’s web, Kai seeks to disentangle his master out of an impending sticky mess, his only reward being his blossoming romance with Grand Princess Anna. However, having been badly wounded by the herald of the Dark Destruction, even the incredibly accomplished Kai falls victim to circumstance.
A desperate, but doomed quest to save the empire leads across land, sea and ice, into enemy-occupied territory, but as the unfathomable Dark Destruction continues to ravage the realm, there might not be an empire remaining for anyone to claim. 



Get caught up in the majesty of the world Billie has prepared for you, my friends.

Billie-Jo Williams is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob


Thursday, February 15, 2018

NICOLE STOREY - WOMAN IN HORROR


Nicole Storey is my Woman In Horror today! Nicole has a way with YA/fantasy/paranormal tales. Not only that, but her books in her Grimsley Hollow series are dedicated to all children with disabilities.

From Goodreads:
"The series is about Gage Gilbert, an eleven-year-old boy who has Autism, loves Halloween, and has no friends. Although he has always been happy with the safety and security of his family, he longs for a real friend and adventure - not just the ones he makes up in his head. Then, he meets Eve. Eve is a young witch from another world called Grimsley Hollow. It's where all magical beings live in safety and peace, but their world is in trouble. Gage is the only one who can help save them from an evil witch who has taken control. With Eve's help (along with a sarcastic pixy, a trouble-making werewolf, and a half-vampire), Gage travels to Grimsley Hollow. Together, they begin a journey that will change them all. It's a dangerous race against evil, where creatures unheard of stalk the land under a harvest moon and monsters that only exist in dreams become real. Gage wanted friends and adventure, but he had no idea they would come at such a dangerous price. Can one autistic boy defeat an evil witch and help save his new friends? Travel to Grimsley Hollow and find out!"
 
From Nicole:

"On a more personal note, I’d like to introduce my Grimsley Hollow series to those who are not aware. These award-winning, bestselling books give #specialneeds children a hero of their own to cheer for. Middle-grade (#MG) #Fantasy with a touch of #Halloween, this series is suitable for kids ages 10 and up.

Special needs children only want to have friends and to be accepted for who they are. Together, we can make this happen."


"I really love this! As a father and grandfather with children who are Autistic, I have to honor Nicole for what she is doing. Bravo, my friend!" Blaze McRob
Amazon bio:

Nicole Storey is the author of the Grimsley Hollow series - a middle-grade fantasy with a touch of paranormal and a lot of Halloween - and the award-winning Celadon Circle, a YA series inspired by the show, "Supernatural." She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of pets. When she isn't fighting demons or traveling to distant lands with potty-mouthed pixies, she enjoys reading, blogging, cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Nicole would love to hear from you! Connect with her on social media here:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/NicoleStorey


Nicole's fantastic books are not only for children. I purchased all of them and love every one! Nicole Storey is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob



Wednesday, February 14, 2018

MARIANNE HALBERT - WOMAN IN HORROR






  
Marianne Halbert is my Woman In Horror today! Marianne is one interesting lady. She writes great psychological horror, my favorite kind, and endears me to her stories by the fact she leaves a lot to the imagination, not dumbing down the reader. Her readers are intelligent enough to choose her fantastic books and she wants to leave that as is. Over-description can rob a reader of imagination. Suspense is where it's at. She prefers supernatural horror to real-life horror. Marianne gets plenty of that at her job being the Criminal Justice Director at NAMI, Indiana, and from being involved with Crisis Intervention Teams.


Amazon bio:


Marianne Halbert spends too much time pondering the things that go bump in the night. She grew up in the heartland devouring mysteries and horror, and loves to read and write anything quirky, spooky, downright creepy, surprising or moving. While she abhors gore for gore's sake, she thrills on creating tension, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, and shades-of-gray characters that make you think of them years after the pages have closed. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines on the cutting edge of speculative fiction. Keep your flashlight and blanket handy, and keep up with her at http://halbertfiction.webs.com

I believe the best book to acquaint yourself with Marianne's mastery at the craft would be Wake Up and Smell The Creepy. Why? This is a short story collection with an eclectic array of genres and genre mixes. She is definitely not a stuck in a rut author.





 
Some mystery...some sci fi...some horror...all dark.

As you hover between wakefulness and wandering back to your dreams, a man struggles to prove he’s in control of his own destiny, while a psychiatric patient proclaims he is the new dawn of mankind. As you hit the snooze and pull the covers over your shoulder to elude a chill, a lawyer makes a desperate attempt to save a client accused of a thorny murder, while a man in mid-life crisis buys a key that opens a used car and the answers to an unsolved mystery. As you shuffle to the coffee pot, revenge already sits cold on the table, and the plot for a ghostly mass murder is brewing. So drink your coffee. Open your eyes. It’s time to wake up. And smell the creepy.

Don't limit yourself to this one read, my friends. Check out Marianne's other great books. Marianne Halbert is a true Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

DINA RAE - WOMAN IN HORROR







Dina Rae is my Woman In Horror today! Dina and I go back a ways, courtesy of Kathryn Meyer Griffith. I had posted a Five Star review of one of Kathryn's novels and Dina asked if I would like to read and review Halo Of The Damned for her. I did, and she got a great Five Star review from me. A lot of her novel deals with what is written in the Book of Enoch. I have a distinct fascination for the book and was very impressed not only with Dina's research, but the manner in which she wrote such a chilling tale. I won't get into a discussion of my religious beliefs or non-beliefs, it's no one's business but mine, but I honestly believe the folks who threw the books of the Bible together flat out goofed by not including Enoch.
 
Dina Rae is always encouraging other horror writers, giving pep talks, kind words about authors' books, and the sort. There is no aloofness to this lady. She is a class act all the way. I find it particularly intriguing that she is a Christian and is still able to write of the Dark. But then again, is there not the Light and the Dark? Dina is able to shake away some of the established precepts saying that a Christian should not believe in the things she believes in. She is able to because she does the research and finds the answers. And one of her biggest sources of information is the Bible. This is not a statement about religion from my pen. The point I wish to make is that it is possible to maintain your beliefs and still think objectively. Dina Rae does that.

Dina is a master at her craft, an inspiration for all writers regardless of gender, and a super lady!

I want to take a moment here and explain that Dina delves into research - hard, factual research - not only about Angels, Nephilim, and the human touch, but she also goes to great lengths to discuss her theories, which make a lot of sense to me, about other variants of horror such as Zombies. Many people have in their minds the stereotype of  a virus induced infection spreading around the world. This certainly makes for great story telling, but what about the religion of Voodoo and its precepts. Were not necromancers stated as having the power to raise the dead, or perhaps those who were perceived to be dead? Me? With my schooling in the sciences, I believe a fungal form of disease rather than a virus to be a more viable possibility. The point I'm making is that Dina does not merely jump on the band wagon and write stories in the same manner as everyone else. She reads the facts and comes up with her own conclusions and writes them in a most convincing manner.

Dina's books are great because she wills them to be great. There is no rambling coming from an incoherent mind. Dina is an intelligent, schooled lady. I get angry at some of the reviewers who claim her books are too way out there. Excuse me. She writes fiction. Sure, there is a non-fiction base for much of what she writes, but any fiction writer worth her/his salt mixes the two. And who puts a limit on how far one can go? No one should have this power. Just like Catholics cry foul at me for removing the head of a Pope with a sword in one of my stories, it's fiction, people. Get a grip. For Free Masons to complain about Dina's writings tells me they need to get over themselves and their importance. Shove your secret crap up . . . Oh, oh. I pissed someone else off. The point I'm making is no religion or sect is all knowing or all powerful. Believe in what you believe and tolerate the rest of the world and their opinions.

I respect Dina very much and love her stories! I love to read of Angels, Dark as well as Light, demons, the Bible in a new light - not changing the text, but opening ones mind to a different interpretation - and scientific explanations of what might be possibilities on this spinning rock we call home.


Dina's Amazon bio:

Dina Rae has written seven novels. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Dallas. She is a Christian, avid tennis player, movie buff, teacher, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times on blogs, newspapers, and syndicated radio programs. She enjoys reading about religion, UFOs, New World Order, government conspiracies, political intrigue, and other cultures. The Sequel, Volume 2 of The Best Seller series, is now available and released by Solstice Publishing.
@haloofthedamned
Blog: www.dinaraeswritestuff.blogspot.com
Trailers:
The Sequel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAMlurlxPZs&t=16s
The Best Seller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQER8wJmaf8
The Last Degree: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkbg6Yy8UKU
Halo of the Damned: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p89LXZNxOs
FB: https://www.facebook.com/DinaRaeBooks?ref_type=bookmark


Here is Dina's latest novel:




Dina Rae rolls out another great novel. The Sequel: Volume 2. Dina blends sci-fi and conspiracy theory to craft a marvelous book. I have always been amazed at the way Dina always stays ahead of the curve with her multifaceted tomes. This novel is a brilliant companion to the first in her series: The Best Seller. I would suggest you buy both of these great novels.

Don't miss out on what Dina Rae has to offer you!

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Maya Smock gets inside of a time capsule and travels back to 1944 Germany. A Nazi doctor forces her to meet his superiors, proving to them all that his invention works. Hitler studies Maya like a laboratory rat at his Eagle’s Nest and then introduces her to the Reptilians. She plummets deep into the hollow earth. Will she ever get home? Only Maya’s next novel can show her friends how to get her back.
As Operation Chrome expands, General Andreas steals more babies. He believes that he is saving them from an extraterrestrial agenda connected with World War II. The hybrid babies have grown.
They are here. They will take what is theirs.



So, my friends, Dina does all of the above and more. Her stories are great. Read them. You'll see what I mean.

Dina Rae is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob





Monday, February 12, 2018

CLAIRE C. RILEY - WOMAN IN HORROR




http://www.amazon.com/Claire-C-Riley/e/B00CCCSF06/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1424032682&sr=1-1

https://www.facebook.com/ClaireCRileyAuthor

https://www.facebook.com/claire.riley.9216?fref=ts

http://www.clairecriley.com/

https://twitter.com/ClaireCRiley

Claire C. Riley is my Woman In Horror today! Claire is a very talented author, writing dark paranormal and horror. Her sales and rankings are to be admired, but that is to be expected when one considers the mastery at the craft that she possesses. Not only is she a fantastic author, she also has a super blog where she spreads the word about others in the horror community. Other authors' book releases, interviews, cover reveals, and more can be found there.

Since Claire has  many great books out.  Check out her Amazon Author page http://www.amazon.com/Claire-C-Riley/e/B00CCCSF06/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1424032682&sr=1-1 for more of her great books. Her website http://www.clairecriley.com/ will tell you more about the different series she has. Limerance is a series you won't want to miss. While you're there, don't forget to take a peek at her Author Resources and Authors she Loves.

Odium ( The Dead Saga ) is my favorite book of Claire's. What we have here is a chilling, dark tale of Deaders and humanity, both at their worst. Inside the walled refuges to keep humans safe from the Deaders, life is not much better than what it is where the groadies roam. There is no bright side to existence at all. I often tell people to read the book samples on Amazon and Smashwords. This is where you can discover a new favorite author. I look for flow and a compelling story line. If I'm hooked early, I know it's a must buy. And this is the case here. Claire writes dystopian horror at its best. Read the beginning of this super tale and you will see what I mean.


https://www.amazon.com/Odium-Dead-Saga-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00FLUTJ74/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Book description:

It's better to die by the gun than die by the dead.

Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise.

Now, she lives behind the walls.

The barricaded cities, erected by the government to protect the remnants of civilization, have become a brutal dictatorship- causing the inhabitants within to starve, steal and claw for survival. Life behind the walls has become as terrifying as roaming the zombie-ridden landscape beyond.

Citizens trade what they can to gain food, water, and shelter. Nina has only one currency—her body and she is tired of submitting herself to the greedy hands of the self-proclaimed leaders.

An opportunity to escape presents itself in the fate of a young girl named Emily-Rose. For the price of a stale piece of bread, she is set for banishment from the city, and most likely a horrific death at the hands of the deaders. Nina tells herself that it is sympathy and not self-preservation that makes her follow the young girl out of the walled metropolis, and into the overgrown world beyond.
Unused to fighting the deaders, Nina tries to scrounge for her survival and against her better judgment, begins to care for Emily-Rose. However, when you have a bread-stealing liability providing your only back up, survival seems even tougher. Nina is forced to fight for their lives, and with every zombie slain, she becomes fiercer, faster – a grim reaper with her not-so-sharp butcher’s knife.

Along the path to a safe-haven that might not exist, Nina and Emily-Rose meet Mikey who introduces them to a new life they could not imagine, a life above the ground. However, this new world brings new dangers, and darker shadows than she knew.

Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall.

And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.


Amazon bio:


Claire C Riley is a USA Today Bestselling author as well as a #1 Bestselling British Horror Author. Her works include: Odium The Dead Saga Series, Odium 0.5 Novella Series, Limerence (The Obsession Series) Twisted magic Series, Thicker Than Blood Series and Shut Up & Kiss Me.
She writes dark twisty words, is a lover of epic romances, and an eater of cake!
She writes characters that are realistic and kills them without mercy.
She lives in the UK with her three young daughters, husband, and scruffy dog.
https://www.facebook.com/ClaireCRileyAuthor
www.clairecriley.com

This post only touches on a sample of who Claire C. Riley is and what she writes. Read the free samples of her books on Amazon, and check out the posts I have provided to find out more. You'll be glad you did.

Claire C. Riley is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob

Sunday, February 11, 2018

DENISE N. TAPSCOTT - WOMAN IN HORROR










Denise N. Tapscott is my Woman In Horror today! She might only have one novel up on Amazon, Gypsy Kisses and Voodoo Wishes, but it's fantastic.



Gypsy Kisses And Voodoo Wishes, by Denise N Tapscott, is a great Dark Fantasy, Thriller, Suspense, and Horror tale that you will love! Don't miss out on the joy of reading this super novel. I strongly suggest you read this book.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

Can any good transpire when Gypsy magic collides with Voodoo Magic? For Voodoo High-priestess Grandmother Zenobia, the answer is unclear.

1890 Carrefour Parish, Louisiana. A self-proclaimed Voodoo high-priestess with a mysterious past, Grandmother Zenobia conceals her magical powers from her teenage grandson Will. She wants to live a “normal” family life, including savory down home Southern dinners and festive church gatherings. When Will reveals he’s fallen head-over-heels in love for Syeira, Grandmother is overjoyed. In her overzealous excitement over the possibility of a future wedding, Grandmother fails to find out a crucial piece of information. Syeira is not a New Orleans local, she’s a gypsy from the Camlo tribe.

On the other side of the bayou, Queen Patia Camlo, Syeira’s mother, is furious when Syeira reveals her relationship with Will. To the Camlo tribe, the Gypsy way is the only way. Desperate to put an end to their romance, Patia casts a spell so effective that even the great Grandmother Zenobia can’t fix the damage it creates.

Grandmother Zenobia is forced to decide how much of a sacrifice she’s willing to make to retaliate against Patia, as well as avenge her family without losing her own soul.


Denise's Amazon bio:

Denise was born and raised in California. She left her heart in San Francisco, but somehow managed to leave her soul in New Orleans. When she's not creating and cultivating her characters, she enjoys dining on spicy tuna rolls, sharing a bottle of red wine with friends and watching the latest flick (especially scary films). From time to time this radiant left-handed pirate will even challenge others to a fencing match or two. But, watch out. This Gemini is determined to win!

Often referencing her favorite quotes, below is Denise's favorite motto by Hans Christian Andersen:
"Just living is not enough...one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."


I have a number of other links above for Denise, but I definitely want you to check out . http://www.gwendolynkiste.com/Blog/for-the-love-of-horror-part-one-of-our-women-in-horror-2018-discussion/ This is a round table discussion with Gwendolyn Kiste and nine other fantastic women horror authors, one of them being Denise. This is Part One, so you'll have more to look forward to. I love the views these ladies have. They are eclectic and to the point. Fascinating stuff for sure.

Denise N. Tapscott is most assuredly a Woman In Horror.

Blaze McRob

Saturday, February 10, 2018

RHONDA HOPKINS - WOMAN IN HORROR








Rhonda Hopkins is my Woman In Horror today! Rhonda loves to combine the horror from real life and life experience to that which she manufactures within her busy mind. She is a master at writing paranormal and suspense. And . . . and she adds in some paranormal romance to her genre blend.

Rhonda is not only sharing with her fellow authors, but she also donates time to causes. Cancer research and the Wounded Warrior Project are two that come immediately to mind.

Her Amazon bio:


Award-winning author, Rhonda Hopkins, has learned firsthand that truth is stranger than fiction. Her two decades of experience as an investigator provide her characters with a depth and realism that gives truth a run for its money. Having come in contact with the best and the worst that society has to offer, Rhonda's imagination is filled with story ideas. Rhonda writes horror, suspense, paranormal, and YA Urban Fantasy. (http://rhondahopkins.com)

Rhonda also enjoys reading every bit as much as writing and tends to read a little of everything, but her personal favorites are: suspense/thrillers, romantic suspense, horror, paranormal, and YA. She grew up reading the Nancy Drew series and graduated to Stephen King novels by the time she was twelve.

Rhonda loves living the small town life but enjoys living close enough to a big city to have the best of both worlds. A native Texan, she resides in the DFW area with her Russian Blue cat. Samantha doesn't seem to realize she's a cat and has trained her human quite well. Rhonda even swears she can talk. You can find out more about Rhonda at http://www.rhondahopkins.com. 
                                                                 



Survival ( Survival Series Book 1 ) is my lead-off book to tell of Rhonda's great talents:
Book Description

Publication Date: June 13, 2014

When Sarah escapes from her brutal abductors, she promises to return to rescue her twin sister, but with the dead walking the earth she is forced to rely on a coworker who made her work life hell for years. With her coworker weakened by cancer treatments, her sister still imprisoned, and the dead looking for an easy meal, Sarah’s only plan, if she can pull it off, is Survival.

Survival is a 14,000 word (approx. 45 pages) short story and was originally published in the Let's Scare Cancer to Death anthology.

5.0 out of 5 stars Important skills for fighting zombies. September 7, 2014
By JameyLynn
Format:Kindle Edition
Survival by Rhonda Hopkins is a zombie short story, the first in a series.
Two sisters, twins, are in a basement. Dana is handcuffed, the other, Sarah has gotten free. Sarah breaks through a window and barely makes it out before the kidnappers come to investigate the sound of breaking glass. She hops in her SUV, which the kidnappers also have, and drives to her neighborhood to get help and supplies to rescue her sister.
As she drives, she notices the strange behavior of the people out on the street. Sarah has been trying to get in touch with her cousin, Brian, but he isn’t answering his phone. She stops in at the neighbor’s house to see if any help can be had there. Margaret is home but sick. Her husband is out of town and also not answering his phone. Fortunately, he has a cache of weapons. Sarah loads up the weapons in a bag and is off to rescue her sister, dragging Margaret with her. Their final goal is to end at the courthouse which can be made into a fortress. On the way to rescue Dana, they rescue and young girl and a teen boy, taking them along for the ride.
Survival starts out with action and doesn’t slow down. It is a quick, fairly satisfying read that leaves one wanting the next installment. These three women are smart, resourceful and compassionate. When imagining oneself in this situation it is easy to identify with any of the three. I would recommend this book to those who love stories with strong women and those who love zombie stories.

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Story July 5, 2014
By Dean Larsen
Format:Kindle Edition
I found Rhonda Hopkins' Survival to be a gripping story. As in, if I hadn't kept a grip on my pants she would have scared them off of me. The characters were compelling and believable, and I cared about their plight. At the end of the story I was left wanting more.
                                                                 



Book Description:

Publication Date: July 25, 2013

Serena knows her late uncle wasn’t crazy. So when she inherits his sprawling Carolina mansion and leaves the big city to restore both his home and his name, she uncovers a mystery that could cost much more than her sanity. As the house slowly reveals its dark secrets, and the extent of her peril becomes evident, she’ll settle for escaping with her life—if it isn’t already too late.

"The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins is the literary version of what films like Paranormal Activity tried to be. This has the bumps in the night flying off the page."  ~~  TW Brown, Author of the Dead, and the Zomblog series.

"The Consuming is a wonderful, chilling tale that leaves you listening too hard in the quiet of a dark night, and jumping at shadows in mirrors. Definitely looking forward to more from Ms. Hopkins." ~~ Stacey Joy Netzel, USA Today Bestselling author of Beneath Still Waters and Lost in Italy.

"The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins is the perfect example of gothic horror…" ~~ Jennette Marie Powell, Author of Hangar 18: Legacy and the Saturn Society series.

"…Rhonda Hopkins' The Consuming had me turning on all the lights in the house and checking behind doors." ~~ Stacy Green, Author of Into the Dark and Tin God (A Delta Crossroads Mystery).

"The Consuming by Rhonda Hopkins had a chilling Hitchcock feel…" ~~ Kelsey Tanner, Amazon Review
"…This tale will give you shivers up your spine, make you take second glances in mirrors…Superb!" ~~ Penelope Anne Bartotto, The Library at the End of the Universe.

The Consuming was originally published in the TALES FROM THE MIST Anthology.

5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling August 6, 2013
By Tamara
Format:Kindle Edition
This short story I first read in Tales from the Mist. It's haunting and spine chilling... and I can't wait to read more from this author! Prepare to be spooked.

5.0 out of 5 stars My only disappointment.... July 29, 2013
By Maria CisnerosToth
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I climbed into bed around midnight and read 'The Consuming' in the dark with only the glow of my reading device. (The creepy cover with the dark and foreboding looking house should have been a clue to leave the lights on!) The short story is deliciously creepy and so well written! There were moments that I would have darted out of that house and not looked back. My only disappointment was when I reached the end of the story, I wanted more chapters. I hope the author will write more short stories like this one. Excellent and quick read! Highly recommend.
                                                                 
The second review gives a great example of what writing is all about. When Maria says she wanted more, you know an author has grabbed onto a reader.
                                                                 


Book Description:

Publication Date: December 4, 2014

Sometimes, the best gifts are unexpected...
When workaholic Robert Chalmer's wife leaves to take care of her sick mother for two weeks, he is left with all the responsibility... including his seven-year-old daughter. With Christmas fast approaching, Robert must find a way to reconnect with what is most important in his life, or risk losing it forever.
THE GIFT is a 7300 word heart-warming short story set in Fort Worth, TX about family, love, and second chances.

5.0 out of 5 stars Dad steps up to the plate December 5, 2014
By Anna Erishkigal
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read this short story as part of a winter-themed box set. As a mom myself, I always wonder what would happen if I ever 'ran away from home' and left my husband to take care of the holiday hassle, the gift-shopping and the kids. Mom gets even! Well, when Robert Chalmers wife gets called away a few weeks for Christmas to care for her sick mother, all of a sudden Robert has to deal with just that, along with his cute daughter Amanda, though I thought Robert handled it a lot better than -my- husband would and Amanda was a lot better behaved. MOSTLY better behaved... At about 45 minutes to read, this story was just the right length to give me a nice little warm fuzzy feeling while waiting for my kids gymnastics lesson.

5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and heart felt with both tears and smiles December 7, 2014
By Felipe Adan Lerma
Format:Kindle Edition
I also had read this story as part of a collection, and am glad to see it solo, for those wanting just one short, but chock full of the holiday spirit.
Rhonda's short is quite touching, in a very traditional family orientated way. Humorous and tearful in a very satisfying conclusion.
My natural wariness led me to wonder, when I began her story, if this was going to be ho-hum predictable. And if someone is wondering if it's a happy ending tale, they're right. Getting there, though, was a nice mix of old-fashioned events, new technology, and a few revelation twists.
The pacing was also a nice surprise. Beginning sweetly, it's as if the main male character is brought slowly out of a coma of forgotten cherished values. He's taking care of a precocious daughter, by himself, while his wife's away to tend to an ill mom. His immersion into his daughter's world, and the one existing between the two of them, is precious. And often, moments of unexpected tenderness and technology are linked in a way a major tech company could only wish for with their own devices.
I should add, I'm the oldest of six, dad of three, and grandpa of five. So I'm a sucker for really good family tales.
This story alone, in the collection mentioned above, was, for me, easily worth 5 stars.
                                                            
Not only do Rhonda's readers enjoy this heart-warming tale, but it shows the good sense an author has when presenting a stand alone story from a previously published collection. This puts the author on a special dais where her singular talents can be showcased.
                                                           



Book Description:

Publication Date: March 8, 2014

Cancer.
For millions, there is no word that inspires more fear. It is about time to give some payback. Enter a cadre of talented authors with a common purpose: to SCARE cancer to death.
Okay, the premise may seem silly, but the truth is that these writers have all given their stories freely in hopes that you will be enticed to come check out this anthology. Every penny generated will be given in a quarterly check the The V Foundation for Cancer Research. So, when you purchase this book, you are tossing your hat in the ring with people who are out to eradicate a killer that has touched far too many lives.
Join us, and Let's Scare Cancer to Death!

With Eli Constant, Alyn Day, Heath Stallcup, Gregory Carrico, T. Fox Dunham, Claire C. Riley, Armand Rosamilia, Catie Rhodes, J. Thorn, Chantal Boudureau, Mark Tufo, Michael James McFarland, Julianne Snow, Blaze McRob, TW Brown, and Rhonda Hopkins.

5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully put together set of amazing authors May 9, 2014
By Vix Kirkpatrick
Format:Kindle Edition
All the author dedications are heart breaking, so many people’s lives are touched by the dreaded big C. Here is to finding a cure, fast.
Z Children by Eli Constant: It is the start of the zompoc and Suz, Dad and the twins must make it out of town to their boat whilst dodging the zombies who are primarily children.
The reasons for the start of the zompoc are really well laid out, the back story made me care for this little family so the ending was a real shock.
I really enjoyed this writing style so another author to be on the lookout for.
Of the Dead by Alyn Day: a toughened foraging unit comes across a child “zed”; or is she just a wild child trying to survive?
As many of the unit are mourning fathers the emotions brought to the surface on the trip back to base and the scientists are really well played out by the author.
I love the twisted endings, so not expected. Another fantastic writer.
Memories by Heath Stallcup: the author physically brings you along for the ride on this tale as he drags you around a research facility whilst he unloads his story upon you.
The sordid tale carried on around me and I was so absorbed that the ending, again, gave me a real thump to the heart.
HS has managed to pull off a spectacular PoV perspective with not even the slightest error. Not surprisingly he is already one of my favourite authors.
Project Arizona by Greg Carrico: poor Henry, he is a sad and misplaced man in a long line of hidden experiments, of which the author keeps us in the dark about.
But the telltale zombie theme is there, along with a strange flensing obsession.
A strange little late that has an even weirder ending. Not sure what I read but I really liked it!
Just Life by T.Fox Dunham: “dragging its colon behind like a dead snake” – has to be my favourite line from the whole book, it made me feel a little nauseous and smile at the same time.
Robert, the main character, has just recovered from a strange surgery where his tumour went wild and attacked a surgeon!
Now Retribution has begun which looks suspiciously like a George Romero film set.
Essentially this is a beautiful love story another really fantastic ending.
Choices by Claire C. Riley: Adam had completed his cancer treatment but now all Hell has broken loose and he is unable to find out his final test results.
He risks life and limb to try and find his medical notes but thankfully there is Old Yella to help him out.
The moral of the story seems a little undone at the end but wow I really enjoyed the characters in this one.
Dying Days Mortality by Armand Rosamila: two good men are trying to do right by their dying wives.
A dilemma is set before one of them and a decision is made.
The emotions run really high in this book and AR does not shy away from rubbing your face right in there.
Gift Wrapped Box by Catie Rhodes: Kathleen just keeps getting more Hell heaped upon her as she falls for some mumbo jumbo about a cure for her terminal cancer, which actually turns out to be soul eaters!
Not to mention her wicked neighbor is trying to kill her kitten.
A blast from the past and she has a chance to put all things right and as she faces down a massive demon she gets more than she hoped for.
A sad but brilliant ending, really enjoyed the complexity of the story and certainly nothing run of the mill.
Tunnel by J. Thorn: not sure about this story as I really disliked one of the three characters and the other two were just meh for me. Plus the story never really went anywhere IMO.
One Lonely Night by Chantal Boudreaux: Quinn is dying from cancer, but all he desires is death by zombie.
With all the pain surrounding him he is set on his mission and CB does nothing to shy you away from being witness to this painfully honest tale.
Sweet Release by Mark Tufo: Ted’s life is over; his body just needs to catch up.
Kindness seems to be lacking all around him and just one small moment is all he wants.
The tenderness with which this tale is written really made my heart ache.
Uncle by Michael James Macfarland: crippled Uncle has a secret that he brought back from the war.
His constant care is sucking the life from those around him.
The slow but steady build up gives a good indication of what the end will be but it’s still a cracker.
The Legacy by Julianne Snow: they say when you get a terminal diagnosis you begin the grieving process for your own loss of life, one stage of that is anger.
This is the tale of a chap who gets stuck at that stage. Of all these little stories, this one really scared me.
The Judas Contingent by Blaze McRob: my heart bleeds for this wonderfully strong and brave man (the author not the fiction – of all the dedications and bios this one really touched me).
Revenge is the main drive for this story, a well written piece that left me wondering just who are the good guys.
My Name is Charles by TW Brown: what’s worse than dying cancer in the zompoc? Adding dementia into the mix.
Poor fella, having to relive the intial horror over and over again. Fantastic idea with some great writing.
Survival by Rhonda Hopkins: from a bad start where they are captured for who knows what reason Dana and her twin, Sarah, manage a dramatic escape with the help of Meredith. Shame the poor girl is suffering the after effects of chemo treatment.
As the struggle to survive in this new world of horrors occurs the relationship and animosity of work colleagues surfaces adding that emotional twist to the story.
Whilst gore and horror is not lacking in this well written tale it is the emotions that play front and center.
The whole book has a well put together feel to it. I do hope this continues to raise lots of money so that “we” really can Scare Cancer to Death.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection! May 14, 2014
By Elizabeth
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Get your 'one click' on! This is a great collection of stories for a very worthy cause. Buy it, Read it, Love it!
                                                                  

This great anthology is doing a lot of good for a lot of people. So many great authors donated their time and talents to this superb tome. We even bought our own books so more money could go to cancer research.
                                                                 

Rhonda is banging away on the keyboards to give you more great books. Watch out for her. She is a master at the craft.

Rhonda Hopkins is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob

Friday, February 9, 2018

LILY CHILDS - WOMAN IN HORROR






Lily Childs is my Woman In Horror today! Pretty much, Lily's Amazon bio below will tell you a lot about this talented lady's work. However, there are a few other things I wish to say.

Lily edited February Femmes Fatales and has some great stories in this anthology as well. This is an all woman collection and I believe every reader of the Dark will find something here to whet their appetites. This is the first of Lily's projects which attracted me to her mastery at the craft.

From Lily:
"Just signed the contract with Crystal Lake Publishing for my story Woe, Violent Water to be included in Tales from the Lake: Volume 3. The anthology's lovely editor Monique Snyman says I'm allowed to tell you, so there we have it! Very excited to be part of such a great series from a highly respected publisher."

Gotta love this! I'm in a number of books created by Crystal Lake Publishing, and Joe Mynhardt is a class act!

 Amazon bio:

 Lily Childs is a writer of dark fiction, horror and chilling mysteries.

*New! WITHIN WET WALLS, is a short, gothic ghost story which undulates through time within the wet walls of Wealdstone House. Slip into Eliza Lundy's Victorian sub-existence of servitude and debauchery, laced with opium and absinthe. Taste the terror. Embrace life... while you can.

Eliza's wandering spirit will take you by the hand, by the throat, by the lips. Enter her darkness to discover the beautiful horrors that reside there. She's waiting. She's always waiting. For you. Out in chapbook and ebook formats. (30 pages)

THE HOUSE OF THREE is a ghostly short story set in a dilapidated Victorian terraced house, where siblings Sarah and Johnny return to face the horrors of their tragic past. Out in chapbook and ebook formats. (34 pages)

Available now in paperback and for Kindle. FEBRUARY FEMMES FATALES, a collection of dark fiction and poetry written by twenty-three women from across the globe. Sixty-eight quick sips of horror, crime and noir; tales of revenge, murder and the supernatural. Published by Ganglion Press, edited by Lily Childs.

December 2013 saw the arrival of THE BESTIARUM VOCABULUM, the second in the "Tres Librorum Prohibitorum" series from Western Press Publishing, edited by Dean M. Drinkel. It includes Lily's 1930s trippy journey RAPTURE, and introduces the being that calls itself Veltis.

November 2013: STRANGE TASTES - a contemporary cannibal thriller - was released in the terrifying new compilation FRESH FEAR: CONTEMPORARY HORROR, by James Ward Kirk Fiction, edited by William Cook.

In September 2013 Lily won an Editor's Choice award for her chilling tale, The Ossillatrice Shift in BONES, an anthology from James Ward Kirk Fiction.

March 2013 saw the release of long-awaited horror anthology THE DEMONOLOGIA BIBLICA, including Lily's story THE TWISTWEAVER'S SON. This collection features some of the best horror writers of the moment - Barbie Wilde, William Meikle, Jan Edwards, John Palisano, Mark West, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Adrian Chamberlain, Raven Dane and more. Edited by Dean M. Drinkel it is the first in a collection of anthologies to be published by Western Legends throughout 2013 under the banner "Tres Librorum Prohibitorum".

April 2013 - the paperback version of CABARET OF DREAD: A HORROR COMPENDIUM VOL.1. Eleven terrifying tales studded and sewn together with thirty-two flash frighteners. Perfect to read on the go. This collection of Lily's horror stories is already live as an eBook for Kindle on all Amazon platforms. [Extreme horror - adult only].

Author of the urban fantasy novella 'MAGENTA SHAMAN' Lily has now released the terrifying second episode in the series, 'MAGENTA SHAMAN STONES THE CROW'. Both books are available to download direct to your Kindle from Amazon.

Published as an ebook in 2011, 'COURTING DEMONS - A COLLECTION OF DARK VERSE.' is now available in paperback. Thirty-two wickedly macabre poems to trouble and delight you.
Lily's stories 'The Infanta Triptych' and 'Walls of Flesh' are featured in the extreme vampire horror collection 'Their Dark Masters'. Read her tale 'Softly' - a morbid dialogue - in Caught By Darkness or wander though Daily Bites of Flesh 2011 which includes two further works 'Spangles' and 'Pustula Peculiar'. All available on Amazon.

Many more of Lily's short gothic horrors, ghost stories and nerve-janglers are currently touring publisher and the blogosphere. She has a novel or three on the way - all set in the south of England where she lives, a stone's throw from the sea.

She blogs at http://lilychildsfeardom.blogspot.com where you can read some of her fiction, dark verse, reviews and interviews. Follow her on Twitter @LilyChilds and at facebook.com/lilychildsfeardom

Lily is former Horror Editor at award-winning e-zine Thrillers Killers 'n' Chillers.

Here is the great anthology that introduced me to Lily Childs. February Femmes Fatales



Lily has a number of stories in this great tome and also did the editing for this fantastic collection of horror by some of the best Women In Horror!

Book description:

 Edited by Lily Childs – a collection of dark and wicked words from twenty-three women, the FEBRUARY FEMMES FATALES.

From quick sips of short, sharp micro-fiction to full-length stories; from poetry to a novel tease, ‘February Femmes Fatales - the book’ dishes out fear by the bucketload.
Noir, horror, crime, myths. Travel in time. Be reborn. Take revenge.

Meet demons. Dally with ghosts. Fight gun totin’ kick-ass gals with gumption… and dig deeper, where you’ll encounter war crimes, murder and foul-play. Not to mention a deadly dose of darkest humour.

The writers have offered up a smokin’ selection of dark fiction and poetry which will make your skin crawl, have you wiping away tears or laughing out loud. May they terrify and unnerve you.
Sweet dreams...
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The authors:
Absolutely*Kate
Asuqi
R.S. Bohn
Lily Childs
Erin Cole
Dorothy Davies
Sandra Davies
Marissa Farrar
Ellie Garratt
Sue Harding
Anna Harris
Helen A. Howell
A.J. Humpage
Susan May James
Rebecca Kovar
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
Jodi MacArthur
Marietta Miles
Laurita Miller
Katherine Moriarty
Tania Redd
Icy Sedgwick
Lou Treleaven


Lily is a multi-talented lady. Her great books are not to be missed.

Lily Childs is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob