Sunday, February 9, 2014

RHONDA HOPKINS - WOMAN IN HORROR!



http://rhondahopkins.com/2014/02/04/authors-give-back-supporting-our-troops/


http://rhondahopkins.com/2014/02/03/joe-bruno-wounded-warrior-project/


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Rhonda Hopkins is my Woman In Horror today! Rhonda has the superb knack of combining life experience and real life horror to add to the stories coming from her fertile and brilliant mind.

In The Consuming, a paranormal thriller, she has gotten some rave reviews. This one by TW Brown, is my favorite:

"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. I realize that some people like a solid closure, but I am a fan of stories that keep the wheels in your mind turning long after you have read the last word."

Rhonda is a master at writing about the paranormal. Yet, there is more coming from this young lady. Go to her blog http://rhondahopkins.com/ and you will see she is writing a series of suspense books in the Courting Justice series, and has some luscious paranormal romance ready to grab you with her Deadly series.

 Also, Rhonda believes in giving back and is involved with The Wounded Warrior Project
http://rhondahopkins.com/2014/02/03/joe-bruno-wounded-warrior-project/
and with the Supporting Our Troops Project.
http://rhondahopkins.com/2014/02/04/authors-give-back-supporting-our-troops/

As if this is not enough, she is also involved in yet another project:

Coming soon from  May December Publications, Let's Scare Cancer To Death, a benefit anthology to aid cancer research. All monies from the sale of this anthology go to The V Foundation http://www.jimmyv.org/. Rhonda Hopkins has donated a superb tale titled Survival to this anthology. I know how great it is because I read the proofs. I also have a story in it. None of the authors receive a penny from this and we will even be buying our own ebooks and paper books. That way, The V Foundation receives even more money. This is on the way, and I will send you information as it becomes available. Way to go, Rhoda Hopkins!

Rhonda Hopkins is a true humanitarian as well as a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob


Award-winning romantic suspense and horror author, Rhonda Hopkins, has learned firsthand that truth is stranger than fiction. Her two decades of experience as an investigator for her state and family courts give her characters a depth and realism that gives truth a run for its money. You can find out more about Rhonda at http://www.rhondahopkins.com.





Book Description

November 30, 2013
TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages. Authors included are: Scott Nicholson, Rhonda Hopkins, Marty Young, Cate Dean, Tamara Ward, Meredith Bond, Catie Rhodes, Greg Carrico, Mitzi Flyte, Natalie G. Owens, *lizzie starr and Stacey Joy Netzel.

5.0 out of 5 stars Not a weak link in the chain! October 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In my house, Halloween is a bigger holiday than Christmas. One of the benefits of my life is the occasional request to read an Advance Review Copy (or ARC in the parlance of the biz). Tales from the Mist is a collection of shorts coming out just in time for Halloween. To have a collection assembled by such a talented group of authors makes this THE anthology to own if you are a fan of horror.

The anthology leads off with Wampus Cat by Scott Nicholson. Suitably creepy, this story is a text book example of how to set a tone. This is a story that allows the reader to become engrossed and hear every creak and groan. Just hope it is the house settling...

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. I realize that some people like a solid closure, but I am a fan of stories that keep the wheels in your mind turning long after you have read the last word.

Addiction by Marty Young is a story that I think I just missed the point on. I am a firm believer in an author doing more showing and less telling, but this one just did not break through. The prose was wonderful, but I just did not see the idea as I am sure was intended.

The Messenger by Cate Dean is one part Ghost and one part gothic thriller. This is one of those stories that is so beautiful and well written that it feels like so much more than a short.

Jade O'Reilly and the Graveyard Shift by Tamara Ward was a slurry of Tales from the Crypt fun that should be read around a campfire. A nice tension build with some humor was a perfect inclusion. I took it as a warning for what was to come.
In A Beginning by Meredith Bond is a very interesting twist on the Lilith idea. It has a particularly nasty vibe to it that will chill the easily disturbed.

Haste by Catie Rhodes could be a Crime-TV documentary recreation, but then it takes a bit of a turn. A scorned woman becomes haunted by a cheating husband and his floozy. My only critique is that "The Lord's Prayer" is Matthew 6:9, not the twenty-third Psalm. But that is a quibble over a fun read that Haley Joel Osmet would approve highly.

King of Rats by Greg Carrico...what can I say? Greg has a knack for subtle humor and a thrilling story. To pick a favorite in an anthology is something I am hesitant to admit when it is full of writers that I enjoy, but this story rung every bell on my entertainment meter.

To E.A. Poe by Mitzi Flyte is able to convey a great deal of emotion in such a short amount of space. This story may not end with a surprise, which is okay, but it is so poignant that it will stick with you for a while.

An Inconvenient Debt by Natalie G.Owens is one of those stories that hits you with short bursts. It doesn't rely on gimmicks, it is simply a well-woven tale.

Dead Lily Blooms by Lizzie Starr is the kind of story that reels you in and reminds you why you love to read. There is an exotic feel to this story that is more than just a few creative names...it actually transports you.

Beneath Still Waters by Stacey Joy Netzel sends you on your way with an appropriate chill. The dialog is a treat, and reading this out loud to a friend or significant other at bed time is highly recommended if you want an extra cuddle tonight.

Very seldom have I read an anthology that has no weak links or throw away stories. Anthologies by nature are an editor's subjective choices, and he or she hopes that most of the stories will have the same effect on a massive audience as they did on the editor during selection.

Well done.


Book Description

October 7, 2013
Welcome to the Addictive Reads celebration of all things paranormal. In anticipation of the spooky season, 10 great authors have each chipped in one of their paranormal-themed short stories, novellas, or full-length novels, 1,000 pages, all rated 4-stars or above. Travel with us as we guide you on a Halloween-themed journey through some great paranormal reads. Unlike some neighborhoods that only hand out teaser-samplers, our candy is all full and complete stories, whether tasty truffle short-stories or an epic-length novel, guaranteed to leave the reader satisfied!

What will each author drop into your basket as you knock upon their door? Will you find a haunted house? Hot, sexy vampires? Evil witches or good ones? Perhaps a house of horror filled with rodents? Or maybe this year's Halloween spooks are benevolent creatures? Protectors? Fairies? Whispers from your subconscious and gut feelings? The last house on the block, however, is the most terrifying one. For Death lives there.

Come … as we journey to the first house…

Rising Above - by USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel: Ryan never gave much thought to reincarnation—until Ali triggers terrifying visions that feel like real life. If he can’t convince her to believe before their adversary makes the next move, he’ll lose her all over again. 112 pages (Romance/Paranormal/Suspense)

Something to Live For - by Natalie G. Owens: Fifteen years ago, one fateful day bound the lives of two perfect strangers... 40 pages (Romance/Contemporary/Paranormal)

King of Rats: A Short Story - by Gregory Carrico: Will the King of Alley Rats risk everything for his throne and his pack, or leave it all behind for a pretty mouse in distress? 34 pages (Horror/Occult)

Reluctant Protector - by USA Today Bestselling Author Nana Malone: Cassie's brother's experiments have made her a stronger, faster, better human. To rescue her friends, she’ll have to depend on former war correspondent, Seth Adams. Cassie might not think she needs his protection, but he’ll die before he lets Peter have her back. (18+) 95 pages (Urban Fantasy/Suspense/Adult 18+)

Dead Lily Blooms: A Short Story - by Lizzie Starr: A Gatherer makes a deal with Death to bring him the soul of a vampire, but a little thing called love gets in the way… 27 pages (Fantasy/Vampire)

The Consuming: A Short Story - by Rhonda Hopkins: When Serena inherits her uncle's mansion, she uncovers a mystery that could cost more than her sanity. As the house reveals its dark secrets, she’ll settle for escaping with her life—if it isn’t already too late. 31 pages (Horror/Ghosts)

Storm on the Horizon - by award-winning author Meredith Bond: Tatiana has a secret–but Kit Vallentyn discovers her hidden ability to wield powerful magic. To weather the storm of their desires, they have to peel away the layers of secrets to discover the simple truth of their love. 63 pages (Romance/ Historical/Fantasy)

Big Trouble in China - by C.C. MacKenzie: A hot and spicy romance about a Vampyre falling in love with his junior colleague. Think Buffy meets Blade... 109 pages (18+) (Romance/Paranormal/Vampires/Adult 18+)

The Valentine Grinch - by Sheila Seabrook: When Amanda's dead grandfather enlists her help to thwart her grandmother's Valentine-day wedding, laughs, and love, ensue… 68 pages (Romance/ Comedy/Ghosts)

Angel of Death: A Love Story - by Anna Erishkigal: The Angel of Death falls in love with a mortal in this tale of true love, reincarnation, and forgiveness that spans from ancient Carthage to the Iraq


5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what an amazing collection! November 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Wow what an amazing collection! I have to say that this was well worth the money I paid for it, on special or not ( I got it on special). I thoroughly enjoyed each and every story that was in this book bundle! but I have to say the crowning glory, the best one in the collection would have to be the final one in the collection! (Angel of Death- A love story by Anna Erishkigal) it was longer than the others (full length novel 400pges) but I had trouble putting it down, I just loved it, it was so well written and the characters so alive! and I really loved Azrael! I honestly could go on and on about this book I loved it that much!
All in All a thoroughly enjoyable collection and read! I found some great new authors that I definitely will be getting more of their works especially Anna Erishkigal! Well done to every Author who contributed to this collection I thoroughly enjoyed each and everyone of your stories! 

Book Description

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 My only disappointment.... July 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon 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.



AND ON THE WAY!




Coming soon from  May December Publications, Let's Scare Cancer To Death, a benefit anthology to aid cancer research. All monies from the sale of this anthology go to The V Foundation http://www.jimmyv.org/. Rhonda Hopkins has donated a superb tale titled Survival to this anthology. I know how great it is because I read the proofs. I also have a story in it. None of the authors receive a penny from this and will even be buying our own ebooks and paper books. That way, The V Foundation receives even more money. This is on the way, and I will send you information as it becomes available. Way to go, Rhoda Hopkins!

12 comments:

  1. I truly am honored, Blaze. Thank you so much for thinking of me. What an awesome surprise! :-)

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    1. You are most welcome, Rhonda. Surprising people is good. When it's a good surprise.

      Blaze

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  2. Congrats on the mention, Rhonda!

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  3. WTG Rhonda! You'll always be my 1st lady of Horror!

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  4. Awww...that's sweet, Greg! ;-) Thank you! <3

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  5. I feel the love here! A great thing!

    Blaze

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    1. I am truly blessed with awesome friends. I'm happy to add you as one, Blaze. :-)

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    2. Thank you, Rhonda! That makes me feel very happy! And I, of course, feel the same way about your friendship.

      Blaze

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  6. LOVE Rhonda's writing, and I'm not normally a reader of horror. She's slowly dragging me over to the dark side, one book at a time. :) Just don't forget that hint of romance for me, Rhonda! LOL

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    1. Thank you, Stacey! <3 Everyone needs a little love & romance every now and then. ;-)

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  7. The Dark side has romance too, Stacey. Nice when an author like Rhonda can combine the two.

    Blaze

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