Sunday, March 9, 2014

DINA RAE - WOMAN IN HORROR!






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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.

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


 
 



Dina Rae is a new author here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her three novels, Halo of the Damned, The Last Degree, and Bad Juju weave research and suspense throughout the plots. Her short story, Be Paranoid Be Prepared, is a prequel of sorts to The Last Degree, focusing on the James Martin character. Dina also freelances for various entertainment blogs.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is a Christian, an avid tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and radio programs. When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Brad Thor, George R.R. Martin, and Preston & Childs.
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The Last Degree by Rae, Dina (Jul 1, 2012)

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July 1, 2012
The Last Degree is a fictionalized account of how Freemasons and other secret societies set up the world for takeover. Ancient writings foretell a ‘Shining One’ who emerges as the world’s prophet. A murder of a Most Worshipful mason resembles a secret oath. A cop gets too close to solving the crime. Paranoid preppers go underground, preparing for war.
Headlines such as the Norway massacre, meltdown of the European Union, unscrupulous media, animal die-offs, Middle Eastern unrest, and U.S. shrinking power make the plot relevant to present day. This book is an ode to Christians, Birthers, 2012ers, Truthers, preppers, and/or other conspiracy junkies who enjoy Dan Brown, Jesse Ventura, Brad Meltzer, Alex Jones, Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. A sequel will soon be available.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Conspiracy story!, November 30, 2012
This review is from: The Last Degree (Kindle Edition)
I don't usually read these types of books, but I am glad that I read this one! It was full of twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire book.

While this is a work of fiction, you can just imagine some of the events happening in real life. Especially with the 'preppers' because there are shows that have proven they're out there!!

I really liked how completely chaotic (in a good day) this story could get. I loved the conspiracy theories and all the different POVs that are represented in this thrilling suspense novel. I plan on getting more into this genre of work, because it was really interesting!

This is a very captivating and unique story that needs to be read! You will be glad you did!
 
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Halo of the Damned by Rae, Dina, Clark, Naomi and Dominique, Dawné (Feb 4, 2012)

 

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February 4, 2012
A chain of advertising agencies, a new breed of humans, and a fallen angel to worship…

Andel Talistokov is known for his slick advertising agencies across the globe. He is a fallen angel that uses advertising as a weapon for Satan's work. His growing power emboldens him to break several of Hell’s Commandments. Furious with his arrogance, Satan commands him to return to Hell after finding his own replacement. Yezidism, an ancient angel worshiping religion, quietly expands throughout the West. Armaros appears as a guest of honor during their ceremonies. He mates with young women to produce nephilim, a mixed race of humans and angels. They are alone and unprepared for their supernatural power. Joanna Easterhouse, a recovering drug addict, steps out of prison shortly after her mother's fatal accident. She and her sister, Kim, unravel their mother's secretive past. Intrigued, they learn their bloodline is part of a celestial legacy. Both worlds collide. Halo of the Damned is a horrifying tale that weaves research together with suspenseful twists and turns.
5.0 out of 5 stars Satan's fallen have met their match!, July 9, 2012
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Halo of the Damned by Dina Rae is exemplary writing. With well-defined characters, a plot that is gripping, fast paced and infectious, it leaves the reader with no option other than to forge ahead within this tale of a world infiltrated by God's banished; the fallen angels and the demonic minions they've created, human worshipers and Satan. At the center of it all, are three courageous women: Joanna, Kim and Kim's daughter Maria.
After the death of their mother Lydia Easterhouse, Joanna and Kim discover that their mother led a secret life. The Easterhouse offspring are strong, brave, able and willing to do whatever it takes when faced with having to deal with the cunning and evil Andel Talistokov, also known as Armaros. Andel's assistant Marcus is to Andel what Renfield was to Dracula, only a bit more humorous and pathetic. It's hard not to pity him. The pint-sized spitfire Maria will steal your heart. I must mention the handsome charismatic Tony and but in fear of revealing too much about this dynamic man I'll leave it at that, just a mention.
I highly recommend reading Halo of the Damned and if I could impose on the author, I would love to see her expand this story into a series of books. Take a bow Dina Rae for a job well done.

Sincerely, Quinn Cullen 
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Be Paranoid Be Prepared by Dina Rae (Aug 9, 2012)

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Be Paranoid Be Prepared-The Ultimate Prepper Tale! May 13, 2012
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I love this little short by Dina Rae! Be Paranoid Be Prepared tells us what to look out for in this world of uncertainty: hinting that perhaps the crap will hit the fan sooner than we wish. The author takes us on a behind the scenes adventure in a strip club gone crazy with great visuals, leading us along a path that James Bond would love to traverse. The way this story starts in the past, combining real life horror with present world conditions makes me want to read the next installment. NOW!

 

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Bad Juju by Dina Rae (Sep 22, 2012)

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September 22, 2012
Two teens turn to a Voodoo bokor to right a wrong. Their curiosity with the dark arts backfires into obsession.

Lucien Nazaire flees his Haitian homeland and settles in a Wisconsin trailer park filled with elderly tenants. He hires sixteen year old Jake for odd household jobs. The boy proves to be the perfect candidate to pass on his Voodoo legacy.
Jake LaRue lives in foster care with his abusive uncle. The Voodoo gives him a sense of power within an otherwise helpless situation. Despite his loner status, he instantly connects with Henry, his only friend in high school.
Henry Novak has Asperger’s Syndrome. He fixates on historical events, most recently the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Like Jake, he becomes passionate about the dark side of Voodoo. They learn how to cast spells on those they hate and lust.
Months after the Haitian earthquake, Henry convinces his family to volunteer for the island's reconstruction. Their mission turns into a nightmare when he mysteriously walks off of the campsite and returns in a catatonic state.
Bad Juju is a balance of horror, romance, and literary fiction intended for adults and mature teens. The plot uses research involving the Voodoo religion.
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling & Memorizing!, September 30, 2012
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Chilling & Memorizing!

What a fantastic read! Dina Rae has created a world where the unimaginable has taken place. A world where everything you thought you knew about faith, religion, science, culture, and the unknown paranormal is tested beyond its limits and glorified in a truth you do not want to believe. In this so so real like world described on the pages I felt as if I was watching a movie, the action and thrill of excitement had me glued to the pages and I didn't want to put the book down. The characters were believable and convincing as my emotions grew sympathy and in an all in awe shocking gasp at every nightmare stowed upon each character.

The writing is truly brilliant not with just the plot of the story but with the different elements the author has combined into this amazing story. Get ready for your high school teenage lustful experiments (acts of sex), their jealousy, and their social status turning into revengeful craziness (language, fighting, and death to include suicide) . Where a parent's reality of clinging to their religion (prayers) or scientific reasoning (psychic help) of thinking god and doctors are the only cure for evilness but beware, a bad case of Voodoo (Bad JuJu) has a power of its own as it throws a society into a mix of a paranormal you never would of ever knew existed. So get ready for the rise of the dead (zombies), shapeshifting, and the powers of a dark magic that only a Bokor can deliver in a mixture of love spells, voodoo dolls, and possessions of ones body and mind.

I'm am still in awe thinking about the ending as it has left me with a wealth of knowledge to investigate on my own. The author's research has me intrigued about the Haitian Culture and their practice of Voodoo. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great mystified, horrifying, paranormal, and crazy messed up romance that will keep you spell bound for months on end. I truly look forward to reading more works by this awesome author. She is one of my favorites.

Excellent Read!
  
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Mile Marker by Terrill L. Davis, Dina Rae and Jun Ares (Jun 21, 2013) 

 

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June 21, 2013
A Texas serial killer has a ritual of burying his victims in the woods near the highway mile markers. On his next night out to bury his prize, he didn't account for a state trooper to be on his trail. On his next night out, he has a bad night.
Dina Rae was the editor for this story.

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Halo of the Madonna by Dina Rae and Judy Thomas (May 30, 2013)

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May 30, 2013
After leaving her family's angel cult to start a new life, Lydia Easterhouse's past comes back to haunt her. Halo of the Madonna is a short prequel to the Halo series (Halo of the Damned and Halo of the Nephilim).

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In Halo of the Madonna we find out Kim and Joanna's mother Lydia Easterhouse's secrets or some of them anyway. Lydia stole Armaros' box of Heaven and hid it for many years without anyone knowing she was the one who took it. We also find out that Lydia was not as bad a person as her daughters thought she was. Lydia actually cared for her daughters and son very much. Lydia knew that Armaros' box of Heaven probably would harm him in some way otherwise he would not want it back so bad. She became very determined to learn whatever she needed in order to find out all about the box of Heaven and all of its secrets.

Lydia tried to teach her granddaughter Maria as much and all that she could before she died or was killed, her daughters didn't believe her. Maria is a very smart little girl who was always sort of chastising her grandmother with wanting to learn all about angels and demons. Lydia took her children and left her mother's home and bought her own. She worked and invested her money and eventually she was able to buy another home no one knew about where she could start a new life with her children and get away from her mother, Armaros and their religion.

I read Halo of the Damned and loved it very much. I then read Halo of the Nephilim and really and truly loved it even more. I can't wait for the next book in the Halo series and Halo of the Madonna is just as fantastic as book #1 and book #2 in the Halo series. Hopefully it will hold me over until the next book but I'm not counting on it. If you have not read Dina Rae's work then I suggest you do because she is one amazing writers. If you haven't read any of her work yet then you don't know what you are missing.

  

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Halo of the Nephilim by Rae, Dina, Avril Dannenbaum and Dawné Dominique (May 1, 2013)

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May 1, 2013
Can a fallen angel, his band of broken souls, and his nephilim children change the world?

Armaros the Cursed—Satan’s favorite of the Fallen, falls once again after breaking the rules. Fearing an eternity of punishment, he attempts to save himself by sending a bird to his congregation on an island. They prepare the great Armaros’ kingdom for his return. His loyal worshipers must rescue him from the pit. The sequel to Halo of the Damned, the story begins with Armaros’ arrest. Reporters are duped into believing he was gunned down while awaiting trial. Declared dead, his only surviving daughter proves her relation and inherits everything. She catapults her career from an entry-level advertising assistant to the head of Armaros’ advertising empire. Life couldn’t be better: a windfall inheritance, real power within a major industry, a loving relationship with a former demon, and a baby on the way. She should be on top of the world, but knows everything good must come to an end.

Joanna’s sister marries her dead mother’s probate lawyer. Joanna includes them as players in her advertising chain. A string of events tangles their lives with old family secrets.

Wickedness looms over the Easterhouse family once more, forcing them into an unlikely showdown filled with page-turning excitement. Halo of the Nephilim is filled with conspiracy, Enochian magick, witchcraft, and angel lore taken directly from scripture and other ancient writings. Nephilim meander the Earth in confusion—constantly questioning who they are and where they stand in terms of good and evil.
5.0 out of 5 stars FAN-FREAKN'-TASTIC & CAPTIVATING READ! May 28, 2013
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FAN-FREAKN'-TASTIC & CAPTIVATING READ!

Wow, Deception allures and conquers all! Dina Rae's ploy in her plot twisting is full of visionary scenes that will blow the readers mind beyond one's mental comprehension leaving them lured and captivated to an addiction wrapped around the mystery, suspense, action, drama, and worldly deceptions.

The story is dramatic and full of ON THE EDGE of your seat action. With more insight into the Angel/Nephilim lore and a realistic account involving most of the biblical characters from our worldly histories according to the book of Enoch, the reader is guaranteed to be memorized as I was and amazed at how close at home the deception defines our everyday lives.

The characters connection was astonishing and sympathetically believable as I found myself feeling for their situations. With this being the second book in the series I have to say my favorite characters are Armaros the Angel of the Cursed of course but the Nephilim Joanna won me over with her experiences and how she changed discovering her new powers.

The story was fast paced and interesting throughout. There was not one dull moment and I loved every tid bit to include Armaros trying to escape from Hell, Mammon's possession of Tony, the entry portal to hell, Satan's attitude, Purgatory and the souls, the history behind the angel Azazel being chained down on top of the rock entrance to hell in Roswell New Mexico, the history behind the Yezidis, the capture of the little girl Maria, the vampirism change of Lance wife Jackie and Lances dedication to save his wife, Pastor Dominick and his new life, Kim and Sean with their final outcome, and even loved the open ending making me want it to last forever and anxious to know more.

I am totally JONESING for the 3rd book now.

 

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