Tuesday, February 10, 2015

JD PHILLIPS - WOMAN IN HORROR!





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JD Phillips is my Woman In Horror today! I first became acquainted with JD back when she wrote In The Calm when I was still with Angelic Knight Press. This was a great book, taking the reader along a path of history and rebirth. I loved the story, my being entranced with past lives, of course, leading me into it even more. Yes, there is horror within this great book's pages, but not to the level that JD has written into her newest novel From Ashes. She asked me a while back if I knew anyone who would be willing to review this novel. She said her publisher was willing to provide PDF's for anyone willing to do so. I assured her I would review the book but only on the condition that I purchased it. I believe in authors receiving compensation for their work.

Here is the book description, followed by my review(Robert C. Nelson) and some others:

Book Description

November 18, 2014
The Phoenix. A symbol of rebirth. Renewal. Always reduced to ashes, but perpetually returning to splendor. Purified.

And then there was Kell.

Kell. The young boy they called the “Little Phoenix.” Lone survivor of the Cocoon Man – kidnapper, child molester, murderer. Great things were expected of Kell – he was a survivor. But he let everyone down. Family. Friends. Himself. He knew their expectations were misplaced – they didn’t know the truth. He was supposed to be the dead one – but someone else was dead in his place. Because of him. His fault.

Kell. The twenty-something street hustler. Fleeing from his past – himself. Indebted to his pimp. Suffering in the freezing cold of a bus stop to meet his weekly obligation. A car. A customer. Warmth. Safety.

Illusion.

Kidnapped. Tortured. A hell re-lived at the hands of a mysterious man and woman – twisted, sadistic. Deadly. Kell will soon learn that you can’t run from your past – that it is always faster than you can flee. And when it catches you, you have two choices: learn or die from it.



5.0 out of 5 stars From Ashes, By JD Phillips, Grips And Tortures You!, February 10, 2015
By 
Robert C. Nelson (CHEYENNE, WY, US) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: From Ashes (Kindle Edition)
JD Phillips delivers big time with her psychological thriller From Ashes! She grabs you at the very beginning, the action building immediately. No time for back-story. She gets straight to the meat of the tale.

Master of the craft that she is, JD takes you on a journey, but the mystery, the terror, and the way she makes you root for the protagonist, even though you haven't figured him out, is what drives this horrific novel. She skillfully adds in the back-story a little at a time, never allowing the action and suspense to waver. This is the way a practiced and talented author writes. Too many writers go on and on, describing every little thing, until you can't take it anymore. JD gets into the head of her main character and describes his pain, his angst. There is plenty of description, but it's woven into the fabric of the story and not pushed at you all at once.

She presents a brutal tale of psychological horror tearing away at not only our hero but you as well, because you become one with the story and feel everything that happens to this young man. Every bit of pain suffered by him attacks your mind, your soul. I guarantee that you will squirm in your chair when you read this thriller.

As far as I'm concerned, this is is JD's best tale to date. This is pure horror, coming at you from a true master at the craft.
 
5.0 out of 5 stars There's dark, and then there's From Ashes dark.... December 3, 2014
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When was the last time you read a book that actually scared you? The last time you read a straightforward, relentless and unflinching tale of terror? That is precisely what JD Phillips delivers with From Ashes. This novel hooked me in the first chapter and held me until the final page. As visceral and disturbing as footage presented at a murder trial, but never gratuitously so; this is foremost a literary character study of man at his absolute breaking point. And then some. The nightmarish set-up, focus and intensity reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe at his most feverish.

5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite books are horrors November 28, 2014
Format:Paperback
My favorite books are horrors,thrillers and suspense and JD Phillips hit all 3 nails on the head with this one. I was so bothered by parts of it i could barely stand to read it but i was so intrigued and excited to finish it i couldn't put it down. This is a must read! I'm hoping for a second book.

5.0 out of 5 stars This book allured me into a world that grasped me ... December 10, 2014
By J.D.
Format:Paperback
This book allured me into a world that grasped me by the throat from very the beginning and held me hostage until I believed I was bleeding. A very well paced suspense horror story that will haunt you long after you've finished reading it. I look forward to a sequel! 
 
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This great book has eight Five Star reviews. Everyone agrees with me. Yay! This is a well written and edited novel. You will absolutely love it!
 
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Mad Angel is another one of JD's books that drips with horror:
 
Book Description
July 16, 2009
Five years ago a young man known as Shoh was brutally murdered during one of the worst natural disasters the town of Galvert had ever seen. His killer was never found.
Tonight Brodi Norwood, a young man employed by Shoh's former fiancée Liz, was deliberately run off the road while driving in the country.. His car flipped over, crashed against a number of trees, leaving him injured and unable to escape the vehicle. He thought his number was up until someone crawled through the wreckage and came to his aid - someone who bears an uncanny resemblance to Shoh.

As it becomes apparent that Shoh's killer has returned with her sights set upon Brodi, Brodi has no choice but to chase after what may or may not be a ghost from his boss' past. Is this look-alike some figment of Brodi's imagination or has Shoh truly returned in hopes of sparing another from suffering the same grisly demise?


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This is the 5th book written by JD Phillips and I have read and enjoyed all of them (more than once). This story is told in the present with glimpses of the past as it progresses that strengthens and intensifies the emotions of the characters and the reader at the same time. Character development and reader involvement is very well done. I always read her books in one sitting because I can't wait to find out what comes next and when I re-read them I find new things to mull over that I missed before. Whether you like a good fast read or like to analyze and search for hidden meanings, I think you'll enjoy this book (and her others).

The back jacket synopsis below tells you what the book is about.

Five years ago a young man known as Shoh was brutally murdered during one of the worst natural disasters the town of Galvert had ever seen. His killer was never found.

Tonight Brodi Norwood, a young man employed by Shoh's former fiancée Liz, was deliberately run off the road while driving in the country.. His car flipped over, crashed against a number of trees, leaving him injured and unable to escape the vehicle. He thought his number was up until someone crawled through the wreckage and came to his aid - someone who bears an uncanny resemblance to Shoh.

As it becomes apparent that Shoh's killer has returned with her sights set upon Brodi, Brodi has no choice but to chase after what may or may not be a ghost from his boss' past. Is this look-alike some figment of Brodi's imagination or has Shoh truly returned in hopes of sparing another from suffering the same grisly demise? 
 
5.0 out of 5 stars It just gets better and better. July 29, 2009
Format:Paperback
I am a longtime fan of JD Phillips, and this book does not disappoint. Amazingly, lyrically, beautifully written as always. I read the first page and got sucked in, and barely noticed time passing as I lived in the book. It's fantastic, kids
 
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Another book with Five Star reviews! I see a pattern developing.

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Tainted is another great book you won't be able to put down:

Book Description

December 31, 2013
Being dead is like being born again and again for as long as there are thoughts to occupy – but what if your thoughts are...tainted?

Nefarious – fronted by the charismatic, but troubled, Mai Evans – is poised for stardom when fate puts amateur guitarist Blue on the center stage. What follows is a fast lane to success - and an even faster downward spiral of drugs and sex…love and jealousy…madness and murder.

The end leads back to the beginning – to the pool of Mai’s dark creativity…and a curse he believes threatens to destroy everything and everyone he touches.

But is the source of evil more mortal – and deadly?

The truth awaits in the biggest lie of all.

Editorial Reviews

Review

A surreal and unpredictable read that forces one to question pre-conceptions and assumptions. Author JD Phillips dangles truths and half-truths to keep the reader turning the pages. Ambiguity, suspense, and character development make this a very intriguing exploration of the world of music and relationships impacted by notoriety and the interaction of complicated human psyches - Best Books of Indiana 2007 Fiction Judges. --from the Best Books of Indiana 2007 Fiction Judges flyer

About the Author

Tainted, the third novel written by JD Phillips, features a preface graced by lyrics written by Ville Valo (HIM). It placed 1st runner-up in the Best Books of IN 2007 awards. An interview as well as reviews by fellow readers for Tainted can be found at myspace.com/authorjd


5.0 out of 5 stars I just read this in one sitting, and wow. March 22, 2007
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I, too, found this through the band HIM, and it's very obvious that that band had a pretty strong influence on this book. In a good way, of course!

Mai Evans is one of the most unique characters I've ever read... he's charasmatic, charming, and sometimes so melancholic that it's shocking.

Blue is easy to relate to, articulate, and understandable in a way it doesn't seem he could be.

Their story is breathtaking beyond words, and I'm running right now to buy everything this author has ever written.


Format:Paperback
I found out about this book through an interview done through the Greek HIM fan club Dark Secret Club. After checking out the interview, and JD's myspace, I realized that this novel heavily influenced by the band HIM, Oscar Wilde, and Velvet Goldmine. Tainted is an erotic, sensual and ethereal trip through the mind of Blue, a vagabond who sees Mai Evans, the main character of the novel performing at a bar under the group name Nefarious. Mai is one of the most bewitching characters I've come across in literature. He's beautiful, charming, dangerous, and intelligent and some may say cursed. That's all I am willing to let slip. If you like stories of drugs, mental instability, homoeroticism, rock and roll and the pleasures of androgyny and eyeliner, this is the book for you.

I look forward to her future works. This is one author to watch. 
 
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JD is one fantastic author. Even though she wanted me to shout-out From Ashes, as I did, and rightfully so, she has many other great compelling reads. For pure horror at its best, JD is certainly on a list to be your next favorite author.

JD Phillips is a Woman In Horror!


Blaze McRob




JD Phillips is a native of Bartholomew County, Indiana. She attended IUPUC where she majored in psychology and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University. She is currently employed with a residential treatment facility for troubled youth.
She has been writing since childhood and has had several short works published in Literalines, a magazine published out of IUPUC.
Her first novel published was “Dreaming While You Sleep” Book One of Footprints on the Other Side. The sequel, “A Beautiful Rain,” was published shortly after. In September of 2006 her third novel, “Tainted,” saw its debut and became the first to sell internationally. It was named 1st Runner Up in the 2007 Best Books of Indiana awards. Her fourth novel, “The Dead Pool” was released in 2007 and received an honorable mention at the 2008 New York Book Festival. 2009 saw the release of her 5th novel “Mad Angel”. “Chasing the Ghost”. “Eyes of Bersai: The Relic” or “The Reckoning” are also available for Kindle/Nook. With many other books already written and ready to go, many more are sure to follow in the days to come.





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