Wednesday, February 25, 2015

RHONDA HOPKINS - WOMAN IN HORROR!






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Rhonda Hopkins is my Woman In Horror today! Rhonda loves to combine the horror from real life and life experience to that which dwells within her 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. 

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

Book Description

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
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
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. 
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This great book has 15 Five Star reviews. Kind of says a lot, doesn't it? There is a lot of action in this super scary story! Don't miss out!
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The Consuming: A Short Story:

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 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
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. 
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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.
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The Gift is a story of a different genre:

Book Description

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
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
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. 
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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.

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Let's Scare Cancer To Death:

Book Description

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
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
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! 
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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.

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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

 

 

Tales From The Mist: An Anthology of Horror and Paranormal Stories by Scott Nicholson, Rhonda Hopkins, *lizzie starr and Catie Rhodes (Nov 30, 2013)

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2 comments:

  1. What a wonderful surprise. Thank you so much, Blaze! I really appreciate the shout out and all the kind words. :-D

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    1. My pleasure, Rhonda. You have so much talent. I love your stories.

      Blaze

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