Monday, April 6, 2015

BELINDA FRISCH - WOMAN IN HORROR!












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Belinda Frisch is my Woman In Horror today! Belinda is my favorite Zombie author, man or woman. Her Cure series is nothing short of phenomenal.

As I said last year, Belinda takes her experience with medical code writing, blends it with a vivid imagination and grasp of the horrors residing within the dark, and she brings a special brand of action and gore to her pages. But she doesn't just remain there. She sprinkles in emotional conflict, love, and a passion for survival as well.

Her central character, Dr. Nixon, is as evil as they come. He reminds me of what Hitler might have been had he not been the Nazi leader and a mere doctor instead. A vengeful bastard, filled with determination, and caring only for his perverted goals, Dr. Nixon wreaks havoc on all those around him.

Belinda brings you into her stories, surprising you all along the way, and revealing only what you need to know at the moment so the action can continue to spring forward. Add in the medical mystery mechanics of a tale in the style of Robin Cook, but so much crisper and more exciting, and you have a grand medical mystery/ Zombie/and very human story of pent up emotions.

This year, in addition to her fantastic Zombie tales, Belinda has written a novel titled The Missing Year.

As I posted when it first came out:



"The Missing Year, by Belinda Frisch, is a must read! Belinda is my favorite Zombie author, but now she comes to us with a new blend of genres: real life horror, romance, mystery, and her display of knowledge in the medical field. Anything Belinda writes is great. Snatch this up! You will love it.

Blaze McRob"

On her Facebook Author page, Belinda had a post that mentioned the importance of multi-genre authors  making certain that everything they write is great. Well, that's Belinda for sure.

"Writing horror means confronting the darker side of human nature with absolute honesty." Belinda Frisch

 Amazon Bio:

 *Runner-up Halloween Book Festival 2012 and optioned for film, Cure
*Honorable Mention New York Book Festival 2014, Better Left Buried
*Acquired for summer 2015 re-release by Thomas & Mercer, Fatal Reaction

After the author's fifteen years of working in health care, Belinda Frisch's stories can't help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, Belinda tells the stories she'd like to read. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of the Zombie War. She is the author of Cure, Afterbirth, Fatal Reaction, Better Left Buried, and The Missing Year. She resides in upstate New York with her husband and a small menagerie of beloved animals.

Visit her blog at: BelindaF.blogspot.com


And now it's time to talk about Belinda's great books.


Cure: A Strandville Zombie Novel #1
  

Book Description

December 10, 2013
**Runner-up in the General Fiction category of the 2012 Halloween Book Festival and optioned for film**

Medicine meets horror in this thrilling escape tale about the evil men do in the name of progress.

Welcome to the Nixon Healing and Research Center, playground for the maniacal Dr. Howard Nixon whose medical research has him dabbling in the undead and has the women of Strandville disappearing.

Desperate to find a cure for the lethal virus which turns its victims into zombies, Nixon kidnaps Miranda Penton, a security recruit with a past that won't let her go. He doesn't count on anyone coming looking for her, least of all her ex-husband, Scott.

A warning call brings Scott to Strandville where he bands together with a team of locals determined to bring their own loved ones home. Together, they infiltrate Nixon's staff, hatching a plan that releases not only the surviving women, but the virus on those left in the hospital.

Nixon locks down the center to contain the spread, turning patients, visitors, and staff into a dangerous horde that is almost impossible to escape. Miranda and the others fight for their lives. The town of Strandville is ground zero for the zombie apocalypse and Miranda must get free because the fate of humanity lies with her unborn child.

Contains editorial revisions April 2015

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Zombies. They're seemingly everywhere these days. On TV, in video games, in children's movies, in books. They're nothing new but their popularity soars. They're the 'new vampires'. There's just something primal and disturbing about them. Creatures that have one purpose in mind: feeding on live flesh. That's a staple of the myth and the genre. The key to making a novel featuring the brain craving undead different is to make them your own...And that's what Belinda Frisch does in this fast paced, frenetic, gory survival horror novel." 
-Matt Schiariti, Author of Ghosts of Demons Past

"Frisch writes with the pace of a runaway train. She sets the story in motion and it steadily picks up speed to the point where I didn't feel like I could read the pages fast enough. I actually had to force myself to slow down because I was skimming rather than reading. The zombies are fantastically horrible, the gore is gruesome and the smells she describes are palpable. Again, I won't divulge details, but I will tell you that after I read Cure, I am immensely glad to already have in my possession the sequel, "Afterbirth." I can, with no reservation, say that if you pick up this book you won't be disappointed." 
-Richard Baker

From the Author

Strandville Zombie Series Chronology:
-Cure: A Strandville Zombie Novel One
-Afterbirth: A Strandville Zombie Novel Two
-Departure: A Strandville Zombie Novel Three (Coming Late 2015)


on March 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is an excellent read that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It draws you in and doesn't let go until the very end and even then, urges you to read further in the series.

I'm a new recruit to the world of zombies, and I especially like understanding more about how the zombies came into being. It didn't just happen somehow, but in this story was caused by a "mad" doctor in search of a cancer cure. And while Dr. Nixon's research to try and cure a disease that seems to touch us all in some terrible way is noble, his methods are far from it.

Characters are compelling and believable. Readers are drawn into their stories of survival. I would highly recommend this book to lovers of horror and anyone else, as I am not a die-hard horror fan. But for a book as well written as this, I have become hooked!
 
5.0 out of 5 stars ZOMBiE Sperm Inseminations...MUST READ!!! September 1, 2012
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That was crazy--very descriptive with all the blood and feces...
Psycho doctor searching for a cure for cancer, inseminating women with the sperm of zombies...yep, that's exactly what is going on in this book. Dr. Nixon says his experiments are all about "saving people from needless death and suffering". He claims to be a healer looking for a cure, but he reminded me more of Dr. Heiter working on his "First Sequence" of his Human Centipede. He is sinister and heartless and extinguishes anyone that gets in his way.

On the last page, I kept clicking the next page button on my kindle app, thinking my laptop froze...nope, that was really how it ended. I recommend reading this one. I could really envision it all in my head. It would make a great movie. 
 
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As you can tell from everything above, this is a very unique book. The fact that Belinda knows so much about the medical field lends believability to it. Yes, Zombies are Zombies, but they are not created equal. We're not dealing with a simple virus spreading plague. There is more. Much more here.

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 Afterbirth: A Strandville Zombie Novel #2

Book Description

December 8, 2013
The survivors of the Nixon Center escape struggle in a post-apocalyptic world where the walking dead aren’t the biggest threats.

Working from a remote, mountain cabin, Dr. Howard Nixon is determined to salvage what is left of his experiment.

Allison escapes him, clinging to life and with no idea what's happened in the world.
Zach is looking for her, but time is running out.

Reid lives holed up in the Nixon Center and waits for his revenge.

Tension is high as both Miranda and Carlene’s pregnancies come to term. Miranda, faced with the possibility that her delivery might cause her to become infected, is forced to seek help from the only other person who knows what has happened: Dr. Michael Waters, the physician who sent her to Dr. Nixon in the first place.

All roads lead back to Strandville where grudges resurface and old decisions must be answered for. Scott, Miranda, and Michael return to the center to face-off against their pasts and each other as Michael’s secret agenda comes to light.
 
 

Editorial Reviews

Review

"The plot is tight and moves at a breakneck pace thanks to the author's fast and fluid style that features well told action, great dialogue and rapid fire chapters. The story starts with a widely cast net; a net that contains many subplots but gets tighter and tighter with each chapter until everyone is back where they least want to go." -Matt Schiariti, Author of Ghosts of Demons Past
"What I can say is this: as solid an offering as CURE was, AFTERBIRTH is even better. And better on all counts. Frisch's style is now so sharp and clean and precise that I stopped to re-read passages, in order to see how she had pulled them off. She gives you just what you need to follow the tale and stay locked in the moment. Every detail matters. There are no distractions, no calling of attention to herself. The focus throughout is remarkable. Though the scenes are arresting visually, they aren't presented in widescreen cinematic fashion, but evoke an immediate, claustrophobic, handheld camera feel. You are a participant-observer. You are there, in the thick of it, as things are going down. There is plenty of action and gore, as there was in the first novel, yet there are also situations that are emotionally stunning, in some cases heart-wrenching. There are surprises and cliff-hanging incidents. There is drama and suspense. There are personal transformations among the protagonists. What more could you ask for?" -Walter Conley

From the Author

Strandville Zombie Series Chronology:
-Cure: A Strandville Zombie Novel One
-Afterbirth: A Strandville Zombie Novel Two
-Departure: A Strandville Zombie Novel Three (Coming Late 2015)

5.0 out of 5 stars The experiment continues..and it's fast and frenetic March 13, 2013
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Seven months have passed since the uncertain conclusion of Cure. The infected have broken past the confines of the remote town of Strandville and the once cozy town has become the epicenter of the nationwide epidemic known as 'The Collapse'. Dr. Nixon still continues his experiments in a secluded cabin in the woods while the rest of the survivors are scattered. But that doesn't last long. All roads lead back to Strandville. Will Zach and Allison be reunited? Can Scott and Miranda patch up their relationship in a post apocalyptic world filled with the living dead? What of Max Reid, who's now surviving on his own in the derelict Nixon center, not only fighting hoards of the undead but constant death squads sent by a revenge minded Dr. Nixon? The experiment continues.

The Zombie Apocalypse. It's the natural progression of the storyline. There was no way the disease would stay in Strandville. Part of what I liked so much about Cure was how claustrophobic it felt; the remote setting, the creepy hospital, never knowing what would happen during the close quarters combat. For the blink of an eye, I was worried that Afterbirth would lose that since the zombie problem had broken nationwide. Turns out, I was worried over nothing. Afterbirth loses none of what made the first installment different and fun to read. It's a microcosm of the larger problem. The survivors are scattered and it takes the reader on a journey from parts outside and away from the Nixon center and leads them right back to where it all started...whether the characters like it or not.

This sequel is much more action packed than the first installment. Zombies are everywhere and something so simple as going out for supplies could spell doom at any given time. But, it's not all about action. This book, like Cure, is about the characters and how they react, adapt, and fight in order to survive. They just don't get a lot of down time to chew the fat ;) Frisch barely gives her characters a chance to breath before the blood flies from skeletal mouths. But, zombies aren't the only conflict here. As previously stated, this is a character driven book and the various players have to survive each other as well as evil doctors, crazed henchmen, and the flesh eating dead. While there's a great amount of action involving gore, gun play and improvised weaponry, it's a backdrop for the characters' interplay. The action doesn't TAKE OVER the story. It SERVES the story. Well done.

The plot is tight and moves at a breakneck pace thanks to the author's fast and fluid style that features well told action, great dialogue and rapid fire chapters. The story starts with a widely cast net; a net that contains many subplots but gets tighter and tighter with each chapter until everyone is back where they least want to go. It was impressive how Frisch took the scattered locations at the outset and drew all the players together without even so much as a hiccup or a plot hole. Every motivation and every reason for the characters to come together again made sense and felt plausible. The ending is satisfying, makes sense, and left me wanting more. Very well done.

So, tempted to delve into the world of zombies for the first time? Maybe want to try a change of pace from the standard zombie novel? If you haven't already, give The Strandville Zombie series a shot and see what the experiment is all about. And hey, it's got zombie babies and chainsaws. What's not to like about that?


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From the start of this fantastic fast pace post-apocalyptic novel, readers are catapulted into chaos. Twist and unexpected turns force you to beg for more.
Several months have passed since the escape from Nixon Center and now Strandville is ground zero of the nationwide epidemic. Follow each character as they struggle to keep sane while balancing life within the infected.
If you are a fan of the first novel of the series, you will unquestionably enjoy Afterbirth. 
 
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As you can see, none of the luster has left this series. Belinda still keeps the action coming. Zombies, horror, and degradation are everywhere. This is a series you do not want to miss. Believe me!
 
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The Missing Year


Book Description

November 6, 2014
Thirty-four-year-old Blake Wheeler was everything Lila had ever wanted. A rising-star surgeon with his whole life ahead of him, Blake gave Lila ten perfect years of marriage before plunging her into the hardest year of their lives.

When a late night shooting leaves Blake in a coma, Lila is faced with a difficult decision: continue life support or let him go.

One year later, Lila remains unwilling to speak, in a private mental health facility where she refuses to move on.

Dr. Ross Reeves knows firsthand about loss, having spent the better part of five years burying himself in his work. Tasked with the challenge of breaking Lila's silence, Ross investigates Lila's past and her husband's death, finding more to Blake's murder than meets the eye. A series of mysterious coincidences has Ross wondering if Lila is acting out of grief ... or guilt.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Life. Death. A Choice.
  
Two lives converge when a psychiatrist who has lost the love of his life to terminal cancer meets the most difficult patient he'll ever treat: Lila Wheeler. Lila, an inpatient in an upstate New York psychiatric facility, has spent over a year pining for the loss of her husband, Blake, who was left on life support following a botched convenience store robbery. To tell you much more would give away the crux of the conflict, but The Missing Year deals with the choices we make for ourselves and our loved ones and how in the face of terminal suffering, those choices sometimes lead to rash decisions. 

About the Author

*Runner-up Halloween Book Festival 2012 and optioned for film, Cure
*Honorable Mention New York Book Festival 2014, Better Left Buried
*Acquired for summer 2015 re-release by Thomas & Mercer, Fatal Reaction

After the author's fifteen years of working in health care, Belinda Frisch's stories can't help being medicine influenced. A writer of dark tales in the horror, mystery, and thriller genres, Belinda tells the stories she'd like to read. Her fiction has appeared in Shroud magazine, Dabblestone Horror, and Tales of the Zombie War. She is the author of CureAfterbirthFatal ReactionBetter Left Buried, and The Missing Year. She resides in upstate New York with her husband and a small menagerie of beloved animals.

Visit her blog at: BelindaF.blogspot.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Physician, heal thyself November 14, 2014
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Four stars for this story of love, loss, and picking up the pieces.

Dr. Ross Reeves left New York to live with the love of his life, Sarah. Now, five years after having lost her to cancer, he’s a shell of a man trapped in the past. His home is a living museum to his late wife, his relationship with his girlfriend Mattie suffers, and his only solace is work. But even the distraction of work fails him when his ‘do whatever it does to get the job done’ tactics affects the welfare of a patient and gets him in hot water. Things look glum, until he receives a call from a colleague in New York seeking his help with Lila Wheeler, a psychiatric patient who hasn’t spoken a word in a year. Going back to the place where he and Sarah met and risking drudging up painful memories of a life together cut short is not high on Ross’s list of priorities, until he learns that Lila has lost her husband under tragic circumstances. The similarities between Lila and himself are too intriguing to pass up, and Ross agrees to help out. During the course of Ross’s treatment of Lila, he’ll discover clues leading to the true nature of the tragedy Lila lived through, and find that while he’s the doctor, she is as likely to aid him in the healing process as he is her.

My readings tastes are eclectic, so when I saw that Belinda Frisch was working on a contemporary romance/women’s fiction novel I was intrigued. I’ve read good amounts in both categories, and while they’re not my mainstay genres, I’ve enjoyed them. A good story is a good story, and The Missing Year is a good story. Is it contemporary romance? To a point, yes. Is it women’s fiction? In its way. It is more than that? Yes. The novel is a blend of those elements with the medical theme that the author is known for thrown in for good measure.

As with Frisch’s other novels, The Missing Year is told in her fast, pages-turning style that never sacrifices detail and characterization. The players are well drawn (my favorite being Ross’s colorful friend from his early days with Sarah, Camille, who steals every scene she’s in), the dialogue pops, and the plot has plenty of twists and turns. Meticulously researched, the medical jargon is always clearly explained but never dumbed down, and it doesn’t take away from the heart of the book: the characters and the decisions they make. Oftentimes, novels that deal with anything medical can get a little too clinical, resulting in a dry read. That’s not the case with The Missing Year. Despite the author’s clear, concise, no-fat style, this book breaths through its characters and mergers several genres into one enjoyable book.

Those reading this author for the first time will find a lot to like about the book. For fans of Frisch’s previous work, The Missing Year is like putting on a favorite pair of jeans and discovering some money tucked away in the pocket. It’s comfortable and familiar, but is pleasantly unexpected.
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Romantic Medical Mystery November 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Psychiatrist Ross is still suffering after losing his wife five years earlier to cancer. He's called into a case of a woman, Lila, who has lost her husband, but there are mysteries surrounding his death. Lila is severely depressed and suicidal, but in Ross helping her also helps himself get over his loss. Well written, with a likeable, and some unlikeable characters, The Missing Year is an excellent medical mystery with a thread of romance. I honestly wasn't sure who Ross would end up with at one point, but I think he made the right choice! You can tell the author has a medical background as he setting comes across as very real. I read this book in two days, which is speedy for me. Highly recommend it! 
 
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As the reviews say, this is an excellent medical/mystery/romance book. This lends credence to the fact Belinda is not a one series wonder. she is able to write whatever she wishes to.
 
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Belinda writes super horror. Her Zombies are real and frightening. She rules the roost!
 
Belinda Frisch is a Woman In Horror!
 
 
Blaze McRob



 

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