Saturday, February 6, 2016


Shay West is my Woman In Horror today! Shay writes straight horror as well as creating genre mixes, blending science fiction into many of her stories. I enjoy that combination and, in particular, the way Shay accomplishes this.

Much in the way of sci-fi today is more reality and science backed than many people believe. Shay does an excellent job of portraying time travel in her The Adventures of Alexis Davenport series, for example. I love anything to go with time travel, worm holes, and all that goes with it. Add in her science background in Human Medical Genetics, and you'll see why Shay is able to take you on some fantastic rides into the world of horror.

I stole this from Shay's website :

"Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series, the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series, and Organ Reapers. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen (fund raiser), Ancient New (fantasy, steampunk, etc), and Horror in Bloom.
Shay is what you would call a nerd. Some call her geek but it really all means the same thing. Her passion for all things science is matched by her love for all things fantastical and magical…and tough guy movies. She would love to say she likes long walks on the beach but she’d be lying. Hiking through pine and aspen forests is more her style.
Her exuberance about her favorite subjects or good news often results in a high pitched noise that only teens at a Justin Bieber concert can hear and emulate. The technical word for this is squeee and is usually perfectly safe although some have complained about damage to their eardrum. This will usually clear up in a day or so."

Interesting tid-bits from a fascinating lady. Check her website and keep on top of her latest goodies coming out, as well as information on some books you might not have read and blasts from the past.

Amazon bio:

"Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior (fund raiser), Ancient New (steampunk/fantasy), and Horror in Bloom."

Time to shout out some of Shay's fantastic books:

Here we go! This is one of Shay's great time travel books. I own it! This is a must read for anyone loving this genre mix.

Book description:

 Alexis Davenport wants to go home. She hates her new school, her mother for moving her away from her friends, and her father for walking out.

To make matters worse, Alex is haunted by images of strange girls reflected in her mirror. It's bad enough juggling homework, a relentless bully, boys, and a deadbeat dad; now, she must save the world from an evil presence hell-bent on changing the past - and our futures. Who knew her A+ in history was going to be this important?

Editorial Reviews


"Dangerous Reflections is the perfect summer YA read! Its mix of contemporary with rich historical settings truly sets it apart from other books in its genre!" #1 New York Times Best-selling author Rachel Van Dyken

From the Author

~~~Follow Shay on Twitter (@drshaywest) and her website ( If you enjoyed Dangerous Reflections, leave a review or leave a comment on Shay's website. She loves hearing from her fans!

~~~If you enjoy reading scifi/fantasy novels, check out Shay's other books, also available through Amazon: The Chosen, Shattered Destiny, Resigned Fate, and The Mad Lord Lucian!

Format: Kindle Edition
When I was in high school, we had to write an essay on which historical figure we would talk to if we had the chance. I was never able to pick one, and my essay was a rambling list of people that I'd want to talk to. (Tolkien, Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, Tesla to name a few.) What does this have to do with Dangerous Reflections you ask? I'm so insanely jealous of Alex. I would love to go back in time and witness history as it was made. But I would not want to face the rest of Alex's story.

Dangerous Reflections is a haunting tale that swept me along with it's beautiful prose and amazing cast of characters. Alex was a good main character, and I felt like she was a perfect match for the story. A lot of growth is shown by her in this book, and I loved following her journey. There were times that I wanted to show her what was in front of her, though. The secondary characters also shine as individuals with their own developed voices.

There is enough drama to keep your attention without invoking eye rolls left and right. That was so much appreciated. The flow works really well, and I didn't experience any drag in the story. The story comes to a satisfying close, and I was so glad that I had the pleasure of reading Dangerous Reflections when I finished it. Fans of fantasy and time travel will be drawn to this book!

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.

Format: Paperback
Dangerous Reflections was a great YA novel. It was about Alex, the main character, time traveling when she sometimes looked in a mirror. The plot was very well written. There were no plot holes or spelling errors. My favorite thing about the book was even though it was a work of fiction, the reader can still learn something about history. Alex travels to many different time periods. My favorite time period that she traveled to was Venice, where she was a courtesan named Anastasia. I liked some of the characters. Other characters, I didn't much care for. I didn't like Beau, Catelyn, or Amy. They had attitudes and personalities that rubbed me the wrong way. My favorite character was C.C. I loved her fun attitude. She seemed to always be able to turn a glum situation into something fun. I really hope Paul and Alex become a couple in the future. I think they would make a good match for each other. I can't wait to read book two, Twisted Reflections, and find out what happens to Alex when she time travels to Egypt. I really hope she inhabits Cleopatra's body. I'm also curious to see how she will stop Drifter for good. I recommend Dangerous Reflections for fans of YA, historical fiction, and paranormal/supernatural novels. 
This is a fantastic blend of horror/crime, mystery, and more. You will love this super novel!
Book description:

 Detective Elliott “Eli” Robinson and his new partner, Ava Aguilar, are baffled by a series of brutal murders happening in their fair city. No evidence, no eyewitnesses...only mutilated corpses with missing internal organs.

When Eli and Ava stumble upon evidence of similar gruesome crimes around the globe, they realize there is more to the murders, but the answers continue to elude them. In a race against time, Eli and Ava must figure out who is behind the killings and stop them before more people die.

But the answers will take them out of their comfort zone and into the realm of the fantastic: another world with a different set of rules, and a leader who has no qualms about killing.

Format: Paperback
4.5 Stars (I received Organ Reapers in exchange for an honest review from Booktrope Publishing)

Organ Reapers is almost definable as mystery, crime and paranormal (no ghosts!) all rolled into one. It's hard to pin it down to just one genre of writing, and I think that was what made it such a compelling read. Set in two different worlds, the reader journeys with Eli and Ava- detectives on earth- and Tani and Keena- organ harvesters from another world and follow them both as their worlds start to intertwine with mysterious happenings on Earth.

The book starts with the first crime, the first dead body of many throughout the story. I loved the detective police inspection parts of this story; it almost reminded me of watching Sherlock or Elementary on TV (if anyone has ever seen them!) I felt like everything was very accurate and felt quite real- besides the actual murders that had taken place. I didn't feel as though the ending was in any way predictable, and there was definitely a climax at the end, which was what the whole story was building up to. There was always something happening in the book, never really a dull moment, so it was quite a fast paced read for me. I find when some authors I read create a different world, everything gets a bit too carried away and not everything links up, but the whole set up of this fictional world was perfectly crafted down to a T!

Overall, the characters were written well throughout the book, although some less important personalities lacked in description, this was made up for in the other character creations. Eli, Ava, Tani and Keena were the most developed and the most interesting characters to read, because they were so built upon through the whole storyline, which made the end for Tani and Keena especially moving for me. Surprisingly, despite Tai and Keena being from a completely fictitious world, they felt as it they were standing right in front of me half the time I was reading!

The moment when Tani and Keena go against Master Kelhar in a bid to stop the Harvesting for good was quite a tense scene, and was very well written. I wasn't quite sure whether they were going to make it past the chambers and make everything right on earth, so this really had me on edge! For me, I really liked the ending, like a lot of books I review, because they are just so built up to such a lovely ending, after the climactic part when everything is calm and back to normal.

I would recommend to anyone who liked reading about fantastical worlds, unusual circumstances and detective crime novels, because, as I described at the beginning of my review, it is hard to pin the book to any one genre! Young adults are more likely to enjoy compared to adults, but if you are an adult who enjoys YA then why not?! I wouldn't really recommend to anyone too young, because some scenes do have a disturbing nature.

on December 4, 2015
This is a first I have read by this author. I was wrapped up in this book from the very beginning. There are so many crazy amazing things going on I couldn't put it down. Loved it and I will be looking for more by this author.
Shay weaves a superb story in this opening novel of a great series!

Book description:
 Astra. Kromin. Volgon. Earth. To each of the four planets are sent four Guardians, with one mission: to protect and serve the Chosen, those unwitting champions of prophecy who alone can save the galaxy from the terrifying Mekans. But the signs of prophecy have not yet appeared, and the decision to send the Guardians early could doom all in the galaxy to death.

Format: Paperback
This is not my usual type of read but I literally found myself unable to put it down after the second chapter. The story is so deep and the characters very well personalized, I found myself thinking about the book and the characters throughout the day until I could sit down to read it again.
I am sitting on the edge of my seat for the second book. This is a must read!

Format: Kindle Edition
Saving the universe will start with a prophecy, but will need more than a promise of hope to succeed in the end when a part of it is killed.

Their enemy are the Mekans, who are a mining force that excel at absolute destruction in stripping worlds of all their worth. Backed by their immense size and ability to repair, the only way to take them out is by a more powerful force.

Four Guardians are selected to seek out and train the Chosen, as only they stand a chance to stop the Mekans. Brok was my favorite of the Guardians, as he definitely has his hands full. Jon was my favorite of the Chosen, as every time he used his dark power I braced myself for the worst possible outcome. Gwen was my second favorite, for the depth to her personality and her inner-conflict.

Shay Fabbro does an amazing job of bringing to life vivid, unique worlds and characters, and then bringing them together. Be prepared to travel to Gentra, Astra, Kromin, Volgon and Earth while you train to face your destiny. I look forward to reading the sequel, Shattered Destiny, to see the challenges that the Chosen face next. 
Ooh, la, la! Spine tingling to say the least!
Book description:
 Detectives Elliot “Eli” Robbins and Ava Aguilar are stumped by a series of seemingly unrelated kidnappings. Utilizing all possible resources, Eli and Ava struggle to find answers despite little physical evidence and few witnesses. When a strange piece of paper is found at one of the crime scenes, it sends Eli and Ava on a chase for a killer who isn’t what he seems.

Editorial Reviews


"This is author Shay West's best work, in my opinion. She uses enough lighthearted humor to balance the dark aspects, keeping the story on an even keel throughout."
 Cp Bialois, author of The Sword and the Flame series

Don't forget to check out the first Eli and Ava Novel, Organ Reapers!
"Mystery? Crime? Paranormal? Amazing!"  Jade Barnett
"Hooked from the beginning!"  Selina M
"A thoroughly enjoyable mash-up of two completely different genres"  Adrianna Quinn

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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is another great read by Shay West. I happen to have a couple of my ideas in this book and even I was surprised by several parts of the book and the ending is really great. Eli and Ava are very fleshed out characters as is the "bad guy". I hope you find it as good of a read as I did. When I read it post production I couldn't wait for the final draft. Enjoy

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is an awesome book. If you enjoy thrillers/who did it with some supernatural elements you will enjoy this book. I had a hard time putting it down. The characters are well developed and the pacing is just perfect to keep you engaged and wanting to know what is going to happen. The author does a great job of making you feel part what the characters are going through. Very enjoyable read! 
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Shay West has many books you will love. If you enjoy well thought out tales, ones that take you on a wild ride, while, at the same time, immersing you into new worlds, ones which could exist, she is the author for you.

Shay West is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

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