Monday, February 29, 2016


I've been so busy posting about my friends' books that I forgot to write about my latest release on my own website. Bad Blaze!

Book description:

Blaze McRob thrills us with horror, adventure, survival against insurmountable odds, and yes, even a thread of tender romance to temper all the action. Ghost No More has all that and more to keep your eyes wide and reading into the spooky, wee hours of the morning. Revel in this chilling novel, and prepare yourself for the second in the series coming in early in 2017.  

Longer version:

 Robert Schantz has ghostwritten many books for other authors, but he wants Demon Rift to be published in his own name. His agent and publisher conspire against him and arrange to publish the novel with Jack Slade's name on it, an author who Robert made famous. What can Robert do?

A thought is hatched in his head and he rushes back to the city from his hideaway in the mountains. He confronts his agent, telling him that the book must come out in his name and not Slade's. His agent physically attacks him. Just before John, his agent, can fire off a shot at Robert from a concealed hand gun, three repulsive looking demons come out of a menacing looking vortex and attack John. Demon Rift is coming alive before Robert's eyes! This is what he had written.

John is torn to pieces and the demons carry him back into the rift and leave. Robert is safe. They don't mean to harm him. After all, he is the creator of the book. Robert must fight his own personal, internal, demons. Demon Rift is book one. Demon Rift 2 is being written by him now. But voices, some good, some evil, shout out to him as he puts pen to paper. He struggles immensely as this tome is written. Who, or what, is behind the pictures placed in Robert's head? And the "Chosen Ones." Why are they the key to the puzzle?

I hope you'll check this out. Remember that it is free on Kindle Unlimited, and there is a rather extensive free sample on Amazon, as well. 

Thank you.

Blaze McRob


Suzie Lockhart is my Woman In Horror today! Suzie is a great author, editor, and, for a time,  co-publisher. She is a wonderful humanitarian as well. Her published anthology Fractured Realms is a charitable anthology to benefit The Autism Trust. Thank you Horrified Press for working with Suzie on this. I bought some copies of this great anthology last year and can honestly say it is a fantastic anthology, filled with great stories by wonderful authors.

Here is my post on my website and the link to it when Fractured Realms came out:

Extraordinary people marked ‘not normal’ come from all different walks of life. For far too long, a shroud of darkness was thrown over those who’ve had boundless potential to transcend greatness; shunned and cast out through the misjudgment forced upon them. People enduring isolation from being trapped inside their own minds. People labeled with an ASD-Autism Spectrum Disorder. Seeds of greatness cannot be cultivated through judgment and condemnation. Imagine a world never having heard the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? Never seeing the extraordinary art of Michelangelo? What if Sir Isaac Newton hadn’t discovered gravity, and laws of motion that would be relevant 300 years later? And for all the writers out there…were you aware that Lewis Carroll—author of ‘Alice in Wonderland’—fell under the umbrella of Autism? So to all of you, who are reading this, ask yourself… “Is Autism a disorder, or is it a gift?” Through their short stories and poetry, a collection of talented authors have tackled that question.

From me:

"Look at what I have in my hands!  Fractured Realms. This is a charity anthology in aid of The Autism Trust. My friend and Woman In Horror Suzie Lockhart and her son Bruce Lockhart 2nd are the co-editors. Bruce also has a great story in this. All the proceeds go to The Autism Trust. I bought some and will have to get more later for my book store because I want to keep my personal copy and will send some out to friends. I also had Suzie and Bruce autograph all the copies. 

There are many super authors in this tome. 

So folks, for a great book where the money goes to a worthy cause, you have one here. Buy and enjoy!
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Suzie's Amazon bio:

 "Convinced she was destined to be an artist, Suzie Lockhart attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh after graduating high school, but the gnawing urge to write remained with her. She originally wanted to write romance novels, but after discovering the innate ability to tell chilling tales, Suzie embraced her inner-creepiness. When her son Bruce realized he had the same passion for the macabre, they teamed up. Four years of working together have produced over thirty-five short stories, in a dozen paperback publications and a variety of eZines
After building a solid reputation, they were asked by a small U.K. publisher to edit an anthology. 'Nightmare Stalkers & Dream Walkers' took second place in the 2013 P&E Readers Poll. Four more anthologies yielded another award for 'Fractured Realms', a charity anthology benefitting the Autism Trust.
Presently, 'Team Lockhart' is focusing their energies writing their YA novel.
They can be reached at _suzienbruce2@aol.com_
Suzie can be found on Facebook at Suzie Wargo Lockhart, or Twitter

Make sure you catch the great interviews above. They are well worth reading.

A little birdie told me that Suzie will have a fantastic short story coming up this year in an anthology from Lycan Valley Press. Suzie will be one of many great authors in this super tome. I'll keep everyone posted.

Some of Suzie's great tales of horror!

I have my copy of this great anthology! Make sure you get yours! I love the forward written by Bruce Lockhart 2nd, Suzie's son and writing partner. I think it is awesome that Suzie and Bruce are a team. and a great one at that.

Book description:

 Extraordinary people marked 'not normal' come from all different walks of life. For far too long, a shroud of darkness was thrown over those who've had boundless potential to transcend greatness; shunned and cast out through the misjudgment forced upon them. People enduring isolation from being trapped inside their own minds. People labeled with an Asd-Autism Spectrum Disorder. Seeds of greatness cannot be cultivated through judgment and condemnation. Imagine a world never having heard the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? Never seeing the extraordinary art of Michelangelo? What if Sir Isaac Newton hadn't discovered gravity, and laws of motion that would be relevant 300 years later? And for all the writers out there

Format: Paperback
What a wonderful gift of reading excellent short stories AND above all helping in some small way the issues of Autism. The authors are very talented and offer insight as well as creativity. If in some small way I can add a review that perhaps strikes a chord with a few readers and entices them to buy the book, I feel as though my "gem" of a find was well worth it. <3 
I see this great book is no longer available in Kindle, but the print version is well your money. My review is after the book description. Says it all!
Book description:
 Beware once you cross this threshold, there's no going back. Experience 20 different tales of dread and despair that will have your heart pounding, and your mind drifting through gateways of things not of this world. Relinquish your understanding of fear at the door, for the things that sprout forth from the minds of Suzie & Bruce Lockhart 2nd are far beyond the normal ideas of terror you've become accustomed to. HorrorLand will take you on a rollercoaster ride of insanity, from the undead, to the great deceiver himself! Around every corner, in every crack and crevice, you will encounter terror. You can't find sanctuary even in your own home

This is my book review for Adventures In Horrorland. Five Stars all the way!

Book Description

October 31, 2013
Beware once you cross this threshold, there’s no going back. Experience 20 different tales of dread and despair that will have your heart pounding, and your mind drifting through gateways of things not of this world.
Relinquish your understanding of fear at the door, for the things that sprout forth from the minds of Suzie & Bruce Lockhart 2nd are far beyond the normal ideas of terror you’ve become accustomed to.
HorrorLand will take you on a rollercoaster ride of insanity, from the undead, to the great deceiver himself!
Around every corner, in every crack and crevice, you will encounter terror. You can’t find sanctuary even in your own home…
So why run?
Would you strike a deal with death, hunt the things of shadow and substance, or seek revenge over justice?
Come now, just one more step, to face your fears behind that looming, wrought iron gate. This is going to be one helluva of a show, and, in truth, now that you’re here… I really can’t let you go
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Title For A Perfect Horror Anthology! October 5, 2014
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Adventures In Horrorland, by Suzie Lockhart and Bruce Lockhart 2nd was aptly published last year on Halloween. Read it again this year. The stories will blow you away!

My favorite story is The Monster In Me, penned by both Suzie and Bruce. I am amazed at the fact a duo of authors was able to write this. Great job on both their parts. I can't tell who wrote what. All I can say is that this is horror at its best.

Be Careful What You Wish For, by Suzie, is another great tale, one that has a super ending. Gotta love that!

Shadow Rain, by Bruce, is so great it's hard to describe. It is part horror, part fantasy, and a lot about love. In short, it is a literary gem.

These three stories are my favorites, but they are all great. To show you how much I love this book, I have an autographed paperback version signed by both Suzie and Bruce, and I also bought the Kindle ebook. I don't wish to be one of those people who reviews without buying a book. It's not my style.

I want to see more from these great authors! 

Format: Paperback
Horror scares me. That's why I like this anthology. Horror in smaller doses that I can handle. Horror that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Horror that makes you stop and think. This has it all! 
Suzie and Bruce have a great story, The Ferryman, in this super collection. They also edited this tome. Besides Suzie and Bruce, there are other fantastic authors sharing space with them. 
Book description:
 Winner of the P & E Readers Poll 2013 - 2nd place for best anthology of the year.

Welcome to the dreaded night realm...

lingering just beneath your eyelids, where the hellish things borne of fear eagerly await your arrival.
Prepare to be whiplashed to the darkest regions of 32 wicked minds, and forced to stare into their collective abyss. This world is chock-full of the stuff dreams are made of, but more than likely, if you find yourself in the minds of one of these authors, you’ll awaken to a nightmare.
This fear you’re experiencing is like a virus, it will spread to every inch of your body, sending not only a chill down your spine but reaching into the very depths of your soul…
You’ll journey to the darkest corners of these author’s minds, as you confront the living, breathing entity that is fear.

Edited by Suzie Lockhart & Bruce Lockhart 2nd.

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Anyone who enjoys the tingle from reading creepy horror, will love this. I especially enjoyed the story submitted by Sean Farren - well written and seriously sick & twisted. While he may be out of the running as a weekend babysitter, I definitely look forward to more writing from this author. 
The Skoll and the Swine is the contribution by Suzie and Bruce in this really cool anthology. I love the interior art in this anthology as well.
Book description:
 This is a superb collection of horror art, poetry, flash fiction and short stories.

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I bought this for the story by Tony Wilson, "Mr. Snuffles Doesn't Like You Very Much." It's a great little story that reminds me of some of the very best "big" suspense and/or horror authors I've read. I recommend this collection for this story alone.

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase The great writes surely compensate for the forgettable ones in this book. I'm sure I'll probably read a few of the poetry more than ones. Shawna Bernard's The Spider Box and Michael Randolph's Salvation stand out. The Spider Box has a very dreamy/nightmarish appeal. Languid and sexy. The horror is intelligently insinuated, not blatantly splayed out. Michael Randolph's Salvation is a very witty satire. The cadence keeps the reader alert through out and the humor contrasting with the nightmarish images portrayed by the writer's rich descriptive style makes the piece very entertaining and thought provoking. Some shorts stood out as well. Milk Shake by Andrew Freudenberg-- this one you'll have to read. But not for the faint of heart. This tops serial cruelty against humans. What can I say, this is a horror anthology and this one sure delivers. Michael Randolph's Justice-- the opening line already catches your attention. A slightly elevated type of horror reminiscent of the Twilight Zone. The author puts you in the middle of the story as if you are watching a movie. Kerri G.S. Lipp's Misery-- a rich mix of heart break, gore and more heart break. The horror in here hits close to home for some

Suzie and Bruce's great story Of Shadow & Substance is part of this superb collection. This story speaks to you. You may rest assured of that, my friends.

Book description:

 Sanatorium, mental ward, psychiatric hospital - they’re all the same. Places where the infirm, the crazy, and the certifiable go for treatment... Or what passes for ‘treatment’.

This is a collection of stories of bedlam taking place within the padded walls of an institution. Stories of experiments gone wrong, patients revolting against the staff, or even the deranged doings of those charged with giving care. They are sick, depraved, and atrocious - the type of stories that rarely reach the light of day.

Are you brave enough to crawl inside the minds of the thirteen authors who wrote these tales... Or are you afraid you’ll be locked up for peeking?

Featuring the talents of:
Delphine Boswell, Alex Chase, Sean Conway, Megan Dorei, A.A. Garrison, Tom Howard, Russell Linton, Suzie Lockhart and Bruce Lockhart 2nd, Jennifer Loring, Sergio Palumbo, Joseph A. Pinto, and D.M. Smith

Format: Kindle Edition
Like a few of the authors in this collection, I too have worked in a locked mental facility. Perhaps that is part of what drew me to read "Mental Ward: Stories from the Asylum." I can say that this was no ordinary trip; each author took a unique view of what it is like to be inside those locked walls. Some looked through the eyes of patients--living and deceased--while others looked through the eyes of staff members, administrators, or relatives of patients. Each story rang true and offered just the right amount of chill factor. The volume should not be considered frightening but be prepared: it is just off-center enough to cause disturbance. 

By KT on September 14, 2014
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It was a good grouping of asylum stories from the nutters to the orderlies. All were pretty well written and made for easy reading some were scary and some were straight out of the twilight zone. 

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It was a good read! I couldn't waiting to get through a chapter then quickly move on to the next. Great writing and a good read!
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Suzie knows how to feed you your daily dose of horror. Get acquainted with her skill at the craft.

Suzie Lockhart is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob

Sunday, February 28, 2016


From Sirens Call Publications:

"Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of the 25th issue of The Sirens Call eZine featuring poetry, fiction, and photography from women in honor of Women in Horror Recognition Month! This issue comes in at 146 pages and features poetry, flash fiction, and short stories from an all female line-up. It also features photography by and an interview with Karen Soutar, plus a collaborative interview with the authors featured in this issue."

Today, my Women In Horror are all the authors involved with the 25th issue of The Sirens Call eZine, as well as the fantastic staff and co-owners: Nina D'Arcangela, Julianne Snow, and Gloria Bobrowicz. This is an all women, all horror eZine, and it is free! Simply hit the link above and go to the website where you can download your copy. This issue has a great depth of talent. You will be reading some great stories and poems from some super-talented women.

Get your copy now!

Blaze McRob

Saturday, February 27, 2016


W. J. Howard has another super movie review for us this week. This week the movie is State Of Emergency. The movie description sounds pretty interesting, but how does our movie pro rate it? Should we rush out and buy the popcorn and get a six-pack of  Pabst, yes Pabst - see picture below - or should we find other fare to watch? Click the link above and find out what W. J. has to say.

If this movie is a bust in W.J.'s mind, check the left side bar for some great ones

Blaze McRob

About W. J. Howard:

I write stories mixed with dark comedy for all ages. My website is a place I share my stories along with my passion for zombies and wine. Originally from Chicago, I've lived more years now in Colorado. During my free time, I volunteer and design websites.
When I'm not here, I'm at or


Lori Whitwam is my Woman In Horror today! Lori is not only a great author, she is the Managing Editor for Limitless Publishing. Also, she works with a select few authors who she also works with so they can polish up their gems of literature.

Lori is pretty shy about telling the world who she is and what she does. Her website and Facebook Author Page  can lend more to the mystery that is Lori Whitwam. I would certainly check them out if I were you.

This is the bio that Lori has scattered around. It's a good one and pretty well explains who she is, what she does, and her take on life:

"Lori spent her early years reading books in a tree in northern West Virginia. The 1980s and 90s found her and her husband moving around the Midwest, mainly because it was easier to move than clean the apartment. After seventeen frigid years in Minnesota, she fled to coastal North Carolina in 2013. She will never leave, and if you try to make her, she will hurt you.

She has worked in public libraries, written advertising copy for wastewater treatment equipment, and managed a holistic veterinary clinic. Her current day job, conducted from her World Headquarters and Petting Zoo (her couch) is as a full-time editor for indie authors and small publishing houses.

Her dogs are a big part of her life, and she has served or held offices in Golden Retriever and Great Pyrenees rescues, a humane society, a county kennel club, and her own chapter of Therapy Dogs International.

She has been a columnist and feature writer for auto racing and pet publications, and won the Dog Writers Association of America's Maxwell Award for a series of humor essays.

Parents of a grown son, Lori and her husband were high school sweethearts, and he manages to love her in spite of herself. Some of his duties include making sure she always has fresh coffee and safe tires, trying to teach her to use coupons, and convincing the state police to spring her from house arrest in her hotel room in time for a very important concert. That last one only happened once--so far--but she still really, really appreciates it."

I love how she loves dogs. Check out her Facebook page and see how her dogs rule the roost.

On to Lori's great books!

Lori has written a great book of post-apocalyptic/distopian/horror/romance with this great book. It is first in a series and is priced at free at the moment, so this is the time to see what kind of an author Lori is. The reviews below pretty much sum up what this super read is all about.

Book description:

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

It should be easy to tell who the monsters are in the middle of a global zombie pandemic…

The blank-eyed swarms of animated corpses who want to gnaw on your flesh. Well those are the obvious choice, of course.

In reality, though, it’s not always that simple.

In the early days of the global zombie pandemic, Ellen Hale learned a brutal lesson. While trying to survive the hordes of zombies, Ellen was abducted by a band of marauders and subjected to abuse almost beyond her ability to endure.

She is broken both mentally, and physically, and fears she is on the verge of becoming a monster herself…

Until she is rescued by a growing band of survivors and given a second chance.

Ellen is taken to “The Compound”. Where she meets ex-convict, Quinn.

He’s everything she’d ever been taught to fear, but his presence is the only thing that makes her feel safe.

Will she be able to look past his rough exterior and learn to trust him? Or will the memory of the men who subjected her to such sadistic horrors ruin her chance at a new life?

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When I started reading this book I thought it was going to be all about zombies and the apocalypse. There were zombies, etc., but so much more! It's more about one person's survival during this terrible time and I loved it! The characters were so well developed and the story line flowed so nicely that I felt totally absorbed in the book.

Ellen is the main character of this book and tells her own story. I totally get Ellen - emotionally she's pretty tripped out. First she's held captive by so called humans and then finally rescued and released to a place where people are trying to build up their lives. It's obvious that she's a pretty strong woman, but still shows a lot of vulnerability as well. I love how she tries so hard to help another character who has gone through the same thing, putting that characters needs first, when she is still so very fragile.

Then along comes Quinn....oh boy....what can I say about him? Every man should be like Quinn, right? He is so very gentle and understanding with Ellen bringing out the emotions she had tried to hide. However, there is an underlying current of rage as well that comes through in this story.

A great story about trying to survive in a terrible world and yet staying human as well. I loved this book and am looking forward to reading more! Well done, Lori! 
on December 30, 2014
So what makes this book different? The focus is less on the zombies, and more on the humans. What we get is a look at society in the face of change. A social experiment of adaption that focus on how we survive, what changes, and what stays the same.

When Ellen gets separated form her brother in the early days of the pandemic, she is forced into a world of servitude that most could never fathom. Worse, it's at the hands of humans. While the zombies wage attacks outside, Ellen is faced with the fight of her life to survive her captors. Where do we draw the line on the anything goes when the world is ending mentality? Crime still happens, and people still exploit one another.

After being rescued, she finds herself in a cooperative environment where surviving humans have banned together. She also finds herself dealing with PTSD, trust issues and a new found drinking problem. It's bad enough to confront these issues in a normal world, never mind one where death comes knocking for you, in the quise of flesh eating zombies, at any minuet.

Enter Quinn, the ex-con with a heart of gold, and a habit of rescuing Ellen. Can she learn to trust him? Learn to live again? And can she learn what her place is in the new world the survivors are creating?

To me this book is entirely about Ellen. Her growth, her strength, her flaws, and her ever changing outlook. Whitwam gives us a strong female character who isn't afraid to show her flaws. She is raw, she is real, and she grabs you into the story. Told from Ellen's point of view, this is her testament on the apocalypse, and it is worth your while.

I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it.
Format: Paperback
When Ellen has found herself in the middle of a zombie outbreak, she thought she would be safe with her brother Matt until she is taken by force and made to endure sheer torture at the hands of several men.

Ellen's whole world is turned upside down and she doesn't think she's ever getting out of the predicament she's in until she's saved by survivor's of the zombie apocalypse. She's not sure she'll ever be able to trust another human being, especially a man but Quinn might just change her mind.

Quinn is a big, rugged looking guy and when Ellen first spots him she is completely intimidated by him. I don't know if it was his tattoos, his looks or the fact that he was killing zombies but he was the last person she wanted to get to know.

The very first time Quinn see's her, he does something that should have proven he wasn't a bad guy or even won her over just a little but she still thinks of him as Mr. Evil and when she learns he's an ex con, it pretty much cements her opinion of him.

Quinn proves he's more of a teddy bear than the big bad wolf when Ellen watches how he acts with one of the girls who was held captive with her.

Quinn is a totally swoon worthy hero and his character proves that you should never judge a book by its cover. A person is more than what they look like on the outside. The true spirit of a person resides on the inside and how the express themselves to others.

Ellen has lost just about everything of her old life but when Quinn finds something that she's been hoping to find and brings it back to her, well let's just say you're gonna need a box of kleenex to get through that scene.

I was so happy with this book, right up until I got to the ending and I had a moment of "Oh No You Didn't!"

It was one of those rare moments when reading a book where you want to scream at the author and ask them why they did that. I've read other reviewers say that this moment in time has happened to them but this is a first for me. I'm still a little stunned by the twist in this book. A twist that you will just have to read the book in order to find out what I'm talking about.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced digital copy for free from the author in exchange for my honest review.
 This second book in The Dead Survive series is even better than the first one. The characters are more fleshed out and the action rolls.
 After being rescued from a brutal band of marauders, Ellen Hale rebuilt her life in the fortified neighborhood that became her home. A heartbreaking decision and devastating loss pushed her to become a fierce fighter, because weakness only got you and those you loved killed.

Now her community is facing a deadly threat, and Ellen has another choice to make.

Ellen volunteers as a member of fallback team three, tasked with establishing a temporary refuge for their citizens in the event their community is overrun by the enemy. As the danger intensifies, she and her adopted sister, Melissa, set off with the rest of their team on the road trip from hell.

Their mission is cloaked in secrecy, but suspicions of a traitor arise.

Something is affecting the zombies’ migration patterns, and when blacksmith Tyler Garrett is discovered trapped in a farmhouse, the team refuses to trust him. But Ellen believes his story, and it’s not just because of his rugged, blond good looks and soft-spoken manner—his skills can greatly benefit their team.

As the team struggles to reach the fallback, previously secure locations are overrun, and their chances of success seem remote. With the likelihood of a traitor nearly certain, and the lives of everyone she loves at risk, Ellen must figure out who to trust before the traitor—or the zombies—destroy them all.

Is there a spy among the fallback team,
or is there another threat lurking in the Kentucky hills?
Format: Kindle Edition
Review contains no spoilers*

Fallback continues the story of Ellen Hale who we met in the first book, The Dead Survive. Ellen faced more than just the Zombie invasion, she faced the monster that man can be. But she prevailed, and joined a new community, gained a new 'sister', and found that wounds can heal and you can learn to live again.

Now that community is threatened. Not just by zombies, but by a rival community; human marauders who will stop at nothing to take what others have built from the ruins of society. Ellen's new existence and purpose is threatened once again. And the central question is, can one afford to become too comfortable. Have they really built a safety net, or are they sitting ducks?

In response to that, Ellen joins Fallback team 3, a team charged with forging a new safe house, a refuge if the zombies can no longer be held back. As they prepare to leave the community they have called home, safe behind their concrete walls, Ellen questions if it's the right choice. And, faces the possibility of a trader within their ranks. The journey proves to be anything but easy, and the questions are many. Have the two other teams made their destinations? Are those back in the compound safe? Have their been other traitors in the fold?

All I can say is wow. As much as I would have liked to been privy to the fate of the other fallback teams, I was too engrossed in the world of Ellen. I was happy to see her grow more as a character, forge more relationships, and even, very possibly, find love again. What I love about Whiwam's series is the reality she creates for her characters. They not only survive, they forge out communities with purpose and structure. They don't know what lies outside their walls, but in them, they are forming a pretty compact unit, and I was sad to see that threatened. Her books are not just straight zombie gore, they are social commentaries. (Re: the way Ellen's life was threatened by remaining human's in The Dead Survive)

Bottom line; this book is perfect for fans of the Walking Dead, urban fantasy, and just someone who wants a damn good book. You will do better is you have read the first book in the series; The Dead Survive, a lot of things are explained in that first book. But you won't go wrong, this book is a fast, engrossing read. One that leaves you breathless, and hoping for a third book.

I was given this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. **
By Stephanie on October 14, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Ellen Hale is now a fighter, after surviving repeated traumas; she is now a master with a machete and can dispatch the undead with ease. She is now a fully functioning, contributing and trustworthy member of her compound. Along with her adopted sister, Mellissa, she has built up a life for herself. So, of course a threat to their way of life is not far off. However, the threat is not zombies. The compound leader has overheard that a band of marauders is looking to take over their compound next. He asks for volunteers to move to fallback positions so not all of their people and materials will be compromised. Ellen and Mellissa join up and are chosen as assets to go. On route, the fallback team picks up a stranger, Tyler, a blacksmith with skills the team could use. Some of the team is wary, but Ellen’s first instinct is to trust him. When a traitor is discovered within the ranks, Ellen’s trust will be tested.
Ellen has definitely grown by leaps and bounds in this book. Now she is a strong female fighter who is able to protect herself and be an asset to her community. I was really glad to see the logical thinking of the compound leader when trouble arrives; many times this goes by the wayside in times of panic. As the team is on the move, there is a lot more action present than in the first book. Ellen really gets to show off her new machete and survival skills. Also, the behavior of the zombies is described a little more in this book and I think that there will be some interesting things with that. Tyler is a nice addition to the team and his blacksmithing skills and a plus. I really liked how he and Ellen are moving slowly and gaining trust. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 
Format: Kindle Edition
I LOVE zombie reads. I love them even more when they feature a strong, intellectual, female lead, who has just decided to give back just as hard as she gets.

This read was absolutely brilliant. The whole premise is similar to most zombie reads, in the sense that there was an outbreak and after the outbreak people must find a way to fight back. However, this story is different in the sense that our main character has dealt with being trampled on and pushed round by the coming of the zombie age, and now she’s decided she’s had enough. She makes the decision to stand up and start fighting back, with everything she’s got.

I really like out main lady. She was written with a great attitude, strength, power, intellect and a plethora of snarky comebacks. She has a load of depth and really responds well to all the things that are thrown at her. I often stopped to think ‘yeh, I’d be like this is I were in the Z age.’ It was easy to really latch onto her and start to like both her and what she stood for – a comeback and chance at life for people.

The pace of the story was great. It had great actions sequences, really getting you into the scene, enough that I felt I may need to start wielding my own weapons of choice. These scenes were fast, fun and exciting. We were also left with loads of time to get to know our character, just why they are where they are and how she thinks. With this blend of action and depth, I really found the read rather addicting.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I will be looking out for more by this author and highly highly recommend you check this book out, especially if you are a zombie reader.
Unlike Lori's other two books, this one is more romance driven. However, don't let that give you the wrong idea. There is mystery and suspense added to the mix. and did I mention dark? Yes, parts of this great tale are dark. One super read! 

Book description:
 A writer, a musician, an unexpected love…and a killer who wants to destroy it all.

Abby never dreamed she'd meet her rock-n-roll fantasy, Seth Caldwell, by crushing his guitar under the wheels of her Jeep. Twice. Seth wants to strangle her, but soon the snarks turn to sparks, and he revokes his longstanding rule against getting involved with women on the road.

But when an attempt is made on Seth’s life, everyone’s a suspect. Abby’s determined to hang on to the tenuous ties they’ve developed, but Seth’s determined to keep her safe... even if he has to push her away in order to do it...
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Abby had long lusted over Seth Caldwall, the lead singer of a successful rock band, but she never expects to actually meet him - especially not by running over his favourite guitar! But as soon as the two meet, despite a few harsh words, the two form an instant connection. An intense, passionate romance starts, but is almost cut short by an attempt on Seth's life, in the form of a pipe bomb planted in his bag. The bomb starts a 'who-dunit' hunt of everyone they can think of, including the people closest to Seth; his band.

I really loved both characters in this novel. Abby was quirky and loveable, and Seth was downright sexy (and pretty much my perfect guy!). The sex scenes between the couple were smoking and if anyone likes their romance to leave them squirming in their seat, this one is definitely for them. Add in a whole heap of chemistry, some seriously high-tension scenes, and you get the perfect formula for a great novel.

I'll look forward to Lori Whitwam's next novel! 
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I read all types of books, for the love of reading. Once in awhile, a book will jump up and grab me and reel me in, like Lori's book Make or Break. I immediately felt at home with the characters, enjoyed the easy conversations and laughed at the humor. Just enough of everything - humor, romance, mystery - to satisfy all. Get this book NOW and treat yourself to a good read! 
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If you've ever wondered what it might be like to have an amazing romance with a famous musician, "Make or Break" fills the bill and then some with an intense murder mystery backdrop that keeps you guessing clear to the end. The story is beautifully written with fun, relatable characters, clever, sometimes laugh-out-loud dialogue, intriguing, suspenseful plot twists, and fascinating glimpses into the secret lives of popular performers which pulled me in for a read that I simply couldn't put down! Lori Whitwam's unique style combines deliciously passionate romance with dark, unsettling mystery for story telling harmony in an octave all its own! 
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Lori does a lot for other authors and writes fantastic books.
Lori Whitwam is a Woman In Horror!
Blaze McRob

Friday, February 26, 2016


The Hyde Hotel, edited by James Everington and Dan Howarth,  takes budget hotel to a whole new meaning, one filled with horror. Sign in at the desk and stay awhile.

Book description:

 The Hyde Hotel Welcomes You...
The Hyde Hotel looks almost exactly as you'd expect it to: a faceless, budget hotel in a grey city you are just passing through. A hotel aimed at people traveling alone, a hotel where you know so little about your fellow guests that they could be anyone... and where, perhaps, so could you. But sometimes things are hiding in plain sight, and not everyone who stays at The Hyde gets a good night's sleep... Featuring stories about the guests and staff of The Hyde Hotel from Simon Bestwick, Ray Cluley, Alex Davis, Cate Gardner, V H Leslie, Alison Littlewood, Amelia Mangan, S P Miskowski, Iain Rowan, Mark West and the editors.
Enjoy your stay.

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase I enjoyed this idea very much, the introduction was intriguing as were the stories. My favorites were Lost and Found, Housekeeping and The Coyote Corporation's Misplaced Song


Jill Behe is my Woman In Horror today! To get started, I will put up a few bits and pieces of some things she has written in the past. A few things have been changed, for the better for Jill, so some of them will be left out and I will hit on them elsewhere in this post.

From Jill: 

"Doubts, Worries, Fears?  Just Adrenaline, Your Write or Flight Response!
By Jill S. Behe
FIRST REMEMBERED WRITING VENTURES took place in the fifth grade, one, a western; and two, a play about alien triplets invading the earth, for which I drafted my siblings as actors.  As a freshman in high school, our science teacher offered extra credit for anyone who’d turn in a science fiction story.  Could not have cared less about any possible bonus points, but I did pounce on the challenge.
The story was inspired by Star Trek.
I got a B+.
Somewhere in my junior/senior year, I wrote my first mystery/romance—a novel!  The next attempt at a long form story didn’t start until some 15-years, a marriage, and two kids later, while my husband was deployed.
From the time those first words went down, the goal was to be published. Though I didn’t know it at the time, it would take more than 30-years to meet that goal.
About halfway through, the mother of one of my son’s friends invited me to a writing group.  They were having a celebration for just having published their first anthology.
I was fascinated.  Had never been involved with such a group … hadn’t even known they existed.
My nerves were shot by the time we got to the meeting. 
Attendees were allowed to read three pages, double-spaced, and, oh, how they loved newcomers.  I was to stand up and read those pages, out loud, in front of all those strangers.
Holy Crap! 
Stage fright or not, these were writers, real writers.  And there I was, pawning myself off as one of their number. 
It was time to woman-up.
Would I be accepted?  Would my work?  Heaven forbid I trip over my tongue, or not be able to keep my hands from shaking, but worse … what if they didn’t like my words?
I’ll leave you to wonder what transpired, but what’s important is they expected me back!  And more important, that I could hardly wait.
For it was then I realized this dream of one day getting published had moved into the realm of real possibility.  And that realization grew, meeting by meeting, as did the camaraderie amongst my fellow bookwrights.  Friends brought into my life because of love of story.  Many of whom I remain bonded with today.
One scribbling sibling, in particular, took me aside.  He wanted to discuss my story, some possible points that might add to my arsenal.  WOW!  I had never had anyone really critique my work before, let alone an actual writer.  Yes, in the group there were oral evaluations, often using the OREO method: with something done right, some points to consider for improvement, and finally, what was most impressive.  This, by itself, had been revelatory—even empowering.
            But this time, with this writer, was different.  We went word by word, and sentence by sentence, analyzing word choice and placement, discussing the power of complex sentences, power words, transpositions, verbs vs. adverbs … lions, tigers, and bears!
I was introduced to c-r-a-f-t.
Words became clay.  Necessary material needed to get on the page.  Wonderful clay poured forth from my soul, instinct, and passion … but then material to be shaped, molded, refined and fired!  That gorgeous fusion between art and craft, heart and skill.
            Then it happened, two years ago, my first published novel.
As cliché as it sounds, there really are no words that can express the exhilaration felt when my editor called and said: “Jill, Jill, Check your e-mail!”
The publisher pitched with Mossy Creek had accepted it and was offering a contract. 
I’d been a reader the whole of my life, and yet not once did I ever think about authors as real people.  Sure, I’d seen their faces on the back of the books, or read their bios on the Internet, but that didn’t make them Joe or Jane Public.  Oh, no.  Instead, they were special—and they are, they truly are—and a far cry from being mere mortals.  How could I be one of them?  Was this even real? 
When I finally got to hold my book, a printed copy of my work, for the first time, it was indescribable.  But then my family and friends had one, too!  And strangers!  And people in Europe!
They were all reading words.
Words from Jill S. Behe!
I began to think of all the authors I had ever read.  Had they all gone through this same incredibly frightening, exciting, terrifying, validating transition?  From dreamer to author?  Had their family and friends gotten more excited about The Book than even they had? 
How did they handle the initial: “You have a book out?  Really?  That’s so cool.  What’s it called?”
Not sure how to even describe the weirdness of that.
Now I’ve two shorts out, and Book Two of Mossy Creek ready for editing.  And again the weirdness is happening.  People who read and enjoyed my first novel are e-mailing, asking on Facebook, walking down the hall at church: “Hey, Jill.  When’s your next book coming out!”
            Is it still terrifying, exhilarating, nerve-wracking, and fantastic?
And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
            With February’s honoring of Women In Horror, and now, with this bonus month of March, were I to say anything to my sisters out there, young to mature, and especially for those who might be fence-sitting, pondering whether or not to take their shot in this crazy world of writing and publishing, it would be:
And with extreme prejudice!
Over the years, I’ve written hundreds of stories, but in the end, that’s only half the equation.  There’s that other half, that if neglected, forgotten, or not believed in, causes our art to suffer, our dreams to never meet reality. 
And why?
Because our work must ultimately be read.
That’s the whole point.

As you can see above, Jill has much to share with authors wanting to break into the craft. Mossy Creek has found a new home, and her sequel has been written. You will enjoy these for sure. And, she has other offerings, as well, that I'm certain will tickle your fancy.

Amazon bio:

"Jill is the eldest of four children born to Christian parents in East Central Pennsylvania. It took a while, but the rebel within finally broke free. After shocking family and friends by enlisting in the US Army, then marrying--not much of a shock--birthing three sons, and getting divorced--again not much of a shock--she's now settling in, back in the great State of PA ... until the next adventure.

Jill began writing nonsense stories for her siblings and friends while in grade school, probably from the time she learned cursive. Her writing has improved. (A good thing.) With time, maturity and persistence, she continues to hone her craft in a variety of genres ... and at the urgent butt-kicking of her friends.

During the thirty-odd years she was 'away from home,' she never lost her love of creating prose. It was only a few years ago, she met another writer, and accepted an invitation to join a writing group. Not only did she make many new friends, she also learned more about the craft, and how to market her work.

To date, the Rebel has three novels, a novelette, and over a hundred and fifty short and flash fiction stories in her arsenal of completed works, with more on the table to finish."

To Some great books!

Mossy Creek is a great mystery filled with much small town charm. I loved it and believe you will too.

Book description:

 Welcome to Mossy Creek. We’re small and easy-going with a lot of community pride and camaraderie. What we don’t have a lot of is crime.

A close-knit laid-back little borough, so close to the southern border of Pennsylvania we’re almost in West Virginia. Townsfolk like to say: “We’re south enough to lend credence to our slight drawl, but sufficiently north of the Mason-Dixon to be ‘damn Yankees’.”

None of us were prepared for murder … especially involving a teenager. 

on January 23, 2016
Loved this book. Great characters and good plot.
on January 25, 2016
Enjoyed it
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This was an entertaining and most enjoyable story. The characters were interesting and the sort of people one would enjoy knowing and having as friends. I actually laughed out loud at times when Maggie was contemplating her next move. I can't wait to get back to Mossy Creek. 
Freezer Burn is number two in the Maggie Mercer Mystery series. Another Jill Behe hit!
Book description:
 Mossy Creek is in the midst of a bone-chilling winter. Even then, crime doesn’t take a vacation. If the temperatures don’t rise to the plus side of zero soon, the citizens will be suffering from Freezer Burn.

A visiting reporter has allegedly gone missing. Wyatt and Ricky are pulling double duty out at the lake, helping prep the hillside for the annual toboggan run. The mailbox baseball bandit, from last summer, has escalated his bashing spree. And, Maggie has acquired a stalker.

And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

It’s cold outside, y’all. Come on over here. Warm yourselves by the fire while I’ll fill you in. 
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I love this author. Grabs your attention from page one. Funny, witty, Adventurous, captivating everything and more you would want in a book. This is second one in the series. The first one is really good too. I can't wait till the third one comes out. 
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A good. Interesting read 
Jill's tale How Do you Do It, Mr. Sullivan? is included in this great anthology!
Book description:
 Please step inside the May December Multiplex! Check out any of our thirteen screens for tales that will titillate, tease, and terrify. Come check out a host of other nasty beasties. So pop some corn, pour a beverage of choice (alcohol is permitted provided you have appropriate ID), and pick out your most comfy seat. Yes, come in and enjoy the show. And the best part is...your ticket is good for every screen! No need to sneak from one theater to the is ALL included in the price of admission! Hurry and find your seat, the show will start as soon as you are ready!

Stories by Theric Jepson, Lillian Scernica, Stuart Conover, Chantal Boudreau, Matt Kurtz, EA Black, Tom Ribas, Suzi M, D Alan Lewis, Jill Behe, Elsa Carruthers, Jay Wilburn, and Michael James McFarland.
Format: Paperback
MIDNIGHT MOVIE CREATURE FEATURE 2 showcases thirteen stories that rival every cheesy Saturday late night horror flick you've ever seen in your life. Continuing the tradition set in MayDecember Publications first Midnight Movie Creature Feature, this collection continues and reinforces the campieness. If you love a cut-rate radio host introducing low budget monster movies on late night cable then then is the place for you!

The bakers dozen of tales contains some real gems. The opening story is a Hitchcock-esque story of Were-animals set to the tone of a medical report and is brilliant in scope and content. The collection sallys forth with stories about sea creatures, creepy toys, worms, zombies, roaches and even a few unsavory humans. All the contributions really embrace the concept of the late night b-movie yet are solidly written so as the only thing that is campy is the spirit of the story.

There were two stories that felt 'off-the-mark' to me. They didn't feel very 'creaturish' to me and seemed a bit out of place in this collection. But those two are the exception to the rule. And to those story's credit they are both still solid stories even if the editor felt they did exist somewhere on the fringes of the collection.

You can never go wrong picking up an anthology from MayDecember Publications. Continuing that tradition is this beauty, MIDNIGHT MOVIE CREATURE FEATURE 2 will fulfill all your monster story needs at a price that won't frighten anyone. If you know this publishing house then you won't be disappointed and if you've never read anything from MayDecember this is the perfect place to start. 
Jill's tale S.P.Q.R. is one of 51 stories in this Zombie Erotica anthology.
Book description:
 What's sexy about zombies? 51 authors answered that question with wild, weird, and titillating tales. From love during the apocalypse, to love that goes beyond the grave and back again, to love that well, never dies, you'll find these pages filled with desires demanding to be fufilled, hungers to be slaked, and lovers who won't let a little thing like death (or undeath) come between them. Do zombies need sex as much as they need brains? What would you do to bring a lover back from the dead? What if you survived the apocalypse only to find yourself alone and sexually frustrated? Light some candles, put on some mood music, and cozy up with 50 Shades of Decay. The zombie sexpocalypse has begun...
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Decay is an anthology of 50+1 erotic short stories, each story is different aside from the shared theme of zombies and sex. There is sex with zombies, zombies having sex and humans having sex while there are zombies nearby. Lets just say there’s a lot of sex, and zombies.

First off I have to say that I’m not a big fan of zombies, and I haven’t read any of the 50 shades books; but I love short stories, and I have a warm spot for erotica (in my heart you dirty minded readers you!). So, when this book came across my radar I thought “sure why not?”

Aside from zombies and sex, humor was also a common element in a lot of the stories. But of course, with 51 stories it was no surprise to find that they also ran in gambit of styles, some were really good, and I wish they had been longer, some of them were pretty bad and left me wondering what I had just read; Some were cute, others were gross, some ended in such a way that I was left with a bad taste in my mouth, so to speak. Some were really gross and others were really sweet; and few of them were even, dare I admit it? Really Hot.


Needless to say this is not a book for those with delicate sensibilities, or stomaches. However if you do venture into this with a delicate nature, you’ll end up nearly desensitized to the gore by the end of the book, so that might be something to consider. I would also advise against reading it on your lunch break until at least half way through the book, regardless of your sensibilities.

All in all I enjoyed this anthology, it was different from what I normally read and even though there were some parts that made me gag, I was very entertained throughout.

I was given a free copy of the book above in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are mine and do not reflect those of the authors or editors. 
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50 Shades of Decay, as anyone familiar with recent pop culture would guess, is a play on 50 Shades of Grey, the popular Twilight fan fiction erotica. Only rather than being about BDSM, this is horror/erotica, and some of the stories within go into really alternative lifestyles. In fact, this anthology contained some stories that featured sub(sub?)genres that I didn't realize were out there. But there are 51 stories by 51 different authors, so their take on zombies and erotica varies widely. There are stories of love that leads to suicide come the apocalypse, zombie strippers, necromancy, necrophilia, and the list goes on. The stories range in quality from good to excellent, with my favorites leaning much more heavily into the horror genre.

Out of all of the short stories in this anthology, two in particular really stood out to me. Rabbits, by Guy Anthony De Marco, is a rather bleak story that features a zombie with a latent memory and a man who comes to realize that he has been reduced to nothing more than an animal in a cage. There were a few stories that dealt with similar themes, but De Marco manged to capture the sense of hopelessness in just a few short pages in a way that has stayed with me long after reading it. The other, and possibly the best story in the anthology, is Z Spot, by Benjamin Kane Ethridge. Ethridge's story revolves around a zombie stripper that is still going through the motions as she slowly decays, and who is also looking for an emotional connection. She finds it with one last customer, but things take a tragic turn. Ethridge is one of those rare writers who can take something that could easily be ridiculous and turn it into a moving story of love and loss.

If I was giving awards away for titles, the award for best short story title ever would have to go to Pretty Kitty's Post Apocalypse Porn Palace. My love for alliteration aside, this was a good story. Jolie Chaton is the author and she has an original take on the zombie apocalypse, or at least one possible business opportunity that could be available afterward.

Overall this is a good anthology that I think would appeal to anyone who loves zombie fiction, and quite possibly a few of you weirdos out there who have truly outlandish fetishes. (That last bit is very tongue in cheek, so please don't send me any hate mail. Many thanks.)
Jill's story Whiskers is included in this eclectic horror/romance anthology.
Book description:
 Never…not in your wildest dreams… would you believe the creatures of the night that invaded your dreams as a child were real… right? Think again. Do you remember those times, when, even as an adult, in the middle of the night you were startled awake? You woke up confused and trembling, never understanding why, or even knowing what it was that drew you out of your slumber. Believing that a nightmare was the cause, you made light of the screams, and the moans, and the whispers that remained in your head.
“From Dusk Til Dawn” gives us a glimpse into the realm of darkness, the time of day, or rather night, when those unimaginable creatures of the dark come out to play. And the things that they do…and who they do it with...well...romance will surely take on a new meaning, and you might never again turn off the lights.
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Jill is becoming more skilled in the craft with every book and story she writes. Keep posted, my friends.

Jill Behe is a woman in Horror!

Blaze McRob