Friday, May 26, 2017

WITCHES AMONG US - BY KATHRYN MEYER GRIFFITH



Witches Among Us, by Kathryn Meyer Griffith, is out now. This is The Fourth Spookie Town Murder Mystery ( Spookie Town Murder Mysteries Book 4 ). Kathryn is one fantastic author, and you will not want to miss this great book! Go to the free sample on Amazon and see if you don't agree with me. I know you'll want to purchase her book.

You can also find Kathryn's books on Smashwords. https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/KathrynMeyerGriffith

Blaze McRob


Book description:


Spookie is a quaint village often cloaked in fog and filled with mysteries. The usual eccentric characters are here for their fourth murder mystery and the case is one which really hits close to home this time for Myrtle, the town’s Perry Como singing and wagon-pulling bag lady. Her sister Evelyn, the local animal hoarder, is missing. Strange miniature figures fashioned of twigs are found hanging from one of Evelyn’s trees as warnings. Because of them Myrtle fears a coven of wanted-to-be witches she once knew, and escaped from, almost sixty year ago could be behind the kidnapping because she stole their ancient black grimoire–and they want it back. But Myrtle doesn’t want to let them have it because she believes the grimoire is dangerously real. The book mustn’t fall into the wrong hands and the old coven’s hands are covered in blood. So Myrtle again seeks Frank and Abigail’s help in getting her sister back, alive, and protecting the grimoire. What they don’t know is a fourth addition to their team of sleuths, a mysterious psychic and new addition to the town, will emerge and join the battle…but whose side will she be on? Is she merely a psychic or is she something more? And will they get Evelyn back alive or will the old witches find and possess the grimoire first? The fourth Spookie Town Murder Mystery.






Wednesday, May 24, 2017

EVEN HELL HAS STANDARDS: PRIDE - BY CHANTAL NOORDELOOS




http://www.amazon.com/Even-Hell-Has-Standards-Pride-ebook/dp/B00JI9OH6M/ref=cm_rdp_product_img

I have a book review I wrote a while back for Even Hell Has Standards: Pride, written by Chantal Noordeloos. Chantal has a wonderful way with words. She brings you into her stories in a most delightful way. Make sure you check out this great book as well as her other tales of horror. They are all great.

Blaze McRob

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Book description:


Sometimes life brings out the worst in a person, but Adolf Zakerny was born for evil. After a life of torment and murder, all in the name of Hell, it’s time for Zakerny to take his place amongst the demons. Will the blood he spilled appease the charismatic Lord of Hell, or will Zakerny’s Pride come to a fall?

‘Pride’ is the first of seven short stories in the ‘Even Hell Has Standards’ series, where Chantal Noordeloos takes the reader through the darker side of human nature, and it’s road to redemption. This is Hell as you’ve never seen it before.

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe In Hell? You Will Now!, April 24, 2014
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This review is from: Even Hell Has Standards: Pride (Kindle Edition)
Chantal Noordeloos has come up with the perfect tale for those who do not believe in Hell. Her story is filled with plenty of gore and sadism, but it is the psychological horror which comes to the fore-front. Take one truly evil human, Adolf - even her choice of a name for the antagonist in this romp through the worst of what an entity could possibly foist upon his fellow humans is perfect - add pride which exceeds no known limits, mix well, and wham! We are blessed with a story which will most likely have theologians shaking their heads, wagging fingers, and spouting venom when perhaps they might see that maybe, just maybe, Chantal has hit upon something . . . something which could possibly be.

Am I saying the Gospel According To Chantal Noordeloos is true? Of course not. This is a fiction tale of horror, and the author is not bandying about any new dogma. What she does do, as any great author does, is open the reader's mind to the possibility of truth within the story. By creating a story line which appears to be reasonable, the reader is drawn into its intricate meanderings of what is to happen next to this man Adolf, a man who fears no one and is truly not repentant for his sins.

Does Adolf win? Does Satan win? Or does God win? Oh, me lads and lassies, that is not for me to say. Read this great story and get carried away within conceptual beliefs you may have never heard before. This book pushes the limits, but in the most delightful of ways.

Are you tired of fluff? Do you wish to read a thinking person's story, yet one filled with a telling and hypnotic spell? Chantal Noordeloos has written what you are looking for. Embrace the words of a master at her craft.

Even Hell Has Standards: Pride, will not let you down!

Monday, May 22, 2017

CIVILITY





There are a lot of inconsiderate people popping up in the various groups on Facebook and elsewhere lately. I'm concerned mainly with writers' groups. As an example, one author posted her book cover of a soon to be published novel. This should have been happy time for her, right? It wasn't. Some guy blasted her over it saying it was horrible. I remembered him posting other things of the like in the past. He's rather opinioned, rude, and it seems he sells book covers. Hmm. I checked his credentials and didn't think his covers were all that good. My opinion, of course. Other authors said the same thing. Their covers were also not worth bragging about in my eyes. They were not horrible, but not great either. One guy liked the cover the woman had. Me? I also liked the cover. Obviously, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Unless you just wish to bring someone down, that is.

The same thing can be found with people finding flaws with formatting, editing, and much more. People come out of the woodwork to attack their peers. Wow! Why? No one is perfect. Remember that. As a rule of thumb, read the free sample on Amazon for a book and base your decision on that.

I am an editor as well as an author. As such, I see some great work and some that is lacking. Thank goodness I don't have to tell individuals when their work is not up to par. Another person handles that part. When I review a book for someone I only give 5Star or 4Star reviews. If the work doesn't warrant such I don't bother to leave a review. If the author knows I've read the book and asks me about it, I'll tell her/him in private. Yes, I get some authors who tell me I'm wrong, but I don't care. They asked and I told them.

Another thing that irritates me are people with high noses who have won many awards and try to lord it over the authors they consider to be beneath them. Sorry, people. I read for the content and not the celebrity. In fact, there are many authors who people love that I just can't get in to. Their tastes; my tastes. No one is right or wrong. Also, there is still some stigma attached to self-published authors and their books. There shouldn't be. A good book is a good book. Plain and simple. We don't need gate-keepers anymore.Those days are over.

I suggest that if you want to say something to help out a fellow author that you do it in private, and do it in a constructive manner. Otherwise, keep your mouth shut. There's too much negativity in this world today.

Thank you for reading this.

Blaze McRob




Sunday, May 21, 2017

NIGHTY NIGHTMARE'S PODCAST


http://www.nightynightmare.net/

Mary G. Fortier-Sch├╝tz II's Nighty Nightmare has a new home! And that's not all. It is now in audio. You can actually hear Mary as she spins her tales to you via her horror-sculpted ( yet sweet ) voice. And, as if that's not enough, she has been selected in the HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival!

Congratulations, Mary!

Don't miss these great podcasts, my friends. My favorite is her telling of graveyards. But they are all great! Catch you over there.

Blaze McRob











Thursday, May 18, 2017

NURSE BLOOD - BY REBECCA BESSER



https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01K8VOLCS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01K8VOLCS&linkCode=as2&tag=rebeccabcom-20&linkId=e6be55b65ea20b70df0dd08536f8003f#nav-subnav

Nurse Blood, by Rebecca Besser, is waiting for you. This is a fantastic mystery, suspense, medical, crime thriller. Ahah! I bet I have your interest now. Rebecca is a great author and comes up with super on the edge of your seat tales. I recommend this novel highly!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


 Sonya Garret roams the bar scene hoping to steal the heart of an unsuspecting victim—literally…

Sonya, better known as Nurse Blood, is part of a team of lethal organ harvesters who seek out the weak to seduce, kill, and part out for profit on the black market. When Sonya meets Daniel McCoy, a young man recovering from a broken engagement, he’s just another kill to line her pockets with quick cash.

Agent David McCoy vows to find out how and why his twin brother Daniel disappeared…

Daniel’s body hasn’t been found, and the leads are slim to none, but it won’t stop David from dedicating his life to solving his brother’s case. When the evidence finally uncovers the shocking truth that Daniel’s disappearance is linked to organ harvesters, David knows his brother is most likely dead. But he’s determined to stop the villains’ killing spree before they strike again.

One last harvest is all Sonya and her team need to put their murderous past behind them…

A family with the rarest blood type in the world is the only thing standing between Sonya and retirement. David McCoy and the FBI are hot on their trail, though, and multiple targets make this the most complicated harvest yet. Will David unravel Sonya’s wicked plans in time to avenge his brother and save an innocent family? Or will Sonya cash in her final kill and escape for good?

Murder for profit stops for no man when you’re Nurse Blood.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

SUFFER THE CHILDREN - BY JOHN SAUL


https://www.amazon.com/Suffer-Children-John-Saul-ebook/dp/B0047747JC/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Suffer The Children is John Saul's first novel. I read it many years ago and became an instant John Saul fan. There's not a novel of his I don't like. I can't say that about a number of other horror authors. Check this one out and you'll feel the same as me.

Happy reading!

Blaze McRob


Book description:


One hundred years ago in Port Arbello a pretty little girl began to scream. And struggle. And die. No one heard. No one saw. Just one man whose guilty heart burst in pain as he dashed himself to death in the sea. Now something peculiar is happening in Port Arbello. The children are disappearing, one by one. An evil history is repeating itself. And one strange, terrified child has ended her silence with a scream that began a hundred years ago.

Monday, May 1, 2017

RUTH BARRETT - WOMAN IN HORROR








Ruth Barrett is my Woman In Horror today! She has numerous stories published by traditional publishers. Now she has chosen to take the bull by the horns, goes her own route, and publishes on her own. Thus, we have Spirited Words Book Company. This does not mean she skimps on any part of producing quality work. She takes her time to make certain her books receive proper editing, get great covers, and receive the utmost care in every way.

Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spirited-Words-Book-Co/101014656667433 and get caught up in some great sayings, pictures, and mind provoking tid-bits.

Now I come to a more somber place in this post. Read some of Ruth's posts at http://ruth-barrett-spiritedwords.blogspot.com/  What you will find is a strong lady writing tough words. Horror authors are a special breed. We've been kicked around, bullied in all matter of ways, and been attacked by things we have no control over. That's why we write what we do. No fluff. Just truth. Sure, we embellish it, but it's there. Read what Ruth says on her website. I need not say any more.

Amazon Bio:


Ruth Barrett was born in Pointe Claire, Quebec, and now makes her home in Stratford, Ontario. Between then and now, she studied English Literature at Trent University and the University of Leeds, and classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Ruth pursued an acting career in Toronto where her love of the stage saw her perform in everything from Shakespeare to sketch comedy, eventually settling into voice-over work. Transforming herself into a writer has provided a rewarding new way for her to explore character and spin tales. Ruth has published numerous short stories in various anthologies and periodicals, and she formed her own Spirited Words Book Co. in Summer 2011. 'Base Spirits' is her first novel. For a quick creepy read, try 'Family Secrets'-- the first of many Kindle short stories.

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Base Spirits


https://www.amazon.com/Base-Spirits-Ruth-Barrett-ebook/dp/B005L38G8E/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Book Description
September 2, 2011
In 1605, Sir Walter Calverley’s murderous rampage leaves a family shattered. The killer suffers a torturous execution… but is it truly the end? A noble Yorkshire house stands forever tarnished by blood and possessed by anguished spirits.

Some crimes are so horrific, they reverberate through the centuries.

As an unhappy modern couple vacation in the guesthouse at Calverley Old Hall, playwright Clara, and her scholar husband, Scott, unwittingly awaken a dark history. Clara is trapped and forced back in time to bear witness to a family’s bloody saga. Overtaken by the malevolent echoes, Scott is pushed over the edge from possessive husband to wholly possessed…

‘Murder has took this chamber with full hands
And will ne’er out as long as the house stands.’
~A Yorkshire Tragedy, Act I, Sc. v

Inspired by a true-life drama in Shakespeare’s day, this is itself a play within a play: a supernatural thriller with a historical core.

Only one player can survive.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Ruth Barrett studied English Literature at Trent University and the University of Leeds, Classical Acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), and was mentored by two-time Booker prize winner Peter Carey through the Humber School for Writers. During her years as an actor, Ruth performed in a little-known play called 'A Yorkshire Tragedy' sometimes attributed to Shakespeare. The story of the murderous Yorkshire nobleman and his long-suffering wife proved fascinating well beyond the stage... the eerie Calverley Old Hall was explored, and a haunting idea for a novel emerged. Ruth has published numerous short works of quirky and creepy fiction in various anthologies. 'Base Spirits' is her first full-length book, and her suspenseful short story 'Family Secrets' is also available on Kindle. Look for more of Ruth's writing in the future through the Spirited Words Book Co.


 
5.0 out of 5 stars My first experience with this author... February 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just read Base Spirits by Ruth Barrett. I had not read anything before by this author so I didn't really have any expectations other than what I had picked up from the reviews here on Amazon. My kindle, and some very generous authors putting their work up at reduced rates, has offered me the option of trying new authors and genres that I may not have tried otherwise. After reading Base Spirits I can only say, 'thank you so much' to Ruth Barrett for her generosity in sharing such a wonderful story and to serendipity for my coming across it as I did.

Rarely have I been transported so thoroughly to another place or time that I actually was surprised to recall that there was another part of the story waiting in that original place and time. Strong characters, vivid descriptions and historical detail join together to create a world where I could lose all thought of myself and dive headlong into the unknown and not want it to end. Having to stop reading was a jolt to my system and I couldn't wait to get back to the story and find out what happened to these lives I had become a part of. What evil awaits them in the darkness?

I recommend this book to those who don't normally try this genre but appreciate a well crafted tale, interesting and flawed characters, and a bit of mystery to round things out. I believe that you will enjoy what you find here. I know I certainly did!

5.0 out of 5 stars Very creepy thriller... February 16, 2012
By Spot
Format:Kindle Edition
I can't say enough good things about this book. It grabbed me from the beginning and sucked me in to the story. Ruth Barrett weaves an incredible tale of suspense and horror and tragedy. The events of the past are rendered in truly aching detail, it's obvious she's done her historical homework. Your heart will ache for the players in this tragedy of days gone by.

The modern part of the book is also painstakingly real. From Clara's fear and feelings of isolation, to her husband's jealous and possessive rages, the emotions ring clear and true. The book really picks up speed and rushes torwards the inevitable trainwreck where past meets present in a tragic climax.

Honestly, there wasn't anything I didn't enjoy about this book. I'm hesitant to give out five star reviews (they're flung out so willy nilly these days that who really believes them?) but this time I will. Anyone who enjoys history, ghosts, possessions, England, or horror in general, is going to enjoy this book. I don't know how many people know who Barbara Erskine is, but her novels are what this book put me in mind of. And I'm a huge Barbara Erskine fan. Which makes me a huge Ruth Barrett fan. 
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Base Spirits is my cup of tea. Time travel, murder, secrets, horror, mystery, and much more. I admire people willing to do the research to get a time period right. The suspense, horror, and tragedy suck you into the novel, taking you on a thrill ride not within any preconceived concepts of rationality you might possess. Toss everything away and be ready for what lies around the next corner.

It is interesting to note that this novel is based, in part, on an old Shakespearean play which was based on real life horror. Weaving everything together like this is not easy when time periods whiz back and forth between the story people. Ruth creates something special here: a novel which is much like live theater. The characters in the book are brought to life in the theater of the mind.

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 Family Secrets





Book Description

February 24, 2012
A sinister short story about a family's long-buried secret...

Even as a young child, Jill had instinctively hated her grandfather-- and he'd always despised her just as deeply. Turns out her feelings were far from irrational...

During a summer vacation at the family cottage, Jill unearths the evil behind her Grandpa's dark personality. For years, everyone accepted that Grandma Annabelle's death had been a tragic accident. But what if Grandpa was guilty of her murder? Jill learns the horrible truth. Worse yet, Grandpa knows she's discovered his secret.

If an old man once committed a brutal murder, how far will he go to keep his past crime hidden? His terrified granddaughter is about to find out-- as Grandpa is due to visit over an extended family holiday...

(Includes a bonus novel excerpt from the author's acclaimed historical ghost thriller-- 'Base Spirits'.)
 
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruth Barrett an Author to Watch May 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
By now, you already know what Family Secrets by Ruth Barrett is about, so I'll spare you the blurb and just get right on down to the juicy stuff!

I picked this up because I've been following Ms. Barrett for a while but had not had a chance to read anything of hers yet. I thought this would be a great introductory piece, and boy was I wrong! Not because the story was bad, but because I'm kicking myself for only grabbing the short story.

I fully enjoyed the author's voice. It has a natural flow to it and I'm amazed at how well the author executed the thoughts of such a young girl. The plot does not force and does not feel contrived. Instead, it goes at a natural, enjoyable pace. You don't feel the need to skip over extra writing nor do you feel like you have to back up and reread a section because you missed something. Very precise writing. Emotions, actions, descriptions are all wonderfully believable and descriptive, making this a very enjoyable read that I finished in less than an hour.

As mentioned, I'm only sorry that I didn't grab a full length novel by Ms. Barrett first. Ruth Barrett has definitely made into my circle of authors to watch for in the future. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to purchase Base Spirits for more Ruth Barrett. =)

Format: Kindle Edition
My Family Secrets is one of the best horror short stories on the market. Here, novelist Ruth Barrett delves into the fears of a ten-year-old girl. When she tells her parents about it, her concerns go relatively unnoticed, until... Now go and pick this one up to find out the rest of the story, and the shocking, disturbing Family Secrets that abound.

on April 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
FAMILY SECRETS by Ruth Barrett is a short story about a child's fears. Told from the point of view of ten-year-old Jill, the tone is understated, at times, humorous. It is a story about the horror of a ten-year-old whose parents do not deal with their daughter's fears because they won't deal with their own emotions and family secrets. Rather, they suffocate the past with lies and drown sensitivity in platitudes. Fear mounts. Tension builds. And the reader wonders what will happen next. It is a gem of a story. Ms. Barrett's prose sparkles and I recommend FAMILY SECRETS to anyone who enjoys a refreshing read with a surprising end.
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This is one amazing story, and at the price of only .99 it is an absolute gem that is not to be overlooked. How many of us have buried skeletons in our closets? But are they as bad as these? I think not.
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So, my friends, Ruth is not only a master of the craft, but she is also a master at life. The bad as well as the good.

Ruth Barrett is a Woman In Horror!

Blaze McRob