Wednesday, August 30, 2017

APOCALYPSE BY MIDNIGHT - BY SUZANNE ROBB



Apocalypse By Midnight is Suzanne Robb's latest novel, and one you won't want to miss! Suzanne is a great author. I am privileged to share space with her in a number of anthologies.

Make sure you check out this mashup of humor and horror. You'll be glad you did. 

Blaze McRob


Book description:

Bodies are piling up in Logansville…
Fast...
Who they are and how they died is a mystery.


Zach Harris knows a sinister force is at work, problem is, from his experience there are too many to choose from. Elliot Jorgenson, chief of police, is camping out in the land of denial. Lucy Lane, the town's reporter of all things strange and unusual is on the case as well, and nothing is going to stop her from getting the scoop, not even dinner with a vampire.
When an old friend returns from the dead harboring an unusual secret and a sugar-loving, fairy-tale girlfriend, things get complicated. An influx of ghoul-like creatures and a mass exodus of Private Acres residents, clues Zach in to how dire their situation is.
After a cryptic warning from someone who could be friend or foe, Zach rallies his rag tag team of not-quite-heroes to try and avert an apocalypse.

5 of 5 starsA Great Addition to an Amazing Series!
on August 30, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition

Sunday, August 27, 2017

BOOK REVIEW FOR "THE LAST VAMPIRE" BY KATHRYN MEYER GRIFFITH




http://www.amazon.com/Last-Vampire-Kathryn-Meyer-Griffith-ebook/dp/B0163P4EWU/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1460221853&sr=1-5&keywords=the+last+vampire
I've said it once, and I'll say it again. The Last Vampire, by Kathryn Meyer Griffith, is my favorite end-days novel. I can't recommend it highly enough. Check out my review below. Five Stars is not enough for this great novel!

Blaze McRob


Book description:

 Emma Bloodworth once had a normal life, a loving husband and two children, a cat, a good job in the city, and she was happy. Then, for her, everything changed…as the world ended. The earthquakes, the global floods and the devastating fires arrived first. The human race, displaced and panicked, at first fled, migrating to any place there was food and shelter. Then the worldwide plague arrived with its waves of death. And as mankind suffered and died out, vampires, their numbers dwindling from the same sickness, struggled and fought fiercely among themselves to survive in a world where there weren’t enough humans left to feed upon. As the months went by the vampires become fewer, more desperate and ruthless. Emma, as the world disintegrated around her, found herself alone, the old life she’d known, her family and friends all dead…and fighting off an unnatural hunger as she became one of the undead. Defying her unwanted destiny she was determined to resist the increasing bloodlust, the need to kill and feed on human blood, of losing her humanity, for as long as she could bear it, but she was so hungry, and the night, the wolves, called. And then she met Matthew and was no longer alone…but could the love she felt for him protect him from her hunger; could her love protect him from the other vampires?

Vampire With A Difference,
November 1, 2010
This review is from: The Last Vampire: Author's New Revised Edition (Kindle Edition)
Too often, vampires are either the horrific beasts of old or the new romantic heart throbs. I prefer the nasty buggers. This novel certainly has those, but it also comes up with an entirely different concept which personalizes the protagonist and endears her to your heart. Without destroying the story for you, when you blend this in with the other horrific aspects of the world taking place, it becomes riveting, drawing you in to see where the author is going to take us next. Just when I thought I had it figured out, there would be new twists and turns. My kind of novel! I read roughly 100 novels a year. The Last Vampire is at the top of my list.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

HAPPY BLOODY WHATEVER - BY TERRI DELCAMPO & BLAZE MCROB



https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MR1NLFZ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1483237436&sr=1-1&keywords=happy+bloody+whatever


 If you're looking for a big collection of holiday horror tales that cover the entire year and every holiday, Happy Bloody Whatever is for you. Terri DelCampo and I have 46 stories for your ghoulish pleasure. Yes, I realize that not every collection of short stories is this meaty. This tome is filled with the ooky and spooky you're accustomed to getting from Terri and me. You can read it once, and then go back again and again for your favorite holidays. Twelve months equals a lot of holidays. A lot of horror. You can read our free sample on Amazon and see if this tome suits your desire to engage in dark reading with the lights down low. That's the best way, I believe.

Enjoy every holiday, the Happy Bloody Whatever Way!


Blaze McRob

  

 HAPPY BLOODY WHATEVER (Book Description)

Confetti at New Year's brings meaning to death.
Murder of crows revenge does bequeath
Mass slaughter of family had to be done
Groundhog war on frackers has only begun.
The longer the noodle the longer the life.
Lincoln's tears avenge many decades of strife.
Funeral train glides along without tracks.
To save father and children a young ghost comes back.
Turning death into life calls for special seeds.
Easter eggs tell of mothers' harsh deeds.
Take caution when dating on April Fools' Day.
Mother earth finally has her own way.
Tree takes revenge on corrupt greedy ranger.
Killing killers can carry much danger.
A man just a bit too 'into' his mother.
Soldiers bring honor, one way or another.
President plays with toy soldiers that bleed.
Wipe your ass with the flag and ghosts punish your deeds.
A poacher sees to it his kids will survive.
A girl's selfish need leads to mourned suicide.
Even the angel of death meets defeat.
Wiping out traitors is a wizard's feat.
Fog brings death to green louie's team.
Violent waters with rats do teem.
Violent cult lord controls Clinton Road.
Evil murderer's showdown at cabin abode.
A stalker killer needs much preparation.
Some teachers require bratty libation.
Medicine man sends Columbus a-packing.
Beware a kid's bubblegum after a hacking.
Mother Nature gives thanks to her bees.
Turkeys bring Farmer McRob to his knees.
Elf barters gifts for naughty kid's meat.
This trading of wishes is so bittersweet.
Anniversary of slaughter kicks Vatican ass.
Marionette clown – heed my warning and pass.
How well do you know your partying friends?
Vamp vs Lycan celebrate to the end.
One star reviews end you up in a batter.
Christian rite turns into a whole different matter.
Popeye's deal gives grad party some strings.
Wedding crasher gives murderous bride a fling.
Father's duties trumped by mom's old wedding dress.
Satan's bride punishes hubby with zest.
Animals just cannot let their friend go.
Vincenta and Theone forever linked to Van Gogh.
Terri DelCampo and Blaze McRob
Bring holiday stories to make your heart throb
In anxious terror and dreadful fright
For every celebrant, day and night. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

DON'T SHORT-CHANGE YOUR READERS



I was going through an author's Amazon author page to check out some of his books. A friend of mine had suggested he wrote well. As I always do, I went to the free sample that Amazon has. The novel I was looking at was decent. However, when I clicked on to the short stories, they were a whole different ball-game. They were awful. You might think that the short tales were written earlier in the author's career and were not as polished as the newer writing. The shorts were actually written after the novel. It was obvious to me that they were not professionally edited. Even the book descriptions were not error-free. Wow!

So, what was going on with this author? Besides the fact he took no pains to publish a decent short story, it told me he was totally unprofessional. The novel had an editor. It wasn't completely error free, but it was interesting and held my attention. I wound up not purchasing any books by this guy. My feeling was that the editor for the novel got stuck doing a lot of re-writes instead of merely doing edits. I'm sorry. I cannot accept buying such worthless tripe.

It's obvious that I'm not easily attracted to just any book or author. I can overlook some mechanical errors, but not a ton of them.

Another thing that irritates me is reading terribly written website or Facebook posts. If an author doesn't care enough to use capital letters on Facebook, it shows me they are lazy. If posts have misspellings, comma splices, and more, I see red flags. Show professionalism, people. If you write like a third-grader don't expect many people to latch onto your latest and greatest story. Once again, you're showing you just don't give a damn.

I know this last election cycle totally sucked. It was certainly okay for authors to write their views. Hell, I wrote some. But, check out your sources. Even reputable newspapers and magazines get a few things wrong. Never accept a friend's post as being the truth unless you check it out. And if you did goof, acknowledge the fact. Shit happens. Some authors are afraid to alienate prospective readers. Don't be. They'll know you're honest when they read your tales. Also, by all means, use real life horror in your stories. By getting the evil out of your soul and sharing it with the world, there will be more room for the good things in there. One trap I suggest you stay away from is being suckered into other people's rants. I might read some, shake my head, and even laugh some at the stupidity, but I don't comment on other people's Facebook posts anymore. I don't have the time. I'll post some of my views on my author page and regular page, but their page belongs to them. 

Always stay true to yourself when you write. Write your story, at your pace. Just because Stephen King writes long novels doesn't mean you should. Some readers aren't crazy about a ton of back-story at the beginning of a book. Me? I have to be hooked within the first page or so, by the end of the first chapter at the least. My wife does not agree with me. But that's the beauty of writing: different readers like different things. Write for yourself. You'll attract fans.

My last item contains a pet peeve that really causes my typing fingers to wish they could wring some necks. If I buy an author's book and review it, I don't want that author to immediately tell me they have another book out and would I review that one too. The skies turn dark, lightening flashes, and my trigger finger wishes it was ready to go into action. My answer is a resounding, "Fuck no!" Yes, I know writers like reviews, but don't grovel at my feet. Yes, There are some authors I like so much that I want them to tell me they have a new book, could I review it, and my answer is, "I'm on it ASAP!"

I hope some folks get some value out of this post. Thanks for reading.

Blaze McRob

  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Z CHILDREN: THE RISING - BY ELI CONSTANT & B.V. BARR



Z Children: The Rising, by Eli Constant and B.V. Barr, is one fantastic Zombie tale! This is number three in a series and one you won't want to miss. Just take a peek at the reviews below.

Blaze McRob


Z Children: The Rising                                                                       

Book description:

Z Children #3: The Rising - Follow Juan's group as they traverse the dangerous and challenging landscape of the U.S., meeting monsters both dead and alive.A quick stop at a gas station escalates into a bloody gang scene. An established fort hides horrendous, less-than-humane secrets. And the death of someone close leaves the group emotionally shattered.

"Eli Constant & B.V. Barr don't shy away from exploring the true depth of evil that grows during a zombie apocalypse."

Get ready for a bloody thrill read.
5 out of 5 starsMakes me want to barf and smile at the same time...
on July 27, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
To be honest, I’m really not even sure what to say about Z Children 3: The Rising by Eli Constant and B.V. Barr. I love this series so much that each book has its own life. There are 2 main things that stood out to me the most for this book. The emotional intensity and the imagery.

Constant and Barr create some of the most brilliantly disgusting and disturbing imagery I’ve ever read. Their ability to paint that graphic illusion of horror is amazing. When I read, it’s like watching a movie in my head. When I read their books, it’s like watching a horror movie that makes me want to barf and smile at the same time.

Z Children 3 has seriously intense moments. One thing I have come to expect from these authors is their ability to create extremely emotional scenes without overdoing things. There were times while I was reading that I got odd looks from people around me because I was talking to the book. I guess that’s not really anything new for me but it can be entertaining to see the looks on their faces.

There isn’t a whole lot I can say about the storyline contents themselves because I don’t want to give away any of what happens. Each book focuses on a specific group while at the same time introducing us to new ideas. Book 3 focuses on Juan, Sherry, Marty, and Frank the dog. We are also briefly introduced to Bethany, and I am very interested in where her story goes next.

Overall, this was a great story, as usual. If you haven’t started this series, you most definitely should. It’s easy to become attached to the characters and relate to their situations to some degree.
5 out of 5 starsAwesome and fast paced
on August 7, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase


Sunday, August 13, 2017

THANK YOU, KATHY ROWE!








This is a post I made a while back, but I enjoy the fact that Kathy Rowe thought I deserved to be her Indie Hero so much that I'm posting it again. Thank you, Kathy!


http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2016/04/05/indiehero-blaze-mcrob-robert-nelson/ I am honored to have been picked by Kathy Rowe to be her Indie Hero at Indies Unlimited today. This great website is running an Indie Heroes month for April and I am excited to be a part of it! There will be many great authors sharing the spot-light there this month. Keep your eyes peeled. Find some great authors and make friends.

Indies Unlimited does a lot for Indie authors. Go to their website http://www.indiesunlimited.com/ and discover a lot you might not have known about this ever changing business that is publishing. I avail myself of free print and ebook promotional opportunities there every week. And, their articles about the many facets of  the industry are spot-on.

Also, I want to mention that Kathy Rowe is not only an author I admire very much, but she is a great human being as well. It is so nice having a friend like her.

Take a look at this post and you will find out more about who I am. That in itself could be scary.

Blaze McRob

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BOOK TRAILER FOR - MISTS OF PAPOOSE POND



http://www.amazon.com/Mists-Papoose-Pond-Blaze-McRob-ebook/dp/B017DMCFHI/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446489986&sr=1-1&keywords=mists+of+papoose+pond

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9iRGo8SU2w
Beverly Cialone has done another great book trailer for me, this time for my novel Mists Of Papoose Pond. I love Beverly's work. She always finds the right balance of visual and audio. Another thing I love is that the trailer shows just enough without becoming a spoiler for what takes place in my novel.

Watch and listen to this super book trailer. I know you'll enjoy it!

Blaze McRob

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MR. GODDARD'S MENAGERIE - BY C. L. HERNANDEZ



Here is my review for Mr. Goddard's Menagerie, by C. L. Hernandez. As you can tell, I love this book! It is a must read!

Blaze McRob



5 starsAll Menageries Are Not Created Equal
on August 29, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase







Sunday, August 6, 2017

HOME - BY CARSON BUCKINGHAM



Here is my book review for Home, by Carson Buckingham. Five stars says it all!

Blaze McRob


5of 5 starsAll Homes Are Not Created Equal
on November 12, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase


Following the deaths of her mother and beloved aunt, Kate Kavanagh inherits the family homestead in the Irish enclave of Three Oaks, Connecticut; but the house has changed since she visited a year ago--no more windows on the first floor and gaslights and a wood burning stove in place of the modern appliances. It also appears to be haunted. And that's just for starters. Once she moves into the house, Kate herself begins a gradual but terrifying biological transformation that is part of her inheritance, too; though not mentioned in the Will. With the help of a Rottweiler that's more human than animal, a new friend whose farm stand is only open dusk to dawn, and the "Rat Boys," Kate will get some answers or die trying.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

EXTINCTION - BY IAIN ROB WRIGHT




Extinction: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel ( Hell on Earth Book 3 ), by Iain Rob Wright, is waiting for your reading pleasure. Iain is quite an entertaining author. His tales are fantastic! Read the free sample on Amazon and you'll be hooked. One thing I was impressed with is how Iain, who is on Patreon, mentioned all his patrons by name in the credits for this book. That is a great gesture!

Blaze McRob



Book description:

Continue the epic story of mankind’s struggle against extinction in Book 3 of the bestselling “Hell on Earth” Series: EXTINCTION. ***Book 1 now on offer for 99c here (you will remain on Amazon): http://hyperurl.co/fe32pp***

VAMPS: After dealing with his rival, Pusher, and escaping the clutches of treacherous Prime Minister, John Windsor, Vamps and his last remaining friend, Mass, set out with the mysterious Aymun. A man who came from the gate that imploded on Oxford Street. The demons have destroyed civilisation, but Vamps isn’t going to take that lying down.

GUY GRANGER: Guy is finally about to reach the shores of England with the faithful crew of the Hatchet. Will he finally find his children, Alice and Kyle? Or will he find a land of death? And can he trust his second in command, ambitious Lieutenant Tosco? Crossing the Atlantic was tough, but what lies ahead will be worse.

RICHARD HONEYWELL: After failing to save his wife, Richard now must keep his son, Dillon, safe at all costs. His new companions at the Slough Echo seem trustworthy, but how long until the demon that took his wife, Skullface, attacks again?

RICK BASTION: After reuniting with his brother and friends, what has become of fading pop star, Rick Bastion?

"Iain Rob Wright is sick and twisted." - David Moody, author of the Autumn series.

"Iain Rob Wright scares the Hell out of me." - JA Konrath, author of Afraid.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

MALEVOLENT SADNESS - BY JULIAN M. COLEMAN



Malevolent Sadness: A Paranormal Suspense Thriller ( The Prophet's Mother Book 2 ), by Julian M. Coleman, is out for your reading pleasure! I have bought a number of Julian's great books, and this is another one that graces my library. Check this young lady out. She writes some fantastic tales!

Blaze McRob


Book description:

A new paranormal suspense thriller from the WINNER of The Independent Author Network 2016 OUTSTANDING BOOK of the YEAR. Can a detective save a Prophet from a monster? Harry is an Army veteran who survived a childhood tragedy and tough years in foster care. Today, he’s a pragmatic and no-nonsense Homicide detective investigating the Victor Adamson kidnapping. As he digs for leads, Harry realizes that he’s in the middle of a dark conspiracy, and that his life is in jeopardy. His only option is to save Victor. But to do that, he must understand and then embrace the supernatural. He has to believe that monsters are real. If he doesn’t, then both he and Victor may die.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

TOUCHING SPIRITS: CONTACT - BY JD PHILLIPS




I have a book review I did a while back for Touching Spirits: Contact, by JD Phillips. I love this book! Take a peek.

Blaze McRob
 

Book description:

Fake ghost hunter (Dusty Yeager, star of Spectral Analysis) discovers he's suddenly able to hear a real live spook - and he's not happy about it.

Real live spook (Killian A. Black) decides to make Dusty's life hell until he agrees to do the right thing and help solve a murder.

Hijinxs ensue.

"Who says dead can't be fun?"

5 starsGreat Jumping Ghost!
on February 16, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
JD Phillips has a fantastic tale in Touching Spirits: Contact! She tells the story from the perspective of a ghost. This poor spirit is lost in an afterlife, unsure of how he got there. He deals with things as best he can, taking the good with the bad. He discovers there are perks to being a ghost, but there are also things that are beyond his control.

One of my favorite lines in this novel is, "Still, the afterlife ain't all fireflies and rainbows, you know, or else damn near everyone would jump ship early to join the party."

Obviously, there is humor in this story: a lot of it. I won't add in some of the fantastically witty phrases JD fills this book with, but there are some that had me laughing out loud! Don't let that make you believe there is no horror in this tome. There is. Plenty of it.

Picture a ghost making a believer of a non-believing paranormal TV star and getting him to help solve a murder case. Add in hi-jinks of the highest order. Supply some touchy-feely moments and glimpses into the soul which show good as well as bad traits of humanity. Combine and stir well. Voila! You have Touching Spirits: Contact!

I recommend this book highly.