Thursday, August 29, 2013

RM Gilmore Dirty 30 Blog Tour!


Our favorite book biatch is turning the big 3-0!  Yeah, she's old as hell, but we still heart her!  Plus, she's giving shit away-- and who doesn't love that?!

About Our Girl Gilmore




R.M. Gilmore is a paranormal and mystery/suspense writer and creator of the irreverent Dylan Hart Odyssey of the Occult series and the groundbreaking Lynnie Russell Trilogy. Both of which were voted top reads of 2012, as well as, bestselling in Irish Mythology, Female Sleuths and Occult genre. A member of Sisters in Crime and devoted Indie author supporter, R.M. uses her time when she is not writing to promote and assist her fellow authors.


R.M. resides in California with her family and a ton of pets. Choosing to behave 'outside the box' R.M. prefers to think and live freely without the constraints of social stigma in life and in writing. That being said, she truly is not your mother's author.


Get To Reading Her Shit, Yo!



The Scene (Dylan Hart #1)
Irreverent twenty-something, Dylan Hart, has her little black heart set to cash-in on the blood-drained bodies of seven prostitutes scattered throughout southern California.
In search of the culprit of the media-dubbed Vampire Massacres, journalist Dylan Hart dives head first into L.A.’s sanguinary ‘vampire’ subculture, in an attempt to write her first best-selling novel and pay off her ever growing student debt.
 Dylan drinks whiskey, smokes like a chimney, and possesses a mouth she wouldn’t kiss her mama with and with the aid of her statuesque hetero-life-mate Tatum Price, Dylan takes the case head-on, slicing her way through the absurd, the ethereal and the deadly serious, of the underground ‘vampire’ community. But lies and skepticism keep Dylan from the facts hidden within fiction and the danger lurking right under her nose. It’s all shits and giggles until a dead body pops up at your back door.

The Scene (Dylan Hart book 1)


Endless Night (Dylan Hart #2)
The bitch is back in this second installment of the Dylan Hart Odyssey of the Occult series. The irreverent Dylan Hart, once again, graces us with her presence, this time from down in New Orleans. She has drug along her band of misfit vampires, but this time blood drinkers are the least of her worries. Dylan finds herself entangled in the underground world of blood and lust when she encounters a new, and much more frightening, villain. Voodoo. Who do?

Endless Night (Dylan Hart book 2)


Sacrifice (Dylan Hart #3)
-------> COMING SOON!!! <------- o:p="">
Dylan has found herself in quite the conundrum...oh shit, who are we kidding?
She's ass deep in death and it's knocking down her door. Literally.
Endless Night left you with your heart pounding and your stomach in your butt...book three will flip you upside down and take you on a ride that'll leave your knees quivering and your head lying on the floor...literally.

Sacrifice (Dylan Hart book 3) COMING SOON!!!


Becoming (Lynnie Russell #1)
"I'm Sharlene Carolynn Diamond Russell, but most folks around Havana call me Lynnie. I want to tell you about the day a chance encounter changed my life forever. From a few sweet smooches to gut churning transformations, this is the story of the events that led to my Becoming."
Country girl paranormal novella from author R.M. Gilmore (author of the Dylan Hart Odyssey of The Occult series). A new twist on an old classic. Havana, Arkansas isn't exactly the picture of mystics and magic, but Lynnie Russell learns quickly you can't judge a book by it's cover. She discovers myths and legends are alive and well in her tiny little town and she is at the center of it.

Becoming (Lynnie Russell novella trilogy)


The Giveaway!  


Monday, August 19, 2013

Shudder Blog Tour

Shudder Synopsis
It’s only been three days, and already everything is different.
Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa’s life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she’d counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she’d thought she’d tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she’s discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.
And then there are the visions.
The memory-altering “stitch” unlocked something in Alessa’s mind, and now she can’t shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers – and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world’s sorry history – will soon leave Alessa reeling…
The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante’s shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.


Nicki's Review-


There are some heart pounding moments from the beginning in this installment of the Stitch trilogy. Alessa and Issac have escaped Paragon, searching for a rebellion safe haven. Food is scarce, the weather is miserable and they have a new horror stalking their every step. As readers, we experience their fear, dwindling hope and desperation.

I fell in love with these characters all over again. Issac is one to add to the list of "book boyfriends". All he wants to do is protect the people he cares about. He second guesses his decisions and in a weird way, the insecurity makes him more endearing. He's not the overly confident, cocky hero we're all used to. It sets his character apart from the pack, anchoring him in reality. Don't get me wrong, there's still a place for those arrogant yet lovable heroes but I find this character a refreshing change of pace.

If you loved Stitch, this book is a fantastic follow up.If you haven't read it yet, hop to it. You're missing out! This book was a wild ride of emotions. Within the first one hundred pages, I feared for the characters' lives, swooned at the sweet moments and cried at the heartbreaking ones. Samantha Durante has a wonderful gift of incorporating many genres into one one well thought out and intriguing tale.  Let this author pull you into her fascinating, dark future of the world we live in. You won't be sorry!


To Purchase your copy of Stitch (Book 1) for just 99 cents click HERE.

To purchase Shudder (Book 2), you may follow the links below:

Amazon (Kindle $2.99, print $8.99)
Barnes & Noble (Nook $2.99)
Smashwords (multiple e-book formats $2.99)
Also available ($2.99 e-book) in the iTunes store, Kobo, and wherever e-books are sold

You may connect with the author via:


Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series. 






Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: Devoured by Jason Brant



Lance York's life has not been going according to plan. He's unemployed and having difficulty finding work. His marriage is on the skids and his in-laws think he's a loser.  Things are about to go from bad to catastrophic, when he decides to follow a woman, who's behaving oddly and stumbling down the sidewalks of Pittsburgh. Will he survive the destruction of the human race or become another flesh eating monster?



My Review:
Jason Brant has always claimed to be a douche, and after finishing his latest novel, Devoured, I must concur. For those who know him, this revelation will come as no surprise. For those unfamiliar with him, at this time, you may be asking yourself, "What the hell kind of review is this?" Hang tight as I fill you in.

I was given a copy of Devoured in exchange for an honest review. I sat down to begin this book thinking, Eh, I have time to read a chapter or two today and then I have stuff to do. A few chapters later, I thought, One more chapter and then I'm done. Long story short, before I knew it, I was halfway through the book. This is why Jason Brant is a douche. His books are impossible to put down, ergo, I get nothing else done. Okay, technically, that may not qualify him as a douche, but it does qualify him as a damn good writer.

This novel is another prime example of the author's ability to draw you into the world he's creating. There was an awesome sense of experiencing the madness for oneself. The main character's confusion over what was truly happening combined with the uncertainty of what to do next, played very well throughout the entire story and his struggle to survive really had me on the edge of my seat.

Lance is a very likable character. Despite his self described shortcomings, feeling like a miserable failure and suffering from depression, he continued to strive to climb out of that hole. The dissolution of his marriage is heartbreaking at times, and I couldn't help but feel for him as he tried to cope with it on top of everything else. The character, as a whole, is another shining example of the author's skill at creating a hero from the underdog.

The monsters creating all the havoc for our hero are unsettling, to say the least. The descriptions of them were nothing short of fantastic. Here's a little excerpt-

A dozen doctors surrounded the woman from the street.
Her condition had deteriorated dramatically in the few hours since Lance had seen her.
Her eyes were milky and shriveled, like white raisins in their sockets. The veins in her face stood out from her deathly pale, sunken skin.
Her lower jaw hung low, yawning so wide it neared dislocation.
She shrieked again, the shrillness of it stabbing at Lance’s ears despite the wall of glass between them.

Now, if that doesn't give you a shiver worthy visual, I don't know what will. The monsters just get creepier as they mutate but I won't spoil that, you'll just have to pick up the book for yourself.

This book was based off the world created in the author's short story, Lotion, featured in the Apocalypse Anthology. The short story is also great but not a necessary read to follow along. Although, there is a nice little tie in, if you do.

All in all, another awesome offering from the indie master (douche) of horror, Jason Brant. Pick this one up, you won't be sorry.

If you'd like to connect with Jason Brant, you may follow the links to:
His blog
Facebook

If you'd like to read my reviews for his other works, you may do so by following the links below:
The Dark
Tartarus (West of Hell Book 2)
Sheol (West of Hell Book 3)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Review: The Red Order (Order of the Seers book #2) by Cerece Reenie Murphy

The Red Order (Order of the Seers book #2) 
by Cerece Reenie Murphy


After successfully destroying The Guild's Purification center in Chicago, Joel and Lilli are on a mission to finish what they've started. First item of business is to track down other Seer's before The Guild does. Meanwhile, the evil forces aren't the only ones researching what biological or scientific reasons create the Seers. When the Lost Seers make the discovery, they realize what a huge game changer it will be. However, the Guild has a new plan of attack in the form of the Red Order, a group of Seer's whose purpose is to hunt down and destroy Joel, Lilli and company. Will they evade the new threat long enough to get the word out or will The Guild regain the upper hand?


Book one in this series, Order of the Seers, was the first book I reviewed, this year, over on A Thousand Lives. You can read my review HERE. In a nutshell, I absolutely loved book one, so when the author contacted me to review book two, I jumped at the opportunity.

I have to start out by saying if you haven't read Order of the Seers you have no idea what you're missing. The author has an uncanny knack for making the reader feel every bit a part of the story and feeling the characters' emotions. You'll want to see them succeed and defeat the ultimate corruption. Even though they claimed a victory in Chicago, it wasn't without consequences or losses. Each character has to comes to terms with that in their own way. As with Liam in the first book, Joel is a young man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. He has to make hard decisions that will affect everyone in very profound ways and within the course of this book he falls, almost hesitantly, into the role of a leader. You can't help but empathize for his position.

The plot was paced very well and never, at any point, did I feel that it ever dragged. The first chapter gets the story going with the super creepy villain, Crane, and the direct aftermath of the events from book one. As stated in my previous review, I still think he's a great villain. Once again, he's a fine example of the author's talent for writing rich character development. It seems everyone has their own agenda in this tale and he is no different, but there's a bit of an enigma to him. He weaves an extraordinary amount of lies and the more one tries to untangle, the more dangerous he becomes. The explanation for his behavior definitely adds menace to his already sinister persona.

I really don't want to give any huge details away but the plot here took me by surprise. I really thought I knew where this book and series was headed but the author pulled a fast one on me. It's a development I really enjoyed, as it opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for the third book. I'm really looking forward to where she takes it. Order of the Seers is shaping up to be a fantastic series already and I highly recommend it.

You can purchase Order of the Seers and The Red Order by visiting the author's Amazon page.

You may also connect with the author via her blog

Monday, April 29, 2013

Cover Reveal: Shudder by Samantha Durante

Synopsis
It’s only been three days, and already everything is different. Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa’s life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she’d counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she’d  thought she’d tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she’s discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.
And then there are the visions.The memory-altering “stitch” unlocked something in Alessa’s mind, and now she can’t shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers –and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world’s sorry history – will soon leave Alessa reeling…

 The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante’s shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.


I've been climbing the walls waiting for this installment to release. I absolutely loved the first in the series, so much so that it made my Best of 2012 list. You can read my review HERE

The expected release date for this title is June 15, 2013. In the meantime you may connect with the author via:

You may also check out the author's Goodreads PROFILE or add Stitch and Shudder to your shelves by click either title.

As an added bonus it's contest time! Enter below for a chance to win a print ARC of Shudder!

Enter the Giveaway HERE!!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Cover Reveal: Sweet Contradiction by Peggy Martinez


When Beth Michaels high tailed it out of the hole-in-the-road town she grew up in, she only had two goals. One—get as far away as quickly as possible, and two—never set foot in her parent’s home again. But when she receives a heart breaking call from her childhood best friend, Jen, she has no choice but to turn her ’56 Ford pickup back in the direction of Salem, Missouri to attend a funeral.  
There’s a new local in town when Beth arrives, and suddenly, it ain’t all that easy for her to remember her rules for dating. #1. Cookie-cutter-perfect guys ain’t her type. #2. Tie wearin’ and church frequentin’ is an automatic dismissal. #3. Most importantly, never date anyone from small minded, conservative, Bible-thumping towns like Salem. Unfortunately, Matthew Wright breaks all her rules and then some.
Matt might be from a small town and have small town values, but that doesn’t mean he fits into a little slot of Beth’s preconceived notions. After all, ever so often good guys are good. Now if he could just convince Beth to let go of her past and give him a chance, he’s pretty sure there’s a whole lotta sweet under that prickly exterior. His own … Sweet Contradiction.

Tentative release date- June 2013

If you'd like to connect with Peggy Martinez please visit:
Blog
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook

Or purchase her novels via:
Amazon

Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: Relativity by Peggy Martinez

Relativity by Peggy Martinez

Review by Nicki

In book one of this series Sage Hannigan warped 100 years into the past to 1904, book two picks up three months after she warped back to her own time.

Even though she managed to save the world and history as we know her return to the present was extremely bitter sweet as she left behind the friends she cared about and the first man she ever loved, Dr. Aldwin Blake.

As she tries to come to terms with the fact that all those she left behind are dead, she scours the city looking for criminals and doing her part to prevent crime.

After she gets a job working at a night club, quiet unexpectedly, someone from her distant, yet not so distant past, resurfaces. Unfortunately he's not the only one looking for her and she's set on a roller coaster of emotions, as once again she tries to right the wrongs of the past and not destroy herself in the process.

I don't even know where to begin because I loved this book so much! Peggy Martinez has an unbelievable knack for making the reader's heart ache for her characters and she does it yet again, and beautifully I might add, in this installment of the Time Warper Series. If you've read Contingency then you know how heartbreaking the end was, prepare yourself to share the character's grief all over again. There was a point in this book when I was reaching for the tissues, I won't tell you what happened but I will say chapter twelve and thirteen. Read it and you'll understand.

The plot of the book doesn't take long to get kicked into gear.  At first it seems that poor Sage can't catch a break but then our brooding vampire, Soren, shows up. He's been trying to keep his distance from her as he was worried about her safety. As it turns out, the crapola really hit the fan after she warped back to the present and there's someone out there intending to do her harm. They team up in effort to solve the conundrum and the sparks fly between them, romantically speaking.

I have to admit that I was full on Team Aldwin while reading Contingency but after reading Relativity, I think I'm now on Team Soren, then again maybe I'm not. Ahhh! For the very first time I'm actually torn on the love triangle and not of an opinion which character the leading lady should end up with. Both men are extremely likable characters and the thought of either getting their heart broken is extremely depressing. Bravo to the author for this, in a time when love triangles are a dime a dozen she has taken a story element that has the potential to be cliche or dull and turned it into something bitter sweet and addicting.

For the time being I'm going to state that I am Team Soren, but I make no promises that will still be the same tomorrow...or in the next paragraph but for now I'm planted on that side.

This book was a fabulous follow up to Contingency. It lived up the high standard of its predecessor and dare I say, even exceeded it in some aspects The character development was great. The plot was fun and fast paced setting up an exciting path for book three. It's a terrific read if you're looking to swoon over the vampire bad boy, feel the pain of the characters and cheer on the leading lady.

I highly recommend reading this series if you haven't already. I'm not sure on an ETA for book three but I know there are two novellas in the works, Actuality which will be from Soren's point of view and Brevity which will be from Aldwin's point of view. Both of which I'm sure will only insure more debate as we all try to decide which team we're on.

Soren...yeah, Soren....or hmmm...


Ciao!

You can connect with the author via
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Website

Purchase this title via:
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If you're so inclined you may also read our tag team review for Contingency (book one) by following the LINK

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Review: Aces High by Elle Casey and Jason Brant

Aces High by Elle Casey and Jason Brant


Doug is a college student squatting in his dad's old apartment. Charlie is fresh out of the foster care system. When they both find themselves hard pressed for cash, the situation leads to a partnership that will not only put their safety at risk but take them into the world of the supernatural.

I have to start out by saying I haven't read any of Elle Casey's work but if you've followed this blog for more than a day you'll know we're big Jason Brant fans around here. So I went into this book not completely knowing what to expect. Although, I figured it would be easy to spot the authors "changing of the guard",  I was wrong. This book is a fantastic collaboration that flows together absolutely seamlessly.

The absolute highlight of this book is the characters. They're funny, likable and relateable in that awkward post teen not yet an adult sort of way. Charlie is sassy and knows how to take care of herself whereas Doug is perhaps a little high-strung and even a bit sheltered. They torment the hell out of one another mercilessly, constantly trying to one up each other.Their interactions were hysterical. I always read in bed at night and at one point I started laughing so hard I woke my husband up, which is no easy task since he sleeps like the dead. Seriously, it's that funny.

 The chapters alternate which character's perspective the reader is seeing making for a fast paced story and a fun read. The authors plan for this to be a series and it's going to be extremely entertaining to see what shenanigans Charlie and Doug can get into.So hop on board because I believe this series is going to be a wild and crazy ride!

Ciao!

Check out video interviews with the authors over at Cynthia Sheep Book Editing and Reviews!

You may purchase this title via Amazon:
Kindle edition LINK
Paperback LINK

You can connect with the authors via
Facebook - Jason Brant
Blog- Jason Brant
Website- Elle Casey

Monday, March 18, 2013

Paranormal Anthology with a Twist is now live!


A collection of short paranormal stories with a twist by 11 talented authors including:
Bart Hopkins
Michael Loring
Rene Folsom
Jon Messenger
S.L. Dearing
Anthony Lance
Penelope Bartotto
Eaton Thomas-Palmer
Jason Brant
Megan McMinimy
Nicki Scalise- Hey, that's me, one of your favorite reviewers from this blog!

Edited and compiled by the always talented Cynthia Shepp and Rene Folsom
Gorgeous cover art by awesome Phycel Designs.


Hop on over to Amazon to get your copy today and don't forget to leave a review when you've finished reading it. If you're really feeling generous come back to the blog and let me know your thoughts on my story, just be kind, I'm fragile. Thanks!

Ciao!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Review: The Dark by Jason Brant

The Dark by Jason Brant
What if suddenly for no explainable reason your world was plunged into darkness and everyone you cared about inexplicably disappeared while you were left fearing what was waiting in the shadows? What if your only weapon was a flashlight? Could you survive and better yet, would you even want to?

Nicki's review
 
In this novel we follow a small band of survivors as they try to make sense of their predicament while praying they'll make it through the night. Each chapter gives a different character perspective from a grieving drunken widower to a teenage pizza delivery boy, to name a few.The character development was well thought out and executed nicely. Each character's perspective was unique enough that it never felt cliche or dull.

*On a small side note* There was a very minor character at the beginning of the book that I swear I read in Tommy Chong's voice. Was this intentional on the author's part? I couldn't say, but it made me laugh regardless.

The environmental ambiance in this novel was fantastic, making the reader's reality fall away until they feel as if they are in the thick of it. If you're familiar with the author's work then you already know how skilled he is at such things.If not, the best I can describe it is that you will quickly forget that you're not being hunted by one of the untold evils lurking in the shadows. Before I move on let me just back up here for a second. You're NOT familiar with his work? How many more 5 reaper reviews do Jannah and I have to give his books before you'll trust us? You trust us right? Yes? Okay good...now go buy all his books and thank us later. Wait...wait! Finish reading the review first and then you can go.

I know I've said this before but it bares repeating Jason Brant is a master at his craft. Six pages into this book and I was spooked enough to have goosebumps on my arms. The last book to do that to me was The Gate by...you guessed it, Jason Brant. The author takes the basic childhood fear of the dark and spins it into a tale of terror and death for adults.If you're looking for a book that will make you second guess whether or not you're too old to sleep with a night light, look no further.


Jannah's Review



Once again Jason Brant knocks it outta the park. The Dark is both action packed and terrifying. I found myself emotionally connected to each and every character. I could feel their terror. I could feel their anguish. It was as if I could reach out and touch the darkness they feared. This is one I will definitely read again and again. Highly recommended.