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Review: The Replacement

Title: The Replacement

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Date of Publication: September 21st, 2010

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Goodreads Summary:

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

My Review:

I love weird, and I love horror vibes with romance thrown in! So this was all of my cups of tea! Peppermint included! The whole idea of a weirdly, sick, creature baby getting switched with a human one was pretty freaking awesome!

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Mackie may just be one of my favorite MCs ever! He was sweet and relatable. At first he didn’t want to get involved with things. And to be truthful, I wouldn’t either! Especially when there is all kinds of craziness going on below ground! Seriously loved all the side characters, especially Roswell! And I can’t forget about Emma, Tate, or the twins!

Yovanoff has wonderful descriptions that aren’t bordering anywhere near tiring. I could feel and see everything she described. Seriously loved this story! And I just threw my money out the window to order the rest of her books!

 

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Cover Reveal: Oasis by: Katya De Becerra

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Alif had exciting summer plans: working on her father’s archeological dig site in the desert with four close friends… and a very cute research assistant. Then the sandstorm hit.

Their camp wiped away, Alif and the others find themselves lost on the sands, seemingly doomed… until they find the oasis. It has everything they need: food, water, and shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage.

The answers turn Alif and her friends against each other, and they begin to wonder if they’ve truly been saved. And while it was easy to walk into the oasis, it may be impossible to leave…

Katya de Becerra’s new supernatural thriller hides a mystery in plain sight, and will keep you guessing right up to its terrifying conclusion.

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About Katya:

Katya de Becerra was born in Russia, studied in California, lived in Peru, and then stayed in Australia long enough to become a local. She was going to be an Egyptologist when she grew up, but instead she earned a PhD in Anthropology.

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What would you do if were lost in the desert?

Free: The Bride of Glass

Hey guys! You can download The Bride of Glass for FREE on Amazon until October 31st! Happy Halloween!!! Also, the first book, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault, is only $1.99 for right now!

Download now on Amazon!

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Review: Trick or Death

Title: Trick or Death

Author: Calvin Demmer

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Goodreads Summary:

Halloween was the perfect time for Barry Steiner to put his plan into action. The only problem was not everyone in the neighborhood wanted to play his victim.

My Review:

I have yet to be disappointed by Demmer’s horror short stories! Seriously loved this one! Also, a hint… there’s one of my favorite creature’s ever in it!!

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What impresses me so much is how Demmer always can put such great characterization in short stories! You get a bit of romance, a bit of horror, and a bit of awesomeness! Barry was a relatable character. I felt I would have done some of the idiotic stuff he did when I was his age!

The writing was on point, the setting was perfect, and I can’t wait to read more short stories from the author!!

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What’s your favorite scary story?

Fountain Dead: Cover Reveal + Giveaway

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How cool is this cover?! I’m thrilled to host this reveal today, and tell you all about Theresa Braun’s first full-length novel, Fountain Dead! Theresa is also giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card, so be sure to enter at the bottom!

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Expected Publication: Mid-November

Genre: Mature YA Horror/ Paranormal

Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past.

Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house’s dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history. As romantic entanglements intensify, the paranormal activity escalates. Past and present come together. Everything is connected—from the bricks in the walls to the hearts beating in their chests, all the secrets of Fountain Dead are finally unearthed.

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The vapor wafting from the stagnant pool smelled like the rancid rot from inside a carcass. Mark felt he breathed in fire. The gooey surface boiled and foamed as if a prehistoric substance. His heart stopped as something emerged. A goopy and gnarled dome became a sickly face. The eyelids still closed, the rest of the form rose, covered in green.

A tattered dress clung to the feminine curves. The cloth slipped from the shoulders, drawing his attention to her skin. The texture made him gag.

A sour taste of bile filled his mouth. His skin contracted as he contemplated her spongy flesh. Her black eyes sprang open like a demonic doll’s. Her inhuman gaze stabbed his very core, and he knew he was facing a soul-less being. The eyes burned like hot stove burners.

A decomposing hand extended toward his throat.

Mark woke, wet with perspiration. His pillowcase and sheets were damp, as if he’d taken a swim in the fountain. That idea made him unable to breathe. His heartbeat sped along at a rate close to heart attack status as he tried not to blow a gasket about the evil that lie in wait. He whipped his pillow from behind his head and squashed it to his chest. No one would grasp what he’d been feeling—or what he’d been seeing.

His lip trembled.

Something—a fiend, a spirit, the fountain—wanted to hurt him.

Mark’s chest compressed.

The devil on his shoulder advised him that his mother had to be right. All of the metal music, the cartoons, the swearing, had been an invitation for demons and darkness. Forget the fact that none of his friends had ever mentioned opening some gateway to hell. These dark forces had chosen him.

He lied back, exhaustion sinking him deeper into the mattress. After pulling the blood warm sheets up to his chin, he shunned the moonlight streaming into the room. The crooked claws of the branches squealed against the half-open windowpane. Summer’s hot breath puffed into the house. Mark didn’t have to strain to hear its griping—the sighs of the woodwork and the building’s various joints.

The door to the servants’ quarters was open again. However, that bothered him less and less. A perfume of fragrant flowers sent him to sleep.

About the Author

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Hmmm. What’s this? Looks like Ms. Braun left her computer on and her Goodreads bio open.

This should be fun.

What can we say about Theresa? I mean other than the fact that she’s weirdly obsessed with smiley faces :-). Like, seriously obsessed >:-*. It’s kinda scary :-O.

I think she thinks she’s from Renaissance England or Venice or something. I never could figure out which one it was. (She’s really bad at doing accents.)

She likes romance novels and crime TV, which are pretty much the same thing when you think about it. Ha! Am I right?

She has a hell of a singing voice. Seriously. It’s, like, seventh circle of hell bad.

She likes editing. A lot. Just wait till she get’s aload a this.

Cats. Shoes. Chips and salsa. In that order.

Yeah, that last part didn’t make sense to me either.

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*There will also be a blog tour for Theresa’s book starting Nov. 12th to Nov. 16th. If you would like to participate, please fill out the sign up form

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Re-release: The Bride of Glass .99

Hey guys! I re-released The Bride of Glass and right now it’s only .99 on Amazon! And yes, there have been changes from the original! If you like quirky, dark, and romance then check it out!

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Perrie Madeline is trapped in the clutches of Vale, a demon of the Underworld. In order to gain strength, Vale intends to send human souls to the Glass Vault, where Perrie was once trapped. After dying in the Bride of Frankenstein display, she is alive once again—and his. Can Perrie escape Vale’s hold on her, or will the Bride, her new alter, keep her from coming back?

Maisie Jaser is on a rescue mission to retrieve her cousin and best friend, Perrie. Together, she hopes to bring down Vale and rid the world of the destruction he has caused. But will she even be able to find Perrie, or will Vale prevail?

The Bride of Glass concludes the duology in this dark romance.

Playlist:

“Ice Queen” by: Within Temptation

“This is What You Came For” by: Calvin Harris featuring Rhianna

“Never Ending Circles” by: Chvrches

“Mercy” by: Shawn Mendes

“Hounds of Love” by: Kate Bush

“No More I Love You’s” by: Annie Lennox

“Run” by: Snow Patrol

“Shine” by: Years & Years

“A Sorta Fairytale” by: Tori Amos

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Author Interview: Katya De Becerra

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Summary:

What the Woods Keep is the stunning debut of Katya de Becerra, who combines mystery, science fiction, and dark fantasy in a twisty story that will keep you mesmerized right up to the final page.

On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.

Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.

As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality itself.

Author Interview:

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Can you tell us a little about your debut novel, What the Woods Keep?

My debut is a genremashing small-town mystery about one determined girl’s quest to unearth a reality-altering secret behind her mom’s decade-long disappearance. There’s Norse mythology, ceremonial magic and a creepy forest. I don’t know about you, but these things warm my dark dark heartJ

What made you decide to be a writer?

I was a reader first. Thinking back to my earliest memories, I think I’ve pretty much always had a book in my hands! Though I’ve been writing for a while too, mostly poetry; but after I got seriously hooked on YA fantasy (thanks, Richelle Mead!), I knew I had to try my hand at writing novels. Bringing What The Woods Keep into the world was also a great way to keep my head from exploding while I was laboring over my PhD back in 2012-13 or so.

Who is your favorite character in What the Woods Keep and why?

I love my protag, Hayden. She’s really just “marching to the beat of her own drum”, you know.  And I love her bestie, Del, and I love the way they are together, and how they’re always there for one another, even though they’ve got very different personalities and quirks. Oh and I love my villains tooJ

Have you always been a fan of the horror genre?

Yes and noJ Full disclosure: What The Woods Keep definitely has elements of horror, but it’s not a full-on horror – I’m too much of a wimp to write horror! Having said that, yeah, I’ve always been drawn to horror, even though I know I won’t sleep at night for weeks (months, years?!) after watching or reading something of the kind. I mean, I’m still to this day haunted by F. Paul Wilson’s The Keep and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot – and it’s been decades since I’ve read these books!

You have another book titled, Oasis, coming out next. What’s the difference between that one and What the Woods Keep?

While my debut is more of a contemporary fantasy, Oasis is a psychological adventure – you guessed it – with horror elements. Oasis is set in Dubai as well as in my hometown of Melbourne, and features a diverse cast of teens who get into some major trouble in the desert. While it took me a while to get What The Woods Keep ready for the agent querying stage, Oasis got written relatively fast – I knew its central premise and how it was all going to end from the very beginning of plotting. My two books are massively different, but both have a dark mystery at their core and a relentless girl for a lead.

What was your inspiration for What the Woods Keep?

Norse mythology, creepy small towns, unsolved mysteries, and the symbolism of the magical forest. I got totally hooked on Norse myths as a kid, and I was also obsessed with The Nibelungenlied. It comes as no surprise to me that, many years on, I’ve written a book influenced by the Nibelungs and all those Norse myths I loved so much.

What was your inspiration for Oasis?

The Mummy horror movies. All of them.

When you write are you an outliner or just type and go?

It differs with each book. Though, I tend to start writing once I decide on a key premise, and then only outline if I’m stuck or when the plot gets super complex and I need to keep track of what I’ve been doing.

What’s your favorite book—both an old one and a new one.

Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita is my all-time fav. It’s brilliant! From the newer ones…  Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns, and Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

What’s your favorite color?

Dark blue.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t follow trends – they come and go, and likely will change by the time you’ve finished writing. Instead, write what’s close to your heart. Write what you have to write. Also keep in mind: there’s lots of rejection in publishing, and it just comes with the territory, but you’ve got to be picky about which criticisms to take close to heart and which to ignore – listen only to people you respect and trust.

 

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