Tag Archive | short stories

Cover Reveal: Link by Link: A Spirited Holiday Anthology

LinkbyLink_digital (1)

“‘I wear the chain I forged in life,’ replied the Ghost. ‘I made it link by link…’”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Link by Link is a collection of 11 stories of ghosts, spirits, and creatures unnamed, all come to teach lessons we won’t soon forget. From sweet Christmas tales to terrifying holiday hauntings, these stories take a dive into the past in the hopes of creating a better—or at least different—future.

961f3-addtogoodreads

LxL Graphic Promo

The anthology features short stories from these authors: M. Dalto, Pam Dunn, Myra Fiacco, Marlena Frank, Kristin Jacques, C. Vonzale Lewis, Jess Moore, Candace Robinson, Leslie Rush, Lauren Emily Whalen, Beth Worsdell.

DAA1E66B-1575-4313-B368-8433F98E3B22

Are you excited for this anthology?

Double Barrel Horror Vol #3: Review + Excerpt

DoubleBarrel

Welcome to the blog tour for Double Barrel Horror Volume #3, a collection of thrills and chills by six amazing authors! Hold onto your pants folks!

double barrel

Double Barrel (Volume 3)

Publication Date: March 22nd, 2020

Genre: Anthology/ Horror/ Suspense

Brace yourself for another two-barrel blast of unrelenting horror and suspense. Volume 3 of the ‘Double Barrel Horror’ anthology series delivers two chilling tales from each of six talented authors for a 12-story onslaught that will blow you out of your sneakers. This time around, your fate lies in the hands of Christine Morgan, Mark Matthews, Theresa Braun, Calvin Demmer, Glenn Rolfe, and Robert Essig.

Add to Goodreads

Excerpt

Highway Hunger by Calvin Demmer

It couldn’t be alive?

It was.

Dudley Ellington couldn’t see the animal’s face, but based on the tufts of bloody fur, he thought it might be a rat or a squirrel. He stepped closer, and the creature’s legs shook as if it were attempting to kick-start its body back to life.

Its movements ceased.

Dudley looked around, and all he saw was the long, empty stretch of highway. Why was there never a good stick lying around when you needed one? He tapped his boot on the animal, hoping for a response. He got nothing. Were his eyes playing tricks? He thought its legs moved a moment ago.

He tapped the animal again.

This time, one of its arms stretched out and then down, as if it were trying to push the button to answer a question on a game show. Dudley stepped back—not out of fear, as he assured himself, but to get a better view.

The paw jiggled.

“Yo, Felipe. Come check this out.” Dudley ran his hand over his slicked-back hair. He looked to the white pickup when he got no reply from his coworker.

Felipe sat in the front seat with his orange helmet covering his eyes.

“Felipe, wake up.”

Felipe groaned, slowly pushing open the driver-side door. “What’s it now, Dud? I told you we can always take an extra thirty minutes for lunch. I was just about to get some rest. No one will give a shit.”

“There’s something on the road. I was gonna scoop it up, but it must be alive.”

Felipe’s eyes widened. He climbed out of the vehicle and marched to Dudley.

“Get back,” he said as he passed Dudley.

Dudley did as instructed, oddly reassured by the sudden authority in his coworker’s voice. Felipe would surely help the critter, maybe take it somewhere for injured animals. He was still new to the job and wasn’t sure of the correct protocol.

Felipe hovered over the creature. “It’s a squirrel. At least, it was. Half its body has been smashed.”

“Damn.”

“Yeah, it’s a bummer for sure. But there’s nothing we can do. Best leave it be and let it die in peace.”

“Leave it be? It’s in pain.”

“That’s right. We leave it. It’s not dead, and we only collect the dead.”

Dudley stepped forward. “What about the injured animals? Where do you take them?”

“Injured animals.” Felipe scoffed, staring at the road. “Dud. Now isn’t the time for this. Let it go.”

The squirrel twitched, and Dudley imagined it hearing them talk about how they would simply desert it. That was nonsense, of course, as squirrels couldn’t understand humans, but still, he couldn’t allow it to suffer. He would have to put it out of its misery.

Dudley raised his boot, telling himself this was the most merciful thing he could do.

“No!” Felipe shouted, tackling him to the ground.

“What the fuck, man?” Dudley pushed Felipe off before getting to his feet and dusting his pants, not sure how much good it would do as they already had a stain or two from the takeaway burger he’d devoured for lunch. “Why would—”

“Dud. You need to listen to me.” Felipe glanced around. “We need to get going. I can explain everything once we’re on the move.”

Amazon

Review:

This was such a fun anthology with awesome horror and more! I absolutely loved Theresa Braun’s story so much, and I’ve loved everything she’s written so far! Her story was a true page turner! Never a disappointment! Calvin Demmer has another hit on his hands and I was sucked into his story right away!

This anthology had intriguing writing and was full of awesomeness! I loved how each story was different but they all went together nicely. This was the perfect escape that I needed!

DoubleBarrel

Blog Tour Schedule

May 11th

Reads & Reels (Spotlight) http://readsandreels.com

Kim Knight (Spotlight) http://kimknightauthor.wordpress.com

Literary Dust (Review) https://literarydust.wordpress.com/

May 12th

Breakeven Books (Spotlight) https://breakevenbooks.com

The Scary Reviews (Review) https://thescaryreviews.com

Cats Luv Coffee (Spotlight) https://catsluvcoffeez.blogspot.com

May 13th

Entertainingly Nerdy (Spotlight) https://www.entertaininglynerdy.com

The Faerie Review (Spotlight) http://www.thefaeriereview.com

Book Dragons Not Worms (Spotlight) https://bookdragonsnotworms.blogspot.com/?m=1

May 14th

Dark Whimsical Art (Spotlight) https://www.darkwhimsicalart.com/blogs/news

Didi Oviatt (Review) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com

Books Teacup & Reviews (Spotlight) https://booksteacupnreviews.wordpress.com/

May 15th

I Smell Sheep (Spotlight) http://www.ismellsheep.com/

Jessica Belmont (Review) https://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com/

Banshee Irish Horror Blog (Review) www.bansheeirishhorrorblog.com

Tranquil Dreams (Review) https://klling.wordpress.com/

Authors:

Matthew Weber

Christine Morgan

Mark Matthews

Theresa Braun

Calvin Demmer

Glenn Rolfe

Robert Essig

Blog Tour Organized By:

R&R Button

R&R Book Tours

DAA1E66B-1575-4313-B368-8433F98E3B22

What’s your favorite horror story?

Masks Anthology Release Day!

Masks banner1

Masks is such a fun anthology with wonderful stories told by wonderful authors! Mine is titled The Celebration Game, and I hope you check out this Mardi Gras themed anthology!

Purchase: Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Kobo

Masks2promo

Masks is a collection of 11 short stories by authors from various writing backgrounds. Each story takes a unique look at the celebration of Mardi Gras, from the bright and beautiful party culture to the dark and dangerous mysteries behind the fun. The collection includes stories in the historical fiction, romance, supernatural, and horror genres, all focused on the celebration of life, death, and all that happens in between.

name-tag2

Did you order a copy of as Masks?

Review: The Summer Palace and Other Stories

Title: The Summer Palace and Other Stories

Author: C.S. Pacat

Goodreads Summary:

Follow Damen, Laurent and the supporting characters of Captive Prince on a series of adventures set in and around the events of the novels – and beyond, to learn what happens after the final page in the trilogy is turned.

My Review:

I love short stories but sometimes bonus short stories within a series are a hit or miss for me. However, I loved this so much!

Green but for a Season

This was a good little glimpse into Jord and I also liked the back-flashes with a young Laurent!

The Summer Palace

This was the perfect epilogue of sorts that I needed after the last book! I love Laurent and Damen so much! They are so sweet and perfect in every scene they have together!

The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant

This one was a lot of fun! I loved seeing Laurent and Damen undercover again, except from Charls’s perspective! And that ending was great!

Pet

I didn’t know this was something I needed until I read it! Ancel is honest with his words and it’s perfection! And seriously, I need a full-length novel on Ancel and Berenger!

I definitely recommend checking this collection out if you loved the Captive Prince Trilogy!

name-tag2

Do you like bonus short stories within series?

Review: Masks

Title: Masks

Date of Publication: March 31st, 2020

Masks2promo

Goodreads Summary:

For some, Mardi Gras is a celebration. For others, it’s a dangerous game.

Masks is a collection of 11 short stories by authors from various writing backgrounds. Each story takes a unique look at the celebration of Mardi Gras, from the bright and beautiful party culture to the dark and dangerous mysteries behind the fun. The collection includes stories in the historical fiction, romance, supernatural, and horror genres, all focused on the celebration of life, death, and all that happens in between.

48771919._SY475_

My Review:

If you’re looking for a book full of mystery and intrigue, then this is it! I love reading anthologies because I can read the versatile stories between the authors with a common theme. This one being Mardi Gras! Which! I’ve never read a book centered around that so it was pretty cool!

Each tale had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how the story was going to end. There are murderers, there are ghosts, there are crimes, there are kisses, there’s a Louisiana setting, and there is lots and lots of awesomeness!

All the authors had a unique dip into the theme, and all of them had a wonderful atmosphere! Overall, seriously a fun collection!

name-tag2

What’s your favorite thing about Mardi Gras?

Download A Layer Hidden for FREE!

alayerhidden4

Moving to another planet should be easy, right? For Bree, she believed this to be true. But when something sinister wakes aboard her spacecraft, Bree and her family discover that surviving passage through space will be anything but easy.

A Layer Hidden is a short story with a hint of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

961f3-addtogoodreads

Download for FREE on Amazon HERE!

image1

name-tag2

Did you download your free copy A Layer Hidden?

Dearest Clementine: Dark and Romantic Monstrous Tales

So guys! I have something fun and awesome coming out October 1st, 2020! It’s a collection titled Dearest Clementine: Dark and Romantic Monstrous Tales!

You can pre-order it on Amazon!

Add to Goodreads!

Dearest Celmentine by Candace Robinson (Ebook)

Clementine has been taken by a creature of darkness.

Doran is a fiend in love who must find Clementine before losing her forever.

While on his desperate search, he pens eight dark and romantic monstrous tales, written only for her. Each story serves a purpose, and that is, do monsters have the ability to love, too?

Dearest Clementine is a short story collection filled with dark romantic tales.

name-tag2

Do you have a favorite collection of stories?

Masks Anthology Announcement!

I’m going to be a part of this amazing anthology with other amazing authors! The theme is Mardi Gras and trust me, you’re going to want to add this one to your TBR!

961f3-addtogoodreads

Masks1

For some, Mardi Gras is a celebration. For others, it’s a dangerous game.

Masks is a collection of 11 short stories by authors from various writing backgrounds. Each story takes a unique look at the celebration of Mardi Gras, from the bright and beautiful party culture to the dark and dangerous mysteries behind the fun. The collection includes stories in the historical fiction, romance, supernatural, and horror genres, all focused on the celebration of life, death, and all that happens in between.

name-tag2

Did you add Masks to your TBR on Goodreads?

Review: Dark Celebrations

Title: Dark Celebrations

Author: Calvin Demmer

Date of Publication: October 2019

46827424._SY475_

Goodreads Summary:

Each year, people all over the world celebrate special festivals and days, shining light on what they wish to remember and revere. But sometimes, inhabitants of the dark arrive with the desire to disturb proceedings. Dark Celebrations is a collection of twelve short stories. And the holidays will never be the same.

My Review:

This was a great collection and I loved that I could read through each story quickly! My favorite would have to either be Prom Screams or Trick or Death! There was true imagination that went into these stories and the writing, along with the dialogue, was excellent!! Wonderful and horrific descriptions! My favorite kinds of things!

name-tag2

Do you read short stories?

Moonlight Rogues: Origins: Cover Reveal + Review

Title: Moonlight Rogues: Origins

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: May 21st, 2019

5BEA0014-B8C4-4A09-ABCB-22DD0D0C2D1C

Four wolves. Four alpha males. One town to bring them all together….

The lupo mannaro without a family….

Lucas was born to be king, until the price was too high. Now, he’ll have to settle for alpha…if he can escape his past.

The vârcolac without a home…

The mountains of yore call his name louder than his parents’ pleas to stay. But is he ready for what gate has in store, even if it means giving up his hard-earned freedom?

The faoladh without a purpose…

One case was all it took. One mistake he could never take back. Now, he’ll pay the ultimate price – exile.

​The lobisomem without peace…

Tristan chose to save his country, not knowing the price was his sanity. Is there really a coming home, for the one who’s seen it all, and more?

A Moonlight Rogues novella to give you a taste of four amazing stories, each one filled with unique folkloric add-ons.

IMG-2309

Vote for cover of the month!

My Review:

I’ve really enjoyed this series with two guys’ stories down and two more to go! So to be able to read a collection of short stories on each of the wolves was quite the delight! Lucas, Dom, Finn, Tristan—my boys!

giphy (2)

Photo Credit

I liked all the the stories, but I think Dom’s was the best—I loved getting a glimpse at little five-year-old Dom! Also, there are scenes between him and Lucas that were awesome with all their bickering! Tristan’s was so good too, packed with emotion, and an awesome conclusion! Finn’s had one of the best action sequences, and Lucas is one of my favorites so of course his was awesome!

Even though these are short, they are filled with backstory, emotion, and awesomeness! Can’t wait to read rest of the stories on them!

PURCHASE LINKS:

Continue reading