Robin’s Review of Wishes are Horses

Wishes are Horses

 by Tim Eagle

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Wishes are Horses
by Tim Eagle

Truxton's Tree Farm offers more than wishes, horses, and is host to many dysfunctional members of society. In this tale of terror, one must be careful how they live, and most importantly what they wish for...
Robin's Review: This was a short and creepy read that had me up all thinking about it. It is well written, entertaining and scary. It was crazy good. 

I highly recommend this book and this author.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

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Robin’s Review of Lost Minds, Wandering Souls

Robin’s Review of Lost Minds, Wandering Souls, I highly recommend this book and series.

Lost Minds, Wandering Souls

Book 1 of 3: Lost Minds, Wandering Souls

by George Adamczyk

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Lost Minds, Wandering Souls
Book 1 of 3: Lost Minds, Wandering Souls
By George Adamczyk

Have you ever felt like you were teetering on the very brink of insanity? Have you ever had a dream that felt so intense that you thought it was actually real? Here are four short stories that take you to the fringes of reality! A man battles a demon for control of his mind. A writer awakens in another dimension. A bullet sends a teen into an astral plane. A very strange boy has his first Halloween. Enter the warped world of "Lost Minds, Wandering Souls"!
Robin's Review: These were short stories that were a quick and easy read that left me a little frightened. It had some creepy and creative tales. I highly recommend this book and series.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
Titles Included
Nap Demon
The Halloween Closet
You'd Be Dangerous
Shakespeare In Limbo


Next books in the series:
Lost Minds, Wandering Souls: Volume 2

Lost Minds, Wandering Souls: Volume 3

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Robin’s Review of Impound

Impound

 by Gary Lee Vincent

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Impound
by Gary Lee Vincent

Shirley Wade had it all: a loving fiancé and a bright career as a paralegal at the prestigious Pittsburgh law firm of McNeil, Jamison, and Young.
When an energy company needed some title work done for a project they were doing in West Virginia, Shirley is sent to the backwoods county courthouse there to research the title.

While there, her car gets impounded, and little does she know that the people behind it operate a chop shop and target out-of-towners. Unknowingly, Shirley attempts to get her car back and what ensues next is an utter terror.

With danger lurking at every turn, no one can be trusted, and something far more sinister than an illegal chop shop lurks in the shadows of the impound yard and the evil intentions of the clan that runs it.

Burning Bulb Publishing
Robin's Review: This was a quick and easy read that totally creeped me out. I am forever going to remember this book every time I travel to West Virginia. It is horror at its best.
I purchased this book at The Living Dead Weekend in Monroeville this year.

#horror #suspense #thriller

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Robin’s Review of Life After: The Line of Duty

In a scientific and spiritual sense, humanity has its world ordered

Life After: The Line of Duty

The Sixth Book in The Arising Series

 by Bryan Way

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Robin's Review of
Life After: The Line of Duty
by Bryan Way

In times of crisis, few bear a burden more demanding than local law enforcement, but even as a zombie apocalypse wreaks untold havoc, the undead are the least of their troubles.
Spread thin in the wake of a calamity, the remaining officers at the Broomall Police Department are faced with dwindling resources and manpower in a losing effort to contain the scourge. As state and government agencies fight to enforce a quarantine boundary prior to an impending evacuation, the station is mistakenly identified as a rescue center, forcing Lt. Arthur Gilchrist and a handful of cops to determine whether their new arrivals are trying to escape the mayhem or take advantage of it.Set during the events of Life After: The Arising, Life After: The Line of Duty examines the fortitude required to protect and serve the public in an unthinkable circumstance as well as what it means to maintain order when chaos becomes the status quo.
Robin's Review: I really liked this story. Bryan Way has come a long way no pun intended since I reviewed his first book in this series. His writing is tighter and more descriptive with deeper characters. He really nailed it with this one. Overall, this is a quick and satisfying read.

More is coming from this creative author with maybe another short story and a third novel sometime in the future. I can’t wait.

Books in this series:
Life After: The Arising (Book 1).
Life After: The Cemetery Plot (Short 1)
Life After: The Basement (Short 2).
Life After: The Phoenix (Short 3)
Life After: The Void (Book 2).
Life After: The Maze (Short 4)
Life After: Zugzwang (Short 5)
Life After: The Line of Duty (Short 6)

It was my pleasure to receive an advance free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#horror #shortstory #postapocalyptic #thriller #action #adventure #zombie

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Robin’s Review of Crimson: The Red Plague

Crimson: The Red Plague

by R.W. Fisher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Crimson: The Red Plague
by R.W. Fisher
Learning to survive this fallen world, avoiding the mutilated corpses inhabiting interstate 5 and its surrounding cities, is a lot like surfing. Some learn slowly, first mastering the shallow waves, while others are thrown into the depths and forced to tread water.
Content Warning: This book contains violence, language, sexual assault, and stalking.
Eighteen-year-old Bobby Stratton will never forget his first encounter. He was rubbing the thigh of his longtime girlfriend, scratching up and down her distressed denim. The final minutes of their 4th period biology class was drawing near when the piercing sirens ensued. The door hinges snapped, and without warning, they became submerged in the blood of their peers. They were…eating each other. Entrails splashed upon whiteboards and innards covered their wooden floors like fresh chum.
Bobby peered from beneath his desk, unaware of what led to such mutilation, and was met with the unforgettable sight of his former teacher. His once innocent, blue eyes, now blanketed with a crimson sheet.
Carnage hit their school in a wave. Only the quickest and most adept were able to escape the bloody riptide.
Robin's Review: This is a fast paced thrill ride. In California is 18 year old Bobby Stratton, who leads a group with the help of Sean Reynolds. The group consists of brother, Marcus, friend Dante, girlfriend Chloe Reynolds, and resident Paul Goldean, all trying to survive. The world building is rich and descriptive. The characters were real and relatable. The plot is action packed with lots of zombie gore. I look forward to more from this author.
Favorite Lines: “They had places to be, and the longer they waited to embark on whatever cross-country trip they hoped would get them to that last distant family member known to have a heartbeat, the harder it was to carry on.”
“Jeez, yes. I’m freaking starving. Seriously, it feels like my intestines are dirty dogging each other.”
Interesting Observation: “Their weapons became someone else’s, then someone else’s, then someone else’s, until the ammo went dry, and a hodgepodge of fresh blood stained the trigger.”
“In this world, survival is a never-ending combination of killing, grieving, traveling, and foraging.”
And the best line of someone turning:
“Lisa’s sight bleeds into darkened crimson and she’s gone, emancipated from her earthly shell.”
#horror #postapocalyptic #sciencefiction #fantasy #action #adventure

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Robin’s Review of Gullonization

Gullonization: The Fight or Flight Collection

 by Sean P. Gibson

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Gullonization
(The Fight or Flight Collection)

by Sean P. Gibson
Part of: The Fight or Flight Collection (3 books)
What would happen if humanity came to an end? Who would rise to the top of the food chain, who would dominate Earth?
Follow the STE Space Team as they return to their base in Edinburgh, now abandoned. A hundred years have passed on Earth. It’s not what they remember. Neither is a certain, predatory species whose murderous welcome makes it clear that this Space Team no longer has a home… nor a right to live…If you thought seagulls were already cruel omens, then get ready to see them at their worst.This novella marks the second in the 'Fight or Flight' Collection. Be sure to check out the others too; "The Pigeon Detectives," and "The Crow's Vengeance".
Robin's Review: This is a well written, quick, and easy to read short story that was crisp and straight to the point. It has some creepy world building that totally amazed me. The main characters are complex but relatable. And the “bad guys” are freaking nasty. Oh, my I will never forget them. This is such an enjoyable read that I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, but I have to go back to read book 1 first. Sean P. Gibson thank you for this surprising story boy do you have a wild imagination. I encourage everyone to read this whole series.
Favorite Lines: “Get your Grav injections ready so that your body can handle the gravitational shift! I want you walking on your feet when we land, not kissing the floor like starfish!”

“Don’t tell me that we’re the aliens on our own planet.”

#shortstory #bookseries #dystopian #sciencefiction #horror #postapocalypse #monster #space

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Robin’s Review of Fallout: Apocalypse Book 2 of 3

Fallout: Apocalypse Book 2 of 3

 by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Fallout (Apocalypse Book 2)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse
by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

A week has passed since the world turned upside down. Help isn't coming, communications are down, and a group of young teenagers remain isolated on a farm, awaiting rescue.
As they adjust to their new reality, the group must learn to fend for themselves. But with trouble brewing all around them, they’re about to discover that humans might be just as terrifying as the rotters plaguing their new landscape.Tensions are rising.Alliances are forming and enemies are being made.Humanity is slipping through their fingers.The apocalypse is here to stay.
Robin's Review: This is the second cozy zombie apocalypse book in this series. It picks up a week after where the previous book ended. This is a quick read, but I took it slow because I didn’t want it to end. Luckily the next in the series is due out soon. This book is well written with an interesting and entertaining plot. The characters are well developed, relatable and you could just feel their anxiety. I really enjoyed this book. It is not graphic so it could be for teenagers and up. I highly recommend this series to all ages.
It was my pleasure and privilege to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
Some of the characters: There is a group at the high school consisting of Fletcher, Patrick, Charlie, Nora, Collin, Zoe, and they let in Ross. The group at the farm are Cassie, Luke, Heidi, Eliza, Poppy, Rori, Eliza, Warren, Ginge, Hannah, Billy and Cara have come a long way in a short amount of time. They have also picked up Joe along the way.

Zombie Nicknames: Zeds, Rotters and Munchers
Some of my favorite lines:
“Rule one; aim for the head. It’s the only thing that stops them.” He listed this off on his fingers. “Rule two; whatever you do, don’t let them bite you.” “Rule three; no jumping out of windows.”
“It’s character developing, you know, surviving coffee withdrawal.” “If I develop any more, I am going to develop into a villain.”
“It’s an apocalypse; I’d be concerned if you weren’t having an existential crisis.”
“I’ve got to keep myself looking good. Otherwise, how will the rotters know I’m the catch of the day?”

Zombie Tips from the book: 
Use fencing masks to protect the face.

Use every tea bag twice to save on supplies.

“You think you’re just going to stroll into Tesco and grab whatever you fancy? Everyone is going to have the same idea. And a lot of those people are going to get themselves killed in the process. That means a buildup of rotters in areas of interest. And that is why it’s not a good idea.”

Learn to read maps and don’t rely on GPS.

“We do need to be careful. We can’t trust people the way that we have in the past. It brings out an ugly side to us all.”

Stay in the attic to sleep because it’s safe with only one way in. 

Could also be bad because of only one way out.

Better to be the predator than the prey.

“You should make a big pit all around the farm. And then If anything tries to get close, it just gets stuck in the pit. The monsters aren’t very smart, are they? Maybe they won’t be able to get out.”
Apocalypse: A Zombie Thriller
Book 1 of 3: Apocalypse

Fallout: (Apocalypse)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse

Chaos: (Apocalypse)
Book 3 of 3: Apocalypse
This title will be released on June 30, 2022.


#teen #youngadult #comingofage #horror #shortstory #postapocalyptic #sciencefiction #thriller #fantasy #cozyzombieapocalypse

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Robin’s Review of Juniper Rise

Juniper Rise

 by Anne Lucy-Shanley

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Juniper Rise
by Anne Lucy-Shanley

In a harsh world where everything of beauty has been destroyed… isn’t love worth fighting for?
Sofia Spenser, plus-size social media influencer with a popular online blog, has it all—a loving family, lots of admirers, and privilege that only money can buy. But when the Z virus snatches away everything she’s ever known in the blink of an eye, Sofia finds herself hopeless and alone. Yearning for an escape from her desolation, she prays for people. Community. A place to belong. Safety.

Then charismatic nomad Ben Cassidy and his ragtag band of followers show up, an antidote to Sofia’s soul-crushing loneliness, and a buffer against the looming threat of the ever-present Zs.

The group is heaven sent, although dynamics are at play that Sofia doesn’t understand. Still, there are worse things than holing up with hot-as-sin former defense attorney Ben—even during Armageddon, a girl has needs. When he proposes the unexpected, Sofia knows her heart already belongs to him, and she’s determined to give him her body too, all else be damned. Juniper Rise has the potential to change her life—it’s a chance at a real future—but will it be a future with Ben?
Author's Note:
This character-driven steamy romance offers a guaranteed happily-ever-after. Set during the zombie apocalypse, it focuses more on relationships than gore, nevertheless reader discretion is advised. Although Juniper Rise is an interconnected standalone, reading Mayfly Hollow first is highly recommended. Thank you for supporting indie authors!
Robin's Review: This is a well written and easy to read story with an entertaining balance of survival, action, drama, suspense, and romance. The world building is rich and descriptive as if you are there. The plot is a continuation of the first book but more focused on Ben and Sophia. The characters are relatable and interesting with a touch of quirkiness thrown in. Once again, an enjoyable read with an apocalyptic romance.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
#action #adventure #romance #postapocalyptic #thriller #horror #suspense #zombies #zombie

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Robin’s Review of  The Grinkle Nonk: A Morality Tale

The Grinkle Nonk: A Morality Tale

 by D E McCluskey

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Grinkle Nonk: A Morality Tale
by D E McCluskey

The Grinkle Nonk is a myth, an urban legend, folklore made up to get children in on time, to get them to go to sleep at night, or to eat up all their greens. The legend tells of a ferocious beast that lives in the forest. It eats naughty children, and picks off unsuspecting, or lost hikers. It is a wild, dangerous animal… but it is JUST a legend, isn’t it? Harper is new in town. She hasn’t made any friends yet, and fears that she will always be an outside in this strange new world. Until she meets a surprising new friend, one who is a loner, and an outcast, just like her. However, there are eyes watching this new friendship, envious eyes… 
Robin's Review: What a quirky little tale this story is but wait for the last pages. Omg! D E McCluskey you got me!

In this tale of urban legend McCluskey’s writing style is fantastic, in the sense that you can “feel” the story like you are there. The plot travels well, the characters are bright and imaginative. There are mind bending descriptive passages, sweet and fanciful, yet horrific sad twisty turns abound.

The Grinkle Nonk is a morality tale from the dark mind of   D E McCluskey, author of Z: A Love Story, and Mutant Superhero Zombie Killing Disco Cheerleaders from Outer Space (with Uzis)
#horror #comedy #teen #youngadult #shortreads

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Robin’s Review of Mayfly Hollow

Mayfly Hollow

 by ANNE LUCY-SHANLEY

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Mayfly Hollow
by Anne Lucy-Shanley

It began as a typical day… Fiercely independent bakery owner Kate Halloran likes her life the way it is. Casual sex suits her to a T. Work hard, play hard is Kate’s motto. No strings. No demands. No obligations. 
The ties that bind chafe. She learned a long time ago that the only person she can depend on is herself—and that’s just fine thank you very much. Then a fast-acting highly contagious novel virus sweeps the globe, ushering a nationwide lockdown. Violence erupts in the streets. Chaos reigns. With the population decimated, Kate’s self-sufficiency kicks into overdrive as she fears she’s the sole survivor. When the dead awaken, Kate becomes prey. Desperate and hunted, she undertakes a dangerous journey—fleeing to the only refuge she knows. The sanctuary of Mayfly Hollow isn’t without its perils. Can the other survivors there be trusted? And what about the mysterious cowboy called Teller, who gets under her skin like no man ever has? There’s more to him than meets the eye—she can’t help but wonder how much of his aww shucks routine is genuine. As threats close in on every side, can Kate set aside her complicated past to navigate the new world order?
Robin's Review: Sometimes you need more than just a zombie apocalypse, and Anne Lucy-Shanley’s story has it. There is an interesting tale about the main character Kate’s actions during and after the virus and or zombie apocalypse. I love how the story shows Kate’s strength and self-reliance, while being alone until she makes it to “safety.” This is a fast-paced entertaining story with some great characters. An enjoyable read if you like a little romance with your apocalypse. 
#sciencefiction #fantasy #horror #action #romance

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