Bloodtooth by D.W. Hitz

This title will be released on January 17, 2023

After nightmares begin in the small town of Custer Falls, Montana, in 1992, it’ll be thirty years before they end.

Just outside of Custer Falls, something is sleeping. Life in the small town was never ideal, but it was safe, quiet, and predictable. After Wes Henson and his friends’ field trip to Bloodtooth Caverns, all of that changes.

Until he does, the town’s nightmares are no longer harmless. The good side of your conscience may go quiet as the devil on your shoulder speaks up. Children fall into comas, while adults are torn to pieces in their sleep.

All they did was stray off the path. They didn’t expect to break their bones and discover an ancient relic. But once it’s in Wes’s hands, he’s the one that has to put it back.

Because when this evil is awake, no one’s dreams are safe.

If Wes and his friends want to survive, they’ll have to conquer the waking world and the dreamscape.

If you thought your nightmares were bad, just wait until you hear about the town of Custer Falls, Montana. Something is stalking the townspeople in their nightmares, and it’s up to Wes Henson and his friends to stop it. This is no ordinary task- they’ll have to face what’s lurking in both the waking world and the dream world.

This book was a great read from start to finish. I particularly enjoyed the dark and creepy nightmare element, which pulled me right in. The characters were well-written and relatable, which added to the story. The story had everything I could ask for: dark caverns, evil presences, twisty turns, a mix of past and present, action, and suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat.

If you’re looking for a good scare, I would definitely recommend this book. It was a lot of fun to read, and I enjoyed it immensely. You can’t go wrong with any of Mr. Hitz’s stories.

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.

 

 

Heart wrenching

Trigger Warnings

Alcoholism

Rape

Suicidal Thoughts

Life of Cyn is a moving and powerful story about healing and survival. It accurately depicted the long-term effects of sexual assault and trauma, which can last for decades. The domino effect into addiction and the difficulties of intimacy and trust are all accurately portrayed. The book details her journey as she tries to come to terms with what happened to her and rebuild her life.  It’s an incredibly moving story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

This was a hard topic, but it was beautifully written, and though I cried at times, the ending was satisfying.  If you’re looking for a well-written and insightful book, I recommend this one.

 

Thanks so much for an advance review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.

Robin’s Review of If Only A Heart and Other Tales of Terror

If Only A Heart and Other Tales of Terror

by Caleb Stephens

Rating: 5 out of 5.
If Only A Heart and Other Tales of Terror
by Caleb Stephens
An unlikely friendship is born in the red clay dirt of a trailer park. Two latchkey kids who will do anything to hold onto one other, despite the consequences.
If Only A Heart and Other Tales of Terror is a visceral collection of thirteen stories that explores what happens when we open ourselves to others and dare to let them in. There are monsters on these pages, yes, ones whose teeth cut deep, but never as deep as the teeth of the monsters in the mirror.
Robin's Review: This is a dark and intriguing collection of scary tales, each one different. They fill you with dread and anxiety about what will happen next in the twisty turns of each story. I recommend this book, but only if you read it with the lights on. I hope you enjoy them because I sure did.

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 Fear Forge Anthology: Winter Quarter 2022

Fear Forge Anthology: Winter Quarter 2022

Horrorsmith Publishing

Fear Forge Anthology: 
Winter Quarter 2022
by Horrorsmith Publishing
A forged mask that communicates with the dead, a cable repairman called to investigate an empty field...
...or so he thinks, a father-son DIY project not quite working as intended, an excavation going horribly awry, and a blacksmith called to do the bidding of an old god. 
An unfortunate series of events, indeed...
These infernal souls, and many others, are all part of the Fear Forge—the first edition of Horrorsmith Publishing's debut anthology series. It features tales told of cursed smelters, haunted crafted objects, and the degradation of relationships forged within the fires of vengeance. For these authors, fear has forged with the mundane, turning simple rings, rockers, and candles into ravenous blacksmiths of destiny that have doomed us all.
Fear Forge is the first edition of this series, and Horrorsmith Publishing did an amazing job. This book is chock full of great stories. It starts with a lively written foreword from Joe X Young, which sets the tone for the rest of the book.  It concludes with a “meet” the author section.
I'll touch on a few of the stories, but I just want to say that each story was unique, twisted, and oh-so entertaining.
First up is Locke and Key’s Brian and his need for not dreaming. You feel such sympathy for him trying to stay awake, so he doesn’t dream, but then you find out why.
The Ozymandias Crucible has the emperor sending for special artist smiths Doigt Smith and Tryn Smiths. They are to make a Devine Creation for the Emperor but at what cost?
The Death Whisperer’s Gordon Norman is in a bind, so he hires Steve, a death whisper to help his mother, Gina to move on. But easy said than done.
The Trophy has Franklin Jones a raw what’s that saying out of the frying pan into the fire.
Forging a Partnership we have Matthew, a serial killer that gets a taste of his own medicine. Of course, he doesn’t like it.
The Chosen Sword’s Ronald bought a forge to make a little money with the leftover scraps he has from plumbing, but can it be that easy?
And finally, The Art of Fear’s Callie Williams gets a job offer at the perfect time, but is it?
This short story anthology is imaginatively written, exciting, and just fun to read. I loved it and can't wait for the next one.
Featured Authors:
Alex Reid - "Iron"
Alexa K. Moon - "Find a Penny, Pick It Up"
Andre H. Harewood - "Life Masks"
C. M. Forest - "Born of Death"
D. W. Hitz - "The Trophy"
D. W. Gillespie - "Mostly Alone"
Eddie Generous - "The Chosen Sword"
E. L. Giles - "A Eulogy of Love, Blood, and Iron"
Edmund Stone - "Emily"
Garrett Rowlan - "Death Whisperer"
J-F. Dubeau - "The Ozymandias Crucible"
Jennifer Claywood - "The Art of Fear"
John Kiste - "The Darwell Curse"
Justin Boote - "Forging a Partnership"
Michael H. Hanson - "The Forge"
Nat Whiston - "Lock and Key"
R. C. Hausen - "Nowa Kuznia"
Simon J. Plant - "Grandy's Rocker"
Theresa Jacobs - "The Sculpture"
Thomas K. S. Wake - "Vestiges of Humanity"
Tim Borella - "Serasthes"
George Jacobs - "The Pit of Heaven"

#action #adventure #dystopian #postapocalyptic #thriller #sciencefiction #fantasy #horror

Robin’s Review of The City Grew Monsters

The City Grew Monsters

by Hunter Adams

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The City Grew Monsters 
A Zombie Apocalypse Novel 
by Hunter Adams

Can a little girl survive a zombie apocalypse?
After her mother was killed by an intruder, six-year-old Magdalena “Maddy” Ruiz creates a rule for herself: avoid strangers. Always. But when the zombie apocalypse spreads through San Diego like wildfire, and reaches the Cielo Vista Towers where her father works the night shift as a doorman, she finds herself stuck in an empty 25th floor penthouse… and dangerously close to the new neighbors.
Robin's Review: This is a unique and fresh take on the zombie apocalypse genre. Why? Because it is being told and felt through a young girl’s eyes. Which is new for me at least. Maddy is only six and staying in an upstairs apartment while her father, Ernesto works downstairs.  When the crap hits the fan and it tuns into a zombie apocalypse and Ernesto doesn't come back for Maddie, she's left to fend for herself. Of course, there are others in the same boat, and you get to see it through their eyes too. This is a well-written, easy-to-read story. The characters are well-defined and relatable. I enjoyed this story and recommend it to others who want a little angst with their zombie apocalypse. I look forward to the continuation of Maddie’s story.



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Agent Carrie Harris by GJ Stevens

Following are the titles involving the main character, Agent Carrie Harris

by GJ Stevens

 

Operation Dawn Wolf: An Agent Carrie Harris Action Thriller 

Book 1 of 3: Agent Carrie Harris

A suspense filled action thriller following Recruit Harris as she endeavours to survive the near-impossible Special Operations selection process. Packed with intrigue, high-stakes thrills, strong female heroes, and action-packed adventures.

Formed of recordings and team member journal entries, this file documents OPERATION DAWN WOLF, an EYES-ONLY covert operation to identify and terminate the perpetrators of an ongoing campaign aimed at the highly secret Special Operations candidate selection process.

The transcripts document the progression of [redacted] recruited 2Lt [redacted] (now known as Carrie Harris, aka Candidate Corra Hughes) through the agency’s Special Operations selection process, [redacted].

The files contain numerous redactions to protect the identities of current and past operations and operational agents, lowering the security status of the information from EYES ONLY to SECRET.

No details have been changed or edited, however the final report by [redacted] cannot be downgraded to SECRET and is therefore omitted.

OPERATION noun. An activity that is planned to achieve something: a military operation.

DAWN noun. The beginning of something new.

WOLF idiom. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.

 

Lesson Learned: An Agent Carrie Harris Action Thriller

Book 2 of 3: Agent Carrie Harris

New recruit Agent Carrie Harris is deployed on assignment at last, but instead of the cut and thrust of a sprawling city, hunting the worst enemies of the state, she is placed as an au pair living with a family in the middle of nowhere, left only with two simple commands ringing in her ears.

Observe. Report.

After surviving the highly secret Special Operations candidate selection process, along with her first assignment (OPERATION DAWN WOLF), Carrie finds the slow pace of life difficult to adjust to. At first unsettled by the calm, she slowly relaxes into the distractions of suburban living and friendships blossom in the unlikeliest of places.

As the weeks go by still not knowing her purpose and with nothing other than the mundane to report, will Carrie keep focused when the tedious veneer cracks to reveal the deplorable reason for her dispatch? Can she be ready to act, ditching the temptation to make her cover story real, or revert to be the honed, ruthless operator again? Will she make the right choices or be sucked into a different life, distracted by a passion which threatens to overwhelm her?

 

The Gemini Assignment: An Agent Carrie Harris Action Thriller

Book 3 of 3: Agent Carrie Harris

Only hours after stepping from a plane, and still reeling from the turmoil of her last assignment (LESSON LEARNED), Agent Carrie Harris’s journey to headquarters is interrupted when the Operation Centre task her to hunt down something so sensitive they can’t even tell her about it.

Carrie is under no illusion that her second official assignment would be easy, but little did she know, whilst hunting down the first clue, a childhood she’d consigned to a distant memory would confront her in a way only helpful to the enemy.

Distracted by a time she’d thought she’d forgotten, Agent Harris battles to concentrate on the hunt leading her across London and onwards to the suburbs, hoping to stay one step ahead of rivals intent on getting to the prize first.

Despite a constant concern that if she doesn’t succeed so many could die, including an innocent who’d become so important to her, the chase takes her over the ocean where her fears seem as if they have come true. Can our hero stay focused enough to see if she’s a match for the evil she’s confronted with and return what was stolen, or will Carrie lose everything she holds dear, including her life?

 

Other Titles in this Series:  

Now episode 1 of a new 15 episode series being release on an ongoing basis!

Stopping Power: Brass Pike: Episode One (Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power Book 1) 

Book 1 of 7: Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power

After a grueling training exercise in the Scottish mountains, Agent Carrie Harris is called to a place hidden from all civilization. Ill-prepared and under-equipped, she discovers a secret world filled with gruesome evidence of events she can’t comprehend.

As the time for creeping around comes to an end, can she look past the horror and bring her skills to bear to put an end to the unimaginable nightmare?

 

Stopping Power: Contact: Episode Two (Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power Book 2) 

Book 2 of 7: Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power

Unable to hide from what she’d seen at Brass Pike, Agent Harris dives feet first back into what she does best, but can she push away her nightmares long enough to keep herself safe.

 

Stopping Power: Overkill: Episode Three (Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power Book 3) 

Book 3 of 7: Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power

After being called away on a priority assignment only to find herself having to hurry up and wait, Harris is left alone with her thoughts until danger leaps from her memories, threatening to drag her back to the terror of her recent past.

 

Stopping Power: Bloodshot: Episode Four (Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power Book 4

Book 4 of 7: Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power

With her usually steadfast support crumbling at a critical time, can Harris rally those around her, take control and find the monster before it’s too late for everyone.

 

Stopping Power: Rampage: Episode Five (Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power Book 5) 

Book 5 of 7: Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power

With the truth laid bare about what she faces, and motivated by the terrifying consequences for so many should she fail, Carrie has no choice but to come to terms with the monsters she’s up against, and others working against her objective.

 

Stopping Power: Berserk: Episode Six (Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power Book 6) 

Book 6 of 7: Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power

Despite facing blind alleys and forced down wrong turns, Agent Harris tries her best to settle into the rhythm of working with a team. Pushing away her instinct to go it alone, with another man dead, the victim of a gruesome attack, she soon questions if there might be something else behind the terrible events.

 

Stopping Power: Red Dot: Episode Seven (Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power Book 7) 

Book 7 of 7: Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power

In spite of growing evidence that others are following the same trail, Agent Harris is unable to forget the last words uttered by O’Connor. After finding more hints that he’s connected to her current case somehow, and with the pages of the heavily redacted personnel file not able to give her the answers she craves, she knows there’s only one way to find out for sure.

 

Stopping Power: Copper Flail: Episode Eight (Agent Carrie Harris – Stopping Power Book 8)

Face to face with what has haunted her since the last time they’d met, all Agent Harris can do is trust that the culmination of everything that has gone before is enough to prepare her for the ultimate challenge.

This title will be released on December 2, 2022

 

Out of the Blue: An Agent Carrie Harris Action Thriller Short Story

Waking in paradise with no memory of who she is, can Agent Harris piece together the true picture and retrieve her skills before it’s the last thing she ever sees?

 

Capital Action: An Agent Carrie Harris Action Thriller Novella

After two years of clandestine operations, Agent Carrie Harris doesn’t know why she’s been attached to the Metropolitan Police. Could it be, as her superiors say, to hone her skills at breaking down doors and catching bad guys? Or is it to become accustomed to working as a team when she’s been so used to operating alone?

Putting her uncertainties behind her, Carrie leans into her new role, taking pleasure as part of a special task force targeting organised criminals, until during an early morning raid, her colleagues lay dead and dying around her.

After saving those still clinging to life, she can’t do as she’s told and sit around while others hunt down those who gave the order to murder her colleagues. Determined not to let their deaths be in vain, can she rally against those up high who want her to have nothing to do with the investigation? Can she make the right choices to bring justice for her friends when everything, even the people she should trust, seem to conspire against her?

 

Harm’s Way: An Agent Carrie Harris Action Thriller Short Story

A short story in the Agent Carrie Harris Action Thriller series.

On what seemed like an ordinary morning, Carrie finds herself in the crossfire of a violent bank robbery. As the horrible scene plays out before her experienced eyes, she must find a way to survive the encounter, and save the day.

 

 

I don’t want to say these are cute, but they are small, quick, and handy for a little light reading while waiting around a while. I enjoyed the main character, Carrie, and her no-nonsense way. I thought Carrie’s missions/stories were really thrilling and entertaining, and I had a lot of fun reading them!

The Group: Jana: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Adventure

The Group: Jana: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Adventure 

Book 1 of 1: The Group

by Jenn Amato  

No one is ready for this!!!

Jana expected a new life when she left the UK for the big city life of Toledo, Ohio. What she didn’t expect… was to find herself stuck in the Midwest, newly sober, and fighting zombies. Jana surprises even herself when she befriends a small group and then finds them looking to her for leadership. This rag-tag group of misfits struggle to survive amidst zombies and humans that have no good intentions. Jana tries to maintain while fighting her own personal demons with alcohol.

 

Book One in The Group Series is an incredible journey through the zombie apocalypse where Jana finds the family she never had but always needed. A story of survival that is more than just personal survival but one of strength and courage.

 

This book is awesome– I usually write down my favorite lines in my book reviews, but I had so many just in the first few chapters that I gave up. I love snark, and this book definitely delivers. I don’t want to ruin it for you by telling you too much and spoil your experience but suffice it to say that I enjoyed it immensely. I’m already impatiently waiting for the next one.

The main character, Jana, is incredibly well-written and relatable. I felt like I was right there with her, trying to survive in this post-apocalyptic world. Wow. Just, wow. This author is one to watch in the coming year.

Robin’s Review of Buried

Buried

by Justin Boote

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Buried
by Justin Boote

When Amy is buried alive in her own back garden, she thinks she is going to die. She is beaten unconscious but fortunately, wakes up the next day still able to breathe. 
Managing to dig her way out, she vows revenge on those that buried her, for her and her young daughter’s sake.
And what she has planned for them all would make being buried alive seem trivial in comparison…

Trigger Warning
This book contains scenes of an adult nature. Do not read if easily shocked.
Robin's Review: Wow, just wow!! I finished this in one sitting because, well, it is a short story but also because I needed to find out how Amy Hunter got her revenge. Interesting ways. That’s all I am saying. You gotta read it for yourself. It is of the graphic nature, but hey, that is horror for you. An amazing story that is well-written and easy to read with twisty turns. Loads of fun, as always, with this talented author.

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Robin’s Review of Breach

Breach

by Candace Nola

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Breach 
by Candace Nola

Laraya Jamison is a young woman on a camping trip with close friends before the start of college classes. 
When they are savagely attacked by a creature that defies description, she flees into the woods, unknowingly crossing through a breach between realities.

She must figure out where she is and how she got there in order to get home, but her survival depends on fighting monsters and demons that seem to have been ripped directly from her nightmares. Lost in a dark world full of creatures, hostile plant life and a banshee intent on hunting her, she must learn to confront her fears and figure out how to survive on her own.
Robin's Review: Laraya, the main character, finds herself in an alien world where she must survive in this foreign environment, with monsters craving her death at every turn. 

The world-building was richly descriptive and oh so imaginative. I don’t know where Candace Nola gets these ideas, but she can paint the picture so that you feel you are right there with Laraya trying to survive. The plot has some twisty turns that had me shaking my head in amazement. Breach is such a well-written freaking thrill ride that had me wanting more. Luckily there is the 2nd book in this series. I loved this story and highly recommend it to everyone, no matter your taste in genres.



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