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 A Creation of Yesterday

A Creation of Yesterday

by D.L Fletcher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A Creation of Yesterday
D.L Fletcher

Sometimes what was written yesterday can't be changed...With every breath they took, and every decision they made, something was being created for them tomorrow.
With the help Alice sought in protecting her granddaughter Cami years ago, she thought she knew what tomorrow would look like. For Rick, he and his boys thought they were doing a good job protecting Cami.What none of them knew, was the real impact of their decisions until today arrived and tomorrow had passed...This is A Creation of Yesterday...Creation Series Book 1 - A Creation of Tomorrow Book 2 - A Creation of Yesterday
Robin's Review: “A Creation of Yesterday” continues with where “A Creation of Tomorrow” leaves off, Cami’s story and her life since the last book. I will not give away any spoilers because you have to read it with fresh first-time eyes. I will say this is not my normal go to genre of book. It crosses into romance, and of late I’ve grown a little tired of romance. This book has truly shaken me from romance fatigue.

A Creation of Yesterday, is a multi-layered read by crossing different genres and doing it flawlessly. I will say that this is my favorite book of the year. It has complex characters, the plot is definitely unusual, and had a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. I have fallen in love with all of the characters and hope that D.L. Fletcher writes more about them.

This is one of those books that will keep you up all night reading and then cry because you finished it and boy did I cry. I really enjoy this author’s writing style which is a no-frills way with storytelling and is character driven.
I highly recommend this author and all her books and can’t wait for more from her.
Triggers: Child Abuse, Rape, Assault, Murder
It was my honor and 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.

#crimefiction #romance #crimethrillers #thriller #suspense

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Robin’s Review of Damage in an Undead Age: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Adventure

The Undead Age Series: Book 1

By A. M. Geever

Damage in an Undead Age: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Adventure
Book 2 of 3: The Undead Age Series
by A.M. Geever
It’s what you don’t see coming...that kills you. 
Safely hidden from San Jose’s City Council, Miranda Tucci almost believes that life can be good again.

Reunited with Mario, and accompanied by her best friend Father Doug Michel, she has undertaken the hazardous journey to the Pacific Northwest. There, the trio of friends hope to recreate the vaccine for the zombie virus.
But danger still lurks in what used to be civilization…

...and hearts can still be broken.

If Miranda lowers her guard enough to nurture a small, soft dream, can she risk losing it without losing herself?

You’ll love this feast of undead horrors and broiling post-apocalyptic affairs of the heart.

Get it today.
This is the second book in A.M. Geever’s “The Undead Age” series. Boy did this book keep me on edge wondering what was going to happen next. This is a fast paced easy to read book but not your typical zombie apocalypse story. It is so much more than that, it has love in a time of uncertainty. The story has plenty of action, they are always dodging something, zombies, other survivors, and shady characters. There is betrayal in secrets that are unearthed. 
I enjoyed the writing style, the way that the characters grow, and interesting plot twists.
I highly recommend this book, “The Undead Age Series” and A.M. Geever’s other stories.
Love in an Undead Age: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Adventure                                          The Undead Age Series										 Book 1 of 3
Reckoning in an Undead Age: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Adventure
(The Undead Age Series)
Book 3 of 3: The Undead Age 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.

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

Robin’s Review of A Creation of Tomorrow

A Creation of Tomorrow

by D.L Fletcher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A Creation of Tomorrow
D.L Fletcher

Alice's daughter Patsy now missing, her granddaughter Cami was without a mother and the one person that protected her from her father's anger. Having no doubt Cami's father Tom was responsible for the bruises, Alice turned to the police again and again, but just like when Patsy went missing, they repeatedly turned their backs on her.

Alice was desperate to find help. With nowhere left to turn, she turned to the most dangerous men she'd ever laid eyes on. Rumor had it that they were drug traffickers. The leader was thought to be the devil himself, and his men his demon disciples, but what choice did Alice have? She needed someone that could protect Cami.

They didn't wear patches on their leather, and they weren't called by any name, but they were brothers. For Rick, running a drug ring was challenge enough. Having each other's back was all that mattered until Alice approached him.

Drawn in the moment he looked at Cami's picture Rick ordered Jonathan and Swan to tail the little girl and find out what they could about her situation. It didn't take long to discover that she needed their help.

What none of them knew was the impact their decisions would have on tomorrow.
This is A Creation of Tomorrow...
Robin's Review: Alice Hendricks is trying to protect her granddaughter, Cami from her abusive father, Tom Watson. Enlisting the help of drug trafficker, Rick Stackston and his “boys.”

I couldn’t help but fall in love with the character Cami and I totally felt her pain, confusion, and anxiety.

This is a well written and engaging story with thoroughly fleshed out characters and some twisty turns. There is just enough cuteness and wit to make you keep turning the pages, blended well with drama, and stirred with a lot of action. I am so invested in these characters, I am heartbroken this journey has ended, but has it?

I never had such a wide variety of emotions while reading, I laughed, I cried, I cheered, and I mourned. This story was such an enjoyable experience, I highly recommend this book and this author. I am a fan for life.
My Favorite Line: “He thought about the little girl in the hospital all broken and confused. He thought about how life was before her, and what she brought to them when she walked into their lives. He thought of all the boys, and how they were always content after seeing her, and about how she gave them purpose in a world where they really didn't have one.”

Triggers: Child Abuse, Death and Violence

Next in Series:
A Creation of Yesterday (Creation series Book 2)

It was my honor and 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.

Organized Crime

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October’s Free and On Sale Books

Fill up your eReader with tons of spooky stories to keep those pages turning into the wee hours of the night. Happy Fall! Y’all. Enjoy.

Ok friends here is the deal. Free books through BookFunnel and StoryOrigin. Now you must download their app. Never heard of them contact me and I’ll tell you how to get them. When you click on the picture after deciding on the book that you are interested in they will ask you for your name and email address. And that is ok because they will send you a newsletter with their other books and other possiblely free stuff. You were interested in their free book why not read their other books. This is a great way to find new authors. All they ask is if you could review (tell if you liked the book) the book. Some review sites are Amazon, BookBub, Goodreads but if you not you can send them a quick message of thank you and it was good. They live off of feedback. That’s it. Easy peasy!

Gates of Eden: Starter Library

by Theophilus Monroe

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Gates of Eden: Starter Library
by Theophilus Monroe

Druid's Dance (The Druid Legacy, Book 1)
When Elijah Wadsworth manifests strange abilities that he neither understands nor can control he discovers that he's at the center of a legend that has been unfolding for centuries.

Wyrmrider Ascending (The Fomorian Wyrmriders, Book 1)
Joni Campbell returned to the merkingdom of her ancestors hoping to find peace. But when the bokors open a portal to the void, and the wyrms break through into the world, she must learn to harness the power of these beasts if she hopes to save her home, and the world, from an even greater threat.

Voodoo Academy (The Voodoo Legacy, Book 1)
Annabelle Mulledy and her soul-bound familiar didn't always get along. But their connection gave her unique abilities. When an insidious Loa discovers her power he seeks to claim her for himself. Her only hope? Join the Voodoo Academy and learn to master her powers. But are the Loa who brought her to the Academy really allies, or are they also trying to use her for their own nefarious purposes?

Bloody Hell (The Legacy of a Vampire Witch, Book 1)
Mercy Brown has avoided the Order of the Morning Dawn for centuries. But the quasi-religious organization, dedicated to the elimination of all vampires and witches, has found her. The only way to defeat them. She'll have to go to "bloody hell."

Scared Shiftless (The Legend of Nyx, Book 1)
After being bitten by a vampire, Nicky--a shapeshifting water elemental--lost her powers. Now, she's stuck in a male body. After hunting vampires for years, she finally has a lead on the one who attacked her. Will she be able to face her nemesis and regain her powers, or will she lose what's left of herself in the process?

Rise of the Morrigan (pre-quel to the Gates of Eden universe)
When the Dagda takes three sisters and combines them into what he thinks will make his ideal wife the Morrigan rises to defy him.

What is the Gates of Eden Universe?
A lot of religions and traditions had some kind of “other” world, a primeval world, unmarred and unstained by human corruption. In the Judeo-Christian tradition it was the Garden of Eden. For the Druids and Celts, it is Annwn. For Louisiana vodouisants it is Guinee.

All the Gates of Eden books are based on a particular mythological or spiritual tradition. While the magical systems are fictional, they are based on rites, lore, and mythologies unique to these traditions. There is a lot of overlap between traditions in these books–what the Druids call one thing, the Voodoo Mambos call something else. In the end, however, we see in these books a magical system that transcends the differences in religion and myth and unifies us all under a common force, a power, something uniquely human but nonetheless absent from our magic-less world. There may be many “Gates,” but ultimately there is one Eden, one Annwn, one Guinee. One humanity.

I couldn’t have explained it better. If you can’t find something in this starter library that you like then I don’t think it can be found. It is such a teaser for all things mythical.

Science Fiction

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She will stop at nothing to find the rogue vampire.

Fire Witch

(A Zvi Jayden Novel)

by Sasha Marshall

Fire Witch
by Sasha S Marshall
(A Zvi Jayden Novel)

A horrible murder by a rogue vampire makes him Black Star’s number one fugitive. Deputy Hendri Connor calls on Zvi Jayden species unknown into the investigation. Her sister Moe who is a peacefully talented witch and Killian Kavanaugh who is centuries old King of the vampires, and a true gentleman are there to help her catch the killer of the horrendous murders before it’s too late.

Add in a “safe” hangout called The Bar, a bunch of varied supernaturals and you got a story so complex and witty that you cannot, and I mean cannot stop reading.

Sigh…as I fan myself. What can I say other than a fun and humorous must read.


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Review of The Innkeeper on the Edge of Paris

A ghost, reincarnation, and love.

By J. Schlenker

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Innkeeper on the Edge of Paris
by J. Schlenker

This is an interesting story line. A woman moves to France 3 years after a divorce. She is drawn to a centuries-old inn on the outskirts of Paris and begins having dreams about a woman who looks exactly like her but from the 1700s. This leads her to start solving the mystery about the woman. The mystery not only draws in the characters but also had me trying to figure things out along the way. She never expects her stay there will lead to a ghost, reincarnation, and love, not with a Frenchman, but a Scotsman named Daniel. The innkeeper, Claire, calls it destiny.

Paris, who could want more, the descriptions of the city and the Inn create imagery that only add to Isa’s tale. I enjoyed the story and the character development, but couldn’t get into the back and forth viewpoints of Isa and the ghost. Overall an interesting story with some twists and turns

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How does one man convince the world that his way of thinking is the right way?

The Journey of Malchus

Book One of the Zombie Whisperer Chronicles

By Chandra Trulove Fry

The Journey of Malchus
Chandra Trulove Fry

Book One of the Zombie Whisperer Chronicles

How does one man convince the world that his way of thinking is the right way?

The Journey of Malchus is set within several post-apocalyptic settlements with different types of tribes, with different kinds of roaming zombies.

The whole world is thrown into chaos as zombies take over and survivors are left to fend for themselves. All they know is that zombies bite and make more zombies. To them, it's shoot to kill and survive.

Not so to Malchus Dalton, he’s a hybrid, who has not turned even when bitten but thought crazy because of his unique ability to communicate with all kinds of zombies. They speak, and he can communicate with them. He attempts to share this knowledge with his fellow Lifers only to be shunned by them. 

Malchus may have bitten off more than he can chew. At least, that is how he feels when he tries to unite the Dusters and Lifers in harmony. Throughout the book we follow Malchus on his journey as he teams up with some rather unique friends.  Lilly, a 12-year-old bad ass killer that looks like a Lifer but eats like a Duster.  Mandy, an ex-girlfriend that is newly changed into a Duster/Night Prowler mix.  Patricia, who is thrown out pregnant from the Skull Clan. Can this group succeed on Malchus’ mission, or will they die trying?

Ok I know it’s a zombie apocalypse story, but it made me feel so good. I loved loved loved it! It’s a fresh and easy read. 

5 Stars
Young Adult
Science Fiction

How can you go back in time? Well, I’ll tell you how…Nope I won’t.

The Shield and the Thistle: The Grey Tower Chronicles by Jillian Bondarchuk

The first book in the Grey Tower Chronicles series.

By Jillian Bondarchuk

The Shield and the Thistle: The Grey Tower Chronicles by Jillian Bondarchuk

The first book in the Grey Tower Chronicles series.

Broken-hearted and recently dumped, culinary artist Meggie Washington leaves New York to visit her Gran in Scotland to heal and help with her 90-acre farm. While hiking on the MacKinnon Estate she falls through time by falling through a cave.  Present (2019) and past (1658)

How can you go back in time? Well, I’ll tell you how…nope I won’t.

All Meggie wants to do is escape her past and give herself some time to heal but did she want to wallow in the past or rejoice in the possibilities of the future. In comes Colin MacKinnon, the handsome hero that saves her from savages intent on harm. She struggles in this new and violent world.

A well-written story that left me excited and hungry for more. It had great characters, world building, romance, and adventure. What a combination. It was so fresh and real. Too Good to Be Put Down!
I loved this book so much I bought it for my mom!

The Shield and The Thistle is the start to an incredible book series!! Anxiously awaiting the next book. ️ ️ ️ ️

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