BLOG TOUR | The Convalescent Corpse – Nicola Slade

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Convalescent Corpse! Dont forget to enter the giveaway!


A story of Family, Rationing and Inconvenient Corpses.

Life in 1918 has brought loss and grief and hardship to the three Fyttleton sisters. Helped only by their grandmother (a failed society belle and expert poacher) and hindered by a difficult suffragette mother, as well as an unruly chicken-stealing dog and a house full of paying-guests, they now have to deal with the worrying news that their late – and unlamented – father may not be dead after all. And on top of that, there’s a body in the ha-ha.

I love it. A delightfully unusual mystery with wonderful characterisation and historical detail.’ – LESLEY COOKMAN BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF

THE LIBBY SARJEANT MYSTERY SERIES

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Review:

I love the setting of this novel. It was very believable and feels like an actual portayl of the times. I felt like I was there with the characters, and I love when a book transports me like that.

I loved reading about the family, first and foremost. The characters were well developed and I was instantly drawn to and attached to Christy. Honestly, even without the mystery, I would have been happy to just read about this family and how they lived during the time. I loved the interactions between the characters, and I loved the quirkiness.

Having the mystery to solve was just another awesome addition to this already well developed story about this family. I love the cozy feel and despite the fact that the novel is set in wartime, it feels light-hearted and warm. I absolutely recommend checking this one out!

Rating:

4/5☆


Nicola Slade lives in Hampshire where she writes historical and contemporary mysteries and women’s fiction. While her three children were growing up she wrote stories for children and for women’s magazines before her first novel, Scuba Dancing, was published in 2005. Among other jobs, Nicola has been an antiques dealer and a Brown Owl! She loves travelling and at one time, lived in Egypt for a year. The Convalescent Corpse is Nicola’s 9th novel. Nicola is also a member of a crime writers’ panel, The Deadly Dames.

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RELEASE BLITZ (W/Review) | Frozen In Flames – Brandy L. Rivers

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Happy Release Day to Brandy L. Rivers! I’m reviewing Frozen in Flames on this blitz, so check it out!


Title: Frozen in Flames
Author: Brandy L. Rivers
Genre: Adult PNR
Publication Date: January 7th, 2019
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Words can freeze or burn, as well as mend.

Ready to give up on love, Lonny stuck around to ensure Lana’s safety at the request of an old friend. But every day is a painful reminder she doesn’t want to love a Fae.

The words of her father left Lana doubting herself.  Finally free of his opinion, she realizes she wants Lonny in her life. But someone will stop at nothing to claim her for his own agenda.

A series of attacks turns the tables. Now it’s her turn to chase Lonny while uncovering secrets buried in her past. As they grow closer, she learns who she is and how wrong she was, but the threat hasn’t ended.

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Review:

What a cool story! I do wish I had read the other books in the series, and since I enjoyed this one so much, I think I will. This was a very thrilling paranormal romance that had me on the edge of my seat.

I really loved the romance between Lonny and Lana. It was an emotional rollercoaster, that tugged at my heart strings a few times. However, when their relationship takes off, whew! It’s a sizzling, passionate romance, and I haven’t read such a compelling relationship in quite a while. The author knew what she was doing when she wrote these two.

A fast paced plot, secrets, danger, romance – really, what more could you want in a book? I really am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. My TBR just got a little longer. I highly recommend checking this out!

Rating:
4/5☆

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Brandy L Rivers is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is kept busy writing the Others of Seattle, Others of Edenton, Combustible, and the Pine Barrens Pack series.

An avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. With every story her world of characters expands, pulling her new directions.

Living in rainy Western Washington with her husband and three kids, Brandy is already working on future stories in each of the series, and several other projects.

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BLOG TOUR | The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King – Jerome Charyn

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! It’s simple, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you’re entered!


In this novel, which Kirkus Reviews calls, “colorful, entertaining” in its starred review, Charyn gives new dimension to Roosevelt, revealing Manhattan’s swampy underbelly after the Civil War, TR’s farcical and dangerous expeditions to the Dakota Badlands, and his personal anguish at losing his mother and wife on the same day. Like the best of E.L. Doctorow, historical detail is supported by a keen grasp of language and marked by a lack of sentimentality about the past. With a colorful supporting cast—including Buffalo Bill Cody, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leon Czolgosz (President McKinley’s assassin), plus Josephine, the loveable mountain lion who was the mascot of the Rough Riders (seen with Roosevelt on the cover), and the Rough Riders themselves, whom Roosevelt never deserted, THE PERILOUS ADVENTURES OF THE COWBOY KING is historical fiction and Jerome Charyn at their very best.

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Review:

I know…I know…don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Generally, I’m not a hystorical fiction fan. Not because it isn’t good reading, but because I’m too interested in the fantasy type novels, and I never give historical a chance. Well, when this book was offered to me, I couldn’t help myself. This time, I judged the book by its cover, and I think it worked out pretty well.

I don’t know Jerome Charyn’s work, but I do really like his style of writing. The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King is narrated by Teddy Roosevelt (yes, the president), and is an interesting take on his life, and a pretty fun biography to read.

The downside to this novel, in my opinion, is that if you aren’t a history buff, it isn’t as easy to get into it. It’s still fun, just took me a little work to grasp everything.

For fans of historical fiction, I think this is an awesome tale and an interesting and fun look into Roosevelt’s life. Definitely check it out!

Rating:

4/5☆


For an astonishing span of over fifty years, Jerome Charyn has been dazzling readers with his “polymorphous imagination and crack comic timing” (Jonathan Lethem). His comic-tragic sensibility, along with his penchant for writing bold and adventurous stories, has inspired a new generation of writers across Europe and the United States, where he is nothing less than a literary icon. Now, with The Cowboy King, Charyn continues a literary structure he invented with Johnny One-Eye over a decade ago, that of using American history and the great figures it has produced to create a first-person novel rich in historical detail and uproarious dialogue.

Charging full on into American history, the main character of this audacious novel is Teddy Roosevelt, “the perfect bull in a china shop.” Raising the literary bar to a new level, Charyn recreates the New York City Police Commissioner, Rough Rider, and soon-to-become 26th President through his derring-do adventures, effortlessly juxtaposing superhero dialogue and daring exploits with haunting pathos and aching tragedy. Refusing to surrender to the womb-to-tomb of the president’s story, Charyn covers Roosevelt’s life up until his assumption to the presidency in 1901. Cowboy King begins with TR’s early years, as a sickly, asthma-wracked kid who was saved by his heroic and larger-than-life father, Braveheart, and concludes with McKinley’s assassination, told in poignantly elegiac prose, positioning Roosevelt as a fearless crime fighter and a pioneering environmentalist who would grow up to be our greatest peacetime president.

With an operatic cast, including “Bamie,” Roosevelt’s crippled older sister; or Eleanor, his gawky little niece; as well as the devoted Rough Riders, the novel even memorably features the lovable companion mountain lion Josephine, who in real life helped train Roosevelt for his “crowded hour,” the epic charge up San Juan Hill.
A master of lyrical farce and literary ventriloquism, Charyn has created a classic of historical fiction, confirming his place as “one of the most important writers in American literature” (Michael Chabon).

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*CLOSED* GIVEAWAY | 500 Followers!

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I’m so excited to have reached the 500 follower mark here on WordPress. I have had a ton of fun over the last year or so, building my blog and this is just another step for me!

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At 6PM (EST) on the 15th, I will randomly select a winner, and reply to the winner’s comment on this blog post and I will email you to let you know you have won. You will have 24 hours (until 6PM on 1/16/19) to acknowledge your win, and confirm that you can use an Amazon.com gift card. Once I’ve heard from you, I will email the gift card to you. If I do not hear from you, you will be disqualified and I will select another winner.


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BLOG TOUR | To Dream the Blackbane – Richard J. O’Brien

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for author Richard J. O’Brien’s latest novel, To Dream the Blackbane! Don’t forget to enterthe giveaway!


To Dream the Blackbane

Publication Date: December 29th, 2018

Genre: Fantasy/ Urban Fantasy

A cosmic event in 2015 fused Earth with the faerie realm. Scientists referred to the event as The Anomaly. A byproduct of The Anomaly was the advent of hybrid beings—people who became mixed with whatever animal or object was closest to them the moment the event occurred. Humans, or pedigrees, soon relegated fairy refugees and hybrids into ghetto zones in large cities.

Seventy years later, Wolfgang Rex, a second-generation hybrid—part human, part Rhodesian Ridgeback—is a retired police detective who runs a private investigation business in Chicago’s Southside. It’s a one-hybrid show; though Rex couldn’t survive without his assistant, the faerie Sally Sandweb.

One night, two vampires visit Rex and offer him a substantial reward for the recovery of a stolen scroll. Later that same evening, Charlotte Sweeney-Jarhadill, a pedigree woman from Louisiana, visits Rex and hires him to exorcize the headless ghost of a Confederate soldier from her home.

To complicate matters, the private detective ends up falling for Charlotte. Meanwhile, the vampires demand results in the search for the missing scroll. When Rex’s assistant Sally goes missing, he must stay alive long enough to find her. Charlotte and the vampires, however, have other plans for Rex.

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Review:

I saw the cover for To Dream the Blackbane, and was very compelled to read it. I love the noir-inspired, private dective feel, and honestly, the story didn’t disappoint me. It gave me exactly what I was hoping for when I read the synopsis. There’s tongue-in-cheek humor and crime, with an interesting twist of fantasy/urban fantasy elements.

I absolutely loved the world building of this novel. There is a ton of backstory and worldbuilding, that gives us a really vivid look into the types of characters. We have everything from animal-human hybrids to gargoyles and vampires, along with a whole lot of other types of creatures. To sum it up, To Dream the Blackbane is a blend of well known creatures into an urban fantasy setting and it was done really well.

I’m really impressed. Richard J. O’Brien has crafted a really unique novel, and I think it’s worth a try! Highly recommended.

Rating:

5/5☆


Excerpt from the Prologue

One night, the stars went out. When they came back twenty-four hours later, the world witnessed new constellations. The year was 2015. Scientists called the event The Anomaly back then, and the name stuck. Before long, they found out that the new constellations weren’t the only product of The Anomaly.

Seventy years later, the debate continues between scholars about whether Earth herself, along with the solar system, remains in the same universe. In addition to the new constellations, one-third of Earth was shaved off—from Mongolia down over Greece and points south—and replaced with new lands. The satellites that once orbited Earth all vanished. Efforts were made in vain to launch new satellites into orbit, but none survived.

In the early days there was no way of knowing whether that chunk of the world had been obliterated, or if the land and its people—and a good chunk of the ocean—had been transported to a non-local plane. That’s what the scientists called it. A non-local plane. It was accepted as fact that the walls between realities had weakened. What no one could prove was how all of this had happened. As for everyone on the missing side, no one ever heard from them again.


Richard J. O’Brien is a graduate of the Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA in Creative Writing Program. Richard’s novels include Under the Bronze Moon, Infestation, and The Garden of Fragile Things. His short stories have appeared in The Del Sol Review, Duende, Pulp Literature, The Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review, Weirdbook, and other magazines. Richard lives in New Jersey, where he teaches at Rowan College at Gloucester County and Stockton University.

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BLOG TOUR | Tribe of Daughters – Kate L Mary

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Tribe of Daughters!


Title: Tribe of Daughters
Author: Kate L Mary
Genre: Adult Dystopian
Publisher: Twisted Press
Editor: Lori Whitwam
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2018
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For the past seventy years, deep in the mountains and totally secluded from civilization, a matriarchal society has thrived. In this small village there are no brothers, no fathers, no sons. In this village men exist only to serve the women, and boys have no mothers. In this village men do as they are told and defiance is severely punished.

This is the only Life Wilderness has ever known, but when Jameson is brought in from the outside to be her husband, everything she thought she knew about strength and love is tested. As they struggle to find their place in the village, they suddenly find themselves face to face with outsiders who threaten to destroy everything they love, and it doesn’t take long to realize that they will have to work together, men and women alike, if they want to survive.

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Review:

As if I’m surprised, Kate L. Mary has done it again. Every book I’ve read by her has proven over and over, that she is an incredible world builder. You really feel as if you’ve been transported into her stories. Tribe of Daughters is no different in this aspect.

This novel is full of rich culture. It is clear to me that Kate L. Mary worked very hard to craft a society that felt real. This feels very real. Even though it is a dystopian novel, it’s believable that if this were the way the world was, this is probably how people would react.

Wilderness is a strong character. She is not just accepting of the ways, and challenges the way her society is run. I love strong women MCs, and that is another thing Kate L. Mary excels at.

I’m very, very impressed with this novel. It’s unlike anything I’ve read, and I highly recommend checking it out.

Rating:

5/5☆


Kate L. Mary is an award-winning author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, ranging from Post-apocalyptic tales of the undead, to Speculative Fiction and Contemporary Romance. Her YA book, When We Were Human, was the 2015 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fiction, and the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for Young Adult Science Fiction.

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BOOK REVIEW | Aggravated Momentum- Didi Oviatt

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Today I’m reviewing Aggravated Momentum!


Not everything is as it seems in what appears to be an average family. When danger lurks so close to home, skeletons emerge, and the darkest of secrets surface, causing twisted desires to become reality. Aggravated Momentum offers the perspective of some very diverse and unique characters, including fun, witty personalities to fall in love with, along with an intellectual killer to die for. You may be surprised as to whom exactly you can relate. Is it the cold, calculated murderer, who’s name is yet to be revealed? Markie or Kam, the independent sisters, guilty of nothing more than getting tangled with the wrong people at the most inopportune times? Or, the cowardly snake curled in a hidden corner? Who are you, exactly? And, more importantly, who are they? The deeper you dig into the psyche of another, the more breath taking are the secrets you will find.


Review:

Aggravated Momentum is definitely my kind of story. Suspenseful thrillers will always have a place in my heart and Didi Oviatt has written a really awesome one!

I absolutely loved the character building in this story. Didi Oviatt is clearly talented when creating characters who are intriguing and realistic. I loved how the situations they were put in revealed more about their personailites. I’m a sucker for books with fantastic characters, and this is probably why I loved Aggravated Momentum so much.

The twists and turns are pretty much endless in this story. There are lots of surprises I didn’t see coming, and that is what I’m looking for when I read a novel like this. I highly recommend checking this one out!

Rating:

4/5☆


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Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. Her thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians. Along with a six- piece short story collection called the Time Wasters. She’s also collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology The Suspenseful Collection. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can found enjoying a laid back outdoorsy life. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails. Sun-bathing in the desert heat, along with watching the relaxing dance of a campfire plays an important part of her day to day lifestyle.

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BOOK REVIEW | Ghost Owl – Nancy Schoellkopf

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Today I’m reviewing Ghost Owl by Nancy Schoellkopf.


Ghost Owl: Sacred Path into Darkness
By Nancy Schoellkopf
Genre: Magic Realism, Visionary Fiction

Twenty-year-old college student Mariah Easter is missing. Her mother and half-brother are frantically searching for her. Her best friend Rafa is poring through her private journals, seeking clues to her whereabouts. But Mariah is unaware of their concern. Blind to any danger, she has slipped into a world where darkness is as bright as noon—but for her eyes only. Embarking on a deep spiritual journey into shadows, she begins peering into the unlit spaces normally hidden from view, leading her to confront the sinister nature of power, the vulnerability of the ill, and the secret life of a homeless man: a winding path that will bring healing to herself and the man she loves.

Ghost Owl is a spiritual story of discovery that follows a young woman as she explores
the limits of her potential and confronts her own shadow.


Review:

Ghost Owl was a different read for me. I generally stick with fantasy novels, and this was more of a magical realism novel. I also learned later, this is the third book in a series. It can definitely be read as a standalone. I had no issues getting to know the characters and understanding the story.

Most of the chapters are journal enteris from our main character, Mariah, and narrated from first person POV. The rest are from third person POV of the other characters. I think Nancy Schoellkopf did an amazing job keeping this crisp and clean, as the story flowed fluidly through the chapters. Switching POVs can be tricky, but the author clearly knew what she was doing.

The concept of Ghost Owl was something that took me a bit to latch on to. I understood what was going on, but I think I was too aware I was reading. However, I did enjoy the magical aspects and alternate dimensions. It was an interesting take on how different decisions have different outcomes.

Overall, I enjoyed Ghost Owl once I got into it. I do recommend checking this one out if magical realism is your go to. I would like to read the first two books in the series to get more out of the story.

Rating:

4/5☆


Nancy Schoellkopf is a California poet and novelist who writes stories with spiritual themes. She is the author of the Avian Series of Novels–Yellow-Billed Magpie, Red-Tailed Hawk, and Ghost Owl—as well as the short story collection, Rover. In her books she has created a universe where each soul–orphaned, homeless, autistic, wounded, ill, young, old, rich, poor, unremarkable, ageless–is discovered as a luminous gift. She invites the reader to ponder the extraordinary treasures hidden in the ordinary events of daily life.

Based in Sacramento, Nancy spent over 30 years teaching amazing children in Special Education classes in urban school districts. A full-time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden, and her intriguing circle of family and friends.

You may reach her at her website, Wild Imaginings: a Spiritual Journey at www.nancyschoellkopf.com

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BOOK REVIEW & INTERVIEW | Snowday – B.R. Maycock

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Today, I’m reviewing Snowday by Bernadette Maycock! Bernadette was also awesome enough to answer some questions for us!


Sometimes hot cocoa just isn’t enough to keep you warm in the snow…
Eloise is too busy juggling the chaos of three kids, an ever present ex-husband and a demanding boss to even remember the last time dating crossed her mind.

But as soft snow falls silently all around, romance twinkles with the flakes.

After being single for so long, Eloise suddenly has a lot of choices. Too many choices. Will anyone be worthy of melting the guard around her heart to let love in?

A fun-filled, festive read for fans of Christie Barlow, Fiona Gibson and Colleen Coleman.

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Review:

I had a difficult time setting down Snowday once I started reading.

I loved the characters in this book. B.R. Maycock has crafted relatable and engaging characters. Elise’s life is not perfect, but her journey in Snowday is so relatable you feel as though you are her.

There were lots of laughs and romance in this one. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, which is exactly what you would expect from a book like this. I recommend checking it out!

Rating:

4/5☆


Interview with Bernadette Maycock

What was the inspiration behind Snowday?

Snowday actually started with the main character Eloise, a warm, positive, strong character that pushes on through the mundanity and lunancy of everday life trying not to be dragged down.

How long did it take you to write Snowday?

It was started last Christmas then put on the back burner due to both blogging (I review books) and another book I was working on. I had always wanted to write a Christmas book and when the snow came to Ireland and stayed for four months (never happens here!) I figured someone somewhere was telling me to get my you-know-what in gear! So in total ten months.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? Least favorite?

I have a love-hate relationship with all parts. I love the planning, where you’ve so many ideas and possibility is all around, I love when you’re in the depths of a story and all is flowing, I love when you find solutions to road blocks and when you’re editing and your work is beginning to resemble something you think you’d enjoy reading and I love the extreme fine tuning at the end. I also hate each of these parts when they’re not going to plan!!!

Is writing a hobby or a career for you?

I hope for it to be a career (so much I can’t even tell you!) . I really really want to earns a living from my books and to have a collection people can go to to pick a book for when they’re in a certain humour, or at different stages of their life.

What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired?

I play with the kids and try to forget it all or I listen to music or watch comedy. Comedy inspires me!

Who is your biggest supporter?

My husband is my biggest supporter and hindrance in equal measures. He tells me I’m inspiring and gives me motivational talks that most Ted Talk people would laud, and then other times he says ‘so I’m sitting on my own again tonight I guess?’ (Cue puppy dog eyes;)) My mum too, she’s the only person in the world who regularly asks me how the writing is going!

What is something unique your readers might not know about you?

I once did a paraglide. I’m pretty proud of that! I can still picture my dad sitting in the jeep with both me and the group running the paraglide. We were in Spain and I was 16 and we went up this old dirt track and my dad was hanging on for dear life. Afterwards he told me he was sure we were all going to die before we even got up to the mountain!

You’re a new addition to a crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Yellow. Yellow’s always a game changer

Are you working on another book? Can you give us a hint as to what it will contain or when it will be available?

So I’m working on two at the moment. I have one I’m hoping to get a book deal with that I might self publish this year if I’m not successful, it’s a series about a girl who decides to brighten up her town with a lotto win, not realising the locals have other plans for the cash. The other is a comedy that is actually the second of the Riverside books (Snowday was the first) and it’s called ‘The Day The Lights Went out’ and it’s about a mother who realises her marriage isn’t as strong as she thought it was. I’m hoping fr that to be out this year too.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Before you start writing choose some words that describe what you want your writing to be. Always re-read with this/ these words in mind. (Mine are sparkling and funny, and when I feel I’m losing either I take a break and re-work)

Also write a one page synopsis that briefly outlines your story so you know where you’re headed and interview your characters (you’ll find some good sample interviews online) so you know everything about them before you start.

Well, Jessica, thanks so much for having me, it was an absolute pleasure to be over!

— Thanks for being here!!! ❤


When Bernadette Maycock isn’t dreaming up vibrant leads for romantic comedies, she’s ingesting books for her blog, in particular chick lit (her first love!) books, romantic comedies and thrillers. She can also be found playing footie or watching Marvel, DC or Star Wars movies and cartoons in Co. Westmeath, Ireland with her brilliantly out there husband, Keith, and their four epic little men.

Her debut ‘It Started With A Snub’ and Christmas romantic comedy ‘Snowday’ are available now on Amazon, and Bernadette is currently working on a three part series about AbbeyGlen Village, whose luck is about to change …

She has one goal and that’s simply to make readers smile and/ or laugh (a splutter rates highest;)).

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BOOK REVIEW | The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer

Hi everyone!

Today I’m excited to be reviewing The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer!


The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him.

The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.

For the sea was a fair master.

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Review:

I’ve read a few flash fiction stories before, but never in a collection, and never any like these. Calvin Demmer is a master at drawing you in quickly, and keeping your attention through each short story.

I love the multiple genres Calvin Demmer touches on. It isn’t all just horror, we also get some sci-fi, fantasy and crime. Each story as compelling as the last, I honestly can’t pick a favorite.

I highly recommend checking this collection out. I’m very impressed. The writing style is beautiful, haunting, and will leave you thinking about each story long after you’ve finished the collection.

Rating:

5/5☆


Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His debut collection, The Sea Was a Fair Master, was released in June 2018. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe.

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