Hindsight by Melanie Casey #review @PanteraPress @samara_au

I was pleased to receive this book as I was lucky and won the second book in the series. I prefer to start with book one, unlike my mother who will read a book no matter where in the series it is :)

Hindsight Melanie Casey

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Cass Lehman has a terrifying ‘gift’…The youngest in a family of extraordinary women with supernatural talents, Cass is cursed with the not-so-sexy gift of seeing the past…but not just any past; she sees death. For years she’s hidden herself away in her family home. Now, desperate for a better life, she ventures into sleepy Jewel Bay, only to stumble upon murder and mayhem and a killer at large who’s long been lurking in their midst. Taking a chance, Cass volunteers to assist Detective Ed Dyson with the investigation. Will Cass be able to save the latest victim – and herself?

 

 

Book one starts with Cass who lives quite the reclusive lifestyle due to psychic ability that allows her the ability to experience a dead if she stands where the person died. Not exactly palm reading or staring into a crystal ball pleasant. As such she and her psychic family trio keep to themselves. When she comes to the point that its time to get out there and live life she volunteers to assist the police with their investigation of a woman who has died under mysterious circumstances.

I will say that I quite liked the book and the writing style. Though a formula plot it all works and works well. If one enjoys mysteries, thrillers, crime drama, psychics etc. you’ll enjoy this book and an entertaining read it will be. It has a very wide audience appeal. Great one to take on a plane trip or road trip as the time will fly by, the one issue I have if you can call it that, more an observation really is the fact that its formula, that’s not to say its not enjoyable it certainly is but nothing is unique in that I haven’t read a ton of stories like this prior. The misunderstood loner, the cop who’s had it rough, his tough female partner, their protective but decent boss, the crazy nut job you’ll not know about till the end are all characters who we’re all familiar with in some combination or another.

With an easy to read style Melanie has hit on something that works and as mentioned has a very wide audience appeal. I enjoyed it and while very familiar in so many ways I’ll be reading her second book Craven to see more of where Cass and Ed’s story goes.

It’s a great read and if you want a consistent and familiar story that is sure to entertain Hindsight is the way to go.

Written by Melanie Casey and published by Pantera Press

I received this book from Samara Magazine in exchange for an honest review.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn #review @HachetteAus

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On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

 

I bought Gone Girl back when it first came out but for some reason it took me all this time to get to it. I did want to read it before the movie adaption came out, normally I shy away from movies adapted from books but at this stage its most of what Hollywood is releasing so to the book I went. Gone Girl is not my first Gillian Flynn novel, part of my interest in it was that there was so much hype about how good it was and how big the twist was that I thought okay let’s give it a go. I’ve read her book Sharp Objects which was one that I loved, a really great read that one so I went and picked up her book Dark Places only to end up not being about to get into it. I read a ways in and just put it down. After having a good and bad experience with her work I thought were does Gone Girl fit, the oh this is great category or the omg my brain is mush category.

I’m not quite sure now how I feel about it and its hard to describe without giving anything away. It’s brilliant yes, dark and a fine example of what psychotic nut jobs are like. Pathological liars, evil, devious and highly manipulative. The twist was one I actually figured out. I don’t normally sit there with a must figure it out mindset but of course I’ll wonder and usually what I’m wondering is wrong. This time I had it down and this disappointed me. I remember going oh so I am right and then I kind of backed off the story, perhaps wanting to be wrong, perhaps wanting it to not be so obvious. I then got wrapped up in the story again and the last 100 pages I just sat and read and read and ignored everything around me.

So what does one do when on your 5th anniversary your wife goes missing and suddenly you are thrust in the spotlight. All you do, say and even facial expressions judged and reviewed for guilt or innocence? An interesting psychological analysis of people. Those in the mix and those on the outside who all want in, want to be on tv and interviewed who stood in line with someone to buy milk but end up on tv saying yes we were best of friends. The relationships we have and if they are even what they appear to be to those who live it. A brilliant book but one that I wish I hadn’t been able to figure out. Highly recommended to those who like thrillers, mysteries and books that analyse the human psyche.

 

 

Trilogy book tour @jackiegamber Reclamation #review @7thstarpress

 Special Trilogy Virtual Tour

Authors:
Jackie Gamber and H. David Blalock
Featured Books:
Jackie Gamber’s Leland Dragon Series
H. David Blalock’s Angelkiller Triad

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I’m really pleased to be taking part in this book tour for trilogies by authors Jackie Gamber and H. David Blalock. The Angelkiller Triad and Leland Dragon Series are from publisher Seventh Star Press and available now. I’ve got a review to share for my stop on the tour of Reclamation the final book in the Leland Dragon Series. Thanks to Jackie, David and Seventh Star Press. My reviews of books one and two can be read as well. Redheart and Sela are great reads and is a series I enjoyed.
Jackie Gamber

JackieGamberBWAbout Jackie Gamber: As an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart and Sela, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea Store.com, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion.

Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie Gamber was co-founder and Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, a speculative fiction publisher based in Memphis. One of their novels, Terminal Mind by David Walton, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 2009. Jackie also edited the award winning benefit anthology, Touched By Wonder. She has been a guest lecturer at Memphis Options High Schools, and is a speaker at writers’ conferences from Michigan to Florida. Jackie is also the visionary behind the MidSouthCon Writers’ Conference, helping writers connect since 2008.

Find more about Jackie and her work on her web site / twitter / goodreads

Review
The final book in the Leland Dragon series was a great ending to the series. A series that can be enjoyed by all ages. The beginning had me confused as I hadn’t read book two in about a year so some moments had me wondering who was who and what was what, reading the series in order is recommended. That being said once I got beyond a certain point the familiar entertaining storyline that I had come to enjoy sucked me in and away it took me. I enjoyed Sela and her families story, her growth and discovery that she was more than dragon or human and spreading her wings actual and otherwise was such a pleasure to read, Jackie really makes you get behind the characters and you support them and cheer them on wishing them the right path to safety for themselves, for dragons and for Leland province. I enjoyed this book in the series as well as the previous two, I highly recommend this series to those who enjoy fantasy and coming of age stories.

Another trilogy from Seventh Star Press is written by H. David Blalock, I’ve read book one in the series and loved it. You can find out more about him and his work online
H. David Blalock
Website / Facebook / Twitter
BlalockBookOne_AngelkillerCoverH. David Blalock’s Angelkiller Book Synopsis: Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won. Now it is the job of an undercover force simply known as The Army to rectify that.

Using every tool available, The Army has worked to liberate our world from The Enemy for thousands of years, slowly and painfully lifting Mankind out of the dark. On the front of the great Conflict are the Angelkillers, veterans of the fight with centuries of experience.

Jonah Mason is an Angelkiller, and his cell is targeted as part of plot to unseat a very powerful Minion of The Enemy. Mason and his troop are drawn into a battle that stretches from real-time to virtual reality and back. The Conflict is about to expand into cyberspace, and if Mason is unable to stop it, The Enemy will have gained dominion over yet another realm

Tour Schedule and Activities
9/8 SpecMusicMuse Review
9/8 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void Multi-Blogger Interview Part 1
9/8 Horror Tree Guest Post (Blalock)
9/8 Elizabeth Delana Rosa ~Book Lover & Creator of Worlds~ Guest Post (Gamber)
9/9 Jorie Loves a Story Guest Post (About Gamber)
9/9 I Smell Sheep Interactive Thread with Jackie and Dave
9/9 Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author Guest Post (Blalock)
9/10 The Southern Belle from Hell Art of the Angelkiller Triad (Blalock)
9/10 Bee’s Knees Review Guest Post (Gamber)
9/10 Blog of Sheila Deeth Guest Post (Gamber)
9/10 The Official Writing Blog of Deedee Davies Multi-Blogger Interview Part 2
9/10 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals & More Jackie Gamber Interviews H. David Blalock
9/11 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals & More H. David Blalock Interviews Jackie Gamber
9/11 Workaday Reads Guest Post (Gamber)
9/12 Vampires, Witches, & Me, Oh My! Guest Post (Gamber)
9/12 Trip Through My Mind Multi-Blogger Interview Part 3
9/12 Beauty In Ruins Guest Post (Blalock)
9/13 Jess Resides Here Review
9/14 Willow’s Author Love Guest Post (Blalock)
9/14 Fantastical Musings Multi-Blogger Interview Part 4
9/14 Jorie Loves a Story Guest Post (Gamber)
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Amazon Links for Redheart, the First Book of Jackie Gamber’s Leland Dragon Series:
Kindle / Print Version

 

After Day One by Benjamin Levi Seims #coverreveal

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After Day One by Benjamin Levi Seims

Publisher: Booktrope

Expected Publication: December 9, 2014

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure

2083, John Howe a genetic, and cybernetic, enhanced cyber operations solider who came home After Day One only to find the country he fought for broken, and his wife and son murdered. By 2096 he rebuilt his home and was trying to live a comfortable life on the outskirts of the Free Territories, the Pacific North West.

That was before Sierra and Quinn. The twin thirteen year old orphans he was saddled with the minute he saved them from a fat, greasy, gypsy couple holding them. Now he’s a man who is just trying to get rid of them before they all end up dead.

As fate would have it, a super soldier and two kids with abilities that could save the country, and maybe earth, are going to be hard to separate.

The world is fragmented and looking for a hero. Some heroes come in rough packaging.

 

 

Ben SeimsAbout the Author

I live in Wenatchee, WA with my wife and our three teenage boys. I work full time as a Cardiac Nurse and I am currently an Officer in the Washington Army National Guard. After Day One is my first full length Novel and is the first book in a planned trilogy.

Interview with bizarro #author Andy De Fonseca

So excited to be sharing an interview with NBAS author Andy De Fonseca. Bizarro just makes me happy and Andy is sending me an 8-bit Mario because I’m awesome. I can’t wait to read this one and get my geek on, it makes me yearn for my duck hunt. Ahhh those were the days.

 

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In a world where humanoid bulls patrol the street, wormholes and portals make up children’s playgrounds, and flying turtles produce the most delicious bacon, Margy Plum and Victor Vance are quite content with playing old school video games and designing 8-bit chickens. When they find a cheat code to a strange game called Adamina, neither are prepared to see their video game exploits on the streets of their own town. To their horror, they have discovered a game that controls the universe.

Before they can even choose an alignment, their world erupts into madness-mutated memes terrorize the streets, clouds fall from the sky and giant balloon animals piss on park trees. Victor and Margy flee to the lands of the old internet, where the dunes are riddled with bandit viruses, the saloons are filled with Japanese porn, and Lolcats roam the dusty plains.

While there, they discover a secret. A secret that twists all they know and believe, one that threatens their entire existence. It’s up to Victor and Margy, controlling the fate of everything and everyone, to find the equation at the heart of the universe before they’re ripped from their lives.

 

Please tell me about yourself

I’m a geek, like many people who have a passion for something. I just don’t mind the title.
Also, I’m into science, heavy fantasy, D&D, cartoons/ anime, and drawing. So I’m that kind of geek.

A deep, dark dirty secret? Something about you that no one knows.

That’s tough. I grew up with three siblings who were always around. This will have to be a recent secret, so the shame will still be fresh.
I ignored my ALS ice bucket challenge. Completely ignored. No ice. No money. Is this deep, dark, and dirty enough? I can’t tell. Judging from facebook it seems like I’ll be going to hell. But for reals, I had just finished donating a lot of money to the New York Stem Cell Foundation. I have bills to pay! And I’m not pouring ice on my head. I don’t negotiate with charity terrorists*.

Jess resides here confession. I was just nominated myself. I don’t want to throw a bucket of water over myself. I was thinking of filming myself in the shower but that seams too … intimate. I will donate but don’t want to share a video. There I said it. 

What are you reading now?

Declension, by Michael Allen Rose. A really messed up book that’s… hard to describe. Highly recommend it, if you can find it. It was a limited edition.
A Feast for Crows, because mama needs her fix.
An Illustrated Brief History of Time/The Universe in a Nutshell, by Stephen Hawking. But I’m always reading this book, because I can never grasp everything. A lot of writing ideas come out of science.

Some favourite books and authors?

An Illustrated Brief History of Time/The Universe in a Nutshell, by Stephen Hawking
Pale Blue Dot, by Carl Sagan
Uzumaki, by Junji Ito. A fantastic horror graphic novel I recommend to everyone including children who have cool parents.
And don’t judge, but I’m in love this YA book I’ve been re-reading since I was in the 8th grade. Little Sister, by Kara Dalkey. It’s a feudal Japanese fairy tale.

What is your workspace and writing routine like?

Workspace: I’m surrounded by books, art projects, trinkets, pictures, and toys. My toys. I don’t have a kid, but one would assume. ((I’ll send you a picture!))

what a mess

Writing routine: At the moment, any free chance I have, including downtime at work. My biggest problem is taking on new hobbies, which cut into my writing time. Currently it’s the Dutch language. Ik ben een banaan.

How did you discover the magic that is bizarro and why did it appeal to you?

Growing up loving fairy tales, fantasy, science, Gary Larson’s The Far Side, and some really weird hentai, bizarre/bizarro is the only thing I know. I don’t think I’d know how to write a straight story. I tried once, then I turned the main subject into a time travelling geisha.

For me, books are the escape from reality. I want to be taken far, far away, and I want to get there in the most effed up way possible.

How did you become one of the NBAS?

My buddy Michael Allen Rose, fellow bizarro author, is part of the community, and I had been living vicariously through him for years. I finally took a bizarro class with Garrett Cook (which I definitely recommend if you want a good writing class!), and Eraserhead Press editor Bradley Sands took an interest. After that, it became the incredible love story we all know and love today**.

What has this year been like for you?

Stressful. Wild. Amazing. I’m tired a lot.

Please tell us about your book The Cheat Code For God Mode

Margy and Victor are two regular video game nerds who end up finding a game that controls the universe. Before they can even have fun with it, they’re running from a mysterious group of assholes, and they find themselves in the Old Internet. While there, they learn a secret about their world, and end up needing to save it.

What do readers have to look forward to next?

That time travelling geisha? I hope to get that going. It’ll be an oral/mixed media history of this geisha Aya Onitori. Each chapter is from a different person who came across Aya during their moment in time, each written in their own way, depending on the person. The poet will write in haiku, the artist will have woodcarvings, the general will have a war report, the engineer will have a log of the space colony, and so on.

I’m really excited about this one, and for all the research I’ll get to do for it.

Your favourite recipe that involves bacon?

Other than hot pan+bacon?

Every time I make this soup, I want to cry from happiness:
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The only thing that makes bacon greater is cheese. And this has bacon swimming in it.


*quote from The League
** it’s not a love story and no one knows it

 

Andy de Fonseca is a geek. She has always been this way, despite numerous attempts throughout childhood to curb her love of anime, video games, dragons, and the unholy songs of science. She also likes Cheez-Its.

She currently resides in Chicago, IL with her husband Myles and tiny dog Sir Digby Chicken Caesar. She volunteers at the Adler Planetarium, where she not only shares her passion for science with others, but gathers plenty of information for her works. Andy enjoys talking about herself in third person just as much as the next person enjoys a nail in the forehead. 

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Andy can be found online Web Site / Goodreads

The Cheat Code for God Mode is available on Amazon