Category Archives: Meme

Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

 

 

I will be taking part in a book tour soon October 3rd actually mark your calendars for Anthony J. Rapino’s new book Soundtrack to the End of the World. Hello title win! I will interview Anthony and in my search for info on him I discovered a lot of his short stories are available online. Boom! Sunday Shorts success story.

I will link to just two but also present here one short story collection out now available in print. At $2.99 or free with prime I think it’s safe to say we have a must to add to the TBR list.

I look forward to getting to know more of Anthony’s work and having him here in a couple weeks. Check out his short story My Room  and The Lost Little Girl, he has more that he links to on his web site.

Welcome to Moon Hill: A collection of 19 stories, and a couple of surprises.

Moon Hill is a forgotten place that few purposely visit, and even less leave. Once you arrive, the deep dark of the forest creeps into your mind and will not relent. Strange flowers that grow from deer carcasses, murderous lunatics, talking ravens, wriggling parasites that induce eruptive confessions, and demons of every variety: they all live here too.

Even so, the residents of Moon Hill can feel, beyond the fear and distress, that this land is special and they are lucky to live here. Most everyone feels that way right up until the day they come a little too close to the magic of this place. When dusk’s light leaks through their carefully locked doors and rips holes in their minds.

Then, they pray for release.

–Welcome to Moon Hill.

Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

My pick for this week is one that I really need to get. It sounds great and well the cover just has a little something special about it can you tell what it is?

Well, look like someone you may know? Come on guys. It’s me of course

 

 

 

 

Do you like tales of Cold War espionage? Taut psychological thrillers? Science fiction as a metaphor for U.S. foreign policy? How about cute angst-filled teenage vampire toyboys?

 

Well, too bad. None of those things are in this book.

Instead you’ll join a guy in a Viking suit on an absurdly epic quest to figure out the meaning of life. There will be obstacles, of course: rabid gangs of disgruntled grannies, rival cults of pie-enthusiasts, toasters, anti-matter conversion do-hickeys, Shadow Men, bandits, hippies, annoying celestial bodies, the Department of Internationally Sexy Affairs, and probably way too many dick jokes for this book to ever be considered for any serious academic curriculum. You know, the usual.

 

Danger Slater is really cool and wrote what sounds like a really cool book and dammit there is a viking helmet on the cover how could you not want it? Yeah how? See you want it to and for only $1.99 which is like peanuts you can have it from amazon and probably other places but I’m lazy so not going to search other places. Just go to amazon and get it! I know I want it and if I do then be one of the cool kids and want it as well.

Love Me by Danger Slater 

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

The last thing we talked about on the way to Portland was how pretty it is in springtime, Kendra would write in her journal later. Spring was just another season in the world’s long list of wonders I was foolish enough to take for granted.

 

What happens when an unprecedented infection sweeps the world, leaving the earth on the brink of the Apocalypse?
But this infection goes far beyond disease. Beyond even the nightmare images of walking dead or flesh-eating ghouls. The infected are turning into creatures unlike anything ever dreamed of . . . more complex, more mysterious, and more deadly.

Trapped in the northwestern United States as winter begins to fall, Terry and Kendra have only one choice: they and their friends must cross a thousand miles of no-man’s-land in a rickety school bus, battling ravenous hordes, human raiders, and their own fears.

In the midst of apocalypse, they find something no one could have anticipated . . . love.

 

 

Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!

Thanks to a goodreads group I was able to read another of Tony Bertauski’s books. It’s 99cents on amazon so you’d be crazy not to snag this awesome little read. At 44 pages it rocks in a major way. I’ve already read it so here is my review on Drayton, The Taker copied from goodreads.

Drayton once believed he was a vampire. He doesn’t know what he is. Or why he has lived for thousands of years. He takes not his victim’s blood but the silky essence of their soul during their last breath. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.

Blake Barnes commits suicide by freezing on Mt. Hood. As his life fades, he assumes Death has come to him in the form of a young man. In his last moments, he asks Death to find his family, to tell them he’s sorry. Drayton honors this last request as he absorbs Blake Barnes’ waning essence. He travels to the Lowcountry of South Carolina to find his family. But saying sorry is not always as easy as the words imply. Drayton seeks to unravel the mess Blake Barnes has left behind and the predator he’s unleashed on his family.

 

I take part regularly in a meme called Sunday Shorts. It’s about sharing short stories ones you may not even have read but just ones that sound interesting and you want to try out. Short stories don’t get nearly enough credit I think, people may think you can’t cram all that story into so few pages. Not true I’ve found.

I am amazed in fact about how much story and depth some writers can fit in a story. Tony Bertauski is an author who hooked me with Annihilation of Foreverland. When I had the chance to review another of his books this one a short story I raised my hand and said please Sir, I want some more. Tony is super nice and sent more my way in the form of Drayton a character who doesn’t know who or what he is or remembers where he is from simply knows that he is old and takes the soul of people about to die. The Angel of Death perhaps? Whoever or whatever Drayton is I became fascinated with him and his story.

This is a much more adult story than Annihilation but then that was YA so it’s great to see an author being versatile. I was pleased to find out that Drayton is a series and will make an effort to read the others in it as Drayton is a character that I want to know more about and see where Tony takes him. See if we find out where he came from who and what he is.

Totally worth the read in fact all of Tony’s books should be on every good readers radar.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

I’m still reading The Last Policeman it’s quite good but I keep getting interrupted while reading it. Life and all le sigh lol so here is another teaser to enjoy

 

“You know what you can do?” I saw softly, raising one finger and pointing it at the sky. “You can go fuck yourself.”

 

What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?

Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.

The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job—but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week—except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares.

The first in a trilogy, The Last Policeman offers a mystery set on the brink of an apocalypse. As Palace’s investigation plays out under the shadow of 2011GV1, we’re confronted by hard questions way beyond “whodunit.” What basis does civilization rest upon? What is life worth? What would any of us do, what would we really do, if our days were numbered?