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Review – Hellscapes Vol 1 by Stephen Zimmer

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Journey into realms of darkness and explore the regions where angels fear to tread! Welcome to the Hellscapes, featuring tales of the infernal in settings where the horror never ends and the inhabitants experience the ultimate nightmare.

In “Blood Dreams” follow the tale of a woman who knew great political authority and influence in life, as she discovers the reward awaiting her in the next world.

“The Grove” welcomes a new arrival, a wealthy man who is looking forward to a weekend of indulging in lust and libation, as he has for many years in this secluded convocation for the elite. Something is different this time, though, and he soon finds that his visit will be taking a very different turn.

In “The Smallest Fish”, the story is told of a ruthless business mogul who finds himself in an abandoned, ruined version of the city he knew well, in life. This city won’t be remaining vacant for long.

“Drowning in Tears” tells the story of a young man’s unhealthy obsession for a suicidal girlfriend that leads him on a path of severe transformation.

The final tale of Volume 1, “Lords of War”, follows the story of a man who wielded military power on a worldwide scale as a Secretary of Defense, who now learns the deeper nature of war and what kinds of monstrosities it breeds.

Hellscapes, Volume 1 is the first release in an exciting new themed horror collection from Stephen Zimmer, the author of the Rising Dawn Saga and Fires in Eden Series.

 

I’ve read one book by Stephen Zimmer that one being Crown of Vengeance book one in his epic fantasy series. I wanted to try something else by Stephen and having recently released a couple of books featuring short stories I thought it was a good way to see what else Stephen has written. He and I are big Clive Barker fans and as I was in the mood for some horror, his book Hellscapes seemed like the perfect fit.

At about 130 pages and featuring 5 short stories it is an excellent way to enjoy that horror fix. As I started it I was instantly reminded of the famous Books of Blood.

Tale one Blood Dreams awakens something frightful and takes our protagonist on a journey very different from one she is used to. Endless, barren, frightful her journey to realisation is bleak.

The Grove is all about indulgence and how delightfully self righteous some are only to have the table turned and to be consumed by the very deeds you’ve sown.

The Smallest Fish is an unnerving city so similar to what our business tycoon knowns yet in shambles and the rats are out for blood.

Drowning Tears was quite the creepy tale. All about how love can be distorted and so quickly becomes obsession and consumes you.

Lords of War, those with power quake so quick when having to face something out of their control. How quickly they forget the impact they have on the lives of so many. Stephen reminds here that you may not be able to out run what is waiting for you.

 

These short tales had me hooked and make me hope that Stephen will write more just like it. The antsy creepiness was ever-present and created that welcome mix of read because you must know what happens and omg what kind of messed up world is this. My one issue that I have would be the similar nature of some of these stories the head in the sand I have done no wrong finds out that judgement comes to find you. I still enjoyed myself and I would love to read Hellscapes Vol 2 once released. A job well done and highly recommended for those who enjoy a bit of creepiness in their reading.

Blood and Steel: Legend of La Gaul by Steven Shrewsbury review

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I’m extremely excited to be taking part in this tour. I must disclose that I may appear a bit biased on this one however as this book is one that was dedicated to me. When I discovered this I was quite shocked, pleased and feel most honoured to have been blessed in such a way. As a great fan of reading my love of books runs deep. That love that one can have for characters that don’t even exist, that we can become more attached to than some real people in our lives can speak of the magic those tales weave. Books have souls, I believe this to my core. A part of that author is ingrained in that book through the blood, sweat and tears that went into their creation. Dedicated a book to me was giving me something that I didn’t even know was on my bucket list. I am thankful to Steven for his friendship and for this great kindness. You Sir rock!

Blood And Steel

 

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Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul, Volume 1 Book Synopsis: Journey into the dangerous and exciting world of Gorias La Gaul in this collection of short stories from highly-acclaimed author Steven Shrewsbury! Volume One includes the tales “Day of Iniquity”, “Ashes of the All-Father”, “Author and Finisher of Our Flesh”, “Insurmountable”, and “Beginning of the Trail” (a prequel story leading into the events found in the novel Overkill).

Fans of authors such as Robert E. Howard are sure to love the adventures of Gorias La Gaul, as he battles all manner of adversaries wielding two blades fashioned from the wings of angels!

Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul is Sword and Sorcery as the genre was intended to be!

 

This book means a great deal to me not just because its dedicated to me but because a character is named and based on me. Scary lol. Gorias recounts many stories for Jessica the scribe. From his very Conan like birth to his teen years. Gorias being a 700+ year old character has many a tale to tell.

Biased I may be but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong and this is my favourite tale by Steven to date. Sword and Sorcery is not a genre I would have gone for had it not been offered for review, I’ve discovered a fine character because I took a chance which is why I encourage readers to branch out.  While Sword and Sorcery are not my main genre of choice this however peaked and held my interest beginning to end. Gorias is a fascinating protagonist and Steven clearly loves this man he has created.

The stories Gorias recounts are from his birth with much emphasis on Gorias’ father and many throughout Gorias’ teens which I enjoyed a great deal. Gorias was quite headstrong from an early age. Barbarian gentleman if that is possible who has James Bond like irresistibility to the ladies.

The tales are tall as are the giants and monsters lurking in Gorias adventures. With severed limbs a plenty, evisceration galore and a great deal of heroics this one is the Gorias tale I will refer people to because it allows one to get to know Gorias the man, the legend, the noble barbarian.

I highly recommend checking this one out. Its a short read and allows a reader to try out Sword and Sorcery, get to know Gorias and for those Gorias/Steven Shrewsbury fans its a must read.

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Seventh Star Press also has released books from Stephen Zimmer who’s books Hellscapes and Chronicles of Ave are available now

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Stephen Zimmers horror short story collection and his continued short stories from his Fires in Eden series can be found online at

Chronicle of Ave Print / Kindle / Nook / Kobo / iBookstore

Hellscapes Print / Kindle / Nook / Kobo / iBookstore

Tour Schedule and Activities

9/30 Library Girl Reads and Reviews Contest

9/30 Ian’s Realm Interview with Stephen Zimmer

9/30 Book in the Bag Review

10/1 Azure Dwarf Review

10/1 Bee’s Knees Reviews Reader Interview Stephen Zimmer

10/1 Armand Rosamilia, Author Guest Post-Steven Shrewsbury

10/1 Lost Inside the Covers Review

10/2 Beauty in Ruins Character Post-Gorias La Gaul

10/2 Come Selahway with Me Guest Post-Stephen Zimmer

10/2 Sheila Deeth Guest Post – Steven Shrewsbury

10/3 Deal Sharing Aunt Promo Spotlight

10/4 Sapphyria’s Book Reviews Promo Spotlight

10/5 Spellbindings Promo Spotlight

10/5 Jorie Loves a Story Review

10/5 Jess Resides Here Review

10/5 SpecMusicMuse Guest Post – Stephen Zimmer

10/6 The Flipside of Julianne Promo Spotlight

10/6 L. Andrew Cooper’s Horrific Scribblings Review

 

 

Author Stephen Zimmer new releases

Author Stephen Zimmer has some great new books out, both are short story collections. Hellscapes is horror while Chronicles of Ave is a fantasy short story collection which ties in to his Fires In Eden series.

The covers are amazing as always with Seventh Star Press releases and great ways to sample his work.

Hellscapes

 

Journey into realms of darkness and explore the regions where angels fear to tread! Welcome to the Hellscapes, featuring tales of the infernal in settings where the horror never ends and the inhabitants experience the ultimate nightmare.

In “Blood Dreams” follow the tale of a woman who knew great political authority and influence in life, as she discovers the reward awaiting her in the next world.

“The Grove” welcomes a new arrival, a wealthy man who is looking forward to a weekend of indulging in lust and libation, as he has for many years in this secluded convocation for the elite. Something is different this time, though, and he soon finds that his visit will be taking a very different turn.

In “The Smallest Fish”, the story is told of a ruthless business mogul who finds himself in an abandoned, ruined version of the city he knew well, in life. This city won’t be remaining vacant for long.

“Drowning in Tears” tells the story of a young man’s unhealthy obsession for a suicidal girlfriend that leads him on a path of severe transformation.

The final tale of Volume 1, “Lords of War”, follows the story of a man who wielded military power on a worldwide scale as a Secretary of Defense, who now learns the deeper nature of war and what kinds of monstrosities it breeds.

Hellscapes, Volume 1 is the first release in an exciting new themed horror collection from Stephen Zimmer, the author of the Rising Dawn Saga and Fires in Eden Series.

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Escape into the wonders of Ave in this first collection of short stories featuring the fantastical world from the Fires in Eden Series by Stephen Zimmer.

“Into Glory Ride” tells the story of a young Trogen Warrior who is called to go up against insurmountable odds when an Elven raid strikes his homeland. The Trogens have only begun training winged steeds for combat, but time is of the essence and a momentous choice has to be made by the young warrior.

In “A Touch of Serenity” a conscript laborer working on a massive wall constructed under the orders of the Divine Emperor begins to hear ghostly voices asking for help. His response leads him on a journey that will test his courage, wisdom, and compassion.

In “Moonlight’s Grace” a young man goes to help his people when a Midragardan raid strikes Gael. He seeks to prove his worth to the chieftain whose daughter he loves with all his heart.

The novella-length “Winter’s Embrace” follows a warrior-monk into the depths of dangerous woodlands in the heart of winter. There he will find his faith tested in ways he never anticipated, when he must help a forest witch against an enigmatic, immortal being known as the Undying.

“Lion Heart” introduces the heroic Sigananda of the Amazu people, who must confront things that transcend the laws of the physical world when powerful Wizards threaten his homeland.

In “Land of Shadow” a knight who is part of a band of Avanoran mercenaries discovers how perilous the mysterious Shadowlands are when they undertake a journey to locate a site to build a fortress.

A world of wonder beckons to be explored and fantasy enthusiasts are invited along for the journey in these half-dozen stories from the world of Ave!

Also be sure to take further adventures in Ave in the Fires in Eden Series, beginning with Crown of Vengeance, Book One!

Hellscapes is available on Amazon

Chronicles of Ave is available on Amazon

Seventh Star Press free book week

Seventh Star Press will be offering a ton of their books free this Christmas week. Are you getting a kindle for Christmas or giving one? Fill that awesome new toy with a ton of free books.

I’ve read all but one of these books and highly recommend getting them all if you don’t have them already. Enjoy the free reads and have a bookish good Christmas

From December 24-28th, SSP has an open house on Amazon Kindle including all of its authors who have eBooks available!  Many genres and styles available!  All books include cover art and interior artwork   from the award-winning artists Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson! The free books include the following (along with additional titles available for sale from each author):
SpookHouse
Spook House by Michael West (horror, a Harmony, Indiana Novel.  Other Harmony Indiana tales include the novel Cinema of Shadows, and th…e short stories Goodnight, and For the River is Wide and the Gods Are Hungry.  Michael’s urban fantasy series The Legacy of the Gods includes Book One, Poseidon’s Children)
http://www.amazon.com/Spook-House-ebook/dp/B009SS33VS
Redheart
Redheart by Jackie Gamber (YA Fantasy, Book One of the Leland Dragon Series.  Book Two, Sela, is available) http://www.amazon.com/Redheart-Leland-Dragon-Series-ebook/dp/B004VFNJIA
obsession
Haunting Obsession by R.J. Sullivan (Paranormal Thriller, A Rebecca Burton Novella.  Also available from R.J. is Backstage Pass, a Rebecca Burton Short Story) http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Obsession-ebook/dp/B008Y2SVS4
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The Brotherhood of Dwarves by D.A. Adams (YA Fantasy, Book One of the Brotherhood of Dwarves Series.  Book Two, Red Sky at Dawn, Book Three, The Fall of Dorkhun, and Book Four, Between Dark and Light are also available) http://www.amazon.com/The-Brotherhood-of-Dwarves-ebook/dp/B0076OCAKG
Angelkiller
Angelkiller by H. David Blalock (Urban Fantasy, Book One of the Angelkiller Triad.  Book Two, Traitor Angel, is also available) http://www.amazon.com/Angelkiller-The-Triad-ebook/dp/B006CR84AI
Overkill
Overkill by Steven Shrewsbury (Sword and Sorcery, a Gorias La Gaul Story.  Other available Gorias La Gaul tales include the novel Thrall, and the short stories Author and Finisher of Our Flesh, Beginning of the Trail, and Insurmountable) http://www.amazon.com/Overkill-ebook/dp/B007X0G9IW
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Crown of Vengeance by Stephen Zimmer (Epic Fantasy, Book One of the Fires in Eden Series.  Book Two, Dream of Legends, and Book Three, Spirit of Fire, are also available, as well as the short stories set in the same world, including Lion Heart, Land of Shadow, and Into Glory Ride.  Stephen’s urban fantasy series, The Rising Dawn Saga, includes Book One, The Exodus Gate, Book Two, The Storm Guardians, and Book Three, The Seventh Throne, as well as the short story set in the same world, Temples Rising.)http://www.amazon.com/Crown-Vengeance-Fires-Eden-ebook/dp/B0039PU8EQ
The seven titles spotlighted above are free on Kindle the entire week from Monday through Friday!

Online radio

I chatted with author Stephen Zimmer on two online radio shows. If you wanna hear me babble and on the first one hear the Cabin Goddess tell me to zip it and put me in the corner live on air check them out lol. Great fun and a must for any authors who are looking to expand on the publicity I’d recommend both for a fun and different way to discuss your books. Thank you to Stephen for making it a blast and the hosts for allowing me to be a part of it all.

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