katya_s69, Katy

"When She Woke" by Hillary Jordan

When She Woke review
Author: Hillary Jordan
5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure: I received this book from the Amazon.com Vine program in return for an honest review.

Hannah Payne committed the unforgivable sin; she aborted her pregnancy. After the Scourge – the STD that turned so many women sterile – Sanctity of Life laws were passed in the majority of the states making abortion not only illegal, but a felony. Then the melachroming laws were passed, and those who had murdered someone – including their unborn children – were turned red. Because Hannah refused to name the person who performed her abortion, nor the father of the child, extra time was added to her sentence. To make matters worse, there is a group named The Fist that took it upon themselves to kill women like her, and she has been targeted. Will she be able to escape? Will she be able to be free?

I was impressed with this book on many levels. Obviously I felt the overall message – about a person’s right to choose, and about the dangers of rampant fundamentalism – were worthwhile. But at the same time, the book not only does not bash faith and Christianity, it is actually sympathetic to them. Aidan Dale is a truly Christian man, humble and caring, but also human and fallible. At one point Hannah is succored by an Episcopal priest, an earthy woman who is nonetheless another truly good person. Throughout the book, Hannah faces the fact that her former faith was a weak and wavering thing, one that could not stand against her questioning nature because it was based upon what other people felt was best and right, not upon what she, herself, felt was right in her own heart. When she found her own faith, it is a strong and sturdy thing, because it acknowledges the need for questioning and personal revelation.

The characters in this book are strong and well-developed, unique and interesting. While there are a lot of strings left. The story was enthralling – I’ve had a difficult weekend finding a good book, spending two days on two different books, neither of which I could finish, before starting this one a scant 8 hours ago and finishing it with only a couple short breaks to fix myself tea. Highly recommended for ANYONE and EVERYONE – you MUST read this book!
katya_s69, Katy

Cover Reveal!! "Surrender: Mimics of Rune #2" by Aimee Laine


Mimics of Rune #2
by Aimee Laine
Release Date: September 3, 2012
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Paranormal Romance, Shape-shifter
Back of the Book

Face the past or look to the future? Both will hurt. One could kill her.

All her life, Lily Crane has supressed her childhood memories, masking the signs of abuse with a variety of looks. From brunette to blonde, tall to short — as a Mimic, changing shape is her gift. Her right. Her achilles heel.

It’s Lily’s latest likeness, chosen simply by accident, which threatens to repeat a history she’s desperate to forget. Worse, she must do so without the one man who takes all her pain away: Cael Aldridge.

Cael has no intention of leaving Lily on her own. He never has. Now, with the woman he loves in the hands of a predator who wants Lily for her genetics, Cael will do everything he can to bring her home.


He can only pray he isn’t too late.

URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/12
katya_s69, Katy

"Until the Next Time" by Kevin Fox

Until the Next Time review
Author: Kevin Fox
5 out of 5 stars

Sean Corrigan’s father gives Sean a journal for his 21st birthday – one that had been written by his uncle in the early 1970s after he fled to Ireland to escape a murder charge. While there, Sean’s uncle (Mike, or Mickaleen) met the enigmatic Kate, and started to have strange knowledge and memories. Now Sean is fascinated by the story, but especially by the many missing pages from the journal. Who removed them? How was it Mike ended up being killed? So, Sean journeys to Ireland himself, to try to find answers. What he does find... are answers to questions he never even know how to ask.

Dealing with the ideas of reincarnation and the journey of souls, as well as soul mates, this is really a fascinating book. The descriptions of Ireland make me yearn to go there, to visit the misty isles and meet the people and travel the crazy, twisty roads. I was very interested in the journeys that both Sean and Michael took in their respective times. It became a bit confusing at times, trying to keep track of who was whom, and whose family went with which person, but I suppose that is all a part of the twistiness that is described so aptly.

There is, however, a major plot hole that made it into the final book (yes, I checked before writing this). Sean, the main character, says his birthday is 7/5/1976, yet his 21st birthday is dated 7/5/1996. That’s only 20 years, I’m afraid … Someone fell asleep on the job on the editing team, or the writer didn’t keep adequate track of the timeline. But don’t let that keep you away from reading this book - I think the ideas and understanding that went into writing it are important, and more people need to become aware and awake. Highly recommended for everyone and anyone – READ THIS BOOK!
katya_s69, Katy

"The Lost Goddess" by Tom Knox

The Lost Goddess review
Author: Tom Knox
4 out of 5 stars

Disclosure: I received a free e-ARC copy of this book from netGalley.com in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review this book!

In France, an archeologist discovers Neolithic skulls in a cave – many of them with holes drilled in their forehead, others with flint arrowheads still stuck in their bones. In Cambodia, in one of the many fields of jars in the Plain of Jars, ancient skulls are re-discovered – all with holes drilled in their foreheads. Now old intellectuals – former Marxists, all – from all over the world are being murdered horrifically – is there some connection between all the skulls? What was it that the Communist regimes in Russia and Cambodia were trying to accomplish – the Russians in the 1920s, the Cambodians in the 1970s?

This is really a mixed bag. On the one hand, the information about Cambodia and the Pol Pot regime is chilling and quite interesting. The descriptions of the locales were well-done and created lush landscapes in my mind. On the other hand, the author has a real problem with meta-exposition. You know what I mean; it usually goes something like this: “OK, fellow [whatever it is they are doing]; while we are in the car traveling to [wherever they are going] to do [whatever they are doing], tell me the plan again.” At which point the characters have a discussion about things they obviously already know and have planned, but which needs to be provided to the reader somehow. Similarly, characters will say something like: “OK, I know you know all about [event in history/personage of interest] but I’m going to tell you all about it anyway” and proceeds to provide a didactic and annoying lecture. There were also several weird and quite confusing descriptions given, including one case where a water buffalo was “belligerently munching ferns.” *scratches head* How one would belligerently munch ANYTHING, let alone ferns, I have no idea. There was a scene where one of the characters went to a former Soviet province near the Black Sea – it was described as sub-tropical, but cold – with palm trees. My husband, who grew up in the Soviet Union, says that area is warm enough to swim in the sea in January, and sees snow maybe once a year. Obviously this part of the book was not very well-researched; there is mention of the ice cream stands being closed for winter, which is absurd – Russians eat more ice cream in the winter!

To make it even more interesting, there were a series of “umm, what??” moments that were enough to make me make faces like: @@ o.O and other such. For instance, we learn about a Cambodian family who were high-level members of the society – practically royalty – before Pol Pot, and afterward they fled to the US, returning to Cambodia when things calmed down a little. In their house, they display various Hindu and Indian demons. This was very confusing to me. Also, at one point the author mentions something that really blew my mind – picture this: Muslim rappers. O.o right?

However, there is also a great deal of very interesting information; I don’t know how much, if any of it, was based upon factual events, but the historical bits are very interesting and I did learn some new things. Also, there were some really interesting ideas presented about guilt, the conscience, and belief – belief in deities, belief in superstitions, belief in ideologies – just belief – that I found fascinating and while I wish these ideas had been more developed, presented earlier in the book, etc., I still enjoyed that a great deal.

I’m not sure why I was so hyper-sensitive to so many things - I think that normally I would not even notice them. But for some reason, they jumped out and bit me when I was reading this book, and for that reason I found it less enthralling than I perhaps normally would have. However, folks who enjoy thrillers, especially ones based upon historical events and archaeological findings, should enjoy this book.book r
katya_s69, Katy

"Hush, Hush" graphic novel - available 3/20/12

Hush, Hush graphic novel review
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
4 out of 5 stars

Disclosure: I received a free e-ARC of this graphic novel from Sea Lion Books in exchange for an honest review.

I imagine if you’re perusing the reviews of the “Hush, Hush” graphic novel, then you more or less know the story already. This covers what I believe to be the early part of the novel – I doubt that even with the length it is that it covered the whole story. It revolves around Nora Grey and a mysterious boy at her school named Patch, who seems to be wherever she is, know all about her, and can get under her skin like no one else. She denies her attraction, but the insistent pressure from her friend Vee to notice Patch doesn’t help. However, there are strange things going on and Nora doesn’t know who to trust – she just knows she wants nothing to do with this all-too-handsome and charming boy.

Overall, I enjoyed the story well enough. I don’t know that I would run out and buy the book, because this storyline is not really the thing that I enjoy. However, fans of the series will enjoy this graphic novelization of it. There were some issues, however.

On just the first few pages I saw several inconsistencies – for instance, the woman doing up her own laces on her dress? Impossible! Then the arrival on the roof of the dark-haired man; his silhouette shows him with baggy breeches, but then on his close-up they are so tight they look painted on. I can see the first being allowed for the sake of the story, but the second should have been caught and fixed.

However, I was very happy to see that the artist drew Vee with a heavier body type, not stick-thin; so many graphic novels show only very thin women, or women who are so heavy that it is a caricature. It was nice to see something representative of a stockier but healthy body type. I was also very impressed with the art overall – I loved how the rain was done for the opening scene, just as an example.

So, overall I would recommend this graphic novel to fans of the series and those who enjoy these sorts of stories.
katya_s69, Katy

The Dead Man series books 7 & 8 James Daniels, Jude Hardin

The Dead Man series books 7 & 8
Authors: James Daniels, Jude Hardin

The Beast Within: Book 7
Author: James Daniels
5 out of 5 stars

Matt is pursuing a lead to an ancient rite that he read about in a book when he stumbles across an inter-militia war in rural Michigan. He saves the wife of the leader of the militia – who, coincidentally, happens to be the author whom he is seeking – and thereby makes himself an enemy to the members of the militia who have deserted over the fact that they believe the woman is not Aryan enough. Can Matt find out what he needs to know to finally rid himself of the influence of Mr. Dark? Can he survive the RAHOWA?

A most interesting chapter in Matt Cahill’s chronicles puts him up against racists and has him meeting up with some very mysterious people. I can’t mention more than that without spoiling things, but this book really wanders into the paranormal. I like the style of this author and will be searching out additional books by him. Recommended by fans of dark suspense/thrillers and horror.

Fire and Ice: Book 8
Author: Jude Hardin
5 out of 5 stars

Matt is in Florida, where he has taken a job at a chemical plant, whose main products are cleaning agents called Fire and Ice. He decided to work there when he saw a billboard for the company showing a man with the typical face lesions and sores that he associates with evil, and he wants to find out what Mr. Dark has in mind for these people. It is his third day and so far he hasn’t seen anything – until, that is, he goes to the office building and finds some people murdered – and realizes that whatever it going to happen – it will happen today. Why is someone on a shooting spree? Will Matt be able to save himself, and stop Mr. Dark?

This is the latest in The Dead Man series, and last one currently available. It takes place, the entire book, within about a 7 hour time span – the action is fast and frenetic, and the twists and turns keep coming. Definitely check out this great series of novellas if you enjoy dark suspense/thrillers and/or horror.
katya_s69, Katy

The Dead Man series, books 1 - 6, various authors

The Dead Man series books 1 – 6 reviews
Authors: Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin, James Daniels, David McAfee, James Reasoner and Harry Shannon

The Dead Man, Vol. 1:
Face of Evil: Book 1
Authors: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
5 out of 5 stars

Matt Cahill had just quit his job at the lumber mill in protest over his best friend’s firing when he went on a ski trip with Rachel. Skiing down a double-diamond, black slope, there is an avalanche – while Rachel escapes, Matt is buried alive. Three months later he is found; however, at the morgue, when beginning the autopsy, it is discovered that Matt, impossibly, is still alive. Four days later, he leaves the hospital to go home with Rachel, wanting nothing more than to go back to his life. But what about the strange doctor he saw in the hospital – exactly like one he saw in a nightmare? And why does he see a horrible, rotting wound on his best friend’s face? And who is the mysterious Mr. Dark?

First in The Dead Man series, Face of Evil introduces us to our protagonist and starts him on his journey – trying to understand why he is still live, why he has come back, and what his purpose is in life. Short, but definitely highly readable, this is a must-read for fans of dark suspense and horror. Check it out!

Ring of Knives: Book 2
Author: James Daniels
5 out of 5 stars

Matt Cahill is living on the road these days, all his possessions in a rucksack except for his grandfather’s ax. He has traveled to a mental health center in Washington state, where there is a man who apparently also sees the strange sores on people’s faces, and the same strange entity, although this patient calls him Rotting Jack. However, things are very much awry at the mental health center – doctors and administrators have been going missing, and the aides seem to be mostly using their work time to smoke and watch TV. What evil is lurking in this place? Is there anything Matt can do to stop the spread of evil?

We learn more about Matt, what has happened to him, and he starts to formulate a purpose to his return to life. We also are given some more of his past and memories. The action is fast and furious, and the one-liners are great – I laughed several times. Fans of dark suspense/thrillers and horror should love this series.

Hell in Heaven: Book 3
Authors: Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
5 out of 5 stars

Traveling across northern Washington state on a motorcycle, Matt decides to stop off for a bit in a small town called Heaven, where the people live simple lives with simple pleasures – there is no TV, to internet, no franchises or big-box stores, and the people wear simple, sturdy clothing that is built to last and easy to work in. He is befriended by a woman whose son is due to come home from the war, only she is worried – something about her son has seemed off in his letters home, and she asks Matt so stay and meet her son, also named Matt – well, what else can he do? What is the mystery of this town that time forgot?

In this book, Matt continues to seek the meaning behind his resurrection, and wonders if maybe Heaven and its problems was the purpose. While he tries to figure out what is going on here, he is also working to understand what his purpose should be. An interesting episode in the life of The Dead Man – recommended for fans of dark suspense/thrillers and horror.

The Dead Man Vol. 2:
The Dead Woman: Book 4
Author: David McAfee
5 out of 5 stars

Matt stops in small Crawford, TN when his money runs out, just in time to watch the police head to the latest body to be found. The Blake County Killer has been murdering young women for over 3 years – more than a dozen are dead. While searching for a short-term job in order to earn enough money to move on to the next town, Matt meets Abbey – a woman who can also see the festering rot of evil on people’s faces. Has he found someone who can understand what he is going through – or is she in cahoots with the evil?

Matt has decided on his course of action by now – which is try to thwart Mr. Dark whenever he can – and is basically just rambling around the country. His arrival in Crawford is coincidental, but fortuitous, as is usually the case by now. Recommended for fans of dark suspense/thrillers and horror.

The Blood Mesa: Book 5
Author: James Reasoner
5 out of 5 stars

Matt is hitching across New Mexico when he spots a red, sandstone mesa and feels strangely drawn to it. Despite the warning from the person he’s riding with, he decides to get out and walk that way, in hopes of discovering what is pulling him to the mesa. Along the way he encounters some people with car trouble and helps them, discovering they are archeologists and their driver/mechanic had just quit, so Matt is offered, and accepts, the job to go with them to the mesa – which they call Blood Mesa – to help research an old Anasazi city. What evil will Matt find lurking for him in the ancient city of the Anasazi? How many people’s blood will be spilled … on Blood Mesa?

OK, that was rather melodramatic, but I have to be all “minor plot points, questions to increase interest, keep the spoilers to a minimum” and you have no idea how hard that is when you’re reading most of a series in one go – each book builds on the previous books and more information is revealed, but if I tell that to you, you will learn plot points that are supposed to be kept quiet until you get to this book, so if you haven’t read the first 4, then you’ll end up having some of the surprises spoiled. That said, while being somewhat formulaic, Matt runs across different enough people in different enough situations to keep my interest, and fans of dark suspense and horror should enjoy this stories.

Kill Them All: Book 6
Author: Harry Shannon
5 out of 5 stars

Matt arrives in Dry Well, NV in spectacular fashion after saving the sheriff’s daughter, who had fallen in a mine. However, he has been followed to Nevada by mercenaries hired by the university that first treated him after he was found under the snow, who are determined they are going to figure out how he is still alive – even if it kills Matt. Can Matt and the townspeople of Dry Well hold off the mercenaries? Or is this the end of the road for Matt Cahill?

This is the last of this series that I have, and I will definitely be getting the rest of them as soon as I can – this is really enjoyable series – fast reads, entertaining and fast-paced story lines, and very suspenseful. Highly recommended for fans of dark thrillers/suspense and horror.
katya_s69, Katy

"The Fallen One" 1st edition by Lenore Wolfe now available

I do want to point out that this is not the final edition, but we wanted to get the book published at a certain date, so it's up and available if you'd like to get an early peek at the latest from Lenore Wolfe! I'll be going over the manuscript again this coming week, so there may be changes to the next edition, but that shouldn't stop you - Amazon will notify you once any new editions are published, and you can go to Smashwords and download the latest edition at any time once you have purchased the ebook. Available:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/128354 (you can download any format from here)
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-fallen-one-lenore-wolfe/1108526911?ean=2940014091640&itm=3&usri=lenore+wolfe (although I don't know their practice with new editions)
katya_s69, Katy

Changes in the past 101 years

Blatantly stolen from http://www.thelitbitch.com/?p=1493 Drop by and give her some props y'all!! However, since she received it in a forwarded e-mail and I presume it is making the rounds, I decided to share it with anyone who hangs out here waiting for me to post something with baited breath (day-um, brush your teeth, y'all!!)... ehrm, I meant bated breath. Anyway, I know it's been awhile, but honestly the last few books I read just weren't worthy to be posted here, and nothing exciting enters my life to ramble about. Anyway, enjoy!!

Statistics for the year 1911
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at home .
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The Five leading causes of death were:
Pneumonia and influenza
Heart disease
The American flag had 45 stars…
The population of Las Vegas , Nevada , was only 30!!!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.
There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.
Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health!”
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.
katya_s69, Katy

"Brother's Keeper" Book Launch Week - $200+ Giveaway!!

I'm forwarding this to my circle with Glen Krisch's permission - I loved this book - you can see my review on the Amazon page, or on Goodreads or Shelfari! I hope you'll enter!
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Here are details for my prize giveaway that takes place during the next week. You can still participate and earn entries into the raffle. The details are below:

Win Amazon Gift Cards during the book launch week for my new novella, Brother's Keeper.

* Simply purchase Brother's Keeper (for just $.99!) and send me an email to glenkrisch (at) gmail.com with a copy of your receipt.
* You receive additional entries for Facebook wall-shares, Goodread adds & recommendations, tweets, blog mentions, etc. The more you spread the word, the better your odds of winning. Be creative, just drop me an email after your sharing efforts. One entry per mention, so spread the word!!

Now for the Prizes:

4 $25 gift cards

1 additional $50 gift card if it reaches the top 50 horror

1 additional $100 gift card if it reaches the top 10 horror.

1 additional $50 for every day it remains in the top 10 horror.

So go to it!


Can you tell I’m excited about this story! I hope you take a peek; if you like end-of-the-world stories, this one will stick with you. If you’ve read any of my work, you know I don’t follow standard cut-out plots with cardboard characters. Brother’s Keeper is no exception