Echoes of Darkness, By Rob Smales

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Thirteen little pieces of dark horror, finely crafted and delivered in one convenient book cover. What more could a fan of ghosts and goblins want from a book?

I don’t read a lot of horror, but I found Echoes of Darkness deeply enjoyable. Rob Smales takes conventional monsters and renders them into chilling tales just twisted enough to keep you guessing, or he presents brand-new monsters awful enough to turn your stomach. But with every story, he makes his reader small and vulnerable. He has the ability to make you weak enough to remember what it feels like to fear the monster under the bed. These stories are almost primal. They speak to the hair on the nape of your neck. You might devour this book, but you won’t realize how frightening the stories were until they’re keeping you up at night.

Rob is an award-winning horror writer, so besides making terrifying little stories, he also makes well-crafted prose so easy to digest you won’t realize how quickly you’re reading this book. I got through it in a couple of hours, but I wish I’d spent more time with it. Each story is different enough from the others that you might need to take some time to digest them.

Five stars from me. If you are interested, you can pick it up  here: Furthermore, it’s free today! Get yours while you can!



The High King’s Will (Steel for the Prince Book 1) By M.A. Ray

Eagle Eye’s father is High King Beager’s huntsman. His father has taught him a great many things about surviving at court, and most of those things involve staying away from it and knowing how to fight. He knows how to track animals for the royal table, how to care for hounds, and how to keep his mouth shut. Sure, he’s killed a dragon—but that was almost completely an accident. When the crown prince, beautiful Brother Fox, arrives in Eagle’s hut, wounded from the most recent of the king’s beatings, all father’s warnings go out the window.  Fox wants to leave home, and he wants Eagle to go with him. Eagle thirsts for adventure, and he thirsts for Fox. How can he refuse?

Full disclosure: this lady is one of my favorite writers. I grew out of epic fantasy years ago, but every time she puts out a book I squeal like a little kid and snatch that bad boy up. This book is a little bit of a departure for her. It’s romance as much as adventure, and though it happens in Rothganar, it’s six hundred years before Dingus’ time and almost unrecognizable as the same place. But what isn’t unrecognizable is the rich complexity of the characters, the beautiful tapestry of words, and the magical feeling imparted by the prose.

I love when a long-awaited new book by a favorite author is everything I hoped, and that means I loved this book. If you like epic fantasy with a little romance and a whole lot of action, pick this up. Tell ‘em I sent you.

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The Redwood Rebel, by Lorna George

Naomi was a princess, once. Before her cousin Adrienne usurped the Redwood throne, murdered their family, and threw Naomi into the deepest part of the deepest dungeon, she was heir to the throne of Ffion. Naomi has been there for three years, periodically tortured, nearly starved, and longing for just one glimpse of the sun. When Adrienne’s henchman comes to offer her a chance at escape, Naomi can only expect treachery—and she’s right.

Arun is the king of far-distant Koren. His land is prosperous and thriving, and he needs only one thing: a wife to bear his royal heirs. Despite his counselor’s insistence, he agrees to marry Adrienne because she’s the closest thing he can find to an appropriate bride. But when his people’s traditional wedding-night magic goes wrong, it casts both Arun and Naomi into a situation neither expected and a headlong flight for their lives.

I enjoyed this book. Naomi was my favorite part, and I’ll tell you why: she was very real. Many authors would expose their characters to horrible abuse at the hands of their enemies and then have them recover immediately. Naomi is a tough, capable lady, but she’s been through horrors, and her behaviors show it. She’s cold and angry at times, but she can also be fiercely loving. She’s complicated. She’s no Sarah Connor, who’s lost her femininity in the face of the pressures of war. She’s been weakened by pain, and though she’s brittle, there’s something very relatable about her. Arun is pretty good, too. He’s a decent enough guy, but he’s internalized a lot more of his society’s worldview than he realizes. They have a long way to go before they can be friends, let alone anything more.

The world, I would say, was pretty standard, the magic system was above par, and some of the imagery was downright great. These things were kind-of a vehicle for the story’s message. To tell the truth, that was the only thing I really had any qualms about. Sometimes, the message was so strong it drowned out the story. It’s a good message, and one I whole-heartedly support, but I felt like the story was a little subordinate to it at times.

In short, it was an interesting and enjoyable addition to the fantasy genre. I’m not sorry I paid for this book, and I’d absolutely pay for the next one. So if you love a strong but flawed heroine and a charming but overbearing hero, I’d recommend checking this one out.

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New Release by M.A. Ray: Steel for the Prince


I started reading M.A Ray way back when she released her first book two years ago, and I am honored to be here to help her release her newest. It’s called ‘The High King’s Will: Steel for the Prince.’ It’s the beginning of an all-new series. I love it just as much as her first publication, if not a little more. Today, I’m lucky enough not only to have this beautiful cover to share, but to have an excerpt from the book. Take a look!



“Fox told me all about it. But he makes up stories sometimes. I can’t always tell if he’s being serious.”

His chest went tight at the mention of Fox. He wanted to ask what the Crown Prince had said about him, but it wasn’t as if it mattered. Eagle would lay money Father would keep sending him away whenever Fox came to the cottage. Nothing would come of it, and he wished he’d kissed Fox last night when he had the chance. It was a might-have-been now, dreadful and delicious at once.

“But I think he did mean it,” Stag was saying. “You looked terrible when he brought you back. He was very upset. Didn’t you know?” he added, when Eagle shot him a curious look.

“He brought me himself?”


“Oh,” Eagle said, suppressing a ridiculous grin, or most of it. He hoped.

“It made Daddy mad. He said Fox was soft, and shamed him, and Fox got so angry. He said you saved him and it wasn’t right to kill you for it. And then…”

“What?” It came out hardly louder than breath.

“Fox fell down.”

What could he say to that? He had nothing. Fox “fell down” a damned lot.

“I’m not stupid,” Stag whispered, bowing his head as if under a millstone’s weight. “Fox doesn’t really fall down. I know that. But it’s easier to say.”

Eagle rested his hand on Stag’s forearm. He wanted to change the subject, but didn’t know how. They walked silent among tall rosebushes with deep leaves shining, bending under the weight of big white blooms. When they passed a cleverly worked stone bench, Stag said, “I think I want to sit.”

“All right.” Eagle helped the young prince onto the bench, where he leaned against the backrest, looking lost.

“He ignores me mostly. But not Fox.”

“No,” Eagle said. “Not Fox.” He looked at the roses. Clean and white, but voluptuously curled and curved and scented; he put out his hand and caressed the petals of one, softer than any velvet could hope to be. And he thought again of the Crown Prince.

M. A Ray says:

I’m a lover of fairy tales, comic books, classic fantasy, and power metal. I keep my meat shell in Wisconsin these days. I won’t tell you where I hide my heart. I’ve got a husband and two kids, and they’re the only reason I leave Rothganar.

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Look at this beautiful banner, too. It’s by artists Tiana Clawson and Rachel Bostwick.

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No Return Home, by Victor Moss

Victor Moss author #1 Victor Moss was born in Poland in 1944 during the occupation of the Nazis, has been an attorney engaged in private practice of law since 1974.  Prior to that time, he had been an assistant attorney general for the State of New Mexico and assistant city Attorney for Pueblo, Colorado.     He was a delegate to the American Leadership Conference in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia in 1991, and since then has traveled extensively throughout Europe.  Being fluent in Russian, the author had done business in Russia.  He lives with his wife in Colorado and Florida.

Victor Moss’s NO RETURN HOME, a sequel to BEWARE THE WOLVES: A SOVIET WWII LOVE STORY, is based on the true events from the lives of his parents.  His father, Vladimir, a young medical doctor mobilized into the Red Army at the onset of World War II and his mother, Slava, a medical student proficient in German, are forced to work under the circumstances beyond their control for the Nazis.  NO RETURN HOME picks up where the first book left off and follows the adventures, joys, terror and hardship of the young couple as they struggle to survive the Nazis and the Soviets.  They are plunged deeper into the morass under the German occupation in Poland/Belarus.  With the approach of the Red Army they must flee and are taken by the Germans to Germany.  While there, they endured local resentment, hunger, cold and the devastating and frightening Allied bombings.  After the war, they were moved from one refugee camp to another as Displaced Persons in the British Zone, all the while keeping a vigilant eye out for Soviet agents keen on repatriating them back to the Soviet Union where they faced certain death.

NRH book cover 3 Victor has this to say about his magnum Opus:

NO RETURN HOME  concerns WWII and its aftermath as seen through my parents’ eyes as refugees in Poland, Germany until they finally made it to Oklahoma in 1950.  It describes life in Germany after the war and the terrible fear of repatriation by the Soviets while they were in Germany.  Had they been found, both of my parents would have been executed.

I’ve written two books about them, the first book is Beware the Wolves, A Soviet WWII Love Story and its sequel, No Return Home.  The books are based on a true story of my parents during and immediately after WWII.  My father was a doctor who was mobilized into the Red Army because the Soviets controlled Belarus at the time.  He was captured by the Nazis and placed in a prisoner of war camp.  He was able to get out a year later because he saved a German officer, on whom he performed a complicated surgery.  My mother refused to follow Stalin’s order to evacuate her home because she knew if she did she would never see my father again.  She ended up working for the Germans.  That was fortunate because if she had not been at the place where my father desperately needed her to be, she could not have helped him get out of the POW camp.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Victor recently, and I found him to be so lovely a gentleman I decided to host his book here. If you are interested Either in this one or in its prequel, Beware the Wolves, they are both available at Amazon here:

Please look for my review in November!

Extaordinary, By K.M Herkes

I downloaded this book for free when it first came out. I do this a lot. I download books and they sit on my Kindle for ages, waiting for their titles to catch my eye. Last night I came across this one. I have just enough time to read a short story before bed, I thought. I am so glad I did.

I have read a lot of stories where people get super powers. Usually, it is a young person, and usually, it is exciting and an honor. This story flipped those expectations on their heads. What happens when a woman who has built an entire life already, a woman with responsibilities and burdens and a heart heavy from a life lived, is suddenly told her body is going to change? Not only that, but superpowers are a curse and a death sentence. A disease. Suddenly she is dealing with social stigma, with controlling what she can do, with her family’s reactions. Can she reinvent herself? Can she use this problem, which is layered on top of her other problems, to become strong?

The characters in this short were complex and realistic. The world building was so real, so heart-wrenching. Honestly? The most beautiful super hero story I’ve ever read. No lie. I would say, I wish it was longer, but I don’t. It flowed perfectly and stopped exactly where it should have. You don’t expect literature out of the super hero genre often, but when you find it, just shut up and pay your ninety nine cents. You can thank me later.

The Third Eye of Jenny Crumb, by Martina Dalton

Jenny has a secret.

She’s been hiding it for years. When a boy in her English class comes down with pneumonia, Jenny pretends she didn’t know before the doctors what was ailing him. When the police are called out to a party, she pretends that she has a headache to get her underage friends out before they arrive. Jenny is psychic, and she can’t tell anyone. What would her cheer-leading squad think of her if she said something like that out loud?

But when a girl she doesn’t know goes missing from her school, the visions get a lot more intense, and a lot scarier. A sweaty man with a knife is haunting all her dreams, and he’s doing it at the worst possible times. When a blinding vision causes her to fall off the top of the human pyramid, Jenny has to admit that she has a problem, and it’s not going away.

I enjoyed this story so much I read it all in one sitting. It gets intense very quickly, and kept turning pages just to see what happened next. The writing itself is quite good, and the editing was decent as well. I felt like the characters would have used more contractions in their dialogue, but that’s such a nitpicky thing I’m still giving the book five stars. The characters seemed so natural, and handled their strange situations like real highschoolers might have. I’d recommend this book to teens or adults who like to read like teens. You’ll love it!

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The Wandering Wizard, By Kristy Carey

An aging wizard, tasked with protecting the world, must find an apprentice to take his place or let the people he has sworn to protect be consumed by darkness and chaos.

The main character is simply known as ‘The Wizard,” and he’s been walking the earth for over two hundred years, trying to keep humanity safe from hungry monsters. I found him a fascinating character study and a really cool dude.
I really enjoyed this book and would give it five stars. It was a short story that nonetheless managed a complete and interesting plotline. I have definitely never encountered a protagonist quite like the wizard before. So if you’re looking for a quick, entertaining urban fantasy read, I’d recommend picking this one up. This is the ideal read for people who love The Dresden Files and Faerie Tales, by Fiona Skye.

At only 99 cents, this short is quite the deal. Pick it up here:

Argentum Cover Reveal

Argentum is the thread that binds all magic.

When Merlin fashioned the first shapeshifter charms, he selected silver for his work.

The silver wand, the silver scrying bowl, the silver charms of the shapeshifters.

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The P.A.W.S. saga continues with


Coming soon

l contain the essence of argentum.

If you would like to read the first in the series, it can be found here:

The Life and Times of a Would-Be Somebody Blog Tour

Evening, folks! Today I have the distinctive honor of hosting the one and only Kristy Carey as she makes her way across the world on her blog tour. She is the author of the awesome new book, The Wandering Wizard. (available at Amazon for only $0.99 here: Let’s give her a warm welcome, shall we?

1) You are hosting your blog tour in honor of your brand-new book, The Wandering Wizard. Please tell us about it.
Its the story of a man who�s become something more than he should be, to protect the world against forces it doesn�t understand. He�s the last of his kind right now, a sort of final defense against the darkness. But its also a strain and what we see in this story is his struggle to regain his power and keep fighting.

2) You are not just a writer; you also run a small business making steampunk jewelry. How do you balance your two creative pursuits?
Its not easy. Over the years I�ve often had to focus on one or the other and to be honest, it tore me apart. At that time, I had a blog for Fashion, one for Writing and one for myself. When I picked up blogging last month, I decided to stop dividing myself into pieces and just put it all in one place. I never think of myself as just a writer or a jewelry designer. Instead, I call myself a Creative. There are other things I do beyond just the two listed above. Graphic Design work, flower arranging [silk and fresh], knitting, sewing, weird sculptures with weird things, abstract drawing and even ceramics painting. It just took me a while to find one I could stick with, but I still enjoy the other things.

3) Are you inspired in your art by living in Washington? If so, how?
Yes. My side of the state [the east side] is so freaking green and filled with beauty. Its not always the best place, but the grass is always greener and no place will ever be perfect. For me, its home. There are parks to go sit in and read or write, places to shop and spots you can take day trips too. I�ve made plenty of friends here, while the internet has opened doors to making friends from other places.

4) Who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman?
Batman. Hands down. Sure, Supes has all the special skills, but Bats carries Kryptonite bullets and is prepared to take him out if needed. ~nods~ Batman rocks.

Kristy Carey is an author and blogger with a passion for creativity. With one publication under her belt, she plans to keep the momentum by focusing on the Urban Fantasy genre in future pieces. She is currently splitting her time between writing and steampunk jewelry design. Her passion in both writing and design, is to mix together elements that don’t belong, and make them seem natural. Kristy is currently working on a Superhero story staring The Protectors as they battle both Loki and Kronos.

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