😀 Hello, dear friends and fellow horror and booklovers. 😀 Do you know what today is?
It’s the last day of June! Which means tomorrow is July. I love July. Independence day! Fireworks, carnivals, way too much soda and junk food. It’s also Harry Potter’s birth month. He’ll be 41 on July 31, 2021. I’m totally rereading the series this month. And watching the movies. 😀 ❤ And! And! July also has… Christmas in July.
Yes, it’s cheesy and goofy. But I love it. 😀 I love watching holiday movies and episodes of my favorite shows in the middle of summer. I might even make hot chocolate. XD But the biggest way I’m celebrating Christmas in July is…
❤ ❤ ❤ A big book sale! ❤ ❤ ❤
That’s right! Book sale! I’m setting all my more expensive ebooks to $0.99 and making having free books all month long. 😀 I’m even setting all the paperbacks to less than usual, so grab those while you can. 😀
And! And! And!
What I’m most excited about…
😀 😀 😀 New Releases! 😀 😀 😀
That’s right! New Releases! 3 of them in fact!
Creepy Christmas Stories #3 July 9th, 2021
101 Horror Drabbles (Bite Sized Horrors #3) July 16th, 2021
Creepy Christmas Stories: The Complete Series July 23, 2021
I’m setting up preorders and everything. I’m super excited to finally finish my Creepy Christmas series. I’m super proud of these stories. Especially Crashing and Cooking. That one was probably the most fun for me to write. 😀 I’m all geared up to share the news of my July Christmas sale and my new releases. 😀 I’m just feeling really good and motivated. I’m just so pumped to share my newest books with my readers. I loved writing them, so I hope everyone loves reading them.
Happy Reading, everyone! I’ll be back soon with a new post!
Hello, internet. It’s been… a really long while, hasn’t it? What with work and my mental health… It got hard to keep up with any kind of writing, let alone my blog. 😦 I won’t bore you with the details. Just know I’m feeling good now, and that’s what’s important. I feel good, and I’m ready to jump back into my writing, blogging, and even my reading with full force!
😀 That being said, let’s celebrate my return my own little bookish site with something simple. 😀 A couple of reviews of my most recent reads! 😀 (I hope to have a writing update on Wednesday, but no promises. Let’s just all keep our fingers crossed, hm?)
My first review goes to…
You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino
5 stars! ***** 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 My Review: ( Also shared over on Goodreads & Amazon)
I loved this. I mean I absolutely adored this. I got it in the mail this afternoon, and I devoured it in one coffee-fueled sitting. I cried. You know a book is good when it drives you to tears.
“You don’t know everything, Jilly P!” shows us an important story of a young fantasy book-loving tween as she navigates some big life changes as she becomes a big sibling to Emma, who’s Deaf, learns about her privilege, and the racism and microaggressions impacting her friend and family members.
It’s a really powerful book, and I loved reading it. Jilly makes lots of mistakes, but she’s determined to keep trying, to learn, and to do better. And she learns that even when you don’t mean you, you can hurt people. And that sometimes, the very best thing you can do for someone, is to stop and listen and learn.
I can’t wait to read “Rick” I should be getting it in the mail in the next couple of days. Until then, I’ll have to reread “George.” 😀 I highly recommend this and Alex Gino’s other books to anyone looking for a good and though-provoking contemporary read. Adults and kids alike! 😀
😀 😀 😀 follow the link over to Amazon (Or pick it up at another bookstore if you like!) And get a copy today. ❤ you won’t regret it!
And for my fellow spooky lovers out there, I just finished reading….
The Haunting of Gillespie House by Darcy Coates
5 stars ***** 😀 My Review:
I loved this scary novella, yet another great story in the spooky collection of Darcy Coates books lining my physical and audiobooks shelves.
“The Haunting of Gillespie House” tells the chilling story of a young woman house sitting in a remote mansion, and the creepy mysteries and goings-on inside it.
Scary noises and whispers, impossibly slamming doors, monsters in the dark, and even terrifying dreams, this scary story as all the classic bits of a standard scary story. And I loved it. I also loved that our main character, Elle, loves reading. Always a plus when a character in a book loves books. 😀 ❤
I especially like the author’s note at the end, explaining how the novella grew from a short story into something longer. And it even included the original short, “Crawl Space.” which was awesome as well! It was amazing to see how vastly different the two stories were while keep a lot of the same spooky scares.
Like so many of the books I read now a days, I enjoyed this one as an audiobook. (YAY Audible!) And I really enjoyed the narrator. Excellet choice, there. I’m really excited to keep reading and listening to more of Darcy Coates books. I am a dedicated fan now, and I’ll insta buy anything I can. Especially if it’s on a sale. Because, you know, starving artist.
Recommended for my fellow lovers of haunted house novels. 😀
Thanks for reading! I hope everyone goes and checks out the books. Because they so deserve to be read! ❤ Happy Reading. I’ll try to post again soon. Until then, Happy Reading!
Hello, my few little blog followers and readers! I hope you all are staying safe! I have some great news! I just got promoted to store manager at one of my jobs! I’m going to make salary and get benifits! I feel very adult and responsible, and I couldn’t be more excited.
But… the promotion means that I’ll have more responsibilities at work. Which means that I’ll have less time to write at work. 😦 So, I doubt I’ll be able to publish as often. 😦 sad face. But adult store manager job! So smiley face to that! 😀
So I’ve made some changes to my list of things I’ll eventually be publishing.
Mostly, I won’t be finishing my haunted Bridge series. 😦 I have lots and lots of stories I want to work on (Like my Spirit Finder Files and my Holiday Horrors series) and I just don’t think I’ll have time to give Bob and Brandy the time they deserves.
I might finish their story sometime in the future, but it won’t be happening anytime soon. 😦 I’m working hard on all my writing as always, but I’m just not sure how much I can get done now with extra work stuff. Plus with all the covid stuff, Kindle Direct Publishing is a bit wonky, so that’s been effecting stuff too.
But! Some good news! I should be publishing a new Holiday Horrors short in June to celebrate Father’s Day, so that’s exciting. I’m work hard on it, and I’m probably going to do a pre-order on it, so it should be published on time.
Anyway. I’m sorry about the Haunted Bridge, if anyone was really looking forward to a second installment.
But there’s still lots of books to look forward too! Scary holiday themed stories and at least one or two novels are coming this year. And flash fiction off course! We know how I love my flash fiction!
Thanks for reading! Make sure and check back every Friday for free book updates! I usually have a free book promotions going on weekends, so I’ll share about my books and/or others that are free. 😀
The Vengeful Valentine and Darkness and Bloodshed are free for this weekend, so make sure and check them out if you don’t have them yet! Just head over to Amazon and search for ’em!
Check it out! I’m making blog post! I am giving myself adulting points for the day. 😀 Hello! How is everyone! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. 🙂 I’m good. And I’m here bringing back the Free Book Friday post. Where I share neat sounding Free books I found while browsing amazon. 🙂
You know, because I like going down the rabbit hole of Amazon’s bookstore instead of actually writing. Though I did really good yesterday. I think I worked for about three and a half to four hours. That’s really good for me, and I feel like I got a lot done. Proud of me! ❤ I’m shooting for longer today. Maybe six hours total! ❤
So! I bet you’re wondering which cool books I found for ya’ll? 😀
Well, I have three today. 😀 My first choice is….
Five Tales of Horror and Suspense by CD Wilsher
Cover goals right there. Though, I think I am doing really well with my own. I mean, there’s only so much I can do with a free Photoshop app and my own limited knowledge. But I’m doing okay!
Five Tales of Horror and Suspense. A young man finds out from a fortune teller that there’s always a price to be paid. A rich man doesn’t quite have the 25th high school reunion experience he expected. Beware of strangers on a train. A dog may not be man’s best friend. An aging hitman takes a trip down memory lane.
The whole book is only 67 pages too, so it’s perfect if you’re like me and a fan of little books.
Book #2 is…
Labor Day: A Psychological Suspense Short Story of Horror, Ribs and Road Rage
Sometimes a Good BBQ Can Kill You
Have you ever had something precious taken from you by circumstances, unexpected situations, or careless or uncaring people?
Who hasn’t had something over which they secretly obsessed?
Jerry Ketchins lives for one day every year: Labor Day. This day, however, will test his mettle. He’s a man fast approaching the edge of his own sanity but will soon find himself with his toes hanging over the precipice that separates light from darkness.
It’s not clear to Jerry now, but a simple incident on the road will determine his fate… forever.
Bonus! This 40 page book comes in a teeny tiny paperback for only $5.95! I love tiny paperbacks! So cute!
And my third and final pick of the day is a full length novel:
The Harvest: Scary Supernatural Horror with Monsters (The Bell Witch Series Book 1)
Also cover goals. 🙂
Amid the sweet sounds of a music box, their darkest fears will haunt them…
In Black River, Tennessee, everyone knows the legend of the Bell Witch… and the alleged curse that hangs like a dark shroud over the town. To some, it is just a local tall tale. But to others, it is terrifyingly real.
For centuries, four families have been forced into the ritualistic tradition of sacrifice and terror. Every year, a member of each family stumbles upon an antique music box they need to lock before the time is up. And a horrible fate awaits them once the boxes open.
Trapped in the witch’s sadistic game, the families’ young offspring are forced to journey into the dark and twisted woods of Black River in search for the keys to their salvation. But as they search for a way to end the curse, a haunting melody echoes through the trees. And each lost soul must wonder…
Will they survive the night? Or will the Bell Witch’s bloody harvest claim more victims?
Spooky! 😀 I have downloaded this one and it’s going into my massive TBR list. You can also buy the audiobook for just $7.49 when you purchase the Kindle edition, so that’s fun. I’ll probably do that later and listen to the book. 😀 I do so love my audiobooks.
I hope you liked my post! And I hope you go treat yourself to some free books! Support authors! Even when you download a book when it’s free, it’s still a huge help to the writer. And don’t forget to leave a review for them on Amazon and/or goodreads. 😀
Happy Reading! I’ll try to be back soon! Love, Lennie! ❤
Hello, my few little blog followers! I hope everyone is staying nice and safe among all the craziness! I’m hard at work on lots of stories, and I’ve been getting lots of reading done. (Thank you audiobooks!)
But I have some sad news. Covid-19 has effected every aspect of our lives, and I’m pretty sure, it’s effecting Kindle Publishing too. 😦 I wanted to have a new holiday themed horror story out now to celebrate Mother’s Day. I even had cover images picked out, and a cool title of “The Mad Mother”
but sadly, it’s not going to happen.
I know, I know. It sucks. But this time, it’s not because I’m bad at schedules. though I totally am. I meant to have this announcement blog post up this weekend, and that didn’t happen.
KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is experiencing delays in their publishing. Something that I haven’t had a problem with until now, and I’ve been publishing for over a year now. (Yay, me!) I released a new short story under another pen name, and even though the paperback is live and ready to go, the e-book is STILL in review, even though it’s been 5 or six days now since I hit the “publish” button.
It’s not just a me issue either, there’s a notice up on the KDP message boards, announcing that authors might experience delays.
And since pretty much everything has gone to hell in a hand basket, I can only assume that the KDP people who give the green light to indiebooks are as overwhelmed as the rest of amazon’s workers. 😦
As such, I’m not going to be releasing a mother’s day short story. Since I don’t know when it will be available, I don’t feel right about releasing a Mother’s Day specific story when I don’t know if it will be out in time for the holiday or not. 😦 What fun would it be if it came out next Thursday or Friday?
So, no new Holiday Horrors this month. 😦 I’m sorry, but hopefully Father’s Day can be better! Maybe I’ll even have a really long short story for Father’s Day to make up for it. (I can dream that all this pandemic stuff with be over by then!)
My mother’s day story is pretty good though, if I do say so myself. so maybe I can release it next year, or I can take out the Mother’s Day specific parts and use it for something else. My newest spooky shorts collection needs a final story. So there my be hope for The Mad Mother yet.
Until, then, I’m maximizing my social distancing time to work on as much writing as I can. Stay safe everyone, and happy reading! Love, Lennie! ❤
Hello, my dear, wonderful readers! I hope everyone is doing good! 🙂 I’ve had a very productive day so far. 🙂 I got a bunch of writing done, I did some chores, I’ve read two short stories in Sideshow, I did some writing. I even went for a walk with my dog and ate three healthy meals. 🙂 I’m working on becoming healthier. I’m feeling very productive today!
And, today is sunday! So I get to play dungeons and dragons! Woo-hoo! 🙂 Just about an hour before it’s play time. Until then, I’m going to get some more work done, including this blog post.
Because… Holiday Horrors #1 is here! That’s right! It’s here, and I’m very excited. It has the first three stories in my Holiday Horrors series and is available in paperback and ebook. 🙂 ❤ Because I love paperbacks.
I’m quite proud of my little holiday stories, and I’m looking forward to publishing my new story. It’ll be a mother’s day story. 🙂
I’m already hard at work on it, and it should be out next weekend. 🙂 I want have it out well before Mother’s Day, so I can promote it. Which is basically sharing about it here and on Facebook, since my budget is really limited. But still!
Cover time! And of course, it’s a link over to Amazon if you’d like to buy a copy. Please do! I have a kitty and a dog to feed.
Do you like the cover? 🙂 I do. I thought the skulls were just perfect for the bind ups of the Holiday stories, since each little volume will have 3 stories. 🙂
Three Holidays. Three Horror Stories. Three Times the Scares! This volume contains: Book #1: The Terrible Thanksgiving An invitation to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s just a nice gesture from a co-worker. What’s the worst that can happen?
Book #2: The Vengeful Valentine He said she was too needy, too clingy and controlling. He said she was crazy. Then he left her. On Valentine’s Day! He broke her heart, and he needs to be punished for it. She might not be crazy, but she’s willing to do some pretty horrible things to get her revenge.
Book #3: The Raging Rabbit There’s a stranger in a rabbit mask outside Krissy’s house. What does she want? And why does she have a knife?
I hope everyone likes the book! ❤ And I’ll try and be back really soon with a new post. Which, will probably be a review of Sideshow. 🙂 I’m enjoying many of the stories in it.
Hi, readers! ❤ Look at this 3 posts in one week! Proud of me! ❤ hope you’re all doing well! I just finished the most wonderful story, so I thought I would share my thoughts about it with you. 🙂
My most recent read is…
Robinson’s Dream by Mark Lages
OMG. Let’s all just enjoy that beautiful cover for a moment. It’s so pretty!
Robinson Cahill is a writer. His wife, Martha, is an attorney, and the two of them have a problem. Their nineteen-year-old son has gone too far, committing a serious crime. Robinson and Martha learn about the crime, and they’re not sure what to do. They decide it would be prudent to sleep on the matterbefore talking to their son. Robinson goes to bed that night and falls into a dream odyssey of thought-provoking memories and fantasies. This remarkable novel-length dream spurs his subconscious wisdom, becoming the inspiration behind the words he has with his son the next day.
So what did I think of this novel?
Here’s my review. 🙂 I also shared over on Amazon and Goodreads:
This is my fourth novel by Mark Lages, and it did not disappoint! 🙂 I loved it!
In this novel, a couple discovers that their son has committed a serious crime, and they have to decide what to do. Most of the novel is spent in, you guessed it, Robinson’s dream. They decided to sleep on the matter before acting, and this book is his subconscious working through it. 🙂
“Robinson’s Dream” is a wonderful and imaginative story. It’s a very entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Like Mark’s other novel’s I’ve read. 🙂 There’s a decent amount of humor sprinkled in, too, which I loved.
Mark does a great job of creating a surreal, dream-like feel to the book. It reminded me a lot of the classic stories, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.”
I loved this book and I highly recommend it for fans of Mark’s other books and anyone who loves a good story.
🙂 🙂 🙂
So what’s next on my reading list? Well, I’m listening to the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab on Audible, and I’m reading an anthology of short stories called Sideshow complied by Samie Sands. I just finished the first of the short stories in it, and it was great.
I hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying good books! I’ll be back soon! Happy Reading, everyone! Love Lennie! ❤
Good morning, my blog followers! Check it out! Second post in a week! Maybe I’ll get this thing back on track. 🙂 I’m going to try to be all positive about it. ❤ I hope everyone is doing okay and staying healthy with all the covid-19 and social isolation stuff.
I’m bored of just going to work and home, I miss going to see my mom and sister, and I’ve been struggling very drepressed days. But overall, I’m doing okay. I’ve been playing Dungeons and Dragons with my sister and some of her friends with internet calls. It’s been fun so far, and I think it’s helping with the social part.
Also, I get to pretend I’m a really big half-orc who doesn’t like to fight, but will totally destroy monsters if they are mean to his sister. Or his pet squirrel. lol. Fun stuff.
Anyway! Let’s move on to today’s post…. book reviews! I’ve read a couple of good short stories, so I thought I’d share about them with you all! 🙂
My first review is of a neat little flash fiction story:
Treehouse by J. Sharpe
A treehouse isn’t always a safe place to play!
When Grace is driving on the highway with two screaming eight-year-olds in the back seat, she’s frustrated to say the least. So when she sees a sign for a Rest Area, she’s more than happy to pull over. The boys see the treehouse first. And when they climb its ladder, it’s already too late. Then the screaming begins.
Treehouse is a short suspense/horror story. An introduction to the works of award nominee and bestselling author J. Sharpe.
Download the book now, if you dare.
❤ Bonus points! It’s free! ❤ Free books is always something I can get behind. 🙂
My rating: 4 stars!
And my review:
I really enjoyed this little story. 🙂 A great little example of flash fiction. Just long enough to enjoy the story and to want to read more books by J. Sharpe. I highly recommend. 🙂
It’s not a very big review, but it’s honest! 🙂
And my other book is a collection of flash fiction! One of my favorite things to read. And write! So when I find them for free, I’ll have to get them and give them a try. Yep! This one is FREE too!
Blurb: 20 dark, scary and sad short stories to scare you, depress you and make you feel unsettled inside.
My rating: 3 stars
And my review:
Like almost any collection of stories, these were hit and miss. Some where awesome. Some were good. And some I just didn’t get or like. But overall, it was a nice collection of stories. A good pick for a lover of flash fiction.
I hope you all check out these two books. 🙂 Both are nice, quick reads, and great for us horror lovers.
I’ll try and post again tomorrow, but no promises, lol. We know I’m not great with that. I’m working on a bind up collection of my first 3 holiday horror stories, to be released this weekend, and I’m working on my next Holiday Horrors installement: The Mad Mother. And the next Spooky Shorts is coming up soon, so keep an eye out for updates here, or follow me on Amazon and Goodreads.
Happy Reading, everyone! Stay healthy and safe! Love, Lennie! ❤
Hello, blog followers! Do I still have any? I haven’t posted since March 30th. Oops. I’ve been a bit more focused on the world falling apart thanks to the carona virus than remembering to update this thing.
I do have some good news though. Since I have to stay home except for going to work and getting food, I have managed to write more this month. In fact, I’m here today to share a bit about my two newest stories:
75 Dark and Dreadful Drabbles and The Raging Rabbit (Holiday Horrors #3). And I’m pretty proud of them both, if I can toot my own horn for a second. 🙂
Especially 75 Dark and Dreadful Drabbles. It’s a collection of, lol you guessed it, 75 stories. Although, these stories are specifically called “drabbles.” That means each story is only 100 words exactly. Not counting the title. 🙂
They were so much fun to write! And not easy. It’s a really good way to stretch out those creativity muscles. And I’m really happy with the results. 😀
And the cover I made isn’t too bad either. 🙂
75 bite-sized horror stories! All are exactly 100 words long, not including the titles. And all are thoroughly scary! From ghosts and killers, monsters and demons, vampires and dangerous creatures, all kinds of stories reside in these pages!
Some of the stories in this book include: The Snakes of Justice A Hell of Spiders Mindy and the Monster The Chainsaw Man The Demon Wife The Doll’s Shadow
I’m also pretty proud of this one too. The Raging Rabbit. 🙂 I thought it was really creative. I saw the cover image on Adobe stock, and I just knew there was a story there, and it needed to be told.
Blurb! (It’s short, lol.)
There’s a stranger in a rabbit mask outside Krissy’s house. What does she want? And why does she have a knife?
Please, follow the links and check the stories out! ❤ both are in Kindle Unlimited, you you can read them for free if you have an account. 🙂 Or you can buy them for $0.99 each. 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to read my little update. 😀 I hope everyone is staying home as much as possible and staying safe! Happy Reading!
Hello, my dearest blog followers and readers! I hope everyone is doing good and staying safe! 🙂 I have some big news for you all today! It’s March 30th! And that is one full year since I began self-publishing my stories on Amazon. ❤
And it all started with this little guy. My literary baby, Darkness and Bloodshed!
I love this thing! It might not be perfect, but it’s my first ever published book, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. ❤
To celebrate this very special day, I’ve made many of my books FREE for today. 🙂 Not Darkness and Bloodshed unfortunately. I ran out of free days for it. But lots of the others are free. 🙂 Gives you something fun to do while we’re all stuck at home.
I’m using my social distancing to work on my writing routine. 🙂 I actually got up and got dressed and came to sit in my office to write and work like a grown up instead of sitting in the living room and writing while watching mindless tv. This feels a lot more professional and productive.
Happy Reading everyone! I’m going to start working on my newest books now. I swear, new books are coming! They’re going to be released soon! And I think they’re pretty good, so I hope they’re worth the wait. ❤
Hello, readers and blog followers! How’s everyone doing? 🙂 I’m okay. Though, I did realized the other that if I loose one or both of my day jobs, or even just can’t go to them for a couple of weeks, because of all the social distancing, I’d be screwed, so that’s fun.
Ugh. Isn’t adulting fun? I need to work on my emergency fund!
Anyway! Ya’ll don’t want to hear about that. That’s depression! I’m sure you’re much more interested in a happy post. I don’t have a review or much of a writing update to share this morning, so I figured sharing about the books I’m currently reading would work too. 🙂 Anyone want to see my list? 🙂 No?
Oh, well! I’ll share anyway. ❤
So, I’m first book is my audiobook. Are you surprised? I love them. I listen at least a few minutes everyday and always have one going when I’m driving or at my stocking job. 🙂 So much fun!
My current listen is….
Follow You Home by Mark Edwards
The page-turning psychological thriller from the author of #1 bestsellers The Magpies and Because She Loves Me.
It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down. But after a perfect start, an encounter with a young couple on a night train forces Daniel and Laura to cut their dream trip short and flee home.
Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what happened that night. But as they try to fit into their old lives again, they realise they are in terrible danger—and that their nightmare is just beginning…
What am I thinking of it so far?
I’m only about two or three hours of listening in so far, but I’m really liking it. The mystery is the best, and I keep listening and listening, because I just have to know what happened to Daniel and Laura in that house in the woods.
The House in the Woods… That sounds like a good book title, doesn’t it. Or maybe: Don’t Go Into the Woods. 🙂 ❤ I’m adding them to my list of potential title and story ideas. I have losts of them.
I should finish Follow You Home in the next few days, so I’ll be sure and share my final thoughts of the story with ya’ll.
And my other currently reading book is a physical novel:
Robinson’s Dream but Mark Lages
Robinson Cahill is a writer. His wife, Martha, is an attorney, and the two of them have a problem. Their nineteen-year-old son has gone too far, committing a serious crime. Robinson and Martha learn about the crime, and they’re not sure what to do. They decide it would be prudent to sleep on the matter before talking to their son. Robinson goes to bed that night and falls into a dream odyssey of thought-provoking memories and fantasies. This remarkable novel-length dream spurs his subconscious wisdom, becoming the inspiration behind the words he has with his son the next day.
I’ve only just started it, so I can’t really say if I’m liking it yet or not, but I’m a big fan of the other books by Mark Lages I’ve read. Scowl. King Clown. Arcadia. 🙂 They’re all great, so I’m sure I’ll like this one too. ❤
Also, doesn’t have anything to do with the actual story, but I love the cover. Isn’t it pretty?
Anyway! Thanks for reading! I’ll be back soon with another post, hopefully reviews of these two books and a long overdue update on my writing and publishing. Camp Nanowrimo is just around the corner, and I have some very, very big plans for it! ❤
Oh my god, you guys! I’m so excited! I finally got a day off from my two day jobs, so I can finally focus on my writing and get some creative word done. 🙂 I’ve got my coffee going. I’ve got my drafts all set up for either writing or editing. And I have my background noise shows playing on the TV. It about 9:30 in the morning where I am, so I’m planning on pretending that writing is my 9 to 5 job. 🙂
Is it nerdy that that is my idea of fun? arranging my day of social distancing like I’m a full-time author? Probably. But it’s still fun. I need to work on my writing output and routine anyway.
So! To kick off my day of writing, I’m working on this blog post. Just easing myself into the work before I get to the gritty, time consuming task of handwriting out a first daft. 🙂 It’s actually really fun! It just takes way longer than typing. 🙂
Today’s post is obviously a review. 🙂 Of…
The Daughter by Lucy Dawson
This book, ya’ll! It was great. So, so great. I loved it so much. 🙂 My rating is…
4 Very Happy Stars
Would you like to see the blurb of the book? 🙂
Here you go!
You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. And now someone’s determined to make you pay… Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.
To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, seemingly connected to what happened to Beth, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years.
Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? ❤ It really is! I finished it in just a few days listening to it on audible. You all know just how much I freaking LOVE audible, right? I can read a book while driving, or exercising, or working. It’s the best. ❤
Anyway! Review time! I posted my review to Goodreads too, and I should probably go out it over on audible in a minute. Here’s my review! ❤
Omg. This was SUCH a great book, and I loved it so much. The story was great in itself, but the emotions of the characters was where it gets really awesome. The first part of the book was especially hard to read/listen to. Not because it was bad. “The Daughter” was a wonderful book. It was just because parts of it were just so freaking SAD!
I do a lot of my listening/reading at work since I have a day job that allows me to listen to books or music. (Yay for stocking jobs!) And I was trying so, so hard not to cry while I was working. I mean that funeral scene where Ben was speaking? Yeah, I just about lost it.
Which would not have been good. I would not have liked to explain to my co-workers why I was crying while stocking freaking rice and flour and stuff. Glad I didn’t cry!
anyway! I loved this! I loved the characters, and the narrator did an excellent job. 🙂
The mystery of who was doing stuff was great too, and I was guessing and wondering right up until the very end. 🙂 I didn’t expect that ending, but I rarely do. I’m not great at guessing the plot twists or baddies in mysteries. Which is why they are so much fun for me to listen to. My audible app is absolutely FULL of mysteries and thrillers.
And I highly recommend this one. I think I have another couple of Lucy’s books and I’m very excited to give them a try soon!
You know, I’m actually surprised by how long that review was! A lot of my reviews end up being just a line or two, because I do so much of my reading right before bed, and I’m super tired by the time I finish something that I can only must up the energy to go: “I liked it!”
Is that sad?
I don’t know. But I do know you should totally pick up a copy of The Daughter. 🙂 You can follow the link and get a copy in kindle, audible, or paperback. I love paperbacks, but I highly recommend the audiobook. The narrator did such a great job!
Happy Reading everyone! I’ll be back again soon. Hopefully tomorrow. (Fingers crossed!) I want to give an update on how my 9 to 5 experiment went. Or it might be long! Depends on how I’m feeling, but right now I’m feeling very productive!
Hello, my dear readers and blog followers! Look, I’m still kicking. And I’m clearly very bad at blogging. I’m trying to get better, I swear.
Anyway! I hope everyone is doing okay in these crazy, pandemic times. Everything is shutting down, everyone is supposed to try and stay home as much as possible, and apparently we all need to hoard household products for some reason. Things are getting nuts!
So, I figured if I’m going to be spending as much time as possible at home (I still gotta got to my day jobs and earn rent money!) I could work on my Blog stuff again. 🙂 Maybe something good can come out of the crazy. Like me actually sticking to a blogging and publishing schedule.
One can only hope, right?
Anyway! I have two book reviews for you today. 🙂 One of a contemporary adult novel, and one for a writing craft book for teens. Both get a very happy….
5 stars! 😀 Yep. Two five stars reviews. Some good, happy things amoungst all the crazy! I hope you enjoy! 😀
First up! Let’s look at that writing craft book!
Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book? By Ally Carter
From bestselling author Ally Carter, the definitive guide to writing a novel for the NaNoWriMo generation, including helpful tips from other YA stars.
Have you always wanted to write a book, but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you’re really great at writing the first few chapters . . . but you never quite make it to the end? Or do you finally have a finished manuscript, but you’re not sure what to do next? Fear not — if you have writing-related questions, this book has answers!
Whether you’re writing for fun or to build a career, bestselling author Ally Carter is ready to help you make your work shine. With honesty, encouragement, and humor, Ally’s ready here to answer the questions that writers struggle with the most.
Filled with practical tips and helpful advice, Dear Ally is a treasure for aspiring writers at any stage of their careers. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at how books get made, from idea to publication, and gives you insight into the writing processes of some of the biggest and most talented YA authors writing today.
And my review:
Excellent! This book was full of great advice and information, and it was also very entertaining. I picked it up on impulse. Mostly because I loved the cover and I’m a sucker for a writing craft book. 🙂 I really liked it. I spent several days pouring over it, highlighting some of my favorite quotes and really trying to learn from it. 🙂
I think one of my favorite things was the advice on working out your own process and routine. I really liked the advice one of the contributing authors gave, which was that they consistently try to work 4 to 6 hours every weekday. Not a huge amount of time, but enough to get some decent work done. I think that’s something I can work with. lol. I think my writing could really benefit from a more set routine.
I highly recommend this book to teens who want to be writers, whether as a hobby, or as a career. And to any author who’s looking for a good writer’s advice type book. Or just anyone who’s a fan of Ally Carter’s books. 😛 i’ll looking for more books by her in the future.
And my next book…
King Clown by Mark Lages
Adam Stern is a sixty-four-year-old husband, father, and architect whose dad passes away and leaves Adam nothing but a shoe box containing four strange and seemingly worthless items. There is a brass button, a pocketknife, and a bird’s feather. There is also a single page torn from a poetry book, and Adam reads the poem over and over. It gradually comes to life, and it shines a healing light of the absurd on Adam’s world, transforming his entire outlook on life.
And here’s my review!
This was amazingly entertaining for a story about an elderly man in a hospital bed. 🙂 And I very much loved it. it was such a nice easy read to curl up with in bed and read a chapter or two before bed. (Which I had to since I’ve become such a slow reader. I miss being a teen and being about to read all weekend.)
I really like our main character, Adam, and watching his interactions with his family members and the hospital staff. His dreams were really great too. “King Clown” is a perfect mix of humor and thoughtfulness, and I loved it. The part where he calls his family members to ask about their vacation to the Grand Canyon was probably my favorite. I also liked where he’d watch tv or daydream about the nurses, imagining what their lives were like. Also a big plus for having Adam want to be an author. 🙂
Highly Recommended for fans of contemporary fiction and fans of Mark Lages’s other works. (I really like “Scowl” 🙂
It included a few smiley faces, because ya’ll know how much I love those! ❤ 🙂
Thanks for reading! Hope you liked the reviews. Check the books out! I highly recommend them. 🙂 I’ll try and be back with a new post soon, I promise. Until then, be safe everyone. Happy Reading! Love Lennie! ❤
Hello, everyone! As you can probably guess from my title, I have two little reviews/stories to share about with ya’ll today. 🙂 Are you excited? I am, cause theses two stories were great! Tiny little books, which is just my thing.
They’re both by the same author, who I’ve decided is a new automatic buy for me. Well, “buy” if the books are free. I’m a bit broke right now, lol. Starving artist and all that.
Naturally, people made fun of him for it… that a man his age would have such a childish hobby…
Bryan didn’t care… He loved his doll collection… and doted on them like they were his own children…
Little did he know, his obsession would be his undoing…
Yep. Creepy Doll! Love.
My rating for this one is… five stars. And Like the book, my review is super short. I read right before bed, so my reviews tend to be just enough for Amazon’s minimum word count. Here it is:
Dolls are creepy
You can’t go wrong with a horror story about a doll! 🙂 and this was an excellent story. I loved it!
See? Short! Doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. I totally did. I just gotta sleep. With two jobs (three really, if you count the writing) It’s hard to carve out time for reading and blogging and review. Luckily, I have most of the day off today, so I can actually get some stuff done. Yay!
Next up is…
It was another 5 star read for me! Blurb:
While traversing the backwoods of Minnesota, a young man and his friends are abducted by a cannibalistic old woman and subjected to unthinkable horrors…
And my teeny-tiny review:
Cool. Gruesome! I liked it! But after that news article at the end of the story… I wonder what really happened. Guess that’s part of the fun of horror stories!
I downloaded two other books from him, and I’m hoping to read them soon. Maybe one will be tonight’s bedtime story. 🙂 Depends on how tired I am. Lol. Thanks for reading my tiny reviews. I hope you liked my post. 🙂 And I hope you check out the books! I checked today and both are still free on Amazon.
Hey ya’ll! I’m here with one of my favorite type of posts. ❤ Sharing about the neat free books I find on Amazon. Free stuff is great. Free books are even better. 🙂 I’ve found three today and I thought would be fun to share with everyone.
A small collection of 6 short stories. Each with its own darkness, born of a desire of one kind or another. For some it is the desire of the unknown, for others, it is desire through obsession. Each short story is its own volume in the twisted library of desire. Each story a gateway to their new reality. Each, now a part of the book.
SHAPESHIFTERS: A Horror Short Story Collection (3 Tales to Chill Your Bones)
In Volume three of 3 TALES TO CHILL YOUR BONES, you’ll find forbidden love, doom and damnation, and uncertain freedom. Dare you turn the page of your kindle?
Lacerta A blind woman falls desperately in love with a young man in the forest. Her father has forbidden her to enter the woods for fear of the monster that walks amid the trees. One day, Ribbon sneaks behind her father’s back and bargains a potion from an old gypsy so she can finally see her lover. And she does, my dear readers, she does!
Neverwas of Koppelburg Hill Neverwas is trapped in an abusive relationship with her mother and mother’s lovers. When she meets the Pied Piper, a beautiful hero who calls to her with his silver whistle, she transforms into the very essence of beauty and freedom. She follows the Pied Piper into the forest where he shows her the deep, dark secrets of his cave.
Heart for a Heart She would give anything to win the prince’s heart, even sell her soul to Olga, the sea witch. When she comes across Merlin, will the old magician help her or send her on her way?
*A Horror Short Story Collection*
Meet dentist Brian Mallory. He’s always considered himself a grounded man. A rational man. A reasonable man. But what he finds in the mouth of nineteen year old Amy Gladwell one afternoon during a routine cleaning makes him begin to question his own sanity.
It’s amazing how quickly everything can change in the blink of an eye.
From the author of the Pandora’s Children collection of short stories, the novellas Dogs of War and King of the Merge, and the short story Last Dance of a Black Widow, comes Blink, a chilling, 3,500 word short story about a simple day gone horribly wrong.
Thanks for reading! I look forward to reading these myself. Happy Reading! I’ll try and be back with a post tomorrow, but no promises! Love Lennie! ❤
Hello, readers and blog followers. 🙂 It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Honestly, I’m just really bad at keeping a decent schedule for this things, aren’t I? Ugh. What can I say? Adulting is hard. It’s not a very good excuse, but it’s true.
I have a couple of short horror stories I read recently, and I thought you all might be interested in them. 🙂
The first one is…
Pretty When You Sleep: A Creepy Little Bedtime Story
This thing is short, (because of course it is! I love reading short stories!) but boy is it terrifying! Seriously. I was so, so creeped out by this.
My rating: 5 stars! 🙂 My review for Goodreads was super short, just like the book. 🙂 Short, but completely terrifying. Just my kind of story! 🙂 See? That was the whole review. I was super tired when I wrote it, so it didn’t get very complex did it? But really, it is so worth a read! And it’s only $0.99! You’ve got a dollar to spare, right? ❤
Heck, while you’re at it, grab a few of my books too! I have a cat to feed! ❤
I also read another short story. This one was only about 994, so it’s technically flash fiction. And ya’ll know I love flash fiction!
This one was….
A Charming Neighbour
It’s free on Amazon right now, which is always a plus! Who doesn’t like free stuff! ❤ I won’t give anything away, since It’s only about a thousand words, but I will say that I loved it. Maybe not as much as “Pretty When You Sleep” but this was still great.
My review from Goodreads is once again, really tiny. Just three words, in fact: I loved this! Is that weird? That sometimes I only do a few words on book reviews? I can’t help it. I do a lot of my reading right before bed, and I get really tired. I do work two day jobs after all. 3 if you coun’t writing, which totally counts. But sometimes, I’m just too tired to right much more than a very basic thought.
Doesn’t mean that I didn’t love the heck out of it. Just that I need a more manageable sleeping and working schedule. lol.
Thanks for reading! I’ll try to be back soon with more reviews and other bookish stuff, but no promises! Happy Reading! Love, Lennie! ❤
Hi, everyone! 🙂 Guess what day it is? It’s FREE BOOK DAY! ❤ ❤ ❤ I don’t have any of my books for free today, but I found a few neat ones from other writers on my morning browsing of amazon. 🙂 Like this one!
Four stories in this collection of short stories. Spellman’s spirit returns to haunt an abandoned house on Christmas Eve. A traveller finds refuge with a family that hides a heavy secret. A crazy lover decides to kill his mistress’s husband for Valentine’s Day. A young man visits his mother at the retirement home. This book contains the following novels: Spellman’s Christmas, Night Fear, My Valentine, Visit Day.
And this one! I have the e-book and the physical copy. 🙂 I’m gonna read it eventually, I swear. 🙂
When Danielle Boatman inherits Marlow House, she dreams of turning it into a seaside bed and breakfast. Since she’s never visited the property, Danielle’s not sure what awaits her in Oregon. She certainly doesn’t expect to find one of the house’s previous owners still in residence. After all, the man has been dead for almost ninety years—shouldn’t he have moved on by now?
Charming Walt Marlow convinces Danielle the only way he can move on is if she solves the mystery of his death. Danielle soon discovers her real problems may come from the living—those who have their sights on Marlow House’s other secrets.
Last one! 🙂
Philip is terribly upset.
Things have not been going well. He lost his job, his home, and his girlfriend is sleeping with his best friend. Life just doesn’t seem worthwhile anymore.
But he has a plan. He will bring suffering to every single person who hurt him. Every cruel act visited upon him will be met with grave retribution.
Revenge has never been more horrifying.
🙂 🙂 🙂
Thanks for reading! Hope you find some cool reads! Happy Reading! Love Lennie! ❤
Hello everyone! I just finished a great little book! 🙂 Words With Friends! Its free on Amazon, so follow the link and grab a copy of your own. It’s so worth it! ❤
When Morgan receives an anonymous invite to play his favorite mobile word game, he readily accepts. He quickly finds himself wishing he hadn’t. As the rules of the game bend and twist, so does his mind. The search to discover the mystery opponent’s identity soon becomes his whole world, but some questions are best left unanswered.
What did I think of it? 🙂
here’s my review:
A ghost story for phone addicts
This was awesome! I love short horror stories, and this was an amazing one. (I write scary stories myself, so i like to think I know a good one when i see it. 😊)
The writing was excellent and i really liked the watching out main character on his journey. I loved the inclusion of a popular mobile game as a main focus for the scares. 😊 I’m a gal from a generation that grew up along with phones. Seeing them used so heavily in a horror story is honestly disturbing!
I highly recommend this for horror lovers!
Thanks for reading! ❤ I’ll bring out some more reviews tomorrow! ❤ Love Lennie! ❤
It’s Sunday! ❤ That means, it’s time for a writer spotlight. 🙂
I know, I didn’t do one yesterday, and I like to try and do them on both Saturday and Sunday. 😦 But I didn’t have an author picked out. Sad. I have one today though! So happy! 🙂
Today’s pick is the author of the story I’m currently listening too in Audible. And they are…
Anthony Del Col
🙂 According to what’s up on his Goodreads page (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3464023.Anthony_Del_Col) he seems to do mostly comic books and graphic novels. Which is very cool! I love the occasional graphic novel, comic, and of course, manga in among my audiobook reading and short stories. But I’m so glad he did the audiobook, because it’s freaking amazing. ‘
Here’s his Author Bio from over on Goodreads. 🙂 He’s got a pretty impressive collection of jobs. Writing comics, audibooks, producing films, and even being a manager for pop stars. You go, dude!
Anthony Del Col is the co-creator and co-writer of the acclaimed IDW Publishing series KILL SHAKESPEARE, which has been nominated for Harvey and Joe Shuster Awards. The series has also been adapted into a stage show, board game and is currently in development for television with Universal Cable Productions. He is also the writer or co-writer of ASSASSIN’S CREED, ASSASSIN’S CREED: ORIGINS (Titan) and the neo-noir reboot NANCY DREW & THE HARDY BOYS: THE BIG LIE (Dynamite Comics). His first audio drama, UNHEARD: THE STORY OF ANNA WINSLOW, a found footage thriller, debuted at #1 on Audible in the US and the UK in late 2017.
His latest book, the controversial WWII graphic novel SON OF HITLER, debuted in late-June 2018 with Image Comics, exploring the legend of Adolf Hitler’s illegitimate son. Publishers Weekly called it a “firecracker espionage tale” while NPR exclaimed, “few war stories are this much fun.”
Del Col’s next book is LUKE CAGE: EVERYMAN (Marvel Comics), debuting digitally in August, 2018 and will be released in late-2018.
In addition, Del Col has been involved in music, film and television industries, most notably as the producer of two feature films and serving as a manager for international pop star Nelly Furtado.
Though a proud Canadian, Del Col lives in Brooklyn with his amazing wife Lisa.
I’m very impressed! (I wonder when he relaxes, lol)
Now! Let’s look at some of his books! Like the one I’m reading:
Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow
Love that cover! Blurb for it!
University student Anna Winslow has gone missing. The circumstances of her disappearance are far from ordinary, a fact that only fellow student Melissa Lopez appears to appreciate. Motivated by an unexplained and disturbing voicemail message from Anna on the night of her disappearance, Melissa’s curiosity quickly turns into a deeper investigation, an obsession even, which she chronicles as a regular podcast – the very recordings that you are about to listen to. She quickly discovers that Anna was a loner with hearing difficulties and had disappeared for a week earlier in the year, only to return with perfect hearing, but with increasingly unstable behavior.
I got this one for free from audible (Maybe it’s free for members?) and it is so great. I’ve found so many great books and stories for free on audible. It’s my favorite app ever! I listened to about half of it while I was at work this morning. I stock at a store before it opens a few days a week, so I can listen to my audiobooks while I work. I love it. And I’m loving unheard.
I’m serious. I’ve gotten, like, legit chills listening to this. Its so creepy and formatted so perfectly. I can NOT wait to share the review with ya’ll! 🙂
Okay! Now that I’m done gushing about my current read, let’s look at another one of his books. I’ll pick….
Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie
this one! Because I like the cover, and it just looks like fun! ❤
This book looks so pretty! And it sounds so awesome sauce! Here’s it’s blurb. It even comes with nifty little reviews of the book. I approve. 🙂
A Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mystery unlike any other you’ve ever read! When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – they must team up with Nancy Drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting noir tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit, and dames. Writer Anthony Del Col (Assassin’s Creed, Kill Shakespeare) and artist Werther Dell’Edera (Batman: Detective Comics, House of Mystery) bring the iconic teen detectives into the modern age, and redefine noir for a new generation of readers!
“There’s murder. There’s mystery. There’s danger. Most of all, there’s abundant joy in the reading.” – BiffBamPop
“Mystery fans, fans of the original series, and fans of Hope Larson and Brittney Williams’ Goldie Vance will likely enjoy Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys for its vintage charm, amped-up drama, and superb art.” – Graphic Policy
“This might be the best ‘modern’ approach to updating a franchise like this that I’ve seen. It works on every level and still fully embraces the heart of who they are.” – readingwithaflightring.com
“Anthony Del Col’s script is devious, pushing the plot surreptitiously while peeling back layer after layer of characterization… An enormously pleasant surprise. – CBR
Thanks for reading today’s little author spotlight. 🙂 ❤ I hope you liked it. I had fun writing it, since I’m reading “Unheard”. Or is it listening? lol. Either way, I’m loving it. And it’s a horror story. Extra points for me, a horror writer, when I read a horror story.
Happy Reading, everyone! I’ll try and be back tomorrow! Love Lennie! ❤
Hey, ya’ll! It’s the first day of February! I’m going to try and restart my new years resolutions a month late. Lol. Better late than never right? One of them was to… you guessed it! Post consistently! I really am trying, I swear! 🙂
So I’m just going to share one of my recent reads/reviews really quick before I head off to bed. I have to be up early in the morning for one of my day jobs.
Today’s book is…
Sue Perkins Earpedia: Animals
There’s the Goodreads link down there. 🙂 It’s a nifty little series audio stories about animals. I love it!
Former Bake Off host, passionate animal lover and comedian Sue Perkins, is our indispensable guide to the animal kingdom. Join her on a comical, insightful and, at times, shocking nature trail around the world.
In this mad-cap adventure, she introduces us to the amazing, surprising and hysterical truth about all creatures great and small. From the African lungfish to the kangaroo, get ready for an irreverent, funny and often furry journey of discovery.
Gosh, this book was fun! I rated it 5 stars! here’s my review!
Tiny short stories/listens/episodes. Free. Audiobooks. Yes. Yes to all of that. 🙂 “Earpedia: animals” was so much fun and I loved it. Each little episode discussed a different animal with fun facts and humor. Sue Perkins, our writer & narrator, brings so much life and comedy to these little bites of education.
I highly recommend for fans of audiobooks and humor. This is a great pick if you’re looking for a bit of non-fiction. 😀 It’s fun and it’s educational, so it’ll make you feel smart, lol.
🙂 Not ever long or creative, that review. But it gets the point out. I loved it. And I think my fellow animal lovers should totally try it! ❤ Happy Reading! Thanks for reading my mini blog post! I’ll have something new and longer up tomorrow! ❤
Check it out! I’m here two days in a row! 🙂 Proud of me. 🙂 Anyway! I hope you all are having great reading adventures! I know I am! I just read the most amazing book. I read through half of it last night and finished it earlier this morning. It was so good. I feel a bit like Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I wanna go around telling everyone, “I just read the most wonderful story!” Anyone know what scene I’m talking about? No? Lol. Okay, moving on then!
So, what did I read you ask? I finished an awesome little book called…
99 Stories of Blood on the Wall: A collection of 99 word horror stories
Here’s the cover! Which I love ❤
And the blurb:
A collection of 99 flash fiction horror stories, each of which are exactly 99 words in length. From a taunted clown who snaps at a birthday party to an experimental drug that causes its users to commit murder, 99 Stories of Blood on the Wall is not for faint of heart. Readers with little time on their hands will appreciate the instant gratification that comes with consuming nonstop shots of pure horror.
My rating for this book is…
5 stars! 🙂
I really freaking loved this. 🙂 I shared my review over on Amazon and goodreads right after I finished it. 🙂 And now I’ll share it here.
Here you go!
Omg! I Loved this thing! ❤
I mean, I knew I probably would. Since I love short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, and all that jazz. And Horror. I love me some horror stories. I mean, you’d just have to look at the books I’ve written to see that. 🙂 I LOVE reading and writing horror. Can’t say it enough.
I LOVE flash fiction horror! There’s just something so creative about telling a whole creepy story in such a short word count. Especially when the story is only 99 or 100 words. Skills, my friends. That takes skills. 🙂
And this book… I freaking adored this. I read about half of it last night, which wasn’t the best idea. I was in bed, reading on my kindle app. In the dark. I was very cozy and my dog and my cat were both in bed with me, so I didn’t want to move and bother them. But then I had to go to the bathroom, but I had started thinking that I was hearing weird noises out in the rest of the apartment or outside my window…
Yep. I read spooky stories in the dark and gave myself the creeps so bad that I couldn’t get up to go to the bathroom. Is that embarrassing? That a horror writer got scared by a book? Or is it impressive that Kevin Cathy did such a good job that he scared a fellow horror writer?
I’m gonna go with that one. Maybe it’ll help me save a bit of face. Lol. But seriously, it was so much fun. I enjoyed all the stories and I LOVED tons of them. 🙂 I really liked the clown one. And there was one about a fire I really loved. Ya’ll should totally try this if you like flash fiction as much as I do. 🙂
Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed my review and want to check out the book for yourself, follow the link over to Amazon! ❤ It’s free and such a fast little read. I highly recommend! Happy Reading! I’ll try and be back tomorrow. Love Lennie!
Hello my readers and blog followers! I’m here with a spotlight! Seems likes it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these things. 🙂 I’m excited. I have a brand new author to share with everyone. Like, hasn’t even officially released his book yet, brand new. 🙂 But that’s okay. His book is coming out at Feb. 22nd and it’ll all set up for pre-order, so I’m totally sharing it with you all.
I love Facebook. ❤ I’ve met so many cool authors and book lovers on Facebook. And now, I get to share some info about it with my blog readers. Fun stuff.
So! Today’s author is….
🙂 🙂 🙂 here’s his little author Bio from amazon.
Thank you so much for checking out my author page! My name is Daniel and I am, first and foremost, a husband and father to 4 amazing children ranging in ages from 10 to 18. I love playing card games with the family and watching movies every Friday night one our family pizza night!
Writing has always been a passion of mine. I enjoy crafting a story and my mind is always churning out new ideas. I like tension in my stories and tend to gravitate toward dark romance, suspense, thrillers, action, and every combination of those genres. I am active in the indie author Facebook community and you can check me out at: facebook.com/groups/graysonspride
You can also reach out to me by email at email@example.com.
Friday night movies and pizza! My kinda guy! 🙂 ❤
Now! for that book I mentioned. I’m so excited for it!
Yes to this cover! Me love. ❤
And the blurb:
There’s a dark truth hidden beneath the surface. Danger behind those blue eyes and maliciousness concealed by an innocent smile. Lorelai isn’t what she appears to be.
Luke senses that something is amiss, but he’s drawn like a moth to the flame. He’s falling victim to the 4th sin, and he is only the first to follow… Will he realize the danger before it’s too late, or will the lust of Lorelai consume him?
Buckle up as Daniel Grayson takes you on a wild ride through the dangers of the 4th Sin in his debut dark romance novel.
❤ ❤ ❤
It sounds awesome, and I can’t wait for it to come out! The pre-order has only been up for a few days, and already its ranked at #22,963 in the Kindle store. You know, when I’m writing this. lol. those things change fast. But looks like the pre-order is going good and people are excited for it! 🙂
Make sure and get a copy! I’m going to pre-order my copy as soon as I get some book money (starving artist here.) and I’ll be reviewing it as soon as I can. Because it just sounds so cool and mysterious.
Happy Reading! I’ll try and be back with some reviews tomorrow. No promises, of course, lol. Love, Lennie! ❤
Hello, my readers and blog followers! It’s Friday! I love Fridays! I get paid on Thursdays, so I feel rich today. 🙂 I usually have a free book promo going on. 🙂 And it’s just friday. Everyone likes Fridays. 🙂
So! Who wants to see the free books! 🙂
My book that’s free today is…
The Summoning of the Soul Stealer
Book #0 in the Spirit Finder Files! Learn more about the Being that haunts Storm and London Benson in this short story! Olivia and her friends are excited to celebrate Halloween with awesome costumes, trick-or-treating, and a sleepover. It’s their last year for trick-or-treating, and Olivia is determined to make it the best night ever. But her friend Ivy has plans of her own for their group of friends. Plans for revenge.
🙂 🙂 🙂
Now! Let’s see what other interesting looking books I found for free!
I found this one:
Words With Fiends: A Short Story
This just sounds so fun! Blurb:
**Words With Fiends is approximately 10,000 words/27 pages**
When Morgan receives an anonymous invite to play his favorite mobile word game, he readily accepts. He quickly finds himself wishing he hadn’t. As the rules of the game bend and twist, so does his mind. The search to discover the mystery opponent’s identity soon becomes his whole world, but some questions are best left unanswered.
And my last one for the day! 🙂 It’s a flash fiction collection. Because, ya’ll know me! I freaking LOVE flash fiction! 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤
Monster Maelstrom: A Flash Fiction Halloween Anthology (Flash Flood Book 2)
24 Extremely Short Halloween Stories for your Briefest Moments
From a Hillary Clinton stripper to mythical beast-women in the harsh Scandinavian tundra and from an unusual band of steadfast teddy bears to the last man in zombie-occupied Chicago, fill your briefest moments with pulse-pounding frights and off-beat chuckles with this collection of 24 flash fiction stories.
Commuting to work? Grabbing a quick coffee? Each story tells a complete tale in but a few short minutes with the added promise of a lifelong introduction to new indie writers.
You never know, you might just find your next favorite author.
❤ ❤ ❤
Thanks for reading! I hope ya’ll check out these book! They all look pretty interesting! I’ll try and post again tomorrow! Happy Reading! Love Lennie! ❤
Today, we are looking at Full Tilt, just like my title says. Here’s the cover of the book!
how do ya’ll feel about Mr. Neal Shusterman? Have you heard of him? He’s pretty popular in the young adult world. Especially in science fiction. He wrote Dry and Scythe. And Theunwind series and The Skinjackers Trilogy. And the Star Shard series. 🙂 I fearing LOVE unwind and Skinjackers. Those are two of my favorite young adults series.
So, when I saw that one of his books was for sale on audible, I instantly snatched it up. It was horror. it was young adult. It And it was for sale. I had to have it. Especially since I’m going to a book festival in March where Neal will be! So stoked. Going to get signed books and see lots of my favorite authors in person! Hopefully I’ll get to get a few of my books personalized and tell the authors how much I like their stories. 🙂
Anyway! Had to have full tilt. 🙂
here’s the blurb for the book!
Sixteen-year-old Blake and his younger brother, Quinn, are exact opposites. Blake is the responsible member of the family. He constantly has to keep an eye on the fearless Quinn, whose thrill-seeking sometimes goes too far. But the stakes get higher when Blake has to chase Quinn into a bizarre phantom carnival that traps its customers forever.
In order to escape, Blake must survive seven deadly rides by dawn, each of which represents a deep, personal fear — from a carousel of stampeding animals to a hall of mirrors that changes people into their deformed reflections. Blake ultimately has to face up to a horrible secret from his own past to save himself and his brother — that is, if the carnival doesn’t claim their souls first!
It’s a really, really cool idea.
But when I read/listened to it…. I was really disappointed. It wasn’t nearly as good as his later books. You can really tell that this one is an early book. I mean, it’s just not as well executed. Does that make sense? If you’ve read stuff like Scythe and Unwind, then read this one… You can just tell how far the author has come as a writer.
My rating for Full tilt is…
I know. I wish I could have given it more. I really, really do. But it just wouldn’t feel right too me. I try to find good in everything I read, even the stuff I wasn’t a huge fan of. And full tilt totally had its moments. It just wasn’t my favorite. 😦
Here’s my review I shared over on Goodreads for it.
It wasn’t my favorite book by Neal shusterman, but it had its moments. In fact, I really liked the last 3rd or so of the book. But the middle part was sort of dull. And it wasn’t nearly as well written as some of his later works. This one felt… Kinda awkward. And like it was trying to hard. Like, it was dumbing things down and explaining them too much.
Teens aren’t dumb. You don’t have to hit them over the head with a message to make them get it, and that’s basically what this book felt like to me.
Does that make sense? It might be worth a read for big fans of his other works who want to read as much as they can by him. But if your looking into Neal’s stuff for the first time, I’d go for his other stuff. Skinjackers, sythe, and the unwind series are all well worth the reads.
Did my review make sense? lol. I hope so. I tried.
It did have a few good parts, and that’s what saved it from a one star rating. I hate giving things one stars. 😦 But the good parts weren’t enough to bump it up to a 3. sigh.
Maybe give it a go if you see it at a good price a used bookstore or on amazon. I saw hardback copies for like $2 there. But I wouldn’t go to far out of my way to try it if I were ya’ll. But you should totally try his other books! 🙂 Skinjackers is best!
I’ll try and be back tomorrow with a free book friday! Happy Reading, everyone! Love Lennie! ❤
Hi everyone! Hope you all are having great reading adventures! 🙂 I know I am! Last night I watched a live reading of volumes 2 of Call of the Vikings by one of my most favorite writers, Alan Austin! 😀 It was so freaking fun! ❤ ❤ I got to message/comment with my Facebook friends while we watched a gal read the book to us. 🙂 So fun! She should totally do audible narration! Here’s a link to the book we listened to, if you guys want to check it out. Make sure you read the rest of the series too! Please do, cause Alan is amazing, and he deserves to have his books in the hands of readers everywhere!
So! Enough about my reading! I’ll share some reviews of my recent reads tomorrow. (Hopefully. Ya’ll know how fickle I can be about getting posts up everyday. Let’s move on to how my writing is going. 🙂
It’s going pretty good! Spooky Shorts #2 is coming along good. And I’m working on a Valentine’s Day story for my Holiday Horror Series. I’m hoping to have both out really soon.
I’ve been working on writing out my first drafts by hand, and it really, really is helping me. 🙂 I’ve also been leaving my phone at home while I go to my job that lets me write. 🙂 I’ve been getting SO much work done without the internet and mobile games to distract me. lol.
It’s really helped me though. I got like 5 pages of a first draft written out, and about 4,000 words in a second draft. 🙂
Things are going good, and I should have a new book out next week! Here’s to hoping! I’ll try and be back tomorrow with another post.
Hello, everyone! It’s friday. You know what that means! FREE Book time! ❤ I’ve got one of my flashes of fear volumes currently free on Amazon. Volume #4 in fact.
The 4th volume of the Flashes of Fear series! A collection of 8 tiny stories to give you the creeps! Perfect forfans of Lennie Grace’s other flash fiction collection “Tiny Terrors.” From zombies to human killers to monsters in closets, these super short stories are here to give you the creeps! Remember to read with the lights on!
This volume includes stories like: Doomed He Killed At the Pond And five other scary stories! Be sure to check out the rest of the Flashes of Fear collections!
And… This one! Where I have a chapter! My chapter is towards the end. 🙂
The Hotel is not what she seems…
She is a complicated structure, catering to the needs of each patron. Some of those needs, shall we say, are specialized. Step inside, enjoy the glorious beauty of the Hotel, and perhaps accept an exclusive invitation.
Dear Honored Guest,
Enclosed you will find an exclusive invitation to the 31 Overlook Hotel Masquerade Ball. Due to the nature of the ultimate outcome of the festivities, the hotel has requested the explicit details of the event, and what will culminate afterwards, will not be revealed until Midnight at the ball. We promise to delight and not disappoint.
Please understand that if you are holding this invitation then you are among a small group of selected, very important individuals for attendance.
We do not expect an RSVP. Please arrive with your invitation and present it at the front desk during check-in. If you have not spent time at our resort prior, please note that we do have tailored menus available for our guests with refined, specialized tastes. This can be addressed upon arrival.
As always, I am here to serve.
The Night Manager
A collaboration by: JA Stone J.C. Seal L.L. Hunter Charlotte Brice Tina Morlock Kyra Quinn L.P. Dillon Evi Star Leann Ryans Louise Dawn Luna Sela Jessica Mandella Karen Black Darcee VanMullekom T. A. Moorman T.M. Haught DL James C J Bahr Lorelai Watson Scarlett Holloway Sandra Daniels Paula Acton Andreea Pryde Lennie Grace MJ Vieira Ron Stelle Ripley Archer Stephen Goss S.K. Yule Kira Burns -with Hargrove Perth as the Night Manager
Last one! No special reason, I just like the cover. 🙂
Here’s it’s blurb. It’s Long!
“Best book ever!” – Amazon customer
“This book will cause you to reflect on one’s own life and how demonic forces can sometimes be so powerful that it is hard for one to overcome. It makes one also realize that emotional pain and hurt inflicted by someone else can last a lifetime.” – Amazon customer
Psychic vs Prophet. Get ready for a showdown unlike anything you’ve ever seen!!
Did you ever wonder what was really going on in your small town?
Evil lurks in the most unlikely places.
If you like thrillers by Stephen King or Frank Peretti, such as Salem’s Lot and The Visitation, you’ll love INFESTATION: A Small Town Nightmare.
CAN THIS TOWN BE SAVED OR WILL IT GO STRAIGHT TO HELL?
‘INFESTATION: A Small Town Nightmare (The Complete Series)’ – Multiple times #1 International best-seller. A RIVETING, LIFE-IMPACTING THRILLER!
The town of Bringham–once a peaceful, God-fearing community, suddenly finds itself in a major crisis.
Strange things are happening which defy logic even in the slightest sense of the word. Yet, one resident has seen the devastation before-hand and knows that if something isn’t done quickly to eradicate the evil that is upon them, the town they know and love will be a distant, tragic memory.
What no one can possibly fathom is that the seemingly pious and good-natured may be the reason the darkness has found its way to Bringham in the first place.
As you pay close attention to this story, each episode will bring you closer and closer to the truth.
Strange Things are Happening…
Demon Possession/ Oppression
Spiritual Warfare to the highest extreme
A frightening increase in suicides and crime.
˃˃˃ Something horrible has landed amidst the once tight-knit community.
Will Marie Adams become a victim herself? Has she slipped too deeply into the bowels of darkness?
Scroll up and grab a copy today.
Thanks for reading! ❤ Hope you pick up some nifty new books! Happy Reading! Love Lennie! ❤
Good afternoon, my blog followers! Hope everyone is doing good. I feel kinda healthy and productive today. 🙂 I went for a nice walk with my dog today, I went to work, and I’m going to get some writing today. And now it’s time for a blog post! 🙂 ❤
I’ve got a couple of new stories I read recently to share with you. I hope you enjoy.
My first story is…
Zombie Apocalypse: Book 1
Moss was not prepared for The Event. No one really was. When the Zombie Apocalypse came crashing down, there was no time for thinking, only surviving.
So what did I think it?
I liked it. 3 Stars
Here’s my review. Also shared on Amazon and Goodreads.
Im a really big fan of short stories and zombie stories. So putting the two together is a nice treat for me. This story started off good. But I wasn’t a big fan of the middle. It was a little hard to follow. But the ending part was awesome. I loved it! It ended on a cliffhanger so I’ll definitely have to get book 2 so i can find out what happens.
Recommended for zombie fans.
So it wasn’t long or complicated. And I’ve seen others complain that it was too short. Which yes. It was short, but I don’t know why that should be such a big deal. I mean, Amazon tells you the page length of the books you buy/order. Shouldn’t you know long a book is before you get it?
I liked it. I’ll get book 2 soon I think. 🙂
Now! The second story I read. Sadly, I wasn’t a very big fan.
The mad, the terrifying, the darkly humorous, and the melancholy
Mad Flashes is a collection of ten flash fiction stories all under 1,500 words by Lindsey R. Loucks. Stories include: Retro-Jogger Meets Zombie Queen, Alpha Female Office Wolf, Priorities, Willow Road, Recoil, In the Long Hallway, Make a Wish, One Times One is One, A Shaver in My House, and Together Forever. As an added bonus, an excerpt of the full length paranormal fantasy novel, The Grave Winner, is at the end of this book.
Sit back, relax, and go mad in a flash.
What did I think of it?
Not a fan.
here’s my short little review.
I enjoyed a few of these stories, which were all well written and edited. But I just done think it was my cup of tea. I did really like the one with the husband and Pam. That was my favorite. And I loved the butterfly story. That was good. But I just didn’t like most of them. ‘
I don’t like giving books low reviews. But I want to be honest. And sometimes I don’t like a book. ‘
Thanks for reading my little post! I hope you enjoyed it. I’ll try and come back tomorrow with a writing update. 😀
Hello, my dear readers and blog followers! Anyone in the mood for free books? 🙂 I’ve got a few I’d like to share with everyone. Here they are!
Flashes of Fear #2 by me!
A collection of Flash Fiction Horror for the author of “Darkness and Bloodshed”! Seven super short stories and Five 3-sentence horror stories! Perfect creepy reading for anyone looking for a quick read! This volume contains: “Believe” “What Do Kids Love?” and several other stories!
And here’s one from one of my favorite indie writers.
The Mermaid’s Revenge by Amy Cross
Terrified of the world, Sylvia lives with her mother in a luxury penthouse apartment. For Sylvia, everything is a cause for fear and panic. Isolated and friendless, she has no interest in the outside world at all. And then, one day, her mother unveils her latest purchase.
A real, live mermaid, captured and placed in a water tank.
For Sylvia, the mermaid is both terrifying and fascinating. Repulsive and beautiful. Soon, however, Sylvia discovers that the mermaid hasn’t just been brought to London so it can be put on display. And as the mermaid makes plans to escape its terrible fate, Sylvia is thrown into a horrific battle for survival.
The Mermaid’s Revenge is the story of a scared little girl who comes face to face with the true horrors of the natural world.
And this one Last story! Because it looked cool!
A Mother’s Love by Sean Deville
New York was the first city to be hit, infected men mutating to become the new species Homo Vampirous. Women, genetically immune to the virus, became food for the rampaging army of the damned.
The plague spread quickly, millions dying, the airborne virus unstoppable as it swept across the country. For the survivors on the West Coast, all they could do was wait for the juggernaut of death to come for them. They thought they would have months to prepare, but in reality, they didn’t even have days.
With the vampire legions soon threatening the last remaining human strongholds, evacuation became the last, futile hope for humanity.
As thousands of desperate women were herded onto the trains, those ripped from their homes quickly began to suspect the dark truth behind the evacuation.
A Mother’s Love is the first story in Sean Deville’s Apocalyptic Short Story collection
Time for some reviews! ❤ I finished two today, so I’ll be sharing my reviews for both of them. 🙂 And they’re both horror books! So, bonus points for me! ❤
First up is…
Dead Lake by Darcy Coates
Love the cover!
I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Darcy so far. It’s obvious why she’s such a popular horror writer. So what did I think of it?
Here’s my review for it. I also shared it on goodreads.
I didn’t like it as much as “Ghost Camera” or “The Haunting of Ashburne House.” But I still found it to be an enjoyable story. It was very atmospheric. Very creepy and mysterious. I really liked when the main character, Sam, had a conversation with the radio guy. That was one of my favorite scenes. And I really liked the painting parts. But I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the decisions Sam made. She was just sort of dumb.
So three stars. Not an over the top amazing read, but still fun. The narrator did a decent job in the audiobook version.
Recommended for fans of ghost stories, horror, and the author’s other books. 🙂
And the other book I finished was that flash fiction collection I’ve been working on
Shallow Waters Vol 1
The cover is an awesome skull thing, and I love it!
I give this one…
I’m a huge lover of Flash Fiction, so I had to try this out. And I’m so glad I did! I enjoyed almost every story, and I found some that were so good I have the whole book 5 stars. 🙂
I think my favorite story was the one about the grey city and the guy saying “You’re pretty like butterflies.” That story, man. That freaked me the hell out and I loved it. I also really liked the guy who swallowed stuff. That was neat.
Highly recommended for my fellow horror and flash fiction fans out there!
Thanks for reading my reviews! I hope you liked them! I like writing and sharing about the books I read and how my writing is going. Even if only a few people read it. 🙂 I love ya’ll! Happy Reading! I’ll try and be back tomorrow! Hopefully I’ll have some free books to share with you guys! 🙂 if not my own, then I’ll totally share some neat horror books I find. There’s always something interesting and new popping up when I search Amazon for free horror stories.
Good morning, my dear readers and blog followers! Or whatever time it is when you’re checking this out. 🙂 It’s Wednesday! 🙂 🙂 🙂 You know what that means! It’s writing update time! I haven’t done one of these in a while, so I’m really looking forward to it! ❤
How’s my writing going, you might ask?
Good, I think. I’ve gotten a decent amount of work done the last couple of days. I think my first publication of the year is going to be Spooky Shorts #2! FINALLY! I know, I know. I’ve been working on it forever. And I really need to work on finishing the series I start. But it’s actually coming along good. I’m half way done with my first draft, and I’ve picked out a release date from late this month.
I think I’m going to go for about 2 or maybe 3 releases every month instead of one every single week. Don’t get me wrong, I love publishing a short story every week, and I might do something like that again closer to Halloween. (October is my best month for sales!) But I want to publish more under my other pen names too. Tori Elliot and a secert one I’m not sharing. And I think I can manage that better if Lennie only does mostly 2 a month.
Does that make sense? I hope it does! If it doesn’t, sorry.
I’m learning a bit and working on my personal writing and editing style. 😀 I mentioned this in post the other day, but I’m gonna touch on it again. I’ve been reading about authors who actually write out their first drafts by hand. I know, sounds crazy, right? We’re all so used to tapping away on computers. But it’s actually a really neat idea. Writing it out by hand actually makes me think more about what I’m writing down. And it’s a lot easier to focus if I’m focusing on a notebook instead of my computer or phone. Social Media and Google are very distracting, lol. I can just leave my phone and computer in the other room and just work.
Ya’ll should Google writing first drafts by hand. (but not when you’re supposed to be writing! 😀 ) It’s really cool! Some authors I really like write first drafts by hand. Writers like… Neil Gaimen, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King. Just to name a few of my favs. ❤ ❤ ❤
And I really is working for me, so I’m gonna keep doing it! I have written most of my flash fiction stories by hand, but now I’m trying to do all my stories like that. And it really is working for me.
And (This is kind of off topic) it reminds me of when I was a kid/teen. In school, I didn’t always have a computer like I do as an adult. Too expensive for a kid. I did have one in like senior year, I think, but I never took it to school. No way was I risking that thing by taking it to school. So I’d write my very, very bad stories in spiral notebooks. And I’d get a lot done like that. And my teachers never realized I wasn’t working on actual schoolwork. lol. 🙂
So, I think my writing is going really good. Of course, once I finish the first handwritten draft, I’ll have to type it up on the computer. It’ll take a little longer, sure, but it’ll actually help with the editing and looking for typos! I swear I’m getting better at finding typos in my books. I think the extra step is worth it.
Thanks for reading my babbling! Hope it made sense. I’ll try and be back tomorrow! Happy reading! Love, Lennie! ❤
So, I didn’t finish that collection of flash fiction I was working on. Boo! I got distracted by Youtube. I’ve been watching Critical Role. 😀 (If you like dungeons and dragons, you should totally try it. Anyway, I didn’t finish that yes, so I’ll have to share another review. 🙂 Hope you all don’t mind!
I’ll be reviewing…
Disturbed by Jennifer Jaynes
Have I reviewed this one yet? lol. I don’t think so, so here we go!
Cover above! And blurb below!
A captivating psychological thriller from #1 USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Jaynes.
On Halloween night five years ago, Chelsea Dutton’s college roommates were viciously stabbed to death, and Chelsea was critically injured. She was found hiding in her apartment’s bathtub, barely clinging to life.
With only fragments of shattered memory, she’s been trying her best to move past the nightmares ever since. Now in Boston, she lives a somewhat reclusive life, working from home as a medical transcriptionist and bingeing on mindless television shows.
She can’t shake the fear that her attacker is out there, waiting to finish what he started, and Elizabeth, a nurse she met after the murders, is the only person she can trust.
When someone from her past reemerges, Chelsea starts receiving disturbing messages and worries that her every move is being watched. As the messages mount and her memories begin to return, she’s led to a very terrifying and lonely place. But she needn’t be afraid. She won’t be alone there for long.
Sounds, awesome, huh?
So! What did I think of it?
It was awesome! 🙂
And I give it…
Here’s my review! I also shared it to my goodreads page. I read it forever ago, but I still love it. And I’ll totally be rereading it eventually.
this was excellent! the mystery was awesome and I was left guessing to the end. the writing was really good to, and i would never have guessed that twist at the end. i look forward to reading more from Jennifer Jaynes.
Okay, so I didn’t write a very long review. I do that a lot, just write down a few sentences because I read so much then I move right on to the next book. But I really did love the book. And the narrator did a great job! I loved the narrator.
bonus tidbit! Its a free listen/read for Amazon prime members! So ya’ll should totally check it out if you like mysteries and audiobooks. Ya’ll know I do!
Thanks for reading! I’ll try and be back tomorrow with a Wenesday writing update! Happy Reading! Love, Lennie!
Also! The Terrible Thanksgiving is currently FREE on Amazon! So make sure you go grab a copy while you can!
Hi, everyone! I hope ya’ll are having great, bookish adventures. I know I am!
How am I doing today? Good! I feel really productive today! I went to both my day jobs today, and I even got two extra hours of work, so that’s nice. I do wish I could write full time, but I’m just not making enough money with it to stop my day jobs. Until I am, I’ll go to work!
I am pretty lucky to have my two day jobs though, one is stocking, so I can listen to audiobooks while I work. And the other job is a cashier at a small store. So when there aren’t any customers that need help I can write, or read, or watch hulu. I end up watching TV a lot. And it’s a bit of a problem to be honest.
At the stocking job, I managed to finish a story I’ve been listening to. And That will be the book I’ll be reviewing in a minute. 🙂 At the cashier job, I hand wrote about 6 or 7 pages on a story I’m working on. So that was awesome. I’ve been reading about how much more productive it can be for writers to handwrite first drafts, and I think there’s something to it. I also found out that I’m a lot more productive if I leave my laptop at home, and put my phone in another room in the bottom of my backpack. It was a learning day for me!
Maybe I’ll start leaving my phone and computer at home, and I’ll just take my notebook and pencils to work. It’s food for thought! I just feel really productive and proud of myself today, so I just had to share that!
Now! Onward to my review!
Like I said, I finished reading/listening to this story early this morning at work. And I really, really liked it. I picked it up for FREE on Audible, so that was fun! Ya’ll know that I am ALL about free books! Especially free audiobooks.
I listened to
Lovestory by James Patrick Kelly
I give it 4 stars!
Here’s the blurb for it:
Imagine a race of marsupial-like aliens who have not two, but three sexes: father, birth-mother, and nurture-mother. The difficulties of married life are further complicated by adding another partner, but this culture has worked out its own unique solution. The arrival of a new race of space-faring aliens, however, will change everything.
Author James Patrick Kelly is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award and a 2007 Nebula Award winner. His stories appear frequently in Asimov’s Science Fiction, and he writes the magazine’s “On the Net” column. Publishers Weekly has called him “a meticulous craftsman in the demanding short-story form”.
It was a bit odd at first, but I really loved it. It had so much emotion for such a short story. It’s only about an hour long, but it packs such a punch. I really liked how it did points of views from each of them. The mother, the father, and the “Mam”, the nurture mother. I liked the father’s point of view best, but it was all really good.
plus, bonus points for the author narrating his own story! it adds so much depth to the story. It’s a story about aliens, yes. But it’s so a sweet story about love and family. And it was great. I so highly recommend it.
again, 4 stars!
🙂 🙂 🙂
I’ve listened to a few other stories by James Patrick Kelly so far, and I’ve really liked most of them. 🙂 He’s got a good bit for free and lots of other stories that are only about 2 dollars or so. So I highly recommend you check him out if you like audiobooks. He even adds little notes to the beginning and end of his stories, where he talks about how the stories came to be. It adds a really fun, nice, and personal touch to the stories.
Thanks for reading, everyone! Hope you liked my rambling little review! I’ll try and share another review tomorrow. I’ve been reading a collection of flash fiction, so I might finish that and share my thoughts on it. 😀 I freaking love flash fiction. I mean, I’d have to right? Since I do write it after all. ❤
Hello, blog followers and fans! I hope everyone is doing great! I have a treat for ya’ll! An author spotlight! and a review of one of the author’s stories. 🙂 Today, I’ve picked…
🙂 I just finished Zombie Apocalypse Diary Entry #1, so it seemed right. Here’s a bit about her from her Goodreads page.
Sarah Pinborough is the NYT bestselling and Sunday Times #1 Bestselling author of ‘Behind Her Eyes’ which has sold in over 25 territories thus far and will be shown as a six part drama on Netflix in 2020 and the Sunday Times Bestseller, ‘Cross Her Heart’. She has also written books across a variety of genres including the YA thriller 13 Minutes (in development with Netflix). Her next novel ‘Dead To Her’ comes out from William Morrow in the US in feb 2020 and HarperFiction in the UK in August 2020. It is already in development for US television.
OMG! As the Zombie Apocalypse takes hold of London, for 13-year-old Maddy Wood it will be a birthday that she will never forget.
As the dead rise as flesh-eating ghouls and the chaos starts to spread, so Maddy begins to record her thoughts and feelings in her personal diary, little knowing that her life is about to change forever…
So what did I think of it?
2.5, but I’m rounding up because I liked the narrator. So three
It wasn’t really what I expected, but I still liked it alright. It was more of a kid complaining to their journal than anything else. We didn’t even see the zombies in this installment of the story.
But the narrator did a really good job. It sounded like a real, whiny teen, so that was good. And there were a few sound effects, which was a nice touch.
The story did show us glimpses of a UK in serious unrest, so I know the zombie bits are coming. Just not yet. Maybe in the next book? I think there’s a whole series that goes along with these little half-hour audiobooks, so maybe I’ll read that, and these will make more sense/be better.
So, not exactly what I thought, but still entertaining.
So it was a fun story. I’ll probably buy the second installment on payday. 🙂
So! Let’s look at a couple of her other stories! Because I love pretty covers.
Toby’s life was perfectly normal… until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.
Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House: an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They’re looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it’s time to take them to the sanatorium.
No one returns from the sanatorium.
Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes.
Because everybody dies. It’s how you choose to live that counts.
and this one!
Rachel Wright wakes up in the hospital one morning with no memory of who she is. It takes a while, but once she gets over the shock she decides amnesia isn’t all bad. Rachel grasps this opportunity for a fresh start. What does she care if everyone she used to know thinks she’d changed a bit too much? Life is good for the “new” Rachel. . . . But now her life is starting to fray at the edges. She’s been having hideous nightmares and seeing strange things in mirrors. She’s becoming more and more certain that something bad is coming. Something wants to break into this world, to play games of blood and death with the living. And it’s coming for Rachel.
both those sound really cool. 🙂 They’ve been added to my to-read list.
Make sure and check Sarah out! Especially her little audiobooks if you zomibes and audible. 😀 I’ll try and be back tomorrow with another post. probably a little review. 🙂 Not King Clown, which I’m currently reading, but maybe a shorter book/story. 🙂
Hello, readers, fans, and followers. 🙂 It’s Saturday. Lol. I have not been good at my new years goal of posting everyday. I’ll blame my sister. Hehe. I love her, so I don’t mean that in a mean way. She’s my favorite person in the whole world and she was visiting me for the holidays. ❤ I just don’t get as much done when she’s visiting. 🙂 I took her to the airport super early this morning, and she’s safely back home in Michigan. So now, all my holiday stuff if done! I think I can officially get started on my new years goal!
I already miss my sister.
Anyway! Let’s get on to my blog post!
I didn’t have a writer picked out for a Spotlight today, so I decided that I’d just share a bit about what I’m currently reading. That’s fun, right? lol.
So! The physical book I’m working on is…
Love me some Mark Lages! I’m only on chapter one so far, but I’m just super excited for it. 🙂 Someday I will have all of his books! ❤
Hi, everyone! I took a bit of a break from blogging. The holidays got the best of me. But I’m back now. With a new year’s goal of posting regularly. 😀 ❤ I’m gonna try my best!
So! For my first post of 2020, I thought I’d share my review of the first book I finished this year. A Horror Novella by my Facebook friend Samuel Gali. 😀
Kill Once, Die Twice
It’s a zombie story! I really like zombies. 😀 Here’s the blurb:
Zombies. Suspense. Thriller.
It’s a Horror Novella.
The creation of New Era Scientific Equipment brought about a new era to the world. The equipment mutated a man, Michael Casey, and when he was murdered, it caused an Apocalypse; men began to live in colonies and forts, and the creatures of sheol, called Zoms, outnumber the humans, called Norms. Among these colonies, a band of survivors arise, and unknowingly begin a journey to put an end to the apocalypse and cut the era short.
The death of Michael Casey, causes a major rift in the timeline of the universe, and divides it into two eras;
The Norm Era and the Zom era.
I finished it earlier today, and I give it…
It was fun. And it has a cool cover! better than any zombies I could come up with. Here it is! And it’s also a link to the Amazon page, so be sure you check it out. 😀 You can read it for FREE if you have a Kindle Unlimited membership. 🙂
Now for my review! I’m sharing it on Amazon and on Goodreads. 😀
This took me so long to finish! Not because it was bad, but because I’ve been super busy with the holidays. 🙂 My sister’s been visiting me, so I’ve been a bit focused on her. 🙂 She’s my favorite person ever!
Anyway! It’s my first book review of the new year, and I’ve very excited. 🙂
So what did I think of the story?
I liked it. 🙂
It’s not my favorite zombie story. (That will always be “Mountian Man” by Keith C. Blackmore.) This was still fun though.
I really enjoyed the first part of the story where we first see the compound of survivors. And the ending was very exciting. My very favorite part was when we got to see the journal entries. Those felt very real. Like an actual teen/young adult wrote them. I also really liked how the zombies came to be a part of this fictional world. That was very interesting, and a first for me. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. I won’t give it away, but it’s really neat.
A few sentences felt a bit awkward. But it is a first book, so I’ll forgive it. It’s okay though! There were some very good sentences in there too! 😀
This one is my favorite: “Perhaps hell is such a bad place that even demons don’t want to go there.” That’s a good one! 😀
I look forward to reading more from Samuel! 😀 ❤
I’ll be back tomorrow with another review I think. 😀
Happy Saturday morning, my dear readers and blog followers. 😀 I hope everyone is having a great day! I’m here for the first time in forever with an Author Spotlight. ❤ I know, I know. I haven’t done one in a while. But I’m here now.
So! Who’s the lucky author of the day? Today, I’ve picked a recent read/listen for me.
I listened to her Audible original novella You Can Thank Me Later a week or so ago, and it was absolutely amazing. Seriously, I spent the whole few hours I was listening to it about to cry. That’s how emotional it made me. I loved that. I know a books is REALLY good when it makes me that emotional.
Author Bio Time (Thanks goodreads):
Kelly Harms is the author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane and The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay. She has also worked with New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, Edgar, RITA, and Agatha award winners, and Indie Next List Picks in her time as an editor at a division of HarperCollins and later as an agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her son Griffin and puppy Scout.
She has a puppy. Instant points, because puppies are the very best.
Now! Links and pretty covers time! (I love this part of my Author Spotlight thingy. Do ya’ll like it, or am I boring you? Lemme know!)
This is the one that I listened to! 😀 ❤ I so highly recommend it. And it’s, like, $6 for audible members, so it’s not too expensive. And it’s totally worth it.
A short and sweet listen that’ll leave you wanting second helpings, You Can Thank Me Later follows an unforgettable family over the course of three Thanksgivings.
When the Dickenson clan sits down for Thanksgiving dinner in 2016, it is the last holiday where their tight-knit family will ever be the same. Oldest brother Pete and his wife are expecting their first child. Youngest sibling Sophie is too busy running her restaurant. The Little Plum, to bother with any kind of social life. And middle child Charlie’s happy, uncomplicated life as a midwestern science professor is upended when his wife Annette is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Knowing this will be her last Thanksgiving, Annette asks Sophie to look after Charlie after she’s gone. Which would be a lot easier if Charlie didn’t show up with an insufferable new girlfriend at the next holiday meal.
From the best-selling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, this heartwarming novella embraces the spirit and gratitude of the holiday, and shows how a family’s love can endure everything.
And this next book just sounds like so much fun! 😀
Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.
Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life filled with culture, sophistication, and—with a little encouragement from her friends—a few blind dates. When one man in particular makes quick work of Amy’s heart, she risks losing herself completely in the unexpected escape, and as the summer comes to an end, Amy realizes too late that she must make an impossible decision: stay in this exciting new chapter of her life, or return to the life she left behind.
But before she can choose, a crisis forces the two worlds together, and Amy must stare down a future where she could lose both sides of herself, and every dream she’s ever nurtured, in the beat of a heart.
She also has a book coming out next years, which you can pre-order now on Amazon. 😀 It’s on my wish-list.
As one of the most popular influencers on social media, Mia Bell has lived her life online for years. With her celebrity dog and gorgeous fiancé, she is planning the ultimate virtual wedding—expensive, elaborate, and entirely paid for by sponsors. But off-camera, her world is far from picture perfect. After being jilted by her fiancé and faking her nuptials to please her sponsors, Mia finally has had enough. She heaves her phone off a cliff, ready to live—and maybe find love—offline for a change.
Mia’s sudden absence doesn’t go unnoticed, especially by techie loner Paige Miller, who hacks Mia’s account and begins impersonating the internet celebrity. Paige has her reasons. Her half sister, Jessica, idolizes Mia and desperately needs something to believe in. If taking over Mia’s online persona is Paige’s only means of connecting to her sister, so be it.
Creating a like-worthy life is more fun than Paige expected. But when she grows too bold and is caught in the act, a fiasco ensues that could forever change Mia, Paige, and the people who love them. Because somewhere amid the chaos is an invaluable lesson—one that only real life can teach.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the post and check out Kelly Harms’ books. 😀 I’ll try and be back tomorrow with another Author Spotlight.
Omg. Omg. Omg. This book I just read, ya’ll… It was amazing. ❤ I love Darcy Coates! ❤
Hey, readers! I had a very productive morning this morning! 😀 ❤ I went to my early morning stocking job. Which means… Audiobooks! ❤ I love that I get to read while I work. So, this mornings pick was…
Ghost Camera by Darcy Coates
When Jenine finds an abandoned camera in a lighthouse, she takes a photo for fun. But there’s something very, very wrong with the picture: it contains ghosts.
Jenine and her best friend, Bree, realise the camera is capable of capturing the dead. But with each new photo taken, the spectres become more aware and more alert, and begin following the friends. Desperate, Jenine seeks the help of a paranormal researcher. He only has bad news, though: they’ve meddled with something far beyond their control, and the ghosts won’t stop… not until Jenine and Bree are dead.
This book, ya’ll… I loved it. Seriously loved it!
This is the exact kind of horror story I can get behind. Short. Creepy. Suspenseful. Just a few characters I can love right away. And just all around perfect. It’s a short little novella. Around 120-130 pages or about a 2 hour audiobook. And it’s just perfect. As a writer of short horror stories and novellas (just a couple of short novels for me! :D) This is a absolutely perfect book for me. ❤
I loved the characters, and the story was awesome. Also, our main character has 3 cats. ❤ ❤ ❤ How can I not love that? I have a cat of my own and I love him, even if he is a little asshole half the time. Seriously. He doesn’t understand how much it hurts when he tries to play fight. ugh. Nothing is more irritating that sitting here minding my own business and suddenly having claws digging into my arm. Anyone have any advice on how to get him to knock it off?
Anyway! Back to the book review!
I got legit chills while listening to this. Especially when the ghosts would touch the main character or appear in the pictures? I was so creeped out. That was some good stuff right there. You know a book is good when it creeps out a horror writer. 😀 ❤
It was wonderful. I need this book in a physical copy. It needs to be on my bookshelf with my other horror books. But it’s $13! ugh! I’m gonna have to wait on it. But I need it! adulting is hard!
anyway! I highly recommend! Perfect for horror fans looking for a novella.
😀 Thanks for reading! I’ll try to get a writing update tomorrow. 😀 I had a very productive writing day yesterday, so I’ve got something special to share with ya’ll. 😀 Happy Reading! Love, Lennie! ❤
hey guys! I’ve feeling like crap yesterday and today. I have a stomach bug, I think, so I missed yesterday. 😦 Still feeling “blah” today, but I’m okay enough to get in a little post today. So, today’s spotlight…
This gal is a bestselling horror author. So, me likey. 😀 I have a couple of her audiobooks and have listened to one already. It was awesome.
here’s her Amazon author bio:
Darcy is the USA Today Bestselling author of Hunted, The Haunting of Ashburn House, Craven Manor, and more than a dozen horror and suspense titles.
She lives on the Central Coast of Australia with her family, cats, and a garden full of herbs and vegetables.
Darcy loves forests, especially old-growth forests where the trees dwarf anyone who steps between them. Wherever she lives, she tries to have a mountain range close by.
This is the one I listened to, and I highly recommend.
People whisper rumors about a family murdered at Ashburn House. They say its old owner, Edith, went mad in the building, and that restless ghosts walk the halls at night.
When Adrienne arrives on the gothic house’s doorstep, all she has is a suitcase, twenty dollars, and her pet cat. She doesn’t know why her estranged Aunt Edith bequeathed Ashburn to her, but it’s a lifeline she can’t afford to refuse.
Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to rationalize what she sees. Strange messages have been etched into the wallpaper. Furniture moves when she leaves the room. And a grave hidden in the forest hints at a terrible, unforgivable secret.
Something twisted and evil lives in her house, and Adrienne must race to unravel the decades-old mystery… before she becomes Ashburn’s latest victim.
So I got this one too the other day and I’ll be listening to it soon. 😀
When Jenine finds an abandoned camera in a lighthouse, she takes a photo for fun. But there’s something very, very wrong with the picture: it contains ghosts.
Jenine and her best friend, Bree, realise the camera is capable of capturing the dead. But with each new photo taken, the spectres become more aware and more alert, and begin following the friends. Desperate, Jenine seeks the help of a paranormal researcher. He only has bad news, though: they’ve meddled with something far beyond their control, and the ghosts won’t stop… not until Jenine and Bree are dead.
Awesome covers, right? 😀 I think so. I’ll eventually get the paperbacks to add to my library. 😀
Thanks for reading my quick little post. I’m gonna rest for a bit now. Happy Reading. Love Lennie. ❤
Hey, Hey, Hey! I’m feeling a bit better today. 🙂 I actually got a bit of work done last night despite my lack of motivation, so I should get a hold star for that. 😀 ❤ It’s Friday again, so I figure It’s time to share some free books! ❤ Just one of mine is free today.
The Haunted Bridge Part One!
I could use the reads and reviews, so please, don’t hesitate to grab a free copy or spread my free book news ’round social media. ❤ While I’m here, I figure I can share some other free books with you.
remember Amy Cross? Here’s a free one from her. 😀
And does anyone like zombies? I was looking through some free books on Amazon and came across this one. It sounded cool, and I love zombies, so I had to get it. ❤
And one last one. Because I liked the cover. 😀
Happy Reading! Be sure and tune back in tomorrow for some more bookish fun. Saturday are Author Spotlight days. 😀 Love Lennie.
Hello, everyone! How are ya’ll? 😀 ❤ I hope ya’ll are good.
I’m managing, but my writing isn’t going so great. I haven’t been feeling very motivated to write recently, so my daily word counts have sucked recently. I haven’t published any new scary stories this month, and my Nanowrimo project isn’t anywhere near done.
I’ve been trying my hardest to work on Spooky Shorts #2, my next planned publication, but it’s coming so, so slowly. I’ve got the first story’s draft finished and about half of my second story, but not much else. And they both need a lot of work before they’re ready for reading. And I haven’t even started the story I want to write for thanksgiving.
again. Ugh. I feel, very in productive. Depression, is a bitch, guys. Anyone have any advice on how to write even when you don’t feel motivated to do so?
Anyway, I guess just talking/writing about it makes me feel a little bit better. lol. If anyone has advice, I’m happy to hear it. ❤
I do have some good news, though. It’s not all just a pity party today. One of my stories The Haunted Bridge will be free tomorrow. So that’s good news. 😀 ❤ Everyone likes Free books, right?
I know I do. 😀 Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out early. 😀
Thanks for reading my short little babbling. I’ll try and post something a little happier tomorrow. 😀 ❤ Maybe some more free books. Not just my own, but I bet I could find some more indie authors’ works for free. 😀 That’d bee fun.
Hello, everyone! How’s everyone doing? I hope everyone is well, and having lots of awesome bookish adventures! I’m doing pretty good this week! I’ve finished lots of books/stories already this week. I’ve eaten healthy today. I went to work, and I even went to the gym for half an hour! I love using the treadmills there. I watch movies, TV and get a bit of exercise. lol. I walk now, but I’m hoping that I’ll be able to actually run someday.
Wouldn’t that be neat? 😀
Anyway! Review Time!
Do I have any Dean Koontz fans out there? I hope so, because I have something special for you then. 😀 A review of his first story in his new Nameless series. 😀
Blurb of the series from it’s Amazon page!
If our memories make us who we are, who is a man without any? Nameless has only a gun, missions from a shadowy agency, and one dead aim: dispense justice when the law fails. As he moves from town to town, driven by splintered visions of the past and future, he’s headed toward the ultimate confrontation in this propulsive series of short thrillers by #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.
As of right now, this wonderful little gem is the number one seller in the Kindle store. Very impressive, if you ask me. 😀 Good for you, Dean. Good for you! Cause, seriously, he deserves it. This is totally worth a read.
blurb for book one!
A bloodthirsty sheriff is terrorizing a small Texas town where justice has been buried with his victims. Until Nameless arrives—a vigilante whose past is a mystery and whose future is written in blood.
Anyone who crosses Sheriff Russell Soakes is dead, missing, or warned. One of them is a single mother trying to protect her children but bracing herself for the worst. Nameless fears the outcome. He’s seen it in his visions. Now it’s time to teach the depraved Soakes a lesson in fear. But in turning predators into prey, will Nameless unearth a few secrets of his own?
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz comes In the Heart of the Fire, part of Nameless, a riveting collection of short stories about a vigilante nomad, stripped of his memories and commissioned to kill. Follow him in each story, which can be read or listened to in a single sitting.
So! What did I think of this book?
Here’s my reivew. 😀 I also shared it to my Goodreads account.
Wow! This was very fun! I downloaded it for free thanks to my amazon prime membership. Yay, Prime reading! 😀 It was very much worth a read. 😀
We follow our main character, Nameless, as he works with a mysterious organization to bring out the truth (justice) to murderers who are projected by money and/or the law. There are 6 short stories in this series, each telling a different adventure of Nameless.
It’s an awesome thriller concept, and it worked very well. In this first story, Nameless works against a small-town sheriff who is just the worst. It was such a great story, and the narrator for the audible version was great. Especially when he did the Deputy’s voice.
I listened to several of these short stories this morning while I was at my stocking job at Dollar Tree. (I’m so glad I have a job that lets me listen to books while I work!) It made my shift so much more fun. 😀 I highly recommend if you like thrillers, short stories, and of course, Audiobooks. 😀
LOVE me some audiobooks!
😀 Ya’ll should totally give this series I try. I’m already up to book 4 and it’s awesome! ❤ All the books are free for Kindle Unlimited members and to Prime members. The prime members (like myself. :D) can even listen to the audible version. One of my favorite ways to read. lol. you know, in case you all didn’t know already. 😉
Thanks for reading my little post, everyone! I’ll try and be back tomorrow with a writing update. I know I haven’t published anything this month. Ugh. I’ve been busy with Nanowrimo and some other stuff, so not much has gotten ready for publishing yet, but I’m hoping to have something soon, I promise!
Hello, readers and followers! This week is off to a good reading start! I have two reviews for you. Acadia by Mark Lages and Wellfed (Mountain Man #4). 😀
Review for this one!
I was given my copy in exchange for an honest review. 😀 So glad I got it because this was great! I mean, I loved Scowl, so obviously I had to give this one a go. 😀 It was so worth it!
Because… Oh my god. This was beautiful, thoughtful, sad, but also very hopeful. I adored every second of this novel. Arcadia tells the story of a suicidal teen, told through the eyes of his devoted father. Which was such a wonderful choice. I don’t think the novel would have had the same effect if it was told from the son’s point of view.
Not that Jacob was a bad character. I loved all the characters! I just don’t think it would have worked as well. Does that make sense?
The poetry was great too! I don’t read a lot of poetry, but each one in Arcadia was brilliant. I might have to rethink my stance on poems. 😉
This was an amazing book, and it deserves to be read by everyone! Especially fans of contemporary fiction stories. 🙂 How is Mark not on a bestseller list? Because he really should be. 😀 Keep the books coming, and I’ll keep reading!
And the review for Wellfed!
Wow! What a ride! This was awesome. The big zombie fight in the beginning, in the manor, was great! That was awesome. I loved the inclusion of Wallace and Collie. 😀 These two were great characters, and I loved them.
I also adored the ending. 😀 ❤ That was awesome and made me crazy happy.
this is a great book and series, and I can’t wait to listen to book 5 when it gets its audible release. 😀
Thanks for reading! I’ll be back tomorrow with more reviews! 😀 Happy Reading! Love Lennie!
Hey, readers! 😀 It’s a new week! 😀 ❤ Hope everyone is having lots of fun bookish adventures! I know I am. 😀 Since it’s Spotlight time, and I missed posting for a couple of days (yesterday was mine and my twin sister’s birthday, so I’ve been busy!) I figured I’d give ya’ll a special spotlight.
One of my favorite writers and my freaking role model when it comes to publishing horror….
Seriously, ya’ll the woman is a writing machine! ❤ 3 or 4 full length novels every month and a massive readership. Tons of followers on Amazon and Goodreads, and she’s always got free books going, which you know has got to help people to notice her. 😀 I need get her stuff reviewed! ❤ I’m so bad at that, but I’m getting better, slowly but surely.
she’s like a queen of horror. 😀 So, I figured I share a bit about her today. 😀 included a few of her books that are free today.
Author bio! It’s short, but it says what it needs to. 🙂
Amy Cross is the author of more than 100 horror, paranormal and fantasy novels. Her books include Asylum, The Farm, The Bride of Ashbyrn House and The Haunting of Blackwych Grange. She has also written three collections of horror short stories, titled Perfect Little Monsters, Twisted Little Things and The Ghost of Longthorn Manor.
now! Some covers of her books. The pics include links, so make sure and check her stuff out. 😀 All the ones I’m share here are free on Amazon today, so make sure and support her bye grabbing a free book. 😀
And that’s only three of them. 😀 there’s a few more too. 😀 I’m very much looking forward to reading all of Amy Cross’s works. 😀 I’ve already read a couple, and I really liked them. I’ve got several of her books in print and tons of them in Kindle version. 😀 I really need to get caught up on all my reading! lol. It’s a new week, so no time like the present, right? ;D
Thanks for reading! If you liked this post, be sure and follow me. you’ll get an email every time I post. I try and do once a day, but I usually end up doing 4 or 5 a week. you know, because, life. Anyway! you should totally follow me. 😀 I do lots of reviews of different kinds of books (lots of horror), writing updates, publishing announcements, author spotlights and other fun stuff.
Again, thanks for reading! I’ll try and be back tomorrow with a book review.<3 happy reading! Love Lennie! ❤
Hey! I just finished reading a new story! A horror one! 😀 So it’s time for a review! It feels like forever since I posted one of these things! Cover/link time!
And the blurb!
On a Caribbean dive vacation, five friends discover a centuries old shipwreck – and a karmic debt past due.
Wall Eddington has always done the correct thing. It’s part of being British, part of family tradition. Yet somehow someone drowned.
Now, half a world away, he’s diving off an old sailboat with four American friends. As a vacation it’s a bit primitive, but just what his soul craves.
Until they find a shipwreck.
Untouched and impossibly preserved, the thing bewitches with promises of gold. Their rush to claim it bogs down with odd accidents and petty arguments – and Wall is not the only one with dark dreams of pain and torture. Dreams of a captain called Sadico.
In fleeing his personal demon, Wall has run straight to its lair.
This trap was laid centuries ago, for five souls moved on to new lives and new loves. Set by the one soul they left behind.
So, what did I think of it? 😀
here’s my review. 😀 I also shared it to Amazon and Goodreads! ❤
As a horror writer myself, I always love a good paranormal story. 😀 I chose this one because the blurb sounded really cool, and I liked the cover. (What can I say? I’m swayed by pretty things.) And it was almost Halloween when I bought it. 😀 Who doesn’t like getting themselves a scary little present on Halloween? I needed the paperback copy on my horror bookshelf. 😀
I liked this book! It had a good, spooky atmosphere, a fun story, and some decent characters. I was particularly fond of Jill and Wall. I think my favorite part was towards the beginning of the book where Jill is learning about her past lives. That was downright creepy. I also really liked where Melanie was looking at the books and the woman tells her “You’re living this one.”
Because that’s some creepy stuff right there. Seriously. That gave me chills! I love books, darn it! Don’t creep me out with books! 😀 I won’t add too much else, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. But I will say it’s defiently worth a read if you like horror.
Thanks for reading! 😀 ❤ Hope ya’ll liked the review! I’ll try and review something tomorrow. 😀 Or maybe have a free book link up for ya’ll. 😀 ❤ Happy Reading! Love Lennie!
Hello, everyone! I am so sorry, I haven’t posted anything for a couple of days. My depression reared its ugly head and I couldn’t bring myself to do anything productive. 😦
It doesn’t happen as much as it used to. (thank the universe for good meds and a good doctor.) But when it does, I feel like shit. I just want to hide and stared at the TV and do nothing. Except eat, but at least I didn’t eat any junk food yesterday. Proud of myself for that little victory.
I don’t even want to read when I feel depressed. Which, is kinda a problem for a gal who wants to write and read as her career.
Don’t worry though! I’m feeling better now. 😀 My spells aren’t nearly as bad as they used to. Now it’s just a day or two of funk before I feel normal again. Not like the weeks of awful feeling I used to get when First got depressed. Again, thank the universe for meds and docs. ❤
I’m good now! But! since I haven’t done crap for the past couple of days, I don’t have any reviews for you. 😦 sad face!
But! I do have a FREE book I can share with you!
I managed to finish up edits on a story for my romance pen name and get it submitted on Saturday night before the funk hit. 😀 It’s live now! And…
It’s FREE! 😀 ❤ 😀 ❤ 😀 ❤ 😀 ❤
Birthday Wishes is FREE! Today only!
Blurb for it! 😀
Book 2 in Nick & Emma. Nick and Emma are officially dating now, and both are very happy about it. They like each other. Things are going well. So when Emma mentions that her birthday is coming up, Nick knows that he has to do something extra special for her. What to do? Whatever it is, it has to be perfect.
Can Nick make sure Emma has a great birthday? Find out in: Birthday Wishes!
Birthday Wishes is a 13,000-word short romance story. It’s sweet and clean and very cute.
Don’t forget to grab a copy of Book #1, Pumpkin Spice Kisses before reading this one! 😀 it’s also available on Kindle for only $0.99 or FREE for KU readers! 😀 ❤
Thanks, everyone! I hope ya’ll like my sweet little stories. 😀 Its a bit different from my Lennie Grace stuff, lol. But I still hope people like them. ;D Be sure and follow Tori Elliot on Amazon to get updates whenever she (lol ME!) releases a new story! 😀
I’ll try and be back tomorrow with a writing update post. ❤ I have the day off from my day jobs today and I have a lot of writing and reading I need to catch up on. 😀 Songs for the Music Man needs some more work, and I’m really hoping to get the second Spooky Shorts book out this weekend. 😀 ❤
Hi, everyone! How ya’ll doing? 😀 Hope you’re good! It’s almost my birthday and I’m very excited! 😀 So! Have I ever mentioned that I love Robin Hood stories? 😀 I do. One of my favorite shows in the whole world is BBC’s Robin Hood. I started watching in high school and I got the box set of the show for christmas one year. 😀 My friends all loved it too, so we’d all come over to my house and watch the show together.
So, Robin Hood is a favorite legend of mine. I collect books and novels about him. 😀 Seriously. I have around a hundred or so. 😀 So, I thought for today’s spotlight, I could do a Robin Hood author. 😀
Steven A. Mckay
Seriously, this dude is awesome. 😀 He’s a bestselling Amazon author in his catagories and he’s got so many reviews on his stuff! His stuff is great, by the way. I’m only part way through his Robin Hood series, because I’m a super freaking slow reader as a grown up. But it’s so awesome! (I miss school only for how fast I could finish my school work and have free time to read. lol) And he’s got a seriously awesome mailing list! I’m part of it, so I get awesome cover reveals, can enter drawings for signed books (haven’t won yet, but I’m hoping!), and I even got a free audible book the other day! 😀
It was Knight of the Cross, and I’m really excited to listen to it!
Isn’t that pretty! 😀 ❤ And it comes in audio, print, and ebook! Tiny 103 page paperback! Lennie Like! ❤
So, I’m sure ya’ll would like to see his author bio, right? 😀 If not, to bad! I’m sharing anyway! ❤ lol. Love ya’ll!
Steven A. McKay was born in Scotland in 1977. His first book, “Wolf’s Head”, came out in 2013 and was an Amazon UK top 20 bestseller. The Forest Lord series, which “Wolf’s Head” is part of, now has over 130,000 sales so far. Steven’s new novel, “Song of the Centurion” is the second in a series set in post-Roman Britain. The first installment, “The Druid”, was published on November 1st 2018, holding the number 1 spot in the UK “Celtic Myths and Legends” chart for the next three months. His first novel written exclusively for audio, “Lucia”, has been produced by Audible Studios and tells the tale of a Roman slave in second-century Britannia. It will be published on October 22nd, 2019. Steven plays lead guitar and sings in a heavy metal band when they can find the time to meet up. Check out his website at stevenamckay.com and sign up for the email list – in return we’ll send you a FREE short story, as well as offering chances to win signed books and other goodies!
Here’s another one of his books’ covers. Because, pretty! this is the complete collection of his forest Lord series!
Me love! And one of his other books!
😀 looks like fun, huh? Be sure and check ’em out! You can get some of his little novellas and short story collections in print for less than $5. a pretty good deal!
Hey, ya’ll! Quick review before I head off to my day jobs! I missed yesterday. Sorry! I worked 12 hours at my day jobs, so I was beat. but I did finish one of the books on my too read list, so that was great! ❤ ready for my review? Awesome!
Which one did I finish? 😀 this one!
Did I like it? 😀 Yep!
here’s my review! I also shared it to my Goodreads account!
This was interesting. I liked it. 😀 The main character Tony was a fun protagonist to follow on his journey. He had a really strong voice, and I really liked reading his thoughts. I really liked the party scene at Ashely’s house, that was my favorite part. It was really funny. lol. He thought the hummus was talking to him.
This was a funny book, and I’d definitely recommend it to humor fans and fans of romance stories that contain unique characters.
Make sure and check it out! ❤ I’ll try and be back tomorrow with an Author Spotlight! 😀
Hey, fans, readers, and blog followers! It’s writing update time! So how’s my writing and work on my books going?
Great! Really Great!
So guess what? I’m up to 12,730 words in my Nanowrimo draft! Awesome huh? My daily writing amount as really gone up since I started this Nanowrimo project, so I’m really excited about that. 😀
I’ve gotten about 4,000 to 5,000 words a day for the past couple of days. Not just in my nanowrimio prject but in my total word count for all my projects. I like to include all my my writing, include the work I do for my blog, and my reviews, my outlining and the words I get during my editing processes and drafts. 😀
why? I don’t know. Why not? It all counts towards my over all goal of one day becoming a full time writer and blogger, so I’m counting it. lol. It’s my thing! I’ll do what I want. lol
But seriously, I have been feeling really freaking productive lately, and it’s only 6 days into the month. Things are looking up. I’ve got big plans for my Nanowrimo novel, and when I total up everything that I’ve written for in, all the stuff in my notes and outline and draft that I’ll print when it’s time for edits, it’s going to end up being WAY longer than 50,000 w0rds I’m sure.
add that to all the outlines and drafts I’ve been working on for my other projects and I’m going to get SO MUCH stuff done this month.
What else am I working on, you might ask? Well, Death and Destruction (Spooky Shorts #2) for one. I’m hoping to get it and book 3 done this month. 😀
I’ve been working on covers for some future projects. Would you like to see a cover for one of my future projects? I have no idea when I’ll start working on it, but I loved the picture so much that I had to do something with it.
Here it is! Looks awesome, right? I think so. This might be something for me to start working on when the new year stars. 😀
While I’m showing ya’ll covers. How about a cover reveal for Songs for the Music Man? AKA my Nanowrimo project. 😀
here you go!
What do you all think? I’m thinking I’m getting pretty good at making my own covers. (If I can toot my own horn for a second.)
And I’ve got some very big plans for some Christmas/holiday/winter stories that I want to release for December. 😀 And maybe a thanksgiving story. Does that sound fun? I have this really neat idea for short story. It’s inspired very loosely by an episode of my favorite crime show Deadly Women.
Anyway! I’m feeling really good about how all my writing is going. 😀 I hope you don’t mind me rambling about it here. And I hope you liked my covers. 😀 I’ve got a Facebook thing I have to go get ready for now, but then I have to get back to writing. I already did a good bit of work on Songs for the Music Man today, so I think I’ll start work on my Thanksgiving story.
Happy Reading, everyone! 😀 I’ll be back tomorrow (hopefully lol) with a review. I’m going to finish that Barefoot book I’ve been working on. 😀 I think it’ll be 3 star, considering how I’m feeling about it.
Time for a review, everyone. 😀 ❤ more specifically, yet another review from one of my favorite writers, my dear friend, Alan Austin! today’s read:
here’s the blurb! 😀
Hot young virgin daughters, sisters, and students all have a need for something dirty! They need to be satisfied, filled, stretched, and broken for the first time and they know who they want to meet those needs!
First time, step fathers & siblings, teachers, broken, stretched, forced, voyeur, threesome. So many situations to explore with these fertile young virgins!
Very mature and graphic content. 18+ ONLY.
It most certainly is for mature readers! No kids around here! 😀 what’s my rating?
here’s my review! Posted here, amazon, and on my Goodreads page. 😀
It wasn’t my favorite Alan Austin book, but at this point, I’ll read anything Alan puts out. He’s one of my favorite writers now! 😀 especially if it’s a paperback. I adore physical books. (And the tiny ones alan and several other amazon indie authors release are the cutest things ever! I like cute things and I need them for my collection!)
I liked it! the short stories in this book were lots of fun. I really liked the first story, about the sleepover. And the last one about the girl and her professor was very hot. 😀
I wasn’t a huge fan of the camping story. I was a little distracted by thinking, “god! there was a bear out there! are ya’ll really gonna get it on when there’s a bear nearby!” lol.
but still, it was a fun read. I think I like the stories with more character development though. three stars is still nice though. 😀 Its a must read for a dedicated fan. 🙂 I’m reading everything by Alan! And if ya’ll like erotica, you should too! 😀 And get all his paperbacks, even all the tiny ones. they’re great.
anyway! If ya’ll like sexy fun reads, be sure to check this and Alan’s other stuff out. 😀 He just released the complete collection of his Immoral series. I can’t wait for the paperback of it to come out! ❤
Happy Reading, everyone! I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun reading and writing stuff! (Hopefully! I’m not great at posting everyday. but hey, has anyone noticed that I’m getting better. lol)
I’m up to 36 followers! I’m stoked! Thanks for the love and support, everyone! ❤ 😀 I’ had a super busy day yesterday. I had lots of chores I had to do (My apartment was a mess!), I had to go pay my rent and electric bill (BOO!), and I had to go to one of my day jobs. You know, those boring things I have to go to if I want to keep my nice apartment, internet, and a happy well fed kitty! 😀 (He eats special grain free food, my expensive little shit. I love him, so he’s worth it.)
So, full day. And I still managed to get 1785 words down in my Nanowrimo draft. And more than 5000 words down in another story. No I won’t tell you about that one! It’s a secret! 😀 lol. my total word count for yesterday was 7,428 words. 😀 I was on a freaking roll, ya’ll!
So, I’m still feeling really productive today. 😀 As soon as I’m done with this, I’m gonna head over to Songs for the Music Man and work on that some more. I’m at a New chapter for that, so that will be fun. ;D
But for now! Let’s see who our Spotlight Author is! (Don’t worry, I won’t bombard you with Alan Austin stuff. 😉 for today anyway!) Today I have picked….
He’s in my favorite group of on Goodreads. 😀 I figured I could start going through the list and sharing stuff about my Goodreads buddies. 😀 Since I share so much about my Facebook frineds, It’s only fair! 😀
Here’s Pauls Bio from Amazon!
Like most, Paul Falk began his path in literature as a reader. He owes his early prowess in large part to the fabled series: SEE SPOT RUN. From there, it was off to the races. A turning point in his writing occurred with his introduction into Goodreads. It was the catalyst that sparked the author in him.
Paul’s first publication began with an essay titled, DIRT TO DIGITAL. That’s all it took to get him rolling. Shortly after that, his first novel surfaced with the introduction of CAGED. Just months later, his sequel appeared – THE LINE. He has just published his third book which is a first in a new series of novels.
Paul received his master’s degree in Audiology from San Diego State University, after which he owned and operated a private practice in the East County of San Diego.
When Paul’s not writing, you’ll usually find him with his nose in a book. At other times, he takes pleasure in banging away at his piano or tending to his low-maintenance succulent garden.
😀 ❤ He plays piano! 😀 ❤ That’s fun! I took lessons when I was Uber little, but I never stuck with it. 😀 I bet he’s awesome!
And now! My favorite part of this! Pretty Book cover time! They’re also links, so be sure to check ’em out! 😀
This is my favorite cover! It looks super creepy and scary, and I loved the blurb! 😀 ❤ here it is!
The greatest mass murderer in all of American history had some unfinished business to settle with Jack Toback. Next on the agenda, he’d make a pitiful example out of him for all the world to see. Ending his captive’s life, at least, for the time being, would not serve his ultimate purpose. His demise would have to be put on hold for just a bit longer. Following his abduction at gunpoint, Jack was taken to an abandoned house and chained like a wild animal. Any cries for help would be in vain. He was presented with an ultimatum, either cooperate and do as he’d be told or die a slow painful death. Jack knew there’d be no reason for him to be kept alive any longer once that lunatic got everything he needed.
This one is on my ever growing to-read list. 😀 Along with about a million other books I’ve discovered lurking around on Facebook and Goodreads. 😀 I swearing I’m going to read ALL the books someday! Until then, maybe you all can read some of the book I share about and tell me what you thought? 😀
Hint, hint! I’d love some comments! They are love.
here’s some links to Paul’s Goodreads account, website, and Amazon page if you’d like to follow him! 😀 He’s got a WordPress account just like me! (Although I bet he keeps up with his list of books page way better than I do if he has one!)
Hello, my dear readers. 😀 Does anyone read this? I don’t know, but I do like trying to update it, lol. Trying being the keyword there.
Anyway! This post is just a quick update on my new releases coming out soon!
Creepy Christmas Stories #3 is up and entertaining readers! 😀 It already got a nice four star rating, so I’m super excited about that. Glad someone out there liked my stories. ❤ Link to it:
😀 Next up… Creepy Christmas Stories: The Complete Collection! It’s all set and up over on Amazon! 😀 ❤ The kindle edition available for pre-order and will be live on July 23rd. 😀 It’ll be only $0.99 for the rest of July, before going up a bit. So get it at this great price while you can. 😀
As for 101 Horror Drabbles… 😡 something went wrong with my danged file’s format, and I couldn’t get it out when I wanted. Boo! It’s okay, though. I’ve got it fixed now! The new pre-order date as been set:
August 8th! 😀
i’ll share a link as soon as it’s available! Until then!
Here’s a nice little cover reveal to keep you invested! 😀
Hello, readers and blog followers. 😀 I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! 😀 ❤ I’ve been hard at work learning all the important manager stuff that came with my promotion to store manager. I’m pretty happy. I’ve gotten more workers hired, and I think they’re doing well. And our store is looking amazing.
I haven’t gotten much writing done recently, thanks to all the extra work, but my schedule is becoming more regular, so that’s good. I have this morning off, so I’m working on the blogging and social media stuff today. 😀
And since it’s friday, I have some free books for you! ❤
Two of mine are currently free on Amazon this weekend, and I’ve found a couple of free books that seemed fun. So I’ll share them with you. 😀
First up! The two books that aren’t mine.
The Basement by Chad. P. Brown
Short story approximately 2,800 words. On a dare from her best friends, Heather goes inside the town’s haunted house, where Frank Blackwell killed his wife and then hung himself in the basement. But while in the house, Heather is confronted by a ghost from her past, her mother who died accidentally one year ago. Now, Heather must not only escape from the evil lurking inside the house, but from the demons of her own past.
Sounds neat, right? And I’m all about the short stories, as you, my dear readers, know well! ❤
And now the next one…
The Reality Contagion by Travis Liebert
Jason Kember thinks he’s finally free of his mother’s constant rambling about all things occult. However, after five years of no contact, she calls him in a frenzied state and admits to performing a forbidden ritual. He dismisses her as crazy, but begins to question his beliefs in the face of strange and dark occurrences.
Oooh! This one sounds awesome, huh? The occult is always fascinating. 😀
And now… For my two free stories! 😀 The Terrible Thanksgiving and Flashes of Fear #1.
Thanks for reading! I hope you all check out these books and support us short story writers! 😀 I’ll try and be back soon, but no promises!