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Published November 23, 2014 by Shadow Girl

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HARD LUCK • A ‘Burnt Offerings’ Anthology

Published June 5, 2014 by Shadow Girl

HARD LUCKA ‘Bend-Over’ Anthology

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– Because sometimes HARD LUCK is the only kind of luck you’ve got.
– Because you’ve got to play your hands with the cards you’re dealt, and – the house always wins.

I was really diggin this book while reading it!
Not only because the collection has the perfect blend of stories & authors that compliment each other perfectly, but, also because I just got a huge ‘bend-over’ from life myself, and to put it eloquently (and act like I’m a bro…) – she didn’t even give me a reach-around. While reading the Foreword, written by Scott Lefebvre, I just kept nodding…with an ironic smirk on my face, because, you can’t get a quickie from life. When one thing goes, the rest follow suit. Scott wrote a line that I have said in blog posts, status updates, tweets, and, I’ve even said it out loud… “Sorry I haven’t finished “______” yet, but – life happened.” & “Sorry, but… Life keeps getting in the way.” And, to quote Scott… “It continues to happen.”
If you’ve ever gone through a rough patch, ever considered ending it – rather than doing just. one. more. day. Even if you’ve just had one epically bad day, you’ll be able to relate to something in this collection.
So, grab your drink and get comfy!
Misery loves company, and misery is on tap!

“Whenever someone asks me for something, and I don’t owe them anything, I make them tell me a story. Even if the story is a lie, it’s usually interesting. You have to pay the monkey if you want to hear the music.”
Scott Lefebvre

THE WINNING by James Dorr
James Dorr sure knows how to capture paranoia, and as the character is breaking down – you are decending with them.

HAUNTED LOVE by Dusty Davis
I can’t think of a worse insult than finding your spouse or lover in bed with someone else. It’s bad enough to find out they’re cheating, but – to walk in on it… to never be able to wipe that imagery out of your mind… that’s unforgivable. But, after Chris cools down a little, that’s exactly what he does – he forgives Ashley, and tries to go back to the way things were.
Dusty Davis knows – “You can never go back.”

FOURTH FLOOR WALK UP by Michael McGlade
Elizabeth has found herself ‘kidnapped’, by two men she doesn’t know, but she is damn sure going to find out why. When the tears and sobs didn’t work, she proceeds to just be herself – and she may just make it out of this mess in better shape than she came in.

GARY by Michael Kanuckel
I know Gary. We all know Gary. Or, at least his type. He’s big, he’s loud, he’s a bragger, ans and a bore. Always with a story, connected, untouchable, and knows people. You know you can’t trust anything he says – because his stories at least begin with a modicum of truth. You just don’t know how deep that seed is planted.
I loved this one. I really enjoy Michael Kanuckel’s style.

HELL AND BACK by Lucas Mangum
Wally is a preacher. A preacher who was left by his wife, and dismissed by his church. A preacher who started drinking again, and stopped talking to God. He’s in his personal Hell now, no waiting for an afterlife for this guy.
When his old mate, Danny, walked into the bar – Wally knew something was wrong. He’s about to visit the deeper levels of Hell, because his friend needs his help. Why was he always so damn helpful?
Another favorite of mine in this anthology. I’ll be looking for more by Lucas Mangum – who I keep wanting to call Magnum…

GOOD SAMARITAN by Joe Powers
Wally is a preacher. A preacher who was left by his wife, and dismissed by his church. A preacher who started drinking again, and stopped talking to God. He’s in his personal Hell now, no waiting for an afterlife for this guy.
When his old mate, Danny, walked into the bar – Wally knew something was wrong. He’s about to visit the deeper levels of Hell, because his friend needs his help. Why was he always so damn helpful?
Another favorite of mine in this anthology. I’ll be looking for more by Lucas Mangum – who I keep wanting to call Magnum…

LADY LUCK by Mae March
Mae March is said to be a fairly new comer to the horror writing community, but, I would have never guessed it by reading LADY LUCK. It’s a story about the last seven days of Derek Whittaker’s life. The luckiest seven days he’s EVER had. The luck is from a Zippo type lighter with a pin-up girl on it.
Unfortunately, Derek’s luck comes with a very high price-tag. He doesn’t have to pay the bill, but that is driving him to slowly losing his mind instead.
Awesome. Very awesome. Can’t wait to see what else Mae has out there!

RIGHT, WRONG, OR INDIFFERENT by C.L. Quigley
C.J. Quigley makes his publishing debut with this story – and this is a hard one to review. If you’ve been in the shoes of either character – this is going to hurt. Hell, even if you’ve played the roll of innocent, advice giving, third party – you’ll see someone you know & love as one if these characters.
Outstanding work.

BIGGER FISH by Stephen Pope
This is a kick ass story, one where I had no flippin idea who would be the winner, or who would be the loser. A twist at the end proved all my theories incorrect. What’s better than this story, is the first line if Stephen Pope’s author bio – which is the best, and funniest damn thing I’ve heard since…. I can’t even say when!!

CHRISTINA’S WORLD by Sean Douglas
Sean Douglas may not be interested to know how much I loved this, but I may head over to his Facebook page to leave some unsolicited praise.
I’m on a rare second day off in a row, and was feeling antsy, so I threw this story on my tts and have been cleaning odds & ends while listening.
I’m not sure when I sat down, but when this story was almost over, I caught myself sitting on the edge of the bed, and I had tears in my eyes.
Yes, that’s a good thing.

Walk In The Park by Jacob Rayne

Published May 27, 2014 by Shadow Girl

Walk in the ParkWalk in the Park by Jacob Rayne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m really excited about Jacob Rayne, and the books I still get to read! Walk in the Park is my first book of his, and I don’t know if I can praise it enough.
Debbie, while at the park with her daughter, sees something she shouldn’t have seen. Her decision to ‘do the right thing’ is the worst decision of her entire life, and she regrets it almost immediately.
The most terrifying thing about this story is that it could happen to you, tomorrow, next week, maybe the next time you walk out your door! Any second might be the one that changes everything.

This book can be compared to Asbo by Iain Rob Wright.
Compared, they’re not the same.

Many thanks to fellow blogger • http://darkenwulfbytes.wordpress.com/ • for introducing me to the Rayne Of Terror books, and to Jacob Rayne for the most excellent gift!
I am reading more from this author, I’m already 56% finished with Sunshine, and I have Digital Children queued up and ready to go next! Looking forward to when I’m able to purchase Flesh Harvest!!

View all my reviews here on BBB!

Bedtime Story

Published June 8, 2013 by Shadow Girl

This weird blanket is from a SLEEPLESS project collaborated between The Great Eastern Hotel and fourteen students from the Royal College of Art’s acclaimed Design Products department led by Professor Ron Arad. This blanket has some traditional bedtime story on it. Plus, it has several sheets just like a real book.

Sara Brook’s KRANSEN HOUSE Book Trailer

Published April 25, 2013 by Shadow Girl

Zombie Youth Book Trailer by H.E. Goodhue

Published April 25, 2013 by Shadow Girl

What will the survivors do when every one over the age of twenty suddenly dies in a viral outbreak? Worse yet, what will they do when the dead refuse stay that way?

A group of students are left trapped in their school as the adults they once relied upon suffer strange symptoms and die, only to return and feed. With no guidance or supervision the students are left to recreate society as they see fit. But not everyone shares their vision of the future…Zombie Youth:Playground Politics is the first novel in a new series following a group of survivors struggling to stay alive in a world where there are things far worse than zombies.

Ooo ooo that smell…

Published February 9, 2013 by Shadow Girl

A book-scented candle? Yes, please.

*”A library without books is like a body without a soul.”*

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