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VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Dawn Cano [and Lewis Duncan]

Published April 20, 2016 by Shadow Girl

John Reynolds wasn’t an angry person, and he wasn’t a violent person, but every man has his limit.

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Your soulmate, your split-apart, your one and only. Your… everything.
The problem with true love? When they’re gone, you’ve got nothing.
When John’s wife Megan died at the hands of a madman, he lost the one and only reason he had to live.
John began a private journal as a way to battle his inner demons, and to remember Megan in his own way. My heart was breaking for him as I read about their lives together, and how much love they had between them. (Especially when he explained why they decided to not have kids! ::sob::)
I wanted to dive into this book and destroy the person that could destroy a love like that, so just imagine what is going through Jonn’s mind! He is determined to find the killer, and punish him for the destruction he’s caused.

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Buy Violent Delights on Amazon, and visit Dawn Cano’s Amazon Author Page to check out her other books.

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PARALYSED by Matt Shaw

Published November 20, 2015 by Shadow Girl

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They had met in prison.
Dennis felt terrible about his crime, and judging from his beaten & bruised body… the other inmates didn’t find his deeds tolerable, either. Except for one man. One man befriended him when no one else could stand the sight of him. That man was Ryan, it this began a long, and very special friendship.

Things are different today, though.

Today is Dennis’s birthday. The card waiting for him from Ryan brings him no joy. He peeks his head into Ryan’s room to see if he’s awake, and the only words spoken to him by his best friend in the world are… “Please, kill me.”

PARALYSED is the new 5 star extreme horror novel from Matt Shaw. Continuing with his Black Cover series, and pushing boundaries of decency, Matt Shaw takes you on a journey with a serial killer and his accomplice, Dennis – a man who’ll do absolutely anything for his broken master.

This is promoted as one of Matt’s Black Cover extreme horror books, but it’s so much more than that. PARALYSED isn’t just a quick ride for cheap thrills – it’s a heartbreaking story about the friendship & love that developed between two of society’s cast offs. I don’t use that term lightly, either. I could feel my heart breaking as the story unfolded. 聽Only Matt could evoke this response from a tale about a convicted rapist, and his murderous best friend. (sl聽http://wp.me/p37DRX-1kO)

 

Like gore? Like horror? You’re in for a treat because Matt Shaw brings the crazy right to your kindle! 聽Stay up to date on All Things Matt, and be notified of new titles by following his Amazon author page, his official blog, and Matt Shaw Publications on Goodreads, and聽Facebook.

 

 

Kumquat – coming soon from Jeff Strand

Published June 9, 2014 by Shadow Girl
Cover art hasn't been released - so THIS is what KUMQUATS look like.

Cover art hasn’t been released – so THIS is what KUMQUATS look like.

Hey! Let me break in for a mo’ here… the REAL cover art has been released 馃榾 Take a look – much nicer than my fruit pic! Haha!

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I didn’t know what to expect from Kumquat – but, after Kathy introduced me to Jeff Strand via Dead Clown BBQ, I was hooked, and already penciling in stalking appointments, ahem… I mean sorting my TBR to include all the new titles I need. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to preview it!
Jeff described KUMQUAT as “generally lighthearted romantic comedy and not much like anything in DEAD CLOWN BBQ” – and still… didn’t know what to expect.
A Rom-Com from a horror author?
Admittedly, he’s a horror author who cracks me up, (so you know that he must be a little twisted), but, no horror?
Well, I don’t know why I don’t read more of this genre! Maybe I will if Jeff Strand writes more of them!

KUMQUAT is the story of Todd & Amy.
It’s told through Todd’s POV, and I felt an immediate connection with him. I felt a smirk forming on page one, while Todd is having a hypochondriacal moment and describing his symptoms to his roommate. Craig is reacting like a laid-back, smart-ass WebMD – and I love this character already, too!
It’s the weekend of the first annual Tampa Bay Filmmakers To Watch Film Festival, (Florida’s Sundance). Armed with his All Access Pass and a backpack loaded with today’s schedule, and two days worth of snacks, Todd is prepared for hours of entertainment! Midway through his second ass-numbing movie of the morning, he gets to meet Amy – and an instant connection is made through witty banter and Red Vines.
When Todd and Amy decide to take a break from the festival and get some real food, they have a lightning fast, and intense ‘getting to know you’ session that leads to them packing their bags for a frivolous three day trip to Rhode Island!
I went on an emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish – one minute a chuckle – the next minute I’m wiping something wet off my cheeks (cheek sweat). I was audibly laughing throughout, and even let a couple cackles, and one guffaw, slip out.
I have to mention Craig again, because even though he doesn’t have a huge roll in the story – he’s really a true friend to Todd. I thought he would play out as just an annoying, and oversexed roommate. He IS that, but he’s adorably annoying! He stood out to me, and I like him.
I had happy tears, and devastating tears. (Nope. No PMS. Jeff’s just that damned good!)

"Nobody can be in a bad mood when they're eating a hot dog!"

“Nobody can be in a bad mood when they’re eating a hot dog!”

DETAILS!!
Much respect must be given to the author!
The amount of time and effort that was put into the details has to be recognized.
The story’s must-watch TV show, EXIT RED, has a Dr. Who feel to it, and I wonder if we’ll get a closer look. Jeff put a lot of work into creating a fictional show that I WANT TO SEE!!
There was a movie shown at the film fest, WRETCHED EXCESS, that Todd thought very highly of. I wonder if it is based on a real film, or maybe a story idea?
A nod to the documentary about Africa, and starving, legless children. Todd’s internal dialogue, and OMG the dog! See… DETAILS! The little things make a HUGE impact!

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About Jeff Strand:
Author of a bunch of demented books, including PRESSURE, DWELLER, A BAD DAY FOR VOODOO, WOLF HUNT, SINGLE WHITE PSYCHOPATH SEEKS SAME, BENJAMIN’S PARASITE, FANGBOY, THE SINISTER MR. CORPSE, and lots of others. Three-time Bram Stoker Award finalist. Three-time Bram Stoker Award loser. Four-time Bram Stoker Award Master of Ceremonies.

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Heaven Calling by Matt Shaw

Published March 19, 2014 by Shadow Girl

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Sometimes it鈥檚 nice to step away from the horrors of my mind and explore the side of me that isn鈥檛 talked about quite so much; the side which shows, despite the darkness dwelling within, I actually have a heart too.” ~ Matt Shaw



Synopsis-
Josh and Holly could face anything thrown at them all the time they had each other. Their love would conquer anything and the world was their oyster. But when a tragic accident tears Josh away from Holly she realises that, without her husband, she cannot cope and her world begins to crumble; her loss being more than she can handle. Until, that is, she receives a phone call.

Her late husband.

The same time every day; he doesn’t appear to know what has happened to him and Holly can’t bring herself to tell him. She isn’t even sure if it really is him calling or whether it’s all in her tormented mind. Especially seeing as the calls only happen when she is alone. Is it all in her head, has she gone mad, or is heaven really calling?

From the author of “The Missing Years of Thomas Pritchard”. This is the softer side to horror author Matt Shaw.

I’m really excited that I can recommend one of Matt’s stories to my friends/family who don’t enjoy reading horror. They’ll get a taste of why BeckisBookBlog sometimes reads like a Tiger Beat Fan Club page!
::smh:: Non-Horror People, they don’t know what they’re missing!

Their lives changed in an instant.
Holly wasn’t upset when her husband failed to call her this morning. He was probably still sleeping. He’ll be home from his business trip tonight.
When Josh did call, 24 hours later than expected, he didn’t seem to realize that anything was wrong.
He didn’t understand why his wife was crying.
He didn’t remember the accident.
He didn’t know that Holly had just identified his body at the morgue.
Josh didn’t know he was dead.

If this wasn’t one of Matt’s, I might not have picked it up. That would have been a tragedy, because HEAVEN CALLING is such an amazing story! Categorized as ROMANCE on Amazon, it’s not the type of book I normally read. It’s sad to think that some of you might not give it a chance for the same reason. Heaven Calling isn’t what I would consider romance. It’s not a frilly, foo foo, huggy & kissy story, it’s not a bodice ripper, it’s not easily classified. I don’t think you can neatly fit it into any one category. It bleeds over the lines – blurring the genre borders, and making a category of it’s own. It’s more of a paranormal story, one that happens to be about a husband & wife.
I like what it says in the synopsis… “This is the softer side to horror author Matt Shaw.” These words shouldn’t surprise any of the Fan Club! Books like THE MISSING YEARS OF THOMAS PRITCHARD (Science Fiction/Fantasy), THE LOST SON (Horror/Occult), and THE 8TH (Psychological Thriller), have proved that Matt is a multifaceted author who doesn’t rely on the extreme to sell books. I would shelf Heaven Calling with these, probably right next to THE LOST SON. They all touched me in some way, having shed a tear or two while reading them. HC about had me wrecked! (Although… I do admit that I’m dealing with some personal issues right now, too. I may be a tad more emotional than normal.) I had to stop reading and compose myself while I was reading the last part. I did not predict the ending, and was all but curled into the fetal position while sucking my thumb! I really love the direction he went with this, and where he (we) ended up. I wouldn’t change a single thing.
If your already a fan of Matt Shaw, you’ll enjoy Heaven Calling. Yes, it’s a softer, squishy side of Matt – but it still has the ‘Ness’. You can feel his writing style from the start, and it’s not lacking twists and surprises. Besides – how can you call yourself a proper fan if you don’t read everything?
If you haven’t read anything by Matt Shaw yet, this story will hook you, and ensure further exploration into his work. (e.g. The Missing Years of Thomas Pritchard, and The Lost Son)
Heaven Calling – The Gateway Book

** I normally don’t mention style because I don’t know the rules, I only know what I like or dislike. I like how this was written. The flash-back to present day moments flowed together, (weaved?/meshed?), and never got confusing. Almost like you’re reading a Josh and Holly moment, and in a blink – you’re in the same moment, but Josh is gone. (Me, trying to explain it – THAT’S confusing!)

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THE LAST WEDDING IN THE MIDNIGHT CHAPEL by Allison M. Dickson

Published August 22, 2013 by Shadow Girl

Amazon’s Book Description:
The desert’s a strange place, where folks go to get lost, find God, or get hitched. And if it’s a weddin they’re after, well it don’t get much better than the Midnight Chapel.
The reverend there, Bob Nevers, is a strange feller and he’s been known to join just about anybody in holy matrimony if they so desire. Except there’s this old couple, Joe and Bea, lookin to renew their vows. For some reason, Reverend Bob don’t want any part of that, no sir. Seems them two are trouble. Big trouble.
Strange thing is, ever since that night when Joe and Bea showed up, no one’s seen Reverend Bob at all…
Grab this here little short story now and maybe you’ll find out what happened. Could be a little funny, could be a little scary, but it dang sure won’t be borin.

You already know that I’m a fan of Allison’s, and I’ll bet that you’re becoming a fan as well. She has a lot of stories out now, and there’s a little something for all tastes. If you were paying attention, then you saw when I reblogged The Good Girls post not too long ago, and linked you to the Amazon page… where you were able to download your free copy while it was on sale. If not, never fear! Most stories have a 99垄 price tag,- so you don’t have to wait for her to have a sale to pick one up and lose yourself in Allison’s world.

In THE LAST WEDDING IN THE MIDNIGHT CHAPEL, you are the person in the book that the story is being told to, and it sucks you in immediately.
While driving down the highway, your body is telling you that your trip through the desert needs a pause for the cause, and your gas gauge is telling you it’s time for a fill up, so you stop to stretch your legs and quench your thirst. Emmett, the owner of the gas station, invites you to sit a spell & enjoy some ice cold lemonade with him before you’re off to ‘wherever it is you’re headed’. How can you resist this charming old coot? You have a seat, and before you know it, Emmett has you pulled in to a very interesting story about this place in the desert. A place you may have noticed just before the town line, a dusty little chapel set just a little way off the main highway… The Midnight Chapel. It was called that because that’s when the chapel did its business, after the clock struck twelve.
Reverend Bob Nevers ran the chapel, and he was of the mindset that if you’re in love and want to be married, he’d be the one to perform the ceremony. He’d help just about anyone get hitched. Love is love, after all. Who is he to judge?
Reverend Bob had Millie Jonas as an assistant in the chapel. His beliefs were very open minded, and he had some far out ideals. Millie’s beliefs were as straight & narrow as Jesus Christ’s, but they worked well together. Emmett and Millie had gotten to be real good friends over the years, so when she came to the gas station shortly after Reverend Bob disappeared & told him she was leaving for California to stay with her sister, he was really heart broken. You can tell that it still hurts, because she wrote him a letter when she got to her sister’s, and he still carries it with him.
Emmett hands you the letter, it is Reverand Bob’s story and you should read it in her words. From someone who knows what happened night Reverend Bob disappeared – because she was there. Her words do the story justice, and you need to know the truth. You need to know the real reason that she left for California, and how she got out when she did… while she could.

*Needless to say, I’m giving the review 5/5
Because… I was locked in from the first page. Because of the story and the way it was delivered. Because the players and their quirks. Because of the way Emmett ties things up after the letter. Because the very end has a Twilight Zone kind of feel that I just LoveLoveLove!
Have you read this already? Tell me what you thought about it!
What is your favorite story of Allison’s?
Comment below – let’s talk!!
P, L, & N 鉂
~sg

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A Word Player’s Manifesto

Published June 12, 2013 by Shadow Girl

YOU ARE A WRITER! LOVE WHAT YOU DO!

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