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Never Alone by J.D. Layton

Published April 25, 2014 by Shadow Girl

Never AloneNever Alone by J.D. Layton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alone for the first time after her divorce, Emma move a into her new apartment. She is plagued my nightmares and phantom smells, sleep is a hard thing to come by. After a quick clean of things, she thinks all is well – until the horrifying discovery that she is, in fact, not alone in her apartment.
Quick read, only eight pages, but a great ss.
I found it for free Kindle download today, and I’ll read more from this author.

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ART by Matt Shaw and Michael Bray

Published April 16, 2014 by Shadow Girl

★★★★★

Yes, it took me long enough, I know.
I read it as soon as I got it, but – you know how life gets in the way sometimes. I’m still trying to get my life in order from my little ‘forced’ vacation. Life. Work. Stuff.
You know.

So. Amazon synopsis is this…

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WARNING: The following book has some scenes which some readers may find distressing. This novel is intended for a mature audience only.

Martin Andrews is in a rut. Tired of the daily grind of life as a police officer and with a heavily pregnant wife, he is disillusioned, desperate to give his unborn child a chance in a world in which he has lost all faith.

Little does Andrews know that amid the petty crimes and muggings, robbery and prostitution, a new threat is looming, one which will push Andrews to the very edges of his sanity.

His nemesis is a man without limits. A man with a grand idea for a great work; a masterpiece which will give him the recognition he craves, no matter the cost.”

From the minds of Matt Shaw (Sick B*stards, Happy Ever After, The Cabin) & Michael Bray (Whisper, Funhouse, MEAT) comes ART. Told from the viewpoint of both killer (Shaw) and Detective (Bray), ART is a journey into the darkest, most twisted part of the human psyche.

Two authors. One ending.

I’ve been reading a lot of extreme horror. Books like SIXTY FIVE STIRRUP IRON ROAD and SERIAL, ones that have multiple authors for one story… As much as I love those – I don’t think I was prepared for ART to be (pardon the pun…) the masterpiece that it is!

Matt is at the top of his game writing as our friendly, neighborhood serial killer – Arthur, (just Art – for pals like us). Michael is penning the role of Officer Martin Andrews, the cop who catches Art’s interest, and becomes involved in his ‘game’, and his quest for notoriety.

FanGirling - Like A Boss

FanGirling – Like A Boss

✽ ✾ Let’s face it – we all know I’m fangirling on an Annie Wilkes level , but remember… I don’t suger-coat these discussions, or bull-shit you guys in any way ✾ ✽
I couldn’t stop reading this.
I’m not sure how the exact writing process goes for stories like this, (different authors have different quirks 😉 and, I know Matt told us on Facebook, but… blonde moment. Sorry.) – Whether they both have ideas and work together daily, or if they email chapters back & forth as they’re written… However it was done this time – these authors worked together perfectly.
It’s suspenseful, it’s gross, it’s emotional. It’s perfect.
It’s SE7EN, if SE7EN were written by Shaw & Bray.

As an added bonus, there is an excerpt from Matt Shaw’s SICK BASTARDS, and from Michael Bray’s SCRATCHERS. Sick Bastards I’ve read, Scratchers in now on my TBR list.
If you’re wondering about any of Matt’s books, check Cover to Cover. For Michael, I’ve only read MEAT, SOMETHING IN THE DARK, DARK CORNERS, and have Scratchers queued up and ready to go, along with Whisper, and I have the Dark Hall Sampler. I’m diggin’ his stuff, I started reading some on advice from those who have never streared me wrong. One note – I was expecting SOMETHING IN THE DARK to be a little worse, as in depravity, but – I’ve been reading some messed up stuff! Give him a whirl! You won’t be disappointed.

Heaven Calling by Matt Shaw

Published March 19, 2014 by Shadow Girl

Heaven CallingHeaven Calling by Matt Shaw
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Sometimes it’s nice to step away from the horrors of my mind and explore the side of me that isn’t talked about quite so much; the side which shows, despite the darkness dwelling within, I actually have a heart too.” ~ Matt Shaw


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

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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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DARK HARVEST by William Malmborg

Published August 27, 2013 by Shadow Girl

William Malmborg ‘s newest book ‘Dark Harvest‘ was released today!
As a nod to his hardcore fans, he is letting the first 100 copies go for just 99¢ ❤ (Thanks, Bill!)
You better hurry, these will sell out fast!!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ESTZFEU

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