Monday, August 14, 2017

August Reading List 2: More #zombie #horror #mystery #dystopian

While you're out shopping for school supplies, add a GOOD BOOK to your shopping list! MORE Fantastic Reads to Dive Into!!








NOTE: Prices were valid at time of blog. Check for any changes.

Dystopian
Sale - 99 cents! 


Shattered Worlds, various authors set- Escape into 23 epic worlds that will leave you breathless. From dystopian nightmares to gorgeous steampunk and fantasy settings to fairy-tale retellings and beyond, SHATTERED WORLDS has every story you've been dying to get your hands on!






HORROR
Pre-order! Releases Sept. 15
Goatbusters, Quickie Horror Novella, Robert W. Walker - Something escaped the old Riverview sideshow exhibit when it closed. It's in the Chicago River - and it's hungry. When bodies start turning up, the Old Fart Squad is called out of retirement. Now they must double as "Goatbusters" - if they find the right bait...
If you love old Chicago history... fun, humorous horror. Third in the Chicaghosts novella series with The Monster Pit (#2) and Gone Gorilla (#1)






Thicker Than Blood, Justin Hamelin - Short story collection of monsters - werewolves, ghosts--and ourselves, sure to make you sleep with a light on. Features fantasticly gruesome artwork by Kevin Spencer. (Paperback - Kindle book coming.)




MYSTERY

Pre-order!! Releases Sept. 15

The Dead of Night, Piper Blackwell Book 2, Jean Rabe - As Sheriff Piper Blackwell rushes to a clandestine meeting with an aging, paranoid veteran who believes spies are trailing his every move, she is caught in a fierce thunderstorm. Pounding rain drums against the bluff, washing away the earth and revealing a grisly secret someone tried to bury a long time ago.


Putting a name to the skeleton on the bluff, and searching for the thief who robbed the old veteran of his life’s earnings, sends Piper delving into the sleepy towns that dot her rural county. Now she’s digging into pasts perhaps best left alone.



New! 
  
The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River, C.A. Verstraete -  125 years later, I give Dr. Bowen - Lizzie's doctor and neighbor -  an opportunity to share his side of things... 

Gruesome deaths haunt the industrial city of Fall River, Massachusetts.

Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination. But the retired doctor insists that neither greed nor anger provoked the recent sensational axe murders in Fall River. Rather, he believes the city is poisoned by bad blood and a thirst for revenge dating back to the Indian and Colonial wars.

Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim?




THRILLER


Now on Kindle!
  Under the Dead Man's Hat, Dr. Jude Avery Thriller, Killing Time Book 1, Robert W. Walker - Two Chicago and Cook County, Ill. medical examiners team up to go after the most depraved killers in the city. Now they're headed to LA,  on the heels of a killer who's filmed and uploaded his horrors. Now the investigators must rely on their weapons and their skills to stop evil in its track.




ZOMBIE - Apocalypse



** Get a new LIZZIE BORDEN, ZOMBIE HUNTER story -- and in all, 20+ free zombie-apocalyptic samples, books, novellas and short stories. WOW!!!


***** Get the free Apocalyptic Samples here.  ***** 




  Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete - August 4th was the 125th anniversary of the infamous Borden murders. I followed the crimes and the trial, along with offering a possible solution - What if Lizzie Borden did it... because she had no other choice?  







Upcoming Zombie Anthology  - Cover Reveal!! Keep the Date Open!


The Reanimated Writers Group on FB is having a cover reveal party for a new, upcoming zombie anthology, Undead Worlds, at 7 p.m. EST, Sept 9 to 12 p.m., Sept. 10. Visit the FB group HERE.



Pre-order. Releases Aug. 15
 I'm reading an arc of Scott Kenemore's latest, Zombie-In-Chief: Eater of the Free World, A Novel Take on a Brain-Dead Election.


Kenemore, author of Zombie, Illinois (a funny take on Chicago politics), has the 2016 election pegged dead-on when "The Tycoon" wins the election. His "secret?" He's a zombie! It's like reading about the real-life events - but with zombies and strange twists. Stranger than real life? Well... read it and see!  


Friday, August 11, 2017

I’ve Been Sucked In

Several weeks ago, I saw a commercial for the show American Ripper on History.  It looked intriguing, so I thought I would give it a try.




At first, honestly, I didn’t think I would enjoy it.  I’m not exactly sure what I expected when I started watching it, something sensationalized and hyped up for TV, I suppose, but I found myself getting sucked in.

Don’t get me wrong, the show does what it can to keep watchers hooked by feeding us bits of information and asking questions that are promised to be answered later.  It’s classic TV fare, but it’s interesting TV fare.

I knew some about H.H. Holmes before watching the show, and I knew enough about Jack the Ripper to get me by.  However, this show delves as deep as possible into each killer to figure out if they are one and the same person.  It also takes a very analytical and scientific approach to the process of proving if they are one and the same.  That really appeals to me.

At the end of the day, I’m not sure if they’ll get their hard evidence to prove that H.H. Holmes and Jack the Ripper were the same person, but the evidence they have is compelling enough to convince me they could be the same person.

Has anyone else been watching this series?  What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Today in History: Lizzie Borden Inquest Starts - #1LineWed



On this Day in History:



The inquest for the murders of Andrew Borden and his wife, Abby Durfee Borden began today on August 9, 1892. The inquest concluded on August 11.

Lizzie Borden was also called on to testify, though her testimony appeared mixed-up and sometimes nonsensical, maybe due to her being given morphine by her neighbor and family physician Dr. Seabury Bowen beforehand. Or maybe not. The testimony was not used at her trial the following year.

You can read Lizzie's testimony with questioning by District Attorney Hosea Knowlton HERE. 

It makes for interesting reading as she goes from saying she'd gone into the barn to find sinkers and then she was standing there eating pears.

** Does reading it change your mind as to Lizzie's guilt or innocence? Feel free to share your thoughts!

** As it's also 1 Line Wednesday - #1LineWed, here's a line from the inquest testimony asked by DA Knowlton. You really have to read or skim much of the testimony to get an idea of how this line fits in.


Q. I ask you again to explain to me why you took those pears from the pear tree?
A. I did not take them from the pear tree. 
  
  
  

* I followed the crimes and the trial, along with offering a possible solution to the crime, in my book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.

NEW! I also give Dr. Bowen an opportunity to share his side of things... and look at whether he was haunted by the events of that day in my latest, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River.

* I hope you enjoy reading them. Please leave a review. Even a line helps!

BONUS!! Look for a new Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter story and a bunch of other fantastic apocalyptic stories and books. Get it here - wow!











Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Elections, #Zombies & Truth Stranger Than Fiction

Truth really is stranger than fiction, they say. 



I just started reading - Zombie-In-Chief  by Scott Kenemore - a "novel" take on the 2016 elections, but with zombies. (Releases Aug. 15)

Holy cow! It's like watching the news in another dimension! Kenemore, known for his Zombie, Illinois and other titles, that one a clever take on Chicago politics, now takes on the national election. Yes "that" election. The subtitle says it all. 

Looking forward to seeing how this story develops! 







Monday, August 7, 2017

Reminder! Free #Apocalypse #zombie #Horror Books!

Just a a reminder! 

Wow! Here it is!!



 Get a new LIZZIE BORDEN, ZOMBIE HUNTER story -- and in all, 20+ free samples, books, novellas and short stories. WOW!!!

* Get the free Apocalyptic Samples here.   



The new Lizzie Borden story, The View from #7 French Street,  shares a new twist! You never know what will happen when there are zombies around.... 

** Includes sample excerpts of my two books, links below.  - 

* I followed the crimes and the trial, along with offering a possible solution to the crime, in my book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.

* I also give Dr. Bowen - Lizzie's doctor and neighbor -  an opportunity to share his side of things... and look at whether he was haunted by the events of that day in my latest, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River.

*** And... I talk about the Dr. Bowen book and Lizzie today 
over at Jacqueline Seewald's blog. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Today: Authorfest! 35 authors! Food! Music!

I'm off today at a fun event. Stop by if you're in the Round Lake Beach, IL area!

2017
Brought to you by This Old Book in Grayslake, Lake County Authorfest features more than 35 authors at this family-friendly and admission-free event:

A portion of the proceeds go toward the Ray Bradbury Museum project in Waukegan, which seeks to restore the Carnegie library at 1 North Sheridan Road where Bradbury, author of DANDELION WINE, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and FAREWELL SUMMER spent his formative years.

Friday, August 4, 2017

New Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter Story + #Apocalyptic Books!

Wow! Here it is!!



 Get a new LIZZIE BORDEN, ZOMBIE HUNTER story -- and in all, 20+ free samples, books, novellas and short stories. WOW!!!

* Get the free Apocalyptic Samples here.   


The new Lizzie Borden story, The View from #7 French Street,  shares a new twist! You never know what will happen when there are zombies around.... 

Today in History: Lizzie Borden Took an Axe #horror

Today in History:


You remember the rhyme? 
Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her father 40 whacks...

It's not exactly accurate, but today does mark the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders. 

It was August 4th, 1892 that Lizzie Borden supposedly took an axe (hatchet) and killed her father, Andrew Borden, and her stepmother, Abby Durfee Borden.

Decades later, the crime still continues to fascinate.
Did she or didn't she?

  
  
I can't believe it's nearly a year later since I began posting about Lizzie Borden! The book,  Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter was released last September. Where does time go??? Well, keep reading for the latest news!! 

* I have some blogs and stories coming up yet that discuss various aspects of the murders, as well as the role of Lizzie's neighbor and physician, Dr. Seabury Bowen, in the aftermath. Did he try to protect her? Well... some of his actions definitely were suspect.

* I followed the crimes and the trial, along with offering a possible solution to the crime, in my book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter.

* Releasing Today! I also give Dr. Bowen an opportunity to share his side of things... and look at whether he was haunted by the events of that day in my latest, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River.

* I hope you enjoy reading them. Please leave a review. Even a line helps!

* BONUS!! Look for a new Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter story and a bunch of other fantastic apocalyptic stories and books. Get it here - wow!





Humanity's Hope Has Been Published!

It's here! It's finally here!

Humanity's Hope is now available at Amazon! It seems I've been waiting forever to share this story with the world, and now it's here! I hope you take a moment to check it out.


Caleb, a 17-year-old boy, survived the zombie uprising, but he didn’t come out of the ordeal unscathed. He’s been scarred—both mentally and physically. The rest of humanity is trying to rebuild, to make the world normal again. Caleb is trying to return to a normal life also, but after all he’s seen, after the loss of his family and friends, the transition is difficult. The darkness that led him down a path of self-doubt and self-harm keeps trying to creep back into his mind.

Things only become worse when he discovers he’s immune to whatever makes a zombie a zombie. Fighting zombies was predictable. He knew what to expect. Fighting humans is volatile. They are malicious and treacherous. They won’t stop to get what they want, and Caleb has to figure out exactly what that is.


In addition, I've discounted my Road to Salvation series. You can now get all three ebooks for under $4. This is also a young adult series, but it focuses on demons. 


I hope you all are having an amazing summer. Mine just got sooooo much better!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Release Week: Dr. Bowen #Mystery - Lizzie Borden #Horror

Release Week Continues!

It's release week for my latest, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden’s Fall River:

This one is a bit different - a supernatural story that shares how Lizzie Borden's doctor and neighbor might have been affected by the gruesome Borden murders.... and how she influenced him...  

* NOTE: Please buy your Kindle copy here on release day, Friday, 8/4. Or get it on Kindle Unlimited! I'd appreciate your reviews, too.

* Visit some blogs this week to learn more, read excerpts and comment at the blogs to be entered to win a Kindle copy: 

* Tuesday, 8/1:  I'm over at Courtney Mroch's Haunt Jaunts
* Wednesday, 8/2: See Jean Rabe's blog 

* TODAY: * Thursday, 8/3:  Thoughts on Dr. Bowen and Lizzie Borden - 
See my website's Write News blog. 

* Friday, 8/4: RELEASE DAY! Buy here!  - Visit Erika Mailman's blog. - postponed.
* Monday, 8/7: Jacqueline Seewald's blog



* * * 
About The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden’s Fall River:
The short supernatural-flavored mystery (141 pages) is on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited and coming in print. http://getBook.at/HauntingofDrBowen
Author website: http://cverstraete.com

Gruesome deaths haunt the industrial city of Fall River, Massachusetts.

Dr. Seabury Bowen—physician to the infamous Lizzie Borden—swears he’s being stalked by spirits, though his beloved wife thinks it’s merely his imagination. But the retired doctor insists that neither greed nor anger provoked the recent sensational axe murders in Fall River. Rather, he believes the city is poisoned by bad blood and a thirst for revenge dating back to the Indian and Colonial wars.


Now, two years after the Borden murders, Dr. Bowen is determined to uncover the mysteries stirring up the city’s ancient, bloodthirsty specters. Can he discover who, or what, is shattering the peace before Fall River runs red? Or will he be the next victim?

Part mystery, part love story, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen reveals the eerie side of Fall River as witnessed by the first doctor on the scene of the legendary Borden murders.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

#1LineWed- Lizzie Borden's Doctor!



It's the midst of release week for The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River! - click link to pre-order for Kindle, Kindle Unlimited & Print!!

It releases "officially" on Friday, August 4th - which is also the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders! 

TODAY: Learn more about Dr. Bowen and the book at Jean Rabe's blog







And as today is 1 Line Wednesday.... Here's a line from The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, A Mystery in Lizzie Borden's Fall River!:
Bowen stretched out his arm in turn and jumped when their fingers touched, the jolt surging through him like the electricity he knew would soon replace all the gas lights.

 ** Don't forget the first kick-off blog tour continues. 

Stop back here tomorrow - and visit Erika Mailman's blog Friday for some more thoughts on Dr. Bowen.

OTHER UPDATES:

It's a BUSY week! Saturday is the 2nd annual Authorfest in Round Lake Beach, IL, 10-4  - 35 authors, entertainment, a kid's writing contest! See all the details here. 

Whew! This stuff is tiring! I've been at it finishing up a NEW Lizzie Borden, Zombie story - The View From #7 French Street.... 

Even got my hands dirty figuring out how to get it into epub and mobi formats. They're readable, at least, so news of that and a very special event is coming soon!

** Have you read Dr. Bowen or Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter? Even a short line review is welcome!!