Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Dead of Autumn #Mystery Blog Tour

 


Today I'm featuring a fantastic new read,the fifth book in the Sheriff Piper Maxwell mystery series by USA Today Bestselling Author Jean Rabe! Check out an excerpt and the giveaway below!

 About the book:

A teenager dressed as Tinker Bell never made it to the Halloween party.

Her murders sends a ripple of fear through Piper Blackwell's rural jurisdiction.

Investigating the crime, the young sheriff and her detective are drawn into an underworld they didn't know existed.

 Can the pair survive the trip into the dark heart of once idyllic Spencer County? Can they find the killer before more lives are are destroyed and he strikes again?

BUY: The Dead of Autumn on Amazon: mybook.to/DeadofAutmn
Dead of Winter on Amazon: mybook.to/DeadofWinterAudio
The Piper Blackwell Series on Amazon: http://mybook.to/PiperBlackwellSeries


EXCERPT: 

“Who the hell would shoot Tinker Bell?” Basil mused.

The victim’s skin appeared smooth and tanned, the arms toned. Thin, delicate fingers sported gaudy rings. Her coppery-red hair was fashioned in an up-do, a diminutive ivory bedazzled top hat perched on the side with pheasant feathers attached to it. Piper really wanted to turn her over and get a better look.

“Let’s talk to the man who found her.” Piper started out of the ditch, and the detective extended a hand to help her. She whispered, “Not how I’d planned to spend Halloween, Basil.”

“I take it you had a bowl of candy ready by the front door.”

“Oh yeah,” she replied. “More than necessary probably. Nang’s stuck with treat duty.”

Piper had grabbed only the good stuff for her first Halloween in Hatfield—full-sized Milky Way bars, packets of cookies, and boxes of crayons. The entire population of her dinkburg was eight hundred, so not all that many kids were likely to come by. Still, those who did would skip away happy. She was disappointed she wouldn’t be there to see them.

“Esme’s taking our kids through the neighborhood. Promised to email me pictures.” Basil glanced at his watch. “Probably leaving in a half-hour. Shaya picked a Ruth Bader Ginsberg costume from Walmart across the river. She doesn’t know who Ginsberg was, but she liked the black robes and lace collar. Jelani is SpongeBob. I hate that cartoon. He looked cute, though.”

“Nice weather for trick-or-treating,” Piper said.

It was seventy, a few degrees above normal for the end of October in southern Indiana. She pointed across the road to a man in knee-length shorts and a Colts t-shirt, sweat stains evident around his neck and armpits. His eggshell white bicycle with BIANCHI in bold type on the frame leaned against the side of her Explorer. The man seemed intent on his cell phone, head down like he was praying to it. Piper took another look at the girl in the ditch and then headed toward him, her feet crunching against the gravel.

He looked up. “I could tell she was dead, Sheriff, didn’t touch her or anything. I watch CSI—the old reruns, not the new version. I know not to touch anything. But I called 9-1-1 right away.” He thumbed a button on his cell phone and put it in a side pocket. “I’ll admit I took a picture of her.” A pause. “To show my wife. Otherwise, Ginny’ll never believe I found a body on a ride. A real dead body. It being Halloween, I first thought maybe someone stuck a mannequin in the ditch … to scare folks. Wouldn’t spook many, though. Not much traffic out here. Not many houses. A waste of a good scare, you know. Besides, when I took a good look, I could tell it wasn’t a mannequin. In fact—”

 
About the Author:

USA Today best-seller, Jean Rabe's impressive writing career spans decades, starting as a newspaper reporter and bureau chief. From there she went on to become the director of RPGA, a co-editor with Martin H. Greenberg for DAW books, and, most notably, Rabe is an award-winning author of more than forty science fiction/fantasy and murder mystery thrillers. She writes mysteries and fantasies, because life is too short to be limited to one genre--and she does it with dogs tangled at her feet, because life is too short not to be covered in fur.
Find out more about her at www.jeanrabe.com

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

New Spooky #Fiction Story, The Colored Lens

 


Don't ya just love that cover?? 

My latest short story, "Sweet Dreams" is in the Spring issue of The Colored Lens Magazine. Hoping they'll eventually put it up on the site... Get an issue here: Buy on Amazon.

Remember those childhood fears of what was under the bed? Well, here's a glimpse as to what really happens...  An eerie, spooky story. 

** Plus!!! Another story I really liked writing called "The Ghosts of Paris" has also been accepted at another place. This was inspired by something I read about the guillotines in Paris... 

I'm loving writing these ghostly tales and seem to be do better with spur-of-the-moment ideas. Stay tuned as I have others I'm working to finish/rewrite and send out! I seem to be on a roll as this is the most I've sold in quite a while! 

Monday, March 14, 2022

Monster Anthology Rondo Awards

 


Besides this being the er, creepiest but coolest award ever (this thing would scare me sitting on a shelf as I'd forget it was there!), there are some interesting entries for the 20th annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. 

* Vote - 1 email per person to David Colton, at taraco@aol.com by Sunday night at midnight, April 17, 2022.

** If you don't know any of the entries, one suggestion is vote for Category 12 - Best Classic Horror Fiction - * Turning the Tied Anthology, edited by Jean Rabe, with stories by Jonathan Maberry, and others, and Stephen D. Sullivan has a Dracula tale.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Another Great #Zombie #Audiobook Review!

 

Another Great Review for the new Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter Audiobook @ Audible!

In part: "This is a very good and well written story. The narration is very clean and professional. This type of horror, is more fun than my usual cup of tea...." - 5 stars.

Thanks Patrick!

* Also get it on Amazon.


Monday, February 28, 2022

#Zombie and Other Writing-Publishing News!

 Thought I'd include a round-up of a few things going on:

First - Got a new 5-star review on the Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter Audiobook:  "Excellently narrated. Well done story that's fast paced and full of surprises. I recommend this book to zombie fans and followers of the Borden murders."

(Get yours with an Audible trial free or contact me (via my website) for a free audio code.)

2. The Audiobook Blog Tour is still going on! Giveaway and more! See the Silver Dagger Book Tours  Page. (ends 3/3)

3. Yay! A favorite eerie short story I wrote, "Sweet Dreams," has been accepted and will be published soon! No, zombies in this one, but it's definitely haunting! Details coming soon!

4. I'm also working on another short story, this one inspired by something historical I read online. Trying to get the ending figured out. I like this one, so hope I can get it right!

*** Whoa! New!! Check out this incredible moving image of Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter! Creepy! See website book page.


Thursday, February 24, 2022

Historical: The Last Roman: Exile Blog Tour #scifi #fantasy

 

 Today I welcome B.K. Greenwood, author of The Last Roman: Exile

Think you know the story of what happened after the Crucifixion? See an interview and review below.

About the Book: 

Some debts you cannot repay, even if you live forever...

Seasoned imperial officer Marcus Sempronius Gracchus leads the 9th Roman Legion into a bloody battle against a fierce barbarian tribe. It's a battle he won't survive. When he awakens three days later, clawing his way from a shallow grave, Marcus must face the reality of his new existence. He will never see the afterlife--but that won't stop him from dying time and again over the next 2,000 years.

But Marcus is not the only one cursed with eternal life, and they are determined to bring the world crashing to its knees. Forced to confront the only brother he has ever known, can Marcus prevent the inevitable and find redemption? Follow the story of a man who should be dead, as he tries to save the world... and his soul.

* Get it on Amazon - Goodreads

 * Continue the story in Book 2, The Last Roman: Abyss.

Review: This has to be one of the most fascinating books I've read. I read a short story a while back about Lazarus which had an interesting twist: how was the once-dead man really received, other than what it says in the Biblical accounts?

Having read the Biblical accounts of the Crucifixion, you know that the Roman Centurion has the unenviable job of thrusting his spear into Jesus' side and overseeing the breaking of the thieves' legs. But... what happened after? Did he stay up nights, haunted by what he witnessed and did that day? How was he changed?

What if the Roman Centurion Marcus was changed... except in another, unexpected way, that he, too, also becomes immortal but cursed with having to die over and over.... And another man, namely  Doubting Thomas, also lives up to his name and early convictions as he, too, was equally cursed.

I loved that this book follows the men across centuries and has alternating time chapters. And it offers an interesting take with a twisted purpose far more sinister than what is hinted at in the book's back blurb. The book does get a bit weighted down in the middle with lots of fighting but...the outcome is something horrific that will make you want to read book two, at least to see where it goes. I won't give it away except to say that it's an understandable outcome, if not a repulsive one, given what happens. The result is something far more evil, sacrilegious and twisted in keeping with modern-day science and technology. 

***

An Interview with B.K. Greenwood:

What inspired the story?

Hard to say! I started book one twenty-three years ago. And honestly, I forgot exactly what inspired me! I just know that I read a bunch as a kid and at some point in my twenties, I decided I had my own story to tell!

 What was your favorite part of the story and why?

My historical flashbacks. I love history and I always try to pick an under-represented period to share with my readers. To me, I can tell a story and help people learn.

If you had to pick a setting, where would you choose to live?

Ah, that is tough. It would be hard to choose between Ancient Rome and the Napoleonic period. I find the characters and events fascinating. One helped formed Western Civilization and the other really ushered in the age of nationalism.

 What were the hardest and easiest parts of writing this book ?

Easiest are historical flashbacks because I love history and I can pick whenever I want. Hardest is the ending of book three. The pressure to get it right, as I have no additional sequels to fix any missteps. Plus, after three books, I want to leave my readers satisfied.

 What do you want readers to know about your characters?

They are human. They laugh, cry, make mistakes, don't always have the right answer. They may not make the obvious choice, because we all have blind spots. I want them to be human. Not perfect.

 How much of your own life inspired the story and how?

I would say reading inspired my story. I read voraciously as a kid and that led me to want to do my own stories. What I learned from those authors helped form my writing style.

 What work did you do before writing this book? How it prepared you (or didnt!?) for writing this and your other books? 

I still have a day job. I work for a large tech firm. It has helped on the marketing side, with understanding return on investment and doing interviews and podcasts (I have a large team that I do zoom calls with). The experience with public speaking is very helpful.

What's next? 

Finish book three, then start a prequel!

* Book 3, The Last Roman: Absolution  is on pre-order and releases March 29.

 What do you hope readers take away from this book?

I hope they are entertained and hooked on my writing style and love the characters. It's the perfect beach read or vacation book.

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 About the Author: B.K. Greenwood lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and wolf pack of four rescue dogs. He loves to travel and has incorporated his experiences into his writing. B.K. enjoys works of fiction and nonfiction, with a heavy emphasis on history, adventure, and classics. 




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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Lizzie Borden, #Zombie Hunter Audiobook Tour!


Celebrate the new audiobook (RELEASES TODAY 2/21)

 for Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter!



Follow along on the blog tour for a chance to win a $10 gift card and the Kindle ebook is also on sale for $1.99! * Get the audiobook here. (on sale with Kindle!) ** HEAR a sample!


* Get the
New! audiobook free with a signup at Audible. (Cancel anytime - but right now it's 3 months free!  3 month deal ends today 2/21). (*Releases 2/21).  ** LISTEN to Chapter 1 at my website. **

Follow along on the tour here: (Note: some posts may go up later)

Feb 17

* The Kickoff is up at Silver Dagger Book Tours

A Pinch of Bookdust

 

Feb 18

Girl with Pen

Liliyana Shadowlyn   

The Faerie Review

  

Feb 19

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Scrupulous Dreams

 

Feb 20

A Wonderful World of Words

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin'      

  

Feb 21

Lady Hawkeye  

Sylv.net    

  

Feb 22

The Scratching Post

Books all things paranormal and romance

  

Feb 23

Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read  

The Book Dragon

  

Feb 24

Authors from everywhere

4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼

  

Feb 25

❧Defining Ways❧

The Sexy Nerd 'Revue'

  

Feb 26

I Smell Sheep

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Feb 27

Readers Roost

Midnight Book Reader

  

Feb 28

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Writing Dreams

Twisted Book Ramblings

  

Mar 1

Inside the Insanity

Bedazzled By Books

eBook Addicts    

  

Mar 2

Craving Lovely Books  

Insane Books

The Bookshelf Fairy

  

Mar 3

Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author

Teatime and Books   

Cover Love Book Blog