Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Reads! #zombie #mystery #thriller

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Get some more great books for that quiet time after the presents are opened! Still time to get a new read you'll love!
 (See my December Reading List 1  for more great books!)

** Check out the December new releases at Sci Fi Fantasy Bonanza!

Based on Real Life

 The Burning, JP Seewald - Based on true events with fictional characters, the short novella tells the story who's worked hard to avoid the coalmines that shortened his father's life. Now a slow-moving catastrophe threatens everything. How far will he go to protect everything? Will he realize what really matters before it's too late?

Christmas - Comedy - Critique

 Christmas Carol Critique Collection (Critiques and Parodies of Christmas Classics), Donald J. Bingle -  Start the holidays right with a humorous critique of your favorite Christmas classics.

Dark Fantasy

Black Bells, Dawn Napier - Megan Campbell has just lost her younger sister, a troubled woman who Megan could never quite reach. Heartbroken and shattered, Megan's imagination turns to a happier time, when she and Denise spent their childhoods telling stories and going on adventures in the fantasy world of Far Faraway. Almost as much as she misses her sister, Megan misses that magical world and their mischievous guide, Jack Benimble. But the fairytale world they once knew has been shattered and twisted by a terrible childhood event Megan only thinks of as the bad thing. And now Megan and her family are threatened by the darkness that has crept out of the Dungeon Deep and spread across all of Far Faraway.

 Calico (The Covenant of Shadows Book 2), Kade Cook - After surviving a near fatal kidnapping, Gabrian is determined to pick up the sordid pieces of her life or at least she is trying to. But somewhere in the chaos something has gone awry. Her ability to turn off the cravings is broken—leaving her victim to a body meant to run on instinct for survival, a body constructed to reap fear within the Realm. Now Gabrian must test the strength of her will—harness in the unrelenting urge to feed in order to secure her Elders trust or risk becoming the monster that lurks within.

Feed 3: A Dystopian Collection with Reality TV, Nicole Grotepas White - (Releases Dec. 15.) Ramone has surrendered himself to the Director and the Kirkwood Broadcasting corporation. Now a prisoner, he must negotiate how much of his integrity to give up in order to stay useful. And alive. There is hope, however, because despite suffering terrible losses, the resistance grows. Can Blythe, Marci, and Ghosteye use the motley band of untrained fighters to help their friend? If Ramone isn’t careful, there’ll be no one left for them to save. 

Feed 1: A Dystopian Collection with Reality TV  (The Fookoo Series, Nicole Grotepas White - (See how it starts, freeSeven years after the nanocameras switched on and the feeds began, nanoengineer Samuel Ramone becomes the subject of an addictive reality feed. As his heart sinks further into the crush he's been nursing, his popularity rises. When it comes to the new world of the feeds, Enforcers are nothing but a rumor. But the Editors . . . they're real. Now he is hunted by an Enforcer. Running is pointless. But staying in one place means learning the rumors aren't just rumors.

 New!  City of Lies, (inspector Ransom Series #4), Robert W. Walker - The latest in this popular historic series set in 1896 Chicago has Inspector Ransom behind bars waging the battle against those who want to see him hung for the murder of a cleric. Double jeopardy prevents it, though the Chicago Archdiocese would still see him pay. But Ransom is soon on a case of a horrific serial killer and is closing in on what really happened at the Haymarket Riot, in which he was maimed years ago.  Hypnosis and old-fashioned police work begin to focus Ransom's search for answers to both the crime in Chicago history and the current series of brutal murders terrifying all of Chicagoland.

* Sale ends today! 12/18  The Haunting of Dr. Bowen, C.A. Verstraete - ** Kindle Sale,  99 cents - Dec. 11-18.  Was Lizzie Borden's doctor haunted by what he saw that fatal day? Was he haunted by Fall River's bloody past?


New! Hardboiled Horror, editor, Jonathan Maberry - Fifteen original tales of noir mystery shot through with elements of horror and the supernatural. Occult detectives, paranormal investigators, seedy P.I.s, amateur sleuths and ghost hunters tackle the cases no one else can handle. Stories by Heather Graham, Kevin J. Anderson, Rachel Caine, Scott Sigler, Seanan McGuire Alethea Kontis, Jonathan Maberry, Chris Ryall, Dana Fredsti, Jim Beard, Jacopo della Quercia, John Gilstrap, Jon McGoran, Josh Malerman, Max Allan Collins & Matthew V. Collins, Lois H. Gresh and Nancy Holder.

The Dead of Night - Piper Blackwell Mystery 2, Jean Rabe - 
** Kindle Sale, $1.99  Dec. 15-Jan. 7 **  New Sheriff Piper Blackwell settles into the job in book two, solving recent and old mysteries!

Short Stories - Horror
 Killing it  Softly 2: A Digital Short Horror Fiction Anthology (Best by Women in Horror) - Thirty-eight female authors give you a glimpse of their inner demons.  Sci Fi, fantasy and steampunk intertwine with horror. Includes stories by Tonia Brown, Chantal Boudreau, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Lindsey Goddard and others.


New! Demon Fallout: The Return  (A Michael Talbot Adventure), Mark Tufo - In his 30th novel, zombies are a nightmare of the past; the Lycan wars are over. Mike feels that he can finally settle down after 200 years of war until he hears an impossible message from beyond. Tommy, his adopted son, is in trouble and there is nothing in Heaven or Hell that will stop Mike from helping him.

2017 marks the 125th anniversary of the Borden murders... What if everything you knew about the murders wasn't true? 
 *  Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, C.A. Verstraete - (2nd edition with new cover) Another view of the infamous murders gives an entirely different reason for the crime based on the autopsy records and crime scene photos: What if Lizzie Borden killed her father and stepmother because they'd become... zombies? Follows the real-life trial and events, with excerpts from actual records.

* Also check out the sequel! Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall, C.A. Verstraete - Lizzie's story continues after the trial. She's picking up her axe again, albeit regretfully, when there's another zombie outbreak. Can Fall River's most infamous accused murderess ever expect her life to be "normal"?

New! Paxton vs. The Undead, Kristen Middleton - Paxton's survived a plane crash and now knows he has to leave his home to survive the zombies, despite his agoraphobia-- especially since Corbon's no longer delivers. (Dark humor, violence, profanity)

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