BOOK BLITZ: Phobic by Cortney Pearson

Phobic by Cortney Pearson

Phobic by Cortney Pearson

Phobic by Cortney Pearson
(The Forbidden Doors #1)
Publication date: September 8th 2014
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

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Blurb

Fifteen-year-old Piper Crenshaw knows her house is strange. It’s never needed repairs since it was built in the 1800s, and the lights flicker in response to things she says. As if those things aren’t creepy enough, it’s also the place where her mother committed murder.

To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, Piper opens a forbidden door, which hides a staircase that leads to the ceiling. That’s when the flashbacks of the original residents from 1875 start, including a love affair between two young servants. Each vision pulls Piper deeper into not only their story, but also her house. Piper confides in her best friend, Todd, whom she’s gradually falling for, but even he doesn’t believe her. At least, not until her house gets axed during a prank, and the act injures Piper instead, cutting a gash the size of Texas into her stomach.

Piper realizes her house isn’t haunted—it’s alive. To sever her link to it, she must unravel the clues in the flashbacks and uncover the truth about her mother’s crime, before she becomes part of her house for good.

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About the Author

CortneyCortney Pearson is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. She lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer, Theories & More!

Andrew Lincoln stars as Rick Grimes in AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5

Trailers:

With a little over a month to go until the premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 5 on October 12th 2014, we are starting to get some teaser action happening! First up I have a long trailer released during San Diego’s Comic Con 2014. Make sure you check out the huge metal trough Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) gang are forced to lean over at the start of this trailer. Looks like a great place to bleed out meat after slaughtering it don’t you think? Other noticeable things include:

  • Rick is holding a baby while talking to Gareth (Andrew J. West) – is it Judith? If so, then are Carol (Melissa McBride) and Tyreese (Chad Coleman) already in Terminus?
  • We see plenty of action involving the group free of Terminus. Does this mean we don’t get to solve the mystery of Terminus early on in Season 5?
  • What the hell is this that Rick is peering down at? Zombie or rat?

Are we ready for rat zombies ion AMC's The Walking Dead Season 5?

  • There seems to be some sort of zombie conflict – is it at Terminus? Is that why Gareth pairs up with Rick’s gang?
  • I can’t help but wonder if the bloody hand bearing a wedding ring is significant…
  • We see a zombie hand rise up and grab Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) – could he be the first victim of Season 5?
  • Zombie explosion – can’t WAIT for that!
  • Carol hiding in the grass. Is this when everyone else is still held captive in Terminus?
  • First peek at Beth (Emily Kinney)! Seems she is in a place where everyone is clean and tidy and waaaaay too orderly to be anything but sinister. Is that a hospital she’s in? Experimentation anyone?

You can view the full trailer video below:

The second video has just been released and shows most of footage we have already seen in the above video but the advent of gas masks to enter what looks to be the shipping container Rick’s group is being held captive in is interesting. Also look out for: “It’s not over until they’re all dead. They don’t get to live.” Rick says this but is he talking about the walkers or the people of Terminus? Or perhaps wherever Beth is being held?

You can watch this trailer below:

Season 5 Theories:

If you want a full list on Season 5 theories, you can view it here. If you want the full list of Terminus theories, then please click here. However, here’s a quick list of the new theories that have been added since the end of Season 4:

  • Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) will reveal he is gay. While Robert Kirkman is the source of this rumour and we all know what a troll he can be when it comes to messing with fans heads, the showrunner, Scott Gimple, has now added merit to this theory after he revealed there would be a gay character revealed in Season 5.
  • Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) will lose an eye just like he did in the comic books the TV show is based on.
  • Glenn (Steven Yeun) will die in Season 5. There is now speculation running rife that Glenn will lose his life like he did in the comic books.
  • Beth has been kidnapped by the TV version of Father Gabriel (a comic book character)
  • Terminus and the hospital Beth is at are interlinked
  • The hospital Beth is at is experimenting with cures
  • ‘A’ means arrivals. ‘D’ means departures in Terminus. Could the departures be people being eaten or experimented on?

Do you have any other theories? Let me know by commenting below!

More:

  • The Episode 1 title has been revealed: No Sanctuary. Oh crap
  • Andrew Lincoln had this to say about Season 5: “We’re really earning our rating this season. There are families that watch it together, but just so it’s on the record, guys — it’s a grown-up show this season.” So, just this season, huh? As opposed to that time when Rick ripped a mans throat out with his teeth, or that time when Carol had to tell Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) to look at the flowers, or, when Sophia (Madison Lintz) turned into a zombie and was shot in the head at point blank range, or, well, basically any episode to date…
  • Want to plan your Walking Dead premiere party? Why not start with the ideas I had for the Season 4 finale party?
  • Need something t read until October 12th? You can catch up on The Walking Dead comics here. Alternatively, you can check out some of my books: Emeline and the Mutants (for zombies, vampires and trolls in a dystopian post-apocalyptic adventure), Zombie Apocalypse Now! Part 1 (for the classic zombie apocalypse reader), Metanoia (for zombies and romance and conspiracy theories). All are currently available for only 99 cents!

Sources: YouTube – Comic-Con Trailer: The Walking Dead: Season 5

YouTube – THE WALKING DEAD – Season 5 | Trailer ‘Never Let Your Guard Down’ | HD

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COVER REVEAL: After Day One by Benjamin Levi Seims

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After Day One by Benjamin Levi Seims

Publisher: Booktrope
Expected Publication: December 9, 2014
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure

Blurb

2083, John Howe a genetic, and cybernetic, enhanced cyber operations solider who came home After Day One only to find the country he fought for broken, and his wife and son murdered. By 2096 he rebuilt his home and was trying to live a comfortable life on the outskirts of the Free Territories, the Pacific North West.

That was before Sierra and Quinn. The twin thirteen year old orphans he was saddled with the minute he saved them from a fat, greasy, gypsy couple holding them. Now he’s a man who is just trying to get rid of them before they all end up dead.

As fate would have it, a super soldier and two kids with abilities that could save the country, and maybe earth, are going to be hard to separate.

The world is fragmented and looking for a hero. Some heroes come in rough packaging.

Ben SeimsAbout the Author

I live in Wenatchee, WA with my wife and our three teenage boys. I work full time as a Cardiac Nurse and I am currently an Officer in the Washington Army National Guard. After Day One is my first full length Novel and is the first book in a planned trilogy.

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A Couple More Metanoia Cover Designs!

Yesterday I posted four covers that were concept designs for my latest novel, Metanoia. Well, it seems I wasn’t done with the cover art as I have two more covers to add to the mix! You can view them both below and then head on over to vote on them in my poll by clicking here.

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Help Me Pick a New Cover Design For Metanoia!

Okay guys, I need some help. Currently my newest novel, Metanoia, has the following cover:

Metanoia by Rachel Tsoumbakos Cover (genre: horror/zombie apocalypse)

This was never meant to be the final cover for my novel but merely a bookmark design to use as a prompt while I was writing the novel. Now, this is where I need your help. Below I have four new concept covers that I want your opinion on. Please read the blurb for Metanoia below and then pick which cover design you like the most. Your help in this matter is most appreciated. :-D

Please be aware these are concept designs, they are not the final covers. So, if you like a cover but don’t like the font then (for example), by all means, let me know in the comments below.

To make it just that little bit more exciting, I will be picking one person at random from the comments below who will get their own eBook copy of Metanoia with the new cover design.

 

Blurb

METANOIA
Definition: n. a spiritual conversion or awakening; a fundamental change of character
Etymology: Greek ‘change one’s mind, repent’

Marli Anderson has just one task: assassinate Oscar La Monde, the man she once loved.

As assassin for hire for the prestigious Merrick’s Inc., she is sent back to her home town to kill the man she now loathes beyond all others—her husband. Considering they are on opposing sides of the uprising, Marli anticipates an easy task; ‘closure’ they call it. The fact that she can exact her revenge for his past discretions is just the icing on the cake.

When she arrives, the town has changed. The man she hated is unexpectedly welcoming. And the town’s folk—well, they’re just… different. Someone or something has transformed them all into a bunch of zombies. They appear to be harmless – but are they?

As she begins to uncover details of who may be behind the townsfolk’s’ metamorphosis, Marli is left fighting for the truth. Will she and Oscar be able to unravel the web of deception before it’s too late?

Should she trust her heart or her head? Which is less likely to get her killed?

Either way, METANOIA is a heart-stopping zombie apocalypse adventure that will keep you guessing at every twist and turn until the very end.

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton

Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton
Publication date: May 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal

Blurb

Not many seventeen year old girls have a best friend who’s a ghost, but then Mary Hades isn’t your average teenager.

Scarred physically and mentally from a fire, her parents decide a holiday to an idyllic village in North Yorkshire will help her recover. Nestled in the middle of five moors, Mary expects to have a boring week stuck in a caravan with her parents. Little does she know, evil lurks in the campsite…

Seth Lockwood—a local fairground worker with a dark secret—might be the key to uncovering the murky history that has blighted Nettleby. But Mary is drawn to him in a way that has her questioning her judgement.

Helped by her dead best friend and a quirky gay Goth couple, Mary must stop the unusual deaths occurring in Nettleby. But can she prevent her heart from being broken?

The first in a series of dark YA novels, Mary Hades follows on from the bestselling Kindle Single ‘My Daylight Monsters’. A spine-tingling tale with romance, readers will be shocked and entertained in equal measure.

*My Book Review*

DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge in return for an honest review.

I really, truly loved the classic urban legend spookiness of this novel. Mary Hades draws you in with her flawed characters that are so human in their rawness that you never doubt the author for a second. The main character, for example, is your typical self-centred teen. At times she is very egocentric in her opinion that rings completely true for someone her age, which is refreshing as so many YA novels these days seem to have characters that are beyond their years in wisdom. And the relationship between Mary and Lacey is developed beautifully, with Mary, at times being so completely selfish that I just want to shake her!

There is a sort of ‘comfort food’ feel to this novel, and I suspect it has something to do with the out there in your face English-ness (I know that’s not a word) of the novel. It hasn’t been bled out to make it appeal to a wider audience, yet it doesn’t overwhelm the reader with unfamiliar terms either. There is also a rich thread of black humour running through the novel that had me giggling with glee as well.

Many of the descriptives in this book are so evocative that there is no way you can not get caught up in the moment. Author Sarah Dalton manages to spin such beautiful words at times, yet, at others, they fall short. However, when she nails it, she absolutely nails it!

To be honest, this novel could have done with one final edit. There are a few missed or incorrect words and paragraphs that contain sentences beginning repeatedly with the same word, but, even considering this, it was a bloody great read.

Overall I am giving Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton 4 out of 5 stars

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About the Author

Author Sarah DaltonSarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.

Sarah mainly writes speculative fiction for a Young Adult audience and has had pieces of short fiction published in the Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine, Apex Magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. Her short story ‘Vampires Wear Chanel’ is featured in the Wyvern Publication Fangtales.

She is the author of the popular YA dystopia series ‘Blemished’ and the gothic novella ‘My Daylight Monsters’. She is currently working on a YA Fantasy series titled ‘White Hart’.

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IN A NUTSHELL: True Blood Season 7 Finale Episode 10 Recap

Thank You.

Sookie Meme

 

I still can’t believe that this is the last time EVER that I will be writing a True Blood recap. :-( Here’s what went down in HBO’s True Blood Season 7 finale, Episode 10 (entitled Thank You):

  • So Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) can’t decide who is right and who is wrong in the whole ‘kill Bill‘ debate. And then Bill goes and drops the clanger that not only does he want to die, he wants Sookie to kill him! Way to go Bill, your bastardry is legendary now. To make matters worse, he wants her to use her once only use miracle fairy light ball. He claims it’s so she will be human/normal afterwards, but I am just wondering if, after being Billith, he is just looking for another god complex high…
  • Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and his progeny Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) finally remember they are vampires and hatch a plan to kill Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee). RIP Mr. Gus, the villain who never had time to be a true villain, but is now nothing more than a human crisp. Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) is free now too, and on the loose, but that completely okay because Pam made her have some of her vampire blood and she is tracked down quicker than you can say ‘Mr. Gus has mad satellite stalking skills.
  • Sarah, once recaptured, does the only thing she knows how – use her body. Only Pam wouldn’t go down on her for all the money in the world, and as for making Sarah into the vampire she requested – fuck that for a joke! And, all I can say about that is thank god for that.
  • Remember how the Yakuza were on the way to Sookie’s house? Don’t worry, Eric dealt with it like a boss.True-Blood-Series-Finale-Eric-Northman-GIFs
  • Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) and Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) turn up at Bill’s and totally get railroaded into marriage. Yes, we have a wedding in the True Blood finale. <insert crying here> Yeah, I really can’t help myself when it comes to weddings :-/
  • Before this quickie wedding (even Holly (Lauren Bowles) is questioning if Jess is pregnant, it’s that shotgun), Bill lets Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) know he is his heir apparent. Lucky Andy is all ‘Gee, I don’t want your house vampire Bill‘ because Bill doesn’t want him to have it either. But since he couldn’t get Jessica adopted in time (on account of him killing his solicitor), he wants Andy to rent the Compton estate to Jess for a mere $1 a month.Jessica and Hoyt 2
  • At the wedding Sookie suddenly stars hearing Bill’s thoughts. Let’s just back the fuck up a moment here – Sookie hears Bills thoughts! Yet she doesn’t say anything to anyone, least of all Bill. I am wondering if maybe Bill is turning into a human thanks to his weird version of Hep-V.
  • So Sookie is busy worrying over what she should do in regards to the Bill situation and gets advice from all sorts of people. Reverend Daniel’s (Gregg Daniels) advice is pretty sound, Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) not so much. But then Sookie has her very own flashback and Gran (Lois Smith) helps her out as well.
  • While Sookie is looking for Jason, she comes across Bridgette (Ashley Hinshaw) and reads her mind works out Bridgette likes Jason, even if she hasn’t slept with him yet. When Sookie lets Jason in on this little secret, he is totally confused since he equates not having sex with ‘she’s not really that into me‘. So there’s that loose end tied up now Jessica got forced into marriage chose Hoyt…
  • And then we come to the part where you realise there is going to be a funeral as well as a wedding in the finale. Sookie totally agrees to kill Bill and gets his grave dug up and everything sorted before she decides no man is going to take her fairy light – least of all the one that clawed his way up out of the grave and had nasty dirty, grave yard sex with her…
  • So she completely changes her mind and monologues about it. Even Bill is getting sick of being in the bottom of a deep hole having to listen to it. Which is probably why he decided to help her stake him…Sookie Stackhouse Anna Paquin stakes Bill Compton Stephen Moyer in HBOs True Blood Season 7 finale EPisode 10 entitled Thank You
  • …hello puddle of Bill goo! <insert sobbing ugly bawling here> My theory about Bill becoming human has just become a moot one. And what if Bill was becoming human, did Sookie suspect this and decide to kill him anyway, without even letting him know her theory? You go girl!
  • Fast forward to a year later. Wait, what? I’m still grieving over here! But HBO has a TV show to wrap up and they ain’t got no time for that shit. Wait, is that Eric? Okay, I’m okay with that now. Eric and Pam have taken over Mr. Gus’s corporation and are now filming an infomercial for New Blood – and completely telling furfies about Sarah Newlin. *high five awesome viking Eric*
  • <insert cameo appearance of Charlaine Harris here>Charlaine Harris makes a cameo appearance in the HBO True Blood finale Episode 10 entitled Thank You
  • Now it’s three years later and Eric and Pam are taking over the world and having the best story arc ever. The power has gone to Pam’s head though and she is completely dressing like Sarah Newlin :-/Pam being Sarah
  • Oh, look, it’s Fangtasia. Pam is in the dungeon letting vampires take their New Blood straight from the source. Yep, Sarah Newlin actually survived the True Blood finale! But she’s now the antidote whore Pam promised in Episode 9. We also get another cameo appearance fromSteve Newlin (Michael McMillian) here because Sarah is now completely batshit crazy.Sarah Newlin
  • Next it’s Thanksgiving and some random guy is deep frying a turkey at Sookie’s house. Seems there is a big gathering going on. Oh look, there Jason and Bridgette and their three kids. And, wow, Sookie’s pregnant too! Wonder who the lucky guy is? Now they are all sitting down to dinner and there’s Sam (Sam Trammell) and Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) with their second child. Hoyt and Jess still look happy, and so do Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and James (Nathan Parsons). In fact, everyone in Bon Temps does. But who the heck is Sookie with? Then she leans over and kisses a guy with a beard. AND WE DON’T EVEN GET TO SEE HIS FACE.HBO's True Blood Season 7 after the finale
  • Oh, I get it, Sookie chooses to be human and that’s more important than which guy she ends up with. And I am crying all over again because Sookie is happy.

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So, what did you think of Episode 10 of True Blood? Let me know by commenting below!

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