BOOK REVIEW: The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater

The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater

The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater

The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater
Publication date: June 12th 2012
Genres: Adult, Horror, Science Fiction


As long as the undead hordes of the Inferi Scourge howl outside the dying city, the last remaining humans struggle to survive inside The Bastion. Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her entire life within the towering walls. Her only refuge from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages is in the arms of Officer Dwayne Reichardt. Then Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge and reclaim the land and resources in the valley beyond the wall. If she succeeds, the city may be saved.

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*My Book Review*

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

Ever since I did the book blitzes for The Last Bastion of the Living and its follow up novel, The Last Mission of the Living, I have been ITCHING to read this series. Right from the very first page I was dragged into the action and didn’t want to put this book down until I had consumed every last word on the page.

For starters, the main characters – and especially those of Maria and Dwayne – are rich with detail and the reader instantly becomes enthralled in their battle. None of the characters in this story are perfect, some of them come close, while others are fantastically flawed and keep the reader guessing as to what their true intents are, so there is a rich diversity maintained throughout this book.

Rhiannon Frater has bought a despondent post apocalypse to the pages of this novel, and it is certainly something to be relished. While plenty of dystopian novels manage to portray a certain amount of hardship to their characters, none I’ve read so far have hit home quite like Frater’s work. There is an honesty to her post apocalyptic world that is refreshing to see and makes their struggles for a better world much more plausible.

There were a few moments in this book where I start off thinking a concept or action is completely unbelievable. However, Rhiannon’s gift for storytelling soon has me believing every damn word. So kudos to the author for this!

The only real gripe I had with this novel was the term ‘scrag’. Rhiannon uses it the way Robert Kirkman uses ‘walkers’ instead of zombies. To me, personally, it just never quite feels like a word that fits the description properly. And, honestly, I think this might just been a sentiment inflicted because I am Australian and the term scrag is used constantly to describe a woman who is akin to a slut.

Overall, I am giving The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater 5 out of 5 stars!

Make sure you check back next week for my review of the next book in this series, The Last Mission of the Living.



About the Author

Author Rhiannon FraterRhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Mid Season Finale Recap – Episode 8: Coda


Emily Kinney stars as Beth Greene in Episode 8 entitled Coda of AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5

Well, here is it – the very last recap of AMC’s The Walking Dead for 2014! Here’s what went down in the Episode 8 (entitled Coda) mid season finale of Season 5:

So we start this episode with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) playing bad cop against one of Dawn’s (Christine Woods) actual bad cops, Bob (Maximiliano Hernández). Long story short, it’s bye-bye Bob.

Now Rick seems to be walking the fine line again this episode and I wonder if he will be returning to Farmer Rick and all his whacked out visions in the second half of Season 5. But, for the mean time, he is playing hostage negotiator against the other kind of crazy that is Dawn.

Speaking of, Dawn spends this episode trying to convince Beth (Emily Kinney) that her version of the Dawn of the New Age is less about the sharing of emotional enlightenment and more about making sure your version of crazy doesn’t spill out enough for everyone to see and therefore having someone step up and do what Dawn had to do to the previous supreme ruler of Slabtown

So how is Beth? Well, she’s okay, she’s got her thug life on and is supplying Carol (Melissa McBride) with the magical medication she needs to heal internal injuries. Of course no one has noticed that Carol is still eating up medical resources because all the cops are too busy getting caught by Rick’s group or being typically stereo-cast. As a result, Beth has to push a cop down the lift well.

But enough about all that excitement, what about Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam)? Turns out he needs to know that what went down in church was the truth, so goes off in search of Bob’s (old Bob, nice Bob, played by Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) BBQed leg.

In return for Rick’s group telling the truth and Gabriel discovering this, he returns to the church with a herd of walkers hot on his tail. Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) show the compassion that Gabriel never showed his parishioners and let Father Doubting Thomas in. Which means the church becomes overrun with walkers and they have nowhere to stay now…

…which is fine because Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) shows up just in the knick of time to save their arses. Michonne is all excited to tell Maggie (Lauren Cohan) that her sister is still alive: Remember Beth, Maggie? You know, the sister you haven’t really been worrying about while searching for Glenn (Steven Yeun)? Yeah, she’s okay. *insert sudden change of heart from Maggie here* Yeah, this is when I know who is gonna die…

Okay, so back at Slabtown, the negotiation is under way. Rick and Dawn are exchanging gifts and Carol is all of a sudden alive and well enough to sit up in a wheelchair – it’s a miracle! Right when you think all is good a rosy, Dawn goes full Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) and demands Noah (Tyler James Williams) back, because, you know, he’s hers and not a person at all. Now, considering the swap has been made, there makes no sense for Rick to do anything else but walk away – and even Dawn’s crew seem to agree. But Dawn’s not having one piece of that pie  and Noah can see it so sacrifices himself by returning to Team Dawn.

This is when it all goes to hell in a handbasket made out of shit decisions crafted in the writer’s room when someone came up with the brilliant idea that it was time for someone to die…

Yeah, Beth goes all fucktarded and attacks Dawn with a pair of scissors. Not giant ‘I was made to cut shit up’ scissors but the kind of scissors you might find in a little old ladies handbag. And she doesn’t even manage to stab Dawn in a major artery. So Dawn is all wild at Beth and blows her MOTHERFUCKING brains out all over Rick’s group.

Yeah, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) cries and every Reedus fan across the world cries along with him. And then Daryl carries poor Beth out of the hospital just in time for Maggie to show up and all those tears that you thought you’d just cried over this ridiculously senseless death renew themselves even though you’ve spent the entire Season wondering when Maggie would remember she had a sister.

TWD S05E08 Talking Dead 2

And then I made the mistake of watching Talking Dead and watched Emily Kinney cry during the entire show and I think, even four days later, I am still dehydrated.

Oh course, then I found this on Facebook:

Dont worry shes with me

So, yeah, pissy that AMC decided to kill Beth. Not because she is my fave character, but because they made it a senseless death for the sake of being ‘edgy’.

oh, and remember Morgan (Lennie James)? Yeah, he totally turned up after the party left all over again…

What did you think of the mid season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let me know your thoughts on Beth’s death by commenting below! And just remember, Season 5 returns on the 8th February 2015.

Season 5 return February promo poster

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BOOK BLITZ & EXCERPT: Life Lived Twice by Sherrie Wouters

Life Lived Twice by Sherrie Wouters

Life Lived Twice by Sherrie Wouters

Life Lived Twice by Sherrie Wouters 
Publication date: June 6th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance


Some promises are made to last forever…

What if you fell in love with a stranger…but that stranger had come from your past, a past you never knew existed until the moment your eyes met?

When Tess Winters locks eyes with a stranger at an airport bookstore, it ignites a feeling of passion somewhere deep inside her that she can’t explain.

Although the encounter is innocent and brief, the intensity of it lingers, leaving her overwhelmed by a yearning for the mystery man now consuming her every thought.

Struggling to break the powerful hold he has over her heart, Tess starts to experience strange but familiar dreams…dreams from the turn of the twentieth century of the charming Mr Addison Taylor.

As her dreams start to materialize into reality, and past and present begin to blur, Tess is forced to put the pieces of a forgotten time together, and soon discovers that love isn’t the only thing that can find you after an eternity.

Captivating, mysterious, and romantic, Life Lived Twice will leave you wondering whether love is so powerful it could last more than a lifetime.

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By the time I’d examined his tanned calves, the masculinity of his
skin was lingering in the air between us. He smelt sensational, and I found
myself uncontrollably breathing in as I rose.

Now curious to see more, I kept going. But as I began to move, an
odd sensation of warmth radiating from him came over me; it was almost
like an invisible hand caressing my skin. My heart fluttered at the idea
of it, and suddenly blood was rushing to all the wrong places as I felt an
unexpected thrill of anticipation.

After tracing his body all the way up to his chest, my wandering
eyes didn’t seem to want to stop, and they were soon up to his neck and
following the stubble along his jaw, right up to his light brown hair.

And then he spoke. The sound of his voice jolted me from my
daydream and pulled my gaze to his.

“Addison!” I gasped as our eyes collided.

From the moment the name left my lips, my eyes widened … stared
… and became lost in his. As a rush of airy weightlessness floated me
from the floor, suddenly everything felt more enhanced, more real, like
something inside me had suddenly woken up.

It was an intoxicating feeling and the longer I stood entranced, the
further his beautiful blue eyes reached into mine. Somehow they were
knocking on the door to my heart, stirring something so powerful it made
me want to cry and laugh at the same time and, for a brief second, there
was something in his eyes that made me feel complete.

Suddenly his brows squeezed then softened. “Ah … um … sorry about
the electric shock.” He smiled. “But who’s Addison?”

My throat tightened as warmth flushed my cheeks. Who the hell
was Addison?

Embarrassment pulled my eyes from his. “Oh,” I said, choking on my
words, “Um … ah … no … I don’t know anyone called Addison … I mean, um … ”

“Oh!” He smiled cheekily as he leaned towards me and whispered.
“You sounded so convinced I was him … I thought for a second I could
be. I mean, if you wanted me to be.”

My face shot back to his, words jamming in my throat as I stared.
Who was this guy, this stranger? In just a few seconds he’d turned my soul
inside out, and now he was charming me with his words as well.

As his lips rose into a smile, I couldn’t help but smile back. But panic
quickly returned to my constricted throat as that name re-entered my head.

Suddenly aware of the warmth still creeping across my face, I managed
to pull my eyes from his again and divert my gaze. Addison, Addison, who
the hell was Addison? I couldn’t budge the name from my thoughts.

As I stood fidgeting, I could feel him staring, waiting for me to say
something, anything. After taking a breath, I shifted my gaze and we
locked eyes again as I spoke. “Um,” I said, swallowing hard, “I must be
mistaken … sorry.”

About the Author

Author Sherrie WoultersSherrie Wouters is the author of the romantic fantasy, Life Lived Twice.

A qualified Homeoeopath and Kinesiologist, Sherrie lives in country Victoria, Australia with her husband, and two daughters. She is currently working on the sequel to Life Lived Twice.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 7: Crossed


Andrew Lincoln stars as Rick Grimes in Episode 5 (entitled Crossed) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Sorry it has taken so long to get the recap up for Episode 7 (entitled Crossed) Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Between NaNoWriMo, proofreading, my daughter’s Christmas concert and the Feed the Zombies 2 event, I have been flat out!

Anyway – in a nutshell (because I’m STILL pressed for time) – here’s what went down in Episode 7:

  • Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) is still silently flipping out over Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt) lies. Is he the only person in the universe who didn’t realise a mullet does not a scientist make?
  • Speaking of, Eugene gets to spend this episode flat on his back. He might die, he might wake up. Either way, I’m ‘meh’ about it all. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) seems to give more of a shit than I do.
  • Glenn (Steven Yeun) goes fishing with the girls – ie. Rosita (Christian Serratos) and Tara (Alanna Masterson). Besides catching fish and finding yo-yo’s, Tara is hilarious when they pass a telephone pole pinning down some walkers. “It’s okay guys, no need to get up…
  • Meanwhile, Daryl (Norman Reedus) is back with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and they are planning to bust Carol (Melissa McBride) right out of Slabtown. Kudos to Rick for fully understanding how badly he fucked up by dumping Carol. My only fear is that if Carol dies as a result of the Season 5 mid-season finale, Rick will spiral back down into the pits of Lori all over again…Melissa McBride stars as Carol in Episode 7 (entitled Crossed) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead
  • Rick’s gang come up with a really good plan. So, of course it all goes horribly wrong when the police officers they catch escape. Thankfully they manage to round them all up again but not before Daryl has to rip off a walker’s head and bash a police officer with it!
  • Now they have their hostages but one of them turns out to be called Bob, so Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) goes all sookey eyes on him and he manages to clobber her over the head and escape. Seriously, Sasha, you and Abraham need to get married with all the stupid the pair of you own.
  • As a result of this fuck-upery, it looks like the Season 5 mid-season finale is going to be brutal :-( Guess I need to put on Carol’s boots and big girl panties and hope to God none of my fave characters die on Sunday!Carol's Boots
  • So what’s actually happening in Slabtown? Well, Carol has been given twenty four hours to recover from internal injuries. Yeah, even she isn’t capable of this feat, so it’s time to turn off her life support system. However, even though Beth (Emily Kinney) knocked her down a peg or two in front of one of her officers, Dawn (Christine Woods) gives Beth the key to the medicine cabinet and lets her drug up Carol any old way. Now if I don’t smell something funny going on here than it’s time for me to stand in the Sasha and Abraham corner…
  • Oh, and Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) seems to be going all sorts of crazy when he uses a machete to rip up the floorboards and escape from his church. Considering he is listed as a series regular, my guess is he has some sort of a plan rather than just being overcome with sin guilt and winding up as walker kibble.Seth Gillam stars as Father Gabriel in Episode 7 (entitled Crossed) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Here are my predictions for the mid season finale:

  • Beth will die. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I think it will be Carol who dies in the finale (as much as it guts me to write it). After all, she had her swansong episode with Daryl didn’t she? :-(
  • We will think Carol dies but we will find out she is alive when The Walking Dead returns next February.
  • We won’t see Father Gabriel at all in this episode
  • Dawn will die.
  • Morgan (Lennie James) will turn up at the church right at the very end of the episode.

So, what did you think of Episode 7 of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let me know your predictions for the mid season finale next week by commenting below or, alternatively, on the Season 5 Conspiracy Theories page!

You can read my Episode 8 recap here.

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Feed the Zombies 2 is Nearly Here! #zombies #giveaway #99cents


Feed the Zombies 2 poster updated

There are only two days left until the annual Feed the Zombies event takes off once more. If you can’t remember what the big deal is, then check out my earlier post on Feed the Zombies 2 here. Here’s the basic gist of it though:

Want something to do while the turkey is cooking?

Why not feed your brain – and hope that it doesn’t become zombie fodder in the process?

While you are basting your turkey and trying not to consume too much wine while your bird spends HOURS in the oven, why not satisfy your literary urges by devouring some zombie novels? At only 99 cents a pop on November 26th 2014, you’d be brainless not to!

Yep, that’s right – 99 cents for a zombie novel! How many do you think you can devour on the one day?

If you haven’t joined the Facebook event yet, then please click in the image below so you can RSVP. By joining the Facebook event now you will be notified of any new updates and posts so you won’t miss out on any of the awesome giveaways and games occurring during the day.

Feed the Zombies 2 Facebook image

Click on this image to RSVP to the Feed the Zombies 2 Facebook event


Also, thanks to Zombiepalooza radio station, a group of authors participating in the Feed the Zombies 2 event were interviewed last weekend. You can listen to the podcast below. (My interview occurs around the 03:30:00 mark.)

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Finally, we have had a few last minute additions, so here is the latest poster displaying all the great zombie novels on sale on the 26th November 2014:

Feed the Zombies 2 banner updated

Can’t wait to see you all there – and don’t forget to invite all your friends by sharing this post across your social medias!

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COVER REVEAL: Hunted Heart by Alison DeLuca

Here’s an exciting new cover reveal about a book I can’t WAIT to read: Hunted Heart by Alison DeLuca! Not only does it sound like a fantastic read, but all money raised will go towards the charity, Save the Children.

I’ll let Alison tell you all about it though…

I met a friend online who gave me a prompt for Hunted Heart. Her idea was to have a strong heroine as the Hunter from Snow White who is given the job of killing the prince. Heartbreak, magic mirrors, and poisoned apples all wound themselves into the plot, and fifty thousand words later I had an adult take on the fairytale.

My publishing group, Myrddin Publishing, does a charity publication each year in December. This year my Myrddin effort is Hunted Heart and all royalties will be donated. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon, and you can add it to your reading lists
on Goodreads.


When Tali is hired to cut out the heart of Prince Kas, the huntress can’t refuse. Tali realizes there is no escape from the dark magic of the queen’s mirror, even though her own feelings for the prince are far too complex to understand.

As they try to run from their shared destiny, Tali and Kas have to rely on their wits and each other as hunter becomes prey and hearts are won and lost.

A genderbent Snow White for adults (18+ only.) All royalties go to Save the Children.

My illustrator did a lovely job with the book. Here is Lisa Daly’s cover for Hunted Heart:

About the Author

Author Alison DeLucaAlison DeLuca is the author of several fantasy and steampunk novels. Currently she lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter, where she wrestles words and laundry.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and

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AHS Freak Show Recap – Episode 7 Test of Strength

Test of Strength

FX AHS Freakshow Episode 7 entitled Test of Strength 2

So here’s what got my freak on (and off) about Episode 7 (entitled Test of Strength) of FX’s American Horror Story Freak Show:

Freak On

  • The opening sequence being all Bold and the Beautiful between Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock) lying, Jimmy Penishands (Evan Peters) working out who the other crazy clown was and Dot (Sarah Paulson) coming to realisation they were being fucked over
  • Jimmy singing  Nirvana – Fuck YEAH!!!
  • Dot messing with Elsa’s (Jessica Lange) head. Yeah, the bitch fight is ON!

FX AHS Freakshow Episode 7 entitled Test of Strength 3

  • The gay going on between Stanley (Denis O’Hare) and Dell (Michael Chiklis). Love the sexual tension – even if there is blackmail involved :-)
  • The feeling that all the story lines are starting to join together into the best tapestry I have ever seen
  • Dell picking on Amazon Eve (Erika Ervin) as his freak victim for Stanley. Who’s the strong man now Dell?
  • The whole ‘is he, or isn’t he gonna kill his son‘ bar hop between Dell and Jimmy. So glad Dell pulled through and didn’t kill his own son
  • Seems Stanley and Elsa are on the same page. Looks like it might be Dot and Bette (Sarah Paulson) who get their formaldehyde on…

Freak Off

  • I choose my sister – Yeah, Bette honey, we need to have a chat about Dot…
  • Would someone call the doctor already???
  • Oh yeah, Ethel (Kathy Bates) is dying. Totally forgot that…
  • Remember Penny (Grace Gummer)? It seems she has one sick and twisted daddy who is prepared to turn his daughter into a freak rather than have her get her jiggy on with a freak *SMH*
  • As a result, suddenly Paul the illustrated seal (Mat Fraser) is well enough to get up out of bed and sympathise with his newly tattooed lady

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What the FREAK Just Happened?

  • Ma Petite (Jyoti Amge) NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Fuck you Dell! How dare you kill the little lady :-(

FX AHS Freakshow Episode 7 entitled Test of Strength 6

What did you think of Episode 7 of FX’s AHS Freak Show? Let me know by commenting below!

And just because Jimmy’s nirvana impression was awesome, here’s the video clip:

(Photo Credits: FX)

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