Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Language in the blood: Book 1 by Angela Lockwood

Until the outbreak of the First World War, young Cameron Blair would have liked nothing better than to stay in Edinburgh and marry his childhood sweetheart. As the call to arms goes out, Cameron and his pals sign up to fight for their country. They are soon delivered into the nightmare of war, and there Cameron more than meets his maker.

The story follows Cameron as he comes to terms with his new ‘life’, from his first days as a hapless vampire in war-torn France to the glamorous modern day setting of the CΓ΄te d’Azur. Along the way, he develops a distinctive taste for the finer things in life: jewels, yachts, small dogs and champagne-infused human... 

About the author
Angela Lockwood-van der Klauw was born in the Netherlands. She learned her trade as a jeweller and gemmologist at the Vakschool Schoonhoven before moving to Edinburgh as an apprentice jeweller. There she met and later married her husband Adam. Angela ran her own jeweller’s shop in Edinburgh for ten years before she and her husband moved to the south of France in 2011. Like Cameron, Angela prefers the climate there, but often thinks about the town she left behind and its people.

Cameron’s story was born in the spring of 2013, a very wet spring during which Angela found herself climbing the walls, frustrated that she couldn’t go out and have her usual long walks along the seafront. Seeing his wife’s frustration, Adam suggested ‘Why don’t you write a book?’

Angela thought about it for a few days, then switched on her laptop and started writing. This is her first book.

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New Release by Helen Johnston - Eternal Hunger book 1

From the author of the seductive Innocence Series. 

Tatiana is a published author who lives her life through the sexy characters she brings to life within the pages of her books. Her twenty-fifth birthday arrives and it’s time for her life to take on an exciting edge. It’s always been filled with friends and laughter but she desperately wants to fall in love, the kind that will make her heart beat faster and awaken her sexual desires. 

If only she knew what was just around the corner… 

Lexington, Lexi to his friends, is an Elder vampire who demands respect. And when Mr downright-gorgeous suddenly appears, sweeping Tatty off her feet and into her wildest dreams, she is catapulted into a world she never knew existed. 

Can the two worlds be bridged and will she finally learn about her family's past, her legacy and what she has to endure just to stay with her beloved Lexi? 

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Author Bio:
Helen Johnston grew up in her home county of Hampshire, England. Her childhood dreams filled with the desire to become a dancer. An only child she was never alone, her years spent entertained with her vivid imagination.  Her life consisting of home life and a few jobs in the retail industry her vivid imagination refused to stay quiet and combined with her love of erotica and all things vampire she decided to try her hand at writing and has never looked back.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Girls of October by Josh Hancock

 "The Blair Witch Project of books...a superb novel." -David Royce,

The Girls of October tells the story of a young woman who develops a strange fascination with John Carpenter’s Halloween, believing that somewhere within the 1978 horror classic lays the truth behind an arcane force that has terrorized her since her childhood.
As an escape from a world that has not always been kind, film student Beverly Dreger takes comfort in spooky urban legends, horror movies, and monster magazines. But when a string of bizarre murders draws her closer to the folkloric entity known as “the bogeyman,” Beverly must unravel the mystery of her past and confront an ancient evil.
An epistolary novel, The Girls of October collects fictional primary sources—newspaper articles, film criticism, screenplays, short stories, interviews, police reports, and more—to tell a chilling story of psychosis, family secrets, and murder.

What inspired you to start writing, and when?

I don’t know—I just know that I was always writing fiction, probably as early as the third or fourth grade! I used to cut out pictures from monster magazines and comics, tape them inside a notebook, and then create fictional stories around the pictures. My parents, though mildly concerned about my interest in darker material, always encouraged my writing, and their bookshelves were filled with works like The Exorcist, Pet Sematary, and countless mystery and thriller novels. Throughout high school and college, I continued to write and began to develop an interest in combining different aspects of the arts (poetry, fiction, film, photography) into a single work that tells a cohesive story. My interest in multimedia led to the writing of my novel.

What is your preferred genre?

My preferred genre is literary horror, especially anything that unites different types of media to tell a story.

How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy?

The Girls of October is my first novel, but my previous book, Cabin 28: The Keddie Murders, told the true story of an unsolved quadruple homicide that took place in Northern California in 1981.

Tell us a little about your book.

The book is called The Girls of October, released by Burning Bulb Publishing this past April. The novel was born from my love of the horror films I grew up with, including Halloween, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. But I didn’t want to write a slasher, “blood and guts” book. Though there are many gruesome scenes and plenty of chills, The Girls of October is an academic work masquerading as a horror novel. It features essays, research papers, short stories, news articles, letters, 911 calls, police reports, psychiatric interviews, and an entire dissertation on John Carpenter’s Halloween—all to tell the fictional story of a film student who believes a supernatural entity has been stalking her since she was a child. It combines my love of academia with my love of horror to tell a story that hopefully readers will enjoy!

Do you have plans for a new book?

My next novel is called The Devil and My Daughter, and it’s a collection of essays, articles, interviews, press kits, scripts, and oral histories that work collectively to tell the story of a group of young filmmakers trying to make a demonic possession movie.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?

I always plot, but I allow myself the freedom to deviate from that outline when necessary.

Did you have an editor edit your books?

As an English teacher for over 18 years, I feel comfortable with my own editing skills, but it’s always important to have fresh eyes tackle your work. For The Girls of October, I worked exhaustively on editing and proofreading the book before finding a publisher for it. Then the publisher and I worked together to perfect any remaining issues.

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author?

No, though I am drawn to the small presses. Cabin 28: The Keddie Murders was published by Adelmore Books, and I believe it was their first non-fiction, “true crime” publication. The Girls of October found a supportive home with Burning Bulb Press, who has an impressive roster of authors, including Gary Vincent, John Russo, and David Fairhead.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?

Lately I’ve discovered an interest in cryptozoology, so I’m currently reading paperback versions of Lyle Blackburn’s The Beast of Boggy Creek and Linda Godfrey’s American Monsters.

Who designed the cover of your book?

The cover was designed by my publisher, Burning Bulb Press.

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it? 

Absolutely. When I discovered Mar Danielewski’s House of Leaves, it was purely by accident. I happened to be wandering through the bookstore and the colorful spine caught my eye. When browsing books online, I think the cover is even more important and should really grab the reader’s attention in some way.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad - 

Reviews are always a good thing, whether they are positive or negative. I think all a writer can ask for is an honest review. So if you love the book, tell the audience why you loved it; and if you didn’t like it, be clear as to what put you off.

List 3 of your favorite movies?

Well, The Girls of October makes it pretty clear that John Carpenter’s Halloween is in my top three. I also adore William Friedkin’s The Exorcist and David Fincher’s Zodiac.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?

As a horror writer, I’m delighted by the recent uprising of horror/thriller television, including The Walking Dead, Hannibal, True Detective, and The Bates Motel.

Where can your readers stalk you?

My books can be found on Amazon and Goodreads, and readers can explore the world of The Girls of October at

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?

The Girls of October is in print softcover, at around 290 pages or so. There is also an e-book version available, but because of the epistolary nature of the novel, I think the print version is much more user-friendly.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Stormy Summer - Romance novel by Suzy Turner



SYNOPSIS: When Summer Miller is rudely awoken from the best hot 'n' heavy dream she has had in a long time, her day gets progressively worse... until she prangs the car belonging to one of the office's hottest blokes. 

One thing leads to another and she soon finds herself dating a man who isn't quite what he seems. When her imagination goes overboard and she thinks he might actually be a 'she', Summer ends up running away to Portugal – straight into the arms of a handsome American stranger...

AUTHOR BIO: Born in England and raised in Portugal, Suzy lives with her childhood sweetheart Michael, two neurotic dogs and several cats – one who thinks she's a princess.

Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy worked as a trainee journalist for a local English newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she took the job of assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher before becoming editor of a monthly lifestyle magazine. Early in 2010 however, Suzy became a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul, Daisy Madigan's Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone, Looking for Lucy Jo, Forever Fredless, And Then There Was You as well as Stormy Summer.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Author Interview – Patricia Daly-Lipe, author of A CRUEL CALM, Paris Between the Wars

Book Description from Amazon: "Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all -well, yes and no. Read A CRUEL CALM's view of this age old dilemma." ~ Rita Mae Brown, author of eleven novels and two time Emmy Award nominee.
A CRUEL CALM, Paris Between the Wars, is a moving love story set in the era between World Wars I and II, a time of idealism and innovation when Paris was the cultural capital of the Western World. Politics, religion and social mores determine the fate of Elisabeth, a young Catholic socialite from Washington, D.C., as she learns whether it is only after great sorrow that love can come again. 
A CRUEL CALM brings Paris society and culture alive as Elisabeth experiences the aftermath of the first world war while mingling with writers, artists and socialites such as Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Coco Chanel, Joseph Campbell and Ernest Hemingway. With the omen of a new world war brewing, this is a story replete with historical detail, universal conflict, and forbidden love.

What inspired you to start writing, and when? Inspiration is an excellent term for it connotes writing coming from within (as from the heart). My writing has always been creative and inspired, from childhood through school and college and beyond by who and what is around me. After college, I wrote for newspapers and magazines. It was after I had “inspired” students in a creative writing course in Annapolis that I was advised by Richard Lederer to convert the course into a book. Hence my book ‘MYTH, MAGIC and METAPHOR, A Journey into the Heart of Creativity’ was published. Since then, all my books have come as a result of someone or something calling for my experiences to be put into print.
What is your preferred genre? All my books are a different genre, but A CRUEL CALM is historical fiction. That allowed the facts to come together in a story that could not be verified completely but allowed a view of the past from a personal perspective.
How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy? I have written eight books which includes one which I revised with additional material. They are all of a different genre.
Tell us a little about your book. This is the story of my mother’s life. She died when I was only 18 and did not tell me about her life before I was born. I spent 14 years researching. My second language is French, so I was able to interview people in Paris who knew either my mother or the era, 1927-1939, during which she resided in Paris. I also was able to interview a gentleman who had worked on the Spirit of St. Louis in San Diego. He gave me information about the famous flight of Charles Lindbergh. My mother was at le Bourget Aeroport when he landed.  I read James Joyce so that when he spoke to the protagonist (aka my mother), he was speaking in his own voice. Other writers and artists also speak in their own voice as a result of my research.
Do you have plans for a new book? Having just completed two books in the past two years, I am taking a bit of time out.  A CRUEL CALM is being developed into a feature by LITTLE STUDIO FILMS. I also have presentations coming up for which I need to prepare, especially one (about my book PATRIOT PRIEST) which I shall be giving just prior to Pope Francis’ arrival at Catholic University in Washington, DC.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? James Joyce! 

Was there an Author that inspired your writing? In my book MYTH, MAGIC and METAPHOR, I give many examples of different modes of writing. But the bottom line is listen to your heart. Do not listen to others or try to copy another author. Everyone is unique. Everyone has his or her own voice. 

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? I think about my writing, my individual project, then, based upon the genre, I plunge into whatever aspects the writing requires. Some can be from “the seat of my pants.” Others require research.

Did you have an editor edit your books? I have had editors read and recommend changes, but not for all my books. The La Jolla book (La Jolla, A Celebration of Its Past) came from articles I wrote for La Jolla Village News/ Beach and Bay Press. The publisher read the articles from a period of over two years and asked if these articles could be made into a book. It took a year to condense the articles since my articles comprised over 500 pages and the publisher only wanted 200 pages including photographs. So yes, there is more to be published about La Jolla.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover? Paperbacks…I like turning the page and paperback books are less expensive. But for a cherished book, I always buy hard cover.
Where do you prefer to buy your books? Often my books come from, but I love roaming bookstores, especially stores where used books are also available.
Are you a self- published (Indie) Author? Two of my books were self published: ‘ALL ALONE, Washington to Rome’ and ‘Messages from Nature’. The latter is a collection of short stories published in various magazines over the years. A CRUEL CALM just got republished by ROCK IT PRESS.
What books would you like to read again? The work of Dostoyevsky, Phyllis Whitney, Toni Morrison,… oh my, in my library, I am surrounded with classics and never tire of rereading them!   
Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version? Green Mansions
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)? Hardcover: ‘OLGA RUDGE & EZRA POUND by Anne Conover
Who designed the cover of your book? Me! With the help of my husband who took the photo from what we believe was my mother’s apartment on the Île St. Louis. Quite a story there, but save for another time.
Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it?  no
Do you have any advice for other writers starting out? Feel a passion for your subject and write. Do not share with anyone; finish it completely; then put it away for a few days before you reread it and have some objectivity. Finally, make changes you feel needed ---all this before you hand over your work to an editor.
Do you write under a pen name? no
Do you ever write in your PJ’s? no
What are your pet peeves? Noise, especially my dogs barking and asking that I check the front door and then find no one there!

You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with? My husband!

Pick one - Wine, Chocolate or shoes? Wine

Cats or dogs? dogs

Tell us about someone or something that just made your day – Having Alexia Melocchi of LITTLE STUDIO FILMS call and ask if I would like to have my book made into movie!
What is your favorite food and beverage? The real Caesar salad (with anchovies) and  chai tea latte
How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing? Varies from all day to a couple of hours
What are 3 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)? Proper attire, credit card, and pen
Sleep in or get up early? 8 AM  (could be considered early?)
Laptop or desktop for writing? desktop
Your favorite gadget? Remote control for the garage door
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing? In my library at home and in the morning (after I take care of my horses)
Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad -  They either confirm a job well done or give me incentive to improve unless, as in some cases, the reader did not understand the content.
Do you have a bucket list? My bucket is overflowing with wishes but the way the world is these days, most are on hold!
One of your favorite quotes – Inspiration is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein
List 3 of your favorite movies? The Wizard of Oz, ET, The Sound of Music
What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed? Madame Secretary
Where can your readers stalk you?
Is your book in Print, ebook or both? both


Author Biography
Although born in La Jolla, California, Patricia spent an equal amount of time living on the other coast in Washington, D.C., the home of several generations of her mother's family. In 1961, her mother died of cancer. Patricia was only 18. She returned to Vassar College with a year at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and earned a B.A. degree in Philosophy.

Later, as a single parent of three children, she and her young family raised, raced (winning at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar, and Golden Gate), and showed Thoroughbred horses. After her children were grown, she completed a Masters degree followed by a PhD specializing in Creative Arts and Communication. 

For several years, Dr. Daly taught English and writing to University students and adults, wrote for several magazines, and had a newspaper column with Beach and Bay Press. She now gives talks on a myriad of subjects.

Patricia now lives in Virginia with her husband Steele Lipe, MD, three dogs, two horses, and two cats, all rescues (except husband). She is the author of five books two of which have her paintings on the covers. She is past President of the National League of American Pen Women, La Jolla Branch and recently, of the DC Branch. Patricia was a 2002 winner of the San Diego Book Awards Association, recipient of the 2004 Woman of Achievement Award from NLAPW, Best Books Award Finalist, 1st runner up trophy winner of JADA Award Winning Novel Contest in 2006, VIP for Cambridge Who's Who, 2009 Golden Nib Award winner for Poetry and more. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

"Zombie Command: A Horror Anthology" by Derek Ailes

The master of zombie and post-apocalyptic horror fiction is back with a new collection of horror madness.

Zombies are on the loose! Space Station of the Dead, Brave Zombie World and Zombienado headline the latest collection of horror short stories by Derek Ailes, one half of the Ailes Brothers of Terror). His stories have been described as Tales From the Crypt meets the Zombie Apocalypse.

The crew of Space Station X23 must survive the fallout from a zombie plague that is unleashed by an alien stowaway. Will David Canese and the crew of the Kytrex stop the zombies in time? Zombie Twister: What happens when a group of storm chasers encounter an EF5 tornado infested with zombies while filming a documentary special? Will they survive the zombies or the tornado? Gargoyle's Curse: A small town in Texas is being terrorized by a hungry gargoyle. Will Sheriff Tavenier be able to stop the gargoyle before it kills everybody in town? The Candy Factory: Willie Wonka meets Halloween 3. Henry Mars is possessed by an ancient demon trapped in a mask he bought on an auction site. The demon uses Henry Mars' candy factory to produce mind controlling gummy bears to enslave the children of Northwest Indiana. Shark Transporter: A mad scientist using a transporter to send a great white shark on a killing spree from a plane, to a school's swimming pool, to a zoo's aquarium and more.

Derek takes you on a horror thrill ride. Just when you thought it was safe to continue, he delivers you another spine chilling tale.

The book is available on Amazon US: HERE 
Amazon UK: HERE
Official website:

About the Author

Derek Ailes is a science fiction & horror writer. He is also a political satirist. In 2013, he released his first horror short story anthology: "Journey Into the Unknown" with Mark Cusco Ailes. In 1985 he wrote his first short story: “The Day It Rained Candy.” He also started writing a science fiction series called “Power Force.” In 1994 he published his first short story: “The Night Of the Living Redheads.” He is currently writing horror short stories with for Musings From a Demented Mind. He also contributes stories to Short Fiction Break.


I am a science fiction & horror writer from Valparaiso, Indiana. I also love to write horror stories about zombies and cats. I am also a political satirist. In 1985 I wrote my first short story: "The Day It Rained Candy." I also started writing a science fiction series called "Power Force." In 1994 I published my first short story: "The Night Of the Living Redheads." I am currently writing horror short stories for the anthology: Musings From A Demented Mind.
In 2015 I will celebrate my 30th Anniversary as a writer. I am also a contributor for Short Fiction Break.

My writing influences are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ira Levin, Terry Brooks, R. Karl Largent, Zombie Fiction Writers. I started reading heavily at the age of five and by middle school I had read close to 200 books or more. I'm not talking just thin children's books. I mean Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Star Trek and Star Wars novels and more.

I grew up watching Tales From The Crypt, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Tales From The Darkside, Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica (the original series) old time horror films with Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. I also love watching all of the low-budget Full Moon Videos: Puppet Masters and the Trancers. I'm big into 80s horror films: Friday, the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween.

With all of my influences, I write some of the most entertaining and scarey fiction that a reader can appreciate. Check out my novels today.

Until next time,
Stay Scared.

PJ Byer's Young Adult debut book, Collision

Angry and defiant, Stella runs away from home and lands in a small seaside village. It is overlooked by the forbidding ruins of Trial Bay gaol. 
Stella hides out in the town and is disturbed by her growing confusion about her identity. Her mysterious flashbacks to the gaol one hundred years before are even more frightening. 

What is reality? What is fantasy? And is the guy next door the one to help her solve the mystery? 

Or will a stranger unlock the key to her past?

But the book from Amazon - HERE

About the Author


PJ Byer is a Young Adult writer, and her first book, Collision is a fast-paced, coming of age mystery about a teen runaway Stella. Reality, romance and fantasy blend, as Stella has flashbacks to Trial Bay gaol a century before.
For many years, PJ was an English, History and Drama teacher who secretly had a yearning to write. The day after she retired she began, and two years later Collision is the result.
PJ and her family holidayed at beautiful Trial Bay north of Kempsey, on the Australian mid-north coast, and the ruins of the gaol where hundreds of World War One Germans had been interned sparked her imagination, and was the catalyst for her story.
She plans a sequel to explore the story of Gustav and Grace.
PJ is married with two adult daughters, and lives on the Central Coast near the beach, an hour north of Sydney. Her interests include bushwalking, stand-up paddle boarding, theatre, music and singing, as well as volunteering for ShelterBox, a disaster relief charity.

If you enjoyed reading this book, I’d love you to share it with others, RECOMMEND it to friends, family, librarians, schools, reading groups, or online forums. You can also REVIEW this book at the site where you purchased it. That is the best gift that you, as a reader, can give an author. And if you happen to do that, email me at and I’ll send you a personal message of thanks.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Gregory Hines - writer and director of MOD-X, a short sci-film set in a post-apocalyptic Earth.


Can you tell us about you and your film?
My name is Gregory Hines and I am the writer and director of MOD-X, a short sci-film set in a post-apocalyptic Earth.

A bounty hunter is sent in to stop a rebel leader from hacking into the interstellar ship’s mainframe computers.

I was intending to write a post-apocalyptic film with a friend but unfortunately our schedules couldn’t line up. However, using our our idea of a bounty hunter tracking down a criminal as a platform I wrote MOD-X. I had this notion that the elite class of Earth had temporarily escaped the toxic and dying planet in an interstellar ship where they plan to escape to a new found planet called MOD-X. Meanwhile, the rest of man is left to toil in slave labor to help fuel and build their ship. I liked the notion of an extreme divide between classes which helped spur the idea of a rebellion.

What inspirations and techniques did you draw from in the filming of MOD-X?
To create the imagery for MOD-X I looked to films such as The Book of Eli, Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan to Mad Max (original). I also pulled inspiration from the filmmaking methods of Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick, The Wachowski and Cohen Brothers to M. Knight Shyamalan. I was careful in developing my cinematography techniques as over 90% of the film was shot handheld and I wanted smooth shots yet movement that produced tension. The other aspect was planning the Visual Effects (VFX) shots. Seeing a completed shot (mentally) when there is nothing in front of you is very difficult. Additionally, the technique of framing the shot and directing the actors as if they were in a world not yet created requires a lot of pre-design and prep.

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?
During the writing process, I try to put in at least an hour a day of research and writing. However, I find that I devote about 4+ hours a day given that I have the time. Currently, I am in the process of developing my first feature script with my friend and colleague Jeff Woodruff. We make it a point to come together once a week for 1-2 hours meetings where we talk about our ideas, research and anything that we have written in the past week. This ensures that progress is always moving forward and we stay on track.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
I have done both, however, the current process of writing our new film we are plotting out an outline. I really enjoy this method as we don’t get so committed to ideas that we spent hours writing about. In an outline we move faster, freely juggle ideas around and find that overall it is a more pleasing way to write.

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?
Regardless of what genre you write in, I always say write what you love. In the end you will be happier, and end up with a better product.

One of your favorite quotes –
“Carpe Diem” …“Seize the Day”
Horace (23 BC)

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