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Just released and A Cover Reveal: Flesh for the Zombies

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When Mike Beem’s community is savagely attacked, he must exact revenge on those who wronged him. He must put aside all the good he has ever accomplished in order to become someone else. A man without a moral compass. A man without right or wrong. A man who is a cold-blooded killer. Will he get his justice or will he die trying? The answers lie within the pages of this short story.

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. . . Zombie heads exploded in rapid succession as Mike and Double Trouble cleared a path to the shelter. Miraculously, none of them got bit on their journey over to what once used to be the old club house.

The place was an absolute mess inside and out.

The exterior walls, once white and freshly painted, were now covered in scratches and gashes. It looked like someone with an ax or a knife had simply made their way around the place with the intent to only destroy. The interior wasn’t much better. The kitchen had been looted, the beds slashed with knives, the couches and chairs not only slashed and cut open, but they had been urinated on as well. The white walls and floors were also covered in blood that dripped down them in a slow river of crimson, pooling on the carpeted floor and soaking into the short beige fabric. Hand drawn in the blood and scattered throughout the room were pentagrams, upside down crosses, devil faces with horns on their heads, and on one entire wall the words “The Satanists” was scribbled in big bold letters.

“Who would do this?” Mike asked, as he tried to keep what little food he had eaten in his stomach.

“Oh my God,” Double replied before leaning over and throwing up . . .

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Book Reviews: Angel Time and A Few Short Story Collections

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This was a book I didn’t mean to own. I asked for the rest of The Vampire Chronicles series for Christmas a few years ago and I wound up getting this one as well. I am glad I did. This was a great read from start to finish. I am always hesitant to read new books by Anne because she has been hit or miss, but this one is well worth the time. I think Prince Lestat wasn’t as grand as the others in the series because she has moved on from writing about those kinds of stories. You can tell by reading Angel Time that she is passionate again about a certain kind of subject matter. Believe me, it shows. I am now curious about the others in this series. I might have to check them out.

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I also read these three short story collections recently and didn’t write a review for them. I thought I would give them a nod so you can check them out for yourself.

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Of the three I read, this one was my favorite. Unique and different with very original stories. There isn’t a bad one in this collection.

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Most of these stories were amazing, King at his best, and a few even reminded me of the old King back when he wrote “It” and “The Stand.” There were also a few that I wouldn’t read again and one long poem that I read purely because it was King. If it had been anyone else I would have skipped it. If you like King (like me) then this is a must read. Even when he is off he is still great at what he does.

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ghost-stories

This is another great collection of short stories. It is a quick read, but there are some really good ones in here. I would recommend it, especially for the upcoming Halloween season.

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Wednesday’s Quotes (8/10/2016): Famous Words from Famous Writers – Helen Keller

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

Helen Keller

Source: Google Search

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New Short Story – The Lot

Did you know I have a new short story available?

Did you also know it was free to read?

By clicking this link you can read it in its entirety: https://niume.com/pages/post/?postID=71399

If you don’t have the time to click on over here is the intro. This short story called “The Lot” is about a Christmas Tree lot that isn’t all that it is supposed to be. I know, I know, this is why I am not published traditionally, right? Probably, but I prefer to write stuff like this instead of the normal dreck you find everyday of the week. This short story will be a bonus on “A Zombie Christmas 2” when it releases later on in the year. Okay, here’s the start. Enjoy. Let me know what you think about it if you have the desire to do so.

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Ernie Holsten sat in his office. It was hard for him to believe that Gavin was the main suspect in the murder investigation. He still refused to believe it even after they drained the swamp behind The Lot. They had found the missing cars of the people who had disappeared in the area over the last couple of months. It was almost certain proof that Gavin was behind it. Was it great proof? Was it a sentence of life in prison or even the death penalty kind of proof? Who knew? But they had found a lot of Gavin inside those cars. Hair and fingerprints turned out to be more than enough to serve a warrant for his arrest.

“We got him trapped,” One of the cops replied, pausing at the edge of the door.

Ernie looked up at him with haggard eyes, eyes that had thought they had seen it all until Gavin’s case fell at his feet. He pulled his lanky frame out the chair, adjusted his slacks and sport coat, and moved around his soft brown hair. He pulled his gun out of his desk, strapped it on, and then stood there a moment staring at the wall.

“Something wrong?” The cop asked, dressed in his uniform, young and virginal when it came to police work, new to the police force in this town.

“Ugh,” Ernie grumbled.

“You just seemed like you were ready to go and then you weren’t.”

“I still can’t believe its Gavin. He’s never been the sharpest tool in the shed, but he was always a good kid. He was a star athlete in high school, volunteered often, and he made one of the meanest and angriest batches of meatloaf you will ever eat.”

“He sounds like a decent guy.”

“He was until that Christmas tree lot showed up. Then he just got weird. He rarely left that place, rarely came to town, and when someone did try to see him he just ushered them away. It was so unlike him. He was just a nice guy who always had a hello waiting for you when he saw you on the street.”

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Cover Reveal for A Zombie Christmas and A Zombie Holiday Trilogy

I have changed my covers for my paperbacks of these two stories. I thought I would share them with you in case you like to read print over electronic formed books.

1st: A Zombie Holiday Trilogy

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PAPERBACK

I know it doesn’t look very holiday like, but that’s not what I was going for when I made it on Createspace. The picture just has this look of hope in it, which is what these stories are all about. Sure, there are rotting corpses everywhere, but we can’t lose hope during the holidays. We have to keep ourselves going with those traditions we have all come to love.

2nd: A Zombie Christmas

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I know it doesn’t scream Christmas, but I like the simple look of it. I have been a big fan of Anne Rice’s cover of Prince Lestat (red letters and black background), so I wanted to recreate it here. I used yellow instead of red, because it looks more like a Christmas color.

These two stories can also be found in Paperback on other sites other than Amazon. I know I found A Zombie Christmas on Barnes and Noble once, so if you don’t like Amazon you might be able to find them elsewhere online.

My other novel, which is published through a small Independent Publisher recently got a face lift. I thought I would share that one with you as well before closing out this post.

Thanks again for following me, reading me, and enjoying what I do on this blog.

GOLDEN

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Free! Free! Free!

If you click this link (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/atothewr) you can get all of these short stories free.

I know A Zombie Christmas and A Haunted House Tale will eventually go up to a dollar again, but for now you can download them for any E-Book reader that supports EPUB.

I also have these two on Leafless for free.

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https://leafless.co/?browse&*=info&id=245

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https://leafless.co/?browse&*=info&id=203

The cool thing about Leafless is that it allows the audience to choose the price. The two stories above will remain free until the demand pushes them up to a certain price. They are also available in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF files on that site.

Finally, this short story is available for free on Noise Trade. You can also get it in EPUB, MOBI, or PDF there as well.

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http://books.noisetrade.com/atothewr/the-man-from-the-road

That’s it. Hope you enjoy these stories. Thanks for reading. Thanks for following.

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Book Review: Prince Lestat and Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned (“mesmerizing” –San Francisco Chronicle), a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat (“brilliant…its undead characters are utterly alive” –New York Times) left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces–the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles. via Amazon

I honestly wish I could heap a lot of praise onto this book, because Ann Rice is one of my favorite authors to read. I can’t do that though. This book was hard to read at times and a bit dull as well. There wasn’t a story line that flowed throughout it that kept you reading. There wasn’t anything to make it a page turner. I dare say that if this was her first book or if this book was from a first time author that it might not have gotten published. I believe her name alone got this one into print. I’ve read of her recent struggles, and I understand that a lot of that might have played a part in the downsides of this book. I honestly don’t know if that is true or not, but this isn’t the book I wanted it to be.

With all that said though, I honestly enjoyed parts of this book. There were a few moments where I felt like I couldn’t put it down. I also loved being back in her Vampire world. The Vampires she has created all find a place here. Their voices may not be as strong as before, but it is nice to read about them again and to see they are all doing well.

If you enjoyed The Vampire Chronicles (I’ve read all the books, and enjoyed them) then you should check this one out. It may be tough to read at times, but you will enjoy being back in this world like I was.

Wolf

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. via The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) – IMDb

I really don’t have much to say about this one other than it was a great movie to watch. The acting, the story, the directing, the score, all of it worked and worked well. It didn’t feel like a three-hour movie to me.

I will say this though, you might want to take a shower after watching it because you just feel dirty for entering this world of sex and greed. I think the greed part got me the most. To see what this guy did to make his fortune makes you cringe. Amazing what greed and power can make some people do.

Have you read Prince Lestat? Have you seen The Wolf of Wall Street? Let me know what you thought of them if you did.

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Last day to get this free read (7/23) – A Zombie Christmas

No more free bombardments for this one for a while now. I am moving A Zombie Christmas out of KDP and putting it up on Smashwords once its contract ends. Not sure if it will stay on Smashwords throughout the holidays or not, but I will see how it does then make a decision before Christmas is over. I know, kind of crazy to be talking about Christmas in July.

Anyway, here are some links to get it free. Thanks again for reading and liking my work.

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Mike Beem lowered his rifle, put his right eye on the scope, and closed his left eye. The zombie he was about to shoot was an ugly sucker. From what Mike could tell, this zombie used to be a man around five foot five or six, maybe seven. Hell, he couldn’t tell the exact height from just a tiny scope. Its suit was disheveled, full of dirt and blood (it looked fresh, a recent feast perhaps), and half of his face was gone. This zombie was currently investigating Mike’s Santa Claus and reindeer display. The zombie was studying it like he knew what it was or remembered what it was.

“Don’t pick up Rudolf. Don’t,” Mike replied to himself.

The zombie leaned over and picked up Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.

That did it.

You see, the biggest problem was this. When you messed with Rudolph, you screwed up the whole display. All the reindeer were attached by string; and that string led into the hands of Santa, who was glued by his butt to the sleigh he was sitting in. When the zombie picked up Rudolph, the rest of the display just went into disarray.

Mike didn’t want to shoot the zombie just yet, because if he fell forward then it would crush the display all together. Mike waited until the zombie was trying to walk away with Rudolph, shambling off, munching on the plastic reindeer, and the display dragging behind him . . .

Synopsis:

This short story is about three men who risk life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to bring happiness to surviving kids on Christmas Morning.

Reviews:

5 out of 5 stars – An Uplifting Tale of Christmas Generosity, in a Time When Helping Others is a Real Challenge.

5 out of 5 stars – I love zombies and I love Christmas ~ A winner!

5 out of 5 stars – A Cute Little Holiday Horror Story.

5 out of 5 stars – In a zombie world, there is a Christmas miracle.

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Ebook:

US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GUS7WS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004GUS7WS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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Free to Read Today (7/3): A Haunted House Tale

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“What about that picture? I swear it is looking at me,” Suzy replied, light upon a painted portrait of a man in an army suit standing in front of a large Oak tree.

They all looked up at it, and even though the eyes were staring at them, they were blank, dark, and motionless.

“Just your imagination,” Nancy replied, trying to comfort her. “Besides, those eyes are painted on. Wouldn’t there be holes there instead for someone to look through?”

Suzy nodded, her nerves started to calm.

When no one was looking at the painting, the painted eyes flashed out, and two real eyes appeared in their place. These green evil eyes watched the kids as they set up for the night.

“Help me move this,” Scott replied, as he motioned to the dining room table and chairs.

The other two guys jumped in and helped him get it all out of the way. When they were finished, they now had a big open spot in the middle of the room to set up their gear.

“I’ll get a fire started. You guys set up,” Kevin replied, as he walked over to the fireplace with the gigantic brown wooden mantel piece and red brick hearth.

Grab your copy here:

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JJMOW2C

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Sneak Peak of Hellfire and Brimstone

The book is trudging along. I have the last part of the book re-written. The first part is done. All I have to do is the middle section, which is about 118 pages on Microsoft Word. Should take a little while to finish it. Then, I am going to let it sit for a spell, and then back to it I go. If things work out like I hope, it’ll probably be some time next year before I shop it around for agents. I have to give the agent route one more go before self-publishing it myself. I know a lot of people who love being Independent Authors, but I’m not one of them. I’ve always had the dream of being traditionally published. Until that happens, I won’t be satisfied.

So, if you are a writer reading this, Self-Published or Traditional, which do you prefer?

Here’s the sneak peek in all its raw glory. This hasn’t been spell checked or grammar checked and it probably needs a couple more passes before it is ready to go, but you can read it now for free. Enjoy and thanks for reading.

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“I feel a coldness. It’s not as hot and stuffy around me as it was before. Feels like someone just turned on the AC.”

“She’s here,” Tom replied, almost glowing with excitement. “Can you reveal yourself to Jane? I’ve seen you, she hasn’t.”

In the corner, a shimmering haze, like disturbed lake water started to form. Jane took Tom’s hand, and held it as her eyes grew huge. He smiled, enjoying the moment they were sharing, loving the touch of her skin on his.

“I see her,” Jane replied, as the haze turned into a small girl about ten years old, dressed in Nineties clothes.

“We mean you no harm,” Tom replied.

“Something coming,” Rebecca replied, as the evil black entity burst through her, causing her spiritual form to explode into a thousand shards of vanishing light.

Tom grabbed Jane’s wheel chair, and ran out of the room as quick as he could. His feet slammed the floor, causing dust to fly, and plaster to fall off the walls. Past the old check in desk they ran, down towards the stairwell. When they reached it, Tom brought them to a halt. He wheeled them around, and opened the stairwell door. They both could see a dark shape, red eyes glowing, floating in the hallway, but not advancing.

“Is it one of the bad ones?”

“It’s the one that followed me home.”

“Will it follow us home?”

Tom looked down at Jane, surprised she wasn’t screaming her head off, because she should have been.

“I don’t think so.”

“Why?”

“It didn’t stop like this before. It followed me to the car, and that’s when I thought I lost it. It wasn’t until that night it appeared on the boat.”

“What do you think it wants?”

“I don’t know, but maybe whatever I did to get rid of it is not allowing it to advance on us.”

“Can we go now?”

“Sure,” Tom replied, pushing them into the empty stairwell. He took one last look at the dark entity, and then closed the door. He turned on his flashlight, and cut the pitch black the best he could.

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Haiku – Early Morning Re-Write and A Quick Sneek Peek at Hellfire and Brimstone

Warming up the eyes

Brain wakes up from deep slumber

Creating time starts

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Here’s another quick peek at what I have been re-writing. Again, this is raw data, and it still needs a spell check, another read through, and possibly more changes. However, I thought you might find it interesting to read.

So, here’s a bit of Hellfire and Brimstone (title may change at a later date):

“What did you find?”

Eric was ready to be done with Tom, and Tom decided to feel the same way. Skeptics will always be skeptics even when they come face to face with the truth, which Tom was about to show him. He grabbed his camera and hooked it up to the TV.  He took the tape currently in the unit out and put in the one he had when he did his first walk-through.  He rewound the tape and sat down beside Eric.

“I caught a few things as I did my first walk around the house.  Some things are probably easily explained once I look at it further, but just to give you some idea I will show you what I found.” Tom began going through the tape.  He stopped at one point. “This is when I was walking through the upstairs hall.  You will see back towards the end of it something white, with a strange form, move out of view.  You have to look quick, but it is there.” Tom played the tape and smiled inside when he saw Eric’s eyes light up with fear.

“What was that?”

“I don’t know. Could have been a passing car, could have been a trick of the camera, it could have been anything, but I think we both know what it really was. ” Tom moved the tape forward.  He was now in the master bedroom, scanning the room.  A dark shape appears as he scans. Tom spins the camera back to the spot where he saw it, but it’s too late.  The shape is gone.  A noise behind him and then beside him, on top of him.  Tom turns, spins, and tries to catch the activity, but nothing appears on the camera. All he catches are noises. “That went on for like four minutes and then stopped.  Noises all around the room, but nothing revealed itself after I saw the shape.”

“I see why you drink.  So, nothing with the devil, right?”

Tom looked at him. “What?”

Feel free to let me know what you thought about it? Would you like to see more of this story in the future?

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Evil Beach Friday (Free to Read: 4/10/2015)

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US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00766SS3M

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Seth looked behind him, and it was disheartening to see the full moon light was now gone, none of its beams could penetrate this darkness.

They moved on, deeper into the cave, Junior’s beam of light doing its best to cut

A short story about two boys who discover a hidden beach and the evil deadly secrets that lie within its soft white grains of sand.

A short story about two boys who discover a hidden beach and the evil deadly secrets that lie within its soft white grains of sand.

through the black. Seth thought it looked like it was struggling to do its job, but it gave them enough light to see by.

In every corner there stood a ghost or goblin, or some fiend ready to snuff out their young life, vague objects picked up by the struggling light. The coolness of the cave helped to add to this and so did the wind. Its voice inside the cave (stronger than the last time they were here) was one of a ghost like howl.

Somehow they found the entrance that led to the abandoned beach, found it or were guided to it – something to ponder upon.

“Are you sure about this?” Seth didn’t care if he was called a baby or not. He was on shaky knees, and he wasn’t afraid to admit it.

Junior surprised him with this answer. “We can turn back now if you want.”

Seth thought about it for a moment. “We’ve come this far. Why turn back now?”

The boys gave one more pause, and then they stepped through the hole and onto the abandoned beach.

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Teaser Tuesday: Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight into It by Michelle Proulx

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Really enjoying this one. Space, aliens, and possible romance – sounds like a winner to me. I’m about 20% into it on my Kindle, so still a bit to go, but I have enjoyed it so far. Michelle has such a vivid imagination, and it boggles my mind to read the things she has come up with in this book. Anyway, here’s the tease.

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Imminent Danger Cover Reveal“Then the captain pulled out a long, bone-colored knife and began to stroke it.”

“The aliens all around the room began to phhh loudly, raising the fine hairs on the back of Eris’s neck.”

SYNOPSIS: Trapped on a spaceship bound for the slave markets of Sirius B, Eris fears she’ll never see her home again. But then fate whisks her away from her reptilian captors and into the arms of Varrin, a fast-talking space pirate who promises to deliver her safely back to Earth. He claims to have her best interests at heart, but Eris soon discovers that her charming rescuer has a hidden agenda. AMAZON

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Teaser Tuesday: Casting Shadows Everywhere by Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus Part 2

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Casting Shadows

“The smell of the decaying bodies still clung to my nostrils.”

“The weirdest thing was how indistinguishable it was from a possum festering on the side of the road.”

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When I read this one, I had to stop reading just to post it for today’s challenge. It really is a great tease for a great story.

Find out more about this story here: At first, adopting Nick’s callous worldview helps Jake get over his fears and confront his tormentors, but he also unleashes an aggression in himself he never thought possible. And as he learns more about his cousin, he realizes that Nick’s crimes go way beyond burglary.

In the end, Jake must face not only the monster in his cousin but also the one in his own heart.

via Casting Shadows Everywhere – Kindle edition by L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

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Teaser Tuesday: Casting Shadows Everywhere by Tim McBain and L.T. Vargus

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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I decided to peruse my Kindle, and I came across this story. I started reading it, and got hooked, so I thought I would tease it today. By the way, this is the first two sentences from the eBook.

“Killing someone is a lot harder than you’d imagine.”

“Physically harder, I mean.”

Kind of draws you in, right?

Read more about it below.

In his own words, 15 year old Jake is a “huge pussy.” He flinches. Always. He’s too timid to make a move on Beth, the buxom girl of his dreams, and too busy getting face-slammed into lockers by bullies to do much else. He seeks the guidance of the biggest bad ass he knows, his cousin Nick.

Casting ShadowsNick is a professional burglar and makes Jake his apprentice. They stalk suburban neighborhoods night after night, ransacking houses for jewelry and sweet valuables. Nick teaches Jake the finer points of breaking and entering along with his dark philosophy – that there is no right or wrong in the world, just a series of events that happen without meaning.

At first, adopting Nick’s callous worldview helps Jake get over his fears and confront his tormentors, but he also unleashes an aggression in himself he never thought possible. And as he learns more about his cousin, he realizes that Nick’s crimes go way beyond burglary.

In the end, Jake must face not only the monster in his cousin but also the one in his own heart.

via Casting Shadows Everywhere – Kindle edition by L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

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Teaser Tuesday: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Part 3

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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I’m a slow reader, so I apologize if my teasers keep coming from the same book. I will probably have this one read by next week, so this tease and the one next week will probably be from “Doctor Sleep.” Trying to write, take care of a house, and a two year old takes up a lot of my time. You can see why I don’t read that often. Once or twice a day maybe ten to twenty minutes at a time, that’s about it. Anyway, this weeks tease.

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“Only the child was unhurt. Physically, at least.”

DSSynopsis of “Doctor Sleep”: Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death. AMAZON

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Teaser Tuesday: The Shining by Stephen King Part 3

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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shiningLast one from “The Shining,” which I already finished. Just had a few of these I wanted to post that I came upon while I was reading the book. Guess I should have posted them at that time, but this was before I decided to start doing this Teaser Tuesday thing. I have moved onto “Doctor Sleep,” so expect some Teasers from that very soon.

This creeped me out pretty good when I read it. Danny was all alone, snow all around, parents inside, when this happened.

“At the far end of the concrete ring, Danny heard the stealthy crackle of dead leaves as something came for him on its hands and knees. At any moment he would feel its cold hand close over his ankle -“

Next week a tease from “Doctor Sleep,” which has been good so far.

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Teaser Tuesday: The Shining by Stephen King Part 2

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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This week, another one from “The Shining.” shining

“Or possibly it was pleased with the prospect.”

“Inside its shell the three of them went about their early evening routine, like microbes trapped in the intestine of a monster.”

Whew! I don’t know about you, but that really sets the creepy factor up to about 11.

Such a great book to read. No wonder I have now read it twice.

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Teaser Tuesday: The Shining by Stephen King

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I have thought about doing this for some time now. Well, today I decided to do it. If you want to be a part of it just check out the information below.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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shining“They were alone.”

“Outside the snow came harder, curtaining them off from the world.”

That comes from Stephen King’s “The Shining.” It is just another reason why the book works so much better than the movie. You can just feel the sense of dread, desperation, and loneliness all over those two lines. The movie just couldn’t duplicate that, and I don’t think it tried to.

Synopsis: Terrible events occur at an isolated hotel in the off season, when a small boy with psychic powers struggles to hold his own against the forces of evil that are driving his father insane.

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Happy Thoughts from an Independent Author

I have been reading a lot of negativity concerning the self-published world and traditionally published world we authors live in. I appreciate everyone for talking about the negative side of things – keeping us up to date on how tough it is.  I get that. We all get that.

I thought I would try to switch things around a bit. I want to actually focus in on happier things in the self-published or traditionally published world. The one question that keeps coming back to me, and one I don’t see talked about very often is this one.

Are you being read?

Can you answer yes to that question? It doesn’t matter if it is 1 person or millions if you can answer yes then isn’t that something positive to grab a hold of? Your story, your baby, the one thing you birthed from nothing to something is now being read. Doesn’t that just sound great? That story is no longer collecting dust inside a dark dead file. It is now on an e-reader or in paperback or sitting on a shelf in a store or book marked and sitting on someone’s desk. It is out there folks. Enjoy and bask in the awesomeness because you are living your dream. Sales may come, sales may go, sales may be high, sales may be low, you may have reviews, you may have none, but as long as you have 1 person reading your work that enjoys the story you have written then you have reached your goal. Enjoy it for what it is. This is a tough business, so cling to the good as much as you can.

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