Friday, October 20, 2017

Books to curl up with: GOOD FRIDAY ALL

Books to curl up with: GOOD FRIDAY ALL:  Good Friday all , today we are going to review HELLSPAWN DOMINION, the fifth book in the hellspawn series by Ricky Fleet                ...

GOOD FRIDAY ALL

 Good Friday all , today we are going to review HELLSPAWN DOMINION, the fifth book in the hellspawn series by Ricky Fleet


                         BOOK BLURB 


 
On Ham Farm, the remnants of the British Army watch as the massive horde approach in the distance. Joining forces with the Smith sisters they face a race against time to fortify the area before the dead attack. Vastly outnumbered, all they can do is pray their training and arsenal of weapons will see them through the coming battle. If they manage to repel the multitudes of rotting zombies, the real war is only just beginning. Inside the castle, the survivors start to take the safety of the impenetrable fortress for granted. Kurt and the family know what needs to be done to survive the zombie apocalypse, but a lazy clique begin to show their cowardice. Refusing to fight, forage or guard the walls, they skulk away and isolate themselves, weakening the defences further. With Craig planning terrible revenge, this selfish act could have deadly consequences for them all.

                         MY REVIEW 

     This is the fifth book in the series and I must say it just keeps getting better and better with each book . The book is centered around the three surviving groups. Kurt and his family and friends in the castle . The military and the smith sisters on the farm and Craig and the rest of the inmates in the prison . All gearing up for a fight that is going to come . Who will survive and who will ultimately die . 
    I absolutely love the characters in this book . The author has really made them into such complex characters .  Kurt has grown into such a great leader but he is also a broken man that is in the middle of grieving . But he has the backing of his wife and others that will keep him going . He has to make the hard decisions and when some of the survivors break off he   lets them go with a dire warning . You see him struggle with what he has done and what he knows he has to do .  Craig and the inmates are well you just want to hate them so badly . They kind of remind me of the saviors from the walking dead . They do what the need to be done to survive . So really they are just surviving the only way they know how . I mean if the author was writing about Craig and the inmates first you would probably like them and the laws that they follow .  I probably wouldn't like  Craig either way  or Hombre  there is just something about them that really just makes my skin crawl when I read their stories .  The third group is the military and the smith sisters . They are working hard to make sure the hell spawn are dead , trying to find survivors . They are all working hard and they have a bigger part of the plot in this book . You see them scared and you see them kicking ass and finding survivors . There are also some new characters in this installment which just add to all the zombie malay . 
     I couldn't put this one down I started reading in the morning and I was done by late afternoon . The author takes us on such a journey. You will pick the group you want to be in and you will be cheering for them with every zombie they kill . The action is fast paced and the interaction between the characters is sweet sometimes bittersweet . You will cheer and you will shed a tear at the losses . Yes we do have a few losses that will break your heart.  I really think that you should add this series to your Halloween reading list. You will not be disappointed . You do have to read the other books to understand what is going on but you will love them . So check them out . They get 5 zombies out of 5 for me 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Books to curl up with: GOOD MONDAY MORNING

Books to curl up with: GOOD MONDAY MORNING: Good Monday all . today I have a great book for you all . If you like mysteries and detective novels this would be a good one to read . SACR...

GOOD MONDAY MORNING

Good Monday all . today I have a great book for you all . If you like mysteries and detective novels this would be a good one to read . SACRIFICE OF INNOCENCE by Allison Cosgrove


                            BOOK BLURB 


     A cult has been killing children for its rituals and only one cop knows who they are. Detective Stan Brookshire knows but his past keeps people from believing in him. Can he rise above the stigma that shrouds his past and stop a cult from taking yet another innocent child from her mother’s arms before it’s too late?

                             MY REVIEW 
    I was intrigued when I found this book. I love a really good detective book so I took the chance and man I am so glad I did . This book had me hooked from the very first chapter . I mean who doesn't like a good crime novel where there is a cult and a detective they want gone and do everything in their power it disgrace him. Stan Brookshire is out to figure out what is happening , after 4 children are abducted and murdered. The task force is set up to figure out what is happening . Will Stan and the rest of the team figure out who is doing the killing and will they save the last girl kidnapped 
   I adored the characters in this book they are well written and complex . Stan is your average guy , has his demons and works too hard . He is you basic battle scarred police officer but he can do his job and do it well.  You see how he works when he is trying to figure everything out . He is such a good guy and you will cheer for him as he starts to put the pieces together . Jane is his straightforward no nonsense partner . She is the calm for his crazy and keeps him going . She is strong and sensible . I really liked her , she keeps everyone calm and doesn't believe half of what is going on even from the hospital . The rest of the characters are both good and evil , you have to keep your eyes out for the bad guys you can't believe who one of them is . They are so well written you will love them all 
    This book had me up all night reading , I couldn't put the book down . I needed to find out if everyone would come out ok. The author has a way of taking you to places you didn't think you would go . The story is complex and the characters are awesome.  The only thing I wish the author would of done is expand on the cult just a little bit more , give us a little bit of the history . Other then that this is a fast paced book that will keep you reading all night long . So if you like detective thrillers check it out , I am headed off to get book two . So check it out .
 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Books to curl up with: GOOD FRIDAY THE 13TH ALL

Books to curl up with: GOOD FRIDAY THE 13TH ALL:    Sitting on a tree stump watching them film their last scene in the latest film . Hey Emir thank you for joining me today Thanks f...

GOOD FRIDAY THE 13TH ALL



   Sitting on a tree stump watching them film their last scene in the latest film .
Hey Emir thank you for joining me today
Thanks for having me

 Tells us a bit about yourself
 

Well, let’s see, my name is Emir. I’m 30 years old. I was actually born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and I lived there until I was 13. Then I moved to USA with my parents and my sister. I’ve been living in Buffalo, NY, since 2002. I’m a huge animal rights advocate, and that’s one of the reasons I’m a vegetarian.
Besides writing, I also make films.
I’m married to an amazing woman, and my number one supporter, Nicole. We have 2 dogs and 2 cats and they are all rescues.
Tell us a little about your writing style 
I take a cinematic approach. I guess that comes from my experience in film. I want to make it as if the people are reading a movie. Everything is fast paced, epic and what not. This can be both good or bad hahaha.
Your books make people think what kind of research do you do to get ready to write
I generally read up on a subject before I start writing. I also listen to relevant music to get myself in the mood (for example, extreme metal music is my forte)
Do you read your reviews and what do you do when you get a bad one
I do read them, of course. And sure, the bad ones get me down but that’s only for a moment.  My wife is there to tell me that it’s alright and to push through. It’s tough you know, seeing something you made get shredded, but that’s life. The good reviews make up for it.
You are also a filmmaker . how does that help you in writing
I see things differently. It also adds a level of visual effect. I write my stuff extremely graphic and that comes from my films. I like everything to be in your face kind of thing, the blood, the body parts haha etc.
Which do you like better the film making process or writing a book .
I’d say both. With writing, you sort of get to push the boundaries. In books, there’s no budget. You can write whatever you wish, however wild. The films, eh, that’s where the money comes in and that’s a limit sometimes, your constraint. 

 Your films are very visual and have really dark themes . What made you decide to do such dark horror films
I wonder this myself. I did grow up in a war-torn country so I’d say that has something to do with it. I’m not going to lie, I get depressed very easily, like a light switch, at which point, everything sucks, everything is doom and gloom and all you want to do is drink and sleep. Making such graphic films and writing the books, that’s my outlet, a cathartic fantasy world.
 How many films have you made and how are they received with the public
Oh, damn, I’d say truly, 5 features and about a dozen shorts. Reception varied. Some were better received than others. You have to remember, I make them with a very loyal and tight crew but we make them for 0, nil, zip, zero dollars. So that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But there is a great underground indie audience that loves the films that we make.
laughing ok now back to books .
 If there was one thing you could do as a teenager to help you become a better writer / filmmaker . What would it be
Take more writing courses, forget about everything else and just focus on writing and film workshops. I’d start earlier. If I had the knowledge I do now, life would have been easier.
Do you hide things in your books that people will read and go ah ha
Haha yes, occasionally. I’ll name certain characters or say things that my cat’s friends would say (yes I made up imaginary friends for my cat and they are all either drug addicts or con artists) and I’d get a chuckle out of my wife.
Do you believe in writers block
Hell yeah I do hahaha It sucks, but you push through it. Everyone has their way.
NOW FOR SOME FUN QUESTIONS
COFFEE TEA OR OTHER
Coffee runs through my veins. My body is like a pot, then when it goes stale, it flushes through and I replenish.
FAVOURITE SNACK FOOD
Definitely Chips and salsa/cheese
ALL TIME FAVOURITE MOVIE
Definitely Gladiator
IF YOU HAD A SUPER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE
I guess Healing Power, so I could heal all the animals.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
What piece of advice would you give any aspiring writer and or filmmaker .
This is a tough one, but definitely…don’t give up. I have to hear this on a daily basis. Don’t give up. It’s easier said than done, but whatever you do, don’t give up on your dreams. Don’t be stuck living someone else’s life. Do what you love and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do something. Keep writing and success will follow.
and where can we stalk you at

















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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Books to curl up with: HAPPY TUESDAY ALL

Books to curl up with: HAPPY TUESDAY ALL: OMG I am squealing here , I was so excited to see that Alice Hoffman has written a prequel to the fabulous book Pratical magic. RULES OF...