Cover Reveal: The Winter Creek Hunter


Not too long ago I wrote a review for C. P. Bialois’s The Winter Creek Beast and now I am proud to present the cover for the latest book in the series, The Winter Creek Hunter. If you haven’t read the first one I know you’ll want to check it out because it is an affordable little read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I look forward to reading this book and giving you my review.

When a bounty hunter arrives looking for the Beast armed with silver bullets, Jay faces the proposition that he could be in the crosshairs as another, deadlier creature rises from the curse of the past.

The Winter Creek Hunter Cover Reveal Cover Art By R.J. Keith[/caption]

About the author: Where do I begin? Well first I guess it’s only fair to say that CP Bialois isn’t my real name. It’s a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I’m just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves.

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For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Schwarzenegger in them.

I’d write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I’d just daydream about what I’d see myself as the hero of course. You can’t have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It’s just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick.

As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I’d read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics.

I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading “the cat fell down” really didn’t interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we’d go out he’d always spring for a couple of comic books for me.

While it wasn’t exactly the perfect beginning everything I’ve ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I’d like to share some of the ideas I’ve had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they’re always fun to write and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.

 

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Book Review – Fire and Dust


Book Review

War is an ugly business. There is conflict from the top to the bottom, between enemies and allies alike, and it is hard to survive the matter. But survival comes in many forms. For some it is enough to live, to see the other end of the war with breath in your lungs. For others it is not enough to live, but to maintain one’s integrity and honor. War breaks men down, brings out their best and worst qualities as time goes on, and in the end it changes everyone it touches.

Fire and Dust is the second book of The Fire Trilogy by Christopher Datta, and it focuses in on members of the Confederate Army at the Battle of Chickamauga and the Siege of Chattanooga. The infighting amongst the generals and the hardships of the soldiers and their families are described in exquisite detail as the author tells his story. This is not a simple story of soldiers and generals, it is the telling of a turning point in the war and it brings to life the people involved, whether they were on the front lines or maintaining a home far from the action.

THE GOOD

The characters in this book are the driving force and the author does an excellent job making even the minor characters stand out as individuals. The accents feel genuine and the dialog straight out of the time period. It is easy to forget in reading this book that the events occurred one-hundred and fifty years ago, not yesterday. The various locations are wonderfully described and when the fighting happens the words pull you along at the breakneck pace of combat.  It is hard to find better writing than this.

THE BAD

It is hard to find fault with this novel on any level, so I won’t bother trying. This book is the real deal.

THE TAKEAWAY

As someone who thoroughly enjoys the American Civil War, I found this book thoroughly enjoyable and found myself reaching into my collection of books to check on some of the events presented, and I was never left wanting. The writing is superb and the storytelling is amazing. This is a story that has its hard moments and I found myself talking out loud while reading. The story is tragic and beautiful, and I would not hesitate a moment to recommend this book to anyone.

 

Book Review: The Winter Creek Beast


Book Review

It’s not too unusual for a hiker to go missing in the woods around Winter Creek, but when a local celebrity famous for his big game hunting turns up dead, the apparent victim of a bear attack, Sheriff Jay Lightfeather can’t help but wonder if there is something more going on. When he visits his grandfather for advice he starts to wonder if the legends of his people might just be true.

THE GOOD

This novella is a sharp and quickly paced thriller revolving around a popular pair of legends that keeps the reader on the edge of his seat. It is never easy to make characters stand out in a novella, but the author manages to make the main character stand out in even the short number of pages in this book. The monster is vicious and deserving of place in the pantheon of campfire ghost stories.

THE BAD

The only thing I can complain about with this story is that it is not long enough. I would love to see this redone, drawn out, and made into a full blown novel that kept me reading for days rather than hours.

THE TAKEAWAY

Its a good read for a lazy weekend afternoon, but for the $1.99 price point I would like to see it a little longer. I would definitely recommend picking it up, because you just can’t go wrong with anything written by C. P. Bialois.

Book Review – Devil Music


Book ReviewWhat’s a demon to do? When Cain’s master sends him across the country on an impossible mission to convince a girl to fall in love with his eldest son, the demon has no choice but to go. Before long Cain finds himself the lead guitarist in a heavy metal band, but can he keep his master happy while avoiding the mysterious serial killer known only as The Engineer?

THE GOOD

This is a clever book that takes the Urban Fantasy and twists it around into something a little more. There is suspense, romance and danger in the pages of the book and it blends together into a supernatural drama. The story is well written and the main characters of the book are unique and easily discernible from one another. The primary setting is the club scene of early eighties Los Angeles and it fits the story perfectly. The reader really gets a feel for the scene and it pulls the book together perfectly.

THE BAD

This is a long book and it is a long read. The first third of the book slowly introduces the characters and their place in the story. It can be a little hard to get through. When things start to happen in the middle third the action is still slow as the plot slowly grinds forward. The action really doesn’t start to kick in until the last third of the books, but when it does it is worth it. The author misses an opportunity to inject action into the earlier part of the books so that by the time the reader reaches the end of the book the tension is ratcheted up to a crescendo.

THE TAKEAWAY

This is a good book. It is well written with a good plot and excellent characters. This is not a quick read and may take some patience in the beginning, but the ending is worth it when you get there. I would recommend this as a good winter book where you can sit and read it over a long stretch. Throw in a selection of early eighties metal before each read and you’ll be right in the middle of the action.

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Carly Orosz

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About the book: Cain Pseudomantis leads a miserable life. Bound to the mortal world by a powerful spell no demon could hope to break, he must obey his human master’s every command or face harsh punishment. He finds solace in the rock music which he listens to when he isn’t running unsavory errands for his master. Then everything changes. While on a mission in a seedy section of 1980s Los Angeles, Cain impulsively buys an electric guitar and discovers an unusual talent for music, a talent that catapults him to hair metal stardom. With three superpowered human band mates and his beautiful girlfriend Michelle by his side, his life starts to look a lot better. But Cain soon finds that even rock stars have troubles. The crusading televangelist Nathaniel Breen—who happens to be Michelle’s father—accuses him of turning the city’s youth to Satan worship. Meanwhile a mysterious killer known only as the Engineer terrorizes the Los Angeles rock scene with a series of brutal murders. When Cain and his friends attempt to unmask the killer, they discover a deadly secret that could cost Cain his hard-won freedom, and possibly his life.Get Devil Music through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes.

About the author: Carly Orosz lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her husband. She graduated from Kalamazoo College and went on to earn an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry has been published in Wavelength Journal and SpoutMagazine. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, weaving on a hand loom, and studying the art and cultures of pre-Columbian Mexico.
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Day Four of the Blog Tour


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I’m very excited about today’s stop on the Apocalypse in the Balance Blog Tour. AJ Beamish of The Dead Console fame has posted a Quick and Dirty Book Review of Apocalypse in the Balance, and his post is an excellent read if I do say so myself. AJ hasn’t finished reading the book (as you will see when you read his review), so his post has more to do with the improvement he has seen in my writing since he reviewed Apocalypse Rising.  He writes with a special flare and a self deprecating sort of humor that I often find elusive in my own writing. I think you’ll really enjoy reading his blog post and blog.

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Book Review – The White Dress, The Autumn Leaves


In the dream, she was in a dark place. She was with a man, tall, like Jack, with dark hair. The man left her for a time, and other rough men surrounded her where she sat. It was confusing; they began touching her, prodding at her. She was frozen with a sharp stab of fear. She felt fragile like glass, tried shifting to the side, wishing they would just stop. Wishing that the man with her would save her.

In the dream, she hated their awful touches. She knew she could do nothing if they attacked her. She was frightened, wondering what she should do. The man like her Jack stepped in, and all hell broke loose as he fought off the men around her. She was dizzy, disoriented; was she hitting the men trying to grab her? Was she screaming? She couldn’t recall.

In the dream, one of the men rushed into her and she fell back against the wall. She turned, she saw the man with her—her lover—and she saw another man about to stab him.  She shoved at him in abject terror. Another of the men knocked her forward and into the knife that sliced right into her belly. There was no way to turn aside. She felt it go into her. She heard a voice that said, “And so she who was the only one he had ever loved died in saving him.”

In the dream, she could not speak to him. She could not tell him she loved him, and it was her only wish in that moment that to tremble, the pain too great. But she would have endured all of that acid agony again if she could merely reach out and tell him she loved him, and when he looked at her…

In the dream, they shared that last long look and she drifted, releasing into the cold gray paleness, sliding into oblivion. The pain in his eyes; he looked like he was about to shatter.

Shauna Aura Knight (2014-06-22T05:00:00+00:00). The White Dress, The Autumn Leaves (Kindle Locations 32-48). Jupiter Gardens Press. Kindle Edition.

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The White Dress, The Autumn Leaves

Being awkward and shy can be hard enough, but add to it a sensitivity to the supernatural and it is easy to see why Meredith wouldn’t be comfortable approaching Jack at a Pagan festival. When he introduces himself there is an immediate connection, and it is not long before they are making plans for the future, but the future has something different in store for them unless they can change their fate.

THE GOOD
The story focuses on Meredith and Kevin and they are very well written. In a short span the reader is given a real sense for who they are and what motivates them. So often novellas fall short in this regard and the reader is left with a story without depth, but this book does not fall into that trap. While I am not personally knowledgeable in the ways of modern Pagans, the story is so well written that I could not help but feel that the author is speaking from a place of knowledge.

THE BAD
There is not much to complain about with this book, but there were moments, specifically when the characters are fumbling their way towards intimacy, where the dialogue felt a little stilted, but it may well have been an intentional effort to communicate their awkwardness with the intimacy and the emotions at play.

THE TAKEAWAY
This is a wonderful little novella. It is erotic, romantic, spiritual and touched with the supernatural, but it is not overloaded with any one of these. The genre bending of this story is wonderful and a testament to the author’s skill that it comes off so naturally. If you are looking for a quick, enjoyable read, this novella is worth picking up.

Shauna Aura Knight
An artist, author, and presenter, Shauna’s work is inspired by the mythic stories of heroes, of swords and magic, and of the darkness we each must overcome. She’s a fantasy artist and author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy including Werewolves in the Kitchen, A Winter Knight’s Vigil, and The White Dress, the Autumn Leaves. Her mythic artwork and designs are used for magazine covers, book covers, and illustrations.

She travels nationally offering intensive education in the transformative arts of community leadership, facilitation, and personal transformation, and is the author of numerous articles and books on those subjects including The Leader Within, Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path, and Ritual Facilitation.

http://www.shaunaauraknight.com

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Book Review – The Dagger of Adendigaeth


Book Review

Alliances form and break as new discoveries are made and old loves rekindled. In The Dagger of Adendigaeth, the characters from the book Cephrael’s Hand plunge

THE GOOD

This book, much like the last, is very well written. The world is fantastic, well described and diverse. The characters continue to grow and develop beyond their origins. The twists and turns of the personal stories and the greater story keeps the reader turning pages at a rapid pace. It was often hard to put this one down and I know I spent more than one night staying up far later than I should have.

THE BAD

There is nothing bad I can say about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it from front to back and I cannot wait to start the next one.

THE TAKEAWAY

The seeds planted in the first book take root in this one and the resulting story is excellent. I  was eager to get my hands on this one and it did not disappoint. Some of the strings left hanging from the first book come together in this one and it leads straight into the third book, which I will be starting shortly.  I would definitely recommend checking out this book and this series.

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About the book: “A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book 2

At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race’s decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin’athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin’s Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself?

In T’khendar…Prince Ean val Lorian has forsaken his companions in blood and battle to join the traitorous Fifth Vestal in T’khendar in the hopes of gaining some insight into the tragedies that plagued his Return. Now he must confront the man he’s long thought of as his enemy and discover the role he is meant to play in the First Lord’s darkly magnificent game.

The Vestal Raine D’Lacourte has followed his traitorous oath-brother Björn through six kingdoms and into the distant realm of T’khendar seeking explanation and atonement. But the condemned realm harbors shocking secrets, and Raine soon realizes he’s facing his greatest enemy yet—not in Björn, but in the truth.

Elsewhere in Alorin…the young truthreader, Tanis, faces a new villain in the fiery-eyed man he followed from the café in Rethynnea; the soldier Trell struggles to reconcile his growing feelings for the girl he rescued from the river against the guilt of his unknown past; and in Tambarré, another truthreader named Kjieran van Stone treads the incense-filled hallways of the Prophet Bethamin’s temple hoping to uncover a plot of treachery and betrayal before the Prophet demands his soul.

The time has come for each player to claim his role in the First Lord’s masterful game. All will be tested, but only time will tell how many can survive the dagger of Adendigaeth.
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About the author: Melissa McPhail is a classically trained pianist, violinist and composer, a Vinyasa yoga instructor, and an avid Fantasy reader. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their twin daughters and two very large cats.
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