Thursday, May 17, 2018

Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter by C.A. Verstraete [4.5 stars]


From the Description


Every family has its secrets…

One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become… zombies?

Thrust into a horrific world where the walking dead are part of a shocking conspiracy to infect not only Fall River, Massachusetts, but also the world beyond, Lizzie battles to protect her sister, Emma, and her hometown from nightmarish ghouls and the evil forces controlling them.

* Read the continuation in Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter 2: The Axe Will Fall!

Publication Date:  May 10, 2018
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Publication Length: 246 pages

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this story. For more fun and information about C.A. Verstraete or Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter follow along over at Girl Zombie Authors
Most of us know the tale of Lizzie Borden and her ill-fated parents thanks to the mysterious nature of the crime and the folk rhyme "Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done She gave her father forty-one." C.A. Verstraete has turned the legend on it's head in Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter, an adventurous romp through a nightmare landscape peopled with evil villains and monsters. I had so much fun reading this book! Lizzie is a strong willed heroine who must help solve the mystery of what is causing the zombie outbreak and how her father was involved, all while trying to stay out of prison. I loved her bad-assitude and take charge manner as she learns how to deal with the ever rising zombie threat. The action is fast paced and exciting with a great twist at the end. If you liked Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter you're going to love this gem of a book. A fantastic 4.5 star highly recommended.

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About the Author

Christine (C.A.) Verstraete enjoys putting a little "scare" in her writing. She follows the murder trial and offers a twist on the infamous 1892 Borden murders in her book, Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter. She also looks at the murders from the viewpoint of Lizzie's doctor in her latest, The Haunting of Dr. Bowen. Other books include a young adult novel, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, and books on dollhouse collecting and crafting.

Christine's short stories have appeared in various anthologies including: Descent Into Darkness, Happy Homicides 3: Summertime Crime, Mystery Weekly, and Timeshares, Steampunk'd, and Hot & Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance, DAW Books.

She is an award-winning journalist published in daily to weekly newspapers, and in various magazines. Her stories have received awards from local and national newspaper associations, and the Dog Writer's Association of America.

She is available for signings or appearances, including a PowerPoint presentation on zombies, writing and the history of Lizzie Borden. Visit her website, or blog,

You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads

Praise for Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter

"... A fun and fast-paced story. I very much enjoyed the different perspective of the circumstances around the murder of Lizzie's parents. The author does a good job of giving the reader historical fiction without ruining the original story or creating an entirely false world. I recommend this book for anyone looking for a cool twist on an old mystery." --Melanie @ FangFreakinTastic Reviews - 4 fangs!

"...Of the other main characters it is Lizzie who stands out as the best one. She is strong willed, but there was also a vulnerability to her character on the many occasions she bites off more than she can chew. ...A good yarn told in a well written and engaging style." --The Rotting Zombie - 7 of 10 zombie heads!

 "...The story flows so well and will give you goosebumps... Might make you gag from the epic detail used throughout this book. I am a huge horror fan, so this did not disappoint at all! If you like historical horror, read this! Or Lizzie might hack you next!" --Destiny, 

"...The descriptions are excellent, the dialogue is snappy, and Lizzie's character is likable. Overall, I enjoyed reading Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter. Well-written and fast-paced with short chapters (not James Patterson short)..." - Highly Recommended, 4 Coffee Cups -- Billy B., Ramblings of a CoffeeAddicted Writer​




Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Deep Shadow by Nick Sullivan [5 stars]


From the Description
In the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, something lethal is on the move.
Scuba divers travel from all over the world to visit the little island of Bonaire, with its crystal-clear waters and a host of beautiful marine life. After three years in the “Diver's Paradise”, dive master Boone Fischer thought he’d seen it all; but on a routine afternoon dive, he spots something that will turn his tranquil life upside down.
From the arid shores of the ABC Islands to the tropical jungles of Venezuela—from the ocean depths of the Southern Caribbean, to the lush islands of the Northern Leewards, Deep Shadow takes Boone and the reader on an action-packed adventure filled with danger and suspense.
"The age-old adage of ‘write what you know’ becomes very important when you write about a technical subject like scuba diving. When you get all the details right, and throw in just the right amounts of action, humor, romance, and suspense, you have a novel like this." - Wayne Stinnett, bestselling author of Fallen Out.
Publication Date: April 11, 2018
Publisher: Wild Yonder Press
Publication Length: 338 pages
I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
Deep Shadow is a swashbuckling action adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Filled with exotic places, exciting action, tense drama and even a smidge of romance this story grabs you from the very first page and doesn’t let you breathe until the very last word has been read. Boone and Emily are fantastic characters, realistic and funny as they race to stop the bad guys with a little help from some very memorable characters along the way. If you’re looking for an exciting adventure from the safety of your beach chair you can’t go wrong with this outstanding book. A highly recommended 5 star read.  
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Born in East Tennessee, Nick Sullivan has spent most of his adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audiobooks. After recording hundreds of books over the last twenty years he decided to write one of his own. An avid scuba diver for many years, his travels to numerous Caribbean islands have inspired his new book, "Deep Shadow", coming soon.
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Nick's first book, "Zombie Bigfoot", reached #1 in Horror Comedy. A wild romp of a creature feature, its sequel is in the works. Visit for more information. You can find my review HERE
"Every damn sentence in Deep Shadow vibrates with authenticity — whether it’s diving at the edge of an abyss, pushing an open fisherman to its limits in a rough sea, or detailing a claustrophobic smuggler submarine. You can smell the sweat on the bad guys, and the good guys (and girls) never seem contrived.  Deep Shadow is accurate, paced like an anxious thoroughbred, and highly entertaining. I can’t wait for the next one." - Michael Reisig, bestselling author of The Road to Key West series.
"The age old adage of write what you know, becomes very important when you write about a technical subject like scuba diving. When you get all the details right, and throw in just the right amounts of action, humor, romance, and suspense, you have a novel like this." - Wayne Stinnett, bestselling author of Fallen Out.
"Highly recommended!  Nick Sullivan's expert knowledge of deep-sea diving and the Caribbean locale make Deep Shadow a rousing action/adventure thrill ride from start to finish." - Bill Pronzini, bestselling author of The Crimes of Jordan Wise.
“Deep Shadow has it all—Suspense, Thriller… and a little bit of love. Sullivan is obviously a fan of the culture, climate, and diving in the Caribbean.  The way he described each island and each dive that they made is painted in this amazing color that I felt like I was there. Overall, Deep Shadow will probably be up there with my Best of 2018 books. 5 out of 5 Stars.” - Brian’s Book Blog.
“I was immediately drawn into the Clancy-esque storyline, but was equally turned on by the romance at the center. Props to this writer for giving us both a male and female heroine, and a romance that works within and amplifies the storyline. A delicious, sexy, action packed maritime adventure that will keep you turning the pages well into the night!" - Gabra Zackman, author of “The Bod Squad” series.
“If you’re planning to island-hop the Caribbean by boat or plane, you couldn’t have a better guide than Nick Sullivan, a great storyteller and a spout of knowledge about (to list a few) craft large and small, sea life, scuba diving, weaponry, hydraulics, geography, navigation, island history, food and drink. But he doesn’t hit you over the head with the research, and it enhances rather than interrupts the tale.”- Peter Johnson, author of Grant’s Indian.
“If you are looking for an exceptionally well written and narrated book of adventure, pirates, terrorists, corrupt governments and drug runners, you will be happy when you dive (pun intended) into Deep Shadow, a fulfilling action-packed thriller with depth and dimension.”  - Quella Reviews.
“Deep Shadow is a thrill ride! You're lazily scuba diving off a tropical reef when the plot grabs you and never lets you go. I predict Boone Fischer and Emily Durand will return to save the day book after book.” - Tom Robbins, playwright of The Amish Girl's Guide to Armageddon.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Dead Dog (Zombie Dog series book 2) by Doug Goodman [5 stars]

From the Description
Angie Graves has moved to Houston after her house burned down in Colorado. She has come to Houston to join the Harris County Wasp Control to search for zombies. (Houston is the epicenter of the zombie breakout.) But Angie is having trouble adjusting to life in Houston. It’s not just that she misses her mountains and cool temperatures, but she is having to adapt to a whole new way of life. The politics are bigger, and unlike little Jack Calf, Colorado, she now has multiple search and rescue groups to contend with, and they do not always work well with each other. Then there is Murder. Her dog is acting strange, and she isn’t quite sure what to do with that. All his troubles are about to be magnified, though because…
On the other side of Texas, in the middle of nowhere, a dead dog is found in a desert canyon in Big Bend National Park. One lone Parks Ranger suspects there is more to this death than a simple case of a dead animal on the trail. He begins searching into what happened to this dog, and does it have an owner. His questions will lead him to Angie, and together they will begin a hunt for creatures more dangerous than bears and mountain lions…
Publication Date: April 27, 2018
Publisher: Doug Goodman
File Size: 607 KB
I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
Dead Dog, the sequel to the fantastic Cadaver Dog (my review can be found HERE) is a fast paced and exciting story. Continuing the story of Angie and Murder felt like catching up with old friends who I hadn’t heard from in awhile. I was cheering them on as they learned to navigate the murky political waters of Houston and still hunt zombies, rescue their victims and train a new volunteer teams to aid in the search. I really wanted to smack the publicity hungry leader of Missing Lone Stars in the head repeatedly as she tries to undermine Angie and Murder. When Angie & Murder meet up with Ranger Tyler McKinney to find a missing backpacker in Big Bend they find a mystery that kept me glued to the page. With its extremely satisfying conclusion Dead Dog left me hungry for more, I can’t wait until the next part of this phenomenal 5 star read.
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Doug Goodman is a writer from Houston. He loves the outdoors and going on adventures with his family. He write books about zombie-hunting dogs, giant kaiju monsters, the post-apocalyptic future, astronauts, weresharks, and whatever else kind of fun my mind gets me into. I have two awesome kids, one amazing wife, and two white German Shepherds. He can be found socializing on Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, as well as most major social media sites, and on his WEBSITE.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman [5+ Stars]


From the Description
The Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of Bird Box returns with a haunting tale of love, redemption, and murder.
Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times . . . but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days.
Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her . . . alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave.
And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.
The haunting story of a woman literally bringing herself back from the dead, Unbury Carol is a twisted take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Length: 384 pages
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
Unbury Carol is a mix of weird western, grown-up fairytale, and horror that is far more than the sum of its parts. This story was enchanting, captivating me with both a sense of wonder and terror, as I raced through its pages to find out what would happen to Carol, and James Moxie. Would Dwight, Lafayette, Rot, and Smoke succeed in their nefarious plans? As someone who is more than a little claustrophobic the thought of being buried alive terrifies me, plus Rot and Smoke are pure Evil, making this a very effective horror novel. I was rooting for Carol and James to not only survive but to find a happy ending in a very dark world. They are fantastic characters to follow. Their flaws made them feel like real people who you could consider friends instead of heroes in a book. A phenomenally written, gripping 5 star read that I can’t recommend enough. Seriously, go buy this one now!    
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Josh Malerman is an internationally bestselling, Bram Stoker Award–nominated American author and one of two singer/songwriters for the rock band The High Strung. His debut novel, Bird Box, was published in the United Kingdom and the United States in 2014 to much critical acclaim. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan, with his best friend/soulmate Allison Laakko and their pets Frankie, Valo, Dewey, Marty, and the fish.
You can find him at his WEBSITE or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads
“Bleakly lyrical à la Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O'Connor.” —Library Journal, Starred Review
“Breathtaking and menacing… an intricately plotted, lyrical page turner about love, betrayal, revenge, and the primal fear of being buried alive.” —Booklist, Starred Review
“This one haunts for reasons you can't quite put your finger on. Malerman is too fierce an original to allow anyone else’s vision to intrude on his. [He] defies categories and comparisons with other writers.” —Kirkus
"With vivid prose and characters that leap off the page, guns a-blazing, Unbury Carol creates its own lingering legend."  —Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma
“Unbury Carol is a Poe story set in the weird West we all carry inside us, and it not only hits the ground running, it digs into that ground, too. About six wonderful feet.”—Stephen Graham Jones, author of Mongrels
“Fantastically clever. A breakneck ride to save a life already lost, proving sometimes death is only the beginning.”—J. D. Barker, internationally bestselling author of The Fourth Monkey

Monday, April 16, 2018

They Feed by Jason Parent [4 stars]


From the Description
The night uncovers all we wish not to see.
A troubled man enters a dusky park before sunset. A young woman follows, hidden in shadow. Both have returned to the park to take back something the past has stolen from them, to make right six long years of suffering, and to find justice or perhaps redemption—or maybe they'll settle for some old-fashioned revenge.
But something evil is alive and awake in those woods, creatures that care nothing for human motivations. They’re driven by their own insatiable need: a ravenous, bottomless hunger.
The campgrounds are full tonight, and the creatures are starving. Before the night is over, they will feed.
An unrelenting tale of terror from Jason Parent, acclaimed author of People of the Sun and What Hides Within.
Publication Date: April 15, 2018
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication Length: 254 pages

I received a free copy of this book as part of the They Feed publicity tour, hosted by the wonderful Erin Al-Mehari over at Hook of a Book Media & Publicity and SinisterGrin Press. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review. Follow along the tour with these hashtags: #TheyFeed  #SinisterGrinPress
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They Feed is a throwback to some of the best creature features of the 70’s & 80’s. This gore fest is packed with characters I couldn’t wait to see die and one or two that I was rooting for to make it out alive. Set in a state park campground and hiking trails this book was right up my alley, I camp and hike nearly every weekend. Jason did a great job at capturing the fear of wandering off the trail and getting lost with the constantly bickering married couple who are trying to save their marriage. Karl (KY) is a much more sympathetic character than his wife, Abigail, who I found to be kind of a cold hearted, bitter woman. I felt bad for both Tyler and Dakota, both victims of assault trying to overcome a single horrible tragedy, throughout most of the book. Both Charlie, Tyler’s parole officer and Merwin, the park ranger, were characters I was rooting for, the frat boys not so much. In the beginning of the book I wondered what these very different groups of characters went together. Then the creatures appeared,,, leechlike slugs, slimy, nasty slugs with teeth, that want to both impregnate and then devour their prey. These creatures were brilliant in their ability to make my skin crawl without the hive-like intelligence they possessed. This story was fast paced and exciting up to the explosive twist ending. A highly recommended 4 star read.
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About the Author
Jason is an author of horror, thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, and dark humor, though his many novels, novellas, and short stories tend to blur the boundaries between these genres. From his award-winning first horror/mystery novel, What Hides Within, to his widely applauded police procedural/supernatural thriller, Seeing Evil, Jason’s work has won him praise from both critics and fans of diverse genres alike. His work has been compared to that of some of his personal favorite authors, such as Chuck Palahniuk, Jack Ketchum, Tess Gerritsen, and Joe Hill.
Jason grew up near Fall River, Massachusetts, the setting for several of his novels. He has lived in New England most his life, currently residing in Rhode Island.
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"Seeing Evil has some very special moments and is a very fast read. There's no denying Parent has talent." - Glenn Rolfe, author of Blood and Rain and Boom Town
"Jason Parent has done it again! He has created a brilliant story that will grip you tight and won't let go! I found myself turning page after page to see what happens next. From start to finish, this book is mind blowing!" - Cedar Hollow Horror Reviews on A Life Removed
"Wonderfully original tales of horror... Wrathbone and Other Stories gets my highest recommendation." - Cemetery Dance
"From the eerie opening tale to the grisly closer, and all of the wonderfully mean-spirited tales in-between, Wrathbone is a winner!" - Jeff Strand, author of Dead Clown Barbecue