Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Slasher Sam by Simon Petersen - Book Tour & Review



Horror
Date Published: March 31, 2017
Publisher: Darkwater Syndicate, Inc.

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Beware: this book is not for the faint of heart, the weak of stomach, or the soft of bowels. In these pages are the blog entries of one of the most depraved serial killers of the 21st century—Slasher Sam.

Taking inspiration from several generations of horror films, Sam guts countless victims in creative ways, and posts these exploits to SlasherSam.com for the world to see, putting readers so close to the action that they’re practically in the splash zone when the blood goes flying.

And is there ever blood—Sam’s a savvy killer, too well-versed in horror film lore to make rookie mistakes, which is why the kill count scores well into the double digits.

Visit www.SlasherSam.com if you dare, just remember: in cyberspace, everyone can hear you scream...

My Review
What can I say about Slasher Sam? This book was amazing. Like, I was filled with a ridiculous amount of glee while reading it. It was that good.

Slasher Sam is a modern day serial killer who blogs about their victims, how they kill them, and occasionally throws in some fun tidbits about old-school horror films (mostly from the 80s). Slasher Sam reminds me a lot of my friend Mike. That is, if Mike were a serial killer who blogged. Which he's not. I promise. Mike just really likes old horror flicks.

Anyway, Slasher Sam is completely entertaining. Sam's posts are amusing, while also gory and detailed. It places you, the reader, in the direct mindset of Sam, and it also plops you down in the action, even though the kills have already happened. It's so unique and fun.

There's a twist near the end that I had figured out beforehand, but it still made me giddy that the twist was what I thought it would be. I'm easily entertained by these types of things, I suppose.

If you like your horror to be unique, interactive (in a way), and loads of fun while still offering up blood and guts, then give Slasher Sam a whirl. I absolutely loved it, and I highly recommend it.

Five very well-deserved stars!


About the Author


Simon Petersen is an experienced journalist and popular blogger from Auckland, New Zealand. By day he writes about craft beer, world travel, and professional sport; by night he dreams up horror movie scenarios that’d scare the striped sweater off Freddy Krueger. Visit him at www.SlasherSam.com.

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The Gate Guardian's Daughter by K.T. Munson - Book Tour + Giveaway


The Gate Guardian's Daughter
The Gate Trilogy Prequel
by K.T. Munson
Genre:
YA Dark Fantasy

29 Pages

The interplanetary gates require guardians and the reformed demon
Malthael is one of them. 

His adoptive daughter, Elisabeth, is special, but her dangerous ability
hasn’t awoken yet. Malthael knows it will one day and from then on
her life will forever be altered. Malthael isolates her from outside
world as much to protect everyone else as to safeguard her. It is all
he can do to delay the inevitable. 

Now that Elisabeth is ten, how long can Malthael keep her confined?



From her perch in the lush green tree, Elisabeth looked over the outer stone wall that surrounded her family’s property. The sounds of children yelling in the street as they played with a small leather ball filled her ears. She loved to watch all the activity and pretend she was with them. As she hid from the heat of the summer sun in her favorite place in her new home, she swung her legs back and forth, the tip of her toe scraping against the top of the barrier. At the base of the tree, a Netherhound named Duke slept soundly. She peered down and smiled at his sweet, fox-like face. His twin, Nathan, was somewhere else on the sprawling property.
The great house sat back from the road—far too much space for four people and two dogs as far as Elisabeth was concerned. Her papa, Malthael, was the Gate Guardian for Ashlad, a position that Elisabeth understood was very important and had been the reason they’d had to leave their home in the south. But that didn’t mean she had to like it. It wasn’t as though she’d had any friends there either, but at least she’d liked their secluded house on the seaside. Just thinking of Asilla made her miss that peaceful beach home.
She didn’t have any friends and didn’t try to play with the children she was observing because she was a very dangerous young girl — or at least that is what Malthael told her. It wasn’t as though she’d ever hurt anyone. But Malthael insisted that she could and should, therefore, be kept away from people until she was older. Elisabeth didn’t like it, but she loved her papa and didn’t want to make him angry.
“Elisabeth!” her tutor, Milo, called.
Sighing, she leaned forward as he strode across the grounds, searching for her. Milo’s black hair had been smoothed back multiple times in irritation, no doubt at her tardiness. Duke sat up, his ears primed forward as he listened to Milo beckoning for her to return. Lifting her legs up into the safety of the trees boughs, she decided she wasn’t ready to return to her studies. Duke’s deadly triple bladed tail shifted away from his boar-shaped body. Elisabeth eyed the nick in his ram-like horns and wondered for the hundredth time how it had happened.
“Elisabeth!” Milo yelled louder, catching the attention of the children beyond the wall.
Duke vanished. She wondered where he went when he disappeared like that—to another dimension or even the Netherworld? The children scattered, screeching about a monster in the mansion.
Elisabeth giggled because they were so wrong. There were three demons living in the mansion and two Netherhounds, but no monsters!
“Hello?” a voice called out from the other side of the wall.
Elisabeth froze. She heard grunting, and an instant later, a head popped over the top. A young boy with filthy brown hair smiled at her. One of his front teeth was missing. Elisabeth stared, her mouth ajar; she’d never talked to someone her own age without Malthael or Milo present. Elisabeth hesitantly smiled back.
“Hi,” Elisabeth managed, despite the lump in her throat.
This is against Malthael’s rules, she thought. Another part of her mind whispered, But only if he finds out.

K.T. Munson is a freelance author. First published at 5 years old in the
young writers conference, she has pursued writing ever since. She
maintains a blog creatingworldswithwords.wordpress.com that is about
writing and her novels. She was born and raised in the last frontier,
the great state of Alaska.



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The Darkest Loop by James Fant - Book Tour + Giveaway





Historical Fiction
Date Published: 9/4/2017

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Dallas Anderson is stuck in a time loop that repeats Labor Day 2001 to September 11, 2001. He thinks he must prevent the terrorist attacks to break the loop. But each loop challenges that theory, igniting a fiery romance between him and his best friend's sister and exposing the dark truth behind Déjà vu.





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A Minute and 30 Seconds on Writing Historical Fiction
The amount of research required for historical novels is massive! That’s if you want to do it right. Even if you lived during the era about which you’re writing, you still have to put in the work to accurately capture the not-so-distant history. Take Stephen King’s11/22/63 for instance. Besides it being one of my favorites, and one I’ve read three times (I’m not kidding), it is wonderfully and expertly written. King discussed his research in the author notes: getting Oswald right, his wife’s pretty face but bad teeth, his relationship with George de Mohrenshildt, when he travelled from Russia to Fort Worth, the ratty apartment he tried to make a home with his wife and baby. Getting those things right added real life to the story.
In my novel, THE DARKEST LOOP, I had thoroughly researched Labor Day, 2001 through 9/11/01. I had to go back and see who played Monday Night Football on September 10th. I had to confirm who the Yankees played against during the week leading up to 9/11 and where they played: home or away. I had to go back in time to see what journalists covered the attacks and on which television network. Sure, I could’ve just wrote what I thought I remembered but I would’ve gotten it wrong. My first draft is proof of that. While a writer may use a bit of license, it’s best to capture the era in question in accurate essence.
About the Author:
James Fant is an award winning author who lives in Charleston, SC with his lovely wife and two hilarious children. He received a degree in biology from College of Charleston and a master’s in business administration from Charleston Southern University. His love for literature was forged by the works of Eric Jerome Dickey, Walter Mosely, and Stephen King. He also finds inspiration from screenwriters Shonda Rhimes, Aaron Sorkin and Kurt Sutter. Literarily, James has always been drawn to intelligent yet imperfect characters and he writes novels with them in mind.
His books include:
The Darkest Loop
Heart of Stone
CoEd
Simon’s Splinter
Fourteen Pages
An Ode for Orchids
Close the Door
The Secret Branch
The Mended Fence







James Fant is an award winning author who lives in Charleston, SC with his lovely wife and two hilarious children. He received a degree in biology from College of Charleston and a master’s in business administration from Charleston Southern University. His love for literature was forged by the works of Eric Jerome Dickey, Walter Mosely, and Stephen King. He also finds inspiration from screenwriters Shonda Rhimes, Aaron Sorkin and Kurt Sutter. Literarily, James has always been drawn to intelligent yet imperfect characters and he writes novels with them in mind.


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