Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring Into Horror Read-A-Thon Starting Post

Official dates are April 17 through 30, starting at 12am CDT Sunday and ending at 11:59pm CDT on Sunday the 30th. It's a 2 week 'thon, with only one rule. 1 book has to fall into the "scary" category, but can be thriller, mystery, Gothic novel.

So my #TBR is going to probably change a bit, but my stack for this looks like this:

  • Truthwitch
  • Let the Right One In (My scary pic)
  • Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell
I do have a kindle full of books, so I may throw some of these in. I WILL be participating in Dewey's Read-a-Thon April 29th, so I'll combine my progress for both that day. I may not update daily, but I'll at least do a weekly update. 


Update 1:
this is a review book (YA Fantasy)
I'm at 35% and enjoying it so far! Review to come (check sidebar for post date)


Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Investment Club by Doug Cooper *Blog Tour* (Review)




Title: THE INVESTMENT CLUB
Author: Doug Cooper
Publisher: Rare Bird Books
Pages: 362
Genre: Literary/Upmarket Fiction
Forty million people visit Vegas every year but most never get past the strip. What about the people who live there? What brought them there? What keeps them there?


Told from the perspective of a seasoned blackjack dealer, The Investment Club tells the stories of a self-destructive, dwarf entrepreneur, a drug-addicted musical performer-turned-stripper, a retired, widowed New Jersey policeman, a bereaved, divorced female sportscaster, and a card-counting, former Catholic priest before and after their fateful meeting at the El Cortez Casino in downtown Vegas.


As the five learn the greatest return comes from investing in one another, their lives stabilize and take on new, positive directions. But their love and support for each other can take them only so far before they must determine the meaning and value of their own lives.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:


Amazon | Barnes & Noble


About the Author

Doug Cooper is the author of the award-winning novel Outside In and The Investment Club available October 2016. He has a BS in Mathematics Education from Miami University and a MA in American Studies from Saint Louis University. Always searching, he has traveled to over twenty countries on five continents, exploring the contradictions between what we believe and how we act in the pursuit of truth, beauty, and love. Originally from Port Clinton, Ohio, he has also called Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, New York, and Oslo, Norway home. He now lives in Cleveland working on his third novel Focus Lost.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS


My Review: 

This was not my typical read, so I had to take it slowly. This doesn't mean I didn't like it, quite the opposite in fact. My taking it slowly actually made me enjoy it even more! How weird is that? Doug Cooper writes lovely characters that are realistic and well written. The story is quite interesting and does indeed pull you in. The character's voice is vivid and their personal stories are what make this book such a fun read. The skillful writing will have you fully investing yourself in each character and wanting to know much more about them. All in all, this was a surprisingly good read! 



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff * Review & Giveaway*

Grimm Woods

by D. Melhoff

on Tour April 1 - May 31, 2017

Synopsis:

Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff
A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counsellors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.
Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woodsis a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller
Published by: Bellwoods Publishing
Publication Date: December 2016
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 0992133130 (ISBN13: 9780992133139)
Purchase Links: Amazon 🔗 | Goodreads 🔗

Author Bio:

D. MelhoffD. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen in his series of twisted picture books for children. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Stoker, and his second-grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror.

Catch Up with Mr. Melhoff on his Website 🔗Twitter 🔗, & Facebook 🔗.


My Review:
So let's see, a group of teenage camp counselors in the woods, sex, drugs, booze, and
and some spooky ass woods. Sounds like your typical 80's slasher set up, right? That's totally the vibe that this book has, and I can tell you I'm a HUGE fan of that genre of movies! I have to admit the beginning of this book was kind of a slow burn for me, but it did pick up speed and in such a gruesome way! This has got all the fun mixes of horror, campy cheese, and of course a sprinkling of the fairy tales from your childhood, except these have teeth! 
This was a pretty good book, like I said the beginning was a bit slow, but once it found it's pace it didn't wanna stop moving super fast, which I could get behind fully! 

There is a lot of sex (implied and otherwise), lots of drugs and booze, and of course tons of profanity. I don't have a problem with these, but if you do then this might not be your cup of tea. 

Giveaway

This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for D. Melhoff. There will be 2 winners of one (1) Amazon Giftcard and 5 winners of one (1) eBook copy of Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff. The giveaway begins on April 1st and runs through June 2nd, 2017.