Cyber Monday (Books we love)

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Yes it is that time of the year again.  Get out your computers and start shopping.  They have said this year that over 44 percent of consumers used the internet, and everyone wants a deal right?  Well here are some links for authors who we think you should splurge on this holiday season.  Their books may or may not be on sale, but we think they are good authors, and their books are those we love.

This list is in no order of what we like or who we think is a better author.  It is in the order that we thought of as we talked to each other and looked at our bookcases.

So if anyone wants to get the lovely Melanie and I anything, Deborah Blake has her new series “Broken Riders” which is the spin-off from the Baba Yaga series available which I have been giddy to read.

 
Claire Riley
So Melanie has read I think almost all of her books.  I have read three and I was elated, crushed, torn apart, put back together just to be torn apart again.  If you have not read any of her books, I would suggest Thicker than Blood.  Be prepared with wine, tissues, maybe some chocolate.  Her books are horror and are dark.

 

Eli Constant
Eli is the author of the Dead Tree books which are really good and really creepy.  She is also part of two “State of Horror” anthologies, stories that are based on specific places in each state.  Start with book 1 from her Dead Trees Series  Keep Them Alive.

 

Elizabeth Raven
She may not have as many books as the other authors on this page, but her first book, Matanza’s Moon is not only a fun story, but one that is different than many other metaphysics based fictions.

 

Boone Brux
I have only read her Grim Reaper series, but if her other books are as good, take a chance on them.  So even though she has a bunch I would suggest picking up the first in her series about a stay at home mom turned full-time reaper,  To Catch Her Death.  So I met Boone at a conference and she is as nice as she looks.  Does having a relationship with an author make me want to promote their books more?  Sure, but that doesn’t discredit their ability as an author.

 

Deborah Blake
Her Baba Yaga series is really good, I have read the first three and she really does the legend justice in a good way, in that her characters are not evil, child-eating monsters.  To introduce yourself to her books, pick up the first in the Baba series Wickedly Dangerous.

 

Claire Chilton
So I was introduced to Claire with her Demon Diaries set.  They are not that long, but are packed with characters who you love, hate, and then love again.  Her representations of hell and heaven are unique and really fit with the overall tone of the story.  Pick up Demonic Dora to start the wild ride.

 

Margo Bond Collins
Margo not only writes some very swoon worthy romance with shifters, but she also books like one about a woman who after being killed ends up in Alabama, not heaven or hell but Alabama.   We suggest Under Her Skin, the first book in the Shifter Shield series.  Just go look at the cover, snakes and tattoos, not much better than that.

 

C.C. Hogan
For something different than the rest, C.C. Hogan writes a series that is intended for young adults, but also has adult themes.  These are strictly fantasy, full of dragons, alternate lands, and relationships that push the boundaries of where the lines between friends and family blue.  Dirt the first in the series is worth the money and time.   Dirt is also free right now so GO GO GO.

 

Kristen Painter 
So I am personally a huge fan of her books, I share them with family and friends, I have met her at a conference, she is a really nice person and great author.  She has multiple series but I have only read her Nocturne Series books.  Soon I am hoping to read her Miss Frost series, which is just really a spin-off of the above mentioned Nocturne Series books.  The first book The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride.

 

Paige Prince
So for a book with a little sex, some intrique, mystery, and treasure hunting try Lost Treasure.  Think National Treasure and Indiana Jones meet a good rated R movie.  Most of her books are very erotic but the one I have read aren’t just about the sex, but about the story behind the sex.  I heard that Paige may be doing a little freebie about Lost Treasure for reviews.  Just sayin’

 

So that is our list of authors for this Cyber Monday.  If we have forgotten an author we adore, we are sorry, this was a spur of the moment post :).  Look for a future post about additional authors and other gifts for those book lovers who you love.

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Dead: Onset by TW Brown


Dead: Onset

By: T.W. Brown
Genres: Horror
Pages: 277
Series: New Dead #1
Published on: October 31, 2016
Dead: Onset by TW Brown

Today is the day that Evan Berry's life will change forever.

His days working construction are about to end; he is finally going to be a high school music teacher. Stephanie, his bride-to-be even has a surprise planned for him when he gets home from work that first night.

None of that matters.

For several days, the news has been hinting at reports of a strange illness that appears to be global. Unfortunately, this is no regular sickness. The dead are returning to life and attacking the living. Evan is at his new job for less than ten minutes when he gets a call from Stephanie. There is a man in their house and he is trying to attack her.

Set in the world of the DEAD series, there is a new story to tell. See the world die through the eyes of one man in DEAD: Onset.

Also by this author: Dead: Snapshot- Portland,
 
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Dead: Onset is set in the same world as T.W.  Brown’s other Dead series, but you don’t need to have read it to read this series. In all honesty, I found this series easier to read for some reason. It’s a great book and I look forward to seeing what else happens in the series.

 

Dead: Onset is full of action and zombies. Every time Evan turns around, there is something else crazy going on. At first, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Evan, but he definitely grew on me. He is what I would consider an “everyman.” He’s your typical average guy, put into a non-average world and has to learn to adapt or die.

 

Brown has a gift for imagery and realism. At one point he says “…a geyser of blood sprayed in syncopation with the failing heartbeat up as the scream turned into a gurgle.” I think that was my favorite sentence in the book.

 

Something Brown does that I can’t decide if I love or hate is there are occasions where he gives clues or bits of the story, but not quite enough for me to know what actually is happening. The zombies that make the sound of a baby crying, or what really happened in the apartment with the dead guy who looks like he shot himself, for example.

 

In this series, we are shown both ends of the human spectrum. We are reminded that there are both very good and very bad people in the world. We are shown the hope in humanity while at the same time, losing most faith in it. There is a passage that says, “Sure there are always a few bad apples in the bunch, but just like the general population, most are good down deep.” I think this is a very important idea for us to all remember right now.

 

The cliffhanger in this book is killer btw. My gut seriously dropped when I read it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great zombie series to start that is full of action and adventure.

 

5 fangs

 

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About T.W. Brown

Welcome to MY world...

A few minutes with author TW Brown.

Tucked away in the Pacific Northwest with my wife Denise, a Border Collie named Aoife (pronounced EYE-fa), a guitar collection, and an increasing number of aquariums sporting a variety of fish (cichlids are my new favorites), I live for football season when I can cheer on the Oregon Ducks my Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. I am a fan of Cookie Monster, KISS, and Dr. Who (along with most things British).

His blog can be found at:
twbrown.blogspot.com/
You can contact him at:
twbrown.maydecpub@gmail.com

You can follow him on twitter @maydecpub and on Facebook under Todd Brown, Author TW Brown, and also under May December Publications.

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Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill


Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2)

By: Chloe Neill
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, urban fantasy
Pages: 357
Publisher: NAL
Published on: October 6th 2009
Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill

Vamps in Chicago!
You’d think headlines like that would have provoked the fine citizens of the Windy City to take up arms against us bloodsucking fiends. Instead, ten months later, we’re enjoying a celebrity status reserved for the Hollywood elite—fending off paparazzi only slightly less dangerous than cross and stake-wielding slayers. Don’t get me wrong, Joe Public isn’t exactly thrilled to be living side-by-side with the undead, but at least they haven’t stormed the castle yet.
But all that will change once they learn about the Raves—mass feeding parties where vampires round up humans like cattle and drink themselves silly. Most civilized vampires frown on this behavior, putting mere mortals at ease with their policy of asking a person’s consent before taking a big gulp of the red stuff. However, that doesn’t make good copy for a first time reporter looking to impress his high society family.
So now my “master,” the centuries old, yet gorgeously well-preserved Ethan Sullivan, wants me to reconnect with my own upper class family and act as liaison between humans and vampires—and keep the more unsavory aspects of our existence out of the media. But someone doesn’t want people and vamps to play nicey-nice—someone with an ancient grudge.

Andi's Review

 

At some point in the past, I had purchased or received this signed copy.  Okay, let me back the story up.  So I have three bookcases in my library.  One bookcase is totally full of Military History and Cultural History.  A second one is full of fiction and smaller history books.  Think Night Witches and has maybe 1/3 of one shelf left.  This is also where all of the fiction books I have read sit.

 

Now the third bookcase is a hodgepodge.  The lower two are history books, the tippy top one is knick knacks for the time being.  Two shelves are empty, and one is full of books that I have not read but I intend to.  These are the books that I have purchased at conferences, received from wonderful authors, or given to me as gifts.

 
Now at my desk I have a overdesk cabinet that has sliding doors.  One section is full of books that I am currently reading, soon to read, or just finished reading. Over the weekend I realized that I had no unread books in that section.  I carried the books downstairs to my library. I placed them on the read shelf and grabbed a handful of books.  Friday Night Bites was one of them.  Since I have books that are as old as three years ago purchased.  I make sure I read author gifts ASAP, those that I grabbed could have been recent or not so recent.

Anywoo, I just grabbed Friday Night Bites.  I thought the story started in the middle of a world, one where characters already knew each other. After checking out Goodreads, I realized that this was in fact the second one in the series. Apparently there are many after this.  I don’t know if I will go back to the first one, but I will be reading the rest.  So let’s get into Chloe’s book a little more.

 

Friday Night Bitesis the second book in the Chicagoland Vampires seres, which is obviously about Chicago and Vampires.  The main people that you should care about are Catcher and Mallory, sexual bunnies and sorcerors.  Mallory is Merit’s best friend and sister from another set of parents.  Then there is Morgan and Ethan who are leaders of two Vampire houses in Chicago. Merit is dating but not banging Morgan.  She wants to bang Ethan but is her creator and Master so it is a gray area.

 

Apparently everyone hates him, might be something from the first book.  And then you have Merit, who is not actually “Merit X” but “X Merit”. When vampires become part of a house, they have to give up their last name.  She was the exception since she always went by her last name.  So those are the “main” players. There are some really bad ass secondary characters, maybe more on those later.

 

So quick recap of the first book, even though I didn’t read it.  Celina’s cronies attacked Merit.  She had to be turned* to survive and when she did she was apparently super powerful. Naturally, she became the badass Sentential of her house. A position that is apparently right up there with “second in-house” which is like a vice president.  So she decides to move into the house, which is 99 vampires living under one roof in dorm rooms. Although, now thinking about it, I don’t know if the married vampire is in a dorm room.   There are three meals a day, a personal attendant, and pop culture overload.  Seriously these are vampires who range from baby to 400 years and they are sitting watching TV shows?  There are even ones with band posters on their walls?

 

So this book picks up at the of the end of the first with additional training and interpersonal issues. Also trying to unravel why her former boyfriend and good friend is now a total douche. Oh and letting her master play her like a fiddle.   She has some introspective moments where she doubts all that has occurred, and will occur. But does she reach out?  No she acts like a16-year-oldd and pouts while wearing a 12,000 dollar dress.  Seriously you have a vampire HOT for you and you can’t “decide”? Seriously at least jump his bones before you pout away and get everyone pissy at you.  She is a book worm, but there are a lot of people who love libraries, who aren’t emotionally 14.

 

So I don’t know if when you become a vampire you turn sexy. It could be that the only people turned are sexy. It seems like everyone, including the alpha shifter are just so beautiful to Merit.  I get it, I get the drive of the author to do that, but seriously not everyone is swoon worthy. The author made every guy, from a pervy politicanto a broken sup into these drool worthy male figures.  It takes away from the story. Actually now that I think about it, all the women are pretty too.  Seriously, not everyone is drop dead attractive, and that is okay, seriously it is.

 

Okay back to the story, so Merit is a baby vampire. She still has a lot to learn, like how to be friends and not push people away. For her to become a well adjusted adult..umm vampire, it may take an act of God. When some thing happens to pushes sups against each other, it is only Merit who can figure it out.  Actually it is just Merit, Mr. Dreamboat is just a long for the eyecandy ride.

 

There is some fighting, there is blood, in fact quite a bit of blood, there are supernaturals aplenty. Obviously there is back stabbing, dorm room fights, and sibling quabbling. Other than Merit being a vampire, her life is relatively normal.  In this world Vampires eat regular food, drink, party, and do everything humans do, except walk in the sun.  This is one thing I really enjoy about this book.  The vampires don’t have to drink blood, in fact according to Merit, it is like a vitamin.  Oh and it comes in juice boxes, yes you read that right. The blood comes in. Juice. Boxes.  I do like the aspect of being frank about blood, and allowing the vampires to eat real food. I personally would die if I couldn’t eat certain foods.  Although vampires in this series can not have children, which is one of the only downsides.

 

So to wrap this story up, do I want to be in Chicagoland hanging with Merit?  Maybe, if I was one of the pretty people because to be with her crew you have to be.  Although I personally like the feys.  They are silent and badass, and are day guards. It is a cute story, with a physically strong, but emotionally weak character.

 

4 fangs

 

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About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil's Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

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Onyx Webb 3 by Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton


Onyx Webb

By: Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz
Genres: Horror
Onyx Webb 3 by Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton

The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series. Written like a book version of a supernatural soap opera, each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.

In Book Three... It’s in the late 30's and Onyx and Ulrich have started a new life in Crimson Cove, Oregon. It’s 2010, and Koda Mulvaney is picking up the pieces of the latest tragedy and still looking for the girl in the mirror. Paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge have a run in with a ghost at the Open Arms. It’s the 60's and Declan Mulvaney is building the family fortune - a good intent with horrible consequences.

Also by this author: Onyx Webb: Episodes 1, 2 & 3, Onyx Webb, Onyx Webb 3: Episodes 7, 8, 9

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3 Bands That Have Inspired Our Writing 

By Andrea Waltz

My Chemical Romance. The funny thing is we became huge fans about the time they broke up. Our music tastes while ‘cutting edge’ to some, are not exactly the most up to date. In fact MCR just celebrated the 10 year anniversary of their dark and amazing album, The Black Parade. We listened to this over and over while writing and developing the series and Book One. In particular our favorite songs from that record are The Black Parade, I Don’t Love You, and Famous Last Words. Andrea also loves the song, Dead!

30 Seconds to Mars. Also an alternative rock band headed up by actor and lead singer (and ridiculously hot!) Jared Leto. We became major fans after watching their documentary ‘Artifact’ about their years-long painful battle with their record label. It is a must watch for any artist and reminded us a bit of the book publishing world.  Our favorite songs by far by 30 Seconds to Mars (and the ones we listened to while writing the most) are Do or Die, Closer to the Edge, and Up in the Air. Like My Chemical Romance they also have some really fun and creepy videos. We went to North Carolina just to see them perform live and it was worth every penny. Not only are the songs great but Jared Leto as a performer is incredible and inspiring.

CAKE. It’s not just for birthdays anymore. Yet another alternative style rock band, we have loved Cake since the mid 90’s at their height of popularity with the song, The Distance. It’s not that we listen to them all of the time but they are staple in our music collection. When we want to hear something fun and familiar we defer to Cake. The have a really catchy (little creepy) song called Sheep Go to Heaven that got airplay for about a minute in 2001. So they are not as well known as they should be. Cake is a band with a lot of great songs and if you go to a concert (we’ve been to three in different parts of the country) the fans know every single line in every song. When you are a CAKE fan, you are a CAKE fan. And we are.

 

Excerpt:

 

Koda found himself in Dane’s room, sleeping in Dane’s bed for a second night, drifting from one disjointed dream to the next, as most dreams tend to be.

Then he felt the thump on the bed and woke up.

Koda sat up and looked at the foot of the bed and saw what looked like a dog, just sitting there looking at him expectantly, as if waiting for something. Koda reached out to pet the dog’s head—but his hand went right through it.

Koda pulled his hand back quickly, his heart pounding.

For a brief moment, Koda considered the possibility he was still dreaming, but he knew that was only wishful thinking.

No, he was awake.

And there was a ghost dog on his bed.

The dog tilted his head to the side, released a barely audible bark, and then jumped off the bed and ran toward the bedroom door—and directly through it.

“What the—”

Koda pulled the covers back and walked to the door and hesitated. What was he doing? There was no reason to pursue the ghostly creature, but Koda couldn’t help himself.

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About Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz are professional speakers and authors of the #1 Amazon Sales Best Selling book, Go for No!® Go for No! has been among the top 20 Best Selling Sales Books on Amazon for over three years. They have also written several other business fables. Onyx Webb is their first fictional book series.

As Andrea likes to joke, “We decided to begin small so this series will just have 27 episodes, 10 total books.” Adds Richard, “Like any great series we wanted to create a world – and for us – a “web” of characters that people will get to become a part of and that is going to take many books.”

Richard and Andrea are married and yes they do spend each and every day working together. They live in Central Florida with their cat, Courage.

When they are not writing, they are traveling and speaking and also love reading, going to the movies, and working out so they can enjoy a great meal and a glass of red wine, guilt free.

 

Onyx Webb 3 Web Tour Schedule

 

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Infinite House of Books Nov 21 Excerpt

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Odium IV by Claire C. Riley Cover Reveal!

It’s cover reveal day for Claire C. Riley! We finally get to see the fabulous new cover for Odium IV! 


Odium IV: The Dead Saga

By: Claire C. Riley
Genres: zombie apocalypse, Horror
Published on: Soon
Odium IV by Claire C. Riley Cover Reveal!

The Dead Aren’t the only thing to fear…

A kid, an old lady, and a heartbroken man…what could possibly go wrong?
Mikey is holding true to his promise to Nina, and is doing everything he can to keep the group alive. But when something attacks the threesome in the middle of the night, things begin to take a turn for the worst.
Luckily a new group—the N.E.O.s are on hand to ease Mikey’s burden and help fight alongside him. But first he must prove his worth to the leader Aiken and the people that follow him. Within this new group, Mikey begins to find a form of peace that he didn’t think was possible after losing Nina, and he discovers his place within this new world. A place where killing isn’t for fun, and is only ever committed as a last resort.
His heart is still aching, but at the end of the world there’s no time to stop and mourn, and as he searches out a Circus Freak Show and the horrors begin to stack up around him, Nina slips far from his mind.
It’s probably best, because there are many more terrors in store for him. Because within the folds of a small town, inside an old candy store, he meets a woman named Clare, her two dogs and something that he never saw coming.

Also by this author: Odium II, Limerence 2, Odium Origins. A Dead Saga Novella. Part Two
 
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If you haven’t started Odium: The Dead Saga,
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??

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About Claire C. Riley

Claire C. Riley is a USA Today and International bestselling author. She is also a bestselling British horror writer and an Amazon top 100 bestseller.
Her work is best described as the modernization of classic, old-school horror. She fuses multi-genre elements to develop storylines that pay homage to cult classics while still feeling fresh and cutting edge. She writes characters that are realistic, and kills them without mercy. Claire lives in the United Kingdom with her husband, three daughters, and one scruffy dog.

Author of:
Odium The Dead Saga Series (3 books),
Odium Origins Series (3 books),
Limerence (The Obsession Series) (2 books),
Out of the Dark Series,
Twisted Magic,
Thicker than Blood series (2 books),
& Shut Up & Kiss me,
Plus much more.

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