You Only Get One Shot by Kevin Kennedy


You Only Get One Shot

By: Kevin Kennedy
Genres: Horror
Pages: 134
Publisher: Kevin J. Kennedy
You Only Get One Shot by Kevin Kennedy

What would you do if someone demanded you write the best story of your life, to be judged online? That your life depended on it.
Four well-known authors receive an email telling them they are responsible for a suicide. Their antagonist makes it clear she is out for revenge and they have no option but to comply. Their task is to post the best story they can imagine online and await judgement. Filled with guilt, anxiety, and even a few murderous tendencies, each writer weaves their tale and hopes for the best. It’ll be the competition of their lives. Who’s story will win? Will anyone survive?

If you enjoy tense, fast-paced horror, then you will love Kevin J. Kennedy and J.C. Michael’s You Only Get One Shot! Your shot is now. Read You Only Get One Shot today.

 
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You Only Get One Shot by Kevin Kennedy is a short story that follows five characters. It is about what happens when one does the wrong thing, for the rightish reasons.

 

When you read a book from an author that you love, you read more by them.  Over time you feel like you know them.  If you ever get the chance to meet someone you feel close to, you want to talk to them, have them read your work, be friends.  I have been fortunate enough to not only be good friends with another book freak, but to meet some amazing authors that I keep in touch with online.

 

The other side of writing is when you are an author. You send your baby to a strange. Something you have worked on for months if not years to a publisher.  Not all stories are for everyone.  Most publishers are polite and let you know they don’t want it.  Others are sadly not as polite and tell you exactly what is wrong with it.  That can be disheartening.

 

When you have someone who is mentally unhinged and combine that with pain and the burning desire for revenge, you get “You only get one shot“.  I enjoyed this story a lot, it takes a while to get exactly what is going on/ Once you do, it will all click.  Be ready, because once it clicks, you can’t go back.

 

 

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About Kevin Kennedy

Kevin J Kennedy is the co-author of You Only Get One Shot, and the man behind the best-selling Collected Horror Shorts anthologies. His stories have featured in many other notable anthos in the horror genre.

Kevin lives in a small town in Scotland with his wife, step daughter and his cats, Carlito and Ariel.

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Lizzie Borden: Zombie Hunter by C.A. Verstraete


Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter

By: C.A. Verstraete
Genres: historical, Horror, Zombies
Pages: 232
Publisher: Imajin books
Published on: September 13, 2016
Lizzie Borden: Zombie Hunter by C.A. Verstraete

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.

 
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Lizzie Borden Zombie Hunter, by C.A. Verstraete, is 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 horror fiction without ruining the original story or creating an entirely false world. This would potentially take away a bit of the believability of the story and ability for some readers to relate to the Borden sisters as real people who experienced at least some of what was included in the book, not just as purely fictional characters.

 

It does seem as though there is always someone telling Lizzie to “watch out!” or some other version of the phrase. Having said that, I don’t see how she would/could have survived for very long against zombies. I’m also surprised her sister Emma didn’t get eaten right off the bat with how often she was right in the middle of things, obviously not versed in much self-defense ability. In all honesty, the sisters seemed somewhat weird to me. I’m not sure what it was about them, but something felt like it was missing. It also did seem a bit unrealistic that the citizens of Fall River wouldn’t notice the zombies suddenly popping up and being fought and killed in the middle of the streets of the town.

 

I also feel like the situation with John was very abrupt and not thoroughly explained. It is vaguely touched on, but I didn’t feel as though there was enough closure to that bit of the story. I enjoyed the addition of Pierre and his abilities. I feel he brought a sense of masculinity to the story that may have been absent without his addition because there are very few male characters (living ones, anyway) in this book.

 

Despite my above complaints, I did enjoy this book. I’ve always loved (is that the appropriate word?) the story of Lizzie Borden, so I was excited to read this version. Since I am a huge zombie fan (no, I don’t like The Walking Dead, I think it’s boring), combining my interest in both zombies and the Borden murders was something that created an optimism in me that I hadn’t seen in a while. I wasn’t disappointed and in a world with an overabundance of mediocre zombie books, that was a relief! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a cool twist on an old mystery.

 

 

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The Crandall Haunting by A. H. Gilbert


The Crandall Haunting

Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Ghost
Pages: 265
Published on: October 12, 2016
The Crandall Haunting by A. H. Gilbert

The whispered words of a dying woman reach beyond the grave. Those who answer the call seek revenge.

When Emerson arrives for his new job as project manager of a Colorado casino resort, he doesn’t realize he is putting himself in peril. But inexplicable things are happening at the Crandall construction site, things he can’t even believe, let alone fight.

This job means survival, for him and the most important person in his life, so he accepts the challenges caused by the driven developer and his family, people who range from strange to downright dangerous. Then, there’s the appealing but forbidden woman who is determined to ruin them. Not to mention that Emerson has noticed some of the locals whispering that the Crandall might be cursed.

But dealing with these difficult people seems easy compared to his growing anxiety that something is out there, something worse than anything he has ever faced.

In this fast-paced paranormal tale of suspense, unforgivable acts cannot go unpunished. But who -- or what – will deliver retribution?

With the resort’s grand opening just weeks away, Emerson can no longer deny the truth. The evil is real. As the truth is revealed, will he reverse the course of destiny or become the next victim?

 
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The Crandall Haunting is a different kind of story. I mean, it’s not totally unusual, but it had a very different feel to me for some reason. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that made it feel so different, but it just did.

 

The way A.H. Gilbert crafted the setting of this story was quite impressive. I was easily able to picture each scene in full, which definitely increases the enjoyment of the story. The characters were well developed and interesting. The storyline was interesting and exciting and was able to keep my attention. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down. I know some people may have found it boring, but for me, it was just what I needed.

 

I recommend The Crandall Haunting to anyone looking for an excitingly creepy story full of twists and turns.

 

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About A. H. Gilbert

A.H. Gilbert likes reading fast-paced, plot-driven books with somewhat odd, but likable characters, and so that’s what she writes. While mostly serious, her quirky sense of humor will slip into her writing at unusual moments.

The Crandall Haunting is her first novel, but not her last! Be on the lookout for her future work, including the continuing adventures of Emerson Crandall.

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