Revenge by M. Stratton Pre-Order and Cover Reveal

Pre-order Revenge!

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I am super excited to let you guys know that Revenge, the 2nd book in The Night Club series by M. Stratton is now available for pre-order! The first book, Bender, was insanely good. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. I am including links to both books as well as for my review of Bender.

Revenge

By: M. Stratton
Genres: Psychological Thriller
Pages: 99
Series: The Night Club #2
Published on: October 25, 2016
Revenge by M. Stratton Pre-Order and Cover Reveal

Ten years plotting.
Ten years of waiting.
Ten years of patience and planning.
Finally, he would have his revenge.

But–there is another side.
A dark side.
Revenge can cloud your judgement.
Revenge can take over your life.
Revenge can take away the one thing you really want.

After the murder of his partner, Mick, and watching his Stormy yanked from his grasp, all Nutter could think about was making Bender hurt. He wanted to show him more than the pain he lived with each and every second of the day, he wanted Bender to be nothing but pain.

Without Mick by his side, Nutter expected to feel alone, without purpose–but something wonderful happened, instead. He found his focus. He found his Kitten, the one woman who could match his intelligence and his appetite for killing. Together, they could rule the world. All they had to do was fulfill Nutter’s plan for revenge.

This is one killer of a story...

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Also by this author: Caught in the Storm, After the Storm, Caught in the Storm

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Bender

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Check out my review of Bender here!

 

 

About M. Stratton

About the Author
M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her debut novel After the Storm. She is a self-proclaimed dork that loves to make people laugh and can trip over nothing. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd but is quiet and shy on the outside.

She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.

When not writing you can find M. watching football (Go Bears!), NASCAR, or classic movies, watching her husband and father restore classic cars, and seeing who can be sillier, her or her son, and of course reading.

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Fallen Angel by Douglas Vaughan is Free (for now)!

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Fallen Angel

By: Douglas Vaughan
Genres: Dark Erotic Thriller
Pages: 284
Published on: March 2, 2016
Fallen Angel by Douglas Vaughan is Free (for now)!

Fallen Angel charts the exploration of an unseen world by Nicole Cannock, an average working mum, who has discovered that her liking for more “alternative” sexual practices leaves her feeling unfulfilled. Having dabbled for a brief period in the past, she decides one quiet evening to see if there was something more… and that brings her to Der Unterworld, a chat-site that caters for the BDSM and alternative lifestyles.
After establishing herself as an obedient “submissive”, she draws the attention of DL, an enigmatic character that inspires fear within those chat rooms, yet that element of danger is irresistible for her. Despite warnings from the other women she allows herself to be pulled into his world, a world of dark desires, until the time comes where she has to meet him in person.
That first meeting opens something deep inside her…a longing and release of primal urges, and so begins a journey into a twilight world of sexual submission and control. He claims her for his own, a gesture that is stronger than marriage in that world, and he slowly begins to test her to the very limits of her imagination.
It was the last place she expected to find love; however, the complex feelings that intense eroticism creates within both of them leads them down a path that cannot be denied. Nicole’s increasing frustration at the way DL keeps her at arm’s length, and his inability to express his feelings causes a rift that nearly becomes final; however, his growing realisation at how important she was to him makes him orchestrate a way for them to be together. Using his immense power and influence in the shadowy world he has created, he brings her back to his side in the amazing setting of a Grand Ball.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
 
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She lay on the floor, holding the man next to her tightly. Her breathing had subsided to a quiet whisper, but her body still sang with the feelings she had experienced and every orifice she possessed felt bruised and tender. She looked down at him, and found he was looking back, his dark eyes searching her face, a smile on his lips. She opened her mouth to speak, but her throat was hoarse, dry, and by the time she had cleared her throat his finger had touched her lips.
“Shhhhhh my little one” he said “be still”,
and he had drawn her down against his chest. She pressed herself against the hairs, listened to the steady thump of his heart, and let the previous days wash over her again………

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About Douglas Vaughan

Known across social media as an author and poet, Douglas Vaughan brings you gritty contemporary adult stories that will keep you hooked for the whole series. Based around a group of people who inhabit a very real shadowy world, the 6-book DarkSide Saga is full of passion, adventure, drama and shocking events that will make you look at people around you in a whole new light. The last part of the series, DL: Reborn, is also available as an audio-book read by the Author himself!

To show his versatility, each Friday on Twitter at @Dvaughanauthor under the guise of The Scribe, Douglas Vaughan delves into the realms of poetry and prose. As well as entertaining his large following with "Flash Prose" created in 90 seconds from their prompts, he posts pre-prepared work for their delight, so come along and join in the #FridayFrolics!

Aged 55 and determined to grow old disgracefully with style, Douglas Vaughan resides in the Midlands of the UK.

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Ayahuasca by Jonathan Huls


Ayahuasca

By: Jonathan Huls
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 255
Published on: September 1, 2016
Ayahuasca by Jonathan Huls

Best friends since childhood, Damien and Paxton are going on a college graduation trip of a lifetime to the jungles of Peru. Their adventures along the way will culminate in a night of consuming the mind-altering drug ayahuasca – the most potent DMT based hallucinogen known to man. Will the experience expand their consciousness and change them into the men society beckons? Or will the young men’s shadowy backgrounds turn the trip so dark that it will consume them and everyone around them?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
 
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Ayahuasca is an extremely unique and creative story and I’m sure I have never read anything like it before in my life. It was a bit different than I expected it to be, but the story was addicting.

 

That being said, I didn’t 100% love this book. I liked the creativity and the author has strong writing abilities. There were some scenes that I felt were more like filler scenes or just there for the shock or laugh value. That doesn’t mean some of those scenes weren’t hilarious, but I do think the story would have been the same without those scenes.

 

Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting it down. I wanted to see what Damien and Paxton  were going to get into next and I was dying to find out what G-88 was. I have mixed feelings about the main characters. I wasn’t sure if they were meant to be likable jerks or just stereotypical frat-boy assholes. Don’t get me wrong, they were hilarious at times, but they were also pretty dickish. They definitely have some issues going on and I felt bad for Paxton at times. Damien was just Damien. He should have gotten therapy as a kid or something.

 

I was hoping there would be more about Ayahuasca in the story than there was. I feel like the first scene where they encounter it could have been better. I understand why it was there, but something about it felt off. I also expected more from the ending, so I was a little disappointed at that. But like with any book there are parts I like and parts I don’t so just because I didn’t like something doesn’t mean you won’t love  it. Personally, I didn’t love the ending, but that’s just me.

 

Overall this isn’t a bad read. If you don’t mind graphic violence, sexual situations, drug use, and ummmm alternative sexual ideas (?), you may like this book based on the psychological aspects of it. The author does a good job of going back into the lives of Damien and Paxton to give the reader a glimpse of how they got to where they are at now.

3 fangs

 

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About Jonathan Huls

Jonathan Huls has a permanent home in San Diego with his wife, Brigette, but they travel the world extensively at every moment they can. They can be sighted attending the World Cup, relaxing on the beaches of Colombia, eating ceviche in Peru, or climbing the various rock formations throughout the world.

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Lipstick & Divas by Faith McKay


Lipstick & Zombies (Deadly Divas, #1)

By: Faith McKay
Genres: Apocalypse, Survival Stories, YA, Young Adult, Zombies
Pages: 254
Series: Deadly Divas #1
Publisher: McKay Manor Publishing
Published on: October 15th 2015
Lipstick & Divas by Faith McKay

WANTED. Five girls. Must be able to sing, dance, and kill zombies.
Five unknown students are desperate to change their lives.
They know they have what it takes to become one of the Deadly Divas.
Now they just have to prove it to what's left of the world.

I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Andi's Review

 

What happens when the world has been overrun by Zombies and you are running out of soldiers?  Why you start a band with five young girls to create propaganda.  Obviously not everything is as it seems, and when your life relies on fighting, you do whatever it takes to keep alive.

 

The world is not the way we know it.  With a wall separating the living from the reliving..undeadish.  For whatever reason when someone dies they come back for their second life or as Zombies. A draft occurs for those men and women who are of a certain age.  Not much different then the Hunger Games “drafts” their teenagers.  When one becomes an adult, enlistment is optional, with a draft if needed.  The procedures after that is simple; a gun, an elevator, and lowered to the deaths.  In fact from the sounds of it, only a handful of people have survived the elevator down to tell their tales.

 

With enlisting numbers down and the undead rising against the wall, literally, the heads of the city must find a way to increase the soldier base.  Their plan to get teenagers to join is to have a five woman rock band who sing songs of pride and propaganda.  The auditions bring out the best, and the worst of what the city has to offer.  The book progresses from the initial auditions to the first concert.  Obviously the story is not over because it is part of a series, but it could have been.  This book really hits on the devaluation of human life.

 

The story follows the tale of five girls, spoiler alert, the five that make it to the band.  Yeah I know I don’t do spoilers but it is pretty much the entire book.  It jumps from one character to another with minimal overlapping in story.  This is good because some books like this can be horrid.  When you have multiple stories, some authors want to show a plot from all angles, therefore repeating scenes ad nauseam.   Thankfully this author did not go down that specific black hole.

 

The book has all the main teenage types; the outsider, the follower, the Queen B.  All the things that a good book needs.  There is a hint of romance, but it is tertiary to the story line which is about a city using young women to further an agenda.  It really does look at what could happen, and what does happen with the exploitation of young singers and actors.  Just this has a Zombie twist.

 

The author did a good job channeling teenage girl, with all of their hormones, cattyness, and needs.  You have the lipstick.  You have the diva behavior. Having a soon to be teenager, I shudder at how some of the things are already happening.  Between that and the societal issues that the author touches on, this book, and hopefully the series is a good reflection of our life.

 

4.5 stars
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About Faith McKay

Faith McKay is the author of LIPSTICK & ZOMBIES and PROPHECY GIRL. She lives to write and only has bad days when she forgets that fact. When she’s not writing she can be found enjoying horror and comedy with equal abandon. When she’s found a good horror comedy you can hear her shouting things like “Ha! Right in the eye!” while giggling uncontrollably.

She grows a little weirder every day.

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Schism by Britt Holewinski


Schism

By: Britt Holewinski
Genres: Apocalypse, Coming of Age, dystopian
Pages: 264
Publisher: Delirious Pixie
Published on: March 15th 2016
Schism by Britt Holewinski

"My name is Andrea Christensen. I'm one of the oldest oldest people in the world."
SCHISM is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy that tells a tale of survival, of good versus evil, and of constructing a future with only memories of childhood.
A government-created virus is accidentally released before testing is complete and within weeks it kills six billion people, children are the only survivors. Andy Christensen and her two friends travel across the country searching for a safe place to live, but nowhere, it seems, is capable of resurrection.
Reviews for SCHISM:
“SCHISM is an engrossing page turner that skillfully deals with dark subject matter in a compelling, through-provoking manner.” -IndieReader.com
“This apocalyptic teen drama’s character interactions may draw readers in, but its vigorous story will keep them hooked.” - Kirkus Reviews
“The author includes detailed character backgrounds that lend depth and believability. Below the surface of the story is a much deeper examination of human nature...and this makes the book truly fascinating. 5 Stars” ~ Foreword Reviews

Andi's Review

 

Schism by Britt Holewinski is a dystopian coming of age novel that pushes the boundaries of what individuals faced with the worst day of their lives can do.  It is an interesting tale  of the schism that can occur when the world falls down.
Andy’s father, a doctor on the mainland, decides to move the family to an island when the virus first starts to spread.  His hope was that the virus would not get to the island and they would be safe.  Sadly the virus made it ashore, killing all island adults.   With her good friends with her, they not only survived but thrived on the island until the residents of the “city”, being out of food and supplies began to encroach on their piece of land.  After a brutal assault, Andy and her friends decided that a rickety boat was better than dying on the island and they set off for the Mainland.  Think Lord of the Flies.

 

Once on the mainland things got better until they met two young men who were running from their own secrets.  Although happenstance, the meeting brought strangers together.  It also taught them valuable lessons that they would need during the “age of the virus”. The goal was to make it somewhere safe. Safe during this time is different to everyone and to Andy it means keeping herself and her family safe.  When the truth begins to unravel, it is up to Andy and those she can trust.

 

The book ends on a cliff-hanger of sorts.  The book ends, but there is a revelation at the end makes me want to throw the book.  Obviously I didn’t, but I wanted to.  It is like when things can’t get any worse and then you have something happen to you. It throws what you felt was your tipping point out the window and sets a whole new line.  Yeah that is what happens.

 

A schism can mean many things, and this book has instances where the schism can make or break the characters. It is a combination of Children of the Corn, Lord of Flies, and the Walking dead all in one. There were a couple of things that pushed it from a 5 star to a 4.5 star.  The aforementioned cliff-hanger did bother me some.  The other element was the showing v. telling aspect.  There are instances in the book were more description would have been nice versus the character saying “this place looks great with it’s [blank].  Detail the blank. Oh one thing that I forgot to mention.  The cover is hauntingly beautiful.  It shows the beauty of rebirth.  It also shows the juxtaposition of childhood with survival.

 

All in all this is a good book, and I hate that it took me so long to read.  That’s what you get for trying to do serious DIY in our house.

 

4.5 stars

 

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About Britt Holewinski

Born in Boston, Britt Holewinski lived in six different houses across the United States during her childhood, sparking her interest to write about characters who must continually adapt to new situations and locations.

Early on, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut; however, shortly after completing her graduate degree, she was offered a job with the CIA. Her years working for the Agency opened her eyes to the world we live in and gave her rare glimpses of what living in a crumbling, post-apocalyptic world might be like.

In her spare time, Britt loves to go hiking anywhere with a view, learn French, and visit historical Revolutionary and Civil War sites along the East Coast.

After residing in the Washington DC area for fourteen years, she is currently living and writing full-time in Michigan. Schism is her debut novel.

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