Horrorstor: A Novel

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Author: Grady Hendrix

Genre: Suspense/Horror

Publisher: Quirk Books

Pages: 240

 

Orsk Furniture (basically a knock-off of Ikea) is a wonderful place to work for some, and a dead end for others. Something incredibly odd is happening there, though. Every morning when the employees arrive, they are finding smashed furniture, shattered glassware, a some very nasty substances smeared on couches. The security camera footage shows nothing. The managers are freaking out, because people from corporate will be arriving soon to evaluate. One of the floor managers, along with a couple of employees, volunteer to work an overnight shift in an attempt to find and put a stop to whomever is wreaking havoc. They assume that it is someone sneaking in, and managing to avoid the cameras. What they find, however, is much more sinister than breaking and entering.

This was my first Hendrix novel (also the author of My Best Friend’s Exorcism), and it was thoroughly enjoyable! It was horror, in the traditional sense, but it definitely had a nice creep factor to it. It was elevated by a very nice dose of humor, which I always enjoy. I loved the format of this book, as it was made to mimic a catalog, which really fit the storyline nicely and was very unique. The characters were pretty well developed. Maybe not as well as I would normally like them, but it didn’t seem to detract from my enjoyment of the story the way that it would in a more traditional storyline. If you’re a fan of books with a bit of a creepiness to them, I would recommend this one.

Author Interview: Jordan K. Rose

Hey there, all of my wonderful readers!!! We have a treat today: An amazing author, whom I feel very privileged to call a friend, Jordan K. Rose, has stopped by to visit and answer some questions!

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Hey Jordan!! Happy Book Birthday!! Thanks for stopping by to visit with me for a little bit. It’s great to catch up with you.

Hello Tiffany! Thanks for having me on your blog today. It’s a big day for me with the release of Her Vampire Protector, book 7 in the Romance In Central City series, and if there is anyone I want to celebrate with me, it’s you! We had such a great time together in Boston and New Hampshire last October. I’m so grateful we had a chance to finally meet in person.

I am too! We did have such a great time. I can’t wait to do it again! So, as you mentioned, today is the release of book 7 in the Romance in Central City series (which I love!). Where did you get the inspiration for this series?

This is one of those series that I can’t remember how the idea came to me! That sounds crazy, but honestly, I don’t recall! In spite of having a complete lack of memory on how the idea for the series came to me, I can say that I recall how certain characters’ traits arrived. For example, Selene’s scene with the cupcake was inspired by an unfortunate experience I had shoveling Death By Chocolate cake into my mouth in what can best be described as a very unladylike display of eating. More accurately, it was an animal-like moment, resulting in a dire need for a glass of milk and someone on Heimlich standby. 

That’s hysterical! I’m actually picturing that right now. As we have found out over the years, we both have an affinity for chocolate (especially dark), so I can definitely see this scenario! Now, on to some questions about you: How did you begin your writing career, or did you always know that you wanted to be an author?

I actually never thought about writing until about 5 or 6 years back when I received a copy of Twilight as part of my anniversary gift from my husband. After that I read some 18 or 19 vampire novels and, bam! I wanted to write my own book. Since then I have never looked back. 

I, for one, am very glad that you got those books and got started! Speaking of other books and authors, who are your favorite authors?

I love Charlotte Bronte, Christine Feehan, Hildie McQueen (and not just because of her writing! Hildie is a dear and wonderful friend.), Jane Austen, Kerrelyn Sparks, MaryJanice Davidson, and JR Ward to name a few. 

I love Hildie, as well! I am so glad that you introduced me to her. I got to meet her at RT a couple of years ago, and she was just wonderful. I know this is always a hard question to answer when you read a lot, but what is your favorite book? Is there a book or series that you could read over and over again, and never tire of?

A few of my favorite books are: C.S. Lewis’s Trumpet of The Swan, which is one of the most beautiful stories every written. I could read it a thousand times and never tire of it. Jane Erye is another favorite. Mr. Rochester is something else and scrappy little Jane is a favorite heroine. But, being that I love paranormal I might even love Jane Slayer, Sherri Browning Erwin’s mashup a touch more. What’s not to love about adding vampire and werewolves to one of your favorite stories? Last year I read Tarzan for the first time and LOVED it. Of course, I did watch the recent Alexander Skarsgard movie and kept picturing the super-sexy vampire Eric Northman as Tarzan so that probably had something to do with it! Lastly, I love Christine Feehan’s Dark Series. Dark Prince is my absolute favorite and I’ve read it several times. 

I, too, am a Lewis fan, but I haven’t read that one. I’ll have to! I haven’t read Tarzan in years. I may have to re-read while picturing Skarsgard, and see how that goes! Haha! So, what are you reading right now?

Right now, I’m reading a couple things- like any reader! I’m reading Jane Eyre again. Carrie Ann Ryan’s Tattered Loyalties, Kresley Cole’s The Arcana Chronicles, and I’m starting Kym Grosso’s Immortals of New Orleans Series.  

I completely understand. I think that I am reading 4 books right now, myself. I’m not sure that I could read that many while trying to write my own, though. That’s impressive! What do you like to do when you aren’t reading and writing?

I love going to the beach with hubby or going hiking with my dogs. Recently I took my first cake decorating class which was a lot of fun, though I learned I need A LOT of practice! 

I took one of those several years ago, with a friend, and it is definitely not as easy as they make it look. Those little roses are kind of difficult! Are there any upcoming projects that we should know about?!

YEEEESSSSS!!! I’m so excited. This year has so much activity crammed into it I’m afraid if I blink I’ll miss it. So here’s what’s coming: In June I’m releasing my second book in the Spaghetti Romances Series, which is set in Robyn Peterman’s Magic and Mayhem Kindle World. In July an extended version of my novella, Delia & The Werewolf will release in a Box Set titled, Alpha’s of Summer. Later this year book 8 of The Romance In Central City Series comes out. I just saw a markup of the cover and L-O-V-E it! Then, before the year is out the first book in my next series, a spinoff from the Romance In Central City Series will launch. 

 

When I say I’m excited, I mean sometimes I hear squealing and when I stop and focus, I realize it’s me! 🙂 

 

It’s a great year! 

 

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Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some time with us today!!! I had so much fun!!!

As mentioned in the interview, the release of Her Vampire Protector is today! Here is the cover, and they buy links, so y’all go check it out!!!

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Ungrateful God (Unwilling Souls, Book 2)

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Author: Gregory Little

Series: Unwilling Souls

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Pages: 464

 

Ses and the Artisan Guild are on the run, after she unwittingly revealed their headquarters while saving her father and keeping the gods imprisoned. She placed her trust in the wrong person, Murien. They now must make the long journey to their new headquarters, Ocypode. Once they arrive, however, things are not the way that they expected them to be. They are worse. Meanwhile, Murien is sent undercover in the Pit to infiltrate the apprentice smiths. Things begin happening there, and he doesn’t know who he can trust- quite the turn of events. The gods have servants who are on the move, and putting plans in to action, and Ses is forced to team up with unlikely allies to get to the bottom of it.

I was blown away by the first book in this series, Unwilling Souls. Unfortunately, a lot of time when that happens, the sequels can’t live up to the original. I am so, very, happy to say that was not the case here! The phenomenal world building from the debut only got better. The character building continued, and the characters became more complex. This story was just as gripping as the last, and was so enjoyable to read. I look forward to much more from this author!

Strawberry Kisses (Rocky Harbor, Book 2)

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Author: Marianne Rice

Series: Rocky Harbor

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Limitless

 

Rachel Riley, Graham’s younger sister, is back in Rocky Harbor after being rescued from her abusive ex-boyfriend in California. She is home and safe now, but she is not back to herself at all. The only place that she seems to have found solace is in the comfort of the kitchen, where she is a fantastic chef. Lucy, their younger sister, decides to try to help Rachel find her strength again by signing them up to take a self-defense class.

The class happens to be taught by the bad boy turned good, Jake Morgan. Jake has a sordid past, but he has turned his life around, and teaching the class is part of his way of giving back. He takes a particular interest in Rachel, in a way that he has never done with a student before. The attraction is mutual, and they find themselves falling in love. When a huge part of their pasts collide, will their love be enough to see them through or will it all fall apart?

This is the second book in the Rocky Harbor series (the first was Staying Grounded, which you’ll remember- I LOVED!), and it was just as delectable as the first! The groundwork for Rachel’s character was laid in the Staying Grounded, as it was mentioned that she has been in an abusive relationship, but she continued to be built in to a character that you can’t help but fall in love with. Jake’s character was phenomenally well developed, and turned in to the ultimate book boyfriend. This story kept me just as engaged as the first, and I wanted to read it in one sitting (it ultimately took two). I highly recommend this book and series.

 

Big Little Lies

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Author: Liane Moriarty

Genre: Thriller/Psych Thriller

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pages: 460

 

Someone is dead… Was it murder, an accident, or somewhere in between? Welcome to the Pirriwee Peninsula in the suburbs of Australia, where everyone knows everyone, or so it would seem. Jane, a young mother to five-year-old Ziggy, has just moved here to start over. She is young enough that she is mistaken as a nanny. She befriends Madeline, who is as outspoken as they come, has a teenage daughter whom she fears that she is losing, and a son in Ziggy’s class. Her ex-husband and his wife have also moved to the Peninsula, and have a daughter the same age, in the same class. We also meet Celeste, a beauty to behold, with rambunctious twin boys, a wealthy corporate husband, and a mind that is constantly running in circles. With them, along with the rest of the cast, we learn that it’s the little lies, that could have the largest impact.

This is the first of Liane Moriarty’s novels that I have read. I admit that I, initially, picked it up because I wanted to watch the miniseries, and I won’t watch until I have read the book. (Yes, I am one of those people!) I am very glad that I picked it up! This book reminds me of a cross between Pretty Little Liars and Desperate Housewives- It was delicious! Once I got in to it, I didn’t want to put it down. The characters are all well fleshed out, with very individual personalities that allow the reader to decide to love or hate them (or somewhere in between). It really took me until very close to the reveal to decide what the answer to the actual mystery was, but I didn’t see the twist coming! I will definitely give another of her books a try in the future.

Little Heaven

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Author: Nick Cutter

Genre: Supernatural Thriller/Suspense

Publisher: Gallery Books

Pages: 496

 

It’s 1966 and Micah, Ebenezer, and Minerva are assassins for hire, the best mercenaries of their time, and they all end up in the same place to kill one another. Needless to say, this does not turn out well. They band together, and are all hired by a woman to do a welfare check on her nephew, who has been taken by her father in to a religious compound known as Little Heaven. This leads to them having to face off with the Biggest Bad that any of them have ever faced before. Cut to 1980 and Micah’s daughter has been taken by one of the bad dude’s minion’s as what he knows is a lure to lead them back to Little Heaven to face off once again.

This book was strange, thrilling, and had nice horror elements all at once. It shifts between the “original” story of 1966 and the “present day” story of 1980, so the reader gets some nice world building for the supernatural elements, and a great backstory. The character development for the main characters was very well done, aside from the “standard” of using rape as one of the female’s main motivations. It is overused, overdone, and I know I am not the only one that is really wishing that authors would, please, come up with another backstory to use for their female characters to motivate them. It is not discussed often throughout this novel, really only in the divulging of her story, but if the mention of it is a trigger- here is your trigger warning. It is also a bit heavy on the racist slurs as part of the dialogue. That could have been cut down a bit. As to the story itself, I really enjoyed it very much! This was my first Cutter book, and his writing style reminded me a bit of King whom I am a huge fan of. It even seemed to borrow some elements from King stories, although not shamelessly or in any sort of a plagiarized manner. If you are a fan of the horror/supernatural suspense genre, I think that you would probably enjoy this novel. I will definitely be reading more Cutter novels in the future.

Thanks to Gallery Books for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.