OH sweet fears and horrors of mine… The Emotion of Horror, A Review: Lakebridge: Spring

Lakebridge: Spring
Lakebridge: Spring by Natasha Troop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is a running theme here on my website, a theme that fits within sub-genre under the title of horror. But I have an issue with the term genre. When someone asks me what genre I read, I run my mouth off with a list of things that apparently fit the bill but frankly I read from where it has taken me emotionally, psychologically, intellectually and even physically. Horror is one of these things. It is not a genre, It is a term used by the masses because we as a society find the need to label everything and fit it in its own special little niche.

As children we are afraid of the shadow of a tree branch across the quilt that grandma just tucked around us. We continue to have our heart rate increase as the clown that lives in the closet starts moving the boxes of old clothes around on his way closer and closer. The gurgling of the toilet is actually the alligator your brother told you about right before you went to sleep by yourself for the first time in the guest bedroom instead of the kids room with the babies. As we grow older our fears are laced by the world outside those bedroom walls. We are tainted with real world horrors, the terror of the falling towers, the death of our grandmother, the sniffle our child has turning out to be something so serious it requires them to be hospitalized, our imagination is lost to real world. However in the case of a well written tale of horror, the author infringes our psyches, bypassing rational thought and stroking the fears and terrors we put into the back of the closet behind the box holding that quilt that used to keep us safe.

The experience I had was layer upon layer of different emotions which the characters pulled from me, dragging me into the closet of my childhood, and under the bed and clawing me from the safety of my cabin. To say I was a bit excited to find something which aroused these feelings of terror, which made my heart race, made me exclaim an “oh my god!” as a surprise turn in the action threw me off the cliff with the brambles in the bottom, and not the one that would have landed me in the drink is an understatement. I sat up, or hunkered down under the covers, I had to really pay attention or I would end up drowning under a bridge.

Oh yes, the bridge, just what is up with the bridge? It is New England,and Vermont, the beauty of the covered bridge is sprinkled all over the area. I used to live in New England and I remember driving every weekend to some corner of a small county just to see a covered bridge, or some other in the New England flavor. I am a huge fan of Lovecraft so living where his stories were wrought from was exciting and I live to experience, and breathe through my mouth, tasting life, not just sniffing politely in the corner of a coffee shop. I have a distinct memory of my first covered bridge, it was not anything special, that bridge but I remember looking into the shadows, not seeing the light at the other side, but of the way my chest tightened at the idea of walking through the shadows in the middle of the bridge. When I read Lakebridge, it was the thought of those shadows from my wanderlust years that popped up. As I have stated before, sometimes a bridge is not just a bridge. It drew not only me, but it drew the inhabitants of Stansbury. Each stating different reasons yet truthfully they are not. Is the bridge evil? I believe it is a symbol, a physical statement of what I believe Stansbury is.

As you can see, I find myself having difficulty describing this book and what it is about. It is about a small town with each character described and built much like Chaucer‘s characters within the pages of “The Canterbury Tales“, they embody the idealistic ideals of each member of a small town populace. The town sweetheart, our school teacher, the town quirky storekeeper, Gil who runs the gas station all tourists stop at, even the serial killer plays a very solid idealistic and necessary roll. There is hope, love, terror, birth, death and it is encapsulated and expanding, stretching from clearest of skies, the darkest stormy nights.

So go get that quilt from the box in the closet, making sure you shut the door tight behind you, Tuck yourself in and begin your own experience in the cycle of Lakebridge. Oh, that shadow? Do not worry, it’s just a tree branch, I swear!

(pssst head over to Cabin Goddess for an exclusive recipe from a restaurant from the book and for a chance to win this beauty and the second one in the Lakebridge Cycle thus far!)

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I LOVE MY INDIE AUTHORS! – Girls of Horror | Cabin Goddess

I LOVE MY INDIE AUTHORS! – Girls of Horror | Cabin Goddess.

GIVEAWAY over at Cabin Goddess for TWO awesome horror novels! PLUS posing the questions…

(excerpt from post)…Gender plays a huge part in the literary conventions within the construction and genre of  horror,  especially giry girls. Urban Fantasy has changed the role a bit, but horror, especially classic tales, girls tend to be the screamers who get rescued or killed off or the tomboys who do the rescuing. Let’s face it, whether your the screamer or the girl who swings first, there is a certain appeal to the role of a woman in a horror tale. Plus let us not forget one of the most influential pieces in the history of the genre which gave us one of the most mistakenly referenced monsters was written by a woman! Do you know the book which I speak of, and what was the monsters name again? (he he he why YES I AM evil).

What female character and from what book is your favorite?  Why?

Vermont, picturesque and lovely, attracts visitors from across the country in search for the perfect picture, the perfect fall foliage or perhaps a taste of maple syrup. Stansbury is best known for the odd covered bridge that spans Stansbury Lake and goes nowhere, connecting no roads and serving no known purpose. The locals call it the Lakebridge. Very few know of its mysterious origins and fewer care to know more. Those visiting the town perhaps take a few snapshots and leave, their curiosity quelled by an uneasy feeling that they shouldn’t think on it anymore.

The tourists will eventually leave Stansbury, but its residents strangely linger, seemingly held captive by a force they barely recognize. They also do not think about the town’s mysterious artifact much except in passing, all but Gil, his father, Ben, and a few others. They know of the bridge’s dark history and understand that it is responsible for every horror that ever befell the people of Stansbury: the people who fear the bridge but will not speak of it. The bridge makes people do things – bad things – so that it can continue to love and care for them all.

Some have tried to destroy the bridge, but as long as the bridge is fed with the lives of the innocents of Stansbury it will go on – loving the people of Stansbury.

Lakebridge: Spring is the first of a four book cycle revolving around Stansbury and the Lakebridge.

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In the aftermath of a tragic spring day, the people of Stansbury, Vermont, are unable to forget what happened, as they have all the tragedies of their past. After the media exploited their pain, they have become uneasy with the world beyond their town and with any outsiders.

In the aftermath of the media deluge, latecomers straggle into Stansbury looking to pick up the scraps of stories left behind. What they find, however, is that the powerful forces that have guided the destinies of the people of the town for hundreds of years are now at war with one another and in need of pawns.

In the aftermath of Spring, there is Summer.

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Review: Forbidden Magic

Forbidden Magic
Forbidden Magic by Jennifer Lyon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review of ‘Forbidden Magic’ by Jennifer Lyon – Wing Slayer Hunter Series 4.5

The witches that once banished demons and assisted mortals, now have lost their familiars and high magic.

They must hide from the powerful men who once protected them, but now hunt them for their blood.

No one is left to stand between mortals and demons.

Until one group of witch hunters rises to become the guardians once more. With these words:

“I vow my allegiance to Wing Slayer, god of the witch hunters. I take the ancient oath of protection for the innocent and justice for the damned. And I swear to fight the curse to my death.”

They become…

Wing Slayer Hunters

Wing Slayer Hunter, Ram Virtos, must find his soul mirror witch and convince her to mate with him before his Thunderbird tattoo kills him. But while that witch might be able to save Ram’s life, it is the mysterious Ginny Stone who inflames his passion.

Ginny has been deeply fascinated by Ram for months, but dared not act on it or she’d be torn from her mortal life on earth and thrust into her dreaded destiny as a half-breed angel. But when her beloved brother’s soul is at stake, she must do the one thing she both fears and desires…

Take Ram to her bed.

Forbidden magic is listed under the genre of Romance and the sub-genre of paranormal romance. I truly never review books of this genre because they are not my thing at all. I do not know why I have such a problem with Romance, perhaps it was the babysitter who decided it was ok to read her Harlequins out loud to us since my mother paid her extra to read to us before bed. I do know that she at least did not read the sex scenes, I distinctly remember her humming through parts with a glassy look in her eyes. I also remember I fell asleep really quick because it was “icky”. I was seven, go figure! This also maybe why I had the misguided Idea that a man needed to be of a certain height, with a certain muscular build,  a certain length of hair and a pirate if he was going to be the man for me.

Seriously snark aside, I just am not into Romance. BUT I like paranormal stories.  And let’s face it, this cover is … yummy looking. Jennifer Lyon’s is well known for her tales of Dominant men who fight to protect witches and who prescribe to a winged god who slays the rogues who would kill the witches for the power of their blood. That is what I got from reading just this novella, mind you. Since I have not read any of the other titles in the series I have a unique perspective to give, at least I think so.

This novella doesn’t read like one either! It was not lacking on information due to the shortness of the presentation or  quick feeling. It reads like a full length book. Sure it starts off with a BANG, and it does not stop. It is sexy, and hot. Dark, brooding and definetly defining of the Hunter named Ram. It describes what is going on with his particular “gift” the problem with Ram, is he has half of a soul. His actual power, which as you can see from the cover comes from what I can only describe without giving any plot away, as a type of spirit animal with the symbolic representation of a tatoo of the Thunder Bird. But this symbolic representation seems to be waking up and the power can only be reined in with his soul mirror. Think of soul mate but without the pleasure of falling in love, the cosmos need them to be together in order for Ram to survive and keep all his yummy parts and what is left of his soul intact.  But the problem is, she ran away and he is not in love with her, he is in love with someone else, who loves him back, Ginny. Ginny is also half of something, half of an angel, and her Daddy is an asshole! It is quite the conundrum for them both. I just wanted to them a big ol’ bowl of bacon to drown their sorrows in!

Yep, this is what I can say about this novella right now, without ever giving a lick of the plot away to y’all. It reads ‘thick’ like a novel, not rushed, just jam packed. Ms. Lyon managed to do what novella’s associated with Series should do, cause the reader of said novella to go buy the series! I already grabbed the first one and when I find some spare time (ya umm maybe summer?) I will grab a nice COOL glass of ice water because I will be needing it to read about four MORE hot HOT HOT men like Ram without overheating TO much, sit besides a fan and read for the fun of reading.

I really enjoyed the book, it was a nice break from the heavy reading I have been doing, and it will be a great read for those that like a little magic in their romance. Plus they fly.. ya they fly, cool huh?

Not for the faint of heart, there are scenes with some violence against women, though it is avenged! One bad guy is a rogue who is dealt with and the other bad guy in this is a misogynistic bastard mentioned above whom I will take great pleasure into the hope he is taken down and by this I mean ALL the way down (winking at those that have read it). I want to see Ram and Ginny together forever, and everyone else win too! I want to be there with Pom-Poms and Bacon Hors’ devours and sprinkle glitter on everyone.

Yes it was FUN! I gallantly give my first true romance review with HOT men and HOTTER scenes a 4 out of 5 stars! Thanks Jennifer for sucking me into the world of Wing Slayer Hunters!

Go on over to Cabin Goddess and ENTER to win a signed copy of the Wing Slayer Hunter series book of your choice! This one is from Jennifer Lyon herself with her Book Blogger Blitz with 10 blogs and 10 reviews of the novella brought to you by by Innovative Online Book Tours. See below to enter.

Jennifer Lyon grew up under the shadow of the Matterhorn at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. She attended Walt Disney elementary school and her very first playmate was her beloved dog, Duke, who was cast in the role of hero in all their adventures.

Clearly Jen was born to daydream. But it took her years to figure out how to turn her imagination into a career as an author. After marrying and becoming a full-time mom to three sons, Jen launched her career with the award-winning Samantha Shaw Mystery Series and other romantic mysteries under the name Jennifer Apodaca. Later, she took the name Jennifer Lyon, combined her love of witches, alpha males and sizzling romance into another award-winning series, the Wing Slayer Hunters.

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International Book Giveaway – April | Books, Biscuits, and Tea

International Book Giveaway – April | Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

Hello, bookaholics! Can you believe it’s April already?! Where’d March go? Anyway, let’s kick this month off with another giveaway!

What do you win, you ask? Well, I have a signed paperback copy of On The Fringe by Courtney King Walker, and some matching bookmarks and postcards to give away to one lucky winner, courtesy of Courtney K. Walker.

Giveaway details:

? Open to international followers
? The giveaway runs until April 30, 2012
? The winner will receive a signed paperback copy of On The Fringe, along with some matching bookmarks and postcards.
? There’s only one mandatory entry and a bunch of optional ones – the more you fill out, the better chance you have of winning!
? You must fill out the Rafflecopter form on Miss Vicki’s site! Coem on over, this book looks FANTASTIC!!

GOOD LUCK!

On the Fringe

On the Fringe

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by Courtney King Walker (Goodreads Author)
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·   rating details  ·  189 ratings  ·  65 reviews

Claire is struggling to overcome the murder of her childhood friend and secret crush, Daniel. Everyone else seems to be moving on with their lives, but she’s still trying to cope. The fact that she finds herself alone and drowning on her 16th birthday isn’t helping.Neither is thinking she sees Daniel’s face in murky water as she mysteriously resurfaces. But something happened during those four and a half minutes that will make her realize it was not just her imagination.

As Claire and Daniel try to grasp a possible reconnection, other grudge-holding beings have plans of their own. Now, the two of them have to decide if their fleeting relationship is worth the possibility of Claire being trapped on the fringe forever.

Beautifully told, On the Fringe intertwines fresh ideas about devotion, revenge, and the consequences that come with life and death.

Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Lands Atlantic Publishing
ISBN
0982500556 (ISBN13: 9780982500552)
edition language
English

Giveaway of Past Lives #1: Rachel (The Past Lives Series) by Stephanie Abbott

PAST LIVE’S GIVEAWAY happening.. go forth and win~

 

Giveaway for Katana by Cole Gibsen hosted by Pages From My Thoughts

ANOTHER awesome giveaway for  Katana by Cole Gibsen

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GIVEAWAY Open : Internationally
Date of Enter : 09/03/2012 to 29/03/2012
Winner Announcement : 30/03/2012 on Announcement section
Copy Available : One
What You Can Win
Prize one : One signed paperback copy of Katana, one ninja coffee sleeve, one Katana tattoo, and one Katana rubber bracelet
Prize two : one ninja coffee sleeve, one Katana tattoo, and one KATANA rubber bracelet
Rileigh Martin would love to believe that adrenaline had given her the uncanny courage and strength to fend off three muggers. But it doesn’t explain her dreams of 15th-century Japan, the incredible fighting skills she suddenly possesses, or the strange voice giving her battle tips and danger warnings. While worrying that she’s going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she’s harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior. 

Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana–a deadly Japanese sword that’s also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she’s always been and embracing the warrior inside her.

I love writing, day-old chinese food, and my nail polish is always chipped. My YA novel, KATANA, will be released, spring 2012 by Flux. You can check out my website at www.colegibsen.com Word to your mother. (But seriously, you should call her. She worries.)

Note : First winner will receive Prize One and second winner will receive prize two.Both prizes will be directly send to winner by the author

Cover Lust and Give away : Black City by Elizabeth Richard

ANOTHER GREAT GIVEAWAY HOSTED BY

A dark and tender postapocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection, that causes Ash’s long dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong. When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

This is one beautiful cover. Simplistic, eye catching and with raw power. It promises to be an exciting read! No don’t judge a book by its cover…naaa we don’t do that right? SURE we do! Due to come out in August 2012 this YA novel promises to be a great debut novel for this up and coming author!

Meet Elizabeth Richards, YA author of the BLACK CITY CHRONICLES. GO read all about her at her website,  The Red Pen of Doom

Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist and debut author, who spent her early career writing for videogame publications such as CUBE, P2 and GamesTM,and now works as a website editor. Previously, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls. She won the Jane Hayward Young Journalist of the Year award for her feature on girls in the games industry, and was named ‘Editor‘s Choice’ in the industry trade magazine, MCV.
Not only she is an amazing author, she’s also a passionate artist. An exclusive drawing, picturing the romance between Ash Fisher and Natalie Buchanan, protagonists from Back City was drawn by the author herself was especially given to Soumi from Penguin Group to present for her lovely readers.
On the occasion of Black City cover reveal, Penguin group has giving the opportunity to win a paperback ARC of Black City and the giveaway is open internationally. The Winner can also win a drawing of Ash and Natalie.GIVEAWAY OPEN : Internationally 
Date of Enter : 29/02/2012 to 07/03/2012 
Winner Announcement : 08/03/2012 on Announcement section 
Copy Available : One 
Format : ARC Paperback 
Note : The book will be directly send to you by Penguin group USA

So what are you waiting for????? The giveaway is open internationally. Hurry up..

Don’t forget to visit Soumi’s blog to read the exclusive first chapter of Black City.