Mayhem! 🔖☕

Such a unique and resonating novel that truly stays with you long after you’ve read it ❤

MAYHEM by Estelle Laure;

On-sale: July 14th, 2020

Jacket Copy: The Lost Boys meets Wilder Girls in this supernatural feminist YA novel.It’s 1987 and unfortunately it’s not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy’s constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem’s own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren’t like everyone else. 

But when May’s stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem’s questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good. 

But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost. 

From the acclaimed author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back, Estelle Laure offers a riveting and complex story with magical elements about a family of women contending with what appears to be an irreversible destiny, taking control and saying when enough is enough.

Author’s social handles

Twitter: @starlaure

Instagram: @estellelaurebooks

Link to a buy-this-book page:
https://wednesdaybooks.com/galaxies-and-kingdom/mayhem/

Short author bio:
Estelle Laure, the author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back believes in love, magic, and the power of facing hard truths. She has a BA in Theatre Arts and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and she lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her family. Her work is translated widely around the world.

The Deep by Alma Katsu 💀🥀🚢

3 1/2*** I had the honor of reading this chilling tale in exchange for an honest review. The Titanic, the cover, the life brought forth by bringing together two genres of historical and horror fiction I must say enticed me so much i needed this story in my life! I was so apprehensive starting it (hearing mixed reviews and trying not to listen to the hype….) But I dove head first, blinded, into this novel.

Now, this book is an amazing story and the execution was phenomenal! It just seemed to lack a bit of life to me. Maybe with everything that’s personally affecting me, I couldn’t get into it? But I will recommend this book because it was wonderful, unique, beautiful, and brilliantly executed!

SANGRE 💀📖🖤

Make sure to check out this tour for a book you won’t want to miss!!
This is a coming of age horror/crime novel like no other. Page turning, edge of your seat, up past my bedtime, one more chapter kind of book where you couldn’t put it down until you knew what happens….

BLURB: The Story of a Reluctant, Undead Vigilante.
The harrowing saga of Nicky Negron’s tortured soul continues as the inner and outer demons shadowing Newark, New Jersey’s undead vigilante have no intention of letting him rest in peace.
Knowing his paranormal existence can only lead to complications, Nicky tries not to draw too much attention to himself. This becomes difficult as he learns that he has captured the interest of an unrelenting federal agent.
Suspected of being an assassin for a South American drug cartel, Nicky finds himself dealing with the exact kind of scrutiny he’s been trying to avoid since he was turned almost thirty years ago. It complicates matters even more when Nicky is confronted with another undead presence that is threatening to commit atrocities to the children of a friend Nicky had sworn to protect. This pits the foul-mouthed night stalker, Nicky Negron, against the most horrifying monsters – both the human and non-human variety.

An absolute rollercoaster of a novel, Sangre: The Wrong Side of Tomorrow delivers even more suspense, insight, laughs, and emotional wallop than its predecessor. Nicky is back! See you on the other side…

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Sangre-Wrong-Tomorrow-Carlos-Colon-ebook/dp/B07SDNLVVV/

Author bio

Born in Spanish Harlem and raised by Puerto Rican parents in the South Bronx, Carlos Colón drew attention from his high school teachers with his penchant for storytelling. Before long, they nicknamed him Hemingway. After graduating from CUNY’ s Herbert H. Lehman College, Carlos dabbled in screenwriting for a few years before settling into the insurance business. Several decades later, Carlos returned to the entertainment world when he formed the retro rock ‘n’ roll band, the Jersey Shore Roustabouts. After twelve successful years performing live and producing two albums, the band moved on after their farewell concert in 2018.
 
     Prior to that, 2016 saw the release of Carlos’ first novel, “Sangre: The Color of Dying”. It was later that year named as one of the Top Ten novels written by a Latino author.  After receiving extraordinary praise from literary critics and the unexpected devotion of readers to his foul-mouthed, yet oddly endearing anti-hero, Nicky Negrón, Carlos knew he had little choice but to begin working on a sequel. In 2019, the follow up “Sangre: The Wrong Side of Tomorrow” was released and it received just as much praise as its predecessor. Readers are already hoping that there is a third installment in the works.
 
     When not busy with his multiple projects, Carlos enjoys his private time living in the Jersey Shore area with Maria, his wife of 40 years, and their cat, Tuco.
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carlos.colon
 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/carloscolonnj
 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ccolonnj/

Neon Nights 🎆🎉

Q&A WITH KATEY TAYOR, AUTHOR OF THE YA NOVEL NEON NIGHTS
 
Question: Tell us what Neon Nights is all about.
                                                            
Katey Taylor: Neon Nights is a raw and emotional story that follows seventeen-year-old main character Cait and the serious issues she has to tackle in front of her. Neon Nights is a spiral of events dealing with boys with bad intentions, drugs, and new drama.
 
Q: This is the second book in the series. How does Neon Nights continue the story of Cait that you began in your first book, Inebriated?
 
Taylor: Neon Nights picks up right where Cait left off in Inebriated but due to the life-altering incidences that took place in the previous book, Cait’s whole world is turned upside down. Readers will be able to dive right in and see the immediate new challenges she faces, and whether your rooting for her or screaming at her, you won’t be able to look away.
 
Q: You write about a lot of very real topics. Are these novels based on any true experiences?
 
Taylor: At first, I strictly denied my life had any relation to my books. Fiction is fiction. But it was getting hard to deny that was true to friends and family who had read the books. I grew up in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb and snuck away to San Francisco to party in my teen and young adult years. Like a lot of teens, I experienced or was around underage drinking, drugs and the aftermath that comes with that. Cait’s story is not my story but a lot of the emotion and experiences she goes through are similar to mine. I think Cait did take on my teenage persona maybe more than I’d like, but I also think I wrote her qualities I wish I had back then. Cait might not be able to see the bad or danger in people at first, but when she does she is willing to stand up for herself and for the ones she loves. I think her inner strength is one of her best traits.
 
Q: Music is an obvious theme in the books, and Adrien is a musician. Is he inspired by any real-life musicians?
 
Taylor: Oh boy. Adrien definitely morphed into his own real character, but I will admit when I first started to write him, I was inspired by a particular lead singer of an indie band called The 1975. His aesthetic mostly, and I’ve seen him play live many times and he exudes that sort of the slick, dark, wounded musician vibe that Adrien carries.
 
 
 
Q: Do you listen to any particular music while writing?
 
Taylor: I have to listen to music while I write, they both go hand and hand so naturally for me. When writing a scene, I usually pick a song that relates to what I’m writing, and I will play it on repeat for hours to help me visualize the setting or express a certain emotion. My music taste is quite eclectic. Indie rock is my go-to, but I love older bands like Fleetwood Mac or Van Morrison. I’m also a huge pop fan probably because I grew up listening to Britney Spears and N*sync. But when writing, I will listen to any song in any genre with deep emotions or lyrics that inspire me.
 
Q: Social media is such a massive part of teenagers lives these days. What message about social media did you want to portray to your readers?
Taylor: A minor plot point in Cait’s story in the books is she was admired and often criticized on social media. Yet all of those people had not a clue about the hardships she endured on a daily basis. Life isn’t always what it seems, and just because your seemingly pretty and popular doesn’t mean that life is easy or that you don’t make terrible decisions.
 
Q: Besides a great read, what else do you hope teens get from Neon Nights?
 
Taylor: Not just teens, but parents of teens could read these books as an eye opener to what teenagers are capable of getting themselves into. You might think your kid – or you! – wouldn’t do things like this but sadly those are the people who end up blindsided by addiction issues, find themselves in a toxic relationship, or make the simple mistake as getting in the car with someone under the influence. These things sadly do happen every day. I hope by tackling some of the harder topics of being a teen with truth and honestly, I’ll help my readers think about their choices when in stickier situations, and think about doing what is best for themselves and the people they love.
 
KATEY TAYLOR is the author behind the emotionally wrenching young adult novel, Inebriated. Katey’s passion for storytelling stemmed not long after she first learned to write with a pencil. Every story she writes is infused with a piece of her heart and her absolute muses of music and travel. She’s a San Francisco Bay Area native living in a house that sits on a bayside lagoon with her husband and two cats.
 
For more information, visit http://www.kateytaylor.com, and connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.
 
Neon Nights will be available through all major booksellers and online via Amazon.
 

King of Crows 🔥⛈

“There is no greater power in history than story…..”

Ok, I really loved this series and I anticipated it way too hard! But, unfortunately I have to give the final book in this series a 3 1/2 stars out of 5. The reason being that it’s not that it wasn’t good because it was. But to me it seemed like she could’ve condensed the book to about 300 or 400 pages instead of 600. It felt rushed at the end as if she had to hurry and meet a deadline instead of giving the characters the lives they so vibrantly had throughout the series. Maybe it was due to the mood and pandemic, but this book lost my interest and managed to be the only book I read in March. You might love this book because like I said it ended nice, but my head wasn’t in the game.

Crazy Ass Stories 😈💀🦇

Blurb
This quirky collection of short stories (and one novella) by Andy Rausch contains something for readers of every stripe. Rausch touches on a variety of genres, including horror, comedy, crime, and even Western, but every story features his unique, offbeat wit, superb writing, and razor-sharp dialogue, all delivered from a decidedly off-kilter perspective. His work has been praised by the likes of Cape Fear screenwriter Wesley Strick and Fort Apache the Bronx author Heywood Gould. Author Peter Leonard once compared his writing style to that of his father, Elmore Leonard. Storylines include a naive little boy mistaking a burglar for Santa Claus, bumbling white supremacists attempting to resurrect the dead body of Adolf Hitler, a man who develops an unexplainable craving for the taste of human flesh, a would-be author summoning the spirit of dead novelist Charles Bukowski to assist him writing, a showdown between legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and a deadly serial killer on the dusty streets of Tombstone, and many more. So ask yourself: are you a little bit crazy, and if so, are you up to the task of reading these twenty-two wild and crazy tales of darkness, wackiness, and outright debauchery?

Author Bio

Andy Rausch is an American film journalist, author, screenwriter, film producer, and actor.
He is the author of several novels and novellas including Elvis Presley, CIA Assassin. He also wrote the screenplay for Dahmer versus Gacy and is the author of some twenty non-fiction books on popular culture.
Books: Riding Shotgun, Bloody Sheets, A Time for Violence, Layla’s Score
You can usually find Andy on Twitter @writerrausch1, and he maintains a blog at https://authorandyrausch.wordpress.com/

The GOD Game 💀🎮

#Fridayfeels 🥀🖤🦇🤘

Hey friends, I know I’m pretty much a day late for this post, but better late than never amiright?

Time to declutter and feel at peace…

This week I think I’ll talk about “organized chaos” and how to start straightening out everything in your life one step at a time. This week I noticed I have had TOO much to do. Between reading tours, book reviews, my 3 kids, 1 I homeschool and correct everything, to a toddler who’s learning and destroying lol, and I can’t forget my oldest who needs as much guidance to make the right choices not just in life but in school.

I sat down with her last night when I was organizing my reading companion that I got to help me keep track of what needs prioritizing in reading and just what comes a little later (thanks to @littleinklings on Instagram.) I strongly suggest getting yourself one if you need the chaos in your mind put somewhere where you don’t stress and it’s easier to maintain with reading. I explained to my 14 year old daughter that she may need a monthly/weekly planner for school. Not just for homework, but projects, extra credits, and everything else she needs to do in life. My grandfather said the smartest thing I will forever carry with me. “PUT IT ON A PIECE OF PAPER, THEN LET THE PAPER WORRY ABOUT IT!!” it may seem silly to some, but for me it’s worked my mind into a more gentle way of handling what I need to do.

When it’s been coming to housework and slacking (all I want to do is read) I have to focus on one room at a time otherwise I turn into an out of control spinning top. So, I’ve been slowly focusing on one room at a time and it’s starting to help a bit (I just walk into the other rooms still and scream 🤦‍♀️😱🤣) I was unable to keep up with anything at all with my illness striking a low and my dog just having major surgery. But now that things have quieted down a bit, we started working on the downstairs 3 rooms (which is like spring cleaning because we don’t need half the things that we were collecting.)

I don’t look forward to my closet and paperwork to shred- that’s something I dread, let’s just say I have instructions from a can opener from 10+ years ago 🤯🤣🤦‍♀️ (WTF?!?) Who keeps this stuff? I mean, I know I’m a busy mom, but goodness🤣🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤣🤯

I knew I had to do SOMETHING because I’ve been feeling like my materialistic things have started to cluttered my mind and everything I’m doing. So, I have made the decision of donating, throwing out, and just somehow getting rid of all the things that really are of no use to us anymore! I do feel blessed that my family is joining in on this and I’m not alone, family’s need to work as a team and my kids are all for throwing out stuff lol. Let’s just say, I had MORE room in a small 2 bedroom apartment than I now have in a 2 bedroom HOUSE that’s huge!

So, in conclusion to this chaotic #fridayfeels post, I’m encouraging everyone to press that reset button. Take a step back, focus on what needs prioritizing by making lists, using planners, whatever you need….follow that list, but first once you wrote it down (declutter it out of your mind), step back and take a deep breath (realize you’re not alone) and tackle it!! You got this and I know I will eventually get to the finish line as well.

If you need ANY other advice, questions, or just some encouragement- DO NOT hesitate to email me or reach out to me on my IG page as well (handle: @ghoulishspirit)

GOD SPEED to you and I hope this article helps in some way, even if it helps you to know your not alone!

The Call of Death💀🖤🦇

I want to thank R.J.Garcia for a copy of this amazing ebook in exchange for an honest review.

In this fast-paced novel, we follow Hannah & Rory on an adventure of “psychic dreams….” Hannah has these dreams and Rory and their friends follow along to try and fix the horrible dreams.

I couldn’t put this book down for several reasons. First, there’s the mystery of what will transpire from these dreams. Second, of course there’s a bit of romance in it to keep you in the edge of your seat- just waiting. And finally, even though it was a shorter read, it packed me with an unbelievable punch with the way everything transpired. The ending dropped my jaw and shocked me quite a bit.
I would have never thought…..just go read this book, you won’t regret it at all!! 5 stars recommended.

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James 🏨💀

Thank you @berkleypub #partner for an early copy of this for an honest review.

I walked into one of the best books of 2020! It was on point with a touch of horror, mystery, psychological thriller, all the works. The novel and the words were all beautifully woven together like a masterpiece! I could NOT put this book down if my life depended on it. I was truly sad when real life took me away from it. It gives you all the feels from beginning to end. The characters were relatable and heartfelt. So much so, you invested not only your heart, but everything you had into what they did. I can not recommend this novel enough!!! I give it a full blown 5 stars.