It’s time to Spring Into Horror

23 04 2012

I am happy to be a part of the Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon hosted by The True Book Addict at her Castle Macabre blog. You can sign-up anytime this week until Friday and find the info by clicking HERE. My fiance, Erin, is also hosting some mini-challenges and awesome book giveaways by horror, paranormal and fantasy authors at her blog. Click HERE to go to the site with details on the giveaways and then follow her blog to check back every day. But you must sign-up for the read-a-thon as a whole to win.

You just have to complete one scary-type book this week and any thrillers, mysteries, paranormal-type, or horror books apply for you to be able to enter for the final drawing. Just have fun with it. It’s a pretty laid back challenge. Which is good for me with my hours at work plus hours commuting and tball, softball and soccer practices. I’m sure you know the drill.

The book that I am reading for the Spring into Horror Read-a-Thon is Beckon by Tom Pawlik, a fellow Ohio author.  I had heard great things about his previous books and enjoy reading Christian authors that can delve into the deep side of humanity and the crevices of our mind. He’s known for thrillers with a touch of creepiness, which lends to fulfilling the scary requirement for this read-a-thon. Especially since there are creepy bugs … in a cave…

Here’s the book summary for Beckon:

Some things weren’t meant to be discovered.

Beneath the town of Beckon, a terror hides, lurking in the darkness. Waiting.

Three people are drawn to the small Wyoming town for very different reasons. Anthropologist Jack Kendrick comes to explore the surrounding caves — the last place his father was seen alive twelve years ago. Police officer Elina Gutierrez follows the trail of her missing cousin from L.A. until it goes cold in the near-deserted town. And George Wilcox, a wealthy businessman, is lured to a lodge on the bluff by the promise of a cure for his wife’s illness.

All are looking for answers. But as they draw closer to discovering the town’s chilling secret, the real question becomes . . . will any of them make it out alive?

Everyone is using the hashtag #SpringHorrorRAT on Twitter to talk it up. If you are on Twitter, join in the conversation and have a spooky good time.





What’s in a name?

23 04 2012

If, like me, you are a huge fan of thrillers by the likes of Steve Berry, Dan Brown or James Rollins, then you probably have noticed the same trend I have seen in book titles.

It goes a little something like this: Start with “The,” add the name of a place or person, and finally end with a noun, most commonly “code,” “conspiracy,” “secret,” “legacy” or “prophecy.” I am not sure if Dan Brown and his “The DaVinci Code” are to blame or not, but it certainly seems like since his book became a mega-hit seven years ago, many authors have decided to jump on the naming bandwagon.

Just last week, during my Wild Week of Reviews II, on consecutive days, I had books with the word “prophecy” in the title. Read the rest of this entry »





Karen Rae Busbey, March 16, 1954 – April 20, 2002

20 04 2012

Note: I am taking a break from my week of book reviews to remember my mom who died 10 years ago today. I will post my fifth book review of the week tomorrow, with more book reviews coming in the near future. I hope you will come back again and see what new books are lining my shelves or filling my Kindle Fire. Thank you all for taking the time to read my posts.

Ten years ago today, in the early morning hours of April 20, 2002, my mom, Karen Rae Busbey, lost her 6-month battle with pancreatic cancer. It’s no stretch to say that was the worst day in my life, and I hope it’s a long time before I have a day that tops it.

Even though it has now been 10 years since her death, it doesn’t get any easier to live without her. I still have dreams with her in them and wake up hoping for just a second that it was reality and she is still alive. I still have things happen where my first thought is, “I have to call my Mom and tell her that.” But then I remember that I can’t and she really is gone. But I hold on to my memories of her and how she influenced my life.

This is the third year I’ve written a blog post on the anniversary of her death. I want to find some way to remember my mom without merely repeating everything I’ve written the last two years. And even though I have a way with words, there are only so many ways you can say the same thing without getting repetitious. So I was struggling to find something new to say about my mom since I had already said a lot about what an amazing woman she was and what a profound influence she had on my life and the life of hundreds of other people in her life. You can read my last two blog posts here and here if you are interested. Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review – Coup d’Etat by Ben Coes

19 04 2012

Coup d’Etat

By Ben Coes

St. Martin’s Press

Hardcover In Stores Now, Paperback releases April 24

Following in the footsteps of giants like Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn, Ben Coes burst onto the publishing scene in 2010 with “Power Down,” which Flynn described as “One of the must-read thrillers of the year.” Coes and his “Power Down” hero, Dewey Andreas, are back in fine form in Coes’ latest thriller, “Coup d’Etat.”

In “Power Down,” ex-Delta Forces Andreas foiled the evil plot of millionaire Alexander Fortuna, with the help of the President’s National Security Adviser Jessica Tanzer.

After the dramatic ending of “Power Down,” Andreas has left the United States, looking for some peace and quiet working on a ranch in rural Australia, far from the turmoil. But Fortuna’s father, Aswan, is seeking revenge for the death of his son and is using all his vast resources to track down and kill the man responsible for his son’s death – Andreas. And now, Hezbollah assassins hired by Aswan have found him, forcing Andreas to fight for his life against a well-armed and well-trained group of killers. After violently avoiding capture and dispatching most of the assassins, Andreas is ready to flee Australia. Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review – The Eden Prophecy by Graham Brown

18 04 2012

The Eden Prophecy

By Graham Brown

Bantam

In Stores Now

What if everyone on the planet could live nearly forever? What impact would that have on the planet? And why would someone want to make that happen?

In “The Eden Prophecy” by Graham Brown, those questions are answered, but you may not like the answers.

In 1979, on the eve of the revolution in Iran, an archaeologist discovers a mysterious scroll that may hold the secret to immortality. But before the scroll can be taken to safety, the team of archaeologists are forced to frantically evacuate the camp, once again surrendering the scroll to the desert.

Flash-forward to the present. In the U.N. building in New York City, a U.S. ambassador is quarantined when she contracts an unknown virus after opening a threatening letter.

In a slum near Paris, a well-known geneticist is found dead. His last message was a cry for help sent to an old friend, former CIA agent Hawker. Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review – The Paradise Prophecy by Robert Browne

17 04 2012

The Paradise Prophecy

By Robert Browne

Dutton

In Stores Now

The war in Heaven makes its way to Earth in the latest thriller from author Robert Browne. This novel was my first exposure to the best-selling author but I now am eagerly awaiting his next work.

You are excused if at first glance you think this book is similar to Dan Brown’s “The DaVinci Code” or “Angels and Demons.” For one thing, the authors have nearly identical last names. And secondly, the stunning cover certainly makes you think of angels or demons. Both stories do deal with religious mysteries, but that’s pretty much where the comparisons end. Inspired by John Milton’s classic “Paradise Lost,” Browne has crafted a stunning supernatural thriller that goes far beyond your typical globe-trotting adventure yarn.

What if all the evil you see in the world … all the death and war and famine and violence … what if all of it, or most of it, was the result of four fallen angels, vying to win enough human souls to bring about the end of the world? Cast out of Heaven alongside Lucifer centuries ago and clothed in human flesh, these four “demons” are wreaking havoc on the Earth, looking to fulfill an ancient prophecy they believe will help them unleash unimaginable evil on the world. Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review – Illusion by Frank Peretti

16 04 2012

Illusion

By Frank Peretti

Howard Books

In Stores Now

I was first introduced to the supernatural best-sellers of Frank Peretti as a teenager living in Michigan. “This Present Darkness,” his first work for adults, was published in 1986 and spent almost three years on the best-sellers list. The novel details the spiritual warfare taking place in the fictional town of Ashton. As a young person, although I knew it was fiction, it still was very influential in how I came to perceive the unseen battle between good and evil that is going on around us every day.

Over the years, Peretti has written several more best-selling novels, as well as non-fiction books and a teen series, but I had never read any of them except 1989’s “Piercing the Darkness,” the sequel to “This Present Darkness.” In large part that was because as I became an adult and started my career and a family, my free time for reading virtually evaporated.

It is only in the last few years that I have really gotten back into reading, and I still don’t have near the time I would like to spend on reading. But once I saw that Peretti had a new book on the way, I knew I had to read it. “Illusion” is Peretti’s first novel in seven years, and for longtime fans, it was well worth the wait. “Illusion” is a love story disguised as a mystery with a twist of sci-fi. Read the rest of this entry »








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