March 21, 2018

Spring Reads: His Risk by Shelley Shepard Gray

Avon Inspire; 288 pages; $12.99; Blog Tour; Buy Link
April 1st will mark my 9th year of blogging. During those 9 years I've been part of many book blogging programs. Sadly both, Blogging For Books and LitFuse Publicity Group announced this month that they will be closing. This does sadden me, as I have reviewed many great books from them.

Anyway, today marks my final book review that I received from Litfuse. It's titled, "His Risk" by Shelley Shepard Gray, which is book four in The Amish Of Hart County series.

If you follow my blog, then you would know that I'm a big of fan of Shelley Shepeard Gray's writings, so, naturally, I signed up to review her newest book from Avon Inspire.

The novel centers around Calvin Fisher, a young man who had left the Amish community when he was a teenager, but now as an adult, he's returns home to Hart County because his brother is ill.  To make a long story short, he befriends an Amish woman named Alice and sparks fly between the two.

Is there a happily ever after ending for the two?

Well, you need to read the novel for yourself to find out, but I will say that Calvin is hiding a little bitty secret. Cough ... he's a DEA agent. And his appearance in Hart County brings some criminal activity to the community that puts Alice in harms way.

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Book Tour & Giveaway: The Cornelius Saga


The Cornelius Saga Book 1
by Tanya R. Taylor
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery

***No cliffhangers in this series.***

No.1 Best-seller

"The very first instance of a haunted house story making me cry."

- Reviewer

Go on a mysterious adventure with Wade and Mira Cullen, two teenagers who stumbled upon a house with a troubled history and a wandering soul.

Thirteen-year-old Mira is very unhappy at home. She hates the way her father treats her mother, a woman who practically worships the ground he walks on. 

But things are about to change.

One day, Mira and her brother head out to explore a large, wooded area near their home. They are unaware that their innocent adventure will open up the bowels of history in a most uncanny way. Shortly after their exploration, an uninvited guest invades their personal space and unsure of what to do, Mira turns to the one source that is bound to have all the answers--a rather unlikely source.

The Plot:

  • A Plantation owner / Slave master
  • Forbidden romance/Affairs
  • Betrayal
  • A brutal history
  • An unexpected visitor
  • Paranormal activity

Welcome to the strange world of the Cullen family.

Next book in this stand-alone series is 'Revenge of Cornelius' where you meet adorable six-year-old, Rosie, who sees a tall, "friendly" man, but doesn't realize that she's in the pathway of an angry ghost with revenge on his mind. 


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Cornelius' Revenge
The Cornelius Saga Book 2

A frightened child. A fearless grandfather. A heart-stopping conclusion!

Sequel to the No. 1 bestseller CORNELIUS.

Six-year-old Rosie sees a tall, "friendly" man, but doesn't realize that she's in the pathway of a sinister entity with revenge on his mind.

"My God! This can't be happening!" Andrea exclaimed, worrying less about Theo's odd behavior and more about the child's sudden disappearance. "We have to find her!"

After returning home for a family visit, Mira Cullen finds herself in front of the old Ferguson house again - a place she has blatantly avoided since the entire life-altering experience of fifteen years earlier. The only thing is...there are new residents now, but not the kind she would have ever expected to see.
Her six-year-old daughter, Rosie, has an incredible bond with her grandfather, but no one ever dreams that the little girl will be the bait an angry ghost uses to settle a score long overdue. She is in terrible danger and the love of her grandfather will be tested to the highest extreme.

The Ferguson House

  • A Heart-wrenching History
  • An Innocent Child
  • Unlikely Inhabitants
  • The Haunting
  • The HUNTED!

Don't be afraid. It's just...Them.

**FREE on Amazon**

The Cornelius Saga Book 3

Not all children are innocent -- at least not in this story!

Dark, disturbing secrets involving a strange little girl begin to surface. Mira knows that something isn't quite right. 

After being bullied on the first day at her new school, Rosie Cullen has found a new friend in a mysterious loner named Cara. Rosie knows her only by her first name, but feels she has an obligation to be there for her in an otherwise lonely existence. Mira, Rosie’s gifted mother, allows the budding friendship for a time, but soon senses that things are NOT what they appear to be.

The Cullens will eventually discover that what they initially thought was a worthy deed has turned out to be an unforgettable nightmare.

"I took care of things," Cara replied casually. "I had no choice. Besides, they deserved it."

We See No Evil
The Cornelius Saga Book 4

Clyde was now standing a little more than a foot away from him and wondered why the boy didn’t look quite like… the boy.

** Another exciting adventure in this best-selling series! EACH BOOK CAN STAND ALONE. **

Mira and Rosie Cullen can't help but attract the undead, but in this spooky tale, a mere black-out can mean the difference between life and death. Will the Cullens be doomed or will Mira and Rosie uncover the harrowing mystery just in time?

The Contract
The Cornelius Saga Book 5

Three times, Daniel Smith tried to commit suicide, but failed miserably. Will his survival point to something truly sinister? Would he have been better off dead?

Many "well-to-do" people have had depressing thoughts and suicidal tendencies -- not knowing who to turn to or confide in. They believe an outward show of success will solve their problems and subdue their inner demons, but "achieving it all" and "having it all" fail to erase that nagging emotional pain. Daniel J. Smith tried a few times to end his life, but failed, and finally he thought: "Maybe there's a reason I'm still here". Read his troubling story in 'THE CONTRACT: Murder in The Bahamas', book 5 of the Cornelius Saga Series.

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Mira Cullen is prompted to fly out to The Bahamas to meet a man her brother Wade must introduce her to. Daniel Smith believes it's providence that a chance encounter with Wade has resulted in him meeting the one person who could possibly bring to light and put to rest an age-old mystery involving his beloved mother. Smith, a product of "the contract", which took place decades earlier -- deems it an opportunity that literally sustained the lives of many, but in whose clutches also stole the life of the one person he loved more than anything else in the world.

Will Mira's attempt to uncover the truth ultimately grieve the one who yearns for it? Or will the final discovery prove to be bitter-sweet?

The Lost Children of Atlantis
The Cornelius Saga Book 6

Could these be the ramblings of a nutcase or could this seemingly far-fetched story about "lost children" actually be true?

Mira Cullen, an attractive young doctor and psychic, meets old, sick, occasionally delusional Stefanie Brussels. Stefanie claims to know otherwise unheard-of facts as related to the shocking catastrophe of long ago where so many had perished, but no one in their right mind believes her. She also mentions an artifact in her possession that was dug up over a decade earlier that holds "special powers". Will Mira take anything she says seriously and if she doesn't, what is bound to be the outcome?

An alluring tale and for some, an unfathomable mystery.

**.99 cents on Amazon!**

Book Tour & Giveaway: Black Ruins Blood

Black Ruins Blood
The Elder Series Book 2
by Karen DuBose
Genre: Dark Fantasy

I thought coming to the Black Ruins Forest would give me the answers to the questions I so desperately needed. Instead I have more questions and no answers. 

Now here I am trying to figure out how to destroy the oldest and strongest dragons who are the Elders to become the next ruler of Zilo. No problem, right? Yeah, not as easy as it sounds. 

The forest will only keep us a safe for so long before the Elders find out where we are. If they find us, we are all dead. So, here we sit trying to figure out a way to make it through alive. 

The best part out of all of this I've gained a huge family I never knew I wanted and the worst part is now I have more enemies I never even knew existed. Around every turn there is something or someone else we need to deal with.
Fate really hates me! She twisted my lifecycle apart and spit me out. I will never be the same person again. That's what scares me the most.

Black Ruins Forest
The Elder Series Book 1

Dariya's daydreams have gotten her in trouble more than once, yet she can't help but dream about what shifter she will be. Graduation is now upon them, and Dariya is looking forward to working at the Zilo Firm, gain her independence, and become the woman she always dreamt of becoming. However, fate has other plans. The mysterious guy who's been in her dreams turns out to be real and he works at her firm. Her best friend and protector, Kira, will stop at nothing to make sure Dariya is safe from harm, but the elders have other plans. Every decision and every move can either mean her death, or ultimate power.

March 20, 2018

Interview with Thommy Hutson, author of Jinxed

Now available from Vesuvian Books is the young adult horror-thriller Jinxed by Thommy Hutson.

The author has taken a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk about his newest book.

When did you become interested in storytelling?

I don’t think I can remember a time when I wasn’t a storyteller. I started talking at a very young age and, according to my family, it took off from there. I was always rambling on about something made up. I do recall during a 4th of July party when I was very young that I told my older cousin a story about how the stars, when they get scared, form the constellation of a flashlight and the sun shines through it so they can see in the dark. Oh, kids. From there, I know that my father brought home a typewriter from his work and I was absolutely obsessed with it. It was a huge, metal monstrosity, but I used it daily to write down stories and ideas.

What was your first book/story published?

I actually started my professional writing career as a screenwriter, working on some Scooby-Doo animated movies, but my first published book was Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy—The Making of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. It is the definitive look at the making and legacy of the iconic horror film. (Though I suppose one could count the short essay I wrote for our local SPCA when I was a child; it was published in their newsletter!)

What inspired you to write Jinxed?
I’m a huge fan of 80s and 90s horror movies and teen movies. I have always loved the young people going through their adolescent turmoil and, when they think life can’t get any worse, there’s a masked kill after them! I wanted to do something that was a sort of throwback, or homage, to those kinds of movies: a bunch of teenagers, a secluded location, some dark secrets, a masked killer and, of course, the big unmasking and reveal. It also let me have a little fun with the characters, what they do, and what they say.

What character in Jinxed is the most/least like you, and in what ways?

I’m probably most like Layna. I think she is the most grounded in that she isn’t necessarily born to be a part of the world she was placed in regarding the school she is going to, but finds a way to fit in. She is also someone who wants to really figure out what is going on and why. I’d probably do that as well. At east I think I would if a masked killer was after me or my friends. But, you know what, I would go out in the dark, by myself, even if there was a killer around. When I want answers, I want them. I ain’t afraid of no ghost.

What is your favorite part in Jinxed?
I love the prologue because, for me, it set the stage and the tone. Seclusion and mystery. It let me give a small taste of the events to come.

What was the hardest part to write?

The killer’s reveal. I knew who it was going to be, and why, and I wanted to make it scary, fun, thrilling, and action-packed. I didn’t want it to feel like when the mask comes of, “Oh, it’s over.” Far from it. When the mask comes of, the fun and drama starts where we learn the who, what, and why. It was coming up with those things and keeping it fun and thrilling that was challenging. But, I’m really happy with the way it turned out. It ended up being another of my favorite moments in the book. I love a god reveal!

What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

I seriously considered being a marine biologist. I had actually wanted to do that since I was very little. But, since I didn’t follow that through, I’ll stick with screenwriter as my other career!

Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?

Only the reviews my agent sends me! Actually, I do read some of them. I think it’s all part of the creative process. You put something out there and you want people to enjoy it. Some will and some won’t. I’ve definitely learned that you can’t please everyone, but I do my best to make sure I am putting out something I can be proud of. There are always a million reasons someone will love something, or not love something. If I can reach people, make them think, laugh, afraid, argue, cry…whatever, I’ve done my job.

What well-known writers do you admire most?
So, so many! S.E. Hinton is an all-time favorite of mine. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of reading her work. Same with Lois Duncan. Stephen King, William Goldman, Wes Craven, Shirley Jackson, Agatha Christie, Kevin Williamson…the list could go on and on.

Do you have any other books/stories in the works?

I am currently writing book two of the Jinxed trilogy and I am really excited about where it is going. I am also working on a non-fiction project on the making of a really fun and well-known movie from the 80s. I can’t say what it is just yet, but it is a lot of fun. Like my previous book, “Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy—The Making of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street,” this will be all about the making and legacy of the film.

To learn more about me and my work, engage with me, or just peek in, check out my website:, follow me on Twitter: @ThommyHutson, Instagram: thommyhutson, and Facebook:

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LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures: Complete Season Two DVD Review

TV-Y7; 267 minutes; Amazon
Now available on DVD from Disney Home Entertainment and LucasFilm Ltd. is LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures: Complete Season Two, featuring 12 action-packed episodes. The DVD comes with an "Exclusive Darth Vader Pin."

The voice cast includes includes Nicolas Cantu (Rowan), Vanessa Lengies (Kordi), Eugene Byrd (Zander), Matthew Wood (R0-GR), Trevor Devall (Emperor), Dana Snyder (Graballa), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Yvette Nicole Brown (Lt. Valeria), Corey Burton (Quarrie), James Urbaniak (M-OC) and Matt Sloan (Darth Vader).

Developed by Bill Motz and Bob Roth ("Penguins of Madagascar"), the series is set between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and focuses on the Freemaker siblings - Zander, Kordi, Rowan (a twelve-year-old Jedi-in-training), and their battle droid, R0-GR.

Season Two finds the Freemakers working with the rebel fleet, under the command of Admiral Ackbar. After Rowan has a vision about building an "arrowhead" ship that's controlled by an oversized kyber crystal, his siblings seek the help of a ship builder named Quarrie to assist them in the creation of the ultimate weapon against the Empire.

Meanwhile, Emperor Palpatine is obsessed with capturing Rowan. He creates a bounty hunter droid, M-OC, which has only one purpose - capture Rowan.

Bonus Features on the DVD include:
  • 5 Adventure-Filled Shorts
    • Home One
    • Thrown Into Battle
    • Rowan's Secret Adventure
    • Zander Freemaker: Superstar Pilot Guy
    • Beware The Gamorrean Flu 

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Book Tour & Giveaway: Portraits in Flesh

Portraits in Flesh
by M W Brown
Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Annabelle has discovered she can instantly transport herself to the destination on her satnav. Although ghost like when she travels, her remarkable ability takes her from England to France, Croatia and beyond.

As Annabelle explores her potential it puts her life and the lives of those she loves in danger and leads her into the path of an enigmatic and intelligent serial killer.

What will he do if he discovers Annabelle’s ability?

Some places were never meant to be visited.

**only .99 cents!**
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Book Tour & Giveaway: The Sundown Series

Sundown Series Book 1
by Courtney Konstantin
Genre: SciFi. Dystopian, Thriller

She thought she was prepared for the end of the world… until it actually came.
Alex Duncan is a mother, a sister— and the daughter of a doomsday prepper. She always thought her father was insane, raving about an apocalypse she never believed in, but when a plague hits the United States and the dead no longer stay dead, Alex discovers heeding her deceased father’s advice is what will keep her family alive. Before he died, Alex’s father created a compound in Montana just in case situations like this arose.
Hell has arrived on earth.
The dead walk, hungry for human flesh. Living in a highly populated city like Las Vegas makes the reality of the plague imminent to Alex. With little time to spare, Alex must make split-second decisions to prevent her family from being devoured. Facing the end, Alex has three goals.
Escape Las Vegas. Get to the compound. Survive.
As the outside world crumbles and grows darker, Alex faces adversity from not just the infected, but the uninfected as well. Government assistance is nowhere in sight, and rumors fly that the nation’s only solution to the growing plague is execution.
Not everyone will outlast the plague. Doomsday is here. Will Alex be up to the challenge, or fall, and rise again as one of the undead?

An exciting apocalyptic thriller that’s intriguing, mysterious, and horrific, Prepared is the debut novel of upcoming author Courtney Konstantin. Stay up all night to read this terrifying tale of pandemics, zombies, and government secrets by one-clicking today!

A Sundown Series Novella

The world has fallen into apocalypse.

Flesh-eating zombies run rampant.

And the kids are on their own. 

Easton and Candace Reynolds have been separated from their makeshift family. They have no food, no transportation— and have become targets for more than just zombies. A dangerous group of survivors are hunting the siblings, and they’re looking to kill them before the elements or starvation does. 

To survive, Easton and Candace have to make some tough decisions. Is sacrificing their humanity worth their lives? Can they outlast the zombies and predators? Or is there truly no escape for the Reynolds kids? 

Will they be forced to live out the end-of-the-world, ALONE?

One-click to test your prepping skills today! 
ALONE is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novella that adds to the complex dystopian universe of the Sundown Series. Author Courtney Konstantin has created a thrilling zombie read that will appeal to fans of World War Z and 28 Days Later.

Sundown Series Book 2

For Max Duncan, the word Sundown means one thing… RUN.

Corpses infected with a mysterious, incurable virus are roaming free throughout the United States, feasting upon the living. The Duncan family compound in Montana is Max’s only hope for survival— but to get there, she has to flee from South Carolina and survive crossing several states with her daughter Jack in tow. 

Max has a choice to make. Does she risk her own life, and her daughter’s, to find the man she’s always loved? 

Griffin Wells was Max’s high school sweetheart, and he has no idea that Jack is his child. Max still has feelings for him, and the apocalypse has suddenly brought those emotions to the surface, strong as they ever were. 

But zombies are the least of their worries. The government knows more about the infected than it’s willing to expose, and the military has plans for Max’s family you’ll never see coming…

Scroll-up and one-click to start this sci-fi thriller today!
A post-apocalyptic dystopian thrill ride, SURVIVE is the latest installment in a dark and exciting series for adults by author Courtney Konstantin. If you enjoy edgy and daring doomsday prepper novels, these books will become your latest reading addiction!

Don’t wait! Start the adventure now!

March 19, 2018

Review Catch Up Marathon!: This Road We Traveled

Revell; 352 pages; $14.99; Amazon

Yes, I had planned on finishing all my needs-to-be-reviewed books on Friday, but due to a sinus infection and allergies, I had to take a break from writing over the the weekend, as my eyesight was bothering me. Today, I'm hoping to get a few reviews finished, including this one, which is the review for The Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick.

Set in the 1840s, the novel centers on Tabitha Brown, the matriarch of the family, who leaves her life in Missouri after her son decides to move his family to Oregon. Along Tabitha's daughter Pherne, son-in-law Virgil, and two grandchildren, they pack their bags and travel out west into the unknown.

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