Sunday, June 23, 2024

{Sunday Post} — The Birthday Girl, Getaway World, and Vampire's Love


Weekly Tidbits 


  • I've been sick for the past few weeks with a summer cold. 
  • The KC Royals have went back to their old ways. No Bats + Horrible Pitching = Losses 

Song of the Week 



What Am I Reading? 


I just finished reading The Housemaid's Secret. I'm taking a little break from Freida McFadden; instead of moving on to the third Housemaid book, I will finally read Mark Geaney's The Chaos Agent.

What's New in the Mailbox?


The only thing review-wise as of late are three graphic novels: The Nasty, Unnatural Order, and Denizen

What's New on the Bookshelf?


As for new releases go, I picked up Middle of the Night by Riley Sager, The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley, and The Birthday Girl by Sarah Ward this past week.


Other new pick ups include are Michael Crichton's Eruption by James Patterson, The Housemaid is Watching by Freida McFadden, and How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix.


I hadn't planned on shopping this past Friday but got talked into going "antiquing" my mother. Of course, when I go to antique flea markets, I never buy actual antiques—only books. We went to two stores—nearly side-by-side—and I bought several books, some of which I probably spent too much on.   

First—as you can already tell by the above photo—are the Star Trek books: TNG: INVASION!: The Soldiers of Fear by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Ruch, TOS: Shadows on the Sun by Michael Jan Friedman, TOS: Probe by Margaret Wander Bonanno, and TOS: Best Destiny by Diane Carey. The paperback was $2, and the hardbacks were $5 each.


I found a hardback of V.C. Andrews' My Sweet Audrina for $4. The jacket is a little rough, but it's a first-print edition. 


I got Blowback by Brad Thor, SSN by Tom Clancy, and Tom Clancy's Power Plays: Zero Hour by Jerome Preisler for $1 each. For $2 each, I got The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly, Vampire's Love: Blood Curse by Janice Harrell, and Vampire Twins: Bloodlines by Janice Harrell.


I probably overspend on these four David Baldacci hardbacks: The Forgotten, The EscapeZero Day, and No Man's Land. The bundle was $15 and is in good condition. I did hesitate about getting them because I already had The Forgotten and Zero Day in paperbacks, but my mother—yes, my mother—talked me into buying them. So, those two paperbacks went into my donation box. 


Here are my recent Dollar Tree finds: The Secrets We Share by Edwin Hill,  Flowers of Darkness by Tatiana De Rosna, Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts, and We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire by Joy McCullough.


The thrift store has been mostly a dud for books for the past month. Still, I did pick the following within the last two weeks: Fatal Tide by Iris Johansen, Gateway World by E.E. "Doc" Smith, Thinner by Stephen King, and another Dean Koontz Omnibus (Cold Fire, The Key to Midnight, and Hideaway).

What's New on Billy's Kindle?


New titles on my Kindle are: Video Nasties by Dustin Ralston, The Chase by Clive Cussler, Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantreo, Goosebumps: My Best Friend is Invisible by R.L. Stine, The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Phillip Athans and R. A. Salvatore, Teacher's Pet by Andrew Neiderman, Sight Unseen by Andrew Neiderman, Gods of Green Mountain by V.C. Andrews, Teeth of the Sea by Tim Waggoner, Star Trek: Prometheus: The Root of All Rage by Christian Humberg and Bernd Perplies, The Dark Chronicles: The Gallery by Barbara Steiner, The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years by Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross, Leonard: My Fifty-Years Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner with David Fisher, Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses (Roger Corman: King of the B Movie) by Chris Nashawaty.









Friday, June 21, 2024

{Book Blogger Hop} — Lack of Readers in the Future?



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Will society suffer in the future as a result of the younger generations' lack of reading?

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

New Comics Are Coming From Ghost Machine


While there are a lot of great comics out there, many people are continually on the hunt for new ones. It's easier than ever to experience with options such as Geiger, Red Coat, and Rook. These are increasingly popular and sell out quickly, to the point that they need additional production runs and printings. The captivating storylines and quality characters go a long way toward a great experience for readers.


People Love Adventure Comics

There are all kinds of comics available, and a lot of them deal with strong adventure themes. That makes them popular with many readers who want to see their heroes doing exciting things. That's a great reason to check out Geiger and others, too, because there's always something going on in their world for readers to check out and get involved in. With so much adventure in their experiences, it's easy to get lost in the world of comics.


Quality Characters and an Interesting World

Ghost Machine brings quality characters and interesting worldbuilding to everyone who reads their stories. Red Coat, Rook, and others are all focused on the value they bring to readers as they move through their experiences. That's a big reason why these comics sell out and need additional print runs, because fans love them and more people are always getting interested in them and what they bring to readers.


The Joy of New Experiences

Geoff Johns and others who work on the series are committed to making sure readers get plenty of joy and have good experiences with the books in the series. There are plans for more, too, so fans can look forward to more comics coming out. The sell-outs of the first books clearly showed a lot more interest than the initial creators were expecting, and now there are plans for larger runs and more books to keep fans as interested as possible for the long term.


Getting the Right Comics for Your Interests

Finding the right comics for your specific interests is important, and there are so many options available that it's easy to find something that speaks to you and the kind of characters you want to read about. Whether you like romance, adventure, sci-fi, or anything else, you can find great stories and quality characters. With new comics coming to these series, there will be ongoing experiences and adventures you can continue to explore.


Friday, June 14, 2024

{Book Blogger Hop} — A Go-To Summer Book



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What's your go-to book to start the summer, and why does it set the tone for the season?

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Friday, June 7, 2024

{Book Blogger Hop} — Summertime Reading



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Summer often means more time for reading. Do you have a list of books you're eager to start reading during June's warm days? Do you have a summer reading goal?

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

[Spotlight] —"THE NASTY: The Complete Series"

Find it on Goodreads and Books2Read

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE NASTY: The Complete Series by John Lees & Adam Cahoon Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

 


About the Book


The Ring meets Empire Records in THE NASTY, a coming-of-age horror story splattered with dark comedy, as a group of horror movie-loving teens bites off more than they can handle when the most sought-after video nasty ever slips through their fingers, and they are forced to film their own video nasty slasher movie – where evil, screams, and nightmares bleed into reality.


Keep telling yourself: “IT’S ONLY A MOVIE!!!


Isn't it?


Scotland, 1994.


Eighteen-year-old Graeme “Thumper” Connell still has an imaginary friend: the masked killer from his favorite slasher film. Thumper is obsessed with horror and always has been. He fills his time with scary VHS rentals and hanging out with his friends and fellow fans, The Murder Club. But everything changes when his local video shop acquires one of the notorious films known as “video nasties” — films so scary they’re the target of the British Moral Decency League’s crusade to ban and burn.


But it’s only a movie, right?


It’s all just imaginary, isn’t it?


The Nasty is a story about the perception of evil, the power of genre, the love of fandom, the need to create art, oh, and crap-your-pants TERROR! Become a bonafide member of The Murder Club: pick up this book!



For fans of Stranger ThingsStand By Me, IT, The Monster SquadDonnie DarkoEmpire RecordsMy Best Friend’s Exorcism and other books by Grady Hendrix, fans of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, Little Monsters (Jeff Lemire & Dustin Nguyen), The Closet (James Tynion IV), The Me You Love in the Dark (Skottie Young & Jorge Corona), Giant DaysAfterlife With Archie, Killadelphia (Rodney Barnes & Jason Shawn Alexander), and Proctor Valley Road.



PRAISE FOR THE NASTY


Horror Comics To Watch For in 2023 
Fangoria


“There is no other title I have been more excited about than this because it is a love letter to horror while tackling the conservatism we are seeing rise in pop culture today..." - Fangoria


“The Nasty is a bloody valentine to slashers and the outsiders who love them.”– AIPT


The Nasty is a love letter to slasher flicks and a generation of kids who loved them. Tender, funny, surprising, endearing, with an emerging horrific twist. We had Faces of Death as the taboo underground horror tape that was whispered about but it wasn't cursed. The Nasty takes a fun nostalgic trip down memory lane and elevates it to a new level of horror. – 
Lotusland Comics


 

About John Lees



John Lees is an award-winning comic book writer from Glasgow, Scotland. He is best known for his work on acclaimed horror series AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE, with artist Iain Laurie, and hard-boiled Glasgow crime saga SINK, drawn by frequent collaborator Alex Cormack. Currently, Lees is the co-creator and writer of THE NASTY from Vault Comics. John's other credits include superhero drama THE STANDARD, serial killer thriller OXYMORON: THE LOVELIEST NIGHTMARE, psychedelic nightmare quest QUILTE, and a story for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES UNIVERSE. His latest projects are MOUNTAINHEAD, a snow-swept thriller from IDW Publishing, working with artist Ryan Lee, and HOTELL, a horror anthology series from AWA Upshot, featuring artist Dalibor Talajic.


Newsletter subscription: www.deep-ender.johnleescomics.com.


Patreon: www.patreon.com/johnlees

 

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About Adam Cahoon



Tuffs, Origin House: Spa and Retreat, and Anomaly, as well as his design work with Second Rocket Comics. His other credits include the fan comic Silver Surfer Grey, and the forth-coming I Was A Teenage Ghost Rider. He has design work as well as short comics in the forthcoming books Everything Is Different Now from Justin Richards, Morsels by J Donahue, and Dead Blood by DB Andry.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

 

 

Giveaway Details


2 winners will receive finished copies of THE NASTY: The Complete Series

US Only

Ends June 25th, midnight EST


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Tour Schedule


Week One:

5/27/2024

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt/IG Post

5/28/2024

The Momma Spot

Excerpt

5/29/2024

@darkfantasyreviews

Excerpt

5/30/2024

Fire and Ice Reads

Excerpt/IG Post

5/31/2024

Sadie's Spotlight

Interview Adam Cahoon/IG Post

6/1/2024

Writer of Wrongs

Excerpt

Week Two:

6/2/2024

@thepagelady

IG Review

6/3/2024

GryffindorBookishnerd

IG Review

6/4/2024

Comic Book Yeti

Interview John Lees/X Post

6/5/2024

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Review/IG Post

6/6/2024

@evergirl200

IG Review

6/7/2024

@stargirls.magical.tale

IG Review

6/8/2024

@sparks_books

IG Review

Week Three:

6/9/2024

Books and Zebras

IG Review

6/10/2024

The Book Critic

Review/IG Post

6/11/2024

FUONLYKNEW

Review

6/12/2024

Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post

6/13/2024

nerdophiles

Review

6/14/2024

Brandi Danielle Davis

IG Review/TikTok Post

6/15/2024

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic/TikTok Post

Week Four:

6/16/2024

@enthuse_reader

IG Review/TikTok Post

6/17/2024

@dana.loves.books

IG Review/TikTok Post

6/18/2024

@jaimes_mystical_library

IG Review

6/19/2024

jlreadstoperpetuity

IG Review/TikTok Post

6/20/2024

Two Points of Interest

Review/IG Post

6/21/2024

Lifestyle of Me

Review


Sunday, June 2, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Mountain of Mirrors, Pliable Truths, and Stargate


My Current Reads 


Once again, I'm in between books, though I did read the prologue to Friday the 13th: Mother's Day over a week ago. I placed bookmarks in multiple books, but I was on the fence about what to read next. I should probably read The Chaos Agent, but part of me wants to read Pliable Truths (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by Dayton Ward, which I just received in the mail yesterday afternoon. No, it's not an ARC; I ordered it from Amazon. I was supposed to receive an ARC, but my gallery contact has been MIA for several months. Sometime, I need to read ARCs of Extinction, Acts of Defiance, and Lost Birds. Also, I've added Freida McFadden's The Housemaid and The Housemaid's Secret to my current reading list. There's a third book coming out soon, so I'm wanting to read these two first.

Friday, May 31, 2024

{Book Blogger Hop} — Environmental Reads



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June 5th is World Environment Day. Can you suggest a book that has an environmental message or theme?

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Monday, May 27, 2024

{Sunday Post} — Act of Defiance, Micro Adventures, and You Like It Darker

Happy Memorial Day! 


Yep, I'm posting a late Sunday Post on a Monday. I was going to skip this week's post, but I have extra free time today; I'm writing it now. 


Song of the Week 


My Current Reads 


I'm nearly finished with Star Wars: The Living Ghost and should finish it tonight. Then I'm moving on to Argylle; I plan on reading it fast. These two loans are due June 6th. At the same time, I'm reading an old YA book, Friday the 13th: Mother's Day.

Stephen King is Back!


It should be no surprise to anyone that I picked up Stephen King's newest book, You Like It Darker. It's a short story collection; one of the stories, Rattlesnakes, is a sequel to King's 1981 novel Cujo. I'm a bit behind on King's recent releases; I might start reading You Like It Darker today and just read a story or two here and there. 

What's in the Mailbox?


I received a copy of the newest Jack Ryan novel, Tom Clancy's Act of Defiance, written by Andrews & Wilson (Brian Andrews and Jeffery Wilson). I believe "Act of the Defiance" is the first Jack Ryan story written by these authors. There's a submarine on the cover, and I love subs, so I can't wait to tread on this one.

What's New on the Bookshelf?


I'm skipping my weekly thrift store stop today because the store is closed for Memorial Day, and I probably won't go there again until next week, though you never know with me. However, I did buy quite a few books last week, all for a dollar. Yep, there was a $1 bag sale again. So I got everything for $1

Up first is a Doubleday jacket-less hardcover of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. It has a copyright of 1938, but no edition is listed. Rebecca is one of my favorite books; I now have four or five copies. 

I got a paperback of Preston & Child's Cemetery Dance. I thought I already owned the book; apparently, I didn't. I must've read it from the library. Also, I got a paperback of The Killing Game by Iris Johansen.


While I'm not the biggest fan of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, I got a July 1983 paperback edition—only because I liked the artwork on the cover. I got a 1980 tie-in edition paperback of Florence Engel Randall's The Watcher in the Woods. I've heard of it but never read it or seen either movie adaptation. Also, I grabbed an Archway paperback, The Greatest Monster in the World, by Daniel Cohen.


I found three Choose Your Own Adventure Paperbacks: The Mystery of the Chimney Rock (Special Book Fair Edition) by Edward Packard, The Abominable Snowman (Special Book Fair Edition) by R.A. Montgomery, and Mystery of the Sacred Stones by Louise Munro Foley.


From 1984 to 1985, Scholastic published a YA book series, Micro Adventures, created by Ruth Glick and Eileen Buckholtz, that combined adventure stories with computer programs. Each books have several short Basic type-in programs that can run on the IBM PC, PcJr., Apple II +, IIe, COMMODORE 64, VIC-20, ATARI 400/800, RADIO SHACK TRS-80 (Level 2 or greater), and RADIO SHACK COLOR COMPUTER. There were ten books published and four Magic Micro books. 

Guess what? I found nine books in the Micro Adventure series. The titles are Jungle Quest by Megan and H. William Stine, Million Dollar Gamble by Chassie L. West, and Time Trap by Jean Favors, Mindbenders by Ruth Glick and Eileen Buckholtz, Robot Race by David Anthony Kratt, Doom Stalker by Ruth Glick and Eileen Buckholtz, The Big Freeze by Jean M. Favors, Dead Ringer by Chassie L. West, and Spellbound by Megan Stine and H. William Stine.


I got five Goosebumps reprints with new covers released to tie in with the first Goosebumps movie. There's only one that I don't already own, Attack of the Graveyard Ghouls, first published in 1998 as part of the Goosebumps 2000 series. Unfortunately, the book had a few pages torn, and others were missing, which I realized later. I fixed the r pages with tape and will keep the book as a "placement" in my collection until I can find a better copy

The other books are One Day at Horrorland, The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena, Please Don't Feed the Vampire (Give Yourself Goosebumps), and Say Cheese and Die!


My favorite finds from this thrift trip are R.L. Stine's Fear Street: The Secret Bedroom and the novelization of Gremlins by George Gipe. Despite the cover damage, I was on a high when I came across the Secret Bedroom because I knew, for a fact, that I didn't have it in my Fear Street collection.
 
It's rare to find an 80s novelization in the wild, and Gremlins makes the fifth of my recent finds. Remember, I found The Terminator and three Knight Rider books a few weeks ago; I imagine Gremlins was part of the same donation. Oddly, I found Gremlins mixed in with the kid's books. The 1984 film is a horror film, not a kid's movie. Nevertheless, there were (and still are) plenty of Gizmo plushes marketed for kids. I still have the one from my childhood, though it's seen better days. 

Here's a fact: George Gipe also wrote the novelizations for Back to the Future and Explorers. Sadly, he died on September 6th, 1986, from a bee sting. Weirdly, my birthday is September 7th (five years earlier), and I'm also allergic to bees. 


I stopped by a different thrift store and got Max Brand's Smiling Charlie for fifty cents. At Dollar Tree, I bought Exile by James Swallow (this guy also writes Star Trek books) and The Mother Code by Carole Stivers.


New titles on my Kindle include Phasers on Stun! How Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World by Ryan Britt, Nightmare Hall: The Silent Scream by Diane Hoh, Forever and a Day: A James Bond Novel by Anthony Horowitz, Supernatural: Bone Key by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Fire by Caroline B. Cooney, Brainchild by Andrew Neiderman, Immortals by Andrew Neiderman, Blood Spell by Janice Harrell, and The Valancourt Book of Horror Stories, Volume 4.


Other new titles on my Kindle are The Perfume by Caroline B. Cooney, The Vampire Promise: Evil Returns by Caroline B. Cooney, The Vampire Promise: Fatal Bargain by Caroline B. Cooney, Night School by Caroline B. Cooney, The Yearbook by Peter Lerangis, Driver's Dead by Peter Lerangis, The Dark Chronicles: The Calling by Barbara Steiner, Blindfolded by Diane by Hoh, The Photographer by Barbara Steiner, and The Photographer II: The Dark Room by Barbara Steiner.