It’s a new year, and that means it’s time to start tackling some brand new book reviews. The first book of the year is a beautiful yet haunted book of poetry that explores the pain and friction that comes with one’s early 20’s. In author Erin Geil’s book Podunk Moon: An Anthology, readers get a personal, in-depth look at one person’s struggle to overcome life’s most grueling and heartbreaking challenges. Here’s the synopsis:
Podunk Moon is an anthology of mostly non-fiction poetry starting in 2016 and time traveling back through the years ending in 2003. A time capsule of heartache, depression, and the overall state of confusion that comes with being in your twenties. An excerpt of the suspense thriller novel, The Great American, follows after, leaving the reader with a taste of something that is altogether a darkly different breed of beast.
The blend of emotional poetry with a new dark and twisted fiction novel makes this a fantastic way to start the year! While the book is filled with some incredible poetry that deals with the struggles of love, loss and heartbreak, one poem in particular spoke to me. It was titled “I Know”, and while i won’t spoil anything for you guys, the raw emotion that spilled out from every line in that poem was overpowering to say the least, and is a shining example of the talent this author has. The incredible excerpt from The Great American brought a fantastic new and twisted tale of love, lust and violence that few books these days have been able to capture, and showcases the incredible range and variety this writer has.
Overall this was a wonderful start to the new year. A fantastic roller coaster of emotions, Podunk Moon: An Anthology by Erin Geil is a must have book to begin 2018. This is an extremely powerful book to have for young people meeting life’s challenges for the first time or already struggling with those very same challenges. Pick up your copies today!
Podunk Moon: An Anthology https://www.amazon.com/dp/154675234X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_NHitAb
Anthologies are great. They give readers a chance to enjoy the writing style and creative concepts of many different authors at once. Another thing
I enjoy a lot if the combination of two genres that one normally wouldn’t go together, and that’s what we get in the anthology series first foray,
Demonic Wildlife: A Fantastical Funny Adventure! Published by Battle Goddess Productions, this anthology tells the story of several horrific
animal encounters that blend demonic entities and furry and lovable creatures big and small. Some are hilarious in their delivery, while others
are terrifying to imagine, but they are all incredibly written. Here is the synopsis:
READERS BEWARE – You are about to set foot on a bizarre adventure, a funny fantastical one filled with demonic animals. The first few stories are light, more about the giggles, but be warned. As you read further, the dark creepy side will sneak up on you. Within this entertaining tome you will find spiders, snakes, sheep, wolves, manatees, hummingbirds, squirrels, and many more!
There were some truly wonderful reads in this anthology. I might be a little biased in one of my favorite stories, as the author is a good friend
of mine, but I loved Koalas by Maxine Grey. This was one of the more terrifying stories, as it showcases what might happen if normally calm and
friendly animals were to turn feral and attack humans at an Australian Zoo. The fast paced horror of the story really grabbed me and the imagery
was vivid and bone-chilling to say the least. One of my favorite stories that was more humorous than scary had to be that of CATagories for 500,
a hilarious story of a cat and his true identity as he must outwit a demonic presence threatening to attack his human companion. The delivery of
the story from author Clint Doyle and the hilarious competition the Cat undertakes against the lowly demon was fun to watch unfold on the pages
of this anthology.
Overall this was a phenomenal collection of stories. Filled with gory imagery, nonsensical humor and incredible wit, this was one of the smarter
anthology series I’ve read this year in the horror genre. I would love to see more anthologies in the future from Battle Goddess Productions in
the future, and if you guys haven’t yet I’d pick up your copy of this anthology today!
It’s called 25 Days of Christmas Anthology
Amy Allen Hallmark
Rae B. Lake
25 Days of Christmas; a Holiday Romance Anthology
In the run up to Christmas instead of opening your advent calendar each day,
Why not read a short holiday themed story?
25 short romances from a variety of romance authors,
all set on making your holiday season sassy, sweet and saucy.
(I was sent a free copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.)
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a book blogger is working with people you know and trust, and getting the opportunity to witness writers
and authors working together on collective works. An example of this is the wonderfully written anthology Tales of Wonder from Inklings Press.
A collection of the fantastic genre Science Fantasy, these stories explore worlds that fuse science with magic in the most wonderful way possible.
Here is the synopsis:
Science Fantasy is the collision of science fiction and fantasy – where the impossible and the improbable come together. This is a universe of spaceships and sorcery, of mechanics and magic, where zeppelins soar through the ether and conjurers stalk dark tunnels with a ball of light in their fist. So cut loose, let slip the mooring ropes on your imagination, and join these nine authors as they set course for the horizon – and beyond.
Nine tales of science. Nine tales of fantasy. Nine tales to make you wonder.
These tales are perfect examples of taking the fantastic and larger than life aspects of both the fantasy and science fiction genres with the
real life human struggles we face on a daily basis. Stories of discovered love, surviving poverty, exploration of the unknown and the bonds
formed between a parent and their child is fused with tales of time travel, magic wielding assassins and space exploration gone wrong. The
stories are short yet sweet, as they bring to life deep and emotionally driven characters that connect to you on a personal level in the midst
of these amazing mythologies that the authors have created. The writing was excellent and each story flowed smoothly, keeping a fast yet even
pace that quickly set the tone and backstory in order to deliver the best possible story and shocking twist endings that people won’t necessarily
Overall this was a wonderful read. Full of adventures, terror and heart, these tales will dazzle and amaze readers with their galaxy spanning
stories and passionate characters that speak to us all. The imagery used is incredibly vivid and paints a picture that one wants to see
translated to a television screen, leaving the reader breathless and hanging on the edge of their seat wanting more. If you haven’t yet please be
sure to pick up your copies of Tales of Wonder from Inklings Press today!
Tales From Alternate Earths Book Review
Some of you may not know this, but one of the most fascinating scientific theories I’ve ever found in life has been the theory of alternate
realities. The theory that our world is one of an infinite amount of realities, with each reality similar in all but one way, is one of the most
incredible and interesting scientific theories in the world, and I love anything that revolves around this subject. So I jumped at the opportunity
to review a brand new anthology from Inklings Press, called “Tales From Alternate Earths”. Released a couple of days ago, the anthology covers
tales of various alternate histories and worlds, some that emerged from a small change to our history, and some from a massive change. Tales of
horror, science fiction and thrillers make up the heart of this anthology, showcasing our world from various different viewpoints.
The incredible authors in this anthology include Jessica Holmes, Daniel M. Bensen, Terri Pray, Rob Edwards, Maria Haskins, Cathbad Maponus, Leo
McBride, and collaborators Brent A. Harris and Ricardo Victoria. The stories range from political upheaval in the form of a President Kennedy who
was never assassinated and a Cuban Missile Crisis that hadn’t been diffused, but rather the nukes had flown. Tales of ancient rulers living past
their time or the dinosaurs having never gone extinct and becoming the dominant species on Earth. The most fascinating thing about these altered
histories however is just the sheer amount of knowledge one gains from reading these stories. While I’m a huge fan of history, I don’t claim to
know everything, and by the end of this anthology, once you read what the true histories were of each story, you will come away with a real sense
of a better understanding of our world.
Overall, this is a phenomenal read that is not to be missed. Each of these stories are super well written and pack both an action-packed and
emotional punch. In a short span of time, the reader will instantly become invested in the lives of these various characters and their world, and
getting glimpses into what our world could have been like if one tiny detail had changed is a fascinating thing to consider, so be sure you read
the fourth anthology from Inklings Press, “Tales From Alternate Earths”, today!