The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan Review

A new children’s book looks to become an instant classic in The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan. Harking back to the days when fairy tales and folklore were intertwined, this story of a mythical creature and the young man who must try to outsmart it in order to escape is something children will love instantly. Here is the synopsis:

The Grumpface is a poetic fairy-tale that tells the story of Dan, an inventor who ventures into a forest looking for a rose. Instead he finds the mysterious Grumpface who threatens to hold him captive unless he passes some difficult challenges. What follows is a humorous adventure that neither Dan nor the Grumpface could have anticipated.

The Grumpface is a tale in the spirit of any grand adventure. It is about a clumsy young inventor’s quest for love and the challenges he must face to find it. It is also a tale of bravery, absurdity and happiness, and the power of these qualities over negativity and sheer grumpiness.

Every parent will be acquainted with their own little ‘grumpface’ now and then. This story stands as a small piece of hope – that no matter how ingrained the grump, there will always remain in every one of us a smile or a laugh just waiting to come out.

A wonderful blend of poetry and childlike wonder, this amazing story was incredibly well written and the artwork was superb. A wonderful hark back to the days of classic children’s stories, the story helped blend elements of romance, adventure, self-worth and the fight to never give up on your dreams. The poetry inspired writing was well done, and the artwork made great work of vivid color schemes and warmth that many children will flock to read.

Overall this was a fantastic children’s book that any parent would love to read to their child. A great story with wonderful artwork, B.C.R. Fegan has a wonderful grasp on not only what children will be entertained by and enjoy, but on the kind of stories parents will want their children to read and grow up with. I highly recommend this book to anyone who reads children’s books, and I look forward to seeing more from this incredible author.

Rating: 10/10

Links
Author Website – http://www.bcrfegan.com/
Further Information – http://www.taleblade.com/books/the-grumpface/
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34546012-the-grumpface
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Grumpface-B-C-R-Fegan-ebook/dp/B06XFFK7VZ/

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Ashes to Ashes by Valerie Thomas | REVIEW

A mysterious note leads one young teenage girl on a journey of discovery in the YA novel Ashes to Ashes by Valerie Thomas. Exploring the themes of social interactions amongst teens and the unpredictability of the future, this novel sets the stage for a YA series that asks the question: can we prevent the future? Check out the synopsis:

From tragedy came power. And from mishandled power came mystery.

After moving into a new gated community with her family, Natalie is ready to begin a peaceful year at Emerson High. A year complete with boy troubles, school dances, new friends… everything an average girl could expect.

Then she starts receiving notes warning her not to go to school November first. Notes in her day planner, on a piece of homework, on a homecoming ticket… The more notes she receives the more details she uncovers, and the clearer it becomes: words like peaceful and average are about the worst ones anyone could use to describe the year she’s about to have. Crazy? Maybe. Violent? Definitely. Heart-wrenching, mind-blowing, life-changing?

Well, that remains to be seen. All Natalie knows from the start is that she shouldn’t go to school on November first. And maybe you shouldn’t either.

 

SPOILER ALERT

Trigger Warning: As is the case with some books I read, I feel compelled to disclose that there are some story lines that might be triggering for some readers out there. Story lines involving suicide and a possible large scale tragedy are referenced in this book. Although I’m reluctant to get into specifics, I felt it pertinent to at least mention this before going further.

This book starts off with a lot of action right from the first page. Introducing us to Natalie, we already get a glimpse into the social hierarchy of high school, showing the dividing lines amongst the students and how kids view one another. Exploring the nerves that go into attending a new school, starting freshman year of high school and trying to make new friends, Natalie finds her life complicated even more when these mysterious notes teasing November 1st start arriving. Who’s behind the notes, and what are they trying to prevent?

The story itself was strong, indicating a large-scale series that can span three or four novels easily. Delving into a thriller/mystery realm, this YA drama focuses strongly on the bonds we make in our teenage years and the importance those relationships have on us in the long run. The characters were what really drew me into the story however. The complicated relationships Natalie has with those around her kept the mystery of the story in constant shadows, and her story often felt personal, as if anyone who’d ever been a struggling teen could identify with it.

Now I will say the novel took a little more time than maybe it needed to in order to get into a rhythm thematically, I will say the writing was overall precise and delivered a strong thriller. While it touched on the emotional aspects of Natalie’s various relationships with family, friends and others towards the end of the book, I’d love to dive more into the emotional side of Natalie’s tale in future stories.

Overall I liked this book a lot. With a huge cliffhanger that will leave readers wanting to learn more about Natalie’s story, this was a strong entry in a new YA Drama series that deserves to be explored. While I will reiterate there are some pretty strong story lines that should be handled with care in future installments and should be read with care by you readers out there, I do think this was a great book and I hope guys will check
it out!

Rating: 7/10

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Demonic Wildlife: A Fantastical Funny Adventure (Demonic Anthology Series #1)

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!

Rating: 10/10

Macadamian Pliers by Steve Conoboy

A young girl scarred by tragedy finds herself in a battle for both her and her family’s survival against a ruthless enemy in the YA Paranormal
novel Macadamian Pliers by Steve Conoboy. Full of YA humor and drama and a chilling villain named Macadamian Pliers, this novel was a thrill to
read. Here is the synopsis:

Cherry’s heart crammed into her throat. She was alone with Mr. Pliers. Nobody to hide behind. She turned to see him filling the threshold of the room. He resembled a grotesque ill-fitting door carved into the shape of a black-suited golem. ‘The room,’ he clarified. ‘It’s the one I would have chosen. You have taste similar to mine. Lucky you.’ He turned and tilted so he could get into the room, an obsidian monolith with the power of movement. The top of his head brushed the ceiling. Suddenly the bedroom didn’t seem anywhere near big enough. ‘It’s the view, isn’t it?’ He chuckled then, a sound which made the ends of Cherry’s bones grind together. Phlegm and rust and sparks: these are the things she thought of when she heard that laugh. ‘I would gaze out of the window for hours, imagined I could pick up the little people as they went about their days and place them anywhere else if I wanted to. Drop them from a great height if it pleased me.’ He mimed the action with nimble pinching fingers, plucking a distant imaginary figure from a sidewalk and flinging them off towards the horizon. In Cherry’s mind there was a tiny scream. ‘I think you’re going to have quite a time in this house, Cherry. Don’t you?’

Macadamian Pliers is an unpleasant man with a hideous plan. He’s just sold a house to Emmet’s Peak’s newest family, and they’re about to find out it’s haunted. He made it that way.

In the first volume of a trilogy, Cherry and Frank Raine find themselves in a battle of wits and nerves against both the ghosts in their new home and the man who put them there. Cherry, physically and emotionally scarred by a car crash, must draw from within herself the strength to confront her fears and save her family. Frank must choose between taking responsibility for once or being led astray by firebug Jack, a local boy with a dark sense of fun. As the haunting escalates, Cherry discovers that other homes have been affected by the strange-shaped and evil-hearted Pliers, but what chance do a couple of kids have against such a man?

The story was so intriguing. From the first pages you know that Macadamian Pliers is going to be a force to be reckoned with. He kind of reminded
me of Leland Gaunt from Stephen King’s Needful Things, promising a vulnerable family the promise for great changes only to hide a much more
sinister plot from their purview. A macabre man with an unusual trade business, he slinks through the shadows and appears to most as the kindly
salesman with the promise of hope, but Cherry sees past his disguise and recognizes an unsettling presence has invaded her life.

The characters are the biggest stand out for me in this novel. Not only is Macadamian Pliers a bone-chilling character to read, but the struggle
to be heard and to be believed is something most of us can identify with at one point or another in our lives, and Cherry’s struggle to fit in
and not bullied is a story that tugs on the heartstrings. When you delve into her past and learn the tragedy that led her to this new home, you’ll
heart will crumble and you’ll find yourself rooting for her more and more as the pages go on. The imagery was vivid and the setting made me feel
as if I was reading the novelization of a teen horror film.

Overall this was a wonderful read. Full of suspense, drama and bone-headed humor one would expect to find from a much younger sibling, Macadamian
Pliers by Steve Conoboy is a hit YA novel that all YA fans should read. If you guys haven’t yet be sure to get your copy today!

Rating: 8/10

Happy Launch Day Everyone!!

Hello there, this is Anthony Avina. I wanted to let you guys know that my book, I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered, is now live and available for
purchase! As I’m posting this is it midnight on Friday, October 20th, and the book is available in both paperback and eBook formats. You can
get the book on iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon, Smashwords, Createspace and more! You can find the links in the preorder section on the
left side of this blog.

I wanted to thank those who have shown an interest in my book thus far. It’s already garnered it’s first 5-star review, and it means the world to
me that you guys are responding to it. This book is the collection of my first novella series, featuring the novellas “I Was A Teenage Killer”,
“I Was A Teenage Zombie” and “I Was A Teenage Demon”. I have not only combined these novellas into a novel, but I have completely reworked the
original manuscripts, polishing the writing itself and adding some fun and more relevant plot twists that I think you guys will enjoy.

This story follows a beautiful young teenager named Lisa Etron. The small North Carolina town of Willow Springs sees Lisa as the perfect example
of high school success. She’s a cheerleader, an A+ student, and treats everyone with respect and kindness. After securing a date with her best
friend Dave, Lisa appears to be on top of the world. What Dave and the rest of the town fails to realize is that Lisa is hiding a dark secret. A
secret that is both terrifying and deadly, and threatens to consume the town in chaos once unleashed. Providing a new face for terror, the novel
features scares, chills and the ultimate fight between good and evil. Can evil wear a pretty face? Can love win over hate? Find out in I Was An
Evil Teenager: Remastered!

I hope you guys will enjoy this novel. It’s perfect for the Halloween season, and is a throwback to the young and inexperienced author I was
over seven years ago when I first published this series. For anyone with a blog or an interest in reading this book, I have free electronic copies
of the book available in .mobi, PDF and ePub formats. I can send you a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review, so send me an email to
authoranthonyavina@gmail.com and I’d love to work with you. Thanks for your support everyone, and look out for more giveaways and announcements
in the future!

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Interview with Author John P. Kildemm

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself. What inspired you to become a writer?

I was inspired to become a writer through comedy. I have been a standup comedian for over a decade and even as a kid, standup was one of the few professions that I could actually respect. Which, despite a fear of talking in front of people, allowed me to pursue standup comedy.

2) What was your biggest inspiration for writing this book?

The biggest inspiration for writing this book, Hey Doorman VIII, was the election of Donald Trump. Which if one reads the book will easily identify as the inspiration. As I saw, and continue to see, a lot Trump’s attributes (arrogance, thin-skinned, xenophobic, misogynistic etc.) in the intoxicated and not intoxicated patrons of the establishments I work at. The number two inspiration was having time in between other projects (and not being hired to write on a tv writing staff, but that’s a story for another day about being black in Hollywood).

3) What theme or message do you hope readers identify with when reading your book.

In all of my non-fiction titles, which Hey Doorman is, there is no overall message or theme, besides being entertaining and funny in my signature brand of comedy. Which is honest, simple and wrapped in a Tarantino/Palahniuk/Chappelle darkness. In my fiction titles, the overall message often follows one of my favorite lines (albeit modified) from the Matrix trilogy: “Everything that has a beginning has an end. I see the end coming. I see the darkness spreading. I see death. And there is nothing that stands in its way.”

4) What social media site has been the most helpful in gaining a readership?

I’m not sure there is a social media site that has been most helpful in me gaining readership. Each one that I’ve used in the past, Facebook and Twitter, have there own benefits. But neither seems to have outweighed the other. If anything, the best way to gain readership without a big financial push, is word of mouth. So in that way, Facebook and Twitter are about equal in my estimation. But I just joined Instagram, so we’ll see what happens there.

5) What advice would you give to anyone who wants to pursue a writing career or is a beginning author?

My biggest advice to aspiring authors, is the same advice that Too $hort gives to aspiring rappers: “Don’t stop rapping.” In other words keep writing.

6) Any future writing projects in the works?

I do have a few projects currently in the works, but the one which I am most proud of is my directorial debut titled: HUMOR. The short film will be released October 30th on Vimeo On Demand and is available now for pre-order. This is the film’s trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/humorashortfilm

 

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Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon Review

Love and fate go hand in hand in the romantic period drama Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon. A tale of romance, family feuds and unexplainable
power, this incredible story takes readers through the post World War II mid-west American setting to tell the story of two star crossed lovers
that must fight to be together. Here is the official synopsis:

In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.

The story of Odessa and Nicholas is a blend of Romeo and Juliet with a splash of the supernatural. The mystery behind Nicholas spans the entire
novel, with twists and turns that no one will see coming. The bond between these two lovers is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Its a whirlwind
romance that takes the reader through a roller coaster of emotions.

The writing was fantastic, with a wonderful attention to detail that made me feel as if I were living in the early 1950s. I could almost feel
the biting cold of winter and smell the sawdust on the small farm Odessa lives in. The imagery of the Midwest setting was breathtakingly beautiful
in it’s description, and the emotions felt throughout the novel were evident in every page of every chapter. It’s a wonderful read that’s full of
heart that everyone should read, so if you haven’t yet please be sure to pick up your copy of Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon today!

Rating: 8/10

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