Thursday, May 9, 2013
New Zombie Book Series
Genre: Young Adult Horror, Young Adult Romance, Zombies, & Adult Horror
Title: Phase One: Identify
Series: Territory of the Dead
Author: Rose Wynters
Buy Links: Amazon - $.99 Promotion on Kindle Currently
From author Rose Wynters, comes a new zombie series set in Pleasant, Louisiana. Can this checkout girl learn how to survive in a world full of zombies?
Tabitha Alexander is an 18 year old that has just graduated from high school. Working as a checkout girl in the small town of Pleasant, her long-term goals for the future don't go beyond enjoying the upcoming summer and enjoying her freedom.
Fate has something else in store for her, though.
One night, right before closing time, her world is turned completely inside out with the first screams and sounds of gunfire that tear through the dark night. Nothing will ever be the same again..... If they even survive.
This is book one in a new series called, Territory of the Dead. Best suited for ages 16 and over.
This book tells you how the nightmare began...... Pleasant will never be the same again.
I pulled into the driveway in my little car, but didn't stop there. Instead, I made a sharp turn to the right, pulling right up in the grass in front of the door. Our residential neighborhood was a lot quieter than the main part of town, but I'd still passed zombies on my way here. I wasn't chancing a late-night stroll from the garage.
The headlights of my car was a dead giveaway to any zombies close by. Quickly, I shut them off and surveyed the area. So far it was quiet, no red eyes glaring at me in the darkness. Turning off the interior light before it could come on, I grabbed my purse and threw the door open.
As I ran up the steps, the front door opened. Someone had been watching and waiting for me to get home. As soon as my foot hit the top step, my mother grabbed me and pulled me in.
“Thank God, you're alive,” she said, her voice thick with worry. She pulled me into her arms and hugged me tightly. “We were trying to call you over and over again. When we didn't get an answer, well, we thought the worse. Your dad was about to go out and start searching.”
I thought of the last place I saw my phone. It was lying underneath the cash register at the store, and there it would remain. It wasn't like I'd be returning for it. Having a cell phone was the least of my worries now. I had no intentions on being separated from my parents again.
I watched my dad shut and lock the door before turning around to look at us. He was tall and stocky, with graying hair and a round face. He was pleasant looking, with a cheery, boisterous personality to match. So it made this night all the more horrific when I looked down and saw the rifle gripped tightly in his hands.
The nearly invisible age lines on his face were creased with stress. His face was pale, dreadfully so. I disentangled myself from my mom and walked over to him. “Dad,” I said, my voice sounding as terrified as I felt. I hadn't cried until now, but suddenly I couldn't stop the tears that flooded my eyes and face. “What is happening out there?”
He released a long sigh, the noise loud in the silence of our home. It was obvious my parents were on their way to bed when all hell broke lose. He was wearing his usual cotton pajamas, but had a robe on. My mom was wearing a long nightgown. It was what she called her granny gown, but she definitely wasn't a grandma. I was their only child, and I didn't have any children. After all, I was only eighteen.
We heard a loud crash from somewhere close by, and my mom jerked in reaction. It was followed by screams and the sound of gunshot. Dad went into the living room quickly and turned the lamp off, casting the room in shadows.
Silently, mom and I followed him over to the large picture window that looked out over our front yard. We didn't live in the elite part of town, but we didn't live in the worst part either. Houses here were anywhere from twenty to forty feet apart. I couldn't see anything moving in the darkness, but that didn't mean there wasn't anything out there.
Phase One: Identify is a new release by Rose Wynters. I picked it up on Amazon Kindle for a $.99 promotion. The book hooks you from the beginning, and it's definitely a page turner. I couldn't put it down, and I finished it in one night.
Tabitha Alexander is fresh out of high school. She lives in a small town, and works at a grocery store as a checkout girl. She is in that stage of life where she has just become an adult and is looking forward to experiencing total freedom. Her plans for her life don't extend beyond living free, having fun, and possibly finding a boyfriend.
Then the zombies come. It's a pretty shocking, graphic twist and is graphic. She barely escapes with her life and makes it home.
Her neighborhood is basically a war-zone. These aren't your typical zombies, they are fast and seem intelligent in some ways. The zombies are characterized by their red eyes.
That night, a whole lot happens. A whole lot. People die, people come together, and the survivors are terrified.
The book spans a period of twenty-four hours or so, but there is so much packed into that twenty-fours hours that you get a hell of an introduction. It's very realistic and what you would expect for the characters caught in such a terrible situation.
The Walking Dead won't be back on until October 2013.... What are your thoughts about how it ended? As much as I loved that show, I have to admit that I kind of lost interest when Lori died. Not because I was a die-hard Lori fan, but she was a big part of the show.
In my opinion, the decline started when Shayne died. I do have to give them creative credit, though. They did an awesome job with his ending. Still though, he added a huge chunk to the show. I think they made a big mistake removing him, the show just hasn't been the same.
Then we lost the other ones. T-Dog, the old guy in the rv that I can't happen to remember his name now, and now they have taken Andrea off. What on earth were they thinking?
Now the Walking Dead is left with a huge cast of people that we haven't got to get attached too. I'm just not feeling it anymore. I hate to say it, but they have taken it down the wrong path.....
Maybe what the writers should do is make these past episodes since Shayne died just a nightmare in Rick's head. That would be a way to back up, regroup, and save the show. Otherwise I fear people are going to lose interest completely.
It's hard to keep a show popular when you kill off the cast that everyone grew to love.
What are your thoughts about The Walking Dead and what has been done with it?
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Curvaceous Condemnation - Book 2 The Endurers
The Endurers - Immortal warriors chosen to fight the evil that stalks humanity. Major players in the upcoming Armageddon. Single, and sexy as hell.
Death. Pain. Tragedy.
For Endurer Vincent Chavalerio, immortality has brought nothing but torment and misery. Cursed to forever watch the women he loves die painfully, he's determined to finally put an end to it all, and his own existence as well.
Plus-sized Scarlett Hamilton is desperate to learn how to live again after the death of her fiance, Niles. One day, she feels compelled to purchase a historic mansion in New Orleans. Little does she know, there is already someone living within the walls, and a gateway to Hell in the backyard.
The demon that cursed him won't release Vincent, even if it means the destruction of an entire city. Scarlett soon discovers an erotic passion in the immortal's arms, but he's still determined to let her go. Will he move past his grief and indifference enough to recognize what's waiting right in front of him?
She leaned even closer, needing to be within its depths. She just wanted to fall in, and sink down, never to rise again. There was something mysterious inside, tempting her to discover the secrets of the water. Everything she could ever want or need was waiting, if she could only get in. The water swirled in front of her, moving with a mind of its own. Her hand crept closer to the surface.
“That's it, Scarlett. Just a little closer,” the voice said, seductively. “We can give you the peace you desire. Inside, you'll find everything you ever needed, even Niles. The door is wide open. Why not come on in?”
Scarlett paused in confusion at her words, desperately trying to break free of the spell she was under. Her hand fisted on the tile, the other one nearly touching the water. Why was the voice talking about Niles? He was dead, wasn't he?
Everything felt wrong. She was suddenly hot, and her brain felt incapable of rational thought. Reality disappeared. She fought the compulsion, knew somewhere deep inside that it was wrong, but was powerless to stop. “Heaven, help me,” she muttered, desperately grasping for anything that could save her.
The spell she was under broke. Immediately she fell backwards, landing roughly on the ground, pain exploding across the back of her head. The sun was extremely bright, as she squeezed her eyes shut.
She felt like the world had stopped for several minutes, then reanimated with a vengeance. The chirping of the birds in the trees flooded her hearing, as her senses were restored back to her. Teddy whined and yelped in the distance, frantically attempting to get her attention.
“It's okay,” she reassured him, slowly opening her eyes. The pond and statue were in front of her, the water still and unmoving. It was once again a deserted pond, as if the last several minutes had never occurred.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I was lucky enough to get an advanced reader copy of Rubenesque Rapture by Rose Wynters. It is releasing on 4/4/2013, and it's a paranormal romance. The world is on the cusp of Armageddon. The Endurers are immortal warriors that live to fight the demons that plague our world. As the world enters into Armageddon, will they be able to protect civilization and save their soulmates?
Anna Andrews is a 24 year old woman that has lived a lonely life in Alaska. Years ago, she met a hunter that promised her the world. One night in an isolated Alaskan cabin, he drugged her with the intent of fulfilling his debt to Hell.
She manages to escape, but the nights of that event came at a high price.
When her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is devastated but knows that somehow it's tied into the hellish events from five years before. It's confirmed when demons attack her cabin, determined to take her captive and use her to breed.
At the last minute she is saved by Shayne, a mysterious man that tells her he's there to take her to Las Vegas. On the run, they are attacked repeatedly by beings not of this earth. In the process, things start to heat up between them.
She arrives in Las Vegas severely injured. Things are starting to get bad because the world is moving into Armageddon. Will Hell succeed in capturing her?
It's a really great book with humor thrown in. It's definitely a romance as well, as Shayne has to overcome not only the demons, but her mind as well. She has a lot of negativity from her past experiences.
The Endurers are immortals, born in different time periods and different parts of the world. They were granted immortality to protect humans from the demons that haunt humanity. The world is changing though, and more are starting to pour in.
Make sure to check out http://www.rosewynters.com for the latest releases.
He waited so long to respond that Anna thought he might not answer at all. “Let me ask you a question,” he said harshly. “Do you accept what you saw and felt tonight, or are you going to box it up with a neat and tidy explanation? I’m here to warn you now that I don’t have the time or patience to deal with someone who can’t face their reality. You’ve stepped into a whole new world little girl, and you’re going to have to deal with it or end up dead.”
She gave a curt not and waited for him to continue. He was the only one who could give her answers, as mysterious as he was.
After another moment of silence, he continued. “What you’re about to hear is privileged information. That means it never gets repeated to another human. Am I clear?” he looked at her to make sure she agreed.
After she nodded, he cleared his throat and spoke softly. “I’m known as an Endurer. I’m just as human as you are, with a few perks. I was sent to get you to a place of safety.”
He glanced at her again to see her reaction. “So who sent you,” she asked, puzzled.
He gave a quick shake of his head. “That’s classified information,” he responded. “I will tell you this though. Demons never stop. They have had the run of this world since the beginning of time, when Lucifer first went against God and was kicked out of Heaven. There are thousands, if not millions of them. Everyday, people encounter them, either in an assumed form or in possession of someone they know. Now Armageddon is starting, and it’s going to get a whole lot worse.”
He drummed his fingers on the steering wheel for a moment before continuing. “In the distant past, Satan would send them to do a few tricks and pretend to be a God. This resulted in masses of populations worshiping a demon. In this day and age, they have taken on other forms. They haven’t gone away. There are no “good” demons. They are the harbinger of every sin and depravity known to men, and some that man could never think of. There are a lot of souls in Hell right now finding that out.”
Anna felt a shiver of pure fear go through her. As they sped down the desolate highway, she wondered if each mile was bringing her closer to death. How could any human battle something that powerful and walk away the victor?
It's called Rubenesque Rapture, and you can get info about the author at http://www.rosewynters.com
Buy it on Amazon Kindle here.
Monday, November 5, 2012
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Sunday, November 4, 2012
Did anyone not watch The Walking Dead last night? It was season 3 episode 4, and I think this episode will either make or break the show.
The episode started out pretty mild enough. The group was teasing Glen and Maggie for spending so much time in the guard tower. Then BOOM!
We have walkers invading the area, Lori going into labor, T-Dog getting bit, and then Lori dying.
I was not expecting all that.
If you're really watched the show and thought about the undertones of the plot, you'll realize that Lori had it especially tough.
She thought her husband was dead and got involved with his coworker and friend Shane. Shane was a good man. He took especially good care of Lori and her son Carl. He watched out for her and protected her.
Then here walks Rick back into her life. She does the right thing and ends it with Shane. Or was it the right thing? They were experiencing problems before the walker invasion.
Rick walks back into her life and immediately puts Lori on the back burner. There isn't the love and care there that Shane was giving her. Shane turns bad, which I'm sure is due to losing Lori and Carl. Even though he's back, it looks like Rick is still relying on Shane to take care of Lori and Carl. He doesn't want to deal with that.
Then Shane dies.
Season 3 starts out and it shows Rick majorly ignoring a very pregnant Lori.
On episode 3:4, it looks like he's finally ready to start working on their marriage again. Yet he has waited a little to long. There isn't going to be another day for Lori.
You have to wonder if things would have been the same should Shane still be alive?
I seriously doubt it. Shane would have taken care of Lori. I don't believe it would have ended the way that it would have. Very sad. Now Rick is going to have to live with the choices he's made.
So the show lost two major players. Possibly three, because nobody knows where Carol is at. I feel though that Carol is going to make it. Man hungry Carol is definitely on the prowl. I thought maybe her and Daryl would become an item, but I wonder if it's not going to be her and Rick? Or maybe Rick and Andrea? You can tell Andrea is definitely feeling lonesome herself.
Guess we will all have to wait to next week to get some answers. And even more questions!
Monday, October 22, 2012
Although I read the book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a few months back, I just now watched the movie.
I found the book fascinating. So much so that I ended up reading it twice. I really loved the idea of a secret journal belonging to this great President detailing the life of a vampire hunter. I thought the book was detailed and very realistic.
So I expected the movie to be, but it just fell flat.
There were several scenes from the book that I hoped would be in the film. They weren't. It seemed like they tried to cram several scenes in, but they didn't have the development needed to bring it through. I was just really disappointed!
I would say my favorite part of the book was the first half. This covers most of his activity as a vampire hunter. I really felt like they could have covered more of this in the movie. Or they could have been like "The Twilight Saga" and had a part 1 and 2 huh?
I did think Rufus Sewell did a good job with his role. I've always found him to be a great actor.
If you have watched the film but not read the book, make sure to read it. The book has a lot of details that the movie never touched on. If I would have watched the film first, I doubt I would have ever read the book. Get a used copy of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by clicking here (cheap).
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Barrens Film 2012 - Spoilers
If you haven't seen The Barrens movie yet, you won't want to read this post!
I just got finished watching the movie The Barrens with Stephen Moyer. It's a movie based off the legend of the Jersey Devil. The Jersey Devil is supposed to be a monster that lives in the Pine Barrens in New Jersey.
The most common origin of the story starts with Mother Leeds. She basically was a single woman with several children. She became pregnant again and reportedly gave birth to something that was not human. As the legend goes, the creature flew off.
There are several versions of this story. Mother Leeds was supposed to be a witch, and superstitious people believed that the child's father was the Devil. The film had a slightly different version of this story.
So the movie begins two campers basically out and seeing something that has been attacked. Then the screen ends up going black, leading you to believe they have been attacked by something.
The next scene is with a boy talking to his dad about their missing dog. The dad is played by Stephen Moyer. They are fixing to go on a camping trip. From the get go you can tell that the dad has been ill.
Richard Vineyard (Stephen Moyer) was a widower with a daughter. She's now in her teen years. Her mother had passed away when she's younger and dad has remarried. They have a son that is about six. You can tell that there are some issues with stepmom and stepdaughter.
One the way to Pine Barrens, a deer is thrown on the road in front of them. It has basically been gutted. The family continues on.
They get checked into the campground and reach the tent camping area. There are a lot of loud people there. That night around a campfire, the legend is told. This makes Richard Vineyard mad. He has a hissy, and the next day they move deeper into the woods. The area he moves to is one he went camping at with his father.
You can tell that Richard is very ill. He has these flashbacks from when he was a child. You can see that he had a scary experience camping there.
Things progress pretty weirdly from there. The film shows us that he was bit by his dog and killed it. His wife asks him if the dog was acting strange. She apparently thinks that the dog had rabies, which makes you wonder why they never vaccinated it.
Nobody else is seeing this New Jersey Devil until the end. Then it goes black, leaving us to assume that it gets the family. By this time Richard is drooling green stuff, and it really is just weird.
I thought the movie could have been done a lot better. It had a good legend to go off of, but they just didn't tie it together well. What would Richard having rabies have to do with the legend? They never fully explained the experience he had when he was a kid. The ending just didn't feel right.
With the way the movie progressed, you're not sure if it was Richard doing everything or the New Jersey Devil. It just didn't make a lot of sense.
Out of five stars, I'd give this movie 2.5. It started out good, but toward the middle just went flat. It seemed like there were different things going on that were just never fully explained.
Here is the trailer if you'd like to see it.
Monday, October 15, 2012
The Walking Dead Season 3 is off to a great start. From what I see the fun is just beginning. This is one of those series that just gets better each season!
The ending of Season 2 was a true shocker to me. I was really surprised that Shane left the show. I thought he was a huge part of it, but you could see that his character was getting a little to dangerous to remain in the group. I didn't think they would take that step though. I hope it doesn't hurt the show. I was also sad to see Dale leave as well. They both had great parts, and they did a great job with their characters.
I've read a summary of the comic books for The Walking Dead. I see that the writers are staying close to the comics, at least so far. They strayed just a bit. Honestly though, I'm hoping that they stray a bit more as the show progresses. Some of the stuff that happened in the comics would ruin the show if they bring that on.
As Season 2 drew to a close, it didn't seem like what happened between Shane and Lori was going to make much of a difference. After all, they thought Rick had perished. Even with the last episode they seemed ok as a married couple. With 3-1 though you can see a huge change in their relationship. I guess Rick has to lay the blame at someone's doorstep.
Another thing a viewer realizes is that while Shane was still alive, Rick seemed to be trying in his marriage to Lori. Now the competition is gone, and the marriage has basically fell apart. Lori is miserable, but trying to hide it. The viewer wonders if Lori would even still be with Rick if Shane were still alive.
One thing about the character Shane was that he was very protective of Lori and Carl. He was also a go-getter, and he made things happen. I don't know if the writers purposely wanted viewers to see a change in the care of the group, but there definitely is one. For example in the previous seasons the group seemed to be doing well on food. In 3-1, Lori is talking about being malnourished, and was that dog food that Carl was opening up? I feel like if Shane was still on the show, the group would not have been in that situation.
From the comments made, a viewer realizes that the group has basically been on the run since Season 2. They are tired, hungry, and grieved. Could Rick have done a better job in finding a safe zone over the last several months? You also wonder if Rick is going to be able to be the leader that he is supposed to be.
So now we get to meet the newest character so far, Michonne. Really we don't know much about her except she's tough, and she had two pet zombies. I noticed that the zombies arms are cut off, it looked like they were missing their jaws? I'm guessing this is to keep them from eating her. The pet zombies really doesn't work though. All the other zombies never stop at trying to get to real people. In theory, neither would these. Michonne wouldn't be able to just walk them around docilely like dogs. They would constantly be trying to attack right?
I'm assuming from what the map scene that the zombies somehow have some kind of internal sensor that tells them where living humans are at. Then they just keep coming, and coming, and coming. It seems to me like the safest thing to do would be to return to the farm. Sure it was infested at the end of Season 2, but by now should be clear. That would ruin the plot though for the third season.
So what's your thoughts about The Walking Dead? Who's your favorite character, and what's your best guess about what's going to happen this season?