A Plague of Dreams by John Gregory Hancock

Publication Date: December 29, 2012

 

A Plague of Dreams by John Gregory HancockA Plague of Dreams by John Gregory Hancock is a book of ten short stories that vary widely in style and genre. One story is an online R.P.G. that turns very real, another story has a dragon living a number of lives in a few pages, a further story features a space traveler talking to a higher power, and yet another story is a chilling tale of a killing in a time when education is illegal. I was given this anthology by the author in exchange for a review. I thoroughly enjoyed the different types of stories as well as the writing style. What follows is a short break-down of the individual stories (composed by Rangewoman Inc):

 

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Death Train: Ticket to Ride by Randall Ray Peterson

Publication Date: October 29, 2012

 

Death Train: Ticket to Ride by Randall Ray PetersonDeath Train: Ticket to Ride by Randall Ray Peterson, takes place in the 1960s in Montana. Kurt and Jesse are hiding from a bully in the basement of a funeral home when they discover a miniature replica of their town and a train full of ghosts. They watch as a man for whom they worked is led from his home to the train and it all seems a bad dream until they discover the next morning that the man has died. They have a big problem, the damaged the train in their haste to get away and what was once contained in the little town is now reeking havoc in Comanche County. Can they stop it before its too late?

 

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The Ghost Locket by D. Allen Wright

Publication Date: August 30, 2012

 

DW_The_Ghost_LocketIn The Ghost Locket by D. Allen Wright, Kit, a 14-year-old art prodigy lost in an inner city wasteland. Julia is a mother who lost her husband and child. Fate or desperation bring the two together at a critical moment when Kit has a bad guy gunning for her. Can they both come out alive? The Ghost Locket is D. Allen Wright’s first novel.

 

 

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ER Smackdown on Novellas!

This weekend my husband had an unfortunate allergic reaction which landed us in the ER for a few hours. In the time that we were there, I read five novellas.

Let me set the scene for you–cushy reclining chairs (our ER has really come up in the world), a Sharon Stone/Robert DeNiro movie playing on the big screen featuring multiple baseball bat inflicted deaths, 3- and 5-year-old blond boys sitting with their parents and a woman who is trying to propel her lungs out of her mouth in coughing fits. Could I lose myself in a good book? Let’s find out.

 

Book1: [easyazon-link asin=”B007ZSC2BU” locale=”us”]Physical Attraction (Romance Short Story)[/easyazon-link] by Leighann Dobbs.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

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Olivia is a single mom who hasn’t had a date in a while. She’s hesitant when Jordon, a hot new trainer at the gym, approaches her for a date but can’t resist accepting.

Despite the title, this novella was a straight-up, sweet romance. Jordon also turns out to be a single dad, and SURPRISE, they have kids the same age. There’s a little sub-plot of jealousy but mostly it’s kind of a true-to-life rendering of a romance. Would I have bought this novella? No. If you like romance novels and you see it free, it’s a quick read and fun. I’d take the time.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B007P6JKPS” locale=”us”]Hurricane-A Short Story[/easyazon-link] by R. Narvaez

Publication Date: March 26, 2012

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Papo is in Puerto Rico for his cousins wedding. He’s asked, after the wedding, to take one of the guests back to San Juan with him and she turns out to not be so honest.

Papo is a criminal jerk, but he’s one for whom the reader can feel because he gets more than his fair share of the bad. There is deep symbolism in this book that never comes off as pretentious, and I enjoyed the flow and the way the characters stayed true to who they were. There were no redeeming moments in this read, and that’s what makes it great.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B0089P6XZE” locale=”us”]In Waiting[/easyazon-link] by Kathryn Jones

Publication Date: June 6, 2012

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Tabitha has just left a long-term relationship and doesn’t think she’s ready for anything new, but one of her customers at the coffee shop knows better, and suddenly someone she never looked at in that way is looking pretty good.

 

If I said that I didn’t like this story, that wouldn’t be honest. I did think it was cute, but there were a lot of “huh” moments that kind of stopped this reader in her tracks. The ex showing up was a little self-serving and Meg’s motivation for bringing him back. I hear in the storyline that she married her high school sweetheart and thinks that everyone should be married but really, is someone going to make that rationalization about a cheating partner? Is this perhaps another stereotype that we see a lot of places where perhaps women who are committed think you should stick through anything? I don’t buy it. I did like the relationship between the main character and the new man and the date they went on…very unconventional.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B005SUMEX8″ locale=”us”]The Golden Ketch[/easyazon-link] by Michael C. Lee and William Hesselbacher

Publication Date: October 4, 2011

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This is the story of John Weldon, his wife Mia and the Japanese Commander looking to do them harm. More importantly, this is the story of the Golden Ketch.

This novella is set during WWII and is so raw and violent. The Japanese Commander is killing everyone he sees and raping every girl he comes across. He enslaves people to find gold that had been dumped at the bottom of a harbor and then lines his boat with it. He intends to leave all of his slaves dead but the American, John, lashes out, nearly killing him. The Commander finds himself in the hospital being treated by John’s wife Mia, and threatens to kill her family if she doesn’t have sex with him. She sends her family away from the city and endures the commander’s repeated rapes until John finally finds her, and they flee the city. The Commander wants his gold and he wants John’s life so he chases them in his boat committing atrocities everywhere he steps. This was brutal, and I could not look away. I cheered for John and Mia, and I hoped that the commander would be killed. This was a great read and so well written. I highly recommend it if you’re not squeamish about violence.

 

[easyazon-link asin=”B007MNYMAM” locale=”us”]The Darkness Inside[/easyazon-link] by CR Myers.

Publication Date: March 19, 2012

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Two young children, caught trying to kill their grandfather, accuse their parents of terrible crimes.

This was the winner. This novella kept me entranced the entire time I read it. An officer taking the statements of the young children, brings the parents in for questioning and the next day they’re found dead. What really happened? This is such a short story, so I don’t want to give too much away. The tension and horror of theplotline is just stunningly vivid. This was rough subject matter, but I thoroughly enjoyed this read and suggest that it’s well worth the 99 cents; so pick it up if you like noir! When I closed my Kindle, my heart was racing, and I was filled with the sense that this novella was just one really good read.

 

I wouldn’t want to go to the ER too often but it’s sure good for getting some reading done!

Golgotha and Gameland: Deep Into the Game by Saul Tanpepper

Publication Date: April 29, 2012

 

Golgotha and Gameland: Episode 1 – Deep Into the Game by Saul TanpepperGolgotha and Gameland: Deep Into the Game by Saul Tanpepper is a futuristic story in which New York City has been cordoned off as an infected zone. A group of teenagers plot to break into the zone … but just the outer shell of it. They seem to have no real intention breaking into the area where the Zombies probably are (they must all be dead by now, right?). Will the teens be able to break into Gameland and, if they do, will they come out alive?

 

 

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A Darkness Shattered by Bruce Clothier

A week ago, I joined a group of authors who support each other with reviews. I am not a writer but a very happy reader so jumped in feet first and this is the first review for a member of that group. I promise you, my readers when I do review those books here, every word I write is honestly meant and not simply to help folks with sales. The positive spin will be left for the bookselling sites.

That having been said, this first book needed no positive spin. This novel was simply a beautiful read. I hope you enjoy this review as much as I enjoyed reading the book and then if zombies, coming of age stories or dramas about human nature are your thing, head straight over to Amazon and pick it up.

 

Publication Date: April 2, 2012

 

A Darkness Shattered by Bruce ClothierIn A Darkness Shattered by Bruce Clothier, Michael Nelson is a teenager, home alone when the Zombie Apocalypse begins. When it becomes apparent that his parents won’t be coming back, he sets out from Kansas City to his grandparent’s farm in Illinois. Along the way, he meets Abbie Nelson, a foster child who had been at the heart of the madness when it began and very narrowly escaped becoming one of the undead. This story follows the teenagers as they navigate the post-apocalyptic world with hope and trust in each other and a map they got from a gas station to guide them.

 

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