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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Book Review: At First Light (Dr. Evan Wilding 1) by Barbara Nickless

At First Light (Dr. Evan Wilding 1)
by Barbara Nickless
December 1, 2021
Publisher: Thomas and Mercer
395 pages
ASIN: B088R4TLHT 
ISBN: 9781542026413
Ritual murder. Archaic clues. A visionary killer. In this heart-stopping novel by the Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Sydney Rose Parnell series, words can kill.

On the muddy banks of the Calumet River, a body has been found posed next to a series of mysterious glyphs and bearing wounds from a ritualistic slaying. Chicago detective Addie Bisset knows only one man who can decipher the message left by the killer: her friend Dr. Evan Wilding. A brilliant forensic semiotician, Evan decodes the etchings as Viking Age runes. They suggest either human sacrifice or righteous punishment. But to what god? And for what sins?

Only one thing is clear from the disturbing runic riddles: there are more victims to come.

As Evan races to determine the identity of the Viking Poet, he and Addie uncover the killer’s most terrifying secret yet: the motive. This startling discovery puts Evan’s life in mortal danger, and verse by ancient verse, time is running out.

Detective Addie Bisset and her partner, along with other police, are on the banks of the Calumet River watching as the forensics team is working over a body posed and covered in glyphs. All appearances say it was a ritualistic killing. Addie knows that this is one of the weird ones, something her friend, forensic semiotician Dr. Evan Wilding, might be able to help solve. After working to interpret the runes left on the body and on animal bones found with it, Evan knows he must solve who the Viking Poet (his name for the serial killer) is. It is not long before Evan finds his life in danger, maybe as one of the future victims.

Interestingly, I think the author writing Evan as an English dwarf, brilliant, and working at the local university means she might be a fan of Tolkien and even possibly Games of Thrones. That she might have used the actor, Peter Dinklage, who played Tyrion Lannister in GOT, as inspiration for Evan. 

Ms. Nickless has admitted to researching Vikings, runes, material on Norse deities, customs, and history. She has written the story in a way that keeps the regular reader engaged in the story, and without it reading like a history lesson or info dump. But with all the history, understanding of medieval poets and aga poetry, and rune knowledge, some fans of mystery, thriller, and horror may not like this, but I did. I am looking forward to the second book in the series.

I gave At First Light (Dr, Evan Wilding 1) 4 sheep.





Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
#1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Barbara Nickless promised her mother she’d be a novelist when she grew up. What could be safer than sitting at a desk all day? But a sense of adventure led her astray for a few decades. Now an award-winning author and creative writing instructor, she spends her free time snowshoeing, caving and hiking the Colorado Rockies. Connect with her at www.barbaranickless.com.

Barbara's Books
At First Light (The Sparrow series Book 1 coming December 2021)
Sydney Parnell Series (in order)
Blood on the Tracks
Dead Stop
Ambush
Gone to Darkness

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Interview: Science fiction author William M. Hayes + giveaway

Where were you born?
I was born on Long Island, NY and still reside here.

What do you do to unwind and relax?
Watch my NY Rangers.

How do you find time to write as a parent?
I use my iPhone to jot down scenes and scenarios that come to me at work. At home, after my son is in bed, I'll write until I have to stop and get in my six hours of sleep.

What inspired you to write Save Him?
I'd just finished one of my other stories, I'm not sure if it was Our Own Christmas Eve or A Messenger. Anyway, they were both dramas and had bittersweet endings. ‘Enough with all the drama’, I remember thinking. So I grabbed a beer and went out to my backyard where there's a fire pit to think about what I would write next. I wanted my next story to have a lot of action. Maybe something with an elite military group and add some sci-fi to the story—a mash-up. Ok, military, sci-fi—ooh, time travel. So we have this military unit going back in time to do what and in what time in the past? How about in the time of…Jesus. And what if someone in the unit tries to save Jesus? I didn't make it to the fire pit. I turned around with my beer and walked back to my house. Downstairs in the man cave, I jotted down the first and last scene of the story. That's usually how it works when I have a story I can tell. I get the beginning and the end, and then I fill in the middle.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be and why? And what would you do during the day?
Sal would be the guy, I guess. He's a funny, unpredictable guy. As a writer, you create a character, and they sometimes write themselves. They say and do things without much thought from the writer— and it's awesome when it happens. As for your second question, during a day hanging with Sal, I could see us in a trendy Manhattan nightclub he talked our way into. Maybe Vegas for a day. Or in jail for a night. The officers would privately laugh about Sal's stunt resulting in our arrest, but we'd still be behind bars till morning.

Who designed your book cover?
Pam Cunningham at Graphic Design by Pam. I got lucky. She did amazing work and her prices were very good compared to others.

What did you edit out of the book?
There was this scene where the Devil and Lazarus meet up alone at night on a trail leading to Jerusalem. I liked the scene but thought I could cut it to save pages. I like my books to come in at 270-300 pages max. Thinking about it now, maybe I should have worked that scene in the book.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must-read?
Well, I'm not sure if my book must be read. But if you're asking if it's original—I don't think there are too many going-back-in-time-to save-Jesus books out there.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?
Friendship. In all my stories, there are always strong friendships shared between most of the characters.

Save Him
by William M. Hayes
September 19, 2019
Genre: Military SciFi Thriller, Time Travel
Winner - 2021 Pinnacle Achievement Awards—Time Travel
Winner - 2021 American Fiction Awards—Religious Thriller
Winner - 2021 Pacific Book Awards—Thriller
Winner - 2021 Firebird Book Awards—Time Travel
Winner - 2021 International Impact Book Awards—Military
Winner - 2020 Author Circle Awards - Novel of Excellence—Science Fiction

Military scientist Rydel Scott has discovered time travel. He also believes he's received a message from God. The message: go back in time and save Jesus from being crucified.

“Save Him combines the physics of chaos theory and the whiz-bang action of a techno thriller to fuel a military page-turner that tests the faith of everyone involved.” - Blue Ink Reviews
“Every time I thought I had this book figured out a little bit it surprised me...and then did it again and again.” Amazon Reviewer

Military scientist Rydel Scott is proud of the hi-tech gear he invents for battlefield heroes. When a secret mission involving one of his inventions goes horribly wrong, Rydel obsessively tries to learn what caused the system failure and accidentally reveals the ability to time travel. Overworked and massively sleep-deprived, he believes he has received a message from God—save God’s son. And the man of science embarks on a world-changing quest to rescue Jesus. As he covers his tracks to journey back undetected, he neglects to factor in the consequences of a devastating butterfly effect. And he’s terrified to discover The Unit, a highly-trained team of elite soldiers, is hunting him down to stop him from making choices that could upend all of human history. Will they find Rydel before he alters the past? And, if they find him, will some in The Unit be persuaded to join Rydel on his mission to save Christ?

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New Release: The Reaping Season (The Reaper Chronicles Book 3) by Apryl Baker

The Reaping Season (The Reaper Chronicles Book 3)
by Apryl Baker
Nov. 30th, 2021
Genre: YA PNR/Horror
Publisher: Limitless Publishing, LLC
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Design
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
There is a fear of the dark that lives deep inside us all. It’s embedded into our primal instincts, and no matter how old we get, it never goes away. We can lie to ourselves, but we can’t lie to what waits for us in the night.

The townspeople of Jacob’s Fork, West Virginia know this all too well. Deep in the mountains there is a secret shrouded in the shadows, one that is whispered about to frighten and protected for reasons too unspeakable to bear the light of day.

A secret that emerges once every thirty years.

It’s called The Reaping Season.

Jacob’s Fork becomes a ghost town after sunset. Shops close, school functions are canceled, and you sit inside your home, praying it doesn’t know where you are and come for you.

And now, Ella Grace has landed herself smack in the middle of it all.

Will she learn the truth, or will The Reaping Season claim her instead?




About the Author:
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So who am I? Well, I'm the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn't love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I still currently live.

Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there's always someone to tell your mama on you. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled "Lord Margrave's Deception." I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.

Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my family and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierce...lol.

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.


Monday, November 29, 2021

YA Urban Fantasy: Hidden (Descendants Series Book 1) by Lea Cherry

Hidden (Descendants Series Book 1)
by Lea Cherry
November 30, 2021
Good vs. Evil; Witch vs. Warlock; Pure vs. Tainted.

Being the last remaining descendant of a powerful magical race was not what Amy had in mind for her summer, but when her powers unlock after being attacked, there was no turning back to what she thought was normal.
She must learn how to control her powers, for a dangerous enemy has his sight set on her and he won’t stop until he has what he’s been after for four hundred years.

Not only does her life hang by a thread, but the balance of the world relies on her being ready for the fight of her life as the Tainted is coming for her.

And he wants her power, her magic... her soul.

For fans of Jana Oliver, C.L. Coffey and Jen L. Grey.

Get your copy now, dive down deep into the world of the Descendants and let your magic guide the way.


About the Author:
Lea Cherry is an international bestselling author residing in South Africa with her husband and two daughters. With a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, she shares the spark of language in Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror, and Thriller. When she is not crafting stories, she shares her time with her family watching movies, painting, and reading up a storm when she is not exploring the outdoors on camping trips. Her first book in the Descendant series is set to arrive in 2021 and is filled with magic and adventure that will keep you wanting more.

The Funky Werepig Season 2 episode #12: Thanksgiving Birds and Bouncy Balls!

The Funky Werepig Show
Season 2: episode #12
Hey howdy and harroink! It's our annual Thanksgiving show, dropping into your kitchen to give hugs and eat your pumpkin pie. All of it.

It's a family gathering-- all-time Werepig favorite HARRY SHANNON shares tales from the day. We enjoy the music of PAIGE SHANNON. And the jokes keep coming from the last surviving vaudevillian SAPPY PUTZ!!!

JJ Glamour teaches the history of Thanksgiving, the Boychilds have a special holiday gift, and I stuff the turkey with moon pies. Yum + yum!

Horror Author/Song Writer Harry Shannon


And...
Women in Blues President Michele Seidman
talks about The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN

Musical guest Paige Shannon

Watch the show HERE!

Keep an eye out for the November I Smell Sheep book recommendation.

*Sharon was Greg's guest on the last show of season one! If you want to see me acting derpy you can watch here:

The Funky Werepig
Once a live internet radio show. Kind of like Animal House meets Larry King. Now a YouTube show. And no one knows what the hell Animal House or Larry King are. So throw your pants in the air like you just don't care!