Andy Graham – An Angel Fallen Review

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review as part of the Confessions Publicity book tour

In An Angel Fallen we meet two teenage boys. They are looking for trouble and find it, unfortunately it’s not the kind either were expecting. Our protagonist, Mike, follows Ralp around and considers him his friend. Ralp on the other hand doesn’t give a crap about Mike by bulling him into questionable activities. Ralp likes to hurt and kill animals while Mike watches and thinks he is an innocent bystander. Mike and Ralp see what they assume is a comet that crashed near a friend’s farm. Of course they have to check it out, what kids wouldn’t?

This is where the story gets strange. Animals start acting erratic and food begins to spoil. The farm fields are being destroyed by hoards of locust.  The power goes out and the world isn’t right anymore. I thought the Apocalypse was on it’s way, which would have been cool, but sadly this wasn’t the case.

I’m not sure what to make of An Angel Fallen. The story had forgettable tertiary characters that didn’t lend much to the plot. The story really needed some help with character interaction and flow. I never connected with Mike or Ralp and lost interest in them, that’s not a place I like to be in any story. By the last 10 pages I could see where the author was going, but for me it took too long to get there. The ending tied the story together but by this point I wasn’t into it anymore. I wish the story had the same beginning and a similar ending without most of what filled the middle.

Book Info

Length: 79 Pages

Release date: June 13, 2017

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Blurb: 

You’re eighteen. Bored. Dad’s away a lot. Says its business, but you’ve seen the lipstick stains. Mum’s home. Too much. Keeping the world gin market afloat on her own. There’s Ariel, the family maid. She’s cool. The one piece of this messed up world that makes sense. And then there’s Raph.

Raph’s the leader of your gang of two. He gets off on doing those things to the animals you both catch: the slicing, crushing, and maiming. Buried a few alive, too. His relationship with that hammer of his is sick.

You run with Raph because, well, nothing else to do out here, right? Except if your folks found out what you’ve been up to, there’d be hell.

Then you find it. Whatever it is.

It can’t be what you think it is. Those things don’t exist. But it’s staring at you. Asking for help. Is it dying? Can these things die? You need to do something for it. Raph wants to do something to it.

Time to choose. Do you run with the human devil you know, or take a chance on this thing that fell from the heavens?

An Angel Fallen is a tale of divine retribution from British author Andy Graham. On a day when the world is struggling to stay sane, and is being ravaged by biblical plagues, what price will two teenagers pay for their past?

Andy Graham, Biography-

Andy Graham is a British author currently living in the Czech Republic who will now stop talking about himself in the third person because it’s odd. I have two main collections of books: The Lords of Misrule is a series of dystopian political thrillers set in an alternate world based on life in 21st century EU/ US. I also have an expanding collection of creepy reads that explore the darker side of life, death, and the undead. There are a few unfinished stories rattling around in my hard-drive and some unstarted ones knocking around in my head. They range from disposable airport fiction and YA sci fi to grimdark epics, but they will have to wait their turn. (Unfortunately for my wife, who is waiting for me to write something ‘nice’, preferably with sparkly vampires.) Outside of reading and writing, I’m a musician, qualified osteopath, seasoned insomniac, and father to two young kids who have too much energy to let me grow old gracefully.

You can find me online at http://www.andygrahamauthor.com (where you can claim a free book), twitter – @andygraham2001 and FB – andy graham author.

Guest Post: John Nicholl

 

I write darkly psychological suspense thrillers, which draw heavily on my experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker. I guess, given my career, the genre chose me. I’ve written five books to date, and I’m currently working on the sixth, which I hope to finish by the end of the summer. I wrote a multi-agency child protection procedural manual, and articles for local newspapers and a national social work magazine during my working life, but White is the Coldest Colour was my first work of fiction.

 

I had a lot of time on my hands after leaving my post heading up child protection services for the county of Carmarthenshire in beautiful West Wales, and one day I decided to sit down and give it a go. I felt driven to complete it once I’d started, although I have to admit that it was a steep learning curve. I seriously considered deleting the entire manuscript more than once. The book took two years to complete with the able assistance of two professional editors, the second of whom understood what I was trying to achieve and made a valuable contribution to the end result. Writing it was somewhat cathartic in the main, although it did sometimes engender vivid memories that were, perhaps, best left in the past. By far the hardest thing was conveying such a brutal plot line without including any gratuitous or graphic detail. Achieving that end was very important to me, and I wouldn’t have published the book unless satisfied I’d succeeded in that regard. Fortunately, the majority of reviewers seem to agree.The book is intended primarily as an entertaining and tense thriller, but I also hope it conveys an important cautionary message to readers: be careful who you trust. Be very careful whom you trust. It contains content that some readers may find distressing from the very first page, and is dedicated to survivors of child abuse everywhere. It won’t be a book for everybody.

When Evil Calls Your Name, my second novel, is a sequel, although it can be read as a standalone. The book is written in a very different style to White, as if by Cynthia, the main character, in the form of a personal journal whilst serving a prison sentence. It is again primarily intended as an interesting read, but I hope it also goes some way to communicating the insidious negative effects of psychological and physical domestic violence on its victims. Some reviewers have thought that the book was written by Cynthia herself, one even saying that she was brave to write it given the horrendous things she went through. I find that gratifying. It’s intended to be a raw and realistic book, that while entirely fictional, was inspired by real events, as was the case for White. There are far too many real life Cynthia’s out there in the world, who suffer violence at the hands of men on a regular basis. I hope that the book plays a small part in bringing attention to what is still largely a taboo subject. Not everything is as it seems, and don’t be too quick to judge.

 

My third book, Portraits of the Dead, is a serial killer thriller full of twists and turns. Like my other two books, it’s set in Wales, which I think makes sense given that I spent the majority of my career working in my home country. I find it easier to write from experience, and I hope it gives the books an authentic air of gritty realism. Like all my books, it’s available as an ebook, paperback and audiobook. It’s also due to be published as a paperback and hardback in Hungarian in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

My fourth book, Bully boy Blue, is a high tension novella that tells the story of a woman who goes to extreme lengths to escape her violent police officer husband. I’ve been incredibly lucky in that sales of my books have been better than I could have hoped. Each have become Amazon international bestsellers, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the UK, Spain, France, Australia, Canada and the USA. I’d encourage anyone who’s considering writing a book to give it a go. The publishing world is changing fast and it’s never been easier to make your book available for purchase. Produce a quality product, send it to potential reviewers, and let the reading public decide if your book is worth buying and reading. You may well surprise yourself.

 

 

 

My new novel, A Mind To Kill, is available on Amazon now, with a 5 August release date. It’s a female revenge thriller: A ‘Death Wish’ for the modern world. They kill innocence. She wants revenge. When Rebecca’s childhood abuser escapes justice it sets her on path to revenge. Revenge on any man who preys on the innocence. Early Goodreads reviews have been better than I could have hoped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon link: A Mind to Kill

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

Website: I’m always happy to hear from readers and bloggers, and I can be contacted via my author website at: http://www.johnnicholl.com
Rights enquiries should be directed to Mr Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA: http://tma-agency.com

Karen Runge – Seeing Double Review

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review

As a fan of Karen Runge’s short stories, including “Going Home” and “High Art”, I was really looking forward to reading Seeing Double. What I wasn’t expecting was the amount of sex and violence, which was more than I usually find myself reading. I know, I know, I read horror, but this book is packed with this stuff. I don’t scare or offend easily but sometimes a book just hits your buttons in the right order to cause overload. This is where I found myself with the provocative and edgy dialog, and more than I’m typically comfortable with. Each interaction and paragraph is laced with sexual tension. The story is full of innuendos and images that show us how Ada grew up and there is considerable time spent on character development.

Seeing Double explored the world of pleasure and pain. What each meant to the person giving or receiving it. The book pushed my comfort level and made me look at this alternative way of living. I had to set aside what I considered ‘normal’ and live in Karen’s world while she shared her creativity. As I continued down the rabbit hole I found the story is about more than the sexual tension and encounters. It’s the excitement and thrill of doing something you’re not sure you should. It’s hearing the small voice and telling yourself, ‘why the hell not’. The story has a great ebb and flow that makes for an easy read. Karen is known for pushing the boundaries and for her unsettling style of fiction, and this describes Seeing Double to a tee. If you can get past the overt sexual and explicit content the story is pretty enjoyable.

Book Info

Length: 232 Pages

Publisher: Grey Matter Press

Release date: July 25, 2017

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Even monsters can love…

A trio of expats living in Asia form a tenuous bond based on mutual attraction, sexual obsession and the insatiable desire to experience the deadliest of thrills.

As their relationship matures, the dangerous love triangle in which they’ve become entwined quickly escalates into a series of brutal sexual conquests as they struggle to deal with lives out of control and the debilitating psychological effects of mental and physical abuse.

Known for her distinct brand of unsettling fiction, author Karen Runge is at the top of the modern horror game in this, her premiere novel. SEEING DOUBLE is a beautifully evocative and stunningly dark coming-of-age exploration of human sexuality and the roles of masculinity and feminism, polyamorous relationships, social and psychological isolation, and the humiliation of ultimate betrayal.

Karen Runge, biography

Karen Runge is a horror writer, sometimes an artist, and teaches adults English as a second language. Several of her short stories have been published in her collection Seven Sins. And two of her short stories appear in Grey Matter Press anthologies Savage Beasts and Death’s Realm. Jack Ketchum once told her: “Karen, you scare me.”

Annie Walters – Barry’s Lodge Review

Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

An abrupt and noticeably unpolished beginning made this story a tough go as I tried to settle in to this book. The chapters that followed felt disconnected from the epilogue until the last chapter made the thin connection. The protagonist is a dry one dimensional character, a bit cliché if you will. He is written as if the author thinks this is how a struggling writer truly is in real life, the way a sitcom might portray him. Alfred, our protagonist, is a struggling writer or maybe it’s wishful thinking that he is a writer at all. His father in law, Frank, arranges for Alfred to spend one week at Barry’s Lodge to write his book. Again, cliché, this story has been told. There is an abundance of flowery descriptions about each scene. I would have loved to see that much effort put towards plot, character development and cleaning up more editing mistakes than I could count. At around the one third point of the book the “thriller” begins. The inn keeper is completely odd and has a seemingly endless list of rules that aren’t explained. I can suspend disbelief if the rules make sense, but they don’t here. The conversation between Alfred and the inn keeper are disjointed. The story never gets the needed traction to be thrilling enough to keep my interest. The ending does have a twist of sorts but it wasn’t well written and left me unsatisfied. Sadly this isn’t a book I can recommend, it had too many misses and not enough hits.

Book Info

Length: 219 Pages

Publisher: Black Raven Books

Release date: June 8, 2017

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Something sinister has always lurked in the spectral woods of Skiddaw… Alfred, a washed-up author, plagued by failures can’t believe his luck when his father-in-law, Frank, provides him with a chance that he direly craved for: Seven days alone in an isolated Motel with the task of finishing his upcoming book! But little does he know about the Motel’s unsavory history. Hidden in the copse of trees and about 400 miles away from his home in the dark forest of Skiddaw, it is a two-storey facade with twisting, malevolent chimneys and an eerie allure.Lack of WI-FI, poor signals and weird set of rules, the dark atmosphere soon turns his seemingly idyllic trip into a living nightmare. Apart from the usual creaks, groans, and moans of the crumbling structure, he soon finds himself face to face with an entity. An urban legend that is lurking in the woods long before the Motel found its existing foundations. The Motel’s dark and haunting history quickly becomes tangled with Alfred’s life as he frantically searches for answers. Barry, the caretaker is hiding something. But what is it? Is there someone else living in the motel beside him? Or is the caretaker not what he seemingly appears? Alfred quickly begins to lose his tenuous grip on reality as he sinks further and further into an intricately designed game of deceit and lies that might put his life in danger! Or is he a threat to himself and everybody around him?