Guest Post: Rhani D’Chae

My name is Rhani D’Chae, and I am a visually disabled writer from Tacoma, WA. I’ve published two novels and a short story, and I’m currently finishing up Winter of the Drill.

I enjoy writing about Decker, the lead character in the Drill series. With 260 pounds of muscle packed onto a 6′-5″ frame, he truly is larger-than-life. After failing to save someone close to him when he was 25, he built his body into a weapon and learned how to use it. Now, 15 years later, he tries to keep his streets as clean as possible while working as muscle for hire.

The following is an excerpt from Shadow of the Drill, after Decker had come face-to-face with the man who put him on the path to becoming the Drill. The outcome was not in Decker’s favor, resulting in our hero being tied to a chair in a burning building. I hope you enjoy this moment with Decker.

***

The fire was gaining ground, and he knew that time was very short. He tried to stay calm, to ignore both the heat and the ache of his burned wrists, but the horror of his predicament momentarily overwhelmed him. Panic raged and he thrashed against the ropes, losing his balance and falling face first to the ground.
But the ropes held.
The fire was close enough for Decker to feel the heat on his face no matter which way he tilted his head. His struggle had winded him, and he panted cautiously, each ragged breath searing his lungs regardless of how carefully he inhaled. He could sense death hovering, just out of sight, but he was not done yet.
He inched his way across the floor, coughing and choking from the smoke that billowed around him in suffocating clouds. Breathing was torture, but he managed to keep going, his watery eye fixed on the dirty pane of glass.
I can do this. I can make it!
However, it soon became apparent that he could not. He did not have enough freedom of movement to propel himself along the floor with the necessary speed. He was going to die, alone and most likely screaming, but even though he acknowledged that fact, he continued to fight for his life.
His fingers dug into the floor as he tried to scoot along on his back. When that failed to accomplish much, he rolled onto his side, still trying to crawl. The window was barely visible, but he was not sure if it was the smoke or his own failing eyesight that obscured it.
His pants began to smolder, and he felt panic rise again. He was not sure how easily the denim would ignite, but if it did, he would be unable to put out the flames.

Sean Seebach – A Looking in View Review

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

I’ve been following Sean Seebach for over two years, reading his work, and enjoying the flavor of his writing.  I’ve read his novels, Our Monsters are Real: The Pig Man and Autumn Dark. Having the chance to read his collection of shorter works was a great treat. I enjoyed most of the stories and a few really struck me as fantastic story telling.

The opening story The Favor was interesting. I liked the gist of where the story was going but couldn’t get behind the supernatural aspect. The story Billy and Hank was good minus the ending. I did however like the character development in the back story about Hank and his love of baseball. Brothers Grimm show us a mobster is more of a monster than he seems leaving a man wanting revenge for his brother’s death. This was a really good story and I was all in. It had a great flow, plot, tension, plus a good twist ending. One of the best stories is One Hell of a Party. The story had a great flow and feel. I really enjoyed where the author went here. It was very short and a quick read but excellent at the time. I could tell this one was as fun to write as it was to share with the reader. The next story Followed was another one I really enjoyed. It had a Tales from the Crypt feel and reminded me of those episodes I loved as a kid. The joy of reading this story and knowing something was just around the corner had me engrossed. A lonely boy was a fun tale that took me back to being a kid. Not only the good but the bad parts. Being a kid who only has a few friends and spent a lot of time alone on adventures, some of them in his head.

At this point in the book One Hell of a Party was my favorite story, then A View Through a Barbershop Window came along and blew me away. I was so engrossed with the story and the way it was told that it was over before I knew it. This story exists on a different level from the others. A new level of writing, which is damn fine, is going on with this writer. Willy’s Halloween is a nice twist on a classic Halloween story mixed with the personal hell of ground hogs day. Being a huge fan of Halloween and all things scary, I found this short fun from start to finish. I would have liked to see an iteration or two more but the story was still good as told. Author Unknown isn’t only a great story, it’s a great piece of writing. Sean really has done the reader a solid with this story. It has a character who you can’t help but care about. It transported me to another place and I was all in about the plot. Blue Collar Diesel, the final short in the collection, was a really great ending to the collection. It shows the level of growth and the polished skill Sean Seebach has accomplished since I first read his work. It’s just one hell of a story and this is an author to keep an eye on because his work is well worth your time.

Book Info

Length: 270 Pages

Release date: May 16, 2017

To Purchase A Looking in View Click Here

Take a look inside a world of the fantastic, strange, and macabre:

Lillian witnesses the death of her undead mother…

A hitman has one last favor to pay…

Frustrated with his mother’s boyfriend, ten-year-old Nathan runs away from home in an attempt for a better life…

A nursing home has a strange visitor with more to offer than battered paperbacks for the residents…

Comprised of thirteen eerie, mysterious tales, A Looking in View is the first anthology by author Sean Seebach and features a bonus novella, Blue Collar Diesel, where a man goes searching for manual labor in an attempt to win his fiancé back, but finds something much darker within himself.

Sean Seebach, biography

Sean Seebach is a horror/thriller author whose work appears regularly on Creepy Catalog. His first book, Our Monsters are Real, was published in March of 2016. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife and son.

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

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

To Purchase Barry’s Lodge Click Here

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?