#BlitzTour : #RIPJohn by Sian B. Claven @sianbclaven and @Shalini_G26

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#RIPJohn by Sian B. Claven
Expected publication: July 15th 2019
Genre : Horror

Synopsis:

Trigger Warning: This book contains scenes of graphic bullying and suicide. 

Everyone wants a chance to fit in, and that’s all John King wants when he starts at his new school. A relentless bully, a blogger, and a pretty girl all have a different plan for him, though and after he endures all he can, John takes his own life.

The only problem left for Devan, Melinda and Jenny?

He doesn’t stay dead.

Excerpt:

How disgusting that the little nerd freak had bumped into her in the cafeteria. She had made everyone laugh when she insulted him, and for once in her life she felt noticed.

Melinda had spent the better part of her schooling career being invisible. Too plain to be popular, too normal to be teased, the only power she found she had was the words she wrote for the school’s blog and newspaper. There she discovered she had the power to either make or break the politics within the student body. Everyone read what she wrote and feared to cross her, but it wasn’t enough. She still felt invisible.

Then John bumped into her and she realised he was the latest victim of Devan’s bullying regime. She saw an opportunity and took it, calling him out for the disgusting little freak he was. He was so embarrassed and then the teacher confiscated the soggy comic book to add insult to injury.

With that taste of power, Melinda felt in her bones that she needed more. Much more. So she put together a little plan that was sure to get her to the top of the school’s food chain, and let others know who she was and, more importantly, that she wasn’t someone to be messed with.

Melinda needed the perfect plan to play her part in putting John in his place and came up with it not too long after the incident in the cafeteria. She needed just one thing to seal the deal and then she would be ready for her victim.

It took a few days before she managed to find someone willing to buy her the necessary tools, since she wasn’t of an age to purchase it herself, but once she had it she was ready.

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It was a beautiful day when John woke up. The sun was shining and he could hear birds in the trees outside his window. Still, his heart filled with dread at the prospect of going to school and putting up with Devan and his goons. With a dark sigh, he got out of bed and got dressed, going downstairs to have breakfast quietly so he didn’t wake his mother and father.

Once finished eating and having washed his dishes, he shouldered his backpack and left the house, wanting to get to school as early as possible to avoid his bullies.

He got to his locker without incident and retrieved his books, stuffing them into his bag. He went to the library and sat there, reading his comic book until the first bell signaled and he had to rush to class. Getting there just before his teacher closed the door, he apologized and quickly went to his seat, amid snickers from his peers. He blushed and hid as much as he could in his seat.

“Since John is late I think he can graciously offer to fetch the television for our lesson today from the AV Room,” Mr. Willsmith said, holding out a key.

John nodded and got up, took the key from Mr. Willsmith and left the room.

“In the meantime, you can talk quietly amongst yourselves until he is back,” Mr Willsmith said, before sitting at his desk and picking up a book.

The author is willing to send review copies to all bloggers who would review it on Amazon/ Goodreads in 6-8 weeks time. Either Sian or Shalini can be contacted on blog or twitter

Author Bio:

Hailing from Johannesburg South Africa, Sian B. Claven has enjoyed stories for all her life, whether she was reading them or making them. She has written for as long as she can remember, but Ensnared is the first book she decided to publish. Moving towards writing more for the horror / paranormal thriller genre, Sian has subsequently published the first two books in The Butcher Books series, Tatum and Kallista. When Sian isn’t thinking of ways to terrify people, she enjoys writing science fiction stories, poetry and rather long and gushy birthday wishes. When she isn’t working on her writing you can find her knitting, scrapbooking, reading, or playing Xbox. Sian previously reviewed for The Blithering Bibliomaniacs and still reviews in her private capacity. She clearly doesn’t know what the words rest and relaxation mean, at least not in the traditional sense.

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Asylum II by Sian B. Claven @sianbclaven and @Shalini_G26

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Asylum II by Sian B. Claven
Series : Asylum
Genre : Horror

Blurb:

For cop killer Bradley Walker, pleading insane was the easiest get out of jail free card he ever played. Left in the hands of the cops to decide where he is sent, he is dropped off at an Asylum in the middle of nowhere. All is not as it seems and Bradley is left questioning his sanity when the orderlies, nurses and doctors all around him appear more insane than the patients.

Excerpt:

A few minutes later the door opened, and a rather severe-looking man entered. He seemed flustered and busy as if this was the last task he wanted to do but had to do it anyway.

“Dr Brock,” he said gruffly, and Bradley instantly picked up on the foreign accent.

“You’re German. I want an American doctor,” he said quickly. “I don’t want no Nazi German touching me.”

“I am no Nazi,” Dr Brock said, sitting across from Bradley. “I am here to evaluate whether or not you are insane and therefore belong here.”

“I still want an American doctor.”

“Unfortunately, cop killers do not get to decide who treats them,” Brock said, opening a notebook and making notes. “Now tell me about your childhood. Was it particularly traumatic?”

“I’m not telling you anything,” Bradley said. “Bring in that other doctor – the fat one.”

“Dr Wellbottom is far too busy to see to any patients,” Brock scoffed and sat back. “You can either speak to me honestly, or you can spend the rest of the day in your room while I notify the courts you are mentally sound and able to go to prison.”

Bradley glared at him. “Fine! Whatever!” he blurted, like an errant child. “So, Doctor B, what do you want to know?”

“Well, I need to know about your past and present, so I can justify your presence here to the court.”

“I killed a cop, I am insane.”

“Being a murderer does not make you insane. It makes you a murderer. Now, tell me about your childhood.”

Bradley sized him up, but before he could say anything further the doctor stood.

“You’re wasting my time; time is precious. I’ll have you sent to prison.”

“Wait!” Bradley exclaimed. “I’ll answer your stupid questions.”

The doctor scowled at him before he sat down again. “Tell me, what was your relationship with your mother like?”

“I don’t know, I guess you’d call it normal,” Bradley said. “She would take me out for ice cream and stuff whenever my father was drunk and disorderly.”

“Was your father abusive?”

“Yeah, he was. More to my mother than to me, but the bitch had it coming, always back-chatting him and trying to tell him what to do and how to do it.”

“And you think it is normal behaviour to hit a woman who has an opinion?”

“Women are the lower sex.” Bradley leaned back. “Their purpose is to breed and feed and open their legs, and to shut their mouths except when servicing their men.”

“I see.” The doctor scribbled notes, and Bradley shifted in his chair, feeling uncomfortable. “Now tell me, when you first felt the thirst to murder?” the doctor asked, looking at him curiously.

Before Bradley could answer, there was a knock at the door.

“Come in,” the doctor called, and in walked a quiet-looking man, dressed in the same clothes Bradley wore.

Bradley could only assume he was a patient here.

He walked over to Doctor Brock and whispered, “She has a fever and infection. Come see.”

“I’m afraid my work calls me, Mr Walker,” Doctor Brock said, standing up and closing the file. “We will continue this conversation another time. Cecil here will have the orderlies take you to the day room. Do behave.”

It was a warning more than a request, and the doctor swept out of the room, his lab coat billowing behind him as he rushed out.

Bradley watched as Cecil went in the opposite direction, no doubt to tell the orderlies the fine doctor’s instructions. Bradley would be grateful to be out of the cuffs, at the very least.

Author Bio:

Hailing from Johannesburg South Africa, Sian B. Claven has enjoyed stories for all her life, whether she was reading them or making them. She has written for as long as she can remember, but Ensnared is the first book she decided to publish. Moving towards writing more for the horror / paranormal thriller genre, Sian has subsequently published the first two books in The Butcher Books series, Tatum and Kallista. When Sian isn’t thinking of ways to terrify people, she enjoys writing science fiction stories, poetry and rather long and gushy birthday wishes. When she isn’t working on her writing you can find her knitting, scrapbooking, reading, or playing Xbox. Sian previously reviewed for The Blithering Bibliomaniacs and still reviews in her private capacity. She clearly doesn’t know what the words rest and relaxation mean, at least not in the traditional sense.

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#BookBlitz : Sylvana by Sian B. Claven @sianbclaven @Shalini_G26 #TheButcherSeries #Sylvana

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Sylvana by Sian B. Claven
Series : The Butcher Series #3
Genre : Horror

Book Blurb:

Diana and Robbie are tired of moving their family of five around. When Robbie is offered a great job, and permanent position, they must find somewhere to stay temporarily while they house hunt. Aware of the gruesome murders that happened in the Metz family house, they move in regardless and instantly regret it. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Diana and Robbie must face their greatest horror. A copy cat killer starts to strike around their neighbourhood, just like the Butcher once did, and Diana’s family seems to be right in the centre of it. 
Where is Sylvana when her tenants need answers? 
The Butcher might just strike them where it hurts most before they get the answers they seek.

Excerpt:

Diana

When Diana saw the flashing blue lights outside her house, she panicked. James was home and Robbie wouldn’t be back until later, so as a mother she assumed the worse. She sped up and held her breath until she realised the cars were parked outside her neighbours’ house and not her own.

The police had marked off the area around their neighbours’ and, as they climbed out, Clinton asked, “What do you think happened? Do you think Lincoln is okay?”

Diana shook her head. “I’m sure he’s fine, baby. Why don’t you take Charlie and go check on your brother while I see what’s going on.”

She walked the short distance between the two houses and saw a nurse standing there, a cardigan wrapped around her shoulders. She had tears streaming down her face, crumpled tissue in her hand, dabbing at her wet nose, and her breaths were coming out short. Diana recognized her as her next door neighbour; she had seen her whenever they took the garbage out. Diana felt quite bad now, not knowing what her name was.

Quickly she made her way towards the woman. She was briefly stopped by a policeman before the nurse waved him away and said it was fine.

“Are you okay, sweetie?” Diana asked, putting an arm around her shoulders.

“Oh … oh … it’s Lincoln,” she sobbed. “He’s dead,” she managed to get out.

“What?” Diana gasped. “How? What happened?” she asked without thinking. “Never mind. I am so sorry …”

“Megan,” she said, hugging Diana and sobbing into her shoulder. “He was murdered in his bed,” she revealed between gasps for air. “I found him … someone cut off his head and cut out his tongue and … oh, my poor baby …” She burst into renewed sobs and Diana couldn’t make out another word after that.

She stayed with Megan until a family member arrived and took over. Diana quietly excused herself and went home to check on her children. She felt nervous; the murder was seriously familiar to those she had heard about when she rented the house.

Once home, however, she found her three children setting the table for dinner. James had a big smile on his face and was telling Clinton stupid jokes. Clinton was half listening, smiling as well, but his mind seemed far away.

“Clinton, honey, we need to talk …” Diana said, taking her son by the hand and leading him to the living room.

Author Bio:

Hailing from Johannesburg South Africa, Sian B. Claven has enjoyed stories for all her life, whether she was reading them or making them. She has written for as long as she can remember, but Ensnared is the first book she decided to publish. Moving towards writing more for the horror / paranormal thriller genre, Sian has subsequently published the first two books in The Butcher Books series, Tatum and Kallista. When Sian isn’t thinking of ways to terrify people, she enjoys writing science fiction stories, poetry and rather long and gushy birthday wishes. When she isn’t working on her writing you can find her knitting, scrapbooking, reading, or playing Xbox. Sian previously reviewed for The Blithering Bibliomaniacs and still reviews in her private capacity. She clearly doesn’t know what the words rest and relaxation mean, at least not in the traditional sense.

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The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish

The Haunting of Henderson Close by Catherine Cavendish
Publication Date :
January 10th 2019
Publisher : Flame Tree Press
Read Date : March 20th 2019
Page : 288
Genre : Horror / Supernatural / Fantasy-Fiction
Stars : ★★★★ /5

Ghosts have always walked there. Now they’re not alone…

In the depths of Edinburgh, an evil presence is released.

Hannah and her colleagues are tour guides who lead their visitors along the spooky, derelict Henderson Close, thrilling them with tales of spectres and murder. For Hannah it is her dream job, but not for long. Who is the mysterious figure that disappears around a corner? What is happening in the old print shop? And who is the little girl with no face?

The legends of Henderson Close are becoming all too real. The Auld De’il is out – and even the spirits are afraid.

The Haunting of Henderson Close was horror supernatural story that revolved around legends of Henderson Close, Edinburgh that involved, crime, murder, plague and trapped spirits.

This was more plot driven book than character. Oddly I was more interested in ghosts and their life rather than the physical/real ones. All characters were developed. I liked Hanna, protagonist, who was brave and wonderful at her job. George was good, I liked him for supporting Hanna all the time.  I don’t know about Mairead, I’m still confused. I never liked Ailsa. It was odd she turned blind eye to all the strange experience.

Writing was amazing. This was my first book by author and I’m it won’t be last. Author brought legends and ghosts to life. Specters and Close description was so lifelike that if it would have been a movie, it definitely would have scared me. It’s not easy to scare me. I’m used to watch horror movies at night but I was surprised that at some point I avoided reading book at night.

Book was narrated in third person narrative mostly from Hanna’s perspective. There were two timelines in the book, one the present 2018 and other from 1980 to 1891. The present timeline represented Hanna’s life story, her strange encounters during Henderson tours, her newly formed friendship with Mairead and George, her failed attempts to convince her boss about spirits and weird encounters her group faced, and how she and her friends ultimately discovered about The Auld De’il and other spirits trapped in Close. While the past timeline told about the actual life of spirits roaming the Close and how they were related to the present disturbance and ghostly life threatening encounter, which was my most favorite part of the book.

Plot was amazing. Book started with a chilling, murder back in 1891 at Henderson Close that instantly hooked me to story and now in 2018 the victim was a one of the legendary story of Henderson Close ghost tours. Hanna newly moved to Edinburgh joins this ghost tour as a guide dressed in one of the character from many legends, little she knew her arrival and restoration of close at the same time will unleash the most deadly devil, The Auld De’il.

As I read more it started to turn more interesting. I was intrigued by legends and anecdotes Hanna narrated to her tour guests. The old town, dirty streets, poverty, derelict houses, murders that were like another Jack the ripper, were shocking and ghastly to read. The rotten sulfuric smell, Greyfriars Kirkyard, shadows and specters, disappearance of Mairead, damp and dark Close added a spooky and mysterious air to the story. Hanna and her friends’ time travel was fascinating. I liked this part of the book and what they discovered during their travel.

I was curious to know why Hanna and her friends only experienced the spirits and why other staff could not, how they were connected to the story, why Miss Carmichael wanted Hanna to look for her murderer and how she was supposed to do that, who released the Auld De’il and why he was after Hanna. It was thrilling to unravel all these mysteries.

I felt all kind of emotions while reading about all physical and non-physical characters. I admired Miss Carmichael for going to dangerous part of the city leaving the safety of her house to help poor helpless family. I felt sad for little girl and the way people treated her, I felt angry for what culprit did to Miss Carmichael, and disgusted by the violence and murder.

Author created a great suspense. I couldn’t identify the culprit until the revelation and was totally unexpected. So many things happened from climax to end and there were many twist in last few chapters. I couldn’t even predict the end until the last page. End felt little rushed and it wasn’t as satisfactory as expected.

I’m not sure about Mairead’s connection with specters and story. I didn’t understand what happened with her and all those memory lapses and what happened in the end to her, Hanna and George. I wish it could be more clear and elaborate.

Overall, it was scary, spooky, creepy and chilling horror with legends and ghost stories that I recommend to readers of this genre.

Author: Catherine Cavendish 

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Midnight on Mars by M.C. Glan

Midnight on Mars by M.C. Glan
Publication Date : June 30th 2017
Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Read Date : February 16 2019
Genre : Sci-Fi / fantacy / Thriller
Stars : Between 3-3.5/5

Kari Keskiyo thought she was lucky winning a ticket to become one of the Martian colonists; Earth is on the brink of annihilation due to natural disasters. However, when she arrives on Mars, she is faced with worse predicaments, one of them being that her ex-fiance’s failed cloning project has created mindless killers. Kari and Neil must put aside their spiritual and scientific differences and work together to not just save themselves, but the entire human race from extinction.

From the author: “My story is a fast-paced sci-fi/horror novella, but it also has heart, and leaves you with something to think about; instead of humans always looking outward, sometimes we should be looking inward.”

Midnight on Mars was science-fiction, futuristic Novel set in 2060. It was about saving humanity, survival, science vs spirituality, and importance of love and life.

Kari was ethical and smart woman who had vast knowledge on belief system of spiritual nature and planetary patterns of energies that affects human nature and their survival was brilliant. She could feel the spiritual nature of humans and what they lacked and presence of divine source on mars. Her explanation about all her abilities and talent was catchy. Her development was good. I liked the way she used the energy of the planet to get over her anxiety and fight for her own life.

Neil was scientist and Kari’s ex-boyfriend. His nature and thinking was contrast to Kari’s belief and spiritual knowledge. Neil’s thorough knowledge about maze like structure of mars habitat horizon and how to survive on harsh environment of the planet kept both Kari and others alive.

Secondary characters who survived along with main characters were nicely written. Caden was creative villain. He was lunatic and what he did to create his own world horrified me.

The story was set on Mars and Earth told in third person narrative intermittently. Most of the book was set on Mars which showed Mars habitat horizon built by ISCE, scientific attempts to save humanity, last few people arriving on Mars and what they found there, their constant struggle surviving on this red planet which was taken over by hollows, ICSE traitors and a lunatic old man who wanted to create their own world. Small portion of the book set on Earth included- catastrophic situation on earth, how it was going cover in black soot because of soon-to-erupt all super-volcanos on the planet and thus going to destroy all humans on earth; people remaining behind in ISCE headquarter on Earth helping those last few human reached on Mars.

It was packed with lots of info around space technology, colony created on mars when world was on verge of destruction and clone project that went chaotic turning humans into soul-less aggressive zombies wanting to kill everyone around. Combining the cloning and current state of earth with the divine, pentagram, energy and spirituality theory surprised me. I was not expecting it in such deeper level when I started the book. The description around this spiritual theory against human tampering with natural cycle was fascinating and unique.

Book had diverse characters, true sci-fi feel with amazing tech and space description. I liked the thrill of fighting hollows, rescuing women from lunatic and traitors, and getting away from red raging planet alive. There was lot chopping, killing, blood and dead bodies with gory details that made the setting really dark and horrifying.

I liked relationship between Kari and Neil. They really were a pair. I liked the way they overcome their differences and tried to understand and respect each other’s thought, gave each other and their broken relationship another chance, and fought together to their common enemies.

The final battle against Caden and his men with help of Earth’s ICSE headquarters and divine entity, was intriguing. It was interesting to find out who the red spirit on Mars was, what it wanted and how it was related to the nature of the planet; how Neil, Kari and other survivors will escape the planet and how they were going to save the humanity; will Earth be habitable again or they have to find other planet.

I didn’t like that making out scene, forgetting about the more pressing matters-zombies, savings humanity and leaving planet alive. It was bit unnecessary so early in the book. I could see where author will take it from here, so made it little predictable.

I couldn’t relate to characters and their emotions. Plot was really interesting but it was shadowed by spiritual talk. For me, It was little confusing at some point and hard digest as I haven’t heard of this concept before.  

Overall, it was fast paced, interesting science-fiction novel mixed with cosmic energy and spirituality.

About Author:

M.C.Glan is an Indie author of multi-genre genre fiction. When she is not working or writing, she enjoys walking the northern Canadian trails with her partner, poet Alvin, and their dog, Pixie. She is currently working on a dark fantasy trilogy called The Temple Of Empia Saga.

Purchase Link : Amazon.in / Amazon.com (affiliate)

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