Cemetery House; my 4th book is out now

 

Yep you that read title right… but you read that wrong! My 4th Book Cemetery House is published and available now in both paperback and digital download.

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It’s been one hell of a journey from the initial drafting all the way to the final edit and cover reveal; it’s safe to say Cemetery House has kicked my butt and now the real work begins; promotion and spreading the word.

This is brand new territory as I haven’t released a sequel until now which means the targeted readership is simply those who read and enjoyed Open Evening and for that I have poured my heart and soul into Cemetery House; this sequel is truly for all of you who have supported me from day one.  

So what is it about you ask? Cemetery House is a continuation of Open Evening and begins as a prequel by sharing the story of legendary character Twister and how he came to be. That takes up the first quarter of the book; after which we catch up with those who survived Open Evening two weeks later. This time around the crew know what’s coming and it’s unique in a sense that these characters run towards the terror and not from it. This makes for a meaningful life lesson; run towards adversity and embrace it. 

What unfolds is probably my best work to date but that doesn’t take away anything from the Teleporter (which you should read and review) and of course my other works.

From my extensive years of watching good and bad sequels I know exactly what makes a story continuation work and have factored that into CH. This time around you’ll get answers from questions asked in Open Evening plus much much more. There is a heightened tension which builds and rides the expectation of what we know is coming and when it happens you will not be disappointed, trust me.

Now all there is left to do is thank all of my readers and supporters for the work they have done to spread the word about my books. Do remember to tell your friends about this awesome author you know who wroted some wonderful books, take a selfie with the paperback or E-book and spread the word. I don’t do this for money I do this because story telling is what I love doing and immersing people into another world is what I do. This is escapism in its finest and together we can all escape.  

Cemetery House is out now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween Review

I have been waiting a long time for modern cinema to produce a good slasher film and I’ve been waiting perhaps even longer for a good Halloween film. This past Friday that wait was finally over because Michael Myers came home and it was…. well here’s my review. Those who know the deal will know I try to keep major spoilers to the minimum but you have been warned there may be some….

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First of all the premise of this film is somewhat groundbreaking and brave. Ignoring previous timelines and installments of such a big time franchise takes some guts and maybe that was the secret to all of this; starting over…

They do say its never too late to start over and Halloween proves that.  There are at least 2 separate timelines for Halloween; the Rob Zombie reboot that I never watched and the original canon story line ending with Halloween Resurrection; this included H20 and the ones that lay before it. So its a bit of a mess.

The 2018 Halloween film ignores everything apart from the first film. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis); the original final girl is back and probably better than ever. We see her take an emotion fueled opportunity to revisit a character that is almost as iconic as her other on screen counterpart Michael Myers and you guessed it; he gets out.

This film opens right away with tension. We see Myers who has been incarcerated for the past 40 years visited by some typical journalist types. One of them produces the mask; and tries to goad Michael into speaking; then the opening credits roll in true original Halloween style; it’s retro and sentimental all at once with that ever so familiar and legendary theme playing.

Just what would happen if Michael Myers got out? Well that’s the question this film spends answering and in all honesty its brutally violent. As Dr Loomis said “I met this… six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and… the blackest eyes – the Devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.”

And I can happily say Michael Myers is evil with the kill count higher than any decent slasher film I have seen. He literally rampages simply because he was given the opportunity to. I have this feeling he was just waiting all this time to get out and do what he does.

This wasn’t just an eventual face off between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers; we see Strode has become estranged to her daughter (Judy Greer) and granddaughter (Andi Matichak) who is at high school and her story becomes central. There are several characters in this film and most of which get the chop quite literally, something which makes it rather unique and somewhat unexpected. This film follows the return of pure evil and doesn’t disappoint in that department.

In fact I found very little wrong with the whole movie, the pacing, the setting, the cinematography and even effects were all top notch. This is the Halloween we have all been waiting a very long time to see. Much of it pays homage to the original and why not, that’s what a lot of us came to see. The music is just as good as the first and well Michael Myers is badder than ever.

For those who enjoy horror and of course the slasher; Halloween stands up with the best and may even surpass the original. I have been a huge fan of Halloween from a young age, the namesake of the town in which my first book is set was named in part after Haddonfield.

 

5 Reasons why you should read Cemetery House

The story of survival is back with Cemetery House and this is 5 reasons why you should read it! 

1. The characters….

First and foremost Cemetery House is character driven and just like their previous outing Open Evening; those who survived are back to continue their fight. In fact the whole premise of CH simply looks to answer the simple question of what if they got another opportunity to carry on their journey.

This eventually evolved into specifics; this time around ‘Twister’ becomes a focal point and where he comes from is central to the plot. This doesn’t take anything away from Luke Hartford, Josie Kendall, Jonny Buster and Josh Kennedy whom Twister leans on as he recuperates from the Open Evening.

Of course no sequel is really a sequel without the introduction new characters in which there are plenty.

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2. There are answers… 

I know for a fact Open Evening asked a lot of questions, some of them I asked deliberately and others just happened. Trust me when I say CH will answer a bunch of stuff you wanted to know about.

What are those monsters that come out of the shadows? How do they control people? Just who is Twister really? Who is he working with? Where else does this happen? What does this have to do with the Darke Blood story? Why all the fire?

All of the above will be answered in one way or another! 

3. It’s also a prequel

This isn’t just a sequel for the sake of making another one. There is a real continuation of the story here. Like the question of who Twister is, CH answers just that by serving as a prequel in the opening quarter of the book. We see a high school age Twister as he discovers his home town isn’t what it appears to be. We also see where he gets most of his traits from, something which played a central part in Open Evening. And importantly we see how he becomes Twister!

4. There are links to Darke Blood

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Some of you know that my eventual plan is to cross the world of Darke Blood with the one I have created in Open Evening and Cemetery House. This becomes apparent throughout the story of CH, there is even a special surprise twist at the very end.

There are also subtle and near the end a very obvious link to some witchcraft stuff which twists this story into a make or break situation where everything nods and aligns with Darke Blood. 

5. The whole book is a reward to my readership…

Open Evening is where it all began for me, and my readers came out in droves to help promote my efforts. For that I have written this book in mind to reward those good people, trust me when I say this one is for you all! Sequel’s have a very specific target market, those who read the first one which makes this marketing a big challenge. Therefore I need all of those who came out first time to return and help bring this book to the masses! 

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6. Bonus: It’s not just a Halloween book; and it’s out next week!

I’ve gone for the whole Halloween release thing because let’s face it, the turning of the season brings a somewhat atmospheric feel in the air. Leaves fall and the air is colder, there is something about it I just like, but CH is an all year around read and yes it is officially available next week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Ramble #11

4 books published in 2 years is pretty good going. That’s the reality I am facing; this time next week I will be anyway.

My foundation of words has been built, and that foundation is something I am more proud of than anything else in my life. Not to say it’s the only thing in my life because it isn’t, but the ground has been laid into what I hope will one day be more than just a hobby, after all writing has become my calling in life and it will be for many years to come.

The truth is I am mentally tired, this year has kicked my ass, its also been rewarding in some senses but recently above all I have felt tired. Right now I’m staying away from the laptop to regroup, writing books isn’t something I am looking to do very soon in fact I think next year may even see just one release if that. Of course I am talking about the next Darke book, its already been drafted and a lot of work is required to bring in line with what I consider to be publishable.

With a book release literally around the corner my efforts even if I am tired are channeled towards getting as many book sales as possible. Then I will  be walking away from social media, or at least reduce my efforts for a while. This stuff doesn’t pay the bills and what does needs my attention now, also I am moving into my own place in just over a months time. Things are busy like always; as a creative I don’t know what will become of me if I don’t create; but other things require my attention like sleep, especially sleep.

It’s now up to my readers to help promote and help sell my books, there is a wider choice now and choice is what all customers look for in books. With the foundation built, I will eventually look to build that into something bigger but right now I am happy to step back and look at what I have achieved, as I said 4 books in 2 years is pretty damn good work.

Weekly Ramble #10

The 4th book release is nigh, and things have been taking off, but this isn’t just all me. My projects are brought to life by the efforts of some real dedicated people. As a writer I would simply be lost without my editor. There is a hell of a lot more to editing than most people think. All of my stories have been painstakingly crafted, long after my work has been done.

This one may the best work I have seen not only from an editing point of the view but the cover artwork also,  a reveal will follow, and I am sure it will impress, it blew me away and conveys exactly what I want to say in this story.

Readership is growing by the day with my most loyal readers leading the charge with reviews and general buzz about my words. The tribe is small but very effective and dedicated, something which means more than anything else. This thing will take time, it always does, in essence writing a book feels like sending a letter two years ago and finally getting a response this week.

Reviews really do sell books but most importantly above all, people talking to one another sells them more than anything. We live in a world where spoken communication is dying, maybe talking about books will keep it alive for a little longer, we’ll see…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Green Withered by Kristin Ward – a review

‘…the green withered, and with it our dreams for the future…’

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‘After the Green Withered’ is a story set in an imaginative dystopian future. It’s clear that Kristin Ward has worked tremendously hard to create a world and setting that may eventually become a reality. Water is the currency and key to survival; and the concept of water rationing gives this story a distinct originality.

From the beginning the reader is introduced to a well thought out and explained world; explanations is something many writers fail with and this one was just right. And this is a world that has become a police state; with everything under constant surveillance by the somewhat mysterious and sinister ‘DMC’ also known as the ‘company’. Whole towns are heavily guarded and fortified with a feeling that someone is always watching. Like today there are those who are privileged and those who are not, but the poverty contrast is focused more towards survival in this story.

The main character and narrator ‘Enora’ spends much of her time contemplating and toiling over her uncertainties. She finds herself drafted from High School and poor background to work for the ‘DMC’, although she never forgets her roots . Enora’s journey eventually moves to seeking out who is running the sinister underbelly that is the ‘DMC’, a company who represses the poor and is also responsible for a lot more. The mystery of who she can trust becomes a central point of tension that builds all the way to the end of the story.

Overall I was kept intrigued by this story but throughout I felt as if it was over descriptive and wordy. Much of the dialogue could have been longer but more time was given towards Enora’s thoughts and contemplation; much of which could have been put into dialogue or even shortened. The heavy description pulled me away from being immersed in what is a good story concept. Much of the writing could have been ‘shown’ to the reader as opposed to being ‘told’ and this what I think holds it back.

The ending came suddenly with no real resolve but kept me thinking as to where this story could go next, especially as there is a sequel planned. Having read this story I would be more than interested and look forward to the next one.

Thank you to Kristin Ward for giving me the opportunity to review the book.

Three and a half stars 

 

WWE Super Show-Down Results Live

The WWE are down under and televised for the first time ever. Luckily for me as a UK resident I got to watch Super Show-down live at 10am…

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Melbourne Australia.

Match 1: Smackdown Tag Team Championship.

The Bar v The New Day (c)

Kofi and Xavier Woods choose to represent the new day and the action begins quickly with an assault to Cesaro. The bar fight back as the action heads outside for a brief ring post encounter. We see Sheamus and Cesaro dominate for most of the match with Kofi aiming for the hot tag… Xavier finally in for some high energy moves. Eventually the day team up on Cesaro to get the pin! A decent crowd warming opener that didnt drag.

Winner: The New Day

Match 2: Smackdown Women’s Championship

Charlotte Flair v Becky Lynch (c)

A physical start to the match which sees Lynch lean into her new tougher gimmick. We see her reverse into the arm bar but Charlotte lifts her way out of the hold and starts to build momentum. The Ric Flair chops begin as the tables turn. Next comes a series of near falls  which eventually turns into a spear from Flair seeing the first near fall. She misses a moonsault leaving Lynch able to capitalise but misses a top rope leg drop. Becky rolls out of the ring and grabs her belt.

Flair pulls her back in and converts into a Boston crab but Lynch finds the rope. Another spear by Flair followed by the figure 4. Becky reaches for the belt and hits Flair. The referee calls for the bell as Lynch is dq’d.

Good back and fourth match with a typical house show feel.

Winner: Flair via DQ but Becky retains.

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Next we see Elias and Kevin Owens in the ring over a spotlight. They talk trash and eventually Bobby Lashley emerges.

Match 3:  Tag Team Match: Elias and Kevin Owens Vs Bobby Lashley and John Cena

Lashley and Elias begin with some back and forth action. Lashley shows dominance early on. Owens makes his way in after a tag. Cena is kicked off the apron and so the double team begins. Now the match slows as both KO and Elias taunt Cena whilst working Lashley on the mat. Frogsplash from KO and a near fall. Cena frustrated in his corner and yet to feature. The hot tag builds and finally we see Cena in some high energy moves. 5 knuckle shuffle followed by AA to Elias and thats the match. Do0RjYjX0AAhNNE

Winner: Lashley and Cena

Match 4: Womens Tag Team match.

The Iconics V Naomi and Asuka

An action packed somewhat fun filled homecoming for the Iconics which saw the crowd come alive.

Winner: The Iconics

Match 5: WWE Championship match. No DQ and No Countout.

AJ Styles (c) v Samoa Joe

The fighting already starts on the ramp before the bell which eventually rings when they get in. Rights and lefts are exchanged. Kicks and slaps are laid in into what hopes to be a top match.

Joe finds himself on top and dives out of the ring onto Styles. Most of the action has been outside so far with AJ on the backfoot.

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Eventually the tempo slows with Joe dominating. AJ impressively fights back from an impressive moonsault into a reverse DDT. Joe is there to shutdown any offensive attempts. Powerslam by Joe and Styles answers to a 2 count.

Blood is trickling from the mouth of Styles as he appears dazed. Another near fall by the challenger who then brings in a steel chair but Styles throw up a kick into the weapon. He grabs the chair and lays into Joe.

Next we see Joe botch a slam into the unflolded chair. Next he goes under the ring to grab a table. The crowd roar. The pair head up to the top corner with the table set up. Joe goes for a superplex in which Styles reverses into an electric chair dropping Joe knees first through the wood.

We see a springboard 450 from Styles on to Joes knee but no pin attempt. They go out and Styles hits the phenominal forearm to an out of it Joe. Both of them are weary now and there are submissions back and forth. AJ hits the calf crusher and Joe submits!

Winner: AJ Styles retains.

Match 6: Six womens tag team match.

The Riot Squad V The Bella Twins and Rhonda Rousey

This appears to be the cool down/go grab some merch match. The Riot Squad dominated over the Bellas as the wait for Rhonda Rousey builds.

Rousey eventually gets into the action and as predicted dominates. Arm bar attempt on Sarah Logans arm but is broken. Rousey then reverses and gets two of her opponents into a double arm bar. They both tap.

Winner: The Bellas and Rousey.

Match 7: WWE Cruiserweight championship.

Cedric Alexander (c) v Buddy Murphy

Let me guess… there will be at least one spanish fly in this one. The crowd are vocal for their hometown hero Murphy who starts agressively. He makes a sucessful dive onto Cedric and continues his assault.

The pace slows with Buddy still on top with a rear neck hold. The champ breaks out the assault with a thunderous super kick. They go up to the corner and Cedric hits a thunderous slam. The dominant competitor still divided as they head out.

Up onto another top rope corner they go with Murphy converting into a sit down powerbomb which answers to a 2 count. Lumbar check by Alexander in which Murphy kicks out of this was preceeded by a spanish fly.

Anything could happen now as Murphy hits a finisher to pick up the win! Biggest pop of the night!

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Winner: Buddy Murphy new cruiserweight champion.

Match 8: Doplh Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman V The Shield

The match begins with a mass brawl. Rollins and Strowman which turns into the whole shield stepping in. They set up the announcers table only for Ziggler and Drew to break it up. The bell eventually rings.

The shield are on the back foot as McIntyre lays in an assault to Ambrose. Next we see Strowman enter followed by Ziggler who try to isolate Rollins.

The action spreads out with Strowman the front runner. Ziggler in again as this match is becoming a snooze fest.

Weirdly Braun heads to the top rope and fails to connect with a dive. This gives Rollins opportunity to tag in Ambrose who goes toe to toe with Ziggler.

Roman is tagged in and goes after McIntyre. DDT by Reigns but it isnt enough for a 3 count. Now we see a super man punch missed and into Ambrose.

Eventually Roman hits his scottish target but no pin. Roman and Rollins are surrounded until Ambrose rises and puts in the save. They clear the ring a go for a triple power bomb only for Strowman to take them all down.

In the ring Ziggler hits a finisher only for Ambrose to kick out. Outside Strowman is speared through the barrier. Back inside Ambrose hits the dirty deeds on Ziggler for the win.

Winner: The Shield

Match 9: No.1 Contenders match for WWE Championship.

Daniel Bryan V The Miz

A physical start to the match with Miz who attacks Bryan straight away.  He fights back with some yes kicks and the back and forth begins. Bryan rolls up the Miz and its a 3 count early on.

Winner: Daniel Bryan.

Match 10:  The Undertaker v Triple H

Before the bell it is announced that this match is no DQ. Both Shawn Michaels and Kane are in eachothers corner.

They tussle back and forth. Taker goes for old skool for HHH to block and try the same. Taker throws him into the corner for some big right hands. He hits old skool with sucess already we can see this going to be a slow burner.

The action moves outside with some brief interferance from HBK. A table is set up outside as Taker and HHH move near it. Kane is looming. Back into the ring they go. It appears the crowd is dead or muted currently as they head out again to the announcers table.

Into the crowd they go towards some wiring and tech equipment. Further they go deeper into audience. They loop around back to the ring. Taker gets out a steel chair. Eventually he lays HHH on the table and heads up to the apron. HBK interferes and is big booted.

Now Kane is on the table and HHH hits an elbow drop through it. Back in the ring Taker hits a chokeslam to HHH followed by tombstone. HHH kicks out at 2 and a half.

In a suprise turn Taker hits out at the referee. Theres no official in the ring as Taker lays a chair into HHH.

HBK dashes in and recieves a right hand for his efforts. Spine buster followed by a pedigree from HHH and Taker kicks out. The game sets up the chair around Takers neck and heads for the top corner. He jumps and hits. Goes for the pin. New referee in and Kanes pulls the ref out mid count.

HBK passes in the sledgehammer and Kane hands Taker a chair. Their weapons collide and they both go down. Hells gate from Taker with HHH still sledgehammer in hand. He begins to press it against Takers neck. They flop to the mat. No referee.

Something has to give here. Taker grabs the sledgehammer and is disarmed. They exchange move attempts and chokeslam from Taker. Second tombstone attempt for HBK to put in two superkicks followed by a pedigree from HHH for the win.

Winner: HHH

Overall PPV verdict:  Not bad. It dragged a little. Would have been better to see in person.

 

 

 

 

 

Demonspawn by Christina Engela – a review

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Demonspawn is a detailed well-imagined space story, which I found hard to put down, in fact I read the book in just 3 sittings.

Christina Engela has created a believable world of space travel, delivering it in way that seemed to me logical and explained without straying from the main plot.

From the very opening, there is a deliberate psychological vagueness as to what the ‘big bad’ could be. This heightens the mystery giving readers a real urgency and a want to find out, eventually you will.

With that tension steadily building the story follows the somewhat damned crew of the I.S.S. Mordrake; a ship seemingly stranded and damaged beyond repair in the furthest reaches of space. Their captain is found murdered and so it’s up to main character Joe Lofflin to investigate along with a cast full of convincing characters.

Then they discover a derelict ship just floating in space.

This story reminded me of films such as Alien and Event Horizon but Demonspawn could easily stand shoulder to shoulder with them. There were many concepts of the sci-fi genre in this book that were original and put together in a way not seen before anywhere else (this was especially so for the ‘Akx’.)

It’s an enjoyable read that will leave you wanting more.

5 Stars. 

 

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Weekly Ramble #9

Twitter is shit. There you go I’ve said it. And it’s the truth. I’ve never really figured out the tweet machine and so my jury rests upon the fact it sucks, probably like all social media. Everybody is just looking for that one up so they can sell you whatever they want to sell.

I asked myself recently if I could live without twitter and so I chose not to install it on my new phone, and I’m better for it mostly. Now I check on the ‘land of weird repetition of the same shit’ once a day at best.

Facebook have seemed to distance themselves from it also, and I know for a fact they aren’t perfect, but these days I have taken more of a shine to Instagram which is linked. Truth is, nobody can withhold and keep up a presence across all platforms unless you have a media team, and I do not. Either way, this revelation has made me feel good.

In fact I’m doing great right now, things are moving towards my 4th book release and I’ve even got my first book review gig. The wheel is beginning to turn with another review for the Teleporter and organic sales of Open Evening.

Its the first day of new a month and with it comes the hope of good things as the leaves begin to fall into a new season. I’m optimistic this somewhat difficult year will have a decent end.