Monday, October 24, 2011

Featured Book - Freeze by Daniel Pyle

I'm trying to list a new horror book every day until the end of the month in honor of one of my favorite holidays - Halloween.  Check back every day for a new book.

Freeze
by
Daniel Pyle 





Description

A raging snowstorm has stranded Tess and Warren in their mountain home with no power and little heat. When an accident leaves Tess coughing up pools of blood, Warren has no choice but to brave the storm in search for help.

He's afraid he'll be too late.

But what he should be afraid of are the creatures slinking through the blizzard and watching his every move.
 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Featured Book - The Butcher's Boy by Michael Robb Mathias

I'm trying to fill the rest of the month with horror books in honor of one of my favorite holidays - Halloween.  Check back every day for a new post.

The Butcher's Boy
by
Michael Robb Mathias
   

 

Description

The Butcher's Boy - 2011 Readers Favorite Award
                                                                    Silver Medal Winner in Horror - Fiction
                

A Paranormal/Chiller by Michael Robb


Thirty-one years ago, Buxly the Butcher went to trial for killing his entire family. He was found guilty, and sentenced to die for those crimes. Now, Janet Hale, a recently divorced nurse, has purchased the house unaware of the brutal murders that took place there so long ago. 
 
From the moment she, her eleven-year-old son, and his overprotective Rottweiler move in, bad things start to happen. A strange man is caught lurking in the back yard, and the only neighbor turns out to be a crazy old widow. But not everything is going wrong. During the move, Janet meets a handsome charmer. She likes him enough to start dating again, leaving a sitter to watch over her son. 
 
When Michael, and his dog, Lucy-Fur, learn firsthand that their home is haunted by one of the victims of the Butcher's grisly act, Michael scours the internet and the local library to find out what happened back then. Maggie, the sitter, brings over a Ouija board and they soon find out that there is more than one dark spirit on the haunt.  
 
Can Lucy-Fur protect her boy from the angry ghost that wants to possess him? Can Michael fight through the madness and terror to find out what really happened? If he does, maybe the tormented souls can be put to rest and his mom can keep the house that she seems to love. If he fails, he just might become one of them. With the help of Maggie, and a burned out house painter, Michael is going to try. The problem is, not everyone is who they seem...            even the dead. 

The Butcher's Boy is one that I have read and I did a Recently Read post for.  If you're interested in what I thought about the book you can read my comments here:  Recently Read - The Butcher's Boy


 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Featured Book - The Red Church by Scott Nicholson

I'm trying to fill the rest of the month with horror books in honor of one of my favorite holidays - Halloween.  Check back every day for a new post.

The Red Church
by
Scott Nicholson

  

Description


A boy and a sheriff must solve the mystery of a haunted Appalachian church when a strange preacher returns to town. Stoker Award finalist.

THE RED CHURCH

For 13-year-old Ronnie Day, life is full of problems: Mom and Dad have separated, his brother Tim is a constant pest, Melanie Ward either loves him or hates him, and Jesus Christ won't stay in his heart. Plus he has to walk past the red church every day, where the Bell Monster hides with its wings and claws and livers for eyes. But the biggest problem is that Archer McFall is the new preacher at the church, and Mom wants Ronnie to attend midnight services with her.

Sheriff Frank Littlefield hates the red church for a different reason. His little brother died in a freak accident at the church twenty years ago, and now Frank is starting to see his brother's ghost. And the ghost keeps demanding, "Free me." People are dying in Whispering Pines, and the murders coincide with McFall's return.

The Days, the Littlefields, and the McFalls are descendants of the original families that settled the rural Appalachian community. Those old families share a secret of betrayal and guilt, and McFall wants his congregation to prove its faith. Because he believes he is the Second Son of God, and that the cleansing of sin must be done in blood.

"Sacrifice is the currency of God," McFall preaches, and unless Frank and Ronnie stop him, everybody pays.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Featured Book - 61 AD by David McAfee

I'm trying to fill the rest of the month with horror books in honor of one of my favorite holidays - Halloween.  Check back every day for a new post.

61 AD
by
David McAfee


 

Description


The thrilling sequel to the 2010 horror bestseller, 33 A.D.

Britannia, 61 A.D. For ten years, Taras has lived in the young city of Londinium, feeding off the city’s underbelly. But now Theron, his old enemy, has come looking for revenge, and Taras’ nights of living in relative peace are about to end.

Yet not even Theron can slip into town unnoticed, and the Council of Thirteen sends Ramah to deal with the two renegades once and for all. But unknown to the Council, a much older enemy is also in Londinium, and this time even the great Ramah might not be safe.

Set against the backdrop of the Iceni uprising in Roman-era Britannia, 61 A.D. continues the story of Taras, Theron, and Ramah, as they fight their way through history.

David McAfee is the author of the 2010 bestselling horror novel, 33 A.D., as well as several other horror titles currently available on Amazon Kindle and elsewhere. 61 A.D. is the follow up to his debut, and he is currently working on a collaborative novella with Jeremy Robinson featuring one of Robinson’s characters, Bishop. The next novel in the Theron and Taras storyline will be released in 2012.

David lives in Tennessee with his wife, daughter, and infant son. He loves to hear from readers and can be reached at monkeyfeet73@yahoo.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
Haven't read 33 AD yet?

  


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Featured Book - Zombie Showdown by Sean Sweeney

I'm trying to fill the rest of the month with horror books in honor of one of my favorite holidays - Halloween.  Check back every day for a new post.
  
Zombie Showdown
by
Sean Sweeney
 

Description

For a group of sophomores at Gardner High School, it turned out to be a class trip gone awry.

For 15-year-old twins Christian and Rachel Sanderski, it was the opportunity to tell the truth.

A zombie attack while the kids are on a ghost tour forces Christian to save a group of his friends. The events of the next day, though, lead to Chris and Rachel’s admission – they are the long lost descendants of a legendary gunman who once called Tombstone home. Their mother had forbidden them from saying a word about their genealogy in order to protect them.

With the admission, a weight has lifted from their shoulders and, with the help of their friends, Christian and Rachel battle the zombies in a late night brawl. But when the kids are told of the coming of The Three dead cowboys their ancestor had sent to Boot Hill Cemetery, they steel themselves for the fact that they may never return home.

Action and adventure, friends lost and friends found. And love, too… 
 

 
 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Featured Book - Evil Puppies by Aaron Daniels

I'm trying to fill the rest of the month with horror books in honor of one of my favorite holidays - Halloween.  Check back every day for a new post.

 Evil Puppies
by
Aaron Daniels



Description


For years, they were man's best friend. Nothing lasts forever.

We leashed them. We made them beg for scraps. We domesticated them from proud wolves into sniffling pugs. Now they want revenge.

As the Evil Puppies roam the world, city after city falls. New York rises in flame and puppy fur. Los Angeles is overrun. The armies of the world crash before them. Can nothing stop these adorable balls of fluff?

They're cute. They're cuddly. They're craving human blood. Man's best friend... just became his worst nightmare.

Evil Puppies -- seven short stories of adorable horror by Aaron Daniels. Included: Free bonus story by Michael Crane, author of Lessons (And Other Morbid Drabbles).

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Featured Book - Lessons by Michael Crane

I'm trying to fill the rest of the month with horror books in honor of one of my favorite holidays - Halloween.  Check back every day for a new post.

Lessons
by
Michael Crane 

Description


A man learns a painful and valuable lesson... one finger at a time.
An old couple bickers over disgusting leftovers.
Kids go ignored when they tell their parents about the horrors that lurk in their bedrooms, until it's too late...

LESSONS AND OTHER MORBID DRABBLES is a collection of 25 100-word shorts that range from darkly comic to downright terrifying and wrong. Some shorts feature ghouls and monsters while others are simply about people behaving very, very badly. Which is scarier? Find out in this sick and twisted collection.

They may only be a few words long, but that doesn't lessen the bloodshed any...

(Want more drabbles? LESSONS II: Another Morbid Drabble Collection and LESSONS III: Demonic Dolls and Other Morbid Drabbles are now available.)



The other books in the series can be found here:
 



Monday, October 17, 2011

Featured Book - Jenny Pox by JL Bryan

I'm trying to fill the rest of the month with horror books in honor of one of my favorite holidays - Halloween.  Check back every day for a new post.

Jenny Pox
by
JL Bryan

Description


Jenny's touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague. She can't control her power, so she devotes her life to avoiding contact with other people in her small Southern town. Her senior year of high school, she meets the one boy she can touch...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the "Jenny pox" inside her to survive his devious, manipulative girlfriend, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.

Not recommended for readers under eighteen.

***

BONUS: Contains an excerpt of Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel. 


Click here to buy from Amazon for Kindle (this title was free last time I looked)


Click here to buy from Amazon in Paperback


The other books available in the series can be found here:
 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bread Recipe

Today's post is a little different than the norm for recipes.  I don't have pictures.  I didn't take any before the bread or the cookies were gone.  They both went really fast.

I recently made home made bread without my bread machine.  I wish it would have risen a little more, but I think I figured out why it didn't.  I used all purpose flour instead of bread flour.  Plus, I doubled the recipe when I should have just made it twice.

The flavor is much better than the recipe I've been using in my bread machine, so it was okay that it didn't rise as much as I'd hoped.

The recipe is specifically for a Kitchenaid mixer but I think you could make it with almost any mixer.  You may have to adjust mixing times, though.

I posted the recipe on my Facebook page already but I will repost it here:

White Bread Recipe for Kitchenaid Mixers

1/2 c milk
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 Tablespoons butter or margarine (I used REAL butter)
2 (1/4 oz.) packages active dry yeast or 2 teaspoons Instant Yeast (I used the instant)
1 1/2 c warm water
5-6 c unbleached bread flour (I used all purpose and that could be why it didn't raise as well the second time around)

Combine milk, sugar, sat and butter in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat and stir until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Cool to lukewarm. (I cheated when it came time to add the lukewarm milk mixture and lukewarm water. My milk mixture was still pretty hot so I added cold water to it - the 1 1/2 cups that the recipe calls for - and it cooled the milk mixture to just the right temp)

If using active dry yeast, dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed bowl and let stand for 10 minutes. If using Instant Yeast, just add it to the flour and mix it in before adding liquids.

Add lukewarm milk mixture and water to 4 1/2 c flour. Attach bowl and dough hook. Turn to speed 2 and mix one minute. Continuing on speed 2, add remaining flour 1/2 c at a time until dough clings to hook and cleans side of bowl. Knead on speed 2 for 2 minutes longer, or until dough is smooth and elastic. Dough will be slightly sticky to the touch.

Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place free from draft until doubled in bulk (about an hour)

Punch dough down and divide in half. Shape each half into a loaf and place in a greased loaf pan. Cover and let rise until doubled (about one hour)

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks.






My mother-in-law let me know that she was craving cookies and my dad and a good friend let me know they wanted peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips in them, so I killed two birds with one stone.

The following recipe is for peanut butter cookies and I just added some chocolate chips when the cookies were all mixed up.  I just eyeballed the amount of chips but would guess I put in a cup and a half.

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe:

2 1/2  cups sifted all-purpose flour 
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
white sugar for decoration

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.  (I'm lazy - I didn't sift anything) 

In a medium bowl, cream together butter, peanut butter, 1 cup white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, then stir in vanilla. Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. (My dough was still pretty sticky so I just did drop cookies and I didn't roll in remaining sugar as the recipe calls for.)  Then I added the chocolate chips and dropped them by teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheets.

The recipe calls for you to bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven but I baked for only nine minutes. Cool slightly, and remove from pan.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Featured Book - Good For You Chicki Chipmunk

Good For You Chicki Chipmunk
by
Barry Eysman



Description

Slippery when bleeding. A long story of the fine tuning of a serial killer. Plus Halloween stories of revenge. CHICKI CHIPMUNK is a silly title about an extremely serious subject. One life lived in shadows, haunted by himself. The styles of writing change throughout. They are meant to be an exercise of a mind constantly trying to escape itself. But finding itself always on the outside. The last of the story I believe explains it. We try to be good all our lives, what happens? The answer is, "us". It's a story of violence. 

Click here to buy from Smashwords



Friday, October 14, 2011

Featured Book - Pages of Promises

Pages of Promises
by
Stephen James Price

 

Description

Pages of Promises is a collection of 14 dark, speculative fiction stories straight out of the twisted imagination of Stephen James Price. From a paean to Stephen King to the child of a serial killer, Price explores dark corners of the human heart with wit and skill. At the end of the volume, Price allows the reader to glimpse the insights and incidents that gave birth to each story.

Price is a Writers of the Future contest finalist and his work also appears in GRAVE CONDITIONS and THE OUTSIDERS.
 

 
  

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Release - Bad Blood

Bad Blood
by
Scott Nicholson
H.T. Night
J.R. Rain


 

Description

They call him Spider.

And people come to him when they have a problem. So when teenager Parker Cole approaches Spider at night school, he figures she's just another problem waiting to happen. But then she tells him about her father, who runs a cult called Cloudland based at the foot of mystical Mount Shasta, California.

And then she tells Spider about her best friend, who is now dead, her body completely drained of blood. Spider wonders if the death is the work of a fellow vampire...or if he's now the target of a sinister game designed to lure him to Cloudland, where darker mysteries await.

A vampire thriller from three bestselling authors: J. R. Rain of the Vampire for Hire series, H.T. Night of Vampire Love Story, and Scott Nicholson of The Red Church. Bad Blood includes two bonus short stories, three sample chapters, and a clickable Table of Contents.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Featured Book and Giveaway

The Caretakers
by
Shauna L. Nosler

Description

1972, one year before the Roe v. Wade decision … IF ever there were a case for justifiable homicide, this, would most certainly be one. Jasper was only a few months away from graduating with honors from the University of Washington’s Law School, so he knew more than the average about the legal justification for killing another human being. When he first learned about this type of defense, he had thought it outrageous. But now, here he was, trying desperately to recall all that he could about how to validate the killing of this man. Because now, he was going to need to know. Now he was the one that needed a reasonable explanation to murder the son-of-a-bitch that did this to his sister.

1987, three young children playing together at their Aunt’s estate where Jasper’s daughter, the bold and insightful nine year old Caroline and her ten year old cousin Mitchell, a self-described book worm with passion for the military and indifference towards everything else, discover a small cross planted along banks of the river where they swim; a cross that bears the date March 24, 1972. Later, Mitch reveals that he has seen that same cross somewhere else before, and the two cousins begin their year long speculation over the cross’ origin and significance of the date scratched into the wood.

1988, Caroline is at her father’s law firm where she sees a back and white photo of a young woman standing amongst a large group of people holding signs that say “ROE”. As she looks closer and reads the encryption, she becomes curious and wonders if she was named after this woman- because all of her friends shorten her name to its middle syllable and call her Rho.

The Caretakers, is not another story of right vs. wrong or good vs. evil, but one of devotion vs. obligation and protection vs. abandonment. This is a story about the internal struggle that one faces when deciding to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but, regardless of consequence, or holding onto a secret forever in order to spare someone else unnecessary anguish.
 
This book is currently up for grabs in paperback at Goodreads and via the author's website through October 15th:

 
The Kindle version is also on sale for only $2.99