Thursday, February 27, 2014

Heart Problems

I have had a heart cath and a stent put in and am recovering. Will be out of work until Monday. New meds and rest is the schedule for now.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Couple of Reviews

The Libertine
Saskia Walker
Harlequin HQN, $14.95
ISBN: 9780373777396

In 1715 Chloris Keavey desperately needs to produce the heir soonest or her ruthless spouse Gavin Meldrum will kick her out of their Edinburgh home. Maura Dumbar sends Chloris to Saint Andrews to seek a fertility spell from coven leader Lennox Taskill. The witches are fearful as Maura works for their influential enemy council member Tamhas Keavey.

To his chagrin as he loathes humanity for burning his mother at the stakes, Lennox is attracted to his newest client. She feels the same way about the powerful witch. As they begin a tryst, Tamhas decides he will sleep with the married cheating woman who has sold her soul to the devil. To eliminate his rival, Tamhas proclaims Lennox a witch deserving the fate of his mother.

This is an exciting, enticing eighteenth century erotica paranormal romance. The storyline contains intriguing relationships with Chloris as the foci of three competing males (the good, the bad and the ugly). Although sex rules the heated storyline, fans will enjoy Saskia Walker’s return to 1715 Scottish love and witchcraft (see The Harlot). Harriet Klausner

Kiss Of Temptation
Sandra Hill
Avon, $5.99
ISBN: 9780062064639

In 850 AD in the Norselands, Ivak Sigurdsson lived a perpetual hard life with lust being his driver until he chose his friend Serk’s wife only to be caught; Serk hangs himself. Filled with remorse, the blacksmith, whose spouse Ivak bedded, stabs him with a medal tine pitchfork. Michael the angel tells Ivak that neither heaven nor hell is his destination, but something worse for his sins of the flesh. He becomes celibate as one of God’s Vangal Viking vampire angel fighting against Satan’s vampire demons the lucipires.

In 2013, Ivak travels to Angola Prison where thirty-one year old Leroy Sonnier serves time for murdering his abusive father fifteen years ago after the drunk beat his mom and younger sister. Ivak’s mission is to protect Leroy’s sister Second Chance lawyer Gabrielle who failed again to get the parole board to free him; apparently because his rage for justice and criticism of the penal system has made him a media darling. While keeping Gabrielle safe from the lucipire, Ivak lusts like he never did before. He initially assumes it is because of his celibacy, but eventually realizes she is soul mate while lamenting that his heavenly debt is eternal.

This is a fun Deadly Angels paranormal romance (see Kiss of Surrender and Kiss of Pride) as the lustful Vangal deals with desire (mindful of the climax in the Devil and Ms. Jones) when he meets his protected one. Fast-paced with a condemnation of the file cabinet American system of justice, fans of Sandra Hill will enjoy Kiss of Temptation with the additional bonus of the return of Tante Lulu and the Ragin’ Cajun LeDeux family (see The Red-Hot Cajun). Harriet Klausner

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Age of Shiva Press Release

The Guardian called it “the kind of complex, action-oriented SF Dan Brown would write if Dan Brown could write”, it’s sold more than 150,000 copies worldwide since 2009, and spawned its own genre of ‘Godpunk’…

Now the second arc of the best-selling Pantheon series draws to a close with James Lovegrove’s Age of Shiva.

The latest stand-alone title in this action-packed military SF series brings you a world where the multitude of Hindu gods hold sway and a simple comic book artist finds himself trapped in the middle!

Zachary Bramwell, better known as the comics artist Zak Zap, is pushing forty and wondering why his life isn’t as exciting as the lives of the superheroes he draws. Then he’s shanghaied by black-suited goons and flown to Mount Meru, a vast complex built atop an island in the Maldives. There, Zak meets a trio of billionaire businessmen who put him to work designing costumes for a team of godlike super-powered beings based on the ten avatars of Vishnu from Hindu mythology.

The Ten Avatars battle demons and aliens and seem to be the saviours of a world teetering on collapse. But their presence is itself a harbinger of apocalypse. The Vedic “fourth age” of civilisation, Kali Yuga, is coming to an end, and Zak has a ringside seat for the final, all-out war that threatens the destruction of Earth.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Gods and Monsters Press Release

Abaddon is very proud to announce the next title in the Gods and Monsters series, created by genre superstar author Chuck Wendig.

Gods and Monsters: Myth Breaker by Stephen Blackmoore will be the second novel in the series and will be published in December 2014.

Wendig imagined a brand new world for Abaddon Books last year, in which gods and goddesses are real and fight one another for mankind’s belief and devotion. But when one god drove all others out of Heaven, it was back to the bad old days of cults and sycophants, and the terrible retribution the gods visit on those who spite them. Gods and Monsters: Myth Breaker continues the story of humanity pitted against both the natural and the supernatural in a world of violence and faith.

Chuck said: “Stephen Blackmoore is the exceedingly worthy heir to the Gods and Monsters throne, and unto him I bequeath my crown, my sword, my whiskey bottle (it’s empty, sorry), my robot butler, my monkey butler, and what’s left of the ragged cheesecloth that is my soul. COURAGE TO HIM.”

The first people the gods stopped talking to, back in the day, were the Chroniclers: people who were touched by the divine. Prophets and storytellers; Moses, Homer, Hesiod. Chroniclers don't just tell the stories, they make people believe. And when the gods don’t keep up that connection, they go mad.

Growing up an orphan, Louie Fitzsimmons always had conversations with “invisible friends,” could see patterns in the world that no one else could see. He suffered bouts of mania and depression, but with a regimen of drugs and therapy he grew out of it as a teenager. When he was thirteen, he ran away from the orphanage and got in with organized crime as a drug runner, skimming the pharmaceuticals he sold to keep his visions at bay. Now, thirty-five years old and burnt out, Louie’s had enough. With access to the mob's finances, he plans to go out in a big way.

Only he can't. Things are conspiring against him: a broken down car, a missed flight. It's bad enough being hunted by the mob, but the gods – kicked out of the Heavens, stuck on Earth without worshippers – need someone who can tell their stories, get the word out, and they aren’t letting him go. And there are new gods on the scene, gods of finance and technology, who want him too.

Caught between the mob and two sets of rival gods, Louie hatches a plan that will probably get him killed. If his powers can make the gods, there's no reason he can't break them...

Critics on Gods and Monsters: Unclean Spirits:

“The style is gonzo and rapid-fire, with bizarre imagery and flashes of violence and the grotesque.” –

“The tone, the pacing, the characters, all of it, and honestly, this story is just plain fun. Dark, sometimes horribly creepy, but fun.”
– Fantasy Book Critic

“… full of stark realities dragged through gutter-filled dreams ... Even now I cannot seem to shake this novel free.”
– SF Signal

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ishbelle Bee Joins Angry Robot

Ishbelle Bee Joins Angry Robot

The deal, for Worldwide Rights, for The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath by Ishbelle Bee was negotiated between our Senior Editor Lee Harris and Bryony Woods of Diamond Kahn Woods.

This sumptuous fairytale for adults will be published in November, with a sequel to follow in July 2015.

With a wonderful title - and by the way, the subtitle is The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, ESQ - I think we need to go straight to the blurb:

The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath

In the summer of 1887 my grandfather stole a clock.
It was six feet high and the shape of a coffin.

1888. A little girl called Mirror and her shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human.

John Loveheart, meanwhile, was not born wicked. But after the sinister death of his parents, he was taken by Mr Fingers, the demon lord of the underworld. Some say he is mad. John would be inclined to agree.

Now Mr Fingers is determined to find the little girl called Mirror, whose flesh he intends to eat, and whose soul is the key to his eternal reign. And John Loveheart has been called by his otherworldly father to help him track Mirror down…

ISHBELLE BEE writes horror and loves fairy-tales, the Victorian period (especially top hats!) and cake tents at village fĂȘtes. (She believes serial killers usually opt for the Victoria Sponge). She currently lives in Edinburgh. She doesn't own a rescue cat, but if she did his name would be Mr Pickles.

Quotable Quotes

Ishbelle: "I am over the moon to be working with Lee Harris and the Angry Robot team. Mirror and Goliath is in excellent hands."

Lee: "Finding Mirror and Goliath in my reading list was a dream come true - it was one of those books that the whole team immediately fell in love with, and I can't wait to share this one with our readers!"

Bryony: "I’m thrilled to have found such a perfect home for Mirror and Goliath, and I know that Angry Robot will publish Ishbelle’s wonderful novels with all the passion and enthusiasm that they deserve."

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sea Turtle Inn from Circlet Press

Sea Turtle Inn, H.B. Kurtzwilde, Gressive Press,, ISBN 978-1-61390-099-4 ebook, ISBN 978-1-61390-100-7 paperback, Word Count: 25,190, List Price: $6.99, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

The Sea Turtle Inn has quite a reputation in St Augustine, Florida as a bawdy house that has been owned by the same family for centuries. The family is descended from pirates and it makes for the perfect tourist attraction. It is also the home of several ghosts that have gotten more offensive to the customers.

Enter Andrew Wells, a noted local paranormalist, who has come to find out if the stories are tall tales, flat out lies, or a genuine manifestation of “pirates in the Bridal Suite”. Black Roger and Dirty Davey Bonny are the two spirits that have been pulling pranks for years that have become more violent of late.

As Wells investigates at the behest of Miss B. A. Davis, “just Davis”, he feels that there is more to learn about the Inn and Davis. During his investigation, he uncovers the story of Black Roger and Dirty Davey and feels that Davis has more to share that he has to discover on his own.

This is one of the more unusual books I have read from Circlet in that the story is extremely well done and the sexual content is not as prevalent as in their other works. When there is sexual content it is there to help the story to progress and help to reveal century’s old secrets that continue till today.

Give this one a try. It’s well written and there are not many of these paranormal adventures around to choose from.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Inheritance and Van Gogh's Ear

INHERITANCE, Joe McKinney, Evil Jester Press, 356 pages, Kindle, $4.99, ISBN: 978-0615690896, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

Paul Henninger has grown up with a shatter-pated mother, who committed suicide, and his father who had his own demons to conquer. He lived on a farm that raised goats and was a good enough football player to get a scholarship ti the University of Texas-San Antonio. One night, his father starts speaking in a strange language and marks Paul and starts to give him “his INHERITANCE”.

Six years later Paul is a rookie cop on the Antonio Police Force and has married his college sweetheart. One of his first cases involves a mass death of a warehouse full of dead junkies and a strange goat running loose as well as a vision of his father. Later, all the bodies disappear from the morgue and we learn of Paul’s fathers’ goal to obtain magical abilities and then pass this INHERITANCE on to Paul, who wants no part of it.

Mckinney knows his police procedures, his writing craft, and how to raise the hair on the back of your neck with his horror. What more could you ask for? McKinney always delivers a great book and this is no exception.

THE ORIGINAL VAN GOGH’S EAR ANTHOLOGY, VOLUME 8, Tina Hall,, $4.99 ebook, Kindle, 684 pages, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

Ian Ayres started this several years back and has turned it over to the very capable hands of Tina Hall. I have a poem in this volume, but will not mention it again.

This volume is chocked full of poetry, stories, artwork, photography and interviews. The list of contributors include, Jill Bauman, Trent Zelazny, Ian Ayres, Garrett Cook, Graham Masterton, Eric May and so many others that will make it possible to find something to suit your tastes.

Tina has done an excellent job of seeking out and promoting new and talented people in all of the arts and genres to share with a worldwide audience. Check out the website at for daily additions to expand your mind and possibly find something new to make you think and add to your favorites.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Angel In Chains
Cynthia Eden
Kensington Brava, $14.00
ISBN: 9780758267634

Azrael had been the most powerful Angel of Death in Heaven before he became one of the Fallen and burned six months ago. Now he angrily lives in the Hell known as New Orleans by the humans who dwell on death and stink. He lives for one thing: escaping this hellish realm by returning to golden Heaven.

Azrael comes across a pack of were-panthers surrounding a seemingly helpless mortal female. He intervenes unaware that Jade Pierce has fled from her former evil lover who obsesses over her return. No longer wanting to run, Jade believes the supernatural power of Azrael might allow her to stop retreating. Thus she plans to seduce the powerful stranger while he struggles with his desire for her and his craving to go home.

The latest Fallen romantic urban fantasy (see Angel Betrayed) is a strong entry that combines a powerful suspense with a heated paranormal love story. Fast-paced from the moment of the heavenly intervention and never slowing down, fans will appreciate the human and the Fallen finding salvation in each other. Harriet Klausner

The Neighbors
Ania Ahlborn
Thomas & Mercer, $14.95
ISBN: 9781612184456

In Creekside, Kansas Andrew Morrison gave up his life to care for an acrimonious agoraphobic and alcoholic mother. Though feeling guilty for deserting his mom, now he is freed as he moves in with a childhood friend Mickey Fitch though the house is an eyesore as the squalid dump of Magnolia Lane.

Though they differ over white picket fences and paint, the two roommates get on well. Their biggest contention is over The Neighbors. Drew feels welcomed by Harlow and Red Ward while also envying their Leave It To Beaver lifestyle as what they have is what he always wanted. Mickey warns his roommate about his fascination with the Neighbors especially kind Harlow; that is until she tries to seduce Andrew who sees her as Harriet Ward. As Drew wonders about the odd behavior of Ward couple and of Mickey who vanishes a lot and keeps a room that he has not entered as it is always locked, the newcomer wonders if living in hell with mom is better than this taste of heaven.

This is a taut horror thriller in which readers ponder if the perfect couple next door are monsters or whether Drew suffers from a psychosis. The four protagonists are fully developed, which adds to the audience wondering what is going on. Filled with increasing suspense, fans will enjoy the Neighbors as things are rarely what they seem on the outside. Harriet Klausner

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sea Turtle Inn by H.B. Kurtzwilde

Sea Turtle Inn
by H.B. Kurtzwilde
ISBN 978-1-61390-099-4 ebook
ISBN 978-1-61390-100-7 paperback
Word Count: 25,190
List Price: $6.99

(Cambridge, MA) – Gressive Press, an imprint of Circlet Press dedicated to sex-positive science fiction/fantasy outside the gender binary, is proud to present Sea Turtle Inn by Lambda Literary Award nominated author H.B. Kurtzwilde. In this transgender, gay, paranormal romance, Kurtzwilde weaves elements of southern gothic horror with passionate characters and a vividly rendered setting unlike any other.

Once a tavern historically popular amongst pirates, the Sea Turtle Inn is now an enchanting coastal Floridian hotel and bar that boasts stunning gothic architecture, scenic views, and a nightlife that can best be described as, well… unique. An accomplished paranormalist, Andrew Wells, has been hired by the current owner to investigate claims that the inn’s rooms are haunted by the unruly, restless, and randy spirits of Black Roger and Dirty Davy, two rival pirates rumored to have murdered one another over a woman. But the true story behind the pirates' demise and the degree to which the Sea Turtle Inn is actually haunted turns out to be more complicated than centuries' old rumor and popular reputation would imply. Meanwhile, Andrew finds himself more intrigued by the inn's enigmatic proprietor Davis. Resolving Davis's family secrets may prove key to finally putting the tumultuous spirits to rest.

Available for sale at, Amazon's Kindle store, through Barnes & Noble's Nook, and at many other fine ebook retailers, readers can now enjoy Sea Turtle Inn on their computers, ereaders, and smartphones.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Known Devil

Known Devil is the third installment in the Occult Investigation Series by the fantastic Justin Gustainis, and has been recieving some awesome reviews, a couple of which are quoted below.

Known Devil

Meet Stan Markowski or the Scranton PD’s Occult Crimes Unit.

“My name’s Markowski. I carry a badge. Also, a crucifix, some wooden stakes, a big vial of holy water, and a 9mm Beretta loaded with silver bullets.

“A new supernatural gang is intent on invading Scranton and it looks like I’m going to have to work with the current mob to prevent a demonic gang war.

“If there’s one thing I hate more than living with supernatural scumbags, it’s working with them! But you know that they say, better the devil you know…”

“Whipcrack-fast, hellishly smart, and wonderfully noir—Known Devil is a marvellous ride.”

– Lilith Saintcrow, New York Times bestselling author

“The story is both dark-edged and breezily amusing, which get thumbs from me…”

– Laura Anne Gilman, author of the ‘Paranormal Scene Investigations’ series

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Feb 9

Sorry about the lack of posting. Had two doctors visits last week and have another heart cath set up for next Thursday. My mind is rambling or drug stupored at the moment.

Forgive me, I'll try to be back soon!

50 Years Ago today, The Beatles played on Ed Sullivan and changed music and the world forever. Thanks, guys!

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Tyler’s Third Act
Mick Garris; William Stout (Illustrator)
Cemetery Dance, $35.00
ISBN: 9781587673016

Tyler Sparrow’s first act was as a television script writer. That gig ended with the 2007 Writers Guild strike as the stations’ management and accountant learned viewers loved cheaper reality shows so they inundated the market during and after the strike. Script writers like Tyler were unemployed in his second act.

Desperate as he is running out of resources, Tyler creates a third act. He develops a bloody gory show You Want a Piece of Me for an Internet only audience with a final curtain call that he believes will make him a household name as he will satiate the blood-curdle mob.

Mindful of the movie Network, Tyler's Third Act shines a discomforting spotlight on reality shows and the culture that supports these shows through spectators observing a Christians and the Lions last person-beast standing competition as each new gig requires increasing violence. With strong illustrations enhancing the plot, readers will act like Tyler’s audience macabrely fascinated with a need to know the climax of Tyler’s Third Act in what is a solid contemporary allegory. Harriet Klausner

Tears of Rain
Rosa Montero
AmazonCrossing, $14.95
ISBN: 9781612184388

In the United States of Earth, thirty one years old Bruna Husky actually has lived for only six years and will die in four when her time expires. Though she has memories of a childhood, Bruna learns her recall of events over six years ago are false imprints; as she is a techno-human created in a lab to do work humans do not want to perform.

In 2109 in Madrid, there has been an angry assault on replicants; many murdered before there expiration date ends their lives. Detective Bruna Husky investigates the violent mysterious deaths of her peers; knowing she will likely end up like her dead colleagues. As she follows leads, Bruna realizes that behind the serial killings there is a world-wide conspiracy to take control of the globe.

With a nod to Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Tears of Rain is an exhilarating futuristic thriller that looks deeply into the psychology of being an individual with no rights who knows their shut off date yet possessing feelings similar to their human creators. The well written investigation enables the audience to compare the social and political realm of the natural born with the lab born in a divided world in which origin prejudice is prevalent. Although the prose at times feels out of place with a persistent Pollyanna optimism instead of Bruna’s dark environs, fans will enjoy the techno-human investigating the serial killing of techno-humans. Harriet Klausner

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Joseph D'Lacey Launch: Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Do you live in Edinburgh? Near enough that a mid-week trip to meet an Angry Robot author is on the cards? Or just love Angry Robot and Joseph D'Lacey so much that miles don't mean a thing to you?

Well, you need to be in Blackwell's on Wednesday 5 March, then! Join Joseph D'Lacey in launching The Book of the Crowman, the second book in the Black Dawn duology.

The Book of the Crowman Launch Details

Blackwell's Bookshop Presents:

An exciting launch for Joseph D'Lacey's
The Book of the Crowman

When: Wednesday 5th March
Where: Blackwell's Bookshop, South Bridge, Edinburgh
Time: 6.30pm

NB: This event is ticketed.

Tickets are FREE and are available from the Front Desk or call 0131 622 8218.

For more information email

The Book of the Crowman

It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying.

It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world.

The search for the shadowy figure known only as the Crowman continues, as the Green Men prepare to rise up against the forces of the Ward.

The world has been condemned. Only Gordon Black and The Crowman can redeem it.

See you on March 5...


It's a launch to not miss, so I do hope you can come along.