Today we bring you an Author Spotlight for David Nora and his debut published novel Slasher Crasher. Kim will also be sharing her review.
When David Nora isn’t writing silly horror stories about his high school friends, he’s trying to inspire future generations of children as a social studies teacher of the blind/visually impaired. He lives in New York City with his beloved stuffed polar bear, Po Po. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram at davidnorajr [all one word, lowercase]. Your support of indie authors is greatly appreciated.
Published: August 22, 2019
It was the night HE tried to go home…but got caught in THEIR drama…
It’s Halloween. Nick Roesch, a towering figure of evil and stupidity, escapes from the upstate New York mental hospital he’s been committed to for the past five years. Planning to return to his childhood home, where he brutally murdered his babysitter’s boyfriend, his plans are halted when he crosses paths with an even more terrifying beast—two high school friends with some serious beef. Caught in a battle of loyalty that has been brewing for ten years of their friendship, the two girls, Kathleen Strife and Betsy Coleman, force the feud into a savage showdown, pitting the escaped monster against each other. Who will survive this epic death-match, and is it totally wrong to fall in love with the murderous lunatic who just tried to kill your ex-best friend with a machete?
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
I found this book on Instagram and was drawn to the cover. Once I read the description, I knew I wanted to read it. This book is pretty entertaining! Obviously it needs to be taken for what it is, a classic 80s horror tale filled with extremes. Unfortunately, my one criticism is one of those extremes. I really hated Kathleen. No wonder no one liked her at school, she was disgusting! But everyone else was pretty in line with those cheesy 80s horror movies and it worked really well. The story was interesting (though slightly too long), the characters were engaging and believable, and the writing style was easy. There was only one point where I thought that the book was dragging on, but that passed quickly and I liked the story arc. There were some twists that were unexpected to me and I liked them! The ending was awesome! David was the best part of the book. He simultaneously added humor and a seriousness that made the story richer.
Overall, this was an engaging and entertaining read that I would recommend to anyone who loves campy horror. Not good for teens due to a lot of language and adult themes. I’m very glad I read it!
Today I bring you an author spotlight for S. Faxon. She has one novel out now and another one due out next month!
Growing up in San Diego, S. Faxon always kept her eye on the horizon. Determined to experience adventure, S. Faxon left her home in California to attend university in New York City. While there, her imagination took flight and the characters in her world came to life on the page. She completed writing five full length original novels while receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at St. John’s University over a period of four years. Her stories take place in the same fictional world and revolve within twenty years of each other. Minor characters in some of her stories appear as main characters in others. S. Faxon believes that, like in real-life, everyone is connected and has a unique story worth telling.
S. Faxon’s first published novel, The Animal Court is available in paperback and e-book format on Amazon. In her writing career, she has completed fourteen full-length original novels and has seven more in the works. To learn more about the creative projects of S. Faxon, visit her website www.sfaxon.com.
S. Faxon is currently an administrator at an internationally acclaimed museum in her hometown, San Diego. In her previous career, she was an administrator in a human rights advocacy nonprofit at Columbia University in New York City, where she assisted in regional-political, social development programs in countries throughout the world. S. Faxon’s greatest desire is that her words provide for her readers an escape from their daily grind of nine to five.
The Animal Court
Published: October 7, 2017
The Animal Court transports you to a country on the verge of collapse. Realizing that he has been blinded by the advisors in his court, the country’s king turns to his brothers for aid, but rivalry among royal blood proves to provoke old hatreds. One crusader for the people remains, but as the only lady within the king’s court, no man is willing to listen. The infuriating stagnation in progress beckons the crusader Gertrude to retreat to her idyllic country life, if only to hide in the comforting arms of her own skeletons. However, she knows that unless she can help enact rapid and drastic changes to tame the beasts within their government, the country she loves will be lost to the animal court.
Foreign & Domestic Affairs
To Be Published: October 2019
Twenty years have passed since the failed revolution. Though iron hands fell to quell the passions of the masses, the fate of Vitenka is in jeopardy once again.
Whispers from abroad and shadows in their court threaten to dismantle all that the king and queen labored to rebuild. While mourning the unexpected death of their youngest son, Breyton and Gertrude are faced with the impossible decision of prioritizing their family or their thrones. With the eyes of their nation upon the royal couple, will the challenges that brought them together now tear them and their beloved Vitenka apart? Will the foreign and domestic affairs prove to finally usurp the great Malleus reign?
Today we are bring you an Author Spotlight for Bill Mathis and his two published novels. Kim will also be sharing her review on his newest novel, The Rooming House Diaries: Life, Love & Secrets. Mathis’ other novel Face Your Fears will also be featured.
Bill Mathis’ second novel, The Rooming House Diaries: Life, Love & Secrets was published in August 2019. Bill began writing after retiring from careers in YMCA camping and foster care. He lives with his partner overlooking a river in southern Wisconsin and writes, reads, volunteers and travels. His first novel, Face Your Fears, is about disability, LGBTQ and family. A companion to his second novel, The Rooming House Gallery: Connecting the Dots, is under contract to publish in June, 2020. A fourth novel, psychological mystery and crime in a farm family, is well underway.
The Rooming House Diaries: Life, Love & Secrets
Published: August 9, 2019
Six fascinating and touching diaries are discovered in an old rooming house that detail the lives of the owners and tenants spanning over a century of change in Chicago’s Back-of-the-Yards neighborhood. An unwed pregnant teen shows up; a teen from Paris, France appears, the result of a relationship during World War I; the first Mexican in the neighborhood is given a room and eventually inherits the place, his diary describes his young life running the streets in Tijuana, Mexico and how the rooming house served undocumented AIDS clients. The matriarch leaves a long-hidden diary that details her undisclosed life of brothels. Filled with love, life and family secrets, The Rooming House Diaries prove DNA does not always make a complete family.
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
The author provided a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I’m very glad I read this book; it’s a lovely story with many interesting characters. I love multiple timeline historical fiction and The Diaries gave me that. So many stories from the same family made it easy to get to know them and become emotionally involved. I enjoyed reading each story and learning more from each writer.
I really don’t have too many criticisms except for two, and those are just based on personal preference. Mainly, it’s about ratios. I don’t have any problem with gay people, but you’ll have a hard time convincing me that there were that many gay people all in one circle of people like that. Plus, back through this many decades, I really don’t believe that this many people, even in the same family, were that progressive in their thinking. It just got a little unbelievable, especially at the end.
Other than that, the stories were engaging and I didn’t want to put the book down. Each writer added a little bit more info and a lot of their individual personalities. I’d like to believe that if modern society had this kind of connected family unit, we’d have fewer problems in the world. I really liked this book and would recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction, centered around people, as opposed to plot.
Face Your Fears
Published: July 14, 2018
Face Your Fears is filled with vitality as it challenges the traditional concepts of normalcy, family, disability and love. Nate is a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy raised in a family of achievers. He must be fed, dressed and toileted, yet has unique skills and abilities he gradually becomes aware of. Jude is able-bodied, one of 10 children raised on a hardscrabble Iowa farm. He can change diapers, cook, fix equipment, milk cows, and discovers his vocation as a physical therapist. Both experience tragic teen-age losses, navigate family tragedies, and come to peace with who they are individually as gay men, and eventually together.
This book shows how normal comes wrapped in different packages, yet inside each package, people are the same, whether able-bodied, disabled, black, white, brown, green or LGBTQ+.