Sara Brooke – Author of the Day

Sara Serious Author colorToday Sara Brooke is here to introduce herself and her newest release. There is no time for a full on feature today, so let’s not waste any time.

Hi Sara, what can you tell us about yourself?

I am a lifelong avid reader of all things scary. My childhood dream was to write books that force readers to sleep with their lights on.

My first novel, Still Lake, was released Spring 2012.

The biggest influences and favorite authors for me include Bentley Little and John Saul.

I am presently working on my next novel and upcoming documentary film.

What is the book you would like to tell us about today?

Sunken Park, my latest release. Let me tell you in short what it’s about. Sit back and enjoy. 🙂

 

Some places are bad to the core. 

Behind the locked gates of Sunken Park, there is a terrible secret that spreads darkness over the once-natural beauty of the trees and lakes. 

There is an evil that is powerful and hungry, seeking to extract its revenge on anyone who dares to tread on its land. 

Looking for some rest and relaxation, several college students decide to spend the weekend at the park. But they’re about to walk into a nightmare that will affect each of them differently. As they struggle to survive, the mystery begins to unravel. 

There’s no place to hide from the horrors of Sunken Park. 
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Featured Author – Carmilla Voiez

1505565_505694392877894_1578029324_nToday Carmilla Voiez features on the blog. She was kind enough to not only answer a few questions but also shares snippets of her work.

Hi Carmilla, thanks for taking the time to sit down and let me grill you. I’d like to start with a few personal ones, if you don’t mind?

Living in Scotland it must make you long for sunshine and warm beaches, or at least I assume it does. What is your favourite holiday destination?

I am not a sun lover. I tend to prefer holidays that revolve around art, music and culture. I love Brugge and Paris and even York as a holiday destination. I think I yearn for the buzz of city life more than warm beaches.

What was the first book you took out of the library when you were young?

I am not sure whether it was the first, but I remember taking out a series of picture books with a ghost called George as the central character who had lots of adventures. I did search for the books for my children, but unfortunately couldn’t find them again.

What kind of movies do you enjoy watching?

Horror, art house, and good drama.

Is there any food or beverage that is a constant factor in either your books or life?

Coffee and cigarettes. Yes, good health doesn’t seem to be a theme in my life or work.

What is your favourite dish and can you give me the recipe?

I love salads. I’ll throw in all sorts of peppers, fruit, nuts, and dressings. It’s the crunch of raw food that sends my taste buds wild.

A very nice Spinach Aragula Cranberry salad with Goat’s cheese and Walnuts found on the Cranky Pancreas

That wasn’t that bad, was it? But let’s get on with it and move on to the topic you are really here for.

What is the title of the book you would like to talk about, and can you give us a small taster of it?

Starblood. It’s the first book in a trilogy and introduces a group of friends who are part of the Gothic subculture. Their lives revolve around music, alcohol and magic. It is the magic side that proves to be a catalyst for very violent change in all of their lives.

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In a seedy Goth club, a beautiful woman dances, waiting to be set free. Along an unlit street, another woman stumbles, fleeing her pursuer. In a darkened room, a man speaks to demons.

Lust, obsession, terror and humiliation storm into the lives of Star and Satori, proving the age-old maxim – be careful what you wish for.

Starblood, the debut novel by Carmilla Voiez, is a tale of magic and horror.

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Blinded by love, Satori, a young magician, attempts a spell that goes horribly wrong, resulting in the demon Lilith returning to Earth. Satori knows he must send Lilith back. The dark goddess brimming with power makes it her mission to wreak havoc on Satori’s life by ensnaring Star, the woman he loves, and her friends in a web of chaos and deceit.

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‘Carmilla Voiez makes Clive Barker look like Stephanie Meyer.’ Jef Withonef, Houston Press.

Excerpt

‘Lilith,’ the white-haired man calls to her.
She turns to look at his thin, silk wrapped frame and weak, obsequious eyes. He is speaking again. The sound annoys her.
‘I felt it the moment you stepped from Chaos into Malkuth. The world trembled as your foot touched the floor. We all did. You have an army here, should you want it.’
What is he telling her? The words buzz around her ears like ravenous gnats. An army? What do I want that I might need an army? ‘An army.’
His eyes shine. ‘Yes, we want to change the world in your name. Stay here, please. Lead us into temptation.’
Lilith shakes her head. ‘You’re a liar and a misogynist. You want to follow because you want revolution, freedom and fire. If Samael or Asmodeus appeared beside me you would bow before them and, under their protection, spit at all I am and all of womankind. Why do you desire revolution when this world is already of your making?’
He bows his head, but not before she sees the hatred burning in his eyes.
‘You want power and glory,’ she says. ‘I see through you, into the black heart beating pointlessly in your skinny chest. You are nothing, good for nothing.’
‘I am nothing,’ he agrees. He kneels before her. ‘Please, make me something. Let me serve you. Do you want him? I can call him down. What do you want? I will get it for you.’
Lilith strides into the kitchen. Everything sparkles; it is like magic. Drawing a heavy butcher’s knife from a chrome block, she touches the tip and runs a finger along the blade.
‘Sharpen this,’ she tells the man hovering in the doorway.
He looks at her then sets to work, gathering a wand and leather strap from a drawer. The knife sings as it is sharpened. Closing her eyes, she lets its song fill her.
‘Knives. Wonderfully phallic, don’t you think?’ she says, more to herself than him.
‘Yes,’ he answers quickly. ‘People who carry knives are sexually repressed. It’s the act of penetration they crave.’ He blushes and turns away. ‘I’m sorry … here, it’s sharp now.’
She takes the blade from his extended hand. He does not meet her eyes. ‘You know what I did. Did you watch? Did it excite you?’

Did you have difficulty coming up with the title?

It’s the title of a song by Cranes that seemed to sum up a lot of what the main female character Star is going through.

Would you conform your work to suit the market?

That would seem pointless to me. I don’t need much money to survive and fame is a frightening concept. I just want to share my vision and connect with readers.

What do you do marketing wise and what do you think generates the most attention to your books?

I promote on Facebook and Google+. I have two blogs. I make videos of readings from my books and I have a new monthly podcast that is starting on 13th February. Facebook seems to generate the most attention, but I like to mix things up a lot.

Okay now that we have the mandatory questions out of the way, shoot your mouth off. Tell me whatever you want the blab about. Make me laugh, or cry, or even envious. Tell me something none has ever heard before from you. Hehehe, I love those little dirty secrets, real or make believe. 🙂

I am a strong believer in women and women’s rights. I spend most of my time, both when writing and not writing thinking about how we can change this world to make it a more friendly and supportive place for my daughters and other women. I tend to turn the horror genre on its head so women are not the victims in my tales, or even if they are they have a power and a presence and make their own choices that directly affect their lives. I spend a fair amount of time reading about feminism and the LGBT movement and hope in some way my writing might help bring others around to a greater understanding of the supposedly weaker sex and the fluid nature of gender and sexual identity.

Thanks for being here Carmilla and I hope to see you back soon with more exciting news or just because you’ve wrote a guest post about one of the topics that are important to you.

If the readers want to know more about you or even follow you and buy your books they can find you on:

Your site, Tumblr, Facebook, and Goodreads

A Menu of Death by Lucy Pireel

A Menu of Death

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A collection of short stories about vengeance, obsession, cravings, and selfishness.

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Pick one item of the Menu or devour the entire buffet

Make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew

Read, but not with greed for

Death awaits, ready to come and collect its due

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Why not listen to some music while we wait for the main course to be served?

Short Story Contest – No Entry Fee! – Win a Kindle!

Announcement Golden Shorts

 

Calling Writers – Short Story Contest

Do you have a short story begging for some recognition? There’s still time to submit your story to this new, no-fee contest! Prizes, banners and bragging rights could be yours.

The seven genres accepted are:

Contemporary Fantasy

Horror

Historical

Paranormal Romance

Romance

Young Adult

Mystery

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Submissions will be accepted now through November 30th, 2013

Grand Prize – a Kindle Fire HD

Other prizes include Gift Cards, ebook bundles and winner banners

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For complete information, please see the rules here: http://maerwilson.com/golden-shorts-a-story-contest-in-7-genres/

Or on the Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/383924478377223/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

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Don’t waste any time and dig up your unpublished ready to submit short and enter this great contest to win, fame and a Kindle!

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Best of luck!

Review Sheeple by Austin Charles

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I looked forward reading this book, but I when started reading I soon was glad it is only 86 pages. I wasn’t sure if it was meant to be erotic, humour, or horror. Or if it was meant as a spoof.

The horror was B-movie worthy. So bad it was funny, but I’m not sure that was what the author had in mind when writing it. There are a few very well worded, and described gory scenes, but one in particular is diminished by the fact that it’s followed by an inconsistency.

The erotic elements were very well done I must say, which made me think that this should really be classified as erotica. Then there were the inconsistencies, holes, facts gotten wrong, and continuity issues. At one point the mc left another character in his office (the most northern corner of the house) and the next day she’s supposed to be in the basement, or the mc has sex with another in the house and  another, present in the house, doesn’t even suspect it?

Then at the end there is an oversight so big that it distracted from what could have been a bit unreal, but good ending. Plus it has all the cliche used in Hollywood horror; car doesn’t start, characters go towards to danger instead of running away, etc.

Overall? If I hadn’t been asked to read for review I wouldn’t have finished this book.