Friday, June 8, 2018

Review: The Sea Was a Fair Master @CalvinDemmer

TITLE: The Sea Was a Fair Master
AUTHOR: Calvin Demmer
RELEASE DATE: June 5th, 2018
PUBLISHER: Unnerving
SOURCE: complimentary copy


The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him.
The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.
For the sea was a fair master.

Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His debut collection, The Sea Was a Fair Master, was released in June 2018. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe.

The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, each one is just a few pages long but each one has its uniqueness and is worth reading. We have different genres: horror, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, crime but they all have a common line, they have a dark aura and provocative themes. Each one of them caused some impact on me, either for the horror (I mean it wasn't scary but kind of creepy) or the shock, or a different emotion.

It was surprising to read 23 stories (about all kind of subjects) and not finding any repetition, each one is so unique that could have been written by a different author. This speaks about Calvin's writing talent, it's hard to tell a good story in 2 or 3 pages, and he managed to do it 23 TIMES!!

I had to take a couple of minutes after each story to go back to a neutral spot and read the next story without any interferences, I had to do this because each story really caused something in me.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Blog Tour: All The Pretty Girls @RileyEdwardsrom

All The Pretty Girls 

A Next Generation Novel

"All the Pretty Girls keeps you on the edge of your seat. Mystery and romance twisted together in one great book."

MEADOW. The road was long, it was painful, and it was raw. It has taken me four years to come to terms with my new reality. A life in which I live with the daily reminders of a vicious attack that has left me scarred both emotionally and physically. Years of recovery and acceptance were torn apart and obliterated the day Special Agent Nick Clark barges into my life. He says the person who attacked me and left me for dead is back. He says I was the first victim – the one who got away. He promises to protect me. But he can’t, no one can. Nick is relentless in his pursuit and promises me the things I can’t afford to have – like hope for a future with the sexy FBI agent. But hope and love and promises can’t protect me, not when I’m next on the killer's list. NICK. Meadow Holiday is the missing piece, the woman I’ve been searching for. And it has nothing to do with her being a witness in an unsolved serial killer case I’ve had sitting on my desk for the last four years. I had no business falling in love in the middle of a murder investigation but she’s the one. I feel it deep in my bones. I knew the first time I laid eyes on the shy, beautiful woman that she was mine. Now I'm left with the daunting task of convincing her I'm enough. Can Nick save Meadow in time and prove his love can heal all wounds, or is he already too late to fix what a sadist serial killer has broken?

Fashion Couple, Dramatic image shot


A serial killer is the cause for Nick and Meadow to know each other, one is trying to catch this cruel and bloody person who torments women and the other is the first victim. She is the only one with enough clues to help Nick and the FBI to finally put evil behind bars.

The book has a fast rhythm and the relationship between them evolves super fast but given the circumstances, it sounds quite understandable. We have the constant threat of a new murder and Nick is running against the clock. Of course, reviving all the horror from four years before has its toll on her and Nick will have to really decide if helping her and being with her are worthy. Helping someone to heal can be exhausting, and tricky because we might think we know what the other person needs but maybe we are wrong. Here, we have a man decided to be with a beautiful woman who is not sure of herself and needs to feel loved.

The story contains a strong sexual component, which is good and it helps the story. The writing is simple and clear so it's easy to read a good amount of chapters without getting boring.

My main problem with this book (I wouldn´t call it a problem but it's the reason why I gave it three stars) is how easy was to spot the "bad guy". The only thing missing was a lighting arrow over his head to tell you "hey, here is the bad guy".

Friday, June 1, 2018

Review: An Authentic Experience @kellywittbooks

TITLE: An Authentic Experience
AUTHOR: Kelly Wittmann
RELEASE DATE: February 12th, 2018
PUBLISHER: Sara Camilli Literary Agency
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Fifteen-year-old Silver Abelli’s life has been as tumultuous as the punk rock she was raised on. Her divorced parents just don’t get along, even though they’re both musicians who stubbornly spurn the mainstream but secretly crave the limelight. Silver has always lived with her mom, Nicola, but when Nicola is diagnosed with a brain tumor, she must go to live with her obnoxious, hard-partying father, Renz. It’s a really bad time to fall in love, so you can pretty much bet that Silver will. Enter Jake Sullivan… 

Silver's mom is sick and she had to undergo a serious surgery so now, fifteen-year-old Silver has to go and live with her father. She is far from the typical teenager, homeschooled by her parents choice she has a personality and interests that are the product of her upbringing. Her parents were both in rock bands, her grandparents own a bakery where she works and she never attended a regular school. However, she still knows who the popular kids are so she knows who Jake Sullivan is.

I enjoyed reading about a not so typical teenager that still has all the drama and angst that characterize girls and boys of her age. Silver has a great personality, she is not afraid of being herself and is quite mature for her age and despite the chaos her life is right now she handles things well enough. Of course, falling in love or having a boyfriend for the first time is a whole new experience. Jake is an interesting character, you would expect a handsome teenager to be a bit cocky but he is really a great boy. His relationship with Silver is amazing to read and both grow from it.

The story is filled with music as a key element, Silver got her name from a song for example. And for a music lover like me, I can totally relate to a life that revolves around music and where someone musical taste can define how you see him or her.

There are other great secondary characters, each one brings something to the mix in order to create a wonderful story.

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