Saturday, August 24, 2013

HASH: Human Alien Species Hybrid by April M Reign

Every night, Jade is rattled by a recurring dream—a dream that’s as real as the research institute where she lives. When flames fall from the sky and an alien ship crashes into Earth, Jade becomes government property and at the mercy of scientists. After all, she’s imprinted with an intelligent alien metal that could be the answer to all of Earth’s problems.

However, in the wrong hands, the metal implant could become the deadliest weapon known to humankind.

Kept underground for sixteen years, Jade fights to keep her sanity and understand the intelligent organism that is wrapped around her spine. When a new company takes over the science institute, Jade’s alien symbiont warns her of imminent danger.

Then Jade meets Aric, the lone survivor from the spaceship. They form an alliance that will change their personal destiny and they put a plan into motion that will alter the future of mankind.


HASH:Human Alien Species Hybrid can be found here:

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My 5-Star review for Creep by William Cook

It was just a normal day for Cassandra Morrighan. She had called a cab to take her back to college, looking forward to life in the dorm. But then, she met The Creep... This is a brutal tale of a struggle for survival in the worst of conditions. The tension is overwhelming and you can feel the poor victim falling into the depths of despair. There is violation and threats of worse. The descriptions are intense and at times you feel the desire to turn away. All is not lost, and that makes it all the more painful. For hope lingers, but always just out of reach. What can she do? And what will The Creep do to her?

Creep is available here:

The Hallowed collection is now available

The cover for my e-book short story collection "Hallowed," now available on and

Cloaked figures gather around a stone table, perusing ancient parchments. It is All Hallows’ Eve, and they have come to hear tales of great terror. How a ghostly seduction drives a man to madness. Another walks the world of dreams and must come to face his nightmares. A child braves the dark of night, seeking out the place of friendship lost. There is the tale of foul murder, frustrated by forces beyond the mortal ken. Finally, they will hear the story of a wicked man, who faces monstrous vengeance. What is sacred? And to what purpose do we dedicate our lives? For only through the shedding of blood, can we be truly clean…

Cover art by Paul Chapman

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

An interview with Michael S. Gardner

WB: Today, we are joined by author and zombie aficionado Michael S. Gardner. Hello Michael, and welcome to my Writer’s Blog. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

MG: Thanks for having me on, Donald! So… a little bit about myself, eh? Well, I’m a contract killer by day and writer at night. Can you imagine? I get paid to KILL. Sounds great! But, in all actuality, I’m just an exterminator. (Yeah, I know, the first thought would be much cooler for a horror writer.) I do tend to go out to bars with friends from time to time—I do have Irish ancestry running through these veins, after all. I enjoy video games, political discussions, and subscribe to a few conspiracy theories. These, well… they all make for good topics when it comes to writing. I try to be an overall friendly dude and do what I can to help my brothers and sisters in writing. That brings me the most satisfaction, I think. So, in a nutshell, that’s me.

WB: Downfall is your first novel and most successful work to date. What was your main inspiration?

MG: Ah, DOWNFALL, my baby. The inspiration for this novel came after reading Z.A. Recht’s PLAGUE OF THE DEAD. At the time, the genre had exploded. You could find zombies everywhere! And, in all honesty, it was that book that brought forth a thought that changed my life: “Hey, I can do this.” Not that I was a seasoned writer or anything, but it was the idea of bringing to life the stories my friend Stephen and I always talked about. Combine that with Left 4 Dead and Resident Evil (the BEST video games out), I came up with DOWNFALL. Though it took years for it to come out, I finally released it a few months back. Folks seem to enjoy it, so I can’t wait to see the response for the sequel.

WB: The Blood of an Immortal is a bit of a departure work for you. What was it like writing about pirates?

MG: It was a very difficult genre to write about, to be completely honest. A LOT of research went into that story. I had been asked to write a novella for an anthology and accepted without really knowing what I was getting into. (Sometimes, as a writer, that can really benefit you—it did for me in this case.) There are facts which need to be explored when you write, and you can’t always make things up on a whim.

That said, I had so much fun writing that story. I don’t toot my own horn, but I really enjoy re-reading that one. I grew so much as a writer from THE BLOOD OF AN IMMORTAL, so I have to say it was a very fruitful venture and look forward to diving back into that world here soon.

WB: You tend to write about zombies quite a bit. Was there a story or movie that really influenced you in this direction?

MG: This may sound cheesy, but everything about zombies enthralls me. Romero did it best in LAND OF THE DEAD: we are the zombies, the zombies are us. That is by far my favorite ZED flick, and it’s had the most influence on me to write about zombies as far as a movie goes. There is just so much that you can do in that type of world.

WB: Horror appeals to deeper and darker emotions than most genres. What scares you and how do you incorporate it into your work?

MG: We’re getting a little personal, man. But I’ll go ahead and spill the beans. We’re cool like that. What scares me the most, and I’m sure there are countless out there who will agree, is true loneliness. That’s when your mind gets the best of you. Think about your favorite scary scenes in any horror movie. I bet a few of them, if not more, deal with a character being alone, or feeling alone: the abductee being probed by malevolent creatures from another world, the kid riding his trike through the halls of a nearly empty hotel, the lonely survivor who hears a constant scratching in the walls.

I do my best to incorporate this into many of my stories. As many of my readers have said, I write about people. People sell the story, not the zombies, aliens, vamps, etc. At least not in my opinion. That ever-encroaching darkness, it really gets to folks. And I advise any writer out there who is looking to make relatable characters in horror first look inside themselves, be brave enough to bring out your fears, and write them down.

Thanks Michael, for your candor and for providing us a glimpse into your writing style and what inspires you to create such literary goodness. Michael S. Gardner’s works can be found at the following link:

Michael S. Gardner is the author of Downfall, Betrayal: A Zombie Novella, The Blood Of An Immortal, and numerous other works. When not writing, he spends his time playing Left 4 Dead and Borderlands 2. You can check out his blog at:, where he interviews writers and reviews their books.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Coyote: The Outlander by Chantal Noordeloos

Now available on Amazon:

"Being a female bounty hunter made men nervous. Being an official made them wary. But being the best gunman, or in her case, gunwoman around, made everyone downright anxious. The popular consensus was that women shouldn’t be allowed to be bounty hunters, but no one dared say this out loud when Coyote was around.'' 

Come see the book that is, in the author's own words, "a slipstream genre of Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and a bit of Weird West."

My 5-Star review for The Ian Fleming Files: Operation Armada by Damian Stevenson

Before James Bond... there was Ian Fleming, Agent 17F of British Intelligence. The setting is World War Two, and the secret agent carries out a desperate mission to persuade a maverick French admiral to lend his fleet to the cause of stopping the Nazi war machine.

Through detailed descriptions, a picture emerges of the weapons, ships and even fashions of the day. From the moment Agent Fleming commandeers an aircraft to seek out the hidden French fleet, the reader is plunged into an action tour de force with a real feel of the Second World War. Of particular interest is the experience of a bombing raid by the Germans. It is as if you are racing through the city and the explosions are going off all around you!

There are some interesting comparisons and contrasts to be made between Agent 17F and his creation 007. Both are young, handsome agents, with a flamboyant lifestyle. However, Agent Fleming is a bit gruffer in demeanor, though still possessing undeniable charm.

This book has everything you would expect from a Bond tale: action, explosions, sultry vixens, and ironic quips. Get to know the man behind the myth: Agent 17F is at your service...

The Ian Fleming Files: Operation Armada can be found here:

The Visions of Sandy Brown is now available

The cover for my ebook novella "The Visions of Sandy Brown." Now available on Amazon and Smashwords.

Sixteen year old Sandy Brown is seeing things: her history class flooding; rows of desks that go on and on; a mysterious being who threatens her in various forms. She is about to learn the awful reality: that she and her friends are all in danger. Who is this entity that pursues her, wearing the face of the people she knows? Where does it come from? What does it want? When did high school become a fight for survival? Innocence will be lost, trust betrayed, and friendship put to the ultimate test. For when your soul is at stake, can you really believe the things you see?

Cover art by April M. Reign

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My 4-Star review for The Blood of an Immortal by Michael S. Gardner

Immortality is a dream. It is also a folly... The Explorer enlists two men, a Frenchman and a Spaniard, to aid him in his quest: for a curse hangs over his head, demanding sacrifice in return for its gift. He will be their captain and they and their crews will aid him in treachery, in return for immortality.

There is a real sense of adventure here, reminding one of the pirate tales of days gone by. Dark rituals are performed and unspeakable perils ensue. The story is rife with the mythology of the seafarers, and it is easy to get caught up in the mood.

But there is a price to be paid for immortality, and the Explorer William Wright will learn what an awful price it is. Blood will be shed, souls sacrificed to darker powers. Witness the power of the sea, and be afraid...

Michael S. Gardner's The Blood of an Immortal can be found here:

The Monster is now available

The cover for my ebook novella "The Monster." Now available on Amazon and Smashwords.

There is a monster in Eldenborough. And a young girl is endangered… Karg is an orc and he has stumbled into the land of men. A grisly murder sets the humans on his trail. And he, in turn, hunts them. Blood will be spilled, and more lives lost. Dark secrets will be revealed. A young noble is forced to make a difficult choice. And all the while, a warrior fights against overwhelming odds. There is a monster in Eldenborough. Survive if you can…

Cover art by Robert Elrod

Greetings to the dreamers, and those who paint with the brushstrokes of the mind!

I have taken in hand to fashion a place where readers can come and view my many literary wares. They can read my reviews and learn about the authors they will be reading tomorrow.

It is a place where writers can come to share their work. Questions will be asked and answered. Fine artwork will be displayed for all to see.

This is my realm, existing in colored lights upon a screen. But each image tells a story, and there is much to learn. For in words and hues they have painted us pictures and taken us on journeys to faraway lands hidden in the mind's eye.

I bid you enter, and leave the world you know at the door. Come, there is much to see...