Friday, October 18, 2013

Welcome Dorothy A. Bell

Please help me welcome, Dorothy A. Bell. It's a treat to have an author as a guest who I've also read her work. When you're finished reading this post, please scroll down the home page for my review of her book The Reprobate. Dorothy is with Freya Bower, the sister house of my publisher, Wild Child Publishing. We decided, that's Dorothy and me, to celebrate Halloween a tad early by swapping Halloween stories. So after you've read her poem and all about her books, hop on over to her blog ( and read my scary short story.

Enough of my rambling, take it away Dorothy:

This poem stems from memories of my childhood. Raised in a small Iowa farming community everyone knew everyone. These days, neighbors rarely meet or exchange greetings. Halloween trick or treaters are shunted quickly in and out of homes, or stores grabbing the candy and moving on. Some parents won’t allow their children to go door to door for fear of compromised treats. But the fun of disguise is still in me, and every Halloween I get butterflies in my stomach in anticipation, and I transform from stuffy adult to giddy child again.

A Halloween poem, by author Dorothy A. Bell

Beware Granny Dot’s House
In my neighborhood everyone knows,
Beware Granny Dot’s house on Halloween.
She’s my mother and yet,
I never know how or where she’ll appear.

If you’re lucky she’ll be a fairy queen,
smiling, eager to tap you with her magic wand,
Although, in all my thirty years of trick or treating,
I’ve never seen her be anything so insipidly benign.

I’ve seen my sweet mother transform herself
right before my eyes into a fiendish vampire,
fangs glistening, dripping with blood and slime.

When she’s a witch, she’s at her worst.
She cackles, slobbers, squints one eye
and mutters incantations, cooks over an open fire pit,
adding ingredients disgusting and fantastic to the pot.

Beware Granny Dot’s house, you’ll get no treat until you perform.
You can choose: dance, sing, make a face, tell a joke, recite a silly rhyme,
stand on your head, hop in a circle on one foot,
pat your head while you rub your tummy.

It’s torture, to be sure.
But everyone knows the treats are the best at Granny Dots.
The child in me wouldn’t miss it for the world.
Beware Granny Dot’s house,
Halloween is her favorite time of the year.

An Oregon Historical Romance
Fiddle playing, hard drinking Royce O’Bannon believes he’s worthless like his oldman, no woman should have anything to do with him.
Music teacher, Cleantha Arnaud, her virtue long spent, believes her life is over; crippled, and barren, no man would want her.
When the two outcasts become lovers, hopes and dreams blossom within their parched souls.
Royce’s vengeful daddy begins a campaign of retaliation against his traitorous sons and the town that gave them a second chance.  Royce, feeling the weight of responsibility thrust upon him runs his daddy to ground  in the smoke-filled tunnels  beneath Pendleton’s streets where  vice and hedonistic pleasures distort reality. But one swift crack on the head could shatter all of Royce’s newly found hopes and dreams like candied glass if there’s no one who cares enough to rescue a reprobate, a worthless man.

$5.99 e-book

The Cost of Revenge
A Laura Creek Historical Romance
Freya’s Bower

Quinn O’Bannon knows he should want a sensible girl, an amenable young woman to be his wife, his helpmate, his partner. But he can’t stop fantasizing about the thieving, sloe-eyed vixen Tru McAdam who has taken an oath of vengeance against the whole darn O’Bannon family.
Tru wants to believe the O’Bannons, all of them are rotten, heartless cheats. God help her, most of all she wants to believe the handsome, arrogant flirt Quinn O’Bannon is the worst of the lot.
Quinn and Tru learn when destiny shuffles the cards, strange pairs show up in the hand—you can’t fight it—you have to play the cards your dealt.

$ 5.99 e-book

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lycanthrope Book Two by Robert Clark

Lycanthrope: Book 2Lycanthrope: Book 2 by Robert Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book picks up where book one stopped. We're still on a college campus in Pennsylvania. We know there's a lycanthrope, uh, werewolf on the hunt. No one wants to believe it but all the signs and by signs, I mean dead bodies, are piling up. The creature is now destroying anyone in its path, including police officers.

The college students continue to plot and research, trying to find a solution. They are not sure if the werewolf is one of them or not. No more going in groups of one or two, at least three at all times, all armed to defend themselves. The police do their best to help, but plans go wrong and people die.

Lots of suspects so keep your eyes and mind open. Is it an outsider? Is it one of the students? Can there be more than one werewolf? Perhaps the next full moon, they will discover the answer.

Read the exciting conclusion of Lycanthrope Book 2 by Robert Clark.

Lycanthrope Book One by Robert Clark

Lycanthrope: Book 1Lycanthrope: Book 1 by Robert Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don't confuse this book with a shape shifter story, this werewolf isn't looking for love but victims. The setting is a college in Pennsylvania and our potential victims, I mean, our main characters are college students.

Nothing like young minds being curious and calling out the wild, so to speak. Lycanthrope is a work of fiction but there are moments, quite a few of them actually, that it does make one pause and wonder. Let's put it this way, no more walks in the woods under the full moon for me. Oh and don't stand near windows.

The adventure starts innocently enough, when a group of close friends are discussing various things and one tosses out his spin on the existence of a werewolf. Doesn't help matters when the full moon arrives a couple weeks later and there's a vicious murder. The first dead body sends chills through all of the group. Next full moon, two more murders. The group is dwindling.

It's not long before the students and the police are trying to figure who or what has decided to kill off this particular bunch of friends. The students race against the next full moon to find ways to stay alive while the cops are trying to understand what in the world is out there. Not easy to try to convince the police force there could be a werewolf on the prowl and silver bullets could help them. This is a book for horror fans. Now for Book 2 and the finale.