Quarterly Giveaway! But wait… there’s more

It’s time for our first Quarterly Book Giveaway for 2014. You get a whole two weeks to enter for a chance to win some awesome Indies Books. As you can see from our reviews, we’ve been reading some pretty awesome books.

Here’s what’s up for grabs (ebook copies):

Essenced by Connie L. Smith

Blade of Dishonor by Thomas Pluck

Serving Time by Nadine Ducca Deharbe

Shadowlands by Alan Kessler

Eden M51 by G.R Paskoff

Voodoo Ridge by David Freed

The Flesh Market by Richard Wright

*Links go to the reviews, so you can be reminded about all the good things these books have to offer 😀

 

The Rules: 

– You have to fill out the info in the widget below.

– Only 1 book per winner, so 9 books means 9 winners.

– We reserve the right to pick the book you win, but the good news is: all the books are good!

What’s the and more? 

Entering into the quarterly giveaway gives you an automatic entry in our 2014 Year-End Giveaway. On Jan 1st, 2015 we’ll draw 1 lucky winner to win an eReader. You heard correctly and all you have to do to enter is enter this giveaway for free books. It’s that simple, that easy. We’re nice gals. 😀

So enter away!

 

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Review: Shadow Lands by Alan Kessler

Genre: Pychological Horror

Rating: Maybe

 

True to its blurb, Shadow Lands brings us into the mind of Steve Goldblatt, who takes us on a journey across a landscape filled with macabre and often horrifying elements treated as normal, everyday occurrences. At times difficult to follow (on purpose, as our narrator is in the unreliable school of Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart narrator), the story unfolds like a lazy, yawning cat. That has one eye. And long teeth. And wants to eat you whole.

We begin in the present. Steve meets his friend Tom to go fishing. Seems simple enough until Tom thwacks our narrator in the head with an oar. This opens up Goldblatt’s recollections, from his childhood to his adult life. Kessler captures these moments well, and drapes every one of them with a gauzy shawl of horrific. Nothing in this book is innocent, and nothing maintains a feeling of normalcy. Any sort of typical experience is tainted with Steve’s not-quite-rose-colored glasses, and there’s always a heavy feeling of trepidation hanging. This is truly Kessler’s style–you’re never ever quite comfortable with what you’re reading, and sometimes you’re not entirely sure why.

Fans of EA Poe should probably give Kessler a try,  especially if you’re a fan of unreliable narrators. This book isn’t for everyone, though, so if you’re not okay with not knowing 100% of what’s going on, you may want to pass.

Shadow Lands is available at:

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Guest post: Alan Kessler

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The ancients effectively traversed the separate spheres of logic and myth. They created both science and gods. Thales of Miletus, considered the father of science, was the first Greek philosopher to explain the physical world in terms of natural, not supernatural, causes. The Parthenon, however, is dedicated to the goddess Athena. In pre-modern times religion, and the logos of science and mathematics, existed as independent but not mutually exclusive ways of understanding and ordering the universe. Modernity has brought into its temples of steel and glass the money lenders while casting out into the peripheral wasteland of its culture the religionists, pagan and otherwise, who know there must be more to existence than a material world. There is a spiritual emptiness in the center of our 21st century lives. A new vacuum cleaner or trip to Disneyland won’t explain the fundamental question of why we exist.

What has become of the supernatural?

To help answer that question, let’s examine what has happened to Satan.
 He is a fiction, a boogieman who in movies and books is portrayed in soul stealing caricature as an enemy of God who wants to destroy man. For modern man, the devil doesn’t exist. The purpose of the myth creating him has been lost. We no longer see in him the complexity of his character and what it represents: all of us are fallen angels expressing at different times in our lives subtle and not so obvious moments of manipulation, base desires, perhaps even evilness–the dark part of human existence that is as much a part of us as the good.
When we regard Satan as nothing more than a Halloween character, a pitchfork and horns cliché, we lose a chance to understand, through him, more about ourselves.
In my novel, A Satan Carol, I wanted to take one aspect of his personality, the human feeling of abandonment, and explore its ramifications in a horror story about faith.
A Satan Carol is available at:

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For more information on Alan S. Kessler and his upcoming projects, check out his website here.

This Week’s Read – A Satan Carol by Alan Kessler

Nostalgic for the Inquisition and plague, Satan feels neglected by the modern world that no longer cares about heresy or blames him for disease and death. He plans to create a new genesis, a place where people will love him. For that, his son needs just the right soul.

A Satan Carol is a horror story with a message for those who want to understand God’s apparent absence as the intersection of freewill and choice. It is a story with religious themes written for a secular reader. It is, in the end, a tale about family values even if they originate in hell.

A Satan Carol at:

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