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!

 

Review: The Flesh Market – Cate’s take

Genre: Historical fantasy? Alternate history? One of those.

Rating: YAY.

With the popularity of stuff like 28 Days Later, Zombieland, and AMC’s The Walking Dead, it’s no surprise that zombie fiction is also gaining more exposure. The Flesh Market runs in a similar vein, but it’s a totally different story.

Based on the real-life Irish murderers Burke & Hare, who went on a killing spree in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Flesh Market revolves around a cast of characters including the aforementioned men, their wives, an anatomist at the local University, and one of the students involved in studying anatomy. Though there are multiple viewpoints, they all seem integral in telling the story of the 1827 Cadaver Riots and what transpired a year later in the wake of the dead rising to feed on the living.

What sets this book apart from other takes on the subject is its scientific approach to zombies and what their existence means for humanity.  Dr. Knox, the anatomist, becomes obsessed with discovering the cause of these revenants and how to stop them. He takes cadavers from a man called Merry Andrew, but soon after, Burke & Hare become his primary source of fresh revenants for his work. The story plays with a bit of the light and dark of studies in anatomy at a point when cadaver research was looked down upon by most of the population.

The Flesh Market is a smart approach to a world inundated with sweaty, dirty people running from the apocalypse (looking at you, TWD). Rather than the world falling apart when the dead start to rise, the scientific community takes an opportunity to study the creatures and discover their working parts. If you’re looking for a change of pace in your zombie lit, this one’s for you.

Available at Amazon.

richard wrightRichard Wright is an author of strange, dark fictions, currently living in India with his wife and daughter. Over a decade and a half, his short stories have appeared widely in the US and UK press, most recently in diverse anthologies such as Storyteller – A Found Book, and More Tales From The City. He is the author of the novels Cuckoo, Thy Fearful Symmetry, and Craven Place, and the novella Hiram Grange and the Nymphs of Krakow.

 

This Week’s Read – The Flesh Market by Richard Wright

Image“Doon the wynds an’ up the streets,

Where revenants sought souls tae eat,
The Butcher called for twitching meat
An’ Burke an’ Hare did answer.”
-anon.
 
1827. A year after the Cadaver Riots tore the heart from Edinburgh. Fear still chokes the Old Town, for though the revenants were driven back with shot and steel, they still lurk in the city’s shadowed closes. When night falls, they strike.
 
In dissecting rooms anatomists slice twitching flesh as they dream of cures and glory. For the greatest among them, Robert Knox, there is no price that cannot be met in the quest for knowledge. Behind closed doors he trades in walking death, dealing with devils to keep the flesh market supplied…
 
Set between the slums of 19th Century Edinburgh and the ivory towers of its academia, The Flesh Market is an almost true story of murder, mad science, obsession, and the restless dead.
 
Available at Amazon.