Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review of Slimy Underbelly (Dan Shamble Zombie P. I.) by Kevin J. Anderson @THEKJA

Summary: There's something fishy going on in the Unnatural Quarter. Bodies are floating face-down, the plumbing is backing up, and something smells rotten—even to a zombie detective like Dan Shamble. Diving into the slimy underbelly of a diabolical plot, Dan comes face-to-tentacles with an amphibious villain named Ah'Chulhu (to which the usual response is "Gesundheit!"). With his snap-happy gang of gator-guys—former pets flushed down the toilet—Ah'Chulhu wreaks havoc beneath the streets. While feuding weather wizards kick up storms and a gang of thieving lawn gnomes continues their reign of terror, Dan Shamble is running out of time—before the whole stinking city goes down the drain.…

Review: I came across this little gem while I was perusing the audio book collection at my local library. The name caught my eye and so I had to turn it over and read the summary and I was hooked. It has everything I enjoy; zombies, humor, crime and detectives. I have a 40 minute commute to work and I need entertainment. Anderson's book was exactly what I needed. I was laughing through out the story. The depth of curious and odd characters was just awesome. I was swapping cds as fast I as I could, eager to hear what happened next. And a lot does happen, three major stories are juggled with ease and happily come together to tie the whole book with a big bright happy bow. I have not read/listened to a book as funny as Slimy Underbelly. 
I must add that Phil Gigante read this book beautifully. Many can read a book out loud but Gigante performs and tells a story. He gives every character their own voice and identity. It made this book ever more enjoyable.  
I highly recommend picking this book up. It is extremely entertaining and immensely fun.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Interview with Kate L. Mary @kmary0622

The Digital Ink Spot: Kate L. Mary please introduce yourself to the readers.
Kate L. Mary: I’m a stay-at-home mom of four and an Air Force wife. I grew up in a small town just north of Dayton, Ohio where I met my husband at the age of twelve. Ten years later, we got married, and since then we’ve lived in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and California. We currently live in Oklahoma.
As a writer, I like to create new realities and worlds. I enjoy any post-apocalyptic story, especially if zombies are involved, but there needs to be a romantic twist to give the story hope. When I write I prefer nerdy or non-traditional heroes who can make you laugh to hunky pieces of man-meat. Characters with baggage are especially enjoyable, because there’s so much you can do with them.

The Digital Ink Spot: What are you trying to accomplish as a writer? What is your latest story about?
Kate L. Mary: Mainly, I want to get my stories out there to as many people as possible. I have two books out now, but they are both part of a series, and a have a couple more I’d like to get out soon.
My most recent release is Broken World, the first book in my post-apocalyptic zombie series. Think of it as, The Walking Dead meets The Stand.

The Digital Ink Spot: When is your newest book available?
Kate L. Mary: Broken World and the sequel, Shattered Worldis out now. I have the third book, Mad World, done as well and plan to release that in January 2015. I wanted to release them close together since they do end with cliffhangers.

The Digital Ink Spot: When did you start writing?
Kate L. Mary: I wrote on and off when I was younger, but college and marriage and kids made it tough. When we moved to California in 2011. I found myself with a lot of free time. My husband was gone a lot, we lived really far from our friends and family. Suddenly, all those stories I’d had tucked away came out. Since then, I haven’t stopped. I've written a lot, but most of the early stuff still needs a lot of work. It’s a skill that gets better with practice, and the most recent things I've written look nothing like the first couple books.  

The Digital Ink Spot: Where can readers find you on the Internet?





The Digital Ink Spot: Why should people read your stories? What sets them apart from the rest?
Kate L. Mary: My book, Collision, is a new adult romantic mystery. New adult is popular right now, but what sets my book apart from most of what’s out there is the fact that it has a plot other than just romance. There is romance, but it’s a sweet story, not sexy/steamy like the majority of the books available. My male character is also different than most of the men portrayed in these books. He’s a nice guy. I don’t know where this idea came from that in order to be desirable characters the men have to be jerks, but those are not the kind of characters I write.

Broken World is unique in the zombie world because it starts before the dead come back, giving you lots of time to get to know the characters. This book is about so much more than zombie. It’s about family and survival and love and learning to trust. I like to focus on the people in an apocalyptic situation. Also, I believe this is a book that would be enjoyable even for people who don’t necessarily love the genre. Check out the reviews on Goodreads and you’ll find a couple people who have read and loved it, but don’t like zombies. It’s because the focus on this book isn’t blood and gore (there is some of that though).


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ghost In The Bedroom by M.A. Harper

#romance #paranormal They’ve been married less than a year and already there’s someone else--at least it’s starting to seem that way. First Hendrix the cat’s developed a new trick, but how does a flesh-and-blood feline walk through walls? Maybe with help from his best friend on The Other Side? Then there was that dude Phil saw upstairs Thanksgiving Day. Only nobody was there. But the odd thing was that “nobody” looked exactly like Michelle’s dead husband, Cajun musician A.P. Savoie. Her really really handsome and much-missed dead husband. Who died all too suddenly.
http://www.maharperauthor.com

Interview with Karen V.Williams @MaryBlissParson

The Digital Ink Spot caught up with author, Karen V.Williams. She says she didn’t have the time to sit down and write full time until she was a grandmother. After her husband’s death four years ago, she needed to work. Not because he left her penniless, but because it filled her days and because it was what she’d wanted to do all her life. For nearly 30 years, she had been researching and working part time on the story of her ancestor, Mary Bliss Parsons, who was tried for witchcraft in 1675, 17 years before the Salem Witch Trials. “My Enemy’s Tears: The Witch of Northampton” was published in 2011. Since then she has written a mixed genre book (literary fiction/mystery) which is now in the hands of her agent. 

The Digital Ink Spot: What are you trying to accomplish as a writer? What is your latest story about?
Karen V.Williams: Can’t say I’m trying to accomplish anything with writing other than telling the stories I want to tell. My upcoming book is titled “The House on Seventh Street.” I set it in my home town of Grand Junction, CO where my family settled in the very early 20th century. It’s a story about going home again—something  you aren’t supposed to be able to do—and learning that you really didn’t know your parents and grandparents at all, that they weren’t who you thought they were when you were a child, that they had secrets and some of these would always remain a mystery. 

The Digital Ink Spot: When is your newest book available? 
Karen V.Williams: I wish I knew when “The House on Seventh Street” will be available. It depends upon the publisher.

The Digital Ink Spot: Where can readers find you?
Karen V.Williams: My personal website www.karenvorbeckwilliams.com, my book website: www.myenemystears.com, my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/karenvorbeckwilliams?ref=hl  I am also on Goodreads and Google and Twitter.

The Digital Ink Spot:  What sets your stories apart from the rest?
Karen V.Williams: Readers who like well-researched historical fiction written by a writer in love with her characters and her story will likely notice these things about my books. I can’t say what sets my books apart from the rest. There are so many wonderful books out there that I can’t even imagine how anyone decides which one to pick up.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Song of the Mockingbird (Jack McNamara Chronicles Book 1) by Bill Cronin

#Psychological Reynolds and Ryan Publishing paid best-selling author, Jack McNamara, more than a million dollars in advanced royalties for three action-adventure novels. Only one problem: Jack cannot write a single word. Devastatingly depressed and hopelessly blocked Jack embarks on a personal journey back to the summer of 1961 when three childhood events created a psychological time-bomb that, thirty-five years later, threatened to destroy his marriage and end his writing career. Vibrant characters, settings like Charleston, Savannah and Key West and a tightly wound plot make this novel a “must read.” The Song of the Mockingbird is Bill Cronin’s second novel following five-star reviews for his first novel “Dial Tone.”

Master Over You: A Dark Romance Novel by Cerys du Lys @cerysdulys & Ethan Winters @EthanWintersSir

#romance #free My name is Noah. I'm not a nice person. This isn't cupcakes and candyland, love. I'll take you, break you, and offer you to the highest bidder without a second thought. You're mine now. It's business, nothing personal. You wouldn't understand, and I'm not going to explain it. Sorry, love, you don't mean a thing to me. Just know that there's a monster in every closet, and I'm in yours. Author Note - This dark romance novel contains themes that may be discomforting to some people. If you are sensitive to depictions of violence, then this book is not recommended for you. (Ethan Winters official debut release co-authored with USA Today bestselling author Cerys du Lys) Man’s POV = Ethan, Woman’s POV = Cerys There is a light at the end of every dark tunnel, no matter how dim it may seem.

Adrift: A War Hero Adventure (Corps Justice) C. G. Cooper (Author), Karen Rought (Editor)

#Military #war Get the first three books of the Corps Justice series for #FREE: bit.ly/1pmSnBo A stranger in town... A young waitress murdered... A Marine's inner demons attack... Daniel Briggs, fresh out of the Marine Corps, wakes up in Defuniak Springs, FL, hungover and confused, with no memory of the night before. A powerful local family finds him, intent on repaying the previous night's encounter. How will the former Marine ward off his attackers, deal with his demons and avoid being blamed for a young girl's death?
http://www.corpsjustice.com

Interview with Professor Leonard Birdsong @Prof_Birdsong

The Digital Ink Spot had the pleasure to interview Professor Leonard Birdsong. Professor Leonard Birdsong lives in Orlando, Florida where he teaches Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Evidence, and Immigration Law. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Harvard Law School and his Bachelor’s degree from Howard University. He has written many scholarly legal pieces since joining the legal academy.

He has written a series of humor books on Criminal Law styled Professor Birdsong’s Weird Criminal Law Stories, Volumes 1-6. They are not scholarly pieces! The Weird Criminal Law Stories are written just for fun and enjoyment.
Professor Birdsong is proud of his legal career which included his work as an attorney with the law firm of Baker & Hostetler. Later he served as a diplomat with the State Department with various postings in Nigeria, Germany, and the Bahamas. Professor Birdsong also worked as a federal prosecutor, first as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and later as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
 After leaving government service, Professor Birdsong was in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in trial work ranging from criminal defense work to political asylum matters. Professor Birdsong is occasionally invited to appear as a legal commentator on Fox News, MSNBC, Fox Radio, and CBS Radio.
Although he has been involved in serious criminal law work over the years as a prosecutor, a defense attorney, and a law professor, Professor Birdsong knows that it is good to stayed grounded. This means often taking time to look at the many funny and weird criminal law stories that crop up around the United States and the world. He believes we should not always take criminal law so seriously and instead, just have a good laugh at some of the silly foibles of dumb criminals and their crimes. That is why several years ago he began to collect and edit from the wire services and news the type of weird and funny criminal law stories that appear in his series.
The Digital Ink Spot:    What are you trying to accomplish as a writer?
Professor Leonard Birdsong: I am a law professor who like to expose the world to some funny and weird criminal law stories. My latest book, Professor Birdsong’s Weird Criminal Law Stories, Volume 6: Women in Trouble! Is all about women who run afoul of the law.
The Digital Ink Spot:  When is your newest book available?
Professor Leonard Birdsong:My latest book appeared as a Kindle book in April of 2014. I started writing these books in 2010.
The Digital Ink Spot:  Where can readers find you, (social media, readings, blogs, your books)?
Professor Leonard Birdsong: My readers can find me on my author page at Amazon.com; my website: LeonardBirdsong.com; my blog: www.birdsongslaw.com; and at lbirdsong@barry.edu.
The Digital Ink Spot:    What sets your stories apart from the rest?
Professor Leonard Birdsong: If one is looking for humor, my books are as funny as the dickens. What sets them apart is that I have been a federal prosecutor, a diplomat, a defense attorney and a law professor.  I know criminal law! I also know weird criminal law when I see it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Interview with Jeffrey F. Barken

The Digital Ink Spot: Please introduce youself to the readers.

My name is Jeffrey F. Barken. I am the author of This Year in Jerusalem, a collection of short stories loosely based on my experiences as a kibbutz volunteer in Israel 2009-2010. During the time I was abroad, I lived, worked, and traveled throughout the middle east. My fiction re-imagines the country and the characters I met in a series of interconnected stories that leave readers feeling as though they have read a full length novel. Each story is beautifully illustrated by Irish artist,  Diana Muller. There is a short Author's note at the back of the book explaining how we met.    


I first published This Year in Jerusalem in May of 2013 and have been on book tour ever since, promoting the collection. Last summer I traveled first to Scotland, Ireland and Germany where Diana and I teamed up for a book signing event. Later I traveled to Israel where I spent 11 months riding the trains daily, traveling up and down the country, introducing myself to strangers in Hebrew and English, and peddling books. The Tour was a great success. The book sold over 1,000 copies and an additional 100 copies were purchased by the Norman Tel Aviv Hotel, a boutique establishment that will feature the book in all of its guest rooms. The stories do not advance any political ideology or arrogant propaganda. On the contrary they offer a refreshing outsider's perspective of Israeli culture and the conflicts that plague the region. It's the perfect read for first time visitors! 


The Digital Ink Spot: What are you trying to accomplish as a writer? What is your latest story about?

Jeffrey F. Barken: In addition to writing fiction I am also the founder and chief editor of Monologging.org, an online literary arts magazine that connects writers with artists around the world encouraging collaborative multimedia creation. The publication also provides weekly arts-related reporting. My ambition as a writer and a publicist is to assist in building creative networks that can provide writers and artists with quality feedback, and to promote artistic experimentation. In my own fiction, I try to tell the truth about our world, chronicling emotions and events through the eyes of lovable though often deeply faulted characters. My current work in progress is a novel entitled "All the Lonely Boys in New York," it tells the story of a failed terrorist attack in New York City, and reflects on the early days of the credit crisis, when banks and companies were failing daily...


The Digital Ink Spot: When is your newest book available or when did you start writing?
Jeffrey F. Barken: I wrote "All the Lonely Boys in New York" at the same time that I was writing "This Year in Jerusalem," The two books share some of the main characters, and offer a continuation of different plot lines... Diana and I are again working together to design an illustrated book that will likely debut spring or summer of 2015.


The Digital Ink Spot: Where can readers find you?
Jeffrey F. Barken: Readers can read reviews and personal posts about my writing at jeffreybarken.comI am on Facebook as well as twitter.


Explore Monologging.org today to see how I'm creating an engaged artistic community and to explore great multimedia creations!


The Digital Ink Spot: What sets your stories apart from the rest?

Jeffrey F. Barken: As a writer, I've always subscribed to Hemingway's time-honored advice; write truly, based on what you know, and do your best work, given the time and the circumstances... My collection of short stories, This Year in Jerusalem, was inspired by my experiences abroad and therefore came from a very personal place. I think readers appreciate the adventure spirit that shines throughout the book as strange and unexpected encounters with eccentric character lead the narrator to make emotional confessions and detailed musings. The fact that all the stories connect adds another element, allowing readers to interact with each story in intriguing ways. Likewise, working with Diana to illustrate the book was an amazing and extremely fulfilling experience. She has never traveled to Israel, yet her pictures, based on my words, capture what I had witnessed abroad exactly. I take her amazing effort to portray my scenes as confirmation that I've done my work well, telling a story truthfully and honestly. Since publishing TYIJ, I've continued to grow as a writer and am taking new risks. I now feel confident imagining characters who exist wholly outside my personal experiences and am throwing them into the mix with other more rational personalities. I'm experimenting writing thrillers with fantastical elements and look forward to bringing out my first novel in the coming year!

Splicer by Theo Cage (Author), Russ Smith (Editor)

#Technothriller #free #mystery The CIA calls it a “Frankenstein app” – a new desktop device that any terrorist, in a matter of hours, could use to build a new virus, create a deadly new disease or completely modify human engineering. With a few screen touches, it would be possible to create a monster with the potential to kill millions. A biotech start-up, GeneFab, owns the patent on the Splicer, but everyone from international terrorists, the CIA and a mysterious US government agency, are fighting to steal the technology. The billionaire behind GeneFab is found garrotted in the parking lot of an exclusive business club. The prime suspect is a former employee who quickly lawyers up with one of the hottest criminal defenders in the city – pugnacious and troubled Janey McEwan. McEwan soon becomes embroiled in a battle between a crack team of professional killers and her penniless client – who she happens to be falling in love with. The story reaches its dark climax on a craggy mountain in the wilds of Canada – the doomsday retreat of a shadowy CIA legend – a place they call Ragnarock.

Minecraft Books for Kids: The Complete Minecraft Book Series (4 Minecraft Novels for Kids) by Brock Netherward

#free These books are perfect for almost all #Minecraft fans, starting from children ages 8 and up!
Trapped in Minecraft: Spud’s Thrilling Adventure in the Overworld

Trapped in Minecraft starts with Spud, a perfectly normal kid, who gets home and plays his Minecraft game. Like most nights, he plays for as long as he can. But this time, he soon finds himself trapped inside the Minecraft game, fighting for his survival. Will Spud escape or become another victim to Minecraft?



Stories from the Skylands

This story starts with our main characters, Rozzie & Greyson, tricking their parents into letting them hunt for secret treasure on Shell Mountain. Once they reach the mountain, however, they are transported to a strange, dangerous world – the Skylands! Filled with floating islands, weird creatures and dangerous obstacles, the Skylands make Rozzie and Greyson wish they were back at home under the covers!



Escape from Minecraft: Buck Descends into the Caves

Buck was having another normal night, playing Minecraft in hopes that his mom would stop bothering him. The longer he plays, however, the more he realizes he is being transported into the game! Soon he is in the caves, battling angry creepers and scary zombies. Will Buck be able to lead his group through the spooky Minecraft caves and get back to the real world?



Herobrine Invades the Overworld

The Overworld has been swarmed and civilization destroyed by massive hordes of attacking Creepers. Someone is behind it – and some say it’s Herobrine. Our three heroes, Tone Dead, Fumbles, and Moose, form a deadly team and fight their way through horde after horde. Finally, they encounter the legendary Herobrine. But Herobrine wasn’t exactly who they thought…