Book Review: Kind Nepenthe by Matthew W. Brockmeyer

Rebecca thought she’d find a hippie paradise when she moved to the desolate back hills of Humboldt County. A place to commune with nature and teach her five-year-old daughter how to live off the land, instead she discovered a nightmare.

Coyote is a washed-up pot grower. Strung out on pills and dealing with dropping prices and looming legalization, he wonders if it’s even worth it anymore.

Diesel Dan abandoned his son for a life of methamphetamine and prison. Now he wants to make amends. He’s going to be a grandfather. But his son is on the same dark road of drugs and violence that once consumed him.

These characters will come together in an explosive ending that will leave you stunned and breathless. But more than just a gripping horror novel, Kind Nepenthe is a deep examination into the nature of love and greed, lost ideals, and the essence of evil in one of the last frontiers of the American West.

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I liked this book, even though the horror didn’t really happen until the end. Diesel was a deadbeat dad, but he was trying to make it up to his son. Rebecca had a little girl who did strange things. They moved to Coyote’s compound with her boyfriend.

My favorite lines: 1) “Yes. But, Mommy, if there’s no such thing as ghosts, why do people say this place is haunted?” 2) Thinking about it left an emptiness in his chest, as if some inner part of him had grown hollow, like a rotten knot in a tree.

I enjoyed that the characters were not likable. It made the story feel more real that way. They were drug dealers, druggies, and/or pot growers. Drama had consumed their lives. But, I never quite understood why Rebecca couldn’t just leave. Why she couldn’t grow some balls and leave for her daughter’s safety? That was frustrating, but if Rebecca did the sensible thing, then there wouldn’t be a story. For me, the book didn’t pick up until Sunbeam disappeared. The mystery of did she leave on her own, or did something bad happen to her piqued my interest. The story got exciting for me when there were a lot of fights, arguing, and when ghosts were mentioned. Being labeled as horror, I was expecting to be scared while reading, but I definitely wasn’t.

I will say that the very end was chilling though.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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Happy Birthday, A Writer’s Blog!!!

In November 2011, I got over my fear of no one would want to hear what I had to say. On the 17th of November, I wrote my first blog post called “Creative Writing for Beginners.” Years later and I’m still going strong 🙂

Happy Birthday, A Writer’s Blog!!! May there be many more.

Fun fact: On November 17, 2017, these are the countries that visited my blog:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Australia
  • Philippines

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Necromancer by Eddie Roy #amreadinghorror

Devastated by the heinous murder of his two-year old son at the hands of a serial killer just a handful of years after losing his wife in a freak accident, the last thing David Boyd wants to do is strap on a guitar, though that has always been his avenue of escape during bad times. But he’d never dreamed he would experience times as bad as this. David, Guitarist, singer, and song writer for death-metal band ‘Corpse Whisperer’ is, not surprisingly, inconsolable.

As a result of the crushing loss, he finds himself consumed by thoughts and wishes; and anger at the family he’d been cheated out of.

As he finally resorts to returning to the stage, the murders continue; the victims all death-metal performers and their families. Spread over a wide area, there appears to be no tie-in beyond the bands. The FBI Special Agent in charge of the case from the beginning works tirelessly to solve the case, offer David some closure, and see to it that the murderer gets what’s coming to him.

David is approached by a world famous psychic who claims she can contact his son; for a price. Desperate, and grasping at straws, David agrees. He soon discovers things are not as they seem. And neither is the psychic, who has her own motive for trying to reach the dead boy.

The story of a father’s love, which leads him to the brink of hell to avenge the death of his child.

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I enjoyed this book. I bought a paperback version of Necromancer at the author’s book signing. At the very beginning, I felt bad for David. He lost his wife and his little boy. David just seemed to have bad luck all around. This made me hope that Special Agent John Paxton could capture the little boy Davey’s killer.

Eddie Roy has talent with writing imagery. For example, “…slid into oncoming traffic like an out-of-control turtle” and “…the ornate-looking chandelier dangling above him like a UFO against a bone-white sky.”

My paperback had some formatting issues. It was hit or miss with indentation of paragraphs. The majority of the book wasn’t indented at all, so it seemed like I was reading a big block of text, instead of having white space in the margins. There were a few typos with missing quotation marks with the dialogue.

My favorite lines from the book were: 1) David and Patty met about a year and a half after his creative desperation guided him in a direction he would eventually recognize as the beginning of his downward spiral. 2) David was addicted. He hated the music and the life, but he was addicted to the applause. 3) He probably wouldn’t continue drawing breath long enough to regret his carelessness. 4) They sat silently for a few moments, neither of them wanting to start a conversation, Paxton too hesitant, David too scared.

While reading, I couldn’t tell if the book was written in omniscience point-of-view or if the scenes were head hopping. Knowing every character’s thought process all at once didn’t leave any mystery.  There was a lot of repetition with characters’ narrative summaries but it made sense because these characters were obsessed with what was going on around them. David was obsessed with losing his family in horrific ways. Agent Paxton was obsessed with finding justice for David. The bad guys were obsessed with bringing psychological warfare to David and Paxton, etc., etc.

The novella had great suspense towards the middle and last few scenes. It was cool seeing the villains portray themselves. At the end of the day, they were winning, so they were cocky with themselves. There was a satisfying ending. I was biting my nails scared for David’s safety. The ending tied everything together nicely.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

Woo Hoo, I Had Another Book Signing!!! October’s Treating This Horror Author Mighty Awesome!!! #Writerslife

October has my favorite holiday–Halloween. October is also a great month for horror writers to promote themselves. I have an online presence, and thanks to Berkeley County appreciating local authors, I’ve had a chance to interact with the local community. A couple weeks ago I had a book signing in Hedgesville. Last weekend (October 21 and 22), I joined other local authors for the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival in Martinsburg. Our tables were part of the Arts and Crafts show.

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I was lucky enough to meet some cool authors, eat delicious food, get people to sign up for my newsletter, and sell some books. Twisted Obsession was popular with the crowd, so much so, that I almost ran out of books! Something’s Amiss and One By One did pretty good too. I met a fun guy named Dan who loves to write, and I met a high schooler named Hannah. She was very nice and sweet. She loves to write too but school activities take up the majority of her time.

Getting out of my shell and having friends and family support me, I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Debating On Changing My Book Cover For One By One #WritersLife

I published One By One in 2013, and the cover has never changed from Amazon. I love Sandra Giles cover, but I think it’s time for a change. Here’s One By One now:

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And, here’s what I’d like it to be:

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What do you guys think?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Check Out Mystery Author John W. Howell’s Interview!

Welcome John W. Howell! I just finished this thought-provoking and very enjoyable read – a blend of mystery, friendship, and family, with a helping of supernatural. Get your copy now – the price is only 99 cents until November 1st! I am introducing a new book this month titled Circumstances of Childhood. It is a […]

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