Winners For My ONE BY ONE giveaway!!!

I’d like to thank Carrie and Miss Alexandrina for entering my contest for a free paperback and ebook copy of ONE BY ONE. I was going to give away 1 paperback and 4 ebooks, but I want to show my appreciation by giving both ladies a free paperback. Thank you for being the only ones to share something frightening in celebration of Halloween.

Please email me your shipping address to Author.Yawatta.Hosby(AT)aol(DOT)com. And let me know if you want the book autographed 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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If You Like Treats For Halloween, Check Out My New Author Interview!!!

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat. If you don’t, I don’t care. I’ll just…

Wouldn’t you like to know hee hee.

I don’t have any chocolate for you guys, but I’d like to share a treat on Halloween. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Sharon C. Cooper. What’s the perfect day to be featured as a guest post to promote a mystery thriller (some have even described it as horror)? Halloween, of course!!! If you’re interested in hearing what I had to say, please go to: One By One By Author Yawatta Hosby.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Princess By Jeff Menapace

THIS IS NOT A FAIRY TALE…

It’s prom night. Samantha Kearns has been eagerly awaiting her date’s arrival. Except now her date is running late and Samantha begins to fear he may not show.

Convinced there must be a perfectly good explanation, Samantha’s mother Tammy sends her husband John out to search for their Princess’s prince.

John obeys…for he knows the horror that lies ahead if he fails to find the boy.

A twisted tale that combines the elements of such classics as Psycho and Carrie, “Princess” is a 47 page story that will drag you into a world of madness, depravity, and murder.

17342893I loved this 18 chapter book. It reminded me of old school Alfred Hitchcock with the creepy, demented, psychological warfare storyline. It was definitely a sick twist on how prom night could be!

John and Tammy were Samantha’s parents. The only rule in that household–the princess deserves a prince. I felt very bad for the boy kidnapped, which made the story even more creepy. That family was crazy. Chills went down my spine while reading. I’m a firm believer that the most frightening things in this world are events that can happen in real life. And teens can be kidnapped in mall parking lots in real life. When the boy pleaded to be set free because he missed his mom, I shed a tear.

My favorite line: “A poor performance was acceptable, but refusal to go on. Unacceptable.” I especially enjoyed that the story was written in John’s point-of-view. I liked getting inside the head of the person who could’ve stopped things but was too weak to fight Tammy’s aggressiveness. I loved the ending because readers got a glimpse into the family’s past to see when Tammy’s mental breakdown happened and they got to see what exactly happened to Samantha.

If you’re a fan of reading mind games, then you’ll love this book.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

What I Learned From NaNo

In May, my goal was to write a 30,000 word suspense novella in 30 days. I was only supposed to write 1,000 words a day. Starting off my journey, I chronicled each day’s experience until I started getting behind with blogging (my computer crashed!!!!). Anyway, I’d like to share what I’ve learned through participating in this fun, but stressful challenge and I’d also like to finish my update on if I had failed or succeeded back in May.

Why, you may ask? Because….in November, I’m officially participating in Nano through the website. I want an award hee hee!!! I even contacted local writers who do NaNo every year. It’ll be fun meeting new people.

What I Learned From NaNo

1.  Lowering the word count will play tricks on you. You’ll think you will have all the time in the world to make word count up, and before you know it, the month is almost over!

2.  It’s hard to stay motivated, focusing on a goal when you’re the only person working on NaNo.

3.  DO NOT start NaNo in the middle of releasing a book! Choose one or the other. As you’ll see, a lot of my zeroes were of me downloading ONE BY ONE to different websites, setting up Goodreads, formatting my book correctly, and finding bloggers for book reviews and author interviews.

4.  Even though you may fail, it’s still good to treat yourself once in a while. On June 1st, I went to New York City with my family. I’ll never regret choosing spending quality time with my cousins and mom the night before our trip instead of writing the ending of my NaNo story.

5.  Don’t start other activities if you’ve already committed to NaNo. In May, I had began tutoring a college student, becoming a beta-reader and critique partner to multiple writers, etc. Maybe I should have waited hee hee…

My May NaNo Update

I decided it’d be better to just list the rest of the days instead of chronicle each day’s activity. Let’s see if I succeeded or failed for TRAPPED: A NOVELLA…

  • The first 11 days
  • Day 12 – May 13th (293 words)
  • Day 13 – May 14th (1,154 words)
  • Day 14 – May 15th (0 words)
  • Day 15 – May 16th (0 words)
  • Day 16 – May 17th (0 words)
  • Day 17 – May 18th (0 words)
  • Day 18 – May 19th (3,016 words)
  • Day 19 – May 20th (504 words)
  • Day 20 – May 21st (0 words)
  • Day 21 – May 22nd (0 words)
  • Day 22 – May 23rd (0 words)
  • Day 23 – May 24th (526 words)
  • Day 24 – May 25th (3,010 words)
  • Day 25 – May 26th (0 words)
  • Day 26 – May 27th (2,822 words)
  • Day 27 – May 28th (2,579 words)
  • Day 28 – May 29th (837 words)
  • Day 29 – May 30th (1,608 words)
  • Day 30 – May 31st (0 words)

FAILED–ENDING COUNT 26,179 WORDS

SHORT BY 3,821 WORDS (which isn’t that bad considering how many zeroes I had…)

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: The Park By Shane Jeffery

***I received a free copy from the Making Connections group on Goodreads in exchange for a review***

Book One of the electrifying horror series “The Park Chronicles”

Gnashie is a young boy with problems. His father is a twisted alcoholic and things haven’t been the same at home since his mother walked out on them. At school he only has one friend, a girl named Julie. When the pair get caught up on a school excursion to a theme park, it seems like the perfect escape for Gnashie and his problems.

BUT THIS PARK IS NOT A SAFE AND NURTURING PLACE

Evil lurks within. Years later after Gnashie has moved beyond his experiences at The Park, a criminal mastermind returns to announce his plans of destruction and world domination. As easy as it would be to ignore the impending doom, the only hope for Gnashie is to go back to where this all started.

BRUTAL. MINDBENDING. INSANE.

No matter how far you travel into The Park, there are still so many horrible truths to uncover.

Watch as Gnashie grows up and becomes pushed to the very core of his limits.

Watch as The Park’s words bleed from the page and burn into your heart.

THIS IS A PARK, YOU WILL NEVER FORGET…

17202676I liked this 5 part book. It was broken down into the different stages of Samuel’s (a.k.a. Gnashie’s) life from an elementary kid to an adult. Even though he had a rough childhood, I couldn’t get behind anything he did as a teen or man. I didn’t sympathize with him; in fact, I wanted him to get caught. It took me a while to get used to rooting against the main character. But that’s a testament to the author’s writing. It wasn’t bland. He wrote about a raw and edgy subject matter that made me cringe–kids were forced to do child porn by pedophiles. Some parts were hard to read, and this is coming from a person who loves “Law and Order: SVU.”

The whole point of writing is to get a reaction out of readers. And Shane Jeffery definitely got a reaction out of me.

My favorite lines: 1) The things you don’t notice…until it’s all coming back. 2) Although I’m sure some of them were mocking me, I always felt a special bond with the nickname. 3) But of course there’s more. There’s always more. 4) I didn’t know if it was evil, if it was insanity, or some kind of twisted combination of the two; but obviously he was a hideous fucking monster.

Meet Gnashie, a naive little boy. He got the nickname because his dad kept knocking his teeth out. He’s a socially awkward loner in school. He wants to make friends but keeps getting bullied. His elementary school crush, Julie, doesn’t even really notice him. The author did a great job of having readers feel sorry for the kid, especially regarding his mom is missing.

A concerned teacher, Mr. Muckles, suggested a field trip. I felt bad that Gnashie wasn’t allowed to go. But did his dad have a good reason? Was Mr. Muckles sinister?

Gnashie snuck out of the house to attend The Park field trip. I jumped in my seat when he made his way to the fence in the backyard and saw his mom’s decaying body near the shed! No wonder his dad wouldn’t allow him to go near that place! That image stayed in my head throughout the entire novel.

As a reader, all I wanted was for Gnashie to finally have a nice moment in his life. He was so happy to be hanging out with Julie at The Park. The author did a great job of tricking me. The Park wasn’t a good place at all.

During the kids’ time there, the story was written in fragments and had a weird, creepy undertone to it. I guess it sort of felt like Edgar Allan Poe’s writing style where it’s like what did I just read? But, I think that was intentional because The Park was a demented, terrorizing place that made kids have “daymares.” The other kids and Gnashie were forced to stay there against their own will. A twist–Gnashie and Julie had visited that place before, but he hadn’t remembered.

The kids were missing for years. Gnashie got out when he was 15 years old. Back at school, he had a crush on Rachel. As a reader, I thought he’d get a chance to have a happy ending for all he had went through. I was fooled again. He helped The Park kidnap kids, the first victim–Rachel. Yuck! I couldn’t look at him the same way again. He’d do anything to keep his secret. Anything.

Apparently, his dad and Mr. Muckles had a history. His dad was a part of the law enforcement. Gnashie was a criminal who kept getting caught murdering people. I wish there would have been more jail or prison scenes, instead of things happening off the pages. It would’ve helped me see that justice was being served instead of thinking: why doesn’t he ever suffer any consequences? Was his dad helping him get off? His dad had went through sick things as a kid too–another twist.

As an adult, Gnashie married Rachel (of all people) and they had a daughter. Did history repeat itself? Or did he get a happy ending? You’ll have to read (if you can handle the subject matter) to find out.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: The Natural Victim By Peter Reynard

The computer always keeps watch and it never lies.

So when the computer says that Eric Wanbois’ ID, and only Eric Wanbois’ ID, was used to enter a locked room one night, the same night and the same locked room in which a grad student is found brutally murdered, the police are sure they have their man.

Even Eric’s lawyer accepts his client’s guilt. But Eric insists he is innocent, and Dieter Fox – fellow grad student and voracious reader of detective fiction – believes him.

And as luck would have it, I’m Dieter’s roommate; his Dr. Watson and Capt. Hastings, all rolled into one.

To solve the case, Dieter (and I) must figure out how Eric’s ID was used three times that night though Eric claims he used it only once.

And who is the mysterious stranger seen inside the room hours before the murder?

As Dieter and I start to dig deeper we discover that there is no shortage of people who hated the victim, including the victim’s lab mates and his ex.

But who hated the victim enough to kill him? And why?

18078654I enjoyed this 14 chapter book. My favorite lines: 1) “A good detective keeps his mind open.” 2) “I’d never have thought of him as a killer, but you can never really know anyone, can you?” 3) “No one got along with him. He was sly, cunning, and lazy. A deadly combination,” he replied.

The story definitely focused on Dieter even though it was told through another character’s first person point of view. I don’t even think the guy’s name was ever mentioned. They were college roommates and both loved to read mysteries. As a reader, i had respect for Dieter’s detective skills. It reminded me of back in the day when I used to act like I was Harriet the Spy, solving local mysteries for my peers. Who am I kidding? I still do LOL.

I wish there were more dialogue and immediate scenes instead of narrative summary. If I read conversations and more interactions between characters instead of just hearing about it through one person’s account, then it would’ve felt like I was taking the journey with them instead of just being narrated to. The characters would’ve felt more real instead of just puzzle pieces.

However, I loved the fact that everything was laid out like clues. It gave me a chance to try and figure out the mystery alongside Dieter. It was a fun game to play.

Eric’s roommate, Jason, turned up dead in his science lab on campus. Right away, I thought someone had set up Eric. Then David, a student who also used the lab, became a main suspect. It seemed too good to be true, so I was happy that Dieter felt uneasy with how everything fit together too perfectly. I was happy that my gut was right. David ended up dead as well!

The story did a great job of listing the suspects and describing their motives for wanting those guys dead. The red herrings were so clever that I never guessed the right killer. I was fooled, so the ending was cool.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Interview With Miv Evans, Author Of How I Exiled My Inner Bitch

Please welcome my special guest Miv Evans, author of How I Exiled My Inner Bitch.

182430521.  Do you have any advice for other writers trying to get published?

Build your online presence early. It takes years to get enough followers to promote a book successfully.

2.  What are your thoughts on the fact that both trade and self-published authors have to promote their own work?

I believe publishers are taking advantage of authors by expecting them to promote their own work. Publishers are in a much stronger position than a lone writer.

3.  What genre do you write for? Your favorite aspect? Your least favorite aspect?

Humor.

Favorite aspect: Entertaining myself when I’m alone for all those hours.

Least favorite aspect: There’s nothing I don’t like about comedy. It’s therapeutic to spend a little time staring into space, waiting for that funny line to make its entrance.

4.  What are your current/next projects?

I’ve just hired a narrator to create an audiobook.

5.  Do you prefer to work alone or with critique partners/beta-readers?

I like to write alone, but I think feedback from the right people is priceless.

6.  Did you always want to become an author?

I always wrote poems and newspaper articles, but only realized recently that becoming an author was a possibility.

7.  Is there any rituals you complete before creating your manuscripts/drafts?

No. I just get on with it!

8.  Do you write the beginning/opening first or do you tend to write out of order (with whatever scenes interest you the most)?

I begin with a character, add more characters as I develop the story, until it’s a paragraph. Then I keep developing it until the structure is in place, i.e. set-up, beginning, working towards the mid-point, then towards the end. I add dialogue as I go along, until in the end, I have a few pages, which is basically a treatment for the book.

9.  Have you ever hated something you wrote?

When I read the film reviews I first wrote, I want to go in and cut at least a third.

10.  Which is the easiest for you–novel, novella, or short story? Why?

I spend a lot of time developing characters, and to use them just for a short story or novella seems like a waste of interesting people!

11.  While you were writing, did you ever feel like you were one of your characters?

I felt I was all of them at different times.

12.  How did you come up with the title?

When I was describing the story to someone. It was originally titled Other People’s Kids.

13.  What inspired you to write your latest book?

Listening to my friends’ complaints about their partners’ kids, and the complaints of the kids!

14.  Any blogs, websites, social media you’d like to share?

I’ve got a carousel on my website with lots of Inner Bitchisms, and also my book trailer’s on there. So I’d like everyone to take a look. I also post Inner Bitchisms daily on Twitter @ innerbitchisms. If you follow, please mention Yawatta sent you!