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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#BadMoonRising Yawatta Hosby #IndieAuthor #thriller

Check out my author interview in celebration of 31 days of October. #BadMoonRising

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Today’s indie author shares her thriller novella, along with a chilling paranormal account I wish I’d experienced with her.  Welcome Yawatta Hosby to Bad Moon Rising!

Baby or no baby, Finia’s determined to live life her way.

Too bad that doesn’t fit Miki’s version of a happy ending. He owns her. No leeway. If she fights back, then he’ll make her regret it.

Miki will get his perfect family by any means necessary.

Any paranormal experiences you’d like to share?

I had a ghost experience when I was a kid. I was waiting by the door to go to school. The door was near a full length mirror attached to the wall. The mirror turned gray, like fog, then a ghost appeared. He wore a 1940’s hat and suit. He just stood there. I yelled for my dad. When he approached the mirror, it was only our reflections. The ghost…

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I Had So Much Fun At My Book Signing Today!

I have bad news and good news…

The bad news–I’m too busy and can’t participate in the 24 Hours Comic Challenge today. I had such a blast doing it last year. In the spirit of the fun artist’s challenge, maybe I’ll draw my comic tomorrow.

The good news–The YA author, Teri Polen, has featured me on her blog today. Check out my author interview by clicking here!

And, drum roll please…13 local authors and I had a book signing today at the Hedgesville Public Library!!! Not only did they feed us breakfast and lunch and provide us with free tables, Dana and the other lovely librarians bought each book from all of the authors. My 3 books will be on the shelves of their library! I’m so grateful.

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I met wonderful people and managed to sell some books. I’m so shy that I’m surprised I could talk to people lol. Wendy was my first sale with Twisted Obsession. After talking to her about suspense novels, I felt more at ease. I was very excited to see Kathy. We were local writing buddies back in 2013 when I was first starting out. It was cool reminiscing with her. She was my critique partner for Something’s Amiss (you can thank her for the steamy love scene at the beginning of the book). I hope she likes the way I finished the novella.

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I want to thank Kiel, my mom, and dad for coming to visit. I really appreciated the support. All in all, I sold 8 books. I’m proud of myself for coming out of my shell. I really enjoyed talking to Dani who is an aspiring writer. And, Allee was a delight to see. She’s a local poet still in high school! I hope in the near future I can buy their books 🙂

Today was my 3rd book signing. Here’s a flashback to my 1st one in Harpers Ferry:

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

#IWSG Blog Hop–Character Part of You?

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It’s that time again. IWSG hosts a blog hop the first Wednesday of every month. Writers get to discuss their doubts and fears they’ve conquered, their struggles and triumphs. Even though writing is a lonely activity, it doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through.

Showing vulnerability makes you strong. If you’d like to read more from bloggers who shared their personal experiences, then please click here.

October’s question–Have you ever slipped any of your personal info onto your characters, either by accident or on purpose?

Yes, I’ve absolutely slipped my personal info onto my characters. In fact, I tend to do it all the time on purpose. With my women’s fiction novella, Something’s Amiss, I based the female main character, Poe, off my personality. Children made her nervous, she didn’t want to become a mother, she tried to hide her pain from others, and she pushed Oliver away instead of embracing him. Totally me–that whole pushing people away thing. I really liked Poe. Unfortunately, some readers didn’t like her AT ALL. It made me think they probably wouldn’t like me in real life either 🙂

There’s a scene in Something’s Amiss where Poe was talking to Dominic on the porch. They were reminiscing about their WVU days. Those anecdotes shared between the characters were things that really had happened to me. It was fun sneaking a part of me into the story, knowing I had a secret. The only people who would know were if my readers had gone to college with me and lived in Summit Hall during my resident assistant years.

Another example of slipping my personal info onto my characters–Finia, the female main character of my novella Twisted Obsession, was an accountant. Accounting had been my major at WVU. Finia’s home and neighborhood  in the story was based off my house that I grew up in as a teenager.

It’s fun slipping in my personal information when I’m writing stories, so I’ll probably continue to do so.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby