Book Review: The Summer of Crud by Jonathan LaPoma

***I received a free copy from my Goodreads group in exchange for an honest review***

The summer after graduating from college, 22-year-old Danny Wolinski takes a cross-country US road trip with his friend, Ian Perez, hoping to find the inspiration to reach his songwriting potential, start a band, and avoid student teaching in the fall.

Danny is tormented by intense physical and psychological pain and sees music as his only relief, but the more he searches for his inspiration in an America filled with endless parties, heavy drugs, and lost souls, the more he questions whether it exists.

A deeply disturbing psychological coming-of-age novel, THE SUMMER OF CRUD explores the complexities of friendships, masculinity, sex, mental illness, and addiction, and shows how the quest to unlock one’s creativity can both inspire and destroy a person.

THE SUMMER OF CRUD is the first book in a loosely-linked series with UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRAN and DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY as the second and third books, respectively.

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I enjoyed this book. Danny was the main character with Ian being his road trip buddy. Tension started from the very beginning when Ian wouldn’t let Danny put his stuff in the car. The author did a great job with dialogue. Their fights seemed so real that I often wondered ‘how in the world can Danny be friends with Ian? He’s a jerk for no reason.’

My favorite lines: 1) We woke up late the next morning to the smell of fireworks and hot dogs and phony patriotism. 2) “And I’d rather live in a real world full of anger and abuse than a fantasy world of rainbows and unicorns.” 3) With such pain, every moment is about one thing and one thing only: escape. 4) I tried to see myself in the mirror, but my vision was so blurred and thoughts so rapid I couldn’t recognize anything outside of my own misery.

I felt bad for Danny. He was bullied by Ian. He was depressed and probably should have been on meds instead of excessively drinking. Danny definitely needed a hug.

The book kept mentioning a girl Danny had a crush on. I wish we could’ve gotten to know her more. What about her was he attracted to? With the ending, I’m still trying to figure out the point of the road trip…but, I guess it ended like that because the book is part of a series.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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Six Plus One Script

Tonight, I have the pleasure of being a guest on the Jewel Writes Romance blog. In celebration of Six Plus One‘s release, I thought it’d be fun to turn a scene of Eugene confronting the camp counselor, Grayson, of stealing money into a script.

Interested?

If so, head on over to Jewel E. Leonard’s blog by clicking the link: Guest Post: Yawatta Hosby.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

My Interview Turned Into a #Horror Story!!!

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I had the pleasure of being a guest on Avrin Kelly’s blog. Wicked Shorts features her quirky, horror short stories. She really impressed me. Instead of just doing a standard interview, she wanted to turn my Q&A into a horror story. Welcome to my first collaborative effort. Avrin was a rock star, writing and revising 95% of everything.

Here’s an excerpt of Glass Witch:

The dark, three story house loomed overhead as I stood in the property’s driveway. Droplets of water fell from above, threatening to undo the curls in my hair and the makeup on my face.

I propelled myself out of the rain and up the steps. The old wood creaked under my heels as I glided to the tall front door and unlocked the house.

Today was a huge day.

I couldn’t believe my good luck.

It was my very first interview for Wicked Shorts: a blog I hosted about speculative fiction, weird fiction and horror and the person I was interviewing was quickly becoming a personal hero of mine.

Yawatta Hosby was a strong, impeccably well written author of thriller and suspense novels. She was the real deal, and she’d be here in less than ten minutes.

To continue reading, please click: Glass Witch/Yawatta Hosby (Interview).

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 12 of #DecTheShelves

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Day 12, I bought a true crime anthology. I’ve always been fascinated with why bad people do the things they do. Hopefully, I enjoy this book.

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Every year, we look back in horror at the sheer evil mankind is capable of, and 2017 was no different.

Across the world, but particularly in the United States, startlingly horrific crimes have almost become commonplace, causing us to double-lock our doors at night and look over our shoulders, wondering if we’re safe, no matter how crowded or well-lit our location is.

In this true crime release, we’ve complied some of the most gripping and gruesome crime stories of 2017. Some of the horrible stories you will read about includes:

  • A Florida serial killer stalked a close-knit suburb of Tampa, killing Seminole Heights residents seemingly at random.
  • A member of a neo-Nazi organization used his vehicle to kill a protestor in Charlottesville, Virginia, more than 50 years after the world defeated Hitler’s racist rise to power.
  • A couple was sentenced to death for brutalizing a 10-year-old girl for years, beating her, depriving her of food, forcing her to walk on the hot pavement of a sizzling summer in Arizona, only to let her die in an airtight box overnight, her punishment for eating a Popsicle without asking after sweltering in 115-degree heat.
  • Two young girls were smart enough to record pictures and audio of a man suspected in their deaths, evidence that will hopefully soon solve their murders.
  • A blood-soaked man carried his mother’s decapitated head into a grocery store, attacking a clerk and stabbing him as well before being apprehended from police.
  • The UK was rocked by terrorist bombings that turned joyous moments deadly in an instant.
  • The death of Charles Manson gave us an opportunity to look back at the bloody mayhem inspired by a murderous man with a messiah complex.

Keep the lights on, Dear Reader, and welcome to 2017’s most horrifying true stories.

What are you reading?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Check Out My Author Interview!!!

I’m so excited! I was lucky to be a guest on Author Meka James‘s blog. She gave me a interview to help support my new release, Six Plus One.

My author interview:

1. What books have influenced your life?

Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries have always had a place in my heart. For the longest time, I’d only buy her novels in bookstores. My favorite of hers: And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, and The A.B.C. Murders. Her writing has influenced me in every way possible, even down to the monsters in my stories are always human.

If you’d like to read the rest, please click: Author Interview: Yawatta Hosby.

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Plus, Alexandrina Brant hosted a cover reveal of Six Plus One on her blog. She said, “Whilst Yawatta’s first edition of ONE BY ONE featured its infamous house in the woods wrapped by yellow police tape, the misty woods of SIX PLUS ONE’s cover reflects the trademark of her books, of the atmospheric mist that smothers the characters and drains their spirits.”

If you’d like to read the rest (I feel like she really gets me and gives a great analytical viewpoint of my books), please click: Cover Reveal: SIX PLUS ONE by Yawatta Hosby.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 11 of #DecTheShelves

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On Day 11, Santa gave to me…a comedy thriller. Thanks Santa! by the way, Santa equals me hitting the buy button on my kindle 🙂

Running Stupid is an intense, slick mystery thriller with a dose of comedy and an injection of suspense. It is a roller coaster of emotions, taking the reader on a high octane journey as the hapless, apathetic protagonist  encounters serial killers, sociopaths, liars and fraudsters before finding himself face to face with the ultimate test of fortitude.

Matthew Jester is a lucky man. He has cruised through life on a tide of fortune, succeeding in every aspect of his existence. Now he wants to test his good fortune, to push it to the extreme, and his luck is about to run out–his world is about to unravel. He becomes the chief suspect in a high profile murder case and discovers that he is public enemy number one. The country hates him, they want him dead, and no matter how far he runs, no matter which direction he takes, he keeps finding himself in the clutches of the darkest and most depraved elements of society. He thinks his luck has finally run out, that his life has hit rock bottom, but what he doesn’t know is that things are a lot worse than they seem.

What are you reading?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Day 10 of #DecTheShelves

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My 10th book is another horror. I can’t get enough haha, and with only 48 pages, it will definitely be a fast read. My motivation for buying They Came With the Snow–I have to know what the monsters are!

When a mysterious blast goes off in a small college town, triggering a blizzard, the few survivors must decide whether to stay or leave and face the monsters who came with the snow.

What are you reading? If you love horror, what’s your favorite type of monster?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby