Book Review: Merry Murder by Angel Gelique #WomenInHorrorMonth

It seems like only yesterday I was celebrating Women’s Horror Month last year with blog posts. With a blink of an eye, it’s a year later and February has arrived again! Celebrating Women’s Horror Month, my first blog post is dedicated to one of my favorite horror author’s, Angel Gelique. I was lucky enough to win her book Merry Murder in a Twitter contest. Loving the book so much, I ended up buying it on Amazon too. I’m not lying when I say I’m a strong believer in writers supporting other writers 🙂

Poor Paul McKenna. He just wants to enjoy the holidays. But with an obstinate teen-aged daughter, Heather, and an unreasonable wife who enables her, Paul is anything but jolly. Heather has her heart set on getting the latest cell phone for Christmas. The only problem is Paul can’t find one within the acceptable price range. He simply refuses to fall victim to holiday price-gouging. He has every intention of buying the phone weeks after Christmas when it’s half the price. Surely, Heather will understand…right?

In this tale of vengeance, a well-intentioned father will find that sometimes it’s better to appease an incorrigible teen daughter–no matter the cost–rather than incur her wrath. 

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I loved this pretty intense book! The story was told in Paul’s first person point-of-view. I felt so bad for him. He was surrounded by–excuse my french–straight up bitches. Oh my goodness, I hated Heather and his wife Maeve with a passion. The author did a wonderful job making those two ladies enormous bullies. They were the perfect villains. I was happy for Paul when his son visited for the holidays. Finally a peace of mind, even if short-lived before Heather’s extreme temper tantrum ruined everything.

I loved getting inside Paul’s head. He knew something was wrong, but there was nothing he could really do about it since his wife kept taking their daughter’s side. I wanted to punch Heather in the face; that’s how great Angel Gelique made that character a bad guy. As a reader, I was also quite scared of Heather. She was a narcissist to the core–a psychopath too. Who could have ever thought what would happen because of a cell phone? The story blew my mind (in a good way)!

My favorite line:  Though to be fair, she’s only grown grossly intolerable over the past couple of months since her last cell phone began showing signs of electronic Alzheimer’s. I truly loved the ending. Does Paul’s wife have a change of heart? Does Heather still make your skin crawl? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

***I hope you enjoyed the book review. If you know of anyone who wants to celebrate Women’s Horror Month, please let me know. They can write guest posts for me, and I’d love to reblog from other wonderful writers. Let’s celebrate Women’s Horror Month in style!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

 

 

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Book Review: 13 Wicked Tales of Witches by Avrin Kelly

Whether it’s around Halloween time, or one of the other 11 (boring) months out of the year; you are going to love these 13 stories from Avrin Kelly…

Dear Reader,

I present thirteen stories to horrify you, make you question existence, and even those around you. Thirteen tales of treachery, magic gone wrong and spells done right. Stories about people, just like you, who had a run-in with a Witch…or who are Witches themselves. 

You don’t know who the villains are until the end. You won’t know who the monsters are until they strike, but isn’t that the best part about horror?

The unknown?

If you are feeling particularly brave, I encourage you to explore the uncanny world of Witches, with me as your guide. Snuggle down with this creepy read, and come with me into the depths of wickedness and strange magic. To a place where nothing is ever as it seems, where the danger could be lurking in the shadows behind you or right beside you, in the light.

Thirteen tales of terror; every one of them involving a Witch…

–A handyman recalls the horrifying details of a job he wishes he’d forgotten.

–An overly curious English teacher gets way more than she bargained for when she sets out to solve a mystery concerning her next door neighbor.

–A Witch out for revenge on an unfaithful lover, finds he may have beaten her to the punch.

–A veteran cat burglar underestimates a wealthy old woman in the dead of night.

–A young handyman tells what happened when he went to work with his father one Saturday afternoon.

–A Warlock in college is having issues with his unruly doppelganger. 

–And more…Read “Thirteen Wicked Tales of Witches” and treat yourself to some twisty, turny (is that a word?) Halloween frights!!!

Signed Sincerely,

Your Guide

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I really enjoyed this short story collection. When I think of horror, I want to read about monsters or evil people. Some of these witches were pretty dark, right up my reading alley.

Ms. Burgess’s Pets:

Sam and Little Frank were plumbers who answered a call to an old lady’s home. Flour was all over the floor as they worked. My favorite line: “Honestly, at that point I just figured she was a little senile. And who could blame her? She was out here in the country all alone, all the time.” I enjoyed the twist regarding “pets.”

The Flags in Barrymore Village:

13 years old Ducky and Isaac watched the Witch Flag hang. Suddenly, very bad weather arrived in town. The story was full of suspense with the boys being locked in a basement for sinister purposes. My favorite lines: 1) “You should always be cautious in Barrymore Village. This place is not Mayberry.” 2) “It’s not snow.” Ducky sniffed the air, his face contorting into true horror. “It’s bone.”

Ajax:

This was one of my favorite stories. I loved the twist at the end. Cam was being bullied and wanted revenge. His cousin was psycho. My favorite line: “You wanted revenge, right?” I nodded. “How better to get that than to wash the smiles right off their faces.”

The Stick Lady:

This was very short. An old lady hung sticks from top of a tree. My favorite line: “It was the first of many emails I’ve received as of late. This is easily the least disturbing one.”

189 Martin Lane:

This was one of my favorite stories. A burglar climbed into a window of an old lady’s house to steal from her downstair’s safe. It was an eerie and chilling scene when she confronted the burglar. She was badass! My favorite line: “S-s-stay away from me.” I whispered, inching away from her. “You’re a monster.” I’d seen what was in her safe. I knew I was in over my head. I wish the author would’ve revealed what was in the safe.

The Crossroads:

The opening sentence: “Blood gushed from my side where Norman had stabbed me” hooked me right away. Two ex lovers faced off with witchcraft. I liked the twist at the end.

Neighbors:

This was one of my favorite stories. Red rain water flowed into a couple’s yard. They got it tested and figured out it was human blood from the neighbor’s yard. It was creepy (in a good way) how Ms. Aster stood naked, glancing at their cameras. There was great tension between the married couple. I cared about the characters. This was a depressing story; that witch was vicious! My favorite lines: 1) “She didn’t move. Didn’t blink. Didn’t flinch.” 2) “Yet.” I added. “She hasn’t hurt us yet. That blood came from somewhere…”

The Burrstreet Witches:

Viana was the head witch with 12 in her coven. I loved the twisty ending. My favorite line: “All thirteen of them were horrified.”

Night Owl

This was one of my favorite stories. Clarity was suspicious of her gorgeous coworker Suzette. An owl was stalking Clarity. A creepy owl! I was sad that Clarity’s fiance had died. The story was eerily spooky. Well done to the author. The villain was truly a villain. My favorite lines: 1) “The entire time, I felt like someone was watching me. Like something was watching me.” 2) “The elevator’s interior lights flickered off, abandoning me in total, suffocating darkness.”

Twine:

The story started with the reveal of a real live zombie gerbil. The little sister brought things back to life with a string, with bad consequences of course. I loved the twist of the little sister. I never saw it coming. I wish the ending would’ve shown if the main character (brother) escaped or not.

Fetch:

A fetch (or doppelganger) was trying to kill a guy in college. No mirrors or reflective surfaces were allowed in the guy’s apartment. A guest accidentally left his cell phone on the couch, so craziness happened. My favorite lines: 1) “Don’t worry, just say the word.” I told him. I sounded more confident than I really was. 2) He rolled his eyes and got to his feet. “Sorry,” he mumbled as he rubbed his head. “Almost dying will give a person an attitude sometimes.”

Old Hag Syndrome:

Eric talked to a shrink because a witch kept attacking him in his sleep. His life was out of control and everyone thought he was crazy. Gaining strength, the witch started haunting Eric and Barry in the daytime. Barry was already committed to an insane asylum. Eric was being threatened with the same fate. I was a little confused by the ending.

Low Gravity Charms

A warlock was supposed to be a guide on a spaceship. The crew got attacked by an outside force.

The Truth About Wildwood

This was one of my favorite stories. A coven of witches lived in the middle of the woods. I loved how the main character was talking to us, the readers. It made the story seem more real. I enjoyed the twist of the main character and Henry. My favorite lines: 1) “I’m not ashamed to say I was scared. I’d rather be out here in the woods by myself than make a decision concerning my future. What an idiot.” 2) “She shook and cowered away from me. Embarrassed. Confused. Horrified.”

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Abode by Morgan Sylvia

***I received a free copy for an honest review***

A TERRIFYING HAUNTING

This is the place where the harrowed ghosts of a dozen generations whisper in the shadows of their ancestral home, where one family’s dreams of a new beginning turned into a nightmare that ended in tragedy.

A CURSED BLOODLINE

This is the place where a line of witches bound themselves–in blood–to a primeval entity. Here, nightmares and reality meet beneath frozen skies, and even time and space fall under the power of the demonic being that rules this remote northern woods.

A CHANCE ENCOUNTER

This is the place where the path of a tormented survivor meets that of an unknowing innocent. Past and present collide, and secrets long buried crawl back into the pallid light of day as the shadow of the Beast falls over them both. But even the bloodiest dreams of that demonic being may pale in comparison to what lies buried within the human heart.

This is the place where evil dwells…

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I absolutely loved this creepy book! It scared the crap out of me that after a few nights reading, I had to switch to only reading it in the daytime. I’m talking hairs on my arm and neck standing up, chills running down my spine, me looking over my shoulder, me jumping at any sound my house made.

The opening line: “You don’t know me” hooked me right away. The entire book was written as emails of a deranged man contacting his little sister who he believed died. As a reader, I thought it would’ve been cool to see how she replied, but I understand why the author didn’t show any of that. It would’ve taken the suspense away from the explosive ending.

My favorite lines: 1) You were a tiny thing, but you looked at me with an expression far beyond your years. 2) There was something behind me. I heard it. I felt it. 3) I have no answers. Only memories. 4) This may sound crazy. I cannot argue that. I agree, actually. It not only sounds crazy, it is crazy. But that doesn’t make it less true.

As a little boy, the main character moved into a haunted house in Maine with his parents and younger sister. These ghosts weren’t Casper the friendly ghost. They were viciously wicked. Not only ghosts, the family had to deal with demons and monsters in the woods. The author described each haunting and supernatural creature in great detail, making this book very spooky.

The setting (70’s) reminded me of the Amityville era. The parents really frustrated me because they were so passive. There was no excuse of not trying to get help for their haunted home, especially when their children were getting hurt. The entire town knew about the Murder House down the lane. The kids were much braver than the adults, and I applaud them. I loved when he got some answers from his best friend Lane’s aunt, Phyllis.

The slow build up was great. There were many suspenseful moments in the book because of the slow build up. The twist at the end was great. I hadn’t seen it coming.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Dear Santa by Yawatta Hosby

***If you’re easily offended, stop reading now***

Dear Santa

by Yawatta Hosby

Copyright 2017

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

Can you please make my baby sister disappear? I want all the Christmas gifts.

Thank you,

Douglas

Two weeks later on Christmas Eve, Douglas jolted awake by blood curdling screams. His seven month old sister had been mauled by their family’s pitbull. Douglas was the only one to open his gifts on Christmas morning at his grandparent’s house. He didn’t even want his toys and electronics anymore.

Dear Santa,

Can I have my daddy back? I miss him so much.

Thank you,

Tonya

Tonya didn’t know why she found her mommy crying in her neighbor’s arms two weeks later. Her curiosity taking over, she stood in the hallway and overheard her mommy on the phone in the kitchen. Tonya’s daddy had just died in Iraq, and her mommy was making arrangements to ship him back home. Tonya didn’t want to see her daddy in a casket as worm food. Not now. Not ever. Her body shuddered.

Dear Santa,

I want a bike, one that rides very fast. And can it please have a basket on the handlebars?

Thank you,

Kim

Two weeks later, Kim was delighted to get her navy blue mountain bike with the small basket on the handlebars. It was the perfect size to hold her lunchbox, so she could bring snacks with her when she played with her best friend Molly. Molly lived three blocks over. Kim’s delight didn’t last long though. By afternoon in sunny California, her brakes stopped working as she rode through the edge of the park. Kim went full speed into traffic, and a van smashed into her. Lying on the road with broken bones, she didn’t even want her bike anymore. She closed her eyes and took her last breath.

Be careful what you wish for…you never know if an evil troll will put a bad spell on all of the letters written to Santa in the West Gate Mall.

THE END

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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

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 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