Excerpt and Giveaway: The Torment of Rachel Ames by Jeff Gunhus

Title: The Torment of Rachel Ames

Author: Jeff Gunhus

Genre: Thriller / Horror

Suffering from writer’s block, novelist Rachel Ames escapes to a lake cabin to calm her mind and regain a sense of herself. The location is perfect. Isolated. Beautiful. Inspiring. It even comes with a good-looking landlord who shows an interest in her. But she can’t shake the sense that something terrible has followed her to the lake, something just beyond her consciousness, something out on the edge where the sounds of a raging fire and sirens linger whenever she slows down to listen. Determined to make the cabin work, she tries to settle in and give her new life a chance. But when strange things begin to happen around her, she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake. As the darkness that’s followed her manifests itself in inexplicable ways, her concept of reality is stretched thin and she realizes nothing at the lake is what it seems. As she fights to survive with her sanity intact, she understands too late that the location she’s chosen for herself is far from perfect.

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About the Author:

Jeff Gunhus is the author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Jack Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and Gold Medal Winners.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

Links

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Author Site: www.Jeffgunhus.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jeffgunhusauthor

Twitter: @jeffgunhus

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Book Excerpt

Rachel Ames knows she’s making a terrible mistake, but that’s never stopped her before. Even as she speeds down the empty highway, she’s certain nothing good will come of this trip. She can’t say why she has this belief, only that it’s deeply rooted, part of a visceral animal instinct clawing away at her insides. Call it intuition. Or call it common sense, doesn’t matter. Can’t change the fact that it’s the truth.

She refuses to change her destination, even if the rising sense of dread causes her heart to beat right out of her chest. She’s committed, this much is a fact, so she pushes aside all thought of turning around and focuses on the road ahead.

She checks the map on her phone, taking comfort in the little blue dot on the screen that symbolizes the exact spot in the world occupied by her aging Honda Accord with faded red paint, bad muffler and squeaking brakes. The dot sails along a straight white line surrounded by an ocean of green. She appreciates the simplicity of the image, the perfection of it. An object moving at a steady rate along a direct path toward a specific destination. No hurdles. No obstacles to navigate. Not even an intersection or a fork in the road. There are only two decisions to make. To continue forward or stop the car and go back.

And there’s no chance in hell she’s going back.

Her two gentlemen passengers are the perfect companions. Silent, good-looking and only there to cater to her whims and needs. They sit together in the seat next to her, sharing the seatbelt. That might have been overdoing it, but strapping them in together makes her laugh, so she forgives herself the indulgence. This is her journey, her time, so acting odd is her prerogative.

Besides, the two of them are the perfect complements. Daniels and Underwood. Booze and typewriter. Soul mates bound by common history and mutual reliance.

The Underwood typewriter was a great find her sophomore year in college, given to her by Professor McNeely’s widow soon after his very public death from a massive aneurism. It’d happened right in the middle of her creative writing class, just as the old bastard was finally saying something nice about her novel-in-progress. Mid-sentence, he’d slapped a hand to his head, made a small grunt and rolled his eyes back in their sockets. At first, she’d thought he was mocking her work, but then his back arched and he collapsed to the floor. After that came the convulsions, followed by the shit and urine filling his pants as her classmates screamed. Then, as the good book says, the lights went out and Elvis left the building.

But unlike Elvis, the man wasn’t much loved. A taskmaster who hated any writer beside himself, he used critiques as an assault rifle to mow down any young soul with the temerity to attempt the art that, in his mind, belonged only to him and a handful of his peers. Sure there were the appropriate candlelight vigils and the church service to honor the brave soul who died fighting the good fight in his ivory tower, but right under the surface, the humor rolled dark and furious.

I heard that the last pages he read really blew his mind.

You know that saying, would it kill you to say something nice?

Rachel guessed it had.

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Cover Reveal: Madame Lilly Voodoo Priestess by Dormaine G.

Dormaine G.—author of Connorhas a new book titled: Voodoo Priestess Madame Lilly. It will be available on Friday, February 21, 2014 PST. You can check it out in Amazon by clicking the link below:

 

Madame Lilly Voodoo Priestess by Dormaine G.

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About the Book

Madame Lilly Voodoo Priestess by Dormaine G.

Madame Lilly Voodoo Priestess by Dormaine G.

Voodoo Priestess, Madame Lilly, will get her revenge tonight even if the price is her soul.

In the late 1800’s Odara, a Creole girl in New Orleans, grew up wealthy and having the best of everything. She was taught the ways of plaçage: to be a wealthy man’s common-law wife. She didn’t want to follow the ways of plaçage as her mother had, until she met the man of her dreams, Henry Nicolas. He was handsome, charming and rich; perfect in every way until their first night of marriage when she saw his true malevolent side.

For twelve long years Odara endured abuse in the worst ways possible, taking her from a naive child to a scorned woman. A woman fueled with such revulsion towards Henry she would give anything for vengeance.

Through voodoo, Madame Lilly was born, but with it came consequences beyond even her comprehension.

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About Dormaine G

After years of playing adult, I realized I will never grow up. So last year, I took some time off to live the dream of writing. My first book, Connor, was published this October which is book 1 of the series. I will continue to write fiction book while working on my other dream which is to fly a spaceship.

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Currently Reading: The Hungry Woods by Paul Levas

The Hungry Woods by Paul Levas

The Hungry Woods by Paul Levas

About the Author

Paul Levas was born and grew up in Antioch, IL, but has lived in Phoenix, AZ, for the past twenty years. He is a writer specializing in the horror genre, and cites Stephen King and Dean Koontz as his major influences. He has three short stories published: The Shed, Sweet Temptation, The Blog of Kevin Hickey, and Shadows. He is currently working on a novel due out in 2014.

Follow him here:


http://paullevaswriter.tumblr.com/
http://www.paullevas-author.com/
Twitter: PaulLevas18
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6969977.Paul_Levas

About the Book

Johnny walked home from school on the shoulder of Grass Lake Road every day without a problem for a year, until The Big Kids, the Carbone’s, moved into town and eventually started beating him. But one day, Johnny had an idea to walk home on a different route. Through the woods. Although, when he arrived at the path into the woods something far worse than the big kids had been waiting for him.

List of Books Read this November

I saw my friend’s list of the books she read this November. I thought it was a good idea so here I am… listing the books I’ve read this month.

Handsome Devil by Jessica Larsen (Cover taken from the book's Goodreads account)

Handsome Devil by Jessica Larsen (Cover taken from the book’s Goodreads account)

The Shed by Paul Levas

The Shed by Paul Levas

She Caught Me by D.R. Lee (Cover taken from the book's Goodreads account)

She Caught Me by D.R. Lee (Cover taken from the book’s Goodreads account)

Snug Fit by Anna Bayes; cover taken from the book's Goodreads account.

Snug Fit by Anna Bayes; cover taken from the book’s Goodreads account.

The Matchmaker by Megan Derr

The Matchmaker by Megan Derr

The Shadows by Paul Levas

The Shadows by Paul Levas

Beauty and The Bible: The Testimonies of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Esther, Abigail, Tamar and the Daughters of Job  by Reev Robledo

Beauty and The Bible: The Testimonies of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Esther, Abigail, Tamar and the Daughters of Job by Reev Robledo

 ラブ・ミー・ベイベー [Love Me Baby] by Sasamura Gou, 笹村剛

ラブ・ミー・ベイベー [Love Me Baby]
by Sasamura Gou, 笹村剛

 After A Storm (嵐のあと #1) by Shoko Hidaka, Shoko Hidaka

After A Storm (嵐のあと #1)
by Shoko Hidaka, Shoko Hidaka

Don't Forget the Soap by Marie Claire Lim Moore

Don’t Forget the Soap by Marie Claire Lim Moore

Ngumiti si Andoy ni Xi Zuq at Dominic Agsaway

Ngumiti si Andoy ni Xi Zuq at Dominic Agsaway

and this one:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13494082-drunk-text – a freebie I’ve read online.

All in all, I’ve read more than what’s listed in here. But most are ongoing series in various free sites while the other manga, I’ve failed to note. I’m pleased however, that in this list, I’ve managed to read 5 Pinoy books (one Tagalog romance pocketbook by Jessica Larsen, one children’s book about a hero by Xi Zuq, one memoir by Marie Claire Lim Moore, one religious book with an awesome soundtrack by Reev Robledo, one romance novelette by D.R. Lee) out of 12. Of the 12, four are M/M , two are horror/suspense both by Paul Levas, while the remaining one is erotica by Anna Bayes.

Book Review: The Shed by Paul Levas

The Shed by Paul Levas

Paul Levas has a way with words. This is a very short story and yet he managed to make me chuckle; left me teary-eyed; and feel sad, regret and sorry; and then shudder in just a span of eleven pages. Not to mention it’s informative, too!

I could feel Steve’s raw emotion and deep regret. He might not be the most perfect husband, but he was a loving father.

This is my first horror story. Now I’m starting to wonder why I’ve never read one before. Horror for me, is something that I watch rather than read.

I’ve never been glad for reading something new though. I rate this 4.5 stars and I’m looking forward to reading more of his works. If he can pack so much in such a short story, how much more in a longer one? 🙂

About the Book

The shed is a place full of memories. Memories of a tragic accident. For Steve, cleaning it will mean a chance to rid the horrors of the day he lost his son.
But there is something else in the shed. Something dark and evil that will make Steve question both his sanity and his grasp on reality.

About the Author

Paul Levas was born and grew up in Antioch, IL, but has lived in Phoenix, AZ, for the past twenty years. He is a writer specializing in the horror genre, and cites Stephen King and Dean Koontz as his major influences.

He has three short stories published: The Shed, Sweet Temptation, and Shadows. He is also included in the anthology titled Grave Robbers. His story in that is titled Richie’s night out at The Hills Cemetery. He is currently working on a novel titled SHADOWLANDS, and a short story collection.

He can be found here:

http://www.paullevas-author.com/
Twitter: PaulLevas18
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6969977.Paul_Levas

Currently Reading: The Shed by Paul Levas

The Shed by Paul Levas

The Shed by Paul Levas; cover taken from the book’s Goodreads account

I’m done reading Jessica Larsen’s My Handsome Devil, D.R. Lee’s She Caught Me, Anna Bayes’ Snug Fit, and Megan Derr’s The Matchmaker. I thought I’d try something different this time so I picked up Paul Levas’ The Shed.

About the Book

The shed is a place full of memories. Memories of a tragic accident. For Steve, cleaning it will mean a chance to rid the horrors of the day he lost his son.

But there is something else in the shed. Something dark and evil that will make Steve question both his sanity and his grasp on reality.

About the Author

Paul Levas was born and grew up in Antioch, IL, but has lived in Phoenix, AZ, for the past twenty years. He is a writer specializing in the horror genre, and cites Stephen King and Dean Koontz as his major influences.

He has three short stories published: The Shed, Sweet Temptation, and Shadows. He is also included in the anthology titled Grave Robbers. His story in that is titled Richie’s night out at The Hills Cemetery. He is currently working on a novel titled SHADOWLANDS, and a short story collection.

He can be found here:

http://www.paullevas-author.com/
Twitter: PaulLevas18
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6969977.Paul_Levas