#Review: Roadside Assistance, by @Vaempires

Roadside AssistanceTitle: Roadside Assistance
Author: Thomas Winship
Rating: 4/5 stars

For Hannah, a long trip home seems a small price to pay for a little peace … until her journey takes a turn for the worse. Now, injured and alone, she must test the limits of her courage, endurance, and love.

A short story by the author of the Vaempires series. (description from Goodreads)

D

D

fancy lineresize

I’m glad I picked up this short story. It gave me a chance to find out what Winship’s writing talents really are. Until now, I’d only read two of the three books from the Vaempires series. I loved them. They’re filled with action, great characters, and a great story that I can’t wait to dive back into soon. But Roadside Assistance takes place in the real world. It’s a departure from the sci-fi/paranormal and future setting that the Vaempire series has. I feel that this drastic change, for me as a reader, worked better than some authors can pull off.

The story brings the reader into the head of the main character Hannah during a horrible accident. It’s a great look into how someone’s thought process works in crisis and what the human body can do to overcome life threatening situations. For me, this was a new side of Winship. It’s not present in his series and I admire when an author can show a diversity in writing styles.

I think at a few parts, the pacing didn’t work great for me. But when a story tackles what this one does, a little dragging here and there isn’t a big deal. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the last section, but I did like how the author brought focus to one of the themes that I felt slowly got more and more important to the main character. I wasn’t exactly sure of the outcome of this story, and had many ideas as it progressed. Turns out I was wrong with each expectation, and that’s always a sign of a great story for me.

I’m looking forward to seeing what else Winship ends up writing, whether it’s Vaempire related or another story like this. I think it’ll be a welcomed read, whatever ends up being released.

fancy lineresize

Roadside Assistance is available from:
Amazon 

fancy lineresize

About the Author:

Thomas Winship lives in New York. His first novel, Temporary Insanity, was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. Væmpires: Revolution, his second novel (first in the Væmpires series) and Væmpires: White Christmas were published in 2011. His latest work, Væmpires: Zombie Rising, was published in late 2012.

He is an avid collector of books, comic books, music, and movies. His interests are diverse: on any given day, Tom is likely to be found watching a horror movie, attending a hard rock concert, or enjoying a Broadway show.

He is currently working on the next installment of the “Væmpires” series.

Find out more:

#Review: Never Again, by Rosa Storm

Never AgainTitle: Never Again
Author: Rosa Storm
Rating: 5/5 stars

Life can get difficult, but we always have the chance to change it. Jen decided she had enough and chose to do something to change her situation. Relationships can be hard to keep if you don’t take care of the other person. Never Again is a short story that explores the human mind and actions when we feel desperate, and the chilling consequences that some behaviours can provoke.

This short story can also be found in the anthology called Satan’s Holiday, published October 1st, 2013, and compiled by best-selling and award-winning author Yvonne Mason, with the collaboration of Nicholas Grabowsky. ” (description from Goodreads)

fancy lineresize

I’ve read work from this author under her real name, but this is my first venture into the work of Rosa Storm. Having that prior reading experience, I can see that all that I’ve enjoyed about this author’s writing in the past shines through to this story as well. The major difference, it’s much darker and there’s even more depth, drawing the reader into the character’s situation.

What this story does is give readers a glimpse at what can happen if someone in a dangerous, abusive situation is pushed too far and the aftermath. Storm knows how to get her readers into the character’s head and see the motivations, justifications for her actions, and emotions. Not much is held back on the page, and yet I didn’t see the ending coming. That’s the true skill shining through this story.

fancy lineresize

You can grab a copy of this short story from:

AmazonSmashwords | B&N | Kobo

As mentioned in the description, this story can also be found in the anthology Satan’s Holiday:

Amazon | B&N

fancy lineresize

About the Author:

Rosa Storm is a writer of psychological horror stories. Easily scared, Rosa decided to face her fears and started writing horror stories as a therapy not to be scared ever again. She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in Spanish, her mother tongue. Yes, she is crazy like that. She now spends her time with her amazing husband, author Mark Stone, between Spain and Arizona, which is great because the long flights let her catch up with her long list of books to read.

Rosa Storm is the author of Never Again, a chilling short story included in the anthology of scary tales titled Satan’s Holiday, and Deadly Company, a horrifying short story included in the anthology of urban legends Don’t Look Back. She also writes award-winning collections of short stories for children under her real name, Cinta Garcia de la Rosa.

Find out more:

#BookPromo: Never Again, by @RosaStorm78

Life can get difficult, but we always have the chance to change it. Jen decided she had enough and chose to do something to change her situation. Relationships can be hard to keep if you don’t take care of the other person. Never Again is a short story that explores the human mind and actions when we feel desperate, and the chilling consequences that some behaviours can provoke.

This short story can also be found in the anthology called Satan’s Holiday, published October 1st, 2013, and compiled by best-selling and award-winning author Yvonne Mason, with the collaboration of Nicholas Grabowsky.

line-37709

You can grab a copy of this short story from:

Smashwords | B&N

It can also be found in the anthology, Satan’s Holiday:
Amazon

line-37709

About the Author:

Rosa Storm is a writer of psychological horror stories. Easily scared, Rosa decided to face her fears and start writing horror stories as a therapy to not be scared ever again. So far, her first published horror story is “Never Again”, a short story featured in the horror anthology “Satan’s Holiday”, compiled by Yvonne Mason with the collaboration of Nicholas Grabowsky. She is working on a set of horror stories to be published as a collection, and she is also working on a twisted horror Christmas story for another anthology to be published next Christmas 2014.

Find out more:

#Review: The Human Body, by @MichaelKRose

Title: The Human BodyThe Human Body
Author: Michael K. Rose
Rating: 5/5 Stars

“The human body is highly resilient, but what happens when a man’s own body decides to betray him? Ted, after struggling with weight issues his entire life, is about to find out.

This psychological horror short story contains language and situations which may not be appropriate for some readers.” (description from Goodreads)

line-37709

I really enjoyed this short story from Michael K. Rose. This one was a bit different from the other stories I’ve read of his, being that it’s not a science fiction short.

I found the character well developed, as well as the “other” character involved in the situation. The way Rose created the conflict and let the story unfold was enjoyable to read and thought-provoking to those who are interested in just how much the human body is capable of.

I was surprised to find such a well written story, of this type, in the short length that is it. There was no words wasted to get the story out, and that’s a good sign of quality writing.

I might have to take a look at Rose’s other non-science fiction writing now.

line-37709

If you’d like to check out this story, you can grab a copy from:

Amazon

line-37709

About the Author:

Michael K. Rose has spent most of his life in the American Southwest but he has also lived in Maine and the Middle East. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Arizona State University in 2006.

In addition to writing, he enjoys traveling, attending the symphony and the opera, smoking pipes and cigars and, of course, reading. He is a wine enthusiast with a particular fondness for vintage Port.

His favorite book-and movie-is 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Find out more on:

Review: Left Drowning, by Jessica Park

Title: Left DrowningLeft Drowning
Author: Jessica Park
Rating: 5/5 Stars

“What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.

Note: due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+” (description from Goodreads)

fancy lineresize

This is an ARC review.

I’ve read a few of Jessica Park’s books in recent months and they’re great. But none of them have come close to how Left Drowning has blown me away.

Park has written a story that pulls at the reader’s emotions. Pulls in many different directions, and it doesn’t let go even after the story’s over. It does this by creating characters that have so many great, loveable qualities, as well as many flaws and troubled pasts.

What I really felt was great about Left Drowning’s storyline is that it wasn’t just the story of Blythe coping with her tragic past and finding herself. It was also about the Shepherd family, who are in need of their own way to deal with the past. It’s a complicated journey, but that’s not a negative. It’s organized and won’t trip the reader up. There are so many different issues occurring at once that there isn’t a boring part of this book. I kept on reading and reading and becoming more emotionally invested in each character as it went along.

Why is there a mention of sexual content in the description? Well, this book does get very steamy at times. And I feel like this wasn’t added in just for the sex appeal. I felt it was a great tool to show a unique bond between characters. It showed the passion, the hurt, the need for escape.

I haven’t come across a book like Left Drowning in a long time. It pushes the envelope in some aspects, but with a story like this it pushed just far enough without going over-the-top. It’s realistic. The characters drew me in. The overall emotional feel throughout captured my attention early on. When the characters relived their troubling events, I felt like I was there seeing it with them. I wanted to help in some way. Park is very effective when it comes to the descriptions in this book. There won’t be many readers with dry eyes, at times. But there will also be many smiles, especially when Sabin in involved.

fancy lineresize

You can pre-order Left Drowning from Amazon. It’s schedules for a July 16th release date.

ebook

Paperback

fancy lineresize

About the Author:

Jessica Park is the author of the young adult novels FLAT-OUT LOVE and RELATIVELY FAMOUS; five Gourmet Girl mysteries (written as Jessica Conant-Park); and the e-shorts FACEBOOKING RICK SPRINGFIELD and WHAT THE KID SAYS (Parts 1 & 2).

Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dog named Fritzy, and two selfish cats. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy addictions to Facebook, Rick Springfield, and super-sweet coffee beverages.

Find more on