First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!
It’s day eighteen of this great event. This blog will have reviews and tour stops on February 4, 8, 18, 19, 21, 27, and 28.
Today I’m featuring fellow author:
Deborah A Stansil
We’re talking about the book Twisted Tales. First up, my review:
Author I Haven’t Previously Read
First book in a series
A to Z Challenge book
The book has a fun introduction, which I really enjoyed. I’m also a fan of any book that I can pick up while I have a five minute break and make some actual progress. Given that the tales are mostly very short, I was able to read the whole book during my lunch and short breaks at work.
In “Done Deal,” I had guessed the first twist, but not the second. “Gaze” reminded me of the suspense of the film “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.” Stories like these are what make it a good horror book in that the “monsters” and horrific situations could happen. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror/ thrillers. I do enjoy this genre, though I don’t read it as often as I’d like. It was chilling, scary, haunting, entertaining, and had plot twists. I’d read another from this author. This is the first book in a series, but it does stand alone.
As far as errors go, I only saw two (went should be when, hi should be him). I had heard that apostrophes could be used as speech or quotation marks, but this was the first time I’ve ever encountered it. There was one story which briefly mentioned child molestation, which might trigger some readers. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The author and I do not know each other, but have both participated in the A to Z blogging challenge.
Two of my favorite lines:
“I kill your dreams and extinguish your spark.”
“Like you had zero compassion for me the night you cut in front of me in line at the supermarket and I missed the last bus. Revenge is sweet…”
Twisted Tales is a collection of twenty-seven short horror stories. Ranging from crazed stalkers, killers, dealing with the Devil and everything in between, this collection shows the darker side of human nature in all its black glory.
Journey through the twisted minds of the central characters as they make their choices, and watch their lives spiral out of control.
Hate them, empathise with them, and stay on your guard. There’s a dark streak in all of us just waiting to come out.
What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?
I write book reviews for three reasons.
- Firstly, as an author myself I know how important reviews can be and I think it’s important to give back to the community.
- Secondly, I’m an avid reader and I’m always on the look out for book recommendations. I think reviews are an excellent way to get a feel for a book and decide whether or not it’s for me, and I hope to be able to help my blog readers choose their next great read.
- Finally, when I read a book that moves me in some way, that pulls me into the story and doesn’t let go, I want to talk about it, and what better place to do that than in a book review?
Why did you start blogging?
I wanted to get back into writing for an audience. It was only ever going to be a short term thing, but I fell in love with it, and here I am, four years later.
Do you have any other books coming out soon?
I have a new novel coming out this year hopefully
What other books do you have available?
Twisted Tales 2, Twisted Tales 3, The Joker, The Mirror, The Asylum Tour, Lacey Patrick and the Wizard of Darkness, eBook Like a Boss, Start Your Blog Like a Boss, Optimise Your Blog Posts Like a Boss, Parodies and Piss Takes.
Just write. A first draft is just that. Let your words flow and go where your mind takes you without focusing on perfection. Perfection comes much later.
Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?
Partly from observation of human nature, partly from my own twisted imagination 😉
What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?
I want to finish up the novel I’m currently working on and write a new short story collection. I’d also like to write at least one more non-fiction book and get started on another novel.
As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?
What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?
What, as a reader, most sends a shiver down your spine?
Link to buy the book: Amazon UK
Link to buy the book: Amazon
Find this author at:
Amazon Author Page
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