Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Jinxed by Thommy Hutson Book Tour







BOOK REVIEW

If you love suspense and thriller books then this book is for you. It's about a group of elite seniors in high school who get tainted by death. It is then taken to a few years in the future with a new group of seniors that are in the same spotlight as the last group of students.  Lanya and her boyfriend Max are constantly fighting off her old boyfriend because he is stalking her. Then they found themselves dealing with a death. They think it was suicide but they learn it wasn't. Now they have to figure out what is going on. 
Jinxed has so many twists and turns. I read the whole book in one sitting because I wanted to know what happened. Thommy Hutson does an amazing job at making the characters relatable. He also did an amazing job at making the conflicts seem realistic. At times they are a little graphic, but murders are graphic. I loved how he put his characters and situations at a Performing Arts Academy. I could see this be made into a TV movie either for Freedom or even Lifetime.  If you like thrillers/murder/mystery/horror then this is a great book to read. I loved it.  


ABOUT THE BOOK



Praise for JINXED

[Hutson] creates a gore-filled throwback to the classic teen slasher flick genre … Graphically detailed descriptions make it clear that this work of horror isn’t for the faint of heart. ―Publishers Weekly

Thommy Hutson’s ‘Jinxed’ is a Must Read for Classic Horror Fans (linked to full iHorror review)
“Hutson … knocked it completely out of the park … with an expertly paced, cinematic slasher in a setting that would make Agatha Christie proud.” ―Waylon Jordan, iHorror.com

“…gory but captivating … a masked murderer starts picking off the teens, killing them all in theatrically grisly ways. … entertaining” ―School Library Journal

“Thommy Hutson is the ultimate authority in nostalgia-driven storytelling.” ―Clive Barker, Bestselling Author of Books of Blood and The Thief of Always

“Jinxed is the teen whodunit that Wes Craven and Lois Duncan never made. Hutson has created the best new slasher franchise since Scream.” ―Peter M. Bracke, Author of Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th

“A dark, tension-filled thriller that’s wicked to the very end. Bad luck was never so much fun!” ―Jeffrey Reddick, Creator of Final Destination

High School Can Be a Real Killer

Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack
Innocent childhood superstitions …

But someone at the secluded Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.

Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.

Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow?

Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (March 13, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781944109127
ISBN-13: 978-1944109127
ASIN: 1944109129

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born and raised in Upstate New York, Thommy Hutson graduated from UCLA and launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!

His career then took a thrilling turn when he wrote and produced several definitive genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: SCREAM: THE INSIDE STORY (Bio Channel), NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (Bio Channel), MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD (Chiller) and HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13th (Starz/Anchor Bay).

He was also a staff writer on Hulu’s daily web series “The Morning After,” a smart, witty, pop culture program aimed at getting viewers up-to-date on the latest entertainment news and celebrity interviews.

Thommy also produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy.

He co-wrote and produced ANIMAL for Chiller Films and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. The project debuted in iTunes’ top ten horror films (reaching #1) and became the network’s highest-rated original movie.

Continuing his passion for uncovering the stories behind the story, he went on to produce CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th, which is the most comprehensive look at the popular film franchise.

He produced and made his feature directorial debut with THE ID, an independent psychological drama/thriller. Filmmaker Magazine stated it was “a deeply unsettling thriller that’s as moving as it is frightening…with skillful, provocative direction that has echoes of early Polanski.”

Thommy also wrote the screenplay for Syfy Channel’s supernatural horror film TRUTH OR DARE, which was a trending topic on social media the night of its release.


As an author, Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version distributed by Simon & Schuster reached number one in Amazon.com’s Movie History & Criticism category. His latest novel, the teen thriller “Jinxed,” (Vesuvian Media) is the first book of a trilogy and has been called “A must-read for classic horror fans…Inevitable and shocking. Brutal and beautiful. Homage and originality…Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.”

He is currently scripting a film for The Hallmark Channel as well as writing another book that definitively details the history, making, and legacy of another fan-favorite genre film from the 1980s.

A member of the Producers Guild of America and Horror Writers Association, and an aficionado of horror and teen movies from the 80s and 90s, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling, and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment through his company Hutson Ranch Media.

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Thommy Hutson Filled in the Blanks (Bold) 

My favorite thing about the story is the 80s/90s throwback feel.
2. I liked theater and disliked dodgeball in highschool. 
3.  Everything is my favorite thing about the cover of Jinxed. 
4. I believe in Santa Claus
5. My favorite childhood game was TV tag 
6. My favorite play/musical is Rent
7. I was involved in extracurricular activities such as musical theater
8. I was in the drama club at school. 
9. I believe in 2 superstitions. 
10. If I could change one thing in my high school days it would be PE
11. If I could right a book about my life what would the title be “Out Here On My Own.”  
12. My idol in high school was Wes Craven
13. In high school I looked up to my dad
14. My favorite book in high school was The Outsiders
15. My strengths is high school was English
16. My weaknesses in high school was Math
17. Right now, Dear Evan Hansen: the novel is the book waiting for me to read next. 
18. My biggest pet peeve is unkind people
19. I wish people would believe in imagination


20. If I could switch life with someone who would it be, Nobody. I prefer to be the best me. 


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JANUARY 7th MONDAY JeanBookNerd
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Surround Me by Marguerite Martin Gray Book Review




ABOUT THE BOOK

Battles rage in Elizabeth Elliot’s heart as the threat of war invades her hometown.


Charles Town, South Carolina, 1773—The dark curtain of the rumors of revolution threatens to descend as Louis Lestarjette makes a permanent break from his homeland and pursues his relations with Elizabeth. Somehow, he must find a way to manage all aspects of his life amid the political and financial difficulties this turbulent time throws at him. Never has his heart been at the center of his life decisions, challenging what he really wants, if he cannot have it all.

Elizabeth Elliott must find unwavering courage, choosing to allow God’s love to surround her with strength. A marriage during a time of confusion seems impossible as a Patriot from a Loyalist family who loves a Frenchman. She wonders how a faithful daughter can marry without her father’s permission. After a summer apart from Louis, she begins to fear that the uncertain times might delay their life together.
MY BOOK REVIEW
Marguerite Martin Gray has done her research. Her vivid descriptions during the time of the Revolutionary War was fantastic. I am a huge fan of historical stories. She didn't disappoint. Her character was relatable. Throughout the book we learn about Louis Lestarjette, a Frenchman who turned Patriot is in love with his secret fiance Elizabeth Elliot. Elizabeth's father is a Loyalist. He isn't happy with her being in love with a Frenchman and a Patriot. 

In the story, Gray does a fantastic job of weaving in Biblical ideas and their love for God without being preachy. 

Great book. I would highly recommend it. You can read this as a stand alone, but I would suggest reading the first one Hold Me Close before reading Surround Me. I can't wait to read more of her books. 


 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marguerite Martin Gray is the author of Hold Me Close, Surround Me, and Bring Me Near-- Revolutionary Faith Books One, Two and Three. She enjoys studying history and writing fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches high school Spanish and has degrees in French, Spanish, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Marguerite is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Abilene Writers Guild, Daughters of the American Revolution, South Carolina Historical Society, and Preservation Society of Charleston. She currently lives in North Louisiana with her husband.



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Monday, January 21, 2019

Family Blessing Series by Stephanie Dees Book Reviews


Family Blessing Series 

Book 1: The Dad Next Door

The Dad Next Door is the first book in the Family Blessing series. I fell in love with this series from the first five pages. It isn't your typical romance series. It is filled with realistic characters and situations.  It is a story about life and love.  Claire meets Joe Sheehan when she arrives at a mansion she inherited.  Joe, who is off due to an injury at work, has a twelve-year-old daughter who falls in love with Claire and her cats.  While Joe is healing him and his daughter helps Claire out with fixing the house. This heartwarming story takes you on their journey of love and life. It is full of twists and turns.  I could not put this book down. This series would make an amazing show on Hallmark or the Up Christian network.  The best part is even though this is a Christian romance novel it isn't preachy. Stephanie Dees does an amazing job of showing what a true Christian is without being preachy.  
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Book 2: A Baby For the Doctor

A Baby for the Doctor is the second book in the Family Blessing series. The Dad Next Door was so amazing I went right into reading A Baby for the Doctor because I couldn't' wait.  Again, Stephanie Dees outdid herself.  Now Claire has opened up the mansion, the governor's mansion, as a foster home.  Jordan decides to come to help Claire by being a therapist in the foster home. She then decides to become a foster mother to a very sick boy.  It is an amazing story of how love, kindness, understanding, and passion works.  
Stephanie Dees books are fantastic. They have so many amazing twists and turns to make it hard to put down her book. Her characters are realistic and have depth. The life situations are realistic and have good conflicts and resolutions. Purchase it on Amazong at: Click Here 



Book 3: Their Secret Baby Bond

Their Secret Baby Bond is the third book in the Family Blessing series. Stephane Dees's third book Their Secret Baby Bond is another book I just couldn't put down. She keeps showing me the world of Claire.  Wynn Sheehan has returned back home to Alabama and finds herself unmarried and pregnant. She grew up in Washington DC but ran away from home. Latham Grant was her first love.  He has been having a hard time ever since she left Wynn years ago.  Latham is unable to work due to the being pregnant and caring for her grandfather who isn't doing well.  Readers get to see Latham and her grandfather's relationship develop.

There are lots of sadness, kindness, and love. There are lots of twists and turns. I hope they make this into a Hallmark movie series. Purchase on Amazon at: Click Here



Book 4: The Marriage Bargain

The Marriage Bargain is the fourth book in the Family Blessings Series. Cameron Quinn returns home to Alabama to take care of her sister's two small children. At the age of fifteen, his stepfather kicked him out.  Jules and Cam come up with a plan to help save the kids from going to his mother.  This book focuses on the younger sister Jules.

Stephanie Dees again did amazing time with twist and turns that kept me engaged and wanting more.  Again, this one had realistic situations and characters. I defiantly was brought into the characters life journey.

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I look forward to reading more and more of Stephanie Dees books. These books can be read as a stand alone, but each book does bring characters from the previous books into each book. None of these books were preachy. Dees's books are clean sweet romance life stories. I would love to see these books be made into a Hallmark series. These books were really hard to put down. They were easy to read. Stephanie Dees has a natural writing style which makes it easy to follow along and visualize the locations, characters, and their life. I highly recommend reading her books.

About the Author

Award-winning author Stephanie Dees lives in small-town Alabama with her family, two spoiled dogs, and a very bossy cat. A Southern girl through and through, she loves sweet tea, SEC football, corn on the cob and air conditioning.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Trixie the Kitten Goes Under the Knife


My five-year-old cat got spayed yesterday. The process was very interesting.  I was debating on saving money and taking her to C-Snip because they only charged $45 and I believe that included a microchip.  My regular vet charges $125 + $21 for the microchip.  I decided to take her to my vet because if they see anything else wrong they can take care of it right there. They also were going to check her teeth, trim her nails. I was under the assumption they were going to do blood work too, but that was an added charge.  Another reason why I decided to take her to my vet to have the surgery is because I was worried that people lied about having their cats checked for FeLv, shots and if they are getting strays in they might have respiratory infections. I wanted to try to prevent my baby from catching anything.



I dropped her off at 8:30am. Signed paperwork and handed her off to the nurse. I called them around 12:00pm to see how she is doing. They said she hasn't had surgery yet and she is hiding under the blanket in the cage. Around 6:00pm I called. They told me she just went into surgery. Don't get me wrong I love my vet dearly but why the hell have us drop us off so early? Trixie had to sit in a scary place for nine hours before going into surgery. Wouldn't it be better to bring them in closer to the time they are realistically will do the surgery?

I picked her up this morning at 11:30am. She is doing pretty well. It is hard to keep a kitten not jump up on things. She was a crazy cat today.

As I am writing this she is sleeping next to my mom on the couch being cute.  I can't believe how fast she is growing. It seems like just yesterday we were bottle feeding her.





I can't stress how important it is to get your cat fixed. Getting a cat spayed or neutered does not just prevent having kittens, peeing all of the place it also brings down the risk of cancer.

Did you know that female cats can go into heat as young as four months? They can get pregnant that young too but usually, the babies won't survive. It can also kill the mother cat too.






Monday, January 14, 2019

Ninth Step Station A Serial Box Original Nerd Blast Tour and Giveaway




SYNOPSIS

A local cop. A US Peacekeeper. A divided Tokyo.

Years of disaster and conflict have left Tokyo split between great powers. 

In the city of drone-enforced borders, bodymod black markets, and desperate resistance movements, US peacekeeper Emma Higashi is assigned to partner with Tokyo Metropolitan Police Detective Miyako Koreda.

Together, they must race to solve a series of murders that test their relationship and threaten to overturn the balance of global power. And amid the chaos, they each need to decide what they are willing to do for peace.   


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Taking a few pages from the world of television, Serial Box hires a team of talented and award-winning writers to collaborate on each serial, pulling the best ideas to develop great characters and craft a narrative that captivates readers over the course of the season. A new ensemble of writers works on each series, so each will vary in genre and length, but they'll always be entertaining page-turners that keep you wondering what will happen in next week's episode.

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Like TV, we release a new episode of our serials every week and serials typically run for seasons of 10-16 weeks. Easy to pick up, episodes are enjoyable on their own but build over the course of the season to tell a bigger story. Each episode is available in ebook and audio and takes about 40 minutes to enjoy.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Malka Older
MALKA OLDER is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Her science fiction political thriller Infomocracy, was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of the sequels, Null States (2017) and State Tectonics (2018), as well as of short fiction appearing in WIRED, Twelve Tomorrows, Reservoir Journal, Fireside Fiction, Tor.com and others. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than a decade of experience in humanitarian aid and development. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’√Čtudes Politques de Paris (Sciences Po) explores the dynamics of multi-level governance and disaster response using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011.
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Fran Wilde
FRAN WILDE's novels and short stories have been finalists for three Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and two Hugo Awards, and include her Andre Norton- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, its sequels Cloudbound and Horizon, and the Nebula-, Hugo-, and Locus-nominated novelette The Jewel and Her Lapidary. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. Her poetry has appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Who Will Speak For America (Temple University), Articulate, and Poetry Baltimore, and her nonfiction appears in The Washington Post, iO9, Paste, Clarkesworld, and Tor.com. She holds an MFA in poetry and an MA in information architecture and interaction design.
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JACQUELINE KOYANAGI writes science fiction and fantasy featuring women of color who love other women, disabled characters, neuroatypical characters, and diverse relationship styles. Her debut novel, Ascension, was released from Masque/Prime books at the end of 2013, and landed on the 2014 James Tiptree Jr. Honor List. Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies by Haikasoru and Candlemark & Gleam. 
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Curtis C. Chen
CURTIS C. CHEN - Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen now writes fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (a 2017 Locus Awards and Endeavour Award Finalist) is a science fiction thriller about a superpowered spy facing his toughest mission yet: vacation. The sequel, Kangaroo Too, lands our hero on the Moon to confront long-buried secrets.
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