The End of the World Has Never Been So Much Fun

Creation Book Release.jpgSo partly because my schedule is so chaotic at the moment and partly because the folks at Confessions of a Reviewer are such awesome people, the Confessions team will be running and hosting a Facebook Release Party for book 3 in The Creation Series.

The event will be March 20th, 8:30-11:30 EST and you can sign up here: 

CREATION SERIES RELEASE PARTY

There will be a host of cool give-aways available from some of the top horror and dark fiction authors on the market today, plus a chance to win a signed copy of the entire Creation Series, books 1-3, as well as some other guaranteed give-aways for all who attend.

It’s going to be a blast – so mark your calendars and spread the word. The end of the world has never been so much fun!

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What is The Creation Series?

Burning city. Disaster concept. You can put your design on the city

 

With the final edits delivered on book 3 in The Creation Series, we officially have a release date. March 20th the end of one world will prove to be the beginning of another, and I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this series to its epic conclusion.

For those of you not familiar with The Creation Series, I thought I’d share a bit of how these books came to be. In what feels like a lifetime ago, I had the chance to live in the country of Venezuela for a few years while on a service mission for my church, spending some time in a remote town on the outskirts of the Amazon Rainforest. Later in life, after completing my debut novel, Housebroken, I decided I wanted to explore an idea where horror and faith collide and couldn’t escape the recurrent thought that — like most ideas for a novel — began with the magic “what if” …

What if a ‘god-like’ being arrived on this earth with the intentions of starting life over? And what if, as its blueprint, it used the basis of the 7 days of the creation, as recounted in the Bible? 

And that’s where the horror elements crept in, for rather than simply creating light and darkness or plants and animals, this being would distort them to extremes. Blinding light and complete darkness. Water literally separated from the earth. And wait till you meet the “beasts and creeping things.”

(And yes, that’s the language used in the Bible!)

But a high concept is only as good as the characters that inhabit the world of the story, and The Creation Series more than anything is an exploration of the frailties of man. There are no heroes in this story, only men and women who are as flawed as any of us in real life. Toss these characters — each with their own agendas and complexities — into the boiling pot of the plot taking place around them and you’ve got a stew that is sure to delight and horrify, all at the same time. Then place both the events and characters in the unique setting of the Amazon Rainforest, and it’s a story I haven’t seen anything quite like.

Part thriller, part sci-fi, part horror, this series breaks the boundaries genres normally operate in, but if you’re a fan of speculative fiction with a dark twist I invite you to dive in.

In celebration of the launch of book 3, The Creation: Gods and Man, the first book in the series will be on sale for just $0.99 for the entire month of March. And if a buck is too steep of an entry price, you can whet your appetite on Part Zero – The Creation: In The Beginning, which is free on Amazon, to determine if the story grabs you.

More to come this month, including a chance to win signed copies of all 3 books in the series, so stay tuned and please, help spread the word!

Part Zero – The Creation: In The Beginning – FREE   U.S. / UK

Part One – The Creation: Axis Mundi – On sale for $0.99  U.S. / UK

Part Two – The Creation: Let There Be Death – Reduced to $2.99  U.S. / UK

Part Three – The Creation: Gods and Man – Pre-order today  U.S. / UK

The Creation Gods and Man - Digital

 

Cover Reveal – THE CREATION Book Three

In case you missed the announcement on the Confessions of a Reviewer website, I’m thrilled to share the cover for my upcoming release in The Creation Series!

The third and final book in the series, The Creation: Gods and Man, will be available March 20th. Books one and two are both available on Amazon now and free through Kindle Unlimited.

More to come as far as what to expect (or to shatter your expectations) as to the conclusion of this series but for now check out the amazing cover, courtesy of ElderLemon Designs and the ever gracious Kealan Patrick Burke.

Excited to be sharing this vision with you soon.

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If you’re new to The Creation Series, you can pick up Part Zero: In The Beginning FREE on Amazon here.

Behrg Reviews “Hellbent” by Gregg Hurwitz

hellbent1500+ ratings at the time of this review with a 4.55 average. You don’t get a score like that by chance.

It’s no secret Gregg Hurwitz has long been one of my favorite authors. From his unique characters to the brilliant way he uses his settings to his carefully crafted prose, he’s truly a writer’s writer. This third installment in the Orphan X series is by far his best and there’s a comfort here as Hurwitz finds his groove, no longer trying to create his own Jason Bourne or Jack Reacher but letting his work shine on its own.

Evan Smoak and the Orphan program works best when the high tech thrills are brought close to home. Hellbent is Hurwitz’ most emotional exploration within the Smoak universe and yet he’s able to accomplish this with a book that never slows down. Some unforgettable character moments — one involving a candy cane which, trust me, if you read this you won’t be able to forget — and a set up for the series which guarantees there will be many more Orphan X books to come.

If you’re not yet familiar with Hurwitz’s work, there’s never been a better time to jump on board this train. And if I can make a suggestion, pick up the Audible versions of the series as Scott Brick is THE voice of Evan Smoak and delivers an amazing performance.

The End is Coming …

“In seven days God created the world.
This God will destroy it in even less.”

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I’m thrilled to share that the final book in The Creation Series will be seeing publication early this Spring!

For those who have joined me on this journey from the beginning, my sincerest thanks. I’m extremely proud of this series and, while book three has taken longer than anticipated, it’s everything I could have hoped for.

I’ll be sharing more news with release dates, cover reveals, synopsis, etc, soon, as well as holding a few give-aways related to the release. If you haven’t connected with me on social media, please head on over to Twitter or Facebook as I’ll be sharing info there regularly.

And if you haven’t had a chance yet to jump into this series, there’s never been a better time! Book one, The Creation: Axis Mundi, will be on sale for just $0.99 now through Feb. 13th. And if you’re at all hesitant about what this adventure entails, check out a few of the reviews below:

Grab book one while on sale!

 

This is a thriller of the highest order. It will intrigue you and excite you and, to be quite frank about it, will have you begging for more. Highly recommended.”

     — Confessions of a Reviewer

“The Creation is a story that captured my complete, undivided attention from the first to the very last page … the emotions felt as if they were “bleeding” off the page. Highly recommended!”

     — Horror After Dark

“From the boardrooms of corporate America to the jungles of the Amazon, this novel completely captivated me.”

Joseph Souza, best-selling author of Unpaved Surfaces

Behrg Reviews “Broken Shells” by Michael Patrick Hicks

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Broken Shells is on sale for just $0.99 for a limited time

First a disclaimer: I’m not a big fan of “creature horror novels.” I find most of them derivative and more of a paint-by-the-numbers wheelhouse with over the top gore meant to make up for a complete lack of story or character. Substitute X creature for Y monster and you’ve got yourself the same story you can pump out over and over again.

This isn’t to say creature horror can’t be done right, it just requires a lot more effort from an author who’s willing to invent something unique or tackle it from a new angle.

I went into Michael Patrick Hicks’ new novel, Broken Shells, without knowing much about it or that, in fact, it was a creature feature. That being said, and knowing my predisposition for these types of stories, I was pleasantly surprised by the approach he took. This is not your paint-by-numbers story. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve read a creature horror novel that tackles the story in a similar fashion.

A unique mythology, combining Native American lore, matched with a character you actually care about draws you in to a tale where the gore and horror are certainly on full display (but not carelessly thrown in). Hicks has a way of combining real world topics and concerns into his story without ever coming across as preaching, which adds a fantastic layer and relevancy to his tales. In short, this is one creature feature that’s worth the price of admission. Keep up these kind of stories and I may soon become a fan of a sub-genre I’ve tried to avoid.

** I received an advanced review copy of this book through NetGalley. My thanks to the publisher and author. This in no way influenced my review.

Behrg reviews “Obscura” by Joe Hart

obscuraIf I had to resort to the old Hollywood 5-second pitch, I’d describe this book as “Shutter Island in space.” That being said, this one deserves much more than a quick cursory glance.

Obscura hits the ground running, forcing the reader to start jogging along if you don’t want to get left behind. A disease similar to dementia and Alzheimer’s is now affecting healthy young individuals, from adults to children. Due to circumstances which you’ll discover once you read the book — because this IS a book you’ll read — Dr. Gillian Ryan is asked to go up to a space shuttle where some of the crew on board are experiencing similar symptoms.

From there it’s one seriously messed up flight. Combining elements of horror, science fiction, and psychological suspense, Hart does an amazing job at keeping the reader constantly guessing. But take away the mind games, the exploration of drug addiction, or the tantalizing concept of teleportation; it’s really the depth of emotion and character that take this to another level.

While I’ve been a fan of the author’s work for some time and have watched his career with admiration, this is the novel that sets him apart from would-be writers. High concept, brilliant ideas, but flawlessly executed. Great to have a book on the contender’s list for top book of the year so early in the year. Can’t recommend this one enough.

** I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. This is no way influenced by review. Book will be hitting the streets May 8th.