Cuttin’ Heads by D.A. Watson #BookReview & #Giveaway ~ Supernatural Horror @davewatsonbooks @rararesources #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Cuttin’ Heads by D. A. Watson, with a review and giveaway. 

Aldo Evans, Ross McArthur and Luce Figura, otherwise known as Public Alibi, are a rock trio gigging in their spare time. They’re good and over the past year they’ve been getting some decent engagements considering they’re an unsigned band. After being fired from yet another mind numbing call centre job, Aldo has no idea how he’s going to pay for his expensive new guitar. Not to mention child support and paying the rent. 

Ross plays bass guitar and works as a hotel porter. He grows his own cannabis, loves Countdown and Blockbusters and isn’t opposed to using his special skills to subdue the more vocal, overbearing people who find their way into A&E.

Luce teaches music students, and at the moment her unrewarding task is ensemble lecturer. She is the drummer in Public Alibi and takes her music very seriously. Her students have been bribed into attending their gig at a small bar in Glasgow, so they were at the least assured of some sort of audience. When they’re approached by the smooth talking Gappa Bale of Easy Rollin Records after their set, it seems their luck might just have changed. Bale makes them an offer they can’t refuse.

“How many tickets do we need to sell?” Ross says. Aldo was about to ask the same thing. That was how you made the money.

“This will not be that kind of arrangement, Ross,” Bale answers. “Easy Rollin Records value and pay you for your musicianship, not for your abilities as sales people. As such, your remuneration will not depend on ticket sales. In point of fact, the event is already sold out. Your band will be paid a fee of three thousand pounds for the show.”

Aldo can’t contain a burst of laughter. “Aye, right you are, pal! Three grand for one show?”

Right from the start there’s a feeling of strangeness about Bale—the way he almost hypnotises when he talks. He’s far too smooth and has an answer for everything. But this offer is everything Aldo, Ross and Luce have ever wanted. A chance for success and fame. Music is everything to them, especially Aldo. But even so, Luce has doubts about Bale. Perhaps Aldo and Ross shouldn’t have been so quick to dismiss her concerns.

Extremely well defined characters and great writing drew me in straight away. Aldo, Ross and Luce are immediately likeable and sympathetic. All are dealing with events which have shaped who they’ve become. Luce and Ross with events from their childhoods and Aldo is struggling with juggling his responsibilities as a father with his desire for a career in music. As the storyline progresses and gets ever more creepy, the horror aspect becomes all too apparent. That, combined with details of the music industry, make for a riveting read. You can’t help but worry and wonder what our three heroes have let themselves in for. And more to the point, how are they going to get out of it, as it becomes obvious they’re in deep trouble.

Aldo Evans is a desperate man. Fired from his job and deeply in debt, he struggles to balance a broken family life with his passion for music.

Luce Figura is a troubled woman. A rhythmic perfectionist, she is haunted by childhood trauma and scorned by her religiously devout mother.

Ross McArthur is a wiseass. Orphaned as an infant and raised by the state, his interests include game shows, home-grown weed, occasional violence and the bass guitar.

They are Public Alibi. A rock n’ roll band going nowhere fast.

When the sharp-suited, smooth talking producer Gappa Bale offers them a once in a lifetime chance to make their dreams come true, they are caught up in a maelstrom of fame, obsession, music and murder.

Soon, Aldo, Luce and Ross must ask themselves: is it really better to burn out than to fade away?

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Prizewinning author D.A. Watson spent several years working in bars, restaurants and call centres before going back to university with the half-arsed plan of becoming a music teacher. Halfway through his degree at the University of Glasgow, he discovered he was actually better at writing, and unleashed his debut novel, In the Devil’s Name, on an unsuspecting public in the summer of 2012. Plans of a career in education left firmly in the dust, he later gained his masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling.

He has since published two more novels, The Wolves of Langabhat and Cuttin’ Heads, a handful of non-fiction pieces, several short stories including Durty Diana, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016, and the Burns parody Tam O’ Shatner, which in 2017 came runner up in the Dunedin Robert Burns Poetry Competition, and was a competition winner at the Falkirk Storytelling Festival. 

He lives with his family in Western Scotland.

“The Christoper Brookmyre of horror. Readers will be very very afraid.”
– Louise Welsh, bestselling author of the Plague Times trilogy

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I chose to read and review Cuttin’ Heads based on a copy of the book supplied by Rachel’s Random Resources and the author/publisher. 

#ThrowbackThursday ~ Hellfire by John Saul #Horror #Thriller #AudioBookReview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

This week I’m revisiting another very early review – an audiobook narrated by Luke Daniels. Hellfire by John Saul was published in 2014 by Brilliance Audio but the original book was quite a while before that. Reminds me I must check out more books by John Saul.

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Marked: An Irish Paranormal Thriller by B.E. Balfinny ~ the Kerry Horrors Book 1 #BookReview for #RBRT #FridayReads


 

Author: B.E. Balfinny

Published: November 2017 by Oakwood Press

Category: Supernatural, Thriller, Horror, Book Review

When freelance writer Kate Murray’s Great Aunt bequeaths her a cottage in remote south Kerry, she is overcome with the peace and beauty of the little stone house. Set high up a hillside overlooking the ocean, even David, her architect husband, falls in love with it. 

The short first chapter telling of an old woman gathering items together before leaving the house to complete a task she wasn’t looking forward to, but something that had to be done, is a great hook and gives the immediate sense that something untoward is in the offing.

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Q&A with #author Nicky Peacock & #Excerpt from Lost in Wonderland @NickyP_author

I’m very pleased to welcome Nicky to the blog today. Nicky’s new release is Lost in Wonderland….

51XV8OPCCRLOnce upon a time, Kayla was lost. Then she found Wonderland, but not the one you know. Run by ex-government agents and funded by an eccentric Silicon Valley billionaire, this Wonderland is the name of a collective of highly trained vigilantes who hunt serial killers. Now Kayla, aka Mouse, works tirelessly alongside her fellow Wonderlanders, Rabbit and Cheshire, baiting dangerous murderers. But even her extensive training hasn’t prepared her for the return of her older brother…

Shilo has spent most of his life in an insane asylum, convinced his mother was abducted by a sinister Alaskan monster who lures the lost away to feast upon their flesh. And now he’s certain that his sister is in the same monster’s crosshairs. But if Shilo is going to save what’s left of his family, he’ll have to convince his sister that maybe, just maybe, we’re all a little mad.

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The Dead City by @dylanjmorgan #TuesdayBookBlog #PostApocalyptic Thriller reviewed for #RBRT

  • 2016-374 eBook Dylan J Morgan, The Dead CityAuthor: Dylan J Morgan
  • ARC Review
  • Category: Post Apocalyptic, Horror, Thriller
  • five-stars

Nuclear war devastated the planet of Hemera and shattered its main city, Magna. A century later, its sister planet, Erebus, despatched a team of soldiers to the city to rescue Hemera’s president and restore that world to its former glory. What the reconnaissance team found however was a violent mutated population—all they discovered there was death. 

Several weeks after the first contingent of soldiers were despatched to Hemera on an ill-fated reconnaissance mission (The Dead Lands), another larger, elite force has travelled from Erebus to Hemera in order to rescue any survivors. Headed by Colonel Paden who couldn’t really care less about his soldiers, and has his sights firmly set on the treasure he believes is buried beneath the presidential palace. The Superior Armed Forces are aware from previous reports that Hemera’s capital, Magna, is overrun by mutants, but were unprepared for the magnitude of their task and the swarms of creatures which greeted their disembarkation.  Continue reading

Fury ~ A Supernatural #Horror by @JoanDeLaHaye #TuesdayBookBlog Reviewed for #RBRT

  • 29754336Author: Joan De La Haye
  • Kindle Edition
  • Category: Supernatural, Horror, Murder
  • four-stars

A young girl is brutally murdered.

Two rival crime bosses fight for dominance on the streets of South Africa’s capital city.

The prologue sets the scene as the mutilated corpse of a young woman rises and sets off on a dark quest for vengeance. While on a night out with friends, Angela meets Andre and is persuaded to go home with him. Only she isn’t going to Andre’s home. Andre is a junkie who will do anything for his next fix and that includes supplying girls for the worst kind of depravity. Angela is tortured viciously and murdered, what’s left of her wrapped in plastic bags and dumped. Angela finds herself in some sort of limbo, dead yet determined to make those responsible pay. Continue reading

Burnt Offerings: Valancourt 20th Century Classics By Robert Marasco #Horror #BookReview @audbks

  • 24956722Audiobook Review
  • Author: Robert Marasco
  • Performed by RC Bray
  • Category: Classic Horror
  • Released: March 2016 by Blue Heron Audio
  • four-stars

Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their tiny Brooklyn apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for the entire summer for only $900, it’s an offer that’s too good to refuse. There’s only one catch: behind a strange and intricately carved door in a distant wing of the house lives elderly Mrs. Allardyce, and the Rolfes will be responsible for preparing her meals.

Marian is desperate to spend the summer away from the city, with it’s oppressive heat, grime and noise. The advertisement in the paper for a ‘unique summer home. Restful, secluded. Perfect for large family. Pool, private beach, dock,’ sounds just what she’s looking for in a summer rental. Ben eventually gives in and agrees to view the property, but is very sceptical when he learns the price and sees the run down state of the place. But for Marian, it’s everything she ever wanted…and more.  Continue reading

Flesh by @DylanJMorgan #Horror in a small town #RBRT #SundayBlogShare

  • 20793203Author: Dylan J Morgan
  • Published January 2014 by DJM Entertainment
  • Category: Horror
  • four-half-stars

It feeds. It grows.

The small town of Vacant harbors a secret so terrifying that the local lawmen will do anything to keep it hidden-including murder. Something sinister stalks the surrounding woods, a horrifying creature thought to be only a mystical legend. It hunts at night, killing with ravenous voracity.

A graphically gruesome opening chapter sets the scene for the horror which surrounds the town of Vacant. The townsfolk are living in fear of the unknown entity after a couple were killed in their own home. In order to appease whatever lurked in the woods, visitors or people passing through were to be chosen as sacrifices, at the instigation of the fanatical Pastor Nielsen and corrupt Mayor Wyatt. Deputies Manning and Brady select the victims and Sheriff Andrew Keller and Deputy Matthew Nielsen dispose of the remains.  Continue reading