Book Review & Giveaway: Feast: Other Horrifying Tales by David Vorhees

Feast: Other Horrifying Tales by David Vorhees

Publisher:  Amazon (August 31, 2019)
Category: Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Supernatural

ISBN: 978-1670514585
Available in Print and ebook, 209 pages

A collection of short stories that take place on different holidays over the course of the year. The collection opens with “A New Year, a New Day, a New Life.” Grant Curtis is arrested on New Year’s Day and charged with the murder of his wife Carla. In “Easter: The Resurrection,” a resurrected Kyle Gardner seeks vengeance on Pastor Brian.

“The Vengeance of Cassidy Clay” is a narrative poem that takes place on Halloween. The poem tells the story of a slave-hunter who haunts the woods long after his death and many more spine chilling tales.

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Guest Review by Laura Lee

A series of short stories that will make your skin tingle and your heart skip a beat. ‘The Feast: And Other Horrifying Tales’ by David Vorhees is a short story collection like none that I have ever read before. Every story in this collection is based around a holiday, New Years Eve, Valentine’s Day, Easter, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and every one is more spine chilling than the last.

From the tale of a man who kills his wife and is haunted by the sound of her cellphone ringing, to the preacher carrying on a torrid affair who begins finding parts of his lover in Easter eggs hidden all around town, each story is scary and atmospheric.  One of the creepiest to me was the one that was set on Thanksgiving. It was a story about a young couple and their four-year-old son who goes off a back-country road in an accident and winds up having a very strange meal with a family that lives out in the rural wilderness.

Vorhees’ writing is both tense and suspenseful and every story kept me on the edge of my seat. I love the creativity of dedicating a story to every major holiday. As a horror fan, I got a thrill seeing how the author managed to take traditional wholesome holidays like Easter and Christmas and create a shocking and eerie scene from them. There were no weak stories in this like there are in most short story collections, every tale was unique in its own way.

I would love to read more from this author in the future. If he can come up with this original of an idea for a book of short stories, his other books must be just as interesting. Check this one out!

Praise for Feast

“Vorhees does a nice job of keeping a “theme” throughout (even as the stories change from tale to tale. This felt like one cohesive set of stories instead of a bunch of random ones thrown into a book.
The character building and storytelling were good and I thought that Vorhees was able to write short stories that felt realistic and new while also feeling “familiar”. What I mean by this is that they still feel like original stories but they don’t feel like brand new ideas. Just like some of the best horror films play on the same topics and plots – these stories benefit from good horror tropes.
If you’re a horror fan and a fan of horror short stories there’s bound to be something in this collection that’ll suit you. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and I’m glad that I had a chance to check it out.”-Brian’s Book Blog

“Most of the tales are deeply disturbing and be warned: you won’t be able to unsee them. This is a nod to the effectiveness of the author’s storytelling ability and gift for description.”-Kristine, Hall Ways Blog

“I thought each story was unique; I like the author’s writing style. I would recommend this to readers of dark fiction, if you like a little gore with your horror, and a realism that makes it stick with you after you are done. I could see giving this as a gift.”- Sarah, Quackzombie

“Mind-bending and wildly entertaining! I was hooked after the first story, and it just got better after that. The themed horror stories for each separate holiday was a new concept for me, making each story that much more riveting. The characters and scenes are well thought out and eerily relatable, which allows you to become immersed in the story. This collection of stories is a definite must read!”-Lyn Savage, Amazon

About the Author

David Vorhees joined the U.S. Navy after graduating Lima Central Catholic. Following his military service, he attended the University of Northwestern Ohio for Automotive business. He worked various factory jobs and attended the University of Phoenix online for a degree in arts with a focus in journalism. He recently worked for the Wapakoneta Daily News as a reporter/photographer/paginator.

He is the father of five and grandfather of five. He has always been interested in the occult and the scarier side of life. He loves history and the supernatural and truly believes there is nothing better than a good story.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorHorror
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Giveaway

This giveaway is for1 print copy each for 2 winners and is open worldwide. This giveaway ends November 26, 2020,midnight pacific time. Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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Audiobook Review: Daisy McDare and the Deadly Rival Affair by K.M. Morgan

Just when Daisy McDare thinks her life can’t get any better, she discovers the dead body of her neighbor, Eric O’Doul.

While the local detective thinks Eric’s death was a burglary gone wrong, Daisy believes something more devious is at play.

Determined to bring her neighbor’s killer to justice, Daisy starts snooping around.

Unfortunately, she uncovers half a dozen suspects, all with killer motives. Can Daisy catch the killer in time, or will her intrusion in the case make her the next victim?

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Daisy McDare & the Deadly Rival Affair is a novella with a listening time of about 2 1/2 hours. It’s the seventh book in the Daisy McDare cozy mystery series.

Daisy’s neighbor is murdered, so she’s on the case again. I thought the local detective had finally gotten used to her and would accept her help, but he thinks this is just a burglary gone wrong. So without any help from the police, and even though there are several suspects, she’s able to solve the murder quickly with a stroke of luck.

I have been wondering about Daisy’s relationship with Gavin. Even though they’ve gotten very close, this is the first book that has more than just a little bit about their relationship. I hope more is to come.

The narrator, Donna Soto, seemed to talk louder when some of the men were talking rather than changing her voice. It would have been easier to listen to if she’d just used the same voice throughout the story.

I recommend Daisy McDare & the Deadly Rival Affair to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and super quick reads. I think I’d prefer the e-book of these novellas though. I’m going to listen to the rest of the Daisy McDare books I received in the hope that they have a little more meat to them, especially since there was one out of the seven that I’ve listened to that was an improvement.

About the Author

K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.

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New Release

This selection of 67 poems represents a collective meander of thought and observations created over a long period of time.

What If? is anyone’s decision made and the reflection, at any given moment in time, which led to the now in life. The ‘what ifs’ are with us every day.

…What if a man was penniless?
What if each dream he earned?
I could talk to him in confidence
And be richer for the lessons learned…

Poems from the Book:

“Fat Cat Ambition”

There is a time and there is a place,
You are always there to fill a space,
Sometimes needed sometimes not,
Sometimes remembered, sometimes forgot.
The time the place on earth, the space
Where and when depends on your own pace,
Depends on the reason, the choices we make,
Depends on your conscience and those we forsake. 

Around every corner lies the unknown,
Beyond each horizon we have not yet been shown,
But do your deed well with a conscience bright
Not with a heart as black as the night. 

We all think we’re right and we all do our best
We all put others to our own test,
But cruelty and cunning sadly reign supreme,
With the ladder of ambition and self-esteem. 

Pay attention and look, for the further you climb
The rungs disappear and become a fine line.
They won’t always be there to handle your weight
And for fat cat ambition, support comes too late. 

 

“Brothers”

May your differences be small ones
May you always know how to forgive
Leave time to enjoy and live.
Don’t allow a grudge the space in your life
Reserved for tranquility.
Don’t make a burden cast upon you a liability
Know yourself and your brother
Always make time for one another.

 

“What If?” can be purchased through the Book Depository:

https://www.bookdepository.com/What-If-Peter-Webster/9781839751363

 

in addition to Amazon and other online retailers:

This unique poetry collection can also be downloaded in e-book format from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 0208 339 6060
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Book Review: To Capture the Wind by Deirdra Eden

The Watchers
To Capture the Wind
BOOK #4 Aug 7, 2020


Dark secrets about Azrael’s life and death are revealed which prompts Auriella to break off their engagement and leave Azrael alone on an island of massacred Watcher kin.

In order to prove his loyalty, Azrael sets out to retrieve stolen Starfire from the Legion before they destroy the human race and create their own dark kingdom. Poisoned and stripped of his powers Azrael has no choice but to accept the help of an old enemy with questionable motives. His haunting past and old wounds resurface when he discovers a book of Watcher genealogy listing not only his family, but Aura’s linage along with her three sisters of power, including his dark and beautiful former fiancée.

A few remaining good Watchers must face the fallen Watchers of old along with the Demon God, Moloch, to reclaim Starfire. Azrael must choose his side and prove his loyalty once and for all.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This book is told from Azrael’s point of view rather than Aura’s, and it was nice to see things from a different perspective. Azrael breaks Aura’s heart when he tells her about his past. After she leaves, he realizes that he must reclaim Starfire, and he can only do it with Alamar’s help. But how can he trust Alamar?

The first half of To Capture the Wind is good, and I learned a lot more about Azrael’s past, a little more about Alamar, and some interesting things about their lineage. For example, Aura has three sisters, but she won’t be happy to hear that they’re her sisters.

The second half of To Capture the Wind is great, and I was unable to put it down. When Azrael and Alamar run into Aura, even though she hasn’t forgiven Azrael, she realizes that they have to work together to reclaim Starfire. I felt that Aura has finally matured and is ready to handle whatever is thrown her away.

I was happy to see Cassi the pixie back. The interaction between her and Baby is hilarious! They’re a great way to lighten the mood when things get intense.

I definitely recommend To Capture the Wind, as well as the rest of the Watchers series. Book 5 is next!

About the Author

Deirdra Eden has spent the last decade captivating audiences of all ages with her Amazon Bestselling novels and fairy tales. Her specialty is paranormal theology that delves into documented historical phenomenon and natural disasters of biblical proportions that entices indulgence of a fine line between fact and fantasy.

Deirdra enjoys jousting in arenas, sword fighting and archery, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures with her family.

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Book Review: Breathing is my Superpower by Alicia Ortego

Did you know that we all have Superpowers? One of them is our ability to control our breath.

Breathing is My Superpower teaches children to regulate their emotions, especially if they are feeling upset, angry, or stressed. 

Sofia will show your little ones how to control their breathing in various situations, whether at school, at home, or on the playground. Five Breathing Technique presented in the book, will help calm your children and show them a fun way of managing their own body, breath, and emotions.

This mindfulness for kids will help them to control their feelings in many ways:

  • To relax when they think adults do not understand them.
  • To deal with fears and worries.
  • To cope with rejection at school.
  • To regain self-confidence.
  • To give kids relief from anxiety and teach them yoga basics.

Your children will identify with our heroine, Sofia, and love the cheerful illustrations and charming rhymes in this bedtime story. 

Breathing is My Superpower is the second book from My Superpower Series –  the growth mindset books for kids, suitable for all ages as well as anyone who works with children.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read Kindness is My Superpower by Alicia Ortego and thought it was a good book for children to learn the importance of kindness towards others. So, when she asked me to review this book, I was happy to.

Breathing is My Superpower is another “Superpower” book that can aid parents to teach children how to be good to themselves and those around them. Sofia learns a breathing exercise from her mom, and she tries it several times: when she’s angry, upset, or feeling rejected. It works!

This is a sweet book that has colorful pictures and is told in rhymes. In fact, the rhyming words are bolded at the end of each line. In the story, one breathing exercise is taught to Sofia, but at the end of the book, there are several other breathing exercises to try.

This is a wonderful way for children to learn about handling emotions and stressful situations. It would be a great addition to family and school libraries.

About the Author

A school teacher and an avid children’s book author, Alicia Ortego, has a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years working with children. Since she was young, Alicia had nurtured a passion for telling stories, which inspired her to start writing stories for children. She writes in a simple, easily understandable language, and an entertaining style that keeps children hooked to her books while learning vital lessons about virtues.

Alicia lives in New York and in her free time, enjoys spending quality time with her family and drawing.

Stay updated at her author website: www.aliciaortego.com.