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Guest Post & Giveaway by Michael Okon, Author of Monsterland Reanimated

29 Jun

 

Why I Think End of the World Books Are So Compelling to Readers

By Michael Okon

 

I live in a world of make believe. Well, at least when it comes to my writing anyway. Not in a happy, princesses and fairy kingdoms kinda way. Don’t get me wrong. Those stories are great, but I prefer my make believe to be edgy and to include monsters and end of the world stuff. I mean, who doesn’t? That’s why Sci-Fi/Dystopian books are so popular. Who doesn’t like to play the what if game while sitting in the safety of their own living room?

Don’t we all read to escape for a little while? I know I do. I enjoy immersing myself in a terrifying world where just about anything can happen. Imagination is truly a wonderful thing. A good book can take you to places you probably will never visit in real life – and a few you probably don’t want to experience except vicariously.

When I write about mummies, zombies, monsters and vampires, I’m creating a world of possibilities for my readers. If I do a good job, my readers will empathize and relate to my characters. They’ll root for characters to pull through any adversity I throw at them. And, for a little while, readers just might even put themselves in those situations.

A good end of the world book will be an emotional roller coaster ride for the reader. They probably won’t even know why things are happening until the climactic ending. Building a suspenseful world where anything can happen is a writer’s dream and one that I always aim for when creating a story. That’s why I think end of the world books are the best!

 

Michael Okon is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Monsterland Reanimated, Book Two in the Monsterland series, was just released on April 13, 2018 and promises to be bigger and badder than Book One. Michael invites readers to connect with him on his website

 

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Review: Another Way to Bleed by Susan Harris

9 Jun

   

6-5-2013 6-00-39 AMTitle: Another Way to Bleed (Midnight Assassin #1)

Author:  Susan Harris

Genre:  Paranormal

Publisher:  E.A.R. Publishing Co.

Publication Date:  2013

Description: In a changed world, Cassie Murphy has learned to adapt and use her pain to become the most skilled killer the supernatural world has seen. Trained by the ruthless keeper of the city of Cork, Luka, she struggles against the very thing she has become and the vampire she has lost her heart to. But destiny has other plans for her and when her past catches up with her, Cassie will learn secrets that could tear her world to shreds and pull her and Luka further apart. Cassie will find out that there is most certainly Another way to Bleed.

Review:

 The world of vampires and demons is not my favorite but I read this book as a beta reader. Personally, I don’t get the attraction to vampires and I don’t enjoy reading about their bloodlust. That being said, Susan Harris is an excellent writer and was able to keep my attention even though I didn’t particularly like the premise. Her writing is easy to read and flows well and the main characters are well developed. I even liked Luka, the vampire Cassie loves.

The story is fast paced which I always like. You can’t get bored reading this book. Cassie is a very strong character but the one thing that bothered me was the constant swearing, especially by her. Her character would have been just as strong without it.

If you like vampires and demons I recommend this book. Available on Amazon.

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