Dustin Reviews: ‘Simon’s Choice’ by Charlotte Castle


'Simon's Choice' by Charlotte Castle“But Daddy, who will live with me in heaven?”

Doctor Simon Bailey has everything a man could ever want.

Then his beautiful daughter is diagnosed with Leukemia.

He can almost accept her impending death.

He can almost accept the fact that he will have to live without her

But he cannot stand the thought of his little girl having to face death alone.

He answers her innocent question in a moment of desperation, testing his marriage, his professional judgment and his sanity to the limit.

As cracks form in Simon’s previously perfect family, we wonder, as do his loved ones … will he really make the ultimate sacrifice?

Combining poignant moments of both humour and pain, ‘Simon’s Choice’ is a penetrating account of parenthood at the sharp-end.

Simon’s Choice, what can I say? The story was a roller coaster of emotions with characters (for the most part) were engaging and believable. Simon openly tells his story as he deals with a terminally ill daughter and how that plays into his changing life. Charlotte Castle has written a moving and touching story that anyone who has had to deal with the loss of a loved one can relate.

About the author

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Simon’s Choice is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Simons-Choice-ebook/dp/B003VS0DWI/

Kindle Length: 302 pages
Publication Date:
July 13th 2010 by Taylor Street Publishing (first published July 10th 2010)
Language: English
ASI
N: B003VS0DWI

4 out of 5 stars

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Dustin Reviews: Ravage: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel by Iain Rob Wright


Ravage: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel by Iain Rob WrightFIRST PEOPLE GOT SICK. THEN THEY GOT VERY SICK..

Nick Adams is just a normal guy. He loves his family, appreciates his home, and covets his car. But he absolutely hates his job. Which is what makes it so difficult that not a single customer has come by his store today. It seems as though there’s a bug going around, something that has come out of nowhere and is keeping people at home. Still, it’s probably nothing to worry about. People get sick all the time.

And besides, things are finally starting to look up. Nick’s first customer of the day has just stumbled through the door…

HIS DAY IS ABOUT TO GET WORSE..

It won’t be long before Nick’s entire life is turned upside down, sending him on a frantic journey through a ravaged world that will ultimately lead him 500 feet upwards to a hilltop amusement park. Is it the last safe place on Earth, or are the monsters at the top of the hill even worse than the ones below?

WELCOME TO RIPLEY HEIGHTS. WHERE THE FUN NEVER STARTS.

Ravage: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel was a disappointment after reading Sam: A Novel Of Horror and Suspense. Maybe my expectations were too high to enjoy another Iain Rob Wright horror. The true horror were the missing words, poor spelling and punctuation which tore this reader away from the story way too many times to have given this book a higher rating. The story was good except for the unbelievability factor that none of the characters had apparently ever seen a zombie movie or read a zombie novel. It wasn’t until nearly halfway into the novel before the characters finally suggested the word “zombie”. Even with the countless WTF moments, Mr. Wright kept this reader’s attention so I could see how the story ended… or was that “the end”???

Iain Rob Wright

About the author

Iain Rob Wright was born in 1984 and lives in Redditch, a small town in the West Midlands, UK, with his cocker spaniels, Daisy and Oscar, his fat old cat, Jess, his many tropical fish, and the love of his life, Sally. Writing is the passion that fills his life during the small periods of time when he isn’t cleaning up after his pets.

Horror is his beloved genre. His inspirations range from Brian Keene, Stephen King, and Richard Laymon, to J A Konrath and Terry Pratchett.

You can speak to him at: iain.robert.wright@hotmail.co.uk

or read his regular blog at: http://iainrobwright.blogspot.com/

His official website is: http://iainrobwright.com

Ravage: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Ravage-Apocalyptic-Horror-Novel-ebook/dp/B00D3MSDSS/

Kindle Length: Kindle Edition,1st edition,435 pages
Publication Date: May 22nd 2013 by SalGad Publishing Group
Language: English
ASIN: B00D3MSDSS

3 out of 5 stars

Per the USA Federal Trade Commission disclosure policy (http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm) governing endorsements and testimonials: the above mentioned book was purchased by this blogger for the sole purpose of ‘reading enjoyment’. This blogger was not paid and/or did not receive money, favor(s) or gift(s) by the book author, publisher, agent, or anyone promoting or receiving a profit from the above mentioned book. This review was done so voluntarily to share views of the book with other readers and potential readers. 

Dustin Reviews: ‘Rhubarb’ by M.H. Van Keuren


'Rhubarb' by M.H. Van KeurenMartin knows every desolate mile of Eastern Montana’s highways. As a traveling salesman, his only companion is talk radio, especially Beyond Insomnia with Lee Danvers. Its reports of the paranormal keep Martin entertained—and hopeful that there’s more to the universe than selling screws and nails to far-flung, small-town hardware stores.

A bright spot in Martin’s routine is the complimentary breakfast at a motel in Brixton, a junction town well past its sell-by date. But it’s not the watery coffee, day-old pastries, and pre-mixed waffle batter he loves. It’s Cheryl, the housekeeper who sets out the breakfast.

The townsfolk guard Cheryl jealously from the likes of Martin—who, to be fair, has more noble intentions than most. But Cheryl has room for only one man in her life, the ailing stepfather who raised her. As much as Martin dreams of rescuing Cheryl from her minuscule town life in the middle of nowhere, she steadfastly refuses to be in need of rescuing.

Martin’s chance comes when Cheryl’s car breaks down and he stops to give her a ride. To thank him, she bakes him a rhubarb pie, and he works up the courage to ask her out on a date. She agrees—but then she’s gone. Left town for a guy she met on the Internet, or so everyone says.

But Cheryl’s stepfather doesn’t buy it. He blames Martin for her disappearance, sending Martin on a search for the truth. What he uncovers about Cheryl’s family and Brixton’s history is far weirder than anything he’s ever heard on the radio. Especially if it’s true that Cheryl’s salvation lies in discovering a long-lost secret recipe for rhubarb pie—which might just be the best, and the most dangerous, pie in the galaxy.

Rhubarb was a delightfully cute read, a pleasing balance of drama and humor. There was just the right amount of humor to make it a light read, and not feel cartoon-ish. The characters were, well, let’s just say not always who they seemed to be, yet they were interesting and well developed. I have to admit, normally I’m not a big fan of science fiction, but the synopsis was intriguing and I just had to read this book. I’m certainly glad I did. (and I love rhubarb pie)

* the ominous theme music from the television program Twilight Zone
swells in the background *

M.H. Van Keuren's Goodreads Author Page

About the author

M.H. Van Keuren quit a perfectly good job to devote his life to writing science fiction. He’s a former convention center manager, and once upon a time graduated from film school. His first novel Rhubarb was released in April, 2012 .He lives in Billings, Montana, with his wife and two sons.

Find his blog at mhvankeuren.blogspot.com.

Like him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MHVanKeuren

Rhubarb is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007RELN76

Kindle Length: 360 pages
Publication Date: April 3rd 2012 (first published April 1st 2012)
Language: English
ASIN: B007RELN76

4 out of 5 stars

Per the USA Federal Trade Commission disclosure policy (http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/endortest.shtm) governing endorsements and testimonials: the above mentioned book was purchased by this blogger for the sole purpose of reading enjoyment. This blogger was not paid or did not receive money, favors or gifts by the book author, publisher, agent, or anyone promoting or receiving a profit from the above mentioned book. This review was done so voluntarily to share views of the book with other readers and potential readers.

Dustin Reviews: ‘A Masque of Infamy’ by Kelly Dessaint


Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00030]A Masque of Infamy is a raucous story of teenage rebellion. But instead of “What d’ya got?” fifteen-year-old Louis Baudrey knows exactly what he’s fighting against

After moving from Los Angeles to small town Alabama in 1987 with his father, his younger brother and Rick, a friend of the family, Louis tries to fit in at the local high school, but the Bible-thumpers and the rednecks don’t take too kindly to his outlandish wardrobe and burgeoning punk attitude. At home, he defies the sadistic intentions of Rick, who rules the household with an iron fist. As Louis begins to lose all hope, he stumbles upon indisputable proof that will free him and his brother from Rick’s tyranny. But just when he thinks his troubles are over, he’s locked up in the adolescent ward of a mental hospital, where he must fight the red tape of the system to realize his dream of being a punk rocker.

A Masque of Infamy was not what I had expected, but in a very good way. The characters were well developed, the descriptions amazing and a story line that made me laugh and angry at the same time. I even got misty eyed a couple of times. My one (tiny) concern was that the story is told by Louis, a fifteen-year-old boy who at times (during his narrations) spoke in a college-level vocabulary. Other than that, many times it felt as if Louis was in my presence telling me his tale of woe.

Kelly Dessaint author of  'A Masque of Infamy'

About the author

Kelly Dessaint was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, the sculptor Irina Dessaint. Graduate of the welfare system and universities of Alabama, he has lived and traveled all over America since he left home at fifteen. A veteran of the small press, he currently publishes the zine Piltdownlad.

Author web site:http://www.kellydessaint.com

A Masque of Infamy is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/A-Masque-of-Infamy-ebook/dp/B00BQ4D0R4

Kindle Length: 320 pages
Publication Date: April 9th 2013 by Phony Lid Books
Language: English
ASIN: 1930935331
ISBN13: 9781930935334

4+ out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: ‘Sam: A Novel Of Horror and Suspense’ by Iain Rob Wright


'Sam: A Novel Of Horror and Suspense' by Iain Rob WrightWANT TO HEAR A SECRET?

When washed-up priest, Angela Murs, and skittish ghost hunter, Tim Golding, are summoned to a vast country manor to help a sick little boy, they have no idea what to expect. It’s clear that young Sammie is a very disturbed child, but there’s surely no way he could have been behind the recent spate of accidents, or the death of his father. The child is dirty, malnourished, and perhaps the victim of a negligent mother, but as Angela and Tim’s investigations take them deeper into the mystery, they realise that there is much more going on than they ever could have expected. When the blood begins to flow, there will be no escape, and little Sammie will finally be forced to show his true nature.

Sam: A Novel Of Horror and Suspense was an interesting read. Characters were well developed and distinctive. The story moved along quite nicely. Frequently I heard faint background music in my head as if I were watching a horror movie. Any moment, I expected to hear Tubular Bells, the ominous music from the movie ‘The Exorcist’. If I say any more I’ll give away the story and you won’t be left cursing at yourself because you didn’t see the ending coming. FYI: Don’t read this book in the dark…. or alone.

Iain Rob Wright

About the author

Iain Rob Wright was born in 1984 and lives in Redditch, a small town in the West Midlands, UK, with his cocker spaniels, Daisy and Oscar, his fat old cat, Jess, his many tropical fish, and the love of his life, Sally. Writing is the passion that fills his life during the small periods of time when he isn’t cleaning up after his pets.

Horror is his beloved genre and his next gruesome novel, Animal Kingdom, will be released later this year. His inspirations range from Brian Keene, Stephen King, and Richard Laymon, to J A Konrath and Terry Pratchett.


Read his regular blog at: http://iainrobwright.blogspot.com

Visit his official website is: http://iainrobwright.com

Sam: A Novel Of Horror and Suspense is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009CFF73O

Kindle Length: 294 pages
Publication Date: September 16th 2012 by SalGad Publishing Group
Language: English
ASIN: B009CFF73O

4+ out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: ‘Fat Vampire’ by Johnny B. Truant


Fat  VampireFrom the author of ‘Unicorn Western‘ comes a story of fangs and fast food…

When overweight treadmill salesman Reginald Baskin finally meets a co-worker who doesn’t make fun of him, it’s just his own bad luck that tech guy Maurice turns out to be a thousand-year-old vampire.

And when Maurice turns Reginald to save his life, it’s just Reginald’s own further bad luck that he wakes up to discover he’s become the slowest, weakest, most out-of-shape vampire ever born, doomed to “heal” to his corpulent self for all of eternity.

As Reginald struggles with the downsides of being a fat vampire — too slow to catch people to feed on, mocked by those he tries to glamour, assaulted by his intended prey and left for undead — he discovers in himself rare powers that few vampires have… and just in time too, because the Vampire Council might just want his head for being an inferior representative of their race.

 Fat Vampire is the story of an unlikely hero who, after having an imperfect eternity shoved into his grease-stained hands, must learn to turn the afterlife’s lemons into tasty lemon danishes.

Fat Vampire was a fun, change-of-pace read. I felt for Reginald almost from the start of the book. I was rooting for him. Go Reginald! The office staff were the stereo-typical butt-holes one frequently finds in the work place. Not only did I relate to the office staff, but also being “the one” kid picked on in school and other “demons” that haunted Reginald. I was really enjoying the story when it abruptly stopped…. where the heck was the rest of the story ??? Apparently I had downloaded a “teaser” copy and so I only. got a good taste then it was all taken away from me. OK… so I’ll probably never find out what happens to Reginald cause by the time I get through my 500+ digital books, I’ll have forgotten to go back and purchase the rest of Fat Vampire.

Johnny B Truant

About the author

Johnny B. Truant is an author, blogger, and podcaster who, like the Ramones, was long denied induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite having a large cult following. He makes his online home at JohnnyBTruant.com and is the author of the Unicorn Western series, the Fat Vampire series, The Bialy Pimps, and a handful of other properties and growing every week.

You can connect with Johnny on Twitter at @JohnnyBTruant, and you should totally send him an email from JohnnyBTruant.com if the mood strikes you.

Author web site:http://www.johnnybtruant.com

Fat Vampire is available at:Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Vampire-ebook/dp/B009KP93F4/

Kindle Length:148 pages
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Language: English
ISBN13: 1230000132527
ASIN: B009KP93F4

4 out of 5 stars

Dustin Reviews: ‘Round Robin – A Love Story of Epic Proportions’ by Joseph Flynn


Round RobinRound Robin Phinney…

She’s 230 pounds of bad attitude. She dishes out sandwiches and insults to the customers at Screaming Mimi’s deli. She takes a dim view of people in general and men in particular.

Her home is her sanctuary. She has an apartment upstairs. Downstairs, she’s created a private park, lushly landscaped, dotted with ponds, furnished with two Chicago Park District benches.

Manfred Welk is what Charles Atlas would have looked like if he’d been serious about lifting weights. A former Olympic powerlifter for East Germany, his ex-wife turned him in for spying.

Brought to Chicago after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he needs a place to live.

When cold weather hits and Robin’s furnace goes out, the plants in her park start to die. Worse, she has no money for repairs — but she does have a small vacant apartment in her basement. Something she might swap for the services of a live-in handyman.

After interviewing a number of prospective fix-it people, Robin finds, to her great horror, the best choice is a giant German with CIA connections. That’s bad enough, but the guy turns out to have a kid, a blue-haired prepubescent brat named Bianca who’s been raised in a brothel.

Robin, Manfred and Bianca all have their demons to cast out. You’ll have a grand time watching as they do.

Round Robin – A Love Story of Epic Proportions was an unexpected story and delightfully told. There is just the right amount of humor to keep the story from becoming too serious. The subject matter (delicate at times) is presented in a no-nonsense manner and is quite believable without being “glossed-over” or frivolous. The characters are well developed and play well off each other. Flynn draws the reader into a journey of discovery, to uncover the source of Robin’s painful secret.

Joseph Flynn

About the author

Joseph Flynn has been published both traditionally — Signet Books, Bantam Books and Variance Publishing — and through his own imprint, Stray Dog Press, Inc. Both major media reviews and reader reviews have praised his work. Booklist said, “Flynn is an excellent storyteller.” The Chicago Tribune said, “Flynn [is] a master of high-octane plotting.” The most repeated reader comment is: Write faster, we want more.

Author web site:http://www.josephflynn.com

Round Robin – A Love Story of Epic Proportions is available at: Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004GXAWE6

Print Length: 339 pages
Publication Date:
Published December 20, 2010 by Stray Dog Press, Inc.
Language: English
ASI
N: 9780098303
ISBN: 098303124X

5 out of 5 stars