NightmarZ: Asylum (Z Series Part 1 of 6) by Irma Geddon

Book Review

4/10

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Gabrielle’s life hasn’t always been easy, but her last year in high school is going great. That is, until she gets attacked in her sleep by her own nightmares. When her father arrives, they vanish, but nothing’s ever going to be the same again. She is taken away by paramedics to treat her injuries, only to discover she is being committed to a psych ward instead.

But her dad has seen what happened to her and knows that she is not crazy… He should get her out of there, why doesn’t he?

Held against her will in a creepy asylum where a different kind of monster roams the halls in a white uniform, Gabrielle begins to wonder whether she is cursed… or whether she is really crazy after all.

She knows she must find a way to escape her nightmares, even if it seems impossible. Unraveling the mystery of her curse is the only thing that’s left … before a monster of her own making will come for her and claim her soul.

This is Part One of Six of the Z Series, which is meant to be small installments read in chronological order. NightmarZ: Asylum is a short and quick read ranging around 40 pages. With its short length, the scenes are somewhat quick paced, and the first installment ends in quite a cliffhanger. Not to give away any spoilers, the ending is somewhat questionable in how easy Gabrielle finds her way past her predicament as well as some more questionable story plot situations.

The series has a great premise and story is delivered in the first person view. The cover is well done, and the synopsis is enticing. However, there are some elements in the story that leaves the reader wanting more than what the story delivers. Take this part of the synopsis: Gabrielle’s life hasn’t always been easy, but her last year in high school is going great. This part is never shown, if you didn’t read it in the synopsis there would be no other way to know this. But since this story is delivered in installments more of the story might be revealed in time so this might be a good thing not so much a negative.

The story starts off right when she has the nightmare and wakes up to be attacked by it. Which isn’t a bad place to start, but it takes a few pages for the main character to explain that this is what happened. If the reader wasn’t paying close attention or didn’t read the synopsis they might have been clueless as to what exactly was going on. There were moments that the way some of the other characters were addressed threatened to drive me insane. I had to remind myself that the main character is seventeen, but still, I wish the author had dropped the creepy nurse tag once the person’s name had been revealed instead of using both labels. There were also other name tags given to other asylum personnel that could have been avoided if their names had just been disclosed. The name tags are fun and interesting the first time, but an entire part of the series filled with them is too much for my liking. They distract from the story.

There are some elements or scenes that might not be for everyone. There is a rape attempt and physical abuse that might drive some readers away. It is wise to be aware that this series is intended for an adult audience and even though the main character is only 17 years old there are warnings about such content. There is foul language, disturbing scenes of sex (attempted sex) and or violence (beating up a person), and the author even warns that it may trigger panic attacks.

If you can move past the questionable conditions the story plot gives to move the story along this is a very interesting series, one I would love to finish reading. Unfortunately, it seems the author doesn’t have the rest of the series available anymore. She does have three other books on her Amazon page along with a paperback version of this first installment. I do have Part Two, I had downloaded Part One and Two when they were both available so look forward to a review on Part Two but other than that we might have to cross our fingers that she makes the rest of the series available again. There is still so much of the story that needs revealing.

Thanks for reading and see you in the next review.

The SELFPUBCON is live!

A few years back, I took part in an online writing convention of sorts which was partly run by Alli, Alliance of Independent Authors. It was an amazing experience and ever since they have held a much smaller online event for independent authors called SelfPubCon.

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I thought I share this event with you all. It is currently happening right now, live. Most of the feed is shared as it goes live and past feed stays available throughout the online convention. Not sure how long it stays up if it stays up for a few days after the event is over or not. You might want to look into that to make sure you don’t miss out on all the wonderful information being made available.

Not sure if you want to check this online convention? There will be 24 sessions in total. Here are a few of the topics being covered in their online workshops:

Social Media for Book Marketing with Rachel Thompson

Editing 101 with Jodi Brandon

How to Build Your Business By Writing a Book with Ingenium Books

Three Steps to Finding Your Target Reader  with Belinda Griffin

Cracking the Code of Amazon Marketing Services (AMS) with Brian Meeks

And much more as it goes live.

Some of the wonderful sponsors that make such an amazing event like this possible are IngramSpark, PublishDrive, Bublish, ListenUp audio books, SfeP, and Ingenium Books.

I wasn’t paid or told to promote this event. As a past attendee and current attendee, I just wanted to share this amazing free advice and workshops being made available for independent authors. I hope you do decide to check it out and till next time keep writing and inspiring.

 

September 2018 Free Ebook Spotlight

Free eBook spotlights returns. These will stay monthly for the moment and might become biweekly or not. Time will tell.

As for this month, I know it is the last day of September but I am still counting it. That is the power of posting in your own blog. 🙂

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Jennet Carter never thought hacking into her dad’s new epic-fantasy sim-game would be so exciting… or dangerous. Behind the interface, dark forces lie in wait, leading her toward a battle that will test her to her limits and cost her more than she ever imagined.

I am subscribed to this author’s newsletter and decided to check out more of her books and found she has a few that are currently free.

All her books have stunning covers and very interesting storylines. If you are into RPG gaming stories this might be the one for you. If you want to start off with this series, this novella is a great way to go. It is the prequel to the series.

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END An Apocalyptic Anthology

Review

9/10

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END features stories about the end of the world from indie publishing’s rising stars. The Mayan Calendar ends on December 21st, 2012, and some people believe that heralds apocalypse. What better way to go out than with a collection of shocking, thrilling, and sexy stories?

La Breithe by Kendall Grey

Great story, very intriguing and stellar ending.

Last Night in Vegas by Amelia James

Steamy and witty. Greatly written and quite enjoyable. The only story that has an erotic and romance theme to it. Yet this story was much more than just another erotic story, it was a tale of starting over, starting anew when the world is at an end.

A Starshot in Hell by Angela Kulig

Short and confusing due to its unexpected length. Had hoped it would have been longer. There was so much left unanswered.

Whimper by Morgan McCoy

More confusing due to the manner it was written. A combination of memories expressed as flashbacks and short story segments that slowly start to form the interesting story the synopsis promised. If you can get past the style, there is much to grasp.

Destroyer of Worlds by Dennis Sharpe

Long but well worth the read. Great stir of emotions and heart-wrenching. It did leave me wondering if I should lick a penny to find out how it tastes.

Such Sinners We Are by Ron Vitale

This story was written in a form of a letter so it didn’t leave much room for ‘show don’t tell’. I wish it had been broken into segments, showing some action and description of what the sister was thinking while reading the letter. Interesting story, really enjoyed how he portrayed the villains.


Hope you enjoyed this review, the layout was a little different since it was an anthology. Great read and a pretty good collection of stories from authors I hadn’t heard of. Looking forward to reading more of their works.

The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide by John McNally is next.

Greasy Boy by P.L. Ripley

Book Review

6/10

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For Simon, sex had always been clean, gentle and safe. Now a chance encounter in a gas station bathroom gives Simon the opportunity to see what he has been missing. That is, if he can overcome his fear to delve into a greasy stranger through a glory hole. (M/M)

This is a BL story (boy love)/gay erotica.

Fair warning, there is mention of bodily fluid stains and a brief armpit action that might not be suitable for the squirmy. I know I kind of started to cringe at those parts, but other than that the story was interesting and steamy. The writing was well above what you expect for an erotica and a quickie story. Overall very enjoyable with the exception of those questionable moments mentioned above.

The publisher of this title, ForbiddenFiction (a part of Enspire Publishing), likes to stand out in their writing. Their stories lean more towards breaking out of the norm when it comes to the boundaries of original erotic fiction. Their stories tend to combine strong acts of sexuality with a bit more etiquette writing. Make sure you read the labels and tags for each title before buying to make sure you know exactly what you are going to be reading.

Now that we got that out of the way, there was one small repetition and slip in a scene regarding a character doing an action that had already taken place a few sentences before. This might have been caused due to fast writing or quick editing and doesn’t hinder the story or the quality of the writing. I must also point out that the writing does pick up and gets dirtier towards the end in regards to smut and BDSM situations. But even with this, the story is quite more than getting it on, it has a point and a lesson for the main character to learn.

Sum it up: A very greased up one night stand, well story takes place during the day but you get my point, that will make some jaws drop.

What I liked most: That the writer didn’t fear going outside the comfort zone of typical erotica stories.

What I liked the least: The like and dislike are kind of the same for me here. It had a very interesting premise, but there were some things that happened that kind of take away from the story.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Yes, as long as I ain’t eating while reading. But since this was a one-shot, will have to try his other works.

END An Apocalyptic Anthology is up next.