Book Review: “Long Night Moon” by S.M. Reine

Long Night Moon by S.M. Reine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

SM Reine does it again! Long Night Moon is a great next chapter in the “Seasons of the Moon” YA urban fantasy series that Reine has built, and as with the other two novels, I was HIGHLY entertained.

In terms of plot, “Long Night Moon” wasn’t nearly as suspenseful as its predecessors, BUT the book certainly develops the larger world of the werewolf in a wonderful way. We get to see, bit by bit, who is actually a part of this world, and it’s not JUST werewolves! We also get to see all the challenges that werewolves, especially Rylie, has to deal with, especially in terms of dealing with the human side vs. the wolf side.

Reine does an excellent job of bringing a lot of humanity to her characters, and she’s also great at following human logic and natural reactions to the weird happenings around town. She’s also not afraid to trouble the relationships and loyalties of her characters, and that always makes for super engaging, never predictable dynamics surrounding love, loyalty, duty, and friendship.

Long Night Moon, as well as the “Seasons of the Moon” series in general is a great YA series, and I’m super excited to pass it on to my daughter when she gets old enough!


“LONG NIGHT MOON” VIDEO REVIEW



 

View all my reviews

Rock on, read on,
<3 Colby

Book Review: “All Hallows Moon” by S.M. Reine

allhallowsmooncoverAll Hallows Moon by S.M. Reine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet another super entertaining read, courtesy of SM Reine! This story’s really just what a reader needs to help them believe in light and love again, lol. It’s refreshing, interesting, and the love story is cute. It’s a pretty cool sequel to the original story and builds on the cliffhanger from “Six Moon Summer” very nicely! The only thing I hoped for was Rylie to be a *little* more proactive regarding the hunters trying to kill her, BUT I also appreciate how real her actions felt.

Scared, alone, isolated, and monstrous… with hunters wanting to kill you at every turn. I mean, who could honestly be supergirl in her circumstances? I am interested in a couple of throwaway characters– two psychiatrists– that popped up towards the end though. I have a feeling they’ll be making another appearance in the next sequel!

I hope the future novels in this series will have a bit more of a dramatic edge to them, but they’re great as they are too. I like light and adorable just fine!

View all my reviews

Rock on, READ on,
<3 Colby

Book Review: “Six Moon Summer” by S.M. Reine

sixmoonsummercoverSix Moon Summer by S.M. Reine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For the first few chapters, I was a little bored with the premise. Lol, like, “oh brother, here’s yet another tragically beautiful, thrown-int0-a-new-world misfit.” And I bucked a bit, not really feeling connected with Rylie’s somewhat aloof and stuffy character.

At FIRST. But hang in there. The book is a quick read, and everything picks up considerably, including the overarching mystery.

As Rylie begins to explore the mysteries of Camp Silver Lake and the mysterious werewolves in it, I got completely HOOKED. I love the way the story progressed, and the way the tension increased with every chapter. I also really enjoyed Seth & Rylie’s growing rapport, and the way the conflict between them ramped up with a sudden and surprising reveal. The descriptions of the werewolf transformation, the progression, and the lore were also fantastic. I love how Reine freshens up the genre with her personal take!

I love SM Reine’s work in general, and I came into her worlds through books she wrote later. But as her debut novel, “Six Moon Summer” was an amazing, super solid intro to what Reine can really do with well-known werewolf lore. The best part is that while the ending is satisfying and complete, it isn’t exactly “clean”, in that everything is perfectly tied up. There are some cliffhangers, and I DEFINITELY want to read the next book in the series to see what happens next!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially if you’re looking for a light entertaining read with plenty of action, character growth, tension, and romance… and did I say ACTION? (The action kicked all sorts of ass.)

View all my reviews

Write on, rock on, and READ on,
<3 Colby

Do You Want Free Ebooks, Audiobooks, and a 15-module Online Writing Course this Halloween?

Giveaway Banner!

Well? Do you? 

Well then you should have come to our SWEET “Colors in Darkness” Facebook Party!!

I hosted my hour just yesterday, and guess what? We played games, pitched creepy riddles, learned about transcultural monsters and demons, AND talked about MY all-time favorite survival horror video game franchise, RESIDENT EVIL.

Bohemian Badass School Website ShotWith each game, I was literally GIVING away my entire ebook and audiobook library! AND to sweeten the pot, I was also giving away a FREE 15-module writing course from my up and coming online school, The Bohemian Badass School for Creatives!

colorsindarknessbannerBut if you missed the party, don’t fret! There will be more opportunities to win, win, win as the holiday season comes up.

Still, in the meantime, I’d LOVE if you could join us for the REST of the Colors in Darkness event! More kick-ass multicultural horror, paranormal, and dark fantasy authors will be hosting, playing games, and giving away amazing prizes!

There are only TWO days left in the event, so DON’T MISS IT!

Click NOW to join the party and
WIN FREE PRIZES AND BOOKS!

Write on, rock on, keep it indie, and HAPPY HALLOWEEEN!!
<3 Colby

Give it up for “EATING VAMPIRES” by Regine Sawyer!

EV n pet ColorOoh snap! Just as I promised, here comes some Halloween Hotness, courtesy of the illustrious Regine L. Sawyer!

Sawyer’s a prolific sci-fi comic book and graphic novel writer, the owner, founder, and creator at Lockett Down Productions, and a pioneer in the Women in Comics movement!

Check out the awesome comics work of our industry’s sweetheart: “EATING VAMPIRES”, where Sawyer takes a completely fresh and unique look at vampire lore.


Eating Vampires by Regine Sawyer

EV_001 1Rigel Alexa is a Battle Guardian, one of the many protectors of the Sect of Purifiers. When the realm’s worst nightmare comes true, and all that remains of their once powerful nation is an eleven year old girl named Evelyn, Rigel must find a way to keep her safe, even if it means traveling to the most dangerous of places.
With a mysterious band of mystical women at Rigel’s disposal, she will do whatever’s necessary to ensure that the Purifier line continues, even if it costs her the one thing she has always wanted: a cure.

Buy Eating Vampires TODAY!

Buy Issue #1 TODAY!

EVcolor
CREDITS
Regine Sawyer- Writer/Creator
Delia Gable- Cover Artist, Penciler, Colorist, Letterer
Ed Watson- Creative Director
Copyright 2010 (c)
Issue #2 will debut in Early 2016!

Check out some sample pages from EATING VAMPIRES!


Regine on EATING VAMPIRES


More About Regine L. Sawyer

Regine Sawyer1Regine L. Sawyer is a sci-fi comics writer, business owner, resident bad ass, and a pioneer in the indie women-in-comics scene. Upon establishing her media company, Lockett Down Productions Publications, she has created and published three unique sci-fi intellectual properties: The Rippers, Ice Witch, and Eating Vampires.

Though she’s not at all new to the women-in-comics scene, she has also recently officially established the Women in Comics Collective NYC, a group of intrepid bad ass women in comics who seek to highlight the contributions of female artists, writers, and animators to this billion dollar industry.

CONTACT REGINE AT:

Her Website: www.lockettdown.com
Twitter: @LockettDown on Twitter
Facebook: Lockett Down Productions Publications on Facebook

More About Lockett Down Productions Publications

lockettdownproductionsLockett Down Publications is a multi-media company specializing in Comic Books and promotional apparel. It was established in December 2007 by Owner and Founder Regine L. Sawyer, and was first publicly debuted at the New York Comic Con, April 2008.

LDP pub has several properties in production: “The Rippers”, its signature series, “Ice Witch”, “Death Mask” and “Chimera”. Each series is interlocking, focusing on the mysterious reaches of outer space and the relationships of the characters that reside in it.

Eating Vampires is a new Novel series outside of The Rippers universe. It’s scheduled to be released in late 2015.


More About the Women in Comics Collective NYC

The Women in Comics Collective NYC is an Artistic and Informative Initiative that began in May of 2012. It serves to educate communities about the role and merit of Women working in the Comic Book/Multimedia  industries as well as highlight their artistic endeavors.

womenincomicsThe collective has 26 members and growing! With a traveling Art Exhibition and a long running Panel Series, ‘WinC of NYC’ has been hosted by such venues and conventions such as: Bronx Heroes Comic Con, The Schomburg Center, ECBACC, The Poe Park Information Center and Gallery, and most recently they’ll be adding the New York Comic Con to that list in October.

In 2015, they already have 2 Exhibitions currenly being planned. A 3 month show at La Casa Azul in East Harlem during the Spring/Summer and a show from August 1st-31st at the Poe Park Information Center and Gallery in the Bronx. Each exhibition will have events and workshops scheduled during that time! Keep an eye out for more information!

Check out our Album of Pictures taken at our Events on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.611336222234697.1073741828.152477261453931&type=3

Last Week of Our HORROR HOP! Vampires and Ghosts and Parties, OH MY!

colorsindarknessbanner


EVcolor

YEOW!!

So this week on the blog is going to be just as sizzling as the others, because I’ve got some serious coolness coming up that’ll end this month’s Horror Hop with a BANG, BOOM, POW!!

First up, we have an awesome paranormal-horror comic feature called “Eating Vampires”, penned by the delightful and esteemed scribe, Regine Sawyer.

EverlastingTHEN, we have a feature creature fest with Rasheedah Prioleau, her American Spectre series, and her new horror novel, “Everlasting”.

And FINALLY, to bring us home, we are partying it up at the Colors in Darkness Facebook Party!! All us fiction fanatics  are getting together to celebrate and cogitate on multicultural FEMALE writers of horror, paranormal, and dark fantasy fiction!!

THE GIVEN Audiobook Cover 2400x2400And I’m not only a featured author amongst some other EXTREMELY kick ass scribes, but I’m also a sponsor too!! And I’M GIVING AWAY FREE BOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS!

OH. EM. GEE.

I mean, really, if you miss this, you’re cray cray. Parties, books, awesome prizes, contests, and exposure to some really great writers with dark souls… what better way to end the Halloween season?

I’ll be there. Looking forward to seeing you all there as well! In the meantime…

Write on, rock on, and keep it indie,
<3 Colby

Horror Hop Day #7: Have an Inside Look at What It’s Like to Be a Witch!

WW 1Hello, my Fantasy Fiends!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the sneak previews of S.M. Blooding’s urban fantasy and paranormal thriller works! I know I definitely have!

(And don’t forget to enter the sexy giveaway, where you have a chance to win a $25 gift card from Amazon!)

giveaway!As this week’s features come to a close, I’ve asked S.M. Blooding to share a very special guest post with us. As you can see, she lives my dream life (dating vampires, werewolves, and assassins? Oh, MY!), but she also practices witchcraft herself as a Wicca.

She gives you a first-hand look at what it’s like to be a witch, and she also debunks some pervasive myths about the craft as well. Keep reading to get an inside look at The Inner Workings of the craft; you’ll see it’s as much about performing magic on the inside as much as it is about magic on the outside.  🙂

The Inner Workings of Living Witchcraft, by S.M. Blooding

What Wicca Is… and Isn’t

Witchcraft, at least most of it that I do, is just everyday, benign stuff. I keep the scents in my home “grounding” scents like sandlewood, Jupiter, jasmine, etc. I hang brooms over my doors. I set wards around my home. I read tarot . . . when I wiccasymbolremember, or when the cards are screaming at me. I make mojo bags. I do keep voodoo dolls and name them.

But *shrug* I don’t have my tarot deck memorized. When I cast, wind doesn’t whip around the apartment. I can’t call a flame onto the candle wick. I can’t boil water with my thoughts.

Wicca and witchcraft, for me, is more about finding the balance in life. When I cast, it has less to do with the herbs and the elements and the colors and the materials, and a lot more to do with what’s in my heart and what my mind’s mouth is saying.

wiccanaltarThe materials you gather are to assist you in gathering your intent, cementing it into place so that when you do cast your spell, there’s not flip-flopping around. Your will is strong, it’s focused with clear intent, and, even if you’re not being one hundred percent nice, you’re at the very least being honest.

Wicca, The All Mother, and Dark Times

allmothermoongoddessI have a direct connection to what I call the All Mother. She’s not always nice. A lot of people ask me why I would choose a deity who isn’t nice. It’s because I don’t need her to be nice to me. When I seek her out, it’s because I need to grow, I need to learn. The All Mother doesn’t pull any punches.

Like the time I turned my oldest daughter’s sperm donor into a toad. The idea was to show the world and all womankind what a toad he was. I proclaimed I was helping the world. I was saving women’s hearts all over. And that’s what I told the All Mother when I cast the spell.

Selene-Greek-GoddessmoonShe saw right through me. She heard the tears, felt the anger, and knew I was casting the spell out of revenge.

Instead of being nice and letting the spell go, she slapped me in the face, pulled my head out of my butt, and sent the spell back on me threefold.

It was a really rough year, and I discovered I wasn’t nearly as awesome as I’d thought. I had some growing up to do myself.

The All Mother knows me intimately as well. She knows all my darkest secrets. She also knows that the good I do is from the heart.

Most of the time, though, She just doesn’t care. She’s got a lot of things going on, and the only thing she needs me to do is to remain responsible for my own life. She’ll help if I ask. If I lie to her about my intent, she’ll give me what I need, not what I want.

Making Life Magickal

beautiful-lifeMy best spells don’t have a chant. They’re an open conversation with the All Mother. We have an open dialogue and She helps me guide my will where it’s needed, and where I can best apply it.

Most “magick” is done by the sweat of hard work. A spell mostly sets the will so you are empowered to make yourself conquer whatever task. Those are the best spells, anyway.

So, the inner workings of Wicca and witchcraft? That’s it for me. I love it.

Don’t forget to check out “Whiskey Witches”, on Amazon NOW!

More About S.M. Blooding

S.M.BloodingS.M. Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and her two birds, Jack and Moose. She’s currently up to her to ears in yarn and crochet projects as she’s just discovered one in seventy-five stitches that she didn’t know. Oh, the horror.

Her real name is Stephanie Marie (aka SM), but only family and coworkers call her that, usually when they’re screaming at her. Friends call her Frankie.

Frankie challenges the world around her. She served in the military as one of the first female tactical air traffic controllers, worked at a coal mine, and shot herself through school to become a CAD (computer aided drafter) operator. She’s worked as a stenographer, a lab technician for a scientist attached with NOAA, and traveled with the Renaissance Festival. She’s survived hurricanes in a tent, and ditches in winter. She’s sometimes crass, often crude, and almost always blunt.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She loves to take the real world, find a singular line of truth, and wrap a complex fiction of reality around it. She’s incredibly excited to share her world with you, and there’s a wide selection to choose from.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

Website I Twitter I Facebook I Pinterest

BA Promo Tours Button

Horror Hop, Day #5: “Blood Moon Magick” by S.M. Blooding!

Welcome to Day #5 of our October Horror Hop, where for this week, we’ll check out SM Blooding’s “Whiskey Witches” series!

First up, Episode #5: Blood Moon Magick. Check it out and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a $25.00 gift card, too!

Blood Moon Magick: Episode #5 of Whiskey Witches

5.4 Blood Moon MagickGoing back to Denver should have been easy. Old life. Old routine. Ten kinds of “all good.”

However, with her gifts open, the paranormal world isn’t going to let her have that easy life. It turns out her partner of the last five years is a vampire and has been for several decades. He’s also the regional paranormal protector.

So when a few shapeshifters go missing, he gets the case.

But there’s also a demon killing those shapeshifters, a demon she can’t hunt because she’s still an open target for possession.

Not to complicate matters, Dexx isn’t about to let Paige out of his sights. Bringing a demon hunter to a shapeshifter party only makes things that much more interesting. But when he gets bitten, the entire game changes.

Buy “Blood Moon Magick” NOW on Amazon!

amazonbuyGenre: Dark Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Whistling Book Press
Date of Publication: October 16, 2015
Cover Artist: Frankie’s Mind Design
Available From: Amazon

Checkout the AWESOME GIVEAWAY and get some FREE CASH FOR AMAZON!
giveaway!

Click HERE to enter and
WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


More about S.M. Blooding

S.M.BloodingS.M. Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and her two birds, Jack and Moose. She’s currently up to her to ears in yarn and crochet projects as she’s just discovered one in seventy-five stitches that she didn’t know. Oh, the horror.

Her real name is Stephanie Marie (aka SM), but only family and coworkers call her that, usually when they’re screaming at her. Friends call her Frankie.

Frankie challenges the world around her. She served in the military as one of the first female tactical air traffic controllers, worked at a coal mine, and shot herself through school to become a CAD (computer aided drafter) operator. She’s worked as a stenographer, a lab technician for a scientist attached with NOAA, and traveled with the Renaissance Festival. She’s survived hurricanes in a tent, and ditches in winter. She’s sometimes crass, often crude, and almost always blunt.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She loves to take the real world, find a singular line of truth, and wrap a complex fiction of reality around it. She’s incredibly excited to share her world with you, and there’s a wide selection to choose from.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

Website I Twitter I Facebook I Pinterest

BA Promo Tours Button

Horror Hop, Day #4: “Gates of Hell” by S.M. Blooding!

Welcome to Day #4 of our October Horror Hop, where for this week, we’ll check out SM Blooding’s “Whiskey Witches” series!

First up, Episode #4: Gates of Hell. Check it out and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a $25.00 gift card, too!

Gates of Hell: Episode #4 of Whiskey Witches

4-Gates-of-HellThe mission is simple. Grab the key. Close the gate. Get the hell out of St. Francisville, Louisiana.

What could be so frelling hard about that?

Everything.

The clock is tick-tick-ticking and the team of demon fighters are running out of time. First, they have to find the key, then get through the demon army protecting it, and then fight the one who master-minded it all.

No problem. Easy as pie.

Right.

Buy “Gates of Hell” NOW on Amazon!

amazonbuyGenre: Dark Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Whistling Book Press
Date of Publication: December 12, 2014
Cover Artist: Frankie’s Mind Design
Available From: Amazon

Checkout the AWESOME GIVEAWAY and get some FREE CASH FOR AMAZON!
giveaway!

Click HERE to enter and
WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


More about S.M. Blooding

S.M.BloodingS.M. Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and her two birds, Jack and Moose. She’s currently up to her to ears in yarn and crochet projects as she’s just discovered one in seventy-five stitches that she didn’t know. Oh, the horror.

Her real name is Stephanie Marie (aka SM), but only family and coworkers call her that, usually when they’re screaming at her. Friends call her Frankie.

Frankie challenges the world around her. She served in the military as one of the first female tactical air traffic controllers, worked at a coal mine, and shot herself through school to become a CAD (computer aided drafter) operator. She’s worked as a stenographer, a lab technician for a scientist attached with NOAA, and traveled with the Renaissance Festival. She’s survived hurricanes in a tent, and ditches in winter. She’s sometimes crass, often crude, and almost always blunt.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She loves to take the real world, find a singular line of truth, and wrap a complex fiction of reality around it. She’s incredibly excited to share her world with you, and there’s a wide selection to choose from.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

Website I Twitter I Facebook I Pinterest

BA Promo Tours Button

Horror Hop, Day #3: “Love Bodies” by S.M. Blooding!

Welcome to Day #3 of our October Horror Hop, where for this week, we’ll check out SM Blooding’s “Whiskey Witches” series!

First up, Episode #3: Love Bodies. Check it out and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a $25.00 gift card, too!

Love Bodies: Episode #3 of Whiskey Witches

3-Love-in-Bodies2Possession’s a messy business on a good day. When demon hunter Dexx Colt realizes sees Paige possessed and the mark the killer engraved on her skin to do it, he knows they’re screwed. No protection sigil in his arsenal can protect her from being possessed. Not now.

A demon summoner who can’t summon or send demons back.

The killer still has a plan for her, though, and what that could be is anyone’s guess. Dead bodies continue to pile up at an alarming rate, and the race is on to discover how to keep the gates closed.

Buy “Love Bodies” NOW on Amazon!

amazonbuyGenre: Dark Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Whistling Book Press
Date of Publication: November 28, 2014
Cover Artist: Frankie’s Mind Design
Available From: Amazon

Checkout the AWESOME GIVEAWAY and get some FREE CASH FOR AMAZON!
giveaway!

Click HERE to enter and
WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


More about S.M. Blooding

S.M.BloodingS.M. Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and her two birds, Jack and Moose. She’s currently up to her to ears in yarn and crochet projects as she’s just discovered one in seventy-five stitches that she didn’t know. Oh, the horror.

Her real name is Stephanie Marie (aka SM), but only family and coworkers call her that, usually when they’re screaming at her. Friends call her Frankie.

Frankie challenges the world around her. She served in the military as one of the first female tactical air traffic controllers, worked at a coal mine, and shot herself through school to become a CAD (computer aided drafter) operator. She’s worked as a stenographer, a lab technician for a scientist attached with NOAA, and traveled with the Renaissance Festival. She’s survived hurricanes in a tent, and ditches in winter. She’s sometimes crass, often crude, and almost always blunt.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.

She loves to take the real world, find a singular line of truth, and wrap a complex fiction of reality around it. She’s incredibly excited to share her world with you, and there’s a wide selection to choose from.

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

Website I Twitter I Facebook I Pinterest

BA Promo Tours Button