Another honest review.

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Radio interview.

My lip will automatically curl into a twisted grimace at the mention of talking on the phone. I hate it. I used to be fine with phones when I was a teen. (That was back before cell phones were a disposable lifeline.) Now that I am older, and the Internet puts communication at your fingertips, I find one on one contact bothersome. I would much rather communicate in an e-mail.

I think technology in general has fed my obsessive agoraphobic condition. It is easier to purchase merchandise online and have it delivered, than to go to the store. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but as time passes, technology has almost eliminated those. Eventually we will all live in a cyber world of existence. Will it be like the Matrix? Will we all be plugged into one computer that will tell us we are happy? It will feed us, and give us comfort from the real world. It will no longer be necessary for physical property, and education and information is only a plug in away.

I'm straying from my point...which I do often.

I was contacted about an interview for my book. It is for an online radio station, and it is conducted over the phone. (cringe) I don't particularly care to hear the sound of my own voice, but it is free publicity of my book. I would prefer an online post interview. That way I can take my time to think about what I want to say. I relayed the interview information to some friends of mine. They seemed shocked that I was going to do it. Why? The same reason when I was told that I should do a public reading of my book at a store for promotion. I generally tend to stutter and stumble over my words. My mind knows what it wants my mouth to articulate, but somewhere along the way it gets jumbled. When I write, I have time to sort the words out, make them coherent, but this verbal interview...I'm a little nervous. The more nervous I get, the more verbal stumbles there will be.

So somewhere in the near future, you will get to hear my incoherent words. It should be entertaining for you. I meet a singer of a band that I really like once, and got his autograph. The first thing I thought; wow, he's a lot shorter than what I had imagined. What will be your thoughts when you hear me speak? I will try to breathe and take my time so that I don't stumble so much. I hope that I don't freeze like a deer in headlights on the questions.

If I get to talk about vampires, werewolves, zombies, and witches though, they might not be able to shut me up.

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A review of my book.

Here is a link to a review of my book Endlessly. A big thank you to Lisa for taking the time to read the book and write an honest review. CLICK HERE

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The vampire/werewolf connection.

A werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope, is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shape shift into a wolf or an anthropomorphic wolf-like creature, either purposely, by being bitten by another werewolf, or after being placed under a curse. This transformation is often associated with the appearance of the full moon.
The vampiric connections with werewolves.
In Medieval Europe, the corpses of some people executed as werewolves were cremated rather than buried in order to prevent them from being resurrected as vampires. Before the end of the 19th century, the Greeks believed that the corpses of werewolves, if not destroyed, would return to life as vampires in the form of wolves or hyenas which prowled battlefields, drinking the blood of dying soldiers. In the same vein, in some rural areas of Germany, Poland and Northern France, it was once believed that people who died in mortal sin came back to life as blood-drinking wolves. This differs from conventional werewolfery, where the creature is a living being rather than an undead apparition. These vampiric werewolves would return to their human corpse form at daylight. They were dealt with by decapitation with a spade and exorcism by the parish priest. The head would then be thrown into a stream, where the weight of its sins were thought to weigh it down. Sometimes, the same methods used to dispose of ordinary vampires would be used.  The vampire was also linked to the werewolf in East European countries, particularly Bulgaria, Serbia and Slovenia. In Serbia, the werewolf and vampire are known collectively as one creature; Vulkodlak. In Hungarian and Balkan mythology, many werewolves were said to be vampiric witches who became wolves in order to suck the blood of men born under the full moon in order to preserve their health. In their human form, these werewolves were said to have pale, sunken faces, hollow eyes, swollen lips and flabby arms. The Haitian jé-rouges differ from traditional European werewolves by their habit of actively trying to spread their lycanthropic condition to others, much like vampires.
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Book Review: 99 Coffins by David Wellington

99 Coffins: A Historical Vampire Tale (Vampires, #2)99 Coffins: A Historical Vampire Tale by David Wellington

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


REVIEW
Wow! In two books David Wellington has joined the ranks with my favorite authors. The back and forth of every other chapter kept me captivated. Two stories being told between the past and the present, and merging into one was spectacular. I’ve never been one for history, but it flowed with the story seamlessly and never tripped me up.

I kept myself from reading the synopsis off of the backs of the remaining books when I started this series, and I am glad that I did. The twist was (literarily) a jaw dropper for me. For those who know the story, I will say I was looking for him, but I got caught up in the bloody battle and forgot about him.

I am staring at Vampire Zero right now as I type and want to pick it up, but the sun is rising and I must sleep. (evil grin)

ABOUT THE BOOK

Laura Caxton vowed never to face them again. The horror of what the vampires did is too close, the wounds too fresh. But when Jameson Arkeley, broken and barely recognizable, comes to her with an unfathomable, unholy discovery, her resolve crumbles.

Arkeley leads Caxton to a tomb in Gettysburg recently excavated by a local archaeology professor. While the town, with its legendary role in the Civil War’s worst battle, is no stranger to cemeteries, this one is remarkably, eerily different. In it lie 100 coffins—99 of them occupied by vampires, who, luckily, are missing their hearts. But one of the coffins is empty and smashed to pieces.

Who is the missing vampire? Does he have access to the 99 hearts that, if placed back in the bodies of their owners, could reanimate an entire bloodthirsty army? How did the vampires end up there, undisturbed and undiscovered for 150 years? The answer lies in Civil War documents that contain sinister secrets about the newly found coffins—secrets that Laura Caxton is about to uncover as she is thrown into a deadly, gruesome mission of saving an entire town from a mass invasion of the undead. . .


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Question of the day.

     As I ate my lunch today at work, a co-worker sat down beside me and saw the cover of the book that I'm currently reading.
     "Don't you ever have nightmares?" She asked.
     I laughed. "Yes. I do. But they have nothing to do with monsters." I replied. "I dream of vampires, werewolves, and zombies all the time. But they are not nightmares. Usually I am trying to help them, or in some cases, they are trying to help me."
     She laughed. "If I read books like that, I would have nightmares all the time."
     "I don't have nightmares often," I told her. "but when I do it's a reoccurring one, and it's scary as hell to me. It's so simple, people laugh when I tell them. I dream that I am living in my old mobile home, and it will suddenly dawn on me that I don't live there anymore, and I'll try to leave but I can't. Either the door won't open or someone is stopping me. Then I realize that I am dreaming (look up lucid dreaming, I do it often) and then I will myself to wake up. It's whole concept of being trapped, that freaks me out, not vampires, zombies, or any other kind of monsters."

     Another side conversation of the day. The other person found it comical, but I was dead serious. Just goes to strengthen his accusation.
     "You really are weird you know." He said.
     "Yes, but it's better than the alternative." I replied.
     "And what is that?" He asked.
     "Being normal."

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Now available at Smashwords!

You guys asked for it, and now you got it. Wow, what an extremely frustrating process Smashwords was. But I did it. Now Endlessly is downloadable in every format. I just really wanted to get it into EPUB so that Apple users could read it without the Kindle format. If it makes it through the premium process, it would be distributed to the Apple ibookstore. That is a huge hurdle I've been trying to get over. That is a huge market that I didn't have access to before.

So all of you techies out there with your ereaders (I am a Kindle owner) can head over to http://www.smashwords.com/ and download Endlessly in whatever format you need for your gizmo.

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Smashwords and other mountains of work.

Formatting for Smashwords is hell. I had to do a nuclear purge of my formatting and I am slowly combing back over it. I think I am about half done with it. I don't want to rush it. When I do that I end up missing something. It could be as simple as a period or comma, but it will be enough to drive me nuts. I only have one day off this week and it's today. I have a couple of places I need to go, and then I'm going to sleep a few hours and work on it tonight.

I have the last chapter of Legacy to review. I read it front to back and picked at it, rearranged some stuff, and tried to make a couple of side characters stronger. I already know of some major edits I want to make to Phantom, but I'd like to wait until Legacy gets critiqued.

I'm not sure in what order they are happening, but on the 27,28,29 there will be an interview, review and giveaway for Endlessly on another blog. I will keep you posted.

It's been busy busy around here. Between reviewing Legacy, reformatting Endlessly, drywalling our upstairs hallway, annual events at my regular job, and stops at the doctor's office (don't worry, nothing major, I've had a spinal fusion, minor annoyances that need looked at), I've had no time for anything else. I haven't officially scheduled a vacation, (annual events, super busy, no way I'm getting time off until afterward) but I sure have been looking hard at some places for some R&R.

I think I would like to do what I did with Endlessly. I went on vacation and when I got back I sent it off for the review. I think I need to take a break within the next few months, and when I get back I will send Legacy on for the next step.
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Book Review: 13 Bullets by David Wellington

My rating: 5 of 5 stars




MY REVIEW
I’ll have to say, I wasn’t real sure in the beginning. It seemed like the same old song and dance with a policeman involved. But this story grew into something great. The concept of the vampire being a complete monster was the best I’ve ever read. I keep reading the same thing over and over with vampires. Them being companionate toward humans. No, this is how it is supposed to be. David got this one right. There was plenty of action and the rules of the game were completely different than anything I’ve ever read. The half dead minions gave it a little comic relief, but I found them creepier than anything, which is good. There were areas where the carnage was described and it made my stomach turn. If I can get into a book deep enough that it invokes a physical reaction; that is a good book. I have been raving to friends (that are true horror fans) that they need to read this book.

ABOUT THE BOOK

All the official reports say they are dead-extinct since the late ’80s, when a fed named Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But the evidence proves otherwise.

When a state trooper named Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignment-who else? He’s been expecting such a call to come eventually. Sure, it has been years since any signs of an attack, but Arkeley knows what most people don’t: there is one left. In an abandoned asylum she is rotting, plotting, and biding her time in a way that only the undead can.

Caxton is out of her league on this case and more than a little afraid, but the fed made it plain that there is only one way out. But the worst thing is the feeling that the vampires want more than just her blood. They want her for a reason, one she can’t guess; a reason her sphinxlike partner knows but won’t say; a reason she has to find out-or die trying.

Now there are only 13 bullets between Caxton and Arkeley and the vampires. There are only 13 bullets between us, the living, and them, the damned.
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The world as I know it is crashing down around me.

Today I was going to post a review of a book that I am reading, but my computer would not cooperate. I fought with the Internet for six hours. I am sure everyone has had this exact frustrating battle. I hope to get my review up soon. And as you can tell I have added a new rating system. I found the zombies humorous.

When the Internet was finally resurrected, I had quite a few things to get done. One being a mobile phone website. Since my regular website is 100% flash, many people with iphones and such were unable to view my site. My web hosting company seen this as a challenge, and actually put a program together to correct this. The mobile sites are lacking in appealing visionary formatting, but more templates are coming. Essentially what happens, is if someone finds me on say...Google, when they click on my site, they will be redirected instantly to this sub site that contains generally the same information as my regular site. It's not as pretty but it does the job.

Then I finally decided to struggle with the email. I put another hour into creating a email just for the book so that my personal email is not getting swamped. It is easier for me to weed through the messages this way. If you need to send an email to me, the address is verloren@authorcvhunt.com

I then looked through a few sites that had informed me that my reviews were coming soon. I didn't find anything yet. One did post my info for the Goodreads giveaway, so that is a step in the right direction.

But the stunner of the night......I checked my sales. When I do this, I can tell how the book was purchased. One book was sold in a store. !!!!!!! Which store? It doesn't tell me that. But the fact that my book is sitting on the shelf of a store somewhere.....I can't even to begin to tell you how that makes me feel. I can't believe it. I never thought that it would make it beyond the Internet. Honestly, I thought a few people would buy it online, then it would get buried in all of the other fiction that is spewed out every month. I am just in shock that someone thought it would be a candidate for a shelf.

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Interview and reviews coming soon.

I have been informed that one review will be released on the 14th and another on the 26th. Also I did an interview for a site. I will post the links to these as soon as they are available. In addition to this, reviews will be posted on Goodreads, Amazon and B&N. I have been encouraging everyone that has read Endlessly to do so. Even any other sites that you can think of.

I hope to have more information for you all soon.

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Legacy

I've come to the conclusion that I am just picking at nothing. I keep reading back over it and just making minor rearrangements. I'm not 100% happy with the first chapter, but I know once the critique is done, it will open a flood gate of new thought processes. It truly does come down to, not seeing the forest beyond the trees, and my editor is a great park ranger.

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zom·bie noun/ˈzämbē/

zom·bie
noun /ˈzämbē/
zombies, plural
1. Originally, a snake-deity of or deriving from West Africa and Haiti.
2. A soulless corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, esp. in certain African and Caribbean religions.
3. A person who is or appears lifeless, apathetic, or completely unresponsive to their surroundings.
4. A computer controlled by a hacker without the owner's knowledge, which is made to send large quantities of data to a website, making it inaccessible to other users.
5. A tall mixed drink consisting of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice.

With so many definitions, I think I will pick number 2 to explore further. I find it funny as I search the Internet, that the definitions do not include any type of virus. No virus, radiation waves, or food poisoning. Just good old fashion witchcraft.

The zombie concept was an element of the Haitian African-American religion known as Vodou (or Voodoo). The term zombie is used to describe a deceased individual who is revived and has their every action governed by a bokor (or sorcerer). The reanimated person is thought to have no will of its own, and is said to remain in a ‘zombie-like’ state. It is believed that the bokor captures and stores the victims soul (or zombi astral) in a jar or bottle, which can be either be used to strengthen their powers or sold on to clients as a good luck charm.

This original description is a far cry from what movies and books depict them as. And wouldn't this take zombies back further into time?

Necromancy /ˈnɛkrɵmænsi/ is a form of magic in which the practitioner seeks to summon the spirit of a deceased person, either as an apparition or ghost, or to raise them bodily, for the purpose of divination. In Renaissance magic, necromancy was classified as a forbidden art. Early necromancy is likely related to shamanism, which calls upon spirits such as the ghosts of ancestors. Classical necromancers addressed the dead in "a mixture of high-pitch squeaking and low droning", comparable to the trance-state mutterings of shamans.

With each passage I find about these soulless creatures I find one thing in common. A puppet master. But the movies that we see today have done away with this controller. Why? Because it terrifies people not to have control of a situation. That is the primal fear in us all. Think. Vampires and mind control, werewolves and strength, zombies and numbers. They all boil down to an uncontrollable situation. Something that is unstoppable and unrelenting.

The thing that I find strange in all of this, I dream of zombies often. I talk to them and they respond as if they are normal human beings. The situation is always out of control and they will attack people, but never me. I am usually trying to herd people that I know to safety because I know that if they are with me the zombies will not attack them. I had someone ask me once, "In your dreams, when they talk to you, and they take you as one of their own, do you feel like their queen?" I laughed and responded. "No, but I do feel like I'm one of them."

So who would be my puppet master?

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On the topic of vampires...Fright Night remake.

If you are as old as I am, or older, you probably remember a movie called Fright Night (1985).

When I was a kid, this movie terrified me. These are the vampires that I grew up with. Unrelenting, uncaring, unstoppable monsters. As I was browsing for information about Underworld 4(Yes there will be another), I found that there is a remake of this movie coming out this year.

I do not re watch the films that scared me as a kid. I find that as a adult, the movies that terrified me then, are really lame now. I will not re watch Fright Night (1985), because I want to keep that old feeling of - This movie was scary as hell.

Remakes. Nothing is as good as the original. That is just my opinion. Once I say that, everyone usually start spouting out remakes. Don't get me wrong, they usual are good, having new technology for special effects, but I like to think about what they had to work with back then. Now compare what they did then with so very little. They kicked some ass back then. Today they would upload it all in a computer and someone would pound away at some keys and ta-da, it would be done. Back then, someone had to sit in a chair and have pounds of make up applied to their face, then act out a scene over and over till they got it right. I prefer for less is better.

The vampires of Fright Night were like the title stated. They were freaking frightening. Scary monsters that cared for no one but themselves. My kind of vampires. I have been reading 13 bullets by David Wellington, it is the first book of a vampire series. I was only into the first few chapters when I stopped, looked at my husband and said, "You would love these vampires. They are heartless, cold, ripping people up, unstoppable monsters." He asked. "Like 30 Days of Night?" I replied. "Exactly."

These are the vampires that I love. Unstoppable monsters that are made from pure evil. When I tell people that, they ask why I didn't write my novel with vampires like that? Think about it for a second. Whenever there are these unholy monsters, who's side is the story on. Yeah, the guy who is trying to stop them. That's not the side I want to be on. They say, then you could have made Verloren like this, and wrote a different type of story. The problem of writing a story from pure evils point of view, is that pure evil only thinks of one thing...pure evil. It would be a pointless storyline of slashing and dashing. Sure we could have them running from pursuers, but eventually one of them will have to die. You know I can't allow my monsters to die. So then what happens, the world is over run with vampires, Daybreakers. What happens to the storyline there? Still trying to get rid of the evil, and they will have to succeed to make it a story, and....I can't allow my monsters to die.

In the end, to make a vampire the unstoppable force of nature that he is suppose to be, the story has to have resolution. Hmmm...it could be a one time deal though. One story with no resolution. The world over run with evil. How would that play out?

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Insidious = Awesome



I haven't went to the theater and actually liked a movie since Daybreakers. I loved this. It had that old school, try to make you jump feel. I don't imagine you will get the same experience once it goes to DVD.

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Book Giveaway.



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Endlessly by C.V. Hunt



Endlessly


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There are 14 days left to sign up for the autographed book giveaway. If you have an account with Goodreads, head on over and get signed up. I have had a few more reviews trickle in and a few more request to do reviews. So far on the few sites that I have been checking the rating has stayed above 4 stars. I am blown away people. I was only hoping to keep my head above water at a three. I found that most people are happy with the way that I portray the vampires. I think that most people are through with the delicate, human loving, creatures that they have grown to be over the last few years. People are ready for the creepy underground of ruthless monsters again. And that makes me happy.

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Book review - Brash: The many lives of Salem and Lezlie

Brash: The many lives of Salem and LezlieBrash: The many lives of Salem and Lezlie by Daniel Spritka and Devon Jackson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 Salem has a thirst for adventure that appears to be insatiable and, when coupled with his fearless zeal for the unknown, he catches the attention of various government organizations, one of whom provides him the dangerous and exciting lifestyle he craves. When he meets Lezlie, he immediately realizes he has found the perfect partner. She has a deep-seated thirst for revenge that Salem manages to provide opportunity for while also giving her life a purpose for which she has the necessary skills. The two of them join forces to create one of the deadliest killing duos ever recruited by the government. When an assassination in Russia fails, they find themselves fighting for their lives. The mixed story lines of trust and vengeance make for a rapid-fire thrill read that will leave the reader wanting more. Visit the authors and watch the book trailer at: http://www.salemandlezlie.com/
REVIEW
Brash is James Bond with an attitude, a twisted sense of humor, and chip on his shoulder. This book was not my normal read, but in my tradition of Monsters, Madness, Mayhem and Murder, this book had the last two and a little bit of madness mixed in. The action kept me interested, but it seemed rushed on the revenge. I prefer my revenge slow and agonizing (evil grin). It was a refreshing change in my reading line up.

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Another review coming soon.

When I dived head first into this publishing thing, I was sure that I was going to get eaten alive. I figured most other authors and reviewers would snub me for being a newbie. That has not been the case at all. There are a few hard asses out there that want nothing to do with self-published work, but for the most part I have found a lot of people in the same boat as me. The most understanding...other authors. They know how hard it is to break out and stand out in the sea of fiction that is continuously spewed out onto the net. With that I have found that most of them are willing to swap reviews.

So here is my offer. I am willing to review, honest reviews, any self-published work in exchange for a review of my work in return. Now with this there are a few limitation.

Accepted: Horror, Suspense, Thriller, Dark, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-fi, Fantasy, and any combination or sub genre of these topics.

Not Accepted: Christian or Westerns.

Case by Case: Non-fiction and YA

The reasons for the non accepted and case by case, I don't feel that I would be able to give a fair review on these subjects as they do not peak my interest. I am more interested in monsters, psychological thrillers, murder and gore, and magic.

If your not sure, send me a synopsis. I will read it and let you know if it is something that I would like to read. You can find out more about my novel by reading the preview.

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Roll of the die review.

ROLL OF THE DIE



My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An Ex-Con on the straight and narrow is pulled into a twisted game of Russian Roulette in Las Vegas to save his wife. 666. Six Contestants, six chambers in a revolver and six sides of a die.Riley Toback is at a crossroads. After serving a four year prison sentence for Armed Robbery, he’s determined to make a fresh start in Atlantic City.Until his brother-in-law, drowning in gambling debt, convinces him to pull a heist at a Jersey Shore nightclub.In the aftermath of the botched robbery, Karim Rashid, a vicious Indian gangster, tracks them down. And he makes Riley an offer.Triple Six. One round is loaded into a revolver and the chamber is spun. The Contestant rolls a die, with the face value dictating how many times the weapon is fired. If you can survive three rounds, you win.With his wife and life on the line, Riley takes the deal.
MY REVIEW
Gripping. When you gamble in this game, the stakes are high. The action kept me turning the page and wanting more. I loved how each contestant of the game had their own chapter to tell their story. Personally, I loved the banter and found myself chuckling. I will be raving to friends to read this book. This was well written and the story line was great. It really keeps you on the edge of your seat.



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