Monday, October 15, 2018

Blaze McRob says: Owl's Eye View Magazine Volume 9 - Issue 4 by Terri DelCampo is out!



Read Owl's Eye View Magazine here!

The latest issue of Owl's Eye View Magazine by Terri DelCampo, is now out.  Volume 9 - Issue 4 is chock full of ooky goodies to whet your horror palate.  "Swooping Through the Years, Visceral Verse, Macabre Mirth, and two short stories by Terri are all waiting for your reading pleasure.  This great magazine is well worth the price.  Only 99 cents for a tantalizing read!

This is Terri's special Halloween issue, so don't miss out! 


Blaze McRob

Book Description:  Owl's Eye View Magazine is a dark fiction monthly featuring columns, poetry, and short stories written by Terri DelCampo and "Columnists" who are in fact her ongoing fictitious characters. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Blaze McRob's Book Review for "Noble Rot" by Carson Buckingham


Noble Rot by Carson Buckingham

Noble Rot, by Carson Buckingham, is a delight of a tale to read. It blends horror, the paranormal, ghosts, and thrills all in one fantastic novel. None of Carson’s books are the same. Every one is new and refreshing. Add in Carson's exquisite humor in the most perfect places, and you'll see why Carson is one of my favorite authors. Give this one a try. You'll be glad you did.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

What would you pay for half a huge duplex, ideally located and completely furnished with beautiful antiques that you could take with you, free of charge, if you ever move?

The answer is—next to nothing.

But why?


Allison Pilch discovers that what initially seems idyllic carries a horrific hidden cost.

With neighbors she hears but never sees, a creepy room that she keeps locked, and a new boss with a disturbing affliction; Allison will have her sanity stretched to the limit.

Oh, and let’s not forget a steadily growing, but inexplicable dread that arrives out of nowhere…

Monday, October 1, 2018

CIVILITY - BY BLAZE MCROB



I wrote parts of this post a while back. I’m extending it out a bit. I tend to get highly agitated by some people. I don’t mind folks having a difference of opinion from mine. That’s their right. But for them to get rude is an entirely different thing.

There are a lot of inconsiderate people popping up in the various groups on Facebook and elsewhere lately. I'm concerned mainly with writers groups. As an example, one author posted her book cover of a soon to be published novel. This should have been a happy time for her, right? It wasn't. Some guy blasted her over it saying it was horrible. I remembered him posting other things of the like in the past. He's rather opinioned, rude, and it seems he sells book covers. Hmm. I checked his credentials and didn't think his covers were all that good. My opinion, of course. Other authors said the same thing. Their covers were also not worth bragging about in my eyes. They were not horrible, but not great either. One guy liked the cover the woman had. Me? I also liked the cover. Obviously, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Unless you just wish to bring someone down, that is.

The same thing can be found with people finding flaws with formatting, editing, and much more. People come out of the woodwork to attack their peers. Wow! Why? No one is perfect. Remember that. As a rule of thumb, read the free sample on Amazon for a book and base your decision on that.

I am an editor as well as an author. As such, I see some great work and some that is lacking. Thank goodness I don't have to tell individuals when their work is not up to par. Another person handles that part. When I review a book for someone I only give 5Star or 4Star reviews. If the work doesn't warrant such I don't bother to leave a review. If the author knows I've read the book and asks me about it, I'll tell her/him in private. Yes, I get some authors who tell me I'm wrong, but I don't care. They asked, and I told them.

Another thing that irritates me are people with high noses who have won many awards and try to lord it over the authors they consider to be beneath them. Sorry, people. I read for the content and not the celebrity. In fact, there are many authors who people love that I just can't get into. Their tastes; my tastes. No one is right or wrong. Also, there is still some stigma attached to self-published authors and their books. There shouldn't be. A good book is a good book. Plain and simple. We don't need gate-keepers anymore. Those days are over.

I suggest that if you want to say something to help out a fellow author that you do it in private and do it in a constructive manner. Otherwise, keep your mouth shut. There's too much negativity in this world today.

One of my author friends was attacked by about one hundred people who objected to the cover of her book and said some vile things online. I won’t mention the author or explain the cover, but these retards stepped over the line with their threats and insults. This was from supposedly God-fearing people on some agenda. We don’t need attacks from these self-righteous clowns.

Another thing that came to my attention was a major attack on a large Facebook group. This is supposedly a responsible group which is not tolerant of writers being slammed because of color, sexual preference, for being anti or pro religion, or gender equality. You get the idea. Everyone appeared to be after everyone else. It got to be quite infantile before it was over. And, for a writers group, there were many illiterate people. That’s another thing I get angry with. If an author posts something, they should put up one with no incorrect words or misspellings. I look at that and never bother to buy their books.

Thank you for reading this.

 Blaze McRob

Sunday, September 16, 2018

TERRI DELCAMPO'S REVIEW OF "WITCH HUNT - HISTORY OF A PERSECUTION" BY NIGEL CAWTHORNE


https://www.amazon.com/Witch-Hunt-Persecution-Nigel-Cawthorne-ebook/dp/B006K5QZVC?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_rdp_product

Terri DelCampo's book review for Witch Hunt: History Of A Persecution, is below. This is a non-fiction book that will put some horror in your soul. Evil done under the pretense of religion is still evil. In fact, some of the worst horror known to man has been perpetrated because of so-called righteous people trying to spread their beliefs.

Blaze McRob

Book description:

When bigotry and power-mania take control, disaster always follows for ordinary people – even when the power is wielded by the Church. Witchcraft, of course, was seen as devil-worship. Those accused – over 100,000 people, mainly women, between 1450 and 1750 – were subjected to the most bestial tortures and usually executed. Witch Hunt examines the real facts of this persecution and the religious hysteria that inspired it, tracing it back to its source. It tracks its wildfire-spread across Europe and the US until scientific reason began to challenge old beliefs and it began its long-awaited decline.

Not for the squeamish, but should be read by everyone. July 5, 2015
By
Terri DelCampo
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Witch Hunt: The History of a Persecution (Kindle Edition)
It's been a priceless researching tool for me as a horror writer. But more than that, the story of how viciously people were persecuted during the witch hunts, described in detail made me realize how glad I am to have been born in the century I was. I recommend this book highly.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

SELECTED TALES FOR HALLOWEEN - BY BLAZE MCROB



As promised, Selected Tales For Halloween has been published and is now available to be purchased at a number of digital stores, with more on the way. Selchor, my super hero, makes his debut in this collection. Always the defender of the poor and downtrodden, he shows a bunch of inner-city children the true meaning of Halloween. I'm not getting mushy on you in this lead-off story, though. Many others see his darker side. 

This is a short collection. I have three short stories and three tales told in verse. Make no mistake: my verse is not for the weak of heart.

I hope you enjoy this collection. I had fun writing it.

Blaze McRob


Book Description:

For some Halloween lasts all the year through
But if this doesn't apply to you
McRob's six tales for your trick or treat sack
Should keep you awake through night velvet black
And every minute 'til Halloween next,
So terrifying you'll think you've been hexed.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY WITH ADDED PERSPECTIVE



I know I said added perspective in the title of this post, but I suppose, to Terri DelCampo and me, it goes beyond that. The original post about Blazing Owl Press staying eBook only can be found here:http://blazingowlpress.blogspot.com/2018/04/ebooks-only-for-blazing-owl-press.html. The reasons for our Press taking a stand for our position is pretty clear. Other Presses don't wish to do what we do. Their choice. Some readers like to read paperback books only. Once again, this is their choice. We have multiple outlets included for reading our books. We offer them for sale in many fine digital stores. We have them available to read in libraries, and Walmart carries all of our books. Definitely a lot of places to find them. All in eBook form.

Getting to the added perspective statement: I'm interjecting one of my cutting retorts to what a number of people are tossing around on the internet. What's this, you ask? Many people are saying that real books are only made from paper. Digital books are not real books in their opinion. Personally, I don't care what they believe. A book is a book is a book. Terri and I wish to be green. We have this thing called science that makes it possible to read books on a reader. I believe in science. I could be archaic and say that real books are only those painted on the walls of caves, but I'm not. The words in a book talk to me far more than smelling paper, or cave mold.

So, if you want to smell paper, that's your decision. Don't try to palm it off on Terri and me. Our books are real books.

Thank you for your time.

Blaze McRob  

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

BOOK REVIEW FOR - SPACE CRAZY - BY K. ROWE


https://www.amazon.com/Space-Crazy-Dars-Adventures-Book-ebook/dp/B006Q9M6CE/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Take a look at the book review I did a while back for Space Crazy, by K. Rowe. I love this fantastic novel!

Blaze McRob

Book description:
     The Ontarrin Galaxy is a rough and tumble place. Young Dar Meltom knows this for fact. As the half breed offspring of an incredibly unlikely joining between an Earthling male and a Satiren female, he knows what fighting is all about. Having spent his childhood on Erotis 3 getting into fights because he was different, Dar’s only solace comes from watching the stars. He’s crazy about them. He dreams about them, and secretly wishes he could be among them.
     His mother, Denrika, knows her son is at a disadvantage. Living in a purebred society, his chances for getting a job after he graduates school are slim. Until one day, a large alien strolls into the general store where she works. His name is Gwog, and he’s captain of the space freighter Cunik. Little does he know, Denrika will convince him that he needs another crew member—a seventeen year old half breed with his head in the stars.
     Dar joins the crew of the Cunik and quickly learns that space life isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. After being on board only a few days, he’s stricken with Skrinnian fever and nearly dies. Gwog and Karnis nurse him back to health, and then he learns more important lessons about death, pirates, love, and the value of the friends he’s made. Until such time as he’s on his own, Dar absorbs everything Gwog teaches him. Then, one night, a game of Sirrixian poker changes his life forever…

5 out of 5 stars
Space Crazy Rocks!
ByRobert C. Nelson on January 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
K. Rowe is my FAVORITE writer of sci-fi! Wham! The lady knows how to spin an in and out of this world tale that is funny, sexy, intriguing, and filled with suspense and battle scenes. Dar Melton, the hero in this tale, is a young man who has been picked on because of the fact he is different: half earthling and half Satiren. Even in the outer reaches of the universe, bullies exist, and they pick on people just because they're not the same as them.
But Dar's mother hopes to change all of that and give her son a chance in an unfair world. At the young age of 17, he joins up with the crew of a space freighter and becomes a man; and a proud warrior.
That's all I can say without ruining the story for you, but if you love a great action-packed sci-fi tale, grab this story and the ones to come in the series.
Oh, yeah! It doesn't get any better than this!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

THE TRAGIC, FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF ZOMBIES



https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/10/how-america-erased-the-tragic-history-of-the-zombie/412264/

Hit the link above and get a history lesson which deals with real-world horror. The article by The Atlantic is short and well worth your reading time. Do you know all about Zombies? Maybe not.

Blaze McRob


Friday, September 7, 2018

BOOK REVIEW FOR - GOTHIC REVIVAL - BY CARSON BUCKINGHAM




https://www.amazon.com/Gothic-Revival-Carson-Buckingham-ebook/dp/B00MU1F8MM/ref=cm_rdp_product_img#nav-subnav

Here's my book review for Gothic Revival, by Carson Buckingham. This is a great novel!
Blaze McRob

Book description:

Alex and Leo Renfield are a husband and wife contractor team who’ve recently moved to the village of Woodhaven, Connecticut to escape the chaos of life in New York. Pretty close to broke, they meet Theodora Hamilton, a somewhat unsavory and odd individual, who offers them an astronomical amount of money to repaint the first floor of her family home.

But along with the huge paycheck comes a set of unsettling rules that must be followed explicitly if they are to accept the offer; one of which is they must reside on the property having no direct contact with the outside world until the job is complete.

Is Theodora Hamilton just an eccentric woman with a peculiar way of doing things, or is there a more sinister agenda that Alex and Leo are unaware of? What exactly does she have in store for this down-on-their-luck couple who have no choice but to accept the offer and the strange requirements that come along with it?

Gothic Revival Is Carson Buckingham's Masterpiece!, November 9, 2014
By
Robert C. Nelson
5 out of 5 stars
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Gothic Revival (Kindle Edition)
Gothic Revival, by Carson Buckingham, is the author's best work to date. One would think a 536 page novel would have some slow, drawn out sections, but not for Carson. She is a master at Gothic story-telling and knows how to keep the story moving.

I am particularly impressed by the fact there is no elaborate over-description involved. To me, that is boring. Give me some action; some psychological horror. Carson gives the reader all the description she/he needs without describing every useless tid-bit a reader doesn't want to know.

How does she do this? Through her skillful use of dialogue. Too many authors are totally without dialogue skills. Carson could write a non-fiction book on the subject. But then again, anyone who reads Gothic Revival will see what I'm talking about. Her dialogue is written the way people actually talk. Fancy the concept! She has hit upon a secret so simple that it eludes far too many authors.

Now I come to a part of Carson's writing that I really enjoy. Her sense of humor. What, you ask, humor in Gothic horror? You betcha. Once more, Master Carson Buckingham comes riding along on her trusty steed and delivers the right amount of humor at the perfect time. Superb!

Take dialogue unmatched by any author past or present, add in humor, suspense, romance, and a foreboding creepy feeling polishing it all off, and you have Carson Buckingham.

You will notice my review does not tell you the details of the story. Yikes! Why do that? Read the description and the free sample for that. I'm here to tell you about the author's skills. Of that, Carson has many. Besides, I wanted to blurt out some goodies, but that would have been a spoiler. Not my style.

Gothic Revival is a masterpiece!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

REFLECTION - BY TERRI DELCAMPO - CAN BE PURCHASED AT WALMART



Reflection, by Terri Del Campo, is one of many Blazing Owl Press books that can be purchased at Walmart. In reality, all our books can be purchased there as well as many other digital stores. Go to an earlier post of mine https://blazingowlpress.blogspot.com/2018/08/walmart-rakuten-kobo-strike-up-deal.html for further information. Terri DelCampo and I both believe that publishing our books wide is the way to go. The more places you can find our books, the happier we are.

Blaze McRob

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

BOOK TRAILER FOR - GHOST NO MORE - BY BLAZE MCROB



Beverly Cialone has produced a fabulous book trailer for Ghost No More.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6lJsWIhqNQ&feature=youtu.be I absolutely love it! Take a peek and a listen. All of Beverly's work is great!

Blaze McRob

Monday, September 3, 2018

MY BIG HALLOWEEN BOOK IS TOO BIG!


Since my big Halloween book is too big, I'm altering the format. Instead of one huge collection, there will now be many smaller books. I'll spread them out a bit. Blazing Owl Press already has a Halloween collection. We published Blood Spatter a few years back. There are Halloween tales in our big collection of every holiday stories, Happy Bloody Whatever, as well. Then, Terri Delcampo has more Halloween stories in her Owl's Eye View Magazine, with another issue scheduled for October. So we certainly have no shortage of books for our favorite holiday.

By busting my collection down, I will also be able to have more stories priced lower. Even though I did not want to publish any more 99 cent tales, I will have some coming out. These will be stand-alone shorts. I will never publish a full-length book at 99 cents. Also, I will have shorter collections. So look for many of my offerings to be priced at 99 cents, $1.99, $2.99, and $3.99. This way everyone can afford to read them. And, of course, they will be available to read for free through OverDrive at your library.

I'll announce each book as it comes out. Happy Halloween in advance!

Blaze McRob  

Friday, August 31, 2018

THE NIGHTMARE PROJECT - BY JO-ANNE RUSSELL


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077ZTBRBQ/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5

The Nightmare Project, by Jo-Anne Russell, is one fantastic tale of psychological horror. Jo-Anne goes to the very edge of the abyss of insanity and hangs there with her tortured heroine, long enough so you don't know if she's coming back from it or if she'll take the plunge into a pit of no return. This is a chiller well worth every penny and more.

Welcome to The Nightmare Project!


Blaze McRob

Book description:

Julia Montgomery, a mother of two finds herself in a tug of war between the living and the dead when the asylum where she resides places her in an experimental therapy pilot program called The Nightmare Project.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

THE ADVENTURES OF KID JOEY - BY TERRI DELCAMPO


https://books2read.com/u/bxZ5Yq

Terri DelCampo is on a roll! The Adventures Of Kid Joey is the second children's book to be published by her today. Kid Joey and his dragon friend Sir WHIP have many adventures and indulge in quite a few shenanigans in this eBook loaded with full color art. Don't miss out on the action! This is for children of all ages.


Synopsis:

He's your everyday dude with smelly socks, but Kid Joey's adventures really rock! Wizards and krakens, and glow-fish too, through Grandma's crystal ball can be viewed. Beneath his bed is a monster bash. Sir WHIP even helps him with the trash. With magical friends and family, could he even set a trapped damsel free? Come along with Kid Joey and friends! You'll never want the adventures to end!


Check out the free sample at:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-adventures-of-kid-joey


Don't miss out on the fun! Buy it now!

Blaze McRob

THE TALES OF PRINCESS ROSIE & JOEY OWL - BY TERRI DELCAMPO



Today's the day for Terri DelCampo's children's books to arrive on the scene. The first of her books is a collection of charming stories titled The Tales of Princess Rosie & Joey Owl. You will find children's adventure, fairy tales, life's lessons, and much more. Ride with Princess Rosie and her sidekick, Joey Owl, as they meet many fascinating new friends on their fun journeys.

Synopsis:

Princess Rosie lives near a wood, where Joey Owl lives in a tree. He rescues her when she gets lost and is loved by her royal family. They explore Rosieland, every nook and find new friends everywhere they look: Early & Shirley, Angela too, Ozzie the grumpy gnome's there too! Gary Gargoyle's there to protect the Princess from monsters he detects. Come fly with Princess Rosie and you might even meet a Quackeroo!

You can read a free sample at:


Kids of all ages will enjoy this great eBook, loaded with cool art in full color. 

Blaze McRob