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THE SPITTING POST
Jason R. Barden
The Spitting Post
Genre: Horror, Dark Fantasy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: December 8, 2017
Vincent must find the Spitting Post, but only the purple swan knows the way.
Vincent Carpenter’s life is a wreck. He has given up his dreams. He has lost his job after an economic disaster. His ten-year marriage is crumbling. Then he awakens in a maniacal land of frighteningly vivid realism with skull trees, glowing forests, ravenous beasts, and other psychologically haunting adversity.
While traveling through this demented unearthly world, he has a chance encounter with a beautiful maiden dressed in green; before he can start a conversation, she disappears into the unknown. Vincent must try to find her at a fantastical place known as the Spitting Post. But first he must overcome many macabre misfortunes and face nightmares that question his sanity. Will he reach her? What will the Spitting Post reveal? Will he suffer more disappointment and tragedy? Or will he find peace at last?

Review from The Romance Reviews

Vincent Carpenter isn’t having a good day. It’s the weekend and he forgot to turn off his alarm. When he rolls out of bed, he’s surprised to see that his wife, Erika, isn’t there. When he does find her, he mentions the dinner reservations he’d made for their tenth anniversary but she doesn’t want to go. What follows is a slow trip down a rabbit hole to the land of the mundane.
Until it isn’t.
Suddenly, he awakens in a strange world where nothing is normal. From the glowing forests to the skull trees, Vincent is lost in a world that would rival the minds of some modern masters of the macabre. A chance meeting with the Green Maiden forces Vincent through this nightmare world in search of a place called the Spitting Post but to get there, he must face some intense nightmares that could destroy even the strongest of psyches.
I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this story and I found it as intriguing as it was disturbing and that’s a good thing. With each new ordeal/event, Vincent finds himself more immersed in his nightmares, and we as readers, gain a bit more information. So much so that once you reach the end (Spoilers!), you’ll find yourself going back to reread sections again.
For when you do: “You must rethink everything you thought you knew. You must let your mind go back to the beginning and reconsider what it is you thought was truth, what you thought was reality, and what you thought was a dream,” and even then, THE SPITTING POST will surprise you.
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When night settled in, the trees began their song of despair and completely blocked out any other noise. This is great, I thought. The beast could be right on me, and I would never even hear it. But the trees continued their sad symphony just the same.
With the thought of the beast ripping at my body and consuming my insides and the tree’s wailing, I found myself at the edge of lunacy. When dawn finally broke, the trees stopped their wailing, and the silence became deafening yet again. At last, peace and quiet. I picked myself up from the madness and marched onward. I was not a bit hungry, and my stomach was far too nervous for breakfast, so I went without. I also knew this would save time. One extra moment in this place was one too many.
Again I found my thoughts racing as fast as my feet. It would be a complete triumph when I escaped this land, or so I thought. If only I could make it to the bridge, then maybe I would be safe. As I raced on like a frightened animal about to become the beast’s dinner, I thought about the townspeople. I hoped they were safe in their new home far from here; I felt empathy for them knowing what fear the beast inspired.
I was lost in thought when again I heard the violin’s call. It was close this time—too close. I stopped and surveyed the land with terrified eyes, growing more anxious with each passing note. The ambient tune working itself into a manic frenzy. Can’t they shut up? With that racket the beast would find us, and I knew what would happen when it did. There would be no more violin playing for that musician, and I would never find The Green Maiden.
I scanned the countryside for the insane violinist and spotted him on a small hill just to my right. When I saw his ghastly appearance, I almost wished I hadn’t found him. He was a stout man dressed in total blackness with a red violin resting against his shoulder. His skin was a brilliant white, as white as a bed sheet. On his head was a black top hat, and he wore a twisted grin on his porcelain face.
“What are you doing?” I yelled. “It will hear us!”
The man said nothing and kept playing his maddening melody.
“Are you crazy?”
The man opened his mouth wide and without moving his lips, he said, “Precisely.”
Then he began to cry tears of blood, yet still he played. The blood rolled down his face and pooled on the grass. Then I came to a grotesque realization. He was not playing for amusement; he was calling the beast.

About Jason R. Barden

Jason R. Barden

Jason R. Barden began writing poetry around the age of thirteen. At age thirty three he decided to transition into fiction writing with his first novel The Spitting Post. In addition to writing he enjoys hiking and photography. Jason lives in Fort Worth, Texas where he is currently working on a collection of his poems.
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Book Review| Spank Bank

Spank Bank: A Bloggers Guide To ‘Giving A Hand’ by [Lessner, S.K.]Spank Bank: A Bloggers Guide To ‘Giving A Hand’

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This book is intended for 18+ due to the nearly nude or completely naked imagery, shockingly naughty verbal content, and the occasionally crude and downright filthy characters. Please be aware that this aphrodisiac filled literary work may cause hot flashes, dry mouth, and aching cores. Proceed with caution.

After going viral, a newspaper journalist must step out of her comfort zone to keep her fans happy, her blog entertaining, and her boss satisfied. Realizing it would take a hands on approach to achieve her goals, she finds herself working at a men’s fertility and donation center. It doesn’t take long for things to go awry. With an untamed curiosity, she quickly finds herself in some compromising and comical situations.

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MY REVIEW

OMG!  This book is not only funny, but hot as hell.  Wow!  Not quite what I was expecting but good.  Ginger is a blogger for a magazine.  Her blog interest is the sperm bank across the street.  She people watches and makes up stories about the clients of the sperm bank for her very successful blog.  Little does she know that as she watches them, someone is watching her.  Things get even more interesting when she gets an insider spot for a week.

A dirty read that was very interesting and a very unexpected.  Full of laughs and naughtiness.  Makes you wonder if this is really what goes on between closed doors at the spank bank.  😉

If you like erotic books with a dose of humor, then this book is up your alley.  A fast paced read that is so interesting it will keep you turning those pages. I wish it were a bit longer.  So many other possibilities going there.

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Book Blitz| Just Say Hell No

Just Say (Hell) No
Rosalind James
(Escape to New Zealand #11)
Publication date: February 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Even a hard man needs a soft side.

Marko Sendoa isn’t a beach man. He’s not an Auckland man. He’s a hard man. Born Basque, raised in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and bred on hard work, discipline, and getting the job done. It’s not easy for a rugby flanker to make it to age 32 at the top of his game, but he’s done it. Next year is the Rugby World Cup, and he’ll do whatever it takes to be on the field in the black jersey when the anthems are sung.

He doesn’t need a kitten.

He doesn’t need a pregnant cousin.

He definitely doesn’t need a too-short, distractingly curvy, totally unimpressed Maori barista and part-time pet portraitist who fills his house and his life with too much color, too much chaos, and too many secrets.

He’s getting them anyway.

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Ahead of him, the girl looked tense. The running was new, probably. Felt too hard. That had to be it, considering the speed she was going. He caught up and said, “Excuse me.”

She whirled on him so fast, he started running backward out of habit.

“I have Mace!” she announced, all but baring her teeth.

Oh. She’d heard him coming up behind her. He blinked, realized he was still jogging backward, stopped, and said, “Uh . . . no, you don’t. But no worries. You don’t need it.” There wasn’t room to conceal more than a car key in that kit she was wearing. A flippy little zebra-print skirt,and a black sports bra that dipped low enough in front to show some cleavage. She was a curvy little thing and no mistake. Not that he was looking. She was advancing on him like the stroppiest terrier in the litter, and despite her aggression, he could see the fear underneath.

First the pub, and now this. He didn’t scare women. He was careful. He put up both palms and said again, “No worries.”

She seemed taken aback for an instant, but recovered fast. “I’m not worried,” she said. “But maybe you should be, eh.”

A hint of a Maori accent there. He considered explaining that he liked blondes, but she opened her hand, and bloody hell, but she did have a tiny metal canister laced between her fingers, together with her keys. An older couple was coming toward them with a Golden Retriever on a leash, and Marko had a sudden flash of his photo in another newspaper. Staggering around, tears streaming from his eyes, Maced on a bush track after attacking a jogger. That would be a good look.

Brilliant.

 

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Rosalind James writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense published both by Montlake Romance and independently. Her stories are set in New Zealand, Idaho, California, New York . . . really, anyplace that seems cool. (Research trips, especially those involving lots of rugby, are a bonus.) Her books are available in ebook, paperback, and audio formats. Rosalind is a former marketing executive who spent several years in Australia and New Zealand, where she fell in love with the people, the landscape, and the culture of both countries. She attributes her rapid success to the fact that “Lots of people would like to escape to New Zealand! I know I did!”

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Series Review | Slighty Series

30171405Slightly Stalky

 (Slightly Stalky #1)

by Amy Vansant (Goodreads Author)
 3.71  ·  Rating details ·  422 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Emily never expected to find love in a dart bar, but the moment she spots tall, sexy Sebastian, she’s determined to catch his eye.
Ex-girlfriends, perpetually shirtless rich boys, frantic best-friends and a mysterious orange handbag converge to stop her.
No one said stalking was easy, but if romance was left to the boys, the human race would die out while they logged fantasy football points and punched each other in the balls.
Everyone knows that.
Emily’s not stalking Sebastian…she’s saving the world.

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A Rom-Com book that will have you in stitches.
Emily has been single for a couple of years now and has decided to get back out in the dating game.  With a night out with her bestie she sees a handsome man in a bar playing darts.  She is so intrigued by him that she decides to take up playing darts in an effort to put her self in his path.  Stalker much!?!
Sebastian is in a dead-end relationship with his girlfriend of six months Greta.  He only lives with her because his roommate moved away and he became homeless.  He has suspected for a long time that she is cheating on him, but he has not even really cared to find out if his suspensions are correct.  So he coasts along and deals with her me, me, me attitude.  That is till he sees a pretty blonde in a bar during Dart Night.
Emily goes out of her way to gain the attention of Sebastian and he really likes her but he can’t seem to make the necessary steps to get his own place so he can really start to date her.
This book was funny and irritating at the same time.  I loved the mix of craziness going on.  This book is a quirky, light-hearted and fast paced read.  The characters are loveable and very entertaining.  Emily is stalkerish, but cute and hilarious.  Sebastian is hot, but too soft-hearted to hurt anyone, yet almost too lazy to stand up for himself.
A book that some can relate too, as this is a very real like scenario.  Not your typical fairy tale happy ever after type of book.  Full of fun and romance this book is sure to make you smile and laugh with every page.  I highly recommend this PG-13 hot read for those who are looking to lift your spirit.
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5 star
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38363932Slightly Sweaty

(Slightly Series Book 2)

byAmy Vansant(Goodreads Author)
really liked it 4.0  · Rating details · Ratings  · Review

A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Wall Street Journal & USA TODAY Best-Selling Author, Amy Vansant—for fans of Bridget Jones, Jennifer Crusie and Sophie Kinsella. 

Before Emily and Sebastian can celebrate their new relationship, they’re recruited to star in a local reality competition… Where Sebastian’s hungry ex, Greta, plans to steal the show.

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Oh my god!!! This book was so bloody funny.   I died.  I was rolling on the floor laughing so hard people stared.

In this second Emily and Sebastion have not even had one night alone in their new relationship yet.  Around every corner there is always an obsticle standing in their way.  This time it is in the form of Bash’s brother’s wife.  She enlists their help to fill in on her tv show.

 

Everything is looking ok till Greta and Joe show up as last-minute contestants.  Now not only are Emily and Bash trying to win the tv show and focus on their new relationship, they have to deal with Greta.  Again!  When will she give up?

I have to tell you, I think I loved this book ten times more than the first.  It was so funny.  I mean, poor Bash.  He is a magnet of trouble.  It is like he is a light house beckoning the trouble to come and find him.

I cannot tell you how much fun it was to read this book.  I could not stop laughing.  I really couldn’t.  I think Amy outdid herself with this book.  The comedy and romance were wonderful and it proved to be a great read.  The characters are not only fun but enjoyable.    I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a good laugh out loud read to bring up their spirits.

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5 star

Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author specializing in fun, comedic reads about accident prone, easily distracted women with questionable taste in men.
So, autobiographies, mostly.
Ha!
But seriously: She writes happy romantic comedies, mysteries and urban fantasies.
Amy is the former East Coast Editor of SURFER Magazine but the urge to drive up and down the coast interviewing surfers has long since left her. She’s a dog-lover who works at home with her goofy husband and loves interacting with fans, so stop by her blog or Twitter and say hi!
Website: http://www.amyvansant.com/
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