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Brrrrrinda’s Back!

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I know she doesn’t write horror, but when I heard the lovely Brinda Berry had a new book out I just had to ask her over. Brinda is a real star who always supports others so please, if you know any young adults, pass on the info will ya!


Watcher of Worlds

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By Brinda Berry

Whispering Woods Book 3



ISBN: 978-1-941133-00-2

Buy it HERE


Senior year should bring fun, friends and happiness. Not portals, treachery, and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Mia Taylor, gatekeeper to an interdimensional portal, wants nothing more than to heal from her romance gone wrong. Illegally falling for her co-worker Regulus had been a huge mistake. But when Regulus goes rogue to hunt down a murderer, Mia must forget her broken heart and use her unique abilities to save him. Traveling across dimensions, she enters a strange and hostile world where a rebel faction holds the key to their escape. Her gift of synesthesia is in high demand, and a secret organization of the otherworldly kind has her in their sights. But sabotage and murder may be the least of her worries. Her ex-boyfriend wants a relationship. Her dad wants her to act normal. Her friends want her to stop moping. Who knew faking happy would be the easiest part of senior year?


Jingle Bells

I detested planned surprises.

I could read the expectation in the air from the shimmery orange vibe that glowed like a Cheetos binge gone bad.

A few months ago, my friends had discovered my secret. The secret I’d hidden so teachers and doctors wouldn’t treat me like an amped up sensory perception freak. So friends wouldn’t ask.

Synesthesia. The condition sounded like the name of an electronic punk band. I’d made the full round of emotions about my sensory perception and being able to find portals. First, I’d hid it like you hide an ugly rash. Later, I’d learned to trust my friends with my secret. I’d even embraced it.

Now, I was back to wishing for normal.

Working with Regulus and Arizona was like playing Pop Goes the Weasel—a surprise around every corner. And did I mention I hate surprises?

Give me predictable any day. Then I could be ready. It’s why I made sure I knew the contents of every box under the Christmas tree.

About Brinda:

Brinda Berry is the author of The Waiting Booth (Whispering Woods #1),Whisper of Memory (Whispering Woods #2), and  Watcher of Worlds (Whispering Woods #3). She also contributed a short story to the anthology, Wild at Heart, Vol II. Currently working in higher education administration, she spends her days thinking of ways to improve education for college students. Brinda spends her nights devising exciting tales that involve teens who might be saving the world.

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Can you find Diavolino?

A serious post today. I’m asking for your help.

If you own this image please contact me
If you own this image please contact me

Can you please go to this wordpress blog and see if you can find my book Diavolino? But before you go, please try to find it without using my name or the title of the book – in other words, as if you are a total stranger coming to the site for the first time knowing only that you are interested in horror stories.

Then let me know by responding to this poll:

In return, if you let me know who you are either by email or by commenting here, I’ll enter you into a draw to win a signed copy of Diavolino.

I really appreciate your help – and please do entertain friends and family by asking them to take part. The more the merrier.

Remember, don’t use my name or the title when searching – that would be too easy!

Thank you!


Books, Events, Horror, Humour, My Books, Other Sites

One Lovely Blog Award

Just because it’s dark doesn’t mean it isn’t lovely!

Lovely Blog Award The highly energetic Ally Shields is to thank for my prestigious award. Thanks, Ally! Please make sure you nip over to her website:

Along with this award, I’ve accepted three conditions. The first is link back to Ally – no problem there – and the second is to reveal seven things about myself. What, another seven? I seem to be doing this rather often these days. Okay, here we go…


I’m an obsessive checker. Before I leave the house I check all the appliances are turned off, windows and doors locked. Then I go round and check again. And again. Sometimes, after locking myself out, I let myself back in again to check one more time. Sometimes, I get as far as the car then go back for just a last check. Very occasionally I will drive away then just pop back to make absolutely sure.


Bookstore Dalek
Bookstore Dalek (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think you all know about my Dalek suit, but my other treasure when I was a child was a shiny, black, plastic Beatles wig. I should have looked after it better actually as it would come in handy now.




Whilst I can’t say the film is among my favourites, CHUCKY will always be a part of me. Some of you know my nickname is Chukkie (usually mispelled as Chucky). It’s a term of endearment that my son lavished on me when he first learned to speak, and it’s stuck. According to my mood I can be Cheerful Chukkie, Cheeky Chukkie or Silly Chukkie. Not very PC, I know, but one Chinese New Year as I donned appropriate costume I was called Chinkee Chukkee.


One thing I cannot be is Churchie Chukkie! I am a Humanist and am currently training to be a funeral celebrant. I love it, to be honest. If you want to know more about the subject, here’s a link to the British Humanist Assocation.



I hate both broccoli and cauliflower. They make me heave.



The film Mary Poppins is about the only movie guaranteed to make me cry. I know, pathetic, isn’t it? And me a horror writer.

Mary Poppins (film)
Mary Poppins (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I once went round a revolving door the wrong way at the Waldorf Hotel in London’s Aldwych.

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Waldorf Hilton in Aldwych (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wondered why the bloody thing was so stiff, but only realised what I’d done as I fell into the foyer and heard some guy mutter, “What a twat.” Well, ’tis why my other nickname is Clouseau.


Now for the last condition, I’m passing the award to these worthy and distinguished authors/supporters:

Rupert Smith

Julia Kavan

Elin Gregory

Alexandra Weston

Susan Roebuck

Catherine Cavendish

Jan Marshall

They’re not all horror, but I recommend checking them out!

Thanks for dropping in.


Book Reviews, Books, My Reviews Of Other Books

Pharaoh by David Gibbins: Review

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Pharaoh by David Gibbins

Publisher: Dell

400 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0345534705

What the publisher says about the book is this:

1334 BCE: Akhenaten the Sun-Pharaoh rules supreme in Egypt. The young Tutankhamun is groomed to be his successor. But then Akhenaten disappears and his legacy is seemingly swallowed up by the sands that lie under modern Cairo and the great pyramids of Giza . . .

ACE 1885: A half-crazed man appears claiming to know of a vast lost labyrinth beneath modern Cairo, of canals and palaces and tombs. His story won’t be believed for almost 30 years, with the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1924.

Present day: Jack Howard and his team are excavating one of the most amazing underwater sites they have ever encountered. They hear the story of the crazed engineer. What follows is a rollercoaster ride of adventure and action, as they dive into the Nile into a world three thousand years back in history, inhabited by a people who have sworn to guard the greatest secret of all time. . .

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Akhenaten, Pharaoh of Egypt. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: The Giza-pyramids and Giza Necropolis, Egypt, seen from above. Photo taken on 12 December 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If only. Anyone who has read previous books by Dr. Gibbins will be left wondering what has gone wrong. The title of the book—and indeed the blurb—suggests a story very much about a pharaoh and amazing underwater encounters. The reality is quite different.

Yes the pharaoh Akhenaten does make an early appearance in a rather confused scene with Nile crocodiles and unwanted priests, and he comes in a for a mention here and there throughout the book, but his role is no more than an adhesive to try to keep the other tenuous elements of the narrative from unravelling altogether.

Only after wading knee-deep through the 400 pages does it become clear that the reader has been sold a teaser for the follow-up novel, leaving the book in hand without a satisfactory conclusion. This may work from a sales point of view—assuming readers are willing to dish out yet more money to learn about the pharaoh—but surely in a novel of this length from an illustrious archaeologist and author the public can expect something more?

If there is a story in Pharaoh, it is about British soldiers in the desert. Great swaths of text as expansive and seemingly endless as the sands themselves provide a surfeit of detail including—but not limited to—weaponry, war, and camel handling. There is more information about the waste products of the camel’s digestive system than about the ancient Egyptians.

Joining the pharaoh in not making much of an appearance are the Nile crocodiles, and since the entire “plot” relies on the leviathan it beggars belief. Even as the intrepid hero Jack Howard and his trusty sidekick Costas contemplate diving in the treacherous waters, the reader anticipates a much needed fillip.

The crocs, however, have gone on vacation. Not one encounter with a live set of jaws while diving in the Nile? Suspension of disbelief sinks rapidly behind the distant dunes.

The explanatory notes at the end of the novel are without doubt the best bit. Dr. Gibbins knows his stuff. It is just a shame that the title of the book is full of ancient Egyptian mystical promise. If it had been presented as a military story about the downfall of General Gordon of Khartoum it would have been more accurate. As it stands, Pharaoh is a mystery for all the wrong reasons.

This review originally appeared at New York Journal of Books and is reproduced here with their kind permission:

Books, Other Sites, Polls

In The Top 20 Books

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Yesterday my novel Diavolino was nominated in The People’s Book Awards. Today it’s entered the Top 20, one place ahead of Stephen King’s 11.22.63


I’d love to beat The Hobbit 😉 Can I ask for your help? Click here to vote for me


Well, jumped over The Hobbit, thank you. Today am at No.15. Now, can we catch JK?

Up again

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Up to 11! Please vote if you can.