Price Discount: SHE: A HORROR NOVEL

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Probably wouldn’t make a very good Valentine’s Day present, but I have a sale going on.

There’s lots of that dying thing in it, though, ya know? Not very romantic, if you get what I’m saying. A better book for that would be like John Green or something, although that’s probably not a very good present either. Man, I don’t know what a good present is. Ask your sister, not me.

I’m playing around with prices a bit, so SHE: A HORROR NOVEL will be discounted to 99 cents (.99) for a little while. I can’t say exactly when. I’m gonna see how the price affects the sales. If you would like to buy it, now would be a great time.

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day!!! What’s in your wallet? If you’ve already bought a present, probably not much. Then again, maybe you’re like me and don’t have a wallet. MAYBE YOU KEEP ALL YOUR MONEY IN A SECRET, CUT-OUT BOOK THAT YOU STUCK IN THAT OAK TREE IN THE PARK BUT SOME KID CAME UP AND SAW YOU AND THEN HE STOLE IT AND RAN AWAY AND BOUGHT A LAMBORGHINI!! (that kid’s name is Bruno Mars).

P.S. Will someone buy me that ear? Thank you. (evil laugh). The cloning begins.

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Review Requests for MY ABIGAIL.

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If you are interested, I have a novella about 20,000 words long that is still in the editing stages but will published sometime in April or May. If you would like, you can read it and then review it on Amazon once I put it up, available for pre-ordering.

Since I know that reading something like that takes a lot of work, I can offer you a short story that I think you will enjoy in exchange for your time. Also, if you have a short story or novella that you would like reviewed (if you are an author like me), I can do that too, as well as post a review on here.

Just let me know at davidkummer7@gmail.com.

The description for this book (still a work in progress, I must admit) is below:

Abigail had a secret.
I knew it soon after meeting her.
She was different than other girls, and not just because she actually showed some interest in me. She was really different. I loved it. I loved her.
But Abigail had a secret.
Damian told me so, the first time I met him. I wasn’t sure whether to believe him or not. He wasn’t trustworthy. He wasn’t nice. He was a terrifying figure, the embodiment of fear. But he was right.
She had a secret.
I’m sorry I keep repeating it. It’s still hard to believe. How could somebody so gentle, nice, and loving be so… scary?
That’s the only word I knew to describe her after it all ended. Everything about her being was scary.
Abigail was my life, I told myself. She was my everything.
She left me with nothing.
If she was my life, did that make the final result suicide?

Thank you and if you have any suggestions regarding that ^^ let me know. I always appreciate criticism.

Book Announcements: Under The Burning Sky; My Abigail

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I have two works that are still in progress at the moment, but I’d like to give you an update on both of them. One of them is a novella called My Abigail, the other a full-length novel with a title still undecided. It will be somewhere along the lines of Under The Burning Sky.

(I’ll add pictures of the book covers once I get them.)

For details and a description, continue reading below:

Under The Burning Sky

Release Date Goal: Middle to Late June

Genre: Literary Fiction or Adventure

This book is the first in a lot of things. It will be my longest novel when completed, my first step outside of the Horror, Suspense, Thriller genre. Yes, I’m going to call it a Literary Fiction novel, but it will not be boring and there will still be some action/adventure/mystery so don’t fret.

Also, this book will actually be two books, split up into two good-sized novels. The plan is a Part 1 publication in June, a Part 2 publication sometime in November, and then both of them combined around Christmas-time. (Written in 2016)

Description (in progress):

Divided…

Different…

Dishonored…

Oceans separate them, mountains divide them, culture forces them apart. They don’t know the other exists. They have no idea of what’s in store for them. Neither wanted a friend. Neither wanted a change.

Fate will bring them together.

One from America, one from Haiti. Unable to communicate through speaking. At odds with the world, with their countries, with their homelands. Cursing themselves, hating their past, afraid of the future.

The only way to survive is together.

The only way to find home is to leave it.

 

My Abigail

my abigail

all credit for the picture on the cover goes to Karoly Mezei (who has taken some OUTSTANDING photos. Check them out.) http://www.freeimages.com/photographer/ZeroCoolGS-49340

Release Date: March 30*

*National I Am In Control Day. See what I did there? Ohhh yeah.

Available for pre-order: RIGHT NOW!!!

Genre: Mystery or Suspense

This is my first attempt at a novella, and this particular one is around 30,000 words long. I really enjoyed writing this book. The final chapter, in fact, was originally a short story. As I wrote, it just kind of clicked that it would be a perfect addition. A few name changes later, and we were all set.

Description (in progress):

Abigail had a secret.

I knew it soon after meeting her.

She was different than other girls, and not just because she actually showed some interest in me. She was really different. I loved it. I loved her.

But Abigail had a secret.

Damian told me so, the first time I met him. I wasn’t sure whether to believe him or not. He wasn’t trustworthy. He wasn’t nice. He was a terrifying figure, the embodiment of fear. But he was right.

She had a secret.

I’m sorry I keep repeating it. It’s still hard to believe. How could somebody so gentle, nice, and loving be so… scary?

That’s the only word I knew to describe her after it all ended. Everything about her being was scary.

Abigail was my life, I told myself. She was my everything.

She left me with nothing.

If she was my life, did that make the final result suicide?

Back Back Again (WITH PICS)

I apologize for not having posted much lately. For the last week, I’ve been on a mission trip to Haiti. It may take a while for me to get back up to speed, bogged down by schoolwork and such, but I will keep posting whenever I have time, and I will add some photos from the trip onto this document as I get them.

Until then, mi amigos !!! (Correct Spanish there? I don’t know.)

boat donkey housee

 

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There are times to be happy, and there are times to eat pumpkin pie. They go together.

Updates to As Trees Turned Away and She

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My collection of short stories, As Trees Turned Away, and my first novel, She, have both undergone some additions this week.

Firstly, ATTA now has a particular chapter of She in the back of it, a sort of bonus and teaser to those who read it. Also, I wrote and included a letter to the reader from myself.

For She, I added the first part of Massacre Max (a story from ATTA) and an identical letter to the reader.

Note: it will take approximately two days for these updates to work, but if you buy the book you can “sync and check for updates” and then it will be like a refresh and you’ll be all set to go. Also, these updates are only available on Kindle. Sorry, you print people.

This next offer, however, is to both types of readers.

In that letter, there is another bonus. If you read and review any of my books or collections on Amazon, and then email me at davidkummer7@gmail.com, you will receive a free short story written by myself. Each book has its own unique story, and they will not be found anywhere else, unless you take advantage of this ongoing deal.

Until next time faithful readers.

Author’s note below

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Seen the new Star Wars movie yet? Do it.

Seen any Star Wars movies? If you haven’t, THEN DO!!! (You know who you are 😉

Movie Review: Carrie

Well, Stephen King is a genius. This movie made me want to read the book.

chka chka carrie

Everything about it seemed so well thought-out, I have trouble believing the movie was much different. No Hollywood script-writer could plan such a complete, fulfilling plot.

WHAT I LIKED

  • Hurt for Carrie/Hatred for Others

Hate everyone and how they treat her, and feel terrible for her. And her mom hits her with things and locks her in a closet and shows no remorse at all. And everyone makes fun and laughs at her. Then they post a video of her after her first period online and it just was really terrible to watch.

At times, it seemed like there was no escape for Carrie. Her house was a terrible place, and her school was torture, so when she finds her gift it is the only thing that makes her happy when she uses it. It’s a sort of escape.

  • The Drama Between The Bullies

Even when they’re picking on Carrie, the bullies -other teenage girls fro the most part- have trouble deciding whether it was wrong and if they deserve their punishment. Despite this, they continue to tease and mock her.

It was an interesting, rarely-seen dynamic of the bullies that frequent horror movies and books. I haven’t read the book yet, but I imagine that was part of Stephen King’s design, since it seems like something he would do. Genius, that man.

  • Carrie’s Friendship With The Gym Teacher

The gym teacher, Ms. Desjardin, does her best to care for and protect Carrie. I think watching her struggle through things and try to help Carrie is one of the best parts about the movie.

Slowly, Carrie begins to act more confident and pleased with her life, but her mother still hurts her and eventually all the pressure wears her down and tears her apart.

  • Carrie’s Struggle Vs Herself

Even as she is trying to be nice and to be sweet, she begins to lose control of herself. Great acting -as she stays composed, even while lots of insane things happen around her- makes the scenes haunting and unforgettable. Carrie keeps an innocent, confident face the entire time that terrible things are happening, which she causes.

Some of her responses in the movie are bone-chilling. The calmness in her voice and attitude just kills me. Watching her go from depressed and insecure to confident and then to a bit insane (like murderous insanity) is a terrifying sequence.

 

WHAT I DISLIKED

  • Oblivious People

People don’t realize that things are breaking randomly around them. Finally, Carrie sees that it is a power she has and begins to use it to her advantage, at first doing nothing but playing around and having fun with it.

Eventually, it turns to something more sinister. I just don’t see how nobody realized what was happening when mirrors cracked and lights broke.

  • Blood

Between the mom giving childbirth in the opening scene and Carrie having her first period in the next, there was a lot of blood. Like… I don’t have a weak stomach but I couldn’t even finish my Apple Jacks.

  • Sudden Change

One moment, everything was nice and easy. The whole world seemed to be calm and right. And then craziness set in. everybody in the movie went completely, freaking crazy. I don’t even know. It just happened so suddenly. I was completely shocked. This isn’t really a bad thing, but I don’t know. I’m still in shock.

MY RATING: 9/10

The movie had so many great parts. Everything meshed perfectly, and the actor for Carrie was phenomenal. Everything was paced wonderfully, and the final scenes when Carrie goes nuts are amazing filiming.

Maybe there was a bit of the devil in her?

(GO. WATCH. THIS. MOVIE.)

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Turn the page. Trace the plot. Tempt the panic.

Book Review: The Magpies

the magpies

Mark Edwards. My favorite horror author, at the moment. This was his first book that I’ve read, and now I’ve also finished Because She Loves Me. That review will be up shortly.

All I can say is, reading this man’s books will not let you down. They are astounding, and full of great twists and surprises. Both books have had phenomenal twists all the way through and a growing sense of dread, of suspense. It’d be worth it to read it. Trust me. Either one.

WHAT I LIKED:

  • Main Relationship

Yes, there are sex scenes in this book. They all serve a purpose, though, unlike the one in Stephen King’s It. I mean, I guess it serves a purpose. But this is just different.

The main relationship between the two grows and strengthens, but you feel like it’s going towards the edge of a cliff, and very fast. Before long, you know exactly what’s going to happen, unless something changes. Does it change? I can’t tell you. All I can say is that this section of the book strengthened the story tremendously.

  • Descent Into Madness

The main guy in this, Jamie, starts out as likable, friendly. He’s the kind of guy you’d want to meet and hang out with. But he starts to change. Gradually, barely noticeable, everything wears him down. The bulk of the book is told from his point of view, so we can see this.

His descent is frightening. His descent is expected. There’s nothing to do but watch and wait as he falls into a place nobody can save him from. This seems to be a theme of Mark Edward’s books so far, at least in the two I’ve read.

  • British!!!

Mark Edwards is British. And he spells words in a better way than me. And that makes me happy.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

  • Was It Even Real?

Jamie seems so crazy at parts of this that I have to wonder if it was even real. That’s the only thing that the Prolouge cleared up for me. It proved it was real. Beyond that, it didn’t do much, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

I like to know that what I’m reading definitely was supposed to be real. This was not one of those books. I thought that it was a dream at times, or he was just paranoid.

  • Long Descriptions from P.O.V.

There were a few times where the characters just rambled on from their point of view for, like, half a page. Of course, that’s half a Kindle page, but still. That’s a lot!

Instead of revealing the character through dialogue or actions, all I saw was a lot of character thoughts. And it wasn’t even thoughts. It was just the way they viewed the whole situation. Every chapter, there was a recap of the entire book up to that point. I generally skimmed these sections after the first few times. They were very obvious when I saw them.

  • Ending Chapter

The last chapter was fine. What I didn’t like so much was the prologue. It seemed pointless. Sure, it explained a few character’s lives after the events in the story, but mainly it just added word count. In the end, the main question left at the end was answered in Because She Loves Me about the bad guy (the main one). So it turned out alright.

MY RATING: 8.5/10

This book was very enjoyable and a great story. It was unique, and that’s something not a lot of novels can say. If I was you, I would read this. If I wasn’t you, I’d still read it.

 

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Turn the page. Trace the plot. Tempt the panic.

Book Review: Her Final Breath

As promised, I read Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni, simply because the first book was so great. At first, it appears there is no connection between the two, but that soon turns out not to be the case.

After reading, I was dissapointed to find that the third book in the series doesn’t come out until Spring, but until then I’ll have to fill my reading void with more traditional horror books, such as The Claiming by Ike Hamill and The Magpies by Mark Edwards, two books on my list. I’ll have those reviews up shortly.

This book took less than a week to read, and I flew through it, devouring the plot line. Just like the previous installment in the series, My Sister’s Grave, there was a key twist at the end and lots of tension in getting to that point. I would argue that this was even better than the first book.

Will I be able to find anything I disliked about it? Good question.

her final breath

WHAT I LIKED:

  • Enhanced Characters

This book took some of the background characters from the first and made them more prominent figures, most of them relating in how they relate to Tracy (the main character.) I enjoyed finding out about these characters. It was unique to already know their name and their basic description, but then this book kind of filled in the blanks as to who they were and how they were important.

Also, the characters from last time were enhanced even further, even Tracy herself. I wasn’t even sure that was possible.

  • Struggles Within The Department

In a big city like Seattle (or wherever they are; I forget) there are bound to be power struggles, and definitely within the police department. These had been hinted at in the previous book, but until now had not been shown so obviously.

It was fun and intriguing to see it play out, and to learn about some of the intricacies of police departments. Just like the last book with the judicial system and court rooms, this one seemed to be more focused on the police and law enforcement side of things, which was similarly enjoyable to learn about.

WHAT I DISLIKED:

  • Killer’s Identity

This is for a different reason than the last book. In the previous book, I thought that it was random, and a bit sudden. But it was just a twist that shocked me a lot.

In this book, you hardly even get to know the killer. That bugged me. Like, in those mystery shows, it was one where you barely even see the guy for ten seconds before he’s getting arrested and you’re all like, “Who’s this random dude getting shoved into a cop car?” It was like that feeling. I don’t really like that feeling.

  • No Flashbacks *crying noises*

There was probably no real way to bring in the flashbacks, but they were so good! I miss them. I miss the italicized words. I miss the young Tracy. I miss that creepy dude on the road who kills people.

I mean… what.

But for real. Those flashbacks I do miss.

(Sorry. Yoda voice had to make one appearance. Have you seen the new movie yet? Yes, I mean the movie? Yeah it’s pretty swell. Go see it. And if you don’t like Star Wars, like it. Or else.)

  • Katie Pryor

She will probably become a major character in the next book if the pattern is continued, but Katie Pryor, or Officer Pryor, serves little to no purpose in this book. She makes an appearance in two chapters, and is part of the reason Tracy is at the shooting range when everything begins to happen in the very first.

She makes a final showing in the last chapter, where she is seen passing on lessons that Tracy taught her, although I wondered if one shooting practice with her could make that much of a difference.

MY RATING: 8.6/10

I added the .1 because it was better than the last book, but only by a slim margin. I apologize if this review seemed short or cramped, but I have to write like two more before I forget the other books I mentioned.

Go watch Star Wars.

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Turn the page. Trace the plot. Tempt the panic.