Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Showcase: A Monster of All Time by JT Hunter

A Monster Of All Time

by J.T. Hunter

on Tour July 1-31, 2019

 

A Monster Of All Time by J.T. Hunter


The True Story of Danny Rolling, The Gainesville Ripper

Ambitious, attractive, and full of potential, five young college students prepared for the new semester. They dreamed of beginning careers and starting families. They had a lifetime of experiences in front of them. But death came without warning in the dark of the night.

Brutally ending five promising lives, leaving behind three gruesome crime scenes, the Gainesville Ripper terrorized the University of Florida, casting an ominous shadow across a frightened college town.



What evil lurked inside him?

What demons drove him to kill?

What made him A Monster of All Time?


Book Details:


Genre: True Crime
Published by: RJ Parker Publishing
Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 1987902521 (ISBN13: 9781987902525)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

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Prologue
January 1987
Parchman, Mississippi

The prisoner raged in his lonely cell.
"When they let me out of here," the prisoner swore to himself, "I’ll make them all pay."
Years of condemnation and contempt had taken its toll, breaking him down, eroding his spirit, destroying all sense of hope. Now only the anger remained.
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Cast into the bowels of Parchman Prison, the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary, the prisoner had suffered daily torments during his confinement, each day falling deeper and deeper into despair. Raw sewage regularly seeped into his cell through the floor and flowed from a broken drain down the hall, flooding the cramped 8 x 10 feet concrete space with a revolting grey-brown liquid and an unrelenting stench.
Kept in this torturous isolation, his besieged brain had betrayed him, replaying the grievous moments of his life, all of the humiliations and feelings of helplessness, every piercing word, and every raw, painful memory. It was a constant reminder that the world had always been a hurtful place of violence, animosity, and aversion, never one of empathy or understanding.
Desperate to escape the unrelenting torment, he retreated ever deeper into the labyrinth of his own mind, creeping ever closer to madness. It was in that maze of insanity that he found himself. Or rather, something found him.
In the bleak, all-encompassing darkness, something whispered his name.
Faceless and formless, the voice seemed to emanate both from the impenetrable blackness surrounding him and from the shadowy depths of his own consciousness. The voice soothed and seduced him, its language both alien and familiar. It promised the strength to survive whatever nightmares awaited the remainder of his confinement. It offered the tools of revenge for his present condition, for all of the wrongs committed against him in the past, and for the scorn and mistreatment yet to come. Most of all, it promised the power to make others feel the suffering he had so long endured.
Then a name imprinted itself into his brain, uttered from an unseen shape in the darkness, or muttered from the murky depths of memory.
"Gemini," an eerie voice proclaimed. "I am Gemini."
At that moment, an infernal compact was crafted, a devil’s contract offering redemption for the damned, a demonic covenant accepted regardless of the terms. Caring nothing for the consequences, the prisoner embraced the assurance of vengeance, pledging revenge for the countless injuries inflicted upon him. Just as a cold, uncaring world had robbed him of his humanity and stolen years of his life, he would take the lives of others in an equal and equitable proportion. A new sense of purpose washed over him, bringing with it a rebirth, a recognition of what he needed to do.
And now he waited, marking the days with hidden malice, the bitter darkness of his cell matched only by the malevolence of his twisted, tainted soul.
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Excerpt from A Monster Of All Time by J.T. Hunter. Copyright 2018 by J.T. Hunter. Reproduced with permission from J.T. Hunter. All rights reserved.



Author Bio:

J.T. Hunter
J.T. Hunter is an attorney with over fourteen years of experience practicing law, including criminal law and appeals, and he has significant training in criminal investigation techniques. He is also a college professor in Florida where his teaching interests focus on the intersection of criminal psychology, law, and literature.
JT's bestselling true crime books include:

  • Devil in The Darkness: True Story of Serial Killer ISRAEL KEYES
  • The Country Boy Killer: The True Story of Serial Killer Cody Legebokoff
  • In Colder Blood: True Story of the Walker Family Murder as depicted in Truman Capote’s, In Cold Blood
  • Deadly Deception: True Story of Tampa Serial Killer, Bobby Joe Long
  • Death Row Romeo: The True Story of Serial Killer Oscar Ray Bolin
  • The Vampire Next Door: True Story of the Vampire Rapist and Serial Killer

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    Tuesday, July 2, 2019

    Book Review: Shakuni – Master of the Game by Ashutosh Nadkar


    Title: Shakuni – Master of the Game

    Author: Ashutosh Nadkar

    Publisher: Juggernaut





    Ashutosh Nadkar’s ‘Shakuni – Master of the Game’ is a retelling of the Mahabharata from the perspective of one of the important antagonists, Shakuni. The novel explores the circumstances that made him one of the greatest villains in Indian mythology.


    It is always exciting to know the backstory of an otherwise neglected character in an established myth. In this case it is Shakuni. The crown prince of Gandhara, Shakuni is often credited as the mastermind behind the Great War of Kurukshetra. He was considered the greatest illusionist of that era, second only to Lord Krishna. But is he really the bad guy? Or is he a man who has been wronged and only tries to punish the wrong-doer? In this book, Nadkar gives voice to a hitherto misunderstood, and supposedly vile, character
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    Personally, I never thought about this side of the narration that Nadkar has put forth. I’ve always thought of Shakuni as evil and I’m sure so have many others. This book shows otherwise. We mustn’t forget that every coin has two sides. So does every incident. Upon reading the book, I found that Shakuni has a lot of redeeming qualities. It not only diminished the negativity associated with him but also evoked in me sympathy for him.

    That Nadkar knows the Mahabharata well is obvious in his treatment of his characters, both important and inconspicuous. He keeps true to the original story and only changes the point of view of the telling.

    For Nadkar, Shakuni is tragic rather than evil. He lets the latter raise certain questions in the novel— why all his schemes are seen as treachery even today while Kaurava adviser Vidura’s are considered ethical strategies and Pandava tactician Krishna’s are regarded divine play. Shakuni asks himself and the reader: “Was I the vilest of villains in that epic story?”

    However, the book reads like a lengthy explanation by Shakuni. True, he has been wronged. But in this retelling the writer doesn’t let him shoulder any responsibility of his actions. Shakuni is shown to be doing the bidding of fate. In doing justice to this misunderstood character, Nadkar overlooks the fact that Shakuni did exact his revenge using his cunning. But he also lets Shakuni acknowledge the biggest mistake of his life: that he did not condemn Duryodhana’s behaviour with Draupadi after the game of dice. Nadkar lets Shakuni end his life on a philosophical note.

    A passionate re-telling of the timeless Mahabharata and the literary characters it produced.








    Ashutosh Nadkar is originally from Madhya Pradesh. He has been active in print, television and web journalism for the past two decades. He is currently working with the Network18 group as an associate editor.






    I'd like to thank the publisher for letting me review the book. I do hope you end up liking the book when you read it. Thank you so much for stopping by, and happy reading!




    * I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    ** Picture courtesy: Amazon.in, Twitter




    Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    Blog Tour: How to Date a Cowboy by Amy L. Gale



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    How to Date a Cowboy
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    How to Date a Cowboy (Bear Creek Rodeo Book Two)
    Promoter Kayla Barnes just scored her first real job, creating buzz for the Bear Creek Rodeo. Looking to make a name for herself and increase attendance numbers like never before, she talks the star bull rider, Casey Jennings, into being the prize in her biggest contest yet. One lucky winner gets a date with Casey, but as they work out the details and grow closer Kayla realizes she wants to be the number one contestant.


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    Resisting the Cowboy

    (Bear Creek Rodeo Series Book One)








    Resisting the Cowboy (Bear Creek Rodeo Book One)

    Saddle bronc rider Luke Reno is taking the PRCA by storm, until he's thrown off of a horse ending up unconscious.

    Straight-laced doctor Daisy Blackwell avoids taking unnecessary risks, both in and out of the Bear Creek Community hospital.

    When Luke regains consciousness in the ER and saves Daisy from an attack by an unstable patient, she finds herself agreeing to dinner but never expects the feelings that follow. When she finds out about Luke's dangerous occupation her instincts want her to run but her heart has other plans.



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    “This author always seems to amaze me with her brilliantly written books and well-developed character who you fall madly in love with. I highly recommend this book. It was a great and easy read!
    Always Team Daisy And Luke.” ~ Olivia

    “I enjoyed this story, Resisting the Cowboy, the characters in the story are in a in a humorous, at times, suspense and romantic tangle. The author has done a nice job of telling the story. Fun and entertaining to read!” ~ Gary Lehn








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    USA Today Bestselling author Amy L. Gale loves rock music and the feel of sand between her toes. Romance author by night, pharmacist by day, she attended Wilkes University where she graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. In addition to writing, she enjoys baking, scary movies, rock concerts, and reading books at the beach. She lives in the lush forest of Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, seven cats, and golden retriever.






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    Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    Blog Tour: Wick by Roux Cantrell

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    Wick By Roux Cantrell



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                           By: Roux Cantrell

    Guilt, Gypsy said was a monster that could eat you alive. Wick wished it wasn't true.
    A storm was coming he could feel it on the wind, hear it in the waves as they crashed against the shore. After not hearing from Brandi Wick made the decision to head down the coast to Santa Rosa. 
    Hopping on his bike he watched the moon tuck itself behind black clouds. He should have taken it as a sign, an omen of sorts ...

    Brandi wanted out that was all. She never imagined her lies would cost Wick so much. When everything falls apart, will she go back seeking forgiveness or will she find betraying him is so much easier…






    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Blog Tour: War Eternal Book 3 by J F Cain

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    War Eternal - Book 3 - Forsaken Angel




    Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance.



    War Eternal: Forsaken Angel - 
    Awards: 2019 Readers' Favorite Five Star Review




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    Abaddon’s identity has been revealed, and everyone, angels and demons, is left wondering about the Source’s mysterious plans.

    Aranes, ready to give birth, is now in more danger than ever. The dark forces have formed an alliance with the sole purpose of taking her along with her child. And this time, the Guardians and the Exorcists cannot protect her.

    In the celestial kingdom, the archangels decide to intervene to save their fallen superior, but the Source’s denial to grant its permission drives them towards rebellion.

    Abaddon and Aranes are trying to find a way to overcome the imminent attack, but they both know that his powers are not enough to save her and the child from the claws of the otherworldly predators who seek to steal their souls and devour their bodies. When all seems lost, Lucifer unexpectedly proposes a solution to Abaddon, and he is forced to accept. He does not know that the Lord of Darkness believes the child to be his own and claims it, as he does Aranes. But he is painfully aware that the road back to the celestial kingdom is closing for him.



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    Abaddon also sat at an angle, crossed his legs and took her hand which lay along the back of the couch. The fact remained that the beloved being sitting across from him with her long legs folded under her and her cute belly swelling under her robe was the ruler of the celestial kingdom, and there was no way this discussion would end until she was informed about everything she felt she needed to know. “You never give up, do you?” he asked with a smile.

    “We’re more alike than you think,” Aranes replied and got straight to the point. “It is important that I know what is happening.”

    Abaddon nodded.

    “You’re right. I didn’t want to tell you so that you wouldn’t get upset, but I’m obviously making you worry more. Besides, you’re the brains in this mission.”

    “And you its executor,” Aranes added, “and to carry it out we must remain united. So, will you tell me what happened today?”

    “Lucifer appeared in my office today.”

    Aranes had expected the Dark Lord to make that move.

    “What did he say?” she asked calmly.

    “He tried to create moral dilemmas in me about how similar Angels and Demons are in temperament. And, of course, he wanted to warn me that the attacks are about to begin. He claimed that he wasn’t going to pursue you and that there was no way the Celestials would help me,” Abaddon scoffed.

    “Do you have any questions about the differences in the Ethereals’ traits?”

    “No, you’ve explained them to me.”

    “Alright,” Aranes said and continued: “As for his intentions, never think that he will abandon his goal. He is behind every attack. In one way or another, he will be the one controlling the actions of those who are after me.”

    “I don’t doubt it,” Abaddon agreed. He wanted to ask her what she thought about the Celestials helping in an emergency, but he didn’t so that he wouldn’t seem insecure, both to her and to anyone monitoring their discussion.

    “And who appeared just before?” Aranes continued with her questions.

    “Lyla.”

    “I thought it would be her,” Aranes said blankly. “Whoever begins the attacks will have to find out what powers you have and, above all, how quickly you sense the appearance of an Ethereal. That’s an important factor. A split second can mean victory for the one who senses an approaching enemy.”

    “So that’s why she vanished without attacking,” Abaddon deduced. “Do you think Lucifer sent her?”

    “Most likely. His quick return to action and your unknown powers have made my would-be persecutors hesitant. They don’t know what to expect, and I’m sure that the Dark Lord warned them to stay away from me. But as the time approaches for me to give birth, they will all be forced to make a move. They have too much to gain to give up, and I’m no longer the only prize they are all trying to lay claim to.” She then paused, wondering if she should tell him the harsh truth. Finally, she decided that her partner had to know about what was to come. “Some of them are after our child,” she went on as indifferently as she could. “Before or after the birth, it doesn’t matter. The baby’s vital organs are completely developed and it will survive even if it is removed violently—for those, of course, who want it alive. But, my blood alone is enough to overturn the natural laws of the planet.”

    Abaddon imagined dark beings ripping Aranes’ belly open and was consumed by a black rage. His irises and pupils changed, his eyes becoming like smoldering coals in whose depths burned a blazing red fire. Gray energy poured out of his eye sockets, spreading all over his now frighteningly harsh face.

    “Whoever dares to mess with you will have nowhere to hide in all the dimensions,” he roared, his voice sounding as if it was harnessing all the power of a dark abyss.

    Aranes blinked, feeling bewildered. She had never seen him like this before.

    He was a Dark Angel, but he was still a Celestial. As the commander of thousands of Defenders who, like him, had been in danger of finding themselves under Lucifer’s thumb, he had managed to control his rage and keep his warriors in Elether. Where was that part of him? Was it the absence of any memory defining the traits of Angels that was at fault, or had her secret name created an entity that was darker than he was before his incarnation? Right now, he was more like a Demon. Was he doing it on purpose to scare those who pursued her? She hoped so. Otherwise, he would evolve into an uncontrollable entity and his unique abilities would make him a danger to the balance of forces.

    Uneasy about what her precious partner was becoming, she burrowed into his arms and hugged him.

    “Please, Abaddon, calm down,” she said tenderly, trying to make him see sense.

    He realized he had unnerved her and came to his senses at once. He wrapped his arms around her and rested his cheek on the crown of her head. As soon as he breathed in her beloved familiar fragrance, his face began to look human again.

    “Forgive me, my love. I didn’t mean to upset you,” he said, stroking her back reassuringly. “The thought that those awful creatures could harm you and our child drives me mad.”

    Aranes leaned back and looked at him with a troubled expression.

    “Rage will lead you wrong.”

    “No, but it will lead to the elimination of anyone who messes with you two,” the Dark Angel threatened darkly, hoping those entities were watching them this moment.

    “When you act, you should be fully aware of what you do. Rage strips you of any control and makes you easy prey to be manipulated by a calm entity,” Aranes advised him for the umpteenth time.

    “I know,” said Abaddon, checking his irritation for her.

    It was his weak point. As a human, he had managed his emotions sensibly. But ever since he had learned that his adversary was the greatest of Demons, he had trouble reining in his anger. Being aware of the problem, he had made an effort and had made great progress in handling the fury that arose in him just at the sound of Lucifer’s name. Some small slips were painless, but the total loss of control could carry a heavy price. As much as his duty to protect the worlds’ most precious entity made him anxious, he knew he had to control himself.

    Aranes rested her head on his shoulder and put her palm at the center of his chest to send her energy into him and calm him.

    “You know that I can feel it when you do your magic, right?” Abaddon said, now in a better mood.

    “Don’t feel so proud; many humans feel it when energy flows into their body,” she teased.

    Abaddon covered her palm with his own.

    “What a pity. And here I thought I was special!”

    Aranes smiled.

    “I see you’re better. Can we go to bed now? I feel tired.”

    Abaddon didn’t need any urging. Her needs came before anything else.

    “Of course, my heart,” he said gladly. He got up off the couch, lifted her in his arms and walked to the bed.

    “Can you please stop carrying me?” Aranes asked as she untied the belt on her robe. “I’m pregnant, not an invalid.”

    “Nope, I’m not doing you that favor,” he replied adamantly. He dematerialized her robe and materialized it once again on the quilted bench at the foot of the bed.

    “And undressing me?” she added.

    A roguish smile formed on Abaddon’s lips.

    “Especially not that. It’s my favorite.”

    He deposited her on the bed, lay down next to her and covered her with the comforter.

    Aranes snuggled up to him.

    “Then let me not deprive you of it,” she said, her soft voice sounding tired.

    “Goodnight, love of my soul,” the Dark Angel replied.

    “You couldn’t have said it more aptly,” she muttered with her eyes closed.

    Abaddon took her hand and rested it on his chest.

    “Yes, it fits perfectly. Now go to sleep.”…



    "It is refreshing to discover an author who writes in the paranormal romance genre who is as interested in philosophical questions as she is in suspenseful and strange characters and situations...This Book 3 continues the fascinating debut for the author and for her ongoing series. Very impressive!" 
    Grady Harp - HALL OF FAME / TOP 100 REVIEWER 


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    "I have been a fan of vampires and other supernatural creatures since I picked up one of the Anne Rice books back when I was in high school. I have read a lot of these kinds of stories since then but none as satisfying or written nearly as well as Ms. Rice writes until now. War Eternal: Forsaken Angel by J.F. Cain is written in that deep literary and mystical tradition that I first discovered in those books by Anne Rice... I think the plot is what really hooked me... The characters are intriguing not only because of their powers but because of the complicated responsibilities that go with them. J.F. Cain has a way of bringing out the human characteristics in those on the side of good as well as those on the side of evil. In the end, that is what makes War Eternal a great book and great writing." 
    Ray Simmons - Readers' Favorite *****


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    "Author J. F. Cain writes with intricate detail, allowing readers to draw intimately close to the minds and bodies of her characters, which makes both the action and romantic elements of the plot deeply emotive and engaging to read. The plot itself spirals into darkness with every page and the progression of the narrative gives plenty of shocking twists and turns to match this... Forsaken Angel will certainly please paranormal romance fans who like something on the more extreme side." 
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    "J.F. Cain is a wonderful storyteller, combining Christian myth with a strong imagination to weave a yarn that leaves readers satisfied and longing for more... War Eternal: Forsaken Angel is a beautiful fantasy that is so well-written, with powerful plot points and a phenomenal conflict that make it a great read. The action is pulsating, the characters compelling, and the plot tight and quickly paced." 
    Divine Zape - Favorite Review *****


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    J. F. Cain is a writer with a restless mind who spent years of her life reading and traveling. However, of all the places she has been to, her favorite is a house in the mountains where she can focus on her writing. 

    She is a seeker of knowledge who transcribes the results of her studies in her books. Her favorite pastime –other than reading and writing- is scouring libraries. 

    However, she has lately convinced herself that she enjoys shopping just as much, as well as spending time with family and friends – the few that can still tolerate her frequent and extended periods of absence.