All posts by Nancy Ferris

Nancy Ferrer is not a professional writer, though she believes it would probably be a lot more fun than the job she is doing now. She has always loved reading and enjoys a wide variety of books, particularly fantasy, horror, mysteries and young-adult fiction. She lives with her husband in a small house in a quiet little town with a great library.

Dylan by D.V. Patton

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Dylan
Author: D.V. Patton
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
URL: Amazon
Price: US$.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Being seventeen is never easy, especially for a compulsive and impulsive young gay man. Meet Dylan Doyle, an earnest student of life.

As the embers of summer fade away, Dylan learns that the path to adulthood is a long and treacherous road. The certainties of his life are stripped away by betrayal and plain bad fortune.

Yet his optimism never fades, and Dylan might find, that salvation was watching over his shoulder the whole time. Sometimes, the journey to being a man is as important as the destination.

Dylan is the story of love lost, and found again in the most unexpected place…where it always was.
My review: Continue reading Dylan by D.V. Patton

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Beauty Queens
Author: Libba Bray
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Price: US$ 18.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.

Teen beauty queens. A “Lost”- like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.
My review: Continue reading Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

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The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh

Rating: 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 
Title: The Cutting Room
Author: Louise Welsh
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd.
Price: UK£7.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Set in contemporary Glasgow, The Cutting Room is narrated by Rilke, one of the most engaging, flawed and hedonistic fictional creation of recent years. When this dissolute and promiscuous auctioneer comes upon a hidden collection of violent, and highly disturbing, erotic photographs, he feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner who coveted them. What follows is a compulsive journey of discovery, decadence and deviousness.
My review: Continue reading The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh

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Melting Ice by D.J. Manly

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Melting Ice
Author: D.J. Manly
Genre: Detective, Romance
Publisher: Mojocastle Press
Price: US$ 3.99
Other Information/warnings: explicit sex, light BDSM, violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
A young cop, in the closet and isolated, is transferred to the bikers squad, where he is betrayed by a higher ranking officer. When Brian Fuller finds himself in the middle of a field surrounded by a group of notorious outlaw bikers, he is in for the fight of his life.

He wakes up battered and bruised, only to discover that he is the hostage of the gang’s leader, the infamous, brutally handsome Ice. At first, Brian doesn’t understand why he is still alive. It turns out that the man who murdered Ice’s family, is the same one who left Brian for dead… and Ice intends on trading Brian’s life to get him as soon as Brian is strong enough. In the meantime, while Ice waits for Brian to heal, a raging sexual heat between them begins to fuel.

Melting Ice is a story of great passion, sizzling sex, and above all, a love story laced with the unexpected.
My review: Continue reading Melting Ice by D.J. Manly

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A Roof for the Rain by Katrina Strauss

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: A Roof for the Rain
Author: Katrina Strauss
Genre: Romance, Post-Apocalyptic, Speculative Fiction
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Price: US$ 1.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
In a world with nothing left to lose, can one man find hope in another?

It’s the year 2031. The rain doesn’t fall, while access to water is controlled by a ruthless few. In the midst of this harsh, barren world, Jacob has taken up his father’s mantle as leader of the rebellion against the Water Lords.

Loyalty and sacrifice have their place in Jacob’s life, but there’s little room for love. Gorgeous recruit Ethan at least meets Jacob’s physical needs, but duty to their cause comes first.

When a killer dust blizzard interrupts a scouting mission, memories of Jacob’s painful past hit him full force.

Will he find shelter from the storm in the form of Ethan’s love?

My review: Continue reading A Roof for the Rain by Katrina Strauss

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Rise Again by Ben Tripp

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Rise Again
Author: Ben Tripp
Genre: Horror
URL: Gallery Books
Price: US$ 15.00
Other Information/warnings: explicit violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July.

Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle after her kid sister runs away from home. But when disease-stricken refugees from Los Angeles overrun her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun—with the end of the world.

When the streets are choked with dead, the living grieve. When the dead begin to move, the living hope. And when the dead begin to feed, the living fight to survive. Because if you die…

You rise again.

My review: Continue reading Rise Again by Ben Tripp

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Zombielicious by Timothy McGivney

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Zombielicious
Author: Timothy McGivney
Genre: Horror, Erotica
Publisher: MLR Press
Price: US$ 14.99
Other Information/warnings: Explicit sex and violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Amidst a zombie outbreak, Walt, athletic and confident, meets shy and quiet Joey, the attraction between them both instant and electric. With strength in numbers, they band together alongside fellow survivors; Jill, an ex-porn star turned nurse who’s made a startling discovery about her past; Ace, a disgruntled security guard who just can’t live up to certain short comings; and Molly, the fiery redhead unwilling to give up on her dreams of stardom. In this apocalyptic new world of the dead, an anything-goes attitude has become the law of the land and lust, betrayal, true love and redemption are all just a gunshot away.
My review: Continue reading Zombielicious by Timothy McGivney

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Welcome Back to the Night by Elizabeth Massie

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Welcome Back to the Night
Author: Elizabeth Massie
Genre: Horror
Publisher URL: Leisure Books
Price: out of print
Other Information/warnings: graphic descriptions of torture and murder
Summary [from the publisher]:
A family reunion should be a happy event, a time to see familiar faces, meet new relatives, and reconnect with people you haven’t seen in a while. But the Lynch family reunion isn’t a happy event at all. It is the beginning of a terrifying connection between three cousins and a deranged woman who, for a brief time, had been a part of the family. When these four people are reunited, a bond is formed, a bond that fuses their souls and reveals dark, chilling visions of a tortured past, a tormented present, and a deadly future-not only for them, but for their entire hometown. But will these warnings be enough to enable them to change the horrible fate they have glimpsed?
My review: Continue reading Welcome Back to the Night by Elizabeth Massie

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Katrdeshtr’s Redemption (The Night Cat, #1) by Red Haircrow

Rating: 9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 
Title: Katrdeshtr’s Redemption (The Night Cat, #1)
Author: Red Haircrow
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher URL: Smashwords
Price: US$ 1.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
Ancient, brutal beauty, Katrdeshtr the Night Cat, Russian vampire and incorrigible mischief maker turns to old pleasures to relieve his eternal boredom, yet when his sometimes partner finds a new love, satisfaction takes on new meaning. This change of events can only end in someone’s eternal death and Kat doesn’t intend for it to be him!
My review: Continue reading Katrdeshtr’s Redemption (The Night Cat, #1) by Red Haircrow

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When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: When Gravity Fails
Author: George Alec Effinger
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher URL: Orb Books
Price: US$ 14.99
Summary [from the publisher]:
In a decadent world of cheap pleasures and easy death, Marid Audrian has kept his independence the hardway. Still, like everything else in the Budayeen, he’s available…for a price.

For a new kind of killer roams the streets of the Arab ghetto, a madman whose bootlegged personality cartridges range from a sinister James Bond to a sadistic disemboweler named Khan. And Marid Audrian has been made an offer he can’t refuse.

The 200-year-old “godfather” of the Budayeen’s underworld has enlisted Marid as his instrument of vengeance. But first Marid must undergo the most sophisticated of surgical implants before he dares to confront a killer who carries the power of every psychopath since the beginning of time.

Wry, savage, and unignorable, When Gravity Fails was hailed as a classic by Effinger’s fellow SF writers on its original publication in 1987, and the sequence of “Marid Audrian” novels it begins were the culmination of his career.


My review: Continue reading When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger

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