Friday, December 20, 2013

Celebrate! + Indie Book Review: Watcher


It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on VikLit’s blog hop, Celebrate the SmallThings. but today’s a good day to re-indulge. It’s been a good few months. Though I've decided to slow down my blogging significantly, I plan to be involved with this meme at least once or twice a month.

**Last week, I was in Hawaii, and met up with a great blogger friend, Mark Koopmans. Here’s a pic (just be gracious in your comments.) He’s definitely a sweetheart, and my sister and I had a fantastic time in Honolulu. You can see his blog post of our visit by clicking here.



**The Kindle version of Anticipation of the Penitent is free on Amazon.com from today, 12/20 to Sunday, 12/22. Spread the word!

**An interview will be posted today regarding Anticipation of the Penitent at Indie Author Land, a free spot for promoting yourself.

**I’ve finished my Christmas shopping and even wrapping way ahead of time! First time in… forever. :)


 **And, here’s another indie book review:



Watcher - A Short Story Of Terror [Second Edition]
by Alen B. Curtiss

Synopsis:

The stalker - spending his time observing, following, studying those who he calls his Play Mates. His victims - spending their time living their lives, going about their daily routines, oblivious to the fact they have been singled out, have been selected to participate in the End Game.

Driven by a need even he doesn't fully understand, the stalker is compelled to play his game until the very end, compelled to ensure he and his chosen Play Mate are locked together, as close as lovers, as the End Game concludes. It is his game. They are his rules.

But what will happen if one of his victims refuses to play his game, refuses to abide by his rules. Will the End Game be completed, as dictated by the stalker's primal urges, or will a new and even more sinister game be created?

My Review: 

A short story of horror, Watcher goes into the mind and acts of a grizzly stalker, rapist and killer. The killer's motivation are thoroughly hashed out, and how you think the story will play out, thankfully, does not. Instead, the story ends with a not-so-nice twist. Some of the storyline could have been developed and "shown" more instead of being "told." Lingering questions, however, keep you intrigued even after the story ends. In the whole, this was an entertaining story into a demented mind.

Author Bio:

Born in the southern counties of England, Alen has travelled extensively throughout the UK, living for a time in most of it’s various different regions.
Now settled in the Lake District, Cumbria (local to Penrith), he has decided to dedicate his time to one of his greatest passions – writing. An avid reader, and a big fan of horror, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, and anything else in between, Alen has decided to write in all the various styles that he loves.
As he has said – “They say a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step. I say a journey into the fabulous unknown begins with the first word on a blank page.”

Get your copy from Amazon.com for $1.50.
Alen B. Curtiss' blog.

29 comments:

  1. Hey Nancy,

    Thanks for the kind words and it was my pleasure to show you and your sister a little aloha :)

    Let me know the next time you are around these here parts and by the way, I'm not jealous (much:) that you've done all your wrapping :)

    (Still trying to find the Christmas card for my wife that I left somewhere for safekeeping... duh :)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

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    1. Maybe Santa took the card for safe keeping and will deliver it on Christmas morning. :) Yes... wrapping is not my strong suit, but it's done.... Oh yeah. I still have one nephew to get for. Shucks! How much do iPods go for anyway??

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  2. How cool to meet up with one of your on-line friends! And in Hawaii, those are two wonderful things to celebrate this week!

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  3. Ooh Hawaii, I bet it was lovely there. I finished wrapping my presents yesterday, just a few last bits to do now. Have a great Christmas! :)

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    1. Hawaii was lovely, in the 80s and beautiful. You have a wonderful Christmas too!

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  4. You went to Hawaii and met a blogging friend - how fun!

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  5. I saw this pic over on Mark's site this morning - such a great picture! You can see that you two are having fun. So glad you had such a great trip!

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. His pic looks much better! It was a great trip. Hawaii is just such a peaceful place.

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  6. Congrats on meeting Mark. Still jealous. Glad you got the shopping done and Merry Christmas Nancy.

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  7. Nancy, so exciting to meet a fellow blogger and author, especially in Hawaii!! That's a dream! Merry Christmas!

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  8. How great to meet a cyber friend, especially Mark! Merry Christmas. See you in 2014.

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  9. What a nice thing to celebrate, meeting a friend. Congrats on getting Christmas done. Cute pictures. I like your review and will check out the story. Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thanks Bethie! I'm sure Alen Curtiss would be so happy if you check out his story. Merry Christmas to you. May you have a blessed one and 2014 too!

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  10. I'm still jealous about the Hawaii thing. My husband and I went to Hawaii (Maui) for our honeymoon seventeen years ago and haven't been back since. I loved it there and have always wanted to go back. Some day soon, I hope. Anyhoo, looks like you had a good time. Plus, it's a nice bonus to get to meet a virtual friend in person for the first time.

    Also as usual, you always give a nice thorough book review which is a nice skill to have for readers wanting to get a feel for the book.

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    1. Thanks for the review review. I always felt mine seem so short. But, I like short, concise and thorough reviews. :)

      Maui is just beautiful. That was the first place in Hawaii I'd visited, and would love to go back too.

      Right now, I'm jealous of my old self for this last Hawaii vacation. It was just wonderful. :)

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  11. Pleased to see you and Mark together, Nancy.
    Blogging is getting better all the time. Christianity is what we need more of in England.
    I found it interesting being pointed towards Alen B Curtiss, since I was born in Penrith, Cumbria. I'll check out his site, too.

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    1. I'm sure he'd be happy for you to check out his site. I'm surprised... there's not much Christianity in England?

      Thanks for the follow Fanny!

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  12. How wonderful that you met Mark, love the pic ;)
    And yay for being all done with your Christmas wrapping…I still have a couple to go lol

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    1. It was wonderful! And it was a great Christmas celebration. :)

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  13. Hi Nancy,

    Lots of info here, Nancy. And you can be assured I will spread the word about your book. I'm such a nice guy. A most enlightening review. And the dude lives in England. Cool stuff. Christmas shopping done! Wow, you did well.

    Hawaii? Not bad thanks. Thrilled that you met the illustrious Mark. I've no doubt he was starstruck by you good self.

    A peaceful, positive Christmas to you.

    Gary :)

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    1. You sure do have a way with words, G! Thanks for spreading the news.

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  14. Hawaii and meeting up with a fellow blogger both sound lovely. Thank you for joining in celebrating with me this year. Look forward to 2014!

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  15. Nancy, I nominated you for a blogging award. Please stop by www.dhdunne.blogspot.com to find out more. Happy New Year!

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