Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Books to curl up with: GOOD WEDNESDAY ALL

Books to curl up with: GOOD WEDNESDAY ALL:  Good Wednesday all , the day before Thanksgiving for all my American friends and book lovers . Today we are going to review Roma Gray's...

GOOD WEDNESDAY ALL

 Good Wednesday all , the day before Thanksgiving for all my American friends and book lovers . Today we are going to review Roma Gray's new book HAUNTED HOUSE HARBOR ( project 26 book 8)

                        BOOK BLURB 


   
What Do Zombies Fear?
The world has just been struck by the "Perfect Apocalypse": nuclear bombs, disease, famine,
zombies, killer bees and many other hidden terrors. As the world crumbles, a group of survivors
discovers there is only one safe haven: the mysterious town of Haunted House Harbor. For some
reason, all of the unleashed perils cannot penetrate the city limits. But there's one
problem--Haunted House Harbor has its own dark side... 
A unique and very different zombie novel. If you enjoy dystopian fiction, but are looking for something different, you've found the right book.

                       MY REVIEW 

      This book has the trifecta of what you think the world will end . We have zombies . killer bees and the world ending . The perfect apocalypse and the only place to go is Haunted House Harbor.  As a group of survivors make their way to the small town . They don't know that the town has its own dark secrets . Will they survive the apocalypse and will they survive the town .
   This book is the perfect twist on the zombie story , besides the undead we have real life things that could happen if fallen into the wrong hands . Nuclear weapons and famine that could wipe out everyone . You are on the edge of your seat when you are reading . The characters are not your super hero military type characters . The central characters are just your average everyday people  a mother in a wheeler and her daughter who has autism . Throw in confused police officers and lazy construction workers . You have a rag tag band of survivors . But you can't forget one of the main characters the town of HAUNTED HOUSE HARBOR. This small town is holding a lot of secrets and play a big part in the survivors life or death . 
   The author has a way of writing that is direct ,she doesn't do endless descriptions of the mundane things . She will keep you the edge of your seat as you read . She will take you on a roller coaster ride . I found myself holding my breathe a few times as I read . I binge read this book in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down .  This book really is more then just the zombies , its about survival and what would you do . You will loose yourself in this book and have it done in no time . If you like action , zombies and haunted houses this is the book for you . Get it and read it this thanksgiving . 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Books to curl up with: HAPPY MONDAY ALL

Books to curl up with: HAPPY MONDAY ALL:   Good morning all today we are doing something just a little different . I have to Christmas Harlequin romances for you to enjoy today...

HAPPY MONDAY ALL




  Good morning all today we are doing something just a little different . I have to Christmas Harlequin romances for you to enjoy today .

 First up for you is SANTA'S SEVEN DAY BABY TRIAL  by Meg Maxwell

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JUST FOR CHRISTMAS?

Pretty, proper Anna Miller has all the makings of a respectable Amish housewife. But the outside world has always beckoned. So when a handsome FBI agent needs help caring for his infant twin nephews right before Christmas, Anna jumps at the opportunity. Maybe she can finally discover where she truly belongs.

Special agent Colt Asher lives for his job. So he's surprised when an unexpected week as a hands-on uncle fills his life with meaning. Of course, it helps that the babies' gorgeous nanny is unlike any woman the love-'em-and-leave-'em lone wolf has ever known. But Anna's rumspringa might lead her straight back to her village. Or, if Colt lets her, Anna might just be his Christmas wish come true…


                          MY REVIEW 
    This is a sweet romance that all started with a stolen guinea pig .  Special Agent Colt Asher is on assignment to find the guinea pig that was stolen from his truck . That leads him to the Amish village where he meets Anna Miller . She is beautiful and so sweet . That when he becomes the babysitter to his twin nephews he hires her to help him out . Will they let their heats guide them and have the best Christmas ever . 
    The story is a sweet love story that you will read in one sitting , the characters are well written . Anna is a sweet girl with the dreams of more . She wants to finally discover where she really needs and want s to be . She isn't as na├»ve as she comes off as at the start . She is full of love and laughter . and starts to go after what she really wants and that is Colt . Now Colt is kind of idiot sometimes he knows he wants more with Anna but his past makes him do everything in his power to stay away . But as they babysit the nephews there are laughs abound . Anna is a natural Colt not so much . They are a great couple that will have you cheering for them to finally get together .
 The story is sweet and you will laugh and cry and laugh some more . So if you want a sweet love story for this Christmas check it out

                       ABOUT THE AUTHOR 



I live on the coast of Maine with my teenaged son, our sweet beagle, Lemon, and a black and white cat named Cleo. Interesting tidbit: Meg Maxwell is a pseudonym--my real name is Melissa Senate, author of many women's fiction titles (See Jane Date; The Love Goddess' Cooking School) that have been published in over twenty-five countries.

I've been reading and loving romance novels for almost thirty years and I'm so excited about my first category romance series: HURLEY'S HOMESTYLE KITCHEN: Book 1, A COWBOY IN THE KITCHEN, was published in March '16; Book 2, THE DETECTIVE'S 8 LB, 10 OZ SURPRISE, was published in May. Book #3, THE COWBOY'S BIG FAMILY TREE, follows in October/November. In 2017, three more Hurley's novels are coming, starting with THE COOK'S SECRET INGREDIENT in February and CHARM SCHOOL FOR COWBOYS in May. And another in November! I'm also writing a book that will part of the new Montana Mavericks continuity series that will be published in August '17.

I love to hear from readers! Feel free to email me at AuthorMegMaxwell@gmail.com. And feel free to visit my website:

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Second up LITTLE SECRETS  HOLIDAY BABY BOMBSHELL by Karen Booth

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From Rivalry to Revelry…to Romance?

Competitive swimmer turned real estate magnate Michael Kelly is tastier than a Christmas cookie. But now Charlotte Locke's sexy former lover is her top business rival…and the father of her unborn child. Determined to keep her professional cool, the hotel heiress hides her delicate condition from her family—and from her commitmentphobic ex. Until Michael moves in next door, exposing a desire left unquenched and Charlotte's pregnancy secret.

Michael may not be daddy material, but losing Charlotte and their baby isn't an option. He'll close the deal at any cost—even if it takes a Christmas miracle to prove this playboy is reformed for good!
                       MY REVIEW     Back from her European hiatus , Charlotte Locke is back to take control of her life and the life of her unborn child . To prove to herself that she can make it on her own as a top notch real estate agent . But when her brother drops a bombshell on her that here ex lover and sex on a stick ex boyfriend will be selling half of the condos. Will they survive selling the condos and will they find their way back to each other after the secret is revealed . 
     This was a fun read , the characters were well written and I loved the snarkiness of both Charlotte and Michael. Charlotte is a fun character, she is so determined to make it on her own . She doesn't realize what is right in front of her face . She is so determined not to let Michael get under her skin he does anyway . Michael is the playboy who knows what he wants and he wants Charlotte . He realizes that she was the one that got away but his stubborn pigheadedness won't let him make her his . But in the end when she needs him , he is the man she wants and needs .
   This was a fun read with a bit of spice added in . This was the first book I have read by this author . I will be reading more .

                   ABOUT THE AUTHOR 


Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on '80s music, Judy Blume, and the films of John Hughes. Karen writes smart, steamy contemporary romance--big city love stories and rock star romances.

Stay up to date on new releases from Karen by clicking the orange "Follow" button above, sign up for her newsletter at bit.ly/kbnews (paste the link into your browser), or visit her website at karenbooth.net.

When Karen isn't creating fictional hunky men, she's listening to everything from Otis Redding to Duran Duran with her kids, honing her Southern cooking skills (she makes some mean collard greens), or sweet-talking her astoundingly supportive husband into whipping up a batch of cocktails.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Books to curl up with: Good Tuesday all

Books to curl up with: Good Tuesday all:   Good Tuesday all , I hope that everyone is doing great , I think I have finally come through the fog of this dang cold . I must say being ...

Good Tuesday all

  Good Tuesday all , I hope that everyone is doing great , I think I have finally come through the fog of this dang cold . I must say being down and out gives you tonnes of time to read . Today we are going to review DIFFERENT NOT DAMAGED( dark fantasy short story collection ) by Andy Peloquin

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Strength from Weakness
 
Disability becomes Power
 
Six stories, one impactful message:
- A voiceless child painting visions of death.
- A killer with a deadly message plagued by a burden of guilt.
- A priestess divinely empowered to absorb others' pain.
- A soldier fighting for courage in the face of fear.
- A broken warrior-priest on a mission of vengeance.
- A thief desperate to escape the burden of his memories.
Betrayed by mind or body, these people struggle to survive in a grim world that takes no pity on the weak. Yet they will discover that they are simply different, not damaged.


You'll be hooked by this collection of fantasy stories that shatters the preconceptions of what is possible.

With each page you'll be drawn in further and further. These stories may even change the way you see the world.

                          MY REVIEW 

     This is a collection of short stories that will make you think . The author has written this book about different types of disabilities and trust me when you read theses stories they will change the way you see these special people . 
    The first story in the book is about a soldier dealing with his past and the battles he fought .  The ptsd of this soldier helps carry the story along . The second story is about a young artist who can't stand to be touched. This story actually broke my heart and made me understand more about autism spectrum just a bit . As each story gets better and pulls us in more .  All the characters are well written and you feel for them and start to understand them more . 
    The author writes this stories based in his fantasy world Voramis . When you read the characters you feel all of their emotions and you really feel their struggles . You start out feeling sorry for them but as you read you start to feel proud of what they can get through . Even though each story is different they flow together with ease . I would recommend this book to everyone who loves a fantasy book and wants flawed heros that will make you think a little different about people with disabilites





 




 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Books to curl up with: GOOD SATURDAY

Books to curl up with: GOOD SATURDAY:     Good Saturday all , today we have another victim in our NOVEMBER TO DISMEMBER  blog interview in conjunction with READING ZOMBIE . L...

GOOD SATURDAY



    Good Saturday all , today we have another victim in our NOVEMBER TO DISMEMBER  blog interview in conjunction with READING ZOMBIE . Lets all welcome Roma Gray to the blog

Hi Roma thank you for coming here today
Thanks for having me


 tell us a bit about yourself 
My name is Roma Gray and I write horror-fusion stories with a Halloween flavor about them. I call them Trick-or-Treat Thrillers.I live in Oregon, have a dog, cat and a parrot. I started writing when I was 8 and I have 5 books and nearly 30 short stories published

 Tell us about your books 
I have several books out, The Hunted Tribe: Declaration of War (teen witch against a dinosaur animal spirit), Jurassic Jackaroo: Jasper’s Junction (gunslinger holds a contest between criminals to see who joins him on a safari to hunt an dinosaur animal spirit), Haunted House Harbor: Humanity’s Hope (during the zombie apocalypse, survivors discover a town where the zombies are scared to go. But the town has it’s own dark past…) and Celebration of Horror 1: The Best of Roma Gray (Five short tales of terror on various holidays).


 Do you have a specific writing style 
I focus on strong characterization in all of my stories. 

 Where did your interest in writing originate  
From my love of Halloween.

Do you read your reviews and what do you do when you find a bad review
I’m happy to say I don’t get that many bad reviews. But when I do, I remember not everyone likes everything.If I agree with the comment, then I make a mental note to avoid that flaw in the future.

Do you have any writing rituals, 
I like to write in the morning. It’s the best time of day…because there’s coffee…lol!

 Do you hide little tidbits in your stories that only a few people will get 
Very much so. I’m very subtle, though. All of my books have tons of hidden clues. In Hunted Tribe 2 (coming out next year) readers will finally learn what the clues were in Hunted Tribe 1

If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager , to help you become a better writer what would it be
Just write more

how long on average does it take for you to write your books 
Depends on the size and complexity and how many interruptions I get. I wrote the JJ in 40 days. That was my shortest time ever.

Do you believe in writers block 
I don’t get it very often to be honest. Oh heck, I just jinxed myself...

NOW FOR SOME FUN QUICK QUESTIONS 

COFFEE TEA OR OTHER 
Coffee 

FAVOURITE JUNK FOOD 
Taco salads 

FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S BOOK 
Harry Potter 

HAVE YOU GOOGLED YOURSELF 
No but I will now 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST 

What would you tell any aspiring writer out there 
Have your work professionally edited, but still learn the basic rules like comma placement. 
It takes many eyes to edit your work properly. And be critical of critical Beta reader reviews.
Stay true to the internment of the work. Don’t add or take away something unless you honestly feel it will 

where can we find you at 
and on face book 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Books to curl up with: GOOD FRIDAY

Books to curl up with: GOOD FRIDAY:  Good Friday all , thank god it is Friday. Today we are going to review RHAYVEN HOUSE  by Frank E Bittinger .                            B...

GOOD FRIDAY

 Good Friday all , thank god it is Friday. Today we are going to review RHAYVEN HOUSE  by Frank E Bittinger .

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The old house literally captured his attention with a flash of light, almost as if it had intentionally signaled him. Ian Harket knew he wanted it as soon as he laid his eyes upon it, regardless of how much work needed to be done.

Even before he actually moved into the house, some odd, unexplainable things happened.

After he moved in, he began to really experience the strangeness for himself, and he got the distinct feeling the presence in the house did not want him there.

                               MY REVIEW 

       When I got this book I was excited . I love a good ghost story and I stat down and started reading . This author is new to me and I was excited to read . I dove in and was pleasantly surprised . The author took me on a journey that had me sitting on the edge of my seat . I was trying to figure out what the heck was going on  all the way through the book . 

    The characters are complex and Ian is the type of guy you want to have as a friend . He is fun to be around . When he falls in love with the old house odd things start happening to him . He thinks he is loosing his mind there for a bit .  The other main character is the house and the ghost that lives within . The house takes on a life of its own and Ian and his friends are like puppets in her hands . 

   The story is a classic haunted house tale that will keep you reading all night long . I read this one in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down .  There is just one thing , I wish it was just a little longer . To help build the creep factor just a little bit more. Over all I really liked this story and it kept me interested . I recommend this to anyone who loves a gothic style story that will keep you up all night 




Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Books to curl up with: HAPPY WEDNESDAY ALL

Books to curl up with: HAPPY WEDNESDAY ALL:    Well today I am going to review something I have never read before until this day . Disney Manga . Tim Burton's THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE ...

HAPPY WEDNESDAY ALL

   Well today I am going to review something I have never read before until this day . Disney Manga . Tim Burton's THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS .


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     Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King, the ruler of Halloween Town and master of all things creepy and spooky. But he's tired of his life in the shadows and longs for something new. When he accidentally stumbles upon Christmas Town, he decides this is the perfect chance to try his hand at a brand new holiday and is convinced he'll have the world yelling "Scary Christmas"! With the young patchwork doll Sally trying to dissuade him and the evil Oogie Boogie waiting in the wings to take over Halloween Town in Jack's absence, he'd better hurry if he wants to get his plan in place by December 25th! You've seen the movie, now read the manga for a new twist on an animated classic!

                             MY REVIEW
  I  absolutely love  THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS . When I saw that it was in manga form I was so happy to read it. I will admit I am a manga virgin and once I figured out how to read it I really got into the story . We have Jack Skellington and his take over of Christmas.
  The book is done in black and white which doesn't distract from the story telling I honestly think it kind of adds to the story and eeriness of the Halloween  What I really liked about it is the characters are so well developed and the artist doesn't really have to change too much to put it in the graphic novel . The author kept it close to the original . 
  This would be a great companion for the movie . People who love the movie will fall in love with this . People new to the nightmare before Christmas will fall in love with it with this book . I will warn you read the instructions on how to read it before you start . don't do the same mistake I did . Check it out you won't be disappointed . 


Monday, November 6, 2017

Books to curl up with: GOOD MONDAY

Books to curl up with: GOOD MONDAY:   Good Monday morning all, today we are going to review a comic version of the books I loved when I was a kid. NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS...

GOOD MONDAY

  Good Monday morning all, today we are going to review a comic version of the books I loved when I was a kid. NANCY DREW AND THE HARDY BOYS (the big lie) by Anthony Del Col .

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When the teenage brothers Frank and Joe Hardy are accused of the murder of their father – a detective in the small resort town of Bayport – they must team up with the femme fatale nancy drew to prove their innocence (and find the real guilty party in the process) in a twisting, hard-boiled tale, complete
with double-crosses, deceit and dames. Inspired by new crime classics like ed Brubaker’s Fatale and darwyn cooke’s parker series, writer Anthony del col (Assassin’s creed, Kill shakespeare) and artist Werther dell’edera (Batman: detective comics, House of Mystery) bring the iconic teen detectives into the modern age, and redefine noir for a new generation of readers!

                        MY REVIEW 
 
       This isn't the Nancy Drew and Hardy boys of our childhood . This story is grittier and darker and has twists and turns that you didn't see coming . I mean having Frank and Joe under suspicion of murdering their father , damn that was a game changer . Nancy coming in and helping them out . I love cross over and the story is one that will keep you wondering .
    The graphics in this comic have that classic noir feel to them but the characters are so 2017.  I love the feel of the suspense and action . The character drawings take us back to the book . They did a great job of bringing old school and new school together . 
   This was a great comic and I cant wait for the second installment . Other then the fact it was a little short , didn't take away from the action and the intrigue . So if you want to read the updated HARDY BOYS and NANCY DREW  check it out 


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Books to curl up with: GOOD SUNDAY MORNING ALL

Books to curl up with: GOOD SUNDAY MORNING ALL: Good Sunday morning all . Our next victim in November to Dismember on reading zombie is Scott Baker . Good morning Scott thank you f...

GOOD SUNDAY MORNING ALL





Good Sunday morning all . Our next victim in November to Dismember on reading zombie is Scott Baker .

Good morning Scott thank you for joining us here today

Thank you for having me


 Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in the Boston area, worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for twenty-three years, and am now retired where I live outside of Concord, New Hampshire with my wife (fellow writer Alison Beightol), daughter, two Boxers, and two cats. I write full time. I’ve been very fortunate because I’ve lived and traveled all over the world,and have had the opportunity to see and do things most people can only imagine, a lot of which has made its way into my novels.

 Tell us about your books.
I’ve published nine novels, two novellas, and two anthologies. They range from general horror, big bug thrillers, vampires, and even a tentacle sex story. I love them all, but I have a special fondness for my zombie stories. My Rotter World trilogy is unique in that it deals with a small band of humans and vampires working together to survive the zombie apocalypse; one thing I do in my series is bring an end to the apocalypse in which only one side survives (you’ll have to read the trilogy to find out who). My novella Dead Water involves a zombie outbreak aboard an oil rig, and my other novella Nazi Ghouls From Space… well, the title speaks for itself. Cruise of the Living Dead is my collection of zombie-related short stories, including zombies aboard a cruise ship, rednecks vs. zombies, cannibalism during the outbreak, and my favorite, “Deck the Malls with Bowels of Holly” in which an alcoholic mall Santa battles zombie reindeer (think Army of Darkness meets A Christmas Story).

Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m a huge fan of intense action scenes. I hate it when you read through three hundred pages and the climax is wrapped up in two pages. That’s ripping off the readers. I try to include action scenes that will last for at least one or two full chapters. To me, the greatest compliment is when a fan tells me my book kept them up all night because they couldn’t put it down. 

 Where did your interest in writing originate?
I was writing as far back as I can remember, when I was about seven or eight, although back then it was short stories jotted down in notebooks. My first publication was a cheap monster magazine typed on construction paper folded in half with photos from other magazines pasted in. It had a circulation of one – my mother

Do you read your reviews and what do you do when you find a bad review?
I love reading them. Negative reviews don’t bother me. Several times I’ve taken constructive criticism and used it to improve later novels. Sometimes the bad reviews are from people who for some reason didn’t like the plot or characters, which is fine – I know I can’t please everyone. So far, I’ve not received any mean-spirited reviews. I figure if most of the reviews are positive, then I must be doing it right.

Do you have any writing rituals?
Not many. I try to do a minimum of a thousand words a day. I mostly write in the morning in the family room with the dogs curled up around me while my wife and daughter are at work and school. After they go to bed, I spend several hours alone in my study with the cats either writing, marketing or engaged in social media


 Do you hide little tidbits in your stories that only a few people will get?
Not often. Sometimes I name tertiary characters after friends or colleagues I worked with. Some of the locations I use are places I had access to while serving with the government, so only a handful of people will be able to say they were there. The only work I hid a lot of Easter eggs in is my novella Nazi Ghouls From Space. Both WWII history buffs and UFO enthusiasts will get the references. 

 If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager, to help you become a better writer what would it be?
I don’t think there was anything different I could do. I was asthmatic as a kid and spent a lot of time sick in bed, and as such became a voracious reader. And I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember.

How long on average does it take for you to write your books?
Writing the first draft takes about three to four months. That’s the fun part. I send out the draft to my beta readers; when I get their comments, it takes another four to six weeks to revise the draft. That’s the most frustrating part because I read through the manuscript once as I do the initial revisions, a second time when I read through it for any continuity issues I missed, and the final time for grammar/spelling. Then I run a Find/Replace search for those words I tend to overuse. By this time, I’m so sick of reading the manuscript I can’t wait to see it published and done with. LOL.

 Do you believe in writers block? Definitely.
It happens to me all the time. I break it by taking a few days off and reading, watching TV, playing video games, and spending time with the family. Once my mind is clear, the creative juices begin flowing again. The one thing I never do is force my writing when that block hits.  

NOW FOR SOME FUN FAST QUESTIONS 

COFFEE TEA OR OTHER: Iced coffee
FAVOURITE JUNK FOOD: Chocolate chip ice cream with chocolate sprinkles
FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S BOOK: Anything by Dr. Seuss
DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF: Only occasionally. However, I have signed up for the media monitoring sites Mention and TalkWalkerAlerts, so every morning they scan the media and send me updates via email in which my name or my books are mentioned.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST
What would you tell any aspiring writer out there?
Two things. First, write every day, even if it’s only a few hundred words; if you write one page a day, at the end of a year you have a 356-page manuscript. Second, never give up. This is a brutal industry where it has become increasingly harder to be noticed among the tens of thousands of other writers. Keep at it and don’t give up; if you have the skill and perseverance, you will get published. 

Where can we find you at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottMBakerAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vampire_hunters
Amazon Authors Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003N4U9BK
Goodreads Authors Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3505916.Scott_M_Baker

BOOK LINKS 

Amazon link to Rotter World: https://www.amazon.com/Rotter-World-Scott-M-Baker/dp/1618680285/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333421267&sr=1-1

Amazon link to Rotter Nation: https://www.amazon.com/Rotter-Nation-World-saga/dp/0996312102/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1430546669&sr=1-1

Amazon link to Rotter Apocalypse: https://www.amazon.com/Rotter-Apocalypse-World-saga/dp/0996312129/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1445892548&sr=1-1

Amazon link to Dead Water: https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Water-ebook/dp/B005PYJNFY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1318181743&sr=1-1

Amazon link to Nazi Ghouls From Space: https://www.amazon.com/Nazi-Ghouls-Space-Scott-Baker-ebook/dp/B00OGN5D18/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1413266484&sr=1-1&keywords=nazi+ghouls+from+space

Amazon link to Cruise of the Living Dead: hps://www.amazon.com/dp/B01C2DW26W?ref_=pe_870760_118561140