INTRODUCTION

Hi everyone My name is Victoria Zumbrum, 40 years old, married 14 years with 1 son. This is my very first blog. So bear with me. I have always wanted to have my own blog. I have always loved to read. I enjoy getting lost in a good book.
I love becoming part of the story and characters. I am hoping to bring my love of books to my readers.

I love reading different genres such as paranormal, young adult, romance, romantic suspense, mystery, Christian fiction, some horror, etc. The list goes on. I started reviewing books a couple of years ago and have done reviews for different blogs and even some authors. I really have enjoyed reviewing books and I will continue to do so. If anyone is interested in me reviewing a book for them, please contact me. I still have a lot to learn regarding my own blog so bear with me. I welcome and appreciate all followers.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Review of the Infected by Jessica Gomez




If the world ceased to exist in one moment in time, would you know what to do?

Lillie thought her life was finally beginning to look up, and for once she seemed in control of her own future. Until a blinding light in the sky ripped that all away. When the luminosity snapped off, it flipped a switch, taking with it almost every human life, leaving behind few survivors… and the Infected. Decrepit and inhuman, the Infected brutalize everything that crosses their path.

The flash has destroyed most people’s humanity, rendering Lillie a target for every horrific situation imaginable. Nine months later, she not only has to worry about herself, but her newborn child.

After a year of living on their own and just making it, Lillie and her daughter catch a break, finding shelter and a new companion in a young boy. The new family dynamic has Lillie letting her guard down. Until one day, they are ambushed. More terrifying and faster than ever, the Infected nearly overcome them, triggering the relocation of their home.

Taking a chance, Lillie and the children head to the mountains of Oregon. Little do they know - what waits there may be worse than the Infected.

**WARNING** There are some controversial issues in this book. Rape being one of them. If you are sensitive to this subject, this book is not recommended for you. Due to some subject matter, this book is highly recommended for 18+.

MY REVIEW:

INFECTED IS THE FIRST BOOK I HAVE READ BY AUTHOR, JESSICA GOMEZ.  I AM GLAD I DID.  I REALLY ENJOYED THE BOOK.  I AM NOT A BIG FAN OF ZOMBIE BOOK BUT I REALLY ENJOYED THIS ONE  I LOVE THE AUTHOR'S TAKE ON ZOMBIES AND HOW THE WORLD ENDS.  THE FLASH IS AN INTERESTING CONCEPT WHICH NEEDS TO BE EXPLORED FURTHER IN THE SERIES.  IT WOULD BE GREAT TO KNOW HOW THE FLASH CAME TO BE AND WHY SOME ARE IMMUNE AND SOME ARE NOT?

I REALLY ENJOYED LILLIE'S CHARACTERS.  SHE IS VERY TOUGH AND VERY STRONG.  LILLIE HAD TO GROW UP FAST SINCE SHE HAD NO ONE TO TAKE CARE OF HER.  I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HER BACKGROUND IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM.  WHEN THE FLASH HAPPENS LILLIE IS ON HER OWN ONCE AGAIN BUT THIS TIME SHE HAS A NEWBORN BABY TO LOOK OUT FOR.  I LOVE HER DAUGHTER.  SHE IS SO CUTE AND ADORABLE.  LILLIE MEETS A YOUNG BOY ON THEIR JOURNEY AFTER BEING ON THEIR OWN FOR SO LONG.  A CONNECTION IS ESTABLISHED BETWEEN THEM AND THEY BECOME A FAMILY.  LILLIE, HER DAUGHTER AND THE BOY DECIDE TO TRAVEL TO OREGON TO SEE IF THEY CAN FIND LIFE THERE.  WHAT THEY DISCOVER MAY BE WORSE THEN THE INFECTED?

INFECTED IS AN ACTION PACKED SERIES THAT KEEPS YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT. THERE ARE SO MANY TWIST AND TURNS THROUGHOUT THE STORY, IT WILL KEEP YOU GUESSING WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT UNTIL THE VERY END.  I HAVE TO WARN YOU THAT THERE ARE VIOLENT SCENES AND PARTS THAT ARE GROSS AND EVEN CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES SUCH AS RAPE.  THERE IS ROMANCE AND LOVE ALSO. 

IF YOU LOVE ZOMBIE BOOK OR THE END OF THE WORLD, THIS SERIES IS DEFINITELY A MUST READ.   I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO READING MORE OF THE AUTHOR'S BOOKS AND THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.  4 STARS







Biography
Jessica Gomez is a best-selling author who enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and gardening. She was born and raised in Oregon, where she still resides with her family. She enjoys hearing from and chatting with her readers, who have the same passion for reading.

Jessica's first book, After the Before, was independently published in 2014. Followed later by her second series, INFECTED in 2015.

To learn more about this author, visit her website at: jgome3281.wix.com/author

The Last Breath The Breathless series book 1 by Leigh Lennon

THE LAST BREATH
The Breathless series, book 1

by Leigh Lennon

New Release Book Tour The Wandering God The Watcher Book 3 by Joshua Pantalleresco



Greater Worlds than These



Following the events of Stormdancer, The Watcher receives a vision in a dream of a city in turmoil. The dream haunts him, as does the voice that insistently repeats, 'Help me,' night after night. Leaving the safety of the tower of scientists behind, the Watcher and his friends embark on their final journey to locate the source of the message and come face to face with their most difficult obstacle yet: doubt.

Though they trust the Watcher, Kristen and the others can't help but fear that the voice in his head is driving him mad and leading them all to their deaths. Even the Watcher is afraid. He knows that listening to this voice risks everything he has obtained up until this point, but he can't help but continue to follow it, driven forward by curiosity and an  instinctive need.



Beyond volcanoes, rock people, and deserts of nothing but crystal, lies the City at the End of the World. And there, the Wandering God awaits...



Tags: Young Adult, Poetry, Epic, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons



Kindle version of the book is 161 pgs. long.



More info can be found on Amazon



Follow the book tour:



https://saphsbookpromotions.blogspot.com/2017/11/schedule-wandering-god-watcher-book-3.html


Praise for The Wandering God:



“I can say with no hyperbole that The Watcher by Joshua Pantalleresco is, truly, an epic epic.” ~Dirk Manning, author of Tales of Mr. Rhee and Nightmare World



"Joshua Pantalleresco paints a stunning and vivid world through poetry and takes the reader on an adventure that is well worth a read." ~Christine Steendam, award-winning author of the Ocean series and Foremost chronicles


Read an Excerpt:

now I stand in this space in the dream 
I know this cannot be real 
watching this whole story play in my head 
feeling the presence of someone 
something 
watching with me 

"Help me." 

I know the voice when I hear it 
it beckons me to another place 

the vision shifts to a city 
like the one I saw at the beginning 
it still stands 
surrounded by barrenness 
it thrives in spite of the growing emptiness around it 
vibrant defiance in an empty world 
those same structures I saw in the dream remain 
pointing up at the heavens 
daring the Wandering God to find them 

somehow I know 
that voice will be there 
waiting 

"Help me." 

I wake up 
gasping back to life from slumber 
happy to confirm it was only a dream 

I look around at the others 
sound asleep 
at peace 
dreaming their tranquil dreams 

I am thankful they came for me 
it is nice to know that in this empty place 
you are not alone 

I am glad to be with my family 
I wouldn't trade them for anything 
I close my eyes again I am not alone

Purchase Links:



Amazon CA



Meet the Author and the Illustrator of The Wandering God:



Author:







Joshua Pantalleresco writes stuff...and podcasts too. He writes poetry, prose, comics and other mediums as well as hosts his own podcast show Just Joshing available on Itunes. He lives in his own head most of the time, and likes ice cream and baileys.



The Wandering God is his third book through Mirror World Publishing. He lives in Calgary. His webpage is http://jpantalleresco.wordpress.com and his twitter is @jpantalleresco.



Illustrator:



Florence Chan is an illustrator, designer and 3D modeller from Calgary, Alberta, now living in Toronto, Canada. She is the illustrator of Marilyn Marsh Noll's 'Jonathan and the Magical Broomstick' and Joshua Pantalleresco's 'The Watcher' and ‘Stormdancer’ and has contributed to Jason Mehmel's comic anthology 'Fight Comics' as well as Damian Willcox's 'Dorkboy: 1995-2015 Two Dorkades and Counting'.



Her work can be found at www.florencechan.ca



Connect with Joshua:



Amazon US: 
Author Website: 

Fall of the Cities by Vance Huxley Book Tour and Giveaway


Fall
of the Cities: Planting the Orchard
by
Vance Huxley
Genre:
YA Fantasy, Apocalyptic

The
world is falling apart. Terrorists spark a worldwide oil and gas
crisis while imports grind to a halt. Europe and Britain are erupting
into chaos as food runs out and desperate people take matters into
their own hands. 





As
the government begins to seal off rioting parts of the city, Corporal
Harry Miller takes an offered discharge to get his sister and her
kids to safety. But he’s not fast enough. Trapped in the city with
a rag-tag collection of ordinary citizens, Harry struggles to create
a small pocket of stability - a place to ride out the coming
confrontation between rioters and the Army, and save themselves from
complete annihilation.



**FREE
on Amazon!**



Vance
Huxley lives out in the countryside in Lincolnshire, England. He has
spent a busy life
working
in many different fields – including the building and rail
industries, as a workshop
manager,
trouble‐shooter for an engineering firm, accountancy, cafe
proprietor, and graphic
artist.
He also spent time in other jobs, and is proud of never being
dismissed, and only
once
made redundant.
Eventually
he found his Noeline, but unfortunately she died much too young. To
help with the
aftermath,
Vance tried writing though without any real structure. As an editor
and beta readers
explained
the difference between words and books, he tried again.
Now
he tries to type as often as possible in spite of the assistance of
his cats, since his legs no
longer
work well enough to allow anything more strenuous. An avid reader of
sci‐fi, fantasy and
adventure
novels, his writing tends towards those genres.



Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!




Release Tour Heart and Dagger The Ships in the Night series Book 1 by Holland Rae


HEART & DAGGER
The Ships in the Night series, Book 1

by Holland Rae

New Release Book Tour The Wandering God The Watcher, Book 3 by Joshua Pantalleresco



Greater Worlds than These



Following the events of Stormdancer, The Watcher receives a vision in a dream of a city in turmoil. The dream haunts him, as does the voice that insistently repeats, 'Help me,' night after night. Leaving the safety of the tower of scientists behind, the Watcher and his friends embark on their final journey to locate the source of the message and come face to face with their most difficult obstacle yet: doubt.

Though they trust the Watcher, Kristen and the others can't help but fear that the voice in his head is driving him mad and leading them all to their deaths. Even the Watcher is afraid. He knows that listening to this voice risks everything he has obtained up until this point, but he can't help but continue to follow it, driven forward by curiosity and an  instinctive need.



Beyond volcanoes, rock people, and deserts of nothing but crystal, lies the City at the End of the World. And there, the Wandering God awaits...



Tags: Young Adult, Poetry, Epic, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons



Kindle version of the book is 161 pgs. long.



More info can be found on Amazon



Follow the book tour:



https://saphsbookpromotions.blogspot.com/2017/11/schedule-wandering-god-watcher-book-3.html


Praise for The Wandering God:



“I can say with no hyperbole that The Watcher by Joshua Pantalleresco is, truly, an epic epic.” ~Dirk Manning, author of Tales of Mr. Rhee and Nightmare World



"Joshua Pantalleresco paints a stunning and vivid world through poetry and takes the reader on an adventure that is well worth a read." ~Christine Steendam, award-winning author of the Ocean series and Foremost chronicles


Read an Excerpt:

now I stand in this space in the dream 
I know this cannot be real 
watching this whole story play in my head 
feeling the presence of someone 
something 
watching with me 

"Help me." 

I know the voice when I hear it 
it beckons me to another place 

the vision shifts to a city 
like the one I saw at the beginning 
it still stands 
surrounded by barrenness 
it thrives in spite of the growing emptiness around it 
vibrant defiance in an empty world 
those same structures I saw in the dream remain 
pointing up at the heavens 
daring the Wandering God to find them 

somehow I know 
that voice will be there 
waiting 

"Help me." 

I wake up 
gasping back to life from slumber 
happy to confirm it was only a dream 

I look around at the others 
sound asleep 
at peace 
dreaming their tranquil dreams 

I am thankful they came for me 
it is nice to know that in this empty place 
you are not alone 

I am glad to be with my family 
I wouldn't trade them for anything 
I close my eyes again I am not alone

Purchase Links:



Amazon CA



Meet the Author and the Illustrator of The Wandering God:



Author:







Joshua Pantalleresco writes stuff...and podcasts too. He writes poetry, prose, comics and other mediums as well as hosts his own podcast show Just Joshing available on Itunes. He lives in his own head most of the time, and likes ice cream and baileys.



The Wandering God is his third book through Mirror World Publishing. He lives in Calgary. His webpage is http://jpantalleresco.wordpress.com and his twitter is @jpantalleresco.



Illustrator:



Florence Chan is an illustrator, designer and 3D modeller from Calgary, Alberta, now living in Toronto, Canada. She is the illustrator of Marilyn Marsh Noll's 'Jonathan and the Magical Broomstick' and Joshua Pantalleresco's 'The Watcher' and ‘Stormdancer’ and has contributed to Jason Mehmel's comic anthology 'Fight Comics' as well as Damian Willcox's 'Dorkboy: 1995-2015 Two Dorkades and Counting'.



Her work can be found at www.florencechan.ca



Connect with Joshua:



Amazon US: 
Author Website: 

Mr. Peadlebody by D.L. Gardner Book Tour and Giveaway


An
Unconventional Mr. Peadlebody
by
D.L. Gardner
Genre:
Paranormal Humor 

Rockford
Peadlebody dies in a train wreck while traveling with his family, (a
rather dysfunctional lot of half-blood vampires) after a flood in
Mississippi washes their home away. Once his brother Gerald, his wife
Ginger, and son Raymond reach grandpa's estate in Ohio, they are
surprised by the news that grandaddy Benjamin Peadlebody has also
died. They are now heirs to the infamous Peadlebody manor and all its
peculiarities, including the butler, a reserved, tattooed, muscle-man
named Richard Cottlebone, 





It
seems fishy to Gerald that two untimely deaths in the family happened
within a week. Yes, Rockford's demise was of his own doing, but
Benjamin's? Perhaps the butler, knows more than he's letting on?

To
prove himself worthy, since he failed to live up to old Benjamin's
standards when he was alive, Gerald goes about to unravel the thread
of Papa's death. No help comes from Ginger. She's too busy trying to
un-vampire herself. And Raymond is in love, but not with his
relatives. Gerald soon discovers solving a murder mystery meets with
a stone cold reception.








With
a passion for a good wholesome story, Gardner dives into the adult
and young adult fantasy genres. She is both a best selling author and
an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
Dabbling in screenwriting, she's won screenings and a trophy for some
of her film projects. 





She
loves a tale that ignites imaginations, strengthens friendships,
spurs courage and applauds honor. Though she targets her stories for
young adults, her books are enjoyed by all ages.

D.L.
Gardner is a columnist for the science fiction and fantasy
publication Amazing Stories
Magazine












Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!