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Saturday, August 31, 2019

GEHENNA RISES ~ cover art and design for Julian Boote (@JulianBoote) and check out the awesome reviews it's received from KIRKUS REVIEW (@kirkusreviews) and READER'S FAVORITE (@ReadersFavorite) ...

available in hardcover, paperback & ebook
Today's post features another fun project ... ZOMBIES. 

Julian Boote's novel, Gehenna Rises, has been awarded some amazing reviews from both KIRKUS and READER'S FAVORITE.

Kikus said: 
"Smart, invigorating, and, like the best zombie stories, relentlessly creepy."

Reader's Favorite said:
"Simply put, a great read."

photo by Pete Bartlett
Julian Boote is an actor, author, screenwriter and filmmaker with a BA in Film & Art from Reading University in the UK, with a number of short and feature film credits to his name in the roles of producer, screenwriter, and second unit director. In recent years Julian has returned to his first love; acting, and is thriving, garnering a number of notable roles in front of the camera.

Creating stories has been a pleasure for Julian since childhood, and he hasn’t stopped; his current projects being a number of feature scripts.


Back cover blurb ...
available in hardcover, paperback & ebook
The first Spring of the Zombie War, and – for one small enclave of living trapped behind the lines in Britain – the Battle for Survival is about to heat up in the worst way imaginable…

“I saw the Devil... with all his eyes.”

This is the frightening warning given to a rescue team by the sole survivor of a devastated fortified commune, four months on from O-Day; the start of the zombie global pandemic.

For Alec Mitchell and Jennifer Edwards at the Beeston Safe Haven, Cheshire, the nearby commune’s loss raises disquieting questions. While evidence initially indicates an attack by raiders, Mitchell and Edwards’ investigation discovers an altogether more disturbing development. The zombie virus – La Plaga – is adapting, healing its undead hosts. So whatever its injury, a zombie will always rise again.

Alec and Jennifer consider that news bad enough. But the situation turns out to be far, far worse than even they realise. For zombies are but the rotten seeds of a monstrous cadaverous fruit growing nearby. Growing, in fact, everywhere…

We thought we knew what we were dealing with during the Zombie War, only to learn – at terrible cost – how catastrophically wrong we were.

Now, having at last been cleared for public consumption by the Ministry of Population Morale Steering, Gehenna Rises shows us we are very likely wrong again…​

available in hardcover, paperback & ebook
You may notice the cover style doesn't conform to the 'look' of most zombie novels and feels more like a crime-thriller or suspense novel. Being a zombie-thiller, though, I hope the artwork and design will capture enough attention from both target audiences. Let me know if you agree.

And don't forget to follow Julian online to stay up-to-date with all of his creative endeavors... 




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*Blurbs and quotes provided are not edited by WillowRaven but posted as provided by author/publisher.

*All art and designs in this post were created by myself unless otherwise noted even if some images have been replaced with newer ones to keep post current with my portfolio..

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

BURNT OFFERING, by Vivian Zabel (@VivianZabel) & 4RV Publishing (@4RV), Given 5 Stars by Readers' Favorite

The following post was borrowed with permission from Vivian Zabel and 4RV Publishing.

  Burnt Offering 
reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

     Hadara is the daughter of a rich Egyptian and married to Tzabar, a cruel and conniving man. King Ahaz of Judah believed in idols and not the one true God. He and Tzabar, together in their evil ways, killed children by placing them in bronze idols and burning them alive. This caused many to flee and hide to protect their children and their religious beliefs. Hadara left the home of Tzabar in the middle of the night, taking her son and others of the household and she did her best to protect all of them. 
     Burnt Offering has much romance as each person finds love and marries but there is much danger as well. There are those worshipers of the idols and those who believe there is only one God and are ready to fight to prove that their beliefs are the right ones. When Hezekiah, who has been in hiding for many years, becomes the new king, many changes take place, but the fighting and killing still continue.
     Burnt Offering by Vivian Zabel takes place in the eighth century,
beginning in 720 BC. The story brings the Old Testament alive and depicts a way of life so very different than anything we can imagine. There are many characters in this book and each plays an important role in telling the story. Burnt Offering has enough suspense and romance to keep you reading long into the night.
     Vivian Zabel is a master of words and turns them into vivid pictures as she takes us very far back in time. Burnt Offering fits into so many genres that I can only say I do not think there is anyone who will not enjoy reading this book. It is a page-turner.



      After receiving the review shared above, I wanted to tell everyone. The novel is also entered in Readers' Favorite book competition, but I won't know the results until September 2020 -- Wow! What a long time to wait.


This end's Vivian's post and where mine begins ...

Is there anything more fun than portraying a horrifying deity and the terrifying reality of what humanity is capable of doing in the name of religion? Or is that just me?

Blurb:

Throughout history, almost every people/nation worshiped idols at one time or another. During the 8th Century BCE, King Ahaz of Judah followed pagan worship by offering burnt offerings of children, his and others, to Moleck. Pressure on the king’s subjects provided many offerings and over-zealous action to find more sacrifices on the part of his advisors and nobles.

After viewing the brutal offering of the king’s infant son, Hadara could never forget the baby’s screams, the sight of the tiny body turning crisp, the smell of burning flesh. She sent her son and his family to Egypt so they would be safe. But, the question remained: Should she endanger herself and the rest her household to help other mothers and their children escape from Moleck’s fire?

Available in hardcover & paperback through 4RV Publishing & most physical & online retailers.


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Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
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Aidana WillowRaven



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*Blurbs and quotes provided are not edited by WillowRaven but posted as provided by author/publisher.

*All art and designs in this post were created by myself unless otherwise noted even if some images have been replaced with newer ones to keep post current with my portfolio.