Book Tour: The Girl in the Corn

The Girl in The Corn

By, Jason Offutt

Format Read: Format Read: Ebook with EVIE App playback

How obtained: Part of a book tour for the book from Blackthorn Book Tours.

Book Summary:

Beware of what lurks in the corn.

Fairies don’t exist. At least that’s what Thomas Cavanaugh’s parents say. But the events of that one night, when he follows a fairy into the cornfield on his parents’ farm, prove them wrong. What seems like a destructive explosion was, Thomas knows, an encounter with Dauðr, a force that threatens to destroy the fairy’s world and his sanity.

Years later, after a troubled childhood and a series of dead-end jobs, he is still haunted by what he saw that night. One day he crosses paths with a beautiful young woman and a troubled young man, soon realizing that he first met them as a kid while under psychiatric care after his encounters in the cornfield. Has fate brought them together? Are they meant to join forces to save the fairy’s world and their own? Or is one of them not who they claim to be?

I reccomend this for ages 16+ due to violence.

Want a story that takes a hard turn away from what you expected?

This book starts off calm enough as a fantasy tale but quickly jumps into the unexpected and excitement. From meeting a fairy to ending up in a psyche ward the story keeps escalating and going more in depth through the life of Thomas.

As murders continue to rise and an entity comes ever closer to destroying everything Thomas is just trying to keep himself afloat and live his life while being dragged into a fate he wants nothing to do with.

This story definitely kept me guessing and could be very fast paced at times. I do feel like there is enough content in this story that it could of been much longer and I hope to be able to read more in this universe.

In My Opinion, this is a great horror fantasy book and the first one I have read. If you are looking for a story that has fantasy elements along with horror then you should pick up this book.

I give this book a 4 out of 5.

About The Author: Jason Offutt

Jason Offutt
Jason during simpler times

Jason Offutt grew up on a farm near the little town of Orrick, Missouri. In his life he’s been a farm hand, journalist, photographer, bartender, and the mayor of that same small town. Jason now teaches journalism at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, and keeps the world safe from the forces of evil.

Okay, so now that the interview bio’s out the way, here’s who I really am. I’m a nerd. A Dungeons and Dragons playing, “Star Trek” watching, conspiracy theory Fanboy. “The Twilight Zone” is the greatest television program ever created, author Michael Crichton was a wizard, and I once went to a Halloween party dressed as Gilligan (my wife went as Mary Ann. Hubba hubba).

As a kid I looked for Sasquatch footprints in the yard, UFOs over our farmhouse (one night my whole family saw something that shouldn’t – couldn’t – have been in the sky. Damn straight), and one afternoon, alone, I saw a full-bodied apparition that stared at me through hollow eyes.

So, yeah. That’s me. If you want to talk writing, nerd stuff, or the paranormal, send me a message. I’ll try to respond as soon as possible, but if I’m on deadline, that cute kid in the picture can be kind of a dick.


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Twitter: @TheJasonOffutt

Instagram: @TheJasonOffutt

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Book Tour: The Man With the Golden Mind

The Man With The Golden Mind

Series: #2 Detective Maier Mysteries Trilogy

By, Tom Vater

Format Read: Ebook with EVIE App playback

How obtained: Part of a book tour for the book from Blackthorn Book Tours.

Book Summary:

Julia Rendel asks Maier to investigate the twenty-five year old murder of her father, an East German cultural attaché who was killed near a fabled CIA airbase in central Laos in 1976.

But before the detective can set off, his client is kidnapped right out of his arms. Maier follows Julia’s trail to the Laotian capital Vientiane, where he learns different parties, including his missing client are searching for a legendary CIA file crammed with Cold War secrets.

But the real prize is the file’s author, a man codenamed Weltmeister, a former US and Vietnamese spy and assassin no one has seen for a quarter century.

I recommend this book for ages 16+ due to the violence and sexual content.

From the trauma and excitement that was Cambodia. Tom Vater is back with my favorite Detective. This time Detective Maier is looking to solve a 25 year old murder case in Laos.

In true Tom Vater style nothing is as simple as it seems. Tom Vater knows how to keep you on your seat and weave a tale filled with twists and enough excitement that can keep you going on for multiple books all in one fast paced book.

Detective Maier keeps becoming more fleshed out in this second book of the series and we get the chance to learn more about his past and family tree as well as seeing him try to work out some “daddy issues” while trying to keep himself alive and mostly intact. Maier has the luck of the devil or maybe deep down enjoys the pressure of his cases and the beatings he gets himself into along with plenty of narrow escapes and some heartbreaking circumstances as retirement is an ugly work that might be slowly worming its way into him.

I enjoyed, as with every book I have read from Tom Vater, the history with the thrilling story all entwined together so seamlessly. If you have read the previous Detective Maier book you will definitely enjoy this one as the stakes raise a bit higher and old grievances are brought to light with the Detective dragged into it all. I am definitely hoping for at the very least some kind of Netflix series adaptation of this book series with each book covering a season. Let’s get on this. But at the very least pick up a copy of this book or the first in the series called “Cambodian Book of the Dead” and start reading this wonderful series or if you have read that already pick up this entry into the series.

I look forward to seeing how Detective Maier keeps changing and what other adventures and situations he ends up in.

I give this book, 5 lost appendages out of 5.

About the Author: Tom Vater

Tom Vater

Tom Vater is a writer and publisher working predominantly in Asia. He is the co-owner of Crime Wave Press, a Hong Kong based English language crime fiction imprint.

Tom has published three novels, The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu, currently available in English and Spanish, The Cambodian Book of the Dead, released by Crime Wave Press in Asia and world wide in July 1013 by Exhibit A as well as a follow-up,. The Man with the Golden Mind, out with Exhibit A in March 2014.

Tom has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The South China Morning Post, Marie Claire, Geographical, Penthouse and other publications.

He has published several non-fiction books, including the highly acclaimed Sacred Skin with photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat, and the more recent Burmese Light with photographer Hans Kemp.
Tom is the co-author of several documentary screenplays, most notably The Most Secret Place On Earth, a feature on the CIA’s covert war in 1960s Laos.

In his spare time, he plays in Rock’nRoll bands and reads Noir fiction.

You can follow him on his Facebook page or on Twitter.

Find Tom at:

Twitter: @tomvater



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Book Tour: Cambodian Book of the Dead

Cambodian Book of the Dead

Series: #1 Detective Maier Mysteries Trilogy

By, Tom Vater

Format Read: Ebook with EVIE App playback

How obtained: Part of a book tour for the book from Blackthorn Book Tours.

Book Summary:

Private eye and former war reporter, Maier is sent to Cambodia to track down the missing heir to a Hamburg coffee empire.

His search leads him into the darkest corners of the country’s history, through the Killing Fields of the communist revolution, to the White Spider, a Nazi war criminal who reigns over an ancient Khmer temple deep in the jungle.

But the terrifying tale of mass murder that Maier uncovers is far from over. And soon Maier realises that, if he is to prevent more innocent lives from being destroyed, he will have to write the last horrific chapter himself.

The first book I ever read from Tom Vater was The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu. It was a very well-written book and I enjoyed the historical accuracy. That book was intense and had some pretty graphic elements to it but it doesn’t hold a candle to this new title I’ve read.

Detective Maier has to be one of my current favorite book characters. He is an incredibly flawed man that is smart and seems to slowly be coming to be a better person even in his older age.
He is a very curious man who gets himself into situations that he gets very lucky to have survived.

Tom Vater has made a great story mixed with historical accuracies from the area and traumas from there. I have come to thoroughly enjoy reading his works and I can reccomend any of his stories enough.
16 years or older to read. There is plenty of mature content throughout the borough in the form of drug usage, murder, and rape so it can be very intense with what all is happening in the story. However these types of horrors do happen and are reality.

This is the first book in the series about Detective Maier and I definitely recommend reading it oh, I already plan on reading the next book in the series so be looking forward to that.

I have found this author to be very well-versed in the political climates of Asia as well as much of the history and he has a very good way of articulating it into a story that is not only accurate but highly entertaining.

In My Opinion, this is an absolutely fantastic detective book and if you are a fan of the genre you should totally pick it up. If you are not a fan I still recommend picking this up because it put together incredibly well.

I give this book, 5 narrow escapes out of 5.

About The Author: Tom Vater

Tom Vater

Tom Vater is an Asia-based writer.

He has published some 20 books – four novels, nonfiction, illustrated books and guidebooks, all on Asian subjects.

Tom has written four crime fiction novels. The Devil’s Road to Kathmandu – the third English language edition out with Next Chapter out now – is a travel thriller set on the 70s hippie trail between London and Kathmandu. A Spanish translation is out with ExploraEditorial.

The Detective Maier trilogy – The Cambodian Book of the Dead, The Man with the Golden Mind and the The Monsoon Ghost Image, a Southeast Asia series of novels follows the exploits of a former conflict journalist turned private eye.

Tom has written for The Guardian, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, the Nikkei Asian Review and many other publications. He co-authored Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos (2011), a notable bestseller. He is also co-author of several documentary screenplays, including The Most Secret Place on Earth (2008), a feature on the CIA’s covert war in Laos in the 60s and 70s.

Tom is on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Find Tom at:

Twitter: @tomvater



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Update and Covidmas

Well, these last few days of 2021and the start of 2022 have certainly not been the best.

Everyone in the household came down with Covid. It isn’t the worst mainly allergy like symptoms however, there was 2 days of crippling migraines and multiple days after that of body pains.

My wife however is getting the worst of it with how bad her coughing is and having just finished up Chemotherapy not too long ago and having her Chemo-Port removed recently.

Ase and Talli also got it and had many restless nights from it with Talli waking up many times throughout the night.

During this time Ase sprayed a whole can of Febreze on the TV effectively killing it off and being distraught that she could no longer watch Blippi on repeat. To cut off any question nope we couldn’t smell it.

I wasn’t able to get much reading done. I did however read through a bit of a webnovel that has caught my attention randomly. It is called “Digging to Survive: I can see Hints”

I do have A book tour coming up and the review is done and ready to go. I am also going to try and have another review when I can as well.

As for the webnovel would anyone like to see a mini review for what I have read so far of it?

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Book Tour: Secret of the Sword & Giveaway!!

Secret of the Sword

The Grandfather Chronicles #1

By,  Sean R. Bell

Format Read: E-book

How obtained: As Part of a Storytellers on Tour Book Tour and from the Author.

Book Summary:
An ancient bloodline. A powerful enemy. A hidden sword with the power to save or destroy the Earth.

Ian Dekker is a twenty-five-year-old filmmaker and hockey fanatic living a happy life in Toronto, but little does he know his destiny is about to change forever. The arrival of a mysterious letter from his deceased grandfather draws him back to his home city of Montreal, to his grandfather’s old house, where he follows clues that lead him to an astonishing truth. Ian is a descendant of the Pendragons: the family who, in the Middle Ages, established a vast empire in Western Europe, giving rising to legendary figures such as the High King Uther, whose mentor was none other than the great wizard Merlin. However, as Ian learns, King Uther had a jealous sibling named Morgana, who, after living in her brother’s shadow, turned to darkness in order to gain power and exact her revenge. Merlin and Uther managed to trap Morgana inside the sword Excalibur—but now, centuries later, she is on the brink of escaping her magical prison with the help of loyal followers.

This is where Ian comes in. Just like his grandfather before him, Ian must harness his magic and inner strength in order to keep evil at bay. Armed with only his grandfather’s journal, myth comes to life, and Ian is swept into an adventure that takes him across the world and between realms—from light into shadow—as he accepts his destiny. By his side is his childhood friend, Kate, as well as his mother, Lynn, who both help him navigate the mysterious waters of his family history. Ian’s courage and strength are tested as he searches for answers, meeting cruel enemies along the way who use trickery and possession in order to pursue Ian in his quest. In this story, good and evil have the same destination, and only the legacy of a grandson—fuelled by his grandfather’s love and trust—can save the world from complete destruction.

The summary for this book sounded very good to me and it is very straightforward with exactly what the book is about. Definitely a good book for young adult or maybe some tween age.

I enjoyed the mix of Arthurian legends and the mix of secret organizations stemming from that time period. I also have a soft spot for a story about a boy and his Grandpa since that hits close to home for me as I was close to my Grandpa’s before they passed away.
The world building is pretty straight forward as it is simply the world we live in with fantastical elements sprinkled in.

The characters, although I did like them and enjoy reading about them, I felt that there wasn’t a huge amount of character development and what was there felt rushed. The main character Ian finds out about his Grandfather’s past and the task he has inherited and just seems to accept it so simply without any kind of thoughts of “what is all of this nonsense?” Instead he just accepts it and starts looking for clues.

The story itself I found to be quick paced and fun to read. Jumping from event to event and introducing more characters. I would like to see a prequel series with more on the background of Merlins students and Ian’s Grandpa going through his adventures. As it is I will still try to read the next on this series when that becomes a possibility.

In My Opinion, this is a somewhat quick book to read and quick paced. It has plenty of fun to read through and some adventure. A very good fantasy story, that many can and will be able to enjoy.

I give this a 4 out of 5

About the Author: Sean R. Bell

Sean R. Bell

Sean Bell is a Canadian author. Growing up, his creativity and interests were encouraged by the loving relationship he shared with his grandfather. An avid reader, he has long been fascinated by epic narratives, fantasy literature, Arthurian legends, and powerful villains. Combined, these influences led to the writing of his first book, The Secret of the Sword, which is part of his forthcoming series, The Grandfather Chronicles. His imagination and dedication to nurturing family values has helped Sean in creating a world filled with magic that readers of all ages will relate to. He currently resides in St. Catharines, Ontario, with his dog Rocky. 

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Prize: The Secret of the Sword by Sean R. Bell – International

Grand Prize: A Signed Hardcover Copy

Runner-Up: A Signed Paperback Copy

Starts: December 12th, 2021 at 12:00am EST

Ends: December 19th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST

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Pulse Book Blitz with Giveaway



Series: Pulse #1

By, B.A. Bellec

Format Read: E-Book with Playback from Evie App

Book Links:

How I Obtained:  As part of a book tour from Storytellers On Tour

Other Information:
Published December 1, 2021
Genre: Dystopian Sci-Fi Horror
Intended Age Group: 16+
Pages: 364
Publisher: Self-Published

Book Summary:
Pulse is a multi-POV dystopian sci-fi horror thriller set in 2040, centered around a corporation, a creature, and a music festival. Think Fyre Festival, Black Mirror, and X-Files combined. The story deals with themes of capitalism, consumerism, business, politics, pandemics, climate change, activism, and technology while bouncing between a diverse group of characters sure to entertain almost anyone. The book is already being praised for its fantastic use of horror, engaging world-building, and genre-bending approach utilizing some screenplay-like formatting. This is the first entry in a new series with the sequel well underway.

I read this as part of a book tour in an ebook format. This was a bit of a slow start at first but it quickly changes gears and sucks you in before you know what happened. I thought that this story was very foreboding about what kind of a future we could be heading towards with a Sci-Fi twist .

Pulse is definitely a book that is intended for an older audience, suggested 16+, as there are some very visceral scenes throughout the book that are incredibly gory, with more adult-oriented themes. The content warning  being drug and alcohol use, body horror, violence (creature attacks & people murdered), car accident, gun use, torture, and miscarriage.

The World building is incredible, as I said before especially in light of some recent events, very foreboding about where we could be heading in the future. I also thoroughly enjoyed many of the characters that were introduced throughout the story. Some of the characters definitely a bit more memorable than others and a few of them turned out to be a little bit more essential to the plot than I had originally thought.

I could easily see this being turned into some sort of movie or better yet a television series. Even still, this is definitely a book that anyone who is into sci-fi or a my opinion books that are a bit more on the horror side with a bit of mystery and suspense also thrown into the mix.

As the story came towards its conclusion and its climax I definitely found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what direction the author could possibly take with all of these converging stories. I am completely hooked and I want to see more of this story so I hope that there’s many more books in the future.

In my opinion, I think anyone can really get into this book if they were to really sit down and read it, I definitely and highly recommend this. That said, pick up a coffee and a copy of the book.

I give this book 5 Eye Gouges of 5.

About the Author:

B.A. Bellec

Bryan “B.A.” Bellec’s debut novel, Someone’s Story, won the Reader Views Young Adult Book of the Year as well as various other honors. Someone’s Story is a young adult coming-of-age book and has seen good support over Instagram, YouTube, and Goodreads. One of the aspects that makes Bellec’s projects unique is he includes musicians in his novels and then he actually produces the songs as his book goes through the editing stages.

Bellec was born in Richmond, BC and raised in Langley, BC, before settling in Winnipeg, MB. His first adventure was a career in Finance, where he spent 15 years developing his business skills. His highest achievement was the Certified Payroll Manager designation. He currently still consults with businesses on their systems and processes. Over that period of time, he also attended Lights Film School where he started to nurture his early creative abilities.

A self-starter always interested in research, he taught himself many of the aspects of storytelling through reading books, screenplays, and material online. Whenever he found an inspirational piece of art, he quickly went to the source to find the story behind the artist who created the work. It took many years after attending film school for him to finally combine his creative skills with his life experience and tell these stories he had been holding back. Some of his favorite creative people: Lukas Rossi, Justin Furstenfeld, Peter Jackson, Stephen Chbosky, J.K. Rowling.

During COVID-19, Bellec started a YouTube channel and was awarded a grant from The Canada Council for the Arts. He also pounded away on the keyboard to bring his second novel, Pulse, from his imagination to the page. He can’t wait to release that book along with the new songs that will go with it!

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A Healer’s Gift

A Healer’s Gift

Series: Adventures on Brad #1

By, Tao Wong

Format Read: E-Book

How Obtained: Free Novel from Voracious Readers and Free in Kindle store currently

Book Summary:

Daniel was Gifted by the gods at birth, able to heal with a touch even the most grievous wounds. Born in a mining camp, he’s unable to still his restless heart and journey’s to a nearby Dungeon town to take his first steps as an Adventurer. Follow his journey in a world filled with monsters, dungeons and a leveling system. A traditional fantasy story with LitRPG elements.

So I am a sucker currently for LitRPG’S (Thank you webnovel) and I found this to be similar in the vein of a few that I like such as Super Gene or Rise of a Porter where the character goes from weak to strong. The main character in this is still somewhat weak by the end of this as it is only the first novel in a series.

I like the fantasy storyline and the adventure that you find the main character going on and how he doesn’t suddenly become overpowered from a chance encounter immediately. Instead Daniel is in the grind and getting beat up while slowly learning and growing.

I found Daniel to be very likeable as a character and enjoy how he is developing as the story progresses. I also enjoy how other characters seem to gravitate to him as he is such a nice and likeable guy. I can’t wait to read how he continues to progress through his adventures and partying up with more characters.

In My Opinion, this is a great start to a series and it is a great LitRPG for people who not only enjoy the genre but for those who may want to try the genre out for the first time. I for one can’t wait to see where this series goes and how it continues to build the characters and the world.

I give this book, 4 levels out of 5.

About the Author: Tao Wong

Born: Malaysia
Genre Fantasy, Science Fiction
Goodreads Member Since October 2011
Tao Wong grew up in Malaysia, did his degrees in the UK and then after a years working in SEA, moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Afterwards, he ended up in Whitehorse, the Yukon where he resides most days with his wife and child working and writing the stories that build in his head.

A lifelong gamer and reader, he’s managed to find a niche where he can write about areas to his content.

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Going in Blind!

So lately I’ve been on a kick of going in blind when it comes to reading books. What I mean by this, is that a much of the time this is the first time I’ve ever interacted with a book by whatever author I’m reading. Also, since it’s the first time interacting with any book from that author I’ve also been not reading summaries of the book before just reading it.

Since I’ve been doing this I have come across quite a few pleasant surprises, and admittedly, a few books that were not so good as well. This is also been a great way for me to step out of some of my genre preferences which usually include science fiction and primarily fantasy books.

Tom Vater has become one of my top authors here recently, as an example since I’ve been reading through his asia-based books as well as some that are more like a detective Thriller mystery style of books. You can check out my reviews for some of his books and some of my other posts as well as be on the lookout for more reviews coming soon.

I’m also trying to catch up in between book tours of some book reviews that I probably should have had done a long time ago.

Currently I have been reading Blind Site by, Andrew Van Wey. I like to think that I’m about 50% done with it and so far I have enjoyed it immensely. It is very thrilling but to know more you’re going to have to read my review once I’m finished.

Also be sure to check out an upcoming book tour by Storytellers on Tour for the book The Secret of the Sword by, Sean R. Bell.

Have you ever going in blind before when choosing a book? If so what are some of the favorite ones that you have read and what are some of the ones that you were like eh, not so good?

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My Soul to Lose

My Soul to Lose

My Soul to Lose

Series: Soul Screamers #0.5

By, Rachel Vincent

Format Read: Audiobook Approx. 2 hours

Narrated By, Amanda Ronconi

How Obtained: Freebie from Audiobook Boom

Book Summary: It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed and it’s the worst day of her life.

Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit.
She tries to convince everyone she’s fine–despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again. Everyone thinks she’s crazy. Everyone except Lydia, that is. Another patient with some special abilities….

This was a book that I came across while browsing through Audiobook Boom, amazing site check it out but this review is not about that.

This is a prequel to the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent and it had me hooked. The main character is trying to figure out if they really are crazy or what is going on with them while trying to keep whatever sanity they have while being put in an asylum.

This is a great way to get sucked into this series of books and I definitely plan on getting the rest to review (Rachel holler at me if you want to send me the audiobook copies!).

Amanda Ronconi makes a great narrator for the main character as she tries to figure out what is going on and you get to be in a bit of a mystery of the truth of what’s going on until the end that just gets you.  

In My Opinion, this is a great read and a great start to a series even if I am a bit salty by the end of the prequel because I want to keep going with the series and WILL.

I give this book 5 Straight Jackets out of 5.

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Quick Bites 1: The Circle

The Circle

The Circle

By, Mariano Flynn

Format Read: Audiobook Approx. 30 Minutes

Narrated By, Brooks Corley

How Obtained: Freebie from Audiobook Boom

Book Summary: A journey through the deepest emotions of the human being, represented in a magical forest, together with an old shaman and seven symbolic animals.

This was a random find that I came across while browsing for free audiobooks. I didn’t know how long it was I only knew the book summary. This was very interesting as I was skeptical at first what it could contain within it.

The story although only around 30 minutes is actually very good and I could see this being part of an even greater work maybe as a chapter about trials the main character might face. This felt Native to me due to the content and the “spirits” in the story.

The Narrator Brooks Corley does a good job at keeping you interested and having different tones and voices for the characters. In My Opinion, I do recommend reading this one and I would like to see this become a much broader work in the future if that ever happens.  

I give this book 4 spirits out of 5.

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