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Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach – Book Review for Monday Motivation

Hey folks, this week I would like to share with you the book called Radical Acceptance written by Tara Brach.

I know I have written about this book in the past, but I just finished rereading it. I was feeling a bit down and needed a pick me up. Today I still feel a bit crappy, but at least I can now reflect on the book and accept what is happening at the moment Continue reading “Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach – Book Review for Monday Motivation”

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Free -Trick or Treat – May 10 to 14

Junkies of horror and short stories look no farther and feast your eyes on the brand-new tale weaved by Jamie Stewart titled Trick or Treat.

For a limited time, pick up your copy FREE  right here! Trick or Treat!

514tU6DJWmLIf I do say so myself, I found that it had the right dose of spookiness and chilling details to fill your craving of a supernatural high.

While brewing up his tale, you can tell the author cleverly placed all the ingredients he needed into his literary pot to serve you a lethal dose of the creeps. The parts of the story blended together smoothly just like a creamy fatal elixir, and just like a pusher of the spooks, he had no problem making you devour his creation. Continue reading “Free -Trick or Treat – May 10 to 14”

17 Questions with John Mead the Author of The Fourth Victim

Topher Hoffman: Hello folks! And welcome to the House of 1000 Books!  Today I have a special guest who happens to be the writer of two excellent novels.  The Hanging Women and The Fourth Victim! He specializes in the crime, thriller, and mystery genre and writes about events that are based on actual people and real events.
From his biography, it states that he is a vivid people watcher! That indeed works out for his writing in my opinion because he can sit back and wonder what really makes people tick!
Anyways, enough of what I think, let me introduce you to John Mead!
Welcome John, to the House of 1000 Books! I’m super thrilled that you are here and I more pleased that you were willing to take the time to talk to the readers! So without wasting any more of your time, let us begin the cross-examination! (See what I did there, he’s a crime writer, get it?)
John, from your biography I see that you are a worldly traveller.  Can you tell me, what was your favourite place to visit?
d6vWNUIX_400x400John Mead: The easy answer to this question is always Tibet, with Nepal in a close second. However, in reality, I find all travel fascinating – watching people and what they do is completely absorbing. Whether it’s simply walking around or sitting outside a café watching people go about their everyday business. Or waiting at train stations and in airports imagining all those journeys that are about to start. The spirituality of some places, like India, or the gun culture of America, or discovering the horrors of past wars in Vietnam and Cambodia. Enjoying a glass of wine in a small air-conditioned bar in Venice, a power cut in Shanghai, ice cream in San Francisco, watching Fruit Bats fly across the Mekong. Or, simply, eating a delicious plate of mussels with a pint in a pub, by the beach in Llandudno, on a warm spring day.  Every excursion becomes a new adventure.
TH: With you being in so many parts of the world, do you recollect a time that you were visiting another country or city that you feared for your life or, at a  minimum, your safety?
JM: In many places, the biggest threat is getting run over – and you don’t always have to be on the road for that to be a danger. India seemed the worst, where even driving towards oncoming traffic on a motorway didn’t seem out of place.
In most cities, there are places you are told to ‘watch your back’, though Durban SA came out top on that score. We did a stop over there and the hotel we stayed at gave us a map with about 80% of the city covered in crosses as being unsafe for tourists.  Although, in Egypt, the guide happily showed us the bullet holes on the temple walls were the tourists had been recently shot. And, in more than one place, we have aroused suspicion and curiosity in equal measure by wandering around back streets and markets not usually frequented by foreigners.
In practice, we have never had any trouble, apart from a couple of attempted pickpockets (Florence and Paris) and having my camera stolen whilst in a hot air balloon over Luxor – long story.
TH: Are any of your books based on your travels?
39104053JM: The Hanging Women – we travelled by train across the USA and, along the way, I was really taken by Chicago and it’s history. The incredible rate of technological, social and economic change taking place in the 1800s was staggering.  Throw in the gun culture, gangs and racial mix and you have the basis for a real potboiler.
TH: You are a people watcher, have you ever worked any of the personalities you have seen into a story? If so, what is that person like?
JM: Virtually every character has some personality traits of people I’ve met. Initially, I start by thinking I need to use a character, someone like X, for a particular part of the story. But the problem is they soon take on a life of their own, even the minor characters, and the plot ends up following the characters. So, in the end, I doubt if anyone would recognise themselves in the character.
It has been my experience that there are no good or bad people, no heroes or villains, just people with a mix of everything in them. It is the process of living a life, that causes that mix to come out in a certain blend, that is what is important to understand when developing a character.
TH: Ok, changing pace a bit here is a random question and the one I ask everyone that I have interviewed.  If you had the chance to tell your younger writing self one thing about writing, one piece of advice that you wish you knew when you were younger,  that you know would have helped, what would it be?
JM: If you want to develop a career in writing then start early – build a base, start a blog, review books, read a wide range of books, write short stories and articles. Basically, do anything and everything that helps build a following and will show your talent and credentials to potential agents and publishers in the future. Don’t bother about writing a great opus, write what you enjoy – what you need to write – in a style that is your own.
From a practical point of view: always assume your book can stand to be edited at least once, if not twice, more than you think necessary.
TH: Who is your favourite author, and why?
JM: PG Wodehouse – for his wordplay
RL Stevenson – for never wasting a word
C Hibbert – for his historical research
G Simenon – for atmosphere and character
TH:  If you had the chance to meet one author, and ask them one question about their work, what would it be?
JM: It would have to be Shakespeare – and the question would be: ‘Did you really write every work accredited to you?’
TH:  Most people say that their family supports their writing, I’m asking you, does anybody in your family disapprove of your writing?
JM: To be honest, I don’t ask, and I suspect they are all too polite to tell me if I did.
TH:  If you had to give up one thing that is exceptionally important to you, what would it be, and why would you decide that is the one thing that you would give up?
JM: I’d lie – I’d never give up anything important to me, not willingly.  As Confucius once said: ‘If someone demands you give them your pen, then your only logical recourse is to stab them in the eye with it.’  Or was that Machiavelli?
TH:  What is your favourite quote?
JM: ‘Out, damned spot!’  (MacBeth, Act 5 Scene 1)  – Shakespeare.
It was the only quote my school friend learned for O Level English Literature, while I memorised 30 plus quotes and had context and analysis to use them in a variety of ways – he ended up with the same grade as I got.  There is, I feel, a lesson in life there.
TH: I see that you have two books published in 2018.  What one is your newest book, and can you tell us about it?
41072341JM: The Fourth Victim – it’s a police procedural crime story.
I wanted to write something that tended to reflect how police really go about solving crimes. It is more team based rather than around a central angst, a filled hero who ends up solving the crime against the odds. And, like most crime stories, it isn’t meant to be a mystery, the real uncertainty is how or if the police will discover who the real killer is – the story is in the journey rather than the end. The latter is especially true as knowing who the killer is doesn’t mean they will be convicted.
It is set in modern-day Whitechapel –
‘Whitechapel is being gentrified, the many green spaces of the area give the illusion of peace and clean air but are also places to find drug dealers, sexual encounters and murder…’
And the police are not only having to do battle with crime but also budget cuts. Solving crime is about choices not just about detection.
TH: What is one thing in the book that you have left out of the blurb that should have been in the blurb?
JM: ‘This is not a cosy murder mystery.’
Or
‘A story about how life will bite you back.’
TH:  Who is your favourite character from your newest novel, describe that character in three words.
JM: I’m developing the ‘Whitechapel theme’ into a series of books and one of the characters that emerge is an old, smalltime East End gangster whom one of the police officers describes as ‘a proper arsehole crawling, racist little shit.’  Unfortunately, he reminds me of one or two people I grew up with.
TH: Using that same character, if a movie adaptation was produced out of your book, who would you pick to play that character, and why?
JM: Bob Hoskins – cornered the market in this type of character in The Long Good Friday
15.  There are so many genres out there that you could have decided to write, what has drawn you to write in the mystery, thriller, and crime genre?
JM: Given the context of this genre, stories tend to be looking at the most terrible moments in a person’s life – events that bring out the worst and best in people. They will also have a smattering of technology (in the form of forensics, etc) and tell you something about society – how the criminal and victim are viewed and treated.  Therefore, they have a large range of angles and issue to explore.
TH:  Where can the readers find out more about your work?
TH:  Is there anything else at all that you would like to share?
JM: I like to thank the following for their support:
o My publisher: @BookGuild
o Blog Tour Arranger: @rararesources
o London Crime Fans: @LondonCrime1
And, of course, many thanks to yourself for this opportunity.

How Did Stephen King Prove The Dead Should Be Left Alone?

I AM Oz the Gweat and Tewwible!!! And I am here to present to you my review on Pet Sematary: A Novel by Stephen King!!!!

But before I get into the review, let me share you a quote I discovered that will sum the review up in one sentence! Continue reading “How Did Stephen King Prove The Dead Should Be Left Alone?”

5 Indie Author Books to Read This Weekend!

Are you bored this weekend?  If so, well then you are in luck!  Check out these great 5 books written by indie authors!  I tried to include something for everyone!   You’ll find love and romance,  action and adventure,  and hopefully, you’ll find everything in between!


Nomycha – by Raven Corinn Carluk.

When war breaks out between the two lands, Cyryna must leave her training and contemplation to recover a relic of great power. Her magical skills are immediately put to the test in skirmish after skirmish with the undead hordes of Valham. Her heart is put to the test when she meets a man with silver eyes.

Check out her interview on House of 1000 Books – Raven Corinn Carluk Interview


Bloodlines: An Empire City Special Crimes Novel by Peter Hartog

When former hotshot homicide detective Tom “Doc” Holliday is recruited to join Special Crimes, he trades in his boring desk job for a second chance to do what he does best, hunt down killers. And his first case doesn’t disappoint: a murdered woman with a bogus past, her body drained of blood, and two eyewitnesses wasted on the designer drug Goldjoy claiming a vampire did it.For Holliday is no stranger to the unusual. He wields the Insight, a fickle clairvoyance that allows him to see the dark and terrible things that hide within his world. After all, when you live in Empire City, where magic and technology co-exist, and humanity endures behind walls of stone and spell-forged steel, anything is possible.Saddled with a team whose past is as checkered as his own, Holliday embarks upon an investigation that pits them against bio-engineered vampires, interdimensional parasites and the magical masterminds behind it all.From nightclubs and skyscrapers, to underground drug labs and coffee shops, Holliday’s search for the truth will uncover a shadowy conspiracy that spans the ages, and forces him to confront a destiny he never wanted.Bloodlines is Peter Hartog’s debut novel, the first in the Empire City Special Crimes series. Scroll up to order your copy, and start reading today!

Check out his interview on House of 1000 Books – Peter Hartog Interview


The Inevitable Fate of E & J: Book 1 – by Johanna L. Randle

Elizabeth and Jimmy, once childhood friends, no longer have anything in common, not since their horrible falling out years ago. They suddenly find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other. Both are haunted by vivid dreams of someone else’s life, mysterious voices, and even phantom pains. They slowly get reacquainted, and unexpected feelings rise to the surface. Elizabeth longs for Jimmy, and he is overwhelmed by a desire to prove himself worthy of her. Both start changing and their friends notice, especially Elizabeth’s boyfriend. When the situation becomes unbearable, they consult a psychic who gives them a dire warning to stay away from one another. Now, Jimmy and Elizabeth must decide if they should fight their feelings and go back to their normal lives, or to risk everything for love.

Check out her interview on House of 1000 Books – Johanna L. Randle Interview


Paradise, Maine – by Jackson R. Thomas

They needed a place to get away from it all… they’ll never be coming back.

When Darren and Vanis set out to free themselves from life’s anxieties and rekindle their relationship, a trip to the beautiful Maine coast sounds perfect.

The breathtaking views and gorgeous cabin seem like another world. One to get lost in and from which they never want to return. But something has an eye on them.

For Zebulun Ayers, a trip to connect with nature is far more than he ever saw on Man vs. Wild or any other reality TV show. This is the real wild life.

Paradise, Maine is home to a monster rarely seen and one never mentioned, even among locals. The Watcher is waitingParadis, Maine – by Jackson R. Thomas

They needed a place to get away from it all… they’ll never be coming back.

When Darren and Vanis set out to free themselves from life’s anxieties and rekindle their relationship, a trip to the beautiful Maine coast sounds perfect.

The breathtaking views and gorgeous cabin seem like another world. One to get lost in and from which they never want to return. But something has an eye on them.

For Zebulun Ayers, a trip to connect with nature is far more than he ever saw on Man vs. Wild or any other reality TV show. This is the real wild life.

Paradise, Maine is home to a monster rarely seen and one never mentioned, even among locals. The Watcher is waiting

Check out his interview on House of 1000 Books – Jackson R. Thomas Interview

Check out the House of 1000 Books Review of Paradise, Maine!



Insular – by Jamie Stewart (A Short Story)

‘Remember now, the others and I were working people, working to get by, month to month. They keep their heads down and push through, and when they can, they dream.
Their dreams are an escape. That wasn’t possible with Julian stalking the aisles, his ever-grey pallor, his wasted figure serving as a reality check. That’s what was scary.
When there were no dreams anymore.’

Julian Kensi is about to start his first day in retail.

What he doesn’t know is that to his supervisor, Peter Smith, he is just another pawn to be used in his rise to the top. That is until Julian begins to act strangely.

As Peter attempts to learn more, his ruthless methods cause events to take a macabre turn beyond control.

Insular a short story about one man’s life-long fear and regret. It’s a story about obsession, the power of a person’s imagination, and the terrible consequences once this imagination has been unleashed. It is perfect for fans of Stephen King, Dean Kootnz, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Joe Hill, H.P Lovecraft and Shirley Jackson.

Check out his interview on House of 1000 Books – Jamie Stewart Interview

Check out the House of 1000 Books Review of Insular!


There you have it!  A list of 5 amazing reads from authors who took the time to support the House of 1000 books!

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