The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neal Gaiman Review❤️

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Product Details

  • Publication date: June 18, 2013
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NFHF0Q
  • Sales Rank: 10250


A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.

“[Gaiman’s] mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.” New York Times Book Review

My thoughts

Let me start by saying this is the first time I read anything by Neil Gaiman. This book was highly recommend to me by a clerk in Barnes & Nobles. He seemed so excited telling me what the book was about that I decided to check it out and let me say I wasn’t disappointed. It was an excellent read. I’m sure I will read more of his work from now on. Only thing I would change is that it was a bit confusing. The time changes and you don’t know what year your in. So you have to be very attentive to the book.

I give this book 📚📚📚📚📚 Book stacks.

About the author

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

Lying Next to Me by Greg Olsen Book tour!

Print Length: 391 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (May 21, 2019)
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English


“Gregg Olsen’s Envy is a riveting page-turner that I could not put down. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, Envyexplores a serious topic–cyberbullying–in a fantastic, well-crafted story. Can’t wait for the next Empty Coffinnovel!” ―Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked saga, Dear Bully contributor

“Gregg Olsen’s Envy offers an interesting view on the devastating effects bullying can have, not only on the individuals involved from both sides, but on the community at large.” ―Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine trilogy

“Sure to spice up your reading repertoire!” ―

“Olsen’s characters jump to life and his plots are so intricate you never see the killer coming….a definite hit!” ―RT Book Reviews

“Dark and addictive…” ―Jordan Dane, critically acclaimed author of In the Arms of Stone Angels

“Olsen writes with authority, drawing inspiration from actual headlines and crime…” ―Publishers Weekly




No matter what you see, no matter what you’ve heard, assume nothing.

Adam and Sophie Warner and their three-year-old daughter are vacationing in Washington State’s Hood Canal for Memorial Day weekend. It’s the perfect getaway to unplug—and to calm an uneasy marriage. But on Adam’s first day out on the water, he sees Sophie abducted by a stranger. A hundred yards from shore, Adam can’t save her. And Sophie disappears.

In a nearby cabin is another couple, Kristen and Connor Moss. Unfortunately, beyond what they’ve heard in the news, they’re in the dark when it comes to Sophie’s disappearance. For Adam, at least there’s comfort in knowing that Mason County detective Lee Husemann is an old friend of his. She’ll do everything she can to help. She must.

But as Adam’s paranoia about his missing wife escalates, Lee puts together the pieces of a puzzle. The lives of the two couples are converging in unpredictable ways, and the picture is unsettling. Lee suspects that not everyone is telling the truth about what they know—or they have yet to reveal all the lies they’ve hidden from the strangers they married. You can purchase Lying Next to Me at the following Retailers:

Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.

New York TimesWall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, nine novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner’s Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen’s Snapped, Court TV’s Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E’s Biography.

In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People,Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.

The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington’s Secretary of State for the book’s contribution to Washington state history and culture. His Young Adult novel, Envy, was the official selection of Washington for the National Book Festival.

Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).

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{Trailer Blast} Children of the Fifth Sun by Gareth Worthington

Series: Children of the Fifth Sun (Book 1)
Paperback: 414 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (July 25, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1944109404


Genre: “Science Faction” – science fiction, action and adventure with fact-based science, theories and mythology

IN ALMOST EVERY BELIEF SYSTEM ON EARTH, there exists a single unifying mythos: thousands of years ago a great flood devastated the Earth’s inhabitants. From the ruins of this cataclysm, a race of beings emerged from the sea bestowing knowledge and culture upon humanity, saving us from our selfish drive toward extinction. Some say this race were “ancient aliens” who came to assist our evolution.

But what if they weren’t alien at all? What if they evolved right here on Earth, alongside humans . . . and they are still here? And, what if the World’s governments already know?


Kelly Graham is a narcissistic self-assured freelance photographer specializing in underwater assignments. While on a project in the Amazon with his best friend, Chris D’Souza, a mysterious and beautiful government official, Freya Nilsson, enters Kelly’s life and turns it upside down. Her simple request to retrieve a strange object from deep underwater puts him in the middle of an international conspiracy. A conspiracy that threatens to change the course of human history.




“An action-packed, globe-hopping science fiction thriller… pedal-to-the-metal pacing and relentless action make it easy to turn pages…” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Insane! What Gareth did here was incredible! This author took a global look at America, China, and Russia, and added a species from another era into the mix, to create a well-researched novel of suspense, intrigue, with dashing individuals. The characters travel the world on a unique mission while trying to stay out of the line of fire as rogue government agencies from several different countries try to stop them. It’s a wild ride from California to Peru, from Egypt to Siberia. The amount of research put into this novel is on par with a Michael Crichton novel. The main character, Kelly Graham, reminded me of Dirk Pitt from Clive Cussler’s novels. Overall, an incredible read and a book I’m recommending.” ―Jonas Saul, Best-selling author of the Sarah Roberts Series, April 2017

Suspend disbelief and let yourself travel on a downriver, undersea, and overland adventure in this well-constructed novel. The author takes you on a fast paced journey full of intrigue, government secrets, unusual creatures and just a tad of romance. Superlatives abound and the literary illumination paints an image so clear you feel you are there with the characters. For those who know the author, there are bit of his personality revealed which makes reading the novel even more enjoyable. A bit Tom Clancy, a hint of Dan Brown — authentically Gareth in his debut work. ―Charity Scripture

“Scientist Worthington’s understanding of the complexities and possibilities of marine biology and endocrinology are evident.” ―Publishers Weekly, May 2017



Gareth Worthington is a trained marine biologist and also holds a doctorate in comparative endocrinology. Currently, Gareth works full time for the Pharmaceutical industry helping to educate the World’s doctors on new cancer therapies. In his spare time Gareth has a number of passions, including: martial arts – he trained in Muay Thai at the prestigious EVOLVE MMA gym in Singapore and currently trains in MMA at Phoenix Sportkampf, Switzerland; playing acoustic guitar; studying ancient history; drawing; and most of all writing fiction. 

An award winning author, he hopes to one day hang up the pharma hat and write full time.

You can visit his author page and blog at  



TWITTER: @DrGWorthington

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Kingdom Of Mirrors & Roses Cover Reveal


Kingdom of Mirrors & Roses: A Limited Edition of Beauty and the Beast Retellings 
Publication date: August 1st 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, New Adult


Beauty and the Beast, but not how you remember it

Deep in the forest, a castle hides. No one knows who lives there, but rumors of a beast keep people away.

Cloaked in shadows, hidden from view, a prince destroyed by a curse shuts himself away from the world, ashamed of the beast he’s become.

And in the village, a beautiful girl with her nose in a book, yearns for something more.

True love is the only thing that can break his curse. True love is the one thing she’s looking for, but how can they find true love when neither knows the other exists?

Find out if love really can defy all odds in this set of thirteen captivating retellings of the classic fairytale, filled with love, hope and the strength of two people willing to do whatever it takes…

One click now for your happily ever after.

Other books in the Kingdom of series…
Kingdom of Glass and Ashes (Cinderella retellings)
Kingdom of Salt and Sirens (Little Mermaid retellings)
Kingdom of Sand and Wishes (Aladdin retellings)
Kingdom of Mirrors and Roses (Beauty and the Beast retellings)
Kingdom of Thorns and Dreams (Sleeping Beauty retellings) coming soon


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Cover Reveal And Author Interview with Christopher St. John Sampayo

I been fortunate enough to know Christopher Sampayo for over 4 years. I have enjoyed his works and amazing books as well as become a proud member of his Christofan. Today I’m excited to participate in his cover reveal & interview. I hope you guys enjoy it. 🙂

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Author Interview

Christopher Sampayo Interview

  1. Welcome to my Blog. Its so nice to have you here. Tell us a little about your story and the story world you’ve created.

I like to tell stories of the ordinary that becomes extraordinary.  I like to write about worlds that are very close to ours but are more magical where literally almost anything can happen.

  • Tell us a little about how these stories first came to be. Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?

Usually I start first with the ideas of characters.  I think of characters based more on the actions they take or their thought process.  I don’t even have names for them for a while.  Then I start to think how those characters interact with other characters or particular situations.

  • What special knowledge or research was required to write this book.

Some books may require a specialized knowledge.   Specters of Mist and Sand dealt with Mesoamerican studies.  Fields of Frozen Stars dealt with World War 1.  I usually listen to college lectures about these topics when I need specialized information.

  • Which character was most challenging to create? Why?

In Shadows of the Inferno I wanted to write about the Devil.  How do you write about someone who started a war that has lasted pretty much for all of eternity?  I knew he had to have a lot of complex layers.

  • Are any of your characters based on real people you know? 

Most of my characters are just individuals that I dream up and find intriguing for some reason or other.

  • Which scene was most difficult to write? Why?

I think that action scenes are really hard to write.  For me it’s easy to write a characters thought processes or dialogue.  Narrations of passing time are pretty easy too.  Action is definitely a challenge however.  You have to write a lot of movement but not lose the reader.  If you miss a word or sentence I think it is easy for a reader to get lost or confused so it’s extra important not to get ideas jumbled.   

  • Which scene, character or plotline changed the most from first draft to published book?

Prisons of Stolen Dreams was interesting because I took my time with writing it.  It took me almost 2 years to complete.  This really allowed the story to breath in a very unique way.  Someone read the first couple of chapters and gave me their feedback.  Based on that feedback I was really able to take the story into a new direction that I didn’t anticipate and it made it very exciting to write.

  • Who are your favorite authors and why?

I like Clive Barker a lot.  And Neil Gaiman.  At the end of the day I would probably say my favorite Genre is horror but for me horror is really just modern day fairy tales.   Barker and Gaiman convey those aspects of storytelling for me.  I am also a King fan and I like Tom Clancy novels.

  1. What attracted you to the genre(s) you write in?

I like fairy tales but I like things set in modern times.  This allows me to identify with the characters more easily.  I like modern day fairytales because in these chaotic days it’s nice to believe in a little bit of magic.

  1. I saw that you are a new dad. Congratulations! How do you balance the demands of writing with other responsibilities? 

When I figure that out, I’ll let you know. Haha.

  1. What special support people (critique partners, writing group, beta readers, editor, agent, author’s assistant) do you rely on? How do they help you?

I guess I have beta readers.  I’m not sure if that’s the right term.  But I have some readers who read the first draft or first few chapters of my books.  It’s important to have someone look at my work and tell me if it even makes any sense or if it’s just some crazy caffeine fueled typing rant.

  1. What are some trends in your genre that excite you?

Gaiman has become a very well-known author.  His projects are being adapted frequently.  I remember when he was basically known as just a comic writer.  His Sandman comics are brilliant and still some of my favorite stories but it’s nice to see him gaining wider acceptance.

  1. If you were to genre-hop, which genres would you most like to try writing?

Tom Clancy is one of my favorite authors.  I don’t write spy novels but I often find his style showing up in my books on occasion.

  1. What aspects of your creative process do you enjoy most? Which are most challenging?

I enjoy getting super caffeinated and just letting my mind run away with itself.  I find it most challenging finding good coffee. Lol.

  1. What do you know now that you wish you’d known at the beginning of your writing/publishing journey?

I wish I had a better understanding of sentence and paragraph structure at the beginning of learning to be a writer.  Laying out coherent ideas that can be understood paragraph to paragraph is a beautiful art.  But as with all arts you learn more as time goes on.

  1. What would you advise young writers trying to build a publishing history or an author platform?

My mantra is the old Nike slogan.  Just do it. You may fail.  You may not always succeed.  But if you keep working at it you tend to get better with time and most importantly you find your own voice.

  1. What’s the worst writing/publishing advice anyone ever gave you?

I tend to stay pretty open to all suggestions.  Advice and suggestions can be very educational.  Even if time shows you that the person who gave you the advice had no idea what they were talking about.

  1. You have six published books and are in the process of re-release this month. Tell me more about this process and how you feel about it.

It’s been interesting.   I have revisited my earlier books and read things that I wrote years ago.  It’s strange to put myself back in those stories.  The new covers are gorgeous and I’m very excited about them.

  • What does it mean to be able to re-release these books with new covers to you?

It’s been exciting to look back at the journey that has led me to this point in my writing career.  It’s only been possible because of the amazing support of many readers who have allowed me to keep going over the years.

  • It was great to have you on my blog, I can wait to get the new covers added to my collection. 😊

New Covers !

About the Author

Author Christopher St. John Sampayo grew up in Louisiana in the Toledo Bend area. He now resides in San Antonio, Texas. Christopher started writing and directing plays in San Antonio and eventually started his own theatre company. After spending several years writing and directing short films he had his first novel Haunting of Rosehaven published in 2013. He currently has 6 novels published through Centauri Road Publishing. They are titled Haunting of Rosehaven, Ghosts of Glass, Fields of Frozen Stars, Shadows of the Inferno, Specters of Mist and Sand, and Prisons of Stolen Dreams.

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Title: Temptation

Author: Chiquita Dennie

Release: February 28, 2019

Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance



Gabriel McCollough is the star basketball coach, Top draft pick that played in one season and retired from the game of basketball from a injury and the twenty-five-year-old alpha male every young woman in town can’t help but like.

Desiree Spence is a good teacher, a good person, a quiet, reserved soul, but a chance meeting with a handsome coach, ten years her junior, tests her limits and stirs up a controversy she could’ve ever anticipated.

He wants her. She wants him. Everyone in their lives is against their relationship.

Will they give into societal pressures or follow their hearts’ desires?

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Chiquita is an Author and Entrepreneur. Born in Memphis, TN, and currently a Los Angeles CA native. Her background in film/tv has taught and shaped her passion for writing with her debut romance novel Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love. Since its debut, fans have embraced the unconventional love story of Sabrina Washington and Antonio De Luca making Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love an Amazon Best Seller on the charts in Italian Drama, African American Drama. More to come from 304 Publishing Company a brand new home for indie authors.

Also, follow her other Author page, Keke Renee, and catch her latest releases for Erotic, Dark, Paranormal Romance.

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My thoughts

This book was sexy, romantic and sweet. I love the interactions between Desiree & Gabriel. You could see the chemistry between them two. I loved this book, my first time reading from this author and I will read again

I give this book 📚📚📚📚 books stacks

THE NIGHT WEAVER by Monique Snyman Cover Reveal

Series: Shadow Grove (Book 1)
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (October 15, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1645480062
ISBN-13: 978-1645480068


“I have been searching high and low to get a writer that could intrigue me with writing as witty and crafty as Cassandra Clare, and lo and behold I found one. HOLY HELL what a read.” ―Nadine Maritz, MY HEAD “IN A NUTSHELL”

“… a strong dark fantasy and fairy folklore … a very easy to read page-turner..” ―Ginger Nuts of Horror

*2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Nominee, The Night Weaver (Shadow Grove – Book 1) Vesuvian Books (10/2019)*  Winner to be announced at Stoker Con

Original cover art by Marcela Bolivar
And title treatment by Michael J. Canales

Shadow Grove isn’t a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don’t grieve, missing posters don’t line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned.

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Cleary lives on the outskirts of Shadow Grove, next to the creepy forest everyone pretends doesn’t exist. Usually the forest is filled with an eerie calm, and unmistakeable graveyard solemnity. But the trees have started whispering, forgotten creatures are stirring and the night feels darker than ever.

The Night Weaver Book Jacket

Something is stalking the residents of Shadow Grove, changing them into brain-dead caricatures of themselves. It’s up to Rachel to find a way to stop the devouring of her hometown before all is destroyed and everyone she loves is forever lost.

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Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words.

Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of MUTI NATION, a horror novel set in South Africa, and Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.




“I have been searching high and low to get a writer that could intrigue me with writing as witty and crafty as Cassandra Clare, and lo and behold I found one. HOLY HELL what a read.” ―Nadine Maritz, MY HEAD “IN A NUTSHELL”

“… a strong dark fantasy and fairy folklore … a very easy to read page-turner..” ―Ginger Nuts of Horror

Bram Stoker Award Nominated
The Night Weaver (Shadow Grove – Book 1) (2018)
2019 Bram Stoker® Nominee
The Bone Carver (Shadow Grove – Book 2) (2019)
The Sin Eater (Shadow Grove – Book 3)
The Dream Keeper (Shadow Grove – Book 4)

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