Blood of the Sixth Sneak Peek

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Halloween is just around the corner and my latest horror novel has finally hit the shelves.  If you are in the mood for something scary, take a peek at the first chapter of Blood of the Sixth.  If it’s intriguing, grab a copy, turn out the lights, and prepare to get a little scared.  No one is safe from the evil lurking beneath the stones.

 

Chapter 1

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Year 1925—Port Bella Rosa, Louisiana. A wavering glow crawled between his eyelids, forcing them open. Above him, a soot blackened lantern swung in slow circles. Weak veins of light pulsed across the ceiling, doing little to scatter the room’s encroaching darkness. The shadows terrified him; those menacing black specters lurking just beyond the light. A blurred but familiar face swam in Noah’s peripheral vision. The old lady came into focus, but hatred contorted her features into someone he barely recognized. He yanked at the ropes securing him to the table but only managed to dig the twisted knots deeper into his bloodied wrists.

“I warned you,” she hissed.

Memories began to surface in his groggy, scattered thoughts. “Mrs. Hoffius, please, I never meant any harm.”

Turning her back, the old woman ignored him. She stoked the fire in the wood stove and flipped a slab of meat sizzling in a hot cast iron skillet. Noah slid his tongue over a split in his lip, gagging on the sharp bloody taste oozing from the bloated gash.

“I love her, she loves me. I can take care of her.” He lifted his head from the table, trying to reason with her, but a scorching pain ripped through his skull and tore down his neck, settling in his abdomen. “Oh God.”

The old woman sneered. “There is no God.”

“Why are you doing this?”

“You ignored my warning, boy. You’re not fit for my Isabella.”

Smoldering meat thickened the air, its scent almost too dense to breathe, but Noah sucked in deep gulps and stared at the flesh carved away from his chest. His stomach churned, but he wasn’t sure if it was the sight of his mutilated torso or the large section of his intestines protruding from a jagged hole in his abdomen; their bloody mass piled on his pelvis, spilling in thick glistening ropes over the table’s edge. His body spasmed, vomit and blood spewing in a burning stream from his mouth. Acrid smoke curled into his nose but he choked from the stench of his own suffocating terror.

“Christ! You’re eating me!” Unconsciousness threatened to take him. Cold sweat beaded on his pale bloodless skin. Struggling to stay alert, each lung-filling breath twisted his body with waves of pain.

The old woman laughed.

“No, boy. This is my dinner.” She crammed a slimy pork skin between her gums and nodded over her shoulder. He followed her gaze to a line of rat-filled cages pushed against the far wall. “You belong to them.”

If you’d like to read more, you can find Blood of the Sixth at the links below.

Amazon US  

Amazon UK

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K.R. Rowe

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Today is the release of Blood of the Sixth, the third novel from K.R. Rowe. Her previous two books are Amber and Blue and the sequel Amber and Blue II-Victory. I was lucky enough to have a chance t…

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Blood of the Sixth-New Release

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Today is the day!   I am very excited to share with the world, my first horror novel, Blood of the Sixth.  If you love witchcraft, demons, blood and gore, then you will definitely enjoy this novel.  Halloween is right around the corner, so sit back, turn out the lights and read something creepy.  Grab Blood of the Sixth and get in the mood for the scariest month of the year!

Blood of the Sixth is now available in e-book and paperback at Amazon.

Grab your copies here:

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Blood of the Sixth official blurb:

In the quaint Southern town of Port Bella Rosa, something sinister lurks beneath the cobblestones.  When hunger stirs a centuries-old evil, a demon awakens, releasing its hunters in search of prey. Jackals swarm from the mist, seeking out quarry, sating their master with offerings of human flesh.

Allie Kent catches a glimpse of the first victim: a corpse with its organs, muscle and bone all consumed, leaving nothing more than skin behind. While police work to solve the unexplained murder, more bodies are found mutilated. Finally convinced the killer isn’t human, Detective Phillip Chambers is desperate to shield Allie from harm.

But something haunts Allie: shadows spill through her darkened window; nightmares invade her sleep while visions confuse her waking thoughts. With Phillip her only protection, Allie struggles to keep her independence in check while treading a thin line between reality and insanity.  But is the evil dwelling beneath the stones her only true threat—or will the demons in Allie’s head have the strength to destroy them both?

Check out my other books on my Amazon Author Page.

You can also find me at:

Twitter:  @KRRowe

Facebook:  K. R. Rowe Author

Goodreads:  K. R. Rowe

Blood of the Sixth Cover Reveal

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It’s coming…

In less than a week, my latest novel Blood of the Sixth will hit the shelves.  I’ve crossed genres with this one and took a nose dive into horror and I must say that the change suits me well.  On October 10th, Blood of the Sixth will be available in ebook and the paperback formats.  If you love demons, witchcraft, shadows and copious amounts of blood and gore, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this novel.

But beware as you read.  No one is safe from the evil lurking beneath the stones.

Below you will find the fantastic cover art completed by Deranged Doctor Design.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the design.  I love the colors and feel that it really captures the tone of many important scenes in the novel.

Please stay tuned and drop back in on the October 10th for further updates and links.

Finally, after much anticipation, I’m excited to introduce you to the cover of my first horror novel, Blood of the Sixth.

(See below for official blurb.)

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Blood of the Sixth official blurb:

In the quaint Southern town of Port Bella Rosa, something sinister lurks beneath the cobblestones.  When hunger stirs a centuries-old evil, a demon awakens, releasing its hunters in search of prey. Jackals swarm from the mist, seeking out quarry, sating their master with offerings of human flesh.

Allie Kent catches a glimpse of the first victim: a corpse with its organs, muscle and bone all consumed, leaving nothing more than skin behind. While police work to solve the unexplained murder, more bodies are found mutilated. Finally convinced the killer isn’t human, Detective Phillip Chambers is desperate to shield Allie from harm.

But something haunts Allie: shadows spill through her darkened window; nightmares invade her sleep while visions confuse her waking thoughts. With Phillip her only protection, Allie struggles to keep her independence in check while treading a thin line between reality and insanity.  But is the evil dwelling beneath the stones her only true threat—or will the demons in Allie’s head have the strength to destroy them both?

Check out my other books on my Amazon Author Page.

You can also find me at:

Twitter:  @KRRowe

Facebook:  K. R. Rowe Author

Goodreads:  K. R. Rowe

The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea-Book Review

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“If it can bleed, it can die.” ~The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea

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I’ve read and reviewed a plethora of books, but not many make it to my blog.  Before I post one, I ask myself the following questions:

  1. Was the writing fantastic?
  2. Did the plot keep me excited and reading without skipping pages?
  3. If it is horror, did it make me turn on the lights?

If the answers are yes to all of these questions, I consider the book a 5 star novel, and The Jersey Devil is definitely one of those books.

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Old man Willet had a secret; a secret he and his family hid, and a secret they didn’t fully understand.  After years of lying dormant, The Jersey Devil decided to make a reappearance.  Sightings became more frequent and turning violent where they hadn’t  before.  Somehow tied to this creature, the Willet family, along with cryptozoologist Norm Cranston,  set out to find the Devil with the intent to destroy him, and hopefully sever all ties with the monster.  Read to find out if the Willets succeed, or if the Jersey Devil lives to terrorize another day.

I’ve been looking for a great horror book and definitely found it in this one.  The Jersey Devil kept me awake every night reading in the dark, sometimes forcing me to get up and roam through the house turning on the lights.  It did what I’d hoped.  It kept me up, made me paranoid, and afraid to turn out the lights.  Great work Mr. Shea!

I give this one 5 stars!

 

 

Awesome Folk

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I can’t even consider releasing my latest novel, Blood of the Sixth, without giving a giant high five and a shout out to all of the wonderful beta readers who put so much time and thought into giving me wonderful feedback for my novel.  With this book I was brave.  I didn’t hold back asking people to read it before it hit the shelves.  The feedback I have received from these folks is priceless and has given me so much insight into what my readers are thinking.

Beta readers are an author’s life line.  They can mean the difference between a book riddled with errors, inconsistencies and plot holes, or a possible best seller.  Independent authors rely on one another and those awesome bloggers and readers who support us.  Without this fantastic network of people, we would be lost.

I want to thank these amazing people.  Look them up on Twitter, follow them and tell them how truly awesome they are!  I sure think so!

Julie @mousefan98 – Julie was the first person to read my book besides my super talented editor.  This was her first beta read and I must say, she did a wonderful job and gave me some fantastic feedback!  I was so happy I was brave and asked her to read for me.  Julie is one of the coolest people I’ve met on Twitter. She is an avid Walking Dead fan like myself so if you love the show also, go give her a shout!

High Five to Julie!

James SM Parker @absinthe666 – James is the author of Love or Suicide and the Life in Between.  James was a key player in helping me clear up a little confusion at the end of my book.  He enjoys heavy metal too so say hello to him on Twitter, give him the metal horns \m/ and check out his book!

Stay metal my friend.

Phil Price @PhilPrice19 – Phil was my third reader.  Phil boosted my confidence in this story.  Although constructive feedback is important, to hear someone say you have a great story really makes an author feel better about their work.  Phil is the author of the novel Unknown.  I finished it this summer and am patiently waiting for book two!

Keep up the awesome writing!

Melissa Manes @Melissa_Editing – I’m not sure how I was fortunate enough to get Melissa to beta read my book but I am so happy I did.  She not only read it and gave me some valuable suggestions; she gave me some great edits to boot!  If you need a fantastic editor, check out her website scriptionis.com.

Keep the edits coming!

Lisa Orchard @lisaorchard1 – Lisa gave me a ton of great suggestions and I was so lucky to get such an awesome, sweet lady to beta read for me.  Lisa is the author of The Super Spy series and The Starlight Chronicles.  If you enjoy YA, check out her website at lisaorchard.com.  You won’t be disappointed.

Keep the mysteries coming!

Dustin Botta @dustinbotta  — Dustin was the first to point out I used yellow-orange way too often.  I remember thinking one of the times I used it, “Wow that really sounds good.” Being the dork that I am, I probably said that three times, and not realized I’d used it twice already.  I swear I wasn’t drinking while writing. (Well, maybe not.)  Along with that helpful hint, he gave me a ton of edits and great suggestions.  Thank you, Dustin!  Dustin Botta is an author, poet and musician.  Check out his website at dustinbotta.com.

Keep writing, rocking and rolling!

David Spell  @davidwspell – David was a little concerned that I could get into a weirdo’s head so easily and write such a creepy character.  Haha!  I’m a bit of a weirdo so it probably wasn’t too hard for me. Not the kind of weirdo in the book, thank goodness but I am still a weirdo nonetheless.  David is an avid horror reader and gave me a ton of helpful suggestions.  David is super cool, so go over and say hi to him on Twitter and check out his website at thescaryreviews.com.  I guarantee you’ll find a great book there.

Keep blogging those great books!

Rich @horrorbookshelf Rich asked a couple of questions that I’m sure many readers would have asked themselves and really helped me to tie up a few lose ends.  Rich also helped to boost my confidence in the novel.  I really was excited to have him read because I know he is an avid horror reader and reviewer.  I figured he’d know his stuff and he didn’t disappoint. Thanks so much!  Rich has a really cool website where you might find a plethora interesting stuff.  Check it out at thehorrorbookshelf.com.

Keep sharing the scare!

Joseph A. Pinto @JosephAPinto How in the holy crap did I manage to get the co-founder of Pen of the Damned to beta read for me?  I was super brave!  Plus I think I bugged the crap out of him just a little. Haha  I know Joe is a busy fella with his writing and managing POD but he was kind enough to say yes when I asked him to beta read.  Joe also gave me much needed encouragement, confidence and a couple of edits, and for that I am truly appreciative.  If you are out and about, say hi to him over on Twitter, check out PenOfTheDamned.com, or even better, check out his books at his Amazon Author page.

Keep on penning the damned!

 

 

Regenerate

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Evil descends, dealing death beneath my protection; spitting crimson onto cobblestones, staining their age worn surface.

Thunderheads swell in the thick midnight sky; belching anger from their gullets, cleansing the time-honored ritual.

Pulsing beneath the damp stone surface, latent life resides, drinking the remnants of death, gathering and spreading strength.

A telltale flicker, a street lamp breathes.  Flushing rust from its cast iron skin, it blackens, splashing healing light across the wasting stones, pushing youth into their haggard grey pores.

Renewing.

Shadows scatter across a building’s façade, fleeing over decayed trim, darting between shards of shattered reflections.

High above the pursuing light, they seek sanctuary.  Spilling through the aperture’s void, his mass reforms; rising from scraps of blackened mist, driving light from his core.

Satisfied, he lingers only for a moment.

His offering accepted; he drops into darkness.

-K.R.Rowe

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