Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. She has written several short stories published in various anthologies and magazines. She is the author of the Nightmare series, the Gravity trilogy, and the Foxwick Chronicles. She is the Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.
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Men of Foxwick
by Cherie Reich
Series: The Foxwick Chronicles, Book 3.
Approx. 27,300 words.
Published on June 4, 2013.
A Fantasy Short Story Collection
A blind teen seeks a place in the kingdom. A dragon seer journeys to Wintermill to spy on the queen. A sword master's worst fear comes true when he fails to protect the royal family. A king falls in love with an herb witch, but will she feel the same way? A hunter will rise to the challenge to hunt down a man-eating monster.
The Nightmare Collection
by Cherie Reich
Series: Nightmare, Books 1-2.
Approx. 39,500 words.
Published on November 17, 2012.
A legend is hungry tonight.
A child monster will get its first taste of blood in Nightmare at the Freak Show. Four friends will enter the forest one December night, but only one can survive in Once Upon a December Nightmare. Almost ten years after Cassie's December nightmare, the monster awakens to hunt again in Nightmare Ever After.
Nightmare Ever After
by Cherie Reich
Series: Nightmare, Book 2.
Approx. 27,140 words.
Published on October 29, 2012.
A Horror Novella sequel to Once Upon a December Nightmare
Almost ten years have passed since that fateful December night.
But the monster is hungry again.
As the killings start again, FBI Agent Timothy "Tim" O'Conner sends for the lone survivor from the '02 murders to help him catch a killer. Cassie Richards wants nothing to do with the monster. But she returns to Virginia to stop it forever.
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- 13 Horror Stories
on April 09, 2011
John McDonnell's 13 Horror Stories delight in a perfectly creepy way. Each one is short – think flash fiction size – and deceptively simple with their build-up leading to a surprise ending. Some of the stories made me chuckle, some made me cringe, but all last with the reader. These thirteen stories are wonderful to tell around the campfire or with a flashlight when the power is out. "Heart Stopping Beauty" and "Tick Tock" have a philosophical power to them. "The Box" was my personal favorite. 13 Horror Stories reminds me of the ones scary ones I still remember when I was a child. Readers who like twisted thrills of horror, then they will enjoy Mr. McDonnell's 13 Horror Stories.
- The Adventures Of Larry The Alien
on May 30, 2011
The Adventures of Larry the Alien by John McDonnell pokes fun at the serious science fiction aliens and is a hilarious collection of stories about my new favorite alien.
When bar owner Murphy invites a shape-shifting, slightly depressed alien home, the chaos and fun ensues. Larry the Alien can’t help being who he is, but don’t mention home or his failures will have him sobbing for days. Murphy’s wife Dolores is quite the boss, and she puts both her husband and Larry to work with her schemes for wealth. Edna, Murphy’s mother-in-law, adds to the comedy like the great-grandmother on Fox’s Raising Hope.
McDonnell creates a zany character in Larry the Alien. He’s relatable, even if he may be a gorilla one minute or Pierce Brosnan the next – I personally love when he’s Pierce Brosnan – or weeping about being a failure to his immensely large family back on his home planet. The reader will embrace the other characters in the hilarity of the scenes. The stories are quick-paced, fun, and will have you laughing. If you’re looking for a great, not serious read, consider The Adventures of Larry the Alien.
on June 01, 2011
Cyndi Tefft’s Between delves into a sweet romance that knows no boundaries.
When Lindsey Waters is in a terrible accident, she dies and meets the love of her life in Scotsman and Heaven’s transporter Aiden MacRae. Between earth and heaven, the two wander in a world of memories and fall in love, but a stronger call rips her away from him. Devastated, she pines over him as she is stuck between her old life and a life with her one love.
Tefft starts the book out with a bang with the car accident and Lindsey’s meeting of the grim reaper. The pace drags from there, though, with too much ordinary life (i.e. waking up, going to bed, eating) interspersed with interesting memories of Aiden and Lindsey’s former lives. I found myself skimming through too many details to get to the action. Half-way through the novel, the pace gains speed when Lindsey and Aiden’s worlds change again. The interaction in the latter half with Lindsey, her family, and friends redeems the novel and builds the tension to a wonderful ending.
Although the beginning was okay, the last half of Between was worth the read. I would read the sequel.
- Watching Willow Watts
on Sep. 12, 2011
Talli Roland's WATCHING WILLOW WATTS shines like a bright star in the chick lit world.
Willow Watts never imagined dressing up as Marilyn Monroe for her best friend's celebrity picture booth would change her life. When her imagine is up on YouTube and appears sanctioned by Marilyn's ghost, Willow goes viral. Marilyn's fans proclaim her as the new Marilyn and everyone is clamoring to make a pound, including Willow. As the new Marilyn learns what fame means, Willow discovers the truth in who she is and what she's willing to sacrifice for happiness.
Talli Roland excels in quirky, unique novels. Willow Watts transforms on the page and inspires not only her small village in England but the world around her. Fame is fickle and tiresome. The romances of the secondary characters were sweet. I cheered as Willow discovered it was better to be herself than anyone else. Roland breathes life into her characters. I cried, laughed, and felt a deep passionate hatred for Willow's you-know-who, also known as the agent. The only minor distraction for me as a reader was in the portrayal of Betts the American, who didn't sound like she was from Georgia sometimes. Overall, I loved how the 'new Marilyn' inspired the village and changed it for the better.
Talli Roland's WATCHING WILLOW WATTS is a must-read with unforgettable characters, a unique storyline, and a beautiful message that being who you are is better than being anyone else.
- BECOME (Desolation #1)
on Oct. 24, 2011
Ali Cross’s BECOME expands upon mythologies and explores an age-old quest of good vs. evil in a new and fantastic way.
Desolation Black, the Devil’s daughter, believes her destiny remains in her father’s realm. When she’s sent back to Earth, she experiences a Remembering unlike any other time. Then, she Becomes something unlike anything anyone expected. Now it’s up to her to choose where her destiny will take her, if she can keep balance between the Shadows and the Light.
BECOME is a refreshing new take on good vs. evil and how choices play out against destiny. The characters are wonderful, deliciously complex, and more than typical stereotypes of good or evil. I love the characterization of Lucifer’s daughter, Desolation. At times she is such a teenager. Other times, she has the strength of her mixed parentage. From the first chapter, I cared about Desolation. The plot moved quickly in waves of seduction, regret, sin, and love. I love the use of Norse mythology to explain the worlds and characters within, as Lucifer = Loki, Asgard = Heaven, Midgard = Earth, etc. I laughed, cried, cared, and loved, and did not want to put this book down.
BECOME by Ali Cross has become one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. It’s definitely an awesome must-read.
on Aug. 02, 2012
A unique and fast-paced novella, Christine Rains’ FEARLESS launches out of the shadows and into readers’ hearts.
At age seven, Abby White killed the monster under the bed. Now, as one of the Fearless, she slays children’s worse nightmares along with her guide, a stuffed hippo named Tawa. But after one particular hard fought battle, she rescues Demetrius—he’s devastatingly handsome, charming, and one of the wild fae. As Abby fights her attraction for Demetrius and the rise of monsters, she’ll need to prove how fearless she can be.
FEARLESS starts out simply with a child’s monster under the bed, but instead of this beast being a child’s imagination, the monsters are real, and Abby can stop them. The characters are loveable. My favorite is Tawa with her sharp wit and sarcastic remarks. Demetrius and Abby’s attraction and building relationship create just the right tension and passion. Rains builds the fantastical world she created bit by bit by drawing the reader further into the storyline and characters. This novella is definitely a pleasantly unusual paranormal romance filled with suspense.
Be fearless and read FEARLESS by Christine Rains. Each time I’ve read the story (up to three times as of this review), I’ve loved it more and more.
- Witch Born (Book II of the Witch Song Series)
on Aug. 27, 2012
Amber Argyle’s WITCH BORN brightens the fantasy scene with fresh characters in a rich world.
Brusenna is changing since she defeated the Dark Witch and became Creator-touched. The witches either fear her or don’t understand her. Her Guardian and love will do anything to protect her, even go against her wishes. She needs Haven to be her safety, but it is anything but. Then, Brusenna learns there are more witches out there, and she’s the only one who can stop them from destroying everything she’s trying to save.
WITCH BORN hooked me within ten percent of the novel and hasn’t really let me go since I finished reading it. Argyle took her world from WITCH SONG and expanded upon it tenfold. The details and writing are lush and beautiful. The plot is fast-paced, and the characters are well-developed. Brusenna, the main character, comes to life with her choices. This novel excels at being realistic in emotions and actions amongst a fantasy landscape with magic. I believed every word.
I didn’t want to leave the world from WITCH BORN by Amber Argyle. If I still role-played, I’d be all over creating one from WITCH BORN or writing fan fiction based in Argyle’s world.
- L'il Gal Al and the Zombies of Amarillo
on Oct. 16, 2012
A scrawny yet spunky heroine, zombies, and a good ol’ western standoff fill the pages of Christine Rains’ L’IL GAL AL AND THE ZOMBIES OF AMARILLO.
After leading a group of travelers safely to Amarillo, Alma Sweeney is ready to mosey on out of town for the next job. But when she stops a drunk man with a shotgun, the sheriff wants to make her his new deputy. She declines the offer, but she is willing to stick around—for a day or two. Yet not all is well in Amarillo. They need L’il Gal Al’s help, but for once, the danger might be too great for this feisty frontier lady.
L’IL GAL AL AND THE ZOMBIES OF AMARILLO throws the reader back into the Old West. The characters are well written, especially Alma Sweeney. Rains excels in creating strong female characters. I don’t think I’ve ever read anyone like Alma, but she quickly wins the reader over. She’s quick, intelligent, strong-minded, and spunky. Her strong-will and no-nonsense attitude almost become a detriment when faced with the supernatural. The plot is fast-paced like novelettes should be. The zombies are delightfully gruesome, and Rains had me guessing until almost the very end on what was causing the zombies to rise from the dead. The writing style suits shorter fiction and horror very well, and I love how the dialogue gives a hint of the period without going overboard.
Take a bite out of L’IL GAL AL AND THE ZOMBIES OF AMARILLO by Christine Rains, a wonderful horror story set in the Old West. I’d love to see more of Alma Sweeney and her adventures.
- Winter Queen
on May 13, 2013
Ilyenna must embrace winter’s chill to not only save the people she loves but herself in Amber Argyle’s Winter Queen.
Argyle has mad skills when it comes to worldbuilding. From the clothing to the healing practices to the politics, every aspect adds to this vast and complex world the story takes place in. Then, Argyle takes it a step further with adding a vibrant fairy world. I also loved the idea of Balance within this world and how important a concept it is. To accompany this worldbuilding, Argyle has crafted these heart-achingly beautiful descriptions. Her prose is a pleasure to read and leaves the reader breathless and craving more.
Then, we have a heartbreaking and emotionally charged plot and characters in this wonderful fantasy novel. The complexities of the world create this plot filled with politcal intrigue as clan goes against clan. Ilyenna embodies the Shyle’s saying of “stronger than stone and more supple than a sapling.” Her choices are each soul shattering, and my heart ached for her and her peoples. Rone is headstrong and fierce to protect the people he loves. He’s a perfect complement to Ilyenna. Darrien, as the very cruel villain, craves power and the one woman who doesn’t want him. As a reader, I was terrified for Ilyenna and couldn’t stop thinking about whether or not Darrien would win. I particularly loved the clanswomen. They had such strength against the odds. In fact, each character was three-dimensional and realistic, even down to the fairies and the Summer Queen within the story.
If you’re looking for a complex fantasy novel filled with political intrigue, soul-touching characters, and a heartbreaking plot, then look no further than Winter Queen by Amber Argyle.
- Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre
on Sep. 25, 2013
Ellie Garratt's Passing Time contains tense and enjoyable horror stories.
Each short story sends a little chill down the reader's spine and has a nice twist that is sometimes foreseen and other times not.
I enjoyed the moral of "Passing Time" in how we shouldn't let time just pass us by. "Expiration Date" had a delightful blend of horror with science fiction. "The Devil's Song" is a writer's worst nightmare. "Luna Black" was perhaps my favorite story, and I loved how vampires and insurance featured in it. "Dining in Hell" seemed like a story that could come right out of a Stephen King novel. "The Vegas Screamer" has a unique twist on a serial killer. The office can be killer in "Eating Mr. Bone." I loved how the supernatural comes to life in "Land of the Free." And the last story, "The Letter" reminds the reader to be very careful what they wish for.
Overall, Passing Time by Ellie Garratt is a nice collection of horror stories, and I look forward to reading more of Garratt's work.