Anthony Avina

Biography

Anthony Avina, (Born March 1990), is an author, a journalist, and blogger. Born in Southern California, he has battled through injuries, disabilities, moves back and forth across the country, and more, yet still maintains a creative voice that he hopes to use not only to entertain but to inspire hope in even the darkest situations.

He writes short stories and novels in the horror genre, and is also a seasoned journalist for the online magazine, On Request Magazine as well as the website TheGamer. Having grown up reading the books of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, they inspired him to write new and exciting stories that delved into the minds of richly developed characters. He constantly tries to write stories that have never been told before, and to paint a picture in your mind while you are reading the book, as if you could see every scene of the book as if it were a movie you were watching. His stories will get your imaginations working, and will also show that in spite of the most despairing and horrific situations, hope is never out of reach. He is always writing, and so there will never be a shortage of new stories for your reading pleasure.

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Without them, my books wouldn't be possible. My main goal with my writing is to entertain my audience, and so my books are a creation of both myself and the reader's interest in said books. My fans are like a family or close-knit community to me. We all share an interest in the stories being told and share a passion for exploring the themes of
hope and love in the face of great evil and darkness. We strive to create a community that accepts everyone and anyone, and we believe in equality for all. In the face of oppression, hatred and violence, we stand together, and with one voice we say that love conquers all, and I hope that my stories reflect that, and in turn my fans as well.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author of all time is Stephen King. He has been the biggest inspiration on me and my style of writing. I love the worlds he creates in his stories, and how so many of them are connected to one another. I also love Dean Koontz, Cassandra Claire and John Green. I read a lot so there are too many others to name in just this question, but those are some of my favorites.
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Books

Freshman Hunt: A Nightmare Academy Novella
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,370. Language: American English. Published: August 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
When an ancient supernatural legend comes to town on All Hallow’s Eve and the annual Freshman Hunt puts Francesca’s friend Faith in danger, the undercover teen vampire must decide whether to risk her mission to save her friend, while she struggles with her growing feelings for the handsome warlock Jasper. In a school full of danger, what is she willing to sacrifice? Love…or the mission?
I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,590. Language: American English. Published: October 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Evil walks among the citizens of Willow Springs in I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered. Hiding behind the face of a beautiful teenage girl, the small North Carolina town is about to be introduced to an all new form of horror. Does evil ever truly die? Find out in I Was An Evil Teenager: Remastered.
Welcome To Nightmare Academy (Nightmare Academy #1)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,540. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Welcome to Nightmare Academy is a YA Prequel novella to Author Anthony Avina's hit adult series, "Nightmare Wars". This novella explores the world of Nightmare Wars before the war, where a vampire girl named Francesca must enter Nightmare Academy, and learn what secrets it holds, and what danger it poses. Filled with romance, action and horror, this is a thrilling YA adventure!

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Smashwords book reviews by Anthony Avina

  • Dark & Darker Faerie Tales on Feb. 21, 2018

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. If you thought the fairy tales of the Brother’s Grimm couldn’t get any darker, then you thought wrong. In Dark & Darker Faerie Tales by Two Sisters, the stories we all grew up on are twisted in shocking and creative ways. Here’s the synopsis: Inspired by Brothers Grimm and other sinister tales, Dark & Darker Faerie Tales is a collection of dark stories about evil faeries, corrupted heroes, vengeful innocents and malicious monsters. Delving into the darker side of fairy tales, each story offers a twisted journey that’ll make you wish for a happy ending. Written and illustrated by Two Sisters, witness an unlikely friendship in “The Woodcutter and The Oak Tree,” discover what happens next to Little Red Riding Hood, and learn why it’s so important to be wary of who you meet in the woods. This is one of the most unique story collections of 2018. The dark twist on tales like Red Riding Hood made for highly entertaining and nostalgic reading all at once, while tales of evil witches and heroes turned villains made the stories become even creepier than you could have ever imagined. The writing fit perfectly in line with the classic fairy tale style, while bringing a much darker horror twist into the genre. The stories are rich with vivid imagery, each page dripping with twisted characters and surreal settings that only a fairy tale world could bring to life. Overall I loved this story. In fact so far it’s one of my top reads of 2018. The stories managed to be original and unique while paying respects to the fairy tale classics. Taking these stories in fantastically unexpected ways, this is the fairy tale collection horror fans around the world have been waiting for. If you haven’t yet, be sure to pick up your copy of Dark & Darker Faerie Tales by Two Sisters today!
  • Northfighters - The View From the Christallis on Oct. 29, 2018

    Worlds collide in author Colm Dowd’s debut YA novel “Northfighters: The View From The Christallis”. The first in what hopes to be a powerful new YA series, a world filled with magic and creatures unlike anything our world has ever seen merges with our own world, and four kids find themselves thrust into a war they never asked for. Here is the synopsis: The Synopsis What happens when you start to write a book for your kids to compete with Pokémon but you take so long to write it, it ends up more influenced by Smallville, Lost, Lord of the Rings and The X-Files? (To name a few) You end up with ‘Northfighters – The View from the Chrystallis’. This is not your typical fantasy book, but it is a fantasy. And it has it all. Eleven year old Chris Talbot is the likeable protagonist, with his nerdy friend Josh, his bully nemesis Mike, and his heart’s desire Sylvia. All four of them end up avoiding near death on their school trip near Seattle. They are being pursued by ghoulish monsters that have been sent after them by the charismatic yet maniacal super villain Salazon. Salazon ‘The Evil’ as he would prefer to be known has supreme psychic powers and a pretty big chip on his shoulder. He has an elaborate scheme to trigger a massive battle between two of his world’s people that, he just doesn’t want to have around anymore. Salazon has been given a forewarning that this boy Chris is somehow going to be a thorn in his side. Luckily for Chris and his friends, they are taken through a portal to a strange and beautiful land by the heroic Talbar, a lord of the Northfighter people. Talbar, with three of his fellow men, make it their duty to guide the children on a trek with war and deceit all around them, to try to find the real reason the kids have ended up here. The spectre of Salazon builds throughout the book, but he is not the only stuff of legend that is to be found in this land. Fables tell of great and powerful beasts, the true Northfighters, namesakes of the people that came after. Do they exist? Salazon and Talbar both believe that they do. And this may be where the children are to come in. Back in the real world the tough and cynical detective Janet Lansing is perplexed by the mystery surrounding the missing kids. Where this is all going and why is anyone’s guess. But it’s an entertaining ride, come jump on. The Review This was a fantastic read. Some of the most original fantasy driven characters and creatures I’ve read in a long time, this novel blends the real world drama of four children disappearing from a school field trip and the police investigation that sparks as a result, to the heroic adventures of a rag tag group of warriors and four children who try to stop all out war between various nations. The mythological scale of the battles and the power of the villain Salazon will keep readers entranced throughout the entire story. While there were brief areas within the story that held some minor grammatical errors, the overall story and mythology built by the author was so powerful that these moments never deterred from the overall story. The characters were relatable and engaging, while the setting felt like the YA equivalent to Game of Thrones. The blend of fantasy and drama felt natural and helped the story flow smoothly, making this read truly amazing. The Verdict Overall I loved this book. Filled with action, character development and shocking twists and turns, readers will love to get lost in this new fantasy world created by author Colm Dowd. With a cliff-hanger ending that leaves room for a hopeful sequel, this is a must read YA adventure like no other. If you haven’t yet, pick up your copy of Northfighters: The View From the Christallis today!