Friday Reads | Pretty Monsters

This Friday I’ve read Pretty Monsters (Josh of the Damned #1) by Andrea Speed. I was super tired and was looking for a short read before I fell asleep yesterday and went on the Amazon short reads lists and there it was.

I’ve read one or two stories by Andrea Speed before and I’ve been meaning to read the Infected series for ages but I still haven’t.

Pretty Monsters is a short, funny tale about Josh who works the night shift at the Quick-Mart. In just a few sentences Speed paints a world I wouldn’t mind being a part of. There are lizard guys, zombies, and pretty monsters. And I had a sneak peek at Peek-a-Boo (Josh of the Damned #2) and apparently there’s a yeti LOL.

Give it a try!

Book Cover Pretty Monsters by Andrea SpeedJosh knew the night shift at the Quik-Mart would be full of freaks and geeks—and that was before the hell portal opened in the parking lot. Still, he likes to think he can roll with things. Sure, the zombies make a mess sometimes, but at least they never reach for anything more threatening than frozen burritos.

Besides, it’s not all lizard-monsters and the walking dead. There’s also the mysterious hottie with the sly red lips and a taste for sweets.

Josh has had the hots for Hot Guy since the moment he laid eyes on him, and it seems Hot Guy might be sweet on Josh too. Now if only Josh could figure out whether that’s a good thing, a bad thing, or something in between. After all, with a hell vortex just a stone’s throw away, Josh has learned to take nothing at face value—even if it’s a very, very pretty face.

Friday Reads | Resurrection Man

I’ll be super quick today because I’ve been working, and my kids are jumping up and down waiting for us to go to my mother. But I have read, I have read Resurrection Man by Laylah Hunter.

It’s short, it free, and it’s a little gruesome. A nice bring-your-partner-back-from-the-dead-and-suffer-the-consequences story.

The copy I downloaded was, sadly, mostly filled with excerpts from other stories and I don’t think I’ve ever read something where 60% of the book is other stories. So that pissed me off, which is unfortunate because I enjoyed the story, a little Frankenstein with your coffee is never wrong!

Check it out!

Book Cover Resurrection Man by Laylah HunterNecromancy means never having to say good-bye.

Consumption has claimed the life of Adel St. Claire, cutting him down in his prime. But his lover, Josef Leitner, isn’t ready to let him go. To get Adel back, Josef is willing to risk the anger of Adel’s family, make unsavory deals with a corrupt mortician, and challenge the authority of death itself.

Even if he can reanimate Adel’s body, Josef’s next challenge may be more daunting still: when a man returns from the dead, what will it take to satisfy his needs?

Friday Reads | The Name on My Wrist

It’s been a busy week and I’ve hardly had time to read anything at all so I went browsing for a short story simply to have something to write about today. I ended up grabbing The Name on My Wrist by J.M. Snyder. J.M. Snyder is a hit and miss for me, some books I’ve really liked and some I’ve ended up not finishing.

The Name on My Wrist is a short one, only ten pages, but it’s packed with emotions. It’s no secret I love short fiction, I love when an author can make me feel something in a few short sentences, and Snyder does that here.

James lost his boyfriend in the Vietnam war and he’s never recovered from it – I don’t think you ever would, but his way of coping is keeping him trapped in a life long lost. Little by little information is added and you begin to see James in a new light.

I really enjoyed it. It’s short and it’s free and it left me with a lump in my throat.

Book Cover The Name on My Wrist by J.M. SnyderJames, middle-aged, is given to one-night flings with younger men in whom he searches for someone he lost long ago. A random comment by his latest catch draws his mind back to the past, to a boy he once loved so fiercely, a boy drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam. A boy lost in the war. A boy James has never forgotten.

Warning: This is a very sad little story. It’s also one of my best.