Buttonholed Book Reviews


companionably invites you to these Tours & Spotlight readings:

✒ ✒ ✒

The Twisted Book of Shadows

Edited by
Christopher Golden  and  James A. Moore

Linda D. Addison (Introduction)

Publisher: Twisted Publishing

Coming for your horror pleasure in October 2019
Pre-order on Amazon

✒ ✒ ✒

Presenting an all-new horror anthology that shatters the mold…

Mainstream publishers want all-star lineups. Small press publishers often can’t afford to pay pro rates…and even when they can, the names in the table of contents can be limited by the editor’s reach or effort. Bestselling horror, fantasy, and thriller authors Christopher Golden and James A. Moore knew there had to be a better way. Inspired by the efforts of legendary anthology Charles L. Grant, who helped move so many new writers in the horror community’s conversation, Golden and Moore teamed up with Haverhill House’s Twisted Publishing imprint to create…


Determined to pay pro rates, the editors crowdfunded the project, and then put the word out as far and wide as possible, loudly and repeatedly encouraging submissions by diverse voices, and recruiting a stellar editorial committee to read along with them, including Linda A. Addison, Nadia Bulkin, Rachel Autumn Deering, Lamar Giles, KL Pereira, and Lee Thomas.

Out of seven hundred stories received through a blind submission process—none of the editors had any idea who the authors were—nineteen made the final cut. Within these pages you will find the beautifully weird side-by-side with terrifying nightmares, horrifying folklore, and hellish futures. Nineteen unique and haunting tales that truly earned their place in a book entitled…

Discover your new favorite horror stories by:

Melissa Swensen -- M.M. De Voe -- Andrew Bourelle -- Sara Tantlinger -- Jeffrey B. Burton
Eóin Murphy -- Sarah L. Johnson -- Jason A. Wyckoff -- Amanda Helms -- Trisha J. Wooldridge
Liam Hogan -- KT Wagner -- Rohit Sawant -- P.D. Cacek -- John Linwood Grant
George Edwards Murray -- Cindy O’Quinn -- David Surface -- Kristi DeMeester

✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ 

The Silver Dagger


Alistair Cross

Publisher: Glass Apple Press  Amazon Pre-Order Link

Brother Against Brother

Life in Crimson Cove has been good to the Colter Brothers since Gretchen VanTreese was staked and her horde of vampires scattered. Brooks is once again human, and Cade, the rare Sire Gretchen had determined to take as her mate, is in love. Then the unthinkable happens: Gretchen rises from the grave, and the brothers are torn apart, their lives - and the peace between them - shattered.

A Trail of Blood

When Cade comes into possession of an ancient ceremonial dagger he awakens a power so deadly it defies comprehension. Meanwhile, a serial killer is stalking the little mountain town, leaving a trail of blood that leads to a truth Sheriff Ethan Hunter doesn’t want to face. And unknown to either of them, Gretchen is preparing to reopen her notorious nightclub, The Crimson Corset - and building an army to destroy her enemies and reclaim Cade Colter as her own.

A New Breed of Evil

The streets are no longer safe, nor are the forested paths, for a new and unknowable evil has come to Crimson Cove and everyone - vampire and human alike - must come together in order to survive.

 ✒ ✒ ✒

The Silver Dagger is book 2 in the The Vampires of Crimson Cove series

Here is the link to book one:
The Crimson Corset

Berlin Malcom

✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒


Dawn Hosmer

 Publisher: Gestalt Media  (August 17, 2019)

Two families, forever linked by tragedy.

Ruby Dunkin is in an abusive marriage. Her best efforts aren't enough to shield her two children from an abusive father whose cruelty knows no bounds. Their volatile situation ends in tragedy when Ruby's eldest son, Billy is torn away from everything he loves. Consumed by hatred and self-loathing Billy becomes the thing he hates the most—his father.

Chelsea Wyatt, a senior in high school, goes missing after work one night, never to return. Her parents are devastated, only knowing this kind of tragedy from the news. Crimes like this are unheard of in their quiet, midwestern town. Consumed by the tragic fate of their friend, family member and neighbor, their lives and futures are forever altered.

For over eighteen years, no one knows the connection between Ruby Dunkin and Chelsea Wyatt. A journey through time reveals the common thread stitching their heartbreak together. Yesterday echoes throughout each character's life as they decide how, and if, they will break the chains of the past.

Will they continue to leave a legacy of pain and loss for future generations?
Will they break the cycles of abuse that have destroyed so many lives?

 ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒

The King of the Wood


J. Edwin Buja

 Publication: July 22, 2019 from Haverhill House Publishing

 Below the town of Tyndale, the King of the Wood feels threatened. His power is waning and his minions are abandoning him. He is determined to retain control and destroy the usurper: Tom Bender.

But exactly who is The King of the Wood? Unlike previous pranks, the latest student hazing in Tom Bender’s back yard proved fatal. Animals begin to obey him. Crows seem to understand what he says and pass along cryptic messages. Then everything in the garden starts to grow and keeps growing long past its natural season. Tom thinks this is wonderful until he discovers that the deck is growing too.

Brother James knows of the coming conflict. He is sure that he can defeat both the King and any human opposition. Brother James is confident he will assure the ascendance of man over nature.

However, his spy in Tyndale has another target: Tom.

✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒



Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel

Publication: July 22, 2019 from Haverhill House Publishing

 ✒ ✒ ✒
Tori Garrett is a haunted woman.  After accidentally killing a teenage girl with her car, guilt drives her to the bottle, which eventually costs her job.  Carla Perez is also haunted.  She wants Tori to pay for killing her daughter.  She relentlessly stalks Tori and eventually corners her in a bar and threatens her.

Horrified by this encounter, Tori decides it’s time to get out of town, seeking solace in the one place she found happiness as a child––Cape May, N.J. It’s off-season, but she believes she can dry out and reassemble the tattered remains of her life.

Kind-hearted Amelia Warren, owner of the Seaside House Bed & Breakfast, takes Tori in as the only winter guest at her establishment.  Lonely and broke after her husband’s death, she believes she can find friendship with Tori, but instead finds herself trapped with a woman whose sense of reality is rapidly unraveling, degraded by an unyielding thirst for alcohol.

Chris Silver is a superhero in his own mind.  Tortured by his past, he tries to save the damned and endangered in a bid for redemption.  He’s desperate to save Tori from herself, but can he do so without putting himself in danger?

As Tori descends into madness and alcoholism, the people she relies on most find themselves on a collision course with the bottle.  Will her spirits, both real and imagined, lead Tori to drink herself to death?  Can she defeat her demons before she destroys herself and everyone around her?

Here is a thirty-second trailer for SPIRITS, the debut novel of Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel

and/or  ~

enjoy my interview with Ms. Sheri Sebastian-Gabriel

 ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒

The Night Before


Wendy Walker

From St. Martin's Press

 ✒ ✒ ✒

First dates can be murder.

"Ferociously smart." ―AJ Finn
"Riveting." ―Riley Sager
"Addictive." ―Liv Constantine
"Wonderfully tense." ―Aimee Molloy
"Irresistible." ―Mary Kubica
"Impossible to put down." ―Megan Miranda

Riveting and compulsive, national bestselling author Wendy Walker’s The Night Before “takes you to deep, dark places few thrillers dare to go” as two sisters uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control.

Laura Lochner has never been lucky in love.  She falls too hard and too fast, always choosing the wrong men.  Devastated by the end of her last relationship, she fled her Wall Street job and New York City apartment for her sister’s home in the Connecticut suburb where they both grew up.  Though still haunted by the tragedy that’s defined her entire life, Laura is determined to take one more chance on love with a man she’s met on an Internet dating site.

Rosie Ferro has spent most of her life worrying about her troubled sister.  Fearless but fragile, Laura has always walked an emotional tightrope, and Rosie has always been there to catch her.  Laura’s return, under mysterious circumstances, has cast a shadow over Rosie’s peaceful life with her husband and young son – a shadow that grows darker as Laura leaves the house for her blind date.

When Laura does not return home the following morning, Rosie fears the worst.  She’s not responding to calls or texts, and she’s left no information about the man she planned to meet.  As Rosie begins a desperate search to find her sister, she is not just worried about what this man might have done to Laura.
She’s worried about what Laura may have done to him…

 ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒ ✒

The Fountains of Silence


Ruta Sepetys

Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 from Philomel Books

 ✒ ✒ ✒

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, unforgettable portrait of love, silence, and secrets amidst a Spanish dictatorship

Madrid, 1957.  Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret.  Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine.  Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera.

Photography--and fate--introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War--as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear.  Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger.  He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves.  Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history's darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence--inspired by the true post-war struggles of Spain.

 ✒ ✒ ✒

New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal! "Masterfully crafted"The Wall Street Journal

Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.

 Enjoy my review of Salt to the Sea

✒ ✒ ✒

No comments:

Post a Comment