Saturday, June 2, 2012

Tales of Terror, Revenge and Felines! McCarty Griffin

Sliding into the top spot of June is an author that can take you from heartbreaking reality, to the backwoods of West Virginia while being stalked by a monster. Through it all she will capture your attention, have you biting your nails, and begging for more. The first blog stop tour of the month...
McCarty Griffin.

The Tribe



The tribe has been alone on the farm for many seasons, struggling to survive by their wits and will, unaided by the humans who abandoned them there years ago. Few members of the tribe outside of Tia, the eldest, and her fiercely loyal companion Bella, remember a time when two-legs--the cats' name for humans--lived in the farmhouse. Suddenly, the tribe's territory is invaded by a young two-legs couple, and the frightened cats ask themselves why have two-legs come to live there after so many seasons and what will happen to the tribe at the hands of these often cruel creatures? 


By Dafna Yee  

The Tribe is a wonderful, well-written blend of a fantasy about a group of wild cats and the real issue of feral cats. The tribe's cats speak to each other and interact with "two-legs" (humans) with the help of a former pet who had been dumped named Daca. Susan, a former volunteer with PAWS (a rescue group who capture, neuter, and release feral cats) and her husband, Rob, move into a large, neglected house with a decrepit barn that (unknown to them) is full of wild cats. How the two species learn about each other makes for can't-put-down reading. Both the human and feline characters have likable, three-dimensional personalities and the imagery is vivid and believable. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end and I highly recommend that other people read it too.

 By Lynn Demsky "Lynn/MI"

This was not what I expected at all and very well written, great plot and you need NOT be a cat person to enjoy it! Adored how the wild cats called people two legs and interacted with them. Great being told by the cats! I really enjoyed how the cats reacted, inter-acted and survived! Most enjoyable read! 





Pammy has had enough of Bobby, her abusive drunk of a husband. One lovely spring day, she decides to kill him, despite the fact that they will soon be divorced and he will, at least in the eyes of the law, be out of her life for good. Indulging in homicidal daydreams for years has led her to devise her own perfect and completely bizarre plan. 


 By  Patricia C. "Patty the bookworm"

This book reminded me so much of a couple of Stephen King stories. Female main character, abused, about to take care of the situation. I liked the planning and that she takes enough time to carefully put her plans in motion . Seems Pammy is much smarter than most people give her credit for. I think there was only one thing I might have done differently had I been in Pammy's shoes. This story was well written and thought out by the author. The ending was very thought provoking but well played. To anyone that enjoys a good Stephen King "heroine", this book will entertain you just as much. I highly recommend this book.

By Keryl Raist "The Fantasy Sage"

Half-Inch, which was one of the most wonderfully ugly stories I've read in a long time.

I've always felt the true horror of Silence of the Lambs comes from the fact that Hannibal Lecter seems so reasonable. You read the books, hear him speak, and suddenly you're thinking murder as art doesn't sound like such a bad idea.

Pammy (Half-Inch's main character) might not have the same motivations as Lecter, but as you steep in the story the reasonableness of her actions grows and grows. Toward the end you're sitting there, nodding along, more or less thinking, 'Yep, he had it coming.' and that's when you pull back and realize exactly how ugly this story is.

Monster Story 



Christy McCauley has returned to West Virginia at last, but her homecoming quickly turns into a surreal nightmare. In the deep hollows and woods of rural Augusta County, something unspeakable is slaughtering people in the dark of night. Authorities don't know if its human or animal, or how to stop it. Christy and her friends only know they must hunt it and destroy it, before it kills again.

By RJay

Started off scary and kept me in suspense throughout the whole book. Took the typical werewolf tale and moved it to the country. Even allowed the "monster's" point of view, which is usually never shown. Overall, a good thrill ride for those who like to be scared.

By D. M. Lawrence "donna lawrence"

 I must admit I am not a huge fan of horror stories. This book sounded interesting therefore I thought I would try it. I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed this book. Some of the more grisly descriptions of ripped apart bodies made me close my eyes and shudder slightly, however, overall a great story. I loved the way the author included the monster's point of view. A nice change in a horror story. The action begins immediately with the dead rising from the earth.. This would be a great Sci-Fy channel movie! The one thing I didn't care for was the constant introduction of new characters. It can be somewhat confusing keeping all the characters straight. I began to think of them as 'red shirt characters'. Remember the old Star Trek TV show? You always knew the characters in red shirts were going to get killed. They are a necessary part of any story. Overall, not my normal genre of book but I'm glad I read it. Look forward to reading more by Ms. Griffin

Author Bio

McCarty Griffin lives in the Pacific Northwest, at the foot of the Cascades, with her husband, two children and several nonhuman family members. She is a transplanted hillbilly, born in Texas, but raised in the hollows and hills of West Virginia, where most of her works are set. She does not limit her creative efforts to any particular genre, although she does have a special love for horror, which she traces back to a childhood of Saturday nights eating Chef Boyardee pizza and watching Chiller Theatre with her mother. Before beginning her second life with her current husband, and settling in to raise her daughter and son, she served in the United States Army, went home to earn her undergraduate and law degrees,and then practiced criminal defense law for more than ten years. After half a lifetime spent doing everything but what she truly wanted to do, she finally just sat down and started writing, and she hasn’t stopped since.

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