Friday, April 28, 2017

#Fridayreads: PREORDER ALERT! Venom and Vampires Limited Edition Boxset

Good news!

I am super excited to announce that I am one of 23 awesome contributors to this Limited Edition Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection.




My story will be the 5th novel/novella in the set titled A Vampire Calls. (As in he comes for a visit, not like, uses a telephone). Here's the brief synopsis:

From award-winning author Kory M. Shrum, comes a dark tale about the power of choice. Lettie Cole lives with her hateful dying mother and heroin-addicted brother. She sees no escape from these toxic bonds until one or both die. But when a vampire calls late one summer night, Lettie is presented with a choice: be his next victim or provide him with another. 

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Super cool right? And you shouldn't just get a copy for my novella, but also because the other 22 authors are SO TALENTED. Seriously. I'm not even sure why they invited me.... But anyway, I know you'll enjoy every single novel/novella.

So please, please, please--PREORDER TODAY!



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We are also hosting a Facebook preorder party this weekend (tomorrow, April 29). You can join us and like our Facebook page while you're at it! 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Limbo City Lights #tuesdaybookblog #amreading


The complete collection of Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. short stories! Including the 3 previously published shorts: Dearly Departed, Hair of the Hellhound, and Season's Reapings, PLUS 3 all-new shorts: Pre-Mortem (set in the 1700s), Post-Mortem (set in the 2300s), and Death or Something Like It, a crossover short story with Jesse Sullivan, the heroine of my very own Dying for a Living series.

Check out the collection here.



Even better? Both of the first books in this series are free. So if you're feeling so inclined, you can also pick up:

Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet
Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum (me)


Other Reads To Check Out

Some Earth citizens colonize to the Euthenia Planet for a new life. They wanted to forget their past and make a new start. Caleb, came to the Euthenia Planet to start a new, simple, peaceful life as well, leaving his role as a military specialist far behind him. He wanted to marry his dreamed woman, Emerald. He promises a good and easy going life from now on but...Some promises are meant to be broken…



When you make plans, the gods laugh. All decisions come with consequences.
 
In this second book of the Dragons series, time travel and fantasy weave together in a fantastical romance.
 
Although Jaz is a dragon, the fact that the paranormal exists hasn't made life any easier. The Norse gods are a little too active in her life, and her lover, Erich, the necromancer, a Viking and demigod, is acting distant. His going from extremely hot to cold has her second guessing everything, and wondering if his proclamation of love was just simple manipulation, and if their relationship has lost its like new car smell.

When trouble comes, it comes in heaps, and right at Jaz's feet. This trouble happens to send her back to 1799 to √Čtretat, France. The political upheaval combined with Napoleon's forces and the threat of the Reign of Terror leaves her wondering who she can trust -- one wrong move and she'll lose more than her dragon head. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

FREE books and a Sarah J. Maas #giveaway


The graphic says it all! Check out this promo sale for FREE and $0.99 ebooks from your favorite paranormal and fantasy authors. Click here to learn more.

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It's still happening! The giveaway I've set up a for A Court of Thorns and Roses is still running. If you haven't read this awesome series, you should! And here's your chance.

Two lucky winners will receive a free copy of the hardback shipped straight to their house from Amazon. You can enter the  giveaway here.

On Friday I'll announce the winner and set up the second giveaway for--you guessed it: A Court of Mist and Fury, ACOTAR's sequel.




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I'm still looking for reviewers. If you've already read and reviewed one of my books, don't forget to 
enter the reviewer giveaway

If you haven't, get your free Dying for a Living boxset  here.


Friday, April 21, 2017

FREE hardback of A Court of Thorns and Roses #giveaway #freebiefriday

It's less than two weeks before Sarah J. Maas' novel A Court of Wings and Ruin is released. (Yes, of course, I've preordered my copy.)

But to help the authoress celebrate, I've set up a giveaway for the first book in this awesome trilogy: A Court of Thorns and Roses. 

Two lucky winners will get a free copy of the hardback shipped straight to their house from Amazon. You can enter the giveaway here.

Come back next Friday--when I'll announce the winner and set up the second giveaway for--you guessed it: A Court of Mist and Fury.
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I'm still looking for reviewers. If you already read and reviewed one of my books, don't forget to enter the reviewer giveaway. If you haven't, get your free review books here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dead Lake: A Review #amreading #kindle

Keep the door locked...


Sam is excited to spend a week at her uncle's remote lake cabin. It's a chance for her to focus on her art without distractions: no neighbors, no phone, and a small radio as her only contact with the outside world.

But there's something deeply unnatural lingering in the lake.

The radio's news reports talk about disappearances on a nearby hiking trail. The car won't start. And Sam starts to believe she's being stalked when she catches glimpses of a tall, strange man standing at the end of her dock, staring intently into the swirling waters below...

"A beautiful marriage of supernatural to a terrifying scenario... if you enjoy a suspenseful, frightening horror story, then Dead Lake is most definitely for you." -Twisted Book Junkie


Learn more here.


Kory's Thoughts

I discovered this book through The Cover Collection's website, where I got the cover for my latest novel Shadows in the Water. I was drawn to it because I was a little envious that I hadn't snapped up this cover for myself from the designers' excellent selection. I followed the cover to the Amazon page, read the description and was in just the right mood for a supernatural thriller.

I liked Sam's character development and her emotional struggles as an artist dealing with her mother's death. I also really enjoyed the atmosphere and description of the lake. It had a very Stephen King feel to it and we all know he is my favorite of favorite authors. I think the book succeeds in atmosphere and (mostly) in plot. However, there were just a couple of moments where I felt like it had dipped into cliche or contrived moments. The ending in particular felt a little "tidy" and "undeserved" to me. But maybe that's just me. In general it has good reviews and many readers seem to like it.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quick read. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hot New Urban Fantasy Series from USA Today Bestseller Angela Roquet #Tuesdaybookblog #amreading

Detective Jenna Skye bombs her first week on the St. Louis Vice Squad when she's bitten by a vampire in a supernatural brothel. Her day only gets worse from there. She wakes up in the morgue and discovers that her partner is dead. Before the sun rises, she realizes she is too. With her partner's killer still on the loose, Jenna vows to continue their investigation until justice is served, but a werewolf squatter, an unexpected visit from her estranged sister, and a nosy FBI agent stand in her way. Not to mention her fresh aversion to sunlight and a thirst for something a little stiffer than revenge.


Preorder for just $0.99  on Apple, Kobo, or Nook.

Monday, April 10, 2017

FREE books (and more) in exchange for honest reviews #amreading

Like to read books? Like to read free books and then get "thank you" prizes for doing so? Then good news! Now introducing Kory's "loyalty program" for readers who like to read and review books.

Benefits of the loyalty program? In addition to receiving free books in exchange for honest reviews, you're also entered into a monthly giveaway for Amazon gift cards and audiobook codes.

Do I have to sign up? Nope! If you've reviewed the book(s) and provided the link to that review, then you're automatically considered "loyal"! Just enter this month's giveaway using the rafflecopter widget below.

Do I have to give a leave positive review in order to win the giveaway? Absolutely not. I encourage you to say exactly how you feel about the book. As an author, a high review count opens up marketing opportunities that I wouldn't have otherwise, but the review itself is still supposed to help readers decide if this is a book they will enjoy. Therefore, I definitely encourage you to write the review for the reader—not for me.

Where do I start? 

If you've never left a review or read any of the books, you can start with Dying for a Living or Shadows in the Water. Dying for a Living is always FREE, so you can get a copy straight from the retailer. Shadows in the Water is free today on kindle. Otherwise, you can get by signing up for my newsletter through Instafreebie.

If you've already reviewed one or all my novels, you can post the links to those reviews and claim your entries via the rafflecopter.

Then, when you're ready, email me at kory.m.shrum@gmail.com and let me know you've posted a review and would like your next free book!

It's that easy.

Final notes: A book review that is posted on Amazon and Goodreads counts as two entries—even if you copy/pasted the same review to each page. I count by site, not by review content.

Also, once I feel that I have *enough* reviews for each book, I will likely end the monthly giveaways. So don't wait! Start reviewing today.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Surprise! Free Book Friday #freebiefriday #fridayreads

A new series from award-winning author Kory M. Shrum has fans raving. In this "dark and thrilling" first installment that's "haunting and beautifully written," readers will find all the suspense, tension, and complex characters they've come to expect from Shrum, in this tale of revenge and redemption.

Louie Thorne was born with a dangerous gift and a reason to fear the darkness. But when her parents are murdered by the mafia, embracing her power is the only way to exact her revenge. She will destroy the men who destroyed her family—no matter the cost.

Ex-DEA Robert King may be a retired, but he knows trouble when he sees it. First, his old partner returns with a case. Then an old flame begs a favor. By the time Louie enters the picture, King will be lucky to survive the night.




Other Great Reads

As a powerful demigod, Selena has been running from the gods who control the government agency, the New Pantheon, for the past three years, but now, they’ve caught up to her. 

When they trap Selena in an alleyway in New Orleans, she is ready to admit defeat. But an unfamiliar demigod rescues her, and the more she learns about Cameron, the more she discovers their common bonds may be the key to unraveling her own mysterious history. 

In the first book of The Unbreakable Sword series, Selena and Cameron must not only evade the New Pantheon, which is ruthlessly hunting the remaining gods and their descendants, but an angry Aztec god that wants Selena’s power to himself. And they will discover in the impending final battle of the gods, no one can be trusted.


Destiny doesn't think she's anything special. The daughter of an outcast witch. Her twin, Fate, is her best friend, so that's awesome. They're experts in love potions and selling them to crazy high school kids.

So they can buy more shoes.

But that all changes when their school is attacked by warlocks—warlocks who want her power for their own. The attack launches her onto the path the stars have chosen for Destiny, Fate, and their long-lost father. 

Oh, and Quin.

Quin, who's the son of a witch, only tolerating Destiny's presence because she can save his mother. Except along the way, that all changes, and he realizes Destiny is everything he never knew he wanted. The only problem is she thinks if love can be made from a potion, it can't be a real thing.

If they survive this, he's going to prove her wrong.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Everyone is a Winner #giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered my audiobook and ebook giveaway! Here are my winners:

Dying Breath audiobook winners:

Kelly Lauffenburger
Theresa Wrobleski Synder
Susan Voss
Cheri Madison
Ann Waters
Rhonda Wilson
Lisa Miller
Nick Bluth
Saira Mendoza
Ashley Ferguson


Ebook winners (choice of Dying by the Hour or Shadows in the Water):

Michelle VanDaley
Katrina
Jonella Moore
Danielle Antenberg
Anita Ewing
Nancy Jones
Leah Hess




Don't see your name? Good news. Dying for a Her, another Jesse Sullivan ebook is FREE today. Get your free copy here.

Still want more? When you sign up for my newsletter, you get a free copy of Dying for a Living and Shadows in the Water--TWO free books--just to say THANK YOU for supporting my work.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Adulthood is a Myth: A Review #Tuesdaybookblog #amreading

What the publisher says:
These casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by the hugely popular young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen are for the rest of us. They document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, and dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life. Oh and they are totally not autobiographical. At all.

Adulthood Is a Myth presents many fan favorites plus dozens of all-new comics exclusive to this book. Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah's frankness on personal issues like body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and the frequency of bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and deeply hilarious.


Kory's Thoughts

Full disclosure: I am not a comics or graphic novel connoisseur. My wife, Kim, loves graphic novels and can prattle on about this or that. I've only ever read the most popular ones and Sandman at her insistence (as Gaiman is one of her favorite authors). So I want to admit full and well that unlike other genres, I have no idea what the *&%^ I'm talking about here. So...

But I LOVED this book! Andersen apparently pens these comics under the guise of Sarah Scribbles, a popular webcomic  that she's been running for a few years. This book is a collection of her best. 

As the title suggests it is thematically grounded by the idea of how hard adulting is, particularly from the view of us creative-types. Maybe that's why I loved it so much. Reading a comic that wonderfully illustrated all the troubles with being a female, introvert was lovely. So I definitely recommend it to anyone into visual storytelling.

5 out of 5 stars.

Bonus: She just released a new volume last week called Big Mushy Happy Lump... which is exactly what I feel like after a long Michigan winter.



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