Half way through the blog tour and still plenty of steam

Day 3 of the Game of Crones mini blog tour and I’m delighted to report that the compliments keep coming.

Five glowing reviews. Yeah!

Donnasbookblog commented: “I love the author’s ability to bring his stories to life and he creates some fantastic characters. I love being able to pick up the book between different tasks – and enjoy that he crams in such a lot in a short space and they are so well developed too!

“It is five stars from me for this one. It’s definitely one that I will highly recommending. Can’t wait to see what he releases next!”

Bookshine and Readbows wrote: “I particularly enjoyed the shivers I got from ‘Clutching at Straws’ and ‘Suggestion of Evil’ which cleverly channel the reader’s own imagination against them to highlight and magnify the horror presented.

“Fans of short, dark, frisson-inducing tales of haggard crones and sly sirens will enjoy this varied collection of wicked witchery and twisted folk stories.”

Jessica Belmont added her kind thoughts with: “I love short story compilations like this, particularly in the horror genre. Game of Crones is definitely a 5 star read for me.

“Jay Raven’s ability to world build, character build, pull the reader in and keep them invested such a short stories is a true testament to his writing abilities. I loved the twists and turns, the thrills and the fact that each story was unique.”

While Red’s Midnight Reviews added: “I was a little bit dubious as to whether or not I would enjoy this collection of short tales as I find short stories sometimes don’t have the same effect but Jay Raven proves with Game of Crones that you don’t need a full length novel to pack a punch.

“Each story has a different subject and weaves its own twists and turn and the end of each story is guaranteed to leave the reader speechless. I honestly could not get enough!!

“Jay Raven is a unique storyteller with an amazing talent that draws you into his fun, macabre stories.”

And Just Books ended with: “The stories are all dark and have a twist, but are all completely different. Unusually, for short stories, the author pulled me into each one with his writing style and the brilliant characters.

“A great book for dipping into with a cuppa… or for reading in one sitting, as I did!”

WOW! I can’t thank you guys enough. I’m blushing from ear to ear!

More marvellous plaudits

I’m thrilled to say that Day 2 of the Game of Crones blog tour has produced a crop of great feedback.

Radzy Writes and Reviews commented: “Every short story in this collection has that out of the box twist, and never once reaches a weird, unrealistic place. I found the stories satisfying and uplifting when I didn’t realise.

Fans of great endings will be very happy with this book, as will fans of fantasy, medieval, steampunk, and the like. It ticks all the boxes for me, and I’ll be checking out more of Raven’s work ASAP.”

Jazzy Book Reviews wrote: “I think my favorite story out of them all was the one involving the scarecrow. That one was pretty horrifying, but that might be because I have a thing with scarecrows. They’re ridiculously creepy.

All of the stories were entertaining and amusing, though. I enjoyed that most, if not all, had a revenge aspect to them. Never cross a witch, that’s for sure.

If you’re a fan of short stories, horror, witches, or all of the above, then you’ll want to grab a copy of Game of Crones. I’d recommend it. 4 stars!”

And Mai’s Musings reported: “Game of Crones is filled with vivid imagery, with the author painting such a clear image of the landscape surrounding each story that you could actually feel that you were there. Achieving this at the same time as creating characters that you really cared about in each story in so few words is a true talent, and one that I wished I possessed.

“Game of Crones is a book that I would definitely recommend both to people who wouldn’t normally read short stories, and also to those who normally avoid the creepier books. This book is a great introduction to both, and is a great showcase of the author’s writing skills.”

 

Wow – many sincere thanks to the reviewers who took the time to give their thoughts on the collection. I really appreciate it. More reviews tomorrow…

Blog tour off to a smashing start

Day one of the Game of Crones blog tour is proving a hit with the book bloggers and I couldn’t be more thrilled with their comments.

 

Jessica’s Reading Room wrote: “If you enjoy your ‘fairy tales’ with a macabre twist to them then Game of Crones is for you.

Each story is unique in its own way and has various twists at the end that you might not see coming!

My two personal favorites were Suggestion of Evil and Prince Charming. They were two very different stories and I especially liked the ending of Prince Charming.” story is unique in its own way and has varying twists at the end that you may not see coming!  My two personal favorites were Suggestion of Evil and Prince Charming. They were two very different stories and I especially loved the ending of Prince Charming.

And Bookwormforkids, blogspot.com wrote: “Short, dark and sweet, these tales take on all sorts of witchcraft and sorcery in a way which sometimes leaves chills, food for thought or simply a thrill. 

The tales are nicely written, each one drawing into its very own setting and characters. It was impossible to guess where each one would lead, thanks to the twists and turns.

I recommend this to fans of witchcraft, sinister twists, and spells which stay with you long after you close those pages.”

 

Thanks for such a fabulous verdict.

If you enjoy your ‘fairy tales’ with a macabre twist to them then Game of Crones is for you!

A cackle of witches!

Really thrilled to announce that my dark fantasy witchcraft-themed short story collection GAME OF CRONES is out now. Eight scary fairy tales tales to chill and surprise. Plenty of twists and surprises, all dished up with a dash of mayhem and malice.

Check it out by clicking HERE for Amazon.co.uk and HERE for Amazon.com.