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Jonathan Janz Offers Top-Notch Literary Western Filled with Terrifying Old West Vampires!

One of my author buddies, the one I think I like because I make him laugh, or maybe I try to make him laugh and he just smiles not really laughing….or maybe he is really laughing at me and not with me…..ah, I digress, no matter the case I actually like Jonathan Janz  AND his writing. Telling you he is a friend of mine doesn’t make my review, evaluation, or recommendation any less REAL. For me to tell you to read it, I have to like it.  My reputation is gold to me.  So, as my writing friends know, even if I dearly respect and admire you, I won’t sell your book as good if it is not. I’m honest and so honestly, THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!!!

Now, about DUST DEVILS……available Feb. 4, 2014!!

At least so far, I mean I am just a little behind and so only 40% in, but that isn’t because I’m NOT sitting here chomping at the bit, thinking of neglecting my children and feeding them bread crumbs while I finish the book. No I will just torture myself by waiting until bed time and then stay up all night finishing it until I collapse and wake up clutching the comforter in a death grip from the vampirism terror I am bound to come across.

Reading this much so far though, I know a few things. It’s IS the best book I’ve read by him. And yes, I’ve said this each time, but he gets better each time and this one far exceeds any others. His characters have great dimensional depth and emotion. I already feel as if I know the two lead protagonists, Cody and Willet. I’m already pulling for them to leave the winners in any final showdown that may occur. I already know their fears and desires, have seen a father and son relationship blossom between a man who just found a boy who needed saving from some nasty actors, who just happen to apparently also be vampires. I love his use of the traveling stage play and traveling actors as the vampire’s cover and even enjoyed the scenes where they cooked human flesh on the spit….did I just say that?? Ok, ewwww…but it didn’t SEEM gross, because it is so well-done. Kinda like the troll scene in Lord of the Rings?

Janz uses techniques of Stephen King, such as in The Dark Tower series (he may not even realize it) and King’s overall style in creating a character in a way in which we HEAR what is happening in his head. Either through the character talking to himself or some reader asides. Ronald Malfi is a great literary author who also employs these techniques. Beyond that, King is great at creating characterization in which you feel a connection with characters. Janz is spot on in this regard. He’s slowed it down, which creates suspense, and also let his work breathe and live and roll around in your head.

I am not a western or country gal, I know this. BUT I do love history and this time period of the Wild West is so intriguing so I like the setting a lot and his details. I can tell he put a lot of research into the novel. I’ve enjoyed Larry McMurtry in the past, as well as Elmore Leonard. This type of literary western with some horror added to it seems to be blazing new trails. It’s working, at least in Dust Devils it’s a win. From a horror perspective, you might like it if you also liked From Dusk till Dawn. In a vampire market saturated with Victorian era night crawlers, I think, why wouldn’t they have gone through this time period of no holds barred outlaws, too? It’s fits them perfectly! It’s refreshing….well, in a scary way!!

There is so much more to tell, but that is just a taste (a dribble of blood to whet your vampire fetish). I know these bastard vampires are about to get MUCH MORE terrifying. So, I’ll finish up the book and be back this way with a full review and hopefully a short interview with Janz about Dust Devils. Until then, have a peek for yourself at the awesome cover and purchase at the cheap sale price from Samhain Horror link below!

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Dust Devils, Synopsis~

Beware when the vampires come to town.

When traveling actors recruited his wife for a plum role, Cody Wilson had no idea they would murder her. Twelve-year-old Willet Black was just as devastated the night the fiends slaughtered everyone he loved. Now Cody and Willet are bent on revenge, but neither of them suspects what they’re really up against.

For the actors are vampires. Their thirst for human blood is insatiable. Even if word of their atrocities were to spread, it would take an army to oppose them. But it is 1885 in the wilds of New Mexico, and there is no help for Cody and Willet. The two must battle the vampires—alone—or die trying.

Get it on-sale at his publsher, Samhain Publishing/Horror, in e-book for a limited time at:

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/dust-devils-p-73199.html

Author Jonathan Janz, Biography~

CraigJonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that explains everything. Acclaimed author Brian Keene named his debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.” The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story.”

Samhain Horror published his novel of vampirism and human sacrifice The Darkest Lullaby in April and his serialized horror novel Savage Species this summer. Of Savage Species Publishers Weekly said, “Fans of old-school splatterpunk horror—Janz cites Richard Laymon as an influence, and it shows—will find much to relish.” His next release, the superhero/action/horror/thriller Bloodshot: Kingdom of Shadows, is available now through Kindle Worlds.

His vampire western Dust Devils just released this February of 2014, and his sequel to The Sorrows (Castle of Sorrows) will be published in July 2014. He has also written three novellas (The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories.

His primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Jonathan at www.jonathanjanz.com. You can also find him on Facebook, via @jonathanjanz on Twitter, or on his Goodreads and Amazon author pages.

One of Jonathan’s wishes is to someday get Stephen King, Peter Jackson, Jack Ketchum and Joe R. Lansdale together for an all-night zombie movie marathon. Of course, that can only happen if all four drop their restraining orders against him.

For more information, go to www.jonathanjanz.com!

And just for fun, here is a picture of Jonathan Janz and I!! 🙂

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Your Chance to Ask Jonathan Janz ANYTHING…Oh, and Support His Release of Savage Species!

Hook of a Book is coordinating another GREAT book party over on our Facebook page for Jonathan Janz, horror author of Savage Species, a five-part serial series in which installment one was just released (Night Terrors).  Come celebrate with Janz and support his release of Savage Species!
 
It’s your chance to ask him any questions you like by emailing them following the directions provided below, then get your answers live at the party! As the moderator, Hook of a Book (Erin Al-Mehairi) will post questions to the Facebook page, and then Janz will comment. Feel free to comment yourself under the posts in conversation with him and others!
 
Let’s have some fun! Plus, you can enter to win some cool print books of Janz’s previous titles and awesome swag from Samhain Horror by emailing your desire to enter to hookofabook@hotmail.com.
 
PLEASE email any questions PRE-party (the sooner the better) to hookofabook@hotmail.com or by using the message option on Hook of a Book Fan Page (www.facebook.com/HookofaBook). Leave your question, your first and last name, and your email address for any giveaways. Be sure to “like” the Facebook page Hook of a Book and check out the NOTES section for info about Savage Species and Janz AND updates about the party.
 
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Samhain Publishing’s Horror line  is blazing new trails for themselves by releasing Savage Species, by Janz, as their first serial horror novel. In five installments, with new installments coming every two weeks, you’ll get a terrifying read that will propel you to the next.The first installment of Savage Species is amazingly awaiting you NOW as Night Terrors is being offered absolutely FREE FREE FREE right now (over 100 pages of awesome reading), no strings attached….just nightmares! Go ahead and download now!

 
Savage Species Synopsis~

 Peaceful Valley is about to become a slaughterhouse!

Jesse thinks he’s caught a break when he, the girl of his dreams, and her friend are assigned by their newspaper to cover the opening weekend of the Peaceful Valley Nature Preserve, a sprawling, isolated state park. But the construction of the park has stirred an evil that has lain dormant for nearly a century, and the three young people—as well as every man, woman, and child unlucky enough to be attending the grand opening—are about to encounter the most horrific creatures to ever walk the earth. A species so ferocious that Peaceful Valley is about to be plunged into a nightmare of bloodshed and damnation.

SEE ALL FIVE COVERS AND READ A GUEST POST BY JANZ FROM EARLIER THIS WEEK BY CLICKING ON THIS!!

The first installment of Jonathan Janz’s new—and Samhain Horror’s first-ever—serial novel will be released for FREE! You can download the first installment of my new serial novel (Savage Species: Night Terrors) FOR FREE right here….

 Night Terrors FREE on Amazon here (also available other places too…B&N for Nook, etc):

 http://www.amazon.com/Night-Terrors-Savage-Species-ebook/dp/B00BETA0MO/ref=la_B008IIP7J0_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1370199103&sr=1-5

 OR at Samhain Store:

http://store.samhainpublishing.com/night-terrors-p-7384.html?osCsid=6c987d6db91f9cd63b246344b9755910

Author Jonathan Janz, Biography~

doorwayJonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that explains everything. Brian Keene, one of the most famous award winning authors in the genre of horror, named his debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.”

 The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story” and it was nominated for the Darrell Award this year, which recognizes the best published Midsouth regional science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and won first runner-up.

 Samhain Horror published his third novel, The Darkest Lullaby, in March 2013. His fourth novel, the serialized, action-packed survival horror thriller called Savage Species, releases June 4, 2013. His fifth novel, a vampire western called Dust Devils, will be released in February 2014. He has also written three novellas (The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories. He’s currently writing his sequel to The Sorrows.

 His primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Jonathan at http://www.jonathanjanz.com. You can also find him on Facebook, via @jonathanjanz on Twitter, or on his Goodreads and Amazon author pages.

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Does Romance Matter in Horror? See What Author Jonathan Janz Has to Say, Plus Info on New Savage Species Serial

Samhain Publishing: Horror is blazing new trails for themselves by serializing their first original novel, Savage Species.  In five installments, with new installments coming every two weeks, you’ll get a terrifying read that will propel you to the next. An introduction to Savage Species is amazingly awaiting you, as the first section, Night Terrors, is being offered absolutely free (over 100 pages of awesome reading), no strings attached….just nightmares! 

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You can find out how to get it below, but first I have an interesting guest post by the author Savage Species, the wonderful Jonathan Janz. He’s talking about how he intertwines romance with his horror and doesn’t feel a bit bad about it! But don’t let that fool you.

Oh, and enjoy all the wonderful covers for each installment sprinkled around the post! Which one is your favorite?

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Why Romance Matters in Horror
by Jonathan Janz, Author

As of today I’ve completed six novels (five of which are published or will be published within eight months or so; the other is a bloody suspense tale I’ll revisit someday), and I have three more partially completed novels.

 And in all nine of those books, there exists a strong romantic element.

Naw, I’m not saying the stories are weepy, sappy sob-fests. But I am saying that romantic love is an integral part of every single one of my novels.

So what does that say about me? That I’m a hopeless romantic or a secret Nicholas Sparks wannabe?

 Nope. It simply says that I’m a human being. And that love matters.

In my brand-new novel Savage Species there are terrible events. Ask Erin. She’s read the first installment (Night Terrors) and can testify to the brutality of the story. There is more violence in this novel than in any of my others, and that’s saying a lot. It’s not that I twirled my non-existent mustache and laughed maniacally and sat down before the keyboard with the intent to graphically dispatch as many innocent victims as I could. Nor was I able to edit the book without cringing a good many times at the monstrous events it contained. But the story is the boss, and if the story calls for violence, I’m going to deliver it. If my characters do and say terrible things, I’m going to record those as faithfully as I can.

 And if they fall in love, you can bet I’ll write about that too.

 Children,TheThere are two love stories in Savage Species, both of which were a pleasure to write. One involves a young newspaper photographer named Jessie and his attraction to (or obsession with) a reporter named Emma. Jesse is in his twenties, which means he’s still stupid (Men, I am often reminded, are idiots until they’re thirty), and because he’s stupid, he focuses on her radiant looks and her killer body a bit too much. But because he’s a good guy down deep, we forgive him his salaciousness. Or at least some readers will. The main thing is, Jesse comes to understand just how special Emma is, and…well, since I don’t want to give anything away, I’ll just say he grows, which is awfully important in a character.

 The other love story is the more mature of the two, and not just because the two potential lovers in question are older. Charly (pronounced like the cartoon character with the squiggly shirt) Florence seems to have a great life. She’s married to an ultra-successful women’s basketball coach. She has three healthy children. She and her husband have just built a luxury home in the country. She is beautiful and smart. And by all appearances, Charly has it all.

 Except she doesn’t. Her husband is actually the opposite of what he appears. He’s selfish. He’s aloof. He’s a serial philanderer. But even more disturbingly, there are sinister regions in his mind, shadowy realms so dark that even he is unaware of them. But as events transpire, those dark places are revealed, and Charly’s life is thrown into disarray.

 Enter Sam Bledsoe. One of my favorite characters ever, Sam is the man who built Charly’s new house, and even before the novel begins, they each harbor a secret crush on each other. Charly knows she married badly, and Sam threw away his first chance at a family. In one another each sees a second chance, and for Sam especially, a redemption.

So what does all this have to do with my point?

Everything.

DarkZone-HJesse’s growing love for Emma makes him into a better person. The interaction between Sam and Charly brings out the best of both of them, which is one of the very greatest by-products of love. And these two relationships speak to one of the ironies about horror. The perception is that the genre is all about how many heads a writer can lop off or how many limbs he or she can sever. But the truth about horror is that it often focuses on how love can persevere in the worst of circumstances, how it can heal those who’ve seen and been through horrible things. How it can triumph even in death.

 Yes, I think I’ll always write about love as well as exploding viscera. For me, the subjects go hand in hand.

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Savage Species Synopsis~

Arena,The-HPeaceful Valley is about to become a slaughterhouse!

Jesse thinks he’s caught a break when he, the girl of his dreams, and her friend are assigned by their newspaper to cover the opening weekend of the Peaceful Valley Nature Preserve, a sprawling, isolated state park. But the construction of the park has stirred an evil that has lain dormant for nearly a century, and the three young people—as well as every man, woman, and child unlucky enough to be attending the grand opening—are about to encounter the most horrific creatures to ever walk the earth. A species so ferocious that Peaceful Valley is about to be plunged into a nightmare of bloodshed and damnation.

 The first installment of Jonathan Janz’s new—and Samhain Horror’s first-ever—serial novel will be released for FREE! You can download the first installment of my new serial novel (Savage Species: Night Terrors) FOR FREE right here….

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Night-Terrors-Savage-Species-ebook/dp/B00BETA0MO/ref=la_B008IIP7J0_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1370199103&sr=1-5

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Author Jonathan Janz, Biography~

doorwayJonathan Janz grew up between a dark forest and a graveyard, and in a way, that explains everything. Brian Keene, one of the most famous award winning authors in the genre of horror,  named his debut novel The Sorrows “the best horror novel of 2012.” 

The Library Journal deemed his follow-up, House of Skin, “reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Peter Straub’s Ghost Story” and it was nominated for the Darrell Award this year, which recognizes the best published Midsouth regional science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and won first runner-up.

Samhain Horror published his third novel, The Darkest Lullaby, in March 2013. His fourth novel, the serialized, action-packed survival horror thriller called Savage Species, releases June 4, 2013. His fifth novel, a vampire western called Dust Devils, will be released in February 2014. He has also written three novellas (The Clearing of Travis Coble, Old Order, and Witching Hour Theatre) and several short stories. He’s currently writing his sequel to The Sorrows.

His primary interests are his wonderful wife and his three amazing children, and though he realizes that every author’s wife and children are wonderful and amazing, in this case the cliché happens to be true. You can learn more about Jonathan at http://www.jonathanjanz.com. You can also find him on Facebook, via @jonathanjanz on Twitter, or on his Goodreads and Amazon author pages.

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Download your free first installment of Night Terrors yet? What are you waiting for?

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