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Friday, March 13, 2015

Dead Spots by Rhiannon Frater (Review, Guest Post, Giveaway)

I am thrilled to be a stop on the book tour for Dead Spots by Rhiannon Frater hosted by Jean Book Nerd! Today, I have a review and Rhiannon's playlist for your reading pleasure, but be sure to check out the tour schedule below, or click the banner above, to read reviews and more!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Adult, Horor
Publication.Date:February 10, 2015
Pages:400 (hardcover)
Published By:  Tor Books
Website:Rhiannon Frater

Dead Spots on Goodreads
My review copy:
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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In the dead spots, dreams become reality, terror knows your name, and nightmares can kill you.

The stillbirth of Mackenzie's son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life's dangers.

Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer...and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life—but most are beseiged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly.

Mackenzie's mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac's ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive....

As the true horrors of the dead spots are slowly revealed, Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination.


Mackenzie felt jittery, her body of high alert as her fight-or-flight instinct kicked in. The oppressive waves of anxiety was rising, threatening to fall any second. She drew the knife, the scorched, bubbled plastic handling biting into her palm.

Movement in the trees yanked her attention to the left. Her breath caught in her throat, her fingers tightening around her weapon. The shadows were undulating, slipping from tree to tree. Bulbous forms hidden in darkness bobbed through the murk.
A spiderlike creature many stories tall and suspended on countless limbs blotted out the radiant orb as it lumber across the terrain. Its legs, adorned with barbed hooks, perforated the ground, leaving holes much like the one she had almost fallen in to. Smaller legs, tipped in pinchers, snapped at the flock of batlike owls teeming around its head. Mackenzie thought she saw a human figure clutched in one o those pinchers and she thought of Grant. Where was he? Did [she] kill him? She felt utterly lost without him, yet she had no choice but to run.
"You're like Wonder Woman before she got lame in the comics," he decided.

Mackenzie laughed, giddy at her victory. "Thanks. I felt like Wonder Woman."
"I don't want you to be my knight in shinning armor. I want to save myself." She meant every word. She was tired of being a victim.

What a more approripte review than Dead Spots, a horror novel, for Friday the 13th? *cue creepy music*

About two years ago I was introduced to Rhiannon's work when I received the first season of In Darkness We Must Abide followed by winning the Pretty When She Dies series on ebook. Immediately after reading Death Comes Home, I knew Rhiannon was an amazing talented horror writer. When offered the opportunity to be a part of the Dead Spots blog tour, I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Dead Spots is a book that is going to be tricky to review. Not because I don't have anything to say, but I have too much to say and it would all give way too much about the plot away. There are huge plot points, twists and turns, that I find simply amazing and I can tell you about none of it!

Mackenzie is going through a rough time. Her son died in the womb and when she was "unable to move on" her husband left her. Nice guy, huh? Anyway, while driving back home to her mother's Mackenzie finds herself trapped in a dead spot, a place so much worse than any nightmare. There is no way out of a dead spot unless the door is opened from the living side, which almost never happens as dead spots come about from abandoned buildings

The creatures that inhabit the dead spot are beyond the stuff of nightmares and know you're deepest darkest fears, which they subsequently use against you. Rhiannon creates a terrifying world and uses such detail that I, unfortunately, could imagine myself in this place.

Mackenzie evolves over time and it's easy to see this development. She starts Dead Spots as a young bride and mother-to-be with all these hopes and dreams that are shattered with the death of her son and loss of her marriage; however, after spending sometime in the death spots she becomes an individual who isn't waiting around for the man to save her, but someone who saves herself. While there were times I wanted to yell at her for her stupidity (then again I can't imagine how I would act in her situation), she becomes an amazingly strong woman.

Dead Spots is not just a horror novel. It is a story of a woman overcoming life's (and some of death's) obstacles to find freedom from her difficult past and horrifying present. Fantastically disturbing, a unique tale of horrors, and a bit of psychological mind fuckery Dead Spots is the perfect read for any horror fan.

Guest Post

Music Playlist for Dead Spots
The whole purpose of listening to music while I write is to create a certain mood so I can delve deeper into the world lodged in my imagination and transfer what I see in my mind into the written word.

Playlists are tricky things. Every book has its very own playlist, but they occasionally share the same songs. Sometimes I discover I cannot listen to music with lyrics, or I derail my creative process. Yet, other times, all I listen to are songs that evoke certain feelings through words.

Dead Spots was one of those books that demanded both types of music. Which I would listen to was entirely dependent on the scene I was crafting.

At one point, I had create two different playlists.

For those scenes where the music needed to be more like soundscapes, I found that Ghosts by NIN was perfect. I also heavily listened to the soundtrack for the game, Silent Hill, and some pieces from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

I turned to my alternative roots for music that fit Mackenzie’s frame of mind. PJ Harvey, The Cure, Lunascape, and Ego Likeness fit perfectly. At one point, all I was listening to was PJ Harvey.

For a taste of the music I listened to while writing my supernatural horror novel, just follow the link:

Rhiannon Frater was born and raised a Texan. Though she has lived in various towns all over the state, she finally settled in Austin, Texas where she met her husband and worked as a governmental consultant.

During her travels for her job, she was inspired to write the story of two women fleeing into the Texas Hill Country in an attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. Originally published as a serial online under the title As The World Dies, she later self-published the series in three novels to satisfy the many fans of the story. The first novel in the series, The First Days, won the 2008 Dead Letter Award for Best Book (Fiction). The second book, Fighting To Survive won the 2009 Dead Letter Award in the same category.

The As The World Dies books were purchased by Tor in 2010.The first book, The First Days, was released in July 2011 and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The second, Fighting To Survive, was released on November 8, 2011. The third book, Siege, was released in April 2012.

She is also the author of over a dozen independent works such as The Last Bastion Of The Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog). Her next novel for Tor, Dead Spots, will be published in 2014.

Rhiannon continues to live in Austin, Texas with her husband and is now a full-time writer.

She is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media and Brandy Rivers of Gersh Agency.

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Tour Schedule

March 3rd Tuesday: Jean BookNerd INTERVIEW
March 3rd Tuesday: Teen Readers’ Diary FAVORITE BOOKS
March 4th Wednesday: Sassy Book Lovers RANDOM THINGS
March 5th Thursday: Once Upon a Twilight REVIEW & RANDOM THINGS
March 6th Friday: Literary Meanderings GUEST POST
March 6th Friday: Curling up With a Good Book SPOTLIGHT
March 7th Saturday: Jessabella Reads REVIEW & EXCERPT

March 8th Sunday: A Leisure Moment EXCERPT
March 9th Monday: Book Lovers Life EXCERPT
March 10th Tuesday: Such a Novel Idea REVIEW & INTERVIEW
March 11th Wednesday: CBY Book Club EXCERPT
March 12th Thursday: Books à la Mode REVIEW
March 13th Friday: Bookish MUSIC PLAYLIST
March 14th Saturday: Spiced Latte Reads REVIEW & DREAM CAST


March 15th Sunday: Unabridged Bookshelf REVIEW & INTERVIEW
March 16th Monday: Chapter by Chapter REVIEW & RANDOM THINGS

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