Blog Tour Wrap Up – Crimson Siege by Jay Raven #Horror #blogtour #BookReview @jayravenauthor

Thank you to all the Bloggers, Reviewers and Readers who helped with the relaunch of Crimson Siege. Your help is very much appreciated xx

What the bloggers and reviewers thought

The Bookworm Drinketh

I loved the backstories that we got to delve into in this novel.  Read more here

Jessica Belmont  

This is a scary rollercoaster, full of twists and turns, that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.  Read more here

Sue Wallace Site

Donna’s Book Blog

I found the story easy to read, the pace was great and I was addicted as soon as I started reading it Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

This is beautifully written, Gothic and a little disturbing at times. Read more here

Sharon Rimmelzwaan

Proper blood curdling action! I started reading and was immediately swept in to the story as I was thrown into the horrific scenes of vampires and hunters! The adrenaline starts pumping and never stops! Read more here

Black Books Blog

I really liked this book and after reading the first chapter I got so engrossed that I didn’t realise how long I had been reading for and how far into the book I got. Read more here


Crimson Siege

Blood Riders book 1

by Jay Raven

Available from AMAZON

In the godless badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…

When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

            But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

            A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

            The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

            For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…


My Review

I was very interested in how Jay would approach the vampires as he himself admits that Drakula had been done to death.  I was very impressed I was hooked very early on as the reader is thrown straight in to the horrific scenes of this ‘new’ vampire and from there the adrenaline keeps pumping.

There is a little humour interwoven in the story (at least I think so) and this softens what would otherwise be a little too ‘horrific’ for some.  

There are several characters introduced at the start and more join in as the story progresses.  They develop steadily through the story it all makes for a gripping fast moving read.  I am eager to learn more about the history behind this book but I am assured all will become clear in the next book.

I am very impressed with this modern day view of the undead Jay has added new elements and the whole thing works perfectly. 

Excellent read, well worth the 5 stars and I will eagerly await the next book.


Jay Raven

Author Bio

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

If you would like to be informed of new releases, enjoy free short stories and access exclusive giveways and competitions, please subscribe to Jay’s monthly newsletter on his website at www.jayraven.com

Links

Twitter: @jayravenauthor

Website: www.jayraven.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iain.pattison.1


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Blog Tour – Crimson Siege by Jay Raven #Horror #blogtour #BookReview @jayravenauthor

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for this brilliant Horror book. This has been republished by Jay Raven so I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing it twice and I loved it even more the second time around.

Crimson Siege

Blood Riders book 1

by Jay Raven

Available from AMAZON

In the godless badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…

When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

            But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

            A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

            The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

            For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…


My Review

I was very interested in how Jay would approach the vampires as he himself admits that Drakula had been done to death.  I was very impressed I was hooked very early on as the reader is thrown straight in to the horrific scenes of this ‘new’ vampire and from there the adrenaline keeps pumping.

There is a little humour interwoven in the story (at least I think so) and this softens what would otherwise be a little too ‘horrific’ for some.  

There are several characters introduced at the start and more join in as the story progresses.  They develop steadily through the story it all makes for a gripping fast moving read.  I am eager to learn more about the history behind this book but I am assured all will become clear in the next book.

I am very impressed with this modern day view of the undead Jay has added new elements and the whole thing works perfectly. 

Excellent read, well worth the 5 stars and I will eagerly await the next book.


Jay Raven

Author Bio

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

If you would like to be informed of new releases, enjoy free short stories and access exclusive giveways and competitions, please subscribe to Jay’s monthly newsletter on his website at www.jayraven.com

Links

Twitter: @jayravenauthor

Website: www.jayraven.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iain.pattison.1


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Game of Crones by Jay Raven

Game of Crones by Jay Raven #Horror #shortstories #BookReview @jayravenauthor

Game of Crones

Available from AMAZON

Forget Happily Ever After – the most delicious fairy tales end in darkness and despair!

Welcome to a world of cruelty, hexes and treachery, where malicious magic rules and you are but a single necromancer’s spell away from eternal terror.

From malevolent medieval magicians  to Wild West witches, this spellbinding volume by a master of the macabre is packed with frightening fables guaranteed to send a supernatural chill down your spine.

Amongst the haunting historical horror stories, you’ll meet:

  • A half-crazed girl locked up in a high security mental hospital by those accusing her of causing a devastating earthquake.
  • An impoverished French noblewoman who’ll stop at nothing to marry  her daughter to a wealthy prince – even if it means dabbling with a dangerous love potion.
  • The hated public executioner Pandora whose fabled box has already killed 55 men – without leaving  a trace of violence on their bodies.
  • Wily witch Merta who uses all her wits and trickery to turn the tables on the corrupt Mayor who wants her burnt alive at the stake.
  • A faery mage without conscience or pity with the perfect plan to make Mankind turn on itself  – and all it takes is one innocent baby.
  • A drought-stricken frontier town that seeks magical help from the local Indian tribe to make it rain, but learns it comes at a terrible cost. 
  • The doubt-ridden King, plagued by nightmares of his death, who consults an enchantress to learn the most of hidden of secrets: just when the Grim Reaper will claim him.
  • A Mid Western widow who is convinced her homesteading husband is still alive, held hostage by a sorceress.

If you’re thrilled by exciting dark fantasy tales, with cunning twists, edge-of -the seat tension and unexpected shivers, you’ll love Game of Crones. Pick it up today. If you dare…


My Review

I am growing to love the Jay Raven books he has a way of making horror different and in a way amusing. 

This is a collection of short stories each one totally different but very  good.  I am not usually a fan of short stories I like something I can really get into but I did really enjoy reading these each story is different but they all made for very good reading.

I wont say much about the stories as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but they are well worth reading if you are looking for something you can pick up to snatch a quick read over lunch or on the bus these will fit the purpose perfectly.

I am really looking forward to more from Jay


What the Bloggers thought:

Donna’s Book Blog

I love the author’s ability to bring his stories to life and he creates some fantastic characters. Link to post

Debbie Hipster

Some of the characters had me howling with their cunning Wiley ways, I wish I knew some of them!! Crones are the wise ones, it pays to listen carefully to them. Link to post

Shalini’s Books & Reviews

The last line of each story left me bewitched. What a wicked mind this author had!!  Link to post

Loopy Laura

Obviously some stories I enjoyed more than others but the range of plots and characters made for fascinating reading from the very first page.  Link to post

Jessica Belmont

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. Link to post

Black Books Blog

All of the short stories are brilliantly written with lots of atmosphere and twisty ending which I never saw coming. Link to post

Susan Wallace

I really enjoyed this book. It was different. I liked the different stories. Although I didn’t have a favourite I still enjoyed them. Read in one sitting. Link to post


Jay Raven – author bio

Dark fantasy author Jay Raven blames a misspent childhood watching Hammer Horror films for his lifelong obsession with history, woodland, horse-drawn carriages and visiting castles – preferably during the hours of daylight! All of which might explain why he now lives in a creepy old house perched atop a steep hill on the edge of a 500 acre forest teeming with bats.

A writer for 23 years, Birmingham-based Jay was a journalist before leaving behind the clamour of headlines and deadlines to chase his dream of capturing monsters and releasing them into the world of fiction. During that time his work has been widely published in horror and fantasy anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

As well as reinventing traditional Gothic horror for a modern audience, he writes alterative history urban fantasies – usually with supernatural themes. He loves to cross genres and bring unexpected elements  – if not elementals – to the party.

He has two regrets in life – that he hasn’t had a chance to visit Transylvania yet, and that his house isn’t haunted. But long suffering wife Liz has threatened to do something about the latter…

Links

Twitter: @jayravenauthor

Website: www.jayraven.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iain.pattison.1

Blog Tour Wrap Up – Game of Crones by Jay Raven #Horror #shortstories #blogtour #BookReview @jayravenauthor

Jay and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the bloggers who helped with the Blog Tour for GAME OF CRONES your help is very much appreciated.

What the Bloggers thought:

Donna’s Book Blog

I love the author’s ability to bring his stories to life and he creates some fantastic characters. Link to post

Debbie Hipster

Some of the characters had me howling with their cunning Wiley ways, I wish I knew some of them!! Crones are the wise ones, it pays to listen carefully to them. Link to post

Shalini’s Books & Reviews

The last line of each story left me bewitched. What a wicked mind this author had!!  Link to post

Loopy Laura

Obviously some stories I enjoyed more than others but the range of plots and characters made for fascinating reading from the very first page.  Link to post

Jessica Belmont

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. Link to post

Black Books Blog

All of the short stories are brilliantly written with lots of atmosphere and twisty ending which I never saw coming. Link to post

Susan Wallace

I really enjoyed this book. It was different. I liked the different stories. Although I didn’t have a favourite I still enjoyed them. Read in one sitting. Link to post


Game of Crones

Available from AMAZON

Forget Happily Ever After – the most delicious fairy tales end in darkness and despair!

Welcome to a world of cruelty, hexes and treachery, where malicious magic rules and you are but a single necromancer’s spell away from eternal terror.

From malevolent medieval magicians  to Wild West witches, this spellbinding volume by a master of the macabre is packed with frightening fables guaranteed to send a supernatural chill down your spine.

Amongst the haunting historical horror stories, you’ll meet:

  • A half-crazed girl locked up in a high security mental hospital by those accusing her of causing a devastating earthquake.
  • An impoverished French noblewoman who’ll stop at nothing to marry  her daughter to a wealthy prince – even if it means dabbling with a dangerous love potion.
  • The hated public executioner Pandora whose fabled box has already killed 55 men – without leaving  a trace of violence on their bodies.
  • Wily witch Merta who uses all her wits and trickery to turn the tables on the corrupt Mayor who wants her burnt alive at the stake.
  • A faery mage without conscience or pity with the perfect plan to make Mankind turn on itself  – and all it takes is one innocent baby.
  • A drought-stricken frontier town that seeks magical help from the local Indian tribe to make it rain, but learns it comes at a terrible cost. 
  • The doubt-ridden King, plagued by nightmares of his death, who consults an enchantress to learn the most of hidden of secrets: just when the Grim Reaper will claim him.
  • A Mid Western widow who is convinced her homesteading husband is still alive, held hostage by a sorceress.

If you’re thrilled by exciting dark fantasy tales, with cunning twists, edge-of -the seat tension and unexpected shivers, you’ll love Game of Crones. Pick it up today. If you dare…


My Review

I am growing to love the Jay Raven books he has a way of making horror different and in a way amusing. 

This is a collection of short stories each one totally different but very  good.  I am not usually a fan of short stories I like something I can really get into but I did really enjoy reading these each story is different but they all made for very good reading.

I wont say much about the stories as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but they are well worth reading if you are looking for something you can pick up to snatch a quick read over lunch or on the bus these will fit the purpose perfectly.

I am really looking forward to more from Jay


Jay Raven – author bio

Dark fantasy author Jay Raven blames a misspent childhood watching Hammer Horror films for his lifelong obsession with history, woodland, horse-drawn carriages and visiting castles – preferably during the hours of daylight! All of which might explain why he now lives in a creepy old house perched atop a steep hill on the edge of a 500 acre forest teeming with bats.

A writer for 23 years, Birmingham-based Jay was a journalist before leaving behind the clamour of headlines and deadlines to chase his dream of capturing monsters and releasing them into the world of fiction. During that time his work has been widely published in horror and fantasy anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

As well as reinventing traditional Gothic horror for a modern audience, he writes alterative history urban fantasies – usually with supernatural themes. He loves to cross genres and bring unexpected elements  – if not elementals – to the party.

He has two regrets in life – that he hasn’t had a chance to visit Transylvania yet, and that his house isn’t haunted. But long suffering wife Liz has threatened to do something about the latter…

Links

Twitter: @jayravenauthor

Website: www.jayraven.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iain.pattison.1

Blog Tour – Game of Crones by Jay Raven #Horror #shortstories #blogtour #BookReview @jayravenauthor

Firstly, a big thank you to Jay Raven for helping me rediscover my love of Horror books. Jay writes horror brilliantly bringing a modern twist to the old legends and sprinkling it with a uniqueness that makes them very readable and oh soooo addictive – I cant wait for more. Today I am sharing my review of GAME OF CRONES which is a compilation of short stories that are perfect when you just have a little time over lunch or a cuppa and want to read something quick and gritty.

Game of Crones

Available from AMAZON

Forget Happily Ever After – the most delicious fairy tales end in darkness and despair!

Welcome to a world of cruelty, hexes and treachery, where malicious magic rules and you are but a single necromancer’s spell away from eternal terror.

From malevolent medieval magicians  to Wild West witches, this spellbinding volume by a master of the macabre is packed with frightening fables guaranteed to send a supernatural chill down your spine.

Amongst the haunting historical horror stories, you’ll meet:

  • A half-crazed girl locked up in a high security mental hospital by those accusing her of causing a devastating earthquake.
  • An impoverished French noblewoman who’ll stop at nothing to marry  her daughter to a wealthy prince – even if it means dabbling with a dangerous love potion.
  • The hated public executioner Pandora whose fabled box has already killed 55 men – without leaving  a trace of violence on their bodies.
  • Wily witch Merta who uses all her wits and trickery to turn the tables on the corrupt Mayor who wants her burnt alive at the stake.
  • A faery mage without conscience or pity with the perfect plan to make Mankind turn on itself  – and all it takes is one innocent baby.
  • A drought-stricken frontier town that seeks magical help from the local Indian tribe to make it rain, but learns it comes at a terrible cost. 
  • The doubt-ridden King, plagued by nightmares of his death, who consults an enchantress to learn the most of hidden of secrets: just when the Grim Reaper will claim him.
  • A Mid Western widow who is convinced her homesteading husband is still alive, held hostage by a sorceress.

If you’re thrilled by exciting dark fantasy tales, with cunning twists, edge-of -the seat tension and unexpected shivers, you’ll love Game of Crones. Pick it up today. If you dare…


My Review

I am growing to love the Jay Raven books he has a way of making horror different and in a way amusing. 

This is a collection of short stories each one totally different but very  good.  I am not usually a fan of short stories I like something I can really get into but I did really enjoy reading these each story is different but they all made for very good reading.

I wont say much about the stories as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but they are well worth reading if you are looking for something you can pick up to snatch a quick read over lunch or on the bus these will fit the purpose perfectly.

I am really looking forward to more from Jay


Jay Raven – author bio

Dark fantasy author Jay Raven blames a misspent childhood watching Hammer Horror films for his lifelong obsession with history, woodland, horse-drawn carriages and visiting castles – preferably during the hours of daylight! All of which might explain why he now lives in a creepy old house perched atop a steep hill on the edge of a 500 acre forest teeming with bats.

A writer for 23 years, Birmingham-based Jay was a journalist before leaving behind the clamour of headlines and deadlines to chase his dream of capturing monsters and releasing them into the world of fiction. During that time his work has been widely published in horror and fantasy anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

As well as reinventing traditional Gothic horror for a modern audience, he writes alterative history urban fantasies – usually with supernatural themes. He loves to cross genres and bring unexpected elements  – if not elementals – to the party.

He has two regrets in life – that he hasn’t had a chance to visit Transylvania yet, and that his house isn’t haunted. But long suffering wife Liz has threatened to do something about the latter…

Links

Twitter: @jayravenauthor

Website: www.jayraven.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iain.pattison.1

Game of souls by c. l. peache #bookreview #horror @c_peache

I was made aware of this debut novella via Facebook and read it in one sitting it is a brilliant read. Although Horror genre I think it will also appeal to readers of Crime Fiction.

Game of SoulsGame of Souls by C.L Peache

Available from Amazon UK US AU CA

Scary Christmas Novella. Would you confess your worst sin to save your Soul? What about your friend’s Souls? Eight friends gather for their Christmas party, a fun night of Secret Santa, excellent food, and plenty of drinks. Only, the evening does not go as planned… The book has been opened, and the game has begun… A terrifying night of confessions, secrets and lies. Will they all make it out alive? *this Novella does contain some bad language


My Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a debut novella in the Horror genre from a fledgling author with obvious potential.

Bea has bought and renovated a cottage and is hosting a Christmas come housewarming party with a group of friends. Everything is ready and Bea is snuggled up on the sofa waiting for them to arrive when a knock on the door sets in motion something that will affect all of them forever.

Usually with a novella we don’t get much insight into the characters but this, although short, describes the characters very well so we get to know them through the story.

It is a brilliant, adrenaline pumping read full of twists and turns with superstition interwoven along with secrets. What dark secrets is each of them hiding?

A fast paced read full of surprises and shocks all the way to the unexpected ending. Fantastic debut from an author we will be hearing more of I am sure. 5 stars from me.

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ADVENT BOOK BLOG 14 – Jul-2018 (2) – To Snare a Witch @JUNCTIONPUBLISH @JAYRAVENAUTHOR #HORROR

Advent Book Blog day 14 and today we have a change of genre as I spotlight TO SNARE A WITCH by Jay Raven. This is a short, fast paced read that will keep the pages turning. Perfect for readers of Horror.

To Snare a Witch ebook FINALTO SNARE A WITCH by Jay Raven

Available from: Amazon UK  Amazon US   Amazon Canada   Amazon Australia

No female dares spurn the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Cruttendon, 17th Century England’s most reviled nobleman. To do so risks a retribution that would terrify the Devil himself.

But Elizabeth Fiennes is no ordinary woman, blessed with stunning beauty,  intelligence and guile. Coming from an influential family, she believes she is safe.

What she doesn’t understand is that the Earl is determined to satisfy his lust and plans to use the wave of witch trials, fear and superstition  sweeping the countryside to force her into his clutches.

And as he springs his malicious trap it triggers a chain of unholy events plunging hunter and prey into a maelstrom of deceit, terror and depravity – leaving them both staring into the face of true evil…


My Review

This is a novella and a very gripping read.  I struggle to review novellas as they are short and concise so it is very easy to include spoilers.  I hope I have managed to tell you enough to want to read it but not spoil it.

It is some time since I read a Witch story but I have read Jay Raven’s work before and was very impressed so was looking forward to reading this one.  I like the way the author is taking the older horror subjects and reinventing them so was intrigued as to how he would develop Witches.

The story begins with Thomas and Matthew enacting a scene.  It is sheer brilliance that he has taken 2 actors and remixed them and it works perfectly.  Thomas and Matthew have found a way to make significant amounts of money finding and identifying Witches. We begin with a Witch being tried via a reworking of the old dunking method but all is not what it seems.

Add a lusting old man and a beautiful young woman into the mix and the reader is taken on a bumpy ride through witchery, lies and impersonations the like of which I have never read before.

Many twists and turns are involved in this story.  It is fast paced gripping with many curve balls in the mix and the ending is brilliant.  I am really hoping for more to add to this story.


What the bloggers thought

The Bookworm Drinketh

….All I can say is, that endingWow. I just feel like I wouldn’t have seen that coming. I would highly recommend it, for sure!  Read more here


Mind Garbage

My favourite thing about the book though is actually the chapter titles, which might sound a little bit silly, but they are all lines from various rhymes that you learn as a child. I don’t know why, but I found these little childlike titles juxtaposed with the dark content to be quite enchanting.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

I was hooked on this novella from the moment I picked the book up and began to read.  I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy reading a shorter story as I am used to reading longer books but I needn’t have worried.  This novella has so much action crammed into a small number of pages that at times I thought I was reading a longer book.  I soon became addicted to the writing style, the characters and the story.   Read more here


Mother Geek

I won’t spoil the story, but if you’re anything like me, you will read this in one sitting!   Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

To be 100% honest I didn’t find it scary but that didn’t bother me as what I did sound was a brilliant story that I really, really enjoyed!  Read more here


Loopy Lou Laura

This book has been well researched and the description of the process of locating witches was both accurate and horrific. Witches in England were not burned at the stake: this was the fate of witches in Europe.  Read more here


Jade’s Long Journey

That wasn’t an issue with To Snare a Witch, since it is only 77 pages long and has quite short chapters it was a great book to pick up just to have a bit of me time once the kids are in bed without the pressure of trying to get through to the end of a huge chapter.  Read more here


Cookiez Meltdown

Jay really made the Novella come to life, the characters were amazingly well written and i connected to this story like i was a part of it, the plot, the setting and the jam packed action of it all had left me wanting more.  Read more here


Black Books Blog

What follows is a brilliant story, full of little twists, which I never saw coming, and a brilliant conclusion to the story.  Read more here


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A Reader’s Thoughts: Crimson Siege by Jay Raven

Today I would like to share with you my thoughts on CRIMSON SIEGE by Jay Raven. These are my own unbiased thoughts and opinions.

Crimson Siege ebook cover

Blood Riders – Book One: Crimson Siege by Jay Raven

Available from: Amazon

In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…
When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…


My thoughts and opinions

Well it is many many years since I read Horror and that was in the days of Drakula and Frankenstein so I was wondering how this book would pan out in my mind.  I was very interested in how Jay would approach the vampires as he himself admits that Drakula had been done to death.

I was very impressed I was hooked very early on as the reader is thrown straight in to the horrific scenes of this ‘new’ vampire and from there the adrenaline keeps pumping.

There are several characters introduced at the start and more join in as the story progresses.  They develop steadily through the story it all makes for a gripping fast moving read.

I am very impressed with this modern day view of the undead Jay has added new elements and the whole thing works perfectly.

Excellent read, well worth the 5 stars and I will eagerly await the next book.

Many thanks to Junction Publishing and the author for the advance copy.


DSCN0115AUTHOR BIO

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men.

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

Links

Website: http://www.jayraven.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iain.pattison.1

Twitter: @jayravenauthor

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: Crimson Siege

A very big THANK YOU to all the amazing Bloggers on the Blog Tour for CRIMSON SIEGE by Jay Raven. This is his debut novel and to hit #1 in Horror is an awesome achievement and that is mainly down to you guys and we can’t thank you enough for all your help. Jill, Jay and Junction Publishing.

Thank you 5

Black Books Blog

I really liked this book and after reading the first chapter I got so engrossed that I didn’t realise how long I had been reading for and how far into the book I got.  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

I thought that the blurb sounded great and I love that cover – very fitting for the plot!   found the story easy to read, the pace was great and I was addicted as soon as I started reading it – I needed to know how the book was going to end and it is very well written!  Read more here


Beth in a Box

Crimson Siege actually had me hooked from a few pages in.  However, if you don’t like blood, gore and reading a book through the gaps between your fingers, I wouldn’t say it’s for you.  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

This is beautifully written, Gothic and a little disturbing at times. Personally I wouldn’t class it as horror, just mainly because I think horror should have me terrified and shivering under a cover, but I did think it was more of a good fast paced action story.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

Well ‘Crimson Siege’ was certainly a departure from my usual genres of crime and chick lit but do you know what?  I really enjoyed the change.  I don’t usually read horror books as I find them too scary.  I’m a wimp I know.  However they do say a change is as good as a rest and so I eagerly picked the book up and began to read.  I absolutely loved ‘Crimson Siege’ but more about that in a bit.  Read more here


The Bookworm Drinketh

Although I really enjoyed the general story in this novel, there was a lack of world building. I found that you were thrown into this fight against the vampires without any explanation as to why this was happening.  Read more here


J.V. Baptie

This is the first in a new horror series which looked good.  Its not something I’d usually pick up but I fancied a change and I’m glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed it.   Read more here


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Blood Riders – Book One: Crimson Siege by Jay Raven

Available from: Amazon

In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…
When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…


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Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men.

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

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