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- Mikhail Bulgakov

Hi, I'm horror and science fiction author Steve Kozeniewski (pronounced: "causin' ooze key.") Welcome to my blog! You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Amazon. You can e-mail me here, join my mailing list here, or request an e-autograph here. Free on this site you can listen to me recite one of my own short works, "The Thing Under the Bed."

Monday, August 26, 2013

The 2013 Hundie Challenge #74: Death Will Attend

Here it is, kids!  The end of our brief detour into future (modern?) classics.  The final Red Adept book in the 2013 Hundie Challenge is DEATH WILL ATTEND by Morgan C. Talbot.  DEATH WILL ATTEND is the sequel to FIRST TO FIND, which I highlighted (and read) earlier this year.

More Margarita!  More Bindi!  More death.  And more geocaching.  A worthy sophomore entry in the Caching Out series.

For the back cover blurb or to buy a copy click here.

Or to read an excerpt click here.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The 2013 Hundie Challenge #71: Thought I Knew You

Well, it's sixth down and only meters to go (I don't really know football) in the Red Adept cul-de-sac of the 2013 Hundie Challenge - boy, that was an exhausting sentence to type.  But, yeah, after next week, it's straight classics for the rest of the year.  So, if you've been enjoying these little diversions, sorry about that.

This week we're talking about THOUGHT I KNEW YOU by Kate Moretti aka the second romance novel I ever read.  It's also known as TIKY (pronounced like "tiki" torch, which, frankly, awesome.) Let's see if I can't nail down a tagline for TIKY.


Sorry, I haven't seen a whole lot of romances. Well, I guess I have, honestly, but I was wracking my brain trying to think of one where you're supposed to love one guy but you love the other and I feel like they're all like that, but the only one that occurred to me was RUNAWAY BRIDE and that didn't really seem to make a whole lot of sense. So I decided to just go with the mystery element and pick THE LAKE HOUSE.

Ah, see, I haven't mentioned the mystery element of this book so far. That's the real draw. I don't think I'm ruining anything (since it's mentioned in the first paragraph, but the main character's husband just up and disappears mysteriously. And then the whole rest of the book is her trying to come to terms with that, and learn who the guy who she thought she knew (hey, that's the title!) really was and how she moves on. It's really very well executed. And Kate Moretti is a fun lady and Pennsylvania native, so, you know, KEYSTONE PRIIIDE! (I have no idea if that's a thing. If it's not, it is now.)

For the back cover blurb click here.

Or for an excerpt you can go here.

And to go the whole hog and "know" this book, purchasing options are here.

You can also see a book trailer here.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The 2013 Hundie Challenge #68: Dastardly Bastard

As we wind down the Red Adept books on this list - after today, there's two more - I thought we'd come back and take a look at the very first book RAP published, way back in 2012 A.D.: DASTARDLY BASTARD by Edward Lorn. Let's kick this post off with a tagline.


Not sure that's one of my best but these seem to get harder the further I delve into this list. I've got to say, DB definitely has a Stephen King-ish quality to it, I might even say a George R. R. Martin quality to it the way it jumps from head to head. (Not to mention the...well, I won't get into that.) And it's definitely got a "We're trapped, oh shit, the bridge is out too and the clocks stopped" feeling to it a la Raimi.

SeƱor Lorn disagrees with me, but I believe this is his best book. Well, he's welcome to be wrong.

For the back cover blurb and places to buy, click here.

To read an excerpt click here.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The 2013 Hundie Challenge #65: Oracle of Philadelphia

So, as I've mentioned ad nauseum, I can't really properly "review" any of the books from my publisher because, you know, conflict of interest. Either I'm going to call them awesome and be accused of being a meat puppet (which, seriously, WTF, Wikipedia) or call it terrible and then be a terrible, terrible person and be ostracized from my fledgling author community. So there's no winning there. I've been upset about this prohibition to varying degrees regarding each Red Adept book I've spotlighted here on the blog, but none moreso than ORACLE OF PHILADELPHIA by Elizabeth Corrigan.

I should SERIOUSLY not review OoP, though, because Lizzy "Don't Call Me Lizzy" Corrigan is the one who first hooked me up with Red Adept, so I have so much residual goodwill to her, that it almost doesn't matter that she also wrote an incredible book. That theoretical review would've been glowing either way. a halo! (Get it? Get it? No? Well, read the book, then, you Philistine.) That being said, let me do the one fun thing which I am not ethically prohibited from doing, which is to come up with a tagline. Here goes:


Awesome! Nailed it! Holy shit, that was good. I didn't even think I was going to be able to come up with one, but that just like, slid off my fingertips and into your eyeholes.

Aaaaaanyway, OoP is basically a story of a woman, I'm not even going to bother because she's got like 50 names in the book, oh, all right, let's just call her Carrie, I think that's the one she presently uses, who can, like, read people's minds and stuff. Which basically makes her a pawn in the whole Cold War between Heaven and Hell, because her powers come from Lucifer, but she wants to help people, and in a lot of ways she can't, so it basically amounts to a curse rather than a blessing. But she tries as best she can to find a Third Way (take that, Tito!) and is friends with both angel and devils, including the awesome chaos demon Bedlam, who everyone pretty much agrees has taken over the book and the series, as good demons are wont to do.

For the back cover and places to buy, click here.

Or to read an excerpt check this out.

Oh, also, I would be SERIOUSLY remiss if I didn't tell you to follow Bedlam on Twitter. He's soooo much fun to harass.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

BRAINEATER JONES Blog Tour Accepting Applications Now!


The blog tour for BRAINEATER JONES is accepting applications now.  Not only does your blog get exposure but there are PRIZES and that's always good for traffic.  Hey, it's not all just about pimping me.

If you want to get on board the brain train, send an e-mail directly to my publisher

Lookit dem sexy bitches
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