Monday, March 10, 2014

"The Confessions of Sylva Slasher" by Ace Antonio Hall- Review & GIVEAWAY!!

Title:   The Confessions of Sylva Slasher

Author:  Ace Antonio Hall
Published:  April 14th, 2013
Publisher:  Montag Press
Page Count:   273 pages
Genre: YA Horror
Recommended Age:  12+

Synopsis: A spring break trip on a cruise presents a new problem for Sylva. Passengers on the ship turn into flesh-eating zombies, unlike the harmless ones she's used to raising from the dead. She and her friends are trapped on the Pacific Ocean, and their only escape comes from a guy Sylva had a crush on she thought was dead, named Brandon. Sylva doesn't normally hold grudges, but when someone plays with her heart they have to pay. However, with the fate of the human race on the line, Brandon convinces Sylva to join him in a secret mission, yet she can't shake the feeling that he's hiding something.

It didn't take long for her suspicions to hold true when it's revealed that Brandon has been romantically involved with the very enemy he now wants her to destroy. This villainous female would rather kill Brandon than let Sylva have a chance to patch things up between them. Sylva is not the kind of girl to walk away from love without a fight, but with a strange virus threatening extinction of human life, she shoves her own feelings in her back pocket to face her greatest nightmare, and that nightmare starts with something that is eerily growing right inside of her own mind and body.
Be sure to grab some Sylva Slasher merchandise!

Ace Antonio-Hall was first published in 1998 in an Adelphi University publication called Luna, with a short story titled “1936.” After earning his BFA degree from Long Island University, he taught middle-school English for over ten years.

He now lives in southern California, and was the Vice President of the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (2009-2011), and still holds an executive position in the organization which gives him a huge platform to market, sell, and promote his work through the many conferences, meetings and book fairs that GLAWS holds each month. He is also a member of LASFS and the International Thriller Writers.

His first novel, a coming-of-age YA zombie story, The Confessions of Sylva Slasher, was released April 2013 by Montag Press. It is part of a series with the next book Skateboard Xombies, expected for release early next year.

About the writing life, he says: “I harmlessly dream in Technicolor nightmares, watch a ton of horror flicks, eat more donuts than I should, and refuse to stop reading Spider-Man. All of those combined give me a sweet tooth to write about the suite life of zombies.”

Ace's true labor of love is writing fast-paced fiction with character-driven plots featuring female protagonists. He continues to write short stories and build on the world of teen necromancer Sylva Slasher as she reigns as Princess of the Undead.

You can find out more about Ace, including his music and screen acting credits, and his involvement with the Hollywood Actors Academy as part-owner, Acting Coach and Creative Director, at the IMDb Biography web site.

Excerpt  from The Confessions of Sylva Slasher by Ace Antonio Hall:

"A treat for Buffy fans--but 100% Ace Antonio Hall's own twisted vision. Breathes new life into the living dead; run, don't shamble to get a copy."  --Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues
I took a step forward. “Whoa!” One more step and I would’ve slipped off the mountain.
The mountain?
All of a sudden, I found myself standing on Theodore Roosevelt’s head at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota.
“Gammy? People just don’t transport to different places. I mean, unless you have access to the Starship Enterprise and didn’t tell me.”
“Isn’t the sun shining bright?” Gammy asked. “And the sky … It’s a flawless, beautiful blue.”
Hundreds of colorful butterflies came toward me then, flying around my head. “Shoo,” I said, waving for them to go away.”
“Aren’t they pretty,” Gammy said. She stood over on Abraham Lincoln’s head, pitching rocks at the trees below.
“I guess. How—how did I get here?”
She didn’t answer.
I glanced around, feeling her awkward silence. “Why are there so many butterflies?”
“Butterflies,” she said. “Funny how butterflies come out of old, ugly cocoons, huh?”
I gave her a strange look, trying to absorb everything around me. “Uh, yeah, um … cocoons sometimes remind me of coffins—’cause I used to think the caterpillars were dead inside of them when I was little.”
Gammy chuckled. “And then they emerge into something more beautiful, more powerful than they were before. Like how you let them boys dare you into raising that dead soldier.”
“That didn’t make me more beautiful. It scarred me for life.”
“Did it?”
“Yeah, I raised some lunatic jarhead that went on a rampage and killed the cadets with me. I’d be in jail right now if Reaper hadn’t made the case disappear, somehow. Trust me, I was scarred for life, Gammy.”
“On the contrary, dear. The moment you beheaded that deadhead, as you call him, you grew.”
“Yes, child. You came into who you were supposed to be. That deadhead saved your life, your death, and your rebirth. You are just like these butterflies, shedding one life for another.”
I watched the colorful butterflies float around us and said nothing.
She picked up a rock and threw it at a tree. “Like I always say, sweetie, everything ain’t always what it seems, you know. Woot-hoo, did you see that? I hit that tree dead on.”
I looked down at my hands and my feet, seeing pink converses, blue jeans, my lean waist, and a long-sleeved, midriff black tee that read GOT ZOMBIES? in lower-cased white letters. Yay.
“I’m back,” I said. “Okay, I’m game. What gives?”
I glanced at my chipped, blue fingernails and bit off an irritating hanging piece. I lifted my head back up, and Gammy stood next to me.
“We’re at Mt Rushmore,” she said. “This is the life after life. Come and give me a hug girl, before my arms fall off from poor circulation.”

“Oh, uh,” I said, picking myself up with a grunt from the hard, rocky surface. “We’re … dead?” 

* I was given this ebook for free for an honest review.

This was a fun filled, zombie thrashing book!  Sylva is not your weak heroine!! She is a necromancer who is ready to kick zombie butt!!!  
Sylva and some of her friends go on a cruise just to have a good time, and then you know what hits the fan!  She had to work hard to try and contain the damage!
This was a fun read and I was turning the pages in one sitting because I had to see what was going to happen next!!  If you like zombie books and a strong female lead, this is the book for you!!

Giveaway Details:
There are two tour wide giveaways. Prizes include the following:

Giveaway # 1
~A Kindle copy of The Confessions of Sylva Slasher
~Giveaway is: International

Giveaway # 2 (Book Purchase Required)
~A Kindle Fire HD featuring 7" display and Wi-Fi
~Giveaway is: US Only

1 comment:

AceAntonioHall said...

Thanks so very much, for reviewing my book! I love it! Have a wonderful day, and if possible, I'd like to request that you copy and paste your review onto the Amazon page. That would be terrific! Thanks again, and have a wonderful, stress-free week. Cheers.

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