Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Blast: Pitch Green/Gateway to Reality Releases!

Hey, guys! There's a couple awesome books that have come to my attention that I'd like to highlight today. Go ahead and take a peek!

Pitch Green by The Brothers Washburn

Trona is a small, smoggy, mostly insignificant town in Colorado. Besides a booming chemical plant, the only thing that characterizes this dismal town is dirt, sagebrush, and an enormous abandoned mansion.

The mansion is, admittedly, the only notable addition to Trona, but it’s something everyone tries to avoid due to its creepy facade. Everyone except for Camm Smith, who is obsessed with the need to get inside.

Seven years earlier, as Camm herded a pack of little trick-or-treaters past the mansion, her young neighbor, Hugh, disappeared, becoming just one of many children who have vanished from Trona over the years without a trace. Now a senior in high school, Camm is still haunted by the old tragedy and is sure the answer to the mysterious disappearances lies hidden somewhere in the decaying mansion. Joining forces with her best friend, Cal, who also happens to be Hugh’s older brother, Camm naively begins a perilous search for the truth.

As things spiral quickly out of control, and others die, Camm and Cal discover it will take all their combined ingenuity to stay alive. An unseen creature, lurking deep within the bowels of the mansion, seems to have supernatural powers and is now hunting them. Making matters worse, they become entangled with hostile federal agents, who care only about keeping old secrets permanently hidden. Left with only their wit and seemingly ineffective firearms, they know they are running out of time. Unless they can make sense out of the few pieces of the puzzle they manage to unearth, the monster will certainly destroy them, and like so many others before them, they will be gone without a trace.

*     *     *

Gateway to Reality by Becca J. Campbell

Talented artists shouldn’t be waiting tables, scraping by, and living mediocre lives. But that’s exactly what art school graduate Wes Teague is doing.

Then he wakes from a bizarre dream, haunted by the sense that his life isn't real. A harrowing truth presents itself--the real world lies in his dreams, not when he's wide awake.

The dream world he enters each night is rich and vibrant. Chicago appears the same on the surface, but chaos runs rampant as gravity, physics, and other laws of nature become fluid, changing unexpectedly. There, Wes's parents, brother, and sister are strangers. His girlfriend Emily doesn’t recognize him. Wes longs to return, to unlearn the truth about his dual reality.

Wes would sacrifice almost anything to get back to blissful ignorance in a false world.

But now he has feelings for the real Emily.

*     *     *

I've yet to read these two books, but they have the right ingredients for exactly the kind of stories I watch out for. Sounds delicious! And who would of thought that "green" could be so terrifying, or that the real world is the dream? I may very well have my mind blown here!

What new books have caught your attention lately? How big has your To be Read list grown? What are you looking forward to next?

I'm David, and if you see me running, I'm being chased by zombies.


  1. That one cover is really green. The other sounds like Inception or the Matrix...well I guess Inception was pretty much a rip off of the Matrix which was a rip off of Dark City...and so on.

  2. Those look like awesome books. The second one is right up my alley.

  3. Love the font on the Pitch Green cover. Congrats to both authors!

  4. Pitch Green looks pretty rad, not just the cover art but the story as well:)

  5. These sound like great reads! I'm not that much into SciFi anymore, but I do love mysterious tales about creepy mansions, and I like the idea of which world is the real reality, so thanks for these two shares.

    I just finished reading a good adventure about Sherlock Holmes, written in Arthur Conan Doyle's style, but the author is Nicholas Meyer, pretending to edit an old Doyle manuscript. It's called The West End Horror. He also wrote The Seven Percent Solution. These are old books, but they are rich in details about Victorian London, where my MG mystery is set. A lot of books I've been reading lately are mysteries set in Victorian London. (Robin Paige has a series that is great fun.)

  6. Ooo...they both sound awesome. *sigh* More to add to my to-read list.

  7. Both sound like very cool reads! If only I could stop reading my text books long enough to read something fun :(

    Thanks for the suggestions!

  8. Wow, both of those books look really great. I am definitely interested and will add them to my ever-growing TBR list.

  9. Oh dear, my TBR list is reaching ludicrous proportions. It looks like I'll have to resort to some audio books if I'm ever to catch up.

  10. These two sound great. My list has grown.

  11. These sound good and they have great covers. My TBR list is staggering.

  12. TBR list is huge (over 100 books) and getting bigger. My budget can't keep up with all he books I hear about and the middle Georgia libraries aren't well enough stocked.

  13. That Pitch Green cover is awesome. sandie

  14. Okay. They both sound awesome, but that line in the second description: ...the real world lies in his dreams, not when he's awake.

    That actually gave me chills. I have to read both these books because they sound awesome, so thanks for the recommendation.

    I also wanted to stop by and say hi! I took about a month off blogging, but i'm back with a new blog and a partner to help run it. This is Tamara btw, from one Magic Bean Buyer. It's nice to see you again, David! Now i'm off to go catch up on some of your other posts...

  15. both seems interesting..
    but I'd read that Gateway to reality first :)

  16. These are tempting! I have too many books on my to-read pile. Too many!

    Allison (Geek Banter)

  17. I'm going to be reading Divergent next.

  18. It's very green in a really creepy kind of a sickly green.