Alien: Isolation…the Stuff of Nightmares

alien-isolationAlright, it might surprise some of you to know that I’m a gamer. Well, to be truthful, in the grand scheme of the gaming community, I’m an itty-bitty baby gamer. Nothing crazy. I don’t play EVERY day. Not even every MONTH. But I’m all about 1st Person experiences and the Alien franchise, so when I heard a new game was coming out, starring Ripley Jr. herself, I just had to try it. After several days, a few changes of shorts and mini-heart palpitations later, I’ve finished Alien: Isolation. I don’t normally ‘review’ games or talk about them on the blog, but this one nearly killed me, so therefor, it has earned the public mention. *wink, wink*

alien_isolation_game-wideFirst off, I play for fun and only when I have time, which as a mom and a full-time writer, means I don’t have a lot of time to sit in front of the TV and play a game from start to finish, so I set time aside for this one. From the very start, I was scared sh**less. And you can ask my kids if that’s true, because they heard me scream out loud (something I don’t really do often…yes, I’m a girl, but not a girly girl) more times than I can count on my fingers. This is a survival game, not a shoot ‘em down and blow it up, kind of game. All you are doing is trying to stay alive. Not the usual game that I’ve played, where I learn rather quickly how to take out my opponent…in Alien: Isolation, I just hoped to live long enough to make it to the next save point. I’m embarrassed to admit I died more times than I have in any other game. Ever. Don’t ask me how many times…*cough, cough – double digits – cough, cough*…because I won’t tell you the number. Nope. I’m keeping that close to the vest.

alien-isolation_01Anyway. The first time this game made me nearly jump out of my clothes and fall off the couch, my son happened to be in the room, so my loud and high-piercing scream startled him more than the high-definition Alien in the face on the TV screen did. After that, he stopped sneaking out into the living room to watch me play. This is the first game in so long I can’t remember, that I also had a hard time playing at night. Crawling through air shafts with a dead flashlight (say it isn’t SO), hiding in cabinets and under tables, sprinting down hallways when you KNOW something is behind you, and opening doors to find something unpleasant on the other side…well, none of these things were all together FUN to do when my house was dark and I was alone in the living room. See, I mostly played while my hubby was working his night shifts, so as not to spoil the game for him. I’m a good wife like that.

It’s not that this game is too terrifying for the masses, but that it hits my horror button much like the first movie did. I grew up with the Alien films, and have always loved them (the first two) and always found them happily frightening (I’m weird because I enjoy getting scared). Perhaps that is why this game freaked me out so much. Too much of that nostalgic feeling of ‘scare-the-pants-off-ya-horror-80’s style. In that regard, it might not be as intense for some players.

I will admit that it was hard for me. And I don’t mean that lightly. Some of this might be because I don’t play games every week, so my controller skills are not as impressive as a true gamer. But this one took a long time to complete and there was a lot – a LOT – of running back and forth and me getting pissed because I couldn’t figure out what to do next, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M SUPPOSED TO BE DOING!” and then, “OH, CRAP, THERE’S THE ALIEN! NO, DON’T KILL ME!” kinds of moments. There are games I’ve played that have a ton more action and are half as long as this one, but I kind of liked that the story wasn’t over in four hours. It’s complex, y’all.

So, now that I’m done, was it worth it? Heck, yeah! Will I play it again? Not until I see my Doctor for heart medication. I don’t think the intense heart rate spikes were all that healthy for me. Seriously. Still beating like I ran the mile. But enough about me! Check out Alien: Isolation for yourself, and let me know how YOU liked it. ;)

Interested in more? Check out the Launch Trailer here…


*No copyright infringement the makers and/or developers of the game name, images, or video content is intended. All were pulled from public sites such as YouTube and Google/Bing image searches.*

Friday Freebies!

Okay, if you’re anything like me, you love it when a good book is up for free, right? Of course! I know I pimp out my own freebies often **insert shameless plug here** – Dying to Forget and I Hope You Find Me – but a few times a month I’d like to feature MORE freebies from my author friends.

Some of these books and/or authors you might have read already, and some you might not have heard of yet. I say ‘yet’ because today you’re going to load up your Kindle, right? Right!

Check out the books below…and be sure to review the ones you’ve enjoyed! Oh, and FYI – most of these books are available via many online distributors, so check Smashwords, Amazon, Nook and iBooks for whatever works for you. ;) Happy Reading!!

THE AMAZING MORSE by James Rozoff

The Amazing Morse

THE DREAM VALLEY, by Robert Thomas

The Dream Valley

THE JOURNALS OF JACOB AND HYDE, by Randall Morris

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GIRL FIGHTS BACK, by Jacques Antoine

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FOMORIAN EARTH: STAR BORNE, by Lars Bergen and Sharon Delarose

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AMP MESSENGER, by Stephen Arseneault

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BETWEEN A JOCK AND A HARD PLACE, by Mona Ingram

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A SHOT IN THE BARK, by C.A. Newsome

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THE BUILDER’S REPORT, by Suzy Stewart Dubot

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JET – OPS FILES, by Russell Blake

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Cover Reveal!

November 1st will be the launch of my latest anthology collaboration – a piece for the animals! Y’all know I’m an avid animal lover and rights supporter, and I got to participate in a collaboration with other animal loving writers for a unique book about rescued animals. I am SO excited! I worked with the lovely Miranda Stork via Side Street Cookie Publishing on ‘A Tale of Two Kitties'; a funny and sarcastic interaction based on our real-life rescue kitty’s – Tinsel and River.

We can’t wait to get this book out there, because #1 – it was fun to write, and #2 – the proceeds will be going to an animal rescue shelter in the UK and one based here in the States. So…mark your calendars for this release! I want to get some great funds to these organizations for all they do! While you wait for the 1st to roll around, check out the cover and give it a share, can ya? Thank you! Mwah!

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A New Young Adult Series by USA Today Number One Best Selling Author Russell Blake

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Less Than Nothing [Kindle Edition]

R.E. Blake

Sage’s life as a teenage runaway in San Francisco is simple: Snatch a few hours of sleep on park benches and bus stops; dodge perverts, predators, and cops; and make enough as a street musician to eat. But her world flips upside down when she meets Derek – hot, tattooed, and charming, a singer from Seattle whose looks and talent take her breath away.

What begins as a reluctant partnership quickly develops into a cross-country race against time – and awakens a hunger in Sage that’s unfamiliar and exciting.

As they travel from coast to coast, Sage and Derek pursue their dream, only to discover that they can never run far enough to escape the demons from their…

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What are you reading this weekend?

Another Friday has arrived! And this means the weekend is here and I can squeeze in some extra reading time. For me, I’ll be in the world of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’…with a little touch of Lois Lowry on the side. But what about you – what’s on your reading agenda this weekend??

I have a few freebies you can check out that I’ve read myself or are on my TBR! And don’t forget – I HOPE YOU FIND ME and DYING to FORGET are free for you as well! Read on for some more free books from a few of my author friends…

KSHaigwoodSAVE MY SOUL, by K.S. Haigwood

Kendra Larkin had everything going in the right direction. Her life was seemingly perfect, and she wouldn’t have changed a thing about it. Unfortunately, the course of her life was about to be forever altered. A tragic rappelling accident lands her on Dr. Adam Chamberlain’s operating table.

She agrees to a deal proposed by a guardian angel to help save the soul of the man who is both her doctor and soulmate. If she is successful, she gets to keep her life. However, she later learns that it isn’t just her life that’s in jeopardy, but her soul as well.

Even with the help of her handsome guardian angel, Rhyan, it seems there is no happy ending in sight. Torn between her newly discovered love of Rhyan, and the undeniable attraction she has for Adam, Kendra finds herself at a crossroad. With Adam’s steadfast rejection of God, and his guardian demon conspiring against her, she fears her soul may already be lost.

Will she find a way to overcome the evil her life is suddenly burdened with? Or will Adam’s guardian demon win both their souls and make Kendra his own personal puppet in Hell?

MStorkCONNER, by Miranda Stork

Erin is a young psychologist, with no time for anything but her work, and unable to remember anything about her past. She leads an uneventful life, but a lonely one, in which she secretly wishes for a soulmate…

Conner is an unusual patient who approaches her, thrusting her into a strange world of darkness that runs beneath our own. He believes himself to be a creature of legend-a werewolf. But he also draws Erin with a roguish charm, and an irresistible feeling that seems to bind them together…

Conner desperately tries to save her from an unknown evil that pursues her with a relentless passion that crosses centuries, an evil that once took her very soul away, somewhere in Erin’s lost memories.

As she becomes more entwined in a series of events that will remind her of who she really is, will she make it away from the oncoming darkness unscathed…?

FINDING CINDERELLA, by Colleen Hoover

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. But Daniel soon realizes that fairytales don’t exist, and unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

THE KISS, a Raptor Retreat Anthology (Various Authors)

A kiss is a simple communication. It can also be an exchange, a betrayal, an assault, a promise, a hope…or it could be a goodbye. The intimacy of a kiss cannot be denied. Whether shared, stolen or simply dreamed of, its recipient will be affected. Thirty-one stories by authors from around the world will tease your imagination as you anticipate ‘The Kiss’ in each weird or wonderful tale.

This cross-genre anthology contains stories by Kate Aaron, Saxon Andrew, Jacques Antoine, Alison Blake, E. B. Boggs, Shirley Bourget, Ben Cassidy, Jason Deas, Sharon Delarose, Meghan Ciana Doidge, Suzy Stewart Dubot, Corrie Fischer, Brandon Hale, Traci Tyne Hilton, Colleen Hoover, Mona Ingram, J. L. Jarvis, Elizabeth Jasper, Anna J. McIntyre, Jess Mountifield, C. A. Newsome, S. Patrick O’Connell, Suzie O’Connell, Jeanette Raleigh, J. R. C. Salter, Molly Snow, Holli Marie Spaulding, Cleve Sylcox, Robert Thomas, Chris Ward and George Wier.

CUPCAKES, TRINKETS, and OTHER DEADLY MAGIC, by Meghan Ciana Doidge

If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

I WAS A DRUMMER SHE WAS A DANCER, by Steven M. Thomas

An autobiography about young love that ends up lasting a lifetime, I was a drummer she was a dancer is a raw, romantic true story we can all relate to. Set in a small Midwest college in 1978, the author meets and falls in love with a beautiful young dancer from the east coast. They are from two different worlds, but their love for each other bridges the huge gaps in distance, and socio-economic backgrounds. She was from a fairly well to do and educated family and he was the first person in his family to attend college. She was raised in a house that had been in her family for several generations. And he lived in a mobile home that happened to be next door to the college. But when they met, none of that mattered and fireworks lit up the sky. “In just a few minutes, my life would be changed forever,” the author explains. “It was like the Beatles.”

SODIUM: 1 HARBINGER, by Stephen Arsenault

In 1957, a group of wilderness adventurers are confronted with the unexpected. They are forced to defend themselves against an unworldly enemy. Will man’s first encounter with aliens force them to run or will they stand and fight? This is the first thriller in the SODIUM series. Follow along as the unwitting group determines their own fate.

Happy Reading & Happy Weekend, Everyone!

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It’s time to kill someone…

Oh, relax. Don’t call the cops – yet.

Because the person I must kill is fictional. You’re safe. For now.

Seriously though. This is the hardest part of my job. Some authors love killing off their babies. Other authors wouldn’t DARE. Me? I listen to the Muse and do as she commands, which means there will be one less member of the Find Me crew by the end of today.

Riley will be devastated.

“I’m sorry, he’s gone,” the Doctor said.

The room spun like a child’s top and I reached out for the closest object to my left to steady myself. A medical supply cart on wheels went flying under my weight, striking the wall with a loud bang and I landed with an oafish thump on my hands and knees. The noise startled the baby awake and she wailed into the room like someone had dropped her, even though Jacks had her pressed tightly to his chest.

“No.” It was a raspy whisper, my voice, and that was the only word I could utter.

- Copyright Trish Marie Dawson, Find Me 3

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Back to the Classics

Writing regularly removes one very important part of my life: the time to pleasure read at will. I read at least one book a month that has nothing to do with work, but that often times ends up being the monthly book club choice, which I may or may not like. So, it’s time for a switch up of sorts.

I’ve decided I’m doing something different – I’m going back to the Classics. Every month I’ll pick off my bookshelf a book from the past that I loved, and read it again. Because the Classics are important to never forget, but also they have the ability to feed the brain with the past in a unique way only they can. It’s Literary History, folks, and you just can’t go wrong there.

For October, I’ll delve back into Harper Lee’s, To Kill A Mockingbird. Why? Because for some reason I just keep thinking about this book and sort of miss it. Perhaps I’m at an age where the advice of the wise Atticus Finch would be beneficial again?

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

Truth, Mr. Atticus Finch…Truth.