Book Spotlight: The Shady Side: Shortcut to Uneasy Street

In an attempt to broaden my reading horizons, as well as connect with other authors, I reached out to people in writing Facebook groups I belong to, asking if anyone wanted to guest blog on my website. That was how I was introduced to this book and I have to say, I was not disappointed.

Noble does a fantastic job of weaving the supernatural and macabre into a suburban-esque setting. Her characters are compelling, and each story (this is a collection of six short stories) is as interesting as the last.

I want to spotlight my two favorite stories here. The first is "Defensive Driving." It follows the story of a man who cannot, for the life of him, stay calm behind the wheel of a car. It certainly doesn't help that his truck is named The Beast, either. When he's gifted a hula dancer to put on his dash, things seem to look up. But, of course, the peace doesn't last for long. Noble manages to create an interesting story in just a few short pages, keeping the readers guessing as to what the insidious factor of the story will be.

My second favorite is "Wrath," simply because it's told from the point of view of a crow, and there's a hippie woman who reminds me a lot of Cosima from Orphan Black. It's seriously one of the more interesting stories to unpack, but I won't give any of it away.

Noble has 160 published works ranging from poetry to nonfiction. And I bet each story is as artfully crafted as the last. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories; they reminded me of the ghost stories I used to read in summer camp as a kid, the ones where you'd put a flashlight under your chin and try to frighten all your friends.

Do yourself a favor, if you're into horror and suspense, grab yourself a copy of this book. The nostalgia, alone, should be enough to compel you. And if not, Noble's artful writing surely will be.

You can get a copy of the book on Amazon, grab the eBook, or visit her online at

The Masked Truth (2015)

By: Kelley Armstrong

Two teens are forced to attend a group therapy session in an abandoned warehouse, as a way to overcome their individual troubles. However, things start to go south when three masked assailants break into the facility and hold them hostage. The exits are sealed, there are no windows, their phones are gone, and their captors are on a killing spree. Will anyone escape?

This novel handles mental illness in a fascinating way. I won’t spoil the big reveal here, but the points of view in the novel were enlightening. Mixed with the elements of a slasher flick, this novel was truly entertaining. If you like that kind of thing, definitely check this book out.

Horde (2013)

By: Anne Aguire

So, the zombies have amassed into a… you guessed it: horde. Deuce’s town is surrounded, and it’s up to her and her merry band of fellows to defend what they all hold dear. However, there are twists you don’t see coming.

This was an incredible end to the trilogy. The end was perfect, not too saccharine, not to prickly. Honestly, I can’t praise these books enough. Go read them!

Outpost (2012)

By: Anne Aguire

This sequel was just as great as the first. This time, Deuce and Fade find themselves in a small town of sorts. However, they’re faced with the fact that in this society, neither are considered adults, and the majority of people are painfully sexist. Plus, the zombies are getting worse. They’re evolving in a way no one thought possible, and Deuce may just be able to force her way onto the male-only warrior squad.

As with the first book, I loved the writing, the world, the characters, everything. I highly recommend this book if you’re good with gore and violence.