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Sometimes a house.. isn’t just a house: Phobic by @Cor2ney Pearson

This week I have been taking a bit of break this week but this is OK! There is so much awesomeness because of new releases I can afford to! When school starts this always happens and this year is no exception. What I love most is there are always “The First of…” . It also is the season of new horror, and Phobic? It has a little of all of these. A horror for the season, a touch of romance for the teens going back to school and me? Well I love it all. Give me balance and I am a happy camper!

Granted, Cortney plays the clarinet....

Granted, Cortney plays the clarinet….

What’s today’s addition? A new horror thriller/mystery young adult read from self-published author, Cortney Pearson, with a richly inspired story about a girl who to prove her courage opens up a forbidden door… that says it all, right? Inspired by her own aunt’s house and perhaps get over her own newly acquired wuss status (hey her label). But you gotta love the band  nerds (once a band nerd always a band nerd), especially if they are Buffy fans! (see where I went there?) What can I say, I am so bad!



Like Cortney, I love teasers and creepy things. I also love history and settings which are not contemporary. The house our protagonist, Piper, lives in is surrounded by an uber creep factor plus a mystery, another of my favorite things in a read!



Even though I am not a romance lover (somewhat of an ironic statement, huh?).. Anyway I am not someone who reads romance, however this does not mean I do not like romance in books. Like erotica vs smut/porn writing. I appreciate erotica because it is about the story and the sex instead of the sex and crudeness. Phobic also involves a first-love, falling-for-best-friends love story between Piper and her neighbor and BFF, Todd.


I guess when you really get down to the nitty-gritty is it is all good. The thing for me is balance. Review’s promise that Phobic has all of that. I read the first 3 chapters of the book today and I am happy to say it is a book I bought and will be reading and reviewing within the next six weeks. Truthfully she had me at the first two sentence paragraph…


When I was six years old, I found the man my mother murdered stuffed under a trap door in our kitchen. The smell gave him away.

–Phobic, page 1

One reviewer said, It wasn’t a romance, but there was romance. It wasn’t a horror, but there sure was horror to be had. It was a ghost story, but it was a human story.” Sounds like it has a bit of mystery, scary factor, cleared for young adults (so a good family read with your elder dependent children), a bit of first love and … a dead body in the first chapter! I would call that a win!

Check the sample out at the bottom of the post or go download it to your Kindle today. Three chapters shows balanced and focus on the details. Nice tight reading. I am really glad I signed up for this, and I did based on the cover and then I was excited because of the synopsis and the hype that has been building in the reading community.

Cortney has a bunch of fun little things that will help peak your interest. One is from some of the research she did to write flash back scenes. I remember when I was researching some Edwardian erotica terms, holy cow! Check this stuff out! Click the tabs to see the image!

One of my favorite things about PHOBIC is the flashbacks to the past that Piper has. Halfway through, she begins seeing the original residents of her house from back in 1875, and she also witnesses a tragic love story between two of the servants. Here’s a swoony excerpt:

“We may not like it,” Ada says, “but two servants in love can do very little where their master is concerned.”

Thomas faces her again. This time, a twinkle lays in his blue eyes, and a smile quirks at the corner of his mouth. “You do love me.”

Silence pulses between them. Ada never breaks from his gaze. I’m warm from my knee-knocking kiss with Todd, but at the look they share, the temperature goes up a few more degrees.

Heart and soul,” she says through her teeth, “and may I burn for the admission.”

However, not all the flashbacks are lovey-dovey. In fact, they’re pretty dark and add to the book’s creep factor. And while writing them, I needed insults from the 1800s. I found this website, along with this list.

Not that I’m huge into insulting people (really, I’m not!) but some of these struck me as just plain funny. (Thou beslubbering, beef-witted barnacle!)

Oh, the things writers find while researching their books!

Check out next tab and answer this one from Cortney “

So all you saucy, tickle-brained strumpets, what’s your favorite combination? :D”


So all you saucy, tickle-brained strumpets, what’s your favorite combination? :D”


Sometimes a house.. isn’t just a house: Phobic by @Cor2ney PearsonPhobic
Series: The Forbidden Doors #1
by Cortney Pearson
Pages: 259
Illustrator •Published by Self-Published
on September 8, 2014
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Kobo • iTunes • • Goodreads •

Fifteen-year-old Piper Crenshaw knows her house is strange. It’s never needed repairs since it was built in the 1800s, and the lights flicker in response to things she says. As if those things aren’t creepy enough, it’s also the place where her mother committed murder.

To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, Piper opens a forbidden door, which hides a staircase that leads to the ceiling. That’s when the flashbacks of the original residents from 1875 start, including a love affair between two young servants. Each vision pulls Piper deeper into not only their story, but also her house. Piper confides in her best friend, Todd, whom she's gradually falling for, but even he doesn't believe her. At least, not until her house gets axed during a prank, and the act injures Piper instead, cutting a gash the size of Texas into her stomach.

Piper realizes her house isn’t haunted—it’s alive. To sever her link to it, she must unravel the clues in the flashbacks and uncover the truth about her mother’s crime, before she becomes part of her house for good.

Buy links:

Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Kobo - iTunes - Order a Signed Paperback


About Cortney Pearson

Cortney Pearson is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. She lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.

Now for TWO giveaways! Each blogger has a copy of the e-book to giveaway and there is a gift card for the week long blast for everyone!


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  1. I’d probably reach for an historical read.

  2. Coke always the coke you Pepsi freak. Umm I’m a bit nutty with my genre anything tends to be my go to and can I just say >

    When I was six years old, I found the man my mother murdered stuffed under a trap door in our kitchen. The smell gave him away.

    ^ sold right there.

  3. I am a pretty eclectic reader, but I really lurve urban fantasy. I also really love excellent cover art and the cover for Phobic is just dandy with all the spooky goodness I am looking for in a little bit–o-scary read! Thank you for sharing this great post with us and making me smile today 🙂 Oh!and thank you for the treat of a giveaway opportunity 😀

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