Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentine's Day reads for lovers of BBF's (Book Boyfriends for those who are clueless)

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So what better way to celebrate romance (after the meal and the champers of course!) than to curl up with a great book and a few hot men? Get your fire lit (oh er!) put your feet up and settle down for some steamy reads.

Let me give you a few suggestions...


  



  

If you are not a lover of stand-alone novels and prefer sinking your teeth into a series then maybe consider this sweet Reverse Harem series by Cecilia Randell called The Adventures of Blue Faust...

  Beyond Blue Frontiers (The Adventures of Blue Faust Book 3) by [Randell, Cecilia]
                                  (Book 3 in the series available for pre-order)



And available for Pre-Order by the amazing author Nikki Landis is this little gem. If you have read any of her work before you will know just how captivating her books can be and how sweetly hot the men in them can be too... **le swoon**

Sins of the Father: A Second Chance Sci-Fi Alien Time Travel Romance (Ravage Riders MC #1) by [Landis, Nikki]


Sunday, 28 January 2018

RH Fantasy Romance with Spirit!!

Spirited: A Reverse Harem Fantasy Romance (The Academy of Spirits and Shadows Book 1)Spirited: A Reverse Harem Fantasy Romance by C.M. Stunich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

CHARACTERS: 5 OUT OF 5
PLOT: 5 OUT OF 5
WORLD BUILDING: 4 OUT OF 5
FLOW: 4.5 OUT OF 5

OVERALL RATING: (ACTUAL) - 4.5 OUT OF 5

The characters in this book were fun. I loved how the MC would not curse and how she got around that, some of the substitutes were really funny and in places I found myself laughing out loud. The guys were all uniquely different and it was nice to see how the MC played off them. The descriptives of the MC were great, the image of a beautiful girl with long white hair and a realistic body image.

The plot was well thought out and pacing was consistent. I would like to have had more details about the gifts and the gods as well as the abilities and gifts they gave. Overall this is a great story, with brilliant characters and loads of hot guys (Vex my fave). One of the best RH I have read.


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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

* * * SUPPORTING FELLOW AUTHORS * * *




The amazingly talented Nikki Landis has yet another brilliant piece coming out and I have to say I can't wait to get my hands on it. I think there is no better way to support a fellow author than to share the links to their work, review their books, and spread the word. Above is the link to the #Thunderclap that this talented author is running to highlight the release of her new book.

Please click the link and show your support by not just supporting her campaign but sharing it too.

Thank you xx

*** A REVERSE HAREM INSTALLMENT -- SERPENT'S TOUCH ***

Serpent's Touch: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy (The Last Serpent #1)Serpent's Touch: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy by Tansey Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars








CHARACTERS: 4.5 out of 5
PLOT: 4 out of 5
FLOW: 4 out of 5
WORLD BUILDING: 4 out of 5

OVERALL PB SCORE: 4 out of 5

This little gem of a story has so much going for it. Book one of Serpent's Touch: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy starts with a bang. Our female lead is picked up out of obscurity and dropped into a world of supernaturals, mystery, and danger. This story moves at a steady pace and I found myself not wanting to put my kindle down. When I got to the end I was a torrent of emotions. I loved the characters, the scenarios, the descriptives, and the dialogues. It all felt gripping and stood out for me to be a runner in my next favourite author in this genre.

So why four stars instead of five? Even though all the above stands to highlight this great little read it is exactly that. I felt it ended too soon and just as it was picking up the pace again (if you have read this book you will know what I mean by this).

If you love paranormal/supernatural RH and don't mind the story broken up into small segments then this is 100% the book for you.




Saturday, 20 January 2018

*** REVIEW *** CHRIST ON A BIKE by D.J. Doyle -- A solid 5 star!

Christ on a Bike!Christ on a Bike! by D.J. Doyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Why can I not give 6 stars????

This unique little short was bloody brilliant! I have to say I have never laughed as hard as I did when reading how Fr. Jack referred to his team. This terrific little short is like the show Father Ted on steroids, it has all the humor, all the sass and a s**t load of horror with enough creep factor to give you the heebeegeebees.

I humbly ask the author D.J. Doyle to continue writing about this frickin brilliant priest and the possessions he attends and gets rid of. This is a great read and one I wish had a sequel or two.
Would I recommend this little short? Blooming right I would, it's epic!

#FatherJackRules #FatherJacksFanClub


Love your horror laced with humor? Then this is the book for you.


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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Author Blog TAKEOVER - Morgan Bell

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Meet Morgan Bell...


The Power of Independence
By Morgan Bell


"The hardest thing is facing yourself. It's easier to shout 'revolution' and 'power to the people' than it is to look at yourself and try and find out what's real and what isn't, when you try pull the wool over your own eyes and your own hypocrisy…that's the hardest one." – John Lennon

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That was me three years ago. I couldn’t go on being a cog in the broken machine a day longer. I needed to say something. I had something to say. And we have a limited time in this life to truly make a difference.

Do weird short allegories make a difference? Maybe, maybe not. Perhaps to only a few people. I see it as: you be real and put it out there, and even if just one person is consoled it is a better use of your time that treading water your whole life. Creative writing makes me feel like my most authentic self.
I was a civil engineer for local government because I wanted to help people. But in the 15 years I was in the workforce I saw a lot of disappointing changes away from the principles of public service. I essentially got burnt out. I packed up my cats, put all my belongings in storage in Sydney, and moved to the coastal village of Port Stephens to live with my parents. I am now a full-time indie author. I don’t make a living from it, but it’s given me the space to accept being an insulin-dependent diabetic and to properly manage my clinical depression. It’s been a pulling of the wool from my eyes in my approach to aging and disability, which is a major theme in my writing.

Battlestar Galactica, Westworld, Orphan Black, Legion, Mr. Robot, Firefly; I always go to humanist sci-fi for socioeconomic thought-experiments. In these near-future worlds, we can work through how our real-world systems affect minorities, women, and people living with disabilities. This is what I like about speculative fiction. Within these constructed worlds you have the freedom to be philosophical without the constraints of accepted norms and taboos in the real world.

One of my favorite books is Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve for examining gender through the scenario of a forced sex-change. Similarly, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora really challenged my enchantment with the idea of space-exploration by framing it as an extension of the unsustainable colonialism of the past. Like Avatar, there is the idea that we can only exist in our own eco-system, that we are a part of it, and it is a part of us. These ideas are not completely new, but sometimes including elements of the fantastical can really open people’s eyes.

For short story lovers, I recommend Sonja Dechian’s An Astronaut’s Life and Julie Koh’s Portable Curiosities. I edited an anthology of botanical horror called Sproutlings: A Compendium of Little Fictions that was brimming with metaphors about environmentalism and the psychology of relationships. It was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign. It was self-published and it was launched at the Newcastle Writers Festival. Themed collections really capture the imaginations of readers.

I often refer to self-publishing as the punk-rock of publishing. We are doing something truly revolutionary. We are putting our thoughts out into the world unfiltered by the cowardice of corporate marketing machines. I have two self-published short story collections: Sniggerless Boundulations, and my recent release Laissez Faire. My hope is that they are horizon-expanding. I know there is an audience for everything, and variety makes us all the richer.



You can follow me on FACEBOOK and stalk me on TWITTER.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to spend a few moments with me.

MORGAN...

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Author Blog TAKEOVER - Meet Ryan J Doughan

Ryan J Doughan

MEET RYAN J DOUGHAN...


First of all, I just wanted to offer a big “Thank you” to Kathy for the opportunity to share.
(It is my pleasure, Ryan.)

My name is Ryan J Doughan and I am the author of the epic fantasy novel, MIST FALCON which is Book One of the Warrior Poet Archives and THE TOUCH HEIST, a novelette in the same series.

Reading. My love affair with writing blossomed out of a love for reading—a love for stories, really. I grew up with a dad who read to me every night. He opened the worlds of Narnia and Middle Earth to me amongst many others. I will ever be grateful for that. 

From there it has really been a buffet table of incredible authors with incredible stories to tell.  I’ll name a few, but this list is far from exhaustive. 

Brent Weeks’s characters are always incredible, and his ability to offer a picture of love and redemption even in the darkest of times is stirring. 

I love pretty much every book by Brandon Sanderson, but his Stormlight Archive books are a particular favorite. His world and magic system building is renowned, but his ability to get a reader to cheer for his characters from page one is also of particular note.

Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series is incredible. If you haven’t read it, you really need to check it out. 

Then, of course, there is THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss, absolutely anything by Guy Gavriel Kay, Orson Scott Card, Brian McClellan, Peter Orullian, Peter F. Hamilton, Scott Lynch … and oh so many more.

So reading, that was my gateway drug. It didn’t take terribly long for me to figure out that writing is really just reading on steroids. Not only am I swept along in a tale of someone else’s creation, but I get to play an active role in that creation process.  It is wonderfully messy and tangled and thrilling all at once. I’ve always loved a good turn of phrase and once I got to add that into the mix of story creation, I was hooked.

I think it is the power of stories that keeps me going both reading and writing. It is entertainment value, yes, but it’s something more as well. As the incredible Canadian author, Guy Gavriel Kay stated to Robert Crew from the Toronto Star, “I do want to give you that escapist adventure, I do want you crying with my characters, but I also want you to be brought home to the situation in your own world by the themes I explore within that setting.”

In short, stories offer us something more than the delightful escape (though that is certainly there).  Stories can teach us something that we might struggle to realize while bogged down in the surroundings of the real world.

There’s a power in stories. There’s a power in the written word. At the end of the day, I guess I just want to share in that power with my readers.

These are my two books:

   


If you want, you can find me on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

Blessings to all of you.  Read with Joy!

RYAN...

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