Thursday, 20 July 2017

Review -- Parliament of the Profane: Summum Omnium Bonus by Justin Bohardt

Parliament of the Profane: Summum Omnium Bonus (The Parliament of the Profane Book 1)Parliament of the Profane: Summum Omnium Bonus by Justin Bohardt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Storyline: 4/5
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
World Building: 4/5
OVERALL RATING: 4/5

I read the blurb for this book and thought I would give it a go. I love superhero movies, I love comic books, so why not?
I am not going to give a story breakdown as I see a lot have as I think it can give away little spoilers. What I will say is I was surprised with this book. It was not what I was expecting in so many ways and better than I could have hoped in others.
I see some mention the graphic violence and graphic sex but personally, I thought it was hitting just the right amount and at just the right level for this type of genre (but then again I think I have grown desensitized over the years).
If you love action, suspense, over the top characters, and a great paced story then this is for you.
Justin Bohardt has created a fantastic novel, and to me, not your Atypical superhero, kid friendly, type either.


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Monday, 17 July 2017

An hour of horrific bliss -- Highly recommend! -- Hades' Gate by the talented D.J. Doyle

Hades' GateHades' Gate by D.J. Doyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this little novelette! From the descriptions of the locations to the relationship dynamics of the team it all fit together to make and an amazingly creepy tale of greed, love, fear, and loss. Not to mention awesome music references haha.

If, like me, you are a book worm and you are heading off somewhere (or if you have a quiet hour to yourself), this is the perfect read for you. Just the right amount of horror, with a splash of gore, and a sprinkling of humor makes this little gem a solid 5 out of 5.


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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Jessica Wing -- Children's Books and Young Adult Author



I would like to introduce to you the fantastic Jessica Wing, author of Young Adult Fantasy and Children's Books. Jessica has a few pieces out there at the moment and has a new release coming soon. 
(Keep your eyes peeled for that as I will be sharing more as the time approaches)

Which writers inspire you?

The authors that inspire me are Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time) and Brandon Mull (Fablehaven). They are both great at world building and character development.

What are you working on at the minute?

My current focus is book two of the Tamer Chronicles. That is going to take a backseat when book one gets back from the editor.

What’s it about?


Book one in the Chronicles is about a group of friends journeying together to overthrow a dictator that has decimated the east. Along the way, they overcome loss and strive to become the heroes they were meant to be.

What genre are your books?

Most of my books are young adult fantasy with the exception of my nonfiction book and Artie.

What draws you to this genre?

I have loved reading fantasy since I was a kid. I just love being transported to a made up land!

When did you decide to become a writer?

In fourth grade, I wrote a short story about a girl who lost her dog. My teacher's mom bought the story. That was when I knew.
Do you write full-time or part-time?

I would like to write full-time, but right now, I am just writing part-time.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest thing right now is finding the time to sit and write. I'm also not super great at world building and have dedicated a lot of time to practice that.
What is the easiest thing about writing?

The easiest thing about writing is probably just bouncing ideas off my husband. If I talk to him about my book, it helps me figure out plot holes.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

I like self-publishing because it is easy and convenient. It is hard to do all of the legwork in advertising yourself. Building a following takes a lot of work.

Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?

In five years, I would like to have the original trilogy for the Chronicles finished.


To learn more about Jessica you can reach out to her HERE on Facebook,  HERE on Goodreads and her Amazon Author page HERE.


   Artie the Armadillo
(There is no preview available for Artie the Armadillo, you can view it by clicking the image above.)

Thank you, Jessica, for taking time out from your very busy schedule.

K xx

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

D. J. Doyle -- Horror Author



Today we have an interview with the amazing horror / thriller writer D.J.Doyle. In it, we find out what process she follows and how she has evolved since the publication of her first book. 

HOW MUCH RESEARCH DO YOU DO FOR EACH BOOK?
For most of what I've written and what's in store, I've been researching these my whole life. I've visited all heritage sites that my Celtic Curse stories are all based around. Also, the Banshee, Paganism and the Puca, again are all topics I've read about for years. To be able to create an enjoyable story, with that knowledge, is amazing.
HAVE YOU WRITTEN ANY OTHER NOVELS IN COLLABORATION WITH ANY OTHER WRITERS? 
Not yet, but I think it's on the cards. One with 2 amazing authors about different timelines focusing on one item. Another could be one of those authors and write a hormance or rorror hahahaha
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE EVOLVED CREATIVELY SINCE YOU PUBLISHED YOUR FIRST NOVEL?
A lot. I had no idea what I was doing when I started and finished TCC: Banshee, I just wanted to tell a story. I didn't know about self-publishing, the different types of editing, editing tools, marketing.... I could go on... I might as well say everything! Now, I know more and confident in the process, I feel what I put out there is hopefully more marketable and I'm able to promote better. We'll see.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING YOU FIND ABOUT THE WRITING PROCESS?
Editing for one, I could read many others and make suggestions and spot errors but when it comes to my own, I can't do the same. I can't see the wood for the trees, I'm too close to the story. The other part would be marketing, I'm full of ideas and knowledge, but it takes time and effort, something I seem to lack at the moment.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT WRITING YOUR LATEST BOOK?
As a horror/thriller writer, what's easy about any of my books? LOL. I'm currently writing a novel and novelette. The novelette is from the perspective of a serial killer and what drives him. It's extremely difficult to 'be' inside someone's head never mind it being the mind of a murderer. And my novel, well I don't want to give anything away but with loads of murders, sex and kidnapping, it wasn't easy.
HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?
My first took years with many gaps of not writing so it was my own fault. I still take more than I should but as I work full-time it is a part-time job. What I've learned to do is use the short breaks I have to write short stories. Also, Campnano is helping tremendously with word count. I push myself, probably too much, and will typically have a completed goal at the end, whether it's a first draft or a short. 
FOR YOUR OWN READING, DO YOU PREFER EBOOKS OR TRADITIONAL PAPER/HARDBACKS?
I used to prefer paperback but ebooks are great because the storage is virtual (I can't fit any more books into my house yet) and less expensive. I still buy paperback from charity shops when I see a good deal. I recently bought Dracula, Jaws, Slugs and a few more horrors that I've read in the past from the library but wanted my own copy.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET BOOK REVIEWS?
Facebook has numerous groups that provide honest reviews, I tend to get a lot from them. I have also contacted a number of horror reviewers and have asked them for it. Goodreads is also a great tool that I think is underrated. Although FB is great, the groups all contain authors, so Goodreads is great because it has the readers. I know authors are readers too, but having a true reader's review is best in my opinion. 
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON GOOD/BAD REVIEWS?
When you receive your first 'critical' review, it does knock you a bit. Then I read that these are important for authors along with the good and great reviews. It shows that the book has not only been read by friends and family and it is also the first reviews readers go to on Amazon.
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE YOU RAN A  GOODREADS BOOK GIVEAWAY, HOW DID THAT GO? WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT?
I think it went okay. I made a few minor errors that I wouldn't do again and yes, I will do it again. The giveaway has added multiple 'to-read's for my book which will take time but good to have them. I recommend to do it globally and to give away one 2 or 3 copies.  
DO YOU THINK GIVING BOOKS AWAY FREE WORKS AND WHY?
As I only had one book out, I think the exposure is good. There can be downfalls but I think it's worth the risk with the recommendations above. 
IF YOU COULD HAVE BEEN THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR OF ANY BOOK, WHAT WOULD IT HAVE BEEN AND WHY?
Ohhh.. what a question! Probably Lord of the Rings. What an imagination and with such originality, depth, amazing characters, and an ending to die for... need I say more? 
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE ASPIRING WRITERS?
Never give up, find a great editor, and don't feel embarrassed asking for help and support. In my opinion, Indie authors are the best at supporting one another as they know how difficult the process can be.
      

If you want to find out more about D. J. Doyle you can click HERE for her website, and HERE to go to her Facebook page. You can also find her HERE on Goodreads as well as HERE on Twitter. 

Happy stalking guys!

Monday, 10 July 2017

*** Book review for Dark Promise - by Nikki Landis ***

Dark Promise (NightWalkers #1)Dark Promise by Nikki Landis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let me see...where to start!

Well, would it be a teller if I was to say I have just finished Dark Promise and I have already bought Dark Vengeance (NightWalkers #2)?

There are a few things I love when I have the time to read and two of them are Vampires and HOT protagonists.

This story pushes your buttons right from the start. We are introduced to Andre and his world of Night Walkers. How he can feel and sense where danger lurks and how his heightened sense brings him into contact with Mare. A naive young woman whose life if in danger.

I won't tell anymore as I think it poor taste to give spoilers.

STORY: 5/5
MALE PROTAGONIST: 5/5
FEMALE PROTAGONIST:3/5
PLOT: 5/5

Would I recommend this book to anyone else? Of course!




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The etiquette of reviewing a book



I have been wanting to write about this for a while now and having read an article today on another blog I decided to take the plunge and offer up my opinion on what is and is not good reviewing etiquette.

On main selling platforms like Amazon there is a star rating, and depending on how much someone liked or disliked your work they will rate it using this method. Now some will rate this way without leaving a reason WHY. For authors, this can be annoying. We want to know why you liked/disliked it.

I know many are of the opinion that reviews are not for the author to read, but rather, they are for readers. I disagree. We write for ourselves, to begin with, but when published we put our little bundles out into the world for others to pick up and enjoy (hopefully).

If a reader loves the book, we want to know what parts they loved. Why? So that we can write stories with characters like this in them. So that we can expand those stories and those characters and flesh them out in future possible projects or characters like them.

But, and this is important, equally if you do not like the book, we want to know WHY. This is a learning curve for us. As an independent author, I write my novel, I send it out to my beta readers. On their feedback I make changes and when I am happy with it I send it to my editor. I personally design all my own covers and make them too, a lot of time, money and effort is put into my work. As authors, we are continually improving our craft and the more we write the better we become. #FACT

Whether we want to admit it or not, reviews are important to us. It gives us an indication that all that time, money and effort was worth it and if the review is a negative one or on the low side if an explanation is given we can learn from that and make necessary changes.

That being said, how you as a reader review is important. I have seen two-star reviews given and for no other reason than the fact that the reader did not finish the book because 'it wasn't their cup of tea' or because 'they did not like a particular character in the book' and as an author, I find this annoying.

There are preview functions on Amazon that allow you, the reader, a peek inside to see if this is the type of writing, style and story you like. It is at this point you make the informed decision on whether you should buy the book or not.

As a rule, if I buy a book and find that I don't enjoy it (badly developed character, poor structure/pace, or zero plot arc) then if I can not leave a constructive 3-star review, I simply leave none. But, what I will do is try and contact the author. I message them and explain why I did not leave a review. Now I am not suggesting everyone should do that, I do it as a curtsey, from one author to another.

Reviews count. So let's be sure that the ones we give are accurate and informative.


Thursday, 6 July 2017

*** Thunderclap -- How you can help! ***

Hi guys, I am here asking for your help. A good friend of mine, and fellow author, Nikki Landis is trying to launch a Thunderclap campaign and get the word of her book out there. She is nearing the end of the time she has to get people to sign up and is still a little short. Could you help her out?


Nikki had this amazing book up on Amazon Scout, unfortunately, she was pipped at the post. Let's help her out by supporting the Thunderclap. To support it cost nothing, just a few seconds of your time.

If you want to buy the book too FANTASTIC! Just click the link below and it will take you to Amazon where you can purchase it now for $0.99.


And remember sharing is caring, feel free to share this post and tag a friend who loves Paranormal Romance. xx

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