Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Celtic Curse: Newgrange -- By D.J. Doyle

The Celtic Curse: NewgrangeThe Celtic Curse: Newgrange by D.J. Doyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Characters: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
World Building: 4.5 out of 5
Story Flow: 5 out of 5



Where to begin with this one? Hmmm, well let's see. Jess is a young woman who has been haunted for years with recurring nightmares. This one image that plays over and over in her dreams that both frightens her and intrigues her. With the encouragement of one of her teachers, she decides to have hypnotherapy so that she can travel back through time with the help of Past Life Regression.
It is after this she gains a little clarity, but this new information she has takes Jess and her friends a little further than she thought it would. To Ireland.

It is while in Ireland that things really spin out of control and shit hits the fan for Jess and her friends. An innocent night out after a strange day sightseeing puts our group of friends into freefall and starts the ball rolling in the upcoming fight.

This is a tale of love, loss, murder, betrayal and getting a healthy dose of 'exactly what you deserve'.

The characters are well thought out and there are some amazingly animated ones like Fr Jack (whom I love! - and if you do too then you will most certainly want to check out this author's short story Christ On A Bike.)

The setting is well described and leaves you feeling as if you are walking with them as they take the steps towards their fate.

The plot moves at a steady pace with next to no dragging and if I had to pick one hole in this it would be that I would have wanted to see more of Fr Jack and the Lads.

An excellent 2nd novel by the very talented D. J. Doyle.

Highly recommend.

If you want to get your hands on this you can pre-order it now from Amazon!
PRE-ORDER LINK

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

NEWGRANGE by D. J. Doyle -- help support the release of this amazing book.

Hi guys, I am popping on today to ask you all to support his fantastic Irish Indie author D. J. Doyle. You may know her from her others works The Celtic Curse - Banshee, Red, Christ On A Bike, and Hades' Gate.

This amazing wordsmith has put her NEW book up for preorder on AMAZON (I highly recommend you place your order as having had a sneak peek I have gone ahead and ordered mine).

But also this very talented lady needs YOUR help! Below is the link to her #Thunderclap campaign where she needs 100 of you amazing readers, writers, authors, and friends to show your support by signing up with your Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr account to help get the word of this amazing book out there.

So, do me a favour...click the link and show this awesome lady just how much we all love Indie Authors!!!


Thanks guys xx

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Book Review ** Secrets and Souls by Kelly Stock **

Secrets and Souls (The Soul Guide, #0.5)Secrets and Souls by Kelly Stock
My rating: 4 of 5 stars




Story: 4 - 5
Plot: 4 - 5
Characters: 5 - 5
Flow: 4 - 5

Overall: 4 stars!!!

Bertram and Mellissa are both very well developed. I came to this book knowing nothing of these characters as I have not yet read The Soul Guide. But I will now that I have read and enjoyed this book.
This is one of the reasons I love taking a change on new indie authors.
the storyline is well thought out and told with a flair that allows the author to pull the reader effortlessly along and into the book.
Now that I have the backstory, I am eager to read more about these two characters and the world they live in.
I would recommend this book to those who have the guts to take a chance and a leap of faith on a new author. To those who love well-developed characters and who love fantasy.

(This is the most recent cover art for this book)

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Book Review ** RATHER BE FISHING -- by Lucretia Stanhope **

Rather Be Fishing: Tales of a Reluctant Monster HunterRather Be Fishing: Tales of a Reluctant Monster Hunter by Lucretia Stanhope
My rating: 5 of 5 stars




STORY: 5 - 5
CHARACTERS: 5 - 5
PLOT: 5 - 5
FLOW: 5 - 5

OVERALL: A RAVING, ROARING, SHOUT IT TO THE WORLD FIVE STARS!!!

Where do I start with this book? How about this I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!
I love Mike's character, he is witty, funny, grumpy (at times) and his internal monologue had me laughing out loud at times. I loved how the book unfolded with all the individual hunter's stories and yet each was seamlessly stitched together to give us this fantastic piece of work.
It is the humour and the interaction between the characters that makes this stand out for me above other books I have read in this genre. Hints of romance but not full on PNR was also a nice change and told so skillfully that I was really rooting for Mike.

Many of the creatures we know and love are given a unique twist in this and with this, it gave added excitement as we no longer knew what rule applied to our favourite monsters.

I hope there are more of Mikes tales to come.
Ms Stanhope you have a new fan.


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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Book Review -- Brigetta Moons - GUILTY

GUILTY Free Preview - The First 5 Chapters: A Marston Thriller (Marston Series)GUILTY Free Preview - The First 5 Chapters: A Marston Thriller by Brigitta Moon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brigitta MoonPLOT: 4 / 5

WORLD BUILDING: 4 / 5
CHARACTERS: 5 / 5
FLOW: 4 / 5

OVERALL: 4 STARS (I read the whole book, I just couldn't find it here in Goodreads to link)

After reading the blurb for this book I was intrigued. I don't normally pick books if I am not grabbed by the cover (sorry, I am a cover lover and this one didn't grab me). The blurb was the reason I decided to take a risk on a book genre I do not normally read.

I had my fingers crossed that the book would meet my expectations...it did, and then some!

The characters are well developed and varying parts of me connected with various emotions of the characters as I made my way through the book. This book has a healthy balance of suspense, emotion, and action. It is plot-driven, yet it does not lack in the area of character development.

The story moves a fast enough pace that you find yourself ending one chapter and fighting sleep just so that you can find out what happens in the next. The signs of a well-written page-turner.

I will warn though that there are detailed mentions of rape and even though it is not over the top in graphic violence or is explicit it does let us know just exactly what happened. This may be a trigger for some.

To sum it up...this is a well-written book about injustice, revenge, and someone getting just exactly what karma calls for.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

READERS FAVOURITE AWARD for Forest of Ancestors, Book One in The Guardians Series

I was sitting by my laptop editing away when *ping* I got a notification that an email had just landed in my inbox. Thinking it was the usual "Sign up now for..." stuff I ignored it and kept my mind focused and worked on. But, being the inquisitive (some might say nosey) person I am I decided to take a peek at it. After all, it could be important...right?

Well, look at what I found to my delight...


My debut novel, Forest of Ancestors - Book One in The Guardians Series had just been read and reviewed by the guys at Readers Favorite and had been awarded an amazing FIVE STARS!!!
(Hence the badge above to prove it)

Along with the badge was this fantastic review:

Reviewed By Liz Konkel for Readers’ Favorite
The Guardians: Forest of Ancestors by K.A. Denver is the first book in a new series, Forest of Ancestors. Eli is a witch in a group of warriors and has dedicated his life to helping non-magic people with things they can't handle. His biggest problem is not finding closure over the fact that his now ex-girlfriend left him with nothing but a letter saying it was over. When Eli discovers someone following him, others in the coven reveal similar experiences. Surely this isn't a coincidence. After someone close to Eli is murdered, a connection is revealed to the Dark Witches that were thought to have disappeared long ago. When one of their leaders sees a vision of a war approaching, Eli turns to his four closest friends for help.

K.A. Denver brings the snark and humor to life in this fantasy adventure with a vast range of delightful and in-depth characters. Eli is a tragic hero who is still dealing with the death of his father, but he's also grounded and family orientated, putting his close relationships with his familiar, Parker, and his four best friends first. Eli has a lot of attitude and walls, but he's also loyal and emotional. This core group of friends often blends together in a way that family does where they play off each other's banter and attitude, but there's so much love between them. They support and respect each other, and are exactly what Eli needs in his life. Each character has their own personal flaws, vastly different backgrounds, and personalities that make them easy to tell apart, but it's easy to see how they formed the bond they have. Every character has a personality that is easy to connect with, even the ones that never speak. The animals are completely charming, such as Arthur and Parker, who tug at your heart and are just as in-depth and emotional as the other characters. The Guardians is a dazzling read that's clever, funny, and has a vast world of magic that comes to life in every scene.

I have always been proud of my debut novel, it was after all my first born. The first I had garnered enough courage to actually publish.  If you haven't read it yet, it is available on Amazon HERE or on various other platforms including Barnes and Noble HERE.


Friday, 13 October 2017

REVIEW -- Mated to the Werewolf King (BOOK ONE) by Alena Des

Mated To The Werewolf King (The Kings, #1)Mated To The Werewolf King by Alena Des
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mated to the Werewolf King (Book 1) Kings Series - by Alena Des









CHARACTERS: 4 / 5
PLOT: 4.5 / 5
WORLD BUILDING: 4.5 / 5
STORY FLOW: 5 / 5

OVERALL SCORE OF 4.5 / 5 (If Amazon allowed it)

First thing I want you to know is this is not your usual werewolf saga.

The Story is wrapped around Bell and Keith, one a werewolf and the other...? Well, you will need to read the book to find out...this is a review not a SPOILER. I do hate Spoilers!

The plot in this novel is smooth, and I loved the detail given as well as the descriptives. This two things for me made this perfect for worldbuilding in this novel. There was enough action, adventure, and romance to keep the story at a steady pace. Not one scene dragged, nor did I feel the need to skip parts. This is a lengthy read but each word counts.

I love the whole lore of Werewolves and this fantastic piece did not let me down.


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