Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Now THIS is witch fiction at its BEST!

Blessedly Bound (An Elemental Witch Trials Novel Book 1)Blessedly Bound by Lucretia Stanhope
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book that I have read by Lucretia Stanhope and I have to say it will most certainly not be the last. She has a beautifully descriptive way of describing her female protagonist Gwen and her disobedient and opinionated familiar Lewis.

I am always drawn to witch fiction and sometimes it can be difficult to find a really good story. Most run along the same thread. Not this book. This book pulls at your heart from the start and as it progresses you find yourself confused and torn. Do y ou root for the good guys or the bad guys? Who at times, doesn't seem so bad (or I am just twisted, who knows).

If you want a book that will hook you, pull you in, and leave you wanting more ... this is the book for you. It ticks all the boxes for me, humor, magic, a female protagonist, cheeky familiar and action. What's not to like?

Well deserved 5 stars ...

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

* * * * * Kindle Scout -- VOTES needed! * * * * *


* * *  NIKKI  LANDIS  * * *

Nikki Landis needs more people to vote for her on Kindle Scout to help her stay in the 
HOT & TRENDING section.

PLEASE help her out by clicking this link:  https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2MWFZMWZ6IFSG

Then in the image below, I have outlined what you need to do next, it really is easy!

1st: log into your Amazon account 
2nd: Hit the NOMINATE ME button

In doing this you will be helping a fantastic author take a step towards Amazon publishing her book in the Kindle Scout program and that would be awesome!

Thank you so much!!!

My 80's playlist for when I am editing -- Whitesnake - Is This Love

A little 80's ... sure why not! Back when guys had hair that every lady envied.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

THE HUNTED TRIBE -- ROMA GRAY ***** Well deserved FIVE star review *****

This is the link to the review I left on Audible for this book.

I wish to write my review here too as I know that not everyone will see it on audible.

If I am honest I had no idea what to expect when I downloaded this. I like the authors work and I have read a few of her other pieces.
I am not a lover of dinosaurs so I put off buying this book but how wrong was I!
This story was not at all what I expected, as a matter of fact, it was fantastic.

I am never one for giving details in a review as I hate those who do and spoil the story for others but what I will say is I highly recommend this to everyone regardless of the format you get it in. Book, Kindle or audio book it doesn't matter, you will love the uniqueness of this story. Roma Gray has a given this creature a unique twist and in doing so took it from the usual 'Jurrasic park' type of story and elevated way beyond that.
I loved the character and how they all played off each other. My fave character had to be Bear, he reminded me a little of myself (in his bluntness, not his bulk lol). I can not wait to get my hands on the sequel to this book to find out what happens to the guys and to Sean's grandmother.

The story kept a steady flow, the tension only letting of briefly before gripping you once more. The characters were likable and very relatable and I will admit to snacking most of the way through the book as Ms. Grays descriptions of the food were at times so descriptive that I could almost taste it.

If you haven't read this book already, then I think you better get to it. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Supernatural Compendium -- Thunderclap

We are hosting a thunderclap campaign to raise awareness of the collection of stories put together by various authors in multiple genres. It is a sample of their work and it is available now for 99c/p.
Why should you buy it? Well, all monies received will be donated to a Children's Cancer Charity.

It is a great way to gift to charity and get your hands on the works of 11 talented authors all at once.
We were gonna offer the book up for free but Amazon does not allow it. The minimum amount it allows is 99c/p so we decided that seeing as we weren't doing it for the money, that we would donate all royalties from the book sales to a worthwhile cause.

Grab your copy today and sign up with your facebook and or twitter to bring awareness to friends and family on the Thunderclap release day.

pppssssttt... ps... Thunderclap does not spam your accounts. It will post once on your wall to say you have signed up and then once on the day of the Thunderclap. That is it. It does not have access to your accounts beyond what I have stated.

Friday, 19 May 2017


I want to share with everyone this absolutely fantastic podcast that is hosted by two very good friends of mine Claire and Linzi the Paranormal Sisters. They have just started a podcast called Dead Creepy Podcast.

This is their third episode and for me the best so far. I love all things paranormal (I am even a paranormal investigator -- shocker huh?) so when they began this I supported them as friends do BUT boy am I blown away by how fantastic they are at it, and OMG Darryl just makes me cry with laughter (you need to tune in to find out about the insightful skeptic).

Below I am sharing their first three episodes but guys, I would highly recommend that you get on your devices and subscribe to the sisters... You will not be disappointed. You can find them on iTunes and Podbean.

Also, follow them on social media: 

Plus if you have any stories you want to share you can message them via their Facebook page, and sure while you are there hit that LIKE button and share with people you know will love them too! 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Sssssh! Listen...What's that sound? Is it thunder? No...IT'S MICHELLE CONNORS THUNDERCLAP!!!

If there is one thing I pride myself on, it is showcasing my fellow #IndieAuthor and no better time than now to showcase this amazing author Michelle Connor. 

Michelle writes #Fantasy and is currently promoting her 2nd book in the series Hers To Save. 
If you have not read the first book (pre-viewed above), I would highly recommend it and it you have then get your butt moving and pre-order it so that you get your hands on it the day it is released.

I have just shown my support using the Thunderclap link below and I would love it if you would too.
It won't spam, it won't hold your details. It will simply share one post on your timeline on the designated day highlighting Michelle's new release.   So PLEASE share and show your support of this brilliantly talented author. 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017


This is what happens when a group of authors get together and decide to work on an ebook to highlight and showcase their collective works. There are eleven authors in total (myself included) and samples of their work are included in this fantastic collection.  

We had tried to put this out there for free but Amazon apparently do not allow you to sell an ebook for FREE and no longer price match, this would have allowed us to match it to Free as it was on other sites. This forced us to make a choice and that choice was to set it as low as we could (99c/p per download) and to price it at that across all platforms. Any and ALL money made from sales will be collected and given to charity.  

So, if you have always wanted to try a new author but didn't have the $$$ to do so, then why not spend 99c/p on this collection where you can read the work of ELEVEN authors. You never know, you just might find a new FAVE and all you will be helping a charity.

Genres: Supernatural, Magical Realism, Horror, Mythology, Lore, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Contempory Fantasy.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

5***** Goodreads review of Alyson Madden-Brooker's -- The Last Titan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok, so when I began to read this novel I wasn't sure what to expect. But what quickly stood out to me from the beginning was how well the author knew her craft. This novel was so well written that it was just a dream to read. I found myself drawn in from the very beginning and that is rare for me as I am a tough critic. I need balance between dialogue and narration. This delivers it all in a beautiful symphony of characters, drama, tension, lore, mythology and even touches in places a little real life connection.
This book (no. 4 in the series) touched on mythology, which I love, and wove it meticulously through the story and gave them a modern and sometimes surprising twist. The look at the whole Heaven and Hell 'reality' was unique and actually made me hmmmm aloud at times.
All in all, this was a fantastic story, told in a beautiful way by a very adept and well-instructed author.

I would list the genre of this book: LGBTQ (organically placed), Contemporary Fantasy, mythology, Magical Realism.

I just can't rave about this novel and series enough.

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Monday, 1 May 2017

* * * * LISA V. PROULX * * * *

What genre are your books?
I began my writing career writing horror then after losing my mother, my whole life changed. I no longer wanted to scare people but comfort them and make them better. I started writing non-fiction and inspirational stories, however, there are a few scary ones I am working on. The horror genre will always be my first love.

What draws you to this genre?
As for horror, I grew up watching the old classics-Dracula, Frankenstein, The Werewolf, and it thrilled me. I began writing non-fiction after my mom passed away and I don’t really think an author can choose what genre they write in. I think the genre chooses them.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
Aside from being an author, I have been a feature writer and columnist for my local newspaper, The Brunswick Citizen, for over 16 years. It keeps me busy but I have a lot of free time to work on my books.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day?

I read once that Stephen King suggests writing at least an hour a day. It can’t be 59 minutes, it must be a full hour. I do try to stick to that, however, there are days when I just don’t feel like writing so I don’t.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
I am one of those writers who feel the characters do the writing. I am just their messenger. I have never once written out a plot or an outline. I just write and let the story go where it needs to go.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
I have 11 books out and my bestseller is WEEDMONKEY. It has been in the Top 100 Memoirs on Amazon US in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. My mother began writing this book when I was a little girl. It is the true story of her life growing up in coal mining camps throughout Appalachia during the Depression. She was shunned and ridiculed for being the daughter of the town whore, a weedmonkey.

How are you publishing this book and why?
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
My first book, a vampire novel, PUNCTURE, was published through a “traditional” publisher, however, I was not happy with them. I got turned on to CreateSpace and now all my books go through them. Finding them really opened up a whole new writing world for me.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
I like to have control over my royalties, my covers, my words, etc. I am not knocking a traditional publisher, however being an Indie works for me.

When doing book signings as an Indie, it can be a challenge in some locations since many large booksellers do not want to take the chance on an Indie and their books. 

I would like to find a literary agent though. 

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time?
My goal is to reach the New York Times Bestseller list with WEEDMONKEY! I see myself still writing and making a difference in the world and healing as many people with my words as I can. My other dream is to be an Inspirational Speaker.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: www.lisavproulx.com
Blog: https://lisavproulx.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLisaVProulx/
Twitter: @LisaVProulx
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisavproulx/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lisavproulx/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Lisa-V.-Proulx/e/B005UFKO5Q/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.) My bestseller Weedmonkey on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DYWG898 My other books can be found on there as well.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

* * * * BOOK REVIEW - - GHETTO by M L Sparrow * * * *

This was quite the box ticking exercise.
#Fantasy #Drama #Romance #YA #Action #Dystopian

Action: 4/5
Drama: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Plot: 4/5

This little gem is set in the future and centers around Sunny, the president's daughter.
I found this book wasn't just a piece of well-written fiction but that it was a morality compass which shone the light on segregation and injustice highlighted in the class system within the book that could easily mirror some lives of people today.
I am never a fan of telling the plot in a review so I will suffice it to say if you love sci-fi/dystopian/romance that reaches out to touch real life then you will love Ghetto. It is well deserving of the 4* Stars awarded. This is M L Sparrow at her best. Be prepared to root for the underdogs.


Only on KINDLE

#romance #suspense 
#paranormal #psychic

Book ONE UNIVERSAL Amazonhttps://books2read.com/u/4AglpJ

Book TWO UNIVERSAL Amazonhttps://books2read.com/u/3Lrqy0


Saturday, 29 April 2017


Hiya everyone,

I am so excited to be among those who get to share with you all the cover reveal for M L Sparrows new book 
Red Days. 

This is an amazing story told in an eloquent and informative way.  Now Red Days is not on sale JUST yet, but you can pre-order it from today, and if you do, this amazing author is offering you to be in with a chance to win a year-long adoption of a dolphin. How cool is that?!? To be in with a chance to win simply pre-order your copy and send a screenshot of the confirmation to M L Sparrow. It is that easy.

Here is a little bit about the author:

M L Sparrow is currently the author of four full-length novels, a novella and a slew of short stories published in various anthologies. She will write pretty much anything that pops into her head, no matter the genre, and enjoys keeping her readers guessing as to what she will write next, though you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some degree of romance! 

As well as writing, she enjoys traveling and has been to some amazing countries, where she never fails to gather inspiration and has an endless supply of ideas for future novels…

Here is the blurb for this amazing book:

Blurb - 

2017: 235 taken into captivity, 570 slaughtered.

Keiko never set out to be an activist, but when she’s sent on an assignment to Taiji, Japan, the ball is set in motion. Reporting on the brutal yearly slaughter of hundreds of dolphins alters her life.

Over the course of ten years, Keiko follows the highs and lows of the campaign to stop the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and attempts to bring change through her articles. Will her efforts and that of many others be enough?

*Though fictional, Red Days is based on a series of true events up until January 2017*

Monday, 24 April 2017

BOOK REVIEW: The Awakening - Part One ( A MUST READ 4 STAR)

The Awakening: Part One (The Lycan War Saga, #1)The Awakening: Part One by Michael Timmins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was not what I was expecting at all. Being Irish myself I was loving the two female druids and how Timmins weaved their war and its fallout was masterful. This had a unique take on many old hashed out things such as Were's and the like, I found it refreshing and I really got hooked. (So much so that when I was to be working I found myself instead locked away with my kindle reading this little gem)

The story, in the beginning, was a little slow moving but when it got going it truly found its feet. Positives for me were the female roles of the druids, the were animals and the world crafting via the fabulous storytelling. The negatives would have to be multiple POV but that is a personal taste thing. This was not what kicked this from a 5 star to a 4 star, that would be the abrupt ending. I like cliffhangers as much as the next person but this felt almost 'cut off'. Overall this is a great read and I would highly recommend it to lovers of fantasy/supernatural.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Love epic fantasy? This is the book for you!

The Eye of Everfell (The Shadow Battles, #1)The Eye of Everfell by Bard Constantine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Until today my only love of epic fantasy was LOTR and its various installments. That was until I got my hands on Bard Constantine's The Eye of Everfell.

Bard Constantine has a wonderful and masterful way of telling a tale. He is descriptive (which is certainly needed in this genre) yet not overly so as to bore. Three lives play out their fate within these pages and their storylines are woven in style. One a Lord, another a Knight and the last a Seer. The characters are well thought out and developed allowing me to feel a sense of connection to each.

I will not give any spoilers (I hate people who do that, poor taste) but what I will say is I was over the moon at being pointed towards such a gem. Well deserved 5 stars.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

*** Author Review *** Kat Gracey / Werewolves of Eden: Wild Things

Werewolves of Eden: Wild ThingsWerewolves of Eden: Wild Things by Kat Gracey

I have a liking for the works of this amazing author. Ms Gracey has an amazing way of slowly pulling you into the story. This book, like all her others has a fantastic cast of colourful characters headed by the MC Cheyenne, the daughter of the head Were Hunter. The book is not only steeped in the supernatural as she tries to discover who the alpha is who is rallying up an army but she must also deal with the mundane of teenage angst.
The characters are well developed and the story flows nicely to a point were you sit to read one moment and the next thing you know two hours have passed, your family are unfed and all because Cheyenne has taken you along on her quest to help her friend and aling the way stop this arrogant alpha from achieving his goal.
I would highly recommend this book to lovers of #supernatural #paranormal #YA and #NA #Fantasy. Fantastic wand well deserving of five stars. This authors work is fantastic and I would highly recommend.

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

* * * * BARRY FITZGERALD * * * *

Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I’m an author based in the most beautiful quarter of the Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland. A land with a living abundance of folklore and mythology in which I thrive. I’ve just finished my tenth book and final installment of an amazing trilogy which begins in Ireland before taking the reader to other parts of the planet which I’ve visited whilst starring in an American TV show up until October 2011. I find I resonate better in nature and the west coast of Ireland offers an enormous reservoir of stimulating landscapes which I openly abuse in my drive to harness my vision and deliver it onto paper.

What are your ambitions for your writing career? There are stories which need to be told, I open myself to channel those stories and as long as I’m alive I will write and it would be nice to see one of those works appreciated through the medium of tv though its not a driving force. I find writing can be a liberating experience and a quite mind is priceless.

What are you working on at the minute? I’m currently working on prequel to my trilogy. All three books have been known as possessing a different voice and this book is no different as it relates to a world unknown to us bar a very few.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when? No not at all, I write until that particular part of the story is done. This can be a day, a week a month. I don’t have a set pattern as this would not work with me at all.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? The book I’m currently working on is part of ‘The Council of Three’ series. The story delves into Irish folklore and the truths that hide therein. There is no smoke without fire and as the series continues we are taken on a roller-coaster of life and death into all aspects of the Irish mythology before being introduced to the global arena and the unique similarities our cultures share within this platform introducing the reader to a paradigm shift that will alter their perceptions.

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both) I self publish because some time ago I provided a piece of work to a publisher who wanted to take it to print. The amounts of hoops I had to jump through I felt would have resulted in a irreversible destruction of the story delivery and I simply could not allow this to happen. 

Where can you see yourself in 5 years time? Abducted by aliens 😁

If you want to check out Barry's work (both his fiction and his research you can go to his WEBSITE, FACEBOOK , TWITTER or GOODREADS.
Today marks the launch of FRACTURE, the final installment in The Council of Three novella series.  If you haven't already ready started this series I suggest you get to Amazon and start.  I personally rated it 5*****.  If you love Irish Lore you will love this series with its contemporary twist.

Amazon USA - Link to Fracture

Amazon UK & EU - Link to Fracture

Friday, 17 March 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017

* * * * * JULIE GRUIT * * * * *

Which writers inspire you? JK Rowling. I love the way she has inspired so many children to read, and brought their imaginations back to life. See children (and adults!) queuing for her books, rather than sitting in front of the TV or a console was magic in itself.

What genre are your books? Children’s adventure so far, but my next book will be moving into the later teen/YA fantasy realm.

What draws you to this genre? I love the freedom to explore and adventure, moving between real places and fictional ones, merging between legends and history and combining it with the modern day world. Seeing adventures through the eyes of a child felt even more exciting.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I had gone through a divorce and moved away from all of my family and friends to a place where I didn’t know anyone. I decided to join a creative writing course at the local college as a way to meet people and quickly became obsessed. I had moved to the seaside, so my weekends used to be spent sat in seafront cafes or on the beach, people watching and writing poetry and short stories about who they might be and what secrets their lives might hold.

Do you write full-time or part-time? Part-time, unfortunately. I’d love to write full-time, as I have so many books in my head that I need to write. However, I have a family and bills to pay, so I work full-time as a school business manager in a special needs school. The job is interesting, and it’s great to have the opportunity to work with the kids – I did my first ‘meet the author’ session only two weeks ago, and it was fantastic to have them asking so many questions about my books. It’s the next best thing until maybe eventually I can move to full-time writing.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I tend to write after my children have gone to bed, and sometimes at weekends if they are busy. I have my own little writing room so I can shut myself away if I’m in the middle of a book and my creative mind is in gear.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day? I usually just go with the flow and write as fast as my thoughts will allow me. The only time I set a determined structure for how many words to write was when I had my first attempt at NaNoWriMo last November. I amazed myself with a win (just!) of 50,085 words. Now, I am still working on the editing!

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you? Normally I just wing it, running with the ideas as they come. Sometimes I feel my writing is like a jigsaw puzzle. I get ideas for the outline, and chunks in the middle. I then have to go back and write from one piece to the next, filling in the gaps as I go. NaNo was different in that I actually carried out a lot more character plotting, scene setting, research, and structure plans before I started. I can’t say for sure how I will work in the future, but either is a possibility depending on how frantic the urge is to just create and write what flows from my pen.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? The Thomas Grey series is (at the moment) planned to be a set of three books. The first, Thomas Grey & The Lost City is about a 10-year-old boy who inherits his uncle’s mansion on the Cornish coast. The house is full of mysteries from his uncle’s travels, and discoveries lead Thomas on a journey to complete one of his uncle’s missions in the mountains of Tibet. However, things are not as simple as he hopes. As Thomas unlocks some of the secrets of the house, he disturbs something living underneath Foxwood Hall.

The second book, Thomas Grey & The Scarab Enchantress, links into some of the other artifacts discovered in the house. This time it the spirit of an ancient Egyptian who calls to Thomas, summoning him to Egypt to complete her quest among the ancient ruins of pyramids. The story follows her life as a child, growing up into a forced and unhappy marriage. She saves herself once, but now Thomas must save her again as their unlikely friendship builds and their lives become entwined.

What book/s are you reading at present? I have just downloaded H. Leighton Dickson’s Dragon of Ash & Stars: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon, and can’t wait to get started on it.

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about. I am lucky enough to work alongside an amazing artist at the school I work at. Like me, he has a day job to pay the bills, but his passion is for creating art. What started out as a conversation about him possibly creating one picture for me to try to catch the eye of potential publishers, turned into him asking if he could illustrate my whole book, cover and all. When I decided to publish as an indie, I took him up on his offer. Chris has now illustrated the first two books and will be completing the set when I have written Thomas Grey & The Smuggler’s Cave. Each chapter starts with one of his illustrations to help capture the imagination of the readers, and to give them plenty of little treats along the way!

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, Traditional or both) 
Initially, I looked into the traditional publishing route but became disillusioned after being targeted by a vanity press. Fortunately, it was obvious that their contract was little more than a scam that would likely see my book discarded quickly after paying them a considerable amount of money for something I could largely do myself. I have published both books as an Indie, but would possibly consider the traditional route again at some point in the future.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? I like the control of being an Indie. The time frames are my own, and I have the freedom to select my own illustrator. I have also recently set up a fundraiser where I am giving 100% of profits from my book sales to 12 different charities over 12 months. I’m not sure I would have been able to do this, in the same way, had I been published, and so having control of my own books is a definite plus. However, the main disadvantage for me is the marketing side. I struggle to find time to market effectively around my day job, family life, etc. I’m still relatively new to self-publishing and have a lot to learn about how to promote my book and expand its reach.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time? Writing full-time and able to give it the focus it deserves. I only ever feel like I am doing what I am meant to be doing in life when I write.

To learn more about Julie you can check out her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK as well as TWITTER.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


If you want to be in with a chance to win then you have to get in quick!
The giveaway ends on St Patrick's Day!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Forest of Ancestors by K.A. Denver

Forest of Ancestors

by K.A. Denver

Giveaway ends March 17, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Monday, 13 March 2017

* * * * GABRIELA VOELSKE * * * *

Which writers inspire you?  My inspiration always varies, but two solid figures there are R. A. Salvatore and Martha Wells. They both create such vivid stories, with rich characters and lush worlds. Salvatore also strikes a good balance between telling you too much and saying too little, allowing those that have never touched Dungeons and Dragons before to pick up his books with ease. That balance is especially important in Fantasy as your audience needs to know what’s going on, but you need to avoid boring them with excessive information.

What genre are your books?  I write Fantasy books, with my preference being high Fantasy, although I dabble in other genres in my mind and short stories.

What draws you to this genre?  I enjoy the freedom that comes with Fantasy. Dragons have always been a favourite of mine and obviously, they don’t exist (sadly!). I do, however, try my best to ensure that my Fantasy is logical to ensure I’m not explaining things as “magic” unless magic was the actual cause and the why magic was the cause.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  I always had the world of Fyir floating around in my head, but aside from doodles and daydreams, I had never done anything with it. I decided to try and role-play it on a game site I was on, where I found someone who really enjoyed the world and story I put to them. That gave me the confidence to start Crystalline Chaos, and now I’ve written my second book (and prequel to C. Chaos) Dangerous Times.

Do you write full-time or part-time?  I currently write part-time, but if the opportunity presented itself I’d love to become a full-time writer.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I usually write in my spare time between lectures or while driving somewhere (as a passenger). Otherwise, I tend to write when I’m feeling inspired.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day?  When I’m in the actual stage of writing, I like to aim for 500 words a day, although I can find myself writing a lot more. Sometimes instead of writing, I’ll take the time to sit and think out a scene if I’m having issues with it.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
For Crystalline Chaos I didn’t use an outline aside from a rough one in my head, but Dangerous Times I wrote out a full plan that ended up around ~6800 words of outline. I allow myself to deviate from the outline if I feel it adds to the story, but the core events remain the same regardless.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?  Crystalline Chaos is the first book in the Skies of Fyir series, with Dangerous Times being a prequel and The Northern Bloodline being the second book in the series. Fyir is rife with discrimination, due to its turbulent past which saw the angels viciously slander their once neighbors, the demons in a move to gain favor with the humans. Betrayed by their former friends, the demons went to war with the angels and created a permanent rift between the two races. Crystalline Chaos introduces to the world and the races of Fyir, set on the small continent of the Central Isles. The first book introduces an unknown threat which forces the three races to reconsider their past animosities if they’re capable of such a thing. The repercussions of the first book will be the start of a series of events, which is continued in the second book.

Dangerous Times, the prequel, focuses on the events of 25 years prior, back when Nathaniel was still the ruler of the demons. The height of his depravity is laid bare, detailing the events that are referenced in Crystalline Chaos.

What book/s are you reading at present?  Your own book, The Guardians: Forest of Ancestors! Well, I need to start it, I was about to when life decided to pull the rug out from under me again. I’m looking forward to it, though. (ooooh nervous now lol, I do look forward to your thoughts!)

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.  Crystalline Chaos’s cover features one of the mysterious creatures that appears in the book, the Globeholder (snake-like creature). As per its name, it’s holding onto a globe which pulses which aether, towering above jagged crystals of solidified chaos aether. In the background, there’s a corrupted aether storm. It basically showcases some of the features of the book, in a nice Fantasy package. I trialed many different designs, but this is the one that I settled on in the end.

Dangerous Times shows a dark, barely lit background that lies behind a pair of red-tinged hands that are aggressively encompassing a flame. The hands are Nathaniel’s, the tyrant King’s and the flame represents Amnur, his unfortunate and trapped Court Mage. I wanted the image to show the control Nathaniel has over Amnur, so I went for the close, entombing hands. I like to think it has that effect!

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
Crystalline Chaos was indie published, and at the moment, I intend to do the same with Dangerous Times when it’s ready. I enjoy the freedom that comes with self-publishing, as I fear a traditional publisher may try and force certain things into my novels that I have no intention to add.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?  The main advantages are the freedom and the lack of agent/publisher rejections, but the self-promoting can be exhausting. I do, however, understand that not all traditional publishers heavily advertise you, so that may be more of a general issue. 

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time?  While I would love to be earning enough to not have to work, I am realistic and know that may not be the case. A more realistic goal would be to get at least one book fully published each year, as I’ve been failing that at the moment. Life sucks sometimes. One thing that would be really awesome would be to hear from fans about how they enjoy my books, the result of the work of building a fan base now.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?  Blogs, Twitter etc. will come along eventually, my internet is too slow to maintain them at the moment.

Here are a few place that you can find out more about Gabriela and her work, WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE, SMASHWORDS and GOODREADS.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

#IWD2017 at the IRISH WRITERS CENTRE, in Dublin

Today we forego the author interviews, because today was the day that I brought Eli and the guys to the Irish Writers Center in Dublin, Ireland, as part of #International Women's Day 2017.
The event was organised by a group of talented ladies in Women Aloud NI group on Facebook and hosted by the fantastic team in the Irish Writing Ctr.

The day started with a train ride from Belfast to Dublin with many of the ladies mentioned above.  As we traveled, each took a turn to stand and read aloud to the others in the carriage, a section of their work.  The talented ladies covered many genres and the prose ranged from poems to novels.

We reached the host location where we were greeted, and a copy of each of our works were left there within its library, a great honor indeed for any Irish author.

The day then continued with a volley of authors reading from their work in front of a gathering of like-minded and equally talented authors both male and female.  I, along with fellow author D. J. Doyle, were time keepers and every three minutes we signaled the change of reader, and so the day progressed.

The whole day was amazing.  I got to meet so many fabulous ladies in the field and from both Trad and Indie publishing backgrounds. It was an inspiration and I am quite proud to have been apart of it.

Now... it is time to close the laptop and take this tired authors ass to bed.

Friday, 10 March 2017

* * * * KILLIAN CARTER * * * *

Which writers inspire you?  In no particular order: 
Fantasy: David and Leigh Eddings, Robin Hobb, David Gemmell, Tolkein, Rowling, Dahl, Pratchett, Jordan, Feist, Abercrombie.
Science Fiction: Orson Scott Card, Joe Haldeman, Poul Anderson, Alfred Bester, Asimov, Herbert, Creighton, Bradbury, Clarke
I’m sure I’ve left loads of worthy mentions off the list but I’m drawing blanks. I haven’t read any of Stephen King’s stuff but his book on writing inspired me a lot. In fact, I owe that book for giving me the push I needed to finally take the plunge into writing.

What genre are your books?  Science Fiction and Fantasy. I also have a few children’s fantasy novels in the pipeline and ideas for a few non-fiction titles.

What draws you to this genre?  The freedom to let your imagination run wild. In science fiction the imagining is bound by a set of stricter laws that in fantasy, of course. But the future, the stars, the universe! Those are things dreams are made of. And everyone loves to dream.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?   I reached the ripe old age of 29. Seriously though, when I reached 29 I sat down and took a real long look at my life. What I saw was great. I had and amazing wife and two wonderful kids. I worked a full-time job I actually loved. Not only did I enjoy it but it paid really well and allowed my wife to stay at home and raise the kids, while focusing on her own writing career. In many ways, my family and I were (and still are) living the stereotypical dream. But when I hit 29 and seriously evaluated my life I still felt there was something missing. I guess as humans, we are rarely content with what we have. That was when I decided I had to publish a book by the time I hit 30. I started writing when I was a kid and had big plans for an epic fantasy trilogy since I was 14, but despite lots of writing never got around to finishing anything. So I sat down and read Stephen King’s book On Writing and that gave me the kick in the ass I needed. As it happens, I hit 30 tomorrow! I released my first short story collection, PARADIGM, two weeks ago and will be releasing my first full length novel on May 4th.

Do you write full-time or part-time?   Part-time with a view to full-time mid-2018.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I find that my creative energy is strongest earlier in the day. Since I have a family and full time job, finding time to write can be a challenge. This means making a special effort to “make” the time. I get up at 0600 most mornings, hit the gym for an hour, then grab a cup of coffee, have breakfast with the kids and lock myself in my cozy little home office for an hour before heading off to the day job. Well, ideally this is what happens. It doesn’t always work out that way. I also book off a week here and a week there from the day job so I can focus when a big deadline approaches. This means less time for holidays/vacation. But that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make to be able to write full-time in the very near future.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?  It’s very much a case of different strokes for different folks isn’t it? I tried “pantsing” for ten years and that’s why I haven’t been a writer until fairly recently. Full on “pantsing” just doesn’t work for me. I need structure. That being said I don’t believe in sticking to a strict, regimented system as that can inhibit creativity and prohibit new directions and ideas. So, I aim to strike for a balance between the two. I loosely write out my plot in scrivener using the structure K. M. Weiland teaches. That way, I have a rough idea of where I’m going. I often liken it to three different ways of getting somewhere. You can start with nothing but your starting point and a compass. You can start with an old fashioned road map. Or, you can start with Google Earth. I prefer the old fashioned road map.

For example: I’m half way through my first novel THE FURY AND THE STAR and just the other day I changed the first three chapters as a new and better idea occurred to me. It would be hard to do this if all the details were already filled in by Google Earth. I like it when nothing’s ever written in stone.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? The Fury and the Star is the first book in a series called The Lost Starchives. The story is told through the eyes of an outlaw and the marshal who’s been chasing him down. It’s set in a distant galaxy where the last remnants of the human race settled after almost being wiped out by an alien presence.

Very little is known about Earth and the early history of mankind. This information was loaded into, and preserved in, a set of disks known as The Lost Starchives. No one knows what happened to the disks. Some believe they were destroyed; others feel that they have been hidden by the oppressive political system that controls the star system. Some of Earth’s history becomes unraveled as the outlaw seeks revenge for the murder of his family. The book is action packed and contains plenty of twists, some of which even took me by surprise.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?  If truth be told, I’ve been struggling to read as much as I used to. I’m a slow reader as it is and at my current rate I’d be lucky to finish 12 books in a year. I still read material by the writers who inspire me. But lately my aim is to buy, read, and review as many indie titles by newer indie authors as my limited time allows. I’m a big believer in spreading the love.

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.  This is a tricky one. My wife is a designer and photographer by profession, so we are working on getting the covers made in house. The problem is I have a very definite idea of what I want and my and this includes a lot of illustrating. Think of concept art. That’s the style I’m going for. We are experimenting to see if we can pull off what I have in my head. If not, I’ve had a few excellent illustrators recommended to me by fellow authors.

How are you publishing this book and why?  (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
I’m indie publishing. Why? Because it gives me control. I decide when to release, how to market, what price to charge, what book cover to use. Most of all it allows me to engage with fans on a very personal level. As the cherry on top, I get a lot more royalties than I would if I went down the traditional path.
That is not to say I wouldn’t seriously consider a publishing deal if one were offered early enough and the terms were favorable. Self-publishing is A LOT of hard work. But the more you put in the more you get out.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time?   I’d like to give anyone reading this a tip. If you think in terms of “I would like to see myself in xxxx in 5 years’ time,” read MJ DeMarco’s book “The Fastlane Millionaire.” Here’s a secret: That book’s title is intentionally misleading. And even though it discusses large sums of money that is by no means the focus. The principles therein will help anyone to readjust their attitude to life.

This will sound arrogant, but it’s not a matter of where I WANT to be, but where I WILL be in 5 years’ time. I KNOW where I will be in 5 years. However, I’m more concerned with where I’ll be next year, which is working on my writing four hours a day and spending the rest of my time with my loved ones. My ultimate goal isn’t to become famous, or get rich. I simply want the freedom to spend as much time as I want to with my family, and if I get to help people by entertaining them with my writing along the way… What more could anyone hope for!
....(Well said Killian)

How can readers discover more about you and you work?  You can find me on my WEBSITE, BLOG, FACEBOOK and on TWITTER as well as INSTAFREEBIE (3 shots of Sci-Fi)

PARADIGM will be going up on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk in May. Sign up to my mailing list or check back to my website if you’d like to be informed of changes and new releases. 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

* * * * LORI THOMPSON * * * *

What genre are your books? Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Time Travel, Mystery, Paranormal. These are all the things I love to read about, so I used all the elements I love in my own writing.

What draws you to this genre? It contains all the things I love to read about. I love the idea of time travel and anything paranormal or fantasy.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I am a runner and the idea for the book came to me while I was training for a marathon. The more I ran the more the idea for the book evolved. The characters came to life and demanded I write their story so finally I gave in to them and wrote the book.

Do you write full-time or part-time? I write part-time. I would love to do it full-time, maybe one day.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I like to write in the morning, I’m most productive then. After working all day I’m too tired to focus on writing. I generally spend the weekends writing.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day? No, I just write until the ideas run dry. I can usually focus for 6 to 8 hours at a time on the weekend. The number of words vary depending on how well the ideas are flowing.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? I do some of both. I don’t write a full outline. Once I have the major plot points in each act I just start writing and see where the ideas take me.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? This book is the first in a series. I have the next two already planned. Julia is a very independent, strong willed person. She can see visions of the future and has a genetic anomaly that allows her to time travel. In the first book she has to travel back to Savannah 1862 during the Civil War and stop her Great Uncle, who has been seduced by evil, from committing crimes in the past that make him more wealthy and powerful in the future.

In the second book Julia makes a choice to return to the past to be with Reave, the man she loves, and a time where she finally feels she belongs and can make the most difference. Many unexpected things await her and she discovers new and powerful abilities. She is forced to face hate and superstition in order to save 2 young girls.

In the 3rd book she and Reave are front and center when Sherman marches to the South and occupies Savannah. They become spies for the Union in an attempt to end the war early spare the South from utter destruction.
I have not planned any further books for this series yet.

How are you publishing this book and why? After researching both I chose to independently publish in order to have more control of my book, and retain the rights to my story and characters.
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? The learning curve!! I am a nurse practitioner by trade and writing and publishing is a whole new world. I find marketing being the most challenging. There is just so much I have to learn.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time? The author of at least 3 books with a successful following (I hope).

If you want to find out more about Lori you can visit her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER and GOODREADS and if you wish to purchase her book simply click the link in the Amazon link above (UK site) or HERE (US site).



Forest of Ancestors (The Guardians #1)