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!

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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 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
PLOT: 5 - 5
FLOW: 5 - 5


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

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 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

PLOT: 4.5 / 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.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

REVIEW -- The Demon of London by Ayse Hafiza

The Demon of London (The Demon Series Book 1)The Demon of London by Ayse Hafiza
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Demon of London - by Ayse Hafiza

Characters: 5 / 5
Plot: 5 / 5
World Building: 5 / 5
Story Flow: 5 / 5



This story revolves around a demon named Jassassah and her job on earth. What is that job you may ask? Well, it is to whisper into the ear of mankind, encouraging them to do the sinful, wanting, debouched things they aspire to do while whispering doubts, self-loathing, and self-harming thoughts into the ears of those at a rocky and delicate stage in their lives.

Jassassah is that negative little voice that whispers into our ears attempting to penetrate our minds and corrode our souls.

This book, the first in the series, is set in London and we follow the demon as she rides the tube whispering into the ears of those around her. The story is broken into separate stories, it is told as she whispers to each unsuspecting victim and we get to bare witness to how they react to the whispers. Some take in what she urges them to do and act on them, while others rebuke the whispers and ignore her. Each story ends with a little information on what happened to the person after they got off the train.

Some of the stories are sad, some funny, and some a little upsetting, but all touch your heart in some way. These stories are well written and I love how the author uses Jassassah's voice.

This is a great read and one I would definitely recommend for lovers of lore and the paranormal.

The Demon of London is a solid 5/ 5 for me.

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Friday, 29 September 2017

REVIEW -- Dark Vengeance by Nikki Landis

Dark Vengeance (NightWalkers #2)Dark Vengeance by Nikki Landis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dark Vengeance - by Nikki Landis

Characters: 3.5/5
Plot: 5/5
World Building: 4/5
Story Flow: 4/5



This is Book 2 in the Nightwalker Series and like the first, it centers around two characters, one a vampire and the other a human.

I bought and downloaded this book while on the last pages of the previous one. I had been so invested in the lives of these two people that I just had to find out where the twists and turns were going to take them. I was not disappointed.

Now I have to confess, and it pains me to say it, but I have no love for our female lead, Mare. In the first book I found her irritating, childish, and at times immature, but I kept reading for the love of the storyline and all of the other characters who are all fantastically written.

In this book, the 2nd of the series, I prayed she would change and that the dislike I had for her would wane. As I read the first few chapters of this this book I was begining to think there was no hope for her and there were signs that she was going to be the same annoying Mare from the 1st book. But then it happened. It started with splashes of subtle differences, then her reactions both physically and emotionally to events playing out around her showed that this character was maturing. Hope lit in me that maybe all was not lost, and Mare may yet win a spot in my heart. So I like her? Not really, but I hate her less if that makes sense? I am looking forward to Book 3 of the series to see if this new found appreciation continues.

The other characters in this book were the stars for me. Andre (my current BBF), and the introduction of other supernatural creatures opened this story up and turned it on its head.

This story is a unique take on the vampire/human love match and the story that plays out as the love between these characters unfolds is both exciting, and at times, heartbreaking.

Dark Vengeance is like an intoxicating mix of Twilight and TrueBlood. It draws you in, teases you, captivates you, and holds you tight as it takes you on the ride of your life.

Lovers of #PNR #ContemporaryFantasy #VampFiction and #ShifterFiction will devour this series...I highly recommend you grab it and take a bite...

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Monday, 25 September 2017

** BOOK REVIEW ** No Rest For The Wicked -- M L SPARROW 4.5 out of 5

No Rest for the WickedNo Rest for the Wicked by M.L. Sparrow
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

No Rest For The Wicked - by M L Sparrow

Characters: 4/5
Plot: 5/5
World Building: 4/5
Story Flow: 4/5

OVERALL SCORE: If Amazon allowed, it would be a solid 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

I have to hold my hands up to being a sucker for a good PNR, and I was pleasantly surprised and certainly not disappointed with No Rest For The Wicked.
Elira (the female lead) is strong and likable as well as quite relatable in aspects and thankfully was not the usual whiney damsel of the PNR genre. Anthony is romantic, bold, and strong. He is a well-developed character and I found myself quickly adding him to my ever growing BBL (Book Boyfriend List).

The Story moved at a steady pace which held my attention and I loved the balance of dialogue and narration.
As I am not a fan of **Spoilers** I will leave the story at that. But, I will say that M. L. Sparrow has accomplished a magnificent feat. A fantastic PNR with a strong and engaging story that did avoid dipping its toes in the usual 'Instant love - Just add water'.

I would highly recommend this little gem for lovers of PRN, low fantasy, and Paranormal.

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Monday, 4 September 2017

REVIEW for Grave Danger by S.K. Gregory

Grave DangerGrave Danger by S.K. Gregory
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started this book a while back and ended up getting side tracked by life and all it throws at you.

I got back to it just over a week ago and I am glad I did. This book has everything you could want or need in this genre. From #Romance to #Action and #Horror to #Humour, this book has it all and ticks every box.

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Sunday, 27 August 2017


Hey, guys! I have a BIG favor to ask you all.

Click this Book Of The Month Link and support a good friend and fellow author M L SPARROW.

Help her get her book listed as Book Of The Week. It is her fantastic novel, A Tangled Web. 

I have posted the Amazon link below in case you decide you want to delve a little deeper.

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If you love the #NoSleep thread on #Reddit then you are going to love this!
Check out the AMAZING #DeadCreepyPodcast by the #ParanormalSisters #ClaireBarrand and #LinziSmith

I have subscribed to this podcast and I have to say I am hooked! The sisters love to have a laugh and when it is just them and #Darryl (their resident #Skeptic) I actually have to pause it as my sides ache from laughing. 

The sisters have some fantastic guests on too! One of which I was lucky enough to meet at #AllIrelandParacon a few years back, #TheParanormalDetective himself Mr Greg Lawson. He was as sweet on the podcast as he was when I met him. 

So what are you waiting for? Give it a try! 

Review of How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn

How to Market a BookHow to Market a Book by Joanna Penn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great resource for all self-published authors. I have so many pages marked and highlighted for future reference and the information within will come in very hand for my next publication.

Joanna Penn covered many things in this book that I either had not thought of or had not given enough thought to. A lot made sense and although some of the suggestions were common sense it went to prove that common sense is not that common as I have seen many of my fellow authors struggle with them, including myself.

I would highly recommend this book.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Forgotten Wings: A review of "Forest of Ancestors" by K A Denver

Forgotten Wings: A review of "Forest of Ancestors" by K A Denver: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ In this first book of her Guardians series, K A Denver introduces us to a world of magic, where fire bolts can be thrown and wi...

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Review -- Mark Woods, Fear of the Dark -- FIVE STAR!

Fear of the DarkFear of the Dark by Mark Woods
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved how this collection of stories were compiled and each of them told.
The fact that some were from various anthologies was irrelevant as I had not come across them before, if honest, I don't think I would mind even if I had given the way they were stitched expertly together using the old man and your boy story to tell them.
Each story told pulls you deeper and they get creepier and creepier until you hit the last, and boy is that a doozie.
I have to say I enjoyed this book. If you want a book that is a quick read, with strong character, and plot then this book is for you.
I am happy to say, Mark know how to tell a story!

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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

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. 

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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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.  
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. 
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? 
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
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

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


I am a strong believer in helping people who need it, however I can. For me, that means having this blog and my social media platforms and using them to promote the works of fellow #Indie authors.

A little while back I ran a series of author interviews and they were a great success, so I have decided to do it again only a little differently. If you have a blog tour coming up, a book release or even a cover reveal then I would love to help support you with that. All you have to do is contact me via Facebook messenger or on a group I co-admin there called → Indie Publishers Unite ← (you need to answer a few questions before being admitted. The group is there to help support #IndieAuthors).

I look forward to hearing from you 😁

Friday, 30 June 2017

DOG SOLDIERS -- A Gory Little Short Story .&. HADES' GATE -- Indiana Jones With Bite!

Well, I took the plunge and finally did it! I would like to introduce you all to my first attempt at #Horror. Dog Soldiers is a little novelette set in a non-disclosed place and it evolves around one guy who is a mercenary. After a days work (not your 9-5 type) he goes to his local to unwind, the only problem is ...  someone else has other plans for him.

Want to find out more? Then pop over to → AMAZON ← and grab your copy!
The book is on PRE-ORDER until this Sunday! Buy NOW and it will automatically be delivered to your device for a nice thrilling read on Sunday evening.

If you like ... and yo would like to see MORE of this type of thing from me then I would love a review. Want to make it fun? Say the word 'EEJIT' as a code word somewhere in that review then post the link to your Amazon review below here in the comments and I will give you details on how to claim my next little novelette (SORORITY) for free.


D. J. Doyle brings you an amazing splash of #Horror in this #Myth #Lore and #Legends based little nasty, Hades' Gate. This story follows a bunch of fortune seekers on their quest for things that would make Indiana Jones jealous. But ... have they bitten off more than they can chew with this job? You will have to grab your own copy to see! You can grab it NOW as it is available for PRE-ORDER on → AMAZON, ← and it will download automatically to your device on Sunday!

Just like me, if you would like to read MORE of D. J. Doyles little nasty novelettes then she would love a review. Want to make it fun? Say the word 'VICTIM' as a code word somewhere in that review then post the link to your Amazon review on her FACEBOOK PAGE and she will give you details on how to claim her next little novelette for free.


I am also Co-Hosting release party with the fantastic D. J. Doyle this Sunday, July 2nd on → FACEBOOK  (click the Facebook name here to bring you to the event to sign up) between 7pm and 9pm GMT, why not come along?

Hope you enjoy! Happy Reading!


Love #Romance? Then you will love this fantastic book by @CarolDevine

Mariah (Horse Whisper Novel Book 1)Mariah by Carol Devine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of, I'd like to point out that the last time I read this type of genre (Romance) I was in my late teens, and that was many moons ago. I would have devoured these types of books like they were the oxygen I needed to breathe. But as my life changed, as too did my reading material. I moved from Romance fiction to non-fiction and myths, lore, and legends.

That is the reason I choose this book to read, and I am glad I did. Mariah is set in a small town called Grizzly Springs and revolves around two main characters Mariah McBride, a disgraced FBI Agent and Kellan 'Shane' Youngblood, a steamy and sexy Horse Whisperer.

Both characters are likable and I felt my old excitement grow further I got into the story. There is no denying the chemistry between these too as they fill a void in each other that they themselves never knew they had. The sex scenes were EXACTLY as they should be for a romance novel, not too detailed nor too long (If you are after more detailed and longer scenes you need to be browsing the Erotica sections rather than Romance IMO).

The Story was well plotted which ensured that the story flowed well without dragging or feeling like it was rushed. I hate spoilers so I will not give any away. What I will say is that this book has given me a taste of my youth and the passion for once more indulging in Romance.

It is a well deserved 4 stars!!

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:

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?

Twitter: @LisaVProulx
Amazon Author Page:
Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.) My bestseller Weedmonkey on Amazon: 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.



Forest of Ancestors (The Guardians #1)