Thursday, 9 August 2018

Amazon and KDP - What has been happening and what is Amazon doing about it?

Many self-published authors recently experienced hiccups both while uploading their manuscripts and also when they have received reviews only to have them stripped away. With some back and forth the issues were, for the most part, fixed to the relief of the author. As authors who have put so much not only into writing the book but the promotion and sharing of the publication on the run up to and the day of publication this recent purge of reviews has been a headache.

ALLi's Orna Ross sat and had a chat with Amazon KDP UK's Darren Hardy and she was a darling and recorded it both on Youtube and podcast. I have embedded here that interview for you to listen to and I hope you find it as insightful as I did. 

(both versions for you to choose from)

I highly recommend you listen or watch, it is eye-opening and very helpful.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Book Review of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's TaleThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am torn on my review of this. The Handmaid's Tale and the concept of the actual story to me are both scary and uniquely amazing, but I have to weigh that up against the fact that I found the book so difficult to read. Usually, when I say that it means the content of the story, things that happen within the layout of the storyline, but here it is because of how it is written.
The overkill use of commas, how it is punctuated, and its inability to keep on track were very disconcerting. Don't get me wrong, I understand why the attempt was made to write it this way. I understand it is to show the urgency of the narrator Offred and her state of mind. BUT to me in doing this it totally missed the mark.
As a reader, I want to pick up a book and immerse myself in the story. How Margaret Atwood wrote this novel was jarring and continued to throw me out of the story and at times wonder who was speaking or what timeline we were in.
This had the opportunity to be one of the best books I ever set eyes on, instead, I found myself for the first time EVER preferring the television version.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Newest release from author Nikki Landis - Harleigh just got hotter!

Harleigh (Volatile Vixens #1)Harleigh by Nikki Landis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

Being a massive DC and Marvel Fan (though I do tend to lean to the Marvel side more) I was eagerly awaiting this release. The Harleigh character fascinated me and I wanted to see if she was how I thought she would be...she was more! The main character in this book is Harleigh, a tough, no-nonsense, knows what she wants kinda girl. Much like her idol, Harley Quinn.
To tell you about this would be to give spoilers and any who read my reviews will know I don't do spoilers.
The multiple characters in this book lend to expanding the universe that author Nikki Landis has begun to create. Each character has a rich backstory that cries out to be told.
This book is well written with hot guys, sexy females, and smoldering villains.
I would recommend this book to lovers of fantasy romance, superhero romance, and those (like me) who are eclectic in their love of all things fantasy.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

REVIEW -- Good Intentions: A Short Story by D. J. Doyle

Good Intentions: A Short StoryGood Intentions: A Short Story by D.J. Doyle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

CHARACTERS - 4.5 out of 5
PLOT - 5 out of 5
FLOW - 5 out of 5
OVERALL -- 5 out of 5
(Note: I availed of my KU subscription to purchase and read this little short story)

For a short story, this sure does have a lot of packed into it. I hate spoilers and so I am finding it extremely difficult to write a good review that lets me hit on key points without giving anything away. But I will try.
This story touches on the journey (emotional and literal) of a couple who are heading away for the weekend with their friends. On the way there things take an unexpected turn and things suddenly happen that throws what would have been an amazing weekend totally on its head.

This little short is a well written little gore fest and yet it has pinches of comedy in places. It is a quick read, which for me is ideal, and it delivers just the right amount of horror with a shocking twist at the end. I highly recommend.

You can purchase this little gem on Amazon or if you have KU you can grab a copy that way, I highly recommend it.

Other work by this talented author below, just click on the image:


If you want something a little stronger and you have the stomach for it then check out D. J. Doyles #extremehorror RED by clicking on the image below.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Dying For A Living - by Kory M Shrum

Dying for a Living (Dying for a Living, #1)Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

PLOT: 5/5
FLOW: 4.5/5

I really love the whole concept of this book! From the feisty main character (and she has good reason to be how she is) to her partner, the person responsible for getting her to the morgue (yes, you read that right) and getting her help. This book has been cleverly written and the detail given to the whole world building is brilliant!
Once I started I could not stop, this book grips you and you really don't want it to let go. Dying For A Living was brilliant and I would strongly recommend to lovers of Fantasy, contemporary or urban and those who like a strong female lead.

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Monday, 16 April 2018

REVIEW: Book 3 of the Serpent's Kiss Series by Tansey Morgan

Serpent's Kiss (The Last Serpent #3)Serpent's Kiss by Tansey Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The third book in the series has to be the best to date with Lilith and her guys heading to London and the drama that unfolds there when they try to track down missing mentors. As always the book is well written with only a few grammar issues but they are by no means off-putting.

I do love this series but I had to sign up to KU to be able to continue reading it as the cost of this series would be a kicker otherwise. I do love the story, the characters and the world that Tansey Morgan is building in this series but I really do wish the books in the series were longer. If anything, that would be my only complaint.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

REVIEW: Haunted - Book 2 by C. M. Stunich

Haunted (The Academy of Spirits and Shadows #2)Haunted by C.M. Stunich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

I waited what felt like ages for this book to come out...I fell in love with the characters in the very first book. From our heroine Brynn, the black-winged jinx...Vexer, the hunky Griffen...Air, Prince Royal and all the rest of the ghostly clan. I have been hooked and I am loving it!
I love the world that C. M. Stunich has conjured up in this fantastical tale of good and bad, Gods and Goddesses, the living and the dead.
There are quite a few errors in the book by way of spelling, double words placements, and missing words BUT that did not put me of the story one bit...that to me speaks volumes.
What also speaks volumes? That I feel so much for these characters, that I am so heavily invested that I really need the next installment and that even silly errors didn't put me off.
This is a great series and I would highly recommend this to ALL Reverse Harem lovers.


Serpent's Desire (The Last Serpent #2)Serpent's Desire by Tansey Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I read the first book in this series I loved it, everything about it...everything that is except the length. It was one of the first RH books I'd read and it was one of the reasons for my addiction to this sub-genre. I just wish the installments were longer. It just feels that each time the story is starting the book is ending.

It's a double-edged sword - a very captivating read, BUT at the price and length of books, possibly too costly for me to continue.!?

So I will leave it at this... If you have the time, money, and love of all things RH then look no further than this series!

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Writers Block? No problem!

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What do you do when the dreaded WB hits? Many authors dread it, their little agile fingers tap feverishly in the hope that the momentum stays, the flow gets stronger, and their fingers are as tired at the end of the day as their brain...but then it happens...


The creative juices begin to dry and as you sense it happening panic sets in which seems to feed the speed of the impending doom that is lack of thought, clarity, and direction.

We cry, freak-out, throw things, cuss, and it changes nothing. The well is dry and all feels lost.
Do not fret! It has happened to many of us and will continue to happen for as long as a person takes a seat and attempts to put thought to paper (so to speak). There are things that you can do to try and avoid it, some of those things work and some don't. Below I have listed one or two that you could try should the dreaded BLOCK hit:

  • Go for a walk (personally, I find this one to be a great help)
  • Eliminate distractions (create a writing space, a place where you can write in peace).
  • Read a book (many authors do not like to do this for fear that subconsciously they will retain the information and they will accidentally include it in their own work...I assure this will not happen. Reading is a great way to stir up those creative juices and in my eyes, it kills two birds with one stone. You get to read a great book and you get your imagination flowing again)
  • Freewrite (I have tried this, and found it a great way to jot down ideas for other stories
  • Listen to music (I wish this worked for me, I tend to find myself dancing around the room and singing at the top of my lungs as if my life depended upon it - trust me, not a good idea, but that does not mean it won't work for you).
So the next time you find yourself sitting in front of your computer, clumps of hair in your clenched fists and face beet red with temper having been visited with the dreaded curse...STOP...TAKE A DEEP BREATH...AND STEP AWAY (but just to get a breath of fresh air).

It happens...even the best have suffered it at some stage (even if they don't admit it), you're in good company my friend.

p.s.  no birds were actually hurt in the typing of this blog

Sunday, 25 February 2018

It is more fun in pairs....note to my fellow authors.

I watched a very informative video today which highlighted something I had already noticed. Having a Facebook author page no longer works. In the past few weeks, Facebook has yet again changed not only its T&C's but it has changed its algorithms too. 1) T&C's - you can no longer do the "share for a chance to ..." etc as it now goes against them. FB now wants your page content driven to attract follower interaction and it will only show your posts to those who are interactive with your page. 2) The new algorithm now only shows your content to those people unless you have PAID for advertising. So, long story short (hard to do when you are Irish lol), this video made a suggestion that made sense to me. Do away with your author page. For now, is stagnant and will grow to be a weight and chore rather than a pleasure to post on. Instead, create a group. Either do it solo or pair up with an author in the same genre and become interactive with your readers, become accessible. I have had the pleasure of being a member of Nikki Landis Author's group and I have watched it grow as she interacts with her readership and makes it fun to be one of her fans (YES! I am a huge fan of this fantastic lady and her work). This is rewarding to not just the reader, but the author too. You will be posting what you would have on your author page, but you will have that one on one interaction with your fanbase that your current Facebook author page is lacking due to their algorithms. So, on that note, I will be teaming up with one author in my genre (contemporary fantasy/urban fantasy) and starting a group so that we can connect with our readers. If you want to join I will be posting a link here in the coming days to that group.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Primals - hunky men, shifters galore...what more could you want?

Primals: Reverse Harem Paranormal Shifter Romance (Reverse Harem Series Book 1)Primals: Reverse Harem Paranormal Shifter Romance by Lexy Timms
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

PLOT: 3.5 out of 5
CHARACTERS: 4 out of 5
WORLD BUILDING: 4 out of 5
FLOW: 3.5 out of 5
Overall I decided on 4 stars and here is why...

I think I will get what I didn't like about this book out of the way first. This book is written in first person point of view and in the present tense and as a personal preference, I don't normally pick a book to read that is this way. I find the present tense very jarring and this type of POV for me fails for most authors who try it. But like I said this is entirely personal preference and many others will not mind this at all (hence the 3.5 out of 5 for FLOW). I rated the plot as 3.5 out of 5 also as although Clarissa had multiple love interest I did not feel that this met the specifics of a RH novel and the ending reinforced this for me (can't elaborate, I don't do spoilers lol sorry). Overall the guys are written quite well and I will admit to loving Sebastian a little but her reaction to the guys and situations seemed a little childish at times.

NOW...the bits I DID enjoy!

One of the things I loved about this book was the alternating points of view. I really felt that it added depth to the novel and gave a greater understanding of the world of Primals and their varying gene pools. The guys each had their own unique character quirks and this was great to see. The bones of the story was what captured me and convinced me to buy this book and take a chance on a new author (well new to me at least lol) and I have to say that although there were some issues for me I, I know if the author was to change the POV to at least 1st person past tense or present I will follow this series to its conclusion. My favorite part of the book was the start as it is action-packed and well described. I could picture it as if I was sitting next to Clarrisa (which when you read it you will see why I am glad I actually wasn't lol).

If you pick this book because it is labeled RH you might be a little disappointed, BUT if you want a thrilling read that is action from start to finish and love PNR then this is the book for you.

For a look at all her other work, check out her Amazon author page

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING! Now available Nikki Landis' new book, Sins of the Father!

Sins of the Father (Ravage Riders MC #1)Sins of the Father by Nikki Landis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

PLOT: 5 / 5
FLOW: 5 / 5

I want to explain why I have rated this book so highly. Usually books like this are what I call surface suffers. They have wonderful characters, great plot lines, and amazing world building and yet they do the minimum to draw the reader in, they give just enough to tell the story but they do not go the extra mile to really connect you with the book...surface suffers.


The characters in this book are amazing. From Pete "Edge" and Rae, and their obvious love for each other to RJ, the best friend who is never far from the two sweethearts. The characters all knit nicely together and what comes from it is a well crafted, beautifully scripted, and well-polished piece of work. I have always believed that with great characters a great story can be told and that is exactly what the author has done here. Flow is steady, it moves without drag, without falter, and it takes you on a ride that you will not only love, but you will be begging for more.

Pete's world is tough, and he makes no excuses for it or his part in it. Rae is an innocent girl caught unknowingly in a world of gangs, violence, and lust. As the story unfolds and things take a strange turn Pete has to make a decision, one that could save Rae but cost him dearly. I hate I won't go on, but this story pulls you in, gently holds you and when it has you in its grasp it grips you tight, squeezes and wrings you dry. This fantastic novel archives what many stories fall flat trying to do, it makes you feel.

Nikki Landis has done a fantastic job with this book, and I only wish she had the next in the series out already so that I could continue to feed my new addiction...MMRC and Sins of the Father.

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

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

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

Let me give you a few suggestions...



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

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

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

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

Sunday, 28 January 2018

RH Fantasy Romance with Spirit!!

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

FLOW: 4.5 OUT OF 5


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

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

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018


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

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

Thank you xx


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

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

OVERALL PB SCORE: 4 out of 5

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

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

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

Saturday, 20 January 2018

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

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

Why can I not give 6 stars????

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

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

#FatherJackRules #FatherJacksFanClub

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

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Author Blog TAKEOVER - Morgan Bell

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Meet Morgan Bell...

The Power of Independence
By Morgan Bell

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Saturday, 6 January 2018

Author Blog TAKEOVER - Meet Ryan J Doughan

Ryan J Doughan


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These are my two books:


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

Blessings to all of you.  Read with Joy!


Friday, 5 January 2018

Author Blog Takeover -- Meet Susan Hawthorne

Meet Susan Hawthorne...

Hi everyone, my name is Susan Hawthorne and I’m an author.

As a child, when my mother read to me I knew I wanted to write stories, too, and books quickly became my best friends. 

As I grew up I read many, many delightful books. I began with Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren - how I loved that courageous, obstacle-leaping girl, and Dr. Doolittle by Hugh Lofting (who wouldn’t love to be able to talk to animals?) but quickly progressed to Charles Dickens (loved Oliver Twist), Louisa May Alcott (my favorite was Eight Cousins), JRR Tolkien, (The Fellowship of the Ring pulled me into Fantasy) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book of all times, it embraces everything about writing and leaving a message that stands forever).

Although I worked in healthcare for 26 years, I always had a story in my head. I have a huge file of story bits and pieces all waiting to find their way into a book. While I was working, I wrote numerous short stories that I shared with some friends and other writers. I joined many writing groups and devoured info on writing. Everything from sentence structure and grammar to story development and world building to how to publish and find readers. I recently retired and began writing with a passion! I publish under the name S. Tilghman Hawthorne.

I love to see my words fall onto paper and begin to paint a scene. My characters push me, pull me, and argue with me about the direction I take them. Once, as I wrote a story, I had a group walking a path through the country surrounded by farms and fields. One of my characters wanted to walk across a field instead of following the road. NO, I insisted, you have to follow this road to reach the next scene. But he persevered and finally, I gave in and we walked across the field … and found a whole new section to the tale that had been waiting in the shadows there! It’s such a delightful process to write, and re-write, and mold the story into something that shines. 

What do YOU like to read? 
I enjoy a tale that grabs my imagination from the beginning. It pulls me into the story and won’t let go. Does that describe you? 

I’ve written you a story filled with adventure, betrayal, ambiguity… a Prophecy is on the brink of being fulfilled: a Child has been born who is predicted to bring the world into harmony and a time of peace and plenty. 

Does it reveal Destiny? Or Treachery? 
A new Vision has been received by the godly men of the Brotherhood saying the prophecy is untrue: that this child brings destruction and death!
Gef and his companions have been hired by the Brotherhood to find this child and bring her to them for cleansing. While Gef questions the new Vision and wonders how the ancient Prophecy could be wrong, the fortune offered him is too great to turn down, it will buy him a new life.  And, after all, who is he to determine what the right thing is? 
What is his Destiny? What is this Child’s Fate? Is there a Secret not yet known? 

If you’d like to learn more, you can find my book, Bitter Prophecy here: 

You can also find me on TWITTER

Thanks for spending a little of your day with me.


Thursday, 4 January 2018

Author Blog TAKEOVER ... Meet Brenda Mohammed

Meet Brenda Mohammed...

Zeeka Chronicles: Revenge of Zeeka   [Science Fiction and fantasy]

I did not choose writing as my career. It happened by chance.

I was a successful banker and after I retired from banking, moved on to Insurance where I also excelled. I qualified for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table six times in a row and had the privilege to attend MDRT Conferences abroad. Those opportunities broadened my knowledge in new areas which prepared me for writing.

My writing journey began after my bout with cancer. I wrote 'I am Cancer Free' and self-published it in June 2013 eight years after my near-death experience with cancer. I wrote that book to tell people suffering from that disease that cancer does not have to be a death sentence. That book [my first] was the winner of Mc Grath House Indie Book Awards in the category Non-Fiction in September 2016. It also received a five-star review and five-star seal from Readers Favorite in 2017.

I traveled extensively on vacations and conferences for many years during my banking and Insurance careers, and even after retirement. I wrote four memoirs about my life as a banker, retirement, travel, and a spiritual one, all before trying my hand at fiction.

I tried fiction because of something that my brother said to me in one of his letters prior to his death. He wrote in reference to my book, ‘My Life as a Banker: A Life Worth Living,'
“Your book makes very pleasant reading, and your literary expression is superb and easy to follow. You have an excellent talent, and I think you should follow up on a leisurely basis with perhaps publishing a book of short stories. With fiction, you will have greater opportunity to use your imagination and your undoubted descriptive ability. You used the word 'fantasize' to create a situation. This is an outstanding quality, which you should continue to use because it is imagination, which disposes of everything, coming from within you. It creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.”

I took my brother’s advice and in the year 2014 wrote, ‘Heart-Warming Tales,’ and ‘Stories People Love.’ Both books are short story collections. They each received five-star reviews from readers, but I still felt that I needed to write more exciting stories.

An idea for a science fiction series came to me and in February 2016, I published Zeeka and the Zombies: Revenge of Zeeka Book 1. Within a few months, I released Zeeka’s Child Book 2, and Zeeka Returns Book 3. The series scored a double with Readers Favorite. I had compiled the first three books into a trilogy called Revenge of Zeeka: Horror Trilogy. In September 2016, I submitted the trilogy to Readers Favorite for a free review. The book received a five-star review and five-star seal.

The following year I added two more books to the series - Zeeka’s Ghost Book 4 and Resurrection Book 5. I compiled the five books into one book called Zeeka Chronicles: Revenge of Zeeka. I sent it to Readers Favorite for a free review and it received a five-star review and five-star seal. Read the review from Readers Favorite.

A fan nominated the book for the Metamorph Publishing Summer Indies Book Awards. It won Best Science Fiction third place in September 2017.
These are headlines Reviewers wrote in their Reviews for Zeeka Chronicles.
Thank you, Readers.

1. I found the book to be original, brilliant, and full of suspense.
2. Just when you thought you knew everything about Zombies, comes this imaginative tale that re-defines their existence.
3. I loved this book. It will make a great movie. I recommend it if you love sci-fi novels.
4.Great Science Fiction reading
5.Twilight Zone-like Sci-Fi Shorts
6.Excellent, original story.
7.Blind-siding Events Abound
8.A fascinating vision of our future
9.An above average zombie series brought together in one superb collection.
10.Teens and up will adore this book.
11. I loved Zeeka Chronicles; it has worldwide appeal for anyone looking for an entertaining story that is different.

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To date, I have self-published eighteen books. I enjoy being an author.

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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

#syfy #erotica #blueballs what more can I say?

Dungari RiseDungari Rise by Nikki Landis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

PLOT: 5 / 5
FLOW: 5 / 5

OVERALL -- 5 out of 5

I will try very hard to give any spoilers (except for #blueballs of course - tag coined by the fantastic D. J. Doyle lol) as I really hate when I see A book that looks like my cuppa tea and delve into the reviews only to get pissed when I see spoilers.

Dungari Rise is set in the future when man has all but messed the world up and it is not as we know it today, instead it peppered with walled cities and crumbling hovels. It was when mankind had reached this point the Dungari arrived with what appeared to be the best solution for them both. One a dying world, the other a dying civilization. But the deal was not all it seemed and many young women paid a harsh price for the deal that was struck.

This book is extremely well written and allows the reader to see from both viewpoints. The main character is well written and for once the female lead in a PNR/erotica is neither stupid nor a bimbo. We get to see a young woman with backbone and one that is willing to stand up to her captors. Synika is written with a strong convincing voice with realistic reactions to the serious situations she finds herself in.

Even though this book is listed as fantasy/erotica to me it was so much more. It showed the dark side of human emotions. This book is the first erotica I have read in quite a long time and I hope the author writes more in this genre.

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Monday, 1 January 2018

Love Dean and Sam? Then you will love this... Fantasic book written in the style of Supernatural.

The Bucktown BabiesThe Bucktown Babies by Janine R Pestel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

PLOT: 5 / 5
CHARACTER: 4.5 / 5
FLOW: 4.5 / 5

OVERALL -- 4.5 out of 5 (I still wish Amazon would allow half stars - sometimes it is needed)

Author Janine R. Pestel's book, The Bucktown Babies, blew my mind...

As a lover of the television show Supernatural, I was hooked by the blurb of this book right away (though I have to say I wish the cover was more appealing as it does not convey the awesomeness that is in this book). I kept my fingers crossed that the reviews I read and the blurb would be true to form and I am pleased to say they were.

This book very much draws on the vibe of the hit TV show but it adds its own unique twist to the genre. The characters, both main and minor, are well developed and written. This allowed the story to flow unhindered and allowed the pace to hold its speed. This book is action packed with elements of suspense and horror.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of horror, suspense and the paranormal.

If you have already read this and want to check out other works from this very talented author then click HERE to go to her Amazon author page.

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