Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Dog Soldiers Excerpt -- A little bite of Were for lovers of the wolf.

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-- EXCERPT --

CHAPTER ONE


     I lay on my back and gasped while I struggled to breathe. The stench of the sand dusted ground beneath me filled my senses; a heady mix of sweat and blood so dense that I could almost taste it.  Fuck … I opened my eyes or at least attempted to. The left one wasn’t budging, the swelling causing it to be sealed shut. My right opened, but my vision was blurred, everything tinted red. My guess? Either my blood or the other guys, hard to tell. How the fuck did my life fall so deep into the shitter?

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     I’d been deployed with the guys just a few days ago, some dick had drawn the golden ticket and found himself on Big A’s shit list. We had no idea what had put him there, and we didn’t care, it wasn’t our job to question. It was our job to follow orders. The usual suspects, Bucky, Diggler, KT and me along with the addition of an FNG (Fucking New Guy). The Serg had thrown him in, mumbled something about wanting him to ‘hit the ground running.’ It was his first time out of the cage. Couldn’t believe he had been tossed in with us, but I gotta say the kid was savage.
     We were dropped off a few miles away and met up with one of our guys on scout. They had everything we needed in the trunk of an old beat up Cavalier. The thing looked like a gust of wind would be just enough pressure to have it fall apart. It looked like a piece of shit, but it was a reliable piece of shit. Our contact had HK416s, Mk 46 Machine Guns and M9 Berettas all ready to rock and roll. We stopped short of our target and grabbed the crap from the trunk. I glanced at each of the guys and smiled watching one strap a 9-inch jagged-toothed blade to their calf. Another tucked a Glock into the belt of his pants, and I held in my palm my old friend Mr. Hellbringer aka an HK45CT, good old .45 handgun used by the good ole boys back home.
     The FNG had weapons placed everywhere on him, rookie mistake. But, when KT pointed it out the asshole just flipped him off and told him to, ‘suck it.’ KT looked like he wanted to rip the kids head off. But I gave a small shake of my head to let him know now wasn’t the time. Bring that shit home and sort it there, we had a job to do, and in-house fighting was not gonna happen, not on my watch.
     We got back in the car and traveled the short distance to our target. The compound was out on its own. Even though dense forestry circled the enclosure, it had been cut back a good two hundred feet, my guess? It was so the bastards could see shit coming at them. A wall lined the boundary and on top of it stood some rough looking guys, mercenaries I guessed with AKs and fuck knew what else.
     Our contact had been able to drive in with a brief nod and without being stopped. I was surprised, the dossier on the head asshole here indicated that they had tight security, we weren’t seeing that at all. My gut tightened, my spidey senses were telling me that they had been tipped off and that this was a trap. I dropped the code word into the conversation to give the guys a heads up on what I was thinking. Diggler groaned, KT took it in his stride, Bucky let out a slow, low whistle and the FNG brought a whoop of ‘Yippie ki yay’ to the party.
     They didn’t wait long; the guys and I had just climbed out of the car when hell broke loose. We all split and dove for cover, keeping in mind to have each of the team within sight, we readied ourselves for the slaughter. I could see four of the guards running towards KT, but as I was about to lay down cover fire to allow him to back away, the FNG stepped out and into the open. He riddled the fuck out of them, and they crumpled and fell. One guy took a hit to the neck, and a heavy spray of blood fanned out into the air and soaked the guy beside him. They were the first to fall, but sure as hell they weren’t the last.
     A few minutes in I was beginning to think that the FNG must be hopped up on some illegal shit cause the guy was like a machine. The body count was piling up with most of the count going to him. I’d swear at one point I’d seen Diggler pull out a cigar and lean against the side of a building facing the chaos and smoke that cancer stick to the butt.
     It was like letting a rabid dog off the leash and watching it tear through a schoolyard at recess. Normally that shit would need to be kept tidy, but orders were it was a free-fire zone. Which, in good ole everyday American, meant that the only ones to walk away from this, should be us. So, we just let the kid fly and moving along we picked up the strays.
     It wasn’t a bad day’s work, we were in and out in a few hours. Then we were in the air again and on our way back to base as it hit thirteen hundred hours local time. Each of us covered in all sorts of crap. I watched amused as KT noticed something on his shoulder and barked out a laugh when he leaned in for a closer look only to let out a loud “For fuck's sake! DUDE!” He quickly swept off a hand-sized spider, it hit the floor, and he bounced to his feet stomping hard on it. The finger-like legs splayed out on the floor and around his boot, dark red, almost black goo oozed out. “Christ! I hate those things. Fucking hairy bloodsucking bastards!”
     “A bit like your Ex then, huh Big K?” Diggler choked out as he laughed.
     “Go fuck yourself, Dig!”
     “Many times, my friend, many, many times.” Diggler’s big cheesy grin had everyone laughing. Yup, it was great getting out with the guys.


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WHAT IS AN EDITORIAL REVIEW AND WHY WOULD I WANT ONE?

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As some of you may know, I recently took up the position of Reviews Editor for a part of Books Go Social called The International Review of Books. This has been an exciting post to step into and I have found it rewarding to be part of a team who help authors gain the recognition they deserve.
But, it has been while carrying out my role here that I have discovered that many of you do not know exactly what an editorial review is or how it can benefit you.

The standard definition is:
An editorial review is a review published by a third person or entity. Editorial reviews are not solicited by the author, except by sending a copy of the work to the desired publication or website requesting a review. The decision is entirely made by the editor or book reviewer. An editorial review should have a verifiable source which can be checked by a third party. Amazon / any other selling platform or peer-to-peer reviews are not editorial.
An editorial review is given so that YOU the author can add it to your book's information via Amazon's Author Central (If you, as an author, do not have one of these already then I highly recommend you do so. There are two, the UK based and US based that I personally know of.

An editorial review is an honest review from a reader in your books target audience. It is given openly and without prejudice by a reviewer unknown to the author.  Depending on the length of the review it can be used as part of the blurb, a review on the back cover or in promotional material for the reviewed book.

These types of reviews are respected as those giving them are usually known book bloggers, some are among Amazons TOP REVIEWERS and they have a proven high standard when it comes to reviews.

Now that you know WHAT they are, I will give you my thoughts on why you would want one.
Many question glowing or 4/5-star reviews as being biased and given by the authors family or friends or a the very least people known to the author. Those wishing to help the author gain credibility for their book. Although this is not always the case, at times it is indeed true.
This can take the shine of great reviews and cast a shadow of doubt in the potential readers' mind as to the actual truth of the review.

With an editorial review, a potential reader can be in no doubt as to the honesty and validity as they are given (as stated above) by a proven reviewer and one who loves the genre the book is placed in. They are seen as a review that can be trusted.

When given a choice, I know which review I would take to the bank and which I would push to the side if a choice was given.
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If you are interested in receiving an editorial review then I suggest you take a look at

Their tier system is simple and non-expensive. 

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Listen Up...No, really...Forest of Ancestors AUDIO BOOK is now here!!!


So, after getting up the confidence to do it I took the leap... an AUDIO BOOK of my first novel FOREST OF ANCESTORS: The Guardians Series (7.9 hrs of Eli and the guys...).


The book is narrated by the amazing Mark Killmer (thank you, Mark, you really rocked the voice of Eli) and is now available on Audible US and Audible UK!!

I am just so excited to finally share this with you and let you hear the voice of Eli. Mark is very talented and not only did he do justice to Eli, but he brought a unique touch to the Dark Ones.

Want to know more? Click the highlighted links.

Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming competition where you will get the chance to win a free copy of the audiobook. You will find it and me here on my Facebook Author Page over the next few weeks.








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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

OCTOBER TERROR READERS CHOICE AWARDS 2018

Hi guys, I have added my short little horror to the October Terror Readers Choice Awards and I would really love if you were to help me out. I could be doing with your vote for my short DOG SOLIDERS:


To vote CLICK HERE and chose #42 to help me with this awesome competition.
Thank you sooooooooooooo much!!!!

Friday, 7 September 2018

Review of Arcam by Jason Minick

Arcam (DCI Robson Book 1)Arcam by Jason Minick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#Arcam #BGS #BooksGoSocial
PLOT: 5
CHARACTERS: 5
WORLD BUILDING: 5
FLOW: 5

                             OVERALL SCORE: 5 out of 5

This was a gripping read. From the moment I picked it up, I was hooked. DCI Jack Robson has a lot on his plate. Single parent, juggling a career with family life and struggles, things are tough. But when tasked to investigate strange cases of people going missing he has no idea just how much his worldview will be turned upside down.

Now I won't lie, there were times when I would sigh at some descriptive heavy paragraphs but on the grand scheme of things, it was a small annoyance when tallied against the greater plot, well-developed characters, and quaint twists.

I would recommend this great title to lovers of crime, suspense, and police drama. It has everything you expect and so much more.


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A review of Micro Living by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen


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I have been fascinated with this concept for a while now and have found myself on many occasions procrastinating via Youtube testimonials of people who choose to live like this. This was the main reason I wanted to read this book. I wanted to know more, see more and this book hit the mark.
I love how the author, Derek Diedricksen, included the floor plans of each 'Tiny Home' as it gave a better understanding of the size.

I envy those who live like the people in this book do. I would love the simplicity, the minimalist approach to living life. This book for me shows that to live a minimalist life you don't have to get rid of everything and live in a trailer (some of the homes are much much smaller). You simply have to think about what you actually need, what is important for your day to day living and implement that into your surroundings and with thoughtful planning, you can achieve that within a small space.

Micro Living by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen is an excellent glimpse into the world of Tiny Living and a tempting one at that.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Review of Sample: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare



I was over the moon to be selected on #NetGalley to read this sample of the soon to be released Queen of Air and Darkness. I have been a lover of the works of Cassandra Clare for a while and it started with Jace and Clary. This sample was just enough to wet my taste buds and make me hunger for the rest.

This book weaves the lives of Shadowhunters both good and bad together in a way that leaves you breathless. As I have read most of the other books in the series I found it easy enough to follow and I knew recognized extended characters from previous books in the series. I am glad they are having life breathed into them in this book of the series.

This is definitely not a standalone read, to understand the world of the Shadowhunter you will need to have read the other books in this amazing series. But trust me, that would be a pleasure, not a chore. This series is amazing.
The sample was deliciously descriptive and my favorite quote from the book which I intent from this point to implement in my life is, "Better to ask forgiveness than permission."

I will be hitting the pre-order button and all I can say is...roll on December!

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Christina Perri - Jar of Hearts [Official Music Video]

So I am back to writing and having spent the best part of the last hour building a great #Playlist for #Fallen my new series in the #RH #ReverseHarem trope of PNR I am now 15,000 words in. I am hoping to have it finished by Tuesday and out to my betas before starting book two in the series the day after. #NoRestForTheWicked






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.



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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
CHARACTERS: 5/5
FLOW: 4.5/5
WORLD BUILDING: 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.



REVIEW -- SERPENTS DESIRE (RH) by Tansey Morgan

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...

BLOCK...ugh!!!

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 think...no, 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.




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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

CHARACTER: 5 / 5
PLOT: 5 / 5
FLOW: 5 / 5
WORLD BUILDING: 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.

THIS BOOK IS NOT ONE OF THOSE!

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 spoilers...so 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

CHARACTERS: 5 OUT OF 5
PLOT: 5 OUT OF 5
WORLD BUILDING: 4 OUT OF 5
FLOW: 4.5 OUT OF 5

OVERALL RATING: (ACTUAL) - 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

* * * SUPPORTING FELLOW AUTHORS * * *




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

*** A REVERSE HAREM INSTALLMENT -- SERPENT'S TOUCH ***

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

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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.

MORGAN...

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Author Blog TAKEOVER - Meet Ryan J Doughan

Ryan J Doughan

MEET 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!

RYAN...

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