Interview with Sherilee Gray

7762587Tell us about your publishing journey…

It all started with my sister getting me hooked on romance novels after the birth of my first child. My first writing attempts were not great, and after entering a writing competition with my not so shiny new novel, I discovered I had a lot to learn about the craft of writing. Also, I’d always struggled at school. I’m a hands-on kind of girl. I learn from doing, and I need a lot of examples before something sinks in. So first I had to go back to basics, and I mean basics. It’s been a long road, from that first ms to getting Lone Wolf’s Captive accepted was close to five years. But in all that time I never gave up, I never stopped working towards my goal. When I received an email from Kate Cuthbert at Escape Publishing to say she wanted my story, I burst into tears. Nothing will ever beat that feeling.

What do you love about being an author?

That I can work from home doing what I love. I also love that I’m home for my kids. Writing is hard, the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it still doesn’t feel like a real job. I mean, my job is to let my crazy imagination run wild. How cool is that?

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat? 

Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. I looove him! He doesn’t really like to eat, but maybe I could get him drunk on Sprite and see if he’d shrink me (like he did his wife Tory) and take me on a tour of a miniaturized replica of Atlantis!

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

If I could combine Aiden Turner from the BBC version of Being Human and Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones, weird combo I know. I think you’d have my big, tortured alpha wolf, Fletcher Stone.

For Delaney? That’s a little harder. Maybe Zoe Deschanel, but with dark eyes!

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Sexy leads every time.

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

As long as I could come back and forth, yanno, for dental care and chocolate. I like the idea of medieval Scotland. Who wouldn’t want a massive, claymore wielding, Scottish warrior to carry you off to his castle?

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Ignore the negative Nancy’s and naysayers. I’m sure I was given this advice as a kid, but it takes age and wisdom before you realize that what other people think of you isn’t your problem. They’re gonna think what they want regardless. Spend your time and energy on those people that love and support you!

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

Today? I’d have to say a shifter! They live longer, they’re stronger than humans, and they can change forms…oh! And they’re all hot! In my mind they are anyway!

Where do you write best?

At the desk in the corner of my bedroom, or on the couch in the living room.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it? download

Reapers Property by Joanna Wylde. I love an emotional ride, and I love me an alpha male. This series is chock full of them. These guys are alpha to the extreme. I know not everyone likes that, but books like this are my current drug of choice.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

Contemporary. I have a few ideas and a few half-finished stories that I will get back to one day. There’s a lot to love about the genre, and it’s what I mainly read when I’m not reading Paranormal.

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Interview with Keith Deininger

Keith Leather SmilingTell us about your publishing journey…

The first story I remember writing was in 3rd grade, about a kid who wakes up to discover everyone is missing and he is totally alone.

Man, what does that say about the kind of kid I was?

When I was a senior in high school, I entered a story in a science fiction writing contest, won first place, and received my first $100 as a writer along with a vigorous handshake from Ray Bradbury himself. After that, my ego bloated, I entered college wanting to be a writer.

But, I soon became one of those “writers” who talks about writing at parties more than actually writing anything. It wasn’t until years later, after graduating college, working several shitty jobs, going through some struggles, and growing up a little, that I finally realized that if I were going to ever reach my goals, I’d have to start taking them seriously and write. Now I write every day and I’ve published short stories, novellas, even a couple of novels: THE NEW FLESH and GHOSTS OF EDEN (Nov. 2014).

What do you love about being an author?

Writing is a way to tangibly express a personal vision from the imagination. There’s nothing like it. To me, that’s amazing, and being an author means that other people actually read and hopefully enjoy my visions and come away inspired and affected. Writing is a way to provoke questions and profound thinking.

It’s great to have readers and I’m thankful to each and every one!

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?marrows_pit

I’d like to have dinner with Eddie from King’s Dark Tower books. He’s sarcastic, has a wicked sense of humor, and I think we’d get along. We’d eat something weird, something neither of us has tried before.

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?

Honestly, I’ve never considered what any of my books would be like as movies… I like the idea of someone like Roman Polanski, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, or even Lars von Trier writing the script and directing, making a movie super creepy and filled with dark imagery, but I don’t know about actors.

As a horror writer, what scares you?

A lot of things, but it’s strange. I’ve never been scared of the traditional stuff: spiders, stalking monsters, things like that. I’m more concerned with the creepy and the uncanny. I’m still scared of the dark, or, at least, not knowing what’s in the dark. I’m scared of my life being controlled by others, either by force or through psychological manipulation. And I’m terrified that I will one day wake up and the people I love and care about will be different somehow, that they won’t be the same people, and then reality will start to bend and fray around me until I’m not certain what is real and what is not. That shit’s scary! That’s probably why I write what I write, to attempt to gain an understanding of and reconcile the inexplicable. Too bad it’ll never happen, and I’m forced to always live in fear. ;)

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

This may sound lame to some people, but I would go back to the American 60s and party and have a lot of sex. I wouldn’t want to go further back in time than that, because then I’d probably get sick and die shitting my brains out in the mud somewhere. Yeah, dropping LSD with Aldous Huxley would be pretty cool.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

I wish someone had told me not to take failure and rejection personally. One of the largest epiphanies of my life was the realization that success is a matter of persistence and hard work and not some mystical, innate talent. Rejection is not an attack on one’s character, but just another step, hopefully in the direction you’d like to go. In my youth, it seemed so simple…

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I think I’d have a lot of fun being some sort of Mephistopheles-like demon, playing little tricks on humans, setting up games to win their souls. I’d get to travel and I’d smile a lot. Either that, or a dragon. Dragons are cool.

Where do you write best?

I call myself an extroverted-introvert because I like to have people around, but I don’t like it when they bother me. Because of that, I write best at coffee shops where there is activity and human energy all around me. I can maintain my focus for only so long in a silent and confined office. Just don’t talk to me while I’m writing and we’re good.

656040What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

Okay, this is good timing because I just finished reading China Mieville’s “Perdido Street Station” for the first time. I love the world-building, and the creativity, and the imagination in it; Mieville’s language is solid too. But as a writer who struggles with pacing and literary bloat in his own work, I can’t help but to look at “Perdido’s” length critically. The actual story arc in the novel doesn’t start until somewhere 200 to 300 pages in. There are several scenes in it that are interesting, but do not draw the story forward and could have been chopped out. Just saying.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

Well, most of my work so far is classified as horror, but I’m really a fantasy writer. It’s just that my imagination tends to be dark, disturbing and disgusting, and that has led me to write some really fucked-up fiction. I definitely write horror, but I have a vast reservoir of fantasy ideas building up—that sometimes trickle into my horror—that will eventually overflow the dam and I’ll be forced to tackle my fantasy epic.

Where can fans find you online?

www.KeithDeininger.com

I also maintain a tumblr blog, am on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc.

And I encourage anyone who’s interested in my work to sign up for my New Release Mailing List. I use it only to announce new releases, so don’t worry about spam. I also give away a free story to new subscribers for your Kindle (Hint: it’s fucked up). ;)

Also, my latest work, MARROW’S PIT, comes out March 11th, but you can pre-order from Amazon now.

Interview with Teresa Roblin

TeresaRoblin_HocusPocus800Tell us about your publishing journey…

I started writing in my early forties, but I’ve always had an active imagination. One elementary teacher wrote in my report card, “Teresa has a tendency to daydream in class. She should pay more attention.”

I haven’t changed a bit!

In 2000, I started writing my first book, Hocus Pocus, and within seven months it was completed. My second book, Now You See It . . . , a year later. Naïve daydreamer that I am, I thought this is it, I’m going to get published. Optimistic, I entered my first book in a contest and placed last in the paranormal category.

So what did I do? I joined RWA, my local chapter, took writing courses, on-line workshops, talked to other writers and joined a critique group. By 2004, I was finally placing second and third in contests.

Now, everyone can read my books and share in my musings and understand why I usually walk around with a grin on my face.

What do you love about being an author?

The things that I love are:

1. Wearing my pajamas to work.
2. Getting fan mail from my readers and learning that I’ve somehow made their day, made them laugh, and made them forget their troubles for just a little while.

If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?

I would invite The Cat In The Hat – he’s always getting into trouble, never gets blamed for his disasters and lands on his feet.

What would we eat? Desserts, desserts, and more desserts. (It’s one of my food groups.)

If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads? TeresaRoblin_NowYouSeeIt800

I’d reunite the cast from The Proposal with and extra funny lady.
1. Sarah played by Sandra Bullock.
2. Anthony played by Ryan Reynolds
3. Aunt Lilly played by Betty White
4. Emily played by Doris Roberts (Marie Barone on Everyone Loves Raymond)

Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?

Sexy leads hands down!!!

If you had a time machine, which era would you go back to and why?

I’d go back to the Gilded Age, which occurred after the Civil War and before 1913. This period saw great economic growth; amazing discoveries and inventions were made. When hardworking people prospered and were able to pursue their dreams and make great things happen.

What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?

Believe in yourself, because if you don’t — no one else has to.

If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

I wouldn’t mind being a faery, because just like a witch, they have magical powers.

Where do you write best?

I write best in my front room, away from the rest of the family. I shut the doors, turn on the fireplace and immerse myself in my make-believe worlds.

What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?

Last book I read was Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning. Absolutely amazing!!! Steaming hot! Tension held tight from the beginning to the end – a real page-turner.

If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?

I would probably give a historic/fantasy a go. Having kickass heroines sent back in time and watching the two main characters overcome their differences (want to kill each other) and watching the hero help the heroine adjust to a new time is delicious.

Where can fans find you online?

You can reach me at teresaroblin@rogers.com
I’m also on Twitter and Goodreads. (I’m just learning the ropes and I haven’t got a clue what I’m doing)
To buy my books readers can go to my website at www.teresa-roblin.com
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Book Review: Moonflower by Angela J Townsend

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Natasha remembers little from her Russian childhood, other than the lingering nightmares of her mother’s tragic death. So when someone close to her hands her a one-way ticket to Russia, along with the deed to her family farm, and then is brutally murdered, she has little confidence about what awaits her in that distant land.

With doubt and uncertainty, Natasha has no choice but to leave her life in America for an unknown future. Once overseas, the terrifying facts as to why she was really summoned home come to light.

Fact one: Monsters do exist.
Fact two: The only thing keeping those monsters out of the world is an ancient mural hidden below her family’s farm.
Fact three: The mural that keeps the evil out of the world is falling apart.
The final fact: It’s up to Natasha to restore it and save the world from a horror unlike anything seen before.

Luckily, Natasha isn’t alone in her mission. Three Russian Knights are tasked with protecting her from the demons as she restores the mural. And leading the Knights is the handsome and strong Anatoly, who seems to be everything Natasha could hope for in a man. Unfortunately, there is one huge problem. Her Knights are forbidden from having relationships with the artists they protect, and Anatoly is a hardcore rule follower. But rules cannot stop the way she feels.

When a horrifying demon breaches the barrier and pulls Anatoly inside the mural, Natasha can’t help but charge, once again, into the unknown—this time to save the man she secretly loves. Now on the demons’ turf, she risks her own life to free the very one who is supposed to be protecting her. Little does she realize that if she should fail, it could mean the destruction of the very last barrier shielding mankind. Will Anatoly refuse Natasha’s help? Or will he finally realize, when love is at stake, the rules will be broken.

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About the Author: Angela-Townsend

Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing.
Angela’s first novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. She later went on to sign with Clean Teen Publishing in 2013 and currently has two novels published through them: Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings and River of Bones. Her third novel, Moonflower is scheduled for release in March 2014.
Angela resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant.

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My Review:

This was an interesting read. Although YA, it had a lot in it that leant itself to an adult title. The whole theme that art can save was intriguing to me, although my cynical side would normally sneer and snort at it, it made for a concept that I hadn’t seen anywhere else, which made this book quite special.

It was written first person from the protagonist’s POV, which really made you feel for her and her kind of ‘Orphan Annie’ background. I felt that it also had a strong opener too that kept you reading.

From a writers’ perspective, it wasn’t paced as well as it could have been and I found myself getting a bit frustrated waiting for the supernatural element. Maybe a few hints from the start as to where it was all heading might have helped the more impatient reader. As it stands, it’s well written but kind of feels like two halves of two different books, one an old style Virginia Andrews and the other a Stephanie Meyers.

The front cover is pretty, but doesn’t say a lot about the story. Perhaps could have done with the mural in the background and a supernatural element in there somewhere.

Overall, I’d give Moonflower 4 out of 5 stars – a great YA read with an interesting concept.

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Book Review: The Dark Souls Series by Anne Hope‏

SoulBound300Synopsis: Soul Bound

The one man she wants is the one man destined to destroy her.

Sooner or later we all end up dead. Jace Cutler doesn’t have the luxury of staying that way. After receiving a fatal stab wound, he awakens in a hospital room in Portland, Oregon, with no memory and a big hole where his soul used to be. Worst of all is the glow. Everyone is surrounded by a strange white aura he hungers to possess, none more compelling than the one enveloping Dr. Lia Benson.

Lia has always been ruled by reason, refusing to put stock in such nebulous things as destiny. Until Jace dies in her arms, then miraculously comes back to life.  Whenever he’s near, her soul responds and her body burns. And she’s consumed by odd dreams she’s convinced are Jace’s lost memories.When Lia is kidnapped, Jace tracks her and discovers a shocking explanation for  who—and what—he is. Something no longer human, a dark legacy that until now has lain dormant within him. Something that could destroy the one woman he’d sacrifice everything to protect.

Warning: Contains bone-melting sexual tension, scary battle scenes, heartrending emotion guaranteed to keep you turning the pages well into the night, and a positively divine hero who may just steal your soul.

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Save her life…or save mankind. His choice could cost him his soul.

For nearly two centuries, Marcus has been the Watchers’ most faithful soldier.

Sworn to protect humanity, driven by an unrelenting compulsion to atone for past sins, he has rarely found a compelling reason to question his mission, let alone defy his leader. His partner, Regan, is his exact opposite, an enigma he longs to solve. A free spirit and reckless to a fault, Regan acts first and thinks later. Her smart mouth and tender heart have fascinated Marcus for decades, but the Watchers’ strict vow of celibacy has forced him to ignore the sizzling attraction between them. Until now. When Regan goes rogue to protect a very special little boy, Marcus is forced to make an impossible choice—commit an act of treason or watch the woman he secretly loves die.

Hunted by enemies and allies alike, Regan and Marcus run for their lives, fighting to thwart an age-old prophecy and guard a boy whose destiny may very well be to destroy the world…or save it.

SoulThief300Synopsis: Soul Thief

Born to hunt and destroy…until the light of one soul reawakens his own.

Adrian knows he once possessed a soul, but it abandoned him the day he was murdered. The day he was reborn as a Rogue, shunned by humans and hunted by his own kind. By night he feeds the darkness inside him by finding and snuffing out corrupt souls, perfectly content to live as an outcast—until a random act of violence unites him with a woman who makes him feel.

Angelica Paxton believes everyone deserves a second chance. Even her rescuer, a mysterious stranger with hypnotic powers, an unsettling ability to invade her dreams, and a shocking secret. Much as her body wants to succumb to Adrian’s seductive charms, she can’t. Not without breaking his newly awakened heart. Adrian swears to protect Angie from his kind, even if staying by her side means volunteering at the center where she works to reform the very souls he has vowed to crush. Even if it means abandoning the shadows for the light. Even if that light exposes the darkest threat he’s ever faced. One from which he is powerless to save her…

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A man she’d die for, a world she was born to defend… Only one can survive.

For twenty-five years, Adrian has mourned the loss of his soul mate, Angie. He’s content to live as an outcast…until a series of abductions forces him out of seclusion and into the arms of the very woman he loved and lost. Angie’s reincarnation, Emma.

Emma is on the run, hunted by soulless creatures whose one goal is to possess her soul. They have taken everything: her home, her identity, her mother. Left with no other choice, she must trust her fate to Adrian, the enigmatic stranger who comes to her rescue. An immortal being whose illicit touch makes her blood burn and awakens an inexplicable desire in her heart.

Emma follows Adrian to his isolated community in Arizona, where she is assailed by visions of a past life. As passion ignites and her enemies close in, Emma is drawn into a world where nothing is what it seems and where love could prove the greatest weakness of all.

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About the Author: 

6fdee03ae7a045d1e2703210.L._V192253973_SX200_Anne Hope is the author of emotionally intense romances with a twist—a twist of humor, a twist of suspense, a twist of magic. All her stories, however, have a common thread. Whether they make you laugh or cry or push you to the edge of your seat, they all feature the redeeming power of love and the heart’s incredible ability to heal.

Anne’s passion for writing began at the age of eight. After penning countless stories about enchanted houses, alien girls with supernatural powers, and children constantly getting lost in the woods, she decided to try her hand at romance.

She lives in Montreal, Canada, with her husband, her two inexhaustible kids, a lazy cat and a rambunctious Australian Kelpie.

My Review:

So, you’d think reading 4 books for a review would be a mammoth task…it really wasn’t. The Soul Series was so enjoyable, I was actually looking for the next one before I knew what I was doing! Paranormal romance as a genre is saturated with authors and series, and its such a pleasure to find a great one amongst the crowd.

The characters were all so real-feeling, which is a great hook for anything with supernatural elements. There was also definitive themes running through the series too – which to me, sets a book apart from the rest of the dross that can litter this genre.

From a writer’s perspective, I felt that the pace and plots were both smooth and fast and that the author didn’t shy away from any hard-hitting story lines or try to sugar coat anything.  All too often books can patronize the reader by skipping over the deeper material – Anne Hope doesn’t do this at all, and it’s one of the many attributes of a talented author.

The front covers don’t give a lot away about the books themselves, and perhaps could lead them to be overlooked by readers when there are such colourful and exciting covers out there – this would be a massive shame, but people do judge books by their covers.

Overall I’d give the series a big 5 out of 5 stars – it’s so great to find a captivating series, just make sure you have enough free time on your hands!

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Book Review: Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden

Wicked-HungerSynopsis:

“Save him and hurt him, don’t save him and hurt him. Pain, either way. Delicious pain. Hunger will be the only one that wins. Hunger always wins.”

Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. Their whole life is a giant web of deceit made in an effort to conceal the deadly secrets that plague their family.

Zander will do anything to forget his mistakes, including pushing everyone away. He was barely surviving in his self-forced solitude before Ivy Guerra entered his life. The new girl in school, with her pink-striped hair and unyielding curiosity, incites something wicked inside Zander that can only be blamed on his family genes. Now Zander is forced to fight an internal war and make a choice between loving Ivy Guerra and killing her.

Vanessa wants nothing more than to shed the strange powers she wields and be normal. Because if Van were normal, she’d be able to have normal things… Like a relationship with the boy she’s been secretly in love with for years. Unfortunately, her life is anything but ordinary. That boy who owns her heart just happens to be her brother’s kryptonite and a

potential liability for her entire family. When choices between love and family loyalty have to be made, Van finds herself faced with an impossible decision.

As if the Roth family needs anything more to worry about, a vicious plot to expose Van and Zander for what they are is uncovered. When it becomes apparent that someone close to them is at the center of this devious plan, the fight to maintain control and keep their cover ensues. It’s a seemingly impossible battle because something is causing their powers to stir stronger than ever before… and it won’t stop until Van and Zander give in to their wicked hunger.

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About the Author: DelSheree-Gladden

DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, The Destroyer Trilogy, and Invisible. The first book in the Someone Wicked This Way Comes series, Wicked Hunger, is scheduled to be released through Clean Teen Publishing on April 1, 2014.

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My Review:

I always really appreciate an original idea when it comes to paranormal YA fiction. Wicked Hunger gives us something new, but unfortunately doesn’t really explain it too well, and left me with a big question mark. You can tell by the title that this is the first in a series, but I kind of feel a bit cheated that I didn’t get all the information I needed and a complete story in this first book. That said, I did enjoy reading it, it was much darker than the usual teen reads.

My personal reading taste is first person, so I enjoyed reading from the main character’s viewpoints, however I did find Zander a less than convincing teen boy. I found this same thing in Beautiful Creatures, and in my review there, posed the question how accurate can a female author  be when getting into the mind of a teenage boy?

From a writer’s perspective, there were pacing problems and I felt teased as a reader with the ‘Hunger’ that kept materialising at the start of the book, without it being fully explained as to what the brother and sister were and what was really happening. I understand the need for intrigue in books and for authors’  to keep secrets close to their chests, but there should be a drip feed of information, and I really felt that there wasn’t much moisture at all until you really got into the book. This would mean losing less patient readers – which would be a shame.

Also, a note on the title. If you plug it into Amazon you’ll notice several books come up with the same/similar title – some of which are adult orientated. Although almost impossible to give a book a completely unique title, this perhaps should have been checked before hand.

The front cover is nice and has Vanessa on there, but as Zander shares the narrative, he really should be on there too. Gorgeous teen boys are like six pack magnets to the potential teen girl reader browsing the virtual book shelves.

Overall, I’d give Wicked Hunger 3 out of 4 stars – an interesting concept and a promising start to a new teen series.

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Book Review: Of Breakable Things by A. Lynden Rolland

16050312Synopsis:

Alex Ash was born broken. Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is like living on death row, but she is willing to fight for her frail life as long as it includes the boy next door. Chase has always held the pieces of her together, but when he dies tragically, Alex’s unfavorable fate becomes a blessing in disguise.

Faced with a choice, she finds herself in a peculiar world where rooms can absorb emotions and secrets are buried six feet under. Among limitless minds, envious spirits, and soulless banshees, Alex hardly rests in peace.

About the Author:

A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, a picturesque town obsessed with boats and blue crabs. She has always been intrigued by the dramatic and the broken, compiling her eccentric tales of tragic characters in a weathered notebook she began to carry in grade school. She is a sports fanatic, a coffee addict, and a lover of Sauvignon Blanc and thunderstorms. When she isn’t hunched behind a laptop at her local bookstore, she can be found chasing her two vivacious children. She now resides just outside Annapolis with her husband and young sons.

 

My Review:

There seems to be quite a few book around (especially YA ones) that deal with death. I’ve always found it an interesting topic, and it’s amazing how many unique ideas that authors can have that incorporate it. I found the story interesting and the characters likeable. It was very well written and had some lovely turns of phrase in there.

From a writer’s perspective, the book was a bit slow to get going. It seemed to dwell on irelevant information and take the character round in circles. With YA being such a competitive genre and books in general having to compete with such things as social media, video games and socialising with friends, a teen read needs to grab you by the throat from the very first page.

I love the front cover – so creepy and beautiful, this will definitely make it stand out on the virtual book shelf.

Overall I’d give Of Breakable Things 4 out of 5 stars – an interesting, well written book.

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Book Review: Shadows of Fate by Angela Dennis

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After witnessing her husband’s brutal murder, Brenna Baudouin lost control of her Shadow Bearer powers and wreaked havoc on her home world. Her penance: one hundred years policing hordes of supernatural misfits that spilled onto the Earthly plane after a cataclysmic war.

She’s on a routine exorcism run when she learns she’s been assigned a new partner. But there’s something about this Shadow Bearer that sparks her suspicions. Particularly when people closest to her start turning up as piles of ash.

Gray Warlow holds tight to the glamour that allows him to get close to the woman on whom he plans to wreak vengeance for betraying his people. Yet as he skillfully manipulates his way past her distrust, he begins to see her not as the heartless monster he was led to believe, but a strong, vulnerable woman.

As they work to put together the pieces of a killer’s macabre puzzle, an attraction deeper than blood and bone flares between them. And they must reveal their deepest secrets to avoid becoming the final targets.

Warning: A thrill ride of supernatural proportions. Contains violent battle scenes, nail-biting suspense, crazy hot sexual tension, and enough twists and turns to make your head spin.

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 About the Author:

Angela Dennis lives outside Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, son and a sheltie with a hero complex.  When she is not at her computer crafting stories, she can be found feeding her coffee addiction, playing peek-a-boo, or teaching her son about the great adventures found only in books.

You can visit Angela at her blog www.angeladennisauthor.blogspot.com  or at her website www.angeladennisauthor.com .  She loves to hear from her readers, so find her on Twitter for a chat @angeladennis

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My Review:

I forget how much I miss urban fantasy; I’ve been desperately trying to widen my reading spectrum, and as strange as it sounds, have been deliberately limiting my fav genre; so it was lovely to get back to it, and Shadows of Fate gave me the fix I needed.

It was a great story and the female lead was strong, yet not annoying (a hard combination for an author to capture)

From a writer’s perspective, it flowed nicely and didn’t introduce too much world building too quickly – which is often how inexperienced writers start such books – its kind of like word vomit, only slightly thicker! Yuck! My only gripe about the book is that, although it’s written first person, which I prefer, it did head hop. I’m not a massive fan of this as it can pull you out of a moment too quickly and, from an evil commercial point of view, can give the reader an obvious place to ‘put the book down’. As writers we need to keep them reading, that way you get the ‘I couldn’t put it down effect’. Maybe leaving each character break on a hook could have accomplished this?

The front cover is a little cartoonish,and doesn’t really say much about the book – again, Urban Fantasy is a competitive genre and so maybe a bit more on the front could set it apart – no one reads the blurb of a book without choosing the front cover first.

Overall, I’d give Shadow of Fate 4 out 5 stars, a promising start and very well written.

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Interview with Ghost Hunter Billy Roberts

18126469How did Ghostly Tales come about?

 As a professional medium and paranormal researcher I have been writing ghost stories for over 30 years. This is just one compilation of many I have written.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever heard?

I have been in many scary situations over the years; apart from my wife shouting at me to get ready for an important appointment: The location of the house that cried blood (now a desolate piece of waste land), the merciful cries of children who were slaughtered echoing through the night.

One of the scariest things I’ve seen recently is this painting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hands_Resist_Him

I must admit, I’ve never seen anything like this painting.

What sort of ghost stories did you read growing up?

Growing up I read a lot of Edgar Allen Poe. I liked the SARDONIC SMILE.

What was the hardest part of writing the book?

The hardest part of writing the book was formatting it for the publishers. These stories are all true and so I found the actual writing of the book quite easy.

What is the most realistic ghost/ paranormal movie you’ve seen?

When my autobiography was first published in 1995 by Harper Collins, the publishers sent it to different movie companies. The Sixth Sense was exactly like my life as a child. I just thought it was a bit of a coincidence.

Which literary character do you feel you are you most like and why?

Nineteenth Century dramatist and mystic, Maurice Maeterlinck. I use to see him as a child in my head, and later in a crystal sphere I used for meditation. I now know him to be one of my disembodied mentors.

Going into a paranormal situation, what piece of equipment could you not do without?

The only piece of ‘Ghost Hunting’ equipment I need is my torch.

Where can fans find you online?

My website is www.billyroberts.co.uk

 

Book Spotlight: Shadows of Fate by Angela Dennis

ShadowsOfFate72lgSynopsis:

Redemption lies beyond the veil between truth and lies.

After witnessing her husband’s brutal murder, Brenna Baudouin lost control of her Shadow Bearer powers and wreaked havoc on her home world. Her penance: one hundred years policing hordes of supernatural misfits that spilled onto the Earthly plane after a cataclysmic war.

She’s on a routine exorcism run when she learns she’s been assigned a new partner. But there’s something about this Shadow Bearer that sparks her suspicions. Particularly when people closest to her start turning up as piles of ash.

Gray Warlow holds tight to the glamour that allows him to get close to the woman on whom he plans to wreak vengeance for betraying his people. Yet as he skillfully manipulates his way past her distrust, he begins to see her not as the heartless monster he was led to believe, but a strong, vulnerable woman.

As they work to put together the pieces of a killer’s macabre puzzle, an attraction deeper than blood and bone flares between them. And they must reveal their deepest secrets to avoid becoming the final targets.

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About the Author: Angela Dennis

Angela Dennis lives outside Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, son and a sheltie with a hero complex.  When she is not at her computer crafting stories, she can be found feeding her coffee addiction, playing peek-a-boo, or teaching her son about the great adventures found only in books.

You can visit Angela at her blog www.angeladennisauthor.blogspot.com or at her website www.angeladennisauthor.com.  She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to email her directly at angeladennisauthor@yahoo.com.

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