Book Spotlight: Bitter Fruits Sarah Daltry

1213 Bitter Fruits_1400Synopsis:

Attending a vampire-themed masquerade party seems like a strange way to spend a night, but Nora is sick of frat parties and bars. Meeting Alec was just a bonus. Despite their immediate attraction, however, Alec is wary of involving himself with Nora, and when she pushes it, she discovers that Alec has secrets that could destroy them both. Is she willing to risk everything for a man she hardly knows? How far into darkness will he take her?

When Nora attempts to follow, however, things grow more complicated. Someone is hunting her – someone tied to a secret that goes back to the beginning of man. Soon, Nora finds herself drawn to two men, each with his own agenda. Can she save them both when one is destined to die? 

About The Author:

Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Bitter Fruits is her first full length novel. Her other two novels have already been released. Forget Me Not and Lily of the Valley are simultaneous perspectives in the New Adult contemporary romance series, Flowering. Sarah also has three novellas (including Star of Bethlehem, part of the Flowering series) and several short stories available. She is currently working on Immortal Star and Daughter of Heaven in this series, and Orange Blossom, another novel in Flowering . When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://sarahdaltry.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahDaltryErotica

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Book Review: One Thousand and One Nights By Ruth Browne

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Sheri spends her days fighting zombies and her nights chained to a wall, earning her every breath by telling stories to her captor Aleksy—stories that make them both forget the ruined world. Sheri could put up with the conditions—at least she knows her sister is safe in the community Aleksy leads—until she realizes she’s falling for him…even though he wants her dead.
When Aleksy allowed Sheri and her sister into his compound, he didn’t know about the zombie bite on her back. It’s only a matter of time before she turns into one of the rising dead and threatens their existence, but Aleksy has a secret need for Sheri and her stories. For everyone’s safety, he chains her to his bedroom wall, hoping for just one more day. But how long will the community allow Aleksy to ignore his own rule: always kill the infected. Always.

My Review:

I loved the idea of Arabian Nights mixed with end of the world zombie uprising. The protagonist, Sheri was a cool character and reminded me of Katniss from the Hunger Games – only with an edge to her that a YA character would be allowed.

I really enjoyed the book and managed to read it within 2 days. My only gripe is that it was over way too quick. I’m just hoping that this is the start of a longer series and that we might get a few more children’s classics tied into the zombie plot line – maybe a Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer zombie hunters sequel?

For a writer’s perspective it was a little jumpy in places, but I’m putting that down to it being a galley rather than the finished manuscript. However overall the pace was good and the writing intriguing. There were no massive info dumps and the past was cleverly weaved into the present to give you a completed story by the end. I would have preferred first person narrative from Sheri’s point of view rather than third person omnipotent, however this is just my opinion and purely based on the fact that Sheri was such a wonderful character that her voice would have given it more emotion and grit.

The front cover is beautiful and really captures the book well – I’m going to continue to say this but book covers are SO important in selling a book. No matter how many Sesame Street episodes or cartoons teaching us not to judge a book by its cover – we really all, deep down, do. Not politically correct I know, but the truth. Looking at the cover, I don’t think this will be a problem for Ruth Browne as I’m a notorious cover whore and it attracted me!

I’d give One Thousand and One Nights 4 out of 5 stars – a great zombie read which, for me, delivered more than Gena Showater’s ‘Alice in Zombieland’. It only lost a star because it felt like it should be a beautifully brilliant cog in a larger machine, so bring on the series!

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Release date 30th September 2013.