Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Post-illness ramblings!

Well, I've not been able to do too much this week, because I came down with a really nasty and evil bug! Luckily I don't tend to get sick all that often, but when I do it really knocks me off my feet. It drove me a bit crazy actually - I find it very hard to just switch off, even when I'm ill. I always need to be doing something, and sitting around watching TV constantly for days on end is actually really hard for me!

So I've been killing some time by making Christmas decorations. It hasn't been anything too fancy; just paper snowflakes to hang in the window. I can't really have any tinsel or a tree in my room, in case Millie Moggy decides to eat it when I'm not looking (!), but I don't mind too much because I LOVE snow!


 
Now I can concentrate on tougher stuff, I have a lot of work to do, to try and make up for the time I've lost getting better. I need to write a lab report on DNA sequencing (let's hope I don't mess that one up!), get some letters and application forms sent off for more uni-related stuff, post a bunch of Christmas presents, do a load of background reading for my assignments... Hopefully I'll manage it all in the next week so I can have Christmas off!
 
Besides all that though, I've got plans to update my room a bit and redecorate it. I've decided to do it white with a violet feature wall, as well as rearrange a lot of my pictures and ornaments. I'm not too sure exactly when I'll be doing that - sometime after Christmas - but I'm aiming to get it all done in one day. My room is quite small so I should manage that!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Emotional foundations

Today I was thinking back on the post I made a few days ago about books that have had an impact on me. It was really hard narrowing it down to just five, but the main reason why is because there are a lot more books which have influenced me, all in different ways. And then I got onto thinking why.

(Warning - I do ramble on a bit here!!!)

The thing I love about books in general is how they can strike different chords. If a hundred people sat down and read a book, I'll bet they would all react differently. Some of them will see something almost personal in the pages, and to others it will just be a story. It can mean many things, depending on who is reading it; their frame of mind; the time in their lives. The thing I don't particularly like is when books are analysed to death; ripped apart to find 'meanings' - some of which could be left entirely to personal interpretation.

I had a bit of a weird love-hate view towards English Literature classes in school because of that!
 
 As a writer, I’m the first person to admit that my stories do have meanings in them, but more than anything, they are there for me. Most of the time, I don’t even realise I’m putting them in until after the story is finished. If anyone else sees something in a story, be it one of mine or any other, I think it’s up to them what they take from it, if they take anything at all. But I’d like to think that if something written does strike a chord for someone, it does so with the most basic of levels: emotion.
I firmly believe that no matter how many books an author writes, they can never completely sever themselves from their characters or story. For something to be convincing, you have to write about what you know. Even if the plot is the most far-fetched and fantastical thing ever, the basic emotions must be real, and the only way to do that is to admit you have experienced them yourself in some form. So a fictional story will pretty much always have a thread of reflection, homage, or catharsis – even if it’s never actually intended and only the author sees most of it.
My characters are their own people, but I will always admit I can see traits of myself, or occasionally people I know, woven slightly into them. I’ve certainly never lived Raphael's life in Blindsighted Wanderer, but I know the same kind of joy he felt, and that helped me bring his alive. The key, at least for me writing these things, is finding an emotional connection: the same one I found with other books that mean something to me. Likewise, with Tragic Silence, I’ve never been embroiled in vampirism.
The thing is, I don’t really view Tragic Silence as an overly ‘vampire’ story. I had the basic idea for it about twelve years ago, but it took a surge of very real emotions to catapult it into becoming a full-sized novel. I see Tragic Silence as a story of mental strength and endurance, that just so happens to involve vampires. In many ways, I see Blindsighted Wanderer in a similar light: a giant misunderstanding that happens to involve water nymphs.
I’ll mention Blindsighted Wanderer first. That story had been growing with me since I was a little kid, and in it I can see the same kind of response I had to things that influenced me. But the major theme for me is how people react differently to a single situation in the pursuit of their own personal happiness. Some will condemn, some will accept. The book is completely different to the context in which I learned these emotions, but I still felt them, so I saw them in the characters.
In Tragic Silence, the main character has to deal with a lot of quite intense emotions, which stem closely from the mental tangle I was experiencing myself during the first few drafts. I had two years of deaths, serious illnesses and anxiety, and a good portion of the book developed in direct response to all that. Bee and I am not the same person, and our experiences are very far apart. But I know for definite that if I’d written it at any other time, it would have ended up being a completely different story.
But, just like only a tiny piece of the author might end up as a foundation, this is just a snapshot of what went into making these books. It takes me at least five years to create a novel - The Trilogy of J'hura took me almost a decade. Besides research, most of the work is just sitting down with myself and figuring out who these characters are, and what made them that way. Their psychology fascinates me, and I can’t imagine not getting to know them and what we have in common.
On the deepest level, I think the strong responses to a fictional story all boil down to those basic human emotions. They may have only been felt once, but they leave their mark in a very definite way. There’s no reason why a reader can’t have that response to a book too.

But likewise, I think a story should be enjoyed for what it is: a story. Not everything read or watched needs to be analysed to death. Not everyone will take something from it, or even take the same thing if they do. It's all personal, no matter who it is, and I think that should be respected.

Monday, 9 December 2013

My top five most inspirational books

I decided to do this for a bit of fun, but it turned out to actually be quite tough! I think it's great  when you find something that really strikes a chord deep inside, whether it's a book, movie, song, whatever. I can't list even half the books which I've read and fallen in love with, but among my absolute favourites, there are some which really left a lasting impression on me. They have influenced not just the way I approach writing, but also became a kind of marker for the times in my life when I first read them.
So, here are a handful of them: five of my most inspirational books. Here we go!
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Joanne Greenberg
The hidden strength is too deep a secret. But in the end... in the end it is our only ally
This isn't one that jumped to mind straightaway, but as I thought about it, I realised just how much it has impacted me. I ended up reading it almost by accident, but it hooked me in a way I never thought it would.

One of the things which makes this so inspirational in general, I think, is the fact that it's based very closely on a true story. It captures the whirlwind of mental illness in a beautifully brutal narrative - the words flow in a way that doesn't happen in many books. I was so impressed with the way in which Deborah uses her vivid imagination to find solace from and make sense of reality. It formed one of those weird connections which you never see coming, but which really speaks to some part of you. Reading this story, which is non-fiction in many ways, turned out to be one of the most rewarding literary whims I've ever ended up taking. It was so inspiring to follow a journey through one of the darkest places of the mind, and come out the other side.
Northern Lights
Philip Pullman
You cannot change what you are, only what you do.
I have honestly lost count of the amount of times I've read His Dark Materials. Out of all the books I've put together here, it's the one that's been with me the longest, and it still fascinates me today.
I think it's one of those stories where the more you read it, the more you notice. Despite the world and imagery being very impressive, I love the way this book addresses some pretty heavy and  harrowing issues, through the eyes of a kid. And she is a very realistic kid. Lyra is one of my favourite child characters ever. She can be difficult, rude, lazy and deceitful; but also very mature, selfless, intelligent and loyal. I first read the books when I was around Lyra's age, and it was refreshing to find a young protagonist who wasn't always an angelic big-eyed little girl. But besides her, this is the story which sowed in me a love of the Arctic. After I read this, visiting the far north went straight on my bucket list and it's never gone away. So Northern Lights very easily makes my top five!
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bronte
I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.
This is my favourite piece of Victorian literature. I can shower it with compliments about how its structure and characterisation is near-perfect; the way the gothic elements blend with the romance. But the main draw to this book for me is Jane Eyre herself.
I recently found an article listing how the story can still apply to modern readers over 150 years after it was first published, and it sums up my feelings pretty well. Jane is a strong, independent character, who respects herself without being proud, to the point where she is willing to make huge personal sacrifices for the sake of her own honour. But despite all that, she isn't without flaws, and one thing I really love: she didn't start off so controlled. One of my favourite parts of the book is near the beginning, when Jane tells her Aunt Reed just how much she dislikes her. And while I loved her spunk and thought she had good reason to speak her mind, I really admired the way she still found the strength to move on as she grew up. She's one of those characters who is brave in a subtle way, taking life as it comes. Every time I read this story, she appears so real and human, I can imagine glancing up and seeing her standing there. I've come to really look up to her, and I think she's a brilliant literary role model - and not just for girls.
Lirael
Garth Nix
Choosers will be beggars if the begging's not their choosing.
I first read Sabriel, the first book in The Old Kingdom series, when I was in my mid-teens, and didn't actually get around to the other two for a while afterwards. I really enjoyed Sabriel, but when I moved onto Lirael, I felt myself connect with it in a very personal way.
I think what put this one in my top five inspirational books is the time at which I read it. If I'd read the rest of the series directly after Sabriel, it might not have had the same effect. But as it stands, I devoured this story in just a few sittings, because it was shortly after a very difficult period of family deaths. One of the main themes of the series is death, but it's done in a fascinating way which never struck me as morbid or oppressive. Lirael herself goes through a brilliant transformation in both this book and the next one, Abhorsen, battling not just outside forces, but also depression, personal identity, nightmares and loneliness. It's beautiful to witness, and was a real help to me. I'm so glad I fell into this series when I did.
The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness
Michelle Paver
Evil exists in all of us, Torak. Some fight it. Some feed it. That's how it's always been.
Growing up, there were three series which I got obsessed with, and bought every single instalment as soon as it came out. They were Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.
That last one is the story I always tell everyone to read, and I'm always a bit surprised that more people haven't heard of it. I honestly can't pick one book out of the lot which I can place above the others, so I've cheated a bit here and just put the series itself. There are not enough adjectives to describe how much I adore these six books. But besides being my absolute favourites, the entire series has impacted me in a huge way. It's actually the only one which has influenced me not just in writing, but also in university work. When I first read Wolf Brother in high school, I was blown away by the chapters written from the POV of a wolf. I'd never seen anything like it before and it worked perfectly. When I went to uni, I studied Animal Behaviour, and the wolf chapters are still ingrained in my head. I honestly think it is the most realistic and accurate animal POV I have ever come across in a work of fiction.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

DUAL PAPERBACK RELEASE - TODAY!!!

Hi everybody! The big day is finally here! The dual launch is today, and that means that Tragic Silence is now available in e-book AND paperback!!! To add to that, Blindsighted Wanderer is now also available as a paperback for the first time!!!
I am so happy and excited, I can't even put it into words! It's been amazing to look forward to this day after watching these stories grow... I just keep thinking back to each one's first day, when they were nothing more than sparks, and everything that happened to make them into real breathing books. Both of these stories have been with me for a long time - they are both over ten years old really - and now they are all grown up. I'm so honoured to be able to share them with you in paperback now, especially Tragic Silence, which hasn't really seen the light of day before now - no pun intended!
I really hope you will enjoy them! There are links to where you can get them below, and if you do read them, I would love to know what you think!
Wishing everybody a very happy day!!!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Trailer bash!

There's not long to go now! In just two days, the double launch will be underway! Tragic Silence is coming to ebook, and Blindsighted Wanderer will be available in paperback for the first time!!!
Here are the book trailers for both books, to start everything off! I am getting SO EXCITED NOW!!!
BLINDSIGHTED WANDERER
YA coming-of-age fantasy
TRAGIC SILENCE
YA paranormal romance
TUESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Beszél Magyarul?

File:Flag of Hungary.svgOr: "Do you speak Hungarian?"
I certainly couldn't before I started work on Tragic Silence - I don't think I'd even heard it spoken by anybody! But I knew that if a good portion of the story was going to be set in Budapest, and my main character was going to be Hungarian, I'd have to learn as much as I could about her country, culture, and language.

Here are a selection of very basic words and phrases that I learned, with the pronunciation as best as I can make it!
Jó napot (YO nah-pot)
– Hello
Szia (szIa)
– Hi
Viszontlátásra (VISS-ont-LAH-tass-rah)
– Goodbye
A nevem... (Oh nev-vem)
– My name is...
Örvendek (UR-ven-dek)
– Pleased to meet you
Igen (Ee-gen)
– Yes
Nem (nem)
– No
Köszönöm (KUSS-uh-num)
– Thank you
Beszél Angolul? (bess-zel on-GOH-luul)
– Do you speak English?
Sajnos nem beszélek Magyarul (SHOI-nosh nem bess-zel-ek MAR-djar-uul)
- I’m sorry, I don’t speak Hungarian.
I really tried as hard as I could to get everything as accurate as possible. I've never visited Hungary, didn't know anybody from there or who spoke the language, and I couldn't visit for research either. So I was quite nervous about attempting something like this - I had to work with what I could find. I know there may be some inaccuracies, for which I respectfully apologise, but I still hope you enjoy the story!

TRAGIC SILENCE RELEASES IN EBOOK
TUESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

Thursday, 7 November 2013

The Witch Avenue series - new cover

Karice Bolton's Witch Avenue series has a new cover for its complete series edition! Isn't it awesome??

Includes Lonely, Altered, Released, and Shattered Souls, plus a few bonus scenes!


 
Lonely Souls (Witch Avenue #1)
Every town has its mysteries. Every avenue has its secrets...
 Devastated by the loss of her mother, Triss throws herself into uncovering clues surrounding her mother's disappearance. When the Witch Avenue Coven turns their backs on Triss, she realizes she's caught in a world that is ruled by Lonely Souls. But who is controlling them? 
 Recognizing the herbal lore she grew up learning will do little to fight against the underworld, she is relieved when her best friend from childhood, Logan, returns to help her find answers. When they begin uncovering secrets from her family's past, she learns her mother might not have been the only target.
But as Triss falls deeply for Logan, she discovers her family isn't the only one with secrets and his may be deadly.
Altered Souls (Witch Avenue #2)
The realm of Altered Souls brings nothing but unrest, deceit, and pain forcing Triss to come face to face with heartbreak from her past.
Facing a betrayal like never before, Triss questions everything she thought she knew about her family, coven, and abilities.
With the help of Logan, she embarks on a journey enabling her to confront the dark side of magic and the person who controls it. Realizing Triss’s ancestors have been seduced for centuries by the dark side, Triss and Logan must ensure no more in their world fall victim to the realm of Altered Souls, even if that means ending the ones they love.
Released Souls (Witch Avenue Series #3)
Triss and Logan's love is becoming stronger by the day as they harness the powers between them, but will that make them blind to the evil they're facing?
After uncovering startling information about her family, Triss is determined to right the wrongs of her ancestors. Triss and Logan uncover who has infiltrated the covens across the globe, and they realize the plans of the dark side are far more sinister than they'd ever imagined.
As the power of this hidden world is exposed, Triss learns her role in the covens. With Logan, Dace and Bakula's assistance, Triss is now able to fully realize the abilities her ancestors have given her.
It won't be long until the dark forces regain their strength, especially as their leader, Eben, continues his quest for a power that can never be revoked. Triss must stop him before it is too late.
Shattered Souls (Witch Avenue Series #4)
The final installment of the Witch Avenue Series.
A battle is brewing among the covens…
As Triss prepares to defeat the Praedivinus, a new order rises, and this one is far more deadly. Navigating her way through mystic realms, and unknown portals it is up to Triss to recognize real from imagined and stop the two from colliding.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 Karice Bolton lives in the Pacific Northwest and is a writer of Young Adult and New Adult books. She loves to read anything and everything. She also enjoys baking, skiing, and spending time with her wonderful husband and two English bulldogs.
Books currently available:
*Beyond Love Series: Beyond Control (Book 1)
Beyond Doubt (Book 2) ~ coming November
*The Camp

*The Witch Avenue Series: Lonely Souls (Book 1), Altered Souls (Book 2), Released Souls (Book 3) Shattered Souls (Book 4)

*The Watchers Trilogy: Awakening (Book 1), Legions (Book 2), Cataclysm (Book 3), Taken Novella (Watchers Prequel)
Afterworld Series (RecruitZ) – coming soon
Karice would love if you stopped by her blog or FB page to find out the latest news on giveaways and upcoming releases, or you can just send her an email. She loves hearing from her readers and responds as soon as she can.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Halloween!

I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween! It was very quiet for me; no-one decided to come trick-or-treating so I ended up just having a long night in watching my favourite horror movies! Plus practically every Tim Burton film that I own...
 
Speaking of which, I eventually decided on Jack Skellington for my pumpkin - I got one of those white ghost pumpkins for a change. I did find it a bit weird that the inside was yellow though; I wasn't sure exactly what I was expecting! I guess I just had it in my head that you could only get orange pumpkins!
 
BOO!
 
I did have fun dressing up though, even if no-one saw me at the end of it! This year I was a Mexican Catrina (another change for me - usually I'm a vampire!), and that in itself was a bit tough! My face paint did not want to behave itself at all! And then I had my annual battle with trying to get the wig on my head - my hair is hip-length and I needed over 20 pins to keep everything in place!
 
Besides that, I've also been reading through the final manuscript of Tragic Silence! It was so weird to see it again after a year, but so cool at the same time, especially with it all formatted and nearly ready. I can't believe there's just over two weeks to go before it's launched! I'M SO EXCITED! I really can't wait to share it with you all...

Friday, 25 October 2013

Awesome old book!

I just wanted to share something pretty cool with you guys - well it's cool to me but, seriously, my face was like a kid at Christmas with this thing!
 
Over the past month or so, I've been given a load of old books. Some of them are more modern animal/biology related ones which are really handy for my uni course, but others are stuff like poetry collections; fairy tales; Shakespeare; the like - and they have some history behind them. I love old books, and I thought the earliest one I had was from 1895. That's impressive to me anyway, until I checked out the Roman numerals in this battered little thing, and my jaw practically hit the floor.
 
 
This was printed in 1764!
 
I'm pretty confident that is one of the oldest things I own! I'm very tempted to take it to an antique book specialist and see if I can find out some more about it. In the meantime though, it's taken pride of place on top of my writing desk! So cool!!!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The theme song

I know I write books and not movies, but for pretty much every single one that I create, I end up putting together a 'soundtrack' of songs which I think go with them. It's all in fun, but I can get a bit obsessive about getting them in the right order, making sure I don't go too overboard on the numbers... et cetera! But usually, there is one song in particular which seems so perfect, it becomes a kind of 'theme song' - the track which I automatically think of when I imagine the story. Tragic Silence comes out in just over a month (whoohoo!) so today I was listening to its soundtrack to get me all excited. And I think it's the only book I've written which arguably has two of these signature songs. The main one, I won't say now, because in a way it's too perfect. But the other one, I wanted to share.


Yes, I know I'm cheating a bit since this is a theme song in itself, but I LOVE IT. Phantom is one of my favourite musicals and it was a huge influence on Tragic Silence. I haven't heard many versions which I haven't liked, and the one I used on the track listing is the Nightwish one, but this one from the 25th Anniversary DVD gave me chills. If I do a sort-of mental eye-blurring when I listen to this song, I can honestly see it going hand in hand with the vampires from the story.

Hope you like!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Stories and scans


Well, it's been a while since my last update-style post, so I thought I'd better write one!
 
At the moment I'm housesitting for some friends, which is giving me a good opportunity to get stuck in with all my work for university. I have a lot to do, but the peace and quiet is helping me concentrate and I'm aiming to get it all done in a couple of weeks so I can really take time to relax.
 
Besides all that, I've finished the first draft of my latest novel, The Tale of Jane Doe. I'm leaving it alone for a while now so I can go back and edit it fresh in a few months. I'm overwhelmingly proud of this story. Juggling all the different components to pull it together was very interesting - it's taken me in a few new directions. And after working on paranormal and gritty high fantasy the last few years, it was great to go back to a more 'mystical' kind of story. My mum read it a few weeks ago, and she said it's the darkest story I've ever written. That balance was what I was aiming for and I'm so happy I managed to achieve it.
 
I'm planning to start a new novel in summer 2014 - from the looks of things, it's going to be The Libelle Papers: the first prequel to Tragic Silence. I can't really take the time to write it sooner because I have so much work for uni which needs to be done in the meantime. But to help keep me sane, I'm working on a novella, The Sailorman's Daughters, which I'm aiming to finish sometime in the new year. I'm not writing it constantly like I usually do with a novel, but I'm enjoying it so far! Mermaids galore!
 
I'm also due to go to hospital soon for an MRI scan of my wrist. As some of you may know, I've had problems with the tendons for a few years. It's been very frustrating because it's made it hard for me to do a lot of things. At one point a couple of years ago, I couldn't even hold a fork properly! I was worried initially that it was carpal tunnel syndrome or something, but when I went for a check-up, I was relieved to hear it's probably just tendonitis. We just need to find out exactly what is going on in the tissues so it can start being treated properly.
 
Well, that's all I can think of to say! I hope everyone is doing well, and looking forward to Hallowe'en! I still need to decide what to carve on the pumpkin for this year...

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Blog tour: Aphrodite's War by Donna Milward


Once again, I'm doing a stop on the Staccato Autumn Family Lineup, yay! Today we have Donna Milward, and are celebrating her newest release, Aphrodite's War!
ABOUT THE BOOK

Aphrodite despises Aries and when Zeus proposes a contest, the prize being expulsion of her enemy from Olympus, Aphrodite cannot resist. The catch: should Aries prevail it is Aphrodite who must leave her home. Risks aside, she cannot refuse the possibility of a future without her former lover.
The challenge: two mortals must fall in love. It is simple. However, the players could not be more ill-suited. Poetry, a free spirited artist and Adrian, a defense attorney would not normally choose one another. But when gods interfere anything is possible.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donna Milward lives in Edmonton, Alberta in a tiny house with a huge yard. She’s been writing all her life, but decided to put writing on hold to get ‘a real job’ as a meatcutter and build a future with her beloved troll, Dan and her cats Freya, Sully, and Spartacus Jones.

Twelve years later, an invitation to a Romance Writer’s Conference in Washington D.C. led not only to new friends and new knowledge, but to the inspiration to write again. Thoeba was completed the following year.

Donna likes to mix her fascination with reincarnation and all things paranormal with her love of mythology in her work, and has even written her own myth ‘The Sacred Truth” (on earthtothoeba.blogspot.com) as the lore behind Thoeba and future novels to come.

Donna enjoys fishing, gardening and canning. Despite these hobbies, she much prefers city life


AN INTERVIEW WITH DONNA MILWARD


How did you come up with the idea of Aphrodite's War? Did you have to do a lot of research for it?
The idea came from two places. I always thought if Aphrodite and Ares were real people, their romance wouldn’t survive forever, and what happens when you’re immortal and forever is your reality? The saying “All is fair in love and war” sprang to mind constantly. The other concept came from another cliché—“Opposites attract.” But it can’t be that easy. Especially since Poetry and Adrian are as different from each other as you can get. I’m not sure those two would have connected without Aphrodite’s help. And oddly enough, Kevin helped a great deal.

As for research, I’ve adored Greek Mythology since I was twelve years old. It’s a joy for me to use what I’ve learned over the years. And since I live in Edmonton, I didn’t really need to research much. You could come to my city and find the restaurant where Poetry works and the neighbourhood where her parents live. You can see the gay bar from the Second Cup Poetry and Jenny met at. I went through my local yellow pages to count how many pages were dedicated to law offices. The only fictional place was Vulcan’s Forge. Research for everything else was as simple as Google.



There are so many entities in Greek mythology: gods, nymphs and titans, to name only a few! How did you decide which characters would make an appearance in Aphrodite's War?

I guess I just used whoever seemed appropriate for the job. That’s the beauty of Greek Mythology—there is a deity or legend for everything.


How long did it take you to write this story?
I would say roughly nine or ten months plus editing. That’s how it seems to work for me, a novel a year.



Do you have any kind of rituals for writing, such as having music playing, or writing at a certain time of day?
I never really gave that much thought, but I definitely have a preferred routine. I like to write in the morning after breakfast and Facebook. I always have the TV on in the background, because I hate silence and music is too distracting. On a good day, I can write into the afternoon. I prefer to write my blogs and other correspondence in the evenings after dinner.



If Aphrodite's War was made into a movie, who would you choose to play the main character?
Tough question! The only one who has an actual actor chosen for him is Ares. Jason Momoa would be perfect! I chose Adrian’s features from the Norwegian Olympic Curling Team. I never had anyone in mind for Poetry, but just last March I met a woman named Sandra who looked just like her! She even had tattoos and piercings, but her black hair is longer and curlier and her bangs are always orange.


Thank you so much, Donna, for a great interview!


FIND DONNA MILWARD ON THE WEB AT THESE SITES




It's been an absolute pleasure for me to host these stops on the Lineup tour for both Donna Milward and Jacinta Maree. Please check out their amazing books and show your support! And don't forget to enter the giveaway below! Good luck everyone!
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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Blindsighted Wanderer: the Asrae Millennium Giveaway


"Sweet loved one, I pray thee for one loving speech..."
A thousand years might be only the equivalent of a decade for the Kingdom of Zandor, but many of its watery citizens will remember this anniversary with perhaps more reverence than usual.
Even though the majority of Blindsighted Wanderer follows Raphael and Silas in the early 13th century, two hundred years prior to this was an event that set everything in motion. Exactly one millennium ago today in the year 1013, Princess Merrin came to the surface of the lake to meet with Adrian Atego for the final time.
September 26th marks not only the date on which the story ends, but also the date when it begins, with the peasant and his princess. To mark one thousand years, we're holding a giveaway starting today, on the anniversary. Be sure to enter for a chance to not only win some Blindsighted Wanderer swag, but a load of other cool stuff by author Ruthie Kight, to name just a few things!

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Blog Tour: My Demonic Ghost: The Reapers by Jacinta Maree

I am very honoured to be hosting not one but two stops for the Staccato Publishing Autumn Family Lineup blog tours! First of all, we have Jacinta Maree's new release: The Reapers - the second instalment of her My Demonic Ghost paranormal series!
ABOUT THE BOOK
The day you die is meant to be the end, but for 18 year old Jordon Hastings, his death was only the beginning.
In a dark and twisted world, lost spirits known as Reapers remain behind after death to help collect the spirits from the realm of the living. A new Reaper, Jordon struggles to accept his fate and lingers in the shadows of his mortal life. But when a demon wolf starts to live through his shadow, hunting his family and friends, Jordon has no choice but to leave. As soon as he accepts his new role the truth behind the relationship between Reapers and Angelic Hunters is revealed. His loyalty is tested, making him choose between a corrupted God and a single Banished Spirit.
MY REVIEW

5 / 5 STARS
What can I say other than this is a brilliant story? The incredibly rich world Maree introduced us to in book 1 shoots into an even greater realm of existence with the Reapers. This is a book packed with great descriptions, utterly believable characters, and a driving atmosphere that really packs a punch.

As soon as I picked it up, I was hooked. The first page threw me headfirst into a completely engaging story, with a great new protagonist in Jordon. Having him as a narrator this time is a refreshing new voice to the series, and he brings to life a side of the twisted supernatural world which couldn’t really be explored in as much detail before. He is a sympathetic character who is very caring and yet humorous, and I found myself really rooting for him, especially in matters concerning his half-brother Evan.

Despite the influx of new characters though, it was great to see some familiar faces from the first My Demonic Ghost book showing up, such as Gargoyle, a couple of the Seven Deadly Sins, Betrayal, and my personal favourite, Lock. The Reapers works well with Banished Spirits; for the first half or so, it acts almost as a prequel before beginning to directly run alongside the plotline of its predecessor. But Maree has achieved that harder-than-it-seems effect of telling a story which isn’t the first instalment of its series, but yet can still stand on its own. The Reapers is such a full story in itself; even as someone who has read Banished Spirits, I knew as I was reading it that I could have easily picked up this book first with no knowledge of its predecessor, and not have gotten lost. And for those who have read the first book, this one offers a fresh new angle on events from Banished Spirits that couldn’t have been explored through the eyes of Rachael.

This is a really clever and well thought-out story. Even if you’re yet to read My Demonic Ghost: Banished Spirits, check this one out. And then go straight back and get book 1! I guarantee this is one paranormal series that cannot disappoint!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Self-confessed chocaholic, Jacinta was born and raised in Melbourne Australia with her loving family of five. Even as a child Jacinta had an itch to write. Writing was the one constant hobby she clung to, also trying her hand at piano, flute, tennis, horseback riding and drama.
Jacinta works full time in the family business and spends her afternoons either playing basketball, reading, writing or hanging out with friends. She is always happy to try something new; getting her real estate license, practising ninjitshu, Zumba and parkour to name a few.
For her future, Jacinta sees herself writing. It is a large part of her identity and something she hopes to continue. Aside from her love of stories she loves Japan and its unique and beautiful culture and history. From their delicious sushi dishes right down to their wooden sandals and kimonos. She is also a huge cat person and loves to snuggle up in front of the fire for a good movie or book. Her favourite genres are paranormal and fantasy but she also loves anything written by thriller writer, Stephen King.
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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Tragic Silence book trailer

Whoohoo! I've been waiting to share this for about three months and now here it is! The trailer for Tragic Silence!
Thank you so much yet again to Rhian for portraying Bee Farkas in this video!
TRAGIC SILENCE
EBOOK RELEASE: TUESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2013

Friday, 6 September 2013

Review: Taking Angels (The Angel Crusades #1) by CS Yelle

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5 / 5
Britt Anderson went along with everything the doctors said for nearly four years, but she was still dying at eighteen. The cancer had won leaving her without a future, without any options, and without control. No control, except for how she would leave this world. As Britt tries to end her life by going into the frigid waters she realizes her mistake. She struggles to get back to shore, to cry out for help, but her atrophied muscles are useless and the frigid water steals the breath from her chemo-scarred lungs. Despite her father’s attempts to reach her, she flies over the waterfall.

When Allister Parks finds Britt’s fragile body on the riverbank something calls out to him. Ignoring the warnings of his sister, Allister brings Britt back from the edge of death. The only problem is that an Eternal like Allister isn’t allowed to touch those who have already passed from this world. It is forbidden; an infraction punishable by death.

As Britt relishes her new cancer-free life and senior year of high school, her very existence threatens Allister’s place in this world. Allister struggles to keep Britt a secret from the Eternal Council and out of the hands of the only Eternal who already knows the truth: the one who stole her guardian angel.
Taking Angels is a really interesting paranormal romance which follows Britt after her suicide attempt to escape the final stages of her cancer. When she awakens in hospital not only alive, but in the best health and physical shape she’s known for years, a wonderful story of otherworldly powers and new dangers opens up for her. The characters are great and their motivations understandable, and Yelle puts a great new twist on the mythologies of angels. I really liked Britt and how strong she is, and how she always tries to put others before herself. Even the antagonist of the story, Kendal, is an interesting one who I couldn’t bring myself to hate even though he does horrific things. All of them are fleshed out brilliantly with even side characters completely believable.
This is a refreshing story which not only manages to break away from the many other kinds of supernatural creatures often found in paranormal fiction, but does so while balancing against the very real rollercoaster of cancer. It manages to achieve something of a three-way balance of the horror of cancer, the typical lives of teenage girls, and the new supernatural existence Britt experiences. It is a novel of finesse and believability, and I can’t wait to continue the series!