Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Spotlight: "Of Love and Secrets" by Margaret Lynette Sharp

This is the story of an eighteen-year old woman as she battles for autonomy and a life of her own. Still living at home, under the ever-watchful eye of her domineering mother, Jenny struggles to build a life and find love. What is her destiny?

Genre: Coming of age
Length:  142 pages










What people are saying about "Of Love and Secrets"

"You'll be captivated by the story, strongly involved with the characters (and Jenny is particularly endearing), and swept to the conclusion, which also offers a revelation and a twist." ~ Amazon review

 "Of Love and Secrets is a delightful, sweet little romance; a quick, easy read by Aussie author Margaret Lynette Sharp which I enjoyed and in my opinion it is her best yet."
~ Amazon review

Where can I get my copy?


About the author

It’s 2014. I’ve been writing now for almost three and a half years, and have ten titles published and available on Amazon. All except one, ’60 Questions, Insights and Reminiscences’, are romantic. The most recent three in the series are novellas, a medium I find I’m enjoying.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Book Review: "The Ultimate Killer" by Kimberley Clark

Brought back to life, Kira awoke to a world where she no longer belonged. She was one of them now…a mythlend, the scourge that she’d lived her entire life hunting. What was worse, she had become the species that she and a number of other mythlends had tried desperately to stop from being awoken…the Hunrati.

But they had failed.

By the time Kira had opened her eyes, the Hunrati were already living up to their reputation, torturing, massacring, burning cities to the ground like all indestructible killing machines do when they see themselves as gods; any resistance to their actions were therefore deemed futile within days of their first appearance.

Kira wanted to stop them, but she had become their prisoner when she attacked their Queen out of rage for what they had done, and as such, she was rendered incapable of using any of her abilities.

Trapped, alone, and not knowing what had happened to those she cared about, her only way out was to earn their trust. That meant getting close to the volatile and extremely attractive Pheres, and doing everything he instructed, regardless of how depraved it was.

But how close was she willing to allow such a dangerous creature when he wasn’t the man she loved?
Better yet…how far was she willing to go before she lost her humanity completely?  

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 472 pages


I finished reading Clark’s second installment in the Battles in the Dark series a few weeks ago, but needed a few more weeks to digest and reflect on it. I’ll just start by saying that you must, must, must read her first book The Species Within because The Ultimate Killer starts up just where the first book finishes. To read my review of book one, click here

The Ultimate Killer follows the continued story of Kira after her widely-believed death. <Spoiler Alert> She sacrificed herself at the end of The Species Within, only to find that she’s awakened as one of the monsters she and the other vampire clans had been trying to stop. This book follows the direct aftermath of the Hunrati’s release into the human and mythlend world.

Kira is one of the protagonists in The Ultimate Killer. In the first book, I was really invested in the relationship she had with Emmerich—a vampire—and Kuron—an essence-eating creature called a Mooran; however, with this book, I found myself rooting for the “bad guy”. I really liked Pheres, the Hunrati who has been charged with looking after Kira and guiding her in all the ways of the Hunrati. I found myself wanting to get back to him and Kira whenever the plot deviated from their storyline. 

Clark has a very natural ability to write fight scenes, which (as many authors would know) is a really difficult task. It takes choreography and skill, and the ability to ‘see’ the fight play out in your head then transfer the images to the paper is a real art form. My favourite battle scenes of the book occurred near the end where many of the mythlends (mythical creatures) were forced to battle one another. 

In my opinion, The Ultimate Killer walks a fine line between urban fantasy and high fantasy. Primarily an urban fantasy novel (set in a modern city, all the characters are supernatural in nature) there are a lot of the finer details Clark that has written in where you can see how she has been influence by works of high fantasy. If I had to guess, I’d say Tolkien and George R. R. Martin were and still are sources of inspiration for her. 

There was only one thing that didn’t really work for me with this book—and was true with book one too–and that had to do with the amount of terminology Clark uses. Thankfully she has listened to the fans and provided a glossary at the front of the book, but I’d still recommend you have a notepad handy while you’re reading (especially on a Kindle).

All in all, The Ultimate Killer is a great read. It leads into the third book well, although I believe we have to wait a little longer until that will be available to purchase. If you love loads of different mythical creatures—some well-known and other which are more obscure—and getting immersed in different worlds, then you don’t want to miss this series. It’s gritty. It’s sexy. It’s a good read and a great series to get in to. 

http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Killer-Battles-Dark-Book-ebook/dp/B00ODVCS1Q/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1DBRT26J5RTZARFN1YWM


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Book 1: The Species Within
 
Kira, a huntress plagued by dreams of fire and pain has worked tirelessly to rid her city of the scourge that has nearly destroyed it…nostvores, mythlend creatures with dark and vast appetites for blood and sex. She does this not only because they had killed so many people in her life, but also because she has an edge that no other human had…she has their abilities. The problem was, these abilities were killing her and she feared time was no longer on her side.

So the moment she found out that Darius, a nostvore leader was threatening to awaken an indestructible species to help him enslave all humans and mythlends, and that she may be the key to his plan, she knew her only choice was to risk her life with the little time that she had left and join her enemy to find out why, and to make sure his plan failed.

If that wasn’t dangerous enough, the more time she spends with the Vanatre nostvore Emmerich, and the mooran Kuron, who she brings with her for protection, the less she wants to kill them. Instead, she feels an unexplainable attraction towards them both, and she fears surrendering to such desire with either is a deadly game to play, for she would not only be risking her life, but quite possibly her heart.

http://www.amazon.com/Species-Within-Battles-Dark-Book-ebook/dp/B00GA638T8/ref=la_B00GALXE6U_1_1




Kimberley lives by the idea that everyone should have a bucket list of things they want to accomplish in life, but not only to have a list, but attempt to mark off as many items as possible. 

One goal that was high on hers was writing a novel and having it published. This idea of writing a novel wasn't new to her, but an inevitability, as her love of reading books and watching movies inspired her to create her own stories. 

When the day came that she finally did start to write, she realized that this was going to be something that she wanted to do more than once, emphasized by the fact that her first novel was to be book 1 of a trilogy, and that there are many more stories waiting inside her head ready to be created. 

Her hope is that not only for people to enjoy hers books, but that people are inspired by them as others have inspired her.
Kimberley was born in Sydney, Australia, and currently resides in the Gold Coast hinterland.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Guest Post: A. Finlay talking about "Blinding Darkness"

Someone once told me that the characters in your dreams are all a projection of you. The same is true in writing. For anyone who has read my books, I’ll understand if you’re a little concerned. One of my favourite characters to write is  my bad guy. Lucifer. I hear ya, he’s been written to death, snort, eye roll, groan all of that, but as my last post states, I’m basing characters and storylines on research that I’ve done, so making up all my characters wouldn’t really work.

In saying that, I’m not one for the typical evil guy. Luci isn’t going to fly at you, arms outstretched and murder you in some brutal manner. He’s going to wait until you’re not home, sneak into your house and eat all of your cheese. Because you love cheese and it will confuse you.

The worst type of baddies are those who aren’t openly evil. They butter you up, wear you down and then make you think you’re losing your marbles. But they’ve commandeered your marbles. They’re stroking them softly and then flicking them off the overpass. This is why Lucifer is fun to write.

So if my meanies have sass, what about my mainies?

This is where it became a little more difficult. I think when one writes material that contains religious content, there’s an expectation for the protagonists to be one dimensional good guys. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure those types of people exist, but they’re sitting in an immaculate room, sipping herbal tea and watching Little House on the Prairie. Not fighting demons.

This might be the reason my first book was rejected from a few (not all) Christian bookstores. I’ll never forget the time one of my review copies was returned to me by a little old lady who ran small Christian bookstore. She was sweet as sugar and said she read the whole thing but it just wasn’t something she was willing to stock. When I sat in my car and inspected the book, I saw that it was tattered and covered in candle wax. Candle wax! What on earth could have gone on while she ploughed through the pages? Bless her wooly moccasons, I think I may have traumatised the poor woman.

My point was to highlight that my characters aren’t perfect, but now all I can think about is little old ladies throwing cups of tea at baddies. It could work. I really shouldn’t rule it out.

Binding Darkness, the second book in the Shadows of Light series, follows on from the first. Aaliya has mastered many of her angel abilities, her life is a straight path of friendship and fun, but she’s complacent.

It’s the story after the happy ending where the true depths of the characters are revealed. Just because she was born into a life, does not make her worthy of it. Like seeping darkness that closes in on the day, Aaliya’s world changes before her. She is under attack, but it’s not her life that he wants. The most dangerous battle she will fight is that of her mind.

Did you like how I told you about the book without actually telling you anything about the book? I can’t spoil the first in the series by blurting out everything about the second.

So it’s back to writing for me, I’ve only a few chapters until I’ve finished “Afterglow”.  I’m so excited I’m about to lose the plot entirely (I really need my plot) and I’m sure you’re anxious to get back to your cheese. You might want to check it’s still in your fridge. (gasp).


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As Aaliya and her friends are thrown into the public eye, her world falls apart; 
Arael is called to duty, Daniel leaves with no explanation and Sophia is strangely calm about it.
 


A new friend named Sariah enters her life, but is violently taken from her. 
As Aaliya searches for Sariah, the world grows darker; bats swarm the skies, crows appear in odd places and shadow-like spirits lurk in broad daylight.
 


Aaliya is vulnerable, alone and doesn't trust the most important people in her life. To overcome the darkness, Aaliya must first fight her most dangerous battle. 
 

The battle of her mind.

Where can I get my copy? 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Book Spotlight: "Binding Darkness" by A. Finlay


As Aaliya and her friends are thrown into the public eye, her world falls apart; 
Arael is called to duty, Daniel leaves with no explanation and Sophia is strangely calm about it.


A new friend named Sariah enters her life, but is violently taken from her. 
As Aaliya searches for Sariah, the world grows darker; bats swarm the skies, crows appear in odd places and shadow-like spirits lurk in broad daylight.


Aaliya is vulnerable, alone and doesn't trust the most important people in her life. To overcome the darkness, Aaliya must first fight her most dangerous battle. 



The battle of her mind.

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 332 pages

What people are saying about "Shadows of Light"

Amazon Review

"I love a book where you have no idea where it is heading but the journey is so brilliant I couldn't put it down. Another highly recommended book and can't wait to read the final! "
Amazon Review
"A spine tingling journey through lives of some cleverly built characters, coupled with hard-hitting moments of action and romance. A. Finlay shows us a clear example of how characters can unite to fight back against their enemies. There were stages throughout the book where I thought I would be able to guess the very next moment but the author somehow finds away to evade expectation to create a story filled with surprise."

Where can I get my copy? 

Amazon


About the author  

A. Finlay (Alison Finlay) is an Australian Fiction Author, residing in Melbourne. She began writing the Shadows of Light trilogy in January 2009, when she was 25 years old and by June of the same year she had finished the first manuscript and planned the next two books in the series.


Monday, April 6, 2015

New Release: "Clash" by Sawyer Bennett




Clash: A Legal Affairs Story (Book #1 of Cal and Macy’s Story)

Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: April 7, 2015


Clash, a novella, is the first book in this Legal Affairs trilogy (Cal and Macy’s Story) and is releasing on 4/7/15. Grind will be released on 4/21/15 and Yield `will be released on 5/5/15. Grind and Yield are full length novels.

Clash Synopsis:

Clash (verb): to conflict, disagree.

It might be fair to say that I despise Macy Carrington. She slings insults with precision, not caring about the destruction she leaves in her wake. We clash in a battle of wills every time we’re around each other, and yet… I still fantasize about being lodged deep within her body.

Clash (verb): to come together or collide.

I have never encountered someone that grates me the way Cal Carson does. His pompous, arrogant demeanor. A holier-than-thou attitude. Any interaction with “Saint Cal” ends in a verbal clash of epic proportions, and yet… there’s no one I’d rather have in my bed than him.

Clash (noun): a battle, fight or skirmish.

Her breathy moans mingle with the sound of our flesh coming together, clashing with the silence that surrounds us, dispelling any notions I once had about Macy Carrington.

Maybe I can break down her walls if we can call a truce to this battle. 

He whispers filthy words in my ear, provoking feelings I never knew were possible. The burning desire in his touch clashes with everything I once believed about Cal Carson.

Maybe he can be the balm I need to soothe my broken soul, if only temporarily.

Check it out on Goodreads.






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About the Author

 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a
snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. 

Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series and the Last Call Series.

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