Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Spotlight: Strange Practice (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel) by Vivian Shaw

Happy New Book Saturday! Got a book hangover from your last read? I've got just the thing you need...

Meet Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead.

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized, and highly peculiar, medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies.

It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life, until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice, and her life.

What drew me to this one? THE COVER! It's amazing. It's done by illustrator Will Staehle. I really like the tri-color composition and the subject matter. Will creates a lot of really quirky images and you can see them all on his website. 

What else drew me to this title? The blurb certainly did it's job in this instance, but it was also what was being said about this book. Here are just a few things...

"A darkly delicious adventure featuring a quirky new heroine. Strange Practice breathes new life into the undead."―James Bennett, author of Chasing Embers

"Shaw's lively debut introduces a great cast of characters who should sustain this new series for many volumes to come.... Shaw brings her Victorian monsters into the modern age."―Library Journal

"Shaw balances an agile mystery with a pitch-perfect, droll narrative and cast of lovable misfit characters. These are not your mother's Dracula or demons ... Strange Practice is a super(natural) read."―Shelf Awareness

"An appropriately dark breath of fresh air."―Booklist

Happy reading!

Please note: I have no affiliation with this author or this title. I simply chose it because I liked the cover and/or description.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Book Spotlight: Born in Fire by K.F. Breene

Happy New Book Saturday! Wow, what a week! Hanging out for a new read? Then check this one out...

Born in Fire by K.F. Breene. This book got my attention for a couple of reasons. The first is the blurb, especially this line:  

"Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn't the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn."

I like it when there's a little bit of humor in urban fantasy books - mostly because the genre errs on the side of seriousness for the most part. 

The second thing that caught my attention was the number of reviews it's already received. Released July 18th 2017, it has 646 reviews* - 75% of them 5-star. It's also ranked #467 in the Romance > Paranormal > Vampires category on Amazon.

Heart pounding and laugh out loud funny, USA Today Bestselling author K.F. Breene will take you on a magical joy ride you won't soon forget. 

Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn't the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don't have many options.

Dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day. Knowing I'm poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I'll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.

Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I'm stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn't know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.

Just a reminder: I don't get paid to do this. I don't have any affiliations with any of the authors that I feature - I simply choose a book that catches my eye. 

Sounds like something you'd like to read? Here's the link to get your own copy...

* Accurate as of August 8th, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Gift: The Butterfly Effect (book 1) by Margaret McHeyzer

It's New Book Saturday! Okay, so it's not the most original name, granted, but it is self-explanatory. Under the advisement of a very good friend of mine, I decided to start doing dedicated weekly blog posts that will spotlight a new book in the urban fantasy/fantasy/paranormal romance genre. I don't get paid to do this. I don't have any affiliations with any of the authors that I feature - I simply choose a book that catches my eye and show it all to you. 

And to kick it all off, here is the very first of many weekly installments. 

This book got my attention for a couple of reasons. The first is the cover. It's simple, yet very effective. The second was because of the blurb. Talk about short and sweet and oh so tantalizing. 

So, have a read through the blurb and see what you think. You never know, you might just find a new read.

New York Times Bestselling Author of UGLY and MISTRUST.

I have something people want. I have something they cannot take or steal. I have something they'd kill for.
The something I have, isn't a possession, it's more.
Much, much more.
It's a gift.
It's part of me.
For readers who enjoy:
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult
Thriller and crime

Book 2: "The Curse"

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review Team

For all you avid readers out there, do I have some news for you! I've created a review team. 

What's in it for you? You get to read all of the books in my back catalogue for FREE. Then all you have to do is review the book on as many platforms are you can. 

You will also have the opportunity to get your hands on ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of Half Bound to review before its release as well. 

Does it sound like something you'd like to do? Check it out here:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A new and exciting adventure - PART 1

So, today I took a big step in my writing journey. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time, but the option has just never been there for authors outside of the US and UK. Have you guessed what it is yet? Yep! Audiobooks! I’ve taken the first steps to get audiobooks recorded and produced.

I’m starting with Dark Deceit and if everything goes smoothly, then I’ll do the other two books in the trilogy along with the Half Blood Series.
I use a company called Draft2Digital (D2D) to sell my e-books through digital platforms like iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and a few other less well-known platforms (Tolino, Inktera, 24Symbols just to name a few). Very recently, D2D partnered up with a company called Findaway Voices (FV). On their website, this is what they say about who they are:

Findaway Voices is a service designed specifically to help authors and publishers create professionally narrated audiobooks and sell them through the world’s largest network of audiobook sellers. Findaway Voices is not a publisher. We work for you, and you always own the rights to your works.

https://my.findawayvoices.comWell, already I like the sound of them. I signed up with them just this morning. When I signed into my D2D account, I was able to select Findaway Voices as a distribution partner. When you add a new book with FV, you get a questionnaire to answer to find out a little more about your book and to match the tone of your book to one of their narrators. Here are the questions I was asked:

  1. Fiction or non-fiction?
  2. How would you describe the dominant emotional tone of your book?
  3. Do you have any accent or gender preferences?
  4. How does your narrator’s voice sound to you?
  5. How would you describe the heat level (i.e., sexual content) of your book? Is it squeaky clean, suggestive but not explicit, a few spicy scenes, or steamy all the way through?
  6. Is there anything we should know about the main character(s) that would help inform the recommendations (i.e. history, life experiences, personality traits, etc.)?

I really liked this approach. It means that I’ll have a tailored selection of narrators being put forward for me to choose from. In around 5-7 business days, I’ll have a list of narrators that fit my books tone based on the answers I gave in the questionnaire. 

So far, it’s been a super simple process. I hope it continues in the same way. Stay tuned for further updates on my progress!