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.




https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Practice-Greta-Helsing-Novel/dp/0316434604/ref=sr_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502603334&sr=1-16&keywords=urban+fantasy+books&refinements=p_n_publication_date%3A1250226011



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...

https://www.amazon.com/Born-Fire-K-F-Breene/dp/0692895442/ref=sr_1_15?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501840404&sr=1-15&refinements=p_n_publication_date%3A1250226011
 

* 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
Suspense
Thriller and crime
https://www.amazon.com.au/Gift-Butterfly-Effect-Book-1-ebook/dp/B073LRSF5H/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ERS7HZG1XKZS2HBHQ0S4

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:
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/266233507114068/

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. 

https://www.draft2digital.com
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!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

Dark Desire - Paperback Cover Reveal

Well, here it is! The full wrap for Dark Deceit. I'm currently working on the interior files for this book, and it will be available soon from major online retailers. Stay tuned for more details...


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cover Reveal: Dark Devotion - e-book

Here's the new e-book cover for Dark Devotion, the final book in the Dark Trilogy. I hope you like it!


Blurb

The time of Odin is over.

The Aesir gods now live among the humans in their bustling modern cities. Their brutal dominion over the other beings of the Nine Worlds may have ended, but their actions have not been forgotten.

Beneath Rhys’s skin lies a legendary and feared beast. His daily struggle to contain the ruthless, cold-blooded creature sharing his body sees him edging closer to his breaking point. It’s the disappearance of his best friend which finally breaks him. An undeniable devotion sees him risking it all and striking up a reluctant friendship with the only god who knows the truth about his dark past. 

Will he succeed or will he condemn himself to a lifetime of imprisonment?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Oz Comic Con Melbourne 2017 - Exclusive Deal



For those of you who don't know, I will be attending Oz Comic Con Melbourne this year! I'm so excited to be part of this great event, which is being held at Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre (MCEC) on July 1 & 2

I will be at table 91 in the Alley (see the floor plan below) 


AND I hope you'll stop by and see me because I have an exclusive deal available only at Oz Comic Con. You will be able to purchase the entire Dark Trilogy for only $30.00. Yep, you read that correctly - only $30. That's only $10 a book when they're normally $20 each. Of course, there will only be limited stock available so make sure you get in early!



There are so many TV and movie star guests going this year, including Jason Momoa, Alyson Hannigan, as well as some literary one - Queenie Chan, Isobelle Carmody, Shane W. Smith and Kylie Chan.

It's going to be an awesome weekend, and I can't wait. 

Need ticketS? Get there here:

http://www.ozcomiccon.com/tickets/

Hope to see you there!




 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: Soulless by Jacinta Maree

Welcome to Soulless. We are the generation that laughs at death. 

Reincarnation; what once was a gift of immortality is now an eternal nightmare. 

Nadia Richards lives in a world plagued by reincarnation, a system of recycling souls where all past memories, personalities and traumatic events are relived daily in disjointed sequences. Trapped within their own warped realities, not even the richest and most powerful are saved from their own minds unraveling. 

In a society that ignores death things become complicated when Nadia appears to be the one exception to the reincarnation trap. Born without any reincarnated memories of her own, the hot tempered 19 year old quickly becomes the grand prize to all those wishing to end the vicious cycle, or for some, to ensure they could evade death forever.


Set in a dystopian society far into the future, Soulless is the story of Nadia, a nineteen-year-old woman who was born without any reincarnation memories. She is a blank slate – a fresh soul – and that makes her valuable in a society where reincarnation and the memories of their former lives has driven people to the edge of their insanity.

Nadia was born without a soul imprint in her eyes—an identifying mark that, when scanned, reveals the identity of a person. And in her society, being printless is a dangerous thing. Her life is quickly turned upside down when her parents agree to trade her to the authorities in exchange for life-saving food and life-altering medicine.

This is the start of the ultimate struggle for survival for Nadia.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I loved the concept of a society where immortality is a reality and death is just a dream. It made me wonder what human beings would actually be like after thousands of years of this new evolution. If you don’t fear death, would you be more willing to do things perceived as dangerous? If your life was filled with poverty and despair, would you just end it all, knowing your soul could come back again? Would you have the courage to take your own life, and if so, did that mean life was not a gift anymore, but something taken for granted? 

This book is very much a plot-driven story. Right from the beginning, action fills the pages as the world building begins. Nadia is a product of her surroundings; she scared for her life most days, but she chooses survival over fear. Seeing unimaginable cruelty around her, she hardens herself to things such as corpses lying on the streets and watching on impassively as someone is electrocuted and beaten. It makes sense for her to lose her sense of empathy, trust and compassion in her bleak world of deadened senses and lost emotions. If she were to show anything other than detached curiosity, she would become the target.

The descriptions in Soulless are on pointe, and Maree paints a striking and vivid picture of a society that is scary to imagine. As I was reading, I kept thinking this would make a great movie or TV series.

Nadia is such a broken character, and it’s easy to see why. Her parents treat her like a stranger – suspicion and distrust is the only thing they show her because of her printless eyes. She’s learned the only person she can trust is herself, and simply surviving is her first priority. In saying that though, I didn’t feel completely connected to her or her plight. I almost felt as if I was watching her from a distance, rather than being fully immersed in her life, or standing next to her as she suffered and fought for her next breath. 

The only real issue I had with the book was with the dialogue. Although this has been classed as a new adult book, I found the dialogue – especially when it came to Nadia – to be a bit immature. This is a book that takes on adult concepts and has ‘adult’ characters, so I struggled a lot with Nadia’s outbursts and her choice of language on occasions.

I found the concept and the world Maree built in Soulless far outweighed the few small issues I had. It was fast-paced and kept me turning the pages, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.