Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Why we write.

Paraphrasing Uvi Poznansky here in my title; The unbearable state of being an author.  Ok so it is a very touch and go paraphrase… still.  She uses a sentence a few times in her book Apart from Love that always make me take a moment, her sentence is about youth mine is about being….

And this is what we are; we are a people that will research a book for two decades, to wit The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V. Egan. We are a people that will give all proceeds to charity like Paulette Mahurin and J.K.Accinni.

We are a people that write about passion like ChristophFischer, people who write about stuff that goes bump in the night like BonnieBernard and Gillian Joy
We are however more, much more.  We are a people on a learning curve - it would seem this is a permanent state so I for one have come to terms with it.

We are lovers, friends, daughters, and sons.  We are human and sometimes we only bleed on the inside and that blood flows onto the pages we write.  The same ones with errors in it.  The ones where we don’t fix our tenses don’t use the correct word or use makeup words to fit us.
We are a people.  A village, a unity and yes, we have plenty of things that unite us.  More still that divides us.  So what makes us, us? 

J. H Glaze is the personification of a knight in shining armor. 

Duncan Mcgonall is an amazing well of knowledge and Michelle McCarthy is one of the most giving people I have come across.  Yes a lot of backbiting is on the go in the Indie world.  Yes a lot of back biting is going on in the main pub world.  Yes I can name an entire telephone book more of people who write, should be admired and often times feel slighted.  So again.  What makes us, us?  Why you.  Yes you the reader who sends us private messages asking for the next book.  Giving helpful hints and suggestions.  You are the glue that holds us together.  That unites us.  I often think readers and reviewers especially go by unnoticed and unappreciated.  The moment they leave their money / review they become a task accomplished ….only for Indie authors that is not true. 

Little is worth more in the writing world than a person that cares.  A person that supports.  This supports needs not be a glorious fan girl/boy response to every word we utter.  It only needs to be real.  Real people supporting real words that we stumble over scratch out and replace with wrong words.  The Indie world is far more a symbioses than most "worlds".  So why all this….Thank you.  Thank you for cracking the spine of the books we write.  Thank you for bending that page to read that sentence again.  Thank you for sending us messages saying 31% into the book we used the wrong spelling for our own Heroine (Becky Corwin-Adams) name…

Thank you.

Audio/Book Review of Beautiful Darkness (Book 2) (Beautiful Creatures) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Book Title: Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2)
Genre: YA/Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Pages: 513
Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Date Published: 28 October 2010


Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.


Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Caster Chronicles series. I loved it!

I downloaded this book in audio format, as I wanted to read it, but didn't have time to. Having this book in audio format allowed me to listen to it whilst doing household chores, or before bedtime.
The story is again narrated by Kevin T. Collins, who does a fantastic job in bringing the characters alive. I loved his interpretation of Ethan's Great Aunts. I could just picture the sisters' quite clearly.

Ethan Wate is an extremely interesting character. I liked him very much. He is a sweet, loving young man, who happens to be a human thrust into a supernatural world of Casters (light and dark witches) and Incubi (demons).

Lena Duchannes is a character I didn't really like in the first book. She had a "woe is me" attitude that really grated on my nerves. However, in this story, she is mostly in the background.

This story continues from the end of the first book. I liked the fact that this story was again told from Ethan's point of view. I was hooked from the first few minutes of the chapter.

Life in Gatlin (or Gatdung as Ethan and Link call it) is not easy, but it's just about to get even harder! Lena has more than her fair share of teenage angst, but having the option in claiming herself on her sixteenth moon thwarted by her mother, she is struggling to cope with the death of her Uncle. Ethan is trying to cope with the fact that his father has had a breakdown and had been hiding in his office. He is also still hearing music, now about the seventeenth moon, and trying to figure out what it means.

This story is a mixture of mystery, suspense, danger, romance and intrigue that flowed much better than the first book; it is a little bit darker too. I liked the introduction of new characters such as Ethan's Great Aunts and their cat Lucille Ball and Liv, a trainee Keeper Librarian, as well as the Incubi, who are not Casters but demons. The influx of new characters gave the story a fresh twist. It was interesting to watch the dynamics of the characters change as things progressed, especially the friendship between Ethan and Liv. Link was his usual dorky self, but even his usually upbeat manner was tested when Ridley, Lena's Dark Caster cousin makes a reappearance. Ethan also finds out something about himself that shocks him; he is a Wayward (a person who is gifted the ability to find or track, as well as guide, a powerful witch such as Lena). There are several twists and turns which kept me enthralled, but there is one HUGE twist that I didn't see coming near the end of the book. I am now looking forward to reading/listening to Beautiful Chaos as soon as possible, to find out what happens next!

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl seem to make a great writing team. Their writing style has improved a lot in this book, and it is more fast paced. The story also flowed better than the first book; I am glad that the erratic flow has been smoothed out and I look forward to reading more of their books in the future.

I highly recommend this book if you love YA or Paranormal Romances, or are fans of books such as The Twilight Saga. - Lynn Worton

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Monday, September 01, 2014

September on Wanda's amazing Amazon reviewers!

This is what a bunch of us will be reading in September 2014 on Wanda's amazing Amazon Reviewers aka WaAr.

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My review:

Yesterday I made a mistake and referred to this book as Wild Hunt. It does not take a genius to figure out how my mind works.
The story is slow to start and it feels kinda like going home after some time. Once you are all settled in however everything starts to happen at once.

The twins are back. They are older, and they are a bit more experienced. The forest is beckoning as is young love.
And right here is where I break from the story to tell you that natural age progression of teenagers might sound easy but it is not something many and until yesterday I would have said any author apart from J K Rowling can pull off. Yesterday, when I read this the third book in the series, the girls sounded more grown up. Less angst ridden, more goal oriented and far more self reliant even though they still do not have a car.

Yes by the end of the book the reader encounters a really detailed though not graphic sex scene. The coming of age of two of the characters is necessary for the plot and is not brushed over or hidden behind. It is instead used to show the magic of young love and the flip side of lust vs love.

The editing is very well done, the cover is brilliant. The story is on the brink of leaving YA for NA and it does so, so naturally that it seems planned from the start of book one.

Still Hunt is a wild hunt, dangers galore, even a twist in the sense of an unexpected sense of chivalry from a not so nice character. Above all it is a story about love, between sisters, mothers and grandmothers, friends and lovers. Love for nature respect for self and others and hope.

A brilliant book. One I recommend you pick up today.

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Nights Embrace by Brandy L Rivers

With one book Brandy turned my prejudice against shifter stories on it's ear!
The book is everything I don't like. Well almost. It has explicit adult content, wolves...I love wolves but dislike any were animals apart from Jacob in Twilight. I mean seriously, who would go for cold and sparkly if they can have hot and hot?

Any way. The book does get starred down due to the adult content. It is seriously not for me but it gets a star up for the fact that it has a kick butt heroine. With a brother whom is sweet, a friend that cares and is not in competition and a hot, hot guy. Ok so he is older... A few hundred years older but he is also as humanly realistic as I have ever come across in a NA story like this. He is a mature male with bite.

Well edited, well plotted and character development is really very well done this book turned out to be a very welcome surprise!


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As a debut story this is unique, informative and due to it's nature I was glad it was a short story. Emotionally packed stories like these often get dragged out beyond it's best before date and gets to be too much.
Enter the world of our main protagonist, a beautiful educated young woman with passion and dreams of a career.
Before any of this can happen she meets her soon to be groom. A short pudgy and rather distasteful young man.

Social norm's with expectations clashes with personal desire and pride. Our heroin soon finds that the money into which she is marrying is at once making her parents very happy for their daughter and simultaneously also making her father feeling like a failure. This contradiction is obvious but none of the characters come to a point where they question the validity of their original conviction.....this is a pivot point in the book and the cliff hanger ending leaves open so many unanswered questions.

This book needs editing, a bit of polish and a commitment to first person present or third person past. I would also have loved it if the author explained the significance of some of the name falls in the book together with many other aspects unique to the Indian culture. Still the originality, the contemporary issue and the passion of the author for the topic makes this book worth the read!


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Book Review of Waking the Phoenix (Mythrian Realm Series Book 2) by Lindsay Avalon

Book Title: Waking The Phoenix (Mythrian Realm Series Book 2)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 172
Author: Lindsay Avalon
Date Published: 27 August 2014


As two Realms collide, the world descends into chaos.

From the moment Sha Phoenix dropped into the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s murder scene, he had known his life would never be the same. Following her claim to be a Sorceri from the Mythrian Realm, he had received a crash course in the impossible as they had struggled to stop a madman. Unfortunately, despite their efforts to stop the Nexus, a magical barrier separating the Mythrian and Human Realms, fractured. Magic and myth are spilling over into the Human Realm, plunging everything into turmoil.

Is their love strong enough to survive the flames of the phoenix?

When Sha vanished through a portal in the middle of battle, Connor did not hesitate to follow the woman he had claimed as his. Now in the Mythrian Realm, they join forces with the Sentinels, the guardians of the Realms, to protect the world they love. Will they be able to contain the evil taking control? Or will they perish in the flames of war?

This is a continuation of Connor and Sha's story. Book 1, Breaking the Nexus, should be read first. Look for the third book coming this winter!


Waking the Phoenix (Mythrian Realm #2)Waking the Phoenix by Lindsay Avalon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Mythrian Realm Series. I loved it!

Sha Phoenix is a wonderful character. I love her wit and humour! She is a part Aquarum (water magic) and part Infernum (fire magic) Sorceri. This makes her a formidable protector of the Nexus; the gateway between her world and the human one.

Connor Flynn is a fantastic character. He is a cop, who is strong, handsome and honourable. It also helps that he is very charismatic. I love his protective streak! (As an aside: I wouldn't mind being arrested by this cop!).

I have been eager to read this story for a long time; ever since the first book had been released in 2012. As soon as I found out that this book had been released, I downloaded a copy and started reading. It was well worth the wait!

This story continues from the cliffhanger at the end of the first book, and sees Sha and Connor returning through the Nexus to Mythria.

This story is not only told through Sha and Connor's point of view, but through the eyes of Ian Kendrick, Connor's police partner. I loved this alternative point of view, as it gave the reader a chance to see what was happening on both sides of the Nexus. It was also nice to meet Saia, Achaius and Luca again. We are also introduced to Alec, a teenager who is more than he seems. Though he is still an enigma, I found myself liking this mouthy teen. Alec is a bit impertinent at times, but he seems to have a good heart; I look forward to find out what his story is in time. I did feel sorry for him at times, but giggled at the adults' - especially Achaius and Aries - method of discipline.
Maestro is still causing havoc through his magic and he is as evil as ever. But I'm not sure if he's the master, or a puppet for someone else.

There is plenty of danger and intrigue, which kept me hooked from the first page. There are also several twists and turns in this story that kept me on the edge of my seat. The author's descriptions of the scenes and the characters brought the story to life. I could picture everything quite clearly. This story took me on a roller coaster ride of adventure, danger and emotion.The ending finished on totally shocking cliffhanger, and now I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series as soon as possible.

Lindsay Avalon has written an amazing paranormal romance. I love her fast paced writing style, and the story flows beautifully. Her characters are extremely likable (except for Maestro) and come alive on the page.

Due to scenes of a sexual nature that are on the explicit side, as well as some bad language and violence, I do not recommend this book for younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love YA (17+), paranormal romance or fantasy. - Lynn Worton

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why Won't Somebody Help Me? By Gladys Quintal


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About the book

I knew I had something going on as far as my health was concerned, but trying to get a diagnosis or to get doctors to actually listen to me became a nightmare. 
I had been living with pain, fatigue, weight gain, reflux and brain fog, going on 15 years now and really just wanted it to stop and to be able to feel 'normal' again. Most doctors just wanted to fob me off with antidepressants, they just weren't interested in what I had to say. 

This is my own personal journey to diagnosis and treatment and all the obstacles along the way.

My thoughts on this

This is a hard book to rate.  It speaks of courage to fight for your own right against people with degrees and "knowledge".  It speaks of community and support against odds where specialists say nothing is wrong, that said it is still not an easy read nor a particularly fun one.

It has it's merits but I am not gonna kid you saying that you will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and be engrossed in the character.  You might however find that you can relate to a very real person.

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Book Review of Cranberry Blood: Book One of the Blood Series by Elizabeth Morgan

Book Title: Cranberry Blood (Book 1 of the Blood Series)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
Author: Elizabeth Morgan
Date Published: 25 August 2014


Killing Vampires? Easy.
Tracking someone? Simple.
Helping, and protecting a Vampire slayer . . . . Bloody hard work!

Thirteen years ago, Brendan Daniels made a deal with a psychic. In exchange for information on the whereabouts of a Rogue Werewolf, he promised to help and protect Sofia's granddaughter. Unfortunately, he had no idea what he was letting himself, or his Pack, in for.

Nothing about Heather is simple, from her weird dietary needs to her life’s mission. The girl can handle herself, but the promise to protect her soon becomes a need, and one he can't fully understand.

Vampire Slayer.
Born Infected.
Addicted to blood . . . but not by choice.

Heather Ryan is the current Slayer in a long family line. Like all before her, she has spent her life searching for her ancestor, Marko Pavel, the Vampire her family has sworn to kill. If that isn't complicated enough, she is also a born "Infected", and to keep her from becoming insane or giving in to her darker side, she is on a very strict diet.

Now that her Grandmother Sofia has passed, it is up to Heather to take the family legacy into her own hands. Or at least, it would have been...if her Grandmother hadn't sent a Werewolf to help her.

What is the irritating Brendan supposed to help her with? Sofia never told either of them. Luckily, it doesn't take long for Heather and Brendan to find out that the Vampires have big plans, and that the Leeches have waited a long time for them both.


Cranberry Blood (Blood, #1)Cranberry Blood by Elizabeth Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the first book in the Blood Series. I loved it!

Heather Ryan is a wonderful character. I liked her very independent and determined attitude, but sometimes I wanted to shake her and tell her to stop being such a pigheaded idiot. She is a vampire slayer, and a darn good one at that. She is an infected (part vampire) herself; her mother was attacked while carrying her. She has to drink blood, diluted in cranberry juice, to keep healthy. Heather thought she didn't need or want help, but when Brendan Daniels turns up, she finds herself fighting more than just vampires - her attraction to this sexy werewolf.

Brendan Daniels is also a fantastic character. I was first introduced to him in the prequel to this story, She Wolf, but he was one of several secondary characters and he was not really focused on. I was glad to get to know him better in this book. He is a werewolf, sworn to help Heather after making a deal with her grandmother thirteen years previously. He has a lot of charisma and a wicked sense of humour, but he also carries a lot of pain.

I have been looking forward to reading this book. However, I was completely blown away by this story! I started to read and didn't stop until I had read the whole thing in one sitting; I was totally riveted by the storyline and the subplots within. The story is told through both Brendan and Heather's point of view. The characters, whether werewolf or vampire, were well thought out and well developed. It was nice to finally get more information about the Scottish werewolves and their lives. The vampires were truly terrifying, and not at all likable; they made me shudder!

There was a sexual tension between Heather and Brendan that permeated throughout the storyline; it fairly sizzled! I kept hoping that these two would make a move, but the opportunity never seemed to turn up. That being said, the danger they faced kept my heart pounding! Lance is one sick vampire; I am glad that he got his comeuppance. The revelation of the rogues, and their purpose, was a complete shock. In a way, I felt sorry for them; they were victims of a sick and twisted plot. The story has several twists and turns that I didn't see coming, and it ended on a cliffhanger that made me groan in frustration. Now I will have to wait for the continuing book in the series, which I sincerely hope the author is well on her way to having finished writing, because I am dying to know what is going to happen next!

Elizabeth Morgan has written a fast paced and exciting start to what would seem to be a fantastic series. I love her fast paced writing style, and the story flow was wonderful. I have added her to my favourite authors list.

Due to scenes of a sexual nature, as well as explicit bad language and violence, I do not recommend this book for readers under the age of 18. I do, however, highly recommend this book if you love erotic paranormal romances filled with sexy werewolves and a vampire slayer. - Lynn Worton

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Kerry Drewery -- A Dream of Lights

About this book...

A powerful and moving stand-alone novel for anyone who loved A GATHERING LIGHT or BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY, in which a teenage girl struggles against the odds for survival in a North Korean prison camp...From the author of A Brighter Fear. Yoora is a teenage girl living in North Korea, dreaming of the lights of foreign cities while eking out a miserable existence in a rural northern village. But then she makes a mistake: she falls in love. With someone far removed from her social class. Someone dangerous to know. When tongues start to wag, her father is executed and she is taken to a prison camp in the mountains. There, escape seems even further from her grasp. But Yoora is about to learn an important lesson: love can surprise you, and it can come in many forms..

My thinking...

Yoraa is one of the more annoying main protagonist I have come across in ages. 

In the beginning she is selfish, self absorbed and and and, SHE is a pain. She does the unthinkable after giving a friend over to the authorities due to his radio not being on the correct radio station. 
She blames herself for the result of her selfish action as well she should. 
I am not one of those people who believe that a teenager has the right to be idiotic due to their age. We expect as a society more from a 10 year old. 
Then she starts to live and suffer the consequences of her choices. This is not easy. Even though she shows remarkably slow growth and even then stifled at most she does show some and she does get to a point where she starts to get the fact that following blindly is not maybe ideal. 
I loved the communist angle. And that said, I also loathed the almost romanticism that the author uses in the start to play up the tyranny. Only later on did the contrast hit me and when I did I was astounded. 
The ending, actually the post script is the part of the book that will stay with me. I admire the fact that the author brings to light a problem mostly discarded by main stream media.
All in all, a brilliant book and yes, even though the main protagonist is annoying, her personality fits perfectly with the story line. 

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