Archive for February, 2013

My new and improved book cover!

Posted: February 27, 2013 in books

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Previously known as a father’s obsession my first book has had a complete makeover! New name and as you can see, new cover thanks to my lovely publisher Miranda Stork. I think it looks amazing and totally love the new name.

Due out 5th june 2013

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How do they come up with that?

Posted: February 24, 2013 in books

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I am not a gamer myself but I have to say I would really love to meet the people who come up with the ideas for some of these games. Silent hill on the Playstation has always captured my attention, I don’t play it myself since I find games consoles far too frustrating but I do like to assist in the puzzle solving. For those of you who haven’t seen the silent hill games, they are generally creepy with a very strange assortment of deadly monsters. The earlier games had manic nurses who would freeze until you moved then go crazy on your ass.

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Then you would have twisted monsters with limbs all over the place, dogs with no skin and not forgetting the extremely large pyramid guy with his equally large sword which was so big he would have to drag it along behind him!

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The game would shift, walls bleeding until you end up in an alternative world where you run around in near darkness trying to fight off whatever comes your way. This is the kind of game I enjoy watching but it really does make you wonder how the hell anyone can come up with the idea, did they just wake up one morning and say ‘I think I will create some very messed up monsters and build them an equally messed up world to live in.’ (Sounds like an author!) A very disturbed mind indeed but a good one. It is amazing how they put these games together, the way you are able to interact with the objects and puzzles and just how do those monsters know where to find you?

I love these games,they are like your own personal horror movie which you can control. I even prefer the game to the actual Silent hill films, much more action involved in the games. Overall a pretty gruesome game the kind of stuff that lives in your nightmares, very enjoyable!

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Self published authors

Posted: February 19, 2013 in books

I have recently heard a few people mention that they have a distrust of self published books. This claim is totally unwarranted, it is true people are entitled to their opinions but their reasoning is poor. Ranging from the fact that if their work isn’t published by a brand name publisher then it can’t be any good and must be of poor standard. While it is true that some self published books do contain minor errors (my own work included since i didn’t have an editor when i first released it) this doesn’t mean the actual story is not worth reading. I have read many books under brand named publishers which have contained errors and still enjoyed the story. I have also found some of the published work to be completely boring and a total waste of time, it is down to the individual readers taste not who published it. When I look for a book to read, I don’t go searching out who published it. If I like the sound of the story then I will read it. I have read many self published books and totally loved them and think they are deserving enough to be up there with the bestsellers. A lot of hard work goes into writing and publishing a book, especially when you are doing it all by yourself. To judge an author on the basis of whether they are self published or not is ridiculous and small minded. I love losing myself in a good book even if it does contain minor errors. If the story is good enough to hold my interest, then overlooking minor mistakes isn’t that hard to do. Those who feel the need to point out every little mistake even though they did in fact enjoy the story, this I find totally unnecessary. While feedback is important I don’t lower a rating on a book I loved because of a few minor mistakes.

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Murder is serious business among vampires. If you kill, so do they. They are the Penitent – a military order among vampire society charged with one task only. Execute the condemned.

Vesper Hyde is a model Penitent. Solitary. Skilled. Deadly. Only once has she ever lost a target, even though it almost cost her life. Now the one that got away is back with a vengeance, and this time he’s determined to finish the job. She needs to overcome the whispers of doubt and let her instinct and training take over to redeem her failure. But on this second time around, she doesn’t expect a sidekick. A very sexy, stubborn, human sidekick.

Homicide Detective Decker Price has seen it all, including the murder of his wife at the hands of a twisted serial killer. When another murder pitches him headfirst into a world of vampires, witches, and sorcery, he is given a chance to mend shattered parts of his soul. But Vesper’s world is as dark and alluring as the Penitent herself and he will come face to face with echoes of his past in order to help her keep a vicious enemy at bay.

If they are to succeed, they will need to push aside both their failings and work together to ensure the balance of their worlds remains unchanged. Redemption comes at a cost – is their love worth the price?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was plenty of action with not one but two psychotic bad guys to keep you entertained. A strong cast of characters who interacted well with each other drawing you further into the story. I was pleased to find that it wasn’t just centered on the budding romance between Vesper and Decker, although having said that I did enjoy the emotional turmoil between the pair making it more realistic for the reader. The love scenes were hot and steamy and well written. All in all a very enjoyable read, I would like to see more of the other characters especially Cain and Marcus. Five stars from me, I was hooked from the start and look forward to see what happens in the next installment.

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Conner book review

Posted: February 16, 2013 in books

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I loved this book! I read a lot of books and I have to say this one stood out for me. Erin is a psychologist, she leads a very simple life alone until she receives a case which she believes to be clinical lycanthropy. Once she visits Conner in the institution there is no denying her attraction towards him and little does she know that a seemingly normal case is about to turn her life upside down! Plenty of action and steamy scenes between the pair, I really did not expect the many twists and turns this book revealed. In most books that contain twists, you can usually guess what is about to unfold. I naturally had my own theories but boy was I wrong! A very well thought out and clever plot, it kept me hooked throughout. Very detailed with well developed characters, I absolutely loved this book and I can’t wait to read the next installment. Five stars from me and a must read for all!

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Sold into marriage review

Posted: February 16, 2013 in books

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This is not the usual type of book I go for, I am more of a paranormal romance kinda gal. Having said that i found myself glued to this book! Set in an historical era, Isabel is living in a debtors prison after her father had gambled all of their money away. Sebastian’s mother’s dying wish is to see her only son get married before she passes. Isabel used to be from a family with class and because of the situation she is in now makes her the perfect choice. Easy to mold into the perfect wife without all the trouble of being Sebastian’s actual wife, or so he thought! I admit, I did spend most of the book hating Sebastian. I loved Isabel’s character, even though she was falling hard for him she remained strong despite his treatment of her. You couldn’t help feeling a little sorry for Sebastian even though his suffering was in fact self inflicted. A very enjoyable read, well written with a well developed cast of characters. Five stars, go grab a copy!

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Breaking the Nexus review

Posted: February 16, 2013 in books

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I really enjoyed this book! Two different realms separated by the Nexus for the safety of all, are about to collide as the Nexus is being destroyed by someone who is very keen for total chaos. I loved the instant attraction between Connor and Sha. He becomes very protective over her even though she is more than capable of defending herself. She is a sentinel after all, having faced down creatures that until now Connor had only heard about in fairytales. The light teasing banter between the pair as they become closer keeps you smiling. Connor soon becomes her anchor, lending Sha his strength and it appears he may have some extraordinary otherworldly talents of his own! When I reached the end of the book I was gutted to find I am now left having to wait until the next installment to find out what happens! This book was well written, a good cast of characters with the intriguing addition of a new one right at the end. A very good read, five stars from me. Go buy it and see what everyone is raving about!

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