Release Day Party Perilous Light and Giveaway

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I’m happy to announce that today is the release day party for Perilous Light, a young adult paranormal romance novel by Alyssa Rose Ivy. I must say that I’m looking forward to reading this book – plus, isn’t that cover absolutely gorgeous?

13446343Title: Perilous Light
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: March 30th 2012
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Would you sacrifice everything for a world you barely knew?
It has been over a year since Charlotte and Kevin first stepped through the gate into Energo, and neither has been able to settle back into a normal life.
Even though she tries to deny it, Charlotte is in love with Calvin and can’t push him from her mind. She distracts herself with the antics of James and her growing friendship with Liam—the one person who seems to understand her.
Kevin is starting to adjust to his new identity as a college student and basketball player, but he can’t seem to shake his feelings for Samantha, his fear for Charlotte’s safety or the sensation that basketball is no longer enough.
When they unexpectedly return to Energo, both Charlotte and Kevin must face their fears and step up to become the leaders they were always meant to be.

Author Bio

Alyssa Rose Ivy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. Visit her website.

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Tour Starter Day Party Shadow of Witte Wieven

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Hey, everyone. Today I’m hosting the starter day party for the book tour for Shadow of Witte Wieven by Debbie Peterson. Come join us during this tour!

March 21st: Tour Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading

March 22nd: Guest Post
@ Pretty Opinionated

March 23rd: Book Excerpt and Review
@ Kindred Dreamheart

March 24th: Author Interview and Promo Post
@ eReading on the Cheap

March 25th: Book Review
@ Books, Books and more Books

March 26th: Book review and Excerpt Post
@ Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile

March 27th: Book Excerpt, Promo Post and Review
@ Inkspots and Roses

March 28th: Book Review
@ Reading it All

March 29th: Guest Blog Post
@ Full Moon Bites

March 30th: Book review and Excerpt
@ I Heart Reading

April 2nd: Book Review and Book Excerpt
@ Mother Gamer Writer

April 3rd: Author Interview and Book Excerpt Post
@ Suzanne van Rooyen

April 4th: Book Review
@ Seeing Night Review

April 5th: Book Review
@ The Blethering Bookworm

April 8th: Book Review
@ The Daydreamer

April 9th: Guest Post
@ The Daydreamer

April 12th: Book Review
@ Unputdownable Books

April 13th: Book Review
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April 18th: Book Review
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Release Day Party Truly, Madly, Deeply You

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I’m glad to announce the release day party for Truly, Madly, Deeply You by Cecilia Robert on the blog today.

13358709Book Title: Truly Madly Deeply You
Author: Cecilia Robert
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Publication Date: March 21st 2012
Format: eBook, Paperback, Kindle
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Four days before Valentine’s Day, Liese Hansfeld is determined to shut the door to her house, as well as her heart, for her annual four days of mourning her one true love. Little does she know her best friend Freytag Meier is just as determined to keep her from her ritual. He’s ready to pick the lock to her apartment door and camp in her living room if that’s what it takes.
What Freytag isn’t prepared for is the surge of deep-rooted emotions he feels for Liese, but two things stand in his way: the grief and guilt she still clutches close to her heart, and a man who threatens to snatch Liese from under Frey’s watchful eye. Frey is determined to distract her into forgetting her pain. But is that enough to ease her grief, or help her see he can be more than her best friend?

Author Bio

Cecilia Robert enjoys the play and weave of words that make up a good story. She enjoys creating fantastical worlds and getting lost in them. She often meets a prince, a princess, a pirate, ordinary and badass boy or girl who take her through the wonderful world of dreaming and fantasy.

She doesn’t have particular leanings to any kind of story as long as it captures her attention She reads and enjoys urban/dark fantasy romance, paranormal, contemporary, sci-fi, mystery or horror as much as her children’s school books.

Some nights, you can find her reading Puss in Boots for her daughter, or trying to understand how to read Manga comics from her son.



Guest Blog Post by Cat Adams and Giveaway

11195945I’m glad to announce that today author Cat Adams comes to visit my blog with a guest post about writing urban fantasy. This is one of the most intriguing guest posts I’ve read so far, and I hope you enjoy reading it as well. Cat Adams is the author of the Blood Singer series, and is now touring blogs for the release of her latest novel, The Isis Collar.

You can visit Cat Adams’ website, purchase the book on the publisher’s website, Amazon or on B&N.

At the bottom of this post, you can also participate in a giveaway and win an autographed copy of The Isis Collar.

Writing Urban Fantasy

Urban fantasy is one of those genres that you only recognize once you’ve read it. It’s not paranormal romance, it’s not dark fantasy, it’s not horror. It’s all of them, plus a little extra. So how did it come about and what is it really?

Urban fantasy has become the darling of the shelves. It’s an enticing blend of horror, fantasy and romance, marked by the imposition of the paranormal or supernatural world into the “real world.” Mundane existence of one or more primary characters (as well as readers) is turned into a wild joyride of fear, exhilaration, and adrenaline.

The interesting thing is that “urban fantasy” doesn’t actually exist as a shelving classification or category in most bookstores. Even though books with all the qualifications of urban fantasy have existed as far back as the 1943 classic “Conjure Wife” by Fritz Leiber, editors have had only the shelves of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Romance to select from. Where a book was shelved sometimes depended on the sole discretion of the sales team at a publishing house, meaning that books with similar elements were often in entirely different areas of the store. Charles de Lint, Emma Bull and Mercedes Lackey are all considered to be among the “founders” of the genre, yet de Lint’s 1991 novel “Yarrow,” and Bull’s 1987 classic “War for the Oaks” are shelved in fantasy, while Lackey’s “Burning Water” (first in the Diana Tregarde urban fantasy series) is shelved in horror. And when Tor re-issued “Conjure Wife,” it appeared in the science fiction section of the bookstore.

Some claim paranormal romance is just another offshoot of the current urban fantasy trend, with authors trying to “force” a romance into an otherwise fantasy novel just to reach the larger market demographic of romance. But that’s not true. While there is romance in urban fantasy, it’s not A romance—meaning there’s usually no “happily ever after” that pairs up a couple, who fall in love and remain together.

But how then do you write urban fantasy? Well, a lot of it is about worldbuilding. Since you’re taking the existing world and blending in the paranormal elements, you have to treat the world as it is now. People will ask questions, people will fear the unknown and will be smart. Writing urban fantasy is all about asking the logical questions in the supernatural and letting the characters be intelligent and clever. Stupid people need not apply to live in an UF novel! So, if you create an urban fantasy where people don’t know about the supernatural, how do you keep them from finding out? If werewolves turn on the full moon, won’t people notice if Bob isn’t at work EVERY SINGLE full moon? You can get away with it for a while, but eventually people will scratch their head. So . . . family owned businesses! And annoyed family members because they never get to work where they really want because of this damned shapeshifter thing!

I’m actually working on a manuscript now with a new reality. I was writing merrily along and hit a logic wall. If there really were portals that allowed humans to move between Earth and a demon dimension, how in the heck would you protect the both realities while the portals are in use? Someone is bound to sneak through or capture the area for their own use. Sigh… Back to the drawing board. I had to change my portal concept because the logic just wouldn’t make it work. Now they’re going to be random, like lightning flashes or thunderstorms. You can spot when one’s about to happen but can’t really control the event. That’s better for the book, because unpredictability and danger is exciting to the reader. Every encounter with a portal may be the hero’s last. Yay!

In urban fantasy, calm control of the paranormal is boring. Yes, there have to be rules, which have to be logical and real to the characters, but the element of danger has to be constant. Otherwise the plot will fail.

Speaking of the element of danger in urban fantasy plots, our new book, THE ISIS COLLAR, hits the shelf this month! There are vampires, ghosts, witches, modern technology and mysterious zombie plagues! That’s right, a plague! Want to read a little more? Of course you do! Here’s an exclusive excerpt of the book to whet your appetite for loss of control in the paranormal! What happens when you discover your dead little sister has decided to come back to life?

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I recognized the voice. It had literally haunted me for more than a decade. I felt my legs collapse and it was only Baker’s quick action that kept me from crashing to the floor in shock. The pigtails were just as I remembered, and she was wearing a striped tee-shirt and blue jeans. Just like the last time I saw her.

Mom dropped to both knees so fast that Natura couldn’t catch her. “Ivy? Baby? Is that you?” She held out her free arm, her anger gone like a switch had been flicked. “Come to mama, baby.”

The girl raced forward, her braided hair bouncing on her shoulders, and threw herself against my mother’s chest, arms wrapped around her neck. “Mom!”

It couldn’t be. I looked down at my hands. I was still the same. I hadn’t suddenly become twelve again. But I couldn’t seem to talk. It was just too much, too soon.

Mom was sobbing now, her hand continually touching Ivy’s hair, her back. Her face showed the incredulousness I felt. Natura had let her arm go so she could hold her child. I couldn’t help but smile at the sheer joy of the scene.

Until the child turned her head.

I felt my heart skip a beat . . . for I recognized the girl’s face. It wasn’t my sister. “Julie?” I whispered it but she looked up and met my eyes with a happy smile.

“I know. Isn’t it fun?”

Fun? My Mother held her at arm’s length for a long moment and stared at Julie’s face. But she was too drunk—all she could see was the daughter she’d lost so many years ago. “I love you so much, Ivy. I’ve missed you.”

Julie/Ivy smiled and then kissed Mom’s cheek before hugging her again. “Missed you too, Mommy. But I’m back now and we’ll be together.”

My stomach lurched and my skin grew ice cold. Oh my dear god in heaven. My sister was possessing the body of Julie Murphy and she didn’t want to give it up. I knew Julie was a spirit channeler. But her father, Mick, had told me she hadn’t had an episode of contact since her grandmother had died when she was three or four. I didn’t want to frighten her but possession is a big deal. That’s taking channeling to a new level. I’d seen Vicki do it—twice—but she was an adult. She knew the dangers and was careful not to take it too far. But I wasn’t sure either the girl or the ghost would know how to sever the tie between them. “Ivy? I know it’s wonderful to be able to talk to us, but you have to leave Julie now. Okay?”

I heard a bicycle slide to a stop on the gravel outside and then clatter to the cement as an older, dark-haired girl entered the room. “Julie! Why did you race away from me like that and why are you in a bar?” She stuttered to a stop when she saw her sister in the arms of a woman she didn’t know. Spotting me, she turned a confused face my way. “Celia? What’s happening?”

“Beverly, we need to talk. Let’s go outside for a second.” I got to my feet, dusted off my pants, and put an arm around her shoulders. She trusted me but turned back more than once to watch her sister hugging the drunk woman.

“Okay, but Mom will get mad if we aren’t home soon. I don’t know why Julie ran off like that. I nearly lost her in the traffic. She’s never done anything like that before.”

Traffic? I closed my eyes, feeling my heart drop. That was just what Ivy used to do and it used to drive me nuts. I guided Beverly out into the bright sunlight. When I stepped outside, the spell over the other patrons apparently broke and all but the bartender stampeded out of the bar and scattered. Beverly and I sat down on the stoop in what was left of the shade. “We’ve got a problem. If you were any other kid, I wouldn’t tell you this, but I think you can handle it. There’s a spirit possessing your sister right now. It’s my dead sister, Ivy.”

“Ivy? She’s mentioned that name before. She told me just last week that she and Ivy made cookies with Mom, but later when I asked Mom about Julie’s new friend, she didn’t know what I was talking about.”

I closed my eyes. If this wasn’t the first time, that was even worse. Ivy used to love baking when Gran came over to the house. I had no idea she had the ability to do something like that.“Have you ever heard of overshadowing?”

She nodded. “Sure. That’s when a ghost takes control. . .” Her eyes went wide. “You don’t mean that Ivy wants to stay inside my sister? Won’t that erase Julie eventually?”

“It could. I think we need to talk to your parents about this.”

“But what about Julie? We can’t just leave her like that.” She looked back inside the darkened bar fearfully. I shared the fear but I didn’t know what I could do about it at this precise moment.

“Beverly, this is the first time Ivy has hugged her real mother since she died.”

Her face grew troubled and I saw something close to anger in her eyes. “So to make your sister happy, you’re going to sacrifice mine? That’s not . . . Celia, you can’t do that.”

“No.” I said very strongly. “That’s not what I mean. But if I go in there and order her to leave, she might get stubborn and stay just to spite me. And my Mother has been distraught for so long I’m afraid she’d break out of jail again and come and steal her.”

Now she went still. “Oh. That’s . . . well, that’s not so good.”

I sighed. “And the guards aren’t going to wait much longer. I’m going to have to think of something.”

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If you’re intrigued (and you know you are) go out and buy THE ISIS COLLAR by Cat Adams right away! And if you’ve never heard of Celia Graves’ earlier adventures in BLOOD SONG, SIREN SONG and DEMON SONG, they’re on sale until the release of ISIS! It’s a really good sale, too: only $2.99 for any format ebook download. Heck, that’s three for the price of one! If you’re a print fanatic, they’re also on sale at Amazon on a 4-for-3 special. But lots of other retailers have them on sale too, so go to our publisher’s website, scroll all the way to the bottom and choose your favorite store.

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Book Review: Tundra 37 by Aubrie Dionne and Giveaway

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13147268Title: Tundra 37
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Genre: Science-Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: February 7th 2012
Rating: 4,5 stars
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Gemme is a hi-tech matchmaker who pairs the next generation of Lifers aboard the Expedition, a deep space transport vessel destined for Paradise 18. When the identity of her lifemate pops up on her screen, she’s shocked that he’s the achingly gorgeous and highly sought after Lieutenant Miles Brentwood—a man oblivious to her existence. Believing everyone will think she contrived the match, she erases it from the computer’s memory.
Just as comets pummel the ship and destroy the pairing system forever.
With the Expedition disabled, the colonists must crash land on the barren ice world of Tundra 37 where Gemme is reassigned to an exploratory mission, led by Lieutenant Brentwood. Only in the frozen tundra does she understand the shape of his heart and why the computer has entwined their destinies.

Tundra 37 is the sequel to Paradise 21, a book I reviewed a couple of months ago and enjoyed immensely. Although Tundra 37 is the sequel to this book, it can also be read as a standalone.

Once again, author Aubrie Dionne transports us to the world of inter-galaxy travel, expeditions in space, aliens and of course, love. This time we’re meeting Gemme, who is a matchmaker aboard the Expedition. Using high-tech computers she can predict people’s match. Surprisingly enough her match is Lieutenant Miles Brentwood. Scared that everyone will think she set this up, Gemme deletes the latest match…seconds before a comment collapses into the space ship and the match making equipment is lost forever. Forced to land on a planet called Tundra 37, a barren and vast ice world, Gemme is assigned to an exploratory mission under the command of lieutenant Miles Brentwood. Coincedence or not, Gemme will soon realize Miles’ real personality and why the computer thought they were the ultimate match…

I loved the fact that although a sequel, this book can also be read as a stand-alone. There are new, different and fresh characters, but then again there’s also the return of some old friends, which gives the book a sense of being new yet familiar at the same time. While the book is officially identified as scifi romance, I never thought the focus was the romance. The romance adds to the story of course, but it’s hardly the focus point. The focus is on the adventure, and thus Tundra 37 is more like a thriller than an actual romance story. Talking about romance, Gemme and Miles do offer some swoon worthy moments throughout the book. I was cheering for Gemme from point blank, and although I wasn’t completely convinced of Miles at first, I grew to love him just as much. They make an awesome match, and although the path might be rocky and filled with dangers, I was hoping they’d end up together anyway. I’m a fan of this couple, but I’m glad their romance didn’t take over the plot completely.

The story itself is complex and told from a lot of different narratives. By far the interesting, and sometimes most horrifying narrative was that of the ancient Seers. They have memories of earth and how it all started to fall apart. This secondary plot is amazingly original, and had me on the edge of my seat from start to end. Additionally, Seers are all-knowing, which always makes me frown – it’s a small step from being all-knowing to being so powerful that you ruin the entire plot- , but luckily enough this doesn’t make the plot unbelieveable at all in this case. For the first time in more than a century, the Seers made a mistake when they launched the Expedition in a meteor shower. The question remains however if they really made a mistake or not. The Seers might be all-knowing, but they’re also mysterious, and have just about as many secrets as anyone else on the vessel. That’s what really made them intriguing.

Once again, Aubrie Dionne’s writing style holds the middle between descriptive and fast-paced. I love her writing voice, and I loved how she could change it slightly depending on from which perspective the story was told. Tundra 37 is a worthy successor of Paradise 21, and I’m looking forward to reading the final installment in the series. If you’re a fan of sicfi romance, you don’t want to miss out on this one. Even if you’re not a fan of scifi, but you just want to enjoy a sweet romance story that also offers you tension, adventure and suspense, Tundra 37 is an excellent option.

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Book Review: Fezariu’s Epiphany by David M. Brown

11451305Title: Fezariu’s Epiphany
Author: David M. Brown
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: May 16th 2011
Rating: 5 stars
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12-year-old Fezariu thought his mother died when he was little, but when his beloved stepfather dies the boy discovers she is alive and well – and working at the most famous brothel in all of Elenchera. When she cruelly rejects him it’s more than he can bear, and he runs away to join a band of ruthless soldiers for hire. The Merelax Mercenaries will fight for anyone who can pay them, no matter the justice of the cause.
Fezariu grows up among the soldiers and becomes one of them. He thinks his time with the mercenaries has hardened him. But a campaign in his old home town pushes him too far, and he discovers what really happened to his mother. Maybe there are some things money shouldn’t buy… and maybe it’s time Fezariu took his revenge.

Fezariu’s Epiphany is one of the most intriguing and entertaining epic fantasy books I’ve read during the last two years. While most fantasy stories rely heavily on action, plot and setting, this book draws most from its characters. Fezariu, the main character, is as complex and multi-dimensional as they come. While he was still a young kid, he went through a devastating tragedy which made me instantly relate to him. To be honest, so far Fezariu doesn’t seem to be very lucky in life, and the way he deals with the tragedy that follows him makes him more appealing as a character. The main focus point of the story is are human decisions, how they can go wrong and what the consequences are when they do. That’s the strength of the entire book: it relies on humans, on people, rather than on events to tell us what happens.

David Brown’s writing style, for a fantasy novel, is pretty direct. Whereas in Tolkien (don’t kill me for saying this) can spend twenty pages to describe one single feature, Brown leaves a lot to the reader’s imagination – just the way I like it.

We follow young Fezariu from his childhood into adulthood. Fezariu thinks he’s cursed and joins a group of mercaneries because he’s convinced he can’t ever let anyone get close to him again. He’ll eventually have to learn that the only way to break his supposed curse is by letting people in again. It’s a hard and complicated lesson to learn, and of course the journey from childhood to becoming an adult is a rocky path, filled with twists and turns, important decisions, wrong decisions and a lot more. Fezariu’s growth as a character is impressive, and because it takes place gradually, the reader almost gets to see him change in front of their eyes.

The world of Elenchera is truly wonderful as well. It has a very thorough and in-depth history, and is just filled with diversity and really shows the author’s creativity. I’m looking forward to reading more novels set in the world of Elenchera. If you’re a fan of epic fantasy, you really can’t miss out on Fezariu’s Epiphany. It’s that kind of rare jewel of a book that only comes by once in a while.

Author Interview David M. Brown

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Today, I’m happy to say I got the honor of interviewing author David M. Brown, the auhor of the epic fantasy series Elenchera, and the first novel in said series, Fezariu’s Epiphany. I really enjoyed reading Fezariu’s Epiphany and am more than happy to host the author on my blog!

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Author Interview

Hey David,
Thanks for taking the time to answer these interview questions and for appearing on my blog!
1) When did you first realize that you wanted to become an author?

I’ve always enjoyed creative writing but I had no inclination to be an author until I left school and began studying at college. I’d just discovered the RPG series Final Fantasy on the Playstation and from there I began reading Norse mythology. Something within me, previously dormant, now awoke and with it came a desire to write and create my own world.

2) I’ve heard of a lot of authors who build their fantasy world first, and then set up adventures inside the world (such as Raymond E. Feist and Robin Hobb). On the other hand, there are also authors who have the story first, and then build a world based on the story. How was it like for you?

The concept of Elenchera came first and I slowly began to build it. Impatient to write a novel I finished four books across a six-year period and ended up scrapping the lot. With the history of Elenchera unfinished, each novel was somewhat maladjusted, missing the crucial background and historical context of the world to ground them and give them substance. I worried this may be the case with Fezariu’s Epiphany but once I had finished the novel I could see a massive difference with the world being developed first.

3) Elenchera is a well-built world with a lot of history and a thoroughly thought-through geography. Was it hard keeping the balance between giving the reader information and not overwhelming them with it? How did you do this? And also, how long did it actually take you to build the world that is Elenchera?

Elenchera started in 1999 and the history developed across a ten year period which included 25 ages of history, known as Shards, spread across 47,000 years, 23 lands and encompassed 500+ maps! It’s still a work in progress but the novels I write can now help flesh out elements of the world. In terms of a balance between narrative and world building, I think it’s a difficult one to level out. I try to write in a simple way rather than hurls pages and pages of description at readers. Trust in your readers and that they have unique imaginations themselves, enough to build images themselves rather having to rely on endless lectures within your work.

4) Who of the characters in your novel do you think you relate to the most?

I feel kinship with the verbose tolderian, Vintaro. Although I’m not gifted in banter the way he is, I do think the two of us are alike in our wit. I wouldn’t call myself a hilarious person but I’ve met few people in my life who I haven’t been able to amuse. I enjoyed writing the character of Vintaro a lot, especially when things get serious in the novel. Vintaro is good for light relief though I do believe in the end he shows the reader that there is a lot of depth to his character.

5) I read on your website that your goals are to keep writing stand-alone novels based in the world of Elenchera. I’m a great fan of this, because I don’t understand why everything has to be a series nowadays. However, can you tell us why you decided to opt for stand-alone novels, although based in the same world?

One of my biggest fears is being locked in a series and being bound by it. It’s not an appealing idea for me in the slightest, writing dozens of books about the same characters. As much as I love my characters, I do need a break from them and they feel the same about me. Elenchera is a vast world with many lands and a lot of history. If I write one series I’m restricting myself to one period of history rather than using individual novels to explore various events in the timeline. In the distant future I do have in mind characters that will probably need more than one novel but the maximum I will commit to is a trilogy, nothing more. I want readers to have a wide choice of books from Elenchera, not just one series.

6) You self-published Fezariu’s Epiphany back in May last year. Looking back on it all, would you go for the self-publishing route again? If so, why, and if not, why not?

I’ll definitely be self-publishing with my next novel. It’s not a route that is for the faint-hearted but you have full control over your work which is never a bad thing. There are many forums for indie authors to gather and you’ll find many fellow writers have a lot of advice and guidance. It’s true that some authors out there are self-serving and only looking to promote themselves but many others go out of their way to support you. I work closely with my wife, Donna, who is the equivalent of my agent, editor, publisher, harshest critic and business partner. If a big publishing house came knocking on my door tomorrow I wouldn’t swap Donna’s support for them. Her contribution to my writing journey has been too great to dismiss or ever forget.

7) What did you find the hardest part about writing and publishing Fezariu’s Epiphany?
Although I write fantasy I have always wanted to do something a little different with the genre. The biggest challenge was making Fezariu’s Epiphany that little bit different. All along I have wanted to make the fantasy genre more accessible to readers who would normally walk past the sci-fi/fantasy section in a bookshop. Novels set in Elenchera give precedence to the characters and their stories rather than the world in which they inhabit. These are stories which wouldn’t necessarily be out of place in our own world, they just happen to take place in Elenchera. I think doing something different made it hard publishing Fezariu’s Epiphany. I was excited and at the same time petrified about whether people would grasp what I was trying to do. Luckily for me, the response has been heartwarmingly good.

8) Do you have any advice for newbie authors?
Embrace the world of blogging. You can write about whatever you wish and it’s a great avenue to keep your writing fresh. I mostly review films and books on my blog but it’s always fun maintaining a blog. They’re a great place to announce upcoming book releases to your readers as well. I would also suggest finding a good critic, not a family member, but a trusted friend or maybe your partner. My wife, Donna, is my critic and she doesn’t mince her words. She’ll often reduce me to tears with her feedback (well, not quite!) but I learn from the criticisms and believe I have become a better writer because of it.

9) Will Fezariu be coming back in any future novels?

I’m sorry to say he won’t be. Fezariu’s story was never meant for any kind of sequels. I believe by the end of the novel he has completed a long and difficult journey through life and that he’s suffered enough. There are other characters such as Vintaro and General Bayard that I would like to see more of but given the history of Elenchera I can’t see how I could branch off into stories about them. For now, I’m content to say none of the characters in Fezariu’s Epiphany will be appearing again and if any should come back it would take a very clever plot to reintroduce them. I’d rather readers cherish the characters in one book than be rolling their eyes as they show up in another.

10) Can you tell us something about what you’re currently working on?
I completed the first draft of my second novel, A World Apart, last month and am currently hard at work on the editing. This novel is set many centuries after the events of Fezariu’s Epiphany and focuses on three friends – Demetrius, Eleyna and Halcyon – who grow up together and find themselves in a love triangle in their teens which only resolves when Demetrius leaves to join the army. Years later the three friends are reunited as enemies! A World Apart will be out in May and I’m hoping to do a cover reveal in April.

Ooooh, love triangles! I’m definitely looking forward to reading A World Apart now!

Book Review: Truly, Madly, Deeply You by Cecilia Robert

13358709Title: Truly, Madly, Deeply You
Author: Cecilia Robert
Genre: Romance, Novella, Contemporary
Publication Date: March 21st 2012
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
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Rating: 5 stars

Four days before Valentine’s Day, Liese Hansfeld is determined to shut the door to her house, as well as her heart, for her annual four days of mourning her one true love. Little does she know her best friend Freytag Meier is just as determined to keep her from her ritual. He’s ready to pick the lock to her apartment door and camp in her living room if that’s what it takes.
What Freytag isn’t prepared for is the surge of deep-rooted emotions he feels for Liese, but two things stand in his way: the grief and guilt she still clutches close to her heart, and a man who threatens to snatch Liese from under Frey’s watchful eye. Frey is determined to distract her into forgetting her pain. But is that enough to ease her grief, or help her see he can be more than her best friend?

Truly, Madly, Deeply You is a quick, entertaining, romantic read that will make you go ‘awww’ several times while you’re reading. It’s the ideal book to snuggle onto the couch, keep your spouse/lover/romantic interest close and start reading. The story itself is light and entertaining, but it has enough depth to feel real and touching as well.

Liese takes four days a year to ease her grief. What exactly she’s grieving for, we aren’t told right away, which just adds to the mystery of the book. We’re given clues along the way though, and in the end the reader has more than enough clues connected to piece them together and figure out the source of Liese’s grief before she eventually tells us. However, it’s a great way to keep the reader occupied and entertained while reading the story. These four days happen to be the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Frey has been Liese’s best friend since childhood, and this year he decides that he’s had enough. He’s not letting her grief on her own for these four days. Instead, he’ll spend them with her, whether she likes to or not.

Frey is an interesting character. If I didn’t have a boyfriend already, I would want a boyfriend like Frey. Seriously. He’s cute, sympathetic, a true friend, loyal, a good listener, and he doesn’t shy away from a challenge. He’s the best friend anyone could wish for, and he’s just perfect for Liese. It’s clear from the start of this novella that there is some underlying tension between the characters, but nevertheless when they communciate it just feels like they’re meant to be together.

Cecilia Robert has an unique writing voice. She drew me in from page one. She has a great way of describing emotions and feelings, adn this was what made this novella exceptional in my opinion. The romance is not the initial focus of the story, and this only adds to the book’s strength. Tension does build up though, and it does so in excellent fashion. I was literally glued to the edge of my chair and was mentally yelling ‘kiss already! kiss already’.

If you’re looking for a nice, quick romantic read for March, don’t hesitate to pick up Truly, Madly, Deeply You by Cecilia Robert. This book will definitely not dissapoint.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (13)

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Book Review: No Exit by Julie Harris

13395040Title: No Exit
Author: Julie Harris
Genre: Paranormal, Thriller, Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: January 5th, 2012
Rating: 4,5 stars
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Sometimes glimpsing the future can be deadly.
US Navy SEAL Kelly Nolan, who commands a small special ops unit, is assigned duty to protect a Presidential candidate during a visit to England. So what has a woman from half the world away seen that makes them seek her out?
Rebecca Miller is an especially gifted psychic. Two years ago she ‘read’ a US Senator’s wife and although Elizabeth Glover’s fears about her husband’s death were real, Rebecca reassured her that measures would be taken to avoid it. She ‘saw’ two of the people protecting him – a Native American and an old flying buddy. And now, ex fighter pilot and Senator John Glover is a viable Presidential candidate, working hard to get the votes, while Rebecca Miller is invited to speak at a paranormal symposium in London.
At Heathrow, she’s not met by the event organizer, but by two men in military uniforms. One of them, Kelly, a Native American, is vaguely familiar. Has she seen him before? Is this handsome guy really talking to me? she wonders. Yes, he is and she’s now in protective custody… She knows this is about that Senator destined to be President. She has no choice but to go with them.
At the airfield, Rebecca refuses to get into the chopper that awaits because she knows she will die if she goes near it. He might be psychic himself, and he might even like her, but Kelly Nolan’s patience is wearing very thin. Then comes a shot from the woods and Rebecca Miller is dead at his feet.
Rebecca, from the other side of life, is given a choice; she may stay, or return to finish what she started.
After Rebecca wakes on a morgue slab and scares the pants off a medic, Kelly gets the call that she’s alive. Even disbelievers call it a miracle, and those who want John Glover dead return to their drawing boards.
Whatever lies in store for the psychic and the SEAL, life will never be the same again for anyone involved, and many lives change. Some for the better.

No Exit focuses on the story of Rebecca Miller, who happens to be one of the most gifted psychics this world has ever seen. Not only can she occassionally read minds, she also predicts future events, sees glimpses of people’s past and has a connection with an Angel guide named Emmanuel. She can heal the injured, wounded and even the dying. In one instance, she even manages to return from death herself. But naturally, all these gifts come with a very high price. Her own father is afraid of her and has been ignoring her for years. Everyone she meets is interested in what she can do – not in who she really is. She has never gotten any further than a first date with anyone – and she’s already thirty years old. People are lining up to talk to her, but the only true friend she has is her assistant, Annie.

All of that changes, initially for the worst, when she is stopped at the airport in England by a bunch of Nighthawks, a special elite group of soldiers. Two years prior, Rebecca gave a reading to Elizabeth Glover, wife of senator Glover who is now running for president. In that meeting she warned Elizabeth about a possible attack on John Glover’s life. Now, it seems as if her offered advice comes back to kick her in the back. The special Nighthawke forces want to know what’s going on, when the senator’s life will be in danger and how they can stop it. To do that, Rebecca will have to tell them all she can.

Unfortunately, on the way to the helicopter, Rebecca gets shot. Straight through her heart. She dies on the spot. Miraculously enough, she comes back to live an hour and a half later, after consulting with her celestial guide and claiming she still has some work to finish on earth. From that point on, Rebecca lives in the Nighthawk center, undergoes experiments to test how far her psychic powers work, and falls in love with commanding officer Kelly Nolan. They’ve met each other one before, fifteen years ago to be exact, and ever since Kelly has been unable to put that strikingly beautiful and charming girl out of his mind. But now she’s back, as if by some sort of miracle, and he feels drawn to her more than ever.

As Rebecca and Kelly’s relationship unfolds, so do the events around them. Somebody is trying to kill senator Glover. But why? Are the motives primarily political, or do they need to search elsewhere? Is everyone to be trusted, or is possible that there’s a betrayar in the place they least expected – their own base camp?

No Exit is a very fluently written paranormal thriller with intriguing characters and an entertaining storyline. My favorite character was Rebecca. She shows us another side to being a gifted paranormal psychic – the loneliness, the feeling of being used only for your powers, and not for who you really are. While spending time with the soldiers, she discovers things she least expected to find here. Friendship. A sense of being just another regular human being. Maybe even love. Her character development, from a young woman who has build up walls around herself the height of the Chinese Wall, to someone who has more love, compassion and friendship than initially expected. She starts by trusting no one, and eventually goes to trust the people around her. The other main character, Kelly Nolan, is an intriguing person as well. He’s a man defined by his own history and the mistakes he made in the past. Whereas Kelly teaches Rebecca that she deserves to be loved, and that she can trust other people, Rebecca teaches Kelly how to believe in love again, and how to forgive himself for what happened years ago.

If you’re a fan of paranormal thrillers, or just a good romance story, No Exit is definitely worth looking at. The story is very suspenseful, the characters are entertaining and there are some twists and turns to keep you glued to your seat. I finished this book in one setting and would definitely recommend it to all fans of this genre.