Review of The Nightmare Stone by Finian Black

The ultimate lucky break gives John Harris and his family the opportunity to fulfil their wildest dreams. But all dreams have a darker side, and John’s past is never far away, ready to reach through to cast its shadow.
One hundred years ago, their new home was the scene for strange events that cannot easily be explained.
As John feels his past draw ever nearer, he knows that he must face up to his deepest fears if he is to prevent history repeating itself.
And as the past and present collide, a force beyond his control or comprehension is looking for one, final battle.

*This review copy was given to me free of charge, no fees were charged for this review*

 

Good Points

Where do I start? I have fallen in love with this book, and Finian Black is officially one of my new favourite authors. There is no better tale than that of the haunted house and the forgotten memories that accompany it. One of the first things I loved about this book was that it built up slowly, really creating suspense. So many authors now rush into the story, due to readers complaining that there wasn’t enough action, but I prefer a slow build up, as it allows you to really sink in before you realise you’re stuck! I also loved how there was the tie-in of hag mythology and-Peter Pan! Which I feel is a wonderful move, as Peter Pan itself is such a dark story, and it was blended in perfectly. The characters were gripping, the descriptions were wonderful (especially the Edwardian parts, were the author has obviously done his homework), and the writing style was perfect, allowing the story to flow so well that it was drip-fed to you, pulling you along bit by bit. I also enjoyed all the twists and turns that were thrown into the story, keeping you guessing all the way, not to mention there were quite a few parts where I felt the hairs rising on the back of my neck!

 

Bad Points

None. Nope, not at all. And you know me, I will always find something, but I just couldn’t. The only possible bad point I can think of, which is fact not a bad point at all, is that if you don’t like a book to make you cry (without giving away where) don’t read it! 🙂

 

Overall

This is my new favourite ghost story, taking the place of my copy of ‘Rebecca’. The whole premise of this story appealed to me, with creative, clever writing, the effortless blending in of characters and fairy-tales, and the chilling storyline itself! I would recommend this to anyone who wanted a new kind of horror/ghost story, that is written in a style that wouldn’t look out of place amongst well-known Victorian ghost novels. (A very good thing.) I also thought the author’s acknowledgements at the end were very touching, and I can’t wait for the next novel to come out!

I give this book…..5/5 stars!

 

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Interview And Review With Sandra Sookoo

Hey everyone! Wednesday brings us…another great author interview! And today I have the wonderful Sandra Sookoo, who also kindly allowed me to review her book, Lady Parker’s Grand Affair (which is an awesome title, by the way).

Writing is my life. I spend the bulk of my time concocting new and ingenious ways to make my reader laugh. If I can’t make you spill milk on yourself or spew coffee on your screen while reading my work or laugh, cry and feel for my characters along their journey, then I haven’t done my job. I take that very seriously.

When I’m not writing, I love to read. I hoard books like they’re going out of style and have squirreled them away all over the house. My husband just lifts an eyebrow when I acquire yet another mystery novel or bring home a shiny new piece of romance – or whatever the genre of the week is. What can I say? I love reading which is why I’m a writer. I’ve always had a love affair with the English language in general and vocabulary in particular.

Hello Sandra, it’s great to have you here, welcome to my blog!

Hi, and thanks for having me here!

As in all my interviews-random question first! Your novel is historical; if you could go back to any period of history in a time machine, where would you go and why?

Well, I’m very partial to writing in the Civil War time period or at the turn of the 20th century in America. Such a fascinating time for change! Of course, recently I’ve become interested in the Regency period. Who wouldn’t want to go back in time, just to observe the dresses?

Haha, that would be my main motivation; the dresses! So when did you realise you wanted to be a writer? Do you remember what inspired you?

At the age of ten. Actually, one event inspired me. We had to do a report in fifth grade about a role model. Mine was Walt Disney. He followed his dreams; I wanted to do the same. Also, home life was less than ideal at the time so I spent a lot of hours at the library reading and all my free time writing stories. Actually, I haven’t stopped!

That’s a lovely thought to go through life with; so many people don’t bother to chase their dreams! What books do you read? Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?

I read according to my mood. Sometimes I do read books in the genre I’m working in, but I really love reading mysteries and thrillers.

Your novel, Lady Parker’s Grand Affair, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

Thank you! In this novel, the heroine—Maggie—has decided that though she loves her freedom in Surrey, she’d like to take on a lover, but only if he’s as daring as she. The hero—Stephen—fits the bill but he has goals of his own. The wrench—or wench if you’d like—is Maggie’s petulant niece Amanda, who endeavours to keep them apart since she wants Stephen for herself. Maggie and Stephen will either get together or scandal will chase them down.

No problem, it really is that scandalous people, I’ve read it! 😉 So what inspired this novel?

I’d never written in the Regency period before, had always thought I’d steer clear of it because I thought I could never do it justice. It had been brewing in the back of my mind for a while. So, when someone suggested I should go for it, I took the challenge. The funny thing was, I really enjoyed writing this piece and it has since inspired a whole series. I’m working on the third book now.

Where can we find your novels?

You can pop over to my website www.sandrasookoo.com and read blurbs and excerpts for all my books. All of them can be found at any digital book outlet.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

LOL The sky’s the limit. My imagination is always going, but for the rest of this year, look for a couple of Wolfish stories, the second Scandal in Surrey novel as well as a couple of contemporary pieces. There should also be a couple of stories coming in print format too.

Ooh, so lots to look out for then! Can’t wait. 🙂 Last random question! You also say on your website that you are a Disney World nut! If you could only choose one Disney film to watch for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Hands down, Beauty and the Beast. Classic story, fantastic ending. What’s not to love?

Good choice, I’d pick exactly the same one-is there anyone who’s heart didn’t melt for the poor Beast? You can find out more about Sandra Sookoo on Facebook, Twitter, her website, and on her blog. Thank you for being here, Sandra, any last words?

Thanks for having me here today! Remember, if you’d like to receive a packet of book swag (postcards, bookmarks, etc) send me your mailing address at sandrasookoo@yahoo.com

Lovely having you here. 🙂

She wants an affair…Maggie, Lady Parker desires a man, but she’s not willing to leave freedom in Surrey to find scandal in London. Widowed for years, she wants to conduct a big enough scandal that a gentleman might come calling merely to see if the rumors about her are true.

He wants a shot at Parliament…Stephen Tarkington is a self-professed rogue but if he had his way, he’d be a philanthropist.  The only thing prohibiting his dream is his lack of sponsorship for a spot in Parliament. Marrying Lady Parker’s niece could solve his problem.

Sometimes the heart wants more…Imagine his surprise when he meets the widow and she’s not an old bird he can charm. She’s vibrant, sharp-tongued and enchanting to boot. Passion flares between them, and Stephen gives up on his plan… in search of a more pleasurable gamble.

Maggie is immediately drawn to the charming, handsome gentleman, but will a simple affair fulfil her needs? A scrape with public scandal will toss them into a situation that may just satisfy both of their secret desires.

*this book was given to me free of charge by the author, I received no fee in return for this review!*

Good Points

First of all, the dialogue was the first thing to catch my attention. Usually, even in my novels occasionally, dialogue is just a way to connect from one event to another. Sandra Sookoo, however, managed to do this while making the dialogue amusing and clever. The characters are well-developed from the first few pages, and I loved Lady Parker almost immediately. All the characters were wonderful, but she definitely stole the show in this book, as I’m sure she would in real life! The descriptions were wonderful, and I could hear every horse clop, every leaf fluttering. And on top of all that, it was a brilliant storyline, and the sex scenes were HOT! *blush* The energy between Maggie and Stephen was amazing, and not only that, you could feel the romance building between them as the story progressed, and it made it all the more lovely!

Bad Points

I felt that sometimes the characters were almost killing time more than moving the story on in parts. After Maggie and Stephen meet, there is almost palpable electricity between them, but it gets drawn out over the next several pages. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it shouldn’t have been; it made it all the sweeter once they got together. But the problem is it didn’t really feel like there was a middle event that had the ‘problem one and the solution’ feel to it, and it meant that you simply had to watch the two characters getting closer. This isn’t a huge point, but it might have been nice if a few spanners got thrown in the works.

Overall

I though this was a wonderful read, and I would definitely read it again. I’d recommend it to anyone who loved the regency classics of old, but also wanted a spunkier heroine who could speak her own mind. (Tess of the D’urbervilles aside) I fell in love with this book, as well as Maggie and Stephen, and the only qualms I had was that the action ebbed slightly. Oh, and I wish it had been longer! 😀

I give it….4/5 stars!

Review of Romance Novel by PJ Jones

Smella Rosepetal must find a millionaire husband to finance her baby’s heart transplant. She flies home to her deputy father’s ranch in Pitchforks, Texas, where she falls in love with Deadward Forest, a wealthy environmentalist vampire. 

When a deranged murderer is on the loose in Pitchforks, killing romance heroines, Deadward assumes Smella would be safer without him. Smella turns to her childhood friend, Snake Long, for comfort. But Snake doesn’t have the money to save her baby, so Smella places herself in peril in a desperate hunt for a rich husband. 

Time is running out for Smella’s baby, and she must escape from the Australian Outback and face down Flabio, an overweight and disgruntled, aspiring cover model, plus enraged vampire wives and their homosexual, vampire, cowboy husbands, a jealous were-gerbil, James Bond, a drunk rodeo clown and Smella’s strange boyfriend who wants to drain her blood, yet is repulsed by her smell. 

ROMANCE NOVEL—the unabridged, unauthorized comedic look at the bestselling vampire series that will leave you wondering who the hell ever believed vampires could “sparkle.” And you’ll laugh…all the way to the bathroom!

 

Good Points

Okay, this book was freakin’ HILARIOUS. It was so funny that I managed to snort juice through my nose and spent a good ten minutes in the bathroom trying to blow it out of my nose. I think that proves just how good this book is. Between the brilliant paraodies of the characters, the shallow Smella Rosepetal, the various useless disguises of Flabio, the disco-dancing Deadward Forest, and the poor baby whose name must have changed at least 50 times, the author did a wonderful job with them! Even though this book was taking the mickey out of the exact genre I write, I couldn’t stop giggling. This book was also written beautifully, and I loved that the author was able to effortlessly blend between narrating, and drawing herself into the story at points as well, with the characters talking about the author herself! The humour wasn’t rushed, and it was a great mixture of dry humour and silly madness.

 

Bad Points

Wow, okay…um…the only bad point I can think of is that this book wasn’t longer! I got so absorbed in it that I read it in a couple of hours, and it would have been great had it been longer. 😀

 

Overall

The funniest book I have read this year! If you are a paranormal fantasy/romance author like me, I suggest you read it, you will laugh your socks off. And the clichés the book points out, which I had great fun spotting-although hopefully not using much-you will nod at and laugh even harder. If you haven’t read this book, go and get it now, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. 🙂

 

I give it…..5/5 stars!

What Lifts Me Up…And How To Make Everyone Happy On My Blog Today!

Please read all the way to the bottom, I have something to cheer you up down there! 😀

Okay, I originally sat down to write a post about reviews, after receiving both a good and bad review for my books. (Mainly because I’m suspicious of the bad review on Amazon.co.uk for Conner, purely because it is the only review the reviewer has done, and it basically sounds like they didn’t even read it…but I digress.)

But then I realised that although I thought it would do me good to vent my frustrations, it would also make me feel worse because I would dwell on it. So, I decided to write a post about what cheers me up, instead.

If I ever do get bad reviews, I scream into the sofa cushions, and eat half a bar of chocolate in one go. Not good for the sofa cushions, poor things. There really isn’t much else I can do, as I refuse to answer to any review, as I don’t see it as very professional. But there are (unfortunately) a plethora of other  things that can get a writer down a little. And we all know what happens then, don’t we? Yup, the dreaded ‘P’ word…….procrastination. O_o *shiver*

For example, when I started out with this self-publishing lark, I would get incredibly excited at just one sale, and then incredibly depressed when there had been a few days without any sales. Now, of course, I have taught myself not to worry too much about these figures. Amazon’s mess-ups with sales figures aside, I find that a few days with nothing lead to a lot of days with something, and the whole  week balances itself out again.

So how does one cheer oneself up from the black hole of writing despair? Oops, sorry, I got a bit possessed by the Queen there. Well, I’m sure everyone has their own little ways of dealing with it, but I find that two things help the most. No, one of them isn’t chocolate. Not everything in life is about chocolate, you know? I find that the first thing is music. I used to be in a band a long time ago, and I still like to have a little sing-song every now and then. (Well, it was a Gothic rock/metal band, so it was more likely to be a scream or roar than a sing-song, but you get what I mean!) Find the right piece of music, and it can lift you into a realm of happiness.

The other thing is simple-writing. When I’m depressed, I don’t always feel like writing, and yet I know it’s the one thing that can make me feel happy again. It’s part of the reason that I decided to do my novellas over the next year in-between  my novels; because I understand that not only do I need to build up my book ‘collection’, but also for another reason. I have two ways of dealing with things that upset me in life, and only one of those ways is used exclusively for writing.

My first (and pretty much usual) way of dealing with things that upset me, is to deal with them head on. I value honesty above all else, and sometimes I can almost be too brutal with the truth! Luckily, those that know me know that I’m a sweetie really, and my honesty is only because I would rather be honest than hurt them; as I feel that dishonesty will always hurt people more than anything. So when something that hurts me that I can’t respond to, such as a bad review, it kills me because I can’t deal with it in my usual way.

So my second way of dealing with things that upset me is to try and forget about it. My mind wanders an awful lot, (as if most of you hadn’t guessed!) and I tend to dwell on things. When I was very little, the only thing that would take my mind off bad things happening around me, would be to get lost in a book. Now I’m older, and have ravaged most of my book collection several times over, I like to get lost in my own stories. So I  write them to life, and disappear amongst the character’s voices and the imaginary landscapes. Sometimes I manage to bang out some of my best writing when I’m upset!

Hmm….this wasn’t meant to be about a bad review, but ended up that way anyway. Told you my mind wanders. 🙂

So, here is your task for today. and this will sound like a load of rubbish, but I want to try and make everyone happy today if they visit this post. Now I want you to follow this list, no slacking now! 😀

1. Smile. However ridiculous it feels, smile.

2. Now think about something that made you feel really happy, whatever you like. Focus on it and remember tastes, touches, everything! Keep smiling while you think about it.

3. Listen to this while you read the rest of this list. And I mean listen to all of them, don’t stop listening until you catch yourself doing a little dance. 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9EA42E8734D60AA6&feature=mh_lolz

4. Look at these pictures below while you listen, guarantee a few laughs! And you’re welcome, have a good day! 😀 x

*Psst, if you really want to cheer me up you can always buy one of my books! Just kidding! But not really. 😀

Witches, Romance and MURDER???

Yes everyone, that’s right! It’s the first novella in The Bassinville Witches Series-OUT TODAY!!!

But this isn’t any old  novella, oh no. This is a huge-gamble-and-I-don’t-know-if-it-will-work kind of novella. Why? Because I wrote it in a week! Yes, this last week! Edited, everything. Because it’s a new challenge I’m trying, you see. I found that if I really put my head down, I can write about 5-7k a day, and I thought.,..so why does it take so long for me to write? I also don’t have Erin coming out until September, so that means my book collection will not pile up until more is written-and I’ve always been impatient 😀

So this is the full challenge I’ve set myself; to write one novella every month for the next year in between my novels and short stories! So With You In Spirit is the first one, and there are 11 more to follow! So each novella will be a story in it’s own right, but all twelve will also build up to a storyline that connects all the books.

So without further ado, here is the first novella, With You In Spirit!

Catherine has enough problems in her life without adding more. She lives in a town full of Wiccan witches, where she holds absolutely no powers. Her best friends seem to take all the best men, and her work colleague has a major crush on her. Other than that, life is pretty sweet.

Until a dagger appears in her bedroom, bringing back frightening memories of a past both her mother and herself left behind long ago. The ghosts of the past refuse to stay buried however, and they threaten to swallow both of them whole, closing in on them…

And then the charming, roguish Mr Rouquette appears. He is gorgeous, kind, and clever…so why does it feel as though there is something not quite right about him? And can Catherine trust him at all when her world begins to crumble around her feet, and he seems to be at the centre of it all?…

Available here at Amazon US, and Amazon UK!

Meme Time “Lucky 7″

Darn it! I’ve been tagged by the lovely Tami Parrington over at her blog http://www.tamiparrington.com/2012/06/21/meme-time-lucky-7/

Bruce Blake hit up Chantal Boudreau who then tagged Tami Parrington in a blog meme and she hit me up to be part of this Lucky 7 meme. In Bruce’s words, here’s how it works:

  • Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
  • Go to line 7
  • Copy down the next seven lines/sentences exactly as they are
  • Tag 7 other authors

Now, I’ve never taken part in a meme before, so I thought this would be fun. I’ve used Conner, as I thought it would be a little more ‘reader friendly’ than Craving! 😀

So here we are folks, page 77 of Conner, 7 fun sentences! 😀

“….It does seem very radical, but then most methods of psychology, were at some point, also very radical. Let’s hope this method is one of the successful ones.”

The woman cleared her throat, and said, “Very well. If we are all in agreement, we’ll make the necessary arrangements, and fill out the forms needed. Dr Miller, you may go and tell Conner what is happening.” Erin nodded gratefully.

Dr Whitfield smiled at Erin. Erin returned the smile, butterflies starting to float up in her stomach at the thought of Conner in her home.

Now, muhahaha! Who is next? The seven authors I’m going to tag, are…

Maxi Shelton

Pixie Lynn Whitfield

Liz Long

Douglas Pratt

Christine Warner

Nicole Hill

Nicola Rhodes

If anyone doesn’t have a blog, you can post it on your Facebook page 😀 Enjoy!

Interview With Robbie Thomas

Good morning everyone! Today, I have the pleasure of bringing you another author interview! Today I have Robbie Thomas here with me, and a review of his book. Robbie Thomas, has been described as a visionary of life with an incredible psychic gift. Working with many integral individuals within the Spiritual and Paranormal Fields, Robbie strives each day to bring forward the truth and what messages lie from beyond. Robbie, works with Law Enforcement and families internationally on murder/missing persons cases and has created a new television series that is currently in development with Lamport/Sheppard Entertainment of Toronto Canada/England United Kingdom. His latest literary release, Time Shift The Paradigm, is based on a factual event documented days before it actually shook the world and then twisted into a fictional story line.

Hi Robbie, wonderful to have you here on my blog! Random question first as always! You also work as a psychic, any funny or unusual stories from doing this?

Growing up and living this life as I call it, rather than that of being “psychic”, for it is just part of our lives that people indeed do have some form of ability it has moments of like you say funny or unusual times. One time I along with my daughter who was 14 at the time, were sitting across from the kitchen opening watching television. A woman walked slowly across the opening of the kitchen stopped looked directly at us then continued until she wasn’t seen no more. I looked at my daughter and said, “did you see that?” She turned to me and said without hesitation, “did you?” Times like this are exceptional for its the confirmation of others as well being able to see what I see. One more great story was during the filming of Dead Whisper the movie where we were in the “madams waiting room” of Al Capone’s Speakeasy. Here we encountered a young boy named Adam. When one of the investigators asked me who was here and I explained, he began to ask certain questions of the boy. When the question while filming was asked of, what is your favorite time of year Adam? I heard what his reply was, which was captured on film him answering then I answered to what he said. Adam said , “Christmas”, then you hear me say “Christmas”. At this point another spiritual being entered the area and Adam took off as I said that Adam left the room. There were people in the opposite room adjacent from where we were, which got the scare of their life as screams not only from the women there but the guys as well for Adam’s energy went through the room making the chain on the door swing violently and a gust of wind went through the room. It was at this point after filming 16 hours a day it became more of a hilarious moment to hear others caught off guard spring to attention for a bit of a scare. The laughter that followed from all of us was a lighter moment during filming. Another time I was doing a tour in Moundsville Prison In WV, and going through the most active parts of the prison with some folks from television as well as the public. We got to this one area in Cell Block C in the most dangerous offenders section. I stopped to tie my shoe as my laces came untied, a friend from a SyFy show walked ahead of us stopped and turned with a camera in his hand. A drummer for a popular rock band stayed behind with me while I tied my shoe. While I bent down to tie my shoe, Sean (the drummer) was a bit anxious as many things were happening all around us. Well no sooner was he mentioning to me to hurry up that there was a gate that separated the worst of inmates from the general population start to close on its own. Everyone could see this happening but Sean. As the gate got closer to shutting it abruptly slammed shut creating a very loud bang. Now picture a guy full of tattoos, tough as nails, from a rock band turn into a bunch of jello…lol He jumped ten feet in the air, screamed my name grabbing on to me. Everyone had tears in their eyes laughing to hard that this was a great moment indeed.

Wow, a lot of stories then! So when did you realise you wanted to be a writer? Do you remember what inspired you?

I was roughly four years of age and remember telling my mother that I would write a book, be in movies and do television. Well, here I am five books later, several movies, and done television and also created a new television series I am the host of that is in development now with Lamport/Sheppard Entertainment. The inspiration for wanting to write was again at an early age where I use to read stories in the Bible and loving them. I again got inspiration from my teenage years from a teacher who pulled me in front of the class telling me I would never be a writer and to look for a career in another field. That moment stood out to me pushing me with fire in my heart to prove not only to the sentiment, but to the fact I can do this. It’s funny to look back at now for hindsight is 20/20 in knowing what I said at age four was already in the making regardless of what that teacher said to me. One must draw inspiration from all situations to better themselves in the acknowledgement of themselves. It’s in the message within that is and has been placed there from spirit that all people are privileged to and not from the negativity of another’s ill will. We can change and take control of every situation in our lives to which again the inspiration is derived from the most passionate within your heart. I took the lighter side of everything feeling that people were my inspiration. To convey the message we are never alone that our loved ones are always watching over us, had a huge part in me wanting to write as well.

That is a very good message for anyone. What books do you read? Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?

I like to read inspirational books that give hope and faith. I also like some fictional writings. I consider everyday the book of life where we write out stories on the turning of a page giving the essence of living the day given. We all are the writer, painter, composer of many great works therefore this is the type of book I truly crave. 

Absolutely, but some of us don’t write it on paper! 😀 Your novel,Time Shift The Paradigm , sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

I started out writing the movie script by the same name, Time Shift. I made mention March 2 on my facebook page of >PANIC<, just as you see it here. In that post I mention how the apocalyptic adventure of world catastrophe was and is upon us. Later that week March 10 I again make mention of many things happening around the world. Later that day, I had a telephone conversation with a film producer about the script where I mention I would like to include a 9.0 earthquake in the Pacific off the coast of Japan. I included a huge tsunami with much destruction to follow world wide. He loved the idea saying it would make a great gripping moment in the script. Little did I or he know that only a day later, it really did happen. Sometimes messages are given in an indirect way and yes sometimes if we don’t pay attention to what is given, we miss those opportunities. In this case the message was given, but corroborated and documented as well just days before it actually did happen. I immediately stopped writing the script finding myself literally engulfed in grief and despair for all who were involved in this horrific event. I couldn’t get my head around the fact this happened to me again. Yes it happened before, a few times and there is nothing one can do to stop the inevitable. I took the movie script and started to write the book. It took me roughly a year to complete. I took the factual event, keeping the premise as realistic as possible twisted it in a fictional storyline. The book itself has many twists and turns, but kept in the form of the probable is practical, which in our life we do live within different realms of parallel worlds. The afterlife is a topic that everyone in life craves to know more about. The book carries a huge message that will make people sit back and realize. The ending will throw people off for they won’t be expecting this type of scenario. I wrote from the heart of spirit meshing the realistic life we all live.

So what inspired this novel?

People of this life inspired me, as we all are still that child learning the lessons of life. It was time spirit was heard from a perspective of showing rather than talking about what it is like to have visions. If we all see the signs perhaps a change will come. The last line in the book says it entirely which gives perspective to what we are here for.  

Where can we find your novels?

My books can be found on Amazon.com, Kindle, Createspace.com, Smashwords.com, Chapters.ca, Barnes and Noble, and pretty much all online stores. People can also go into their local book stores to order them in as they are accessable to all. I am also about to re release under a new umbrella the following titles of mine. Paranormal Encounters, Signs From Heaven and To You From Spirit. They will be made available shortly from Createspace, Amazon and many more.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I have written a trilogy of movie scripts titled, Paradox The Gate Series. I am now in the process of putting them into book form where it pays a tribute to all people within the Paranormal and Spiritual Fields. I am also working on the new television series, Psychic Profiler, which I will host where I work with Law Enforcement internationally and along side families to help solve cold cases of murder and missing persons. I have also been asked to host yet another television series that is in its creative point at the moment and again it deals with many aspects of the Paranormal and I will be a co host along someone who has been a major figure in the paranormal television aspect. So there are many things on the table for me, which seems to be the normal. I will be touring with many great people from many different television shows bringing the Paranormal to the public in the near future.       

You can find out more about Robbie Thomas on Facebook, Twitter and on his website. Thank you for being here, Robbie, any final words?

I like to thank you first Miranda, for the opportunity to have this interview. I also like to say to everyone reading this, that no matter what it is in life you want to do, just do it. Keep the faith, for you are very important in life. Always carry the feeling in your heart that this day given is a gift for you, so live life fully sharing with everyone the most positive love and light you can give. A very wise man said once, “A man’s wealth isn’t measured in what he gets out of life, rather his wealth is measured in what he puts into life.”

The student body has descended upon the quiet little town of Trinity Massachusetts, to attend the prestigious University of Winston. The town comes alive as the area residence openly welcome back those who are about to attend the historical University. Classes resume as usual, however, the class of ancient history being taught by Professor David Gates, will soon be interrupted by events that unfold in an unexpected way. The calamity of horrific happenings begin to swallow nations leaving the world helpless in its wake. A very unlikely duo are teamed up to assist another colleague of theirs, Professor Elizabeth Ross, an Archaeologist who is in Peru. They discover that the mysterious phenomena which has engulfed the world has a hidden agenda that predates the existence of mankind. Time is of the essence as the door of a parallel world is opening merging with ours, creating a paradigm no man or woman has ever thought could happen, yet it’s consuming all! When life as we know it suddenly changes, Time Shift-The Paradigm becomes your future!

Interview and Review with Karli Rush-With Giveaway!

Good Monday to you all! I have another wonderful author interview for you all today with Karli Rush! We also have a review of her new book, Crescent Bound! Karli has always blazed her own trail, whether popular or not. She has three wonderful sons and is contently married to a supportive husband. Her passion outside of writing is photography and all things natural. She is an Autism advocate and enjoys hiking, bike riding and family.
Hello Karli, it’s a pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog.
Thanks so much for having me.
As everyone knows in my interviews-random question first! You say on your blog that you’ve grown up loving everything paranormal; have you ever had a run-in with the paranormal yourself?
Actually I have, years ago a friend and I took a day trip to a quaint little town deep in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas called Eureka Springs.  At the top of this hill overlooking the town is a haunted hotel called The Crescent Hotel.  On the third floor landing I happened to gaze out a window looking down at a garden when I saw in the reflection of the glass a Victorian woman reaching out as if to get our attention.  What really got my adrenaline going was that my friend saw it too!  We both spun around at the same time and the hundred foot hallway was completely empty. It was an experience that I think altered how my friend and I both saw things.  I mean, your world opens up when you start believing in the paranormal.
Spooky! That definitely sounds like something I would remember! So when did you realise you wanted to be a writer? Do you remember what inspired you?
I always dabbled a bit in writing, my Dad gave me a diary when I was young, and I wrote a few short stories about horses (which I love) and then I started to take writing more seriously during my English Composition class in college. I turned in a paper about my experience at the Crescent Hotel and the professor read it to the class without telling anyone who wrote it.  I guess hearing my classmates reaction to the story gave me a boost, and being an inspiring writer is on the top of my bucket-list. 

What books do you read? Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?
 I read tons of books. One of my favorite past times, as a teen I came across Stephen King novels. My first of his was Salem’s Lot and that is when my reading frenzy began. I eat up books, mainly in my genre but some are not. I have well over 200 paperbacks and hardbacks including an array of authors like: Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Richelle Mead,Charlaine Harris, Suzanne Collins, and of course E. L. James  just to name a few.
  
Plenty to read then! Your own first novel, Crescent Bound, sounds really interesting.  Can you tell us more about it?
When I wrote Crescent Bound it came out of me like a flood, it literally poured out, night and day I wrote for almost an entire year.  When I came up for air I realized that I didn’t just write Crescent Bound, I wrote two other books also.  A true trilogy you could say.  I had to break up Crescent Bound because the word count was in the area of 300,000 words. In the story my protagonist, Alyssa Worthington,  is a young witch discreetly trying to maintain a life among the humans. She attends a High School with her best friends Lisa and Megan (who are witches as well), and finds love and danger where she least expects it.  Unforgettable lessons she will learn about herself and the witch world she is submerged into.
Yeah, I mean who would suspect someone who went about everyday things…*ahem* Just kidding! So what inspired this novel?
A dream…I have noticed a lot of authors mention their creations unfold from dreams. I never really wrote about mine until Crescent Bound haunted me for months, tormenting me til I put pen to paper so to speak.
That’s sounds cool, rather like Mary Shelley and Frankenstein’s Monster….Where can we find your novels?
Smashwords.com  I absolutely love this site, it is amazing and they distribute to Amazon, Sony, Barnes and Noble, including many others, they also have it on their own site in most downloadable  formats, it is very convenient for a reader.
What can we expect to see from you in the future? 
Raven Bound – book two – a continuation of Crescent Bound is expected to be released June 25, 2012.
Demon Bound – book three – wrapping up that trilogy should be out by October.
Shadow Bound – A trip into the ancient past to discover how my Protagonist from Crescent Bound met her life-mate for the first time.
Ice Bound – This one is Crescent Bound told by the leading man’s point of view.  It contains  so much that is not in Crescent Bound allowing it to stand as it’s own story.
And finally, for now, a novel I am working on currently, totally different in many ways from all of the above, is a book called Pine Needles, it is a modern day, suspense, thriller, romance, with an almost sci-fi / medieval twist to it.  Conan meets Avatar!
Whew, I expect all that will keep you busy, but we’ll look out for all of them! Last question of randomness! If you were a witch yourself, what element would you want to control, and why?
Well in my witch world the elemental power I would love to have is fire, that element best suits me because I have an aversion to being cold, lol so, yeah fire for me.
You can find out more about Karli Rush on Facebook, Twitter, her website, and on her blog. Thank you for being here, Karli, any parting words?
 
Miranda, you do know that you rock! Right?
My parting words…I’m sure everyone knows that feeling when you finish the last page of a book and you take this big sigh, and feel good even if it is just for that small moment, well that is my goal, to give everyone that feeling from a good read! Thank you Miranda!
Thank you for being here, it’s been great 😀
Now please scroll down for my review of Crescent Bound and a chance to win a free copy!

Alyssa Worthington is the daughter and sole heir to the most prestigious coven in the witch world. Her childhood has been spent in the mundane human world learning to blend in and hide who she truly is, and it is here, during her last year that she meets a striking ex-high school quarterback from a small town in Montana who will turn her world upside down.Alyssa holds the element of fire, unlike her best friends Lisa and Megan, who are both air elementals. It is the elemental powers that reside inside which require positive thoughts and positive actions in order to maintain this magickal connection. What would happen to a witch that let this get out of control? How can evil become the driving force behind revenge and death?Dark secrets, dark magick and a desperate desire for revenge will bring Alyssa to the brink of destruction. She is being chased, but this pursuit is a silent one and her chaser has but one goal, Alyssa’s complete and total destruction. Will she overcome this dark threat and begin to live out her destiny? Will she survive and if so, will she lose herself as part of the price for being alive? Or, will her destiny rest on being crescent bound?

With all these dark forces creeping around silently in Alyssa’s life, her coven pushes for answers, some of the answers about an eighth and missing coven, in the witch world, lie with her new interest. Marcus may be the key to unlocking the mystery of the silent darkness threatening the seven remaining covens.

Good Points

I loved the characters! They were full of life, and the writer made them vivid and believable, which I love. I also (as a Wiccan 😉 ) loved the idea that they were witches. A lot of the festivals mentioned were completely correct, and the rituals, although made slightly different for the book, obviously, were very true to life. The author has obviously done her research, and it shows. The plot-line was exciting and pulled you along at just the right pace, and kept you hooked from the very first line.

Bad Points

Okay, this is a strange point, but…this is classed as a YA novel, and yet there were sex scenes within the book. Although they weren’t  especially steamy, I don’t know how comfortable I’d be allowing a teenager to read a book with these kinds of scenes in, and it lowered my opinion of the book slightly. There was also the odd typing error, but not so many that I would not read it.

Overall

I thought this was a great book; imaginative and original. I was hooked from the first chapter, and couldn’t put it down at all. The characters were amazing, and the story and dialogue was written at just the right pace. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves magic and excitement, and wants a lovely romance to go along with it all. But I have to mark this book because there were sex scenes, and I don’t feel that it is appropriate for young teenagers to be reading.

I give this book……4/5 stars!

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Review of Dark Side of the Moon by Tami Parrington

In a world all its own music somehow manages to exist: something beautiful within the crazy, devious and often dangerous atmosphere of secrecy, lies and deceit. In this world, life is short and Gabriel Evans can feel his career slipping away, but he’s not sure why and he doesn’t know how to recapture the dream that started it all.

Kia Lambert is a woman on a mission. From outside looking in, the entertainment world is a glittering, glamorous place. Getting in isn’t easy, but she has a plan. A plan she may not live to regret.
You can find the book here, at Amazon.com
*I was given this review copy by the author free of charge*

Good Points

I thought the storyline was very original; I haven’t seen a lot of books use this idea for a romantic element, so I did enjoy the change of pace. I also thought that the author’s use of descriptions was very good; they allowed the reader to see the environments, without giving so much away that your imagination couldn’t imagine some of it itself. The overall story flowed very well, and it was easy to read. I also loved the few twists that were thrown into the story, and  I found myself reading for pages without noticing anything around me, as each new twist threw the story into another direction. Another great point was how accurate the author was with a lot of her knowledge of the music industry.

Bad Points

I found the characters very hard to relate to, which meant that I didn’t enjoy a lot of the book as I should of. I found Gabriel downright horrible at the beginning, and pretty much hated him for most of the book, and I found Kia okay until it turned out she was a stalker. I understand that the author meant for the characters to be like this for a reason, but it made it difficult for me to really get into the book, as I really just wanted someone to kick Gabriel’s arse.

Overall

I thought this was a pretty enjoyable read, and I loved the way the story was written, and the way that each twist was woven effortlessly into the novel. However, for me personally, I didn’t like the main characters all that much to start with, and this made it difficult for me to enjoy reading about either of them.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a grittier version of a romance, and just generally a great story about the music industry that doesn’t go down the usual route.
I give it……4/5 stars!

Interview with Vanessa Wester

Vanessa Wester is bilingual in English and Spanish, since she was born and raised in Gibraltar. She obtained a degree in Accounting and Law from the University of Southampton, in England, United Kingdom. Initially, she embarked on a career in Chartered Accountancy. After less than a year, it was obvious she was not cut out to work in an office! A change in vocation led her to become a secondary school teacher of Mathematics. For the last ten years, she has been a stay at home mum and gives up a lot of her time to voluntary organisations. Her favourite hobbies include singing, reading, baking and swimming. She is also a qualified A.S.A. Swimming Teacher. Writing is a way to express herself and escape from everyday life. She now lives in the Isle of Wight.


Random question first! You used to be a teacher, any funny stories you can remember from that time?

Well now you mention it.  There are a lot of stories I could tell you but the funniest one (as a teacher that is) was when one of my pupils decided to walk out of my class…

Just when the class had settled, Mark opened the door and sauntered in.  He adopted his usual “what’s the problem” stance.  Good looking and carefree, what did he care what the teacher thought.  He was late – deal with it.

The teacher sighed as the class erupted and welcomed him in.  Peace gone.  She watched him sit down, a challenging smirk pasted on his face.  ‘Long time no see,’ she said, hands clasped together, chest leaning into them.  ‘You know since you’re been gone the class has been very quiet.  It’s been peaceful.’

The teacher felt good about the comment.  It was good to have the upper hand.

‘Fine!’ Mark shouted.  ‘Then I’ll leave.  Seeing as you don’t want me here anyway.’

The teacher watched him, without getting flustered; and waited until his hand was on the door handle.  ‘You know.  I have to tell you that if you walk out that door I will be forced to do several things.  Firstly, I’ll have to write a pink slip.  That will mean a detention.  Secondly, I’ll have to let the head of year know – and that’ll mean your parents will be called.  And thirdly, you won’t learn anything – so you’ll fail your exam.  So, I suggest you turn around, sit down again and let me get on with the lesson.’

Mark stared, stunned and speechless.  Without another word he turned round, made his way back to his chair and kept quiet.

It was the best lesson I ever had and no-one ever challenged me again.  Ha ha… one for the teacher!

Haha, I wish you had been a teacher in some of my lessons at school! So when did you realise you wanted to be a writer? Do you remember what inspired you?

I wanted to be a writer as a child.  I used to write loads of stories and was obsessed with Agatha Christie.  I loved English with a passion and I was very good at it until G.C.S.E.’s came along.  Being of the academic sort, I started to get lower grades and became convinced I was rubbish.  I wasn’t – but I thought I was.  I moved on to sciences and never looked back.  Until the day I watched an interview with Stephanie Meyer.  She explained how she was a stay at home mum, had an idea and gave it a go.  Well for years I’d been writing down ideas and never pursued them.  I always ended up reading a book or watching T.V.  My husband works away a lot and I had a 1 year old who I had to be at home for.  I needed to use my brain.  So I thought… what the heck!  I wonder if I can… so I did.

That’s brilliant, why shouldn’t you? What books do you read? Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?

I read anything that interests me… from paranormal romance to historical fiction to cookbooks to non-fiction.  My preferred choice is romance, then thrillers, then historical fiction.  Twilight hit the spot for me.  I love Jeffrey Archer and Ken Follett.  The Pillars of the Earth was awesome.  I just read a book by Sarra Manning, You don’t have to say you love me,  and I love her style too… you can see more about what I read on Goodreads… and I have posted a few reviews already.

Your first novel, Hybrid, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

Okay, this is the hard bit.  I have to learn to talk about my book.  I’ll include the blurb I came up with – see what you think! Lol…

University should be about independence, new opportunities, friends and expanding the mind. For Steven Thorn, it’s the start of a new life.  Just not the one he anticipated.  As his resolve is put to the test, he ends up losing everything.  For who could live a normal life as a HYBRID.

Steven Thorn has no trouble settling in at University. Having grown up at boarding school, he is used to living away from home. He’s smart, so studying comes naturally. When it comes to making new friends, he’s cautious. Usually, he receives too much unwanted attention.  Caitlin Chance catches him off guard.  She’s the first girl he has ever felt an instant attraction towards and the more he gets to know, the more he likes.

However, the romance is cut short when Caitlin leaves University after a suspicious suicide.  Now Steven is alone, Ingrid gets her chance and it doesn’t take long for her to discover that Steven is a HYBRID.

The wheels are set in motion for his radical upheaval.

Now they know he exists, they will come to get him…

So what inspired this novel?

This is a very hard question.  Honestly, the idea popped in my head and I used several of my own life experiences to make it more real.  I went to The University of Southampton, played waterpolo there, am a swimmer, love sharks, am good at maths and I am a redhead… so I guess this book has a lot of me in it.  Even though my main character Caitlin is not me and I never studied maths as a degree.  I also did not meet my husband at university…that’s another story.

Where can we find your novels?

On Amazon (UK) (US).  I am in the process of moving it to the KDP scheme.  It may go back on Smashwords in the future.  We’ll see.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I have nearly finished the second book in the series and have several other books that I’ve started, one includes a children’s book aimed at 9+.  Lots of ideas… love it!

Awesome, it’s always good to have lots of stories on the go! Last question of randomness! If you could be a hybrid yourself, what would you be a hybrid of and why?

I would be a shark and human.  A version of a mermaid… how cool would that be?!

Cool-but scary! 😀 You can find out more about Vanessa Wester on Goodreads, Twitter, and on her blog. Thank you for being here, Vanessa, any final words?

Thank you so much for interviewing me.  It feels weird for people to actually care about my little old thoughts.  For so many years I have lived in a bubble, now I feel like I’m breaking free, and I can be who I really am and enjoy life to the full.  Writing has been very good for my marriage!  I don’t get so lonely when he’s away… and he can chill after a hard days work knowing I’m happy!

Great having you here.

University should be about independence, new opportunities, friends and expanding the mind. For Steven Thorn, it’s the start of a new life. Just not the one he anticipated. As his resolve is put to the test, he ends up losing everything. For who could live a normal life as a HYBRID.

Steven Thorn has no trouble settling in at University. Having grown up at boarding school, he is used to living away from home. He’s smart, so studying comes naturally. When it comes to making new friends, he’s cautious. Usually, he receives too much unwanted attention. Caitlin Chance catches him off guard. She’s the first girl he has ever felt an instant attraction towards and the more he gets to know, the more he likes.

However, the romance is cut short when Caitlin leaves University after a suspicious suicide. Now Steven is alone, Ingrid gets her chance and it doesn’t take long for her to discover that Steven is a HYBRID.

The wheels are set in motion for his radical upheaval.

Now they know he exists, they will come to get him…

Now click on this link for my review of Hybrid! 😀