Creator of Shadows is HERE!

Scarlet Rain Series

The third book in the Scarlet Rain Series is finally out! Creator of Shadows is out today, and continues the journey of the immortals, as they battle against Feoran and the darker forces behind him. Read on to find out more!


When Lorenna is kidnapped by Feoran, the head of the vampyric Clan, it’s a dent in the Resistance. While she was expecting his twisted advances to her, she didn’t expect to feel something for him in return.

But that’s the least of her problems.

The city is more in ruins than ever, the Cuans being cut off one by one to prevent the rebellious humans taking over any part of New London. And after the discovery made at the Factory, armies of clones now walk the streets, ready to kill and trained viciously by their vampire masters.

The rebels must band together in full force, both to rescue their beloved witch from Feoran’s clutches, and to give the final push against the Clan. But a traitor in the heart of their inner circle is plotting with a vampire who wants more than they have, threatening to bring everything they have worked for tumbling down around them.

Can Lorenna gain her freedom to help her friends, and can they finally cut the head off the serpent that is the Clan? Or will humanity forever remain in its iron grip?

The Cover!

Creator of Shadows

Where can I get a copy?

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon CAN

Amazon AUS


Where can I find out more about the author?

I’m Miranda Stork, and I’m addicted. Addicted to writing and reading books, anyway. And chocolate, but that’s another issue – no interventions, please.

I live in the middle of a forest in North Yorkshire, spending my spare time as the wild woman of the woods, scaring small children and upsetting the sheep. On the days that I feel like being civilized, or I haven’t got any unicorns to ride, I sit down and pour the tumbling thoughts in my head out onto digital paper. Mainly the thoughts and characters come out in paranormal form, with a good smattering of romance, because everyone likes a good cuddle. But you can also find strong elements of thrillers, myths, and even dystopia amongst the pages of all my novels. I’ve wanted to write books ever since I first realised that fairytales were not the newspapers of the fairy kingdom, but the imaginings of actual people who wanted to tell fancy made-up stories to other people. From that moment, I was hooked.

Why do I write? Good question. It might be easier to just keep the stories in my head, or even just to write them for myself. But I want to share them. There is no greater delight for a writer than when a reader devours your book, and declares, “Something in that novel resonated with me. And I want MORE.” So grab your lucky clover and a baseball bat (there’s some nasty paranormal creatures where we’re going), eat the cookie with ‘eat me’ tagged on it, and enter through the tiny door into the world of Miranda Stork…






Moon Rose Publishing


Vigilante of Shadows Audiobook Snippet!

Hey everyone! 🙂 Exciting stuff today – I just heard the first two chapters of the audiobook for Vigilante of Shadows! I cannot describe to you how amazing it was to hear Aodhan’s ‘voice’ – I  nearly fell off my chair with excitement! Okay, so maybe I’m being overdramatic, but the narrator is doing an incredible job at turning my pages into real people.

So…do you want to have a listen? 😉 Here’s the snippet from the first chapter of the Vigilante of Shadows audiobook (I don’t want to give away too much, wait until it’s out – it’ll be worth it), as narrated by the awesome Matt Lloyd Davies. (You can find out more about him here – You can check out all the other projects he has going here too, there’s some great audiobooks he’s already done for other authors.



Audio sample copyright © Miranda Stork

Narration copyright © Matthew Lloyd Davies

Snippet Time – Creator of Shadows!

I love reunions. Just saying. Especially when it’s a character from the past. Also, PSSST! I’m going to have the pre-order links hopefully up by end of the week, so watch out for them. 😉

Arianwen swallowed hard, her throat tightening with worry. They hadn’t expected the people here to know anything about the goings-on in the capital, but they seemed as informed—possibly more—as they were. Deron stepped out carefully from behind Inghard, offering up a tense smile to the two guards. “Both,” he answered easily. “I’m human, and I have friends who are part o’ the Human Resistance. But ‘dis lot,” he gestured with a thumb, “are part o’ the Immortal Resistance. The point is, we’re all Resistance.”

The older man narrowed his eyes at Deron for a moment, chewing at his lip. Seemingly satisfied with the answer, he gave a curt nod, replying, “Aye, we agree. But it’s all humans here, I don’t think I can let you in. We won’t attack you, but you’ve got to move on. Get going.”

As he and the younger man turned to leave, Arianwen was gripped by a sudden mad idea to run over to him, and her legs pumped forwards before she had a chance to think over her decision. “Nae, lass!” Aodhan cried out as she jogged towards them. Opening her mouth to shout for the older man, her heart leapt into her throat as two hot black barrels appeared in front of her face, the young man’s tense features at the other end.

“We said ‘get going’, immortal. Do as you’re told,” the young man hissed in a faint French accent, his hair blowing gently in the wind that had picked up, scattering dust particles through the air. As if to make his point further, he clicked the safety off on the weapon, and moved forwards enough to make her stagger backwards, her feet scraping against the loose gravel below.

Holding her hands up to show she meant no harm, she shook her head, gazing deep into the man’s eyes. She saw terror there, not the cold, steely gaze she expected of someone guarding an entire fort. Speaking softly, she urged, “Please listen to me. We’re really not here to harm you in any way, or anyone inside. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have to be, I promise you. There is only one thing we want, and that is to bring the Clan to their knees.” Arianwen bit out the last few words, venom from her emotions flavouring each syllable.

The older man spun on his heel and took in the sight of the demoness stood on her own, hands still raised in the air, before marching back across and lowering the younger man’s rifle. “Easy, Pierre, easy,” he soothed. “Let’s not lose our heads. They already said they mean no harm.”

Pierre gave an exasperated sigh, but he slung the gun over his shoulder as his companion asked, giving Arianwen a cold stare. “And you believe them?”

“Yes,” the other man replied, “I believe them. They haven’t tried to attack us in the last few seconds, have they?” Pulling his own rifle onto his back, he clasped his hands in front of his camouflage-covered torso and directed his attention at Arianwen, giving her hands a gentle nod. As she lowered them slowly to her sides, he continued, “My name is Franklin. We’re not making you stay out here because we don’t want you. But there are children inside there, and youngsters who have never been outside the walls of the Castle. Do you have any idea how it feels to be that human and terrified?”

Arianwen drew herself up smartly, smiling broadly. “I do,” she answered honestly. “I wasn’t always an immortal, you know. I was once human, like you all. And Deron here is human, and Psyche is…” She trailed off as she gestured towards her jet-haired friend, struggling to find the right words. “Well, she’s still half-human, anyway.” Turning back to Franklin, she added, “We know, believe me. I used to be a police officer before the war started. I know what people are capable of. And I also know what’s capable if we stand by and do nothing.”

Franklin gave a heavy sigh and squeezed his temples between his forefinger and thumb, before blinking and looking back up at Arianwen with tired eyes. “I’m sorry,” he retorted with a shrug, “there’s nothing I can do. Rules are rules.”

With that, he gestured to his companion, and they both turned to head back to the entrance. “No!” Arianwen begged, breathing heavily. “You have to listen, I—“

“Arianwen! Arianwen Harris?”

The male voice that called out her name from above the watchtower was familiar and hard to place all at once. Her mind buzzing with names of anyone and everyone she had known in her lifetime so far, she gazed up towards the tower and bright blue sky, squinting and using her hand as a shade. An elderly man was leaning over the side of the walls, waving frantically down to her. Narrowing her eyes further, she searched his face, flickering over every wrinkle and line around his shining eyes—it can’t be. It is! Waving excitedly back, she shouted up, “By the gods! Shiner! What the hell are you doing here?” Turning back to Aodhan with a face flushed with happiness, she grinned and cried out, “Aodhan! It’s Shiner!”

The rest of the group exchanged confused looks with each other, watching curiously as Aodhan’s jaw dropped and he raced over to Arianwen’s side. Gazing up with her, he let out a low gasp. “F**k me, it is. I never thought I would see that wee guy again.”

The elderly man disappeared from view, and unintelligible shouts came from the other side of the fort. Cries and yells could be heard making their way down from the air to the ground, and when they hit the bottom the screech of pulling wires echoed into the hazy afternoon air. With a groan, the metal entrance door scraped forwards, heaving up from the ground as the pulleys worked their magic in opening it wide. Arianwen nearly had to cover her ears from the metallic sound as it rose up into the air and revealed the inside of the fort, a crowd of people stood on the other side with wide eyes and frightened expressions.

As the dust cleared, Shiner came striding through the crowd, racing outside to meet his old friend. Arianwen’s lip wobbled before she felt the emotions bubbling up from her chest, and her eyes watered with tears. Holding her arms out wide, she sprinted across and wrapped them around the old man, sobbing with relief—relief that he hadn’t died, relief that she had found him again, and he was safe. She felt the warmth of Aodhan’s hand on her back, and he slapped a hand on Shiner’s shoulder. “Good to see you again, old man,” he said hoarsely, voice thick with feeling.

Breaking the bear-hug, Shiner stood back and smiled broadly at the two before him, wiping his tired eyes with the back of his sleeve. His features were etched with lines and worry, and his once thick hair was thin and grey, but it was definitely still him. “Come on,” he croaked in his Geordie accent. “Let’s get you inside, like. We can talk about why both of us are in the middle of nowhere in the fort.” Giving a wave to the two guards, he beckoned the group forwards.

After glancing nervously at one another, then over to the two demons, the others eventually trudged forwards. They stared forwards, ignoring the two guards in case they changed their minds, and they vanished into the fort as the heavy door slammed down again behind them with a cloud of muddy dust.


Taken from Creator of Shadows © Copyright Miranda Stork 2014

A Bit Of Pot Luck!

Hey, everyone! 🙂 Bit of a post today for a new reviewing group – and we’re looking for reviewers!

Love reading? Love FREE books in the genres you enjoy? Then you need to come over and join the new Facebook group that aims to make reviewing fun for everyone! Pot Luck Reviews needs more reviewers, so just click on the link below and join up. They work almost like ‘blind reviews’, in that you never know what book you’re going to get! Simply state which genres you like reading, how many books you’re happy to review each month, and that’s all there is to it. Each month, you will receive a random book in a genre you love, and all you have to do is give it an honest review.
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Keeper of Shadows is Heeeeeeeere!

Well, this is a turn up for the books! Another bad ‘book’ joke, I’m sorry. 😛 Amazon has published Keeper of Shadows a lot earlier than it was supposed to go up, so you can officially get your copy now! Just scroll down to find out a little more about the book. And if you do pick it up, thank you so much for your support, and I hope you really enjoy it. 🙂 ❤

Keeper of Shadows

The year is 2038.

Feoran has followed through on his promise to enslave humanity, and humanity is being crushed under his oppression. Anyone who rebels is sent to the Factory.

Until one woman, Psyche Tawton, decides to run.

And she will prove his undoing.

Psyche leads an everyday life—well, for someone alive in the era of the Clan’s long shadow. A single event involving her best friend and her friends’ vampire master puts her on a road to rebellion, causing a ripple that will change the course of history, and the lives of those she comes into contact with.

Then she meets Torolf.

A werewolf with a chequered past, Torolf is instantly intrigued when he lays eyes on the violet-eyed beauty, but the wolf within him cannot accept a human as his mate. But deciding whether they should give in to their desires is the least of their troubles, as Feoran sets them firmly in his sights and makes them the centrefold for his newest horrific campaign. Starting with her best friend sent over to the Factory.

With the help of Torolf, the other immortals, and the Human Rebellion, Psyche will be the catalyst for the most important change in human history  since the Clan took over. But she will also be the catalyst for her own fate, unlocking a secret about herself that is so destructive…

…it may kill her.


You can pick it up from these links here!

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CAN
Moon Rose Publishing

Review of Robyn’s Egg by Mark Souza

Happy Hump day all! halfway there, nearly at the weekend. But in the meantime, I have yet another great review for you, this time of Robyn’s Egg by Mark Souza, a futuristic dystopian thriller….

In a dismal future driven by corporations, where most citizens are human billboards focused on status and entertainment, Moyer and Robyn Winfield struggle to attain a baby. Moyer doubts he will make a good father. His wife Robyn, however, is frantic for a child, and Moyer wonders how long his marriage will survive without one. In an age when babies must be cloned and purchased, the high cost almost makes the point moot.

When his wife learns their friends negotiated the price of their baby, she sends Moyer to Hogan-Perko, a corporation with a monopoly on human cloning, to negotiate for their child, and Moyer finds himself face to face with Viktor Perko – The Father of Mankind. The cost for their baby – all of their savings and the promise of a favor. Moyer agrees and is soon asked to spy on Perko’s enemies.

You can grab your copy from Amazon US, and Amazon UK.




Good Points

This book kept me hooked from the first few words. Dystopian novels are fast becoming one of my favourite genres, because of the freedom of imagination they offer. And the author does not disappoint in doing just that with this one. The world is set up over the first few paragraphs, and the tension is felt almost immediately; the unease of this new world settling into your bones. You feel for the main character straight away, and all the characters are believable and crisp. There is also a good balance of description and dialogue, with neither taking centre stage. I also liked how the storyline of this future society ran so closely with our own, bringing in moral issues both spoken about and spoken of less. The writing flowed very well, and was smooth and polished. The twists and turns of the story were fantastic as well, sending the characters on a roller-coaster of events and stomach-flipping falls.

Bad Points

While I enjoyed the story, I felt that it almost wasn’t quite original enough. It would have been nice to see some differences from other dystopian worlds I have read about, rather than lots of the things we have come to expect. I also felt that as the story drew towards it’s conclusion, there was just a little bit too much going on at once to really take in what was happening. It would have been better to take a few things away  and leave it cleaner.


I thought this was a great read, and another to add to my rapidly increasing selection of dystopian novels. The author has weaved a clever tale with a moral issue at it’s heart, and brought up many of the issues we deal with today. I couldn’t put this book down from the moment I picked it up, and I would recommend this to anyone who loves dystopian futuristic novels, but wants the added twist of an exciting thriller.

I give this novel……4/5 Stars!

Review of Perfection Unleashed by Jade Kerrion

Good morning everyone! Nearly the weekend now, woot! But until then, let’s have another review, shall we? Today I am reviewing ‘Perfection Unleashed’, by Jade Kerrion…, on with the review!

Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted–a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention. When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives–the in vitros, clones, and mutants–collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab’s search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war. Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.


You can grab your copy here at Amazon US, or here at Amazon UK.

Good Points

Now this not my usual genre to read, but I have to admit it is growing on me with Ms Kerrion’s book! I loved the idea, and thought it was a great idea in a new and original twist. I loved the action, twists and turns that were revealed in this book, and the book even throws us straight into one of the action scenes! It was fast-paced and vividly described, giving the reader barely time to stop for breath. The separate sub-plots of the story were well crafted together, although sometimes the writing seemed as though it could have been tightened up in places. The best part of this story had to be that it presented some very deep questions, presented in a clear fashion within the story. It opened up questions about our world even as it is now (despite the book being set 50 years in the future), our state of morals, our emotions, and even about our governments. I also loved the author’s imagination for the storyline, which was vivid and alive.

Bad Points

I felt that most of the characters were not believable enough. I love stories that are very character-driven, so I was disappointed that a lot of the characters seemed somewhat flat. Galahad was supposed to be a ‘perfect human’, but other than description of his appearance, there didn’t seem to be much showing me how he was perfect, and so I never got a feel for it. some of the character’s conversations seemed a little lacking in emotion as well. Another point was that the technical language could put off people who didn’t really have a grasp on it, and there was little set up and explained about it before it was thrown in. I will not be putting this against my score though, but just pointing it out, as people going for this genre likely will  have a grasp of it. The writing at times could be a little clunky in places, but this could easily be smoothed out.


I thought this was an imaginative and engrossing novel, with characters that needed tightening, but were also engaging to find out about. The storyline and idea behind the book was an interesting one, and that had me hooked more than anything else-this book was like X-Men if it had more serious issues about humanity, and was much more realistic. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Dystopian/Sci-fi genres, and wants something new from it. I had a lot of tossing and turning over what score I would give this book, as the bad points really niggled at me, but the good points were very, very good. So after much mulling over, I decided to give this book a score I have not given, as I couldn’t give as low as 3.5 stars, but I didn’t want to go much higher. I would also like to note, that if the characters and niggling points were tightened up and polished, this book would more than easily be 5 stars, and I cannot wait to see what the next book from this talented author holds.

So I give this book…….3.75/4 stars!

Interview with Lea Williamson

Howdy everyone! Wednesday’s author interview is here! And with me today I have the lovely Lea Williamson. She is a 25 year old indie author, currently living in the city Norwich, England. She lives with her husband and two small children. Her profession alongside writing is a studio & wedding photographer. She began writing her first series, Units, in early 2012 and has big plans for her future writing YA fiction. Her preferred genre is dystopian. She is fascinated with the mechanics behind society and likes to let her daydreams on this topic be explored by others through her writing. As well as writing and photography, Lea enjoys all aspects of design (including book cover art) and networking with like-minded people through her blog, Paper Dreams.

Hi Lea, it’s great to have you here, welcome to my blog.

Thank you Miranda for taking the time to have me.  You have a fantastic blog and I’m very excited to be talking to you today.

You see, no-one ever compliments my blog! *Looks around and raises an eyebrow* Thank you, Lea. Random-ness first as always in my interviews! You say you are a true book-aholic. What is the largest number of books you’ve bought at once, and what was the silliest purchase you’ve ever made, book-wise?

*laughs* Well, it’s not unlike me to grab a handful each time.  I have a three shelf book case in my spare room full of books I’ve not got around to reading yet.  It has become a horrible habit of mine to buy a new book after finishing one but that new book often ends up being several.  My poor husband can’t keep up with me and my shelves are dipping in the middle.

I’ve got a solution-buy a bookstore! Then there will always be plenty of bookshelves! 😀 When did you realise you wanted to be a writer? Do you remember what inspired you?

Oh, absolutely.  Virginia Andrews and her talent for prose was what pushed me into the world of literacy and then I discovered Margaret Atwood.  I wasn’t a natural born writer.  I never dreamed of publishing my own books like many authors do.  I just enjoyed the way words could form pictures in my mind and I began experimenting with my own writing skills in my late teens.  My first pieces were based heavily on the books I’d read by V.C Andrews.  But through becoming a mother and becoming too busy in the real world, I stopped writing and delved into other projects.  We moved last year away from our friends and family and with my new found free time my book obsession increased and once again the writing started.


As well as writing, you always do book covers, don’t you? You have some beautiful book covers that you have made yourself on your blog; when did you start to make these, and what would be your favourite one?

Thank you.  I am at one when I’m lost in Photoshop *laughs*.  My nerdiness is never-ending it seems.  I guess it started when I was around 14.  I’m 25 now so that’s a lot of years experimenting with digital art and I guess one thing led to another and soon I was able to combine my love for books with my love for photoshop.  My favourite would be a hard one to call, but one of my newest covers has received a lot of attention.

The actual cover is not a real book.  There’s something freeing about creating the window into a book without actually writing the story.  Others can then make up their own, much like one of my blog followers did for this cover.  She came up with the title Raven and a wonderful backstory for the girl on the cover.  It was interesting to read and I hope she continues exploring her ideas.

It is a beautiful cover, and it’s not nerdy at all to play around in photoshop-I hope not, because I do my covers too! *I dare anyone to call me a nerd* Your novel, Units, sounds very interesting and unusual. Can you tell us more about it?

I would love to share more about Units with you.  It’s a dystopian/horror fiction aimed at young adults and will take you on a journey into a world set in the future where money is no longer a useful currency and freedom is something of the past.

An organisation, the Authority Project, is now in control and their main concern is that people work hard and stay out of trouble.  In return they keep their lives.  The Authorities are much like the government and the police rolled into one.  Alongside the Authorities there are the Units and the older generations.  The newest generation of Units are biogenetical, known as the test tube Units.  With currency long gone, the Authorities have created a system in which Units are just a statistic and each of them is given a ticket that contains all their information.  They earn points by keeping in-line and working hard and these points can be used towards food and other items they may need.  The Authorities have strict rules in place, limiting most of a Unit’s freedom. Their only reason for existence is to work.  The older generations are Units who have been placed into Partnerships with wealthy Authorities.  Older generations become the parents of the next generation of test tube Units and the cycle continues.

The book follows the journey of Pearl and it is written from her POV.  Pearl is a test tube Unit and is working in the city of Maineport.  For the most part, Pearl follows the rules but occasionally takes a risk here and there – developing a crush on moody Tee, for instance.  I won’t reveal too much but Pearl’s work position is kind of creepy and through it, she attracts the interest of a sinister and disturbed artist.  Pearl’s suddenly on the Authorities radar which eventually lands her in a nightmarish situation.  The rest of Pearl’s journey takes many twists and turns and she may discover a few sinister and disturbing things about herself along the way.

Creepy…*shudders* So what inspired this novel?

My husband and I share a keen interest in the Zeitgeist films – a collection of movies and documents that delve into conspiracy theories around the world.  The documentations are interesting, to say the least, and explore the secrets behind our societies – mainly America.  It focuses a lot on money control, debt and power behind the government which I guess became the foundation of the Authority Project in Units.

The inspiration came after a long wait in our city’s town hall.  We were waiting to be seen and given this ticket with big numbers on it.  The numbers would be called on a screen and then we were able to speak to somebody behind one of the 15 kiosks that ran along the width of the room.  We waited an hour and had grown increasingly bored.  Eavesdropping on those around us (shameful, I know) I heard a woman complaining that they were not getting their benefits anymore and they insisted, with not very nice language, that the poor woman behind the kiosk paid her at once.  My imagination got the better of me and I started jotting down the beginning of Units into the notes section of my iPhone.  My husband joined me on my adventure and from there the story elaborated.  I’d actually forgotten about it until I read my emails the next day back home.  The notes section of my iPhone is synced with my email account and there it was, staring at me.  This ridiculous idea of a story begging to be written.

Not ridiculous at all; I love hearing where people get their ideas from. 🙂 Where can we find your novels?

Units will be available via Amazon this summer in paperback and ebook formats.  I’m self publishing using CreateSpace, which is thrilling and scary all at the same time.

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

Hopefully a second and possibly third book in the Units series.  I’m not finished delving into this world but it all depends on the success of Units.  I’d be interested to try my hand at something more adult orientated and a little more saucy but for now i’m sticking with dystopian young adult fiction.


Last random question…what would you rather do without, books or tea?

*laughs* What is reading if it is without a good cup of tea?


Hmmmm…..that seems like a cop-out…just kidding! 😀 You can find out more about Lea Williamson  on Goodreads, Twitter and on her blog. Thank you for being here, Lea, any last interview words?

Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me.  I have truly enjoyed sharing Units with you and hope that your readers have not fallen asleep at their keyboards.  It’s so far been a thrilling experience and I’m so happy to have been able to share it with you all.

Not at all, it’s been great having you here.

Make sure to look out for Lea’s book when it comes out this summer!

After years of debt spiralling out of control, bankers conspired together and decided to withdraw their money from the public. Businesses were lost, welfare was no longer available and people began to struggle. Over time, not a single penny was left to be spent and an underground organisation, the Authority Project, conformed together to dominate the world.

Pearl is one of the first generations of ‘Test Tube Units’. Her duty in life is to work until she reaches the age of Partnership. A Unit doesn’t work for money. They work for their right to live. They are stronger, faster and healthier than the average human and their life span extends well into the hundreds.

Things take a sinister turn for Pearl when she catches the interest of a twisted artist, an Authority who is known for breaking a rule here and there.

Will she be able to keep out of trouble or will she be subjected to torturous punishments, possibly execution?

It’s dangerous when you don’t follow the rules. It’s even more dangerous to fall in love.