2000 Facebook Likes Giveaway!

Hey, everyone! 🙂 I’m just reposting this here, in case anyone who follows me here isn’t on my Facebook page. Because I recently hit my next milestone of 2000 likes, I’m giving away some prizes in an awesome contest! You can win an ARC of Creator of Shadows, before anyone else gets a look at it, AND you can also win a $20 Amazon Giftcard to spend on whatever books you like! 😉

 

Here’s what’s on the post, which  you’ll find pinned to my Facebook page here.

 

I’m going to leave this giveaway up for the next two weeks, so everyone has a chance to take part. To take part, here’s what you need to do…

1. You must have read at least one of my books to take part in this contest.

2. Leave me a review on Amazon or Goodreads (either is fine, but Amazon reviews are super helpful!  )

3. Leave a link to your review here in the comments! (Or here on my blog comments)

And that’s all there is to it! It can be a review you’ve left in the past too, it doesn’t matter whether it’s from a few months ago, or a brand new one.  The names of all contestants will be put into a hat, and two lucky winners will receive an ARC, and one lucky winner will get an ARC and the $20 Amazon giftcard, drawn on the 10th May 2014!

*Rules/Disclaimer* This contest is open to followers of this page only, and can be from anywhere in the world. This promotion is in no way associated with, administered by, or endorsed by Facebook.

 

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It’s Finally FREE!

That’s right – I woke up this morning, opened up my computer, and couldn’t stop grinning when I realised. Amazon has finally made Vigilante of Shadows PERMA-FREE! So what better time than to do a little feature on it? 😉

Vigilante of Shadows

SUSPENSE/HORROR SEMI-FINALIST IN The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards!

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“For readers who like to lose themselves in a darker, more complex world than the one we live in, Vigilante of Shadows is a Paranormal Thriller dream come true!” –Trish Marie Dawson, Author of ‘The Station’ Series, 5 Stars

“I was forcefully grabbed from the get-go, and shoved into a story so fast, I could have gotten whiplash.” –Tara S. Wood, Author of Redemption in Blood, 5 Stars

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Aodhan clutched uselessly at his head, groaning. He knew it was useless, because the voice was not inside his head. It followed him, skimming across buildings and land. It had followed him since he was sixteen, and it still followed him today, like a memory too horrific to be forgotten…

Aodhan is a shadow-demon, hardened and cold after years of being alone, after his love, his Entwined, was cruelly taken away from him. He has closed his heart to the world, and now spends his life ridding the world of men like those who took his beloved away, an immortal hit-man…

Arianwen Harris is a young DCI, working for York City Police. When a known criminal is found viciously killed, she finds herself trailing a hit-man who has seemed to escape clutches again and again…but she begins to find herself drawn to his dark charms and roguish good looks…

As their two worlds collide, Aodhan and Arianwen find themselves coming together to escape a far greater enemy, one that threatens to create a world far worse than the one they live in. As they battle to hold back the oncoming forces, fate has another plan; one to draw them together and heal their broken pasts together…

US: http://www.amazon.com/Vigilante-Of-Shadows-Scarlet-Rain-ebook/dp/B00AFHIO06/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391591413&sr=8-1&keywords=vigilante+of+shadows

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vigilante-Of-Shadows-Scarlet-Rain-ebook/dp/B00AFHIO06/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391591645&sr=8-1&keywords=vigilante+of+shadows

*NOTE FOR THE US!* It is showing up as free on my screen (and it’s permafree, so the price will not go up again), but some people have reported that it is showing up still with a price. I’m emailing Amazon about it now, but please give it a few hours before downloading, just in case. If you can still see ‘.99c’ on your screen, please wait until it shows up free!*

This is what I can see, so it's definitely happening, but might take a few hours to update!

This is what I can see, so it’s definitely happening, but might take a few hours to update!

Top Ten Tuesday – Some Of My Favourites!

Morning, everyone! 🙂 We all made it through Monday! Woohoo! Now at least we can get on with Tuesday – Top Ten Tuesday, that is! Each Tuesday, I will feature ten of my favourite indie books for your perusal. They won’t all be the same genre, so hopefully there’s something for everyone. And today, I’ve even got a few freebies for you! Woot! 🙂

Lookit that gorgeous cover! And it's FREE!

Lookit that gorgeous cover! And it’s FREE!

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense

Price: PERMA-FREE!

Blurb: Kendra Larkin had everything going in the right direction. Her life was seemingly perfect, and she wouldn’t have changed a thing about it. Unfortunately, the course of her life was about to be forever altered. A tragic rappelling accident lands her on Dr. Adam Chamberlain’s operating table.

She agrees to a deal proposed by a guardian angel to help save the soul of the man who is both her doctor and soulmate. If she is successful, she gets to keep her life. However, she later learns that it isn’t just her life that’s in jeopardy, but her soul as well.

Even with the help of her handsome guardian angel, Rhyan, it seems there is no happy ending in sight. Torn between her newly discovered love of Rhyan, and the undeniable attraction she has for Adam, Kendra finds herself at a crossroad. With Adam’s steadfast rejection of God, and his guardian demon conspiring against her, she fears her soul may already be lost.

Will she find a way to overcome the evil her life is suddenly burdened with? Or will Adam’s guardian demon win both their souls and make Kendra his own personal puppet in Hell?

This is a fantastic YA read, and really hits home with some big issues.

This is a fantastic YA read, and really hits home with some big issues.

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Price: PERMA-FREE!

Blurb: Piper Willow dies the summer after her high school graduation but she doesn’t make it to Heaven or Hell…instead she finds herself in a spiritual terminal called the Station. She’s given only two choices: Return to Earth as the subconscious for a person in need of some outside assistance, or move on and spend an eternity lost in her own sorrow and pain.

Does Piper have what it takes to save a life – to be the nagging voice inside someone else’s head – or will she fail and end up lost and tormented in limbo…forever?

“Excuse me, Niles…I mean, Mr. Abbott. But, where are we?”
“I’ll explain everything to you dear, just as soon as we reach the Station.”
“What station? We aren’t in the hospital? Where’s my Dad?”
“No Piper, this isn’t the hospital, and your father is at home…he’s fine. Please, follow me.”
He turns away and continues on through the light. I hang my head, staring at my bare feet as we walk. Even though my cuts are gone, I keep rubbing my arm. It’s soothing. I almost bump into Niles when he stops abruptly.
“We’re here,” he says softly.

AND this was nominated for a 2012 RONE award! What more do you need?

AND this was nominated for a 2012 RONE award! What more do you need?

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Thriller/Vampires

Price: $2.95

Blurb: *Nominated for a 2012 RONE Award from InD’tale Magazine*

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

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

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

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

More vampire-y goodness...you know you can't resist!

More vampire-y goodness…you know you can’t resist!

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense/Vampires

Price: $3.94

Blurb: “Do you believe in things that go bump in the night?”

At only a few hours old, Angela is left on the steps of St Paul’s church. Alone in the world, the only link she has to her past is a pink blanket bearing an emblem with two crossed swords and a snake.

A troubled childhood spent in orphanages leads to Angela attempting to rebuild her shattered life as an adult. Meeting the priest who found her eighteen years previously, she gets a job and a boyfriend, and settles into her new life.

Until she meets Jack.

Drawn to her new boss, she throws herself into work, feeling an unusual bond with people she hasn’t known very long.

Angela becomes embroiled in this new life, feeling a change within herself. A change which isn’t altogether human. Within this change she finds a terrifying secret…a secret which involves her past, her present, and definitely her future…

This is one of the funniest books you will read this year - what writer hasn't wondered this?

This is one of the funniest books you will read this year – what writer hasn’t wondered this?

Genre: Contemporary/Humour

Price: $3.76

Blurb: Polly writes chick lit and her debut novel is a worldwide bestseller. However, something strange starts to happen when she gets back from an international book tour. Polly finds that instead of art imitating life, her life starts to imitate art – or rather, her novel.

She arrives home to find her husband in the arms of the maid. Wasn’t that in Chapter Three of her book, Happily Ever After?

Her best friend is having an affair with her husband, too, and is pregnant! Isn’t that in Chapter Four?

Then she meets a bronzed Greek and embarks on a passionate love affair. Wasn’t that in Chapter Seven?

Will anyone believe her life is mirroring her novel? Can she prevent the ultimate tragedy or must the book play out, precisely as she wrote it, to the bitter end?

Her agent recommends that Polly go and live Happily Ever After on the proceeds of her book, and keep away from drama!

The beginning to an awesome YA series - that cover alone should entice you! :)

The beginning to an awesome YA series – that cover alone should entice you! 🙂

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Drama

Price: $3.98

Blurb: The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.

Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.

The first book in another awesome series - plus be sure to check out the rest of this fab author's books!

The first book in another awesome series – plus be sure to check out the rest of this fab author’s books!

Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal/Werewolves & Shifters

Price: $4.08

Blurb: **Not for readers under the age of 18+. Contains language and adult situations.**

Gabriel Slade runs Hollywood with his gorgeous blue eyes and egregious temper. No one knows that underneath it all is a man with a frozen heart, cursed to become a beast at every full moon. For seven days he has no choice but to roam the earth as a vicious animal, until he meets a woman who can change it all.

Luna Grace has a hatred for everything Gabriel Slade stands for, but she doesn’t even know what he looks like. When a chance encounter reveals feelings Luna never knew she harboured, it stands to reason that she would run.

Can Luna overcome her hatred and break the curse? Or will Gabriel’s temper keep her from realizing her true feelings, dooming him to remain the beast forever?

Another brilliant book in a series - doesn't that title just make you wonder what's inside?

Another brilliant book in a series – doesn’t that title just make you wonder what’s inside?

Genre: Romance/Contemporary

Price: $4.11

Blurb: “You can’t leave me because I’ll only ever love you.”

What was supposed to be a final goodbye turned into one last piece of unfinished business for Brody Walsh.

As long as Aggie Walker’s heart still belongs to him, he’s destined to remain in limbo, watching over her.
But when her family decides to send her to Scotland for the summer and she meets Camden MacTavish, it seems despite their constant head-butting that there may be something more between them.

That is, if she is willing to let Camden in.

As Aggie finds herself torn between her lover lost and her lover anew, it becomes clear that she cannot hold on to both. If she decides to let Camden into her heart, she will have to let Brody go. And if she can’t let Brody go, she risks losing Camden-and a second chance at love.
Forever.

That cover is the first thing that drew me in - gorgeous and so Lovecraftian!

That cover is the first thing that drew me in – gorgeous and so Lovecraftian!

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Price: $2.05

Blurb: Bookstore owner and novice antiquarian, Sebastian Kaine is proud of his new profession and even prouder still of the collection of antique books on the occult that he keeps locked away in the basement of his bookstore. But his little utopia is shattered one night when he wakes up in that same basement, bound and bloodied, and his prized collection all but destroyed. Making matters worse are the two strange men responsible for the carnage. They want The Seals of Abgal and insist Sebastian is in possession of it. Though he denies having any knowledge of the book, Sebastian soon finds himself at the receiving end of a brutal interrogation–one, he fears, he may not survive.

As he fights to stay alive, Sebastian will learn that The Seals of Abgal is no ordinary grimoire for it holds powerful secrets. Secrets that are older than time itself. And those that hunt it are driven by a hate even older than the secrets themselves.

**The Seals of Abgal is a dark fantasy novella of 20,892 words, or about 128 paperback pages.**
Awesome crime drama stories written with true grit. Great to see old-school crime drama is still out there!

Awesome crime drama stories written with true grit. Great to see old-school crime drama is still out there!

Genre: Crime Thriller/Drama/Historical

Price: $2.96

Blurb: Edinburgh 1745.

Deep beneath the rain soaked and wind scoured streets of the city a foul crime committed in the dark of night leaves two men lying dead in a dank cellar. A bankrupt young nobleman with an addiction to the twin vices of gambling and loose women stands accused of the horrific double murder and all the evidence seems to point towards his guilt. In desperation his lawyer turns to the one man in Edinburgh who can save him from the hangman’s noose.

Robert Young of Newbiggin.

He is a young man who has earned a reputation amongst the city’s legal fraternity for being the one person who can root out the truth by venturing into the capital’s criminal underbelly. His investigation leads from the elegant drawing rooms of Edinburgh’s high society to the city’s most infamous brothel and into the grim hovels of the lowest alehouses on the Cowgate.

But as more bodies are discovered Robert Young is forced to confront the possibility that his client may actually be guilty!

So that’s your lot! Still, I think ten books is an awful lot to be getting on with, right? 🙂 I hope you do decide to pick some of these great books up, and hopefully enjoy them! Remember, an indie author puts a lot of work into a book that will cost less than that coffee and chocolate bar you were going to pick up – yes, I know! – and it’s going to leave you with that happy feeling for an awful lot longer. Plus you get to go back to it if you really loved it, and you’re never going to make that chocolate bar come back. So go on, grab one of them before your sugar craving kicks in. 😉

Review and Giveaway of Fey Touched by Erin Zarro

Good Thursday morning to you all! We have a great post for you today. Not only do we have a review of Fey Touched, but also a giveaway to win a FREE kindle copy! The giveaway will be open for three days only, so scroll down and take a look! You can grab your copy of Fey Touched from Amazon US, Amazon UK and at Turtle Duck Press.

 

Two sisters.

Asha is the Queen of the Fey, genetically engineered immortal humans who feed on human souls to survive. But she’s running from her people. When she is found by her enemy, one of the Hunters of the Fey, she expects to die. Yet he’s oddly intrigued by her, and Asha finds herself falling in love with him, hoping she can find safety and the home she’s been seeking. Then she’s kidnapped, and everything changes.

Fallon is a Hunter. She’s looking for her long-lost sister, using an addictive drug to search through the stream of time. Her addiction leaves her dangerously exposed to her enemies but, consumed by her search, she doesn’t care…until her fellow Hunters start dying from a mysterious illness. She is torn between duty and desire, and must find an answer before they all die.

What Fallon doesn’t know is that Asha might just be the key to saving them all, if only she can find her.

And time is running out.

 

Good Points

I love the storyline, first of all. A year ago I really didn’t like the sci-fi genre, but because of books like these, it’s starting to grow on me. And the start of the book sucked me in straight away; the was no immediate back story, just straight into the action, which really hooks the reader. I also like that the world Zarro has created is one of her own fantasy, but it also has elements of our world, giving it a grounded feel. Erin Zarro is a cunning writer, weaving three separate storylines throughout the story that ultimately collide towards the end of the story. The descriptions of both the characters and the environment were beautiful, and gave you enough information without bogging the reader down with long lengths about scenery.

 

Bad Points

I really couldn’t find anything in this novel I would describe as a bad point. This is a fantastic first offering from Erin Zarro.

 

Overall

This is an amazing book. A unique storyline, carefully crafted world, vivid characters…there was nothing I didn’t like about this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone, even if you don’t like sci-fi or fantasy…you soon will. I look forward eagerly to the next book that Erin Zarro will bring us.

I give this novel….5/5 Stars!

 

 

 

 

And now for the giveaway! This giveaway is for ONE lucky winner to win a free kindle copy of Fey Touched, and will be open ONLY until 22nd September! So fill in your details below!

 

Interview, Guest Post and Giveaway for What Kills Me!

Good morning everyone! As part of Dark Minds Book Tours tour for What Kills Me by Wynne Channing, I am today’s stop! So enjoy everyone!

Wynne Channing is an award-winning national newspaper reporter and young adult novelist. She loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.” 

Hello Wynne, it’s a great pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog!

Thank you so much for having me Miranda. I’m super excited to be here on my book tour!

Your newest novel, What Kills Me, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

What Kills Me tells the story of 17-year-old Axelia, who is a normal girl with a not-so-normal destiny. While she is away in Rome for the summer, she falls into a sacred well filled with blood and turns into a vampire. As if that doesn’t suck enough, the vampire empire believes that she is a monster born to destroy them, so she becomes hunted by every vamp in the world.

So what inspired this novel?

During a bout of insomnia, I imagined a girl crawling out of a well covered in blood. This image was what started it all.

Where can we find your novels?

What Kills Me is now on sale for $.99 at Amazon and Smashwords; but you can also find it on iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

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

I’m working on the sequel. (If you have a suggestion for a title, I’d love to hear one.)

Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?

Because of my job as a newspaper reporter, I read a lot of non-fiction. Sociology. Psychology. Terrorism. Biographies. In my free time, I read contemporary lit.

Why do you write in the genre you’ve chosen?

My teen years were tumultuous. Bullies would stuff my backpack into the garbage and pelt me with snowballs. Books were my escape. I loved them. This is me paying it forward.

What advice would you give to others who wanted to become indie authors?

Finish your book. You can do it. Giving up would be like turning the heat off just before the water boils.

If you could be a character from one of your books for a day, who would you be and why?

Eee. Being one of my characters for a day would not be fun: I’d either be killing or dying. Hmm, which of those would I prefer? If I had to choose, I’d be Axelia for the first 24 hours that we meet her (before her world is crushed). She’s in Rome. She’s just met a handsome boy. Life is full of possibilities. Little does she know… sorry, no spoilers.

You can find out more about Wynne Channing on her blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads. Thank you for being here, Wynne, any parting words?

Thanks again for hosting me. And thank you to all of my readers for their wonderful support and feedback. Love hearing from them!

And now the blog post from Ms. Channing….

I’m so excited to be hanging out with you today. My name is Wynne and I’m a journalist and author of the new paranormal adventure, What Kills Me. A big thank you goes out to Miranda for lending me this space on her blog. She asked me to chat a little about one of my favourite authors.

Asking me about my favourite author is like asking someone what their favourite dessert it. How do you choose? I love them all! Bring on the buffet of sweets!

I admire so many writers. Ernest Hemingway for his economy of words. Rohinton Mistry for his rich narration. Cormac McCarthy for his poetic prose.

Stephen King wrote the first horror novels that gave me nightmares. Jane Austen created the first heroes and heroines that I adored (oh, that Mr. Darcy).

Today, however, I want to talk to you about an author who I loved as a kid: Roald Dahl. Dahl who was born in Wales in 1916 and died in 1990, wrote his first children’s book when he was in his forties.

I couldn’t get enough of his stories. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, George’s Marvellous Medicine. I read them all. They were dark. Grotesque. Violent. Hilarious. The heroes were clever, resourceful children. The villains, evil, disgusting adults. Dahl would delightfully punish his villains. The bad guys got shrunk, poisoned, or turned into mice.

As a grown-up, I thought how horribly unfair it was to make the adults so nasty. (When Dahl’s tales were first published, librarians reportedly slammed his stories for their “lack of taste.”) But as a kid, I thought how fabulous. Here was a writer who was taking into account my perspective. He was truly writing for me. I’ve never forgotten the whimsy, the fun, the horror and the humour.

If there is a fraction of that in my novel, What Kills Me, then I am so happy — and thankful for the early inspiration.

You can grab your copy of What Kills Me from these links;

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

You can also win a free e-copy of What Kills Me, as well as a signed bookmark with attached butterfly charm! The giveaways are international, and you can also go over to Dark Mind Book Tours for their own international giveaway! To enter, simply enter your details in the form below, and the giveaway will be open until 11th September!

Interview, Guest Post, and Giveaway with Christi Goddard!

Well, have I got a treat for you guys today! As part of Dark Mind Book Tours, the lovely Christi Goddard has a stop on my blog! We have not only an interview, not only a guest post, but also a giveaway of her novel, Four in the Morning, as well! Enjoy!

Christi was born in Arlington, Texas in the early seventies. Her earliest memories are of seeing Jaws and Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the theater. The first was a bit much for a pre-K kid to take, and the second has much to do with what has inspired her imagination. Her father is a bit of a nomad, and they moved a lot when she was a kid. She inherited this trait, and has lived many places and been just about everywhere in America. She hit puberty in Colorado, got married in Las Vegas, had her first child in Kansas, her second in Illinois. She returned to Texas just shy of turning thirty and has been there ever since. Books are Christi’s first love, followed closely by movies. She loves to be told stories, and for most of her literate life, she’s been a storyteller as well. Christi is in her thirties, a mother of two awesome teenage girls, and a geek on many levels. Comic books, Victorian manga, science fiction, fantasy, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars, and renaissance festivals are her greatest loves. She lives in Waco, Texas (keep Waco Whacko) with her family and lovable dog, Nelly. She has a cat named Snape who is black, full of bad attitude, and thinks he runs the place. He was deftly named.

Hello Christi, it’s a great pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog. Your novel, Four in the Morning, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

This is always the hard part for me because I feel like anything I’ll say will spoil the many surprises that happen. In an attempt to be brief, Kathleen makes a deal with someone she despises, and that one decision is the catalyst for her life crumbling apart. People disappear and a boy winds up dead, and it’s not long before the police suspect her of foul play due to circumstances. As things start to derail for her, a magical creature shows up, and he needs her help with something. In return, he says he’s going to help her solve her problems as well.

So what inspired this novel?

I’d left a comment on another blog’s post regarding things we did in our youth. I’d said to them I used to write poetry for a boy to give to another girl as his own, and the blogger replied with, “Sounds like material for a book,” or something along those lines. It took a couple days, but eventually the story started to form in my head. Granted, what happens in my book is a far cry from what happened in my own experience.

What books do you read? Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?

I read all kinds of books. I’m most interested in fantasies, though not often high fantasy. I’m a huge Dean Koontz fan and I love a lot of the classics like Lord of the Flies1984Watership Down, etc. I’ve developed a love for manga recently as well, which is Japanese comics.

When did you realise you wanted to be a writer? Do you remember what inspired you?

I’ve been a writer since I was little. I remember winning some manner of writing contest when I was in elementary school many, many years ago. The reward was meeting an author and visiting a greeting card manufacturing company. I don’t remember who the author was, but I remember the trip to Leanin Tree. For a long time after that, I wanted to be a greeting card writer.

Why do you write in the genre you’ve chosen?

Because I write what I know. I don’t know how to be an adult yet. The only stories that inspire me are stories about kids who are just trying to make it through the world and deal with things as best they can, even when the adults are sure they aren’t ready.

Where can we find your novels?

I believe the best place to get a copy is on Amazon.com since it can be ordered as an e-book or printed copy. It’s also available on other sites like Barnes&Noble and iBookstore.

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

I have another book coming out this winter called, Lesser Evils, and it is the first book in that series. It is very different from, Four in the Morning, and I am very excited about it. There’s all manner of magical creatures, time travel, fighting, and plot twists galore.

Two by Day, the sequel to, Four in the Morning, is slotted to be out in the first half of 2013. It’s not your typical manner of sequel in a few ways, and it introduces many new characters. I’m looking forward to the feedback on that one.

Great having you here, Christi.

Now all of you lovely people read down her guest post, along with the giveaway!

So, I love making people laugh. I’ve always been a storyteller, and I much prefer telling stories than talking about myself. So, in this compromise, I’m telling stories about myself (or family members). This time, I proudly present my youngest daughter’s most memorable embarrassing moment—for me.

We lived in a small town in rural Illinois, but this is no excuse for what happened. I am a white woman, I have many friends of color, but at the time—when my daughter was 4—her education about the varieties of the human race was limited to what she saw on television.

A habit she had for a long while was to ask people if she could go home with them. Friends that visited, people in the gas station, police officers that pulled me over for speeding—yeah, anyone was fair game, and each episode highly embarrassing. I was positive each person asked to save my child from her boring home thought that I beat her with spatulas and tied her up in the basement.

One deceptively beautiful day, I took this attention-starved child to the grocery store. Like any good mother, I let her ride in the cart to keep track of her because she LOVED it. I was minding my own business in the cereal aisle, wondering why I could never find chocolate Malt-O-Meal anymore, when my child says quite loudly to the man passing by, “Are you black?”

Yes. Yes, he was. He was also giving me a look like I was the wife of the Grand Dragon of the KKK. In my defense (and hers) our community had very few people of color, so she had never encountered someone of a different race, except on the television, as I mentioned.

I gave him an apologetic smile, and then said to my blonde-haired, blue-eyed, pale-as-clouds daughter, “Yes, honey. Don’t pester him. He’s trying to shop.”

Telling my child to be quiet was like telling Brando to put the ice cream down.

“Can I go home with you?”

Ah, yes. Her most favorite question was asked, and again the wave of awkwardness puddled around my feet. “Honey, I said to leave him alone. I’m sorry, sir.”

I tried. He gave me a dirty look. He started to walk away. My child, to really drive home the point that I deserved the Crappiest Mother of the Year Award, started to cry and said, “You scared him off. I wanted to go home with him. He’s BLACK!”

In the middle of a grocery store. Remember that, parents of lil tikes, the next time your child starts to act up in a store, a restaurant, a theater—they could start screaming things that REALLY embarrass you.

Kathleen Hayson thinks her biggest problem is her mother. The only runner up—her mouth. With a wit sharper than her mother’s perfectly manicured nails, her clever remarks create more problems than they solve.

But it’s not her clever remarks landing her knee-deep in trouble. This time, Josh Colby is to blame. Kathleen’s former childhood friend has become the school’s most stuck up jerk. Before, she’d have told him to piss off and write his own stupid letter to the town slut/minister’s daughter. Now Kathleen’s escalating problems at home force her to reevaluate how flexible her principles are. She agrees to write the controversial letter Josh has requested.

Enter Rigel, a smartass magical creature who invades her room one night, promising he has come to help. When a boy Kathleen hates turns up dead and her mother goes missing, the letter becomes a key piece of police evidence—implicating Kathleen. As she fights her way out of a web of lies, the trust she has in those closest to her shatters. In the end, she’s pushed to a terrible choice: who lives, and who else dies.

You can pick up your copy of Four in the Morning from Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. But just below, you can also enter to win a FREE e-book copy! (You can also win a paperback copy over at Dark Mind Book Tours!)

 

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Interview with Katie Jennings-And FREE Book!

Howdy everyone! Another awesome author interview, today with the lovely Katie Jennings. And on top of this, the first book in her Dryad Quartet, ‘Breath of Air’ is FREE today!

Katie Jennings is a mid-twenty-something year old girl with an imagination for days and a supportive husband who thinks she’s a colossal nerd. She writes because she loves it, and because breathing life into characters is the greatest escape she’s ever found. Most of her time is spent puttering around online, editing her latest book, or feeding people food to her cat. She lives just north of Los Angeles, and enjoys reading fantasy and romance novels, watching Once Upon a Time, playing around on Photoshop, and finding new music to fall in love with. She believes in, above all else, happy endings.

Hello Katie, it’s a pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog.

As everyone knows in my interviews-random question first! Your husband thinks you are a colossal nerd; what is the nerdiest thing you’ve ever done?

Wow, well there are a lot of things that happen on a daily basis that are super nerdy, but I guess one of the nerdier things would be my obsession with Severus Snape from Harry Potter.  Not only did I dress up as a Slytherin girl for Halloween (there’s a picture of it somewhere, I had the green and silver tie and even painted a dark mark on my arm), I also have bumper stickers on my car that proudly state “I ❤ SNAPE” and “SLYTHERIN.”  Yeah.  I drive a Toyota Yaris, which is a really girly-looking car, and my poor husband has to drive it around town with the Harry Potter stickers on it.  The things we do for love, right?

I’m sure he loves it really! 😀 Your first novel, Breath of Air, part one of the Dryad Quartet, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

Breath of Air is about a girl named Capri who has lived most of her life in an orphanage.  She was discovered at three years old abandoned in an alley in Richmond, Virginia, and has never known where she came from or who her real family is.  However, since she could remember she has had this strange gift.  She could shift the direction of the wind simply by imagining it; she had the ability to control birds and make them dance in her open palm; she could even create clouds from thin air in the sky above her, without any idea of how she could do it.  She thought it made her weird and strange, but little did she know that she was a part of something so much greater than she ever could have imagined.

On her eighteenth birthday, she is found by a young man named Liam, who claims to be from this extraordinary place called Euphora, which he also says is her home.  He takes her there, and she learns that she is an Air Dryad, a member of an elite group of beings who maintain the balance and stability of the Earth.  But of course there is someone amongst her newfound family who doesn’t want her there because he has a dark secret to hide about the night she was taken, and he worries she may remember.  Very quickly, strange things start happening and she finds herself in grave danger.  The mystery over who kidnapped her takes a scary turn as she finds herself the target of a demon that may be related to her kidnapping.  But as the pieces begin to unravel to reveal the truth, it becomes clear to Capri that there is so much more to what happened that night than any of her family realized, and the real culprit is living right beside them.

So what inspired this novel?

I knew I wanted to write a book about people who could control the elements, so I started there.  I began with coming up with personalities and physical descriptions for the characters, and then branched off into their personal histories.  Eventually I came around to including mythological elements in the premise for the book, and in turn the story blossomed into what it is now.  I decided to write a book about each main character (the Dryads), and formulated my plots for each individual book to gradually advance the main overlying plot of the series while still focusing on the main character and their personal struggles.

If your book was made into a film, who would play your main characters, and why?

Love this!  Well, I always pictured Capri as a classic beauty with big eyes and soft features, so actress Evan Rachel Wood would be a good choice.  For Rian (her love interest) I pictured someone like Benjamin McKenzie because he plays a cop in the TV show Southland and Rian is somewhat of a police officer himself.  For Blythe, I imagine someone like Bryce Dallas Howard because of her foxy looks and gorgeous red hair.  Rhiannon would have to be a tall, elegant beauty with long dark hair, so maybe someone like Megan Fox.  And lastly, for Liam (my personal favorite guy in the series), it would have to be Darren Criss (he plays Blaine in Glee for those who don’t know) because he has the best smile and plays guitar, just like the character.

Rrrrr! Very nice cast….I mean, er….no, I’m not drooling over the idea of  Benjamin McKenzie, what are you talking about? Moving quickly on, if you could be a character from one of your books for a day, who would you be and why?

I think it would be fun to be Blythe, and it’s funny because I’ve had other people tell me that they feel the same way after reading book two.  Something about her free spirit, fearlessness, and vivacity just appeals to me.  She is everything I wish I could be:  witty, adventurous, temperamental, spunky, passionate.  Plus she snags the attention of a sexy cowboy who hunts demons for a living, so who wouldn’t want to be in her shoes? 😉

Exactly! Sign me up. Where is he? 😀 So where can we find your novels?

The entire Dryad Quartet is available exclusively on Amazon and all four books are free in the lending library.  http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Jennings/e/B007SYJ37C/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1341334002&sr=8-2-ent

More information on the books can also be found on my website:  http://www.katieajennings.com

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

Currently I am in the final editing stages of a romantic suspense novel entitled When Empires Fall, due to be released in August.  It is much darker, deadlier and sexier than the Quartet series (which has been called YA, though I never really considered it that).  The novel is about a prestigious New York City luxury hotel and the prominent family empire that runs it.  The book focuses on the newest generation learning that their great grandfather’s suicide from nearly sixty years earlier was actually murder, and that one of their own may have been the killer.  It includes a complex cast of characters all with agendas and motives that propel the family through even more scandal, murder, and distrust.  Weaved in-between are layers of forbidden romance, dirty politics, drug addiction, and deeply buried secrets that may just cost the family everything.  Stay tuned because this whole month I’ll be releasing sneak peeks about the book up until the release date!

Wow, sounds….murderous! Cannot wait for that to come out. Last question of randomness! If you could become a character from any book for a day, who would it be and why?

Back to being super nerdy…I would choose to be Lily Evans, Harry Potter’s mom, only so I could choose Snape over James Potter.  Yes, I know, that would mean Harry would never exist.  But at least she would have chosen the man who really loved and needed her, and she would probably still be alive!  See, it would work because with no Harry, we would instead be reading Neville Longbottom and the Sorcerers Stone because the prophecy in the book states…yeah, okay, too nerdy.  I could go on for hours but I’ll hold back J

You can find out more about Katie Jennings on Twitter, Facebook, her blog and her website. Thank you for being here, Katie, any parting words?

Only that I hope readers out there will come to love the Dryads just as much as I do.  They are all so special to me and truly came from my heart, and I feel as though I’ve created friends to carry with me everywhere I go.  And, no matter what, I believe in happy endings and most of all, love.

Absolutely, readers are the lifeblood of indie authors. It’s been great having you here 😀

Now look down to read a little more about Breath of Air, which don’t forget is FREE today!

Her name was Capri, and she was Air.

She was born with a gift she didn’t understand. A gift so strange, so remarkable that she had kept it secret for as long as she could remember, despising that it made her different when all she wanted was to be normal, to belong. As an orphan, belonging to someone, anyone, would have been an incredible blessing, one she would have given up all that she had just to get a taste of.

But the truth was that she didn’t belong in the orphanage in Virginia, or even in the United States. In fact, she didn’t belong with human beings at all. Because she wasn’t one of them, not really. She was something much more extraordinary.

She could shift the direction of the wind, create billowing clouds out of nothing, and charm birds into dancing on her open palm. She belonged to an elite group of beings, responsible for preserving the balance of nature and the safety of Earth from an underworld that deserved to be feared, and needed to be controlled. And after years of being lost, she had at last been found, and now the truth of how she had ended up so far from home was becoming horribly clear to her.

But there’s someone who doesn’t want her to return; someone who knows Capri was the only witness to an act of heinous treason and violent murder. And when she begins to search her memories for details of the night she was taken from her home, details that will implicate a killer, she finds herself the unwary target of an otherworldly dark force intent on silencing her by any means possible.

Click here to see the trailer for Breath of Air! (hint, it’s awesome) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNozN6sUZig&feature=plcp

You can find Breath of Air here for the US, and here for the UK.

And all of Katie Jennings’ other novels are here!

Giveaway of Fractured Light!

Morning all! Yay, we have another giveaway! As part of Dark Mind Book Tours, I am today’s stop for a giveaway of Fractured Light, by Rachel McClellan! You can win a copy of this awesome-looking book, absolutely free!

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. But she never felt ready to face them—until now. Defying the Auran Council and everything she’s been taught, Llona must learn to use her power over light as a weapon if she wants to survive.

A few reviews from fractured light on Goodreads; “I was not expecting such a fantastic read! Almost instantly, you fall in love with Llona and are thirsty to find out more about her and her abilities.

Fractured Light was a beautifully written piece of work and I look forward to reading the next in the series. ”

This novel is an exciting, refreshing YA paranormal read and I can’t wait to read more from this author

Rachel McClellan was born and raised in Idaho, a place secretly known for its supernatural creatures. When she’s not in her writing lair, she’s partying with her husband and four crazy, yet lovable, children. Rachel’s love for storytelling began as a child when the moon first possessed the night. For when the lights went out, her imagination painted a whole new world. And what a scary world it was…

You can purchase Fractured Light here from Amazon.

And here from Barnes and Noble!

Please fill out the form below for your chance to win an e-book copy of this book! The giveaway will end on 24th July, when one lucky winner will be drawn! 😀

Monday Horror Shorts-Hold Me Close

Howdy everyone! This is something a little different from the usual author interviews, mainly because I have a few tour stops coming up with Dark Mind Book Tours, and I’ve been busy with family and writing. So…because I also like to write a little bit of horror on the side, but don’t have anywhere enough to publish it into a volume yet, I thought I would post it up on here for you all to read! Today’s story is one I wrote quite a few years ago, but have dug it up just for the purpose of letting you guys have a read of it. So bear in mind that I haven’t edited this much, it was really more of an exercise when I was starting out, but I thought it would be fun to show it. Enjoy! 😀

Hold Me Close

Hazel Grainger had the perfect life. The perfect friends, the perfect job, the perfect car, and most importantly, the perfect man.

Until she came into their lives.

It had all started a few months ago, when Craig decided he wanted to change jobs. There was nothing wrong with his job down at the garage, but he wanted more money. More prospects. So he found himself a little job working in an office in town. Where she was his boss.

At first, Hazel was overjoyed that he had a new job. She began to plan  things; things for both of them. Holidays away, new car, new furniture, children…oh, how she had planned the children! They would have his soft dark hair, and her sparkling green eyes, their noses dotted with freckles.

Then she began to worry. Craig began to spend more and more time at the office. He kept telling her it was overtime, but she never saw any extra pay from this ‘overtime’. So one night, she decided to go and meet him from work.

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Hazel swung open the main door into Craig’s department. The security guard had let her in, after recognising her from a few visits before. She looked around herself, scanning the clean white desks in their small booths. A fluorescent light buzzed above her head, making her look up for a second.

A giggle sounded from a far-off door, at the end of the room. Hazel’s stomach did a strange flip-over, and her heartbeat began to race. She ignored it, not sure why she would feel so strange from a giggle, but then she heard Craig murmuring. Another laugh.

Hazel froze. No, it can’t be that…he wouldn’t do that to me…

The blood ran from her body, leaving her icy cold, as she paced quickly across the room. The nylon carpet created static beneath her flat shoes, making a soft crackling sound. Her open coat flapped and bounced off the sides of the booths as she sped past.

Upon opening the single wooden door from whence the noise had come, Hazel was sure her heartbeat stopped. Her eyes met Craig’s with horror, both of them saying nothing as she stared at him entwined upon his desk with Jane, his boss. That moment slowed completely, melting into a Salvador Dali painting, dripping across their lives together.

She spun on her heel, slamming the door closed, running from the room. Hazel briefly thought she heard shouts from the door behind her, calling her name, but she ignored them. She even ignored the friendly security guard as he asked if she was alright, as she raced past, her eyes so full and blurry with tears she almost slammed into the swinging doors.

The cool night air met her with a slap; her thoughts alternating between braking down in floods of tears in the car park, or go back upstairs and rip Jane’s throat out in front of her cheating bastard of a husband. Her hands trembling, she fumbled in her handbag for her keys, as she heard the doors behind her swing out with a squeaking sound.

“Hazel! Let me explain, I-“

“GET THE FUCK OFF ME, CRAIG! I’m not interested in anything you’ve got to say!” Hazel furiously threw his arms off her, where he had tried to hold her. She turned around and slapped him, hard, in the face. He stepped back slightly, a hand flying to his now red cheek, to rub it. His eyes were full of emotion-probably mainly self-pity, Hazel thought to herself.

Finally finding her keys, she marched over to the car, throwing the door open. Craig ran over and grabbed the edges of the door, trying to stop her closing it. He had tears running down his face now, and she paused to hear what he would say.

“I’m…I’m so sorry, Hazel. I don’t know what I was thinking.” He choked back another sob.

Hazel’s eyes roamed over to the building’s main doors again, where the blonde bitch herself was stood, watching them. “Tell it to her.” she hissed, slamming the door shut so quickly that Craig barely had time to remove his fingers. Hazel backed the car up, the tyres squealing in protest, and sped home, her eyes still clouded with tears.

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It had been a week since Hazel had found out. Craig had announced he was leaving her for Jane.

“Craig, how can you leave me for her? What has she got that’s so great?” Hazel screamed like a banshee, throwing his clothes at him. Craig calmly leaned down and picked the shirt up, stuffing it into his duffel bag. “TELL ME!”

Craig shook his head sadly, but his gaze never left the floor. Pathetic worm, Hazel thought to herself. “It wasn’t like that, Hazel. I…just fell in love with someone else. I never meant to hurt you.”

“You never meant to hurt me. You never meant to HURT ME?!” Hazel’s voice rose again, hands on hips, her body boiling with rage. “If you don’t want to hurt someone, you leave them, and then find someone else. You don’t leave them to find out you are fucking someone else by going TO YOUR WORKPLACE! AAAH!” She turned and picked up a vase, sending it hurtling towards Craig. He turned his head away as it smashed into several pieces against the wall, but not before a piece of it flew into his forehead, leaving a line of red liquid seeping to the surface.

He put his fingers tentatively to his forehead, his eyes widening in horror as he inspected it a second later. Craig looked back up at Hazel, his face white and drawn. “You’re crazy.” he whispered, backing out of the room hurriedly, taking his duffel with him.

Hazel fumed at that. “Oh, I’m crazy! What do you expect, you bastard?” She moved around the bed, stamping her way through the room, following him into the living room. Everything looked the same in there, making it so much more surreal this was happening. The two white sofas against the white walls, the large LCD television, the modern artwork, everything. He was already at the door, just about to walk outside, when he turned and looked one last time at Hazel, who was shaking with anger.

“I want an explanation, Craig.”

Craig thought for a second, then shrugged. “I’m…sorry, Hazel. That’s all I can say. I’m an arsehole.”

It wasn’t enough. It wasn’t good enough. Hazel snapped.

“I won’t have it any more Craig! You are not walking out that door!”

The young man, dark brown eyes dulled by pain, turned to look at the irate red-headed woman he had called his wife for the last five years. He sighed, and got a better hold on his blue duffel bag, swallowing nervously. “Yes, I am, Hazel. I’m not in love with you anymore. I didn’t mean to find someone else, but…it happened. I’m sorry. I hope you can be happy one day too.”

He turned again to go out the door, still feeling the burning eyes of Hazel on his back. Trembling, she spun around behind her, and picked up the antique shotgun above their mantelpiece. Craig had been given it by his Grandfather, and they always kept it loaded, just in case. She aimed it, the heavy weight of it good in her hands.

“Stop there Craig. Come back in the house, and we’ll forget all this happened. I mean it. This is your last chance. Go, and I’ll shoot you.” She pointed it at his back, closing one eye slowly as she spoke.

Craig sighed, and turned around. “Please, you would never shoo-” His words got cut off as he saw the gun in her hands. He dropped his bag on the soft white carpet, as his eyes widened in shock. “Okay, now don’t do anything silly Hazel.”

“Are you going to stay?”

Craig muttered under his breath, and shook his head. “Of course I’m not going to stay just because you point that at me Hazel-”

He never finished his words. A shot hit him in the stomach, and he collapsed to the ground, wheezing and clutching at himself.

Hazel stood for a moment, mouth wide open in horror at what she had done, the gun slowly slipping from her grasp. Trembling, she ran over to where he lay, and dropped down next to him, burning her knees on the carpet, now turning red from his blood soaking into it.

“Oh my God, Craig, I am so sorry! Don’t worry, we’re going to get you some help, you’re going to be fine! Oh my God, I didn’t mean to…” Her words ended in a high-pitched sob as she reached for the phone, hands shaking…

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Craig lay in the bed, resting his head on the pillows. A gentle breeze floated in from the open window, lifting the curtains either side, making them dance. Birdsong drifted in, their sweet cries making the room seem even more relaxed. Hazel walked in, carrying a hot breakfast on a tray. She smiled at him, lovingly. Carefully, she lowered the tray onto the bedside table next to him, and sat on the bed. He moved his head to look at her, his eyes tired-looking.

Hazel picked up his hand, and raised it to her mouth to kiss it. “I’m so glad they let you out of the hospital, darling. It’s better that you’re back at home where I can look after you.” She paused, and bit her lip. “You know I’m sorry, don’t you? I never meant to shoot you. ”

Craig gave a quick nod. Hazel smiled, broadly.

“I’m so glad. We will never fight again. Let’s just put this behind us, and forget it ever happened. We’ll never mention it again.” She patted his hand.

Slowly, Craig moved down the pillow a little bit. Hazel looked at him, and stroked his face.

“I think you should have a rest for a while.” She put a hand to his mouth before he had a chance to protest. “Ah, ah,ah. The doctor said you have to have loads of rest, no arguing, okay? I want you to get well as soon as possible.”

Tenderly, she fluffed his pillows up behind his head, and pulled the sheet up.

“Sweet dreams sweetheart.” She kissed his forehead gently, and smiled at him. Craig smiled back.

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Downstairs, she sighed, and placed the empty tray on the kitchen top. Holding her breath for a minute, she burst into tears. She slid onto the floor, and sobbed, wiping the tears away with the back of her hand, her red hair getting mixed in with the salty drips down her face.

After about ten minutes, she stopped and took a deep, shaky breath in. “Don’t be so silly.” She muttered to herself. “He’s back home; he’s going to be okay. You don’t have to cry now.”

Suddenly, the phone rang shrilly, cutting into the silence in the kitchen. Frowning, Hazel pushed herself off the tiled floor, and stared at the phone.

“Who could that be? I’m not expecting any calls.”

She reached out for the phone, and held it to her ear, a worried look on her face.

“Hello?”

“Oh, hi. It’s um….it’s June.”

June. The ‘other woman’. Hazel’s face clouded over.

“What the fuck do you think you are doing, ringing here?”

“I just wanted to talk about Craig, I’m so-”

“If you ever ring here again, I’ll get the police on you, understand? Craig is nothing to do with you, and he never will be.”

Breathing hard, Hazel slammed the phone down into its cradle.

How DARE that woman ring here! she thought to herself. Composing herself, she straightened her hair, and took in a deep breath.

Never mind. Lets not let that bitch ruin our day.

Hazel smiled to herself, and began running the water into the bowl to wash some pots. She looked up out of the window, and closed her eyes to enjoy the warm rays of sun on her face, streaming through the glass.

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When she went up later that night with his dinner, Craig was still asleep.

Giggling, she quietly placed the dinner tray down next to him, and gently began shaking him awake.

“Come on gorgeous, time for dinner. You can’t sleep the whole time!”

She propped his pillows up as his eyes slowly opened. Hazel leaned over, and kissed him tenderly.

“Would you like the telly on sweetheart?” Moving quietly, Hazel paced across the room, and switched the television on. The screen flickered into life, colours lighting up the screen as the room was filled with sudden noise.

The phone rang from the hallway, adding to the loudness.

“My goodness, the phone hasn’t stopped ringing all day! I’ll just go and see who that is.” Craig smiled at her as she walked out of the room.

Shaking her head, and looking at her watch, she picked the phone up from its hook.

“Hello? Hazel Grainger speaking.”

“Hello, Mrs Grainger? This is Mike, from Craig’s work? I was just ringing to see if you had heard from him yet?”

“Um…no, not yet Mike. I’m afraid I still don’t know where he is. I’m sure you can understand I don’t care that much, of course.”

“Okay, Hazel, I understand…I’m so sorry for what he did to you with June.”

Hazel’s face froze at the mention of June’s name again, and a lump caught in her throat.

“Er…thank you, Mike. I’ll be sure to let you know if he gets in touch with me. Bye.”

“I didn’t mean anything by it-.”

Hazel rolled her eyes, thinking if one more person apologised to her, she was going to gouge someone’s eyes out. “Look, Mike forget it. I’ll call you, okay? Bye.”

“Er…bye, Hazel.”

Still smiling, Hazel put the phone back; and walked slowly back into the bedroom. She looked, lovingly, at the corpse of her dead husband, neatly tucked into the double bed they had once shared, a fake grin forced onto his cold lips, his eyelids propped open by force.

“They still think you’re just missing, darling, isn’t that funny?” Hazel began to giggle, her giggle turning into a high-pitched laugh that racked her body. She leaned against the doorway, still laughing to herself, staring at his cold body. After a few seconds, her laughter died away, and she straightened herself up, that strange smile still on her lips.

“There, I don’t think we’ll be bothered again tonight.” She lowered the light switch, and walked around to her side of the bed, raising herself onto it, and sitting down next to Craig’s body.

“I love you gorgeous.”

His head fell sideways slightly, rolling onto her shoulder, the smile still plastered onto his face.

She turned her face and kissed the top of his head.

“We have each other Craig, that’s all we need.”……

Review of Sold Into Marriage by Maxi Shelton

“Lord Sebastian Griffiths would do anything for his beloved dying mother. But he didn’t see this one coming: to see him married before she died. 

Sebastian, a 38-year-old confirmed bachelor, liked things done his way and his way only. Sebastian considered a wife to be an embarrassing, time-consuming, meddling and unnecessary addition to his life. 

After consulting with Dennis Burrows, a solicitor and good friend from university, he forms a plan to buy a temporary wife that could be paid off when his mother died.
Isabel couldn’t believe her own father could sell her into marriage. After spending nine years in debtors’ prison looking after him, Isabel had become a strong, independent woman. It was that or fall apart and die from hunger. 

But Isabel wasn’t ready for Sebastian. He was an attractive, arrogant, dangerous pig, yet she’d gone ahead with the marriage, for the love of her father, and the chance to get him out of the hellhole they had been living in for the last nine years.

Sebastian is caught unawares by the passion he experiences with Isabel. After his mother dies, and he leaves Isabel for the second time, he realises he’s truly fallen in love with his own wife. Miserable and drowning his sorrows, he is rescued by Burrows, who knows his friend has to pull himself together for the sake of his unborn child, something Sebastian has yet to discover.

Will Sebastian be able to find the courage to go back to Isabel and win her heart, or will she turn him out like the rat he’s been?”

I would like to start this review by saying that I don’t like normal romance books. And yet-I was so engrossed in this book I couldn’t put it down.

Good points

The storyline was amazing! It was so well told, with each tiny titbit of information being unfurled for the reader slowly, but at a pace that kept you reading-I almost burned the dinner! The relationship between the characters was really wonderful, and you could feel them falling in love, and felt their despair as they grew apart towards the end. (But don’t worry, it has a happy ending!)  The descriptions were wonderful as well, and the rooms were so vivid, I could practically feel the rich fabrics. The best part of this novel was the poetic language that the author used, really weaving the tale along.

Bad Points

Were there any bad points? It might be bad not to add any, but I really couldn’t think of any! The only bad point I can think of, (and it is a personal one) is that I got annoyed with Isabel for not being more angry with Sebastian at the end, but that’s because I’m far too argumentative for my own good, and she was far too lovely! 😀

Overall

I thought it was a wonderful storyline, and it has just the right amount of romance, heartbreak and tragedy. You alternate between loving Sebastion, and hating Sebastion. I’ve got to admit I wanted to strangle Isabel at the end for not being more angry with him, but I guess that’s because I’m not as calm and lovely as she is! 😀

This is a fantastic story, extremely well written, well thought out, and with wonderful characters that leap off the page. I’m sure that the author will go from strength to strength in her writing, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

I give this…5/5 stars!!!!