A Day In The Life Of…Trish Marie Dawson!

This is the first in our special series of posts, all entitled ‘A Day In The Life Of’. We’ll follow different authors as they go about a normal–for a writer!–day. So let’s welcome Trish Marie Dawson as she fights applesauce and the FBI, just to get to her current WIP. 

*Yawn* It’s Saturday morning and do I get to sleep in? Of course not. Because like every weekend, the four year old decides to wake up with the sun and sneak into the living room, where I’ll find him standing on the counter and digging through the cupboards for treats. I roll over and poke the man snoring beside me, but he only groans in protest and rolls over. Dad’s not getting up.

If I squeeze my eyes shut for a few more seconds, I can almost pretend like I’m asleep – until the cat jumps onto my face to say good morning. At this point it’s useless to deny my full bladder a reprieve, so to the bathroom I go. The cat follows, as he does every morning, as if he doesn’t know what I could possibly be doing in there.

The first screams and hollers of the day come from the other room, after the nine year old has denied the four year old access to his favorite morning cartoon. Or perhaps she has sat on his face in an attempt to keep him from sticking his tongue into her third bowl of cereal. I curse as I trip across the laundry on the floor and the size 13 shoes, even though there is a perfectly good laundry basket and closet nearby, to hurry down the hall, weaving around matchbox cars and small toys that have escaped the kids’ rooms. The cat jogs next to me, dodging my slapping feet on the hardwood, coming precariously close to getting stepped on more than once.

I’m still rubbing the sleep from my eyes when the living room comes into focus, and I find the kids sitting on the couch, happily eating out of a carton of ice cream. After confiscating the contraband, the four year old throws himself on the floor screaming and kicking, and the nine year old pouts. I have to nag her to feed the animals and let the dog out to pee. Both cats scream at me for breakfast as I make my way through the room, picking up various items that were left out the day before, including two ties, someone’s bath towel, laundry that was folded and dumped onto the floor so the four year old could play in the basket, random dishes, pencils and papers and textbooks and a plastic toy plane that’s affixed to the ground by something sticky. This is when I remember we are out of paper towels.

When I do make it to the kitchen, I see that the kitchen fairy has skipped my house the night before. I grumble a string of curse words as I pull my favorite mug out of the dishwasher and discover it died during the wash cycle. I wash my mug, rather than get a clean one, because it has my Beauty and the Beast character on it and makes me happy when I sit down at the computer. And then I wash the dishes, because there’s nothing clean to stir my coffee. Explains why the kids were eating ice cream with measuring spoons.

One hour later I’m at the computer. The news is on CNN despite groans from the kids. But I don’t care because this is my time to figure out my schedule for the day. Email – check. Amazon Reports – check. Separate the fighting children – check. Facebook – check. Take the light saber away from the boy before he whacks the dog with it – check. Back on Facebook to check messages and share pictures of cute cats – check. Enroll myself in Pinterest Anonymous – check. Open up Word and decide which WIP I’m in the mood to work on – check. Settle the nine year old down at the table for the fifth time with her school books on a weekend because she didn’t want to do it the day before – check. Open up a separate window on the internet to browse for research on how to turn the safety off a gun, and hope that the FBI is not monitoring my computer surfing – check. Explain why cats don’t like being squirted with water guns or used as pillows – check. Talk shop with the M-7 Authors as they go about their days – check. Take the light saber away from the four year old – again – check. Explain that cats have nipples – check.

After a whopping ten minutes of all of that – I’m ready to settle in and do some writing while the Muse is around. At least another hour passes of me getting up and down – tending to children, animals and chores before I can write. Taking breaks to homeschool, referee and prepare meals, I nearly die twice after slipping in applesauce and a puddle of juice that was left on the kitchen floor. By the time early afternoon arrives, my Muse has become a nag and I can’t find my left flip-flop though it was JUST on my foot. During quiet time I hammer out what I can – editing will come later. Realizing I need to know how an inexperienced person would stitch up a knife wound, I Bing it and then look over my shoulder for the FBI again. In a moment that can only be considered paranoia-induced, I email a writer friend and ask that they delete my browsing history when I die.

Dinner comes and goes in a blur. Bedtime arrives even faster. Probably because I know there’s Moscato in the fridge and chocolate in the cupboard. After the kids have been tucked in and the four year old has been carried back to his room five times, I finally sit back down at the computer to do it all over again.

When the house is truly quiet, I attack the DVR like there’s no tomorrow and weep softly on the couch when I realize the chocolate was eaten yesterday. With a sigh, I pet the cat and stare blankly at the TV. Tomorrow is Sunday, which means I get to do this all over again. But I will do it gladly because I’m a Mom and I’m a Writer. It’s just what I do.

-Trish Marie Dawson

Trish Marie Dawson

Trish was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where she lives now with her family and pets. She’s been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, Trish began her first book ‘I Hope You Find Me’ in December of 2011. When Trish isn’t writing, she’s homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, Trish holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from her mini-lab/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey…who is always getting into some sort of trouble.

TRISH’S BOOKS

I Hope You Find Me (2012)
Dying to Forget (2012)
Dying to Remember (2012)
Hawke & the Beast – Once Upon A Twisted Time (2012)
LOST and FOUND (2013)
The Well Collector (2013)

COMING SOON

Dying To Return – Book 3 of The Station Series (Summer 2013)
Behind the Glass
The Last Faerie of Failynn

Please check her Author Pages for more details: http://www.facebook.com/WriterTrishMarieDawson (Facebook) her Amazon page, or follow Trish’s Blog at: http://writertrishmdawson.wordpress.com/

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Dying To Remember Volume 2 of the Station Series By Trish Marie Dawson–RELEASE DAY!

Today we not only have the lovely Trish Marie Dawson over at my blog (as well as many others), but she’s brought an excerpt and a giveaway along with her! So sit back, grab your tea or coffee, and settle in to find out more about this Amazon best-selling author’s newest offering….

The next installment in The Station series by Amazon Bestselling Author, Trish Marie Dawson, takes readers on another lively journey through the after-life adventures of eighteen year old Piper Willow.
Piper has new challenges to overcome, new names to learn and is faced with a new Station occupation. Did she make the right choice – choosing to stay at the Station and become a Volunteer? Does she really want answers to the questions that never leave her mind? How did the Station come to be? What lies beyond? Who is Andurush and what, exactly, does he want with Piper?
She must ask herself once again if she has what it takes…but this time it isn’t about saving lives, it’s about discovering what lies beyond death. Would you want to know?

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And now an awesome excerpt!

If I thought the exceedingly happy mood that has me perched atop my favorite velvet throne would last very long I’m mistaken after I enter the Ones building. Niles is standing near the counter talking to Laney. I know the moment I see him that he is there to give me news about my volunteering status. Poof goes my throne.
“Hey, Piper. You really are a popular girl today,” says Laney with a tight smile.
“I guess so,” I try and laugh but it sounds more like a vocal seizure.
“Piper, I came to collect you,” Niles says, all business.
“Collect me?” I try and laugh again, but the sound is simply unpleasant so I snap my mouth shut to avoid any more verbal diarrhea, and nod a goodbye at Laney while moving back outside with Niles.
I allow my eyes a few seconds to readjust to the brightness around us. He places an arm loosely around my shoulders as we begin walking and says in a comforting tone, “Before I tell you where we are going and who we will be speaking with, I need you to understand you aren’t in trouble. You’ve done nothing wrong, okay dear?”
I don’t trust my voice so I only nod.
“I’m taking you to see the Mentors and…” he pauses to glance around us, and only when he seems satisfied that no one is close enough to hear, he continues, “…and the Keeper.”
I don’t know what this means. The look on my face must further establish my confusion but Niles only nods and continues to usher me around the fountain, which is currently teeming with teens of all ages, until we reach the Staff building.
Finally, just as Niles opens the door in front of us, I find my voice, “What’s the Keeper?”
“I can’t tell you, but you will see, don’t worry, dear. Remember, you aren’t in trouble, okay?”
We walk down the empty hallway and go through a door into a room that looks nothing like the one where Mallory and I met for the first time in person. This staff room is shaped more like an oval, with no corners on the walls and there are no tables or chairs. The center of the floor dips down a good two feet, creating a sort of recessed bench that matches the curved shape of the room. This is where the Mentor’s sit in a circle. I get over my intimidation of them instantly as my eyes widen at the sight of the other person sitting with them. A man at least a good foot taller than anyone else stands and nods at me. His clothes appear to be all white but it’s hard to tell at first, because the man is glowing.

Author Bio and Links

Trish was born and mostly raised in San Diego, California where she lives now with her family and pets. She’s been writing short stories and poetry since high school after an obsession with Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’. After over fifteen years of crazy dreams and an overactive imagination, Trish began her first book ‘I Hope You Find Me’ in December of 2011. When Trish isn’t writing, she’s homeschooling her amazing daughter and mildly autistic son, reading whatever she can get her hands on, or enjoying the Southern California sun. As a strict Vegetarian, Trish holds a special place in her heart for animal rights and dashes into the backyard weekly to rescue lizards and mice from her mini-lab/cocker spaniel mixed dog, Zoey…who is always getting into some sort of trouble.

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Interview, Review, and Giveaway with Jana Oliver and Foretold!

Happy Humpday all! I am delighted to bring you a VERY exciting author interview and review today, as part of Dark Mind Book Tours…..with none other than Jana Oliver! 

Jana Oliver loves to tell stories for both adults and teens. Her young adult Demon Trappers Series (St. Martin’s Griffin) is set in a dystopian 2018 Atlanta populated by Hellspawn, Deaders and scheming necromancers. The award-winning series is published internationally with editions in eight countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France and Poland. Jana’s foray into time travel and alternate history resulted in the multi-award winning Time Rovers Series (Dragon Moon Press). The series won twelve awards, including the Daphne du Maurier for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, the Prism Award for Time Travel and ForeWord Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for Fiction.

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

Foretold is the fourth and final novel in the Demon Trappers Series. The two main characters, seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne and twenty-two-year old Denver Beck, are demon trappers and have been through so many adventures fighting Hellspawn while trying to keep the city of Atlanta safe. This is their last big adventure where they must finally deal with the feelings they have for each other while facing the forces of Hell one last time.

 So what inspired this novel?

In the past we’ve had hints as to Denver Beck’s tragic past and in this book we’re finally going to his hometown near Okefenokee Swamp in South Georgia. Where that might sound like a good time, it’s a dangerous trip into his past where we’ll meet some old enemies eager to settle the score.

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

I read across the genres, but for the most part I’m an urban fantasy junkie so that means I’m enjoying authors such as Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Kevin Hearne, etc. I’m also a dedicated mystery reader so I often indulge in English murder mysteries.

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

I wrote a few stories when I was younger and then in 1998 someone flipped a switch in my head and I HAD to write. Since I was always making up stories, I figured I’d put them on paper and see what happened.

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

I don’t really think of genre until I’m done with the story. I might plan ahead to have a young adult hero or heroine, but after that the story just comes out however it wants. It’s after the fact that I figure what genre it might be.

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

Being indie is not a ticket to fame and fortune. I’ve been published by traditional publishing houses and self-published. On the one hand you have professionals editing your book, handling the production, promotion and marketing. If you’re indie you do all that yourself and if you skimp on any one of those parts you’ll hate yourself down the line. However, you will learn the business inside and out, because you are, in essence, the publisher.

Also, building your “name brand” takes time. I’ve been working at it for eleven years. It’s the rare indie author who suddenly hits the big time. I recommend that writers weigh the pros and cons of traditional vs. indie and then choose what’s best for them. That choice might change down the line, but go into it with your eyes wide open.

What is the best part of publishing yourself?

You do have complete control over the book. And on the flip side, that can be a big negative because you’re responsible for everything and if something goes wrong, it’s all on your head. 😉

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

Lady Torin – she’s a necromancer who is fond of single malt Scotch and doesn’t take much guff from anyone.

Where can we find your novels?

They are available in local bookshops and at the online retailers.

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

I’m currently working on a couple of book proposals for standalone novels, which I hope to write in the coming year. Both are young adult. I can’t give you details just yet, but both will have my usual action/adventure with a wee bit of romance as well.

You can find out more about Jana Oliver on Twitter (@crazyauthorgirl), Facebook, Goodreads, and her UK Demon Trappers’ website/blog and at her Jana Oliver website. Thank you for being here, Jana, any parting words?

Thank you for having me by!

 

Foretold

Stand by as Riley Blackthorne prepares to kick some serious demon butt for the last time in this thrilling, dramatic and sexy conclusion to THE DEMON TRAPPERS series. Riley’s always known that Denver Beck had a chequered history, but she’s not prepared for what it actually means to be in love with a guy with this many dark secrets. Now that he’s finally admitted to himself that he’s in love with her too, there’s no more hiding the truth about his past. And as it turns out, fending off a demon apocalypse is nothing compared to what’s to come. . .

Where to purchase Foretold:

Amazon UK

Waterstones

Book Depository

Good Points

Now I would like to start by saying I have never read any of Jana Oliver’s previous books in this series, but the first few pages got me hooked-now I have to read the others.  The first thing that gripped me was the main characters. They were strong, well-defined and interesting. I wanted to know more about them immediately, and the dialogue between them was realistic and flowing. I know that some people can hate it when a Scottish character speaks too much ‘stereotypical Scottish’. I disagree, I have lived in Scotland, and some people do use these kind of words a lot! I love it personally when characters have accents written in, it really helps me to hear their voice. The writing was crisp and vivid, and the action scenes (in my humble opinion, one of the hardest things to write) were fantastic, and built the drama up. I loved the overall idea behind the storyline (in this book, and presumably the others, of ‘demon-trapping’), and thought it was original and well-written.

Bad Points

That I need to read the rest! Although that is really a bad point to me. 🙂

While I thought that the main characters were vivid and interesting, some of the secondary characters felt a bit lacking. At time they seemed almost as though they had been put in some of the situations purely for the benefit of Riley, and it would have been nice to see a little more of them doing their own thing-but perhaps this has happened more in previous books? I also felt a little squeamish as the loved-up couple began talking more about their future together further towards the end of the book in such deep terms. The main character, Riley, is quite young, and I’m not sure I would have had that kind of conversation at that age.

Overall

This was a great book that I truly enjoyed reading. I will have to go back and read the rest of the series now, in order to know how it ended where it did! This book was wonderfully written, and kept me bouncing along from page to page. I wouldn’t say it was an amazing book, because of the issues I raised above, but it was definitely a great book I would happily read again.

I give this novel….4/5 Stars!

Now for the giveaway! The part you’ve all been waiting for. Jana Oliver is kindly offering the choice of 1 copy of any of her Demon-Trappers series, in either ebook form or printed copy! (one choice only, please state this) The giveaway will be open until 29th August. There will also be a huge giveaway over at Dark Mind Book Tours, so don’t forget to check it out!

The giveaway has now ended-thank you to all who entered, the winner will be announced shortly!

Interview and Review with Brad Shreffler

Good Afternoon everyone! Grab your lunch, settle into your chair, and enjoy! Because today we have not just another awesome author interview, but also a review with author Brad Shreffler! Enjoy everyone!

 

He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2008 with a degree in business administration, which is obviously working out real well for him since he is a teacher.

He and his wife, Amanda, are high school sweet hearts who got married in 2007.  In May of 2012, they welcomed their first child, a son named Zack, into the world (pictured on right).

As a teacher, he is always looking for a way to challenge and engage his students.  Well known in his school for expecting and encouraging excessive amounts of reading from his students, he decided to give them a new challenge in 2011.  In November of 2011, he challenged his students to do NaNoWriMo, an online challenge to write a 50,000 word or greater novel in one month.  He offered them 20% of their final grade for the quarter in extra credit. In addition, in order to encourage them further to complete the project, he took the challenge himself.

While none of his students completed the challenge, Brad did, and Jack Wrimo and the Ori of Flames was born.  He also looks forward to completing the sequel to this novel in November of this year.

For more information on NaNoWriMo, or to signup for the 2012 challenge, go here: http://www.nanowrimo.org/

 

Hello Brad, it’s a great pleasure to have you here, welcome to my blog. Your novel, Jack Wrimo and the Ori of Flames, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

Well, it is about a 15 year old boy, Jack, who has a pretty good life.  His parents are pretty cool, he is pretty popular, does well in school, and is even pretty good in sports.  His only problem is that once a month, his parents force him to go with his family to the Flea Market.  Usually, these trips are pretty uneventful, but this time he buys a pair of bookends that are really intriguing, and passes out the second he touches them.  Eventually, he realizes he has released an ancient evil and a powerful ally, Pharia.

So what inspired this novel?

I am a 7th Grade Language Arts teacher, and last year I challenged my students (for an insane amount of extra credit) to complete NaNoWriMo, an online challenge to complete a 50,000 word novel in one month.  In order to encourage them, I took the challenge myself, and this is what I came up with.

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

I read fiction almost exclusively, but my tastes range from fantasy to sci-fi.  My favourite books of all time are Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and The Codex Alera by Jim Butcher.  I also love the work of Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games), Terry Brooks (The Sword of Shannara), and pretty much anything in the Star Wars universe, especially after Episode VI.  I would say that all of these have some level of influence on my own writing, so it makes sense I would write fiction myself.

What is the best part of publishing yourself?

Wow, that’s a good question.  Self-publishing is kind of a double edged sword to me.  It is nice to not have to worry about an editor or publicist trying to change my work, but at the same time, I don’t have an editor or publicist helping me promote and improve my work!  Overall though, I would say that the control that you are afforded through self-publishing is really nice.  The final product is totally your baby, the good and the bad.

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

That’s an easy one: Bucan, my villain.  I had so much fun writing this character because I just got to throw out my conscience and be pure evil.  It would be exciting to have all his power and no conscience for a day.  Not sure what that says about me as a person though…

Where can we find your novels?

My novel is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle, and on BarnesAndNoble.com.  Just search for “Jack Wrimo.”

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

This November I will be writing the sequel to Jack Wrimo and the Ori of Flames for NaNoWriMo 2012.  After that, I’m not sure.  I feel like delving into the world of zombies since I am training for a zombie 5K and am a little obsessed with the undead.  We shall see.

You can find out more about Brad Shreffler on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and his blog. Thank you for being here, Brad, any parting words?

Thank you for having me here, it’s been fun.  Also, make sure you check out my website, where I am running a contest where you have a chance to become a character in my next book.

 

Now scroll down to see my review of his book!

 

“Ori are a race of beings that are bonded with a natural force present on this planet. When our mother, Earthra, creates a new example of her power, she also creates an Ori to govern that power. I am the Ori of Flame.”

A 15 year old boy, named Jack Wrimo, is an average kid in every sense of the word. He has never been the fastest kid, or the smartest kid, but never the least of them either. That all changes when his family takes a trip to a flea market, and what he finds there changes his life forever.

Jack, along with his ally Pharia, must learn how to control new powers, fight a mysterious evil being, and save his best friend Matt in this exciting adventure.

You can grab your copy here at Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Barnes and Noble!

 

 

 

Good Points

First I would like to say that I loved the reason the author had for writing this book. It was incredibly creative, and what a fantastic way for a book to be born! This is a book intended for young adults, and Brad Shreffler has made his main character Jack as exciting as possible, and not just ‘average’. Having said this, he is also relatable, which obviously is a good thing if you’re trying to get teenagers to read! The pace of the story was fairly good, although I felt the first two thirds of the book went at an easier pace than the last third. The characters were very unique, and I thought they were well-described and vivid, although it might have been nice to know a little more about the villain of the piece.  I also thought that although this was a great read for teenagers, it had that slight edge to it, where it went to some dark places, making it more interesting for young adult readers.

 

Bad Points

There was the odd grammatical error, but nothing too bad, and certainly not so much as to stop the reader continuing. I thought, as I mentioned above, that it might be nice if the villain had maybe more of a back story, as he seemed a little flat compared to the other characters. I also felt it tailed of towards the end, losing the pace of the beginning of the book.

 

Overall

I thought this was a great début novel from this author. The story overall is fantastic, the actual writing could do with a little tightening up, and condensing of some chapters. I enjoyed reading it, and thought it would definitely be a great read I would allow any teenager to get into. Although it stayed on a true and tested path, it also had lots of unexpected twists and dives that you never saw coming.

I would give this novel……….4/5 Stars!

Guest Post from Tessa Stokes

Hey folks! We have a guest post today, from Tessa Stokes, so I’m going to pass over to her……. 🙂

 

A British author, Tessa writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy romance, as it gives her more chance for happy endings.
She was born in the United Kingdom, but has lived in different parts of the world because of her work and has many interests, amongst which reading features highly. Tessa loves history, and tries to cram in as many visits to historical, sacred and ancient places as she can in any free time she has.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trying to please both sides of the pond: A British author’s dilemma

 

I’m a British author and my books are set in the United Kingdom. They vary from a series that is young adult fantasy romance (17-21 years old) ‘The Seven Spell Saga’, to adult paranormal romance, ‘The Ruthin Trilogy’. All of them sell much more in the USA than in Britain.

I write for the eBook market now, Kindle, Nook, Sony, KOBO and iPad.

When I first released my ebooks, as a British author I used UK English spelling. It didn’t sit happily with some US readers and I began to use American spelling.

Little by little, I have changed to use American spelling and names for items all the time where possible because it seems that as a British author I am better received in the USA by doing this. I have to look after this market because I really want my stories read and British readers are so thin on the ground.

Some of my humor is very English; take this passage from my adult fantasy romance, Stone Kisses

 

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Almost a week had gone by and Mercury was aware that his stone mantle was completely hardened. Not a tendril of his lovely hair tangled in the breeze, not a sliver of his drapery moved when a fox brushed against him in the night. His heart was heavy and he had begun to believe that Justin had no intention of even re-selling him in order to go on with some semblance of the game. He was abandoned. Stella had let him down; no Justin had let him down. He knew the teardrop was still there on his cheek and if he could he would have cried some more.

It was very dark as there was no moon to be seen, and the air was satin with unshed rain. Mercury heard them before he saw them. Two people, a man and a woman. They had a torch and a wheelbarrow, which kept catching on the bushes that edged the path leading to this side of the building. When the path widened out to the square of concrete and the little access road, which meant the truck for the skip collection could get in, he heard the trundling sound of the wheelbarrow. Mercury thought they had two wheelbarrows when he could hear the sounds properly.

The people stopped and the woman held the torch whilst the man climbed into the skip.

Mercury listened to them.

“Frieda point it a bit further over here I can’t see what this is”. The man’s voice came.

“Okay Gabe but it’s not the strongest beam. I told you we should have got the other one too. What have you got there?” The woman answered.

“Rabbits, three of them and not too damaged either. Here take them. I’ll pass them one at once and there’s a gnome here too, just the top of his hat is missing. Two small frogs with chunks out of the back. Hey, a nice set of blue stone pots, oh wait a minute they are all cracked down one side, but no matter we can salvage them. Get a move on Frieda”, the man admonished, and Mercury if he could have, would have laughed. They were stealing the broken stuff.

He listened as they loaded their wheelbarrows and thought what does it matter? It was only going to be broken up for road fill anyway. If they want it who cares?

They trundled off with their wheelbarrows, but Gabe came back about five minutes later and looked around the other side of the skip.

Mercury heard the woman approach too.

“Gabe what are you up to? Come on don’t stay too long, and don’t stray in too far or the alarms will go”.

Mercury agreed with her and then Gabe was in front of him.

“Frieda check this out. They’ve tossed out a bloody great statue”, the man said peering at Mercury’s face.

Frieda appeared and lit the place up with her torch. The two were older than Mercury had expected maybe mid-fifties. They both had graying hair and were dressed almost identically in dark blue trousers, and padded jackets. The woman had a kind face and she looked hard at Mercury.

“He’s a handsome specimen and no mistake. I can’t see anything wrong with him Gabe. Do you reckon you could lift him? Let’s take him; we could definitely sell him on”.

Gabe chuckled. “I’ll never lift him Frieda. Go and get the sack trolley we’ll manage him that way”.

Frieda left with the torch, but Mercury had heard the words ‘sell him on’, and was feeling decidedly uplifted by these events.

Copyright Tessa Stokes 2012, All rights reserved

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There are words in this passage that are UK names for things because those characters are intrinsically British. How many can you pick? The humor and mode of speech used by the characters is British. It’s hard to want British readers to read what is really fiction written for them, but know the market is so small you need to use a variant spelling so that your work is read by someone somewhere.

I write for everyone now.

I’ve read countless comments on blogs and online notice boards where people posting go into arguments about what authors should or should not be doing with this dilemma. I don’t join arguments; all I can do is try to please both sides of the pond.

I’ve considered what’s happening in another light just recently because of figures issued by the UK publishing association. It would seem that the UK lags considerably behind the USA in take up use of eReaders. There’s no doubt that globally epublishing is outstripping traditional publishing in terms of sales. In the UK many authors who choose not to go Indie are still slogging around the traditional route of trying to get an agent and publisher in what is simply a treadmill now for new authors. Sadly the old saying about who you know still holds true for this scenario. After ditching writing academic and commercial text writing in 2009 I went straight to being Indie for my fiction work. I’m glad I did because like all artists I want my art seen.

It seems according to recent statistics that 61% of UK people receiving an ereader device of any kind last Christmas have yet to download anything to it.

I’d love a few more British readers because in the beginning I did set out to give them their own romantic vampires, mages, heroes, and lovers. In the meantime I’m thankful that there is a market and that Indie work is so well received globally, so thank you readers everywhere.

 

Find Tessa online:

http://the-ruthin-trilogy.blogspot.com

http://tess-three-in-the-morning.blogspot.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ruthin-Trilogy/160213177399394

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Seven-Spell-saga/138580806204048

https://twitter.com/seventhspell

http://www.tessastokes.info

https://plus.google.com/u/0/109621241074531393479/posts

 

Find Tessa’s books,

http://www.amazon.com/author/tessa_stokes

UK Amazon

US Amazon

http://ebookstore.sony.com/author/tessa-stokes_209056

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/tessa-stokes

 

Interview and Review with Annalise Hulse

Happy Tuesday everyone! Yet another wonderful author interview for you all to enjoy today, with the lovely Annalise Hulse! I’ve also got a review of her novel, Gifted. Read on!

Annalise Hulse lives on the small island of Jersey with her husband, her son, a scruffy hairball of a dog and a mildly psychotic cat. She is the author of “Gifted”, the first instalment of the paranormal suspense quadrilogy “The Evangeline Devine Series” which is available on Amazon.com

“Twin”, the second instalment of the series, is scheduled for release in Autumn 2012.

When she is not busy at her day job or writing, Annalise likes spending time with her family and friends, watching movies (the scarier the better), drinking red wine, eating stinky cheese on digestive biscuits, watching her son play football, reading (especially Stephen King) and laughing as much as possible.

 

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

Hi Miranda – thanks for having me. It’s a pleasure to be here too.

As everyone knows in my interviews-random question first! If you could be any character from any book, who would you be and why?

I think I’d have to be Matilda Wormwood from Roald Dahl’s book “Matilda”. She’s clever and brave, loves books and has magical powers! Plus, now I’m 38 I’d love to go back to being a kid again. I’d quite like to be Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games too – just so that I could be totally kick-ass and look good wearing a lycra jumpsuit!!

I think I’d like to be for that reason alone! Your novel, Gifted, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?

Gifted is the first instalment of The Evangeline Devine Series, a YA supernatural suspense quadrilogy (with a bit of romance too!) that focuses on 17 year old Evangeline – Evie to her friends – and the strange events that unfold when she develops the ability to communicate with the dead after she nearly drowns. At first she just wants to be rid of her new “gift”, but when someone close to her dies, she is forced to accept it and use it in her quest to find the truth…….

Gifted is actually only the start of a much bigger story which develops over the series, but I don’t want to say too much and give the game away!

Hmm……intriguing! So what inspired this novel?

I’m a huge fan of the supernatural genre and I’d say that about 80% of what I read is in that area – I’m a diehard Stephen King fan! So I really wanted to write something in that genre too because it’s what interests me most and it’s what I’m familiar with. And it just so happens that Jersey, where I live and where the series is based, is the witchcraft capital of the British Isles. We may only be small (45 square miles) but we have a very dark history – druid burial grounds, witch trials, ghostly black dogs that roam the cliffs at night – you name it, we got it! (we’re also really friendly and have great beaches too – so don’t be put off if you were ever planning on visiting!) I used to make my Mum and Nan tell me the stories over and over when I was a kid, so they were a big influence behind “Gifted”. The Tombolenes are based on real Jersey legend and the story of Esther is also loosely based on real events that my Nan witnessed during the Nazi occupation of the island during World War II. The stories I’ve been told about local witchcraft are a feature as the series progresses too.

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

Like I said before, my preference tends to be for the supernatural genre, although I tend to read books that are perhaps a bit darker than the Evangeline Devine series, with more of a horror element. That said, I’ll give any book a try that looks intriguing – I’ve been on a big YA dystopian bender recently and I’m loving it! The only books that I probably would avoid are Mills & Boon type romances or anything that was overtly religious.

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

I started writing when I was really young, probably 7 or 8 and it was because of my Mum really. As a former school teacher, in the school holidays she’d always nag me to do something constructive rather than just lolling about watching cartoons all day and so I’d write stories – typical 8 year old girl stuff – discovering I was actually a princess or finding magic slippers. Then I went through a big black eyeliner and tie dye leggings phase in my teens and wrote lots of terribly serious, angst-ridden poetry heavily influenced by The Cure and Pearl Jam – really cringe-worthy stuff about the heartbreak of lost love (the geek that I’d been dating for approximately two weeks and who had dandruff and rode a motorbike that sounded like a hairdryer) and the general torment of being a misunderstood 15 year old (you realise how great it was once you hit 30!). It was all very bad, though I’m sure I thought I was the next Sylvia Plath at the time. My writing got kind of patchy after that, because I got distracted by general life stuff like taking professional exams, getting married, having my son. I’d do odd bits here and there, but it’s only been in the last eighteen months that I’ve really come back to it seriously. I needed a project I really felt strongly about to get me back into it and when I came up with the idea for the Evangeline Devine series, it was my husband that suggested I stop talking about it and actually do it.

Where can we find your novels?

Gifted is currently available on Amazon (US, UK, DE, FR, ES, IT) in e-book format only, but it is currently being looked at by a publisher, so if anything comes of that then it should also be available in paperback. I’ll be posting updates on my blog, Twitter, Goodreads etc as and when I get any news.

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

Tons! I’ve got enough plot outlines planned to keep me going for about the next decade. Inspiration is never a problem – its finding the time to write it all! Twin, the second instalment in the Evangeline Devine series should be out in November time and then I’m hoping to get the final two books written and released in 2013. After that I’ll be working on finishing a novel that I already started – it’s a black comedy with a supernatural twist with the working title “Midlife”. I’m also planning on releasing a few short horror stories in between time too – but they will be quite a lot darker than what I’ve written before.

Cool, so lots to look out for then! You can find out more about Annalise Hulse on Twitter, Facebook as ‘ Annahulse Books’, and her blog. Thank you for being here, Annalise, any parting words?

I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has downloaded Gifted so far and to all the bloggers and tweeters and Goodreaders who have helped to promote it. I only released it in April and I’ve been blown away by the interest and support that it’s received. I really loved writing it and it means so much to know that people actually seem to enjoy reading my ramblings too! It makes all the mornings of rolling into work with one eye still shut because I stayed up half the night writing totally worth it.

 

What really happens when we die?
It wasn’t a question that seventeen year old Evangeline Devine – Evie to her friends – had ever thought about much. There was no reason why she should – her life on the small island of Jersey with her family and best friend Seth was untouched by tragedy, idyllic even. 
Until the day that Evie nearly dies herself. When Seth pulls her from the watery depths that nearly claim her life, Evie is no longer the carefree girl she was. For now she is the recipient of an unwelcome supernatural gift. Now the dead are all around and impossible to ignore. 
But when someone close to her dies mysteriously, Evie is forced to embrace her new power, for she may be the only one that can prove that it was no accident. Someone is getting away with murder.
With only the spirit world for guidance, Evie sets out to uncover the truth and find the vital evidence she needs to get the case re-opened.Soon she finds herself torn between her feelings for best friend Seth, who she’s begun to see in a whole new light since he saved her life, and the powerfully charismatic Piers Du Pont, who she finds herself inexplicably drawn to, even though he might just be the killer that she seeks.
As events unfold, dark secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested to their limits and Evie discovers that the path that Fate has chosen for her is more terrifying than she ever could have imagined.
Life, should she survive, will never be the same again……….

 

Good Points

I really enjoyed this book. I know I’m not the target audience, but I can see mothers and daughters alike trying to fight over who gets to read this first! One of the best points of the story was the voice of Evie. She had a very strong voice as she narrated this story, but she also sounded her age, something that is sometimes missed when adult authors write younger characters. The descriptions were very powerful, such as when Evie enters a soul’s essence, and were vivid and entertaining. It was also rich in characters, and they had me showing every emotion throughout this book, from smiling to crying! It was great to see a wise old Grandmother character as well, as she is someone who doesn’t always show up any more!

 

Bad Points

I thought it was interesting that the author did some of the chapters from other characters points of view, but I also felt it was unnecessary. Seth’s sometimes felt a little too similar to Evie’s, which may very have been the point of course. But I didn’t think it was needed, I would have preferred to have it told just from Evie’s eyes, so that we could be as she was, guessing about everyone’s motives.

 

Overall

This was a great book. I thought it was a great twist of originality on ghosts and the afterlife. I also loved Evie, who was yet another of those female characters who is strong and actually decides to do something, rather than waiting for the story to come to her! The storyline was engaging and well-flowing, although it took me a little while to get into the story further after the initial ‘incident’ at the beginning.  I would recommend this book (across all ages, I might add) to anyone who wants to read a book that seems realistic in it’s approach and descriptions, but uses a chilling genre at the same time.

I would give it………4/5 stars!

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 and Review with Karli Rush-With Giveaway!

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

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

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

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

Good Points

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

Bad Points

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

Overall

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

I give this book……4/5 stars!

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