Review: Thirst for the Hunt by A.C.Wentwood

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Thirst for the Hunt by A.C.Wentwood 2/5

14182339_1260611360656945_2041632876_nExperience true Vampire Lust with no cliffhanger and a happily ever after ending! Contains Bonus Inside!

Desperately needing a way out of her rough childhood life, twenty year old Emily Hoover decides to run away to the small sleepy town of Depoe Bay, Oregon. Immediately she makes friends with Joy, the local diner owner and she finds a job. One night after work she meets Adam.

Adam is the Peter Pan to his lost boys, five abandoned vampires that he’s picked up among his two centuries of living, and cares for them. After taking them hunting one night, Adam encounters Emily and is entranced by her smell and knows he has to have her. But Brie, the only girl in the group and who is madly in love with Adam, smells the girl on him and has other plans for Emily, Death. Adam barely makes it in time to save Emily’s life, and is forced to tell her the truth.

Will she continue to run, or let lust and desire turn her?

WARNING: Some bonuses contain mature themes and language and are intended for 18+ readers only.

I downloaded this novella for free during an Amazon promotion.

Review:

The vampire lost boys thing has been done, but I did like the dysfunctional gang as a whole, especially the highly jealous, more than crazy, lost girl.

I think the author is a huge fan of twilight because some similarities are uncanny- seriously, ‘vegetarian’, unique eyes, cold skin, uncanny. There is little time for character development and it felt like the characters made unbelievable choices just to progress the narrative.

I was pulled in by the Goodreads blurb, but the first line of blurb is misleading. I believe there to be a cliffhanger ending and there was next to zero steamy relationships.

This book was free on Amazon and included many bonus stories that I have decided not to read right now.


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August Reads Round Up

MONTHLY READS ROUNDUP

Summary of my August reads with links to the full reviews:

Pavel by Brianna West

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I gave this book 5/5. A brilliant follow on to book one in the series. Steamy scenes, hunks, kick ass heroines, and fast paced action kept the pages turning. Paranormal romance at its finest.

 

Bury the Living by Jodi McIsaac

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I gave this book 4.5/5. A captivating Irish historical fantasy. Well rounded characters, a budding romance, and cleverly woven narrative of factual Irish conflicts interwoven with folklore and fantasy. Time travel in the style of Outlander.

 

Dead by Morning by Kayla Krantz

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I gave this book 3.5/5. A terrifying antagonist with satanic and narcissistic tendencies, who is not just dangerous in reality but also in ‘Dreamworld.’ Sometimes, the narrative was a little unbelievable, but you keep reading to make sure the antagonist gets his just desserts.

Parallel by Shana Chartier

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I gave this book 2.5/5. A 10k word short story that can be read in one sitting. A good concept, but little time to apply everything thoroughly. Lack of character development made the characters cliche and predictable. Making this into a novella may have helped.

 

The Aurora Stone by G.S.Tucker

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I gave this book 3.5/5. A YA book that would have done better as a children’s book. A vast array of imaginative creatures, prophecy, and realms. An engaging read that middle grade children may enjoy.

 

The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee

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I gave this book 5/5. A brilliantly written tale of good verses evil. Subtle characters that leap from the page and a narrative that hooks the reader from the first page until the last. If you like fantasy, supernatural, and a touch of horror. Get this book!

Dark Secrets by Leeah Taylor

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I gave this book 3.5/5. A fast paced novel with a large cast of supernatural characters. Sometimes my mind was awhirl with information, but I enjoyed the expected paranormal romance tropes: insta-love, romance, action, and the unexplainable.

A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

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I gave this book 3.5/5. A raw, honest portrayal of a father’s struggles to connect with his autistic son and how he hits rock bottom in his personal and work life, only to be saved by his son’s love of a certain video game. A little slow for my liking.

 

 Collective Ramblings by Various Authors

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I gave this book 3/5. Some intriguing stories, but many felt unfinished and left me unsatisfied as a reader. Four specific genres, and each story brought something new to the table. Great concepts, but more solid conclusions needed.

 

When Time Comes by Cat Nicolaou

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I gave this book 3/5. A novella that plays on the fantasy of women who have ever had a pop idol. Some cliche narrative choices, but a sweet, happy ending. The Mina storyline didn’t interest me and was a little far fetched, yet it did make the conclusion all the sweeter.

 

Mirror Mirror by Anthony. M. Strong

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I gave this book 4/5. The best short story I have read in a long time. The idea was a little cliche, but the narrative development and writing style allowed me to overlook that. Ends on a cliffhanger, so I hope there is a second installment.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab

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I gave this book 4/5. A great tale of magic and parallel worlds. Believable, unique characters, and a made up language. Slow starter, but action picks up. Kell and Lila reminded me a little of Kelsier and Vin from Mistborn and I couldn’t shake the image.

 

Mad Woman by Kat Savage

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I gave this book 4/5. An anthology of honest, blunt, raw poetry. Savage lays herself bare in over forty poems of love, pain, and loss. If you are a lover of dark poetry, then this is the anthology for you.

 

Germination by Jamie Thornton

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I gave this book 5/5. A 92 page novella that adds a unique POV to the zombie/ infection outbreak genre. Great character development in such a small space of time. Will definitely be downloading the sequel.

 


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Review: Germination by Jamie Thornton

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Germination (Feast of Weeds Novella #1) by Jamie Thornton 5/5

14138415_1259664230751658_323161362_n.jpgA group of runaways. A horrifying virus.
Mary knows how to thrive on the street. She makes it her mission to keep other kids away from everyday monsters. But when she’s attacked by a crazed man clutching a bloody heart she realizes—there’s a new kind of monster in town.

A single drop of blood, and now Mary’s one of the infected. Unless she can stop the virus and save her friends, the new monster in town might just be her.

A post-apocalyptic Young Adult series where the runaways are the heroes, the zombies aren’t really zombies, and you can’t trust your memories—even if they’re all you have left.

I downloaded this book for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

What a great short story. I was drawn into the narrative from the start, and loved the different spin on the zombie/ infection outbreak genre. Yes, there are some zombie tropes, but the POV is interesting and different from the usual survivor POV. The blog post excerpts added more depth to the main character’s life style, and were raw and real.

This book is only 92 pages long, and most short stories always fall short on character development, but not this one. I’m a stickler for well rounded, believable characters and I loved every one in the gang, and they all played their part in the ‘family’ dynamic.

If you enjoy a zombie story with great group dynamics and believable characters, then this is for you. I shall definitely be downloading the sequel.

This book is currently free on Amazon, so what have you got to lose?


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Thrown to The Blue Cover Reveal!

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I’m so excited to reveal the cover for Thrown to The Blue. The whole process of drafting and now editing this novel has been a whirlwind of a ride and I’ve loved every minute, however, I’m still not sure on a release date. Once I’ve worked through the edits with my beat readers and my proof-reader, I shall know more in regards to a time scale. I shall be sending out ARCs about a month or so before the release date (I have my list ready to go.) If you are interested in reading an ARC, give me a shout.

On to the good stuff- the cover:

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My whole series will follow a similar cover theme, and I’ve been desperate to announce a particular theme that shall be running though my titles… Yep, each title will have a colour in it. I’m so happy to finally be able to share this cover with you all. Now, I’ve just got to get the book ready for publication and I can share the entirity with you.

My next big announcement will be the blurb reveal, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.


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Re-Draft Time

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Even as I was writing Thrown to The Blue, I knew I’d have to re-draft and do some serious editing. Writing multiple POVs for the first time was refreshing, but challenging. I’m pretty sure my re-draft will involve cutting masses of repeated information. Sometimes, I knew I was doing it when I was writing, but I was on such a roll that I thought, ‘Oh well, I’ll leave it until the edit.’ In fact, I thought that a lot.. a lot lot. Wow, this edit is going to be quite the undertaking.

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After I post this, I shall be settling in for the re-draft. I want to dissect my manuscript, swap some chapters around, add a couple, and delete the unnecessary. As of now, I’m not sure how I’m going to proceed until I go through it with a fine tooth comb. I want to play with it and see what works. This could be weeks, if not months, of work, but is vital to my WIP. I know a lot of writers who don’t feel the need to redraft and head straight into an edit. I think a re-draft is an important step of my editing process, but maybe that’s just because I’m a ‘pantser’ and pour everything onto the page to be reworked later.

Do you allow yourself the freedom of a re-draft? Have you got any re-drafting tips that have made the process easier for you?


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Review: Mad Woman by Kat Savage

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Mad Woman (Poetry Anthology) by Kat Savage 4/5

14171953_1257768877607860_1730246072_nAuthor of Learning to Speak, Kat Savage, returns with Mad Woman which is comprised of 40 pieces that capture her stream on conscious, her confessions, and her strange thoughts. In Mad Woman, she bears it all and embraces her madness driven by loneliness and disappointment.

I downloaded this e-copy during a FREE promotion on Amazon Kindle.

Review:

I have been following Kat Savage on Instagram for a while, and her words are perfectly blunt, raw, and honest. I had to bag myself a copy of Mad Woman during a free promotion on Amazon Kindle, and I was not disappointed.

Savage pours out her heart and feelings in 40 beautifully crafted poems that perfectly capture her mindset whilst writing each piece. I felt her pain, love, and loss, and feel I know Kat Savage a little more from reading her poetry, and that’s how it should be.

Poetry is subjective, and I find it hard to read a poetry anthology and enjoy all the poems in their own right, but this book is different. Savage has bled into every poem, and it is rare to find a poet who lays themselves so completely bare.


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Why Are ARCs Important?

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Whether you’re traditionally published or self-published, advanced reader copies (ARCs) of your edited manuscript are important. Here is why…

What is an ARC:

ARC is the shortened term for ‘advanced reader copy’. An ARC is a copy of your work that you send out to a group of readers ahead of your publication date.

Note: an ARC copy is not the same as a beta copy. Beta Copies are usually sent out before the final edit to garner constructive feedback during the editing process. ARCs are edited, finished copies of your work that are ready for publication.

Why send an ARC:

  1. ARC reviewers can offer honest feedback before your book is even on the market. You can get a good idea on how well your work has been received
  2. Free promotion. ARC readers tend to be reviewers. Having reviews on blogs, Goodreads, and social media etc is brilliant promotion before publication.  Authors need reviews, plain and simple.

When to send an ARC:

Of course, it would not be an ARC if it wasn’t received in advance of the publication date, however, there are differing opinions as to how early to send an ARC. I have received ARCs up to seven months before publication, and some within two weeks of the release date. Ultimately, it is the choice of the author/publisher. I would not advise sending unedited ARCs, but again, that is personal preference, but please be fair in your time allowance. Give the reader enough time to read and review your work comfortably, unless they specifically agree to last minute reads. 4-8 weeks before publication is acceptable for sending ARCs (especially indie books/ eBooks).

How to find ARC readers:

ARC readers are everywhere, you just have to know where to look for them.

  1. Blog: If you have a blog, do a shout out for ARC readers and reviewers.
  2. Twitter: Write a tweet requesting ARC readers. OR search hashtags such as #bookbloggers #bookreviewer #bookblog etc. You can DM or find blog links to reviewers in your genre.
  3. Social media: Post requests for ARC readers and reviewers on all your platforms.
  4. Research: Use search engines to find book blogs etc. Most book bloggers have review policies for you to study.
  5. Netgalley: You can pay a fee to have your ARC signed up to Netgalley.com. Members can request copies of your work to review.
  6. Friends: Send out copies to honest friends. Make sure they will give you a review. The more reviews the merrier.

Keeping ARC readers for future use:

Once you have found ARC readers, you ideally want to keep them.

  1. Always thank them for reviews, even if it is not the 5* review you wanted!
  2. Reblog/ share their reviews and links. Not only does this help you, but it helps them get traffic to their platforms.
  3. Build a list of trusted reviewers. Ask all of your ARC readers if you can call on them in the future. Avid readers are a valuable assets to all authors.

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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab 4/5

14138357_1255426807842067_1603806093_nKell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.

Review:

Kell is a parallel world postman of sorts. Using Antari magic, he can slip between the four London’s to deliver correspondance between the rulers of each. Kell has a fascination with trinkets from the different Londons, and smuggles different things in and out for willing buyers in exchange for trinkets and objects of interest to him. That is where the problems begin. Kell is set up, and is left holding something valuable that must not fall into the wrong hands. He happens across Lila, a wannabe pirate and thief, and the pair set off on an mission to return the item to the London it belongs in… Black London. However, there are some who do not want that to happen.

First off, Schwab’s descriptions are awesome. It made it easier for me, as a reader, to differentiate between the four Londons and the characters that reside within each. The concept was great, although it took me a while to get into the book with a slow paced start. However, the action picked up, and I was submerged into Kell’s world, or should I say, worlds.

Kell and Lila’s relationship was believable and developed organically over the course of the narrative. However, I couldn’t help but think of Kelsier and Vin from the Mistborn series. The name ‘Kell’ didn’t help either in that respect. Of course, there are differences, but there was a street urchin taken under the wing of someone more experienced vibe that I couldn’t shift.

The ending was fantastic (no spoilers), and I cannot wait to read book two. If, like me, you like fantasy, magic, well developed characters, and a unique storyline, then this book is for you.


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Ten Weeks, Ten Prompts, Ten Minutes #3 (Prompt Me Special)

The purpose of these writing exercises is to take a prompt a week for ten weeks and allow myself ten minutes to expand on it. All the prompts are taken from my writing prompt eBook: Prompt Me.

To check out my list of ten prompts, and maybe have a go yourself, follow this link.  Go with the flow, take the prompt literally, or just allow elements to inspire a totally different story. It is up to you.

The Prompt:

The moon is an engineered structure built for the purpose of observation. Someone or something has been watching us.

Standing in my garden on a crisp, clear night when the moon is big and fat, the settlements are clearly visible. They marr the surface of the moon as I remember it as a child, and sometimes in perfect conditions, lights are visible, twinkling upon the surface like glitter.

I still remember the day they came. The ‘outsiders’, as they were quickly dubbed by the media, told grand tales of two moons. They said that before there was any trace of humanity upon earth, they had discovered our tiny, innocent planet rotating around the sun with two moons, one of which controlled our dangerous tides. The other was half the size and hidden behind the larger.

The Outsiders were there to observe and explore back up planets for when the time came that their own planet failed them, but they claimed that another race of hostile aliens from a dying planet came to conquer our world. However, they met resistance from the Outsiders. There was a war and the main moon was destroyed in a last ditch attempt for the hostiles to take the earth. The smaller moon, the moon we see today, was left behind, settling our tides and terraforming our planet into the world we occupy. The Outsiders set up surveillance devices within our moon, and then left.

However, they came back. 2038 was the year of their return. Their sun was failing them, and a once healthy population had dwindled in wars or through starvation and solar flares. The few survivors- five hundred thousand in total- fled to our atmospheric world in search of safety and a new life.

At first they were welcomed, and their advanced technology was welcomed, but then came the power struggles. Humans took their technology and tried to turn it upon them. That’s what ignorance and fear can do- it can make rational minds do irrational things. The Outsiders have always been more advanced, more powerful, and they have and will always hold the upper hand. They are smarter than us in many ways; they knew that a war would only destroy a planet that both of our races depend on, so they offered a proposal. They wanted our moon. A fragile agreement was made, and the domed colonies have been upon the surface of the moon for the past fifteen years.

 


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Why Did This Draft Feel Easier??

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As you may be aware, I have completed the first draft of Thrown to The Blue and it is having a little rest before I start the redraft. I’ve been thinking about this drafting process and why I found it so easy (much easier than my EVO Nation series.) Maybe there is a plethora of reasons, and this story just seeped from my pores, but as a pantser, I scrutinise my methods and techniques to try and better understand what suits my writing style.

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More POVs

For the first time, I have written a draft in multiple POVs; two for the majority of the book, and three toward the end. It is unconventional to add a POV late on in the narrative, but I’m a rebel like that. Once my MCs had met the antagonist, Lyerdith, she got her own POV. I did this to add depth and hopefully lead into book two. This was a source of debate for me, but in the end, I liked being inside Lyerdith’s head, and her POV helped progress the narrative.

Shorter Chapters

Due to the multiple POVs, I was able to make the chapters shorter. Writing shorter chapters kept me thinking about the next step, and the next POV. This made the drafting that little bit easier. I had to get what I needed to say down in shorter intervals, which eliminated a certain amount of pointless rambling.

CampNaNo

There is no denying that CampNaNo helped me no end. I hit my 30k target with the encouragement of my cabin mates. Feeling accountable for my word counts was a great motivator.

Letting Go

Everything about this draft was out of my comfort zone, yet I felt so at home. I allowed myself the freedom to explore POVs, time lines, and characters that blur the lines between good and bad. For the first time, I didn’t set myself an ideal deadline. I went in with the mindset that it will take as long as it takes. I’m still in the mindset in regards to the redraft and edits and it is a refreshing perspective for me. If I have to cut or rework during the redraft, then you know what, it’s all cool.

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Do you have a particular drafting style that makes the process run smoother? Can you relate to any of the above?


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