EVO Ghost Release Day News

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I am thrilled to announce that EVO Ghost has an official release date…

March 1st 2018

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This also means that you can preorder your copy from Amazon: preorder link. However, I will be doing an ARC reviewer call out in the New Year.

In the meantime, get EVO Ghost on your Goodreads want to read lists: EVO Ghost on Goodreads.


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Crimbo Book Shout Out #3

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Have you been waiting patiently for the final Crimbo book shout out and giveaway? Of course you have! The winner of last week’s Cass Michaels giveaway was Laura Carter. Congratulations!


This week’s Crimbo book shout out is for a Christmas horror book, Merry Murder by Angel Gelique…

33555243Poor Paul McKenna. He just wants to enjoy the holidays. But with an obstinate teen-aged daughter, Heather, and an unreasonable wife who enables her, Paul is anything but jolly. Heather has her heart set on getting the latest cell phone for Christmas. The only problem is Paul can’t find one within the acceptable price range. He simply refuses to fall victim to holiday price-gouging. He has every intention of buying the phone weeks after Christmas when it’s half the price. Surely, Heather will understand…right?

In this tale of vengeance, a well-intentioned father will find that sometimes it’s better to appease an incorrigible teen daughter—no matter the cost—rather than incur her wrath.

Would you like a chance to win an e-copy of Merry Murder? All you have to do is share Angel Gelique’s Amazon page via any social media platform and paste a copy of the link to your post in the comments below to be entered. You can also enter by sharing the post from my Instagram feed. You can find more information here.

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Review: The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

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The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher 5/5

6tag_151217-150230.jpgThe Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible.

Review:

As I type this, I have a 7 year old giving input over my shoulder. I read this novel to her every night for the past few weeks, and can honestly say that it was a huge hit. It is full of Christmas magic and wonder, and in true Tom Fletcher style, lots of dino-awesomeness.

I’m a huge fan of the main character. William Trundle is a wheelchair user, and it’s awesome that such characters are represented in children’s literature. Bullying and its effects is also highlighted.

My daughter says it is not only an amazing book, but the best book she has ever read. That’s quite the testament to Fletcher’s storytelling skills. It is a book that is meant to be read out loud, and there is a plot twist that had both of us gawping at each other.

In summary, read this book to your kids!


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Guest Post: Phil Price on How to Pen Darkness

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Today’s guest post comes from horror author, Phil Price. Phil has joined me today to discuss all things horror. Give yourselves five minutes with a cup of tea, and join us for some tried and tested tips on penning horror stories. Perhaps don’t turn off the lights…

Over to you, Phil.


How to Pen Darkness

Of all the various genres out there, horror is the one that excites me the most. As a reader, you want to be able to connect with the author’s story, hoping that the words conveyed spark your imagination. Other genres do this too. A good romance may bring a tear to your eye, or a fantasy yarn may ignite your imagination. However, horror is a genre that preys on your senses. To lie in bed at night, pulling the duvet up to your neck, checking the window for unseen ghouls, is not an easy feat. Plus, there are many types of horror out there. Serial killers, men in masks, vampires, demons, and ghosts, are but a few of the things that lurk in our imaginations as horror.

So, how do you write it? Tough question. I have written three horror books, centred on vampires. The market is flooded with these mysterious creatures at the moment, as it should be. Nothing should get the horror juices flowing like a good, old fashioned vampire. From Count Dracula, to Mr Barlow, for me, that is what horror is all about. Conveying that subject onto a page is the tricky part. Words on a page are just that, words. Turning the words into a scene that will draw the reader in, is no mean feat.

Many of my readers have given me different feedback. Some, said the stories terrified them. Others said they were not scary in the shocking, jump-out-of-your-seat scary sense. More of a creeping dread that settles over you whilst reading. I, like many horror authors, have taken their inspiration from the great Mr King. He has cornered the market on what scares you. Vampires, killer clowns, haunted hotels, apocalyptic worlds – King has done it all. And many of these stories have come from his own experiences. With this in mind, that is what I try to do, weave a tale from what scares me, what excites me, and what will make readers want to indulge themselves into my world.

Setting the scene is always the most important part. It’s very easy to type, “The killer came around the corner and his knife was big and menacing.” Great. There is a killer out there with a big knife, looking to harm us. Does it ignite your senses? Hell no! The environment needs to be just right to convey the fear that the reader yearns for.

So, if you said:

‘The corridor was a darkened funnel, littered with boxes and bodies. A fluorescent bulb, flickered sporadically, throwing shadows along the low-slung space. An over-powering stench coated Tim’s throat, thick and cloying, making him want to wretch. Making him want to run. A noise in the darkness raised gooseflesh on his arms, the hairs on the back of his neck prickling to attention as the noise came again. Far off, a low shuffle of heavy feet, drifted towards him, the edges of the corridor seeming to darken further. A silhouette appeared around the far corner, dark and brooding. As the light pulsed once more, it caught the edge of the object in the figures hand. Shimmering briefly as it ran along the serrated edges of the blood stained knife.’

Now, many readers might not find that scary. However, some may. It should pull the reader in further, almost placing them in the corridor with the next victim. And that’s what I would say to anyone about to start their own horror story. The person reading your book, needs to be in your book. When they are at work, or at the shops, they need to be thinking about the next chapter, hurrying back home to get the next slice of the pie.

I would also say, be brave, be creative. Don’t hold back at all. Think about what scared you as a kid and spill those emotions into your work. Others will identify with it. I hope this has been insightful. I hope above all, that you are reaching for your laptop, inspired to get cracking on the next big thing….

Good luck.


20479607_10155653386104703_7123091821070616518_nPhil Price was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1974. He lived in various places until his family settled in Rednal, Birmingham in 1979. Growing up with and older brother and sister he always flirted with reading as there were always books lying on shelves around the house. Then in 1997 he embarked on a travel expedition that took him from Greece to Thailand, via East and Southern Africa. Sitting in dusty bus stations in Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi gave him the opportunity to ignite his imagination fully. Since those far-off days, he has never been without a book to read.

He toyed with the idea of writing a book in 2009. After writing a few short stories he caught a whiff of an idea in his head. It grew and grew in 2010 until he had enough to begin. Marriage and two children came along, with the story being moved to the back burner for periods of time. However, during those periods of writing inactivity, the story continued to evolve until it just needed to be written down.

The book was littered with places that had influenced Phil’s life. From the Lickey Hills in Birmingham, to the Amatola Mountains in South Africa with other locations, in-between and far beyond. The book was finished sometime in 2014 and was left on his computer, until a chance conversation with an author friend made Phil take the bold step to publish his story, Unknown. Unknown was re-published in 2017, as part of The Forsaken Series. The Turning is to follow on from Unknown, with a third book currently in post-production.

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The Turning Book Two


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Review: The Unexpected Gift by Nicole Casey

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The Unexpected Gift by Nicole Casey 3/5

6tag_111217-072240He’s a billionaire in Seattle. I’m practically a nun. Nothing is going to happen between us. Right?

I only return home from my missionary work in Moscow for one reason: collect the cash donation for the starving children from my wealthy brother, Matthew.

I didn’t expect to meet my brother’s best friend and business partner, Nick again.

He’s more mature now, with broad shoulders, perfect abs and a gorgeous face.

And when I get to know him more, I am surprised to find that I’m absurdly attracted to his attentiveness and generous heart.

Is falling for him the biggest mistake of my life?

And what if he finds out there is an unexpected gift for both of us for Christmas?

Review:

The Unexpected Gift is a quick read that can be finished in one sitting.

Eva’s character complemented Nick’s, so the natural chemistry and relationship development felt natural and believable. However, for a nun about to take her vows she was easily swayed… as in no resistance whatsoever. It was hardly a case of Nick having to put in any effort. I guess that whole element to the storyline felt a little contrived to me.

Despite him being a money-greedy jerk, her brother Matthew was an interesting character. I would have liked to have seen more of him in the narrative.

The mix of sad and happy moments throughout the short narrative appealed to me, but the ending didn’t quite cover it. I wanted to know a little more. I am assuming there is/ will be a sequel to this short story.


 

The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

Crimbo Book Shout Out #2

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Who’s ready for the second Crimbo book shout out post and giveaway? I know I am. The winner of last week’s K.C.Jane giveaway was Angel Gelique. Congratulations and happy reading.


Today’s shout out is for Chasing Winter by Cass Michaels.

ChasingWinter PRINT 5(1).jpgDear Santa,

I think Daddy needs a girlfriend. He needs someone to take care of him. She has to cook and like outdoor stuff. She has to like kids, ‘cause I have a little brother. And she has to be pretty, like the Christmas Princess. I love that movie! I want Daddy’s girlfriend to be nice like the princess and be good to everyone. She can’t be mean, like the Ice Queen!
Oh, and there’s another thing I want. I’ll tell you when I see you at the Christmas Pageant!

Love, Jennifer

Grading the students’ papers, Noel Winter lays the child’s Christmas letter down on her desk and wonders exactly what surprises might be in store this Christmas… Jennifer’s father, Rex Presley, made quite an impression at Parent Conferences. And it had nothing to do with his plaid coat or ruggedly, handsome good looks. He’s got a chip on his shoulder, and his hands full, raising two kids on his own. So why can’t she stop thinking about him?

Would you like a chance to win an e-copy of Chasing Winter? All you have to do is share Cass Michaels’ Amazon page via any social media platform and paste a copy of the link to your post in the comments below to be entered. You can also enter by sharing the post from my Instagram feed. You can find the post here.

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Review: Girl on a Plane by Miriam Moss

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Girl on a Plane by Miriam Moss 4/5

6tag_071217-121147After a summer spent with her family, fifteen-year-old Anna is travelling back to her English boarding school alone. But her plane never makes it home.

Anna’s flight is hijacked by Palestinian guerillas. They land the plane in the Jordanian desert, switch off the engines and issue their demands. If these are not met within three days, they will blow up the plane, killing all the hostages.

The heat on board becomes unbearable; food and water supplies dwindle. Anna begins to face the possibility she may never see her family again.

Time is running out . . .

Based on true events, this is a story about ordinary people facing agonizing horror, of courage and resilience.

Review:

I was compelled to pick this up in the library because of two things: the cover, and the fact that it is a true story. Moss may have changed names and added characters, but overall, this is a factual recount of the time her plane was hijacked by Palestinian Guerillas when she was just 15 and flying alone without her family.

Moss’ recount feels true to the story and captures the mindset of a teenager in a life threatening situation. It wasn’t all moments of high fear and panic, but more a truthful portrayal of daytime desert heat and nighttime icy chill, lack of food and water, and the not knowing if the P.F.L.P’s demand is being met by the British Government.

I found the chapter with the reporters so bizarre, yet fascinating. The whole situation was surreal and almost comical one moment, and then terrifying the next. This book doesn’t try to make heroes or glorify anyone, it just tells one young girl’s experience of how it truly played out.

I’m not usually a fan of memoir type stories, but something about this one caught my eye and I was glad I took a chance on it.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

Review: Tipsy by C.J. Hunt

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Tipsy (The MacAllisters #2) by C.J. Hunt 5/5

6tag_031217-205617When old secrets and new passions come home to Rivers End…

LUCAS HEYES is a man with a plan. Move back to Rivers End. Fix his broken relationship with his ex-brother-in-law Isaac MacAllister, and be a good uncle to his niece Sara. Oh, and open Higher Ground—the coffee shop he’s been dreaming about for years. There’s only one hitch: Shannon MacAllister—Isaac’s younger sister—is back in town too, and living across the hall from him. Apparently, his time away did nothing to temper his feelings for her. After what happened five years ago, he’s sworn never to keep secrets from the MacAllisters again. Will Shannon convince him to break that promise and keep what they have between them a secret?

SHANNON MACALLISTER has one wish: to get kissed on New Year’s by a man nothing like her fiancé—make that ex-fiancé—before she tackles a new chapter in her life back in her hometown. She gets her wish. But along with it comes a whole whack of complicated. Her body wants Lucas, but her mind can’t help pointing out that while he’s sexy as hell, he’s a liar, and she’s not about to go back to that place. It’s bad enough that they share a family as well as an apartment building. The MacAllisters went through hell once before because of the Heyes family. Will Shannon trust enough to open her heart and risk trying again?

Review:

I am now a huge C.J. Hunt fan. Book One, Silver Bells, was not just a fluke of narrative. I utterly enjoyed Tipsy and plan to catch up on the rest of Hunt’s books as a result. It’s great to find a romance author I totally dig. The writing is believable, and the character arcs handled well. Insta love doesn’t feel like insta love, and happy ever afters are hinted at. I love a good happy ever after.

The backstory between Shannon and Lucas was touched upon in book one, so their blossoming romance is far from out of the blue. The awkward beginnings are true to book one and make the whole ‘getting together’ all the more worthwhile.

If you haven’t read any C.J. Hunt books yet, and are a romance fan, then what are you waiting for?


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K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

Crimbo Book Shout Out #1

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Welcome to the first of December’s Crimbo Book Shout Out posts. I had to add a little festivity to Writerly Bookish Stuff, and what better way than by highlighting some Christmas reads. There are even some simple to enter giveaways thrown in for good measure…


Today’s shout out is for K.C.Jane’s Christmas Novellas: With Bells On and The Christmas Riddle.

new christmas riddle coverWhen her mother decides on secret santa gifts at the annual Christmas party, the Christmas holidays take an unexpected turn for Ronnie. Who would have given her an empty box with nothing more than a riddle inside, and why does the bizarre gift play on Ronnie’s mind?

Is there more to the gift than what meets the eye, and can she discover its hidden meaning in time for Christmas?

Copy of With.pngMona is a perpetual singleton, but not for lack of trying. Is it simply bad luck, or her knack for finding herself in the most awkward, yet hilarious situations, that sees her romance-free at Christmas?

Maybe the right man isn’t out there. Or maybe she has been looking in the wrong place this whole time.

Could a game of bingo and a cantankerous Nanna lead Mona to her Christmas romance?

K.C. Jane has recently held a free promotion for both these books, but has generously offered to provide an e-copy of each book for the giveaway. All you have to do is share K.C.Jane’s Amazon page via any social media platform and paste a copy of the link to your post in the comments below to be entered. You can also enter by sharing the post from my Instagram feed. You can find more information here.

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NaNoWriMo 2017

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Welcome to December, folks. I’m so ready for the Christmas season. I just love it!!!!

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Anyway, back to the post. This past month has been NaNoWriMo crazy. I bet those who haven’t participated are sick of it by now. Those of you who did have a bash at it, I hope you’re happy with the results.

I made it to 11k words. Not great, but I’m okay with that. NaNo was always going to take second place to my EVO Ghost edits. I managed to finish the edit, and now, I’m prepping to send copies to my betas. Whoop!

I had a weird month in regards to my NaNo writing. I started off writing a science fiction novel, and finished writing a zombie comedy. I can safely say that I’m happy with the concepts for both, but it just wasn’t the right time for writing my science fiction story. The narrative was too serious and dark to be writing alongside the EVO Ghost edit. I needed something a little more light hearted to balance it out.

If you like Zombie Playlist, I reckon you’ll like this new one. I’ve already got a title that has well and truly stuck, but more on that in the future.

Here’s an excerpt of my Zombie novella:

“What brings you all the way to Hero Fest?” I ask.

“I used to do L.A.R.P. You know, live action role play,” she replies.

All three of us scoff.

“Of course, we know what L.A.R.P is,” Milton replies.

“Well, there was a terrible accident, and the organisers couldn’t continue. Health and safety reasons, they said.”

“What happened?”

“We used to use farmland offered by a local farmer whose son was a Warlock. The land bordered an estate house, but that was strictly out of bounds. One guy tried to scale the fencing into the estate, and well, there’s no nice way to say this… He got impaled.”

Milton, Hugh, and I gasp.

“…Up the asshole.”

“Holy Yoda.” My own clenches in sympathy.

She sighs. “You just can’t continue with an event once someone gets impaled up the asshole, can you?”


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