Blog Tour: Resurrection by Brianna West

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Today, I am happy to host Brianna West on Writerly Bookish Stuff as part of the blog tour for her upcoming, April 28th release of Resurrection. Resurrection is the fourth and final book in the Promiscus Guardians series and is available to pre-order from Amazon. If you are a paranormal romance fan, then this is the series for you.

51y23vyVFNL._SY346_Izzy is back again after managing to survive villain after villain, and now she’s got her eyes on the prize—Mother Dearest. But her world takes a turn when she discovers something that might make her think twice about her usual reckless guns-blazing style.

And when a new evil villain joins forces with Mother Dearest, Izzy and Lucas are forced to partner with someone quite unlikely and a little too close to the villain they’re after.

With the final battle looming and a host of new problems, will Izzy and Lucas find a way to survive, or will the odds be too much and overcome them?

Find out in Izzy’s final kick-ass fight against the Dark, Resurrection.

Brianna West has given us a conclusion to Izzy and Lucas’ story, and what a conclusion it is. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Resurrection. I devoured it much like the rest of the series. Find my review here.

So, without further ado, let me tease you a little…

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Release Event and Giveaways Link: Facebook Event

Buy Links:

Amazon US: Preorder here!

Amazon UK: Preorder here!

Find more ARC reviews here: Goodreads

Good luck with the upcoming release, Brianna!


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First Chapter Excerpt: Thrown to The Blue

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As it is Christmas, I thought I’d get in the giving spirit and give those who haven’t read Thrown to The Blue a teaser excerpt from the first chapter. Don’t say I don’t give you anything. Ha!

1Foretellings have no place for goodness, only greatness. Princess Ezrahli is far from good, but she is a great woman in a conventional Kingdom, followed by whispers and scorn. However, across the waters is un-convention, magic, and fable. Her existence has been foretold in the battle against dark magic, and destiny shall weave itself into her life because darkness cannot be fought with goodness, only greatness.

Smuggling and sorcery leads to adventure, and adventure leads to destiny. Reed is a prince of the streets, but what he lacks in title, he makes up for in skill; a skill that sets him on a path already written in fate. Can he be more than what is expected? Can he enable greatness in another and survive the process?

Vengeance is a motivator, but it can never be your friend. In the end, it will ask for sacrifice, and only the great will pay the fare.

Chapter One Excerpt:

There is about five litres of blood in the average human body and that amount covers good ground. The pool of claret stretches across the marble floor, over my bare feet, and runs down the stairs. Father was an obese man, I am unsure if fat men hold more blood than most, but I am utterly mesmerised.

I have been witness to a slaughter before now. The cow is stunned, and then the animal is cut open with the heart still beating. A waterfall of red gushes out of the beast along with a ghastly smell. It is quick, humane some may say, and effective. Father’s heart was still beating when his throat was cut, much like that animal’s, only, I felt sympathy for the cow.

I drop the knife into the sticky mess at my feet and lift my nightdress before it is spoiled. It is my favourite; hand embroidered lace imported from Jansani- a shame to ruin with that man’s blood.

Brenneth and his guards enter the vestibule below. Father’s drained body is a welcome sight for him. Although the guards look taken aback by the scene, as soon as Brenneth nods, they set to cleaning the mess; he is their King now, after all.

Their mustard coloured uniforms contrast vividly with the red. I reach out to touch the closest guard’s tunic and he springs away from me like a cat on hot coals. A show of strength is what keeps people obedient, fearful. There is nothing stronger than killing the King of Ye’Sande, one’s own father.

“Goodnight, Brother,” I say, stepping over Father and heading toward my quarters, leaving bloody footprints behind me.

“Beautiful dreams, Ezrahli,” Brenneth replies.


Thrown to The Blue is available from Amazon.

Find Thrown to The Blue on Goodreads.


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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.


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

Happy 2nd Half of the Year Day! Books! Books! Books!

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Yes, it is officially 2nd half of the year day. Where has the time gone? This year, I am participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set myself a goal of 52 books in a year, and so far I am smashing it. I’m 11 books ahead of schedule!

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So, for this 1/2 year post, I shall list the books I have read along with my rating, and a link to my reviews. As I have started posting my monthly round ups, I won’t go into detail, but if there is a book you are interested in, then you can click on the link and check out my honest opinion (all spoiler free).

  1. Awakening by Brianna West 5/5: Review.
  2. Infinity Squad by Shuvom Ghose 3/5: Review.
  3. Victor by Brianna West 5/5 : Review.
  4. Great Love Poems Edited by Shame Weller 4/5: Unreviewed.
  5. The Siblings by Alan Morgan 5/5: Review.
  6. Metamorphosis by Brianna West 5/5: Review.
  7. Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle 2/5: Review.
  8. Rise of the Sparrows by Sarina Langer 5/5: Review.
  9. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 5/5: Review.
  10. The Notebook by Agota Kristof 3.5/5: Review.
  11. Colossus by Jette Harris 5/5: Review.
  12. The Butterfly Tattoo by Philip Pullman 3.5/5: Review.
  13. Nowhere by Jon Robinson 3/5: Review.
  14. Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block 4/5: Review.
  15. Beautiful Screaming of Pigs by Damon Galgut 3.5/5: Review.
  16. Dawning by Brianna West 5/5: Review.
  17. Unexpected Gifts by Bronwyn Green 3/5: Review.
  18. Swarm by Alex South 3.5/5: Review.
  19. Storm in Shanghai by JM Bush 4/5: Review.
  20. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean Dominique Bauby 4/5: Review.
  21. Mistborn: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson 5/5: Review.
  22. Diary of Anna the Girl Witch by Max Candee 4/5: Review.
  23. The Dare by John Boyne 3.5/5: Review.
  24. A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond 4/5: Review.
  25. Doctrine of Indecency by Various Authors 3/5: Review.
  26. Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett 3.5/5: Review.
  27. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 3/5: Review.
  28. White Sand by Brandon Sanderson 4/5: Review.
  29. The Beach Cabin by Fern Britton 3.5/5: Review.
  30. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine 4/5: Review.
  31. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger 3/5: Review.
  32. Unknown by Phil Price 5/5: Review.
  33. The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull 3/5: Review.
  34. The Story Traveller by Max Candee 3/5: Review.
  35. The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill 4/5: Review.
  36. The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R.Carey 5/5: Review.

Have you set yourself any reading challenges this year? What has been the best book/series you’ve read so far in 2016?


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Author Interview: Sarina Langer

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sarinaOn Monday, Sarina Langer released her debut novel, Rise of the Sparrows. I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for Sarina, and can honestly say that it was a gripping, well written, captivating read. You can check out my review here.

And guess what? Sarina has stopped by my little ol’ blog on her week long blog tour! I’m thrilled to welcome Sarina to my blog today, to throw some questions at her, and get an insight into the life of the newly published author.

Firstly, congratulations on the release of your first book! Is there a particular experience, good or bad, that has stuck out for you in the drafting or publication of your debut?

There are several things which I enjoyed, like writing the first draft, doing the research, and even editing! The writing community both here on WordPress and on Twitter (or more recently on Instagram) has been amazing and incredibly welcoming. The only thing that has stuck out negatively is formatting my novel for Createspace and Amazon KDP. There were no issues with either- Createspace have responded to everything very quickly and were much faster than I expected! – But formatting anything in Open Office has proven to be a huge pain. I’ve made notes, so hopefully it’ll be a little easier next time.

Would you share your writing routine with us? Are a scheduler or an ‘as and when’ type of writer?

My writing routine is relaxed and forgiving compared to my editing routine. I usually write for roughly one hour to ninety minutes every day (apart from weekends- I take those off), which tends to result in anything between 1k and 3k words, sometimes (rarely) even more than that! If you’re not a writer you might not realise how many other things are involved. We don’t just write- we do research, we have to name people, places, maybe different magics and towns and complicated systems, and we have entire worlds to create from nothing. So, while I’m not writing every free minute I get, I do these other things which also progress the novel. My mornings are quite varied because of it.

What has been the most rewarding part of publishing your novel?

I write for myself- and I think every writer should- but I do want to inspire other people with my writing. Whether my writing inspires them to write themselves, improve their writing, or to do something else entirely doesn’t matter. Every time someone tells me that my writing makes them want to write or do something, I know I’ve done well, and that’s a very rewarding feeling.

What were your reasons for choosing the self-publishing route?

I am a control freak to a personal extent, and didn’t want to give up control over important aspects of my book, such as the cover design. It’s my business, my baby, and I want to be the one who makes all the big decisions. To be honest, I did want to go the traditional way when I started writing Rise of the Sparrows, but I thought that if I published a trilogy by myself first and did it well, my chances of getting a great agent and publishing deal would improve! A year later, and I’m not so sure anymore that I want an agent or traditional publisher. I like being in charge. This is my book, and I will work my butt off to make it work.

Can you describe Rise of the Sparrows in ten words of less? A quick summary for anyone thinking of purchasing your novel.

Oh my! Let me think…

Misjudgements, swords and daggers, magic, prophecy, trust issues, demons, prejudices and death. (You weren’t hoping for one sentence, right?)

I’m going to name three characters and I would love for you to describe them in just three words.

Rachaelsurvivor, paranoid, and defensive.

Cephyyoung, naive, and pyromancer.

Cale- strong, fiercely loyal (we’ll treat that as one, shan’t we?), and protective.

Would you share an excerpt from Rise of the Sparrows, pretty please?

This is a moment from the first chapter, where we first meet Rachael. Two men have come to rape her, and I think it shows nicely that she can defend herself when necessary, despite being homeless and malnourished. She maybe tired, hungry, and weak, but she can kick as if her life depends on it!

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What is next for Sarina Langer?

I’m working on two novels at the moment- the sequel to Rise fo the Sparrows and a scifi novel, which is a bit of an experiment for me. I’ve never written two books at once and I’ve never written scifi either, so it’s a learning curve for me. But it’s an interesting and fun learning curve, and I’m enjoying all the new research I get to do! ( The end of the world, anyone? Multiple universe theory, anyone?)

Do you have any parting advice for unpublished writers out there?

A lot of people will love your writing, but a lot of other people won’t. That’s fine. You can’t please everyone, and that’s perfectly alright. Whether your first book does well or fails, you write another. And maybe make a note of some of that awesome feedback you get along the way- it will cheer you up when you get a bad review!

Thank you, Sarina for stopping by today, and I wish you every success with the blog tour and your debut novel!


Buy Rise of the Sparrows: here.

Find Sarina on:

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Permission to use excerpts, quotations, or content must be sought from the author, Sarina Langer.

EVO Shift! The Countdown Begins…

EVO shift is set for release in just seven days! I can’t believe my labour of love shall be uncaged in a mere week.

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EVO shift is the second instalment in my EVO Nation series, and is available for pre-order from Amazon Kindle.

evo shift jpegBlurb: She killed him, but did it make a difference?

Her kind has been exposed, abused, and segregated, and now Teddie Leason is top of Britain’s most wanted list at just nineteen. Teddie has to decide whose side she is on, what she fights for, and whether it’s worth her life.

How can she protect the man she adores, the Uncle who has taken her under his wing, and her unfaltering friends, when she can barely take care of herself? Dealing with new power and a history that has long since been forgotten, has rendered the world’s most powerful EVO vulnerable and at risk.

When will she be dealt a winning hand? Could a clandestine, renegade group of EVO change not only her fate, but that of everyone affected by this unprecedented war? And how does Teddie fit in a world bracing for a shift of unfathomable magnitude?

EVO Shift’s advanced readers have highly praised this instalment. Check out an advanced reader review here!

You’ve not read book one yet? No need to fret because… EVO Nation is FREE until Feb 24th!!! Get you FREE copy here!

Need more encouragement? Why not have a gander at some 5* reviews for EVO Nation?

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Get your FREE copy of EVO Nation today! Go on! It’s free- no money- no loss- lots of gain! And why not pre-order EVO Shift while you’re at it?

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EVO Nation Quote #1

For the next few weeks, I shall be sharing my favourite EVO Nation quotes with you all. EVO Nation is book one in my EVO Nation Series. Book Two, EVO Shift, is set for release on March 1st 2016!

The quotes I have chosen have been selected by my readers, so I hope you enjoy them.

My first quote to share with you today is:

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Buy EVO Nation here

Pre-order EVO Shift here

All written works are the property of K.J.Chapman

SURPRISE!! My Side Project Has Come To Fruition…

Prompt Me(1)I finally have a writing prompt eBook for sale on Amazon Kindle:

Prompt Me: 150 Writing Prompts for Beating the Block.

Blurb: We have all stared at a blank screen or notepad, willing the inspiration to come. Not only is this the most frustrating, infuriating, time wasting thing that can happen to a writer, it is also avoidable. Whether, you need to beat the block, take a breather from your current work in progress, or just harness your inner creativity, writing exercises are the way forward. Take a prompt, give yourself a time allowance, and create.

I have been quietly working on this project alongside writing EVO Shift, book two in the EVO Nation series. I’m a sucker for writing prompts, as you probably know from my writing exercise posts, and I wanted to tap into that love and compile a writing prompts eBook. All the prompts are original and I have included some of my own writing exercise examples that have been featured on this blog.

Why not challenge yourself? Work your way through the book, expanding on one prompt a day. Ten minutes per exercise will amount to approximately 25 hours of writing time under your belt. Just saying…

Buy Prompt Me for just £1.49 on Amazon Kindle.


Images and written works are the property of K.J.Chapman

The Launch is A’Coming!

evo shift jpegEVO Shift (EVO Nation Series Book Two) is bursting onto the indie scene on March 1st 2016. How I have longed to post this. Finally, my second baby is ready for the world. I hope the world is ready for my baby. I feel like I want to hold on to it for a little longer, let it be just mine for a tad more, but if you love something you have to let it go, right?

What can you expect??

More EVO. More abilities. More war. More heartbreak. More love.

Blurb:

She killed him, but did it make a difference?

Her kind has been exposed, abused, and segregated, and now Teddie Leason is Britain’s most wanted EVO at just nineteen. Teddie has to decide whose side she is on, what she fights for, and whether it’s worth her life.

How can she protect the man she adores, the Uncle who has taken her under his wing, and her unfaltering friends, when she can barely take care of herself? Dealing with new power and a history that has long since been forgotten, has rendered the world’s most powerful EVO vulnerable and at risk.

When will she be dealt a winning hand? Could a clandestine, renegade group of EVO change not only her fate, but that of everyone affected by this unprecedented war? And how does Teddie fit in a world bracing for a shift of unfathomable magnitude?

4EVO Nation will be on a free three day promo during the week before the launch. So, if you haven’t already read EVO Nation, you can get that one under your belt before EVO Shift makes its dramatic entrance.

I would appreciate the support of my blogging and Twitter family during the launch week and there after. You have been fabulous in helping me promote EVO Nation, and EVO Shift will need you guys too.