Cover Reveal: Zombie Playlist

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Some of you may know that I have been slogging away over my Zombie novella, Zombie Playlist, since the end of 2016. I am a huge fan of anything zombie, so it was a natural progression for me to write something in the genre. The idea for Zombie Playlist popped into my head when I was making a playlist for my last book, Thrown to The Blue. I wanted to write a book where the playlist was an important part of the narrative, and this idea lent itself well to my Zombie narrative idea.

I have completed the first draft and shall tuck into some editing soon, but first, I wanted to show off the cover. It is a bit quirky, a little funky, a tad pretty awesome, and it sums up the whole tone of the novella…

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Keep your eyes peeled for the blurb reveal tomorrow.


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Review: Tough Love by Skye Warren

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Tough Love (Stripped #0.5) by Skye Warren 4/5

15591836_1372511329466947_1831706741_nA story about the sacrifices we make for love…

I sneak out of my room every night. My father’s guards don’t see me. My sister doesn’t see me. No one sees me, except him.

He’s the son of a mafia foot soldier. My father is the boss. I shouldn’t even know Giovanni. And I definitely shouldn’t kiss him. Our relationship is doomed to fail, but that won’t stop me from trying.

Not every girl wants to be a princess. I just want to be free.

I downloaded this book for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

Clara is the youngest daughter of a mafia boss and is in love with the son of one of her father’s foot soldiers, Giovanni. The unstable set-up of the firm and who will eventually take over, sees Clara and her sister, Honor, thrust into dangerous situations, relationships, and a life set to be full of pain. Gio has other plans for Clara, and sets about freeing his love.

This book definitely lives up to the dark romance genre, and is the first I have read of its kind. I was drawn in from the start; learning the dynamics of the mafia and the forbidden relationship between Clara and Gio. Warren builds a vivid world of debauchery, violence, and power in a short space of time. The characters are crystal clear in my mind, and even the hero is far from a saint. This series holds promise.

I need to know Gio’s fate, and I can 100% say that I shall be reading more from Warren in 2017.


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Indie Book Advent #17

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Day 17 of my Indie Book Advent features Unexpected Gifts by Bronwyn Green

00Feeling sorry for herself, Cassie Williams plays sick to skip out of her family’s Christmas Eve gathering. She loves her family, but on the heels of a divorce and her ex’s new engagement, an evening of togetherness is the last thing she wants.

Long-time friend, Sam MacLane has been in love with Cassie for years, and he isn’t about to let her have her pity party. There’s a blizzard on the way, and Sam shows up on her doorstep—bearing gifts….

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Review: Pastels and Jingle Bells by Christina. S. Feldman

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Pastels and Jingle Bells by Christina. S. Feldman 5/5

15497761_1367612613290152_439208163_n.jpgTrish Ackerly never expected to cross paths with Ian Rafferty again, but when she spots the former bully of her childhood years through her bakery window, she thinks she may just have been given the best Christmas gift ever: the opportunity to finally give Ian the comeuppance he deserves.

But clearly she does not have a knack for this whole revenge thing, because before she can make good on her plans, Trish gets inadvertently drawn into Ian’s life in an unexpected way that lets her see just how different the man is from the boy he used to be. In fact, much to her astonishment, she actually starts to like the guy.

A lot.

Trouble is, Ian doesn’t know who she really is, and explaining it to him is going to be a little difficult now—which is bad news, because Trish is starting to realize that all she really wants for Christmas this year…is Ian.

I downloaded this novella for free from Amazon.

Review:

When he was a boy, Ian Rafferty used to pick on Patricia ‘Pattycakes’.  Years later, the opportunity arrives for Trish to give Ian a taste of his own medicine, but can she bring herself to do it? The man in front of her is different from the boy she knew, and could she actually be falling for the guy?

This novella left me all warm and fuzzy inside. I was fully submerged into Trish’s world as baker and artist. Ian’s backstory was convincing and understandable, and this tale is an homage to how people can turn their life around and become a better version of themselves. I was continually waiting for the bomb shell moment, which was delivered thanks to ‘Pop’.

The sub characters in this book are well written and have clear voices. The relationship between Trish and Ian’s daughter, Kelsey, was sweet and well developed, and an anchor for the couple to grow closer. An all round, heart lifting, Christmas read.


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Review: Eleonore by Faith Rivens

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Eleonore (An Inionaofa Novella) by Faith Rivens 5/5

15281174_1346723905379023_1254892873_n(1).jpgEléonore Dormant’s life is a precarious balancing act: librarian by day, demon hunter by night and single mother around the clock. Each day brings its challenges and she brings her A-game. It helps that coffee and a bottle of painkillers are always in supply.
For six years, she’s protected the streets of Montreal from all manner of demons and the consequent evil that they would wreak on her city. But even a resumé like hers isn’t enough to prepare her for the unforeseen night when she becomes the hunted.
A sorcerer, an enigmatic Elder, has placed a hefty bounty on her head and the demons are eager to claim the reward for her capture. They bear down on her, disrupting her mode de vie and endangering her son’s life all in one fell swoop. But Eléonore is ready to fight whatever Hell deigns to send her way to save him. The path she pursues will lead her to new places and old faces.
One thing is certain, Eléonore’s about to get into a whole hellhole of trouble.

Thanks go to the author for giving me an ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest opinion.

Review:

Eleonore is a demon hunter; a legacy passed down by her late father. She is a heroine by night, and then goes back to her most important job by day- mother to her six year old son. When she becomes the hunted, and her son’s life is put in jeopardy, Eleonore must discover the truth behind the bounty on her head, and put an end to the evil that threatens her life.

This is Faith Rivens’ debut work, and she has burst onto the scene with a bang. From the first page, I knew I would be suckered into the great writing, the AMAZING dialogue, (seriously, that dialogue feels effortless), and the well constructed narrative. Demon hunting, urban fantasy always sits well with me, and I have read many such books, but what sticks out with this one?:

1. Eleonore is a kick-ass heroine, but also a mother protecting her child.

2. The romantic aspect has history.

3. The writing style is on point.

This is not just another urban fantasy with the usual tropes and cliches. This is a well thought out, well edited book with well developed characters and sub characters. I highly recommend this novella. As a thirty year old mother who grew up with an addiction to Buffy, this novella has satisfied my needs to read a narrative that includes a strong huntress who has a semi-normal existence and family life that I can relate to in some way. If Eleonore can do it, I can, right? Okay, maybe not, but it’s nice to follow her adventures.


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Review: Naughty or Nice? Anthology by Various Authors

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Naughty or Nice? Anthology by Various Authors 3/5

15129978_1338980429486704_1630797314_nInspired by roaring campfires and the cold nights of the Pacific Northwest, a group of HarperImpulse authors came together to write their own round robin style romances.

In this special festive Written Fireside, the authors ran a competition to give a reader the chance to start each story in the anthology with their own opening paragraph. Georgia Beyers was the winner and now you can find out how each author followed that paragraph with their incredible storytelling.

So settle down, grab a mince pie and join us for a Christmas by the fire…

I downloaded this book for free from Amazon.

Review:

I was intrigued by the interesting concept of the writing prompt. The authors held a competiton for the prompt, and the winning prompt was used and adapted by every author in this anthology. As a reader, you get taken on many varying tales from that one prompt.

I had to pace myself when reading these stories because a lot of the Charlotte characters started blending in to one. A couple of the authors handled the prompt imaginatively and worked out a narrative to include protagonists with names other than Charlotte or Daniel.

Okay, so there were a lot of cliches for Christmas romance shorts, but that’s what we dive in for. It’s a ‘curl up with a mince pie or box of chocolates read’ that you can pick up and stop as and when you like. There were a few stories that were a little too predictable, and one where Daniel’s name suddenly changed to Ben??? How was that not picked up in the edit? But otherwise, a fun read to get me in the Christmas spirit.


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Review: The Christmas Bake-Off by Abby Clements

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The Christmas Bake-Off by Abby Clements 3.5/5

15129895_1336915766359837_720848101_nWith Christmas just around the corner, the residents of Skipley village are gearing up for the annual bake off, and tensions are high.

Winning means a lot to everyone involved – talented cake-shop owner Katie dreams of baking stardom, Rachel wants to prove she’s more than a stay-at-home mum, and John hopes his culinary skills will impress the woman he loves.

But when the judges discover that some cakes have been tampered with, the villagers’ loyalties are called into question – whose ambition would stretch to sabotage, and why?

I downloaded this ebook for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

What’s more dramatic than a WI bake off? A WI bake-off that has been sabotaged. All is fair in love and baking, right? Wrong! Skipley’s annual bake-off quickly turns into a ‘who dunnit’, and the villagers start doubting each other. Why would someone sabotage a friendly, village bake-off?

This quick read can be read within the hour and is definitely off the back of the Great British Bake Off programme. Following different villagers in their quest to win the bake off and show off their skills to a famous judge, you get a glimpse into each different life, their reason for entering, and how they all fit together in the community.

The culprit of the sabotage is quickly discovered, and I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a bit more dramatic, but you cant expect much more at a local WI competition, right? Although, you never know when cake is involved.

There were a lot of characters for such a short story, and I would have liked a little more time to delve into each persons back story, but I knew their motivations and that kept my interest. The romance and the way it is linked to the competition was a sweet aspect.

At the end of the book, there are some recipes which was a fun little find, not that I’m a lover of baking. Perhaps I’ll get my hubby on it and I’ll judge the results.

A fun, Christmas short story with a healthy dose of competition, cakes, and romance.


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Review: When Time Comes by Cat Nicolaou

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When Time Comes (A Summer Romance Novella) by Cat Nicolaou 3/5

14017897_1249598865091528_51945908_nA contemporary romance novella set on the Greek island of Rhodes about a rockstar and an artist who find love that can last forever.

Athena can’t avert her eyes. Alex Dane is back in Greece. Her mind wanders in time, six years ago, to the island of Rhodes. Three lustful days with him and a precious gift he left her with. All she needs is a leap of faith, but will he fly? Dare they dream again “When Time Comes”?

A heart-warming happy-ever-after contemporary romance to enjoy lying on the beach watching the sunsets with your loved ones. A short read perfect for your summer holidays. Get a feel of the Greek islands even from afar.

I downloaded this novella for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

30 something Athena has followed the career of 45 year old, Alex Dane, pop superstar since her teens, and she gets the chance to see him live on the Greek Island of Rhodes. Taking the fifteen hour trip to the island she stumbles across the singer on deck and a romance blossoms. Okay, so the narrative is a little cliche and at times unbelievable, but it’s the dream of most women, right? To entice their idol into a steamy fling.

The six years later part was less interesting for me. The whole Mina storyline gave the narrative less credibility in my opinion, but it did make the conclusion a little bit sweeter. Spoilers- they all live happily ever after.

A romance to be read in an hour with a happy conclusion.


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Review: Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle

Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle (Quick Read) 2/5

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Pat had been best friends with Joe Murphy since they were kids. But years ago they had a fight. A big one, and they haven’t spoken since – till the day before Joe’s funeral. What? On the day before his funeral Joe would be dead, wouldn’t he? Yes, he would…Roddy Doyle’s first book for the Quick Reads programme to support adult literacy is fast, funny and just a tiny bit spooky.

This book was published for the Quick Reads programme. Quick Reads is designed to get adults reading. Various authors offer short stories to the series and Dead Man Talking was Roddy Doyle’s offering. The books are just £1.00 and easy to read in mere hours. I love the concept of the Quick Reads Programme, but not this book.

Review:

What the hell just happened? That was how I felt after reading this quick read. It’s a novella that can be read in hours, but that shouldn’t detract from plot, character development, or for the story to be, well, interesting. It was easy to guess where the story was headed, yet still didn’t fully offer a satisfying conclusion.

The writing style is not my cup of tea. It felt stilted and unnatural. It jarred with me as I read; I hoped that I would get passed that within a chapter or two, but no, it continues until the end of the book.

I understood the meaning behind the story, and Doyle makes a disturbing point that we must be careful how we treat people in life or it may come back to bite us- over and over again. That aspect is what garnered my 2/5 rating.

Some reader’s rave about this book, but others feel the same way as I do. It’s definitely a ‘Marmite’ kind of book.


 

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