Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Love epic fantasy? This is the book for you!

The Eye of Everfell (The Shadow Battles, #1)The Eye of Everfell by Bard Constantine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Until today my only love of epic fantasy was LOTR and its various installments. That was until I got my hands on Bard Constantine's The Eye of Everfell.

Bard Constantine has a wonderful and masterful way of telling a tale. He is descriptive (which is certainly needed in this genre) yet not overly so as to bore. Three lives play out their fate within these pages and their storylines are woven in style. One a Lord, another a Knight and the last a Seer. The characters are well thought out and developed allowing me to feel a sense of connection to each.

I will not give any spoilers (I hate people who do that, poor taste) but what I will say is I was over the moon at being pointed towards such a gem. Well deserved 5 stars.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

*** Author Review *** Kat Gracey / Werewolves of Eden: Wild Things

Werewolves of Eden: Wild ThingsWerewolves of Eden: Wild Things by Kat Gracey

I have a liking for the works of this amazing author. Ms Gracey has an amazing way of slowly pulling you into the story. This book, like all her others has a fantastic cast of colourful characters headed by the MC Cheyenne, the daughter of the head Were Hunter. The book is not only steeped in the supernatural as she tries to discover who the alpha is who is rallying up an army but she must also deal with the mundane of teenage angst.
The characters are well developed and the story flows nicely to a point were you sit to read one moment and the next thing you know two hours have passed, your family are unfed and all because Cheyenne has taken you along on her quest to help her friend and aling the way stop this arrogant alpha from achieving his goal.
I would highly recommend this book to lovers of #supernatural #paranormal #YA and #NA #Fantasy. Fantastic wand well deserving of five stars. This authors work is fantastic and I would highly recommend.

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

* * * * BARRY FITZGERALD * * * *

Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I’m an author based in the most beautiful quarter of the Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland. A land with a living abundance of folklore and mythology in which I thrive. I’ve just finished my tenth book and final installment of an amazing trilogy which begins in Ireland before taking the reader to other parts of the planet which I’ve visited whilst starring in an American TV show up until October 2011. I find I resonate better in nature and the west coast of Ireland offers an enormous reservoir of stimulating landscapes which I openly abuse in my drive to harness my vision and deliver it onto paper.

What are your ambitions for your writing career? There are stories which need to be told, I open myself to channel those stories and as long as I’m alive I will write and it would be nice to see one of those works appreciated through the medium of tv though its not a driving force. I find writing can be a liberating experience and a quite mind is priceless.

What are you working on at the minute? I’m currently working on prequel to my trilogy. All three books have been known as possessing a different voice and this book is no different as it relates to a world unknown to us bar a very few.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when? No not at all, I write until that particular part of the story is done. This can be a day, a week a month. I don’t have a set pattern as this would not work with me at all.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? The book I’m currently working on is part of ‘The Council of Three’ series. The story delves into Irish folklore and the truths that hide therein. There is no smoke without fire and as the series continues we are taken on a roller-coaster of life and death into all aspects of the Irish mythology before being introduced to the global arena and the unique similarities our cultures share within this platform introducing the reader to a paradigm shift that will alter their perceptions.

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both) I self publish because some time ago I provided a piece of work to a publisher who wanted to take it to print. The amounts of hoops I had to jump through I felt would have resulted in a irreversible destruction of the story delivery and I simply could not allow this to happen. 

Where can you see yourself in 5 years time? Abducted by aliens 😁

If you want to check out Barry's work (both his fiction and his research you can go to his WEBSITE, FACEBOOK , TWITTER or GOODREADS.
Today marks the launch of FRACTURE, the final installment in The Council of Three novella series.  If you haven't already ready started this series I suggest you get to Amazon and start.  I personally rated it 5*****.  If you love Irish Lore you will love this series with its contemporary twist.

Amazon USA - Link to Fracture

Amazon UK & EU - Link to Fracture

Friday, 17 March 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017

* * * * * JULIE GRUIT * * * * *

Which writers inspire you? JK Rowling. I love the way she has inspired so many children to read, and brought their imaginations back to life. See children (and adults!) queuing for her books, rather than sitting in front of the TV or a console was magic in itself.

What genre are your books? Children’s adventure so far, but my next book will be moving into the later teen/YA fantasy realm.

What draws you to this genre? I love the freedom to explore and adventure, moving between real places and fictional ones, merging between legends and history and combining it with the modern day world. Seeing adventures through the eyes of a child felt even more exciting.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I had gone through a divorce and moved away from all of my family and friends to a place where I didn’t know anyone. I decided to join a creative writing course at the local college as a way to meet people and quickly became obsessed. I had moved to the seaside, so my weekends used to be spent sat in seafront cafes or on the beach, people watching and writing poetry and short stories about who they might be and what secrets their lives might hold.

Do you write full-time or part-time? Part-time, unfortunately. I’d love to write full-time, as I have so many books in my head that I need to write. However, I have a family and bills to pay, so I work full-time as a school business manager in a special needs school. The job is interesting, and it’s great to have the opportunity to work with the kids – I did my first ‘meet the author’ session only two weeks ago, and it was fantastic to have them asking so many questions about my books. It’s the next best thing until maybe eventually I can move to full-time writing.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? I tend to write after my children have gone to bed, and sometimes at weekends if they are busy. I have my own little writing room so I can shut myself away if I’m in the middle of a book and my creative mind is in gear.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day? I usually just go with the flow and write as fast as my thoughts will allow me. The only time I set a determined structure for how many words to write was when I had my first attempt at NaNoWriMo last November. I amazed myself with a win (just!) of 50,085 words. Now, I am still working on the editing!

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you? Normally I just wing it, running with the ideas as they come. Sometimes I feel my writing is like a jigsaw puzzle. I get ideas for the outline, and chunks in the middle. I then have to go back and write from one piece to the next, filling in the gaps as I go. NaNo was different in that I actually carried out a lot more character plotting, scene setting, research, and structure plans before I started. I can’t say for sure how I will work in the future, but either is a possibility depending on how frantic the urge is to just create and write what flows from my pen.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? The Thomas Grey series is (at the moment) planned to be a set of three books. The first, Thomas Grey & The Lost City is about a 10-year-old boy who inherits his uncle’s mansion on the Cornish coast. The house is full of mysteries from his uncle’s travels, and discoveries lead Thomas on a journey to complete one of his uncle’s missions in the mountains of Tibet. However, things are not as simple as he hopes. As Thomas unlocks some of the secrets of the house, he disturbs something living underneath Foxwood Hall.

The second book, Thomas Grey & The Scarab Enchantress, links into some of the other artifacts discovered in the house. This time it the spirit of an ancient Egyptian who calls to Thomas, summoning him to Egypt to complete her quest among the ancient ruins of pyramids. The story follows her life as a child, growing up into a forced and unhappy marriage. She saves herself once, but now Thomas must save her again as their unlikely friendship builds and their lives become entwined.

What book/s are you reading at present? I have just downloaded H. Leighton Dickson’s Dragon of Ash & Stars: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon, and can’t wait to get started on it.

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about. I am lucky enough to work alongside an amazing artist at the school I work at. Like me, he has a day job to pay the bills, but his passion is for creating art. What started out as a conversation about him possibly creating one picture for me to try to catch the eye of potential publishers, turned into him asking if he could illustrate my whole book, cover and all. When I decided to publish as an indie, I took him up on his offer. Chris has now illustrated the first two books and will be completing the set when I have written Thomas Grey & The Smuggler’s Cave. Each chapter starts with one of his illustrations to help capture the imagination of the readers, and to give them plenty of little treats along the way!

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, Traditional or both) 
Initially, I looked into the traditional publishing route but became disillusioned after being targeted by a vanity press. Fortunately, it was obvious that their contract was little more than a scam that would likely see my book discarded quickly after paying them a considerable amount of money for something I could largely do myself. I have published both books as an Indie, but would possibly consider the traditional route again at some point in the future.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? I like the control of being an Indie. The time frames are my own, and I have the freedom to select my own illustrator. I have also recently set up a fundraiser where I am giving 100% of profits from my book sales to 12 different charities over 12 months. I’m not sure I would have been able to do this, in the same way, had I been published, and so having control of my own books is a definite plus. However, the main disadvantage for me is the marketing side. I struggle to find time to market effectively around my day job, family life, etc. I’m still relatively new to self-publishing and have a lot to learn about how to promote my book and expand its reach.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time? Writing full-time and able to give it the focus it deserves. I only ever feel like I am doing what I am meant to be doing in life when I write.

To learn more about Julie you can check out her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK as well as TWITTER.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017


If you want to be in with a chance to win then you have to get in quick!
The giveaway ends on St Patrick's Day!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Forest of Ancestors by K.A. Denver

Forest of Ancestors

by K.A. Denver

Giveaway ends March 17, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Monday, 13 March 2017

* * * * GABRIELA VOELSKE * * * *

Which writers inspire you?  My inspiration always varies, but two solid figures there are R. A. Salvatore and Martha Wells. They both create such vivid stories, with rich characters and lush worlds. Salvatore also strikes a good balance between telling you too much and saying too little, allowing those that have never touched Dungeons and Dragons before to pick up his books with ease. That balance is especially important in Fantasy as your audience needs to know what’s going on, but you need to avoid boring them with excessive information.

What genre are your books?  I write Fantasy books, with my preference being high Fantasy, although I dabble in other genres in my mind and short stories.

What draws you to this genre?  I enjoy the freedom that comes with Fantasy. Dragons have always been a favourite of mine and obviously, they don’t exist (sadly!). I do, however, try my best to ensure that my Fantasy is logical to ensure I’m not explaining things as “magic” unless magic was the actual cause and the why magic was the cause.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?  I always had the world of Fyir floating around in my head, but aside from doodles and daydreams, I had never done anything with it. I decided to try and role-play it on a game site I was on, where I found someone who really enjoyed the world and story I put to them. That gave me the confidence to start Crystalline Chaos, and now I’ve written my second book (and prequel to C. Chaos) Dangerous Times.

Do you write full-time or part-time?  I currently write part-time, but if the opportunity presented itself I’d love to become a full-time writer.

Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?  I usually write in my spare time between lectures or while driving somewhere (as a passenger). Otherwise, I tend to write when I’m feeling inspired.

Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day?  When I’m in the actual stage of writing, I like to aim for 500 words a day, although I can find myself writing a lot more. Sometimes instead of writing, I’ll take the time to sit and think out a scene if I’m having issues with it.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
For Crystalline Chaos I didn’t use an outline aside from a rough one in my head, but Dangerous Times I wrote out a full plan that ended up around ~6800 words of outline. I allow myself to deviate from the outline if I feel it adds to the story, but the core events remain the same regardless.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?  Crystalline Chaos is the first book in the Skies of Fyir series, with Dangerous Times being a prequel and The Northern Bloodline being the second book in the series. Fyir is rife with discrimination, due to its turbulent past which saw the angels viciously slander their once neighbors, the demons in a move to gain favor with the humans. Betrayed by their former friends, the demons went to war with the angels and created a permanent rift between the two races. Crystalline Chaos introduces to the world and the races of Fyir, set on the small continent of the Central Isles. The first book introduces an unknown threat which forces the three races to reconsider their past animosities if they’re capable of such a thing. The repercussions of the first book will be the start of a series of events, which is continued in the second book.

Dangerous Times, the prequel, focuses on the events of 25 years prior, back when Nathaniel was still the ruler of the demons. The height of his depravity is laid bare, detailing the events that are referenced in Crystalline Chaos.

What book/s are you reading at present?  Your own book, The Guardians: Forest of Ancestors! Well, I need to start it, I was about to when life decided to pull the rug out from under me again. I’m looking forward to it, though. (ooooh nervous now lol, I do look forward to your thoughts!)

Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.  Crystalline Chaos’s cover features one of the mysterious creatures that appears in the book, the Globeholder (snake-like creature). As per its name, it’s holding onto a globe which pulses which aether, towering above jagged crystals of solidified chaos aether. In the background, there’s a corrupted aether storm. It basically showcases some of the features of the book, in a nice Fantasy package. I trialed many different designs, but this is the one that I settled on in the end.

Dangerous Times shows a dark, barely lit background that lies behind a pair of red-tinged hands that are aggressively encompassing a flame. The hands are Nathaniel’s, the tyrant King’s and the flame represents Amnur, his unfortunate and trapped Court Mage. I wanted the image to show the control Nathaniel has over Amnur, so I went for the close, entombing hands. I like to think it has that effect!

How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
Crystalline Chaos was indie published, and at the moment, I intend to do the same with Dangerous Times when it’s ready. I enjoy the freedom that comes with self-publishing, as I fear a traditional publisher may try and force certain things into my novels that I have no intention to add.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?  The main advantages are the freedom and the lack of agent/publisher rejections, but the self-promoting can be exhausting. I do, however, understand that not all traditional publishers heavily advertise you, so that may be more of a general issue. 

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years’ time?  While I would love to be earning enough to not have to work, I am realistic and know that may not be the case. A more realistic goal would be to get at least one book fully published each year, as I’ve been failing that at the moment. Life sucks sometimes. One thing that would be really awesome would be to hear from fans about how they enjoy my books, the result of the work of building a fan base now.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?  Blogs, Twitter etc. will come along eventually, my internet is too slow to maintain them at the moment.

Here are a few place that you can find out more about Gabriela and her work, WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE, SMASHWORDS and GOODREADS.