Monday, 21 May 2018

Dying For A Living - by Kory M Shrum

Dying for a Living (Dying for a Living, #1)Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

PLOT: 5/5
CHARACTERS: 5/5
FLOW: 4.5/5
WORLD BUILDING: 4.5/5

I really love the whole concept of this book! From the feisty main character (and she has good reason to be how she is) to her partner, the person responsible for getting her to the morgue (yes, you read that right) and getting her help. This book has been cleverly written and the detail given to the whole world building is brilliant!
Once I started I could not stop, this book grips you and you really don't want it to let go. Dying For A Living was brilliant and I would strongly recommend to lovers of Fantasy, contemporary or urban and those who like a strong female lead.

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Monday, 16 April 2018

REVIEW: Book 3 of the Serpent's Kiss Series by Tansey Morgan

Serpent's Kiss (The Last Serpent #3)Serpent's Kiss by Tansey Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The third book in the series has to be the best to date with Lilith and her guys heading to London and the drama that unfolds there when they try to track down missing mentors. As always the book is well written with only a few grammar issues but they are by no means off-putting.

I do love this series but I had to sign up to KU to be able to continue reading it as the cost of this series would be a kicker otherwise. I do love the story, the characters and the world that Tansey Morgan is building in this series but I really do wish the books in the series were longer. If anything, that would be my only complaint.



Thursday, 5 April 2018

REVIEW: Haunted - Book 2 by C. M. Stunich

Haunted (The Academy of Spirits and Shadows #2)Haunted by C.M. Stunich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WORLD BUILDING: 5 out of 5
PLOT: 5 out of 5
CHARACTERS: 5 out of 5
FLOW: 5 out of 5

I waited what felt like ages for this book to come out...I fell in love with the characters in the very first book. From our heroine Brynn, the black-winged jinx...Vexer, the hunky Griffen...Air, Prince Royal and all the rest of the ghostly clan. I have been hooked and I am loving it!
I love the world that C. M. Stunich has conjured up in this fantastical tale of good and bad, Gods and Goddesses, the living and the dead.
There are quite a few errors in the book by way of spelling, double words placements, and missing words BUT that did not put me of the story one bit...that to me speaks volumes.
What also speaks volumes? That I feel so much for these characters, that I am so heavily invested that I really need the next installment and that even silly errors didn't put me off.
This is a great series and I would highly recommend this to ALL Reverse Harem lovers.



REVIEW -- SERPENTS DESIRE (RH) by Tansey Morgan

Serpent's Desire (The Last Serpent #2)Serpent's Desire by Tansey Morgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I read the first book in this series I loved it, everything about it...everything that is except the length. It was one of the first RH books I'd read and it was one of the reasons for my addiction to this sub-genre. I just wish the installments were longer. It just feels that each time the story is starting the book is ending.

It's a double-edged sword - a very captivating read, BUT at the price and length of books, possibly too costly for me to continue.!?

So I will leave it at this... If you have the time, money, and love of all things RH then look no further than this series!



Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Writers Block? No problem!

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What do you do when the dreaded WB hits? Many authors dread it, their little agile fingers tap feverishly in the hope that the momentum stays, the flow gets stronger, and their fingers are as tired at the end of the day as their brain...but then it happens...

BLOCK...ugh!!!

The creative juices begin to dry and as you sense it happening panic sets in which seems to feed the speed of the impending doom that is lack of thought, clarity, and direction.

We cry, freak-out, throw things, cuss, and it changes nothing. The well is dry and all feels lost.
Do not fret! It has happened to many of us and will continue to happen for as long as a person takes a seat and attempts to put thought to paper (so to speak). There are things that you can do to try and avoid it, some of those things work and some don't. Below I have listed one or two that you could try should the dreaded BLOCK hit:

  • Go for a walk (personally, I find this one to be a great help)
  • Eliminate distractions (create a writing space, a place where you can write in peace).
  • Read a book (many authors do not like to do this for fear that subconsciously they will retain the information and they will accidentally include it in their own work...I assure this will not happen. Reading is a great way to stir up those creative juices and in my eyes, it kills two birds with one stone. You get to read a great book and you get your imagination flowing again)
  • Freewrite (I have tried this, and found it a great way to jot down ideas for other stories
  • Listen to music (I wish this worked for me, I tend to find myself dancing around the room and singing at the top of my lungs as if my life depended upon it - trust me, not a good idea, but that does not mean it won't work for you).
So the next time you find yourself sitting in front of your computer, clumps of hair in your clenched fists and face beet red with temper having been visited with the dreaded curse...STOP...TAKE A DEEP BREATH...AND STEP AWAY (but just to get a breath of fresh air).

It happens...even the best have suffered it at some stage (even if they don't admit it), you're in good company my friend.

p.s.  no birds were actually hurt in the typing of this blog


Sunday, 25 February 2018

It is more fun in pairs....note to my fellow authors.

I watched a very informative video today which highlighted something I had already noticed. Having a Facebook author page no longer works. In the past few weeks, Facebook has yet again changed not only its T&C's but it has changed its algorithms too. 1) T&C's - you can no longer do the "share for a chance to ..." etc as it now goes against them. FB now wants your page content driven to attract follower interaction and it will only show your posts to those who are interactive with your page. 2) The new algorithm now only shows your content to those people unless you have PAID for advertising. So, long story short (hard to do when you are Irish lol), this video made a suggestion that made sense to me. Do away with your author page. For now, is stagnant and will grow to be a weight and chore rather than a pleasure to post on. Instead, create a group. Either do it solo or pair up with an author in the same genre and become interactive with your readers, become accessible. I have had the pleasure of being a member of Nikki Landis Author's group and I have watched it grow as she interacts with her readership and makes it fun to be one of her fans (YES! I am a huge fan of this fantastic lady and her work). This is rewarding to not just the reader, but the author too. You will be posting what you would have on your author page, but you will have that one on one interaction with your fanbase that your current Facebook author page is lacking due to their algorithms. So, on that note, I will be teaming up with one author in my genre (contemporary fantasy/urban fantasy) and starting a group so that we can connect with our readers. If you want to join I will be posting a link here in the coming days to that group.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Primals - hunky men, shifters galore...what more could you want?

Primals: Reverse Harem Paranormal Shifter Romance (Reverse Harem Series Book 1)Primals: Reverse Harem Paranormal Shifter Romance by Lexy Timms
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

PLOT: 3.5 out of 5
CHARACTERS: 4 out of 5
WORLD BUILDING: 4 out of 5
FLOW: 3.5 out of 5
Overall I decided on 4 stars and here is why...

I think I will get what I didn't like about this book out of the way first. This book is written in first person point of view and in the present tense and as a personal preference, I don't normally pick a book to read that is this way. I find the present tense very jarring and this type of POV for me fails for most authors who try it. But like I said this is entirely personal preference and many others will not mind this at all (hence the 3.5 out of 5 for FLOW). I rated the plot as 3.5 out of 5 also as although Clarissa had multiple love interest I did not feel that this met the specifics of a RH novel and the ending reinforced this for me (can't elaborate, I don't do spoilers lol sorry). Overall the guys are written quite well and I will admit to loving Sebastian a little but her reaction to the guys and situations seemed a little childish at times.

NOW...the bits I DID enjoy!

One of the things I loved about this book was the alternating points of view. I really felt that it added depth to the novel and gave a greater understanding of the world of Primals and their varying gene pools. The guys each had their own unique character quirks and this was great to see. The bones of the story was what captured me and convinced me to buy this book and take a chance on a new author (well new to me at least lol) and I have to say that although there were some issues for me I think...no, I know if the author was to change the POV to at least 1st person past tense or present I will follow this series to its conclusion. My favorite part of the book was the start as it is action-packed and well described. I could picture it as if I was sitting next to Clarrisa (which when you read it you will see why I am glad I actually wasn't lol).

If you pick this book because it is labeled RH you might be a little disappointed, BUT if you want a thrilling read that is action from start to finish and love PNR then this is the book for you.




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