Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Dancing


For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn't exactly plain vanilla - and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won't be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice ...

Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn't take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her ...


This is a really cute story about Zebrowski's summer barbecue and what happens when she brings both Nathaniel and Micah as her plus one. Also tagging along is Matthew - Monica Vespucci's child with the vampire Robert(deceased) - whose age I am not entirely sure of. I'm not sure if everyone at the party is aware that the child isn't theirs but all of them together are the picture of a modern family.

Anita likes the little boy and is protective of him to a degree but is still adamant that she is not wanting children of her own, though Nathaniel - her ultimate domestic goddess or should that be god - does. So barring accidents I don't think we are going to be hearing the pitter patter of little Anita's any time soon. I just hope that it won't become a problem in their relationship because I think losing Nathaniel, even if not in a forever way (ie dead) would break something in Anita. I know it'd break something in me the reader.

Its a short, sweet, no nookie e-special that is definitely worth the price I paid for it, which wasn't very much.

I give it



Monday, 14 August 2017

Meet a Writer Monday Presents...

... Ally Robertson


1. Tell me about your book Epic Crazy Love and where you got your inspiration for it?

Honestly, I had a crush on a man who was unavailable to me and I used him as a muse for the hero of the story. I wrote the happy ending I would have liked.
Here is my book trailer so your readers can see what the story is about.


2. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?

For the hero I think Kit Harrington fits Cassidy’s description perfectly, but he would need blue contacts for the role. As for Caprice... hmmm Drew Barrymore would be awesome.

3. Mountains or the beach?

Mountains. I live in beautiful British Columbia Canada. I have many mountains to choose from and it is the location of my story.

4. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?

General Martok, son of Urthog. A recurring character in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I am sure to be saved. It will be a glorious battle! Qapla'

5. What is your best childhood memory?

My Dad took me for a ride on the mini-bike when I was around 5 years old. He sat me on the gas tank and drove through a huge puddle. But we hit a rock under the water and it ejected us both face down into the mud. My dad quickly got up on his arms to stop from crushing and drowning me in the muck. We both has mud in our teeth and everywhere and I kept squealing... “Lets do it again Daddy”.

6. If you had to choose to live without one of your five senses, which would you give up and why?

Touch. If I lost my sense of touch I would feel less pain from my fibromyalgia. As an artist losing my sight and hearing would be too sad. As a foodie losing smell and taste would also be devastating.

7. If you could get away with a crime, would you? If yes, what would it be?

Rob some rich dude who doesn’t deserve his money.

8. Would you rather explore a new planet, or the deepest parts of the ocean? Why?


I’m a Trekkie, gotta explore space and planets! It has always been my dream to go to space, one I will never realize, but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming.

9. What makes you cry?


Too many things. I am very sensitive and empathic. I try to avoid the news cause it often makes me bawl.

10. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?

Romance. I am drawn by my desires to have a love so strong it can stand the test of trauma and strife.

11. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

I believe so. As a consumer it is the cover that 1st pulls me in and tempts me to read the blurb or an excerpt. From there I decide if its worthy or compelling.

12. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?


Reviews should be honest and reflect the readers rating. They can both make or break sales. However in this day and age of internet trolls you can’t always trust reviews.

13. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

Nobody holds the reigns. The story and plot is intense and chaotic. There are many trials the two protagonists have to face. Just when you think things are going smoothly BOOM, the rug is pulled out from under them and they are fighting to persevere yet again. It is a bit of an emotional roller coaster. So buckle up, because it’s a runaway train and no one is in control.

14. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Some of it began as real, most of the characters are someone in my real life as well, but they bare no resemblance to the people they once represented. This story took on it’s own life and my imagination went into overdrive. There are many twists and turns.

15. Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?

I am a digital artist and photographer. My website is ArtzyAlly.com

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Can two reunited soul mates conquer deceit, begrudged malice, extortion, multiple mental and physical traumas and maintain an intense, lasting, abiding love?

What lengths would you go to protecting those you love? ‘Epic Crazy Love’ Is a harrowing journey following two reunited soul mates, both are empathically connected artists who struggle with mental illness. Cassidy and Caprice will find their strength and courage tested most severely among the wilds of the Cornwall Ranch, in the beautiful British Columbian mountains. Where survival is a struggle. Where evil men do evil deeds.

BUY

About Ally

Ally is a writer and multi-talented artist living near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Disabled from fibromyalgia, she uses digital art and photography as her medium to stay focused and to bring her joy and purpose.

Facebook:http://facebook.com/Ally.Robertson2011
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtzyAlly
Website: www.ArtzyAlly.com

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Two Brutes, One Barista


J.D.’s got a problem. He’s an MMA fighter who’s lost his belt, his honor, the mobility in his shoulder, and the sexist pigs he’s been mooching off of have just gone insane… but, that’s not the problem. The problem is about five foot five, with big brown eyes, and serves coffee next door. The problem talks sh*t when they play video games, and is at least an 8/10 on the Hot Crazy Matrix… but is no unicorn (the problem believes in Bigfoot). Further frustrating our hapless hero, the problem wants to run her hands allll over him, but doesn’t believe in happy endings. Follow along as J.D. tackles his problem, sees it tied to a tree, and gets busy trying to nail down a solution in a boat, and with a goat, here, there, and frankly, everywhere. The biggest barrier to J.D. licking his problem on a more permanent basis? His jackass siblings just drove him to buy a ticket home…

Monday, 7 August 2017

July Sales

Its that time again when I am going to talk about my sales. However this month there isn't an awful lot to talk about.

As you can see I had very small sales this past month, in fact August is already better than this. I've always heard rumour that Summer is absolutely the worst time of year for book sales. However try telling that to the clerk at Waterstones last week when I purchased five new books - when I really shouldn't have. I have enough books in my TBR to make my own Eiffel Tower. However I digress.

KENP reads however this month are up. I only have one title running under this particular programme and that's the revised edition of Triton Rising. I talked last month about how the free for a week promotion had got me a lot of downloads of the title - making believe that the sad truth is people seem to want something for nothing - and wonder if this is now those people reading the book they downloaded.

Of course not being entirely sure how Kindle Unlimited actually works, these could be people who have downloaded it as part of their subscription and I could potentially be seeing money from the over all fund. Don't know how much that would be, nothing shows on my royalties right now, so it is possible that I won't be seeing a penny. However I am hoping that I will soon start seeing reviews.


Friday, 4 August 2017

Release Day


The latest installment in the Cassandra Farbanks series is now live. If you pre-ordered at the special price, you should have automatically received your download this morning. I hope to hear good things.


What do a kidnapped woman, an AWOL werewolf and a missing faerie mantel of power have in common?

Cassandra plans to find out. Forced to turn to an "old friend" for help, she follows the trail to a mysterious collector and his underground arena - where the only rule is win or die.

However with a new husband intent on keeping her at home, bizarre headaches and a stalker intent on seducing her, she may have bitten off more than she can chew. Can Cassandra unravel all the threads in time or will the games end with another life forfeited?

Kindle UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0745GRKTL

Kindle US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0745GRKTL

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Affliction

Had everyone bitten tonight caught this? The other bites had not looked like vampire bites. They'd been zombie, or human looking. Was this infection something that vampires and shapeshifters could catch? If it was, then it was something new. Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask me, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter.

Before now, I figured I could handle them. Before now, I had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that's all changed. Micah's estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctor's whispering about 'zombie disease'.

I make my living from zombies - but these aren't the kind I know so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes ... Where will it stop? Even I don't know.


This next installment in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series is in keeping with her record of a balance between police work and sex. In fact this book takes Anita back to dealing with Zombies which is something I haven't seen her do in a while and I enjoyed it.

There is a lot that happens in the space of this book - meeting Micah's family for the first time, the word fiancee gets thrown around a lot (including an actual proposal), the death of a character that I felt I'd hardly had time to get to know and Anita gaining a few new tricks to use against her enemies that proves she is fast becoming the one that you do not want to mess with.

There still hasn't been an appearance by Richard or Jason, in fact the werewolves seem to be seriously lacking in the books of late but as the next full length story is called Jason I am hoping that it's all about to change.
I give it



Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Birthday 2017


 
Another year older if not wiser. Today I answered questions from the Meet A Writer List that were picked randomly by people on Facebook.

1. What is the longest you’ve gone without writing?

About Six months. I had a very dry patch where life was just getting in the way and stressing me out so much that I couldn’t pick up a pen without throwing it down in a huff moments later. I wasn’t much fun to be around.

2. What do you think Victoria’s secret is?

Adipose. Gotta be. 



3. How important to you view maintaining your twitter account?

Its probably more important than I think it is. I try to tweet something every day though to be honest I’m never sure what to tweet or how many people it actually reaches. I also don’t want to end up being one of those people who tweets about what they are having for dinner just to tweet about something. If you want to follow me I’m @SonnetODell

4. What is your best childhood memory?

I really have a lot of trouble remembering things…especially that far back lol. I can remember going to Flambards as a kid and thinking that was pretty cool. For anyone who doesn’t know, Flambards is a theme park down Devon/Cornwall.



5. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I have a long list of places that I want to go, so picking one place would be really hard. I’m actually in the middle of planning a trip to Japan which was the top runner, so I guess the next one down would be New Zealand and why, because I’ve seen it in so many films, it looks beautiful there.

6. What was your most defining moment in life?

I think I am still waiting for this or else I’ve had it and didn’t realise. Lol.

7. If you had to choose to live without one of your five senses, which would you give up and why?

I suppose smell. There are plenty of things out there that I wish I didn’t know what they smelt like but there are lots of good smells too. However I think it would be the easiest of the five to live without.

8. If you could live in a book, TV show or Movie, what would it be?

I’m trying to think of a TV show or Movie I liked where I probably wouldn’t have ended up dead within the first five minutes. I think for a book I would quite like to live in Harry Potter, as long as I got to be a wizard instead of a muggle.


9. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?

I think it would be cool to be able to take a time travel tour of the past, as long as you remembered to stay out of things and just observe.

10. How would you survive a Zombie apocalypse?

Pretty sure I would be dead within the first couple of days. I can’t run for shit.

11. Do you let a book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?

I do let it stew but not for a month. Usually I give it a week and bit. Enough to clear my head and come back to it with somewhat fresher eyes.

12. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

There are sometimes when the characters are like “Hey! I’m talking here and you will listen to every damn word I have to say.” and others times they can be like “Nah, we’re cool. Write what you like.”

13. What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

I’ve had a couple of people tell me that I don’t put enough description into my work and that I tend to describe women in more detail than men. I can only say two things, yes you’re right and I am working on it. Comments like that, that aren’t just being mean for the sake of it, help me to improve myself, so I don’t mind them really.