Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Dusty Pages Review: The Single Undead Moms Club

Widow Libby Stratton arranged to be turned into a vampire after she was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. It wasn’t the best idea she’s ever had, but she was desperate—she’s not about to leave her seven-year-old son to be raised by her rigid, overbearing in-laws.

On top of post-turning transition issues, like being ignored at PTA meetings and other mothers rejecting her son’s invitations for sleepovers, Libby must deal with her father-in-law’s attempts to declare her an unfit mother, her growing feelings for Wade—a tattooed redneck single dad she met while hiding in a closet at Back to School Night—and the return of her sire, who hasn’t stopped thinking about brave, snarky Libby since he turned her.
I can't imagine being a single parent to be easy. Being an undead single parent however is just plain hard. Libby - short for Liberty - made a decision, that she would not let the cancer kill her, that she would find a way to be with her young son who needed her. Who wouldn't turn to vampirism. All through the book you are routing for her character, after all the hell she is put through, she steps into yet another mind field and you just have to admire that sort of determination.

As with all Molly Harper's Half Moon Hollow books, there is a blend of extremely snarky humour and Romance. In this tale, the Romance comes in the form of Wade. A redneck biker that I wasn't sure I wanted to trust at first, despite the fact that he was almost a poster boy for being a single father in a small southern town - though as the book series progresses, Half Moon Hollow, seems to be much bigger than I originally thought.

I found Libby's Sire to be too charming. The sort of man that uses charm to disarm you, so that he can disappear with your life savings later - but what were we supposed to expect of  a vampire who would turn someone for money. No spoilers but his motivations are murky. I did however grow to like him just the tiniest bit and am hopeful that we might encounter them again in the future. I would love to know if Libby and Wade ever joined their two families in a permanent way.

I give it

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Sleep Like a Baby

Robin and Aurora's newborn Sophie is proving to be quite a handful. They hire a partially trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come and help the new parents for a few weeks when Robin has to leave town for work and Roe is struck with a bad case of the flu.

One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Searching for her reveals a body outside . . . but it isn't Virginia's. Now, not only does Roe have a baby to care for but a new puzzle to contend with - who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia?
It was nice to see Aurora stepping into mother hood. Anyone who has followed the series from the beginning will understand that there was nothing more that you could have wanted for her character. Her relationship with Robin is so cute and well rounded, that you almost forget she was married before because her first husband wasn't as great a fit for her.

The mystery in this book was very good. It wasn't as fast paced as some books but it was more like having to follow a trail of clues to work out what happened. The ending however, the culprit, was still a little bit of a shock to me because it seemed so random. It left me feeling a bit jilted. I don't know whether its because there was a long gap between the first eight books and the recent two but they don't feel as good as they were. Not sure if that is actually true or whether I am just remembering them with more fondness and nostalgia. I imagine I would have to re-read them to discover whether its sentiment or not.

I give it

Monday, 20 November 2017

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

... Christa Yelich-Koth

1. Tell me about your book, Illusion, and where you got your inspiration for it?

Illusion is about making life choices—and wondering if you need to know your past to choose wisely for your future.

I had this idea of a woman (Daith Tocc) trapped in a windowless room with no memory of herself. What would she do? How would she react? And what would she think when a looming figure finally opens the door? This inspired me to write the scene, and then to know what happened next, I had to keep writing.

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

I’d definitely choose Kristin Kreuk for Daith, David Tennant for Commander Trey Xiven (the antagonist) and Jamie Dornan for Doctor Dru Xiven, Trey’s brother.

3. If you could have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

Hands down, mac & cheese!

4. Which do you use more often, dictionary or thesaurus?

Definitely thesaurus. There’s always a specific word I mean and having a thesaurus means I’ll make sure I use the right word.

5. Mountains or the beach?

The beach. Absolutely. I love the water.

6. What motivates you to succeed as a writer?

I love to read stories. So I want to bring that joy to other readers. To do that, I need to get my books into reader’s hands. And to do that, my books need to be successful.

7. What makes you cry?

Pick a card, any card. Haha! I cry at a lot of things, happy, sad, moving, inspirational, upsetting, and beautiful. I feel a lot of the world. I think it provides me with a sense of compassion and empathy and though I go through a lot of Kleenex sometimes, I love that I can connect to the world around me.

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

I do. I think covers that look make-shift or slapped together tends to lead readers to the opinion that the insides will match. It can really turn away potential sales.

9. Do you think giving away books for free works and why?

Yes, in certain cases. I think ARC’s for reviewers is great. I think promoting book one in a series as a free book to get reader’s interested is smart, but only if you have the other books ready to be purchased.

10. Have you written any other books that are not published? Do you intend to publish them?

Yes and yes. I have a science fiction thriller coming out this fall from Buzz & Roar Publishing called Coiled Vengeance, a YA fantasy novel called The Jade Castle, a YA science fiction thriller title TBD, and a detective novel set in Boston called Spider’s Truth. I purposefully had several books ready so that I could consistently publish things to keep my reader’s interested.

11. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

I hope you love my books as much as I’ve loved writing them. I hope you ask me questions about them, want to know more, want more from me, and let me know you like them. Review them and tell others about them. And of course, thank you so much for all your support!

Daith's father is dead. His death caused a rip in the galaxy's peace. The remains of his army are fighting to restore it.

But Daith knows nothing of this. Her memories have been stolen. She has been kidnapped. All she knows is she has unparalleled abilities that could help end the devastation. Except without her past, how can she know if she's on the right side?

Time is running out and Daith must choose: to search for who she was or use her gifts to restore order.


About Christa

Christa Yelich-Koth is an award winning author (2016 Novel of Excellence for Science Fiction for ILLUSION from Author's Circle Awards) of the Amazon Bestselling novels, ILLUSION and IDENTITY from the Eomix Galaxy Books collection. Aside from her novels, Christa has also authored a graphic novel, HOLLOW, and 6-issue follow-up comic book series HOLLOW'S PRISM from Green-Eyed Unicorn Comics. (with illustrator Conrad Teves.)

Twitter: @cyelkoth