Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Dusty Pages Review: Siren Sins

I've found my third, and he's definitely the sin of anger. Jet has some damn rage problems, but I guess that's to be expected from a dragon shifter. Am I ready to play with fire? You bet your ass I am.

Derek, one of my sins, is making good work on stirring the pot. He's trying to rip open a hole to hell and he's gotten Luke on a leash to do just that. Don't worry, I have a plan. I just hope it doesn't get everybody killed.

Meanwhile I hear Sarah's gotten herself into some shit. By the time I get to her (gotta keep those sins in line) I find out that she has a new girlfriend. A muse and a siren sound like trouble to me, and I decide I don't like this Vikki character, even if there's something about her that makes one of my runes itch...

Second book in this trilogy and I don't feel it had the same power as the first. I found myself still left with a lot of questions and hoping that the final book in the series will actually get around to answering them and rounding everything off nicely.

Compared with the first installment, this story seems to jump around a lot more between the characters, with two interconnected stories happening on two different sides of the world. I also don't feel that Sonya's character is growing in anyway. She is still a powerful succubus who whines that because she is, she could never be monogomous with her girlfriend. I find it hard to know what sort of outcome I'm to be routing for as she throws around words like Soul Mate but is actively planning on having a harem of four men.

There is still lots of talk about her runes (of course) and that they are all linked to some prophecy which she is at the head of, but we still don't really have the shape of the prophecy. Though I suppose considering the genre I should probably just conclude its an Armageddon scenario and move forward with reading the story.

We also have had a string of bad guys, some of whom seem to be working together, but though each book ends with some confrontation between the good guys and the bad, the bad guys are never defeated. One from the first book, who "escaped" into the night, barely got a mention in the second though he was the antagonist for a large part of the book. I really hope book three shorts everything out, so that as a reader I'm not left hanging or confused.

I give it

Monday, 25 February 2019

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Clemy Warner-Thompson

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

From within the Light is my seventh book. It is a dark fantasy story set during modern day, where the fall of angels from the heavens happened 100 years prior. It focuses on the story of four fallen angels and their daily struggles with a curse set upon them, as their lives collide with those of the mortal realm.

This book was inspired by my love in the idea of angels and their existence. I had done a lot of research on the angel hierarchy for personal interest and it pushed me to write From within the Light.

2. Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so what was it?

If you are to read this book, you’ll see that my dedication page is actually a little insight into what I have learnt writing it. It’s strange how throwing words together to make a book has the power to influence you. A part of it says: ‘I have learnt that no matter the stories you hear—the stories full of lies or honest truths—that we are all strong in our own way. That the feelings and emotions we hold onto are the forces that keep our heads held high. We all have the necessary strength to stand against our own demons and make a difference.’

3. Have you ever danced in the rain?

I can’t say I have ever danced in the rain, but I have decided suddenly to go and walk in the downpour. I used the love the smell of rain, the heavier the better!

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

I used to push myself to write a little every day. It worked for several years really, but when I came into full time employment I just found that I didn’t have the time or the concentration left to be able to do that. I have had about a year off currently, but my new year’s resolution is to finally finish the sequel to From within the Light. I am excited in a strange way to be able to come back into the writing world.

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

I tend to use the thesaurus mostly. I have an irritating tendency to reuse the same words over and over, even when I try not to. A thesaurus is a handy tool to always have at your fingertips.

6. Mountains or the beach?

I am very much a ‘stay at home’ person. There’s not many places in the world that I have been. I can appreciate either location, but I’d lean more towards the beach. Funnily enough, I represent the heavens in From within the light with a beach location.

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

I’ve watched Supernatural, Lucifer and Grimm recently. I’d be happy for any of those guys to save me ha!

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

I’ve never really gotten into using Twitter, but I do know that some people rely on it heavily to boost their social media presence. Maybe one day I will get into it too.

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

I’d say somewhere in Greece. I love all tales and stories of mythology. The gods and their battles and all of their defining features. Yes, I’d say Greece.

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

I’d say out of all of my senses, I could live without smell the most. I’m not a fan of candles or fragrances that are too strong. Nor do I like strong smelling foods too much.

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

I’d go to the past if I wanted to meet someone specific that had already died, but the future would be interesting to visit just to see what happens to the world.

12. How would you survive a Zombie apocalypse?

I’d always carry a weapon. I’d stockpile as much food as I could, only leaving when I ran out of supplies. And I’d surround myself with my craziest friends and family!!

13. What makes you cry?

I cry at such innocent cute things. Animation films are a weak spot of mine. Anybody that dies or is injured or is suffering, it pulls right at my heartstrings.

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

Every book I start I believe for some reason that I am in control being the writer and all, but I can safely say that my characters go where they want to. They do what they want. I can even say they kill who they want. Some characters along the way have died, even if I had planned for them to be in the story right until the end. It’s strange really.

15. What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?

I hate the enemy leader. He irritates me, as he is always ‘picking on the little guy,’ but I guess… isn’t that the point of being an enemy?

Cassie Fayewood hates her life.

Her father is always away working, and her mother is constantly nagging her to be better. Times with her younger brother Dillen, and her constant college studies, are all that keep her distracted. She wants nothing more than to get away and live her life somewhere else, be someone else, until something changes.

A young man catches her eye. Tall, dark, tattoos. There’s immediately something about him that Cassie feels drawn to. Matthew Kale is your typical ‘I can do anything’ college guy, but something changes in him every time he meets her gaze.

The warmth that spreads through her steals her breath away. And his eyes, so dark and inviting, call to her senses. There’s something beautiful about him, something angelic. Cassie doesn’t know him but the knot of familiarity—the tangle of butterflies she feels whenever she’s near him—have they spoken before?

Their new friendship is thrown into chaos before she can find out.

Darkness spreads through her life and she loses everything. Having no one and no home left to run to, Cassie must escape with the help of Kale, despite the uncertainty that oozes through her.

Time won’t wait for her to find the answers she needs.

Neither will the demons hunting for her soul.


About Clemy

Clemy Warner-Thompson is the author of seven fantasy novels. What started out as a writing hobby after school, became a much bigger part of her life when she appeared in the local paper for self-publishing her first book at 17. She lives in the UK and often writes and draws accompanied by her three cats that she has adopted over the years. Her facebook page is her main social media platform, where she has over 2100 likers and regular visitors. Nearly at 30, she keeps up the creative streak whenever she can.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Sunday Showcase

Mum used to tell me there were no monsters in the closet, magic was an illusion, and other worlds were pure fantasy. She lied.

Three years after her mother’s death, Cassandra is dealing with the reality of an alternate world, magical powers, and monsters.

Failed by the police, the local preternatural groups come to her for help. Drawn into the investigation and mystery of the Soul Market, she must find those missing before it becomes too late.

Cassandra will stop at nothing to help those she now calls friends, even if it costs her everything. Something is going bump in the night – it’s time for her to go bump back!

Just one week left to get yourself a copy of the new improved 10th anniversary edition of Soul Market. Pre-Order on Kindle for just .99!


Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Dusty Pages Review: Dragon's Love

Our ship crashed months ago and those of us left are struggling to survive the boiling heat in barbaric living conditions. The only reason we're not all dead is one of my friends got knocked up by a native alien and he lets us live in his ruined city. We should be grateful but a lot of the humans hate the dragons and the girls who mate with them.

The natives are huge, seven foot tall dragon-men with wings and tails and scales. Surly and overly protective, who needs that? Not me. Alien baby fever is the new in thing, but I'm not falling for the hype. I've always survived being alone and I don't need anyone to change that. Try telling that to Shidan, the most annoyingly persistent alien male around.

Thanks to the primitive nature of the destroyed planet, we have no idea what's happening when things go wrong with my friend's pregnancy. I'm sure I can salvage something from our crashed ship that will help, but to get there I'll have to leave the city's protection and go out in the sweltering heat where everything wants to kill me. The only way I'll survive is if Shidan comes too and he's made it clear he wants only one thing. Love.
This is book 3/13 in total. I enjoyed the story telling as I had with the first two books in the series I'd read but found that I don't have the urge to continue. The first three books cover the three roommates the original story sort of starts with. After that, I think its generally just going to start picking through the female population the author has named and matching them with a Dragon, though there is only one named dragon left as more haven't arrived by the end of book three.

Amara's story is a little different from the first two as it is the only one to feature proper flashbacks to life on the ship as a way to explain her surly attitude and reluctance to fall into the arms of the Dragon that is chasing her affection. It turned out to be a very typical story of a woman breaking into a man's world and constantly feeling the need to prove that she deserves to be there, that she just as tough, and she doesn't need to be cared for or protected.

Shidan seems to be very much younger than the other dragon's we've met thus far. He doesn't really remember anything before the war and he seems confused more often than not about how he is supposed to act or what he is supposed to do with regards to many things, not just trying to win Amara's affections. Mostly he seemed like a love sick teen boy if I'm honest.

I give it

(Small correction - there are now 14 books in the series, the latest published 6/2/19)

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Dusty Pages Review: Bad Teacher

My name is Thomas and I’m always hard.
No really, that’s my last name. Thomas Hard, the pleasure is all mine … literally.
I can’t help it that my name suits me well.
You know what else suits me well? That girl sitting across the bar, with her lips right where I tell them to be. I want her, and when I want something, it’s gonna be mine.
One night. No names. No phone numbers. Just me, her, and pure pleasure.
Except, that one girl turns out to be the biggest mistake of my life.
Because I broke my cardinal rule …
Never b*ng a student.

I got half way through this book before I put it down and was unable to pick it up. I don't know what it was that really turned me off about this book. Maybe it was just because I've read this story so many times before, about the forbidden teacher student relationship, or because he went all Christian Grey on her - similarities here included the love paddling, the use of the word fuck, and the female lead being a virgin to start.

I was enjoying the story at first until it got to the date, I thought it was turning into a proper romance, then it didn't. I put it down. I can't say it was a bad book, it just wasn't for me. This by no means says that I wouldn't possibly look at reading something else by this author as the style of writing was very good, I just wish the story wasn't going in the direction I knew it was.

I give it

Monday, 11 February 2019

Meet a Writer Monday Presents...

... Kayla Hoyet

1. Tell me about your book, Ghost in the Machine, and where you got your inspiration for it?

The book is set in a dystopian society where most of the choices have basically been taken away from the people—where they work, where they live, who they marry, to name a few things. Many aspects of the peoples’ lives are also monitored through RFID chips implanted into their hands. It’s the first book in a series, and it follows a girl named Tyler who ends up in hot water when the technology driving this society backfires. If I’m completely honest, the book was inspired in part by my own fears of what could happen if the government were to take too much control, if we as a society were to rely a little too much on technology, and all of the ways that could go horribly wrong. It’s also partly inspired by my dog. He’s chipped, and I wanted to take that concept and apply it to humans because it really seemed to fit the level of control that the governing body has over these people in my book.

2. Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so what was it?

Patience. This was one of the first projects that ever reached that “finished” state for me, and it was really frustrating getting to that point. There were ups and downs throughout the process, and while nothing is ever perfect, I was pretty hard on myself. I eventually learned to take a deep breath and let the whole process just happen.

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

Oh wow! I’ve never actually considered something like that, but it’s really fun to think about. If it were ever to happen, I think I’d love to see someone like Hailee Steinfeld as Tyler – she looks the part and some of her recent roles make me think she’d really bring Tyler to life. For Aidan, I’d pick Jeremy Irvine. He is basically a real-world representation of what Aidan looks like in my brain (minus the glasses) and I’ve been a fan of pretty much anything he’s acted in.

4. What are the top three books in you TBR pile?

1) Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

2) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

3) The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

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

A couple days at most, after I had surgery a few years ago. I try to write a little bit every day no matter what’s going on in my life at the time. It’s important to me not only because I want to make sure it stays part of my routine, but because I love to write. It relaxes me.

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

Definitely the thesaurus. I like to pull one out during the editing process if I can to try and vary my word use a bit. I usually only pull out a dictionary if I’m reading something else and find myself baffled in the middle of a sentence.

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

It’s the crew from Shadowhunters on Freeform. I absolutely love that show and started binging it yesterday in preparation for (sadly) the final season airing soon. If they had to save me, I think I’d be okay with that.

8. How would you survive a Zombie apocalypse?

I’d hang out with the cool kids. But, no. In reality, if we ever find ourselves faced with a zombie apocalypse, I have already made peace with the fact that I’d probably be one of the first to die. I’m slower than most of my friends, and I’d probably be one of those, “We should try to help!” people… and we all know what happens to them in the zombie movies.

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

I prefer writing light sci-fi and urban fantasy, mostly, though I do branch out on occasion when I’m feeling brave. I think the biggest draw for me to the sci-fi/fantasy genres is the ability to explore the unknown and the opportunity to get to create these worlds where we can essentially take everything we know to be fact or fiction and turn it on its head.

10. Have you ever considered collaborating with another writer? If Yes who, if no why not?

Yes! I’ve considered it, but I’ve never actually collaborated with anyone before, so, to be honest, I’m not sure how it would work out. If I could, I’d collaborate with R.R. Virdi or S.E. Anderson. Virdi has a stellar attitude and has built up a really amazing universe in his Grave Report series, and Anderson does my book covers, but her Starstruck series is such a fun read. I love her style. I’d love to work with either of them, and so many others that I can’t even name.

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

Definitely. By the time I was finished with Ghost in the Machine, I already knew how Ghost in the Mirror was going to end. This whole time, I’d had a finished urban fantasy literally sitting in my files collecting almost two years of pixel-dust. I went back to it earlier this year, actually rewrote a large chunk of it when I went through it to do edits, and I’m much happier with it now. I’m a huge advocate of taking a break if you find yourself frustrated or out-of-steam on a particular project.

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

I’m not sure how this will be taken by other authors, but I don’t really think there are “bad” reviews. All reviews are a learning experience for me, and I celebrate every one of them. You can’t please everyone, and what you write isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but reviews aren’t the easiest thing to come by, so whether they are good or more critical, I think it’s important to celebrate them.

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

Yes. I have several finished that are sitting in wait. One is the urban fantasy I mentioned earlier, and I am super excited about it. It’s been sitting forever, but it’s done, and the cover is beautiful, and I’m so proud of how it turned out. I should be introducing it to the world as soon as I decide on a release date. I’ve got another finished book that I’m really proud of as well, but I’m hesitant about what to do with it – it’s outside of my normal genre comfort-zone, and I don’t know how to tackle introducing it to the world yet..

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

I like to think that I plan things and that I am in control, but that is seldom the case. Often, what I initially plan will happen and what actually happens end up being two different things. Ghost in the Machine is a really good example, actually. See, if I had my way, the ending of the first book would have been a lot different, but there are entire scenes in that book that weren’t in my initial plans, and I ended up with a different ending because of that.


Eighteen-year-old Tyler Gaines has always followed the rules--in part because it's too much trouble to break them, but mostly because her father's bedtime stories about the Sphere's elite red-coat Enforcers scared her senseless as a child. She does what she's told, just like everyone else, so when she goes to see the Broker--a woman whose sole purpose is to assign a match to everyone in the Sphere--and gets paired with a red-coat Enforcer named Aidan, she tries her best to put her father's stories to rest and adapt to her new family. When Tyler's best friend is killed and both fingers and technology point to Tyler as the main suspect, Tyler begins to think that her nightmares are coming to life.

Aidan knows Tyler is innocent, but there's one big problem: Proving Tyler's innocence rests on proving that the government's high-tech system, the system on which the entire population depends, has a problem the likes of which it has never had before. Aidan doesn't have a lot of time to make his case. If he can't figure out what's wrong with the system soon, Tyler may end up paying the ultimate price for a crime she didn't commit.

About Kayla

Kayla Hoyet lives in Indiana with her family and her dogs. She studied Creative Writing at Ball State University. When Kayla isn’t writing or day-dreaming about her next project, she works with several volunteer and charity organizations as a blogger, fundraiser, and promotion assistant.

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