Thursday, 29 December 2016

Cinderella (Not Quite the Fairy Tale #1)

Cinderella (Not Quite the Fairy Tale #1)

by May Sage

2 out of 5

Synopsis
The King needs an heir and that means finding some sort of woman to do the job.
"That's all it's about, ultimately: basic, carnal compatibility in order to satisfy this need. For that reason, the pictures I request of those who wish to apply are explicit. The full prerequisites are attached to the correspondence. If you aren't comfortable with these demands, don't bother applying."
Ella applies, seeing straight through the bullshit; she goes as far as to derisively add a set of pictures fitting the requirements the letter demands:
A picture of her "pussy" - a fat, indolent Persian - and of her in her nightwear - yoga pants and a hoodie.
In lieu of an introduction, her message reads:
« Dear Daniel Franko Phillipe Del Luz,
I've applied to guarantee that I'm not summoned to your little orgy.
Fuck you. We aren't all stupid.
Ella. »
It was supposed to go through an automated system;
She didn't expect anyone to read it...
Let alone the King.

This novel is intended for a mature audience.
Cinderella, like every other story in the Not Quite the Fairy Tale series, is a standalone.
While you can read any of them separately, it's best to start with this one, to understand the world I will throw you into.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Book Release: Border Lines

Border Lines release banner

Synopsis

When the perfect job comes up, Charlie doesn’t think twice about taking it. This is the break he’s been looking for and nobody, not even the rest of his team, can persuade him otherwise.
The job means working for an old enemy and crossing the border into London. Both are risky, but Charlie has no idea how high the stakes really are. The team will have to confront their past, each other and a killer who is closer than they realize. But can they all make it out of the city alive?
“We all remember that kid in Piccadilly. That determined look he had on his face as he willed all those people to him. Just using his mind, he pulled them close then blew them all to pieces. It could be anyone. Your neighbour, your friend, your lover. Remain vigilant. Reachers are everywhere.”
Border Lines is the second book in L.E. Fitzpatrick’s Reachers series.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes

by Sabaa Tahir

5 out of 5

Synopsis
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Djinn & Tonic

Djinn & Tonic

by Stephanie Cage

4 out of 5

Synopsis
As fashion photographer Sally Purdew sets up her studio for a special shoot, she wishes for the perfect male model, and he appears. Sal just wants to win at the Alternative Fashion Awards, but her model, Ashtad, is a djinn with the power to grant her wishes and turn her into anything she wants to be. From the pretty English town of Whitby to a tropical beach, Ash whisks Sal away on a magical trip neither of them can forget. When Sal finds herself falling for Ash, she has to decide: do they have a future together, or will his magic always come between them?

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Fang and Claw

Fang and Claw

by Marguerite 'Markie' Madden

4 out of 5

Synopsis
Over a hundred years in the future, it’s a world where supernatural beings live and work among humans. Of course, the governments of the world have forced them to take the Undead Oath in order to gain citizenship; they must not prey on humans for food. They’re given tasks in jobs suited for their species, but just as among other minorities, they must struggle to prove themselves.

Lieutenant Lacey Anderson of the Dallas Police Department heads up a new elite squad dedicated to solving crimes involving Immortal species like herself. Lacey, a Vampire left for dead hundreds of years ago when her family was slaughtered by Werewolves, still has nightmares about the grievous ordeal.

Detective Colton Scarber is her unwilling partner and second-in-command of the unit. He’s a Werewolf, a descendant of those who killed Lacey’s family. She doesn’t know this, but she still doesn’t trust him from the start. When the fragile beginning of the team is threatened by the truth, can they learn to trust one another as partners must, or will the Undead Unit be doomed to failure?

A mysterious suspect and strange, unknown physical evidence leads them to solve a case spanning decades, and leaves Lacey with no other choice but to rely on her enemy when her very life is in danger!

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

by Susie Tate

2 out of 5

Synopsis
For Lou it was always Dylan.
She loved him from the moment they first met across a cadaver in the dissection room at medical school. The most gorgeous man she’d ever laid eyes on, with more Welsh charm than you could shake a stick at; she was a goner.

But Lou, despite her beauty, was just too extrovert to interest Dylan, who was convinced that a quiet, shy girl, like Lou’s best friend Frankie, was much more his style.

‘Have at it mate but I’ve got two words for you: high maintenance.’
‘Don’t think I’d mind putting in the hard yards maintaining that piece of arse,’ one of Dylan’s more disgusting rugby mates replied.
‘Well good luck to you,’ Dylan returned, looking completely relaxed now that they were discussing Lou and not his precious Frankie. ‘I like mine heavy on the sweet and light on the ball-breaking bitch, but each to his own.’

After overhearing that exchange, Lou buries her pain and pines for him in private, but she can't give up their friendship. One night, eleven years later, she finally gets what she has been longing for, but the next morning realizes he was too drunk to even remember.

For Dylan it was always anyone but Lou.
A born surgeon, Dylan resents having to down his orthopaedic power tools for a six-month spell in Elderly Care. He thought that at least working with Lou would make his skiving easier; after all she’s always helped him out before. And so what if he’s been having these weird dreams about her since he woke up in her flat? It’s not like he’d ever actually go there.

So when he mistakenly believes that she’s put his career in jeopardy he loses control and his vicious insults, publicly made, cut Lou to the bone. It’s only after he loses Lou’s warm smiles, dry wit, boundless energy and outrageous banter from his life that he realizes the extent of his stupidity.

Maybe sticks and stones can break bones, and that’s something Dylan’s surgical skills can deal with. But when it’s a heart he’s broken…

Monday, 5 December 2016

Eternal Magic

Eternal Magic

by Linsey Hall

4 out of 5

Synopsis
Cass Clereaux has a few problems. Sure, she just saved her whole town and is now immortal, but immortality sucks. The same spell that made her immortal also takes away her magic. It’s kaput. Finito. Gone. Being a FireSoul and finding magical treasure is who she is. Now, she couldn’t find her left leg with a map. Not even if a dragon pointed the way.

To make matters worse, her concealment charm is malfunctioning. Demons are showing up left and right, trying to bring her head back to the Monster who stalks her. While Cass is on the hunt to recover her magic and learn about her past, the specter of the Monster is getting ever closer to his mysterious end goal. She’s prophesied to meet him on the field of battle—but if she doesn’t have her magic back by then, she’s dead.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Raven Song

Raven Song

by I.A. Ashcroft

4 out of 5

Name: Raven Song

Series: Inoki's Game (Book 1)

Paperback: 290 pages

Published Date: March 14, 2016

Publisher: Lucid Dreams Publishing

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1944674004

ISBN-13: 978-1944674007

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Thrown to the Blue

Thrown to the Blue

by K.J. Chapman

5 out of 5

Synopsis
Foretellings have no place for goodness, only greatness. Princess Ezrahli is far from good, but she is a great woman in a conventional Kingdom, followed by whispers and scorn. However, across the waters is un-convention, magic, and fable. Her existence has been foretold in the battle against dark magic, and destiny shall weave itself into her life because darkness cannot be fought with goodness, only greatness.

Smuggling and sorcery leads to adventure, and adventure leads to destiny. Reed is a prince of the streets, but what he lacks in title, he makes up for in skill; a skill that sets him on a path already written in fate. Can he be more than what is expected? Can he enable greatness in another and survive the process?

Vengeance is a motivator, but it can never be your friend. In the end, it will ask for sacrifice, and only the great will pay the fare.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince

by Jenni James

3 out of 5

Synopsis
A prince disguises himself to find true love—

Prince Nolan has had enough of Princess Blythe—the woman to whom he has been betrothed since infancy—and her simpering letters. Does the princess truly not have a brain in her head? Never before has he communicated with someone who seemed so childish and spoiled. It was time he met her for himself, to decide if he could actually follow through with this marriage. But to do it right, she must not see how handsome he is. He needs a disguise—something that would show him her true nature.

Nolan asks an old herb woman to transform him into a creature that is disgusting to any female—a frog. The spell will last thirty days unless the princess does the impossible and kisses him. Now the true test begins. Will Blythe prove to be as monstrously annoying as he believes she is, or will he learn to see past his judgments and find a loving princess waiting for him?

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Book Release: Winter Trials

Book Release: Winter Trials


OK, more of a re-release. Keen readers may recognise the title, as this was the short story that appears in Echoes of Winter, a collection of wintry YA short stories by 13 indie authors.

This year, in time for the holidays, it is getting released as an individual ebook!

It is available from most ebook retailers. Currently free from:
Smashwords
Google Play

Currently $0.99/£0.99 from:
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com

Friday, 11 November 2016

Book Release: Thrown to the Blue


Book Release: Thrown to the Blue



Blurb: 

Foretellings have no place for goodness, only greatness.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Good Me, Bad Me

Good Me, Bad Me

by Ali Land

4 out of 5

Synopsis
'NEW N A M E .
NEW F A M I L Y.
S H I N Y.
NEW.
ME . '

Annie's mother is a serial killer.

The only way she can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.

But out of sight is not out of mind.

As her mother's trial looms, the secrets of her past won't let Annie sleep, even with a new foster family and name - Milly.

A fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be.

But Milly's mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water.

Good me, bad me.

She is, after all, her mother's daughter...

Friday, 4 November 2016

Viennese Waltz

Viennese Waltz

by Alex Brightsmith

3 out of 5

Synopsis
Dance with the Devil if you must, but be sure you call the tune.
Alex Brightsmith’s debut novel is an intriguing introduction to the girl currently calling herself Kathryn Blake.
Kate is a flamboyant traceuse, a nerveless pickpocket, an unrivalled cat-burglar . . . Kate is whatever she needs to be; what better place to meet her than Vienna, that city of a thousand faces? If she herself is disappointed with the city, it is because she has half expected, beyond all reasonable probability, to walk into her mother’s baroque fantasy, but she can reconcile herself to that. So it is not her mother’s city, well she is not her mother’s daughter, and she is not in Vienna for the dancing.
Kate is wrong: Vienna is always about dancing, if not her mother’s bright waltzes by candlelight, then her father’s intricate cold war quadrilles in the dark.
The cold war is over, but the dance goes on.

Friday, 28 October 2016

The Halloween Weekend


It's that time of year again. And what better time than Hallowe'en to have a sale on the Witch-Hunter series, and to have a little party?
So whether you're here for the cheap books, quizzes, or nonsense, welcome lovely readers!

Book Sale
Giveaway
Trivia
Quizzes


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Trick or Treat Book Blog Hop

Welcome to the Northern Witch's Book Blog.
I came across Trick or Treat Reads that was set up by Patricia Lynne (YA/NA author), and the idea is that you can jump from blog to blog and pick up free books.
This is just like trick-or-treating, but better!

Let's face it, sweets are delicious bad for you; books are awesome; and honestly, once you get to a certain age it is frowned upon to go asking your neighbours for sweets.

So, as much as I'd like to give you a trick option, let's get onto the treats:

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Countdown to... Halloween


We have come to that time of year, when the C-word is not allowed to be mentioned until after Halloween. (Or for some of my British readers, everything xmassy gets put off until after Bonfire Night)

We are into the rundown until Halloween, which means for most modern people that it's time to knock together costumes, and stock the cupboard with sweets for the local kids. (I'm planning on dressing as Maleficent this year - a child-hating witch - perfect!)


Friday, 14 October 2016

In Memory

In Memory

by Joshua Sutton

2 out of 5

Synopsis
Sarah Summers was normal once, but now she spends her nights plagued by dreams of her dead family. When a demon is sent to possess her, can Sarah fight back against it and overcome the evil that not only threatens her sanity, but humanity itself?

Monday, 10 October 2016

The Protector

The Protector

by Jodi Ellen Malpas

4 out of 5

Synopsis
People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy's girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father's bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she's made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father's ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating--both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn't the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don't mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn't the woman she's perceived to be. She's warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can't have both.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Spooks: The Dark Army

Spooks: The Dark Army

by Joseph Delaney

3 out of 5

Synopsis
The second terrifying tale in the Spook's spin-off series from bestselling author Joseph Delaney.

Thomas Ward was working as the new County Spook, fighting the Dark with his own apprentice. But a new enemy stirred in the north, and Tom’s calling required him to leave his home and lead an uprising against a legion of beasts: creatures of the dark intent on locking the whole earth in a never-ending winter.

Then something went horribly wrong, and now Tom lies cold in a grave, while those who remain are in despair.

Who can now take up the battle? And how much time remains before the dark army brings the fight back to the County, and the world is changed for ever?

Monday, 26 September 2016

Bloodrush

Bloodrush

by Ben Galley

3 out of 5

Synopsis
“Magick ain’t pretty, it ain’t stars and sparkles. Magick is dirty. It’s rough. Raw. It’s blood and guts and vomit. You hear me?”

When Prime Lord Hark is found in a pool of his own blood on the steps of his halls, Tonmerion Hark finds his world not only turned upside down, but inside out. His father's last will and testament forces him west across the Iron Ocean, to the very brink of the Endless Land and all civilisation. They call it Wyoming.

This is a story of murder and family.

In the dusty frontier town of Fell Falls, there is no silverware, no servants, no plush velvet nor towering spires. Only dust, danger, and the railway. Tonmerion has only one friend to help him escape the torturous heat and unravel his father’s murder. A faerie named Rhin. A twelve-inch tall outcast of his own kind.

This is a story of blood and magick.

But there are darker things at work in Fell Falls, and not just the railwraiths or the savages. Secrets lurk in Tonmerion's bloodline. Secrets that will redefine this young Hark.

This is a story of the edge of the world.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Magic-Borne

Magic-Borne

by C.L. Schneider

5 out of 5

Synopsis
He’s paid for his addiction. He’s been scarred by his spells.
He’s borne magic’s weight, its pleasure, and its guilt.
But will he surrender to it when the realm needs him most?

In one fell swoop, the resistance was shattered. Lives were taken. Hope was lost. Peace slipped like grains of sand through his fingers. So did the Crown of Stones. Now, forced into hiding, Ian Troy grapples for a way to save the realm—and free its people—from the sadistic clutches of Jem Reth; Mirra’kelan’s new self-appointed emperor. Plagued with the knowledge of a tragic future, he strives to influence events and save those he cares for. But his magic has betrayed him, and Fate has other plans.

Marked by the crown, hindered by the transformation spell contained within, each cast brings Ian one step closer to becoming more beast than man. Each move brings the death and destruction foretold in his vision inexplicably nearer. With Langor on the brink of war, and King Malaq’s plan for peace hanging in the balance, Ian returns to the ancient past; seeking an end to the eldring spell and a means to thwart Jem’s growing domination. What he finds there sets off a chain of revelations that leads Ian places he never thought to go.

Entrusted with the future of his race, Ian becomes the linchpin for lasting change. But how much weight can one man carry? And how much is he willing to sacrifice in the name of peace?

Monday, 5 September 2016

The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away

by Melissa Pimentel

3 out of 5

Synopsis
Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren't.

Ten years later, Ruby's single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There's barely time for a trip to England for her little sister's wedding. And there's certainly not time to think about seeing Ethan there for the first time in years.

But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can't help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago? Because there's nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past...

Thursday, 1 September 2016

SIBA 2016

Summer Indie Book Awards 2016

Hello lovely people, now you may have noticed on various social media over summer there have been nominations and excitement about the first Summer Indie Book Awards.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Seven Miles Deep - Chantrea

Seven Miles Deep - Chantrea

by Valorie Lord

4 out of 5

Synopsis
"At last he lowered the sub and climbed aboard. He felt a bit guilty, but mostly he felt like James Bond. He could see himself piloting the sub through the ocean, exploring the deep. Maybe he could even find some old pirate treasure..." When Jake visits his dad on a deserted tropical island and finds they have a submarine, all he can think of is taking it down to explore the ocean. But if he does, will he make the discovery of his life, or the biggest mistake ever? Unlike Jake, Cori has spent his entire life in the greatest depths of the ocean, but he's never explored it either, so he's ecstatic to be sent on a mission into the great Outside. Now he must hide from predators and fight for his life, and he might never find his way home. Even if he can, it may be too late... Seven Miles Deep is a deep-sea adventure that will take you from an obscure Pacific island to the depths of the mysterious Mariana Trench. It's about some remarkably different young teens, and it's about trust and friendship. And what we might find, if we dare.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

The Poisonwood Shadows

The Poisonwood Shadows

by Christina Crook

3 out of 5

Synopsis
Shadows are the silent, hidden protectors of Poisonwood, rooted deep in its cobbled streets and rain soaked alleyway. Strong and cunning, they are forbidden to love and always ready to fight, defend and keep the city safe from outside enemies.

It is only when they meet an introverted young woman with a mystery past, that things begin to change.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Indie Visible

Indie Visible

by various authors

5 out of 5

Synopsis
Independent authors unite in this first volume of Indie Visible. Featuring the talents of D M Singh, Claire Colley, C.S. Woolley, Maria Gibbs, Steven M. Caddy, Laura Morgan, Rose English, Roger Gordon, Felicity Snowden, Chris Turnbull, Michael Wombat, K. S. Marsden, Rachel Cotterill, Diana Jackson, & Alex Brightsmith, this anthology is a treasure to behold.

With a mixture of exclusive short stories and extracts from other works, there is something delight every reader.

Not only does Indie Visible unite some of the most exciting talent in the independent publishing world, it also strives to change the lives of children. Supporting the work of Lumos. 50% of the profits from each book sold will be donated Lumos, ensuring the vital work they do can continue, helping children and families all around the world.


So pick up this book and discover why we really are indivisible.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Humankind

Humankind

by L.C. Morgan

4 out of 5

Synopsis
“The human race will ultimately be responsible for its own demise. It is with great certainty that I alert you of this now, and you heed my warnings. What we have called the ‘benefits culture’ for hundreds of years has caused profound chaos to our world and its economy, and it is damage I fear we will not return from.” President of the USA, Harold Chant, the year 2465.

“We need to find alternative fuels and a cure for overpopulation. But short of a miracle or genocide, I fear it’s too late…” Queen Anastasia of England, the year 2989.

In spite of all foretelling and scientific proof, humans have ruined their home, Earth. Overpopulation and the misuse of valuable fossil fuels have resulted in the end of the world fast approaching, and many believe it might be too late to stop it.
With that fear very much in mind, in the year 3030, an alien race called the Thrakorian’s stepped in to take charge of the Earth and its inhabitants, but at a price.
Rather than leading by fear, the Thrakorian’s have ensured the loyalty and servitude of the human race through gratitude and a sense of purpose they’d been lacking for generations. But can their savior’s really be as generous as they seem?

Years later, and rebel forces are intent on bringing down their new governing race, and Earth’s new leader, King Kronus, atop it. Loyal humans must fight against their own, but to what end, and for whose agenda?

Young Kyra Millan is a girl from the slums with a valuable mind. She’s intent on fighting her way up the social ladders and starting a new life based on her own merit, and will do anything it takes to reach her peak. Kyra also harbors a strange and unusual secret though, and it’s one she holds so precious it consumes her. Before long it becomes clear that all is not what it seems, but when you’re in too deep can you ever come back, and would you even want to?
Kyra must decide, and with everything on the line she’ll have to prove herself if she wants to survive.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

by J.K. Rowling

4 out of 5

Synopsis
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Cover Reveal: The Oracle

Cover Reveal: The Oracle


The second book in the Enchena series is slowly taking shape.
I will admit that I had planned to release it about now, but life rarely goes to plan.

The good news is that the cover has been finalised and I can share it with you, my lovely readers.
This time, everyone's favourite monster, Siabhor, gets to take the spotlight.
Drum roll please...

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Dragon Orb

Dragon Orb

by Shanlynn Walker

5 out of 5

Synopsis
Daegonlot: a floating island separated from the mainland of Darkenfel, and home to the last of the dragonriders. They have settled in the city of Goldenspine and allowed the rest of the world to forget them.

At 16 years old, Daxon knew he was too old to be chosen to be a dragonrider. On his way home one night he was surprised when a wild dragon's egg was left in his care by the largest dragon he had ever seen. Agreeing to raise and protect the as yet unhatched egg, his hopes to become a dragonrider once more blossom, but again, fate intervenes.

When the young dragon hatches, Daxon's world is turned upside down and thrown into chaos. After learning of a mysterious orb and the possibility that it might hold all the dragonrider's dragons in thrall, he is determined to not let the same fate befall his young charge. He must find a way to protect the hatchling from the fate of the other dragons and a way off of Daegonlot before it's too late.

Monday, 25 July 2016

My First Book Fair - The Aftermath

The Aftermath

Good news lovely readers, I survived my first book fair!

For those of you that missed my last post, I attended the first UK Indie Literary Festival, which was held in Bradford on Saturday.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Lazarus Curse

The Lazarus Curse

by Tessa Harris

2 out of 5

Synopsis
In 1780s London, American anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone is plunged into a swirling cauldron of sorcery, slavery, and cold-blooded murder . . .When the sole survivor of an ill-fated scientific expedition to Jamaica goes missing upon his return to London, Dr. Thomas Silkstone--entrusted with cataloging the expedition's New World specimens--feels compelled to investigate. There are rumors of a potion that has the power to raise the dead--and the formula is suspected to be in the private journal that has disappeared along with the young botanist.

As Dr. Silkstone searches for clues to the man's whereabouts, he is drawn deeper into a dark and dangerous world of vengeance, infidelity, murder, and the trafficking of corpses for profit. Without the support of his beloved Lady Lydia Farrell--from whom he has been forcibly separated by law--he must confront the horrors of slavery, as well the very depths of human wickedness. And after a headless corpse is discovered, Dr. Silkstone begins to uncover the sinister motives of those in power who would stop at nothing to possess the Lazarus potion.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Scarlet

Scarlet

by Marissa Meyer

5 out of 5

Synopsis
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Fire Dancer

Fire Dancer

by Echo Fox

5 out of 5

Synopsis
At her birth, flames had licked around her skin, flickering over her infant form and glittering in the darkness of the birthing chamber. The Pyromancer declared her one of five contenders for the crown. She became a Princess of Fire.

She learned how to control her flames, to harness them and how to lead as Queen. Locked away and safe from corruption, she met her people, each day receiving a new tutor from the citizens of Titaia. Training from birth for the tasks ahead; she always felt alone.

At sixteen, she is ready. Kenna stands, one of five princesses, ready to compete for the crown of Pyyrhos.

Who can win? What will be the price? Will she stand with her sisters, or move against them in pursuit of the throne?

Friday, 1 July 2016

Indie Pride Day



As you may have noticed, there seems to be something special about today...
Is your Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/MySpace (is that still a thing?) clogged up with indie author posts?
Well don't worry, for one day only, we're getting vocal on social media.

This is the third annual Indie Pride Day.

And this is the perfect time to find some new favourite authors, and to snap up all the goodies and prizes on offer.

I would recommend stopping by the Indie Pride Day Facebook party that is having author takeovers scheduled for the next 24 hours.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Dragon's Gift Double Review

Dragon's Gift Double Review


I'm busy playing catch-up with my reviews at the moment, so I thought I would save some time (and assuage my lazy nature) by posting the reviews of the second and third part of Linsey Hall's Dragon Gift series.

So, let's crack on!

Mirror Mage (Dragon's Gift: The Huntress #2)

by Linsey Hall

5 out of 5

Synopsis
Cass Clereaux likes her job. It’s simple—steal the magic, don’t get killed. FireSouls like her are perfect for magic treasure hunting. Their dragon soul helps them find treasure, their wicked powers help them steal it. But there’s a big freaking downside—FireSouls are hunted. If either of the magical governments figures out what she is, she can kiss her life goodbye.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Witch's Cursed Cabin

Witch's Cursed Cabin

by Marsha A. Moore

4 out of 5

Synopsis
Eager to be on her own away from home, twenty-year-old Aggie Anders accepts a relative’s invitation to live in Coon Hollow Coven. Although she’s a witch from a different coven, what locals say about the Hollow confuses her. How can witchcraft there live and breathe through souls of the dead?

Aggie’s new residence in this strange southern Indiana world is a deserted homestead cabin. The property’s carriage house serves as the coven’s haunted Halloween fundraiser. It’s a great opportunity for her to make new friends, especially with the coven’s sexy new High Priest Logan.

But living in the homestead also brings Aggie enemies. Outsiders aren’t welcome. A cantankerous, old neighbor tries to frighten her off by warning her that the homestead is cursed. Local witches who practice black magic attempt to use their evil to drive Aggie away and rid their coven of her unusual powers as a sun witch.

Determined to stay and fit in, Aggie discovers not only that the cabin is cursed, but she alone is destined to break the curse before moonrise on Samhain. If she fails, neither the living nor the dead will be safe.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

A Fine Line: The Beginning

A Fine Line: The Beginning

by J.C. Brennan

4 out of 5

Synopsis
Take a winding, mystical journey with William Thomas Healthaway II, a Union Solider, as he tries to make it through the battle at Pickett's Mill alive. The battle was brutal and treacherous. But William and the friends he picks up along the way; would soon find out that the war was less complicated and demanding in comparison to what they were about to experience just by being themselves. The "Crew" come together to face the biggest mystery of their lives; who they really are and their history. The line between coincidence and fate is tested in this entrancing tale of the supernatural and unknown.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Thorn

Thorn

by Joshua Ingle

2 out of 5

Synopsis
For decades, Thorn has reigned as the most powerful demon in Atlanta, lurking in the spirit realm, whispering lies to unsuspecting human ears, commanding all other demons to do his bidding. But when Marcus, an old demonic rival, returns from exile to attack Thorn unexpectedly, Thorn finds his power ripped from his grasp.

Wounded, desperate, and abandoned by his allies, Thorn is forced to ask himself questions—forbidden questions about demonkind’s place in the universe. Questions that threaten to undermine everything Thorn and his fellow demons have believed for millennia.

With enemies closing in from all sides, Thorn grows ever more desperate for a way to escape his vicious life and to keep the people he loves safe in the process.

But Thorn is a vile, wicked demon who has committed unspeakably evil acts. He could never truly love someone. He could never become good.

Could he?

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Reviews Don't Matter

Reviews Don't Matter


Hello lovely readers. I know this is a blog about book reviews so... I guess technically this still fits in.

Earlier today I was busy editing my next book - which translates into skimming through Facebook, Twitter, and my thoughts going in every direction other than what it is supposed to.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

And I Darken

And I Darken

by Kiersten White

5 out of 5

Synopsis
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she'll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Supremacy

Supremacy

by Cristin Lee

4 out of 5

Synopsis
Kate Parker, is a 17 year old senior living in Texas. She's on the swim team, has two incredible best friends, and a passion for saving animals. She falls hard when she meets a mysterious and fascinating guy named Lucas. He has a sexy accent and a killer smile. However, she sees unexplained pain and anger in his dark brown eyes. He claims he’s a foreign exchange student from Spain who is attending the local University—Kate knows there’s more to his story than that. She works hard to discover who he is—what he is.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Witchhunter: Red Shadow

Red Shadow (Witchhunter #1)

by Zoltán Pósfai

4 out of 5

Synopsis
Conley Theron had been a lone witch hunter for centuries. Some events, he mostly erased from his memory, fuel his relentless hatred toward the witches that most of the world considers old tales. His mysterious longevity and immunity to witchcraft allowed him to become a prime predator. During his hunts, he finds traces of a witch who apparently slipped away from him for a long time. While investigating and pursuing her, the hunt takes a twist unexpected to both. The witch home world is threatened for the first time while the hunters motives and past start to crack.

Friday, 13 May 2016

The Other Side of Gravity

The Other Side of Gravity

by Shelley Crane

3 out of 5

Synopsis
My name is Maxton and I’m a trader.

I live on a soulless planet where gravity, oxygen, and everything else are sold to the highest bidder on the black market. People are sold on the black market, too. You have to work really hard not to become one of those people. Pay your taxes, keep your friends and family close, and more than anything else—don’t get caught by the Militia. But all the rules changed for me the day I found her.

My name is Sophelia and I’m a stowaway.

I’ve been a slave for almost as long as I can remember. Waiting for the one day, one second, for my proprietor to turn his head so I could run and never look back. Now I'm on the run. And on a planet where no one is on your side and people would turn you in for a good meal or a piece of a silver, being on the run on Landu is the last place you want to be. Until he found me.

I won't survive without him.

I can't breathe without her.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

A Whisper in the Shadows

A Whisper in the Shadows

by Tom Fallwell

4 out of 5

Synopsis
"a fun, fast-moving adventure story in the epic style" - Lynne Murray
"a treat for any fantasy gamers, or lovers of fantasy literature" - N Laeser

Baric is one of the famous Rangers of Laerean, a group dedicated to protecting the people of the Lands of Hir. Assigned to a task with a beautiful and exotic Vaar'da assassin called Whisper, Baric promises to help her solve the mystery of her recurring nightmares that are eating away at her soul and filling her heart with fear and despair. The quest becomes more complicated when those nightmares lead them to an artifact of unbelievable power that threatens the entire world they live in.

The quest soon becomes a dangerous mission for the renowned Rangers as a small group undertake a mission into an area of Hir that men do not travel, where monsters roam and thrive. They must delve deep into the bowels of an active volcano, Mount Scorch, to stop the impending disaster that looms before them. Into the very heart of the territory ruled by the demonic Manenase.

The fate of their world depends upon the courage and skills of the group of Rangers and their Vaar'da companion. Can they survive the quest and stop the impending devastation? They must solve the mystery of ... A Whisper In The Shadows.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Tempering the Rose

Tempering the Rose

by Dionne Lister

2 out of 5

Synopsis
A dark epic fantasy series, where one woman's thirst for revenge will put the entire world in jeopardy.

The only thing twenty-one year old Adrastine wants is revenge against her depraved father—but when she tries to kill him, she is caught and thrown into a holy war for a god she doesn’t believe in. But disaster is coming, and all Adrastine’s problems will seem minor by comparison. Someone, or something, is draining the planet’s lifeblood, killing the land and everything on it at an alarming rate.

Jacob is a shelon, a man who can wield magic, and a spy dispatched by Queen Valtice to find The Rose of Nerine – the only one who can stop the rape of the land and save the people. But when Jacob finds Adrastine, he can’t convince her that she is The Rose, let alone to leave her home and journey with him across the tempestuous sea to Nerine.

Adrastine is drawn to Jacob, despite their differences. But that is a dangerous path, as he is an unwelcome distraction to her quest for revenge. And if she learns his secrets, it will cement her hatred of men forever, weakening powers she is only just learning she has, powers needed to save their world.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Norma Jean's School of Witchery: Jewel

Norma Jean's School of Witchery: Book One: Jewel

by Rose Montague

4 out of 5

Synopsis
Jewel has a problem. She's in a witch school and can't get the most basic spells to work. Her true magical talents must remain hidden. That might be hard to do with a killer on the loose. Murder, mayhem, and magic with a little romance along the way.