Saturday, 22 December 2012

Epic Kindle Holiday Sale - Win a Kindle Fire and $200 of Amazon Vouchers!

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I wanted to let you all know about the fantastic holiday giveaway I'm involved in this year! As well as being able to grab a holiday bargain read for either FREE or $0.99 on the 27/28/29 December, you can also win $200 of Amazon vouchers and a Kindle Fire. Visit this facebook page for more details.

http://www.facebook.com/EpicKindleGiveaway

The Dark Road

Amazon US   $0.99



Discreet Activities (VIGILANTE Series)

Amazon US       FREE



Cruel Justice (Justice series (Book one))

Amazon US    $0.99



JET (JET #1)

Amazon US    $0.99


AN IMAGE OF DEATH (The Ellie Foreman Mysteries)

Amazon US   $0.99





The Ninth District - A Thriller

Amazon US  $0.99



BANISHED

Amazon US  $0.99



Disintegration: A Mystery Thriller

Amazon US   $0.99




Verliege (A Supernatural Thriller)

Amazon US   $0.99 





Bangkok Burn

Amazon US    $0.99






Sudden Death Overtime

Amazon US   $0.99

Twisted Vengeance (A Supernatural Thriller) (Book One of The Twisted Series)
Amazon US   $0.99

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

Friday, 14 December 2012

The Passage by Justin Cronin: Review

I was given the paperback of this novel by my mum, who told me to read it straight away because she wanted someone to talk to about it. I was doing NaNo at the time and was slightly reluctant to plunge into the giant brick of a book that is 'The Passage' but I'm so glad I did.

The Passage is a vampire story, but not one of vampires you would want to date. These are vampires who kill, in fact, not only kill but wipe out the world as we know it. The story spans a hundred years. Set it modern times initially, a group of government agents and scientists have discovered a virus which effectively turns people into vampires. To test the virus, twelve men on death row are brought to a secret government facility and turned into 'The Twelve'.

At the same time, a little girl named Amy is abandoned by her mother on  the doorstep of a nunnery. Amy isn't like other little girls. She is able to communicate with animals, and sometimes, it seems, the dead. Because Amy has no background, one of the government officials, Wolgast, is sent with his partner to collect Amy and make her part of the vampire experiment.

However, everything goes wrong and even though Amy is infected with the virus, she doesn't react the same way as the men. When all the vampires are released from the facility, Wolgast runs with Amy and hides her in a cabin the mountains.

Here the story jumps forward almost a hundred years. With most of the world wiped out, there is one containment left which houses a community of survivors. The place is surrounded by walls and lights to keep out the vampires - known as virals or smokes. The people living here - including a cast of young characters; Peter, Alicia, Michael  Caleb, Mausami, and Sara - know nothing of the outside world or the world before the virals took over. Every day is a battle to survive. But when a girl called Amy, who is now a teenage girl, shows up, they discover a beacon and a way of finding out what happened to the world all those years ago. They set off on an epic journey which sees lives lost and others created, to not only discover the truth but also see if there is a way they can fight the virals once and for all.

What I came to think of as book one (before the virals) and book two (after the virals) are very different. Other than Amy (and a couple of very brief surprise revisits to characters), the whole cast of characters is completely different, which I guess is understandable considering it's almost a hundred years into the future! However, it did throw me at first and I found myself kind of missing the characters from the old book. This didn't last for long though as I quickly got into the new characters.

The virals are fast and strong, and there are some truly frightening moments in the book where the characters are literally fighting for their lives. There are some points in the book which are a bit slower, but considering the length of the novel this is hardly surprising. Overall, I wanted to keep turning those pages.

Probably my only real criticism was that I did struggle to connect with Amy in the second part of the book. Where in the first part, my heart broke for her and everything she'd been through, because she didn't speak much in the second part or show much empathy or emotion at all, I did find relating to her in any way difficult.

This, however, is my only negative point about the book and it's really only a slight one. Overall I absolutely loved 'The Passage', staying up reading because I didn't want to put it down.

This is the sort of book that inspires me to write: to write more, to write bigger, to write better. The moment I closed that last page, my mind was already working up an epic story which would probably take me years to write. But you know what, it doesn't matter if it takes years to write. If it ended up being the same sort of fantastic, inspiring tale that Justin Cronin created, it would be worth it.

I can't wait to read the sequel, 'The Twelve.'

Monday, 10 December 2012

Love Vampires? Cover reveal; Release by Nicole Hadaway

Today I get to be one of the lucky few who gets to reveal to the world the cover of Nicole Hadaway's novel,    'Release'. Nicole was originally published alongside myself with the small press who first published 'Alone'. She is now re-releasing the novel with the super sexy new cover. Check it out!


How hot is that? The artwork was done by Claudia McKinney at Phatpuppy Art, with type done by Ashley at BB Designs (Bookish Brunette). Phatpuppy Art are the same people who created Amanda Hocking's new covers, so she was certainly in good hands!

So has the cover got you interested? Here's the blurb:


 “The ends justify the means”...

For vampire Miranda Dandridge, using her supernatural abilities to rescue children from impossible circumstances is her means to be a part of the human world that she loves so much, despite the atrocities of WWII.

For doctor Ben Gongliewski, saving his fellow Jews from the horrific death camps is an end for which he risks his own life every day, hiding his Jewish heritage while feigning loyalty the SS.

Neither Miranda nor Ben expects to find love in World War II Europe, but that is exactly what happens as they work for the Resistance.  When the war draws to a close, it seems like the vampire and the doctor are free to start a future together.  But just how far the Nazis will go to further their own evil ends?

Desperate times make for ruthless men as loves and lives are threatened, but, Miranda and Ben know that their world cannot go to hell, not by any means…

RELEASE by Nicole Hadaway, to be published January 4, 2013 by Visionary Press Cooperative. Available as e-book and paperback from Amazon.com, and e-book for Nook at Barnes & Noble. 
Author profile:
"As a lawyer, Nicole Hadaway knows all about bloodsuckers and deals with the devil. She currently lives in Texas where she pens such tales involving the supernatural, featuring her heroine, the vampire Miranda Dandridge." You can find out more about Nicole at her blog, The Dandridge Estate.