Tuesday, May 31

Review: Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

Suzanne Collins

Published By: Scholastic
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
Date Read: May 30, 2011
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 392

From Goodreads:
Young Katniss Everdeen has survived the dreaded Hunger Games not once, but twice, but even now she can find no relief. In fact, the dangers seem to be escalating: President Snow has declared an all-out war on Katniss, her family, her friends, and all the oppressed people of District 12. The thrill-packed final installment of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy will keep young hearts pounding.

This was such an amazing ending to the trilogy.

It was fast paced and amazing and I loved every moment reading it. 
The war has started and Katniss takes her place as the Mockingjay, the face of the revolution. 

This was so fast-paced I couldn't even come to terms with some of the horrid things that had happened before I was hooked to the next things happening. I didn't get quite so emotional with this book as I did with the others. I was in tears by the end of the book but it definitely wasn't as sad as I thought it was going to be. 
I was so devastated part way through this book with what was happening with Peeta and I found myself just sat going "No, this can't happen. What have they done to him, he has to be with Katniss".
I really loved the ending and I was so happy with what happened.

I thought it was such a great ending to the series and The Hunger Games is my favourite series I have ever read. I was so happy with the ending but I am also so sad that it's ended and there won't be another book in the series for me to read.

It wasn't my favourite of the series but I loved every moment of it and ended up reading the whole thing in a day and a half.

Sunday, May 29

Review: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
Suzanne Collins

Published By: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 7, 2009
Date Read: March 18, 2011
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 391

From Goodreads:
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the annual competition described in Hunger Games, but the aftermath leaves these victors with no sense of triumph. Instead, they have become the poster boys for a rebellion that they never planned to lead. That new, unwanted status puts them in the bull's-eye for merciless revenge by The Capitol.

This review probably won't be very good because I am so shocked by the ending of it I can't seem to form any coherent sentences right now. 
OMG i loved this book. 
At first I was thinking it's not as good as the first one but then as I read more it just kept getting better and better and I loved it just as much as the first, maybe a little more. 

Katniss and Peeta have to prove their love to one another to satisfy the Capital and soon enough find themselves thrown back into the hunger games. 

I felt sooooo much while reading this book. I was purely heartbroken in times and I was just so shocked by the end of the book. 
When Katniss and Peeta got put back into the games i was shocked and was like nooooo, haven't they been through enough already? 
After I got to that part I actually couldn't stop reading, I was in total suspense and couldn't put the book down until I had finished because if I did I just couldn't stop thinking about what was going to happen. 

As much as I was heartbroken that they had to go through the games again, I actually really likes the twist and the meeting new characters, I reli love Finnick and all the way through the second half of the book i was praying that Katniss wouldn't have to kill him and was so glad that she didn't. 


I was actually heartbroken that they killed Cinna. Cinna was my favourite character in the books, I loved him he was such a rock to Katniss and was just an incredible friend to her. I actually had to stop reading because I was crying so much. 
I was so shocked to find out that they were all working together to defy the Capital and I was on the verge of tears when Gale told Katniss that there was no longer a District 12. 

I cannot wait to start the next book and the moment I finished reading this one, I went to my bookshelf and got the next one out ready coz there is no way I cannot read mockingjay straight away. I am so glad I had already bought it because it would have been torturous to have to wait for it.

Saturday, May 28

Review: Kensey's Story - Meeting Death (Kensey's Story #1)

Kensey's Story: Meeting Death (Kensey's Death #1)
Nellee Horne

Publication Date: June 21, 2011
Date Read: May 1, 2011
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: For Review
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
14 year old Kensey is on vacation. Vacation that suddenly turned better... or maybe worse. Her little brother and new friend force her to climb down a long, dark well. What she finds down there... is another world inhabited by mythical creatures.
Centaurs, Pixies, Vampires, Wizards, Lycanthropes, and a lot more.

She meets a Fairy, Marcus, and lots of new friends... as well as enemies. Enemies that want her heart-broken, off guard and dead.
One was to achieve that goal is to kill one of her new friends, someone that was more than just a friend. To counteract that goal, she promises her new family that she will bring him back to life by, somehow, journeying to the Kingdom in the Sky, a legendary, fabled location where the souls of the dead are transported.

Will she make is there?
Or will the haunting, yet enchanting, Hooded Figure kill her in the process for infecting his world with humans?

I really liked this book.
It follows Kensey, a fourteen year old girl who climbs down a well discovered by herself, her little brother, Lee and her new friend William. What Kensey doesn't expect is that the well is actually a portal to a new world, a world full of Fairies, Pixies, Vampires, Lycanthropes and Witches and Wizards. Here Kensey meets Marcus and his family. As they grow closer and Kensey becomes attached to her new life, she knows all is not right as in her vivid dreams and moments in real-life she encounters an evil hooded creature who seems to want nothing more than to see Kensey suffer, even if it means hurting her new love.

I really enjoyed this book a lot more than i thought i would at the beginning. It was kinda slow and after Kensey ended up in the new world i thought it was interesting and i was really curious as to what was going to happen. Soon enough i became completely drew into the story and ended up being so attaced to the characters.

i became so emotional while reading this book and i loved Marcus so much that when he got killed i was in tears and ended up having to wipe tear splashed off my Kindle. I was purely heartbroken with what had happened and couldn't stop reading as i needed to know if he was going to make it back and if he and Kensey would be happy together as they deserved.

I wasn't crazy about the ending, which is why i only gave it 4 stars instead of 5, as i am a very big ending person and i would have liked to see a more closed ending, even if it is part of a series, rather than it being very open, however it did make me waiting to see what will happen next. I can't wait to see what will happen next with the hooded figure and can't wait to see what happens between Marcus and Kensey and how their relationship escalates.

Author Interview: Nellee Horne

As part of Indie Spotlight in May over at Nightly Reading and In Between Writing and Reading we have a special interview with new author Nellee Horne, author of Kensey's Story: Meeting Death

Hi Nellee, thanks for agreeing to this interview. So, what made you decide to go down the self-publishing route?

Thanks for reviewing my book and doing this interview with me. Well, I was going to go the traditional route because I thought it was the only way. I sent out two queries and received two rejections. While I was researching for new agents, I came across a few articles about self-publishing. I thought, "Wow, those people are having great success!" But, that wasn't enough to change my mind. So, I kept researching and eventually found some articles written about and by authors having trouble with their editors and such. I read where some weren't given much say during the editing process and where the editors were telling the author to take something out and then putting their (the editor's) ideas in. The authors said by the time it was finished and ready to publish, it didn't even sound like their work anymore. Thinking back on the book I had just written, I didn't want that happening to me.
      I then came across several articles having to do with how much money an author actually receives. Some of the best-selling authors most of us readers have heard about how they can make very little. Some authors say they're receiving less than a dollar per book and those books can cost up to $17 each. With self-publishing, you set the price of your book and you receive a higher royalty.
     The main reason I chose self-publishing was wanting to have all the control; having the last say. I wanted to keep all the rights and I wanted to show people that you CAN do it yourself.

Who did you publish with and would you recommend it to other aspiring authors?

I published with Createspace.com. I originally was going to publish with Lulu.com but when i cheaked the royalty calculator, I wasn't getting much at all, but I put the price for my book as $20 for estimation! I gave up. I felt a little hopeless. While I was at Amazon.com one night, I scrolled down to the very bottom where it said "Self-publish with us!" So, I researched the website, asked questions, and found it to be one of the best out there.
     Yes, I would recommend it. They're the best. The people on the forums are really nice and very helpful.

Do you think it is easy to self-publish or would you have preferred to go down the traditional publishing route if you could?

Anything your first time is a little difficult because you've never done it before, but the people on the forums were very helpful when I had questions. Once you review the FAQ's and get started, it's easy to pick it up.

Did you have any problems while trying to get published and if yes how did you overcome them?

Well, I'm not much of a computer wiz, so some things were just over my head. I was like, "What's PDF? What are Pixels?" One this that was really hard was trying to upload the cover. I didn't use one of the pre-made covers, I just had my artist friend draw the cover and then I scanned it into the free Gimp program. So, trying to add the title correctly and getting the pixels at just the right amount was a little hard and frustrating. The solution? I called my mom over. :)

What would you advise to aspiring authors wanting to get published.

1) Self-publish
2) Dream big
3) Research
4) Fear nothing
5) Don't let yourself get discouraged when others are not supportive
6) Know yourself, know your writing style and know you can do it
7) Never give up on your dream
8) Work hard
9) Always treat your critics with respect, as in don't back talk if you get a bad review

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

YA mostly. Duh :) I like fantasy. Just recently I've started liking Dystopia. Anything that has to do with ghosts, true or not. I'm open to anything.

Who are your favourite authors?

J.K Rowling, because of the trials she has overcome. Allie Condie, Cassandra Clare, C.S Lewis, Aprilynne Pike, Alyson Noel. Amanda Hocking, for helping to show readers that self-published authors can be professional and not in denial from rejection letters.

Did you get any inspiration from your favourite books or authors?

Well, I was in love with the Chronicles of Narnia books back when I was writing my book, so I wanted to create a story like that. I had to do a biography report and I chose to do it on C.S Lewis. I got some books from the library and skimmed through them. I remember seeing a little section where a kid sent him a fan letter and asked a question about the story. I can't remember the exact question but the response Lewis gave was something like, "Why don't you create your own Narnia?" So that's what I did.

Where did you get the idea for Kensey's Story: Meeting Death?

Well, like I said, Narnia. While I watched the movies, I would picture my brother and me in the story. I thought, if I could put my own spin on the story, I could write my own. So, immediately I started day-dreaming, despite my school work. Two things popped into my head, a well and Fairy. I just went from there.

Are any of the characters based on someone you personally know?

Well, the Harris family is my family, as well as their grandfather and aunt in Illinois. I based Aquilla Jones on my best friend, Caroline Jones, who drew the cover for me. (She's a writer too by the way. Hope she self-publishes :P) The Hooded Figure was based on Satan in a nightmare I once had. The rest I just came up with. I've had some of my friends say they want me to make them a character in one of my books. I have them planned for the fourth. William's last name, Jentry, is my best friend's first name.

How soon can we expect book 2?

I've written over 200 pages and I am aiming for 300 or more. I'll be editing it during the summer. I'm hoping August or early September. It should be easier this time around since I know what to expect. I hope people will consider this second one better than the first :) I'm trying to make the series different than any other. I picture is as one big story and each book is just a little piece. I put "To be immediately continued" at the end for a reason :) You'll see once the second is out :)

Thanks for your time Nellee.

Wednesday, May 25

Cover Reveal: Clockwork Prince

Today Cassandra Clare revealed the cover of the upcoming Clockwork Prince, book 2 in the Infernal Devices Trilogy.

I really like this cover and like that Jem is on the front.

Book Blurb

In Clockwork Prince, with Mortmain vanished and the clock counting down on how long Charlotte can keep control of the Institute away from Benedict Lightwood, Will, Jem and Tessa must dig into Mortmain’s past to predict what he will do in the future, But secrets about Mortmain aren’t all they find buried — Tessa begins to uncover the truth about her own birth, and the ghosts of Will’s past return to haunt him. As Tessa grows closer to Jem, and Will is driven further toward the brink of madness by jealousy and guilt, will they discover the truth in time to halt the next phase of Mortmain’s evil plan?

I can't wait to read this book. I thought the first one was kinda slow to start off with but by the end of it, I loved it. I can't wait to find out what's gonna happen. 
The release date is currently set for December 6th.

Happy Reading

Tuesday, May 24

Wither Giveaway by Lauren Destefano

There is a amazing giveaway on Lauren Destefano's blog going right now for an ARC of Wither and the sequel Fever.
I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on Fever coz i just loved Wither.
And teh giveaway is international!!!!

Head over to her blog now to enter.

Saturday, May 21

Amaretto Flame Giveaway: Winner

I know I've posted this a little late than I said but I was distracted today getting my first tattoo.

So the winner of a copy of Amaretto Flame and the charm bracelet is

Nellee Horne.

Congratulations Nellee.

The winner has been notified by email and if they do not respond within 48 hours another winner will be selected.

Thursday, May 19

One More Day For Giveaway

Hey guys,
just thought I'd remind you that there is one more day to enter the Eagleton Coven Giveaway. It will end tomorrow night and I will announce the winner on Friday morning.
For a link see the left sidebar.

Happy Reading

Tuesday, May 17


We have hit the 50 follower mark.
There will be a new giveaway going up on June 1st to win a dystopian novel.

I am dedicating June mainly for dystopian novels and am saving my dystopian reviews to post in June.

Thanks for following
I <3 you guys

Happy Reading

Sunday, May 15

Review: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
Suzanne Collins

Published By: Scholastic
Publication Date: October 1, 2008
Date Read: March 10, 2011
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 374
From Goodreads:
Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death - televised for all of Panem to see.

Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


This really isn't the kind of book I would normally read. It didn't really sound like my kind of thing and I had never read a Dystopia novel before. I'd heard so many raving reviews about how amazing the book was which made me want to give it a go and then when I heard about the movie being made it made me want to read it too as I love reading the books and then watching the movies a while after reading when the book is not so fresh in my mind. 

Because I didn't really think it would be my kind of thing I didn't really know what to expect from this book. I was absolutely blown away by this book. For the first couple of chapters I was on the fence with it as I was interested and curious as to what was going to happen and how the storyline would develop but then I was completely hooked. I was thrown into Katniss' world and I got so emotional while reading. I have to say I think Katniss is one of, if not the best female lead characters in a book. She is so strong and will do whatever it takes to protect her family which is just incredible. She won't go down without a fight and that's what I love about her. So many YA books have female characters who just moap around and wait for a guy to come along and save her but not Katniss and Katniss is definitely one of the reasons why I loved this book so much. The barbarity of the society she lives in completely blew my mind. Suzanne Collins is a absolute genius to think of this, i could never have imagined a society where children from age 12 get taken from their families, forced into an arena to fight to the death. It is just so horrible and barbaric, but it kept me hooked and I literally couldn't put the book down. I stayed up till 3am as I couldn't possibly put the book down to sleep as I would just be too stressed out about who was going to survive and who wasn't there was no possible way I would have been able to sleep. 

I loved that in this book there was romance but it was secondary to the main plot of the hunger games, I fell in love with Peeta straight away and he is definitely one of my favourite characters. I love how he kept saying little jokes to Katniss and it really lightened up the mood of the book. Because the storyline is so horrid, the thought of these children having to fight to the death just so they can see their families again is truly heartbreaking for anyone and I don't think anyone would be able to read this book without getting a little teary-eyes. But Peeta's comments lightened up the mood of the book and I just fell for him more and more as the book went on. 

I was so emotional with this book, the twists and turns, I could never guess what was going to happen next and I found myself on the verge of tears in many places of the book but completely sobbing at one particular place. Those of you who've read it will no exactly which part I mean. 

This book has definitely got me interested in the dystopian genre and I can't wait to find out what will happen next. I have read so many books and gave so many of them 5 stars but this book is truly my favourite book. Its the best book I have ever read so far and I am so glad that I finally picked it up.

Saturday, May 14

New Cover Release

Night Series #1 - Night Walker
Lisa Kessler

I'm really excited about this cover release and can't wait to read this book. This is the first in a brand new series by my good friend Lisa Kessler, author of Across the Veil. If you have a e-reader i would definitely recommend getting Across the Veil, its a short story and doesn't take long to read and its really good.

I love the cover for this book, I think it's really pretty and the tag line has made me so excited to read this. "He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her..."
It just sounds incredible and by the tag line it seems like the kind of book that I will love reading and that I would be completely hooked to.

Lisa is hoping to have the official blurb for the book really soon and I will post it when it is revealed.

Happy Reading

Friday, May 13

Review: Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon #1)

Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon #1)
SM Reine

Publication Date: April 29, 2011
Date Read: May 11, 201
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: For Review
Format: E-Book
From Goodreads:
Rylie's been bitten.
She's changing.

And now she has three months to find a cure before becoming a werewolf... forever. Rylie's parents force her to attend summer camp, but she's just as miserable at the girls' camp as she was at home-- there's nothing vegetarian for her to eat at the mess hall, she hates hiking and archery, and the other campers taunt Rylie mercilessly. One night, the bullying goes too far, and Rylie runs away. She doesn't get far. It's a full moon, and she isn't alone in the forest.

She wakes up unharmed in her cabin the next morning with no memory of what happened. The only sign something has changed are the healed scars on her chest, her increasingly keen senses, and her sudden craving for raw, bloody meat.

A boy from the other camp seems to know what's happening to her, but Rylie isn't sure if she can trust herself with Seth. He's way too cute and he knows way too much.

Rylie soon learns that she only has until the end of summer before she becomes just like the monster that attacked her: a man-eating werewolf hungry for human flesh. Unless she can find a cure, she's going to transforming at the end of the summer and lose her life to the hunger.

I really enjoyed this book.
I was completely hooked right from the beginning. I read the short prologue and found myself going oh my god i need to know what's going to happen and how Riley got to this situation.
Riley is enrolled at summer camp while her parents are going through a divorce. She doesn't quite fit in and while there is attacked in the forest by a big furry predator. After this she meets Seth, a gorgeous and mysterious stranger who seems to know a lot more than he should about what she is going through. Riley has to come to terms with the fact that she is going to become a werewolf, something that she never imagined could actually exist, surely they are just the things is stories. She also has to deal with her growing feelings for Seth, feelings he doesn't seem to reciprocate.

I really loved that fact that this book kept me guessing all the way through, usually when I'm reading I can guess what's going to happen but with this book I had no idea what was going to happen, which kept me hooked even more.
I loved Seth and all I wanted was for him and Riley to be together. I was really shocked at many things throughout the book, most of all Seth. I loved Seth and I think finding out his secrets is really made me love him more. I really can't wait to read the second book in the series and see what happens with Riley and Seth.
The only thing I didn't like about the book is the ending. I really wanted Seth to stay with Riley and help her with everything she was going through. I was really upset when Seth left but I have big hopes that he and Riley will be brought back together in the next book. This is a really good story and I would recommend it to anybody who loves a great paranormal story.

Author Interview: SM Reine

SM Reine
Author of Six Moon Summer

Hi Sara, thanks for agreeing to this interview.
What made you go down the indie route?

I’ve been writing for years. I have a lot of perfectly good books that aren’t publishable traditionally for various reasons-- the “hook” isn’t strong enough, or it’s not long enough, or any number of things. There are readers for these books, but probably not enough to make it worthwhile for a traditional publishing company to invest in it.  Fortunately, the state of the market has made it that any author can reach the readers in her niche, so I decided to take Six Moon Summer -- which is a little short and has werewolves, which aren’t super popular right now -- and bring it straight to book lovers.

Who do you publish with and would you recommend it to other budding authors?

I publish directly through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. They’re all excellent platforms and I highly recommend them.

Do you think it's a better way to publish or would you prefer to go down the traditional publishing route if you could?

I can’t say either is better. They’re different depending upon your goals. For my writing at this time, independent publishing is preferable, but I’ll probably get back to pursuing traditional publication in the future.

Did you have any problems while trying to get published and if so how did you overcome them?

The main problem is finding enough time for it. I have an infant at home, and being a new parent is very demanding. But not as demanding as publishing a novel! You have to wear many hats when forging through the publishing world alone, and publicity is almost as much work as writing and editing the book itself.

Your debut novel has recently been released, how do you feel about that?

I feel great. It’s hard work, but rewarding. I recently touched on the Kindle bestseller’s list for a short time, and that was so exhilarating. I hope to become a more permanent fixture soon!

How long did it take for you to write Six Moon Summer?

The rough draft took about a month. Editing took longer. I’m one of those writers for whom 90% of writing is rewriting.

The book is about werewolves, is paranormal a personal interest of yours?

Paranormal is definitely interesting to me. I was really into Wicca and therianthropy and aliens/ghosts/whatever when I was young and spent hours pouring over books about all that at the library. And I’m a huge X-Files fan!

How soon can we expect the next book?

The next book is scheduled tentatively for an Autumn 2011 release. I hope to have a firm date in July.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I read almost exclusively speculative fiction. Urban fantasy is a big love of mine. I also have a soft spot for horror, and my first two published short stories were in that genre.

Do you have any favourite authors that you'll read their books no matter what?

No. I love Stephen King, but even he has some books I feel lukewarm about. I don’t think any writer can be on top of their game 100% of the time.

Is there a book that you can read again and again and never get bored of it?

Peter Pan. I’ve read it dozens of times and it never gets old. It’s such a touching story.

Lastly, do you have any advice for any budding authors who are looking to get published?

Take your time, but be persistent. Don’t give up. If you really love writing, then make it a part of your life, no matter how busy or distracted you get. There’s a quote that goes something like this: “What do you call a writer who never gives up? Published.”

Thanks for your time Sara :)

Monday, May 9

Review: Starcrossed: Perigee (Starcrossed Trilogy #1)

Starcrossed: Perigee (Starcrossed Trilogy #1)
Tracey Lee Campbell

Publication Date: April 20, 2011
Date Read: May 7, 2011
Genre: YA - Science Fiction
Source: For Review
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
Aric Brennan is a whisperer - a perfectly engineered human/alien hybrid, designed specifically to charm and seduce. When Lucy is stalked by his unearthly creators, she has no choice but to trust him to help her navigate a way through a horrifying reality - a reality filled with creatures which should really only exist in nightmares. "...His face drew nearer, and I caught my breath at the closeness of such an impossibly perfect person. Despite every instinct which told me I was in danger, I couldn’t help but stare back at him, and be pulled into the spell he was weaving. The panic receded as I looked into his eyes and listened to the hypnotic timbre of his voice. The room filled with a strange buzz which permeated my body, vibrating and pulsing through every part of me. I didn’t care - I was still listening to his voice. Paralysis overtook me, but I had no will to fight it. The creatures moved closer and he backed away...” "What girl wouldn't wish for the perfect guy? Unfortunately for Lucy, he was created that way for a reason..."

I really liked this book. It's a very different Paranormal Romance book than I have read before but I loved it. It follows Lucy, a normal teenage girl who had episodes of sleepwalking and ending up in weird places with no memory of how she got there. Then she meets the mysterious and gorgeous Aric. Soon her world is turned upside down as she discovers the existence of Alien-type creatures called Innaki, who are after her. Soon Lucy is on the run with Aric to try and get away from them, though not everything is that easy as they have a tracked on Lucy and she must get rid of it. I loved this book it was so good. I thought it was really different from other paranormal books because I haven't read any where the creatures are mainly aliens from different planets but I absolutely loved it. I found myself so attached to the characters and everytime they had a confrontation with the Innaki, I was like omg no they have to get away. As usual with me I fell for Aric, I always tend to fall in love with the main guy character and this book was no exception, he is so sweet and I love him. I really enjoyed every moment of this book and once I was about halfway through it I found it very difficult to put down. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series.

Author Interview: Tracey Lee Campbell

Tracey Lee Cambell
Author of Starcrossed: Perigee

Hi, Tracey, thanks for agreeing to take part in this interview.
First of all tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm a chocaholic Aussie and a part-time school teacher. I have four kids, a husband and two dogs, one of which slobbers and moults all over the place (no I'm not talking about my husband!) My children think I'm a bit of a nut and a bit embarrassing because I am into anything creepy, mysterious or spooky. I love history and travel, photography, and of course, writing.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I remember writing a 'book' when I was about ten years old - pages and pages of messy handwriting in pencil on that old style computer paper - the one with the holes down each side. (I'm probably showinf my vintage here!) I've been writing stories regularly ever since, but writing and publishing a book has always been on my 'to-do' list most of my life.

Your debut novel has recently been released, how do you feel about that?

I'm very proud and excited - not just because I think it's actually an interesting, enjoyable read, but also because I am a terrible procrastinator, so finishing it was a real achievement.

How long did it take you to write Starcrossed: Perigee?

I got the idea for it early 2010, and it took me a year, writing on and off, to finish it.

There is a lot of paranormal aspects of the book, mainly aliens, did that arise from a personal interest of yours?

Yes! I have a keen interest in anything 'highly strange' and strongly suspect there's something to this world other than the mundane reality we're presented with. I saw an amazing UFO when I was a small child, and have been fascinated with the topic ever since.

Was there any inspiration for any of the characters?

I have a teen daughter whose friends are over all the time. When I started writing the book I began to take more notice of the way they behaved, thought, spoke. Lucy is really bits and pieces of the teen girls I know.
I wanted Aric to be the 'ideal' teen girl's fantasy boyfriend. I don't think anyone could be as 'perfect' as Aric, so he isn't based on anyone. I think I managed to make him loveable and perfect on the outside, but deep down, a little flawed too. Someone who's too perfect is probably kind of boring.

Well it definitely worked coz i fell in love with Aric straight away. How did you come up with the idea of the Innaki?

Many of the seemingly 'way out' ideas in the book are actually based on established ideas in UFO ideology. It's fascinating stuff and I urge people to start looking it up! A researcher called Zacharia Sitchin proposed the idea that an extra-terrestrial race called the Annunaki created the ancient Sumerian people, possible so they could be used as slaves. I don't know whether it is true, but it is a cool story, and my Innaki (a name I produced from an online name generator after submitting the work 'annunaki'!) are a nod to Sitchin's proposal. Of course, many, many people all over the world have reported being abducted by these strange grey alien beings. I constructed the story around this theme and tried to come up with an idea of why the E.T's are doing this.

So how soon can we expect the next book?

I'm hoping to have the next book in the Starcrossed trilogy, entitled 'Dark Matter', out within six months. I have some very exciting ideas for it, including more tension between Lucy and Aric, and I'm adding some creepy new paranormal creatures, so I can't wait to see what they get up to.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I love anything spooky, and I love romance fiction, so paranormal romance is right up my alley. I also enjoy historical fiction and historical romance.

Do you have any favourite authors that you'll read their books no matter what?

I really enjoy Barbara Erskine's books. She writes with a paranormal leaning - in particular her stories often feature 'ghosts' which are linked to the the present and the protagonist through some kind of time slip.

Is there a book that you can read again and again and never get bored of it?

I can't think of one - I suffer from ADD and have a terribly short attention span so, if I re-read a book, it has to be many years down the track to hold my attention again.

Lastly, do you have any advice for any budding authors who want to get published?

Treat your writing as a life-long learning experience. It is something which improves with practice and there are some great writing articles with useful advice out there, particularly on the internet. Read and learn, and apply what you've learnt to your writing. Very few people (if any) are instantaneously perfect writers. Hang out and network with other writers, authors, agents and publishers (on writing forums and social networking sites such as Twitter.) You will learn a lot about the publishing industry and writing itself.
It looks as if indie publishing is the way of the future - check it out, it seems the gatekeepers to the publishing industry are becoming dislodged and there's more hope for the independent author (so long as you're good - which is why I suggest you practice and learn to improve your craft).

Thank you very much for your time and I hope you'll stop by the blog again sometime.

Sunday, May 8

Review: Amaretto Flame (Eagleton Coven #1)

Amaretto Flame (Eagleton Coven #1)
Sammie Spencer 

Publication Date: March 24, 2011
Date Read: April 18, 2011
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance
Source: For Review
Format: E-Book
From Goodreads:
Olivia has spent her life learning about her enemies, the deadly Venator - including how to kill them. What she knows nothing about is whiskey, playing poker, or rugged, copper-haired musicians. As punishment for a small 'crime,' Olivia is sent to a safe house in a human town and forced to live as one of them for a summer. There, she meets the charming Jackson Vance, and her real education begins. She soon discovers that she's being hunted, and figuring out why means she uncovers a secret that threatens to end everything she's ever fought for.

Oh. My. God
Those are the words that come to mind when i think of this book. I cannot praise it enough it was just amazing. If i could give this book more than 5 stars i would. I would give it 100 stars because it was just incredible and i loved every moment of it.
The story follows Olivia, a good witch whose coven is in the middle of a war with the bad witches, Venator. Olivia finds herself outcast from the rest of her coven as she is forced to live among humans. While doing this she meets Jackson, a musician with eyes the colour of amaretto. There is a clear spark between them instantly and Olivia doesn't understand why.

I loved this book. At the start of it i thought this was a good book with a good story and then one event happened which made me go its not a good book, its an amazing book. I was hooked and it completely took over my life, i didn't want to do anything until i had finished the book. The narrative technique used was amazing as i felt every emotion that Olivia was feeling right the way through the book and by the end of the book I was in tears as how amazing it all turned out. I was so excited when i found out that there will be more books coming and I cannot wait to find out what will happen next with these characters. I fell for the characters so much, I lived through Olivia, and felt the hostility between her and her coven members when she got cast out. I wanted to jump into the book and scream at them. I instantly fell in love with Jackson and as Olivia spent more and more time with him I fell for him more. I loved every moment of this book and I could read it again and again. I am already so attached to these characters and i don't usually become attached to characters in series this much. I am so excited to see where the story goes from here.

An amazing debut novel and Sammie is definitely an author to watch out for.

Jackson From Amaretto Flame Takes Over K-Books

Hi. You probably don't know me, but my name is Jackson Vance and I appear in Sammie Spencer's Amaretto Flame. Kayleigh, the host of this blog, gave me permission to take over for today and post a little something for you guys. Since today is Mother's Day in the US, I thought I'd tell you a little story about my mom. 

My mom's name is Claire, and Claire had an amazing ability that was noticed when she was very young. All Wise Ones have some magick ability. Claire had the ability to switch the powers of two Wise Ones. So, she could make a fire-user able to heal and make the healer a fire-user. When Claire was a teenager, her coven was attacked and most of them died. However, she was taken back with the Venator (witch hunters) because one of them took a liking to her. He made her his wife in a few years, and demanded that she showcase her ability to all who were interested. 

Claire hated this man, but had learned to keep her mouth shut. She had planned to escape as soon as she could, once she gathered her courage and the supplies she would need. Before she had managed to escape, she became pregnant. She thought she should want the baby to die, to miscarry in the womb, but from the moment she learned about her baby, she loved it. The baby was born, a healthy boy with copper hair, and Claire knew she couldn't escape with an infant. She waited patiently until the baby was a small child, five years old, and then she escaped. 

Not only did Claire escape, but she killed the Venator who had held her. My mother has sacrificed her entire life to make sure I was safe. Mothers are pretty amazing. If you're one, I salute you. There is no love like that of a mother for her child. If you're not a mother, give yours a big hug today (no matter where you are in the world) and tell her you love her! If you're interested in learning more about Claire and myself, get Amaretto Flame and we'll meet ya there. 

Don't forget to visit the other blogs on this Blog tour :)

May 1 - Tattooed Books - Character Guest Post *BLOG TOUR KICKOFF*  
May 2 - YABound  - Character Interview with Everett
May 3 - Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm - Character Guest Post + Character Interview
May 4 - I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read - Review and Character Interview
May 5 - Jagged Edge - Guest Post and Giveaway
May 6 - Diary of a Bookworm - Review and Giveaway
May 7 - Dark Readers - Review and Giveaway
May 8 - Kayleigh M. Books - Review + Character Guest Post
May 9 - Wicked Awesome Books - Review
May 10 - Aine's Realm - Review
May 11 - Izzie Vandero - Character Interview
May 12 - A Life Bound by Books - Character Guest Post
May 13 - Pagan Culture - Fiction Journeying and Giveaway
May 14 - I Heart YA Books - Blog Tour Wrap Up!


Most blogs will be hosting Giveaways with this blog tour. Those who visit every blog stop on the blog tour will be entered to win a BIG end prize in addition to the prizes at each stop.

Our Giveaway:

Enter to win an Amaretto Flame Charm Bracelet and a free Smashwords edition of the book.
Winners will be chosen at random.

Enter HERE