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Tuesday, 19 February 2013

My Review of Baby (Species Intervention 6609) by JK Accinni *****

  

Book Blurb :

A deeper, darker E.T. A tear jerker featuring the love of an alien creature and the lives he touches.
The series "Species Intervention #6609" spans two hundred years, encompassing tender love between divergent species, political downfalls and violence of unspeakable order. It is an unfortunate tale of Armageddon and the despairing hope of redemption.
In Baby, Netty is a naive teenage farm girl given in marriage to an older brutal opportunist disguised as a successful citizen during the years of Prohibition in Sussex County, New Jersey. After years of enslavement, Netty flees into the night from her rapist husband, traveling back to the farm worked by her parents, where she rescues an unfamiliar damaged creature she finds in a cave in the woods of her childhood, falling in love with the enigmatic creature she names Baby. Together they find happiness and fulfillment despite the changes to Netty's body wrought by the proximity of the unusual creature.
When a handsome Italian stranger comes into Netty's life, complications ensue as she falls in love while trying to hide the bizarre and wondrous changes to her farm and her body. Netty, Baby and Wil strive to conquer obstacles thrown in their path by life, succeeding wildly until the heart-rending and astonishingly brutal climax to their story.

My Review :

I loved this book so much. It's truly unique and grabbed me right from the first page and held my interest all the way till the end. The ending did feel a bit rushed but I think that was more because I was rushing it in desperation to see Robert get his come-up-pence. There are a few unanswered questions and I can't wait to get started on the next book in the series. Netty deserves so much more.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review and its an easy 5 stars.
~ WaAr ~



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My ratings :
* Not something I would recomend to anyone.
** You may enjoy it but it definately isn't for me
*** It wasn't too bad but I'm not going to read it again, and I'm not going to look for others in the series.
**** Thoroughly enjoyed it and will definatly look out for other books in the series and by the same author.
***** Loved it! Plan on reading it again and will chase other books in the series or by the same author.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

SJ Byrne - Book Lovers Blog Hop


WIP Excerpt ~ Lily's Song

For a week the apparatus was brought out for Lily to grab on to until she no longer fell asleep from the minimal exertion.

"When you can hold your arms up there for five minutes, without scrunching you face, we'll begin the next phase."

Reilly forced Lily to promise she'd not do anything other than what they'd been working on, and in return she'd leave the equipment out to be used whenever she felt the desire.

Having been a competition swimmer and a cello player since the age of eight, Lily had always thought of her arms as being pretty resilient. There was nothing like the bitter pill of self-pity to sap a body's strength. Determined to regain control, she forced lethargic muscles to work longer each time she grasped the triangle's bottom bar, until a love-hate relationship had been formed with the hunk of metal.

Four days into the self regulated stretch therapy, a surge of rebellion forced Lily to reevaluate what she was doing. She wanted to do more than just hang from the damned thing!

Loyalty to Reilly and the promise made, warred with her desire to do more - to be more. It didn’t make much sense, and she wasn’t about to waste time analyzing it. Face scrunched up, she flexed both hands around the metal bar - it was now or never. Taking a deep breath, Lily slowly bent her elbows out and forced well stretched biceps to pull her upper body off the bed.

"Couldn't resist?" Reilly stood in the doorway, grinning bigger than ever. "You lasted longer than I'd hoped you would."

"Longer than you hoped I would?" Like a kid caught with their hand in the ice cream box, she repeated the words in hopes the verbal delay would bring about a plausible excuse for her naughty behavior.

"Yupp." Leaning against the door jamb, Reilly watched as weak arms began shaking from the exertion of holding half a body's dead weight in the air. "Let go, Lily."

Doing as she was told, Lily sighed in relief as her body relaxed against the mattress she detested.

"How did that feel?" Striding into the room, Reilly sat down in her usual spot.

"The exercise?"

"No, the rebellion." The covers were flipped to the side so the lower body exercises could begin.

"I feel guilty."

"Don’t. Your body knows when it's ready for something more. Just remember to take baby steps."

"Bad choice of words, Reilly." Grumbling, Lily’s temper rose a notch for the first time since she'd woken up to find she was paralyzed from the waist down.

"Was it?" Reilly's brows lifted as she pushed the first thigh against her chest.

"Yes, it was, dammit." The heat of anger inched up another notch and the burn felt good.

"Why?" Her feigned ignorance pissed Lily off and she smacked the mattress as she yelled.

"Because I'm PARALYZED!"

"So."

The blasé tone of Reilly’s comment ignited the sparks of a sputtering anger and Lily exploded in a tantrum of venom. Every perceived wrong done throughout her young life couldn’t hold a candle to her present circumstance and she raged at the injustice of it until she lay in a heap of exhaustion.

"Who says you'll never walk?" Speaking in a the same detached manner Reilly ignored the pointed glares and continued her work.

"The doctor, I told you that."

"What does your body tell you?"

"It's not telling me anything."

"Then you're not listening. It told you it was done hanging around from a triangle, so you rebelled and took matters into your own hands."

A knee was pushed against her chest and Lily exhaled to release the pressure that prevented her from breathing easily.

"You listened to it over my direct instruction. Are you going to ignore it now, because a man with a fancy degree thinks he knows your body better than you do?"

The knee was pulled back and the leg extended out for a few moments before being pushed back against her chest. In silence she mulled over the words as the resistance of her anger refused to budge from its seat of power. Reilly finished and exited the room quietly, leaving Lily alone with a beast she'd created on purpose.

For several hours she stewed in her anger, fueling it with frustration at being stuck in a damn bed. The long hours of the night were no better; restless energy kept her mind actively seeking a physical outlet she couldn’t give. When sleep finally came, her dreams were full of sketchy memories from the night of the accident.

Coming awake from a stifled scream clogging her chest, hot tears pouring down her cheeks only pissed her off all the more. The truth she didn’t want to admit was staring her in the eye, daring her to deny its existence.

"Fuck You!" Screaming hysterically Lily grabbed the closest object and flung it across the room. Expecting to hear a large crash that would satisfy her need for destruction, the soft thunk created by the plastic cup she’d thrown only let her down.

"FUCK YOU! FUCK YOU! FUCKYOU-FUCKYOU! FUUCK YOOUU!"






About the Author


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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

First Love Blog Hop

Have you checked out the First Love Blog hop and Giveaway yet? No? Well what are you waiting for?
Oh, you don't know how to get there! Easy, click on the flashing banner at the top of this page and it'll take you straight there. Well go on! As I asked before, what are you waiting for?
Cheers
Gillian

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Happy New Year

It's been far too long since I have posted anything here (slaps wrist) and I am going to change that right now.
I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a safe New Year. We are sweltering away in the summer heat down here in Australia. For some reason every time the mercury hits 40dC (104F) our beautiful country turns  into one big scary bonfire, and this year is no different, but I still wouldn't live anywhere else.
So here is where I'm at with my writing. Guardian is doing great, I have listed it with kdp exclusive and had 3 free days in the beginning of December, I gave away over 7500 copies and that in turn has drastically increased the sales of Forever which is all good. overall the Amazon giveaway increased my sales by about 600%. It also reached a top of #22 in the Amazon best sellers list and spent all three days in the top 10 for Fantasy and #1 in contemorary Fantasy so I am deeming it a success. I am hoping to release Revenge next month and subject to the editing time frame we are still on schedule for that. I've made a start on A Witch's Tale, which is the working title for Bernard's story and hopefully I'll be able to release it mid year.
I've also been working on some reviews which I'll start posting for you have a sqiz at. there have been some amazing books I've read and I'm dying to share with you all. So stay tuned for some fabulous book recomendations.
Cheers
Gillian

Sunday, 10 June 2012

My Review of Bread of Fools by Duncan McGonall ***



Book Blurb:

A new Incarnation cycle will not happen without the Keys. Some of them are missing. There are eleven in all. The Keys establish Mana, and bring to order Flux, the force in all things, the blood and breath of the Universe and the Arcanon control them—or they did until Tolen refused his seat. Bruce is caught in the middle. Terra Supra is the domain of the Gragona, a powerful, magickal race of beings that the wizards of the Arcanon believe they control. One family possesses the heart of the truth. One man knows how to use it. Three must work together by opposing one another. Bruce is ignorant of these hidden realities, but he realizes his struggle to wipe his brother, Tolen, from his memories is not only vain, but it will tear apart his own consciousness. Bruce searches for answers buried in his childhood and all the while, he is immersed in a world teeming with secrets. Information alone isn’t enough. Nothing is what it seems. All the while, the Shift, a reversal of Mana's polarity, moves steadily closer to a permanent reality.

My Review:

I'm not quite sure how to go about this review because I'm still not really sure how I feel about this book. In the beginning I was intrigued, all the questions were there piling up on top of each other as we learnt about Bruce's childhood with his brother Tolen and it's all quite well written. But intrigue soon enough turned to frustration as the answers continued to elude me, I was over 40% through before we started getting hints about what might actually be happening and I am, admittedly, not the most patient person on this earth. We were 60% of the way through before any action started happening but that was when I got totally confused. With characters named Maramore, Mannanan, and  Marasale I have to admit I had a bit of trouble following what was happening to who and I still don't really know what Marasales death had to do with anything.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad story, and I loved learning about Bruce's childhood and the antics he got up to, and the way it was written into the the story under the premise that he was writing his own story was very clever. Overall it was just a bit slow getting started to keep me interested, not really my cup of tea as the saying goes. I'd recommend it to real fantasy lovers though it has a lot of promise as a series and you might just love it.
*** for this one from me.

If you want a copy of Bread of Fools, pop over to
http://www.amazon.com/Bread-Fools-Spiral-Dance-ebook/dp/B007SHFRY2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339322232&sr=1-1&keywords=duncan+mcgonall

Please check out Duncan McGonall's Facebook Page:
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My ratings :
* Not something I would recomend to anyone.
** You may enjoy it but it definately isn't for me
*** It wasn't too bad but I'm not going to read it again, and I'm not going to look for others in the series.
**** Thoroughly enjoyed it and will definatly look out for other books in the series and by the same author.
***** Loved it! Plan on reading it again and will chase other books in the series or by the same author.


Saturday, 2 June 2012




My Review of NorthWest

by JH Glaze: *****

Please let me know what you think of my first attempt at a full review. I haven't tried this before and I'd really appreciate some comments and feedback.

Book Blurb:

John Hazard is back on the trail of danger! After a life-altering event, he has resigned from the police department in small town America and enrolled in a Paranormal Investigation course at Bay University, a community college in San Francisco. For their final grade, the class ventures to the Pacific NorthWest to film a documentary on a mysterious phenomenon they call “The NorthWest Triangle,” where scores of small aircraft and people have gone missing without a trace. Professor Macy Renner believes the answer lies in an unsolved mystery from her own past and is determined to discover it, no matter the cost. Emily Sparks has her own reasons for going, and it’s not just about the money. She is about to jump from the frying pan into the fire as she signs on for a journey that will transport her into the veritable jaws of hell. Can a rag-tag team of misfits succeed in uncovering the source of the supernatural anomaly, or will the terror that lies in wait consume them in the process? Come along on an adventure where you will learn that you don’t have to outrun the creatures behind you. You only have to run faster than the person beside you!
 
 
 
 

 

 

 My Review:

There was no fear or trepidation at all when I started reading NorthWest by JH Glaze. I had already read and enjoyed The Spirit Box so I had an inkling of the authors writing style and macabre ideas and the premise was one that truly interested me anyway. I mean alien sci-fi horror, It doesn't get much better does it? All it was missing was vampires but hey we can't have everything at once can we! I was mildly intrigued with John Hazzard in the first book so it was nice to be further introduced to him in this one and to get a closer glimpse into his psyche, and yes he is a character one could easily fall in love with girls, the strong sexy hero type.
If you have a week stomach, it might be best if you skip this one, graphic blood and guts galore but if are a horror fan then this one is definately for you. If you haven't read The Spirit Box though don't worry, you won't miss anything by reading this first as there is nothin more than a few obtuse references to Johns past but it works perfectly well as a stand alone. Personally I loved it, edge of your seat suspense and lots of action, all I really have to say about is "Stephen King, eat your heart out" get this one while you can. It's definitely a 5 star read.

If you want a copy of NorthWest, pop over to http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0983906912/ref=sib_dp_kd#reader-link

Please check out JJ Glaze's Facebook Page:
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My ratings :
* Not something I would recomend to anyone.
** You may enjoy it but it definately isn't for me
*** It wasn't too bad but I'm not going to read it again, and I'm not going to look for others in the series.
**** Thoroughly enjoyed it and will definatly look out for other books in the series and by the same author.
***** Loved it! Plan on reading it again and will chase other books in the series or by the same author.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Easter Bunny book Hop Giveaway.

Hey do you guys like books?


Would you like to win lots of books?


Then go and check out this Blog. Wanda and Angie are just amazing girls and have set this monsterous giveaway up from woe to Go. I think there are now over 60 authors giving away everything from signed paperbacks, to eBooks, to bookmarks and other swag. My own books Guardian and Forever are included in the prize list.





And while your at it why not pop over and follow their facebook page Easter Bunny Book Hop as well.

So what are you waiting for. Click the link and get cracking, before it's too late.