Spotlight: Reign Of The Wolf (Eye Of The Stormseries) by Dianna Hardy

The erotic, paranormal fantasy, werewolf series that’s got everyone hot under the collar: first book FREE.

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IMPORTANT NOTE

Although this series deals with romance, it is not written to be a standard romance. Its focus is on the theme of man vs. beast, and higher consciousness vs. baser needs. Although humorous in places, this series is also highly erotic, dark, and contains violence and scenes that may disturb some readers.

Combining fast-paced action, dark humour, with elements of romance and horror, the Eye Of The Storm series takes us on a journey alongside werewolves and their enemy, The Tridents, beginning with Lydia – a twenty-five-year-old waitress trying to find her way, who has no idea what she is, or who she’s destined to be mated to.

Sex, secrets, lies, and the dawning truth of what really matters, come to the fore as every phase of the moon brings a new surprise. With the last book released on 31st October, 2017, it’s looking like things will get rough and dangerous before a climatic conclusion is reached. Full information about the series can be found here: http://www.diannahardy.com/eye-of-the-storm-series.html

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Releasing The Wolf, Eye Of The Storm Book #1

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Releasing The Wolf, the first book in the series is available FREE from most sites. Have you sunk your fangs in yet?

Lydia Martin has always had dreams, the weirdest and hottest of them all involving a faceless, muscle-bound man that speaks like sin and smells like sex. Like any sane person, she always put the dreams down to an overactive imagination, coupled with a higher than average libido.

One night, however, instead of their usual, erotic encounters, she finds him in her dream, chained to a wall and screaming in pain. Not only that, but she thinks she recognises the building he’s being held captive in as one that’s just a few streets away.

Awaking with an irrepressible need to save her fantasy lover, Lydia decides to humour her dream self and head on over to where she thinks he’s imprisoned.

What unfolds is beyond even her wildest imaginings, as she’s sucked into a dangerous and deadly world she never knew existed … and it turns out that the man who inhabits her darkest fantasies, isn’t the only one that needs releasing.

~Releasing The Wolf download links~

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AEXUFJ4

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AEXUFJ4

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=HxrmBQAAQBAJ

Nook – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/releasing-the-wolf-dianna-hardy/1114302035

iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/releasing-wolf-eye-storm-1/id583609835?mt=11

Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/releasing-the-wolf

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~Reign Of The Wolf, Eye Of The Storm Book #6~

Lovers of this series should note that book six, Reign Of The Wolf, is the final book in the series with a release date of 31st October, 2017.

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~Buy Links~

iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/reign-of-the-wolf-eye-of-the-storm-6/id1253743705?mt=11

Nook – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reign-of-the-wolf-dianna-hardy/1126661312?ean=2940154434345

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075P1L2XQ

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075P1L2XQ

Amazon AUS – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B075P1L2XQ

Amazon CA – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B075P1L2XQ

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=3ZM6DwAAQBAJ

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/reign-of-the-wolf

~Reading Order~

ReleasingTheWolfCoverFrontSMALL1. Releasing The Wolf

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bk 22. Cry Of The Wolf

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bk 33. Heart Of The Wolf

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bk 44. Return Of The Wolf

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bk 55. Rise Of The Wolf

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~About The Author~author profile pic

Dianna Hardy is combines a titillating mix of contemporary and paranormal romance, as well as urban and dark fantasy, into her writing, to bring you stories that are action-packed, fast-paced and not short of heat, with the focus on both character development and the plot. She writes full-length novels and short fiction, and to date her books have hit the top 20 of Fantasy and Romance charts in various countries around the world, on both iBooks and Kindle. Official site: http://www.diannahardy.com

Follow her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/authordiannahardy

Follow her on Twitter: www.twitter.com/thewitchingpen

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Review: The Runaway & The Russian by Helen Bright

Book Review

Runaway & The Russian~Blurb~

When her best friend goes missing after being targeted by child groomers, Tess Robertson feels she has no choice but to run away.

Fearing for her life, Tess leaves the children’s home where she’s resided for the past eighteen months, and boards a train bound for the capital.

While wandering the streets of London, Tess realises she’s being followed, causing her to run once again, straight into the path of a bullet meant for arms dealer, Kolya Barinov.

While Tess recovers, Kolya vows to keep her safe: to give her a good life in return for saving his.

But is this simply swapping one danger for another? Or could the path to true happiness begin with blood and bullets?Runaway & The Russian Teaser 2

~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

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~My Review~

I was lucky enough to read this as an arc, I ended up actually reading this book 3 times!

I enjoyed it every time. It’s definitely safe to say that this is one book I will read & read time & time again!!

Tess is only 16 years old, she lives in a childrens home, she’s had a really tough time & things don’t look like they’ll be getting better anytime soon. Tess is forced to run when her friend gets mixed up with some really bad people.

Tess ends up in London and unexpectedly throws herself in front of stranger when she sees a man aim a gun and pull the trigger.Why does she do this? Because it’s Tess & she puts other first, it’s an instinct not a well thought out decision.

The man she saved is none other than Kolya Barinov. Kolya is a very wealthy business man. Kolya takes Tess to a private hospital to get her the treatment she needs. In order to attempt to repay Tess’ act of courage Kolya ensures Tess that she now has the full protection of both him & his entire security team for as long as she wants it.

The questions remain can Tess escape her past? Will Kolya & his team’s protection be enough?Runaway & The Russian Teaser 3

I know that this book is #1 in the series & I have to say that I will be reading every single book. I can’t wait to get my hands on book #2.

 

Helen has written a story that contains a very real & sensitive subject. I think that Helen has handled this matter with the tact that it deserves whilst still delivering the message that these things are still happening!

The plot is well thought out & clear. The events that take place are realistic & believable. Helen’s writing style is great as usual, it draws you into the story & holds you right in the heart of it until the very end. She has taken some real and unpleasant events and has written them into a tale that is enjoyable & enlightening to read. Helen has written characters that will work their way into your heart & hold onto it for a long time to come.

The characters are fitting to the plot. The characters are real & they interact extremely well. Tess & Koyla are from completely different walks of life. Under normal circumstances they’re paths would probably never cross. But due to the circumstances in which they did meet, Koyla becomes extremely protective of Tess.

As the two spend more time together their friendship grows, and an attraction becomes apparent. This attraction is realistic as neither one fully understands the feelings that they have towards the other.

Upon starting to read this book I was quickly & easily pulled into Tess’ world & found that I was alongside her every step of the way. I was fully immersed in the story from the get go. It also didn’t take me long to become well & truly invested in both the story & the characters.

I am intrigued to see where Helen is planning on taking this with book #2. I can’t wait to see how Tess & Koyla change and continue to grow, what life has in store for them both in the future.

~Author Bio~Helen Bright Author

Helen Bright is forty something, married, mum of two grown up daughters, and has grandchildren that are the light of her life. She lives in Yorkshire, UK, and often bases her novels in and around the county. Helen loves writing paranormal romance, but has recently begun to pen contemporary romance with a touch of suspense.

~Stalker Links~

Facebook | Twitter | Website | Instagram | Goodreads Author Page | Amazon Author Page

Review: Eagle Of The Empire; Relic Hunters #1, by Martin Ferguson

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‘As all around me cheer, eager for blood, eager for glory, I realise I have escaped one life of war and bitter struggle for survival and entered another, where the cheers of crowd will decide life or coming death.

The sound of thousands of spectators gasping sounds like soughing reeds. This is the end of my story; this glorious moment. There is no way I can win, whatever I do. Death is the only victory on offer to me today.’

Join the subversive and charming college student, Adam Hunter in his quest to recover his brother and the infamous Roman Relic of The Golden Eagle.

As Adam undertakes the dangerous adventure to find his missing brother, he unearths the secret organisation, which is part of the British Museum, This top secret, classified group are responsible for undertaking extreme treasure hunting, and relic recovery quests, ensuring history’s most prized, dangerous, and sometimes magical, artefacts are secured safely away for future generations.

‘Eagle of The Empire’ is the first in this adventure, action series, and sees Adam Hunter discovering not only the secret double life of his brother, Matt, but also of the Centurion, Optio Marcus Aurelius, who formed part of the legendary, infamous legion, The Legio IX Hispana.

Erased from history, and transformed into the realm of legends, the Legio IX Hispana was fabled to have been involved in an event so miraculous, and to have secured a totem so powerful, that now, the most evil man on the planet will do anything in his power to secure it.

Dash alongside the Hunter Brothers and the British Museum team as they do everything in their power to stop The Eagle of The Empire falling into the wrong hands.

~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

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~My Review~

Disclaimer: I received a free paperback copy direct from the author in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thought & opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

When I received a request from Martin to review his book, I took a look at the blurb & decided to give it a shot.

The characters in this book show some realistic qualities & traits, they also show signs for potential development as the series continues. The book switches POV frequently but you always know who it is your following due to the way Martin labels the chapters. The characters also follow a similar timeline throughout.

Eagle Of The Empire is unlike anything I’ve read before. I found this book to be quite good but for me it was quite hard going. I struggled to get into the story fully & I didn’t feel invested in the characters. I’m not overly sure why, I don’t know if it’s just because this is the start of the series; the book that sets up the overall plot, or if it was something else that I can’t quite put my finger on at the minute. The plot & storyline are well thought out & planned.

I still feel as though the pace was slower than I would have prefered, but I’m willing to give book 2 a chance to see if things pick up, now that book 1 has done the setting up groundwork, so to speak.

~Author Bio & Links~

Martin lives in Norwich, England and is the author of the young adult fantasy and historical series ‘Relic Hunters’.

Inspired by the myths and legends his parents told him as a boy and with the help of his ever-suffering wife, a teacher and history graduate, ‘Eagle of the Empire’ was the first entry in Martin’s ‘Relic Hunters’ series, followed by ‘Curse of the Sands’ in 2017. Both were published by Little Bird Publishing House.

Website: www.martinfergusonauthor.com

Facebook: @AuthorMartinFerguson

Twitter: @MFergusonAuthor Instagram: @mferguson100

 

Review, Audiobook: Our Forever by Elena Matthews

~Blurb~Our Forever

**SECOND CHANCE CONTEMPORARY/ ADULT ROMANCE – STAND-ALONE**

*Spin-off from the Look After You series*

When you fall in love with your best friend, it’s the kind of love that’s supposed to last forever.

Jo Donovan was a true believer of happily ever afters—until her best friend, Christopher, was killed in Afghanistan, destroying her belief that fairy-tale endings existed.

Destroying her. Destroying her world.

Five years later…

Jo finds herself still stuck in the past, unable to find closure with Christopher’s death.

When she moves to Austin, Texas, with her son, Junior, she’s finally given the fresh start she’s been desperately seeking.

What she doesn’t know is that the fresh start comes in the form of her sexy neighbor, Drew Greyson.

Their friendship starts off rocky, but eventually, a spark between them ignites. It isn’t long before that spark turns explosive, and she finds herself falling for him.

Drew wants to be her everything, her forever, but will Jo’s pain from losing Christopher stop her from following her heart?

~Book Links~

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

~My Review~

Be prepared for some very real emotions, emotions that will catch you when you least expect it.

After losing Christopher, Jo tries to pick up the pieces and carry on with her life. She tries to hide her pain & grief from their son and from everyone else. But by doing that she has become trapped, not actually moving on with her life. It’s been 5 years and she is still clinging to her memories & thoughts of Christopher.

When she gets a new job that requires her to move to Austin, her & Junior go. Not knowing what the future holds for either of them, Jo hopes things will work out for the best, for them both. On their first night things look set to be less than happy as they are rudely awakened at 2am by loud music from their neighbour. As any annoyed adult would Jo heads over to her neighbour’s door to give them hell!!

She did not however anticipate just how things would turn out after this initial meeting! Can Jo find a way to free herself from her haunting past & actually begin to live her life again?

Our Forever is the 4th of Elena’s books that I have had the pleasure of experiencing. The other 3 I’ve read as opposed to listening to them.

When I first started listening to Our Forever I wasn’t 100% sure on the narrator, it took me quite a while to warm up to her and her voice. But I continued listening & I’m glad that I did as I was then hooked.

Our Forever is an amazingly emotional listen. My heart broke for Jo more than once during this book. I don’t know how she actually found the strength to go on after losing Christopher, I know she had to for Junior’s sake but I still don’t know how she did it.

The characters are incredible. Their strength, determination & emotions are palpable. E. Matthews has created each of them very well. The way they interact is so real & believable. The conversations and the banter are well laid out and very realistic, and the emotions flow from them almost effortlessly. The characters all have their own flaws making them easy to relate to. To me they are balanced as well as any other human; and these people are only characters in a book.

E. Matthews writing style once again flows & claws it’s way under your skin & into your very heart. It captivates your attention & pulls you into the heart of the story, holding you there until the very end. It make you experience all the emotions as though they are your very own.

~About Elena~

Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, MediaCity, and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures, such as Grey’s Anatomy. And, when she isn’t doing those things, you can often find her on Facebook, or obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book-boyfriend extraordinaire.

~Places To Find Elena~

Goodreads Author Page | Amazon UK Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | Website

Character Interview: Marco from Obsession by Liz Bower

Character Interview

Hi Marco and welcome to Lou’s Luscious Book Blog. Thank you for agreeing to take part in my official rebrand/relaunch event.

Before I get down to asking you the questions how about you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi, Lou. Thank you for asking me to be a part of the relaunch event.

Tell you about me? Well, I’m a Scorpio, and I enjoy long walks in the woods. Just kidding, although I do enjoy going for a run as it clears my mind.

Now for the interview:

If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
I’d spend the day with Jo. Probably do a bit of sketching, drawing is my passion. Jo is too of course 😉

What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? How about after they’ve known you for a while?
First impressions? I probably come across as a bit of geek although if you asked my dad, he’d say I was a dreamer. When people have known me for a while, I’d like to think they thought I was a good guy, someone you can have a laugh with. Or maybe they think that I’m just a pain the ass!

If you could spend the day with someone you admire (living or dead or imaginary), who would you pick?
My older brother Dominic. He’s been a huge influence on me. Dominic’s the kind of guy people look up to, that you can depend on. I’d like to be more like him.

Do you think you’ve turned out the way your parents expected?
Ha, ha. I have no idea. Maybe the way my mum expected especially now I’ve settled down with a ‘good woman’.

What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it?
The worst thing was when I thought I’d lost Jo. That was…yeah. Taught me not to take anyone or anything for granted. You never know when it could all be taken away from you.

What would you like it to say on your tombstone?
I told you I was ill!

What are you most afraid of?
I’d love to say nothing. Don’t tell anyone but I’m scared of heights.

What is in your refrigerator right now?
Erm, leftovers my mum brought round and a couple of slices of last night’s pizza. I’m not much of a cook if you can’t tell!

Look at your feet. Describe what you see there. What are you wearing on your feet? (dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all?)
I’m wearing a pair of white sports socks. After I’ve finished this, I’m off for a run.

When you think of your childhood kitchen, what smell do they associate with it? Why is that smell so resonant for you?
Garlic. And rosemary. I think my mum adds garlic to everything she cooks which is why her food always tastes delicious.

It’s Saturday at noon. What are you doing? Would you give me details? (Are you eating breakfast, what are you eating? Are you stretching out in the backyard to catch some sun, what kind of furniture are you on?)
I’m round at my sister’s house that Gabi and Jo share. I’m probably annoying Gabi without even trying; it’s a skill of mine. She sees a lot more of me than she used to or probably wants to.

You are getting ready for a night out. Where are you going? What are you wearing? Who will you be with?
There’s a pub I always go to with my mates from work that’s not far from the office. I’d be wearing my usual out of work clothes-jeans and a t-shirt with a funny slogan on it.

What is Liz like to work with?
Ha, ha love this question. I have to say I love working with her, right? Otherwise, she might kill me off in the next book! No seriously, she’s great to work with, but she gets frustrated with us when we try to do stuff that’s not in the plot.

Quick Fire Questions:

Favourite food & drink? My mum’s lasagna. Any of the local craft beers.
Favourite music? Depends on what mood I’m in. I’ll listen to anything.
Favourite book(s)? I love a good thriller. I’m a big fan of Wilbur Smith.
Favourite movie(s)? I don’t think I could choose one but I love Japanese anime.
Favourite sport/recreational activity? Is running a sport? I’d say running.
Favourite color? Blue.
Best way to spend a weekend? With Jo.
What would be your ideal pet(s)? I’d love a dog that could run with me, but it would be alone all day while I was at work which seems cruel.
If money was no object what vehicle would you love to own? A Maserati. Italian craftsmanship.

Just before we go how about telling us a little bit about the book that you’re in? What it’s about where we can find it? Maybe share the cover too; if you have it to hand?
I’m in Obsession by the lovely Liz Bower. I erm think the title might have a little something to do with how I’ve been obsessed with Jo since I saw her kiss a boy for the first time and it wasn’t me. Yeah, and a lot to do with him, but we don’t talk about that anymore. Anyway, I finally get my shit together in the book and show Jo how I feel. I just wish it hadn’t taken almost losing her for me to do it.

You can find my book on Amazon http://mybook.to/ObsessionLizBower, and you can read my story for free with Kindle Unlimited. And if you’re wondering what I look like then take a look at Jo and me on the cover. Hot, right? 😉

Obsession

Marco thank you for taking the time to join me and my readers today! It’s been an absolute pleasure having you on the blog. 🙂

Thanks, Lou. The pleasure was all mine x

Giveaway

Liz has kindly allowed me to offer an ebook copy of Obsession to 1 lucky winner. For your chance to win this enter the Rafflecopter below 🙂 

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Author Interview: Jamie Summer

Author InterviewI want to take a moment to welcome you to Lou’s Luscious Book Blog and to thank you for agreeing to take part in my relaunch/rebrand event.

Before we get into the actual interview questions please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a German native, living together with my husband and little son. Besides writing I love reading, dancing and watching way too many TV shows. Right now obsessing over Tom Hiddleston would also make that list. I love coffee, can’t function without it and tend to turn grumpy when I don’t have it.

General Questions:

  1. Favourite Movie? That’s hard……..I can’t choose. Jurassic World is high up there, along with all the Marvel movies.
  2. Favourite Music? Sunrise Avenue, P!nk and Kelly Clarkson
  3. Favourite TV Show/Series? Criminal Minds (and ten others)
  4. Do you enjoy reading? If so what do you like to read? Absolutely everything, but I tend to read fantasy most.
  5. Who is your favourite author? Why are there so many hard questions LOL? Colleen Hoover probably.
  6. What are you reading at the minute? Six books at the same time. Took up The Chosen by JR Ward again yesterday.
  7. What freaks you out or gives you the heebie-jeebies? Any kind of horror movies honestly.
  8. If you could meet any person living or dead who would you like to meet and why? Kelly Clarkson – she’s amazing, down-to-earth and seems sure approachable.

Quick Fire Questions:

  1. Sweet or Savoury? Savoury
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
  3. Favourite Colour? Blue
  4. Favourite Animal? Dolphin
  5. Favourite Food? Chinese
  6. Favourite Drink? Apple water
  7. Good Guy or Bad Boy? Good guy

Writing Related Questions:

  1. What drew you to genre of books do you write? I ended up writing the kind of stories I love to read myself. YA fantasy and mysteries are amongst the books I devour, so it was only natural I would try my hand at that for me.
  2. Would you ever consider writing a different genre? If so which one? I would love to venture out. I have a few plans already and wanna get into paranormal and urban fantasy. Also plan on writing an actual romance.
  3. What made you want to write? I spent a lot of time fanfic writing with my best friend. I never expected to publish a book, but when the idea for my debut was born in a dream, I couldn’t get it out of my head. Only when I had it down on paper did I feel better. I haven’t stopped writing since.
  4. Do you set yourself daily targets when you’re writing? Not really. I try to use the limited time I have as best as I can.
  5. Do you have people to use as a sounding board? I do, which I’m very thankful for.
  6. Who is your favourite character to write or that you have written and why? I loved writing the relationship between the sisters Sky and June for Broken Jar Of Memories. I loved exploring a relationship I don’t have myself and felt deeply connected to them. Their characters were easy to write and just flowed along. They constantly kept me entertained.
  7. Are any of your characters based on real people? If so can you tell us which characters or people? There are a few that are based on people in my life. My best friend plays a big role as much as a few other people I give cameos. I love doing that.
  8. If any of your books were turned into a movie or tv series who would be your leading man/lady? I am really bad at this. However, I’d like to have someone kick ass like Jennifer Lawrence play Sophie of the Dalysia trilogy.
  9. Which book would you most like to see as said movie/tv series? My Dalysia trilogy.

And finally is there anything else that you would like us to know?

Spotlight time, please provide blurbs, covers & links to your books 🙂

22197631_1930521130607786_1491996903_oBroken Jar Of Memories:

Link: mybook.to/brokenjar

Blurb:

Family first. That’s Skylar Austin’s motto. So when her little sister goes missing, her whole world threatens to come crashing down in a single night. But then June is found and everything should be perfect, right?

Only it isn’t.

June doesn’t remember anything — not even the sister she had always admired. With the aid of the sisters’ memory jar, Skylar wants nothing more than to help June regain what she has lost. While her kidnapper is still out there wanting to finish what he started, the Austin family struggles to keep it together.

Some memories are buried for a reason. So what happens once they start to unravel? Will they keep the danger at bay – or bring it right to their door?

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Link: mybook.to/dalysian_hope

Blurb:

One night can change everything.

For seventeen-year-old Sophie Evans life is completely average. And she likes it that way.

Until one night, her apartment is attacked. Out of nowhere, creatures climb through her windows with only one goal in mind: to kill her. Only with the help of two handsome strangers and her next-door-neighbor does she make it out alive.

While the immediate danger is gone, Sophie finds herself thrown into a world she didn’t even knew existed — dealing with powers she knows nothing about and a race counting on her to save them.

How can she be the only hope of a race she never even knew existed? When pressure threatens to suffocate her, can Sophie fight the odds stacked against her, or will she lose herself in the process?

22199050_1930521137274452_201770813_oDalysian Struggle:

Link: mybook.to/dalysian-struggle

Blurb:

The Test was just the beginning.

Having reigned victorious in the Dalysian Test, Sophie is shocked to discover it is not the end of her journey on Jenace. Finding herself responsible for the fate of an entire race is a burden impossible to bear, but one she knows she cannot walk away from.

With the help of a small group of trusted people Sophie begins to prepare for the infamous Trials, but quickly realizes that the competition isn’t the only threat to her survival. Worst of all, her biggest opponent turns out to be her greatest weakness.

What do you do when you don’t know who you can trust anymore? How do you keep going when faith threatens to desert you and the burden you carry is almost impossible to bear?

With the Trials looming, Sophie has to find a way to beat the odds. Failure is not an option.

About Jamie:22193034_1930521110607788_345411247_n

Jamie Summer is a native of Germany, where she lives with her husband and son. She’s currently working on her next book and wishes there were 48 hours to the day so she could do everything she sets her sights on.
Besides writing Jamie enjoys watching her son grow up, reading and watching way too many TV shows.

GiveawayFor you chance to win an ebook copy of one of Jamie’s books, winner’s choice (direct to kindle)

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Guest Post: Danielle Young

Guest Post

First, I want to say thank you so much to Lou for having me on the blog. I can’t remember the first time I met Lou, but I know that we have been digital friends for a while now and it was all because of our shared love of books. You have always been such a great support of me and my adventure, no matter where it led me. From blogging, to writing, you have always been there. Thank you so much for all your continued support! I am so honored to be able to post on your new blog. It looks great by the way. You can never go wrong with purple.

Top Ten Facts about Danielle Young

1. I’m a high school Culinary Arts teacher. Where I get to share my passion for cooking and the restaurant industry, as well as spark passion and creativity in my students. Coolest. Job. Ever.

2. I am surrounded by boys. Seriously. I live with my 5 fantastic boys, husband, and 3 male cats. Ok, so there is one other female in the house, my dog. But we are seriously outnumbered.

3. I don’t believe in saying never. That has bitten me in the butt more than a time or two.

4. I write young adult not only because I’m always surrounded by them, but because I connect with them. I’m not gonna grow up.

5. Music is it. My muse, my serenity, my calm. Take it away and I’m pretty sure I would go crazy.

6. And speaking of music, I recently got to see my all time favorite band, Green Day, live. And it was the best freaking day ever.

7. I’m a nerd. No surprise to some, but seriously, I am. A book nerd, gaming nerd, superhero nerd. Yup, that’s me.

8. I love to draw. Sometimes it is the only thing that unsticks my writers brain.

9. I’m a slow writer. It takes me at least a year to write a novel.

10. My current WIP, Failure, is based loosely on a very personal moment in my life.

And there you have it. Probably more than you ever cared to know. But if you want to know more you could always follow me on Facebook or Instagram. I’m always there.

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to show my girl, Lou some love. Oh, and enter the giveaway.

Danielle’s Books:

GuidedCoverGuided The Jade Ring Series book 1

~Blurb~

Jo’s life is in danger. And she doesn’t even know it.

A descendant from one of the world’s most powerful Wiccan families, she is hunted by a powerful warlock desperate to destroy her family line.

Kept in the dark, it isn’t until she comes of age and her powers awaken that Jo is made aware of the danger she’s in.

GUIDED by her Angel protector, and best friends, Jo will have to learn to harness her powers before she loses everything.

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Deceived The Jade Ring Series book 2 Final Digital Cover

~Blurb~

Life is fleeting. No one knows that better than Jasper.

After failing his mission, Jasper puts his trust in an unseen source in order to reverse the magic that’s been done.

Unfortunately, magic of that magnitude has consequences. Only time will tell what those are, and what they could mean for magic… as well as Jasper’s heart.

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DestinedCoverDestined The Jade Ring Series book 3

~Blurb~

Jo gave herself up to save those she loves.

Alone and without magic, she has to fight to save herself and the Jade Ring.

Jasper blames himself for losing Jo and will do anything to save her.

Even if it means becoming what he hates most.

Will she be able to save the Jade Ring and reunite with Jasper or will he be lost to her forever?

Sometime’s the only way to protect something is to destroy it…

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Author Information:

I am a first-time author, who never imagined would one day write a book. Then again there are a lot of things I never imagined happening. I live in New Mexico with my husband, best friend and soul mate. I keep the company of my five wonderful boys, who keep me laughing and young.

I currently teach High School Culinary Arts where I get to share my love of food and culinary creation with young minds. In my spare time I’m a book blogger at Consuming Worlds, a food blogger at Culinary Brainchild, and a contributor at Dumb White Husband. I love books, gaming, and watching a good movie.

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Author Interview: Carmilla Voiez

Author Interview

Hi Carmilla, I want to take a moment to welcome you to Lou’s Luscious Book Blog and to thank you for agreeing to take part in my relaunch/rebrand event.

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On to the interview

I’ll start with the general questions:

Favourite Movie?

I love so many films. Today let’s say “Pan’s Labyrinth”.

Favourite Music?

Post punk and Goth – stuff like Virgin Prunes, Coil, Fields of the Nephilim and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Favourite TV Show/Series?

Twin Peaks

Do you enjoy reading? If so what do you like to read?

I love reading. I’ll read horror, literary classics and contemporary fiction. Favourite authors include Clive Barker, Zadie Smith, Haruki Murakami and Iain Banks.

Who is your favourite author?

Of the ones above it’s hard to choose, but probably Clive Barker.

What are you reading at the minute?

Maya Angelou’s autobiography. I’m on book 3.

Favourite type of food and drink?

Sushi and coffee

Describe your perfect weekend?

Snuggled up with a pot of coffee and a great book, or walking through the woods in Autumn.

If you could be any age, what age would you be and why?

I actually like getting older, apart from the aches and pains.

Most embarrassing moment to date?

There are too many to count. A good friend used to say of me “For someone with a brain the size of a planet, you really say stupid things.”

When you’re not writing what do you like to do?

Reading. I’m sorry but it’s true.

When you were at school what did you want to be?

Journalist or author.

What freaks you out or gives you the heebie-jeebies?

I hate being too close to fireworks. Does that count?

Do you have any pet-peeves? Care to share any with us?

People who are too perfect.

Do you have any strange habits? Fancy sharing any?

I wear sunglasses outside in almost any weather.

Do you have any superstitions? What are they?

No.

What is your earliest memory, that you’re comfortable sharing?

Most of my early memories revolve around photos and I’m not sure how accurate they are. I do remember as a pre-teen trying to seduce, with erotic dance, the posters on my wall.

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?

I want to visit Japan, the old and new capitals – Tokyo and Kyoto.

If you could meet any person living or dead who would you like to meet and why?

I’d love to properly meet Iain Banks. I saw one of his talks the year before he died, but I’d love to share a pint or two and a chat with him. Other than that I’d love to have met Emma Goldman.

If you were stranded on a desert island and had food and drink, what 5 things would you want with you and why?

Music – but unless there’s electricity I guess that would mean an acoustic guitar (I guess I’d learn to play). Books – at least a couple of novels and a book of poetry. A parasol and sunglasses – the sun and me aren’t the best of friends. Company, like a cat or dog or something.

Can you list 5 things (non-author) related that we may or may not already know about you?

I used to run a Gothic clothing company called Drac-in-a-Box. I need to live by water (sea or river) to feel content. I love cheezy horror movies. My hair is almost always messy. I love to dance.

Quick Fire Questions:

Sweet or Savoury?

Salty

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla

Favourite Colour?

Green

Favourite Animal?

Cat

Favourite Food?

Sushi

Favourite Drink?

Coffee

Good Guy or Bad Boy?

Bad girl.

Writing Related Questions

What drew you to genre of books do you write?

I’ve always loved horror. One of my fondest memories is watching Hammer Horror with my dad on a Friday evening. With horror there isn’t really a limit to what you can do or express, but I try to keep the stories very human at the same time.

Would you ever consider writing a different genre? If so which one?

I’d love to write literary fiction, but I always stray towards very dark places.

Do you have a certain place that you write? (Like a writing cave?) Or do you prefer a certain type of atmosphere? (like quiet or music in the background?)

I tend to write with a laptop on my lap on a comfy chair, or if I feel stuck I’ll take a notebook and pen to the woods.

Do You have a set writing routine? Will You share it?

Not really.

What made you want to write?

I find it the best way to express myself and I desperately want to be understood.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

A shower or a walk.

Do you outline the whole story before you begin writing or just roll with the flow?

Always with the flow.

Do you listen to music when you write? If yes do you have any particular favourites?

Sometimes, and it depends on what I’m writing. One of my favourites is Dead Can Dance.

How do you research when writing your books?

Mostly by reading non-fiction but also, when possible, by visiting a place.

Do you set yourself daily targets when you’re writing?

No.

Do you have people to use as a sounding board?

Yes. I have a beta reading team and also a couple of authors I chat with.

How do/did your family feel when your first book was published?

My dad was proud, the rest weren’t particularly impressed. They’d like it more if I made money, I think.

Where do you get your character inspiration from?

Myself and people I meet.

When you’re writing do the characters talk to you? Do they tell you what they want to happen?

Yes. I often dream about my characters too.

Who is your least favorite character to write or that you have written and why?

I disliked writing Paul from Starblood. I never managed to get under his skin.

Who is your favourite character to write or that you have written and why?

Freya, again from Starblood. She’s really out there.

Are any of your characters based on real people?

Most of them contain aspects of me, and I’m real, I think.

Can you share a snippet of your current WIP?

Venus Virus is in a very early stage so I don’t feel comfortable sharing that yet. How about a page from Psychonaut the Graphic novel, illustrated by Anna Prashkovich?

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How important do you find reviews? And what do you make of negative ones?

I love reviews both of my work and books I’m considering buying. I always try to leave reviews. I don’t get upset about negative reviews. They are never nasty and I know not everyone will like what I write.

Do you or have you ever used events from your own life in your books? If so how close to the real event did you keep it?

Yes. One of the short stories in Broken Mirror and Other Morbid Tales was about something that happened when I was a teenager and then a revenge fantasy added on for good measure.

If you could collaborate with any author alive or dead who would it be & why?

Mary Shelley. She was a visionary and I would have loved to meet and write with her.

If any of your books were turned into a movie or tv series who would be your leading man/lady?

OMG! I have no idea.

Which book would you most like to see as said movie/tv series?

The Starblood Trilogy as a TV series to give it plenty of time for the characters to develop.

And finally is there anything else that you would like us to know?

I’ll be at The Darker Side of Fiction event in Peterborough on October 7th.

Spotlight time, please provide blurbs, covers & links to your books 🙂

Book Spotlight

 

Excerpt from The Starblood Trilogy by Carmilla Voiez.

StarbloodTrilogyLilith rests her face against the windowpane. They will not see her. Their eyes, mouths and hands sense only each other. Her own body grows moist and hot as she watches them caress each other. Hands cling, pull and grasp in movements more forceful and aggressive than in consensual couplings between man and woman. Lust drives them blindly into each other’s bodies, again and again.

Lilith places her hand against the glass. Oh, to be in there with them, and experience this passion first hand. Their love-making feels demonic, a step above human sex, as when Samael filled her, all those years ago. Their sex had a purpose: procreation, filling the world with demons to thwart His great work. The magicians’ poundings have no purpose other than pleasure and eradication: losing themselves in each other, desperate to forget the world around them, locked inside their own warm, safe place.

The boy is tiring. Or is he crying? He crawls beneath the sheets of the huge bed. The white-haired man plants kisses on his lips, but the boy shakes his head. Letting his lover sleep, the man sits naked on top of the covers, smiling. He glances up at Lilith then reaches for his glasses. Slowly, as if every muscle in his body has turned to gelatine, he pushes himself up and stumbles bow-legged towards the window. Their eyes meet and he reaches out his own hand and places it on the other side of the glass. She smiles at him as he reaches for the window latch with his other hand. The handle moves but the window doesn’t open. Pointing to the lock, he shrugs and motions to Lilith to meet him downstairs.

Sliding off the windowsill, she falls lightly to the ground, landing on her feet. Then, she crosses the perfect lawn to the front door.

Moments later, she steps inside. The man before her is different from the boy-magician. Sentences beginning and ending with ‘your will’ and ‘humble servant’ gush from him. Her thoughts drift upstairs to the pale body curled up in slumber in the room above them. Again she wonders why she feels drawn to him. He is nothing – an awkward, arrogant child. She heads towards the staircase.

‘Lilith,’ the white-haired man calls to her.

She turns to look at his thin, silk wrapped frame and weak, obsequious eyes. He is speaking again. The sound annoys her.

‘I felt it the moment you stepped from Chaos into Malkuth. The world trembled as your foot touched the floor. We all did. You have an army here, should you want it.’

What is he telling her? The words buzz around her ears like ravenous gnats. An army? What do I want that I might need an army? ‘An army.’

His eyes shine. ‘Yes, we want to change the world in your name. Stay here, please. Lead us into temptation.’

Lilith shakes her head. ‘You’re a liar and a misogynist. You want to follow because you want revolution, freedom and fire. If Samael or Asmodeus appeared beside me you would bow before them and, under their protection, spit at all I am and all of womankind. Why do you desire revolution when this world is already of your making?’

He bows his head, but not before she sees the hatred burning in his eyes.

‘You want power and glory,’ she says. ‘I see through you, into the black heart beating pointlessly in your skinny chest. You are nothing, good for nothing.’

‘I am nothing,’ he agrees. He kneels before her. ‘Please, make me something. Let me serve you. Do you want him? I can call him down. What do you want? I will get it for you.’

Lilith strides into the kitchen. Everything sparkles; it is like magic. Drawing a heavy butcher’s knife from a chrome block, she touches the tip and runs a finger along the blade.

‘Sharpen this,’ she tells the man hovering in the doorway.

He looks at her then sets to work, gathering a wand and leather strap from a drawer. The knife sings as it is sharpened. Closing her eyes, she lets its song fill her.

‘Knives. Wonderfully phallic, don’t you think?’ she says, more to herself than him.

‘Yes,’ he answers quickly. ‘People who carry knives are sexually repressed. It’s the act of penetration they crave.’ He blushes and turns away. ‘I’m sorry … here, it’s sharp now.’

She takes the blade from his extended hand. He does not meet her eyes. ‘You know what I did. Did you watch? Did it excite you?’

‘No … I didn’t watch,’ he stammers, shaking his head. ‘Baron … my guide … told me.’

‘Ahh.’ Losing interest, she turns on a tap. Water hisses into the sink, beating a frantic rhythm on the aluminium. She turns it off again and looks around the room, but her mind wanders upstairs. A smile makes her lips tremble then it grows into laughter. The man looks at her. His lips twitch in a silent prayer or chant. Is he afraid now? Good. She steps towards him, and he takes a step back then recovers himself.

‘I want to help you,’ he says. ‘We share the same dream: a world full of demons and magic, hedonism and despair.’

‘You will help me,’ she tells him. She pats the flat edge of the knife against her thigh. The movement attracts his attention, and his jaw drops.

‘I’m more valuable alive.’ He looks as though he wants to say more, but his words fail him.

Another step closer, she can hear his heart beating fast, the rhythm flawed; a beat skips and another echoes.

‘No! Please!’ he cries. ‘Satori, help me!’

His words are silenced by her fist. She smashes open his jaw with her punch. Terrified, he stares at her, his mouth hanging open. Tearing open her blouse, she reveals the swell of her left breast and pulls his gaping maw to her nipple.

‘Worship the terrible mother,’ she whispers in his ear. ‘For she gives you life and binds you to death.’

Excerpt from The Ballerina and the Revolutionary by Carmilla Voiez

Portraits loomed over my head. I shrank beneath the weight of their stares. My ears TheBallerinaandtheRevgrasped echoes of resentful whispers and I hung my head in shame. Ashamed of what? I couldn’t remember, not really, perhaps it was purely that I wasn’t more like her.

I faced her door, shaking with fear, expecting her to rush out at any moment, screaming my name or slapping my face. I concentrated on my breathing, trying in vain to calm down. I was grown up now. She couldn’t hurt me anymore.

Mastering my fear, I opened her bedroom door and inspected the empty room. Vivienne’s huge bed crouched in the corner like a monster ready to pounce. Shadows lingered at the edges, a dark audience to mother’s regular performances. The air smelt stale. It reeked of old perfume, sweat and sex.

I marched to the wardrobe and opened the door. Frills burst forth from its bowels. I moved soft, delicate fabrics and checked behind them. No one lurked there. I pulled back the curtains and opened a window. Sunlight poured through the smeared glass, bouncing off Vivienne’s full-length mirror and flooding the room.

Breathing slower now, I sheathed my knife and strolled to the bedroom door. Already the air smelled fresher. I turned around as I reached the hallway, glancing back at the rich fabrics and heavily patterned wallpaper – a true boudoir, a shrine to her pleasure. I sighed and moved to walk away when something caught my eye. Turning back to the room, I watched as the décor altered.

Subtly at first – the colour of the light-shade, a change of carpet then everything looked different. And there was Mother, centre stage, on the bed, naked, legs splayed and mounted by a huge man. Her flushed face fixed on me and I was a terrified ten-year-old girl once more.

‘What do you think you’re staring at?’ Vivienne demanded.

‘Maybe she wants to join in,’ the oily-voiced stranger suggested.

Other books by Carmilla can be found here:

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Author Interview & Giveaway: R.G. Corr

Author Interview

I want to take a moment to welcome you to Lou’s Luscious Book Blog and to thank you for agreeing to take part in my relaunch/rebrand event.

Before we get into the actual interview questions please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m teeny, blonde, fiercely loyal and although I’m small, a huge protector – particularly towards my three kids! I have two books released and am currently struggling with a gazillion story lines desperate to be heard.

General Questions:

Favourite Movie?

Ooh this is hard… there are so many. Dirty Dancing, Pitch Perfect – Yep I’m that girl that loves singing and dancing to films. Plus THOR! The big hunk stole my heart years ago. (I frequently watch it with my son – not a chore!)

Favourite Music?

Listening to music is an absolute must for me, in the shower, car, when I’m cooking. You name it! I love most things current but have a soft spot for Adele, Ed Sheeran and Jon Bon Jovi!

Favourite TV Show/Series?

First answer has to be Friends! That programme has made me laugh through some broken hearted moments. More recently, Grey’s Anatomy, Walking Dead, and Homeland.

Describe your perfect weekend?

I’d be at the coast – The sun would be shining, I’d be listening to the waves crash against the sand. A bottle of beer would be in my hand and the kids and hubby by my side.

Most embarrassing moment to date?

Ooh there are a few :

Dropping a tray laden with food at secondary school (everyone clapped!).

Reading out loud at school and pronouncing virginal as virge-eye-nal! (Everyone laughed)

Once when I was reversing into a car parking space, I knocked the wing mirror on the car beside me (Which was a parked car I might add). I drove forward trying to straighten the car up and hit it again. I then made a final attempt at reversing into the space and hit the wing mirror again – I finally gave up and asked a work colleague who was watching me if he could get into my car and sort it out (I cried!)

Do you have any strange habits? Fancy sharing any?

Not sure I have any – although I’m sure the hubby could name a few if I asked him!

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?

New York – I’ve been before but I’d love to go back and see EVERYTHING. In fact I’d love to live there for six months to really test the place out.

Can you list 5 things (non-author) related that we may or may not already know about you?

I’m a nurse.

When I was young, I fell out of a hotel window in Cornwall. My dad only just caught me by my ankle! I was literally hanging (from the 4th floor) staring down at the concrete path below.

I once won an award at secondary school for having the best smile but now it seems to have converted into a RBF (resting bitch face) so people who know me well, regularly ask what’s wrong – there’s nothing wrong it’s just my face! And people who don’t know me think I’m a miserable bitch!

I couldn’t think of anything else so I just asked my eldest daughter – she said that I like to keep my house clean and I moan at my kids for not picking up after themselves! Can’t see anything wrong with that lol

Quick Fire Questions:

Sweet or Savoury? Savoury

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Favourite Colour? Any shade of purple

Favourite Animal? Cat

Favourite Food? Curry

Favourite Drink? Prosecco… no lager… no Prosecco… oh damn it!

Good Guy or Bad Boy? Bad Boy without a doubt!

Writing Related Questions:

Do you have a certain place that you write? (Like a writing cave?) Or do you prefer a certain type of atmosphere? (like quiet or music in the background?)

I have a room that I’ve kind of stuck my laptop in but I’m hoping next year I get to convert it into a pretty, peaceful writing cave! I need peace and quiet to write.

Do you have a set writing routine? Will you share it?

No, I wish. I’ve been struggling with time recently. I’m hoping the winter will have me hibernating on my days off, dreaming up lots of plots and twists.

What made you want to write?

Reading – Those books that you can’t put down. When you can’t stop and have to continue reading well into the night. Those are the kind of books I want to write.

Do you set yourself daily targets when you’re writing?

I set myself weekly targets when I first start writing a story but once the story and characters develop there’s no target as I tend to write, edit, delete, write, edit, delete… you get the idea.

Are any of your characters based on real people?

I always had the idea that Chris Hemsworth was my Zed (In Autumn’s Rise) but Reid (In Monday’s Promise), if I’m honest he’s not based on anyone, he is just Reid. It took me a long time to get over finishing his story, I actually missed him!

How important do you find reviews? And what do you make of negative ones?

Massively appreciate reviews, it’s what a lot of readers check out when looking at your books. When I first got a low star rating, I was like ‘What? Why?’ I need an explanation – it’s all a learning curve and it would be pretty boring if you knew everything, right?

If any of your books were turned into a movie or tv series who would be your leading man/lady?

Erm… let me think… oh yeah I don’t need to! Chris Hemsworth – can you imagine, I’d actually get to meet him!!

Finally is there anything else that you would like us to know? Maybe a little snippet of your current WIP, or latest release?

My current WIP is a romantic suspense based on a woman who is in an abusive relationship. I’m hoping for it to be out by the end of the year.

Also, I haven’t finished with the Haywater gang yet. The final story will be released next year. After that… watch this space x

Spotlight time, please provide blurbs, covers & links to your books 🙂

Blurbs:

Autumn’s RiseAutumn's Rise - Amazon Front Cover

On the discovery of a family secret and the heart-wrenching events that follow, Autumn Chamberlain has lost what little faith she had in those closest to her. Knowing she can never truly live her life if she remains with her family, and with an abundance of guilt laying heavily in her heart, she escapes the lonely world she felt forced to live in and heads to the seaside town of Haywater. The aim, to look for a new beginning, a fresh start. But she has one clear notion – to never love again.

Talented surfer, Zed Maddison, has always worked hard at protecting those closest to him, until the day he fails.  Fighting his own demons, Zed flees his close family; unable to face them and the remorse he feels before finally arriving in Haywater.

When their worlds collide, Zed has an unfathomable need to protect Autumn and becomes relentless in his fight, forcing Autumn’s defences to the limit.

Can her secrets remain dead and buried?

Or will a revelation destroy everything

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Monday’s Promise:

Monday'sPromise Front CoverPromises lead to devastation.

They always have.

From the day he was born, Reid Banner had to fight for his place in life. At the age of eight, he was already on his ninth foster placement: lonely, hurting, and with a heart full of broken promises. When he meets the Maddisons, life slowly but finally, moves forward, and Reid sees a way he may be able to make it in this world.

Then a promise is made…

Tragedy follows, forcing him to ride into the night and make a decision that changes the rest of his life. Together, the Maddisons join Reid in battling their way through grief.

But when another promise is made…

The past that Reid hoped would never again darken his doors comes back to break him—jeopardising all that he cares for.

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Thank you R.G. for taking the time to join me and my readers today! It’s been an absolute pleasure having you on the blog. 🙂 <3

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Guest Post: Joey Paul

Guest Post

HOW BEING AN AUTHOR HAS CHANGED HOW I READ.

I’ve been a writer for over fifteen years, been published for over twelve and have written over eighteen books, though only eleven of them have been publilshed so far. I am also a vicorious reader in that I will pretty much read anything I like the sound of. I’ve always had a soft spot from crime, mystery and young adult books so when I started writing it was no surprise to me that I chose to write those kind of books. However, even though I usually read over 150 books a year, being an author has very much had an impact on how I read, and in some instances what I read as well.

Before I was a writer, I could lose myself in books. I still can do that, but I also find that I look at the words through a different lens. While before I was writing my own books, I would stick to my genres and never really venture outside of YA, crime/mystery and possibly contemporary romance. It wasn’t that I didn’t think other books were my thing, it was more that I had a very stunted view of what could be enjoyable. I stuck to the same authors and rarely went looking for books by new people or browsed the library or bookshelves to see what took my fancy. I was also a bitty reader in that I could go weeks, if not months, not reading. It was something that I very much enjoyed, but it was something I didn’t always have time for, or want to make time for.

As a teen I was a big reader, my friends and I would spend our Friday nights at the local library picking out sixteen books to read during that week. It was usually all similar stuff like Sweet Valley Twins and the Babysitter’s Club, stuff like that. There would be occasions that I’d re-read what were to me, classics, like The Famous Five and Secret Seven and other Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl books that filled my childhood with wonder. I remember the first adult book I read that filled me with a love for crime fiction. It was Hot Money by Dick Francis and I have my mum to thank for that because she was listening to his books on audiotape from the library. I now own that audio tape though I have no way to listen to it.

I was nineteen when I first properly put my ideas onto the page and wrote my second book…well it was actually my first being that it ended up as my debut, but the second book I finished and was happy with. At that point in my life, I was picking at reading. If it was an author I knew and loved – Harlan Coben, Kathy Reichs, Sue Grafton, J K Rowling etc, then I’d pick it up and read it. But at the same time, I didn’t really make time for reading because I had somewhat lost that thrill and love of the written word in all that was going on in my life.

Fast forward to being published in 2005, and I still wasn’t really spending much time reading. I had the series and the books I liked. I went to the library often and picked out books, but I did not come close to 150 books in a year. And then there was a lull in my writing career as my second book wasn’t published until 2011 and although I was writing still, I was also juggling college, a failed university attempt and then later, an actual university degree. It was really 2012 when I was really getting into being an author that things changed. I started to branch out both in my own writing, but also in what I read.

I no longer stuck to the usual genre, and while crime/mystery are among my favourite genres, I was suddenly reading beyond that. I was picking up fantasy books and loving them, I was reading historical fiction – a genre I didn’t even know exisited – and being blown away with how much I freaking loved it! I was meeting other authors and reading their books and my reading world opened up to this wide array of books. Around the same time I invested in a Kindle, which helped open my world even more. I no longer had to worry about whether my hands were strong enough to hold a book. I no longer had to worry about how many books I could fit in my hospital suitcase, or holiday suitcase, I could carry hundreds in one small package and with the connections I was making, I was suddenly reading daily.

I know a lot of authors who’ll say that it’s because of their occupation that they’re unable to enjoy books as much as they used to. I can agree with that to a point. There are some books I’ve picked up and I’ve had to put them back down because I just can’t. But I also think had I not been an author, I’d have felt the same way. I still get lost in books, very much so, and I’m at the point where if someone asks for my all time favourite, I couldn’t tell them. I have lists upon lists of favourites! Being an author didn’t change my reading experience for the worst, it elevated it into something I hadn’t known since I was a teen, and I am very much happy with that.

About Joey Paul:

Joey Paul is a 35 year-old, disabled indie author and a recent University graduate with a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care. She loves to write and is at the moment working on her thirteenth and fourteenth books, as well as preparing her ninth book for publication. She started writing young adult crime & paranormal fiction when she was medically retired from her job at the age of 19. Her first book, Blackout, was released in 2005 and after a brief time away, her second one, Dying Thoughts – First Touch was released in 2011. When not writing, she’s either reading or out and about in the middle of nowhere looking for Tupperware with the aid of a GPS, otherwise known as geocaching.

Contact Information:

Website/Blog: http://www.joeypaulonline.com/

E-mail: bugbooks@virginmedia.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B007FXH8LEE

Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/BugBooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoeyPaulOnline

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5779310.Joey_Paul

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MsJoeyBug

Tumblr: http://authorjoeypaul.tumblr.com/

Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoLY_2z60ip93GKmCGcb4Fw

Publication History:

Blackout (2005, published by Author House, then self published in 2011)

Dying Thoughts – First Touch (2011 self published, first in Dying Thoughts series)

The Friendship Triangle (2012, self published, novella)

Dying Thoughts – Second Sight (2012, self published, second in Dying Thoughts series)

Lynne & Hope (2012, self published)

Dying Thoughts – Third Wish (2013, self published, third in Dying Thoughts series)

Waiting On You (2014, self published)

Dying Thoughts – Fourth Week (2015, self published, fourth in Dying Thoughts series)

Destination: Unknown (2016, self published)

Dying Thoughts – Fifth Secret (2017, self published, fifth in Dying Thoughts series)

It’s Not Always Rainbows (2017, self published)

Links of Interviews & Guest Blogs:

Writing Whilst Disabled (March 2014)

Interview by Author Wendy Jones (August 2015)

Author Spotlight (August 2015)

Starving Author Interview (January 2016)

Meet Joey Paul (March 2017)

Joey Paul’s Books:

Blackout

Young Adult/Crime/Mystery/Drama

Trade Paperback/E Book

Publication Date: August 2005

Author: Joey Paul

Cover: Beverley Carry

ISBN: 978-1505408324 / 978-0-9553437-0-4, 224 pages

List price: £5.50/£2.99

Available from Amazon

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About the book

Imagine having everything you ever wanted. A perfect family, a perfect boyfriend, perfect friends – the whole group that only exists because of you!
Then imagine waking up one morning and discovering you don’t have any of that.

It was a dream… a dream you had in a coma that was supposedly brought on by drugs. Imagine having to start again at school, desperately trying to fit in and prove that the ‘drug’ thing must have been a mistake – that you do deserve to be one of the ‘elite’. Trying so hard to remember what really happened that night.

Welcome to Tally’s life… only problem is, someone doesn’t want her to remember.

Reviews:

Tally is like every other teenage I’ve met. She wants to fit in, be popular and goes through life with the most important things being how and what happens in school, with friendships, and enemies. I thought her an endearing character. The story was witty and the added thriller plot was unexpected. The book was narrated by Tally in the first person, which gave it that added emotional flair.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Joey Paul does an excellent job building her characters. It is well written and a very valuable read for Y/A and teenagers going through difficult, yet memorable times in school and in their lives. – Jana Petken

Remember what it was like to be at school… that was the first thing this book reminded me of.

Somewhere between a thriller and a who-dunnit I couldn’t put it down. – Nat (Goodreads)

“Blackout” by Joey Paul is a moving and cleverly told teenage drama about 15 year old Tally, a girl who longs to fit in.

The mystery of the blackout from the title needs to be solved while we experience the ‘friends’ from the dream in a much unfriendly way.
Paul writes with great sensitivity and empathy about her teenage characters and the price of popularity.

The story turns into a gripping thriller from here that keeps you glued to the pages. Told with the endearing narrative from Tally herself the story benefits from the youthful perspective that will remind each and everyone of us of our own youth, our hopes, our teenage angst and the joy when some things do turn out ok. – Christoph (Goodreads)

The beginning of this YA novel was quite charming, quite tongue in cheek. I really liked the writing style. Then it took an unexpected turn, though I am not going to give anything away here but it took me by surprise. The pace was good, I could relate to the characters, although rather a lot of them were introduced at the beginning and it took a while to sort them all out – I would have preferred to meet them more gradually. The build up at the end was good. Recommended if you have a teenage daughter, would make a good present. – Lucinda (Goodreads)

I sometimes read young adult to teen targeted books just to see what’s out there. I wasn’t sure of this, but it ended up really good! Full of teen angst, but the situations are real enough to not be cliche’.

Nicely put together. – Monkeybutts (Amazon)

The beginning of this YA novel was quite charming, quite tongue in cheek. I really liked the writing style. Then it took an unexpected turn, though I am not going to give anything away here but it took me by surprise. The pace was good, I could relate to the characters, although rather a lot of them were introduced at the beginning and it took a while to sort them all out – I would have preferred to meet them more gradually. The build up at the end was good. Recommended if you have a teenage daughter, would make a good present. – Books R Best (Amazon)

Joey Paul excels at getting into the teenage mind set. The main character is 15 year old Tally and her school friends and frenemies. The girls are at times naïve and easily led, spiteful and cruel, and confused and selfish, as they work out the difference between true friendship and being popular.

The book opens with Tally’s perfect life as the most popular girl in school. Unfortunately she is in a coma and when she regains consciousness it is to discover she is one of the social outcasts she shunned in her dream life. In her bid to become popular she learns appearances can be deceptive. – Maria (Amazon)

Dying Thoughts – First Touch

Young adult/mystery/paranormal

Trade Paperback/E book

Publication Date: February 2011

Book One in the Dying Thoughts series

Author: Joey Paul

Cover: Beverley Carry

ISBN: 978-1505412918 / 978-0-9553437-1-1, 228 pages

List Price: £6.50/ £2.99

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About the book:

Ever had a secret? Something you can’t tell anyone in case they think you’re crazy.

Tara does – she sees the last moments of people’s lives when she touches something that belongs to them.

Kaolin does – she doesn’t want anyone to know the truth about what happened to her father.

Now they’re both in trouble because secrets never stay quite as secret as we wish they would.

Reviews:

Dying Thoughts is a young adult mystery at its heart, but Joey Paul has made it so much more. It is a funny and entertaining story of young Tara’s ‘gift’, though she doesn’t consider it one. The first person narrative is neatly done and takes us on this journey in a sixteen year old’s shoes remarkably well. Tara’s introspective conversations are witty and does not grate (I’ve found that if not done well, it can ruin a book for you. It has ruined quite a few books for me.) But Joey has done a great job. Tara herself is very endearing and her relationship with her father seems very real. The mystery itself serves as a backdrop to Tara’s journey of self discovery, but is suspenseful and keeps you turning pages.
I think this book serves as a great introduction to Tara’s gift and how she realizes that she could be in a position to help people. I see there are more books about Tara Leverton’s adventures. I look forward to reading them. Five stars, Joey Paul!
– Jan Raymond

I loved the voice in this story. It was of a very realistic and rebellious teenager with a unique problem. She can channel the death of a person just by touching something belonging to them or something they have touched. This gift causes a loss of consciousness when it manifests, leading to her being secretive about it and also contributing to her lack of friends, something exacerbated by girls hero worship over her widowed and retired pop star dad. – C.N (Goodreads)

I loved Tara, the young 16 years old girl who goes through the death of her mother and then has visions and a new gift to deal with. She is strong and likable. She held my attention and I read this novel in one sitting because of this. The writing is very personable and intimate. It is also witty in parts and a many great lines. The mystery and suspense were also in the mix and I believe this will be a great book for Y/A and adults alike. I don’t think we have heard the last from Tara…I hope not, for she has many adventures still to come.

Five stars here for a great story and storyteller. – Jana (Goodreads)

Though this book is written for a YA crowd, I absolutely loved it. Tara’s character is witty and fun and I very much enjoyed seeing the world through her eyes. She is an extremely likeable character and a perfect narrator for the reader’s journey through the events in the books. Her visions are intriguing and mysterious at times, making the book a really fast-paced read that is highly enjoyable. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! – Angie (Goodreads)

Dying Thoughts is the first book in a series, and I’m excited to read more. This is the story of Tara, who after the death of her mother started having “visions”. Basically she can see people’s deaths. Can you imagine?

Despite her self- deprecating views of herself, Tara is funny and clever, and has a firm grip on her “gift” (if you can call it that).

And then a new girl moves to town – Kaolin. Kaolin also has felt the loss of a parent, and after a startling vision, Tara and Kaolin begin an investigation and friendship that will change their lives forever.

This was a great book. Easy to read but heartfelt, mysterious, and engaging at every turn. It had a unique storyline and a main character you just can’t help wanting to connect with. I think I liked Tara more than she liked herself, but I found her sarcasm and self criticism endearing.

Excellent story, great writing, and a series that can appeal to both adults and teens. I’m eager to see what happens next in the series!! – Carissa (Amazon)

I really enjoyed this. The plot is fast-paced and the writing style is crisp and clean enough for this book to be appealing to reluctant readers. Overall I would recommend this for 11+, particularly those who may struggle with longer and less stimulating novels. – H. Marlow (Amazon)

The Friendship Triangle

Young adult/contemporary/drama

Trade Paperback/E book

Publication Date: February 2012

Novella

Author: Joey Paul

Cover: Beverley Carry

ISBN: 978-1505412864 / 978-0-9553437-2-8, 122 pages

List Price: £5.00/£0.99

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About the book:

Did you ever think that running away could solve things?
Sometimes the world throws so much at you that escape seems like the only option.

Sarah, Chloe and Charlotte thought it was.

They’re about to discover that problems follow you and that sometimes there is more to friendship that it first seems.

Reviews:

The Friendship Triangle is a sweet children’s book that is filled with positive messages about friends and family. Also shares insight on bullies and divorce among other serious topics.

This is an unpredictable story that left me guessing all the way through. This story is full of heart and raw real life struggles. There is a bit less wit in this book compared to the authors later works but still a touching story that I think young girls will enjoy and relate to. This author writes so naturally that you can feel the emotion and see the landscaping. I am a huge fan. – Brenda Perlin

This is a Y/A novel, however it does contain slightly darker and less humorous elements compared Ms Paul’s later works. I am a fan of this talented author. I am not an avid young adult book reader but I have read this author’s work before and I enjoy her natural flow of words and stories, which have the ability to delve into the minds of her young characters and readers.

3 girls, who don’t have it easy, strike up a friendship. This type of storyline is a good example of how friendships develop, how bullying destroys, and how loyalty in the face of adversity, wins.

I will now hand this over to my niece to read, and regardless of my age, I will continue to read Paul’s books.

A great story from a gifted author. – bookcollector (Amazon)

Three normal teenage girls, which have the same issues most girls have at their age, but they also have to deal with problems in their families as well. I’m not sure what the age range the author was going for but I did feel some of the content was a bit too deep for younger adolescents

I did like how the author brought the issues of bullying, divorce and other family problems into it. This was done with a lot of skill, and it showed the strength of her characters off perfectly.

The dialogue was spot on, but it was a bit jarring that we went from one charters situation to another’s without a break. Apart from that well written. – D.M (Goodreads)

Very great book. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, and am excited to give it to my daughter. It deals with themes that might be a bit much depending on the level of your YA reader, so as a parent I recommend reading it first. But it handles the topic well, and is very well done. Five stars! – Amazon Customer (Amazon)

The Friendship Triangle by Joey Paul is about three girls who’s rough lives lead them to a magical discovery of friendship. They’re all strong in their own ways with a close bond that I enjoyed- but Chloe was really my favorite. She was really strong when things seemed down for her, and is someone I could see myself looking up to. The details and smooth dialog took me inside the pages and emotionally moved me.
The some of the content was a little darker than I am used to but I like how the author wasn’t afraid to talk about them. There were a few misspellings that sort of distracted from the story.

Over all I would recommend this to young teens and anyone else who is interested in the power of friendship, some magic, and lots of drama! – MayRiver (Amazon)

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. Although the book focuses on the friendships and relationships of three girls, anyone can relate to the issues in the book.

The book covers topics encountered by many youth today: divorce, bullying and death of a loved one. As with adults, these relationship based situations are emotionally challenging and difficult to deal with even with friends. They are much more difficult when alone without anyone to talk to.

The author’s writing style is informal and relaxed making this an ideal book for young teens struggling to find themselves because of isolation or other problems. Nice job Ms. Paul. – Blue Lady (Amazon)

Dying Thoughts – Second Sight

Young adult/crime/mystery/paranormal

Trade paperback/E book

Publication date: February 2012

Second in the Dying Thoughts series

Author: Joey Paul

Cover: Beverley Carry

ISBN: 978-1505412901 / 978-0-9553437-3-5

, 203 pages

List price: £7.00/£2.99

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About The Book:

Tara Leverton has a ‘gift’. Up until recently it has been kept a secret from everyone.

Things have certainly changed.

For one, Tara has a best friend, Kaolin. For another, Kaolin, her dad and the police know about her ‘gift’. She’s got the chance to help them solve murders – actually make a difference, one that doesn’t involve doing homework on time.

When tragedy strikes, can Tara be the eyes seeing things that no one was supposed to see?

Reviews:

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and Joey Paul did not fail to disappoint in her follow up! Tara is just as wonderful as in the first book. Her humor really carries the book to great places and makes it such a fun read. I enjoyed getting to know her all over again and follow her adventures as she lets her gift lead her on new journeys. A great series for any age reader! It does not disappoint! – Angie Martin

Tara has a best friend, Kaolin. She is not alone, in many different ways, in this instalment of the dying thoughts series. Tara’s father and a police office now know about her secret; her powers to see and hear things from the other side of the thin veil. With her gift, slightly more out in the open, she finds new purpose, and a new vocation, fighting crime.

I enjoy Joey Paul’s books. She has a natural gift for storytelling and a smooth engaging writing style. This, as with her other novels, showcases, not only good plot lines, but humour shining through, quirky dialogue, and an overall story that hangs well throughout.

A great series, so far. Looking forward to more.– Bookcollector (Amazon)

Dying Thoughts ~ Second Sight takes you right back into Tara’s life. There is something so refreshing about this series. I can’t get enough of the great adventure. With all the humorous moments there is a real life force. I am touched by the real life emotion filled with depth and great insight. This series moved me, entertained me and left me wanting more. This particular book was completely riveting and I was lost into the mystery that this story held. This is what a great book does. Leads you to a great escape that you can connect to at the same time. – Brenda (Goodreads)

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, and Joey Paul did not fail to disappoint in her follow up! Tara is just as wonderful as in the first book. Her humor really carries the book to great places and makes it such a fun read. I enjoyed getting to know her all over again and follow her adventures as she lets her gift lead her on new journeys. A great series for any age reader! It does not disappoint! – Angie (Goodreads)

I’m definitely becoming Joey Paul’s fan! I’m enjoying her protagonist – Tara’s – voice so much that I can’t stay away from the “Dying Thoughts” series. Tara, a fifteen year old schoolgirl with a gift of seeing the last minutes of someone dying if she touches something that belongs to them, is again in the thick of it. Not only has she got involved with the police, using her gift to help inspector Mike, her new friend from school, a blind girl Cassie, goes missing, and, eventually turns up dead. Tara and her best friend Kaolin swear to do everything possible and impossible to find the killer…

Tara, despite her self-doubts and sarcasm, is extremely lovable and sweet. Once again she’s ready to do anything possible and impossible to punish the monster who killed Cassie, she doesn’t mind another detention to put her big mouthed classmate Jody into her place, after the latter accused Tara in killing Cassie and her own mother (I actually laughed out loud at their words exchange prior to Tara throwing a punch, which was just priceless!). I’m not going to give anything else away, just read it and I assure you, you’ll enjoy it! I’m off to read book 3;) – Ellie (Goodreads)

I absolutely adore Tara’s voice. She is the classic angst-ridden teenager with an attitude and something a little different. How does a teen cope with seeing stuff from the dead? It isn’t easy and until recently, she had kept her ability hidden from everyone, which made her isolated in a different way than having a retired pop star dad did. Now she has one good friend who knows, along with her dad and a police detective. It is time to make the next move, following in her mother’s footsteps to help police solve violent crimes. Hard enough for an adult, so it comes with a growing curve for Tara.

I read the first book and snapped this one up when I saw it, eager to continue with the journey. I have not been disappointed. Love this! – C.N (Goodreads)

Lynne & Hope

Young adult/crime/mystery/drama/contemporary

Trade paperback/E book

Publication Date: July 2012

Author: Joey Paul

Cover: Beverley Carry

ISBN: 978-1505412888 / 978-0-9553437-4-2

, 201 pages

List Price: £7.00/£2.99

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About the book:

Lynne and Hope are sisters – they share parents and living space, but that’s pretty much it.

Until one day when Lynne has to run and rely on the sister she hates to save her.

If Hope fails, Lynne’s going to jail and she can kiss her perfect job goodbye, but if she succeeds, will Lynne be able to swallow her pride and see Hope for who she really is?

Reviews:

Despite being sisters, there is a distance in Hope and Lynne’s relationship. The age gap of ten years doesn’t help, and the older sister, Lynne, resents the intrusion of a new sibling.

As the years roll past, time does not heal the relationship, with Lynne increasingly pushed to the bottom of the pecking order. Events reach a crisis when Hope is hospitalised during Lynne’s exams, and the older sister blames the younger for her poor results. However, when Lynne’s career encounters a cataclysmic detour towards sacking and jail, it only Hope that can help.
This is a great book with a unique narrative. Always told in the first person, the perspective expertly switches between each sister in this engrossing tale where each sister wrestles with their ego’s; one to ask for help, the other to give it.
This is a moving tale of sibling rivalry, jealousy, and ultimately love and redemption. However, what lifts this story above so many of its genre, is the subtext. Hope is in wheelchair and Lynne is equally trapped by her blind dedication to her job at the expense of everything. The notion of prisons is one that we can all relate to, and the illustration that some prisons are of circumstance whilst others are of choosing is just beautiful.

This moving tale sucks you in from the outset and keeps you reading long into the night.

Fans of Judy Blume and Jennifer Echols will love this.

Recommended. – M. Sockel (Amazon)

The relationship between siblings are always funny. They never start of as best friends. Sometimes it is remains strained throughout their lives. Sometimes it becomes better with time and siblings become best friends. Sometimes it starts off well but sours down the lane. Lynne and Hope is about two such sisters, who started off on a positive note but soured over the time because of an accident which resulted in Hope confined to a wheelchair.

The story is really very interesting and gripping. The core of the story is the relationship between Lynne and Hope. The way it changes and transforms with various events that happen in their life is a really interesting thing to read. The language is very simple and easily put, which makes the reading experience very smooth. The flow of the story is engaging and powerful. It is said from the point of view of both the sisters, which gives us the complete picture of the scenario.There is a pull in the story which makes you feel like you are an immediate part of their lives and not just a bystander watching the movie go by. There is an emotional connection which comes to the characters because they are so well-developed that they almost feel real and sitting right next to you.

A very interesting mystery novel to be read by anyone who likes such types of book, Lynne and Hope is highly recommended to everyone.
Star Rating : 5 Stars – Devi (Goodreads)

Lynne & Hope by Joey Paul is a delightful read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Lynne & Hope are sisters, 10 years apart in age, and all was well between them until on Lynne’s 15th birthday Hope was in a serious auto accident that paralyzed her lower extremities and killed the driver. Lynne had no idea what had happened until 9 p.m. that night when their father came home and abruptly mentioned Hope was in the hospital in surgery. The family dynamics shifter after that to attention directed to Hope at the cost of Lynne being neglected and consequently withdrawing emotionally from the family. The story is beautifully written from both POVs of Lynne & Hope, chapter after chapter, giving us the insights into a sheltered naïve character in Hope and the resistant resentful older sister in Lynne. And just as their lives all changed so many years ago, it changes again when Lynne gets into trouble at her job. He’s a serologist DNA specialist in a crime lab. When a case comes in involving a lot of blood samples from elderly women being murdered, the testing turns up a shocking and unsuspected suspect: Lynne. Lynne’s unfortunate situation is seed for Hope to flourish and break out of her restricted naïve bubble to help her sister. This is an easy read, a fun read, but it goes deep in the character development and scenes that evolve expressing the family dynamic that’s been impacted by tragedy. And I might add I loved the mystery aspect involving Lynne that was thrown into the storyline that moved it along with heightened interest. – Paulette (Goodreads)

Dying Thoughts – Third Wish

Young Adult/Crime/Mystery/Paranormal

Trade Paperback/E Book

Publication Date: July 2013

Third in the Dying Thoughts series

Author: Joey Paul

Cover: Beverley Carry

ISBN: 978-1505412949 / 978-0-9553437-5-9

, 245 pages

List Price: £7.50/£2.99

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About the book:

Join Tara and Kaolin in the third book in the Dying Thoughts Series.

It’s finally summer and all Tara Leverton plans to do is spend the time sunbathing, hanging out with Kaolin and doing as little as possible. Her gift has kept her busy and now is the chance for some serious down time before her final year at school.

Her dad, on the other hand, has different ideas about how Tara should spend her summer. He’s desperate for her to realise that life in the real world isn’t all solving crimes and hanging out with friends. She’s about to discover that their definitions of summer are complete opposites when her dad gets her a job at a local charity.

When a scary pattern emerges with the charity’s clients, Tara is thrown into the middle of a new case. Who is killing their clients? And can Tara find out before they come for her?

Reviews:

Tara Leverton is a likeable 15-year-old who has had visions of people on their death beds since she was six. With her psychic ability, she works for the police to help solve disturbing and violent crimes often involving the most vulnerable. Tara has no interest in going to uni after her final year of school and wants to continue her psychic work. Tara’s dad has other ideas. He’s lined up holiday work for her during the summer break at Sunflower Wishes, a charity for terminally ill children—although Tara would rather spend her holidays with her best friend, Kaolin or sleeping in. At first the job seems to be a dull filing position, but it soon escalates into an opportunity for Tara to expand her psychic experience in a series of ugly but related crimes.
Joey Paul’s writing style is immediate, lively and very enjoyable. She makes you believe and love her character, Tara who acts and speaks like a witty 15 year-old with everyday concerns about study, work and life. I especially liked the fact she wasn’t perfect. She’s a feisty teenager with a mind of her own.

‘Dying Thoughts – Third Wish’ is an engrossing and entertaining murder mystery for teenage readers that is sure to appeal to a wider audience. – E. M. Cooper (Amazon)

Another great book in the series by the talented Joey Paul! Third book was even more suspenseful and fast-paced than the first two, with the protagonist Tara facing real dangers at the place she never suspected to have problems with in the first place – the charity foundation. However, the job that her father forced her into during her summer break seems to have not such noble goals behind its innocent façade. Terminally ill patients die at the mysterious circumstances prior to the big charity events, and right after big sums of donations to the charity follow… Despite her father’s and the police inspector Mike Clifford’s protests, Tara continues her own investigation, and soon she realizes that who she trusts matters the most.
I loved the element of mystery that the author managed to keep throughout the whole story to reveal the murderer only at the last few pages, and an incredibly suspenseful finale! Brilliant work, as always!
– Ellie (Goodreads)

Paul writes with great charm and really gets inside the head of a young teenager. It was refreshing to have a realistic teenager, stroppy at times negotiating her life and relationships. Here we have a feisty, always opinionated and sometimes lazy girl with more in her head than thoughts of boys. This girl has a special gift and concerns of murder on her mind.

Engaging writing that builds suspense and easy to relate to characters. Having read book 3 (which works perfectly as a stand alone) I intend reading the first two in the series and will look out for future books in the series.

Well produced and enjoyable. – Fiona (Goodreads)

What a delightful book about a 15 year young psychic. Tara is a great character, not just because of her gift, but because she is multi-dimensional. She is feisty and resourceful but still a dutiful daughter of sorts.

I’m a sucker for stories about mediums and psychics and this is a great one, as Tara helps the police to solve crimes. I’ve read a few of Paul’s books and they all have a great feel to it. I hope to see more of Tara and this series. Loved it. – Molly (Goodreads)

This novel shows the often-complicated relationship between siblings. These sisters are at odds with one another due to an accident when Hope was five years old. Resentment and misunderstanding fester over the years causing an ever-widening breach between Lynne and Hope.

Due to another unfortunate event in their lives, they finally realize how much they love one another. Don’t worry I haven’t given away the plot. There is much left for you to discover in this touching story. Another enjoyable aspect was the author’s use of alternating points of view. This is a great Young Adult story! – Anon Anon (Amazon)

Waiting On You

Young Adult/Romance/Contemporary

Trade Paperback/E Book

Publication Date: July 2014

Author: Joey Paul

Cover: Beverley Carry

ISBN: 978-1505412963 / 978-0-9553437-6-6

, 225 pages

List Price: £7.50/£2.99

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About the book:

Angelina and Zack couldn’t be anymore different; one lives in apparent riches and the other in poverty.

They meet online and a friendship blooms, but then things in Angelina’s life take a turn for the worst and she finds herself turning to the only person she thinks loves her – Zack.

With everything against them, can Zack and Angelina cross the distance to change her life before it’s too late? Or will Zack have to watch from afar as Angelina continues to suffer?

Reviews:

The book is written in a quirky young voice that is instantly likeable because of the great sense of humour. Angelina is a pupil and teenager, long suffering for all the responsibilities dumped upon her. She has a tough life and we sympathise with her right away, yet, this is not as depressing as it may sound. It sucks to be her, but reading about her doesn’t

We switch to point of view 2: Zac, who is also one of the ‘good guys’ and very helpful. The book is about their romance and how the two support each other. I can’t say more without spoiling it, so I will leave it to you with my warmest recommendations.
Once in a while you read a good young adult book that has got something special and this is one of them.
– Molly Flanders (Amazon)

Waiting on you is one of those books that can be read and enjoyed by people of all ages, but is especially good for the teenage group.

I think the subject of bullying has impacted most people in one way or another and if that is true for you – you’ll find this book gives a very accurate and extremely heartbreaking account of what it is to experience this. The book is written in a very relatable way. I especially enjoyed watching the budding friendships develop throughout the story and the growth of the characters.
I’d absolutely recommend this book. In fact my own daughter is preparing to read it next. Great job Joey Paul.
– Calista Smith (Amazon)

An excellent story that covers a multitude of emotions and scenes/issues that are so true to any young person growing up. Joey Paul has a raw innocence to her writing. She has maturity and the know how how to get her points across through the character Ange and narrates in a way that will hold the interest of any teen, on the other hand she writes as if she is sitting with a bunch of teenagers

The writing is flawless and organised to make the story a great read with a racy pace.
As a mature reader I thoroughly enjoyed Waiting On You, and will read more from this author. – Shazzie (Amazon)

It takes a strong writer to bring a story like this to life. Joey Paul did a wonderful job. She manages to convey a 14 year old girl’s problems in a 14 year old girl’s voice. She also sheds light onto a very real problem: bullying. I found the characters and situations to be very real. The writing flows smoothly. I enjoyed Waiting on You. – writes4coffee (Amazon)

Bullying is an important and difficult subject. This author does a remarkable job enlightening the reader about the effects and impact of bullies, while still telling a romantic tale about young love. The topic is approached with great insight and sensitivity. The characters are believable and the reader quickly becomes attached to the protagonist. The story is both uplifting and heart wrenching. It is told in an intimate narration that really allows the reader to relate to the main characters. I highly recommend this story for teens and parents as well as anyone else with a loving and caring heart. – Jim (Amazon)

The subject is pretty heavy but Joey Paul’s writing style brings lightness into the story, making this a fast and easy read. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing easy about bullying and I am 100% against it, but the author truly has done remarkably good job with the storyline, keeping the voice of the main character quite authentic as of a girl of age fourteen, spicing up the writing with a hint of a delicate humor and yet managing to wrap an actual and difficult topic into a very interesting design that kept me turning the page after page. There are several side plots so even if the topmost theme is bullying, I think a lot of people, no matter what age they are, will find this book being ‘their cup of tea’.

This was a first book I read from Joey Paul but definitely not the last. This story is current, fresh and definitely a must read. If you like Alex Flinn’s Beastly (the book!), you will love this one, too. Absolutely amazing! – Jennifer Loiske (Goodreads)

Dying Thoughts – Fourth Week

Young Adult/Crime/Mystery/Paranormal

Trade Paperback/E book

Publication Date: August 2015

Fourth in the Dying Thoughts series

Author: Joey Paul

Cover: Beverley Carry

ISBN: 978-1516807833 / 978-0-9553437-7-3

, 240 pages

List Price: £8.00/£2.99

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About the book:

Join Tara in the fourth Dying Thoughts book.

Tara has a gift that allows her to see the last moments of someone’s life when she touches something that belonged to them.

She’s finally close to finishing school, but then disaster strikes when Kaolin is kidnapped. Can Tara find her friend in time? Will her gift be able to save her friend before it’s too late?

What’s the point in having a gift that won’t even help save the ones you love?

Reviews:

Wow, what a wonderfully written young adult crime story! And especially when a protagonist, Tara, possesses a special gift, allowing her to see the moments before the victim dies, which adds an amazing paranormal twist.

Most of all I appreciate strong characters in a book, and Tara, even though she’s only 16, is that strong character. After an untimely death of her mother and a close friend, she faces another challenge: find and save her best friend Kaolin, who was kidnapped. Tara handles the situation with an admirable strength, looking for clues despite her father’s protests and sometimes even going against the police detective Mike, who she’s working with.

It’s a fast-paced thriller, which kept me on the edge of my seat until I finished it. I couldn’t put it down, I just had to know what was going to happen next! I highly recommend this book to everyone, who loves a good quality mystery, detective and thriller genre, all in one. Beautiful job! – Anonymous Amazon Customer

Truly amazing. I came into the series at the forth book and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Author Joey Paul has talent. I love an author with the confidence to put their own voice into their writing. The story of Tara and her special gift should appeal to a wide range of readers.
– Reggie (Amazon)

I’ve been following this series from the first book: First Touch. I am not generally a Y/A fan but I love the paranormal twist in these books. I also love the character Tara, who is a humble and gifted medium, with a gift – or curse, of being able to see events in people’s lives before these events happen. This time her friend is in danger – can Tara save her?

Joey Paul writes from the heart. I can feel her emotions coming through her characters. She is a great story teller, with a very competent writing style that I enjoy. I could see this as a TV series, featuring TARA. It is that good. – Jana (Goodreads)

I’ve came to the series late by starting with Dying Thoughts, where have I been? This is a YA and can be read as a standalone.

I am familiar with Joey Paul’s work and I enjoy her writing style. In Dying Thoughts – Fourth week she produces a well written story that is easy reading. Young and old will warm to her characters and narrative. A young girl, crime and a special gift keeps the story interesting from beginning to end. I am gong to catch up on books 1 – 3 and I know I am in for a treat. – Tracy (Goodreads)

Author Joey Paul has talent. I love an author with the confidence to put their own voice into their writing. The story of Tara and her special gift should appeal to a wide range of readers.

Highly recommended. – Reg (Goodreads)

Without having read the first three in this series (I know, I’m a rebel), I found this story easy to follow and without the usual hurdles experienced when reading out of order. Our main character, Tara, has the gift of seeing a dead person’s last moments when she touches something that belonged to them. This is a gift I’d not thought about before, and found the concept interesting. In this story, Tara’s best friend goes missing and she finds herself investigating with and without the help of the local police to try and figure out what happened and find her alive, before her gift kicks in and shows her it’s too late.

The way the author dances around this character’s gift is impressive. The story moved a bit slower than I normally like, but then again it is geared toward young adults and it’s been a long time since I was a young adult. Overall, I would recommend it. – Biblophile (Amazon)

I thought the idea in this YA novel was clever and the story line was excellent. The main character Tara was believable and I could almost see and hear the average teenager saying the same things and feeling similar emotions. The only down side for me was the repetition of facts and I felt the book was a little long due to this. However it was an enjoyable read and I will recommend it to young readers, although I hope they feel better about staying at school and passing their exams. – Books R Best (Amazon)

Destination: Unknown

Young adult/Crime/Mystery/Paranormal

Trade Paperback/E book

Publication Date: 9th July 2016

Author: Joey Paul

Cover: Beverley Carry

ISBN: 978-1532990809 / 978-0-9553437-8-0, 274 pages

List Price: £9.00/£2.99

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About the book:

Harriet has a complicated life. She cares for her chronically ill Mum, while trying to juggle school and a social life. She’s tired, overworked and underpaid.

Then, one day she sees what she thinks is a ghost, but ghosts don’t exist, do they? And they especially don’t help you travel in time, right?

Now Harriet has a murder to solve, all the while trying to make sure no one finds out about the secret behind that stone in her back garden.

Reviews:

An intriguing YA mystery I recommend to readers of that genre.
Paul’s great strength as a writer is her uncanny ability to morph herself into a teenager. The voice of the fifteen year old Harriet is totally authentic along with her attitudes, concerns and her view of the world. YA books I’ve read fall into two camps, books written for adults dealing with teenager’s concerns and those than can be read by adults but are written to appeal directly to the target audience. Destination Unknown in firmly in the second group and Paul writes to engage directly with a younger audience.
– Maria (Amazon)

Another amazing work from Joey Paul! I’ve read “Dying Thoughts” complete series and I grabbed this newbie as soon as it came out, since I knew I was in for yet another compelling mystery treat, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! This time Harriet, a young 15-year-old teenager who has to balance a school life and caring for her sick mother, finds herself in quite a difficult position, when one day a ghost appears in her house asking for her help…
I’ve always enjoyed how masterfully Joey Paul can combine the ordinary with something quite extra-ordinary and even supernatural, and that’s a sign of a very talented writer. I also appreciated how she didn’t shy away from such sensitive subjects as unexpected sickness of a parent and the impact it has on a child, growing up without a father, school issues such as being a loner, making friends and many more issues that will definitely resonate with many young adult readers
. – Ellie (Goodreads)

Dying Thoughts – Fifth Secret

Young Adult/Crime/Mystery/Paranormal

Trade Paperback/E book

Publication Date: 15th May 2017

Fifth in the Dying Thoughts series

Author: Joey Paul

Cover: Beverley Carry

ISBN: 978-1543060928 / 978-0-9553437-9-7, 446 pages

List Price: £9.50/£2.99

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About the book:

Join Tara in the fifth Dying Thoughts book

Tara has an admirer, someone who thinks the world revolves around her. The problem is, they won’t reveal their identity and the notes they’re sending her are getting weirder and creepier.

Then there’s the fact that she thinks she’s being watched. And the notes seem to be coming from someone she knows. Now she’s getting scared.

Can she find out who they are before their behaviour escalates and Tara pays the price?

Reviews:

This book can be enjoyed time and time again. It is amazingly intense and the author prepares you for the journey for you to take alongside the characters really well. The characters and story development were perfectly done. This book was extremely well written and has fast become of my favourite books. I will definitely want to one click future releases from this author. This book was full of different emotions with many twists and turns in the book that will keep you guessing what is going to happen till the very end. I have the feeling that I am going to be seeing some special works coming from this author.
I could not wait to get to the end so I devoured it in one sitting. Incredible work!!
The storyline was done really well and was believable. It kept me gripped from the very start until the end, so much so I took the book everywhere with me in order to finish it. I adore this book and cannot wait to read the next in the series as well as other work from this amazing author. I will definitely be recommending this author to everyone I know.
Definitely one awesome book to pick up
– Amanda (Goodreads)

Luckily for me I had the opportunity of reading Dying Thoughts-Fifth Secret. I thoroughly enjoyed how the book was written. It was almost like Tara was sitting with me, the reader, telling me the story over a cup of tea. The mystery and intrigue kept me glued trying to guess the outcome and, just when I thought I had it all worked out some new clue threw me off track. Very easy exciting read. Will definitely be checking out other books by this author. – FeeMac (Goodreads)

WOW! This book was so exciting! Full of mystery, suspense, family and a best friend.
Joey Paul is a new author to me and when I was asked to do a review, I was excited. I read the synopses and loved it. I wasn’t disappointed one tiny bit. Joey kept me guessing until the reveal and guess what? I was right! It was so much fun trying to figure out who the stalker was right along with Tara. I laughed, cried, smiled big and held my breath along the way. If an author can do that to me, then in my book, they are a 5 star author. But I would give this book 10 stars if I could. I enjoyed the book so much and had a lot of fun reading it. I love, love how Joey starts out the book, I’m still wondering if this really happened or if it’s just a story.
– Valerie (Goodreads)

Dying Thoughts – Fifth Secret by Joey Paul is a series that I loved from the first book in the series, First Touch.
I adore the authors ability to make me as a reader feel as if she is talking to me and gives a visual that makes the scenes seem like they really are happening before my eyes. It’s a gift that makes reading a pleasure.
Tara Leverton is a sixteen year old who at times seems wiser than her years and at other times so childlike that I don’t expect her to say what she does. She has a rare gift and that is not the only trait that makes her special. She is full of personality, endearing, really, and is so funny at times that I can’t help but laugh out loud. There is also a vulnerability to her that most young readers will be able to relate to. This is a young adult series but I’ve loved each and every instalment that has come out. I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time but I can happily say, it was clearly worth the wait. –
R. B (Amazon)

It’s Not Always Rainbows

Young Adult/Crime/Mystery

Trade Paperback/E book

Publication Date: 30th June 2017

Author: Joey Paul

Cover: Beverley Carry

ISBN: 978-1543061017 / 978-0-9957593-0-5, 520 pages

List Price: £10.00/£2.99

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About the book:

The LGBTQ rainbow covers people from all walks of life. Catherine and her friends all have to struggle for acceptance in their own lives. Parents, friends, teachers, pretty much everyone seems to have their opinion on how they should live.

The only people who don’t tell them what they should do are each other and the people inside the LGBTQ community.

So when people from that community start getting attacked and then murdered, Catherine feels she has to do something to stop it.

Dealing with her own issues with her religious parents is tough enough, but what do you do when who you are is the reason someone wants you dead?

Reviews:

It’s Not Always Rainbows by Joey Paul is a touching and impactful story about being a gay teen dealing with closed mindedness and prejudice. Very realistic as the author takes you into the lives of her and her friends all living as outsiders and in religious families that might not accept their choices.

It’s hard enough growing up as people can be so close minded but coming out to your parents and friends is yet other thing to contend with. And, of course the judgment.

I really enjoyed the story and how the author is so open, as a reader it feels like she is talking about her life and not a fictional one, which this is.

I love coming-of-age stories because of the vulnerability and how relatable they can be. This book has great heart and insight to being young, an outcast and misunderstood by most of society. Books like this hopefully makes people more aware and companionate to everyone around them. No matter what race, religion or sexual orientation. R.B (Amazon)

Giveaway

There are two prizes up for grabs in this giveaway:

A signed paperback copy of It’s Not Always Rainbows direct from Joey; International & a Swag Pack; UK Only.

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