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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Available from Amazon

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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

Available from Amazon

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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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Author Interview: Dianne Wolfenden

Today is the turn of Dianne Wolfenden. I was really looking forward to meeting Dianne at the #DarkerSideOfFiction2017 signing that took place in Peterborough at the weekend but unfortunately Dianne was unable to attend. I guess I’ll just have to wait for another day!

In today’s post Dianne has taken part in an interview so that we can all get to know her better. Dianne has kindly agreed to donate some giveaway prizes too.

Author Interview

An Interview With Dianne Wolfenden

Me: 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.

DM: Hi Lou, thanks for having me, I am looking forward to this.

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

Hi, my name is Dianne, and I write under DM Wolfenden.
I’m from the UK and work on the oil rigs in the North Sea. I would love a dog but because I am away for 3 weeks at a time I can’t have any pets.
My main passions are reading, walking, and going to the cinema.
I love tattoo’s and have quite a few.

I’ll start with the general questions:

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

Like most authors I love reading. I mainly read horror.

Who is your favourite author?

Stephen King

What are you reading at the minute?

A book by an Indie Author called Ghost Files

Favourite type of food and drink?

All the bad stuff, Pizza chocolate, cake. I do love a flavoured water though, that has to be good, right?

I think it is!!

Describe your perfect weekend?

Go out for a curry, a few drinks, catch a later movie and then a lie in the next morning

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

I hate bad manners. It costs nothing to say please and thank you.

Do you have any strange habits? Fancy sharing any?

I like trying to find obscure facts that are of no benefit what so ever (is that weird?)

No, I don’t think it is that weird 🙂

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

Watch movies

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

Of my cousin terrifying me, we were having spaghetti and he convinced me that my mother was feeding me worms.

LOL, that’s pretty funny!! (Sorry)

Next I’ve got some quick fire questions for you:

Sweet or Savoury? Sweet

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Favourite Colour? Black

Favourite Animal? Dog

Favourite Food? Pizza

Favourite Drink? Latte

Good Guy or Bad Boy? Bad boy

Now for the writing related questions:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I don’t, I just feel sorry for myself

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

I’m a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl.

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

Sometimes, and it’s mainly Seether or Linkin Park

How do you research when writing your books?

Mostly the internet.

Do you have people to use as a sounding board?

I do have a couple of people who I know will be totally honest with me

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

So proud, but also not sure they would read anything I wrote at first, horror isn’t a family thing

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

Not a lot, but it has happened in the past.

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

My WIP is a story of a serial killer and his latest obsession: Jane

He ran his fingers along the spines of books as he walked, basking in the glory of this place. His eyes went from the higher rows of books to the alley in front of him and he stopped dead.

A jumper two sizes too big covered her boyish frame, her rich honey hair pushed back off her face and kept in place with an Alice band. Perfect pale complexion complimented by her deep pink lips. For a fleeting moment, the sands of time had frozen, and her beauty stole his heart, took his breath away and gave his life renewed purpose. She wasn’t like the others, she deserved his complete attention; he will have nothing but love for her. She would die with a pure soul, and that would be thanks to him. She was his destiny.

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

BBEBehind Blue Eyes: At the end of WWII, Cain returned to England, longing for the comforts of home, but found his mother was different; she had been changed by a vampire who preys on women.
There came a point where his mother felt there was no choice…Cain had to be turned as well.
After watching his mother die he changed his way of thinking, his way of feeding. He tried to reclaim some of his humanity but it was not easy as he was fuelled by rage against the one that had changed her. He wanted his revenge and nothing would stop him.

 

Winters Day: Winters Day is set in today’s suburban Britain. Dealing with tough issues, it WintersDayexposes the human psyche in all its 

 

glory: with gritty realism and laugh-out-loud humour. A multi-layered and highly emotional package

CarlyCarly: Written in British English, including some slang.
Carly: Her cousin, Lisa disappeared, her family murdered in front of her.
Held in prison for her kidnapper’s murder, she has to try and find a way to save Lisa.

The Box: Written in British EnglishTheBox

Fifteen years after their mother walked out on them and their father, twenty-seven-year-old Charlene, and her sister Stacy open The Box that their father keeps his secrets hidden away in. What they learn changes everything. What really happened to their mother?

BernieBernie and the Beast: Haunted by visions of the girl with green eyes, can Bernie tame the Beast before it’s too late. Before he kills again.

That was Dianne and her books, below are the place that you can stalk Dianne & keep reading for the fabulous giveaway!!

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/DM-Wolfenden/e/B00EVVDRZY/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dmwbhbe

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, loved the questions and the opportunity for people to get to know a little more about me.

Giveaway

So Dianne is being incredibly generous and offering 5 prizes!! That’s right 5 prizes, that means the potential for 5 winners!! The paperbacks are UK ONLY due to postage, but the ebooks are international but you will NEED a kindle email.

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PRIZES: Double Trouble: 2x Paperback’s (UK only),​ 1x Mobi copy (international), sent direct to kindle & Winters Day: 1x paperback (UK only) 1x Mobi copy (international), sent direct to kindle.

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Guest Post: A Day In The Life of Author Claire Marta

Today is a guest post from the lovely Claire Marta. I met Claire through social media, and will actually get to meet her at the #DarkerSideOfFiction2017 signing in Peterborough on Saturday October 7th!! That’s tomorrow!!! I’m SO excited right now!!

For now I’ll hand over to Claire, be sure to keep reading to find out about Claire’s books, places to find Claire and a giveaway too!! 🙂

A Day In The Life Of Claire

I know some readers wonder how an Author spends their day. What we get up to while everyone else is out at work. How we find the inspiration to weave our stories across the pages of our books to tell our tales of woe and joy. Maybe you wonder if it’s something glamorous? This is my typical day as a stay at home Mum and Author.

7.00am – Husband wakes us up. Reluctantly drag myself out of bed and get my daughter up who also doesn’t want to get up. Brain sluggish and not fully working but I am awake (yay go me!)

7.30am – Get my daughter dressed, feed her breakfast, gulp down my cup of tea while running around getting her bag ready for school. Tell my Husband to get dressed as he’s slacking. Brain is fully activated and characters have started to talk to me but I try to ignore them.

8.00am – Quickly check messages and answer the ones I find. A glance at Facebook and Instagram to see what’s going on that turn into 15 minutes of wasted time. Realise I am still in my pyjama’s dig out some clothes and hurriedly get dressed. Shout at my Husband who is also procrastinating to get his butt dressed to.

8.15am – Leave the house to take my daughter to Nursery with Husband in tow. Characters still talking to me and storyline ideas start to flow. Drop off Daughter, walk Husband to bus stop a hurried good bye then run all the way back to the house to write.

9.00am – Make a cup of tea, turn computer on. Check messages, check Facebook. Open current story and stare at the screen for ten whole minutes as my characters are now sulking and don’t want to come out to play. Make more tea while trying not to procrastinate. Finally regain the urge to write and dive into typing.

9.30am – Read through the small amount of inspiration I have come up with hoping it doesn’t suck. It’s good and my characters are happy. Skip ahead to the back of the book as I have an idea and I can never ever work in a straight line.

10.00am – Check messages. Check Facebook. Look back at current story and notice I have a beginning and end and not much else going on. Wonder what the hell the middle is going to be. Get up and make more tea. Get hijacked by the cat after I sit down and spend 10 minutes with him drooling all over me while he purrs sinking his claws into the soft parts of my body.

11.00am – Wonder what I can post in my readers group that everyone would like. Wonder if I should do another giveaway. Wonder if anyone reads my posts. Spend 20 mins looking at google pics to find something funny or vampire related to post in the group. Download a dozen pics I like knowing I will probably only use one or two.

11.30am – Make more tea. Check emails. Check reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Realise I should probably write some more. Open up a completely different story and start typing ideas for that instead of focusing on the current story I have. Go make a messy hurried sandwich for lunch as I am hungry and don’t want to waste time actually cooking something I might like better.

12.45am – Leave the house in a rush as I have fifteen minutes to go pick up my daughter as soon as my ideas start flowing properly. Curse my characters that they’ve taken this long to actually get somewhere and I am sure they are doing it to torture me.

15.00pm – Spending the afternoon with my daughter watching cartoons. The house looks like a bomb has hit it as she’s pulled out all her toys. Using ten minutes to write a few ideas down while she’s mesmerized by the tv which doesn’t last long.

17.00pm – Five minutes hiding in the bathroom checking my emails, Facebook and messages as my 4yr old tells me off if she finds me on my phone. Realise my minion is now becoming the Master. Feel proud of her yet at the same time frightened of what I have created. Get caught on my phone and then forced to spend the next thirty minutes playing tea party with a stuffed unicorn and a purple toy cat.

17.30pm – Make more tea while searching for something chocolatey or containing sugar. My characters are talking to me again I am not talking to them. Spend ten minutes trying to find a cartoon my daughter actually wants to watch. Wonder if I am to old to join the circus or get adopted by a rich billionaire.

18.00pm – My Husband messages he will be coming home soon. Resist the urge to send an SOS message back. Start picking up toys so it doesn’t look to bad when he gets home. Wonder what the hell I should make for dinner. Leave the decision up to my daughter. Text my Husband to bring back pizza as that’s what she’s asked for.

19.00pm – Husband rolls in with three pizzas.

20.00pm – Clear away what’s left of the devastation my daughter had left during the day. Start the process of getting her ready to bed which includes her dancing around listening to songs on youtube, trying to convince her to brush her teeth properly, five minutes of waiting for her to go to the loo, more time while she chooses what to wear to bed and what toys get to sleep with her.

20.30pm – Daughter decides she wants my Husband to put her to bed not me. Try to hide my evil glee. Listening to him telling her a story while I turn my laptop on. Talk to my beta readers. Post a pic in my group and reply to comments. Load up spotify and get my earphones out.

21.00pm – Open up current story. Read through what I wrote that morning and add a few things. Realise I need to make some more teaser pics. Post book stuff in book groups and promo groups while wondering if anyone will check them out.

10.00pm – Decide to torture my characters and go on a spree making the worse things that can happen to them happen. Enjoy all the blood, deceit and mayhem. Talk to a few people through chat. Feel exhausted but don’t want to go to bed yet as it’s to early.

11.00pm – Crawl into bed knowing before I know it my eyes will be open again and I will repeating everything from the start.

Thank you for giving us an insight to your daily life Claire. And thank you for agreeing to be apart of my rebrand and launch of my new blog. I am really looking forward to meeting you and hugging you tomorrow! 🙂 

Now for Claire’s books and stalker links, keep reading for the giveaway too 🙂

Book Spotlight

Frostbite (Hunter Chronicles #1):

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon USFrostbite

Jasmine Hunter is a rookie agent working for the covert Supernatural Department of Scotland Yard.

Being kidnapped with a co-worker is the last thing she’s expecting from only two months in a job she loves. She is even more unprepared for the sparks that fly between her and one of their captors, especially when her unique senses are screaming he isn’t human.

Eric is a vampire, deep undercover with centuries of secrets. He has no time for distractions, yet he can’t seem to get the feisty female out of his head, nor the hungering desires she evokes within him.

Forced to work together, they must stop the diabolical plans of Marcel Coupe – the French arms dealer responsible for her abduction. As time starts to run out can they save themselves and Paris from disaster? Or will the sizzling attraction between them be their downfall?

Dark Desires (Hunter Chronicles #2):

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Jasmine Hunter finds herself knee deep in a decadent vampire nest in Prague. A killer lurks the medieval city and is preying on blood donors who frequent the home of the local Vampire Mistress.

With her teammates from Scotland Yard in tow Jasmine, must attempt to discover the murderer’s identity.

But will things go to plan? Sex dungeons, submissive human pets, and sexy dominant males are a lot for a rookie to cope with.

Especially when Eric is the last person she expects to see…

Requested to assist with the hunt for a vicious serial killer by an old friend, Eric is left speechless to find Jasmine offering herself up as food. The attraction between them is burning as red hot as before, and his lust for the feisty female is just as deep.

More disturbing, his emotions which he normally has leashed, once more slip in her presence. Yet this time they feel different. Darker, primal, and savage yet Eric cannot explain why. The insidious pull of the other predators around him is also more than a sweet temptation he finds himself unable to resist.

Combining forces, Jasmine and Eric must play the parts of Master and submissive.

But nothing is as it seems.

Can they work out who the killer is in a household full of deception and secrets before it is too late? Or will a price be paid in blood….

*** 18 & over only. Contains sexual scenes, light BDSM, sex and some violence. ***

Claimed By Magic (Hunter Chronicles #3):

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Broken hearted from Eric’s betrayal in Prague, Jasmine turns to her best friend to get her mind off everything she has lost.

Twitch takes her on a wild adventure in an attempt to cheer her up, but unbeknownst to either of them, danger lurks within the shadows of the techno mage’s magical homeland.

An ancient evil is rising.

No one is safe.
No one can be trusted.
Lines are drawn.
The battle to survive begins.

*** Warning this book contains some violence, sexual scenes, magic and adventure. For an audience over 18. You should read Dark Desires before this book in the series. ***

The Serpents Kiss (Hunter Chronicles #4):

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Jasmine Hunter’s addiction for the vampire bite is swallowing her whole. Left with no other choice; she seeks out the Master Vampire of London to ease her pain.

But Asier Serpico has his own agenda. Dark, lethal, and intoxicating; he offers sweet seduction and even more—pleasure. He wants to take her pain—and her body—from the one she loves.

Can Jasmine resist Asier while fighting to prevent the impending disaster of a new drug wreaking havoc on the city streets….

…or will London fall?

Author Spotlight

A native Brit, I live in Italy with my husband and daughter. When I am not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, I enjoy taking photos of my adoptive country, trying to stay fit with running, reading amazing books and being a stay at home mother.

Claire Marta

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Author Interview: Martin Tracey

Author Interview

Today is an Interview with Martin Tracey. Martin is a new author to me, I’ve got a couple of his books on my TBR list & I’m looking forward to meeting Martin at the #DarkerSideOfFiction2017 signing in Peterborough on Saturday October 7th.

On to…

An Interview With Martin Tracey

Me: 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?

Martin: Hi, my name is Martin Tracey and I’m an author from Birmingham. I like to include Birmingham characters and settings in my books but I’ve also used the Peak District, USA, Romania and London which I guess reflects my personal enjoyment to travel. I wouldn’t say I write in a ‘pinned down’ genre as such, my books have a lot of variety in them, although one of the multi-author signings I am attending is the ‘Darker Fiction’ event in Peterborough and I would say that is apt.

I’ll start with the general questions:

1. Do you enjoy reading? If so what do you like to read & Who is your favourite author?

I love reading but for an author I don’t do it as often as I should and it takes me ages to read a book. Peter James is one of my favourite authors, his mixture of crime and supernatural obviously appeals to my own approach to writing. I also like Martina Cole due to her ‘no-nonsense’ approach and Dan Brown can write a mean page turner. Brown gave me the confidence to mix fact and fiction in my own work. For classic horror, I like Richard Laymon, but there are some great Indie authors out there these days and I’ve enjoyed books by DG Torrens and RH Dixon for example. Once I’ve got through my very long reading list I will be able to champion even more Indie authors. I also like biographies of people I admire.

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

I love these 9.00 o clock mini drama series that appear on terrestrial TV, such as ‘Line Of Duty’. I’m a massive Beatles fan so listening to them is a must and for my sins I support Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, so I go to the odd game and either side of the match I indulge in another favourite hobby of mine which is sampling Real Ale.

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

I’ve been lucky enough to go to some fab places: Las Vegas, New Mexico, Grand Canyon, Switzerland, London and due to the Beatles connection, I love going to Liverpool especially Mathew Street. I have Elvis’ home Graceland left on my bucket list so I guess I’ll choose Memphis.

Now for the author related questions:

4. What drew you to the genre of books that you write? Would you ever consider writing a different genre? If so which one?

As I stated I write dark fiction but I don’t believe that my genre can be ‘pigeon-holed’. I’ve so far covered vampires, religious cults, serial killers and haunted houses. My next book explores the 27 club. Readers of my books will notice how music is themed in my work, that’s because I used to play in bands and write songs before I took to novel writing and music remains in my heart. I have always been fascinated with the supernatural and things that can’t be explained so that’s why such things feature in my books – I like to push the boundaries of reality in my work. As a kid, the old hammer horror films drew my imagination in so that definitely had an influence. I would never say never to writing in other genres, it’s like music. If it’s good it’s good no matter what the genre.

5. Do you have a certain place that you write? (e.g. a writing cave?) Or do you prefer a certain type of atmosphere?

I actually like to write just lying in the bed!

6. Do you or have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so how do you deal with it?

Touch wood I’ve never suffered from it luckily. I think my imagination is too uniquely wired to ever have that problem.

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

I briefly outline the story via a skeleton chapter plan but for sure the story evolves and morphs as I roll with the flow. I can’t write if I place restrictions on myself and the story and characters often lead me to have light bulb moments along the writing process.

8. Where do you get your character inspiration from?

I don’t base characters on people I know, I do make then up. They are often able to execute extreme actions all in the name of ‘the greater good’ and to achieve extreme poetic justice. Judd Stone from Mind Guerrilla and who is to soon appear in my book about the 27 Club is such a character. He is an anti-hero so I like my characters to be interesting and that perhaps makes them flawed and not perfect in certain respects. My baddies must be bad, it’s that simple.

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

Oooh, that’s a great question. I can’t pick one, sorry. But I guess any of the authors I answered in question 1. In terms of wider collaboration, I’d like to work with Quentin Tarantino, his outlook on revenge is right up my street.

10. Which book would you most like to see as a movie/tv series?

Sorry I don’t want to appear self-indulgent but it would be any one of my own: Beneath The Floodlights would be particularly good on the screen with the vampires and football elements. Mind Guerrilla and Things They’ll Never See could be good too though.

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

Ok, so I alluded to this earlier. My current WIP is about the 27 Club (I don’t have a title yet), a term associated with the incredible number of artists and rock stars who have all lost their lives at the tender age of 27: Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain to name just a few. Anything extraordinary like this intrigues me. I don’t wish to give too much away at this stage, but Judd Stone who has proved to be a very popular character from Mind Guerrilla is in the unenviable position of trying to prevent female rock star Phoenix Easter from becoming the next member of this notorious club. Phoenix could well be the making of her own downfall, she is extremely talented but can be self-destructive by engaging in alcohol and drugs and living life to the extreme– she’s very rock & roll! However darker forces are at work and it’s not as simple for Judd to just protect Phoenix from herself.

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

The pleasure is all mine, thanks for the opportunity.

Spotlight: Liz Iavorschi-Braun

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As you may know from my first post the talented Liz Iavorschi-Braun has been a tremendous help in getting my new blog up and running, to me it is only fitting that as a way to say another thank you to Liz my first book related post is spotlighting Liz and her books. 

Author Spotlight

I would like to present:

 

Liz Iavorschi-Braun

 

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Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Liz spent several years living in the Okanogan valley of British Columbia where she found inspiration for the setting of the Seven Years Gone series. She currently resides on the Black Sea coast of Romania with her husband and their cat, FuzzyButt.

~Places To Find Liz~

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

Liz also has some awesome swag that can be ordered from etsy like lip balm, body butter, candles and tea. All organic and made for the books by artisans. she don’t profit from it, but has it available all the same. These products can be found here:

Lip Balms:

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Candles:

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So now you know a little more about Liz how about I show you her books too? Not only show you but I can also give you an excerpt from both of them too. Liz is also being kind enough to offer a prize for one lucky reader, for your chance of winning keep reading 😉

Book Spotlight

Undesirable, Seven Years Gone #1.

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~Blurb~

Five generations after world leaders engineer a virus to decimate the population and keep it under control, life continues as normal for those living in The Society. They are divided into classes and go about their lives because it is all they know. The genetically fortunate become rulers, while those labeled undesirable are never seen again. Torn between her obligation to The Society that she was raised in and a desire to choose her own fate, Ginger takes a chance and risks it all to cross a vast wilderness alone for a chance to be free.

~Book Links~

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image~Undesirable Excerpt~

The house is quiet now. I check the hall outside my parents’ room and they are sleeping. With my backpack on my shoulders, I walk quietly down the stairs, carefully placing each foot to avoid making noise. I tiptoe through the kitchen and open the freezer to slide the note under the last meal for the week ahead. Wednesday night next week. That is when they will know. I hold my breath, waiting to make sure I am not heard and then I slide out the back door, careful to close it quietly. After a brief final look back at the place that was home, I slide around the side of the house to the service road that runs behind the houses all the way to the riverside park.

The park and the river beyond are not far– only a few blocks. It is after curfew, so the streets are quiet, though I am aware of every small sound, from the crunch of gravel under my feet to the rustling of the leaves in the breeze. Security only passes through at curfew to make sure everyone is at home. They usually stay around the capitol or random patrols around the eastern and western edges of town, or at least that is where I have seen them during the day. I have never been out this late at night; it’s not allowed. The city seems different in the still darkness – sterile and empty. I stay in the shadows, but I don’t see anyone. I have to cross the street to get to the park that flanks the river, but the streetlights are off and the park is heavily treed. Peeking my head around the corner, looking both ways, I release my held breath with a sigh and then I run for it. I make it to the cover of the trees and stop for a moment, my back pressed against the rough bark. I only had to run about 50 yards, but the adrenaline has left my heart pounding out of my chest and my breath burning in my throat.

I take a moment to get my breath and my bearings. Part of me wants to turn around and run home, but I know that is not an option. There is only one way to go. Forward. I move from tree to tree, stopping each time to check my surroundings and pray I haven’t been seen. It seems like hours before I reach the cement banks of the river, though my watch tells me it has only been a matter of minutes.

I stop to slip my clothes off, wearing nothing but a t-shirt and my sports shoes. I put my pants in the plastic bag in my pack and I slide down the slanted banks to the water. It is colder than I expected. In the summer the waist-deep water is warm from the hot summer sun, but it is early spring and the water from the lakes that flows through it is straight from the glacier melt from high in the mountains. I can feel it pulling against my legs and it brings me back to my selection test, choking me with fear. This is different, I tell myself, over and over – willing myself to keep moving. I focus on one foot in front of the other to keep my mind focused, intent on my goal. There are no lights here and only the pale glow from the moon shows me where I am. I can see the moon reflecting on the water and the beach ahead and I want to run to it, but I keep my pace slow and intentional, focusing on placing my feet one at a time on the slippery bottom. After five minutes I can’t feel my legs anymore, but I don’t stop.

My foot lands on a slimy rock and slips off, plunging me chest-deep into the cold of the water. I managed to stop the scream before it made its way up my throat. Gasping, I struggle to get back up, looking frantically from side to side to make sure I haven’t been seen. Assured that I am alone, I keep moving. Feel with my foot, step, feel, step, over and over, freezing at each perceived sound. There is a tunnel ahead, a short drainage pipe that allows the water to flow under the road that runs along the lake. It is tall enough to stand up in, but the bottom is moss-covered and slippery. Unable to feel my feet, I must stay focused to avoid slipping on the dangerously slick surface. On the other side is the stretch of sand and the lake.

I stop for a moment to prepare myself before stepping out onto the exposed beach, my hands on the wall of the cement pipe for support. My body stiffens as I feel a vibration through the wall, and a rumbling sound follows. I crouch down in the water, making myself as small as possible as the sound gets closer and closer, until it stops, directly above me. I hear a car door open and boots step out on the gravel on the road above me. Another door opens. Another set of boots. The only people allowed to be out this late are the police, who keep our city safe, though from what I don’t know. Even my heartbeat is thunderously loud and I am sure they must hear my ragged breath echoing off the walls of the tunnel. Every muscle in my body freezes, afraid even the slightest ripple in the water will alert them to my presence.

I hear a voice above, annoyed.

“You have the bladder of a toddler. This is the third time tonight we’ve had to stop. I think you just like peeing over the bridge.”

“Well, I have to do it somewhere. I might as well amuse myself in the process, right?”

The first man laughs and I hear boots coming closer to the edge. I hold my breath and then I hear the tinkling sound of liquid hitting water directly in front of me, and then a second stream. I try not to gag and tell myself it is just my imagination when the water around me seems to get slightly warmer. I want to get away. I want to scrub my skin with hot water and plenty of soap, but I can’t move. Hot tears run down my face and I know this has to be the end. There is no way they won’t find me here. Finally the noise stops and I hear the sound of zippers and the crunching of boots again, then a door closing, and a second. The vibrations start again as the engine come back to life and drives off.

I still don’t move. I wait several minutes to make sure they are gone before I venture forward and peer out from under the edge of the tunnel. I lift my head to look in both directions along the road, but I see nothing and sigh with relief. The beach opens up in front of me, stretching left and right to the rocky banks and cliffs on either side. I see where I need to go. The cliffs are almost vertical to one side, but to the other, the sheer rocks jut out for a bit, then becoming more gradual around the bend where steeply rolling hills covered with trees rise continuously to the mountains. It will be difficult, but not impossible.

I stay as close as I can to the trees that line the beach, trusting the darkness to keep me hidden. The lake is long and narrow with the only easy access at the north and south ends, which are each only a few hundred meters across. I come out from the river almost exactly in the middle. It doesn’t take long to get to the edge, but this is where I am most vulnerable. The road that runs along the lake ends here. It turns back to run along the edge of the city, surrounding it like a square. This is our border and the area where I am most likely to run into a patrol. I look carefully in the distance, but see nothing along the road. I look out into the water, but see no lights that would indicate that there is a boat patrolling the water.

There is no other choice. I have to get in the water and swim along the edge and then out around the point and back to where I can safely come ashore. I will be in the water with nowhere to hide if anyone should come. Hiding behind a clump of bushes, I open my pack and untie the knot on the top of the plastic bag holding my belongings. I blow into it, filling it with air before tying it closed again. I pull out another empty plastic bag and fill it as well, tying it to my pack to keep it afloat. I put my already-wet running shoes in my pack and use the laces to tie the pack to my waist, allowing me the use of my hands and legs while my pack tows along behind me. I know there is no way I could swim with my pack on my back. My pack is dark brown and in the water it shouldn’t easily be seen. I really hope this will work. I take one last deep breath and step into the water at the edge of the beach. It’s like ice, colder than the river, and I can feel goose bumps breaking out along my skin. When the water reaches my chest, I gasp, my muscles clenching so tight I am unable to catch a breath. I force myself to relax the muscles and breathe. I slide in to my neck and begin to swim in the dark along the edge of the rocks. The cold sends pins and needles through my hands and feet, and they don’t go away. Even after a few minutes of swimming, the pain is almost unbearable. I practiced swimming in the pool at school many times and even swam in the lake a few times on a class trip, but it is much different in the dark. I try not to let my mind think of what might be in the water with me.

I want to swim as fast as I can, but I am afraid of making noise. My body and brain are screaming for me to get out of the water, but I can’t. The point is just a few yards ahead. I reach my hand out to the rocks, grasping hold. I slowly pull myself around to the point and peer around the corner, freezing in mid-reach. I see a light. There is a boat in the water about a hundred yards ahead, spotlight scanning the rocks on the other side of the banks. I duck my head under just before the light reaches me. Thankfully my wet, dark brown pack looks no different than the rocks in the dark and the light passes by. I want to burst from the water and gulp air, but they are too close. They will hear. My lungs are screaming for air as I surface slowly and allow myself the slowest sip of air, bit by bit as I scan with my eyes. The spotlight is facing the other direction now and the boat moves on towards the beach.

As the boat comes parallel to my position, light scanning the opposite shore, I slip around the point and press myself as close to the rocks as I can, waiting until they are out of site. I have to keep moving or I won’t ever make it out of the water. I can already feel my shivering slow and that can’t be a good thing. I manage to make it to where the rocks are low enough that I can pull myself up and out of the water. I deflate my bag and untie the laces, placing my pack back on my back before hoisting myself out. I take a moment to slip on my shoes, but don’t stop to change. I am too close to the shore. I know I need to get out of these wet clothes, but I can’t risk doing it here where I might be seen.

I race up the slope as quickly and quietly as I can towards the trees. I don’t even slow down to look back until I am well covered by the trees. I can see the boat, close to the shore where I first entered the water and heading towards the other side of the lake. I sigh with relief. There is a large boulder ahead of me and I slip my pack to the ground and sit behind it. The quick movement warmed me a bit, but the cold air on my wet skin is quickly undoing any warmth I’ve generated. I wring out my hair and pile it under my winter hat and strip off my wet shirt and underpants, placing them in the empty bag before redressing in my pants, tunic and sweater. I pull out my winter boots and lace them up. It is not winter, but they are dry and sturdy, more suited than wet running shoes for what lies ahead.

~Book Links~

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Undefinable, Seven Years Gone Book #2.

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~Blurb~

The Choices we make define us, but they have consequences.  Ginger must come to grips with the ramifications of her actions, even as she comes into her own.

While war looms on the horizon, Ginger learns that freedom, family and love are worth fighting for, regardless of the costs.

Author Liz Iavorschi-Braun’s much-anticipated second book of the Seven Years Gone series is a gripping story you won’t want to put down.

~Book Links~

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Chapter 11

I don’t know how long I have been locked up in this cell. It’s been long enough for the passing of time to become a blur. With no windows and no lights, I can’t tell if it has been hours or days. I don’t know where I am, but I suspect it is somewhere in or near Harrison, judging by the time it took to get here. I haven’t seen the others and I don’t know if they are safe. Rane was bleeding and unconscious when they took him off the transport. Joan and Dr. Anders were unconscious, but they seemed unhurt.

Sitting in the dark, it is hard for me to keep the panic at bay. Thoughts of being trapped here forever fill my head. A sense of hopelessness overwhelms me and it is all I can do to fight back the tears that threaten to choke me. Not knowing where I am, thoughts of being trapped, buried alive in whatever hell this is, send images of me trying to claw my way out racing through my head. I curl my fingers, recoiling at the imagined sensation.

I try to reason with myself. They can’t leave me here forever. The Society is coming to get me eventually. The Society is coming for me. That thought is enough to send waves of nausea through me and I try not to retch the nonexistent contents of my stomach all over the floor. Taking a deep breath to settle my mind and my stomach, I press my palms to the floor and feel relief when they touch cool concrete instead of the dirt I had imagined. I shake my hands to rid myself of the feeling.

I have to pull myself together. I can’t sit here and wait for The Society to come. I have to do something. I have to come up with a plan and that isn’t going to happen sitting here imagining what might be hiding in the dark. Wherever this is, there has to be a way out. They got me in here somehow and presumably, they will eventually come to get me out. Finding out how needs to be my first step.

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I do my best to assess my surroundings in the dark. Crawling with one hand outstretched, I keep going until I hit bars. I can feel a break in the bars where the door closes, and a chain with a lock on it that is keeping me from leaving. I keep moving right, my hands feeling along the bars until I reach a wall with no windows or doors. There is a bucket in the corner and a bottle of what I assume is water. There is a mattress on the floor with a scratchy blanket, but no other furniture that I can feel. I keep moving clockwise until I reach another set of bars. On my knees, I feel along the bars, looking for some way out. I reach something soft pushed up against the bars from the other side. By the feel of it, it is obviously human and obviously unconscious.

I keep moving my hands, bar by bar, until my hands reach a tangle of curly hair, wet and matted. I smell my fingers and there is unmistakably blood on them. Rane’s blood. I slide my hands over his head and to his face, relieved when I can feel the soft exhale of air from his nose. He’s still alive, but in the dark I can’t tell how badly hurt he is. Judging by how difficult it is to wake him, it must be bad.

Tearing off a strip of fabric from my shirt, I press it to Rane’s head where the blood seems to be coming from. It must have hurt because the groan I get in response is certainly not in pleasure.

“Rane, wake up!” Another groan is his only reply. I reach through with my other hand and find his shoulder and give it a shake.

“Rane, please, wake up!” I shake him more urgently this time.

“If you keep shaking me like that I’m going to be sick.”

“Are you hurt anywhere besides your head? I can’t reach anything but your head and shoulders.”

“A few broken ribs, I think, but my head took the worst of the beating. Are you hurt?”

“No, I’m fine. Where are Joan and Dr. Anders?”

“I’m over here, Ginger,” says Joan from somewhere to my left, “but I don’t know where Joanne is, and before you ask, I’m not hurt. I’m just mad. Rane, if I get my hands on that brother of yours, I swear I will introduce his ass to my boot!”

“Jonah? He was here?” replies Rane.

“You were out cold before he showed his face. He was driving the transport and acting like that commander’s lap dog looking for praise for telling him where to find us.”

“Jonah was working with McNeil?”

“If McNeil is that big sour looking commander, then yes. I also noticed that cast on his hand was gone and he didn’t seem to be having any trouble using it.”

“I think your boots are going to have to stand in line behind mine, Joan.”

“Now that we’ve established that a butt kicking is in order and who goes first, does anyone know where we are? I’d like to get out of here, if at all possible,” I say, irritated.

“The holding cells in the basement of the old police station. It’s the only place in town that has cells with bars like this. It isn’t used anymore, but there’s a passageway that connects it to the old courthouse where the high-ranking officers have their offices. Back in basic training, the guys stuck on guard duty at night would sneak down here to meet up with their girlfriends for a little alone time, or at least they did until someone got caught and they locked off the door from the courthouse to the tunnel. As for getting out of here, I somehow doubt they left the cells unlocked and the doors unguarded.”

“If I can get the keys, can you get us out of here?” I ask.

“And how do you plan on getting the keys?”

“Someone has to come down here eventually. When they do, just be ready. I have a plan.”

“Darlin’, please don’t do anything foolish. Anyone who comes down here is going to be trained and most likely armed.”

“Don’t you darlin’ me. I’m still mad at you, Rane. When we get out of here, I have a few things to say to you, but for now, trust me. I got myself out of The Society and I can get myself out of this.”

“You’d best listen to her, Rane,” says Joan. “If she’s anything like the other women in our family, she’s as stubborn as a rock, and if she takes after her father, you’re in real trouble if you get on her bad side.”

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Hours pass in the dark with no sign of anyone. Old Joan has fallen asleep, judging by the snores coming from her direction. At least it gives Rane and I a chance to talk, though there are things between us that I don’t know how to fix.

“Why, Rane? Why didn’t you tell me the truth?”

“I don’t have all the answers, Ginger. It’s not easy to balance being someone’s doctor and their…boyfriend at the same time. That’s why there are rules about doctors treating patients that they have close relationships with. I’m not even a full-fledged doctor yet, so my experience is limited. As for being someone’s boyfriend, I have zero experience there. This is all new to me. I did what I thought was best, as a doctor. I didn’t know what else to do.”

“You could have told me the truth and trusted that I could handle it.”

“Yeah, I know that now, but at the time I did what I could. Everyone expects me to know all of the answers, but I don’t. I’m not that much older than you and I have never dealt with anything remotely like this before. One day I’m walking along with not a care in the world except finishing my training and what I am going to eat for dinner and suddenly a half-dead girl drops into my arms, one who is being chased by The Society and has been impregnated against her will by The Society’s leader. Then I find out her parents have been murdered by The Society and my commanding officer is in league with them and is kidnapping children and wants to do the same to you. On top of all that I’ve fallen in love with you. I wouldn’t trade this for the world, but it’s all a little overwhelming and completely out of my comfort zone. I’m not perfect. I made a mistake and I will probably make more, but I didn’t do it out of malice. I was just dealing with things the best I knew how.”

Rane’s right. I have expected him to know what to do and to have all the answers. Maybe that wasn’t fair.

“I’m sorry.”

“Darlin’, what are you apologizing for? I’m the one who screwed up here.”

“I’m sorry for being unfair and expecting you to know all the answers and I’m sorry for running off without giving you a chance to explain. If I had stayed and listened instead of running away, we wouldn’t be here right now.”

“Does this mean your forgive me?”

“How about we agree that you will not keep secrets from me, no matter what, and I will stop running away from things instead of talking about them? We’ll start with that. Deal?”

“Deal.”

I put my hand through the bars to lay it on his chest, but instead of the warm, firm flesh I was expecting, my hand finds a sodden wet, bloody mess.

“I thought you said no more secrets! Why didn’t you tell me about this?” I exclaim, grabbing his hand and placing it on his bloody shirt.

“Darlin’, everything hurts. I didn’t notice.”

“How bad is it?”

“Well, if I didn’t feel it and there’s this much blood, likely pretty bad.”

I rip off another big strip from my shirt and hand it to him. At this rate I am going to be naked soon.

“Put that on the wound. I can’t see anything in the dark. I need you to check yourself and see if there is anything else that needs tending to,” I demand, more afraid than angry. If Rane’s hurt, then we need to get out of here sooner rather than later so he can get help, though I have no idea where that help will come from or how I am going to get an injured Rane, Joan, hopefully Dr. Anders, and myself out of here. The need to escape is making me feel like a caged animal and I swallow hard to fight back the urge to start screaming. I have to focus on my plan and pray that it works. It’s not long before I get a chance to find out.

~Book Links~

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Cover Reveal

I am pleased to also be able to bring you the cover reveal for book 3 in this series! Check out the lovely cover of Undeniable Book 3 in the Seven Years Gone Series…

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~Blurb~

The time for war is upon them. Ginger and her Newfound family in Harrison must fight for the hard won freedom they hold dear. When the smoke clears, will things ever be the same again?

~Book Links~

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~Pre-Order Links~

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Giveaway

Now the part you’ve probably been waiting for!

Liz has kindly agreed to donate a swag pack to one lucky winner!

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