Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Angela Lockwood, author of the Language in the blood series and, Something Short


Book Description from Amazon:
Language in the blood book1
Until the outbreak of the First World War, young Cameron Blair would have liked nothing better than to stay in Edinburgh and marry his childhood sweetheart. As the call to arms goes out, Cameron and his pals sign up to fight for their country. They are soon delivered into the nightmare of war, and there Cameron more than meets his maker. 

The story follows Cameron as he comes to terms with his new ‘life’, from his first days as a hapless vampire in war-torn France to the glamorous modern day setting of the Côte d’Azur. Along the way, he develops a distinctive taste for the finer things in life: jewels, yachts, small dogs and champagne-infused human...

What inspired you to start writing, and when?
I started writing when I was unemployed. Unusually the weather was bad here, in the south of France, and I was climbing the walls. My husband suggested that like the Shelly’s and Byron we should write a ghost story. Mary Shelly produced Frankenstein and while not on a par with that, I think I’ve created a vampire that will amuse a number of you.

What is your preferred genre?
I don’t have a preferred genre. I do a lot of Indie book reviews and there is mostly something good or bad in any genre. I love original thought, but hate formulaic romance.

How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy?
Next to the 2 language in the Blood books, for which Paradox book covers has done the covers, I’ve also cooperated with my friend Elspeth Morrison on the short story bundle; Something Short which is helping raise money for support in mind Scotland. Also recently I was involved with a bundle that is raising money for the charity Macmillans nurses called; You’re not alone. 

Tell us a little about your book.
The language in the Blood series is comedy about a Scottish vampire that ends up living the high life in the south of France. What inspired me was my current life in France, but also the life I left behind in Scotland. I’ve managed to weave in many things that I experienced there and here. I do miss my Scottish friends and this allowed me to write down some fond memories. (be it in a rather twisted way)

Do you have plans for a new book?
I’m currently working on a romantic novel: Conversations with Tom. It is inspired by my cat. It is about a man that has been left by his wife, shortly after they adopt a ginger haired kitten. It weaves in lots of humourous cat anecdotes as the man finds new love.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
If he was still alive, I’d love to meet Graham Greene. It is a rare talent that can write comedy and drama equally well.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
Seat of my pants, nothing is planned.

Did you have an editor edit your books?
My good friend Penny Hunter has been such a help in editing my Language in the Blood books. I was a total novice when I started out, so her guidance has been invaluable.

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
Couldn’t live without my Kindle!

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author?
Proud to be an Indie.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)? 
E-book of Resistance by promising YA Indie writer Kayla Howarth. Enjoyed the first in the series and the second is pretty good too.

Who designed the cover of your book?
I did a rather poor job myself with a photo of a toy dog and some ketchup. Then I had it redesigned by Paradox book covers who did an infinitely better job! 

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out? 
Start on your next book and prepare to work every waking hour. Make the book the best it can be. So many Indies do not use editors and it’s embarrassing to have a reviewer point out any mistakes. I was also pleasantly surprised that it’s not that expensive to have a professional book cover made for me. 

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Probably, I live in the south of France, so it’s not unusual for me to wander about in a nighty.

What are your pet peeves?
Ignorant racist people, the ones that start a sentence with, “I’m not a racist but……” 

Pick one - Wine, Chocolate or shoes?
Just one? No! Probably Wine, who says you can’t find inspiration at the bottom of a glass?

Cats or dogs?
Cats

What is your favorite food and beverage?
Like Cameron who likes his prey flavoured by champagne, I’m rather partial too to the bubbly beverage.

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?
Not enough. I spend most of my time now on promoting my books and holding down a full time job. I’m a very lazy researcher that gets most her information of Wikipedia.

Sleep in or get up early?
Early riser. 

Laptop or desktop for writing?
Laptop.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I love writing on my balcony, can’t beat writing in some fresh salty air.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad 
It’s the thing that keeps me writing. I get such a buzz from getting a 5 star review. Bracing myself for a one star, there are a lot of trolls out there who revel in giving hard working writers a single star random review. 

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?
Enjoying Orphan Black, not normally a sci-fi fan, but this is just good fun with an amazing actress, who plays several characters, but you wouldn’t know it as they seem just so different in character and speech.

Where can your readers stalk you? 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CruftsloverAkaCameronBlair?ref=hl
And blog: http://languageintheblood.blogspot.fr/

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
E-book, but thinking of printing.

Do you give free ebooks away in exchange for honest reviews?
I’ve provided some books to book bloggers for reviews.

Book links:
All my books can be found on my author page:
http://www.amazon.com/Angela-Lockwood/e/B00MD5IN4A/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0





Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Metronome (The Counterpoint Trilogy Book 1) by D.R. Bell

The Metronome
 (The Counterpoint Trilogy Book 1) 

As Pavel Rostin is trying to solve the mystery of his father’s death, he turns up some inexplicable clues. The investigation draws him deeper and deeper into his family’s past – and his country’s future. From starving 1941 Leningrad to free-wheeling Moscow of the mid-1990s to bubbly 2006 Wall Street, Pavel uncovers a web of money, murder, revenge and evidence of a plot involving the world’s superpowers. The choices of right and wrong don’t look as clear cut as in newspaper headlines. But is he just a pawn in someone else’s game?

Review


“As Book One of a trilogy, The Metronome‘s subtitle warns that this will be no light fling and that events will likely be expanded by further books in the series. That said, expect a novel of international intrigue that stands well on its own while providing a prequel to The Great Game.
That the ‘old country’ (Russia) permeates much of The Metronome is evident from its first paragraph, which sets an atmosphere of intrigue: “I hate when phone rings in the middle of the night. It must have come from the old country, where a knock in the dark often meant that a black car is waiting downstairs and someone will disappear.”Pavel’s father was a detective, so Pavel is used to family secrets, even though he’s now far from his Russian homeland.  But the death of his father brings him back to Russia; there to uncover a mystery that will follow him, in turn, back to the U.S.
The Metronome‘s theme of memories that spring up is just one facet of Pavel’s experience that brings readers along for what turns out to be a wild ride of international intrigue, family secrets, and mystery. Don’t expect a simple or easily-defined novel, here: The Metronome is a link between Russia and the West, between long-hidden family secrets and a son’s new life in his new country, and between a detective’s investigation into a murder and its ties to the past and to the future. The book’s twists and turns are multifaceted and delicately woven and will delight readers who eschew the usual shallow leisure read for something richer and steeped in other cultures. In this, The Metronome shines, analyzing Pavel’s life and the final decision that will set him free, once and for all.”
D. Donovan, Senior Book Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

Readers’ Comments

What makes great history? I’d list criteria such as 1) important event(s), 2) careful research, and 3) compelling writing. What makes a great story? I’d suggest A) fascinating, page-turning plot, B) well-developed, interesting characters, with one or more that is at least somewhat likable, C) strong setting, and D) compelling writing. The Metronome (The Counterpoint Trilogy Book 1) scores close to 5 stars on each of these criteria.”  By William C. Meade
“This is a great book, well written, far above the average books, not so much i terms of the prose itself, but the depth of knowledge and analysis of world affairs.”  By Martin Kaynan
“The Metronome is a prequel to D.R.Bell’s earlier novel The Great Game. Set in 2006, it foreshadows the events that take place a dozen years later. As in the sequel, the political and personal realms are deeply interconnected. Elements of a long term political intrigue and clandestine financial warfare get exposed through the eyes of the book’s primary protagonist Pavel Rostin, a physicist with no ties to politics. The novel explores the differences between the West and the East, the impact and perception of the U.S. policies in Russia and how these factors impact their actions towards us. Parallels to totalitarian Russia highlight the perils of allowing the government, especially its security apparatus, too much power – one of the most dangerous fallacies that democratic people can fall into – recall Ben Franklin’s “They who can give up essential Liberty, to obtain a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”.”  By Spiros Rally

From the Author

This was an unplanned book. After publishing The Great Game, I was going to return to my “normal” life. Then questions about a sequel started coming in. The last words in The Great Game are “This is not the end.” I meant it philosophically, meaning that the struggle between good and evil will continue. But I was being too cute by half and the readers called me on it.
Somewhere in the process of working on a sequel I have taken a turn into the past. Events in The Great Game are based on the 2019 financial crisis which in turn is rooted in financial warfare between the US on one side and China and Russia on the other side. I wanted to go back in time and show the beginning of that warfare, show that the seeds have been planted and carefully cultivated well before 2019.
And something else started happening. Some of the events “predicted” in The Great Game began to materialize much sooner than I expected, particularly rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia and growing rapprochement of China and Russia.  Exactly a century after events in Eastern Europe sparked the first World War, another conflict of superpowers is brewing in the same region. Yet again the world is getting caught in a cycle of demonizing each other and ratcheting conflicts by financial, economic and military means. Perhaps before we go further, we should step back and try to look at the world through the eyes of others. Not because we’ll necessarily agree with them, but because the world is complex and to better understand it we should grasp that other points of view exist and that our actions are not always perceived in Moscow and Beijing the same way they are portrayed in Washington, D.C.
These were the intended underlying currents in The Metronome. Because The Metronome and The Great Game are separated by 16 years, by design there are only a few common characters between the two books. One is Colonel Nemzhov who is already planning the eventual financial attack against the U.S. The other is Suzy Yamamoto, whose work will prove to be of paramount importance in The Great Game. The characters of The Metronome are made up but the backdrop of the events is real and factual. The main protagonist Pavel Rostin is a regular, very flawed man who faces difficult circumstances. I knew that the ending will upset some of the readers but I felt it was the only honest way to conclude the novel. What mattered in the trilogy was not his immediate fate or his flaws, but the moral choices he made at the end and their impact on others, such as Jeff Kron and Suzy Yamamoto. Because “even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”

Biography
I am an accidental writer. In "real life" I have graduate degrees in business and engineering and spent many years writing boring technical, business, and legal papers. In late 2012 a friend's death prompted me to ask what would be the one thing I regret not doing. I've always been an avid reader but have not had the courage to write. And I made a New Year resolution to write a book. That's how "The Great Game" was born. I try to write about serious topics but wrap them into an action-filled story. While all my books are entirely fictional, each of them carries a Commentary how the fiction is rooted in facts and realities of current events. If you want to learn more, please visit my website www.drbellbooks.com.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Language in the blood: Book 1 by Angela Lockwood



Until the outbreak of the First World War, young Cameron Blair would have liked nothing better than to stay in Edinburgh and marry his childhood sweetheart. As the call to arms goes out, Cameron and his pals sign up to fight for their country. They are soon delivered into the nightmare of war, and there Cameron more than meets his maker.

The story follows Cameron as he comes to terms with his new ‘life’, from his first days as a hapless vampire in war-torn France to the glamorous modern day setting of the Côte d’Azur. Along the way, he develops a distinctive taste for the finer things in life: jewels, yachts, small dogs and champagne-infused human... 



About the author
Angela Lockwood-van der Klauw was born in the Netherlands. She learned her trade as a jeweller and gemmologist at the Vakschool Schoonhoven before moving to Edinburgh as an apprentice jeweller. There she met and later married her husband Adam. Angela ran her own jeweller’s shop in Edinburgh for ten years before she and her husband moved to the south of France in 2011. Like Cameron, Angela prefers the climate there, but often thinks about the town she left behind and its people.

Cameron’s story was born in the spring of 2013, a very wet spring during which Angela found herself climbing the walls, frustrated that she couldn’t go out and have her usual long walks along the seafront. Seeing his wife’s frustration, Adam suggested ‘Why don’t you write a book?’

Angela thought about it for a few days, then switched on her laptop and started writing. This is her first book.

follow language in the blood on:
http://www.cruftslover.adzl.com
https://www.facebook.com/CruftsloverAkaCameronBlair


Buy on Amazon HERE




New Release by Helen Johnston - Eternal Hunger book 1


From the author of the seductive Innocence Series. 



Tatiana is a published author who lives her life through the sexy characters she brings to life within the pages of her books. Her twenty-fifth birthday arrives and it’s time for her life to take on an exciting edge. It’s always been filled with friends and laughter but she desperately wants to fall in love, the kind that will make her heart beat faster and awaken her sexual desires. 

If only she knew what was just around the corner… 

Lexington, Lexi to his friends, is an Elder vampire who demands respect. And when Mr downright-gorgeous suddenly appears, sweeping Tatty off her feet and into her wildest dreams, she is catapulted into a world she never knew existed. 

Can the two worlds be bridged and will she finally learn about her family's past, her legacy and what she has to endure just to stay with her beloved Lexi? 



Amazon US http://bit.ly/EternalHungerbk1HJamazonUS Amazon UK http://bit.ly/EternalHungerbk1HJamazonUK Amazon CA http://bit.ly/EternalHungerb1HJamazonCA
Amazon AU http://bit.ly/EternalHungerbk1HJamazonAU

Author Bio:
Helen Johnston grew up in her home county of Hampshire, England. Her childhood dreams filled with the desire to become a dancer. An only child she was never alone, her years spent entertained with her vivid imagination.  Her life consisting of home life and a few jobs in the retail industry her vivid imagination refused to stay quiet and combined with her love of erotica and all things vampire she decided to try her hand at writing and has never looked back.








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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Girls of October by Josh Hancock



 "The Blair Witch Project of books...a superb novel." -David Royce, horrorcabin.com

The Girls of October tells the story of a young woman who develops a strange fascination with John Carpenter’s Halloween, believing that somewhere within the 1978 horror classic lays the truth behind an arcane force that has terrorized her since her childhood.
As an escape from a world that has not always been kind, film student Beverly Dreger takes comfort in spooky urban legends, horror movies, and monster magazines. But when a string of bizarre murders draws her closer to the folkloric entity known as “the bogeyman,” Beverly must unravel the mystery of her past and confront an ancient evil.
An epistolary novel, The Girls of October collects fictional primary sources—newspaper articles, film criticism, screenplays, short stories, interviews, police reports, and more—to tell a chilling story of psychosis, family secrets, and murder.

What inspired you to start writing, and when?

I don’t know—I just know that I was always writing fiction, probably as early as the third or fourth grade! I used to cut out pictures from monster magazines and comics, tape them inside a notebook, and then create fictional stories around the pictures. My parents, though mildly concerned about my interest in darker material, always encouraged my writing, and their bookshelves were filled with works like The Exorcist, Pet Sematary, and countless mystery and thriller novels. Throughout high school and college, I continued to write and began to develop an interest in combining different aspects of the arts (poetry, fiction, film, photography) into a single work that tells a cohesive story. My interest in multimedia led to the writing of my novel.

What is your preferred genre?

My preferred genre is literary horror, especially anything that unites different types of media to tell a story.

How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy?

The Girls of October is my first novel, but my previous book, Cabin 28: The Keddie Murders, told the true story of an unsolved quadruple homicide that took place in Northern California in 1981.

Tell us a little about your book.

The book is called The Girls of October, released by Burning Bulb Publishing this past April. The novel was born from my love of the horror films I grew up with, including Halloween, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. But I didn’t want to write a slasher, “blood and guts” book. Though there are many gruesome scenes and plenty of chills, The Girls of October is an academic work masquerading as a horror novel. It features essays, research papers, short stories, news articles, letters, 911 calls, police reports, psychiatric interviews, and an entire dissertation on John Carpenter’s Halloween—all to tell the fictional story of a film student who believes a supernatural entity has been stalking her since she was a child. It combines my love of academia with my love of horror to tell a story that hopefully readers will enjoy!

Do you have plans for a new book?

My next novel is called The Devil and My Daughter, and it’s a collection of essays, articles, interviews, press kits, scripts, and oral histories that work collectively to tell the story of a group of young filmmakers trying to make a demonic possession movie.


Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?

I always plot, but I allow myself the freedom to deviate from that outline when necessary.

Did you have an editor edit your books?

As an English teacher for over 18 years, I feel comfortable with my own editing skills, but it’s always important to have fresh eyes tackle your work. For The Girls of October, I worked exhaustively on editing and proofreading the book before finding a publisher for it. Then the publisher and I worked together to perfect any remaining issues.

Are you a self- published (Indie) Author?

No, though I am drawn to the small presses. Cabin 28: The Keddie Murders was published by Adelmore Books, and I believe it was their first non-fiction, “true crime” publication. The Girls of October found a supportive home with Burning Bulb Press, who has an impressive roster of authors, including Gary Vincent, John Russo, and David Fairhead.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?

Lately I’ve discovered an interest in cryptozoology, so I’m currently reading paperback versions of Lyle Blackburn’s The Beast of Boggy Creek and Linda Godfrey’s American Monsters.

Who designed the cover of your book?

The cover was designed by my publisher, Burning Bulb Press.

Do you find yourself intrigued by the cover of a book enough to buy it? 

Absolutely. When I discovered Mar Danielewski’s House of Leaves, it was purely by accident. I happened to be wandering through the bookstore and the colorful spine caught my eye. When browsing books online, I think the cover is even more important and should really grab the reader’s attention in some way.

Your thoughts on receiving book reviews - the good and the bad - 

Reviews are always a good thing, whether they are positive or negative. I think all a writer can ask for is an honest review. So if you love the book, tell the audience why you loved it; and if you didn’t like it, be clear as to what put you off.

List 3 of your favorite movies?

Well, The Girls of October makes it pretty clear that John Carpenter’s Halloween is in my top three. I also adore William Friedkin’s The Exorcist and David Fincher’s Zodiac.

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?

As a horror writer, I’m delighted by the recent uprising of horror/thriller television, including The Walking Dead, Hannibal, True Detective, and The Bates Motel.

Where can your readers stalk you?

My books can be found on Amazon and Goodreads, and readers can explore the world of The Girls of October at thegirlsofoctober.tumblr.com.


Is your book in Print, ebook or both?

The Girls of October is in print softcover, at around 290 pages or so. There is also an e-book version available, but because of the epistolary nature of the novel, I think the print version is much more user-friendly.

Book links:



Book website:

thegirlsofoctober.tumblr.com

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Stormy Summer - Romance novel by Suzy Turner

AMAZON LINK: HERE

GOODREADS LINK:  HERE

SYNOPSIS: When Summer Miller is rudely awoken from the best hot 'n' heavy dream she has had in a long time, her day gets progressively worse... until she prangs the car belonging to one of the office's hottest blokes. 

One thing leads to another and she soon finds herself dating a man who isn't quite what he seems. When her imagination goes overboard and she thinks he might actually be a 'she', Summer ends up running away to Portugal – straight into the arms of a handsome American stranger...

AUTHOR BIO: Born in England and raised in Portugal, Suzy lives with her childhood sweetheart Michael, two neurotic dogs and several cats – one who thinks she's a princess.

Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy worked as a trainee journalist for a local English newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she took the job of assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher before becoming editor of a monthly lifestyle magazine. Early in 2010 however, Suzy became a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul, Daisy Madigan's Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone, Looking for Lucy Jo, Forever Fredless, And Then There Was You as well as Stormy Summer.

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