Wednesday, May 16, 2012

BOOK REVIEW By Kym: Blood Is Heavier By Ella Medler

I am so happy, I could sing! (no, don’t tempt me), says Author Ella Medler.  The wonderful Kym Grosso has reviewed the shiny new thriller I released just a few days ago, Blood Is Heavier, and she was so impressed, she gave it 5 stars.

Thank you, Kym!
Here is what she had to say:

“Edge of Your Seat Thriller!

Blood is Heavier is a mystery thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. I was literally up all day and night reading to book so I could get to the end to see if he would prevail.

Nick Hunter is a strong male lead who is very likable and you will be rooting for him throughout the book. I don’t want to give away any spoilers because this is a mystery/thriller. I found that throughout the book, there were lots of twists and turns…and I kept hoping that Nick would come out on top (can’t tell you how or why because that would give it away!)

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a page turning thriller that will keep you up all night. It was an emotional roller coaster of a read that I can say I was happy to be on!”

I bet you she doesn’t know Nick Hunter is after revenge next. With a bit of luck, you will be able to read all about his future adventures in December.

Nick Hunter used to be a contract killer. Now he’s cut all links to his former lifestyle and can at last relax and live a normal life. He settles down to married life. He has a son. He adores his little family. Unbeknown to him, shadows from his past step forward to shatter his short-lived peace. His wife is dead, his four-year old son kidnapped and it looks like someone is trying to frame him for murder. Under pressure, broken, is there anything Nick wouldn’t do to rescue his son? Would he kill the villains, despite the promise to himself to stop his life of crime? Would he kill innocents? Would he hurt the people he loves most in his need to protect his son? A fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat read that will keep you turning the pages to the very end.

Amazon UK

Blood Is Heavier - By Ella Medler

Book Trailer & Cover By - Paradox Book Trailer Productions

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Patti Roberts - Author interview by guest blogger Maddie Dyer

What exactly do you write? I am currently writing a Fantasy Fiction call the Paradox Series.

How would you describe yourself in a short third person bio? Can I quote someone else? “But most of all, I owe a lifetime of gratitude to the wonderful Patti Roberts who is an incredible force of nature. She held my hand a guided me through the virtual jungle of self-publishing and self-promotion, and she continues to share her knowledge, advice, and talent unconditionally.” Ella Medler. Author of Blood Is Heavier.

What made you initially want to write? Has your motivation changed since then? I needed to find something positive for me. I had just gone through a breakup and I was left feeling emotionally lost. Writing helped me find my way back out of a very deep, dark hole. That feeling of hopelessness still drives me to write everyday. Writing put me back together – it made me stronger. I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone in need of a little therapy to get them back on track.

What do you think is the most important part of writing? Enjoying what you do. Knowing your characters inside out. The reader can tell if you don’t. And when that happens, when you fail to know your characters well, you let your reader down and yourself.

Tell us an interesting fact about you. I believe in past lives.

Do you have a day-job, (other than writing)?
Writing is pretty much full time for me.

Do you prefer a physical book or an ebook?
There is nothing better than picking up a book and discovering what lies between the covers. Having said that though, I do love my kindle.  I love speech to text; it allows me to keep doing what I have to do without having to hold a book. The kindle has allowed me to read so many more great books in the last year.

Are you a self-published author/indie author or did you go down the 'traditional' publication route? Indie all the way.  Way too impatient to go down the traditional route.

Tell us a little about your Paradox series. The Paradox Series is about two worlds being drawn together. The Ancient World, full on myth, magic, and mayhem where Angels, Demons, and Gods reside. And the New World, where all of those entities, and more, are slowly emerging from out of the shadows...  Some are friend and some are foe…

So, how long does it take you, on average, to complete a first draft? It usually takes me a year from starting a book to finishing it. I try to use as much fact as I can where possible.

Which projects are you working on at the moment? Book 3 in the Paradox Series – Bound By Blood - which is due out in October 2012.

How do you come up with the titles for your books? And do you have the final title before completing your book or after?
I have to have the book title and if possible, an idea of the book cover in my head when I start. That makes the book a tangible goal that I’m working toward. I also like to give myself a release date so that I have a time frame and something to commit too.

How has writing changed your life? Most certainly. Writing has given me a positive challenge, that when met, is the ultimate reward. I guess it is how mountain climbers must feel when the reach the top.

Where do you get inspiration for writing from? Do you listen to music whilst writing or have a 'writing cave'?
The desk in my room is my writing cave where I hibernate while I’m writing.  I tend to listen to music before I start writing.  That puts me in the mood and inspires me.

Is there a particular form, style or genre that you'd like to have a go at writing? One day I will do comedy and action/mystery.  Possibly even a children’s book. But right now my main focus is on the fantasy realm.

Favourite book and/or author(s)? Game of Thrones by George RR Martin. I love his big cast and detailed world building. It is so dark and detailed you can almost smell it, taste it, touch it.

Do you think it's necessary to have a high-level qualification in English to be a writer? Absolutely not.  Some people may be fantastic storytellers but hopeless at grammar.  It would be a great shame to miss out on a great story just because the writer felt they had to be good at both. And because of that, prevented them from writing their story.

What would you say to those who want to become a writer? Any advice?
Keep writing, keep reading.  If something doesn’t come together the way you want it too the first, second or even the third time, don’t give up.  Just start again. No one said writing a book was going to be easy.

The Paradox Series:

Long ago, in an almost forgotten Realm, a race of fallen Angles called the Grigori clash with a ruling house of Angels Called the Bulguardi.  Their battle changed events in the Ancient World and the New World forever. A Realm where a year can last centuries and an Ancient magical people still rule, even the immortals face danger. Rising up from their imprisonment underground on Altair, evil has returned and the Grigori are on a destructive path of revenge. When their preferred food source becomes scarce, Earth, a world teaming with humans, becomes their target.

Trapped in the middle between the old world and the new, a little girl cursed with horrific visions from the past. From an Ancient world to the new world on Earth, this is a tale of myth and legend, mayhem and magic, birth and death. A tale of families torn apart, souls searching for lost loves, and evil is walking out of the shadows. You can run, but you cannot run forever.
Over the centuries, from the time before time, the Grigori were called many things. In Greece, they called them, Vrykolakas. In Romania, Strigoi. In earlier times, there were others. Other blood-sucking demons, that preyed on the innocent. In ancient Babylonia, it was Lilitu and her sistren, who instilled fear among the Babylonians. In the new world, they would go by another name. Vampire.

A world that defies logic and reason. A world that may very well be true: Paradox – The Angels Are Here.

I have loved and lost in so many different ways. And I have died endless deaths…  So when I ask myself the question today, who am I? My answer is…I do not know. My name is Juliette. Nine hundred years ago, I died. Today, I am alive… this is my story.


Book Trailer for book 3 in the Paradox Series - Bound By Blood. October 2012 Release.

ReadingDiva’s Blog is Celebrating: 100th Blog Post – Book Blast Giveaway!

I am celebrating my 100th blog post!
This is very exciting, I honestly didn’t give it much thought until I finally saw the “Hit Milestone”.
!Well right now I am on 103 and counting!

To help me celebrate, a group of awesome authors are kindly donating their books as part of this giveaway.

Special Thanks To:
The very talented Patti Roberts who has kindly donated an eBook copy of her Progeny Of Innocence as well as a beautiful sticker of the book cover and more.

Awesome authors donating:
Don Martinez  – Phantom Squadron Series
Barbara Rayne – Nette & Evolve.
Harrison Davies – The Aduramis Chronicles: Destiny of the Wulf
Amos Casidy - Crimson Midnight
Sadie S. Forsythe – The Weeping Empress
Regan Walsh – Whisper Cape – Book 1
Linda Parkinson – Hardman – Woman on the Edge of Reality
Ali Atwood – Huntress for Hire (Huntress Chronicles #1)
A gift from great authors
(10 winners)

!! More Prizes !!

Special Thanks to my followers, bloggers and readers for stopping by and making your comments, for all the RTs, and for the Facebook sharing!
YA Paranormal/Fantasy/Dystopia/Romance
(2 Winners to choose 1 from the list below)


Saturday, May 5, 2012

This book by Australian Author Jonathan Gould is a gem! Tolkien with a twist.

Magnus Opum is an epic fantasy that's slightly skewed - Tolkien with a twist.


This is what I had to say about Jonathan Gould's Book Magnus Opum

5 out of 5 stars. This book by Australian Author Jonathan Gould is a gem!

I love it. The author draws you in right from the start with his host of whimsical characters and pies. Hobbits from Middle Earth certainly do come to mind. Impossible to put down once you start... Like I said - a gem of a novel! absolutely adorable! :) 

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Do you ever get one of those moments when you want to lose yourself in a book that is totally magical, brimming with imagination and fantasy, and entertaining from start to finish? This book by the very talented Jonathan Gould is the very thing that delivers on all counts.

Jonathan Gould is a master at "Adult Fables"...Turning his talents to a full length novel - Magnus Opum - Gould creates an even richer world and experience...

Magnus Opum is a wonderful story - there's no doubt about that.  Magnus has a quest and he embraces it fully, it takes him to new places and he encounters new races during his adventures.  However, it's the things that Magnus learns that really make this story shine for me.

It takes a quiet approach to its storytelling, but also regales the reader with a frothy sprinkling of satire and wit.

At the end of the day, the story of Magnus Mandalora of the small homely village of Lower Kertoob is fun, funny, educational, and a master work of both parody AND satire rolled into an easy-to-read family-friendly story.
- Jeremy Rodden, author of Kindle bestselling cartoon novel - Toonopolis: Gemini (Toonopolis Files, #1)

For more stories that stand out from the crowd, check out these other books by Jonathan Gould
*** Doodling: The unexpected adventures of a man who fell off the world (because it was moving too fast). Douglas Adams meets Lewis Carroll (with just a dash of Gulliver's Travels).
*** Flidderbugs
: A political satire, a fable, or maybe just a funny little story about a bunch of bugs with some very peculiar obsessions. 

About the Author:

Jonathan Gould

Image of Jonathan Gould
Jonathan Gould has lived in Melbourne, Australia all his life, except when he hasn't. He has written comedy sketches for both the theatre and radio, as well as several published children's books for the educational market.

He likes to refer to his stories as dag-lit because they don't easily fit into recognisable genres (dag is Australian slang for a person who is unfashionable and doesn't follow the crowd - but in an amusing and fun way). You might think of them as comic fantasies, or modern fairytales for the young and the young-at-heart.

Over the years, his writing has been compared to Douglas Adams, Monty Python, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll, the Goons, Dr Seuss and even Enid Blyton (in a good way).

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Try Before You Buy - 6 Authors - 5 chapters in each New Volume

 Books & Authors featured in this volume. 
Emerald Barnes – Piercing Through The Darkness 
Belinda G. Buchanan – After All Is Said And Done 
Lorhainne Eckhart – The Forgotten Child 
Katheryn Lane – The Royal 
Sheikh Tarek Refaat - Ruptured 
Collette Scott – If We Dare to Dream

Book Trailer volume 2

Volume 3.  YA Fantasy Paranormal

Books and Authors featured in this volume. 
Hidden -(Marchwood Vampire Series Bk 1) - Shalini Boland 
Coexist -(Keegan's Chronicles Bk 1) – Julia Crane 
Hunting - S.M. Hineline 
Progeny Of Innocence (Bk 2 of the Paradox Series) - Patti Roberts 
Ties To The Blood Moon - Robin Waldrop 
Fire Sprite - Lenore Wolfe

Book Trailer Volume 3


New volumes coming soon!

vol 4 - Adult and Dark Paranormal/SciFi/Fantasy
vol 6 - Comedy/Romance/Chiclit
  vol 7- Children Family Teen 
Vol 8-Fantasy Paranormal Romance
  Vol 9-Erotica Romance
Vol 10-Horror Thriller Gore 
and more!! 

Featured Ebooks available from most online stores including:
Barnes & Noble

"Like" First 5 Chapters on Facebook 


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Many thanks, Patti Robers


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