Blog Tour Blitz: A Justifiable Madness by AB Morgan {Guest Post}

Today I have a Guest Post from AB Morgan for the Blog Blitz Tour for the novel A Justifiable Madness hosted by Bloodhound Books.

Guest Post

Writing Style:

 It’s not accurate to say that I write like I speak, because I swear far more in real life than any of the characters in A Justifiable Madness. However, I do believe that my sense of humour and fascination with the way people interact and demonstrate their personal traits does define my writing. ‘Unpretentious’ would probably describe my style. I try to produce a story that is easy to digest and one that readers would be driven to turn each page to find out what happens to all the characters, not just the main players.

As I write I inhabit the characters, I see and hear the story in my mind as a real-life performance, as if it were on screen. My intention is for readers to have the same experience by using dialogue to its best advantage, and I try not to overload with too much added detailed description.

The best advice I’ve been given is to read out loud what I have produced on the page. This is invaluable. I can hear the mistakes. My latest approach to editing involves making a voice recording, so that the story comes alive when I play it back. If it sounds flat then it is flat and needs attention, and the process also helps with those moments when the right words fail to appear, or have arrived in the wrong order.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Path To The Key by April Canavan {Review}

I received this book from Seraph Book Reviews.

​Wow, Wow, Wow. Let me start by saying this is not your average Vampire story. Path To The Key is incredibly unique and full of twists and turns that even seasoned readers will not see coming.

The book sucked me in right from the start. Every single character that was introduced was fascinating and interesting whether it was the main character Sarah or the Villan Alex.

Each character held their own and had great character arcs despite some only been background characters. Each personality fed into the story and plot in such a fitting way.

I loved the mix of supernatural and vampire, the way they blended together in such an unusual fashion which worked so well. I really like how the author describes the way that magic works within a Vampire and doesn’t just expect the reader to guess at possible issues.

While sex does feature in the book its not done in an in-your-face manner and fits perfectly with the story.

I adored the character of Winter, I’d like to think if I was a Witch I would be as powerful as she is and Jack is adorable. The use of having a child as part of the main story in what could be quite a dark book works really well and doesn’t feel forced or out of place.

Sarah was such a unique main character. Faced with making life altering decisions and the reality that she cannot do the one thing which she lives for really shows how people can overcome adversity and become stronger than they initially thought. This definetly isn’t your average weak girl becomes strong style story. It runs much deeper.

The plot was filled with emotion and really led you to care about what was happening to everyone in the book not just the main players.

The writing style flowed beautifully, it was so easy to read and get sucked into. The Imagery used was realistic enough to allow your mind to create scenes and pictures from the writing.  The style of the story could so easily have become confusing but everything was written so well that I never ended up confused by what was going on.

My favourite quote is from a part where Winter is discussing her relationship with Jonathon and she says;

“I chose power over love, and there is nothing worse than that.”

I feel this is relevant even in our non-fiction real life world.

April Canavan has written an amazing book and I would urge everyone to read it.
Massively impressed I eagerly await the follow up. This book has huge potential to be one of the greats that people talk about for generations. It’s definitely a page turner that I couldn’t put down, I throughly enjoyed every moment, even when I almost missed my bus stop because I was so engrossed. If in doubt just know that the main part of the book is set in a magical bookstore…now who wouldn’t love a story like that?

Star Ratings;

Plot 5/5
Character 5/5
Heat 5/5
Writing Style 5/5
Overall Rating 5/5

Thanks for reading. You can also see a copy of this review and others over at Seraph Books

Emma-Louise x

Autumnal Inspiration: My Current Writing Project

The leaves around me are starting to turn as Autumn is starting to make it’s presence felt. 

Until recently I have been working on a Psychological Thriller but I needed a break from it while I figure out it’s direction. While I take this break I got started on a little paranormal story I’ve been thinking about for a while.

It goes in perfectly to this time of year as I wanted to set it at the start of Autumn. Today I sat scribbling away enjoying the last of the late summer Sun, there was a chilly bite in the air that came from a subtle breeze and I felt inspired. 

My new story follows a Witch by the name of Freya who is hiding from her Coven. Freya is only young and has a lot to learn but she is incredibly gifted. 

We journey with her through many ups and downs as she adjusts to a new life in a sleepy town where not everything is as it seems.

I am really enjoying writing this and doing research as I want it to be as authentic as possible to the Wiccan religion.

It’s also been really nice to work on something that isn’t as dark as my psych thriller.

Hopefully I will be able to share something with you all soon.

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Deadly Burial by Jon Richter {Review}

Good Evening and welcome to today’s Book Blog Tour for Jon Richter’s Deadly Burial.

Blurb

When DI Chris Sigurdsson is assigned a grisly murder case on remote Salvation Island, he knows that it might be his strangest yet.


A forgotten wrestling star of the 1980s has been poisoned whilst in the ring, and amidst the slippery lies of his dangerous opponents, unravelling the victim’s murky past is almost impossible.


And as a storm threatens to cut Salvation Island off from the mainland, the race is on for Sigurdsson to find the ruthless killer before he strikes again…

Review

Deadly Burial was a very different sort of crime thriller. The storyline regarding the wrestling community was hugely different to anything I have read previously.

I particularly liked the excerpt chapters which came between the main chapters from the dead characters point of view, they made a fantastic contrast to the main chapters from the main character DI Chris Sigurdsson.

What also was refreshing to see what the weakness that came with Sigurdsson in regards to his anxiety. It’s unusual to see but makes him much more relatable.

Overall I thought that this was an interesting book and I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars, definitely worth picking up if this is your genre of interest.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: The Law of Attraction by Rosie Cooper {Review}

Today I have the book The Law of Attraction by Rosie Cooper.

Blurb..

Amanda Bentley has always dreamed of being a barrister…

But as a platinum blonde bombshell from the wrong side of town, with a perfect tan and sleek high heels, she doesn’t exactly look the part – or fit in with the brash public school boys and cold posh girls of Newcastle Crown Court’s robing room. Amanda’s never been one to back down from a challenge, and so when she wins a prestigious pupillage following law school, she’s determined to make the most of her chance – and make all her dreams come true.

Only three things stand in her way: Sid Ryder – the sexy, irresistible barrister who she absolutely cannot, under any circumstances, sleep with. At all. Marty Gregg – her smarmy law school nemesis, who she’s in direct competition with for the top job. And her big, dark secret that could jeopardise everything she’s worked so hard for.

Who said that following the laws of attraction was going to be easy…?

Perfects for fans of Legally Blonde, Lindsey Kelk and Joanna Bolouri

Review

Well where to start?! This book reads a bit like my life. The author is from a town local to me and the story itself is very similar to my life, with the exception of sexy Sid.

Amanda is a great character, she is charismatic, funny and knows what she wants. There is that human element to her with the self doubt most of us experience. I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It had everything you want in a funny romance. Was a perfect read for me as I am just about to embark on my Masters in Law. As a massive fan of Legally Blonde I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves the who inspiration behind the stereotypical ditzy blonde.

Roxie’s storytelling is great and flows really well and her style of writing is extremely relatable.

I would rate this 5 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: The Collective by R.S Williams [Book Review]

Grab your Pirate Hat and your eye patch because today we are going on a Pirate Adventure with The Collective by R.S Williams.

Blurb:

Matilda Gregson never knew a world outside hers existed, that is until Harvey comes along and shows her something beyond her imagination. All that is on Tilly’s mind is finishing her dissertation, getting her degree, and spending time with her friends before the end of the school year.

But everything changes when she meets Jenny, an agent of a secret society, and nothing prepared either of them for the adventure they are about to endure. Under the pressures of surviving, their friendship grows and they find friends in the most unlikely of places, and betrayal just around the corner.

Will they both be able to stop him before he tears Jenny’s society to the ground?

Review:

I was really excited to read this, I love a good fantasy. Within the first few pages I was sucked in. I found Jenny more of a likeable character than Tilly at the beginning. The whole Collective thing definitely had the upper edge however, as the story progressed we started to see a new side to Tilly which was endearing and started a potentially great character arc. 

Without giving much away the villain was played perfectly, I didn’t suspect it either until something he said.

I really liked the concept of the plot, the time-travel, Pirates, Loot! It had everything. I’m intrigued to see where it will go, hopefully there will be a sequel.

I would give this book 4/5 stars, it has everything you need from a good fantasy that gives you a place for your mind to escape.

Thanks for reading. 

Emma-Louise x

Taylor Swift Book Tag


Good morning. Today I have another tag for you. I did enjoy this one:) I found this tag through the Becoming Bookish blog.

1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Pick a book or series that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

A Discovery of Witches. I started off really loving this book but by the end of the first one I was bored out of my mind. Safe to say I didn’t pick up the rest of the series.

2. Red: Pick a book with a RED cover.

Divergent!

3. The Best Day : Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe 

4. Love Story : Pick a book with forbidden love.

The Path Keeper

5. I Knew You Were Trouble: Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.

Six of Crows. It is hard not to love Kaz.

6. Innocent: Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.

Harry Potter, only because I didn’t read them until years after the films.

7. Everything Has Changed: Pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development

A Court of Thorns and Roses. Feyre goes through massive changes. 

8. You Belong With Me: Pick your most anticipated book release.

Shadowsong, this is the sequel book to Wintersong which has become an all time favourite.

9. Forever and Always: Pick your favorite book couple.

Aelin and Rowan 😍😍😍😍

10. Come Back, Be Here: Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.

Wintersong

I tag Debbie over at My Eclectic Reads.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Blitz: Elephant and Pinky Moon by Lilac Mills [Guest Post]

Today I have a guest post for you from Lilac Mills as part of the Elephant and Pink Moon Book Blog Blitz.

Blurb

Twenty-eight-year-old Nina lives a quiet, unassuming life, happy (ish) with her job, maybe not quite as happy with her non-existent love-life (but who has everything) and content to trundle along with her nice, predictable daily routine.

That is, until her octogenarian grandmother talks Nina into accompanying her on holiday.

Nina envisages sedate walks along the promenade, afternoon naps by the pool, and bingo in the evening. What she actually gets is too much vodka, adult games of “pin the tail on the donkey” and dancing on a bar whilst flaunting her knickers – and that’s just her gran!

Guest Post

You want me to write a “what”?

You’d think, as an author, your writing commitments would stop at writing the story, wouldn’t you? I certainly did, when I was young and naïve (okay, maybe not that young!). My idea of being an author, before I joined the real world, was that you wrote a novel, sent it off somewhere, someone would jump up and down with glee when they clapped eyes on it, and you’d merrily dance off into the sunset to write the next one, your job done.

Hmmm. That’s not exactly how it works in the publishing industry, as many of you already know, especially my writer friends, who are all too aware of what goes on behind the scenes. Aside from the numerous drafts, the editing, and the proof reading, which all are all part of getting a book published, there are things which an author needs to do which aren’t quite so obvious.

Firstly, there’s the synopsis, which all books should have when they are sent to a publisher/agent for consideration, and let me tell you, they’re tricksy little blighters. My first attempt was nearly as long as the darned novel itself, and cutting my lovingly constructed story down to a couple of dry sides of A4 felt sacrilegious – and not to mention, impossible.

Then let’s don’t forget the introductory letter to said publisher/agent. I had no idea how to sell myself, how to pitch my story to a total stranger, so I Googled some advice. “Tell them what else you’ve written, what awards you’ve won, or any writing accolades”, the advice says. Er…shopping lists, birthday cards, an annoyed email to complain about poor customer service? Somehow, I didn’t think any of those things counted. Under the Cherry Tree was the only thing I’d written. Not much to put on a CV, was it? And as for winning anything, I once won a mountain bike… Accolades? Sorry, no.

Then what about the blurb, eh? Those captivating words on the pack of the novel to entice readers to buy your book? Yeah, that gets written by indie authors themselves – something else I didn’t realise until I decided to self-publish. A few short sentences, with the sole purpose of grabbing a reader’s attention? Hmm. Not as easy as it sounds. Worse than the synopsis, in fact!

But the list doesn’t stop there – emails to reviewers, posts on my website, guest posts on other people’s (like this one!), question and answer sessions, twitter and facebook posts…

For a writer, I can sure run out of things to write about very quickly.

I don’t know about other authors, but I’m not the most gregarious person, and when I research suggestions on what to write about when doing a guest post, my heart sinks. Do readers really want to know about the ins and outs of my rather boring, slightly frantic everyday life?  How do I make myself sound interesting? Is it actually possible? It’s the people in my head who are interesting – after all, they lead much more exciting lives than I do!!

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x


Book Tour: 37 Hours by J.F Kirwan – Review

Blurb

After two long years spent in a secret British prison, Nadia Laksheva is suddenly granted her freedom. Yet there is a dangerous price to pay for her release: she must retrieve the Russian nuclear warhead stolen by her deadliest enemy, a powerful and ruthless terrorist known only as The Client.

But her mysterious nemesis is always one step ahead and the clock is ticking. In 37 hours, the warhead will explode, reducing the city of London to a pile of ash. Only this time, Nadia is prepared to pull the trigger at any cost…

The deadly trail will take her from crowded Moscow to the silent streets of Chernobyl, but will Nadia find what she is looking for before the clock hits zero?
Review

This is the first book I have read by J.F Kirwan. The book previous to this is called 66 Hours  which I havent read and will pick up.

37 Hours was jam packed full of tension, action and interest. The main character Nadia is a kick ass female who has vulnerabilities which make her real. The other characters that feature in the book are equally as intriguing and easy to follow. 

The content of the book can be quite graphic in places so that is something that some may or may not find a problem, I certainly didn’t and found it added to the overall atmosphere of the book.

Overall I enjoyed this and will pick up the first book in the series. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x