Blog Blitz: Broken Glass by J.M Sullivan {Extract}

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Broken Glass

Author: J.M. Sullivan

Genre: A/ Dark Fantasy / Fairy Tale Retelling

Cover Designer: Westerfield Creative

Publication Date: January 15th, 2019

Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb

The scariest thing about Wanderland isn’t death–it’s the momerath.

And now Dinah is one of them.

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Alice Carroll has spent the better part of her life avoiding Wanderland–and the momerath–at all costs. But now with her sister gone, Alice has only one place to go.

Back to Wanderland.

Armed with only her blade and a raging vendetta against the traitorous Red Queen, Alice storms the undead wasteland to find Dinah and atone for her mistakes. But with relentless momerath and a ruthless Queen encroaching, will Alice’s determination be enough? Or will she fall down a new rabbit hole searching for revenge?

Extract

She killed another Joker today.

Excuse me.  I mean, ‘Guardsman.’

Ha.

That’s the real joke. The Red Queen cares about the Marked as much as a cat does a dirty litter box. She’ll use them if she must, but otherwise they’re disposable.

Except for me.

She watches me.

I don’t think she knows what to do with me. Not that I blame her. I don’t know what to do with myself. Sometimes I feel like everything is normal, and other times, well—then, at least, the voices tell me that everything is fine.

I don’t quite believe them.

It would be easier if the memories stopped. Of life before. It’s muddled, but there are fragments of purpose and joy, all tied to a quiet, blonde girl. She is strong, stronger than she knows—I know this because I know her better than myself.  And yet, I don’t remember her.

I am empty.

The memories are not mine—they belong to someone else. I am a traitor in this body, an unwelcome host. And yet, the longer I stay grey, the more this body calls to me. Like the other Marked.

We understand each other.

They tell me things. Secrets the Queen will never know. I can read them in their eyes. I can feel them in my bones. Words unspoken, but always heard. Whispers, desperate songs, pleading for salvation. And all the while, they watch me. Waiting. Haunted stares as she kills our brothers and sisters. Their pain is palpable, heavy in the air and on my shoulders while they call to me on an undiscovered frequency.

I hear them laughing.

I hear them crying.

I hear them . . .

I hear . . .

Them.

Author Bio

Teacher by day, award-winning author by night, J.M. Sullivan is a fairy tale fanatic who loves taking classic stories and turning them on their head. When she’s not buried in her laptop, you can find her watching scary movies with her husband, playing with her kids, or lost inside a good book. Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. If you would like to connect with J.M., you can find her on social media at @jmsullivanbooks– she’d love to hear from you.

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Author Links

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16508815

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SS5c9t

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@jmsullivanbooks

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-m-sullivan

Web: https://jmsullivanbooks.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43452770-broken-glass

Buy Link

Alice: https://amzn.to/2VScax7

Broken Glass: https://amzn.to/2ROiI0t

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

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Book Review: Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M Sullivan

BOOK REVIEW(1)

Hey everyone,

Today I have a review for you for the book Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M Sullivan. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this which is released today 16th May.

What Is Alice About?

Alice is a horror retelling of the famous Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. We follow the story of Alice who is trying to find an antidote for the deadly Momorath virus her sister, Dinah, has contracted. Set in a time where the Momorath (Un-dead) roam the lands making Alice’s journey perilous. Alice encounters many people on her journey some which hinder and some which help.

What Did I Think of Alice?

I have read a few different retellings of Alice and each has been written really well. However, I have to say this version is excellent. It is so different from any other retelling that I have read. It is ingenious, intriguing, thought provoking and entertaining.

Alice is a likeable character, she is a simple girl who loves to read and keep herself at peace. As Alice finds herself thrust into the Wanderland she finds parts of herself that she didn’t know existed. Her focus…to save her sister, the only person in the world she has.

On her journey she meets the charismatic Chess and techno geek Bug. Chess helps guide her through the city but never seems to be around when Alice needs him.

Chess is quite a cool guy, despite his disappearing act he is easy to like. He is cheeky and seems to try and make the best of a situation.

As the story continues we also meet Nate, Ace, The Red Queen and the Jokers.

At times the story is quite brutal but it is so well done, the scenes easily unfold in your head.

The Red Queen is as dislikable as you would imagine. It appears she not only is protecting her people but up to something else, something that will benefit her.

I really liked the way that the original elements of Alice were put into this novel. Matt Hatter for example as the mad hatter, a crazy Doctor, the roses for Aunt Rose, especially the ‘Off With Their Head’s’ scenes. Everything was very well thought out.

Sullivan’s writing style flows easily, making this book not only enjoyable but immersable. I would definitely be in the queue waiting for the sequel.

I would give this book a 5 out of 5 rating. What is better than a twisted retelling with blood, gore and a whole bunch of crazy?

You can purchase your copy here on Amazon UK

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x