Have I Stumbled into Writing Horror? #Writing #NewRelease #YA

Have I Stumbled into Writing Horror?

When my publisher added my new release to their catalogue, I noticed they listed it under horror. I was about to correct them when I glanced at the extract I’d added to a guest post and realised there was a lot of blood mentioned!

Once I’d completed my Guardians trilogy and nestled it comfortably in the fantasy genre, I began to pen Oath Breaker, a werewolf novel, always thinking I was sticking to the fantasy theme albeit with a more urban feel.

Oath Breaker

With a recent battle against depression still hanging over me, I realise that my writers’ voice has taken on a much darker tone. The third book in my trilogy, Guardians of the Lost Lands was a little more disturbing than its predecessors. However, has my voice changed so much that I’m now crossing from fantasy to horror? Continue reading “Have I Stumbled into Writing Horror? #Writing #NewRelease #YA”

#CoverReveal for Oath Breaker #YA #Werewolf Novel

It doesn’t matter how many times you release a book the cover reveal is always an exciting affair. That first glimpse of how the designer interpreted your words, the anticipation of seeing it on a bookshelf, and the fear that you actually might not like it all wrestle for room in your already overcrowded brain.

I have total faith in the design team at BHC Press and so when my phone pings with a notification telling me ‘it’s ready’ I get goose bumps. I dash over to my computer and wait for the messages to trickle in. You see, my fabulous publisher loves to draw out the suspense with some ‘tried this, tried that, changed this, changed that’ messages first, by which time I have no fingernails left! Then, when I think I might burst from excitement the image loads…

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Opening Lines #YA #AmReading

I read a great post recently written by Cathy from Between the Lines book blog. Cathy shared some of the opening lines from books she’s read over the past twelve months that drew her in. It was a wonderful collection. You can read it HERE.

With the release of my new young adult urban fantasy book, Oath Breaker on the horizon (8th June 2017 with BHC Press) I thought I’d do a twist on Cathy’s post and share some of my favourite opening lines from YA fantasy books.

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire

Every day, Jess Brightwell passed the Spartan warrior statue on his way to and from his quarters. It was a beautifully made automaton, fluid and deadly, with a skin of burnished copper. It stood in a dynamic pose on its pedestal with a spear ready to thrust, and was both a decoration and a protection against intruders. Continue reading “Opening Lines #YA #AmReading”

I write. I read. I review. #FridayReads #NonFiction #YA

Reading is a favourite hobby of mine, not just as a way to escape the daily grind but it also helps evolve my skills as a writer. It was Stephen King who told us “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others. Read a lot and write a lot.”

Losing yourself in a good book is the perfect way to relax and unwind. It’s thought that reading for just six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by 68%.

Sharing the wonderful books I’ve read and reviewed is the highlight of my blogging life. When a book touches my heart or reduces me to tears, makes me laugh out loud, or shudder with fear, then I know I’ve found a masterpiece. Continue reading “I write. I read. I review. #FridayReads #NonFiction #YA”

#BookReview Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis #YA #TuesdayBookBlog #Dystopian

Title: Gathering Frost

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Rating: 4 Star

Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis

My Review:

Gathering Frost was a pleasant distraction from real life, exactly what I was searching for in a young adult fantasy book.

Following an earthquake, New York City merges with a fairy tale realm when a castle and its magic splinters through into the real world. Queen Deidre casts a spell over the land, feeding off the inhabitants emotions while keeping them subdued and, in effect, turning them into moving statues. Continue reading “#BookReview Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis #YA #TuesdayBookBlog #Dystopian”

It’s Here! #CoverReveal of Guardians of the Lost Lands #YA #Fantasy

It’s here!

I am beyond excited to share the cover for my new release, Guardians of the Lost Lands, the third and final book in my Guardians young adult trilogy.

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The book launches on Friday 11th November and will be available as eBook and paperback.

I’ve loved every second of writing these books. Amber, Connor, and Redka have become a huge part of my life, and although I’ll be sad to see them go, they’ll always hold a very special place in my heart. I’ve been able to explore so many elements with these characters, incorporating many of my ‘day job’ skills such as meditation, energy healing, and my love of dragons! Continue reading “It’s Here! #CoverReveal of Guardians of the Lost Lands #YA #Fantasy”

#TuesdayBookBlog Meet author, Stacy Bennett (@SBennettwrites) #Fantasy #NewRelease #BHCPress

Anyone who knows me is well aware of my love for all things vampire or werewolf related. You may also know about my fascination with history. So, when my next guest released a book about ancient Egyptian artifacts and werewolves, I was hooked! That book was Son of Anubis, and you can read my review HERE.

On the 8th October, fantasy author, Stacy Bennett released her latest novel, Quest of the Dreamwalker and I’m incredibly excited about this book, so excited in fact that I stalked her until she agreed to visit my blog! Over to Stacy…

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from? 

I’m a Jersey girl, truly a denizen of suburbia. Before you ask: The exit is 120; we called it Taylor’s Ham not pork roll; and I didn’t learn to pump my own gas until I drove down to graduate school in Baltimore.  To my shame, I waited there quite a while before I figured out they weren’t going to come pump it for me.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Honestly, I really wanted to train animals for the movies, but that didn’t seem in any way practical.

List three words to describe yourself: Continue reading “#TuesdayBookBlog Meet author, Stacy Bennett (@SBennettwrites) #Fantasy #NewRelease #BHCPress”