Friday, 31 January 2014

Launch of Alchemy by Ailsa Abraham!

Happy launch day to Ailsa Abraham!

Today's the launch of Alchemy by Ailsa Abraham, published by Crooked Cat. Alchemy is a prequel to Ailsa's novel, Shaman's Drum. At the time of posting this, I'm already delving into Alchemy!

About Alchemy:

A world without war?

Professor Sawhele Fielding stumbles across an invention that would change the world; something so monumental, it could spell the end of environmental disaster and conflict. With the help of her father, a shadowy figure in the world of international banking, she begins to set into motion the biggest upheaval the planet has seen.

But in a changed world, dark forces are threatening the fragile peace. Where modern technology is proving useless, old magic from a bygone era might just save the day. Adrian Oliver, expert in ancient religions is skeptical until faced with incontrovertible proof that ancient evil is abroad once again.

How could a Utopian dream of free fuel and peaceful co-existence turn into a nightmare?

Iamo, a priest of the Mother Goddess and Riga, a Black Shaman assassin captain, are thrown together – reluctantly at first – to face a threat that nobody could have imagined before “The Changes”.

ALCHEMY is the prequel to Shaman's Drum which features the adventures of Iamo and Riga through their world in the near future, where the established religions of our own days had been banned.  

I've read Shaman's Drum and thoroughly enjoyed it (see my review on Amazon here or my blog here) and invited Ailsa for a natter about loves, dislikes, and pooches on this blog - read our chat here.

Connect with Ailsa on Twitter @ailsaabraham
Buy Alchemy from Amazon UK / 
Buy Shaman's Drum from Amazon UK /
Visit Crooked Cat to buy the books

Thanks for stopping by and reading! 

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Goodreads giveaway of Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening

There's a Goodreads giveaway running to win a signed paperback of the first Mortiswood Tales novel, Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening, with a bookmark. 

The giveaway ends 14th April 2014 and is open internationally. If you can't wait to read the novel it is available for Kindle via Amazon sites and is only 77p/99c! 

The book on AmazonAmazon UKGoodreads, 
Smashwords (various e-formats)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Kaelia Awakening by Gina Dickerson

Kaelia Awakening

by Gina Dickerson

Giveaway ends April 14, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Monday, 20 January 2014

My make-over!

I do spend quite a bit of time at my desk and have always thought it was a rather boring looking piece of furniture. Functional but not very pretty. In need of something - a makeover! Here it is pre-pretty:

I cut out lots of pictures from magazines, my old shoe calender, and pieces of wrapping paper then stuck these all over the desk until it was completely covered. I applied a top-coat of PVA glue and waited, impatiently, for it all to dry before placing a sheet of acrylic over the top surface. 

I bought a pink and purple leopard print beach towel to cover the chair with, laid it over the chair, pinned it into place and then sewed it while on to ensure a snug fit. I cut up two old scarves to make ties to fix the towel seat cover around the arms so it is easy to remove for cleaning.

A piece of glass makes a good, see-through coaster. The pink pen-pot is a plastic sundae cup which nicely matches my pink lamp! The only problem with the acrylic top is that my bluetrack mouse can't be detected so I need to use a mousemat.

My dog had to check out the underneath of the desk . . .

I much prefer sitting at my desk now and feel it's more me. Next on the pretty-up list: a set of drawers that I want to use for storing my paperwork in. I'm torn between spraying them gold and going for a distressed look or continuing the desk theme . . .

Thanks for stopping by and for reading!