Friday, 28 November 2014

Read 'Inside Out' - a short story

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Inside Out  is a short story from Underleaf  - my collection of short stories.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Review: The Unseen Face by Joannes Rhino

The Unseen FaceThe Unseen Face by Joannes Rhino

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was attracted by the description of this book as I love thrillers, and anything to do with dreams/nightmares. This is the first book I have read by Joannes Rhino and I found it to be an entertaining read. It is different to the types of book I have been reading lately, however I enjoyed it and read it within a few sittings.

I was intrigued by the main character's nightmares and, although I suspected about half way through the book what the reveal may be, I still kept turning the pages as I needed to know for sure!

An interesting tale, one I found pleasant and easy to read. I would like to thank the author for providing me with a review copy.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Blog Tour: Equinox by Dirk Strasser

Today I'm joining the blog tour for 'Equinox' by Dirk Strasser, hosted by Neverland Blog Tours. Head over to Neverland's site to follow the tour schedule. I have an excerpt from the book for you to read!

About the Book

Equinox – 
The Second Book of Ascension

Can you see the story breathing?

The Keep

The most beautiful city on the great Mountain
The pinnacle of Maelir culture
The home of the Inner Sanctum
The place where secrets hide

The fate of the Mountain hangs in balance at the time of Equinox, and even the Keep can no longer remain untouched. The Maelir are desperate to defend it, the Faemir to demolish it, the windriders to claim it. But unknown to them all, a dark force has already emerged from the chaos to seize power.

As Atreu and Verlinden strive to decipher the power of the Talisman that has defined Atreu’s Ascent, Teyth and Valkyra are locked in a desperate battle that neither of them can win. At a time when darkness and light are in perfect equilibrium, when Maelir and Faemir must find a way to break the deadlock and avoid annihilation, the world’s fate lies in the Book of Ascension.

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Excerpt from the book

Chapter Twenty-Five

As darkness consumed the Mountain side, they came again: grotesque, misshapen, eyes blood-red and teeth bared. Rhea and those Faemir who could still stand had their swords drawn and stood tensed in battle formation.
This time the grale didn’t charge, they simply kept walking on their twisted legs with the same awkward, shuffling gait. They came closer with every step, as if they instinctively knew they would finish the Faemir this time.
Through the still night air, the rancid smell of burning dung reached Rhea’s nostrils. She watched the hundreds of pairs of red pinpricks as they approached. They’ve learnt from our previous night’s encounters, she thought. They are in no hurry. They know we won’t attack them or try to run away, and that we’ll just wait for their onslaught. Well, at least this time there was a surprise in store for the grale.
Rhea glanced across at the faces around her. The warriors were all resolutely focused on the approaching beasts as if mesmerised by them. Ahrai stood, sword in hand, to her right.
Rhea waited, counting her breaths, feeling the beast’s odour enter her body. Although she didn’t look around, she pictured the injured Faemir lying behind the thin wall of warriors that she and the others formed. And behind them was the white vertical slope of the cliff face, the one advantage they had.
Then she gave the command.
The battle wail filled the air as the Faemir warriors fanned out in a wide arc and hit the grale with a wild fury, hacking and slashing at them with deft yet powerful strokes. At first the beasts were in total confusion, bellowing, roaring, unable to decide which way to run. One after another, they were stunned as blades hit their vital organs. They froze for a moment, then tottered and fell in death shudders.
But soon the tide turned. The grale kept coming, ignoring their fallen brethren and bearing down on the Faemir warriors. Once the element of surprise had been lost, the battle became a grim one. Each Faemir was now surrounded by beasts intent on tearing into human flesh with sharp teeth and ravenous mouths.
‘Formation,’ cried Rhea, and the warriors all turned, charged through a maze of grale bodies and resumed their initial positions with their backs to the cliff wall.
There was an awkward shuffling amongst the grale for a moment, as if they were unsure where their prey had gone, and then they focused on the re-formed battle cluster in front of them and they charged at it.
Screams tore the air as Faemir were gored, but the warriors stood their ground, tightening their formation each time one of their number fell. And the grale died in far greater numbers, until the bodies of their dead and half-dead blocked the way of the others. Fewer and fewer came through the obstacles until, finally, the attack ceased.

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About the author

Dirk Strasser has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement. His short story, “The Doppelgänger Effect”, appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His fiction has been translated into a number of languages. His acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Books of Ascension – Zenith, Equinox and Eclipse – has been published in English (Pan Macmillan / Momentum) and German (Heyne). A collection of his short stories, Stories of the Sand, will be published later this year. His most recent short story publications have been “The Mandelbrot Bet” in the Tor anthology Carbide Tipped Pens, “At Dawn’s Speed” in Dimension6 #2, and “2084” in the international anthology The World to Come. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published and co-edited Aurealis magazine over 20 years.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Authors, want to advertise your book?

Are you an author? Would you like to take part in a short post on my blog to promote yourself? It's FREE! Click here to see examples of authors who have taken part in my 'On The Page With...' feature.

This time it'll be just a couple of questions and you'll be free to include links and a couple of images, OR you can send me a short post/excerpt already written with a couple of images.

The feature will run once a week, once I have enough authors signed up. If you'd like to take part, please fill in the form below and I'll be in touch!

Reviewer call for Mortiswood Tales

If you're a reviewer/blogger and would like to receive a free review copy of Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening and/or Mortiswood: Kaelia Falling, please fill in the forms below.

I'm looking for reliable reviewers/bloggers who are interested in reading a series. The first book in the series, Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening is available as read-for-review now, the second, Mortiswood: Kaelia Falling, will be available in early format at the beginning of December.

Review copies are available in the following formats: epub or mobi

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Some reviews of the books on Goodreads

Mortiswood Tales Book One on Goodreads / Mortiswood Tales Book Two on Goodreads (not published yet)
and of Book One on Amazon / Amazon UK

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All I ask is that if you enjoy the book you post a review - either on your blog, Goodreads, or any other site like Amazon etc. within a reasonable time-frame! If you do post a review, please let me know so I can promote it (and you!).

I'd love to hear from you, so if the forms don't appear properly in your browser please email me at:

and put "Review Mortiswood" as the email subject so I don't miss your message. Remember to let me know which book (the first, second, or both) you are interested in reviewing, and in which format.

Include your links - review copies are limited and priority will be given to genuine, active reviewers!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Blog Tour ~ The Star Catcher by Stephanie Keyes

Today I'm joining in with book blog tour for Stephanie Keyes' The Star Catcher, hosted by Neverland Blog Tours. There's a fab trailer to watch and a giveaway! 

About the book

The Star Catcher (Book 3)
By Stephanie Keyes
Paperback: Pages: 375 Pages
Released: November 10th, 2013 | Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Magick and destiny intertwine as he fights to save his kingdom and the goddess he loves.

Her kiss…the feel of her skin…the beat of her heart…For seventeen-year-old Kellen St. James, each memory is marred by a single sentence on a lone strip of paper.

Cali has been taken…

Armed with an amulet that channels the ultimate power of Faerie, Kellen searches for his love. However, control of the amulet’s energy comes with a price, and Kellen soon learns that Cali’s captor has plans for the stone. With the threat of the Star Catcher’s evil looming above Kellen and his kingdom, he’ll have to free the Heart of Faerie and break the curse the binds the Children of Danu to the darkness. But before that, he has to find his real father, the king. No pressure, right?

Kellen and Cali will battle bewitched armies and unknown foes as they fight to stay together. Will Kellen embrace his immortal destiny? Or will his world, and the man he is fated to become, be destroyed by The Star Catcher?

Check out the trailer here!

                              Star Catcher Book Trailer from Brain Fry Productions on Vimeo.

Where It All Began
Check out some of the earlier books in the series!

About Steph 

*Author photos courtesy of Kristina Serafini Photo

Stephanie Keyes grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent years traveling and working as a Corporate Trainer before she made the decision to pen her first novel. As a teen, her family always accused her of having an “overactive imagination.” Now, she’s encouraged to keep her head in the clouds and share her world with readers.

Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and The Star Catcher, all from by Inkspell Publishing. The Fallen Stars was a 2013 semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. The Star Child has topped the Amazon best-seller list several times since its 2012 release. 

Steph writes YA novels because she’s a hopeless romantic who lives to believe that Magick truly does exist. She is hard at work on a new YA novel.