Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Looking forward to this new release :) One of my favourite Aussie authors!

Back and Better

So it's been a year. An entire year since I posted here. I have had one of those years where you say to yourself every few weeks that you need to get into blogging/reading/writing more, and then life gets in the way.  To be honest, a lot of big changes have happened in the last 12-15 months. I lost someone in my family I cared very much for, I accepted a new family member who I now care very much for and I packed up my life and moved 2 hours away to the Central Coast.

Life here by the beach is meant to be uncomplicated and well.. a breeze. Yeah right.

So again, I say to myself.. I am going to start reading more, blogging more and even get back into taking on unpublished manuscripts to edit again. Still working towards that publishing gig.

Wish me luck :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

This novel was an unexpected surprise. I few years back I read Cate's "Wicca/Sweep" novels and thought they were good but nothing fantastic. It is quite a modern book, in terms of the writing structure and content and I would say you would have to be a mature teenager and older to read it.

Natasya is an Immortal and has spent the last few hundred years partying away her miserable existance with equally apatheic immortals like herself. They go through life with little concern for the mere mortals that surround them and make their life so glamourous, until Natasya witnesses an act by her best friend that even she can not condone.
She leaves her accustomed lifestyle to live in basic isolation, on a small farm with "reforming immortals".

The first few chapters of the book are quite sluggish, kind of look as though they have been thrown together as a draft to submit to publishers then left as they are. I perservered though and once we got to the 3rd chapter things started to pan out and I started to like my new " Herione in disguise". The story follows Natasya's plight to become a better person, but uncovers many memories and hurt along the way. She is reuinted with someone she never wanted to lay eyes on again, and amazed to discover her affection her him.

Natasyas inner monologue keeps the story light and entertaining but still gives it the depth it needs.

All in all, I did enjoy this book. I hear it is a trilogy and the 3rd in the series is due out soon so I better get into gear and read the 2nd!

3.8 stars.. yes I can do .8, meaning not quite a 4, but not deserving as low as a 3 :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Scar Night by Alan Campbell

Scar Night took me a few weeks to get through, having Christmas/New year and such to deal with but it was an enjoyable read! I haven't been able to get my hands on book two "Iron Angel" just yet, but its on it's way :)

Deepgate is a vast, Gothic city suspended by an ancient network of chains above a black abyss believed to be home to the Angel/God Ulcis. The people of Deepgate are dominated by the church, who worship Ulcis and believe he is building an army of souls to war against Ayen, the mother of Heaven who has locked the people out as punishment. The city people bring their dead to the abyss, and with the strict ceremonies, the dead are dropped into the domain of Ulcis, to add to his army. As well as this, the city is involved in a centuries old war against the people of the wastelands, who worship Ayen. The heathens of the wastelands live a barbaric, nomadic lifestyle, who lack the technology of the Deepgate citizens. Not only do they have advanced airships and run an organised military unit, but they have the "Poisoner".

Devon " Poisoner" is a chemist who has designed many "chemical weapons" to eradicate their enemies by way of diseases, poisonous gases and nasty infections. The poisoner himself has been affected by his creations and lives in constant pain from bloody gashes and infections which also took the life of his beloved wife, Elizabeth. 

Bring in the Church's "proof", which is a living breathing descendant of the Angel Callis, who first crawled out of the Abyss to bring the word of Ulcis many years before. Dill has been confined by the Churches directions his entire life. A young Angel of barely 16 years old, he longs to fly and take to battle as his forefathers did. With his new age, comes his own personal body guard in the shape of Rachel, a member of the Spine who are essentially the Churches assassins.

The Poisoner hatches a plan to concoct "Angel Wine", a syrup made of the blood of 13 souls which is said to give one immortality and in doing so, clear up all his ailements. To do this he starts mimicking the killings of the infamous Carnival, a centuries old rogue Angel who, once a month, drains the life out of someone to sustain her immortal ways. She is also completely covered in self inflicted scars ( theres an interesting story to why which I won't spoil for you).

All of these characters come together to bring the reader into a sadistic, malicious story that is amazingly addictive. The world Campbell has created is dark and mysterious, and he captures the inner voicing of a madman perfectly, in a creepy sort of way! I can't wait to find out more about Carnivals story! 

Alan Campbell's writing blew me away. Its amazing that this is a debut novel.

Scar Night 
by Alan Campbell

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Currently Reading....

Book One in the Deepgate Codex by Alan Campbell. 

Its like Gothic steam punk mixed with mystery and intrigue. With murderous Angels in a dark fantasy world... I can not wait to see what it has in store! and to find that there are 2 follow ups... I'm so excited :)

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly was an interesting read. Cynthia Hand has taken the typical “angel” myth and transformed it into a magnificent coming of age novel. 

The book is centered around Clara, a teenager who has only recently found out she is half angel via her mother’s family. She is stronger, faster and smarter than the other students at her school - all this because she has a purpose to fill. In Clara's world, all angels are put on earth with a purpose - a rite of Passage that every angel must over come. They don't know who or where, but they get dreams or hints which point them into the right direction.

Clara's dreams sent her and her family to Wyoming, where she finds two boys who she is completely attracted to. Attempting not to get distracted by either boy, Clara finds she is dreaming about both boys amidst terrifying scenes of bush fires. Amongst all this, Clara discovers that her Purpose is only a small part of a massive struggle between angels and their destructive counterparts, the Black Wings. And when the fire of her visions erupts and forces Clara to make a decision- which boy does she save? 

Clara attempts to find her way in a confusing world where things aren’t the way she thought. She encounters dangers and choices she never thought existed and discovers the difference between good and evil, honesty and deceit and makes a choice between love and duty. 

I got through this novel in one night! The plot is a touch simplistic, but the beautiful writing makes up for it. Cynthia captures the beautiful scenery, with vivid descriptions and well developed characters to bring us a wonderful debut novel.

If you liked Vampire Academy, Evermore or the Fallen Series then Unearthly is for you.

A little bit about the Author:
I'm a debut YA writer who grew up in south east Idaho (very near the Wyoming border) and I still have a soft spot in my heart for that beautiful part of the country. I currently live in southern California with my husband and son. I also teach courses in creative writing at Pepperdine University.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Overview of our Traci Harding and Kim Falconer Signing!

What an awesome day!

It started off with me running around making sure everything was perfect before the girls showed up. When Traci and Sarah first arrived, it was hugs and chatting until the beautiful Kim, Natalie, Abigail, Sue and Maddy showed up, then off to coffee :) 

At 12.30pm we rushed back to the store to see dozens of people lining up, it was fantastic! 

The ladies got themselves organised then sat down for what ended up being nearly 2 hours of signing books for adoring fans!

Kim was Traci's first fan for the day! Kim got her copy of "Being of the Field" signed, before settling down and signing away. Much discussion was had, with Fans each getting a few minutes to chat to their favourite author about different scenes in the books, their favourite character, what they thought of Traci and Kim's newest releases and commenting on Traci's 
new hair do ( which looks fab!).

We had people visit from Melbourne which was amazing, and we had many fans from Traci's website www.trazling.net  show up so that was a lovely surprise to see some old friends. The ladies signed and signed, many people bought the books on the day and it was just lovely :) 

Thank you to everyone who came, I have posted some more pics below!

Oh look there's me!