Friday, 27 February 2015

Book Review - Jessica Sorensen - Untamed (ARC)



Publisher: Jessica Sorensen, 2015
Genre: Romantic suspense/ thriller
Length: 192 pages

As I write this, I have just finished Untamed, Book two of the Unbeautiful Series.

I am gobsmacked.

Emery and Ryler are neighbours and friends, but they are not really who they seem.

I am keeping my mouth shut about this story. If you have read Unbeautiful, you’ll be chomping at the bit to get to this next instalment.

This book is evocative and gripping. Throughout the entire book, I felt like I was suspended waiting to drop into the unknown. This series is a must read.

I’ve been a fan of Jessica Sorensen’s for a couple of years. Her writing is emotive, fluid and simply beautiful. She just gets better and better.

What an imagination. I'll be thinking about this book long after I have finished.
5.5 flares.


*ARC provided for free in exchange for an honest review*




Cheers




Friday, 20 February 2015

Book Review - Patricia D. Eddy - A Shift In The Water


Publisher: PageCurl Publishing, 2014
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Length: 309 pages

Way to start a book with a bang! This book will get you hooked from the start.

Cade Bowman is the Alpha werewolf of his pack. The pack live a relatively quiet existence in Bellingham, Washington when things get explosive. A fire elemental is out for revenge and Cade is on the top of her list.

Mara Taylor is on the verge of death from an unexplained blood disorder. The one thing she loves to do is swim. She decides to have one last trip out to her favourite place, Orcas Island, where Cade’s wolf senses that Mara can help him and stows away in the back of her car. The wolf and the woman are two kindred spirits that unite and find solace in each other.

Both Mara’s and Cade’s lives are in danger. Mara’s illness is a lingering threat and the fire elemental is still out there, hell bent on getting Cade back and finishing what she started.

My favourite thing about this book is that these two fight for their relationship repeatedly in the face of prejudice and a lack of acceptance from their loved ones. Wolves are supposed to be with wolves. You can’t have a wild animal in your home. A dying woman isn’t supposed to start a relationship. Well, Cade and Mara tell everyone where to go. Their love for each other is strong enough to weather any storm and boy is there a storm on its way.

I admire the way the author depicts Mara’s acceptance of death looming at her door. Mara was determined to make her last days as happy and as normal as possible. She accepted her fate, but she didn’t have to like it and in the quiet moments let out her grief.

This book has a great balance of action and emotion. The drama builds, the characters help each other grow and conquer their fears. It’s everything a good fantasy romance should be.

Loved it! Grab a copy. You will not be disappointed.

5 flares.

*Free copy given in exchange for an honest review*

Cheers









Book Review - Patricia D. Eddy - A Shift In The Water


Publisher: PageCurl Publishing, 2014
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Length: 309 pages

Way to start a book with a bang! This book will get you hooked from the start.

Cade Bowman is the Alpha werewolf of his pack. The pack live a relatively quiet existence in Bellingham, Washington when things get explosive. A fire elemental is out for revenge and Cade is on the top of her list.

Mara Taylor is on the verge of death from an unexplained blood disorder. The one thing she loves to do is swim. She decides to have one last trip out to her favourite place, Orcas Island, where Cade’s wolf senses that Mara can help him and stows away in the back of her car. The wolf and the woman are two kindred spirits that unite and find solace in each other.

Both Mara’s and Cade’s lives are in danger. Mara’s illness is a lingering threat and the fire elemental is still out there, hell bent on getting Cade back and finishing what she started.

My favourite thing about this book is that these two fight for their relationship repeatedly in the face of prejudice and a lack of acceptance from their loved ones. Wolves are supposed to be with wolves. You can’t have a wild animal in your home. A dying woman isn’t supposed to start a relationship. Well, Cade and Mara tell everyone where to go. Their love for each other is strong enough to weather any storm and boy is there a storm on its way.

I admire the way the author depicts Mara’s acceptance of death looming at her door. Mara was determined to make her last days as happy and as normal as possible. She accepted her fate, but she didn’t have to like it and in the quiet moments let out her grief.

This book has a great balance of action and emotion. The drama builds, the characters help each other grow and conquer their fears. It’s everything a good fantasy romance should be.

Loved it! Grab a copy. You will not be disappointed.

5 flares.

*Free copy given in exchange for an honest review*

Cheers









Book Review - Kylie Scott - Play




Publisher: Macmillan Australia, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 288 Pages

Play is the second book in the Stage Dive Series and the story of Malcolm; energetic and hilarious drummer in the band we’re all turning ‘groupie’ for. Can you tell he’s my favourite band member?

Play can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading the whole series. You will not be disappointed. 

In one day, Anne Rollins goes from crappy to happy when she meets Malcolm Ericson at a party hosted by David and Evelyn (we know their story from Lick - book #1). Anne’s flatmate moves out, unannounced with debts unpaid, leaving her high and dry. So when her neighbour ‘strongly suggests’ that she attend Ev’s (her ex-neighbour) party, she figures she’ll leave the newly exposed dust bunnies to their own devices in exchange for free beer and pizza. 

Bumping into Malcolm is a dream come true. Yeah, she was one of those teenagers who liked wallpaper – the rock band poster kind. Malcolm has been a star in many of her dreams. Thankfully he ignores her crazy fan-girl moment and actually wants to get to know her. 

In fact, he wants to help her, in exchange for her pretending to be his girlfriend. She doesn’t really get to agree of refuse because he just insinuates himself into her life, making for many fun-filled pages of manic Mal nonsense.

This book is actually quite heartfelt. Anne has a bad habit of giving too much and having her ‘friends’ take advantage of her. The moment they meet Mal cuts to the core and starts clearing out Anne’s baggage. Mal is a sweetheart with the best of intentions. What he doesn’t bargain for is Anne burrowing into his life and heart in return. 

This couple are made for each other. I love their volleyed banter and their giant, people-pleasing hearts. This book is entertainment at its finest.

5 stars! Go get your copy. Seriously.








Cheers






Book Review - Kylie Scott - Play




Publisher: Macmillan Australia, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 288 Pages

Play is the second book in the Stage Dive Series and the story of Malcolm; energetic and hilarious drummer in the band we’re all turning ‘groupie’ for. Can you tell he’s my favourite band member?

Play can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading the whole series. You will not be disappointed. 

In one day, Anne Rollins goes from crappy to happy when she meets Malcolm Ericson at a party hosted by David and Evelyn (we know their story from Lick - book #1). Anne’s flatmate moves out, unannounced with debts unpaid, leaving her high and dry. So when her neighbour ‘strongly suggests’ that she attend Ev’s (her ex-neighbour) party, she figures she’ll leave the newly exposed dust bunnies to their own devices in exchange for free beer and pizza. 

Bumping into Malcolm is a dream come true. Yeah, she was one of those teenagers who liked wallpaper – the rock band poster kind. Malcolm has been a star in many of her dreams. Thankfully he ignores her crazy fan-girl moment and actually wants to get to know her. 

In fact, he wants to help her, in exchange for her pretending to be his girlfriend. She doesn’t really get to agree of refuse because he just insinuates himself into her life, making for many fun-filled pages of manic Mal nonsense.

This book is actually quite heartfelt. Anne has a bad habit of giving too much and having her ‘friends’ take advantage of her. The moment they meet Mal cuts to the core and starts clearing out Anne’s baggage. Mal is a sweetheart with the best of intentions. What he doesn’t bargain for is Anne burrowing into his life and heart in return. 

This couple are made for each other. I love their volleyed banter and their giant, people-pleasing hearts. This book is entertainment at its finest.

5 stars! Go get your copy. Seriously.








Cheers






Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Warbling Wednesdays - Discarding The First Novel - What?


Since I began this writing journey I've been given this advice repeatedly -
“Write your first novel and then lock it away in a drawer, never to be seen again.”
*Screeching brakes* What?

You mean I'm going to spend months toiling over a book I will never share with the world? All those sleepless nights and time spent ignoring my children. Trying to type with them sitting on my lap pounding on the keys. For nothing, but the practice?
"What the WHAT!?"

Recently, another blog suggested deleting the first three chapters of your first three books (I'm sorry I can’t remember which blog).
This suggestion isn't too horrendous.

I get what they’re saying. I honestly do. The last thing I want to do is attach an embarrassing failure to my name. Who’s going to want to read my books after that? I am writing short stories that will probably never be published because I know the more I write, the better the result.

I have a wonderful lady who is my beta reader for these small undertakings. I'm so thankful to have her as a mentor, there's only so much you can do on your own.

Every time an author publishes their work, they are proving themselves again.
The thought of putting all this work into something that will never come to fruition, makes me want to stab myself in the eye. At the very least I feel like pouting.

If my beta readers pat me on the back and say, “nice try, but no banana,” I am going to turn into a puddle of despair. However, I won't ignore them and hit publish anyway. 

Chuck Wendig put up a funny blog post recently, complete with info-graphic. 
It’s about the emotional stages he goes through when writing a novel. Click the link, he’ll entertain you for days.

I think he might have hit the nail on the thumb. No! Hit the thumb on the hammer. Argh, you know what I mean. Yeah, Ow. (Sleep deprivation will do that to ya.)

If this novel ever leaves my hands, I will know I've done all I can to make it worthy.
It’s not up to me to decide whether you're going to like it.

Just know that I’ll do my best.

If you are writing, stay sane and all the best! I recommend hugging a loved one occasionally. Those miniature versions of yourself are a good bet.


Cheers

The Flare Up

Warbling Wednesdays - Discarding The First Novel - What?


Since I began this writing journey I've been given this advice repeatedly -
“Write your first novel and then lock it away in a drawer, never to be seen again.”
*Screeching brakes* What?

You mean I'm going to spend months toiling over a book I will never share with the world? All those sleepless nights and time spent ignoring my children. Trying to type with them sitting on my lap pounding on the keys. For nothing, but the practice?
"What the WHAT!?"

Recently, another blog suggested deleting the first three chapters of your first three books (I'm sorry I can’t remember which blog).
This suggestion isn't too horrendous.

I get what they’re saying. I honestly do. The last thing I want to do is attach an embarrassing failure to my name. Who’s going to want to read my books after that? I am writing short stories that will probably never be published because I know the more I write, the better the result.

I have a wonderful lady who is my beta reader for these small undertakings. I'm so thankful to have her as a mentor, there's only so much you can do on your own.

Every time an author publishes their work, they are proving themselves again.
The thought of putting all this work into something that will never come to fruition, makes me want to stab myself in the eye. At the very least I feel like pouting.

If my beta readers pat me on the back and say, “nice try, but no banana,” I am going to turn into a puddle of despair. However, I won't ignore them and hit publish anyway. 

Chuck Wendig put up a funny blog post recently, complete with info-graphic. 
It’s about the emotional stages he goes through when writing a novel. Click the link, he’ll entertain you for days.

I think he might have hit the nail on the thumb. No! Hit the thumb on the hammer. Argh, you know what I mean. Yeah, Ow. (Sleep deprivation will do that to ya.)

If this novel ever leaves my hands, I will know I've done all I can to make it worthy.
It’s not up to me to decide whether you're going to like it.

Just know that I’ll do my best.

If you are writing, stay sane and all the best! I recommend hugging a loved one occasionally. Those miniature versions of yourself are a good bet.


Cheers

The Flare Up
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