Saturday, 30 November 2013

Review; The Immortal Game by Joannah Miley

This week has been crazy busy, but somehow I've manage to add a chapter to my next novel, Aquila; into the light, and read a fab book which I've reviewed below.   

This week I've read:

18480516 When struggling pre-med student Ruby West beats the unconquerable Ash at chess he becomes fixated on her. Which is great if you like smouldering blue eyes, sculpted features, and afternoons of unexpected adventure, but not so great when she discovers he is a Greek god and his father, Zeus, has forbidden the gods from interacting with humans.

Ruby soon realizes her love for Ash threatens the fragile stability that has kept the gods from meddling in the mortal world.

Before long the two find themselves on a quest to rescue a goddess, save the Earth from unending winter, and secure the right to be together forever.


My Review:

This book is better that good, it's pretty awesome. If you're a fan of Greek mythology, chess, romance, reading, coffee... you get the point. The story follows Ruby, a medical student who is struggling through classes. She plans to follow in her late father's footsteps and join Medics for Mercy, working as a doctor in the war. She plays Ash at chess and wins, earning his unwanted attention in return.
Joannah Miley has created a beautiful story, combining modern-day civilisation and humans with the gods of Greek mythology. You don't have to have understanding of the subject to appreciate the characters as she has introduced and developed them well throughout the book. She has really given them different voices and displayed their personalities brilliantly.
I enjoyed reading this book. There is action, suspense and love. The locations and emotions are well written and believable. I look forward to reading the next instalment.
I give this book:
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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Cover Reveal! A Little Too Hot by lisa Desrochers

From USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers, comes the third book in her sizzling New Adult series.
If you play with fire…
Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.
Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.
Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.
I'm so excited to be participating in the cover reveal for Lisa! So here it is:-


The third book of the series, A Little Too Hot will be available to buy from 21st January 2014.
After reading the first book, A Little To Far, and giving it a five star review, I can't wait to see what tantalising story Lisa has created this time.
Lisa has an amazing treat for us;  a Rafflecopter giveaway with loads of New Adult Swag to win! Here's the link:-
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Review: Of Dreams and Shadow by D.S. McKnight

This week I've been reading:

Of Dreams and Shadow is a Young Adult Paranormal novel but you'll find no vampires or werewolves between the pages. No, D.S. McKnight's picture-book town of Parson's Cove is haunted by something else entirely; something as dark as shadow.
When sixteen year old Jenna Barton moves into 203 Sandpiper, a little house with a secret, she doesn't just attract the attention of the boy next door. Jenna can't understand why Chase Williams has taken an obvious dislike to her. They're the same age, attend the same school and socialise with the same circle of friends but every time she sets foot in the back garden Chase's attitude sends her back inside.
Chase remembers. He remembers the little girl with brown hair, Sarah, who lived next door. He remembers the shadow, rising up and enveloping the little girl by the rock in her back garden. He remembers that no one believed his story.
Jenna reminds Chase of Sarah, of what Sarah may have looked like if she'd lived to sixteen; and the shadow feels the same. Silas has lain dormant, waiting and watching, and now Jenna has his full attention.
My Review:

The title of this book is amazing, completely relevant to the story inside. D. S. McKnight has created an idyllic coastal town, interesting and developed characters and a super-nasty bad guy we could all fear. Silas is evil with a completely warped sense of reality and justice. His vengeful killing spree is the stuff of nightmares.
I found the writing style smooth and easy. The language was appropriate and varied between characters. What I loved most about the book was the trips into the past; the change of points of view. It was really interesting to see how Silas became what he ended up as... a serial killer.
This book would be great for readers interested in mild horror and paranormal novels.
My Rating: 

Four Stars

 In Other News!

I'm excited to announce that tonight I will be taking part in the cover reveal for USA Today best selling author Lisa Desrochers as she prepares to release the third book in her A Little Too ... series! Her first book, A Little Too Far, received a five star review from me... How about you?


Monday, 18 November 2013

Interview by Matt Ewens

I was recently interviewed by fellow book enthusiast, author and blogger Matt Ewens. Matt is from Plymouth in the UK and writes horror, fantasy, science fiction and children's literature as well as being a very accomplished guitar player.
He asked some brilliant questions. Want to know my hints a tips to first time authors? Or about my experience with self-publishing.
One of his questions and my answer:-
Q. You have a great video introduction for your book, which uses Creative Commons licensed music and images to great effect, what was the idea behind using video to promote your book?
A. I felt it was a great creative outlet as well as a way to convey the images and feelings I associate with my novel. I wanted to produce something visual, something more than the written word. I believe every one of us, every individual, associates and relates differently. A video is an added form of media, another type of storytelling device that may help potential readers get a feel for the novel, a feel for the locations; but mainly I just enjoyed making it and wanted to share it with the world.

Find the full interview with him at

I enjoyed answering his thoughtful questions and want to thank Matt for featuring me.

In other news:-

Aquila; From The Darkness - broke into the top #20,000 on Amazon! Ok 20,000 is a lot, but with over 400,000 titles listed I'm pretty happy with that. Thank you everyone who has purchased my novel. Don't be frightened to post your honest reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, AskDavid, or anywhere else you want to!

A Thank You:-


A huge Thank You to Shauls Bakery and CafĂ© in Bridgwater, Somerset for hosting my first book signing! I sold some books (always a bonus) but mainly I got the opportunity to talk to people about my work. They also kept me fuelled with Hot Chocolate and Sausage rolls. Amazing.

I really enjoyed getting out into the public and will definitely be planning another one in a different location in the future.

My Latest Read:-
I've nearly finished Of Dreams and Shadow by D. S. McKnight. Can't wait to share my review with you all. I'll post it in a blog once I'm done.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

I have a new page on my blog dedicated to My Latest Reads

Like many authors, I write because I love to read. And like many, many authors, I decided to self publish when my first manuscript was complete.
Self publishing is fun, relatively easy and inexpensive, and gives the author creative control. This enables talented writers to spread their stories to the world without having to secure agents, publishing houses or agree to deadlines. Herein the problem surfaces; Marketing.
Once the book, eBook or paperback, is set free into the world - it vanishes beneath the waves of the hundreds of thousands of books before it. Without vast sums of money, or agents with vast sums of money, to spend on marketing the book to the world these literary marvels remain largely invisible.
So, each week (hopefully) I will be reading a reviewing one of these author's works. The book I am reading will be listed on My Latest Reads page indefinitely. When the review is complete, I will write it as a blog and feature my star rating which I will add to the book's profile on my Latest Reads page.
My first book, Of Dreams and Shadow by D.S. McKnight is up and running. I will blog a full review once I'm done.
If you are an author and would like your work featured please contact me. I do not charge for reviews.
In other news...
I had an excellent time answering questions about my own novel at a book club meeting in Costa Coffee, Cheddar. I want to thank the book club for inviting me along and being so welcoming.
I am pleased to say that their comments were all positive! Of course they could have just been being nice.
Book Signing
My first official book signing is fast approaching. Saturday 16th November I will be in my hometown of Bridgwater, Somerset. Full details are on my events page. Nervous excitement is bubbling.
There are lots of interesting things happening with my novel and the sequel. I will keep you all informed as and when I have new details.
Don't forget to enter the Goodreads giveaway for your chance to win a signed copy.