Review: Gray Hawk Of Terrapin by Moss Whelan

Synopsis

Gray Hawk of Terrapin is a heart-wrenching Y/A fantasy by Moss Whelan that introduces Melanie (Mool) Fraser.

Ever since her father’s death, Mool has been talking with an imaginary green lion named Inberl. When Mool’s mysterious uncle gets sick, she and her mother take the train from Vancouver, Canada to the inner world of Terrapin, where Inberl is arrested because he’s looking for Gray Hawk. Springing into action, Mool sets out to rescue Inberl.

Mool’s know-it-all cousin, Olga, helps track down family friend Parshmander who might know how to save Inberl. They corner Parshmander at home, where they overhear mention of Gray Hawk, but the girls are captured and interrogated. Upon release, Mool feels success when she sees a secret map, finds a hidden bridge and crosses it with Olga. On the other side of the bridge, they find a secret city that keeps Terrapin at war.

Prepare yourself for a wrenching journey laced with evil, chronicling histories of cruelty, kidnapping, and false imprisonment in search of meaning and justice.

Review

This is the kind of book I loved as a teenager. It reminded me a lot of the Philip Pullman or even CS Lewis books which I devoured in my youth.

It is a bit of a slow start but the excitement builds up through the chapters. The characters are well thought out and I found the main character Mool to be very likeable and relatable. I loved the way every day teenage problems were interwoven into the journey of discovery which Mool goes on in this magical world.

The other characters and creatures are certainly interesting and creative. The descriptions in the book made me really feel that I had stepped inside this other world where Terrapin exists. There are quirky turns of phrase and made up words which all add to the author’s highly individual and imaginative style. Actually the style is highly intelligent which was refreshing albeit sometimes complex. I sometimes had to stop and check I had read a sentence properly to get my head around the sense of it. This reminded me of Terry Pratchett novels at times.

The reader is kept guessing throughout the book and I had no idea where the plot was leading me which was pleasing.

Moss Whelan has more than a touch of genius and I’m sure will soon be a household name. He will be up there with the great names in fantasy fiction. There is bound to be a sequel to this and I look forwards to reading other novels by Moss Whelan.

Reviewed by Coralie

Author Bio

Moss Whelan (1968) born in Vancouver, British Columbia, is the Canadian author of Gray Hawk of Terrapin published on January the 12th, 2018. He is an English Literature Bachelor of Arts, a Creative Writing Associate, and possesses a Diploma in Writing for Film, Television, and Interactive Media. He is active in the online Fantasy community and teaches Creative Writing. His work depicts a return to transcendent self-esteem in contrast with world views that shape perceived reality. He received the President’s Award at Douglas College and the M. Sheila O’Connel Undergraduate Prize in Children’s Literature at Simon Fraser University. A survivor of PTSD, he hopes to be a voice for continued access to mental health.

 

Review: The Soulweaver by Heidi Catherine

The Soulweaver
Heidi Catherine
Publication date: January 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

She’s loved and lost him a hundred times across a thousand years. She can’t bear to lose him again.

Lin’s dreams are haunted by faces of people she’s never met. Unable to shake the feeling she’s lived before, she’s drawn to Reinier—a stranger whose soul is heartbreakingly familiar from a time gone by.

Reinier helps Lin unravel the mystery of her past life as Hannah, a girl who sacrificed herself for her true love, Matthew. As Lin falls hopelessly in love with Reinier, her memories of her life as Hannah sharpen and she finds herself unable to let go of Matthew.

With her heart torn in two, Lin must decide whether she should stand by Reinier’s side or track down Matthew and fight for his love. What she doesn’t know is that her decision will ripple across our troubled planet, affecting far more lives than just her own.

Winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award, The Soulweaver is a story that will change the way you see the world.

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Review

This book COMPLETELY took my breath away! It took me two days to read it and I cannot believe how much I enjoyed it!

The story follows the story of two souls intrinsically entwined to find each other through each one of their lives.  A beautiful tale of love in all it’s forms in the fight against evil and the destruction of our planet!

The story is skillfully written with an excellent ability to intertwin to seemingly unrelated girls lives into one without causing confusion this heart wrenching story will have you completely entranced.

It truly is a phenomenal story and I am so glad I got to review this one!

2018 is definitely going to be a great year for books if the last two reviews I have done are anything to go by!

Reviewed by Nat

Author Bio:

Heidi’s debut novel, The Soulweaver, won Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award and will be released by Crooked Cat Books on 19 Jan 2018.

Not being able to decide if she prefers living in Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula, Heidi shares her time between both places. She is similarly pulled in opposing directions by her two sons and two dogs, remaining thankful she only has one husband.

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Review: Happiness: The Inside Job by Matt Pepper

Synopsis

One thing which every person on the planet desires is to live a fulfilled and happy life. So why does happiness seem to elude so many of us? Are you fed up with thinking ‘I’ll be happy when…’ but who knows when that will be? Are you done with continually changing your circumstances believing this will lead to a happy life, only to find that you don’t feel any different? How can we simply ‘get happy’ when the pressures of jobs, mortgages and relationships are upon us all?

Enter Matt Pepper, who has spent twenty years researching, learning and practising the tools and techniques he has discovered which have enabled him to help his clients live a happy and fulfilled life. In Happiness: The Inside Job, he has collected all of this knowledge together into one place with each and every chapter filled with insights,  case studies and quirky illustrations, which will give a new understanding of how to enjoy life. Matt’s concepts are so simple to grasp and apply, you’ll wonder how you never thought of them yourself! So the question is, are you ready to be happy?

Putting the power back into our own hands and equipped with his Happiness Barometer, Matt shows how you can find your inner happiness and keep hold of it —no matter what is going on in your life. Divided into seven sections, Matt firstly introduces the tools to ‘Fire up your own happiness,’ where we are invited to explore different life scenarios and our reactions to them depending on where we are on The Happiness Barometer. Matt also reveals how we can expose our Ta-Daa, becoming the person we know we can be, by getting rid of any alter egos we may be holding on to —whether it’s at work or in social situations — before moving on to share tips on how to tend to our Emotional Garden in order to create an abundance of positive feelings.

Then, after we’ve weeded out our negative emotions it’s all aboard the Groovy Train of Thought, where we’re taught how to fill our mind with positive and happy thoughts and listen to our gut instinct —because it’s what’s inside that counts. Matt then explores how we can ‘Turn our muck to luck” showing that by changing our mindsets, we can learn how to bounce back from tough times and jump over life’s hurdles instead of getting bogged down in the darkness. Finally he looks at how we can ‘Pimp up our purpose,’ and by following what feels right we can point ourselves in the right direction. By providing tools and tips to gain perspective on whatever life can throw at us, we will find out that true happiness really is an inside job.

A light-hearted and accessible approach to self-development, Happiness: The Inside Job is the perfect read for those of us looking to find their inner happiness and keep hold of it, no matter what is happening in our lives and transform into ‘A Happiness Generating Machine.’

Review

I am such a big fan of personal development books and I find the topic fascinating so when we were asked to review this book I jumped at the chance!

This book is such a vibrant and fun book it completely suits the topic!! The illustrations are on point for the tone of the book and it is packed full of concise hints and tips without the patronising tone that some books in this genre lean towards.

I love that the author illustrates his points clearly with examples from his client base as it really makes this book more than a list of dos and don’ts.  He also brings his points alive using clever metaphors and descriptions backed up by the illustrations.

The book is a quick read….two days in fact…and doesn’t waffle on about the science behind his points.  It’s the common sense voice that we all need to hear without feeling like we’ve been told off!

It’s more of an investment than a one time read and I fully intend to read this insightful book again and again as the author suggests dipping in and out when I feel that perhaps I’m a bit off course on where I want to be or in the “wrong soil”.

If you are looking to get on the The Groovy train this year and pep up that happy talk then this is a great book to help you do that!

Reviewed by Nat

Author Bio

happiness-the-inside-jobAbout the author: Matt Pepper has been working within the health and personal development industry for over twenty-years with clients ranging from artists and film directors, to chief executives and their workforce, civil servants and students. A passionate speaker, Matt also lectures on happiness and wellbeing for medical teams including those at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He loves giving his ‘PeppTalks’ where he shares the essence of this book, motivating groups and organisations from all walks of life. Based between Oxford and London, he lives with his wife Tash, their three children and two cats.

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Cover Reveal: Covet by Micalea Smeltzer

Covet
Micalea Smeltzer
(Enchanted #2)
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

On the run from the Iniquitous, Mara feels lost and helpless. Without Theo by her side she’s left bare and vulnerable, but she’s a fighter and, with blood boiling in her veins, she vows to avenge him.

The Iniquitous have already taken so much from her, and she refuses to sit back and let them take anything else. She trains harder, preparing herself physically and mentally to take them on. As her magic grows stronger, so does the voice speaking to her from beyond the grave.

She wants to believe it’s real, to give in to what feels right, but if she does, her mind might be lost forever.

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Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Review: The Girl Without Magic by Megan O’Russell

The Girl Without Magic
Megan O’Russell
(The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: January 9th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn’t through with her.

Seventeen-year-old Maggie Trent fell out of a battle and into the Siren’s Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay.

The time for the Siren’s reckoning has come, sweeping away all she deems unworthy to live in her realm. Those without magic are hunted by the Siren. Those with magic are hunted by the Stricken. Fighting or hiding seem necessary to survive. But there is a different way.

Bertrand Wayland, unaging and unrelenting in his determination for Maggie to accept her fate, slips in and out through the stitches that bind the Siren’s Realm to other worlds, gaining magic and having glorious adventures. When Maggie follows Bertrand out of the Siren’s Realm, seeking an adventure of her own, she finds instead a world of magic on the eve of war. To save innocent lives Maggie risks her heart, her life, and her only chance of returning to the Siren’s Realm.

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This book was the first review for me of 2018 and what an amazing start to my review year it was!

I have read other works by Megan O’Russell and like those this one did not disappoint.

When Maggie Trent arrived in the Sirens realm I felt she was a meek and naive girl but my was I wrong! This story is action packed and full of Drama as well as a touch of romance.  I’m so excited to see that this isn’t the end of Maggie Trent’s journey and am so looking forward to book to!

The world building is amazingly detailed from the smell of the troll to the grandeur of those rich in magic this book will quickly envelope you in it’s story.

The book tells little of her life before her appearance in the Sirens realm but it gives just enough to build Maggie Trents character and I do hope as the story line develops that we see more of an insight into her past…as well as learning more about Bertrand Wayland!

This is a captivating story with darker undertones that I would happily recommend to anyone!

 

Author Bio:

Megan is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic.
For more information on Megan’s books visit MeganORussell.com.

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Interview: Moss Whelan Author of Gray Hawk of Terrapin

I am so excited today to share with you a recent interview I did with Author Moss Whelan who has written Gray Hawk Of Terrapin.  It is one of the best interviews I’ve ever done.  He has provided such insight into him as a person and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!

What drove you to write? Do you feel that anyone can be a writer?

I think anyone can become a writer, but there are a lot of people that don’t need to. I’ve been spending so much time around Fantasy writers that I’ll fall into conversations with people who act like they are meeting a unicorn. Which they kind of are, I suppose. But being driven to write is what it takes. You have got to have a story burning inside you that you want to communicate. And the weird thing is that it’s a public service. Writers provide the elixir vitae that people need. We need storytellers. I need storyteller. I’m a very unhappy person who has to go on a quest every day to rediscover the center of everything. That’s what drives me.

Along the same lines…..What qualities do you think a writer needs?

Hmm. I’ll straddle that fence. The writing game is easy. Anyone can crank out a book. You put it on the shelf, maybe in a notebook or printed out, and that’s it. The publishing game is a whole other game. You’ve got to be a rewriter. You’ve got to be willing to look at your story and say, “This is a block of stone that I’m going to carve into a statue.” That hurts. That makes you cry. You want it to be good, but it’s not–and it never is. It never can be. It’s a never ending quest for perfection. You go into the forest and face your dragon / ego. But that’s not all. You have to work with people. If you want it to be good, you have to listen to criticism. You have to say thank you for eviscerating me. May I have another? And one day, you wake up and you are bulletproof. On a good day.

What drew you to the Fantasy Genre.

It’s not a literary gender to me. It’s psychological paradise. It’s a state of mind that I get to return to. I get to talk with you and other people about the most important part of us. And, can I communicate what it’s like to get a free pass to Tolkien’s Faerie, to Return, and then then try to invite people into their own headspace. “Hey. This isn’t about you or me. This is about all of us. We can really get some work done here. We can ask the big questions. We can share this medicine inside.”

I find the idea of Inberl the green lion fascinating how do you come up with the idea of him?

Inberl grew in the telling. Initially he was planned as a mentor kind of character. The guise of green lion came from The Red Book by Carl Jung where it symbolizes the process of healing the psyche. The world of Terrapin is a reflection of the human mind, you can see it in the mandala-like layout of the map and the various city states of consciousness. By the end of the rewrites, when Prodigy Gold said, “Yes. We are going to tell this story,” the green lion had become connected to the world building and one of the powers of the world. Ultimately, Inberl is the personification of the state of One’o’Clock, one of the pieces of my own mind, and dearly loved.  

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

It was Tolkien. I read Wizard of Earthsea which was a love hate; it being like looking into a mirror. I had a bad childhood: illness, crime, poverty, abuse, and death. Narnia was verboten in the commune but I’d heard a recording of The Hobbit and read LoTR. It meshed with playing D&D with the other commun kids. In the mid 90’s I wrote fantasy as an intentional way to return to my experience of Middle Earth. I studied Beowulf in college because of him and then read “On Fairy Stories”. That galvanized everything for me: there was a way to Return. I went to Oxford to visit his grave and say thank you for that way back home. He’s my hero.

Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?

Yes. The E of P (The Enterer of Pictures) was the first book that I could say, “I love this, and I want to share this other people.” That was 25 years ago. My current agent said it had great setting, but that I should study Creative Writing for character. This is another case of listening to people. She was totally right. I knew she was right. So I got back into school, college, and studied. I held onto the The E of P as long as I could but it began to grow out of its shell. The world became Terrapin and the main character became Mool. But I’m cool with it: there is no Gray Hawk of Terrapin without The E of P.

What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?

The chapter that meant the most was the climax. In the end, there was so much hope there. During writing that scene, I was listening to Jim Henson singing “Rainbow Connection” and wanting to communicate that hope. What is most important? What is essential? Can I communicate that? Can I get that in a reader’s head and have them share that dream. I was just tweeting with a local speculative / gaming restaurant about inclusivity. Is there a way we can get kinder and cooler? Is there a way that we can put fear and hate aside? We’ve got a lot of work to get done in the next hundred years, and that chapter is me taking aim and addressing that issue.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to?

The one character that I need to return to is Azimyodi. My bright-browed center of everything is the axis mundi of Terrapin, the character around which the entire world spins. There’s a lot issues that I’m exploring there: self-esteem, individuation, transcendence. I ask questions like: “Why aren’t we talking about this void inside us? Why aren’t we addressing the cause of addiction? Why is there so much silence?” Why do we focus on the outside world when we could be looking within Imagination?   

Is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

Time travel as geography! I’d love to drive a car from one time to another. So, meet with dinosaur people in a prehistoric city, then drive over to a UFO city of machine people. I’d like to really smash that barrier and say, “It’s happening now. Let’s have a great time.”

Gray Hawk of Terrapin is a heart-wrenching Y/A fantasy by Moss Whelan that introduces Melanie (Mool) Fraser.

Ever since her father’s death, Mool has been talking with an imaginary green lion named Inberl. When Mool’s mysterious uncle gets sick, she and her mother take the train from Vancouver, Canada to the inner world of Terrapin, where Inberl is arrested because he’s looking for Gray Hawk. Springing into action, Mool sets out to rescue Inberl.

 

Mool’s know-it-all cousin, Olga, helps track down family friend Parshmander who might know how to save Inberl. They corner Parshmander at home, where they overhear mention of Gray Hawk, but the girls are captured and interrogated. Upon release, Mool feels success when she sees a secret map, finds a hidden bridge and crosses it with Olga. On the other side of the bridge, they find a secret city that keeps Terrapin at war.

Prepare yourself for a wrenching journey laced with evil, chronicling histories of cruelty, kidnapping, and false imprisonment in search of meaning and justice.

 

Author Bio

Moss Whelan (1968) born in Vancouver, British Columbia, is the Canadian author of Gray Hawk of Terrapin published on January the 12th, 2018. He is an English Literature Bachelor of Arts, a Creative Writing Associate, and possesses a Diploma in Writing for Film, Television, and Interactive Media. He is active in the online Fantasy community and teaches Creative Writing. His work depicts a return to transcendent self-esteem in contrast with world views that shape perceived reality. He received the President’s Award at Douglas College and the M. Sheila O’Connel Undergraduate Prize in Children’s Literature at Simon Fraser University. A survivor of PTSD, he hopes to be a voice for continued access to mental health.

 

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Review: Feel Me Fall by James Morris

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Synopsis

Secrets and survival in the Amazon

Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she’s the last left alive.

But can she carry the burden of the past?

Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we’ll go in order to survive.

Review

I wasn’t sure at the start, the first introduction to the characters felt like a cliched made for TV movie, but stick with it!

Based around the aftermath of a school trip that ended in a plane crash, this is a story of teenage survival in the ultimate hostile environment. To say that this plot builds and twists is an understatement, some points this rollercoaster moved so fast, I found myself flicking back to check I hadn’t accidentally missed a chapter or two!

As it developed I found the characters fascinating, Lord of the Flies meets John Green (and that is high praise indeed from a huge YA fiction fan) I felt that this novel was has a brilliant mix of intrigue, suspense, escapism and black humour.

A definite must read.

Reviewed by Jessica

Disclosure: The Pursuit Of Bookiness received a copy of this book free of charge in return for an honest review.  All opinions are our own.

Interview: Maggie Way Author of Heart of Throne

 

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Synopsis

MIA WINTERS is a down-on-her-luck young woman, trying to chase her dreams in Chicago. Her life is thrown to the wind when a man from her past arrives unexpectedly.

ROMAN THORNE. Best friend. College sweetheart. Passionate lover. Once upon a time, he was everything to her. This is how ever is not a pleasant reunion – they were unexpectedly torn apart two years ago and have not spoken since. Not to mention he’s now engaged.

So why is he back? Why does he still look at her like he used to? Why are the sparks between them are hotter than ever, the emotions deeper, the love intensified? Filled with shocking revelations, intrigue and a heart-stopping twist, Heart of Thorne is a sizzling romance that captures the beauty of love and the pain of losing it.

Author Interview

Today I am joined by the lovely Maggie Way, who has kindly done this wonderful interview for us!

Maggie Way is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Entangle Me Series. She writes stories with heat, humor, and lots of heart.

Here newest novel Heart of Throne is available for Pre-Order now for release on the 14th January 2018. Find out more and sign up for updates here.

Hi, Maggie! Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about Heart of Thorne.

 

Thanks for having me! So happy to be here. I hail from the sunny Sydney down in Australia. By day I work in government administration, and by night I’m a romance writer. I’ve loved romance books ever since I could remember – whenever I go to the library, I run straight to the romance section stack them right up. That’s how I got into writing – I would be reading these books, or watching a movie, and I would always think to myself ‘I would have ended the story that way’, or ‘no, the heroine should not have done that!’

You know, things like that. Eventually, I had a ton of ideas that I didn’t want to keep in my head anymore so here I am. My ideas are now on paper, and I’m having a great time.

Heart of Thorne is very much my passion project, and convinced me to want to pursue writing as a career.

The best way I would describe this book is The Notebook meets Dynasty – you’ve got the tragic love story, mixed with the family and social intrigue. Brother against brother, death threat after death threat, love triangles, rectangles even. It’s all sorts of entertaining page-turning drama, romance and heat. But at the heart of it, is a beautiful love story that you want to root for.

The story in a nutshell: After a tumultuous college romance Mia Winters thinks that love has passed her by. But when her old flame, Roman Thorne, comes back into her life with their past baggage and a new fiancé in tow, will Mia rekindle the spark or resist the passion she still feels for him?

The ultimate question I pose with the book is: what would your morals be worth in the face love?

I think what makes my book unique is that it’s timeless, yet fresh at the same time.  

 

Where did the idea of the Publishizer campaign come from and what do you hope to achieve with it?

 

Having been an indie author for almost two years now, I have enjoyed learning about the publishing industry and how to market myself, in the most competitive genre. I am looking to take things to the next level and further my career by landing a traditional book deal.

I was in the middle of looking at publishers and agents to query, when I came across a mention of Publishizer in the Writers and Artist’s Yearbook.

They act as sort of a crowdfunding platform, with an exclusive focus on authors.

In a nutshell, if I can sell at least 1000 copies, they will pitch the book to the top five publishers which would be an absolute dream of mine.

Going down this route really appealed to me because it allowed me to not only generate early interest – and funds – for my book by appealing to the audience I currently have, but it could potentially shortcut the process to getting signed instead of going through the traditional query process. Not to mention they have amassed top contacts in the publishing industry.

Can you tell us a little bit about your USA Today Bestselling Entangle Me series?

 

 

This was a fun distraction while I was in the middle of writing Heart of Thorne. It was really an excuse for me to blend what I love – travelling and romance! The novella series is about Lacey Ryan, a wedding planner based in Sydney who is due to walk down the aisle herself. Without spoiling anything, she doesn’t quite make it. Instead, she’s offered the chance to plan weddings around the world, and that’s what each book in the series is based on – a different city. If there’s anything who loves a more light-hearted feel good romance, then this is for you.

 

What’s the biggest reason why people should pledge on Publishizer?

 

I think apart from asking my readers to support my new project, I want to be the first indie fiction author to land a big-time book deal via crowdfunding. If my campaign is successful, I vow to give back to the writing community and educate struggling authors on how to make it in this tough industry.

 

What can new readers expect from Heart of Throne? And are there any surprises in store for your existing readers?

 

Heart of Thorne is a homage, or love letter, to my favorite novels like The Notebook, Bridges of Madison County, Bared to You, and Fifty Shades of Grey. It is a suspenseful, plot-driven, exhilarating, and sexually charged adventure that sweeps you along with the heroine.

Romance drama lovers won’t be disappointed!

As for my existing readers, they will be getting my signature style of writing but more – Heart of Thorne is my debut full-length novel. My beta readers love the book, so I hope my readers will love it equally as much.

 

What else are you doing to celebrate the launch of the book?

 

I’ll be providing live updates to my readers, as well as offering giveaways – subscribe so you don’t miss out!

 

Where do you get your inspiration from and what does the planning process look like for you?

For me, each of my books started with an idea or question I wanted to explore. A lot of them either come to me randomly, or when I’m reading a book or watching a movie, or because of something that happens to me in life.

With Entangle Me, it was the idea that life after heartbreak can still be beautiful and full of zest.

With Heart of Thorne, it was ‘What would your morals be worth in the face of love?’

Once I have an idea that I desperately need to bring to life, I start planning the story, characters around it.

What was the last book that you read and what did you think of it?

At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks. I’m a sucker for his stories, and he is probably a small handful of authors that would interest me in reading books set in rural settings. This was a good sequel to True Believer, but only those who enjoy Spark’s signature brand of melodrama would enjoy this.

What’s next for you? What can we expect to read in the future?

I’m currently working on follow-up novels to Heart of Thorne, as well as some stand-alones which are still in the draft process.

How do you get the word out about your work and where can people follow you?

I’ll be primarily promoting the book to my mailing list of 16,000 readers and doing rounds on social media.

If you wish to get all updates about the book, including exclusive giveaways and discounts during the launch, subscribe here.

Even if you can’t support the campaign, you can still ensure Heart of Thorne gets funded and purchase your own copies at a later date. Share the campaign with friends and family, on your social media, and with your book clubs and writing groups. 

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Blitz: Handler by Tish Thawer

Handler
Tish Thawer
Published by: Amber Leaf Publishing
Publication date: December 19th 2017
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Our world was perfect––until we broke the law: Don’t go out at night.

Utopian by day, dystopian by night; this is the world I recently discovered. I now struggle with the fact that our whole society has been based on a lie. There’s only one way to change it––conquer the darkness we’ve all been raised to fear.

Live the lie; fight to the death; become a Handler. It’s the only way.

A sci-fi/dystopian novel.

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Author Bio:

2017 – #1 Bestseller in Historical Fiction (Witches of BlackBrook)
2017 – Top 100 Bestselling in Paid Kindle Store (Witches of Blackbrook)
2015 – Best Cover – Penned Con (The Witches of BlackBrook)
2015 – Readers Choice Award – My New Favorite Book Awards (The Witches of BlackBrook)

Bestselling and Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.

Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received a RONE Award nomination (Reward of Novel Excellence), as well as nominations for Best Cover, Reader’s Choice, and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery).

Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and is a columnist for Gliterary Girl media and has bylines in RT Magazine and Literary Lunes Magazine. She resides in Arizona with her husband and three wonderful children and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management.

You can find Tish on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTishThawer

A common FAQ: “How do you pronounce her last name?”

Answer: Think “Bower” or “Thow-er”. It’s Persian!

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Remember Goodnight Moon?

A newly republished work by the same author made its debut at Carilion Children’s for Thanksgiving.

For Carilion Children’s youngest patients this Thanksgiving came a special treat – a newly republished Margaret Wise Brown book, and a pair of accomplished leaders (and moms) to read it to them.

Carilion Clinic president and CEO Nancy Howell Agee and Hollins University president Pareena G. Lawrence spent their Thanksgiving morning reading to patients at Carilion Children’s hospital. In addition to reading Brown’s perennial favorites Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, the two leaders introduced the children to Four Fur Feet.

“We wanted to make this Thanksgiving just a little brighter for our patients and their families,” said Agee. “It’s difficult being in a hospital, and especially during a holiday. Brown’s books have been a comfort to children for many decades and our patients were pretty excited to hear Four Fur Feet.”

Thanks to a partnership between Carilion and the non-profit Turn The Page, and another partnership between Turn The Page and Hollins University every child born at Carilion will receive the book during the next year. Hollins University, which is Brown’s alma mater, is the repository for her hundreds of manuscripts, and made the Four Fur Feet text available to be published.

“We know that children who are read to early in life become better readers – better learners – as they grow,” said Lawrence. “I’m thrilled that our partners at Turn The Page have made it their mission to get books into the hands of the 3,000 babies born at Carilion every year.”

Turn The Page’s mission is to increase awareness of the benefits of reading with children from birth and to provide every child born in the Roanoke Valley with his or her own home library of books during the first three years of life.

“Reading aloud is a simple way for parents to help their children grow,” said Lauren Ellerman, founder and board member of Turn The Page. “The partnerships with Carilion and Hollins are helping us get great books like Brown’s into the hands of families in the region.”

Agee, Lawrence, Ellerman and Turn The Page volunteers finished out the morning by visiting several units of the hospital, including mother-baby and southwest Virginia’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, handing out the book to interested families.