Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Witches

Witches

by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

4 out of 5

Synopsis
There are witches in the world…some are good and some of them are downright evil.
Amanda Givens is careful how she uses her benevolent powers. She doesn't want the people of Canaan, Connecticut to know they have a witch among them…even a good white witch. For years, she's lived quietly in a remote cabin with Amadeus, her quirky feline familiar. At first with her husband, Jake, the love of her life, until a car accident; but now alone after his death. But when she's wrongly blamed for a rash of ritualistic murders committed by a satanic cult, she knows she can no longer hide. She's the one the cult is after and she is the only one who can stop them and prove her innocence. Yet as punishment for fighting and destroying the cult, she's drawn back in time by the ghost of the dark witch, Rachel Coxe, who was drowned for practicing black magic in the 17th century. Now, as Amanda tries to rehabilitate Rachel's reputation in an effort to save lives, as well as her own, and falls in love all over again with Joshua, her reincarnated dead husband from the future, she has to rely on a sister's love and magical knowledge, and a powerful sect of witches named the Guardians, to help her get home safely.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Is British Too British


Now I don't normally write blog posts about writing, unless I'm over-excited about the release of a new book.  And no, settle down, there are months until the next new release.  This is going to stray into rant-mode.

I am a British writer.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

In Shadows Waiting

In Shadows Waiting

by Stewart Bint

4 out of 5

Synopsis
Young Simon Reynolds lives a bucolic life at his family home, White Pastures, surrounded by a loving family and a charming community. Simon finishes his A levels and looks forward to unwinding while his sisters work on their tans.

Meanwhile the tiny community of Meriton has been plagued by a spate of burglaries, and White Pastures seems to be next. A shadowy figure stalks the house, but the police can find no signs of an intruder.

Inspired by the author’s real-life experience with the supernatural, In Shadows Waiting recounts a summer that changes the Reynolds’ lives forever. As the summer progresses, the shadows take on an altogether more sinister implication, and White Pastures begins to reveal a terrifying secret.

The epicenter of an event that has scarred an entire community, White Pastures grows more and more dark, possessed by a shadow that yearns, a shadow that will not be denied. At White Pastures, someone will die – but love never will.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Erin S. Riley - Spoiler Interview


Welcome to the third instalment of my Spoilers series!  I know, third - I haven't been banned yet!

If you are not familiar with this series, I am basically making the assumption that you have read these books, and you are as keen as I am to grill the authors.
Therefore, me and my lovely little author-victims are going to have an interview that is not restricted by spoiler information.

My next guest is the author of the Sons of Odin trilogy, Erin S. Riley.
OK, this is your first warning: if you have not read Odin's Shadow you have to leave this page now.
I recommend buy Odin's Shadow, or going and reading my relatively spoiler-free review.
The main point is, you have to scoot, this interview is only for those with the required reading.



Thursday, 14 January 2016

Earth Drummer

Earth Drummer

by Echo Fox

5 out of 5

Synopsis
Gentian is tiptoeing uncomfortably around his grieving father and headstrong twin sister, doing as he’s told for the sake of peace. However, when strange fire-filled dreams start to take over his nights, Gentian faces a tricky decision. Should he go ahead with his own arranged marriage, his future all planned out before him? Or should he accept the Shaman’s offer of becoming his initiate and learning about Earth magic? With his animal totem Tern to guide him, will Gentian be able to make his choice before his entire world spirals out of control?

EQUILIBRIA SERIES
Trouble is brewing in the harmonious land of Pangaea. Ever since the continent was split into four elemental parts by Strife, the balance has been edging ever so slightly in favour of the dark. Now, four elementals just coming into their powers must meet Strife head on and restore balance to their world.
In Wave Singers, we met Merry and the people of Thera, the Mer.
In Earth Drummer, Gentian must make a decision that could save his people - or leave them to face the darkness alone.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Oath Breaker

Oath Breaker

by Erin S. Riley

5 out of 5

Synopsis
The exciting conclusion of the Sons of Odin trilogy:

Sometimes the right man has been there all along…

Selia has fled Norway and her Viking berserker husband to protect her children from his rages. His brother Ulfrik, having long loved Selia from afar, offers his protection. As Selia uncovers the man he is, love blossoms in her heart where there was only emptiness. But will their newfound love survive when Alrik returns to claim what is his?

Friday, 8 January 2016

The Magic of Grandfather Time

The Magic of Grandfather Time

by Rose English

5 out of 5

Synopsis
‘A grandfather clock has a face and a voice. As its name suggests, it is more than a piece of furniture; it is a member of the family’
Richard C.R. Barder 1983

DECEMBER 1880. There will be no jolly Christmas cheer this year. The harsh winter had descended; snow blankets the ground and the lake is frozen solid. Within the walls of Clement Cottage, the fire is dwindling, its embers barely bright enough to cast the shadow of the broken man upon the wall. Cole is lost in his deep sadness; he has just one heartfelt wish. To be re-united with his beloved, the soulmate so cruelly stolen from him – Cornelia.

A sad mournful ticking comes from a blackened corner of the parlour where a longcase clock is hidden. Tall and stately, noble of face, loud of voice and keeper of great secrets, he is Grandfather Time. Bestowed with the gift of magic from Old Father Time himself, as he begins to chime out the magical hour of midnight, can he grant Cole his wish?

The book includes an Introduction to Grandfather Time Himself.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Black Halo: the Witch & the Guardian

Black Halo: the Witch & the Guardian

by A.S. Aramiru

3 out of 5

Synopsis
With the Light, came Magic, and the Witch. As mysterious as she was fearsome, and as powerful as she was merciless, the Witch almost succeeded in ending the world until she was vanquished by a hero and his comrades.

This is the legend of the Witch and the Guardian.

Centuries after the nigh calamity, this legend is as much as almost anyone knows of what truly happened back then and as much of an explanation anyone has of what ended an era in human civilization.

Though the people may never learn the whole story, you as the reader will follow the days that led up to how a young girl named Lily became immortalized as the Witch though her name, dreams and life became forgotten.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

The Keeper's Vow

The Keeper's Vow

by B.F. Simone

3 out of 5

Synopsis
From the day he showed up on her front porch, he desperately needed three things: a new beginning, a place to belong, and someone to stand beside him.

By the time she figured that out, it was too late.

In a world where being half-vampire is a dark secret that tears families apart, 16 year-old Katie Watts must untangle the web of lies that is her so-called life. No one is who she thought they were. Her father is keeping secrets and everyone knows the darker truth except her. She has no direction, no answers, and—when she searches for the truth—no home.

As the web untangles, the truth pulls Katie and Tristan closer together, and they find themselves connected in more ways than she can believe. But—is honesty worth more than blissful ignorance? Can she live with the truths that begin with her dead mother and end with The Keeper’s Vow?