Monday, February 28, 2011

Book Junkie


I love books.

Whether I'm writing them (which I seem to be doing all the time lately - pretty sure I'm going to start calling people in my life by my character's names...), or reading them, I just can't get enough of them. Sooo... as much as I enjoy updating you on my own novels and eagerly nudging you towards purchasing them :-D, I also thought I could share my book recommendations with you on more a regular basis. I shall try, and ain't gonna lie may fail, to blog about my favourite book of the week since I tend to get through a couple of books a week. It's impressive considering I'm almost entirely consumed by own writing - but then as I say... I'm a book junkie.
AND if you feel like it or have time please feel free to leave comments either about the book on recommendation or your own book recommendation for the week.

My Book Recommendation

This week my book recommendation is Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. I'd never read anything of Suzuma's before so I bought this one because of it's high average rating and beautiful reviews. It really seemed to have touched the people who had read it and considering its blurb I was surprised. Not nearly as surprised as I was by the book, as I was really apprehensive about reading it to be honest - again because of the subject matter and also because I had heard it was really, really sad!
Despite all that, I'm glad I picked it up because Forbidden is now definitely on my favourites shelf.

Book Description

Sixteen-year-old Maya and seventeen-year-old Lochan have never had the chance to be 'normal' teenagers. Having pulled together for years to take care of their younger siblings while their wayward, drunken mother leaves them to fend alone, they have become much more than brother and sister. And now, they have fallen in love. But this is a love that can never be allowed, a love that will have devastating consequences ...
How can something so wrong feel so right?

My Review - Stars - ***** - Awesome Read.

This is a beautifully written story that brings an amazing sensitivity and understanding to a controversial and taboo subject. Through Lochan and Maya, Suzuma somehow manages to breach our societal defences that tells us these two teenagers' love for one another is wrong with answers as to why this has happened - they've had to raise their younger siblings from a young age and provide the parental support, have always turned to each other as equals, as partners, in the same way a mother and father would. Suzuma carefully crafts Lochan and Maya's relationships with their other siblings to illuminate the difference in the way they see each other and interact with one another. For Maya, her brother Kit is her brother Kit and as such she sees him in that respect and loves him in a motherly/sisterly protective, concerned way. Maya's brother Lochan, however, is not her brother but her best friend, her soul mate and she loves him - in her own words - in every way that is possible.
This book, for me is reminiscent of Flowers in the Attic by the late Virgina Andrews - where children are forced to grow up too quickly and absorb responsibility too quickly, and how with the pressure and need for someone to love them as much as they have loved others, can outweigh what society judges as 'right' and 'wrong'. Unlike Flowers in the Attic, however, there is none of that gothic surrealism with Forbidden to detract from its raw authenticity. Suzuma lets us as the readers into the hearts of the people condemned, and even better creates two characters of such realism and painful humanity that we can't possibly judge them; we can only hurt for them under truly tragic and heartbreaking circumstances.

A poignant masterpiece. I would give Forbidden ten stars if I could.

Five massive, massive stars!




Sunday, February 27, 2011

Moon Spell

Hi folks,

Moon Spell: Part One in the Tale of Lunarmorte is now available to buy in paperback from amazon.com for $8.99. Remember, the paperback version of my novels are only going to be available from the US until Create Space decide to branch out and offer the paperbacks on amazon.co.uk. Until then there is always the ebook version from UK kindle at the awesome price of £0.71.


Also only 26 days until the River Cast release! Yay! I'll keep you posted on the outcome of the arc reviews for RC.

Hope you've all had a great weekend!


Sam x

Friday, February 18, 2011

I'll Put a Spell on You...Hopefully

Hey guys!

Moon Spell is now out on eBook! Yay! And for a special offer price of £0.71 on amazon.co.uk and $0.99 on amazon.com. I need a favour from US friends, however. From where I'm sitting, amazon.com has Moon Spell priced at $3.45 but Kindle Publishing Support promise me this is just because I live in the UK and that US customers are definitely seeing and getting Moon Spell for $0.99. Can my US friends have a look for me and let me know they've got the price right? Would sooo appreciate it, thank you! :-)

You can also download Moon Spell from https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41874 in different reader formats - again special offer price of $0.99.

Moon Spell will be out in paperback in the US only on amazon.com March 1st. You can, however, enter my giveaway on goodreads.com if you live in the UK, CA and US to win a free, signed copy of the Moon Spell paperback. Check out the link here.

Sam x

Monday, February 14, 2011

Confused.Com

Hi folks,

So Okay. I think I may have confused people about the all new books based in the world of Lunarmorte. Apologies. I will try to be more succinct this time.

So as you know I have the novel, Lunarmorte, published by Vanguard 2010 out in the UK. I had written two sequels for Lunarmorte to create the Lunarmorte Trilogy. However, I began making soo many edits to these sequels that they turned into a different story. So... I had to go back and revise the first story, Lunarmorte. Overall, there are subtle plot point changes, just little things put in that make the story more cohesive and tie in better with the upcoming sequels. Also, I wasn't happy with the editorial work on Lunarmorte so I've done A LOT of editing and restructuring of the novel. So, although, there aren't any major changes to plot or characterisation I still see it as a whole new book, part of a whole new world.
Point made is - There is no longer The Lunarmorte Trilogy.
What we have now is The Tale of Lunarmorte.
First Novel - Moon Spell: Part One in the Tale of Lunarmorte -  Is currently available in multiple ebook formats on http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41874. Will very soon be available on amazon Kindle UK&US. And in a few weeks will be available in paperback from http://www.amazon.com/ and http://www.createspace.com/.

Second Novel - River Cast: Part Two in the Tale of Lunarmorte - the first sequel to Moon Spell. Coming April 16th 2011. Will be available to buy from amazon.com in paperback and on kindle, as well as on kindle on amazon.co.uk. Will also be available in multiple ebook formats from smashwords.com and available in paperback from CreateSpace.com

Third Novel - Blood Solstice: Part Three in the Tale of Lunarmorte - the second sequel to Moon Spell. Coming May 21st 2011. Will be available to buy from amazon.com in paperback and on kindle, as well as on kindle on amazon.co.uk. Will also be available in multiple ebook formats from smashwords.com and available in paperback from CreateSpace.com.

I hope that clears up all the confusion folks. The Tale of Lunarmorte is priced extremely low and I've been told is really entertaining, so I hope you all take the time to enjoy!


Sam x

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Smashwords

Morning folks,

Just to let you all know that Moon Spell: Part One in the Tale of Lunarmorte, is now available to purchase on Smashwords. Smashwords is a US ebook site, and you can download the ebook in most formats for different ereaders, such as kindle, epub, sony ereader etc.

Will let you know when it's up and running on amazon Kindle!



Sam x

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Tale of Lunarmorte

Hey folks!

Well, I have been missing from my blog for quite some time and that's because I've been super busy, crazy busy, heavily editing, hashing and tearing and transforming Lunarmorte until I created an entire new novel. There were just so many things I wanted to change and tweak to perfect the novels of Lunarmorte that I kind of started all over again. As I say there has been some heavy editorial changes, subplot changes, changes to references etc and overall overhaul of the structure. Not to worry for those who have read Lunarmorte, characters are all the same and the main plot point is as well, so the upcoming novels can be read with very little confusion if you've only got access to Lunarmorte. BUT there is NO longer a Lunarmorte Trilogy.

Enter...

The Tale of Lunarmorte. It's a far more cohesive, coherent and sexy, suuuuppppernatural world  :-)

Moon Spell
Part One in the Tale of Lunarmorte.

Moon Spell is uploaded to amazon.com Kindle but is not yet available. I will let you know as soon as it becomes available. It's priced at a fantastic $2.99.
It will also be available from Smashwords, for the same price, where it can be read on most ereader devices. Again, will let you know as soon as it's available to buy.

Blurb
Existing in the shadows of our world are supernatural races; children blessed by the ancient Greek gods with unimaginable gifts, and at present they are fighting a two-thousand-year old war with one another.

The Midnight Coven, an alliance of dark magiks, faeries, and daemons born of black magik, believe that the vampyres and lykans are lesser supernaturals and a threat to mankind. They are at war with the Daylight Coven, a confederate of light magiks, faeries, vampyres and lykans who believe in the equality of the races.

Into this war, seventeen year old, Caia Ribeiro is born, a lykan with a heritage unlike any other, a heritage that whether she wants it to or not, will put her into the very heart of battle.



 River Cast
 Part Two in the Tale of Lunarmorte

Coming soon 2011

Blurb
The war is escalating.
Caia is caught between her loyalty to the Daylights and her new insight into the hearts of the Midnights.
Invited to train at the Centre under the tutelage of the Daylights, Caia and Lucien immerse themselves in the world of the Head of the Coven, Marita. With an upcoming battle hanging over their heads, Caia and her Alpha struggle to understand Marita’s vision for the future of the Coven, and withstand her manipulation and plans for them. Plans that are sure to separate Caia from Pack Errante; plans that inadvertently push Caia not only further away from Lucien, but from all Daylights.
Conflicted… Caia must choose a side in the war. And her choice may mean sacrificing all those she has come to love.

Blood Solstice
Part Three in the Tale of Lunarmorte

Coming Summer 2011















I will be posting very soon to let you all know when Moon Spell is available to buy. River Cast will be hot on its heels, and for those of you who have read Lunarmorte, not to worry - River Cast can be read as a follow on with very little confusion.

YAY!
Come on 2011!

Sam x