Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Smokeless Fire Blog Tour!

Hey guys

I am so excited to announce my first ever Blog Tour! With help from some fantastic bloggers I've put together a fun tour for my upcoming YA Paranormal Romance novel Smokeless Fire (Fire Spirits#1). The tour will kick off on Monday Oct 17th and end Friday Oct 28th, stopping at eleven awesomesauce blogs where you can learn more about me, the novel and my characters. MOREOVER you'll have the chance to scoop up some great giveaways: signed copies of Smokeless Fire & Swag, ebooks, signed copies of The Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy and even win a couple of books by my favourite YA authors.

To check out the full schedule, posts, giveaways, and the blogs taking part click on the banner!




Can't Wait!!!


Sam x

P.S. Blood Past (Warriors of Ankh #2) is now available to purchase for the Nook from BN!






Sunday, August 28, 2011

Angela Carter

I haven’t finished reading anything new in the last few days so I thought about my favourite books for a recommendation instead. Now there are many, but there is one author who I absolutely, truly, unbelievably love.
Angela Carter.
For those of you haven’t heard of Carter (and I doubt there are many of you who haven't), or at least read any of her works, Angela Carter was born in 1940 and passed away in 1992. She was an exceptional writer hailed as one the greatest British writers of the twentieth Century and she was mostly known for her dark versions of old fairytales and twisted ‘magical realism’.

The best way I can describe Angela Carter in a more succinct and current way… she’s Margaret Atwood on crack, dancing down in the dark adult world of fairytales with a bloody kitchen knife in one hand and an English degree in the other.
In other words she is pure genius.

Some of her books are not the easiest read you’ll ever come across but they are ones that promise to astound with their stunning and macabre worlds and their compelling and strange perspectives, especially on love.

Now a warning...because Angela Carter is unlike anything I’ve recommended before. I don’t recommend her work if you’re just wanting to sit back and chill and not think about what you’re reading. I couldn’t read her stories every day. But if you are looking for something with literary beauty and feel up to a trip down ‘Whoa Lane’ then here are three of her works that are a good place to start…


Burning Your Boats

The Book Depository

Burning Your Boats – it’s a compilation of her short stories, many of which are fairytales re-written in her glorious style. Angela Carter was widely known for her feminist view point and some of the fairytales deal with the subject of sexuality so these aren’t stories for very young teens. I started reading Carter when I was sixteen. Burning Your Boats is a good way to ease yourself into Carter’s work and will give you an idea of whether or not you’re going to enjoy her other books.












The Magic Toyshop

The Book Depository

The Magic Toyshop – My second favourite Angela Carter novel, The Magic Toyshop is one of her easier reads. It’s a beautiful and dark tale and fans of Virginia Andrews (the real VA, not that dodgy ghost writer guy) will love this story, I’m sure.
















The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

The Book Depository


The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman – My favourite Carter novel and the most convoluted, imaginative, sinister and compelling of them all. This the most difficult of Angela Carter’s novels in my opinion but well worth it. It’s seriously twisted though, so I recommend only for those who enjoy the very weird and wonderful and want to jump into the deep end of Carter’s imagination.

















Sam x

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I'm a Series Person

I'm in the middle of reading Richelle Mead's Dark Swan series and am now perusing my bookshelves in a slight daze as I consider the next series to read. Without realising it I've accumulated a number of series that I haven't even read yet. Sooo.... I'm asking all you well-read folks which series you recommend I start on first :-)

In the running...

 The Cassandra Palmer Series by Karen Chance


The Demon Trappers Series by Jana Oliver



The Evernight Series by Claudia Gray



The Intertwined Series by Gena Showalter


The House of Night Series by PC and Kristin Cast



The Weather Wardens Series by Rachel Caine



The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa


The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld



Yeah, it's ridiculous that I have all of these series and haven't even started one of them. So... what one do you think I should take a bite out of first???



Sam x

















Friday, August 26, 2011

It's Not Because I'm Bored



It’s not because I’m bored

You may have noticed that the cover images for the ebook edition of The Tale of Lunarmorte have changed. Again. And no… it’s not because I’m bored. I don’t like changing the cover images to my novels because I don’t want to appear indecisive or unprofessional.  Sometimes I’ve changed them because I’ve had the finances to better the original images. With The Tale of Lunarmorte it’s been a case of listening to my readers. I first changed the covers because reviewers felt the cover art didn’t live up to the actual story. This time around it’s because a few people have complained that the cover image for Moon Spell is ‘suggestive’ and inappropriate for a YA novel. At first I was a little taken aback by this perception of the cover. When I chose this cover art I never once thought of it as a ‘half-naked’ girl flaunting herself. I loved the green that reminded me of the forest, and the black sheath Caia is holding on tightly to was supposed to be representative of her link to the Midnight Coven (the dark coven). The slight show of flesh to me was just a symbol of what she was when metaphorically stripped – a werewolf. However, some readers have taken offense to the image and now that I’m aware of that I can’t stop thinking about it when I look at it. So I decided to change the Moon Spell cover a week or so ago. The new cover art affected sales negatively so I returned to the original cover. But again… the fact that I might be offending my target audience just doesn’t sit right with me, not at all. So I’ve uploaded a new ebook cover art for Moon Spell. It’s still soft and pretty and captures Caia’s demeanour in the first novel. Problem is… this cover art no longer matches the rest of the trilogy cover art, which I happen to be quite fond of. But needs must… I’m a bit of a perfectionist and hate that the covers don’t match. So I’ve uploaded new cover art for River Cast and Blood Solstice. I particularly love River Cast. The images harden and become more paranormal as they move from book to book, representing Caia’s developing personality and power over the course of the novels.
Since my paperback sales are low and the original images translate on the paperback so much better than they ever did on ebook, I feel reluctant to change them, so the paperback images will remain the same for now.

This is all just part of being a writer. I’ve said it numerous times. My readers mean everything. I listen to them. I adapt as a writer because of their good advice and opinion. There is a difference between remaining true to yourself as a writer (I won’t change the content of my novels because I believe I push the darker elements of YA without being offensive) and doing what you can to not deliberately offend or put people off your work. It’s amazing the impression cover art can give before you’ve even picked up a book. I know I’ve been put off by suggestive YA cover art and run-of-the-mill cover art only to read the book after a recommendation and discover what a great novel it is. So… in order not to offend… I adapt. And I will be looking at my cover art from now on from every angle before I put it out there.


Sam x


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Storm Born

My Book Recommendation today is an oldie but a goodie. I picked this one up again because I want to read the rest of the series but couldn't remember some stuff from the first novel. If you haven't already picked up this book it's seriously a must-read for adult dark fantasy fans...

Storm Born (Dark Swan #1)
by Richelle Mead

amazon - paperback £5.12

Book Description

Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants...
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy--one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.
Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne'er-do-well, and the ones who don't want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her...


My Review
*****Awesome Read


Storm Born opens in action, ends in action and delivers in action all the way through. I’m a much proclaimed fan of Richelle Mead’s young adult series Vampire Academy and when I first decided to venture into her adult fantasy world I had to decide between the Georgina Kincaid Succubus series or the Eugenie Markham Dark Swan series. I chose using my very special cover lust skills, picking up Storm Born because that cover is awesome.

Richelle Mead’s adult world of fantasy is just as compelling, clever and imaginative as her young adult novels but darker with more sex and violence. Eugenie is an absolutely fantastic character. Sure she’s tough and she’s a damn good Shaman, a person capable of harnessing magic and sending otherworld creatures back to whence they came, but Eugenie always lets the reader know that she's a bit of a softie underneath it all. She’s got her vulnerabilities and she’s chock full of compassion but cross her and you might wish you were dead. I love how insular she is as a character, how much bravado she had despite what was going inside of her, because it made her intriguing and made me as a reader feel like I knew her better than anyone else. Throw into the mix a hot Kitsune called Kiyo, Dorian, a smouldering King of the Gentry, a Prophecy of war that attaches itself to Eugenie’s ass, and you have one helluva entertaining read on your hands. I must also mention that Mead’s depiction of the Otherworld is one of the coolest things I’ve ever read in fantasy. Her descriptions are so vivid and original I found myself walking right alongside Eugenie in the ever-changing scenery and climate.
I cannot wait to pick up Thorn Queen, Book Two in the Dark Swan series.

Five Massive Stars!



Sam x

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Character Interview - Noah Valois

Well I decided to do my first interview and from the way it went I think I'm going to have to work on my interview style. I need to consider my interviewee and work out when I can be pushy and when I should back off. This week I interviewed Noah Valois who is an Ankh Warrior. You can meet Noah if you crack open the Warriors of Ankh novels. Anyway... Noah turned out to be a little taciturn and sensitive... here's how the interview unfolded...




Fantast Cast Pick - Steven R McQueen as Noah Valois

Character Interview with Noah

ME: What is it about being an Ankh Warrior that you love the most?

Noah: Knowing that for every soul sucking creep I hunt down and kill is a person saved from their despicable evil. And the swords… the swords are cool.

Me: What is your favourite novel? Is it really In Cold Blood or do you just keep reading that to irk Eden?

N: I wasn’t reading it to annoy Eden. I was trying to make a point. Anyway, it’s a great novel. I’d say it’s tied for my favourite with To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. I’m old skool.

ME: Do you ever wish that you lived an ordinary life? You know, were an ordinary mortal teenage boy?

N: Never. Being a Warrior of Ankh isn’t just a job. You’re not wired like everybody else, wishing you could do this and wanting to do that.  The need to hunt soul eaters and protect society from them is part of our ancient DNA. We don’t want to be anything but what we are. Maybe that’s what makes us happier than most people.

ME: Are you happy?

N: Don’t I look happy?

ME: I can’t tell.

N: Hmmph.

ME: Anyhoo… Next question. You live with Cyrus the Princeps of all warriors. Just between you and me… does he have any weird habits?

Silence.

ME: OK. Does he like doing anything other than hunting soul eaters?

N: Sometimes we’ll play the Xbox together.

ME: Oh? What games is he good at?

N: All of them.

ME: What games are you good at?

N: All of them.

ME: Right. Moving on… Boxers or Briefs?

N: Boxers.

ME: Chocolate or Vanilla?

N: Strawberry.

ME: Music or Film?

N: Music.

ME: Your favourite band?

N: That’s like asking me what my favourite thing about girls is… there’s a never-ending list of answers.

ME: Okaaayy… well name one of your favourite bands?

N: The Killers. Do you want me to name one thing I like about girls too?

ME: No, no. I think we can all guess. Moving swiftly on… When did you realise you first had feelings for Eden?

N: What are you kidding me? You said this was an interview, not frickin’ Oprah.

ME: But you do have romantic feelings for Eden, don’t you?

Noah makes some kind of grumbling noise that suggests I’ve displeased my interviewee. N: Do dogs bark?

ME: I’ll take that sarcastic and rather unflattering comment as a yes.

N: You do that.

ME: I’m getting the impression there’s somewhere you’d rather be?

N: Eden’s out with Cyrus. It’s her first hunt in Boston… I would have liked to have been there but I committed myself to this interview before I knew about the hunt.

ME: We could have rearranged the interview.

N: When I say I’m going to be somewhere or do something I do it.

Under my breath ME: Not without attitude apparently.

N: I heard that.

ME: Apologies. I really do appreciate you making the effort to be here.

N: I’m a man of my word.

ME: Speaking of which… is it true you were once a bit of “a player”?

N: All right I’m out of here.

ME: OK OK, sorry. Too personal? Yes. Alright. What do you think will happen between you and Eden if Romany comes back into the picture?

N: You’re really trying to ruin my day aren’t you?

ME: Well?

N: This is your first interview isn’t it? As Eden would say ‘Dude, you really need to work on your people skills’ Mr Valois promptly stands up and sweeps out of the room without a backwards glance.




So OK, I maybe pushed his buttons a little too much trying to get a good interview. I'll work on that in the future.



Sam x


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fire Spirits

OK... so in the post below I mentioned a new series I've been working on...

Well, guys, I haven't been this in love with a project in a while... if ever. A goodly while back I was thinking over refreshing concepts, mythology or legends that hadn't been overused in the YA genre and when a certain mythos crossed my mind I went out and bought the non-fiction book Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar by Robert Liebling. This is a fantastic book, even for those who feel their eyes rolling back inside their heads at the thought of reading a non-fiction book. It inspired my new series so much and I'm extremely grateful to Mr Liebling for his thorough and fascinating compilation of Jinn info. It should be noted, however, that for the purposes of my series I have manipulated and changed certain aspects of the mythology to fit my plot.

Anyhoo... without further ado I'd like to introduce you to Book One in the Fire Spirits series, releasing October 21st 2011...



COVER ART BY CLAUDIA MCKINNEY OF PHATPUPPY ART

For the last two years Ari Johnson's life has been anything but normal, and on her 18th birthday, when her friends surprise her with a gimmick genie claiming to grant wishes, Ari discovers the truth. The tragic and strange occurrences surrounding her 16th birthday were not coincidental and her life is never going to be the same again.

Ari's real parents are not normal. They are not loving. They are not human.

They are myth.

They are Smokeless Fire.

They are Jinn.



YA Paranormal Romance for mature teens+ (some content may not be suitable for younger readers).





I've created an entire blog to the Fire Spirits series which you can access via the Fire Spirits page at the page header at the top of my blog. The Fire Spirits blog includes Chapter One of Smokeless Fire as well as Countdown Widgets, Soundtracks and coming soon the book trailer.

I am uber excited about this series guys!! I hope you'll love it :-)

Oh and HUGE thank you to Claudia McKinney of Phatpuppy Art who I commissioned to do the cover art and she just blew me away with this beautiful piece. Thank you, Claudia! You are so talented and awesome :-)



Sam x

The Scoop on Warriors of Ankh

Hey guys,

First I just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to all the support you have shown me with the release of Blood Past (Warriors of Ankh #2). The response has been fabulous and I really hope you're all enjoying the sequel.

Now onto THE NEWS...

It's really not as ominous as it sounds. Basically, I've been having 'issues' with the rest of the series. It took me a while to figure out what the problem was but I eventually came to the conclusion that the plot I had mapped out wasn't working split into two more books. I really feel the two books would be better edited down into just one so you may have noticed on my page and on goodreads that book three has a new cover and a new title. Re-writing has been a hassle to say the least and I was losing what was making the series so fun... so... I've taken a step back from it. While I've been writing Warriors of Ankh I've also been working on a new series and the first novel in that series is in much better shape than the third in WOA. Because of this I've decided to release the first novel in this new series before Shades of Blood (Warriors of Ankh #3). It really is the best thing to do because I don't want to publish a novel I'm not happy with and you guys don't want a novel from me that I haven't polished to the best of my ability. Not to worry! I am hoping to return to the third novel as soon as possible and am looking at a December 2011 release for it.



Sam x

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Blood Past OUT NOW!

Well amazon and smashwords have outdone themselves this time, folks. Boy, have they worked fast today. I was expecting Blood Past to be out either tomorrow or Friday but no... it's OUT NOW! You can download the second novel in the Warriors of Ankh series from amazon US and UK and from smashwords in multiple ebook formats. The ebook will be available from B&N within a couple of weeks and the paperback will be available within the next 2-3 weeks.
Blood Past is $2.99/£2.13. Here are the links for the downloads guys.

amazon US

amazon UK

Smashwords


Hope you guys enjoy!



Sam x

Go With your Gut

OK... so I was getting ready to upload Blood Past for publication when I was stopped at the cover art section. You know... the cover art for Blood Past has never sat right with me, and stupidly, it never really hit me until just as I was about to put it out for release. So... I have spent the last few hours coming up with new cover that ended up affecting the rest of the cover art for Warriors of Ankh which you will see if you head on up to the Warriors of Ankh pages. Unfortunately this may create some confusion for people but I really have to go with my gut... something I should have done weeks ago. Moral of the lesson: stick with your instincts. My instincts are telling me to use this new cover art...



So yes, when Blood Past Book Two comes out look out for this cover guys not the purple one. Sorry for any confusion, totally my fault, but hopefully you appreciate the new art cover more :-)


Sam x

Blood Past Sneak Peek!


It's almost here!

Yup folks, tonight I will be uploading Blood Past for publication. Now I'm doing this because it can take up to 48 hours to publish. However, sometimes amazon, in particular, can be faster than that... so I'll let you know if the book becomes available for download before the 19th. 

As promised here is a final sneak peek for its release...

"If it was possible, Eden felt as if the city was worrying with her. There was a hush in the night air and traffic was quieter than usual. No barks of laughter from outside pubs sliced the air, only people clutching together in the chilly spring night and murmuring quietly to each other as they passed the intimidating group that tried not to march towards Tollcross. And Eden didn’t know if it was her imagination or not but she could have sworn she could smell the nauseating stench of copper all around them… like wet pennies.  Like… blood. She tugged the black mac Val had picked out for her tighter around her and then remembered it was supposed to be hiding the katana she had strapped to her hip under it and loosened her grip a little.  Stomach churning, Eden tried to focus, but so much had happened in the past hour her head felt like it had been invaded by hundreds of buzzing bees. "


Not long now!

Sam x

Monday, August 15, 2011

Noah and Eden

4 Days until Blood Past, Warriors of Ankh Book Two!


As a run up to the release date how about a little reminder of our two main characters. Here's a sneak peek into Noah and Eden's complicated friendship in Blood Will Tell, Warriors of Ankh Book One...


"The kitchen was surprisingly quiet, compared to the rest of the house. When she saw the bowls of food almost depleted, she guessed why. The animals had already eaten everything. Swiping some M&M’s that had been missed, Eden huffed and nudged a kissing couple out of the way of the refrigerator. They glared at her but moved off pretty fast when they recognised her. She smiled a little at that. Sometimes it paid to be her.
Finding some O.J. Eden began hunting for a clean glass. Why had Noah really brought her here? Had his teenage horniness finally caught up with him and he had decided he needed to get laid and Eden was his wingman? Wow. That was depressing.
“You lookin’ for a glasshh?”
Eden spun around as Doug sauntered drunkenly into the room. His pupils were huge and he was wearing this leering smile that made her back up into the counter behind her.
“Um, yeah.”
He stopped and reached up into a cupboard she hadn’t checked and produced a glass. She watched in total confusion as he brought it over, still grinning that slimy grin. He stopped inches from her, completely invading her personal space. He smelled of beer and Cheetos. The hunger in her chest unfurled, tasting his soul so near. “Here.” He tilted the glass at her.
Warily, Eden reached up and took it from him. “Thanks.”
Doug grinned and stepped even closer, their t-shirts brushing.
“Hey man, you wanna back it up a little.” She pushed at his chest in annoyance.
The senior didn’t say anything. He angled his head, his eyes narrowing as they peered at her. He licked his lips and sighed. “You know, you’re kind of hot.”
Despite it coming from this moron, Eden found herself flushing a little. “OK. Whatever. Back up, Romeo.”
“Nah.” He reached out now, his fingers brushing her hair. Eden automatically smacked his hand away. “Hey come on,” he cajoled. “I’m jussht tryin’ to get to know you.” He was slurring badly now. “You’re what they call it? That word?” He clicked his fingers, looking dumber than a post. “An igma. Yeah an igma.”
Eden made a face. “A what now?”
“An enigma.”
At the sound of Noah’s voice, she peered over Doug’s shoulder and saw him standing in the doorway to the kitchen, scowling at them.
“Hey man.” Doug spun around and headed towards Noah, tripping over his feet a little. He whacked him on the shoulder and Noah barely moved, glancing dismissively at Doug from the corner of his eye. “Way to go, man. She’s hot.”
With that he tripped out of the kitchen leaving Eden’s cheeks blazing at the insinuation.
Noah threw her a mocking look as he strode towards her, seeming casual. But there was something there. A tightness in his jaw? “Having fun?”
“I just wanted some O.J.” she huffed.
Like Doug, Noah deliberately invaded her personal space, pressing close to her to reach for the glass and the orange juice. She felt his breath on her neck as he poured the juice into a glass. He pulled back a little to hand it to her. The hunger purred at his nearness.
“Thanks,” she mumbled, frowning at him as she took the glass. “You OK?”
“Doug’s a dick.”
Eden narrowed her eyes. “The sophomore’s a slut.”
They stared at one another for a long time, not saying anything, the tension between them coiling tighter.
Finally, Noah stepped back, and the breath whooshed out of her. “You wanna leave?”
She nodded and put the glass back down on the counter. She curled her lip in teasing derision as she brushed past him. “From now on we’re doing what I wanna do on Saturday night.” "

Visit the blog tomorrow for another sneak peek into Blood Past, Book Two.



Sam x

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Wildefire


I've been so busy over the last few weeks I haven't managed to do a recent book recommendation but for this book I am never too busy... this week's recommendation is a doozy...

Wildefire (Wildefire #1) 
by Karsten Knight

Hardback - amazon £9.32

Book Description
Every flame begins with a spark.
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.



My Review
**********OUTSTANDING!

P233 “There’s a fiery tide coming, and there’ll come a time when you’re going to have to decide where you stand. Do you want to be just a flicker in history? Or will you stand up and be a torch in the tide?”

Wh… thi… bril… puhhh…….

Words. Gone. All the beautiful ones have been stolen from the stars and knitted into literary jewels by the awesome Karsten Knight. Seriously. Wow. I could lick this book the writing is so utterly scrumptious, divine, brilliant. I literally hugged this hardback when I was done and it’s only the second time I’ve ever done that.

P355 “Above the heads of the dancing students, the rafters had been strewn with hundreds of lighted orbs, burning pale like miniature galaxies. Ash had this vision of the roof ripping open along the seams, and all of the lights flying off into the jaws of the night.”

Almost every page has at least one extended metaphor that made me sigh soooo happily. And it’s not just the truly magnificent prose that makes Karsten Knight’s Wildefire a singularly tremendous addition to the YA paranormal genre, but the originality of the concept, the authentic characterisation, the thrilling suspense and vivid action. I won’t go into the plot because discovering what Ash and the other teens she befriends at Blackwood Academy are is truly very cool but I will say that from the first page I was hooked. The novel begins with action, moves into suspense, then action, then romance, then creepy, creepy suspense, then action, then romance, then suspense, then action, then action, then action… you get where I’m going with this right?
Quite literally a book you won’t want to put down.

I can’t even form a proper review for this novel… Knight really has kidnapped all the best words, holding them captive in this phenomenal world he’s created. Usually I go through prose, plot and characterisation but I just… I’m still on a Wildefire high. I’ve been burned people, burned by the awesomeness.

Suffice to say… I’m highly recommending Wildefire by Karsten Knight.

I haven’t given this rating to any paranormal books this year (only dystopian so far) but here it is…

Ten Explosive Stars!!!


Sam x



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Amazon Reviews

I'm going to start my post off by asking for a favour. Now I generally don't like to do this because you guys already do me a favour by buying my novels and being so brilliantly supportive but... I'm a little low on reviews for Moon Spell on amazon.com compared to many of the other wonderful novels in my genre and could be doing with a wee boost. So if you guys enjoyed Moon Spell and haven't left a review on amazon.com and find yourself with a little bit of free time I'd so appreciate it. Here's a direct link http://www.amazon.com/Moon-Spell-Part-Lunarmorte-ebook/dp/B004HO5W2G/ref=pd_cp_kinc_1?ie=UTF8&m=A7B2F8DUJ88VZ

You be awesomesauce!

Anyhoo, I started my day off right... had some Jaffa cakes (don't know if my US friends have Jaffa Cakes but they're delicious little baked goods with orange zesty fun) and watched one of my favourite movies The Fifth Element for the zillionth time.


How is this not the best way to start your day?


I dove into my writing afterwards (yes, I am working on a Saturday, but so are a lot of people), broke for lunch (with Jensen Ackles - on the tv not in real life... but that would be phenomenal), and returned back to the writing. Now you may have noticed that there is a new page to the blog titled Fire Spirits. Yes, indeed, if you haven't guessed this is the title of a new series I've been working on for a goodly while now. I am uber excited about this and will reveal all after Blood Past (Warriors of Ankh#2) is released.

Oooh Blood Past! 6 Days to go!


Sam x

P.S. Is it just me or is Sam (Jared Padalecki) getting bigger everytime we see him????


Yeah, I'm not gonna lie... that question was really just a shameless excuse to post this half-naked photo of him.




Sam x

Friday, August 12, 2011

Why YA?

I love Young Adult fiction. I mean I'm twenty-five and any time someone says my age it's usually followed by 'going on forty' but I love teen fiction. I love reading it, writing it, blogging it.
Why?
I think because when you’re a teen… anything seems possible. Life really is just beginning and we see life as a long, mysterious road with countless weird and wonderful pit stops along the way. It’s a fragile and exceptional time in our lives and for a writer it’s a place of imagined possibility.  I love writing about teens that other teens can relate to in some way, and better yet, look up to. To write heroines who, like all of us, succumb to huge crushes and fall in love, but more importantly discover themselves and find peace in who they are as they step out of teen life and into the ‘grown up’ world. My obsession with the paranormal of course dictates that these heroines aren’t your average teens but then… I never met an average teen when I was a teen and I certainly haven’t yet. Plus… teens are witty and stubborn and sometimes so on the mark and sometimes so off the cuff. They tend to view the world by the way that their life has been shaped thus far by the people they’ve grown up with. It’s usually in your late teens that you start experiencing situations outside your original social group and experiencing new people. You begin to see the world differently… or at least begin to ask a lot more questions about it. I want to write about that. I want my readers (if they’re teens) to see that it’s just part of the process; it can be scary and strange but it’s inevitable and usually a good thing. And if my readers are older, hopefully they get it and can relate. It’s great to see a character begin as someone and by the end of a novel or a series develop and be shaped by the events that have occurred. Because that’s what happens. Every day. One minute we’re someone and then something small or momentous happens and before we know it… we’re someone else. For me there is nothing so fascinating, heartbreaking, exciting and poignant as those moments. As teens trying to find themselves these moments are so much more powerful.
And thus great reading.
So... yeah... that's why :-)


 P.S. On a less philosophical note... Blood Will Tell (Warriors of Ankh #1) is now available from Barnes & Noble and Diesel Ebooks.

Oh and 7 Days until Blood Past, Warriors of Ankh Book Two!


Sam x

Thursday, August 11, 2011

All These Books That I have Bought

Hey guys, the books have been piling up...





Sam x

P.S. 8 Days until Blood Past, Warriors of Ankh Book Two!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Countdown to Blood Past

So 11 Days until the release of Blood Past (Warriors of Ankh #2)! Yay. If you haven’t read Blood Will Tell (WOA #1) then you’ll have no idea that those who have seem to be anxious about two things.
1)Eden’s future as a soul eater.
2)Eden’s future with Noah.
Will they or won’t they guys? Well I guess you’ll just have to wait to find out :-p
I’m such a tease.
But I feel bad about it... really... so bad in fact that here's a sneak peek at Book Two... but I warn you it's a sneak peek meant to flummox; meant to make you go 'OK... who the hell is this guy?!' Stay calm... and enjoy!

 "She skipped up the back servant stairs so she wouldn’t bump into Alain, singing along with Metric.
“Can you hear my heart beating like a hammer? Beeeeaatting like a hammeeer – whoa!” she stumbled at the top of the staircase, finding herself face to face with Jack. This close she could see his dark eyes were actually blue and the face he was struggling to keep expressionless was a nice one. A very nice one. He brushed a strand of silky jet hair back from his forehead before crossing his arms over his chest, blocking her way.
Eden pulled her earphones out. “Hey.”
He raised an eyebrow. “You know I couldn’t hear your heart beating like a hammer over your Godawful singing,” his warm, Bostonian voice pulled at her teasingly and Eden found herself relaxing. Perhaps it was Jack’s age or attitude towards her (not suspicious, not wary, not acting like she was going to go ape-shit on them at a moment’s notice) but Eden felt comfortable around him in a way she didn’t around Cyrus’ other security guys.
“Godawful?” Eden mirrored his body language, crossing her arms over her chest defiantly. “A little harsh, don’t you think?”
“On the ears, yes.”
“Oh haha. You’re a funny guy.”
Jack smirked at her. “So I’ve been told. But seriously… you never heard of stealth?”
Eden frowned at him. “Why do I need to be stealthy in my own home? Are you guys planning a rebellion? First man to kill the half-breed gets the keys to Cyrus’ Cayman S?” She was just teasing but Jack immediately grew tense and serious at her joke.
“That’s not funny, Eden. Even joking about hurting you could get one of us strung up before Cyrus. We’re taking your safety very seriously.”
“I can take care of myself.”
He ran his dark blue eyes over her in a way that made her flush inwardly. “So I’ve heard. Still… don’t say crap like that OK. I kind of want to be Cyrus’ Head of Security one day and joking about killing his daughter is not exactly the good impression I want to make.” At her mocking look he suddenly seemed to relax and shrugged. “And it would be the Aston Martin. Why go Porsche when you can go One-77.”
Eden laughed. “I prefer the Porsche. I’d rather be killed for the Porsche.”
Jack grinned at her and stepped aside. “There you go again with the killing jokes. You’re going to get me in trouble.”
She breezed by his tall frame, chuckling up at him as she strode onto the third floor landing. “It’s a specialty of mine or didn’t you know that already?” "

Blood Past Book Trailer







Blood Past (Warriors of Ankh#2) Out August 19th 2011 in kindle and ebook. Paperback format release TBA.

Sam x