13 September 2021

 May Day - Josie Jaffrey
Spotlight Tour




I am highlighting another of the wonderful books in round 2 of BBNYA 2021. If you still have not heard of this competition, scroll down to the end of this post to learn more.


Book Summary

If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective. Just maybe not this one. It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.

When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.

To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.

Body bags on standby. May Day is the first book in Josie Jaffrey’s Seekers series, an urban fantasy series set in Oxford, England.


Author Bio

Josie is the author of multiple novels and short stories. Most of those are set in the Silverse, a pre- and post-apocalyptic world filled with vampires and zombies.

She is currently working on a range of fantasy and historical fiction projects (both adult and YA). Ultimately, she hopes to be a hybrid author, both traditionally- and self-published.

After finishing her degree in Literae Humaniores (Classics) at the University of Oxford, Josie wasn't sure what to do with her life.

She slogged through a brief stint working for an investment bank in London during the 2008 credit crunch, then converted to law and qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property. She worked at a law firm for five years before moving to a UK-based international publisher in 2016. Whilst she loved law, in the end she didn't love it quite as much as writing, which she now does almost full time.

Josie lives in Oxford with her husband and two cats (Sparky and Gussie), who graciously permit human cohabitation in return for regular feeding and cuddles. The resulting cat fluff makes it difficult for Josie to wear black, which is largely why she gave up being a goth. Although the cats are definitely worth it, she still misses her old wardrobe.




This year, the Book Bloggers' Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website https://www.bbnya.com/ or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.




12 September 2021

 Secret Legacy - Carissa Andrews
Spotlight Tour



Today I get to highlight another of the great books from BBNYA 2021 round 2. If you haven’t yet heard about this competition, scroll down to the end of this post for more details.




Book Summary

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES meets LOCKE & KEY in this completed new adult series! 

I always wanted supernatural powers. 

The day I got my acceptance letter from the Windhaven Academy, I knew my life was about to change - BIG TIME. I expected to find out I could phase through walls or control people with my mind. But what I became was far more complicated than I ever imagined. 

You see, I come from a long line of witches with incredible power that spans centuries. 

I just didn’t know it. 

But unleashing my powers is just the beginning. There are forces bigger than anything I ever imagined… and they’re coming for me. 

Sure, Windhaven Academy is a school for supernaturals. 

But what I am will provoke an ancient curse that will pit me against fate. 

And now, no one is safe.



Author Bio


"An author emerges from the depths of Minnesotan waters. Sci-fi/Fantasy is my pen of choice." 

Carissa Andrews is an internationally bestselling author from central Minnesota who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, supernatural thriller, and dystopia. Her plans for 2021 include the continuation of the Diana Hawthorne Psychic Thrillers. 

She keeps sane by chilling with her husband and five kids, playing with art in its various forms, seeking out mysteries, and being an occasional meditation and reiki badass. 

You can learn more about Carissa and her upcoming books by visiting her website: www.carissaandrews.com




This year, the Book Bloggers' Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website https://www.bbnya.com/ or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.




11 September 2021

 Danny Weston Author Interview
A Hunter's Moon




For the last day of the blog tour, I have been lucky enough to get an interview with the author of A Hunter's Moon, Danny Weston, and he had some very interesting answers! But first, here are some details about the book! It was released just over a week ago so once I've piqued your interest I'm sure you'll want to go out there and get your own copy!


Book summary


The forest belongs to the walkers … Enter at your peril.

A fearsome beast lurks deep in the Forest of Tay. Under cover of darkness it emerges to feed on the local farmer’s sheep—and sometimes the farmers themselves.

Fraser McCloud believes it’s a wolf but some whisper that it’s the Cù Sìth, a creature summoned by the mysterious ‘Walkers in the Woods.’

Callum is Fraser’s young apprentice. He’s understandably apprehensive when Fraser insists that he must help hunt down and kill the beast.

In the local village, Callum meets Mhairi, the innkeeper’s daughter, who knows more about the Walkers than she really should.

As time passes, the killings become ever more audacious - and Callum realises he has every reason to be afraid.




Interview

The cover of A Hunter's Moon is very cool and menacing. As an author, do you get a chance to be involved much in the cover designs for your books?

I have quite a bit of say, which is good. I trained as a graphic designer back in the day, so I like to think I have ‘a good eye.’ 

Usually, the artist prepares a series of rough sketches and I indicate which idea I like the most. The artist takes that idea and works up several versions of the same theme. This time I took against the colour the Cu Sith was originally rendered in and it was changed for the final image, which I think looks splendid. 

People always say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but of course, we all do. So, getting the right look is very important.


My heart broke for Callum at the start of the book, how did you come up with this character? Is there any of yourself in him?

Authors like to say that there’s a bit of them in every character they write, which sounds suspiciously like multiple personality disorder! 

Callum is typical of my young heroes. He’s been treated badly in life and he blows through the various creepy encounters in this book like a hapless leaf on the wind… so perhaps he is like me! I think creating empathy in characters is so important. If readers about the the characters they’ll want to see if things work out them in the end.


How did you get interested in mythology? Have you always liked horror and scary books?

I've been interested in mythology since I first started reading. While still at school I loved reading all those brilliant Greek myths - and around the same time, at the cinema, I watched those exciting Ray Harryhausen movies featuring Jason and Sinbad and so forth. 

Thrilling stuff! 

Then, a little later on, I discovered the ghost stories of Saki (H H Munro) and M R James - and I read countless volumes of the Pan Books of Horror Stories. I noticed the books were edited by somebody called Herbert Van Thal, so I stuck one of my early stories into an envelope, addressed it to HERBERT VAN THAL, LONDON and confidently posted it off. Strangely, I didn't hear back from him...

Since moving to Edinburgh a few years ago, I've discovered that Scotland has its own collection of folktales and mythologies and I've been exploring them with glee. What I particularly liked about the Cu Sith is that it's a relatively little-known creature and I spotted an opportunity to reintroduce it to a whole new readership. 

I was also struck by the creepiness of The Washer at the Ford and as soon as I read about her, I wanted to put her in the story too!


What made you decide to make the move into writing for younger readers? Which do you find more challenging, adult or children's?

I wrote my first children’s book for my daughter. She was ten and wanted to read something I’d written but nothing was appropriate! So I wrote Sebastian Darke - Prince of Fools for her. It went on to become a series of books that sold all over the world. So I thought I’d better write a few more books for the same audience...

And in answer to your question, I see little difference in writing for adults and for younger readers. There are just some subjects you steer clear of when writing for the latter. 

Otherwise, all the rules are pretty much the same.


Finally (and most importantly) what is your favourite cocktail?

My favourite cocktail is The Amber Symphony. 

1. Take one good quality lager.

2. Pour it into a pint glass. 

3. Drink. 

(I’m not really a cocktail sort of guy, but, if pushed, I guess I’d settle for a really cold margarita!)






22 August 2021

 Lies Like Wildfire - Jennifer Lynn Alvarez




Book Summary

In Gap Mountain, California, everyone knows about fire season. And no one is more vigilant than 18-year-old Hannah Warner, the sheriff’s daughter and aspiring FBI agent. That is until this summer. When Hannah and her best friends accidentally spark an enormous and deadly wildfire, their instinct is to lie to the police and the fire investigators.

But as the blaze roars through their rural town and towards Yosemite National Park, Hannah’s friends begin to crack and she finds herself going to extreme lengths to protect their secret. Because sometimes good people do bad things. And if there’s one thing people hate, it’s liars.




The book starts on a very mysterious note and then goes back 5 weeks. The five friends, the Monsters as they call themselves, inadvertently start a forest fire on a day out at Gap Lake and this very quickly spirals out of control. They know how much trouble they will be in if anyone finds out it was them so once they make sure the fire department know about it, they decide to pretend they were never there.


Throughout the book we are waiting to find out if the truth about the fire will come out, but I think the real mystery is what has happened to Violet. It seems that even though Hannah doesn’t know what happened to one of her 4 best friends, she clearly does have some suspicions!


The book definitely kept me guessing throughout, I had no idea what the outcome would be even when the main character expressed her feelings and speculations. It was quite a page turner and I read it all in 2 days. Hannah is a very interesting main character. She’s fiercely protective of her friends and I really do feel she does what she does to protect them as much as herself. She also has a huge crush on Drummer which doesn't help matters at all, particularly her objectivity.


I read this in Greece where the news was full of wild fires, both there and in so many other countries at that time. Add to that everyone having to wear masks due to the smoke, and all the talk of 'new normal' so it felt a bit too close to home for me!


The cocktail I’ve made for this book is the Flaming Dr Pepper, but it can be made as a shot, short, or long cocktail. I wasn’t able to get a good photo of the flaming cocktail so I’ve pictured it below as a long drink over ice. Despite having no Dr Pepper, it really does taste like an alcoholic version! To make my version, get a tall glass with lots of ice, add 1 shot of amaretto and then fill the glass with half coke and half beer. This does give quite a frothy drink so pour the beer gently if you don’t like too many bubbles.







21 August 2021

 

The Twelfth Ring - Sam Clarke
Spotlight Tour

 



I'm so pleased to have the opportunity to highlight one of the great books which are competing in the BBNYA 2021. If you haven’t yet heard about this competition, scroll down to the end of this post for more details.



 

Book Summary

Fifteen-year-old Noah Larsson is shipped off to the Bahamas to spend time with a man he barely knows: his father Magnus. To his surprise, supposedly penniless Magnus runs an archaeological consultancy from an incredible yacht equipped with military-grade security. Desperate to connect with his father, Noah asks to be included in the consultancy’s next assignment.

He joins Magnus’s unlikely associates - fellow archaeologist Miguel, his haughty teenage daughter Isabelle, ex-Special Forces agent Ariel and young university-drop-out Viggo – in their search for a mysterious medieval ring. But someone else is after it. Someone who will stop at nothing to get his hands on it.

As Noah risks his life to delve into the ring’s mystery, he finally comes face-to-face with the truth about his father. And it’s a revelation that will change his life forever.

 

 

Author Bio

Sam Clarke wanted to be a pirate, but her literacy skills were too advanced and she had to settle for writing instead. She is addicted to rock music, coffee and Japanese manga. Her gardening skills are abysmal and she is rumoured to have killed a potted cactus. She currently lives in London next to a very noisy bar. This is her first book.

 



 This year, the Book Bloggers' Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 65 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 10 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website https://www.bbnya.com/ or take a peek over on Twitter @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.