Thursday, 1 August 2019
So, I've been a bit absent from the Blogging community for the past few months. As some of you may be aware, I've spent the last 18 months writing and editing my first Novel. It was a real labour of love and about 7+ years in development.
Right from a young age, I've always loved writing. Creating my own characters and worlds. I remember when my younger sister was roughly 5 years old, I created her several books based on her and her favourite teddy getting up to also sorts of adventures complete with quirky illustrations. They visited the moon, they went undersea...I loved every aspect of writng.
My much missed and dearly loved Auntie Julie always told me to beliee in myself and that one day I'd make it, oe day I'd be published. Self-Confidence is not something I have an abundance of, so when I set about putting pen to paper late 2016 I didn't have any plans to publish. Fast forward to November 2017 and I took part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The overall aim from NaNoWriMo is that by the end of November you have at least a 50,000 word manuscript. The sense of accomplishment I felt at completing the challenge and receiving my certificate was enough to give me a much needed confidence boost, so I started sharing tiny excerpts of my work across social media and was met with praise, people wanted to read more!
Fast forward to June of this year and finally after months of editing and getting my novel Beta read, I was finally ready to bite the bullet and Publish. I chose to self publish via Amazon, more specifically through their KDP services. This meant that I retained all rights and control over all aspects of my novel, I handpicked the text, the format and the cover, I chose the release date, set a price and offered my novel as both a Paperback and an Ebook.
So, without further ado here is my Novel: Cherry Nova
Set in Victorian London, Cherry Nova follows the story of a young Woman, who awakens in a grim hotel room with no recollection of who she is and how she got there. With her life seemingly erased, she sets out on a journey of self discovery, fuelled by an overbearing blood lust that leads her down an unknown path. She soon realises though, that not all lovers love you, not all enemies are evil and that you can't always trust the person staring back at you in the mirror. Magic, Mythology, Secrets and Lies all intertwine themselves around her newly carved out existence, but you can't run from the past no matter how hard you try. Your sin will always boomerang back to you. Monsters are real, afterall, she should know - She's one of the.
Contains adult themes including Sex, Drug Use, Profanity and Violence.
Cherry Nova is Book 1 in The Chronicles of Nova Morgan Trilogy and part of a 5 book series.
I utilised my own mental health struggles to hopefully create real, raw and flawed characters, I wanted them to make mistakes and fuck up, I want the readers to get frustrated at times. I didn't want cliched Vampires or Perfect characters, I wanted to create people who the readers can identify with, because perfection doesn't exist.
My own demons and struggles and life experiences have been woven into the characters, and it's been an absolute journey and a half creating this whole new world.
So far reviews have been fairly positive, I knew when I started writing this Novel that it wouldn't be to everybodies taste, and that's fine.
If you wanted to support a new Indie Author then you can purchase Cherry Nova on Amazon, it's available as a Paperback and an Ebook and is also available with Kindle Direct.
I hope you enjoy Nova's story and want to follow it through to the end, becuase trust me, big things are coming her way.
(Book 1 in The Awakened Quartet Trilogy)ByJessaca Willis
I recently had the pleasure of being included in another fantastic blog tour organised by Frasers Fun House for this stunning, fantasy debut by Jessaca Willis. I'm a sucker for a good, gritty, fantasy novel and this one did not dissapoint. Read on to see what I thought.
About The Author:
Jessaca is a fantasy writer, with an inclination toward the paranormal, dystopian, dark, and horror sub genres.
Jessaca studied social work for both her undergrad and graduate degrees and incorporates themes from her education (i.e. systems of oppression, family dynamics, mental health) into her writing. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves cosplay, video games, and comics. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and their human- and fur-babies. She is an amateur trapeze artist (though currently, she’s on hiatus after having a baby).
People called Sean a blood guide, though he never fully understood why. As far as he knew, he could hear heartbeats and heal people. It wasn’t until he walked in on his brother’s brutal murder that he learned of the darker nature of his power: blood speaks to him, and he to it. With a simple song, he can command it to do whatever he wants, and in that moment, he showed his brother’s murderers no mercy. Now Sean must fight to keep his inner demons in check and his path to redemption begins with the establishment of sanctuary for people like him, people with powers, the Awakened.
Graciela is one of many who did not Awaken, but she’s watched as her brother’s power as an empath—the ability to sense other’s emotions—has brought him to the brink of death. Together, they set across Central America in search of a cure, or at the very least, safety. What they find is a sanctuary called Hope, the same one Sean governs.
But they soon discover that even from within the compounds of the sanctuary, no one is safe. Not when there are people in the world with unimaginable power and insatiable bloodlust.
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
Word/page count: 392 pages
I love a good Vampire story, if you follow me across Social Meedia then you'll know I recently released my first Vampire novel. I adore Vampire myhtology. This debut novel by Jessaca is utterly fantastic. It draws you in right from the start. It's a realpahe turner.
It's a post apocalyptic fanatsy revolving around those who have Awakened and those who are Unawakened. It's gripping. It's also Book 1 in a new trilogy called 'The Awakening Quartet'. The story follows four characters, Sean who is an Awakened blood guide, Santiego an Awakened Empath, Graceilea who is Unawakened and Mara who is Awakened and a friend of Seans.
Jessaca has managed to create an urban world all of her own, full of suspense and meaningful characters. If you're a lover of Fantasy then this one is for you.
I'm eagerly awaiting Book 2.
Be sure to check out the other stops on this Blog Tour to see what the other bloggers thought of Blood Awakens.
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Hallow by Olga Gibbs
Being one of the most formidable archangels with the power to end the world doesn’t serve you well if you don’t know how to use it.
Thrown into a battle of courts and factions, tangled in a web of intrigues and palatial games, naïve Ariel is surrounded by powerful angels, chasing their own agendas.
There’s no one she can trust. Everyone stands to gain something from her death.
To avoid the bloody battle that Baza brought to her door at Uras, Ariel retreats back to Apkallu (Earth) to find her sister, but the Heavenly battles and intrigues she flees follow her, as Baza’s immense hold on Apkallu forces Ariel and Rafe to make uncomfortable choices.
Ariel’s fight for survival is far from over and it looks like it’s going to be a deadly one.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers.
She is currently writing a second book in the "Celestial creatures" series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller book
I'm incredibly honoured to be taking part in this blog tour. I had the privelage of reading and reviewing Book 1 in the Celestial Craetures series last year and was thoroughly impressed with Olgas story telling and feel in love with her characters.
The same can be said about Hallow, the world Olga has created is simply beyond words. You get drawn in to all the fatastical things that are going on and the story is a real page turner. By the time you reach the end you're left needing more and I honestly can't wait to see where the next book takes us.
Why not pop along and visit the bloggers mentioned above to read their reviews on Hallow by Olga Gibbs, Book 2 in the Cekestial Creatures series.