Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Interview with Stephen Leather author of New York Night!

Author Interview

What inspired you to write the Jack Nightingale series?
 I always loved the Black Magic books of Dennis Wheatley when I was a kid and I’m a huge fan of the Constantine character in the Hellblazer comics (graphic novels as they prefer to be called these days). And I just love supernatural films, especially haunted houses and things that go bump in the night. With the Nightingale series I wanted to explore the supernatural world but with a hero who is very much grounded in reality. The first three books – Nightfall, Midnight and Nightmare – really explain his backstory, how he became the man he is. The next two – Nightshade and Lastnight – explain why he had to leave the UK and the subsequent books will be set mainly in the United States, hence San Francisco Night and New York Night.

What is your favourite theme/genre to write about?
 I love writing present-day thrillers that feel as if they have been ripped from that day’s newspaper headlines. I have lots of contacts in the police, the army and the intelligence services and I love using the information they give me in my stories. Often I hear of things long before they reach the papers. In my book Soft Target I wrote about four Islamic suicide bombers going down the Tube system in London. Several months later it actually happened – it wasn’t that I was psychic, it was the people I was speaking to told me it was the thing they feared happening most.

How did you come up with the title?
 As Jack Nightingale is the hero, I decided it would be neat to have the word ‘Night’ in all the titles, though after Nightfall, Midnight, Nightmare, Nightshade and Lastnight I have to confess I was running out of options. I don’t think Nightdress was going to cut it as a title!  The rest of the titles will be the name of a city, plus Night. So I have already published San Francisco Night and New York Night, and later this year I hope to publish Miami Night.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
 The knee-jerk answer is that my books are to entertain and that I’m not trying to teach my readers anything, I just want to tell them a good story. But on reflection I do think most writers want their readers to put down a book having at least learned something. With my Spider Shepherd thrillers I do try to point out the way the world is changing, how it is becoming a more uncertain and dangerous place and how the authorities are trying to deal with that. With the Jack Nightingale books that mission to explain is less pronounced and really I am trying to tell a good story, though there is of course an underlying moral that good always triumphs over evil. The problem with that moral, of course, is that it isn’t true – evil often wins, which is sad.

What does your family think of your writing?
 I think they just regard it as my job, actually!  I gave my 17-year-old daughter a copy of New York Night two weeks ago and said she might enjoy it and it’s still on the coffee table, unopened. 

Which writers inspire you?
 These days I’m inspired by the self-published writers who have built their success without the input of agents and publishers, writers like Joe Konrath, Tim Stevens, Nick Spalding and Conrad Jones. I’m very unimpressed by writers like James Patterson who turn their name into a brand and get other writers to write their books, and I’m even less impressed with those writers who continue to produce books after they die. It seems to me that a writer’s career should end with their death, but the likes of Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn obviously don’t agree. I doubt I’ll be producing books from beyond the grave, but we’ll see.

 What are you working on at the minute?
 I’m writing the 13th Dan “Spider” Shepherd novel for Hodder and Stoughton. It’s called Dark Forces and is about an Islamic State sniper who is sent to London to carry out a terrorist atrocity. It’s hard work (40,000 words done with 80,000 still to go) but I’m enjoying it.  Once that’s done I’ll be writing a stand-alone novel about an arson investigator and then I’ll start Miami Night.

 What’s is your latest book about?  
The latest book I’ve self-published is New York Night, where teenagers are being possessed and turning into sadistic murderers. Priests can’t help, nor can psychiatrists. So who is behind the demonic possessions? Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate, and finds his own soul is on the line.
Hodder and Stoughton are publishing my thriller First Response on February 25, though I will be self-publishing it in the United States. In First Response, London is under siege. Nine men in suicide vests primed to explode hold hostages in nine different locations around the city, and are ready to die for their cause. Their mission: to force the government to release jihadist prisoners from Belmarsh Prison. Their deadline: 6 p.m. Today. But the bombers are cleanskins, terrorists with no obvious link to any group, and who do not appear on any anti-terror watch list. What has brought them together on this one day to act in this way? Mo Kamran is the Superintendent in charge of the Special Crime and Operations branch of the Met. As the disaster unfolds and the SAS, armed police, and other emergency services rush to the scenes, he is tasked with preventing the biggest terrorist outrage the capital has ever known. But nothing is what it seems. And only Kamran has the big picture. Will anyone believe him?

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead characters from your book?

Hmmm.  For Jack Nightingale I think I’d go for a younger Clive Owen. Nightingale is mid-thirties in the book and the wonderful Mr Owen is a tad older. As we speak, James Bond director Martin Campbell (Goldeneye and Casino Royale) is filming my book The Chinaman. Jackie Chan is playing the title role and Pierce Brosnan is the IRA guy he’s up against. Brilliant casting, I think!

New York Night (The 7th Jack Nightingale Novel)

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Teenagers are being possessed and turning into sadistic murderers. Priests can’t help, nor can psychiatrists. So who is behind the demonic possessions? Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate, and finds his own soul is on the line.

Jack Nightingale appears in the full-length novels Nightfall, Midnight, Nightmare, Nightshade, Lastnight and San Francisco Night. He also appears in several short stories including Blood Bath, Cursed, Still Bleeding, I Know Who Did It, Tracks and My Name Is Lydia.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals #1)

Book Review

The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals, #1)

Title: The Prophecy of Shadows 
Author: Michelle Madow
Date Published: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy
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When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

My Thoughts:

I was provided with a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I received this book for review I knew it was about witches, but I had no idea it was also going to be about Greek Mythology! I love Greek Mythology so, when I began reading how the witches were related to the Gods I had to put the book down for a moment so I could get all my excitement out. I loved that Michelle Madow wrote this book! I mean what could be better than mixing witchcraft with Greek Mythology?! Nothing I tell ya. Nicole just found out that her home-room is a witch coven and that she’s a witch herself! That was the last thing Nicole expected to learn in her first day in her new school, but she grows into her new powers quickly and impresses everyone. When all her classmates are at their professors home to watch an Olympian Comet pass through the sky for the first time in thousands of years Nicole, Danielle, Blake, Kate and Chris are gifted powers that help them control the five elements Aether , water, fire, earth and wind. 

I loved that this book threw me right into the action and that Nicole discovered she was a witch in the first chapter, it made the book that more interesting and we got to see a lot of Nicole's progression with her powers early on. Like I said above I really liked the way Madow mixed Greek mythology with Witchcraft it was something fresh and like nothing I had ever read before. Michelle's writing was very fast paced, full of action and packed with information about their powers and I really enjoyed that! It kept me turning the pages and wanting more! The characters were amazing especially Nicole her character development was great! I'm so glad that the next book comes out in April because after the bombshell that was dropped towards the end I NEED to know what happens. If you're looking for a fast paced book with some Greek Mythology and witchcraft then look no further this book is definitely it or if you're just looking for a different read.


Uncovering Hope Cover Reveal

Uncovering Hope (Uncovering Love, #3)
Title: Uncovering Hope by Kacey Shea
Release Date: March 22, 2016
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Photographer: TheIrishWolf
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Carly Reynolds doesn’t have much faith in men. She no longer trusts her heart to lead—not after doing her so wrong. Raising her sons alone, Carly must learn to stand on her own. But she’s stronger now, wiser, and determined to move forward.
Derek Taylor, the sexy tatted drummer for Three Ugly Guys, doesn’t have much time for women, except to hook up and get off. He’d rather focus on writing music and living the career he’s always dreamed. Fate may have other plans.
Dr. Garrett Brooks is the talk of Children’s Hospital. As the new surgical resident, he is young, charming, and attractive. He takes an immediate interest in Carly but his demanding work schedule and her single mom status don’t leave much opportunity for dating.
Between love interests, two boys to raise, and a full time nursing job, Carly’s ability to stand strong is put to the test. And when strange things start to transpire Carly must face the reality that her past has come back to haunt. Can the woman she’s become dare to hope for love again? And which man will win her heart?
Uncovering Hope is the third and final book in the Uncovering Love series, but can also be read as a standalone.

Author Bio:

Kacey Shea is a mom of three, wife, and part-time bookkeeper who resides in sunny Arizona. She enjoys reading and writing romance novels as much as her son loves unicorns, which is a lot.
When she's not writing you will find her playing taxi cab to her children while belting out her favorite tunes, meeting friends or family for food and to share some laughs, or sweating it out in the gym. Kacey finds that picking up heavy weights repeatedly is good for her mental health as much as it is for the physical.

She has an unhealthy obsession with firefighters. It could be the pants. It could be the fire. It's just hot. On occasion she has been known to include them, without their knowledge, in her selfies outside the grocery store.

Kacey one day aspires be a woman hand model in a sexy photo shoot. You know, the woman's hand raking across the muscular back or six pack stomach of the male fitness model. Yep, that hand.

Until that day comes she will continue writing sexy, flirty romance novels in hopes to bring others joy!

Kacey enjoys interacting with her fans so please feel free to stalk her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Cover Reveal!

The Blood of the Hydra (Elementals, #2)

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra is the second novel in Michelle Madow’s Elementals series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

Title: Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra
Author: Michelle Madow
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: April 18, 2016
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Series: Elementals #2
Format: eBook and paperback
ISBN: 9781311296788



Finding out that her new school had her in a special homeroom for witches was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. It’s a secret she needs to keep not only from the Head Elders, but from the super-sexy witch Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with even before he broke up with his long-term girlfriend, the vengeful witch Danielle.

Now Nicole and the four others gifted with powers over the elements, including Blake and Danielle, must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. Three magical items are needed, including the blood of the slain hydra – ingredients that they must journey to the dangerous, mystical islands in Greece to retrieve.

The monsters they face on this journey will be more threatening than anything they’ve encountered yet. But with the fate of the world on their shoulders, it’s up to the Elementals to return home victorious. Will they find the ingredients they need? Can Nicole and her friends pull off this mission while the tension between her, Blake, and Danielle threatens to ruin everything? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?

Find out in The Blood of the Hydra, and join the Elementals on their next journey in their quest to save the world – or die trying.

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About the Author:

Michelle Madow has always loved writing stories, but the possibility of being an author used to feel more like a dream than a reality. She didn’t share her stories with anyone until her junior year of college, when she signed up for an Intro to Creative Writing course. Her teacher and classmates read the first chapter of a book idea she had, and they loved it so much that they told her she had to finish the book so they could find out what happened next. By the end of the school year, Michelle finished that book, which would later be published as her first novel, Remembrance.

Michelle grew up in Baltimore, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she writes books for young adults. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Blog Tour: Tales From the Front 05 & Giveaway

Tales from the Front

When the ever amazing Elise Kova contacted me ask me if I wanted to be a part of this very unique and awesome blog tour, I didn't even need to think about it I immediately said yes! I'm so excited to share this piece of the puzzle with ya'll! If you have not read the first two books in the "Air Awakens" series I highly recommend them! Since my piece of the puzzle is the 5th one I will add the links to the other pieces on the bottom.  

What Is Tales from the Front?

Tales from the Front is a series of notes, alternate POV chapters, and other teasers that take place from just before the end of Fire Falling (Air Awakens, #2) to the beginning of Earth’s End (Air Awakens, #3). They are being sent out at random with the idea that bloggers and readers can ban together to put the puzzle pieces together to find out a different side to the story and uncover truths about the characters.
Bloggers and readers are invited to re-post information so long as they link back to the individual who posted it originally. In fact, this is generally encouraged, as it’ll help connect all the pieces! You never know who will be receiving information and when.

Exclusive POV:

Tiberium Solaris, Emperor, conqueror, sat completely vexed as to what his next move was going to be. There were a few things that bothered him above all others: insubordination, loss of control, and anything that called into question his authority. The girl was all three personified and given a power that she barely comprehended the depth of, to top it all off.
He rubbed his temples in frustration. It was becoming more appealing by the day to outright kill her. It was well within his right. No, the Emperor left his tent, needing to stretch his legs. He couldn’t kill her. The future of his campaigns and plans depended on her. He’d invested too much now to find another.
The camp was a shoddy setup, but he’d seen worse. He’d lived through worse. Tiberium folded his hands at the small of his back, gripping them tightly, and started for a tent with two guards posted on either side.
“Just the woman I was looking for,” he spoke as Elecia Ci’Dan emerged. It spared him going in and facing the weakness that festered under the camouflaged canvas.
Two emerald eyes faltered in surprise under his pressing gaze. Elecia Ci’Dan made herself out to be a Western princess in her mind and he would never allow that sort of thinking to flourish in his presence. Especially now, not after he suspected her involvement in the Windwalker’s flight. She was making a dangerous choice in where she stood and she would know it.
“Report,” Tiberium demanded.
“No change.” The girl looked askance in a cheap display of servitude, but it was servitude.
“How much longer can you maintain?”
“I need more medicine, other skilled clerics, I could provide you a list,” she answered stubbornly. Her demand was thinly veiled and the Emperor could hardly believe that she’d have the audacity to harp upon it now of all times.
“Have you not already provided a list?” The Emperor took a step forward and dropped his voice so only the girl could hear. The flash of panic in her emerald eyes confirmed everything. “Was it just you and the Windwalker conspiring?”
Elecia’s eyes darted toward a group of sorcerers. Reale, the Emperor thought, he should have known she would be involved. The woman was practically a zealot for those with magic. Tiberium would not tolerate loyalty to anything beyond him and his Empire. Variables that compromised absolute power were kindling, and revolutions sparked too easily.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, my lord.” Elecia looked at him defiantly. Let the girl have her defiance for now, she’d told him everything he needed to know.
“I think you do.” Tiberium relished in her momentary panic. She would learn her lesson from this before the day was out. “For you were part of the council that supported the idea of my sending the Windwalker.”
“This is what you will tell the soldiers, when they ask where their hero-” he bit out the word, “-has gone.”
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Divide

Book Review

The Divide (Dreamland #2)

Title: The Divide (Dreamland #2)
Author: E.J. Mellow
Date Published: October 15, 2015
Publisher: Four Eyed Owl
Genre: NA Fantasy
Page Count: 392
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Molly finally uncovers the truth about the strange dreams that plagued her sanity for weeks. Now destined to accept a clandestine role, Molly must find the strength and courage buried deep to push forward and succeed.

With the help of Dev, the roguish blue-eyed man of her dreams—whose dark past resurfaces to haunt him—Molly prepares to test the limits of her newly awakened powers and set right a world on the edge of being consumed by nightmares.

But when an unknown shadow stalks her every step and a shocking revelation about her ancestry comes to light, Molly may find herself forced to make a decision that could leave her alone in the dark and standing on the wrong side of a divide.

My Thoughts:

The author was very kind and sent me a copy of her novel in exchange for an honest review.

I never thought that I could fall in love with these characters and world more than I already was and oh, boy did E.J. Mellow prove me wrong! I can’t get this amazing book out of my head I just keep wanting to pick it up and reread it and go through all those amazing scenes and feelings all over again.  Molly finally uncovered the secret of her strange dreams and with the help of Dev she has to learn to control her new found powers and learn about the new strange world she is destined to save.

Gosh, this book was all I was expecting it to be and more. E.J.'s world building is amazing you feel like you can close your eyes and step into Terra to meet all the amazing characters she has created. I really liked that we got to learn more about Dev and his past, it helped me understand him so much better and fall so much harder for him. I loved Molly's character development in this book it really shows how strong she is physically and mentally. E.J. Mellow took me in an emotional roller-coaster that I still refuse to get off of. This book is so different from any book I've ever read and I absolutely love that; E.J. has created a world that I wish I could walk into and characters I wish I could pull off the pages. I love everything about this series and I can't wait to have the third book in my hands. If you have yet to pick this series up, I highly recommend it! The first book “The Dreamer" was on my top favorite reads of last year and I know this year has just begun, but “The Divide" is already on my top favorite reads of this year!