So, I’m developing a little Twitter following. Among those followers are the wonderful people of the #WritingCommunity. They’re authors who, like me, are trying to get their work published and out there for everyone to read.
Some of them succeed! There are too many to put proper links on this page (like those above), so below I’m going to put in some links to the books I’ve bought and loved! Please check them out. 🙂
Click on the:
HEADERS for the authors Twitter links,
BOOK COVERS for links to the Amazon page to buy the book!
Natalie has been waiting twenty years for this moment. Standing on Jack’s doorstep, she is about to come face-to-face with a man she’s never met. Someone who charmed her from a distance, without even knowing it. The stories from a mutual friend lit the spark. An anonymous internet fling in the early days of social media kindled the fire. Shared intimacies and secret desires fanned the flames.
But that was years ago, and their lives moved on…
In a bold, calculated move, Natalie travels to the Northeast compelled to finally meet the man who has been invading her dreams, she needs to know where the path she didn’t follow may have led. One way or another, she needs closure.
Jon’s Review: “NT Anderson is an ‘Author of Erotic Romance’, and the absorbing story of how Natalie meets Jack face to face for the first time, rekindling a relationship that had started online many years ago, is just that. Romance with a side order of steamy! But it’s also so much more.
There are, of course, the spicy sex-scenes, but this is emphatically NOT a book where the story has been fudged in around such erotic set pieces. These scenes are a natural extension of the story, which is very much a kind of old-school romance. It’s a very intimate story, in a way that feels like this could be turned easily into an engrossing stage production. One weekend. One location. Two people.
The joy of the story NT Anderson tells, however, is in the details. In the moments between the two characters that give the story a kind of bittersweet feeling. Erotic-Romance is not usually my genre to read, but as a middle-aged man I recognize the sentiment of looking back over your life and casting a curious eye over the paths not taken.
This is Natalie’s mindset in the book. I defy anyone our age to not be a little retrospective sometimes and wonder ‘what if’. To want closure on some aspect of our life from the past.
‘Acts of Closure’ is a self-contained tale, but it’s also billed as the first part of a trilogy. The ending leaves the reader satisfied, but also wondering where this story goes next. I’m definitely on board for the next instalment.”
Hidden truths. Hidden power. Hidden destiny.
On the shores of a rusty sea, in the streets of a starving city, a young man named Áed scraps to build a life for himself and the makeshift family he loves. Scarred by a trauma he cannot remember, and haunted by the brutal damage it left behind, he has no idea of the courage his future will demand.
When a heart-wrenching tragedy shatters his family, a desperate Áed risks a treacherous journey to seek a kingdom of legend—and a new beginning. But an ancient legacy smoldering within him is about to turn deadly, and neither he—nor the legends—will ever be the same.
Jon’s Review: “The Hidden King is the story of Aed. Struggling to make a good life for himself, his love Ninian and their adopted ward, Ronan, his life is thrown into chaos when tragedy strikes and forces them to leave their home in The Maze and head to the White City in the hopes of finding something better. There they meet Boudicca and Aed’s life changes completely.
Now, I freely admit that I’m more of a SciFi or UrbanFantasy fan really, so it takes an extraordinary book to drag me along for a ride in a more ‘traditional’ fantasy setting.
The Hidden King is that extraordinary book.
I’ll try not to give any serious spoilers!
Let me first say that this book is an exceptionally easy book to read. The prose flows beautifully, and your eyes just slide easily across the words as they become sentences, and then paragraphs. Before you know it, the chapters are flying past.
It helps too that the story is enthralling. It’s a relatively simple tale told from a single perspective, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it lacks depth or complexity. The world building is effortless. As the story unfolds you learn what you need to about this fascinating backdrop, each piece of information being revealed without the need for exposition. It’s beautifully done.
Each character is wonderfully realized too. Aed is easy to root for as the protagonist, making some of the things that happen to him as the tale progresses quite hard to take. You genuinely feel for him and Roman and find yourself wishing they could just catch a break. Which is when they do…right on time! EG Radcliff’s sense of timing in this respect is perfect.
Also, there’s something beautifully elegant and refreshing about the fact that there’s no ‘world shattering crisis’ that requires a ‘chosen one’ to solve. The Hidden King is a much more intimate story about love, struggle, survival, friendship and perseverance. It has you rooting for the little guy right from square one, and the ending almost makes you want to punch the air in celebration!!
Each character is wonderfully diverse and distinct, and each brings a sense of shift to the story. For example the narrative takes on a more positive vibe when Boudicca is introduced, which is perfect as her character (and she fast became a favourite of mine) is a beacon of light and positivity. Other characters, when they are introduced, shift the tone in different directions.
I’ll stop there before I really do spoil something. Suffice to say, I love this book and can’t wait to get stuck into The Lost Prince (a prequel!) and The Wild Court (the sequel!)
This is a wonderful example of what an Indie book can be at its best! Highly recommended!!!
I never chose death—death chose me.Now I choose change.Kaah Maah had been the reaper for over a millennia. The mundane repetition of collecting souls night after night from an ever-increasing population was beginning to grind on him. Kaah had witnessed an ocean of unique faces, all confronted with their final moments on earth. Though different in appearance they all showed one final emotion—fear.Kaah wanted a change. He craved quiet serenity, where he could perfect his yoga poses while listening to his favorite singer Michael Bublè. Kaah wanted nothing more than to retire and become a ‘no one special’ in a ‘nowhere special’ town.When strange things began happening in Deadend, Ohio, the question had to be asked.You might be able to take the reaper away from death, but can you ever actually take death away from the reaper?
Jon’s Review: “Ok, so bear with me here…
Once Upon A Death was – for me at least – the written equivalent of a Studio Ghibli movie.
Now, let me explain that statement.
I love a Disney movie. But those movies have a kind of formula which works, and works because that formula is familiar. The first time I watched a Studio Ghibli movie, I was blown away by how animation could be presented in such a whimsical and quirky way.
Once Upon A Death, takes that familiar figure of the Grim Reaper and flips the script on him in a likewise whimsical and quirky way. And I loved it!!
What if the Reaper wasn’t the spectre of death, here to claim your life. What if instead he was a benevolent being who arrived at the moment of your death to help transition your soul?
And what if instead of being a skeletal figure of terror, he was instead a buff dude – by day at least – who practiced yoga and loved easy listening music?
And what if he retired to a sleepy little town and tried to get a normal job in order to try and fit in?
Kaah – as the Reaper goes by in the book – has been around for a long time and he knows a lot about the world. But…he doesn’t know how to live in it. How to relate to people. Much of the joy of the read is following Kaah as he acts like a Klingon out of water!! (The way Sullivan’s written him, reminds me of Worf from Star Trek…but I digress!)
The book is packed with interesting characters that I hope we learn more about as this series of books progresses, and the Town of Deadend itself holds some mysterious secrets!
Sullivan also writes in a kind of laid back style, which I loved. It’s a gentle read. There’s this whimsical nature – which I mentioned earlier – to her description of the town and it’s goings on. From old school diners to Apple-bobbing contests and town committees and crocheting groups. On the one hand it’s kind of surreal to see the Reaper (and his assistant Rork) in these situations, but I simply found it adorably…whimsical! Lol
I won’t say anymore, just encourage you to go give it a whirl. I’ve already ordered the second book in the series, so I’m all in for the adventure!.”
In a perfect world, Guy Leatherman would be a first-class journalist with a greater passion for life, a bigger circle of friends (i.e. more than one), a loving family and a goldfish that lived longer than the last one.
In a perfect world, Guy would be blissfully unaware that life out there exists, and he certainly wouldn’t be stupid enough to step into his closet to be teleported from Earth to an alien planet in an alien body. Nor would he allow himself to get caught up in the biggest conspiracy the Charted Universe has ever seen.
In a perfect world, Guy’s alien body wouldn’t be nearing its degeneration date, and he wouldn’t have to pin his hopes of survival on a street-sweeping doppelgänger, a trash-hating side table, a spy who can’t remember much and an elusive Grey with a milk problem.
In a perfect world, Guy would have the courage to do what needs to be done and, more importantly, he’d know what needs to be done.
Unfortunately for Guy, the universe is not a perfect world…
Jon’s Review: “I have always loved the works of Douglas Adams. Some of my very first reading experiences were the Hitchhikers books. My leanings are heavily skewed toward SciFi and I adore a book that makes me chuckle.
I’d swear, that after reading ‘A Life Spectacular’ that Eaton Krone had a very similar early life, because this book ticks all the boxes on my preference list. It’s got a killer concept, it’s pure science fiction, and it’s absolutely hilarious. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that seems to channel the spirit of Douglas Adams, but with a spin that feels unique and fresh. This isn’t spoof, or parody. Many other authors I’ve read fall into that trap, but Eaton never does. No, this is a wonderfully crafted universe with it’s own rules and it’s own places and races that prompts all manner of questions as you turn the pages. When you finish, you really feel like you want to spend more time here.
I’m not going to give any of the story away here, I don’t want to spoil it. But it’s a fast moving joy to read. The story moves along at a brisk ol’ pave and the chapters are deviously short…which leaves you thinking ‘ooo juwt one more before I go to sleep!’..”
Los Angeles is an apocalyptic wasteland.
Without orientation, Colton stumbles through the vast, deserted city. He doesn’t remember who he is and where he came from. Scavengers save his life from mutants and bring him to the only remaining inhabited area and safe Zone in former Hollywood.
There he learns that after a devastating catastrophe called The Glitch, reality shifted, allowing nightmarish creatures from another dimension to enter our world. These co-called Dark Ones feed on suffering and violence, wanting nothing less than the complete annihilation of humanity.
Colton discovers that he has extraordinary abilities and joins a league of unusual defenders: ex-cop Eric, female cyborg Bombshell and Vincent, a mighty entity from another world, disguised as a human soldier.
But the Dark Ones are evil beyond imagination and with their ice-cold enforcer, the traitor Eurydice, they are a threat nearly impossible to overcome. Cunning and ruthless, Eurydice sets a ploy in action, which leads to the destruction of the Zone’s defenses weakening the tiny community from within. It’s up to Colton and his friends to take a desperate stand against the superior enemy and save what is left of humanity from extinction.
Jon’s Review: “I was engrossed in this book.
It strikes many themes that I have in my own book, but explores them in different ways. I was fascinated to see where Anna went with this.
But while that may have been my initial hook, I was quickly along for the ride. It’s got a nice sense of mystery about it, and the different characters and different factions lead to an interesting world of shades of grey.
Nothing is black and white.
Vampires turning against Vampires, humans against humans. Throw in mutants, shadowy villains and a couple of mystery characters and it keeps you intrigued till the end and ready for book 2!
I found myself irresistibly drawn to the more complex characters (for me at least) or Eurydice, Eric and Bombshell. But the whole cast is well drawn and interesting.”
Welcome to the year 2095. Killer cyborgs hunt down anyone who disagrees with the “utopian” society.
Nephilim is the best operator in these elite death squads. Genetically and cybernetically enhanced, she and her team strike terror wherever they go. Knowing nothing besides this lifestyle, Nephilim believes that she’s part of a righteous cause.
Then a system glitch changes everything. Separated from the grid, for the first time, Nephilim begins doubting the world she lives in. Things get even more complicated when she meets Jake, a 100% bio-human, who opens her neon-blue eyes to the lies she had been exposed to all her life.
Nephilim decides to take a stand against her creators. But in this brave new world, can one person beat an all-powerful system of oppression?
Soon, Nephilim finds herself hunted by her own people…
Corporate megacities, dystopian themes, cyborg assassins, badass heroines, charismatic villains – an adrenaline ride that never stops.
Jon’s Review: “I knew from the minute I saw the cover and read the blurb that this book was slap bang in the middle of my wheelhouse! It also helped that I’ve read one of Anna Mocikat’s other books (Shadow City) prior to this and loved it.
Behind Blue Eyes is my favourite book of Anna’s so far.
This is a book that is begging to be a TV show or movie! It’s got such great visuals that you just want to see it come to life. It’s got real Bladerunner meets Ghost In The Shell vibes… I can almost hear the Vangelis soundtrack as I read it! ?
The book is almost exclusively written from the point of view of the main character Nephilim, and as such the end of the book kind of lines up with your expectations as you read it.
That said… Wowsers! The twists and turns that the story leads you on are fantastic. The clues are there, and a few I worked out for myself before the reveal… but not all of them! The plot is twistier than a contortionist playing Twister!!! For every plot twist I smugly saw coming, there was another that caught me blindsided.
Hence i got this double whammy of pleasure from it! On the one hand feeling clever that I’d worked it out from Anna’s cleverly sprinkled clues, while on the other hand I was delighted to be surprised too!!!”
Olympias City is shaken by a series of unspeakably brutal murders. No one is allowed to know the shocking truth about who the victims are: Guardian Angels.
Someone is hunting the almost invincible cyborgs with the neon-blue eyes. Someone who knows their secrets and who uses a formerly unknown technology.
Promoted to Archangel, Nephilim is in charge of the investigation. It leads her into the underbelly of Olympias’ most notorious district, Oldtown, and also into the Inner Circle, where the elites reside.
Struggling with memory loss, Nephilim barely survives an attempt on her life.
It seems that the Guardian Angels have some very powerful enemies. If this wasn’t dangerous enough, the two other corporate global players, Rosprom and TogbuaXiang, scheme in the shadows to not only bring down the Angels but the entire city of Olympias.
Everything changes when Nephilim accompanies Metatron on a trip to Olympias City III, formerly Rio de Janeiro. There she discovers that nothing is what it seems and that Metatron is much more cunning and dangerous than anyone suspects.
Things get even more complicated when old friends from Nephilim’s past appear. Nephilim will have to decide on what side she wants to stand …
Jon’s Review: “Having read a couple of Anna’s other books (‘Shadow City’ and the pre-cursor to this book, ‘Behind Blue Eyes’), I already knew that I would enjoy ‘Fallen Angels’. I mean, this was absolutely slap bang in my wheelhouse.
In some senses I knew what to expect. A hard edged cyberpunk-noir tale heavy on the action setpieces and the intrigue. I lean much more toward the harder adult side of fiction, than anything YA, so again I was expecting a touch of horror, a smidgen of sex and a smattering of profanity.
Yup, it’s all present and correct. 🙂
The think I love about Anna’s books, and Fallen Angels is no outlier, is that they build a world that I believe could exist in real terms. It’s a world I can visualise very easily and could see in vivid technicolor up on the big screen (or small – take your pick!). It’s a world that has huge scope for stories, and not just this one relating to the relationship between Nephalim and Metatron. There’s so many other details orbiting the main plot that you kind feel like you want to dive into in other novels. The Old Town, the organised crime, the work of the OCPD who deal with the day to day ordinary crime in the city.
While the story centres around the Angels, this world draws you in to wondering what happens outside their influence. I was left really wanting a spin off series that focuses on the more ordinary aspects of law enforcement in this city. Kinda Judge Dredd-like. Anyway, I digress.
Suffice to say, the wonderful world building is simply a backdrop here for a delightfully tangled web of intrigue. All my favourite characters are back from the first book, but with how that book ended (no spoilers!) things are subtly different. Honestly, it took me a little while to wrap my head around that at first, as it feels a little like the hard won empathy for certain characters is now…redundant. But as the story unfolds, you can see that this couldn’t be any other way in order for this tale to play out like it is. Thus it draws you into its web again, even making you respect characters you may previously have disliked from the first book. It also sets up some new characters that are wonderful additions and add hugely to the narrative scope.
I don’t want to give any spoilers away, as this is a book that is wonderful to read and to uncover those truths for yourself.
It also hooks you into NEEDING the next book in the series ASAP!!!”
Where secrets are hidden, lies are uncovered, and evil stalks the ground of Storm River Manor…
My life changed a few weeks before I turned eighteen. If I knew then what I know now, perhaps things would have turned out differently. Instead, my existence now consists of destiny chasing me. Is there even such a thing? No matter how much I try to run from it, fate comes knocking on my door.
I’m supposed to be this prophesied child who leads my people to peace, defeats the evil necromancer queen who wants to rule the universe, and then lives happily ever after. Really? I mean come on, seriously?
None of this is real, at least that’s what I kept telling myself, until the day they came for me. It was only the beginning. Oh, and did I mention this evil necromancer queen that’s after me, wanting my so called-power, is my paternal grandmother?
Yeah, imagine that. Bet you didn’t see that one coming? Oh, but there’s more. I’m carted off to a mansion filled with vampires that my family calls Shadow Walkers. My grandmother raises orphans, but she doesn’t adopt them out, unless of course, you’re the vampire kind. I discover deep, dark hidden secrets. Secrets that have been buried for years. There is one problem: I must find the key first. A key to what exactly? I guess it’s time to get my hands dirty and find out.
Jon’s Review: “What an amazing world to explore!!
It’s difficult to know where to start in any review of Eyes of Wynter, but I’m going to start with just saying…I REALLY enjoyed this book.
It’s a kind of intense book too, likely because it’s book 1 of the saga and thus has all the heavy lifting of setting up this new fantasy world in which for us to explore. While the story is told singularly from the perspective of main protagonist, Wynter, there are A LOT of characters to wrap your head around.
On top of that, there’s the rules of this world to learn, how the magic works, and who is who (and what).
There’s a lot of questions, and many of them are frustratingly (but in a good way!) left half answered until near the end of teh book. Essentially we learn everything as Wynter learns it!
Fortunately I LOVE books that have a deep and complex lore about them. I find them utterly absorbing.
I don’t want to go into Spoiler territory here, I’d rather let the reader find out the story and the twists and turns for themselves. But, I thought the writing was excellent, the pacing was (frustratingly) spot on, the premise is imaginative and the characters well drawn (especially Wynter herself, Cory and the unimaginably EVIL Madame Moyer/
The last few chapters twist the book into a place that left me excited for Book 2… which I have just purchased!“
‘The Backup Superhero’ – Becoming a superhero isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Let’s be realistic, people don’t have super-powers. But if you have enough determination to make it through training, you have a chance to be the modern-day superhero, stopping one criminal at a time…or doing everyone else’s job and getting none of the credit.
After Tanser girl comes to terms with her non-celebrity level status in the superhero world, someone else from Level D decides it’s their moment to shine, shaking up the entire system, while leaving her to pick up the pieces.
Jon’s Review: “Kayla has written a brisk paced novella based around an intriguing premise. What if being a superhero wasn’t about having some sort of ‘power. What if anyone could be a superhero?
In The Backup Superhero, it all about training, determination and hard work.
It’s a brisk read, and opens the door for a series. It asks questions that you find yourself wanting answers to.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series!! :)”
We all become monsters at the edge of the breach. In a post-apocalyptic world where season of birth determines power — spring healers, summer mages, fall shapeshifters, and winter shields — a man and a woman emerge from tragic childhoods to lead humanity on opposite sides of an interrealm war.
There is a hole in the sky. They call it the Rift. A portal to the gods. The scar of a suffering world. Through it, the gods rule the last scraps of civilization, harkening war. As chaos beckons, two leaders emerge from the ashes of a dying planet.
Julian Kyder is the son of an abusive rape victim who compensates for his abandonment through psychopathy. Sira Rune is a cancer survivor who dedicates her life to living free and fearless while experiencing the taboo and the unorthodox. Rune is the only one unafraid of Kyder, and that terrifies him, because he only knows how to function through fear. Even though she gives him more chances than he deserves, how much violence can she forgive? When is a person beyond redemption? While he struggles to control his demons and she struggles to find purpose, the gods drag the ruined world into war.
Jon’s Review: “Before I start, let me first draw your attention to the 5 Stars above.
I LOVED this book. Yes, LOVED is all in capitals.
I’d recommend this book to the ends of the earth, but…this book does have a warning on the back, and it’s a well-deserved warning. This is Grimdark fiction with the emphasis on the DARK.
Right out of the box, the book is unrelentingly bleak and singularly uncompromising in its vision.. Both the main characters – Kyder and Rune – are born of pain and anguish and that fact is never forgotten throughout. The Kyder character especially is hard to love…but that’s kind of the point. And it doesn’t make him any less compelling as a character even when you want to turn your eyes away from the page as something horrific unfolds.
The book deals with deep rooted psychological issues as how people react to grief or suffer from survivor guilt. Some of these I personally related to, some I have no experience in. All of them I found compelling though, and I was eager to keep turning each page.
And the prose…
Wow. Some of the writing in here is simply beautiful. Scot has a gift for breathtakingly elegant description, and some of the lines I would read over and over again shaking my head and wishing I could write something so poetic. Not only that, but some of this book is really quite funny too, in a dark humored way, especially some of the asides that kind of subtly break the fourth wall.
The world building is also superb. There’s no need for overcomplicated diagrams and org charts at the head of the book like I’ve seen in some author’s work. Scot just slowly gives you the pieces of the world that you need to understand as you progress through. After a few chapters you understand the geography, the powers, the political landscape etc. Which is great, because while the books have enough in them to be relatable from a language and societal point of view (i.e. there’s no made up language to have to decipher) the world that the characters inhabit is a very different and unique creation.
Finally, I’d just like to say a word about the physical books themselves. If you buy the kindle versions you won’t see these, but if you like a physical copy in your hand, these are beautiful. The design is striking, and the formatting is excellent. Indie books sometimes get a poor rep for their design, but these really do set the benchmark. I bought all 4 of the series (I’m about to start on book 2!) and they look gorgeous on my bookshelf.“
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