Saturday, November 18, 2017

~ NEW RELEASE ~ Lost Connection ~ by Jim Ody




Title: Lost Connections

Author: Jim Ody

Genre: Thriller/Fantasy

Release Date: November 18, 2017




What would you do if the most important person to you had been kidnapped?

One minute your daughter is there, and the next she has been bundled into a van right under your nose. They want something of your father’s. You don’t know what that is, and your father mysteriously disappeared over 7 years ago. Going to the police is not an option. And the answers will slowly appear in the most unlikely of places.

As single-parent Eddie’s world falls apart, an unlikely alliance forms between friends and neighbours who put their differences aside, to help get his daughter Daisy back. As the mystery unfolds a huge secret is uncovered that not only will affect Eddie and his family, but the whole of mankind.

Only the truth will set his daughter free…








































Jim was first published in an English School Textbook in 1987. He won a competition to draw a dog-walking machine. Having won an art competition the year before, he felt that at the age of eleven he had peaked and consequently retired from art.

For 10 years Jim wrote for a number of websites reviewing and interviewing bands in his own unique way, as well as contributing dark poems and comedic features.



Jim likes to write psychological/thrillers that have endings that you won’t see coming. He also favours stories packed with wit.

He has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife and three beautiful children in Swindon, Wiltshire.













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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

~ BOOK REVIEW ~ Veiled ~ by Stacey Rourke


Title: Veiled
Author: Stacey Rourke
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Wicked Book Covers
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Blurb: 
Political propaganda would have us believe vampires are our friends. Fanged teddy bears misunderstood thanks to archaic lore. Activists picket for them to be welcomed into our society.

They claim vamps don't kill.
They preach we are safe.
They ... are dead wrong.

One year ago a hive slaughtered my family and left me for dead. Found by a team of scientists with their own agenda, I was forged into an unstoppable weapon.

I possess their strength, with none of their weaknesses.
I can move among them free from their crippling hunger.
I am their greatest threat.

Armed with this arsenal, vengeance will feed my desire to penetrate the seedy underbelly of their fetishized lifestyle and expose them for the monsters they truly are.

My Review: 
5 out of 5 Stars

My brain still feels like a bouncy ball, bouncing back and forth in my brain after reading this! My one recommendation while reading this? NEVER think you have ANYTHING figured out!  This is a hard review to write, because just about everything I want to say is a spoiler, but I will do my best, starting with saying this was some excellent writing.  This is not your typical vampire story – which is nearly impossible to say these days, with how many vampire books are out there.

In this story, there is no black and white – no CLEAR good and bad.  The author does a great job keeping you guessing.  In this day in age especially, the easiest thing to constantly question is HUMAN nature, and this story raises a lot of questions about both human and vampire nature.  This is a story of survival of the fittest, who really is the fittest, and who really is the bad guy – and again, not only as a group (humans or vampires), but also down to the individual, and what an individual would do when put in several different pressing situations.

And then there’s the center of our story, Vinx.  Although she’s forced into the middle of this fight under horrible circumstances, she chooses to keep fighting – and keep questioning.  I think my bouncy ball brain is nothing like what hers was going through in this entire book.  But it’s truly what makes her great in this story.  She refuses to accept anything anyone tells her without proof, no matter how much she does or doesn’t want to believe it.  She’s tough, she’s definitely got a sense of humor that I love, and she never stops asking questions.  I think I may have a new idol.

I devoured this book in just a few days, hoping to get the answers to the questions that continued to build.  However, the further I got into the book, and the more questions I had, I knew this wasn’t going to be a single book – there would be at least a second.  And when I got to the end? SO MANY MORE QUESTIONS! Very little, if any, answers at the end – and I wasn’t even mad!  I thought it was a great ending, setting up the next book perfectly – and oh boy, is the next one going to be HUGE! I can’t wait!



RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 

Visit her at www.staceyrourke.com
or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.

Buy Link: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2AoWg2E

“Comparing us to aberrant criminals? How do you justify making such a bold leap?”
“With centuries of murders, torture, and feedings!” he exploded, hopping in his seat as if suppressing the urge to leap onto the tabletop and douse me with holy water. “All of these vile acts have been committed under the teachings of your demonic demi-god, Vlad Draculesti. Your immortal Lord Impaler.”
One corner of my mouth tugged back in a knowing smirk. “And no one has ever killed, maimed, or committed genocide in the name of Christ?”
“It’s a sorry argument to use our history against us!”
“Yes, it is!” I vehemently agreed. “And yet that is exactly what humans subject us to. You fault us for the mistakes our kind has made in the past, mocking our deity without truly understanding his teachings. Meanwhile, you fetishize our culture and use it in your foreplay. Statistically speaking, human on human deaths outweigh vampire-on-human deaths twenty-three hundred to one. And why is that? Because humans take their passions too far, while when we pair with a human we focus on building a lasting relationship built on trust, safety, and security.”
“Humans you keep around for feeding and screwing!” my opponent hollered, spittle bubbling in the corners of his mouth. “You’re vicious killers!”
“My apologies to our viewers for that use of inappropriate language,” the prim and poised moderator stated into the camera before fixing her critical gaze on the frothing conservative. “Mayor Donaldson, I again ask you to control these outbursts or we will have no choice but to conclude our debate.”
            
Before his mouth could open to protest further, I leaned in and caught him with my narrowed gaze. “Show me proof. Where is the recorded documentation of these crimes you’re accusing us of? I tell you what, while you hunt to find that, I will wander into any costume shop or Halloween store and snag a set of fangs and a gothic cape that misrepresent us as night prowling fiends. The so-called facts you are basing your viewpoint on are myths formulated by your own kind to make us these legendary creatures that go bump in the night. Thank you, for granting me more power than I can fathom. That said, you should know I can’t turn into a bat, I spend as much time in front of the mirror as the next gal, and I enjoy a few extra shakes of garlic on my pasta. I’m not a monster, Mayor Donaldson. I am a vampire citizen who wants the same rights you take for granted.”