Cover Reveal for K.A. Last’s New Book—Sacrifice

Hi Everyone. When I was speaking at the NSW Writers Centre writers festival, I met a lovely person—K.A. Last. She is an author living in the same city as me and we had lots in common. I’ve read her first book, which is a paranormal romance called Fall for Me, and enjoyed it. I’m pleased to be able to feature the cover reveal for her upcoming novella on my blog today. If you like paranormal romance, you should check it out.

Sacrifice
Sacrifice

Seth’s heart is breaking. He knows his decision will hurt the one person he keeps breathing for, but he can’t take it anymore. He can’t be near Grace knowing she will always be just out of reach.

Grace is oblivious to Seth’s turmoil. She loves him unconditionally, but not in the way he wants. They both know that in Heaven physical love is forbidden, and to break the rules is to defy everything they’ve ever been taught.

When Grace and Seth are sent on a mission to save a young mother and her unborn child, Grace must face the fact that Seth won’t be returning home. She doesn’t understand Seth’s decision and hates him for it. But what neither of them realise is how big a part that single decision will play in shaping their entire future.

What would you sacrifice for the one you love?

KALast_HeadshotFINAL_LRK. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children and a rabbit named Twitch.

 

The Future of Publishing Panel at NSW Writers Centre

Future of Publishing Panel
Future of Publishing Panel

I recently appeared at the NSW Writers Centre speculative fiction festival and sat on a panel—the Future of Publishing. I was honoured to be able to represent self-published authors. My co-panelists were Joel Naoum from Momentum Publishing and Zoe Walton  from Random House. It was an informative discussion and anyone interesting in self-publishing or just becoming a published author, should take a look. I’m the clever one on the right (your right ;)). Click on the photo for a link to one of the discussions and here for a short video  with me saying something that was probably very important ;).

Australian Women Writers Challenge Book Review

Today I’ve reviewed a book I read for Club Fantasci (where I’m a co-host) and the Australian Women Writers Challenge (where I’ve signed up to read 4 books by Australian Women authors this year). This book, The Accidental Sorcerer was written by K.E. Mills. In terms of stars, I’d give it 4.

The Accidental Sorcerer
The Accidental Sorcerer

I would say it’s aimed towards young adults and is a fantasy book without any sub genre. Here’s the review:

This book was an entertaining read. When the main character, Gerald Dunwoody, has an accident at work, his life is turned upside down. His ensuing adventure was not the typical one would expect from what borders on epic fantasy as there is no ‘super’ threat, but a more human one. I would rate this book just fantasy with no sub-genre. The characters were engaging and each had distinctly different personalities. The author’s Australian background comes through with some phrases and terms, which I liked.

Towards the end, and the climactic resolution, I couldn’t put the book down. I also admired the way the author was able to keep my interest in a relatively closed setting—that of the palace at New Ottosland. The dialogue was engaging and humorous and kept the story moving along.

There were a couple of negatives for me. One was the overuse of sentence fragments. Normally this doesn’t bother me, but a lot of the sentences didn’t make sense as stand-alone sentences (although in most instances I could get the gist because of the previous sentence). I wasn’t sure if this was an editing issue the author had no control over, or just her style of writing.

At the end, when the main character, Gerald, had a decision to make, I felt he could have made a different decision, which would have negated the conflict in an easier way. If he couldn’t have made the easier decision, the reason was not explained (sorry trying to explain without ruining the ending for readers).

I would recommend this book and I’ll buy the next one in the series. This book could be a stand-alone as the conflict was resolved, but there were hints of what else is to come in Gerald’s life. Overall, an enjoyable, light read.

Sandcastle and Other Stories Available as Paperback

One of my dear friends (I’ve always wanted to say that) has just released his literary collection of short stories as a paperback through a boutique publisher. Justin Bog is another indie success story. He’s studied and taught writing and works as an editor and author. His short stories are poignant and confronting explorations into human nature.

Paperback cover
Paperback cover

The vibrant cover, which hints at one of the stories in the collection yet is a bright contradiction to the darkness inside, is artwork painted by his late father and would look awesome on your bookshelf. Order your paperback now through US bookstores or buy the ebook at Amazon. You can also find Justin on Twitter @JustinBog and his website.

Cover Reveal – Imran Siddiq’s Disconnect

My fellow author and friend, Imran Siddiq, has a new book coming out on the 22nd of Feb, 2013, and he’s had a cover done by a professional artist. I was more than happy to share because the cover looks amazing—if only more indie authors would go to as much effort. Congratulations Imran, it looks amazing!

DisconnectCover

In space, love has boundaries.

Dirtying fingernails in sewers is fast approaching worthlessness for Zachary, a 16-year old Underworld scavenger. When footage of an Overworld girl, Rosa, is discovered, his intrigue heightens at why she expresses sadness with a lavish lifestyle.

In meeting Rosa, Zachary is scorned by her opinion of the deprived. She pities him and provides a means for them to communicate. With time, friendship and something he’s never felt grows; love for another human. Knowing Rosa calls him when it suits her isn’t enough; he wants to meet her, but how? Relationships in Underworld are few, let alone the impossibility with those above the ceiling.

Underworld will suffer when plans to conquer Jupiter’s moon, Europa move ahead. Worse is Rosa’s father, a disgraced Overworld ambassador, approving the plan.

Zachary must defeat the prejudice of the worlds, sneak within opposing forces, lose friends and challenge Rosa’s sadness. In doing so, a twisted secret is uncovered that may devour the reason he lives; Rosa.

About the Author

Imran Siddiq may have tried to leave Leicester a few times, but its become his place to wake up to two cats, freeze when the heating’s off and most of all, get down to writing. A veteran of writing festivals, a presence on Twitter and gobbling up all forms of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, he hopes he can bring a smile to others in the same way that he had, aged 5, reading with a torch under his duvet. Imran’s preferred genre is YA Sci Fi, and he has a tendency to throw a droid in each novel – literally throw.

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty: Someone Please Spank the Author

This book was our Club Fantasci book of the month in November, and it’s written by Anne Rice. What a waste of time that was. You can read my cohosts’ reviews and see the video of our discussion at the Club Fantasci website. With such limited time for reading, I’d advise you to skip this one, it was, well, read on…

This is erotica? If you liked getting spanked, over and over and over and over, (yawn), you’ll love this book. It has a plethora of paddles, red bottoms and erections, but a lack of characters with a brain.

Sleeping Beauty was kidnapped (although her parents let her go, knowing what was going to happen – idiots), taken to a distant kingdom of fetishist spanking people, who paddled her behind every day until it was red-raw. One of her male counterparts, a prince from another land, who was also taken for this purpose, was not only beaten, but repeatedly raped to the point, in the real world, of death. How is this sexy? Ok, so there’s a few tantalizing descriptions of genitals glistening etc but generally I wanted to step into the book, seize Beauty’s mind and escape so I could go home, gather my army and return to the spanking kingdom to kill every last noble.

This book was unrealistic, repetitive to the point of boredom, and I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. The ‘good’ characters need to grow a backbone and brain and the ‘bad’ characters are just an appendage joined to a spanking paddle.

The only redeeming feature of the book was the last page, where something actually happened and I wondered what would happen next; oh and there were no typos. Seriously, don’t bother.

Urban yet Epic – Awakenings Gets 5 Pointy Stars

We recently had Edward Lazellari as a guest on Tweep Nation, but don’t let that fool you—my review is honest (just ask Amber how hard it is to get 5 stars from moi). This was one hellava good book. Read on…

I’m not normally into fantasy set in the ‘real’ world, as I love dragons and traditional fantasy worlds, however, this book changed that. The author is skilled at creating atmosphere and drawing a clear picture without overdoing it. Without giving too much away, the setting is in present-day United States with main characters who are of another time and place. I would call this an epic in the sense that there is a battle of good against evil and there is certainly a race against time. The tension present in this book ensures you’ll be turning the pages, eager to find out what happens next.

The characters were three-dimensional (thank goodness), the plot rich, and the pacing fast. This book had me turning the pages and forgetting the time—I always love it when a book does that. It is the first in a series, which isn’t stated on the cover, but I was aware, as I’d read other reviews. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book from this talented author and am very happy there are more books to come.