Here are my covers with the BRAND NEW LETTERING!
Thank you to Sharon Brownlie for her lovely work on the new wording on my book covers. Lilith and Fateless looked dull and tired and not very eye catching at all. It is amazing what a big difference wording, font and colour can do. Thank you very much and I urge others to seek her help. Very friendly, quick service. I had input at every stage! Thank you again!
Here are my covers with the BRAND NEW LETTERING!
Below you can check out the covers with their old, boring wording. It amazes me how new, better wording can change the whole cover! I Love it.
Author- Sarah J. Maas
My Rating- 5 STARS
Synopsis- Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.
My Review- The Assassin's Blade is the set of 5 Novella's about Celaena Sardothien's life before we meet her in the Throne of Glass series. They are the stories that have shaped her character development in the series we love. Each tale was hinted at in TOG and it was great so see them in action.
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord visits the time Celaena went against her Master's orders to free hundreds of slaves from an infamous Pirate with a magical map tattooed on his hands. There we meet Sam Cortland, another Assassin of her Guild, properly for the first time. He is hinted at constantly in the Throne of Glass series, a lost love who was taken from her far too soon and gave her the darkness simmering within her. This was a great, sassy tale of the girl who fights like death but has a heart of gold.
The Assassin and the Healer was a much slower tale, a novella filling in the time between freeing the slaves and Celaena's Master's punishment. Arobynn, the King of Assassins and the one who took her in and trained her. Arobynn beat her to unconsciousness and sends her on her way to the middle of a scorching hot desert to be trained and seek the approval of a legendary Assassin, but before that, she has a lot of rage to burn.
The Assassin and The Desert was great to read. While seeking the approval of the Mute Master, Assassin of the Red Desert, Celaena meets Ansel. They become fast friends, train and fight enemies together. They steal expensive, rare horses from a man who tries to end the Desert Assassins. And then she is betrayed and must choose between her rage and letting someone close to her, leave with their life intact.
The Assassin and the Underworld was a cruel and cheap shot delivered by Arobynn as payback for Celaena losing him money in the slave trade business and for choosing to love Sam Cortland, paying off her debts to him and moving away. After saving hundreds of Slaves in Skulls Bay, Arobynn pretends to give Celaena the opportunity to save more...thought his plan is far more twisted than that. He is spiteful and succeeds in pushing Celaena further away from him and making her hate him.
And then there is my personal favourite of the 5 Novellas. The Assassin and the Empire. This is a story that has created the Celaena we love in the Throne of Glass series. She has been used, betrayed, beaten and lost love. She has been part of a twisted plan, using her kindest parts against her. Arobynn uses his words to hurt, his plans to destroy her are heartbreaking. This tale had me near tears and so angry that I couldn't wait to re-read the main series to watch her pay them all back for what they did to her.
A great set of 5 novellas. Some better than others, but all worth the time to read and understand what happened to our heroine before she is taken from the slave camps and used by the Prince as a champion to battle for her freedom.
My Review- Wow! 5 Clear Stars!
From the very first chapter I was completely hooked. Laia, a brave girl who has lost all her family to an Empire that has conquered and enjoyed torturing the Scholar people, her people. Her parents were part of the Resistance who fought against the Empire with their heart and soul, only to be betrayed by those they called friends and handed over to the Empire for torture and execution. Her Nan and Pop murdered by the Empire's Elite warriors called Masks, in front of her eyes, and her brother captured and imprisoned. She is all that is left and she vows to free her brother and so she seeks help from the Resistance who send her on a mission to spy on one of the most frightening and deadliest people in the Empire.
Elias, a Mask for the Empire who is pulled in many directions by his strong views of what is morally wrong and what he is forced to do at the constant threat of punishment and death. He is one of the most skilled Masks amongst his age and has the qualities to grow better. Except that he meets Laia, who is a slave, and is drawn to her beauty and inner strength. He cares for her and of the lives he takes. He struggled to fully be the cold, merciless killer he was trained as.
It is very hard to review An Ember in the Ashes without giving too many spoilers but these two characters had me cheering for them throughout the entire book and the hardships they were set to face. There are much more powerful beings, called Augurs, who can sense thoughts, who dream and have visions of the future, who are guiding the characters along their paths whether they like it or not. Whether it breaks their minds and souls. The plot is intricate, the villians are awful and I hate them with a passion and can only hope the time will come for them to fall. The Resistance are not what they seem and magic is coming back to the world.
The only tiny thing I was not keen on in this book was the fact that the main characters couldn't decide who they had feelings for. Elias, as a young man, was often distracted by a pretty face and was sexually confused about his best friend, Helene. Laia incited something deeper in him though we have yet to see where that goes. Romance in this story is just touched upon. There is far too much going on around them for these things to hold importance....at the moment...but I am hoping this will develop in later books! because honestly I love Elias and Laia together, they are strong and understanding with each other. Laia herself has confusing moments with another man. But it seemed to me, if Elias and Laia were meant for anyone else their paths would have taken them that way and not thrown them both together so often (my opinion of course).
This book was fantastic! I loved the writing style, I love the way the plot was woven and layered and it was hard to guess what would happen next. I loved every darn second and can't wait to read the next books in the series!
I hit my 4,500 Twitter FOLLOW target and, as promised, I am giving away a Paperback copy of my first ever novel Lilith: Twin Soul Novels #1
Lilith is a dark urban fantasy with adult and 'trigger' material that may not be for everyone. There is plenty of mature content, demons, Hellworlds and terrible villains with no morals.
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Meet Annette Anderson. Once she was a young beauty living in the heart of York, England, who became infatuated with a boy all the girls sought after. She followed him everywhere and basked in his attention, until one night he stole her innocence in an alleyway and a world of darkness swallowed her whole.
From that night she had begun to see the creatures of other worlds. Their deformities and unnaturalness drove her to the brink of madness. They followed her, plagued her dreams and whispered evil doings in her mind.
Her parents wouldn't believe her when she begged them for help. Her perfect little sister was too young to understand. And so, she fled. Making her way to London, tracking down a demon owned bar and meeting a demon who would change her life for ever.
After succumbing to a drug promised to save her tainted soul, Annette is weakened and a presence invades. Lilith, an ancient and powerful demon wishes to possess her. The blonde seductress, Lilith, is entrapped when Annette proves too powerful to own, her human soul refusing to leave. Instead, they are forced to reside together in an uneasy relationship. The first years of their cohabitation are ones of blood and slaughter, of fights for control. A battle Annette must strive to win daily. After decades of hardships they work for balance. All the while they know both of their souls belong to another world, to another demon deep beneath the surface of the mortal world. They belong to a Prince of Hell who requires them to bring home his escaped demons before they enlighten humans to their existence.
A spate of murders plague London, forcing Annette out of her newfound peace. Detective Michael Daltry seeks her out when all those he asks for help whispers her name. She is known as the Living Demon to most supernatural beings and Human Whore to those who believe she is an abomination, a joke to demonkind. In Michael's presence, Lilith is somehow unable to gain any control. She barely has the strength to whisper to Annette when he is close. Annette is drawn to whatever power Michael might have and soon begins to wonder if there is far more to him than even he knows.
After denying the Prince's calls for Annette to return to him and more demon murders occuring, Annette is ordered to the Hellworld Lilith's souls belongs to. Her master, the Prince, tells her to find the demon murderer and bring him back for punishment. He sends Rowan, an Incubi demon, to escort her and help her until the demon is caught. He is also to watch over her in the eventuality that Annette decides to flee or ignore her orders. Rowan is intrigued by Annette's ability to hold within her two souls, a human and a demon, and survive to tell the tale. But there are strengths Annette possesses unknown to her. There is a rare gift once thought wiped out by the Princes for it threatens their kind. It is only Annette's passion and strength and her ability to pull allies to her, that has kept her alive so far. But, Annette is soon to learn the truth of what she is, of what this could mean and unknown to her are the Powers above and below that are playing their own games with her soul.
Author- Sara C Roethle
My Rating- 4 STARS
Synopsis- Arhyen is the self-declared finest thief in London. The mission was simple. Steal a journal from Fairfax Breckinridge, one of the greatest alchemists of the time.
Arhyen hadn’t expected to find Fairfax himself, with a dagger in his back. Nor had he expected his automaton daughter, Liliana. Suddenly entrenched in a mystery too great for him to fully comprehend, he must rely on the help of a wayward detective, and an automaton who claims she has a soul, to piece together the clues laid before them. Will Arhyen uncover the true source of Liliana’s soul in time, or will London plunge into a dark age of nefarious technology, where only the scientific will survive?
My Review- Clockwork Alchemist is set in what I think is a mildly steampunkish version of Victorian style London as it is becoming more industrialised and using the beginnings of machinery to take over hundreds of people's jobs. Arhyen, the self proclaimed best thief in London, finds a female automaton in the house of an Alchemist while stealing a journal for his most recent employer. Unable to think of the automaton, who introduces herself as Liliana, as a machine when she looks and act so human, Arhyen agrees to take her with him when she asks to leave. This decision complicates his seemingly simple task and takes him and Liliana, along with detective Ephraim, on a wild adventure.
Clockwork Alchemist is packed with fun adventure, dark mystery and action. It is very well written from the POV's of Arhyen and Liliana, their monologues and thoughts and feelings bonding with the reader every step of the way. I like the way the mystery unfolded piece by piece and threw in twists to keep you unsure of who the villains really were. Double crosses and triple crosses had me wondering who would ultimately be trustworthy, I even suspected one of the heroes of the story many times.
Arhyen and Liliana are a fantastic duo along with witty and calm Ephraim. Their individual personalities are fun to read and invoke many emotions. I adored Liliana. She was such a strong girl who wasn't sure of her place in this human world and why she could feel more than a machine had any business to. I can't help but feel there is far more to learn about how she works and why she has emotions and desires beyond the explanation in this book. Arhyen is a lovable thief. He is a gentleman, polite, full of heart and strong enough to take care of himself in deadly circumstances.
This is a tale of self discovery, what truly makes someone 'human' and acceptance. There is a hint of romance but above all Aryhen and Liliana compliment each other, and their friendship fills the parts of them that they never knew were missing.
Such a great gem here and I can't wait to see what mischief they cause in book 3. This trio are fun, daring and attract trouble at every turn. Clockwork Alchemist is well worth picking up and trying if you like alot of adventure and mystery, a hint of Steampunk and a step back through history.
(I stumbled upon this book while browsing Amazon- It is available on Kindle Unlimited)
Author- Helena Hunting
My Rating- 4 STARS
Synopsis- I’m NHL defenseman Lance Romero, AKA Lance “Romance."
I’m notorious for parties and excess. I have the most penalty minutes in the league. I get into the most fights. I take the most hits. I’m a player on and off the ice. I’m the one women with no inhibitions want.
Not because I like the notoriety, but because I don’t know how to be any other way.
I have secrets. Ones I shared with the wrong person, and she used them against me. Sometimes she still does. I should cut ties. But she makes it difficult, because she’s the kind of bad I deserve.
I shouldn’t want her.
But I do.
I should leave her alone.
But I won’t.
My review- Another great book in the series! Helena Hunting is a great writer. She really makes you feel emotion and protection for these former bad boys/players. Lance 'Romance' Romero has been seen throughout all the previous books in the Pucked Series and comes across as worse than all the other teammates put togeher. He is notorious for taking part in threesomes, sleeping with many different women and throwing news worthy parties in his home. He is aggressive on the ice while playing hockey and spends much of his time in the penalty box, sporting a fresh bruise. But inside he is about as broken as it gets. Since being beaten by his mother from an early age and riddled with guilt, he can barely stand being touched by anyone, expecially females.
He tried to have something real with his ex trainer, Tash, and she proved to be nothing but a manipulator. Lance doesn't believe he is worth enough to be treated any other way. He is sinking deeper and deeper in to self hate and harmful behaviours until he lays eyes on redhead Poppy, a girl with a beautiful soul. He vaguely remembers her from the past and wants to be around her more. Her touch doesn't make him feel sick and he craves it.
This is a really lovely story (Though to this day Lily and Randy remain my favourite, though Lance takes an easy second place). I loved watching the love and acceptance in this book. Helena Hunting attaches us to the main players from the first sentence and holds you until the end. Lance's POV is heartbreaking and it is worth reading all over again.
Lilith and Fateless (Twin Souls Book 1&2) are both available on Kindle Unlimited via Amazon. Read them for FREE!
After a traumatic event suffered at a young age, Annette Anderson believes she has been cursed with the 'Sight'. The ability to see the Hellworlds and demon souls drove her in to a world of sin and sex, attracting the unwanted attention of the Underground. After months of torture, the She-demon, Lilith, attempted to take Annette's body and drive out her human soul. Unexpectedly, Annette's soul fought back, trapping Lilith and leaving them to reside together on a shaky truce.
Along with the help of Michael Daltry, a detective with the Metropolitan Police and Rowan, a demon ordered to protect them, Annette and Lilith must work together to uncover the reasons behind a spate of grisly murders that has hit the the busy city of London.
If they fail, it will truly be Hell on Earth!
Caring for Calum and his newly acquired demon soul is harder than Annette Anderson ever imagined. His vicious temper and uncontrolled desires are exhausting. Both are suffering under the pressure of their new roles as 'Master' and 'Inferior'.
Annette seeks out her old business partner and is set to work running security for the Demon owned club, The Red Ribbon. It seems like the escape she needs until a corpse is found by her team, murdered in a way neither she or Lilith has seen before. The murder stirs up a face from the past and a world of pain, danger and maybe even war awaits her. Annette calls on all her bravery and strength to track the killer, even if its ends up destroying her.
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Author- Helene Hunting
My Rating- 5 STARS
Synopsis- Randy Ballistic and Lily LeBlanc are head-over-heels, bed-breakingly, screaming orgasmically in love. But even they have their challenges, mostly outside of the bedroom.
With the off-season coming to a close and the boys gearing up for training camp, one more weekend of fun is the perfect way to welcome the new season.
The entire crew piles into vehicles and drives to Alex and Violet’s Chicago cottage for a few days of relaxation―and hopefully a chance for Randy to shake the anxiety that’s been plaguing him.
But the moment they return to the city all of Randy’s angst resurfaces with the arrival of a surprise houseguest.
My Review- Another fantastic book in the series. Can Lily and Randy be any cuter?
They are, by far, my favourite couple in the series, though I do enjoy Alex and Violet (Book one in the series) purely for the humor. But for caseloads of sweetness it has to be Lily and Randy.
Randy and Lily are heading for a weekend getaway with previous couples from the Pucked series before the men must start their Ice Hockey season. We follow them playing, water skiing, joining humourous conversations with Violet and her verbal nonsense about many things people think but never say, and plenty of sex. But there are troubles in paradise when Randy and Lily come home to an unexpected house guest that sets Randy on edge and has him doubting himself and the type of person he is or might become in the future. I also loved watching the couple's awkwardness around Miller's and Sunny's new bundle of joy.
I can only hope for another book dedicated to these two. I want to see where they go in the future. I want to watch Randy believe he can be a better man than his unfaithful, waste of space, father. I want to see them think about starting a family and read about the adventures in between.
Lily and Randy show love in the best ways. They feel safe showing vulnerabilities to each other and help to heal them together without judgment.
Absolutely loved this! 5 stars the whole way!
I come from a very small city in England, never even owned a passport until I was 30 years old and believed the best place I would see in my life is a very popular seaside location called Skegness (Which we little Englanders often refer to as Skegvegas). It has casinos...I mean the 2p slot machines where you can win little plastic toys and whack'a'mole for tokens. It has restaurants....I prefer the Chippy with salt an vinegar though, and those dinky doughnuts...warm...dinky...doughnuts. It has the nightlife!...maybe a few places with some good music, cheap alcohol and a 'dodge the creepy perv in the corner' vibe. But I love the place....
Until I made the huge decision to move to Norway, to do something I would never have done before. I thought I was destined to stay in England forever. I hated the thought of flying, admittedly I have now cried twice on the plane (There was a fuel leak! that was legitimate fear!), I also had the hard task of being the one who didn't know too much of the language and the culture. I didn't want those things to stop me. Separating from my partner after spending only a week or 2 together, every few months was becoming painful.
And so I did it! I moved! and the experiences have been crazy and I want to share a few of my favourites. Many of the things I have seen here will be going in to my new writing project Jade Sorrows. I'm surrounded by amazing scenery and inspiration.
These are some of the first things I saw once I was settled in my new home.
Check back for more Norwegian inspirations and snippets of my writing. I can't wait to share my new projects with you.
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