Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Northern Lights Re-release - Chaz Brenchley

Good news from one of my favorite authors recently. Chaz Brenchley has re-released his Northern Lights duology on Amazon. It's hard to believe but the first one - Dead of Light is 21 years old and the follow up Light Errant is 19 years old. They have snazzy new covers and all. Below is his post from Facebook which I have shared here. You can follow the link to the original. I reviewed Dead of Light a while back on this blog so you can also check that out here.

Chaz Brenchley via Facebook:

People, you won't believe this, but it's been twenty-one years since the first publication of DEAD OF LIGHT. (My baby's old enough to drink legally in America! Snf!)
In due celebration of which, we have published new anniversary editions of both DEAD OF LIGHT and his nineteen-year-old baby brother LIGHT ERRANT, both with lovely new covers by Layla Lawlor.

At the moment these are technically Amazon-only, because reasons. However, I do have epub and pdf editions available also, directly from me; just drop $2.99 into my PayPal account (chaz at chazbrenchley dot co dot uk), and say which you want.

And in more of the same news, because these are such thoroughly new editions, they've been scrubbed clean of all previous reviews. As we all know, reviews really really help to sell books, or at least to bring them to other readers' attention. They don't have to be long, they don't even have to be positive; Amazon's algorithm only looks at the number of reviews, not the content. If you felt like obliging, at either or both of the links above, that would be incredibly welcome.

Also of course if you could share this announcement far and wide, because word of mouse, hullo. Thank you!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Cover Reveal: Iron by Robin L. Cole

Not every fairy-tale needs a Prince Charming.

When a troll no one else can see attacks her outside the bar on her 30th birthday, Caitlin Moore thinks someone spiked her drink. It isn’t until a team of faeries rescues her and reveals that she has a special Gift that she realizes it’s something worse: she’s just become the star of her own twisted fairy-tale.

Her newly awakened Gift of the Warding makes her immune to fae magic, something unheard of in a human. Her rescuers are exiled enemies of the High King who has allowed bestial creatures like the troll to cross the boundary that separates their worlds. They promise to right the King’s wrongs, but first they need her Gift to find the key to breaking their banishment.

Unable to a turn blind eye to the danger she now sees in every shadow, Caitlin dives headfirst into their world of crazy. In return for her help they teach her to fight back against the nasties, but she isn’t prepared for the thrill she feels on the hunt. As the normal life she once knew slips further and further away, she wonders if protecting humanity from the monsters is worth the stain killing leaves on her soul.

Release Date: Mid-September 2015

One of my blogger friends is publishing her debut novel this year. This is the cover reveal for Robin L. Cole's urban fantasy debut, Iron - The Warding. I really wanted to share this with everyone here, I know I don't post a lot anymore but this cover was well worth it. I love me some good cover art, I am the first person to judge a book by its cover. And judging by this one it looks like it will be something to look forward to. I will update this when she has more information out. 

In the meantime if you want to know more - the cover was designed by Fiona Jayde and you can find out more about the book and Robin over at her blog - Robin L. Cole.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Mortal Instruments TV Series - Shadowhunters

For those of you who don't live on the internet or twitter like I do you may not have heard - they are making 'The Mortal Instruments' book series by Cassandra Clare into a TV series called 'Shadowhunters.

Wait! Wasn't that a movie? I hear you say. Yes they made it into a movie staring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower but if you actually went and saw it you will know the problem. It was just not good. They certainly tried but so much was left out and a lot was not explained or explained too much. I was left very disappointed. 

Because it did not do very well, plans for the follow up movie have been pushed back and it looks like it will never happen now. Can't say I'm that worried about the decision. What they have done is decided to start again from scratch on TV. The show is from ABC Family and they are casting at the moment. Most of the leads have been announced - here is the link to the Facebook page if you are interested -

The books are not all time favorites of mine or anything but I did enjoy the world that Cassandra Clare created and I think it will translate well for TV. They will have so much more room to flesh out the world and the characters  - if it goes the way of The Vampire Dairies and Teen Wolf then I will be happy. They are both well scripted and compelling shows. 

Oh and at least they have started things off right by casting a redhead girl for the lead. That annoyed me about the movie. It's one little thing but how hard it it to find a redhead or dye her hair, I know Lily Collins made her hair auburn and in America they call that red but it just looks dark brown. Katherine McNamara has been cast as Clary and her natural color is a pretty ginger red which is much more fitting for the character.

They also have apparently aged up the characters for the TV series, but to be honest if you read the books, it never seemed like they were 16 or 17. They didn't go to school and most of the time there is not much of a parental presence. They go to a night club in the first chapter and the shadow hunter kids are out chasing and killing demons so it's not really a high school type story. 

I look forward to checking it out when it eventually airs. How about you? Will you watch it?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Goodreads - 2014 Reading Challenge (The result and on to 2015)

Good News! This year I did it, I reached my goal of 50 books for the Goodreads Challenge! I actually went over it by one, so even better. 

You might remember in 2013 I was a bit disappointed because I only managed to get to 45. I was so close. 

I definitely think I've made a good effort in the past year, I also re-read a few old books and tried some short stories, these ones I didn't count in my overall numbers so I know I read even more than what I set out to do.

I have set my 2015 goal to 50 again. I only just reached it so I don't want to push it too much and not be able to achieve the goal. I think 50 is a good number to ensure that I don't get too far off track and just spend all my time watching TV. 

My friend sent me this list from the website I think it sounds like fun so I might try and fit my books into this also. I have put a copy of the list from the website below in case you are interested. The link to the article is here.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

ARC Win - Endsinger by Jay Kristoff

I have been meaning to put this post up for a bit but am as usual behind. I was very lucky to win a signed Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of the last Lotus War book - Engsinger by Jay Kristoff.  It's my first ARC - exciting.

I have not actually had a chance to read it yet. I haven't read the second one in the trilogy so need to get that finished first. I am planning to do a review on the first one Stormdancer in the near future.

Endsinger is out now so if you are looking for something a bit different then check it out, the series is kind of steampunk/fantasy set in feudal Japan.

I would also recommend you check out Jay Kristoff's blog, he is an Australian author and a funny guy. The blog site is This is where I won the ARC from, it was a worldwide competition which was great for me as I live in an obscure part of the world.
Also came with a nifty bookmark

Friday, October 31, 2014

It's that time again . . . Nanowrimo 2014

It's officially November which means it is the first day of National Novel Writing Month (Well it is here in South Korea, you might have to wait a few hours if you live on the other side of the world).

I have written about this for the past two years. It's a time for you to challenge yourself to write that novel that you have been thinking about forever. All over the world people are committing themselves to the challenge of writing 50,000 words.

There are huge online communities in different areas that are set up to make the solitary life of writing a bit more social. They have write-ins at local cafes, word games both online and in meetup groups and many other activities aimed at socializing but also getting your word count up. 

If you have never heard of it before I would suggest you check out their website. It has all the information you need. You can find out if there is a writers group near you (there probably is) and get started.

If you have already signed up then I wish you the best of luck. I am doing Nanowrimo for the third time but last year I did not try very hard. I have not completed the goal yet of 50,000 words so maybe this will be my year.

“Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.”

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Morganville: The Series (Coming Soon on October 27th)

I wanted to share the new trailer for the Morganville Web Series that will be coming out soon. I just watched it and it looks really good. Very true to the books. I think that by going the Kickstarter and webseries route, Rachel Caine, the author was able to keep more of a hand in what was happening. Usually when these books get sold to movie producers they change things and very often screw up the casting just to get someone who has a name that will sell.

I really enjoy Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire series of books. I think it was a great fresh idea with good characters and plot lines. I have not finished the series yet but will do in the future. In the meantime I will be checking out the series as soon as it becomes available.

You can also go to the website to find out more about the series.

A while ago I reviewed the first book in the series, you can check it out here