Friday, September 28, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Sure, he takes the occasional trip to Heaven, but his job as an advocate - arguing the fate of the recently deceased - keeps him pretty busy on Earth, and he's more than happy to spend the rest of his time propping up the bar with his fellow immortals.
Until the day, a soul goes missing, presumed stolen by 'the other side'.
A new chapter in the war between heaven and hell is about to open. And Bobby is right in the middle of it, with only a desirable but deadly demon to aid him.
Monday, September 24, 2012
But before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire, Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. His aim was to take stock of the nation's public face and private parts (as it were), and to analyse what precisely it was he loved so much about a country that had produced Marmite, a military hero whose dying wish was to be kissed by a fellow named Hardy, place names like Farleigh Wallop, Titsey and Shellow Bowells, people who said 'Mustn't grumble', and Gardeners' Question Time.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
The race to secure the prize draws in private detective Charlie Parker, a man who knows more than most about the nature of the terrible evil that seeks to impose itself on the world, and who fears that his own name may be on the list. It lures others too: a beautiful, scarred woman with a taste for killing; a silent child who remembers his own death; and the serial killer known as the Collector, who sees in the list new lambs for his slaughter.
But as the rival forces descend upon this northern state, the woods prepare to meet them, for the forest depths hide other secrets.
Someone has survived the crash.
Something has survived the crash.
And it is waiting . . .
Friday, September 14, 2012
This to me this is one of the best books Kay has written, and as such has always been a personal favourite of mine. There is everything in this tale that as a reader you could possibly want; there are heroes and villains, intrigue and deception, action with some real brutal descriptions of what can happen in a war and carefully written descriptions of love and friendship. There is even a form of magic which is very subtlety used.
This is a historical fantasy and is set in a medieval era. Due to this is Kay is able to use the troubadour culture and show their importance in Arbonne. He shows how wide their influence can be and the wrong impression that can be given of a country that values music especially a love song.
As I mentioned before, I am not overly keen on too much romance in a novel, but the way it is dealt with here is brilliantly done. The love and romance is woven throughout the story and it shown in all its aspects and the damage it can do. For instance, the treatment of women in the south, allowing them to rule over men, gives the impression of weakness to the North, and so eventually along with other events that occur, gives the North an excuse for a war.
The story starts with a woman having an affair, a simple enough event it would seem. The woman though was the heir to the throne, and had been married to build a family alliance, but she had wanted more. This leads to her becoming pregnant, she gives birth and later dies, but not before telling her husband that the child is not his. This causes a heated feud down through the years between the different families involved. It causes problems with the leadership of the army and furthers the impression of weakness to the invaders, that this sort of behaviour could be allowed.
The writing is vivid and the characters really stand out. The main character is Blaise, who comes from the North driven by his hatred of his father, He first sees the peoples of the South as he had been taught, corrupt and soft. However, he soon comes to understand that this belief is wrong and that there is real power in the Goddess that the South worships. There are other great characters though; Bertran, Ariane and Lucianna Delonghi just to name a few.
This is no simple tale; there are complex twists of deception and violence. The excellent writing builds the characters levels for the reader so they can see what drives that person. Even the violence in the story is handled well; there is attempted assassination, poisoning and a large-scale battle, which is described superbly.
For a stand-alone book, there are enough events for the author to have actually written a series of novels. However, it makes the story better in a way that it is completed under one cover; for one thing, the reader is not left waiting endlessly for the next instalment. The pace of the novel is swift but it is not rushed, the author does not allow it to be bogged down on irrelevant events, but ensures there is plenty of attention when it is needed.
This is an absorbing story from start to finish, a brilliant world has been created and I would really recommend it to anyone.
10 out of 10
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Welcome to Desperation. Once a thriving copper mining town in the middle of the Nevada desert, Desperation is now eerily abandoned. It's the last place that travellers like the Carver family, bound for vacation, and writer Johnny Marinville, astride his Harley, would expect to be stopped and charged. But Desperation still has a local cop - a unique regulator who patrols the wilderness highway.
The secrets buried in Desperation are as terrifying as the forces summoned to encounter them. A terrifying transformation is taking place and the travellers will soon discover the true meaning of desperation . . .
Monday, September 10, 2012
Review by Jacqui Slaney
Friday, September 7, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
It's time for Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath to return to the castle he turned his back on, to take what's rightfully his. Since the day he was hung on the thorns of a briar patch and forced to watch Count Renar's men slaughter his mother and young brother, Jorg has been driven to vent his rage. Life and death are no more than a game to him-and he has nothing left to lose.
But treachery awaits him in his father's castle. Treachery and dark magic. No matter how fierce, can the will of one young man conquer enemies with power beyond his imagining?
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Last week on the other hand was very poor. I was simply too busy to get anything done. Monday was a bank holiday and so I had no joy there, Tuesday was a very forced session and then the week fell apart. I had hoped to catch up on Friday but it turned out to be another extremely busy day.
This week I am on holiday with my family and the week after is set to be manic at work. I am determined to get some writing done but have my sights firmly set on a couple of weeks time to get back into the grove – you have to be realistic about these things.
Big thank you to Jacqui who is really coming good with the reviews at the moment as well, to ensure we hit the three a week target that I have set.
Monday – 1,105 words
Tuesday – 0 words
Wednesday – 572 words
Thursday – 0 words
Friday – 1,325 words
Sat/Sun – Non-working
Monday – 0 words
Tuesday – 555 words
Wednesday – 0 words
Thursday – 0 words
Friday – 197 words
Sat/Sun – Non-working
Total words for the week 1 – 3,002 words
Total words for the week 2 – 752 words
Total words book 2 – 43,320 words
Monday, September 3, 2012
Review by Jacqui Slaney
Now in VAMPIRE MOON, sequel to MOON DANCE, private investigator Samantha Moon finds herself hunting down a powerful crime lord and protecting an innocent woman from her ruthless ex-husband — all while two very different men vie for her heart. And as the stakes grow higher and her cases turn personal, Samantha Moon will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent and bring two cold-blooded killers to justice — her own brand of justice.