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Review of Silent Faces, Painted Ghosts
17 December 2014 17:36 (GMT)This isn't in a genre that I regularly venture into, being probably best described as 'family drama', but it's good to have a change and I really enjoyed Silent Faces, Painted Ghosts by Kathy Shuker.
It's a well-written current-day tale of human relationships: sometimes loving, sometimes jealous, sometimes violent. There’s a strong cast of well-drawn characters and the world of the reclusive, but famous, portrait painter felt authentic. The central character is driven by the basic human need to belong and to feel at peace. It all takes place under the shadow of a past tragic event, the truth of which slowly emerges.
The Provence setting is captured beautifully; I could smell the lavender and feel the mistral blowing through what’s left of my hair.
It’s a satisfying read.
OK. I'm easily amused.
16 December 2014 13:21 (GMT)But I did smile after clicking the link and arrived at a bottle of shampoo. Charlie stands head and shoulders over the other men of Portsea. They have no choice but to look up to him.
The Twelve Drabbles of Christmas Competition
14 December 2014 14:57 (GMT)Calling all drabblists for The Twelve Drabbles of Christmas!
The festive season is almost upon us and what better way to celebrate than with twelve of the finest Christmas themed drabbles? So I'm looking for a drabble for each of the twelve days of Christmas to be posted here on my blog and for each one I post the winner will receive a £10 Amazon gift card.
You can enter more than once, but only post the same drabble once. The prize is for each drabble used so you could win more than once. The drabbles should be related to Christmas in some way but can be from any genre - although extreme erotica should probably be avoided :-)
I'll pick the winners and post the first drabble on Christmas Day - so get writing!
Alana Woods' book reviews: Sky City: The Rise of an Orphan by RD Hale
13 December 2014 22:51 (GMT)SKY CITY: THE RISE OF AN ORPHAN by RD Hale is a coming-of-age story about 16 year old Arturo Basilides, a street-smart orphan with a sassy mouth and engaging personality living at the bottom level of society in a savagely-ruled post-apocalyptic world that has a lot of similarities to Earth. The story is told in first person point of view by Arturo, who lives with his sister and friends he considers to be family in a disused warehouse on the outer fringes of society in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s an unqualified attention-grabber!
By the book’s end it’s obvious Arturo’s been a pretty gutsy kid from the moment he entered the world. Set against a background of controlling overlords, gangsterish rebels and the uncaring upper-crust of society Arturo must find a way to keep his family safe while coming to terms with the important role he seems destined to play in the rebel movement and the added complication of his overwhelming but probably unrequited love for one of his inner circle.
I wonder if the author is planning more for Arturo, given there were several questions left unresolved. Or perhaps he has deliberately left some things for the reader to surmise.
I enjoyed this book immensely. The story and characters are nicely developed. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions, which are sharp to the point of drawing blood. And let’s not forget the completely natural dialogue—a talent beyond many authors but one that RD Hale has nailed.
Hale is an author to watch. He has a crystalline quality to his storytelling, the descriptions are sharp and the characterisation is subtle yet powerful.
It’s not often I read a book that requires my absolute undivided attention. This is one of them. The author’s voice is compelling, and exactly right for the telling of this cyberpunk saga.
Take this link to my interview with RD Hale.
09 December 2014 00:23 (GMT)I got myself a second Kindle, the first original I had was ok and happy with it but it was a pain to do simple searches and type in words so I went for the Touch e-reader 4GB wifi.
As the first Kindle is registered in my name and would there be a problem with my second Kindle if I register it on the same account (email, password etc)
I have books that I would like on the new kindle, would I need to transfer them or can they be read on both kindles.
Sorry for so many questions, I am wondering if I made the right choice but it is light and very basic. Swings & Roundabouts
Review: Rosa's Gold by Ray Kingfisher
08 December 2014 22:52 (GMT)Rosa's Gold by Ray Kingfisher
This is the dual story of seventeen year old Nicole finding Mac's old journal in the cellar of the new house her and her mother have just moved into. Mac's journal is his recollections of being in the wrong place at the wrong time in the second world war and ending up at Auschwitz.
Sometimes with a dual time story I might not like one side of the story or the other or sometimes the transition between the two times can jar, but this story was extremely well put together. The two parts seem as though it's just one person reading another's story, but as the story unfolds we see where the two lives overlap.
Nicole seems like a lovely girl, I felt her parents' story was the only bit that slightly let the book down. However Mac's story was heartbreaking at times. Even though the descriptions of Mac's experiences in the concentration camp are hard to read it was sensitively done.
This author can turn his hand to numerous genres and is fast becoming my favourite author.
Free eBook News
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FREE today Deadly Journey - thriller, also available on Prime - Kindle unlimited
20 December 2014 13:46 (GMT)Deadly Journey Free 20th December.
Free 20th - 21st Dec: 'The Christmas Project' - a festive story for children
20 December 2014 10:15 (GMT)A slightly different Christmas story for children aged 9+
Something peculiar is happening in Trundleford. Grandad has disappeared, it has been snowing for months and Christmas lights have appeared from nowhere. Then there are the new neighbours – the strangest people Billy has ever met.
Determined to find out what’s going on, eleven-year-old Billy launches an investigation which leads to a disturbing discovery. Can he keep such a big secret?
When the mysterious neighbours are invited for dinner, this could turn in to the worst Christmas ever. But then Christmas is full of surprises ...
Free 20th and 21st December. Click on the cover below!
Allegorical fiction - Beryl and the Monsters
12 December 2014 08:50 (GMT)This is a newly released book for adults (as opposed to children, my usual genre).
It's an allegory of the modern world...!
If anyone reads it (a forlorn hope, I know) I'd love to read your reviews.
A story of pre-lapsarian innocence and corruption ... a gripping and powerful allegory of the modern world.
Voices emerge from the darkness. Albert and Beryl hear the howls of strange forest creatures. John tells them there are no monsters, but Beryl discovers a creature caught in the brambles. Albert doesn't like the look of it but Beryl thinks they should take pity on it ...
Bolt Out Of The Blue - Free Christmas Gift.
09 December 2014 13:05 (GMT)Bolt Out of The Blue is available as a FREE Christmas gift this Friday 12th and Saturday 13th of December on Amazon.
A family story for youngsters and adults alike, it is set in England with an American tale included.
Happy Christmas folks.
P.S. Any comments on the new cover would be appreciated.
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Last Stop Klindenspiel - YA Holocaust Mystery- free Amazon December 8 - 12, 2014
08 December 2014 09:33 (GMT)Combining the survival instincts made famous in THE HUNGER GAMES with the intensity of THE BOOK THIEF, LAST STOP KLINDENSPIEL is a tightrope of horrors that will make readers think twice about running away to join the circus…
It’s been eight years since the Second World War has ended – long enough for people to forgive and forget – but feelings of hate run deep in Norway against people like fifteen-year-old Katya Holberg and her family. Separated from her father when the Allies liberated Poland, Katya and the rest of her family are sent to an internment camp in Oslo where they’re eventually rescued by a Norwegian war hero. After four tumultuous years together, he brutally murders her sister, forcing Katya and her mother to seek refuge with her grandmother in faraway Droeback where Katya’s mother is murdered by villagers soon after their arrival. Fearing for her safety, Katya’s grandmother sends her to Klindenspiel, the only circus of its kind in Europe, where all of the performers are children. Once there, Katya quickly learns that all of the young performers share her terrible secret, making them more like her than she could ever have imagined. Things become complicated when Klindenspiel’s artistic director pairs Katya with Aleks, a good-looking but secretive seventeen-year-old, who’s skilled in acrobatics and dance. Curious about, and attracted to her new partner, Katya secretly follows him one night and learns the horrible truth behind Klindenspiel’s magic. With the curtains about to rise on Klindenspiel’s newest show, Katya and Aleks must give the performance of a lifetime – both on and off the stage – because their lives, and those of their fellow performers, are depending on it.
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