Blogger Recognition Award

I want to apologise for my sporadic posts, WordPress and my internet provider are not playing well together. And I have no idea of how to fix it, Grrr. Its working fine now but who knows for how long. So without further ado…

blogger recognition award
I did a little celebratory dance when I was nominated for this award. It’s a lovely thought knowing someone out there likes my posts. A massive hug to the sweetheart who nominated me:

A book lovers corner – by Cassiopeia’s Moon

Check out her blog, like me she knows the value of escaping into books and becoming wrapped up in words. It’s what makes life worth living, well for me anyway. 🙂

Lets get the rules out of the way:

  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  3. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  4. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  5. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the awards to.

Author Lorraine Ambers writing desk

My blog story is simple. My creative writing tutor has been urging me to get started with my blog for quite some time. She told me it was the next step after completing the first draft of my debut novel. In all honesty I dreaded it; what would I write? How was I going to find the discipline to write regularly? I needn’t have worried. I took to it like a faerie learning to fly. I have to say the community as a whole is genuine, warm and welcoming. I love you all.

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Photo via – http://www.goodfreephotos.com

My advice is;

  • Use images in your posts. They catch the reader’s attention and hopefully keep it fixed on your post. We all the benefits of that.
  • Use stock free images making sure there are no royalties attached. The last thing you want is a fine for using someone else’s pictures.

Now for my nominees, in no particular order


The Eternal Scribbler
Millie Schnidt
Richard M. Ankers
Nicholas C. Rossis
Kristen Twardowski
Dirty Sci-Fi Budda
S.K Nicholas – A Journal For Damned Lovers
Dan Alatorre – Author
Josephite Literary Reviews
Annika Perry’s writing blog
Kira Butler
Kristen Lamb’s Blog
Georgina Cromarty – The Writing Chimp
Author April L Wood
Kirsty Nicolle

Mythica by Kevin L Nielsen

Mythica by Kevin L. Nielsen

I received a copy of Mythica from Future House Publishing in exchange for my unbiased review.

Mythica ~ A quest for heroes.

Stuck in a life of indentured servitude, Marek dreams of becoming a wizard despite it being a dangerous profession. When Marek’s stubbornness pushes her master over the edge, she escapes and sets out to make her own way in the world. No one takes the hopeful magician seriously until she meets a severe priestess named Teela, who is in such desperate need of help that she accepts Marek’s offer. After recruiting a warrior named Thane and a thief named Dagen, Marek leads the four of them on an epic quest to defeat an ogre and rescue Teela’s sister.

I award this novel 4 stars.

A great read, full of suspense and action. High adventure, battling against real odds with a taste of romance than made my heart quiver.

I loved all the characters, especially Marek. The author gave her realistic flaws with no way out of them, even though he offered tantalising glimpses of an easy path. Marek has no choice but to accept who she is and conquer by embracing them. The author writes realistic consequences of magic, seamless world building and believable characters.

I ended the novel feeling frustrated and cheated that the journey wasn’t yet complete. Even though Marek completes what she set out to achieve, the core of the story is left for the next book. If you’re happy to read and patiently await the next in the series, then this is a fabulous book to get stuck into.

Kevin L Nielsen is in the process of fund raising to produce a movie of Mythica. I for one hope he succeeds. If you’re interested in knowing more about the author, check out my interview blog.

The movie Mythica.

Mythica is the most ambitious indie fantasy project ever undertaken. Arrowstorm Entertainment shot three feature films from October 2013 to March 2014, and finished production on Mythica 4 and 5 thanks to the generous backing of their community of fans. At Future House Publishing, we’re excited to produce the novelization for Mythica: A Quest for Heroes. The Mythica Novelization will give new and returning fans a deeper look inside the story and is a must-read for lovers of the fantasy genre. The Mythica Novelization was penned by bestselling fantasy author Kevin L. Nielsen.

 Mythica movie trailer

My first excerpt ~ Craving Wildfires

Writers need to share their work, so here goes. Be gentle it’s my first time. 🙂

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photo credit: Women Underwater via photopin (license)

Sander was speechless. Was she really going? After what he’d just told her? The name Theo was often enough to fill people with fear.

‘Tali! What the bloody hell are you playing at? Tell her what he’ll do?’ He pointed his finger in Alicia’s direction and waved it back accusingly at Tali.

‘You’re a fine one to talk about telling people things, why don’t you tell first?’ Tali threw the pile of clothes at his feet.

Alicia returned quicker than he anticipated. Even in his haze of anger, his body still reacted to her. His gaze raked her body in a will of its own. Deep pink material flowed around her nape and plunged to her midriff, moulding to her figure before falling away to the floor. Her legs wove in and out of the layers as she walked into the cavern. He licked his lips; his mouth suddenly gone dry. Alicia strolled past him, avoiding eye contact.

Alicia said, ‘We should hurry, maybe are host will have some news of my father.’

Tali offered her hand, Alicia accepted with a slight tremble in her arm. Tali clasped a solid sliver cuff over Alicia’s wrist. Sander growled in protest.

‘Why does she need a cuff? Alicia can’t you see the danger your in.’ Sander’s breathing strained, he tried not to shout.

‘Princess, you’ll need this to help you to flash,’ Tali said.

He watched Alicia crinkled her brow in confusion.

‘Move between realms. We will rematerialize in a new destination within the blink of an eye.’

More like a noose for the soul. He watched helpless while Alicia accepted her fate. She didn’t even flinch at the prospect of leaving him and why would she?

‘Don’t worry Alicia, Sander will find his way, after all he has him own cuff.’ Tali winked at him.

Sander cursed, so much for keeping secrets. Tali had only ever been interested in self-preservation. And how’s that working out for you, Tali? He thought.

He glared at the mystically reinforced cuffs around Tali’s arms, Theo’s handy work. The girls weaved their fingers together, cementing their intent.

‘Please Alicia, I’m begging …’ she turned to face him, silencing him at the same time. She held her posture but her fear was visible in her wide eyes. She breathed out, trembling a little. Then cast her lashes down cutting their connection. Why was she going when she understood the danger?

Sander was speechless. Was she really going? After what he’d just told her? The name Theo was often enough to fill people with fear.

‘Tali! What the bloody hell are you playing at? Tell her what he’ll do?’ He pointed his finger in Alicia’s direction and waved it back accusingly at Tali.

‘You’re a fine one to talk about telling people things, why don’t you tell first?’ Tali threw the pile of clothes at his feet.

Alicia returned quicker than he anticipated. Even in his haze of anger, his body still reacted to her. His gaze raked her body in a will of its own. Deep pink material flowed around her nape and plunged to her midriff, moulding to her figure before falling away to the floor. Her legs wove in and out of the layers as she walked into the cavern. He licked his lips; his mouth suddenly gone dry. Alicia strolled past him, avoiding eye contact.

Alicia said, ‘We should hurry, maybe our host will have some news of my father.’

Tali offered her hand, Alicia accepted with a slight tremble in her arm. Tali clasped a solid sliver cuff over Alicia’s wrist. Sander growled in protest.

‘Why does she need a cuff? Alicia can’t you see the danger your in.’ His chest became tight.

‘Princess, you’ll need this to help you to flash,’ Tali said.

He watched Alicia crinkled her brow in confusion.

‘Move between realms. We will rematerialize in a new destination within the blink of an eye.’

More like a noose for the soul. He watched helpless while Alicia accepted her fate. She didn’t even flinch at the prospect of leaving him and why would she?

‘Don’t worry Alicia, Sander will find his way, after all he has him own cuff.’ Tali winked at him.

Sander cursed, so much for keeping secrets. Tali had only ever been interested in self-preservation. And how’s that working out for you, Tali? He thought.

He glared at the mystically reinforced cuffs around Tali’s arms, Theo’s handy work. The girls weaved their fingers together, cementing their intent.

‘Please Alicia, I’m begging …’ she turned to face him, silencing him at the same time. She held her posture but her fear was visible in her wide eyes. She breathed out, trembling a little. Then cast her lashes down cutting their connection. How could she leave when she understood the danger?

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Book Review ~ Sentinel by Josi Russell

Sentinel by Josi Russell

Book 3 of the Caretaker Chronicles, Sentinel. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the ARC in exchange for my honest review. So thank you Future House Publishing for the opportunity.

I have not read the other books in the series but this reads as a standalone. Josi Russell’s novel captured me from the start. I love watching Sci-fi but this was my first book in the genre. It did not disappoint!

Sentinels is about the Caretakers psychic son, Rigel. Who has manipulated those around him since childhood. He’s selfish and a little corrupt, making his journey through the book all the sweeter. Sentinels captures the complexity of relationships. Rigel’s family have made excuses for his behaviour until they become exasperated by his lack of remorse. Rigel doesn’t understand their anger and pain because he has always been that way. Rigel is shoved into a situation that he can’t wrangle out of. For the first time he has to work for the things he wants.

I rate the book ~ 3.5 stars.

The novel has a good storyline and interesting Sci-fi elements that seemed plausible to me. Except for the finale which was a little convenient. The author has a great grasp of writing characters with flaws and challenges them to grow. I went from despising Rigel to 100% routing for him. The romance between Rigel and Carine left a lot to be desired, lacking apprehension and seduction. The author has great visual and sensory writing, immersing me in her worlds.

I enjoyed the book, it was an easy read but I was a little let down by the ending.

Sentinels can be found on Amazon from the 17th of November.