Renewed, the Final Chapter

I know many of you have been waiting for the final book in the Reborn Trilogy, and since its release this morning, I’m excited to see so many people have already snapped up a copy. If you’ve been following Abbie’s story, here’s where you finally find out what everything was leading up to.

Available on Amazon, you can download straight to your Kindle or reader, or you can purchase the paperback for delivery.

US customers can find Renewed on Amazon.com, and UK customers can find it on Amazon.co.uk . It’s also available throughout Amazon worldwide, so take a look at my author page to find yours. Happy reading!

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The Best Author Interview Question

I’ve given a few author interviews recently, and they typically ask how you got into writing, what your books are about, if you have any advice for other authors etc. All great questions, but I’ve just completed an interview with the very lovely Fiona McVie, and she asked one question I’ve not been asked before.

“Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?”

I love that this question acknowledges a book is nothing without people reading it. It’s a bit like a cold cup of tea – full of all the right ingredients, but without the warmth of fingers turning the pages.

To see my answer to this question, and the rest of the interview, pop over to Fiona’s blog, and if you want to give some warmth to a book or two this weekend, pick up a copy of Reborn and Reawakened, the first two books in the Reborn Trilogy, available at Amazon.

 

FREE Book Two in the Reborn Trilogy

You might be able to tell from my name that I’m Irish. I was born in Limerick in the southwest of Ireland, and lived there until my family moved to England when I was six. Although I’ve lived in Los Angeles for the last 11 years, I like to remember my roots, especially on St Patrick’s Day (and in April, on St George’s Day!)

Most of my maternal family still live in the Emerald Isle, and so, to share the luck of the Irish with everyone, Reawakened (Book Two in the Reborn Trilogy) is free to everyone all day Friday. If you haven’t read Reborn (Book One) yet, you can pick up a copy for only $0.99!

The above links are for Amazon.com, but Reborn and Reawakened are also available on Amazon.co.uk

What people are saying about the Reborn Trilogy

Well written and intriguing; I was engaged from the start! This was a wonderful addition to my Young Adult library, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series! – DA

A Really well written, easy to read, engrossing book! – VJ

Highly recommended for teens and adults alike. Eagerly anticipating the next book! – FH

REAWAKENED is an engaging young adult supernatural romance. Abbie’s intriguing story continues from REBORN, the first book in this series. Readers who enjoy the paranormal genre will like this story. – AC

Hope there’s many more to come. What ever will she think of writing next?! – CC

 

 

Book Review: Obsession by Liz Bower

When love becomes an obsession how far would you go to protect the ones you love?

Jo Waters finally has her life back on track. Since her boyfriend cheated on her romantic entanglements aren’t on her priority list. That doesn’t mean she can’t look. Right? Especially when it comes to her sexy new colleague Dan.

But when Dan becomes the scapegoat for something he isn’t responsible for, she ends up in a whole lot of trouble trying to defend him. When confronted by her boss about her uncharacteristic behaviour, Jo panics, and lies. Unfortunately, it’s a lie that sets off an unstoppable chain of events including the need to find a man she can pass off as her boyfriend. And it is the most unlikely of men who her best friend offers as a solution – her brother, Marco. Which would be fine except Marco is annoying and far too full of himself, and has been the bane of her life since high school.

But when her life gets thrown off track again, it turns out that Marco is the least of her problems. Someone is making violent threats towards those close to her. And to make matters worse Jo’s boss thinks she is the obvious suspect.

As the threats become increasingly more disturbing and widespread, just how far will Jo have to go to protect the one she loves?

**Due to profanity, adult themes and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**

Ms. Bower’s relaxed style of writing makes this romantic suspense an easy read that’s hard to put down.

Primarily a romance with just the right amount of anticipatory sex, the story involves Jo, a woman sworn off men after dumping her cheating boyfriend, but still with a healthy attraction to the opposite sex, especially Dan, the new guy at work.

The author writes mainly from Jo’s perspective, and the authenticity of her feelings will resonate with any woman who has secretly admired a good-looking man from afar, knowing they were way out of their league.

The blossoming romance is one the reader wants to see happen, and can’t help but cheer it on, and while the suspense running consistently through the story isn’t dominant, it keeps the reader guessing.

Like most romances, the storyline is a little predictable, but the writing keeps the book entertaining throughout. Despite the author age warning due to profanity and sexual content, the book isn’t overly graphic, and while I probably wouldn’t recommend it to my grandmother, it’s certainly worth a read for anyone who enjoys a little steamy writing.

Obsession by Liz Bower is available on Amazon.

 

Book Review: Moobala Schmoobala by M.G. Wells

Moobala Schmoobala is a big-hearted, fun-loving alien from the planet Googala. He and his best friend, Boobala, visit Earth and have tons of fun traveling the globe meeting lots of new friends along the way. An artful, educational children’s rhyming picture book designed for children K-3.

I read this book with a friend’s five year old son, to include a true opinion from a child, as well as my own.

My little co-reader was interested in the book from the start, thanks to the bright, colorful pictures that immediately grabbed his attention. The rhyming title of the book was also a great attraction, and he loved saying “Moobala Schmoobala” repetitively.

We read the book on my Kindle, and today’s five year olds are incredibly tech savvy, which proved to be a slight problem as after a few pages, he really wanted to look at the pictures more than listen to the rhyming story, and could turn the page with just a finger. However, Ms. Wells provides enough detail in her beautiful illustrations to allow plenty of adult-child discussion about what is happening.

As an adult, I loved the illustrations, and I liked that the book is educational, sharing geographical information along with the animal kingdom, so children can learn where different animals are found around the world. I also really liked the little glossary of animals at the end of the book, split into real animals and imaginary ones.

If I was to find any complaint it would be that some rhymes needed to be read with an American accent, which might be a little disconcerting for Europeans. For example, ‘city’, ‘pretty’, and ‘giddy’ don’t rhyme in an English accent. However, the rhymes are short, sweet, and educational, and I don’t think K-3rd grade would even notice the dialects!

Moobala Schmoobala is available at Amazon

 

 

 

Shout out to Awesome Authors!

Friday is Day of Awesomeness! 

In honor of this day, I’d like to give a massive shout out to all indie authors for being awesome!

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.”  ~  Virginia Woolf

And that is why you’re all awesome!

If you’re an indie or self-published author, feel free to leave a mention of your book(s) below.

Reborn (Book One) and Reawakened (Book Two) are both available on Amazon.  Renewed (Book Three) is coming this summer.

 

Read an E-book Week: Reborn Trilogy

This week is Read an E-book Week, encouraging people to take some time out and enjoy a digital book or two.

It also (quite coincidentally) coincides with the launch of Reawakened, the highly anticipated Book 2 in the Reborn Trilogy. If you haven’t read the first book, it’s on special offer on Amazon at just $0.99 – less than the price of a cup of coffee (or tea!) – and well worth downloading to take part in this fun week!

Eagerly anticipating the next book!” – Fiona

Waiting with great anticipation for the next in the series. It’s an absolute must for anyone teen to adult!” – Tasha

Such a great read – kept me turning the pages right from the start.” – WTP

More reviews available at Amazon. Happy reading!

 

 

Grammar Day (Not Bad!)

Today is Grammar Day. Not Bad Grammar Day, just regular Grammar Day. I am a self-confessed grammar pedant, so this could be one of the best days of the year for me.

As an author, editor and proofreader, I have more than a passing interest in the correct use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and admittedly find common grammatical mistakes particularly irksome, akin to having a stone in my shoe.

According to a research study released last year, I, along with millions of fellow grammar pedants, am also an introvert. Psychologist Hans Eysenck explains, “highly introverted individuals find themselves overstimulated by things.” Yeah, like apostrophes in plurals, and dangling modifiers!

So, today is the day when everyone takes time to recall what they learnt in primary school, and takes pity on those of us who can’t help mentally correcting social media posts and status updates.

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Book Review: The Secret Community by J. Meverington

Terri woke up in a strange place with no idea of who she was or how she got there. The worst thing was, nobody seemed to take her memory loss seriously.
With a stroke of luck, she bumped into Damion, a London bar owner. Thankfully he took her in and was determined to help her. On further investigation, he could not find any evidence of her existence.
Damion became suspicious and dug deeper until he uncovered a sinister secret. But did this have anything to do with Terri’s memory loss? He couldn’t be sure, and worse still, he didn’t know who he could trust.

The Secret Community is a clever, light-thriller debut novel from J. Meverington, that opens with a young woman, Terri, waking up with a terrifying complete amnesia, and then takes the reader through a series of twists and turns to find the answers to who she is, why she’s lost her memory, and what her past is all about.

This book is a light read, and even though it’s not plot heavy, it contains enough mystery and twists to keep the reader guessing and questioning throughout. With a bit of romance thrown alongside the intrigue, suspense, and a healthy dose of the darker side of humanity, this book has something for all readers.

The characters are varied and interesting and, unusually, I found myself liking, and caring about the secondary characters more so than the protagonists. As much as I wanted to like Damion, I found myself more irritated by him, and his excessive ending sentences with ‘hey?’ I also couldn’t like Terri as much as a reader wants to like a protagonist, because her eating habits are so disgusting, and kudos to the author for her use of some incredible descriptive writing to make me feel this way.

Overall, this is a clever story that will grip you from the start, if only to see if you’re guessing correctly. Everything ties up nicely at the end, so I was somewhat curious to see the author is writing a sequel. I’ll definitely be looking out for it to see how this story progresses.

The Secret Community by J. Meverington is available on Amazon

Giveaway! Reborn & Reawakened Paperbacks

To celebrate the launch of the second book in the Reborn Trilogy, I’m giving away two sets of paperbacks of both Reborn (Book One) and Reawakened (Book Two).

To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is pre-order Awakened before its release date of March 6th, then Tweet or post to Facebook using the hashtag #RebornTri

Two winners will be chosen randomly and notified via social media on Tuesday March 7th.

Reborn is on sale for $0.99 on Amazon

Reawakened is available for pre-order on Amazon