My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Okay, first things first – this is a really good, fun book to read. That said, I have to admit there were few ups and downs in the narration. Some places the flow of the story gets stuck with a phrase or a line that just does not come out well. You have to re-read it to get back to the story. I at times, felt that maybe like the main character Piper, the author too was thinking faster than what she was able to pen down and so you see the narration skip something and then move on.
But … once I settled into the story, these minor errors were completely forgotten. The story overpowers your thinking and you will forget everything else. There are so many amazing characters and the way the story is woven through their lives–is very enjoyable and engaging.
Piper is an intelligent, smart girl and it is a delight to walk with her as she experiences love & joy, pain and sorrow. The people she meets are vibrant, dynamic and full of life– even though they may not be good.
I felt that author Eris has done a remarkable job with this book and I truly look forward to reading the successive books in the series. Hopefully they will be as interesting as this one was.
Just an afterthought – the book needs a more attractive cover. At present, the cover hides a very good book behind it.
You can connect with Eris Kelli at these links:
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/ErisKelliFansPage
Author blog: www.eriskelliauthor.com
Second blog: www.authoreriskelli.blogspot.com
Today I have with me guest blogger – Stephen C. Ormsby. Stephen was an IT professional for twenty years before deciding to lead a more creative life. He always loved the idea of writing novels and had written four when ‘Long Lost Song’ came along, demanding to be published. His second novel ‘Pendant: The Undead Hunters (book 1)’ has recently been published by GMTA Publishing. ‘Road to Hell’ a novelette, is a prequel for The Undead Hunters series.
Stephen is busy writing sequels for both Long Lost Song and Pendant, as well as working on a fantasy series. He is also currently editing two anthologies of Australian authors with the first to be published August 30, 2013.
He lives in South Gippsland with his wife, two children and a mad cat. He has traveled extensively, is an avid reader and enjoys listening to a wide range of music.
Why Write Horror ?
by Stephen C. Ormsby
So, after writing the urban fantasy novel Long Lost Song, why did I decide to write a horror novel? For me, I found Long Lost Song hard to categorise into just one genre, as it has supernatural and apocalyptic themes as well, but was not either of those by nature. In the end, I decided to call it urban fantasy. From there, it was a challenge to me really, as I wanted to learn how to write more strictly in specific genres, and the first two I picked were horror and fantasy.
Both genres I have read and enjoyed for lots of years, and I wanted to see if I could turn out something that would excite me. Names like Graham Masterton, James Herbert and Chet Williamson thrilled me as a younger man, and I wanted to know if I was capable of the same level of thrill.
I asked a good friend and fellow author Sharon Lee Johnson whether she would give me some tips on what makes a good horror novel. After a couple of great discussions, an idea started to form and then it really took over from there.
Pendant was such a consuming story line that the first draft took only 22 days to write. It literally burnt through me, wanting to be out. I didn’t mind that much, as Conrad/Varnok is a very heavy character to carry around.
As I wrote it though, the ideas kept coming with the protagonist plotting more than one novel in my head. So far, I have stories for three or four trilogies, which will see the characters go to Hell and come back. It’s exciting stuff to consider as I get to imagine Hell in my own way.
Varnok has a lot more planned for Maggie and Logan, as this is only the start. Book 2 of the series is tentatively titled The Aching Gate and begins a story arc that will go for three novels. There will be frights and scares for all!
I hope you enjoy the first book of The Undead Hunters series and look forward to more, as I am looking forward to writing them.
Thank you Stephen for joining us today.
If you would like to know more about his works or buy any of his books, please visit Stephen’s author page on Amazon.
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Today I would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you, my first guest blogger – Leanne Herrera, author of “Mirror Bound”, a paranormal romance novel that was released couple of months back.
Leanne is a mother and grandmother with a BFA in ceramics sculpture. She has always loved telling stories, whether it be in the form of her art, poetry or the written word. She has a love for books and animals. Leanne has traveled the world, first with her father when he was in the military and then with her husband of twenty years who was also in the military. Right now she lives in Florida but one day hopes to own a farm with lots of rescue animals, where she can write and throw clay.
Here she shares with us about what inspires her to write.
“CREATIVITY COMES CREEPING” By Leanne Herrera
Late at night when the house is quiet, the kids are sleeping and my husband is a few feet away sawing logs, inspiration strikes and I feel the need to record it all. The story is there in a small portion of my brain and it begins to explode through my fingertips onto a blank word document. Soon I realize that I have filled the page up. Then I have to go back and correct the places where my brain has typed the story faster than my hands ever could. This obviously leaves gaps in the stories I write. Sometimes I do not find them unless I read them aloud to someone else.
If no one is awake when I feel the need to do this, I often seek my online friends to just listen for a few minutes to me stutter and stammer through a story. If my husband is awake he becomes my listener. My children however will not read or listen to anything I write, because I am old. At least that is what they tell me. I however think that, if they read it or listen to it and actually enjoy it, that they think it will make them less cool than they are, so they just avoid the stories.
What is funny about this is that I generally include something about them in each story. It could be a picture on the cover that I have taken of them for one of my art classes, or it could be that one of the background characters has their personality or look or something. They know this but still refuse to read or listen to anything I have written. I love my daughters but they are typical teenagers, nothing a parent says or does can be cool, what they do not realize is that this attitude, just fuels more late night writing and is often the inspiration behind the stories in one way or another.
You can connect with Leanne Herrera by checking out these links:
Here’s a short summary of “MIRROR BOUND”
She came home to settle her great grandmothers affairs and figure out her own life. Finding out that her grandmother left her everything including magic powers she forgot to unbind before her death. Anna finds someone to love amidst the war against the woman that was supposed to love her and her twin sister. The mother goddess helps her gain her magic. Can Anna stop her mother before her mother stops her?
Keep a watch out — my review of the “Mirror Bound” is to follow soon.
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