Book Cover Reveal

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Title: Evanescent
Author: Carlyle Labuschagne
Series: Broken Series
Genre: YA/Sci Fi/Paranormal
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Nov 1 2013

This is the first time I do a cover reveal on my blog. Evanescent is the second book of the broken series. The first broken Destiny is availabe at Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. (Might be availabe on other sites to) Evenescent will be released on November 2013.

synopsis

Only his touch can save her from The shift that threatens them all.

Within my blood runs a thing our kind calls The Shadowing Disease. It shadows over, and bends everything to its will. When the first blood- shift came, it tore through flesh and blood, threatening to bend me, break bone, shatter my mind and entrap my heart with its honeyed, seductive poison. It came with vicious intent, moving my thoughts and altering me forever. The shift has caused a rift within me.I feel myself slipping away. No one was safe when it entrapped me in its claws of foul lust. But I have the only antidote against the evil that becomes me – his touch alone has the power to release the spurs of sweet darkness that clung on for dear life. I knew what I had to do; the desperation pulled my mind with the deep determination of a hungry predator. But by the time the revelation raised me from the dark dungeon of my bounds – it might have been too late.

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Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African Debut Author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her First Young Adult Dystopian Novel “The Broken Destiny. She is not only an author but works as a Sales Rep and Marketing Manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at Collage SA. Loves to swim, fights for the trees, food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help build a library in Africa project.

“My goal as an Author is to touch people’s lives and help others love their differences and one another.”

A firm believer in – YA saves!

Wow! Beautiful picture Carlyle, and can’t wait for the release.

Kind Wishes,
Adrienne Woods

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Meet Dakota Douglas, author of ANTics.

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I had a short chat with Dakota, author of Antics, a brilliant MG story for children 8 and up.

Where do you live? (Gateshead) North East England

Are you married, children, animals?
Married, no children and no pets. Still mourning my beloved whippet, Pernod. Though we do have two wallabys, four llamas, 10 ostriches, various ducks, geese, hens, in the field opposite our home that we look upon as an extension to our family.

What do you love to do besides writing?
I play golf (badly)

Any other projects in the future, eg more novels?
I am currently editing a sequel to ANTics, I have an idea I’m excited about for another children’s novel and a historical romance. My children’s book WOOF is about a friendship between a strange dog, called Rufus, and a shy boy, called Jeremy. I’ve had some great reviews and people have told me they would like more Rufus and Jeremy tales, so I will probably do that (if I can stay off the golf course long enough).

Favorite Authors?
Laurie McMurtry, Elmore Leonard, Roald Dahl

Favorite Books?
Lonesome Dove, Doctor Zhivago, Sophie’s Choice

How did you come up with ANTics?
It is inspired by a dream after watching a group of ants carry a potato crisp back to their nest. They were fascinating to watch as they scurried around, pushing and pulling the crisp – even heaving it up a six inch kerb. Some ants ran around directing operations and other dashed off for reinforcements. That night, I dreamed about ants who were like children on a great adventure. As I lay in bed thinking about the dream, the idea popped into my head to call them names that describe their personality and end in ant.

Where did writing start become a passion? What made you realised that writing is what you want to do?
I’ve always been a big daydreamer and storyteller with a vivid imagination. An aunt was once late for work because I started telling her a story as we sat on a bus. She was so interested, she forgot to get off at her stop. At age eight, I was bought a toy typewriter for Christmas. That set me off. There was no stopping me then. I loved to read and found I loved to write as well. That love of writing led me into a career as a journalist. Since retiring, I am turning my hand to fiction.

Where can people find your books?
On Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Createspace.

Where can people get in touch with you.

Twitter? @_DakotaDouglas
Website: http://www.dakotadouglas.co.uk
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomstartree
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dakotadouglas

Thank you so much Dakota, and we all wish you the best of luck with your writings.

Kind Wishes,
Adrienne Woods

Review for Wiched Souls

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For this entry I chose Wicked Souls written by Sabrina Samples.

This book is a very easy read. The chapters are short and your eyes glide easily over the sentences. It follows Spencer Wright, a woman who is leading a lie for a life. A powerful force of angels wipes her memories of who she is, because she fell in love with an angel. Learning the truth that the man she married, is just an agent for the angels and that the real love of her life, a fallen angel, Spencer has to make sense of everything. The suspense comes in the form of a powerful voice in her head, which she later learn that it’s a demon, called Vetil. He can make Spencer do things she doesn’t want to do and destroying angels were one of those things. Spence decided with the Angel Council that it would be better off if she stay with them and fight against the dominions of Hell. But Spencer just doesn’t have to fight against evil in the form of demons, but she needs to fight against the evil in herself.

Wicked Souls is a gripping story and I really like the on take Sabrina had on angels and demons. Her action scenes are really good and I really like it for what it is.

What I didn’t like about the book: writing mechanics. She needs a good pair of eyes too catch off phrases, sentences and missing words. I am picking this up a lot. Some part of me wanted more of Wicked Souls. I’m a huge fan of angel stories but feel that there was something missing.

I still recommend this to everyone that loves a good paranormal read and feel over all that the story was good.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read Wicked Souls, can’t wait to see what you do in Hidden Secrets, book two. Watch out for Meet Sabrina Samples and where you can purchase her book.

Kind wishes,
Adrienne Woods

Review for Guardian, a novel by Gillian Joy

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Review for Guardian.
Word Cloud: Crudelita, Custas, Venatorustos, Guardian, Nephilim, Werewolves, Vampires, Witches, Reborn, Love.

Gillian Joy’s novel Guardian has a beautiful en intriguing story about accepting one self and power.
It follows Hannah, a girl destined to be the next guardian over super natural beings, also known as the Crudelita’s. The Guardian is referred to as the Venatorustos and is the most powerful of all the supernatural. She needs to make sure to keep the balance and that they stay in line when it comes to humans. Whenever a Crudelita steps out of bound, she needs to set them straight.
After the unexpected “witch hunting’ death of her mother, Hannah had to take her place as the Guardian. For the first three hundred years she tried to avenge her mother’s death, as it was planned by a Vampire, that forced a human to execute her mother by burning as they did with the witches in the old times. Her journey ends in disappointment, danger, love and secrets. All things that drains the mind of someone as powerful as she is.

Deciding to take a break, Hannah asks the angels to be reborn. She will still be the Guardian when she grows up, but she needs a break, and being reborn will give her a fifteen year odd break from it all. She came back to more danger, Crudilitas and Custas had taken over and things are getting out of control. Hannah is forced to step in, sort it out, but this time, she must do it with her two children and keeping them safe from all this mess is her number one priority.

I really liked the premise of the story and I really liked where Gillian took it. Her action scenes were well planned and it’s a supernatural story told different. The only thing I didn’t like about the story is Gillian lack a bit in the dialogue mechanics. At time, I struggled with who said what, and she could have done with a proof reader or two. Just to catch the one or two odd sentences and put in the one or two commas that was missing.

Overall, it was a great read and if you like Dylan Dog: Dead of the night, you will Love Guardian.

Thanks Gillian for this wonderful read.

Kind Wishes,
Adrienne Woods

Meet Candace L. Bowser, author of Mirror

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Candice is the author of the new released novel called Mirror.
Born in South Central Pennsylvania, Candace found the fragrant surroudings of her youth to be a profound insiration. A fan of the great classics such as the works of Poe, Blackwood, and Irving, she aspired to achieve her dreams of writing the horror novel she had begun nearly 25 years earlier, and in 2010 the first book in the Origins Series was published.

In 2011, she was named one of the Top Twenty Most Prolific Authors by AKG magazine.
Her inspiration comes from ancient history and the Victorian Era where she seamlessly blend her characters into actual, historical events. For more information concerning the author, please visit her website at http://www.candadcelbowser.com

I wish Candace all the best with her stories.
Kind Wishes,
Adrienne Woods

Review for Mirror by Candace L. Bowser

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Adrianna Bristol stood before her grandmother’s antique mirror and stared at the black velvet cloth covering it. She just couldn’t believe her nana was gone. The mirror had hung in that exact same spot for the last twenty years, never once had it been moved from the alcove. Adrianna remembered the stern words of her grandmother when she was a child. Annabel Bristol had told her, “promise me Adrianna that you will never uncover the mirror. No matter what it may whisper to you, you must never remove the cover.”

Adrianna laid her hand against the cool velvet which covered the glass. As she walked away the mirror whispered to her, “you belong to me now. You belong to me.” A four hundred year old curse has plagued the Bristol family since the 1600’s. A curse born out of a love so rich and a betrayal so deep, that time itself has no power to stop it. Only Adrianna has the courage to find the truth behind the curse and set her family free. But will the Mirror release its darkest secrets?

Word Cloud: Enchanted Mirror, Curse, Wealth, Magic ring, Four hundred years, whispered love, ghosts, Death, Monks

I really liked this story, it reminded me of Snow White’s mirror, but trapped in a story that is far from a fairy tale.
It follows Adrianna, the next mistress of the Bristolli home. When her grandmother died, she had no idea about the family curse, only that she can’t take the cover off the mirror in the hall way.
When the mirror started to speak to her, Adrianna unraveled deep and dark secrets that leaves her life threatening obstacles around every corner. Desperate to end this four-hundred year old curse it held over the Bristol (or Bristolli, as they know them in Italy) women, Adrianna will push through, but it means she has to stand up to people that want to harm her, and face entities and things she didn’t believe in.

At times I was scared, and I definitely shed a tear towards the end. Mirror is a story of a cursed love and one woman with the strenght to break it.

Now what I didn’t like about it, the first chapter didn’t grab my attention, and the chapters are extremely long, which myself am not a big fan off. She also needed a good pair of eyes to see that there was a bit of miss spelled words and forgotten words. Something a author don’t easily picked up because they are too close to their project.
Even though with all the above, Mirror is a story that anyone will enjoy, and I will recommend it to all my friends.

You can find Candace’s Mirror on Kindle, Nook and Kobo. Please support the author and grab your copy while it’s still new.

Good luck with you writing Candace and I wish you all the success in the world.

Kind wishes,
Adrienne Woods