Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Beneath the Floodlights - Martin Tracey




After a hard season the team, Kingsbarr United are down and Johnny Knox, the local football hero takes his normal pilgrimage to Transylvania, where he lost his son, Callum. The main characters son went missing years ago and he keeps going back in a hope of finding him. On the trip something more surprising happens and he ends up coming home with a young boy. The problem is that he is no ordinary boy, and when he starts crying out for blood and the cat comes back to life, people begin to ask questions.  He is not the only one. Now there are vampires in England, and they want to join the football team. Will Kingsbarr United ever be the same again?

When first hearing about this book, I assumed that it would be a very light read, footballing vampires, it has to be a laugh a minute. What surprised me was the starting point. The main character has lost his son and goes every year to the place he went missing. With his heart broken, he travels the area hoping against all odds in finding him, and we are drawn into his loss.

For me, even when we talk about fantasy and myths, it still has to feel real or it loses its impact, what I found hard was finding a boy, and not deciding to take him to the local authorities, but he uses his son’s passport, puts him on a plane, without any real contemplation, and then accepts him into his home. It needed to be done in order to move the plot along, yet it jarred a little for me. Saying that, it moved well, the writing nicely paced. The characters are enjoyable to get to know. Johnny and his family, the team and even the vampire coven all play a part in creating a very unique story.

The characters grow throughout, and I found the biggest change in Professor Cesar. From wanting to increase his coven, falling in love and ultimately willing to sacrifice himself to save others. It was a fast, fun, fascinating read.

Thursday, 22 September 2016



Hello there everyone, long time no write.


Working through a course at the moment, and they came up with an exercise to develop your character. I thought it was worth sharing.


The first it to list the major actions of the character from end to start, so here goes:-


Esa,


Sacrifices herself
Agrees to face Alphamor
Tapping into her power to save lives.
Discovers she's different, the glowing girl
Agrees to help in the fight
Reluctantly helps a 'spinner' from the second realm
Hides in an abandoned building


Now analyse the list to see the wants and needs of the character:-


Food and shelter, friendship, to know who she is, where she came from.
She is aware of her basic needs. When she's alone, she feels safe. She doesn't want company, however the final act shows she has friends, she is willing to give it all up for them. Tapping into her power, letting it grow, shows unconsciously, that she wants to know about her past, about her heritage.


How does she see herself:-


Streetwise, not intelligent, tough, a loner, independent, cautious, unlovable, damaged.


How others see her:-


Tough, no nonsense, thief, outsider.


Important physical characteristics:- A back full of scars and one wrapping around her neck.





Thursday, 3 March 2016

#LeedsAuthorEvent2016 Spotlight: A J Walters

On Saturday 5th March 2016 Hourglass Events will be hosting an author signing with over 60 amazing authors, a beautiful city centre venue and a chance to dine & party with authors & friends in the evening!

The event will be held at the
Leeds Marriott hotel (Website)
4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane Leeds England LS1 6ET United Kingdom

Tickets will sell through Eventbrite at a cost of £12.50 per ticket plus a eventbrite booking fee for the signing
AM Tickets ~ 10 am – 12.30 pm
PM Tickets ~ 1.30 pm – 4pm
All day tickets ~ 10 am - 5 pm ( 1-2 pm lunch out of the hall) £20.50 plus booking fee

Masquerade Ball tickets are £46.00 plus a eventbrite booking fee
All author details can be found here Here
 Order your tickets 

Every couple of days from now until then I will be doing a spotlight on my blog for each of the attending authors, I can't wait to meet them all personally on the day!


Todays featured author is....

A J Walters
Author Bio:
A J Walters is a contemporary romance author and an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Women's Fiction.
Having interests in history, romance and elements of erotica, she has brought all of these together in her debut publications; The Attraction Series.

Wanting to break the trend of size 12 virgins in books, A J Walters has introduced a new real woman in Isabel Chambers. She’s a size 18-20, working single mother who now feels is it her time to start living her life again. At the ripe young age of 39 (at time of writing 1st book), A J Walters also wanted to show that you can experience everything that a twenty-something would.

“I saw that a 39 year old isn’t quite at retirement age for fun, sex and finding love again. There are so many women out there that can be represented in books as well as the slim, innocent and beautiful types. Don’t get me wrong I love reading books with them in, but there is so many of them around now I felt it was time for something different. I’d like to think I brought my sense of humour across in it as well. I am ditsy, I suffer from ‘foot in mouth’ syndrome, but I can also be serious and sentimental. From the feedback I’ve had, apparently it makes for a great writing voice.”
A J Walters has since gone on to publish 3 books in The Attraction Series; An Acute Attraction and A Constant Attraction. The 3rd book of the series, An Enrapturing.


As well as writing this series of books, she has also written a short story for a summer anthology and is now an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Women's Fiction for her publication of Lust, Love, Dreams and Heartache: A book of romantic and erotic poetry. 
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A Collage Of Poetry:
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Description
A Collage of Poetry is a collection of poems which are inspired by life, which will also take you into a World of fiction and fantasy. Some will capture your heart and others will leave you with so many different emotions. Written by Number One Bestseller A J Walters, you will be taken on a rollercoaster of a journey.


A Constant Attraction:
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Blurb
Funny, thrilling, romantic and spellbound. This sequel to An Acute Attraction, will have you hooked! 

When the voluptuous and curvaceous, Isabel Chambers decided to take a child-free week away to Cambridge; never in a million years did she think she would meet the 'God of a man', Marc Chambers, Professor of Medicine. 
Having been convinced by her best friend, Jackie Dowling to go for it, it was probably the best thing that could have happened...or was it? 

Isabel and Marc have dark pasts, for which both are wanting to overcome. However, the jealous and conniving Dr Emelie Acerbi has different ideas and is determined to spoil what connection, relationship and possible future the two have together. 

Can Marc and Isabel continue to share the passion and thrills they have for one another? Or will the demons from their pasts and present get the better of them? 

Let A Constant Attraction take you on an emotional journey of compassion, anger, laughter, lust and love...



An Acute Attraction:
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Blurb
Meet.... 

.....Working single mother Isabel Chambers. She's not a size 12 or as you've probably guessed, a virgin either. She's lived her life, maybe not to the fullest, but now feels it is her time to re-discover herself. 

.....Marc Sanders an attractive, successful Harvard Professor of Medicine visiting Cambridge. He has a secret past that has been well hidden until now. 

An Acute Attraction is a heart warming, exciting and compelling story of love and romance, full of seductive, sensual and tantalising emotions and images, sexual exploration and passion. 
Isabel Chambers is an ordinary, working, single mother of two, who needs some “me” time, so, kids sorted, she books herself into a hotel for a week of rest and relaxation. 
Marc Sanders is an American professor at Harvard University and is in England to present research results to Cambridge University. 
Two people, out for adventure and excitement, meet and begin a journey of fun, thrills, lust and desire. But, is Mark all he seems to be? What is he hiding? 

Warning: Has adult and sexual content. 18+ Advised



An Enrapturing Attraction:

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Blurb
“A hot and suspenseful story of a bad boy who is wanting to make good with a chance meeting between him and one strong, independent woman. 

Christian Wilson reformed bad boy is released early from the Boston correctional facility, due to flaws in the original court case. Re-entering the big, wide world is not only a shock to the system, but he also realises he isn’t the man he was. Tough decisions need to be made and temptations to revert back to how he was need to be resisted. It’s not only he who is thinking this, so when his step-father Edward Sanders intervenes, Christian’s life is turned upside down. Being the ‘Black Sheep’ of the Sanders dynasty he has to prove to them and himself, he’s a changed man. Coming second best to his step-brother Marc Sanders, Professor of Medicine, gives him enough determination to want to succeed. 

Having moved to the US from the UK, Hannah Marshall has shown and proven what a strong, independent woman she is and she’s not had to rely on any man. However, family comes first and therefore Hannah takes the big decision to return home to Cambridge in England. Accepting a new job in The Met Police and leaving close friends behind, she begins what is a new life not without it’s ups, downs and surprises! 

With Christian and Hannah not everything is as black and white as they seem, but when the two meet sparks fly! 

Will secrets and lies come between them? Will the temptations in life become too strong? What the future holds for these two passionate and strong willed people, nobody knows. 

From Amazon Number One Best Seller A J Walters, let An Enrapturing Attraction take you on an emotion filled journey of scintillating passion and mystery. A contemporary romance not without it’s laughs!”





Wednesday, 2 March 2016

#LeedsAuthorEvent Spotlight: C J Wells

On Saturday 5th March 2016 Hourglass Events will be hosting an author signing with over 60 amazing authors, a beautiful city centre venue and a chance to dine & party with authors & friends in the evening!

The event will be held at the
Leeds Marriott hotel (Website)

4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane Leeds England LS1 6ET United Kingdom

Tickets will sell through Eventbrite at a cost of £12.50 per ticket plus a eventbrite booking fee for the signing
AM Tickets ~ 10 am – 12.30 pm
PM Tickets ~ 1.30 pm – 4pm
All day tickets ~ 10 am - 5 pm ( 1-2 pm lunch out of the hall) £20.50 plus booking fee

Masquerade Ball tickets are £46.00 plus a eventbrite booking fee
All author details can be found here Here
 Order your tickets 

Every couple of days from now until then I will be doing a spotlight on my blog for each of the attending authors, I can't wait to meet them all personally on the day!


Today's featured author is...

C J Wells



Author Bio:
Co-Authors, and sisters, Christa Gibbs and Jill Syed reside in Ontario, Canada. Born and raised on da’Rock [a.k.a. St. John’s, Newfoundland], their laid back personalities and eclectic sense of humor is indicative of their native roots. Although fluent in Newfinese, both are quite eloquently spoken, showing no remnants of an accent unless alcohol is involved.

Fluent in air-guitar [she trained in Europe], Christa, by day, transforms into her Executive role in the Property Management World. This wonderful position lends credence to her altruistic life experiences lived vicariously through the many residents within her keep. This translates beautifully to her evening endeavors, which include creating lovable characters and interesting storylines [when she’s not catering to her loving ‘Oooge’ — a.k.a. biker hubby]. An avid reader of erotic romance [upwards of two to three novels per week], Christa decided to give her own incessant fairytale sex-capade fantasies a voice.

When she is not behind the camera in her Photography Studio, Jill spends portions of her days mentally cataloging all the reasons why she shouldn’t become an indulgent drinker at the helm of her three young children during the absences of her Pilot husband [though you will hear her undying love and devotion for them often: “blessed”]. Passionately creative, Jill spent many years capturing life moments on film, canvas and even paper. Having dabbled in the writing of many children’s books, all of which ended up covered in dust and never carried through, clarity hit once she collaborated with her sister: “Ohhh, the steamy sex was the missing ingredient”.


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Perfect Plans: Volume 1 (The Perfect Plans Series)
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He's the ultimate fantasy crush. You've seen him on the big screen - the fantasy man you cheat on your husband with; the man you never expect to meet… But what if you did? Perfect Plans, the first of a two-part series, takes you through this possibility. Every woman fantasizes about 'what if' at some point in her marriage; lost in dreams of something MORE. Abigail Ryan takes a leap that most women would envy. Abandoning her seemingly perfect life in Canada, she moves to London, England, and falls into the lap of Alexander Tate - every woman's fantasy crush. Her perfect plan unfolds to a world where reality meets dreams, and dreams meet reality; throwing her into a tail-spin of self-doubt and public scrutiny. Alex Tate wants nothing more than to escape the dream-world in which he lives; his desire for love, marriage and family, with all of its real-world normalcy out of his world-famous reach. Aby and Alex face the obstacles of their own realities, now intertwined, before succumbing to their questionable fates. Are you ready to fall into your fantasy, when reality lurks right outside the door? MATURE CONTENT This story contains sexually explicit material and is intended for mature individuals over the age of eighteen. By purchasing this book, you are stating that you are of legal age to read this work of fiction.

Take a Bow (The Perfect Plans Series Book 2)
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Sometimes, dreams come true.
And, sometimes…
They seem too good to be true.

So many questions, one affirmation…I am in love with Alexander Tate. Everything I've dreamed of was standing right in front of me. My ultimate fantasy come true. My more. So, why am I running?

Aby Ryan spent twelve years doubting herself...Can she really learn to trust others before learning to trust herself?

Alex and Aby's story continues in the powerfully sensual sequel in The Perfect Plans series, Take a Bow. The final instalment of their story is wrought with jealousy, endless desire, sinfully decadent sex, betrayal, humour, empowerment and, of course, love.

Get ready to fall more in love with Alexander Tate.

MATURE CONTENT
This story contains sexually explicit material and is intended for mature individuals over the age of eighteen. By downloading this book and opening this document, you are stating that you are of legal age to access and view this work of fiction.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

#LeedsAuthorEvent2016 Spotlight: A. Meredith Walters

On Saturday 5th March 2016 Hourglass Events will be hosting an author signing with over 60 amazing authors, a beautiful city centre venue and a chance to dine & party with authors & friends in the evening!

The event will be held at the
Leeds Marriott hotel (Website)

4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane Leeds England LS1 6ET United Kingdom

Tickets will sell through Eventbrite at a cost of £12.50 per ticket plus a eventbrite booking fee for the signing
AM Tickets ~ 10 am – 12.30 pm
PM Tickets ~ 1.30 pm – 4pm
All day tickets ~ 10 am - 5 pm ( 1-2 pm lunch out of the hall) £20.50 plus booking fee

Masquerade Ball tickets are £46.00 plus a eventbrite booking fee
All author details can be found here Here
 Order your tickets 

Every couple of days from now until then I will be doing a spotlight on my blog for each of the attending authors, I can't wait to meet them all personally on the day!

Today's featured author is...

A. Meredith Walters


Author Bio:
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and New Adult romances including the Bad Rep, Find You in the Dark, Reclaiming the Sand, and Twisted Love series.

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Butterfly Dreams
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Blurb:
In a powerful romance for fans of The Fault in Our Stars and If I Stay, New York Times bestselling author A. Meredith Walters tells the story of a troubled young woman and the unforgettable guy who teaches her to live—and love—to the fullest.

She’s waiting to die. . . . Corin Thompson is paralyzed by her obsession with mortality. Having lost both of her parents, she is terrified by the idea that she too will die young, and she loses control at any sign of illness. But when Corin connects with someone who has survived a very real brush with death, she begins to see the world in a whole new way.

He’s learning to live. . . . As Corin struggles under the weight of her neuroses, Beckett Kingsley is attempting to rebuild a life that feels all too temporary. With the ever-present threat of heart failure never far from his mind, he just wants to make the most of whatever time he has left. And that means pursuing the girl he never expected to find.

Together, Corin and Beckett finally learn to let go of their fears and take solace in everyday pleasures. Who knows what the future holds? After all, nothing lasts forever—the only promise they have is right now.
Bad Rep (Bad Rep #1)
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Blurb:
"Who gives a damn about their reputation? Oh, that would be me! Especially since mine had gone straight to hell in the span of thirty minutes". 

Maysie Ardin is soaking up the summer before her junior year of college, shopping, hanging by the pool and shopping some more. But when her black belt in spending lands her in trouble with her parents, she is forced to take a second job at a local bar to dig herself out of a deep financial pit.

She thought she’d be miserable. But then Maysie didn’t count on Jordan Levitt, the hot, pierced and tattooed, drum playing bartender who also happens to be very interested in her. And the feelings are totally mutual.

It had the makings of the perfect romantic set up. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy has girlfriend? Okay, maybe not.

But attraction is a hard thing to ignore and soon Jordan and Maysie find themselves in the middle of a gossip induced firestorm. Maysie has to learn whether she can set aside her fear of public disapproval in order to be with the one she wants. Or will she let the opinions of others dictate her life and her heart? 

Perfect Regret (Bad Rep, #2) Amazon UK : Amazon.com
Seductive Chaos (Bad Rep, #3) Amazon UK : Amazon.com

Find You in the Dark (Find You in the Dark #1)
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Blurb:
Maggie Young had the market on normal. Normal friends, normal parents, normal grades.. normal life. Until him.

Clayton Reed was running from his past and an army of personal demons that threatened to take him down. He never thought he had a chance at happiness. Until her.

Maggie thought their love could overcome anything. Clay thought she was all he needed to fix his messy life. That together, they could face the world. But the darkness is always waiting.

Sometimes the greatest obstacle to true love is within yourself.

Cloud Walking (Find You in the Dark, #1.5) Amazon UK : Amazon.com
Light in the Shadows (Find You in the Dark, #2) Amazon UK : Amazon.com
Warmth in Ice (Find You in the Dark, #2.5) Amazon UK : Amazon.com

Reclaiming the Sand (Reclaiming the Sand #1)
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Blurb:
Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

Chasing the Tide (Reclaiming the Sand, #2) Amazon UK : Amazon.com


Lead Me Not (Twisted Love #1)
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In this dangerously sexy novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Find You in the Dark, a straight-laced college student meets a handsome but enigmatic stranger who lures her into an underground club scene, where she finds it difficult to resist temptation

Aubrey Duncan understands loss. She knows what rock bottom looks like, and she is determined to crawl back up to the top after the sudden death of her younger sister. She blames herself for her part in the tragedy, convinced that she could have done something, anything, to help her.

In her effort to gain redemption, Aubrey starts fresh at Longwood University and facilitates an addiction support group, hoping she can support someone else in the way she failed her sister. But what she doesn’t count on is an all-consuming fascination with group member Maxx Demelo, a gorgeous, blond, blue-eyed enigma who hides dark secrets behind a carefully constructed mask. He only reveals what he wants others to see. But Aubrey glimpses another Maxx hidden below the surface—a Maxx who is drowning in his own personal hell.

As Aubrey and Maxx develop an attraction too intense to ignore, he pulls her into the dark underbelly of the city club scene, where she is torn by her desire to save him and an inexplicable urge to join him in his downward spiral. Worst of all, she is beginning to love everything she should run away from—a man who threatens to ignite in her a fire that could burn her alive…


Follow Me Back (Twisted Love, #2) Amazon UK : Amazon.com

Monday, 29 February 2016

#LeedsAuthorEvent Spotlight: Elle Brooks

On Saturday 5th March 2016 Hourglass Events will be hosting an author signing with over 60 amazing authors, a beautiful city centre venue and a chance to dine & party with authors & friends in the evening!

The event will be held at the
Leeds Marriott hotel (Website)

4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane Leeds England LS1 6ET United Kingdom

Tickets will sell through Eventbrite at a cost of £12.50 per ticket plus a eventbrite booking fee for the signing
AM Tickets ~ 10 am – 12.30 pm
PM Tickets ~ 1.30 pm – 4pm
All day tickets ~ 10 am - 5 pm ( 1-2 pm lunch out of the hall) £20.50 plus booking fee

Masquerade Ball tickets are £46.00 plus a eventbrite booking fee
All author details can be found here Here
 Order your tickets 

Every couple of days from now until then I will be doing a spotlight on my blog for each of the attending authors, I can't wait to meet them all personally on the day!

Today's featured author is...

Elle Brooks



Author Bio:
I'm a little neurotic; I function on a tiny amount of sleep and a huge amount of caffeine. I love green skittles and have an irrational fear of stormy weather. When I’m not writing about super hot college guys, you can generally find me googling them...All in the name of research of course. I can be persuaded to do just about anything with the promise of a good book or a bottle of bubbles. Oh, and I also love to write. 
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Promises Hurt (Promises #1)

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I wasn't planning on falling for Ethan Jamison, hell I wasn't planning on our paths ever crossing. He’s the most popular guy at school and a complete player. Me; I’m the perpetual good girl, trying to carry out one last request. But when you make a promise, how far do you go to see it through?

~ Blair

It’s a running joke that I’m a terrible liar, if only people knew the truth. My whole life has been spent making excuses and deflecting questions. I was pretty good at it until Blair Thomas entered my world. She saw through the mask that everyone is so willing to accept. She makes me want to tell her all my secrets, but can she promise to keep them?

~ Ethan 

Forgotten Promises (The Promises Series Book 2) Amazon.com : Amazon UK
Empty Promises (The Promises Series Book 3) Amazon.com : Amazon UK

Reveal

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I used to believe in destiny.

I was six years old when I first took to the stage, and I’ve danced every day since. It’s the biggest part of who I am. The fuel that drives me forward.

My oxygen...
My life...
My soul.

The stars were perfectly aligned, and my fairy tale had slowly begun to play out like a beautifully scripted passage from a romance novel. I was all set to live my happily ever after…

Until I wasn’t.

If dancing was my heart, Daniel was the blood that kept it beating. I was content with supporting him as he worked towards his music dreams, but then he disappeared, leaving me scared, alone and suffocating under the crushing weight of his debts.

It’s said that opportunity often comes disguised as misfortune.

When one door closes, another one opens. But I wasn’t prepared for it to belong to Reveal, one of New York City’s most exclusive Burlesque Clubs.

It feels as though the universe is conspiring against me until fate thrusts two very different men into the equation. And what they have in common, no one could have predicted.

Destiny may have delivered them both, but who stays is my choice.