Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book Tour - Aliefka Bijlsma

Today I am pleased to host
Aliefka Bijlsma 
Author of The Consul General's Wife


If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
John Coetzee, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Susan Sontag, Obama, Janis Joplin
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
My son (albeit I’d not want him there if I thought it was dangerous J), my two sisters. The three of those people combined would mean: adventure, medical care, practical insight.
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Pepi van Dongen (we used to say that combining your first pet’s name with your mother’s last, would make an excellent porn-star name, so why not superhero…).
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. Because you don’t want to make the same mistakes in life my characters did.
Any other books in the works?
Goals for future projects? I have an idea for a new novel which is set in Ghana (Kumasi). It could well be my first historical novel, although I’d like to write it as if we’re on (or under) the skin of the protagonist: the wife of a British governor. Steamy and from the senses.
Future projects: I’m hoping the two screenplays I’ve been working on will enter a next stage, and I’ve currently been commissioned to write a Kid’s TV Series.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I always wrote as a child and teenager, but never considered it as a profession. I became a lawyer but woke up one day not being able to speak. The struggle to speak lasted almost two years until I found a proper balance in treatments (I have a neurological disorder which I won’t bore you with). Writing was my outlet. Slowly but surely, I allowed myself to see writing as not just a hobby, but a craft.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When readers find me through the Internet and say my novel touched them in some way.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? Various things at various stages. Dancer, actress, lawyer, doctor.
How did you know you should become an author?
A piece I had written was turned into a play, and my words had an affect on the audience, to such an extent that one woman cried and thank me. She came from the Caribbean. The theme of my piece had been that we all have our struggles, despite our skin colour or ancestry. A white women can have an equally hard time finding a place in this western society.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I am in all of them.
What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? 
If we were to undo the wrongdoings in history, starting with a president who ships all ancestors of slaves back to Africa…. What would happen to the world?
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Know your strengths and don’t waste time trying to turn your weaknesses into strengths. My ex-husband told me this. It sounds so simple but it’s incredibly hard for me.
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Genre – Contemporary Fiction
Rating – R
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bound By Blood Giveaway Winners

And the Winners are ...... *Drum Roll*
1st Prize - Merrie P Wycoff who wins the 3 Ebooks, Spiral Notebook and 10 Postcards
2nd Prize  Carrie who wins the 3 Ebooks and 10 Postcards
3rd Prize - Katie Shelby who wins the 3 Ebooks and 10 Postcards
4th Prize - Suzannah Daniels who wins the 3Ebooks and 10 Postcards
If I haven't already contacted you, please send me a message or comment below so we can arrange to get your prize to you.
Thank you to everybody who entered, and to the wonderful Patti Roberts for providing the prizes for this giveaway.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bone Dressing - The Dreaming

Author: Michelle Brooks
Published: 11 November 2012
Publisher: Savage Enterprises, LLC
Genre: Paranormal /Urban Fantasy
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies
The time for best friends and midnight escapes to the cemetery Syd calls home is over.

As Syd faces the dangerous mysteries lurking in the shadowed depths of her past, she must sail from the shores of sanity through the rocky waters of the unknown on her journey to the sleeping bones of her next past-life. Caught on a roller coaster ride through mysterious cultures, rogue mercenary pirates, past loves and new-found abilities, Syd must find the strength to listen to her own heart. She must find a way to embrace her destiny, her future ... and her past.
Help continues to come through the unlikely team of Sarah and T.J., Syd’s personal time-challenged dynamic duo. Blipping on and off her radar at the worst times, they never seem to be front and center when she really needs them. And Beau ... when will she be able to function, to breathe, in his presence? What is her inescapable connection to him? And why can’t he admit his attraction to her?
Off on a race against time, against evil-incarnate, against her own fears and passions, Syd must turn to the strength within. To the strength of Bone Dressing. Bone Dressing: The Dreaming, the second in a series of seven books, will carry Syd and Beau further on their adventure that transcends life itself.
Michelle Brooks has continued the intriguing story of Syd and her companions Beau, Sarah and T.J as we travel with Syd on her journey of self discovery.
In The Dreaming we learn more about Mr A and unravel further 'dressings' of Syd as she comes to learn more about who she is and her connection to Beau . 
I thoroughly enjoyed the journey on which Michelle took us, and laughed and cried all over again, when Syd, in another of her 'dressings', loses her one true love. They say what doesn't kill us makes us stronger, in Syd's case, this is truly an apt expression.

Roses at Dusk - Giveaway

Running from - November 14th - December 20th.

It's easy! Just Download your e-copy of Roses at Dusk from Amazon US/UK and be in the draw to Win the paperback of Roses and this beautiful heart/dove necklace!

Once you have downloaded - leave your name/email/proof of download on The Roses at Dusk Event Page!/events/412633525475008/
The Winner will be drawn December 20th!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Paradox - Bound by Blood

Author: Patti Roberts
Published: 28 October 2012
Pages: 267 pages
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Bound by Blood is the third book in the Paradox series.
In this instalment the reader is further drawn into the story of the Grigori and the Bulgardi, and the tribes that make up the Ancient World, and is taken back in time to live through the Judgement and learn why the Grigori were exiled into the bowels of the underworld.
We learn more about Angela who up until this point has been in the background, as she retells the legend of St Valentine. Is she really there just to support Grace as she comes to terms with the changes that are going on around her or does Angela really have another role to play?
We are also privileged to experience some of the previous lives of Damon and Juliette as Grace continues to have more vivid dreams of the lives of Juliette, and I for one found my heart breaking each time their lives were torn apart once again.
Patti seamlessly blends the story of the Ancient World with the current, as Grace learns that her friend Clair is actually descended from a powerful witch, and we are drawn further into the lives of Abaddon and Cerberus and the ever aptly named Weasel.
I found Bound by Blood and the continuing story of the Ancient Worlds entirely mesmerising and can't wait for book four - Equilibrium.
 I must also thank Patti for the ARC of this novel.

Luca's Magic Embrace

Author: Kym Grosso
Published: 17 October 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

We first met Luca Macquarie in Kade's Dark Embrace when he helped his best friend, Kade Issacson and Kade's mortal girlfriend Sydney Willows, rescue Samantha Irving (a novice witch) and return her to her coven.
When Samantha decides to leave the coven and escapes to a mountain hideaway, Luca is determined to bring her back and protect her from those who are still intent on harming her.
We follow Luca and Samantha as they go on a journey to search for a mystical amulet that both the Witches and Vampires alike will kill to have in their possession. What is so special about this amulet, and why does everybody want to kill Samantha to get it?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it takes us further into the New Orleans world of witches, vampires and werewolves, and if you thought that the action in Kade's Dark Embrace was hot, Luca takes it to a whole new level.
I must also thank Kym for the ARC of this novel.