Saturday, June 29, 2013

Witchwood Estate - Cursed

Author: Patti Roberts
Published: 23 June 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description
Brought back from the clutches of death by a power she does not understand, Alexandria is focused on getting her life back to normal, whatever that means. With new friends, Andrew, Kat and River by her side, Alexandria lets herself believe that her future is looking promising.

Things take a turn, however, when a handsome stranger arrives in Ferntree Falls, and Alexandria begins to wonder if his presence is a blessing or a CURSE.
 
My Thoughts
Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a huge Patti Roberts' fan, and I have been waiting with baited breath for the next instalment, and wasn't disappointed when it finally arrived.
 
After being left hanging by the dramatic ending of Book 2, we learn more about River, Kat and the other locals in Ferntree Falls. What is the connection between Carmen and Raymond, and who is the new mystery man that arrives just when death claims a life at Ferntree Falls.
 
You will be drawn into the lives of the characters in this series, just as you do in any good TV drama.
 
I love how Patti has included additional sections containing an index of Witches Terminology, Spells, Birthstone meanings, and so much more.
 
If you haven't started reading the Witchwood Estate series yet, I highly recommend you start soon ! 
 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Be Careful What You Wish For (Saga of the New Gods)

The time has come, Hells gates shall be thrown wide and the power of creation shall run rampant upon the earth.
 
 
 
In this, the first book of the “Saga of the New Gods,” a group of young college students bring about Armageddon in the most literal sense of the word. With a simple wish upon a unique wedding band given to him by his love, Michelle, Adam unleashes a power that could – if left to reign unchecked – destroy the entire world…
 
The story begins with a couple of young women, Chelsea and Michelle, bearers of a tragic past, fighting to create a future for themselves. They travel to an old pawn shop in the town of Athens, Ohio, and purchase a ring for Michelle to give to her love, Adam, in the hopes of becoming his wife. A poorly timed wish after the gift of the ring has dire consequences however, as magic enters the world. All that they know, or have known, begins to come unraveled as first their comfortable existence in this bucolic town is ripped from them, then their future. They reach their moment of greatest despair as one of their number flees, another lays near death, and another sleeps in a state akin to a coma… In this moment of vulnerability a man arrives offering a glimmer of hope, Mathew Banks, a federal officer, arrives with the dawn to take them to a place of safety and security. But what is secure when the very laws that govern reality begin to unravel? What is safe when those who watch over you risk change from day to day, moment to moment, and even those who are your closest friends deceive you and risk more than your lives, but the very souls that make you who you are?
 
This first story tells the tale of the creation of this new world, as the series continues you will rise to the heights of this world and others, and to the very depths of hell.
 
Buy Now @ Amazon
(soon available as an audio book)
Genre – Dark Fantasy
Rating – R
Connect with Daniel Black on Facebook
 
 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Meet - Simon Hay

Hi Simon, thanks for being part of Pinky’s Favourite Reads, I’m sure my readers will be as excited as I am that you have stopped in for a chat. Hopefully Gegu and Donkey have come along for the ride!

Gegu is my spirit guide; he’s always with me, but he likes to visit, so if anyone wants to chat with him invite him over. Sarcasm is how Donkey came to be, but now he’s the people’s choice. Many missed the humour and believed Donkey was a guide. Regularly, I get emails and FB messages from people who’ve had encounters with Donkey: offering guidance, he talks to them in their dreams and meditations. I walked into a new host’s home and a donkey fridge magnet, hidden under bills and coupons, flew off the fridge and landed on the floor. The Donkey has landed ;). Spirit has a sense of humour. 

Where are you from originally?
I was born in Tauranga, New Zealand. I came to Australia in 1988 and have lived in Brisbane since.
 
Tell us a little bit about your background.
My parents separated when I was a teen and I spent most of my teens living and working with an uncle on the farms he worked on. Great uncles and aunties taught me to respect the land and animals and filled my childhood with adventure. I excelled academically and as an athlete, played representative rugby, but left school early to farm.
 
I separated from a partner and came to Australia aged twenty-one. I worked for a plumber for three years and then became a drain-laying contractor. I did that for fourteen years, until chronic illness forced me to retire. Specialists diagnosed me with a solvent induced neuropathy — I was a professional glue sniffer — chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
 
I healed myself and I’m now a full-time healer and medium. I travel interstate and internationally doing healings, reading and events.
 
I’m grateful to be able to communicate to spirit, and, although seemingly miraculous healings occur around me, I’m a regular Aussie bloke. I’ve been separated too many times, have five children, four girls and a son, and have raised stepchildren. Some of my children, and all of my pets, living and dead, still talk to me.
 
 
Tell us your latest news, are there any new books in the pipeline, and if so, what are they about?
I’m writing a show and tell book about energy healing and working with spirit. I’ve had amazing encounters with spirit and clients and I’ll use those stories to teach people about the potential and power of energy healing. I don’t want to write just another how to book. I want to empower and excite readers. I’ll protect client confidentiality, but it will be an exposé of human behaviour and encounters with spirit and angels.
 
For those readers who haven’t yet read ‘The Disciple’, can you tell us a little bit about it?
It’s part memoir and part biography. The brief description is:
 
The Disciple is a compelling biography about Jesus’ birth, childhood and death. Simon Hay, after a life-altering encounter with spirit, revisits and remembers his past life as the disciple, Judas, and his role in Jesus’ life. Simon’s story will amaze and challenge 2000 years of belief.
 
From reading the book, I can see it was a labour of love, exactly how long did it take you to complete?
The narrative from spirit was recorded in 2000, but it took me twelve years to write. I rewrote my narrative 20+ times, the conversations with spirit were edited and repositioned — editors, other than grammatical changes, hardly altered their dialogue. Over five years I used three editors and after every edit and rewrite my writing improved and the story changed so much that I had to edit again. I wrote after work and around family time, usually from 10 PM to 2 AM and then, after my illness, every chance I could. I wrote blog posts, articles and short stories to improve writing craft. 
 
Tell us about your cover, is it how spirit wanted it to be portrayed or did you get to choose/design it yourself?
All my ideas are influenced by spirit. The hands on the cover are mine and the artist, Robert Baird, grasped what I wanted. I didn’t want a fluffy feel good cover. The story is brutally honest, confronting to some, and not the norm for the genre, mind body spirit. The image wasn’t meant to represent Jesus’ hands; they’re Judas’. I have blood on my hands, “look what I have done.”
 
Now that you have published ‘The Disciple’ does spirit want you to tell us more about Judas, Jesus and his family?
Daily, I remember more of Judas’ life and Jesus describes more of his, but I’m uncertain if I want to continue Jesus’ story. I’ll include short stories in future books if they enhance the writing.
 
How did you first react and what were your first thoughts when you learnt of your previous life as Judas?
Initially, it felt peaceful knowing. Reliving and remembering how much I loved Jesus tortured me. Today, my heart still aches when I feel him near.
 
What you have written in ‘The Disciple’ doesn’t exactly mirror what many religions teach. What have been the reader’s reactions?
Surprisingly, I’ve received emails from Catholic readers who felt liberated after reading. They described the story as being more believable than the Bible. I’m sure that there will be many readers that will be confronted, but they haven’t spoken up yet.
 
Some readers have experienced healing responses while reading and others have had encounters with spirit. One reader saw Judas’ scars on her arms before she read the pages describing the scarring.
 
Who has influenced your writing the most and who or what is your biggest inspiration?
Dean Koontz and Brenna Yovanoff. Brenna builds tension better than any author I’ve read and her pace is seductive. My inspiration is not to fail. I want what I write tomorrow to be better than what I write today.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? If they are from the past, chances are you already have.
There are so many wonderful authors I’d like to meet, but I’d love to meet YA authors, Brenna Yovanoff, Tessa Gratton and Maggie Stiefvater.
 
What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys in hardcover.
 
Ok so now we have the serious Author part of the interview over, I think it is time to have a bit of fun.
 
Who are your favourite movie stars, past or present?
Denzel Washington, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, and Kate Blanchett.
 
What do you like to do for fun when you aren’t doing readings/healings?
Outdoor activities with family: camping, bush walking, fishing, road trips.
 
What is your favourite food?
 Fish, not seafood, and fruit. Sometimes I crave hot chips. (oh don't we all !)
 
If money was no object, what would be your ultimate holiday?
I’ve always wanted to visit Israel and Scotland, but I’d spend a year 4WDing around Australia and New Zealand first.
 
What is your favourite colour?
Orange.
 
Who is your favourite music artist?
I don’t have a favourite, but I’m loving country music at the moment.
 
When you get a chance, what do you like to watch on TV?
NRL. Friday night football.
 
And lastly I want to thank Simon for taking the time out of his busy schedule to be here with us today.

Thanks for everything you do.
 
Sharon, thanks for having me. Blessings to you and readers.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

An Abduction Revelation

Author: Thomas L. Hay
Published: 3 October 2012
Genre: Memoir/Sci-Fi
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4 dragonflies

Book Description
Who are the abductors? Where do they come from? Where are they hiding? Do they even exist?

After writing his memoirs, the author suspected he may have some mysterious phenomenon buried within his subconscious. His first wife had claimed that they had been abducted (by aliens) during their marriage. These abductions were revealed to her after they had separated and she adopted an ascetic lifestyle. This melted her implanted memory blocks installed by the abductor's. He never believed her. He suspected she was just another UFO wacko. He was more concerned with putting his life back together after the devastating divorce.

But after writing his memoirs, he asked himself "what if she had been right?" There was only one way to find the truth. He adopted the same ascetic lifestyle. O-M-G. He had to rewrite his memoirs.

An Abduction Revelation is an intriguing and entertaining adventure based on some true life events of the author. It is a journey filled with suspense, romance, heartbreak, and revelations that will mystify, torment, and tickle your imagination.

My Thoughts
As regular readers of my blog will know, I am open to reading all genre and will give an honest review. So when I was approached by Thomas Hay to read his Memoirs (Take 2), after some background reading on his website and blog, I accepted the offer. Who knows, why can't there be something else out there ?
 
Thomas Hay has a very easy to read writing style. It is as though he is there in your head telling the story, and a very interesting story it is to. We are taken on a wild ride of self discovery as we follow the life of Thomas from teenager to adult. 
 
Based on true life events, Thomas has woven his story of alien abduction throughout, leaving this reader wondering if I actually believe what has been written, or is it truly just a well written Sci-Fi story. But that's the point right !
 
Whether you believe in Roswell, UFOs and aliens or not, this is a truly interesting life story.

Now that I have read the updated version, I am looking forward to reading the original version of this book - The Comeback Kid: Memoirs of Thomas L Hay.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Meet - Maria Savva

As part of her Blog Tour for the release of Delusion and Dreams I am very pleased to have Maria Savva here at Pinky's Favorite Reads today ... YAY !
 
Where are you from originally?
I was born and brought up in London
 
Tell us your latest news?
I have just released a new collection of short stories, 'Delusion and Dreams', it's my fourth short story collection.
 
If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
This is easy, I would choose my fellow indie authors on Bestsellerbound.com. We've been a community for a couple of years now and I think of them as my friends. It would be so cool if we could all get together for a dinner party. We live in different parts of the world, so I've only me a couple of them in real life. It was great meeting Jason McIntyre when he came to London last year, and I've met Julie Elizabeth Powell, as I was at her wedding reception. I'd love to meet the other members one day. I'd also invite some of my indie author friends from other networking sites, as there are so many fun and talented writers out there, many of them have become friends even though I've never met them as odd as that may seem.
 
What are your current projects?
I am editing a collection of three short stories, which will be titled, '3' and will be released as soon as I can find time to edit. I also started writing a novel last December, and wrote about 15K words and a plan, but then I left it on the back burner so I could put together Delusion and Dreams. I'm looking forward to getting back into that one; it's a fantasy with a rock fiction slant. I was enjoying writing it.
 
What books or authors have influenced your writing?
I would say that I am influenced by every book I read. When I was starting out, I was very influenced by my favourite authors at that time; Paulo Coelho, Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes, Gabriel García Márquez. But in recent years, I've been reading more independently published books and have been influenced by many of them.
 
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
If I could choose a bestselling author to meet, it would probably be either Stephen King or Paulo Coelho as both of them have been influential to me, and are extremely talented. I would also like to meet my fellow indie author Darcia Helle because we have a lot in common and have become good online friends over the years.

What book are you reading now and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I'm also in the middle of Stone Cold, by Jenny Hilborne, The Other Side by Terry Tyler, and No Justice by Darcia Helle. All in e-book format on my Kindle. I had to stop reading those for a while so I could finish editing my book, but am now going to get back to them. These days, I always read lots of books at the same time.
 
Tell us a little about your background. When did you start writing?
I've always loved reading and writing, but studied law at university and became a solicitor. I worked as a solicitor for about 15 years, in various different fields, including Family Law, Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Conveyancing, Wills & Probate, Litigation. A lot of the inspiration for my stories comes from those times as I met many interesting people and heard a lot of stories.
I started writing my first novel, Coincidences in 1997 when I was out of work. Before that, I had mainly written short stories.
 
Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas, for me, can be inspired by something someone says, by reading the headline, or hearing a snippet of a news item on TV or the radio. By overhearing a conversation between strangers. Just about anything, really. Then once I get the idea in my head, I have to write it.
 
What is your writing process?
I write. That's the process for me. I rarely have a plan when I start writing. I just write from ideas in my head and see what comes out. The first draft is always very badly written; bad grammar, bad spelling, incoherent ramblings. I then have the process of going through about 10 re-reads and re-writes before I am happy with it. So, for me writing is more re-writing and trying to get it to make sense!
 
Do you write full-time now?
No, I work full time as an administrator at a university. My writing time is at weekends, evenings, and I can usually be found burning the midnight oil.
 
Can you tell us a little bit about Delusion and Dreams?
Delusion and Dreams is a collection of 12 short stories; some are new, and some are old but re-edited for the collection. The title of the collection is also the title of one of the stories, which is a short story told in four parts. Some of the stories were found on an old floppy disk and some were written years ago and were sitting on my computer. It was good to be able to include them in a collection. About half of the stories are new. The themes include, obsession, love, memories, betrayal, crime, greed, luck, loss, passion.
 
How long did it take you to complete?
Altogether, writing and editing, about 5 or 6 months. Some of the stories were already written, which helped.
 
Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances?
Rather than 'based on' I would say 'inspired by'. I haven't really used any of the character traits of people I know, but some memories from my past did inspire the tales. I think we always subconsciously base characters either on ourselves or people we know.
 
Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters?
Elements of me are in all my characters. Most of my books and stories are inspired by real events, so many of my own experiences go into a lot of my writing. But everything is entirely fictionalised to make it more interesting and entertaining, really.
 
Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself?
My cover is a photograph called 'The Journey' taken by Martin David Porter of Mart's Arts Photography. His Facebook page is here, https://www.facebook.com/MartsArtsPhotography, where you can see many of his photographs. He was the photographer for one of my favourite bands, Thunder, and that's how I came across him, I think. We've been Facebook friends for a while, and when he posted this lovely photograph on his page one day, I just knew it would be perfect for the cover for Delusion and Dreams. He very kindly said I could use it.
 
Where did you get the inspiration for your cover?
Just by looking through hundreds of photos and trying to find one that fitted. Initially, I was going to use a photo of a daisy because that kind of represents the theme delusion and dreams; people use that flower for 'he loves me, he loves me not', and that ties in with the main story, Delusion and Dreams, which has the theme of obsessive love. When I saw Martin's photo on Facebook, though, I just knew that would be ideal because there is the dark side of the photograph, and there's a dark side to many of the stories; and I thought birds in the sky is quite a good representation of dreams, i.e. the dream of being able to fly away.
 
Does your reading inspire you and your work?
Yes, as I touched upon in one of your earlier questions, I am inspired by every book I read. Lately, as I've been reading more indie books, that tend to be more creative (there's more freedom to write what you want to write as an independent author), I have begun to read many genres that I would never have read in the past. For example, Julie Elizabeth Powell and J.Michael Radcliffe's books made me a fan of fantasy, and I have also incorporated some fantasy in my own writing; my novel, The Dream, is partly a fantasy. Then there is Darcia Helle, and Jason McIntyre, who write dark fiction. Reading their books encouraged me to explore the darker side in my fiction.
 
Where can we find you online?
The best place to start is my website: http://www.mariasavva.com There are links there to everything you need to know.
I can usually be found on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Maria_Savva
I'm a regular and one of the administrators on http://www.Bestsellerbound.com, an indie authors' forum

Blog: I maintain a blog with Darcia Helle and J. Michael Radcliffe: http://www.quietfurybooks.com/BestsellerBoundRecommends We welcome submissions from indie authors there.

Book trailer: http://youtu.be/9GpnRbYIPVc
Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Maria-Savva/e/B002BOCDGM/
Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/MariaSavva
Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1418272.Maria_Savva - I use the blog on my Goodreads Author Page to interview other indie artists, and update my readers with all my news.
 


Delusions and Dreams




Blurb:

Twelve stories of betrayal, greed, revenge, deception, dreams, and courage. 
 
We all struggle to find our way. What you see isn't necessarily all there is. This collection takes you into the grey area, because the world is never just black and white.
 
Life is all about perspective. One person's delusion is another person's dream.
 
Includes five bonus stories.

Author Bio:

Maria Savva lives and works in London. She studied Law at Middlesex University and The College of Law. She is a lawyer, although not currently practising law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. Many of her books and stories are inspired by her years working as a lawyer, although she has not written a courtroom drama to date. Her most recent novel is Haunted, a crime fiction/psychological thriller.

 

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