Hey guys, I’m live FB-ing about my holiday over at my official page, so why not stop by and see what an Aussie holiday is all about? Warning: there will be cute animal photos.
“You’re an addiction I can’t overcome, no matter how hard I try.” – Rook Tyler
His life consists of his best friend, Jack Daniels, his favorite drug of choice and women. Rook Tyler lives for performing at night and wasting the rest of his days washing away the pain from his childhood so he doesn’t have to feel anything…ever. The only people he trusts are his band mates from Shattered Souls and he wants to keep it that way. His life was completely under control and simple until he heard the voice of Maisy Madison filter through The Tavern speakers.
Growing up in the foster care system with her two other band mates from Twisted Perfection, Maisy finds herself doing pretty much anything to get her and her band noticed but nothing seems to be working. One lucky night, Shattered Souls, the most popular band in the country, decides to show up at their little concert and luckily signs them on the spot. But the arena venues and massive amount of fans isn’t what has Maisy shaking in her heels. It’s the deep baritone voice of Rook Tyler that has haunted her dreams for years which has her wondering if she can actually go through with the tour.
The force is almost too strong. He can feel her everywhere he goes and no matter how much he tries to resist her, he finds himself gravitating towards Maisy, wanting to hold her, kiss her and touch her. He knows he shouldn’t get involved. He knows no matter what, he will end up hurting her but he can’t help it, his soul is connected to hers and the pull is too strong for him to resist.
Rook warned her time and time again but she doesn’t listen, she doesn’t want to listen. She needs him and she doesn’t care that she knows deep down in her heart that their relationship is going to end in disaster.She refuses to acknowledge that no matter what they do, their love is toxic.
I finished this book in about 12 hours, and I have to say, I don’t do that at all very often. In fact, I stayed up until 2am, just to get to the end.
And my god, what an ending. I wanted to drag Rook off that book and punch him in the face (if I was Maisey, probably would have), but, hey, I’ll be honest, I had the same feelings for about 9/10ths of the book. My god, what an ass. A perfect match, Ms Quinn!
This is a story about a wonderfully sweet romance (much like my own), marred by the scars of the past and the actions of the present (kind of like my own). There was so much of myself and my fiancé that I can see in Maisey and Rook, and in Quinn and Grey. that it’s kind of a relief to see that there’s others like that.
All in all, one of the most awesome books I have ever read. i never, ever do this, but… 5.5/5
Well, it’s truly been one of those days. Matt and I are headed off for the Gold Coast come Sunday night (ABSOLUTELY cannot wait!), so I’ve been getting things in order for then. (To keep track of my adventures, like my FB page here. I’ll be posting photos and such from the trip as I go).
The first order of business was to get my ebay store organised and add in a few things from my garden, to go with the books and coins (if you like books or coins, check it out – you might just love it). Then I went out and did some actual gardening, including snipping herbs and removing the seed pods from my lemon myrtle tree. Doesn’t it look bare now!
I also collected the seeds from the cinnamon myrtle next to it (growing like a monster!), and I’m contemplating the wisdom of attacking the lemon myrtle bush growing behind the tree. They’re from the same planting, but somehow, one grew into a tree, the other into a bush. Go figure.
After I finished weeding my pot plants and harassing my strawberry plants 6 varieties, only 2 berries this year, huff), I reorganised and aligned Rhythem Poets. Keep an eye out over the coming months, I’ve gotten back into reading, so there’s going to be some definite reviewing going on!
I think that’s pretty much it. Matthew’s off having a nap before work, I’ve lost almost 8kg in 5 weeks (and would lose much more if I could only stick to salad [never going to happen]), bringing me to a less-terrible 93.5kg.
Anyway, I’m off to water my plants and check the ants haven’t gotten into the orange on my 2-foot dwarf citrus tree. My first ever orange, I will be so mad if they have! Look how cute it is! It’s about 2in across.
UPDATE (you knew it was coming): I found out that both my dwarf navel orange and blood orange trees have a bad case of scale. Luckily, I already had a very big bottle of treatment for it (oil and soap does the trick), which happily killed the two nests of ants in its branches and roots.
I don’t like ants. At all. But I hate things that could eat my orange even more. Don’t mess with Garden Girl!
BTW, thinking about putting my dwarf navel into a child’s plastic 20L bin, on wheels (after the fruit is gone, of course). It should only grow to about 1m tall, less if I keep it trimmed. Thoughts?
But that doesn’t mean you can’t purchase a copy of Blood Moon. Head over to Amazon (or retailer of choice) to get your copy today! And congrats to those lucky enough to receive a copy – they’re being sent out right now!
Kindle Paperwhite loaded up will all kinds of wonderful ebooks, from the folks here on the tour, plus others!
Participating Author Grand Prize e-book Donation(s) so far:
J.A. Garland Books: INSTINCT, Dysus Dreamer
Celia Breslin: Haven
Pippa Jay: Gethyon
Mimi Sebastian: The Necromancer’s Seduction
Cecilia Dominic: The Mountain’s Shadow
Jude Johnson: Save the Last Dance Trilogy
Isabella Norse: Assassin’s Heart
Dani Harper: First Bite, Storm Warrior
Rita Bay: The Aegis, Into the Lyons Den
Allison Knight: Lynbrook’s Lady, Betrayed Bride
Joyce Proell: A Deadly Truth
Holly Hunt: The Devil’s Wife, Scale & Feather
Ceci Giltenan: Highland Solution
Ute Carbone: To the Wind, Sweet Lenora
Cassiel Knight: Blood on the Moon
Morgan Wyatt: Dangerous Curves, Escaping West
Angela Kay Austin: Rumer
Liz Crowe: Floor Time, Sweat Equity, Closing Costs
January Bain: Forever Man, Forever Woman, Forever Clan
Susan Frances: Love- Valentine Style
Linda Retstatt: In The Spirit, A Falling Star
Graeme Brown: Donating e-book only: The Pact
How do you win this awesome prize? Click over toJ.A. Garland Books and follow the link!
To receive an ebook copy of Blood Moon, simply leave a comment with your email address and receive a free copy, Feb 10-14 only!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 17 trips to carry that many people.
On the eve of New Year, o offer all my loyal, and new, readers a wonderful and happy 2014. may your days be merry and bright, and may all your resolutions come to a satisfying end!
There’s a lot more happening in 2014 for myself and my books, including appearances at Supanova Sydney in June, and hopefully the release of The Seasonal Slasher some point near the end of the year (If I can get it finished, that is!).
Keep a weathered eye open, and have a good year!
Ebook available here.
Dark Magic is an anthology of short stories written with a dark and serious twist… followed at the end by a play that is pure slapstick comedy. A must-read!
The Ghost of Me.
One of Us.
The Boy from the Shadows.
Force and Evolution.
Also includes “The Play”, four plays performed in 2007, re-edited into a single comedic tale.
1. Why didn’t you become a policeman instead of a writer?
LOL, that’s a new one! I never even considered becoming a policeman. I know I’ve written about policemen and women, but I, personally, am not fond of guns. Or exercise. (I really am trying on that last one, though!)
2. If you could only tell one story in your life, what would it be?
I wonder if I’ve found that story yet. At the moment, if I could only tell one of the stories I have told, it would be Cassie’s – her series is my favorite. But I keep hoping that there’s still something else out there for me. Maybe even something profound. Or at least very, very entertaining.
3. Apples or pears?
Apples. I don’t like pears at all. Fuji apples are the best apple for eating; I’m still not sure what makes the best baking apple.
4. Which of your own characters would you like to meet and why?
Evan Blackwood, because I created him to be my ideal romantic interest and well, that would be a lot of fun. My husband might not like it, though. :) (Actually, Evan reminds me of my husband in several critical ways, including the way he cares about Cassie.)
5. How would you like the world to end?
In a perfect world, it would end while I watched from a suitably safe distance. On a ship headed for another planet, maybe? In which case, it might as well go out with a bang!
6. Which genre do you wish you could write, and why?
I’ve written stories that combined mystery, fantasy, romance, suspense and science fiction. Just about the only thing I haven’t tackled is literary, and lately I’ve thought that maybe it would be neat if I could write something that really made people think. I’m not sure I have the voice for it, though. I’m a very straightforward person and an equally straightforward writer.
7. You’re stuck on an island with only three things: A knife, a match and a stick. What would you do to survive?
After cutting myself with the knife (probably by accident because I’ve never been able to do this intentionally… and I’ve tried… eight seasons of watching Charmed prompted me to try) I would cast a spell to get me some help. Preferably a really good looking man who knows how to survive with a knife, a stick, and a match!
8. Which of the following would you rather have stalking you through the night: A vampire, a werewolf, or Stephen King?
All three. Then they can attack one another while I get away!
9. Who is the best villain you’ve ever read, and why?
I find most villains to be unmemorable. We get very little of their perspective, and they tend to serve a purpose rather than truly pop off the page. I actually did a search for “best villains in literature” to come up with some ideas. Voldemort comes up a lot, but even though I loved the series, I’m not feeling it. I guess that’s because he’s a VILLAIN, and I like villains who have redeeming qualities, or who even seek redemption, a bit like Darth Vader. Villains whose purpose is to be evil, even if they have a back story to go along with it, don’t tend to stick in my mind as much. After reading through several lists that seemed to be more about popular literature than truly memorable bad guys, I came up with my own idea: Thomas Raith from the Dresden Files. He’s a vampire of the white court, an incubus (the male version of a succubus), and as much as I don’t want to meet him in a dark alley, I sort of find myself sympathizing with him. He’s got a human soul, and a demon, and he struggles with the two over the course of many books (starting in book three).
Thanks so much for asking these entertaining questions!
Secrets & Lies provides everything you need in a story – anger, heartache, sweet romance and one hell of a kicker ending! I can’t wait to get to the next book (if or when it comes out)! Between Cassie and Evan, there was the hope of things straightening out.
Definately putting this on my to-finish-the-series list!