Friday, 19 December 2014

Official Release - The Howling Wind


Millennia old teenage vampire Alex Hayden is back in a new adventure!  With the official release of “The Howling Wind”, book two of the Alex Hayden Chronicles, Alex, Harry and the rest of the gang return to action in a Christmassy Blackpool.



Here’s the blurb for the book, which is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions by clicking here.

 It's been a peaceful two months in Blackpool since the battle at the Church of the Merciful Heart and the destruction of the vampire pack, but when human remains are discovered on Marton Mere, the police try to play it off as a wild animal attack.

Teenage vampire Alex Hayden is not so easily convinced and soon reveals a cover up of the murders. However, he discovers that the truth is worse than he feared.

A pack of Lycans have made their home in Blackpool and with the full moon just days away, it's up to Alex, detective Harry Shepherd and their friends to stop the werewolves before they kill again.

I’m very excited about the release of this sequel as it’s the first real follow on book that I’ve written.  The challenge for me has been to reintroduce the character from “Under A Blood Moon” and put them into a new story, without compromising the history of the first.

Of course, there are new characters and new villains, this time with a werewolf pack moving in but trust me, a Twilight rewrite this is not.  I’ve tried to stay true to my plans for the series and kept to the old myths and lore about the paranormal world, while still introducing a couple of twists of my own.  However, be warned, I have taken the proverbial sword to the cast list so don’t expect everyone to make it out alive this time!

Anyway, it’s now up and available, perfect in time for Christmas (if Mr Postman delivers on time!)

 

Away from Alex and Harry, work is now underway on a side project that has been kicking around in my head for some time.  With a work in progress title of “Left Behind”, I’m waiting to see how the plot inspires me to discover if it will be a short story or a full length novel.  A nice little chiller thriller and a lovely front cover.

I have also been a busy little reader as well and have recently read two very different but very good books.  “Ephraim’s Curious Device” by Lita Burke is the sequel to the Clockpunk story “Forever Boy” while “The Sleeping Pool” by P. Zoro is an imaginative thriller set in Zimbabwe.

This is my four star review of “Ephraim’s Curious Device” which you can buy here.

I was introduced to the genre of Clockpunk through Ms Burke's first book Forever Boy and so I was delighted when I received a copy of the sequel in exchange for my honest, non-reciprical review.

The story is longer than Forever Boy, coming in at around double the length, which allowed the author to take me on a longer journey within her magical world. We are re-introduced to Kadmeion and Sir Bright, along with the cyanthrope Furgo and meet a host of new creatures and characters along the way.

The plot itself is a simple but effective one. Something is taken from the main characters and held hostage and in exchange, they have to discover Ephraim's Curious Device. They set off on a journey that takes in several widely different magical locations and they battle to overcome the problems caused not only by the creatures living there but also the Goons sent to protect them. Imagine the village idiot and then make him dumber. That's a Goon!

The narrative is mostly good, although personally I found in parts that the sentences were broken and too short. Not a grammatical error at all, just a different style of writing than I am used to reading. The descriptions of the locations are excellent, leaving you with the images that you need without going overboard but for me, what worked the best was the interaction between Sir Bright and his travelling companions. The conversations flowed well and were just enough that you could imagine being part of their group, trapsing along on the quest, listening to the banter back and forth.

All in all this is a solid fantasy book and an very good sequel to the first.

 





This is my four star review of “The Sleeping Pool” which you can buy here.

  This is not my normal genre of reading but I was pulled into the story within the first few pages and found it difficult to stop reading when it was time to turn off the light. The author’s descriptive talents are excellent and you can easily imagine that you are there, in Zimbabwe, next to the pool or in the caves beneath.

Ms Zoro creates a wonderful cast of characters, all of them believable, as the battle for the boardroom takes a dramatic twist into a battle for life.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to those readers who like a little bit of magic in their suspense thrillers.

 

In my last blog, I did say that I was going to review a new band, but unfortunately with the pressure of finishing up “The Howling Wind”, I just ran out of time and with Christmas already here, I spent far too long in the shops getting presents.  So look out next time for my first ever music review!

Finally, I’d just like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.  See you all in 2015!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Blogged down now longer!

Well... I can't believe its been so long since I last wrote a blog post, so for that I apologise.  However, you can blame a member of my football team for that as, while playing in goal at training, I made such a fantastic reaction save that my thumb decided to dislocate itself!

 

To say that it hurt was a little bit of an understatement and I discovered that I had expanded my collection of swear words by the time that the doctor had twisted and pulled it back into its joint.  I tell you what though, I can see why women in labour take gas and air!!!  They should bottle it and sell it... it would certainly become a best seller!


The X-Factor is now well underway and is nearing the final.  I was gutted that my favourites went out this weekend.  Only The Young are a great, energetic fun four and I hope that this isn't the last that we see of them.
Stevie went out last night as well and now my money is on Fleur East, but I have a sinking feeling that Andrea Faustini is going to win.  I hope not as I can't see him becoming a worldwide star.

The football season is also a goodly way through the season and after a fantastic start for my super Foxes including...



It was a truly great game... it's not often that you are 2-0, then 3-1 down against a team like Man Utd and yet you still win the game.  The most annoying thing was though that I actually called it.  Did I put my money where my mouth was??  No.  So finding out the next day that it was 500/1 was more than upsetting lol.

The wheels have come off Leicester's season since however, and we now sit in the bottom three, but only a win away from climbing up three or four places so it's all to play for.

The Alex Hayden Chronicles Book Two: The Howling Wind is really gathering pace as I continue to concentrate on the project.  As I write this, Alex and the gang are just in the final battle so there is only really another two or three chapters to write.  Then there's the proofing and cover design and then BAM!  Christmas deadline should be achieved.

I'll let you all into a big secret though... a main character gets killed!!!  That's right, you've read correctly.  In a stroke of cruelty, one of the main characters will be topped off and I'm not telling you who it is.  You'll just have to wait and read it!

My Warp Speed Mind

Talking of reading, I had the privilege of reading a wonderful book in the last few weeks and would like to share it with you.  It's called "My Warp Speed Mind" by Donalisa Helsley.  It tells the story of a boy with ADHD and gives some really useful advice to teachers, parents and children alike.  Donalisa has worked with children with ADHD and wanted to put something together and the book that she has created is simply brilliant.

Here is my review of the book.

"Although I do not have a child myself, I was intrigued by how parents can help and cope a child with ADHD. I was a little unsure what to expect from the book, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was aimed at teaching a child about ADHD and how to cope, while giving parents and other adults key indicators and exercises to help them.

The tale about Drake and his experience was very informative with just the right amount of humour mixed in that it should keep your child's interest.

A very worthwhile book for anyone who is affected by ADHD."

You can pick up a copy on Amazon, with it currently priced at £1.99 or local equivalent by clicking here

Well, that's all from me today.  I promise to blog a little more regularly and next time, will be telling you more about Alex Hayden, I'll be reviewing a new two piece band who I have just discovered via twitter and of course, I'll bore you with more rubbish about what is going on!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Golf, Dragons and A Howling Wind

As usual, it's been an interesting last couple of weeks since my last post, with book reviews, interviews, the cricket incident, pre-season football and of course, book writing!

So the first news is that my books are now being featured on a new promotional website called "Heibooks".  As well as featuring the cover, blurbs and of course, purchase links, I was also interviewed for the site.  So if you want to have a quick mosey on over, the first part of the interview can be found here.  All you need to d to see the second part is click on the link at the end of the first, as it is split across both "For The Lost Soul" and "Under A Blood Moon".

As for the cricket, ten days ago, the media were baying for Alistair Cook's blood, demanding that he steps down as England captain, and even that he should be dropped completely.  I was so happy to see him make them eat their words after a magnificent 266 run victory in the third test against India, and not only that, Cooky himself hit 95 in the first innings and was 70 not out in the second.

With the fourth test starting this morning, there is still the rumblings over the Jimmy Anderson / Ravindra Jadeja incident from the first test.  The ICC has decided not to appeal over the decision to clear him of the level three charge that had been bought against the England bowler, which should be a relief for him.

Talking of sporting events that start today, it's the final major of the Golf season with the PGA Championship in Valhalla.  Tiger Woods has managed to complete a practice 9 hole round with no pain, which is fantastic news as any major without Tiger is surely devalued.  It's hard to look past Rory McIlroy at the moment as the favourite, but with Sergio Garcia hitting some of the best form of his career, it would be great to see him finally win his first major.  You then have Ricky Fowler prowling around and I would definitely expect him to be there or there abouts as he has finished in the top 5 in all three majors this year.

This tournament is also going to have a major impact on the Ryder Cup teams, as it is only FIFTY days away.  The final qualification is the 31st August so there are only a handful of tournaments left for players to make their way into the team, or hold on to their places.  At the moment, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald are all outside the team and for me, would be the three captain picks, although with Gleneagles playing so long, Luke's lack of power could come under pressure.  With Francesco Molinari, Stephen Gallagher and Miguel Angel Jimenez also outside the placings, there is certainly a lot for captain Paul McGinlay to think about.

As for books, I had the pleasure of reading a new shapeshifter fantasy called Aranya, by South African author Marc Secchia.  Currently priced at £2.44 as an ebook, you can get it on Amazon UK.  Here is my five star review.

‘Aranya’, the first book in the Shapeshifter Dragons series is an imaginative tale, full of battle and heroism, romance and betrayal. Set on a world of Sky Islands, it tells the story of a princess given up as hostage in surrender. Sent to the Sylakian prison tower, she meets Zip, a Remoyan princess who is also a prison hostage. The two forge a friendship that transforms themselves and the world around them.

I found the story to be well written and conceived, with enough twists in the plot to keep you guessing where the author is going with the story. Aranya and Zip are enthralling as main characters and the dialogue between them, which forms a large part of the story, is excellent, witty and intelligent as the author explores how two former enemies can become the best of friends.
Throw in the minor characters who help them along the way, the main villain in the plot who is suitably evil and the romantic interest for Aranya, who is a commander in the Sylakian army but is torn between his duty and his honour.

Overall, I found this difficult to put down, wanting to carry on reading even when I had prior engagements to go to and I will certainly be putting book two on my wish list.

As for my own projects, I finally got finished laying the background work down for the next in the Alex Hayden Chronicles.  So with a lot of nervous excitement, I fired up Word and wrote the words CHAPTER ONE.  Before I knew it, it was three hours later and I was fully involved in the world of vampires, witches and werewolves (yes werewolves feature in this one!!) and "The Howling Wind" is now officially listed as a Work In Progress.  2600 words are already on paper as old friends and characters are re-introduced to the world and of course, there will be the usual twists and turns along the way.
The great news for me is that Debbie, who proofed "Under A Blood Moon" has signed on once again to the project as have Lucy and Dave who did such a great job on the front cover.  With a Christmas deadline, I have certainly put pressure on myself, but if I can have writing sessions like I did yesterday, I will comfortably achieve this.

So, that's all from me for now.  Enjoy the cricket, golf, and if you support a Football League team, hope your team gets off to a great start this weekend.  It's going to be weird for me, as my team have been promoted back to the Premier League after a ten year absence so I need to change my Sky Planner to record Match of the Day rather than the Football League Show.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Patriotic? Support our Armed Forces? Not if you are a member of Solihull Council

Okay then, I hope you all forgive me for this as it is not my normal blog post.  It isn't very often, heck, it rarely happens that I talk about things that affect me or the things that I want to be involved in.  However this has got me really wound up.

Last year, a wonderful lady within a small village called Dickens Heath, on the outskirts of Solihull in the West Midlands, put together a charity night in aid of the charity Help For Heroes.  It was extremely well supported within the village and raised within the region of £5000 on the night.  It was an overwhelming success, and one that I helped in a very small way to support by donating a signed copy of "For The Lost Soul".  A large proportion of the village pulled together and there was a real sense of community spirit.

With the 100th anniversary commemoration of the outbreak of World War One on the 1st of August, that same wonderful lady, Debbie Hobson, wanted to recreate that atmosphere of community spirit and respect for our current and past serving men and women of the armed forces, and so the next Help For Heroes function was arranged.  Poppies were ordered and grown at her home and planters bought.  These were soon arranged around the venue, The Chalice Bar & Restaurant, in the heart of the village.

Tickets, priced at only £10, were being snapped up and with the regular live band, "New York Minute" booked, everyone was looking forward to a chilled night of entertainment, socialising and of course, fundraising for Help For Heroes.  Raffle prizes were coming in thick and fast, myself included of course, and the whole of the village was expecting a fun filled night that would honour those men and women who have served our country so proudly.

OR SO WE THOUGHT

As it turns out, a local resident, one single person, put a complaint into Solihull Council saying that it would be too noisy and that it would ruin their evening's entertainment.  Apparantly, the council, in their wisdom as only councils can do, agreed and allegedly have threatened the landlord of the bar and restaurant with losing his license if the event goes ahead and someone complains.  This is a local business that has been running for over seven years in the village.  A business that supports local charities, such as the Maddie Fighting Fund, which raises money for a young girl suffering from leukemia, who lives within the village.  A business that is a focal point for the community of the village.
At every charity event, party, heck even a normal night, the owner ALWAYS insists that no-one is allowed outside the bar with a drink after 10.30pm.  Music is always turned down before then.  Even though they have a license to run until 2AM, they always ask the customers to respect their neighbours when leaving the premises.

YET Solihull Council has decided that the event is going to be too upsetting for that one resident to endure and so they have killed it off before it starts.  There was no consultation with the residents of the village.  No consultation with the owner.  No consultation with the local Parish council.  Someone sat in their ivory tower, with no knowledge of what the majority of the village residents want, has made a decision which has caused the organisers to cancel the charity function.  After all, if someone has complained BEFORE the event has actually happened, do we really think that small, petty minded individual will not be on the phone as soon as the evening starts?

Our brave soldiers who fought for freedom from oppression, those very people who the charity night was there to remember and commemorate, must be turning in their graves.

Solihull Council... you need to have a long, hard look at yourselves and decide if you are the type of person that your mother would be proud of.


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Rory is the main story in a weekend dominated by Unlimited news.

Well, what a weekend of golf it has been at The Open Championship and once again, Rory McIlroy has rediscovered the form that lifted him to number one in the world and he picked up his third major of his career.  What is more impressive is that he has now won three different majors and is on the verge of becoming one of the few players in history to do the clean sweep.


You do have to give a lot of credit to the chasing pack though as well.  Although Rory never had a lead of less than two on the final day, Sergio Garcia and an ever improving Ricky Fowler certainly made sure that Rory couldn't relax.  Talking of the Californian, that is now three top five finishes in the three majors in 2014 and surely it is only a matter of time before he picks up a win.  His interview on the BBC afterwards was one of respect and intelligence and he certainly has made a lot of friends in the UK this week.

Roll on the PGA in a couple of weeks, and of course, The Ryder Cup at the end of September.

The big story that is going to rock the world of reading is the announcement by Amazon of their new subscription service called Kindle Unlimited.  At the moment, it is only in trial in the US but it certainly looks like the more active readers amongst us will get great value for money.  Priced at $9.99, it allows the customer to download upto 10 books at any one time.  Once read, you can return the book and download another.  You can do this as often as you want, hence the Unlimited nature of the name.
I believe that this can only be a good thing for us aspiring authors as it should encourage readers to take more risks on the unknown names, trying their books "for free" which may lead to full sales rather than the hire of the books under the subscription.

As for me?  I have been receiving some nice reviews for my latest book, Under A Blood Moon, including one where a reader from the USA stating that she has fallen in love with my new teenage vampire, Alex.  I have also just been interviewed this afternoon by Heibooks, a new website that helps advertise books.  I've been told that it should go up in the next week or so.  I have also started work on my next project, which is book two in The Alex Hayden Chronicles.  I've been hard at work, re-reading Blood Moon so that everything is fresh in my mind again, and with the general plotline and ongoing series plots laid out, I am just about in a place where I will start putting the proverbial pen to paper and start writing "The Howling Wind".  I know that Lucy, my cover designer, has already started putting together ideas for the front cover so it's all exciting once again.

I have also been hard at work with reading and reviewing other books and here is one for you to have a look at.


4.0 out of 5 stars Quick fire fun action
By Michael Andrews
Format:Kindle Edition
This short story is a quick paced action book based around the Hartman siblings, who's company run the online game Dragonfire. This is a game where you transpose your human self inside the game, but while there are safety measures in place to protect you, things can go wrong.

It is an intriguing read as the author meshes in the idea of the game, the differing characters of the "real" world with the computer world and in my opinion, would work well if he ever decided to turn it into a full length novel.

If you want to pick it up, it's priced at just 99c or 77p and you can do it here for the US and here for the UK

In other news, it was with sadness that I have just heard that James Garner has died at the age of 86.  Famous for his roles in Maverick and the Rockford Files, as well as appearing in The Great Escape.  He will be missed.

Well, that's my lot for this week.  Hope you have all had a good weekend.  Peace!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

"Pulled" into a Flawed universe

Well it's been a busy week or so since my last post, with new books being read, adverts being accepted and World Cup matches to watch.
 
Firstly my stuff.  "Under A Blood Moon" is now officially up and running with sales coming in from Europe and the UK.  Still waiting for that first US sale, but with it now up on Goodreads as well, who knows?  Received my first copies in paperback which is always a cool feeling.  I've also been accepted for an email shot by eBookSoda which goes out on the 12th July so hopefully that will help push things along.
 
I've started laying the groundwork to book two of the Alex Hayden Chronicles, which is called "The Howling Wind".  No prizes for guessing what paranormal creature is going to make an appearance in this one haha!  I've set myself a tough deadline though, having announced in the first book that "Howling Wind" will be released in time for Christmas this year.  It took me around eight months to write "Blood Moon" so with only five months realistically for "Howling Wind", I am going to have to make sure that I am not distracted as I have been by other projects.
 
Talking of other projects, I received an advanced copy of a short story by Becca J Campbell called "Pulled".  This is a short story from her "Flawed" universe, something that I had not been aware of before receiving the book but one that has now tweaked my interest.  This is my review that I have left on Amazon for Becca's book.
 
“Pulled” is an interesting short read that introduces the reader to the “Flawed” universe.  I have assumed this is written as a prequel to a future story, “Pulled” introduces the eight year old Juniper, a girl with the ability to be physically transported to the location of other ‘Uniques’, other people with special abilities.
The story is fast flowing, which at twenty eight pages it needs to be, but you are drawn into the plight of the young girl who has been in and out of foster homes due to her ability.  It was an enjoyable short read and is billed as a standalone story so you do not need to have read any of the other “Flawed” stories, which I have not…yet.
A nice introduction to the author’s other books which I will now be taking an interest in.
 
If you are interested in taking a look, here is a link to the UK site.  Pulled by Becca J Campbell
Pulled: A Flawed Short Story
 
I have also recently read another short sci fi book called Rescue One: Breaking Point by a New Zealand author called Michael Gardner.  This is a prequel to his new book which I picked up through seeing it on Goodreads.  Again, here is my review.
 
Roll on the first book proper!!
I bought this book as I had seen it on Goodreads and I liked the front cover, it grabbed me straight away and as a fan of sci-fi, I thought, heck why not!!
I read another review comparing it to the Star Trek universe and I can see where he was coming from in that this is the Star Trek First Contact to the next set of films.
This prequel sets the background to how humanity discover faster than light space flight and the main protagonist is someone that you want to like, while wanting to dislike as well. Going back to the Star Trek similarity, he is the James Cromwell!
All being said, it is a short story that has grabbed me and is making me wait for the first book in the series, as I am sure that I will be hooked.
 Again, here is the link for it if you want to check it out on Amazon.  Rescue One:Breaking Point 
Rescue One: Breaking Point
 
 
And finally, England decided to cut short their summer vacation in Brazil, a nearly pointless exercise, and with two of the four quarter finals completed, I think Germany are now looking strong favourites to win it.  With Neymar now out of the tournament, I think that the Germans will be too strong for the hosts.  On the domestic front, Leicester are signing their players to longer term contracts, which is great news.  Only Lloyd Dyer has left the club but should easily be replaced with the signing of Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton.  How and why the Villa let him go I've no idea!  Just need to add a little bit of quality to the squad and I am sure that we will survive next season, which is all that matters after a ten year absence.
 
Peace!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

New release!!! Under A Blood Moon and a little bit of Flash!

Hi everyone
 
so my biggie news is that my latest book, "Under A Blood Moon" is now out there for you to have a look at on both Kindle and paperback, through Amazon.  I have already had a couple of nice reviews for it and it is my latest project exploring the paranormal world of vampires, witches and warlocks.
 
Here's the cover, which I have to thank Lucy for designing and of course, my wonderful proof reader Debbie for her work on finding all my errors.
 
 
 
When Detective Harry Shepherd stops a young teenager throwing himself from the end of Blackpool pier, he has little idea that the world around him would change forever. As the boy scampers away, he vows to discover why the lad was so willing to die.

However, Alex Hayden is no ordinary teenager, but one with an insight into the multiple murders that are occurring within the town. Sensing a loss within the soul of Detective Shepherd, he becomes embroiled in the search to stop the killer at the risk of exposing his own secret.

As the worlds of mortals and the paranormal collide, Alex and Harry battle to stop the vampire pack from achieving their goal of forming an army that would rip apart the fragile balance between the two worlds.

Under A Blood Moon is the first book in the Alex Hayden Chronicles.
 
 
So it has been an exciting couple of weeks for me with the release of my book, and I have been doing the social network thing, with an interview on Rosie's blog to come soon.
Of course I have been looking at other things as well, and one thing that I have found is some of the groups on Goodreads do flash fiction threads.  Having seen one of the pictures, I looked at it long and hard and despite it supposed to being a romantic thread, I wrote this little piece of flash fiction.
 
I hope you like it as much as my friends on Facebook.
 
 
Missing You by Michael Andrews
 
I’m sat here with my besties less one, not quite believing, not quite understanding that you are gone.  You were the best of us, the smartest, the cutest, the most loving.  Is that why they turned on you, on us?  Is that why they made your life, our life, hell?
We tried to stop it, the sneers, the names, the punches and kicks, but in the end it must have been too much for you to bear.
Now you’re gone and the world has lost a beautiful person, and we are left here, sitting, wishing you were still with us.
Other than my own stuff, I've been reading other books as well and here is my review of the latest one that I have read.  I thoroughly recommend this if you like a different genre to the norm.  I had never heard of Clockpunk but boy, this has me into a whole new genre of fiction.
 
Forever Boy (Clockpunk Wizard, #1)
 
 
More please! May 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of Forever Boy in exchange for an honest, non-reciprocal review and boy, was I pleased that I did.

I’ll admit that I had never heard of Clockpunk, or Steampunk, before reading this story but now that I have, it has opened up a whole new genre of reading for me to look forward to.

The story in itself was well written and constructed with likeable characters and a fast flowing plot, but for me it finished just as it really should have gotten going. I am hoping that this is the first book in an ongoing series as I could see this one as the ‘pilot’ episode introducing you to the characters where episodes two onwards gets to the meat of adventures.

Overall an enjoyable read and I will be keeping my eye out for a hopefully second release in the series.
 
 
Well, other than the news that Nigel Pearson has signed a new three year contract at the mighty Premiership Foxes, I am gonna sign off!!
 
Peace!
 

Monday, 23 June 2014

Oh wow....I didn't realise I'd left it thing long!

Sorry everyone...I knew that it had been a while but November???  Jeez...sorry peeps.
 
So what's been happening?  Well, I have been a busy bunny on Goodreads, finding new authors to read and review their books.  I have found a couple of absolute crackers.
 
 
 
This is an enthralling, sardonically funny tale of man versus the Devil as a down and out, long term liar is given the chance to be granted a wish by the Devil. All he has to do is race him to the habour, some five miles or so away and he wins. If he loses, the Devil gets his eternal soul. As Louis ventures through his nine levels of personal hell, the constant monologue of description of his feelings and thoughts are at times laugh out loud material. In fact, I was attracting some very strange looks on the bus as I sat reading my kindle.

At 47 pages of Kindle viewing, it is a story that you will find yourself unable to put down and easily readable in one sitting, which is what I did.

Thoroughly recommendable to all readers who like the supernatural with a twist that caught me unawares, I will definitely be looking into other books that this author has written.


After that, I moved on to a longer length novel...and boy did I???  At over a quarter of a million words, Deneb by Pearson Moore which was a challenging read, but one that I gave four stars out of five.
 
 
 
I always worry when an author proclaims his own work as an epic and so approached Deneb with cautious anticipation. However, my fears were allayed within the first few chapters as I discovered the wealth of interesting and differing characters mixed into a complex plot that certainly pushes itself into that category.

From the moment that flight Pacific 159 is hit by a blinding flash of light, you are thrown into a story of how the passengers try to survive not only the weird new environment that they find themselves in, but also the mysterious appearance of an 18th Century French navy ship as well as the native inhabitants who believe in an ancient prophecy that the passengers seem to be fulfilling.

The story does involve some violence and sex but the fact that it is over a quarter of a million words long will probably take it out of the range of any younger readers who may be offended. However, I feel that this is important to the story and it would certainly be less without it. I would liken my reading of this book to that of The Lord of the Rings, in that it is now a book that I can say that I am pleased to have read it.

There are two versions of the book, the “normal” version which includes maps and sketches in a style similar to Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow and Jack West series of books, as well as an “illustrated” version which includes the author’s impressions of the characters and places.
 
So after completing some reading, I got back to writing and in my next blog, which I promise not to be too long, I'll tell you about my new release as well as a little piece of flash fiction that I have written.
 
As for other things, the World Cup is upon us, but for my lot, it's already over.  England have to do something against Costa Rica tomorrow otherwise this team will have our worst ever results in Finals history.  I've just heard the team and it is basically giving everybody who hasn't played yet a taste of the action.  Hopefully they will be hungry to prove themselves and not leave us with the dreaded NIL points!
 
So, with a promise to you that I will be back to regular posts, I'll sign off and wish you all a goodnight!