Land of Midnight Days

By Katrina Jack

Before I started to read this book I wasn’t sure if it was going to be for me. Well I shouldn’t have worried! I was swept in right from the start. Here’s the synopsis:

What would you do if your life was filled with fear: hide, run away – or would you fight back?
In a city at war with itself, Jeremiah Tully already knows how to survive, now he must learn how to live. Mute from birth, of mixed race heritage and his only possession a charmed flute, Jeremiah tries to discover where his remarkable talent as a musician will take him.

Briefly because I hate giving away the plot of any book, it’s about Jeremiah Tully a young mixed race boy who’s been abandoned by his mum into the care of a brutish landlord of a run down guest house. Jeremiah is unable to speak and gets by in the gang ravished town were he lives by playing his flute for tips. His flute was a present from his mother, left in the care of his landlord until his 9th birthday. The gangs are becoming more aggressive and the population are too frightened to do anything about the situation. Jeremiah gets pulled into the heart of the trouble as disaster creeps ever closer.

The story is well structured and fast paced and the action keeps coming as the tension builds. I could clearly picture the characters and the descriptions were good making this an engaging read. It more than held my interest, dragging me back at every opportunity to find out what was going to happen next!

Yes I would definitely recommend this book, it’s a great read! I’m going to award it 5 gold dragons, well done Katrina Jack!!

5 Gold Dragons

Challenges and Dragon’s Blood!!

Well November is racing by at breakneck speed and I have to say my writing isn’t!! I really need to up my game if I’m going to make my self imposed deadlines.

So with this in mind I accepted a accepted a challenge thrown down by the wonderful Ryan Holmes over on Griffin’s Quill. GAMA 2012 is a competition to help us achieve our goals for November. You have to set yourself weekly challenges which added together make your overall challenge for the month. I have listed my challenges which are basically 34,000 words and making some progress towards promoting Vortex more.

The first week hasn’t gone so well as I had hoped to get the first 8,000 words of my word count down, but I’ve only succeeded in getting 4,000  words written! I did manage to put together some promotional material though and I’ve made a start sending it out to bookshops etc.

I’ll keep you posted on how I’m getting on with this challenge!

During this last week I have also been helping to judge a competition for Catharina Storm, which she has held for her fans and  the followers of her Facebook page Silver Storm Universe. This was great fun and I would like to thank Catharina for asking me to be a judge. The competition was to ‘write a one original line, one sentence to inspire all of us.’ I have to say I was very impressed with the entries. There were two other Judges James Peercy and Jeanice Deering and between us we managed to choose the winners. The results should be up today or tomorrow on Catharina’s FB page so call in there, take a look and be inspired!!

I was recently interviewed by the lovely Kriss Morton for her ‘Make Mine an Orangeberry’ series you can check it out here and get the recipe for  my Dragons Blood drink!!