Dragon in Spain

Well, it’s been a while since I last wrote a post for this poor neglected blog!! In that time I’ve had a lovely holiday in Spain with my family. We were all pretty done in from work and life pressures so we didn’t do much other than read, realax and swim in the pool.

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The area we visited was between Almeria and Murcia in the south of Spain. We stopped in a lovely villa around fifteen miles from the coast on the edge of a village called Bedar. Bedar is situated on the side of a mountain and the views from our villa were breathtaking!

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IMG_1065         Thankfully it wasn’t too hot because no of us do very hot! and there was a nice breeze blowing most of the week to stop us really overheating!

So after such a lovely relaxing time I’m back and will hopefully be giving this poor blog a lot more love from now on!

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White Mountain

So here’s another post in my once in a blue moon book review series!!

WHITE MOUNTAIN

By Sophie E Tallis

A dying culture hidden from our own. An ancient people conquered by human progress. A ruthless changeling bent on revenge and power…and a wizard and dragon determined to stop him.

Amongst our modern world, lies another. An archaic and hidden world of tradition, sorcery and magic. Lost, long before the last Ice Age and barely surviving beneath the onslaught of human advance, it now faces its greatest challenge and its bitterest enemy.

As dark demons awaken from our past, the last remaining wizards are being hunted and murdered by a changeling of terrifying strength.

Attacked and drained of most of his powers, a dying sorcerer must race against time to save himself and the fate of all, from an enemy intent on cleansing the planet and destroying humanity…

I have to say I really really loved this book, not just because it has a wonderful brave dragon in it and some amazing illustrations, but also because the story is gripping and exciting.

The story follows two friends Mr Agyk a wise old wizard and Gralen a large portly green dragon. They receive a message from a wizard friend of Mr. Agyk who appears to be in trouble and set out to help him. This is the start of an adventure that tests them to the limit and takes them to many far off corners of the world.

The descriptions paint vivid pictures, which draw you into the story and the story line keeps you wanting to read more and more. I thoroughly enjoyed this and can’t wait to get my hands on the next instalment. I would recommend White Mountain to anyone, a truly wonderful story, and so I give it five gold dragons!!!

5 Gold Dragons

 

‘I Love Books’ Blog Hop

Oooh Valentines day is here again and I’m thrilled this year to be taking part in the ‘I Love Books’ blog hop. It’s going to be a lot of fun so don’t forget to check out the other blogs taking part too! You can find them all here:

As it is Valentines I thought I’d ask Sam, one of my main characters from Vortex, about the love of her life, Damian. They’re deep into they’re second book, Wicked Game, at the moment and things aren’t going too well for them so she won’t want to stay long.

Me: Welcome Sam, thanks for agreeing to answer a few questions for me, I know you’re very busy at the moment.

Sam: Yes, I’m in hiding, please don’t tell anyone where I am.

Me: No I won’t I know you’re having some major problems! I’ll get straight to it then so you can get back before Damian starts to panic!

Sam: Thanks he’s under a lot of pressure and I promised I wouldn’t be long.

Me: Okay, is it true you didn’t really like him when you first met?

Sam: He frightened me! I’d been having some awful nightmares about him, I thought he was after me, then when he turned up in real life, following me, I got really freaked out. He has these silver eyes which appear to be almost on fire, I thought back then they were very creepy. I tried to run away from him, but I fell and knocked myself out. He took me back to my room and tried to look after me, but I thought he was holding me prisoner or kidnapping me. To be fair it’s not surprising I didn’t like him at the time.

Me: So what changed your mind?

Sam: He did. As I got to know him a little I started to see a very vulnerable side to him. He’s incredibly strong and tough, but there’s a big weight, a kind of guilt pressing down on him, something in his past I don’t know about, but it haunts him. All he wants to do is help people, I think he’s trying to make amends for something. I came to realise how committed he is to his adoptive family, friends and his home. A lot of people don’t understand him and are frightened by him, but if they would just give him a chance they’d see how good and loyal he is.

Me: How do you feel about him now?

Sam: I love him. I can’t imagine my life without him in it. He makes me feel so safe and warm, I know now how much he loves me. I feel like he’s part of me or I’m part of him, it’s like finally feeling whole. 

Me: Thank you Sam for coming and being so open.

Sam: Is it okay if I go now? Only he’ll be really worried, we’re in a bit of a bad situation and I promised I’d get back quickly. Don’t forget not to tell anyone where we are.

Me: We won’t, thank you Sam and good luck.

Well Sam’s gone racing off so I thought I’d give you a small taster from Vortex:

Sam squirmed as flat as she could on the seat, pulling him down with her. He was pressed tight against her, she could feel the heat radiating from his skin and the warmth of his breath on her face. The fire and spice smell of him washed over her and a wave of heady dizziness blocked out everything but him. His untidy hair was hanging down, brushing against her forehead. She gazed up into his eyes, just inches from her own, smouldering in the darkness. He was staring down at her with such intensity it made her gasp. Her heart was doing somersaults in her chest and she lifted her face up closer to his just as a torch shone in the car window. There was a pause for about ten seconds while Damian’s eyes glowed down at her in the torchlight. Then there was the sound of someone knocking on the glass.

Well thank you for stopping by and I hope you have an exciting Valentines day!!

Please check out all the other awesome blogs taking part in this hop you can find them by clicking on the link below:


Orangeberry Big Bang Tour!!

 

I’m really excited to be taking part in Orangeberry’s Big Bang Tour which started on 2nd January. There are loads of fantastic books and authors featured throughout the month and a Kindle Fire giveaway too!! Here I the dates I will be featured:

8th January – Author Interview at Peace from Pieces

9th January – Book Feature at Bunny’s Review

10th January – Book Review at Mommy Adventures

11th January – Book Review at Quality Reads UK

12th January – Book Review at The Next Big Book Thing

13th January – Twitter View with OB Book Tours

14th January – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours

Please drop by these fantastic blogs and check them out! Also take a look at Orangeberry’s Big Bang Tour pages to see what other great books are being featured!

Also checkout the Big Bang’s Goodreads Listopia list, all the books on the tour are listed and you can vote for your favourite! (Vortex would be grateful for your vote! :))

Goodbye 2012! Hello 2013!!

So this is not very original, because WordPress has kindly prepared these blogs for every blogger. But it’s great to get a breakdown on how well your blog went down over the last year and I am quite impressed at how well I’ve done considering I don’t post very often! So I’d just like to say a very big, heartfelt thank you to all you wonderful people out there who have visited me here over the last 12 months and wish you all

A VERY HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Vortex Free on Kindle

Yes Vortex is free on Amazon Kindle today and tomorrow!! (15th and 16th December) And again between 22nd and 24th December!!!

In the US

In the UK

Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Here is a short extract to whet your appetite!

Silent and still, the girl lay on the shiny floor at the top of the stairs, her head pressed against the doorpost. Damian stood in a state of shock for a number of seconds. He had caused her to panic, run and consequently fall, and now she was so still.

Snapping out of it, he leapt to the top of the stairs and knelt by the girl’s side. He could hear her shallow breathing, which was a relief; she must just be unconscious. The way she had fallen meant she was lying awkwardly, twisted. He carefully slid his hand under her head, gently moving her away from the doorpost and laying her flat so she looked more comfortable. There was a large lump forming under her hair where her head had made contact, and he had smelt the blood before he’d even touched her. His heart raced and panic started to well up in the pit of his stomach. He didn’t know anything about healing, and here, so far from home, he knew no one, no one to turn to for help.

Downstairs, the door clicked and the sound of voices drifted up from below. A couple of students started to climb the stairs chatting about a new friend they had just been out for a drink with. Damian didn’t wait to hear whether they were coming up as far as the fourth floor. Scooping the girl up, he carefully carried her back to her door. Her keys lay abandoned on the floor where she’d dropped them. After a couple of failed attempts, he got the right key and the door opened. As he carried her inside, he could hear the two students on the stairs below, still chatting animatedly.

Pushing the door closed with his foot, Damian examined the room. It was small in comparison to the rooms he was used to; more like a large cupboard. There was a very comfortable-looking bed, on which he carefully placed the girl, making sure her head was resting on the plump pillow. The room smelt of the same warm flowery scent as the girl, and he immediately liked it. An L-shaped table against the wall opposite the bed took up most of the remaining space. It was piled high with books, papers and other objects which were totally alien to him, and there were heaps of clothing piled on the floor along with more books.

He quickly retrieved her bags from the corridor where they had been dropped when she panicked. He inspected her head. The bleeding seemed to have stopped, but her hair was full of sticky blood and the lump was stretching her skin taut.

‘I bet that is going to hurt when she wakes up,’ he thought. Looking down at her, he smoothed her hair back from her face. She is even more beautiful in real life. He felt guilty to be touching her, even looking at her, while she lay unconscious and vulnerable. Backing away, he turned the only chair round so that he could sit and watch over her until she woke.

As the minutes turned to hours, Damian became more and more worried. He was mesmerised watching her, but her continued unconscious state needed rectifying. He couldn’t believe he’d let this happen; he’d as good as driven her to the point where she had fallen. What if she was seriously hurt, or even dying?

The sun had long since set and the room was in darkness. There must be heat coming from somewhere, because it was pleasantly warm despite the cold October night outside. He did a quick search of the tabletop in the hope of finding some candles. He didn’t want her to wake up in the dark in case she was disorientated and confused. But he couldn’t find anything that might be used to shed light and had to give up. All he could do was sit on the chair and wait until she finally started to stir.

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