Thursday, 27 June 2013
Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
been reading a lot of books in this genre and was interested in reading this when I seen Colina Brennan asking for reviews in exchange for a free ARC. I was expecting this to be just another love story like all the others I have read in the last few months and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't like the rest.
The tension between Leah and Will was so strong and I could never guess when anything would happen between them. At one point I believed they would never get together.
Helena and Finn were great and I would have loved to read about them together and they were great friends.
Just couldn't put this down
Recieved a free copy in exchange for an honest Review
Ocean's Gift by Demelza Carlton is one of those books that grip you right from the beginning but if you don't lke alternaiting POV then you won't like this one. A very original take on sirens/mermaids and a great love story that has honestly left me speachless. Highly recommended to fans of Mermaids/Sirens, Romance and Great Descriptive worlds. looking forward to reading more books in this series.
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All of my books are carefully researched and set in places I've been. But…my characters take the story where they please – I just seem to write down what unfolds in my head.
What inspired you to write your first book?
The first book I started writing is called Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer and it was inspired by my own recurring nightmares from when I was only twelve. I wrote down my nightmares and worked them into a story, trying to understand the horrifying pictures in my head. The story has changed a lot since then, though some of the original text and all of the character names remain.
I finished writing it in 2013 and it will be published in July this year.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I prefer first person because you can hide so much in one person's perspective! The fisherman who sees a beautiful woman when she's really a siren, the mermaid who doesn't understand the difference between fact and fiction when watching TV…
I limit my description to what the character would look at. They'd notice three things, usually, depending on their interest. The day Joe meets Vanessa in Ocean's Gift he notices that she's carrying fish, she's wearing blue and she has impressive breasts. But that's all the description you get – three points.
Do you ever experience writer's block?
No – more burn than block. I write so much so fast that sometimes I get sick of writing, like I've emptied the tank. Then it's time to read or watch something else until the tank slowly fills again. I wrote Ocean's Gift in three weeks, and Ocean's Infiltrator took three weeks, too.
How did you come up with the titles?
The title of Ocean's Gift came to me in the middle of a dinner party with friends. I was trying to think of what the sirens would call themselves and they feel they're superior to humans, because of their gifts beneath the water. So…it became Ocean's Gift, for both the people of the ocean's gift and the man the ocean gifted Sirena with. I like my titles to mean more than one thing in my story.
Are the characters in your books based on anyone?
Sometimes my minor characters are based on real people, though I try not to use their full names. In Ocean's Gift, Dean is based on a real person. In Ocean's Infiltrator, Marina, Fleur and the twins are all based on real people.
How did you come up with the idea for the Ocean's Gift books?
Ocean's Gift was inspired by a song, a mysterious shipwreck and some beautiful islands. A man survived the shipwreck, only to drown and wash up three weeks later – but no one knows where he was for those three weeks, nor who tended to his injuries. I blamed sirens as a joke, but the thought kept returning – especially as I was listening to Evanescence and their song, Swimming Home. Could mermaids exist and how would their biology work? Why would a siren swim in that storm? Why would she save him? And if she saved him, how could she let him drown? And so the story began…
Once I'd completed the first book, I realised there was more story to come and I seem to have started a siren series. I have outlines for at least six books so far.
What are your current projects?
Both the Nightmares trilogy and my Ocean's Gift series, along with a romance novella called Water and Fire that I'll release in August.
In addition to writing, I photograph the settings for my books and create YouTube videos on my background research. From cars to trees to shipwrecks to sharks, they're all on my YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider your biggest influence?
For my writing, it would have to be Margaret Atwood. I read a lot, but most of the books I've read seem to fall apart when you look at them in depth. Her books are so layered you never seem to touch bottom. I attempt to create an equally intricate web in my stories with consistent characters, realistic settings and very detailed research. Whether I succeed or not…well, I'd say that's up to the reader to decide.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I'm addicted to Daniel A Greathead's science fiction books, and I'd probably buy any book written by him, Tad Williams, Colleen McCullough or Terry Pratchett.
Who designed the covers?
The draft design for Ocean's Gift and Ocean's Infiltrator came from another author called JT Chapman. I had a graphic designer take her idea and my photos to make the cover of Ocean's Gift…but Ocean's Infiltrator was my first proper attempt at layering my own photos together.
The design for the Nightmares series, I'm proud to say, is my own work.
What was the hardest part of writing your books?
The last ten percent. I wrote the parts that flowed through my head like water and slotted them all together into a recognisable book, but the book itself lacked a similar flow. That last ten percent is adding in those paragraphs, pages and new chapters to take a disjointed story and meld it into a cohesive whole.
That…and my first sex scene!
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I've learned that there is no official style guide that covers how you write translated mermaid speech.
I've learned that my readers seem to like reading sex scenes far more than I like writing them. They're so personal!
I've learned that just because a character is a figment of my imagination, there's still no way I can control them. I might be able to get them to a particular place, time and circumstance, but what they do there is entirely up to them. Joe Fisher will always stare at a woman's boobs. When on land, Belinda will seek out whisky.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write the story you want to read, so that you can feel the character's emotions when you read it. Once you're there, get that story edited and proofread 'til it's as error-free as a final PhD thesis. And don't dream of a publisher's advance, writing endless submissions and risking rejection. If your story's really that good, it will stand for itself in the self-publishing world. Set it free – release it.
Monday, 24 June 2013
I received a free ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
Recently I have been let down by many Dystopian books and have came close to abandoning the Genre but it's books like this that make it worthwhile reading through all the S*** in this genre.
Imperfect was great. The characters where engaging and I enjoyed reading about their journey. there were many surprising twists in the story and I like how you learn more about the world this story is set in as you go through the books rather than a huge info dump at the beginning and even although not everything is explained in this book i think we will learn more as the series continues.
Another great thing about this book is it isn't over run with romance yes there is a little but it is far more realistic you can see the attraction building without the characters just throwing themselves at each other like most other books.
I could see this happening in the world with people being obsessed with perfection and all this playing around with DNA the way they are these days were not far off having a world like the one in this book. that in my opinion is what makes a great dystopian story. very believable.
Can't wait to read more of this story.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Over the next couple of weeks there will be Author Interviews, Book Reviews and a Giveaway (maybe a couple of giveaways).
Book reviews coming up:
Addicted To You by Colina Brennan
Inseparable by Missy Johnson
Ocean's Gift by Demelza Carlton
Imperfect by Tina Chan
Author interviews/spotlight coming up:
Interview with Demelza Carlton
Spotlight/Interview with Missy Johnson
Giveaways coming up:
Ocean's Gift by Demelza Carlton (eBook)
Now on to read all of these amazing books
Sunday, 16 June 2013
Right now I am reading Addicted To You by Colina Brennan and loving it so far. Keep an Eye out for my review which will be coming soon.
When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter's latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn't a sex addict; she just doesn't do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.
At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.
Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.
As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can't kick.
Saturday, 15 June 2013
received a free copy through Goodreads first Reads and here is my honest review.
I usually do not read Short Stories/Novellas and when I do i don't review them as i never have much to say. I entered the giveaway because the story looked interesting and I expected to give a shorter review than normal (and if an author give me a free copy I will always review)
Now on to the review.
Kamilla is a prosecutor who has lived in the small town Amity for three months. She is also a human lie detector and although this may come in handy for her job it makes it hard for her to have a relationship and she tries to distance herself from romance and for the three months she has been living in Amity she has fought the attraction she felt towards Sheriff Xander who also has secrets of his own.
Kamilla soon learns that she is not the only woman who has been drawn to the small town and is certainly not the only one with a special power. Gifted women have always been drawn to the town and now Kamilla and Four other women (one of whom we meet in this book)have came to the town and later than they should have. Someone or something is trying to keep them away.
Great NAUGHTY book for older readers.
My only compliant about this story is that it is to short and I would have loved to read more. Can not wait to read more about the Small town of Amity and will be buying the other books when they come out.
Thank you Kirsten Lee for the free copy Enjoyed reading and will be keeping an eye out for more of your books.
Now I just need to order a copy of Kirsten's NICE book Unravelled.
Link To Book: Kamilla