Djinn Cover Reveal

Hey so this is something I’ve never done before… a cover reveal! This book just happens to be written by my old writing school buddy Laura Pfundt, and here’s the uber hypnotic cover for Djinn. This is the start of a YA paranormal Romance series, and will be released in Dec 2013! Image.

Here’s the official synopsis:Kyra’s life is far from normal.

She’s been on the run for as long she can remember and her father is the only stable thing in her life, but everything changes when the people pursuing them finally catch up.

Kyra is abducted by the handsome and mysterious, Will. He takes her to a secret compound where she is told the truth: She’s a Djinn, a genie-like creature with super powers and a love of dogs.

Kyra has to adjust to the Djinn and their rules, but her new life is far from perfect. Everyone is hiding something and the one person Kyra  cares about most is forbidden to her.

There are secrets around every corner and more dangers than Kyra could ever imagine as she struggles to find herself and be with the one she loves.

And here’s everything you need to know about Loz:
Laura Catherine is Young Adult author focusing on Paranormal Romance, Dystopia, and Fantasy.

She writes stories full of action, secrets, and magic. She loves creating worlds where anything is possible and everyone has a story to tell. She has an over-active imagination, spends a lot of her time daydreaming, and wishes pokemon were real so she would have one.

Laura Catherine lives in Melbourne, Australia.

You can add Djinn on Goodreads here.

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Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall by Susan Ee should definitely be on your kick-ass YA reading list.

It’s about a girl called Penryn, who has an epic amount of crap to deal with in her life–a schizophrenic mother, big bad and generally evil angels that are taking over the world and turning it to pot, and her wheelchair-bound little sis is kidnapped by one of the many winged menaces scouring the skies. But then Raffe, an angel whose wings and respect have been ripped from his stunning self, and Penryn form an unlikely traveling duo. Penryn holds his wings hostage unless he helps her to get her lil sis back. And so off they go on a wild journey.

At first I was a little skeptical, I’ll admit. I found a few mistakes in the opening chapters and thought it might just be one of those indie books archived in my Kindle and never to be thought of again. But then I saw a review on Goodreads.com that made me give it another go and WOWEE. What a story. It drew me in and left me hanging for more.

Will there be a sequel? I hope so, I’d buy it in a click.

4/5

e-Readers: not so evil after all?

Worship them as the way of the future or despise them as the death of all things sacred to reading, no matter which team you’re on e-Readers are here to stay.

See, I’ve always thought they were stupid. Always thought they would never take off. But now I’m not so sure.

My only real experience with an e-Reader has been the filthy Kobo. Yuk, what a disaster. I’d rather lug around a library of hardbacks than be within a five mile radius of a defective, inferior Kobo. They were slow, ugly, clunky, expensive and would break all the time. Yet people seemed intrigued.

Living in Australia (might as well have been a parallel universe as far as the book industry is concerned), the dawn of e-Readers gave us limited choices: mainly Kobo or Sony devices. And that was pretty much it. The Kindle, being locked to Amazon, was never an option for us on our distant island home.

But now I’m living in the UK and things are different. I saw a real live Kindle the other day, and it looked epic! Totally James Bond. You can absolutely picture yourself abseiling down a hundred foot dam wall, bullets ricocheting off the concrete, all whilst you leisurely flick through the latest paranormal romance novel on your bad-ass looking Kindle.

The Positives

  1. Kick ass traveling companion as long as you have access to: A) Wi-Fi or 3G   B) A power source   C) An e-reader that doesn’t freeze and corrupt every five minutes.
  2. Access to millions of awesome books that traditional publishers wouldn’t bother with.
  3. MORE MONEY FOR SELF PUBLISHED AUTHORS! And better yet an outlet where people can sell books to the public without having a publisher or agent or having to shell out a few thousand pounds for printing or find space for the boxes of printed books or do the postage and packaging dance.
  4. Access to free books! Never shell out money for a classic again. And loads more previously unpublished writers let lose their creative genius for free.
  5. You will look cool. James Bond cool. Nice.

The Negatives

  1. No battery left… No readie-readie. That simple. No Wi-Fi, No 3G? No new books. Aw, what a buzz kill.
  2. Access to millions of books featuring the most disturbing grammatical and spelling errors by authors who seemingly haven’t even done a second read through of their novel.
  3. Expensive books. More expensive then their paper counterparts in many cases. This notion seems to defy the laws of sense. Go figure.
  4. Drop a book and nothing happens. Drop your E-reader and BAM. It’s dead. Not to mention all the potential flaws: the freezing screens, the batteries that won’t charge anymore and the rubbish customer service when trying to get a problem with your E-reader fixed.
  5. Thievery. You wouldn’t really pick pocket a paper book of someone, but an E-reader is much more valuable (so some people would say ;)).

So the moral of the story is…if you love them, buy one. If you hate them, don’t buy one. But they’re kind of growing on me.

Book Review: The Concise Oxford Thesaurus

So I haven’t exactly written a book review before. But we all have to start somewhere and this book is sitting on my desk right now.

Claims on the front: “New”. Whatever that means. Though it’s a good start, because no one wants the Victorian edition when you’re trying to find seventeen other options for go-go dancer. It’s also the “world’s most trusted dictionaries” brand. That’s good. I suspect this is what you need in a thesaurus. Though a little modesty never went astray.

This particular edition smells a bit like cigarettes even though I don’t smoke. It was rescued from a charity shop so I like to think its previous owner was a cigar-toting intellectual history professor with a tweed jacket. That would be cool.  But enough with the chatter, lets get down to business.

The words! As far as I can tell this is 974 pages of pure, unadulterated words. If that doesn’t make you shiver with delight, writers, then I just don’t know what will. It’s a fascinating if not tedious journey through endless possibilities, all the way from aback to zoom. This book provides an uplifting hope-bringing message that life is full of options.

The only downside to this particular edition is that it’s a brick. Completely unportable. I need to do some press-ups before I even think of moving it to the other side of my desk.

Anyway I’ll have to stop here because I’m not sure how long I can keep a straight face 🙂

That was my first review. And much more interesting than a test post.