Kirsten Campbell speaks: Blood Mastery tells


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Questions for Kirsten Campbell/ Author of Blood Master – Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series

Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

I write Urban Paranormal because I love the genre. Blood Master – Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series is the first book in a series of four. I love the fantastic element of Urban Paranormal fiction and the fact that to me, its reality based. There has to be some type of fact in fiction or it just doesn’t hold up well and the story can seem fake deeming things within the story realm false. My approach to the subject is unique because I look at our modern technology and I try to go a step forward into a dystopian future with hopes that things fare positively for my characters.

How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?

Yes, actually I do think long and hard about a topic before I decide to write. It can be days or even weeks before I actually put things on paper. I have several notebooks and I even type out scenarios with hope that I can flesh out scenes for a book before the actual writing of the book.

How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?

I write my book and then I research, and then fix whatever needs to be fixed. I write chapters as scenes and then I go in and research later. There are four books in the G.O.D.s Series. Each book is different. I had to research all types of things for Blood Master. I researched all types of theories about telepathy, empathy, gods, vampires, meditation, teleportation, inter-dimensional doors, quarks, string theory, and even researched how the body reactions to pain and to being burned, glass blowing, and the creation of diamonds. I even researched earthquakes, tremors and studied building plans for different buildings to figure out how I wanted the fortress and the Guild Faction Main Office to look and figure out the different type of furniture and walls and interiors. There was so much research for the first book but it carries over into the second, third and fourth, so there is no way to be sure how much research I did.

  1. What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?

I used the internet, an line encyclopaedia, the library and my phone, for Blood Master.

  1. How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?

Not applicable

  1. How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?

I self-published Blood Master, but it’s based on a short story that was published in Bewildering Stories in 2010. The story was called Dark Matters and it was about an alien, Dinn Russ Jarrin, (a G.O.D., a Genetically-enhanced Omni Dimensional being, my protagonist, Griffin Storm of Blood Master is a G.O.D.) Dinn Russ Jarrin goes up against a six-year-old little boy. It’s a battle of wits and there is a surprise ending.

  1. Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?

No. I have had pieces published and I was a co-author of an anthology that went to International best seller this September. (Chocolate & Diamonds for the Woman’s Soul).

 Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?

If that’s the route you want to take. I believe everyone has a journey and it’s up to the individual to choose what’s best for them. 

  1. What is the funniest thing that happened to you on a book tour?

I haven’t had anything funny happen yet, but when I do I will surely let you know!

Thanks Kirsten, we look forward to hearing about it! and tomorrow I shall post more about the book.. so keep reading!

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Magical Libraries are the Flavour

Magical Libraries seem to be popping out everywhere I look.

First we have the Library of all books that I have already reviewed – The British Library on Steroids -, and then you have a complete series of books about a Lost Library of magical texts by Kate Baray – the 4th being called A Witch’s Diary -and now I find there is also a TV series about a Library under New York (but not really – more like in hyperspace), which is magic, with not only the first editions of every book ever published, but also a number of magical items. So it is a cross between all the libraries with Warehouse 51 thrown in for good measure!

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Just who is copycatting whom I start to wonder here? Or have some TV producers and book editors found themselves on a bar one night and started discussing how cool it would be to have magical library? Who knows, but here we are with competing books and a TV series too.

The TV series is OK but not 5 star. I can take it or leave it, but it is a bit of fun and the characters aren’t bad. It is just too reminiscent of the Warehouse series to be really exceptional.

The most interesting of the new items is the library that was lost but is now found and which contains magical texts which very few people can read. It was un-catalogued and in multiple actual languages, and the books are magically protected so that only the ‘right’ person can read them. And for some books that also means only the right person who knows and likes other ‘right’ people… confusing ain’t it?

I read the first 4 books of the Lost Library series straight off. It now seems to have become a habit with me. If the first in a series interests me, then i read the rest. But the first has to be of 5 star quality. It is just such a shame though that if the first book is a 5 star none of the rest are. So far that has been my experience. However, i still found them 4 star and thus I am ready and waiting to read the next in the series!

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The Ick Factor

Sky High


Susan O’Brien

A NetGalley Review

C Difficile where the ‘ick’ factor is the latest cure is a major theme of this book.

CDiff is a very difficult virus to remove from anyone’s system – worse than Norovirus. It is known as a killer in those who are in hospital – a prime place to catch it, and those with compromised immune systems.

Now I am learning about Norovirus from personal experience as it has been with me now for nearly 3 months and is improving but prone to ‘flash backs’. [much longer than the medical tests say it can last but with a compromised system ,like my own..]. So I certainly would not want CDiff but one of the central characters in this story about the Sky Investigative Agency and its owner, does have this disease and the story features much discussion of how it can be cured.

So just what is this ‘ick’ factor? Well it is a poo transplant – yes, you got it, faecal matter is injected into the body from a healthy person.

Our NHS says: This involves a sample of faeces being taken from a healthy donor and placed into the colon of someone with a C. difficile infection using a catheter. Alternatively, it may be placed using a thin tube through the nose into the small bowel below the stomach.

The donated sample restores the normal balance of bacteria inside your digestive system with that from the healthy donor.

While this may sound unpleasant, the treatment does have very good results, with a success rate of more than 90%, and is probably the best treatment currently available.


Personally, I’ve been treating my norovirus with acidophilus and it does seem to have a similar effect.

Apart from the nicely accurate medical condition which provides a nice background story, I liked the whole book.

It was gentle, it had fun bits and I just loved ‘Super Teddy’ and the photos of him and could just imagine that happening  for a fretful child. I also had not heard of a Norwich Terrier, though looking them up I had seen them about and coveted them – such friendly lively dogs.A_Norwich_Terrier

I also empathised with the narrator as a vegetarian in the US. Being one myself, I have had some interesting experiences – 1. Where a waiter empathised with me, exclaiming, ‘I so agree! Isn’t chicken wonderful and so much better for you!’; and also 2. at a conference where at the formal dinner I was offered a plate of fruit as my main dish.. I got hungry quite quickly afterwards.

And finally, I am waiting for my gym to offer pole dancing lessons just to see who turns up! And what they wear!

So was the storyline good? I enjoyed it – I liked the style and it kept moving along with some nice twists and turns. It is not a complicated and deep, dark  PI story, but one to feel cosy with and to empathise with the narrator as she manages her life as a single mum with 2 kids and a business to run.



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Can you escape Reality?

Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen, #1) 
by Lisa Renee Jones 

Can you truly ever escape your past? If someone wants you dead? Because you know a secret that could rock the fabric of the world? But you don’t remember it…

What a cliff hanger! You just have to buy the next book to find out what happens to Amy and why.
But then you find out there are 3 more books – so you buy all 3... So Amazon wins again and you read all 3 one after each other, thus breaking your promise to yourself not to be distracted from your (ever growing) list of books to read from NetGalley and also direct from publishers and authors!
So Amy and Lara it seems are the same person and Amy clearly suffers from PTSD with severe headaches, blackouts, amnesia and yet also flashbacks.
The NHS and the charity MIND tells us that sufferers can have:
•	flashbacks
•	nightmares
•	repetitive and distressing images or sensations
•	physical sensations – such as pain, sweating, nausea or trembling Some people have constant negative thoughts about their experience, repeatedly asking themselves questions that prevent them from coming to terms with the event.
For example, they may wonder why the event happened to them and if they could have done anything to stop it, which can lead to feelings of guilt or shame.
They may also suffer from hyperarousal being very anxious and easily startled. They may have an extreme alertness and may repress the memories of the event.
It is clear from the descriptions of Amy in the book that she is a classic case and her repression of her memories means that she doesn’t know who is trying to kill her, only that someone is. And this is real and not an imagined threat as they have already set fire to her house and killed her family. Locked in her memory are the reasons for this and the nightmares and flashbacks gradually reveal what she has locked away.
All the fleeing from towns and fake identities required to keep her out of harm, means that Amy doesn’t trust easily – and being unable to form deep relationships is also a symptom of PTSD.  Who can she trust? And who is lying to her? And why would they want to hurt her? What does she know that is so dangerous? Which leads to some interesting ideas in the sex scenes as S&M requires trust in your partner in order to participate – and a mild ’50 Shades of Grey’ appears on these pages. Luckily for me, just a mild version as this is just so not my scene and I personally think that it is not a useful behaviour to indulge in despite its popularity.
So book 1 finishes and book 2 starts and then book 3 and by now the twists and turns and unexpected events and people’s allegiances apparently – or not – changing leaves you beginning to be confused as to who you – or Amy for that matter – can believe. Everyone seems to be lying.
So if you read the series, don’t think you know the end outcome as you don’t. Every book takes the story in a different direction and the people change their ‘coats’ as often as you change your underwear – maybe even more often!
Definitely 4 stars.

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Pop in, Pop out and go Pop!

PoP Travel


Tara Tyler

This is the first book in a series by Tara Tyler. She gave the book to me to read after I obtained the second book in NetGalley for review and suggested I read this first as it sets the scene. And what a scene it is…

Here we see how we will travel in the future. As in Star trek we will be using transporters that break us down into our essential atoms and then put us back together again – hopefully, with everything in the right place! There were a few accidents it is true when they were trying to perfect the concept but now-a-days it was no problem. Or so everyone thought and happily popped around the world time after time after time – much more frequently than was recommended it was true, but then it was all safe – wasn’t it?Star-Trek-Transporter

But some people have doubts. And so does our hero Cooper after he meets Phisner and starts to investigate his missing sister. And then there is the hot agent who is supposed to stop Cooper but…

I really enjoyed reading this story – it ‘popped’ along at a good pace with some interesting concepts in it, even tough one must say not necessarily new ideas. And of course, the conspiracy buffs will have all their fears recognised here, and I do love a good conspiracy myself.

The writing was fresh and clean and accessible. We weren’t overwhelmed with jargon and science as such a book could have done, but were told just enough to understand the theory and principles.

So worth a read and I’m giving it 4 stars. I shall read the next book Simulation shortly and look forward to it.

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