If He Wakes: Zoe explains

If He Wakes Book Cover If He Wakes
Zoe Lea
Fiction, thriller, Psychological Thriller
Canelo
April 30, 2018
300

You can always trust your best friend... can’t you? When Rachel discovers a Twitter message arranging a romantic liaison she assumes her husband is having an affair, and follows him. What she witnesses is so much worse: a hit and run using his car. Meanwhile, Rachel’s friend and business partner Suzie is increasingly worried about her fiance, who’s not been in touch for days. When Suzie learns of huge debts racked up in her name she fears he has run out on her, but then the threatening calls start and she thinks something terrible has happened. Rachel and Suzie are both about to learn shocking things about the men they love, worse than they could ever imagine... Can their friendship survive? 'A tense, pulse-quickening tale. If you read the first chapter, you can’t help but read the second. I flew through this perfect summer read of best friends in turmoil in one feverish session.' Paula Daly

ZOE LEA – IF HE WAKES

 1.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 got the initial idea for If He Wakes, and that very early idea would just not leave me alone.  I wrote about it because I couldn’t not write about it, and I realise how corny that sounds!
The idea of complete betrayal appealed to me, and although If He Wakes is similar to a lot of other books out there in this genre, I think the way it handles female friendship is a little different. In so much as it’s the central characters friendship that’s the narrative spine of the book, not the horrific acts that surround it.

  1. 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?

I usually think about a topic for quite a while before starting to write about it.  I like to keep a note book and write down the initial premise and then continue to add to it until I’m pretty sure the structure the book will take, by that time, I know if I’ve got a whole book or not.

  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?

I’m lucky in that I have several friends who work in the force and one in particular that is happy to answer all of my questions!

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

Too many times to remember!  I’ve been writing in one from or another for years so getting rejections is part and parcel of it all.

  1. 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?

This is hard one because there are two schools of thought, I know people who have an amazing online presence and because of that, have been approached by agents and publishers.  However, if the book you write isn’t up to scratch, I don’t think it will make any difference how big your audience is.  It always comes down to the quality of work in the end.

  1. What do you read when you are ill in bed?

I like to read a good escapist novel when I’m looking for a book to nurture me, something that will help me forget where I am and transport me to a different world.

  1. What is your favourite genre?

Mystery and crime.  It can be any genre, so long as there’s an element of mystery or crime to the plot, I like to read something and try to solve it.

  1. Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

Stephen King has had the biggest influence on me and my writing.  His book, ‘On Writing,’ is a must read for anyone who is writing at the moment or thinking of becoming a writer.

Links to Book:

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Google Books (UK)

Apple Books (UK)

Author Bio:

Zoe Lea lives in the Lake District with her husband, their two children, three dogs and peregrine falcons. She has previously worked as a teacher, photographer and freelance journalist and is a writer in the day and a reader by night. If He Wakes is her debut novel.

Twitter: @zoe___lea

Instagram: ZoeLeaWriter

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How many Fathers? Kate Morgan says why.

Five Fathers: Reverse Harem Book Cover Five Fathers: Reverse Harem
Kate Morgan
Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Sarian Royal
March 2018
Kindle

Sin or piety.
Those are the two things I’m choosing between when I walk up those stone steps and into the church. Heaven or hell. Pain or pleasure. But sometimes, pleasure brings more hurt than pain.
I’ve learned my lesson the hard way and that’s why I’m doing this, giving up everything I know and love for a whole new life. A life dedicated to something, someone, other than myself.
The thing is, sometimes fate has other ideas.
Out of all the churches in town, I picked this one. This building with its vaulted ceilings and stained glass and all its secrets.
This building that houses them.
My five worst sins.
My five most awesome pleasures.

Kate Morgan, author of Five Fathers tells us how.

How I get my ideas for a story and why these ideas appeal.

I get my ideas for new stories from every facet of life—sometimes it’s a dream, sometimes an off-handed comment from a stranger, or sometimes it’s a pre-made cover that I just can’t resist!

My goal with my first release was to pick something taboo, something familiar, and put my own twist on it.  I wanted something that would tantalize those scrolling through book after book on Amazon.  What’s weirder than a romance novel about five mercenaries-for-hire going undercover as priests?!  Even once I had the idea of writing about priests, it morphed and changed to the point where it’s virtually unrecognizable from my starting point.

I have so many other ideas in mind for my second release that the real trouble is narrowing them down!  I really enjoy stories with themes—for example, teachers, stepbrothers, snowboarders, surfers, billionaires, etc—so I always try to look for something that I feel is a tad underdone, and then figure out how to put my own twist on it.  I also have a huge group of author friends who help me work through my messy ideas and form them into polished stories.  Without them, I don’t know what I’d do!

Biography

Kate Morgan is a sassy girl from the coast who likes sun, surf, and reverse harem romance with a naughty twist. If you like a little steam, a little taboo, but always a happy ending with your RH reads, you’ve found the right woman to get you there.

Kate’s books are hot, sassy, and sexy. Plus, this isn’t her first rodeo, so you’re in good hands. 😉 This is a pen name for another popular RH author, but can you guess who?

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What Mischievous Plumbers….

Elements of Mischief Book Cover Elements of Mischief
Hijinks Harem #1
C.M. Stunich,‎ Tate James
paranormal romance, shifters,
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(21 Oct. 2017)

WARNING: This is a sexy, steamy reverse harem paranormal romance (one girl, four guys) with loads of humor, plumber puns, and group sex. Read with a glass of wine and a smile!
Four hunky, supernatural plumbers. One reluctant, slightly drunk human. A match made in heaven … or in the bathroom, rather.

My name is Arizona Smoke, and I'm the proud owner of a house haunted by my dead Gram, best friend to a cocktail dress loving werewolf, and apparent soul mate to four plumbers who also happen to be elemental dragons. Besides rippling pectorals, tattoos, and … uh, nice, long pipes, the guys also have control of the elements.

Supernatural law (whoever heard of such a thing anyway?) dictates that since I stumbled upon the guys in their alternate forms, I have to marry them. All four of them. Oh, and apparently one lousy (okay, awesome) night of sex means that I'm an elemental, too—and no amount of magical penicillin can cure this disease.

All I wanted was hot running water and toilets that flushed, but now I'm dealing with monsters lurking in the sewers, supernatural politics, and four penniless (but totally hot) plumbers living in my crumbling old Victorian.

I'm Ari Smoke, wine aficionado, ex-barista, and a girl who is completely out of her element. Having four hot husbands is nice … but the death threats, not so much.

 

 

 

Oh What naughty girls these authors are – and what fun they had with puns… about plumbing! And such a fun storyline – with lots of husbands – the more the merrier seems to be their motto/creed.

So yes, it was an enjoyable light read. Not high literature but good saucy – and a bit – paranormal reading with humour and some originality.

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AUTHOR BIOS:
Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.
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C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.

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Something weird is going on?

Incandescently Book Cover Incandescently
Incandescent bk 1; #2; #3
Sylvie Parizeau
romance, NA, contemporary, fantasy
By the Book; 1 edition
26 Oct. 2016

PHILIPPE-OLIVIER TISSEROT’s caffeine addiction is about to land him in uncharted territory and one hell of a ride. One that’s about to go viral.

Current status: Computer whiz to hacker to penpal.

Upgrade status: Lover.

Well, I’m still working on the lover part.

I’m just a computer geek studying at MIT. And now I’m in two places at once – the geek and the lover battling it out to get the girl.

The only problem is, my dream girl doesn’t know she knows me in either one of them.

Now I have to win her in both.

Please wait. Upgrade in progress.

This is a series of books with number 1 being Incandescently and number 2 is Apprehension.  The 3rd book is Exposure.

I am reviewing all 3 books here.

Book 1: Incandescently

This is a series of romances with a touch of fantasy set in the French Canadian boonies with (real) French spoken by the characters. (and translated in end of chapter notes for those that need it)

We start with a set of boys sent at an early age – some only 4 – to a Swiss Boarding School.  These boys form a very close pack as even though their parents were very wealthy and very entitled (often literally), they were effectively abandoned by them and thus in need of comfort and affection.

When Liam joins the school, there are now 6 in the pack and he unites them even more by telling them stories of magic and adventure in a fantastical land. This book is Liam’s story of how he grows up to become a famous writer because of the stories he told in school.

I liked the writing style, it was fluid and linked the stories nicely. This book 1 is the scene setter.

4

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Book 2: Apprehension

This is Zac’s tale. Zac, the risk taker, who ignores signs and then falls hard for a girl.

Zac is restless and cannot settle on a career until he discovers obstetrics through Liam’s wife and her twins.

And his home in the magical forest of Laure.

A nice tale but we are now into a more ‘normal’ romance story as the magic was woven into the storyline in book 1.

Thus whilst a nice story, it is not as  unique as book 1.

3

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Book 3: Exposure

Geeks in love are delicious – mostly they do not compute.

“I’m waitng for the right girl. All I need is a sine”.

A great romance series with the odd touch of ‘Spock’.

I thought it was good to have a heroine with a disability and to suggest ways to help technically, though personally, I would still be in favour of the Hearing Dog.

And guys – use those very large brains of yours. Buy a cafetiere! All you need is hot water and ground coffee – replaces the instant after a 3 minute wait.

Giveaway:
A signed copy of the three books in the series: Incandescently, Apprehension and Exposure

AUTHOR BIO:

A paralegal by day and incurable romantic by night, Sylvie is a cross-genre, and she takes Happily Ever After very seriously. The End just isn’t in her vocabulary.

An incorrigible daydreamer, she now feeds her obsession with epilogues by concocting stories in which heroes deal with the happy from the get-go. Ready, or not. And she confesses under oath to loving every minute of it.

Sylvie lives her own Happily Ever After in the beautiful mountains of Les Laurentides in Northern Quebec, alongside her whole set of characters.

In between treks in their backyard wilderness, you can find them hanging out at www.sylvieparizeau.com

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Flap your wings little butterfly and chaos comes

The Butterfly Code Book Cover The Butterfly Code
The Infinity Gene #1
Sue Wyshynski
Fiction
Whitman Books
October 15, 2015
346

A quiet vacation turns exhilarating when Aeris meets the alluring and mysterious Hunter Cayman.

Usually when an author references a Butterfly it the old - ‘ a butterfly flaps its wings and chaos comes’; this is also true here but we are also looking more deeply into how a caterpillar s transformed into a butterfly. What happens inside that cocoon that changes the caterpillar into a butterfly? Or that changes the larvae living in water into the best hunter on this planet - a dragonfly? Have you ever watched one hatch from its cocoon on the side of a rush in your pond? It crawls out slowly and painfully and damp. It then sits in the sun for a while and then spreads its wings to dry and then suddenly there it is in its full glory, a creature that has 4 independently moveable wings and that can sense where its prey will be in the future and intercept them there.

What does all of the above have to do with this book?

Well the concept of the infinity gene is based on the scientific knowledge we could have of how the transformation takes place within that cocoon. How can cells completely change their operation? Well in fact they do so occasionally in humans. Take cancer. This is a cell transformation. It is just that we don’t completely transform all our cells at once, which is what a butterfly or dragonfly does.

If we could, than could we go back to a different age? Could all our aging cells or our cancerous cells be transformed back into young cells or non-cancerous cells?

Would we want to? Would an infinite life be good? Initially, especially if we remained young and whole with no diseases and all the vigour of your youth, we might think so. But isn’t it the same premise, as would you like to live in heaven, where nothing ever changes, including yourself? Would you not get bored with life?  It is true, that if you lived for thousands of years you could become rich indeed, but you would also have seen every play ever performed at least once, seen every painting in the world, been to every museum, every cit, every country and resort, every hotel if you were so inclined and so on. Experienced every emotion and fallen in love many times, especially as if you were immortal and those around you weren’t....

So we can wax philosophical about infinity in the same body and whether it is something we might want. And what would be the price we would be prepared to pay to achieve it.

In this book a solution is offered as how to achieve it, but those who have been so transformed into infinite immortals are not so keen on it, and certainly don’t want to spread it around for it has other effects on the human body than just immortality. And these effects in the wrong hands might be disastrous.

A book that tells a story but it was more about the concept for me and so thought provoking in its own way

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