Tuesday, 18 December 2012

'Through a Glass.' Revised edition is Published.

I'm thrilled that my book 'Through a Glass' is at last re-published. It has taken almost a year to pretty much re-write and re-edit it.
It's been a hard lesson, but one I hope I've learned. From now on, I will not let a book go out unless it is as good as I can humanly make it.
I know there will always be those annoying little mistakes that slip through the net. No amount of editing and proofing will catch them all, even with at least three pairs of sharp eyes scanning the document.
As authors we must strive to do our best, because not only do our books deserve it, so do our readers! As self published authors, we have a mountain of scepticism and disrespect to overcome, and we can't do it with a rubbish product.
I want my books to be the best they can be, and I encourage other authors to aspire to the same.
I've read too many books to number, and I have to say that not one has been totally free of mistakes in one form or another, and that includes traditionally published authors.
Nevertheless, I do not wish to repeat this last year. So I shall do my best to make sure my future books are as good as they can possibly be.
Don't expect perfection, because nothing in this world is perfect! But you can expect a book that is well edited/proofed and a jolly good read.



Friday, 14 December 2012

If you like murder mystery, this is good.

4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, December 14, 2012
By Yvonne Lee (United Kingdom)
This review is from: A Murderer's Heart (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed A Murderer's Heart. I found it atmospheric, and easy to read.
I was pleased there was no bad language or graphic scenes of violence. The way it is written encourages the reader to use their own imagination.
The characters were well fleshed out, and I found myself concerned as to what might happen to them...a testament to the authors writing skill.
The further I got into the book the more convinced I became as to who the murderer was, and I was right! I felt quite pleased with myself as generally I get it wrong. That's not to say it was obvious, because it wasn't!
It's a well written and exciting story, with a few twists at the end.
Some editing errors were a bit distracting; hence the four stars instead of the five I wanted give. Nevertheless, they didn't put me off, or totally spoil my enjoyment of the story.
I shall be reading more of this authors work.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Most enjoyable.

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, December 7, 2012
By Yvonne Lee (United Kingdom)
This review is from: Charlotte ~ Pride and Prejudice Continues (Kindle Edition)
To my shame, I've never read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. However after reading this I may well take the plunge. I have watched the TV dramatizations of the story many times, and this book stands up well.
The characters were well written and strong, even those with what you might call a bit part in the story, Like Mrs Higgs, for example, I really like her.
I also like Colonel Fitzwilliam, although my opinion of him changed as the story progressed. And as for Charlotte's husband, William Collins what a pathetic individual he is, and yet eventually I grew to like him and even felt sorry for him.
I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this book, as I'm not a particular fan of this type of story. However it was good, well written and kept me interested right up to the end.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Book Signing.

This coming Sat, I will be signing copies of my book 'A Rat and A Ransom' in a local book store.
I love meeting and chatting to people, and the added bonus is knowing they have read and enjoyed my books.
Here are the two posters designed for the event. I'm really pleased with them.

Friday, 16 November 2012

The Players: Earth. My review.

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, November 16, 2012
By Yvonne Lee (United Kingdom)
This review is from: The Players: Earth - The Arena (Paperback)
The Players: Earth by Robert Dennis Wilson is a Christian Sci-Fi.

Dr Thompson with help from two gifted students, David and Sashi, has invented a PAX machine [Physic Amplification Experiment.]
David and Sashi both possess ESP abilities. Dr Thompson hooks them up to the machine, and during the experiment the door to a parallel universe is opened, allowing a huge alien called Pedagog to leave his realm and enter ours. He and his kind call themselves teachers!
It was good to read a Christian novel that was both exciting and gritty. Although in parts I found it a trifle boring. I'm afraid the theories of dimension, don't really interest me! So I found myself skipping to more exciting bits.
That aside, the basic story was good, and on the whole well written. The more I got into the story, the more I enjoyed it and couldn't put the book down.
I'm hoping the next book in the series is not so full of scientific exposition, because for me it spoilt the flow of a good story.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Soon to be re-published.

My next fantasy 'Through a Glass,' will be published in a couple of weeks. All I have to do now is proof it. Then, that's it, my third book will out in the big wide world.
The birth of a new book is always exciting, yet at the same time daunting. I suppose because that's when the real work begins... promotion!
Like most authors it's not something I enjoy, it doesn't come naturally. I just want to write! But sadly it has to be done. People can't buy a book if they don't know it exists.
This is the second edition of 'Through a Glass,' and it has been a labour of love. 
Since I first published the book, as a newbie writer, I've learnt so much. Over this last year, I have given my time to the re-writing and editing of it. All of which I hope, has made 'Through a Glass' a well written and exciting novel.

'Through a Glass' is written for young adults, but I hope it will be read and enjoyed by all ages.

Monday, 12 November 2012

New review for my book A Rat and A Ransom

5.0 out of 5 stars a good read, November 12, 2012

I was sent this book by the author - thank you, I enjoyed it. This story was delightful, fast-paced, with an unexpected end. I would think a younger reader would love the book, even though it would make adults appreciate the themes of faith, love and the needs of children.

Yes, a good read.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

My review for Operation Dark Angel by Pam Funke

3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, November 6, 2012
By Yvonne Lee (United Kingdom)
This review is from: Operation Dark Angel: The Four Horsemen Series (Hardcover)
I was asked to read and review Operation Dark Angel by the author Pam Funke.

This is an end time story, focusing on the rise of evil in the form of Nicolaitanes. His rise to power is swift and violent as he plunges the entire world into war, and then awaits his chance for world domination, and the opportunity to show himself as mankind's saviour.
From the way the story ends it's obvious there will be sequels.
I love this sort of end time apocalyptic story. However, sadly my enjoyment was marred by the lack of editing. There were grammar and spelling issues, and I became terribly confused by all the head hopping, and there were a lot of heads.
The author Pam Funke was seriously let down by her editor. Which is a great shame as the story was basically very good, and certainly exciting

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Book Reading

I've had a good day, because I did one of my favourite things...a book reading! I was invited to read a few chapters from my book A Rat and A Ransom to a luncheon club.
We had a delicious lunch of beef and ale pie with mash potatoes and veg, followed by apple pie and custard, yummy.
After a cup of coffee, I read from my book, and later signed some copies. It was a pleasant and most successful day.

Monday, 29 October 2012

My review for Knowing Jack by Julie Elizabeth powell..

5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting!, October 29, 2012

This review is from: Knowing Jack (Kindle Edition)
12 year old Jack is gifted with a sixth sense. When his parents tell him they're all going to the Lake District for a winter holiday, young Jack is beside himself with worry. He has no idea why, he just knows they shouldn't be going!
Their destination is a remote cabin high in the woods. After the long drive they stop in a village, so that Jack's mother can buy provisions. While waiting for her, Jack notices a white van, the driver a large unpleasant, shifty looking character, glares at him. Jack is panic stricken, and it turns out with good reason!
His mother returns to the car and they continue their journey to the cabin. Jack's initial delight with the place is dampened by the arrival of his obnoxious, spoilt cousin, Rosie.
Jack's continued unease, along with Rosie's annoying presence compound his sense of doom, and it's not long before disaster strikes and Jack and Rosie are thrown together, and forced to survive the freezing weather as they try to elude the horrible man, Jack saw in the village.

Knowing Jack by Julie Elizabeth Powell is an exciting read...an adventure to be enjoyed by all ages. I loved the character of Jack. For one so young, he's strong and brave.
At first I found Rosie extremely annoying, which is down to the good writing of the author. However as I got immersed in the story, I began to like Rosie more and more.
Apart from the horrid man with the white van and his equally awful wife, the remaining characters in the story are pretty light weight.
There were some miner grammar issues. Also there were times, when the author called Rosie the girl and Jack the boy, which I found jarring...it broke the intimacy and connection I had with them. However, the story is so good, it didn't detract too much.
The author's descriptive skills are excellent. She wove a tale that drew you in and held you right the end.
I'm looking forward to reading more books by Julie Elisabeth Powell.

Friday, 5 October 2012

My review for Sequester-Is the End Nigh? by Colin Owen

4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Atmospheric!, October 5, 2012

This review is from: Sequester - Is The End Nigh? (Paperback)
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book, as most of the action takes place in space. But it turned out to be a great read, fast paced and extremely atmospheric. So much so, I could almost feel the darkness of space and the frustration and fear of the space-ships crew as they try to distroy a huge asteroid that threatens earth.
The book was well written and the characters were real. I found myself worrying for each one as they struggled to complete their mission and stay alive.
I would have given 'Sequester-Is the End Nigh?' five stars, but for the fact that sometimes I was in space, and then suddenly found myself back on earth with the scientist, which spoilt the flow of what is a brill story. More seperation between pov's would have been good.
Nevertheless, this is a really good novel, and I must say, would make a great movie. I know there have been numerous disaster movies about asteroids threatening to hit earth. But believe me 'Sequester' comes at the subject from a different, and quite surprising angle.
The twist at the end is brill!!!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Thundersnow Amazon link.

Just reviewed this novel. Here's the link. It's a brill read.


Thundersnow, my five star review.

This is really good. I just reviewed it.

This review is from: Thundersnow: In the Shadow of the Cedar, Book One (Paperback)
 I was asked if I would read and review this book, and I'm so glad I did. I found it fascinating, although at times painful, as I suffered abuse in my own childhood.
Not wishing to be picky, but a couple of things did distract me. I hasten to add...not enough to put me off.
The novel is written in first person which took me by surprise, but once I got used to it, I soon found myself deeply immersed in Sarah Jane's character. But there were times when I lost track of who was speaking. And for characters thoughts, my personal preference is for them to be in italics. That said, `Thundersnow' is brilliant!
 I'm English and live in the UK. Nevertheless, I know a bit about the great depression from what we learned at school. But reading this gave me a greater understanding of the hardships people went through at this time, especially in parts of America.
Fourteen year old Sarah Jane and her family live on a farm. Life is tough and it's a struggle to make ends meet. To make matters worse Sarah Jane's mother is hard and abusive towards her.
Her father and four year old brother Zeke are the only ones who show her any love. But when Sarah Jane's beloved father dies, things with her mother take a serious turn for the worse, and Sarah Jane must protect herself and little Zeke.
I loved Sarah Jane; she is so brave and loyal. Actually, there's not a character in the book that won't leave a mark on the reader, for whatever reason. The story is so well written, and brutally honest. Thundersnow [in the Shadow of the Cedar] is a story that will remain with me always. Of that I'm sure.
The author Sheila Hollinghead has written a gem, and I eagerly await her next novel.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

A New Review for The Shadowed Valley.

I'm delighted with this new review for my novel 'The Shadowed Valley.'

My Review: Things aren't always what they seem in this adventure filled Christian story by Yvonne Lee. The story first starts you off in Australia with a man named Jack getting a startling letter. Then you're off to London where you're thrusted into the a world of darkness. There you meet a young girl named Celia, who awakens in a horrible unknown land. She finds out she must embark on a journey to the Kingdom of Light where she will awaken and all her worries will be gone. Thankfully Celia is not fully alone on her journey as she has her trusty steed, Sunrise and then is later joined by a young man.All three must face the Dark Valley to reach the Kingdom of Light and salvation. Things aren't that easy as there are those who do not want them to succeed. There are two major villains in this book, Lord Noskard and a necromancer. Celia must battle them both in order to reach her destination.

At first I had no idea that this was a Christian/ religious book. Yvonne Lee gradually incorporates it into the story and towards the end you are fully aware of the religious undertones. I normally wouldn't read a religious book as I, myself, am not very religious at all. Even though it would be classified as a Christian book there is enough adventure, twists, and depth to make it so much more.Sure there were times where I thought, things can't really be that easy, but if you are a person of faith I suppose they are.

Overall this was a great book about faith, perseverance, and trust. Its a great read for kids and adults alike and I think you'll enjoy it, even if you aren't religious.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

My Review for Miralli Ferrell's novel. 'Other Daughter'

My five star review for 'Other Daughter' by Miralli Ferrell.

It’s Susanne Carson’s birthday and she’s waiting for her husband David to get home from work and take her for a celebratory meal. The doorbell rings, and Susanne opens it to find a young girl standing there clutching a battered suitcase, and claiming to be her husband’s daughter.

Other Daughter is not the sort of book I would normally read. But it came well recommended, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read it. This is a Christian book, but it is certainly not preachy! It is well written, honest and at times gritty and certainly challenging. As I read, I found myself wondering how I would react in such a situation. If the product of my husband’s one night stand appeared on my doorstep.  Very much like Susanne I think. Even as a Christian, I would find the situation very hard to cope with.

Having had a difficult childhood, I could relate to young Brianna. I could feel her unhappiness and insecurity, her need to be loved and accepted.

I could also see things from Susanne’s perspective. First the shock of her husband David’s infidelity; and then trying to cope with her own emotions. The insecurity and anger, engendered by the situation she found herself in.

The characters in the book were totally believable, I felt drawn to each one, especially Susanne’s daughter Megan. I loved the way she accepted Brianna and cared about her. As did Grandfather and Susanne’s mother Clair.

As for Brianna’s uncle, what a nasty piece of work he is! He drops the child off at Susann’s house and drives off without so much as a by-your- leave!


Other Daughter is a brill book with lots of twists and turns. There’s excitement and heart tugging emotion. I loved the honesty in this book.

It’s the sort of story that remains with you long after you’ve read it.

If this is Miralee Ferrell’s debut novel, then I can’t wait for the next book.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Early Oct for publication of Through a Glass

It won't be long now. I estimate early Oct for publication.


The narrow tunnel appeared to have no end. Irene kept her head low to avoid contact with the roof.  In the thick darkness she could hardly see Stagman crawling ahead of her. The desire to panic was overwhelming. She hated heights, but closed in spaces truly terrified her.

The sharp stones and gravel on the tunnel floor bit into their hands and knees, making progress torturously slow.

Stagman groaned with frustration as he tried to secure the small torch between his teeth. The steel casing felt unpleasant in his mouth, putting his teeth on edge.  But without its fragile light, they would be in total darkness…not an option either of them would welcome.

“Are you okay?” Irene asked.

With a mouthful of torch, Stagman could only grunt a reply.

Irene crawled along behind him, desperately praying they would soon escape the claustrophobic darkness and emerge into the light. As she struggled on, she remembered the fateful day she finished the painting—the painting which had ushered her into this amazing but frightening world.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

My review for Draykon by Charlotte E English

This was a good book. I really enjoyed it!

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, September 1, 2012
By Yvonne Lee (United Kingdom)
This review is from: Draykon (Draykon Series) (Kindle Edition)
At first when I started to read this, I found it a bit confusing, and couldn't figure out what was happening. Also I struggled with the many strange names.
However, the further I got into the book the more I enjoyed it.
Llandry, the main character in the story, makes jewellery. In a cave she finds a beautiful gem called istore. She has no idea it's more than a gem...or that there would be such terrible consequences, when people started to buy the items she made with it.
I loved the characters in this book, especially another main character, Eva. She is strong, whereas Llandry is shy and easily panicked. I also liked two of the male characters. Brave Tren who tried so hard to look after Eva. And then there's the dishy Devary. Each character in the book is unique and I found myself interested in each one, which is a testament to the author's excellent writing skill, as there are a lot of them.
I loved all the different animals as well.
The twist with Llandry at the end of the book really took me by surprise, as did the abrupt way the story ended...a real cliff hanger. I hope there's a sequel! I would love to think Llandry and Davary get together.
In some ways the story reminded me of one of my favourite TV shows, Primeval. In the book, gates to different worlds begin to open, allowing strange and sometimes dangerous creatures to come through. In primeval there's a similar situation, but they are called anomalies.
Once you get into it, Draykon is an exciting read. If like me, you enjoy a good fantasy. Then you'll like this, it's brill!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

My new cover and Introduction for Through a Glass.


This is the introduction and cover for my book 


This little story is true, and is the inspiration for my book 'Through a Glass' due to be published in a couple of months. It's a fantasy/ adventure, to be enjoyed by those who are twelve or twenty.

The way things happen sometimes is truly miraculous. Being a Christian I don’t believe in

When my family and I moved next door to an elderly lady called Emily, little did I know the profound effect she would have on my life.

If you will bear with me…I would like to share my inspiration for this novel.

Emily suffered with arthritis and badly swollen legs. She was in a lot of pain and pretty much house bound. Overtime, as we got to know her and became friends, I would do her shopping and a little bit of house cleaning.

In her tiny front room on a deep windowsill, she had a lot of ornaments, which I would wash for her. Among them was a pretty glass horse. It was coated with something that changed colour according to the weather. Emily always reminded me not to wash it, as she feared the coating would come off.

Being mad about horses I was naturally attracted to this small ornament. Emily, aware I liked it, would smile and say. ‘Who knows, one day it could be yours.’ Although she warned me not to bank on it, as she knew her estranged family might not honour her wishes.

A year or so later, I returned from shopping and found Emily had suffered a massive stroke. She was rushed into hospital, and sadly passed away a few days later. As predicted her family took everything. The small cottage was stripped bare. However, amazingly, left all alone on the windowsill was the little glass horse.

I rushed into the cottage and retrieved it. Tears streamed down my face, as I thanked God, and my friend Emily for the gift of the little horse. It really was a miracle, as I know Emily had no contact with her family before she passed away.

Now when I hold the glass horse I think of Emily, and the miraculous way God enabled me to receive what she wanted me to have.

The little glass horse became the inspiration for this novel, which I dedicate to Emily with gratitude and affection.



Tuesday, 14 August 2012

A lovely surprise comment about my book The Shadowed Valley.

It was a real surprise when I saw this. How nice, that someone took the time to make an encouraging comment about my book. Writing can be hard and lonely, so it's nice when people take time to comment, particularly when like this, it's so positive. :)
We authors need reviews and comments. It's like food, it stirs our artistic juices and keeps us going. I really wish more people would take the time to do it. It need only be around twenty words, so not much to ask. I always review every book I read. Unless I hate it, in which case I say nothing, but that is a rare scenario. I can always find something I've enjoyed about a book. I always try to concentrate on what I liked, and what was good about a book. I would never say anything totally cruel and negative about a writers work. After all, lets face, it's only my opinion and how valid is that?
So I encourage every reader and author, please, take the time to write a few words about the books you've read and are reading. It means so much to an author! 
Calvin Allcoatposted toVonnee Lee
Saturday near Tías, Canarias

My review for Relative Deceit by Karen Aminadra.

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, August 14, 2012
This review is from: Relative Deceit (Kindle Edition)
I enjoy a good mystery and this book `Relative Deceit' is certainly good. It held my attention from beginning to end. I love Miss Marple and Downtown Abbey, so it's no surprise I enjoyed this too.
The story is based around an upper class family, the Bancroft's.
Sir George Bancroft, his wife and three children find themselves suddenly bankrupt. Their situation is desperate...enter their saviour, distant cousin Gregory Rogers. He seems to have all the answers to their problems. But is he all he appears to be?
I quickly found myself immersed in the life of each character, especially Jane, Sir George's young daughter, a vulnerable and sweet girl. This is a fast paced story, with plenty of murders, villainy and deceit. I worried for Jane's safety...the sign of a good book.
The story is cleverly crafted, and kept me guessing right up to the end, and what an ending. It was perfect!
I also love the title and cover of the book, it's what attracted me to get it, and I'm glad I did.
If you like an exciting mystery, then you'll love `Relative Deceit.' I hope there will be more books from this author and soon.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, July 31, 2012

This review is from: Jack MacFadden and the Faerie Realm (Kindle Edition)
Jack MacFadden and the Faerie Realm is an imaginative and delightful tale.
In places,I felt there was a lack of continuity,which confused me some what, but it didn't diminish my enjoyment.
In D M Andrews writing, there is always enjoyable humour, and this book is no exception.
I liked the characters, particularly Old Tom; he came across as really cute.
I do feel the story could have been fleshed out more. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

Monday, 30 July 2012

God is always with us by His Holy Spirit, we are never alone.

God's love letter.

In 2002, I felt strongly that God wanted me to write letters to Him...to share my heart, my thoughts, my needs with Him. I'm not sure if I expected Him to answer me, but I hoped and anticipated that He might, and after I had written a few letters, He did!
For two wonderful years we communicated in this way, and even now when I read His words to me they are as moving, powerful and inspiring as they were the first time I heard and wrote them down.
Most are not for sharing as they are personal to me. But this particular one I feel I can share as it is so relevant to the days in which we live. We all lead busy lives, rushing here there and every where. I can only speak for myself, but I know I need to come aside into His presence more often and give Him the chance to minister His peace into my life.
It's mind blowing that the great and awesome God of heaven would take time to speak to someone like me! Here is what He said, and I hope it blesses and encourages any who might read it.

"You are my precious daughter and I love you. You need not be concerned, for I am with you, your rock and your shelter, a very present help in times of trouble.
Let me speak, I need to speak into your heart. In stillness and quiet is your strength. You will find this only in my presence, spend time with me. Share everything with me. Be truly open and honest, hide nothing, for I see and know all things.
Everything is in my control, and I mean everything. Nothing can happen that I do not allow. I always bring good out of what was meant for evil.
If that is true, and it is...for I am truth. Realise how safe you are my child. Grasp the revelation of who I truly am, and who you are in me. I am God, creator of the universe, Creator of all. There is no other God beside me.
You are my creation, covered with the blood of my son, Jesus. You are family, your life has purpose and meaning. Let your whole being be filled with faith and trust. Spend time in my presence, put me first and all else will fall into place.
You are safe my little one, Father holds you close. Be not afraid, stay near me, as I stay near to you. You're never out of my sight, or my heart, hold onto that. Be strong and courageous, for I am with you, I will never leave you or forsake you. I call you by name, you are mine.
All is well beloved child, all is well."

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

My Review for 'No One's Girl' by Rosie Goodwin

I really enjoyed this book and gave it five stares.

No One’s Girl by Rosie Goodwin is brilliant, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ms Goodwin is a great storyteller. Her characters are so believable; they really get under your skin. You can’t help but get emotionally involved with them.

It was also enjoyable to read a novel based in and around my home town of Nuneaton, it added to my enjoyment of the book.

This is the first Rosie Goodwin novel I’ve read, but I will certainly be reading more.

I wish I had found her books sooner, but now I have, I’m definitely a fan!

If you enjoy gritty exciting drama then you will like Rosie Goodwin‘s books.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Rat and a Ransom by Y. I. Lee

STORYLINE: Tom always wanted a pet, and when he finds a cute little rat, he names her Mask and convinces his parents to let him keep her. When he's kidnapped and held for ransom, Tom and Mask must safely escape.

MY THOUGHTS: Let me say it right up front—what I did not like about this book was the "twist ending". It felt jarring and out of place, and I felt just a little cheated, though not too much, as the plot had basically resolved by then.
Other than that, this book would make a good chapter book for 8-9-year-olds. The characters and plot are fairly simplistic. There are some longer words that younger readers might need help with, but I see that as a good place to expand vocabulary. Y. I. Lee did a good job of keeping everything tense but not overly-scary for kids.
Rating: three stars

I've had a brill morning with the children in a local school. The teacher asked me to take them through the publishing process. So I took along a manuscript full of edits and corrections and a couple of pics and then read to them from the finished book. Two classes came together so I had quite an audience! But they were all as quite as a mouse...oops, I mean rat. LOL
I will be giving a copy of the book to the school library.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

A Rat and A Ransom is out and about again!

Next Tues morning I'm off to another school to read to the children. This time the head wants me to take the printed copy of  A Rat and A Ransom and show the children the process of publication from start to finish. I'll then read a little from the actual book. Should be fun, I'll print off some of the pics and take them as well. It's such a priviledge to be allowed to do this. :)


Wednesday, 20 June 2012

A Sample of my Revised Book Cover.

This is the unfinished version of the cover for my soon to be re-published book.  It's the original cover slightly altered. All we've is changed is the title, and we've moved things around and used a different font. There's still some work to do on it, but I'm really pleased.
I've so enjoyed editing this book, its been great spending time with these characters.
With all the editing and re-writing, the book itself is also greatly changed. 
I hope people agree, that this revised version is way better than the first one. And proves to be even more popular.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

A Five Star Review.


5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, 17 Jun 2012
Cheryl Cranfield "Bookworm" (Netherlands) - See all my reviews
This review is from: A Rat & a Ransom (Paperback)
Once you start reading A Rat and a Ransom you cannot put it down. The double twist is exquisit and keeps you gripped in the story. Y.I.Lee is a talented author and having read her previous books this one came up to me expectations. She has the ability to twist the story without you realising it and also to make you feel that you are part of the characters, this is special. You live all the moments of the story. The illistrations are also good but give you no clue as to the outcome. Her books are not only for children but also for adults alike. May we all see more books from this author.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

                                                      Mirage a fantasy in oils by Y I Lee

Monday, 11 June 2012

Short snippet from Through A Glass

This is a short snippet from my book 'Through A Glass.'  'Through A Glass' is the revised version of a book I published some time ago.


“Hold on, Irene,” Stagman shouted. “When it swings this way, let go and I’ll catch you.”

“It’s slowing down!” Irene screamed. Her knuckles whitened as she gripped the rope.

“Push with your body as if you’re on a swing.”

“I’m scared, what if the rope breaks?”

“Trust me Irene push, and when you get close to us be ready to let go. I’ll catch you.” Stagman stood close to the edge of the precipice with his arms outstretched. As the rope swung towards him it slowed dramatically. Oh God, please keep it coming! He could see Irene loosening her grip in preparation to let go.
“Now, Irene… now!” he shouted.

With a frightened cry Irene bravely let go and threw herself at him. She landed in a heap at his feet, as she attempted to right herself she proceeded to slip over the side. Her terrified screams echoed around the cavern…desperately she clutched the rim of the ledge. A lump of rock crumbled under her hand and fell silently into the darkness below.

For a moment Stagman could only stare, his eyes wide in horror.

Ezekiel jumped up and down squeaking hysterically, but there was nothing he could do to help her.

Stagman rushed forward. “Hold on Irene!” He grabbed her by the jacket and hauled her unceremoniously into his arms. “Got you,” he said holding her tight against his chest.

Irene clung to him sobbing, her body trembled uncontrollably.

 “It’s okay child, you’re safe.” He held her away by the shoulders and looked into her tear stained face. “I’m so proud of you, Irene.”  

Thursday, 24 May 2012

My Review for Fear of Falling.

We take our modern comfortable lives so much for granted, that I can’t imagine what it would be like—or how I would cope if I found myself in the frightening situation faced by Sarah, Matt and their ten year old son John.

One minute they arrive in Ireland from America looking forward to some peace and quiet away from technology. The next they find themselves caught up in a terrifying apocalyptic scenario. To make matters worse Sarah suffers badly from anxiety, and yet as the story unfolds she manages to rise above her fears and finds the strength not only to cope in a world flung back hundreds of years, she also finds the courage and strength to fight for her family and survive in this harsh and dangerous new world.

I really enjoyed Fear of Falling. The author Susan Kiernan-Lewis has written in such a way that the book is a real page turner. I found it exciting, frightening and profoundly disturbing. Possibly, because sadly, I’m quite sure if such a thing should happen now, in actuality—the fragile civilization we all enjoy would very soon disappear, and the scenarios put forth in this book could become a reality.

As I read the book, it was plain to me it was written from a Christian perspective. So why the profanity? Okay, it wasn’t a lot, but it was there. If there’s one word I hate it’s the f…. word! A good author like Kiernan-Lewis blessed with such an imagination shouldn’t need to use such words.

I would have given the book five stars but for that. Had there been more, I would have stopped reading the book.

Nevertheless, for those who enjoy a book that is exciting and a fast read…which at times has you on the edge of your seat. Then Fear of Falling is it!

A good Read.

Fear of Falling.


Thursday, 17 May 2012

Book Reading in School.

I was invited to read to the children at a local school. I read a couple of chapters from the book and then we had questions and comments. The children listened attentively and made some interesting comments. It was  a positive experience for me, especially as the book  A Rat and A Ransom was written for their age group, 8/9 yr olds.
It was a most enjoyable afternoon and I hope to repeat the experience in other schools around the area.


Monday, 14 May 2012

My review of The Weeping Empress


Chiyo is a happily married woman with a young daughter. Somehow or other she finds herself plucked from her secure happy life and thrust into a world of violence and death—in her pyjamas! Well it is a fantasy!

 In this strange new world indicative of Japan…a country that I find fascinating; Chiyo struggles to survive with the help of two powerful men Muhjah and Senka.

I have to say I struggled to relate to Chiyo. To me her change from a vulnerable, frightened and confused woman was rather rapid. At first she’s lying on the grass wondering what’s happened to her. The next, she’s slashing and killing the soldiers who are trying to capture her, along with the people of the village that she finds herself in. As the story progresses it’s a feast of blood and gore, all of which quickly awakens Chiyo’s hidden beast. Which to me didn’t seem that well hidden; in fact it was pretty close to the surface. Maybe that’s why I struggled to relate to her. I would have liked to see a little more of her feminine side.

I suppose I should ask myself, how would I react if I found myself in Chiyo’s terrifying situation? In all honesty, I don’t know, I probably wouldn’t have survived.

My feelings towards Chiyo were ambivalent. However, I found her two warrior friends Senka and Muhjah fascinating, especially Senka. As I continued to read the book I grew to like him more and more!!

I would have liked the emperor to have had a bigger role in the story. His cruelty didn’t really come across, not until he had Chiyo tortured. Even then I didn’t hate him as much as I would have liked, considering he was the driving force for the trio’s hatred and violence.

Nevertheless, I have to say; I found the book intriguing and couldn’t wait to pick it up and read more, which is a credit to the authors writing prowess. Some of the language in the book is quite beautiful.  

If there is a sequel I will certainly buy it.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

The Shadowed Valley trailer.


This is the trailer for my book The Shadowed Valley. We spent all afternoon putting it together and enjoyed every minute, even the frustrating bits.
It's the first one I've ever done and I'm pleased with it. :)

Sunday, 6 May 2012

The Shadowed Valley

Jack Shepherd’s life in Australia is good. However, the arrival of a letter from England threatens to blow his comfortable life apart.
The only way he can unearth the truth, is to fly to London as soon as possible.

Young Celia huddles in the back of a taxi, with no recollection as to how she got there. Her sense of fear and despair increases dramatically on arrival at Greyache House. Shrouded in perpetual fog,the menacing property is occupied by strange and unpleasant characters. Not least the evil cat Crudus.
The only person, who shows her any kindness, is the housekeeper, Mary.
While taking a walk, Celia finds an old shed hidden in the woods surrounding Greyache House. Finding the shed is the catalyst, propelling Celia on a terrifying journey through the land of Dauthus, in search of the narrow path. The path that will lead her to The Shadowed Valley, beyond which is the mighty gate and safety.

Along the way she meets John, a young man also lost and searching for the mighty gate. But he's chosen the wrong path and is heading into grave danger. Celia persuades him to join her. As they journey together, they encounter many terrifying foes and Celia is forced to wrestle with a tragedy that strikes deeply at her heart.
Will they survive, find the gate and regain their lives and memories?

Jack arrives at Heathrow airport and is met by Ted, the friend who sent the disturbing letter.
What did Ted say in the letter that triggered Jack’s urgent flight to London? What could be the link between Jack and Celia, and can Ted convince him that he is Celia’s only hope?

Friday, 4 May 2012

A Rat and A Ransom Review.

Latest review for A Rat and A Ransom on Amazon.

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A Charming story of a young boy and his pet rat. A great story of love between a boy and his companion. Though his mother is anxious about the new pet, once the author adds some kidnappers into the mix, the rat becomes an indispensable partner. A fun book for any young reader in the 8-12 range, just be prepared for your son to want a new pet!

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Self Editing for Fiction Writers.

This book arrived this morning. Hubby had to go to the hosp for physio, so I went with him and took the book to browse while waiting for him.
I have to say from the little I've read, it looks good. I'm hoping it's going to be a great help with this editing business.
Much of it I already know, but it does no harm to have a refresher course! I never cease to be amazed by the simple mistakes that slip through...no matter how many fresh eyes peruse the manuscript!
Which ever way you look at it. Editing is frustrating and time consuming. Nevertheless, it must be done!


Sunday, 29 April 2012

A section from Through a Glass Darkly.

This is another small section from my book 'Through a Glass Darkly.' Due to be published later this year.

Stagman turned and made his way towards the trees. A loud rustling stopped him in his tracks. His sharp eyes searched the surrounding forest, but he saw nothing untoward. Nevertheless, he couldn’t shake a sense of unease. The hair rose along his back as he sniffed the air…in a second his nostrils detected the pungent smell of goblin.

For a moment fear overwhelmed him. With an angry snort he shook his head, displaying the power of his antlers…as much to awaken his own courage as to defy his enemy. Breaking into a trot he made for the nearest trees…as he reached them a goblin crept out and blocked his path.

Rising on gnarled legs, the goblin snarled and raked the air with jagged claws. Spittle dripped from its mouth as a long black tongue caressed sharp pointed teeth.

Stagman lowered his head; his eyes blazed. “Get out of my way—or die.” His massive sharp pointed antlers were enough to intimidate and frightened any attacker.

However, the goblin made no attempt to move. The creature stood its ground… face twisted in an evil leer.

Stagman’s eyes widened in panic, this was not normal. Goblins were not known for their bravery. Stagman threatened the goblin with angry snorts and foot stomping…still the creature stood its ground. Why won’t it move? Stagman’s eyes blazed with frustration.  I’ll make it! As he lowered his head to charge; the reason for the creatures bravery became terrifyingly apparent.

Witch like laughter heralded the approach of more goblins. They crawled out of the forest, too many to number. In their midst crazed ersatz jabbered manically…snapping and snarling as they surrounded him.

The first goblin sidled closer to him, its red eyes blazed with hatred. “You’re the one about to die,” it snarled. “There’ll be no escape this time.”

Stagman’s heart pounded. His nostrils flared…his breath came in short painful gasps. Terrified, he swung first one way, then the other, in a futile attempt to face his enemy; but he was outnumbered. This time they had the advantage…fighting would be futile. Flight was his only option, he could easily out run them.

However, if he tried to escape in the forest, he knew the trees would work against him. It would be too easy for his antlers to get caught in the branches—if that happened he was doomed. To outrun them he needed open ground. But as far as he could see, the forest formed an impenetrable barrier—he was trapped.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Author Name

Gosh, I hadn't realized it's best to use ones full name rather than abbreviate it. Having read this I shall now have to correct the name on my book covers. Oh well, we never stop learning!

The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success
How to Reach More Readers with Your Words
Copyright 2012 Mark Coker
Published by Mark Coker at Smashwords

Author name
– Your author name is your brand, so choose carefully. For most

authors, it’s their real name, but for others it’s a pseudonym (pen name). A good

author name is simple to remember, and simple to spell. Your fans should be able

to go to Google, or go to an ebook retailer, and spell your name without error.

Avoid cutesy spelling, because this can make it difficult for readers to find you.

Don’t mix numerals in your name. For example,
N8 4cyth is a cutesy way to spell

“Nate Forsyth,”
but your readers will have difficulty remembering how to spell

it or search for it. Anything that makes discovery difficult for consumers makes

your book less visible. Avoid initials, too. If your pen name is A.C. Smith, for

example, and someone goes to a retailer and tries to search for AC Smith (no

periods or spaces between initials), or A C Smith (no period, but a space) or A. C.

Smith (periods with space), their search result may come up empty. It’s safe to

expect that all search engines make terrible mind readers and are therefore easy to

trip up.

Monday, 23 April 2012

A Must Read

A Great Book



Running From Beige by Terri Marie

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started to read this book.

However, before I begin I must say I love the title 'Running From Beige.'

I will never look at the colour beige in quite the same way again!

Terri Marie’s book is a work of fiction, but within its pages there is profound truth. I can honestly say there are not many books that bring me to tears…this book did, many times! It is so powerful. To me it felt as though the author was pouring herself into the pages of the book.

Terri Marie writes so well, you can’t help but get under the skin of the characters…feeling their pain, their anger and fear.

The story follows the lives of three women, as they bravely take that first terrifying step away from their abusers and join together in a beautiful bond of love, support and friendship.

This book makes you realize that as women we are all sisters. Perhaps that’s why, when I hear of cruelty inflicted on woman, I become so enraged!

There are parts of the book that are not particularly comfortable to read, because it is so truthful. Nevertheless, it is riveting and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Running From Beige is a book all women should read. I highly recommend it and eagerly await the next book by this talented author

Saturday, 21 April 2012

The Shadowed Valley. Review

A Review for my book The Shadowed Valley.

's review
Apr 19, 12

3 of 5 stars false
Read from April 18 to 19, 2012

The Shadowed Valley is a Christian novel. It is definitely an allegory of God's continued dominion over Satan and a reaffirmation of the power of faith. It does this very well. While I wasn't initially aware of it's religious bent, I also wasn't particularly bothered by it. But it does mean that I am not the intended audience. I, for example, found the continued assertion that someone else will always save you if are just willing to place yourself wholly under their protection cloying; even if that someone is the personification of the Lord. This isn't a criticism of the novel itself, rather an artifact of its appeal to a particular audience. There are those who will find such reminders of heavenly accompaniment familiar and enjoy the book more for it. The story is straightforward and easily followed. Someone looking for an enjoyable novel situated within the Biblical arena would likely enjoy this book.