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 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!