Monday, 2 April 2018

Book Review: Love, Laughter and Lots of Dogs by Ellen Whyte

This was an adorable, very English romance by the eve-reliable author, Ellen Whyte. It does what it says on the tin, and there are plenty of canine antics around the two personable leads, Kelly and Cory. 

The story is told from both of their points of view, clearly stated, and contains witty dialogue as well as likeable supporting characters.

The set pieces of an English village and Manor House are well written and convincing. 

Not one for cynics, but those who love a good clean romance, intelligently written. 

This was a relatively quick read at 135 pages. 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Love, Laughter and lots of Dogs by Ellen Whyte

Your chance to pre-order this gorgeous new romance from fellow author, Ellen Whyte! Release date 27th March 2018. Buy links and my review are below.

Love, Laughter, and Lots of Dogs
Ellen Whyte

Kelly Taylor’s homemade pet treat business is taking off. Even better, utterly yummy Lord Cory Winthrop, the man she had a teenage crush on, asks her out for dinner.

Back on a lightning visit home, Cory Winthrop runs into his childhood friend, Kelly. Captivated by her happy nature, he becomes determined to win her heart.

However, finding true love is never easy. Kelly worries she may not fit into Cory’s spectacularly glamorous lifestyle. To complicate matters, Cory’s banking career is at a crossroads, and his evil ex is about to come rocketing back into his life.

Will Cory and Kelly be able to overcome their difficulties and live happily ever after?

A warm, light-hearted small town romance with a curvy girl and a very hunky billionaire banker. Featuring Hamish, the adorable rescue puppy.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Book Review: Lander by J. Scott Coatsworth

The scene was set in Book 1: Skythane, and the danger with second books is that the plot can fall a little flat, but that is not the case here. Wisely, the author has created another world out of the old one, with the occupants of Oberon and Titania having to get used to their new reality.

Not everyone is happy with this new world order, and conflicts from the last book rear their ugly heads. The good news is that Quince makes a discovery laced with tragedy, and Xander and Jameson’s fledging relationship suffers a knock when an old flame arrives on the scene. Amidst all the fantasy elements, there is a good old human story of love, of struggle and torn loyalties.

I loved how human these characters are. Having got to know them in the first book, I really cared about their various predicaments. There is an element of fairy tale as well as sci-fi, which stops the plot from being too tech-heavy, with panoramic scenes to enable the characters to spread their wings. And it had a very welcome dash of corporate intrigue which was a great foil to the fantasy element. It is a very visual book, as the last one was, and painted in vivid colours. I could definitely see the climax being directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) It had that kind of cinematic feel.

The story lagged slightly in the middle of the book, but soon picked up again when Jessa, Jameson’s former fiancee, is thrown into the mix. She could have been given a bigger role, as she was a strong character, but I loved her kick-ass feistiness. The big message of this novel seems to be “seize the day” although it never actually says that. It was done beautifully and it’s hard to say which book I enjoyed more, the first one or this one. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

New Release! Lander (Book 2 of The Oberon Cycle) by J. Scott Coatsworth

 Today is Release Day for Lander, J. Scott Coatsworth's epic second instalment of the Oberon Cycle!! See below for an EXCLUSIVE excerpt, and find buy links as well. My review will be coming very soon....

Author Name: J. Scott Coatsworth

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Format: paperback, ebook

ISBN: tba

ASN: tba

Price: tba

Story Type: novel

Word Count: 90700

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Genres: Sci Fi, MM Romance

Pairings: MM, also includes FF

Tropes: second chances, ex lovers

Keywords/Categories: Wingfic, Gay, LGBT fiction, Queer Sci Fi

Series Title: Oberon Cycle

Position (Number) in Series: 2

Necessary to Read Previous Books: Yes

Other Books in Series Available for Review?: yes

Book Blurb

Sometimes the world needs saving twice.

In the sequel to the Rainbow-Award-winning Skythane, Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over.

Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander's kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them.

In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced.

Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel concocted? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?

The Oberon Cycle: Book Two

Series Blurb:

Xander is a skythane man whose wings have always been a liability on the lander-dominated half world of Oberon.

Jameson is a lander who has been sent to Oberon to find out why the supply of the psycho-amoratic drug pith has dropped off.

What neither knows is that they have a shared destiny that will change the two of them - and all of Oberon - forever.

Exclusive Excerpt from Lander

Quince struggled up the slope toward the cliff, trying to see far enough ahead to find a protected spot where they could rest.

Venin let her put an arm on his shoulder, supporting her. She was grateful for the kindness.

She’d considered flying, but the rain and wind were still heavy enough to make that a really bad idea. She’d been lucky to get off with just a sprained ankle in her last fall. What if she broke a wing?

For a brief moment, the rain let up.

Quince looked into the gray sky and then back the way they’d come. The shimmering air parted to reveal the ruined valley, half-filled with water from the storm.

She hoped Xander, Jameson, Kadin, and Alia had survived. “The prophecy never mentioned a flood,” she grumbled and turned back toward the ridgeline.

Venin laughed. “Prophecies are notoriously vague. Let’s keep going. We’re almost there.”

He seemed solid and steady. She needed both at the moment, though she’d never admit it.

They resumed their climb as the rain descended again in heavy sheets. Venin helped her clamber over slippery logs and boulders. She’d scraped up her knees several times, and the blood now flowed freely down both legs along with the rainwater. Her cuts were small enough to pose no immediate danger of blood loss, but she’d be lucky if they didn’t get infected.

At last they reached the white cliffs that ran along the south side of the valley. She stared up to the point where the limestone disappeared into the mist and rain above. “Which way?”

Venin shrugged.

“West it is.”

They found a rock hollow about a hundred meters along the cliff face, with an overhang deep enough to give them respite from the rain. Quince pulled out her pulse pistol and used the laser sight to provide enough light to check for inhabitants. There were whipcats up in the mountains, and who knew what else. Luckily the hollow was empty, with a deep loam of leaves and dirt to provide them with some cushion.

“It’ll work.”

“Looks like heaven to me.” Venin let her go in first.

She stooped and made her way under the protection of the cliff.

She was itching to return to Gaelan. The shift had many practical consequences, including the fact that OberCorp now shared a world with Errian and Gaelan, the skythane nations. The corporation was a clear and present danger to both, and the denizens of the Slander wouldn’t be far behind. She had promised Rogan a shitload of pith, after all, that she’d failed to deliver.

They’d have to do something about all those things, and figure out how to shift the damned Oberon half of the world back to its own universe once the flare was over. Otherwise the misplaced landers would soon take over all Titania—Erro now—and the skythane nations would never be the same. It looked like she was going to be needed, after all.

Until the storm passed, they were stuck.

She opened her carry sack and pulled out some more of her rations, and Venin did the same. She was still hungry. It had to be late afternoon, maybe? She’d lost all track of time in the rush from the Mountain and during the storm.

She took a bite of the remainder of the bread and dried fruit they’d brought with them. The bread was soaked through, but it filled her stomach with nourishment, and for that she was grateful.

They watched the rain fall outside.

“I’ve never seen a storm come up so hard and fast.” Venin chewed on some bread.

She offered him her canteen.

He shook his head and held up his own. “I brought something stronger.”

“What is it?”

“Mothrot, my mother called it. It’s a home-brew liquor, and it’ll take the sting out of just about anything. Want some?”

“Yes, please.” She had a lot of sting to lose. She took the flask and sipped it. It was about the vilest thing she had ever tasted. “Oh my gods, what’s in this?” She stared at the canteen with disgust.

He laughed. “Wait for it.”

“For what?” Then a warm feeling of contentment began to spread through her gut and out to her fingers and toes. “Oh man, that’s nice.” She looked at the canteen with new appreciation. “What’s in it?”

Venin grinned. “You don’t want to know. Splash a little on your wounds too. It’ll kill just about anything.”

She did. “Damn, that burns.”

He winked at her in the dim light. “That’s how you know it’s working.”

An errant breeze blew a splash of rainwater into the rock hollow. Quince laughed. “I imagine this storm is all the atmosphere on the split side of both worlds, forced out by the shift. Unintended consequences and all.”

Venin nodded. “There’s a whole mountain-sized pile of rubble out there that could fit under that header. What happened back there?”

Quince shook her head. “I don’t know. Something new. I still don’t understand how Morgan vanished. Or what he was.”

“Maybe a sneach?”

Quince shook her head. “I thought so at first too. But now…. He had his own agenda. But he helped us when we needed him most.” She could still see him, there between Xander and Jameson, pulling the worlds together. Then vanishing as if he’d never been.

“There are stranger things than we know in the world.” Venin held up his flask. “More ’rot?”

“No thanks. That little bit did the trick, I think. Tell your mother thanks for me the next time you see her.”

“Wish I could. She’s been dead three years now.”

Well, shit. “Sorry.”

He squeezed her shoulder in response.

They sat in silence for a while. Quince pulled out a clean, damp shirt from her carry sack and used it with some rainwater on her legs, wiping off her wounds as best she could. They were shallow—mostly just scrapes, but she longed for some warm water and soap to truly clean them out. The mothrot would have to do, for now.

City life had made her soft. Time to harden herself up again.

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Friday, 26 January 2018

I'm now on Wattpad!

Because I'm between manuscripts, and not really ready to get stuck into another big one, I have a little time on my hands to make mischief. This doesn't mean I'm not writing. Oh no. It just means I can have some fun with some fan fiction. 

So I've created a Wattpad account, which you can follow via the link below. I'd love some followers! You can read excerpts from my books, as well as indulge in shorter stories teased from my (frankly) odd imagination. 

And I haven't even got to the tentacles yet....

I will be adding more as time goes on, but in the meanwhile, here is the latest, a short story based on What Could Have Happened Next to Henrik Hanssen in Holby City. There will be more in the future. No tentacles involved.

And here's a lovely picture of my latest muse.

Just because.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Update on Euphoria

Okay, so I know I said Euphoria would be published early in 2018, and the manuscript IS completed, but late last year I did a Thing, and to cut a long story short, Euphoria is being considered for publication by a publisher. (I'm keeping everything crossed!) 

It will be a while whether I know what is happening next, so in the meantime, I'll just keep posting little snippets and AS SOON AS I'M ABLE TO SAY, I'll let you know what is happening!

Here's a snippet, where Kurt and Vardam get cosy.

As he took the book from Vardam’s outstretched hand, he was struck by the Var’s height. He told himself to calm down. The rapid beating of his heart wasn’t necessary. Vardam wasn’t going to hurt him.

That isn’t what you’re afraid of, a silky voice whispered in his mind.

 He took the book and sat on the bed, feeling ill-at-ease. He was very aware of Vardam’s fresh grassy scent, the warmth and serenity radiating from their body. He had felt a spike of something similar recently, watching Vardam and Tom talking together. It felt almost like…


The book fell open on the first chapter. It felt fragile in his hands, the spine wrinkled where it had been broken in the past. The pages were soft and much handled, as if someone had loved the book very much indeed. He experienced another new sensation. This book was precious, much loved in the past, it deserved respect.

Christ, what was wrong with him?

Vardam sat next to him, so close he could feel the warmth of their thigh. He edged away, but Vardam seemed to have no idea about personal boundaries, shifting close again. They tapped the book and then their shapely lips, watching Kurt intently.

He cleared his throat. ““Last night, I went to Manderley again…””

As he continued, he moved to the side of the bed where the wall was so he could rest back against it. Vardam followed. The Var looked entranced, but whether that was by Kurt or the words he was saying, it was impossible to tell.

By the fourth chapter, Vardam’s head was resting on Kurt’s shoulder. After a few moments, he realised the alien had fallen asleep. Kurt lay them down as best he could and covered them with the duvet, putting the book on the bedside cabinet.

He was so tired. The pillow looked inviting, so he lay down alongside the Var’s long body, being careful not to touch them, and closed his eyes. Five minutes, he thought. Just five minutes….

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