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Review of The Devil’s Wedding Ring by Vidar Sundstøl via @UMinnPress ‏

 

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The Devil’s Wedding Ring

by Vidar Sundstøl

Release date: September 26th, 2017

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Devil’s Wedding Ring from NetGalley & University of Minnesota Press in order to read and give an honest review.

I’m a huge fan of Nordic Noir and The Devil’s Wedding Ring by Vidar Sundstøl is a perfect example. Dark, edgy and brilliantly plotted, this novel captures your attention and holds it through to its very satisfying conclusion.

When Knut Abrahamson, a Police Officer is found a victim of apparent suicide, his former partner Max Fjellanger returns from the US to pay his respects but finds that all is not what it seems. Max, now a private investigator in Florida, doesn’t believe Knut would choose to end his life especially when the pieces surrounding his death don’t seem to fit. Thirty years ago the last case Knut and Max investigated, the mysterious disappearance of Peter Schram, a case that would drive Max from the force and still seems to still weigh heavily on Max’s soul. In 1985, Schram a folklore researcher writing about Pagan rituals and the Stave Church in Eidsborg disappears without a trace on Midsummer Eve, an important date in Pagan culture.  The Stave Church is a tourist stop, although a Christian Church today was notorious for its Pagan history and rumours of a ghostly Monk who walks the grounds. The case of Schram’s disappearance remained unsolved but when Knut’s death looks like it is possibly related to the disappearance of a young grad student, Cecilie Weiborg as well as Schram, a shocking mystery begins to unravel. With the help of a quirky young librarian and mystery buff,  Tirill Vesterli, Max sets out to solve the mystery but not before putting his and Tirill’s life in danger.

This story has it all, mystery, murder, Norse myths and the mysterious ghostly Monk. Vidar Sundstøl ( Translated by Tiina Nunnally)  has written a story that is fast paced, well written and contains multi faceted characters. It has that great atmosphere that is indicative of Nordic Noir.  I would definitely recommend this read to anyone looking for an exciting Nordic Noir thriller that perfectly blends murder and mythology.

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Review of The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley #Fantasy #HistoricalFiction

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The Bedlam Stacks

by Natasha Pulley

Release date: August 1st, 2017

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of  The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley from NetGalley in order to read and give an honest review.

To start off with The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley is a well written, complex and captivating story which, I  found intriguing and thoroughly enjoyed. To me, this is a book unlike any other I have read, which is saying a great deal. Although it is hard to define if I were to generalize I would say it’s a mixture of historical fiction and fantasy.

Set in the 19th century, the protagonist, former East Indian Trading company smuggler, Merrick Tremayne, is living a dismal life with his brother in a dilapidated estate in Cornwall. Left with a bad leg, Merrick seems to have given up on life, enduring bizarre and difficult circumstances bound to push him to the edge. At his lowest point, he is offered an opportunity to go on an adventure. After an outbreak of malaria and a shortage of quinine, the East Indian Trading Company contact Merrick about going on an expedition to Peru to acquire cinchona cuttings so that they can produce their own quinine supply. The Peruvian Government has a monopoly on the quinine trade and is very protective of their crops which potentially will make this expedition a very dangerous one. Although dangerous, with the encouragement of his friend Clem and wife Minna, as well as a family connection to Bedlam, Merrick agrees to go. Once in Peru, Merrick and Clem are guided to Bedlam (New Bethlehem) by a priest, Raphael. Without giving away too much, their trip to Bedlam takes strange twists and turns leading the reader on a fantastic journey rich with folklore, myths, and magic.

Natasha Pulley has done an exquisite job with this novel, full of fantastic imagery, characters that come to life, rich, well-researched world building and beautiful and flawless prose. My only criticism is that it did move at a slow pace at times making it difficult to get into but by midpoint, I felt the story beautifully unfold and was so glad I persevered. The Bedlam Stacks is not a quick read but in my opinion is definitely one that should be savoured and enjoyed.

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Review of Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

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Two Nights

by Kathy Reichs

Release date: July 11th, 2017

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Two Nights by Kathy Reichs from NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada in order to read and give an honest review.

Kathy Reichs, famous for her Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist series has created a new stand-alone book; “Two Nights” a huge departure from her previous books.  The protagonist in “Two Nights” is Sunday “Sunnie” Night, a former soldier and police officer who, after being injured in the line of duty, has decided to start a new life for herself, isolated from others.  When Sunnie gets called upon by her old friend and mentor Beau to help locate a missing teenager, she is about to embark on a journey she didn’t expect.

Beau introduces Sunnie to elderly socialite Opaline Drucker who hires Sunnie to locate her granddaughter Stella. Stella was kidnapped after her mother and brother were both killed in a terrorist bombing and no one is sure whether she is still alive. Although hesitant Sunnie reluctantly leaves her isolated island home to rescue Stella and travels to Chicago to follow her trail.  The more Sunnie discovers about Stella’s situation the more it stirs up trauma she thought she buried years ago and she makes it her mission to rescue her at all costs. After several close calls and a race against time, Sunnie enlists the help of Gus, one of the few she can trust and ends up placing them both in peril.

I really enjoyed Two Nights, it is an action-packed, engaging, fast-paced thriller that won’t disappoint.  Sunnie is a multi-faceted character who carries a lot of baggage with much to overcome, yet is strong, sassy and sarcastic.  Although it took me a while to warm up to her by the end I found myself rooting for Sunnie. This book was a brave departure from Reichs’s usual novels in both story and style and I really do hope Reichs continues to share Sunnie’s story.

My recommendation to fans new and old to go into this with an open mind, you won’t be disappointed.

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Review of Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones

by Seanan McGuire

Release date: June 13, 2017

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire  from NetGalley in order to read and give an honest review.

Seanan McGuire is definitely one of my favourite fantasy authors. Her books have it all, perfect prose, masterful plots, exciting worlds and engaging characters and the same is true with her Wayward Children series.
Among the Stick and Bones is the second story and a prequel to Every Heart A Doorway. Among the Sticks and Bones shares the events that led sisters Jack and Jill to Miss West’s Home for Wayward Children.

We first meet parents Chester and Selena Wolcott, more concerned with social status and proper appearances than raising twins Jacqueline (Jack) and Jillian (Jill). To them, the twins are nothing more than accessories which they form and mold into their “perfect children”.  Seanan McGuire is never shy in addressing tough themes such as emotional abuse and gender equality, I for one applaud her for that and in this book she tackles them head on. As Jack and Jill get older they begin to get resentful and frustrated with the other. Jack molded to assume the “girly girl” role and Jill the “tom boy” begin to become overwhelmingly jealous of the other.

When a rainy day forces the twins to spend time together, out of boredom they decide to play in an attic where a mysterious staircase appears. When the girls descend the staircase, they enter into another world filled with conflict, creatures and danger. Upon arriving in the new world, they soon learn that things are not as they seem. The story follows both girls in the “new world” for a period of five years. Jill living as a princess in the castle with “the Master” while Jack takes on the difficult and often gruesome work as the Doctor’s apprentice. We begin to see the girls evolve away from their “formed” personalities and through a bizarre occurrence of events, they transform into their new roles.

I read both books out of order but enjoyed them both. I’m not sure whether reading them out of order would matter but I personally found that by reading the prequel first, I viewed Jack and Jill with a bit more empathy in Every Heart. I also think there was more of a surprise and sense of urgency, I needed to read Every Heart a Doorway to find out what happened to the girls.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone wanting to go on an adventure.

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Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Storm Warning & U.S. Armed Forces Week 2017 ( @CSWCLynn )

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Synopsis: A team of CIA Special Operators, known by their call sign: Wrecking Crew, were assigned a special overseas mission that did not go as planned. Before they even arrived back to the Forward Operating Base, they had become disavowed. The active duty military assigned to that region were wary of this group. However, once they saw them in action, things began to change.

Dedication and appreciation: David McKoy and Lynn Hallbrooks are military veterans. They appreciate not only fellow veterans but those who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Because of that and the interaction of team Wrecking Crew with active duty forces in Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Storm Warning, they have put the book on sale for only 99 cents USD throughout U.S. Armed Forces week. It is available to all Amazon marketplaces and can be accessed via this link: myBook.to/CSWCSW

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“The Diary of a Broken Father” Cover Reveal by Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )

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Expected release date: June of 2016

Hello everyone,

I am so happy to be able to reveal the cover to my upcoming book, “The Diary of a Broken Father.”

This is a prequel to my novella Closure which was published in July 31, 2014.    This details the story from Garrison James point of view and this story will deal with his struggles through AA and direct the story from his own eyes. 

The main reason I wanted to write his story is because I did have readers ask me about him and felt they wanted me to have expanded on him more. This is his story and all the laments he has for what he is done. 

For now, I hope you enjoy the amazing cover designed by the awesome Natasha Brown.  

Sylvia Stein

 

 About Sylvia Stein

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Sylvia Stein is a published author with several anthologies with her Writer’s group 750 on LinkedIn. Stein obtained a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University this past July 2015.   She is a mother of three beautiful children Paul 10, Michael 9 and Consuelo 6.   She resides in the city of Fuquay Varina with her amazing husband Jeremy.  Stein has also published two solo books one was her first novella Closure which she worked on while attending SNHU and published in July of 2014 and the other her first YA, Chasing Clarity was published this past October 2015 and it was created during National Novel Month (Nano) in 2013. When she is not writing she enjoys time with her children and husband.   Her latest work will be out this summer 2016.   A Prequel to Closure entitled, “ The Diary of a Broken Father.”

 About Sylvia Stein

If you would like to know more about Author Sylvia Stein:

Website: http://sylviawriter07.wix.com/sylvia-author

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Closure-Sylvia-Stein-ebook/dp/B00MAYXETI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407162467&sr=8-1&keywords=Closure+Sylvia+Stein

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/closure-sylvia-stein/1120141100?ean=2940150535725

Kobo e-books: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/closure-23

Itunes: Sylvia Stein  https://itun.es/i6gy4yX #iTunes

Twitter Link: @sylvia_stein07

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sylwriter07

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New Release~Chasing Clarity by Author Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )

Check out another new release from a dear friend and familiar face on this blog,
#amazingauthor Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )

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Chasing Clarity

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Sylvia Stein

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“What happens when you lose the person most important to you and are left to pick up the pieces?

Mia Gerard had always wanted to be a trained dancer yet she has just lost the love of her life in a tragic accident. Leo Dancy was her best friend and soul mate. As she tries to deal with losing him, she finds his absence unbearable and she feels lost without him.

But then a great opportunity arises for Mia that she just can’t turn down.

She is accepted into the New York Dance Academy of performing arts.

At first she is overwhelmed but once she gets there she begins to allow herself to heal.

This is when she comes across Henry Watson a painter with aspirations of acquiring his own exhibit one day. While she ponders her feelings for Henry, will she be too late? or will she find the clarity she needs and chase after him?”

 About Sylvia Stein

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Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in 750 in 2012 and she also started to connect with other authors through the World Literary Café.  She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the Giant tales Anthology series. While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when Closure was born. With the help of her editor Closure grew from a short story to a full novella that Author Stein is excited to share.  Her First Debut Novel came in July 31, 2014 entitled, Closure and now she has just released her first YA called Chasing Clarity out October 8th 2015 .   “ This is the first of many to come.”

If you would like to know more about Author Sylvia Stein or her books~check here:

https://www.facebook.com/SylWriter07

https://twitter.com/sylvia_stein07

http://ssteinwriting.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/closure-by-sylvia-stein-excerpt/

http://sylviasteinswritingcorner.blogspot.com

https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=156982275&trk=spm_pic

http://www.amazon.com/Closure-Sylvia-Stein/dp/061590694X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442947527&sr=8-1&keywords=Closure+Sylvia+Stein

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnNy2wZI6Uw

Chasing Clarity book trailer

http://sylviawriter07.wix.com/sylvia-author#!books/cnec

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Chasing Clarity Cover Reveal by Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )

Chasing Clarity

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Sylvia Stein

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Expected release date: February 2015

What happens when you lose the love of your life and are left to pick up the pieces? Mia Gerard is about to find out.

Mia has just lost Leo Dancy, her best friend and soul mate. His absence seems unbearable, but suddenly, an opportunity that she can’t turn down arises. She’s offered a teaching position in The New York Dance Academy of Performing Arts. At first, she’s overwhelmed, still dealing with the loss of Leo. But eventually, she allows herself to heal when she meets Henry Watson, a painter with aspirations of having his own exhibit one day, or does she?

As Mia and Henry become closer, Henry develops feelings for Mia, but she’s still unable to love. When Henry can’t have what he wants, he decides to move back to London with his agent and friend, Trina Michaels. Mia may lose him forever, and she’s faced with having the clarity to chase after Henry or let him walk away. Which will she choose?

 

 About Sylvia Stein

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Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in 750 in 2012.
She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the Giant tales Anthology series.
While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when Closure was born.
Closure was published this past July 2014.    Now author Stein is working hard to bring you her latest YA novel entitled Chasing Clarity.  This novel will be out in February 2015.      “ This will be another one of many books I hope to bring you.”

If you would like to be known more about Author Stein’s books here is a link of them:

 Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Closure-Sylvia-Stein-ebook/dp/B00MAYXETI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407162467&sr=8-1&keywords=Closure+Sylvia+Stein

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/closure-sylvia-stein/1120141100?ean=2940150535725

 Kobo e-books: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/closure-23

Itunes: Sylvia Stein  https://itun.es/i6gy4yX #iTunes

Twitter Link: @sylvia_stein07

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sylwriter07

Email: sylstein07@gmail.com

More from Sylvia Stein:

http://www.amazon.com/Giant-Beyond-Mystic-Three-Minute-Stories-ebook/dp/B00BGGX24S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406650053&sr=8-2&keywords=giant+tales

http://www.amazon.com/Giant-Tales-Misty-3-Minute-Stories-ebook/dp/B00ENU0KKS/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0RM8AKE9KMNZAAK9D1QS

http://www.amazon.com/Giant-Pirates-3-Minute-Stories-Volume/dp/098857845X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406650128&sr=8-1&keywords=giant+tales+world+of+pirates

http://www.amazon.com/Neighborhood-Apocalypse-10-Minute-Stories-Volume/dp/0988578468/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406650161&sr=8-1&keywords=Lava+storm+in+the+neighborhood

http://www.amazon.com/Giant-Tales-Dangerous-Days-3-Minute/dp/0988578476/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406650186&sr=8-2&keywords=Lava+storm+in+the+neighborhood

http://www.amazon.com/Trash-To-Treasure-Douglas-Clarke-ebook/dp/B00MCYLU9M/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

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Entertaining Angels by Emerald Barnes ~ Cover Reveal

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I am super thrilled to show you the beautiful cover for my newest and upcoming novel, Entertaining Angels.  Again, my cover artist was Natasha Brown, and she is super talented.  She brought my disjointed vision to life, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank her properly. 

I can’t wait to publish it, which I’m hoping will be in May.  That’s what I’m estimating anyway.  But, I couldn’t wait any longer to show you my beautiful cover!

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About Entertaining Angels:

Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror.  All she sees is a big, fat nobody.  Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.

Along comes Zach, the new guy in school.  He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league.  She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once.  But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.

Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential.  Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?

Are you a book reviewer?  If so, please sign up for an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of my novel here.

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About Emerald:

Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.

She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!

She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!

She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

Connect with Emerald:

Website

Blog

Inspiration Blog

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Twitter

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March 17:

The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something year Old Girl

Andrea Buginsky, Author

Tammy’s Tea Time 

Rachelle’s Window — Guest Post

The Writing Realm — Interview

March 18:

ssteinwriting — Interview

Fran’s Stuff

Sitting On The Porch With Lynn — Guest Post

Angel Breath Books — Guest post

The Serious Reader

March 19:

Totally unrelated to this tour is my interview with Angie Brashear.

Sheila Deeth — Guest post

The Wonderings of One Person

J.L. Mbewe

Ever On Word — Guest Post

March 20:

Community Bookstop

Fictional Reality

A.R. Silverberry — Guest Post

Bonnie Blythe’s Pure Romance

March 21:

The Readers Realm

Blue Brown Books

Beck Valley Books

Belindawitzenhausen.com, Igniteyourcreativity.net & WriterzBlox.net

Nike Chillemi ~ Crime Fictionista — Guest Post

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Q and A with Author Carlyle Labuschagne

Recently, the wonderfully talented author, Carlyle Labuschagne was kind enough to take a few minutes to share with us a bit about herself and her brilliant work.

Welcome Carlyle!

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Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African Debut Author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her First Young Adult Dystopian Novel “The Broken Destiny. She is not only an author but works as a Sales Rep and Marketing Manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at Collage SA. Loves to swim, fights for the trees, food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help build a library in Africa project.

“My goal as an Author is to touch people’s lives and help others love their differences and one another.”

A firm believer in – YA saves!

When did your interest in writing begin?

I started writing at the age of 12.

Where do you do you find your inspiration?

In life, in love in emotion, in everyday life.

What authors have most influenced your writing and life?

I learn from every, and each book I pick up; reading is an essential part of growing as a writer, especially if English is not your first language.

Do you get writer’s block? If you do, how do you work around it?

You have to walk away, take a moment. Come back to it and push through whatever is keeping you from getting to it.

Do you have any specific rituals or routines when you sit down to write? (i.e. listening to music, working outside your home, working at specific times, etc.)

Coffee. Music. In the summer I like taking a swim before the time. I find waking up in the early morning hours and then hitting the writing or editing really is the best time for me – when the rest of the world is sleeping, so to speak. In the winter I jump on the trampoline, or just recharge in the sun before and in between day time writing.

What tools/methods do you employ when writing a novel? ( i.e. Do you outline or are you a “pantser”? Do you work chronologically or a scene at a time, typing or longhand, etc.) How has this changed from when you started out?

My style is very much the same as it has always been. I keep each chapter more or less to a theme of the chapter heading, but mostly I just write, write, write. After the draft is done I rewrite about twice, this helps to throw out the unnecessary nonsense. But I really do cut a lot out right up until the final days of editing. In total I go through the manuscript about 10 ~ 12 times before I am ready to send it off for publishing.

What is the best advice you have received with regards to writing? What is the best advice you could offer a new writer?

You can never edit enough, take your time. Write every day.

What is the most memorable response you have had about your writing and has it changed the way you write?

Any favourable response I get is amazing; it lifts my confidence tremendously. It does change my writing in a way that it fuels it.

Which one of your characters (if any) would you want to be stranded on a deserted island with?

The heart-throb of my series of course!!! Troy!

Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where can we find you online?

‘Evanescent A Broken Novel’ will be released this November.

Links:

Twitter : http://twitter.com/#!/CarlyleL

Website : http://www.carlylelabuschagne.com/

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12537426-the-broken-destiny-1-in-the-broken-series

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Carlyle-Labuschagne/189835811074342

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Destiny-Book-One/dp/1612048722/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347131640&sr=1-1&keywords=carlyle+labuschagne

Barnes and Nobles http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-broken-destiny-carlyle-labuschagne/1112448868?ean=9781612048727

Book Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FPWniWsvrk

Blog http://worldsawaybookblog.blogspot.com/

Fansite: http://www.thebrokenseriesfansite.com/

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Evanescent cover reveal event! #giveaway http://worldsawaybookblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/evanescent-cover-reveal-event-giveaway.html?spref=tw

Broken Destiny

The Broken Destiny

Ava knows much more, and feels much more than she is allowed to. When she starts questioning her origins and the destruction of Earth, things go horribly wrong for her. She is saved by a Minoan boy from an attempted kidnapping on her life – the perpetrators are evil Zulus and their dark ancient magic. Humans and Minoans are forbidden to interact with each other, and as she is taken back to their village she finds out why – they know of her, her kind and her destiny to save a dying race. Ava must rid them from the Council’s ruling and free the galaxy of The Shadow. Her destiny is to rise above the fall, because within her soul is the key to an archaic weapon that has been missing in the mix of a genetic code since the time of the ancients. As the prophecy unfolds she learns of her bloodline – a bloodline that makes her less human than she could ever have imagined. She alone has the power to destroy or save, but the mind-shift is a horrible thing. Ava will become what she hates to save the ones she loves. Beaten, poisoned, possessed and betrayed by her own emotions, she has no choice but to rise above it all… for that is her Destiny. 

 The Broken Destiny was voted #3 on the goodreads Debut list for 2012 : http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9748.YA_Debuts_2012#12537426

Prologue

All my life, I had searched for something, something I thought I ought to be. I felt like I was living someone else’s life, waiting for the awakening of my own. I felt like an empty shell burning for life. That was, until the day I lay dying in the prince’s chambers. I could no longer feel the pain from the tear in my gut. The only sensation left was a hollowed-out feeling that I had made a huge mistake in assuming that taking my own life, would have stopped the ancestors’ spirit from raging out. I had given up. I didn’t want to see myself killing the ones I loved. I was the Chosen one, but I threw it all away for what I thought would save a life. Could you end a life to save a life? I did, and I have regretted it ever since. I realized then that things like me are not meant to exist. What had been missing my whole life? It was I. To find myself, I had to lose myself in the worst possible way. The consequences of my actions became the legend of The Broken.

Praise for The Broken Destiny

“Carlyle Labuschagne not only writes beautifully, she has proven that she’s an author to be reckoned with; she has shown me that she is more than capable of creating a whole new world; has completely captured my heart with her imagination; weaves a story I want to keep reading; engages me in such a way that I become one not only with the story – but one with it’s characters, and has magically uprooted me from my comfortable existence to the gorgeous planet she’s created – Poseidon. In short, The Broken Destiny is an exciting, thrilling, imaginative, compelling and impressive debut by Carlyle Labuschagne. -An author to watch out for.”

~SS Book Fanatics ~

 

“The Broken Destiny is a masterpiece of originality. The characters are beautifully flushed out, the plot is unique and tasteful. I honestly cannot wait for book 2, which I am hoping will come out soon. Ms. Labuschagne is brilliant. She’s made me fall in love with the color purple all over again, almost as much as I love her writing style. She’s absolutely amazing. I recommend this book for anyone that loves fantasy and adventure.”

~ Author Airicka Phoenix

I know you’ve been very busy and I thank you Carlyle  for taking a few moments to chat!