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On the 1st day of advent K.J. recommends to me….

Every day on the run up to Christmas I am going to recommend a book that I truly enjoyed reading.

On the 1st day of Christmas K.J’s advent recommends;

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Angel’s Blood by Sallyann Phillips (Twitter @_SallyannP)

For a fast past engaging read. Amazing characters and a fascinating werewolf creation myth.

Buy it here.

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Angel’s Blood by @_SallyannP

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Please note: this is something I am doing in recognition of the books I have enjoyed. The authors do not know they have been selected, and have in no way asked to participate. I receive no form of profit from these recommendations.

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An interview with author Sallyann Phillips

It is with great pleasure I present an interview with one of my top five favourite authors from 2015, Sallyann Phillips author of Angel’s Blood and Hybrid Justice, from the Angel’s Blood series.

About the author

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Sally

I was born and raised in Swansea, South Wales, and still live in a little village just outside. I’ve been happily married for 25 years, am a mother of two, and a grandmother to a beautiful little girl.

What are your hobbies?

I read a substantial amount of books, which my local library can attest to, and my only other hobbies are, my writing, which now consists of two books that have been published, and walking my German shepherd / Husky Cain, who just happens to be named after one of my favourite TV programs main character.

Which writers inspire you?

Now that’s a tough one. I happen to have a little black book with my favourite authors, there are way too many to list them all, but a couple of my favourites are Laurell K. Hamilton, Christine Feehan, Sherillyn kenyon, and J. R. Ward. I bet you can see the connection there. Continue reading “An interview with author Sallyann Phillips”

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Book review – Angel’s Blood, Hybrid Justice – spoiler free

I was so honoured when I was asked if I would be willing to read and review the advanced copy of this work, plus as a big fan of the first I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

This book, for me, was everything I have already come to expect from this author, well written, involved, gripping and enjoyable.  I don’t get as much time to read as I would like, but again I couldn’t put it down, in fact one night I was still up at 5am reading because I just had to know what happened next.

Throughout the book there is the return of previously introduced characters and of course the introduction of new ones. As before I find them well conceived and very real.  You can’t help but be drawn into their plight and experience their highs and lows. I love how you can see the characters growing and developing, not only from their initial introduction in the first book, but throughout this book as well.

Story wise, it continues from a point not too far from the ending of the first book and introduces a multitude of new ideas opened by the author’s initial reinvention of the Vampire/ Werewolf creation myth. Of course right at the centre of it is Tavi, trying to fight her way to the truth and protect all she holds dear, whilst uncovering a complex web that spans far beyond anything she may have comprehended following the events of book one.

For me book two opened a magnitude of new possibilities. I can’t wait to see where the author takes us with the third book given the complex events that have started to unravel to show that things go far deeper than was imagined when we first encountered RB.

This series is a must read, it contains so many new concepts that it stands apart from others in the genre and the brilliant characters ensure you, as the reader, are also invested in the story.

A brilliant book, an excellent sequel to Angel’s blood, that just leaves me begging the question, when is book three coming out?

Pick up your copy today:
Hybrid Justice (Angel’s Blood Book 2)

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Book review – Angel’s Blood by Sallyann Phillips

As you may have seen me mentioning a few times, my favourite book of 2014 was, without a doubt, Angels Blood by Sallyann Phillips.  But what made this book my favourite?

As a teenager I loved the work of L.J. Smith but as with teenage fiction you get to a point where you outgrow it. Truth be told since that point I have tried multiple paranormal, vampire, supernatural style books but I had never found that instant connection, until now.  I found this book rekindled the same emotions and enjoyment for me as an adult which L.J. Smith’s work did for me as a child, with the added bonus of the writing style being such that I have no concern of outgrowing.

I adore the writing style of this author. I have always loved a story with strong characters which drive a plot forwards, in fact characters and character development make or break a story for me.  I found myself really enjoying the exchange between them, and yes I grinned with them and I have no shame in saying there was even one point in the story I found myself shedding tears, all three times I read it.  (Yes I have read it three times, twice of which was this year.)  The characters are well-thought out and deep, each possessing their own, very real personality. The creation and interactions between them so expertly done you feel like these characters are your friends and you passionately root for them.

But enough about the characters, attempting not to including any spoilers to the plot.  The story follows the protagonist Tavi as she struggles to cope with the recent loss of her father, but in her attempt to ensure her safety finds herself forced into a life which her mother tried so desperately to protect her from. Worse still, her arrival at Camden Falls starts a chain of events that span back countless years, tracing back to before her birth. As she learns more about her history, her origins, she is compelled to put an end to the trouble which links back to the reason her mother so desperately tried to protect her from the life she is trying to embrace.

I found the plot well conceived and gripping,  moving forwards at the perfect pace.  The author introduces a new origin myth for vampires and werewolves which is truly inspired.  The story leaves the reader wanting more and I eagerly await the second book in this compelling series, in fact I can quite confidently say this author has a fan for life.

I honestly believe this work eclipses some of the writings of well-known authors in this genre. I believe given the opportunity Angels Blood could go all the way to the big screen, or at the very least have a TV series.  The reasoning behind my belief, other than the fact this work is brilliant and enjoyable, follows on from the popularity of Vampire Diaries, True blood, Being Human and other such popular series and that’s not even touching films.  I feel the work fills a gap in the genre, there is already so much on the market about vampires, why not now embrace a brilliantly written werewolf focused plot which crosses carefully into vampire terrain in a well-executed manner.

I hope you will pick up a copy for yourself and leave a review on Amazon.

Buy it here