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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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On the 1st day of advent K.J recommends to me…
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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My TOP 5 authors of 2015

Hi all and Happy Holidays.

This year I have read a lot of books, and reviewed a number of them here on my blog. But out of the 40 odd books I have read this year, which are my favourite?

This year, I have decided to announce my top 5 favourite authors, I know it’s not as amazing as a book award, but these five authors deserve a special shout out for their fantastic stories. I have attached a link to the title, to direct you to my original reviews.

I must say, it was quite difficult to put them in order, but here goes;

At number 5, Marsha A Moore for her Witch’s Moonstone Locket

 

At number 4 David Parkland with Demon Bound

At number 3 Sallyann Phillips with Hybrid Justice, book 2 in the Angel’s Blood series (you may remember how much I enjoyed book one Angel’s Blood)

At number 2 Louise White with The Calling and Chasing the Demon in the Gateway Books series

 

And at number 1, my favourite author of 2015, Karen Gray with For King and Country and Chains of Blood and Steel from The Saga of Thistles and Roses: Volume 1 (The Warrior Queen)

This series has got to be my favourite to date, there is the perfect combination of magic, intrigue, conflict, and character development, not to mention the compelling plot. I am eagerly awaiting the release of book three to see what this promising author brings us next.

All of these authors are certainly very talented in their craft, and I would, without hesitation, recommend any of them.

All the best to all of you for 2016, join me next time for my review of

The Roads of Luhonono: Legend of The East Road (The Roads of Luhonono Series) by Hamilton Hill

Happy Holidays

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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