Seventh Mark Part 1 by W.J. May

Seventh Mark - Part 1 (The Hidden Secrets Saga)Seventh Mark – Part 1 by W.J. May

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Seventh Mark Part 1 is a YA paranormal fantasy set on the west coast of Canada in the town of Port Coquitlam. Rouge Riding has recently moved here with her foster parents and at 17 she’s about to enter her final year of High School. Whilst out jogging at dusk she meets a super hot mysterious guy in a cemetery and can’t stop thinking about him.

The next day Rouge heads to school to pick up her timetable and get her bearings, she bumps into Grace who instantly takes her under her wing befriending Rouge and inviting her to the senior class pre-school party.

A Saturday job at an eclectic bookshop in town has Rouge discovering a very old book which her boss gives her as a gift, but it gets forgotten in the teenage rush of new friends and the party, but when Rouge comes face to face with a fearsome creature in the woods it’s Grace’s mysterious brother Michael who comes to her rescue.

There’s something amiss with Grace and Michael, strange whispering and finishing of thoughts, but Rouge can’t get over a familiar pull and feeling of comfort which she gets from Michael, it’s a shame his adoptive father Caleb seems so cold and dismissive.

Now I really liked this book, I sat and read it in one sitting and was disappointed when it ended. I’m a Twilight fan and I will admit it made me think about that series a couple of times, but in a good way. I think it may be a book to love or hate, I liked the sizzle of romance and I thought Grace a bundle of troublesome fun, It will be interesting to see how the series pans out.

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Guest Author Susan Jean Ricci (Oct 17th)

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a very inspirational writer, Susan Jean Ricci.

Susan Jean Ricci

1)   Where is your hometown?

I live in a little town by the sea in New Jersey, called Brick.

2)   When did you start writing?

I started a neighbourhood newspaper called “The Hill Weekly” when I was eleven, using an old Underwood typewriter and carbon paper.  The newspaper was a gossip rag and sold for a dime a copy! Wow! I’m really impressed.

3)   Have you always wanted to write novels?

Oh, yes!  I’ve been writing in some form or another for many years and writing a full novel has been my aspiration for I can’t tell you how long!  I began by writing commentaries and rants for our county newspaper, and I’ve been published in several magazines when my children were young.  Once they were all grown, had families, and I retired from my day job, it was full steam ahead for me in the novel-writing world.

4)   Can you introduce us to your book “Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems”

Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems is the tale of Cindy Layton, a middle-aged woman who joins an Internet dating service after two failed marriages, and how she conquers leaving her baggage out of a new relationship.  I also delve into getting beyond what I call Midlife Adolescence, a phenomenon that truly exists, believe it or not.

Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems

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5)   This book reached the semi-finals of the 2013 Kindle Book reviews, tell us about these awards.

Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems was one of forty romance novels chosen by several online Indie writing organizations, like the DBT (Digital Books Today) and the WLC  (Women’s Literary Café).  Even though the book didn’t make it to the finals in my category, I was very honoured to be in the company of such esteemed, talented writers.  Here’s some good news though:  Dinosaurs is also listed among the top 50 best indie books via Indie Author News, Readers Choice, for August and September, which is beyond thrilling since all the books spring from a mixed bag of genres.

6)   I believe you’ve just published the sequel to “Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems” it’s called “The Sugar Ticket” how does it follow on from the first book?

The Sugar Ticket is the sequel to Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems, and is a continuation of Cindy Layton’s shenanigans with her new boyfriend, along with facing the ultimate challenges of remaining in love forever.  Sugar is still being edited, due to life’s intrusions beyond my control, but it’s going to the formatter next week.  I’m sure everyone can relate to issues of life interfering – you know the old saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans for next week.”

7)   You’ve written books in several other genres including Non-fiction, Contemporary Drama and Children’s Stories, that’s a lot of different writing styles to master what have you learnt from your experiences?

Wow, great question!  I like to write about any topic I’m passionate about, no matter what the genre.  I never thought I’d enjoy, or even attempt, to write from a first person POV, until I began penning Dinosaurs – I think that was my biggest challenge so far, but it taught me a great deal about the use of grammar and present/past tense in a story’s creation.  Both my Contemporary drama and my children’s book are works in progress at this moment, and they’re written in 3rd person – I do like that aspect of telling a sharing a tale, also.  And truthfully, penning a children’s book scares me a LOT.  Kids are so much more advanced these days, God bless

8)   Do you have a different marketing plan for each genre?

I have a wonderful mentor, Annie Acorn (I believe you know her), Yes Annie was recently a guest on our Romancing September Tour.

who’s taught me a great deal about the marketing process.  What I did was create Dinosaurs, Sugar, and Twilight and Cherry Stems (my nonfiction short story), into a series, so all of my books will show up together when a reader does a search on anything I’ve written, or me.  There will be at least one more book in the Cindy’s Crusades series, perhaps two.  Slick Trespass will have to be a stand alone, but I have no problem paying a few bucks to sites like Ereader News today or BookBub, etc., for promotional purposes once in a while.  Promo sites like those get a writer noticed for sure.

Twilight and Chickadees

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9)   I believe you’ve had some experience with being published in the newspaper and magazines. What advice can you give writers who would like to get their own articles noticed and published by editors in this sector?

Although I’m an Indie author, I continue reading the Writer’s Digest faithfully –

This magazine always has great websites to search, where writers can pitch their articles.  Google works well, too, but pitching your article to the proper market is key.  As for the newspaper, I submit to only one editor, who’s come to be familiar with me over the years.  The newspaper doesn’t pay me for my articles, but I like having my writing published there anyway, it’s phenomenal experience!

10)   Having just published “The Sugar Ticket” what are you working on next? Do you have an expected publishing date for fans?

*grins*  Hopefully, The Sugar Ticket’s launch will occur prior to this interview, and then I’ll be focusing on Slick Trespass.  Slick Trespass is about how a married couple copes with a debilitating physical trauma and drug addiction.  This story is quite different from anything I’ve ever attempted, and I look forward to publishing it late winter/early spring, 2014.

The Sugar Ticket

Thank you, Rosie, for having me as a guest on your lovely site and allowing me to share my journeys in the writing world.


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Thanks for being our guest today, good luck with the writing.

Breaking Dawn 2, Twilight Series

This weekend Breaking Dawn 2 is released in cinemas across Britain.

Bella, now a vampire, must find and work on her special vampire skill. Jacob is there to protect baby Renesmee after he “Imprinted” on her. The Voltari find out about the forbidden vampire child and are coming to destroy her. The Cullens must protect their family, they recruit vampires from around the world in preparation for the final battle.

Will it be the end of this series? or will there be an ending from which sequels can be added? I hope the film will not have so many dark and hard to see scenes. I found myself peering at the screen for some of Breaking Dawn part 1 just to make out what was going on. I’ve re-watched the first three films in the series several times, but I must say, splitting the last book into 2 films didn’t encourage me to watch Breaking Dawn 1 over and over. Let’s hope this last film inspires me again.

Seven days by Shari Richardson

Seven Days (Highland Home, #3)Seven Days by Shari Richardson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started reading this and then realised it was the third book in the series so I had a bit of a reading fest. (Well it was raining outside!) Quickly read the second book , then got back to this one. Again very good, borders on Twilight and I expect will get lots more comparisons between the two, but I think it can hold it’s own corner.

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