Thursday, 23 October 2014

BOOK BLITZ - GATEWAY TRILOGY BY CHRISTINA GARNER


Release Date: 06/2014

Summary from Goodreads

Ember has always known she doesn’t belong in this world. But when she tries to correct the mistake, she wakes to find herself in a mental institution.

She’s soon drawn to Taren, the mysterious boy with hazel eyes. He’s not what he seems, but what is he?

When chaos erupts, they are forced to flee the institution together, and the secret that Taren has been keeping brings Ember closer to understanding her own. And leads her to… the Gateway.


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Title: Chasm 
Series: (The Gateway Trilogy #2)
Author: Christina Garner 
Release Date: August 2014

Summary from Goodreads

**Description Contains Book 1 Spoilers** 



Two months have passed since Ember Lyons nearly died killing the powerful Root Demon threatening the Los Angeles Gateway. Physically healed, images of the day still haunt her and she can no longer access the power she once wielded. She can't talk about it with anyone at The Institute--not even her handsome, demon-hunting boyfriend, Taren. Besides there are bigger things to worry about: Gateways around the world are weakening, Keepers' Marks are fading, escaped lesser demons are populating Los Angeles, and it looks like the Root Demon wasn't alone.

When the Institute sends Ember and a team to Europe, she hopes to find answers and security on the journey, but another attempt on her life reminds her she's never really safe.

Then she's thrust together with the mysterious Alexander. Ember can't be sure if this charismatic man is her most formidable enemy or greatest ally. Either way, she needs him, because he's the only one who can bring her to... the Chasm.



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Tether (The Gateway Trilogy Book 3)
Release Date: 09/23/14

Summary from Goodreads:
**Description Contains Book 2 Spoilers**


Ember was only trying to keep a promise when she jumped into the demon world. But instead of saving Cole and his people, she found herself just as trapped as they are. She lives and learns with the Daemon survivors while the demon threat grows every day.


Meanwhile Taren struggles with his guilt for not stopping Ember. He’s desperate to know she’s alive, but there's been no sign of her except in his own vivid dreams.

As they struggle to reconnect, the Gateways around the world weaken, and the demons begin to amass for war. The end is near and Ember must face her fears if she has any hope of saving the world – or herself.

With everything falling apart, her only hope is to find...her Tether.





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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Christina Garner began writing stories at the age of six. Her first–about a young girl who busted up a nefarious ring of furniture thieves–was a huge hit with her mother. At eighteen, her aspirations as an actor had her loading up her Buick and setting off for Hollywood. Since then, she has written and directed 10 short films, including Rewind and Reminder, both of which received acclaim on the festival circuit. In 2006, she began writing screenplays. A year later, she even got paid for one. In May of 2011, her debut novel, Gateway, became an Amazon Bestseller. Chasm, Book 2 in The Gateway Trilogy, did the same.


When she’s not writing novels, Christina spends her time working in the movie business, traveling, watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns, and playing with her dog, Griffin.

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BOOK PROMOTION & AUTHOR INTERVIEW - DEAD NEW WORLD BY RYAN HILL

Title: Dead New World
Author: Ryan Hill
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Cover Art by: Conzpiracy Digital Arts
Release Date: 13th October 2014

BLURB supplied by Curiosity Quills Press

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, zombies existed only in the imagination. Now, there’re more dead walking the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans are forced behind concrete barricades to stay alive.

A man known only as the Reverend has become a threat to the rebuilding United States. The leader of a powerful cult, the Reverend somehow controls the zombies, bending them to his will. He believes zombies are God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, and he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, his army composed of both humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose… though he didn’t completely turn. He survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.


Holt and Ambrose must sacrifice everything to take down the Reverend and survive in this dead new world. But will they lose their souls in the process?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR & INTERVIEW

Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. 
A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.


What is your name, where were you born and where do you live now?
Ryan Hill, I was in born in Greensboro, NC in 1979. I currently live in Raleigh, NC.

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I always wanted to be a writer of some sort. For a time, I wanted to be a screenwriter. Even lived in Los Angeles for a little while and worked on some independent films. I prefer novels, though. There's a lot more freedom with what you can do.

When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"?
I still don't completely consider myself a writer. I consider myself someone who loves to write, but until it becomes my day job, I won't feel comfortable calling myself a writer. Insert comment about me being a typical, insecure writer here.

Did it take a long time to get your first book published?
Interesting question. It varies for everyone, I guess. I'd always written, at least for fun, most of my life. In February of 2011, I had some health issues and decided it was time to take writing seriously, if that's what I really wanted to do. I received my first publishing offer in September 2013.

Do you work another job as well as your writing work?
Yep, I have the infamous day job. I do communications for the North Carolina state government.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My latest book is DEAD NEW WORLD, about a teenage soldier trying to save his beloved from a cult leader hellbent on turning everyone into a zombie.

Who is your publisher? or do you self publish?
DEAD NEW WORLD and my previous novel, THE BOOK OF BART, are both published through Curiosity Quills.

Do you have a "lucky charm" or "lucky routine" you follow when waiting for your book to be accepted by a publisher?
Does nervously fidgeting day in and day out until I get an answer count as a lucky routine?

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It usually takes me 3-4 months to write the first draft, then another 6-7 for edits. After that, with CQ it'll go through another five months of editing. But personally, from first draft to completion is about a year. I could write them faster... if I wasn't so lazy.

Which of your books were easier/harder to write than the others?
The book that I'm doing revisions on right now, THE CONCH SHELL OF DOOM, was probably the hardest to write. I was in a low place when I started writing it, and halfway through the first draft I abandoned it, thinking it was terrible (typical insecure writer stuff). I revisited what I'd written a couple of months later, and actually really liked it.

Both DNW and BART, I wouldn't say they were easy to write, because no book is easy to write, but my head was in a much better place when I wrote them. The biggest challenge for any book is to complete that first draft. Every writer feels their manuscript is trash at some point, and the temptation to give up and move on is very enticing. Overcoming that temptation and having the discipline to finish that first draft is the most difficult part of writing.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
CSoD is the next in line. It's a paranormal GOONIES. I'm also about halfway through the first draft of THE BOOK OF BART 2. After those, I'll continue work on the DEAD NEW WORLD sequels (there will be three total books in that universe). In between I'll write stuff outside of my wheelhouse. I don't want to stick with one particular genre. I feel that writing things outside of my comfort zone help stretch my muscles as a writer and keep me from becoming complacent.

Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I have plans to write books until the day I die. DNW is the first in a trilogy, with DARK NEW WORLD and THE NEW WORLD still to come.

What genre would you place your books into?
I'm most comfortable writing silly, paranormal stories, like THE BOOK OF BART. DNW was an exercise in stretching my muscles, writing something that's dark, tense, and thrilling. It was exhilirating writing it.

What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I write the kind of books I'd like to read. I love authors like Christopher Moore, I love YA, and I love a good zombie tale, like WORLD WAR Z, WARM BODIES, or ROT & RUIN. But I plan to write in all kinds of different genres before everything is all said and done.

Do you have a favourite out of the books you have written? If so why is it your favourite?
I don't have a favorite. Each of my books is like a child of mine, and I love them all equally. I'm most proud of the fact that I was able to fight through all of the personal issues I had during CSoD and complete the manuscript. But I love them all equally. If I have an out and out dud, that one will probably become my favorite, just to 1. make people mad and 2. because I love a good underdog.

Do you have a favourite character from your books? and why are they your favourite?
Bartholomew from THE BOOK OF BART. He was originally a villain in a manuscript I abandoned (many parts of it were retooled into THE BOOK OF BART), and I had so much fun writing him, I decided to give him his own book. He's just a scoundrel, and says things I wish I could say. I could write books with him for the rest of my life and die a happy man.

If you had to choose to be one of your characters in your book/books which would you be? and why?
Bartholomew. Not that I want to be a demon, but I love his wit, the fact that he tries to have fun with everything, and is a likeable rogue. The most complicated character would be Ambrose from DNW. He's a human/zombie hybrid, and the psychology of someone like that is very rich.

How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I've been writing in some variation my entire life. My mom says I taught myself to read as a child, and I always loved to read. Whenever Mom would go shopping and bring me, if I ever saw a book I wanted she was always quick to buy it for me. That love of storytelling naturally evolved into a desire to create my own stories.

Where do you get your book plot ideas from?What/Who is your inspiration?
I get my plot ideas from everywhere. It just depends. My main inspiration is Christopher Moore, but every time I read a great book it inspires me to create one myself.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I can write pretty much anywhere. I like writing somewhere besides my home, because a new environment fires up your brain. I sometimes listen to music, but it's always a movie score or classical. Hearing lyrics throws me off. I really enjoy Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti Western music. Sometimes, if I'm writing at home, I'll pop in a movie that has the kind of tone I'm trying to evoke in my story.

Do you have anybody read your books and give you reviews before you officially release them?ie. Your partner, children, friends, reviewers you know?
I have a couple of beta readers and an editor who reads over my books before I submit them. It's always good to get more than one set of eyes on your work before submitting it, because once it's submitted, that's that.

Do you gift books to readers to do reviews?
I do. My family gets a copy of my book for free, but everyone else has to write a review to get a freebie.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I wish I was at the point where I got so many it didn't matter, but I'm not at that point yet. I do check out my reviews. Obviously, I love the good ones, but the bad ones don't bother me. Mostly, I just laugh at them and move on with my day.

Would you ever ask a reviewer to change their review if it was not all positive about your book/books?
I would not. I will say it's awfully bad form when someone trashes a book because of some kind of vendetta, or any reason that isn't "I just didn't like your book."

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
I usually have a working title for something I'm writing, but it rarely becomes the final title.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
With names, it varies. Sometimes, I'll try to find a name that has some kind of meaning for the character. Some names, I'll just think it sounds cool. As far as places, I set BART in Raleigh, where I live. It made building the world of that book easier, and gave me a realistic anchor for all of the crazyness in that book. DNW I used Google Maps to figure out places.

Are character names and place names decided after there creation? or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
No, I decide on them during the planning stage. Sometimes they'll change, if theres a character from a similar book with the same name.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
The main traits I figure out before writing. I may add some smaller ones during writing, if they help inform the story.

Do you basic plot/plan for your book, before you actually begin writing it out? Or do you let the writing flow and see where it takes the story?
I do both. I figure out the overall plot, some scenes I'd like to see, the issues/obstacles the characters are trying to overcome, and then I go from there. I get too excited and have to start writing, otherwise I'd probably outline every little detail. The main thing for me is to have the ending in mind. If you don't know where you're going, the writing will just amble along with no direction.

How do you market/promote your books?
Haha ANY WAY I CAN.

What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?
Luck. Lots and lots of luck. Also a lot of hard work.

Have you ever suffered from a "writer's block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
I have. Sometimes I'll do something as simple as change the weather in the scene, or if the story isn't working I may just abandon it. I don't completely abandon a story, though. I always save scenes or ideas I really like for a different story.

What do you do to unwind and relax?Do you have a hobby?
Hang out with my sweet dog Maggie, watch NC State football and basketball, read, the usual. My main hobby is writing. I also moonlight as a film critic for Screen Invasion.

Have you ever based characters on people you know or based events on things that have happened to you?
All of my main characters have a part of myself in them. I use them to work through issues in my own life. If an event in my life is interesting enough, I'll use it. Though, for something like DNW, I can't say I have a lot of life experience living in a zombie-infested world.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I focus on the story. I leave the themes and morals to the readers to decide. Alfred Hitchcock said something similar, where he said he only focuses on the film, and lets the audience decide the themes for themselves. I think it's a philosophy every writer should adhere to. It also keeps a writer from creating a "message" story, where a theme overshadows and destroys the story built around it.

Is there a certain Author that influenced you in writing?
Christopher Moore (again) and Nick Hornby are big influences on my writing style. I also try to take something from every book I read. If there's something I come across that I really like, I may try and incorporate it into my own work.

Which format of book do you prefer, ebook,hardback, or paperback?
Personally, I prefer holding a book in my hands. But I do own a Kindle, and that's also very nice. The books are cheaper, too.

What is your favourite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?
My favorites are Hunter S. Thompson's FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, Isaac Marion's WARM BODIES, J.K. Rowling's HARRY POTTER books, Nick Hornby's HIGH FIDELITY, and a host of others. I don't know that I have just ONE favorite book.

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favourite/worst  book to movie transfer?
Some books can make for good films. There's always going to be some changes in the adaptation, simply because you're going from one medium to another. I recently saw GONE GIRL, and it was a fantastic adaptation. Sure, Gillian Flynn wrote the novel AND the script, but she did a great job streamlining certain things in the book and cutting out unneccessary parts. The worst adaptation I can think of, at least off the top of my head, is Don Winslow's SAVAGES. Such a great, raw, fantastic novel that was turned into a big ole pile of poo on the screen. Such a major disappointment.

What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it? What format is it?(ebook, hardback or paperback)
I'm currently reading A CLASH OF KINGS, book 2 in the GAME OF THRONES series. I'm enjoying it, but those books are so friggin long. It's in paperback.

Do you think ebooks will ever totally replace printed books?
No. Too many people like to hold a book in their hands, me among them.

Do you think children at schools these days are encouraged enough to read? and/or do Imaginative writing?
Since I don't have kids, this is a tough question to answer. I can say that kids have MUCH more to choose from book-wise than I did at their age. There weren't really any good YA books when I was a kid, so I was left to read Stephen King and other authors who wrote for adults. HARRY POTTER changed all of that, thank goodness.

Did you read a lot at school and write lots of stories or is being a writer something newer in your life?
Always was a big reader. Always. Senior year of high school, my parents forced me to do at least one hour of homework/studying a night, whether I needed to or not. Most nights not. Instead, I'd lie on my bed with a notebook, writing stories. Whenever my parents would check on me, it looked like I was doing homework. I'm such a sneak.

Did you have a favourite author as a child?
When I was much younger, I loved me some HARDY BOYS. Once I discovered Stephen King, though, he instantly became my favorite.

Do you have a treasured book from your childhood? If yes, what is it?
Not especially. Most of the books I had from my childhood were given to my little sister when I went to college, and she needed them for school.

Do you have a favourite genre of book?
Paranormal humor, probably. I read all genres. A good story is a good story. I don't really care what genre it's in.

Is there a book you know you will never read? Or one you tried to read but just couldn't finish?
I'll never read EAT, PRAY, LOVE. That's for sure. I tried to read Cormac McCarthy's BLOOD MERIDIAN, but the writing was so dense 100 pages in I had no clue what was going on and gave up.

Are there any New Authors you are interested in for us to watch out for? and Why should we watch out for them?
Krystal Wade. Her book CHARMING came out Oct. 6. It's really good. You should watch out for her because she's a good writer, and a friend of mine. Now, if you'll excuse me, someone owes me a dollar for plugging their book.

Is there anything in your book/books you would change now if you could and what would it be?
There are always things you can change, but at a certain point you have to leave it alone and move on.

What do you think about book trailers?
I've never done one. If I could think of a great way to do one, I would.

What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
Keep writing. Learn how to take criticism/rejection. Don't give up. Keep writing.

Do you or would you ever use a pen name?
Nope. If I did, it would be something silly like Buck Naked or IP Freely.

If you could invite three favourite writers to dinner, who would you invite and enjoy chatting with?
Christopher Moore, because he's my favorite author and hilarious, and William Shakespeare, just so I could ask him about how he came up with all of those magnificent plays. The third is a tough one. Probably JK Rowling, so I can pick her brain about how she plotted out the HP novels and beg her to write more Potter books.
                      
                      
                     Where can readers follow you?
Goodreads author page: goodreads.com/ryanhillwrites
Twitter: @J_Ryan
               Tumblr: jryanhill.tumblr.com



MY REVIEW
Title: Dead New World
Author: Ryan Hill
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Cover Art by: Conzpiracy Digital Arts
Release Date: 13th October 2014

BLURB supplied by Curiosity Quills Press
Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.
Before the world fell into chaos, zombies existed only in the imagination. Now, there’re more dead walking the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans are forced behind concrete barricades to stay alive.
A man known only as the Reverend has become a threat to the rebuilding United States. The leader of a powerful cult, the Reverend somehow controls the zombies, bending them to his will. He believes zombies are God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, and he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, his army composed of both humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.
Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose… though he didn’t completely turn. He survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.
Holt and Ambrose must sacrifice everything to take down the Reverend and survive in this dead new world. But will they lose their souls in the process?

INITIAL THOUGHTS
I'm a little apprehensive about this one, I mean I love post apocalyptic and dystopian books but zombies are still relatively new to me. I do have high expectations as I am wondering/hoping this book is as good as the Vaempires by Thomas Winship Series.

MY REVIEW
I received an e-copy of this book directly from the publishers Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for my honest review. The cover shows one of the main characters in the book, Ambrose, who is kind of half human and half zombie. You can see the reddish eye and the grey skin. Then there's the desolate war torn savaged back ground.  Would the cover alone make me pick this book up in a book store? Yes I'd definitely pick it up to read the blurb and learn more. The title of the book "Dead New World" is perfect, as it seem's the "Dead" are the one's ruling the world, or what left of it.
So the "Tribulation" has happened, the world is no longer what it used to be. Young men are enlisted into the army at the age of sixteen for a nine year duty. If they survive they are "free" to leave when they become 25 yrs old. Sadly the way the world is now, it's a bleak prospect, to go into the army and know it's highly likely you will be killed or worse. What's worse than being killed? Being bitten by a zombie and turned into one of the hordes of shuffling moaning, living dead. Most people only have a few hours left when they are bitten until they are turned. Very few survive and then there's those that are "lucky" like Ambrose who survive but belong in neither the human world nor the zombie world. 
The man behind the zombies world take over is the Reverend, a man who can communicate and control the zombies. The Reverends ultimate target is Washington DC. He thinks if DC falls to him and the zombies the rest of the world will follow what he says. It is Holt and Ambrose who are trying to get in the way and stop him. Then there's the rumour of "The Colony" where those who are like Ambrose can live their lives, and even have families etc.
So there's lots of fighting, blowing up, prosthetic limbs, secret cures and a little romance thrown into the mix. On the whole I did enjoy reading the book, however I felt there was something missing. I felt like I didn't care enough about the characters. Sure I had sympathy for Ambrose and how he is treat like a living, moving bomb by everyone around him. The only one that treats him like a human is Stanley Holt. I thought Holt and Ambrose had an awkward friendship. Holt seems to still have a fear of Ambrose even though they work closely together. There's lots of mysteries, secrets and betrayals, awful things that are maybe being carried out by the government.
There's also the intricacies of the relationship between Holt and Nancy, a nurse who cared for him when he lost his leg. Holt breaks things off with her, thinking he is doing the right thing for her but then cannot get her out of his mind. So much so when the base where Nancy is living/working on is attacked, Holt's immediate instinct is to rush to the base. When it is determined Nancy was taken alive, Holt decides he must rescue her. Then when everything seems to be sorting out, things go awry again. Truthfully the character of Nancy kind of irritated me towards the end of the book.
So did I enjoy the book? Mmm yes it was ok and worth reading. 
Would I recommend the book? I think the book is quite YA male orientated with the army content. Which I guess it's about time the teen boys had some great books to encourage them to read more. 
Would I read another book in this series? Truthfully I'm not sure. I'd have to read the blurb. 
Would I read other books by Ryan Hill? I would definitely take a close look at anything written by this author.


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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

BLOG TOUR - DARK GENESIS - DARKLING TRILOGY BY A.D. KOBOAH

Title: Dark Genesis
Series: The Darkling Trilogy
Author: A. D. Koboah
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Twenty Four Publishing
Cover Artist: www.idobookcovers.com

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Life for a female slave is one of hardship and unspeakable sorrow, something Luna knows only too well. But not even she could have foreseen the terror that would befall her one sultry Mississippi evening in the summer of 1807.

On her way back from a visit to see the African woman, a witch who has the herbs Luna needs to rid her of her abusive master’s child, she attracts the attention of a deadly being that lusts for blood. Forcibly removed from everything she knows by this tormented otherworldly creature, she is sure she will be dead by sunrise.

Dark Genesis is a love story set against the savage world of slavery in which a young woman who has been dehumanized by its horrors finds the courage to love, and in doing so, reclaims her humanity.


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EXCERPT

There were rare moments when the full horror of a female slave’s life fell on me and I felt that now when I glanced up at the woods and the path I would take back to the house. An all-encompassing despair rocked me from head to toe. I didn’t want to go back to a life of bondage. I didn’t want to go back to my quarters and drink the evil concoction which would hunt down and kill the innocent in my womb. I didn’t want to go back to a life where I saw evil practiced with ease and nonchalance, a life in which evens my body was not mine to own.
Master John had been away for the past week but when I got back to my cabin tonight and fell asleep, would I find myself jolted awake by him, his form looming over me in the pale light of the moon streaming through the open window, his male tool already awake and straining against the cotton of his trousers?
The mere thought caused me to double over with my arms wrapped around my waist, my face close to the water and the rocks beneath its surface.
The cause of most of my problems lay in the face that was almost lost in the watery surface now that the light was gone. I reached my hand into the stream and pulled out a large black rock. It looked as if it had split in two and the split end was as sharp as the blade of a knife. I held that rock up above my face and thought about Mama Akosua being brought to a strange land against her will at the age of fifteen. I thought about how lost and frightened she must have felt being so far from everything she knew and loved, and the strength and fearlessness she displayed when she took a blade to her own face and cut those marks into her skin. In doing so, she had honored and held onto the customs of her people, people she would never see again. Those scars that I had previously been repulsed by and seen as part of the savage ways of her past, had given her strength. They had been a way to take ownership of at least one part of her body and keep it forever hers.
I would do the same thing. I would take control of at least one aspect of my life and destroy the face that drew men like Master John to me like predators to the scent of fresh blood. I would use this rock to take away the pleasure he found in looking at this face and keep him out of my bed forever.
I brought the sharpest point of the rock down to rest in the middle of my forehead and closed my eyes. I began to apply pressure until I felt it break the skin, a point no bigger than the tip of my fingernail, and felt a warm release of blood. Strangely, I felt no pain, only exhilaration that I could finally do something to stop the terror inflicted on me by my Master.
I was about to bring the rock down my forehead, across my nose and down my cheek, when something, some force, stayed my hand. All at once I grew cold and it felt as if the air around my wrist was alive and humming softly in tune to some sinister beat, making goose bumps spring up along my forearm.
I pushed down with all my might but miraculously this force increased and when I felt my hand begin to move away from my face, I opened my eyes.
I was still facing the woods and for a moment I thought I saw something amongst the trees, a sliver of something that was an almost translucent white. At the same moment I experienced a wave of dizziness that made me feel as if my mind and body had turned to water. I quickly shut my eyes but the dizziness increased and I felt myself swaying, my thoughts and emotions a confusing melee, and I heard a voice in my head. Or was it my own voice?
That will not stop him, it said.
My eyes snapped open when I heard a sharp crack to my right. I whirled around to trace the sound, a sharp streak of fear leaping and twisting within me. It was only when I noticed that my hand was now empty and clenched into a fist that I realized that what I had heard was the sound of the rock I had just been holding hitting one of the trees on my right. The distance to that tree was a good seven or eight meters away. Had I really thrown it that far?
I got to my feet uneasily, knowing that I needed to get away from the chapel immediately. Something was very wrong here. The light was nearly gone now and there was something here with me. I could feel it now, an immense power unfolding and drawing strength as the last of the light seeped out of the sky.
Terror beat furiously within me, radiating to my very core. Mama Akosua had been right. I shouldn’t have come here. I was in danger, I...
Intoxicating dizziness washed over me again and although I tried to fight against its pull it drew me in, causing me to close my eyes and sway in time to its suffocating rhythm...
And then I was standing at the kitchen door of the main house, having walked through the woods from the chapel and back to the house with no memory of the journey.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


I am the author of The Darkling Trilogy, an unconventional and epic love story between a vampire and a slave girl. The trilogy was inspired by my thoughts on dehumanization.

I was fascinated by the ways in which people are able to dehumanize others, the impact it has on the psyche and whether it is possible for people to find their way back from being dehumanized.

This led me to a slave called Luna and the ruins of a haunted chapel deep in the heart of Mississippi.



AUTHOR INTERVIEW

What is your name, where were you born and where do you live now?
My name is A. D. Koboah. I was born in London, but spent the first few years of my life in Ghana, West Africa, before I moved back to London. This is where I have lived ever since.

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I wanted to be an Air Hostess at one point as I love air travel. I love the atmosphere in airports and being on planes. In one of my English lessons at Secondary school we had to write about what we wanted to be and I put that I wanted to be an Air Hostess. My English teacher was so mortified she actually took the time out to sit me down and try and talk me out of becoming an Air Hostess. It is so nice to know that even then she knew I had talent as a writer and believed in my talent enough to do what she did.

When did you first consider yourself as a "writer"?
Romancing the Stone is one of my favourite films. I especially love it because the main character is a writer and I used to watch it and imagine myself living her life as an author. I watched that film again shortly after I published my second novel and that’s when it hit me that I was actually living my dream. That was when I began to call myself a writer.

Which of your books were easier/harder to write than the others?
Dark Genesis was so easy to write. The setting and the characters came to me so vividly and easily and the plot just flowed from pen and onto paper as if the book was writing itself. The last book in The Darkling Trilogy, on the other hand, has been sheer hell to write and I’ve had to change the focus of the novel a few times. It is the last book in the series so I have to ensure it is a fitting end to the trilogy.

Do you have a favourite out of the books you have written? If so why is it your favourite?
Dark Genesis as it seemed to write itself.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes, I do. I really appreciate every single review I get—even the negative ones. Reviews make writing so enjoyable and there is nothing better than reading a review and it’s obvious the reader gets exactly what you were trying to achieve.

What was the toughest/best review you have ever had?
The best reviews are the ones in which people say they’ve stayed up until the early hours reading because they could not put my book down. I get so excited when I read reviews like that because it’s the kind of thing I’ve done—and still do—when I get so engrossed in a novel that I just have to read one more chapter, and then another, and then another... And you get my point:-)
The worst reviews are the ones which don’t give an explanation as to why they didn’t like the novel as bad reviews help you learn what your weaknesses are and how to improve as a writer.

Would you ever ask a reviewer to change their review if it was not all positive about your book/books?
Never. I appreciate all my reviews and they help me to know what I’m doing right, but also what I’m getting wrong so I can hopefully improve as a writer. Some reviews have also helped me iron out a few things whilst working on the other books in The Darkling trilogy. For example when I started the trilogy, I intended for it to go in a completely different direction and when I introduced Julia, the horse, I intended for her to feature a great deal in the sequel to Dark Genesis. When I made the decision that the series would be three books instead of two, the plot I had for the horse kind of fizzled out. One of my reviewers, who gave the novel 3 stars, picked up on the fact that it appeared as if the horse was going to be a bigger part of the novel when it was introduced, but then nothing came of it. This made me think about a way to resurrect the original plot I had in mind for the horse and I have found a way to do so—I just hope my readers like it.

How do you come up with the Title and Cover Designs for your book/books?Who designed the Cover of your books?
I find titles quite difficult and I usually come up with the title of a novel whilst working on it. I had another title in mind for Dark Genesis but had to change it as there was another vampire novel out there with that title. The male lead of that other novel also had the same name I had originally given Avery. So I had to change the title and find a new name for Avery. But I am actually quite happy about that as Avery is a much better name than the one I originally gave him.
Simon from www.Idobookcovers.com designs the cover of my books. I knew I had to work with Simon when I found out his surname is Avery. I saw it as a sign that he was the right cover artist for me, and I’m sure you’ll agree he has done a fantastic job.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
No morals or hidden messages, although dehumanisation is a subject I explored whilst writing this novel—the ways in which people dehumanise others and whether or not it is possible for people to come back from being dehumanised. I believe some people are able to come back from dehumanising experiences, unfortunately others are not. This subject matter is explored in the novel in different ways.

Did you have a favourite author as a child?
Yes, Margaret Mahy. I first read The Changeover in school and I still re-read it from time to time.

Where can readers follow you?

Your website ?
www.adkoboah.com

Your facebook page?
https://www.facebook.com/pages/AD-Koboah/172747466249709

Your Goodreads author page?
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5807160.A_D_Koboah?from_search=true

Your Twitter details?
www.twitter.com/adkoboah

And any other information you wish to supply?
Only that Dark Genesis is absolutely FREE to download