Thursday, 22 September 2016

Things I Clearly Need to be a better Writer.....

'Qwerkywriter' from Urban Outfitters
Well, if I'm honest, this post is basically me advertising to myself.

You see I want one of these gorgeous little beauties so bad!

I can just see me (for some reason in Film Noir style black and white) tapping away on a genre defining master piece late into the night. Coffee on one side, Whiskey on the other.

Of course I have fallen victim to the

'If I  just had this 'one thing' I could move moutains!'

curse before. No, this is definitely NOT my first rodeo.

A testament to this being the water rower currently gathering dust in my spare room, the Kitchen Aid food processor that did NOT revolutionise my cooking (thanks Jamie Oliver) and any number of vitamins slowly shuffling towards their expiry dates in my pantry.

But this, an old timey key board that wirelessly contects to my device; surely this is real?

I am absolutely confident it will deliver on every writing benefit I am imagining for myself, including but not limited to:

  • A sudden ability to write 'romantic' scenes where the word 'throbbing' does not appear.
  • An unshakeable commitment to 'doing the work'. Daily, As in EVERY day.
  • Stomp all over writers block. (I'll be all like, 'Writers Block, What!?')
  • Never ever. ever, getting confused on what tense I am writing in, ever; and perhaps most importantly
  • Always having the patience to edit, edit and re-edit before launching my genius onto the world.

So here I go, whipping out my credit card to do a little ESSENTIAL online shopping.

Happy Writing!


p.s. happy to hear about any actual 'sure things' ;)
pps I still want one.....

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Hostage to your book? Escape is possible.....

Do you ever have the feeling that you have been trapped by the book you are reading? 

You definitely have things to do, sometimes even IMPORTANT things. You have been guilty of ignoring repeated requests from family members that you:

 'Shut that Damn book and,

You haven't done the washing, written that report or seen the sun in days. Your skin is pasty and vitamin D deficiency is looming as a real issue (rickets anyone?).

There's a world out there.... check it out!
It's scary I know, that feeling that the world is passing you by, as you remain mired in an alternative reality.

Slowly sinking into bookish quicksand, suffocation only moments away.                       
Yep. It's time to call in the hostage negotiators; keep the black phone free and come up with some exit strategies.

My favorite: Close the damn book.

It's freeing.

The sun is shining.

The world is out there, pay it an occasional visit!

xoxo LMK

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Bloodwalker: By L. X. Cain; Unique and Chilling!

I will make you a bold promise before you read 'Bloodwalker' by L. X. Cain....

You have NOT read this book before.

You will not find it published under a different title, written by a different author with a slightly different plot.
The characters will not mingle in your mind with those from other dark thrillers, merging into one vague, troubled mass.
Bottom line, you will find it wonderfully...... unique.

It is not often I can, in good conscience, make that promise. 
Being a card carrying reading addict(read-anon member #43) I am reading ALL the time and to be honest, most books remind me of other books.
This is not usually a bad thing, especially if I loved the book I am reminded of. 
It is however, my version of paradise to lose myself in the plot of a book that stands alone.

Best of all; you will NOT figure out what the hell is going on!

In 'Bloodwalker' , L. X, Cain deftly weaves her magic through two seemingly separate stories; both dark, both laced with a sense of creeping dread.
Each staring a protagonist who feels damaged beyond repair and unworthy of any hope for their own lives. Both retain however, a sense of responsibility to their communities.

Rurik, former Strong Man for the Zorka Circus, now reduced to security, has uncovered a horrific string of child abductions and murders linked to the circus.
The authorities are clueless to the connection; with the children separated by country and language.
Disfigured to gargoyle proportions by a lightening strike at age seventeen, he is left unable to show his face without inspiring fear and revulsion. How can he, the ultimate circus freak, track down the worst type of criminal? 
Crucially though, he has a clue, gathered from a strange and brutal fight with the killer. A button from a antiquated clown costume; is this the evidence he will need to catch the killer and stop the stomach turning crimes?

Syvlie is fighting her own battle, born into a family of Romanian 'Bloodwalkers' (women who over countless generations have tended to the dead), she is to be married to a stranger; as is the custom of the Skomori Tribe.

She is elated and frightened, will her failures as a Bloodwalker be exposed during the ceremony? Will her new husband reject her?
Sylvie's story is particularly bleak; bound to a tradition that suffocates her and shreds her self worth, then to a husband who is abusive.
She is however, lovely, a ray of light that illuminates others, yet leaves herself in darkness. 

With murder and violence dogging both their steps it is inevitable (and frankly Yay!) that Sylvie and Rurik will find their way to each others' half of the plot.

Together can they stop the horror before it destroys them?

I loved the elements in this book; 'Bloodwalker' is crammed full of darkness and has a suffocating atmosphere that will chill readers, immersing us into this strange and frightening world.

With classic nods to the horror genre, despicable clowns, a circus that harbors death and the more unusual,  a heroine whose life work is to minister to the dead, this book could not be any more delicious.

Yes, this is every part a five star read!

Get on board, before the lights are dimmed, the Big Top lowered and the Circus leaves town.

Happy (and creepy) reading to all lovers of the dark and twisted corner of the book shelf.

xo LMK.

Disclaimer: I was kindly provided with a review copy of 'Bloodwalker' in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own thoughts on the work.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Magic Bitter Magic Sweet: A Dark and Delicious Read

If you have read my review of Charlie N Holmberg's series 'The Paper Magician' you will already know I am a raving fan of her delicious prose and being 'delicious' is key to the success of her new book 'Magic Bitter Magic Sweet'.

'Maire', is Holmberg's gifted yet exquisitely confused heroine. 
A baker of somewhat 'unusual' talents, Maire can infuse her edible creations with intent. Cakes to calm and strengthen and promote feelings of love.

Confections full of hope and serenity and 'charm'.

Maire uses her talents to support herself in her adopted home village of Carmine, selling delicious and uplifting pastries and cakes from a small shop in the centre of town.

There is some grit in the batter however, Maire cannot remember any of her life before being brought broken and bruised to Carmine; who is she and from where does her talent spring?

The plot twists begin early as Maire is kidnapped by slavers before being sold into a brutal and vicious life as slave to the disconcertingly odd Allemas.
Utterly disconnected from his humanity, Allemas uses Maire's talents for money. Forcing her to bake less savory ingredients into her creations. Cakes that once promoted hope now lure children into dark forests, biscuits that brought resilience to the down trodden now grant unending stamina to fellow slaves so they can be worked without pause.

'Magic Bitter Magic Sweet' unfolds like a dark fable; there is danger in gifts misused, peril in wanting more. 

Holmberg's characteristic warmth persists in 'Magic Bitter Magic Sweet', even through the frequent plot detours into brutality and violence. Radiating still while the reader is left unsure of the motives of the protagonists and clueless who to trust.

So, no spoilers, I can literally say no more! Except of course this; I wholeheartedly recommend you sink your teeth into 'Magic Bitter Magic Sweet'.
My only further advice, bring a large slice of cake with you when you read!

As always; may your opportunities to read be many and your books be AWESOME!

xx LMK