Saturday, February 1, 2014

Book Cover Promotions Launch Party!!

Backcover Pomotions Launch February 1st 2014 1pm to 11pm GMT!!! buttonx
 Backcover Promotions are very excited for tomorrow!!
There will be a LOT going on.
They will be celebrating with a Facebook party and there will be going on their website too!!!
So check both regularly through the day to get the most out of it with them =)
 They have lined up some amazing prizes.
They have an extensive list to giveaway from their sponsors!!
 24 merchandise bundles are lined up to giveaway through the day.
Plus there will be some amazing discounts on their tour packages and some of their other services.
 To make the day even more fun they have set up a loyalty card for the event.
If you enter 6 contests through the day you will get an extra 20% on any discounts giveaway.
 If you don't win any of the main contests but still enter 6 contests through the day you will get the 25% towards any package you would like. How cool is that?
  Everyone is a winner during the Backcover Promotions Launch Day Party!! 
Please feel free to print the loyalty card and check off your entries or you can check the entries off in any image programme.
Once you have a filled card please email your completed card, name, what contests you entered and if you have won any other prize and we will be sure to keep a note of the completed cards through the day!!
Email: kate[at] 
We hope to see you there!! BCP Launch Loyalty Card

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Interview with Captivate Author Vanessa Garden

 In a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems…

For the past twelve months since her parent’s death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret- a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko… the king of this underwater civilisation!

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she want’s nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie- Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets…

Interview with Vanessa
Thank you for finding the time to answer some questions, how has your day been?
Great, thank you! And thanks for having me :)

Tell us about your latest addition to the world?
My debut release coming out in January '14 is a Young Adult underwater-world fantasy titled CAPTIVATE. Captivate is about a seventeen year old girl who is dragged underwater while out for a midnight swim at a secluded beach. She awakens days later in a glittering underwater city where she is expected to marry a nineteen year-old king whose throne is under threat.

What is the best thing about about being an Australian Author?
I think Australia has an amazingly supportive writing community. I'm a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and have attended two conferences since joining four years ago. After each conference I've arrived home full of confidence and new skills because of the support and guidence of the lovely writers (published and unpublished) who attended with me. I have made some wonderful friends too :)

Was the writing process different for Captivate and Carrier and if so how?The difference in the two would definitely be the setting. Captivate is a fantastical, underwater setting, with more detailed world building required, whereas with Carrier, I was able to use our gorgeous Australian outback, a setting I have lived and breathed in several times, so it was a little easier to place myself in my character's shoes.

Do you have a favorite book out of the ones you have written? (mean question, I know)Aha, the 'chose your favourite child' question. Can I say Captivate and Carrier equally? No? Okay, then I'd have to say Captivate... for now ;)

How long does it take you to write a book?Usually three months for a very rough draft, then a re-write a couple of times (where I cut and add lines/paragraphs or even chapters), followed by a more detailed edit.

How do you feel about NANOWRIMO?I think it's a great idea and especially good if you've been stuck on a particular project or if you want to give an idea you're unsure about a try (if it doesn't work after a month, at least you gave it a shot). I once completed a project during a self-imposed NANO during a different month, May, I think. I completed the story in fourteen days. It was a messy draft, but a complete story at 70,000 words.

Can you tell us something quirky about your self?When I was a teen I learned how to play the bass guitar after becoming obsessed with Flea, the bass guitarist from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They are still one of my favourite bands.

What is a typical day in the life of Vanessa Garden?I wake up with my kids (all early birds), have a nice strong coffee, help get them ready for school (while sneaking in a bit of reading), drop them off and head to work at my local bookstore where I usually end up spending the money I earn on books, then come home and make dinner with my husband and kids and just enjoy each other's company. I usually write for an hour or so when everyone's gone to bed, but most of my writing gets done on my two weekdays I don't work at the bookstore.

What can we expect next from you?CARRIER, my YA post apocalyptic sci-fi set in the wilds of the Australian outback coming out March 2014. I can't wait to share Lena and Patrick's story!

Do you have any advice for your readers who might also be wanting to write?Read as many books as you can get your hands on to develope the natural rhythm of a story. Have fun while you write. Be daring and write the book you'd love to read!

How can readers of The Book Mystress contact you?I'm @VanessaGarden27 on Twitter. I'm also on Goodreads and my blog

Thanks for having me! :)

You can buy Captivate at the following locations

Friday, December 13, 2013

Unofficial UtopYA Authors Holiday Giveaway!

Hello, and welcome to the Unofficial UtopYA Authors Holiday Giveaway!

What is this giveaway all about? Getting you -- the readers -- into the holiday spirit! Each day there will be a new prize pack being given away, loaded with awesome authors all united by the fantastic YA/NA Convention, UtopYA! We hope you'll love our prize packs, but that's not all that's being given away. To top off the holiday spirit, we're giving away TWO, that's right, TWO fully loaded Kindle HDs! Two lucky winners will receive Kindle HDs, loaded with EVERY book being given away in the giveaway prize packs! So what are you waiting for? Check out today's prize pack, and enter to win one of twenty-seven fantastic prizes! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! :)

Without further ado, here are the amazing books in the Day 13 Prize Pack after the jump!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review: The Inevitability of Stars by Kathryn R. Lyster

Here is a review of The Inevitability of Stars by Kathryn R. Lyster, thank you Harlequin teen Aus for supporting me even through my slump you're my fav ;)
The Inevitability of StarsA modern-day Romeo and Juliet set amongst the beauty of Byron Bay and the grind of Sydney.
Rip and Sahara have always been together. Primary school friends to high school lovers, their ties to each other are as intertwined and inescapable as the roots of the Byron Strangler Fig. But like that same tree, the tendrils of their love are beginning to stifle and choke, and soon, Sahara finds she must leave — moving to Sydney to pursue her career as an artist.
In Sydney, Sahara draws the attention of Sean, a charismatic entrepreneur, and is quickly drawn into his expensive and glamorous world — so very different from the quiet, simple place of her youth. But even as she creates a new life, and a new version of herself, Sahara cannot seem to leave Rip behind.
Back in the Byron hinterland, Rip moves to a working farm to recover from the wounds Sahara left. It's here that he begins to understand his past and reimagine his future. But as Rip rebuilds, Sahara unravels, losing herself in Sean's shiny, but meaningless world and plagued by visions of her previous life and lover.
Heartbreaking and haunting, The Inevitability of Stars is a poignant novel about the burden of fate, the viscosity of reality and the resilience of love

My Review:

I was very happy to recieve this book and enjoyed reading it. Kathryn created an amazing tale that captured the thoughts and feelings of young artistic minded people growing up in small town Australia. I loved how relatable this novel was from Rip, the guy who needed to find his way in life to Sahara who needed to find more in life then what the beachside town of Byron Bay had to offer. Kathryn's writing was superb, she got across the exact point that she wanted too. Something about her writing was different to most i have read good different though, i just cant put my finger on it.
I feel like Kathryn captured the Australian flare in a great way, she put enough of it in there to show how awesome we are, alot of people cant do that very well.
It was kind of strange reading about so many places i have been and i know quiet well in a fictional book.
All in all great book, i cant wait to see what else Kathryn has in stall,
I recommend you read this book.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Interview + Giveaway: with Bad Juju Author Dina Rae

Two teens turn to a Voodoo bokor to right a wrong. Their curiosity with the dark arts backfires into obsession.
Lucien Nazaire flees his Haitian homeland and settles in a Wisconsin trailer park filled with elderly tenants. He hires sixteen year old Jake for odd household jobs. The boy proves to be the perfect candidate to pass on his Voodoo legacy. 
Jake LaRue lives in foster care with his abusive uncle. The Voodoo gives him a sense of power within an otherwise helpless situation. Despite his loner status, he instantly connects with Henry, his only friend in high school.
Henry Novak has Asperger’s Syndrome. He fixates on historical events, most recently the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Like Jake, he becomes passionate about the dark side of Voodoo. They learn how to cast spells on those they hate and lust.
Months after the Haitian earthquake, Henry convinces his family to volunteer for the island’s reconstruction. Their mission turns into a nightmare when he mysteriously walks off of the campsite and returns in a catatonic state.
Bad Juju is a balance of horror, romance, and literary fiction intended for adults and mature teens. The plot uses research involving the Voodoo religion.


1. Tell us about your current work.

I am working on a nonfiction book about the conspiracy of Big Pharma and Big-Agri. I went into the project knowing almost nothing and am having my mind blown away.

2. What do you have coming up?

My new book will hopefully be out in the winter of 2014. Nonfiction takes much longer to write than fiction.

3. What is the most demeaning thing said about you as a writer?

I was once called a racist by a social justice reviewer because I wasn't "fair" to devil worshipers. Many Freemasons have written that my novel, The Last Degree, was pure crap.

4. How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?

I don't mind a bad review if it's honest, but when someone who has a different agenda trashes my work, then it's a little frustrating. Luckily, most of my reviews have been wonderful and it's always a thrill to see someone read my work and take the time to review it.

5. When are you going to write your autobiography?

LOL. Not for a while, if ever. My life is pretty boring, just the way I like it.

6. Are the names of the characters in your novels important?

Sometimes. I try to give some of the characters hidden meanings. Like the Easterhouse family in both my Halos-Easter is associated with Christianity and the family is at a crossroads about what is good and what is evil. Sometimes I throw in the name of a good friend or family member for fun.

7. How do you come up with the titles of your novels?

The Last Degree is about the 33rd degree in Freemasonry. My Halo series is about fallen angels. Bad Juju is about Voodoo. I want the titles to go with the themes.

8. Are there any occupational hazards to being a novelist?

My hands cramp up and I get constipated from sitting long periods of time. Seriously, that would probably happen anyway. Occasionally, I get a papercut.

9. What's your favourite fruit?

I love cherries and almost always have a banana for breakfast.

10. what is your favourite bedtime drink?

Water or peppermint tea.

11. What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

Realizing that the odds of being the next Stephen King are slim to none, but improving the craft and meeting others who love to read and write are what it's all about.

12. Has the dog ever eaten your manuscript?

LOL. Plenty of times, metaphorically speaking. I've thrown out more pages than I care to confess.

13. Do you enjoy giving interviews?

Yes, and thanks for having me. I especially love being on the radio. I've been a guest on dozens of shows and have so much fun.

14. Do you research your novels?

Yes. I believe it's the main reason which makes me attractive to radio hosts. I am a teacher by trade so I try to do my homework! Know quite a bit about Voodoo, Freemasonry, fallen angels, Enoch, witchcraft, mind control, conspiracy theories, and much more. I am a true believer in much of what I write.

15. How much impact does your childhood have on your writing?

My childhood was not a happy one so I use the pain to draw from. I am far from perfect and can easily connect with heavily flawed characters.

16. Are you jealous of other writers?

Would love Dan Brown's or George RR Martin's bank account! No, not really. I do think it would be so wonderful to see your book turned into a film or TV show because that's how I write-a movie playing inside of my mind.

17. What makes you cry?

Just about anything. I am easily touched or saddened or empathetic or frustrated, whatever. I'm emotional, but I try to be private about it.

18. What makes you laugh?

I have a great sense of humor and love dark comedies. My husband is the only person I know who consistently cracks me up.

19. What's the loveliest thing you have ever seen?

My family and my dogs. Was in awe of Yosemite, Smokey Mountains, and Lake Tahoe.

20. Do you have any advice for upcoming writers?

Make yourself write everyday, even when you don't feel like it. If you let a manuscript get cold, it will probably never get finished.

21. How can your readers contact you?,, @haloofthedamned, FB: I'm also on Goodreads and Pinterest.

22. Last words?

If you like Haitian Voodoo and wild teens, you'll love Bad Juju!!!!! Pick up a copy today!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Killer on the road by Charles O'keefe

Serial Killers: The Journey so far

Thanks to Monique (The Book Mystress) for being part of my blog tour, it’s appreciated. Serial killers, was a great suggestion as they are something of a fascination for me and a part of both my “Newfoundland Vampire” novels. 

It’s not just me, serial killers are popular in movies and TV shows (I’m not going to get into whether this is a good or bad thing for society). Personally, I watched all of “Dexter” (including the bizarre series finale) and I was always amazed that the main character, the hero if you will, of the show was a serial killer. According to this recent article, serial killers are more popular on TV than ever before and it’s easy to see why. People, including me, are fascinated with serial killers and the study of evil. You can call it morbid curiosity or an indication of the darkness within all of us but there is no denying the appeal of these stories. Serial killers are so different (and perhaps more disturbingly) so similar to regular people that we can’t help but watch. Take Dexter Morgan for example, as the series went on you grew to like Dexter, even perhaps agree with him a tiny bit. Dexter had a strict code; he only killed people who deserved it, people who slipped through the cracks of the justice system and police. Dexter makes mistakes and he does things that are genuinely creepy and evil but still I watched it and for most of the show I cared what happened to him. Enough TV talk though, time to discuss how serial killers come into my books.

NewfoundlandVampire2-coverFRONTIn book 1 (simply called “The Newfoundland Vampire”) I presented two serial killers in detail. They both were vampires but were very different in their methods. My first serial killer was John Snow, he only killed vampires made by his estranged wife Cassandra. The point being that he wanted to torture her for all eternity (these new vampires were always made to help destroy him). John varied his methods for killing these vampires and the cooling down period was just how long it took Cassandra to make a new vampire and how long it took him to find her. He did it mostly out of revenge, in their human lives Cassandra cheated on him and tried to have him killed, but also for the thrill of combat and eventually his only reason for living. My other serial killer Donald Rathmore was also a vampire but had much different reasons for killing. I gave him the backstory of an abusive mother and father and constant rejection by women. When Donald is turned into a vampire (by John Snow of course) he finds the courage and ability to act out his dark fantasies, to kill women that he views as promiscuous and therefore worthy of death. Donald has a ritual for killing; he always removes the tongue first and keeps them as a necklace of trophies. He then drains the woman of all her blood and reminds them that whores deserve only death. Donald then feels satisfied and has a cooling down period before the need arises again; Donald only had one chapter in book 1 but would have a much larger focus in the sequel.

In book 2 (“Killer on the Road”) Donald is much more in focus. Joseph and Cassandra have dealt with John Snow and are given a mission by the vampire council to seek out and kill Donald. While Donald is clever enough to avoid capture by police, the council do not like his killing spree and the attention it could bring to vampires as a whole. I’ll admit that Donald is a disturbing character, there is nothing redeemable about him. He was a clear example in my series of how when the wrong person is turned the results can be horrendous, he is literally a killer on the road. I think writing these chapters and getting into Donald’s mind is an exploration of the dark side of human nature, it’s a healthy way to get out some real life frustrations and explore how doing whatever you feel like ignoring law and human life can be rewarding in an imagined way. It’s similar to someone playing a video game like “Grand Theft Auto” or “Assassin’s Creed”, it’s a secret thrill and a guilty pleasure that is harmless in these virtual settings. And yes if you’re curious the line is from “Rider’s on the Storm” by the Doors. In the song Jim is referring to a character he played in the short film HWY: An America Pastoral, who was certainly a killer if not a serial one. 

With all this said I wanted to say that I love women, I’m happily married and I’ve never done violence to anyone, I have fantasies I would never want to act out. Like most people I have an active imagination and I think writing a serial killer is the kind of healthy outlet that is not only rewarding for me but for the reader. People want someone to hate in a book, they want someone for the heroes to search out and destroy. We want to read about serial killers to see the extremes of human behaviour, it makes us feel good about ourselves in contrast, and like a car crash we all have that morbid fascination. Serial killers are fascinating in their diversity and their capture (or in some cases sadly non-capture) is always entertaining. Serial killers are one of the worst kind of people in the world but they make for great reading and create memories that I hope will stick with readers look after my books are put away. This has been my journey so far with serial killers in my novels, maybe it will continue but either way it’s been both disturbing and interesting up to this point.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Courtney Farrell Stops by to talk about Enhanced

EnhancedSixteen-year-old Michelle is a product of the Institute's eugenics program, where people are bred like livestock. One doctor decides which kids get to grow up, and which disappear. Only Culls walk into the slum outside Institute walls, and they never come back. Michelle has survived every purge, and she's about to win a luxurious life as a breeder. Then the doctor banishes her brother Seth and her boyfriend Brian, and she risks everything to find them in the cutthroat slum. She's in trouble until handsome Dillon stakes a claim to her. Michelle is mortified, because Norms are practically animals. But the doctor is using the missing boys in a twisted plan and she needs Dillon's help to stop him. Michelle and her friends must find Seth and Brian, but a plague is spreading, the doctor is after her and Dillon isn't thrilled to help her find her lost boyfriend.

1.    Tell us about your current work

Enhanced is the first book in a series. I’m delighted to announce that the sequel, tentatively titled Run from Iron Torr, is under contract with Crescent Moon Press! Here’s the blurb:

At the Institute, they breed the best and kill the rest. Michelle is a survivor, but there’s one more hurdle in her way --a mission to Iron Torr, a military base on the frozen ass-end of nowhere. Communications are down, and nobody wants to deal with it. Just to irritate the arrogant colonel in charge up there, the Institute’s Founder sends a bunch of teenagers to do the repairs. Michelle’s half-breed boyfriend Dillon makes the team, along with her hot ex, Brian, who makes everything awkward. At the base, Norm insurgents attack. Michelle agrees to help the colonel, but soon begins to wonder if she’s on the right side. Normal women are imprisoned at Iron Torr, used as surrogate mothers for Enhanced offspring, and then killed. Caught up in the fighting, Michelle is captured by Norms, who are not the brutal savages she imagined. Their cause is a just one. Will she take up arms against her own kind? Meanwhile, Dillon faces his own temptations. A half-breed like him would never fit in at Institute Headquarters, but military doctors think he’s special. Parker offers Dillon a sweet deal, with rank, money, and gorgeous Enhanced girls who wouldn’t even talk to him back home. All Dillon has to do is wipe out the Norms who are harboring Michelle.

2.    What do you have coming up?

I’m finishing a YA dystopian novel called Bait, about a bunch of street kids orphaned by a disease that killed most of the females on the planet. Women are now rare, and most of them live cloistered in harems. The main character, Jackie, is one of the last free girls. She leads, mothers, and feeds a gang of younger boys. These wild adolescents love and protect her, but the oldest ones have begun competing for her attention, and fights are getting nasty. While Jackie struggles to keep her crew together, she discovers that the disease they call the pox is actually sentient, and it wants her.

3.    What is the most demeaning thing said about you as a writer?

No one has ever said anything I’d consider demeaning. Of course people in my critique group offer constructive criticism, but in the spirit of helping me improve, not cutting me down.

4.    How do you react to a bad review of one of your books?

Since Enhanced just launched, I haven’t seen a lot of reviews yet. Those I have are all positive so far, 4.5 and 5 star reviews. Still, it would be unrealistic to expect every reader to love every book. Eventually I may see a bad review. I imagine I’ll be awfully sensitive about it.

5.    When are you going to write your autobiography?

All my novels are autobiographies! With a lot of imagination thrown in. Okay, mostly imagination. But seriously, I think authors tend to write parts of themselves into all their main characters. As far as a real autobiography, I could do it, but I’d have to change the names to protect the guilty.

6.    Are the names of the characters in your novels important?

I choose names I like, just like parents do when naming their children. In fact, I use baby name websites to help choose character names.

7.    How do you come up with the titles of your novels?

Sometimes the title comes to me first, before I know what the story is about. For example, Enhanced started out as Only the Left Eye Cries. I loved that title and still do, but my publisher correctly pointed out that it wouldn’t fit that well on a book cover. A one-word title would be better, so we went with Enhanced.

Other times I start the story and name it later. My novel Bait had no name until it was halfway done.

8.    Are there any occupational hazards to being a novelist?

Sedentary living is a big one. When writing fever overtakes me, I can sit at the keyboard for 12 – 18 hours and never notice the passage of time. Then I return to this world to find my back and neck aching. I have to force myself to take breaks and go work out.

Another hazard for some writers is loneliness. Once authors begin making a living writing, as I do, we drop our day jobs. Luckily, I have a good circle of friends, and lots of fellow authors to brainstorm with.

9.    What's your favourite fruit?

Hawaaian papaya, drizzled with lemon juice. The best!

10.  What is your favourite bedtime drink?

Although I don’t buy it often, I love Bailey’s Irish Cream.

11.  What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?

Have a lot of writer friends, especially ones who are focused on publication. Submitting work takes courage. Facing potential rejection is neurosis-inducing, even for the most stable personalities. (And we creative types aren’t exactly famous for stability.) Non-writers can sympathize, but only fellow authors are really going to get it when you’re sweating the months it takes to hear back from a publisher. That’s why critique groups are so important. These people see how it took six months, or a year, or even ten years for you to write that novel, and they walked that path with you.

12.  Has the dog ever eaten your manuscript?

That would be the worst! I used to email stuff to myself to save it, but now I back up all my files automatically with Carbonite.

13.  Do you enjoy giving interviews?

I do, it’s fun.

14.  Do you research your novels?

I’d have to if I wrote historical fiction, but my books are all made up. I do have a background as a molecular biologist, so at least the science in my science fiction makes sense.

15.  How much impact does your childhood have on your writing?

Lots! Painful moments often come back in scenes, and this can be very cathartic. After writing a particularly sad scene in Enhanced, thinking about the memory it was based on didn’t hurt any more.

16.  Are you jealous of other writers?

No, jealousy isn’t a big part of my nature. I enjoy meeting other authors and I cheer them on when they’re successful.

17.  What makes you cry?

Anything involving child or animal abuse. That’s half the reason I switched away from writing nonfiction. I wrote for a great company, Red Line Editorial, but all the topics they wanted books on were sad. I sobbed all the way through Children’s Rights, Human Trafficking, The Gulf Oil Spill…you get the picture.

18.  What makes you laugh?

Puppies! We recently got two German shepherds, littermates, and they crack me up. One of them, the boy, is a sock thief. I also laugh myself silly at parties with my critique group. Writers are a funny bunch, quit-witted and ruthless with jokes.

19.  What's the loveliest thing you have ever seen?

So many choices…my newborn’s face…my crazy ex in a straightjacket… but I think I’ll tell you about the swans. Several times over the last few years, I’ve had the chance to participate in trumpeter swan relocations. These beautiful animals are members of a threatened species, so the Wyoming Wetland Society breeds them and releases them into the wild. Every spring in Jackson, Wyoming, groups of about fifty young swans are herded by kayak to holding pens, where they are gently caught for veterinary exams. Then volunteers (including me!) get to carry them to waiting trailers. There’s nothing like a flotilla of swans on the water at dawn. Breathtaking.

20.  Do you have any advice for upcoming writers?

Know who the influential authors are in your genre, and read them. Join a critique group, no matter how much you fear it may sting your ego. These people will become some of your best friends. Finally, I’ll repeat the best advice another writer ever gave me: “Apply your bottom to the seat of the chair.” That means write. And keep on writing.

21.  How can your readers contact you?







22.  Last words?

I hope my readers love Enhanced! Find it on Amazon:

Barnes and Noble:

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