Thursday, 13 June 2013

Blog on hiatus

Dear lovely readers

It's been a blast over the last few years, but I've decided to put the blog on hold for now, and have archived a lot of the old posts - so apologies if you can't find something you're looking for. Thanks for all your support, and giving a geek girl your time.

Tracey

Friday, 7 June 2013

Hold Your Breath!

I have mentioned  author Caroline Green before, as she's a friend of a friend, and someone I have got to know better through our shared love of writing. It's always slightly awkward when your friends are also writers because you're scared you won't like their books and will have to spend months politely avoiding the subject, but no such worries with Caroline, whose first book Dark Ride scopped a load of awards / nominations and whose second, Cracks, also won a shedload of praise, marking her out as a YA author to watch, one who writes fantasy tinged YA with enough of a social conscience that it never feels too lightweight.

So I'll be excited to read her next, Hold Your Breath, which is just out. The plot at first might sound similar to Lauren Beurkes' urban fantasy/futiristic magical realism book Zoo City - it's about a girl who has the ability to locate lost things, which ends up causing her more trouble than it's worth - but there the similarities end, as the story is set in a real and recognisable world, and Green has a real gift for writing about young people. If you like smart YA featuring likeable, believeable characters, I'd say you should check her out.


Monday, 22 April 2013

Horror themed jewellery by Stella My Star

Those of you who follow the blog regularly will notice I have been a little lazy of late, posting quick pieces about jewellery and stuff, and you're right. A too-tedious-to-go-into housing situation and a serious family health crisis have left me too drained to keep blogging regularly, and I'm having to concentrate on the stuff that pays the rent (or, at least, will do when I find somewhere to actually live). I promise normal service will be resumed as soon as these storms have passed, but please do stick it out with me.

In the meantime, amuse yourself with these splendid horror themed necklaces from BGG favourite Stella My Star - Cabin in The Woods and The Evil Dead... (All photos courtesy of Stella My Star).

Cabin in the Woods by Stella My Star on Etsy

Evil Dead by Stella My Star on Etsy

Monday, 15 April 2013

More dragons!

So, those of you who read this blog regularly will know that I try to support Indie Crafters as much as possible. One of the designers I discovered during this mission was Louise Farrow, of Nanuk Jewellery, and it's fair to say I am fairly smitten with her stuff - especially her new range, Nanuk Designs, which I've already blogged about as I bought three of her steampunk dragons. Well, 3 dragons might be enough for Danerys, but clearly not for me because when I saw this dragon locket on her site I'm simply had to have it... 

Not only is it just as lovely as the others (and, I must say, Louise is a delight to deal with) but I love the fact that, when it's closed, it just looks like an ordinary pendant. I have a secret dragon, people. How is that not awesome?

Image courtesy of Nanuk Designs

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Doctor Who River Song inspired bracelet by Stella My Star

I know, I know, shut up about Stella My Star already. But honestly, I'm pretty smitten with this River Song-inspired bracelet - a TARDIS! An Astronaut! Just buy it, already...

Bracelet by Stella My Star on Etsy - image courtesy of Stella My Star

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Like scary theatre? The Ghost Hunter is for you!

I've blogged about Theatre of the Damned before, I know - not only do I know a few of the people involved (who are lovely) but I've seen and really liked their shows. The super inventive and site specific The Horror! The Horror! was one of the best uses of the wonderful Wilton's Music Hall I've seen in ages, and their Revenge of the Grand Guignol had some proper 'jump out of your seat' moments, especially As Ye Sow, which went onto be developed into an award-winning show at Edinburgh and which, frankly, scared the fricking life out of me.


So next up is The Ghost Hunter, which premieres in the Old Red Lion Theatre in London from April 30th to May 25 and which sounds fab, and friends who saw earlier 'in the works' production say good things. The story of a man who runs a Ghost Tour in York which is about to get very, very real it sounds splendidly creepy and, if earlier productions are anything to go by, the company is fantastic at using their venues to maximise the scares. (Plus it's only an hour long: you know I love a short play - seriously, can there be happier words to a theatregoer's ears than '60 minutes, no interval?').

There's a real derth of quality horror theatre out there for those who can't afford Woman in Black prices, so I'd encourage you to check them out either in London or when they tour later in August (I'm guessing Postcard of a Painting will be first in line if they go north, as she's a major fan of the York Ghost Tours... you can read about her last trip here.)

Interested? Check out the website for details or follow @ghosthunterplay or @theatreofdamned on Twitter.


Sunday, 10 March 2013

Wolf Night is here!

I'm thrilled to announce that the sequel to Dark Dates, Wolf Night, is now out. Go buy it at once!

Cover as ever by Caroline Goldsmith of Red Button Publishing

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Here be Dragons!

Followers of this blog may remember that when I published Dark Dates I celebrated by ordering a made to order necklace from designer Louise Farrow, who has her own jewellery company, Nanuk Jewellery. I follow Louise on Twitter, and when she blogged that she was experimenting with steampunk creations, and had made these dragons - well, they simply had to be mine. And they are even lovelier in the flesh - I feel like a steampunk Daenerys. (Louise was also kind enough to let me use her photos: all images courtesy of her website). Aren't they the cutest things? The first two are quite big and chunky (which I love), the third smaller and more delicate.


Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Vampire noticeboard by Noticeberry

My lovely friend Kas is one of those women who I am slightly in awe of: not only does she have a family, and run her own copywriting business, and run marathons... she's found time to start a crafts business on the side! Her Noticeberry shop makes one-off, hand made fabric noticeboards, using amazing fabric sourced from all over the world. So of course when she made a vampire one, I had to include it in the blog...

Check out her shop, or Facebook page. She's really lovely, so if you have requests drop her a line, she might be able to assist.

(Photo courtesy of Noticeberry).

Fangs for the memories? Noticeboard by Noticeberry


Saturday, 16 February 2013

Dark Dates ads

I'm working on the sequel to Dark Dates at the moment - it's coming soon, honest! - and in the meantime my lovely collaborator Caroline Goldsmith has been helping me do some ads for the book. Here are some of the images (if you'd like Caroline to help you, you can contact her via Red Button Publishing)




Friday, 15 February 2013

Cain and Laclos in the Good Boys v Bay Boys hop

As I mentioned earlier this week, I'm taking part in the Good Boys V Bay Boys hop, which has my own personal good boys/bad boys/bit of both Cain and Laclos over at My Secret Romance and Autumn Reviews. Pop over and say hi - Laclos is being flirty, Cain a bit grumpy, but they both need your love... and there are limericks, too... (??) And you can win stuff!

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Bad boys v Good Boys Hop

Welcome to the Bad Boys Vs. Good Boys Blog event hosted by:
 
 


 
Taryn of My Secret Romance, Dawn of Daydrmzzz Blog,
Autumn of The Autumn Review and Kat of The Book Tart.
We LOVE books. We're crazy for books and boys. So we decided Valentine's week was a great time to share some of our favorite guys and asked their authors to join in the fun. Each of the participating authors has interviewed their guy and a few of them wrote limericks too! Some are very, very good and some are deliciously wicked. The boys are from a variety of fiction genres, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, Urban Fantasy, Sci-fi, Steampunk and New Adult, but they all have guys we heart.

Visit each of the blog hosts every day

this week to see the featured Characters.

Enter to win prizes by using the rafflecopter

and picking your favorite bad boy or good boy each day

The 7 prize descriptions are at the bottom of the post

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

♥ Thursday ♥

Friday

JA Huss Autumn will be on The Autumn Review

Special thank you to the following for adding prizes!

Decadent Publishing: Bad Boy/Good Boy ebook variety pack
Cassie Alexander: Signed copies of Nightshifted and Moonshifted (open to INT)
Raine Miller: bracelet and ebook copies of All In and Naked (US only)

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Dark Dates at the TBR Pile

I was delighted to get a 5 star review from The TBR pile this week, which declared that Dark Dates was 'perfect' and 'should be a hit move'. From your lips to God's ears, TBR Pile...

Now, excuse me while I go of and blush...

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Vampy Valentine's from Dark Dates

I know, I know, I have been neglecting you terribly, but this is one of my busiest times of year and I have been utterly flat out. Not leats because I am polishing off the Dark Dates sequel...

So I was thrilled when my friend Caroline Goldsmith did this fun little pic for me...

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Guest post: Justin Carroll

Here at Goddess we're always happy to help out fellow indie authors, so delighted to welcome Justin Carroll to talk about his debut book, Everything's Cool.

The debut novella by Justin Carroll


Tell us a little about Everything’s Cool…
Everything’s Cool is a dark, paranoid and occasionally funny story about a strange, paranoid and obsessive man called Stan and his efforts to prevent an apocalypse he has dreamt of for most of his life. He’s totally insane, but does that mean he’s wrong?

Who are your main influences and who are your target readers?
In general terms, Neil Gaiman inspired me to write again, which you certainly wouldn’t get from reading Everything’s Cool, though perhaps you would from other things I’ve written. When it comes to this novella, I think I was pretty heavily influenced by Easton Ellis and Vonnegut, and I think readers would likewise be interested in the psychological, the darker side of the human mind, though not necessarily the violent, immoral side as such.
Everything Cool is a novella – do you think digital publishing is opening a lot of doors for books that are non-traditional in length?
Absolutely. Digital publishing, the internet in general, and the increasing ‘ease’ of self-publishing, mean people are able to experiment a lot more – from novellas to tweet-length short stories. Of course, the rise of the novella in mainstream fiction (On Chesil Beach, for example) is also a great step forward for those of us who might write in these less traditional formats.

What made you decide to go down the self-publishing route?
A couple of reasons: I grew tired of agents telling me that novellas simply cannot be published, regardless of how good they might be, if they responded at all. And I promised myself I’d be published in 2012, so I decided to make that happen.
Your book is in hard copy and digital – why did you decide you wanted to do both?
When I first thought about self-publishing, I thought about hard copy only. I have a Kindle, I love my Kindle, but I’m still someone who thinks of books as paper and ink. So, if I was going to have a book I wrote out there, it had to be paper. Only, when I told people I was going to publish Everything’s Cool, every single one of them asked if it would be available on Kindle. So, I figured why not have both?

What advice would you have for other indie authors who are just starting out?

The internet is your friend. In fact, it’s vital if you want to get your book out there. I’m not particularly gifted when it comes to making the most of the internet, but Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads etc are all valuable tools in getting people to read what you write. 
If you decide to self-publish, read a lot about it first – there are a lot of hurdles I didn’t know that I found out the hard way.
And, as advice to authors, I’d pass on the advice I was given by my literary hero: ‘Finish Everything’.

What’s next for you?
Apart from continuing to spread the word about Everything’s Cool, I’m writing a children’s Victoriana-Steampunk-Mystery, which I’m hoping to have completed in the next couple of months.
Justin Carroll

Author bio: Justin Carroll graduated with a degree in English Literature and Language from King’s College, London in 2004. In between writing and marketing, he fritters away his time doing all sorts of geeky things. Shortlisted for several short story competitions, Justin was a finalist in the 2010 British Fantasy Awards. Everything’s Cool is his first published novella. You can follow Justin on his blog or check out his Goodreads page here.
 
Everything's Cool is available on  Amazon here (the Kindle edition is only 99p!)

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Geek romance from Stella My Star


Sometimes, I really want a boyfriend. Mainly, I admit, when I've watched a Sandra Bullock movie, tried to open a jar of olives, or attempted to fix anything in my house. But sometimes it's just because being in a couple seems to exponentially increase the amount of geeky stuff you can own. I know I have blogged about Stella My Star before - not sorry, because she's a friend and I also really, really love her stuff - but she's kinda torturing me with all the cool Valentine stuff on her site right now. I love this Han and Leia locket, and the card is super cute. Never mind, for those of us currently condemned to solo adventures, the Henry Jones Jnr locket is nicely inspiring...

All images below courtesy of Stella My Star

Han and Leia locket by Stella My Star
Henry Jones Jnr by Stella My Star

Card by Stella My Star

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Jade Kerrion Double Helix Blog Hop

I'm delighted to be one of the hosts on Jade Kerrion's Double Helix blog tour! Her Perfection Unleashed is on offer for a mere 99 cents for the duration of the tour, making it the perfect time to check out this intriguing sounding series....



Love Triangles in the Double Helix

Love triangles abound, at least in fiction. We love to take sides and to root for one team or another. The Double Helix is a science fiction/urban fantasy series; it isn’t specifically a romance, but love is universal and forms the core of this story. Let’s take a look at the key players in this love triangle.   

Zara Itani is a Lebanese-Venezuelan assassin. Sultry and beautiful, she is lethal with blades and guns, and her attitude is more abrasive than steel wool. Her relentlessly practical, take-no-prisoners style results in her having little patience for people who will not tackle a problem head-on. Strong-willed, an alpha female in every possible way, Zara respects strength and courage. She also has a deeply hidden streak of compassion that she will deny to her deathbed. She is “a catalyst of events, most of them cataclysmic.”

It should come as no surprise that, on a whim, she frees Galahad, the lab-created perfect human being from his laboratory prison. Galahad is Zara’s perfect match. He possesses more than an incisive intellect, impeccable manners, and stunning good looks. He’s the only one who can beat Zara in a fair fight. Everyone wants him, but Zara has him. Zara and Galahad are clearly made for each other.

 When could perfection possibly not be good enough? When you can compare perfection to its imperfect source, of course.

Danyael Sabre is an alpha empath and the genetic source of Galahad’s physical template. They have the same pale blond hair, the same striking dark eyes, the same sculptured features. Physically, they’re identical. In every other way that matters, they’re not. After twenty-five years of imprisonment in the laboratory where he was created, Galahad is eager and impatient to seize the world. On the other hand, Danyael, after a traumatic childhood as an undiagnosed alpha empath, wants nothing more than to be left alone to do his job as a doctor in a charity clinic in poverty-stricken Brooklyn neighborhood. 

 Zara’s impulsive action in freeing Galahad upends Danyael’s hard-won normal life. Inevitably, Zara and Danyael meet, and just as inevitably, she dislikes him. Danyael’s psychic shields, designed to deflect attention, are partially to blame, but she would have found fault with him anyway. She thinks he’s evasive and a coward, unwilling to face his past or embrace his empathic mutant powers. He thinks she’s an interfering troublemaker with a ruthless and cruel streak, but is too polite to say so. When she finally falls in love with him, they are not certain if she did so on her own accord or whether she was influenced by his emotion-altering mutant powers.

 No question, Zara and Danyael are made for each other too.

Who will Zara choose? The perfect human being who wants her and everything that life can offer him, or the alpha empath who watches silently from the sidelines of life? One thing is certain; being loved by Zara isn’t safe. On a normal day, Zara can wreak more havoc with love than most people can with hate. Good luck to the unfortunate guy Zara chooses, because he’ll need it.

You can follow the Zara-Galahad-Danyael love triangle, beginning with Perfection Unleashed, the first novel in the award-winning Double Helix series.

Author Bio:

 Jade Kerrion unites cutting-edge science and bioethics with fast-paced action in her award-winning Double Helix series. Drawing rave reviews for its originality and vision, and described as “a breakout piece of science fiction,” Perfection Unleashed, and its sequels, Perfect Betrayal and Perfect Weapon, are available in print and e-book through Amazon and other major retailers.

About The Double Helix series: 

His genetic code sourced from the best that humanity offers, Galahad embodies the pinnacle of perfection. When Zara Itani, a mercenary whose abrasive arrogance exceeds her beauty, frees him from his laboratory prison, she offers him the chance to claim everything that had ever been denied him, beginning with his humanity.

Perfection cannot be unleashed without repercussions, and Galahad’s freedom shatters Danyael Sabre’s life.

An alpha empath, Danyael is rare and coveted, even among the alpha mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution. He wields the power to heal or kill with a touch, but craves only privacy and solitude—both impossible dreams for the man who was used as Galahad’s physical template.

Galahad and Danyael, two men, one face. One man seeks to embrace destiny, and the other to escape it.

The award-winning Double Helix series, consisting of Perfection Unleashed, Perfect Betrayal, and Perfect Weapon, will challenge your notions of perfection and humanity, and lead you in a celebration of courage and compassion. Science fiction, urban fantasy, and action-adventure readers will enjoy this thrilling roller-coaster ride as it twists and turns through a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution.

Social media and buy links:

Connect with Jade Kerrion: Blog / Facebook / Twitter

Perfection Unleashed: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords

Perfect Betrayal: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords

Perfect Weapon: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords

 

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Not so random reads at the Book Tart

I've talked about the Book Tart before - seriously, she's adorable. We like the same things (Dean Winchester, mainly) and she's also super stylish, which you know I like. So I was delighted to discover she'd done this V-blog about Dark Dates... pop over and check it out!



I was also thrilled that Fangs for the Fantasy's Renee named Dark Dates her Top Indie Pick, and Bookgirlie voted it one of her Top 5 Reads. It's been really great to get so much positive feedback for the books in 2012 - here's hoping for a stellar 2013!