From Ashes To Embers by Claire Marta

From Ashes & Embers

Ceasefire series book 3

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She’s forbidden.

Temptation personified in a curvy package of sugar and sin.

My one job is to obey the rules.

Keep my dick in my pants and forget the new nanny.

Be a good little soldier as the Devil himself raised me to be.

Problem is I can’t.

I care more than I want to admit.

I’m not supposed to have a conscience. Blood stains my hands and taints my soul.

There’s no escaping the chains that bind us, when duty threatens to destroy us both.

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The Last Myon by Rudi Jennings

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“The Last Myon” is a story of fantasy adventure, revenge and an individual’s total unwillingness to submit or to fail, battling against overwhelming natural elements and a group of hardened, sadistic creatures who will stop at nothing to succeed in his capture and slavery.
In an everlasting winter world, Ackrehm, the last of his Myon kind, must fight for his life, sustaining multiple injuries along the way and still demonstrating he truly is a force to be reckoned with. Struggling with exhaustion, both mentally and physically, will he manage to overcome, or will he fight or flee?
One thing is for certain, “The Last Myon” will keep you hooked until the very end, bonding with characters and excitedly reading on with an obsession to find out what happens next, promoting an ethos to take away of never give up, never surrender.

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

Rudi is a new author to me. I found out about him at a signing in October in Peterborough. This signing also gave me the opportunity to meet Rudi and chat with him. I also purchased a signed paperback of The Last Myon to read.

The Last Myon is a fantasy novel that includes Elves, Dwarfs, Humans and A Myon. It is told from multiple points of view but it’s clear who’s POV by the name of the characters. I liked the multiple POVs as it allowed me to see more than one side of the story it’s almost like reading more than one story at the same time.

The characters that are in this novel are well thought out and they play their roles well. Each one brings a different skill set to the overall dynamic of the story.

I’m really glad I had a chance to read The Last Myon and I’m looking forward to seeing what Rudi comes up with next.

Overall a really good read with promise for the author. There are however some spelling and punctuation errors that could have been worked out before printing.

If you like fantasy novels I’d highly recommend taking a chance with The Last Myon!

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

Rudi Michael Jennings spent the majority of his childhood growing up in the Norfolk countryside of fields and trees, really living amongst nature and possibly giving the basis of description in his book. Through travel, various professions and a keen interest in psychology and fantasy writings, he developed a style of his very own and is keen to share it with the fantasy adventure world. This plans to be the first instalment and adventure of many to come.

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My Forever (Our Forever, #3) by Elena Matthews

Title: My Forever (Our Forever, #3)

Author: Elena Matthews

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 25, 2019

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Synopsis

What happens when you meet your soulmate, but he’s married?

You both have to walk away.

Kaelyn and Chase never expected to see each other again until months later, Kaelyn’s eyes find Chase’s from across the sports bar.

This time there’s no wedding ring in sight.

Though he may appear to be single, the darkness and sadness that surrounds him means he’s still just as unobtainable as before and they are forced to walk away again.

However, fate keeps bringing them together and with a connection that’s too hard to ignore, Chase eventually lets Kaelyn in—but only as a friend.

It’s not long before lines begin to blur and their friendship quickly turns into something more, something explosive.

Forever is in reaching distance, but are they able to latch on to it or will they both be forced to walk away for a final time?

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Finding Melodie by Laura Rossi

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FINDING MELODIE 
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My name is Melodie and I’m in love with a guy, but he doesn’t know.
He walks by every day, I catch him staring, listening to me sing and play my guitar. I don’t even know his name.
Crazy I know but I can’t stop thinking about Office Guy. That’s what I secretly call him, Office Guy.
We’ve never even spoken to each other, but then one day he walks up to me and…

.•My Review •.

Finding Melodie is a short and a very sweet book.

Melodie is a pink haired Pixie, she loves music and helping “lost causes”, she’s a bartender and a busker, she lives in London with her two gay roommates. In the past she has always picked the wrong guys, she’s been hurt more than once, but she can’t help falling for the wrong ones. Even after that she still believes in love and romance.

Melodie busks in London, in a popular area and as she still by, she makes up her own stories about them and their lives. Some people even have their own names; like Office Guy. She has quite the crush on him and has often fantasised about Office Guy being her dream man. One day he approaches her and asks for help. He asks Melodie to play a certain song whilst he proposes to his girlfriend. Melodie is kinda heartbroken and a little bit jealous, but she puts a smile on her face and agrees to help him.

Office Guy is a real geeky nerd, he’s a bit of a workaholic and the off shoot of that results in heartache but also in an unsuspected friendship and adventure.

Then she watches as things take an unexpected turn and decided that she has to help Office Guy.

This book focuses on Melodie and Office Guy’s friendship and follows their journey.

I’m not going to discuss the plot further for fear of giving too much away.

The characters are incredibly endearing, I couldn’t help but feel like a part of their story. The character show depth and realism, they interact well together.

The book was a pleasure to read, it is packed full of laugh out loud moments, emotion and a little bit of hotness too. During the plan to win back the woman Office Guy loves, each of them discovers more about themselves, their friendship grows, and their feelings change.

Laura’s writing style makes it is very easy to get caught to win the characters’ lives and their feelings. The emotion contained within its pages consumed me as I was reading this. Finding Melodie is a tale of unexpected love, it shows that you can find love, even when you least expect it.

 

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Blood Moon Rising, Hunter Chronicles Book 6 by Claire Marta

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As the world teeters on the brink of chaos, Jasmine Hunter finds herself off balance in Budapest.

Brooding and dominant Eric has returned, bringing old feelings to the surface, leaving her rawer than ever.

While Jasmine and her team investigate, her dreams are invaded by an unknown presence. With the Red Moon set to rise murder and ghosts are the least of her worries.

With insidious forces gaining strength, it’s a race to unearth the truth before it’s too late.

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

At last book 6 in the Hunter chronicles!!

Now I have another problem… I’ve finished reading it and there’s no book 7 yet!

Blood Moon Rising… Eric… Jasmine…

Jasmine and the team; except Twitch; are all on a case in Budapest. The team are investigating the death of Mark’s friend, to do this they’re in a house/museum full of artefacts; some are magical some aren’t. And there’s ghosts, the house/museum is full of them!

Jasmine’s powers as a sensitive have grown and developed and she is only too aware of these ghosts and entities. When Eric makes a sudden appearance, she realises she’s got more to deal with the originally thought as Eric stirs thoughts and feelings that she’s been trying to bury and get over since Prague.

Eric has finally decided to try and make amends for how he behaved in Prague, he knows it won’t be easy, but he knows he has to try. So, he heads to Budapest to find Jasmine. What he finds is not what he once knew, Jasmine has changed, she stronger, more confident and not going to be easy to win over. Eric likes what he sees though!

Blood Moon Rising is a highly addictive read, it will capture your attention and heart from the very beginning and hold it until the very end. I love the addition of the ghosts and the control of the blood moon over the supernatural in this book, they fit the characters and story incredibly well.

C. Marta’s writing style is effortless once more, her words have a natural flow. The emotion and love that C. Marta gives her words comes through as some seriously strong feelings and emotions in both her characters and the overall story.

This book was all I was hoping for and more, my only problem is that I read it so quickly and now have nothing left…

I need the next book…

Claire… Is it done yet?

*stares at Claire*

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Fallen Angel Part 6 by Tracie Podger

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Fallen Angel, Part 6

 

A continuation of the Fallen Angel Series

 

By Tracie Podger

 

Blurb

 

Italy, the mistress that Brooke can no longer compete with was consuming her husband. He changed when he was there, and she wasn’t sure the Band Aid she’s placed over their fractures was man enough to hold.

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There was something about Italy that was both loved and hated for very different reasons by Brooke and Robert Stone.

For Robert, Italy was in his blood, she ran through his genes, tantalising, calling to him constantly.

After a month apart, Brooke and Robert are reunited and it isn’t all smooth sailing. Devastation, pain, and more hurt than the couple could ever imagine is to be endured, but can they walk hand-in-hand from it this time?

Does Italy and the change in Robert become too much for Brooke to cope with?

 

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A tsunami had washed through my family. A typhoon, tornado, and hurricane all rolled into one had rocked the very fabric that held us together. We survived, of course, we survive everything—Well, some of us did.

I don’t think I’d ever cried so much. I’d sobbed alone into my pillow at night, and I’d wailed onto the shoulders of my friends and family. The one I needed, I wanted, whose absence made my heart and chest physically ache was missing. My body hurt, my throat was permanently sore from the shouts and screams lodged in there. I had to keep my profanities, my anger, inside for the sake of my son. He had lost as well, and I had to remind myself of that on a regular basis. The bitterness that constantly bubbled in my stomach in the form of acid was beginning to rot me from within. I found myself constantly taking medication. I doubted the copious amounts of wine helped the situation.

During the day I smiled, I went about business as normal, or as normal as my life was at that point. I’d spent many a minute lying in the footwell of the car as we exited the house to dodge the fucking paparazzi and the constant flashes against the darkened windows of the Range Rover. Every time I blinked, I saw flashes of white light. I kept my son indoors for the longest period of time for fear of telephoto lenses capturing his tears and sorrow.

Security was so tight, I couldn’t breathe. I wanted it and I loathed it in equal measure. I switched from anger to sadness to resentment, and then to understanding like a swing in a strong wind.

I spoke to him, regularly. At first, all I could do was curse and shout. Then it was tears and explanations. I was still angry, I was still sad, but I understood, and there was a part of me that actually didn’t like myself for understanding. I was a ball of confusion. I craved normality, knowing that was never going to happen.

 

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A Kings Oath by Sloane Murphy

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A KING’S OATH by SLOANE MURPHY.

Bestselling author Sloane Murphy presents the final book in a new paranormal Fae series, A King’s Oath.

Cade Vasara finally had it all. He was on the cusp of happiness when his wife-to-be was torn away from him. Emilia Daarke was the love of his life, and now she’s gone.

Cade must seek out the truth and discover who has taken her against a ticking clock, all while keeping his Court safe, and a war with the Hunters and rebels at bay.

Not knowing who to trust, Cade must take a perilous path to get back what is his.

Bloody. Beaten. Tortured. Emilia discovers the real reason they took her, and her world is shattered. She’s been lied to her entire life, and now the ground she’s stood on feels uneven.

As Cade tries to find his way to Emilia, with chaos ensnaring his Court, Emilia is on a road of self-discovery, while protecting the truths inside her mind.

With a battle waging on all sides, will these star-crossed lovers find their way back to each other?

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The Twelve by D E McCluskey

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Sometimes the past can come back to haunt you…

John Rydell was 4000 miles away when he got the phone call from his wife, ‘John there’s someone in the house.’

By the time he was home, tragedy had struck. A tragedy that threatened to engulf him, bringing back long forgotten and repressed memories of his days at university.

Now some of his old friends are dying, one by one. They are found gutted, disembowelled, ruined. There were twelve of them back in university, and there were twelve of them for a reason.

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

I love reading horror books and it’s been a long time since I read something that actually gave me the creeps, this book did!

This is the first of this author’s work that I’ve read, and I’ll certainly be reading more of his work in the future.

The Twelve follows John Rydell through part of his life. John loses his wife whilst he was on a business trip, his wife’s death is the starting point for a series of gruesome deaths. John slowly begins to connect the dots himself and realises that these deaths are all linked to him and some old university friends.

The Twelve uses flashbacks to give the details needed for you understand what the twelve was. These flashbacks work well and give depth to the overall story, they also give important details that help with understanding the overall plot.

D E McCluskey has done a great job setting this story up and delivering it to his readers. The images that D E McCluskey’s words create are creepy and eerie, whilst being detailed and engrossing. At the beginning there is very little given away but it’s enough to make you curious. I was intrigued to know who or what was going to happen, I wanted to know what else was in store for John and for me as a reader.

D E McCluskey’s writing style is informative, graphic, and compelling, it pulls you in and makes you want to stay, makes you feel as though you need to keep reading.

Most of the time that I spent reading this was in my room on the third floor of my house in the dark or near dark stop. I found myself on more than one occasion pausing and looking over my shoulder! Or listening to see if I had heard a noise from elsewhere in the house!

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the 12 and I look forward to discovering more of this author’s works.

I think that anyone who loves horror would find this book a great read, but I also think that fans of thrillers might find this book thoroughly enjoyable too.

✫.•° Author Bio °•.✫

I began writing in 2011, mainly for my own enjoyment. I began by making up funny, rhyming stories, with a horror-based theme running through them. I wrote them mostly for my daughter who was only four years of age at the time.

These rhymes where popular with my friends and family and someone mentioned that I should get them down in a book. That’s when the idea for a comic sprung into mind.

I scoured the internet and met a fantastic illustrator. I then commissioned him to illustrate this comic and Interesting Tymes was created. This is an anthology of short horror stories, all written in rhyme, but suitable for children to read too.

This was so popular with friends and family and further afield, that I decided to make another. Interesting Tymes X 2 continued where the first one left off, with Edward D’Ammage introducing another six horror tales.

From then I got the bug. I began to expand my series of rhyming tales, taking the original themes, and making them into longer stories. Using a different illustrator, I wrote, commissioned, and produced my first, short, horror comic. Wooden Heart.

I then began to write a zombie serial called The Few, we are currently on # 3 of what will be seven. #4 is currently in production.

I then embarked on a more ambitious project. My first graphic novel. Doppelganger is over 100 pages long and is a dark psychological tale of a man descending into madness.

Next up came DeathDay presents. This is a 4-part comedy tale about three demons in Hell who forget about Satan’s DeathDay. It has a 15 rating as the imagery in the back is rather graphic and gory, while the interactions between the demons is comedic and light.

Then I wrote and produced another full graphic novel. This one is called Olf. This is a children’s tale about Fr Christmas and his reindeer. I wrote this as I wanted to balance my brain between the darkness of Doppelganger my desire to wrote something that my daughter could read.

With a love of sci-fi and the old-style Flash Gordon type cliff-hangers, I wrote a series of tales about an adventurer called Mace Masoch, and his sidekick Miss Ninetails. The style of this comic was adult orientated, with buxom women and muscular men. #2 is currently in production.

After Mace, I went back to the list of my old rhyming tails and selected a longer, rhyming tale to produce in the same style as Interesting Tymes. This was to be a vehicle for my leading character Edward D’Ammage to run with his own titles. Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding is in the same vein as Interesting Tymes although it has a different illustrator.

After this I did a collaboration with leading ‘extreme horror’ author Matt Shaw to serialise his best-selling novel, Sick B*stards, into a graphic novel. This has been a successful venture up to now, even though only #1 is available yet. #2 is currently in production.

I produced a short zombie inspired short horror comic, working with the illustrator I used for Wooden Heart, and produced Three Days in the City. This is a zombie-esque tale set in Liverpool. It’s a one-shot story and sells really well in conventions, mainly due to the location.

Bringing back my love of Christmas and my love of old comics like The Beano, I partnered up with a fantastic artist called Joe Matthews, and we produced one of my proudest pieces of work. We undertook the mammoth job of re-writing Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, completely in rhyme. Joe did the artwork in his fantastic Beano-esque style. This has been my best seller to date.

In all the time writing, I had also written several short horror stories. I took the decision to bring these together into another anthology, and teaming up again with the illustrator for Doppelganger, I produced Short Sharp Shocks. Six short horror/thriller tales all introduced by a skeletal game show host.

My next project is still in production. It’s a graphic novel about a female super-villain with a good side to her. Its called DreamCatcher. Originally, I was going to produce this as three parts, but decided that I would wait until all three parts are complete before bringing it out as a full graphic novel. Parts 1 & 2 are complete, while 3 is just about to be commissioned.

Writing graphic novels, I found long and laborious to do. I have no talent for drawing, but I do see the panels in my head and am very good at articulating them to the illustrators. But, I found myself increasingly at the mercy to how fast the artist work. I am a fast writer, and I wanted the artists to work as fast as I did. It was also proving costly, as good artists do not come cheap. I was working with a good illustrator friend on a graphic novel I had written called Thirteen. She had produced ten pages of top-notch work for me, but she was worried about the length of time it was taking her to complete the pages. She loved the story she was working on, so she convinced me to turn it into a full-length novel. She told me that the scope of the graphic novel would probably bankrupt me anyway. So, I converted the comic script and produced my first full novel. I changed the name of it to The Twelve and it is currently selling well on Amazon, and from me via my Facebook page.

Stirred on by the success of The Twelve, I teamed up with a local musical historian who I used to work with back in the days of playing in bands around Liverpool. We came up with a concept about a historical tale about the old Liverpool music scene. He did a load of research into the swing music scene in Liverpool after the war, and my second novel came to life. In The mood… For Murder was released, to excellent reviews. Bit things are in the pipeline for this book, least of all, a sequel is in the works.

Next up came my third novel, CRACK. This is a brutal story about one mans descent into addiction after a road traffic accident that wasn’t his fault. This is a specialised tale and is not always everyone’s cup of tea. Although it is selling well, the reviews, although good, are slow in coming.

Next up I am hoping to release Z: A Love Story by Christmas (or shortly after). A zombie tale inspired by one of my rhyming stories in Interesting Tymes X 2. Then I have written and am currently editing a sci-fi Jack the Ripper inspired tale entitled Timeripper. I have also written and am also editing a trilogy of books; Glimmer Trilogy. This is three books set in a fictional land, with magic and swords. I have written this for the YA genre. Lastly, I have re-written my Olf graphic novel into a children’s novel, I am currently getting illustrations completed for this, with a look to release it for Christmas 2019. This will be the first in a series of 5 novels, all set in the same land.

In my spare time, I work as a computer engineer, I am a full-time father to my daughter Grace (who will be bringing out her own children’s book in 2019, entitled The Hangry Hamster), I also do stand-up comedy around the north-west of England.

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A Princess’s Duty by Sloane Murphy

A Princess’s Duty (Of Fire and Frost #1), an all-new Dark Fae Romance by Sloane Murphy is NOW LIVE!

✫.•° Synopsis °•.✫

Bestselling author Sloane Murphy presents the first book in a new paranormal Fae series, A Princess’s Duty.

Emilia Daarke has wanted to escape the Summer Court her entire life. She’s not brutal like the other Fae. She’s not savage. But they are.

When the boy she loves, Cade Vasara, Crowned Prince of the Winter Court, kills Emilia’s twin, they are torn apart and Emilia’s love for Cade dies just like her sibling did.

Years later, she has fallen in love with a Hunter – a forbidden love that goes against all that she has been taught. A man her father will never approve of. When her secret is outed, her father captures her Hunter and gives Emilia an ultimatum.

If she succeeds, she’ll lose the one she loves. But if she fails, he will die, and she will never be able to forgive herself…

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

I finished reading this book about 3 hours ago. When I finish reading it I just sat staring at my Kindle in shock! Let me just say, I did NOT see that coming!

OK, so that I give nothing away I’m going to dive into reviewing everything not plot related, I can’t post spoilers!

A Princess’s Duty for me was fantastic. It starts off with a gentle pace but picks up speed as it progresses. This story is full of twists, turns and a whole heap of emotions too. The story flows smoothly from page to page.

Characters have charm and characteristics that will grab a hold of you and suck you right into their story. It makes you feel a part of everything; all the good and the bad. I felt the emotions coming from these characters as though it was my own. Each of them has a unique knack that will make you love or loathe them, some in equal measures.

Sloane’s writing style once more captured my attention and held it until the bitter end; and what an end it is! It’s so easy to see and feel the world that has been created for these characters around yourself as you read. I felt like I could have reached out and touched everything as I was reading. There’s a natural feeling flow to Sloane’s words, it’s almost as if it’s been effortless to write.

I’ve enjoyed reading A Princess’s Duty and I cannot wait for book 2.

Is it finished yet Sloane?

 

✫.•° About Sloane Murphy °•.✫

My name is Sloane, but people call me a variety of names, particularly after they read my books. If you’ve read them, I’m sure you can use your imagination to work them out. I was born in England and have lived in small towns and cities ever since.

My husband, Chris, is the most supportive person in my life. Without his love, help and patience I wouldn’t be where I am today. Living my dreams, with him by my side and our crazy fur baby creating chaos.

At school I drifted through, achieving average grades. I fell into administration and sales jobs, thinking that I couldn’t really do anything else, despite always wanting more.

I’d been writing poetry and song lyrics since the age of about 11, but my love of reading has always been strong. In 2012, I got my first kindle and discovered the works of Samantha Young, Addison Moore, Amanda Hocking, Tijan, A.E Murphy and many many more.

In 2015 I stumbled into the indie world by accident. I emailed a certain indie author after falling head over heels for her books, and she became one of the best friends I will ever have. She’s a gladiator! But she pulled me in, and took me to my first book signing. She encouraged me to start my blog. She encouraged me to put my art out into the world, first with teasers & covers.

Then when I finally told her about my stories, she encouraged me to put them out there. Between her and the one I love the most – thank you, Lauren Rowe – (my twinnie, and my best friend) I found the confidence to put myself out there, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Interview Part 3 and Crack by D.E. McCluskey

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

Addiction is an affliction.

As you crave you endure sweats, irritations, sleepless nights. Your life suffers, your job suffers… your family suffer.

But you need it, you HAVE to have your fix.

Joe O’Hara is having a bad morning, and it’s just about to get worse.

A random road traffic accident sends him on the path to addiction.

Crack is the only thing that can give him any relief from his living hell – but it’s a far cry from the crack you might think it is.

CRACK is a psychological horror from D E McCluskey, author of The Twelve.

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✫.•° Interview Part 3 °•.✫

LH: What genre of books do you write? Feel free to provide links to them.

DM: Horror, horror and more horror.

My novels consist of The Twelve: this is spooky, creepy ghost story. It’s rather bloody and gory from the onset. http://amzn.eu/d/aSvBOlw

In The Mood… For Murder: this is violent thriller set in the clubs and pubs of Liverpool in 1946. Post war. http://amzn.eu/d/f41XcY2

CRACK: this is a brutal, psychological horror. It follows one man’s descent into addiction and madness following a road traffic accident in which he kills a man. It’s not the crack that you would think he is addicted to… http://amzn.eu/d/6891Hjh

LH: How important do you find reviews? And what do you make of negative ones?

DM: I love reviews. When I first started getting them they were all good and was so proud of all my hard work finally coming to fruition. I was just waiting for the millions of pounds and fame and fortune to knock on my door.

Then came the bad one… wow. I was tempted to find out who the person was and explain to them, in no uncertain ways, how much of my heart and soul I had put into the book.

Now, as I’ve matured (yeah, right) I know how to filter out the trolls from the real reviews, even if they are negative. Negative ones, I learn from. I take on-board what they are saying and I try to learn from it. If it’s something about my writing that I can change, they I’ll try to work it in, if it’s about my style or the content, or the genre, then I’m big and ugly enough to realise that that it their issue and not mine.

LH: How do you deal with writer’s block?

I have never really had it. In the early days, I wrote down absolutely everything. So, if one part of a story closes down, then I just work on something else. I have recently just finished a first draft of a book called The Boyfriend, a violent thriller, but I started writing it about two years ago, and got to a point where I just couldn’t get my head around it anymore. I knew where I wanted it to go, and I had the middle and the end, but the thought of getting there was wracking my head.

I gave it eighteen months (or maybe even more), got back to it and beasted it right through to conclusion… I think the story is so much better because of it.

LH: Do you or have you ever used events from your own life in your books? If so how close to the real event did you keep it?

Not really, or not yet anyway. In The Twelve there is a student bar called The cooler, and that was real. We spent a lot of time in there during university.

LH: If you could collaborate with any author alive or dead I who would it be & why?

DM: I don’t know. I’ve usually done things on my own. I collaborated with a local Liverpool musical historian, Tony Bolland, for In The Mood… he did all the research into the time, and the music of the time, but the story came together from me. I am in the process of collaborating with another Liverpool author (actually, he’s from Bolton, but he lives in Liverpool now), with a story that I wrote a few years back. It was originally going to be a graphic novel. I have written the story, he is going through it and putting his touches to it, then I will do the final edit, before going out to real editors. But, I couldn’t think of anyone else I would want to collaborate with.

LH: How do you research when writing your books?

DM: I’m warped. I have my own warped imagination. So a lot of what I write is fantastical.

I have a Jack the Ripper novel coming out soon that I did do extensive research for. I went to London and did the Jack the Ripper tours about twenty times, the guys (ripperologists) got to recognise me, and would alert the police to my presence every time. So, if any ripper style murders are in the news in the near future, do you fancy being my alibi?

The internet is the best, if you know how to use it.

I keep telling my girlfriend that I am doing ‘research’ on a novel about the porn industry, but she doesn’t quite believe me…

LH: Do you set yourself daily targets when you’re writing?

DM: Nope… no targets.

In my 9 to 5 job there are bullshit targets and hoops that we ‘have’ to jump through. I think it’s all a crock of crap. As long as the job gets done, and people are happy with the end result… what’s the point of all the extra pressure???

LH: Do you have people to use as a sounding board?

I do… they don’t know about it though.

LH: Why did you choose to write the genre you do?

DM: I have always loved horror… that is a total lie!!! When I was a kid, I was scared of my own shadow. I used to sneak into my mum and dads room on the pretense of telling them a joke, just because I was scared of the dark. I grew out of it by the time I was thirty.

My two sisters used to talk to me through the wall from their room, pretending that they were Tinkerbell. I used to have to tell them how good I’d been that day, otherwise bad things would happen to me… See why I write horror???

LH: Would you ever consider writing a different genre? If so which one?

DM: I write kids books too. I have a number of comics that are aimed at kids. Interesteting Tymes, Interesting Tymes x 2, Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding, Olf (a take on Rudolph the red nosed Reindeer, his name is Olf and he had Tourette’s, therefore he is ‘Rude’ Olf) and I have done a re-write of A Christmas Carol, where me and the artist worked in collaboration to do it all in rhyme. The artwork is very Beano like.

LH: If any of your books were turned into a movie or tv series who would be your leading man/lady? Which book would you most like to see as said movie/tv series?

Without giving too much away… there is work afoot to bring In The Mood to the screen. Very early days yet, but it could be very big news indeed. We are talking budgets at the moment, and they are HUGE!!!

I also want to bring Interesting Tymes to life. I want it to be real-life introductions (by Edward D’Ammage) and Claymation stories.

In the end, I would love all my stories to be made (as every author does), I’ve been told that I write in a very cinematic way… so I’m hoping that its good for the future.

LH: That concludes my questions.

Now time for a shameless plug… Feel free to drop the links for your work and where people can find you and connect with you…

DM: My whole life is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

https://www.facebook.com/clusy73

https://www.facebook.com/davemccluskeyauthor

https://www.facebook.com/DammagedComics

@dammagedpro (twitter)

@dammagedproductions (Instagram)

LH: Thank you very much for taking the time to come and chat with me and my readers. 😊 I’m looking forward to getting to know you more and working with you in the future. Feel free to drop in any time and say hi.
DM: Thank you so much for the opportunity to get my books out there to your readers… And remember kids… if you read, please please please review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

That concludes this interview with Dave. It’s been fab having him chatting with me. I’m looking forward to reading more of his work. Keep your eyes open for my reviews of Daves books 🙂 

✫.•° Author Bio °•.✫

I began writing in 2011, mainly for my own enjoyment. I began by making up funny, rhyming stories, with a horror-based theme running through them. I wrote them mostly for my daughter who was only four years of age at the time.

These rhymes where popular with my friends and family and someone mentioned that I should get them down in a book. That’s when the idea for a comic sprung into mind.

I scoured the internet and met a fantastic illustrator. I then commissioned him to illustrate this comic and Interesting Tymes was created. This is an anthology of short horror stories, all written in rhyme, but suitable for children to read too.

This was so popular with friends and family and further afield, that I decided to make another. Interesting Tymes X 2 continued where the first one left off, with Edward D’Ammage introducing another six horror tales.

From then I got the bug. I began to expand my series of rhyming tales, taking the original themes, and making them into longer stories. Using a different illustrator, I wrote, commissioned, and produced my first, short, horror comic. Wooden Heart.

I then began to write a zombie serial called The Few, we are currently on # 3 of what will be seven. #4 is currently in production.

I then embarked on a more ambitious project. My first graphic novel. Doppelganger is over 100 pages long and is a dark psychological tale of a man descending into madness.

Next up came DeathDay presents. This is a 4-part comedy tale about three demons in Hell who forget about Satan’s DeathDay. It has a 15 rating as the imagery in the back is rather graphic and gory, while the interactions between the demons is comedic and light.

Then I wrote and produced another full graphic novel. This one is called Olf. This is a children’s tale about Fr Christmas and his reindeer. I wrote this as I wanted to balance my brain between the darkness of Doppelganger my desire to wrote something that my daughter could read.

With a love of sci-fi and the old-style Flash Gordon type cliff-hangers, I wrote a series of tales about an adventurer called Mace Masoch, and his sidekick Miss Ninetails. The style of this comic was adult orientated, with buxom women and muscular men. #2 is currently in production.

After Mace, I went back to the list of my old rhyming tails and selected a longer, rhyming tale to produce in the same style as Interesting Tymes. This was to be a vehicle for my leading character Edward D’Ammage to run with his own titles. Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding is in the same vein as Interesting Tymes although it has a different illustrator.

After this I did a collaboration with leading ‘extreme horror’ author Matt Shaw to serialise his best-selling novel, Sick B*stards, into a graphic novel. This has been a successful venture up to now, even though only #1 is available yet. #2 is currently in production.

I produced a short zombie inspired short horror comic, working with the illustrator I used for Wooden Heart, and produced Three Days in the City. This is a zombie-esque tale set in Liverpool. It’s a one-shot story and sells really well in conventions, mainly due to the location.

Bringing back my love of Christmas and my love of old comics like The Beano, I partnered up with a fantastic artist called Joe Matthews, and we produced one of my proudest pieces of work. We undertook the mammoth job of re-writing Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, completely in rhyme. Joe did the artwork in his fantastic Beano-esque style. This has been my best seller to date.

In all the time writing, I had also written several short horror stories. I took the decision to bring these together into another anthology, and teaming up again with the illustrator for Doppelganger, I produced Short Sharp Shocks. Six short horror/thriller tales all introduced by a skeletal game show host.

My next project is still in production. It’s a graphic novel about a female super-villain with a good side to her. Its called DreamCatcher. Originally, I was going to produce this as three parts, but decided that I would wait until all three parts are complete before bringing it out as a full graphic novel. Parts 1 & 2 are complete, while 3 is just about to be commissioned.

Writing graphic novels, I found long and laborious to do. I have no talent for drawing, but I do see the panels in my head and am very good at articulating them to the illustrators. But, I found myself increasingly at the mercy to how fast the artist work. I am a fast writer, and I wanted the artists to work as fast as I did. It was also proving costly, as good artists do not come cheap. I was working with a good illustrator friend on a graphic novel I had written called Thirteen. She had produced ten pages of top-notch work for me, but she was worried about the length of time it was taking her to complete the pages. She loved the story she was working on, so she convinced me to turn it into a full-length novel. She told me that the scope of the graphic novel would probably bankrupt me anyway. So, I converted the comic script and produced my first full novel. I changed the name of it to The Twelve and it is currently selling well on Amazon, and from me via my Facebook page.

Stirred on by the success of The Twelve, I teamed up with a local musical historian who I used to work with back in the days of playing in bands around Liverpool. We came up with a concept about a historical tale about the old Liverpool music scene. He did a load of research into the swing music scene in Liverpool after the war, and my second novel came to life. In The mood… For Murder was released, to excellent reviews. Bit things are in the pipeline for this book, least of all, a sequel is in the works.

Next up came my third novel, CRACK. This is a brutal story about one mans descent into addiction after a road traffic accident that wasn’t his fault. This is a specialised tale and is not always everyone’s cup of tea. Although it is selling well, the reviews, although good, are slow in coming.

Next up I am hoping to release Z: A Love Story by Christmas (or shortly after). A zombie tale inspired by one of my rhyming stories in Interesting Tymes X 2. Then I have written and am currently editing a sci-fi Jack the Ripper inspired tale entitled Timeripper. I have also written and am also editing a trilogy of books; Glimmer Trilogy. This is three books set in a fictional land, with magic and swords. I have written this for the YA genre. Lastly, I have re-written my Olf graphic novel into a children’s novel, I am currently getting illustrations completed for this, with a look to release it for Christmas 2019. This will be the first in a series of 5 novels, all set in the same land.

In my spare time, I work as a computer engineer, I am a full-time father to my daughter Grace (who will be bringing out her own children’s book in 2019, entitled The Hangry Hamster), I also do stand-up comedy around the north-west of England.

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