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What’s coming in 2015 and Thank You 2014

ThankYouThe year of 2014 has been an exciting one as I was able to read over twenty books and post reviews on the blog.  The greatest thing is that often an author, or publisher, has reached out to me regarding their book. This to me is exciting and helps to show that I am reaching the right audience with the reviews.  The audience I refer to is those people who look for authors, publishers and books that often fly under the mainstream market place. My eyes, and then fingers, help put out a forum for their books and draw attention to their works through my reviews. The word reviews is used as I don’t just put them on my blog but cross post to Amazon and just recently all went up on Goodreads as well.

These individuals produce books that are just as engaging as a Stephen King,  Stephanie Myer, Suzanne Collins and other well-known authors.  They bring imagination to life which is what I believe many authors endeavor to do with their readers. The pages can be digital, or physical, but have the same effect no matter how you read. It is why I write this post as I want to thank those that helped my imagination over the past year. I hope my review helped other readers find their books and enjoy them as much as I have. This is the main reason on why I never say NO to a review request.

Before I start with listing and thanking those who gave me the great opportunity of discovering a new world through their prose let me share with you what I have coming for 2015.  As you will see the list is growing and it’s how I want it to be.

Upcoming in 2015 in no particular order:

 

  • Playback Effect by Karen A Wyle
  • Glimpses of the Undead by Julianne Snow
  • The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin
  • Thunder Bay by Robert Reynolds
  • Why 319 by Mark Love
  • Counting Churches The Malta Stories by Rosanne Dingli

 

 

Now it’s time to thank those authors, and publishers, for the books I enjoyed over 2014. The list is in order of reviews from most recent to beginning of the year. If I missed anyone it was not on purpose but a MAJOR oversite on my part.

 THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR A GREAT 2014

 

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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Reviews

 

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Ten Plus One Questions with Author Angie Gallow

TheCovenAuthor Angie Gallow is the author of The Coven and her book is brought to the world by her pubisher Siren’s Call Publications.  What exactly am I talking about? Well here’s her Biography from her Facebook Page: 

Biography

The author known as Angie Gallow enjoys all things weird and creepy. A great lover of books and words, words, words as Hamlet would so eloquently put it. Even though this is the first novel published, the author has been writing for years, honing her craft through the fine professors at Columbia College in Chicago.

 

 

Question 1: What inspired you to write The Coven?

Inspiration for The Coven came from the old vampire lore, when people were superstitious of people rising from the dead. It came from superstitious stories of clergyman and hunters tracking down the undead and roaming through cemeteries, looking for just-risen vampires. I wanted to infuse that back into the vampire’s world, to make them deal with it again, and make them battle with the notion that their own kind can be the cause of their downfall.

Question 2: Is there any significance to the name names of your main characters?

I just wanted the characters to be memorable. Otherwise, there is no huge meaning or significance to their names at all.

Question 3: During the writing process did you find yourself thinking about any of your memories?

No. This story is completely fabricated of my own imagination with the help of myths and lore. My memories aren’t involved 🙂

Question 4: What were some of your favorite books growing up?

I grew up reading a lot of Roald Dahl. I remember The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett being my favorite book growing up. I read a lot of dark stories; I was a horror lover from an early age.

Question 5: Do you hear from fans of the book, and if you do what do they say?

I haven’t from them yet but I hope they don’t stay quiet for long.

Question 6: What was the feeling like when you saw the very first printed version of your book?

Like a dream was coming true. After sending so much time writing and rewriting a novel that you, at one point, don’t believe will ever get read, it’s amazing. I was quite proud of myself.

Question 7: Do you continue to write?

All the time. It’s in my blood and I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing.

Question 8: What is the message you are want people to take away from the book?

I guess the overall message is, ‘just because you don’t like it, don’t ruin it for everyone else’. We see that in the juxtaposition of the characters Sebastien and Harold. Sebastien, at one point, draws the connection between werewolves and vampires, saying that werewolves can start over and rebuild their clans but vampires can’t. Sebastien just wants to live out his existence peacefully, whereas Harold hates himself, claiming that no one should be allowed to live on forever. He hates being a vampire so much that he will aid the enemy to rid the world on his own kind.

Question 9: If you could envision a future for your main character, what would it be?

I’ve played with that in my head for a while now. I originally had it where the Diocese Club regroups and finds out that it was Sebastien who foiled their plans and comes after him. I thought about having his human companion grow up a bit and get pulled into the fray; maybe have Sebastien find love… but it’s only play in my mind right now.

Question 10: Who are those in the dedication of the book, and their importance to you?

I haven’t made any dedications in the book but if I had to I would have dedicated it to my parents. They’re the reason I’m here and if anyone deserves to share the spotlight, they do.

The + 1 Question:

If you had any one place in the world you could travel to for a book tour, where would that place be, and why?

France. Vampires seem to just gravitate to France because the romantic aspect that France carries; vampires just seem to fit in France, for some reason, even though that’s not where they’re stories originated from. We always see vampires in France.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Interview

 

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The Coven by Author Angie Gallow

TheCovenWhen first one sees, or hears, the word coven they jump to the thought that witches are going to be the topic of discussion. There will some point be talk about spells, cauldrons, black cats, and ugly old women. It’s the danger when a word gets tied to specific thing and people do not realize its true definition. A coven is simply a collection of people and thus can be things from a stamp collectors meeting to a group of Sailor Moon fans.

The Coven by author Angie Gallow is just such a book that will show you that we are not always dealing with witches. In the case of the book, we have Vampires who are hiding from society in 1910 London. Their home is under the stewardship of Maurice Sorel and son Alaric. They run the coven and although the reader won’t find out till late in the book how ruthless they can be they seem to be good characters. They even tried helping more of their kind come to London under the leadership of Sebastien who was summoned from Normandy to help the traveling group.

As the book opens the reader is informed of what happened on that trip to London. How Sebastien and the traveling group where set upon by other vampires, and many killed. The attackers being other vampires would infuriate anyone as they are killing their own kind. Thus, there can be only one group behind this attack. A group from the church who tortures vampires and turns them against their own kind named the Diocese Club.

The club has a post in London and unfortunately for the vampire coven, they are in the Whitechapel area just as the coven. They may almost be neighbors and the Diocese Club is not the only danger that is out there for Maurice and Alaric.

The Diocese Club’s presence in Whitechapel is led by a very dark and ruthless Harold Strahan. A man, or vampire, that will stop at nothing to find vampires and kill them. This will include torturing the members of his team to finish a job, or to find and kill vampires.

What author Angie Gallow does within the pages of The Coven is introduce the reader to two groups of vampires. One seems to get along, has friends and just tries to survive in the world. This group is the one Sebastien finds himself living in. A group that even has a small human boy as a servant within their ranks. A boy they took in after his family was killed.

The other group on the other hand is pure and simple zealots. They were tortured by members of the church and given the assignment of killing others of their kind. The church is using them as pawns or face severe torture or their own death. This group is the one that holds Harold and his group of killers.

As you read you find that at some point the two groups are bound to find each other. Maurice wants a war just as much as Harold. The question is will cooler heads prevail; will there be bloodshed or a minimal loss of life? This is what is found within the pages of the book. You will find a chess game between groups on who will make the first move. There will be pawns and at some point each team will have members taken that others will do all they can to retrieve alive.

The characters are developed well from the little boy to the different vampires brought out in the book. There is tension built from all sides and this helps add to the story. Vampire fans will really enjoy the book as it shows them in a light not often seen. They are not there to look gorgeous, to rip man apart, but to survive within a world of man without being noticed. The Coven is one of those reads you hold onto till the last page, and the interesting twist within the final pages just makes the book so much better.

 

 

The below information is courtesy of Siren’s Call Publications the publisher of the book.

 

 

The Coven

Angie Gallow

After a gruesome betrayal, vampire Sebastien Vilmont is flung into a whirlwind cat and mouse game when his traveling party is ambushed by an opposing group of bloodthirsty vampires. Maurice, the leader of Sebastien’s coven, makes the decision to not only wage war against the opposing vampire clan, but a clerical organization known as The Diocese Club who wishes to exterminate all vampire-kind.

Trying desperately to protect the secrecy of their coven’s location below the streets of Whitechapel, London, Sebastien finds himself at odds with Maurice in his desire to not engage in all-out war with the renegade Catholic faction. At the same time, he must also battle the other vampire coven to guard their anonymity from humans. In doing so, Sebastien is forced into choices and alliances he might not otherwise have made.

Set in the tone of Victorian England, The Coven is a thrilling and horrific journey through the seedier workings of the vampire underworld, and pious ideology of The Diocese Club.

 

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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Reviews

 

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