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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.



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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Reviews


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In the Beginning by Jane Dougherty

In The BeginningJane Dougherty is the author of the previously reviewed book The Dark Citadel. She has written what I’m calling a novelette, a set of stories that will open up that world even more. The stories found in her novelette, In the Beginning.

Readers will find three back stories to characters that play a crucial part in The Dark Citadel. The tales will introduce you to Rachel (The Green Woman), the cruel Hector, and the kind Jonah.  The stories will help give the reader a further understanding of the characters and what drove them to the spot you find them in as you read, or read The Dark Citadel.

The stories begin with who will become a major player, and that is Rachel. She is the Green Woman, the holder of memories of the past. As you read the story, Of Dreams and Horses, you discover how Rachel first discovered her “gift”.  You will find out how others helped her to understand the gift and the importance it will have on their world. At the same time the reader will find out about the sacrifice that she will have to give to escape the city.

The story Fathers and Brothers, takes us into the cruel world of the young boy named Hector. A boy who has an abusive father who is “important” to the city and has a job no one else can do. Hector is proud of his father knowing that his job is important but also misses the love his mother gave. The boy has some physical challenges but his lonely torment is going to be seen by others. The story tells the reader what may lead this kind but misunderstood child to the villain he becomes.

The last story found within is called, Jonah’s Story.  As in Hector’s tale this tells of a young man who deals with the loss of a loved one. What makes it worse for Jonah is after a lock down his mother suffers a terrible fate that sends Jonah running into the tunnels under the city. It is during this escape that a voice comes to him and will help him for years. Along the way, and outside the domed city, he is introduced to the pack of pups we find in The Dark Citadel.  As in the other stories you read and understand how he becomes such a pivotal character.

All three of these stories give the reader a deep understanding of the motivation for each character. This is a great addendum to The Dark Citadel as it gives the motivations that push these three characters. A reader can either read In the Beginning before or after they read the primary book. In either case it will draw you in deeper to their world and hopefully wanting more.


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Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Reviews


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Ten + 1 Questions with Author Jane Dougherty

JaneThose who go over to Jane Dougherty’s blog will find something very interesting. This factoid is that The Dark Citadel is her FIRST published book.  This will explain why her answer to questions 5 and 6 are left with the N/R tag.  It’s hard to comment on those questions when this is your first book. Another factor is that her book was only published on 10/4/2013 and the review and the interview are within a week of that publishing.  So without further comment on this woman lets get on to the questions. Please be sure to go to the bottom as there is the book trailer for The Dark Citadel.


Question 1:

What inspired you to write The Dark Citadel?

I had been writing for a couple of years, novels and short stories, and decided I would like to write something for my children, the oldest being teenagers with very definite ideas about what they did and didn’t appreciate in a story. A scene came to me of a classroom full of girls all dressed in grey and having a miserable time. Not a very auspicious opening for a teen drama maybe, but one of the girls raised her head to stare out of the window, and I decided I wanted to write about that particular girl and how she got out of that awful grey world.

Question 2:

Is there any significance to the name/names of your main characters?

None whatsoever! The world of The Green Woman requires that everyone has a name drawn from religious or mythological texts so none of the names are inventions. The characters seemed to appear with names already attached! I didn’t have to agonize over any of them. I have tried not to let my personal likes and dislikes get in the way of the names that ‘appeared’. I don’t much like the characters in Greek myth, for example, but I’ve tried to sprinkle them fairly among the good and the bad characters.

Question 3:

During the writing process did you find yourself thinking about any of your own memories?

Only one memory, I think. I didn’t start school in September with all the other five-year-olds, but the following January. My mother had her fourth baby in September and with three under fours in the house and my dad working strange hours, there was nobody to take me to school and pick me up again in the afternoon. Needless to say we lived in a semi-rural area miles from the school and we didn’t have a car. The other kids had already settled in by the time I arrived and I remember deciding that what they were doing didn’t interest me and I was going to do my own thing in a corner. I remember repeated incidents where the teacher would come over to where I had pushed a table and a chair against the wall to get on with my own drawings and scribbling quietly on my own, eat my biscuits, talk to myself, or whatever, and ask me to turn around and join in with everybody else. Deborah in embryo maybe.

Question 4:

What were some of your favorite books growing up?

I was very slow learning to read. My mother was an artist and we were all encouraged to draw, so I drew. When I did decide I could read, I started on real books without going through the readers. The first book that I read over and over was a Patricia Lynch, The Bookshop on the Quay. I went on to read many more of her books and when I tried to get hold of them for my own children was shocked to find they are all now out of print. John Masefield’s The Box of Delights is a book I still read now and again. All of the Moomin stories enchanted me when I was young and still do. T.H. White’s Once and Future King stories about King Arthur, and Henry Treece’s stories set among the Vikings were also constant companions.

Question 5:

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


Question 6:

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


Question 7:

Do you continue to write?

I write all the time, from novels, through short stories to flash fiction and poetry. The Green Woman trilogy is finished with the second and third volumes waiting to be edited. I have a collection of in-world stories which I hope to release in the next couple of months, as well as stories based on Irish and Norse mythologies. My next full length novel project is a historical fantasy drawn from Celtic and Norse sources.

Question 8:

What is the message you want people to take away from the book?

I’m not sure I like the idea of a there being a message behind the story. However, one of the things that irks me in many fantasy novels is the total lack of moral values. The kind of behaviour associated with the armies of totalitarian regimes often appears to be condoned by the author because none of the characters takes a stand against it. I don’t want to come over as preachy, but if something is wrong, like murder, even if your protagonists are under twenty, they should still react against it, otherwise it should be made clear that their behaviour is reprehensible. My opinion only. I like real heroes, not just hulks with magic swords.

Question 9:

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

I already have. In fact I’ve already written it, so you’ll have to wait for the books to come out to find out! I want Deborah to be happy. She isn’t a perfect character, but life didn’t deal her many aces. Love and affection were in short supply when she was a child and her own emotions except for anger are underdeveloped. She grows in the course of the series, learns to give as well as take, and she deserves to find what she’s looking for.

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

The book is dedicated to my husband, enough said. There are several people who have been important to the writing of the book, however. I have had the good fortune to get to know a really tremendous writer, Harriet McWatters who first encouraged me to think The Dark Citadel had merit, then proceeded to show me how it could be improved. Once Harriet had knocked it into shape, my editor, Susan Sipal, who instantly empathized with the story and the writing style, rounded off the last edges and straightened out the last inconsistencies. Last, I have to send a posthumous thank you to my father, John William Dougherty and my grandfather, James Brennan, both writers and poets, from whom I inherited a love of words, and the ability to fit them together in an intelligible way.

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?

If ever I had the opportunity to go on a book tour with real paper copies of a book to set up like battlements in front of me on a bookshop table, it would probably be to Inishowen where my father’s people came from. As a place for a book tour it would be hardly more profitable than the Gobi Desert in terms of population, but there is a debt of gratitude to be repaid, and even if it is a lonely, wild corner of the world, I would love to be able to say this is where the story started.



Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Interview


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The Dark Citadel (The Green Woman) by Jane Dougherty

Dark CitadelHow was the Earth created and how will it be destroyed are questions that not only plaque scientists but also those of a religious belief.  Many in the world argue that the world was created by a higher being and this belief is that of those who believe in creationism.   This story tells of how God created the world in seven days driving out the darkness and bring light to the world.

The book The Dark Citadel takes a version of this story and completely turns things around. Instead of a creation born of light, darkness has taken over.  This darkness shows how the reckless abandon of war can change the world and how a rebirth of the planet will cause the light to be pushed aside in favor of this abandonment.

The book opens with a bleak look at the Earth and how the world appears to be barren of life except for the city of Providence. The world becomes the playground of the thing called Abbadon who rebuilds it in his version brings all the foul things up from hell.  The demons and creatures are set upon the world and allowed to multiply to bring the darkness to the land, water and the air.

There is one lone outpost to this disaster and that is the domed city of Providence, but nothing can escape Abbadon’s touch. Even in this city the leaders are corrupted into creating a merciless city controlled through ignorance and brutality.  It’s a city in which its leadership struck a deal to with Abbadon to stay safe and controlling.

There is still hope in this dark world and it lays in a special family. In truth it lays in the memories of a family.  These memories have a possibility to correct what has happened to the world, but it will not be easy.

The book will take the reader into the life of the “Serpentspawn”, Deborah, who must live within the walls of Providence. A world that sees women as second class citizens who’s true plight is to raise the children who will go on to work within the city.  Each family is only allowed to have one boy and one girl and if an imbalance happens it is arranged to keep balance in the city by taking a child and giving it to another family.

There is a reason Deborah has that unique moniker of “Serpentspawn” and it has to do with her mother and the importance of memories.

The Dark Citadel is the first book in, The Green Woman trilogy of books. The author Jane Dougherty introduces the reader into a well described world of destruction and hopelessness. The book can be related to creationism but should not be seen as a book that pushes religion. The book instead pushes that beyond all loss of hope there is still hope.

The book is a great opening for the trilogy and will help set the reader up in the world that Dougherty paints so well with her words. Deborah may seem alone at the beginning but as the reader finds out others will come into her life. They will assist her with her journey and others will find themselves on a duplicate path. The story is more than just a setup for the upcoming books as you will find yourself engrossed with the characters and wants to find out what happens to them. The book is published by Musa Publishing and for those overseas you can find the book Amazon UK.

For those who prefer to shop on Smashwords find the book here.


Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Reviews


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