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5* Review: Detained – Ainslie Paton

18176643Blurb -2Confined in a cold, dull room in the depths of a Shanghai airport, a journalist chasing a career break and a businessman with a shadowy past play a game of truth or dare — deliberately not exchanging names.

They tell each other their most painful secrets and burning desires. One dare leads to a kiss and a wild night of illicit passion, setting off a dangerous sequence of events, bringing exposure and disgrace.

Only the brutal truth can save them. But it will also rip them apart. And it will take more than daring before they can build a new truth together.

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My ReviewDetainedThis isn’t a sweet romantic tale but it’s a beautifully poignant love story, with a realistic urban edge and an exciting blend of angst and heat. The storyline is not unique but portrayed in an interesting and believable way with strong, flawed but essentially likeable characters. Damaged and shaped by their childhoods Will and Darcy share many characteristics and beliefs, when outwardly they appear to have nothing in common. The emotion is intense, this is not a relaxing read but it is so worth reading. Vividly action enhanced by the emotionally driven character experiences make this story hard to put down. There are some excellent secondary characters whose stories I would love to read. The setting is also noteworthy and speaks of insider knowledge and experience, which adds to the story’s authenticity. The passion between Darcy and Will underlies the whole story and explodes whenever they are in touching distance. This heat between them is what keeps them moving forward, despite their roller coaster lives. You aren’t sure if they will end up together until you read the last word. I received a copy of this book from Escape Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Detained by Ainslie Paton My rating: 5 of 5 stars Detained by Ainslie Paton Ainslie Paton Jane Hunt Writer First Steps Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Facebook Jane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google+ View all my reviews

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Real Neat Blog Award

In  December this blog was give a ‘Real Neat Blog Award by Shehanne Moore.

The rules are:

Display the logo on your blog:

real-neat-blog-award-from-jez_farmer-8-dec-2014  Answer  the 7 questions:

 Where do most visits to your blog come from?

From the USA and UK.

I have visits from 87 other countries too.

What is your favourite sport?

I love Basketball,Tennis and Horse riding.

What has been a special moment for you in 2014?

DSCN1055DSCN0992                                                         DSCN1077There isn’t a single moment that stands out but I did have a fabulous time on my holiday in Northumberland in the summer and I can’t wait to go again.

What is your favourite quote?

‘Glass half full’ because I’m an optimist at heart.

What was your favourite class when still at school?

 English literature, I loved reading books,plays & poems.

Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

 I first started writing books when I was eighteen.

I wish I stuck at it then and made it my career.

What musical instrument have you tried to play?

 I played the recorder as a child, probably very badly and then I learned to play the piano until I was eighteen.

 20604093Shehanne Moore gave me for this award.

Her historical romances are amazing and totally unique.

  Not surprisingly she has a must visit blog too.

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Nominate any number of bloggers you like,

linking to their blogs.

I have a couple of nominees:

24294144Lisa Medley – Write, Blog, Read. Repeat.

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Kristina Rienzi- Suspense Thriller Author.

  I’m off to comment on their blogs now. 🙂

 

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The Revenge Masquerade – Motivations and Inspiration-.

Inspiration Ten days ago I posted  my inspirations behind The Dragon Legacy. This week I’m sharing my motivations behind my current  release The Revenge Masquerade.

DSCN1092When I wrote my debut novel I didn’t think past the initial story.  I wanted to write about a dragon in the twenty-first century searching for the last dragon egg. His motivation? To save the dragon race and ultimately the human race from domination by evil. I wanted my fantasy/paranormal characters to have a human appearance in our world but also be part of a secret paranormal world, not normally seen by us.

When people started to read my first story most commented on two of the secondary characters JasmineJasmine, an independently minded young woman, destined to be guardian witch and Zane, the street wise wolf shifter.Zane

They were together in several scenes of  ‘The Dragon Legacy’ and people wanted to see how their fledgling relationship played out.

Readers were the main motivation behind ‘The Revenge Masquerade’ , it was great to know I’d created two characters they wanted to know more about. 🙂

Having decided to write Jasmine and Zane’s story, what came next? Defining my characters is important to me but I’d already done this with Jasmine and Zane, as they featured in my first story.

The Setting  where my characters travel on their emotional journey is an important part of what motivates me to write a story.

DSCN0763 Sometimes it’s somewhere I have visited often and love, like the  English Lake District in ‘The Dragon Legacy’. This time it was a combination of somewhere I’d visited and enjoyed and a place that epitomised several themes of my story; romance, historical and mystical worlds impacting on contemporary society.

Lakeside Path heading north towards Bardolino Taken by A W MacFadyen. released by owner to public domain.)
Lakeside Path heading north towards Bardolino Taken by A W MacFadyen. released by owner to public domain.)

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Lake Garda is somewhere I have holidayed in the past and its beauty and charm stayed with me.  I haven’t been to Venice but it was close enough to Lake Garda to include it in my story especially with its:

 With ‘The Revenge Masquerade’, deciding on the Plot  was the last of my motivations. At the end of ‘The Dragon Legacy’, Jasmine is separated from Zane. I wanted to explore what happened to her emotionally in the months that followed. Zane left to act as an ambassador for the infant dragon with the supernatural world, what happened to him? Does his still think about Jasmine and how he treated her, or is he really the player he appears to be?

Lost love,  Reunion and facing one’s destiny are all explored in the story.  The story starts one year after Zane leaves. Jasmine is in the Lake District with a new companion and strange mystical dreams.Whilst Zane reaches the final stop on his mission – Venice and  is confronted with a new evil. Can he save Larna (Lukas’ the dragon lord’s sister)? Should he contact Lukas and risk the safety of the infant dragon Tarriannah? Has he really seen Jasmine in Venice?

After the first couple of chapters I let the characters tell their own stories whilst I buckled up for the ride , peeking through my fingers whenever it got too scary. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed sharing some of my motivations  for writing and thoughts about ‘The Revenge Masquerade’. If you want to know what happens next it’s available at the following outlets:

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The Revenge Masquerade - Excerpt

The English Lake District: Just over a year ago in Hallows House’s garden.

Zane shook his body until his fur lay flat against his broad back. His shift into his wolf completed, he padded across the silent garden, eager to be on his way. He paused and looked back at the house. A movement at a downstairs window drew his predatory gaze. He stood transfixed as the artificial light illuminated Jasmine’s titian hair. Jasmine leant against the kitchen window and stared into the moonlit garden. His silvery-eyed stare moved lower and devoured her hourglass figure’s perfection, barely concealed by the emerald robe she wore.

His ears flattened as a shrill whistle assaulted his acute hearing. Jasmine disappeared. Instinctively he edged further away from the house to where the garden merged with the dark hills. He waited. A turquoise streak of light momentarily dazzled him. He followed its progress and recognized the baby dragon as it flew into the room occupied by its guardian, Fleur. Zane assumed Lukas, his friend the dragon lord, was there too. He growled softly, pleased by Lukas’ happiness. Jasmine’s image flashed into his mind. Zane shook his shaggy head–she wasn’t for him.

The shrieking noise quieted and the unmistakable creek of the heavy door alerted him of someone’s approach. His hackles rose and then flattened in recognition of the scent: a mixture of flowers and spice unique to Jasmine. He resisted the urge to shift into his human form. As a wolf, their encounter would remain platonic. His mind and heart warred over the morality of his desires. He couldn’t stay. His mission necessitated he leave immediately. Was it fair to take Jasmine’s heart and leave her alone with needs mere memories wouldn’t satisfy? The wolf ignored his human conscience. Time was short and the instinctive need to brand the flame-haired witch with his mark too strong. He shifted back into his human form.

Zane leant against the jagged stone wall. His naked body barely registered the rough-hewn rock, which imprinted his skin. His abrupt shift into human form didn’t include clothes. The cool night air soothed his fevered body as Jasmine appeared. A faint blush stained her pale skin everywhere his gaze rested.

“I saw your wolf through the window,” Jasmine said, perhaps to explain her presence in the garden.

“I wanted to talk to you.” Zane enclosed her small hand in his. She offered no resistance.

“Just talk?” Her gaze darted away from his erection, taunt against his abdomen. He sighed and pulled her tight against his hardness, enjoying the contact with her soft curves. “This isn’t talking, Zane,” she said, her voice breathless.

©Jane Hunt 2014 Crimson Frost Books.

Posted in Sunday Snippet, Writing Journey

#Sunday Snippet – Past Shadows – A Work In Progress

Sunday Snippet

I’m hoping to finish my historical romance ‘ Past Shadows’ by the end of February so I thought I would share a little with you from chapter three,to see what you think? Here’s  what it’s about:

Historical BlurbJustin Bracken has no choice but to resign his commission and return home to the cotton mills, when his father falls ill. Unrest among the workers, fire, death and an opinionated woman all seek to make his new life every bit as dangerous as the military battles he fought in the past.

Young widow and vicar’s daughter Lucinda Osborne is born out of her time. When her husband dies, she returns to her father’s home determined to improve the lives of the mill workers she grew up with.

Mill owner, Charles Bracken refuses her offer to educate the workers’ children and threatens her. Lucinda narrowly escapes his unwelcome attentions, thanks to the rugged stranger who intervenes.

A fire at the mill and the sudden death of the mill owner has profound implications for Lucinda, who suspects her cousins’ are responsible. Determined to save them from the hangman’s noose, she risks her own reputation to do so.

Grief stricken by his father’s sudden death, Justin cannot forget his father’s last words, accusing Lucinda of starting the fire in the mill. Determined to find out the truth Justin summons the vicar’s daughter to the manor.

Intuitively he knows she is not guilty but believes she knows who is. In an attempt to get to the truth and unable to control his inconvenient passion, he makes her an indecent proposal but will she accept?

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Past Shadows Cover‘The summons arrived in an elegant cream envelope edged with black. She knew who sent it. Justin Bracken was in mourning. Charles Bracken passed away the previous night from a fatal seizure according to her father. She broke open the seal. Justin Bracken requested her presence at the manor house that afternoon. The reason for the meeting wasn’t clear. She could refuse. Invent another engagement. No. Many in the village knew of her cousins’ direct action against evil mill owners across the district. If word reached Justin he might suspect them, even if there was no evidence to support his accusations. Lucinda could ensure no suspicion came their way by allowing the shadow of guilt to fall on her.
“Father, Mr Justin has invited me to tea at the manor today.”
“Why would he do that? Does he ask that I accompany you? I need to speak with him about the funeral.”
“He makes no mention of you or the funeral father. He doesn’t allude to the meeting’s purpose at all. I can only assume he wishes to find out about my plans for educating the mill workers children.” Lucinda’s gaze darted away from her father’s earnest stare, a faint blush stained her pale cheeks but he didn’t notice too preoccupied with his exclusion. He relied on the mill owner for his living and couldn’t afford to offend Justin. Lucinda played on his fear to overcome any parental objections to her meeting the new young mill owner without his chaperone. After all she was a respectable widow and a chaperone wasn’t strictly necessary even if her reputation was lily white.He didn’t question her explanation or ask how Justin knew about her teaching aspirations.
“Perhaps you could ask him when it would be convenient to call on him m’dear.”
“Of course father, I’ll leave you now to get ready. He is sending his carriage for me at 3 o’clock.”
The Vicar raised his eyebrows at her disclosure but made no further comment and  thankfully,didn’t delay her. “Yes, yes m’dear run along.”
“See you at dinner father,” Lucinda smiled and hoped it reached her eyes. Her father returned her smile before he returned to the ecclesiastical tome, which occupied him when he rested. Lucinda forced her feet into a measured walk she didn’t want her scattered emotions to betray her.’

 

 

 

 

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The January Author Interview. Revenge. A dish best served as masquerade

ShehanneI’m over on the lovely Shehanne Moore’s blog today with the Hamsters talking about  my latest book in ‘The Dragon Legacy’ series – ‘The  Revenge Masquerade’.

As usual the hamsters’ steal the show. 🙂

Click on the link below and join in the fun…

The January Author interview. Revenge.

A dish best served as masquerade.

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5* Review: King Hall – Scarlett Dawn (Forever Evermore series)

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Paranormal Blurb

King Hall — where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing — The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace — her burgeoning friendships with the other three Prodigies: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realises the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the revolution.

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Paranormal My Review

King Hall (Forever Evermore, #1)King Hall, the first in the Forever Evermore series is a new adult paranormal/urban fantasy romance which is on a par with the best in this genre. The world building is first class and the society of Mysticals is comparable to the Night World stories of L.J Smith. The characters are all vivid and easy to visualise as are their paranormal skills and magic.

The story unfolds through Lily’s eyes. She has a life endangering secret. The plot is complex and initially I thought I was reading the second book in the series but as Lily reveals how she ended up at King Hall; the school where Mysticals learn their craft, this book is the ideal starting place for the series.

The story is rich in edgy, realistic dialogue and there is plenty of kick ass action between the Mystical’s and Commoners (humans). It is in the same class as Rachel Vincent’s ‘Shifter series and similarly addictive. I loved the camaraderie and humour between the prodigies, which underlines the whole story.

Suspense and tension builds to a thrilling climax at the end of the book both in terms of emotion and plot. This is where I wanted it to be a complete story rather than a series. Now I have to buy book 2.

A fabulous start to what promises to be a wonderful series.

I received a copy of this book from Escape Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

King Hall by Scarlett Dawn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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3* Review: The Haunted Academy – Derek Muk

indexParanormal BlurbProfessor Albert Taylor and his assistant, Jan, are paranormal investigators. They are hired to investigate spooky, mysterious goings-on at an exclusive all-girls school after a young student is murdered. What they assume will be a routine ghost haunting turns out to be something much more.

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 Haunted AcademyThere are lots of interesting themes in this short story; paranormal occurrences, the academic ghost hunting team and the mysteries hidden beneath the exterior of an elite school. The appealing characters need further development, to show what motivates their actions and beliefs.

I like the beginning, which sets the scene for the investigation that follows. It highlights teenage bullying and having nowhere to turn. An informal writing style and simple plot makes it easy to read. It’s the type of story teenagers tell each other at sleepovers or round campfires.

What I read, I liked but I wanted more depth and dialogue. This storyline needs more words; more from Erica’s point of view. She is a major player but we only see things from her point of view at the beginning. The ending is suitably horrific.

The Haunted Academy is a quick, easy read and I would like to see more investigations from this academic duo.

Haunted Academy by Derek Muk

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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Random Thoughts

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More snow fell on Pleasley last night and whilst it isn’t as deep as the Boxing Day snowfall  in the picture, our roads are pretty hazardous.  The reason I mention this? Megan and I are off to watch #Strictly Come Dancing tonight at the Nottingham arena.

I’m the world’s worst passenger and the prospect of taking a journey on snowy roads horrifies me. Of course I’m not going to let that stop me watching some of my favourite dancing stars but I’m apprehensive… So I’ve got no writing done today, constantly drying dogs that love playing in the snowy garden  and cooking comfort food for my family before they venture out into the cold.

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Distracted, I wondered how long I actually get to write in an average day. In theory as writing is my job now, I should get seven or eight hours a day but in practice I know this  isn’t the case. So over the next few weeks I’m keeping a note (actually its  a spreadsheet), of what  I do in a day, how long it takes me and most importantly how long I have each day to write .

Now I’m off to get ready, hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow with my review of Derek Muk’s Haunted Academy, which I featured last week and has been a popular post on my blog over the last few days. index

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The Revenge Masquerade- Read First Page

THE REVENGE MASQ-LARGEPrologue

The English Lake District: Just over a year ago in Hallows House’s garden.

Zane shook his body until his fur lay flat against his broad back. His shift into his wolf completed, he padded across the silent garden, eager to be on his way. He paused and looked back at the house. A movement at a downstairs window drew his predatory gaze. He stood transfixed as the artificial light illuminated Jasmine’s titian hair. Jasmine leant against the kitchen window and stared into the moonlit garden. His silvery-eyed stare moved lower and devoured her hourglass figure’s perfection, barely concealed by the emerald robe she wore.

His ears flattened as a shrill whistle assaulted his acute hearing. Jasmine disappeared. Instinctively he edged further away from the house to where the garden merged with the dark hills. He waited. A turquoise streak of light momentarily dazzled him. He followed its progress and recognized the baby dragon as it flew into the room occupied by its guardian, Fleur. Zane assumed Lukas, his friend the dragon lord, was there too. He growled softly, pleased by Lukas’ happiness. Jasmine’s image flashed into his mind. Zane shook his shaggy head–she wasn’t for him.

The shrieking noise quieted and the unmistakable creek of the heavy door alerted him of someone’s approach. His hackles rose and then flattened in recognition of the scent: a mixture of flowers and spice unique to Jasmine. He resisted the urge to shift into his human form. As a wolf, their encounter would remain platonic. His mind and heart warred over the morality of his desires. He couldn’t stay. His mission necessitated he leave immediately. Was it fair to take Jasmine’s heart and leave her alone with needs mere memories wouldn’t satisfy? The wolf ignored his human conscience. Time was short and the instinctive need to brand the flame-haired witch with his mark too strong. He shifted back into his human form.

Zane leant against the jagged stone wall. His naked body barely registered the rough-hewn rock, which imprinted his skin. His abrupt shift into human form didn’t include clothes. The cool night air soothed his fevered body as Jasmine appeared. A faint blush stained her pale skin everywhere his gaze rested.

“I saw your wolf through the window,” Jasmine said, perhaps to explain her presence in the garden.

“I wanted to talk to you.” Zane enclosed her small hand in his. She offered no resistance.

“Just talk?” Her gaze darted away from his erection, taunt against his abdomen. He sighed and pulled her tight against his hardness, enjoying the contact with her soft curves. “This isn’t talking, Zane,” she said, her voice breathless.

©Jane Hunt 2014 Crimson Frost Books.

PicMonkey CollageSo you think you know what happens next?

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Versatile Blogger Award

Happy New YearAs part of my new year sort out I came across this Versatile blog nomination from the lovely Shehanne Moore, which in the frenzy of writing, blogging, book reviewing and holidaying I overlooked. The sun was still shining when I received this lovely nomination, which said “I wrote fabulous books and was amazingly supportive of other authors and my blog reflects this”.DSCN0824So better late than never here are the rules:

Display the blog logo

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Link back to the blogger who nominated you.

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 Nominate ten bloggers and say why.

Megan Jane Hunt –  my lovely daughter who has a wonderful blog called Seek my Scribbles – http://www.seekmyscribbles.com/. It’s a lifestyle blog with posts about fashion, beauty, freelancing and books and TV  – well worth a visit.

Lady Fury – Who has a book club and shares recipes for cocktails, cakes and life on Furious Unravelings – https://furiousunravelings.wordpress.com/ Definitely worth a visit.

 Susan Arden  and Sweet and Spicy Tales. Promoting erotic romance and lots of authors too with cover reveals and book reviews. Wonderfully visual blogs for Adults.

Lisa Medley–  Write , Blog , Read , Repeat – http://lisa-medley.com/  writes  paranormal romance and urban fantasy  and has a great blog with author interviews, spotlights  and a grave discovery series , which is fascinating.

Jennifer Faye – Hearts and Scribbles  –  http://jenniferfaye.com/hearts-scribbles/   Promotes authors with cover reveals and spotlights , Jennifer also blogs about her writing journey and has great recipes and healthy living tips.

Tracey Rogers http://traceyrogers.com/blog/  Tracey’s blog features great author  interviews, spotlights and reviews. A lovely chatty blogging style full of humour.

Incy Black – Blog into the Black –  http://incyblack.weebly.com/blog-into-the-black , has a unique style and is always full of dry humour.

Tima Maria  Lacoba _ http://timamarialacoba.blogspot.co.uk/   This blog offers interesting tips about writing, self publishing and social media and has author spotlights.

Eve Devon – http://www.evedevon.com/blog   Eve blogs about her and her muse and features some interesting authors in spotlights and interviews.

Fiona Chapman – https://fionachapman.wordpress.com/ Fiona blogs about her writing journey with some great book reviews and writing tips and a lovely  chatty writing style.

 So there’s my 10 versatile bloggers. No pressure responding to this award ladies, remember I took 6 months.  🙂

And for those of you reading this who are new to my Blog  here’s what you can expect …

 

My Writing  Journey

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Book Reviews

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Inspiration

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Animal Welfare

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Author Interviews and  Author and Book Spotlights

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