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Cover reveal – Death Before Daylight by Shannon A Thompson

DBDcover I am once again honoured to take part in the cover reveal for Shannon and her awesome Timely Death Trilogy. I could talk the hind legs off a donkey about how highly I rate Shannon as an author, but I’ll let her do the talking as she does it so much more eloquently than I, click here if you’d like to read my review of the book.

Letter from author, Shannon A. Thompson

It’s here! It’s here! The final cover of The Timely Death Trilogy has finally been released. A special thank you goes out to Clean Teen Publishing and this lovely Member of the Dark who is helping share this message today. Minutes Before Sunset, book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy, re-releases on July 28 – with an all new interior and exterior – and both are beautiful. Seconds Before Sunrise follows on August 25, and Death Before Daylight (the only novel of the trilogy to never see the shelves before) is finally getting it’s day . . . hehehe . . . Well, it’s releasing September 15. Even more exciting? You can win prizes throughout all of these events and more by becoming a Member of the Dark . . . or a Member of the Light. Check out the details below! I look forward to speaking with you!

Shannon A. Thompson (a.k.a. SAT)

http://shannonathompson.com

Synopsis:

Two eternities. One ending.

“Harmony would only come with destruction.”

The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.

While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon’s identity is exposed to Eric—and only Eric—and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica’s shoulders, she must choose who she will be—a light or a shade.

In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.

Dark Activities:

Become a Member of the Dark (or Light) by emailing ShannonAThompson@aol.com. Your email will never be given out, and you are not required to do anything, but you will win more prizes the more you participate.

 Win a paperback of Minutes Before Sunset via Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/131705-minutes-before-sunset

Pre-order Minutes Before Sunset: http://www.amazon.com/Minutes-Before-Sunset-Timely-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00WTRV9FC/ref=reader_auth_dp

 Stay Updated via The Timely Death Trilogy FB page:

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Visit the Extras Page:

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Pin your favorite photos from The Timely Death Trilogy Pinterest board:

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But most of all . . .

Stay Dark,

~SAT

http://shannonathompson.com

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Cover reveal – Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A Thompson

SBScoverI am delighted to be able to reveal the next cover in The Timely Death Trilogy: Seconds Before Sunrise!

Regular readers of my blog will know what a huge fan of Shannon I am and so I shall let her do the talking (my original review of the book can be found here):

Shannon A Thompson:

The Timely Death Trilogy began as one teenager’s nightmare and morphed into a real-life dream of authorship. The entire trilogy re-releases with new covers and new interiors this summer and fall by Clean Teen Publishing. I hope you’ll check out this dark vs. light trilogy (mainly because the “dark” side is the good side…maybe), and I especially hope you’ll consider becoming a Member of the Dark! Each time there is a special event, you can participate and win prizes—like spotlights on my website, books, and more. Simply email me at shannonathompson@aol.com, and I’ll send a badge over to you. We might even have coffee together.

Thank you for reading about this dark journey,

Synopsis of Seconds Before Sunrise:

Seconds Before Sunrise (book 2 of The Timely Death Trilogy)

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”

Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.

Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Timely-Death-Trilogy/227663240691565

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18805475-seconds-before-sunrise

CURRENT GIVEAWAY: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/131705-minutes-before-sunset

YouTube Video Reveal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe9Yzw_jzHM

pic1About the author:

Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads Book of the Month. She is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and Minutes Before Sunset releases on July 28, 2015.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

 

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Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

Minutes Before Sunset

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Minutes Before Sunset Cover Reveal – Shannon A Thompson

Cover Regular readers of my blog will be aware that Shannon A Thompson (a young author who I am a huge fan of) recently suffered the devastation of her publisher closing down, leaving her without representation.

While many folks may have given up there and then, Shannon continued on (with the support of her ever-growing fan base of readers) and has signed up with a new publisher: Clean Teen Publishing who will be re-releasing the first installment of the Timely Death Trilogy, Minutes Before Sunset on July 28th 2015.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Shannon and her work, let me say this: this young lady is a hugely talented author with a big future ahead of her. Still so young, she has achieved so much, which is even more incredible given the blows that life has dealt her along the way.

Shannon isn’t just an author, she’s a blogger who puts her heart and soul into sharing the ups and downs of being a writer and also life in general. Shannon is a warm and giving young woman who always makes the time to reach out and make contact with new bloggers and readers. Take it from this blogger, she reached out to me when I was a novice blogger and introduced me to the wonderful community of fellow writers and readers on WordPress.

I could probably wax lyrical about Shannon for hours, but I shall let her bio do the talking (it’s much more eloquent than I could ever be):

pic1Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads Book of the Month. She is currently represented by Clean Teen Publishing, and Minutes Before Sunset releases on July 28, 2015.

 

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

And if you don’t believe what I have to say about the wonderful Miss Thompson’s writing, check out the synopsis and reviews Minutes Before Sunset has already garnered on its first release:

Two destines. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

Awarded Goodreads’ Book of the Month in July 2012

Releases July 28, 2015 – Second edition by Clean Teen Publishing, new cover and new interior!

Current Rating on Goodreads: 146 ratings, 4.3 stars

Reviews:

  • “A magical, if slightly dark, tale.” – The Reader’s Review
  • “Wonderfully unnerving.” – Coffee Shop Reader
  • “This is a story of forbidden love, hidden love, and a war of love.” – Endless Reading
  • “This book was brilliant, original and romantic. This is a timeless love story with incredible character growth, action and twists of fate.” – Note to Selph Book Reviews
  • “Miss. Thompson twisted the concept of Light and Dark, reversing the well-known roles, changing the time-old dance and making it her own. Brilliant and true, “Minutes Before Sunset” is thought-provoking, bringing real-life lessons and morals from a world of the supernatural.” – Live. Laugh. Read

I hope I have whet your appetite enough for you to check out the following links to access more information on Shannon and her books:

Goodreads

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Pinterest

Extras

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A link to my original review of Minutes Before Sunset can be found here

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Book Review – The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

462532f12b4e522201eefdf07c3f2378I have to admit that I committed the cardinal sin of buying this book without really knowing what it was about. The only information that I had to go on was that this book had won the 2013 Costa Book of the Year award. I figured that, if my favourite brand of coffee shop liked the book, it was probably a fair bet that the book might actually be worth reading.

Buying a book based on your favourite brand of coffee could have proved to be a recipe for disaster, yet I am delighted to say that this is not the case. This book, from start to finish, was a delight to read.

The Shock of the Fall is a story narrated by Matt Homes, a man who we come to learn suffers from mental illness. This much is obvious in the disjointed way that Matt narrates his own story, sometimes jumping from childhood memories to the present day and back again. Rather than being jarring, this actually makes Matt’s story all the more riveting and appealing.

Because of Matt’s jumbled thought processes, we only catch snippets of information, like pieces of a puzzle that we are slowly able to put together. It’s not until the last third of the book that the reader begins to understand what happened to Matt and his family a decade ago and how much that one event has shaped everything that came after.

Matt has a mental illness, yet it is also clear to see that has inability to grieve for his brother’s tragic passing has only served to exacerbate his condition, bringing him to the point that he becomes a ward of the state for his own protection.

Although my description of this book is frustratingly vague, I am wary of not giving too much away in terms of the plot. Instead, I would encourage people to know as little as possible about what happens in order to get a unique perspective into the workings of a disturbed mind.

Matt seems to define himself by his mental illness, yet he is so much more than a diagnosed condition. This is something that the author, Nathan Filer, tackles well and does in such a way that doesn’t seem moralistic. The book raises some fascinating questions about how mental illness is perceived, not only by the person diagnosed with a condition, but also their family and society in general.

Matt’s perspective gives the reader a unique insight into social care and its many benefits, while also not sugar-coating the fact that much more could be done to make the system more user-friendly. I defy anyone not to take a look at themselves and how they view those around them with a mental health condition and question whether they underestimate the real person inside – the person behind the illness.

This is a book unlike any other that I’ve read and its unique style is something that I really enjoyed. You would expect most books to go from A to B to C etc. yet The Shock of the Fall starts at R, heads back toward D and ends up somewhere near P. Rather than making the book impossible to read, it makes the reader desperately want to know what happens next and what happened all those years ago.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes quality, well-crafted fiction. Some may find the subject matter a little disturbing or outside of their comfort zone, but I would urge anyone to at least pick this book up and give it a try. You may find The Shock of the Fall a shock to the system, but that might actually be a good thing. Challenge yourself and your perspective on mental health and you may just end up surprising yourself….

Check out Nathan’s website http://nathanfiler.co.uk/

 

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Book Review – Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A Thompson

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Shannon kindly sent me a copy of her new book Take Me Tomorrow to read and review. As many of my regular readers know, I am a huge fan of Shannon’s work and I believe that she has an immense talent – I would definitely tip her to become publishing’s ‘next big thing.’

I read a lot and I’d like to think that I know a good book when I see one, Take Me Tomorrow certainly lives up to the expectations that I had for Shannon’s latest release. A complete departure from her Timely Death trilogy, Take Me Tomorrow is the story of Sophia Gray and how her world is turned upside down by the appearance of a dishevelled young man called Noah in the back woods of her property – it seems that everyone knows who he is except her.

Noah brings trouble to what Sophia always thought of as a quiet little town. No sooner has he arrived on the scene than one of her closest friends ends up in hospital with the banned drug ‘Tomo’ in his system.

The society in which Sophia and her friends have been brought up in does not allow its people to question those who govern and rule the ‘States’, yet Sophia isn’t the kind of girl who will blindly follow the rules. It is Sophia’s thirst for a truth that the government would rather stay hidden that sets in motion a series of events that could change everything she and her friends had ever thought to be real.

While Take Me Tomorrow is a YA title, it should be noted that this book deals with themes that will not only resonate with younger readers but also gives food for thought on topics such as propaganda, immigration and drugs – all topics that are front and centre in today’s society.

The drug ‘Tomo’ plays a huge role in this book and is central to driving the story forwards while also raising moral and legal questions in regard to the creation, distribution, selling and using of drugs for practical, physical, and emotional reasons.

Take Me Tomorrow also raises the issue of drug addiction and how damaging such conditions can be not only the user, but those around them who love and care for them. While ‘Tomo’ undoubtedly has some benefits for those who use it, the drug is also capable of creating havoc and destruction with its use indirectly lead to thousands of people losing their lives.

Forced to work against a government that will do anything to wipe out ‘Tomo’ once and for all, Sophia, Noah, their friends and family find themselves fighting a battle that they seem destined to lose. Outnumbered and outgunned, it seems as if the small group stand little or no chance of beating a system that will go to any lengths to leave its people disoriented, compliant and without hope.

That’s really what it comes down to at the end of the day; it is not the drug itself that is important but what it represents: hope. In order to keep its people compliant, the government has taken away their right to move freely from state to state, attempting through threats of recrimination to control the masses and take away their free will.

Take Me Tomorrow asks a lot of questions around thorny issues in today’s society without becoming preachy in its message. While we all have our own opinions on such topics, this book does not try to influence the reader into making anything other than their own considered judgements.

As I have come to expect from Shannon, this book is well-crafted, engaging and very well-written (pretty much a given for this author). While the genre may be classed as ‘Young Adult’, don’t let that fool you; Take Me Tomorrow is an intelligent and thought-provoking piece of writing and one I highly recommend you check out.

Click on the following links to purchase Take Me Tomorrow:

Amazon

Smashwords

Goodreads

And you should also check out Shannon’s fabulous blog: ShannonAThompson.com

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Thoughts for Friday – 8th August 2014

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Perhaps it was fate, but no sooner had my Friday Thought posted last week than I heard back from the magazine that I’d sent my short story to. I guess you’re all dying to find out what they said aren’t you?

Wait – you’re not?

Well tough, I’m going to tell you anyway!

I have to admit that I was too scared to open the damn document that I had to send it to my best friend, confidant and bona fide super-writer, Kate Loveton. When I sent it to her I asked for only one thing: that she break the news to me gently, for I am a delicate flower and prone t0 wilting should the critique be harsh.

Kate wrote me back quickly, promising that she’d take a look at it and tell me the good/bad news the next day during our scheduled Skype session. Then she shot me another email telling me that I had to open the attachment and read right away, yet I was still stuttering around like the ugly shy kid at a school disco at the thought of finding out what a true writing professional thought of my work.

I guess I should get the bad news out of the way first.

My short story had not placed in the competition and the writer who critiqued my work listed a number of areas to be worked on in order to make the piece more likely to succeed in the future. I have to say that all of her points were valid, she offered advice on how certain areas could be tweaked in order for the story to appeal to a wider audience and highlighted a couple of areas where I fell into the classic pitfall of telling instead of showing.

Well, that’s all rather depressing you might think. My story was rejected and a number of flaws were highlighted in the process. It’s almost enough to make a writer want to pack up the tools of their trade and storm off in a fit of pique. But there was one very silver lining to this tale of clouds……

In her final summation, the writer who critiqued my work offered some wonderful words of encouragement. She advised me to put this first effort down to experience and to take heart from the fact that she felt I was ‘clearly talented’ (her words, not mine!), and that she would like to see more of my work in the future.

I have to admit that I was pretty damn happy with the overall result. Yes, I got rejected, but I also got a real confidence boost from an experienced writer and competition judge. I have to keep in my mind that it has been less than two years since I started writing and that, even though my work has flaws, someone who has been in the industry for many years thinks that I have the potential to do good things in the future.

Robert Cormier is right, I don’t have to get it right first time and it’s not the end of the world if I don’t. Also, I need to give a shout out to my fellow blogger, Mark Gardner who was correct when he said that getting rejected is all part of the learning process. It’s a temporary knock back that has increased my desire to get my writing published and I have set myself what I think is a realistic goal. I’m going to give myself the next twelve months to put into practice the advice I’ve been given in the critique, work on the areas where I am weakest as a writer and then try submitting another piece to the same magazine.

Twelve months might sound like a long time, but I don’t want to rush the process and if things happen quicker than that then that’s all well and good, but I’m just as happy to sit back and play the long game.

But if I were a brain surgeon, I think we’d all be in a world of trouble…….

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Thoughts for Friday – 1st August 2014

Can I admit that I did something stupid last week?

I actually pulled my finger out of my ass, tidied up a short story I’d written a few months ago and sent it off to a writing magazine. Not only did I commit to submitting my piece for the coming month’s competition, I also agreed for them to give me a critique on it. Cue me completely crapping myself for the next four weeks!

Some may call the submission brave, others may think me foolhardy for even contemplating that my work could stand up to the high standards of other more experienced writers (that would mainly be me and my rather large dose of self-doubt). Even now I am unsure of just what the hell compelled me to submit to the magazine in the first place. The fact remains that there is noting I can do about it now. My little chick has flown the nest and it remains to be scene whether she stays airborne or crashes to the ground in an ungainly heap….

I suppose that the time for post-mortems will come later, for now all I can do is sit back and pray that my short story won’t get torn apart by those critiquing it. If they do, well, I guess I’ll have a better idea of what I need to do to get something published in the future.

Someone once said that writing is damn hard work (or words to that effect) and I’ve come to realise on my own creative journey that no truer words have ever been spoken. Writing is spending day after day in front of your computer (or typewriter if you’re particularly old school), pulling your hair out in the hopes that some magical idea will spring forth as you gradually grow bald.

So what is it that compels us to subject ourselves to such sweet torture?

Well, if I had the answer to that one then I guess I’d be a very rich woman! I think I’ve remarked many times why it is that I write – mainly because it is not only something that I am compelled to do but also because my writing makes me feel as if I have a voice and one that can be heard.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in life, its to commit yourself to something with everything you’ve got. You only get one shot at this life and you never know when your chances will suddenly dry up on you. There’s no point in waiting for tomorrow to hand you something on a plate – you’ve got to get out there and grab it for yourself. If you’re going to do something you might as well throw the kitchen sink at it, that way you can hold your hands up and honestly say that you gave it your all.

Life is too sort for regrets and second guessing the choices that you might or might not have made. At least if you give it everything you have you know that you can hold your head up high with a clear conscience. We all make mistakes and it is that which makes us human. You’re going to get things wrong, fall at the first hurdle and even end up making a complete prat of yourself, yet none of those things can compare to not giving it your all – that truly is the biggest mistake you could ever make.

Submitting your work for publication is rather like pulling your pants down in front of a room full of people and asking them to judge your rear end. It takes courage (and perhaps a rather large dose of stupidity) to subject yourself to that, but if you don’t try then you ain’t ever gonna know, so you might as well commit and do it with all your heart. After all, Vincent Van Gogh didn’t do too badly for himself did he?

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Book Review – Escape by Mark Gardner

My fellow blogger and participant in Thain in Vain’s weekly flash fiction, Mark Gardner, kindly sent me a copy of his book Escape to read and review.

Starting at what appears to be the end of the story, we first come into contact with Zachary, a man on death row for crimes so greivous that he’s about to be executed by the state. With only a short while left to live, a journalist visits him asking to hear Zachary’s story firsthand, wanting to get to the truth behind what has become a legend. Zachary is a man who strikes fear into anyone he comes in contact with, just what is it that motivated him to commit such heinous crimes?

Zachary warns the journalist that he might not like what he hears and that knowing the truth would also place him in danger. The journalist is resolute in his position – he wants to hear the whole unedited truth about the man behind the myth.

As Zachary’s story unfolds, we learn the truth of how he turned into the monster the world believed him to be and the reality is always much more powerful than the fanciful myths that others have made up about him. Zachary’s story is one of heartache, terror, repression, fear, and the will and desire to survive against the odds.

Though many of his actions are questionable, one can perhaps understand why Zachary committed such crimes. Persecuted by the state and fed a string of lies as a child, it’s clear to see why Zachary holds such anger within him. Aware that he and his family had always been viewed as different, some of things that the ten year old Zachary witnesses are enough to change a person forever. While on the run from government soldiers with his family, he uncovers a shocking truth that the state will ultimately attempt to hide at any cost.

At times brutal and unflinching, Escape is a hard-hitting read about the complexities of society, the human intolerance to that which is different and the power of propaganda against an unwitting population. Although intended as a sci-fi piece, Escape’s message also translates well to our own modern day society. How many wars have been waged over the persecution of a person’s religion and beliefs? Sadly, the answer to this question is pretty much all of them.

Escape has a powerful message about persecution, religious intolerance and governments employing the use of propaganda in order to bend their people to their will.

Escape pulls no punches in its delivery and is a fast paced and clever piece of writing. I recommend that you check it out.

Mark Gardner’s book, Escape, can be found here

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Book Review – I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

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As is a usual occurrence for me, I bought this book on a whim and mainly because an author I like had been quoted as saying that it was worth a read. Intrigued, I purchased a copy of I Am Pilgrim. The first thing that surprised me was just how big the book is. Coming in at a whopping 892 pages, this book is a mammoth undertaking should you choose to read it.

But is it worth spending so many hours on such a long book? Well, that would depend on whether stories about terrorism, espionage and good old fashioned police work are your cup of tea. This book is a mystery, shrouded in another mystery, and then another, and another…..

The synopsis on the rear of the book hardly gives much away either. I’ll admit that, when I began reading the book, I had little or no idea what I would find in the subsequent pages. All I had to go on was an extremely vague synopsis on the back cover, the only other clue being the orange circle at the bottom left of the front cover telling me the book was, ‘The only thriller you’ll need to read this year.’

But was it worth such praise or were the billboards promoting a book that was actually a dud?

Well, for once, I’ve found a book that does actually live up to its hype.

I Am Pilgrim begins in a cheap motel in New York and the discovery of a woman’s body decomposing in a bath full of acid. The book subsequently takes you on a tour of some of the most alluring and indeed some of the most terrifying places on earth. What begins as a number of seemingly unconnected events soon turns into a wildly weaving story of espionage, corruption, double agents, terrorism and one man who is single-handedly given the task of trying to avert a biological holocaust.

A word of warning: this book is not for those of a delicate disposition. As you would expect in a crime thriller, there are murders and dead bodies aplenty littered throughout the story and the manner in which their deaths are covered by the author lives little to the imagination, leaving the reader with some rather unappetising mental images. Many of the deaths are brutal and gory, yet despite the circumstances of such events, none of these scenes come across as being unrealistic.

As you would expect from a title which focuses on terrorism and espionage, there is a certain amount of the book dedicated to the unsavoury topic of torture and its use to rip vital information from helpless victims. Such scenes might make some readers uncomfortable, yet when the protagonist speaks of his own experiences of being complicit in the torture of an ‘enemy’, you never once get the feeling that he took any sense of enjoyment from it.

This brings me to another element of the book that I enjoyed: the fact that the book’s protagonist is somewhat of a reluctant hero. He’s damaged in ways that he cannot express, let alone understand, he’s a loner despite the fact that he has the admiration and affection of many of the people whose lives he touched. He takes no joy in killing anyone – even if it is necessary to save countless innocent people. The lying, cheating, deception and underhand tactics – you get the impression that he hates every aspect of his profession.

I Am Pilgrim is told from the point of view of one man yet encapsulates the stories of so many other interesting and engaging characters. We are shown why the story’s antagonist is so driven in his mission and almost feel a certain sense of sympathy and understanding for him – the most frightening aspect of his personality is that he comes across as completely normal, yet he’s playing a game of bluff and counter bluff of his own with the book’s central character.

I Am Pilgrim is a book about many things, yet one theme seems to run through its core. Above all else, this book is about the power of love and how it can be both your greatest strength and your biggest weakness. No matter where we go, what we do or the people we meet, all of us (in one form or another) are driven by love, it influences every thought, every action, every choice we make.

This is a book definitely worth reading. Get your hands on a copy of it. Now.

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Biting the Bullet

Ok, I’ve finally done it. I’ve gone and submitted one of my short stories to a writing magazine here in the UK. As well as paying the competition entry fee, there was also an option for a critique of my work for a further small payment.

The piece that I submitted is something that I feel has merit and shows my strengths (whatever they may be) as a writer and regardless of whether my submission places in the competition, I believe that it will give me a good idea of what to expect when entering other competitions.

The closing date for the competition is August 15th and so I won’t hear back until after that date. All I can do is sit back nervously and hope that piece can hold its own against what is likely to be some very strong competition.

I shall keep you all updated as to my submission’s progress (unless it gets absolutely slaughtered by the judges, of course….)

I’d appreciate it if you could keep all fingers, toes, etc. crossed for me, even though that might make it quite hard to type, or walk for that matter…..

Hell, perhaps it’s just better if I ask you to pray for me instead!

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If you have a cat, please ask it to cross its paws for me too….

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