Here is my answer on goodreads.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
The book is the first of a trilogy and she is currently working on part 2.
Aimed at young adults, the story follows a group of six teenagers growing up in a strange mansion surrounded by an impenetrable 'boundary'. The other main characters are Beatrix - a kindly teacher/cook/healer and Madon - the cruel enigmatic master of the house.
It has elements of Harry Potter, Hunger Games or the film The Village, while managing to create it's own unique supernatural Victorian era atmosphere and captivating story with twists and turns.
My young adult days are far behind me, but I still enjoyed the book. The story is certainly very gripping and suspenseful. It also leaves quite a few unanswered questions, which make you want to go on and read the next two books in the trilogy when they come out.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Recognitions is the first novel by Daniela A. Norris. She is planning to follow it up with two more books to form a trilogy. The theme is past lives, although the story can still be enjoyed without believing in reincarnation. She skilfully blends the present day story of a divorced American mother with that of the past lives of a young French girl living in the 17th century and that of an African shaman living at the height of the slave-trading era. Through the techniques of hypnotherapy, dreams and trance-like novel-writing, the
present day protagonist endeavours to find meaning in the past lives of the other two main characters. Overall, the story is moving and captivating. Highly recommended!
Friday, December 11, 2015
Here is the list of Amazon top 20 selling books of 2015: list.
There are a few surprises on there like two adult colouring books!
Can The Witch’s List make it onto this list next year? Spread the word and help make it the surprise hit of 2016!
Monday, December 7, 2015
To find out more about some of the books on my bookshelf and how they've influenced me, check out the John Hunt Publishing Fiction blog.Here is the link to my article:
Friday, December 4, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
I've ventured back to 'the corporation' - now that's scary!
Writing will have to be sidelined for a bit, although I should manage to do some in my spare time - at weekends and during my commuting. I actually wrote a large part of The Witch's List on my mobile phone while commuting to my previous job.