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Living Like A Vampire Blog Tour – Day 3

Day 3

Another great review for Living Like A Vampire today! This time from the lovely Kirsty Crichton on The Midnight Review blog. You can read her review there, but here’s a summary of her review:

Overall Thoughts:

From the opening chapters, the tension ratchets up and stays that way. That and the short chapters have you racing through the book in no time. The pace is pitched perfectly. I read this in two sittings. I have a love-hate relationship with short chapters, ‘oh, just one more’ followed by ‘how is it 2am?!’ They certainly help you to speed through.

I did enjoy this book and it certainly is an excellent choice for a Halloween read! 

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Love at First Sight

Now, Kirsty did have a problem with the ‘love at first sight’ that Kate experiences. She’s not the only one, or so I’ve heard. My guess is that some people put the book aside once ‘the moment’ occurs. I honestly don’t understand why. As I mentioned in my interview with Emit Blackwell on The Emit Blackwell show, a lot of what I write in my books are taken from my own life. Not exact moments, I’m not writing about particular persons or events; I’m talking about emotions. And I have experienced these ‘love at first sight’ moments.

It’s not love-love, i.e. not the love I have for my husband whom I’ve shared my life with for nearly thirty years. That’s a different kind of love. No, call it an infatuation, an instant attraction to someone that you can’t explain. It gives you butterflies in your belly, attracting you like a magnet, and you just have to get to know this person better. Maybe I’m old-fashioned. Maybe, in this day and age, relationships are more calculated, more business-like as in ‘what do I get out of it?’ Or maybe my hormones have been more active in the falling-in-love department than the average person. Who knows? All I know is that love at first sight really is ‘a thing.’ I’d love to hear from people who’ve had the same experience.

Thank you, Kirsty, for being part of my Blog Tour, for with sticking with the story, and finding out what Suckers is all about!


Living Like A Vampire Blog Tour – Day 2

Day 2

It’s day 2 of my blog tour and today you can read an excerpt from Living Like A Vampire on the B for Bookreview blog by Els from Belgium (Hi, southern neighbor! Yes, I still feel I’m a Dutchie sometimes :D). You’ll have to scroll down a bit as I’m the third book mentioned by Els. Did I mention she likes to read, a lot?!

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The excerpt is the moment when Kate, Sue, and Charlie are hiding in the cabin on the campground. There is a false sense of security as they still haven’t met any suckers themselves. After Kate had the first night shift (just to be on the safe side), she decides to sleep in the top bunk bed, above Charlie when Sue has taken up the whole of the queen bed with her long legs. Kate’s presence surprises Charlie in the morning.

The sequence was an important moment for me. It was the first time the story began going in a completely different route than I had planned. Charlie was supposed to be the comic relief, not a love interest. But it was so much fun to write about the interaction between Kate and Charlie that they began to do their own thing. Before I knew it, Charlie became love interest #2!

So, head over to B for Bookreview and read the fun bit about Kate and Charlie!

And a big thank you, Els, for being part of my Blog Tour!


Living Like A Vampire Blog Tour – Day 1

Day 1

My Blog Tour has started, and what a great start with this lovely review by Joyful Antidotes!

Living Like A Vampire by Jacky Dahlhaus is the first part of the Suckers trilogy. It centers around Kate, a school teacher who has just begun her new job and suburban dream life. However, a virus that turns people into vampires is rapidly spreading and packs of vampires are killing everyone in sight. Kate has to pretend to be one of them to stay alive, which is further complicated when she accidentally bumps into a handsome sucker.

Yes, I agree, vampire books/films/TV shows have been a bit overdone – but give this one a chance. There is something rather unique about it that I enjoyed. The story has its own take on vampires but gives homage to past versions, even a cheeky little nod toward Twilight. Thrown into the mix is somewhat of a more advanced, smarter zombie apocalypse (without the zombies) and the result is a book really worth reading.

The language of Living Like A Vampire matches the plot: eerie and tense. Even though one would expect it, I didn’t see the ending of this book coming, nor some of the things that happened throughout. Therefore, I was always on edge and eager to move ahead to the next chapter. Likewise, the pace of the story was perfect and never had me feeling too rushed or longing for more information.

Kate is the main character in Living Like A Vampire but while she is likable and interesting, it was more what she brought to the story rather than her personality that I enjoyed most, if you catch my drift. Through the inclusion of Kate, the author touched in a number of themes. Of course, there is the idea of what exactly a person would go through to stay alive, but we also see the close bond of friendship (between Kate, Charlie and Sue) and the age-old problem of being attracted to the “bad boy” rather than the loyal, reliable option.

Finally, we have the vampire themselves, or “suckers” as they are called in this book. The vampires are complex creatures, some cruel like we expect from the creature but others more like Angel, the vampire with a soul. This added an additional layer of depth to the book and one which I would have enjoyed reading more about.

Overall, loved this book! I’m looking forward to part two already.

Thanks so much for participating in my Blog Tour, and I’m extremely happy you loved reading Living Like A Vampire!


Book Blog Tour for Living Like A Vampire

My Blog Tour for Book 1 of the Suckers Trilogy: Living Like A Vampire starts tomorrow, 29 October, organized by the lovely Kelly, from Love Books Group Tours,  I can’t wait. Can you?

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Kate is trying very hard to stay alive in a world thrown into chaos. Charlie is trying very hard in the background to get Kate to notice him. When Caleb comes to the scene, things change, but is it for the better?

Kate had just begun her new job as a high school science teacher and was looking forward to living a suburban dream life. All her hopes and dreams turn into smoke as a virus turns people into vampires who roam the world in packs, killing everybody they can get their hands on. Together with her friends, she hides at a campground. They think they are safe there.

They are wrong. Very wrong.

When Kate has to flee again, she gets separated from her friends, accidentally bumps into a handsome sucker called Caleb who then mysteriously disappears, and now has to pretend to be a sucker to stay alive. Having met Caleb, surviving is no longer the only thing on Kate’s mind.

Will Kate stay alive and human while pursuing this mysterious stranger?

Check out the websites of these voracious book readers and find out what they think of Living Like A Vampire!

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Another 5 star review!

 

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After a bit of quiet since its release, I received an amazing review for Book 2 in the Suckers Trilogy! Here it is:

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I was initially pulled in by the title of this book, “Raising A Vampire.” I’d also read a glowing review of the first book in the trilogy. I decided to check out book two. I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, the storyline, character development, and constant twists and turns held my attention to the end.

I found the traumatic situations that Kate and her family encountered were presented in a way that was entirely realistic. I appreciated Kate’s relationship with her special daughter who is a “sucker.” Her interaction with her child comes from a place of respect and as much wisdom as Kate can muster. Her daughter’s reactions are also genuine and described in a way that was perfect for a child who embodies a very intense physical and emotional makeup.

There are many dilemmas in the story that Kate has to face. One major quandary is choosing between two men. As both men vie for Kate’s love, I felt her turmoil. The situation was very difficult because each man was unique and compelling in his own way. Kate’s emotional confusion and responses are portrayed in ways that are poignant and at times, heart-wrenching.

This is a well-written book that I found very difficult to put down. I was happy that there were resolutions to many of the issues raised in the book. However, after becoming invested in the lives of Kate and her family, I was left with a desire to plunge into book three, the final installment in the trilogy.

Thank you so much, Sandy! You made my day! Love you to bits for taking the time to read and write such a wonderful review on top!

Now, my dear reader, yes, you who is reading this. Did you read and review Book 2, Raising a Vampire, yet? Why not? It’s on sale for 99c/99p at the moment but only for a limited time. Grab your copy now! Here, on Amazon, Kobo, or Nook.

 

Blog Tour – Mark L. Fowler

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Welcome to Mark L. Fowler’s Blog Tour! Mark is promoting his new book, Blue Murder, in the Tyler & Mills crime series. I’ve interviewed Mark again recently, and you can read the interview here.

Mark has been kind enough to give me a copy of Blue Murder in advance. Here’s my review:

I received an advanced copy of Mark Fowler’s second DCI Tyler and DS Mills murder mystery novel, Blue Murder and this review is given freely. Not having read the first novel, Red Is The Colour, I found myself easily engrossed in Blue Murder (trying to finish the book during early hours of the night), enjoying the developing professional relationship between brooding DCI Jim Tyler and the sarcastically witty DS Danny Mills, and getting to know more about Tyler’s dark past.

Blue Murder sees an ex-band member, Adam, murdered. His girlfriend, Daisy, points the finger to her sister, Janine, who stole her ex-boyfriend and lead singer of the band, Johnny, from her. But there’s also Billy, the two young men’s school buddy, who had stepped in to take Adam’s place when he left the band not too long ago. Then there’s the band’s song, ‘All Colours are Blue,’ that’s becoming a hit, and money is being made. Now everybody is claiming to have written the song. Tyler and Mills have their hands full trying to figure out who’s lying about what, which is made difficult with lead singer Johnny missing since Adam’s murder.

Blue Murder is a great psychological thriller about love, fortune, and fame. Tactical interrogations are prime in this well-told story. Red herrings are strewn left, right, and center to keep you guessing. Pick up this book and you’re in for a great, keeping-you-on-your-toes detective novel!

Blue Murder is available as eBook and paperback:

Another Great Review for Living Like A Vampire!

We all know how important reviews are for writers. It boosts our ranks on Amazon, making our books more visible for readers, and hopefully result in more sales which, hopefully one day, makes our writing sustainable.

Leonard Tillerman is one of those wonderful people who writes reviews for pleasure. He buys our books (instead of trying to get a free copy) and writes honest reviews. He really cares about our books! Now, because Leonard writes from the heart, you’re not guaranteed a great review. If your work sucks, he’ll tell you (in a nice way!). Getting a review from Leonard isn’t easy, though. There are so many other writers vying for one. Yet, I worked hard, did my best… and Leonard picked my book!

I must say I’ve been biting my nails while waiting for the verdict. He ramped up the tension as he was really busy at work and had to postpone reading my book. I was relieved and over the moon when he told me he loved my book! Here’s what he wrote:

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Have you ever considered what you would do if you saw the world as you know it coming to an end?  Your very existence being replaced by the arrival of a new order which has no mercy or place for you.  Mere fodder for their impending triumph.  Would you attempt to preserve your life by running for the hills and hiding?  Perhaps you would choose the opposite approach and make one last desperate stand.  Fighting to the bitter end to protect your loved ones and way of life.  What would you do?  If such a potential scenario intrigues you, then Suckers-Living Like A Vampire by Jacky Dahlhaus, would be an excellent pick for your reading pleasure!

Essentially, the book begins by following a trio of teachers who are forced to flee their town and hide from an ever-increasing horde of vampires who are terrorizing the countryside.  A virus has created this vampire menace called suckers who are stronger, faster and superior to the mere humans who they quickly utilize as their food source.  In the midst of this bloody terror, our main character, Kate, encounters a handsome and suave sucker by the name of Caleb. Sparks fly and despite everything, our heroine quickly falls in love with the handsome vampire.  She is beyond smitten!  However, after Caleb disappears, Kate finds herself roaming and searching to find her lost love.  Will she ever find the true love she has been missing in the midst of chaos, terror and destruction?  Or maybe she will soon discover that it has been there all along?

B1_W600_RGB_180531This novel would certainly fit into the paranormal romance category.  However, it is also quite full of non-stop action and plot twists which really make you stop and think.  It is a good versus evil theme, but there are plenty of “sub themes” which take place as well.  While there is certainly love and romance in this book, there is also fear, suspense, surprise, mystery and foreshadowing of things yet to come.  There is warfare, gangs of wandering vampires and plenty of blood and gore.  It is truly a book which is hard to put down as it is both engaging and entirely creative!

There are a number of interesting characters in this novel as well.  The author’s narration style and quick, snappy chapters make it quite easy to follow the story without getting lost in the plot details or in regards to the various characters.  While there may be a number of different characters in the tale, Kate and Charlie are explored and developed in the most detail.  Kate makes for a convincing, yet somewhat naïve heroine.  Nevertheless, by the end of the story we have seen incredible growth in her and get the sense that big things are yet to come for this brave, young woman.  Charlie on the other hand is a very atypical hero who experiences steady growth throughout the book.  He is a very easy character to love and relate to.  The reader will find themselves cheering for Charlie on more than just one occasion!

Living Like A Vampire has all the elements which are needed for a wonderful story.  Descriptive writing which flows, a fascinating plot and some very intriguing characters.  The setting also totally matches and supports the storyline and gives a very “dystopian feel” to the time and place. Due to some sexual content and violence, I would recommend this novel to an adult audience. I absolutely look forward to reading more from Jacky Dahlhaus.

5 out of 5 Bloodsucking Stars for this one!

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Thanks again, Leonard, for such a wonderful review!

Leonard Tillerman has his own website with lots of great reviews of indie author books. You can find them all here.

Great 5 Star Reviews!

I am so happy to receive reviews for my books. Today, I received two and they are both five star reviews. It’s hard to stay in my seat! 😀

This first one is from Ingrid for Book 1, Living Like A Vampire:

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The second is from Sandra for Book 3, Raising A Vampire:

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Thank you so much, Ingrid and Sandy! You made my day!

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Book Review: Shifters Stand

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I read this book as I was intrigued by its blurb. Even though it is the third book of a trilogy, it was easy to follow. The backstory was slowly revealed the further I got into the book, yet from the first page onward, the story is engaging.

Characters are fleshed out, emotions are well described, and tensions are high to get mates back as their lives are at stake. The Shifters must defeat their enemy or all will be lost. Until the very end, you don’t know if this is going to happen or not as the threats are as real as it gets. Whether the Shifters make it or not… well, you’ll have to read the story. Take some time for reading as you will want to know the ending.

Mr. Griffith has produced a great ending to a great, and clean, YA adventure.

Get your copy on Amazon.

 

Everything You Expect From A Vampire Book!

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I just found out I have another review for Raising A Vampire! This time the reviewer is from closer to home (Aberdeenshire). Boris must have seen my add on a local Facebook page 🙂 . Here’s what he said:

4.0 out of 5 stars Bloodsucking, romance and betrayal

“Set a few years after the first book, Kate and Charlie’s daughter Sue is now 8 years old but looks twice that age. Sue’s true nature is revealed when she defends her mother from an attack. Soon they find themselves held prisoner in a facility especially designed for suckers. There’s bloodsucking, romance and betrayal: in short everything you would expect from a vampire book.”

Glad you enjoyed it, Boris, and thank you so much for the review!