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Book Review: Southern Spirits by Angie Fox.

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Here is my first blog book review since deciding to become a reviewer on Netgalley.

My initial interest in the book was from the cover, so well designed. I couldn’t find the name of the artist to give them a plug though.

What attracted me was it reminded me of Mary Janice Davidson’s work and I’m a huge fan of hers. The blurb convinced me it was a book that ran along a similar vein (no pun intended) and so I asked for a copy and am very thankful Season Publishing sent me one.

If I have to describe this book in one sentence, it would be:

Highly addictive, could barely put it down.

Yes, it had my “one more chapter” mantra going until well past 1am for the few days it took me to read it. Not so good when my alarm goes off at 6am to get the morning school run done. Thankfully it was light, easy and quick read too so that I haven’t had too many late nights.

I really liked this book. So much so I’m going to see if I can get my hands on some more of Angie Fox’s series and see if they’re just as good.

Why do I like it? Sarcastic, slightly smart mouthed, strong willed female main character with a little bit of light mystery and a touch of the supernatural. Need I say more?

So the initial allure of it reminding me of Mary Janice Davidson paid out as it is very similar to her vampire and mermaid series (I’ve not gotten my hands on her werewolves yet).

The characters were engaging, the southern setting as charming as it was meant and the storyline a nice, easy read. It wasn’t a deep and meaningful storyline, which was good as I was after something light and this fit the bill perfectly. I also liked you could have a supernatural story with a cute guy in it that didn’t automatically lead to romance or pages and pages of graphical sex. I’m not a prude and there are times and places enough for romance and books riddled with graphical sex scenes… it was just nice to be able to read a light hearted supernatural book that was totally free of them too. It’s rarer and rarer to find a decent, well written book with a supernatural genre where romance, love triangles and graphical sex are shoved in it to sell it. So thank you Ms Fox for giving me this in a great book.

If you’re a fan of urban fantasy/ supernatural that doesn’t take itself too seriously and a bit of cosy crime fiction – I highly recommend you check Southern Spirits out. I’m really looking forward to reading the next in the series… when I can get my hands on it.

If you’re a fan of authors like Mary Janice Davidson, Katie MacAlister and even Kim Harrison – you will enjoy this book. I need to read a few more of Ms Fox’s books, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be adding her to my list of favourite authors of this genre along with these other three fantastic authors.

4 out of 5 stars. It was an enjoyable and addictive read.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Book Review

 

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I’m on tour with Isis, Vampires and Ghosts – Oh My!

So it’s been a week since Isis, Vampires and Ghosts – Oh My! was let loose into the world and so far so good. In the mean time I’ve not been sitting there waiting for the money to roll in as, well, that’s not how it works for an emerging Author and not what I set out to achieve. I write as I enjoy it and I share my stories in the hopes others will enjoy it too. And, so far so good! 🙂

What I have been doing this week is a virtual book tour with Bewitching Book Tours, and I’m loving it! I highly recommend any emerging Author wanting to get their books noticed (whether paper or an eBook) to invest in a virtual book tour. And I highly recommend Roxanne at Bewitching Book Tours if you’re writing in the paranormal or urban fantasy genre.

Yes I know a virtual book tour doesn’t physically take you anywhere and it’s not as glamorous as being able to swan in and out of a book store smiling for pics and signing autographs… but let’s face it fellow emerging Authors – that isn’t going to happen for the majority of us, no matter how good our books are.

Don’t poo poo the virtual book tour as it is a fantastic way to get exposure to your work. Throw in a give-away to entice the readers and you can double your following of fans on social media. Now you have their attention though, it is up to you to keep it. The tour has done its magic and it’s now time to do your own.

A virtual book tour is definitely a worthy investment – if you find the right one that best matches your work – and shows your book off to far more people interested in that genre than an ad on say Facebook ever could. Go the virtual book tour! 🙂

As for me, what am I doing on my tour? Well, below you will find my schedule. I technically should have blogged about this last Monday when it started but my sharing and caring hordes have passed on a couple of different winter bugs to me and so I’m a little behind in my asset shaking. Still, the links to where I’ve already been are still valid so please feel free to go check them out. Not just for my work but for the other awesome Authors out there shaking their assets just as hard.

My tour schedule:

September 1 Guest blog
Mythical Books
http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/

September 2 Spotlight
Cassandra M’s Place
http://www.cassandramsplace.com/

September 3 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair.  
http://www.pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/isis-vampires-and-ghosts-oh-my-by-janis.html

September 4 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,Sissy. Too!  
http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/

September 5 Spotlight
Deal Sharing Aunt
www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com

September 8 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books
http://www.lisasworldofbooks.net/

September 9 Spotlight
Jodie Pierce’s Ink Slinger’s Blog
http://www.jodiepierceauthor.blogspot.com/

September 10 Interview
Roxanne’s Realm 
http://www.roxannerhoads.com/

September 11 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books
http://www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/

September 12 Guest blog
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
http://www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com/

September 15 Interview 
Bewitching Book Tours Magazine
www.issuu.com/bewitchingbooktours

September 16 Top Ten List
Darkest Cravings
www.darkestcravings.blogspot.com

September 17 Spotlight
Deal Sharing Aunt
http://www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/

September 18 Spotlight
Soaring Eagle Publicity 
http://www.soaringeaglepublicity.com/

September 19 Interview
Eclipse Reviews
http://www.totaleclipsereviews.blogspot.com/

September 20 Spotlight
Cover Reveals 
http://coverreveals.blogspot.com/

September 22 Character Interview
Author Karen Swart
http://authorkarenswart.blogspot.com/

September 23 Spotlight
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews 
http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/

September 24 Top Ten Comfort Foods
Review
Cabin Goddess
http://www.cabingoddess.com/

September 25 Spotlight
Share My Destiny
http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com/

September 25 Review
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
http://www.pratr.wordpress.com/

September 26 Spotlight
CBY Book Club
http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/

September 29 Guest blog
VampChix
http://www.vampchix.blogspot.com/

September 30 Interview and review
happy tails and tales 
http://magluvsya03.wordpress.com/

**Please note: I have been having difficulties with WordPress actually REMEMBERING the links in the list. I have added them repeatedly and they work… and then they stop working. It is a WordPress fault. So if a link is not working, please just copy it and paste it into a new browsing window. Sorry about this, but as said – this is a WordPress fault.

There you have it, my virtual book tour. I hope to see you around the sites and there is always the option for you to come and say hi to me on my Author page on Facebook or to tweet me on Twitter.

I’ve really enjoyed the interviews and blog posts I’ve done so far and I send out a big thanks to Roxanne and all the people who opted in to host me on this tour. You are all awesome and emerging Authors appreciate your help… well, this one does anyway. Thank You!

Until next time,

Janis. XXOO

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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We’re getting close to the pointy end!

Yes, only a few weeks to my official eBook launch at the SA Writer’s Centre during Adelaide Writer’s Week. Your invite can be found here.

As cheesy as it sounds, it really is a dream come true to be a part of the festival as well as a book lover going to some of the events. You can even find me in the official Adelaide Writer’s Week program! Look really closely on page 51 and there I am.

In other news, Bonnie’s Story: A Blonde’s Guide to Mathematics now has a free sample for you to read up on the Hague Publishing Website. There is also the option to pre-order it if you find the sample interesting enough. And I really do hope you find it interesting enough, or why else am I working on a sequel? 🙂

Did you know Bonnie’s Story: A Blonde’s Guide to Mathematics now also has a Facebook page? Come along and like me there too. I’m a youngest child so I obviously demand attention, or so I’m told.

It can also be found on GoodReads now too. Yes we are getting out and about on the Internet!

I’ve recently also had my first, and hopefully not only, little fifteen seconds of fame too! I have had interviews with two lovely local newspapers and even had a photo shoot for one of them. Both articles, I believe, will appear in editions of their papers The Courier and The Weekender Herald just before the March 2nd Launch. So, if you’re local, keep an eye out. If I can, I will try and offer links to the articles for those who aren’t local, but are still interested. Aw bless you for your interest.

To top all this action off, I’ve received the official flyers and business cards for my eBook from Hague Publishing. And so, will be handing them out liberally to anyone who dares make eye contact. You have been warned. I am a passionate writer and a passionate mother, and as this eBook is like a fourth child to me, I will be parading it about proudly and making you all have a hold.

I will end my blog with a little brag, I know I shouldn’t, but I am mortal. I happened to be lucky enough to get into a Twitter conversation with one of my all-time favourite authors from my teens – Isobelle Carmody. It was all about genres and how you would really classify what a book is today in the ever changing genres that are out there. Like, yes Bonnie’s Story: A Blonde’s Guide to Mathematics is speculative fiction, but what really is the sub-genre, seeing ‘spec fic’ covers so much? Some have suggested Young Adult (16+) while other even Chic Lit or even Light Science fiction. It really is a good topic of conversation and one I am hoping to openly discuss… once more people have read my work. I am very curious to know. And hey, Isobelle Carmody!!!! If it hadn’t been for my eldest preferring the name she ended up with (long story, not being told here) her name would have been Elspeth!

Well, that’s me done. If you’re going to be in Adelaide on the 2nd of March and need something to do for an hour or so around 6:30pm come and see me. I can’t offer you a free book, but there will be nibbles and I’ll even sign a business card or flyer for you. 🙂

All the best – Janis.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in Writing

 

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