#BookReview: Slenderman (Emma Frost #9) by Willow Rose

4 Out of 5 Stars

Someone in town is using the myth of Slenderman to get revenge.

A little confusing because I haven’t read the previous books, but that only pertains to one small key element. The rest was very intriguing, don’t care for the “preview” (close to half of the book) of another at the end of the book.

#ASI: Paul Chaplin

Hi Paul Chaplin, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I’m a 49 (nearly) old teenager, who still gets goosebumps at the fanfare introduction at the start of Star Wars. I enjoy a variety of sports; watching only. I like a drink in my local , and love cars. As a kid I liked to write stories but never showed anyone! My working life was far removed from literature. I worked for Stockbrokers and a variety of merchant banks all of which I hated. When my Wife and I escaped the rat race I took the opportunity to work a lot less which gave me time to write.

Discuss your newest book.

My latest book A Clone Sacrifice is a follow up to my first book, A Clone Legacy. I never intended to write a trilogy but that appears to be where I’m going. I like to think of this as gentle Sci-Fi, based more on the characters development and struggles rather than warfare and bloodshed. Although I have the occasional battle and a few deaths, but doesn’t real life!

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Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? My interest was created over 20 years ago when watching an episode of Blakes’ 7. Star Wars created a love of Science Fiction for me, but Blakes 7 was all about great stories and script with appalling sets and special effects. A Blakes 7 plot gave me an idea, and I never forgot it until I had a chance to try and write it.

What are your current projects? I’m just finishing off my plot notes and have a little research to complete before I start writing my next book, A Clone Evolution. I recently had a great idea for the end so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.

What books have influenced your life most? Several. When I was a kid, Of Mice and Men had a profound impact on me. Later I became  totally in awe of Agatha Christie, I just can’t understand how someone writes Murder on the Orient Express for example.

What inspired you to write your first book? I think the real inspiration was the reaction of friends and family who didn’t believe I could do it. I was fairly determined after that and upped the ante by stating I was going to write three books!. I’m just about to start writing number four.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special? Torb, a very lonely middle aged man has the awful task of learning a lot of life’s lessons very late, and having to come to terms with realising that he isn’t who he thought he was.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? We spend our whole lives learning to live

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? Simon Pegg. He would need to be off the wall and I think that he could pull it off.

When did you decide to become a writer? In between jobs in late 2012. It was a now or never moment.

Why do you write? Simply because I enjoy it and if someone enjoys what you have written, that’s brilliant

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? I wanted to find out if I could actually do it. It takes a bit of discipline.

Do you write full-time or part-time? Definitely only part time, I have a part time job that I like so I’m lucky.

What is the hardest thing about writing? That’s easy! The editing is very difficult and time consuming.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? Talking about family. I don’t have any children so had to ask some friends for some of their experiences.

What is the easiest thing about writing? The story developing – I can see it all in my mind, it’s just getting it all down and recorded.

 

What book are you reading now? Save Me by Sarah Beth James

 

What is one random thing about you? I have a tattoo of the Rebel Alliance motif from Star Wars Awesome!

 

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer? I only use a computer

 

What does your writing process look like? A mess usually, plot lines and notes strewn around everywhere. I’m terrified my cats will move something.

 

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Nope, none. Just lots of coffee. Personally never saw the appeal…unless it’s Starbucks.

 

How important are names to you in your books? They have to feel right, but my wife Helen is a great help there.

 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Any topic that I don’t know much about, and writing from a female point of view.

 

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? Not enough market research and the cardinal sin of rushing to get the book out there. I make a point now of taking my time.

 

What is your favorite motivational phrase? There is no try, either do or do not.

 

What is your favorite book and why? Murder on the Orient Express, because of the complexities of the plot.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers? Definitely give it a try, but make sure you have people who will read it lined up otherwise it is difficult to get the message out

 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I do a fair bit of reading and I like to gamble on the horses

 

From where do you gain your inspiration? 1970’s & 1980’s Science Fiction on the TV. Doctor Who maybe….

 

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around? For me, because I came to writing late in life I decided I couldn’t wait for the small chance of being published, but with self publishing it is available quickly and then you get feedback, which helped me improve and develop as a writer.

 

How do you market your books? Social media only

Why did you choose this route? It keeps the cost down

Would you or do you use a PR agency? No

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books? Build a social media presence before you publish your book

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book? Not nearly enough, about an hour a day but it’s very difficult

 

What do you do to get book reviews? I offer to read other Authors books in return for a review. I have been delighted with nearly all the books I have read, and got to know some of the Authors

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far? Not too bad but you always want more

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? Not really. I go on instinct. If that Author has written something interesting or different I will give it a try.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? It’s the best thing in the world to get a good review. I’d rather have a bad review than no review.

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you? I probably took over two years to work out what people meant by ‘build your audience’

What’s your views on social media for marketing? It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack, but sometimes worthwhile.

Which social network worked best for you? Definitely Twitter, it has far more reach

Any tips on what to do and what not to do? Try and enjoy it and take your time. Don’t talk to your friends and family about it constantly. I think I came close to losing some!

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work? No, I did a cover reveal on Social Media as well as a countdown to publish but that’s it.

 

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? Agatha Christie, I want to know how to write like that!

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, it’s so whacky I love it

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Have a go and don’t give up.

 

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

 

Amazon page amazon.co.uk/Paul-Chaplin/e…

 

Twitter @ChaplinPchaplin

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/paul.chaplin.165 & https://www.facebook.com/ACloneLegacy & https://www.facebook.com/adarkpersecutionpaulchaplin &

https://www.facebook.com/aclonesacrificepaulchaplin4

 

E Mail pchaplin@hotmail.co.uk

Book Review: Die for you Lisa Unger 4/5 Stars

Overview: Isabel Raines is an author, and happily married to Marcus Raines living in New York City. Problem is Marcus Raines is not who he says he is, throwing Isabel’s life into chaos. Everywhere she turns a dead body appears as she chases after her “husband.” After a head injury and two hospital visits, on the lead of a dying man, she heads to Prague with best friend and marketing agent Jack. Hoping to find Marcus, she visits the orphanage where he grew up and lands in the man’s clutches. Making a daring escape, and being shot, she is given many answers to her unending questions but never the answer burning inside her since the day her father died “why?”

Opinion: I love it, but kind of didn’t like it at the same time. For instance, because we jump between Isabel, her sister Linda, the cop on the case and sometimes Marcus and a few others; the point of views get jumbled and it is hard to figure out who we are following. Then because of all the POV’s we get a ton of back story for each character. While everything comes out in the wash, I think that a few things would have been best left out. That would help move the story along faster and maybe not leave the feeling of being rushed in the ending. I mean it took close to 300 pages just for Isabel to finally make progress. Other than that, the story was good and kept you very interested.

Recommend: YES

#Book Review: The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong 4/5 Stars

Overview: Chloe Saunders is a normal fifteen year old girl. She goes to a special art school and lives in an apartment with a housekeeper while her father is away on business. Then one day she starts seeing things, unexplainable things no one else could see. A boy jumps into traffic, and at school she is hunted by a janitor whose face had been melted. Yep Chloe can see ghosts, and her aunt, school and father ship her off to a youth mental facility to be treated for schizophrenia. While there, she meets more kids similar to her and finds out she is special. Becoming threatened with an ominous transfer, she and friends decide to make a break for it, and are betrayed by Chloe’s aunt. With no help in sight and separated from her friends she calls upon a ghost friend to get out.

Opinion: The Summoning is great and engaging. Chloe already feels isolated as her mother has passed and her father is away all the time, plus she is a teenage girl who has yet to enter…womanhood, but now she has to worry about a mental disorder tainting her reputation. Then the ultimate betrayal that no one sees coming? (Well a little predictable but still out there.) It will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It is also a very quick read because you don’t want to put it down.

Recommend: Yes

#BookReview: Night School: Legacy 5/5 Stars

Overview: Summer term has ended and Allie is home for a little while. One week into break, she goes out to meet up with friends at the park and is forced to cut her time short as she is attacked. Her new best friend’s dad rescues her and takes her to his home fortress, but after a few days the adults believe she would be safer back at the school. Cimmera is still undergoing renovations from the fire and she is put to work with her friends. Once the school term starts she finds herself enrolled in Night school so she can be taught self-defense and be kept in the loop of what is going on. Fighting wit her new boyfriend, she turns to her ex for help when she is contacted by an unlikely enemy. After this second attack, everyone is on pins and needles for the upcoming dance. There are going to world leaders and politicians present and Allie just knows there enemies are going to try something. When the ball comes and goes without incident, the Night School students and staff seam to ease up a bit…just in time for the enemies to strike. Allie then has to save herself and hopefully the life of a friend’s as well.

Review: This book seemed a little lighter than the last action wise, but it is still packed full of it. Plus we are getting more answers. The stakes are raised as Allie is changing more and more. The words just fly off the pages, making it hard for you to put down!

#BookReview: Night School: Genesis 5/5 Stars

Overview: 16 year old Allie Sheridan is in trouble for the final time. After her third arrest in a year, her parents ship her off to boarding school. This school is so far removed from London and any town, that no one knows it even exists. To make it more ominous, before she left Allie tried to tell her friends where she was going…and her mom literally pulls the phone line out of the jack. At the school she is set to read the rules and she learns there are no technology comforts allowed. She is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by strangers with no way to call for help. She makes friends and falls in brief list but soon mysteries around the school, students, and herself start popping up and know one will tell her anything. Because the students know nothing of her or her background, they are afraid to tell her anything,  and that puts everyone in more danger. During the school’s big summer dance, the school is set on fire, a girl is found dead and Allie is attacked. Problems pile up from there ending in some truths coming out and we find out what happened to Allie’s brother, who disappeared awhile before she left for school.

Review: Amazon recommended this book for me, and by the title I jumped to vampires being involved. I was way off base, but holy cow! The story kept me engrossed throughout, we kept getting pulled deeper and deeper into this giant conspiracy and never told what is going on or why Allie is being targeted. I NEEDED to know what was going to happen. Then my mind blew every time we did learn a small piece of information because you never see it coming. I’m getting ready to start the second book, eager to learn more.

Recommend: YES!

#CLTBRCHALLENGE15 #Book Review: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Vol 3 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 4/5 Stars

Overview: A collection of cases, written by Dr. Watson, taken and solved by the duo; Holmes and Watson.

Opinion: Some of the cases I found interesting, some not so much. Quite a few, I had solved before Holmes or were just lacking in interest. There were few that I found really interesting and wished were longer. Again I think my opinion may be obscured by my love for BBC’s Sherlock, but the book wasn’t that bad. It seemed to take forever to get through because it was very dry for my taste.

Recommend: Sure.

#Author Interviews

Back in January, I started a call for authors to do interviews. I just want to say that the Author Spotlight Interview segment is still open and all authors are welcome. The genre and type of publication is of no relevance. I want to help fellow authors get their work out there. If you would like to do a cross promotion and interview me as well, that would be great, but I do not require it as some do. Not that I discourage it either.

I think as authors we should band together and help each other, the main goal is to get our work out into the world and share our stories. So if you would like to have an Author Spotlight Interview featured on my blog, Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Tumblr pages contact me through my email: Charlie.s_Angel-0069@hotmail.com and I will send you the questions. I also like to have a picture of you or one of your books (should you be camera shy) and you can include a short biography of yourself if you like.