Friday, August 17, 2012

Book Review: When Angels Fall by K.A. M'Lady

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              Faith Savage, a three-part review presentation
Written by K.A. M’Lady
Published by Mojocastle Press
Paranormal
49 Pages
 

Faith Savage Book Four: When Angels Fall—Book Synopsis

In the beginning, peace reigned in the Heavens and a chorus of angels sang their praise to the Lord. But there was one who coveted God's power, His beauty and His grace. With desire came rebellion. Violence ensued and corruption followed. For the first time in creation blood was spilled amongst God's mighty.
Throughout time, there are those who have said that in the darkness where cold truths and the ugliness of iniquity reign, evil rides the shadows of vanity's wants and desire's yearnings. That temptation began as a whispered kiss. That even God's mighty Angels were not immune to the devil's corruption.
Today some say it's best to leave the shadows to themselves and let the night have its madness, for in the end only the Light of the Spirit can see a soul's true worth. But what happens when the Heavens bleed and an Angel's will is broken? What happens when the truth is immersed in darkness and those, once pure of heart, have no one to call on and nothing left to defend?
My name is Faith Savage. I know what it is to be stalked by darkness. To look in the eye of madness and know you've no one to call as friend. It is here, on this dark path to inhumanity and the search for redemption, that I hunt demons. Because when Angels fall, only the Light will show the way for the damned to meet their end.

Review of Faith Savage Book Four: When Angels Fall by K.A. M’Lady


In When Angels Fall, Book Four in the Faith Savage series, demon huntress Faith Savage questions her personal faith when an occurrence places her at the mercy of a staked victim she’d previously saved from a demon’s possession.  To make matters worse, Faith’s relationship with Detective Ian Barry leaves her with doubts about what is real and what has been manipulated by a darker power.

The stress of the unknown is taking its toll and the demon huntress is tormented by the fatalities around her. Is someone trying to send Faith a very pointed message? And if so, who?

Using selective descriptions to paint a clear picture while setting up some of her darker scenes, K.A. M’Lady is a writing force in horror and paranormal writing. Not for the faint at heart, When Angels Fall is a dark and graphic tale leaving this reader on the edge of her seat until the very last line.



~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine~
International bestselling author Destiny Blaine writes in all genres under several pseudonyms. Her pen names have earned bestselling status at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks. You can find her on the web at www.destinyblaine.com or follow her on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DestinyBlaine




Faith Savage, Demon Huntress: Faith's TemptationFaith Savage: Book 1 - GlowFaith Savage: Book 2 - Fear No Evil
Faith Savage: Book 3 - TransgressionsFaith Savage: Book 5 - The Ash CollectorFaith Savage: Book 6 - Wicked's KissFaith Savage: Book 7- Sinner

Book Review: Faith Savage Book Three Transgressions by K.A. M'Lady

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              Faith Savage, a three-part review presentation

Book 3 –Transgressions
Written by K.A. M’Lady
Published by Mojocastle Press
Paranormal
32 Pages

“Without forgiveness, there’s no future….” Desmond Tutu
Quote from Faith Savage, Book Three: Transgressions

Faith Savage: Book 3 - Transgressions


Faith Savage Book Three: Transgressions—Book Synopsis

For the humans, the veil between Heaven and Hell, Light and Darkness, grows thinner with each night's passing. On earth the fallen have spread their dark army far into the city of man. In the shadows, the weary tremble and the weak are overtaken.
For the few who walk the dark mile on the trail of suffering's madness, they alone know the strength of a whispered prayer. Because sometimes, even darkness' wrath and hatred can learn to bow before a spirit's faith.
My name is Faith Savage, I hunt Demons. I know that even the strong and righteous suffer the weight from a world filled with sin. For in the end, it is the true believers who know that a loving God forgives you your transgressions.

Review of Faith Savage Book Three: Transgressions by K.A. M’Lady


Transgressions by K.A. M’Lady stirred an emotional tug-of-war. I wanted to read the unfolding intimate scene between Salvitor and Faith. At the same time, I crossed a few virtual fingers in hopes our heroine would rise up from hell and beat the ever loving “demon goo” out of the supernatural badass.

In the end, Faith Savage didn’t disappoint. She needed a miracle, but what she ultimately found was a God-send, a man from her recent past with trickery of his own to help Faith escape the confines of hell. He also offered insight about the time she’d spent with Salvitor.  Perception is everything and the way Salvitor skillfully deceived Faith made for an interesting plot twist.

A strong female lead is like any strong independent woman. She can overcome obstacles with the right amount of determination behind her. Still, even willful individuals have difficulty ignoring the temptations before them. This story demonstrates a struggle between two supernatural forces. Faith relies on her inner strength to carry her through a hardship, but temporarily fails while the author spins a tale that is most definitely another huge success.

Book Three: Transgressions is another Faith Savage installment. I’m fully invested in this series and won't stop reading until the end is reached.


~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine~
International bestselling author Destiny Blaine writes in all genres under several pseudonyms. Her pen names have earned bestselling status at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks. You can find her on the web at www.destinyblaine.com or follow her on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DestinyBlaine

Book Review: Faith Savage Fear No Evil by K.A. M'Lady

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              Faith Savage, a three-part review presentation
Book 2 – Fear No Evil
Written by K.A. M’Lady
Published by Mojocastle Press
Paranormal
29 Pages
 Faith Savage: Book 2 - Fear No Evil 

Faith Savage Book Two: Fear No Evil—Book Synopsis

In the beginning, peace reigned in the Heavens. But when God created man in his image, the love, once held in the hearts of His beautiful angels, changed. Some of God's chosen grew jealous of man and envious of each other. Treachery and villainy spread like a plague. War erupted in the Heavens. Blood was spilled in the House of the Lord.

When the fallen were cast from God's Glory, they vowed to spread the taint of their darkness throughout mankind--spreading their evil and debauchery amongst the innocent like the flood of corruption and sin that it has become today. They swore never to rest until all men rotted in the fires of Hell. Vowed that in the end, rivers would run red, animals would rot in blackened pastures and the earth would become the very essence of the Valley of Death.

My name is Faith Savage, I hunt Demons. I've been to the edge of death--looked in the eyes of darkness. Seen what's on the other side.

Though I may walk through the Valley of Death--I Shall Fear No Evil.

Review of Faith Savage Book Two: Fear No Evil by K.A. M’Lady

Faith Savage finds herself in an unusual situation. While transporting a detainee possessed by a demon, a disturbing message is relayed. Salvitor, a high ranking demon, wants Faith reprimanded for insulting him by avoiding their date. Soon, Faith is in a compromising situation, one that inevitably places an innocent bystander in harm’s way.

The Faith Savage series continues with Fear No Evil, a short story written by author K.A. M’Lady. A strong and willful character, Faith Savage isn’t a sappy heroine waiting on a man to save her. She has enough to worry about with Salvitor tormenting her at every turn.

As her defenses are tested and her will is continually challenged, Faith realizes Salvitor will never let her go. Will Salvitor’s relentless pursuit mark a turning point in their relationship or will his extreme measures to seduce her make her more determined to defy him?

K.A. M’Lady takes us on a literary journey by drawing her readers into the heart of an unfolding tale. Readers will find their senses become razor sharp as the descriptive storytelling draws them into a world where only the brave dare to explore.  

~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine~
International bestselling author Destiny Blaine writes in all genres under several pseudonyms. Her pen names have earned bestselling status at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks. You can find her on the web at www.destinyblaine.com or follow her on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DestinyBlaine

Faith Savage, Demon Huntress: Faith's TemptationFaith Savage: Book 1 - GlowFaith Savage: Book 2 - Fear No Evil
Faith Savage: Book 3 - TransgressionsFaith Savage: Book 5 - The Ash CollectorFaith Savage: Book 6 - Wicked's KissFaith Savage: Book 7- Sinner

Choosing a Publisher in today’s Market


Choosing a publisher in today’s writing world isn’t as easy as it looks. With several publishing options available, writers must do their research if they want to find a reputable publisher.
While there are thousands of publishers, the first choice to make is an obvious one. Do you want to go the route of traditional publishing, self-publishing, or small press publishing?
As a ghostwriter, I had the opportunity to deal with all three of the aforementioned prior to publishing much of my work in small press. If I had to choose only one out of the three listed above, it would be difficult, but small press would win out because of the royalty percentage. Still, each publishing avenue has its fair share of positives and negatives.  
In my humble opinion, the big boys give authors far more publicity than what authors typically receive in small press. I didn’t always feel this way but the industry is forever changing. In today’s world, the ‘typical’ small press publisher is too busy to promote his or her authors ongoing. Plus, small press or eBook publishers often have a burdensome limited budget.
Some of you may be shaking your head at the statement above so let me explain. No, I didn’t always feel that authors gained better PR from traditional publishers, but as of late, they seem to gain more exposure than ever before. A new writer starting out with a traditional publisher has a much better chance of being noticed than they will if they choose to publish with some of the larger e-publishers.
Let me tell you why this opinion was formed. Recently, a fellow author sent an inquiry in regards to blogging at www.destinyblaine.blogspot.com. She had several books to her credit and explained she’d like to blog in September.  As an email exchange began, it became apparent that the author took for granted that because we were published by the same publisher, I knew a little something about her books. Immediately I went to the publisher’s website to conduct a little research. Sure enough, she had a few books under her belt. Unfortunately, until she contacted me about blogging, I had no idea who she was or what she wrote. She hadn’t promoted herself.
Traditional publishers will utilize various forms of media to advertise their new releases. Sometimes they come out with all the bells and whistles. E-book publishers don’t always have the funds at their disposal. Many of them also have staff limitations. If a new author doesn’t know how, or won’t, promote their book, they may sell well on release day, but after a couple of weeks the book will fade into the background, forever buried in the novel cemetery.
I want to be clear about my choices. I choose to publish with small press publishers because I am a creature of habit.  Plus, I like how my current publishers roll in terms of submissions, royalties, edits, finished product, etc. In fact, in the last year, I’ve only pursued one or two new publishers and only because I do need to branch out again, but for a specific genre reason.  Still, I have a way of doing things. I sell on proposal and while I’ve gone back and forth with this in the past, I’m not changing my way of doing things for anyone. I can’t. This is what works for me at this time. A sold manuscript is the only thing that motivates this writer to hurry up and write.
Let me explain why small press works for a great number of authors. Small press publishers can bend the rules as they go along. If they have a dedicated writer who has proven they’ll work, they can work out contract terms to benefit all parties concerned.
The money carries a lot of weight, too.  I won’t work for six percent. I don’t care who signs my checks. A lot of authors feel the same way and why wouldn’t they? Take a look at the numbers:
A book sells for $7.99. At six percent the author earns $.48 in traditional publishing, if they’re collecting gross. In small press, that same book at $7.99 earns the author $3.19. Sell 5000 copies in traditional publishing, and you’ve earned $2400. Sell 5000 copies in small press? A staggering $15,950.
With small press, authors make forty percent and above. I have one publisher who hasn’t been competitive with their royalty rate so I’m backing away from them because let’s face it, I can go anywhere and make 40% and above. We all can.
New writers, in my opinion, should start with small press. Yes, we’ve all heard of author Amanda Hocking, the brilliant writer who self-published her way to fame. Trust me when I tell you, her initiative, talent, and drive pushed her to the top of the charts. It wasn’t just luck.
Does this mean I don’t think there will be another Amanda Hocking in the future? Not at all. I think several more will follow. However, most new writers need support, guidance, and tough edits. Small press publishers, particularly the larger publishers, offer new authors what they need more than anything else—a much needed education.
Do I self-publish? You betcha. Why? Well, the money is better than expected if you want me to be perfectly honest. However, I’ve chosen to publish backlist titles and manuscripts I consider misfits, something that doesn’t quite fit within traditional publisher or eBook publisher guidelines.
If I had my career to do over again, I really wouldn’t consider taking another path. I’ve spoken to several small press authors who tell similar tales. In fact, as a writer, I feel pretty great about my choices. I’ve been shown statements from large and small press publishers.  To date, I haven’t viewed one statement from one traditionally published author that would suggest they make more money than I do in small press publishing—not one—and I’ve been in this business a while now.
Then again, I’ve never seen a royalty statement from EL James or J.K. Rowling. And my favorite author, Mr. Grisham, hasn’t shared his numbers either.
It’s tough choosing a reputable publisher. It’s scary choosing that first route to take. My suggestion is one I think most authors would support. Do your homework before signing on the dotted line. Check with other authors published by the publishing house you’ve decided to pursue. Ask around. Google the publisher before you submit your manuscript. Read the reports on watchdog sites. Then determine whether or not the publisher publishes what you like to write.
Sometimes the route you choose may make or break your book sales. On the other hand, if marketing is your cup of tea, where you publish probably won’t matter. If you have the drive to get out there and advertise/promote your book, and your book is a well written story, then the readers will come. If not, just work harder. Eventually they’ll find you. And guess what? A lot of your readers won’t pay attention to who published your book.
In the end, the route you choose is up to you. As a new or seasoned writer, you must decide what is most important. If it’s the money, then take the route of small press or self-publishing. If it’s the dream of seeing your name in lights, then maybe you should follow traditional publishing and see what the big boys are willing to do for you. Still, ask around. You don’t want to be disappointed when your royalty statement arrives.
New writers, if you’re looking for a solid start in publishing, you should consider the big boys in eBooks first. Who are they? Maybe some of our posters will drop by and leave a few suggestions for you.
Until next time,
Destiny
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Book Review: Vampire Vengeance by Storm Savage

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Vampire Vengeance,  Night Angel’s Book One
Written by Storm Savage
Published by eXtasy Books
Paranormal
221 Pages
 


Three men after one woman—each with their own agenda. When Zoe is taken hostage by her ex-husband and his hired muscle, she discovers the shocking truth about her rock star fiancĂ©.

 Vampire Vengeance
Vampire Vengeance-Book Synopsis

Three men after one woman—each with their own agenda. When Zoe is taken hostage by her ex-husband and his hired muscle, she discovers the shocking truth about her rock star fiancĂ©.

Her struggle to protect the identity of her covert, vigilante biker group encounters severe complications. One man seeks to exploit Night Brigade, while the other offers them immortality.

Zoe must convince her female comrades to take the plunge into the dark world of vampirism to ensure their survival. Can she trust one man enough to lead the way?
Book Review of Vampire Vengeance
As busy readers know, it’s hard to sit down late at night and start a long novel and finish the book in one sitting. If it’s after midnight and you’re on page 6 with 215 pages to go, there should be something more enticing than hot sex to keep the pages flipping.
While this book doesn’t run short on stimulating love scenes, a well written story is what drives a memorable novel and Storm Savage delivers in Vampire Vengeance.

The author doesn’t throw any literary punches by stuffing the pages with unnecessary fluff. Storm Savage kept the midnight oil burning with great dialogue and descriptive scenes. She has a true gift for writing a very different paranormal story. She captivates her readers with  twists and turns they’ll never see coming.
  
Zoe, our heroine, is the leader and founder of Night Brigade, a motorcycle gang formed on an interesting premise. Kidnapped by her ex-husband, Zoe quickly determines something isn’t quite right about her abduction. To confuse matters more, she’s quite attracted to one of her captors, a renegade biker with a score to settle.

The hunted becomes the hunter fueling the suspense with unexpected surprises. With intrigue and mystery, Vampire Vengeance should top the charts on many bestseller lists. This paranormal tale is one of those secret treasures that should’ve marked and held its spot at
number one several times over.
The first book in an ongoing series, Vampire Vengeance is published by eXtasy Books

~Reviewed by Destiny Blaine~
International bestselling author Destiny Blaine writes in all genres under several pseudonyms. Her pen names have earned bestselling status at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, and All Romance Ebooks. You can find her on the web at www.destinyblaine.com or follow her on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DestinyBlaine
 

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