Saturday, 13 August 2016

Tales from the Aussie Outback - A review of Red Billabong (film)

I don't normally review films on here, but after personally being invited to attend the world premiere of new aussie thriller, Red Billabong, by the lead actor and director/ writer, I felt obligated.



Here's the official synopsis:

In the Australian Outback, two brothers discover old secrets and family lies. As their friends start to go missing they fear they are being stalked by someone or something from their worst nightmares - But is it just - A story? A legend? A hoax? Or is it real?

An ancient Australian legend has now been unleashed!


My thoughts:

Red Billabong is something completely unique and refreshing. We have never seen an aussie film like this before, and i think that's what makes it a winner.
Beautiful Australian scenery, mixed with a hot cast, with a few familar faces along with lots of new ones too, are the perfect receipe.
The cinematography is amazing, as is Luke Sparke's direction and writing. You can tell he was influenced by films such as Jurassic Park. I don't mind at all, because that is one of my favourite films ever!
There's no secret this is a monster flick, but what exactly is the Red Billabong monster? That you will have to find out for yourself.


Tales from the red carpet

Seeing as i did attend the world premiere of the film and walked the red carpet with the stars, i thought i might share some stories with you.



I met the cast at Supanova Sydney in June this year. My best friend Alanna wanted me to go talk to Tim Pocock, her favourite actor, as she couldn't make the convention. Seeing as i was working at the event, I agreed. Alanna had recorded a video message for Tim as well. So when i proceeded to introduce myself to Tim and show him the video, some of the staff at the Red Billabong booth were a little pushy with getting you to buy something just to talk to the stars. i was thinking about it, when Tim noticed and told me i didn't have to pay. I showed him Alanna's video message, and he was moved. He was so moved in fact, he did something i didn't expect. Not even his co-stars, Dan Ewing and Sophie Don next to him could believe what he did. Tim asked me to turn on my video setting on my phone and record him. He recorded a special message for Alanna, which made everyone's day. I was almost crying at this point, especially when Tim invited Alanna and i to the world premiere in Sydney.
So this is where we come to the photo above.
This is the moment Tim and Alanna finally met. It's been almost 2 months in the making. And i think Tim was just as starstruck as we were haha.
Tim is one of the lovliest guys you will ever meet.
I think we've found a new friend.




Oh, yeah. Did i mention I also got to talk to Dan Ewing again? (Aussies might know him as Heath on Home and Away) He remembered me from Supanova too. Another sweet guy.


I recommend everyone go see the film and support another piece of art from this great southern land.

Red Billabong releases Australia wide August 25th.
International dates coming soon.
For more info, check out the Red Billabong Facebook page.




Dance Demons by Juliet M Sampson - Review

I love Juliet. She is so bright and cheerful and inspirational, that when i was lookng for a copy of her fabulous book, Dance Demons, and couldn't find one, she happily sent me one.
I just finished it, so here's my review.

Stephanie is like most Aussie Year 12 girls. She spends her time worrying about grades, fashion and boys. She an amazing boyfriend named Andrew and they had planned their life together.
But tragedy strikes.
Stephanie feels lost. She suffers a break down, but when a friend suggests she should go back to dancing, she agrees it might be a good thing to heal her soul.
So she enrols in a latin dance class taught by the mysterious Anton.
Anton is one of those guys whom all the girls want and all the boys want to be.
But there is something not right with Anton and Stephanie gets caught up in his dark web.

I found Dance Demons fascinating from the very first page. It had thrills, suspense, mystery and dancing and hot boys. I wanted to know more about the dark side of Anton and his dance school. I loved the ending the most.
Will Stephanie make it out alive? You will have to read it to find out. I can't wait for book 2.


You can get your copy of Dance Demons here

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

I've been nominated!!! - The 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards

I couldn't believe it when i received the message, but i found out I'm nominated in the 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards!! OMG!

Here's more info about it below. Be sure to nominate The Aqua Promise in the Dystopian category.



2016 Summer Indie Book Awards!

The cold of winter is setting in, at least for those of us in the northern Hemisphere of the world. But we at Metamorph Publishing aren’t letting that get us down! We’re already looking forward to a sizzling summer, and we’re here to announce our first annual Indie Book Awards! You heard that right, a summer book awards! The event officially begins on January 1st of each year, and nominations will be accepted through midnight CST on August 31st each year. Voting will begin on September 1st and end on September 10th each year.
“What’s the big deal,” you ask? “There are all kinds of contests out there.” And you’re right, there are hundreds, probably thousands of book awards. But many of them are only for unpublished authors, or authors who only write in certain narrow genres, or for authors who have never published before in a particular genre. Plus, there are plenty of them that charge an entry fee, some of which are prohibitive to authors who publish independently, without the backing of a large and powerful publishing house.
So, we’re hoping to do something different with the Summer Indie Book Awards! Entry is free, and nominations will be accepted from any indie or small-press author, regardless of their current published or non-published state, or what genre they write in. We are accepting donations of print or e-books, author swag or novelty items (bookmarks, pens, keychains, etc.), but donation is not required for nomination. We’re taking nominations from authors as well as from readers, and authors can nominate their own books; we only ask that authors who do so also nominate a fellow indie author. Nominations can be made using this form: http://goo.gl/forms/T1L8sQJGVx, while donations can be made at: http://goo.gl/forms/6DkAK4MeqI.
Feel free to join up with the event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1099924726693772, and like the official Facebook page of the Summer Indie Book Awards at https://www.facebook.com/summerindiebookawards. You can also sign up for the newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/bL43cf so you can stay up to date with all the latest news! In the pinned post of the Facebook event, you’ll find these links, along with links to a Google Drive folder where you can look and see who’s already been nominated! And any author who is nominated will have access to an official contest nominee badge, that they can use on their book covers or any promotional media, if they so desire.
Winners in each genre will receive a prize (hopefully we’ll get enough donations for this), beginning with the 1st place winners. If we get enough prizes donated, we’ll go next to 2nd place winners, and then to 3rd place. Regardless of the prizes, winners will get a high-quality winner badge, stating their place and the genre of the book. These will be of high enough resolution for authors to use on their print books, if they want to!
But it’s not only the winners that will benefit from the Summer Indie Book Awards! All nominated authors will have the potential to reach hundreds, if not more, of new readers (readers often have a preferred genre, and while they’re voting for their favorite author, will come across others they may not have tried yet), and reach a huge new audience through the social media forums! And best of all, it’s meant to have fun, to reach out and network with other authors, potentially forming long-lasting relationships. And readers will benefit from having a wealth of new books in front of them, as well as a vast amount of new stories to immerse themselves in.
Though we’re using Facebook and other social media as a platform to reach more authors and readers, none of these social media outlets are affiliated with the awards. They are hosted strictly by Metamorph Publishing.

For more information, please visit Metamorph Publishing at https://metamorphpublishing.com.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

The next instalment of Aqua Saga is here!!!

Hey guys,

The time has come!

The third book in the Aqua Saga is finally here!

I adore writing these books and exploring Pym and Rush's world with you.

You can pick up your copy of The Aqua Promise now on your preferred platform.


And make sure you grab copies of book 1 and 2, which are on sale for a limited time.





I hope you enjoy this latest episode. Good news! There will be 2 more books to follow this one - coming in 2017!

The Aqua Conspiracy, and

The Aqua Truth.

You can add them to your Goodreads shelves now, and pre-order your copy on iBooks.

The Aqua Conspiracy
- Goodreads
- iBooks

The Aqua Truth
- Goodreads
- iBooks

What's coming next for me?

COVER REVEALS

Look out for the cover reveal for The Chronicles of Heart and Soul, the last instalment in my Legend of the Archangel series - coming late september / early october.

SIGNINGS

I'll be signing at Book Expo in Sydney October 8 and 9. You can find more info here. Please come and say hi if you're nearby.

BOOK RELEASES

November 9th - The Chronicles of Heart and Soul
April 2017 - The Aqua Conspiracy
July 2017 - The Aqua Truth




Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Devil's Beauty by Airicka Phoenix - Review

Title: The Devil’s Beauty
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: July 19, 2016
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
Dimitri Tasarov has never had a choice in what he was. From infancy, he had been raised with the knowledge that he was a monster, an unlovable creature without a soul, until a single act of kindness threw his entire world into a tailspin. 
Ava Emerson had always led a reluctantly sheltered existence. Friendship was a luxury that came with questions she couldn’t afford to answer. 
They were an unlikely pair. He lived behind his mask and his roses, and she lived behind her secrets, yet they shared a bond that could get them killed if anyone ever found out. 
Times were changing. The city was in turmoil. The weak were unprotected and someone needed to make a stand. But Dimitri wasn’t the only one with eyes on the north, or Ava, and they will stop at nothing to claim them both. 
Can Dimitri keep Ava safe, or will the devil fall?
Ms Phoenix's return to the literary world couldn't come soon enough! Her latest installment doesn't disappoint at all. In fact, it excites and it arouses. I love this woman's descriptive words and her writing. I live for it. She makes you feel every breath the character's live. I don't normally read anything of this genre, but this i loved. It is dark yes, but not completely R rated. So if you are not a fan of the dark and twisted this genre usually promotes, i say give The Devil's Beauty a try. 5/5 stars.


Airicka Phoenix lives in a world where unicorns, fairies and mermaids run amok through her home on a daily basis. When she's not chasing after pixies and rounding up imps, also known as her four children, she can be found conjuring imaginary friends to play with. Airicka is the prolific author of over eighteen novels for those who crave strong, female leads, sexy alpha heroes and out of control desires. She's a multi genre author who writes young adult, new adult and adult contemporary and paranormal romance. For more about Airicka and the realm she rules with an iron fist--and tons of chocolate--visit her at: www.AirickaPhoenix.com
Author Links: Website: www.AirickaPhoenix.com
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Ui1eCF
Buy Links:
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→ Amazon ca: https://goo.gl/R4lLUK
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→ iBooks: https://goo.gl/hK2n12
→ Barnes & Noble: http://goo.gl/kYlAoe
Robby broke the silence that followed. “What just happened?”
The buzz had regained through the room. Curiosity punctuated with questions and glances at Ava that she ignored.
“I need to go,” she whispered to no one in particular.
But she grabbed Robby’s hand and dragged him along with her through the maze of rooms, down the seemingly endless corridors. Her heels clacked in sync with the tempo of her pounding heart. It was his turn to run to keep up.
“Ava, what—?”
“Don’t ask questions,” she warned him. “Promise me.”
Robby frowned. “But what—?”
She skidded to a halt and faced him, her chest rising and falling rapidly against the front of her dress. “I’m about to trust you with the most important thing in my life, the biggest secret I have ever kept, and I am trusting you because you are my best friend and I need your help.”
The crease between his brows deepened. More lines appeared at the corners of his mouth. His gaze shot past her to the hallway leading to John Paul’s office, then back down to her.
“Tell me who that was first.”
His hand slipped from her grasp. She took a step back and his eyes narrowed.
“I can’t. I can’t tell you anything.”
“But you want me to trust you.” It wasn’t a question.
Ava nodded. “Yes.”

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Savage Things by Callie Hart - Cover reveal

I have the pleasure of sharing my friend Callie Hart's new cover on the blog today. It's gorgeous if i may say so myself.

Zeth

At the eye of a violent storm, everything is calm. It’s only when the storm shifts that your life explodes into chaos. 

The $#*& is finally about to hit the fan for Zeth. After months of blissful quiet, the wolves are at his door, teeth bared and snarling, baying for blood, and the sinister elements of the Seattle underground are closing in tight. In other words, things are about to get baReal fucking bad.
d.

Zeth Mayfair isn’t your average criminal, though. 

If the New York mob wants his allegiance, they’re gonna have to force him to submit. If the cops want his ass in chains, they’re gonna have to catch him first. 

He’ll kill the wolves. He’ll ride out the storm. He’ll make his enemies suffer. Zeth Mayfair is about to crown himself ruler of the city, and fuck anyone who dares to take on the king.

They will obey, or they will fall. 

The choice is theirs.


Sloane

Death is a bitch. 

Sloane Romera sees death every day, looks it square in the eye, and she does not flinch. When Mason Reeves brings his little sister into St. Peter’s emergency room, a dark cloud hangs over the kid—one Sloane recognizes all too well. Millie is gravely ill, but it's not too late. Sloane's determined to do everything in her power to help her, regardless of the cost, regardless of how many rules she must break in the process. 

Mason’s struck a deal with the devil, though. A deal that has painted a huge target on Sloane’s back. There’s every chance she’ll be dead by morning, and the man she loves might not be able to save her this time.

If there’s one thing Sloane knows, it’s that you can’t cheat death. When the Grim Reaper demands a life, a life must be given. Bargaining won’t work. Begging is futile. 

A life for a life. 

The debt must be paid in full.



The Devil's Beauty by Airicka Phoenix - Release Day Blitz

Title: The Devil’s Beauty
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Expected Release Date: July 19, 2016
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
Dimitri Tasarov has never had a choice in what he was. From infancy, he had been raised with the knowledge that he was a monster, an unlovable creature without a soul, until a single act of kindness threw his entire world into a tailspin. 
Ava Emerson had always led a reluctantly sheltered existence. Friendship was a luxury that came with questions she couldn’t afford to answer. 
They were an unlikely pair. He lived behind his mask and his roses, and she lived behind her secrets, yet they shared a bond that could get them killed if anyone ever found out. 
Times were changing. The city was in turmoil. The weak were unprotected and someone needed to make a stand. But Dimitri wasn’t the only one with eyes on the north, or Ava, and they will stop at nothing to claim them both. 
Can Dimitri keep Ava safe, or will the devil fall?
Airicka Phoenix lives in a world where unicorns, fairies and mermaids run amok through her home on a daily basis. When she's not chasing after pixies and rounding up imps, also known as her four children, she can be found conjuring imaginary friends to play with. Airicka is the prolific author of over eighteen novels for those who crave strong, female leads, sexy alpha heroes and out of control desires. She's a multi genre author who writes young adult, new adult and adult contemporary and paranormal romance. For more about Airicka and the realm she rules with an iron fist--and tons of chocolate--visit her at: www.AirickaPhoenix.com
Author Links: Website: www.AirickaPhoenix.com
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Ui1eCF
Buy Links:
→ Amazon us: http://amzn.to/29GLB9z
→ Amazon ca: https://goo.gl/R4lLUK
→ Amazon uk: https://goo.gl/LKaqXo
→ Amazon de: https://goo.gl/r7snko
→ Amazon fr: https://goo.gl/sNHpSE
→ Amazon au: https://goo.gl/Zh5YSM
→ Amazon in: https://goo.gl/8Pyjne
→ Barnes & Noble: http://goo.gl/kYlAoe
Robby broke the silence that followed. “What just happened?”
The buzz had regained through the room. Curiosity punctuated with questions and glances at Ava that she ignored.
“I need to go,” she whispered to no one in particular.
But she grabbed Robby’s hand and dragged him along with her through the maze of rooms, down the seemingly endless corridors. Her heels clacked in sync with the tempo of her pounding heart. It was his turn to run to keep up.
“Ava, what—?”
“Don’t ask questions,” she warned him. “Promise me.”
Robby frowned. “But what—?”
She skidded to a halt and faced him, her chest rising and falling rapidly against the front of her dress. “I’m about to trust you with the most important thing in my life, the biggest secret I have ever kept, and I am trusting you because you are my best friend and I need your help.”
The crease between his brows deepened. More lines appeared at the corners of his mouth. His gaze shot past her to the hallway leading to John Paul’s office, then back down to her.
“Tell me who that was first.”
His hand slipped from her grasp. She took a step back and his eyes narrowed.
“I can’t. I can’t tell you anything.”
“But you want me to trust you.” It wasn’t a question.
Ava nodded. “Yes.”