What 2013 Taught Me

I had something of a philosophical moment when I was in the bath. My toes were playing with the chain attached to the plug and my mind wandered.

2013 taught me a lot of things. It was probably the biggest year of my life. A lot of things happened, a lot of things didn’t happen which almost did, and even more things didn’t even come close to happening.

In 2013, I learned that first impressions are not always correct, and the person you think you can’t stand, becomes a good friend and powerful ally.

I learned that, despite Disney’s incessant insisting, a woman can finally reach her dream without needing a man to help her along the way.

I learned that people are hard, and cruel, and unfair. But people are also good, and kind, and loving. One just needs to distinguish which ones are which.

I learned that being so close to dying doesn’t actually change the way you live your life. If anything, it just makes you appreciate the way you’ve lived up until now.

On a related note, I learned that when I don’t want to eat a cinnamon swirl, something is terribly wrong with me.

I learned that, to some people, money is more important that family, that those are the people I don’t need in my life.

I probably learned a lot more than this, but my brain is full of Spiral Dance and I haven’t had coffee in over nine hours… NINE hours. I don’t even know how I’m still functioning.

Most importantly, 2013 was the year in which my manuscript was accepted for publication, after almost seventeen years of waiting. That moment where I hold my novel in my hands for the first time, smell its paper, thumb through its pages, see the names of my characters printed and bound… it would be indescribable.

To make up for my lack of articulation, here are two adorable wolf cubs.

white-wolf-pups

D’awwww, look at those cute widdle smooshy faces! *pouts*

… *cough*

Blessed be,

RK )O(

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Bandit Book Bloggers: ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES, MARY FAN

ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES

by

MARY FAN

Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Release Date: 
February 25, 2013
Genre: 
Science Fiction (Space Opera/Cyberpunk/New Adult)

Artificial Absolutes

Jane Colt is just another recent college grad working as an Interstellar Confederation office drone—until the day she witnesses her best friend, Adam, kidnapped by a mysterious criminal. An extensive cover-up thwarts her efforts to report the crime, shaking her trust in the authorities. Only her older brother, Devin, believes her account.

Devin hopes to leave behind his violent past and find peace in a marriage to the woman he loves. That hope shatters when he discovers a shocking secret that causes him to be framed for murder. 

With little more than a cocky attitude, Jane leaves everything she knows to flee with Devin, racing through the most lawless corners of the galaxy as she searches for Adam and proof of her brother’s innocence. Her journey uncovers truths about both of them, leading her to wonder just how much she doesn’t know about the people she loves.

PURCHASE LINKS for ARTIFICIAL ABSOLUTES

Amazon US (Kindle e-book)

Amazon US (paperback)

Amazon UK (Kindle e-book)

Amazon UK (paperback)

Barnes & Noble (Nook e-book)

Barnes & Noble (paperback)

Kobo (e-book)

iTunes

Sadness, Victory, and Fantasy

Sadness:

The Fae Nation website has come to an end 😦 Tangle is hanging up her wings and bidding us a a fond faerywell farewell. That was a typo, I swear.

Luckily, the magic continues on Woodland Wild, and the Fae Nation archive is staying active for a little while yet. I love Fae Nation, one of my poems was published there. Good old Tatty Hex, she was a good woman. Still is, really. We haven’t spoken in a while.

Victory:

Briefly, 20 retailers have boycotted the selling of angora products. More bunnies are safe! Sign the petition here. WARNING: if you hate seeing animal cruelty, close your eyes and scroll right to the bottom to pass the pictures and the video of the poor bunnies. It’s a horrible, soul-wrenching sight.

Fantasy:

Onto happier times, several great tv shows are starting up again in the next few months. If you want to keep track of when things start again, here’s the list of the most popular ones that I get asked about. Apparently people think I’m some sort of Mystic Meg that holds answers to all things nerdy. If I’ve missed anything, let me know, and I’ll find out.

Once Upon A Time – 09/03/14
Game of Thrones – 06/04/14
The Walking Dead – 09/02/14
Once Upon A Time in Wonderland – 06/03/14

Sherlock – Hinted but not promised Christmas 2014
Doctor Who – Autumn 2014
Falling Skies – Summer 2014
True Blood – Suspected June 2014
Under the Dome – Suspected June 2014

PS, I don’t watch all of these, but I’ve got friends who do. Enjoy and mark your calendars.

Blessed be

RK )O(

Bandit Book Bloggers: THE BINDING, SAM DOGRA

THE BINDING (Chronicles of Azaria #1)

by

SAM DOGRA

The Binding

What do you do when you can’t trust your heart?

 All seventeen year-old Eliza Bryant wants is to avoid a Binding— the ancient spell that forces couples into a lifelong bond. It cursed her sister, and for the last two years it’s tried to claim her, too. Her monthly hiding ritual worked brilliantly, until the night she ran into Ryan, a mysterious bounty-hunter. Now Bound to him, Eliza must spend every moment at his side, else she’ll transform into an Unbound; a lifeless husk without mind or soul.

Unfortunately, Ryan’s not looking to settle, and Eliza is dragged into his crazy life on the run. Still, she’s not going to take this lying down. Between grappling with the false feelings conjured by the spell and fleeing an unseen enemy, she plans to find a way to break her Binding; a feat nobody’s achieved in two thousand years. The key to her freedom lies closer than she thinks, and it’s deeply connected to Ryan’s past.

Read an excerpt

REVIEWS

What an interesting concept, just seeing someone by chance and then provided the timing is right, you find yourself bound to them forever. Sounds a bit like a “love at first sight” only the two people have no choice in the matter due to a “Binding Curse.” Eliza hoping to outwit the curse escaped into the forest only to be thwarted by a wild bear so was it fate or circumstance? I liked Eliza though I sometimes felt that honesty would have been the best policy. I did understand why she was reluctant to own up to the binding as she barely knew Ryan.

Ryan was actually a good guy and he seemed genuine though he was on the run himself and had secrets of his own that he was keeping from her. Desperate to hide the truth from her family, she flees her home with Ryan making up a sordid past for herself. A love triangle of sorts ensues when her childhood friend Adam finds out about the binding as he yearns for something more and sets out to find her.

When all the secrets have been revealed, will Eliza be able to distinguish how she really feels. If there is a chance that the curse can be reversed, who would Eliza pick if she was free to choose? Her childhood friend Adam that she shares a history with or Ryan who claims to love her now despite his binding to another. I can’t wait to read the next book to find out more about this triangle and will true love eventually prevail? – Nereid, Amazon

 

4.5 Stars. This exciting tale for New Adult/Older YA crosses genres making it difficult to categorise in any one area. Set in another world it has elements of sci-fi, fantasy and a just touch of steampunk. The characters are magnetic and quickly draw you into this exciting world where curses and magic become real. This passionate tale becomes unstoppable leaving you devastated that the second instalment is yet to be published – not a cliff-hanger, just totally addictive writing. – Tracie, Goodreads

 

Awesome! Can’t wait for the next one!!! – Molly Bonville, Goodreads

The Binding, by Sam Dogra, is an excellent read, with superb settings and characterisation. I really cared what happened to the main protagonist and the first person point of view, really helped me to become immersed in the story. Only one minor criticism. The, use of the word “to” instead of “at”. For example: “Ryan looked to the moon”, or “I looked to my lap”. This jarred me a little, but apart from this nitpick, this is an almost perfect story and one readers of all ages will enjoy. Highly recommended. –Kate Jack, Amazon

PURCHASE LINKS for THE BINDING

UK ebook

US ebook

UK paperback

US paperback

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sam Dogra

 Sam Dogra is a junior doctor working in the UK, and is currently training to become a General Practitioner. Between reviewing drug charts and X-rays, taking blood, saving lives and getting grilled by consultants, she also writes fantasy fiction and is a fantasy artist. She has co-written ‘Fated: A Timeless Series Companion Novel’ with author Lisa Wiedmeier, and has also published her first novel The Binding, and its sequel, The Parting, with a third book in progress.

She’s widely traveled, and has enjoyed her visits to France, Germany, Norway, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Rhodes, Turkey, Cyprus, Lesvos, India, Dubai, Australia, Canada and Idaho, Washington, New York, Seattle and Alaska, USA. Her other main interest is fantasy art.

In what little spare time she has, Sam also enjoys reading, baking, shopping, watching movies and anime, astrology, video games, collecting cuddly toy animals, and photography.

LINKS

Website/blog

Facebook

Twitter

Artwork

Blessed be

RK )O(

Short & Sweet

I have a cold today, so I’ll spend it lying in bed and feeling sorry for myself. I’ve been sitting at my laptop for approximately an hour, and I’ve accomplished 15 words. PERSONAL BEST! -_-

So, this is a prelude to a bigger blog post in a few days time, when I get myself back to normal. I’m part of a cool gang on Facebook called the Bandit Book Bloggers. Look at our photo. We’re so sexy. Dig it.

Bandit Book Bloggers

So, in a few days time, I’ll be doing a promotion for The Binding, a fantastic fantasy novel by Sam Dogra. Keep your eyes peeled, there’ll be links and excerpts and pretty things! 🙂

I’m going to go steam my head to try and clear it. Also, since I’m such a hippy, if you’re ever in my situation, try these herbs to get rid of your cold:

Astragalus: helps get rid of the virus and boost the immune system (in which I am lacking)
Golden Seal: to get rid of all that icky mucus
Thyme: clears infection and speed up recovery
Elderberry: a lovely antioxidant
St. John’s Wort: good for colds, flu and herpes, of all things
Lemon balm: this is good for stopping the cold or flu from spreading any further through your body. And it smells nice.

Or you could be sensible and use Beechams or Day Nurse. Each to their own, I guess.

Blessed be, my little pixies

RK )O(