Cemetery House Official Cover Reveal!

With days left until Halloween and the release of my 4th book and sequel to Open Evening; here is the official cover reveal blog post, take it in, take it all in (the three of you who are actually reading this…)

Fantastic work yet again from Design for Writers who have helped me convey and translate exactly what Cemetery House is about. Sometimes you gotta run towards the fire!

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Weekly Ramble #10

The 4th book release is nigh, and things have been taking off, but this isn’t just all me. My projects are brought to life by the efforts of some real dedicated people. As a writer I would simply be lost without my editor. There is a hell of a lot more to editing than most people think. All of my stories have been painstakingly crafted, long after my work has been done.

This one may the best work I have seen not only from an editing point of the view but the cover artwork also,  a reveal will follow, and I am sure it will impress, it blew me away and conveys exactly what I want to say in this story.

Readership is growing by the day with my most loyal readers leading the charge with reviews and general buzz about my words. The tribe is small but very effective and dedicated, something which means more than anything else. This thing will take time, it always does, in essence writing a book feels like sending a letter two years ago and finally getting a response this week.

Reviews really do sell books but most importantly above all, people talking to one another sells them more than anything. We live in a world where spoken communication is dying, maybe talking about books will keep it alive for a little longer, we’ll see…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Green Withered by Kristin Ward – a review

‘…the green withered, and with it our dreams for the future…’

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‘After the Green Withered’ is a story set in an imaginative dystopian future. It’s clear that Kristin Ward has worked tremendously hard to create a world and setting that may eventually become a reality. Water is the currency and key to survival; and the concept of water rationing gives this story a distinct originality.

From the beginning the reader is introduced to a well thought out and explained world; explanations is something many writers fail with and this one was just right. And this is a world that has become a police state; with everything under constant surveillance by the somewhat mysterious and sinister ‘DMC’ also known as the ‘company’. Whole towns are heavily guarded and fortified with a feeling that someone is always watching. Like today there are those who are privileged and those who are not, but the poverty contrast is focused more towards survival in this story.

The main character and narrator ‘Enora’ spends much of her time contemplating and toiling over her uncertainties. She finds herself drafted from High School and poor background to work for the ‘DMC’, although she never forgets her roots . Enora’s journey eventually moves to seeking out who is running the sinister underbelly that is the ‘DMC’, a company who represses the poor and is also responsible for a lot more. The mystery of who she can trust becomes a central point of tension that builds all the way to the end of the story.

Overall I was kept intrigued by this story but throughout I felt as if it was over descriptive and wordy. Much of the dialogue could have been longer but more time was given towards Enora’s thoughts and contemplation; much of which could have been put into dialogue or even shortened. The heavy description pulled me away from being immersed in what is a good story concept. Much of the writing could have been ‘shown’ to the reader as opposed to being ‘told’ and this what I think holds it back.

The ending came suddenly with no real resolve but kept me thinking as to where this story could go next, especially as there is a sequel planned. Having read this story I would be more than interested and look forward to the next one.

Thank you to Kristin Ward for giving me the opportunity to review the book.

Three and a half stars 

 

WWE Super Show-Down Results Live

The WWE are down under and televised for the first time ever. Luckily for me as a UK resident I got to watch Super Show-down live at 10am…

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Melbourne Australia.

Match 1: Smackdown Tag Team Championship.

The Bar v The New Day (c)

Kofi and Xavier Woods choose to represent the new day and the action begins quickly with an assault to Cesaro. The bar fight back as the action heads outside for a brief ring post encounter. We see Sheamus and Cesaro dominate for most of the match with Kofi aiming for the hot tag… Xavier finally in for some high energy moves. Eventually the day team up on Cesaro to get the pin! A decent crowd warming opener that didnt drag.

Winner: The New Day

Match 2: Smackdown Women’s Championship

Charlotte Flair v Becky Lynch (c)

A physical start to the match which sees Lynch lean into her new tougher gimmick. We see her reverse into the arm bar but Charlotte lifts her way out of the hold and starts to build momentum. The Ric Flair chops begin as the tables turn. Next comes a series of near falls  which eventually turns into a spear from Flair seeing the first near fall. She misses a moonsault leaving Lynch able to capitalise but misses a top rope leg drop. Becky rolls out of the ring and grabs her belt.

Flair pulls her back in and converts into a Boston crab but Lynch finds the rope. Another spear by Flair followed by the figure 4. Becky reaches for the belt and hits Flair. The referee calls for the bell as Lynch is dq’d.

Good back and fourth match with a typical house show feel.

Winner: Flair via DQ but Becky retains.

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Next we see Elias and Kevin Owens in the ring over a spotlight. They talk trash and eventually Bobby Lashley emerges.

Match 3:  Tag Team Match: Elias and Kevin Owens Vs Bobby Lashley and John Cena

Lashley and Elias begin with some back and forth action. Lashley shows dominance early on. Owens makes his way in after a tag. Cena is kicked off the apron and so the double team begins. Now the match slows as both KO and Elias taunt Cena whilst working Lashley on the mat. Frogsplash from KO and a near fall. Cena frustrated in his corner and yet to feature. The hot tag builds and finally we see Cena in some high energy moves. 5 knuckle shuffle followed by AA to Elias and thats the match. Do0RjYjX0AAhNNE

Winner: Lashley and Cena

Match 4: Womens Tag Team match.

The Iconics V Naomi and Asuka

An action packed somewhat fun filled homecoming for the Iconics which saw the crowd come alive.

Winner: The Iconics

Match 5: WWE Championship match. No DQ and No Countout.

AJ Styles (c) v Samoa Joe

The fighting already starts on the ramp before the bell which eventually rings when they get in. Rights and lefts are exchanged. Kicks and slaps are laid in into what hopes to be a top match.

Joe finds himself on top and dives out of the ring onto Styles. Most of the action has been outside so far with AJ on the backfoot.

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Eventually the tempo slows with Joe dominating. AJ impressively fights back from an impressive moonsault into a reverse DDT. Joe is there to shutdown any offensive attempts. Powerslam by Joe and Styles answers to a 2 count.

Blood is trickling from the mouth of Styles as he appears dazed. Another near fall by the challenger who then brings in a steel chair but Styles throw up a kick into the weapon. He grabs the chair and lays into Joe.

Next we see Joe botch a slam into the unflolded chair. Next he goes under the ring to grab a table. The crowd roar. The pair head up to the top corner with the table set up. Joe goes for a superplex in which Styles reverses into an electric chair dropping Joe knees first through the wood.

We see a springboard 450 from Styles on to Joes knee but no pin attempt. They go out and Styles hits the phenominal forearm to an out of it Joe. Both of them are weary now and there are submissions back and forth. AJ hits the calf crusher and Joe submits!

Winner: AJ Styles retains.

Match 6: Six womens tag team match.

The Riot Squad V The Bella Twins and Rhonda Rousey

This appears to be the cool down/go grab some merch match. The Riot Squad dominated over the Bellas as the wait for Rhonda Rousey builds.

Rousey eventually gets into the action and as predicted dominates. Arm bar attempt on Sarah Logans arm but is broken. Rousey then reverses and gets two of her opponents into a double arm bar. They both tap.

Winner: The Bellas and Rousey.

Match 7: WWE Cruiserweight championship.

Cedric Alexander (c) v Buddy Murphy

Let me guess… there will be at least one spanish fly in this one. The crowd are vocal for their hometown hero Murphy who starts agressively. He makes a sucessful dive onto Cedric and continues his assault.

The pace slows with Buddy still on top with a rear neck hold. The champ breaks out the assault with a thunderous super kick. They go up to the corner and Cedric hits a thunderous slam. The dominant competitor still divided as they head out.

Up onto another top rope corner they go with Murphy converting into a sit down powerbomb which answers to a 2 count. Lumbar check by Alexander in which Murphy kicks out of this was preceeded by a spanish fly.

Anything could happen now as Murphy hits a finisher to pick up the win! Biggest pop of the night!

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Winner: Buddy Murphy new cruiserweight champion.

Match 8: Doplh Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman V The Shield

The match begins with a mass brawl. Rollins and Strowman which turns into the whole shield stepping in. They set up the announcers table only for Ziggler and Drew to break it up. The bell eventually rings.

The shield are on the back foot as McIntyre lays in an assault to Ambrose. Next we see Strowman enter followed by Ziggler who try to isolate Rollins.

The action spreads out with Strowman the front runner. Ziggler in again as this match is becoming a snooze fest.

Weirdly Braun heads to the top rope and fails to connect with a dive. This gives Rollins opportunity to tag in Ambrose who goes toe to toe with Ziggler.

Roman is tagged in and goes after McIntyre. DDT by Reigns but it isnt enough for a 3 count. Now we see a super man punch missed and into Ambrose.

Eventually Roman hits his scottish target but no pin. Roman and Rollins are surrounded until Ambrose rises and puts in the save. They clear the ring a go for a triple power bomb only for Strowman to take them all down.

In the ring Ziggler hits a finisher only for Ambrose to kick out. Outside Strowman is speared through the barrier. Back inside Ambrose hits the dirty deeds on Ziggler for the win.

Winner: The Shield

Match 9: No.1 Contenders match for WWE Championship.

Daniel Bryan V The Miz

A physical start to the match with Miz who attacks Bryan straight away.  He fights back with some yes kicks and the back and forth begins. Bryan rolls up the Miz and its a 3 count early on.

Winner: Daniel Bryan.

Match 10:  The Undertaker v Triple H

Before the bell it is announced that this match is no DQ. Both Shawn Michaels and Kane are in eachothers corner.

They tussle back and forth. Taker goes for old skool for HHH to block and try the same. Taker throws him into the corner for some big right hands. He hits old skool with sucess already we can see this going to be a slow burner.

The action moves outside with some brief interferance from HBK. A table is set up outside as Taker and HHH move near it. Kane is looming. Back into the ring they go. It appears the crowd is dead or muted currently as they head out again to the announcers table.

Into the crowd they go towards some wiring and tech equipment. Further they go deeper into audience. They loop around back to the ring. Taker gets out a steel chair. Eventually he lays HHH on the table and heads up to the apron. HBK interferes and is big booted.

Now Kane is on the table and HHH hits an elbow drop through it. Back in the ring Taker hits a chokeslam to HHH followed by tombstone. HHH kicks out at 2 and a half.

In a suprise turn Taker hits out at the referee. Theres no official in the ring as Taker lays a chair into HHH.

HBK dashes in and recieves a right hand for his efforts. Spine buster followed by a pedigree from HHH and Taker kicks out. The game sets up the chair around Takers neck and heads for the top corner. He jumps and hits. Goes for the pin. New referee in and Kanes pulls the ref out mid count.

HBK passes in the sledgehammer and Kane hands Taker a chair. Their weapons collide and they both go down. Hells gate from Taker with HHH still sledgehammer in hand. He begins to press it against Takers neck. They flop to the mat. No referee.

Something has to give here. Taker grabs the sledgehammer and is disarmed. They exchange move attempts and chokeslam from Taker. Second tombstone attempt for HBK to put in two superkicks followed by a pedigree from HHH for the win.

Winner: HHH

Overall PPV verdict:  Not bad. It dragged a little. Would have been better to see in person.

 

 

 

 

 

Demonspawn by Christina Engela – a review

‘In space, not all things were certain… not even death’ demonspawn-2018-cover-front1

Demonspawn is a detailed well-imagined space story, which I found hard to put down, in fact I read the book in just 3 sittings.

Christina Engela has created a believable world of space travel, delivering it in way that seemed to me logical and explained without straying from the main plot.

From the very opening, there is a deliberate psychological vagueness as to what the ‘big bad’ could be. This heightens the mystery giving readers a real urgency and a want to find out, eventually you will.

With that tension steadily building the story follows the somewhat damned crew of the I.S.S. Mordrake; a ship seemingly stranded and damaged beyond repair in the furthest reaches of space. Their captain is found murdered and so it’s up to main character Joe Lofflin to investigate along with a cast full of convincing characters.

Then they discover a derelict ship just floating in space.

This story reminded me of films such as Alien and Event Horizon but Demonspawn could easily stand shoulder to shoulder with them. There were many concepts of the sci-fi genre in this book that were original and put together in a way not seen before anywhere else (this was especially so for the ‘Akx’.)

It’s an enjoyable read that will leave you wanting more.

5 Stars. 

 

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Weekly Ramble #9

Twitter is shit. There you go I’ve said it. And it’s the truth. I’ve never really figured out the tweet machine and so my jury rests upon the fact it sucks, probably like all social media. Everybody is just looking for that one up so they can sell you whatever they want to sell.

I asked myself recently if I could live without twitter and so I chose not to install it on my new phone, and I’m better for it mostly. Now I check on the ‘land of weird repetition of the same shit’ once a day at best.

Facebook have seemed to distance themselves from it also, and I know for a fact they aren’t perfect, but these days I have taken more of a shine to Instagram which is linked. Truth is, nobody can withhold and keep up a presence across all platforms unless you have a media team, and I do not. Either way, this revelation has made me feel good.

In fact I’m doing great right now, things are moving towards my 4th book release and I’ve even got my first book review gig. The wheel is beginning to turn with another review for the Teleporter and organic sales of Open Evening.

Its the first day of new a month and with it comes the hope of good things as the leaves begin to fall into a new season. I’m optimistic this somewhat difficult year will have a decent end.