Guest Post: Series or Standalone? by Chele Cooke

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPart time author and full time fantasist, Chele Cooke is a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author living in London, UK.
While some know they want to write stories since childhood, Chele first started writing as a teenager writing fanfiction and roleplaying. Before long playing in other people’s worlds wasn’t enough and she started creating her own. Living in San Francisco at the time, she found a lot of inspiration in her favourite city, some of which can be found in her books.
With a degree in Creative Writing, Chele’s first novel was published in 2013. She currently has three books published: two books in a sci-fi series, Out of Orbit, and the first book of a vampire serial, Teeth.

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Review: The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams

The Iron Ghost

Genre: Fantasy, adventure
Publisher: Headline
Publication date: February 26th 2015
This edition: eARC (NetGalley)
Formats: Paperback, ebook
Cover artist: Unknown

Notes: This book is the second volume in the Copper Promise series; this review may contain mild series spoilers.

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Spotlight: Grimm Mistresses

In honour of February being Women In Horror Month, today I’m taking a look at the latest collection of short fiction from Ragnarok Publications, Grimm Mistresses! This book features spooky tales from five female writers of horror, and I for one am excited to get my hands on it! Check out the details below.

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Guest Post: Harry Connolly, author of The Great Way

Okay, I’m quite excited about having this post to share with you today. The topic is a bit of an ongoing one, but I’ve always been interested in getting this particular author’s take on it as I work my mightily-pleased-with-the-results way through The Great Way. (Do read, if you haven’t. It’s epic. And Epic!)

So. Without (too much) further ado, my fine folks, I shall turn things over to Harry…

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Review: Rook Song by Naomi Foyle

Rook Song

Series: Gaia Chronicles #2

Genre: Science fiction/dystopian

Published on/by: February 5th 2015 by Jo Fletcher Books

This edition: Trade paperback

Notes: My review of Book One of this series can be found here. This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review contains some plot spoilers for Astra.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

Yo! Free stuff!

Now, you might have heard of or, like me, even read this book prior to the collapse of Strange Chemistry. However, last summer the happier news broke that Kat’s novel had been adopted by Skyscape.

As of February 17th, it will be officially back out in the world, and to celebrate, Kat and Skyscape have organised a giveaway! Check out the details below, along with the book’s shiny new cover…

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Review: The Boy Who Wept Blood by Den Patrick

Boy Who Wept Blood

Series: The Erebus Sequence #2

Cover artist: Alejandro Colucci

Published on/by: January 29th 2015, Gollancz

This edition: Paperback (416 pages)

Notes: I received this copy ahead of publication from the author, which makes him a fine gent indeed. *Tips hat* Also, as this review is of the second book in a series, please note that it will contain spoilers for the first.

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Review Roundup – January 2015

Time for another quick look at what I’ve been reading/listening to lately when I’m not up to my eyes in ARCs and review copies of novels, and this time around I’ve got some real gems for you! Also, I am still taking this whole ‘organise the blog properly’ notion seriously, so I will be endeavouring to post a roundup such as this once a month, as and when it’s needed. Now, without further ado…

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First Time Reads: Dune (Part Three)

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Well, here we are at the end of January, and at the end of this book! If you’ve followed this readthrough from the start (parts one and two are here and here, respectively) then you’ll be aware that I’ve had some mixed feelings about this one. Read on to see where things stand now that the trilogy’s complete…

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