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ABC Reading Challenge – G

I have seen only a few posts on this challenge, recently viewed it on Sara @ the Bibliophagist. I think this will become another regular post on my blog, perhaps for Friday’s :). This Week is the letter – G.

Books Read –

The ghost downstairs – By Molly Ringle
The ghost files – Apryl Baker
The girl on the train – By Paula Hawkins
Th gilded king – By Josie Jaffrey

Books To Read –

Gone Girl – By Gillian Flynn
A gate of night – By Bella Forrest
The ghost files series 2-5 – By Apryl Baker
Ghosted – By Kristine Schwartz
Gone – By S.H.Love

Have you read anything that’s on my TBR? Which books should I read first? Do you have any recommendations? Let’s talk in the comments!

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The Blood Prince – Cover Reveal by Josie Jaffrey

Josie Jaffrey has dropped the Cover reveal for her third and final book in the Sovereign series – The Blood Prince, and I am loving it. As well as revealing the release date as 20/02/19 (psst the day before my birthday).
I am super excited to read this book, and is definitely high on my TBR list.
To keep track of the release check out Josie’s Twitter.

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The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.
All she needs is blood.

The Blood Prince is the final book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.


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The Silver Queen – Book Review

What blood contaminates, only blood can cleanse.The last city on Earth is contaminated. Now blood is the only thing that can wash it clean.Julia is trapped inside the Blue as the Nobles fight over the few humans who are still alive. When the dust settles and she finds herself shackled to a new master, she knows she must escape or die.Meanwhile, Cam has gathered a handful of comrades and is on his way into the Red to rescue his queen. But not all of his friends can be trusted, and not all of them will make it back alive.The Silver Queen is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.


Review

I was very excited to jump into this book after Gilded King, especially after reading that Emmy and Sol were back….. YES!
Josie keeps to the original characters of this series, Lucas, Julia, Cam and Felix.  However the character perspectives are Julia and Cam.
I asked Josie on Twitter when will we be meeting these characters again, she has informed me February 2019, just in time for my Birthday.
I did ask if Emmy and Sol will be the point of views, but we will continue to see this story from Julia and Cam’s view.  The ending though (oh my god it’s cliffhanger material).

What I liked about this book was the continuity, drama and growth.  Cam and Julia are back, and facing more drama and destruction than ever before.
The flip between each character in each chapter is fluid.
I enjoyed Julia’s journey more in this book, she to hell and back, as a result became a fierce independent woman.  

The ending was very well done, throughout the book we’re left guessing why Emmy is so reserved, secretive.  When Sol and Emmy finally meet….. well you have to read to see it’s an OH MY GOODNESS moment.   This is why I am super excited for the next instalment.  The name I do not know as Josie is still writing.

The book didn’t really leave me with any feelings, apart from suspense, this book mainly focuses on their journey’s rather than relationships.  Can they save the Blue, and return their Queen back to their King.

What I disliked – I wouldn’t say there was any real dislikes with this book, however I found the story slower than the first.  I did find I skipped a few lines here and there (oops don’t tell me off). However I can tell that Josie is trying not to rush, she wants us to enjoy the story and get to know these characters, as well as dipping into the other characters surrounding them.  On the other hand, everything sped up in the last 75%.

I have always loved Josie’s stories this year.  My love for these characters kicked off with Emmy and Sol in the Solis Invicti series which I read earlier this year.  Then the release of the Sovereign series drew me back into reading when I was in a funk.
I do prefer the first book in this series compared to this one, only because I felt the pace was a lot slower and there was more action once we reached 80%.
I am excited to read the next instalment.  This series is suitable for younger readers, definitely plenty of fantasy, vampire creatures.

I gave this book an overall rating of 4/5 stars.   But I hold high hopes for the 3rd book early next year.


Links to the series I have reviewed and Promoted –
Solis Invicti Series:

Book 1 –
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/01/27/a-bargain-in-silver-by-josie-jaffrey-book-review/

Book 2 –
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/02/03/the-price-of-silver-book-2-solis-invicti-series/

Book 3 – 
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/02/10/bound-to-silver-book-3-solis-invicti-series-book-review/

Book 4 – 
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/02/17/the-silver-bullet-solis-invicti-book-4-giveaway/

The Sovereign Series – 

Book 1 – 
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/11/30/book-review-the-gilded-king-sovereign-series/

Interview – 
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2018/11/27/interview-with-josie-jaffrey/

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WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog?No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

What have I recently finished – 


What blood contaminates, only blood can cleanse.

The last city on Earth is contaminated. Now blood is the only thing that can wash it clean.
Julia is trapped inside the Blue as the Nobles fight over the few humans who are still alive. When the dust settles and she finds herself shackled to a new master, she knows she must escape or die.
Meanwhile, Cam has gathered a handful of comrades and is on his way into the Red to rescue his queen. But not all of his friends can be trusted, and not all of them will make it back alive.
The Silver Queen is the second book in Josie Jaffrey’s Sovereign trilogy, set in a dystopian Europe where vampiric Nobles control the last remnants of the human race.

What am I currently reading – 


New Orleans is a city known for its paranormal history—and it’s the place Emma Rose Crane, AKA Mattie Hathaway, has come home to.

She hopes she can start over in New Orleans, where her ability to see ghosts isn’t so freaky. She’s even starting college, but the whole thing would be a lot easier if she weren’t faced with a family she barely knows, all while dealing with the loss of someone she loved.

Can she really escape her past and be semi-normal? Even with her sister Mary and best friend Eric by her side, it’s going to be a wild ride once she agrees to help Mary’s new friends investigate a “haunted” house. 

The house’s new occupants are terrified, and the ghost seems to be attacking their little girl, leaving everyone desperate for answers. Emma isn’t sure what to think when she discovers Dr. Lawrence Olivet was also invited to investigate. 

Will her gifts be enough to save the family that is currently being stalked in their own home? And when some of her own family’s long-kept secrets come to light, will her fresh start be over before it even begins?

What will I read next – 


Two years ago, he took my innocence and ran,
Luckily for me, he’s a slow runner.
He doesn’t know that he gave me the most beautiful gift in the world – my son. 
I’m going to give him a gift too – revenge! 
And if he’s thinking he can get me and my son…
Well, he can go take a walk!

She’s my best friend’s little sister. 
I should never have touched her. 
But I did.
She was hot. She was fun. She was begging me for it.
So I gave it to her… all night long.
I told her I loved her. I promised her the moon and stars. 
I meant every word.
Then I vanished. I couldn’t tell her why. I still can’t.
We haven’t talked since.
But I saw her yesterday. She’s still hot enough to stop traffic,
Even with a kid.
She’s got secrets, but so do I. 
I know she still wants me, but she’s not begging this time.
This time she wants me to beg. 
But I don’t beg. I take. 
And I’m taking Jessi. Secrets and all.

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Book Review – The Gilded King (Sovereign Series).

I have come to the conclusion that my reading slump is down to the fact that I am just not enjoying Torment from the Fallen series.  I have kept trying and will continue to try and finish it.  However it feels more like a task.   I began reading The Gilded King 2 days ago now, after the author announced on Twitter that it is currently free to download on kindle.  And I was not disappointed.  In fact after this post I will be buying the second book to find out what happens next.

Free to download via Kindle.  

In the last city on Earth, death is just a step into the trees.

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, who believes in fairytales that her world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are going to come down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

Review

First of all you could read this as a stand alone however I would recommend you read the previous series Solis Invicti (Series of 4 books).

The Gilded King was addictive.  Drawing me back into the fantasy world of vampires and Weepers.  Josie did an amazing job once again (Round of applause), I was captivated and thrown into a new world set centuries ahead of time.   Josie did not disappoint,  as a reader you are given two perspectives of this new world.  One from Cam a Silver from before the world was taken by the Fall (You will understand this reference in the book).  And another Julia, a server who has known nothing other than the world she is now in, born into a world controlled by vampires, controlled by the nobles.
Two very different people, but both set at the same time experiencing, and fighting through the current changes that effect everyone.

I have enjoyed getting lost in this book over the last couple of days.  The characters growth and relationships are gradual.   There is more flirtation between characters in this series so far compared to the last, previously in the Solis Invicti, I found myself reading Emmy jumping into relationships.  More sex and less of a gradual friendship/Romance.  However that was the beginning of the world ending so maybe Emmy was just living her life to the fullest.

I enjoyed reading from both perspectives which is rare for me.  However if I had to pick one, I would choose Cam’s, Probably because I wanted him to find Emmy, I miss the old characters, and the hope of meeting them again was just too exciting.

There wasn’t a lot of “flashbacks” like most do when two series have the same storyline, this prevented boredom.  Thank goodness, this just made me more engrossed by the new characters.  Amazing.

Emmy is missing (read the previous books), Sol is in a deep death like sleep in a temple awaiting his love to return.  The Blue now has a new Empress, yet the sanctuary once filled with normal civilisation is falling to ruin.  The blood supply low, and the humans are just getting by with scraps.

Cam is a loner now, travelling continents to search for his Queen.  Since Emmy was taken “To protect Sol” they were told, his life has not been the same.  He has spent centuries trying to find Emmy to restore the Blue back to it’s original form, with hopes to finally get his King back.  But meeting Felix makes things complicated, more of a self discovering journey.

Julia knows nothing other than the Blue.  All she dreams of is a world away from within these walls, where she can find other humans and try to have a somewhat normal life, other than the one she was abandoned in by her parents.   I thoroughly enjoyed reliving the past series through Julia’s learning.
Emmy and Sol are just a fairytale to her – A vampire who silvered to a mortal, the mortal returns the love, and then they become golden.
Little does she know is that there is more truth to this fairytale and Lucas wants to open her eyes to the truth and possibilities hidden from the humans.

About The Author

I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).

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Currently Reading


Love never dies . . .
It took Lucinda an eternity to find her beloved angel, Daniel. But he waited for her. Now they are forced apart again, to protect Luce from the Outcasts – immortals who want her dead. During their separation, Luce learns about her mysterious past lives. But the more she discovers, the more she suspects Daniel is hiding something.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t true?
Is it really their destiny to be together?
Or is Luce actually meant to be with someone else?

In the last city on Earth, death is just a step into the trees.

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.

Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, who believes in fairytales that her world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.

Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.

One way or another, the walls of the Blue are going to come down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.

Currently free via Kindle

Recently Finished


Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angel kind . . . and now they’re failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.
Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before it’s too late, and Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering in New York and across the world.
In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.
This time, survival may not be possible . . . not even for the consort of an archangel.

What will I read next?


New Orleans is a city known for its paranormal history—and it’s the place Emma Rose Crane, AKA Mattie Hathaway, has come home to.

She hopes she can start over in New Orleans, where her ability to see ghosts isn’t so freaky. She’s even starting college, but the whole thing would be a lot easier if she weren’t faced with a family she barely knows, all while dealing with the loss of someone she loved.

Can she really escape her past and be semi-normal? Even with her sister Mary and best friend Eric by her side, it’s going to be a wild ride once she agrees to help Mary’s new friends investigate a “haunted” house. 

The house’s new occupants are terrified, and the ghost seems to be attacking their little girl, leaving everyone desperate for answers. Emma isn’t sure what to think when she discovers Dr. Lawrence Olivet was also invited to investigate. 

Will her gifts be enough to save the family that is currently being stalked in their own home? And when some of her own family’s long-kept secrets come to light, will her fresh start be over before it even begins?

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Interview with Josie Jaffrey

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Hey all,  I wanted to bring something a little different today.  Earlier this year in February I reviewed the series Solis Invicti by Josie Jaffrey and fell in love with her books.  Above I have included picture links to all her current books available for free on kindle unlimited.  So be sure to check them out. 
Josie was very kind and accepted my offer for an interview.  The Gilded King is on my to be read.  I am super excited.

When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t until the beginning of 2017 that I started thinking I’d like to write as a career. At that point I’d already self-published three books, but it was more of a hobby than anything else. It’s only been in the past year that I’ve applied myself to it in a more determined way.

For more on how and why I started writing full time, you can check out this YouTube video: WritingVlog #3 | Ancient History

How long does it take you to write a book?

About three months, although I’ve always got a decent idea of the plot before I start the actual writing. When you self-publish like I do, the most important thing is to keep producing more books. That’s what keeps you afloat, and keeps readers engaged, so at the moment I’m aiming to release three or four books a year.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Well,as you can probably imagine, it’s quite busy! I now write practically full-time(although I’m a company director as well, which takes up some of my time). I split my year into quarters and dedicate each quarter to a new book. About 8-10 weeks goes into producing a draft, and the rest into editing. In practical terms, that means for a 100,000-word novel (which most of mine are) I’m writing 2,500 words a day, five days a week, for 8 weeks. That takes up most of my working day (about 6-8 hours), and the rest of my time goes into all the other business of self-publishing (formatting, emails with my cover designer and book bloggers, advertising, social media, YouTube videos, research, interviews like this etc.). I usually end up working about 12-14 hours a day. I try to take one day off a week, but that rarely actually happens. That’s obviously not sustainable long term, but at the moment I’m trying to make the most of my workaholic impulses while I still can!

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure whether you mean the quirk in my writing process or the quirk of my writing itself.

In terms of process, I’m a writing binger. I like to sit and write solidly for 8 hours, with no interruptions. I’m not someone who dips in an out of a story -I Find it easier to be fully immersed.

In terms of my writing, I think there are two things that characterise my authorial voice: one, I like poetic but concise descriptions; and two, all of my stories are about imbalances of power, control and manipulation, both in political situations or in the context of relationships.

How did you come up with the characters?

I usually start with relationships and work backwards from there. That is to say, I rarely come up with one character at a time. Instead, I think of a relationship dynamic I’d really like to include in the novel (whether friendship, a rivalry or a romance), then work out how I need to form the characters on either side of it in order to make that dynamic as crunchy and satisfying as possible.

The creation of the characters for the Solis Invicti series was a little different,because they’d been evolving in my head for a long time before I finally started writing A Bargain in Silver. For more on that, you can check out this YouTube video: BookExtras | Solis Invicti Origins

How do books get published? 

My books are all self-published, so at the moment I do everything myself, with the assistance of a cover artist and beta readers. That requires some significant feats of organisation on my part, particularly when I’m publishing so much so quickly. To anyone who is thinking of starting self-publishing, I’d say this: start small, and give yourself time to work out how all the various self-publishing platforms work. Don’t try to publish four books a year right from the start.

My aim is to be a hybrid author eventually, self-publishing my Silver books and placing my more commercial work with traditional publishers. I’m currently scouting around for an agent for my latest manuscript, a YA thriller, so watch this space for updates on that.

Jericho Writers have some really helpful resources for those starting out in traditional or self-publishing. For more info, check out this YouTube video: Writing Vlog#4 | Jericho Writers

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

My ideas usually come in the same way that my characters do: I think of a situation I want to create, then build a setting and basic plot around it. Once I’ve dropped the characters into that setting, the details of the plot often present themselves naturally because I just wind up my characters and watch them go. That’s a very simplistic way of describing it, but I find that if I try to let myself be guided by the characters rather than forcing them into-particular actions, I end up with a story that feels more satisfying.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

A Bargain in Silver was the first full novel I completed, when I was 30. I honestly don’t think age matters at all with authors, the important thing is your practical writing experience. The more you write, the better you get, so a twenty-year-old who’s written five novels is likely to be writing much better work than a sixty-year-old who’s never finished a novel. Life experience does count for something, but the thing that is most likely to improve your writing craft is actually practising it, and finishing what you start.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I read a lot. I used to row, but a knee injury scuppered my training and I still haven’t got back into it. At the moment I have a smaller ambition: make it to the gym!

What does your family think of your writing?

Most of them are very supportive, although a little bewildered by my fascination with vampires. The first thing I hear at family gatherings is, ‘I liked the latest book, but you really must write something that isn’t vampires.’ And whilst I do have some non-vampire stories in the works, vampires are an addiction I’m never going to quit!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

How much practice improves your writing. My first book was pretty difficult to finish, and sometimes felt like a monolith towering over me. Looking back now,I don’t think it’s my best work. These days I knock out a few books a year and it feels easier simply because I know I can do it, because I’ve done it before.The most important lesson I’ve taken from that is that persistence pays off.The hardest thing is getting started, but once you’ve got that first accomplishment under your belt, you stop doubting yourself so much. That’s very liberating.

How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?

I’m writing my eighth novel at the moment, and I have six currently published. I think my favourite of them all is probably The Gilded King, the first book in the Sovereign series. I’d been desperate to write it for about a year before I finally got started on it, and I’m really pleased by how it came out.

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I mainly chat with readers on social media, usually Twitter and Facebook. Readers send me their book reviews and pictures of their pets (which I love – please send me pictures of your pets!), and we chat about bookish stuff. The question I’m asked most frequently is when the next book is coming out, so I’ll answer that now: February 2019!

Anyone who’d like to keep up to date with my writing can join my Readers’ Club here: www.josiejaffrey.com/subscribe

I also have an active Facebook Group you can join here: https://www.facebook.com/947769802008236/posts/1868892939895913/

And I answer questions from readers every week on my Sunday writing vlog. Just tweet me @JosieJaffrey using the hashtag #AskJosieJaffrey

Do you like to create books for adults?

I like writing for ages 14 and up, so a mixture of Young Adult and Adult. Writing YA is great because the YA voice really resonates with me, but I often want to write stories that are just a bit too adult to sit in the YA category. A lot of what I write is quite dark, and while YA readers are generally comfortable with moderate horror and violence, there are limits to what is suitable for that audience.

I also find it rewarding to mix it up. My first four books were Adult, and I’ve written four YA books in a row now, so I’ll be returning to Adult novels in 2019.

What do you think makes a good story?

I could give a million pointless rules for a good story, but really the only criterion is that it makes you want to keep turning the pages, for whatever reason. That’s all there is to it.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I honestly had no idea. The only thing I knew was that I never wanted to drive, I just wanted to ride everywhere on horseback. That might have worked if I had been living in 1840, but the practicalities of living in the English countryside in 2001 necessitated a driving licence.

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