BY MILLIE THOM When I finished reading Shadow of the Raven, I put the book aside for a week before writing a review. Not because I had nothing to say, but because it made me think. Most period novels I’ve read make me want to travel to the past and experience what it’s like to live in that time. This book, however, made me very happy to be living in the 21st century. Shadow of The Raven is the story of Eadwulf, a Mercian Royal who is betrayed by his brother and enslaved by [ . . . ]
I must not think of life; so some say,Life is short – it is gone – you recall,Yet you must if youShould make anything of it. Draw a plan; stick by it, so some say,But is that really living?Following a pattern youWrote in the past.Is that really living now? Then how do you think of lifeWithout recalling?Think ahead, so some say,But as soon as you do – you are there – it is gone.Life is short.
Hello Fran, you’ve recently released a stunning debut novel called Beautiful. What was the journey like to getting it published? It was a long process. After I had a draft, I was unsure how I wanted to go about getting it published. I started by querying agents, but as I learned more about the publishing process I started to wonder if “traditional” publishing was right for me. You can spend years querying agents, revising and resubmitting your work according to their specifications, before finding the right agent. Then an agent [ . . . ]
I have the honour to start off this series of Q & As with celebrated Historical Romance author, Paullett Golden. She’s won several awards for her works including the Reviewers Choice award, which she won in 2019 and again in 2020. Check out her books here. I really admired the way you developed Duncan in The Colonel and The Enchantress. What kind of research did you do while developing his character? A great deal of my research focused on survivors of spinal hematomas, which is what his injury is, although it didn’t [ . . . ]
BY S.H. STEELE I received this book in exchange for an honest review. It’s difficult to put this book into words. At times I was totally immersed – it was fast-paced and entertaining – then, a spelling error, or a grammar error would knock me out of the hypnosis. It was a shame, because otherwise the book flowed well. There wasn’t a sentence that felt out of place – save for the odd sleezy line from Clark (I’ll get to him later). It’s a superhero whodunnit novella about three supernatural [ . . . ]
You once loved me and I acheBut word spreads its venom and did takeYour love and I faceEternity in heartbreakBut I fake a smileAnd chase the flies awayFrom a rotting love that is hate. A monster you make me and I acheFor I was once a man of business but you takeThat away and I faceA rotten life, for you breakEverything I own and call it fakeAnd chase me to the shadowsThat you grew out of hate. For, once a man of business,Now, a man of death.