Friday, 31 October 2014

It's that time of the year...



Hope you all have an awesome day filled with spooky books and creepy movies.
 
And if you happen to cross paths with Michael Myers, just remember that this is the time of the year where she shines most. So, turn and run the other way! ;)
 
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Grab Sierra's 1st book before the end of October!


That's right. There are only a few days to go...
 
To celebrate the upcoming release of the last book in my Sierra Fox series, you can grab a FREE copy of the first book in the series from all major retailers during the month of October.
 
 
All it takes is one weak seam for everything to fall apart.
 
Sierra Fox, Book 1

In a perfect world, Sierra Fox would have stayed away from the Council she left years ago. But in this world—where spirits have the right to walk among the living—it's her job to round up troublesome spooks and bring them before that very same Council.
 
Though her desk is piled high with open cases, she can't resist an anonymous summons to a mysterious late-night meeting with a bunch of other hunters, each of whom seems to have a unique specialty. The news is dire: something is tearing at the fabric of the universe. If the hunters can't find who or why in time, something's going to give in a very messy way.
 
As current cases, family secrets, new clues and her tangled love life slowly wind themselves into an impossible knot, Sierra finds herself the target of a power-sucking duo intent on stealing her mojo. And realizing she holds the key to the last hope of sealing the widening rift.

 
Warning: Spook catching: may contain traces of ectoplasm and otherworldly nasties. Not recommended for those with allergies to ghosts, demons, and with boyfriends who think your power is theirs. While reading, avoid dark patches and stay to the light.



 
 
 
Sierra Fox, Book 5: A STITCH ON TIME
is the last book in the series.
All it takes is a little death and mayhem to make a spook catcher’s day.


Sunday, 26 October 2014

THE VINES by Christopher Rice

Spring House, New Orleans: a plantation mansion of money and influence. But something sinister lurks beneath the glamour of the old estate, awoken by blood and looking for revenge...
 
After Caitlin Chaisson tries to take her own life in her mansion's cherished gazebo, it becomes apparent that Spring House's malevolent history won't stay hidden for long. By morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone mad. Nova, daughter to the groundskeeper, is determined to get to the bottom of the horrors. But she soon realises that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price. Some secrets are better left sleeping soundly . . .
 
  THE VINES is a creepy, addictive, supernatural read for fans of Stephen King, Anne Rice and Peter Straub
 
 
As soon as I saw the cover for this book and then read the blurb, I knew it was a story I wanted to read. Especially during the month of October. :)
 
Caitlin's birthday party is winding down when she finds her husband with another woman. As much as she wants to be strong and confront the bastard, all she can do in her state of shock is watch what's going on. Until she eventually runs from the horrible images of infidelity that start a succession of bizarre events in Spring House.
 
Unable to deal with what she's seen because of the self-loathing she's lived with all of her life, Caitlin runs to the gazebo armed with a shard of glass. There, she begins to cut herself in an attempt to take her own life. Instead, she awakens something deep beneath the plantation house. Her blood stirs the thick vines beneath the land and sets her on a new path.
 
Blake used to be Caitlin's best friend until he told her about her husband's infidelity. Now he's getting on with his own life as a nurse, even if he's still haunted by the tragic loss of his first love. When he gets a call from Nova--the Spring House groundskeeper's daughter--asking him to return to the place he hasn't been to in over six months because something strange is going on, he gets sucked back into Caitlin's life. But his former friend isn't the same anymore, and it seems as if a strange plant has something to do with it.
 
Caitlin, Blake and Nova find themselves sucked into the violent history of a house that mistreated slaves and ended up being cursed because of it.
 
Wow. This book really hooked me in. As soon as I started reading I got so wrapped up in what was going on that I didn't want to put it down. What starts out as a story of betrayal and infidelity soon turns into something a lot messier. A tale that intertwines the lives of several characters and throws the reader headfirst into multiple points of view so that the story is shared from several angles and keeps you turning each page. Throwing you deeper into the mystery of this spooky house.
 
The Vines is a unique and creepy story with a disturbing core. It's well written and takes you deep into the lives of several characters following very different paths, but all haunted in some way. One horrifying twist is closely followed by a twisted turn, until you get so lost in what's happening to the characters that you can't wait to reach the end to see how this nightmare turns out. 
 
Great story! I enjoyed it a lot. 
 
This isn't the first Christopher Rice book I've read, and it certainly won't be the last.

 

The Vines, October 2014, ISBN  9780349402864, Piatkus

Thursday, 23 October 2014

THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

The Sleeper and the Spindle
A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish.
 
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Twisting together the familiar and the new, this perfectly delicious, captivating and darkly funny tale shows its creators at the peak of their talents.
Lavishly produced, packed with glorious Chris Riddell illustrations enhanced with metallic ink, this is a spectacular and magical gift.
 
 
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from Bloomsbury, and I absolutely love it!
 
When three dwarves go in search of 'the finest silks of Dorimar' to give to the queen as a wedding gift, they discover that on the other side of the mountain there is some sort of plague affecting the land. While stopping by a village inn, they are told that this sleep is sweeping across the land and is making everyone fall asleep. Some say it was caused when a witch cursed a princess. 
 
Meanwhile, the queen is about to get married but she's not excited. Actually, she's not even looking forward to it. So when the dwarves tell her what they have found out, she decides to trek across the land to rescue the sleeping princess and stop the sleeping plague.
 
The three dwarves and the queen make their way  towards the castle, and find it hidden behind overgrown thorns. Everyone they cross is asleep. No one is dead, but they are all in limbo. So when they reach the top of the tower, they think they've discovered the answer to this problem... and instead find something a lot more twisted.
 
This is another awesome Neil Gaiman book. It's short, but it packs quite a punch. It features two very familiar fairy tale characters, and then spins our familiarity with them upside down to deliver a very twisted tale of power and corruption. It also ends up being a story about facing choices.
 
The Sleeper and the Spindle was a dark and very clever reimagining of two fairy tales. I love the strength and wickedness of the females in this story, and that a prince isn't the one who takes charge. The illustrations that accompany this wonderful tale are gorgeous, and enhance it. The actual book is beautiful, a treasure that I can't wait to add to my bookshelf. 
 
Loved it!

The Sleeper and the Spindle, November 2014, ISBN  9781408859643, Bloomsbury Childrens

MADE FOR YOU by Melissa Marr


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Made for You by Melissa Marr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this book listed on the library's database and it sounded intriguing. So I put it on hold and started reading it as soon as it arrived.

Eva is an average teenage girl trying to live a normal life. She has a boyfriend, a large group of friends, and a bestie. Well, she likes to think she's average but in the small town of Jessup the heritage on both sides of her family makes her royalty. So everyone's always watching what she does.

Some a lot closer than she realises.

The night she gets runover and left for dead, her life changes forever. Her face is scarred, she reconnects with her forever crush, and when someone touches her she can see their death. As if that's not macabre enough, someone is killing girls she knows. And leaving messages for her. She might not understand the messages like the killer intends, but one thing is clear: there's a killer and it's someone she knows.

Someone who won't give up until he/she gets what he/she wants: Eva.

I really enjoyed this book. It's told in the first-person POV of several characters so the readers experiences the story from several angles.

Eva is a great narrator. I liked following her struggle and recovery. I also liked that she was straightforward and told people--especially her love interest, Nate--exactly what she felt/thought. No hiding behind teenage indecision. Nate was interesting and had his own issues, while Grace was a nice and loyal friend.

The freakiest POV was the killer's. That sick fuck was seriously disturbed and hid behind religious bullshit to reason out his/her reasoning for doing horrible things and thinking disgusting thoughts.

This really turned out to be a great book with a bit of everything. It's a YA thriller with a dark, mysterious core. It's also got a nice love story, strong friendship, and a touch of the paranormal.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

I signed up!
















That's right. I've once again decided to tackle the madness that is NaNoWriMo.

I will be writing the second Sierra Fox spin-off novel. If you read the series, then you'll know exactly who the character is as soon as you see the WIP title.

If you're taking part and want to be buddies, this is me. :)
 
Happy writing!
 
I enjoy taking part in NaNoWriMo:

   http://store.samhainpublishing.com/torn-from-shadows-p-73390.html 
       
           

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour Is over BUT here are all the stops...



To help celebrate the upcoming release of Sierra's fifth and last book, A STITCH ON TIME, I'll be stopping by several places during this month.



October 1: Fallen Angel Reviews

http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/09/free-ebook-patch-of-darkness.html


I'll also be posting these:
October 5: A Stitch on Time Excerpt #1
  
 
                       
October 15: Wicked Little Pixie
October 18: Fang-tastic Books
October 19: The Book Nympho
 
 
I hope you stop by and find out a little more about Sierra's world...

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour: Team Tynga's Reviews

It's time for...
 
PHEf
 
Check out my Halloween Q&A!
 
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html
 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour: The Book Nympho

 Next stop:
 
http://thebooknympho.com/2014/10/q-a-with-yolanda-sfetsos-author-of-the-sierra-fox-series/
 
 It's interview time! ;)
 
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour: Fang-tastic Books

Today I stopped by...
 
http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com.au/
 
To chat a little about my experience while writing the last book in Sierra's series.
 
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html
 

SWEET DAMAGE by Rebecca James


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After borrowing Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead from the library and really enjoying it, I decided to put this one on hold as well. As soon as it came in, I got stuck into it...

Tim Ellison has been staying with his ex after getting back from Indonesia. But her current boyfriend doesn't want him there, so Lilla pushes him to move out and even finds a place for him. All he has to do is turn up and check it out. The house is huge, the rent is cheap, and he'll be sharing with only one person: the young owner of the house.

Anna London is strange and frail. She can't leave the house and seems mentally unstable. She keeps to herself, doesn't talk much, and spends hours in the attic. None of that matters to Tim because he's got a job at his father's restaurant, goes surfing, and hangs out with Lilla. They might now be friends, but he's still hung up on her.

When strange and creepy things start happening at night, Tim starts to wonder if moving into Fairview was a good idea. He also starts to think that Anna might be going mad. But the more he gets to know his housemate, the more he likes her and starts to realise that while she's definitely got issues stemming from trauma, she's not losing her mind.

So what's going on?

This was another great thriller with a very creepy vibe. I managed to figure out one of the mysteries (Benjamin's story), but had pinned someone else as the one responsible for all the other creepiness. So that was a great surprise.

Loved this book! It's freaky, twisted, and so intriguing I couldn't put it down. Tim and Anna were great narrators. I enjoyed reading Tim's story, while Anna's slowly unfolded.

I'm looking forward to reading Rebecca James's first book. I actually own that one. I really like the way she tells a story, and that there's a certain wickedness to them. ;)

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour: Sizzling Hot Books

Today I'm taking part in...
 
http://sizzlinghotbooks.com/guest-blog-yolanda-sfetsos-giveaway/
 
Where I'm reminiscing about what I used to do to celebrate Halloween in a country where it's not really celebrated.
 
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html
 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Sierra Fox Blog Book Tour: Wicked Little Pixie

My next stop is:
 
Wicked Little Pixie
 
Where I talk about my research into Legion and how it fits into Sierra's world.
 
http://www.yolandasfetsos.com/2014/10/the-sierra-fox-blog-book-tour-october.html
 

 
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