Working on a new book – Marauders of the Missing Mummies

I have been toying with writing this book about ancient Egyptian myths and religion, for years. It started life as a play written specifically for children to perform. And indeed quite a few 8-12 year olds have acted out this play and sang the song – oh yes, there is a song!  I quite liked Marauders of the Missing Mummies and the evil Erica Van Clutch.

So, last year I decided to turn my stage story into a novel. 2012-09-18 at 10-05-17 The problem is that I know what’s going to happen. For some reason this has made my progress writing it as prose very slow. Sometimes I just stare at the dialogue and can’t move on. I find it difficult to write the story because I know too much.

So, I have put the play version away, kept most of the characters and started to write it from scratch. It’s still a little slow, but now I am free to go on the journey with my characters and not really know where we are going or how we will get there. It’s far more exciting this way.

I have posted the first 400 words or so as a taster. If anyone would like to comment, I would appreciate it very much.

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Chapter 1: We Are Not Alone

Darkness pushed against Cleo’s arms and legs as she struggled to make her way through the narrow chamber. Hands outstretched before her, Cleo Dalby slid her feet forward as if she were skiing. She strained to hear something, anything, but every sound, even the skid-slap of her sandals on the stone floor, became lost in the gloom. On Cleo walked slow and tentative. Deeper into the world of corpses.

A sigh, long and weary-filled drifted towards her. A sound so sad that Cleo had to cover her ears with her hands. But it was no use. The moans became louder. A musty scent of decomposing wood made breathing difficult. Cleo inhaled deeply and heard low whispers float around her. Cleo stopped and took her hands away from her ears. Intrigued by the muffled chatter, she held her breath and listened. Different voices swirled inside her head and scuttled around her brain like trapped mice looking for a way out. Cleo let them speak.

“We, the dead, abide here. Quietly resting, hands on chest, faces tilted up to catch a ray of sunlight.”

“A futile gesture. For this far below the ground, there is only blackness and the weight of stone.”

“We, the dead, lie still, poised in readiness for our resurrection.”

“ Ah, what a wait we’ve had; so many years spent lying in a state of half remembered promises and expectations, grown dull with the passing of each century.”

“We, the dead, no longer know who we are. Memories of our past life have faded and melted into our hollow skulls.”

“We, the dead, sometimes whisper to each other.”

“ Messages from dried up lips that linger against the cold walls in trembling anticipation.”

Cleo touched the limestone with her fingertips, and thought she heard a murmuring of souls.

“We, the dead, can feel a presence.”

A breath of ancient brushed past Cleo’s cheek. She shivered and rubbed her naked arms. The chill stuck to her legs and spread upwards leaving pimples of stiff-hair unease on her sunburnt flesh. She gulped and said into the blackness, “Hello? Is anyone there? My name is Cleo.”

“Found out!”

“Not Yet.”

“No.”

The voices ceased.

Cleo called again, but no answer came. The smell of rot disappeared and Cleo felt as if a dead weight had been lifted from her shoulders. She stood tall and shrugged. “The dark is just an absence of light,” Cleo said and shook the torch she gripped in her hand. “Stupid, froggin’ thing. Work.” She patted it against her palm. “Work.” Something touched her shoulder and Cleo jumped.

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The images I have used are from my collection of ‘sun photos’. To see more of my experimental photography, you can go to my website:  http://www.tracerlight.co.uk

 

For more information on my other books visit:  http://www.thesongofforgetfulness.com/ Image echoes cover for email              SilenceHeard_CVR_LRG

Echoes from the Lost Ones – A year of doubt and thanks to all the readers!!

About a year ago, I had my first ever book published by Fable Press. Echoes from the Lost Ones – a YA dystopian/sci-fi novel.

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I was unsure how people would react to it, because I used a slang-based language to tell my story from the heroine’s viewpoint. I took quite a risk writing in this style, but I knew that I wanted to produce a story that broke the mould and create a unique world with a unique voice.

I waited for my first reviews with apprehension.  My first one was a 3* and yep, the reviewer didn’t like the language. So I thought, here we go, I’m going to get slammed for daring to be different. Now, I wasn’t actually upset that I got a  3* review!! That’s good isn’t it?  I was actually very pleased indeed. Then I began to get 4* and 5* reviews. Very, very pleased. My experiment with narrative payed off – for the most part. I still get 3* reviews from readers, and they pretty much say the same thing about not liking the language and finding it difficult to read. But, more people enjoy my quirky world and oddly use of English than don’t.

Result!!!

So I say to all who want to try and do something new with language – DO IT! You never know, it just might work.

To celebrate the launch of A Silence Heard – the second book in The Song of Forgetfulness series, Echoes form the Lost Ones is FREE to download on all Amazon sites from 29th May to 2nd June. Thanks to everyone who has downloaded Echoes!! Very much appreciated.

 

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If you enjoy a read that is different from the usual dystopian/sci-fi novels that are around, then why not get a copy and see if you like my style.

Still not sure? Check out my book trailers for both novels:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ-AmBW-QjQ

 

Amazon.co.uk

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Echoes-Lost-Ones-Song-Forgetfulness/dp/1939897041/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369775406&sr=8-1&keywords=echoes+from+the+lost+ones

 

Amazon.com B00CXSZIGS

http://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Lost-Ones-Song-Forgetfulness/dp/1939897041/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369775230&sr=1-1&keywords=echoes+from+the+lost+ones

 

Amazon.ca

http://www.amazon.ca/Echoes-Lost-Ones-Forgetfulness-ebook/dp/B00CXSZIGS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369775317&sr=1-1&keywords=echoes+from+the+lost+ones

Echoes from the Lost Ones – A year of doubt

About a year ago, I had my first ever book published by Fable Press. Echoes from the Lost Ones – a YA dystopian/sci-fi novel.

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I was unsure how people would react to it, because I used a slang-based language to tell my story from the heroine’s viewpoint. I took quite a risk writing in this style, but I knew that I wanted to produce a story that broke the mould and create a unique world with a unique voice.

I waited for my first reviews with apprehension.  My first one was a 3* and yep, the reviewer didn’t like the language. So I thought, here we go, I’m going to get slammed for daring to be different. Now, I wasn’t actually upset that I got a  3* review!! That’s good isn’t it?  I was actually very pleased indeed. Then I began to get 4* and 5* reviews. Very, very pleased. My experiment with narrative payed off – for the most part. I still get 3* reviews from readers, and they pretty much say the same thing about not liking the language and finding it difficult to read. But, more people enjoy my quirky world and oddly use of English than don’t.

Result!!!

So I say to all who want to try and do something new with language – DO IT! You never know, it just might work.

To celebrate the launch of A Silence Heard – the second book in The Song of Forgetfulness series, Echoes form the Lost Ones is FREE to download on all Amazon sites from 29th May to 2nd June. Thanks to everyone who has downloaded Echoes!! Very much appreciated.

 

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If you enjoy a read that is different from the usual dystopian/sci-fi novels that are around, then why not get a copy and see if you like my style.

Still not sure? Check out my book trailers for both novels:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ-AmBW-QjQ

 

Amazon.co.uk

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Echoes-Lost-Ones-Song-Forgetfulness/dp/1939897041/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369775406&sr=8-1&keywords=echoes+from+the+lost+ones

 

Amazon.com B00CXSZIGS

http://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Lost-Ones-Song-Forgetfulness/dp/1939897041/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369775230&sr=1-1&keywords=echoes+from+the+lost+ones

 

Amazon.ca

http://www.amazon.ca/Echoes-Lost-Ones-Forgetfulness-ebook/dp/B00CXSZIGS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369775317&sr=1-1&keywords=echoes+from+the+lost+ones

Interview with C.Desert Rose – Angels – Demons – Death – Love

Want to get to know more about the up and coming author of If Death Should Love Me – C. Desert Rose?

You do?

Okay then. Let’s get to know more about this enigmatic writer.

Take it away C!

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Who is C. Desert Rose? Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, this is a complex question because I am very many things. I am a person who loves literature. I am your average, everyday, woman—only with a love for writing. I am a lover of all things mystical and inexplicable. I use my imagination more than a normal person should at times.

But, I am also an easy going person who is a good listener and has the bad habit of saying what’s on her mind; often times a little too openly.

I am also keen on Youth/YA Paranormal. Of course, I do respect and appreciate a great many other genres, but Youth/YA Paranormal is that one that speaks to me. There is something about the alluring nature and the enigma that it contains that just makes my mind run rampant—and I love every minute of it!

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

In all honestly, I’ve known it all of my life. But it wasn’t until recently that I gathered the courage to do it. And that was for several reasons.

(1)I didn’t think I’d be good enough.

(2)I was certain that my stories wouldn’t be anything “new or exciting”.

(3)I didn’t believe in myself.

Until one day.

That day changed everything for me. It was the day that I said “Rose, stop being such a dog-on chicken, and just do it!”

Does your background influence your writing?

Very much so, yes. I am of Hispanic descent, and it reflects abundantly in my writing. Someone once told me—or maybe I heard it somewhere, not sure—they said, “Write what you know.” What I knew was my heritage, my background… and paranormal. So, I unified them.

What drew you to the subject matter of If Death Should Love Me?

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Throughout my life I’ve done exponential research on angels and

demons and religious mythology. I’ve actually done studies on the subject and have learned many things about it. It’s always been something that had caught my attention. It was the affinity for those things that brought forth the premise for If Death Should Love Me. The rest of the story was strictly from my imagination.

How much research did you do before writing the series?

Quite a lot. As I said, I’ve spent a long portion of my life researching topics such as these.

Who is your favourite character in the book, and why?

Ugh! THAT is such a hard question to answer! But being forced to choose, I might have to say Azriel. He’s just (as they say here in America) all that and a bag of chips! More than that, what I love so much about him is his personality. He’s tender and caring, yet cryptic and sensual. He has a certain way of speaking that can make any girl weak at her knees. He’s incredibly handsome, but what’s even more impressive is his courage.

Where do you write?

Everywhere! (Lol) Wherever I get a spot, that’s where I write. Thank goodness for the laptop, if you know what I mean.

Do you have a favourite author? If so, why?

ImageYes, actually. I love Stephanie Meyer. I think that she is very misunderstood by so many that degrade her work. I utterly respect what she did with the Twilight Saga. I feel as though she wanted to offer the public a different view on what was becoming an unspoken rule as it pertains to vampires and werewolves. And, I believe she did it well. I think that those people who take time out to belittle her work should shut up and think about this… Who is it that got a movie contract?! Oh, yeah. That’s right. It was Stephanie Meyer. Not them.

Do you have a favourite genre that you read?

Most definitely it is YA Paranormal. I’m a huge fan and have read many authors in this genre. Some incredibly good, some not so much. But still I can’t get enough of it.

Do you have a favourite book?

THAT, I do not. I mean, for me, it’s like taking a walk in Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. I would never be able to pick just one. They are all too tempting, and I’m sure that I’d love them all for one reason or another. Unless of course it’s gross.

Is there a character from a book you have read, that you identify with?

In all truth, I think that to a certain extent I can identify with a wide array of different characters from different books. Simply because, when a book is well written and the characters are believable, then you cannot help but see the human condition in them. In so doing, you automatically connect with them.

If a film were to be made of your book, whom would you like to play the leading roles?

Ooooh!! I loooove this question, because I’ve thought about this more than once. 😀

ImageAzriel would be played by Lance Gross

 

ImageSophia would be played by Christina Milian

Image Gabriel would be Paul Bettany

Image The Alpha would be Jude Law

Image The Omega would be Gwyneth Paltrow

As for the rest of the characters, I have no clue! (Lol)

What do you do when you are not writing?

Wishing I was. (Lol) No, no. Kidding.

When I’m not writing, I am busy with ordinary, everyday, family life. The uneventful things that we all do. You know… work, family, friends, errand, chores, and such.

If you could live in a book for one day, what book would it be?

Image  Definitely, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Wow! What an adventure!

 

What inspires you to write?

Everything, everywhere. Sometimes it could be something as simple as what a person might say. Sometimes, a picture. Sometimes, music. In all truth, all different things can inspire me at any given moment.

What are you writing at the moment?

I am currently working on the 2nd part of the Fate’s Endeavor Series. The title is Demoness Enchanted and is estimated to be release next year (2015), in the summer. It is the 2nd part of the series, but it can also stand-alone as it’s the story of another set of characters. However, you will find Azriel, Sophia, Parí and Alec visiting the scene once again.

The main characters to this story are names Zita and Roman. She is a hybrid demon/human mix. He is, unbeknownst to him, a hybrid angel/human mix. Things get pretty interesting as Zita and Roman find themselves in the pursuit of truth. Zita must learn that “what you are, does not define who you are”!

Thank you so much C.Desert Rose! 

Please be sure to look out for her books of check out her website: http://cdesertrose.com/

Book Launch and Paperback Giveaway

A Silence Heardthe second book in The Song of Forgetfulness seriesis out now!

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A Silence Heard continues the quest of Adara and her friends to save her brother Deogol, and all the missing Meeks. 

Adara’s struggle to save her kin becomes a desperate battle of life and death, as Agros send in their army of cloned killers to destroy the insurgents who are moving ever closer. Adara is forced to use her voice again and again, to try and stop the Agros from winning the war, but each time she does, a part of her dies.

As filthy battles ensue and loved ones perish, Adara must sing The Song of Forgetfulness one last time if she is to save not only the Meeks, but all the folk of NotsoGreatBritAlbion, from a life of slavery and despair.

 

To celebrate its launch, I am giving away one signed paperback copy. To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is Like/comment on this post or the post on my Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/thesongofforgetfulness?ref=hl

Or go to my website and email me direct (your contact details will not be shared): http://www.thesongofforgetfulness.com/

 

As a taster here are some quotes from the book alongside some of my experimental light paintings.

 

Out from the unlitness, a face appeared.faces of meeks

Then another, and another, and another.

As light filled the cubicles we saw more and more young ’uns and bubs alike, staring back at us.

Their hands pressed upon the panes.

Their eyes wide, their mouths open.

 

This time I summoned up a nasty. A venom filled noise that let them hear what I had seen up in the secret room of the pyramid. An aural image of slaughter, fear and hate.venom-filled hate

 

They wore black peaked hats and below the brim identical round black-eyed faces looked out. In each cloned hand was a black stick-like weapon.

They stood still as a forest.Agro army

 

The lights flickered and I swear at that moment the world took a deeply breath.Lights flickered Silence

“Song of Forgetfulness is dystopian done right…I do appreciate a masterpiece when it comes across my desk. This story is one such masterpiece, reminiscent of an Escher painting that ever draws the eye as the brain searches and seeks to map out the complexities of his art.”  Amazon review by Andi Houtsch

 A Silence Heard is available to purchase in paperback and Kindle editions, on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Silence-Heard-Song-Forgetfulness-ebook/dp/B00JMPWRX2/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399283858&sr=1-1&keywords=A+silence+heard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight on Fantasy author RT Worth

Doom Absolute series: What if death can be cheated?

I am very pleased to introduce to you a very talented writer and illustrator whose novels, Doom Absolute, and Heretic, I had the pleasure to read and review recently. (My reviews are at the end of this spotlight.)

 

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 We all die – it’s inevitable.

But, what if you were offered the chance to come back?  Change your ways, live life to the full, do all the things you wanted to do?

Alma is gifted that chance, and she takes it without question.  Barely in her teens, her life cruelly cut short in a world even more cruel.  She seizes that opportunity with both hands, jumps in with reckless youthful abandon, waves away the small print. Thank you very much.

Now, trapped between the world of the dead and the living she races against the clock, stalked by supernatural forces and even the enemies responsible for her demise – to fulfil her contract before it’s too late and is dragged kicking and screaming to a place with no way out; for the rest of time.

And now for the sequel Heretic:

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The smoke and dust settle, and the fires go out.

Alma leads a normal life; it’s what she’d always wanted.  Blending in with others her age, she could be just a regular girl: phoning her friends, tormenting boys, not caring about the little things.  A far cry from the girl that helped bring down the skyscraper of a mega-conglomerate, that wriggled out the world of the dead by the skin of her teeth and defy Algor Mortis.

Now it’s a different kind of problem.  Her new school, rife with bullies, picking on her and her friends because they’re different.  Intent on causing misery.  But she won’t have it; they’re messing with the wrong girl.  All this to worry about and still her powers won’t leave her alone, still the freak in her itching to get out, no matter how hard she tries to forget.

Those she defied haven’t forgotten the name Alma.  She might have defeated them, vanished somehow with her companions from right under their noses, but they can’t forget. Won’t forget.

The smoke and dust have settled, and the fires may have gone out.  But revenge was always a dish best served cold.

You’ve read the blurb, you’ve seen the book covers – now, please give a warm welcome to RT Worth!

Born 5/3/1980 London UK. RT attended Wolverhampton University for BA illustration.

Doom Absolute is his first novel and RT has plans to run the series for six volumes. I can’t wait!

Let’s get to know RT a little better:

I see you started out as an illustrator, when did you decide to become a writer?

My early twenties were the turning point for me; that’s when I decided to give a novel a real go. If not just to get some of those ideas cluttering up my head down on paper.

Have you ever considered penning a graphic novel?

 I penned a graphic novel during college; various adventures involving me and my mates. But now? I don’t think so. The closest I get is mocking up storyboards to play out certain scenes in my books. I have a lot of respect though for the guys who produce graphic novels. A lot of those guys work in pairs: the writer and the artist. I think working with another person would be quite hard. You’d really have to trust that person to deliver your ideas across the way you intended.

 You don’t give much away in your bio, could you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

 I’ve always enjoyed writing, from as early as junior school. I used to hand in extra homework to my English teacher to mark, but really it was me trying to see what he made of my creative writing. I received the highest mark in my SATs for the creative writing exercise, and I’m pretty certain my creative writing got me through my GCSEs. When I left school I still didn’t know what a noun or verb was. I went to Wolverhampton Uni to study Illustration, but became ‘disenchanted’ by the whole setup and left to find a job a year and half into the course. I don’t regret leaving. Since then I have been in full-time employment and writing furiously in my spare time.

Where did you get the idea from to write the Doom Absolute series?

My sister was working as a rep in Scotland and was badgering me for some penmail, so I decided to write a series of short stories for her. I’d send an episode or two away to her and then give her a choice which direction she’d like to take the story. Many of the characters that are in Doom Absolute were in this penmail! The whole cast took me about an hour to mock up: I looked around my room, noted my cactus plant, the cat on my bed, dog on my floor. I was eating a banana with my left hand and my sister’s middle name…? Alma.

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Did you do any research into myths and legends before writing the books?

 I’ve always been drawn to the supernatural, and have a healthy knowledge of Greek and Norse mythology. If that’s transferred itself into my stories then it was subconsciously. I always try to be original. For creatures I use that aren’t original I’ll take an unusual stance with them and surprise the reader. I’m itching to get some giant hairy spiders into my story. I think they get a bad rep.

I really like the character, Pepsi, do you have a favourite character, if so what is it about them that you like?

I’ve always liked Fantastic Cactus; I’m a big fan of the anti-hero character. As a writer you can do pretty much whatever you like with them. The reader knows deep down they’re good –just don’t be surprised if they say/do something you don’t like.

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What is your favourite genre to write in and why?

Fantasy. It’s always about fantasy. I fly that flag high and proud.

Do you have a favourite author/s?

I quite like Paulo Coelho. His words are inspiring.

 Do you prefer drawing to writing prose?

Absolutely not. I’ve never really truly enjoyed painting/drawing. Writing on the other hand makes my heart sing. I guess that’s how you know what you’re meant to be.

Has anyone inspired you in regards to how you write?

I think Elmore Leonard is a fantastic writer. Reading his novels taught me a lot in regards dialogue. I recommend any aspiring writer to read one or two of his novels; the man is a master.

 When you are not writing, what do you do?

 Listen to music; go for long walks with the pooch.

Where do you write and what time of the day do you prefer to work?

I’m flexible. I’ll write whenever I can. I always carry a notebook around with me at work however. If I get an idea I’ll jot it down quickly before I lose it. I’ve got pages and pages of ideas and conversations waiting to go down.

What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? Editing, thinking of a title, starting, ending, you know that kind of thing.

For me it’s getting that main plot together. Once I’m happy with the proposed plot arc I’ll let the characters take the story along and let the twists and turns happen as I get to them. It’s quite a natural easy process.

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If your book were to be made into a film, who would play your lead characters?

 Alma – Chloe Grace Moretz

Moto – Palm –Not sure on this one.

Pepsi – (voice of Bill Murray)

Maxi – (voice of Elizabeth Dawn)

Ellis – John Mahoney

The Cardinal – Daniel Day-Lewis

FC – (voice of Vin Diesel)

Ed – Elle Fanning

Styard – Jason Gordon-Levitt

Batisma – Ben Kingsley

The Count – Hmmm another tricky one, this.

 If you could spend a day in a book as your favourite character, who would you be, what book would it be, and why?

 I’d be General Marc (Heretic). I’d love to have that army at my command, and all that tradition and magic to guard her homeland. Not for the day Alma turned up though.

 One last question: what are you working on now?

Right now I’m creating an illustrated book of wild-lore for the website. The third book is still in the initial stages. Books are like stews to me. When it’s ready it’s ready.

Thank you RT for some wonderful answers.

If you want to know more about RT Worth and his novels, then check out the links below. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. I for one will be keeping my eyes open and my breath baited in anticipation of this talented authors’ next installment of the Doom Absolute series.

Here is the official website (for more illustrations), links and blog.

http://doomabsolute.com/

Facebook:

Twitter:https://twitter.com/rtworth

Contact: rtworth@hotmail.co.uk

Purchasing ebooks.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Doom-Absolute-R-T-Worth-ebook/dp/B0093QMA1O

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/doom-absolute

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/doom-absolute-richard-worth/1118944757?ean=2940149596348

 

 My reviews for Doom Absolute and Heretic:

 

Doom Absolute Weird and Wonderful

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I wasn’t sure what to say about this book at first, not because it is bad, but because it is so odd – in a good way. I loved the concept of writing about a place almost Purgatory like, where the dead abide, but have the opportunity to escape. In this strange world, some are given the chance to live again. A young girl, Alma, is offered this opportunity and we are transported into a dream-like universe where plants are people, people are plants, gnomes are evil, insects are huge and some even friendly, and everything is not what it seems. For Alma to return to the land of the living, she must honour the contract she made, but time is running out for our confused heroine and she must battle against other-worldly forces and those responsible for her untimely death, before it is too late.

I really enjoyed reading this odd book. The author, RT Worth, has a vivid imagination. I loved his ideas and the strange occupants of this dead/alive world are truly original. Alma has many odd creatures that help her with her quest to become one of the living again. One of my favourites is The Fantastic Cactus character, or Greenman. He not only speaks, but also helps Alma to escape her death prison and pops up now and then when she is in peril. My other favourite is the cat, Black Knight that Alma saves from Shindy’s Arena. This animal becomes her bodyguard and has some very useful supernatural powers that aid Alma in finishing her quest.

The only thing that bothered me and kept my rating from being a 5 (4.7) is that there weren’t enough detailed physical descriptions of these weird locations. There were times when I couldn’t visualise the setting, which is important in a narrative like this, where places are alien to the reader. Other than that, a great book! The ending does not disappoint either and I was happy to see that there will be more escapades for this unusual heroine. I look forward to reading more from this fine writer.

 

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Heretic: Weirder and weirder.

I loved Doom Absolute and its weird world and creatures, so was excited to read Heretic. In the second book our heroine, Alma, is alive and back in school, coping with all the stuff that teens go through. Except that she is different. She has been dead and is now finding being alive again hard. But she soon meets up with others not too dissimilar to herself. Her transition and those of her friends, is not easy, as they need to be medicated in order to stay alive. Their bodies seem to be their enemies now and strange poisons and life threatening weaknesses are hampering their difficult existence in the normal world.

Although it is well written and believable, I was getting a bit fed up with theses initial chapters, thinking that this was going to be just another teen book, but to my joy, the weirdness kicked in again and the author let loose his marvellous creations. For me, RT Worth excels when he writes about the quirky and surreal in his books. More myths and magic unfolds and our heroine discovers that she has a secret inside that she doesn’t want at all. She battles with enemies that are truly bizarre in a struggle to understand who or what, she really is. There are some wonderful characters in this story, but a particular favourite of mine was Pepsi, the cat guardian. I was heartbroken when he disappeared, presumed dead.

There were a few too many POV changes throughout, but not enough to detract from a great narrative, once the supernatural side of things kicked in and the talking cactus arrived, and The Powers that Be took control again. Dream worlds mix with reality and our heroine struggles to live a normal life surrounded as she is by creatures from another world. These crossings from reality to otherworldly settings are often jarring and confusing, but they do add to the overall feel of strangeness and disquiet that heightens the sense of alienation. I assume this is to reinforce the fact that Alma feels uncomfortable in her reanimated body.

The novel seems to be in two parts, and the second part – Marc v Alma – had me quite confused. As always I enjoyed the narrative and its quirkiness, but the jumps from POV had my head spinning. Heretic is packed with detail, miss a sentence or two and well, you’ve lost the plot. I did find parts of it a little repetitious and I think the novel could be improved with some pruning and editing to make it snappier and less overstocked with storyline, which is a bit complex.

Sometimes it got a bit confusing going between the real and dream/imagination, and I had to stop and think what was what several times before continuing. Maybe RT Worth could have let the POV stay with the main character throughout the narrative. I was often tempted to flick past the school passages and onto the more strange episodes that are truly readable, but I persevered with them in case I missed something.

Having said all that, I did really enjoy this book and truly believe that RT Worth is a talented storyteller with an amazing imagination. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a quirky and darkly humorous fiction. There are some wonderful descriptions that bring the narrative alive and keep the reader on the edge of their seat. I eagerly await the next instalment.

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