Read A Book Video Challenge

I was recently challenged to record a video, requesting people to read a book. Whilst I was practising the piano accordion, I began to sing a few lines about what books mean to me and why people should read them. After a few goes and some interesting input from a large red bookworm, I decided to record the following video and post it on Facebook.

 

You can view it here: https://www.facebook.com/nikki.mcdonagh.56?fref=ufi

 

So – READ A BOOK!!  Preferably mine:

 

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Signed Paperback Book on Offer

      The official launch of my brand new website is today – Wednesday – 20th August. 

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There is information about my YA Dystopian novel series, The Song of Forgetfulness, my short story collection, Glimmer and other stories, my experimental photography, and so much more!!

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To celebrate I am giving away a signed copy of one of my books, to be chosen by the winner. Just go to the site, answer the simple question and email it to me. All details are on the site. The competition will be open until Friday 22nd August, so there will be plenty of time to enter.   So keep an eye on it!

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http://www.nicolamcdonagh.com/

Glimmer and other stories is on offer!!

I have decided to celebrate my short story collection being published for six months by offering it for £0.99p on amazon.co.uk and for $1.68 on Amazon.com.

 

Glimmer is a collection of compelling and darkly humorous stories from the author of Echoes from the Lost Ones. Nicola McDonagh’s seven tales of mysterious liaisons, supernatural intrigue, deathly hauntings and disturbing fixations will enthral and unnerve the reader. Hidden secrets, forbidden urges, necromancy and a rebellious housewife dwell between the pages of this fascinating anthology.

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What people are saying about Glimmer:

“…With all of her stories, there is a connective fabric. The author uses the reader’s mind as an easel and puts dots, splashes, and strokes of color along with deep incorporation of nature and locations. The end result took me away. The metaphorical richness was akin to the joy of childbirth in which a healthy, vibrant baby is the result.

Verdict: These snapshots of writing are lovely from start to finish. There is something in here for everyone. The only thing I would like to add is that the author should definitely write more short stories. There are some types of talent that are natural and others which are learned. Her use of language in this work is a testament that she is in fact a natural in the writing world. All of this gives this work 5 out of 5 stars!”    

“I’m a big fan of short stories; but writing them successfully is a unique skill, and Nicola McDonagh definitely has it. The stories here are well-crafted and told with verve. In particular ‘On the Eighth Day’ really gripped me with its dark occult-themed undertones, but there’s something here for everyone. Thoroughly enjoyed.”

 

So why not get a copy and let me know what you think.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Glimmer-Nicola-McDonagh-ebook/dp/B00H89AN1M/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403877171&sr=1-1&keywords=glimmer+and+other+stories

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/

Cover Reveal for – If Death Should Love Me

 

It gives me great pleasure to introduce author C. Desert Rose and the cover reveal of – If Death Should Love Me – the first book in her YA/Paranormal Collection – Fate’s Endeavor – published by All Authors Publishing House. http://www.allauthorspp.net/all-authors-publishing-house/

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A dull roar, that’s all I could hear. Souls, that’s all I could see… So many people. Some good. Some bad. Some breathing. Some barely breathing. All souls. It was funny what you could see when you stood in the middle of the Emergency Room. Who survived. Who didn’t. All of them, every one, a soul. A soul for the taking.

So begins your introduction to the floating, clustered world of souls that will have such influence on Sophia, the young Puerto Rican-American girl who has just lost her closest ally, her grandmother, “Abuela”. It is just after the funeral, at the cemetery, where Sophia meets the tall, almost angelic man who will play the most unexpected role in her life.

A love story. A fantasy. An adventure. If Death Should Love Me tells a tale of “fate” far beyond the normal meaning of that little four letter word. How else would you explain why Sophia wonders what would happen If Death Should Love Me?

 

Contact details for  C. Desert Rose:

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/C-Desert-Rose/677429355650989

 

Twitter

https://twitter.com/CDesertRose

 

Author Page

http://cdesertrose.com

Contact for All Authors Publishing House:

http://www.allauthorspp.net/all-authors-publishing-house/

 

Exclusive – Book Cover Reveal

At last! the cover for the second book in The Song of Forgetfulness  sci-fi/dystopian series, is out!!

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A Silence Heard continues the story of Adara, and her desperate search for the missing Meeks – gifted young ‘uns. As a taster I have posted a small extract from the book. In this scene Adara and her companions have landed in Agro headquarters, and have encountered the Agro menace for the first time. The book itself is due for publication on 6th May 2014.

“A swishing sound halted our progress. It came from one of the structures to our left and we turned to see two bullmales exit from an oblong hole in the centre. They moved towards us and the hole closed. I blinked and no matter how hard I tried, I could not see where the doorway had been. Eadgard stepped in front and pushed Kendra and myself behind him. Wirt, stood to his right and Marcellus to his left. I nestled up against Eadgard’s back and took in long breaths to slow the pace of my heart.

The Agro guards marched closer.

I poked my head around Eadgard’s bod just enough to spy the males. I had never seen an Agro up close and was full of apprehension. Those Carnies I believed to be Agro were merely fake and did not represent their form at all. I imagined Agros to be huge and bulky, with tiny eyes and big claw like hands. In short, I supposed them to be more beast than hominid. But as they approached, I saw, with some disappointment, that they were not so different from us in shape and size. They carried fierce weapons that looked as though they could both poke and bludgeon at the same time. I did not want to cause further palpitations by imagining said weapons being used on me and mine, so took to gazing upon their person instead.

No two hominids could be more similar in appearance. They were tall and thin with patchy black and grey stubble splattered over much of their long sunken-cheeked faces. They wore the same uniform, an all-in-one blood red trouser suit made from a strange sparkly material. They stopped in front of us and aimed the weapons at our heads.

One of them stepped forward and lowered his weapon, “Follow,” he said. His voice was deep and boomy. His eyes were a dull brown and no light seemed to come from them. The other stared blankly at us and I felt Eadgard’s spine stiffen.” 

BRAND NEW – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

This is my first Author Feature on this blog and it is my great pleasure to introduce the talented author – Y. Correa.

Her Interracial Medieval Romance: MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis  is available to purchase from February 13th. Just in time for Valentines Day.

I have included my review of her novel, which you can read at the end of this Spotlight.

About the author:

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Y. Correa is a proud Hispanic-American mother of four, daughter, teacher, mentor, author, and advocate, among other things. Early on in life Y knew how to multitask and juggle a million and one things. To this day he still doesn’t know how she does it. About 3 years ago, Y embarked on the adventure of her life: she opted to write a book. Though a late bloomer, the task came to her naturally, as if it were something that was hidden in her all of that time.

Today,Y has published several short stories and a hand full of full-length novels and still has many works in progress. Apart from writing,Y realized that there was a need for a strong support group that would unite all authors, of all walks of life. Quickly she realized that life in this industry was difficult and that there was lots of segregation within the literary ranks. Just as quickly she decided that she’d make it her mission to change that. Thus the Self-Published/Indie Authors Support Group was born.

Through time Y realized that the fight she’d embarked on was rather one sided: traditionally published authors needed advocating and support too. With that, the All Authors Support Group was born. Like bees to honey, authors from all walks of life came. From the All Authors Support Group, the All Authors Blog Blitz was born, and like an avalanche, in a series of unexpected events the All Authors Magazine was born.

Today however, Y would like to present to you the launch of her newest full length novel “MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis”

Blurb:

The year 1585. The Anglo-Spanish War. England’s greed for Spain’s crops, land, and supplies gives birth to the inertia of intolerance on both sides. Yet, even then, Love surges forth. MarcoAntonio, a Spanish gentleman and knight, defied all boundaries of color and culture, when setting eyes on the English lady Amaryllis. Although to others, he may be a bit reserved, he dares to lower his defenses solely for her. Amaryllis is an English lady. One with an open heart, gentle spirit, and shining eloquence. She knew that she should not desire MarcoAntonio. Still, a love feeling so right couldn’t be so horribly wrong! Travel with MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis as they duel with internal and external forces threatening to tear their powerful love apart. In the midst of troubles the likes of which have no compare, MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis find themselves having to fight the most unexpected of adversaries, just for the right to love each other. Discover why their LOVE is the result of ALL things conquered!

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Excerpt:

MarcoAntonio’s throat was dry, so he cleared it with merely a scraping hum, and asked only two questions. “Where am I? And who are you?”

“I, my good fellow, am the person that saved your life. I go by the name, Rye,” the voice without a face declared with absolute pride.

Marco only had one thought. Oh, no. A gypsy! Hearing footsteps walking towards him, he sat upright in the bed. There was no hiding the fact that no one trusted gypsies, so Marco prepared himself.

“It appears that you are not much of a talker,” the voice spoke, this time obviously closer than before. From the corner of the bed, MarcoAntonio saw nothing but a hand extend with a cup of water within it. “Here, take it before I change my mind,” Rye spoke with decision. Carefully, Marco reached out for it, and then pulled it to his lips to sip. It wasn’t until then that Rye peered out from behind the bed curtain to stand in front of MarcoAntonio.

He was a puny, tiny, little man, Marco observed. Without a doubt the runt of the litter. His mouth was far too big for his little, scrawny size. After taking the third sip of water, MarcoAntonio said, “You have yet to answer my first question.”

“Ah! Yes, my good sir.” Extending both hands outward to his sides, introducing his surroundings, Rye answered, “This is my humble abode.” Then like a flash, lowered his hand to his waist and took one quick, skipping leap forward. “I saved your life!” Rye said with pride, making it notable that a “thank you” was in order.

MarcoAntonio pondered with a bit of self-contained humor. “Wow! Big deal!” yet verbalized nothing—his poker face, unchanged. With that, Marco set the glass of water on the floor, and stood. His covers fell to the ground and it was only then that he realized that he was completely undressed, yet it meant nothing to him. They were both men. There was nothing showing that they both hadn’t seen before, he was sure.

Rye’s eyes quickly fell to the ground. His face went red, heated with embarrassment. “Would you please put some clothes on?” he demanded. “We gypsies are not the kind to walk around naked before each other.”

Marco marched forward, standing in nothing but his birthday suit, right beside Rye. He asked in a rather monotone note, “Where are my clothes?” Rye, still trying extremely hard to not look at the naked man, merely lifted his hand and pointed to a chair where Marco’s clothes were set, clean, repaired, and dry.

Rye mentioned with inconvenience, “You could have at least warned me first,” a comment that Marco merely ignored and then moved forward to dress

Links:

Facebook Launch Party:

https://www.facebook.com/events/569019483181277/

Facebook Author Page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Y-Correa/292580497432168?ref=hl

Twitter

https://twitter.com/YCorreaFB

My Review of:  MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis

This is not your average star-crossed lovers saga. The medieval setting and supernatural elements raise this story above the usual period romances. It is action packed throughout and there are some quite erotic sections that will satisfy those with a thirst for something more ‘adult’ in their books.

Some of the descriptions of place and action are tremendous and there is just enough humour, in the form of my favourite character, Rye, (the feisty gypsy sidekick) to keep the narrative alive.

I was particularly taken with the ending. I thought it was beautifully written and very tender. I confess I shed a tear or two.

There are twists and turns and action all the way through this tale. If you like romance and the supernatural, then you will love this book.

I wanted to give this book a 5* review but I thought that there were too many flashback scenes that cut into the action and stilted the wonderful fast-paced narrative. A very minor detail that is just me being pedantic☺
If I could have given 4.85 I would!

So please do support Y. Correa!!!

Cold December – new camera – Book Giveaway

I was given a Canon 6D SLR for Christmas!!! It is AWESOME. Full frame too. I’m still getting used to all the settings, but the low light photography is excellent.

However, I’m having trouble with the white balance when I use a high ISO and low f-stop. Any help on that would be much appreciated. Below are a couple of examples and some B&W photographs:

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My collection of short stories, Glimmer and other stories, is a Giveaway on Goodreads until 26th January 2014; so if you are a member you could enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of the book.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19461473-glimmer-and-other-stories

It is also available in Kindle format and can be purchased on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Glimmer-Nicola-McDonagh-ebook/dp/B00H89AN1M/ref=pd_rhf_se_p_img_2_AC5G

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Glimmer-other-stories-Nicola-McDonagh/dp/149432928X/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386951475&sr=1-10&keywords=glimmer

http://www.amazon.com/Glimmer-Nicola-McDonagh-ebook/dp/B00H89AN1M/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387808288&sr=1-5&keywords=glimmer

http://www.amazon.com/Glimmer-other-stories-Nicola-McDonagh/dp/149432928X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388153321&sr=1-2&keywords=glimmer+by+nicola+mcdonagh