Linked Cover Reveal!

So it’s not long now until my second book Linked will be released and the time has come for the cover reveal 😁 so here it is…

  

In a world she never knew existed, Maya is coming to terms with how much her life has changed. Danger lurks around every corner, nothing is as she expects and she’s never felt so alive. But the choices she makes could change everything and jeopardise the things she cherishes most. There is so much to learn and so much to love but her heart is pulling her back. The Guardians are hiding in the shadow cast by their Wall, concealing the truth from the people inside. It’s a shadow that darkens her happiness and she can’t stop fighting until the truth comes to light. It would be easier to walk away but Maya has never run from anything and she’s not about to start now. 

I’m overwhelmed by the amount of support, interest and love I’ve been receiving for Chained (the first book in the series) and am so excited for the release of Linked. If you’d like to take a look at Chained then you can grab your copy (or read it for free on kindle unlimited) at Amazon! You can check out the reviews or add it to you shelf on Goodreads too 😊  and you can like my page on Facebook too if you fancy it hehe

And here’s a sneak peak at an excerpt from Linked too πŸ˜†

  “Ripples!” Taylor yelled from my left and we all stopped and turned towards the line that was zipping through the mud. Everyone grabbed weapons from holsters and the air was filled with the sounds of safety catches being removed and rounds being pumped into place. 

 We froze, unsure what we were aiming at.

 The bubbling line of movement drew level with us, squelching sounds reached out to our ears and no one dared to move. We waited with baited breath and then the bubbles ran past. We watched as whatever it was flew by and headed for two men who were well ahead of us.

 We started shouting warnings and moving towards them as quickly as we could. The ripples moved at an impossible speed. 

 “Behind you!” I screamed and my throat felt ragged as I tried desperately to get their attention. 

 “Behind us!” Laurie yelled. 

 We all clamoured to a halt and turned to see another line heading straight for our little group. 

 We held our breath and aimed our weapons as it approached but then it turned sharply. We spun to watch as it followed the first line and headed for the two men. 

 We all just stood still for a moment then we started screaming and moving towards them again.

 One man turned and raised a hand to us. 

 We were shouting and waving our arms and I had no idea how he would know what we were trying to warn them about. Then, he glanced down and noticed the ripples. They were upon them a second later. 

His scream was so loud that I felt my heart skip a beat. Three sharp jerks later and he disappeared into the mud. 

I hope you enjoyed it ☺️

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The Ultimate Book Tag πŸ“š

  
So I’ve seen this tag floating around the blogosphere and I really wanted to do it! No one tagged me but I’m taking a tag from the universe as I’m guessing he universe would really like me to do it πŸ˜‚

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

No πŸ’ƒπŸ» I’m super lucky and I can read in the car (my husband refers to it as unsociable but that’s his problem lol) 

  
2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you?

Moira Young wrote Blood Red Road phonetically with a Deep South accent and no speech marks. NONE. At first I was all WTF but I pushed on and I ended up loving the whole series! I can honestly say I’ve never read anything written like it and it takes a bit of getting used to but it’s brilliant and I definitely reccommend it 😊

  
3. Harry Potter series or Twilight saga? Give 3 points to explain your answer

I do love them both but it’s always going to be Harry P

1. Because there’s magic

2. Because their postmen are owls

3. Because Hagrid. ’nuff said πŸ˜‹

  
4. Do you carry a book bag? If so what’s in it (besides books)?

Erm no lol. I carry a handbag (some would say my collection of handbags is bordering an unhealthy number but they’d be wrong 😳) in my handbag I’ll have my book or kindle plus my money and boring stuff like keys and hand gel because I’m a germs freak plus some make-up and my phone and sometimes my cat climbs in it when I’m not looking but I don’t take him out of the house…

  
5. Do you smell your books?

Not really, but I can’t say never 

  
6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I probably prefer without because I love to let the words paint the pictures in my mind and if I see a picture I’ll just have that in my head instead although I do love illustrations too lol so maybe I can just look at them after I’ve finished reading and then I get the best of both worlds 😊

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later is wasn’t quality writing?

Erm, I can’t think of one πŸ˜• I know that I’ve noticed little things sometimes but generally speaking, if the story has got enough going for it then I can be pretty forgiving!

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Not really, that’s not to say there aren’t any but I can’t think of them right now 😬

9. What is the tiniest book on your shelf?

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling. It’s skinny mini but that’s okay ☺️

  
10. What’s the thickest book on your shelf?

I’ve got a stupidly old copy of Lord of the Rings which is all three books in one and it’s a hardback. So it’s biiiiig (and I used to take that into school with me every day for about a year when I was ten) It’s my one book to rule them all πŸ˜‚

  
11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as an author?

I do and I am 😳 it’s the best thing I’ve ever done!

12. When did you get into reading?

My dad used to read to me every night and as soon as I could take over I did ☺️

13. What is your favourite classic book?

I’m not really one for the classics (I know that’s not okay) I did enjoy Bleak House by Dickens though so I’d go with that!

  
14. In school, what was your best subject?

English and Drama, so basically reading/ writing stories or acting them out lol

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

Erm, probably tell them I’d read it and let them get me something else but I probably wouldn’t admit to having hated it (people usually gift books that they love themselves and I’m waaaaay too non-confrontational for that πŸ™ˆ) 

16. What is a lesser known series that you know that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

This is such a random question! I dunno if I can think of any that are similar to them but I guess you could get yourself a DVD of Battle Royale if you want something like the hunger games!

  
17. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

I dunno, maybe doing tags I wasn’t tagged for 😳

18. What is your favourite word?

Troglodyte. Hands down. Troglodyte. 

19. Are you a nerd, dork or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I don’t think I’d refer to myself as any but I am a total fan-girl over many many things and I’m not afraid to show it!

20. Vampires of Fairies? Why?

Vampires. Vampires are cool and immortal and dangerous and fairies are…. Fairies. That said, I’ve read/watched many vampire based things and loved them (starting at The Strain and following the spectrum through to Twilight) and I can’t say I’ve had much to do with anything fairy based beyond Tinkerbell so maybe I could be won over

  
21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Can’t say I’ve read much of either sadly but I’d go Shapeshifters because I’d rather be one!

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Werewolves, mostly because they always seem to be pretty hot and I’ve not read books on either *sigh* Oh and Lupin was a werewolf 😍

23. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Zombies! Becuase I LOVE The Walking Dead and I totally think I could make it in a zombie apocalypse 😊 but if you’re talking about what I’d rather be then it would obviously be Vampires because being a zombie would suck

  
24. Love triangle or forbidden love?

I’m happy with either if done right!

25. And finally: Full on romance or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

I’m all for the action with a great love story thrown in 😊
I hope you enjoyed my answers and if you’d like to do the tag then I tag you! Xoxo

Competition time!

My book Chained is #205 in the dystopian best sellers list on Amazon already and it’s only my very first day! 

To celebrate I’d like to do a little competition! I’m offering advanced e-copies of Cut Glass, the first novella in the Cage of Lies series.

  
Here’s the blurb to get you interested:

Crystal’s life ended in the forest when she was a child. She swore an oath to keep fighting but her heart will never be the same again. She craves the love she lost and fears the pain it left her with. The shadows of her past won’t leave her side but there is one person who helps her forget them for a time. Though she knows that she will never feel true happiness again it is a gift she wants to give. To the boy who saved her life when she had lost all hope. Crystal would do anything to see him smile again. She owes him that much, even if he doesn’t agree. 

It follows the story of Crystal (a character you won’t meet in the main novels until Linked is out on October 15th) before the events of Chained. So if you’d like to enter just let me know in the comments

It’s so exciting to finally be setting my book free and I’m so grateful to all of you for supporting me on this journey ☺️ If you haven’t got your copy yet then head on over and grab one πŸ˜† I’ve been getting steady goodreads reviews too with an average rating of 4.41 which you can check out here if you’re not swayed yet ☺️xoxo

  

And now for a few guests to join the party…

So the party is going well and I’m really pleased to say that the sales are going up and so are the reviews so thank you so much to everyone who has bought a copy or who has reviewed it for me 😍 I really can’t thank you enough! 

I thought I’d give you a little insight into a few of the main characters from Chained with some character bios (I’ve never written bios for my characters before as they just exist like real people in my mind so I found it so hard to try and sum them up but hopefully this gives you an idea!)

Maya

Maya’s parents died when she was twelve years old and she’s lived alone ever since. She had to grow up fast and quickly learned how to look after herself. After their death she was relocated to a lower floor and lost most of her friends as her grief and demotion took its toll. Taylor was the only person to stick by her through it all. He’s the one person she can always rely on and the only one she’s fully comfortable being herself with. She’s tough, independent and a little clumsy at the best of times but she’s always willing to face her fears. After all, nothing could be worse than what she’s already survived and survival isn’t worth anything if you don’t live
Taylor

Taylor’s life was always easier than those around him. He had to watch as his best friend’s family was torn apart and was helpless to do anything about it. He stood by Maya when she tried to push everyone away and has remained by her side ever since. He’s loyal, strong, patient and kind. He’s never understood why people look down on the Dwellers just because they are the bottom of the social heap and isn’t particularly impressed by the Uppers either. He’s just happy with his life as it is and with trying to make Maya happy too. 
Laurie

Laurie’s family brought her up to believe that structure and rules are the most important thing. She likes following a chain of command and always dreamed of becoming a Warden. She defines herself by her job and takes her role as protector of the city seriously. Once Laurie completed her Warden training she actively sought ways to advance her career as quickly as possible. She never stayed in one place long enough to make close friends and didn’t realise how important they could be. She’s brave, determined and a soldier at heart. 

  
I hope you like them xoxo

🎈Let’s start the celebrations!🎈

πŸŽ‰Hello! Welcome to the start of my book launch party!🎊

  
🎈Pull up a chair, grab a glass of champagne and a slice of cake and let’s get to partying 🍰

  
πŸŽ‰I’d like to start the party off by using this post as a platform for any questions you may have about me or my book Chained (which you can purchase here) so go ahead and ask me anything in the comments 😊

  

Tomorrow my book is out… Let’s party

  
This is an invitation to all of you to attend my book launch party tomorrow!

Throughout the day I’ll be online to chat with you all about the book and anything else you’d like to discuss! There will be extracts and character profiles going up throughout the day here on my blog and over at the event on my Facebook page too so come on over and join me ☺️ here

I’ll also be hosting a competition to win an advanced e-copy of the first novella in the series.

  
So are you in? 😊xoxo

Would anyone like to do a cover reveal? πŸ˜Š

This is just a quick post to see if any of you would like to take part in a cover reveal for the second book in my Cage of Lies saga ‘Linked’?

  
I’d love us to do the reveal on October 5th and the book will be released on October 15th (I’m going to be offering ARCs too within the next few days)

Here’s the blurb for Linked:

In a world she never knew existed, Maya is coming to terms with how much her life has changed. Danger lurks around every corner, nothing is as she expects and she’s never felt so alive. But the choices she makes could change everything and jeopardise the things she cherishes most. There is so much to learn and so much to love but her heart is pulling her back. The Guardians are hiding in the shadow cast by their Wall, concealing the truth from the people inside. It’s a shadow that darkens her happiness and she can’t stop fighting until the truth comes to light. It would be easier to walk away but Maya has never run from anything and she’s not about to start now. 

So, if this sounds like your cup of tea I’d love to have you along for the ride 😍 just email me at susanne3587@hotmail.com and I’ll send over a copy of the cover! Or if you’d prefer to post your email in the comments I’ll send it to you from there ☺️

I’m really pleased to say that the reviews of Chained are coming in and they are really positive (you have no idea how nerve wracking it is to finally set your book baby free lol) You can check them out at goodreads or preorder it at Amazon (no more shameless plugging I swear)

Thank you in advance for getting involved – I’m seriously falling for my blogging family and feel free to ask me to do anything for you in return! xoxo

  

2 months, 592 followers and an upside down dog…

I’m super excited to announce that after two months of blogging on here I have acquired an overwhelming 592 followers to my lil blog! I just want to take this moment to thank you all for taking the time to read the ramblings of mind and allowing me to read yours! 😍😍

As has become a kind of tradition for me on here with these milestone moments, I’d like to share something new with you from my writing journey! So today I’m going with the opening to the first novella from my Cage of Lies saga and I’d love to know what you think 😊 the novella is called Cut Glass and will be released in a few weeks in line with the release of the second full novel in the series. 

The wind whispered through the trees above Chrissie’s head and she stirred. 

 She rolled onto her back and looked up at the waxy material of the tent roof which flexed against the breeze. Her mom reached for her, entwining her fingers with her own. 

 “It’s just the wind Chrissie, go back to sleep.”

 The tent was hung with shadows, anything could be concealed at the foot of her bed, beyond the material that was so thin. 

 “Will we stop in a town soon?” Chrissie asked, her voice barely more than a whisper. 

 “In a day or two,” her mom replied, her voice laced with fatigue. 

 “I don’t like sleeping in the forest.”

 “Neither do I,” her mom agreed though she knew it was a lie. 

 Her dad’s light snores filled the silence and Chrissie turned to face him on her other side. His chest rose and fell steadily. She studied his silhouette in the darkness. His wiry beard was reduced to a soft blur around his mouth which fluttered as he took another breath. 

 She released her mom’s hand and reached out to touch his face, running her fingers along his nose. 

 “Sleep,” he mumbled. 

 Something moved outside the tent, a shadow rippling across the fabric as it passed them where they lay. 

 “I’m afraid,” Chrissie whispered. 

 “That’s what makes you brave,” he said. 

 “Why?”

 “You can’t be brave if you aren’t afraid. Bravery is standing up to your fears and saying ‘no, you can’t have me.'”

 “What does that mean?” Chrissie breathed. 

 “That you should sleep even though you’re afraid to.” He rolled over and slung his arm across her, pulling her mom into the embrace too. 

 The wind rustled through the trees again and an owl cried as it swooped for its prey. Chrissie cringed against her dad’s chest and closed her eyes firmly. There was nothing to be afraid of. Nothing. 

 She started counting each breath she took as her eyes stayed firmly shut, the darkness pressing in on her. They’d slept in the forest a hundred times before, she’d never liked it but she’d never felt as nervous as she did at that moment. 

 There was a chill in the air. Summer was coming to an end and the nights were getting colder and colder. She pressed her frozen fingers to her dad’s chest, trying to leech some warmth from him. He grumbled something and pulled her closer. 

 The hairs on the back of her neck stood on end, like a primal instinct telling her to run. 

 Chrissie counted to one hundred and opened her eyes again. The moonlight was shining brightly in the clearing which they had chosen for their camp. It was so bright that she could make out shapes through the brown material of their tent. 

 The trees shifted in the breeze again and she watched as the shadows cast by their branches swung back and forth above her head. 

 A branch snapped somewhere outside and Chrissie twisted in her dad’s grip. 

 “There’s something there,” she whispered. 

I hope you liked it ☺️ my dog Ozzy didn’t have much interest so he’s lying upside down…

  
😊 xoxo

The Passive or Passionate reader divide πŸ˜πŸ˜±

From time to time I have found myself discussing books with people only to find that we disagreed on everything about them. And I’m not talking about whether or not we liked the book!


I have genuinely found on multiple occasions that reader 1 (passionate reader) and reader 2 (passive reader) can love the same book but hate/love opposite things about it and this drives me insane!


For example when reading Game of Thrones reader 1 cries ‘why did they have to die, whyyyyy?😭’ reader 2 says ‘I’m glad they died, I didn’t see that coming, it’s much more interesting now 😏’


At this point reader 1 sighs ‘I can’t wait for Ron and Hermione to get together 😍’ reader 2 grumbles ‘I hope they don’t, it’s too obvious now πŸ˜’’


And at the end of allegient when person a is a sobbing wreck, reader 2 is all ‘I love a twist😏’

At this point reader 1 sits up, stares at reader 2 and is all-


And reader 2 is all-


At this point reader 1 may threaten violence if reader 2 doesn’t change their opinion to which reader 2 will be like-


I find this so crazy and yet it’s true! These different types of readers just love stories for such different reasons and the only way to deal with it is to agree to disagree because neither of you will ever back down.


I guess it’s a good thing because it really shows the depths of the stories we love – there is something in there for everyone – but I find it so hard to imagine reading from a passive perspective! I fall in love with the characters, grieve when they grieve, laugh when they laugh and love when they love so how can I ever truly accept bad things happening to them especially when it happens for no reason??

Are you a passionate or passive reader? Do you love a twist or just need everyone to end up happy(within reason)? Xoxo

Cover reveal!

Okay, so this is the worst kept secret in the history of secret keeping not least because I’ve actually gone through two covers πŸ™ˆ but this is the final version and though it’s been on goodreads, amazon and been used in several reviews already I haven’t actually done the reveal yet! (I’m going to blame it on my hectic schedule with publishing day looming but I’m also going to blame it on my cat Hugo who distracts me by wanting cuddles all the time)

So here it is, the cover for Chained:

  
 πŸ˜Š and this is the blurb for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet…

Terrified of the contamination and the creatures it has created, humanity hides behind The Wall. No one knows what lies beyond the wasteland. Maya has never thought much about what might still be out there, lurking in the forgotten places. But when she’s thrust into the unknown, she is forced to question everything she has ever been told. Not everyone outside died, some of them became something… else. As her heart is torn in two, every choice she makes is harder than the last. What she discovers will change her forever. She knows she will probably die, but Maya has seen enough of death and she won’t let it have her without a fight. 

If you would like to get a copy of Chained, it’s available on Amazon for preorder here the official release day is October 1st

And it’s been getting some reviews on goodreads already if you need help making up your mind 😊

But regardless of all that, how do you like the cover? ☺️ xoxo