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29 Feb 2016

WW4BB Presents: A Review of Winter Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel #4 by C.D. Gorri

Posted by Amanda Masters on 1:27:00 pm


"It was difficult to remember the girl I used to be when my Wolf instincts were at the forefront as they were now. I closed my eyes and counted backwards. A little calming technique Cara had told me in one of the rare moments during our training when she was not out for my blood. It was a useful tool. When I opened my eyes I could think more clearly. The footsteps were closer and any second their bearers would break from the stand of trees into the small clearing where I was being held.
I braced myself, but nothing could have prepared me for the sight that came next. Angela’s fiery red hair broke through the tree line followed by a tall mystery guy with dark hair and a limp Wolf in his arms. I knew that Wolf. It was Ronan.¶

It's St. Lucy's Day and the battle has begun! With her friends by her side, Maria Graziana Kelly has more than enough fire power to fight the Demon minions. But will she be able to reunite with her one true love? Will Grazi find out what it really means to be a Werewolf? Can she save her brother before it's too late? Find out in Winter Moon!



Winter Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel #4 :



My Review

Winter Moon: A Grazi Kelly Novel #4 by C.D. Gorri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was given to me by the Author In Exchange For an Honest Review.

This was an incredible story! C.D. Gorri is one of the best when it comes to storytelling! I couldn't put the book down, as it was full of intrigue, suspense and drama as all great books are but Gorri goes above and beyond and creates a world that intensifies and excites as well as captures and grabs hold of you and doesn't let go until you are beginning for more!

I am a truly Huge fan of shifter lore and shifter stories and Gorri's Grazi series is one of amazing feats and adventure, twists and daring that I could never have imagined when I first started the series. I love it for its diverse characters and its complex world. No where else are you going to find such a world as this one!

With each and every book I learn to love Ronan more and more! every little thing he does for Grazi is amazing and the bond they form in this one is beyond! Ronan has been a favorite of mine from the start and I can't imagine one without the other, they are true mates the two of them and I can't ever believe she would ever think otherwise.

The St. Lucy's Day Battle really comes to a head in this one and all the demons, witches and shifters come out of the woodwork, and not everyone is on the sides they should be! we have some surprising allies and some surprising turn coats in this one. Gorri really knows how to hit us all in the gut with the big and bad...lol....the Angel faced Demon makes his appearance as well with some startling discoveries, but can he be trusted? he is a demon after all.

This book ends on a high note and I really hope that there will be another. Grazi's journey is a forever ongoing one and the books get better and better. Don't miss out on your chance to get in on the action and get your copy of the series today!



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28 Feb 2016

WW4BB Presents: A Spotlight Author Weekend of Bad Timing by Nicky Peacock

Posted by Amanda Masters on 10:18:00 am





My top 5 Villains.

Okay guys, as much as most people hate a villain, there wouldn’t be heroes without them, so here are my top 5…

  1.  Dracula. Oh, he’s graced so many books, TV shows and movies in so many incarnations it’s hard to keep count, but the essence of who he is and how he gets things done always remains the same. He’s strong, seductive and oh so driven to get what he wants. By far my favourite Draculas are Gerard Butler in Dracula 2000 and Luke Evans in Dracula Untold. Although let’s not forget the original Bram Stoker character who birthed this succession of sexy blood suckers.

  2.  Loki. Known more for his Avengers appearances nowadays this envy driven little trickster has appeared in so much more. Reading the Norse legends he gets up to all kinds of unbelievable (and slightly disturbing) scenarios but is by far the most interesting character going. Powerful with a wicked sense of humour he’s an interesting villain who would be difficult to defeat. 

  3. Ichabod. Is it crass to cite your own creation? Probably, but I’m doing it anyway. Ichabod appears in Bad Timing and is a nasty piece of work. No respect for human life, hell bent on killing Britannia and, oh he did something pretty nasty behind the scenes of the first book (no spoilers!) I imagined him played by actor Orlando Bloom, so he’s easy on the eye but you couldn’t trust him anymore you could a ravenous red eyed beast who has the scent of your blood in his nostrils. 

  4. Rasputin. Inspiration for books, movies and a very catchy Boney M song. And he was real. Hard to believe that he did everything that the history books say, but if he did – what a villain! Power mad and supernaturally gifted. It took a lot of men with a serious amount of time and weaponry to kill him – you have to respect a bad guy that doesn’t go down easy!

  5. Lucifer. The ultimate bad guy. From the start of time to right now, as you read these words, Lucifer has been the most used villain throughout all forms of entertainment. Every culture has him in one form or another and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t know who he is. Of all the villains out there he’s the one that would be hardest to defeat and, if he sets his sights on you, you better get your affairs in order. With an army of demons and his own damned place of residence, Hell he has to be the toughest villain going. Although, I must admit, Amazon Prime’s new series Lucifer is showing him in a slightly more impish light. I wonder what the real Lucifer thinks about that…

Who is your favourite villain? Let us know below in the comments.

Thanks Amanda for having me on your blog! 



Fun facts about the Battle of the Undead series.

The first book in the series, Bad Blood came out late 2014 and the second, Bad Timing hit virtual book shelves just before Christmas 2015. The prequel, Traitor’s Gate will be released as a free read through Evernight Teen end of February 2016. Although Bad Blood and Bad Timing must be read in that order, Traitor’s Gate can be read at any point in the series.

So to celebrate the new releases the lovely Amanda has asked me to give you 10 fun facts about the series...
  1.     The wax work museum in Bad Blood was based on my own experience at one in London. I visited it as part of a school trip and found the Chamber of Horrors particularly frightening. It stayed with me, and I drew upon this for the Britannia/ Philippe fight scene in Bad Blood.

  2.     Britannia quite often mentions her clothes, this is more of a trait from me rather than her. I’m addicted to fashion and love shopping for clothes. Having a virtual doll like Britannia to play imaginary dress-up with is just far too irresistible for me to not include her outfit choices!

  3.     Reincarnation features in the books, however no one is really sure it’s real – not even the vampires. I have always had a fascination with reincarnation and truly believe that finding your reincarnated true love would be the most romantic thing in the world – although whether it would work out or not is another matter.

  4.     A Double Decker Bus features in Bad Blood, but I’ve never actually be on one. I’ve lived in England all my life and visited London a number of times, but have never travelled on this iconic mode of public transport.

  5.     I still have nightmares about zombies! I put it down to writing about them (a lot) and watching The Walking Dead, but knowing where they come from and waking up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night are two very different things!

  6.     I do love a man in uniform. Josh, one of the romantic leads, is US Military and when I created him, he was instantly more attractive to me when I dressed him in uniform. I’m also, for some bizarre reason, very attracted to Drill Sergeants – I’ve no idea why.

  7.     My favourite character in this series is…Nicholas.

  8.     Bad Timing includes a crucial scene on Blackpool pier. I holidayed in Blackpool when I was young and the arcades and beach have a very special place in my heart.

  9.     When I was young, I was scared of vampires. I used to wear a dainty silver cross for protection, which I still have.


I hope you enjoyed these fun facts, if you’d like to know about the series please feel free to contact me through my blog http:nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com or leave a comment here for Amanda.  


The Interview

I feel truly blessed as I have gotten to yet again interview the lovely and talented Nicky Peacock! 
Her Books are an inspiration! full of battles, danger, and drama. I have rarely come across such a dynamic series before!
I can never wait to read more and I am always excited to share them with all of you! don't miss out on any of it!




Q: Can you please tell us a little about your book Bad Timing and what inspired you write it?
It’s the 2nd in the series, and was always planned – although took me longer to write than usual due to some unexpected life hurdles that I had to ungracefully jump over! The whole series was really based on the fact that I wanted to read a book that had vampires fighting zombies, but really couldn’t find one, so I took my reader hat off and put my writer’s hat on!
Q: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
LOL, I’m not very perceptive, so probably learnt very little other than to start with a main plot, then evolve subplots out from that. Trying to write anything without a vague idea of where you’re going can end up a jumbled nightmare, especially if you’re writing a series.
Q: What made you want to write a story with Vampires and Zombies? And even Vambies!
I really love the supernatural and they both seemed popular monsters that readers would like to see. The Vambie or Zompire (depending on which vampire you side with!) was really just a natural progression from the two. It kind of embodies the worst and most terrifying traits of both creatures.
Q: I loved the book! But what is it that makes your book stand out from all the other Vampire and Zombie books out there?
I think it’s because the monsters are both together in one book. There are plenty of vampire novels and a ton of zombie apocalypse novels – but few that have the vampires actually in this survival situation against zombies. Vampires can be really old and they have talents, history and enemies that make their zombie survival even more playfully intriguing. 
Q: In Bad Timing we meet the Ichabod. Did you know at the beginning he would become such a formidable foe to your heroine?
Yes and no. I originally planned for him to have more of a role in Bad Timing, however halfway through I got the feeling that Brit’s main enemy in the book is time itself – without giving too much away, she has to contend with how bad timing affects her life and the decisions she has to make. I also had a completely different title for this one – that changed after this realization too!
Q: Do you think That Britannia will eventually get to kill Nicholas?
Well, I’ve plotted the whole series, so I know the answer to that, but readers might find they root for a different outcome after they read the prequel, Traitors’ Gate (due out 26th Feb through Evernight Teen) And don’t worry, the prequel is written in such a way that it can be read at any point in the series currently out J
Q: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
LOL, when it went to press! I always breathe a sigh of relief when a book goes through its final edit. It took far too long to get it out, especially when readers were asking me when they could expect it!
Q: What inspires you?
Everything really. I love coming up with new ideas for books, ways to see the world differently. I seriously enjoy writing, but can’t wait till I’m making enough money to write full time. Right now I have to juggle a full time job, writing, family and a semi-interesting social life. Its hard work and I’d just adore to wake up every morning and know I had all day to write – heaven!
 Q: How do you feel about eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?
eBooks are great. They’ve really opened doors for new writers. Publishers don’t need to invest too much money in the first instance when they take on a new author, so the chances or a wannabe writer being published have never been so high.
I must admit, I’m not a fan of self-publishing. I’m sure it works for some authors, but for me personally it kind of feels like the market has been flooded with books that haven’t had to pass through a gate keeper. In rare instances this is a great thing and we end up with a wonderful book that, in the past, might never have made it to the virtual book shelf – but most of the time I find myself shying away from reading them unless a friend recommends it to me.

Q: Thank you so much for the interview, Nicky Peacock. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and where everyone can buy your book?
It’s my pleasure – thank you so much for having me! I’m pretty much everywhere online:
Bad Blood needs to be read first and can be found here:
Bad Timing is book 2 and can be found here:
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27 Feb 2016

WW4BB Presents: A Weekend Author Spotlight of Bad Timing by Nicky Peacock

Posted by Amanda Masters on 6:55:00 am





Bad Timing – Battle of the Undead #2 by Nicky Peacock.

“You know now that monsters are real. Whether they have recently risen to reach for your flesh, or have chosen now to step from the shadows; you are surrounded by them. You also know that I am one too, but I’m all you’ve got and time is running out…” 

There’s no rest for the wicked, especially in a zombie apocalypse. Britannia has used every vampire skill at her disposal to keep those she cares for safe, but with old enemies and unseen adversaries moving against her, she will have to push herself to both her physical and ethical limits to survive. Britannia is changing, but will it be for the better? 



14+ due to violence and adult situations

Please note this is the second book in a series that should be read in order.




Review

Bad Timing by Nicky Peacock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was given to me by the Author In Exchange For an Honest Review.

Wow! This series gets better and better! I can't get over how much I love these characters and how fresh and wonderful I find Nicky's writing! I have loved this series from the start and I have to say Britannia’s character and her world get more and more interesting the more I get to read!

I was intrigued by the fact of a vampires and zombies in the same novel from the first, but this series goes above and beyond just even that! We are introduced to the concept of a vambie (half vampire half zombie) a concept that of course people I am sure have thought about but no one has put to page before. I believe no one could bring them to life quite like Nicky did! They are a terrifying concept and an even more terrifying thing to read in action! Nicky did an amazing job bringing them to life!

Not only did she bring the terrifying to life she brings Britannia's terrifying past to life in this second book, As if her present wasn't scary enough! Nicky does chaos and villains like a silk rapped nightmare, totally flawless and perfect! You know they are going to come at you, yet you are somehow surprised all the same when they do, as if they would change their minds before attacking. Its pure perfection!

There was some surprising twists and a whole lot of uphill battles in this that keep you constantly on your toes throughout the whole thing. What gets me time and time again is the amazing size of Britannia's heart! No matter the cost to herself she will charge in to save anyone! She is a true hero.
Don't any of you miss out on this incredible series!



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Excerpt
 “If there’s someone there, you’d better show yourself. Unless you want me to cleave off your head,” I shouted. I heard a cough and saw a tall, well-built man slip from the shadows. He wasn’t bad looking, but his dark hair was styled with cement-like gel and his eyes were far too blue to be natural.
“Apologies. I wasn’t sure if you were friend or foe.” He nodded at me.
He was a vampire, probably a little younger than me.
“Who are you?” I asked.
“My dear, you are the one trespassing on my territory. It should be me asking questions of you.” He gave me a sly smile, as if he was trying to get away with something. Like he’d farted and was waiting for me to smell it.
“If this was truly your territory you’d have attacked me, not slunk in the shadows like a sniveling child.” I pulled my axe back so I held it by the handle and it rested on my shoulder.
He put his hands up; he was unarmed and laughed beneath his breath. “I now understand the Elders rule.”
He was referring to the old, no female vampires rule – misogynistic t scumbags. It was then that I got a good whiff of blood, live human blood.
“Have you got people here?”
“Why yes, we’ve collected a few to take to the Highlands. Would you like to join me for a drink?”
And he’d been openly feeding off them, great!
“No, I’ll give that a miss. Where are they?”
“In the store room, back there. They’re uninfected,” he said with a sweeping invitation with his arm. “I must say, I’ve never seen a female vampire so beautiful.”
Good grief, did he think this was some sort of date? That we would sit back and watch Dawn of the Dead whilst munching on scared survivors? What an asshat!
I narrowed my eyes and walked to the door he was pointing to. He smiled and gestured for me to open it. I did. Now I was fully aware that this could have been a trap, but even if a hundred vampires descended on me, I still had an axe to Red Queen their asses back to Wonderland.
“May I introduce myself?” he said behind me.
“No.” I stepped through the door and was hit with the smell of both old and fresh blood. I took in the large warehouse back quickly: boxes were piled high with electronics, gadgets and God only knows what other useless items, but there were also people crouching by them. They were blindfolded and roped together with a thick unforgiving plastic vine. Some were still bleeding from where he had fed off them. Some were whispering prayers in ragged voices. Some slowly pulled at their bindings, more like they were an itch than a problem. But all cowered when they heard his voice. There was a collective shiver that even caught me in its terrible wake. Whoever this vampire was, he was truly living up to monster status now.
“Here,” he said as he lifted the plastic rope and pulled the nearest person toward us, “have a drink.”
I looked at the young boy bound and blindfolded before me; he had blood all down his Simpson’s t-shirt and he’d pissed himself, probably days ago now. This was what the Highlands were going to be like, just with slightly less feeling and more order.
“My name is Ludwig. What’s yours, my blonde haired vixen?” He pushed the boy at me and I moved so that I was stood between them.
“Britannia.”
“What?” Ludwig’s eyes widened. He’d heard of me, the lack of blue hair had been what had put him off the initial recognition. If I’d looked more like my old self he’d have run from me, or attacked me in the shop. I might never have discovered his little person larder.
“Yeah, I was forced into a make under.” I smiled sweetly at him, “Ludwig, you have something on your sleeve.” I swung the axe so hard that it cleaved his arm straight off. Blood sprayed across me, splattering my face and streaking the front of my hair. Unlike human blood, vampire blood is cool, smells metallic and tastes like sea water, kind of like your blood tastes to you. Some vampires get a taste for their own kind; those were usually the ones that the Elders sent me after.
Ludwig’s look of shock was only matched by his girlish scream. He clutched at his leaky stump and shuddered. I lifted the axe again, this time to cleave off his head, but he must have regained a modicum of resolve, as he caught the axe’s blade in mid-swing. I quickly slipped my hands down the handle and, palms up, slammed it vertically so that its blade crushed against his skull. I heard a sickening crack as bone crumbled against the force. He keeled and stumbled back through the shop’s doors. I edged forward and crouched, sweeping my leg out to trip him over. Once he lay sprawled on the floor, I lifted my axe a final time and off rolled his head. It tumbled down the flat screen TV section.
The tethered humans were now desperately pulling at their bonds. I guess the big bad that had just killed their torturer was probably not someone they wanted to stick around and have tea with – better the devil you know.
I moved carefully toward the nearest boy. I gently took his blindfold from him and he blinked a few times and recoiled at my presence.
“It’s okay,” I said, hands out, palms up, “I’m here to help you. I won’t hurt you.”
The boy edged further away from me, pulling on all their ropes. He particularly dragged all of the survivors onto the floor. I suddenly had an image of me leading them like a chain of dogs through the streets. If Satan had been on a leash, he’d have died. If I couldn’t do that to a dog, I’d be damned if I was going to be responsible for leading an all-you-can-eat zombie buffet conga line.
“Look, I know you have no reason to trust me, but...”
“You’re one of them,” said the boy, looking past me to Ludwig’s twitching corpse. He must have been old; it can sometimes take a while for the magic to leave older vampires.
“We’re not all the same you know.” I stepped to his side and took a blindfold off a nearby woman, “Wait a minute, them?”
The woman gave me a quizzical look, “There’s another one. He had red hair and a posh accent; like from Downton Abbey.”
Okay, now time was of the essence. I pulled out my pink handled knife and sliced the rope between all the humans. I removed all their blindfolds and counted them: twelve.
“Right, here are your choices. You can say here and wait for Red, whoever he is, to come back and drink you dry, or you can follow me and I can get you the hell out of zombie central.”
“Zombies?” they all said together.
“You haven’t noticed the slathering zombie masses?” I asked.
“No,” said an older man, who had managed to pick up a plank of wood and hide it behind his back while I wasn’t looking.
“How long have you been in here?”
The man chose then to swing the plank at me, which I caught and crumbled in my grip. The small crowd gasped and I think they were just about to all fall onto me, when the bell at the door of the shop chimed.
“Oh no, it’s him. He came back for us.” A young girl of no more than thirteen cowered near me. I turned to her.
“I won’t let him hurt you. I told you, we’re not all the same.”
She bit her bottom lip and squeezed out a fat tear that rolled down her ruddy cheek.
“My name is Britannia. I know this is all a bit...” I struggled for the right word, “...weird, but I’ll get you some place safe. You just have to trust me.”
“So, let me get this straight.” The boy whose blindfold I’d took off first edged toward me. “You’re a friendly blood sucking demon, and there are zombies outside. But you’ll protect us? At what price, you gonna feed off and kill us one by one like your friend there?” He motioned at Ludwig’s now still body. I kicked the vampire’s corpse out of the door and into the main shop, out of the eye-line of the humans.
I didn’t have time for this. I needed to get a new radio, some food and get back to the zoo. I needed to tell Tate I was alive and for Josh and Jack to know I was on my way to them. I hadn’t even bothered to ask these humans’ names and here I was trying to protect them, while they challenged my ethical code. I was just about to give the boy what for, when a rumbling groan echoed through the store. I peered out to see a group of zombies shuffling toward Ludwig’s body. Once there, they began to rip him apart like an overcooked turkey. There were stuffing- and cranberry sauce-like substances cascading out of the yawning cracks they were making with their bare hands. I gagged and quickly closed the door.


Bad Blood – Battle of the Undead #1 by Nicky Peacock


“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.” 


A 500 year bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Bitter enemies, Britannia and Nicholas must work together to save un-infected humans, delivering them to a stronghold in Scotland. 

Unable to drink the zombie blood, vampires need humans to stay alive. But will they tell the survivors who they are, and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the safe hold? 

Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.


14+ for violence and adult situations



The Prequal Traitor's Gate Coming Soon!


The prequel to my Battle of the Undead series will be out soon – my publishers, Evernight Teen have arranged a virtual book tour to celebrate the release.


Tour dates:
2/29 Young Adult & Teen Reads
2/29 Darkest Cravings
3/1 Get Cozy
3/2 The Book Pub
3/3 Seeing Stars
3/4 Fantasy Pages
3/5 All Book Finds
3/6 Nics Book Nook
3/7 Nikki Noffsinger 

About the Author:

Nicky is an English author living in the UK. When she’s not writing her YA and adult urban fantasy and horror fiction, she is running a writers’ group and helping local schools with creative writing working shops to encourage the next generation of budding authors.

Some random Nicky facts:

She loves chocolate and hates fleece.

She loves dogs and hates monkeys (they look too human)

She always has one day a week where she doesn’t have her phone on or touches the internet.

Organising is her ‘thing’ and she hates being late for anything.

Her favourite colour changes depending on her mood.

She tends to write in UK spelling (you may have already noticed that!)

She can’t live without TV but could easily live without social media.

Her favourite food is a roast dinner, but she won’t eat lamb.

She’s weirded out by having to write in the third person – so I’m stopping now!




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