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Happy New Year – and new release!

Firstly – Happy New Year! I hope 2018 will bring you new adventures, inspiration, wisdom and happiness in whatever you are doing in life.

Faris and Monoceros - Cover

Available now at Amazon, iBooks, kobo and more!

Secondly, I wanted to share with you my exciting news that I have worked hard during the Christmas break this year 🙂 and managed to finish off the second book in the Faris series: Faris and the Monoceros – yay! This has been quite a long time coming, as I kept hitting the editing in fits and starts during 2017 – during the last couple of weeks I’ve had a few solid days of editing and prep and managed to get it finished.

The e-book is available now with all the major retailers and if there are any middle-grade / children’s bloggers out there who would like a free copy for read/review on a blog, or would like me to provide a guest post for their blog in relation to this book, please get in touch at:

info(at)cusick-jones(dot)com

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Freeing Balik…

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/624860

For a while I’ve been debating doing a free release on one of my books – if nothing else, I’m more interested in having people read what I’ve written than making my fortune from it (although that would obviously be nice too – being a full time writer would be lovely!)

So, as I’m coming towards the end of Cirque de la Nuit I’ve decided to move away from the Amazon route I’d gone with so far and have opted to do a permanent free release for The Rainbow Maker’s Tale. As it can be read either before or after Hope’s Daughter, I thought it might be a good place to start.

So, if you fancy reading it and haven’t picked it up in the past – now you can, on more formats than ever 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Rainbow Maker’s Tale – Grab a Free Copy this Weekend!

Click image to get your free copy.

Click image to get your free copy.

For two days this weekend – 21st / 22nd March – you can grab yourself a FREE e-copy of my latest book The Rainbow Maker’s Tale on any of the Amazon websites. I’m busy working away on my current project, Cirque de la Nuit, which I am hoping will come out before summer 2015, but in the meantime, if you’ve never read one of my books – why not give this a try? 🙂

The Blurb

“I wasted no time looking around the bland plastic space I had lived in all my life. There were no real memories here for me, no cherished moments or things to reminisce over: all that had stopped when I was eight years old and learned that life on the SS Hope was built on lies.”Outwardly, Balik is an obedient member of society on Space Station Hope: he follows The Council’s systems, excels at school and seems happy to follow in his parents footsteps…

Balik’s real life is filled with secrets he can share with no one. As he follows his suspicions about the space station into ever more dangerous territory it seems like his whole world will unravel around him. But, he doesn’t understand everything: things are wrong, he is sure of that, he just doesn’t know why.

When Cassie unexpectedly comes into his life, Balik struggles to find his balance. For years he’s investigated the oddities of the world he lives in, but Cassie makes him question things in a different way… Can he believe in this girl who seems so much a part of the system he distrusts? Would she put a stop to his plans to break out if she knew what he was really up to? Balik can’t be sure of anything – except the fact that he can’t leave her alone.

(Note: ‘The Rainbow Maker’s Tale’ is the companion novel to ‘Hope’s Daughter’ – either book can be read as the first book in the sequence).

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Sneaky Peeky? Outlanders

In preparation for the writing marathon that is NaNoWriMo, starting on Saturday, I’ve been looking back at the early bits of Outlanders that I wrote originally in 2012 for NaNoWriMo that year. (Oh.Wow. I do procrastinate!)

Earlier this year I re-drafted and added some scenes to the early part of the book, expanding the original bits (which used to be on my ‘Sneak Peeks’ page). I’m now going to be working on the ‘middle to end’ bits – attempting to avoid editing as much as I can, as I enter myself for NaNoWriMo 2014.

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Click the picture, to go to Amazon.co.uk and grab your FREE copy of The Rainbow Maker’s Tale

To celebrate the fact that I’m going to make myself do some writing, and that it’s been a year since I released The Rainbow Maker’s Tale, I’ve got a double-whammy of freebies! From 1st – 5th November inclusive, if you are the proud owner of a Kindle (like me) then you can download yourself a FREE copy of The Rainbow Maker’s Tale from Amazon.

And if you’re more interested in what I’m working on, then you can check out the latest ‘sneak peek’ version of Outlanders here on the blog. Just CLICK to start reading!

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Free Book Weekend…Medusa

If you liked the look of Tony Talbot’s latest book Medusa when I posted the cover art earlier this week, head across to Amazon this w/end and grab yourself a copy of the Kindle edition absolutely free!
What are you waiting for? Click here for amazon.co.uk:
and here for amazon.com to go straight to the page:
Medusa by Tony Talbot

Medusa by Tony Talbot

Medusa
 Lissa Two is a thief of the ocean cities, struggling to make enough money to clear her debts and take care of her traumatised sister, scratching a meagre living as best she can.
So, she has enough worries without her life getting more complicated…but when a boy named Hattan literally falls from the sky, she can’t just let him drown.
It’s a decision she comes to regret, a decision that will change not only her life, but the lives of everyone she loves.
If they survive…
@authortony

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Just Finished…The Tower by Jade Varden

Synopsis: Death brings some families closer, but it’s ripped mine apart. I wanted to convince the police that they had the wrong suspect…but I never expected them to start suspecting me. Now, I have no choice but to keep searching for the truth, even if all my relationships fall to pieces around me.

Someone is trying to make me look guilty. I never thought my mission to prove my own innocence would lead me to more family secrets. I thought I had already discovered the truth about myself. But every answer raises more questions, and everything I think I know is about to change…again.

I have to find the truth, no matter how much it hurts — before I get charged with murder.

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When I read Justice, the first book in Jade Varden’s Deck of Lies series, earlier this year I was looking forward to the release of the follow-up book The Tower after being left with a doozy of a cliff-hanger. You can read my review of Justice at Aside from Writing blog.

So…after the wait, did The Tower deliver? Absolutely! 🙂 I stayed up reading with one eye it was that good!

Normally I struggle with “Second-Book-Syndrome” – I love the first then find the second one less than satisfying (Twilight, The Hunger Games, Hush Hush series and Darkest Powers series all had this for me) – with The Tower I actually liked it better than Justice and would agree with the idea that you could read this book without having read the first. Although the characters and story continues from the first book, The Tower is written in a way that also allows it to work as a stand-alone book, which I think is great.

It is a difficult book to review without giving spoilers, but I’ll try…in contrast to Justice which focuses on the mystery surrounding the kidnapping of a baby girl and her subsequent reuniting with her real family over a decade later, The Tower is more a murder mystery. It reminded me a little of the Point Horror books I used to love when I read young adult fiction the first time around, where someone in the middle of the action needs to solve the riddles the police cannot, although it is written with much more depth and sophistication. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and another good cliffhanger to seal the end of the book. I liked the epilogue particularly in how it drew the themes of the story back to the symbol of the tarot card ‘the tower’ – very neatly done.

Overall, I’d say 4.5* for me – it was practically perfect – I did get a little lost in twists in the middle (just like Rain I wanted paper to map them out) and missed a character who featured heavily in Justice, but it was great seeing Sawyer  in more depth and I liked the relationship between him and Rain as they work through the mystery. Jade has a really good writing style: well-described, interesting and believable characters, who work well in the events of the novel. I absolutely have my suspicions as to who has done what…but I’ll need to read the next book to find out! So I’m looking forward to the next instalment.

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So – do you think this sounds good? Well – the author has kindly provided me with ebooks of her books so that one lucky reader could win both Justice and The Tower to read for themselves. The competition starts tomorrow and you’ll have a week to enter, so visit my main website and ‘like’ this review or follow on Twitter and get yourself in it to win it! 

Enter Competition at http://cusick-jones.com/giveaway.php

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