Evan Guilford-Blake is an accomplished author who has tried his hand, successfully, at many forms of writing – he’s a successful playwright, has written short story collections, works of fiction and poetry to name a few. His stories have won multiple competitions and he’s won more than 40 playwriting contests.
I recently came across Evan’s work for the first time via American Blues – a short story collection set in America and all centred around the blues – the emotion and the music. You can read my review of the collection here. Evan has quickly become one of my favourite authors and I contacted him to see if he fancied a chat about his work. Luckily for me (and you) he said yes, so without further ado, here is the interview! Continue reading
Short story collections can be very hit or miss when all of the stories in the collection have the same author. But American Blues is a rare gem that stands out from the crowd. It demands your attention and then it breaks you. Continue reading
Each member of Esther Solar’s family is consumed and obsessed by a fear and Esther believes it’s because of a family curse bestowed upon her grandfather and passed down through the family that eventually results in that family member’s death. Trying to outsmart the curse and the reaper, Esther makes a semi-definitive list of worst nightmares of things to avoid for the rest of her life, but then Jonah Smallwood comes back into her life and Esther, reluctantly, comes to realise, with Jonah’s help, that it’s time to face her fears. Continue reading
I’m a big fan of ‘road trip’ stories, especially in books, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to read Hit the Ground Running.
Hit the Ground Running centres around 16 year old Dee and her younger brother, 7 year old Eddie, and their journey from Arizona, USA to Alberta, Canada in a beat-up car, with no drivers licence and less than $500 to last the journey. Continue reading
We’ve all been there, we’ve put our current read in our bag to bring with us on a long journey, or to help make the commute a little more bearable only to find that we’ve accidentally damaged our books – and there’s little more soul destroying than knowing that it could have all been avoided if you only had some protection for your book. That’s where Melvis Makes comes in! The Book Buddy is a protective sleeve for books that come in a wide array of fabric choices and sizes! Melvis Makes is a popular bookish product maker on Etsy and I can say from experience that both her products and customer service are amazing!
I couldn’t resist sharing this amazing shop with you all and thought what better way to do this (other than sharing photos on my Instagram page) than to host an interview so that you can get to know the person behind the business too! So, without further ado… Continue reading
A great war has practically eradicated human life, but there are two groups who have survived…the Insiders and the Outsiders. Arafel is home to the people who survived on the outside, they have learned from nature and have adapted to survive. Those on the inside live in the Dome, a militarized community sealed off from the outside. The citizens of the Dome have been led to believe that no one has or could survive on the outside by their vicious, cold and calculating leader Octavia.
One day, Arafel is invaded and some of Talia’s (our MC) family are taken. Arafel holds a deep secret, a secret that can save all of humanity and Octavia will stop at nothing to get it. What she doesn’t count on is that Talia will stop at nothing to get her family back. Continue reading
I’d never heard of Lady Mechanika before reading this story. This was my first introduction to her and her story and from the back cover this is what I learned: she’s the result of an evil scientist’s experiment and has no idea who she is, but she knows she’s different – she’s strong and no longer fully human. All of this was wrapped up in a steampunk package and I was intrigued to say the least! Continue reading
I didn’t think that The Tiger’s Watch would be for me; I’m not a huge fantasy reader (I’ve dabbled but it’s not my genre of choice) and the page count is low which made me wonder how much of a fantasy world could be built in a believable way in such a short space. But I’m glad I gave it a go!
The Tiger’s Watch is a novel about a society of spies who can bond with an animal and use them to aid in their missions. Once bonded, they are bonded for life, so depending on the natural lifespan of the animal, their life could be cut very short or extended. The same happens with the humans – if a human dies, so does their bonded animal. When invaders arrive in the country, our main character must use their skills to attempt to take down the enemy from within. Continue reading
Mr. 60% follows the story of Matt Nolan who is the unofficial care giver for his uncle Jack who is dying of cancer. Matt feels that he is the only real choice for caregiver for his uncle and he can’t get ‘official’ help from the government. Due to this, Matt is forced to sell and distribute illegal drugs in order to pay for Jack’s needed legal ones.
Due to all of this his grades fall but he manages to keep them at a steady 60% so that he isn’t failing. He basically does the bare minimum to get by, and unfortunately that’s how I feel about this story – the bare minimum effort has gone in to get published, but 60% does not make a good book. Continue reading