15 Apr 2014


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Today I have the privilege of announcing the brand new release of 
21457935“The Bone Church” by Victoria Dougherty. This is her debut novel but Victoria has established herself already as artful writer with her blog COLD.

I was lucky enough to get hold of an ARC. Here is what I thought:

The book is a gripping and atmospheric historical thriller that intelligently weaves two narratives into one another: One is set in 1956 and involves a rescue mission to get a woman out of Czechoslovakia, aided by the Vatican while another plot line is set in German-occupied Moravia and Prague during WW2.

Both plots involve Magdalena, a Jewish woman, and her gentile husband Felix, under-ground hiding and resistance fighters, an assassination plot. The suspense will keep you close to the edge of your seat. The book is both, entertaining with its dramatic curve, and also educational and insightful for those of us who have only basic knowledge of life in Czechoslovakia during and especially after WW2.

Dougherty skilfully portrays life and its difficulties for Jews, Czechs and gypsies under the Nazis with excellently drawn characters, while also providing some lesser known facts and historical events in Czechia and Slovakia; in particular a show trial in 1952 really showed me how little I knew about the post-war period.
Although the level of suspense is always high in the rewarding way of great underground spy thrillers, it never loses sight of the seriousness of the times.

The bone church of the title is a small Roman Catholic chapel in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic and contains artistically arranged bones from skeletons to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. Its symbolism and function as returning focal point for the story contributes to the artful and ever so stylish canvass that the author is painting on.

Dougherty has a sharp and observing mind that can quickly draw a picture, scene or a character with only a few well-chosen words and attributes, but her descriptions go beyond bare skeletons and show how well-researched the book is and how competent the writing.
Her understanding of the human psyche makes her characters either likeable or laughable but always memorable. Her dry sense of humour and wit liven the novel in a welcomed, understated way. Corruption and underhand dealings are seen for what they are, as is naivety. It is hard to pitch irony in a serious novel but the author has done a perfect job at it.

The writing is authentic, stylish, realistic and very addictive. 


Find the book on Amazon: http://bookShow.me/061598052X

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About this author

Victoria Dougherty has for nearly twenty years distinguished herself as a master storyteller, writing fiction, drama, speeches, essays, and television news segments/video scripts.

In Prague, Ms. Dougherty co-founded the acclaimed Black Box Theater, translating, producing and acting to sold-out audiences in several Czech plays – from Vaclav Havel’s riveting “Protest” to the unintentionally hilarious communist propaganda play “Karhan’s Men.” Black Box Theater was profiled in feature articles in USA Today, International Herald Tribune, and numerous European publications.

Currently, Ms. Dougherty lives with her family in Charlottesville, VA, and has recently completed a series of thematically linked Cold War spy thrillers. She is represented by Josh Getzler of Hannigan Salky & Getzler

12 Mar 2014

NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: “After the Cataclysm” by Inge H. Borg

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Today I have the honour of presenting and reviewing the newly released dystopian novel, AFTER THE CATACLYSM by Inge H. Borg.

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Thank you, Christoph, for showcasing my new dystopian novel, After the Cataclysm. It is the third in my Legends of the Winged Scarab series that, incidentally, I never planned to write.

After I had wrestled with Khamsin, The Devil Wind of The Nile, for years, I thought I was done. But in retirement, something has to keep me off the streets. Upon the urging of a friend, Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea, emerged from the sands of Egypt, plunging me into the Mediterranean.

By that time, Cataclysm began rattling around in my head. When I researched a real ghost ship, the abandoned Russian cruise ship Lyubov Orlova, I had no idea that news about her would explode all over the British papers only weeks before I finished my book. She was supposedly infested with cannibal rats about to beach herself on Great Britain’s shores, unleashing the rodents on a panicked populace.

I gave this ship another life as the new Bucanero II (my original Bucanero is a mega-yacht in Book 2). Her belly now holds Egypt’s ancient golden tablets. After the explosion of the North American Yellowstone Supervolcano, this ship becomes the battleground between those who hoard the artifacts for themselves, and those who seek to save them for posterity. Of course, while another storm rages. Inge H. Borg-Author

Would it surprise you that—some day—the Legends of the Winged Scarab, the Khepri, may be revealed in a fourth book? Only time—and my perseverance—will tell.

But for the present, I am very grateful to you for having read and featuring my Cataclysm. If your blog-fans would take a look at my author pages listing all my books, here are the links:



“After the Cataclysm” by Inge H. Borg is her third book with an Egyptian theme, all three belong to the “Legends of the Winged Scarab” series. On this occasion the story is set in a post-apocalyptic / post-cataclysmic world where most of the US is wasteland and power and wealth are now in South America and Venezuela.

Art theft, smuggling and material survival form the story of this book that brings back Egyptologist Naunet Klein from the previous book. She finds herself invited together with her husband, to join Egyptian archaeologist Jabari El-Masri and art collector Lorenzo Dominguez on an abandoned cruise ship in the Caribbean to help translate the inscription on Ancient Golden Tablets.

Legends around the inscriptions and their threatening nature make this a difficult task for her, as does the entire set up of illegality and bribery and with untrustworthy partners in crime on board.

The story is like an adventurous dream, ornate and meticulously set up. It tells with often sarcastic wit and Borg’s signature dry sense of humour the motifs and hopes of our characters while checking those ideas constantly against the harsh reality.

With her all-knowing point of view Borg let’ s us look into all of their minds – a technique that I value.

Obviously well researched and knowledgeable about Egypt and its culture Borg’s writing style is full of ornate and beautiful descriptions. 

Weaving in the ancient Egyptian mythology and legends lends an almost philosophical and moral aspects to some of the writing and plot. 

The boat that our heroes use is real and, once again, the precise descriptions make it come alive easily.

At the same time, the futuristic setting does not distract from the story. What could have been a major component in the plot is merely a writer’s tool in my eyes to show once more the enormity of time. Book 1 one (Khamsin, the Devil Wind of the Nile) was set in 3080 B.C, Book 2 (Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea) in the present, and now Book 3, “After the Cataclysm,” takes place only a couple of years into the future. It pays homage to the indestructability of the legends and the artefacts and with that made a lasting impression on this reader’s mind. While dystopian in nature the book spares us distractions that would not befit the story.

Naunet and her husband, the art collector and the archaeologist are all excellent characters that make the reading experience a very enjoyable one. 

About the Author

After living and working both in Europe and the United States, Ms. Borg now lives in a diversified lake community in Arkansas where she continues to write fiction.

Inge H. Borg – Author Pages

http://www.amazon.com/Inge-H.-Borg/e/B006QYQKUS – Amazon

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/505050 –  Smashwords

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/inge-h.-borgBarnes & Noble

http://www.goodreads.com/goodreadscomInge_H_Borg – Goodreads

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/inge-h.-borg/– Apple






After the eruption of the Yellowstone Super-Volcano, a ton of ancient gold, cannibal rats and protagonists from Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea (Book 2) make for an explosive mix on a ghost ship, the real Lyubov Orlova.

   Book 3 of the Legends of the Winged Scarab, a dystopian action-adventure novel, plunges straight into a desperate post-apocalyptic world. Egyptologist Naunet Wilkins and her scientist husband Jonathan flee their lawless homeland by accepting an uneasy offer from Egyptian archaeologist Jabari El-Masri, a fugitive from his own country, now living on Venezuela’s Isla Margarita, owned by the fanatic art collector Lorenzo Dominguez. Did El-Masri trade his Golden Tablets and American friends to barter for his own exile?

   Once again, Naunet is torn between translating the ancient curses for the South American billionaire, or to save her new world from their dire predictions. As another ill-wind blows, she finds the answer.

11 Feb 2014

“Smokescreen” by Khaled Talib

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“Smokescreen” by Khaled Talib is a fast paced, action packed and highly intelligent espionage thriller that I must highly recommend. Smoke Screen
It concerns an assassination plot, in this case the killing of the Israeli Prime Minister on a visit to Singapore. Talib does an excellent job at showing the different sides and interests in this conspiracy story that has a great complexity of plot, to say the least.
Exposing connections between unlikely allies and focusing on the role of Singapore in the peace process covers some of the well researched and plausible background for the story, but this novel is not limited to political and diplomatic issues.
There is plenty of action, violence, sex even and powerful writing that makes for a gripping read and fast turning of the pages.
The setting in Singapore has been a particular plus for me for personal reasons but it adds a new aspect and dimension to the ‘issue’ of Israel and the peace negotiations that I am certain will be appreciated by many readers. There are several great scenes that as responsible reviewer I must not spoil for you but let me assure you that Talib is creative in his writing. Realistic dialogue, fast pacing and well chosen characters make for an explosive combination that keep the readers interest and suspense up throughout.

At an ancient café in Cairo, two veteran spies plot a covert mission to resolve — once and for all — the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. The pledge: Israel will make a major concession as part of the peace treaty. In Singapore, Jethro Westrope, a magazine journalist, stumbles onto the scene of a murder: the beautiful Niki Kishwani directs him, in her last breath, to a digital recorder, evidence that puts Jethro’s life in serious danger. And, much worse, he is framed for Niki’s murder. Jethro sets out to find Niki’s killer and is drawn into a web of deception and intrigue involving officials from the Singaporean, Israeli, and American governments, each with a complex, competing, and potentially deadly agenda. Against this pulse-pounding backdrop, Jethro races to find answers and save himself —yet nothing is as it seems. He finds himself at the centre of a political plot so diabolical and sweeping in its world implications that he is stunned to discover tomorrow’s news headlines today. He is being set up not only as a murderer but as an assassin, and something much larger than his own fate is in his hands

Interview with the author:

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and a person. Khaled

Well, for starters, you shouldn’t trust me with chocolates. Imagine a vampire staring at someone’s neck after it has been nicked by a razor blade while shaving. My mother, repeatedly to this day, complains that I eat chocolates as if they were rice. However, I have to watch myself these days because my doctor has warned me about having too many sweets. Try to imagine a vampire changing diet from blood to water. Not going to happen.

By nature, I am a tenacious person. I think it is an important asset to have as a writer. When my publisher rejected my novel Smokescreen the first time around, he wrote an email saying he ex-pected a fuming email in response. Instead, I replied politely enquiring if I could resubmit my manuscript. A year later, I sent him a new pitch. I scored.

What made you become a writer? Have you always written?

During my first year in primary school, I couldn’t read and write well. To overcome this problem, my mother gave me a book to read entitled, Circus Days Again. I read it slowly. Written by an English author named Grid Blyton, I found myself yearning for more books afterwards. I discovered a treasure box of old books that belonged to my mother in the basement. Inside this box, there were some books penned by another English author with the same surname as Grid. I assumed they were either married to each other or they were siblings. It took me a long time to realise that Grid was in fact Enid. You see, I could not make out the ‘E’ in the author’s name on the book cover because it was written cursively.
One day my mother came home with some fresh books. She bought them from a bookstore. These books were also by Enid Blyton. However, they were different. They had the element of mystery and suspense, which intrigued me. From that day, I became acquainted with the Famous Five, Five Find-Outers. I also discovered the Secret Seven, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Three Investigators and The Hardy Boys. Before I knew it, I was participating in book quizzes and storytelling competitions in school.
When I was fourteen, I decided to try to write a detective story. During school recess, I stayed back in class to write the story in a textbook. One day, however, I decided to take a break. I stepped out of class and left the textbook on my desk. When I came back later, I found one of my classmates reading the material. Instead of encouraging me to go on, he mocked my writing. He even invited everyone else in class to laugh at me. They couldn’t understand what I was doing.
The scary part is the same classmate tried to contact me months after I had signed a contract with my publisher. I refused to return his telephone call out of fear that he might jinx my publishing effort. I am not superstitious but it is so uncanny that he should show up after thirty-five years when my novel was about to be released.
I guess I have always wanted to write but I didn’t know where to begin. I didn’t dare tell anyone that I wanted to write. I was afraid they might laugh at me – again. But one thing led to another and a book was born. I think the secret is to believe in yourself. It’s not easy but it can be done… the question is, how badly do you want it?

When did you decided to write thrillers?

One evening in Singapore, I attended a high society party. Suddenly, an apparition appeared in the image of a young man. I am not sure why he appeared. Maybe I was bored, maybe I was looking for inspiration. The apparition stalked me for days… and the days became years. That stalker is my protagonist, Jethro Westrope. My subconscious was pestering me to write a book. So I discarded the time has come. 

What is the easiest about writing and what is the hardest?

For me, the easiest part about writing is to describe action scenes and develop characters People seem to love my protagonist and hate his nemesis with a vengeance. I take that as a compliment. I also enjoy doing research, and I get a rush when I discover something interesting that I can put into the book. The hardest part would be sitting down and writing… and oh, the rewrites… it really sucks you dry.

Would you say there is a message in the book beyond the story? Do you find it is well received and picked up by the reviewers?

A reviewer said she felt like my novel had a “hidden story within a story.” I’ll leave it to the reader to decipher the mystery. Smokescreen delves into many themes from a micro to a macro perspective. It also discusses issues concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the United State’s position on the question of Palestine.

What do you like most about your characters? Which one is your favourite?

Smokescreen is made up of an eclectic mix of interesting characters, each with a unique personality. What makes these characters interesting is that they are made up of people from various parts of the world. So readers can expect different tones of voices. My favourite character is the mysterious spy named ‘X.’ He is an enigmatic personality.

Who would play the characters in a film?

I never thought of that. Now that you’ve asked, here are my choice selections:
• Donald Sutherland would be the perfect actor to play ‘X’.
• Laurence Fishburne could play Michael Dexter, the United States ambassador.
• Ryan Reynolds would be suitable for the character of Dexter’s sidekick, Robert De Angelo.
• George Young, a British actor in Singapore, could get away with being my protagonist.

What are your next projects? Tell us about your other books.

I am working on a new novel set in Europe. This time, the novel takes a different theme altogether, but it’s still within the thriller genre. I have a created a new characters.

Who are your literary influences? What are your favourite books/ films/ albums?

Oh, so many. I am an eclectic personality so my influences include Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Paulo Coelho, Naguib Mahfouz… the list goes on. And I have so many favourite books – too many to mention. To Kill a Mocking is a favourite classic while Thomas Hardy’s The Woodlanders is a must read… it’s a sad story. I even read books for children, romance novels and young adults… practically anything that I find appealing. I also have a fascination for old movies. Some of my favourites include Juggernaut, The Pink Panther, Three Days of the Condor , Our Man Flint, Murder by Death, Clue, Death on the Nile, The Rear Window, and of course the James Bond franchise, particularly the ones with Sean Connery and Roger Moore. 

What would your friends tell us if we asked for your best and your oddest qualities?

They would say I am honest, trustworthy, harmless, quiet and hard working. At the same time, they will also say that I am fussy, serious and intense.

What are your favourite animal/ colour/ outdoor activity?

I love all animals, especially cats. But I have never seen a green cat, which is my favourite colour. If I step into an office and I don’t see plants, it would really bother me. I am not into sports so you’ll find me most of the time day dreaming at a sheesha cafe having a puff. Well, people might see me as day dreaming but the truth is I am concocting stories in my head.
Singapore is such a small island so there isn‘t really much to do apart from the usual like going to a cafe with friends or to the movies. Blame it on gravity otherwise I’ll be sitting on the moon or some exploring some planet. However, when I do get the opportunity to do some recreational activity, I enjoy exploring the nooks and crannies of the island. Strangely, despite its size, there’s always something new to discover. I am hoping to visit some island that belongs to Singapore. It’s has a lighthouse with an interesting history.

What would you take to a remote island?

Apart from the necessary, a pencil sharpener… in case I need to sharpen some sticks.

Who would you like to invite for dinner and why?

I’d like to invite Keith Thomson, the New York Times bestselling author of Once a Spy, for dinner. I promised him a meal if we ever meet after he gave me a blurb for my book. In fact, I think I owe everyone else lunch, including Jon McGoran, author of Drift, Ruth Harris, co-author of Brainwashed and Hooked and Jake Needham, author of The Umbrella Man and The Ambassador’s Wife.

What else would you like us to know about you and your books?

Smokescreen taking the espionage thriller genre to a unique level. Readers can expect the unexpected. It’s not every day someone from Singapore writes a thriller novel so I hope people will enjoy this book.



AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/Smokescreen-Khaled-Talib-ebook/dp/B00H4CVRL8

SMASHWORDS https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/384871

13 Sep 2013

“Nobody Loves a Bigfoot like a Bigfoot Babe” by Phantom Bigfoot (a.k.a. Simon Okill)

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The Northern California town of Big Beaver has become a haven for Bigfoot, alien sightings and is home to The Phantom Bigfoot Bather. One particularly weird Beaverite, Duane, has kept the Bigfoot a secret, but to his utter dismay, a female Bigfoot abducts a teenager. Duane must use all his guile to stop his secret from getting out, especially now that MB, his close friend and crypto-zoologist, is on the trail, along with Sheriff Lou and the FBI. Can Duane keep his Bigfoot friends a secret? And what does MB discover deep in the forest?

“Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe” by Simon Okill is simply a wonderful book.
Set in a sleepy town in Northern California called Big Beaver it centres around sightings of a Bigfoot, who may or may not be real, according to the people in Big Beaver. Much fun is poked at these sightings with pranks and jokes by the locals.
When a teenager is abducted Sheriff Lou gets assistance from FBI Agent Merlot. But the Bigfoot is real and while the investigation is under way, one citizen tries to keep this a secret for his own reasons.

What strikes me most about this book is the great sense of humour and the tongue-in-cheek style that runs through the entire story. There is a reference to Twin Peaks and there are some stylistic parallels or similarities, only this book is funnier and not quite as dark as David Lynch’s work.

There are great one-liners and excellently drawn characters to make this book a delight to read. I finished the book in almost one sitting, drawn in by the great story telling and addicted to the community of Big Beaver. Simon Okill is an author to watch.

A very entertaining novel, highly recommended.

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Hi Simon, please tell us a little about yourself as a person and as author. –

Howdy Christoph, and before we get into it, a beer would be helpful. Thanks. That’s better. I am Phantom Bigfoot, author of that which leaves my brain as a jumbled mess and somehow gets put in some semblance of order when the lights are all on. My lights were left dim by an accident and only my writing seems to replenish the power. The more I write the brighter the light. So it’s best not to be around me when I’m not writing. Hehehehe!

How long have you been writing, and how did you start?

At least 15 years, but not since the accident have I become a full-time author. It all began one night long, long ago when I had too much to drink watching Twin Peaks and The Broken Lizards’ Super Troopers – well let’s be honest you need a few to watch those shows. That night it struck me like a right cross from Rocky – Bigfoot! Combine those shows into a town obsessed with Bigfoot!

The Bigfoot theme is such fun. When did you decide to go with it and write a whole book? –

That very night.

How did you manage to make it your own story when the Bigfoot theme has been kind of monopolised by the Hollywood films? –

Hollywood has declared Bigfoot a monster. Not me. My Bigfoot are peaceful creatures who bonk at the drop of a hat. There’s more but that will be revealed in my new Bigfoot novels.

Was the humour planned or was the idea initially more serious? –

I don’t like serious novels. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a serious message in Bigfoot but it’s relayed tongue in cheek. After all, I am Phantom Bigfoot purveyor of the practical joke.

Did you ever think of writing it just for children or young adults? –

Wouldn’t work, Christoph. The search for Bigfoot is not the realm of teenagers.

Did you have it all planned out before you write your stories or do the characters and story surprise you? –

Actually all my novels started out as screenplays and from there I fleshed them out into novels.

Which character did you most enjoy writing?

Duane is my favourite as he is what most guys would like to be – a bum with loads of money.

What would your character(s) say about you? –

Nothing good, probably – hehehehe – except a big thanks for giving them life.

Are you (or your children) like any of your characters? –

There is a pinch of me in Duane and MB, but I prefer going over the top so no one could identify with them.

Would you say your books have a message and could you hint at it – for the confused? –

Bigfoot’s message is clear – save our environment and stop hunting for pleasure.

What do you like best about writing? –

Leaving my world and entering a fantasy world of my own design where I can do and be anything I want.

What’s your least favourite thing? –

Marketing the little monsters – they take over your life and that’s not much fun.

How do you balance writing with family life? –

I get up before I go to bed and slave away until dawn then market for several hours and with a stroke of luck find time to write until the early hours. Family life has suffered somewhat, but I am hoping the pressure will ease with more books published.

How do you edit and quality control? –

First I type in key words that should be used sparingly – suddenly, became, felt, seem etc and use next mode to correct. I do same with repetitive words. After that I send the book to an editor.

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? –

Daunting at first. Formatting for Kindle and Smashwords drove me mad. By downloading reviewers for both, I have cut the time right down and now I can format both in under 20 minutes.

What were your highs and lows? –

Lows were getting formatted indents right – highs was getting into Smashwords Premium and seeing Luna Sanguis, my vampire romance on sale at WH Smiths UK.

What is your advice to new writers?

Never ever give up. Even Stephen King had 100s of rejections before Carrie was a hit. Oh and get a good pro editor.

Who are your favourite authors?

Stephen King, Graham Masterton, Dean Koontz and too numerous to mention Indies from ASMSG.

I know you are very supportive of other writers, but who are your favourite independent writers?

– That’s such a loaded question, Christoph, there are so many I love for different reasons, I’ll just say they are all my dear friends on ASMSG and I love them all. They know who they are.

 What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?  –

ebook – Fantacia: Voxian Series by Ruth Watson Morris of ASMSG

What three books have you read recently and would recommend? –

Once Upon Another Time by Rosary McQuestion –

The Nightlife Paris by Travis Luedke –

Capital D by Natasha Johnstone.

Travis would appreciate the sandwich I have going for him there. Hehehehehe!

Who would you say are the biggest influences?

ASMSG as a whole. So many great posts on writing have shown me my faults.

 What books have you read more than once or want to read again?

None as far as I can remember, but I have watched my faves on the box several times – Where Eagles Dare, Guns of Navarone, True Grit, The Shining, Salem’s Lot, The Stand, To Kill A Mockingbird and the list goes on.

Tell us about your other books?

Okay, Christoph –

Luna Sanguis and Luna Aeturnus follow a young woman on the verge of vampire superiority, but she witnesses a brutal murder and is hunted by her evil lover. She wakes up in a prison-like room with total amnesia. She is defenceless and must depend on a young doctor to save her from The Count, help her recall her past and escape into the night as vampire lovers.

SS-Steppenwolf retells WWII through the eyes of a werewolf created by Himmler to destroy the Allies at The Battle of the Bulge. Not many people know that the Waffen SS were addicted to a mind-altering drug which drove them to kill without mercy, but when the drug ran out, so Germany’s fate was sealed by Stalingrad. Facts are twisted to fit the new order of the wolf. Rainbow’s End is a YA fantasy which explains what happened to Errol Flynn’s family heirloom that went missing from his birth 1910. The heirloom is Captain Bligh’s sword.

What song would you pick to go with your book?

Bigfoot has its own song – Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe. But “Addicted to Love” sums up the entire book.

What are you working on now?

Luna Aeturnus is being edited for release in September.

Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books?

What you read is basically me, so read my books to find out what I’m like.

Thanks Christoph for this chance to air my laundry.


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I live with my wife and Shirlee Anne, in a pretty coastal town in South Wales, UK. We both love Stephen King and had read many of his books and enjoyed their transition to the screen. Due to our love of books, my wife and I dabbled in writing for some years as a hobby. We were approached by a film company to write a paranormal TV series. We struggled most nights and all through weekends to come up with 22 episodes only for the company to go bust. Then after an accident at work, I was forced into early retirement due to disability. I used my newfound skills as a writer to help with my depression. We decided to use our TV series episodes as templates for film scripts and novels. My writing became more serious as certain A-list actors expressed interest in my scripts and my debut novel Nobody Loves a Bigfoot Like a Bigfoot Babe was accepted by Christopher Matthews Publishing after so many British publishers turned it down.



Also by the author:

“Luna Sanguis” by Simon Okill attracted me because of its setting in Paris around 1925. I enjoy only the occasional Vampire story and with the setting in mind I had different expectations to the intense but thoroughly enjoyable reading experience I got.

Luna Sanguis has some exquisite historical feel to the story but it is mostly an intense and gory read with some detailed descriptions of killings, sexual scenes and psychological power games. It took me by surprise and thanks to the surprise effect I was totally engulfed in it.

At the heart of our story is Delicate Rose, or Eternal, who becomes amnesiac after being witness to a dreadful killing and she only escapes by the skin of her teeth. Brought into a lunatic asylum she continues to have nightmares and horrific visions.
Count Lucien and his two sidekicks are after her and she knows a certain fate awaits her at the next full moon. 
The book is written in a very powerful prose and with very appropriate language to the historic setting. The story infiltrates your mind as you read it and the build up of suspense, the sense of helplessness and fear oozes from every page.
Scary, clever, superbly written and at times disturbing this is not for the light hearted but seems a must for all fans of the Vampire genre who like it ‘rough’.
Quite unforgettable.


Coming soon:

“Luna Aeturnus” by Simon Okill is the long awaited sequel to Luna Sanguis. I was lucky enough to get an early copy by the author for review.
Rose, or Eternal, is still trapped in the lunatic asylum and the romantic sparks between her and her Doctor Eduard are blossoming, but Rose is afraid of Count Lucien, who will be coming after her at the next full moon. The possibility of two lovers eternally ‘reincarnated’ and meeting over the centuries is beautiful and adds romance of great quality to a story that is also often chilling and intense. The theme of eternity, eternal life and love runs through the novel and adds some reflective notes to the fast paced story with its many action packed scenes of fighting and violence. 
The characters are wonderful creations, be it the vile Demon Bonbon, the evil Count or his colourful sidekicks.
The writing in this piece is amazing, and that goes not only for the skilful use of language. While the doctors wonder about Rose’s Amnesia, deem her possibly schizophrenic or ‘just’ traumatized it makes us often wonder ourselves if Rose is really losing her mind and we with her. Or are we? Much remains ambiguous but in a very fascinating and rewarding way.
Like the first book this is a must read for Vampire fans




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