Monthly Archives: September 2014
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It is here – my debut novel ‘How the Wolf Lost Her Heart’. If any of you were wondering how my fiction novels fare in comparison to my articles, now’s your chance to find out!
The general blurb is here:
Set against the backdrop of a Dystopian London where thugs and criminals run rife, Skye Archer possesses a rare gift, the ability to transform into her spirit animal at will. Widely regarding her morphing ability as a curse, Skye’s aim is to keep it a secret at all costs. But one day she meets the intriguing and affluent, Raphael Renzo, who soon proves to have a secret of his own, one that could heal the downtrodden city and affect Skye in ways she never thought possible . . .
Dun dun duuuun! It is a romance, this is true, as it revolves around the life of a protagonist who just can’t get that infuriatingly good-looking (not to mention good-hearted, well-off, heroic etc) guy out of her head; so pretty much like the rest of us then whenever we find ourselves tripping over our own words when in the presence of a crush. The main difference between us and Skye, however, is that she has the ability to transform into her spirit animal at will. Not because she has supernatural abilities per se, but more due to a scientific experiment that took place two centuries prior (in 2012). Her ancestor took part in the experiment and the gene passed down, generation to generation. Like I mentioned, it’s set two hundred years down the line. If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if law and order in the UK broke down, then the result is in this book. And it’s not a pretty one either. There are some other notable differences too – such as Tag Devices and Bubble Blowing Kits (the BBK’s are not for kids), but I’ll say no more! Don’t want to spoil the surprises in this new world!
As I said, it’s a romance, but there’s also a military aspect in there and, of course, a Dystopian theme. Some parts are light-hearted, others comical – some are quite dark and disturbing, and it’s for this reason that this is a Young Adult novel aimed at 14+. Below I’ve included an extract from the novel, which highlights some of the more sinister aspects of the plot:
‘Children were screaming. Buildings burned with unstoppable flames; in the distance, the tall, erect shopping centre that had once been Westfields looked like nothing more than a vast ball of fire. A woman cried out in terrror as she was snatched by a gang of men in balaclavas and dragged into the middle of the road where they proceeded to strip her and brutally defile her. Three men were being repeatedly stabbed by another group of masked men, blood pouring from their wounds and mouths, until they were kicked carelessly to the ground. Thugs yelled wildly with laughter as they doused petrol over the row of shops and buildings, striking matches and flicking them so that the buildings rose up in blazes. A group of thugs, men and women, seized two children who were wailing in the street, slapping them harshly, and throwing them into the back of a van, which drove off amidst the horror. Several men and women could be seen fighting the thugs, but they were outnumbered five to one.
“My Lord, it’s no good! There’s too many of them!”
“Fall back!” commanded Lord Renzo. “Fall back!”
“Sir – what of the women and children trapped in the cinema?”
“There is nothing we can do … Fall back!”
At that moment, Skye felt Lord Renzo’s pain and she howled in despair.
Lord Renzo and the man who had spoken to him dashed away from the burning buildings and from the terrified screams. To their left, a man screamed at them, pleading with them to save him as he was battered with bargepoles by a gang of masked men. But they kept on going. They could not help him. They would be slaughtered if they remained and then this nightmare would never end. Everywhere they turned, buildings burned, people were being killed, thugs laughed uproariously at the evil they had created; policemen lay dead on the ground in pools of blood while children screamed for their parents; one child was snatched away into the darkness by a masked man; two hysterical girls had been pinned to a wall and several thugs were shooting at them with guns from a distance as though they were playing a sick game of darts; Lord Renzo and his companion kept running, but there was no escaping the terror …’
So there you have it. This is a world where thugs and scoundrels rule the roost, I’m afraid. Decent, ordinary citizens live under a siege of terror, while only a few heroic individuals do what they can to protect the city. This includes Skye and Raphael – so, what are you waiting for? Go check it out! I can promise that at the very least it will be an exciting read. Special price of £2.99 due to recent release, or $4.86 for readers across the pond. Go HERE to purchase the UK version. And HERE if you’re in the United States. For other locations, if you type in the title you’ll find it no problem. Remember, you don’t need an actual Kindle device to read it – any laptop, tablet, phone can download the book and have you reading in no time. So read, rate, review, tell your friends – and, above all, enjoy!