Author Links

I’ve mentioned elsewhere on this site that I love to read, something that I reckon almost all authors will say, so I’d like to take the chance to make recommendations for other authors you may like. Now, this page won’t be about the big name authors, like Pratchett, Rowling, King etc. This is more about new or lesser known writers who deserve to be talked about.

Thanks to Twitter, and the wonderful #WritingCommunity hashtag, I’ve been introduced to some excellent works of fiction and amazing authors so here’s my list of people you should be checking out right now!

To learn more or buy their books, simply click on the logo to go to their website and click on the book cover to go and buy the book!

Welcome to the new age…

Those left on Earth survived the Rising. They survived the War.

Humanity – pushed to the point of extinction – is forced to accept that monsters no longer dwell in the murky shadows of myth and legend. They are frighteningly real. An uneasy peace has settled across the globe on the cusp of an international Summit intended to gather the surviving Human factions with the new nations of Vampyrii, Werewolf, Troll, Ice Giant, and Fae. Their leaders, their delegates, their decision makers. A conference where the honorable strive to make the world a better place, and where corrupt politicians pursue their own selfish agendas. Alliances are formed…coups are plotted.

In Werewolf-held Canada, a girl is taken. A rescue mission ensues. In Europe, a grieving hybrid soldier in search of answers returns to London to face the ghosts of her past. In Vampyrii-occupied America, one of their race seeks to restore a small part of the world to its former self. But trouble is brewing beneath the surface as society teeters on the precipice of calamity. Mysterious forces work to threaten this new way of life. Threaten to reveal who are the hunted…and who are the Hunters.

Jon has been a friend of mine for a long time now (I’d say how long, but it makes us both feel old!) and we met each other in a game called City Of Heroes, an MMO where you design and play your own superhero, a subject we both love and bonded over easily.

It was City of Heroes that helped inspire his first book in the Songbird series, Hunters, with plans for several more to follow.

To say the book is excellent is to do it a disservice. For a first release by a new author, it’s truly excellent and I can’t recommend it enough!

Becoming a superhero isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Let’s be realistic, people don’t have super-powers. But if you have enough determination to make it through training, you have a chance to be the modern-day superhero, stopping one criminal at a time…or doing everyone else’s job and getting none of the credit.

After Tanser girl comes to terms with her non-celebrity level status in the superhero world, someone else from Level D decides it’s their moment to shine, shaking up the entire system, while leaving her to pick up the pieces.

If you’ve read anything about me anywhere on this site, you’ll know if there’s one thing I love, it’s superheroes, so getting to read The Backup Superhero by Kayla Hicks was great fun!

Taking a unique point-of-view compared to most superhero fiction, instead of focusing on the big names in the world of crime fighting, this books looks at things from the lower leagues, the super-heroic little people who do all the basic stuff and get none of the glory, something that’s not looked at enough in fiction.

It’s a short work. In fact, if you’re a fast reader like myself, you’ll have this done in a couple of hours, but don’t let that fool you. It’s an wonderful read with interesting characters that you want to know more about as well as the world they live in and you’re definitely left wanting to know what happens next!

Roll on the next one!


Every Superhero League needs an origin story, but who would have thought it would have been about a barkeep named Frank?

When Frank finds corruption within the Police Department, everything he thought was true starts to unravel.

Enlisting two other trustworthy officers to help him uncover the mystery, Frank’s path goes where he never thought it could.

He becomes the Dark Vigilante.

After reading the first book in the series, The Backup Superhero, I was really looking forward to the next one, The Original Superheroes by Kayla Hicks, and I’m not disappointed!

Serving as both a prequel for the first book and a setup for the next one, this work shows the origins of the Superhero League and starts to fill in some of the backgrounds for characters we were introduced to previously.

I raced through this book as I’m a massive fan of the superhero genre and love this very different take on something we are all now familiar with. It’s definitely a page-turner as you are always wanting to know what is coming next as the origin is revealed brilliantly and I can’t wait for the next one to come out!

If you are looking for something a little different from the world of crazy superpowers, this is definitely one to read!

 

Leena’s life has been anything but perfect. An alcoholic mother creates an unbearable homelife and her longtime boyfriend, Chase, dumps her at her most vulnerable moment. Worse yet, Leena is forced to live in her truck. Leena’s mantra is to make it through the summer, just long enough for college to start.

In steps Leena’s best friend, Sydney, helping her start the next chapter of her life. After finding an apartment that’s cheap, not slummy for them to share together, Leena finds her life in an upswing.

But now, two love interests step into the picture. Brent, the sexy wildcard who has secrets that fall too close to home for Leena. And Garrett, her ex-boyfriend’s best friend. He’s handsome, kind, and loyal and could be the one she never knew she wanted.

Who will Leena choose to start her new chapter with?

The thing about the book that surprised me was how much I enjoyed it!

Don’t get me wrong, the books by Kayla Hicks are always great, I’ve read several of hers now and they are excellent, fun reads, but Anywhere Else is a romance novel and I don’t read romance. Ever!

However, after reading her Back-Up Superhero books, I gave this a try and was surprised at just how much I enjoyed it! The characters are believable, the situations they are all in worked and I found myself really hoping for Leena to find the love she wants and rooting for the one she ends up with as well!

And now I like romance books! My whole world view has been shaken!

Definitely a recommended read for any romance lover and well worth a shot if you want to try something different to your normal stuff!

In a perfect world, Guy Leatherman would be a first-class journalist with a greater passion for life, a bigger circle of friends (i.e. more than one), a loving family and a goldfish that lived longer than the last one.

In a perfect world, Guy would be blissfully unaware that life out there exists, and he certainly wouldn’t be stupid enough to step into his closet to be teleported from Earth to an alien planet in an alien body. Nor would he allow himself to get caught up in the biggest conspiracy the Charted Universe has ever seen.

In a perfect world, Guy’s alien body wouldn’t be nearing its degeneration date, and he wouldn’t have to pin his hopes of survival on a street-sweeping doppelgänger, a trash-hating side table, a spy who can’t remember much and an elusive Grey with a milk problem.

In a perfect world, Guy would have the courage to do what needs to be done and, more importantly, he’d know what needs to be done.

Unfortunately for Guy, the universe is not a perfect world…

I’ve always been a big fan of sci-fi comedy stuff. Authors like Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams are two of my favourites and I also love TV shows like Red Dwarf and The Orville, so I was looking forward to this one when it was  recommended and boy, was I not disappointed!

One of the best things about reading books by new, indie authors is that they often come up with some really unusual ideas that wouldn’t normally see the light of day and A Life Spectacular by Eaton Krone is one of those ideas!

Stepping into a closet and waking up as an alien is a great concept and the  rest of the book follows suit with some amazing characters, really unique sounding alien planets and lots of genuinely laugh-out-loud moments! In fact, some of the footnotes alone had me giggling like a loon and are almost worthy of the great Sir Terry Pratchett himself!

Racing through at a rip-roaring pace, this is a highly recommended book and I can’t wait to dig into the next one!

Welcome to the year 2095.
Society has overcome everything that made human life miserable. It has become perfect — so perfect that it needs killer cyborgs to hunt down anyone who disagrees with it.

Nephilim isn’t just any elite death squad member, she is the best. Genetically and cybernetically enhanced, she and others like her strike terror wherever they go. Knowing nothing besides this lifestyle, Nephilim believes that she’s part of a righteous cause.

But everything changes for her after a hostile EMP attack.
She suffers a severe system glitch. Disconnected from the grid, for the first time in her life, she begins doubting the system.
Shortly after the attack, she meets Jake, a 100% biological human, and she falls in love with him. Jake helps her discover that everything she had believed in was a lie.

But there is no walking away from the system. And soon, Nephilim finds herself hunted by members of her own death squad.
In an era of deception, who can she trust? And in this brave new world, is there a place for love between a human and a cyborg?

Behind Blue Eyes is a fast-paced, cinematic action story in a dystopian setting. It’s a modern-day version of 1984 – on steroids.

Cyberpunk and Noir aren’t my usual kind of read. Normally I go for fantasy, comedy, that sort of thing. This was recommended to me by a friend and I am NOT left disappointed!!

Behind Blue Eyes by Anna Mocikat is the first book in what I believe is a duology and is an excellent read!

We’ve seen lots of different dystopian futures in literature so it might seem a bit cliched to read another, but this one really drew me in from the very beginning. The main character is interesting, flawed and very exciting. The setting is very different to other futures I’ve read and the action sequences are so well realised I could visualise it in my minds eye easily and it had me totally hooked!

This is one book that I heartily recommend and I can’t wait to read the sequel!


Olympias City is shaken by a series of unspeakably brutal murders. No one is allowed to know the shocking truth about who the victims are: Guardian Angels.

Someone is hunting the almost invincible cyborgs with the neon-blue eyes. Someone who knows their secrets and who uses a formerly unknown technology.

Promoted to Archangel, Nephilim is in charge of the investigation. It leads her into the underbelly of Olympias’ most notorious district, Oldtown, and also into the Inner Circle, where the elites reside.

Struggling with memory loss, Nephilim barely survives an attempt on her life.

It seems that the Guardian Angels have some very powerful enemies. If this wasn’t dangerous enough, the two other corporate global players, Rosprom and TogbuaXiang, scheme in the shadows to not only bring down the Angels but the entire city of Olympias.

Everything changes when Nephilim accompanies Metatron on a trip to Olympias City III, formerly Rio de Janeiro. There she discovers that nothing is what it seems and that Metatron is much more cunning and dangerous than anyone suspects.

Things get even more complicated when old friends from Nephilim’s past appear. Nephilim will have to decide on what side she wants to stand …

When I wrote my review for the first book in the Behind Blue Eyes series by Anna Mocikat, I said that noir Cyberpunk novels weren’t my normal taste in fiction. 

After reading the sequel, Behind Blue Eyes: Fallen Angels,  I may have to change that opinion!

Fallen Angels carries on the story of Nephilim and the Angels from the first book brilliantly. Picking up not long after the events of Behind Blue Eyes and grabs your attention right from the start. Building on the story of Nephilim and the other characters we met, it also introduces several new characters that I found myself really wanting to know more about, especially the human police duo that play a major role.

Once again Mocikat brings us a combination of wonderfully written action sequences, (that really deserve to be seen on the big screen!) characters that you love to read about and a plot that keeps you wondering what will happen next all the time!

Roll on book three! I can’t wait!

Have you ever thought about a person from your past and wondered what if? You know who I mean…the one that got away. I have, and his name is Jack Perry.

He’s fun and flirty. Sexy and mysterious. But there’s also a dark, brooding side where he hides a secret bedroom desire. A provocative veiled persona no one knows about.

Well, no one except me.

You see, years ago, we had an internet relationship. After trading countless emails about our private thoughts, he went deeper, confiding in me what was missing from the most private side of himself.

It intrigued me, and I never forgot about it.

Now my life has been thrown into a tailspin. I feel invisible these days. Lost…and after all these years, Jack and his soulful eyes have been on my mind. A lot. I made the decision to experience the tall and handsome Mr. Perry in the flesh. To stop being invisible. To start feeling alive again.

So, here I am, standing on his front porch, ready to meet him for the first time. No matter what happens, this evening is destined to be full of surprises. You’re welcome to come along. Within these pages is a story you don’t want to miss…

I originally bought this one for my wife. I mean, erotic fiction is really not something I normally read but I know she likes this sort of thing so she got the first read on it. I already had far too many books to work through!

Unfortunately, as I bought her the Kindle edition, her tablet died and she hasn’t had the chance to read it, so I got another copy, this time for myself, and I’m glad I did!

The premise and concept for Acts of Closure by N.T. Anderson is excellent and one that really will resonate with a lot of people, that nagging feeling about “The one who might have been!” Told over a single day, through the eyes of Natalie as she reconnects with J, and the very clever use of e-mail flashbacks, the story is perfectly paced, never rushing you through or slowing down too much at the wrong time.

Bear in mind, this is a book aimed at open-minded adults, definitely not one for the kids, but if you like your reading clever, interesting and steamy, this is definitely for you and I’m really looking forward to finding out what happens next with Natalie and J.

Everything began with Chaos.

Chaos created the universe and the gods. Chaos then created boundaries between worlds. These borders were placed across all of existence to prevent various forms of life from traveling to worlds, planets, and realms they were forbidden to exist on for countless reasons. Chaos tasked one of the gods with monitoring and defending the borders. This god searched for beings that had the potential to manipulate creation energy. These individuals became guardians, magic users and warriors who fight to keep the borders defended from anything and everything that crossed through them.

Skye Kelly is a guardian. Monsters, magic and evil plots are a part of her everyday life, along with running a coffee shop and hanging out with her twin brother and her friends. When horrific creatures from another world start targeting guardians on Earth, it’s up to Skye and her friends to unravel their evil scheme before it’s too late

Chaotic Devices is the excellent first book in the Chaos Guardians series by Sarah Eriksen. 

Telling the story of a group of Guardians, young men and women chosen by Chaos to defend the Earth from numerous invading monsters, this is a great first work by a new author and one I really enjoyed.

Packed with amazing battle sequences and characters that you could see easily in a new, hit TV show, the premise of the book is easy to get into and holds your attention from the very beginning. I was especially intrigued by the glimpses of other guardians that appear sporadically throughout the story, something that definitely left me wanting to know more about them! Hopefully we’ll more in the sequel!

If you like your fantasy with plenty of action, great characters and a burgeoning mysteries that leave you asking lots of questions, this might just be the book for you!