Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Welcome to author Edward Hoornaert

Hello, Edward, and congratulations on your book release.
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When her abusive lover tries to take custody of her baby, Audra flees where even he can’t follow: the aliens’ forbidden cities underneath Kwadra Island.

But can the safety she wants for her daughter survive a search party, violent alien criminals—and the love of an emotionally damaged Kwadran?

Excerpt:  The rebels came out of hiding and stalked toward the good guys.  But fifty feet behind them, rolled black cleaning bots in a solid phalanx from one side of the lane to the other. More were emerging from doors to fall in behind the first line.
Tal’s chest felt light. His fists clenched and unclenched rapidly. This was more cleaning bots than had ever been assembled. “Hurry up,” he said to his army even though they couldn’t hear him. “Faster.”

The line rolled toward the rebels’ rear, charging like phalanx of vengeful cockroaches determined to advance no matter what stood in their way.

Maybe because of the gunshots, the rebels didn’t hear the miniature army. Two guys and a woman in the rear yelped when bots hit their feet. Dropping their weapons, the men fell backward; there were so many bots that they carried them and their guns along for a bumpy, jarring ride. The woman was faster. She dashed into a nearby house—but came right back out again, pushed by a battalion of cleaning machines.

Scores of bots flooded into the lane, driving rebels out of buildings and into the churning flood of small metal soldiers. Some tried to crawl over the flood, but they found nothing stable enough to walk on. They fell and bots crawled over them. A rebel emptied his pistol at the swarm, but for every one he shot, another took its place.
One young rebel, smarter than the rest, rode atop the bots without struggling. At an intersection he rolled once, twice, three times until he reached the edge of the swarm. Then he popped to his feet. His escape didn’t matter, though: he left his gun and ran.

About the Author: Edward Hoornaert is not only an author of science fiction, romance, and non-fiction, he's also a certifiable Harlequin Hero; he inspired N.Y. Times bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson to write her favorite Harlequin Desire, Mr. Valentine, which was dedicated to him. In the past, he wrote contemporary romances for Silhouette Books, but these days he writes science fiction adventures—usually with elements of romance. In addition to novelist, he has been a teacher, technical writer, salesman, janitor, and symphonic oboist.

After having 30 different addresses in his first 28 years, his rolling stone slowed in the mountains of British Columbia and stopped in Tucson, Arizona. His high school sweetheart has been his wife for more years than he has fingers and toes to count. Ed and Judi have three sons, a daughter, a mutt, and the Milky Way Galaxy's most adorable grandsons.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Review of The Villainous Viscount Or The Curse Of The Venns

Hello, I was given a free copy of this story in return for an honest review. The Villainous Viscount Or The Curse Of The Venn's by Lucinda Elliot, is a Historical Gothic Spoof, Historical Regency.


An appreciative satire of the cliches of classical Gothic, with the eponymous Villainus Viscount, a haunted castle, a family curse, and a spirited heroine.

When Clarissa Greendale inherits the fortune of disreputable uncle she hardly knows, she does not expect to find herself forced into marriage with an aristocratic fortune hunter and wild, brawling, debauched social outcast. Not only that, but her name featured some way down on the list of eligible heiresses he planned to court. Still,Clarinda has always found Harley Venn set off the most unmaidenly tinglings in her; that is one consolation...

Yet neither did Clarinda expect to inherit the legacy of a wrongdoing from half a century before. For the wicked if beguiling Lord Venn seems to have inherited a family curse, which, having dispatched the main perpetrators of the old crime, now moves on to their heirs, who are just as wild a set of rakes as their elders. There are rumours of violent deaths preceded by appearances from an inexorable hooded spectre, of inexplicable strikes of lightning, and of haunted mirrors.

The light-hearted Harley Venn dismisses all these as conjuring tricks. He even hires a drunken charlatan of a professional magician to prove it.

Clarinda is far from sure that there is any rational explanation. Still, it would take more than an enforced marriage to an incorrigible pugilistic libertine or persecution from malevolent spectres to damage her steely nerves and sense of the ridiculous.

This lively Gothic comedy, written as a good natured satire of the cliches of classical Gothic, gives the reader a warm-hearted and courageous heroine, a rascally but beguiling anti-hero and an authentic historical background to the delightfully over-the-top adventures, a cast of wholly believable characters, an engaging love story and many chills on its way to its tumultuous conclusion.


‘He broke off to say, “Molyneux, it’s good to see you. There’s time for a drink before we go to the fight. Wine, O’Hare!”

“There ain’t none,” O’Hare turned to say.

“Then go and get some, fellow. Damn me, it’s not a civilised house without wine. Still, with you in it, it wouldn’t be one anyway.”

“No ready money. The pie man wouldn’t give me credit last night.”

“Insolent dog, eh? Did you tell him you belong to my household?”

“He said that was exactly the trouble…Your Honour. So I seized one of his pies and bit into it. Burnt my lip horrible, so it did.”

Harley Venn thrust on him some of the coins he had collected. “Cease that infernal blather, and go for some wine.”

O’Hare left, sighing as if put upon.

Molyneux said, “As you like to drink with the costers and street hawkers, Harley, you ought to pay him what you owe out of fellow feeling.”

He handed Molyneux the glass. “So I would have, if the fellow had been reasonable about it. Take some brandy instead of wine. The villain will be away for hours, coming back with some wild story by way of excuse. My apologies for involving you in these household cares, Jack, but you see how my finances become impossible.”’

My review:
The Villainous Viscount or The Curse of the Venn by Lucinda Elliot

            The setting is 1821, England, and a wastrel, Harley,  wants to find a wealthy woman to keep funding his lifestyle. The biggest problem for him is, the most likely woman, Clarinda, has her a mind of her own and integrity. When these two interact, unpredictable things happen. To add to this sense of surprise and mystery, readers are treated to a sense of the paranormal with a gothic background. 
            The story may be labelled as a satire, but it is well-written. The flow of the story, the details of the era—both time and place—and even the language and actions of the characters are realistic and appropriate for the setting. It puts a reader right into that world.
            Clarinda is a commoner who just inherited money, a good girl who doesn’t want a husband to marry her for her money. However, she gets caught up in a wild situation, and to save her reputation, becomes engaged to a nobleman with a reckless reputation, one she is greatly attracted to, but one she doesn’t respect. As these two get together and battle a supernatural evil together, they draw closer. Both of them change due to the harrowing adventures they go through. Clarinda is sensible and likeable. She just may be a good influence on Harley. Readers can hope. 
            There are sex scenes in this novel, but they are not overly graphic. There are plenty of sexual suggestions to heat up the mood. 
            Something unusual for this fiction piece is the presence of footnotes; however, these are useful and not distracting, and adventure keeps the pace moving along. As for the paranormal, it is central to the plot but not overdone. A phantom is haunting them, and people die around it. The sense of danger is always lurking between the lines of smooth and natural dialogue.
            The theme of Harley needing to change his wicked ways, inspired by a good woman, makes readers wonder again if he will find it in himself to do the right thing or perish by the menace that wants him dead.
            Ghosts in a gloomy castle contribute to a sometimes-spooky mood. The apparitions become more intense, drawing out strong emotions from Clarinda. We see a very good and spiritual side to her, making her even more admirable. And as for Harley, despite his faults, readers can like much about him and hope he makes the changes he needs in order to survive.

            This story has a bit of a thriller feel to it, as the threat increases. Clarinda’s insecurity comes out, but her confidence makes for an interesting mix. The inner ponderings of the characters show depth in the writing. The pacing is just right in this story. This story has a solid plot and is largely character-driven. It was a good read, and I would recommend it. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lucinda Elliot has recently become the proud honouree of the B.R.A.G medallion for outstanding fiction for her Gothic historical paranormal romance, 'That Scoundrel Emile Dubois' - (available from amazon both in print and on Kindle for the very low price of 0.99 plus VAT, as the author writes to share her stories, not to make a profit). 

She was born in England and loves writing Gothic stories - as she grew up living in a series of isolated rambling period houses, in Buckinghamshire, Devonshire and North Wales among other places that would make perfect settings for such stories, that may not be surprising.

After that she lived and worked in London for many years, and now lives in mid Wales with her family, and has greatly improved her Welsh, but there is some way to go.

She loves working out and weight training, and was once a Sportsfighter (long since retired). She likes body sculpting, too. She shows a geeky streak in her interests such as classic novels, history and environmental matters.

She loves creating strong female characters to provide an effective counterpoint to the gung-ho males. She can't resist putting humour into all of her writing, dark or otherwise. 

Her latest novel 'The Villainous Viscount Or The Curse of the Venns', another historical Gothic with undercurrents of dark humour, came out in August 2016. 

At present she is working on a sequel for 'That Scoundrel Emile Dubois'. 

When reading 'That Scoundrel Emile Dubois' the author hopes the reader will laugh out loud as well as shudder at Sophie's Gothic horrors as she becomes trapped in a great house staffed by the wicked Emile's band of brigands. 

When reading 'Ravensdale' she hopes to give the reader a laugh and a journey through an over-the-top romantic highwayman (and highwaywoman) adventure that sends up the tropes of traditional historical romance.

'Aleks Sager's Daemon', a fantasy novel revolving around an author obsessed by the life of the tragic Russian author Alexander Pushkin, is darker, but she hopes the reader has to smile at parts, for all that. 

In 'The Villainous Viscount' the author provides some more Gothic tropes she has always enjoyed - a haunted castle with secret passages, a family curse, and a vengeful spectre. Add to this the wicked but beguiling young pugilistic Viscount, the plain but sensuous bride he has married to get his wandering hands on her fortune, and a vivid cast of secondary characters, and the usual comedy and the reader is in for a lively read. 

Authors always have worked out far more about their characters than they can possibly show in a book, even a longish one - not to mention all that clutter in their heads gleaned from historical research, etc. Lucinda Elliot's blog fills in these sorts of details about her characters.

Lucinda Elliot hopes you will visit her blog on [] if you would like to find out more about her books, the characters themselves, her other writing, her literary criticism, and reviews of both traditionally published and self published novels.


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