Review: A Shining in the Shadows | Beverley Lee | 5/5

Book two in the Gabriel Davenport series, and aAnother brilliant read from Beverley Lee. I thoroughly enjoyed following Gabe on this new journey in his life, seeing him grow and find his place. And,  you know… vampires! I love vampires!

Once again we are drawn into the ticking countdown of something epic – tension building,  twists turning,  sweeping us along the path towards the dramatic conclusion.  Great stuff!

Author Beverley Lee

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Review: The Making of Gabriel Davenport | Beverley Lee | 5/5

Wow,  I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The rising tension was present from the start,  but it really kicked in at the midpoint and didn’t let up for a moment, right through to the climax (and a great ending that I didn’t see coming). I’m glad I hadn’t read the reviews first, because there was one thing that came as a total, brilliant surprise.

I’ve not read a horror book for a long time, but I’m diving straight into book two. And maybe now I’ll finally get around to the King and Koontz books in the tbr pile!

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Cover Reveal

It’s done! I’m so excited to reveal the cover that I have designed for Taste the Dark. I know it’s not exactly stereotypical for the paranormal romance genre, but that’s precisely what I wanted – to be different (and pretty!)  🙂

Of course, knowing me, I’ll probably change the blurb a thousand times before hitting the publish button!!

Hope you like it!

Vampire Makeover!

Aside from writing, my other passion is photography.

Photoshop is my happy place!

I gave this gorgeous guy a vampire makeover – Here’s the before and after. What do you think?

I could happily lose hours out of my day playing in photoshop like this! 🙂

 

 

November is the month for…

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Writing, writing, writing!!

You may have seen the word NaNoWriMo being bounced around social media recently. That’s because November is National Novel Writing Month, the time of year when many people within the writing community go crazy. They assign themselves with the insane challenge of getting 50,000 words of a first draft novel written between 1st – 30th November.

I toyed with the idea of whether to take part. I really don’t have the time. November is a busy month already for me with family birthdays, wedding anniversary and of course Christmas shopping! However, this could be the perfect push to get me writing my next book.

Taste the Dark is coming soon, in the New Year, and will be the first book in a series. However, I also want to write a spin-off novella, that can be given away to readers of Taste the Dark, if they sign up to my mailing list.

So I’m going to give it my best shot to write as much as I can over the next month. All I have at the moment is a bunch of notes and the bones of a plot, so even if I don’t hit 50k, whatever I achieve will be a bonus.

Wish me luck!!

When vampires weren’t sexy…

Once upon a time people believed that the dead could rise up and harm the living. This wasn’t fiction, a scary notion to entertain ourselves with, it was genuine belief. As internal organs of the dead begin to break down, a dark fluid can leak from the nose and mouth. This was assumed to be blood that the dead person had fed on from beyond the grave. Vampires were also blamed for the spread of disease.

Various tactics were employed to try and prevent these evil beings from causing more harm, including burying the body with a brick, soil or coin in their mouth. Some anti vampire rituals were still being practiced relatively recently. In Bulgaria it was believed that the body should be stabbed through the heart with an iron or wooden stake in order to pin them to their grave and prevent them from leaving. As recently as only thirty years ago there were people who’s job it was to stab the dead in this manner. Many vampire graves have been found throughout Europe.

As our knowledge of medical science increased and people were less afraid of the unknown, more certain of how everything around us works, somewhere along that line we decided to shun the idea of vampires as disgusting creatures and turn them into something beautiful.

It began with The Vampyre (John William Polidori) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, paving the way for vampires in modern fiction. We gradually sexed them up more and more, until eventually – yes, they sparkled.

I wonder what the people of the 1800s would make of this? If they were told that one day we would be so taken by vampires that men and women around the world would lust after them. Their perfect skin, taught muscles, smoldering eyes.

Forget stuffing a brick into the mouths of our undead, we would give them silk-lined coffins, to have them at our sides, in our bedrooms!

They suck blood and kill people? Meh – we can get past that because they’re hot as hell.

 

More on the origins of vampires, before they were sex on legs, can be found at the links below!

National Geographic – The bloody truth about vampires

Ancient Origins – Anti-Vampire Rituals

Look out for my next article about the modern-day vampires, those living amongst us who believe they are indeed Vampire.

Thanks for sharing!