Monthly Archives: March 2014

Outsiders, Secrets, and Mystery Abound

Susan Finlay’s second novel, Where Secrets Reside, is now available!

The Nerdy Paige

Hello all! Just a real quick post from me. I’m plugging my friend, Susan Finlay’s books today. Susan writes mysteries and I’m currently reading her first novel, “In the Shadows” and quite enjoying it.

In the shadows

There is a stranger amongst the residents of the cave-riddled village of Reynier, France. Suspicious, they believe there’s only one reason Maurelle Dupre would be lurking in their small village—she’s a gypsy, a thief. But a former Chicago detective turned mystery author, Dave Martin, who happens to be visiting his French grandmother, isn’t so sure about the beautiful stranger when happenstance causes them to meet. He wonders why she seems so frightened and distrustful. He knows he shouldn’t get involved. The last time he trusted a woman in distress, the consequences resulted in the loss of his detective’s shield and his wife. But, as always, the detective in him can’t seem to leave well enough alone…

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I’ve been fortunate enough to be getting some great reviews on Goodreads. To celebrate this fact, I’ve decided to put up 3 signed copies of The Reluctant Prophet for a Goodreads Giveaway. Some lucky soul will have the chance to win a book and signed postcards. There’s only nine days left before the competition closes, so if you like your fantasy dark and a little bitter, follow the link and enter for a chance of a freebie! Good luck readers!

The Reluctant Prophet by Gillian O'Rourke 

There’s none so blind as she who can see . . .

Esther is blessed, and cursed, with a rare gift: the ability to see the fates of those around her. But when she escapes her peasant upbringing to become a priestess of the Order, she begins to realise how valuable her ability is among the power-hungry nobility, and what they are willing to do to possess it.

Haunted by the dark man of her father’s warnings, and unable to see her own destiny, Esther is betrayed by those sworn to protect her. With eyes newly open to the harsh realities of her world, she embarks on a path that diverges from the plan the Gods have laid out. Now she must choose between sacrificing her own heart’s blood, and risking a future that will turn the lands against each other in bloody war.

The Reluctant Prophet is the story of one woman who holds the fate of the world in her hands, when all she wishes for is a glimpse of her own happiness.

Acryllic Paintings

Evelinn Enoksen and her brilliant artwork!

evelinn enoksen

Beautiful Beast Broken Wait,_what's_that Esther & Hadrian Brodrick

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Artwork from Evelinn Enoksen for The Reluctant Prophet

I have been feeling very blessed of late and this week has been a spectacular one for me. The multi-talented, Evelinn Enoksen, an artist and author from Norway, has been busy working on some amazing artwork inspired by, The Reluctant Prophet. The work leaves me speechless, something that doesn’t often happen to me. The work speaks for itself and I am delighted to share the scenes painted by her adept hands! Thank you Evelinn!

If you’d like to check out more artwork from this amazing woman, check out Evelinn’s website!

Esther and Hadrian

Esther and Hadrian 3


Broderick 1

Esther and Lo

Esther and LO

Esther and Darius

Esther and Darius

Plain ol’ post on Editing and my Experience. (And one small plug for an awesome Editor)

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything myself, but today I found myself thinking about last summer, when I was about to sit down with my editor to work on editing my novel. Recalling how nervous I had been, with all the usual worries about whether it would need a lot of work, whether it was good enough, if my editor would like my novel . . . In hindsight (and isn’t it a great thing?), I didn’t need to be overly anxious about anything because Zoe put me at ease fairly quickly. Straight forward, thinking outside the box, understanding; Zoe was all these things and most importantly, honest, about what needed to be chopped, tightened and expanded upon. And of course, it did take work – a little love and care – to bring the story together. But in saying that, we worked so well together that editing my debut novel was a joy. I didn’t think I would enjoy the process, but seeing the story grow with a little nurturing was a remarkable thing and my mind(and trepidation) was changed!  

I have a great respect for my editor, Zoe Harris. Not only is the talented Zoe the Editorial Director of Grimbold Books, but she works as an editor to her own company, The Book Polishers, which offers editing, proofreading and copy writing services. (Any authors out there looking for an awesome editor???) And to top it off, the multi-talented lady moonlights as an author in her own right! 

I think its pretty evident that the experience I had editing my novel was a very positive one. In being so fortunate, I will be cheeky by adding that I’m hoping Zoe will enjoy working on the next novel with me! (Even if it needs at least 20k cut from it again . . .)

Space Games ~99c Until Easter

This great space romp is on sale until Easter! Check it out!

Deb E.

Fellow Grimbold Books author, Dean Lombardo‘s second stand-alone novel, SPACE GAMES, is currently 99c(US).77p(UK). (Note, I believe the UK price is set to 77p, but I can’t see it as I’m not in the UK, and other prices will depend on the exchange rate… as I type this, the US version is $1.01 (!! Shock, horror!))

Space Games - Cool HeaderThis is a hard-hitting satire about the reality of Reality TV Shows and the greed and bizarre levels of competition that can go along with them. How far will the contestants go to win? How far will they go simply for the other person to fail? How far will the show’s producer let it go to keep the money rolling in?

All these questions are asked and the characters are put on show to try and answer them for you.

This is not an easy read. It’s escapism for…

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“The Art of Forgetting : Nomad” – Release Date!

This is a book I’m looking forward to reading and I can’t wait for the May 24th release! Let the countdown begin!

Joanne Hall

I’m delighted to be able to confirm that “The Art of Forgetting : Nomad” will be published by Kristell Ink on 24th MAY 2014 – that’s only two-and-a-bit months away! *kermitflails*

I have had a sneaky peak at the cover art and it looks fantastic, even without the words on yet; I can’t wait to share it with you, but I’m going to have to, at least for a bit longer…

But what I can share is a little bit of an edited extract. The book carries on from where “Rider” left off, and this is how it starts :

It wasn’t long before Rhodri heard the sound of pursuit. He said nothing, but his arms tightened around the girl. If they wanted to take her, it would be over his bloodied corpse. He was sure Drusain would be keen to make that a reality.

“Head to the river,” she…

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