SOULLESS: Publication Day

Hello everybody,

It’s finally the release day of my second book– my first YA novel– SOULLESS. I’m so excited to share this book with the world, and I hope that if you purchase it, you enjoy it! Thank you. 🙂

It’s available in both paper book and ebook formats across all Amazons.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Soulless-Joshua-J-Johnson/dp/1490526900/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1385770427&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Soulless-Joshua-J-Johnson/dp/1490526900/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1385771230&sr=8-1

My first Friday Five!

1. Okay. This is something new for me. I’ve decided I’m going to try and start doing a Friday Five. For those of you who don’t know what one of those is, it’s where every Friday you share/discuss five things about your week. I guess deciding to do this can be number one. This week I posted three posts on this blog (more to come on those in just a second!) and it was really good to be able to share new content with you outside of my books and twitter. Hopefully I’ll have time to be able to continue doing so.

2. As I just mentioned, this week I posted three books reviews on my blog– on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday! Back in September I was recruited by a marketing company– Reach For The Stars– to start reviewing books for them. This is a really cool opportunity, and one I’m glad I jumped at the chance to do. Sure, it’s been a little hectic fitting in over 1,000 pages of reading, but just being sent books to read and share my thoughts on is fantastic. I’ve just been sent a couple of books for me to review in early 2014, and so I’m very glad to know I’m able to do this for the next few months at least.

3. In addition to this, I’ve been working on a new book. I started it at the beginning of this month, and I’m about 160 pages in, and I loving it. Whenever I mention what it’s about it to somebody (and very few people do know about it) they get all O_o and I’m all O_o and it just makes me so happy, blog readers. It is another YA book, but the book I wrote before this one– I refer to it as #OohRussianNovel, which shall be revealed very soon (promise!)– wasn’t YA, and it wasn’t fantasy, either, so it’s been a nice return. However, I’ve found I haven’t actually written very much during the last seven days. Last weekend I had my great-grandmother stay over, followed by writing up/posting reviews and hurriedly trying to finish reading the third book. The last review went up on Wednesday, and so now that things were looking calmer, I was determined to write. However, yesterday (Thursday), I found myself not feeling too good and so words did not happen.

4. Today is Friday, and I’ve still been ill all day long. Last night, I attempted and succeeded in an early night, but after having over nine hours of sleep I didn’t feel any better. If anything, I felt worse. Today I’ve hardly done anything at all– I especially haven’t written any more words on my new book. Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow, which brings us onto number…

5. I am so excited for tomorrow, everybody, even if I do feel ill. Tomorrow my second book (and my first YA book), SOULLESS, releases! I love SOULLESS so, so much, and so I’m very excited to be able to share it with the world. I can’t wait to see what people think to it! Also, I think it would look good on your shelf. Just saying. *winks*

So, that’s it for this week, and I’ll hopefully see you next Friday!

(Also, I notice under this it STILL says I’m 15? Which I am not. I’ve changed it and updated it, and YET it won’t change. If anybody knows how to fix this, let me know? Thanks!)

THE DEVIL’S THIRD: Book Review

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Blurb:
If you could have the power to control evil, would you want it?
In a rainy, misty town filled with moss-covered trees and dwarfed by wooded mountains, Astoria, Oregon, holds many secrets and eighteen-year-old Paige Reed is one of them. She’s immortal, has magical abilities she’s discovering, and harbors King Solomon’s power inside her. With his incantations, she can control the dark spirits who lurk among societies in soulless humans.

But her problems are mounting.

Her best friend slips into a coma, and Paige must tap into her newfound powers—powers she’s unsure of—to save her.

Through this ordeal, Bael who once commanded a legion of black souls, forces Paige to make a pact with him, causing her to abandon the ones she loves. When she finds out where Solomon’s spells are and tells Bael, she begins to have second thoughts about her agreement with him.

Will she risk everything to claim the spells that hold the power to control the dark spirits so she can enslave him? Or will her one true love find her before she makes a horrible mistake that could damage her for life?

And most importantly, what does the Devil’s third mean and what is Bael really up to?

MY REVIEW:

I can’t believe the trilogy is over. Once again, I find myself breathless when I turn the final page of a Rebekkah Ford book. I said it with book two, DARK SPIRITS, but I want to say I wish it was true even more so now— I wish a trilogy meant ‘never-ending’.
However, Ford could not have wrapped up her series in a better way.This book has everything that a good story needs— prose that flies off the page, characters we’ve come to love and to care about, action that makes us hold our breath, chapters that make us stay up all night long, and even more.

Following the now-immortal Paige Reed through her journey to stop the dark spirits overtaking the world, things have got even darker. Carrie— the girlfriend of best friend, Tree— has been in a car accident, which brings back dark flashbacks for Paige. Things are made even worse when she’s told her friend might not pull through, and that her spirit is stuck in horrifying memories of another dark spirit— the lines between the different realms begin to blur, and we learn that the world isn’t as simple as we once thought it to be.

When visiting Carrie in hospital, Paige and Tree are forced to make a promise by Bael(a dark spirit you wouldn’t want to mess with)— if not, the spirits will take Carrie away from them; they’ll let her die— and are made to keep it from Nathan, the ancient-but-cute boyfriend of Paige. Then, one night, Paige runs away, desperate to keep her promise to save her best friend from death, she has to leave Nathan and join forces with ex-boyfriend, Brayden. For Paige and co., things are looking bleak.

From here on-wards, the action goes into overdrive, and the pages of the book will be on fire as you turn them as fast as you can, the words leaping off the page and the vivid descriptions painting these scenes that will captivate your imagination. As we head towards the thrilling conclusion of this much-loved trilogy, Ford shows off her talent— this is writing at its best.

This book has the perfect blend of characters, setting, and action. Once more, we see chapters written from more points of view that Paige, adding a different perspective on the story— for example, when Paige leaves home and fools Nathan she’s left him, I couldn’t wait to get back to Nathan to see how he would react, and— at the same time— Tree knows the plan. This choreography of characters and the way in which Ford lets us know more than them makes the book an interesting read— it’s for this reason we care so much about these characters: three-dimensional and each with their own very-defined personality, they feel more real than book characters.

You’ll have a difficult time saying goodbye to Paige and Nathan, Carrie and Tree, because you do feel as though you know them.

I suffered a book hangover after this trilogy, and I hope you will, too.

This is a trilogy everybody should read. The beginning, the middle, and the end are five-plus star worthy, and they’ll keep you up all night.

So, thank you Rebekkah Ford, for writing these books— you’re definitely an author to follow into the future.

On an extra note, I’ve very much enjoyed reviewing these three books. I’ve had an amazing time with this trilogy and this cast of characters, and I truly am sad to say goodbye to them. Thank you to everybody who has read and shared and spread-the-word about these three reviews over the last three days. Thank you to Reach For The Stars marketing for giving me this fantastic opportunity. Thank you to Rebekkah Ford for writing these fantastical books.

And, finally, thank you to you— the readers. Each and every one of you.

Thank you.

DARK SPIRITS: Book Review

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Continuing on from yesterday’s review of book one–BEYOND THE EYES– today I’m reviewing book two! Tomorrow will be the last day with the review of book three.

DARK SPIRITS is the second book in the trilogy by Rebekkah Ford, following the strong female character of Paige Reed— a seventeen year old girl who knows exactly what it is that she’s fighting for.
Now marked with immortality, things are getting more and more dangerous, and the tension is running high— the way that this book has written just proves that Ford is one talented author who knows how to spin an amazing story that will keep you up all night reading, frantic to reach the end and to continue turning those pages so you can waltz your way into book three—it is books like this you wish the word trilogy meant ‘never ending’.

Woven neatly around the high-paced action as Paige battles to save the world by finding ancient incantations that will stop the evil taking over the good, and causing a mass death of the population, Rebekkah Ford shows us story-telling at its best— Brayden, Paige’s ex-boyfriend, arrives back in Astoria, and the timing couldn’t be worse.

Things are made even better when we get to read from Nathan’s— Paige’s current boyfriend and our ancient-on-the-inside cute-on-the-outside main protagonist— point of view, allowing us to gain another perspective on the story. Allowing Ford to take us deeper and further into her well-thought out world that we feel as though we can just walk into due to the seamless prose, she gives us a real understanding of Nathan’s feelings toward not only Brayden, but also to the love of his life— we learn that he has his reasons behind everything, but he also has his own secrets from his past, too.

At the same time, their best friends Tree and Carrie are thrown into the mix, after learning what’s really been going on, and now they’re involved, too. Alongside this, Ford slowly reveals secrets about Paige’s family, creating suspense and tension and the urge to never put the book down. The back-story and the plotting of this book— and the rest of the trilogy— has clearly been very well thought out, and a lot of work has been put in behind-the-scenes to make this book what it is, and it sure does pay off.

With love, action, secrets, friends, exes, and the running out of time, DARK SPIRITS acts a brilliant second book, advancing on Ford’s talent from book one, and setting high expectations for book three.

As the lines behind the good side and the bad side begin to blur, and characters we once felt deep trust for now cross the line, things are getting interesting.

This seriously is a trilogy I would recommend to anybody, everybody, everywhere.

You will not be disappointed.

Beyond The Eyes: Book Review

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Beyond the eyes – 298 pages
Published – June 2012

“A thrilling, wholly satisfying first book to a new young adult series. It will keep you wanting more.” –Valentina Cano, Carabosse’s Library
“Beyond the Eyes is haunting yet passionate. This breakout novel is quick and hip, a saucy must- read.”–Charles Land, Judas Pistol

Blurb:

Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.

In the small town of Astoria, Oregon, surrounded by deep forest and endless mountains, another world thrives . . . a menacing one where dark spirits dwell in soulless humans. Seventeen-year- old Paige Reed lives in this lush, picturesque setting. She’s not your average teen, though she appears to be. Not only is she heartsick, but she’s been receiving cryptic premonitions from a ghostly voice since the age of four. After she hears a haunting message about herself, supernatural occurrences begin to confuse her.

Nathan Caswell seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them they cannot deny. They’re connected. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.

When two power-hungry malevolent beings make demands on her, she realizes then the fate of mankind rest in her hands. Her world quickly turns inside out where the impossible becomes possible, and in the end she’s faced with a life changing decision that will not only alter her existence but the world as she knows it.

Can a deeply troubled teen overcome her own demons in order to fight those lurking about? With the past and present colliding, Paige must make the ultimate mortal choice. Will it be the right one?

My Review

As some of you may know if you’ve been following me on Twitter, these past couple weeks I’ve been reviewing a book— a trilogy, in fact. Through my own blog, I was discovered by Alana Munro, the owner of marketing company Reach For The Stars—they organize book tours, reviews, etc. I’m very happy to be classed as one of their listed reviewers!
Yes, I’m happy to talk to you today about a fantastic book that I soon found myself to be addicted to: BEYOND THE EYES by Rebekkah Ford……

BEYOND THE EYES is the first book in the trilogy that follows the strong character of Paige Reed— a seventeen-year-old girl from the small town of Astoria, Oregon. Her Mom is a traveling nurse, and her father is no longer around— he died when she was four, and yet he’s always been a mystery to Paige: her Mom has always kept photographs and information hidden from Paige.

But Paige has a secret of her own.

On the outside, Paige Reed is your typical everyday teenager: she’s enjoys hanging out with her friends, drinking Dr Pepper, and going out to The Lion’s Den. On the inside, unbeknown to those closest around her, Paige is getting premonitions. Something that she has had to deal with privately since the age of four, they’re getting worse, and the messages are getting darker.

One night, Paige and her best friends— Carrie, Tree, and Matt— go out to The Lion’s Den… and that’s where it all begins for Paige, and her life is changed forever in many more ways that one.

After a supernatural occurrence over Paige, cute guy Nathan Caswell comes to the rescue. Immediately, Paige and Nathan fall in love. This story arc of their relationship is brilliantly woven around the main plot in a way that the book blends seamlessly and the pages can’t be turned fast enough without the magic leaping off the page. Rebekkah Ford certainly knows how to bring her characters alive.

However, the story then takes us into a different direction— Nathan isn’t like other teenagers: he’s a tracker. He is immortal, and he helps protects the world by casting away dark spirits and keeping his eyes on them. As the title of Ford’s book suggests, the eyes mean everything. As Nathan and Paige get more and more involved with one another, Nathan notices that the dark spirits have their eyes on Paige…but why?

As it turns out, Paige isn’t such a normal girl either— she has secrets that even she herself is yet to discover. Told from Paige’s point of view, Rebekkah Ford allows her readers to connect with the story and our main character in a way that we become emotionally invested in her fate— Paige is soon faced with a life changing decision that will affect her for the rest of her life, and for even longer. (You’ll have to read the book to find out how!)

Complete with twists and turns, Beyond The Eyes has that perfect blend of love, loss, and liveliness with a mixture of happiness and tragedy so that you never know what will happen next, all of which is easy to read with prose that leaps into your imagination and melts into your heart— whether it makes it beat with suspense or romance— as we follow Paige through the start of her journey of the dark spirits, unknown secrets, and dangerous situations.

A book that kicks off an amazing series, it’s a read that I would recommend any day to everybody. Rebekkah Ford clearly is an author who deserves this recognition, as I was hooked from the beginning.

You can find the review of Book Two in the trilogy, DARK SPIRITS, here on my blog on Tuesday 26th November, and the review of THE DEVIL’S THIRD, the thrilling conclusion to the series on Wednesday 27th November, also on my blog.

This book is currently FREE on Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Eyes-Rebekkah-Ford-ebook/dp/B0088JF7HQ

Rebekkah’s Bio:

Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal. Her parents’ Charles and Geri Wilhelm were the directors of the UFO Investigator’s League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO’s. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove Rebekkah at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. Her fascination with the unknown is what led her to write the Beyond the Eyes trilogy.
Buy Links
Where to buy Rebekkah’s books:

Beyond the Eyes:
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-the-Eyes-ebook/dp/B0088JF7HQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381311828&sr=8-1&keywords=rebekkah+ford
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beyond-the-eyes-rebekkah-ford/1111446053?ean=294001474 6496
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/168857

SHADOW OF THE SUN by David James: Cover Reveal

Very excited to be able to host this! Below is the amazing cover for an amazing book– SHADOW OF THE SUN by David James! Thank you. 🙂

This is the end.
And this time, no heart is safe.
A stunning read for fans of Laini Taylor’s Days of Blood & Starlight and Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, Shadow of the Sun is the lyrical sequel to Light of the Moon and the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Dreamer series that will enrapture you.

“Destined for love, Calum and Kate will do anything to be together. With Kate trapped by a curse in Ashfall, Calum must find a way to save her before she is lost to dark magic. Before she is lost to him and the truth of their love is gone forever. Even if it means sacrificing himself, Calum will choose to keep Kate safe. 
A Warrior for the Order, Zack prides himself on being stoic and strong. As a Warrior, he never cries and never hurts. He does not love. But underneath Zack’s Warrior heart, love beats true. And when he finds someone who will finally catch him, Zack finds himself choosing to fall even if true love kills him. 
Though the heart never lies, everyone has a little darkness in them, and soon shadows begin to rise against the light. As deadly magic consumes their world, love may not be enough to save them all. Because even though sometimes being brave just means falling in love, one choice can destroy everything. This time, no heart is safe.”

The end begins on 1.28.14.

Add it to your Goodreads shelf now!

Start at the beginning and get Light of the Moon, the first book in this epic series, today!
Check out The Witch’s Curse, the stunning and romantic novella that reveals Kate’s history.
Zack is fearless, but he wasn’t always. Read The Warrior’s Code and learn more about his past.
All two novellas, The Witch’s Curse and The Warrior’s Code, are included in the Shades of the Stars anthology, along with an exclusive short story about the fire enchanter Lily. This enchanting anthology also features essays, playlists, deleted scenes, and an author interview.
David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, Light of the Moon, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer duet, as well as the companion novellas, The Witch’s Curse and The Warrior’s Code. A Legend of the Dreamer anthology, Shades of the Stars, was released July 2013, and includes the exclusive novella, The Enchanter’s Fire. The final book in the duet, Shadow of the Sun, will be released in January of 2014. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. David enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. 
Be brave. 

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