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It’s another glorious Saturday afternoon after a week of downpours, stormy rumblings, and muggy greyness. Rivka, Ivory and I have been out sunning ourselves with a pot of tea and some cake, and have returned in good spirits and ready to tackle the Saturday Night portion of the weekend.

Last weekend, Rivka bought a Game of Thrones 1-3 box set and we have been working our way through season one. I have seen season one already, but Rivka and Ivory haven’t (too busy writing!) so it’s nice to see them getting their teeth into it. We’ve all read the books (hahaha, a massive fantasy series we’ve not read between us?! Challenge accepted.) so the plot isn’t a surprise, but it’s quite fun, knowing what is coming, to go back to the beginning. Deaths so far have been minimal and boobs gratuitous.

I have not yet read A Dance With Dragons, so I’m not 100% up to date, but that’s only because I wanted to re-read the others first. The trouble is, I swept through one two and three (parts one and two) that by the time I got to A Feast for Crows again, I was sick of Westeros and started reading something else to have a break. Then I forgot what happened, again, and was bracing myself for a re-re-read. The other day I was so sick of putting everything off that I just read the book summary of AFFC so I could get on with it! Then I decided I wasn’t actually that bothered, and read the summary for ADWD as well. Mistake. I found out something really juicy and was gutted I’d spoilered myself. Now I won’t get the same OMG WHUT reaction when I read it. Patience, especially when it comes to my obsessions, is not my strong suit.

At the moment though I have been reading Robin Hobb. I have the Farseer trilogy in paperback and The Soldier Son trilogy on my Kindle, snapped up in a 0.99 sale (yay!) but her books are no less weighty than Martin or Feist. I read Assassin’s Apprentice about eighteen months ago and never got around to carrying on. Now I’m just over halfway through Royal Assassin and all wrapped up in classic high fantasy. I need it to ground myself.

I have posted before about books and using them as mood stabilisers. Reading is never just about the book for me. If I’m re-reading an old favourite it is partly to remember the time I first read it. I read Chocolat at Lent not just because the narrative spans that time frame. It reminds me of the darkness of winter evenings and chunky knitwear and the promise of spring.

Gemmell, and other high fantasy, takes me back to simpler times, and the long summers of my teens when I could literally spend a week in the holidays stretched out on my bed boxed in by a palisade of words. Sunny mornings in the garden where the grass in the shade was still slicked with dew.

So too with music. I’ve been building a “summer” playlist, but the tracks are those that take me back to different times. Some are good driving songs, others played on crackling radios in the park. Party songs and bands that had a heyday. Hearing Ocean Colour Scene and Hanson zooms me into my teens (I refuse to say “my youth” – I’m still young!) the way that Meat Loaf and the Eagles dump me smack bang into the bedroom of my first boyfriend.

Reading, writing, music… they cannot exist free of context. Ivory, I know, with her Darkness Falls books, has found catharsis in reliving difficult situations from her past. They say write about what you know. Rivka’s The Last Ancient series is set at a boarding school. Rivka went to a similar one (though presumably one without secret witches? Maybe not…). When I go back to Once Bitten I am back at uni, third year, struggling to find my feet again after a year abroad. Murder Express makes me restless, as I have mostly added to it when on the move. Quril draws together the many parts of my weird brain and makes me a little Zen.

I need those drafts. Expedition to the computer shop tomorrow. I will be writing again by this time tomorrow.

In the meantime, I feel in the mood to rearrange my bedroom furniture, though I doubt I have the motivation to empty the shelves of books and the drawers of my dresser to make them light enough to lift alone. I am yearning to rebuild my world around me. I think the sun has charged me up a little and I am stirring just like the ever-chirping birds.

Read this blog post again. I’m getting a bit eloquent. It’s spring clean time. It’s building time. It’s action stations for my insides.


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Redemption Release!

Ooh, saucy!

Redemption: Darkness Falls ~ Ivory Quinn

Alright people. The eagerly-awaited sequel to Obsession: Darkness Falls is now available online!

Here’s the blurb:

Cause you are my invisible strings

You’re the ties that bind me whole

You’re all that keeps me together

You’re the dark matter of my soul

It’s been six long months since Gabriel left and Noelle’s nightmares are swallowing her whole.
In a last ditch attempt to save her sanity, Jax takes her to Cal Henway, the infamous and enigmatic Master of Kink, to see if he can slay her demons. He, in turn, entrusts her care to Master Blue – Dom, loveable rogue and practical joker.
Blue knows the only way to silence her demons is to sate them, but will his journey through the darkest parts of her desires save her, or break her beyond all repair?

Check it out on Goodreads!


A cheeky excerpt:

The loudest silence…the concept played on her mind as she gave up on dinner and washed up her bowl and spoon. She knew about loud silences. Sometimes it felt like everything was screaming inside her head and no-one could quiet it because no-one else could hear it. Closing her eyes, she tried to imagine Gabriel’s voice as he sang. His demons had shredded themselves on his vocal chords, pouring through her soul in unchained deliverance, soaring in harmony with her own darkness. His silences had echoed. They must have cut him even more deeply than her silences cut her, because he had the gift of song to let it out. She was mute.

Her restless eyes fell on the piece of paper again and she frowned. She may not have the voice to sing, but she certainly had the words to speak. Scooping up the pen, she just let the words flow from her in a stream, trying to articulate how she felt. When she was done, she tried to rearrange them into some sort of song format, talking herself through some of the Darkness Falls lyrics to try and get a feel for the layout.

An hour later she had something she was almost happy with and sat back, feeling strangely emotional. She hadn’t realised how hard it would be to put it down on paper. She wrote the word “Silence” at the top of the page and read it through one last time.


And my demons rolled beneath my skin

Existing in a soundless scream

And it’s the loudest silence…

The loudest silence…

And it’s the loudest echoing silence

That hurts the most.


I drown in darkness uncontained

I am Jezebel, the red, the rage

Don’t let me scream in silence.

I’m locked in silence.

Don’t let me cry out in silence…

It hurts the most.


If in silence I must, broken, lie

Be not my heart, nor lover mine

For my darkness will drown you

My demons tear you

And the silence that hurts the most

Destroys us both

Yes…that was how it felt. And the more she stared at the ugly words, the more she realised how true they were. Her darkness would drown Jax. Her demons would tear at him because she couldn’t contain them, and the screaming silences in her head would destroy them both in the end. She was sure of it. Staying here was no good for either of them. Gabriel was right. Sometimes love just isn’t enough to make everything work.


Redemption: Darkness Falls picks up a little after the Earth-shattering ending to Obsession. If you read ODF and have been itching to find out what happens and what this Blue guy that Ivory has been going on about is like… what are you reading this for? Go and find out! Oh, and there’s a surprise for my fans at the end, so read to the very final page!

UK: Redemption

US: Redemption 

There’s also a blog tour with juicy info, author interviews etc and I think the schedule is here.


GIVEAWAY: Ivory is giving away five copies of Obsession (ebook) drawn from entries to the raffle. Details here!


Who is Ivory Quinn?

Ivory Quinn is an author of indeterminate youth, living in a land where the sun rarely shines but the mist makes everything magical. She likes men and books, but doesn’t think either makes a great sandwich filling. Unmarried and living with other creative types, she has a healthy relationship with her bed. She wishes that writing was her day job, but sadly has a large percentage of non-writing time, made bearable only by classic rock and lots of caffeinated things. Her favourite things are fan mail, cake and men in kilts. She does not see these things as mutually exclusive.

Author Links:
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I’m writing this in my attic. Well, our attic, but my bit of it. Here in the new flat, there’s juuuust enough space to stand up unless you’re a midget like Rivka in which case you can stand normally with no problems. The roof slopes on both sides with a little sash window in the front side looking out over the High Street. Oh yes, we live in the centre of things. It is quite busy at the moment because it’s tourist season in the Highlands and our little metropolis is a perfect stopping off point for coach parties on day trips or on their way north. It’s quaint. It has an ancient priory to poke around in. It also has a massive car park perfect for coaches.

Yesterday was sunshine and showers, until it went really dark and lammed it down in the middle of the afternoon. The kind of dark from Independence Day or the Fifth Element, where it’s bright and then something smoothly rolls over the sun and fills you with dread. Thunder! Lightning! Zero visibility! Children were shrieking about in the street and a lot of tourists dressed for summer gt drenched. I watched it all from the window with a cup of tea.

Rivka came home saying town was chaos with flash floods and no way of seeing out the windscreen as the rain was so heavy. We battened down the hatches and watched The Breakfast Club, which she had never seen and then afterwards deemed merely “OK”. Learn from my mistake: never move in with someone who has such different opinions. OK????? OK?????? It’s one of the best films to come out of the eighties and that includes Cocktail, Top Gun, The Lost Boys and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Oh, and of course Labyrinth.

Regardless, we had a cosy night in. Today looks like more rain given the huge black cloud hanging around up there. Friday’s blog will be all about Ivory Quinn, since her book Redemption comes out on Saturday and I signed up to do pre-release promo. She’s getting ready for it to explode when it comes out as she has a lot of fans who are dying to know what happens. From some of the hints Ivory has been dropping, so am I!

Whoops, I just got sucked into the Internet.

I’m listening to The Night Circus on audiobook at the moment and I need my hands free for hemming. The wedding preparations have begun! I couldn’t sleep last night because I was thinking about epic embroidery. Visions of sugarplums danced in my head! Sort of. But it will all be very exciting if I pull my finger out and get it done. That means action stations. Ahahaha. Someone had better remind me to log in on Friday for Ivory’s book promo for I fear I will be up to my eyeballs in thread and tracing paper.

I am very excited by this planning stage, I tell you. Coffee will probably help with that.

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Redemption: Darkness Falls ~ Cover reveal!

Now, some of you may know my friend Rivka (I talk about her often enough). She’s a writer but she also takes on editing for other people. A while back, she edited a book called Obsession: Darkness Falls, which is about a woman called Noelle who gets into a very intense relationship with the lead singer of mysterious rock group Darkness Falls. It’s a bit of a tough read because this singer – Gabriel – is not a very likeable person: he’s selfish and petulant and at times a bit sociopathic. He’s a great character and it helps make the book very strong, but I wouldn’t want any of my friends going out with him. I read it all in one lump because I couldn’t put it down, if that’s any kind of recommendation, but golly it took it out of me. I like books that make me think and question and get me invested. This one does. And it takes full advantage. I felt like I’d done six rounds with Mike Tyson when I was done.

The sequel to Obsession is out next month, and now I have a blog I thought I’d get in on the pre-release hype. So, without further ado, I give you Redemption: Darkness Falls by Ivory Quinn. (with a MASSIVE spoiler in the synopsis)


‘Cause you are my invisible strings

You’re the ties that bind me whole

You’re all that keeps me together

You’re the dark matter of my soul

It’s been six long months since Gabriel died and Noelle’s nightmares are swallowing her whole.

In a last ditch attempt to save her sanity, Jax takes her to Cal Henway, the infamous and enigmatic Master of Kink, to see if he can slay her demons. He, in turn, entrusts her care to Master Blue – Dom, loveable rogue and practical joker.

Blue knows the only way to silence her demons is to sate them, but will their journey through the darkest parts of her desires save her, or break her beyond all repair?

Sorry about the major spoiler; I didn’t write it.

This is also meant to be the cover reveal, so I thought I’d save that for last…

Ooh, saucy!

Redemption: Darkness Falls ~ Ivory Quinn

I’m doubly excited for this release because the fan group had a competition to write our first chapter for Redemption, the way we thought it could be, and mine won! So my chapter will be published in the back of Redemption for everyone to read as well. So really this is all about me…

Redemption: Darkness Falls is released on 2nd August 2013 

Book 1 ~ Obsession: Darkness Falls is available now here in the US and here in the UK

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A quick catch-up

Alright, it’s new blog post day but it’s been a busy few days and so I thought I’d give you an update on what I’ve been up to instead of a massive ramble.

I have been:

-trying to avoid scratching my scabs from my hideous cuts (see back a couple of entries) but it’s so difficult! They’re huge and thick like a lava flow and they ain’t going away any time soon. The one on my knee is ridiculous!

-writing flash fiction for Scrolls

-writing poems for The Opening Line

-writing fanfiction for a competition (and then winning) run by a lady called Ivory Quinn and her insanely enthusiastic fan group. Ivory wrote a book called Obsession: Darkness Falls (first half of a two book set) which is very dark and really twisted. It’s a book I’m glad I read but I had to stop and question a lot of things which is sort of the point. Anyway, there was a comp to write our own chapter 1 of the second book (Redemption) which is coming out in August and I won. So my chapter will be printed at the back of the book! (Ivory says none of the entries actually got it right so it’ll be interesting to see how they compare)

-watching Community again from the beginning. I’m about four episodes into season 2 and right back in the Greendale zone. Alison Brie is my new style icon.

-watching The Fall on the BBC. My goodness. Next week is the final episode and it’s all gone a bit haywire. There’s a man strangling women in their own homes because he stalks them and breaks in, and the audience knows who the killer is because we see him going about his daily life as well. It’s set in Belfast so there’s a lot of politics and police corruption and gang-drug stuff going on too, which is getting in the way of the serial murder investigation. Gillian Anderson plays the senior investigating officer and she plays it cold and hard. I wouldn’t be surprised to find she’d killed a few people in her time.

It’s very intense. I was alone in the house last night watching it and doing my ironing and afterwards I was a bit jumpy. I was washing up and thought I heard something in the hall and nearly freaked right out. I checked all the windows before I went to bed. Catch up on the iPlayer if you can!

-walking about at a book fair, looking at (and buying…) delicious old books. I bought two. One of them has yet more cross-stitch patterns in it. I know – I have more than enough already. But it was so old! And useful! If I ever become a hoarder it’ll be for old craft books and supplies.

-NOT watching Game of Thrones. I don’t have Sky TV so I haven’t been watching it (I have read the books) but I gather something important happened this week given the way the Internet has exploded…

I’ll try and write a real entry for Friday. And maybe some more of the books I’m meant to be writing.

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