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Author Interview: Taylor Harding-Jenkins

Check out this author spotlight for Taylor Harding-Jenkins!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hey Catrin, and thank you so much for your invitation in your author’s spotlight!

So my name is Taylor Harding Jenkins, it’s obviously a pen name as I am an anonymous writer, I cannot disclose my true identity over safety concerns (I’ve been bullied online in the past, and the trauma is still present), I am a currently British but formerly French writer, living in London. I am the author of Free Expensive Lies, the story of a master manipulator (I’m trying to democratise manipulators and, explain that manipulators like me aren’t necessarily evil) and, what else… well I do a couple of things in life besides being a writer. I am also manager of a coffee shop in Central London, and I am also a pilot in training on my free time, flying for now on Cessna 152 (for those who know), and I’ll be passing my licence to become a private pilot certainly in December of this year.

Oh and I am a transgender woman, I’ve been transitioning for the past four years. It’s the reason why I’ve been bullied and I’m hiding.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Autumn. I love when trees lose their leaves, when everything turns yellow and the usual rain during that period. Moreover it’s a period where you usually stay in bed longer, have a hot chocolate while watching TV and do nothing at home. I live this period.

Tea or coffee? So it’s usually a double espresso when I open the coffee machine at work, a double espresso when I open my tablet or my MacBook and start writing, and another round on an hourly basis. As a British woman (#cliches), I shouldn’t say this, I know… but yea is usually when I’m sick.

Library or museums? Museums, definitely. I love history, it’s always an endless source of inspiration.

Hunter or gatherer? I’ve always been a hunter in my life. I mean, I’m not hiding myself as being a manipulator, so, a manipulator isn’t really a gatherer. But now I’m trying to explain that, there are good manipulators and I’m one of them.

Mountains or beaches? Mountains. Definitely. I grew up near mountains, and I love hiking! And beaches are usually full of tourists. Whilst in mountains you breathe clean air.

Pen and paper or computer/phone? I love both. But, I must admit that writing on a computer or a tablet is ways more convenient, as you can edit right away. A pen doesn’t always offer that option.

Book or ebook? I never really liked ebooks. So, books, for sure.

Hero or anti-hero? Antihero!!!!! F*** the system!

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Well, I’m actually very complicated in books. As in, very, very complicated.

So, what I mostly read is non-fiction. Surprisingly, I’m more like the type of writer who hates reading, so if I read something, I must learn something out of it. It’s more because I have a scientific mind, probably. Recently, I’ve been reading On Liberty of John Stuart Mill, as well as The Art of War by Sun Tzu, obviously I loved the Prince by Machiavelli, all these kind of books.

Regarding fiction, it’s quite different. The thing is, I need to read a book pretty much the way I write mine. So the book must be lengthy, I don’t really like short 60,000 words books, (even though I published one – which is a mix between fiction and non-fiction), because I consider that, it’s hard to get immersed when the book is already finished. I need details, I need description, I need dialogues, I need all this kind of things, otherwise I’m not into the story. I need at least 100,000 words to get started. Second, I will always privilege indie-writers compared to authors with agents. The reason being is that, I find having the word “bestselling writer” on the cover is of a utter arrogance and, every time I read a mainstream book, I ended up asking for a refund. E.g., Harry Potter.

Okay, I write that on my covers… but I’m just being sarcastic.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I’m currently writing the Act II (I mean editing now) of my series Free Expensive Lies, due for a release in fall 2024. This one is gonna be much more personal, unlike the first one, because I’m passing through personal trauma I faced in the past as well as bereavement, so it’s gonna be the best and the longest of the series, but it will come under two versions, a Highlights (a short version, which is likely to be a bundle for this book) and the Integral version, as the book will be ove 300,000 words. So for the courageous one… I will announce the chapter setlist for this one soon, probably by the end of the year or this autumn.

I am also in a top-secret project with a friend, basically we’re gonna be into the story of a vampire confronting a witch, all on a political background and stuff, so it’s gonna be interesting. As we’re writing this one, I have no release date, but perhaps by the end of the year. This one will be ways shorter. But there will probably be more details on my website soon, at the event section.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

Well, basically I wrote two books already, the first one was released on February 2021, Free Expensive Lies Act I. There are two versions of this book, the Integral version, but given the countless complaints I received from readers regarding the length (290,000 words), I published a short version, called Highlights in May 2022, which is 180,000 words. It’s the first act of the series, so the very beginning, when I actually talk about Charlotte saving her girlfriend Claire from a human-trafficking scheme, with a quite hectic ending. I actually talk about many topics in there, such as psychology, and the psychology of a manipulator, what tools a manipulator may use to actually save someone from prostitution and, more generally someone’s life, as well as personal experiences, such as, when I’ve been raped, and, so on. It’s been a long work, as it took me 10 years to finish this book and put the foundation of the series that will come out of this.

In May, I published a fiction-non-fiction, based on my life, pretty much an enhanced biography, called He Fell from Venus. It’s about my transition, mixed up with entire creating process that led to Charlotte. I published this more in a way that, targeting those who were like me, questioning about their genders, and sharing their experience.

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

I write from everything. Literally everything. When I feel like something needs to be written, it is written right away. It’s usually people that inspire me, for example I have been quite strongly inspired by an ex manager, who ends up in my Free Expensive Lies Act II as someone very important for Charlotte because, she will be part of those saving her life in the end, and in my life, well she didn’t save me, but… perhaps the fact that, well, she was who she was, was enough to inspire me.

Fictional sources of information, well… I love music. I usually work like, “what if my book was made into a movie, this would be the soundtrack”, and, when something inspires me, it actually opens my mind to do more for the book. Evanescence, the band, was a previous help for this Act II, for instance, with their latest album, The Bitter Truth. Amy Lee has the hell of a voice, it’s crazy.

Films, I used to watch a lot of films. But my favourite, so far, remains Fight Club. Tyler Durden… damn, what a man! I used to watch a lot of series as well, one of my favourite of all times being Orphan Black, which was a source of inspiration to create Free Expensive Lies because later on, I will go into something similar. And, video games, (as I am quite a gamer too and I play on Xbox, and I’ve got the Game Pass), I have recently been inspired by Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, a genuinely good game based on the story of a psychotic Viking seeking her boyfriend in Asguard. Little Nightmares was also a series that I loved too.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I don’t really have one. I mean, I like going to my local coffee shop, ordering a coffee, having a sausage roll, and crashing on the sofa for hours and, using my tablet and write. Or, otherwise, when the weather is terrible, I’m mostly sitting on my desk, with my MacBook, and I listen to some old French music. I’m very easily inspired, I’ve got that chance, and when I start, it takes me hours before being willing to leave. But when I write, I’m always switching off my phone, I don’t want anyone to disturb me.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Follow your dreams. Remember that sentence from Steve Jobs, “if you do not follow your own dreams, then someone will hire you to start working on his own”. That’s how I also see my life, stick to the dream, whatever the cost. So far, remaining stuck to my dream made me a published author, a manager and a pilot, so I’m actually very happy with that. The prime need for me to write is to exist. To soothe my pain and to say what I cannot say in real life.

And don’t look for a literary agent. Quite important advice, if you want to be a real artist. If you want to be a bestselling writer, of course, seek an agent, but a bestselling writer, in my view, isn’t a real author. He’s here to sell, not here to create.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

Well I recently reopened my website, taylorhardingjenkins.co.uk, where you can find literally everything about me. You can even buy my books there. Otherwise, I’m a bit everywhere, on Instagram @taylorhardingjenkins or @charlottekominsky, I’m on Facebook as well, @taylorhjenkins… Goodreads, if you want to follow me.

And my books are literally available everywhere. On my website, on Apple iBooks, Amazon, smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones… everywhere. I’m very easy to find.

Author Interview: Abigail Manning

Check out this author spotlight for Abigail Manning!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hello! My name is Abigail Manning and I’m a wife, nanny, and author of the Emerald Realm series. Most of my day is spent chasing an adorable little one year old and three year old, but when I’m home I love spending time with my crazy pets and staring over my husband’s shoulder as he works! (He works from home 🙂 ) I currently live in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee, but I stem from the kingdom of corn known as “Indiana.” Writing is a relatively new passion of mine, but I absolutely adore it and hope to continue doing so for a long time.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Tea or coffee? Tea!! I’m not going to say I’m a tea snob, because I’ll literally drink anything (‘m looking at you matcha) but I’m definitely a tea enthusiast.

Morning or evening? Morning! Yes, I’m crazy, I wake up at five in the morning and am in bed by nine. Mornings are best for enjoying a cup of tea 🙂

Ninjas or pirates? Pirates, hands down. Pirates have far more sass than ninjas, and I’m here for it.

Plotter or pantser? Both! I create a really vague plot chart just to ensure that I”m on the write track, and then I just kinda go for it! I love getting lost in writing descriptions and letting dialogue flow naturally instead of confining to a set schedule, but that’s just me!

Book or ebook? Audio book! I love books, but cannot physically sit still to read! The only chance I get to enjoy other’s stories is when I’m stuck in my car for my 30 minute commute to work. I actually really enjoy my long morning drive because it allows me to start my day with some fiction!

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

Naturally I love reading about the same things I write. I’m a sucker for a good fairy tale retelling and really enjoy reading the same story retold by different authors because it’s inspiring to see the different takes. As a whole, clean romances and fantasy are always at the top of my list.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I write fairy tale retellings! Currently I have two books published (potentially three by the time this gets posted!) The Emerald Realm series is a collection of stories inspired by classic tales such as Snow White, Goldilocks, and Cinderella. At the moment I’m finalizing the release of my third book, Framed in Florals: A retelling of Cinderella. Each book has it’s own heroine and unique story, but all the books and characters connect throughout the series.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

As of now, my most recent release is my second book,  Bearly Free: A retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. This story follows Aurelia Lockley, the daughter of a prestigious Lord and Lady who have trapped her into an arranged marriage. What does Aurelia do? Run away of course! She finds herself stumbling upon an abandoned estate that to her later surprise may not actually be abandoned… Essentially, this is what happens when Goldilocks is locked in an intense game of hide and seek (bounty hunter included!) You can find Bearly Free on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

My real-life inspiration definitely comes from my nannying job. I never would have even imagined writing a retold version of Goldilocks until I found myself reading the children’s version to a two-year-old for the hundredth time and wondered, could I reimagine this?

As for fictional sources I get a ton of inspiration from other incredible fairy tale writers like Kenley Davidson, Melanie Cellier, and Camille Peters. I also really enjoy being inspired by music and have been known to create playlists that are themed to my characters.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

Well step one actually takes place at work. As a nanny, I spend a fair amount of time in a quiet, dark, room in a rocking chair pursuing the epic battle of naptime. During this time I procure what I have lovingly named my “Rocking Thoughts” where quite literally 90% of my writing ideas come from. Afterwards I scurry home and jot down said thoughts while chugging my second cup of tea for the day (in the most ladylike fashion, of course) then snuggle with the closest fuzzy creature to write until my husband gets off work about three hours later, then rinse and repeat the next day 🙂

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Don’t ignore marketing. I was the shy author who told nobody about my first book until it was ready to be purchased, meaning that I didn’t gain any excitement for it whatsoever, well except for my immediate family and friends (thanks, mom!) I would definitely tell myself to spread the word far sooner and help readers get as excited as I am about new releases!

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

You can find all of my links and my free newsletter on my website! abigailmanningauthor.com There you’ll find my facebook, instagram, tiktok, and pinterest which are all @abigailmanningauthor. Thanks!

Author Spotlight: David Green

Check out this author spotlight for David Green, a writer of the epic and the urban, the fantastical and the mysterious!

You can find all his links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out his books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hello, Catrin, thanks for having me! I’m a writer of the epic and the urban, the fantastical and the mysterious.

With my character-driven dark fantasy series Empire Of Ruin, or urban fantasy noir Hell In Haven starring Haven’s only supernatural PI Nick Holleran, I try to take readers on emotional, character-driven, action-packed thrill rides that leave readers needing their next fix.

Hailing from the north-west of England, I now live in County Galway on the west coast of Ireland with my wife and train-obsessed son. When not writing, I can be found wondering why I choose to live in, and write about, places where it constantly rains.

Check out these books, currently on sale!
www.books2read.com/solitudesshadow
www.books2read.com/pathofwar

2. Tell us 5 fun facts people might not know about you!

Fun facts? Five of them? The pressure! Okay… I’m a black belt in Judo, I have metal plates in both hinges of my jaw, I read The Silmarillion at least once a year, I’m ambidextrous, and I have an encyclopaedic knowledge of The Beatles.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some “This or That”-questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

First-person view OR third-person view?
I *guess* third person, even though I write both, and like reading both! A first-person view means you really have to enjoy reading that character’s POV or find them compelling, and if you don’t, it doesn’t work. At least with third-person, you’re a little removed from that!

Read multiple books OR one at a time?
One at a time; I have ASD so I just completely focus on one thing at a time!

Signed edition OR first edition? Signed edition; I love collecting books signed by authors I really love.

Plot-driven OR character-driven?
Character-driven for me, though I always enjoy plotty books, too!

Shop at an actual bookstore OR shop books online?
I’d go with a bookstore in a perfect world, but they’re few and far between where I live, and the ones that do exist don’t have a great fantasy section. I need to move to a place with better bookstores!

3. When you look for books to read, what trope, theme, or type of story will always catch your attention?

I’m a sucker for the found family trope. It turns my corrupt, blackened little heart a little red whenever I come across it. Mainly, I enjoy most tropes (there’s only a few I could do without) so long as they’re done well. I like it when authors twist a well-established trope, but there’s something very enjoyable about a well-worn trope done extremely well.

4. If you were to describe your writing style using 3 words, what would they be?

Clear, close, emotive!

5. So what do you write? Tell us a bit more about your chosen genre, style and ongoing projects/WIPs/series!

I have two series; an epic dark fantasy called Empire Of Ruin which will be a four book series and is currently half done with In Solitude’s Shadow and Path Of War, and an urban fantasy noir series called Hell In Haven which has books one and two in the same compendium called The Devil Walks In Blood! I work on both of these series concurrently though I’m not sure when the Hell In Haven one will end! I have lots of ideas I’ll move on to after Empire Of Ruin is finished, but I’ll be very sad to do so!

Empire Of Ruin is a fast-paced multiple POV series that is epic in scope but very character-driven, and I try to pay homage to the classic series I love but put my own twist on them.

Hell In Haven is first-person current POV and set in the real world but with a twist so is very different in style and pace. The main character, Nick Holleran, is very voicey and it’s a lot of fun to write.

6. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

Path Of War is my latest release. The second book in the Empire Of Ruin series, Path Of War picks up the threads from In Solitude’s Shadow and continues the story. A larger book and wider in scope, it still manages to have the intimate character moments of book one, but has more set-pieces, more intrigue, more revelations, and builds to a truly epic ending with many twists and turns!

You can check out In Solitude’s Shadow here: www.books2read.com/solitudesshadow

And Path Of War here: www.books2read.com/pathofwar

7. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

The best place to find me is through my Linktree, where all my links live! www.linktr.ee/davidgreenwriter

Book Review: In Solitude’s Shadow

📚 Review time! 📚

📚 In Solitude’s Shadow by David Green @davepgreen83

📚 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Pst! This book is currently on sale for only $0.99!!
Get it here: buff.ly/3ESe3R5

And the newly released sequel, Path of War, is ALSO on sale for $2.99!!
Get it here: buff.ly/3JiKGs6

TL:DR – This was great! Loved it. And that ending?? 🤯🤯🤯

Honestly, though: Wow, In Solitude’s Shadow had me hooked from the prologue and didn’t let go even as the ending came. Now I’m left feeling like I’ve been cheated. I NEED MORE. But yes, I’ll have to wait. Ugh! Anyway, maybe I should write this properly?

I won’t rehash the blurb an awful lot, but Solitude is a fortress full of left-over good-for-nothing peeps and criminals, and the Banished come knocking on their door and threatens to invade. And we all know that never goes well! Lucky for us, we’ve got Celene, a magic user (or one gifted with the Spark), who sets off on a journey to Solitude, where she must reunite with her mother in order to save the realm.

In Solitude’s Shadow is an absolutely brilliant epic fantasy, from the first page to the very last. The world-building is fabulous, the magic system fantastic, and the characters fleshed out, flawed, and authentic. The relationship (or lack thereof) between Celene and her mother is beautifully depicted, and I couldn’t help but feel for both of them. And as to the rest? The action scenes are gory and harrowing, the pace is kept up throughout, and the stakes are sky-high! In case you missed it, I loved this book!

So, for any other epic fantasy fans out there – this one is for you. Just trust me on this.

Author Interview: Amanda Muratoff

Check out this author spotlight for Amanda Muratoff!

You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hi! I’m Amanda, and I am a writer and an artist. I used to work in the film/television industry as a 3D Artist, but I didn’t return to the industry after having my son, Nathan, in 2018. I still paint and do other artisty things, but my main focus now is the series I write with my friend and coauthor, Kayla Hansen. We published the first book in 2019 and never looked back.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Winter, spring, summer or autumn? Summer, hands down. I love the heat. My body (I swear) just doesn’t know how to keep itself warm, so in other seasons I’m constantly cold. Though, to be fair, I’m often cold in summer, too, since the hubby likes to make it summer’s winter inside with the AC.

Cat or dog? Dog. I mean, I have a cat and I love her, but… I miss my dog, Penny. She was the sweetest german shepherd you can imagine, and she passed away at thirteen years old. One day, I’d like to have another dog. They just add so much to life, you know?

Tea or coffee? This is often where I find myself the odd one out, as I don’t drink either. Crazy, right? I have a three year old waking me up at 6am, but caffeine doesn’t work for me so I don’t bother drinking coffee. Tea is nice, in the right moment, but for the most part I’m super boring and just drink water all day.

Plotter or pantser? Definitely a plotter. I gotta do my best to guide these characters, or they run away with the story. Corin, for example, was supposed to be a one-chapter side character in book 5. Then everything changed and he ended up on the cover of book 5… and book 7.

Standalone or series? Book or ebook? Audiobook! I’m a narrator, and I’m working on book 3 of our series right now, but I just love to listen to books! As a busy mom, I hardly have time to sit down and read anything, so I listen. While I clean, cook, drive, or while I’m getting tattooed… It’s the best.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

I’m a sucker for soulmates. Not insta-love, but the kind that you can’t deny. That no one else can get in the way of. I love that, especially if one is an anti-hero.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I write romantic high fantasy. Original world, races, and magic system. Though, it’s not even called magic. We call it the “Art”, and our world is unique in that there are no dwarves or elves or trolls. Everything is new, except humans of course. And dragons. You can’t have fantasy without dragons, can you? We have ten books published, with three more coming. The main series is broken into trilogies and a quadrilogy. Each has their own set of main characters, but they overlap and intertwine. You see them in different books, and some of the same events from different perspectives. They grow together, find each other, and realize their fates are directly entwined. Kind of like the avengers… just with swords and castles.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My most recent release is Axiom of the Queen’s Arrow, book 10 in the Pantracia Chronicles. Though, I recommend reading the first 9 books before this one, of course. I can’t give a full presentation, as spoilers, but we see some crucial moments in this book and really epic scenes. It’s one of the best, and we loved writing it!

6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

I get inspiration from everywhere! Though most of it for this series comes from our original tellings of these stories, which happened 10-15 years ago, depending on which character. They’ve existed for so long. We started Pantracia by doing text-based role playing when we were teens, and while the characters have evolved a TON over the years, their inspiration remains true to our original vision.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

We usually work set times together, and we sit in google docs at the same time, with discord running for voice, and we write over top of each other. We usually each “control” set characters in the chapters/books, and that gives dialogue a very authentic feel as it’s truly two people talking. We write the entire book this way, and then edit in the same fashion.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?

Oh, jeez. I’d tell myself to slow down. Not the writing, but the other stuff. The rush to get them out. Enjoy the process and do it right the first time.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!

www.pantracia.com

https://www.facebook.com/PantraciaChronicles

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KXVHSLQ?binding=kindle_edition&ref=dbs_dp_rwt_sb_pc_tukn

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X7J1SK2

Meet the author!

🌺 Meet the author 🌺

🌺 As many of you know, I’ve been hosting author spotlights on my blog and social media for a whole now. Recently, I overhauled the questionnaire to be more focus on the books, instead of the hybrid type interview I did before. And as a way to showcase this, I decided to do one for myself as a little “meet the author” post. It doesn’t include all the questions, but some ❤️

🌺 5 fun facts about me:
– I’m a trained paediatric nurse 👶 But I recently started working at a house building company 😅❤️
– I have 3 kids, 2 dogs, and a husband who offers inspiration for all my grumpy male characters 🤣 He gives me so much wonderful material 😂 (He’s really loving though ❤️)
– The longest flight I ever took was to China together with my mum. Wonderful trip, but many years ago now ❤️
– I live in northern Sweden where the sun doesn’t quite set in the summer 🌞
– The Power of Conviction (The Light of Darkness, book #1) was the first book I ever wrote in English 🖤

🌺 What I write:
My chosen genre is adult High, Epic and Romantic Fantasy with steam, but I also include a touch of Dark Fantasy 🖤

🌺 3 words to describe my style:
Dark, gripping, and sensual 🖤

🌺 My latest release:
I recently released a box set for the first 3 books of the Light of Darkness series! It is currently on offer for only $2.99 😍 You can find it here: https://buff.ly/3sAkvYk

Shout-out for this bit of reader love!!

🔥 Sunday Shoutout to @ivelezauthor for this fantastic review of my box set for books 1-3 of The Light of Darkness series 😍 Thank you so so much 🔥

#WhatImReading comes with the review for the 1st Box Set in the Light of Darkness series by @catrinrussellauthor . I don’t usually review box sets but this one needed my full support. Otherwise, I couldn’t call myself a fan of the Light of Darkness series or Catrin Russell.

Excellent Dark Medieval Collection

I’ve always seen these boxes not as a whole, but as individual books put together, so I’m going to review it as much.

The Power of Conviction: The plot is absolute perfection. Humanity’s dark side is potrayed with such realism for a fantasy, you feel disgusted with the actions of the Priesthood. The scenes painted are gorgeously detailed, gruesomely in case of the battles, the love parts are richly detailed, hot but also elegant and deeply emotional. Here you won’t find crude words normally used in erotica but a fine narrative that shows care and love, from the characters AND the author.

The Path of Salvation: The battles, the plot, the long-awaited ROMANCE, the sex scenes, the hateful villain, the tidbits of demon culture, the love between the protagonist, the “aww” moments, the laughs… Everything was cranked up to 200% wonderfulness.

The Resurgence of Light: The title is literally what this installment is about, light fighting to push through a dark-filled world. The narrative reflects the previous books, quick-paced over a large amount of time. Also, as always, the battles are gory, quick and full of adrenaline while the sex is steamy hot, explicit, but also elegant narrated… In the way only Catrin Russell does.

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