I like to write a review of my books because hopefully that will give readers insight into the sort of story it is.
I won't do spoilers :)
The previous...moreI like to write a review of my books because hopefully that will give readers insight into the sort of story it is.
I won't do spoilers :)
The previous Bar Tender Tale (2012 from Dreamspinner Press) was set in Brighton and featured a different couple. My friend and muse, Piper, liked the sideline character, Justin (who worked with Nathan in Rainbows Bar)so much that i got lovingly hassled for a story about Justin. I didn't want to set another story in Brighton, and then Piper suggested that I set Justin's story in London, where i was working as a bar tender myself.
So, after almost a year of working in London bars, I kept thinking, what would Justin's story be about? I could write little bar anecdotes until the end of time, but i needed a hook, an edge. Then one night, i got the inspiration, and it all came together.
Love on the Rocks is another light and breezy romantic comedy. There's a lot of humour, a lot of Britishness. It's set in Camden and Soho, for the most part, very quirky and individual parts of London.
Justin is a bar tender in a relatively normal pub, and a carbaret dancer with his best mate, Tam. They dress in spangly catsuits, platform boots, and sing 70s disco hits. (I must confess, I am rather an ABBA fan.)
Justin's world is cabaret and showbiz, rushing around performing and doing his bar shifts, but still finds time to hang out in gay bars and flirts for all he's worth.
That's when he meets a quiet, pretty bar tender named Yena, who is too shy and too wary to be taken in by Justin's over the top flirting and terrible chat up lines. So Justin has to try a different tact, and open up more as the real him.
In a nutshell, this is a very sweet and cute getting-to-know-you story, set in bars and cabaret clubs.
And Justin's dad is Elvis ;)
I really hope readers get a smile and feel good vibes from this story, as that was the intention, to lift one's spirits. I had a lot of fun writing it.
Not long till Phoenix is out. This is my big one! so excuse me for getting all excited. i started writing this novel in 2012. cant believe it’s taken...moreNot long till Phoenix is out. This is my big one! so excuse me for getting all excited. i started writing this novel in 2012. cant believe it’s taken this long to get it out there, and i'm so pleased it's finally arrived.
So as i've said before, i like to write a review on my books in the hopes that it'll give readers a good idea what to expect.
I try not to do major spoilers, but i'll hide the latter part of this review in case readers want to keep the story a surprise :)
A reader can approach this brand new story from two ways, so i'd like to address those first before i explain the inspiration and theme of the story.
Firstly, readers may have read my 'other' rockstar story, Crucifox/The Green Eyed Monster.
Secondly, readers may not have read anything of mine at all.
Either is absolutely fine, because Phoenix is its own stand alone story, and while it is in the same Crucifox universe (London, England, 1980s) and runs parallel to it, Phoenix is still its own stand alone.
Readers who know the other story will remember Death Rose as a band being mentioned, and in Phoenix there will be similar passing mentions of other bands, or cameos. That is all :)
Now that has been addressed, moving onto the story of Phoenix...
It is essentially a coming of age story for Alex, (and it's done in 3rd person POV).
(view spoiler)[ I’ve written about rockstars before, from the view within the band and inside the music industry. For those who don’t know, i worked with bands and in promo for many years. (And I am now pretty much grey haired, thanks guys!)
While it’s interesting to get an inside peek, i wanted to present a different view as well. The view from a fan’s perspective. Someone who loves a band SO MUCH, and all he wants to do is meet his favourite rockstar. Who could be so lucky, eh? ;)
This could've been a sleazy hook-up story, written for kicks alone. But i wanted to show more than that. Alex, as a person, and a fan, has MORE to him than that.
Alex loves the rock scene (in 80s London) but he does find it a bit sleazy and vacuous; not that he thinks he's any better than others, on the contrary he's rather shy as he comes out of his shell, but as a person who FEELS things deeply and loves really strongly, he needs MORE out of life, out of any potential partner.
Alex doesn't drink, he isnt interested in doing drugs, unlike everyone else around him in the party scene. And yes, he is lonely. He's all on his own, with only his art to keep him going, and his fixation on the rock band, Death Rose, especially guitarist Danny Death.
He can't explain why he likes Danny the most, only that it's something about the way he smiles that catches his attention. Danny's smiles are genuine, like Danny himself is a very genuine person. A guitar geek who just so happens to have been picked up by a record label and is now supposedly a rockstar... (hide spoiler)]
...so when these two honest and genuine souls happen to meet, amid the sleazy bustle of the 80s rock scene, can they actually have a chance at making it work beyond one hook up?
That was the story i wanted to tell, and yeah it got a lot deeper than i'd originally intended. I poured a lot of love into this story, and unlike past characters i've written (usually i give bad boys the spotlight!) i hope readers take to Alex and Danny, because their story really is very sweet.
Ps. i still slipped some Bad Boys into the story. Gotta have some temptation along the way, right? ^__^
Yes, THIS is the final installment the Spectr series! The big finale! Hang on for a wild ride.
What I've loved about this series from Jordan L Hawk is...moreYes, THIS is the final installment the Spectr series! The big finale! Hang on for a wild ride.
What I've loved about this series from Jordan L Hawk is the setting, the sense of place. Most of the action takes place in the US city of Charleston, South Carolina. The flowing descriptions of crumbling swamp ruins and set amongst urban sprawls are simply beautiful, poetic at times (as Hawk's prose often is).
There's also lots of action in the Government agency buildings with the 'good' agents on the run, rogue, from their untrustworthy ex-comrades in Spectr while they try to figure out who they can trust. For fans of spy thrillers, espionage, and detective dramas, this series has it all, blended with paranormal superstition, history, voodoo magic and demons.
Hawk clearly knows her stuff when it comes to these subjects, and the narrative flows like a dream, still easy to follow for someone like me who doesn't usually delve into detective themed books. There's enough exorcist and demon action to keep this dramatic and unique, and Hawk delivers an EPIC final installment in Summoner of Storms.
I'm reluctant to give too much away, but I would say the clue --as ever!-- is in the title of the book. That should give the reader some idea what to expect from the final battle between the agents of Spectr and the demons summoned forth in battle.
I enjoyed this series so much, and the final book certainly delivers the goods. Readers will not be disappointed, except in that the series has come to its end! (sob)
THIS SHORT STORY IS LOVELY AND ROMANTIC AND IT SHOULD HAVE A HIGHER RATING!!
Sorry, didnt mean to shout ^_^ I really enjoyed this story!!!
It's heart w...moreTHIS SHORT STORY IS LOVELY AND ROMANTIC AND IT SHOULD HAVE A HIGHER RATING!!
Sorry, didnt mean to shout ^_^ I really enjoyed this story!!!
It's heart warming and wonderful and i laughed out loud at the cuteness and the nerd-jokes, it was a fantastic and tense build up to a man asking another man out on a first date. It kept my interest and surprised me at several turns.
IT IS A SHORT STORY!! It was barely a couple of quid for such a beautifully crafted short story.
The sad thing is that short stories always seem to suffer in 'ratings' because some readers will want to keep reading more, or feel entitled to have been offered more. *sigh* Well, i judge a short story on how much it entertained me and made me smile. This one was wonderful.
It was different, interesting, and i was left thoroughly charmed.
Would i have read more? Yes, for sure. But it is a SHORT STORY. I was pleased with what there was. Especially when some ebooks seem so vastly overpriced for the same amount of words: i felt this was an absolute bargain for how much i enjoyed it.
This was everything i like to know, being a massive nerd about my favourite LA hair metal bands. So much behind the scenes info...moreWhat a wonderful read!
This was everything i like to know, being a massive nerd about my favourite LA hair metal bands. So much behind the scenes info and from a different perspective. Many classic moments, such as Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx having a fist fight in the back of a car, with Tommy Lee literally sitting in the middle. Axl Rose playing an arcade game as a clubful of nutters erupt into violence. Blackie Lawless setting himself on fire. Absolutely wonderful.
Could've done with a line edit, there are some small typo's which was probably spell check changing a unique band name into some other word, but mostly I knew what was supposed to be there and often chuckled at the mistake anyway. I would've loved to have edited this book.
I'm sorry to have finished it, honestly, because I totally would've read more :)
And I thought I'd been in some crazy rock n roll situations. This dude has seen it all and been there! lol
What a wonderful short; when the characters both go through a 'change' (see what i did there?) it has some really beautiful imagery, and i loved the s...moreWhat a wonderful short; when the characters both go through a 'change' (see what i did there?) it has some really beautiful imagery, and i loved the setting; fairy-land and Ireland ;p (less)
Wow! I devoured this book in one sitting, i couldn't put it down, and at times it was so dramatic i forgot to breathe! Yeah, really. I'd get to the end...moreWow! I devoured this book in one sitting, i couldn't put it down, and at times it was so dramatic i forgot to breathe! Yeah, really. I'd get to the end of the sentence and take a big gasp.
Ok, so the series is really reaching a head now. There is i believe one more book after this one, then it's the end (for now?!) of Spectr! Zomg.
It left on a pretty dire cliff hanger last time, with Caleb bring escorted off by another division of Spectr, and this time things really heat up and the movers come out of the peripheral and into main play. Lots of things started to make sense, and it was action packed from the word GO.
And i must admit, 'escape' themed stories will always make me short of breath and have me at the edge of my seat. How will Caleb escape Spectr? Should he trust them or trust his instincts to run? And what about this secret Moth organisation offering to help him exorcise his demon, and should he even take it?
And what about poor John! What is he going to do after watching his boyfriend being carted off by the very company he works for?
Aiyeeee! So many questions! Thankfully it all unfolds before your eyes in this book, to the point where i was clutching my shirt/throat while reading.
Fans of Gray (me included!!) will be happy that he gets much more of a spotlight in this story, and i can't even say how much i'm looking forward to the next installment. *flails*
One final point: what i love about this series is the demon-power/ ooh i'm attracted to that, kink. As this story was so full of action i wasnt even sure if the author would have *room* to bring the sexy, but it was there, and it was wonderful! I'm going to have to read it again now :3
This is a great read. A hilarious, laugh out loud, 'OMG i can't believe they did that!' read. It's probably not for the faint hearted; the hygiene (or...moreThis is a great read. A hilarious, laugh out loud, 'OMG i can't believe they did that!' read. It's probably not for the faint hearted; the hygiene (or lack thereof) on the band's tour bus might squick some out, but i found it utterly wonderful (hey, i'm reading the book, it's not like i have to smell these dudes).
What I love about Pearcy's writing style is that he pokes fun at himself as well as the whole circus around him. It's a wry nod to rock excess, a fabulous documentary of what went down. If you're interested in the band, the rock scene, then it's definitely a wonderful read.
“You just don't get it, do you, man?' I said. 'In the '80s if you were in a rock band, when you asked for a hummer, you got a hummer.' Dr. Roberts nodded and wrote something down on his pad. Maybe it was 'motherfucker'.”
― Stephen Pearcy, Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life in Rock
There are also snippets and quotes from his peers, friends and crew members. One such quote from a security dude:
“By the time 1987 rolled around, the Sunset Strip was absolutely crazy. Fucking madness. One day, I watched Bobby Dall from Poison beat the shit out of this guy with a steal pipe. [This] guy kept covering up their flyers with his band's shit. Finally Bobby caught him at it. He followed him in his car to a Quik Stop, and then he just fucking ambushed the guy. Beat him senseless with a steel pipe. 'Who the fuck are you to cover my band flyer!' he kept screaming. It was brutal. Absolutely brutal. And someone else goes to the guy afterward: 'Hey, you just got your ass beat by a chick.' ~ Big John, Ratt & Poison Security.”
― Stephen Pearcy, Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life in Rock
I may not be a massive dino fan, or even know much about science or any of the 'ologies', so perhaps i was worried there'd be lots of technical talk t...moreI may not be a massive dino fan, or even know much about science or any of the 'ologies', so perhaps i was worried there'd be lots of technical talk that would go over my head... I needn't have worried, the writing is clear and fast paced enough that i didnt get bored with any of the talk on digs or bones (and yes there is enough cheek and wit to keep my dry sense of humour satisfied!).
Overall this is a wonderful read, a light hearted mystery/whodunnit, sweet and charming, but also packed with action and EEK OMG moments, because i cared about the characters and their bones. (Ahem.)
Great visuals as well, i could really see the characters, the whole cast, and it gelled well for me. Recommended! (less)
I do love fairy tale style, and mermen stories <3 This story from Piper came to life after a prompt from me, and the outcome was just so wonderful...moreI do love fairy tale style, and mermen stories <3 This story from Piper came to life after a prompt from me, and the outcome was just so wonderful I adored it from start to finish. The cover is the cherry on the cake. (less)