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If you are a reviewer on Goodreads or Amazon and have an active book blog - I would love to hear from you. 

I have a handful of early reviewer copies ready to go out on Monday 6th May. 

Alter is due to release on 20th May, so you will need to have it read and your review ready by then. 

If you'd like to participate please contact me before Monday to register your interest. 



 
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I'll bet your all wondering (although perhaps not) if I managed to finish reading The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. 

My answer is - no I did not. Turns out it's a little hardcore for me! lol! I will finish reading it, because I'm still really interested in how this series turns out - but I will be reading it a chapter at a time. 

Meanwhile, I have moved on to The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken. It's a steal at the moment for only 99 cents. 

Why did I choose it? It has a 4.3 star rating after close to 500 reviews - I think that's pretty impressive, so I want to get in on that enjoyment too. 

I am two chapters in and if I had time to just sit and read, I would have finished it in a sitting. I was hooked the moment he said - "Hey, Jake? Do you know where any rocks are?"

Rachel Van Dyken is a New York Times and USA Today best selling author and has an impressive catalogue of books to her name. This however, is the first of hers I'll be reading, having only discovered the joys of Amazon books in the last six months. 

Here's the blurb - 
"I have a proposition for you..."
Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus's mouth. Instead, she made a deal with the devil in hopes of putting her past behind her once and for all.
Four days.
She could do four days!
But she wasn't counting on Jake’s older brother Travis being there to witness their farce of an engagement.
One thing is for certain.
One brother is right for her.
One wants a lifetime.
And one is in league with the devil.
She should have gotten Jake’s signature in blood.


If you're reading along with me, let me know in the comments. 

If not, what are you reading this weekend? and what do you think so far?




Lilli xoxox

 
Today we are lucky enough to have two Friday Features and both are Australian Authors which I feel is very apt after yesterday was ANZAC day. 

This book is by Ellen Mae Franklin and she has sent me a wonderful guest post for us to talk about the wonderful world she created for 'The Unseen Promise' as well as a little about what inspires her. 

Take it away Ellen Mae:- 


Tarkeenia is a world I created for my first book, The Unseen Promise. It is a wonderful place to write in. I have wandered its many paths for years now and still to this day I am learning more about its inhabitants and its alien beauty. I love conversing with The Unseen Promise’s characters and marvel each time I sit to write, at the story as it has over the years, unfolded into a complex journey with many shades of light and dark.

The Unseen Promise is the first book in what has become the Tarkeenia Sagas. I found as I took to writing, like a duck does to water, that I am a Panster by nature. This series will more than likely take on the shape of three separate books.

I did not choose to become a writer, since raising a family and working was my world before words. But, I will say that like everyone who writes, I wish I had done this all my life. It all started with a single character, his dream and a message that I wanted to convey. From there, The Unseen Promise took shape and colour. I believe, that I have achieved a complex weave of fascinating scenarios, with characters who, bicker and love, scheme and delight, offering you, the reader an insight to a world on the brink of chaos. As part of my introduction, here is the opening of my story.

'In the beginning

What is curiosity? Is it a beginning or is it an ending? Should you embrace it or do you shut your eyes and pray for the love of whatever god you hold close that it disappears? It is a thing without limitations and restraints, for it carries no conscience, other than what its bearer holds. So I ask, should it be valued or feared? For it begs to be heard and it never, ever, no matter how much you should wish it, offers even the smallest measure of mercies.

Even the gods feel the tug of its call, its alluring charm. All except for one, he believed that he alone held its secrets, and valued curiosity as a favorite trinket to be kept close until such time, as it was needed.

So, be warned friend, for to answer its call - curiosity’s enticing song - it must be with wide eyes and a steady heart, for trouble always follows.'


I am currently doing my best to keep my head above water. Working hard on three different projects, the second book in the Tarkeenia Sagas. It is called - It’s not the Bite that kills you. I am also, co-writing with a very talented UK Author, Pete Emmerson on a fantasy series. We have not given our project a name it is still a work in progress.

My other project is a group effort. I am co-founder of an Australian group of writers and authors, 34 in total and we are working on writing short stories for Australian themed anthologies. We are called Terra Australis and the anthologies we are producing will be published late August this year.

Reading have, always been a very important part of my life and one that I carry with great pride today. The worlds that Enid Blyton created for me, had me reading long after I heard, lights out! From there on in the power of words captured my heart and mind. I progressed to other authors and more complex storylines. The love, I have for this genre shows in my writing and the endless meanderings I put to paper. Authors that have inspired and influenced my writing style are many, but to name a few that stand out as giants are in order, Joe Abercrombie - for me this author has taken fantasy to a new level. The story he creates, are complex, gritty, violent and colourful. I have learnt a great deal from his books, character development and dialogue.

George RR Martin, Fiona McIntosh, Ian Irvine, Guy Gavriel Kay, Julian May, Stephen Donaldson, Robert Jordon, Robin Hobb, Sara Douglass are to name a few that have given me years of enjoyment.

I have from my many years of Field Merchandising come to understand, that all book covers must be visually compelling. All humans are visual creatures, so the artwork must stop a reader mid stride. I used the website Odesk to find a graphic artist I believed capable of illustrating quality fantasy. I chose Cristian Popa. He had an artistic eye, the creative ability and technique to portray my characters, as I visualized them.

To close this wonderful interview, I would like to offer in eight words, my top tip for aspiring authors -

Listen, believe, ask questions and live the dream.



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Thank you so much Ellen Mae for that wonderful post! 

Here is the synopsis for 'The Unseen Promise'

Set on the world Tarkeenia, the story marks the struggle between God and man, magic and indefinable evil.

Roedanth wants his brother back, it doesn’t matter that the boy is dead; the young copper apprentice can’t seem to stop wishing. Tainted by the magic of the Dark God – Drakite, tragedy and pain follows Roedanth, from Crows Nest to the Halls of Coowic, where the Magi live.

Tarkeenia is awash with life - man and beast live side by side. Monsters hunt the shadows looking for a bite to eat. The tip of balance between dark and light, good and evil is tenuous, even on a good day. Flesh eating Specks turn the living into dust, and the world is no longer safe. Murrdocks, are a child’s story, woven tales told to enchant and incite fear. Their King lays dying, and Prince Pec having no choice, must turn myth into reality.

Strangers become friends, out of necessity more than compatibility for survival takes on the order of the day. Uneasy alliances are tainted by betrayal and self gain, and unlikely heroes emerge to salvage what they can from a world on the brink of chaos.

Everyone strives to make do in a world bubbling with wild magic, working to remain true to their Calling, as the lives of man and monster hang in the balance, subject to the whims of Gods. Can Tarkeenia survive the tug and pull of the very spoilt, and the very wicked? Can those lost to the dark find a way back to the light? Is it possible to forget, or to forgive and begin again? All these questions and more are answered as the reader walks Tarkeenia’s many paths.

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AUTHOR BIO


Born in Adelaide, South Australia, this mother of three is following her passion for Fantasy writing. She published The Unseen Promise in 2013, after revitalizing the urge to complete the first book in the Tarkeenia Sagas. She is currently working on subsequent manuscripts and is involved in various writing and creative communities. In her free time, she spends it reveling in the activities she loves: Gardening, Cooking, Traveling, Reading, Singing and spending time with those she loves.

She is writing under the pseudonym of her children’s middle name - Ellen Mae Franklin.

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Personal Links

Website: http://www.theunseenpromise.com  

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheUnseenPromise  

Twitter: http://twitter.com/carolbondauthor  

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/12222069-carol-bond  

Blog: http://www.theunseenpromise.blogspot.com.au  

Booksie: http://www.booksie.com/chocolategirl46  

Createspace Preview Gallery: https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1116908

Links for purchase:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-Unseen-Promise-Volume-1/dp/0615766072/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365217557&sr=8-1&keywords=the+unseen+promise

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/298219

Barnes & Nobles http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-unseen-promise-ellen-mae-franklin/1114970785?ean=2940044405202

Kobo Books http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=the+unseen+promise

Sony EBooks https://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/ellen-mae-franklin/the-unseen-promise-the-tarkeenia-saga-book-one/_/R-400000000000000992140



If you are an author and you'd like to be a part of Friday Feature - please contact me

 
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After last week's decision to start sharing other author's work on my new Friday Feature I was immediately contacted by the lovely Tamsin Baker who wanted to share her latest release 'Truth be Told' with you all. 

It's a contemporary M/M erotic romance, published by Evernight Publishing.

Tamsin would like to offer a copy of her menage vampire ebook- Eternal Hearts- due out in June- to the most original comment  - so if you're interested, comment away!! 

Here is the blurb and an Excerpt for 'Truth be Told' 

BLURB

Patrick is gorgeous, gay and a corporate lawyer. He also wants to stay firmly in the closet. When he goes to a new club in search of a one night stand, he is picked up by Liam.

Liam is bigger, beautiful and also a top.

A hot and heavy night ensues and a lovely follow up brunch that has them both thinking there could be more to their relationship than just sex.

But Liam is out and proud gay, he finds an insult to one’s pride and integrity not to accept who you are. Patrick disagrees and major problems occur.

Excerpt:

He opened the door. Patrick was on the other side, loaded down with Asian take away.

“Wow, you look great!” Patrick smiled, his eyes running up and down Liam’s body. “I brought dinner. Hope you like Thai.”

Liam laughed and waved Patrick in. Lucky he hadn’t bothered to cook.

“Love it. What did you get?” Directing Patrick into the kitchen, he went to the cupboard to pull out plates and cutlery.

“Bit of everything. Beef stir fry, prawn fried rice, chicken pad thai, chicken satays, and fried butterfly things.”

Liam turned to watch Patrick opening all of the containers. It was so thoughtful, he was really surprised. He had hoped their mutual liking wouldn’t be one sided. It seemed he was right.

Patrick looked as gorgeous but as heterosexual as always. Fitted Levi jeans and a white Levi’s printed t-shirt. Boring, but yummy, mostly because Liam knew what was underneath the clothes.

“Do you want a Coke, or whiskey? Water?” Liam pulled glasses out of the cupboard to distract himself. He had been fantasizing about Patrick’s arse for two nights. He wouldn’t be bottoming tonight.

“I bought Sprite. Hope that’s okay.” Patrick pulled out the bottle and opened it. Their feast awaited.

Liam lay the plates and glasses down on the table, then sat down, watching as Patrick poured him a drink. Handsome, smart, and thoughtful? Hadn’t he hit the trifecta.

“How was the wedding last night?” Liam began spooning noodles onto Patrick’s plate and then put some on his own. “This smells awesome.”


Patrick sat and began dividing the satay’s between them.

“Yeah, lucky they make it so hot or it wouldn’t have made the trip still warm. The wedding was good. My first cousin, Amelia, was the bride. My mum spent the whole night pushing me towards her friends.”

A burning jealousy gripped Liam’s insides but he forced himself to smile. “So, you picked up then?”

Patrick paused, chicken satay halfway to his mouth, then burst out laughing. “You think I ... Are you kidding?” He continued to laugh.

Liam threw a butterfly into his mouth, the fried batter causing him to almost choke. He wasn’t used to such rich foods.

Patrick stood up and moved towards him around the table. Liam tilted up his face and was rewarded with a quick kiss before Patrick sat back down, still chortling.

“Liam, I may not be out of the closet, but I haven’t been able to get it up for a woman in almost ten years.”

Liam relaxed. He’d worried for a moment that he was dealing with more than he could handle. He could compete well with other men, but if Patrick was truly bi he didn’t really stand a chance. “Good, then you won’t be tired for me.”

“Tired?” Patrick groaned and took a long swig of his soft drink. “The only reason I’m tired is because I couldn’t sleep without you.”

Liam watched in fascination as his lover shut his mouth with an audible snap and blushed brightly. It looked like he hadn’t meant to share that piece of information.

Maybe Patrick would feel less embarrassed if he shared something too?  



Author Bio:

Tamsin Baker read sexy romance for years, skipping the story to find the 'good bits'. 
When she found Erotic romance and Erotica, it was like coming home to people who understood what she wanted to read. When it was time to write, the world expanded and she knew this was what she wanted to do forever.

Links:

www.tamsinbakererotic.com

erotictamsinbaker.blogspot.com.au

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So, how has everyone liked my scheduled blogging efforts this week? 

I tried to come up with a few topics that showed a bit more about my life and what I'm interested in as well as keeping you up to date with all of the usual writing stuff. 

Today, I thought I'd do my week in Reviews - I've gotten some great ones and I've gotten some bad ones. As much I would love to only focus on the ones that tell me I'm awesome, I do have to pay attention to the bad ones as well, because sometimes they point out things about my writing that I really need to work on. I won't post every review from every site, because there will be too many, so we'll just focus on Amazon.com today. 

So here we go - this is what readers had to say about 'A Beautiful Struggle' on Amazon.com in the last seven days:-


3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but I think its me, not the book, April 22, 2013

By Jennachia - See all my reviews

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This review is from: A Beautiful Struggle (Kindle Edition)
OK so I did like this book, that's why I gave it 3 stars. However, I found the woman character to be very annoying. The book just never got there for me, and i was hoping it would. It was a little long and could have gotten to the point a little quicker. I will read book 2 but it will take me a while,because i'm going to push it to the bottom of my list.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Storyline, April 21, 2013

By 
Kris - See all my reviews

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This review is from: A Beautiful Struggle (Kindle Edition)
This was a great storyline, but it needed to be fleshed out and the characters more fully developed. I wanted to give it a better rating based on the story alone, but downgraded it because there were so many opportunities for the author to add dimension that were ignored.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!, April 19, 2013

By 
Heather - See all my reviews

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This review is from: A Beautiful Struggle (Kindle Edition)
This book was amazing!!! I love books with an ending that you don't expect. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I can't wait to read the second book.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good "just for fun" read., April 19, 2013

By 
Casie Holgerson - See all my reviews

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This review is from: A Beautiful Struggle (Kindle Edition)
Fast, easy, not too in-depth. More of a nice time filler read than anything else. Good book for traveling with, you can put it away and pick it up later and know where you are in the story.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, April 19, 2013

By 
Melinda Lewis - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   

Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: A Beautiful Struggle (Kindle Edition)
Loved the other books by Lilliana Anderson hope to see more books a must read for all, will tell all


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I'm really pleased with all of those! Here are the reviews for A BEAUTIFUL FOREVER :- 





4.0 out of 5 stars Awsome, April 22, 2013

By 
cindy orey - See all my reviews

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This review is from: A Beautiful Forever (Kindle Edition)
Great love story I cryed it's really a good love story to curl up t poo an read the ending was awsome

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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!, April 21, 2013

By 
Kris - See all my reviews

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This review is from: A Beautiful Forever (Kindle Edition)
I gave my heart to Paige. Her story is so moving. It pulled my heart seeing how she saw herself versus the survivor she really was. I fell for Elliott in the first book in this series and I was glad to see his story continue here. Although I had some problems with the first book, I saw the potential and read the second one. I love how this author continues to grow. I can't wait to read the third book!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally Elliott's story!, April 19, 2013

By 
Anne Talberth - See all my reviews

This review is from: A Beautiful Forever (Kindle Edition)
Really liked this story about what happens to Elliott after causing such a mess for Katrina in a Beautiful Struggle. You really wanted to not like him after that but just as life goes on, this story gives you what so many if us have to deal with...learning to live with the consequences of our decisions. Elliott decides to leave Australia and work in the UK for a while to get his head together when he meets a beautiful girl on the plane ride there. He feels a connection while she certainly doesn't at first. Paige has her own struggles to work through but manages to make room in her heart for Elliott. It was very sweet watching tis couple try to come together while protecting their hearts. Yes some things are worth fighting for and this story proves it!!!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read., April 19, 2013

By 
Casie Holgerson - See all my reviews

Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: A Beautiful Forever (Kindle Edition)
This book is better than its predecessor, A Beautiful Struggle. The main characters are more developed and the story has more to keep you interested. This is still more of a "fill the time" read. Great for traveling, easy to pick up where you left off.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love, April 19, 2013

By 
Melinda Lewis - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   

Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: A Beautiful Forever (Kindle Edition)
loved the story line, a must read for all hope to read more books by Lillana Anderson, well tell all my friend to read this one





So there we have it - my reviews for both A Beautiful books this week - poor little Confidante didn't get any so it will sit quietly in the corner for now lol! 

One of the highlights of my day is reading reviews - even the bad ones! I know that at first it was hard to be criticised but as I'm travelling along, I'm starting to be able to read them and take the important parts that will help me be a better writer. 

Although, it's a very happy day when my reviews are all good! I especially love that Melinda Lewis said that she was going to tell all of her friends! That made me smile all day!

So thank you, thank you to all of the readers who take their time to review. I do read every single review I find and I give you all a big hug in my mind each time. 

Having someone like your work enough to click those little stars and write a passage about what they thought is a very amazing thing! 

Til tomorrow, when I start all over again w

 
While I'm sure you've all enjoyed some different blog posts from me for a while. I'm afraid I have to return to blogging about how I'm travelling with Alter. 

Those of you who follow me on facebook already know most of this because I am constantly banging on about how far into rewrites I am.

The good news is, that I have finished the first run through and have added a good 10 thousand words to the manuscript.  

The bad news is, that I'm not happy enough with it. My beta readers all came back with wonderful feedback and either loved or liked the story. So I know that it's on track but it still needs something more, something that I'm hoping I'll put my finger on as I do a second run through of the text.

This time I am editing as I go along,  I'm looking closely at my sentence structure and the way I'm setting the scene. I think that I have all of the important parts of the story in the right place,  it seems to be the little things that are lacking. I need to work fast though, because I'm due to send it back to beta readers by Monday. 

Time to get the coffee on and to get typing!
 
Today is the last day that all of my books will be only 99cents!

So go to Amazon and grab yourself a bargain!


http://www.amazon.com/Lilliana-Anderson/e/B0095NRQVE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lilliana-Anderson/e/B0095NRQVE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
 
Keep your eye on my Amazon Author page as I have just dropped the price of my entire catalogue to 99cents for 3 days only. 

So if you've been wanting to read more from me, now's your chance! 



 
Since there's only so many posts about how the rewrites are going for Alter that you can all stand (they're going great by the way, I'll have the first run through finished by the end of today) I thought I'd talk about some of the things I do in my downtime. 

My husband and I love searching for great TV series that we can watch together, and it looks like we've done just that with Da Vinci's Demons! 

I just started watching this last night and I have to say that so far, I'm really enjoying it. I love eccentric characters and I think that the creators of this show have done a great job showing the way his (Leonardo Da Vinci's) mind works. 

ABOUT THE SHOW

In a world where thought and faith are controlled, one man fights to set knowledge free. The secret history of Leonardo da Vinci's tantalizing life reveals a portrait of a young man tortured by a gift of superhuman genius. He is a heretic intent on exposing the lies of religion. An insurgent seeking to subvert an elitist society. A bastard son who yearns for legitimacy with his father. He finds himself in the midst of a storm that has been brewing for centuries. A conflict between truth and lies, religion and reason, past and future. His aspirations are used against him by the opposing forces of the time-luring him into a game of seduction where those who despise his intellect need him most. Leonardo must take up the fight against foes who use history to suppress the truth. A hero armed only with genius, Da Vinci stands alone against the darkness within, and the darkness without. Facing an uncertain future, his quest for knowledge nearly becomes his undoing as he explores the fringes of his own sanity. Da Vinci throws himself into his genius and emerges as an unstoppable force that lifts an entire era out of darkness and propels it into light. His story becomes a mirror into our own world, calling us all to join his fight to Free the Future.


Here's is the TV.com link, if you want to check it out! It's on   
http://www.tv.com/shows/da-vincis-demons/ 


 
I'd like to say that l am the one participating in the sports event but, it is my oldest son. 

His team played at 8:45 this morning, so l dragged myself, my husband and all four children down to the local footy oval to watch the game. 

I'm told that my son's team won, but l have no idea what the rules are so l couldn't really tell what was going on! 

Looks like I have a lot of learning to do over the next couple of months. In the meantime, l'm happy to cheer along with everyone else so I at least look like l know what's going on.

Happy Sunday everyone!