Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dead of Night by Carlyle Labuschagne

Happy Book Release to Carlyle!

I started talking to Carlyle online sometime before her first book came out and I had the pleasure of meeting her at UtopYA this past year. If you haven't checked out her books, please do. She is amazing and one of the nicest people I've ever met. :)

Dead of Night was first published in 2014 in the USA

Nominated by best
kindle hub for Best Dystopian 2014 

Nominated for
UtopYAcon Best Dystopian book 2015

And has since been re edited with new content for

Fire Quill Publishers

In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist, but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.

World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about - to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny. To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous. And Illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are inexcusable.
But to love is the greatest betrayal of all man kind. It is a fault the world has long forgotten and punishable by death, a fatal risk Aecker and Opel are fully prepared to take - because in love there is freedom. But how far can they push back before it claims their lives and of those they care about?

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Connect with the Author

Carlyle is an South African award winning author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story she creates. For now she is happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi believers.
Her goal as an author is to touch people's lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.
"I love to swim, fight for the trees, and am a food lover who is driven by my passion for life. I dream that one day my stories will change the lives of countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them instead of worrying about fitting in. Never sacrifice who you are, its in the dark times that the light comes to life."

Carlyle used writing as a healing tool and that is why she started her very own writers support event - SAIR bookfestival.
 "To be a helping hand for those who strive to become full times writers, editors, bloggers, readers and cover artists - its a crazy world out there you dont have to go it alone!"
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Founder of 
SAIR Book Festival
Co Founder of Fire Quill Publishing.
Founder of Help build a library in South Africa. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sudden Hope

Sudden Hope, my first novel outside of the fantasy/paranormal world, is now available!

Here is a little about Sudden Hope and what readers are saying about it. :) 

Alec is a seventeen-year-old who has endured more in life than anyone should have to. Seeing his neighbor and ex-bestfriend, Skylar, struggle after a tragic loss, Alec makes it his mission to show her that life is worth living. 

Little does he know that he will learn that same lesson.

"Ok this review is hard to write. This book is beyond amazing. There are no words for how good this book is. There is so much to this story. So much heartache and sadness but also love and happiness. There is something in this story that all of us can relate to and something to touch all of our hearts. Daniele Lanzarotta I definitely think for your first contemporary romance you hit this one out of the park!" 
- Crazy Chix Book Reviews 

"I loved this book. It deals with teen bullying and violence that are so prevalent and often overlooked until it is too late. The main characters Sky and Alec along with the supporting characters are well written and you feel like you know them or grew up with them. I adore the love story and the message of hope when you feel there is no hope left. Highly recommend this book for Young Adults as well as Adults." 
- Brenda Lochinger

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Also available on iBooks

(Coming soon to B&N Nook)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Bone Chilling! Author of Generations Apart Reacts to Lady Gaga's Music Video - Til It Happens To You

Hi everyone, 

I have a special guest today! Lucille Griswold is the author of Generations Apart, a novel that shows the life-long impact of sexual assault. In Generations Apart, the assault happened in a college campus decades ago. It makes us question just how much things have changed since, if at all. Sometimes it feels that the only difference between then and now is that we hear more about it now with news being on social media... 
One in five college women will be sexually assaulted this year unless something changes, and something NEEDS to change.   

Guest Post from Lucille Griswold.

Bone Chilling!

You won't know how it feels Til It Happens To You.  No words could be more true.  I hope what happens in the Lady Gaga video never happens to anyone, as no individual deserves to be violated nor to experience how it really feels.  Coincidence, or not, this video came out around the same time as my book Generations Apart.  What happens in my book took place on a college campus and the same can be said for this video that says one in five young women will be sexually assaulted on college campuses this year.  The violation in Generations Apart is instigated by a pervert, or one might call the character a villain or criminal.  A pervert is defined as one who misrepresents himself, but  the character Ben knew exactly what he was doing.  What I find disturbing in this video is that these rapes appear to be committed by so called friends of the victims.  Today, a hotline is there to help the victims.  In years past, one was urged to keep a rape a secret.  Perhaps in this one way we have then advanced.  While in reality we are told what we wear and what we do should not matter where sexual abuse is concerned, and of course this should be true, Ben in Generations Apart was turned on by a girl dressed in a skimpy outfit.  Is it our intention to tell a disturbed mind how to think?  Or, are we hopefully attempting to avoid confrontation.  Would we intentionally flaunt expensive jewelry on our persona while being in an area known for its crime?  Think about it!
Why are friends raping friends?  What happened to showing respect for one another?  Is the media  to blame where every show on HBO, Showtime or whatever channel must have the habitual totally naked sex scene done from every angle imagineable?  Are people so lacking in any type of morals and knowledge of beautiful sexual encounters that they must watch these scenes in order to appreciate the totality of the show?  Do they need these shows to become sexually stimulated? If this is true folks, it is a sad situation.
Could the mixing of males and females in the dorms be the reason for the increase in sexual crimes?  Is liquor the reason?  Is it a lack of personal self esteem?  Is it ok for a young woman to instigate sex and at the point of no return say she is not interested?  Is the young man's object only to conquer his prey?  Watching a video such as this one is not going to change things unless we have a proper dialogue to discover why these young college students are so inclined to succumb to unsolicited sexual advances.  Or, in other situations to have sex forced upon them.  How do we get either the victim or the perpetrator to not be so self indulgent?  Let's face it, sexual appetites have been around since the beginning of creation, so that in itself is not the problem.  These young women need to be told they are worth something before a crime is committed, not after, so they will know better how to avoid a bad situation. Young men need to learn that REAL men respect and honor women.  Real men idolize a woman's body instead of abusing it.
These are a lot of questions that need answers.  The answers need to not only come from the young females, but also from the young males.  The old fashioned saying of "it takes two to tango" still applies.  It does no good to question only one sex if individuals do not know or understand the other sex and their point of view as well.  Get the dialogue started parents, advisors, counselors, professors, friends, students.  Stop this abusive crime, and the sooner the better.
Generations Apart is available on, Kindle, iBooks, and Nook.