Saturday 16 March 2013

Julieanne Lynch Author spotlight and Giveaway

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Fiery Librarian Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, where she works on her Shadows Trilogy and other series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path.However, she decided writing was the way for her and believes all of her education and reading prepared her for it.

An avid reader, Julieanne has always had an encompassing fascination with folklore. When not writing, she enjoys crime series such as Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS and Cold Case, and loves anything with Vampires, listening to metal, meeting new people, drinking lots of green tea, and sharing her dreams with her children. She is a self-professed Goth wanna-be, and is happy when left to write into the early hours of the morning.

Julieanne also writes under the pen name J.A. Lynch Julieanne's YA series, The Shadows Trilogy, is published by Vamptasy Publishing and thus far contains Within the Shadows and Escaping Shadows. It follows the war between vampires and shadow creatures. Giselle Bergman, an 18-year old human girl, falls victim to a scheme by one of her closest childhood friends, and embarks on a journey that sees her become the center of a battle between good and evil.

Within The Shadows (Shadow World, #1)Within The Shadows

Book Synopsis

Living on the razors edge, Giselle Burgman's life is torn apart by her cheating boyfriend. Little does she realise that he is the least of her worries when her long-term friend Alex introduces her to his family and a new, darker world. A world of lies, deceit and corruption. Thrown from one problem straight into another, the razors edge gets thinner and sharper, testing Giselle's sanity and vitality. Not even she can hide when living within the shadows.

My review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At the beginning of this story we find Giselle discovering her boyfriend of 4 years has recently cheated on her when she finds a dvd of his indiscretion in her school locker, reeling from the shock she calls Alex (who she refers to as her knight in shining armour), who quickly promises she will feel better once she gets her revenge at Prom. It's at prom that things really start to go wrong for Giselle. After showing the home movie to everyone, she runs out into the night, only to find a strange man watching her, as she runs away from him she bumps into Alex, who is suddenly acting strange. He then gives her the choice of going with him willingly, or being destroyed. With no choice really Giselle chooses to live.

From here on in its one plot twist after another and I worried I would get whiplash, but it was incredibly easy to follow and I couldn't put it down.

As Giselle says "In such a short period of time I had been turned into some new breed of vampire, been married, knocked up, found out my mother was seriously ill, been kidnapped by creatures of the shadow world, slept with my father-in-law, and just when I thought I had fallen in love with him, he was taken from me."

The book ends with Giselle running for her life and that of her unborn child. Running from her husband, running from shadow creatures who want her to be their Queen (not as nice as it sounds), running from people who want to take her child and use it for evil. Unsure of whom to trust she is relying only on Antoine to keep them safe.

Within the Shadows feels like the prequel to the real story yet to come, but its a story I'm glad I have read and I look forward to the next instalment.
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Escaping Shadows (Shadow World Book #2)Escaping Shadows

Book Synopsis.

Giselle has barely had time to accept her new life, never mind the prospect of motherhood, but she finds herself, yet again thrown into chaos, only this time there is more than just her life at stake. 
With vampires and shadow creatures vying for her life, can Giselle escape the darkness consuming her, or will she finally descend into the world of shadows?

My review.

My rating 5 of 5 stars

When we first meet Giselle in Within the Shadows she is a very naive teenager. She follows blindly with whatever she is told, who to trust, when to run etc. If you are looking for some more of that girl in this book then you will be disappointed. Giselle has grown up so much since we first met her that sometimes she is almost unrecognisable, she is still Giselle she still has doubts about who to trust but now she is starting to trust herself and her own instincts. And she is no longer driven by herself, she's driven by her need to protect her baby.

Once again we find ourselves in a story that is constantly moving, constantly turning, leaving the reader wondering what is going on never knowing who to trust. And its this aspect of Lynch's writing that I enjoy the most. I never know what's going to happen next, I never know if I can fully trust a character, and I guess that's how Giselle feels.

I am really looking forward to seeing how this develops in the next instalment.
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Bitter Kisses (The Shadow Series)Bitter Kisses

Book Synopsis

In a world full of fantastical wonder, one lone vampire walks headfirst into an old age battle, but what he meets he is ill prepared for. Antoine Vilniv, beautiful, cunning and dangerous, never bargained for an angel willing to give her life for his.
Through impossible elements a life long friendship is forged, but with it comes a curse. 
Could even the impossible become the possible? Could stolen moments ever be anything more than bitter kisses?
Join Antoine and Ysoriel as you've never seen them before.
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An Early Winter ( a short story)An Early Winter

Book synopsis

Only the truest of love can overcome the darkness of the unknown,where one girl finds eternal happiness, another is damned from existence.

Can true love really free you from the shackles? Or is temptation a road well traveled?
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One lucky winner will win both books in the Shadow World series. That's right TWO books for one lucky winner.

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  1. The books are awesome, I loved them. Did you enter the giveaway Ashley? I cant see any entries from you. Simply click on the link that says Rafflecopter Giveaway (just above the follower links) to enter for your chance to win. Best be quick as the competition closes tonight.


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