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  1. Book review: Return to Tamarlin by K. M. Steele

    It is rare that I read a general fiction novel set in rural Australia. I thought I better spread my wings a little, so here’s my review of Return to Tamarlin by K. M. Steele.

    “When Tamara Slender disappears from an isolated property in Western NSW in 1975, gossip runs wild with rumours she has run off with a local man, Roger Bryte.
    Months later, Tamara’s teenage daughters, Nancy and Mary, realise they encountered Bryte in caves on their property the day before their mother disappeared. Despite their suspicions, their father refuses to involve the police, and the girl’s grief, fuelled by the town gossips and their father’s inaction, ...
  2. My #GranParks author interview on Jera’s Jamboree

    Big thanks to Shaz of Jera’s Jamboree for inviting me to answer her interesting questions! Here I reveal the inside story of The Legacy of Old Gran Parks.
    “Please summarise The Legacy of Gran Parks in 20 words or less.
    In a lawless town in a coastal wilderness, four women encounter four deviant men. Gran Parks stands at the crossroads.

    What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
    I started with the setting. A friend and former neighbour had relocated to a remote town deep in the forest on Australia’s south-eastern corner. I know the town as I have passed through it many times on my way up the coast from Melbourne. Cann River is a coach stop; it’s where tourists pull in for a rest after driving through the forest ...
  3. Book review: Them by James Watts

    Continuing my run of horror novel reviews, I am delighted to share my review of Them by James Watts.

    “Ray Sanders returns home from Florida to bury his mother.
    Soon, the supernatural evidence behind his mother’s demise begins to surface in the form of dreams and mysterious happenings.
    During all of the madness, Sanders must face his destiny and vanquish the generations-old evil that has plagued his family since the 1800’s…
    In 1854, Louis Sanders, with the help of Elias Atkins, dug a well to provide water to the family farm. What they did not anticipate was the water to be infested ...
  4. The Legacy of Old Gran Parks’ Book Tour wrap up

    First, I would like to thank Faye Rogers for her efforts in organising this book tour and all those book bloggers who read my book and wrote some fabulous reviews. The tour has had its highs and lows. Here are my reflections:
    When a new book comes out, it is the job of authors and publishers to go on the hunt for reviews. The more the better and the one place we want them all to end up is on Amazon, because Amazon counts reviews and based on the number (not the quality) it will activate its own internal promotion of your book. We need 20-25, or better still 50, to be taken seriously. Less than 10 looks sad. To make matters even harder, Amazon splits the reviews up, so a review posted on the UK site or the AU site does not appear on the ...
  5. Blog Tour + Review : The Legacy of Old Gran Parks by Isobel Blackthorn

    A fabulous review of The Legacy of Old Gran Parks!

    Bibliophile Angel Book Review Blog

    Set in Cann River in Australia’s rugged southern wilderness, The Legacy of Old Gran Parks is a tale of a remote town haunted by a legacy, a legacy with ominous consequences.
    It’s a warm evening in the autumn of 1983 when Miriam Forster rolls into town in her broken down car.
    Frankie the deer hunter, is up in the forested hinterland with her gun. ...
  6. Book review: The Amnesia Girl by Gerri R. Gray

    The horror genre is vast and catches comedy in its net. Gerri Gray’s The Amnesia Girl is a shining example of top-class comedy-horror.

    “Filled with copious amounts of black humor, Gerri R. Gray’s first published novel is an offbeat adventure story that could be described as One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Thelma and Louise.
    Flashback to 1974. Farika is a lovely young woman who wakes up one day to find herself a patient in a bizarre New York City psychiatric asylum. She has no idea who she is, and possesses no memories of where she came from nor how she got there.
    Fearing for her life after being attacked ...
  7. Review: Captor by Anita Waller

    I’ve had a short detour into the realm of thrillers with Anita Waller’s smashing read, Captor.

    “Liz Chambers is a devoted mother who works for a successful law firm. She has two children, a husband and a blossoming career. But behind closed doors, Liz is harbouring a secret that could destroy her life.
    Then the unthinkable happens, and in a frenzied attack, her young son is snatched from the home of the childminder charged with looking after him.
    As Liz’s life unfolds, it becomes clear that someone is out for revenge.
    Desperate to get her baby boy back, Liz must work out who is responsible for his kidnap, and why. ...
  8. Uncaged Book Reviews magazine showcase author!

    I’m delighted to share the April 2018 issue of Uncaged Book Reviews April 2018 magazine. An excerpt of The Legacy of Old Gran Parks appears on pages 44-5

    You can read the whole magazine here.

  9. The Legacy of Old Gran Parks book tour

    I’m delighted to announce my upcoming book tour for The Legacy of Old Gran Parks.
    Fourteen days of reviews! Many thanks to Faye Rogers for organising and to all the book bloggers involved.

  10. Isobel Blackthorn takes over Roadie Notes

    I’m delighted to re-blog my guest post on Roadies Notes on the making of my latest novel, The Legacy of Old Gran Parks. Check out the story behind the story.

    Roadie Notes
    One of the things I love is finding out where the ideas for the stories we read come from. Some are real places, some dark dreams but most are from the incredible creative minds of my writer friends! What follows is Isobel Blackthorn telling us all about her newest book, it is one you want to read! The link to purchase this awesome book is following her telling of how it all started……
    The Making of The Legacy of Old Gran Parks
    Stories come from mysterious ...
  11. An interview with author James Watts

    I am delighted to welcome on my blog author James Watts, whose debut horror novel Them was released by HellBound Books spring 2018.
    Tell me a little about yourself James. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
    I grew up in the small town of West Jefferson, Alabama. Born in Birmingham, Alabama on March 17, 1976.  A few years after high school I moved to Panama City, Fl for around 10 years. I moved back to Alabama 5 years ago and currently live in my old home town of West Jefferson.

    At what age did you realise your fascination with horror?
    It was pretty early on, around the age of 6 or7. My older sisters and ...
  12. Book review: The Visitors by Catherine Burns

    Horror fiction takes many forms. Good horror is an art form, one that requires considerable mastery and imagination. Psychological horror shades into dark fiction – bleak, gothic at times, often literary – and as ever, books can be hard to categorise. Catherine Burn’s The Visitors is one of those books.

    I’m only sharing some of the blurb as I think the rest is a spoiler.
    “Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the ...
  13. The Legacy of Old Gran Parks cover reveal!

    I’m thrilled to share the cover of my latest novel, The Legacy of Old Gran Parks, available from 31st March, 2018. It’s a dark comedy thriller and I had such a lot of fun writing the story. Big thanks to all the team at HellBound Books for believing in my work and being generally amazing! A huge thank you to local photographer Wesley Stephens for his photo of Point Hicks lighthouse, and a very special mention to local resident and dear friend Cassarndra Skarratt, without whom this book would never have been written. ‘Gran Parks’ is available for pre-order too – see below. Stay tuned for details of the official launch on 12th May at the Cann River hotel!
  14. Stunning *****5 star review***** of The Cabin Sessions!

    For once I am sharing a review of one of my own titles just in on Amazon. It isn’t every day an author receives such high praise.
    The Cabin Sessions – for those who like their horror dark and psychological. “Well!
    Talk about being blown away.
    If you are in search of a stonking read with delicious descriptions – chilling horror (very psychological in places) and perfect prose then this is the book for you.
    The horror was delivered with sophistication and stealth – so much so that when I wanted to pull back or run for cover I couldn’t.
    The story telling is masterly and I would class this book – author, as a modern day classic.
    Unique- individual- and unapologetic. ...
  15. Review: Harlequin’s Riddle by Rachel Nightingale

    Here’s my review of a sensational debut novel by Australian author and award-winning playwright, Rachel Nightingale. It might look like a YA fantasy novel, but don’t be fooled! Read on and discover why I am in rapture over this book.

    “The Gazini Players are proud to present
    For your Edification and Enjoyment
    Tales of great Joy, and of great Woe
    Ten years ago, Mina’s beloved older brother disappeared with a troupe of travelling players, and was never heard from again.
    On the eve of Mina’s own departure with a troupe, her father tells her she has a special gift for story telling, ...