Muse & Views: Whyborne & Griffin Book Series…

BEYOND THE WRITING DESK_opt (1)When I started writing this blog, I wanted to share interests and opinions, and in doing so I started reviewing things. Unfortunately, I stumbled across a lot of things I didn’t like, and I didn’t want this to become a negative space, so I decided I would only write about things I like. Then, with work and studying, I just didn’t have time to write much in the way of blog posts at all. Now that things have calmed the f*** down I want to share my enjoyment of a few favourite things. First off is a book series I stumbled across last year…

Image result for whyborne and griffinWhyborne and Griffin by Jordan L. Hawk, is a supernatural horror series set in the late 18th century, turn of the 19th century, following the titular characters as they are drawn into Lovecraftian mysteries. My enjoyment of Whyborne and Griffin’s is largely down to these two central characters. Whyborne starts of painfully insecure thanks to an oppressive father and spiteful brother, and is hiding within his work studying ancient languages within the Widdershins museum. He is both sympathetic through his experiences, and frustrating with his pervasive negative twist on the positive. I suspect he would’ve withered away if it wasn’t for a chance encounter with the confident, dashing Griffin. Yet, Griffin, a private detective, is damaged in his own way, and despite his self-confidence and charm, he is more broken than Whyborne through experiences much darker and more haunting than Whyborne’s.

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War of the Worlds: Aftermath…

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‘War of the Worlds: Aftermath’ is Tony Wright’s direct sequel to H.G. Wells’ alien invasion novel. I love ‘War of the Worlds’ and I’m still waiting for a faithful movie adaptation set in the Victorian period–so a direct sequel?! I downloaded it on my Kindle as soon as I spotted it.

In ‘War of the Worlds: Aftermath’, Wright returns us to the narrator from the original novel, in a world rebuilding itself after the war. The narrator, John Smith, due to his public viewpoint of the war, is called upon by the government to bear witness and document the progress in Britain’s work with the Martian’s abandoned technology–in what is a race to be ready for another invasion attempt. But while our eyes are on Mars, a threat is building on Earth…

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‘Ivory’ (an excerpt)…

IVORY4a‘Ivory’ was the first novel I wrote. It’s about Martin, an artist and family man who has lost his passion in life. That is until the fateful night he runs down a young woman with curious features–white skin and hair, and black eyes. She should be frightening, yet Martin becomes obsessed with her unnatural beauty, ignoring the warnings that lust, corruption and death walk with her…

The story has evolved over the years, but essentially the plot has stayed the same. It’s also been a little bit like marmite–people either really like it, or they hate it. Because of that I was keen to have the input of an editor, and she advised that too little of the questions surrounding Ivory and her keeper were answered. It was intended to be the first part of a series, and I had held back some of the answers, so I decided against a series and fleshed out the back story and mythology around Ivory in the rewrite so ‘Ivory’ can be a standalone tale to be read and understood on it’s own merits.

Now, ‘Ivory’ has been unleashed for over a year on Amazon… and… she’s not getting much love. Very few sales, and only one (precious and appreciated) review. So, let’s see if I can tempt you into reading about the mysterious Ivory and leave you wanting more…
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