We owe it to each other to tell stories - Neil Gaiman

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Blog Tour: The Legacy - Melissa Delport

One man obsessed with power.

One woman prepared to sacrifice everything to stop him.

One war that changed the world.

“World War Three lasted twelve days. Twelve days was all it took for mankind to devastate the planet and almost eradicate the human race. No victor emerged from the ashes and billions lost their lives.

We survivors lived through the bleakest of winters. A primal existence became the new order, and the little that remained of our humanity hung in the balance.

Then one man stood up and changed the world. I believed, as did everyone else, that he was the hero of our time, the man who had saved us from our own demise. His name is Eric Dane and he is the President of the New United States of America. 

He is also my husband, and my greatest enemy.

I grew up oblivious to the truth, until my father found me when I was nineteen years old. He told me about the many horrifying facts that our new leader kept hidden from us. And he told me that beyond the borders the Resistance grew and fought for freedom from the oppression that Eric Dane had imposed on us.

My name is Rebecca Davis. I am twenty-six years old, and in me the Resistance has found the ultimate weapon.”

A narrative of good and evil, love and passion, right and wrong – and at the centre of the story a strong woman who is prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause she believes in.

The Legacy is an action-packed, adrenalin-inducing thrill ride which will leave you riveted long after you have turned the last page.

TITLE: The Legacy
SERIES: Book 1 of The Legacy Trilogy
AUTHOR: Melissa Delport
PRINT ISBN: 978-0-620-59636-7
eISBN: 978-0-620-59637-4
PAGES: 366 pages
WORD COUNT: 99 160
GENRE: Speculative Fiction
MARKET: Adults (with crossover to the 16+ reader)
PUBLISHER: Tracey McDonald Publishers
Amazon.com - HERE
Amazon.co.uk - HERE
Barnes & Noble - HERE
Kobo - HERE
Kalahari.com – HERE
The Legacy is available at most bookshops in South Africa, or you can order it online:
Kalahari.com – HERE
Takealot.com – HERE
Loot.co.za - HERE
Wife and mother of 3, Melissa Delport is the author of The Legacy Trilogy and the stand-alone self-published e.books Rainfall and The Traveler.
She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2000
At the age of twenty-four Melissa started a logistics company (Transmax) from the spare room of her flat and built it up to two fully operational depots in Durban and Johannesburg. Now, 10 years later, she has sold her business in order to write full time.
Melissa lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The Legacy (book 1 of The Legacy Trilogy) and The Legion (book 2) are available now and the final book, The Legend, will be released early 2015.
An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop ‘watching from the sidelines’ and to do what is her passion.
“I was driving home from work when inspiration struck, and a storyline started unravelling in my head. For a few days it was all I could think about and eventually I realised that the only way to get it out of my head, was to put it all down on paper. I started writing, and that was that.”
The Legacy Trilogy Website: www.thelegacytrilogy.com
Publisher’s website: www.traceymcdonaldpublishers.com
Twitter Hashtag for the book blog tour: #TheLegacyBlogTour

Character Outlines - The Legacy by Melissa Delport

Today, we are quite lucky to have Melissa Delport over at Bibliophilia giving us an outline of the characters in her nail biting trilogy The Legacy. Over to you, Melissa...
One of the things I consider most important in any book is character development. For a reader to truly immerse themselves in a story it is imperative that they can connect with the main characters, and in order to do this, your characters need to be well-rounded and fully fleshed-out.

The Legacy Trilogy encompasses a variety of diverse characters, each with their own unique attributes and mannerisms. Here are a few of the main characters, summed up in a few short lines.

Rebecca Davis: The strong and fiery leader of The Legion, Rebecca’s commitment to the Resistance knows no bounds. She is prepared to sacrifice everything in order to protect the people that she loves, and will become the Resistance’s ultimate weapon.

Aidan Moore: Rebecca’s childhood friend and the love of her life, Aidan is dependable, pure and honest and he represents everything that Rebecca is fighting for.

Reed McCoy: Created as Rebecca’s equal, Reed is courageous and fiercely protective, but at the same time he is not afraid to challenge her. Sarcastic, sexy and rugged, he is Rebecca’s greatest temptation, while also being her greatest asset.

Eric Dane: Eric is the President of the New United States. Charismatic, arrogant and cruel, he is Rebecca’s husband and her greatest enemy. A narcissistic, power-hungry tyrant, Eric will stop at nothing in his quest for control.

Kwan Lee: Warrior and mentor, Kwan is the voice of reason and he keeps Rebecca grounded, while determined to seek retribution. Kwan has his own score to settle with Eric Dane.

Michael Kelly: 16-year-old Michael is naive, quirky, and the eternal optimist. Fun-loving to a fault, he is a stark contrast to his older sister, Morgan.

Morgan Kelly: Reckless, sassy, sullen Morgan is a thorn in Rebecca’s side, but there is a vulnerability about her that is endearing. Her protectiveness over her brother is admirable. Morgan is the girl we love to hate.

Jonathan Moore: The only father Rebecca has ever known, Jonathan is Aidan’s biological father and has been in Rebecca’s life since before she was born. A giant of a man, Jonathan has always protected Rebecca and he thinks of her as his own.

Jeffrey Davis: Rebecca’s biological father, believed dead for most of her life. Jeffrey is a serious, stern man, and one of the founders of the Resistance. His sense of loyalty and patriotism is inspiring, although his stoic, steadfast manner initially keeps Rebecca at arms length.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Sharp Edges - S.A. Partridge

Title: Sharp Edges

Author: S.A. Partridge

Pages: 192

Publisher: Human and Rosseau

Source: Review Copy

The Synopsis

Six friends attend a music festival in the Cedarberg.Only five come back. For her seventeenth birthday Demi Crowley invites her five closest friends to join her at a party to end all parties. But what was supposed to be the night of their lives soon becomes a nightmare none of them will ever forget.

The Review

It has taken me quite a while to get a concise review penned that comes close to conveying my feelings and thoughts on Sharp Edges by local author S.A. Partridge. Despite this taking months, I am not sure if I am yet able to write a review that is worthy of the message that the book carries across. 

To help you understand, the closest comparison I can make -for those of you who have yet to read- Sharp Edges, is the British series Skins. Much like Skins, Sharp Edges manages to brilliantly switch between the perspectives of the many characters involved to give a fuller picture of the story. A picture as faceted as those involved – because we all know there is more than one side to a story.
At the heart of Sharp Edges is a story of a group of teenage friends who plan a weekend away at a music festival for everyone’s best friend – Demi’s birthday. As you will have gathered from the synopsis above, there is not a happy ending; through shifting between the perspectives of each of those involved in what was supposed to be the best weekend ever, you glean two perspectives from each of those involved – during and having to live afterwards.

I was a bit confused initially when I started reading Sharp Edges, but once I got to the third perspective it all started to fall into place and I started to see the picture that S.A. Partridge was putting together for us using shards from the experience of those involved.  

Sharp Edges is a chilling story of how the best laid out plans can go awry and no matter how hard you try you cannot escape from the consequences of your actions. I think Sharp Edges will resonate quite deeply with those who have suffered from a tragedy and are left behind to put the pieces together to try and figure out how it all happened, and how to go on with their lives. For those who have experienced the loss of a friend Sharp Edges will help you to see that grief takes on many forms, and is very rarely rational. Sharp Edges will help you to see that even though your world stops turning when someone near to you dies, it continues to turn, and you have to get back to living your life no matter how difficult it may be. 

Sharp Edges, much like Dark Poppy’s Demise should be compulsory on all high school reading lists.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Books I'm Looking Forward To - Shotgun Lovesongs - Nickolas Butler

Books I'm Looking Forward To is something new that I am going to be trying here on Bibliophilia, it is helpful in two ways:

1) I can share with all of you the books that I am looking forward to reading *all the better to spread the bookish word...*

2) I am constantly losing my list of books that I would like to read and or buy, so this way it is someplace permanent.

In this week's Books I'm Looking Forward To, here is a little bit about Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler to whet your reading appetite...

Henry, Lee, Kip and Ronny grew up together in rural Wisconsin. Friends since childhood, their lives all began the same way, but have since taken very different paths. Henry stayed on the family farm and married his first love, whilst the others left in search of a better life. Ronnie became a rodeo star, Kip made his fortune on city stocks, and musician Lee found fame - but heartbreak too. 

Now all four are back in town for a wedding, each of them hoping to recapture their old closeness but are confronted with how much things have changed. Amid the happiness of reunion and celebration, old rivalries resurface and a wife's secret threatens to tear both a marriage and a friendship apart.

This is a novel about the things that matter - love and loyalty, the power of music and the beauty of nature - told in a uniquely beautiful, warm-hearted and profound way as it explores the age old question of whether we can ever truly come home. 

Sounds absolutely riveting, doesn't it?

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Books I'm Looking Forward To : Life Drawing - Robin Black

Books I'm Looking Forward To is something new that I am going to be trying here on Bibliophilia, it is helpful in two ways:

1) I can share with all of you the books that I am looking forward to reading *all the better to spread the bookish word...*

2) I am constantly losing my list of books that I would like to read and or buy, so this way it is someplace permanent.

In this week's Books I'm Looking Forward To, here is a little bit about Life Drawing by Robin Black to whet your reading appetite...

Life Drawing is a fierce, honest and moving story of married life - its betrayals, intimacies, and secrets. 

Augusta and Owen have taken the leap. Leaving the city and its troubling memories behind, they have moved to the country for  solitary life where they can devote their days to each other and their art, where Gus can paint and Owen can write. 

But the facts of the past betrayal prove harder to escape than urban life. Ancient jealousies and resentments haunt their marriage and their rural paradise.

When Alison Hemmings moves into the empty house next door, Gus is drawn out of isolation, despite her own qualms and Owen's suspicions. As the new relationship deepens, the lives of the two households grow more and more tightly intertwined. It will take only new arrival to intensify emotions to breaking point. 

Fierce, honest and astonishingly gripping, Life Drawing is a novel as beautiful and unsparing as the human heart.