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Caroline was born In Chatham Kent in 1970. She now lives in Yorkshire with her daughter and their five mad cats.
Her first memories of any book would have been her mother reading The Enormous Turnip.
Caroline grew up with the classics; Little Women, The Railway Children. But it would have been The House That Died and Bluebeard that she can remember wanting to read.
Caroline’s first encounter with writing was a school competition. A new school song was needed, four verses in total. Being chosen as a winner for one of those verses was great, and gave Caroline quite the confidence boost. Caroline stopped reading so much in her late teens to her mid twenties. Life seemed to always be too busy for that pile of books she, so wanted to read. It was when she went into hospital for a extended stay to have her daughter, that gave time for Caroline to start reading again.
It wasn’t until Caroline was in her late twenties that the urge to write resurfaced. Spending a few years trying to complete an online creative writer’s course without much success, this led her to what she is writing now. So never give up if you really want to write!
Caroline is very influenced by Fantasy fiction / Horror, most of the books she reads are in this genre. She had many authors influence her over the years, Anne Rice in the beginning, also Laurel K Hamilton, one of her biggest heroes. Caroline discovered the world of Indie Authors when she moved onto E-books. She discovered there are literally thousands of very talented Indie Authors out there, and they are always happy to say hello.
Welcome to the Family has now been published, Nikki’s Revenge should be out late summer 2013, and Protecting the Family towards the end of 2013.
on June 21, 2013 :
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to the Family tells the story of Angela (Angel) through her eyes as she moves from her life as a not very successful human into a word of vampires and were creatures she never dreamed existed.
As a debut novel you can definitely tell that the author is still finding her feet when it comes to getting the story across with some of it feeling a little rushed, as if she had so much to tell us and didn’t know quite how to pace it.
That being said the story itself is a good one. Although there are many themes and ideas that feel well known and have been used before this particular version seemed fresh and never left me feeling as though I had read it all before (which when you have read as many of these as I have is always a good thing. Fringe sanctions within any set up like this are to be expected but there were definite storyline spins I didn’t see coming.
An adult rated book for sure due to the sexual nature of some of the scenes but nothing I think will offend any frequent reader of this genre.
Overall I would say it was a good first showing. I would definitely like to see where this story goes but my one piece of advice would be for the author to take a breath. Whilst nobody likes a book that drags on forever with no story sometimes it is better not to rush us through everything at break neck speed. Remember that while as a writer YOU know everything that is going on ….. sometimes us readers need a little hint so that we can see all that you dreamed we would.
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(reviewed within a week of purchase)