Review: Blind Date


3 stars

Read on November 21, 2014

Synopsis: A visually impaired woman has to decide whether to trust her date when he asks an important question.

Bookish Things: 9 pages. This story possesses a simplistic cover, I still quite like it though.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.87

My Review: 

Blind date is a newer short story by Tony. It’s very sensory, often painting the picture of the scene with the sense of smell or sound.
For such a short story it covers a wide range of themes. Dating can be daunting for anyone, but for a vision impaired young woman, it would take more courage than most.

To me, some of the writing, particularly early on, felt disjointed and choppy. Very unlike Tony’s usual work.

I really like the idea, but this one doesn’t feel as polished as Tony’s normal work.

Review: Binds by Rebecca Espinoza


2 stars

Read from November 17 to 19, 2014

Synopsis: Ophelia Brand’s life is in shambles. Married to an abusive man and forced to act like the perfect politician’s wife in public, her freedom has been completely stripped away. Alone and without purpose, Ophelia feels as if there isn’t much in this world to live for. Everything changes when an employee kidnaps her from a state dinner. Ophelia is thrust into a new world filled with people who claim to be an ancient race of Mages. They also claim that she is one of them.
While the country falls into the hands of a tyrannical dictator, Ophelia finds herself torn between the friendly Reece who wants nothing more than to protect her, and Spencer, the leader of the resistance who sees her as a tool to fight the war. Tensions run high as Reece and Spencer both try to help her master her powers and unravel the spells that restricted her from using them. As revelations of her past come to light, and the war is brought to her feet, Ophelia must quickly make a choice of who to trust.

Binds is the first in a series of adult urban fantasy novels with sexy Mages, a sugar skull army, and an unfortunate set of Hello Kitty pjs. Continue reading

The power of books


So here’s my first published creative non-fiction piece. A shout out to my favorite UK author too. Woohoo!!

Originally posted on CAPITAL LETTERS:

Words by Katt Pemble

Why do we write? Why do we read? And, is the answer to these questions the same?


Creative, by definition, is characterised by originality of thought. Why then, do we as writers, put pieces of ourselves into our work? Are we saying that our thoughts and ideas are original and worthy of consumption by the reading population?

The answer appears to have as many facets as the original question.

Tony Talbot is an independently published author of 23 pieces of fiction, ranging from delicious short stories, to novels in the Young Adult genre. His works have been steadily gaining popularity on the reading social networking site, Goodreads, since he joined in 2011.

His first novel, Over the Mountain, explores suicide, depression and the death of loved ones. The book follows Jenna, a teenage girl, and how she and her sleepy English town react to…

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Review: The Kings Ward


3 stars

Read from October 12 to 23, 2014

Synopsis: “Why? Why didn’t you see me?”
Calista’s anguished cry rings through the seventeen years of her life. Her question embodies a dream. A hope. A fervent prayer.
Someone please notice me, see me, know me.
Strangers walk into her in the street. Ignore her when she speaks. No one sees her unless she demands their attention. After just a moment’s stillness or and she is forgotten.
Calista walks like a ghost through her own life. No one sees her. No one ever has, and she believes no one ever will.
Calista searches for an answer to the one burning question of her life.
Why? Why does no one see me? Instead she finds Byron, a boy her own age. And suddenly everything changes. Like her, Byron is unseen. But he can see her.
And Byron can hear other people’s thoughts. Continue reading

Aurealis Awards call for 2015 Judges


Anyone keen to read some great Speculative Fiction?

Originally posted on Aurealis Awards:

AA logoApplications are now open for the 2015 Aurealis Awards judging panels. 

Please read the following information carefully before submitting your application as we cannot make exceptions to the requirements.

We are seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to judge for the 2015 Aurealis Awards. Judges are volunteers and are drawn from the Australian speculative fiction community, from diverse professions and backgrounds, including academics, booksellers, librarians, published authors, publishing industry professionals, reviewers and enthusiasts. The only qualification necessary is a demonstrated knowledge of and interest in their chosen category. All judges must be willing and able to read electronic entries in either mobi or epub format, which we accept in all categories. Graphic Novel entries may also be submitted in PDF. Print is still sometimes sent by entrants but we no longer require it.

Panel sizes may vary among categories – and from year to year – depending on the…

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