This is the blog of Samie Sands, author of Lockdown. There will be many great books and projects reviewed here. For more, check out thelockdown.co.uk.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

My Soul To Keep (yresruN semyhR) by @sonnenbooks

My Soul To Keep (yresruN semyhR) by [Sonnenberg, Jackie]
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
If I shall die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take…

When thirteen-year-old Sky Monroe arrives at her new boarding school, all she can think about is death and connecting with the afterlife. Soon she discovers her school’s spirituality group called Guardians of Light—and they have a secret.
The Guardians of Light can speak with the dead…

When Mitchell Brooks, the teacher and leader of the group, reveals this unnerving secret to Sky—though this is exactly what she believed she wanted—she learns the organization is rapidly becoming a cult. Now she’s concerned she and her friend Damien will not be permitted to walk away.
Danger and death lurk around every corner…

The campus house, where Sky resides, is haunted, and the spirits have their own agenda. December 21, 2012 threatens the end of the world, and Mitchell and the spirits have special plans in store. They just might bring Sky closer to the afterlife—and possibly beyond—than she ever imagined.

Sky is looking for a connection to the afterlife, but what she finds may be more than she bargained for…because what lies after life is death.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

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“Will you marry me?”

Four words I’ve waited my whole life to hear. Four words I was sure would change my life forever…and they did. Just not in the way I expected.

Finding out my extremely gorgeous rock star boyfriend was about to propose had the complete opposite effect I thought it would. Rather than catapult me into a future I’ve always wanted, it plunged me back to a past I tried to forget.

Now I can’t get him out of my head. I can’t help but wonder what could have been, how our lives would have ended up if he didn’t leave me behind, a shattered mess.

All these memories are dangerous. They’re bringing my past back to ruin my future. And worst of all, they’re taking me right back to him, my childhood sweetheart, my first love…my biggest regret.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

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Leah Watton’s practical joke has spiralled way out of control—all to impress a crush…

With a prank online video, Leah hopes to catch the attention of Jake Colton, a cute, blond-haired, blue-eyed co-worker she’s had a crush on for months. But instead of sending it to Jake, she manages to forward the clip to her boss—who buys every gory second.

When mass panic ensues, Leah learns the video is more than a staged act…

The government is calling the virus AM13. As the outbreak spreads, citizens are forced to stay indoors while they assess the gravity of the illness. Most people are quarantined in their homes, but Leah, Jake, and Leah’s best friend Michelle are some of the unlucky few who are stuck at work when the Lockdown occurs.

That’s where she first encounters one of the infected…

Aside from a contaminated woman devouring one of her co-workers, Leah has another problem. Does she do as she’s ordered and stay at work? Or should she disobey government orders and break free to reunite with her family?

She can’t go it alone—after all, Leah has none of the skills needed to survive—but with Michelle and Jake by her side, not even a contagious virus and a sea of the dead can keep her from…

Breaking out of the Lockdown…

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

One Wrong Move by Angela Smith

One Wrong Move by [Smith, Angela]
Romance doesn’t fit into Camden Alexander’s hazardous line of work…

A DEA agent, Camden is deep undercover, posing as a chef on a dangerous drug operation. He wants to take down Darrell Weberley, the owner of the Vin Doux restaurant, who is suspected of manufacturing his own brand of designer drugs. The investigation leaves no time for romance, plus he can’t risk exposing his cover. His love ’em and leave ’em philosophy is the only thing that keeps his one night stands out of harm’s way.

Rayma O’Riley isn’t looking for a quick hook-up. She has her own agenda…

Rayma is bored with her position as anchorwoman for News 12. She misses the thrill of investigative reporting. When she receives an anonymous email about a lucrative restaurant manufacturing drugs, she decides to investigate the story in her free time. She quickly finds a source for information in the form of the handsome and flirty chef. She agrees to a date, thinking she can pry insider information out of Camden.

If Camden can’t convince Rayma to drop this investigation, Darrell will have both their heads…

Camden can’t blow his cover, but if Rayma doesn’t stop snooping around, he knows it will lead to trouble. He doesn’t want her getting hurt before he can take Darrell down. He tries to scare some sense into her, but Rayma releases an article about the restaurant’s below-the-law side business anyway.

Darrell Weberley isn’t the kind of man to let something like that go without punishment, and all it’s going to take is…

one wrong move.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

40 Tips on Creative Writing: A Guide for Writers to Turn Your Passion Into a Successful Book by Dan Buri

40 Tips on Creative Writing: A Guide for Writers to Turn Your Passion Into a Successful Book by [Buri, Dan]

Whether you’re just starting your writing journey or you've been writing for years, 40 Tips on Creative Writing is a must have guide for writers. Filled with inspiration, motivation, and helpful everyday writing tips, this book provides a fresh look at how to become published and find readers. For those writers just starting out, you'll find advice on how to find your voice as an author, how to foster successful writing habits, and how to avoid the dreaded writer's block. For those that have been writing for years and seen their works published before, you'll find fantastic motivation to re-energize and inspire your writing and excellent advice on how to grow your readership. 

The first half of 40 Tips on Creative Writing focuses on the writing process and how to hone the craft of being a writer. The tips help on how to become a more diligent writer, how to avoid common pitfalls of unsuccessful writers, and how to allow your passion for writing to come through in the words you put down on the page. The second half of the 40 Tips focuses on getting involved in the writer community, publishing, and marketing.

If you're writing a book, an essay, a poem, an article, or a journal, this book will help you refocus and invigorate your writing. 40 Tips on Creative Writing is an excellent guide for writers new and old. It is a great addition to any authors bookshelf and a fantastic gift for any writer!


Monday, 27 November 2017

Daisy and the Dead by @Sarah_OKC

Daisy and the Dead: (Book 1) by [Bale, Sarah]
Daisy has one goal – dodge the Dead long enough to find a way back to her family. When she’s discovered hiding in a barn after her camp is invaded, she realizes the real threat might be worse.

Whisked away by the mysterious Sir to a world she thought died when the virus spread, Daisy discovers that with power comes danger. Now her goal is to save the man who saved her.

Daisy thought it was the Dead she had to fear… But the Living make her fight for the love of her life.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Dead Beach by Patrick O’Donnell

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1. Could you tell me a little bit about yourself and your book series?
I'm a 53 year old man living 30 minutes outside of Milwaukee Wisconsin U.S.A. I was born in Chicago Il. and attended College in Wisconsin. I have worked in 24 hour restaurants, sold cars and tended bar. The last 23 years I have been a Police Sergeant in Milwaukee. I'm married and have a total of 4 kids and 3 dogs. I published two self-help books under pen names and I published book "Mad City" in my Sean Walsh Post Apocalyptic series. I'm currently working on the second book in the series "Dead Beach" In the first book the main character is a former Police Sergeant who was forced to retire early due to a bad shoot. Some time after that there was a limited nuclear war and the story begins with him dealing with a post apocalyptic world. He has to face his inner demons and find his children. He is forced to work for the new government as an agent in an effort to use their resources to find his children.

2. Where does the inspiration for your apocalyptic world come from?
Books, T.V. and movies. Also my experience as in the police department.

3. How long do you think you would survive the zombie apocalypse?
I think I would do pretty good. I like to think I'm a resilient kinda guy. I'm experienced with a variety of weapons and am proficient with them.

4. Who would you pick to play the characters in your books on the big screen?
Daniel Craig would do a good job. I hear he doesn't want to do James Bond anymore.

5. Can you describe your writing style in three words?
Easy, smooth flowing

6. Do you prefer writing heroes or villains?
I like 'less than perfect' heroes

7. Who is your favorite author and what's your favorite book?
I don't have a favorite. My top ones would be Steven King and A.R. Shaw, Boyd Craven, Craig Martelle and of course Samie Sands. I don't have a favorite book I like so many of them.

8. What do you like about writing horror?
I like the tension and 'life and death' situations I put my characters in.

9. What are you currently working on or what do you have planned for the future?
I'm currently about 30% done with the sequel to my first PA book. Depending on how this series does, I would like to continue it until it doesn't sell anymore. I would like to take a stab at comedy, more sci-fi and more self-help.

10. Where can people find out more about you?
My facebook page "Sean Walsh Post Apocalyptic Series", on Amazon, and email; mochaboone@yahoo.com