Soul’s Child Giveaway Winner

Congratulations carriefort29 you are the winner of an ebook copy of Soul’s Child. Dianne Gray should be in touch soon about getting your prize to you. I hope you enjoy the novel as much as I did, and once again- congrats!

Thank you to all that entered and remember that tomorrow’s the last day to enter Dianne Gray’s The Everything Theory giveaway.

Book Review + Giveaway: The Everything Theory

Title: The Everything Theory

Author: Dianne Gray

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Shortlisted in the 2009 Australian/New Zealand IP Awards. The mathematics of the pyramids, books of the Nine Unknown Men and numbered sequences concealed in ancient texts. When an amateur astronomer uncovers these mysteries he is caught in a deadly race to seek out the secrets of the past and carry them safely into the next age.

My Review: In all honesty, I’ve been sitting on this review for days now; not at all sure how to express myself. I don’t think my scrambled thoughts are going to get much better, so lets hope I manage to do this novel justice.

The Everything Theory is a brilliantly complex novel. The story revolves around Luke who is an amateur astronomer. He and his best friend stumble across something that leaves them desperately seeking a second opinion. And here is where the conspiracy starts. Every person they get in touch with, somehow end up dead. Luke and his friend have no idea of the severity of their discovery and the lengths some are willing to go to keep this truth hidden.

Gray paints a brilliant story that will truly leave readers impressed and flabbergasted. Gray displays such knowledge and has such a voice of reason that I was left scratching my head. As in, could this all be true? I don’t want to give too much away, in the hopes of not ruining it for everyone. But imagine that everything you have been taught, everything dealing with science is a lie. Evolution, the universe, our origin, astronomy and most things you find in text books- lies. Gray paints such a vivid conspiracy theory that I kind of believe it. It has left me dumbstruck questioning the validity of the ideas presented in this novel.

This book is well written, impossible to put down and a roller coater type of experience. You know how most roller coasters tend to have one big drop… Well this book is nothing like that. Most of the book the reader is in a state of suspense. You are left never knowing what to expect, always loving the unexpected and totally getting a thrill out of it. It is action packed, funny and has a great array if characters (who by the way are so realistic and relatable). There is so much to this novel that I truly believe there is something for everyone.

I loved The Everything Theory. I give Gray kudos for this novel. It is truly amazing and complex and done in such a way that the reader is never at a loss or questioning the validity of it. I finished this novel feeling as if I just had the most amazing adventure. Also, I was unsure of how this novel would end. How could it possibly end with a feeling of resolution? Well it does. It is done in a great way and by the time I finished reading the epilogue, I was laughing with joy, impressed and doing my own exaggerated happy dance. This is truly an amazing novel and one I recommend.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Dianne Gray is once again generously giving away an ebook copy of her novel to one lucky person. The giveaway ends Dec 2nd 2012. Good luck!

Book Review + Giveaway: Soul’s Child

Title: Soul’s Child

Author: Dianne Gray

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Aurora Jones dreams in pictures that depict tragedy and death. After the death of her mother and sister, Aurora’s father, Merv, moves them across the world from Australia to LA, where he forges a new career as a celebrity ghost hunter, thanks to Aurora’s dreams. But Aurora sees her father changing into a character she doesn’t recognize – his alter ego – Clive Soul.

My Review: After a car accident that took her mother and sister from her, Aurora and her father Merv Jones were all that were left of the family. However, this accident not only gave Aurora the (gift or curse?) of precognitive dreams it also gave her the ability to sense her dead mother and sister. Merv recognizes what these dreams are and acts on them. By the third time he saves lives, his “gifts” as he has everyone believe, earn him a Hollywood career. At which point he has already lost himself to the fame and riches and becomes his alter ego Clive Soul. His lies and deceit lead to an ultimate showdown of good versus evil.

Soul’s Child is an absolutely brilliant novel and I loved it. Aurora is a strong character that I grew to easily love. Her father on the other hand, you learn to hate him. He is a liar and manipulative and I hated what he stood for and the way he treated Aurora.

I was so engrossed in this novel- you know the type where I said I would only read a few chapters then three hours later I’ve finished it and realized I completely devoured the novel. I am known for being a speedy reader but even so, Soul’s Child was a quick read.

I once again loved Gray’s narrative style. Gray does a great job of spoon feeding the reader Aurora’s story and leaving us wanting for more. Before I even finished the first chapter Gray had me in the palm of her hands. Mind you I started reading this in early morning and it seemed to have become a battle of wills by the time I was half way through the novel. ‘I’m really hungry but I can’t just stop here. I’ll read until the end of this chapter.’ Then when my stomach would growl again I would realize that I already read another two chapters. Suffice it to say this novel is extremely captivating and addictive. Good thing it is not a long novel as my curiosity was stronger than my hunger. 🙂

I truly loved this amazing novel- The battle of good vs evil, Aurora’s strength and the idea that amid even the worst situations there is a silver lining. Dianne, you’ve done it again… Another great novel and you’ve truly made a fan out of me.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Now, for a chance to see why I’ve fallen head over heels for this novel, be sure to enter the giveaway below. Dianne Gray is generously giving away an ebook copy of Soul’s Child to one lucky person. The giveaway ends Nov 29th 2012. Good luck!

Spotlight Interview: Dianne Gray

As many of you know, the lovely Dianne Gray is our Spotlighted Author. She has granted me this great interview and I hope you guys enjoy it! Be sure to stop by one of her pages (listed below) and say ‘Hello’. 🙂

Q: Can you give us a quick summary of who you are?
If I go by my twitter profile I am “Author, dream catcher magician and writer of The Everything Theory”
So I guess you could classify me as an author. I have five novels under my belt. Three of these have won national or international writing awards. My latest novel The Eleventh Question was published in late October and (as far as I know) it hasn’t been put forward for any awards. I say ‘as far as I know’ because when ‘Soul’s Child’ won the You Write On Book of the Year Award in September, I actually had no idea it was in the running! It was a fantastic surprise.
I’ve been published by Harper Collins, Harlequin and Ginninderra Press – but in 2011 I decided to get into self-publishing. I found this gave me a lot more freedom to write what I please, when I please and how I please and I’ve never looked back! My writing is very flexible. I write about anything I’m interested in or thinking about at the time and I don’t stick to a particular genre. It may sound selfish, but I write for myself and not to an audience. If the audience reads and likes my work, it’s the icing on the cake for me. I’ve always been a great believer in keeping true to what’s in your heart and not looking outside for what you think other people will like. You’re never going to be able to please everyone, so you’re better off doing what YOU like.

Last week I ‘gave up my day job’ to pursue my dream of writing full-time. Normally, I would take a long holiday once a year to just focus on writing, but now I can spend all my time getting those new ideas out of my head and onto paper.

Q: What is the biggest lesson you have learned about being a writer in your 16 year career as one?
1. Never give up. I know this sounds clichéd, but it is so true. I remember when I entered one of my short stories into a small local writing competition. It came nowhere – but I knew it was a great story. Instead of throwing my hands in the air and giving up on that story I entered it into a big international competition. I was shocked when it won, but it just goes to show that different people like different things and just because someone doesn’t like a story it doesn’t mean it’s not a good story and that no one will like it. That’s the beauty of writing, as long as you like what you do and have faith in your craft, you will always be on the right track.
2. People will love and hate your writing. There’s not a soul alive that has ever written a book that everyone loves. Take all critiques for what they are worth and move on. Remember that an opinion is just that and someone’s opinion doesn’t make you a greater or lesser person.

Quick Five
1. Favorite Novel: Midnight’s Children
2. Favorite Musician: David Gray
3. Favorite Quote: It’s easier to walk through life if you’re not nailed to a cross (from my short story “Corrugated Dreaming”)
4. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Lead-lighting
5. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? Oscar Wilde

Q: If you can have one lasting impression on your readers what would you want it to be?
I like to encourage people to think. When I write a novel or a short story there is always something included that encourages thought. I want people to come away from reading my work with a new thought or a new idea in their head.

Q: Lastly, being that you are now in the Spotlight, are there any parting thoughts you would like to share?
I’d like to say thank you to all those who are reading this post. I really hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Q: Where can readers follow you?
Twitter “Zigotide” Facebook “Dianne Gray Author” and (of course) “WordPress”.

Book Review + Giveaway: The Eleventh Question

Title: The Eleventh Question

Author: Dianne Gray

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: The first ten questions have already been asked. Who will ask the eleventh?

Fifteen-year-old Arista McGregor is in trouble – she is being bullied at school, her mother is put into rehab and she is sent to live with a foster carer. The foster carer is a vet and Arista isn’t what you would call an animal lover, in fact she’s terrified of the things. Like any teenager she asks questions, but the difference with Arista is that her questions may spark a chain of events that will change the world forever.

My Review: It all starts with “Who am I?”

It is the Seer and her Ayudante’s job to oversee those who have the potential to ask the eleventh question. The idea is that since the beginning of mankind, humans have questioned their existence and purpose. To first time each question was asked, it led to consciousness and a paradigm shift across the face of the Earth. Each potential unknowingly starts from the first question ever asked and work through the ten. The eleventh question has never been asked and no one knows what repercussions it will have. The Seer oversees and helps those potentials. They are also to oversee the effects of the eleventh question.

Does my summary sound boring or dull? Well, the novel is anything but. Gray takes the reader into this world that’s intriguing, unpredictable and fresh. Gray keeps her readers guessing. There are plenty of plot twists to leave the reader not knowing what to expect. I also thoroughly enjoyed the wide array of characters but in particular the two narrators: Arista and Cayo.

  • Arista is a 15 year old girl who has a pretty crappy life. She is constantly being bullied- at school and online. Her parents divorced and she believes it was because her father didn’t love her enough. Her mother is an alcoholic, a gambler, and has terrible taste in men. She is struggling with life and begins to question her own. She is a strong character who loves deeply.
  • On the other hand there is Cayo who is the Seer’s Ayudante. He is sensitive to the emotion of others and tends to feel his own very strongly. He is the Seer’s connection to human emotions. He is strong and determined and can also be a total bad-ass. And from me, that’s a compliment. His strength and morals had me absolutely loving his character
  • One thing however, that took away from the novel for me is that The Eleventh Question is very philosophical. To be honest, at times I would reread a line three of four times and finally come to the conclusion that no amount of re-reading would help me understand it. For example, one popular idea in the novel that kept me scratching my head in wonder is: that you should not ‘mistake reality for truth.’ I know many of you may understand this but I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. At times I felt it was a bit too philosophical for me. Yet even this not take away from the overall awesomeness that is this novel.

    The Eleventh Question is an interesting read to say the least. It was fresh and different and I really enjoyed it. The characters are realistic and relatable. It has it’s suspense, action, humor, drama and you are hooked throughout. Definitely worth reading and am positively looking forward to it’s sequel.

    *I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

    To see just how great this novel is, fill out the form below. Dianne Gray is giving away an ebook copy to one very lucky winner. The giveaway ends November 19, 2012. Good Luck!

    Book Review + Giveaway: Wolf Pear

    Title: Wolf Pear

    Author: Dianne Gray

    Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

    Blurb: Esther Crooke is a lonely woman, obsessed with her unique books and her home grown tomatoes – but she has a secret buried deep within her garden. JD Cusack is one of Australia’s finest detectives. He has a mysterious gift for solving crimes that have been cold for years. When his brother is brutally murdered, he sets out in pursuit of a serial-killer and must follow the scent of the wolf pear.

    My Review: With a novel like this it is apparent to me why your writing has won so many awards, Dianne. I absolutely love this novel. It is captivating, enthralling, has great pacing, relatable narrators, intrigue, suspense and an amazing storyline.

    Wolf Pear has two narrators: Esther and JD.

  • Esther is someone who has been emotionally abused all of her life. She is just a fat waste of space that will never amount to anything as far as her family is concerned. She tries to live her life in spite of their abuse and has done well for herself. Yet all they do is belittle her achievements and point out all of her wrongs. They walk all over her and she rarely stands up for herself. But even with all of this, she is a strong person and I loved that about her. I love the survivor in her and her strength and perseverance. She is truly a great person who is lonely and in need of love.
  • JD is an accomplished police officer who is on “vacation” after his brothers death. However this vacation is actually his journey to track down his brother’s killer. He is determined to find this person and bring him to justice. He is gifted and pulls off Sherlock Holmes like scenes. He puts things together that no one else sees. It is exciting and pretty darn impressive. He also has a troubled past that he can’t remember but begins to have flashbacks of it on this journey.
  • It becomes pretty clear that these two are going to meet. The reader is anticipating this and unsure as to what will happen when they do. At the end of it all, it is pretty great but not at all what I was expecting. Uhum… Allow me to correct myself. It did not end the way I wanted it to. It was a happily ever after just not of the flower and hearts variety that the romantic in me was hoping for.

    Wolf Pear has left me impressed and yearning to read more of Gray’s work. It is a novel anyone can enjoy. It has its action, comedy, drama, paranormal appearances and suspense. Gray keeps you tethered to this novel. When not in your hands it will be on your mind. This is truly an amazing read.

    *I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

    For a chance to see just how amazing Wolf Pear is fill out the form below. Dianne Gray is giving away an ebook copy to one lucky winner. The last day to enter is Nov. 13, 2012 and the winner will be announced Nov. 14. Good luck!