Monday, 30 July 2012

Pauline Fisk Review

With my kid’s head on I loved Banshee in the Well. The idea was great.  Niall finds a banshee, Sathra, down a wishing-well and rescues her. She turns out to be a trickier character than he first realizes.  A great character as well from a kid’s point of view, sparky, spiky and full of life – which she’s trying to hang onto at all costs. Any child would identify with Sathra and with the dilemma she faces, which I won’t tell you about because it would spoil your fun.
And therein lies my ‘but’.  From the blurb onwards – which acts as its own spoiler – I knew too much. And I knew too much because I was told too much and most definitely too soon.  What could have surprised me was frequently spelled out. Where I could have had the pleasure of discovering things, I was told them instead.
So, when Sathra’s been rescued, for example, before I’d had time to decide whether or not to trust her, I’d been told the legend of the devil child. And later, when I could have been still wondering who Sathra was, I knew about the Banshee Sisterhood. The information had to come out some time, but did it have to happen so soon?  I’d have liked some suspense here, but Robin Lovejoy is an impatient author with a lot to tell – and she can’t wait to tell it.
Having said all that, Lovejoy’s first chapter is exciting and dramatic, her portrayal of the 21st century through a stranger’s eyes is insightful, and there’s a real skill in the way she presents that stranger – even with her dastardly intentions – in an attractive light.  With speech that’s weird to modern ears, and her equally weird markings, Sathra’s a fascinating mixture of mythical and punk.
‘What’s the matter?’ said Stewie. ‘Don’t you like girls?’
‘Well… I guess I do,’ said Niall. ‘Except the stripy ones.’
‘Stripy girls?’ said Stewie with a grin. ‘Get a lot of those in Cumbria, do you?’
‘No, just the one,’ said Niall. ‘And I don’t need to worry about her any more.  She’s history.’
I don’t think so.  I feel a sequel on the way. Robin Lovejoy is a good young writer despite my little gripe.  I enjoyed her book, I’m sure that many children will love it and I wish it well [excuse the pun].
Available in Kindle format
To find out more about  Robin Lovejoy

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Google Removals

Here's a useful tool for any authors out there whose ebooks have been pirated. First, do a Google search of your book title followed by the words 'free download.' Log all offending URLs in a Word document or similar. If you have a Google account (and if not they're very easy to create) log in and go to 
You'll then be able to paste in the offending URL with the request that Google remove it from their search index. Result: the pirated copies of your books will no longer show up in a Google search, making life more difficult (and therefore less profitable) for our wonderful pirate chums! 

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Ebook Piracy Just Got a Whole Lot Worse

Hi, fans and sweeties, the reason I'm vexed today is I've just discovered that is a TOTAL SCAM, try the search box below, type anything in it such as your grandmother's name or even some random letters like fu2mpn, the search will come up as a downloadable file with hundreds of hits, all a trap to ensnare you into paying a fee and/or revealing your financial details.

From Amazon: "Jade's heart-breaking diary of her fight against terminal cancer and her final precious months with her beloved family. In August 2007 Jade Goody received the shattering news that she had cervical cancer. She was only 27 years old. But with her usual strength of character, Jade was determined to beat the disease and carry on with life as normal with her two little boys Bobby and Freddy. A percentage of profits from the book will be donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care."
Not if those charmers at have anything to do with it - see link below. They appear to be offering free copies of "Forever in my Heart" - well not exactly free, you have to pay them $75 up front to join. Don't you just love these anti-capitalist heroes? Although $75 subscription sounds suspiciously capitalist to me.

UPDATE: seems to have morphed into
That's the bad news; the good news is that I've just reported to Google Removals :) 

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Ebook Pirates Sink to New Low? is a TOTAL SCAM, try the search box below, type anything in it such as your grandmother's name or even some random letters like fu2mpn, the search will come up as a downloadable file with hundreds of hits, all a trap to ensnare you into paying a fee and/or revealing your financial details

Please see the link below. Those wonderful bunch of people behind a website called are now offering a free download of Madeleine, Kate McCann's account of the disappearance of, and search for, her three-year-old daughter who went missing in the Algarve five years ago. Proceeds of (legitimate) sales of the book are in part intended for the Find Madeleine Fund, a charity with the stated aim of leaving "no stone unturned" until the mystery of Madeleine's disappearance is solved. However, our altruistic friends at appear to be offering a free download of the book, and all you have to do to join the site is pay them an upfront fee of $75! Are the owners of are diverting charitable funds to line their own pockets, when all the while a child is still missing? If so, just how low can people crawl? 

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Shadows of Kings - Blog Tour

The list of Sites, dates and events  for the SHADOWS OF KINGS blog Tour:
June 12th – Live on Blog Talk Radio –
June 22nd –
June 27th –
June 30th
**** Release Party ***
The Peppermill Restaurant and Lounge
17455 SW Farmington Road, Aloha, Ore. 97007
7pm  – 10m
*All dates are subject to change
***Special mentions***
These are sites that provided interviews and/or features prior to the tour
A big Shadows of Kings thank you to all those who committed to the blog tour. I appreciate and respect all of you.
Oceans of love,

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Shadows of Kings - Jack Whitsel

From Jack's blog 8 May 2012

Everything moves so fast. One of my colleagues recently complimented me on being proactive. In response, I informed him that I always feel three weeks behind. And I was warned that as the release date approached, things would move at a frantic pace. What an understatement! Once again, I am humbled by the process. And I’m humbled by the warm support so many have given. Your patience has been tested, and the day has finally come for us all.
The Shadows of Kings Paperback is now available for Pre-Order at Barnes & Noble: Purchase link is:
Those who embrace Kindle formats, Amazon will have Shadows of Kings on their site very soon.
Thanks again for everything. I’m so excited to share this saga with you.
Oceans of Love,
Jack Whitsel's Blog

Product Description:

Steel and sorcery clash as the Harhn incursion sweeps through the Hugue. Only Lord Baudouin and Lady Lucia, a Dragon Maiden from the Order, stand in the enemy's path. Only together will there be any hope to repel the onslaught, and preserve the future for a mysterious girl they do not know. Learn more about this book here, and its author here

Friday, 25 May 2012

"A Real-Life Princess Merida"

I've met this author Robin Lovejoy, a striking redhead, kind of a real-life Princess Merida in shades and with an English accent. This is reflected in Robin's book BANSHEE IN THE WELL which features a sassy, karate-chopping banshee girl called Sathra. But Sathra is no angel, she has murder in mind. I guess you could say Sathra is Princess Merida's evil twin. But Banshee in the Well is an awesome read in its own right and I really hope there'll be a sequel. 

Amazon Review 

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Shadows of Kings - Book Trailer

Steel and sorcery clash as the Harhn incursion sweeps through the Hugue. Only Lord Baudouin and Lady Lucia, a Dragon Maiden from the Order, stand in the enemy's path. Only together will there be any hope to repel the onslaught, and preserve the future for a mysterious girl they do not know. Learn more about this book here, and its author here, 

Monday, 14 May 2012

Patrick A Parish Review

Banshee In The Well is a very enjoyable read that takes the reader on a journey of what it's like to innocently befriend someone who's not what they claim to be!

I would definitely recommend this book to any YA I know!

Patrick A Parish Review

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

James Blair Review

A rich, well-structured story written with a sure hand. The narrative is presented with total originality, and never fails to hit the reader with surprises. Robin Lovejoy is a fine writer and her story is not only mysterious and exciting but is rich in every detail. The story has a subtle blend of humour and emotional power with striking images that linger in the mind.

James Blair Review

Monday, 27 February 2012

Andy Weston Review

Inventive and entertaining. I often read books aimed at teenagers, and its refreshing to read something quite new and different. Borders on violent and scary, but I guess that was the aim - so it works!

Andy Weston Review on Goodreads

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Five Star Review by Jack Whitsel

The whimsical ways of magic propels young Sathra into twenty-first century. In the present she befriends young Niall - a twelve-year-old boy who helps rescue her from his family's well. The interaction between the teens is well written for the age category the story was designed for. Though it took me awhile to like Niall, his boyish ways slowly grew on me. I was immediately drawn to Sathra and enjoyed her attempts at adapting to her new environment. Friend or foe? Dryad or Banshee? We watch Sathra and Niall interact and wonder if Niall's endearing nature will be enough to derail Sathra's personal agenda. Banshee in the Well had a smooth flow with an enjoyable ending. I recommend reading this story to all the little ones in our lives.

Jack Whitsel Review

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Andy Angel Review

What a wonderful way to start your career as a writer. This story tells of a young boy who finds a girl in the well on his farm. The girl turns out to be a 13th century banshee who needs to find a way to get her magic back and return from our time to hers. The relationship between the two main characters is really well written as is the way Sathra, the banshee sees modern things which she has obviously never seen before. The story has paintballers, treasure hunters and a rock band (with a Simon Cowell type character who is only in the background) and goes from scene to scene fluently.
I have worked with young people in a library enviroment so I feel confident enough to say they would lap this up but so would adults.
All said, this being a first novel is quite astounding. The author writes with a style and confidence that others can only wish for. I look forward to reading more from Robin Lovejoy and heartily recommend this book.

Andy Angel's Ebookwyrm Blog

Monday, 20 February 2012

Tom D Harris Review

From the end of the gripping first chapter, to the sinister promises of the last page, this fantastic debut novel zips along like a speedboat. Written with care, pace and purpose, it drills a devilish sense of humour right through its core.

When twelve year old Niall rescues a strange girl from a well, little does he know that he has placed himself in great danger! For his new friend Sathra is not the harmless Dryad she appears to be but a Banshee intent on sacrificing him so she can get home. This kiss or kill relationship is what rips this story out of the crowd along with the distinctive voices of the two main characters.

As Sathra attempts to draw Niall towards the site of sacrifice, the real world gets thrown into the supernatural mix. Paintballing school friends, treasure hunter's, exploding speedboats and a rock group who's `5th Beatle' is trying to shoot his old band mates all cross over into this supernatural game of cat and mouse.

You won't need a Woodpecker Squealer to find this book, so what are you waiting for...please read it.

Odzookens, indeed!

A fantastic debut novel from Robin Lovejoy

Tom D Harris Review

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Beth Muscat Review

This young adult book is one that anyone of any age could read and enjoy, but it's truly meant for the young teen population.

Niall is by himself in the house when he hears something so loud that he has to go out to investigate. Inside the abandoned and locked well in the yard is a girl. He wonders how she got in there.

Sathra is a girl from the thirteenth century, who created a spell but the spell went wrong. Instead of going to a different place, she went to a different time.

Niall hides her away in the barn, but she really needs to get back to her own time. She finds out that Niall is twelve, the same age as herself. She needs Niall to get back to her own time, except, he doesn't know that his death is the way to get her back. She is a Banshee, not the dryad that she tells him she is.

Although I thought maybe Niall and Sathra would form some kind of friendship, her Banshee background forbids that. She does come to care a little for Niall, but when push comes to shove, she needs him to get back to her own time. She tries to use other twelve year old boys, but it just never seems to work out.

She must lure the boy to the ring of the Thirteen Dancers, a bunch of rocks that are placed in a circle. But, the boy must enter the ring willingly. Then she could kill him and regain her magical powers to get herself back to the 13 century.

I can't give away the ending, but let's just say, I think there will be subsequent books about Sathra.

It was a fun and fast read, and I give this book 5 stars.
Beth Muscat Review

Friday, 17 February 2012

Banshee Comics

Welcome to Banshee Comics a collection of Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Short Stories, and Web Comics written and illustrated by Patrick Scullin.
Banshee Comics helps feed Patrick's passion for sequential art and is a repository of his efforts. FREE digital versions of his comics are now available. Printed editions will soon be available in the online store. 
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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Mike Saxton Review

Banshee in the Well begins with Niall Carver in his room, on the computer when he hears a loud shriek that cracks the glass of the window. Home alone, he decides to investigate. His journey leads him to an old well on the property, which has been sealed and locked since long before he came around. He manages to get it open to discover a strange girl with black markings.

After a brief confrontation, she introduces herself as Sathra the dryad. She is from the 13 century, her magic used to escape her imprisonment from monks by warping her to the present day. She explains what a dryad is and what she needs to do to regain her magical powers to return to her time and her 11 half-sisters. Niall is fascinated, not realizing that Sathra is actually a banshee, not a dryad, and there are only two ways to regain her power: get struck by lightning or sacrifice a male her age. Well it just so happens that she is 12 and so is Niall. There are more 12 year old males than bolts of lightning striking in the vicinity so inevitably, she needs to commit murder.

Sathra can't just kill. She has to sacrifice the male in a circle of stones, and he has to enter it willingly. Adventures ensue as she tries to lure Niall to the circle while pretending to be his friend. In the meantime, she becomes a bit conflicted and decides to try alternative males but manages to get herself in trouble. Can she find someone else to sacrifice to spare Niall? Will the young boy be able to escape with his life? Is there a way for both of them to get their way with no bloodshed?

I have to say, Sathra is quite an amusing character. She does not understand modern technology (no surprise) such as Google Searches (gargoyle searches), computers & televisions (magical simulacrums), etc. Despite her heightened physical attributes (she beats the hell out of full grown adults pulling off some crazy stunts), she keeps managing to get herself into trouble and screwing up her plans.

The story itself is a lot of fun. It's not a long read, but it draws the reader in. With amusing characters (especially Sathra), an unexpected and welcome amount of action (especially the part where she beats the hell out of a mouthy little punk), and an interesting story, this is worthwhile for younger readers (teens) on up. There's even a band called Karmic Surprise, and they are very aptly named (I will give away no more than that as it comes together in the end). I hope the author comes out with a sequel, I'd love to read it.

Mike Saxton Review

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Faso Wall Review

Original, perceptive and witty; edgy, shrewd and sly; this is a dazzling read from a Charlie’s Angel of an author who delivers karate chops with both hands and winks at the audience while she does it. Twelve-year-old Niall, a farmer’s son, is alone in the farmhouse when he hears a blood-curdling shriek outside. He tracks the sound down to an old well in the corner of his garden. He rescues Sathra, a banshee girl who’s been transported through a time warp from the thirteenth century to the present day. After this captivating opening Niall and Sathra set off for lots of unlikely yet spellbinding adventures. But whose side is Sathra really on? Truth may be stranger than fiction but in the altered reality of Lovejoy's intricate tale you'll keep on guessing till the end and you'll think about the story long after you've finished reading. Gritty, quirky, smart and vibrantly funny, BANSHEE IN THE WELL is as compelling as it is entertaining.
Faso Wall Goodreads Review

Monday, 23 January 2012

Mark Chapman Review

Banshee in the Well is a well written novel/novella (not sure which) and is good fun. The two main characters are both likable and amusing. Robin Lovejoy has learnt how to write a 'page-turner.' I read the book on my kindle in one evening. Well worth buying if you enjoy this genre. I look forward to the sequel.
Mark Chapman Review

Monday, 16 January 2012

Jonathan Winspear Review

An excellent first book from this author that clips along at a nice pace and is full of adventure for readers in the YA category. One feels for both protagonists; the young Niall, and his banshee 'friend' Sathra, and the reader is never quite sure until the final pages as to the outcome.

The author has a fine use of English, especially when characters are moving from scene to scene - action and location being never muddied but always clear and descriptive.

A very good first novel. 

Jonathan Winspear Review 

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Reg Cragin Review

Well done, a must for the quick, and adventuristic. A shining first achievement, from the most promising author Robin Lovejoy. Excellent characters, fun, and fantastic. Greatly woven wit, twisting the enchanting, and entertaining to the very end. Highly recommended. This year reward yourself with this fine read, or give a Kindle to someone you love, and enhance it with the "Banshee in the Well". You'll be glad you did. 
Reg Cragin Review 

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Sara Jo Easton Review

Sathra is a twelve year old banshee who is in the wrong century. To return to her own time, she has to sacrifice a twelve year old human boy. Unfortunately for her, the 21st century is a strange time with strange new ideas and customs. Her one hope may be a boy named Niall who wants to be her friend.

I loved that Sathra stayed true to her banshee self throughout the story, and I was greatly amused by her attempts to find a sacrifice and regain her powers. Lovejoy has written an entertaining story that is a great way to spend the afternoon. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work. 

Sara Jo Easton Review 

Monday, 2 January 2012


I guess that means she’s out of the well! But anyway the moment has arrived, my book is now available on Amazon Kindle for the princely sum of $1.49 (or £0.99). It’s the kind of quality you just can’t buy. Well obviously you can, but not until now. I’ll get $0.52 in royalties for each book sold, so I need to make twenty sales to get my $10 outlay back. So what are you waiting for? Download Banshee in the Well right now! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO! I’ve also done a separate post for comments/reviews by anyone who happens to read the book.

Here are the Amazon US and UK links. 

Siouxsie and the Banshees

Banshee in the Well by Robin Lovejoy - a totally SPELLBOUND book inspired by the music of Siouxsie and the Banshees.
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