Hello little munchkins. How are you all today? I am doing well. I just went to the bookstore so you should be expecting a book haul soon. I spent some time visiting my amazing family today and my aunt and I made this really cute art project which I will take a picture of and put in my next post.
Anyways you most likely came here to read about the interview and the review than my little rambles so let us get right into it.
Author: Mandy Jackson- Beverly
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Thriller, Suspense
Release Date: June 12, 2017
Publisher: Cricket Publishing
Description according to Amazon, ” An ancient curse.
A forgotten love.
A painting with secrets only one woman can reveal.
In this fast-paced second installment of The Creatives Series, Creative (mystic artist) Coco Rhodes is surprised by a horrific vision beneath her most recent painting: the violent attack upon a fragile young girl. When a link is discovered between an education-finance fraud and several girls disappearing from Washington, D.C. schools, Coco’s lover and leader of the Allegiance, the vampire-warlock Gabriel, vows to rescue the girls, and topple a corrupt congressman. Concurrently, the dark and twisted past of Kenan, the Allegiance’s sworn enemy, is revealed. With Kenan’s whereabouts unknown, members of the Allegiance begin to unravel his sadistic plan.
From New York and D.C., to Tuscany and the Dolomite Mountains of Northern Italy, the supernatural guardians of the Allegiance are guided by both the lessons of history and the shocks of present-day life. Through magical twists and otherworldly subplots, this supernatural thriller weaves a web of intrigue, love, and conflict. In The Devil and the Muse, Coco’s sense of duty to the Allegiance is tested. But will protecting her loved ones cause her to sacrifice her humanity?”
- This book compared to the first book was very much an easier read.
- The book as it had most of the story or the background down was therefor able to go straight into the action which was something that I very much enjoyed.
- This book though was just as beautifully written as the first book.
- This book unlike the other book though was very much simpler in the terms of everything that is happening and everyone who is being introduced.
- The author fairy obviously had put a lot of effort into this book in terms of research.
- The point of view did bounce around some which was something that was a little confusing in my mind.
- The book was the perfect length as it didn’t need to be either too long or too short.
- The looking at everything from a different perspective due to trying to find out who was good and who was evil was a refreshing thing to read about in a book.
- There is some content that would not be suitable for those of younger ages as this is an adult book.
- On top of everything that was going on in the book the author was able to incorporate real life aspects into the book such as Global Warming and many other things which was something that I personally appreciated in the book.
- You can just read this book and the next and still know what is going on but I still highly suggest reading the precious book to get more insight into this world.
In conclusion, I enjoyed this book but it was not earth shattering for me.
I give this book 4/5 stars.
1.How much research do you do for your books?
In short, my answer is years. I’m currently writing The Creatives Series, a multi-genre trilogy built around different locations, an extensive cast of complex characters, and multiple eras. I seem to be constantly researching – and sometimes (too often) I end up down the rabbit hole. It’s difficult to drag myself away from Italy, the Renaissance, and art museums!
2.What is your favorite quote from your book?
“Without courage, all is lost…”
3.How long on average does it take you to write a book?
For me to write a manuscript is anywhere upward of six months, but that really depends on what’s going on in my life. Add in research, editing, more editing, a lot more editing, copyediting, cover design, formatting, uploading, publicity and marketing, and I’d say I’m looking at a good twelve months (at least) from conception to birth.
4.While you were editing your book what were some thoughts that were going through your mind?
That’s a question for my editor ☺
5.How did you decide to pick out your book cover?
I have a wonderful book cover designer at https://damonza.com
6.Do you think the cover plays an important part of the buying processes?
7.If you could tell your younger writing self something, what would it be?
8.How can your readers discover more about you and your work?
The best place to find me is on my website: https://mandyjacksonbeverly.com
From my website, readers can connect with me directly, or on various social media platforms.
Mandy Jackson-Beverly was born in the bustling town of Pyramid Hill, Victoria, Australia … Population: 419. This remote childhood kick-started Mandy’s imagination, as did the rugged coastline and rolling hills of Tasmania, where her family relocated when she was four years old.
In 1982, Mandy moved to London, where she discovered the importance of the creative collective: The 1980s fashion scene. A year later, in Los Angeles, she found her own creative freedom among the thriving, no-holds-barred visionaries of the music video world. As a costume designer and stylist Mandy worked for photographer Herb Ritts, and directors Joel and Ethan Coen, David Fincher, and Julien Temple, and music icons David Bowie, Madonna, and Tina Turner, to name a few.
Mandy has taught Advanced Placement Art, written and directed high school theater productions, is a contributor to The Huffington Post, a book reviewer for The New York Journal of Books, and the author of A Secret Muse, and The Devil And The Muse. She resides in Ojai, California, with her husband, Brian Beverly, a crossed-eyed cat, Luna, a dog named Cash and, sometimes, her sons, Angus and Jack.