Very nearly ready with “From My Cold Undead Hand”

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“From my Cold Undead Hand” by Marie Marshall

is a short, fast-paced YA novel.  The story sprang forth from the writer’s (totally not cold or undead) hand as a result of a challenge set to her by yours truly.  We were commenting on the “Twilight” series (who doesn’t) and both of us were convinced each could write something faster, pithier, something with more gusto than the epic teen/vampire romance series.

The result of this challenge is this story.

Better hold on, crawl in under the blankets and put the Kindle light on.  Don’t read it while you’re alone.  The story is set a few decades in the future, with the protagonist a young girl in high school who does martial arts and knows how to “dock” a vampire.   Her feisty warfare is backed by a “cell” of vampire hunters, and opposed by other young people who seem to be more of the “Twilight” persuasion, idolizing the vampires.

But Chevonne Kusnetsov has more than vampires to fight.  Teenage mood swings, uncertainty about friendships and a very remote relationship to her mother give an ominous background to the plot.  Throughout the book she is in fact discovering herself and her own family’s history, as well as having to get behind what the vampires are planning.  They are organized, far too organized to be mere mindless predators…

You readers, safely under your blankets reading with the Kindle light on – be afraid.  Be very afraid.

For those of you who loved the “Everywhen Angels”:  This one is even better, and the best news is that there may be sequels.

Well done, Marie!

And another review!

The Mystery of the Solar Wind – Lyz Russo

 June 16, 2014  BestChickLit  Book Reviews  0

12876378What they say:
‘The year is 2116. Captain Radomir Lascek sails his pirate ship, the Solar wind, around the oceans, collecting outlaws and fugitives and dodging the authorities. But then he hires three young musicians in Dublin – the Donegal Troubles. Radomir Lascek, with all his wily schemes, is about to learn the real meaning of “trouble”.’
What we say – review by Nikki Mason:
I know I’ve mentioned before that I love all things pirate (and a yo ho ho and a bottle of rum) so imagine my delight on startingThe Mystery of the Solar Wind: pirates, with gypsy magic, set in the future??? Yes please!And this is a truly exciting and engrossing YA novel. It might take the reader  [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]

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Thank you Nikki Mason for these super reviews!  🙂

I thought this is a good moment to revisit the sweet review “Lupa” got from “BestChickLit” a while back:

 

Lupa – Marie Marshall

 August 26, 2013  BestChickLit  Book Reviews  4

Lupa cover © P'Kaboo Publishers2What they say:
‘What is reality, what is illusion? A lost circus girl in late 20th century Rome; a female gladiator in ancient Rome. What connects these two very different women over two millennia? In her riveting novel, “Lupa”, Marie Marshall takes us through two contrasting versions of Rome and shows masterfully how people tend to see only what they want to see.’
What we say – review by Nikki Mason:
In Lupa, Marie Marshall has created a poetic and intriguing novella that gives us a glimpse into the lives of two women from different eras. Marshall constantly asks the question: what connects these lives?In the present day Jelena, an injured Serbian circus performer, is struggling with life in Rome. When she meets handsome native Vittorio, she cannot help [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]
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Marie Marshall is such a private person that the best shot we have of her is this one, when she was a child. 😉 Don’t ask for her photo, ask for her poetry!

 

Nikki Mason also did this author interview with Marie Marshall:

Interview with Marie Marshall

 September 6, 2013  BestChickLit  Author Interviews  3

After reading Marie Marshall’s book Lupa, BCL reviewer, Nikki Mason, decided to put the multi-talented author through her paces with an author intervie [Click the heading to read.]

Thank you, Nikki:  P’kaboo seriously appreciates your effort & input, and your boundless enthusiasm and vibe!