Monday, March 26, 2018

Blood Mines by Lynelle Clark available in Kindle and paperback.

Book: Blood Mines
Author: Lynelle Clark
Pages: 300
E-book Created in 2017

ISBN: 978-0-620-78336-1(e-book)
Printed Book Created in 2017
ISBN: 978-1-928434-52-8

Tanya’s life was turned upside down when her son, Steve was attacked by renegades and she had to dig deep facing her worst fear to save them both.
It is the year 2048, 30 years after a devastating quake had changed Gauteng’s geographic features. The effects of the acid water, that covered most of the area, was visible to everyone but the government. The silent death crawling closer leaving devastation in its path. Nothing is excluded from the terror.
Tanya and Steve’s path of survival meet up with the rebels in their search for clean water and she had to face much more than just acid water to stay alive.
A thrilling story of courage and survival.

Book links:
Paperback - Group 7 Printers
Kindle - Smashwords / Amazon
TBR List: Goodreads

Blood Mines is full of pain, desperate hope and a need to survive. A blink of the reality of life currently in South Africa combined with fiction and romance. It is definitely not for sensitive readers for it is an eye opener for reversed racism and the possible outcome of it. Where current generations have to suffer for their forefather's mistakes even if they want to live in harmony and peace. I have to say Blood Mines had me in tears and in a desperate feeling to reach out. The author had the ability to mirror the emotions and the physical pain up to a tee.
A must read, but be prepared to be confronted with harsh reality and the imagination of the author's prospects for the future.                                                   Corri Badenhorst

The part that came across as convincing was the love of a mother for her son. The plot twist that brings our female to the pivotal farm or small holding is interesting but not very logical.
Unfortunately the plot, though not meant to be also comes across as insensitive to me, a native to this country. Still, to broaden your pov. This is the ideal book to do it with. It has a lot going for it, the Afrikaans culture and usage of terms to name but a few.                                                                                                                                                                  Wanda Hartzenberg

This story has an interesting and potentially realistic premise. The region of Gauteng in South Africa is heavily mined, with the threat of earthquakes due to the depths of said mines. The author has taken this fact and written a post-apocalyptic nightmare. I found myself completely hooked for most of the story. Told through the eyes of Tanya, I did find some of the plot a little far fetched at times; especially some of the scenes when the mutated animals appear, though this did get me wondering if there was some radioactivity going on rather than just cyanide poisoning, or other toxic chemicals causing the mutations. However, this is only my personal opinion. Other readers may not have this response. Another niggle I had with this story was how quickly the main protagonist trusted complete strangers, as well as how quickly the love interest grew between herself and Dirk. I can understand instant attraction, but insta-love? Not so much. Another pet peeve of mine is the use of terms of endearment like sweetie, honey, or love (and many others) in a derogatory way. I don't know if this is what the author intended when she wrote the story, but I found these terms to be degrading and made me want to punch the characters for using these terms in a sarcastic or patronising way. Maybe it's just a colloquial language difference. Who knows?                                                                                                                                                                                   Lynn Worton

“Set in a post-apocalyptic South Africa of 2048, where corruption, pollution and vigilante militia are rife, Tanya and son Steve are attacked on their rapidly deteriorating farmstead.Water is scarce, contaminated by cyanide and other chemicals over spilling from abandoned mining operations, exacerbated by earthquakes. She and her son are rescued by a group of individuals known as The Phantoms (much like Fremen in “Dune”, stockpiling underground lakes of fresh water).There are unexpected plot twists and turns, as Tanya strives to help the Phantoms uncover more water caches, but it quickly becomes clear that greed is a bigger driving force than altruism, and no-one can be trusted.I share most of Lynn Worton’s concerns about the book, especially the irritating terms of endearment, but take my hat off to author Lynelle Clark for completing this story as part of a challenge to write a 50k word story in 30 days.I read the entire story in one sitting and enjoyed it, despite my aversion to this genre, and didn’t find it a chore. So, all in all, a riveting read.”                              Scott Richards

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pre-Order and stand a chance to win: Finding Me by Lizette Volkwyn. A Self-Discovery Adventure.



Since I am always curious, looking for ways to improve myself, I have learned to value the input of a life coach in my life. After my divorce I met a life coach who became a very important part in self discovering. Till today I still use the tools I have learned from her, checking on my studies that I am still on the road I have set in my goals. On this path I have met Lizette Vonkelwyn on Facebook, always interested to improve myself as a person. Ever since that meeting I receive my daily motivational and inspiring quote each day. So I am truly happy to see that she has written a book to that affect and I offered to help het with the promotion of her book.                                                Lynelle 

Have you reached a ‘cross-road’ in your life?

You have lost your confidence. You don’t know who you are anymore. You have to re-invent yourself. NOW!
I’ve been lost too, falling into a spiral of other people’s opinion.
Longing to feel whole again, being in control, I started this adventure of Self-Discovery.

Price: R150 excl courier cost. 

Learn more about Lizette, the coach. 

She is a dynamic and energetic individual with a passion to empower individuals to excel in their personal life as well as in their career.

As Master Life Coach, her expertise extends to Human Lie Detection, NLP, Training, Author and Inspirational Speaker.
Her no-nonsense, down to earth approach, invites you to open up and explore the true self, giving you the gift of Self-acceptance and Empowerment.

Links to follow her:

The Book can be ordered from her Facebook and Website once it has been launched. To pre-order the book, to forward your e-mail address to 072 431 2023, with “I want one”, in the text…

You will be put in the draw for the Self-Discovery Adventure program valued at R12 500. This offer ends on the 21st of March, when she launch her book.

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