Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog!

I set this up to share my love of the written word mostly, but also about me as a person and my adventures (or lack there of).  I am an author, my first book was indie published but then I was picked up by a publisher and am currently waiting for my re launch in June! I have always loved to read and a dear friend of mine who is also an author encouraged me to use my crazy imagination to create my only stories. Its been an experience! So I will share with you my journey of independent publishing, my work and also the books I love to read. Don’t worry I don’t put spoilers in my reviews.

You are now probably thinking , great we know what you do, but who exactly are you? 

That’s a fair question, so here is a bit about me. My name is Alana, I am 32 years old. I am a stay at home mother with two beautiful boys, aged 4 and  2. I love to cook and watch scifi and fantasy TV/ movies with my husband. I am a serious geek. ( I have an Ewok backpack, that I  use)  I really like to go walking and  as I live near a beach that just adds to the appeal to get outside.



Reading is my real passion, I mean I read a LOT! So I thought why not use my love of reading to review some great new authors, some old favorites and just go with it. I then was asked if I offered interviews and I said … yeah I do! ( I totally didn’t and may have had a mild freak out) So there you have it; that’s me and what I do. Not too exciting but I love it and I hope you get some enjoyment from this site.




He had escaped the horrors of the last few months, starting a new life, with his new family.
His life was returning to normal, scars healing. Until they found him, taking his loved ones back through the doorway.
To their world. To their horrors.
Now Jake must follow, hoping it’s not too late.
Will he reach them in time?
Before they are turned against him.


The Turning is the second book in the forsaken series by author Phil Price, The First book entitled Unknown is based around the Lickey hills where a door opens between words and things come through and run rampant. Jake who is mourning the death of his family gets wrapped up in the supernatural goings on and ends up entering this Unknown place, landing right in the middle of a war that has been brewing for centuries. It changes him and the course of his life forever.

Jump forward Jake is home after surviving the horrors on the other side of the door and has a new wife, a woman he met risking his life, they are happy they are together, they have a child. But happy ever after is not what the fates have in mind for Jake. Something is out for revenge and it will stop at nothing to get what it wants…

I really love this book, even more than the first. I felt the author really found his feet in the story and didn’t hold back. I could feel the confidence he has gained since writing Unknown and it shows in his work.

The story is sinister I felt it had more of a phycological feel to it compared to his prequel, I really felt in this book that I knew Jake; being able to get lost in a book and believe the characters and the world that inhabit is something I look for in a book and I read this book in two days. It was that good.

I didn’t find any plot holds and the story felt a bit smoother than his first book. I got a bit lost with Unknown with the time line but the author seems to have refined his technique which made for a more pleasant read.

In conclusion, I would say this title follows on well from where the first book left off and I wouldn’t recommend it as a standalone a reader needs to have the full story so if you want to read The Turning invest in a copy of Unknown.  A well written book with lots of description ant atmosphere.

I give this title 5 stars.

Amazon  The Turning



Today has been mental ( hello by the way), I received my edits which is scary /exciting!  I was then told that my book is up for pre order !!! I was not expecting that !!!

So here is the new cover with revised name, It’s so pretty I love it. I would be so grateful to you all if you could share my head talker and pre order links far and wide.  You guys are what keep me writing and blogging so keep an eye out for giveaways in the coming month. ❤

Head Talker

Pre Order The Aurora Stone






Ch ch ch ch changes!!!!


How was the bank holiday? Mine was….wet!  UK weather never disappoints on a bank holiday. You may (or may not) have noticed some strange things happening on this site.  I have decided to write under an alias; there are many reasons why. The most important is so I can keep my personal life private…ish and have my writing as its own wee world.

So,I formally freak you out as I re-introduce my self as Alana Greig, author , reviewer and general hard core book addict. My covers and art work will all be changed and if you look at the bottom of the in a nutshell page you have all my revised stalker links for social media.

I feel like a super hero with a secret identity now!… I should get a cape…..




Nightmares aren’t always figments of our imagination.

Alexandrea Cooper moves back to her hometown, Ravensville, after a ten-year absence.
She starts adjusting to life back home again, when her parents are brutally murdered.
There are no suspects and Alexandrea tries to cope with the grief of what has happened, when suddenly her sleep becomes plagued with nightmares of her parent’s killer.
She quickly realizes that there’s more to her world than she originally believed.
She’s reunited with her high school sweetheart, Jake, and the nightmares intensify. Attempts on Alexandrea’s life twist her life as she knows it.
In a race against time, can they stop the killer before it’s too late?

This is zizi’s debut novel and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely. The author takes you on a journey that to begin with reads like a physiological thriller. The lead character Lexi Is disturbed my dreams about her recently murdered parents. Feeling alone is the home town she left so many years ago, Lexi confides in the only person she can her cousin Mia.

The story progresses slowly at first easing the reader into the characters and the time line of the events It was great to have a few lead characters rather than just one. Their individual personalities really brought the story to life.  My interest really peaked when the fantasy element entered and became the dominant part of the story. I found the subject matter original, I haven’t read a book like this one before.  There is plenty of character development and back story; it’s not a long book but it is full of action, mystery and magic.

The love story element was a nice touch and I felt added to the adventure.  Jake, lexis love interest was a really interesting character with a past of his own and secrets that are forced into the open. it was great to have something more to him then just being the leads eye candy. It was a real pleasure uncovering his personal story. In fact, there are so many interesting links between the characters, it really gives the book a richness.

I understand that this is the first part in a series and that was reinforced in the epilogue. It is a really good read with plenty of detail and an original idea. I am really looking forward to the next one, this is a new author to watch.

4.5 stars

Amazon SweetNightmares

At the time of this review Sweet Nightmares was Available on kindle and kindle unlimited. Paperback to follow.



Hey Everyone!!!!

Just look at that cover!!! Isn’t it just the nicest cover in the whole world?  Today is the day I show the world the new look for The Aurora Stone. It has been a long journey getting her and not always an easy one. But I can honestly say I finally feel like I have ‘arrived’ as an author now.

This cover was designed for me by Author R L Weeks, she is very talented and really understood what I wanted my new cover to be. She is also Co Owner of Feather Dreams/ Bella Tulip. So it was really great to work with someone so multi talented. What else can I say about it . I have a thing for black cover books. It was like She was speaking to my soul!

I have the re release date as well, also attached to a lovely piece of promotional art work

Drum roll please………..


TA DA!!!!!

You heard it here first, (unless you have Facebook) June 9th is the day my book gets back out there all revamped and sexy looking.

I really hope you all love the new cover. I will be sharing more promotional materiel with you soon; along with events and any interviews I take part in.  Exciting times are coming and I have a great group of people around me to celebrate with.

So, you wrote a book… You need to read this!

Hey, it’s me again,

Hows your week going ….?  Good, glad to hear it. Mine is going quite well too.  Who an I kidding ! Its going freaking amazingly well!!!!

You remember a while back I wrote a book..?

You bought it ! That’s sweet, cosmic love to you!  Well I removed it from print earlier this year, ( gasps) in the hopes of finding a publishing house that liked it and I have found one!

*Manic cheering to be inserted here*

So it’s a very exciting time for me and my future works. I have been signed by a wonderful company that are going places at light speed.  The company that saw my little books potential is called Feather Dreams Press. They are a fabulous group of highly trained superstars.  I have never felt so welcome.  They specialist in YA ( young adult ) fiction.

I know what you’re all thinking ,  good for you but what does this have to do with me? I am getting there I promise! There are other facets to this gem of a company, so if you write romance or  erotica ( oo err!) ; sci-fi, even the scary stuff that keeps me up at night… horror! (S. E. England knows what I’m talking about!) Then there is a place for you too!

*Shocked silence …. followed cheering to be inserted here… feel free to bask in it ) 

So what are you waiting for?  Dust of that manuscript file you have been sitting on forever and take a chance. I did and I am goofy happy about it.

I have listed below the links for each area of the publishers and at the time of posting this they are all open for submissions.

Scroll down to find the links.



Bella Tulip http://www.bellatulippublishing.com/

  • Romance,
  • Contemporary,
  • New adult.

 Zombie Cupcake Press  – http://www.zombiecupcakepress.com/

  • Paranormal,
  • Fantasy,
  • Sci-fi,
  • Dystopian,
  • Horror.

Smoke and Mirrors ink – http://www.smokeandmirrorsink.com/

  • Erotica

 Feather Dreams Press –  http://www.featherdreamspress.com/

  • YA ( young adult,)

I am signed with this press 






Super exciting author interview news!

So I have been kinda lazy,  I know!  Me the queen of procrastination, lies I hear you all cry in my defense ( you’re sweet but seriously I have been). Today however I was encouraged by a friend and fellow author ( who is not lazy at all) to get my butt in gear and get back to it.  So I took a nap, what!  ‘It’ is a very small word with far reaching possibilities. well, it is in my world… I digress,  where was I..? News… Right, yes, I have not only met this very day three authors all of whom are lovely and write different genre. They will all be taking part in an author interview!

I shall give you all a moment to cheer and celebrate my good fortune….

Ok, enough of that.

For the fans of contemporary romance we have author T M  Sullivean! I am ready to fall  in love with a new book boyfriend…Sigh…

Those who get lost in fantasy, allow Zizi Cole to draw you into the dark side with her imagination.

Wait there is more!

To tempt you with his word smith skills in the medieval  fantasy world of kings and knights. Al Burke its the author to watch.

All  three of these fantastic authors will be making there debut appearance ( on this blog, not in general, I’m not that important!) right here in the coming weeks. Its going to be epic! You guys really don’t want to miss this.

I feel serious reading time coming on. Oh goodie!!


Its been a while!

Hey Everyone,

So as you may have noticed all has been quiet here on my blog. well I moved house and as I have come to expect with every move something goes wrong! However, I am back and ready to get going.

I haven’t read a lot lately, no time shocking I know! I have a few good books on my kindle ready to rock though. Tanners Dell by the queen of horror S. E. England ( I am still sleeping with a night light since reading Father of lies). I reviewd Father of Lies  a few months back and interviewed the lady herself. she is a sweet heart! So please flick back a few pages and check those out.  I also have the final installment in the trillogy ready, Magda. If i am not a jibbering wreck after Tanners Dell that is!


Also big squishy congratulations to Phil Price for landing a publishing deal! And the re-release of Unknown! Not only that his next book is almost ready for release so I shall of course be reading , reviewing and interviewing the man himself. The Turning is coming soon!

On the writing front for me… well… I have been working on and off on a book for a while ( mostly off lately!) so I am hoping to get that all up and running again. plus I have a few ideas kicking about so I really do need to get my butt to the computer and get imagining.

In the mean time here is the cover for The Turning by Phil Price and the revamped one for Unknown, they are awesome!

Review. Father of Lies By S. E. England


A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Novel Ruby is the most violently disturbed patient ever admitted to Drummersgate Asylum, high on the bleak moors of northern England. After two years with no improvement in her condition, Dr. Jack McGowan eventually decides to hypnotise her. With terrifying consequences. A horrific dark force is now unleashed on the entire medical team, as each in turn attempts to unlock Ruby’s shocking and sinister past. Who is this girl? And how did she manage to survive such evil? Set in a desolate ex-mining village, where secrets are tightly kept and incomers hounded out, their questions soon lead to a haunted mill…the heart of darkness…and The Father of Lies. Sleep tight!A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Novel Ruby is the most violently disturbed patient ever admitted to Drummersgate Asylum, high on the bleak moors of northern England. After two years with no improvement in her condition, Dr. Jack McGowan eventually decides to hypnotise her. With terrifying consequences. A horrific dark force is now unleashed on the entire medical team, as each in turn attempts to unlock Ruby’s shocking and sinister past. Who is this girl? And how did she manage to survive such evil? Set in a desolate ex-mining village, where secrets are tightly kept and incomers hounded out, their questions soon lead to a haunted mill…the heart of darkness…and The Father of Lies. Sleep tight!


Being a huge fan of James Herbert and Cheryl Bradshaw and Allie Harrison I was looking forward to reading this scary tale . It took me a while to get into the book, the opening was very good and gave me the feel of what was to come. I good horror needs to get this right from the first few pages and I believe the author managed this brilliantly. A few chapters in and I started to get lost a bit, the idea of jumping between different charterers stories and time was inspired , however at times is was just slightly fragmented. I wonder if  a few marked scene changes would have cleaned up the sometimes blurred lines of when and where the reader is in the book .  Having said that the story is just great. the characters are well established with plenty of back story .

Around the half way mark I felt the tale really started to come into itself and I had a good idea of how the different characters  intertwined. by the last quarter I couldn’t put the book down. It picked up pace and I really got the sense of suspense.

The writing style works perfectly for a book of this genre, the author flirts with the reader. building them up with chilling descriptions and quiet frankly disturbing horror. I am not ashamed to say that during my time reading Father of Lies I installed a plug in night light. In my opinion what makes this book so scary was it got to me on a physiological level. It was in what the author didn’t write that made it frightening. In writing horror I believe sometimes less is more, and the way the author has written this was exactly how i love my horror. Enough to rise my heartbeat and built the tension , with some awesome descriptive writing , while leaving the reader to imagine the rest. like in classic  horror movies like psycho its the unseen that makes it so frightening.

In conclusion,  A bit fragmented at the start but that didn’t detract too much from what is a very gripping, spin chilling horror. I know this is part of a trilogy and I will be putting myself through more nights sleeping with the light on to find out exactly how this story ends.

Amazon link  Father of lies

At the time of this review, Father of Lies was also available on kindle unlimited and audio book.

Bourbon Street Heat. By Beth Hale


Reeling from a recent breakup, Santana flees to New Orleans and the comfort of her best friend. Once there, she’s encouraged to explore BDSM, a world she’s always fantasized about but has been too afraid to try.

She meets Graham and is soon his eager pupil, delving deeper into her role as a sub and revelling in the new, satisfying experiences.

When Michael shows up to rekindle their romance, Santana realizes she still loves him. But there is more at stake now, because Santana knows she has discovered who she really is.

Can Michael accept the new her? Will he agree to a relationship that includes the BDSM world? Or will Santana have to let him go in order to remain true to herself?


Firstly, this is the most detailed novella I have ever read. The story comes to life right away and I was quickly immersed in Santana’s girly get away.  Santana is a great character, I really liked her. The reason for her being in New Orleans was totally relatable, I think every girl who has been through a breakup wants to grab a bag and go hang out with their best friend for a while.  The relationship between Santana and her best friend reminded me so much of some of the antics I got up to with my girlfriends that I found myself smiling a lot of the time.

I don’t read a lot of BDSM it’s usually not my thing, however, I found this title to have the perfect balance of a love story /breakup and exploring this other side of sex.  The scenes were well written and realistic which I think is a real accomplishment when writing sex scenes, so many are over the top. I really Adore Grahams character he is so down to earth and honest about exactly what he expects. I am sure guys like him actually exist. Another great thing about the book is that I can tell the author has taken a lot of time to ensure that this is a believable fantasy, I am sure some research was involved to be able to strike the perfect balance of relatability and naughty fantasy. I found myself totally engrossed in their world. To me that is the sign of a great piece of writing.

Santana’s ex Michael is portrayed beautifully, the way a man behaves when he has broken it off with a woman was all there. I enjoyed watching this part of the story unfold. I loved the whole will they won’t they aspect.  to find out more you will need to read the book, I don’t want to spoil it for potential readers.

As it is a novella the story does move along a lot faster than in a full-length novel. I didn’t feel that it lost anything being this short. It is a very well written, detailed story that held my attention from page one right till the end.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a love story. If you have never read a book covering this particular subject, then Bourbon Street Heat is the perfect book for you.

In conclusion, A great book with some believable characters. The plot is brilliant and the exclusion flawless. Perfectly lovely, yet wickedly naughty.  A must read.

Amazon link