Guest Post: Top tips for aspiring writers by Penny Hancock

Yesterday 'A Trick of the Mind' Penny Hancock's latest novel went on sale and since I loved her novel 'Tideline' I am very happy to be taking part in this blog tour. Please stop by on Monday to read my review of 'A Trick of the Mind'

Today Penny Hancock will share her top tips for aspiring writers. So if you are planning to start writing your own novel or already started but could use some extra tips read on and pay close attention....


Shadows over Somerset by Bob Freeman

Series: Cairnwood Manor #1
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Source: I received an e-copy for review
Michael Somers is brought to Cairnwood, an isolated manor in rural Indiana, to sit at the deathbed of a grandfather he never knew existed. He soon finds himself drawn into a strange and esoteric world filled with werewolves, vampires, witches… and a family curse that dates back to fourteenth century Scotland.In the sleepy little town of Somerset, an ancient evil awakens, hungering for blood and vengeance… and if Michael is to survive he must face his inner demons and embrace his family’s dark past.

Shadows over Somerset is a very entertaining and fast paced-read. Werewolves, Vampires and Witches Oh my! Yes Shadows over Somerset has them all.

Eventhough it is set in the modern day it read like a historical which went very well with the gothic feel. The whole setting and world building were amazing. I liked the story itself very much 


Death's Dance by Crymsyn Hart

Series: Deathly Encounters Series #1
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Source: I received an e-copy for review
Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are.Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.
From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance.
From there things went from bad to worse.

Death's Dance is a promising start of a new series. It has all the ingredients (yeah also the corny ones) for a good horror. Unfortunately it also has a big flaw. 

I read Death's Dance in one sitting, at night. I like to read these books at night and this one shoud be read at night. I truly liked the world created by Crymsyn. Trying to figure out if the hooded specter is good or evil, the ghost town, the ex ├žoming to 'the rescue', some "don't do it" and "don't go in there" scenes, it all worked. All the right vibes for a Horror. 


Transport by Peter Welmerink

Series: Transport #1
Genre: Horror
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Source: I received an e-copy for review
The HURON, a 72-ton heavy transport vehicle and an army of four; tracked, racked and ready to roll, to serve and protect the walled metropolis of Grand Rapids-both her living and her undead. Captain Jacob Billet and his crew patrol the byways, ready for trouble. William Lettner, the North Shore Coalition High Commissioner, has enemies from the mainland to the lakeshore and needs to be covertly transported home after his helicopter is shot down en route to Grand Rapids. He has no love for a city that give unliving civilians the right to survive. Lettner's venomous outbursts assaults Billet and his crew along every mile travelled as they are assigned to safely bring him through the treacherous landscape outside the city back to his hometown. The HURON and her crew will have to face domesticated zombies and the feral undead; marauders holding strategic chokepoints hostage; barricaded villages fighting for survival, and a group of geneticists who've lost control of one of their monstrous experiments if they want to complete their mission. The crew will need to stay strong and trust one another in order to finish the mission and bring their "precious" cargo home, even knowing, all the while, the terrible deeds Lettner has done. Travelling through West Michigan was never so dangerous
I am a sucker or a good zombie novel and unfortunately they are not easy to find. Transport however is one  I enjoyed very much. I loved the entire concept of this story and loved the execution even more.