Rate and review call from authors everywhere!

Read a book recently? Do you, like me, LOVE books and stories?

If so, and you haven’t had the time to do this yet, go and rate the books you’ve enjoyed. It only takes a few seconds to do and, whether you realise it or not, it makes a difference.

These days, consumer-led assessment of quality affects everything – Tripadvisor is a brilliant example of this – and the publishing business is no different. Your rating of a book affects the purchasing choices of the people who come to a product after you. They’re much more likely to risk their hard-earned wages on something that other people have liked and rated before them.

Why is this important? Because it could mean the difference between an author staying an author or going back to her day job. This is as true for me as anyone else.

So, please, if you’ve got a spare moment, leave a rating of your favourite books and keep the people who write them in a job!

And, if you have several spare moments, go a step further and add a review to your rating. It all adds up to something.

Something wonderful.

Blood Fugue, special Christmas offer!

Blood Fugue

I had a word with the lovely people at SALT/PROXIMA today and persuaded them to knock 60% off the kindle price of Blood Fugue. Yes, SIXTY percent – they must be mad to have agreed!

If you’re after Vampires like you’ve never seen them before, this is our Christmas treat to you.

And if you’re still not sure about it, here are some endorsements from around the world…

“Folklore and mythology, as well as man’s catastrophic disregard for nature, are the meat of Joseph D’Lacey’s horror. But the prime cuts are always compassion and surprise.” (Adam Nevill, author of Apartment 16, The Ritual and Last Days)

“A magic carpet ride back to the early days of horror.” (Clare’s Crypt)

“If you enjoy eroticism in the woods, being terrified in an arboretum, and want a horror story, beautifully written yet will shake you to the core, then read Blood Fugue by Joseph D’Lacey.” (Geoff Nelder Café Doom)

“It would be best if you dismissed any expectations of a traditional vampire story before you begin to read Blood Fugue. It’s not; it’s similar, but D’Lacey creates his own creatures as naturally as if they’ve existed for centuries in the wilderness. They’re wonderfully deceitful beings that lurk inside their victims without them even knowing that they’ve become possessed, urging echoes of The Thing throughout. D’Lacey’s victims/creatures were my favourite part of the story, provoking the interesting dilemma of an affliction that sufferers don’t remember the evil they complete; a vampiric amnesia if you will.” (Nathan Robinson Snakebite Horror)

“Horror can be the trickiest of genres to gauge correctly. I think it’s the mark of a good author that they know when to go for the out-and-out shock and when to leave the reader to fill in the blanks themselves. Blood Fugue is at times graphic, and occasionally extreme, but D’Lacey knows exactly what scenes require that shock value and which can be left to the reader’s imagination. If you’re a horror fan and you’re not already reading Joseph D’Lacey you had better have a bloody good excuse. In fact I demand you remedy this outrageous oversight immediately.” (The Eloquent Page)

“Blood Fugue is definitely not for the faint hearted. Although it appears the idea came from vapiric lore, this is vampires on crack – they’re big, bad, and very very ugly. I’ve always loved a good horror novel – the gorier and more shocking the better – and Blood Fugue delivered on every single level. This is not a novel for the faint hearted or easily squeamish, but it’s certainly one for readers who love to scare the absolute crap out of themselves.” (The Aussie Zombie)

“Blood Fugue is a near perfect mix of vampires, body horror and ecological thriller. if you only read one vampire novel this year, make sure it is this one.” (Ginger Nuts of Horror)

“Blood Fugue is a horror read that is most definitely out of the ordinary and deserves to make it on to your reading list immediately. There’s no need to simply take my word for it though… Master of Horror Stephen King succinctly said ‘Joseph D’Lacey rocks!’” (Andyerupts.com)

“This book is just glorious. I read it over Hallowe’en week, and I was absolutely hooked from the first page. It’s a fantastic read for this time of year, when everything gets colder and darker, and the idea of monsters starts to feel a whole lot more likely. The cover endorsement, from Stephen King (Stephen King!!! As an author, how unbelievably excellent must that feel?) reads simply, ‘Joseph D’Lacey rocks’. And, based on the evidence of Blood Fugue, he certainly does.” (Cassandra Parkin)

“D’Lacey forms a world that is some part the beautiful mystery of early Koontz, the small town whimsy of King and the dangerously blurry line between sex and violence that encapsulates Laymon.” (Snakebite Horror)

“A wonderfully twisted and uber-violent take on the vampire myth.” (Wayne Simmons)

“Captivating … truly a joy to read.” (Horror Reviewsite)

“Blowjobs, threesomes and girl on girl…owes more to Fifty Shades of Grey than to Dracula.” (Annexe Magazine)

“D’Lacey’s writing is definitely sexy, terrifying and very, very visceral…This book is just glorious.” (Adventures in Trash)

“A trip through the forest from hell … Unforgettable.” (Dark Arts Magazine)

“What makes the Fugue so compelling, however, is not what it pushes the infected to do, but that it causes them to forget they have done anything at all. The only trouble is that Kerrigan, who is responsible for taking care of any unruly outbreaks of Fugue, is also oblivious of anything amiss, at least until it’s too late in most cases. Between discovering his own origins – in some very heartwarming scenes with his adopters, Kath and Burt – and battling the increasingly formidable virus affecting the residents of Hobson’s Valley, Kerrigan is soon out of his depth. … Whether there’s a sequel to Blood Fugue or not, it will be interesting to see if Joseph D’Lacey can maintain this degree of excellence.” (Adam Millard This is Horror)

“The story itself is captivating. D’Lacey gives the main character, James Kerrigan, a secret that even he isn’t quite aware of. D’Lacey does a great job dropping hints, but not quite revealing this secret until the right time. He definitely knows how to grab a reader’s attention and keep hold of it until the very end.” (Joseph Mulak Horror Reviews)

Life outside social media: yes, there is one, I’ve checked

“A few weeks ago, I attempted to tidy up my Facebook ‘friends’ list, deleting folks I didn’t interact with in a positive way or simply didn’t know. I was trying streamline things; only linking with people whose updates I wanted to see and for whom I hoped the feeling would be mutual.

It’s a lot trickier than accepting a request and, with 4500 contacts to trawl through, a sizeable task. If there’s some embarrassingly easy way of doing this, I remain ignorant of it. Anyway, after each unfriending, the page tried to refresh 4499 icons, then 4498 and so on. It all got a bit Sisyphean.

I thought: Why am I even on Facebook? Apart from sap my energy and steal my time, what does it do? Where’s the benefit?

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