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Link by Link, Chain by Chain.

chain_linksI have been asked to take part in this blog hop by my good author friend, Jessica Kong. In this chain, authors will reveal a bit about themselves and their writing process through answering four questions. Then they pass the link to others. I have passed the link to Melanie Toye. First I will tell you a little about myself and answer the questions. Then I will tell you a little bit about Jessica Kong and Melanie Toye.

Yvonne in Java's

I live and work in co. Galway, Ireland. I am the author of two novels, Passion Killer and Shadows of the Dead. I was long listed in the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year competition 2012.

I am a member of the Java Writers group, who have recently published Infusions, a collaboration of our work, and am also co-author of 8 Slices of Cake, an ebook which can be downloaded on smashwords and amazon.  I took part in the first ever short story compiled by tweets, along with well known crime writers Val McDermid, Mark Billingham and Martyn Waites. The story is entitled First Stop: Revenge and can be found at: east coast story 

To connect with me:  Website, facebook, twitter.

1) What am I working on?     My current work in progress is a thriller about a serial killer. Detectives Sarah Forde and Dave Burke are trying to put the clues together to create a picture of the monster who is going around the city and county, brutally killing women.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?  I tend not to stick to any one genre. As you can see from my first two novels, I have written a cozy mystery and a horror. With 8 Slices of Cake I ventured into romance. And I have written an as yet unpublished children’s book. I write what I am moved to write as opposed to trying to stay within a genre.

3) Why do I write what I do? I write because I love it. I write what I do because once an idea takes hold, it doesn’t let go until it’s written, no matter what genre it’s in.

4) How does my writing process work? I wish I could say that I get up at 6.30 every morning and write for an hour, then sit down to the computer after the school run and write for 3 hours until the next school run. However, as a busy mum and childminder, my writing routine is more like this: I squeeze in a few words wherever I can. They all add up. As Agatha Christie said:

Agatha Christie quote

I would add to this – while doing the laundry, in the car on the school run, even in the shower. Or doing any of those mundane, must-be-done chores.

My books:

Passion Killer CS Mar 7th (1)

If your ex lover and best friend was accused of killing your boyfriend would you stand up for him? Would your friends stand by you?

Passion Killer is a story of how unrequited love, jealousy and obsession become dangerous, turning passion to murder. It revolves around a group of friends in a small town in Ireland.  Sylvia arrives home one evening to find her boyfriend, Rick, in a pool of blood. In the course of their investigation, Detectives Barbara Molloy and Mick Naughton question the group of friends and uncover a web of deception. A party the night before the murder left many fingerprints at the scene of the crime. In the tangle of love triangles there are plenty of motives to choose from and few alibis, casting the net of suspicion wide.

As the story unfolds, the friends discover secrets and lies that test their relationships to the point of breaking. In order to cast suspicion away from one of their best friends, Alex, the group start to suspect a myriad of acquaintances. Will they succeed in finding out who killed Rick before Alex is put away for something he didn’t do? Or will they find out that Alex isn’t who they thought he was?

Available At:

Amazon          Barnes & Noble           Smashwords

Shadows cover

What would you do if you found your dream house and it was rumored to be haunted? Would you buy it anyway? Would every noise in the still of the dark night have you paralyzed with fear?

Shadows of the Dead is about Alice and Mark O’Brien who don’t believe in ghosts. They fall in love with Hawthorn Grange on their first viewing. Amused by the rumors, they buy and move into The Grange.  With Mark working the graveyard shift, Alice is alone at night. Alone with the sounds from an old house, with the words of the neighbors whispering around her, the stories of the shadows arising from the graves next door and making their way into the house.

Will her imagination succumb to the rumors? Is that a door creaking open? Who is that standing at the foot of her bed? Is it just a dream? A nightmare of real or imagined proportions follows Alice around as she tries to remember that ghosts don’t exist. Or do they?

Available At:

Amazon               Barnes & Noble


Java Writers are a Galway group who met through Over the Edge literary events and creative writing classes. We meet regularly in Java’s Cafe  to write and share artistic musings.  Infusions is a collection of our Fiction, Poetry, Prose and Illustrations, a percolation of diverse themes – love and loss, mystery and nostalgia, family and friends, sea and fire, wind and rain –  set variously in Italy, England, America and Ireland, reflecting the group’s eclectic mix.

Available At:

Amazon            Barnes & Noble

8 Slices cover

A wedding, an 8 tiered cake, 8 short stories, 8 writers from all over the world. Each writer has chosen a different cake for our characters attending the wedding. Each story has its own cake recipe. We are comparing this book to the movie “Love Actually.” We all write in our own unique style. 8 Slices of Cake is a fun read about marriage, divorce, romance, dating, failed relationships, and finding love.

Available At:

Amazon          Smashwords

Jessica Kong

Jessica Kong

Jessica is an avid reader of all things fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal. When not reading or writing, she enjoys puzzles, arts and crafts, crocheting, horror movies, and video games. She created the Sea-anan Saga out of inspiration provided by her love for movies like Star Wars and Deep Space Nine, along with an avid appreciation of romance novels. She makes her home in Somerset, New Jersey, with her loving husband of twenty-one years and their teenaged triplets.

Her books:


Seacat John McCall labels the attack on the Sea-anan Empire as a nightmare. He escapes the enemy’s invasion, only to find himself stranded on a distant planet called Surreal. Tormented by thoughts of his family being massacred or captured by the enemy, he focuses on returning to aid them until he experiences a mind-boggling kiss that can only come from the one he is meant to share his life with. To ease the terror he feels for his family, John seeks the identity of his secret admirer. He quickly learns the true meaning of nightmare when he discovers his soul mate is of “the mist.”

Jasira Eversole is drawn to the powerfully built outlander sitting at the king’s table. Unable to resist the need to see him again, she enters the warrior’s room while he sleeps. John’s rugged good looks and chiseled body compel Jasira to reach out and touch him. Being of the mist, Jasira knows she will not be able to feel John, but she cannot resist his pull. The richness of John’s hair, the firmness of his muscles, and the clean scent of his skin all take Jasira off guard. She swiftly realizes John is her intended mate. Now, Jasira must somehow convince the young warrior that they are two halves of one soul without chasing him off Surreal, leaving her to a lonely existence as mist.

Available At:

Amazon US              Amazon UK                Barnes & Noble

CreateSpace            Books A Million


Picking up from where the first installment of the series, A Lost Kitten, left off, the second installment in the fast-paced Sea-anan Saga by Jessica A. Kong explains the reasoning behind the creation of the law that forbids felines to permanently join with aliens.

This law creates the main conflict that exists between Sev, the reigning king of the Oceanan race, and his soulmate, Areo, of the human-feline hybrids. Sev is raised in the midst of a vicious family feud, but all seems worth it when his adoptive aunt gives birth to a beautiful little girl, Areo, whom Sev falls instantly and irrevocably in love with. But when Sev’s planet collides with its own sun and collapses, he must bear the loss of his entire family, including his love as well as any memory of her.

When Areo’s empire is brutally attacked, everyone is scattered throughout the universe. Where does she land but the planet that Sev is currently occupying. What follows is a continually building conflict interlaced with one of the most fervently passionate love stories seen in these kinds of novels.

Author Jessica A. Kong chooses not just to write about space travel, or war, or love, or family, or even racism; instead, she chooses to combine all of these classic literary themes into one amazing story. The result is a mysterious and ultimately deeply satisfying story that only leads to the craving for more from this gifted and astoundingly creative writer.

Available At:

Amazon US              Amazon UK             Barnes & Noble

CreateSpace            Books A Million

Melanie Toye
Melanie is a dream chaser. More than that, she is a freelance business writer and author. She sets out to inspire, teach and entertain through engaging, creative and storytelling content. She wants to touch every person’s life and her way of reaching out to the world is through writing. She has been a writer and storyteller all of her life, yet when looking for her dream career, she had not even thought writing could be it. It seemed too easy. Three years after, she published her very first novel, Entice Me. A chick lit, fiction that every woman (and man) will love to read. She realised she could do this. She could turn her passion for writing into a career. And so her dream chasing career has begun. 8 eBooks published, a loyal following and writing business articles for various industries on a regular basis. (To see what she has accomplished through writing to date, view her LinkedIn profile . Connect with her too; she loves meeting new people). Since she made writing her career, she has pushed herself to greater heights, accepted new challenges, and found herself in a completely dark tunnel wondering where to make her next step. She keeps bundling in the dark, yet every step she moves forward, a small light shines its way and she knows she will look back on her journey, shake her head and say well done Mel. That was amazing. So far, her journey with writing, creating, building and sharing has been absolutely unforgetable.


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Okay, Halloween is just around the corner. Who’s ready for a scare?

Do you believe in ghosts? Alice and Mark O’Brien didn’t. They bought Hawthorn Grange, a house with stories to tell, like the story of Mick Feeney and the day he moved into The Grange…

It was a gray, dismal day when he arrived. He was relieved to get inside out of the rain. He had been to visit his Aunt Mae, and Uncle Henry, as a child, but never warmed to them or to this house. Therefore, he had no intention of keeping Hawthorn Grange. It was his intention to just look through it to see if there was anything worth keeping, and then sell it.

However, a strange sensation passed over him as he walked from room to room, and something he could never explain made him change his mind and keep it. He had flashbacks to his childhood as he opened each door, and although none of them were happy memories, they nevertheless seemed to compel him to keep the house, to live out the rest of his life there. He couldn’t even put the flashbacks down to a photograph he found of himself, his parents and siblings outside their own home.

Nor could he say that it was from a sense of pride that he had come from such humble beginnings, a small run-down cottage housing ten ragamuffins in tattered clothes, to this grand house that made him want to keep it.

On his first night in Hawthorn Grange he was unable to sleep and got up to get a drink. On the way back to his room with a hot whiskey, he jumped and dropped the drink, splashing himself with it.

He had no time, however, to feel the liquid burn his skin, as what had made him jump made its way across the hall and passed through him, freezing him to the spot. The next morning there would be no burn marks from the splashes of hot whiskey, as the hours of cold from the ghosts of Aunt Mae and Uncle Henry passing through him salved the burned skin.

This experience would have sent most people running for the hills. Indeed, he did fleetingly think about selling the house when he was able to move and think again at dawn. However, something inexplicable made him stay.

The next night he stayed in his room behind his bedroom door, opened just a crack, and watched as the ghosts of Mae and Henry floated up and down the hall.

Watching their ghosts disappear into the floorboards at dawn, he knew that all he would have to do was stay out of their way between midnight and dawn.

As time went on he discovered that more ghosts from the graveyard next door would join Mae and Henry. These ghosts he recognized as friends and family of his aunt and uncle. He assumed that over time they had gotten bored of haunting the house with no results and had beckoned to the other ghosts to come in.

At night he repeatedly dreamt of Mae and Henry burning in the fire that had claimed their lives and saw their skin charring, flaking away from their faces and bodies. Mick stared at their skeletons and felt himself burning alongside them. The dream felt so real that when he woke up in a cold sweat he jumped out of the bed and started rolling on the floor, swatting at himself to put out the flames he felt sure were ravaging his body. Sometimes he looked down at himself in his dream and saw nothing more than a burning skeleton.

The ghosts taking over the hall every night meant that he had to carefully plan his trips to the toilet. As he got older and his bladder got weaker this became more difficult.

He would wait until all of the ghosts had passed by, leaving a clear path from his room to the toilet. Then he would dash to the bathroom and give the ghosts time to pass up and down again until there was once more a clear path to his bedroom. But sometimes he would only get halfway to the bathroom and be frozen to the spot until morning, and when he came to, his stomach would ache from the unrelieved pressure.

Over the years more and more memories came back to him about the visits he had made to his aunt and uncle when he was younger; they had made his life miserable. As he compared his behavior to theirs he began to see that maybe they weren’t such bad people after all, this house certainly seemed to have a strange hold over people, a hold that went beyond the hauntings that had presumably started with his aunt and uncle’s deaths.

Even though he could see that the house was making him behave in a strange, even bad, way, he was powerless to sell up and move away from it. The thought of it caused a strange constricting feeling around his chest and he struggled to breathe, as if it was the house itself that was breathing life into him, enabling him to continue living.

To read more:

http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Dead-Yvonne-McEvaddy/dp/1479325422, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadows-Dead-Yvonne-McEvaddy/dp/1479325422

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