Guest Author: Joan De La Haye

Originally posted on Margrét Helgadóttir:

imageA lonely witch longs for a change in her miserable love life, and decides to try out a powerful spell. Joan De La Haye has used her darkest pen in her new book Burning and brings you a grim tale of desire, magic and death.

Joan has been so kind to answer a few questions about her book and writing.

What is Burning about?
Burning is about a witch called Marcie Grove, who hasn’t had much luck in the love department and decides to summon an incubus with disastrous effects.

What inspired you to write the book?
I was attempting to write something romantic and erotic. People keep telling me that I should give it a try, so I did. Only it turned out to be anything but a romantic story. Probably the fact that an ex-boyfriend also asked me to name the lead character after him, probably didn’t help…

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Guest blog! David Thomas Moore on Baker Street

Originally posted on thebookbeard's Blog:

The good folks over at Solaris Books offered me a guest blog and editor of the brilliant anthology Two Hundred and Twenty One Baker Streets stepped up to offer his thoughts on that most enigmatic of characters, Sherlock Holmes.


Hey there, and thanks for having me on the Bookbeard’s Blog. I hope my own modest beard serves in this illustrious company…

So, with less than a week to go (at time of writing) before the release of my first anthology, Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, I’ve been asked to write about the reinvention and appropriation of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. It’s an interesting question, and “reinvention” is, truthfully, an engaging idea. To reinvent; to invent again; to create what has been created already, because in creating it again we are both creating something new and shedding new light on the old.

Baker Streets has been described in more…

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Burning by Joan De La Haye

Originally posted on Tony's Thoughts:

Burning by Joan De La Haye

Sometimes with a novella like this the cover art is an afterthought and feels discombobulated. Not only does this cover look good and relate to the story but the back cover is the rear of the tarot card pictured on the front. Time, effort and skill went in to this cover and that made me want so see inside.

I don’t read much erotic fiction. Partly because I can feel myself blushing as I read the raunchy bits but mainly because I’d rather read about gruesome murders. The bonus for me in this book is that the sex scenes are all part of the setup for the murders. For me this story is a bit like a sparkly vampire story except instead of mooning around after abs of steel the women are making best use of those bodies and instead of a little love bite there is the whole essence sucking death thing going…

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Guest Post: Nerine Dorman

Hello my Freaky Darlings,
DSC_6857-EditToday we have fellow South African author, Nerine Dorman, hijacking my blog …
As always, a huge thank you to the wonderful Joan for inviting me over. I have plenty to share on both the writing and editing fronts.
First, a little something for those of you who are aspiring and upcoming authors of horror and dark fantasy here in South Africa (and abroad). Entries for this year’s South African HorrorFest Bloody Parchment short story competition are open until October 31. First prize is a comprehensive assessment and round of edits for your novel-length work which, as some of you may know, is worth quite a few clams. Find out here [] and if you’re looking for an idea of what sort of stories we run, feel free to purchase a copy of one of the past issues.
As author, I’ve had four releases this year, which should offer a little something to suit most readers.
The Guardian’s Wyrd may be aimed at teens, but if you’re like me, you’ll not be too fazed in your reading tastes when it comes to intended ages. If TGW print low resyou’re a fan of Harry Potter, then there’s a fair chance you’ll take a shine to Jay September when he travels to the magical realm of Sunthyst to rescue a prince.
For those of you who hanker after Anne Rice’s type of vampires, I can offer Dawn’s Bright Talons, a dark fantasy novel that pits vampires against the resurgence of an ancient foe.
“Nerine Dorman’s bright clear prose is at the forefront of modern fantasy” – Storm Constantine
Dawn’s Bright Talons is available as an ebook []
Over the past few years, a number of my short stories have slipped between the cracks, and I can only thank my last braincell that I thought to collect many of these tales that aren’t currently available in anthologies. Lost Children is the result, and here you’ll find a cross section of my work, ranging from fantasy to horror.
Last but not least, for those of you who like their fantasy fiction a little more risqué, I have a new short(ish) story entitled The Salamander Lord. It’s available as a 99c download and I envision these to be part of a bigger project in the long run. But, be warned, this story is *very* saucy.
This is by no means all I have written and, if you’re curious about my older, existing works, feel free to swing past my Goodreads page [].
Just a word, for those of you who might be wondering why Inkarna isn’t currently available. I’ve taken the novel off the market so that I can spruce it up in anticipation of its re-release when I launch book two, Thanatos. I’d like to make sure that the world’s worst typo that somehow slipped through in book one is expunged, and that the entire story has continuity from book one to two.
I’m also currently revising two of my older novelas, The Namaqualand Book of the Dead and What Sweet Music They Make, which will be released together as a duology entitled In Southern Darkness.
More than that, I won’t terrify you with, but if you’re of a mind, feel free to stalk me on Twitter [], like my Facebook page [] or sign up for my newsletter [].
South African readers can purchase a few of my titles in print over at Mega Books []

Interview With Joan De La Haye

Originally posted on Tony's Thoughts:

Joan De La Haye

I haven’t had an interview on my blog for a while. It is too much like interacting with real people for me. On the other hand I usually enjoy author interviews. My curiosity won out. Joan De La Haye is a really interesting writer. I love the slight cultural differences that I pick up reading her books but most importantly I really enjoy her storytelling. Requiem in E Sharp in particular is well worth a read. I hope you enjoy Joan’s answers as much as I did.

Q. How would you describe your writing and who does it appeal to (other than me)?

A. I guess I would describe it as being dark and a bit twisted. I tackle difficult subject matters and my books don’t tend to be for the faint of heart. So I think my books would probably appeal to people who like to be pushed out of…

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My Fantasy Con Schedule

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

The schedule for Fantasy Con in York next week is up and from the looks of it I’m going to be a busy girl.

I’ll be kicking my schedule off on Friday, the 5th of September, with a reading from Burning at 8:20pm.

On Saturday the 6th I’ve got the Fox Spirit book launch for Breed by Karen Davies, where there will also be copies of Burning available and I’ll also be signing them. And after that at 1pm I have the launch for Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, which should be loads of fun.

Then on Sunday the 7th at 10am I’m on the panel called A working class hero is something to read. Apparently we’ll be discussing class in SFF. Should be amusing!

So if you’re around come along and say hi.


First Review is in

Hello my Freaky Darlings,

The first review for Burning is in!

It’s a pretty good one. So if you would like to read what Tony from Tony’s Thoughts had to say then click here.

If you’ve read Burning, please let me know what you thought of it by sending me the link to your review.

And if you want to get a paperback copy (ebook version will be out soon) you can order it from