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Hot Love Inferno

Hot Love Inferno by Nicky Blue

“Maybe that’s what being ‘at one’ with yourself means, to collect all other versions of you in existence.”

I clapped when I finished reading this novella and grinned. What’s not to love about this novella! Comedy, Action, Deadly Samurai warriors, Multi-dimensional Basset Hound, Descriptive goodness, Time travel and a Countdown to save Barry’s world. There is actual comic relief amidst bad situations and near death experiences. The author was kind to explain British references so you are immersed. It’s a quick, humorous read that will have you tensed in action also.

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Book Blurb

When seven-foot ghost warriors are trying to kill you, a multidimensional Basset Hound might be the only friend you need.
A half-woman, half-cockroach fused in a bizarre gardening accident? That would be Mrs Jittery Twitch, dwelling in the shadows of our misdeeds. If in danger, you can call upon her help… all she asks is your soul as payment. But she’s just a legend, so no need to worry.
Barry Harris is a 28-year-old man, still living with his dear old mum in a little flat above a hairdresser. His obsession with Star Trek and the martial arts won’t help him when he’s forced out on a date.
And nobody knows about the weird string of events that’s about to put everyone’s lives in danger. A trio of samurai warriors and the strangest offer of help lead Barry on a perilous mission to save the day.

(This book is the second in the Prophecy Allocation series but works fine as a standalone read.)

Categories for Hot Love Inferno:
Dark humour books, Comedy Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure, Time Travel, Dark Comedy,
Comedy, Humorous Fantasy, Humorous Fantasy Books,
Urban Fantasy Humour, Comic Fantasy,sci fi comedy books, sci-fi comedy,

Culled from Amazon.

It’s initial chapters dragged on. I was bored with Barry’s routine life in Portsdale. But then during his movie date with Jo, things switched up. Then got gory and Barry had to get past the shock and begin a perilous mission to save everyone. At this point I missed the “boring” routine.

It is narrated by Barry and a third person who explains terms, cultural references of the 90s and some jokes in footnotes. I was curious about this third person narrator, the footnotes narrator. I had a suspicion who it was and was correct. But I won’t give spoilers. One of the main characters is Keith, an multi-dimensional Basset Hound, who has numerous time/multiverse altering lights on his collar. Plus he talks and is another hero in this story.

Molly, Barry’s mother and her friend Merritt who is Jo’s aunt will make you smile. Jo herself is an interesting but random woman who is enough motivation for our save-the-day team. Besides having a dog as a character, there is a community of active elderly characters-Dr Harper was a delight! I love how the book highlights on how to treat your pets, sex positivity and BDSM kinks, how the police attend to complaints, unhealthy eating, dating someone with an illness, gardening, etc. It set in Portsdale, a small British town in 1995.

There is the sci-fi, fantasy bit that impressed me. Prophecy Allocation referred to in the novella, “You know I said the multiverse only has two dimensions? The Prophecy Allocation Department links them both together. Essentially, it is an
office block at a crossroads between the seen and the unseen worlds. The Department owns the fabric of existence, and they control everything within it.”

The ebook typesetting is artsy. Novella’s descriptive imagery is really enjoyable. “The Factory’s doors flung open, and fog slithered in, slowly engulfing the aisles of erotic delectation.” A lot old English phrases and slangs matched the geographical and time setting of the book. I couldn’t locate wher its title came from. You know I love find this out. But a plot resolution came with the Pleasure Factory blowing up.

There are loose ends in the plot but it’s safe to presume new novellas in this Prophecy Allocation Series will tie them up. I look forward to listening to Keith again, Mrs Jittery Twitch and Barry and Jo’s buddy romance. I recommend this book with 3.5 fireworks.

Do buy it here on Amazon

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The first book in the series is Escape from Samsara. A Watched pot published under the pen name, Mr Blue are worth checking out.

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STAB LOVE WITH FLOWER STALK BOOK COVER REVEAL and more news!

BOOK COVER REVEAL

Say heyy to the book cover of STAB LOVE WITH FLOWER STALKS!!!

‘A queer and complex experience of Eros’ -Logan February

It hasn’t been easy keeping this away from everyone but Lara is the boss. The night I got the book cover from Logan February, Author (In The Nude, Painted blue with Saltwater) and CoEditor my heart cried.

BOOK TOUR

Our book blitz and blog tour hosted by Naija Book Bae has kicked off with Nigerian Bookstagrammer Codedreader detailed Instagram post and Fashion, Books and Lifestyle Blogger, Thelifeofamaka informative Twitter thread.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Stab Love With Flower Stalks is my debut collection of 13 flash stories and poems which narrate the delicate beauty and jarring pains of love.

Publication Date: 18th June 2019 on Okadabooks

Genres: Erotica, LGBT+, Adult Fiction

Tagged: POC Representation (Black people), Mental Health (Anxiety), Sapphic, Bisexuality, Pain and Heartbreak, Alcohol Addiction.

This is how you die young

This is how you die young

You are driving at a steady speed entering the empty expressway then climbing the harmattan shrouded bridge.

You don’t see the large porthole and ramp into it.

You were thinking of her,

And how the many stabs of doubt,

And his inaccurate accusations of infidelity

Stopped your heart two hours before.


This is how you die young

By the searing palms of lust squeezing your heart as she undresses glowing chocolate curves. A peach dress then burgundy lace lingerie whisper to your office tiles.


This is how you die young

Of a heart attack as she sucks conviction

Out your dark nipples, fondling their full breasts though you moan and beg.


This is how you die young

A lesbian in denial that closes her “straight” gaze whenever my roving fingers she aches, arches and begs for,

Pluck, caress, smack, thrust, stroke and worship her.


Death is to deny your truth,

But to die young is to passively live in your truth.

This is how I killed you with ecstasy,

And this transfiguration of pride looks better than your new fender.

Setting up a Book Shoot Set; Book Photography Hacks

Hey Gem, find helpful tips and hacks on setting up a book shoot set and taking book photos.

I found a spot in my room at Abuja for book shoots this weekend. I said I’ll show it to you and my other sets in Lagos. I decided to share advice and hacks I’ve learned from setting up book shoot sets for book photos and blogging.

Pick Your Theme and Colours

Three things, you’ll notice about my blog or bookstagram account are Orange, Vibrant Colors, Flowers-beside the books and food of course. Pick your theme in term of colours, background, positions of books. This is what makes a book blog distinct. It’s why we love pictures from our favourite book bloggers. Play with different things honestly. You can always change your theme or introduce new things to it. For example, I tilt my opened pages towards the right. I alternate between flatlays, book stacks, opened pages or pictures with only flowers.

My Feed as at January before some changes.

Lighting

Popular Bookstagrammer, The Guy With The Books once advised to find the Golden Hour in your city. I can attest that natural light is the best to shoot with. For example, In Yola from 8-10am has perfect sunlight. 12-2pm gives extremely bright sunlight and I had to battle with shadows of props, window stills in the picture. Lagos is darker so mid mornings are my best time. In Abuja 9-10am and an hour before sun down works for my selfies and book photos.

HACK– Set up your set or flatlay where the vibrant rays of sunshine hit. In front, beside or opposite a window. Beware of harshness and shadows.

Select your Props

Some props are books, bookmarks, coffee, fairy lights, beddings, figurines, stationery, candles, plants, food, etc. Mine are flowers, balloons, fabrics, stationery and food. Your props can be themed with the pictured book’s lessons, title, etc.

Or something unique like figurines or balloons. It can be whatever you choose. Layer your props. Make sure their colours compliment or artistically contrast your theme.

HACK– Bring everything closer. A camera picks distance differently than the eyes.

Set up your backdrop or flatlay

Do you have your background ready? A draped fabric is a great background for book stacks if you don’t have a bookshelf. Wooden surfaces give a beautiful, unique pop to ones feed. I have infused them into my feed. White wrappping paper or cardboard or in other colours that fit your theme, make crisp back grounds for flatlays. A wall, flower shrub, the floor, a spread of open books are all valid backgrounds.

Rumpled Bedsheets give a romantic, informal ie. reading-in-bed feel. Bedsheets, scarves, books, white towel or a fur carpet are all gorgeous backgrounds or constant props.

A scarf is the background.

HACK– Be consistent with whatever surface you choose. You can pick more than one so you can switch up where you take pictures.

Mobile Photography and Editing.

My advice on camera will be for mobile photography. Check your phone setting for Pro, Focus, Zoom, etc and use them to snap. Play around! Snap with the dimension for the platform you’ll publish pictures on. Eg. Instagram crops pictures closer, so zoom won’t be a good feature for snapping its pictures.

Choose a filter that will add to the general theme of your pictures. Keep snapping and checking what you’ve shot before unpacking the set. I can be very critical so I usually assess, snap more then unpack. Take a break before selecting and edit. Delete pictures you dont need so you can have space. Back up those you select.

HACK– Tilt the base phone outward so bookstacks and their spines appear tall and vivid. For flatlays, tilt your phone so that all the objects appear very flat.

My book corner at my Mum’s house in Ikorodu, Lagos.

Ebooks

This is a creative literary blog. I feature reviews of online fiction, ebooks and share my own stories. I know the struggle to share beautiful images for ebooks or online fiction. My advice is that you get another phone. Not necessarily a new one, maybe for a friend or sibling or your old one.

Apply all the advice and hacks above also. I usually use pictures of flowers or my write pads as images for my stories. Many creative writing bloggers just download images from Unsplash or use animated avatars. Choose what is convenient and fits your theme.

HACK– Send a screenshot of the ebook cover to the other phone. Then use your phone to snap it.

Extra Tips

Spontaneous Pictures are necessary. Add some outdoor pictures. If you visit spots in your city and you take your book along. Take and share pictures whether or not your book features in them.

Inside the High Court, F.C.T, Maitama where I’m doing my externship in Abuja

Search other feeds for Inspiration when I feel bored or stuck with how I take pictures, I explore through instagram or wordpress through Hashtags like #bookstagramnigeria, #books, #bookphotograhy, #bookblog #currentlyreading #read, #bibliophile etc. You can always recreate a look you like. Don’t feel discouraged that your pictures aren’t similar or have less likes. You’ll get there!

Don’t forget to post your pictures and have fun!


All images used in this post were photographed by Adaeze Feyisayo for Amethyst Saw (WordPress blog and Instagram). All rights are reserved. Reference when used.