The Curse of Judas – Cynthia Brandel

Okay, so we have a world where vampire-like creatures rule the world, and humans give blood to be allowed to survive. This kind of reminded me of the Blood of Eden series, by Julie Kagawa. This novella however had a Christian flavour reminiscent of James Rollins’s The Order of the Sanguines series. All in all, not bad titles to be associated with.


Shut Up and Entertain Us! Should Authors Be Political?

While many publishing professionals are likely to subscribe to my beliefs, all readers necessarily won’t. After all, if not for readers, communist, liberal, moderate, conservative, socialist, and everything in between, professionals will not make a living. When push comes to shove, the most liberal or moderate professional will drop me, before they face ruin. And I wouldn’t blame them.

The Power of Legend Chapter 3 – The Empress

The other woman smirked. “Really? Come now, Lady Commander. My sources report you draw all his battle plans, and are the General in Garychi, in all but name. He could spend the entire day sleeping, and it would make no differences to the war outcomes.” “Monomwana Hamenoimi is a capable soldier and leader, Your Greatness.” “You do not need to defend him, Lady Alade. There is no shame in not being skilled. You will find, most leaders are not successful because of any special gift. They are successful because they surround themselves with capable people. Leaders like myself are an exception, if I may say so myself. That is my son’s strength. He knows enough to make you, Lord Makomo and Lady Eve his supreme commanders. I am proud of him.”

The Power of Legend Chapter 1 – a Battle in the Sky

Finally, the Edenites and the vamps met in mid air. The vamps abandoned their arrows, and drew short swords. The Edenites drew both swords and firelaunchers, and the battle commenced in true honesty. Quick Vampiers and strong Edenites met in midair. Thanks to their heavy and strong armour, Edenites were proving harder to kill. This forced a Vampier to spend a few more seconds than usual engaged with a single Edenite. This in turn gave Edenites enough time to use brute strength against the Vampiers. Alade knew eventually, the Vampier’s speed and superior numbers would overwhelm her own forces.

A Tale of Two Novels – A Review of 13 Hours and A Young Man’s Game

Hello! Anybody home? Never mind. So I have this thing, where I hate posting anything less than four hundred words on my blog. This is a problem, since most of my reviews are under three hundred. On Friday night, while typing my two reviews for A Young Man’s Game, and 13 Hours, I had a … Continue reading A Tale of Two Novels – A Review of 13 Hours and A Young Man’s Game

The Release Date Is Nigh Upon Us – A Final Excerpt From Until We Are Free

Nyl and his team have to outsmart the king’s elite Royal Guard, to get to the princess, and somehow stay one step ahead of the faction opposed to negotiations. Everyone will be forced to re-evaluate ideology they were raised with, as an impending war looms ever closer. Join these elite rebel warriors on a journey of war, betrayal, and political scheming, in Until We Are Free. In this debut novel from TM Blayte, faces of friends, family, allies and enemies will blur. Loyalties will be tested, until the determination to be free becomes the only thing that matters. After all, does one person’s freedom mean another person’s oppression?

Who Are These People? A Character Analysis of My Debut Novel’s Main Characters

Originally Nyl’s soulmate, I feel she is the most changed character. When I created her, I wanted to highlight humans were as capable and smart as Elders. As a result, the original Kgaryn was unbelievably intellectually inferior. And to be honest, she was something of a spoiled bigot brat. Even I hated her sometimes. Eventually, I realised people could never sympathise with someone of her character. Moreover, sixteen year old me didn’t realise an inferior female dependant on superior males would never fly. Yep, that’s one of the things I meant last week when I said age played a role in this story’s development. What was worse back then, was there was no other significant female character to contrast her to. But that’s a post for another day.