Thursday, 31 December 2015

ANIME ARCHIVES: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PETSHOP OF HORRORS?

Petshop of Horrors
Anime Archives: Whatever Happened to Pet shop of Horrors?

In a pet shop in Chinatown, Count D has a pet for everyone's taste. They find they are attracted to the shop and want to fulfil their deepest desires by looking for the perfect pet, but there is one catch, the pets aren't what they seem - D has anyone who buys the animals to sign a contract, and almost everyone breaks them in one way or another, resulting in some horrific outcomes.

SHORT YAOI STORY: TO SAY I LOVE YOU BY RUBY JANE ABABA

To Say I Love You by Ruby Jane Ababa.
Edited by: SandraReviewer

It's really amazing how fate plays us. We don't know how we will be become or who we end up with in the future. Whether we are going to stay single or have someone who will be there to take care of us through thick and thin. Falling in love they say is a dangerous game. Once you touch its flame, it's going to ignite you and burn you. It will consume everything in you until you will become absorbed by its hot flame.

Monday, 21 December 2015

ANIME REVIEW: MAGI THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC SEASON 2 PART 2.


Magi The Kingdom of Magic Season 2 Part 2
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 309 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 21/12/2015
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Titus has revealed to Aladdin who he really is and who he works for. Aladdin doesn't act so surprised as he suspected as much, but as he isn't tied to anyone, he is a free man and Titus might be envious of that. Even if Titus might have felt disappointed him and Aladdin weren't alike, he is prepared to tag along to see what happens in the city.

ANIME REVIEW: ONE PIECE COLLECTION 12


One Piece Collection 12
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 640 Mins/Bonus Material: 60 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date: 28/12/2015
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

For those who need to be reminded, as this is a very long series, Monkey D. Luffy is following in his idol's footsteps, the pirate king Gol D. Roger who had been captured by the World Government. His death brought about the search for the One Piece, where every pirate around the world wanted to obtain it as it promised untold riches and fame, and also the eminent title of Pirate King.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

ANIME REVIEW: COFFIN PRINCESS CHAIKA: COMPLETE SEASON COLLECTION


Coffin Princess Chaika: Complete Season Collection
Released By: Animatsu
Rating: 18
Running Time: 309 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 21/12/2015
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Synopsis:
It's the end of the war for the continent of Verbist with the northern nation falling in the midst of the battle, but the Gaz Empire, known for being very evil doesn't forget what happened and quietly plots the Verbist's downfall.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

NETCOMICS MANWHA REVIEW: SWEET BLOOD VOL: 1 BY SEYOUNG KIM


Sweet Blood Vol: 1 by Seyoung Kim
Art/Story: Seyoung Kim
Genre: Boy's Love
Rating: 13+
Imprint: NETCOMICS
Updated: 12/09/15 Next: 12/16/15

Synopsis: While his parents are away having fun, Soohoo Lee has to face the stark reality he has nothing at all while he's existing in his run-down apartment. He dreams of making the big time, but knows that even if he tries to sell off his coin collection, he might not get much for it. And to cap it all off, while his friends are out having fun, he can't join them as he has to make future plans so that he can keep warm in winter. His friend, Kyungmin sounds like he has heard most of his get rich quick schemes, but none of them will make him any cash, only despair. Not that Kyungmin will help him out - he's too busy with other things!

NETCOMICS MANWHA REVIEW: CAT PRINCE VOL: 1 BY MORIM KANG


Cat Prince Vol 1 by Morim Kang
Art/Story: Morim Kang
Genre: Romance
Rating: All Ages
Imprint: NETCOMICS
Updated: 11/16/15 Next: 11/30/15

Synopsis: From the one who brought us the fantastic 10, 20 and 30, Morim Kang is back at her best with Cat Prince, the tale of Skyla who has the uncanny ability to speak Cat. She is constantly bullied by a boy, Logan, but needs her help when he is unfortunate enough to be cursed and turned into a cat. His problem is, he might stay a cat as there isn't a way to change him back to normal. Logan's only option is to get to Skyla as soon as he can, but when she finds out who he really is - will she help him?

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

PRESS RELEASE: A HAREM BOY'S SAGA - 1 - INITIATION BY YOUNG


A Harem Boy Saga – I – Initiation
By Young

Synopsis: This provocative story is about a young man who was initiated into a clandestine sexual society. He was spirited to the Middle East, from his UK boarding school. He attended the Bahriji School (Oasis,) in The United Arab Emirates in preparation for serving in Harems for the wealthy and elite.

It is also a love story between the young man and his ‘Valet’ who served as his chaperone and mentor during the boy’s Harem service.

YAOI REVIEW: THE SOLDIER AND THE SAMURAI


The Soldier and the Samurai
Author/Artist: Katsura & Yuramei
Publisher: Seishin Ink
Pages: 323
Reviewed by: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
When dreams come true, they often herald the start of a nightmare.Kanno Sakamoto, billionaire, yakuza and fantasist, returns in a tale of murder, revenge and political skullduggery. Having been released from the institution on the orders of Oishi Noburu, the leader of one of Tokyo's most notorious clans, Kanno finds himself at the mercy of the Oyabun, his devious son, Katashi — and the brutal enforcer, Kawai.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

PRESS RELEASE: SO I MARRIED AN ANTI-FAN - FROM NOVEL TO MANWHA TO K-DRAMA & CHINESE FILM!

Press Release for So I Married an Anti-Fan 
Written by: Sandra Scholes

Based on an original novel by Eunjung Kim, So I Married an Anti-fan became one of the many popular graphic novel/manwha series by Wann and published by NETCOMICS. It is a romance with a rating of 13+ and is the perfect manwha for those who enjoyed Wann's other novel series and there will be many who will be interested in Korean romance manga. It's easy to see why its popularity has increased and with it the desire to make it into a K-Drama and a full-length Chinese movie after being a four volume hit - the unlikely idea of two opposites getting together.

COMIC REVIEW: QUEEN ISSUE: 1 NIDUS BY JAMIE ME/BERNADINUS GITA/SEAN CALLAGHAN


Queen Issue: 1 Nidus
Author/Artist/Colourist: Jamie Me/Bernadinus Gita/Sean Callaghan
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis: 
Deputy Prime Minister, Emily Green is convinced that the government she is a part of are only interested in lining their own pockets rather than helping the poor and the needy who would do well from the cash the elite have. One phone call from a mysterious person asking her if she wants to become the new Prime Minister is the start of a very interesting comic story that raises the topical issues of sexism, racism and corruption.

ANIME REVIEW: GHOST IN THE SHELL ARISE BORDERS: 3 & 4


Ghost in the Shell Arise Borders: 3 & 4
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 112 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date: 30/11/2015
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Synopsis: When you mention a dystopian future sci-fi anime, most would instantly think of Ghost in the Shell as it has been around for quite a long time and each time improved after every movie. Now GitS offers us a series of separate two part OVAs: Border 3: Ghost Tears and OVA 4 Ghost Stands Alone. From Production IG whose credits are Ghost in the Shell and Psycho-Pass and OVA 3 Director Kazuchika Kise who is Animation Director on Neon Genesis Evangelion and Blood -C and OVA 4 Director Susumu Kudo who worked on Mardock Scramble. Viewers can expect the same sort of quality of OVAs we expected to see in OVAs 1 & 2.

Friday, 27 November 2015

BOX SET REVIEW: DRAGON BALL KAI SEASON 3


Dragon Ball Z KAI Season 3
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 309 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

This is a review for the Blu-ray version of the series.

As the fight draws to a close, Goku thinks this is the end of the trouble they will have, but little do they know what fate has in store for them...

Thursday, 26 November 2015

ANIME REVIEW: BLADE & SOUL COMPLETE SEASON COLLECTION


Blade & Soul Complete Season Collection
Released By: Animatsu
Rating: 15
Running Time: 353 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Synopsis: As the gaming scene is so popular in Japan, it's no wonder Korea has also got its own gaming scene. Based on a popular Korean MMORPG, Blade & Soul, Alka has been trained as the Clan of the Sword's best assassin, devoting her life to killing foes, the downside to this is that she has no emotion or concept of love that other people take for granted.

ANIME REVIEW: COPPELION - COMPLETE SERIES


Coppelion - Complete Series
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 297 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Coppelion is the title of the first episode where a three teenage girl team consisting of Ibara, Aoe and Taiko are wandering into what looks like a post apocalyptic deserted city on their superior's orders. The mission is to find intelligent life and have it air-lifted back to civilization elsewhere. Coming across a lone man in a hasmat suit triggers in him a fear of the girl who comes to treat him.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

ANIME MOVIE REVIEW: NARUTO THE MOVIE: ROAD TO NINJA


Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 106 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Aspect Ratio: 16x9
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Synopsis: Naruto is annoyed that his other classmates are ready to make the jump to Jonin and their parents are recommending them. As he has no living parents, he can't go through it without someone to recommend him, so Iruka sensei seems to be his best option. Meeting up at Ichirakus ramen place has a shaky start, and when he refuses, Naruto gets the hump and runs off, only to see Sakura has some trouble at home too.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

ANIME REVIEW: NISEKOI FALSE LOVE SEASON 1 PART 2


Nisekoi False Love Season 1 Part 2
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 309 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Aspect Ratio:16.9
Release Date: 19/10/2015
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

"Have you ever heard it? The phrase "zawsze in love"?

Synopsis: 
High school kid Raku thinks he is in love with a girl at school and there is the possibility she feels the same about him. His ability to love puts him to the test when a mysterious girl comes to him and tells him she is the girl who he loves and she can prove it!

ANIME REVIEW: SAMURAI JAM - BAKUMATSU ROCK - COMPLETE COLLECTION


Samurai Jam - Bakumatsu Rock - Complete Collection
Released By: Animatsu
Rating: 15
Running Time: 309 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Aspect Ratio:16.9
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

The premise for this anime is what if instead of banning guns, the Japanese government banned the guitar. Samurai Jam has Ryoma Sakamoto wanting desperately to be a rock star - even if it's illegal. He's already got his guitar, but he's not got the money to make the star status he wants as he works at his local pizza parlor.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

YAOI REVIEW: OROCHI NO KISHI BY ITOSHI/LEHANAN AIDA/ALDARIA


Orochi no Kishi
Author/Artist: Itoshi/Lehanan/Aldaria
Publisher: Yaoi Revolution
Pages: 323
Reviewed by: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
Set in the American West in 2071, intolerable heat and violent weather trends have driven the population from the Southwestern states, leaving the people who cling to a fringe existence in this wilderness prey to gamblers and thieves. Chief among the lawless are roving clans of racers who travel as outlaws in this new Wild West. Funded by wealthy stakeholders, the racing clans set new rules of justice within the circle of the banners they fly. Mouse, a talented small town motorcycle mechanic, finds himself kidnapped by a gang of Japanese bikers led by a formidable clan boss, Sadao Koga. The two form an uneasy alliance in a country without borders under the shadow of the Orochi banner.

ANIME MOVIE REVIEW: PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA MOVIE PART 3 - THE REBELLION

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie Part 3 - The Rebellion
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 112 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 5.1 & DD 2.0
Aspect Ratio:16.9
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

"We pray for hope, embrace curses and protect you from the dark. We're magical girls!"

Synopsis: Back in the first movie, Homura Akemi made a promise with ordinary high school girl, Madoka Kaname, but she could not keep that promise for long, and Madoka has to leave her behind after trying to set all the other magical girls free from their horrible destinies. Though Madoka has done this, they still have no idea whether their own fates will be promising or tragic.

Friday, 16 October 2015

ANIME MOVIE REVIEW: PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA 1 & 2 - BEGINNINGS/ETERNAL

Puella Magi Madoka Magica 1 & 2 - Beginnings/Eternal 
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Madoka Kaname is everyone's favourite high school girl who has best friends and family, but when Homura Akemi ends up in her class, she tells her something that will change her life forever. 

Sunday, 11 October 2015

BOX SET REVIEW: MARDOCK SCRAMBLE THE TRILOGY COLLECTION


Mardock Scramble The Trilogy Collection
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 181 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 16.9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes


Synopsis: 
Rune Balot is a young woman who wants to find friendship with others after being left on her own by her mother. As a result, she only finds herself in men’s beds and her meeting Shell, her rich pimp is one of the worst things she could have done as he is a bad influence on her. One day, when he gets tired of her, he locks her in a car and sets fire to it, assuming she is dead, but thanks to a dedicated scientist, and his team, Rune is rebuilt and brought back.

INTERVIEW: WITH LGBT MURDER MYSTERY AUTHOR JOE COSENTINO



INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JOE COSENTINO

Conducted by Sandra Scholes


It is so great to have Joe Cosentino with us today to discuss his latest novel, Drama Queen. Joe is the award winning author of several novels including An Infatuation, A Shooting Star and Paper Doll. His novels are well-known due to his characters, writing and eye-catching cover art. Please take a walk with me while I uncover the many mysteries of Joe's new novel.

PRESS RELEASE: LANDFALLS BY NAOMI WILLIAMS.



Landfalls by Naomi Williams


Landfalls is the intriguing début by Naomi Williams that concentrates on the famous Laperouse expedition of the late 18th Century. The reason why this novel is so interesting is that over 200 men had embarked on the journey, yet the French frigates, Boussole and Astrolabe had disappeared without a trace.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

YAOI REVIEW: VAMPIRE RENT BOY #3 - ALL ABOUT ADAM BY DL WARNER


Vampire Rent Boy #3 - All About Adam
DL Warner
Publisher: Sybaritic Press
Pages:30
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes


Synopsis: The memories of where Vampire Tristan met the sexy and mysterious Adam comes back to him at the most inconvenient moment – while he's with the lusty Police Detective who is still blind to his secrets. When they finally meet, Tristan not only finds out about Adam's strange and sometimes mystical past, he learns about the horrible fate his family had in mind for him when he was an innocent human. There is no time for regret with romance in the air. Tristan and Adam finally celebrate the miraculous events that brought them back together. Does this mean real happiness for Tristan? Or will an accident with the thorn from a rose ignite his blood lust and destroy his last chance at a life-long companion?

Sunday, 4 October 2015

BOX SET REVIEW: MAGI - THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC: SEASON 2 - PART 1


Magi - The Kingdom of Magic: Season 2 - Part 1
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 318 Mins
Audio: English & French with Japanese & English subs.
Release Date: 5/10/2015
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

As they have won the war, they have plenty to celebrate, they have conquered another dungeon, Aladdin, Alibaba, Morgiana and Ren Hakuryu are the team of the moment and everyone wants to know them, none more so than a certain person...

BOX SET REVIEW: YU-GI-OH! OFFICIAL THIRD SEASON


Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official Third Season
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1034
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 5/10/2015
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

When Yugi Mutou found a puzzle that dated from the Ancient Egyptians, he solved it and was granted the gaming power of a god so that whenever he was challenged to a duel, he could use his super gaming alter-ego to battle against the most powerful and dangerous opponents all while trying to protect his friends, but with this latest series of duels to come, will he succeed?

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

COVER REVEAL: ZARIA FIERCE AND THE ENCHANTED DRAKELAND SWORD


Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted 

Drakeland Sword

Cover Reveal: Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword
Title: Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword
Release Date: November 6, 2015 (11/06/2015)
Author: Keira Gillett
Illustrator: Eoghan Kerrigan
Narrator: Michele Carpenter
Series: Zaria Fierce Trilogy, Book 2 Summary in a Nut-Shell: Zaria Fierce must undo the damage she and her friends caused when they accidentally aided Olaf in his quest to release the dragon, Koll.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Cover Reveal: DRAMA QUEEN NOVEL BY JOE COSENTINO.

Cover Reveal: DRAMA QUEEN (a Nicky and Noah mystery)
a comedy/mystery/romance novel
by JOE COSENTINO
from Lethe Press
paperback and ebook available now in all formats
audiobook out now!
purchase links:

Thursday, 24 September 2015

KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA COMPLETE SERIES ONE COLLECTION


Knights of Sidonia Complete Series One Collection
Released By: Animatsu
Rating: 15
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date:Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

Nagate wakes up in a rice factory and leaves his compound even though someone has left a note telling him to stay where he is. His unfortunate fall onto a conveyor belt signals his capture by guards stationed there. Passing out from the exertion, he ends up in a hospital bed, and becomes the talk of the girl's locker room.

ANIME REVIEW: NORAGAMI COMPLETE SERIES ONE COLLECTION


Noragami Complete Series Collection
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 5.1
Release Date:21/9/2015
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

Finding a Regalia is what minor god Yato needs right now as his last one quit in despair. Being on Earth isn't easy either as he's in Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun and assigned the task of protecting humans from the evil Phantoms that lurk around. For all his skills as a minor god, he should be popular, but he's no shrine, no Regalia and no followers. Spray painting an advert onto a wall, he hopes he can get the followers he needs and a shrine, as there isn't much he can do without them - and a Regalia!

YAOI REVIEW: THE HOURGLASS BY ITOSHI AND ALDARIA


The Hourglass
Story/Artist: Itoshi/Aldaria
Publisher: Yaoi Revolution
Pages: 56
Reviewer: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
A new BL/Yaoi comic from the novel series Orochi no Kishi! Riding at midnight across the oppressive heat of the Great Salt Flats, racing team boss, Sadao Koga interrupts his mechanic in the garage who is welding in the nude again (with proper safety leathers, of course) and takes him on a moonlight ride up to a cooler mountainside hotspring for a 'break.' Wet, steamy and dreamlike, this encounter soon resonates of something much more powerful and symbolic of the coming time when both men will be forced apart to yearn for a distant reunion. Motorcycles, sweat and leather await! (56 pages - color cover, greyscale interior)

Monday, 21 September 2015

ANIME BOX SET REVIEW: BLEACH COMPLETE SERIES 14


Bleach Complete Series 14
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 582 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Aspect Ratio: 16.9
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes


Synopsis: While other squad members are being healed in a barrier, the rest of the captains and lieutenants are left to take Aizen down. Though Ichigo is strong, he has to get much strongeer if he wants to face Aizen. Gin makes an appearance to try and undermine Ichigo's resolve, but can Ichigo and the remaining squad members defeat the evil coming their way?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

ANIME REVIEW: NARUTO BOX SET 22

  
Naruto Shippuden Box Set 22
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes


One of the things my fella has commented on about Naruto is that none of the now deceased major characters ever truly die. There are always flashbacks with them in episodes that make us think, oh, it's that character I remember from that episode. Haven't seen them in a while. Now we've a whole arc to say that and enjoy these characters all over again even if they are reanimated.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

YAOI REVIEW: ADONIS BY EAB & TOLUENESISTER

Adonis
Author/Artist: EAB/Toluenesister
Publisher: Yaoi Revolution
Pages:180
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
Who Doesn't Yearn for a Little Escape? Adonis Blue has everything he's ever wanted: cars, money, an allowance, and all the Turner Classic Movies he can watch, but what happens when a blue-eyed concierge offers him everything he needs? When his wealthiest client invites Adonis on an all expenses paid vacation to Jamaica, Adonis jumps at the opportunity to deepen their connection, and to increase his bank account. However, things aren't all they seem in Montego Bay, and his Pretty Woman love turns into a Dangerous Liaisons affair. 

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

YAOI REVIEW: OUTWARDS BY ELEPHANT WENDIGO

Outwards
Author: Elephant Wendigo
Publisher: Yaoi Revolution
Pages: 40
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
In a dry inhospitable future world, the privileged live in big cities while the outsiders are forced to fight for a piece of bread in the desert. Mark Koch, a weapons builder and trafficker lives on the outside in a place known as The Colony within the rusty hull of a buried aircraft carrier. Tough and arrogant, he enjoys his position and free ways with the Colony women until one day he comes upon a stranger collapsed in the sand (Stefan). He takes this young man into the infirmary where he notices a striking tattoo on his cheek – a tribal design that marks this mysterious wanderer as a murderous renegade. 

ANIME REVIEW: DRAGON BALL Z KAI - SEASON ONE

Dragon Ball Z Kai - Season One
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 650 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 3/8/2015
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

When Goku faces-off against the evil Saiyan, Frieza, he doesn't defeat him as many would have thought, but instead is killed by a blast of immense power thrown back at him by his enemy. Now it is up to his son, Gohan to take on his work and defeat the evil Saiyan invaders, but is he up to the task?

Sunday, 23 August 2015

FANTASY ART REVIEW: JIM BURNS HYPERLUMINAL

The Art of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal
Jim Burns
Publisher: Titan Books
Pages: 160
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

Science fiction and fantasy artist, Jim Burns has won three Hugo awards, being the only non-American artist to have ever won it as well as winning more British Science Fiction Awards than any other artist. He has become a national treasure with his lifelike depictions of aliens and other far off worlds. Since he was a child, Burns had a deep interest in the fantastic. Being a pilot in the RAF might have meant he had to abandon his art from an early time, but he wanted his hobby to be his career too much and, after a few years of getting noticed, it did.

FANTASY ARTIST INTERVIEW: JIM BURNS

An Interview with Jim Burns
Conducted by Sandra Scholes

Jim Burns started painting back in the 70's and has a career so far that spans forty years. He has worked with some of the most famous writers to illustrate their novel covers; George R.R. Martin, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Peter F. Hamilton, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Silverberg and Joe Haldeman. For an artist who has such a rich career, The Art of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal is one book of many released to show what a captivating artist he is.

ALTERNATIVE NOVEL REVIEW: INVISIBLE CHILDREN'S BOOK INSTRUCTION MANUAL BY NICHOLAS ALLEN TILLEMANS

Invisible Children's Book Instruction Manual
Nicholas Allen Tillemans
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 25

From the writer who gave us Acetone Enema, a collection of short horror stories, comes this, a change from his usual fare that is as unusual as it is enlightening. In the blurb it asks the burning questions of what a parent wants a child to get out of their bedtime reading and whether it is at all one sided on the parent's part. Everyone wants to get something out of reading to their child, but there is the need to get the child to interact with the parent and see things on a new level they might not have thought of before.

PRESS RELEASE: BLEACH COMPLETE SERIES 14

Bleach Complete Series 14 

Fast sell:
The fight continues between Soul Society's Soul Reapers and Sōsuke Aizen's arrancar army!

More mature and more powerful, has Ichigo really reached a new stage of his evolution? Will he finally match for the relentless Captain Aizen?

PRESS RELEASE: NORAGAMI - COMPLETE SERIES COLLECTION

Noragami - Complete Series Collection

Synopsis:

Minor god Yato is down on his luck. Fed up with his slacker lifestyle, his partner abruptly quits. He has no money, no worshippers, and no shrine to call home. But just when things are starting to seem hopeless, a bus accident forces him to cross paths with Hiyori Iki, a sweet and perky high school girl. 

PRESS RELEASE: PUELLA MAGIC MADOKA THE MOVIE: PART 3 - REBELLION

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Part 3 - Rebellion

Synopsis:  

Were all the magical girls truly saved from despair? Now… the great “Law of Cycles” leads the magical girls to their new fate.


PRESS RELEASE: BLEACH SERIES 16 PART 2

Bleach Series 16 Part 2 

The exciting conclusion to the Lost Agent story arc! With its quirky characters, wondrous twists, and stunning animation, it truly is not one to missed.

Monday, 17 August 2015

WIN ONE OF 3 COPIES OF ENTROPY BY ROBERT RAKER


Competition Time! Win Copies of Entropy by Robert Raker


For the chance to win one of three copies of Entropy, please #RT and #FOLLOW.

INTERVIEW: WITH THE HUNGRY TRAVELLER


Interview with the Hungry Traveller
Written by Sandra Scholes

Keen and avid writer, The Hungry Traveller has been around the world searching for the best cuisine that tingles the taste-buds and fills his readers with a new willingness to go out and try it for themselves, or make use of the recipes in the book Travel Bites and cook these authentic exotic dishes yourself!

YAOI INTERVIEW: WITH CHRISTIE GORDON

  
Enter a World of Vampires, Historical and Paranormal - Yaoi Interview
With Christie Gordon.


Conducted by Sandra Scholes

Yaoi, M/M author and artists, Christie Gordon writes in many genres, historical, paranormal, contemporary, vampire and fantasy genres. her characters are handsome, beautiful even, and to yaoi fans known as bishonen for their androgynous and almost feminine features, yet their bodies are muscular and sensual - so much so you will want to reach out and touch them.

BOOK REVIEW: THE BLUE DRAGON BY YIOLA DAMIANOU-PAPADOPOULOU

The Blue Dragon by Yiola Damianou-Papadopoulou
Reviewed by: Sandra Scholes
Publisher: Wattle Publishing
Pages: 126
Out Now!

The Blue Dragon is only one of Yiola's novels, The Forest's Whisper, Our Heart's Journeys; A Life is Destiny, My Other Half; Hold on Through Your Dreams, This is How I Want to Remember; And the Slow Dance. For the novels she has won the Cyprus State Award in 1992 and the National Press Award and the Cyprus State Award for Children's Literature. As well as children's literature, Yiola also writes short stories for adults, Batoune and African Moments. She is a keen all-rounder and in this novel she excels.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

YAOI REVIEW: FOR LOST IN THE SNOW: VOL: 1 BY VELVET TOUCHER

Lost in the Snow: Vol:1
Velvet Toucher
Publisher: Yaoi Revolution
Review by: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
Heavy snow falls over a forest of men, struck down in a bloody battle between noble brothers. The young victor, wounded and near death, is discovered by one of his own nameless soldiers and carried to safety -  an isolated cabin on a lonely mountain. This small comfortable peasants' home becomes a refuge for the unlikely pair as winter closes in around them.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

YAOI PREVIEW: UNPRISON BY YAMILA ABRAHAM


Unprison
Yamila Abraham
Publisher: Yaoi Press
Pages: 105
Reviewer: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
A scrawny Princeton freshman gets sent to prison where he becomes the property of a powerful yet compassionate inmate. For adults only.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

YAOI PREVIEW: NIGHTS ANOTHER NIGHT VOLUME 1 BY KOU YONEDA

NightS Another Night Volume 1
Kou Yoneda
Publisher: SuBLime
Reviewer: CuePanda

Synopsis:
A digital exclusive bonus story from the hit manga NightS! After months of waiting, Karashima finds Hozumi for one more night, resigned to taking only what Hozumi will give him.

YAOI REVIEW: SPECIAL DELIVERY BY MOMIJI AKUTAGAWA

Special Delivery 
Momiji Akutagawa
Publisher: SuBLime
Pages: 150
Reviewer: DantesKeeper

Synopsis: 
One day, delivery driver Nishina’s route takes him to an opulent, old-style Japanese estate. Who should come out to greet him but Reizei, the young master of the house—and the guy he gave his virginity to after a drunken binge!

ANIME REVIEW: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 21


Naruto Shippuden Box Set 21
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 10/8/2015
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Here Naruto looks back on his time as a ninja when Sasuke was in his squad and causing him to feel inadequate due to his sharingan. Naruto worked his way up from what Sasuke considered loser to what he considers winner, but from this flashback, it took a lot of time to get to where he is now. 

This is the start of the Fourth Great Ninja War with Kabuto taking the lead under the watchful eye of Madara, but Kabuto has undergone a lot of changes with his appearance; as a result of his use of Orochimaru's cells, he is becoming more snake like in looks and actions and even speech. 

PRESS RELEASE: NARUTO SHIPPUDEN BOX SET 21

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 21 

It’s the Attack of the Ninja Zombies! The Fourth Great Ninja War is upon us, and an army of Naruto’s old adversaries are, quite literally, back from the dead!

PRESS RELEASE: A CERTAIN MAGICAL INDEX COMPLETE SEASON 1 COLLECTION

A Certain Magical Index Complete Season 1 Collection

Science and sorcery make for an explosive mix in A Certain Magical Index, an enthralling experiment in sci-fi adventure!

PRESS RELEASE: KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA COMPLETE SERIES 1 COLLECTION

Knights of Sidonia Complete Series 1 Collection

Think Attack on Titan in space! With visually stunning battles between giant shape-shifting aliens and large mechanized weapons, Knights of Sidonia is a unique and fantastic hybrid CG animation.

PRESS RELEASE: PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA PART 1 & 2

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 1: Beginnings / Puella Magi Madoka Magica Part 2: Eternal

New scenes and improved animation make this the ultimate way to experience the dark, twisted tale of Madoka Magica.

Key talent:
Screenplay: Gen Urobuchi (Psycho-Pass, Fate/Zero, Aldnoah, Zero, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet)
Chief Director: Akiyuki Simbo (Nisekoi: False Love, Bakemonogatari)
Director: Yukihiro Miyamoto (Arakawa Under the Bridge)
Art Director: Ken Naito (Nisekoi: False Love, Baka and Test, ef: a tale of melodies, Vampire Knight)

YAOI PREVIEW: VANQUISHED PRINCE BY YAMILA ABRAHAM



Vanquished Prince
Yamila Abraham
Publisher: Yaoi Press
Pages: 75
Reviewed by: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
Young Prince Thurber’s wicked god demands he complete a quest in the perverse dragon underworld before he can become king.

YAOI PREVIEW: CLASS MATE VOL: 1 BY YAMILA ABRAHAM

Class Mate Vol: 1
Yamila Abraham
Publisher: Yaoi Press
Pages: 39
Reviewer: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
 A magical oracle forces the austere Mr. Taggert to fall in love with his capricious student Duncan.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

YAOI PREVIEW: DEMON CONSORT BY YAMILA ABRAHAM


Demon Consort
Yamila Abraham
Publisher: Yaoi Press
Pages: 80
Reviewed by : Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
As a bad joke born from desperation, priestly Prince Harsen offers himself as the ‘bride’ his demonic conquerors have demanded. Unfortunately for Harsen the bizarre prince Romi is thrilled to accept him.

YAOI ART ARTICLE: CHRISTIE GORDON - ART WITH A TOUCH OF THE EROTIC

Christie Gordon - Art with a Touch of the Erotic
by CuePanda

Christie Gordon is a writer of M/M Yaoi novels and short stories, and when she isn't sat at her computer thinking up naughty ideas for her bishies, she's drawing them.  Her art is drawn using Corel Painter X and a Wacom tablet.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

YAOI PREVIEW: RUNNING WITH THE PACK: ALASKAN WERE BY YAMILA ABRAHAM


Running With the Pack (Alaskan Were)
Yamila Abraham
Publisher: Yaoi Press
Pages: 26
Reviewed by: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
Disillusioned with society, Kevin escapes to remote Alaska and is unwittingly turned into a werewolf by the resident pack.  He runs beside Joel, the were who took him in, and the mate his wolf spirit is drawn to.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

YAOI PREVIEW: VAMPIRE RENT BOY: # 2 RHYMES WITH BITCH


Vampire Rent Boy #2: Rhymes with Bitch
D.L. Warner
Publisher: Sybaritic Press
Previewed by: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
Life for Tristan is getting stranger and stranger – quite a feat for a vampire who is centuries old. There is a coven of witches stalking him for some crime his family committed generations ago. Meanwhile, Klaus becomes convinced that Tristan is the heir to a vast fortune and holding out on him. And then, there is the trio of pale, black leather clad beings floating off the floor with hooks and pins shoved painfully in their flesh. They seem convinced that they can show Tristan wonders he has never seen. 

MANGA ARTICLE: WATANUKI - FROM TEEN TO MAN!

Watanuki - From Teen to Man
by Sandra Scholes

xxxHolic's frustrated and undermined assistant to the ever demanding Yuko, Kimhiro Watanuki first started serving his mistress when he accidentally bumped into Yuko's shop and needed her help to get rid of the bunch of spirits who had followed him home. Unfortunately for Watanuki, the price of her helping him meant he had to come work for her, tending to her every need, which meant cooking and running errands for her.

YAOI ARTICLE: OROCHI NO KISHI THE HOURGLASS BY ITOSHI & ALDARIA

 
Orochi no Kishi: The Hourglass
Writer/Artist: Itoshi & Aldaria

B/L Publisher Yaoi Revolution's novels all come with a professional looking cover art by various artists. This one is done by Aldaria that sets the scene for what to expect once you turn the pages of the latest manga.

YAOI ARTICLE: HOT ABS AND PECS - THE ART OF AENALUCK

Hot Abs and Pecs - The Art of Aenaluck

Aenaluck's art is so good it looks real, from hot-blooded Vikings to tattooed love boys, sexy thugs and sensual winged angels, the rendering seems to trick the viewer's eyes into thinking it's right there in front of you. Aenaluck does poster artwork for publisher Yaoi Revolution, and we can understand why - these men are anonymous and sexy. 

Friday, 31 July 2015

PRESS RELEASE: IT FOLLOWS

It Follows


Fast sell:
A genuinely scary thrill ride that will stay with you for days afterwards, featuring a stunning break-out performance from Maika Monroe, It Follows is a benchmark horror classic for a new generation of fright fans.

PRESS RELEASE: NORAGAMI - COMPLETE SERIES COLLECTION

Noragami - Complete Series Collection

From the studio that brought you Fullmetal Alchemist and Darker Than Black comes Noragami Complete Series Collection.

Minor god Yato is down on his luck. Fed up with his slacker lifestyle, his partner abruptly quits. He has no money, no worshippers, and no shrine to call home. But just when things are starting to seem hopeless, a bus accident forces him to cross paths with Hiyori Iki, a sweet and perky high school girl.

YAOI PREVIEW: THE FIRST FULL MOON BY CHRISTIE GORDON

The First Full Moon 
Christie Gordon
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages: 238
Previewed by: Sandra Scholes

Synopsis:
Adam Ross doesn't believe in demons.  After a house fire killed his family at the tender age of twelve, he's not even sure he believes in God.  But that is about to change.  Under the light of the full moon, in 1930, rum-runners wash ashore dead on the Northern California coast amidst carnage, slashed and drained of blood.  Rumors and local Indian lore tell of the existence of creatures out at sea, demons. 

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

ANIME REVIEW: ONE PIECE COLLECTION 11

One Piece Collection 11
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English & Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 10/8/2015
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

Robin has left and Nami is unhappy at her leaving so soon. She wants to help her even if the trouble she is in is bigger than all of them. As she fears, she went without them and she has left a message saying that some of the crew are on the train with Robin. Nami needs to get to her and her comrades, and again, Saonji provides the humour in this series, the last of the Water 7 Arc.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

YAOI PREVIEW: BORDER VOL: 5 BY KAZUMA KODAKA

Border Vol: 5
Kazuma Kodaka
Publisher: DMP
Pages: 200
Previewed by: Teresa Black

Synopsis:
Yamato and Sogo have an extra-special bond that's stood the test of time! But how did their remarkable friendship get off the ground? What was high school like for two gorgeous guys when they were merely boys?