"Heavey is a magical realist and a myth maker…"
– Michael Sheldon, author of The Violet Crow 

DOMINO:

"A brilliant new book … This brave little cat has the courage of a lion"
– HillBuzz.org 

"Fantastic fable … Not only is this book a great story in itself, it's also quite clearly a parable for current events."
– Book Horde
 

"What appears to be a delightful tale about the trials and travails of a simple barn cat morphs into an allegorical masterpiece."
– Jack July, author of the Amy Lynn series 

UNDERLAKE:

"A Spellbinding, Supernatural Coming of Age Story"
– Daria Anne DiGiovanni, author and owner of WriteStream Media 

"Underlake is a complex story written to delight and empower the reader … Beautifully done for girls searching for their own voice."
– Literary R&R 

NIGHT MACHINES:

"Warning: DO NOT read this book right before bed! Night Machines is one very freaky ride."
– Let's Book It 

"This is pretty chilling stuff."
– The Goode Word 

“Far more than a romance, Night Machines is a thriller, a fantasy, a mystery. Yes, folks, we have a winner!”
Literary R&R 

"The story itself is unique and something I have never read before."
– The Ultimate Book Nook 

"Night Machines is a unique spin into escapism and its dangers, recommended reading. Five Stars."
–Midwest Book Review 

"When I came to the last 40 pages, I locked myself in my bedroom leaving my husband and children to fend for themselves for a while so I could read the conclusion."
– eFiction Magazine 

"I rarely read a book I find both literary and hard to put down...a unique and inspiring story."
– Meira Pentermann, author of Firefly Beach and Nine-Tenths 

"I did not even expect part of it until two-thirds of the way through Night Machines and I didn’t suspect all of it until the very end."
– The Greenwich Patch 

Thursday
Oct272011

A Quick Blog Mention

The Alchemy of Scrawl book site has posted a brief review of Night Machines. Here's the text:

Bad things happen to good people. Maggie has been a stay-at-home mom and wife to a hard-working detective. When she decides it’s time to get out into the work force again, she takes a part-time position that she hopes will allow her to transition into a full-time writing gig. But when a former high school student is her boss, things become complicated. Not to mention her ‘work’ may not be as innocent as it seems.

Click here if you want to visit it in person.

Saturday
Oct012011

Late-Season Bass

I know what you're going to say - This website is supposed to be about a book! Indeed it is, but dagnabbit, sometimes you just gotta brag. Behold! Not too shabby for October in Connecticut with a cold front coming through. I didn't have a pocket scale with me, but I'm calling her five pounds.

Also got this nice lady a couple casts later. Not as big as the first one, but not too bad either:

And now, back to your regularly scheduled book site.

Saturday
Sep242011

Night Machines - now available in the town library!

Today I experienced the thrill of going to my local library and seeing my own book on the New Releases shelf. Even better – there were supposed to be three copies, but two were signed out. 

Thursday
Sep222011

“Night Machines is one very freaky ride.”

I love this review by Dana at Lets Book It:

Warning: DO NOT read this book right before bed!! 'Night Machines' is one very freaky ride. We all do it - you know we do. Those sweet dreams where we are 'involved' with someone other than our partner. No harm. Just a little nocturnal fooling around that hurts no one. Right. Well what happens if that little nocturnal nothing is more than you thought it to be? What if the dream is a shared experience? And you don't find out it is a shared experience until you are so far in, that getting out becomes the stuff of nightmares? 

Kia Heavey has done what so many authors of psychological thrillers try in vain to do, and she has managed to do it without resorting to cheap tactics like sensationalized sex, violence and gore. Her story starts off benign and slowly seeps fear into the reader's mind. 'Night Machines' scared the pants off me. And I enjoyed every second of it! I was just a little disappointed in the lack of feeling in the love scenes but the psychological thrill more than made up for it. 

Maggie is totally relateable. She is a loving wife and stay at home mother of two. Her life is good. Only she misses that part of herself she has put on hold for her family. She is ready to head back into the adult world of competent, working people. When the perfect part-time job is advertised, she decides to go for it. Who wouldn't? That is what draws the reader in. Maggie is just like the rest of us. Totally normal. And when she develops a little crush on her boss - again totally normal. What's not totally normal is her boss. He is creepy from the start. Creepy with a capital C. Where it goes from there ... well I don't want to spoil it, but if you like a plot that sends chills up and down your spine, this is the book for you.

Visit Lets Book It for the complete review!

Tuesday
Sep202011

“Far more than romance, Night Machines is a thriller, a fantasy, a mystery. Yes, folks, we have a winner!!”

I am thrilled with my latest review, this time from Literary R&R:

Wow!

That is what I thought when I finished the last page.  Main character, Maggie, has it all.  A secure relationship with her husband, two adorable children, and a new job doing what she loves.  She is also lonely for her husband, a detective, who is increasingly away from home and preoccupied with a murder.

When Maggie decides that a little harmless dream-time affair might help her through the lull in her marriage, she gets more than she bargained for.  Turns out, Cambien, her boss and fantasy lover, can actually see into her dreams, and ingrain himself into her life, so much more than she ever bargained for.

I received Night Machines in the mail this afternoon (Friday, 9/16).  Somewhat reluctantly, I opened to the first page, thinking it would be some tawdry romance novel.  By the time I reached the second chapter, I was hooked, and read it straight through.  Ms. Heavey weaves personalities together in such a way that you feel you know them personally.  I was caught up in the emotions of all the characters, and mesmerized by the depths of madness that lurk in Cambien's mind.  Every seemingly unconnected detail eventually shows itself to be a part of the bigger picture.  Far more than romance, Night Machines is a thriller, a fantasy, a mystery.  Yes, folks, we have a winner!!  Can't wait to read Ms. Heavey's next book.

I think it's telling that she posted the review at 12:01 a.m.  Click here to read the whole thing.