Author: Ronel van Tonder

Ronel van Tonder is a science fiction author from South Africa. Having recently completed her dark, dystopian sci-fi trilogy, The Corrupted SUN Script, she's hard at work penning a new standalone sci-fi novel, The Seventh Glitch. When she's not writing, Ronel spends her free time slaying rendered baddies in the form of robots, gangsters and aliens - with any weapon that happens to be at hand.

Outsourced is a thriller following the story of two authors as they attempt to decipher the mystery behind a serial killer’s success without injuring innocent people in the process. In this fast-paced thriller, Eric J Gates combines many elements of the perfect thriller – a fast pace, well-defined characters and a deceptively twisty plot.

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Songs that Inspired COMPILE:QUEST

Music has always had a huge impact on me. Certain songs seem to trigger something deeply internal. It’s like instant inspiration – whether it be the itching, clawing urge to write a horror, or the throat tightening impulse to belt out an action scene.

While writing COMPILE:QUEST, I had a playlist I would listen to. The songs not only got me in the mood to write, but they also played a key part in creating the mental atmosphere I needed to pen some of the more intense scenes.

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The Scene

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. This is the first book in the Odyssey of the Occult series featuring Dylan Hart as the heroine. Burdened with student loans to repay, Dylan Hart decides to write a best seller using the recent swathe of vampire-style slayings in her town as book fodder. With her best friend Tatum in tow, and with the help of an ex-boyfriend cop Mike, Dylan goes into the heart of vampire territory looking to solve the mystery.

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Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a short story competition. So when Wattpad started a sci-fi competition for a 800 word short story, I was there like… like… ice-cream on a waffle. Om nom nom.

So here was my entry. I didn’t win (*sigh*), but at least I received an honourable mention, and that’s good enough for me.

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ten steps to write a review

So you’ve read a book. You liked it. Or you didn’t. The world needs to know.

Why? Because social proof is one of the many ways books get circulated. We find out what to look out for, and what to avoid by the people that went before us. I’m sure many friends have recommended you a book, or told you to steer clear of one before. Think of these instances as mini reviews. They might have told you what they didn’t like, or just given you their “star review” – ie: It was crap. Don’t read it (1 star). Or, OMG, you totally have to read this book like now (5 stars).

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