Friday, August 28, 2009

Review of my book

Here's the review of Blood Talisman, in full.



ISBN: 978-1-60592-045-0July 2009
Noble Romance Publishing www.nobleromance.comE-book$5.95182 pagesParanormal

RomanceRating: 5 Cups

Helene Sharp is a battle mage; she goes out and chases down rogue paranormals. She is not supposed to do any work without the mage council's authorization. When she finds her ex-lover and master vampire Lee Corady is in trouble, she soon goes behind the council's back to help.

Brett Corady is a skinwalker; he can ‘move-into’ other peoples bodies and totally control them. He is also the brother of the master vampire. Sincd he was once a vampire himself, he has a double loyalty to Lee. When a witch takes control of Lee and his vampires, using Lee’s blood Brett works with Helene to try and save them all.

Brett and Helene have to work to find out how to save Lee and his vampires, while keeping Helene alive because it seems the witch wants her dead. Lee is a good master and is fighting the witch with all his power. Between them, the three make a remarkable group. Meanwhile the tension building between them is more than that of co-workers, and Brett’s ability to enter Helene and control her movements proves to be an interesting hobby.

Ms. Gilbert has produced a novel with a new level of paranormal romance. The ability of her skinwalkers is amazing and opens a whole new area. Helene is a strong and fascinating character. She compliments Brett’s playful nature. They are both in total contrast to Lee’s domineering master vampire approach to life. As a reviewer my only question is do they find a mate for Lee?

Hollie Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

Friday, August 21, 2009

My Cups Runeth Over

Hey, guess what? Coffee Time Romance reviewed my novel, Blood Talisman, and gave it 5 out of 5 cups! It's my first review so I'm stoked.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

I went into the local super market and noticed something surprising on the front page of the newspaper - my face! It gave me such a shock. I spent the rest of the time thinking everyone would recognise me. It was a mini version of what celebrities must feel liek all the time and when my husband showed my face to the check out girl I wanted to run away and hide!

Also, my bus driver recognised me! So did the lady at the dairy. So I am famous - along my bus route anyway.

Here's the link to the article - it's about my book.

Monday, July 6, 2009

A word about poetry

It happened almost by accident. I was looking for short story competitions to enter when I stumbled across the New Zealand Poetry Societies International Haiku Competition. I thought OK, why not? So I went and had a look at the examples of past winners and good poems on their website.

I spent a few hours writing, came up with a dozen or so poems sent in half of them and promptly forgot all about it. A few months later I got a phone call to say I'd won! Apparently there were over 700 entries from around the world.

Poetry has changed a lot since I was at school. Take the poem I wrote when I was ten years' old:

A pair of eyes watch
Hidden with fear they follow
They are my scared eyes.

This poem follows the traditional western syllable format 5/7/5

These days that's a no no, apparently. You aren't supposed to have any thes, as or ins etc.

A more modern version of this poem might be:

Eyes watch
Hidden with fear
My scared eyes.

Personally I prefer the one I wrote when I was ten. It's more fun trying to restrict your words to a particular word count, I find.

Here's a link to the NZPS webpage:

Friday, July 3, 2009


Hello, I'm Erika Gilbert, paranormal romance author, mild-mannered library assistant with a psychology degree, accidental poet and most importantly mother to a very intelligent, beautiful boy who is a joy to both parents.

I started writing seriously after the birth of my son over five years' ago. Well, after the why-won't-he-stop-crying-and-just-sleep? stage - which lasted eight months.

I was born in Kent, England but I don't remember much because by the age of two I was on my way to Australia. I stayed there just long enough to cuddle some koalas, meet a snake in the bathtub, and find a family of red backs under a log. Then, when I was four I came to New Zealand. I bunny-hopped to a few cities (there's more than a drop of gypsy blood in my family) before coming to a stop in Nelson for the furthering of my education at a prestigious girl's school. Courtney Love attended the same school, apparently. so I can't quite follow my parents logic.

My father, Tom Millard, died before he was able to realize his dream of being published. I hope he's proud.

If you like vampires, skin-walkers, witches and a touch of druid magic then check out my book here:

I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


One more day!!! My novel is coming out tomorrow.