AWW2017 Review: Green but for a season


Green but for a season by C. S. Pacat

3 stars

Synopsis: Green but for a Season is the first of a series of four Captive Prince short stories. It follows the relationship between Jord and Aimeric and is set during the events of Prince’s Gambit.

Bookish Things: 24 pages. The cover is…ehhh… bland.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.75 Continue reading

Review: His Devil by Erik Lynd


His Devil by Erik Lynd

2 stars

Synopsis: HIS DEVIL is a supernatural horror story by Erik Lynd, author of the novels ASYLUM and THE COLLECTION. Sample chapters of these two novels are included in this ebook.

HIS DEVIL is about a boy whose family is shaken up the night his father mysteriously abandons him and his sisters.  They make a life without a father and husband until the night he returns home with a creature after him.  A creature far more evil than his father ever had been.  The boy learns he must grow up quick if he is going to save his family.

This story, among others, is also collected in THE LONG FALL INTO MIDNIGHT VOL. 1

This eddition [sic] also includes the bonus story BEING IT.  It is about Ian, a businessman on the fast track to a successful career and a rewarding social life.  But all that changes when he gets caught in an unusual game of tag.

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Review: Rebecca Royce Bundle


Rebecca Royce Bundle by Rebecca Royce

3 stars

Overall I rated this bundle as 3/5.

Bookish things: 43 pages, the cover is just a collage of the four short story covers. Apt, but a little boring.

Where to buy: This collection is no longer available to buy.

My overall review: 

Overall this bundle consists of four short shifter/biker stories. The pace of the stories was fast, the characterisation minimal for the most part, and the backstory almost non-existent.

I liked some of the stories, but others I really disliked. The feel of the bundle was rushed and unfinished, unlike Rebecca’s other polished series, this one leaves a bit to be desired.

Things I noticed:

Unwanted Mate:
12% – …at the very top of least (left) breast…
16% – …are you going to put it (in) my…

Bar Mate:
42% – His (He) adored her with his eyes.

I also reviewed each of the stories within the bundle. Continue reading

April 2017 Round Up: General Fiction


This is another fantastic, and informative Round Up by Christine. Check out the General Fiction Round Up for April below:

In April we had 94 reviews of 76 books by 72 authors. I cannot help but notice an interesting contrast – while Lisa Ireland received four reviews for one of her books, Liane Moriarty received four reviews for four of her books. Clearly, author popularity can be measured in many different ways. Equally fascinating is…

via April 2017 Round Up: General Fiction — Australian Women Writers Challenge Blog

Review: The Black-Eyed Susan


The Black-Eyed Susan by J.A. Clement

3 stars

Synopsis: A short story from the world of the “On Dark Shores” fantasy series.

Ten years before the action in that novel, a ship’s captain goes to Scarlock to see the moneylender Copeland, pleading for more time to pay off his debt.

Bookish Things: 8 pages. The cover is apt and rather delightful. A marked improvement on the original cover.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $0.78

My Review: 

This is a very short tale about the owner of a cargo ship ‘The Black-Eyed Susan’ who runs into trouble with money lenders.

There’s not a great deal of characterisation to go on, but I feel like a solid story could be made about The Black-Eyed Susan and its crew. Which I’m happy to say is just what J.A. Clement has done. This is book #0.3 of the On Dark Shores series. I have already read On Dark Shores: The Lady (My review).

The emotional impact was missing from this, but I suppose it can be very difficult to pack a punch in a few pages.

If you like your sailor stories, this might be the first taste of something you’ll enjoy devouring.