Reblog: #AWW2020 Book Review: “The Iron Line” by L. M. Merrington — A Keyboard and an Open Mind


Title: The Iron LineAuthor: L. M. MerringtonGenre: Historical/mysteryIntended audience: AdultDate Read: 05/12/2020– 11/12/2020Rating: ★★★☆ Review:  I love books that really evoke Australian settings and this book did just that! I went to an author talk L. M. Merrington gave not long after The Iron Line was published, where she talked about her research on the early Australian railway towns, and that […]

#AWW2020 Book Review: “The Iron Line” by L. M. Merrington — A Keyboard and an Open Mind

Reblog: All four Echo books are FREE on Kindle until December 11! — Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha


T-rex’s twisted titties!!!  For the next five days, until December 11, all four volumes of Echo are FREE on Kindle through December 11!  Channel all your considerable might and resolve into willing that turtlehead back in your b-hole—you…SHALL NOT…PASS!!!—and go tell everybody!  WHOOO!!! Get Echo Vol. 1 on Kindle here:  Vol. 1 on Kindle.  Vol. 2 on Kindle […]

All four Echo books are FREE on Kindle until December 11! — Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

I just picked these up for free 🙂

ReBlog: Romance Round Up: November 2020 — Australian Women Writers Challenge Blog


As we move swiftly towards summer holidays and the Christmas season there are a great selection romance books that have been added to our AWW database by our well-read romance enthusiasts this past month. I hope you can pluck out at least one romance read from our generous spread this round up period to add…

Romance Round Up: November 2020 — Australian Women Writers Challenge Blog

Review: The Contract Bride


3 stars

Read on 21 November 2020.

Synopsis: Nik Adersol harbors a dark belief after the death of his first wife, Lira. Having loved him from afar for years, Sirene Dulantz is thrilled when contracted to become his new bride.But Nik’s not at all pleased to be presented with her, and Sirene wonders if she’s up to the task of healing the wounds Lira left behind. (An erotic novellete)

Bookish Things: 26 pages. The cover is pretty basic.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.11.

My Review: 

bookshelves: 3-star-reviewa-lil-sexyfantasynovellaromance-ishsomething-missing

The first of G.L Drummond’s (A.K.A Gayla Drummond) stories I’ve read, this was merely a teaser.

The story is light, the characterisations not much heavier, but the writing was pretty solid and as such the story read easily.

This could easily be fleshed out and given much more depth of character. Doing so would allow the reader to care about Sirene and Nik.

What didn’t sit so well with me was the language used during the sex scene with Sirene. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no issues with the c-bomb being used in erotica, but it didn’t fit the tone of the scene and really threw the whole thing off. Everything else about the scene was gentle and tender but throwing in the c-bomb says the complete opposite. Talk about a cold shower!

I noticed one typo:
71% – Sirene had vaguely becpme (become) aware that she…

Review: Murder in his eyes


Read on 21st November 2020.

Synopsis: A woman becomes convinced a stranger she meets in a store is a local serial killer…

Bookish Things: 8 pages. The cover is pretty stock and doesn’t really add anything to the story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $1.32.

My Review: 

Bookshelves: awesome-authors4-star-reviewcrimeindie-authormystery

Another amusing read by Tony Talbot. This one is a tasty insight into the mind of a woman who thinks she’s stumbled across a local serial killer.

True to his style, Tony spins the story on its head. The reveal was a little obvious but still a fun short read.

Review: Cage of Light


3 stars

Read from 30 October to 20 November, 2020

Synopsis: 

Surreal dreams of love and death

Henry Dark has long believed that the world around him is a thin veil masking the true reality of existence.  Strange events start taking place, inducing him to take a trip West with his beloved wife Alice.  Their trip leads to the Lagoon of Lost Loves as well as a riddle duel with the King of the Trolls.

Is there such a thing as meaning? Henry asks himself, as he struggles to understand the very words he uses.  Is language a Cage of Light that captures meaning, or has the meaning escaped?  And does the trip they’ve taken draw Henry and Alice closer together, or is she to be a sacrifice in his search for the truth?

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “What is it with all these words and do they have anything to do with meaning?” then this is the book for you.  Surreal and absurd, using language to express what can’t be expressed with language, Cage of Light will have you wondering if you ever understood anything in the first place.

Scroll back to the top and start your voyage with Henry and Alice.  You never know where it’ll lead.

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