Reblog: Blog Tour Review: The Moroccan Daughter by Deborah Rodriguez — All The Books I Can Read


The Moroccan Daughter  Deborah Rodriguez Penguin Random House AUS 2021, 336p Copy courtesy of the publisher Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}: Morocco: a captivating country of honor and tradition. And, for these four women, a land of secrets and revelations. Amina Bennis has returned to her childhood home in Morocco to attend her sister’s wedding. The […]

Blog Tour Review: The Moroccan Daughter by Deborah Rodriguez — All The Books I Can Read

All the Positives with Negative Reviews


How do you handle negative reviews?

the orang-utan librarian

Ahh the topic that will never die. Recently on book twitter (because it’s always on twitter) there was a flaming row debate about how people that write negative end of year posts (ie worst of the year/most disappointing etc) were evil and should burn in hell wrong to do so. So here we are again. Even though I’ve discussed this before (more than once), I feel like there’s still more to say on the topic. Because I would go further than saying “negative reviews aren’t that bad”- I think there’s a lot of positive things to say about them too. 

keep it realNegative reviews make positive reviews more meaningful. The whole point of reviews is to get an honest reaction from a reader- otherwise it’s not a review at all. As Briana from Pages Unbound pointed out in her brilliant post on this topic, sticking to purely positive reviews…

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Welcome to Smashwords


Wanted for Pleasure, Trained for Sin by Katt Pemble

As of 16th January 2021 Wanted for Pleasure, Trained for Sin has been added to the other erotic masses of Smashwords to see how I go with sales on a non-Amazon only model. It’s also been added to Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo adult and Scribd as part of signing up for Smashwords.

You can pick up a copy in .mobi or .epub version from Smashwords for USD$0.99.

If you’ve had some experience on Smashwords I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Review: Drayton ~ The Taker


Read from 3 – 11 December, 2020.

Synopsis: 

Drayton once believed he was a vampire. He doesn’t know what he is. Or why he has lived for thousands of years. He takes not his victim’s blood but the silky essence of their soul during their last breath. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.

Blake Barnes commits suicide by freezing on Mt. Hood. As his life fades, he assumes Death has come to him in the form of a young man. In his last moments, he asks Death to find his family, to tell them he’s sorry. Drayton honors this last request as he absorbs Blake Barnes’ waning essence. He travels to the Lowcountry of South Carolina to find his family. But saying sorry is not always as easy as the words imply. Drayton seeks to unravel the mess Blake Barnes has left behind and the predator he’s unleashed on his family.

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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.