AWW2016 review: Assassin by Tara Moss


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Read from May 08 to 12, 2016

Synopsis: Former model turned forensic psychologist and PI Mak Vanderwall is missing, presumed dead in Paris. By hiring a hit man to kill her, the powerful and corrupt Cavanagh family aimed to silence her for good. But after narrowly escaping death, Mak has taken over her would-be killer’s world. She is very much alive. And transformed …

Back in Sydney Mak’s former flame, criminal profiler Andy Flynn is on the trail of a vicious rapist and murderer with possible ties to the infamous ‘Stiletto Killer’. He may have struck before and will certainly do so again. And while Andy struggles to cope in a world without Mak, little does he realise she is on her way back. And this time she’s ready to make her own justice. Continue reading

AWW 2016 Review: Claiming the Rebel’s Heart/Her Rebel Heart


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Read from May 01 to 03, 2016

Note: CLAIMING THE REBEL’S HEART has been republished as HER REBEL HEART and is available in Kindle and print editions from Amazon. The copy I had was of Claiming the Rebel’s Heart.

Synopsis: War divides families…love unites hearts…

Herefordshire, England 1643

As the English Civil War divides England and tears families apart, Kinton Lacey castle is one of the brave few loyal to the roundhead cause.

With her father away, Deliverance Felton will do whatever it takes to defend her family home against the royalist forces ranged against it. She can shoot and wield a sword as well as any man and anything she needs to know about siege warfare she has learned from a book…but no book can prepare her for what is to come.

Captain Luke Collyer, soldier of fortune and a man with his own reasons for loyalty to the parliamentary cause, is sent to relieve the castle. Everything he knows about siege warfare in general and women in particular he has learned from experience, but when it comes to Deliverance Felton has he met his match?

Deliverance will not give up her command lightly and Luke will have to face a challenge to his authority as fierce as the cavalier foe outside the walls. He will do whatever it takes to win Deliverance’s trust but will he run the risk of losing his own, well guarded, heart? Continue reading

AWW 2016 Review: Lord Somerton’s Heir by Alison Stuart


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Read from January 01 to 04, 2016

Synopsis: Can the love of an honourable man save her from the memory of a desolate marriage?

From the battlefield of Waterloo to the drawing rooms of Brantstone Hall, Sebastian Alder’s elevation from penniless army captain to Viscount Somerton is the stuff of dreams. But the cold reality of an inherited estate in wretched condition, and the suspicious circumstances surrounding his cousin’s death, provide Sebastian with no time for dreams — only a mystery to solve and a murderer to bring to justice.

Isabel, widow of the late Lord Somerton, is desperate to bury the memory of her unhappy marriage by founding the charity school she has always dreamed of. Except, her dreams are soon shattered from beyond the grave when she is not only left penniless, but once more bound to the whims of a Somerton.

But this Somerton is unlike any man she has met. Can the love of an honourable man heal her broken heart or will suspicion tear them apart? Continue reading

AWW 2015 round up post


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AWW 2015 in review

So, this is my annual AWW round up post(2014’s is here) where I show you all the books that I read for the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge for 2015.

I pledged to read at the Franklin level (10 reads), and I surpassed that, with a total of 13 books read.

Here they are in the order that I wrote them.

  1. Aurealis Issue #76 – Meryl Stenhouse and Melanie Rees. My Review
  2. Captive Prince: Volume One – C. S. Pacat. My Review
  3. Aurealis Issue #77 – Rebecca-Anne C. Do Rozario. My Review
  4. Koven – Vanessa Skye. My Review
  5. Sacred Striptease – Tahlia Newland. My Review
  6. The Lost Swimmer – Ann Turner. My Review
  7. The Bellamy Bird – Clare Havens. My Review
  8. Poisoned Waters – Ermisenda Alvarez. My Review
  9. Finding Home – Lauren K. McKellar. My Review
  10. The Secret Years – Barbara Hannay. My Review
  11. Love, Desire and Betrayal – Margaret Lynette Sharp. My Review
  12. Capturing the Pirate’s Heart – Annie Seaton. My Review
  13. Captive Prince: Volume Two – C. S. Pacat. My Review

My absolute favourite this year was the last one I read: Captive Prince: Volume Two – C. S. Pacat

I’m planning to sign up for AWW 2016 in the next few days so keep an eye out for my pledge post.

If you want to join in the fun, you can too by checking out the Australian Women Writers site (http://australianwomenwriters.com/).

Review: Sacred Striptease


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Read on June 24, 2015

Synopsis: Ex-ballet dancer Lexie is a stripper on the suburban pub circuit. She loves her enthusiastic audiences, unless they’re like The Creep. His chilling presence reveals her vulnerability and makes her rethink what she does for a living. This short story raises important gender issues.

Bookish Things: 19 pages. The cover is simple, but a nice tie into the book.

Where to buy: Unfortunately this doesn’t look like it’s available through Amazon anymore.

My Review: 

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I am not sure what to say about this naughty, cheeky and sinfully delightful short story by Tahlia.

“Wow!”

I had come to expect young adult, or new adult mysticism tinged tales. But this, this story is raw and emotional, heartening and a bit scary at the same time.

I was amazed at just how much character Tahlia packed into this tiny story. In just 19 pages Tahlia weaved a swift net to capture the reader and make them sit up and take notice of this intriguing profession.

And, because Tahlia likes to ensure her readers have something important to think on when they finish reading her work, this time her focus is on gender issues. Society’s views on the stripping profession, what it means to be a stripper, who those that watch strip shows are, and quite a few others.

So, while this story is only 19 pages long, it’ll keep you thinking long after you’ve finished it.

Flawlessly edited again, as is expected from Tahlia. So, the only reason this doesn’t get 5 stars from me is the lack of a solid ending. This, I feel, will be a personal choice of each reader. The softer ending will please some, and annoy others. To me, there were too many unanswered questions. It felt unfinished to me.

**Note: Since getting this book, it has been removed from Amazon**

Review: Capturing the Pirate’s Heart


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2 stars

Read from October 22 to 25, 2015

Synopsis: When Madeleine Bellerose sets out from her English manor on her quest to recover a priceless family heirloom in New Orleans, the last thing she expects is to be held captive by the infamous pirate, Sebastien Le Clerc.
Will Sebastien mend his wicked ways and help Madeleine in her quest?

Can love overcome the lack of trust and the web of lies that is spun in the race to find the emerald necklace?

Bookish Things: 200 pages of ocean-misted, pirate-filled adventures. The cover looks a little ‘home-made’ and could do with a bit of a spruce, but it is quite fitting for the story.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $2.85 or paperback for $12.99. Continue reading