Dangerous Desire ~ Dangerously Delicious


DangerousDesire

ReviewStars-4

Read October 16-17, 2013.

Synopsis: A desperate search…

Schoolteacher Gracie James has never seen more danger than her kindergarten grade classroom, but when she goes searching for her missing sister, she’s thrown into a world of sex, crime…and passion. Following a hot lead, she sneaks onto a stranger’s boat—and gets caught. Their one-sided conversation convinces her of two things. One: the guy is seriously sexy. Two: he knows something about her sister. Oh, yeah. And did she mention he’s sexy? And a sizzling attraction…

Jake Alexander, former cop, is staking out a yacht brimming with criminal activity, for an insurance company, when a woman, dressed to kill and totally irresistible, stumbles into his dangerous undercover op. If he hadn’t tackled her, she’d have tottered straight onto the questionable yacht in those ridiculous high heels. Then she’d be dead. Or worse. As much as he’d like to kick her off his boat, he can’t risk her going off on some hare-brained scheme—but he can’t keep her around to muck up his job. Oh, yeah. And did he mention she’s distracting as hell? Lead to dangerous desire…

Unfortunately, she has a keen mind of her own. And a body any man would die for. Jake’s attempt to keep Gracie safe quickly morphs into a reluctant alliance. And a whole lot more… But Gracie finds herself knee deep in more trouble than she bargained for, with secrets revealed and the criminals coming after her. Unless they find a way to trust each other, they’re finished. Oh, yeah. And did they mention they’re in love? Continue reading

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Edge of Darkness – Interview with Vanessa Skye


The final instalment of my Edge of Darkness week is my interview with Vanessa Skye.

Say Hi to Vanessa Skye.

Say Hi to Vanessa Skye.

Vanessa’s Bio:

Vanessa Skye has always had a love of words and spent her school years writing poetry, speeches and fictional essays.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism and studying Psychology at Charles Sturt University, Vanessa got a job at Australia’s largest publisher of regional and agricultural news and information, Rural Press, where she worked as a journalist in the Central West of NSW for four years.

Thousands of stories later, Vanessa decided to move back to Sydney and try her hand at public relations while studying a Master of Arts in Communication.

Skip forward a few years and Vanessa once again found herself joyfully studying various psychology subjects while managing a Sydney public relations firm. Enthralled with examining the motivations behind people’s actions, Vanessa realized what she really wanted to do in life was combine her love of words with her fascination for human behavior.

So Vanessa quit public relations to begin the significantly more impoverished life of a professional writer.

Inspired by a recurring dream, Vanessa wrote her crime fiction debut,The Enemy Inside, which challenges the concept of justice, asks if the need for vengeance sometimes justifies murder, and explores whether you can ever heal from childhood abuse. The second book in this series, Broken, soon followed. In her spare time, Vanessa wrote a short story, The Piece, which was published in February 2012 by Dark Prints Press as a part of the ‘One That Got Away’ dark fiction anthology.

Vanessa now works as a freelance writer, lives in Sydney’s northern beaches and tries to immerse herself in salt water at least once a day.

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My best reads from 2013


How did you celebrate the close of 2013? Some champagne with friends or loved ones? How about thrashing about on a dance floor, the exertion forcing beads of sweat to your brow? Perhaps you had a quiet one, tucked up in bed and asleep before the clocks struck midnight?

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Celebrate the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 – the year of accomplishment.

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Soul’s Child by Dianne Gray


Soul'sChild

five-stars

This one was read in September 2013 and instantly landed itself on my favourites list. If you like the paranormal or the idea of ‘the other side’ pick up this short story by fellow Aussie, Dianne Gray today.

Synopsis: Aurora Jones dreams in pictures that depict tragedy and death. After the death of her mother and sister, Aurora’s father, Merv, moves them across the world from Australia to LA, where he forges a new career as a celebrity ghost hunter, thanks to Aurora’s dreams. But Aurora sees her father changing into a character she doesn’t recognize – his alter ego – Clive Soul. Continue reading

AWW2013 review: Sydney’s Song by Ia Uaro


SydneysSong

3 stars

This book is written by Ia Uaro an Aussie author who donates money from each sale to charity. The illustrations in the book are also mostly drawn by Ia which added another lovely little touch to the story that a lot of mass-produced books are missing. Ia tells us: SYDNEY’S SONG is written for males and females, 15-year old and above, readers of any genre who occasionally want something different. This novel is a socio fiction, humorous fiction, drama, romantic fiction, coming-of-age, self-help/empowerment, travel in Sydney/Australia,  fictionalised true stories – which first of all aims to entertain.

Synopsis: Olympic fever runs high in the Australian summer of 1999 and 17-year-old Sydney has caught it. Little does she know taking a holiday job in the beehive that is the Olympics’ public-transport call centre will be life altering. Shaken by her parents’ divorce, the sheltered Aussie is further plagued by abusive callers, obnoxious government agencies, constrictive office rules, and liberated friends. She is trying to negotiate these challenges as her own personal Olympics when Pete finds her. Pete, Boston’s former child prodigy whose soothing voice floats across her workstation, sees through Sydney’s tough outer shell. Pete knows what it takes to present a dignified front when all you want to do is howl at the moon. Treating their friendship like an art, he invests time and creative effort to pull Sydney out of her despair.

Tragedy strikes when an accident leaves Pete with a major brain injury in a Boston hospital. Their families think Sydney is too young to cope with all the complications, but she doesn’t agree. After all that he has done for her, Sydney refuses to leave Pete with people who view him only as an endless chore. Deferring her university studies, alone in a foreign land facing new trials, Sydney stays at his side—even when he doesn’t recognise her.

Set in Sydney and Boston where heartbreaks are juxtaposed humour, SYDNEY’S SONG is a young girl’s courageous journey to adulthood and a love story. A work of fiction based on real events, this novel with an Australian accent also shows the world that living with disabilities does not prevent a person from attaining happiness.

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Tower of Tales by Alison Stuart


TowerOfTales

3 stars

A collection of short stories…

I have been a bit slack this week, it’s been 6 days since my last post (why do I feel like I’m at AA or something. Hi my name is…it’s been 6 days since my last post…) More on this later (perhaps I might write another post!)

Synopsis: Tower of Tales is a collection of short stories by award winning writer Alison Stuart. This eclectic mix of stories cover the travails of an expat life in Singapore and contemporary and historical romantic stories.

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