Review: Love, life and everything else


LifeLoveAndEverythingElse

one-star-rating

Read on August 15, 2014

Recommended for: Anyone who wants some editing practice

Synopsis: Meet Sarah, a nine-year old girl with a talent for painting and an adoptive family who supports her in everything she does. She lives a happy life with her foster-father who is her idol and her foster-mother who loves her unconditionally. Little does she know that her past will come back to haunt her and an atrocity that happened nine-year ago would come to light. What will be Sarah’s reaction when she is subjected to a past that she has no knowledge of?

Sandy is scared, worried and somewhat irritated because of the weird voices she hears from the attic above. With the help of her best friend, Anne, she decides to find out the source of this all racket but what will she find hidden up there? Would the truth shock her?

Will the frail, old and lonely novelist who had managed to incur an emotion so inside him be able to change the course of his life?

Self-made and hardworking Jenny was looking forward to the opening ceremony of her novel when she is subjected to the hatred and scorn of her best friend, Cindy and made a laughingstock in town. Will Jenny be able to hold her head high? Continue reading

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The Chariot’s Slave


The Chariot's Slave2 stars

Read from 10th – 17th November  2013

Synopsis: After witnessing her mothers grisly death and being sold into slavery by her father, she had little left to hope for. But when purchased by Rome’s most eligible bachelor and sent to work in his chariot training facility, the seeds of hope begin to grow once more. Her relationship with her new Dominus is unpredictable. At times she’s afraid of him, afraid of what he will do to her. Yet there were moments when she was drawn to him, more than she had ever been to another being. When given a chance to save his life, something in her prompts her to do it. She disguises herself in his robes and enters the empire’s most dangerous chariot tournament. To lose the tournament would mean death for them both, and to win… something no girl had done before.

***This story is recommended by The Historical Novel Society

Bookish things: 193 pages of utter rubbish. The only good thing about the story I can say is the cover but even that does kind of imply a more D/s style book. Which it’s not.

Where to buy: No where that I can find. I did get it for free through Amazon, but it’s no longer listed.

My review:

Rather boring story, characters that resembled the emotional and mental maturity of 12 yr olds and a blatantly obvious plot.

The richness of that era was missing and the detail that should have been there wasn’t.

The editing needs to be tightened, issues ranged from missed words, to duplicate words, to misuse of there/their/they’re. Also the formatting on the kindle was atrocious.

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Grey Jack Road


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ReviewStars-4

Read from October 27-30th 2013.

Synopsis: Sam is devastated when her partner, Ben, has an affair. More than a betrayal, it is a wound so deep her life seems to simply stop, and she has trouble moving on.

Sam tries to confront Rachel, the woman Ben cheated with, but leaves it too late. Rachel has gone, has had her own marriage end because of the affair, and instead Sam meets Rachel’s husband, Tim. Sam hasn’t thought of the other person caught in all of this, but now she begins to. She and Tim have a lot in common. Tim is struggling, as overcome as Sam. Shocked, battered by what has happened, doubting themselves, Sam and Tim begin to find some comfort in one another’s hesitant friendship.

Sam wants to put Ben behind her, and get on with her life, but that may be harder than it seems. Ben wants her back, and Rachel won’t stop hanging around Tim, and everything just seems to keep getting more complicated when all Sam wants is a little peace.

Grey Jack Road is a novel about relationships, and how they end, and about living with the consequences of other people’s actions. It is a story of devastating endings, but also of hope and healing, and of the strength of the bonds between people. Grey Jack Road is set on a farm near Canberra, in the Snowy Mountains district of New South Wales, in Australia. Continue reading

Rainy Days by Victoria Zagar


RainyDays

2 stars

Read between October 3 – 6 2013.

Synopsis: When Michael Williams helps stranded motorist Ashley Fallow, little does he know Ash will make him question everything he’s been taught about what a man should want. Michael’s a married man, though – not the greatest partner for a man like Ash who just wants to settle down.

The chemistry between them is undeniable and leads to a one-night-stand, which soon blossoms into a full blown love-affair. Michael struggles to keep his family afloat while seeing Ash on the side. Ash brings some baggage of his own to the relationship; secrets that could draw them closer or drive Michael away.

Torn between his family and the man he loves, Michael must choose between them or risk losing everything. But it’s not so easy to just leave his stormy marriage when his seven-year-old daughter Taryn smiles up at him. His wife Michelle may be selfish at times, but she genuinely loves Michael despite their problems. Ash is ready to leave for California if Michael can’t commit. Michael knows somebody will get hurt, but it’s too late to walk away. He knows he must face up to his feelings and the consequences if he’s to achieve any real happiness, but that’s easier said than done in small-town America. Continue reading

COVER REVEAL: Medusa by Tony Talbot


Cover Reveal!

Cover Reveal!

It’s cover reveal time…

Surprisingly, this is my first ever cover reveal post. Or, not so surprisingly as some of you may have seen me teasing you a little on my Facebook page, sharing this little secret a few days ago.

This special story was a number of firsts for me. It was my first official Beta read, it was my first look behind the scenes at the editing process of an author I admire (I also adore his work!) and it’s my first ever cover reveal.

So, without further ado, here we go…

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A review of Deadly Temptations


DeadlyTemptations

2 stars

This was read on August 28, 2013.

Synopsis: Denise Milton is a professional and damn good at what she does but her faith is tested when she finds herself attracted to her gorgeous partner, Troy Mader. After an unfortunate incident, Denise realizes she is not the only one who craves his touch. Testing the limits of their feelings drives them into the clutches of a tortured mind. Do they let their relationship unfold or will just a taste lead them to Deadly Temptations?

Deadly Temptations is a Short Romantic Suspense with an edge… Continue reading