AWW Review: Worlds Within Worlds


3 stars

Read from February 16-20th, 2017.

Synopsis: ‘The barrier between the worlds shatters like the window. The beast is loose. My nightmare has become real. The guy has totally lost it. If he finds us here, we could die. No, I don’t doubt it; we will die.’

Author and editor Prunella Smith inhabits a multilayered reality. Physically, she lives in the Australian bush with her crazy cat Merlin. In her work world, she edits the love story of Kelee, a Magan Lord’s daughter, and in the cyber-world of social media, she’s subjected to slanderous attacks by a disgruntled author. To complicate matters further she sees things through the eyes of a Tibetan Yogi, has strange dreams and relives old memories.

Separate worlds, interconnected and complementary, but can they help when Prunella becomes victim to a real life stalker and her sanity is threatened?

Worlds Within Worlds has a unique perspective on the nature of creativity. Its touch is light, its humour distinctive but it reaches deep into the nature of human experience.

This book has won an AIA Seal of Excellence. Continue reading

Review: Sacred Striptease



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: 

Bookshelves: aussie-authors, amazon-freebie, aww2015indie-author, 4-star-review, smirk-worthy, made-me-think, too-short

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


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: Demon’s Grip


3 stars

Read from August 30 to September 11, 2015

Synopsis: Demon slayer Ariel Malony thought she knew her friend and travelling companion, Nick, but she discovers that at the University of Sheldra, he is a respected translator with little time to spare. Now that he isn’t at her side all the time, she wishes he was, and when she finally admits her love, powerful emotions sweep her away like flotsam in a raging torrent.

An army of demons force them to cut short their stay and from the Gothic architecture of Sheldra, they travel between enormous standing stones, and across a vast dry plain to the ancient granite walls of the Hermitage where Ariel meets her greatest challenge yet.

There, the demon lord Emot takes advantage of her inexperience in matters of the heart and preys on her desire for pleasure, setting off a struggle with addiction that threatens to break Nick’s heart and turn Ariel into the demon’s mindless slave. She must reach deep into her soul and find the mystical power she needs to kill the one who promises pleasure but delivers only pain. Fail, and she will lose the one she loves and spend an eternity in the demon’s grip. Continue reading

Review: Stalking Shadows


3 stars

Read from August 05 to 20, 2014

Synopsis: Ariel hopes that the great library at Sheldra holds the key to rescuing her mother. But in order to get there, she must negotiate a forest of evil spirits, escape a mind-numbing city of sparkling towers, travel through the treacherous gullies of Minion Hills, and avoid an attack by a demon lord intent on killing her.

At the same time, a battle rages between her heart and her mind. A relationship with her travelling companion, the enigmatic Nick, is just too tempting, but can they be together without Ariel losing her focus and falling to the demons? Her life is at stake, but also her heart. She risks encasing it in stone and denying herself the very sustenance she needs.

Will they make it to the safe haven of Sheldra, or will Ariel die at the hands of the yellow-eyed demon? Continue reading

AWW2015 sign up post


It’s that time of the year again, when I pledge to read and review at least 10 Autralian Women Writer’s books.

This year I’m planning to read some of the more well known authors as I’m incorporating a number of them into another reading challenge.

You’ll see the likes of Tara Moss, Keri Arthur, and Kylie Chan. They will however be rubbing shoulders with some of my favourite Indie AWW authors too, like Tahlia Newland, Alison Stuart, and Georgina Anne Taylor.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you can by visiting the AWW website.