Review of ‘Conflicted Magic’ by Christina Herlyn: A Tantalising Taster for a Gripping Series

In the dystopian world which develops on the coming of the asteroid Atlas, there are certain grades of people. There are the Normals, who must be protected from the dreadful monsters who emerged from the volcanoes that erupted on the arrival of Atlas. There are also the Evolutionaries, born with a mutated gene – and … Continue reading Review of ‘Conflicted Magic’ by Christina Herlyn: A Tantalising Taster for a Gripping Series

Review of ‘When the Moon Whispers’ by Rebecca Lochlann: Brilliant and Dramatic

I was immediately drawn into this epic series, by the first book, which takes place in Bronze Age Greece. I was entranced by the unusual combination of outstanding historical research, excellent writing style, intriguing characters and exciting theme. Since then, and I have been eagerly following the progress of this saga of a battle between … Continue reading Review of ‘When the Moon Whispers’ by Rebecca Lochlann: Brilliant and Dramatic

‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J Maas: Certainly a Page Turner

I read ‘Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J Maas because I was intrigued by the praise given to it in the excellent book of writing advice ‘How to Write a Page Turner’ by Jordan Rosenfeld. The author was evidently drawn in by the series of which this is the first, and a great … Continue reading ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J Maas: Certainly a Page Turner

‘Unearthed After Sunset’ by Lauryn April: A Gripping Tale of Vampire and Human Turf Wars in Modern Day Phoenix

I’ve been looking forward to Lauryn April’s new series and' Unearthed After Sunset' the first of ‘The Cereus Vampire Chronicles’, was anything but a disappointment. In fact, I the writing is better than ever. There is increasing and impressive strength and flow to the style. One of the things I like about some YA writing … Continue reading ‘Unearthed After Sunset’ by Lauryn April: A Gripping Tale of Vampire and Human Turf Wars in Modern Day Phoenix

Indie Authors: Don’t Give Up On Your Original Voice When Sales Are Bad

https://www.amazon.com/Longbourn-Jo-Baker-ebook/dp/B00CQ1D3BYFive years ago, when I started writing online, I was lucky enough to meet some outstanding writers on Goodreads (I’ve met others since, on Authonomy before it packed up and elsewhere, but here I’m talking about that original base of writer friends). They were mostly women, varying in age. Some came from my native England, … Continue reading Indie Authors: Don’t Give Up On Your Original Voice When Sales Are Bad

Review of ‘Birdwoman; The Memoirs of A Lovesick Siren’ by Anne Carlisle

This is an outstandingly original story, which draws the reader in at once into the fascinating world of the siren. It’s exciting, well paced, funny, sad, outrageous and startlingly believable all at once. The writing is vivid, evocative, bawdy, witty and sometimes poetic. I took at once to the heroine, Destiny, who is born, along … Continue reading Review of ‘Birdwoman; The Memoirs of A Lovesick Siren’ by Anne Carlisle