Sunday, 30 March 2014

Underleaf's Revamp!




Underleaf, my collection of short stories, has a new cover! The old one just didn't seem to fit with my newer books so I've given it a revamp. What do you think? I really like designing covers but they are terribly time consuming!

To celebrate the new cover the book can be downloaded for FREE at Smashwords by using this code: VU93R until Tuesday 1st April. (The code is not case sensitive). Click here for the book's page at Smashwords.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Review: RSVP by Tara Moore

RsvpRsvp by Tara Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars









RSVP sucked me in from the beginning. It is steeped in secrets and suspense but at the same time oozes a dark, sometimes dangerous, sexy glamour. There are lots of twists and a disturbing darkness weaves its way throughout the tale. The characters are unforgettable and I even found myself rooting for one I least expected! They’re not all nice, some being more than a little frightening, but then that would make for a boring story if they were all nice and RSVP is completely on the opposite end of the scale - it is absorbing!

I loved this book and did not want to put it down until I finished it. I’ve already devoured the novel Blue-Eyed Girl by the same author so I cannot wait for Tara Moore’s next book to be unleashed. As soon as it is, I have to have it!

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Review: Sacrifice by S J Bolton

SacrificeSacrifice by S.J. Bolton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first novel I've read by S. J. Bolton and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Fast-paced and, at times, eerie and terrifying, it enthralled me from the start. I will definitely be looking to read more by this author.

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Review: Voodoo Wedding by Janice Horton

Voodoo Wedding (Voodoo Romance, #2)Voodoo Wedding by Janice Horton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fun, entertaining read. After reading the first in this series I jumped straight into this story and sped through it. I really enjoyed this next part of Nola's tale - it was amusing and pleasurable to read. Now...to wait for the next!

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Review: How Do You Voodoo? by Janice Horton

How Do You Voodoo? (Voodoo Romance, #1)How Do You Voodoo? by Janice Horton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An entertaining read which I devoured in one sitting. I really like how Nola developed and grew over the course of the tale. I have the next in the series already waiting to be read!

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Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Within a few pages of starting this book I was hooked. Katie McGarry cleverly created characters who made me care about them. I was desperate for Echo to uncover the truth of her memories and for Noah to realise what he really wanted. I laughed and even cried a little when reading this book as I found it absorbing, a bit edgy, and beautifully written. I read this in three sittings as I was so eager to devour the whole story! *I won this in a Goodreads giveaway*

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Review: Ripper, My Love by Glynis Smy

Ripper, My LoveRipper, My Love by Glynis Smy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven't read a historical novel for quite some time and I really enjoyed this story. The characters were full and vivid - some I loved, some I really hated, others I wanted to hate but actually couldn't even though I knew I should! Glynis Smy captured the essence of the setting perfectly, really bringing the book to life. The ending brought a mix of emotions with surprises and I look forward to reading more by this author.

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Review: The People Next Door by Christopher Ransom

The People Next DoorThe People Next Door by Christopher Ransom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I did enjoy this book. The opening really caught my attention, then I felt the pace was a little slow (for me, this is just personal preference)after that until the last third of the book. I really enjoyed the last third of the book the most and the ending was satisfying. The story was an interesting concept. I didn't find it overly frightening or gory.

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Review: Ninemile House by Tara Moore

Ninemile HouseNinemile House by Tara Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars









Having read and enjoyed Blue-Eyed Girl and RSVP by Tara Moore, I was already looking forward to reading Ninemile House. I was not disappointed. The story was well written and touching. I laughed, even cried a little, and raced through the book in one sitting. Although the subject is serious, the book is written in a sympathetic and enjoyable manner. Tara Moore creates strong, memorable characters whose stories haunt after closing the book. Again, I look forward to reading more by this author.

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Review: Ripped Genes by Glynis Smy

Ripped GenesRipped Genes by Glynis Smy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars









Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Ripper, My Love (the book before this one), I was looking forward to reading this sequel. I was not disappointed. Kitty's life is still full of terror. The tale twists and turns with surprises along the way, and I was extremely pleased with what happened to some characters! I greatly enjoyed this book and already have Maggie's Child by Glynis Smy on my TBR list!

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Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson

Before I Go To SleepBefore I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was full of twists and turns and really captured my attention. It was not easy to put down and I consumed this book in one sitting! I liked the way in which it was written and will definitely look out for more reads by this author.

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Review: Blackbrooke by Emma Silver

BlackbrookeBlackbrooke by Emma Silver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to end, so much so I had to download the second in the series immediately after closing the last Kindle page! All of the characters Emma Silver created in this are fully fleshed out, flaws and all. Some wonderfully like-able, others hate-able but all memorable. Oh, and the Crits? Excellent.

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Review:Rising Darkness by Thea Harrison

Rising DarknessRising Darkness by Thea Harrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars









I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book I have read by this author. The cover is just beautiful and the blurb really attracted me to this. There wasn't quite as much action as I was expecting but it was a captivating story. Once I started reading, I had the "one more page" syndrome and found it hard to put down. The one character I really want to know more about is the Deceiver and so I will definitely be buying the next book in this series...what it's not out until 2014?! *faints*.

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Review: Briar Rose by Jana Oliver

Briar RoseBriar Rose by Jana Oliver
My rating: 5 of 5 stars









I'll admit the first thing that attracted to the book, was the cover. It's pretty, isn't it? Once I read the blurb I knew I wanted to read it - I love anything to do with fairy-tales. I entered the Goodreads giveaway and was very excited to win a copy! I think I counted the days until it arrived, eagerly awaiting the postman's knock! Anyway, I started it the day it was delivered. I enjoyed the beginning but found the middle section of the book to be the most enjoyable - this was when the pages turned quicker and I wanted to consume the story.

At first I wasn't sure if I would like the metal inclusion but, as the middle of the story progressed, I thought it worked well. Briar did develop and grow throughout the tale, it wasn't as if she started off weak - she didn't. I liked how, once in the curse, she remained loyal to the friend she made. I enjoyed the take on the Sleeping Beauty tale within Briar's curse and how the two interconnected in some ways. Once Briar returned from the curse and the story wound up, I found it enjoyable but, for me, the best part was definitely the middle section of the story.

The characters are interesting, the romance - touching, the adventure - entertaining, the imagery - well written. Would I recommend it? Yes.

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Review: Dark Possession by Carol Goodman

Dark PossessionDark Possession by Carol Goodman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars









I pre-ordered this book before its UK release as I was eager to read it. I've read - inhaled - both Incubus and Water Witch. This third, and final, book of the series did not disappoint.

Once again the tale is full of emotion, action, adventure and, of course, magic! I really enjoyed how Cailleach returned in time to find the Angel Stone. All of the characters are, as in the other books, strong and memorable. And the love? Oh, how it tugged at my heart strings and brought tears to my eyes. The ending made me sigh - in a good way. I know I will want to reread this series time again.

This series is the first I have read by Carol Goodman but will not be the last. Off now to look up some of her other books . . .

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Review: Bottles and Pots by Jacqueline Pye

Bottles and PotsBottles and Pots by Jacqueline Pye
My rating: 5 of 5 stars









Jacqueline's newest book is a short story collection of dark tales. It includes flash pieces, as well as longer stories. Some are poignant and thought-provoking, others full of twisted actions and thoughts. I enjoyed this collection but, of course I did have favourites! "Coming To Terms" - a tale of loss, "Cobwebs" - a story of bitter love and retribution, and "The Yellow Satchel" - of twisted love and too-late realisation, were three stories I particularly enjoyed. "The Game" also features in this collection and is a great read. In fact, there are more than just the four stories I've mentioned which resonate in the mind. Bottles and Pots is an interesting mix of stories that remain with the reader after the close of the page.

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Review: The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

The Blessed (The Blessed, #1)The Blessed by Tonya Hurley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars









This is the first book I have read by Tonya Hurley. I must admit I am often seduced by a pretty cover, and this cover sure sucked me in! There are some lovely, glossy, full page images inside the book - which I thought was a great touch. I've not read much about the legends of the three Saints included in this tale so I was intrigued. The characters aren't perfect, they have flaws, and I think that added to the story as they venture on their paths to discovery. I would like to know more about the three main, female characters so I will want to read book #2. Overall, a great read and a memorable story!

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Review: Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather In TokyoStrange Weather In Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars









This was a different, yet refreshing read for me. I've been reading in other genres lately so this made a nice change of pace. I found it to be a gentle, thoughtful tale. Both of the main characters are off-beat and slightly odd in their own ways, yet romance did blossom. I enjoyed the unburdened writing style and will definitely look out for more books by Hiromi Kawakami, which have been translated into English. Once I settled into this story I found time just flew past as I devoured it. It did bring a tear at the end. So, overall, a touching story.
*I won this proof copy book via a Goodreads giveaway*

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Review: Alchemy by Ailsa Abraham

This is a review for the prequel to Shaman's Drum (review of Shaman's Drum here).


AlchemyAlchemy by Ailsa Abraham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read Shaman's Drum last year and thoroughly enjoyed it and would have loved to discover more about the main characters Riga and Iamo so I eagerly wanted to read this prequel!

I found Ailsa's writing style a joy to read. Alchemy is full of interesting characters and I enjoyed the way they intertwine. I particularly liked finding out about Riga's and Iamo's lives when they were young, it gave further insight "into" them. It really does provide an interesting background journey to Shaman's Drum.

Again, the author has created a world that it is easy to relate to. In all, an entertaining, enjoyable tale with romance, adventure, terror, and magic - an invaluable prequel!

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