Coming Soon: The Darkness

Hello all.

There is now a release date for the last book of my fantasy/romance trilogy.



The Darkness


The Darkness

Book 3 of The Mother’s Children

Zin has made the greatest sacrifice to protect her land and her people, both Quarthi and Toth alike. The Darkness has vanished. The Quarthi have their land back. The forest is regrowing.

Black Bull is a half and half: part Quarthi, part Sand Person. Black-skinned and strong. All his life he has been a slave, trapped in the white city of Fairmont. That is until his mother’s people demand his and the other slaves’ release. It is time for freedom. It is time to live his life. Will he find happiness with the savages or will he only find more resistance and rejection?

Xala misses her big sister. Grinda and Mock grieve for her. They visit when they can but when Zin starts shedding black leaves, they can’t help but feel responsible for ‘abandoning’ her. With the help of the powerful shamri and Mock’s unearthly connection, they soon discover that something is destroying her from within. Something in the form of an otherworldly creature with black wings and a bottomless hunger to possess her.

The Morgrar hasn’t been destroyed, only driven back, and it’s up to those who love Zin the most to save her and return her to the light.

Mock will fight to the death. Grinda will never stop hoping. Aaron won’t give up.

A dead world. Unlikely allegiances. An undying love.

The final chapter.

Please note: changes have been made to the ages of two of the characters. Zin is eighteen. Xala is sixteen.


Due for release December 16th, 2019.

As usual chapters will be posted twice a week.

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Book 1 of The Mother’s Children: The Barbarian
Book 2 of The Mother’s Children: The Slave

Book Review: Into the Black Nowhere


5 Stars




Don’t know if I can put in words how good this book is. Forgive the pun, but this is a killer book. Holy crap. And I’m not usually a fan of this genre, simply because it’s not usually done well. This book certainly is.

How do I not know Meg Gardiner’s name? This is number 2 of the series, and I feel a desperate need to read the 1st and then the rest of them NOW. That rarely happens to me. If the books continue like this, I’ll buy the series.

Great writing. Great characters. And you can tell the author has done her research. Good guys I love. Bad guys I not only hate but abhor. Believable police work. Kick-ass cliffhanger ending. I really have nothing negative to say about it. This is how a crime/thriller should be told.

If you love crime and mystery and heinous bad guys, and not knowing who might live or die, you need to read this book.

Chilling, surprising, unpredictable. I actually gasped a few times.

Huge fan. Big thumbs up

Book Review: The Rook

Urban Fantasy

3.5 Stars




A pretty good book. My friend loved it and advised that I should read it. I went in warily because though my friend and I are so similar in so many ways, our taste in books couldn’t be more different. Often I don’t finish the books she raves over. This one I did with some reasonable enjoyment.

The plot was okay. Pulled me along. Kept me interested enough to keep reading. That being said, however, overall it just wasn’t to my taste. I like depth in my books. Something that’ll make me angry, devastated, horrified. Something that’ll make me think and feel. This is a plot-driven novel with shallow characters. Nothing wrong with that. Each to their own. But it means that I’m simply not emotionally invested enough to continue onto the next book. I’m also not a fan of the Marvel/Superhero/X-men/Heroes trope that’s on play here (it’s been done to death).

But a matter of taste is not the only issue. There are gaping plot holes I couldn’t ignore, character inconsistencies, enormous info-dumps, some truly cringe-worthy dialogue (between Myfanwy and Shantay—they sounded like teenaged girls), a general lack of believability and the humour began to get annoying, then tedious, then eye-rolling. By the end it became awkward and forced as the story became too dark to make it work. The ending was quite the slog too as the villain explained in eye-glazing detail his nefarious plot.

Nevertheless, a decent enough read if you like something light and fluffy that’s not meant to be taken seriously. For those who like something deeper and darker, however, you will need to read this with a different mindset.

Book Review: Pursued (Brides of the Kindred #6)


5 Stars




I really liked this one! After being disappointed with the last book, this one surprised me! I think this one’s my favourite so far. Unlike the rest I’ve read, this book had some serious darkness to it which made it more difficult to put down.

These books are like chocolate cake. No. More like a plate of delicious sausages … hahaha. So bad for you but oh so good. As always, loved the sex scenes. Very detailed and explicit and the way the Kindred talk so openly about it always makes me giggle.

These stories aren’t meant to be perfect. The dialogue can be off. The female characters are far from the best. And the story can be pretty bad at times. But I don’t care! Surprisingly, none of that bothers me. Still, I can’t read all these books at once. I need to read them months apart to really enjoy them. They are, after all, mostly the same story.

2020: Bring on ‘Exiled’.

Book Review: Lolita


5 Stars


This one was a bit of an eye-opener. To be expected considering the content. To my surprise, I finished this very quickly. Hugely absorbing. Equal parts fascinating and appalling. Written as a fictitious memoir and with such old-fashioned flowery prose, and yet it was so unexpectedly modern. Loved the deep perspective. Got a real feel for both Lolita and this terrible, loving, pitiful, disgusting creature Humbert Humbert.

Give it a chance. If you can put your squeamishness aside, read it.

Book Review: Vendetta: Lucky’s Revenge (Lucky Santangelo #4


4 Stars



Quite a good read! This was my first time reading Jackie Collins. Mass-producing authors can be hit-and-miss sometimes, but from what I’ve read here, she’s one of the good ones.

There are numerous perspectives, but I had all the characters straight in my head despite this book being 4th in the series. All characters had surprisingly decent depth considering the ‘shallowness’ of many of their personalities. The story was good. There were no real slow bits, which is hard to do at 600 pages. Lots of ‘naughtiness’, which I enjoyed. The romances were believable and fun. The writing itself was very easy to read and well thought out.

I’ll admit, this is not my kind of story. I don’t particularly enjoy reading about the rich and famous and their sordid lives. However, I like to think that despite my tastes I know a good story when I read one.

A talented author and a fun lady who clearly cared for and worked hard at her stories, and yet managed not to take herself or her work too seriously.

May she rest in peace.


Book Review: Revealed (Brides of the Kindred #5)

3.5 stars




Hmm. This one’s not my favourite. There was a lot of corn. It was so corny it was hard to read. I’m not sure if it’s just this book or my tastes are changing again. The first four books were better. I wish Rast had more personality. I wish he was more of his own man. I wish all the Kindred were, instead of draping themselves over their women like great, big empty-headed teddy bears.

Still, the story wasn’t bad. Better than a lot of erotic fiction. And I will concede that it must be hard for the author to keep coming up with new relationships. And that’s the problem with these kind of books, I think. I would read more erotic fiction if they weren’t so similar and so darn corny. Give me a good story and a good romance along with the sex.

However, the story did pick up by the end—quite a bit. It gives me hope for the next book. I’m still a fan and still keen to read—which is rare for me in this genre. I will give it a little time, though, before I move onto Elise and Merrick.

Book Review: The City & the City


5 Stars




Wow, that was different. A murder mystery set in two cities that somehow exist partly on top of/within each other, where the people of both are not allowed to ‘see’ each other, lest they activate Breach—a ‘force’ which makes them disappear.

Kind of reminds me of some of the more fantastic sci-fi of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s (Planet of the Apes, Logan’s Run, Soylent Green, The Stepford Wives), but written far better and with a much more modern and almost ‘literature-like’ feel to it.

It is quite hard to understand at the beginning—understandably—and thus a little difficult to get into. But after about the 100th page, things start falling into place and you start to get interested. The mystery of what is Breach itself. The additional mystery of Orciny—what is rumoured to be a third city.

I do enjoy weirdness when it’s done well. Very creative. This surpassed my expectations.

Book Review: The Exorcist


5 Stars



Great story. The movie is very similar. Lots of cursing, vomiting, head-spinning, perverse behaviour. Written in 1972, and yet it’s an easy read. I like horror movies but it’s hard to find a horror book that thrills me. This wasn’t thrilling but it was enjoyable. Felt like I was watching the movie as I read.

I initially thought it a four star read, up until the end. The ending where Father Karras lies dying on the pavement requesting forgiveness pushed it firmly into the five star range. I’m still thinking about it now, days afterward. And though the exorcist himself was only a part of the story a short time, he was no less intriguing.

Great character depth. Will probably read it again.