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  1. Book review: Grasping at Water by Carmel Bendon

    I do enjoy reading novels with strong mystical content. Especially when, as is the case with Grasping at Water, the author has profound knowledge of her subject.

    About Grasping at Water

    When a young, unidentified woman is pulled alive and well from Sydney Harbour in 2013, the connections to another woman – found in similar circumstances forty years earlier – present psychiatrist Kathryn Brookley with a terrible decision as the events of the present and past begin to mirror each other and the gap between truth and illusion shrinks.
    When the young woman goes further and declares that she has lived continuously since coming to ‘understanding’ ...
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  2. Book review: Darkest Sunlight by Xtina Marie

    What a novelty it is for me to review Darkest Sunlight, a poetic narrative by Xtina Marie.


    “The heart was made to be broken.” – Oscar Wilde
    To allow your heart to soar, you must risk the depths. Darkest Sunlight is the third poetic narrative from Xtina Marie. In this journey, readers will begin in the darkest of places yet revealed to us by this critically acclaimed poet, only to then find themselves thrust into the brightness of love before their eyes and minds can fully adjust. It is this shocking contrast which best conveys what it is to love, lose, and love again.
    In Dark Musings, Xtina explored sadness. In Light Musings, she explored
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  3. Book Review: Ghosts Like Us by Inez Baranay

    I’m delighted to share my review of Ghosts Like Us by Inez Baranay (originally published by The Newtown Review of Books, June 2016)


    ‘the air of the present moment here’ This puzzling opening line embodies the essence of a fine literary work: a little obscure for some, fresh air for others. Ghosts Like Us requires a literary reader, one with sensibilities for art, for feminism, for poetry, for magic realism; a reader who might enjoy Susan Sontag’s The Benefactor more than Philip Roth’s Indignation.
    In Ghosts Like Us, Baranay deftly enters into the haphazard and self-justifying reasoning processes of her young protagonists. ...
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  4. Book Review: Columbine’s Tale by Rachel Nightingale

    Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Harlequin’s Riddle, the first in the Tales of Tayra series by debut author, Rachel Nightingale, it was with much anticipation that I opened the second, Columbine’s Tale.

    “For three hundred years the travelling actors of Litonya roamed the land entertaining crowds, but secretly leaving devastation in their wake. Is Mina the only person with the power to stop them?
    In the ethereal otherworld of Tarya, Mina begins to master the rare, inexplicable powers  attached to her gift for storytelling. She discovers she can touch dreams, influence the real world, and perhaps find out who is manipulating Tarya for ...
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  5. Memoir: There’s a Volcano Outside my Front Door

    There’s a volcano outside my front door. I stand on the threshold and there it rises, a perfect cone, decapitated by its own fury. It’s winter, and the euphorbias cling on, smatterings of green against the cinder black. To my right is the volcano’s big sister, La Corona, a monolith, its fractured crest evidence of a day five-thousand years ago, when lava spewed and gushed and tumbled, razing the land.
    Back then, there were no human witnesses. Now homo sapiens ramble all over the rock. I’m visiting the island of my memories, my former home, Lanzarote, desert dry and riddled with volcanoes, their offerings of cinder and lava meeting the eye in all directions. An island as commonplace as a tea towel to the British tourist, a place no one ...
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  6. Turismo y Literatura: El rol de los escritores protegiendo la cultura local

    ¿Cuando un autor elige escribir de manera irreflexiva acerca de un país extraño, uno que no es el suyo, no es ella otra clase de turista?

    Los turistas llegan a destino con sus maletas y su crema para el sol, deseando tiempo tibio y soleado, playas arenosas y algo de cultura local. Ellos vienen, se quedan por un periodo de tiempo, y observan raramente entendiendo la tierra que estan visitando o su gente. Se sienten felices de ver la cultura no como una cosa viva sino como un artefacto encarcelado en museos. A la industria turística no le interesa preservar las culturas locales. Sólo le interesa la ganancia. ...
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  7. Tourism and Literature: The role of authors in protecting local culture

    Since I write novels set on the Canary Islands, here are my thoughts on the role of the author when it comes to travel fiction:
    When an author chooses to write unreflectively about a foreign country, one not their own, aren’t they just another kind of tourist?

    Tourists arrive at their destination with their suitcases and their sunscreen, wanting warm sunny weather, sandy beaches and a small taste of local culture. They come, they stay, they take, and they rarely understand the land they are visiting, or its people. They are happy to view local culture not as lived reality, but as artefacts incarcerated ...
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  8. Book review: Her Name is Mercie by Chris Roy

    The joy of writing book reviews is stumbling on good stories, well told. When the stories take your breath away, all the better! Here is my review of one Her Name is Mercie, a collection of short stories by Chris Roy.

    “Mercie Hillbrook lives a simple, quiet life working as a gas station attendant. Then her parents are killed. Her home is taken. The people responsible are excused for just doing their job. When an attempt to get justice her way lands her in trouble with the law, Mercie realizes she still has something to lose: her own life.
    Then she finds reason to believe her parents were murdered… and she doesn’t care ...
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  9. Kindle special discount of The Drago Tree

    I’m delighted to announce that the Kindle edition of The Drago Tree is discounted to only $0.99 cents for a limited time only.


    “Haunted by demons past and present, geologist Ann Salter seeks sanctuary on the exotic island of Lanzarote. There she meets charismatic author Richard Parry and indigenous potter Domingo and together they explore the island.
    Ann’s encounters with the island’s hidden treasures becomes a journey deep inside herself as she struggles to understand who she was, who ...
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  10. Book review: The Torcian Chronicles: Defiance by P.J. Reed

    I very rarely dip into dark fantasy, so it was a treat to read P. J. Reed’s debut.

    “Mesham sits dejectedly in a tiny garret above an inn, as the lands of Torcia fall to the magically-enhanced army of the infamous Mivirian Horde. One of the last surviving ancient warlocks of Torcia, Mesham knows he is marked for death.
    The Torcian king knocks on Mesham’s door later that evening and offers him the chance of rejuvenation in return for a seemingly impossible mission into the heart of Mivir. Mesham reluctantly agrees, only to realise the evil of Mivir has spread to the very top of the Torcian government.
    As Mesham ...
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  11. In conversation with author Pamela Morris

    Here’s an excerpt of an in-depth interview with author Pamela Morris in which I lay myself bare.
    “As a female author of Horror, you quickly come to realize the genre is very much dominated by male writers. I find that odd as women have been in the business of writing Gothic Horror since the 18th century and that a woman, Mary Shelley, penned one of the great masterpieces of horror with her novel Frankenstein.
    With that in mind, I am always thrilled to land an interview with a fellow female writer of the genre and this month that woman is Isobel Blackthorn!

    1. Setting a mood for a story is one of the most important parts of writing, but what about setting the mood for yourself as you sit down to write? Do you have a
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  12. Book review: The Erotic Odyssey of Colton Forshay by James H Longmore

    What a naughty and absurdly dark novel this is!

    “Colton Forshay dreams himself into a bizarre sexual dystopia, a world in which nothing is as it should be. Sickening sex acts and sexual violence are the norm and in which the currency is deviant sexual acts. At first disturbed, then intrigued – and aroused – by his dreams of this other world, Colton is drawn deeper in and begins to spend more and more time there; so much so that his wife forces him to visit a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist encourages him to explore the dream world – and our hero goes on an odyssey with his dog/son, Eric, to discover the disturbing truth behind ...
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  13. Book review: It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost in by Mawson

    I could not resist reviewing this charming picture book for adults by the irresistibly cute Mawson bear!

    “Are you feeling a little lost? Got that ‘left in the spare room’ emptiness about you? Mawson does too.
    He sits atop his cushion and ponders about baffling things.
    The world is a baffling place for a curious teddy bear to live in. Friends approach him about their own dilemmas. They seek instant answers that will make everything all right. Mawson does his best. But after he ponders deeply, most things remain for him just as baffling as they were before.
    Take a moment out of your ...
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  14. Special discount! – The Cabin Sessions

    I’m delighted to share this special discount of The Cabin Sessions, my dark psychological thriller published last October by HellBound Books.


    Only $0.99 Kindle edition. Visit your Amazon website to grab your copy.
    For the USA https://amzn.to/2vakBb8

    For Australia. https://amzn.to/2M3X9q5

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  15. TWERK – Contract signed with HellBound Books!

    I am delighted to announce I have just signed TWERK to HellBound Books for release December 2018.

    Based on a flash fiction piece published by Backhand Stories in UK in 2016, TWERK is an erotic-romance thriller-horror novel set in a Las Vegas strip club. Gripping steamy noir with an amazing soundtrack, the novel provides a behind the scenes, insider view of the working life of a stripper based on extensive, original research.
    Big thanks to James Longmore, publisher at HellBound Books, for his guidance in devising the plot. I’m happy to say that HellBound Books, with its gracious, respectful and supportive team, are the perfect home for ...
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