Tuesday, 31 December 2013

My five star review, for Then Came a Lion by Cecila Marie Pulliam.

And Then Came a Lion by Cecilia Marie Pulliam is a great read. It's one of those books I was sorry to finish.
There were a few editing issues, nevertheless not enough to spoil my enjoyment of a really exciting story.
Susannah, the plucky heroin has a unique gift. She has dreams and visions of children being abducted by vile people. Because she sees the event ahead of time, she is able to rescue the children, all the while putting herself in grave danger.
This book tackles a subject that is very emotive. Yes, the story flows well, is fast paced, exciting, and filled with tension. However, I also found it challenging and at times moving. For me personally, it was a roller coaster ride of emotions, not least anger when you realise these awful things are happening in reality on a regular basis.
Like Susannah, I have to fight the hatred...the desire for revenge against the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against little ones.
I guess from this you can see how much the story affected me!
On a lighter note; I loved Susannah's dog, a Brittany spaniel called Buddy. Having never heard of the breed, I did a search...they sound like a lovely family dog.
Ms Pulliam has great descriptive skill. The way she writes you can't help but get involved with each and every character, good and bad.
I enjoyed this book very much, and look forward to reading the sequel.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Crystal Rose.

A short unedited snippet from the book I'm working on, Crystal Rose. The sequel to Through a Glass.
Wrapping her arms around him; Irene sighed and leaned her head against his chest, listening to the comforting beat of his heart. “I love you so much,” she murmured.

Zatao stroked her hair.  His heart felt heavy, his thoughts consumed with the threat of war. Watching the horses wander away to graze, and holding the woman he loved in his arms…war seemed unreal, a nightmare that would pass when waking. But it isn’t, and unless God intervenes, this woman I love, my family, my people are all under threat. He frowned and gritted his teeth as the tranquillity of the moment vanished.

Irene felt the subtle tension in his body, the quickening beat of his heart. Raising her head she peered up at him. “What is it? Are you alright?”

Bending slightly, he kissed her forehead. “I’m fine. It’s getting late, we should return to the castle.”

As they retraced their steps, the tall cedars cast long shadows over the path. Irene stared at Zatao’s back, the uncharacteristic sag of his shoulders confirmed, he was lying to her…he was afraid! She shivered as an unpleasant sense of de-ja-vue settled over her, filling her with dread.


Tuesday, 10 December 2013

An Interesting and Challenging read.

I was given a copy of the Prophet, in exchange for an honest review.
I found the thought of reading a play rather daunting, and was also concerned about the subject matter. But it is very well written, and I got into to it very quickly; in fact I couldn't stop reading it. As expected I found it sad and very challenging. I never cease to find mans inhumanity to man, distressing!
I won't give a summery of the story, as others have already done that. Suffice to say, it's about Nat Turner a man born into slavery. And rather like Moses, his parents and the other slaves soon become aware that he is special and gifted.
I'm glad I was given the opportunity to read it, and would certainly recommend it to every one.
What ever nation we're born in...whatever colour we may be. We are all special in God's eyes!


Monday, 9 December 2013

Riveting. In Search of Priscilla by Bellakentuky.

I enjoy a good apocalyptic story, and this is good.
All the elements are there; scary monsters that come out at night, tension, fear, and the struggle to survive. However, there is a surprise element which I loved, Junkyard the dog. I just love his name, and he's a great character, and so loyal to Abner his master and friend. I've now decided I want my own Junkyard; every one should have a dog like him, especially when the world has fallen down around your ears, and danger waits at ever turn.
Apart from the main character, Abner. There's an old man called, Letch, who's a real nasty piece of work. And then there's , Priscilla, who proves to be anything but loyal to devoted, Abner. With these three characters and a dog the author weaves a tail that's riveting and very atmospheric. I liked the twist at the end.
If I have anything negative to say...there were a few editing issues, but not enough to distract me from the excitement of the story. There was an occasional swear word, which I personally don't like; but again not enough to offend, or stop me reading the book.
Once I'd started the book, I couldn't stop until I'd finished, which was nearly one in the morning! I guess it's just as well it wasn't a full length novel.
In search of Priscilla is great. I recommend it, and am looking forward to reading more by this author..


Monday, 2 December 2013

A Five Star review for Through a Glass.

Irene, a painter with a troubled past who drinks to ease her pain and squanders her talent, moves to the village of Zeal to begin again. One day, while gazing into a painting she is working on, she feels a peculiar sensation--a strong sense of the reality of the scene on the canvas. Soon she finds herself physically drawn into the world of her painting. Once there, she meets Stagman and Mira, and the adventure begins.

Irene learns that evil has overtaken the land of the painting. The enemy of the land’s good prince has stolen and imprisoned the prince’s stallion, and as long as the stallion remains imprisoned, the land itself remains in the clutches of evil.

Irene is informed by Stagman and Mira that only she can free the land from evil. Leaving Mira behind, Stagman and Irene begin a quest to find the stallion. They meet helpers along the way, some human and some not, as well as malevolent creatures bent on stopping the two from completing their task--including the ingeniously named wolf-like “ersatz.”

Lee is a terrific storyteller, weaving excitement and action with a sense of darkness and foreboding. Her story is both cozy--in the sense that a fairy tale is cozy--and fast-paced, and its Christian allegorical elements, while there, are not heavy-handed.

I should warn you: The epilogue will bring a tear to your eye. I hope Lee returns to Stagman and his world. This is a story that should be continued.


Friday, 15 November 2013

A new review for A Rat and A Ransom.

About:Tom has wanted a pet for a long while and when he found a rat in his backyard he takes and adventure full of twists and turns. You will never want to put the book down!

My Review: I enjoyed this book, mostly because of how everything was so unexpected. I found the book to be a little confusing near the end but other than that I have no ad things to say about this book. It didn't take me very long to read this book, because the chapters were not very long. I found the book to, also, have some suspense to it. The book was well detailed and explained characters well.


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Secrets by the River. A Real Page Turner!

I loved `Running from Beige.' It was an emotional and rewarding read. So, as I eagerly waited for the sequel, `Secrets by the River,' I wondered if it would be as good. I needn't have worried, it was awesome...so exciting, a real page turner.
I loved catching up with these three brave women, Connie, Karen and Suzy. What they had to go through in Running from Beige was pretty awful, but in this wonderful new story; words fail me!
I'm a Christian, nevertheless I couldn't help hating Sara...hoping with each page I turned that she would get her come-upance. I found myself rooting for the three brave friends as they struggled to help each other and family.
This story is filled with so much action and emotion I was quite exhausted by the time I finished the book.
If you enjoy suspense and excitement then this powerful story is for you.


My review for World at War by Pam Funke

I can't say I enjoyed World at War by Pam Funke. But then I guess it's not so much a story to enjoy, as to make one think. And that it most certainly does.
For me personally, I found the number of characters in the book quite confusing. Nevertheless, I was impressed at the way the author develops each one. It's as though the book contained short cameo's tracing the different lives of those involved in the story. But as I say, I found it hard at times to keep up with them all.
The beginning of the story was inspired...sending dud rockets at different nations to instigate a real war was a clever idea. I also liked the man or angel, who appeared at certain times through the book, bringing comfort to those who were struggling or dying.
For my personal taste, I found the chapters were too long. Nevertheless, the book is thought provoking and on the whole well written. There were a few grammar issues, but they didn't put me off. As I'm not from the US, I made allowances, as there are some differences between the UK and the US.
The way the story ended took me by surprise, but it would be a spoiler if I commented!
On the whole, World at War is a thrilling end times story.

I received this novel in exchange for an honest review.


A wonderful five star review for Through a Glass.

YI Lee captured me with her storytelling abilities with her first book, The Shadowed Valley. I have all her books, including A Rat and a Ransom in paperback. In Through a Glass, I turned the page and ended up reading until 4am! The entire story idea was very unique and not many can give such animated life to both four legged and winged friends as good as this author can.

In Through a Glass, it'd be hard for me to pick favorite characters, but I know that Stagman ranked right up there. The journey into beautiful, and some frightening cities was a page turner. The evil forest was a place I could picture so well. All that darkness and those dang trees! YI Lee does a great job at making the reader experience it all.

Irene, the main character, is an artist who ends up being transported into her painting. As the journey unfolds, there are lots of surprises, and the biggest one, I never saw coming at all. Faith is a theme throughout, and it was a breath of fresh air to witness love, deception, evil, goodness, and new friendships described so wonderfully. One of the characters I won't name, but I will always remember his beauty...

If only we could all soar like Zenith. I really wish this book was a series. It was hard to say goodbye to all the delightful characters. They worked as a team, and the plots were created by such a great imagination!

I will forever recommend this book. I can't wait until I can place this paperback beside the others!


Sunday, 13 October 2013

A new five star review for Through a Glass.

I'm thrilled with this new review for Through a Glass.

This is my third book by YI Lee, and it is by far my favorite. And not just because of the horses. Although I've never seen a glass horse quite like the author describes, her rich use of senses and descriptions make me feel like I have. YI Lee is a master of dark allegorical fantasy. Like CS Lewis or Lewis Carroll, her character finds herself falling into another, stranger, fantastical world, where she must complete a task, because she is the only one who can do it. But then unlike Lewis or Carroll the world built beyond the glass is not silly or childish, it is dark and scary with creatures that screech in the night and threaten to steal your heart and soul. And it's not a child who is chosen to overcome herself, it is a full-fledged adult with deadlines to meet and a wee bit of a drinking problem.

All these things make Through a Glass more real for me. A less than perfect person finding the strength within herself to do incredible, self-sacrificing things and becoming more than she ever thought she was. Lovers of Dark Fantasy do not want to miss this one, especially if they like a spark of inspiration added in.


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Sanctuary By Pauline Creeden: Awesome!!

Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden is brilliant. It kept me up most nights way passed my bedtime.  I got so involved with the characters I couldn't stop reading. The story is a great mix of horror, suspense, faith and a touch of romance. In parts it was so frightening; I found myself fearfully clutching my kindle, and wondering; what's going to happen next.
I like the way the author Pauline Creeden structured the book, giving each character, Jennie, Hugh and Brad their own chapters, and then bringing it all together at the end. It worked really well.
I loved Jennie, she is strong, but normal...not some over the top unrealistic female heroin. I really related to her. I could feel her fear, distress and vulnerability.
The book is so well written; I cared for every character, which added to my stress levels when something bad happened to them.
I'm not sure I would have been as brave as Jennie under such circumstances. As a Christian, I found this book challenging on many levels.  How unselfish and compassionate would I be in the same situation? How would I honestly respond if someone I cared about was in such terrible danger?
While reading it, and even now, I find myself wondering where I would hide if such a scenario should happen here and now. Talk about a roller coaster ride of high adrenalin and abject fear!
I'm not generally a fan of zombie stories, but this really grabbed me, and to say I was fed up when I finished it is an understatement! I really, really hope there is a sequel.
Sanctuary is so good I would have given it ten stars if it were possible.  Do I recommend it? You bet!


Monday, 30 September 2013

I gave this lovely book five stars.

Casa de Naomi by Paula Rose Michelson, is about Naomi a lovely young Jewish woman who due to unforeseen circumstances finds herself stranded and alone on Ellis Island...until an old lady named Tia rescues her. When I first started to read the book, I confess I thought the old lady along with help from the Ellis Island official was kidnapping Naomi. However, the opposite was true; Tia took Naomi home and looked after her. The old woman gave her a life and a future.
When Tia died, Naomi took over the work of helping the vulnerable young women arriving at Ellis Island. Sadly one day she rescued the wrong girl...Lola. What a nasty piece of work she is! I will say no more as I do not wish to give away any part of the story.
Casa de Naomi is quite the most beautiful and poignant story I've read in a long while. I found the style of writing both poetic and romantic. In some small way it reminded me of Song of Solomon.
Not one character, no matter how small the part they play in the story is side-lined. Each one is written with such depth. The author's portrayal of Spanish Harlem is so artistic; one can almost smell the food and spices in the market place.
This is a story based around the powerful human emotions of, deception, mistrust, love and betrayal.
It's a brilliant book, and really makes one think about the insidious evil that is anti-Semitism. I am so pleased I had the opportunity to read it. I can't wait to read book 2.


Friday, 27 September 2013

Through a Glass receives a five star review.

I am thrilled with this new review for Through  a Glass. We all get our share of negative reviews, so to receive a positive one is really encouraging. It's the ingredient that keeps us writing...knowing that a reader has enjoyed a book we have written, and takes the time to share their thoughts. Awesome!! :)


Saturday, 14 September 2013

Why are reviews so hard to get? A short gripe!

I'm an avid reader...not only that, every book I read I take time to review, because as an author myself I know how important they are. A positive review is like an injection of encouragement, the push needed sometimes to keep us going.
Even a negative review is welcome, because it shows someone who read our book has taken the time to express their thoughts about it. Even with a negative review there are things that can be learned, helping us perhaps to see things from the readers point of view. All input is valuable...unless of course it is vicious and merely seeking to cause hurt.
I struggle to understand why someone can't take a few minutes to write a few words about a book they've read. After all a review on Amazon only has to be a little over twenty words, so not much to ask.
Reviews are an important aid in finding a good book to read. I personally find them invaluable. When I'm interested in a certain book I scan the reviews to give me an idea as to whether it's the sort of genre I'll enjoy, and if the content is the sort of thing I would read; as I don't like overt sex, violence, or bad language in the books I read. So you can see how a review would be helpful to me.
Nevertheless, more than anything, we authors badly need reviews, need the encouragement. It's so good to hear that someone you don't know, and may never meet has read and enjoyed a book you have written...it's awesome!
Gripe over. I have a book to finish and a review to write!

Secrets by the River.

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Five stars for Secrets by the River by Terri Marie.

I loved ‘Running from Beige.’ It was an emotional and rewarding read. So, as I eagerly waited for the sequel, ‘Secrets by the River,’ I wondered if it would be as good. I needn’t have worried, it was awesome…so exciting, a real page turner.

I loved catching up with these three brave women, Connie, Karen and Suzy. What they had to go through in Running from Beige was pretty awful, but in this wonderful new story; words fail me!

I’m a Christian, nevertheless I couldn’t help hating Sara…hoping with each page I turned that she would get her come-upance. I found myself rooting for the three brave friends as they struggled to help each other and family.

This story is filled with so much action and emotion I was quite exhausted by the time I finished the book.

If you enjoy suspense and excitement then this powerful story is for you.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

My four star review of Ark of Rest by Jimmy A Garland

I really enjoyed this book. I hope that comes across in my review of it.

Ark of Rest is not a long book, and as I read I found it was not quite what I expected. However, I was not disappointed. It gripped me, and I couldn’t stop reading.

I loved Coy and Beth; to me they were like Noah and his wife, which is understandable as the book is about an ark or in this case a rocket. However, they also made me think of Abraham and Sarah, because like Sarah, Beth gets pregnant in her old age…very old age!! I know she desperately wanted a child, but for a while there I wondered, what is the point? But it’s all made clear at the end.

And what an end! I can’t say much as I don’t do spoilers. But the end is graphic and well written; it sure does make you think.

As I say this is not a long book, and it’s not as apocalyptic as perhaps I expected, and yet it is strangely gripping which is as much to do with good writing and character portrayal as anything else.

Ark of Rest is a really good story, one I can recommend.

[The book can be found on Amazon.]

Saturday, 24 August 2013

My review of 'The Unveiling' by Tamara Leigh

I struggled with this at the beginning. Due mostly to the old style of language, and for me confusion for a while as to who was who. However, as I persevered the story became clearer.
The book would have had to have been awful for me to put it aside, and it certainly wasn't that. In fact the more I read the more I liked it.
However, I really wish the author had written the characters thoughts in italics. It got a little confusing at times.
I found Annyn annoying, but warmed to her as the story progressed, and could understand her need for revenge.
I liked Wulfrith, he is quite a character, although his morality left a lot to be desired. Especially as he was supposed to be a devout Christian!I found it offensive that so called lower class women were fair game to Wulfrith and the other knights. Sadly, I guess it was common in the feudal system of Britain at that time.
I particularly liked Wulfrith's mother.I liked the way the author portrayed Wulfrith's reunion with her. The relationship between the two of them felt real.
This was not the easiest book to read, nevertheless I enjoyed it.

Friday, 23 August 2013

New cover for Through a Glass

I decided to have a new cover for Through a Glass. I'm so glad I did, I'm thrilled with it. I feel it really captures the atmosphere of the book.

It was designed by: love your covers.com

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Armored Hearts. A Great Read.

When I bought Armored Hearts, I had no idea what steampunk was. And to be honest I'm still not sure. To me it's a fantasy, and very good too!
I won't go into a long breakdown of the story as that has already been done by others. Suffice to say this is a story based in Victorian times, about a young man, Lord Gareth.
He's stuck in a wheel chair and is pretty grumpy. However, when he saves a girl from falling out of a tree, that's when the fun begins. He realises he can fly...love it!
That's not all, it turns out his servants Sarah and Thompton are fae, but so is he, and King to boot.
The female lead character, Jessamine was very likable. She brought humour to the story. She was strong, but not overly feisty like so many heroines we read about these days.
I loved the way the relationship between Gareth and Jessamine evolved. I enjoyed seeing Gareth's attitude towards her change, especially when they married...unwillingly in Gareth's case. However, his unwillingness soon evaporated when faced with Jessamine's charms.
Armored Hearts is a great read. If you like fantasy, steampunk, fairies and excitement, then you'll love this. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

A very enjoyable read.


My review of: A Horse called September.

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable., August 3, 2013
By Yvonne Lee (United Kingdom)
This review is from: A Horse Called September (Hardcover)
This was a charming and surprisingly riveting read. Charming because it's the sort of story that could be shared by all the family. Riveting, because I had to keep reading and find out what happened to September, and the friendship between Mary and Anna.
I loved the gentle message I found in the book...how important true friendship is!
I adore horses, and when young always wanted one of my own, so I could really relate to Mary. Reading this book brought back so many memories.
It's a lovely story.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Rosings: Pride and Prejudice Continues by Karen Aminadra

Most Enjoyable,


Most enjoyable. My four star review for 'Rosings: Pride and Prejudice Continues' by Karen Aminadra.

I loved Charlotte [Pride and Prejudice] and really looked forward to reading Rosings [Pride and Prejudice Continues.] I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but on reflection I do prefer Charlotte.
In Rosings a few things didn't quite jell for me. Why would an overly protective mother, inflict a group of men who are basically bounders and cads onto a daughter she professes to love and care about, in a desperate bid to marry her off. Their disrespect for Anne was evident from day one, even down to calling her Anne, rather than Miss de Bourgh, which would be the polite way to address someone in those days.
However, I did like the new vicar, James, and his father Henry. In some ways Henry's character appeared more fleshed out than James. I found myself wanting to know more about James...hoping to see the romance between James and Anne blossom. Sadly towards the end of the book the romance between them seemed a little hurried.
Nevertheless, as usual the author Karen Aminada has written an extremely enjoyable book. And most of the characters are well fleshed out and believable.
I loved the change in Lady Catherine and am hoping the author will continue with the saga and perhaps bring her Ladyship and Henry Watkins together? No harm in hoping!
Rosings is good, and I recommend it.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Crystal Rose

 This is another short [unedited] snippet from the book I'm writing.  


Chapter 11




Prince Zatao pushed August hard. He needed to reach Gormrun, find the prophet and get home before dark. The stallion’s hooves pounded the forest track as he galloped flat out. Up ahead Zatao spotted a sign post and smiled; they’d reached the crossroads the half-way point of their journey.

Pulling on the reins he eased the stallion to a steady canter, and patted the animal’s neck. “Easy boy, we’ve managed to cover a lot of ground.” They reached the crossroads and pulled up in a cloud of dust. Zatao studied the sign post. To the left and fifty miles away was the village of Wedon. The wider path to Gormrun was to the right. Zatao sighed with relief when he saw they only had five more miles to travel.

Pulling August round he urged the stallion into a gentle walk. They had galloped nonstop for the first fifteen miles, and he could feel the horse blowing from the exertion. Zatao sat back in the saddle and let the reins hang lose. August snorted and dropped his head, grateful for a chance to catch his breath.

The forest path widened the further they went. On either side he could see an occasional cottage tucked in among the trees. The sound of children’s voices drifted on the air, accompanied by the barking of a dog. As they drew closer to the village, Zatao raised the hood of his cloak and tucked his sword into the folds of the garment. Concealed by his cloak, Zatao hoped to be unrecognisable. But it occurred to him that riding August into the village nullified his attempt at concealment. The big white stallion stood out like a sore them.

Tightening his reins, Zatao guided August off the path and in among the trees. He dismounted and looped the reins over a branch. He patted the horses’ neck. “I won’t be long,” he whispered.

August snorted and nudged him, pushing him back a pace

Zatao grinned and stroked the horses head. “Stay quiet now.” As he left the trees and stepped onto the road, an old farm cart laden with straw bales lumbered towards him. Zatao planted his feet and held up a hand.

The driver pulled the old horse to a stop and peered at him. “Yes,” he said in a voice like gravel. “What do you want?” He frowned and rubbed the sleeve of his grubby jerkin across his forehead.

Zatao moved closer and lifted the front of his hood. “I’m looking for the Prophet. I hear he lives in these parts.”

The driver rested his arms on his knees and stared at him. “Who wants to know?”

Zatao’s eyes darkened as he lowered his hood and stepped closer.

The horse shied and threw his head up. The driver tightened his hold on the reins and pulled back. “Whoa, steady there you old brute! What are doing to my horse?” He shouted.

Zatao gripped a rein and leaned closer. “I’ll ask you again. Where can I find the prophet?” The edge in Zatao’s voice unnerved the man.

He swallowed hard and twisted the reins tight around his hands. “There’s a narrow path back there,” he said indicating with a nod of his head. “Follow it for about two miles and you’ll find a cave. He lives there.”

Zatao stepped away and gave the horse a slap on the rump.

The animal snorted and shot forward. “Hey!” The driver yelled as he grappled with the horse. He got it under control and stared back down the road.  His bushy black eyebrows met in a frown. “Where’d he go?” He scratched his head and stared into the trees on either side of the road. “Who was he, and why did he want to see the prophet?” He turned round on his seat and flicked the reins over the horses back. “Get up there,” he growled. He rested his back against a straw bale and let the horse plod towards the village.

Anyone who wants to traipse through the forest to see that prophet must be mad, or desperate!  “Not my problem,” he muttered as he pulled a piece of straw from a bale and chewed on it.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

STAND. A Word in Season!

God's word is always relevant in what ever age or time. STAND, is a word that is in my heart and keeps coming up at the different meetings we attend. I remembered one sun in church, God spoke prophetically through me, and part of what He said had to do with standing. Fortunately, we used to record anyone who had a word...type it out and test it!
I searched through the words given me by God and found it. Reading it again was amazing, as it was given on the 11th Feb 2007 and yet it is so relevant today. But I should not be surprised. If something is truly of God then it will stand the test of time. I know this was from God.
We are living in dark days and the body of Christ must stand together and stay strong. The enemy goes around as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He uses many guises...other religions! Politics, atheism, secularism, even our family and friends. We must remain ALERT.

'Stand' God's word to our congregation. To all congregations. 11th Feb 2007

You will stand my children. You will stand strong when you bring my word, pray for the sick, deliver from demons. No longer will your bodies grow weak and fall to the ground under the presence of  My Holy Spirit. For the time is coming when you cannot fall, you must stand and deliver my words...move in my anointing.
A shepherd does not fall down among his flock. He walks among them with his rod and staff. He ministers to their needs, and instils them with confidence, and he leads them to still waters. No more falling down, now you are strong by My Spirit. Now you will deliver what is to be said, what is to be done in the power of Holy Spirit, and I will be glorified, and you will grow and grow in faith and in strength of anointing.
Be ever humble before Me my children; be ever humble. For there in lies the danger, remain close to Me and in My word, for there in lies your safety; and stand, girded with the whole armour of God. Stand and be ready for the time is coming. STAND!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Tamed by Sara Witenhafer. A great read.


I've given Tamed by Sarah Witenhafer, five stars. It's a briliant read..

I'm so glad I responded to the recommendation to read Tamed by Sarah Witenhafeer. It was so good...had I the time I would have read it without stopping,I was so desperate to find out what happens.
This is a story of love, interlaced with the paranormal. Reign Phillips is an archaeologist and when her employer returns from foreign parts with interesting artefacts, Reign is understandably excited. However returning with her boss is the incredibly powerful and handsome, Damon Sarantos.
Damon, is fascinated by, Reign and determined to win her. The spiritual light surrounding her sooths and draws him. However, Damon is a Nephilim. While Reign lives life through her close relationship with God. It would seem impossible for them to come together. But then we are forgetting about the Grace of God!

My opinion: Positives. The story is fast moving and grips the reader from the first page. I loved Reign's strength of character...the way she held onto her faith, her compassion for other people, especially Hope, a troubled young girl. And the way she coped with, Damon was brilliant. Nothing about Reign's character irritated me. She was independent and hot headed, but her trust and loyalty to her God balanced it. A strong and well written character.
And what can I say about , Damon...WOW! Would I like to meet him? YOU BET I WOULD! I loved his interaction with, Reign, but I also enjoyed reading about his life in the Roman Legion. Which the author tied up beautifully at the end. Basically, there was not one character in the entire book that was weak, irritating, or badly written. Each one whether evil or good were well fleshed out and came across as so real.

Negatives: Nothing really. Although the ending was a bit disappointing and took me by surprise. I'm wondering if there is a sequel. I do hope so.
This is a great book. it's long and very satisfying, and I can't recommend it highly enough. I can't remember who suggested I read it, but thank you

Thursday, 23 May 2013

A Great Day Out.

Hubby and I had a lovely day out yesterday, with our friends. We drove to Coughton Court a beautiful stately home run by the National Trust. The gardens looked lovely. Perhaps not as colourful as they would have been if spring was  warmer. Nevertheless, the tulip display was breath taking; such a variety of colours and shapes. The weather was kind to us, so we enjoyed a gentle stroll around the lake and extensive gardens. Followed by tea and cake.
The house itself was fascinating, with a very interesting history. It was grand and yet managed to portray a homely atmosphere. I enjoyed climbing a spiral stone staircase up to the roof, where the views were awesome.
All in all a most enjoyable day.

Coughton Court is a house I will happily revisit.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Through a Glass has a four star review.

I'm delighted with this new review for 'Through a Glass.' Four stars as well, yeh!!!  :)

A great read, 17 May 2013

This review is from: Through a Glass (Paperback)
Through a Glass begins with Irene, a gifted young artist putting the finishing touches to her latest painting, using a mirror to help her with the picture's perspective. The mirror is the catalyst that draws, Irene into a strange and frightening world.
The narrative flows smoothly as the story unfolds, and Irene finds herself on a quest, involving a huge stag, a strange box and a glass horse.
A variety of creatures play their part in the book...not all are pleasant, chiefly the ersatz and goblins.
However, I grew particularly fond of, Ezekiel the white rat. His attempt at CPR to save Irene is both touching and amusing!
The novel ends on a positive note, concluding in such a way that there could be sequel. I hope so.
Fantasy is not generally my chosen genre. But I confess I enjoyed this. And as I read I thought what a good movie it would make.

Friday, 10 May 2013

A snippet from the book I'm working on.

This is a short snippet from the book I'm working on. I'm torn between two titles: 'Luminaire' or 'Crystal Rose.' Decisions...decisions! 

Mira heard August’s hooves clatter over the cobbles as he galloped into the courtyard. She rushed out of her room and hurried down the stairs. She opened the front door as Zatao climbed the steps towards her. She waited until he reached her; then clasping his outstretched hand she asked. “Did you find the prophet? What did he tell you?” Her eyes searched his face, he looked tired and worried.

Zatao put an arm round her shoulders and led her into the castle. “In a month we will be at war. But worse than that, we have a spy in our midst!”

Mira’s hand flew to her mouth as she attempted to stifle a gasp. “A spy—”

Zatao said no more as his servant Merton arrived. Removing his gloves and jerkin he handed them to him. “Run me a bath, Merton and leave out a change of fresh clothes.”

“Yes my Lord; and what time should I tell cook to serve the evening meal?”

 “Eight o’clock sharp. We will eat in the main dining room.”

“Very well my Lord,” Merton said and hurried away.

Zatao turned to Mira. “Have you seen Aldrin today?”

“No I haven’t. What do you mean there’s a spy here?”

“I can’t say anything at the moment; we will discuss it over dinner. Do me a favour, find Aldrin and tell him his presence is required this evening. As a family we have serious issues to discuss.” As he gazed at Mira’s upturned face, his expression softened. Cupping her chin he kissed her on the forehead. “Did you discover anything in your time of quiet?”

Mira nodded. “You were right when you said, Irene is in danger.” She frowned and twisted her fingers. “However, not only Irene; so are we.” Her eyes widened in fear as she looked up at him.

Zatao pulled her into his arms. As he embraced her he could hear the prophet’s words ringing in his head. If you trust the one who is above all, you will come through unharmed. Holding her by the shoulders he eased her away and stared into her eyes. He could feel her hands trembling as she clutched his wrists. “Don’t be afraid, Mira. If we stick together as a family we will come through this. Now go and find Aldrin. I will see you both at dinner.”

 “Don’t say too much over dinner,” Mira advised. “Remember the servants!”

Zatao nodded, “Don’t worry, from now on caution must be the watch word.”

As Mira hurried away, Zatao sighed, his heart felt heavy…sluggish. Squaring his shoulders he took a few deep breaths and gazed around the opulent hall.  Ornate hangings adorned the panelled walls. In the middle of the room a large table occupied centre stage, the dark wood enhanced by the thick red carpet covering the floor and the winding staircase. In the centre of the table a sweet smelling floral arrangement perfumed the air.

Zatao studied the large oil painting hanging above the fireplace. His father stood in regal pose, his gloved hand resting on the ornate hilt of his sword. In the trees behind him could be seen the faint image of a stag. Zatao moved closer and stared up at the painting. His father’s strong but kindly face peered down at him.

Zatao sighed and rested a hand on the mantle. “I don’t know what to do father. How do I resolve this situation?”  He lowered his voice. “It seems we have a spy in our midst.” His dark eyes narrowed…his blond eyebrows met in an angry frown. He stared up at his father’s face, and felt a strange nudge to turn and look at the family crest hanging above the front door.

Resting against the mantle he studied it. Engraved above the image of a white stallion and a stag were the words, ‘When power and strength are divided; when wisdom stands alone. Then falls the mighty kingdom and the stag will rule the throne.’

Unity, he thought. We must remain united as a family and me personally. As he thought of the stag, power surged within him…his heart raced…adrenalin coursed through his veins. With a low growl he clutched at his chest and stood tall, fighting the ascendency of the stag within him. Gradually his pulse slowed and he regained control. He turned as footsteps approached.

Merton bowed low. “Excuse me, my Lord, I have run your bath.” He could see sweat glistening on Zatao’s top lip and forehead. Not wishing to draw attention to his master’s obvious distress he lowered his eyes and indicated towards the stairs. His voice faltered as he advised the Prince to take his bath while the water was still hot.

Zatao nodded and swept past him. Taking the stairs two at a time he hurried along the passage to his suite.

Merton’s heart sank as he watched him go. It had been a number of years since he’d seen his master in this state. And then it was due to the kidnap of August his master’s stallion. Looking up at the portrait of King Asa, he put his hands together as though in prayer and rested them against his lips. Over the past few hours heaviness hung over the castle like a cloud and it bothered him. His worried sigh echoed around the vast space. “Something is wrong…very wrong!” he muttered to himself.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013


One of my favourites. A picture I painted some time ago. This one is called, 'Mirage.'

A Rat and A Ransom. Interview.


Being interviewed is fun. As authors we love to answer questions about our books...our babies!

Friday, 3 May 2013

Highly Original

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original, May 3, 2013


This review is from: The Earth Painter (The Painter Series) (Kindle Edition)
The Earth Painter by Melissa Turner Lee, is a supernatural romance, and I loved it. It is certainly different!
The characters are so well written and will remain with me; especially, Theo! But so will the heroin, Holly. She's a strong character even though beaten down by her awful domineering mother, who goes out of her way to destroy the girl's confidence at every opportunity.
However one day at school while rehearsing a play, Holly meets Theo. Interestingly, no one else can see him. They grow close and Theo gives Holly the confidence she lacks; thanks to her mother.
Over time of course their friendship becomes something more. Which brings its own problems as Theo is an earth painter and not human.
The ending was fascinating and took me by surprise, so I'm glad it's a series, as I'm keen to know what happens, especially to Theo.
This is such a good book and beautifully written. I highly recommend it.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Awesome! Five stars for Dana Pratola's Descended.

I absolutely loved this book! So why did I take so long in getting a copy? Nevertheless, I’m so glad I did.


From the first moment the rich and mysterious Jet Cestone commission’s talented artist, Haven to paint a Mural for his grandmother, she is intrigued, and who wouldn’t be?

Jet’s character is so real…so powerful, he all but jumps off the page. I loved the way Haven coped with her feelings for him…held her own when confronted by a man so commanding and gifted. I also loved the sarcastic humour between them.

The characters are well written, and incredibly real. I found myself totally absorbed and involved in the story.

I’m a Christian, so tend to avoid romance novels as I don’t like overt sex in my books…any more than I like bad language, or over the top violence. So for me to read descended was a huge risk. But I’m so glad I trusted this amazing author.

Yes, Descended is steamy/gritty, but there is a Christian morality undergirding it.

If you like what I call sloppy/preachy Christian novels, then Descended is not for you. This book is challenging, and makes one think about the dark issues facing our world; while at the same time pulling the reader into a paranormal romance that will knock your socks off!

An awesome book, but be warned, you could find yourself reading it long into the night.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

My five star review for High Desert Haven

5.0 out of 5 stars Most Enjoyable, April 17, 2013
By Yvonne Lee (United Kingdom)
This review is from: High Desert Haven (The Shepherd's Heart, Book 2) (Paperback)
I really enjoyed `High Desert Haven' the book is action packed from beginning to end.
As soon as John Trent snatched poor Nicky away from her family I was hooked. He takes her to his ranch, but then dies in suspicious circumstances, leaving Nicky to run the ranch and care for their baby son.
Nicky's natural instinct is to leave and return to her family, but she show true grit and decides to stay and run the ranch. She has two ranch hands but it's a big place so she advertises for more help, and along comes the gorgeous Jason.
Things quickly hot up romance wise, but danger and tragedy are never far away.
The author, Lynnette Bonner has a wonderful way with words. I could almost see the beautiful sunsets...feel the desert heat.
Her characters are well written and believable. I certainly fell for Jason!
If you enjoy a good western adventure laced with romance and Christian truths, then you will love High Desert Haven.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

From the prologue of 'Luminare.'

A short snippet from the prologue of the book I'm working on. There will of course be changes when editing time comes around. At the moment, Luminare is the title, but that too may change as the story progresses. With most of my books, I had the title before the book was written, but not this time.




The moment King Murkier opened the cellar door the dank musty smell assailed his nostrils. Narrow stone steps descended into the bowels of castle Doomray. An occasional torch attached to the stone walls afforded a flicker of light. The King wrinkled his nose in disgust as he carefully negotiated the narrow slippery steps.  Resting a hand on the damp wall he gripped any protruding stone for added security, and tried to place his feet where the steps were widest and less worn down.  He reached the basement and sighed with relief.

As he wiped his hands on his cloak; a large rat scurried past. The rodent’s sudden appearance gave the King a fright and he lashed out with his foot. The rat squeaked in protest as it narrowly escaped a kicking from the Royal boot. The creature scooted down the dark passage and disappeared. “Clear off!” King Murkier snarled his face twisted in a grimace of disgust.

With his lips pressed tightly together, Murkier strode towards a large wooden door and lifted the heavy metal latch. He pushed the door open and stepped into a dimly lit room. The cavernous space resembled a cave; numerous stone pillars supported the low roof. The only light source was a few torches attached to the wall and a small fire in the far corner.

 King Murkier closed the door, frowned and put a hand up to his mouth. On the far side of the room he spotted a small grey haired man leaning over a small table. He was so engrossed in what he was doing; he was unaware of the Kings presence.

“What have you called me down here for?” King Murkier bellowed. Pulling a corner of his cloak over his nose to minimize the stench, he strode across the room.

Taken by surprise the small man started. “My Liege, forgive me! I had no idea you were here.” He fell to his knees and crawled towards the King.

“Get up man. What is so important you wished to see me at this hour?” He grimaced and pulled his cloak tighter over his nose and mouth. “This place stinks. Hurry up; what is it you want to tell me? And for your sake it better be good.”

The small man scrambled to his feet, his strange grey eyes clouded with anxiety as he gestured towards the table and urged the King to follow him. “Please, come see my Liege. What I have to show you is of paramount importance and most disturbing!”  

King Murkier grunted with impatience as he followed him to the table and watched him stare intently into a large round mirror.

“An hour ago I studied my mirror and saw a vision. Normally, as you know my Liege the visions I see are clear, but this time it was shrouded in a mist.” He ran a shaky hand across his mouth and glanced at the King.

The King straightened and frowned at him. “So why am I here?” He growled. “You just said you had something of importance to show me. So show me!”

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

A Face Book Review for Through a Glass.

What can I say! Just finished reading your book "Through A Glass" it arrived Saturday and I could not put it down! Thank you I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page! While reading someone posted this picture on my wall "Mercy Falls" maybe? May the Living waters continue to flow through you and your creativity be used to bless many others! Bless you and THANK YOU.

Calvin Allcoat.

This was on Face book. It's so encouraging to hear that a reader has enjoyed one's book. And especially awesome when they find a picture that for them depicts a scene in the story. And I agree, as the writer of the book, this scene certainly comes close to how I would see Mercy Falls in my mind's eye.
It is such a blessing when readers enjoy what you have written and take the time to let you know.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

My review of Ganwold's Child.

Ganwold’s Child by Diann Thornley Read, is the story of a young man called Tristan.
When he is just a toddler his mother, Darcy, a military woman flees with him from slavers and they end up on an alien planet.  Tristan grows up among the Gan people and all is well until his mother becomes seriously ill.
Tristan knows the father he hasn’t seen for so many years is the only one who can help her. So accompanied by his gan brother, Pulou he makes a desperate bid to find his father, and save his mother’s life.
I really enjoyed this book. It moves at quite a pace and is so exciting…has you on the edge of your seat.
The writing is excellent; I could almost feel Tristan’s physical and emotional pain, and certainly his frustration! I particularly loved Pulou, everyone should have such a loyal friend.
I confess I struggled a bit with some of the technical information, and found myself skipping over a lot of it to get back to Tristan and Pulou.  But that’s just me and no criticism of the book.
If I could have given it more than 5 stars I would. It is really well written with strong convincing characters.
Ganwold’s Child a great story and I can certainly recommend it.

The book can be purchased from Amazon.

My Review of The Pyramid Legacy.

The author, Clive Eaton’s debut novel The Pyramid Legacy is fast paced and exciting.
I loved Ben the lead character. He was very much the reluctant hero, just a normal guy forced to face his fears in some pretty scary situations. This made a pleasant change from the usual macho man we read about in many novels.
In the beginning I liked Ben’s girlfriend Sam, but as the story progressed I rapidly went off her; which can be credited to the authors writing skill.
I have to say the book was long, and in parts it lost me, and I found myself skipping the bits I didn’t understand or found boring.
Also I didn’t like some of the language used. This is why I’ve given the book 4 stars instead of the 5 I would like to have given.
Apart from those issues and the rather abrupt ending, I really enjoyed the book and looked forward to continue reading it every chance I got.

This book can be purchased from Amazon.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Elusive Success.

I've read a lot of stuff about success lately. Like, seek after it, or don't think about it just write, and so on.  As writers it's something most of us chase after. But I am beginning to realise, success is an illusion, fostered by what we see others achieving, or think we see.
Recently I read a piece advocating find your happy place and write for the love of it. [I thought it was great advice.]
My happy place is a corner of our spare room. Where I have my desk and my laptop. In this quiet place I can escape into my fantasy world. I have three books published, and am working on the fourth, which is the sequel to book three.
Do I sell well? I would have to say, not really. But am I happy? You bet!
It's natural for human beings to seek after success, but success is for ever moving; and we're only ever as good as the last thing we accomplished, so it's a struggle to keep up. Better to relax and enjoy the process of writing.
And if one person loves what we write, then it has been worth it.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Life's Journey.



Each of us is following a path chosen for us by God. Nothing on our life’s journey is coincidence.  Even before I became a Christian I’d never believed in coincidence. As I look back on my life I can clearly see God’s hand in each and every circumstance.

This leads me to a scripture that is very dear to my heart and one I hold on too.

Jer 29 v 11:12:13

I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.

Then you will call upon me and go and pray to me and I will listen to you.

And you will seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.


The same scripture in the message bible reads:

I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out, plans to take care of you, not abandon you. Plans to give you the future you hope for.

When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.


I know these words to be true, because I searched desperately, and I found Him. Or should I say He found me; and oh the joy that flooded my soul.

My life, as far as work went was good. But I was unfulfilled and dogged by depression and fear. Towards the end of my singing career, I found myself like Christian in John Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrims Progress’ searching the bible. I didn’t understand a word of it, but like Christian I knew deep down it was the key to eradicating my fear, distress and lack of purpose. Mind you I have to say there was one part in Rev that I understood perfectly well. I knew without a doubt my name was not in the Lambs book of life, and that knowledge really scared me.

Even as a none believer I somehow knew the bible was true. It was the word of life, and I needed that life…I began searching for that life.


These paragraphs from Pilgrim’s Progress, express how I felt:

One day, deeply distressed, his shoulders bowed under the heavy weight of a huge burden, Christian stood outside his house, reading a book, whose contents made him weep and tremble? From time to time he would cry out, “What shall I do?”

Bowed by his burden, Christian spent his time alone, either weeping and praying in his room or pacing the countryside studying his book. At last one day, half-way across a field, he came to a halt, and cried out in despair, “What must I do to be saved?”


My desperate search took me along many different paths, none of which felt right. I knew religion was not the answer. I was looking for something much deeper.

My unsuccessful search for the truth threw me into a deep despondency and I began drowning my sorrow and frustration in alcohol.

Like Christian, trapped in the slough of despond I seemed to be getting nowhere. But unlike Pliable, Christian’s companion, I struggled on and kept searching, becoming more and more desperate.


Pilgrim’s Progress The slough of despond:

Soon both men were wallowing waist-high in the mud and filth of a swamp, called Slough of Despond. Pliable, by nature easily discougeged, struggled to reach the nearside bank, reproaching Christian with the words, “Is this the joy you promised me? I dread to think what dangers lie ahead! If I get out of this bog alive, you can go on alone, to your precious city!

Regaining the safety of the bank, Pliable headed for the city of destruction, leaving his companion to flounder in the swamp, whose boggy condition was maintained by the fears and doubts of those who became conscious of their sins. Here Christian might have remained, but for the aid of a man called help, who took his hand and pulled him clear.


My own hand of help came in form of a lovely Jamaican man called Ron. He was a friend of the family. When I talked to mother about my worries and my constant search for God, she instantly thought of Ron, telling me how she noticed he always said grace before a meal. My heart leapt with hope.

It makes me realise now how important it is that we show God in our lives. Even in a smallest way, it doesn’t matter, people are watching. And one day if like me they need help…become conscious of their need of God, they will know where to come.

Suffice to say Ron pointed me in the right direction. He introduced me to his pastor and after talking with him a few times, the pastor invited me to a Christian conference, where I gave my life to Jesus, and began my journey from darkness to the light.

Was my life suddenly easy, free of problems and difficulties? No, like Christian in Pilgrims Progress, I very quickly found myself under attack by the enemy. As a new Christian my life had its ups and downs, its joys and its terrible sorrows.

I confess, I can be a bit like Pliable, easily discouraged. Nevertheless, I kept going, never doubting for a moment that God in His infinite mercy is leading me on the narrow path towards His celestial city.

Each of us on our own personal journey, which at some point in our lives, is bound to take us through the valley of the shadow of death. But as children of the great Shepherd we are brought safely through and more often than not, as we journey we find ourselves leaping with hind’s feet on the mountain tops.

Even though as Christians we all follow the narrow path, as I’ve said before, each ones journey is different. God enables each of us to cope with the trials and tribulations we are sometimes forced to face. Each person’s journey is perfectly suited to them. We are pilgrims and God knows the way we take. He travels with us, keeping us safe, comforting and encouraging us as we follow him to our final destination the Celestial City.

So I would encourage you. As you journey through life. Live it to the full. Seek to fulfil your dreams no matter what age you are! And let’s always encourage each other to remain on the narrow path and keep following our Saviour Jesus Christ; that our lives would be to His Glory and Praise.