Category Archives: Reviews

Five-Star Reviews – for books by Jacqui Murray and Sally Cronin.

I’m delighted to share my latest reviews, for two brilliant books: Born in a Treacherous Time by Jacqui Murray and Variety is the Spice of Life – a blend of poetry and prose by Sally Cronin. I decided to start with Book 1 in Jacqui’s Dawn of Humanity series and I’m glad I did because I’ll definitely be reading the whole series. Sally’s new book was as good as her previous ones, and a delight from start to finish.

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Reviews – for books by Patricia Furstenberg, Jacquie Biggar and Annette Rochelle Aben.

Happy New Year everyone. Today I’d like to share my first three book reviews for the year: Transylvannia’s History A-Z: 100 Word Stories by Patricia Furstenberg, Perfectly Imperfect by Jacquie Biggar, and Tell Me A Story: in 99 Words by Annette Rochelle Aben.

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Book Review: Haunted Halloween Holiday by Robbie and Michael Cheadle #childrensbooks #kidslit

I was delighted to receive a copy of Haunted Halloween House recently, a delightful Halloween tale for small children by Robbie and Michael Cheadle. Having read some of the Sir Chocolate Series by the same authors, I couldn’t wait to read this standalone Halloween story illustrated with some of Robbie’s famous fondant art. Continue reading

Book Review: Have Bags, Will Travel: Trips and Tales — Memoirs of an Over-Packer by D.G. Kaye #reviews #travel #memoir

It was my pleasure recently to read Have Bags, Will Travel – a delightfully funny travel memoir by D.G. Kaye that is filled with tips and advice. It’s the perfect travel book for those who enjoy shopping, always have too much luggage and look back on the way travel used to be with a sense of nostalgia.

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Book Review: Amanda in France – Fire in the Cathedral by Darlene Foster (Amanda Travels Adventure Book 9) #childrensbooks #kidslit

I was delighted to hear that Darlene Foster had written another exciting adventure in the Amanda Travels series – and this time it is set in Paris, one of my favourite cities. It’s available now for pre-order, and I’ve been lucky enough to receive an advance copy for my honest review. Continue reading

Book Review – Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady by Darlene Foster

My book review this week is a five-star review for Amanda in Malta: The Sleeping Lady by Darlene Foster. This is the eighth book in the Amanda Travels series, mysteries ideal for children aged 9 – 12 years. If you’re looking for an exciting children’s adventure set in a fascinating country, then I can’t recommend this highly enough.

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Book Review – Life is a Mosaic – Random fragments in harmony by Sally Cronin #Poetry

I’m thrilled to share with you my five-star review of Life is a Mosaic, by Sally Cronin. It is a wonderful book of syllabic poetry – touching, insightful and a delight to read. I think it would make an ideal gift for any adult – or be a good way to give yourself a treat. I’m in a Covid lockdown in Canberra at the moment, so reading this was the perfect way to cheer myself up.

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A 5-Star Review from a 7-year-old for Brody Cody And The Stepmother From Outer Space #reviews #kidslit

I’m delighted to share with you a new 5-star review for BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE, my new funny adventure book for children aged 6-9.  The wonderful D. W. Peach gave the book to her grandson, and he did a wonderful job of sharing his thoughts in the review.

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Reviews for The Magus Epiphany #reviews #reading

I’m so pleased to share with you three of my favourite reviews for THE MAGUS EPIPHANY, Book 3 in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series. All four books in the series are now available in a Box Set, as well as individual novels. Continue reading

Five-Star Reviews for The Rock of Magus #reviews #books

I’m delighted to share with you three of my favourite five-star reviews for THE ROCK OF MAGUS, Book 2 in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series. All four books in the series are now also available in a Box Set, as well as individual novels. Continue reading

Five-Star Reviews for BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE #reviews #childrensbooks

I’m thrilled to share with you three five-star reviews for BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE, a funny chapter book for children aged 6-9. It’s my first children’s book, and I’ve been so delighted with the response that it has received.

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Five-Star Reviews for The Magus Covenant #reviews #books

I’m delighted to share with you three of my favourite five-star reviews for THE MAGUS COVENANT, Book 1 in The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series. All four books in the series are now also available in a Box Set. Continue reading

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #HistoricalRomance Karen Demers Dowdall, #Thriller Toni Pike, #Design Valentina Cirasola, #Memoir J.E. Pinto

I was thrilled to have my latest thriller, DESOLATION BLUFF, included in the Christmas Book Fair Sally is holding in her Cafe and Bookstore. If you’re still looking for Christmas gifts, that’s the ideal place to look for a great collection of books. Thanks again to Sally Cronin for her incredible generosity.

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Welcome to this year’s Christmas book fair where I will be sharing the books of all the authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore with their most recent review in the last six months. I will be selecting authors at random so that there is something for everyone in the post.

If you enjoy historical romance then The Captain’s Witch by Karen Demers Dowdall could be the gift for you..

About The Captain’s Witch

Lost in the Annals of Time: A Story of Love and War

The Captain’s Witch is a hauntingly beautiful story of love that transcends time. Sara Windsor Knightly, born into a family with generations of witches inherits Windsor Manor, a colonial era manor built in 1680. She had no idea that the Manor is haunted by Jacobite ghosts, and a ghost named Christian Windsor.

He is a gentleman farmer who is also a Captain…

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An apology and another 5-star Review for Desolation Bluff

First of all, I want to apologise for being so quiet over the last few weeks. I went away on what I thought would be a wonderful 4-week trip to France, England and Germany and, in my wildest dreams, I never imagined that I’d have a medical emergency. Right at the end of our time in England, I woke up to find myself in hospital for a few days. A week later, we flew back home and I’ve been trying to get back to my normal self ever since. Continue reading

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Psychologicalthriller – Desolation Bluff by Toni Pike

Thank you so much to Sally Cronin for her wonderful review of Desolation Bluff.

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My review this week is for the psychological thriller by Toni Pike…..Desolation Bluff

About the book

Blind romance author Oliver Cameron uses the pen name of Fidel Amore and thinks he has the perfect life at his country estate near Desolation Bluff. After a honeymoon in Paris, his wife Vanessa continues her work as his assistant. His friend Ray is the business manager who lives in the gatehouse and also acts as the public face of Fidel Amore, doing all those book-signing trips that Oliver never wanted to attend. Helen Dunkley is the housekeeper devoted to him since childhood – but she detests the two newcomers.

Complications set in when Ray, working on his old car, accidentally backs into Oliver. His injuries appear minor but the next day he suddenly regains his sight. Oliver wants Ray and Rachel to be the first to hear his good news, but…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – #reviews – D.G. Kaye, Toni Pike, Sarah Brentyn and Stevie Turner + 19 Writers.

In Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update, Sally Cronin was kind enough to include D.G.Kaye’s wonderful review of Desolation Bluff. And congratulations to the other writers featured here on their fabulous reviews.

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Welcome to the first of the author updates this week.. More talented writers with recent reviews.

The first author today is non-fiction author D.G. Kayewith a recent review for her memoir P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy. Debby is here in both capacities today as an author and a reviewer

About the book

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.


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A 5-Star Review for Desolation Bluff on Readers’ Favorite

I have good news to share. Desolation Bluff, my latest release, has received a five-star review on Reader’s Favorite.

Desolation Bluff is a short suspense novel. When blind romance author Oliver Cameron suddenly regains his sight, he uncovers a shocking betrayal – and a deadly game of cat and mouse begins. Continue reading

Dead Dry Heart in D.G. Kaye’s Sunday Book Review

Many thanks to D.G. Kaye for featuring my new thriller, Dead Dry Heart, in her wonderful Sunday Book Review series this week. I was both delighted and honoured to see that she has given it 5 stars. D. G. Kaye has one of the most inspiring blogs around, so be sure to check out the rest of her site while you’re there. You can read more here:  Sunday Book Review