I LOVE reading with a Capital L. I will be posting some reviews here of books I enjoyed reading. I hope my choices inspire you, too, and that through them, you may get to know me a little better.

Currently, I’m conducting a series of interviews with wonderful authors about the importance of love, writing about it and what it means for them and for their readers. These interviews are filled with words of wisdom and it’s fascinating to listen to what love means for these authors and why they feel it’s important to write about it and have it as themes in their novels. I feel we can all learn something important from them.


Author Claire Doyle Claire writes romantic fiction in the broadest sense of the word. When she read John Fante’s Ask The Dust, and also Charles Bukowski who inspired her to create her own alter ego, Laura McLove. Claire moved from Scotland to Budapest, where she currently lives, to write her novels and talks about how much of her novels are autobiographical.


Author Jenny Finlayson writes contemporary romance under the pen name of Meg MacRose. She lives in Australia next to the beach with her partner and three children and writes from a little office nestled in the back of her garden, has a habit of talking out loud when she writes to an audience of wild birds, and mindmaps to get to her stories. Her take on how marketing influences our love relationships is an interesting and unique one.


Contemporary romance author, Sara Sartagne, talks about love, sex – how much of it to write in a novel – and moving to Pocklington, a little market town, which has been a settlement for 1,500 years and lays claim to being the last place in England to hold a witch-burning.


Author Bronwyn Leroux was born near the famed gold mines of South Africa. As a child ogling gold being poured, she could almost feel the dwarves’ fingers twitching to get at the goodies.  Currently, she lives in the US and talks about what inspires her to include love in her YA fantasy adventure series and other books.


Interviewing physiotherapist, acupuncturist and author, Angela Cairns was live at The Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank in London. Angela shares insights gleaned from her work that influences her writing.


Author, Jacqui Broderick writes contemporary romance under Louise Broderick and my chat with her was illuminating.


Talking with the amazing author, alchemist, poetess, wise woman and empath, Alexandra Wenman.



If you go to Lorraine’s Author Page on Amazon, you’ll read that she is passionate about helping people to change their lives for the better. She says her experience through the years has taught her that the answers to all problems lie within the individual. Accessing the unconscious realms allows for this information to emerge and solutions to be found.

When she is not seeing clients, she teaches Clinical Hypnosis to Medical students in Universities all around the country including Oxford and Cambridge. She also runs workshops and retreats based on Finding Inner Freedom, which covers the entire range of the healing tools she uses.

You can find her here:


twitter – lorraineflahert
facebook – lorraineflaherty
insta – @lorraine.flaherty


The author who’ve come to chat with us today and give us a glimpse into her writing journey, is Julia Blake, novelist extraordinaire!

Julia was born and raised in the lovely historic market town of Bury St Edmunds, where she lives with her daughter. She describes herself as a typical Cancer, in that although she likes to visit new places and see new things, she’s always very pleased to get home again.

Julia reveals she has been writing ever since she was old enough to pick up a pen but didn’t write seriously until her late thirties when the stories in her head suddenly began demanding release and she started to write furiously. Over the next ten years, she wrote six complete novels and in 2014 The Book of Eve was published.

You can follow Julia here:




Before embarking on his first novel, “The Cryptic Lines” Richard had long cherished the idea of wanting to write fiction, ever since attending a literature event with Leon Garfield and winning first prize in its short story competition.

Having already been adapted for the stage, “The Cryptic Lines” has been described as ‘Dan Brown meets Agatha Christie’ and, as the plot weaves through its many twists and turns, we follow the main characters as they race against the clock to solve enigmatic puzzles in the many dark corners of the ancient manor house, Heston Grange.

And now the author asks: Dare you enter this crumbling mansion, with all its secrets..?

The adventure awaits!

But there’s more…

Richard has now added another three novels to his collection, plus the first four volumes in a new Ruritanian Saga. All his books are available in print, as well as for Kindle and in audio format.

You can find Richard here:



Jacky Dahlhaus is a horror short story writer and vampire romance novelist.

Jacky is a mother of twins, dogs, and wife to her husband of twenty-five years. She was born in Adelaide, Australia, raised in The Netherlands and has lived in France, the UK and Australia. She was trained as a veterinarian and a high school science teacher and is now a full-time writer. Currently, Jacky lives in a Victorian house in Scotland from where she pens her stories and novels at a Chippendale desk.

I’ve read Jacky’s first novel in her Sucker series, Living Like A Vampire, and I loved it. It’s refreshingly different from any other vampire book I’ve ever read and I’m sure you’ll love it, too.

You can contact Jacky here:







Amazon Author Page (US): https://www.amazon.com/Jacky-Dahlhaus/e/B01ABUL24G
Amazon Author Page (UK): https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01ABUL24G

You can watch the trailer for book 3 here:


Amy Reece is the author of YA romance novels and Contemporary Suspense Romance.

Amy lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband and family. She loves to read and travel and has an unhealthy addiction to dogs. She believes red wine and coffee are the elixirs of life and lead to great inspiration. She is the author of The Seeker Series (YA paranormal) and The Way to Her Heart (YA romantic suspense).

I’ve read two of her novels in the De Luca Family Series and I adored both. Now, I’m dying to read the rest!

Here are all the ways you can connect with Amy:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/areeceauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AReeceAuthor
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/alreece12/
Website: http://www.amyreeceauthor.com/
Blog: https://amyreece.wordpress.com/
Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/AmyLReece
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amy_reece/


D.J. Doyle is the author of Horror Novels and short stories. The settings in her novels are around Irish Heritage sites. She writes wonderful original stories drawing on the myths and legends of Ireland and her writing is imbued with the lyricism and wit for which Irish writers are renowned.

I’ve read both of her novels, The Celtic Curse: Banshee and also The Celtic Curse: Newgrange and I LOVED both. I can’t wait to read her short stories now – I’m especially intrigued by Christ on a Bike!!!

If Horror is your thing, you won’t be disappointed, I promise.

Links to D.J. Doyle’s social media platforms:

FB author – https://www.facebook.com/DJDoyleAuthor/
twitter – @djdMar123
Denise’s horror group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/198428734085055/
email – authordjdoyle@gmail.com
website – http://djdoyleauthor.com/

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Joanne Carlton is an author of young adult novels, children’s books, thrillers, short stories and more. Her books include Heart Beat and Kill Me Again. I’ve read Heart Beat and LOVED it, and can’t wait to read more from this talented author.

Those of you who know me, know that I have conducted interviews about and with performers for many years, but I’m particularly chuffed that Joanne had agreed to an author interview with me.

You can find Joanne’s Heart Beat here:

Links to Joanne’s social media:

Joanne Carlton has been writing for as long as she can remember, publishing many short stories online for years, before switching to books. She writes mostly psychological and paranormal tales set in a contemporary setting, in Dutch and English.


Phoenix Rainez is an author of romance novels and a female poet. Her books include Second Chances, Moments of Love and Whispers of Love. I’ve read her books and LOVED them.

Those of you who know me, know that I have done interviews about and with performers for many years, but I’m particularly chuffed that Phoenix had agreed to an author interview with me.

You can find Phoenix’s books here: amazon.com/author/phoenixrainez. Her twitter handle is @PhoenixRainez and you can find her on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/phoenixrainez2 and for authors wanting support from Phoenix, go to www.facebook.com/phoenixrainez3.

This is a short biography for Phoenix:
I was born and raised in Zimbabwe and now live in England, working as a carer for the elderly. Thirty-nine years married with two adult daughters and five wonderful grandchildren. I’m an incurable romantic and love long walks on the beach at sunset. Obsessed with the colour purple and a total chocoholic. Poetry has always been my first love and passion and started writing poems at the age of ten. Thanks to the encouragement of friends and family I wrote and published my first romance novel, Second Chances. I recently published my first poetry anthology Moments of Love and my second poetry book Whispers of Love has just been published and presently working on my next novel.


I’m delighted to announce my first Author Interview with Mary Anne Yarde, International bestselling, multi-award-winning author of the Du Lac Chronicles.

Those of you who know me, know that I have been interviewing performers and experts associated with singers and performers for years.  https://soundbath.wordpress.com/

So, this is a particular pleasure to be able to do so now for authors whose books I love.



I LOVED it and you will too!

I LOVED this great sci-fi fantasy story. Not only is it very well-written, but the twists and turns and laughs add to a cracking tale. <br /><br />It’s not easy to write such engaging characters, but this author has succeeded in bringing each character to life in a way that makes you feel you’re there with them, experiencing what they’re going through, and if you were to meet them in your everyday life you’d be hanging out and chatting like old friends.<br /><br />The descriptions of the settings further add to this original and unexpected story, enhancing its charm. I can’t wait to read the next novel in this series. Highly recommended!




I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. But I’m not going to talk about the story here – I don’t want to spoil the deliciousness of it – save to say that this book starts where the previous one ended. In my opinion, always a good thing.

Ms Yarde has again taken us on a wonderful journey into the Arthurian world but this time, she has outdone herself. The Du Lac Princess is the best book I’ve ever read in this genre. Think Game of Thrones, Outlander and Vikings all rolled into one. Seriously, I can see this story as the next big TV hit.

Not only is the writing superb, the research thorough, the story exciting, but the characters are wonderfully drawn, each with their own distinctive personalities, quirks and presence. This is no mean feat as we’re dealing with a number of powerful alpha males and amazing women often suffering through circumstances not many of us could imagine for ourselves. Theirs was a brutal time in history and Ms Yarde brings these amazing people to life brilliantly. The heroes are wonderfully complex and intriguing, and the villains are fabulously villainous.

Of the many great characters, my favourite is Tegan. She says it how it is and doesn’t tolerate nonsense from anyone. Tegan is the old pagan woman who was once a Knight at the Court of King Arthur. We learn that she had been in love with Lancelot and most likely still was despite having married another man with whom she’d had a good life. But Tegan is a tough old bird who’d been through much in life and lives with remarkable fortitude and vitality despite her advancing years – a wise survivor after my own heart. Upon meeting Merton, and immediately realising that he was one of Lancelot’s sons, she helps to heal him after his horrific torture on orders of the usurper, King Philippe.

I was breathless by the end of the novel and much relieved that Merton and Amandine ended up together, ready to continue their story – hopefully – in the next novel.

I’m delighted that the author has decided to continue the story in a series of books, rather than in a trilogy. I’m already missing the characters who had become friends, and look forward to the next novel when I’ll meet them again.


Brilliant Psychological Thriller

I loved the way the book starts with action and continues with it all the way through. It’s certainly fast-paced and keeps you on your toes.

I felt beyond sad for Helen King because she had been betrayed by nearly everyone in her life from a young age, starting with her parents. Her mother did nothing when Helen had been abused by her father and his cronies. But there was only one person she felt she could rely on. In the end, even Ash betrayed her, however. Having said that, I was deeply disturbed by the way in which she sought to wreak revenge on people who had betrayed her in her past. The fact that she came across to other people as normal and not a killer, made me wonder how many Helens we walk past daily without knowing it. A scary thought!

The characters were all well-developed and brilliantly portrayed. I didn’t think I would but fell in love with the somewhat cynical and ambitious DI Belinda Brennen.

If you like great psychological thrillers, then this is the book for you. Highly recommended.


This was a gripping account of a young girl’s horrific abuse by her father and his paedophile cronies. It was a difficult read because my heart was bleeding for the vulnerable little girl. But it is extremely well written and left me feeling battered and bruised and yet inspired by the confirmation of just how strong we are. I wish with all my heart that such abuse towards defenceless children can stop. Highly recommended.


Five stars for a fantastic story!

I was tempted by this novel’s title and intriguing cover and expressed my interest in receiving an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I was not disappointed. This is a terrific story, brilliantly told. Although a novella, the story is an entirely satisfying experience. The author immediately pulled me into the world of the billionaire, his dysfunctional relationship with his son and his cynical outlook on life. Money can buy him anything he wants but the one thing he craves may cost him everything including his life, in a way you may not imagine. The twist at the end is inspired. I can’t wait to read more stories by this talented author. Highly recommended!



Fallen From Grace by Nikki Landis

Dark fantasy and forbidden love

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Fallen from Grace is the first novel I’ve read by Nikki Landis. I LOVED it! A dark, suspenseful paranormal love story brilliantly told, I devoured the book. It reads like a piece of music – exciting, thrilling, intense – a roller coaster of emotions while at the same time, you don’t realize that you’re reading – only the best writing does that.

I particularly enjoyed the development of Emily and Bash’s relationship. The twists in the story held me on the edge of my seat throughout, and the ending makes me want to read what happens next immediately.

A triumph and a novel I cannot recommend highly enough!


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The Du Lac Cronicles, Mary Anne Yarde

A timeless gem.

Set at the time just after King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table were around, this is a wonderful story of Lancelot’s sons and what happens to them. In particular, the story focuses on Alden, who loses his kingdom to Cerdic, the cruel King of Wessex. Alden is taken captive and tortured, but saved by Annis, only daughter of Cerdic. As they run for their lives, they fall in love along their journey to seek help from Alden’s ambitious half-brother, Budic, King of Brittany.

I LOVED this book. I could not put it down. It is very well written and the characters are wonderfully developed. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages and I’m looking forward very much to reading the next one. And lucky for me, Ms Yarde had the next installment available…






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Stealth Moves, Sanna Hines

A great story excellently told and well written.

I loved this novel for young adults. Stealth Moves takes us to Boston where three young people are kidnapped. The story follows many turns and twists to a satisfying, albeit surprising, end.

What I particularly enjoyed in the novel – apart from the fact that it is a fast paced and cracking thriller – was the outstanding characterisation of the cast of characters who range through a variety of ages. The author portrays each character perfectly according to the nuances of their age group.



The Martian, Andy Weir

In our crazy busy days, it is sometimes hard to find time to sit down with a book, and if you’re anything like me, if it’s a good book, like The Martian undoubtedly is, then the world stands still until I’ve finished reading it, often through the night. But whose schedule allows for that these days. That, coupled with a renewed decision to go for daily long walks instead of the gym, it spurred me on to find good audio books to accompany me on my walks – two birds with one stone, type of scenario.

I have been wanting to read this book for a while and had it saved in all my wish lists. Then, signing up to Audible, Amazon’s audio books division, I saw it there and simply had to get it. It was a great decision.

What a fantastic, gripping story, and what a wonderful narrator. I can highly recommend the audio book, narrated by R C Bray, a great acting voice.

The story is about an astronaut who is stranded on Mars when his crew members think he had           died after a horrible accident in one of Mars’s fabled storms. They leave, and he spends eighteen months alone on Mars.

It’s a wonderful story of survival, and of how people pull together to save one man’s life against extreme odds.

In our climate of reality television, this scenario is easily imaginable. But what makes the story even more remarkable, isn’t his ordeals, but the astronaut’s sense of humour, his ingenuity, his fight for his life, and his growth as a human being.

The book is chock full of sciency stuff and will appeal to science buffs, I’m sure, but it is told in a way that even someone as unsciency as me, can understand.

I will be first in line to see the movie.

Highly, highly recommended. A wonderful work by Mr Andy Weir.



The Holiday Home, Fern Britton

I was very curious to read a book by Fern Britton, because I had watched her on television for years. I knew she was a great presenter and a brilliant journalist, so expected that she would be able to write very well.

When The Holiday Home fell into my email inbox via Bookbub, I took it as a sign.

It does what it says on the tin: the book is about The Holiday Home, it’s about a holiday and it’s a lovely, easy read. But it’s also about so much more.

Fern expertly shows the start and development of sibling rivalry. It started when they were children, choosing a room each in The Holiday Home, one sister always manipulating her way into getting the best, including the best room. But their rivalry intensified and caused a real rift when during their teenage years, a boy got into the picture.

As adults, dragging along their husbands and children, their rivalry continues with the race to get to The Holiday Home first, in order to get the best room. Thankfully, their children, a son for one sister and a daughter for the other, get along far better than their mothers and seem far more sensible.

When the boy of their youth, now a man, reappears, simmering emotions surface and we understand more about what drives the characters. But the tension rises even further when the mistress of one of the sisters’ husbands arrives uninvited and his infidelity becomes public knowledge.

There is a twist in the tale at the end and all in all, I found The Holiday Home a satisfying read.