Setting the monster free…

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Old sins cast long shadows. We drag the sins of our past behind us like a leaking, globulous mass of festering pain, across the rough terrain of our journey through life. Some bridges need burning, others should be left intact so we can find our way back to the important stuff if needed. It is in the choosing, that we often set ourselves up for disappointment.

Of course past things never quite seem to stay where we put them. It’s not uncommon to forget where we are going and instead get distracted by nostalgia, to find ourselves heading back across the bridges we have left uncharred, only to discover that all is not what it once seemed.


I think perhaps, we are all capable of allowing the veil of personal history, distort the reality of what we have left behind us. It’s more than a veil. Time is like a…

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Illicit Passion

Twists, turns, passion, INTRIGUE….Very much a page turner. I read til my eyes blurred over again and again, needing to know who would survive both physically and emotionally. Then I realised I had started with book 2 in the series! Absolutely a wonderful read.


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A brillant story, emotional and intense.

Latest 5 star review of Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons is an extraordinary story. Ms. Stuart’s writing is sharp and a pleasure to read. I enjoyed the change of pace, of direction even, between parts 1and 2, the second becoming quite dark and even disturbing sometimes. I applaud Ms. Stuart’s choice to create characters who make questionable choices, giving them a realistic dimension that often is often lacking in the romance genre.
A gripping love story that will appeal to everyone with an open mind.

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What are the odds on that? – Flash Fiction short story

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What are the odds on that?

highway2 Howard Jackson was a careful man. He had to be to have gotten away with his twenty-seven murders to date. Today he was hoping to add number twenty-eight to the tally. The young man sitting alone at the table in the service station diner looked a promising candidate. Howard estimated him to be in his late teens, or at most, his early twenties. He doubted if the young man had enough money for another coffee, having watched him nurse the one he had for over an hour. It wouldn’t be long before one of the staff insisted he buys another or be on his way. With the rain now pelting down outside, Howard was optimistic, knowing the weary hitch-hiker wouldn’t relish the prospect of walking however far to the next rest-stop. He had a knack for spotting the most vulnerable and trusting ones.


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I Saw a Starburst to Flames by J. R. Lamar

This is my review of one of the best books of poetry for children I’ve had the honour to read.

I Saw a Starburst to Flames by J. R. Lamar comprises about a hundred poems formed as quatrains. This has the effect of giving them a rhythm that draws the reader inexorably onwards. Each is colourfully illustrated, very often with a wry sense of humour compatible with the subject of the poem. My favourites include A New Pet Mouse, which took me in completely until I reached the last line and realised it was an electronic mouse intended to be attached to a computer. The picture deliberately misleads, showing a chunk of tempting cheese! I liked An Unlikely Duo, and Proud Pet Owner made me laugh aloud. According to my niece, leprechauns are delightful creatures, but this one ends wearing a muzzle. And yes, I did get trapped in A Reading Cage.

The ideas behind the poems in J. R. Lamar’s I Saw a Starburst to Flames are incredibly diverse and likely to hold the attention of children around eight to eleven or twelve, and this is necessary; the language used is demanding. There is a delightful irreverence in poems like My Pet May Be Smarter Than Me, which will certainly appeal to young readers. The “pet” in that one is Mother! Shrinking Real Estate shows growth and you will never guess how cleverly; it involves words, drawings, and the changing size of font. I suggest you buy this book for the children in your life, but not so it arrives just in time to gift-wrap; time to read it yourself is essential.

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Where Hope Dares – Cover Reveal

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Epic, thought-provoking, post apocalyptic adventure. When Kiya, a young mother and healer, is kidnapped to fulfil an ancient prophecy, Abe must choose between his friends and mankind’s immortal souls. Two very different, isolated cultures clash and Kiya is raped and taken north across the High Atlas Mountains to a brutal, pagan High Priest intent on war at any cost. Raphel, Kiya’s storyteller husband, must leave his baby daughter and set out on a thousand-mile journey to rescue Kiya with only hope and a headful of stories to aid him. They look to Abe for help, but he is is torn by his secret agendum decreed by a long-dead pope, and it is Raphel who has to find the courage to uncover an uncomfortable truth about the prophecy upon which the High Priest pins his hopes. Raphel and Kiya find help where they least expect it, but who can they trust – friend or foe? A tale of hope, courage, and faith against greed, brutality, and evil. Fascinating afterword for those interested in the science behind the story.

Five Stars from Sharon Brownlie – An Epic Read!

Where Hope Dares is an epic book that delves into the lives of the characters, their cultures and the lands they come from. Abe and Kiya are central and indispensable to the story as it unfolds. Secondary characters, like Raphel and Alaric are well drawn, believable, some likable and some brutish. I rooted for Kiya throughout the story.

As I read I tried to visualise how the novel would end, needless to say my prediction was wrong but the author brought this fabulous story to a great conclusion. Rebecca Bryn doesn’t just tell a tale, with Where Hope Dares she makes the reader a part of it. This has to be said of the proverbs used in a clever fashion to bring out the best in the chapters they pertained to, they were also thought provoking.

Kiya is forced to take a journey, not just physically but emotionally and spiritually, the author leads you tentatively along the same path as her. I don’t like overly descriptive novels and I surmised that I may find it in this book because of the journey they had to undertake. Again I was wrong. Bryn is descriptive but not overly, she is concise and imaginative. I immersed myself in it.

I found the ‘Meet the Characters’ unnecessary, for me that is. It was my choice to ignore this as I wanted to meet the characters as I read. I wanted to ‘know’ them naturally by letting the author introduce them to me, again she didn’t disappoint.

The Afterword by Philip Stephen Knight BSc was an added bonus for me. It is interesting and delves into climatic changes and geographic details of the journey and lands inhabited before and after Abe.

I read Where Hope Dares with Kindle Unlimited, but this is one epic read to keep on your ereader or better still, on your bookshelf.

Print copy coming soon!