Rhuna The Star Child by Barbara Underwood Review




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This thrilling sequel to Rhuna: Crossroads is set in mystical Ancient Egypt where Black Magic was developed by the followers of the legendary villain, The Dark Master.

As strange and frightening curses plague the population, Rhuna discovers the underground organization that performs this uncanny new magic, but she can only combat it with the help of her long-lost father.

Having learned from her father amazing new skills to empower her on the Astral Plane, Rhuna once again strives to preserve peace and harmony in the idyllic Atlan civilization.

Far more challenging than fighting powerful Dark Forces, however, is Rhuna’s personal anguish when her daughter becomes involved with the leader of the Black Magic movement, and the once-perfect Atlan society based on utopian principles begins to crumble all around her.

Shocking events escalate Rhuna’s world to a breathless climax as she and her family undergo a momentous upheaval, and she is forced to make great personal sacrifices for her loved ones.


This book is part of a series, but I didn’t feel out of step by starting with this one. I like that in a series, where you can read them out of order but still enjoy the stories within each book.

Rhuna The Star Child is an interesting mix of sci-fi fantasy and historical fiction. These elements blended together nicely to create a well-rounded and absorbing tale. I loved the dark magic elements, they were really well-written and I enjoyed learning more about the mysterious organisation that Rhuna was trying to fight. Ancient Egypt was richly described, so much so that I could picture myself there.  The plot was well-paced and the long chapters suited the story. I usually prefer short, snappy chapters, but the longer ones worked well here because it allowed more time to develop the story and characters.

This book has wide appeal because it incorporates so many elements into one book. I really enjoyed all the different elements of magic and family and peace. You can happily start with this book or with the previous book in the series.

Author Bio

As an only child of older migrant parents, I was exposed to a different culture and outlook as I growing up in the suburbs of Sydney. At the age of 10 I became interested in history and travel, and in sixth grade my teacher commented on my flair for writing.

After a lot of travel and reading about history – I started with Thor Heyerdahl’s adventures which led me to other books about unexplained mysteries such as pyramids and other megaliths around the world – I came to a point where I wanted to put it all together in an epic fantasy novel.

I have now written two further books following on from “Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom.” The 2nd and 3rd books are both set in Ancient Egypt, and I am working on the fourth book in the series, so stay tuned and enjoy “Rhuna”!

Website: http://www.rhunafantasybooks.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KeeperWisdom

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ANDQ73W/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30301577-rhuna-the-star-child

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/609503

The Wave by Lochlan Bloom Review



When μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived from Brazil it propels him on a quest to track down a character he believes to be called Ddunsel.

As μ’s search progresses it slowly becomes entangled with two parallel tales – the stories of DOWN, a troubled publisher, and David Bohm, a real-life quantum theoretician in post-war São Paulo.

Just how far is it from London to Gotham City? Or from Paul Auster to Pierre Menard for that matter?  Some people may think these sorts of questions are idle and ultimately meaningless but this book is not for them.

The Wave combines multiple narratives to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay as each of the characters struggles to understand what is reality and what is fiction.


I really enjoy reading outside of my comfort zone, and this book definitely qualifies as that. It can’t be pinned down to any single genre and explores lots of different themes, such as the differences between fiction and reality. It’s a very unique book and as I read it, I could tell the author had spent a long time crafting it to really flesh out the characters and themes within. I found it a very absorbing read, quite unlike any other book I’ve read before.

There are three main stories within the book: μ who goes in search of a character he reads about in a screenplay, a publisher called DOWN, and a quantum theoretician called David Bohm. Each of them unfolds in a non-linear fashion, which can be confusing at first, but once you get used to the structure it’s extremely enjoyable. The parts written in screenplay are a unique feature I haven’t seen in a book before; they worked extremely well in contrast to the dark themes explored in the rest of the book.

Overall, I found The Wave a challenging and enjoyable book. There’s a great contrast of light and shade within the story and some complex themes are explored. The unique narrative structure is perfect for the book; I don’t think telling the story in a linear fashion would’ve worked nearly as well. Lochlan Bloom has created an engaging story that I’d recommend to anyone looking to go outside their comfort zone.

Author Bio

Lochlan Bloom is the author of the The Wave as well as the short novellas Trade and The Open Cage. The BBC Writersroom describes his writing as ‘unsettling and compelling… vivid, taut and grimly effective work’. He has written for BBC Radio, Litro Magazine, Porcelain Film, IronBox Films, EIU, H+ Magazine and Calliope, the official publication of the Writers’ Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Mensa, amongst others. Lochlan lives in London and does not have a cat or a dog.

You can connect with him through his website or twitter.


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Nice Day for a White Wedding by A L Michael Review



Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins…

Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good.

These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancé. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?


This is the second book in the House on Camden Square series and it’s every bit as good as the first. I loved reading Chelsea’s story; the character was so well developed, I felt like she was leaping up from the page to give me a great, big hug! The story itself was well-paced and carried a lot of depth and substance to it. Chelsea’s dark back story made for poignant reading and I loved seeing the journey from the girl everyone wrote off to the one everyone admires and respects. There are a wealth of rich descriptions within the book too that make the settings come to life. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Venice; it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit and A L Michael really made it come to life.

This book is a brilliant addition to the House on Camden Square series and I for one can’t wait to read Be My Baby. A L Michael is brilliant at creating characters that burrow into your hearts and stay there; I won’t be forgetting Chelsea and her friends in a hurry anyway!


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29912901-nice-day-for-a-white-wedding?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01E58VPEM/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

About the author

A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of ‘Wine Dark, Sea Blue’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘My So Called (Love) Life’, ‘Driving Home for Christmas’, and ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, based upon her experiences as a London barista.
Her new three book series, The House on Camden Square, starts with ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’ and focuses on three friends as they try to open an arts centre in Camden, in memory of their rock star friend.

She is a Creative Therapeutic Facilitator, currently researching the power of creative writing to be helpful in recovering from eating disorders, and likes running writing workshops that link together the body and the mind. When she’s not writing, she likes yoga, trying to bake healthy treats and was a hipster before hipsters were hipster. Well, she likes Chai lattes and owns a Mac.


Website: www.almichael.com

Twitter: twitter.com/almichael_

Facebook: facebook.com/a.l.michael.writer

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/almichaelwriter/

Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin Review



Curl up with this gorgeously romantic tale and let the glistening snow and the roaring fires of Stardust Lake Hotel get you in the festive spirit this Christmas.

Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.

So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.

But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.

Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?


Holly Martin’s unique brand of festive charm is just as evident in this book as it was in her previous ones, Snowflakes on Silver Cove and Christmas at Lilac Cottage. Piper was so lovely and down-to-earth, plus who wouldn’t want to travel the world reviewing hotels?! It was both amusing and moving in equal measure to see her reunited with Gabe again after their painful break-up. You could tell from the off that they were meant to be together and Holly does a brilliant job of building up their relationship throughout the book.

Juniper Island was such a gorgeous setting. Everything from the igloos to the naughty Shetland ponies made me wish I could hop on a plane and go there. I’d love to book in at the Stardust Lake Hotel and check out the Northern Lights. In each one of Holly’s books, I’ve adored the settings, but I think this one may be my absolute favourite.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous festive romance to kick off your Christmas TBR pile, this one is the perfect book to start with!

Author Bio

I studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of my colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years service was the moment when I knew I had to escape. I quit my job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, I emerged wide eyed and terrified that I now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. I taught for four years before History Off The Page came to my school to do a Tudor day. I now drive round the country in my little white van, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next.
I love to write. The characters do exactly what I want them to do, most of the time. Sometimes they do seem to go off and do their own thing without my permission. It is complete escapism into a world where I have full control.I’ve been writing for four years now, every spare second I have, I’m scribbling ideas in a notebook or typing a scene on my laptop. I have written three romantic fiction books. Changing Casanova and The Chainsaw Masquerade were recently shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award. My short story, One Hundred Proposals, won the Belinda Jones Travel Club short story competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology.

Mortiswood Tales; Kaelia Awakening by Gina Dickerson Extract & Giveaway!



I’m taking part in Neverland Blog Tours’ weekend blitz for Mortiswood Tales: Kaelia Awakening by the amazing Gina Dickerson! Here’s an extract from the fab book itself.


The path meandered through tall pine trees different to the trees of the woods outside. After thirty minutes of walking, a four-storey high, stone and granite building drew into view. Its crenellated parapet cut castellated shadows in an overcast, pregnant sky but despite the dreary weather, laughter and chatter tinkled in the air. An expanse of lawn spread before the grand building and a cluster of students, ranging in age from the young to the old, peppered the grass, practising what looked like some form of self-defence.

‘We’d better see if there’s an office.’ Calix propped the motorbike under a tree and nodded towards wide, stone steps curving up to double entrance doors.

Large raindrops plummeted from the swollen sky, splatting atop their heads and making Kaelia shriek with laughter. She grabbed Calix’s hand, dragging him behind her as they made a mad dash for the doors.

‘Ow!’ Kaelia slapped a hand against the back of her neck as something stung her. ‘Cut it out!’

‘Cut what out?’

‘Ow!’ Kaelia dropped Calix’s hand and jabbed him in the side. ‘Whatever you’re doing, stop it!’

‘I’m not doing any—ow!’ Calix rubbed at the back of his own neck. He cast his eyes around them. ‘You two!’

Two young women, about Kaelia’s age, smirked. Huddled together underneath a mushroom umbrella, one woman prodded the other.

‘Newbs,’ the first said in a mock whisper to her companion. ‘I bet they don’t even know how to cast a glamour spell.’

The other girl, who was holding the umbrella, laughed. Her poker straight, white-blonde hair shone the colour of liquid metal. ‘You’re right, Cadence. I bet they’re norms.’

Cadence, head framed by a severe, chestnut hued bobbed haircut, agreed. ‘We hate norms, don’t we, Jade?’

Jade nodded enthusiastically. ‘Norms shouldn’t be allowed in Mortiswood Academy. It isn’t right.’ Her voice rose haughtily. ‘What are you even doing here?’

Kaelia bit her lip. She’d had more than her fill of superiority way back at school and college. ‘Come on, Calix, ignore them.’

Calix laughed. ‘Norms?’ he asked Kaelia as they climbed the six steps to the front doors. ‘What are they if we’re normal?’

Cadence and Jade followed them, pressing the canopy of the umbrella into Kaelia’s back. Kaelia clenched her hands; the familiar warmth radiating from her palms. One flick of light would melt the plastic umbrella like a crisp packet in an oven.


Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening‘ is the first book in the Mortiswood Tales Series.

Published by Authors Reach

“They’ve been waiting lifetimes for you, Kaelia. They want you and will stop at nothing to have you.”

The warning’s rung in Kaelia’s ears since she discovered she’s far from the ordinary girl who grew up in the coastal town of Margate. She has power. The first time she shows it, death strikes, the second, she loses someone special, and on the third, her mother disappears.

Destiny is coming for Kaelia and there’s nowhere she can hide. THEY have stepped out of the shadows to find her. For generations, there have been whispers of The Chosen One. They speak of a name – Marrock – whose destiny entwines with that of The Chosen One.

Kaelia must avenge the wrongs, uncover who Marrock is, find her mother, and . . . FIGHT

Facing forces of depraved evil, magic, and myth, Kaelia’s search leads her through magical forests and unearthly realms.

Who, or what, can Kaelia trust? Is she strong enough to survive the horror? All she knows is her life will never be the same again . . .

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Author Bio


Gina Dickerson lives by the Thanet coast on the north-eastern tip of Kent with her family and playful Siberian husky. She writes dark fiction and is the author of the dark fantasy, adventure, romance series Mortiswood Tales, and Always Golden – a dark, twisted fairy tale, among others. She is a full-time author and has also been a columnist for her local newspaper. She designs under the name RoseWolf Design and is also part of Authors Reach, a co-operative formed with four other authors.


One signed paperback copy of Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening

One Kindle (mobi) copy of Mortiswood: Kaelia Awakening and Mortiswood: Kaelia Falling


Gina’s Links

Website: http://www.ginadickersonwriter.co.uk/

Authors Reach: http://www.authorsreach.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GinaDWriter

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/ginadickersonwriter

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The Girls in the Woods by Helen Phifer Review



Don’t go into the woods. Because you’re in for a big surprise…

In an old album there is a beautiful Victorian photo that captures three young sisters, staring silently at one another. Only the trained eye can see the truth hiding in plain view. One of the sisters is already dead.

Annie Ashworth is currently off duty. With her baby bump growing fast, she is under strict instructions to stay away from police work and look after herself, especially as she has a history of leading danger right to her door. So when her police officer husband, Will, is called to the discovery of a skeleton buried out in the local woods, Annie tries to keep out of the investigation. But as another body is discovered and her own niece suddenly goes missing, staying away just isn’t an option.

As Annie is soon to discover, a picture really does tell a thousand stories. But which one leads to a killer?

The gripping new detective thriller that will haunt you


I am a HUGE Helen Phifer fan and having read The Ghost House, the first book in her Annie Graham series, I jumped at the chance to read this one. All the book in the series can be read and enjoyed as standalones.

To say this book was scary is a gross understatement. There were many times I yelled OH MY CHRIST when something happened that I didn’t expect and it’s fair to say I didn’t sleep very well while I was reading this book. Helen Phifer skilfully balances the chilling moments with some lighter ones, such as the interaction between Annie and her husband Will, to create a book that sits just the right side of unsettling. There’s always that anticipation of something about to happen and the book definitely delivers on shock value. I’ve loved Annie as a character since I first met her in The Ghost House and I love her even more now. Her relationship with Will is so sweet and endearing. They’ve come a long way from the first book, but I didn’t feel out of step with any of it by jumping straight to The Girls in the Woods. With Halloween rapidly approaching (how on earth is it September already?!) I’d definitely recommend picking up The Girls in the Woods for a spooky treat!


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28217989-the-girls-in-the-woods?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girls-Woods-Annie-Graham-Book-ebook/dp/B0175WV0FE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472813259&sr=8-1&keywords=the+girls+in+the+woods+helen

About the author


Helen lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children and has done since she was born. It gets some bad press, but really is a lovely place to live. Surrounded by coastline and not far from the beautiful Lake District. She has always loved writing and reading, she loves reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own.

Her debut novel ‘The Ghost House’ was published by Carina UK in October 2013 and went on to become a best seller along with the rest of the Annie Graham series. The Secrets of the Shadows, The Forgotten Cottage, The Lake House and The Girls in the Woods. Her next book The Good Sisters which is a stand alone, ghost story is released on the 13th October 2016.

Author links:

Website: www.helenphifer.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/helenphifer1

Facebook: www.facebook.com/helenphifer1

Tempting Isabel by Rissa Brahm Review



Luck. Lust. Love.

Wedding planner Isabel Ruiz is cursed. Her hometown of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico agrees, considering her tragic track record. Alone and loveless, she creates fairy-tale weddings for others. Her only distraction? The occasional anonymous fling. So to avoid further tragedy, her rule, one–night–only, is never broken…

Until Zack.

Self-made millionaire Zack James is in town for his brother’s wedding, when a sudden spell of depression hits. Maybe burned out by his fast and luxurious lifestyle? Not even his two female companions hold any interest.

That is, until he meets Isabel.

She humbles and captivates him, reigniting his thirst for life. With her, Zack feels more alive than ever. To his delight—and her dismay—they share a deep bond, a sensual connection, and one mind-bending night.

Zack must have her – to complete him. And Isabel must escape him – to save him.

Their game of catch and chase leads to lust-turned-love. For Isabel, it’s fate’s cruelest joke. But Zack won’t quit, positive he’s the cure to her curse. Can he convince her to risk everything with him? Or will it all go south…in paradise.


This sexy, sweet book provided an excellent escape for me during a really crazy time. I so enjoyed the will-they-won’t-they romance that Zack and Isabel shared and I couldn’t even say right up till the end what the outcome would be. I love how they each brought to the table what the other one had been missing- Isabel gave Zack his zest for life back while he challenged all the rules she’d made for herself. The relationship between them was written so well and struck just the right balance between sizzling chemistry and a genuine connection. Rissa Brahm has created two believable and relatable characters you can really root for, along with a fast-paced story that’ll have you hooked from page one.

This book can be completely devoured in just a few sittings. It’s engaging, thrilling and poignant in places too. It delivers so much on a lot of levels and was a really great book to read. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a romance between two compelling characters that you’ll completely fall in love with!




Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29409739-tempting-isabel?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/search/ref=x_gr_w_bb?keywords=9781944557027&index=books&linkCode=qs&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21

About the author: Contemporary romance writer Rissa Brahm grew up in New York and has since lived in all four corners of the United States, and beyond. e beautiful paradise of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico—the core setting of her hot & heartfelt debut series, Paradise South—is Rissa’s most recent and beloved home.

When not chained-by-choice to her MacBook, she is embarking on out- door adventures with her husband and little girl, laughing to tears with a good rom-com, eating amazing Indian food with something chocolate for dessert; reading good, hot scorchers in bed; biking, long walks, and yoga; zoning out to killer music from across the decades and the globe; and getting lost only to discover a new exciting route home again. You can connect with Rissa on Facebook, Twitter or by email any time by heading to www.RissaBrahm.com.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rissa_brahm