Hot Shade by Tamara Lush Review


In the tropical Florida heat, a man with deadly secrets falls for a lovely, inquisitive reporter…

After Luca Rossi lost everything to the Italian mafia, he used all his skills to write a stunning expose, and managed to put a key don on trial for his life. But now Luca must hide out on the Florida coast until justice is served in Italy. All is well, until he meets a lovely young American reporter who won’t stop asking questions about who he is. Soon he’s fighting the urge to hush her with a kiss … and much, much more.

Skylar Shaw took a job with a small Florida paper determined to make her mark on the journalistic world. She may spend her days writing up alligator scares and human interest stories, but when she meets a handsome mystery man on the beach, she’s not afraid to dig into his past, and the danger stalking him from across the seas. There’s just one problem … will her efforts help Luca, or bring danger straight to him?

Luca knows all too well the journalistic drive to keep digging. Can he trust his lovely Skylar to keep his secrets, or must he push her away to save both their lives?


I found this book enjoyable, if a little rushed in places. The chemistry between Luca and Skylar was well-developed, but I’d have loved to have seen it be pushed even further to really intensify things between them. That being said, I really enjoyed both characters’ development throughout the story. Although the primary focus was their developing relationship, both Luca and Skylar grew as people and were well-rounded characters. There was plenty of internal and external conflict throughout the story and although the pacing seemed a little rushed at times, the points of conflict were all developed and explored really well. I enjoyed the storyline with Luca’s efforts to take down a mafia don; it was brilliantly portrayed and I could tell the author researched it thoroughly.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It has plenty of romance and heat, with lots of interesting subplots to add depth to the story. The two main characters were both likeable with a good amount of chemistry between them.

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About the author: Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College with a degree in broadcast journalism. For the last several years, she’s worked as a journalist and is currently a correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two dogs on the Gulf Coast.

She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she’ll be riding trains and writing romance.

Published in September of 2015, her debut novel HOT SHADE received four stars from RT Book Reviews. Her most recent novel, a five episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has “an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.

Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhones, Art Deco, Spanish telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.

Twitter: @tamaralush




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Those Who Lie by Diane Jeffrey Review


Emily Klein doesn’t know she has killed her husband until the day of his funeral.

At first, signs point to a tragic accident. Yet, as Emily pieces together the events before his death – events which led to her own memory loss – she begins to suspect that her husband’s death may have been the result of more than a terrible twist of fate…

But the accident is only the beginning. Because while Emily’s physical scars will heal, the trauma of the accident has awakened old ghosts. She hears strange sounds, catches things that can’t possibly be there in the corner of her eye. Before long, everywhere she looks, she seems to see her husband.

And suddenly, Emily finds herself asking the most dangerous question of all.

Can she really trust herself?


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This book was a dark, dangerous thriller that kept me guessing right until the very end. Diane Jeffrey did a great job of keeping the reader off-balance, so that you’re never quite sure what’s going on. I devoured the book in two sittings and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It was anything but predictable with plenty of twists and turns to make you yell ‘OH MY GOD!’

Emily was a great unreliable narrator. Suffering from memory loss means the circumstances surrounding her husband’s death are distorted in her mind and her version of events can’t be relied upon. Piece by piece, what truly happened to her husband is finally revealed, culminating in a really surprising ending. Diane Jeffrey’s characterisation was excellent throughout, and I felt myself sympathising with Emily as she searched for answers about what really happened to her husband.

If you’re looking for a dark, twisty thriller you’ll love Those Who Lie!

Author Bio

Diane Jeffrey grew up in North Devon. She lives in Lyon, France with her husband and their three children, black Labrador and kitten.

THOSE WHO LIE is her debut psychological thriller.

Diane is an English teacher. She hates marking and Mondays. When she’s not working or writing, she likes swimming, running and reading. She loves chocolate, beer and holidays.

Above all, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Ashael Rising by Shona Kinsella Review


Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.

The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.

Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of the folk that were taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.

When Iwan and Ashael meet and she invites him to stay in Oak Cam, neither of them realise that she is the one the Zanthar seek. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on Ashael’s shoulders.


Although this book wasn’t in the genre I usually read, I really enjoyed it. KalaDene was so well-drawn, the characters were expertly crafted and the whole story was put together in a really engaging way.

I really enjoyed the human elements within this book. Ashael and Iwan’s struggles were very real and I found myself able to relate very easily to them. The pace throughout was excellent and I was thoroughly gripped as I read. The weight of responsibility on both Ashael and Iwan was clear throughout the book and I rooted for them to emerge triumphant at the end. Shona Kinsella makes it really easy for you to invest in the characters’ journey, especially with such a well-crafted world to lose yourself in.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves well-drawn fantasy with excellent, relatable protagonists.


Shona Kinsella is a fantasy author who lives near the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, in the west of Scotland. She is a member of the British Fantasy Society where she writes reviews of indie books. Shona has a degree in Law from the University of Strathclyde where she learned a lot about narrative structure.; everyone loves a story.

Shona enjoys spending time outdoors and much of her writing is inspired by the environment that she lives in, at the edge of Scotland’s first national park. When she is not writing, she enjoys geocaching with her husband and children and reading as many books as she can get her hands on.


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The Somme Legacy by M J Lee Review


July 1, 1916. The Somme, France.

A British Officer prepares to go over the top on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

March 28, 2016. Manchester. England.

Genealogical investigator Jayne Sinclair, a former police detective, is commissioned by a young teacher to look into the history of his family. The only clues are a medallion with purple, white and green ribbons, and an old drawing of a young woman.

Her quest leads to a secret buried in the trenches of World War One for over 100 years.

Who was the real heir to the Lappiter millions?

From the author of the best selling, The Irish Inheritance, comes a gripping new book revealing family secrets hidden in the fog of war.

The Somme Legacy is the second book in the Jayne Sinclair genealogical mystery series, but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.


I really enjoyed The Irish Inheritance, the first book in the Jayne Sinclair series, so I was really excited to pick up this one. It can be enjoyed as a standalone though, as it states in the blurb. In this book, Jayne has to try to uncover a secret buried 100 years in the past, in order to uncover who the real heir to the Lappiter fortune is. In a twisty, fast-paced story, she unearths a complex web of lies and a lot more besides…

This is yet another well-written book from M J Lee, who has managed to create a compelling story that keeps you guessing until the end. A couple of times, I thought I had everything sussed until the rug was pulled from under me! Jayne is a great protagonist: wicked smart with a passion for history and genealogy that leads her into the most unexpected cases. The books have an air of the TV show Cold Case, as Jayne delves into the past for the answers her clients crave. If you’re looking for a mystery with something a little extra to offer, I’d highly recommend this book!



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About M.J Lee

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.

He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.
Whilst working in Shanghai, he loved walking through the old quarter of that amazing city, developing the idea behind a series of crime novels featuring Inspector Pyotr Danilov, set in 1920s and 30s.
When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, practicing downhill ironing, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.






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Matilda Peters never knew a world outside hers existed, that is until Harvey comes along and shows her something beyond her imagination. All that is on Tilly’s mind is finishing her dissertation, getting her degree, and spending time with her friends before the end of the school year.

But everything changes when she meets Gabby, an agent of a secret society, and nothing prepared either of them for the adventure they are about to endure. Under the pressures of surviving, their friendship grows and they find friends in the most unlikely of places, and betrayal just around the corner.

Will they both be able to stop him before he tears Gabby’s society to the ground?

Author Bio: Rhianne Williams, formally known as RS Williams, writes Fantasy, Adventure and Romance novels. As an avid reader Rhianne has always been in love with the written word and the emotions a good story can create.

Discovering she had a knack for creating stories as a teenager, she started work on her first story. However, at 16 the mundane adult world called her back to an admin job and Rhianne put writing on the back burner until she turned 20. Rediscovering her fascination with writing and creating Rhianne then threw herself back into her writing in 2014.

When she isn’t catching plot bunnies, typing up her creations or writing on her blog, you’ll find her in front of the television watching her favourite shows, spending time with her family and getting lost in others fictional worlds.

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A Country Practice by Judith Colquhoun Review



A heart-warming, poignant and engaging tale about the doctors, nurses and patients of the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital, and their friends and neighbours.

A Country Practice follows the dramas, loves, secrets and dilemmas of the people in an Australian small country town. There is romance, humour and tragedy for the medical staff of the local hospital, and the rural community it serves.

A desperate woman arrives at the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital in the final stages of labour. Can Dr Terence Elliott overcome his demons to save both mother and baby?

Simon Bowen, the newest doctor in town, is frustrated at being seen as an outsider by the tight knit country people. Will he succeed in winning them around ‒ especially young vet Vicky Dean?

Vicky’s mum, Sister Shirley Dean, is courted by widowed police sergeant Frank Gilroy. But is he the man for her?

Young married couple, Brendan and Molly Jones arrive in Wandin Valley. Are they prepared for the realities of country life?

Meanwhile, a teenager in love clashes with her father and a serious car accident reveals a surprising secret about two of the town’s residents.

Based on the award-winning, international hit television serial A Country Practice, this new series of novels follows the lives and loves of the rural community of Wandin Valley, South-Eastern Australia. Set in the early 1980s it is a nostalgic look at country life, yet with all the same joys and problems we face today.


If you’re looking for a book packed with everything from romance to tragedy, plus everything in between, I would highly recommend A Country Practice. Based on an award-winning Australian TV series, this book is packed with memorable characters, several engaging plot threads and a great style of writing that leaves you wanting more. In short, it’s a soap opera in book form.

What I loved most is the way the respective stories linked together; there were more than a few intriguing romances, as well as dark secrets and some new faces in Wandin Valley. I don’t watch a lot of soaps, but I enjoyed the feeling of community within this book. I liked meeting the residents of Wandin Valley, getting to know them and their respective stories. The writer has done an excellent job of weaving them all together and maintaining a good pace throughout.

This is the first book in the series and I’ll definitely be looking out for future ones!



About the author: Judith Colquhoun was born in Queensland and grew up in Sydney. She studied production at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and soon after graduating, love and a job took her to Melbourne. Later, she lived in London for a time, spent many years in country Victoria and long enough in Italy to fall in love with the Mezzogiorno. She is now back in Melbourne and may even stay there.

She started writing when she was six and from the age of twenty-three has always earned her living from it in one way or another. She was a scriptwriter for far too long, writing countless hours of television for many of Australia’s most popular shows, including Neighbours and Home & Away. Her output included one hundred episodes of A Country Practice.

Judith has worked as an editor and script producer, and in Italy was a script consultant on the serial Un Posto Al Sole. She has won five Awgie Awards and in 2007 was made a Life Member of the Australian Writers’ Guild.

In 2009 she finally gave up scriptwriting to attempt a novel. Thicker Than Water, which is largely set in southern Italy, was published in 2014. It was Highly Commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers 2014 National Literary Awards.

She has written three novels based on the stories and characters of A Country PracticeNew Beginnings, To Everything a Season and Silver Linings.

Judith is married with two children and three grandchildren.

Of Life, Deaths, Aliens and Zombies by Dario Cannizzaro Review



Misnomer on purpose, this amazing debut rocks nine short and amusing stories – a Zombie Apocalypse without zombies; the Vatican announcing contact with Aliens; a heroin junkie that loves poetry; a timeless love, and much more.

Ordinary characters facing extraordinary situations, dry humor, philosophical musing dressed as whimsical, offhand commentary, and a fairy-tale like writing; those are the key elements of the style of this funny and thought-provoking collection.

The collection comprehends three previously published stories (“The Galway Review”, “Trigger Warning”, “Two Thousand Words” and “Chantwood Magazine”); five new unpublished pieces; and for the first time in English, the best-selling story “Impurità”, which was Selected Work in 2012 by Apple iBooks.


First thing’s first, if you open this book expecting a book written in the vein of Dawn of the Dead, that’s not what you get. What you do get, however, is a collection of stories that deal with every aspect of life, from love to sex to our appreciation of seemingly ‘perfect’ people. Coupled together with Dario Cannizzaro’s beautiful style of writing, you have a very interesting book indeed!

In general, I don’t read a lot of short story collections, but this one really grabbed me. The themes explored were thought-provoking and well-handled. Fake Plastic Trees was the standout story for me. It’s about a girl who seems perfect, but is really a bad person on the inside. She visits a clinic that can make her seem like a good person to the outside world, even if she’s still the same person she always was. This story made me think and posed an important question: how much of the images people present of themselves is real? We all like to put our best foot forward and enhance our best qualities, but how much of who we are do we really show? Other stories I enjoyed were Yet Another Zombie Apocalypse, Bathroom Love and Terrorism Marketing. Each piece in the book was carefully crafted, and the author managed to pack lots of emotion and well-drawn characters into so few words.

Overall, I commend Dario Cannizzaro for creating a well-thought-out collection of stories that deal with very deep themes. Would recommend if you want to read something totally unexpected.


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DARIO CANNIZZARO was born in the sun-eaten Naples, Italy in 1982. He moved to Ireland in 2011, and has called it home ever since. He started writing short stories at seven, which are shamefully lost forever, but has never stopped writing since. His works have been published in Italian and English in Literary Magazines such as The Galway ReviewTwo Thousand Words and Chantwood Magazine.