International Best-seller: Thank you

Good morning guys, I took to Facebook to thank readers who pre-ordered The Note. Less than a week before release day I have hit the best seller’s list in my home, the United Kingdom and internationally in the USA and stayed there. Thank you. But, I am a private person and someone close to me is about to die. I’ve not said, it could be weeks, days, or months we’re all just waiting. The person said, ‘don’t tell us’ especially me. I guess in fear that we’d worry and I’d maybe lose focus with writing or even stop. I’ve known for two weeks and they were right, I have not been able to write. I tried to today as usual when I got up at 6.00a.m to give it a go, I never got out of bed.

Then I checked the charts, and seeing your support really pushed me to get up and try. In 2020 when I achieved number 1 best seller status I thought it was all a fluke, I did it twice UK and internationally but I never imagined I could enter a chart again based on sales. The ‘International Thriller and Mysteries’ category is dominated by house-hold name authors. King, Balluci, Child, Brown, Rose, Grisham, Mosley! We don’t even need to say these house-hold author’s first names! We know them! We love them! I love them all and read them all, we all do they are super talented and dominate the charts with their books alone! So this is so uplifting to see that there’s support for my work as a little fish. While I don’t need to be number one like these guys always are, I’m just so pleased to make the top 100 best-sellers in such tough area. Especially when I all want to do is write! Because I love it and can, not really money or status.

As a writer we all have dreams, personally mine has always been just to write, find a good publisher, and hope to gain a readership anything else is a bonus. If you have supported me as a reader of mine I appreciate you, I am so grateful for your support thank you I say this humbly. I needed to see these charts this morning, as right now as I have found it hard these last two weeks to keep myself going and just get out of bed, let alone write. When the person I love finally passes, I know I will fall to pieces, but this support has helped me to open up my laptop this morning and try again, and try to keep getting out of bed. Thank you.

Look after the people you love, life is short.


Book Review:African Short Stories Adventures of Kalulu The Hare 3 stars!

#100BooksChallenge book #13 a few weeks back, I randomly found this book via Kindle Unlimited as a recommendation. I do love short stories and of course African fables.

About The Book:

The short stories in this book are typical African folktales from rural Copperbelt Province, Zambia. Sit, relax and have a good laugh. The short stories are funny, but they also convey timeless moral messages of African wisdom. These african folktales stories are usually told, in villages, from generation to generation, in the evenings by a big fire, just before going to bed.

In villages children have very close relationships to their grandparents who teach them what they need to know about life. The african folktales stories almost always teach a moral lessen. Unfortunately, even in Africa, children growing in big cities do not have this chance because their evenings are spent watching TV or surfing in internet.

In most of these stories animals and people live together, mingle with each other and sometimes Kalulus (Hares) marry human beautiful girls. This may sound strange because a hare can not, for instance, cook or marry a human princess. The truth is that the animals in the stories are not animals in the real sense. They are just character representation of people who behave in certain ways.

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This was a very entertaining collection of short stories, clearly aimed at younger readers or to be read to them. Each story was enjoyable to read as, as an adult you could put things into context and imagine the animals as ‘types’ of people or personalities you may come across in life. As I read I hoped each story would have some kind of ‘moral of the story is’, that adults could take away. While I really enjoyed reading them all, and they were certainly entertaining, I found it hard to pick up a moral or lesson! Or what I could really show my son or a younger person as a ‘moral’ in life. Really for me this short read was all about entertainment factor, it was an okay read. I would read more of these short stories if the author were to publish more, but I’d love to have more deep and meaningful endings. That said they held me interest and I would recommend it as a short, quick read to pass some time, or when you fancy something more light-hearted to read. Three stars from me.

Book Review: Trans D (Conspiracy Theory Thriller) Book #2 4 Stars!

#100BooksChallenge book #12, now I read the prologue to this and that was a five star read! I enjoyed this also, and will read the next part. I came across this cover via book promo and clicked for more info, really glad I did! Free to read on Kindle Unlimited too.

About The Book:

Perfect career. Perfect family. Perfect life. Until it isn’t…
Find out why your fellow thriller-lovers can’t put this book down for even one second.

Gary Davis is dumb-struck on a flight en route to Namibia on the African continent. The man who had been sitting next to him has apparently vanished into thin air. The more he insists that he was not alone, the more frustrated the flight attendants become. They are adamant that Gary had been alone since he set foot on the plane.

Frustrated, Gary scoffs as his mind takes him back to the conversation he had had with William the previous night. Eventually, he convinces himself that his imagination is simply running wild. That is, until William makes another appearance… This time, though, William claims to be someone else.

This is the first installment of Rhiley McCabe’s Broken Reality series.

Now don’t get me wrong I loved part two as much as part one! The only surprise was that a lot of what’s covered in part one– the prologue I also read here! So for me the story I was familiar with, and really wanted a bit more progression. That said if you’ve not read the first part this is an excellent starting place. As with part one I enjoyed in part two all the characters, plot, the witty banter, location, and the way the author built up the ‘oh wow what happens next’ feeling! Overall this is for sure a series I will read all the books of, hands down. It’s also a series I recommend to lovers of fast paced thrillers, with twists, turns, and the unexpected. It’s very unique in a sense that ‘Trans D’ is a conspiracy theory about control of the population, and makes links to a ‘virus’ that causes some deaths. So very fitting for the times that we’re living in, in 2021. Give this a try if you like to follow plots that are closely plotted, fast, engaging, and love different locations in the world. The fact that it takes place in Africa is thrilling to me! I can’t wait to see what happens next. 4 really good stars.

Book Review: Broken Reality (Conspiracy Theory Thriller Series #1) 5 stars!

#100BooksChallenge book #11 this is a free download and I really do recommend it! I came across this author via book promo and clicked on the cover to learn more. So glad I did. This was a bite sized read that I whipped through in one read, then read book #2 (review to follow) straight away.

About The Book:

Gary Davis has everything going for him. His wife is a loving, supportive gem and his kids adore him. And he’s about to close an important deal for the family business. It’s the biggest deal of his life; one that will change his life forever—so says his mother.

On his way to the wild African continent to close the deal, the unexplainable happens: the man who had been sitting next to him on the plane disappears. The flight attendants, however, are adamant that Gary had been alone during the entire flight.

As his perception of reality shifts and his world falls apart in a foreign country, Gary turns to the only person he feels he can trust—Amanda Tait. Unsure of Gary’s intentions, she decides to help him figure out what’s happening to him.

Broken Reality: The Prequel is the introduction to Rhiley McCabe’s exciting new five-part mystery thriller series.

Step into Gary Davis’ tumultuous world, where all is not what it seems…

I really didn’t know what to expect this this novella, I saw the book cover for part two first but decided to read the prologue first. It’s definitely a fast paced thriller with lots of action, engaging dialogue and like-able characters. To me the character Gary seemed very British from his banter and talk, it was not until later I realised he is not. William, the other main character, is also very witty and like-able. The story takes place mainly from when Gary is on the plane, and there’s a blur over what’s real and what’s not. I really enjoyed the characters, plot, even the jumping around in storytelling. Which some may feel is ‘choppy’, but I found that it really helped to show the ‘black outs’ of memory that Gary was experiencing. I also loved the idea of going to Africa on a mission in this fast paced thriller. The author does a good job at engaging you and keeping you turning pages. Overall, I feel like I’ve found a series that I really would like to follow and read more of. It seems like each book is a bite sized short story that progresses so here goes! Five stars I recommend this free download as a good introduction to the author’s writing and the series.

Giveaway Time For Writers! #amwriting #giveaway

I feel so blessed I’ve decided I’m doing a giveaway for writers. Later this year, I have the chance to teach an ongoing ‘master class’ to paying students on romance and fiction writing! My babies have gotten me noticed. To celebrate the publishing of the third book ( far right-hand side), and the new venture I’m doing a signed copy giveaway.

Here’s the link to enter and pick your book. Good luck.

Book Review: ‘Across the River’ (Historical Fiction Novella) 5 ‘wow’ stars!

#100BooksChallenge book #10! This is a FREE DOWNLOAD on Amazon as I write this, the first book of a three part series and wow! It was so enjoyable, as soon as I finished I downloaded parts two and three.

About the Book

Part black. Part Irish. Part Lumbee Indian.

Wholly determined to protect her family.

Naomi Jackson made a mistake. Born in the tumultuous years following the American Revolution, she embraced change, excitement, and adventure. So when the Devil Bill Williams swaggered into town, she launched into his arms, determined that her love for him could overcome all obstacles.

It couldn’t.

Now she has two young children, a life of misery, and a hopeless, desperate desire to escape.

Then David Oxendine arrives for a Christmas visit – and things will never be the same.

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Across the River – an 1800s Black / Native American Novella is the first in a series of novellas about Naomi Jackson’s heartfelt, challenging life. These stories are based loosely on author Lisa Shea’s real-life ancestor, Naomi Jackson, who was born in 1784 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Naomi’s father had been taken from Northern Ireland as a child, while her mother was mixed-blood black, Lumbee, and Irish. Each novella has a cliff-hanger ending, much like Naomi’s life.

All proceeds from the Naomi Jackson series benefits local battered women’s shelters.

An important note for readers of my various series. Normally my content is quite “clean” with little to no swearing, violence, or physical intimacy. With this being based on the immense hardships my ancestor struggled through, I wanted to be authentic to the issues she rose above. This book therefore includes period-appropriate harsh language as well as several scenes of conflict. I gave a great deal of thought to including these and feel they are necessary to fully convey the trials she overcame. I apologize to those who feel uncomfortable reading that style of material.

Please feel free to contact me at my website if you have any questions or comments – I thrive on your feedback.

Five ‘wow’ stars!

This was a very quick read, around two hours a novella length story, that packs a real punch for the length. I found the author’s storytelling and writing style to be very engaging, it kept me turning pages. If there’s one thing I love, it’s a well crafted fearless female, stuck in a hard situation but determined to get out. Especially if there’s children involved. Naomi Jackson to me was exactly that as I read, and given the historical setting she’s in this made it even more powerful and interesting to read her story. I found Naomi Jackson really like-able from the start, I felt for her and the sacrifices she made to ensure simple things her children had. I also admire the way she had to be so smart with Bill (her partner). He may have ‘felt he was in control’ really Naomi was – manipulation, so she could do what she needed to do.

Across the River touches on an aspect of history not often spoken about, not only were people of colour used as slaves by whites, so were white Irish people. Of course, I knew this myself, this is often why people of colour and Irish people ‘bond’, because they both were mistreated by whites historically. I liked this, it’s not shown enough or even recalled in history that this demographic of people suffered too.

This for me was a very gripping story, I just knew I’d enjoy it and the author didn’t fail to deliver! As soon as I finished the book I downloaded the other two with a feeling of, ‘wow what happens next?’ Normally I don’t like cliff-hangers but if done well, and the book managed to grip me enough without a conclusion at the end then I don’t mind! It’s a hands down 5 star read from me. I recommend this series starter Across The River, if you love historical fiction, love reading strong females, or love to read about different historical experiences. Give Across the River a Try.

New Release Romance Anthology: ‘Summer Singles’

Title: Summer Singles Anthology 
Authors: Dani René, Dorothy Ewels, Sophia Karlson, Stella Blanche, Pippa Lux, Pravina Maharaj, Georgia Lyn Hunter, Amanda Holly, Sevannah Storm, and Andie Patrick 
Genre: Steamy Summer Romances 
Release Date: March 18, 2021 
Cover Design: Raven Designs
The Romance Writer’s Organisation of South Africa brings you an anthology of steamy stories that will leave you hot under the collar and your Kindle melting. These stories are brought to you by our authors, both published and unpublished.
Welcome to a collection of bite-sized, Kindle-melting stories that will leave you salivating for more from these authors. Each story is a short, standalone, and ends in a HEA or HFN. This is a limited time anthology, so grab it before it’s gone for good!
Authors include: Dorothy Ewels, Sophia Karlson, Stella Blanche, Pippa Lux, Pravina Maharaj, Georgia Lyn Hunter, Amanda Holly, Sevannah Storm, Andie Patrick

Book Review: ‘Broken Past’ by Cara. L. Silver (YA Romance) 4 Stars! #100BooksChallenge

This is for sure one for young adult lovers! It’s a powerful story if you enjoy this genre. This is book #9 of my #100BooksChallenge

About the book

California always seemed like the great place to start over, or so I thought. But my broken past continues to haunt me, even in the City of Angels.
Camden Carter, a mysterious law student, walks into my life and begins to shatter the walls that took my entire life to build.
Somehow, I end up right in the middle of a replication of my past that I can’t escape.
I was always fine being alone; I actually thrived in it, but I soon find out that Cam is the lover that I never knew I wanted.

Will I finally find the strength that I never knew I had?

4 lovely stars

From reading the blurb I had no idea the characters would be YA, so if you like your romance themes a little more mature, keep this in mind. Often I find it hard to connect with the female leads in this genre, being over thirty-five myself. However, Broken Past was a quick read, and it was enjoyable to see the trials and hardships of young love develop. Without giving spoilers ( I hate that), the story-line is one that will touch you. It follows a female lead who has been through a lot for her tender years. As I read and started to warm up to her, I did ‘feel for her’ and hoped she’d find her happy ever after with Cam. I would say the most enjoyable aspects for me in Broken Past was Cam, and the role he played in this young lady’s life. He’s a hero in every sense! I liked how he fraught for his girl, and really wanted to love her. I enjoyed the ‘wooing’ he did and how much he proved himself. It was also lovely to see the growth the main female character has, as she moves to a new city. It was a well-written story, if you love clean and sweet romance, enjoy following younger characters, and the different dynamics that this has compared to general romance, I would give this a try! 4 lovely stars from me. It’s free to read on Kindle Unlimited also.

Children’s Book Reviews: By Author Wanda .L. Roberts

I came across these two wonderful children’s books via Facebook. I thank the author for my review copies. All opinions are my own. I have to say they were both a very quick, good, and educational read for my son, and very entertaining there’s lots of activities thrown in!

About The Book: Join Pep Pep and Tara as they celebrate Tara’s first birthday!

This first book I’d give a solid five stars my son ( seven years old), loved it. We read through it together, well I read to him. He enjoyed listening to the party preparations and looking at the bold colour pictures. As well as the real life picture of a dog. The icing on the cake I think (for me as a parent) is that, this book has so many educational activities loaded at the back. From word-searches, spelling practice, and pictures related to the book to colour in. I really was impressed with the variety in the book, I didn’t expect it. Often I do see activities in the back of children’s books to help check a child’s comprehension, but this book is different. There’s a mixture of fun and education. Not just checking comprehension. I highly recommend the paperback version, so you can photo copy or use the activities directly from the book.

About the book: Join Tara and Pep Pep as they explore the local 911 academy and learn what to do in an emergency!

This book here, I’d give a solid four stars, I so wanted to give it five! But it’s the wider appeal that would have been lovely for both me and my son. This is because ‘911’ is the number used in the USA only, it would have been wonderful if there was reference to the different numbers used around the world. Or just a statement about this so children understand that. While my son was able to grasp the concept of the story and learn ‘what to do in an emergency,’ I had to change 911 to 999 for my part of the world. I understand that the author can’t reference the emergency number for every country, but reference to the difference around the world would be good educational learning , and easy for us parents to make the link that 911 is exclusive to the USA. However, this is a very educational book, and the serious concept of what to do in an emergency is well pitched to younger readers. There’s a wonderful variety of fun activities at the back. My son loved them all we printed them off. Overall four solid stars and I highly recommend this read also for children.

Excerpt: ‘The Note’ Suspect #2 Meet Manisha Patel- The Wife #thriller #mystery #newrelease

Again, I don’t share excerpts often, it’s #SharingSunday let’s take a look at suspect#2 while we’re at it. F**k knows where this character came from in me 😝✍🏽. The wife– Manisha Patel. Is her story plausible in this murder-mystery/ thriller?

The Loving Wife?

Manisha rolled her car to a stop in the parking area of the cemetery. She climbed out and loaded her arms with the flowers and fresh potted plants she’d bought and stored in the boot of the car. As she slammed the boot shut, she glanced around her.The overcast day brought a shadow over the cemetery.Her eyes moved over the fresh graves that had appeared since she last visited. She tried to come as often as she could, but it had been several weeks. In the time that had passed, she noticed five new graves.After locking the car, she slowly made her way up the gravel walkway, taking the time to read the fresh head stones.“Wow, not even forty.”The corners of her lips turned down sadly, and she read the headstone of the man who had recently passed away“Life’s too short.”She shook her head and moved forward up the walkway. Briefly, she stopped and struggled with her handbag that was balanced on her shoulder. Once situated, she continued her walk over to Tony’s grave.The leaves needed clearing, and some weeds removed. She sat the bags down on the grass, then pulled out her gardening gloves and set to work.Manisha knelt down on the grass, looked over the headstone, then ran a hand over her late husband’s picture smiling back at her.“You mean old bastard.” She laughed, then glanced around to make sure no one had heard her. “Sorry, where are my manners?”Manisha pulled up the dead weeds around the headstone.“So, how have you been, my beloved? Laughing at me from beyond the grave, no doubt?” Manisha glanced over at his picture.“I’ve not heard a word from Chelsea in a while, and as you probably know, they never found your murderer.”“Anyway, I guess it doesn’t really matter does it. I fought as hard as I could for what’s mine and the kids.”Manisha reached in her canvas bag, and fished out a plastic bag to put the weeds in. She stuffed them in with force, then turned her attention back to the headstone. She cocked an eyebrow at Tony’s picture.“Let’s just hope the kids are okay after all this is over. This is your fault, ya know that, don’t you?”She patted out the pot plants from the plastic containers, then dug some shallow fresh holes around the side of the grave. Here she pushed the new baby daffodils and geraniums into the soil.“There, that’s better.”A smile blew across her lips, then it faded away. She sat on her knees for a moment, staring off into space—into a daydream.“This is too difficult, Tony. I came here to try and do what’s right and expected of me. Tend to your grave, be the grieving widow everyone imagines I am.” She laughed again, then glanced up at the grey clouds.“Truth is, no one understands how hard it is to forgive you. Or even what it was like to be your wife.”Looking up into the sky, the heavens started to open.Light drops of rain landed on her face.“I guess that’s a sign from him upstairs. I’m forgiven?” She waved her arms around, then looked back at Tony’s picture.“Whatever.” She pulled off her gardening gloves, then stuffed them in the canvas bag.She tied a knot in the bag of weeds and gathered her gardening tools together.Once on her feet, she loaded her arms up with the tools and bag of weeds, then glanced around to check who was there. No one was around.The rain started to pour harder.Manisha looked down at Tony’s grave. She hacked up a mouth full of phlegm and spat right on the gravestone image of Tony, then watched it ooze down a bit.“Serves you right, you bastard.”She lifted her nose to the sky, and in the rain, she stomped her way back to her car, never looking back.

Oh what happens next?? Find out The Note is on pre-order for just ,99 cent until release day! Then full price (3.99) check out Amazon here

Everyone has a motive for murder when there’s money on the table. But whose story is more plausible?

In seventy-two hours, Detectives Idris Dunne and Josh McDonald close in on an unsolved murder case with the help of mysterious notes.

One of London’s wealthy entrepreneurs was diagnosed with cancer, and became estranged from his wife of thirty years Manisha. Unknown to her, his mistress Chelsea Jackson was slowly sinking her claws into her husband. But that’s not all his mistress was up to. Unexpectedly Tony’s mutilated body is found dumped in a park. Everyone has a motive especially when money is on the table, and his wife Manisha, and their adult children were cut out of his will and replaced by his mistress Chelsea.

Was this an act of kindness from Tony, toward his carer and mistress? Or was there foul play and pressure to change his will by Chelsea? What about his murderer? The case was left unsolved, with lack of evidence.

Mystery notes are sent by an anonymous tip off, Detective Dunne and McDonald re-investigate and piece together the mystery surrounding the entrepreneur’s death, and what led him to change his Last Will in Testament. The question is, from all suspects whose story is more plausible?