Author Claire Stibbe has hit a home run with Into The Silent Sea: A Psychological Thriller.  Her in depth examination of her character’s desperation is skin-crawling. The book takes off running from the prologue with the words, “I dream of you. I dream of killing you.” Show me any reader who could resist a hook like that! I couldn’t and didn’t want to resist. In … Continue reading

Domestic Violence Awareness

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As we come to the end of October and fall begins to take hold of those of us here in the United States I want to take the time to reflect on Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Personally I don’t think one month is enough time to focus on this devastating international problem. Domestic Violence is not relegated only to… Continue reading Domestic Violence Awareness

“She’s Not Gone” by Sarah Northwood

  As a domestic abuse survivor, I was eager to read this book by Sarah Northwood. She’s Not Gone is more than a story about spousal abuse; it is also a story of survival, with a paranormal twist.   The Prologue gives no hint to the story that follows. In fact, I had to return to it after finishing the book to understand the point … Continue reading “She’s Not Gone” by Sarah Northwood

A Day in the Life

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It was 7:00 AM and my husband was up and getting ready for work; time to get my daughter up and make breakfast. I pulled on my thick robe in spite of the warm morning, making certain I was properly covered before going into my daughter’s bedroom. The blinds were closed against prying eyes, but I could tell it… Continue reading A Day in the Life

“The Truth Will Out” by Karen J. Mossman

I’ve read short stories by Karen J. Mossman and was eager to read this book, The Truth Will Out. It’s a choice I’m glad I made. This story packs a punch from the beginning. Mossman wastes no time getting into the heart of the matter.   Sarah and her friend Abby are young women who share a house and are enjoying life. Playing a child’s … Continue reading “The Truth Will Out” by Karen J. Mossman

“Magnolia Secrets” by Beth Hale

  Addressing the issue of domestic abuse is a challenge in fiction. Beth Hale handles the subject honestly in her romantic thriller “Magnolia Secrets”. From the first chapter in this compelling book I was firmly hooked.     The story revolves around Lainey Holley, her husband Chief of Police Evan Holley, and newly hired Officer Walker Bell. Beginning with a hot sexual encounter between Lainey … Continue reading “Magnolia Secrets” by Beth Hale

Love Is In the Air: Erotic Fiction

Taken By The Huntsman (Spellbound Hearts Book 1) by Mistral Dawn Erotic fiction has become a popular category in books recently. Taken by the Huntsman by Mistral Dawn presents an even more interesting sub-genre, erotic fantasy fiction. In her first book of the Spellbound Hearts series she blends the magical world of Fairie and the creatures who live there with the sensuality and romance of … Continue reading Love Is In the Air: Erotic Fiction

The Christmas Promise: A Short Story by Mary Marvella

Normally I would not review a Christmas story in the middle of January. However, “The Christmas Promise: A Short Story” by Mary Marvella is so compelling I think it applies to any time of year. Writing about domestic abuse is not an easy thing. If you have experienced it, it is a painful telling. If you have not experienced it, it can be difficult to … Continue reading The Christmas Promise: A Short Story by Mary Marvella

“Captivated By The Winter King” by Mistral Dawn

Captivated By The Winter King (Spellbound Hearts Book 3 is the second book I’ve read by Mistral Dawn. I enjoyed her first fantasy Taken by the Huntsman so much I had to read what else she has written. I skipped past her second and what she calls her “2.5” book to see what The Winter King was up to. I confess I was more than … Continue reading “Captivated By The Winter King” by Mistral Dawn

Domestic Violence Awareness

As we come to the end of October and fall begins to take hold of those of us here in the United States I want to take the time to reflect on Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Personally I don’t think one month is enough time to focus on this devastating international problem. Domestic Violence is not relegated only to our fifty states. It touches the … Continue reading Domestic Violence Awareness