Books/book review/Fantasy/Romance

3 in 1

 This is essentially a set of books about reincarnation. Emilie’s soul and personality into Elizabeth’s body and mind.
 Here we have a different take on the world of demons and shifters. The shifters are in fact demons.
There are 5 main noble demons:
 The Canines are the top demon lords and generally prefer to have sex when in human form.
So the Canine Demon can mate successfully with a human and the result will be a half-demon, which actually show more ‘doggy’ characteristics when in human form than their fathers. For instance their ears may be pointed or they may have tails.
 The version I read was a sample or pre-version which confused me as when I downloaded it I got a different title and series – but same book – Paranormal Ménage Romance: Dark Prince Shifter Series bk 1
  So what did I get from the book – well an obvious death of the proof reader – not just this book but lots of eBooks especially when published by Indie publishers. This irritates me as I just want to correct the spelling mistakes as well as the grammar – but maybe this is just me? As an ex-academic/book author/journal paper writer and publisher and Journal Editor I automatically want to get my red pen out!
The major problem for me is that one error is OK but when you get a lot my reading flow is interrupted and I lose the will to read... thus it was with this book.
So was it a good story? Well it was good enough that I continued reading the rest of the series – which were in the same download. But if they hadn’t been I wouldn’t have bothered.
Demon Romance Forbidden Mate: Chained to the Alpha
Secret Blood World Series Bk 2
The story continues with Elizabeth being abducted and how the Wolves lived in Scotland. Very fanciful and full of romantic notions of wild men and Scottish highlands and the Celts and robert the Bruce and and and...
Bk 3
Fruit of his Loins
 Elizabeth gives birth (who was the father?) and learns the truth of Emilie and how to be a demon.
3 stars

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Books/book review/crime fiction

Ireland and Mercy

A book set in Ireland just past World War Two providing an accurate atmosphere of these times – even down to the writing style of the author.
Although the writing style is a little archaic in its lack of details in some areas it still provides evocative descriptions. It just takes some time to get used to.
This is not a fast paced thriller. This is a slow train that travels forward to an inevitable conclusion where the bad are all punished.
I found myself initially uncertain as Irish writing styles are often confusing to me, but gradually I was drawn into the story and its truth of Irish life in the 1950s.
Some of the words were unusual and I needed a dictionary to look up – unusual for me, but panjandrum (a person who has or claims to have a great deal of authority or influence as used in the 19th century), and crepitant (making a crackling sound) were really new to me! But were used correctly in the book…
However, I did know about the Mercy Laundries and the whole Roman Catholic treatment of women who had ‘sinned’ and how the Nuns worked the girls and women in these places and took them in on the word of a parent/relative or priest whether or not the girl was agreeable or even against her will.
Another 4 star book with an excellent story to tell.

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Is the Night Deathless?

Questions for LE Wilson
Author of the Deathless Night Series
 lisa e wilson-book-photo
  1. Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique? 
  2. I've always had a love affair with the supernatural, starting at a young age watching shows about Bigfoot on TV, and I've always loved vampires in particular. They've always had this horrifying, yet romantic, thing about them. I'd read anything I could get my hands on. Anne Rice is a favorite of mine.
  3. Then, when I was in 8th grade, my mom gave me a copy of a book called "Ride the Wind", a romance novel based on the true story of Cynthia Ann Parker. If you're unfamiliar with her story, she was a white girl who was kidnapped by the Comanche at the age of nine. Luckily for her, she was adopted into a family and when she came of age, she married her kidnapper. It's a great book, and it was within its pages that I discovered my love for romance novels and I became a voracious reader.
  4. So, imagine how excited I was when I guessed it...Paranormal Romance! It's the best of both worlds! As far as my approach, I honestly don't know how unique it is. I just write the stories that I would love to read, and hope that there are readers out there that will love them too.
  5. How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time? 
  6. I am what other writers call a "pantser". Ideas just pop into my head, and once I have a vague outline of the story, I start to write. From there, the characters just take on a life of their own and their story just comes out. Sometimes even I'm surprised by what they do!
  7. I have sticky notes with book ideas that haven't quite developed yet all over the wall next to my desk. They'll come to me eventually. :)
  8. How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book? 
  9. As I write Paranormal, I can be pretty adventurous in my writing without worrying about if it could really happen or not. For Blood Obsession, however, I decided that my characters were going to be in Dalian, China. I have never in my life been anywhere in China, so I had to do quite a bit of research for it to feel authentic. If there's anything anyone would like to know about that area of China, feel free to ask me. I'm quite the authority now. Lol.
  10. What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote? 
  11. Google is my best friend. Anything you need to know can be found online.
  12. Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up? 
  13. I've self-published exclusively up to this point. I love doing it all myself. Recently however, I have been thinking about hybrid publishing with my newest series. I think it would be the best of both worlds as both self-publishing and traditional publishing have their advantages.
  14. Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist? 
  15. I think if you want to go the traditional route, you should just go for it. If you're successful at self-publishing, and you enjoy it, then stick to that. I don't know that it's better to self-publish first. I guess we'll find out! :)
Blood Obsession
Deathless Night series #3
Amazon Author Page
Goodreads Author Page - L.E. Wilson

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Books/book review/Fantasy/humour

Laugh until the tears runs down your face!

There aren’t many books that make me really giggle and laugh with tears running down my face whilst reading – but several passages in several of the Chronicles of St Mary’s books by Jodi Taylor had this effect on me.WTFUNIQUEsmartfunnyPAGETURNERmust-read
Truthfully, I find her a very refreshing author who writes in a such a fast- paced, clear and funny way that you find yourself really being able to visualise the events as they are occurring to her combatants and the unfortunates who encounter them and thus get embroiled in their mishaps.
There are currently 6 books about the St Mary’s crowd and 3 short stories. It is best if you try and read them in order – including the short stories, as then you can follow the very convoluted lives of the inhabitants of this ‘history observed in real time’ establishment. Please please never say the dreaded words – time travel – they do go backwards to historical events – but to observe only and then correct the history books! They are historians after all – well some of them are. Some are the security squad who are required to protect these historians when they get into scrapes.
Some are the research geeks who want to see if some of the recorded historical science is viable. Now this can really get them into trouble – especially with swans who live on the lake in the grounds who get rather irate when they are turned blue or their lake is set on fire! They also need a technical squad to maintain the ‘pods’ which are definitely NOT time travel devices – and of course computers geeks, house maintenance, cooks to feed those with hearty appetites but not much discrimination of taste; and the admin staff to ensure that budgets are adhered to and funds are applied for and all the other stuff necessary to keep St Mary’s operational; and lastly, but very essentially, the medical staff to treat the various illnesses, accidents, and general body repairs required after the historians have been observing in real time.
So I thought I would just make you laugh and rather than reviewing the books as such I am going to give you some tasters of what I think are the funnier paragraphs. Just short excerpts.
 Excerpts from various books - not in book order!
Should you find yourself in a quiet back alley somewhere, it’s well worth checking around. There’s bound to be a pod and two bickering historians nearby. Wave if you like!
They wouldn’t have noticed if Napoleon’s army had swung through on their way to Moscow, singing the 1812 overture scored for full chorus, 21 cannons, and a tambourine.
At this hour I can assume the two of you are up to no good. Whatever it is, I want to be included.
I was as highly strung as a violin on steroids – which would be a cello I suppose.
Teenagers are inarticulate, acne-ridden lumps of inert matter. The only way you can induce movement is by trying to separate one from its mobile phone. And ..then the only way you can stop it attacking is with rhinoceros tranquiliser. is a complete mystery to us. We have no idea whence the cabbage smell emanates. We have, in the past, constructed new pods and the next day we are overwhelmed with the aroma of cabbage.
I don ‘t know if other people’s swans can do this but I swear ours an go up a forty-foot beech tree faster than a banker can collect his bonus.
She said nothing in a manner that conveyed volumes.
I said nothing in a manner that I hoped conveyed my complete innocence.
She said nothing in a manner that conveyed her disbelief in my complete innocence.
I said nothing in a manner that conveyed my hurt at this lack of trust in me.
I however, was grateful that my boots would be based on the conventional design and not related, in even the smallest way, to anyone’s testicles. And there aren’t many jobs where you can make that statement.
For some time, he was considered the world’s first tabloid journalist ...until was discovered that what had been regarded as a particularly imaginative bit of reporting, concerning giant Persian ants who dug up gold dust as they excavated their burrows was true after all...
I do know that here at St Mary’s where the concepts of mouths shut and heads down (unless Professor Rapson was in the vicinity of course) was virtually unknown, he stood out like a small golden nugget in an assembly of politicians, bankers and estate agents.
 We regarded him with all the dismay of a politician who has suddenly remembered the existence of the electorate only tem minutes before the polls close.
Suddenly, everyone was at their oars and we were ready for the start of the race – a traditional St Mary’s demonstration of entropy – from order to disorder. In the words of the song ‘Nobody does it better’.
Believe it or not there were rules. Everyone needs rules. After all, how can you break what doesn’t exist? Rules give anarchy something to aim at.
After a great deal of wriggling through the snow on their bellies, they made the simultaneous discovery that they couldn’t feel their todgers. I didn’t even want to speculate on what they were doing to make this discovery......were rushed to Sick Bay..and when I eventually got to them, they were sitting on a table, carefully immersing their affected members in pint beer glasses filled with warm water.
The last time I went out with you, you nearly lost an arm. Try to take a little more crae this time. It took ages to wash your blood out of my hair.
Getting things done at St Mary’s is a bit like elephants mating....there’s frantic activity at high level. There’s screaming and stamping. A lot of dust is raised. Nothing happens for two years and then you’re crushed by the result.
I’d never seen anything like it. The curtains matched the bedcovers, which matched the cushions – always a sign of a diseased mind.
[i] [Note to readers, these comments do not apply to her other book The Nothing Girl which is not intended to be funny in any way and will be reviewed at a later date.

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Don’t you love a good quote?

I love a good quote about books and so I collect them when I can find them.

So I thought I might share some I have found on an occasional post.

This post is about Libraries. Whether it is your library at home or the one you can go to with your children to help them learn just how many books there out there for them to read! As a child we had very few books at home. My family did not really read. There was just a small shelf of very old books dating from pre WWII. So I read those.library

I found my local library and walked there nearly every weekend. By the time I was 10 I had read every book in the Children’s section and was borrowing form the Adults. The librarians were very kind and permitted this. every week I borrowed the maximum number of books permitted, and every week returned them and borrowed again. I became the bookworm that I am now and the library lover. I will explore any library I am let loose in and read any book that takes my fancy – on any subject matter – my curiosity is (almost) infinite.

I would like to acknowledge where I took some of these quotes from.


  1. “Liber delectation animae.” Latin for – ‘Books, the delight of the soul’. An inscription on the ceiling of the Librarian’s Ceremonial Office, the previous office for the Librarian of Congress. Located in the Thomas Jefferson Building.
  2. Neil Gaiman says: “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.”
  3. To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books. –Carlos María Domínguez
  4. Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. –Ray Bradbury
  5. The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. –Paula Poundstone
  6. People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned. –Saul Bellow
  7. A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life. –Norman Cousins
  8. Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. –Sidney Sheldon
  9. With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how. –Doris Lessing
  10. Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark…. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed. –Germaine Greer
  11. If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Marcus Tullius Cicero
  12. That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library. Aphra Behn
  13. A library is thought in cold storage. Herbert Samuel
  14. Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital. Thomas Jefferson
  15. How precious a book is in light of the offering, in the light of the one who has the privilege of this offering. The library tells you of this offering. Louis Kahn
  16. A library  implies an act of faith. Victor Hugo
  17. I intend, before the endgame looms, to die sitting in a chair in my own garden with a glass of brandy in my hand and Thomas Tallis on the iPod. Oh, and since this is England, I had better add, ‘If wet, in the library.’ Who could say that this is bad? Terry Pratchett
  18. Is there anything so delicious as the first exploration of a great library – alone – unwatched? Richard Jefferies
  19. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.
    Cosmos – Carl SAGAN
  20. The medicine chest of the soul.
    — Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes
  21. Nutrimentum spiritus.
    (Food for the soul.)
    — Inscription on the Berlin Royal Library.
  22. Libraries are as the shrines where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed. Francis BACON (1561-1626)
  23. Ranganathan’s Five Laws:
    Books are for use.
    Books are for all; or Every reader his book.
    Every book its reader.
    Save the time of the reader.
    A library is a growing organism.
    — Shiyali Ramamrita RANGANATHAN (1892-1972)
  24. “We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.” John Lubbock.
25.”A library is a true fairyland, a very palace of delight, a haven of repose from the storms and troubles of the world. Rich and poor can enjoy it alike, for here, at least, wealth gives no advantage.” Avebury

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