Christmas Awards 2011

Tuesday 16 June 2009

A Cursed Heart

A Cursed Heart By Keelia Greer
Wolf Anthology
Red Rose Publishing
Ebook 59 pages

Tani is a Druidess in Scotland and she s experiencing vivid dreams of a dark haired man in terrible agony. He begs her to come to him and a longing to be with him and ease his pain grows steadily in her heart. She prays for guidance and is sent pain to bring her to the soul binding. She is told her mate’s name is Owein. He is part man and part wolf due to a cures. But someone wants her dead. Can she reach her soulmate and help him so that they can find happiness together?

A tale of magic, romance and passion. A spellbinding tale that keeps you glued to the page. Well worth reading – and remember these books have been written to help the wolves. 4.5 red roses, Morna

A Gift Of Love

A Gift Of Love
Wendy Stone
Eternal Press
Ebook 49 pages

Danielle wears old clothes her sisters give her and lives in terror of her stepbrother David. She accepts the work she is given but is made unhappy by her family’s unkindness. Then her stepmother sells her to Lord Christopher St. John. He wants her for his bride but he is horribly disfigured. On the eve of her wedding David attempts to rape her but his mother prevents this because she belongs to the lord. Now perhaps Danielle has a chance for a better life but will her family allow it?

This beauty and the beast tale is a tender love story. One of the best shorts I’ve read in a while and another excellent story from a talented author. 4.5 red roses, Morna

Turning Thirty-Twelve

Turning Thirty-Twelve
Sandy James
Book strand
Ebook 200 pages

Jacqueline Marie Delgado is beginning to realise what it means to be middle aged. Taking her son Nate to college and leaving him there is a heart rending experience and meeting her ex with his younger wife doesn’t help. She has her work at school to keep her busy but the house is quiet – empty without her grown up kids. Her friends keep trying to fix her up with a date but she isn’t interested; then she meets Mark Brennan and the chemistry is right. Can Jackie let herself go and find happiness or will she mess up her chance through nerves and uncertainty?

This is a funny and very real story about a year in the life of a woman just like you and me, about trouble with the kids and a new love. It is a slice of real life that we can all relate to. Well crafted and at times tender this is well worth reading. 4.5 red roses. Linda

Naughty Rendezvous

Lexie Davis
Naughty Rendezvous
Total-e-bound Publication
Ebook 37 pages
Grace feels sympathy for Chase Cooper after he was dumped by Libby Duncan. What did he ever see in her? She offers him drinks and friendship but Chase has more than sympathy on his mind. What happens next is unprofessional between an employee and her boss but fun. Is this just a one off or will their relationship develop? Read the book to find out!

This is a very sexy story for adult readers only. Lots of fun if you want a hot read. 4 red roses. Morna

Monday 15 June 2009

For Better Or Worse

For Better Or Worse
Dehaunna Bailee
A Literary Press Publication
Ebook 60 pages

Sandra is married to Trent but is her life all pretence? Kahne wants her back but she knows what he is offering cannot bring what she wants – a chance to live a normal life. When she is attacked by a would-be robber, Sandra’s true nature comes to the fore and she kills her attacker. She hopes to avoid discovery but then Kahne turns up and he has blackmail on his mind.

Can she ever find happiness?

This is a shape shifter that tells it the way it must be for anyone half-human and half wolf. It isn’t exactly a romance, though there is a love story.

4 red roses. Stella

Sarah's Story

Sarah’s Story
A Time Displacement book
Delilah K. Stephans
Red Rose Publishing
Ebook 95 pages

Sent back through time to 1858 something happened to prevent Sarah’s recall to the present day. When she is visiting slave pens, where she intends to purchase and then free a family, she meets the handsome Captain Matthew Barrington. He tells her that he has come back to help her return to the future but then disappears. A year later he returns. But when he tells her what year he has come from she is in for a terrible shock. To go home now might endanger her parents too much. What Sarah has to decide is where her home really is now.

This is a delightful time travel story with a good love interest. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and recommend it. 4.5 red roses. Morna

Sunday 14 June 2009

Dark Ancient Queen

Dark Ancient Queen
Anne Ireland
Amira Press
ebook 112 pages
Also coming in print

Ally is a fashion photographer and good at her work,often flying to Paris or different parts of the world to get the best pictures. Her sister is very clever and studies Egyptology and when she is killed suddenly in an accident, Ally is devastated. She goes to her apartment in New York and mourns her much loved sister, but when she fetches a mysterious package from the customs office containing an ancient gold necklace things begin to happen.

Ally flies to England to return the necklace to its rightful owner. Jack is rich and comes from an old and titled family but his family has suffered from a terrible curse. Gradually, as Ally and Jack try to solve the mystery of the necklace themselves, they are drawn into a steamy romance. However, Ally is being drawn back into a time centuries earlier and immeshed in the life of a dark ancient queen.

Will Amnut take over Ally's life and destroy her or will her love for Jack bring her safely back to reality?

This is a skilfully crafted romance-suspence that moves backwards and forwards in time keeping the reader on the edge of their seats. This is a strong hot book. 4.5 red roses. Morna

Hope Springs Eternal

Hope Springs Eternal by Ginger Simpson

Eternal Press Production

April 2009

ISBN: 978-1-926647-62-3

Pages: 70

Hope Harrison realizing that it has been too long since the last time she has seen her doctor decides to rectify that oversight. Calling her doctor’s office she is in for a few surprises. First being that her doctor has retired and turned over all his patients to a new doctor. Next is the doctor himself.

Dr. Jerrod Carlson has taken over Hope’s other doctor’s practice. Jerrod figured it would be just another routine exam. He soon finds out it is anything but routine. Jerrod never planned on falling in love with his patient but when he first sees Hope he finds something he didn’t know he was searching for.

Lucky for Hope she has a friend that makes sure that when Hope is having doubts that she doesn’t let those doubts take over.

Now things are heating up and going places neither saw coming. If they can just work out some details they just might have a chance at a happy ending.

This was a very good book. The characters are ones that the reader can relate to and understand their emotions and motivations. It is a story of everyday people falling in love and having to work through their problems for a happy ending.

I give this one 4 red roses.

Thursday 11 June 2009

Shadows Of The Past

Margaret Blake
Shadows Of The Past
Publisher Robert Hale
ISBN 978-0-7090-8774-8
223 pages

This is a classy romance suspense about a woman who has lost her memory. When Alva’s husband claims her and takes her back to his private island, she cannot remember anything that happened to her before her accident. At first she dislikes the seemingly cold man she cannot recognise. Then she begins to feel a strong physical sense of attraction when he is with her. However, when she learns that he believes she tried to kill herself to get rid of their baby, Alva knows something is wrong. She may not be able to remember, but she knows she would never do anything like that – it is just not in her.

Slowly the mystery begins to unravel and pieces of the past come back to her. An attempt on her life makes her realise that she must know something that someone else considers dangerous. Will she recover her memory in time to save both her marriage and her life – or will she remember something that blows her whole world apart?

This book has a surprising ending and is a page-turner. I give the book 4,5 red roses, Morna

Tuesday 2 June 2009

Pure Magic

Pure Magic by Anne Sorgeson

Publisher: Red Rose Publishing


ISBN: 978-1-60435-175-0

Pages: 47

Cassie has been Harold’s magic assistant for years. Though through the years they have both dated other people and had to deal with others jealously with their relationship they were always just friends. Cassie and Harold are starting a new show and as they are practicing and putting their props together they are starting to look at each other in a new light.

Cassie knows this is her chance to let Harold know just how she feels about him. She is starting to think that there just might be a chance that Harold feels the same way about her. Now if she can just get up her nerve to show him how very much she has always cared about him they just might be able to have a future together other than just as magician and assistant.

This is a cute story that is a nice quick read. There characters are interesting. It is a fun look to get a small peek behind the scenes of a magic act. I enjoyed seeing how Cassie decided to get what she has always wanted.

I give this one 3 and ½ red roses