Monthly Archives: January 2015

Undone – E.M.Hodge

Undone“Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own” ― Dylan Thomas

There is no better way to exquisitely describe this book. E.M.Hodge has a gift and from the first page to the last her words fill you with reverence.Several caught my attention from the very first word, ‘Sunrise’ ‘Wake-up’ and every line of ‘Reading’ allowed me to re-live Sunday morning bliss.

As T.S. Eliot wrote – “Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood” and with that in mind Undone is filled with powerful words written by a poet who is undoubtedly passionately in love with language and the need to express emotion on a celestial level.

My personal favourite is ‘Weirdo’. It’s not me but so is. It would be a travesty for women not to read and enjoy this wonderful catalogue of work.

So to finish this review I’m going to quote Eli Khamarov – “Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition”, Dr Hodge is most definitely a soldier.

Product info:

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (13 Nov. 2014)

To buy the Kindle edition – click here.
To buy the Paperback – click here.

Zero Visibility – Georgia Beers

Zero VisibilityHaving read all Georgia Beers’ novels I always get excited when a new release is imminent. You know without doubt you are going to meet well-developed characters and enjoy their growing friendship, affection and eventually love.

Cassie Prescott has always lived in Lake Henry. Set in the Adirondacks, the mountains of upstate New York, Cassie enjoys the changing of the seasons and couldn’t picture living anywhere more beautiful. Her friends and family surround her every day and she feels loved and part of the community.

Emerson Rosberg is returning to Lake Henry for her mother’s funeral. After a tragic skiing accident as a teenager Emerson ran as far away from Lake Henry and her family as she could get. L.A has been her home ever since. The last time she had visited her mother was 5 years ago and Emerson has had to deal with that guilty knowledge from the moment she had received news about her mother’s death.

Cassie and Emerson strike up an unexpected friendship, each having regrets and recovering from bad choices. The more time they spend together, the more each one begins to influence the other. The reader can’t help but be drawn to the characters. Each with their own weaknesses, fragility and foibles.

Georgia Beers BioMs Beers paints a picture with a beautiful backdrop, where the spectacular colours of Fall dance along the pages and the crisp clear air surrounds you. Add to that two women who’s character development is so magnificent that you can picture yourself having them both as a friends and you have a masterpiece in romance.

Some authors have a gift of writing strong, powerful and stunning characters that stay with us long after the final page is read, Ms Beers is one of those authors.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Brisk Press (January 22, 2015)
To buy the Kindle edition – click here.
To buy the Paperback – click here.

Angel Fire – Gerri Hill

Angel FireGerri Hill has taken the Hunter series (Hunter’s Way, In the Name of the Father, Partners) and added in Sullivan and Ross from Devil’s Rock and Hell’s Highway. What could possibly go wrong? Well apart from the fact that once again it is poor Sam who is abducted and Tori is fit to be tied, putting Tori Hunter and Cameron Ross in the same state seems like an incendiary idea.

Sure enough Hunter and Ross are so alike they hate each other on sight. Both used to being top dog, both used to doing things their own way, it is only the calming influence of Andrea Sullivan that gets them through the hunt for ex-special-ops sniper Angel.

The combination of characters, couples and skills is a great fun read and Gerri Hill fans will be overjoyed. At the same time it works as a stand alone, and late-comers should not be put off if they haven’t read the series, though they will no doubt want to correct their mistake within the first few pages.

This is a great action adventure. A humorous poke at butch fire lighting skills leads to a horrendous scene of carnage, a chase across the New Mexico mountains and from there to murder and mayhem as Angel leads our heroines, and the local PD, on a dance of death. More twists and turns than Houdini will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Gerry Hill biogGerri Hill writes good books. The plots are solid and well planned. The characters have depth and integrity. The relationships are realistic and recognizable. These are women we would like to know and, while she does specialize in the tough stand-offish butch being softened by the more womanly femme, Ms Hill finds enough variety of type and situation to keep us interested.

Combining the Hunter and Devils Rock series leads to all sorts of possibilities for the future and will no doubt keep her many fans clamoring for more. Whether combined or separate Gerri Hill will keep us entertained whatever she comes up with next.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Bella Books (January 13, 2015)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594934292
  Amazon.comTo buy the Kindle edition – click here.
To buy the Paperback – click here.

Above All, Honor – Radclyffe

Above All HonorThis story introduces us to United States Secret Service Agent Cameron Roberts and the woman she has the unfortunate duty to protect, Blair Powell, the daughter of the President of the United States.

Cameron Roberts is dedicated, strong and powerful, with a singular focus – to keep Blair Powell safe. Though she has her own vulnerability she keeps it well hidden behind walls, erected to keep her emotionally distant and aloof.

The beautiful and intelligent Blair Powell feels like a caged animal fighting for her freedom, resentful of the rules and regulations that thwart her daily life. She is constantly belligerent and hostile to the Secret Service team.

Cameron and Blair each find the other intolerable at times, but impossible to dismiss. With the relentless onslaught of rule breaking and cat and mouse chases, the two women have to deal with a roller coaster of emotions. Coping with their own secrets and demons whilst fighting their growing attraction and respect for each other.

Blair believes rules are there to be broken, find a weak spot and take advantage, regardless of the consequences. Cameron dedicates her life to following rules and having structure in her life. The two women couldn’t be more different, yet page after page you are drawn into the fact that they have something special growing between them.

RadclyffeAbove All Honor is a magnificent example of Radclyffe’s writing at its very best. The leading women are outstandingly portrayed and there is a marvellous cast of secondary characters.

I absolutely adore Radclyffe’s Honor series. As a reader you become emotionally invested in Cameron and Blair’s future. The first instalment was published in 2002, the latest, ‘Code Of Honor’ book 8 in the series, was released in 2013.

Over the years Radclyffe has nurtured every character, developed brilliant story lines and introduced us to charismatic secondary cast members until each one holds a place in your heart.

Exception To The Rule – Cindy Rizzo

Exception To The RuleCindy Rizzo’s debut novel shares the story of three young women, each trying to find their way as they start their journey into adulthood. They meet at Adams University near Boston and spend as much time learning about each other as they do in class.

Robin Greene is an aspiring author from New York; edgy and mysterious she works hard at keeping that persona in place. Believing the distance she maintains from others allows her creativity to course through her veins.

Tracy Anderson has travelled from Durham, South Carolina, in a bid to spread her wings and experience life. Training to be a psychologist she struggles with the pressure not to be the southern blonde princess everyone expects her to be.

Robin and Tracy become unlikely friends, due in most part to Angie Antonelli, the best friend to both. A politics student enjoying University life and developing her own diplomatic solutions when dealing with Robin and Tracy.

Cindy Rizzo bioThe book is about young love, friendship and discovering your path in life. It touches on LGBT homelessness and the struggles associated with coming out.

Exception To The Rule is a wonderful, heart-warming story. Superbly written, with three-dimensional characters and a perfect supporting cast, making for a delightful, entertaining and engaging tale.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • First published 2013
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (Dec 1st 2103)
  • ASIN: B00GW5ILF8

To buy the Kindle edition – click here.
To buy the Paperback – click here.

Swordfish – Andrea Bramhall

SwordfishIn “Swordfish” Andrea Bramhall returns to the rambunctious action adventures of Finn and Oz who we met in her first novel “Ladyfish”. Here Finn has to save the world from the evil terrorist – ably abetted by a rather large contingent of Viking-like US Sailors and Marines in the guise of Oz’s family.

Finn is the genius scientist whose breakthrough in cancer treatment has been turned into lethal biochemical weapon by her father’s evil lackeys. Even though the twisted monster who is trying to get hold of this weapon has yet to find a scientist willing to make the formula, Finn et al know it is only a question of time. So Finn, Oz and the family decide to co-operate with the CIA and Interpol, make the bug, and a vaccine, in order to catch the terrorist.

What ensues is a mad romp full of twists and turns, high tension deadlines, scientific breakthroughs and shoot ‘em up confrontations with the bad guys. It is fast paced when the story is hot, but manages to combine gentler, slower moments of intimacy and tenderness.

As a secondary plot Finn’s long lost mother appears, searching for her daughter and herself. Finding both via an ex FBI/Cop and a cute lost pooch, Mum Cassie has a central part to play as the drama unfolds.

The characters are great – amusing, well rounded and enjoyable. Oz’s wonderful family grows exponentially as required by the plot – each time we need more action hero’s another one appears. Finn and Oz continue to delight, and the development of Cassie and Bailey give the author a perfect vehicle for a new romance.

Andrea Bramhall biogDespite the mapcap action, plot twists and turns, unexpected crises and hair-brained schemes, Andrea Bramhall has managed to slip in a factual setting for the terror plot, and gives a fair and honest background to the history of the war between Israel and Palestine. Even when stepping away from her more serious writing she maintains her integrity and gives a balanced view.

A great fun read, fast and furious – you will definitely need to suspend your disbelief for this one – but it is worth it for the ride. A most enjoyable and amusing sequel. This one definitely goes on my re-read pile for when I need entertaining.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (January 19, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00R8RAZ1C

To buy the Kindle edition – click here.
To buy the Paperback – click here.

Love Is Enough – Cindy Rizzo

Love Is EnoughA book about friends, family and finding yourself. As adults it’s difficult to change the direction of our lives, careers, loves. Love Is Enough is a gem of a book, a traditional romance with strong female characters striving for success.

A loving family and supportive friends surround Angie Antonelli, her work consists of building up support for her re-election and hopefully a second term in Congress. With her mother heading her campaign Angie has to stay focused and as little personal time to relax.

Jan Clifford works for her families’ Investment Company; with single-minded intensity her career is built on power and success. Her clients and her family life are rooted within the rich elite. With family honour and traditions to uphold, Jan has spent her life since college trying to maintain the high standards expected of her.

Both women are engrossed in their respective career paths, neither one in a position to seek a relationship or wishing for the distraction. However, when both women accept an invitation to go sailing, sparks fly and the heat between them simply combusts.

Love Is Enough has delightful minor characters, from Angies’ mother and best friends Tracy and Robin to the remarkable Hadley who spends his time reminiscing with Jen about college years and the many challenges life has thrown at them. Add to that a number of exes and you have a romance that is impossible to put down.

Cindy Rizzo bioCindy Rizzo has written a wonderful book, a love story not only dealing with the unmistakable intensity of love at first sight but also the ups and down that such passion can bring with it. This was the first Cindy Rizzo book I’ve read, not realising that some of the characters first appeared in Exception To The Rule, which won the 2014 award for Best Debut Fiction from the G.C.L.S.

It may not be the correct order of things but I know without doubt I can’t read another book until I’ve read the start of their journey too.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Cindy Rizzo (September 16, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00NN1RF4M
Get your copy here:

To buy the Kindle edition – click here.
To buy the Paperback – click here.Available on Smashwords HERE

Courtship – Carsen Taite

CourtshipA story about secrecy, deception and intrigue. Carsen Taite throws the reader head on into the murky world of the political system where there are no rights or wrongs, just players attempting to broker the best deals regardless of who gets hurt in the process.

Addison Riley, dean of Jefferson University law school, is launched into the spotlight of Supreme Court nomination. With integrity and genuine loyalty at her core she struggles with the choices she must make.

Julia Scott lives her life on the fly, looking for exciting new campaigns’ to capture her attention. Her current role is to guide the presidents’ first choice through the confirmation process. Distant, focused and dedicated, with only one aim, to be successful.

Carsen Taite BiogThe two women have an instant love/ hate relationship standing on opposite sides of a moral divide. Whilst all around them fierce battles for power are played out, loyalties are brought into question and dirty trick campaigns threaten to over shadow the whole process.

The book is extremely well written and makes compelling reading. With twist and turns throughout, the reader doesn’t know how the story will end. Who will accomplish their goal? Will the attraction between Addison and Julia be too strong to deny? Will success at any cost be worth achieving?

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 17, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00OS4WK6Q

To buy the Kindle edition – click here.
To buy the Paperback – click here.

Barring Complications – Blythe Rippon

barring complicationsBlythe Rippon’s debut novel is set amongst the turmoil and confusion surrounding gay rights and marriage equality. The story begins as The Supreme Court Justices have just voted to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of DOMA’s federal ban on gay marriage.

Victoria Willoughby, sitting on the bench as the most recently appointed Justice, has the unenviable task of trying to sway her peers to a positive outcome. Although Victoria as never openly come out of the closet, her colleagues and public alike seem aware of her sexuality.

Genevieve Fornier is head of H.E.R and lead counsel on the case. She is preparing to go to battle as an out and proud lesbian, whose role for many years has championed gay rights and fought discrimination in its many forms.

The two women, both legal heavyweights in their own right, have to confront more than the arguments and landmark decisions. Victoria and Genevieve have a history that both have been running from for the past twenty years.

The story weaves through past and present, although it’s easy to follow and well laid out. The legal process is difficult to grasp at times (especially for a Brit) but well worth the struggle, as the more you read the clearer it becomes.

Blythe Rippon has obviously done a great deal of research and has written a book that not only deals with the legal process of a historic event but has also produced a love story with characters that are multidimensional. It’s easy to engage with their personalities, their sense of humour and the affection they share. The secondary characters are also well developed, each adding something special to the story; especially Bethany whose sense of humour had me laughing out loud more than once.

Not only do I feel I’ve read an excellent love story but learned a great deal about the fight for justice and the up hill struggles that LGBT Americans have had to face. This should be compulsory reading for every lesbian and take its place as an important historical learning for future generations.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Ylva Publishing (October 1, 2014)
To buy the Kindle edition – click here.
To buy the Paperback – click here. 

Available on Smashwords HERE