Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Review: Merry & Bright

Merry & Bright Merry & Bright by Joanna Chambers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this collection of three short stories set around Christmas and the New Year. They’re cosy, without being twee or cloying, and very rich given their short length. Chambers does a great job of fleshing out the characters, and the romances are full of sweet yearning and tug at the heartstrings in all the right ways.

If you’re looking for a festive read, this is the collection for you—perfect for a cosy night in with your favourite Christmas treats!

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Review: Bad Judgment

Bad Judgment Bad Judgment by Sidney Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book.

The two heroes were extremely engaging in very different ways. Embry was my favourite, so different from your usual romance hero—dark, angry, damaged, and genuinely morally ambivalent for much of the book. I think some readers may not like his choices, but I adored him from his first scene. Brogan was also very well drawn—a more recognisable character from the genre, but his characterisation was well done and I cared about him from the beginning. Their romance was hot and sweet, full of emotion and totally drew me in. Both characters live on in my mind and I finished the book a couple of days ago.

What I loved most about Bad Judgement was that it doesn’t always follow the template of the genre (except the HEA, of course). It felt so fresh and the plot was twisty and angsty and compelling. It deals with some pretty dark issues, so if that’s not your cup of tea then maybe it’s not for you. It’s not a cosy mystery but it never felt heavy or lecturing and the pacing is perfect all the way through—I couldn’t put it down, and I tried because I wanted to make it last!

The writing style is polished and clever, which made it a real pleasure to read. It’s also long and, as a fast reader, that’s something I really appreciate. I loved having these characters with me for a few days and wondering what was going to happen next.

I’ll be buying the author’s next book and eagerly awaiting it’s follow up. I’m thrilled to have discovered such a talented new author! :D

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Excited to say that my Stargate SG-1 novella, Behind Enemy Lines will be in print in time for Christmas! :) 

Ten years after STARGATE SG-1: Fragile Balance, General Jack O’Neill has a problem. His clone, created by the rogue Asgard, Loki, has gotten into trouble — and drawn the attention of Homeland Security.

But when Daniel comes up with a radical solution to keep the young O’Neill out of the hands of the authorities, General O’Neill must decide how much he’s willing to risk to save one angry young man. And his clone must decide how much he’s willing to trust the friends who walked away from him ten years earlier. 

As tensions rise off-world, the young O’Neill is forced to confront who he really is — and to decide whether his new life is worth fighting for…

I touched on Jack's clone in a short story I wrote for the STARGATE: Far Horizons anthology and I loved having the opportunity in this novella to return to that character and give him the ending I felt he'd earned!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Review: Hexslayer

Hexslayer Hexslayer by Jordan L. Hawk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hexslayer was just the book I was looking for—a fun and exciting read to take the grey out of the autumn days. I love the universe Hawk has created with these books and there are a lot of hints in this book about a coming storm that I’m looking forward to reading about in future (hopefully) books.

The relationship between Nick and Jamie was prickly to start with, leavened with both sweetness and angst. I loved how Jamie’s injury was included in the book, how it informed but didn’t define his character, and how at one point it even becomes an advantage. In truth, I could have done with a tad more angst during the ‘Oh no will they break up?’ section of the book. But that’s just my taste, because I LOVE the angst—so long as there’s a happy ending, which with Hawk you know there will be. The plot was fun too, and strong enough to keep me guessing but not to overwhelm the central romance.

Overall, this is perfect escapist reading and I thoroughly recommend the whole series.

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Monday, 28 August 2017

Review: A Forbidden Rumspringa

A Forbidden Rumspringa A Forbidden Rumspringa by Keira Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although this isn’t a historical romance, much of it reads like one because of its setting within the contemporary Amish community in Minnesota. One of the book’s strength is its world building. The author brings the Amish world to life without sentimentalising or demonising her protagonists. She has obviously done a lot of research, but it’s woven deftly into the story without overwhelming the characters.

The romance between David and Isaac is sweet and anguished and beautiful. It’s a slow burn, but well worth the wait. For both of them it’s a sexual awakening that challenges their most profound beliefs about themselves, their lives and the world in which they live and this gives the story a poignancy that’s piercing.

And, oh boy, the angst. The inevitable consequences of the heroes’ exploration of their relationship, of their doubts and of the world beyond their community, leaves them with no easy resolution to their situation. The author doesn’t sugar-coat this either—there can be no fairytale ending for David and Isaac and they’re forced to choose between their families and community and their love for each other.

I loved this book for its melancholy, for its moments of joy and, ultimately, for its hopeful ending. Recommended.

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London Film and Comic Con – 2017

We had an awesome time at LFCC 2017! 

The hall was buzzing all three days with that special atmosphere of fun, acceptance, and escapism that I adore about conventions. It really was wonderful and a real thrill to be part of it!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our stand to buy some books and say hello, it was wonderful to meet you all. As an author I spend a lot of time alone with my PC, so it’s a treat to meet readers in person and to talk about books and all things Stargate. I’m always blown away by the kindness and generosity of people who take the time to come along to tell me how much they’ve enjoyed a particular book. I can’t thank you enough. 

Until next time, here are a few pics with some of the many awesome fans we nabbed over the weekend!

Me & Sam!


Loved this t-shirt!

Me & Jack!

Freakin' awesome cosplay!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Review: Blank Spaces

Blank Spaces Blank Spaces by Cass Lennox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blank Spaces is a sweet, engaging romance.

I warmed immediately to Vaughn’s artistic sensibilities and the sense of isolation and detachment that stem from his confusion about his asexuality. He seems to float through the world around him, observing it but not letting it touch him. If not happy at the start of the novel, he’s content to have traded the possibility of a romantic relationship for the guarantee of never having to be sexually intimate again. But, nevertheless, he’s lonely and longs for the romantic love he thinks will be impossible for him to find.

Jonah is the perfect foil for Vaughn. He’s very much rooted in sensation, using strings-free sex to blot out the deep pain of his troubled past. And, like Vaughn, he also believes that he’s fundamentally unlovable and that sensation is all he can expect from personal relationships. Jonah doesn’t believe he’s worthy of being loved—and certainly not by a guy like Vaughn.

Their journey towards each other through the book, each learning to accept their own nature and to accommodate the needs of the other, is sweet and angsty and had me rooting for them even when I couldn’t see how they’d reach their happy ending. (I loved the ending, btw: non-traditional, but charming and happy and perfect for this pair.)

The writing is polished and the story, involving mysterious thefts from the art gallery where Vaughn works, is handled well and has a satisfying resolution. It doesn’t intrude on the romance, but serves it and provides enough plot to keep the pages turning at a good pace.

For me, this book had all the feels with the added benefit that Vaughn’s asexuality brought something different to the m/m genre. Recommended for anyone looking for a sweet, fun romance with a good dollop of angst and an ending that leaves the heroes happy and in love.

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Review: Merry & Bright

Merry & Bright by Joanna Chambers My rating: 5 of 5 stars I loved this collection of three short sto...