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Book Review – Dark Genesis by A.D. Koboah

Dark GenesisThe Dark Genesis by A.D. Koboah

Synopsis:

Life for a female slave is one of hardship and unspeakable sorrow, something Luna knows only too well. But not even she could have foreseen the terror that would befall her one sultry Mississippi evening in the summer of 1807.

On her way back from a visit to see the African woman, a witch who has the herbs Luna needs to rid her of her abusive master’s child, she attracts the attention of a deadly being that lusts for blood. Forcibly removed from everything she knows by this tormented otherworldly creature, she is sure she will be dead by sunrise.

Dark Genesis is a love story set against the savage world of slavery in which a young woman who has been dehumanised by its horrors finds the courage to love, and in doing so, reclaims her humanity.

D.S. Williams Review:

I’m of two minds regarding this book, and even twelve hours after finishing I’m still considering my reaction to it.
A.D. Koboah’s story was written beautifully, I enjoyed the pacing, the characters and the concept. A.D. Koboah has a way with words which had me engrossed throughout the majority of the story.
Luna is an interesting and multi-faceted character, and for the most part I enjoyed the way she was written, but there were a couple of times when I found myself frustrated by her behaviour and the way she reacted to the male protagonist, Avery. While her initial reactions to Avery seemed very natural based on her background as a slave on a plantation (and a slave who had been physically abused by her masters), as time passed and Avery proved himself to be kind and caring, there were instances when I was frustrated by Luna’s decision making process and the way she refused to admit to her feelings. In some ways, I think the decision to avoid telling Avery how she felt about him was based on A.D. Koboah’s desire to take the storyline in a specific direction, rather than a realistic representation of Luna’s behaviors and that was quite frustrating.
Dark Genesis is the first of a trilogy, and at this stage, while I’m curious about the other books, I’m not inclined to race straight into reading the second book. Some of the upcoming storyline is pre-empted in the last few chapters of Dark Genesis, and to my mind, knowing what is to come has put me off reading any further.
Overall, this is a beautifully written book, but I’d suggest you read it for yourself to decide your opinion.

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D.S. Reviews: If I Can’t Have You by Patti Berg

If I Can't Have YouIf I Can’t Have You by Patti Berg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book ticked all the boxes for me, I love time travel romance and Patti Berg has written a charming story which mixes the modern world with the romantic, golden years of Hollywood by setting her story in the 1930’s where we meet Trevor Montgomery. The characters were well-written, and both the lead characters were flawed enough to make them seem realistic, and likable enough to want them to have their HEA. I loved the backstory, the way Trevor Montgomery was thrust into the modern era, and the way he and Adriana sought to resolve a mystery from the past, only to have it create ripples in their future. Thoroughly recommended, and a lovely, easy to read story.

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The Truth About Jarrod by L.R. Perie

My good friend and fellow writers group buddy, L.R. Perie has a new release, which is now available at Amazon:

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Synopsis:

A book which transcends borders, and brings the past into the present.
Renee has survived the entanglement with crazed murderer Cooper Mohanigan, and in doing so, found love with Luka Stevens, the brother of murder victim Laura.
But is it enough? Renee is unable to forget that Cooper’s final victim – Sheryl – has never been found. The knowledge weighs heavily on Renee’s conscience, and in a bid to ease her guilt for the part she and Luka played, she sets out to discover the truth.
A truth which can only be divulged through confrontation with Cooper.
Cooper Mohanigan is incarcerated in a Zimbabwean prison, alone in his madness and driven by the crazed voices in his mind. One of those voices, the instigator of Cooper’s violence, is his ancestor, Jarrod Mohanigan. Renee realizes the key to the answers she seeks, may lie in unlocking the real story behind Cooper’s ancestor and she sets out to find the truth.
She must leave Luka in strife torn Zimbabwe, as he strives to conquer battles of his own, and travel to the sunny shores of Perth, Australia, to follow the trail – a trail which leads to the truth about Jarrod.

Teasers:

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Purchase Links:

Amazon Australia

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Michelle Dennis – Book Signing in the Swan Valley!

My friend Michelle is having a book signing on the 25th April. If you happen to be in the vicinity of the beautiful Swan Valley in Western Australia – pop in and say Hi!

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Our EWG member, Michelle Dennis is having a book signing on the 25th April, showcasing her currently published books:

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Put this in your diary if you’re in Perth on Saturday April 25!

Come and enjoy afternoon tea or a glass of wine, nestled in the gorgeous Taylor’s Art & Coffee Cafe. I’ll be signing books from 3pm til 4.30pm and would love to see you. Please invite your friends, family, postman and butcher ~ everyone is welcome!

510 Great Northern Hwy, Middle Swan

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Are we the most prolific writer’s group ever?

An awesome blog post from one of my fellow Ellenbrook Writer’s Group members…

S.D. Wasley

I’m not sure how many writer’s groups across the globe can say this, but we have had no less than 10 published books/book sets released in 2015 already. It’s February. And there’s only 12 of us.

Granted, 6 of those have come from one author (I know, right?) – but it’s still a huge achievement for our group. And there are more launches coming this year.

I’m going to spotlight all the releases here so you can see the big mix of genres and audiences we enjoy in our group.


Book: Summer Star by Lisa Swallow

Summer Star by Lisa Swallow

Genre: Contemporary romance 18+

Blurb: The latest book from the best selling Blue Phoenix rock romance series.

Summer Star is a companion novella to Summer Sky, a retelling of Part One from Dylan’s point of view.  Summer Sky is currently FREE (this post published Feb 16 2015).

“I love the world we’re in, where you’ll always be…

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Looking For A Good Read: My Top Recent Reads

Woohoo, I got a mention in Michelle’s Dennis’s Blog!

My Wonder Emporium

I’m often looking for the next book to drown in. The one thing I do (and I know I shouldn’t) is judge a book by it’s cover. After the initial ‘love at first sight’, I hope I’ll connect with the character/s in the first few moments… then SHAZAM I’m in! 

Here’s a little list of the books that caught my eye and dragged me under… 

Protective Hearts
D.S. Williams

After being kidnapped by the Chicago Heart Ripper, Finn O’Flaherty is his only surviving victim.
Rescued by her brother, Finn suffers heartache in the aftermath as she struggles to come to terms with what happened and battles the amnesia that prevents her from identifying the serial killer.
Caleb Sheppard is determined to protect Finn out of respect and a sense of duty towards his friend’s younger sister. He suspects there is more to the prolific serial killer than meets the eye…

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