The contact from Karla’s friend and work mate from the library came as a surprise to Karla – her request they meet at the library a bigger one. But whThe contact from Karla’s friend and work mate from the library came as a surprise to Karla – her request they meet at the library a bigger one. But when Karla and Taurian arrived, Taurian immediately smelled a dragon’s presence. Warning Karla to be cautious, he had all his senses on alert; his shock on seeing Kyrian, a member of the Rian clan was immense.
When Taurian, Karla and Kyrian entered the cave where Taurian’s clan waited, Karla had no idea what to expect. Neither for that matter did Taurian. He had been out of contact with his fellow dragons for so long, he no longer knew the members. But the immediate distrust of the human in Prince Taurian’s company set them all on edge.
Karla had thought that the Mesmer bond would fade once Taurian was back with his clan – but there was no time to think about their future with the worry of Taurian’s biggest enemy still around. Ultrima was a danger they had to overcome. But could they? The Rian clan needed to rid themselves of this strong and rebellious dragon if it was to have a future…what would be the outcome for Karla?
Denying the Dragon by Aussie author Rinelle Grey is the 5th in the Dragon Ruins series, with one more to follow before it finishes. A great, light hearted fantasy set in outback Australia where we find humans and dragons together, sometimes happily, most times not so much. I’m really enjoying the series and have no hesitation in recommending them all.
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When PI Cliff Hardy was approached by an old colleague, ex-policeman Barry White, to look into the unsolved case of missing – presumed dead – woman, RWhen PI Cliff Hardy was approached by an old colleague, ex-policeman Barry White, to look into the unsolved case of missing – presumed dead – woman, Ramona Beckett he was highly sceptical. Barry White had been a corrupt cop, and Cliff suspected he was still on the wrong side of the law; he was also sure White would lie about whatever he told him. But the temptation of the still active reward for evidence of what had happened to Ramona, even though it was fifteen years prior, was enough to tickle his interest.
The ensuing investigation was fraught with difficulties – the fifteen year time difference was one of the main issues – but it seemed there were still people on the horizon who were determined to keep the truth from coming out. Danger, manipulation, secrets, lies and corruption meant Cliff was unsure who he could trust. And when murder entered the equation, Cliff felt his determination to solve this case harden. But would he? Could he?
The Reward by Aussie author Peter Corris is another in the famous Cliff Hardy series; and another thoroughly enjoyable crime mystery set in Sydney. Corruption within the police force is not a new angle, but it worked well –the plot is intriguing. I’m not reading these in order, but with each of them being stand alone, it doesn’t seem necessary (in my opinion) Recommended. ...more
Luke Fraser was a journalist from Sydney – used to the city hustle and bustle; the immediate access to the nearest café for his morning coffee; the gyLuke Fraser was a journalist from Sydney – used to the city hustle and bustle; the immediate access to the nearest café for his morning coffee; the gym – he was certainly a city-boy at heart. When he decided to go to the little rural outback town of Bindarra Creek to do a story on the Reach for the Stars program which was run there for at risk children, he wasn’t sure how long he could stand being in a hick town in the back of beyond. But he thought he and his Porsche would be able to tough it out for a few days!
Stevie Ryan had lived most of her life in Bindarra Creek and after a stint in Sydney with her husband (now ex) and father of her two children, she had headed back to Bindarra Creek with Jazzie and Casey. Bringing up children was so much better in the country than the city, and they hadn’t looked back since their return. Setting up Reach for the Stars was a personal challenge and dedicated to her father. Her success with the kids had been huge, but her business was struggling financially and she desperately needed funding to keep her project alive.
When Stevie met Luke she was sceptical of the city-boy – but the story on her program was needed if she was to be successful in gaining the much needed funding. But as Luke gained his story, there was danger lurking in the bush. And not from the burgeoning attraction that Stevie was feeling for Luke – or the wild animals in the surrounding countryside. What would be the outcome of their week in the untamed wilderness of Australia’s bush?
I thoroughly enjoyed Reach For The Stars by Aussie author Kerrie Paterson which is #5 in the Bindarra Creek series – a unique project with thirteen different authors and thirteen different Bindarra Creek stories. I’m loving the series and if Bindarra Creek was a real town in the NSW countryside I’d want to visit for a holiday. Highly recommended.
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John Shaw, landscape artist was travelling from Sydney to Adelaide for a job interview. As he had plenty of time before he needed to be there, he hadJohn Shaw, landscape artist was travelling from Sydney to Adelaide for a job interview. As he had plenty of time before he needed to be there, he had decided to take the long way round so he could check out desert vegetation. The first time he saw Katie Alton was at a pub in the little town of Rylock – he had passed her on the open highway sometime previously. Katie was a freelance photo-journalist, also from Sydney and travelling the rugged outback to find and write interesting articles. Not realising they had been destined to meet, Shaw chatted to her in a friendly manner, learning where she was going and what she was doing out in the vastness of the Australian outback.
Sometime later when Shaw saw the turnoff to the Obiri Track, he remembered Katie saying that was where she was going, but only as far as Pattersons Creek. After talking to the local policeman in Yogabilla and receiving dire warnings about the dangers, the distance to Obiri (600 kilometers) and the urgings to never, ever leave his car if he was to break down as the sun would kill in two hours, Shaw set off down the track in his Honda – certainly not suited to sandy tracks and dunes in the outback.
Almost fifty kilometres later, Shaw was shocked to see a young woman running toward his car; the absolute terror on her face hit him first. And he realised it was Katie – what on earth was wrong with her? Driving frantically while learning from Katie of a wild man intent on killing her, he was initially sceptical – but as she described the raw, animal stench to him; the anger and hunger in his face as he attacked her – Shaw could see she was serious. And so the race began…
How would they escape this creature of the desert? And why was he after Katie – what had caused him to attack her? Would they find out; would they even survive?
Wow! Wow! What an amazing and heart thudding thriller! Fear is the Rider was rediscovered in manuscript form among author Kenneth Cook’s papers and was written by him back in the 1980s before his death in 1987. I won’t forget this story for a very long time – not quite 200 pages in length, it packs a huge punch. The “heart in your throat” saying has never been truer than with Fear is the Rider. I have to say my recommendation of this one is a given – you won’t want to put it down, but you’ll need to to take a breath! Very highly recommended.
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Kate Moore was the daughter of billionaire Albert Moore, owner of the Moore’s Hotel Corporation. She was at the stage of proving to her rigidly controKate Moore was the daughter of billionaire Albert Moore, owner of the Moore’s Hotel Corporation. She was at the stage of proving to her rigidly controlling father that she was strong enough and able enough to take over the Corporation – renovating the old Burnham Beeches hotel with her own money - no help from him was his stipulation - was how she would do it. And she was a hard taskmaster – a woman who worked eighteen hours a day to get what she wanted.
When David Wright arrived for the meeting regarding the landscaping of the old Burnham Beeches, he was desperate to gain the contract. His father was ill and unable to work; the mortgage needed to be covered and David knew this job would give him the funds he was desperate for. A talented landscaper, he was surprised when he was given an ultimatum of only two weeks to build one portion of the garden – if the boss was happy, the contract would be his. But he would do it – his determination, and his younger brother Jack, would make sure of that.
The immediate attraction between Kate, an unrelenting business woman and David was not a part of either of their plans. They had no time for dalliances – Kate had Albert breathing down her neck; David was concerned for his father. And Kate had a secret which was tearing at her heart…
Take Me As I Am by Aussie author Charmaine Ross had huge potential. The plot was a good one; the angst and heartbreak worked well. But why is it that some authors think pages and pages of sex makes a good story? It doesn’t. The explicit detail just isn’t necessary – we all have imaginations. Consequently I skimmed – a lot. Also, I know this copy is an ARC, but there are editing issues which I hope are rectified prior to publication.
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Melaina was a “dream therapist” working in a room at the back of her friend Serenity’s New Age Gift shop in Canberra. She was part human (from her MumMelaina was a “dream therapist” working in a room at the back of her friend Serenity’s New Age Gift shop in Canberra. She was part human (from her Mum) and part Oneiroi (from her Dad) and had special gifts which enabled her to see inside people’s dreams; to adjust them and remove the causes of their nightmares, among other things. With not a lot of customers (they were sceptical to say the least) she struggled to pay the bills, but Serenity recommended her on many occasions which helped.
But when the disbelieving and highly agitated Larry came to Melaina for help, she unleashed a violence and malevolence that she had no idea was out there in the Oneiroi world – were her skills strong enough to outwit the blight? Or would she need help; she had no idea where from?
With Melaina’s mother quite often sleeping when she visited her in the nursing home, she knew she couldn’t approach her brash, rude and dominating Uncle – her best friend Jen, who was also her flatmate was her sole confidant. But when danger visited them at 2am one night, Melaina knew the escalation of the nightmares was upon her – she had to do something, and fast, before anyone else was hurt. But what? Her mental anguish was exhausting…
Wow! Breathtakingly brilliant! Aussie author Cassandra Page’s latest fantasy offering, Lucid Dreaming, is a winner in my opinion. A mixture of fantasy and mystery, it kept me glued to the pages unable to stop until the very last page. And I’m hopeful (pretty sure?) there will be a sequel at least. Fingers crossed as I’d love to find out more about certain characters. I really enjoyed Melaina’s character, but there are others who were equally as well crafted. I have no hesitation in recommending Lucid Dreaming highly – definitely worth a read.
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Mac was enjoying his job at Fred’s as the local mechanic – he’d only been in Bindarra Creek for around three months, but it was already feeling like hMac was enjoying his job at Fred’s as the local mechanic – he’d only been in Bindarra Creek for around three months, but it was already feeling like home to him. If only he could erase the terrible guilt and grief that ate him up every day. But Mac worked hard, and that seemed to help. When he noticed a car he hadn’t seen in town before drive past, he admired the sleek lines of the Porsche. Fred soon informed him that it was Brooke Fairfax, and she’d be home for one of her sporadic visits to her mother and little brother Davey.
Brooke had been summoned home by her father – she had no love for him; Gordon Fairfax was a hard and cruel man, but she loved her Mum and Davey, and always had time for them. Brooke was an artist and lived in Tamworth, so it wasn’t a long drive to come back to Bindarra Creek. Usually her Mum and Davey visited her each weekend, but since her mother’s heart scare and current ill health, they hadn’t been able to travel.
When Mac delivered the car he had been working on to the Fairfax property, the first person he saw was Brooke – instant sparks of attraction were felt by both of them. And when young Davey, who was a Down Syndrome child, saw Mac, and was told “it’s just Mac” – Davey from then on called Mac “Juzz Mac”.
But there were secrets and lies surrounding Brooke’s family – and it seemed that Mac held secrets as well. The brief, easy-going camaraderie between Mac and Brooke was broken suddenly and Brooke knew she couldn’t trust Mac. There was trouble about to hit the members of the Fairfax family; plus a dangerous vibe was running through the air. What would happen? Would anyone be hurt? And would Brooke and Mac find a way back to each other?
The CEO Mechanic by Aussie author Sandie James is another in the Bindarra Creek series. Though this one is #4, there is no need to read them in order, as each is a stand-alone novel. Catching up again with characters from past novels in the series is great though – I’m thoroughly enjoying this series and the unique way they are written. At this stage it will be 13 different authors who each write 13 different stories about residents of Bindarra Creek. (Still a few to be published) This one is Mac and Brooke’s story, and it’s great. My favourite character is Davey though. He’s an absolute delight! Highly recommended.
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Mark Sallinger and his fiancée Belinda Lawrence were to spend some time on the island of Guernsey with Mark’s mother, Melba, Lady Sallinger. Belinda’sMark Sallinger and his fiancée Belinda Lawrence were to spend some time on the island of Guernsey with Mark’s mother, Melba, Lady Sallinger. Belinda’s best friend Hazel had also been invited along with Belinda’s parents and a few others. The idea was discussion about the upcoming nuptials though Belinda was feeling decidedly uneasy about the whole situation.
When the gardener of the old Tudor Lodge where they were all staying discovered the miniature skeleton of a long dead baby in the ruins of a flower bed, shock and horror swept through them all. But seventy year old housekeeper, Ms Massey and Lady Sallinger both felt the need to keep the discovery quiet. The scandal would ruin their lives in the small village of Guernsey. When another of the guests, who was a priest, began telling tales of long ago burnings at the stake the gruesome words felt ominous to those present.
As a terrible and violent storm bore down on the old Tudor house, the suddenness of death hit them all. When the house lost all power, the darkness and creaking of the old timbers held an evil and malevolence that couldn’t be denied…
I very much enjoyed Murder on the Island which is the sixth in the Belinda Lawrence mysteries by Aussie author Brian Kavanagh. An intriguing plot that was chilling and fast paced; the tension was gripping. I read through Murder on the Island in just a few hours. Highly recommended.
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When Belinda returned home to Melbourne from the UK for a dear friend’s funeral, she had no idea the trouble she was about to invoke. Brad Delaney hadWhen Belinda returned home to Melbourne from the UK for a dear friend’s funeral, she had no idea the trouble she was about to invoke. Brad Delaney had been a boyfriend and had begged her to come back to him. But Mark Sallinger was her new beau – in fact they were engaged to be married. Mark was feeling a little insecure though, until Brad’s demise. Belinda was crushed; she was also very suspicious. Brad had been murdered but the police had no leads – Belinda was determined to find his killer and bring them to justice.
As Belinda and best friend Hazel Whitby started their investigation, what they uncovered led them into a maze of political intrigue. Suddenly there was danger surrounding them; Belinda had no idea who she could trust – and the lives of others were in jeopardy. What were they to do? Who could they talk to? The depth of the secrets astounded them – and as the mystery deepened and another body was found, Belinda knew she had to solve this one quickly.
A Wicked Design is the 5th cosy mystery in the Belinda Lawrence series by Aussie author Brian Kavanagh. Set in Melbourne, Australia, it was a great read with familiar places and landscapes. The plot is a great one, the pace fast as both Belinda and Hazel move through their investigation. Recommended.
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