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Bitter for Sweet

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A startlingly beautiful historical-fictionalized look at human life in an ancient time, which although easily seen as bleak, desperate and despotic, can also also be seen, (if one looks only a little deeper, and through the eyes of the wonderful characters depicted here), as hopeful, tender, brave and even…

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Once there was

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A wildly imaginative ride through the past, and the present, and the silken threads that weave both together, featuring faeries, griffons, unicorns, giants and other creatures as strange and as wonderful as human dreams, hopes and imaginings are able to construct. Once there was a girl named Marjan Dastani,…

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A Pen dipped in poison

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A cozy, crazy tapestry of lives and loves, heartfelt friends, caring onlookers and the others, the-not-so-kind, who are willing to cross the line to make their lives that little bit of better. Based in the Yorkshire town of Thirsk, and told in the the voices of three retired primary-school…

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At the end of the world, turn left

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A heart-rending look at love (for others and mostly, for self) and survival, and the not-always-lucid path we may take in service of both. As this character-based narrative slowly reveals (gracefully and with pitch-perfect pacing), plagued with insecurities, unable to shed uniquely devastating pasts, emerging into the light comes…

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The Soulmate

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A riveting, poignant, suspenseful look at the highs and the lows of love, marriage, and the opening of one’s heart, (as raw and vulnerable as it gets) to the dreams and dispositions of another. A particular other. (And what a difference that choice can make). Told in the first…

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Case Files

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A combination of short, edgy crime stories, and a few that are somewhat longer, (chapter-based), the final one featuring a trainee Detective Kay Hunter (who is featured a long-running book series). With the author’s knack for writing atmospheric, twisty short stories, many of which contain clever and surprising endings,…

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The Opportunist

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A sly and clever mashup of perhaps the most dysfunctional family ever, a stylishly-plotted mystery, and a behind-the-scenes fantastical look at the audacious lifestyles of the fabulously wealthy, all rolled into one addictively-suspenseful package that is sure to keep you reading. Alana is a thirty-something volunteer at a…

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Run towards the danger

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 An up-close-and-personal invitation to enter the deepest emotional spaces of a very special woman - one who has charmed and entertained us from early childhood, and who still bears the memories and scars of those (and other) formative experiences. The author tells us her story through a series of…

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