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Best Seller: A Tale Of Three Writers
Best Seller: A Tale Of Three Writers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, 27 Mar. 2016
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If you have not read a book by Terry Tyler this is the perfect one to pick up now. I devoured it and read it in hours... I was completely engrossed in the characters and found them all to be compelling! From the forlorn, to the glam, to the agressive. This is Terry Tyler at her best.

The fact it is a shorter read made it great. Sometimes, I just want to read, get lost and finish quickly.

If only it was that easy to get sales though... Highly recommended for authors and readers alike!

Astarte Rising (The Infrasonic Detective Book 1)
Astarte Rising (The Infrasonic Detective Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, Adventure, & Zombies!, 17 Mar. 2016
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An action & adventure read based on the premise of the discovery of a time travel source, or Time Faeder. Having not read a book of this kind in ages, I thought it was great. I always rate a book highly that I could see as a film and this would be brilliant.

A lot of characters in this, but the main ones I liked were Harry and Rosa. Add some zombies brought to life by an evil demon and the rise of Astarte and you have a cracking read. Highly recommend.

Sex Sessions: Uncut (Camera Tales Book 1)
Sex Sessions: Uncut (Camera Tales Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intersting storyline, 3 Mar. 2016
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There are many things that I enjoyed about this book and I can recommend it for anyone looking for an "erotica" book with an interesting storyline.

However, personally, it was too much for me in the first half and I nearly stopped reading. There was a lot of explicit sex, especially early on in the relationship. The fact he was a porn star made it more plausible, but I could not understand how Kambry let it happen. Either way, it worked better than in other books. Her innocence was explained and his actions made sense.

The second half of the book was much better, and you really got to see how the love story unfolded. I loved many of the scenes where they bonded! Over ice cream, walks on the beach, him painting her toenails - so sweet!†

But then, many characters ended up "rambling" for no reason. For example, when Saxton speaks to his sister after ages and tells her he has found "the one" she gives him a really long speech. It just did not work for me (sorry) as nice as the words used were. The author has some wonderful things to say in her narrative, but I just felt most people don't talk or think like that... Maybe they do in America? In the UK, people do not tend to say more than they have to - call us "reserved". LOL

Overall, glad to have come across this. I thought a lot of it worked brilliantly. I loved reading the acknowledgements from the author and hope my review is useful. What a steamy mind! Phew! :)

An Experiment in Emotions: A Short Story Collection
An Experiment in Emotions: A Short Story Collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reflective stories, 24 Feb. 2016
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Really enjoyed this collection of ten stories. The themes running through this collection is for adults since they focused on issues like adultery, abuse, and sexual preferences. There was a lot of scope for reflection in many.

My favourite had to be the one with "kick ass Katy" - I always was a big fan of Buffy.

Definitely a good collection to read between jobs or travelling.

The Trumpet-Major
The Trumpet-Major
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot, 21 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: The Trumpet-Major (Kindle Edition)
I am amazed this is the first Thomas Hardy book I have ever read, and can't believe it took me this long to read one by this fantastic author! My husband gave me the DVD of "Far from the Maddening Crowd" and I decided to read some of his other works, this being one of them.

The plot of "The Trumpet-Major" is fantastic, with so many twists along the way that I was shocked on the last page at the outcome!

To summarise, Anne is a woman sought out by three different men... two brothers and the detestable Festus! The scenes where Festus gave chase made me laugh out loud and cringe at the annoying man's insistence!

The two Loveday brother's are the "Trumpet-Major", John and Robert (Bob), an able seaman.

Anne had her heart set on Bob before he leaves for a career at sea, and finds that he is to marry on his return. However, the woman he intends to marry, Matilda, is known by John to be not "honorable". To save his brother from a bad marriage he puts her off the marriage, and then tells Bob what he has done. Bob seeks Matilda out, but then gives up the chase and stays at the Mill to help his father - and in so doing decides that Anne is the girl for him after all.

His brother, John, is heart-broken since he had already tried to obtain Anne's hand in marriage to no avail - whilst Festus continues his pursuit.

Bob eventually gets the call back to sea (out of duty and honour - and the fact he does not really like working at the Mill), where his heart truly lies, and ends up on HMS Victory on whence Lord Nelson tragically died in the Battle of Trafalgar. Due to his bravery, he becomes a lieutenant and then, after another foolish encounter with another woman, decides to try to get Anne back! Now considering himself more worthy of her hand by his promotion.

But, unbeknownst to him, John had nearly managed to convince Anne that he was worthy of her hand after saving her from scalding water. However, when John finds out that Bob wants to secure Anne's hand he decides to let him have his go. Always thinking of what Anne might want...

Against these events, Uncle Derriman has been hiding his possessions from his nephew, Festus, and needs Anne's help to hide his precious documents.

Ultimately, who does Anne choose, and will Festus become a rich man on his Uncle's demise?

I have to admit that I did not expect the ending at all and leave you to read it to find out.

Considering that this book was published in 1880, I found it easy to read and gripping! Highly recommended and free to download via Amazon.

Free to Be Tegan: Free from the find love, to be herself
Free to Be Tegan: Free from the find love, to be herself
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut, 11 Feb. 2016
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I have to admit that I was totally hooked by this book after reading the preview in the free eBook collection by the same author.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read, but it did slow down in pace in the latter part of the book. It did have a great ending and I was glad that Tegan found her way.

I was brought up as a Roman Catholic and as a teen I was lured into attended prayer groups & retreats. Therefore, I understood some of the "brainwashing" techniques that can be adopted. Although, I never saw anything like is described in this book.

The idea of being brought up in a "cult" of this nature is frightening. But, its amazing how easily you can be made to think that everything you do is evil and how quickly you can start to judge people.

Thankfully, I left when I realised that I had nothing to apologise for! But, I have to admit that the sense of community and "love" you experience is something I have struggled to find again. Support groups and prayer groups can be a positive experience for many overcoming abuse. It s a shame some people choose to exploit the weak and lead them into these communities.

I recommend this book as great value for money in a time when eBook prices for known authors seem to be sky rocketing. On a slightly negative note, I did find quite a few grammatical errors that started to annoy me on the latter part of the book. Excusing those, a fantastic read.
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Dillon's Rising: Dublin, 1916.
Dillon's Rising: Dublin, 1916.
by A. G. Lyttle
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Irish Hero, or not?, 10 Feb. 2016
I was lucky enough to be given a copy of this book in advance of publication for review. I have to say that it's brilliant to see it out there!

Overall, I really liked the main character, Dillon, and was thrown into his whirlwind of torn loyalties from the start!

The idea of a spy or double-agent is not new, but Dillon certainly made his mark in a true "James Bond" style. I could really see his character in other books in the future!

Overall, the picture portrayed of a torn Ireland in 1916 was brilliantly done, even though throughout the story I kept switching sides! There are always two sides to every story. Some of his exploits were fanciful and he was indestructible, it seemed, but it really worked.

I have to admit that the ending was emotional, but I will not give any spoilers! I highly recommend for fans of historical fiction interested in finding out about the events of 1916 through fiction... 100 years on!

The Descent of Man
The Descent of Man
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scientific Read, 8 Feb. 2016
Wow... This is a mammoth read! If you only read the first few chapters, you will be horrified by his use of language. Called disabled people "monstrosities" and "idiots" - I will use the term loosely now! But, this was the terminology used in that period of time, so I will try not to scream "racist", etc.

Most of this book is scientific in nature. Very matter of fact, according to the information he has available. Yes, the illustrations are missing, but you can buy one with them included - this is free after all! The amount of research he used and quoted beggars belief when you consider this was a time without computers, etc. I am amazed at the information he could source and use.

The research used in relation to "savages" is extensive, and I wonder if we would ever refer to other races of mankind as "savages" because they do things differently.

In this age, we strive to find a meaning for life, have a quest for equality, and long for a better future. Perhaps, as Darwin points out, in our fight for these principles we lost control and therefore we now have an ageing and growing population, and struggle to make ends meet. War is something that has gone on from our basic beginnings, and it appears that it is something we can not prevent.

However, women have a huge role to play in the future of humanity. Thank goodness we are no longer killed as he noted from the chapters on infanticide!

I have to rate this book a 4 purely for the scale and depth of research. I do not have to agree with his conclusions and that it my given right. I wonder how he would have felt knowing that many of his scientific ideas led to genocide, and justification of mass slaughter. If only we were equipped with the benefit of hindsight!

I have to admit that I skipped some chapters on insects, etc, but I did read the bulk of it. If you want to try good luck! It'll take you a while... And you might roll your eyes at a lot of his speculation! :)

Catching the Light: Four women, four compelling short stories
Catching the Light: Four women, four compelling short stories
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, 8 Feb. 2016
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This is a short collection of four stories.

The first, The New Arrival, is a sweet story about a woman who is escaping her past developing a bond with a dog, Lottie, a Spaniel, after the dogs owner can't look after her. Based on the Isle of Wight, it was a good read.

Catching the light is a somewhat depressing story about a woman making a bad choice in her marriage. The addition of the supernatural did not really work for me.

Belonging was my favourite story, about a deaf girl who finds love. This story has the potential to be made into a longer, deeper story.

The Outing was interesting and had a clever twist in the end. Again, this has the potential to be extended into more.

Overall, a varied collection of four stories that were an enjoyable free read which I found on the top 100 Amazon free charts.
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A Tale of Moral Corruption
A Tale of Moral Corruption
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must read... 18+ only!, 29 Jan. 2016
WOW... this is extreme & definitely an 18+ read.

Having read "Losing it all" I expect nothing but emotion and a "shock factor" from the author, but this took it to a new level. It is almost like watching a slow-moving picture of the steady decline of humanity (through the MC, Mason), with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

I admire the fact that this book was written from a male POV. This helped to get that unique perspective. So many emotions that Mason felt are mirrored by woman today and in the past.

This story is a twist on feminism. What would happen if women were in charge and men were second-class citizens? What if women could have children via an artificial womb? Would women rule in a fairer society, ensuring the rights of all?

According to Ms. Cornelius - NO!

Women become harsh, lack any maternal instinct, only want to work, consider sex & BDSM sport, and enjoy watching men hack each other to death! WOW...

Don't misunderstand me though - this is a MUST read. I was hooked and gawped at many scenarios, whilst laughing out loud at others. It reminded me of how I felt when I read books like "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo". It's the gruesome bits that made me want to stop reading, but meant I just had to read faster!

Overall, I could not give a 5 because I could have done without some of the details, and Mason (like many of us) just needed a good shaking every now and again. Either way, a worthwhile read that is different from the norm.

*~I was given a copy of this book for an honest review~*

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