‘Colette’ is the story of a woman facing her past and finally deciding what she really wants in life. The main character, Colette, moves back to Paris for a while after many years in the States. She sees her sister for the first time since she left and painful memories begin to surface. How she deals with them and the all too real disturbing presence of her brother-in-law form the basis of the novel. But it is about more. It is about love, desire and admitting the truth. It is also about realising that sometimes we have to put ourselves first, even after a lifetime of being there for others.
I liked the fact that R.D. DeLisle chose to focus on older women, older lesbians. That in itself is very unusual. I have read her first book, ‘Miranda’, and it is useful though not entirely necessary to read it to understand some of the background to ‘Colette’. In some ways this book was gentle and romantic, but there is also a storyline which deals with a figure from her past and that is quite brutal. Colette chose to deal with this in a particular way that I found infuriating but it was true to the character. She wouldn’t have done it any other way. I liked the story and the concentration on the more mature woman.
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‘The Pryamid and the Painting’ by Kayt C Peck is a fantasy encompassing our world and others hidden from us. This is the second in a series but I don’t believe it is necessary to have read the previous volume in order to enjoy this one. Kidwell is now an important spiritual figure and has been tasked with dealing with evil. She is a prophet and her important work takes her from home and her lover Anna. This causes problems in her personal life. The story moves from the jungles of Central America , to New Mexico and The Hague as well as places so fantastic and unfamiliar. The story went in directions I could not have foreseen and I found it fascinating. As she tries to rid the world of evil, seen and unseen, we find out things about her that were truly surprising. It is well written and I was drawn into the story. Kidwell’s emotions were strong and intense and I really felt that in the writing. I enjoyed it.
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‘Falling for Love’ is a beautiful, emotional, surprising and uplifting love story that had me totally gripped. Restauranteur Jordan May have a successful business but she is hiding so much of herself that it is emotionally crippling her. Firmly in the closet and approaching her 40th birthday she has yet to find the courage to come out to her family and the conservative community it’s she lives in. Meeting Emmy Russo makes her reassess, but will she go far enough for out and proud Emmy?
The story is about coming to terms about who you are, but there was so much more. It went in directions I did not expect at all and had layers that caught me unawares. The romance was intense and very sexy but ultimately it was the love between the two main characters that had me shedding tears of joy. I loved it.
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I was delighted to receive my author copies of ‘A Heart Well Traveled – Volume 3’ in the post yesterday. My story ‘The Train to Glasgow Central’ is one of the stories featured in it and I hope people enjoy reading it. It is set on the west coast of Scotland to start with but as this volume is about international love affairs, it goes further afield. It is quite a thrill to see my story in an actual book at last.
There are some great stories in the book from C.L. Cattano, Maria Siopis, Shiloh Saddler, Evelyn Deshane, Susan McLachlin, Jennifer DeBonis, BL Clark, Dolores Maggiore, Shawn Marie Bryan, Emerald, Aila Boyd and Sallyanne Monti. Sallyanne is the editor of the book too and has done an amazing job with all three volumes.
‘Miranda’ is an interesting book dealing with life, love and sex for the more mature lady. I liked that the main characters were in their sixties as we get a window into a world that is not often written about. Miranda has ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome and having been diagnosed relatively late in life she begins to question a lot about herself. Whilst taking a break from work she meets two women who are instrumental in helping her. Will she embark on a new relationship? How will the new people in her life react to her very individual way of dealing with things?
The author cleverly matched her style to the way I imagine Miranda’s thought processes work. It was direct and to the point and worked well. Anyone with personal experience of people on the Autistic Spectrum will recognise Miranda and her difficulties and I applaud the author for getting it right. She showed that age and diagnosis are no barriers to finding love. The story was well told and I look forward to more from R.D. DeLisle.
My story ‘The Train to Glasgow Central’ is one of the stories in this Sapphire Books anthology. I hope you will enjoy my romantic tale of Fiona and Christine and the train ride that changed their lives. There are so many wonderful stories in the anthology, masterfully edited by Sallyanne Monti. Love stories from all over the world feature and I’m sure you will be as blown away by them as I am. I am honoured to be included among so many fantastic writers whose work I have enjoyed reading over the past few years.
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Beth Burnett has written a beautiful story of a group of diverse characters whose connections to each other are vital to their happiness. Megan works in the corporate world but is forever linked to her free spirited best friend Casey. At opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of responsibility they give each other something essential. Anna has huge problems but can’t see a way to solve them herself. Brilliant is an accomplished photographer but true love evades her. Ben had that love but despairs and can’t see any light in his future . How each of them impact the other is at the heart of this emotionally-impactful novel. I loved Casey as she was so open and caring and there for people when they needed her. One of the other characters I was not so keen on but I can’t imagine anyone would like this particular person. She was apt to make the blood boil and showed the true skill of the author in creating such a character. It is at times heart-wrenching and I found myself so affected by the writing. There is also joy and love and acceptance. I loved this book and can’t recommend it highly enough.
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I loved the collection of characters in this great story. Sheila Powell and Liz McMullen have imagined a world of good and evil but the lines become blurred between those realms and you never quite know where they are going to go with it next. Tia runs a home for supernatural foster kids and when her own daughter, Magnolia, is kidnapped she needs help from them all. Her sister Scarlett arrives to aid them and the interaction between the two sisters is one of the most interesting elements of the book. Scarlett straddles both worlds and Tia struggles with that. The authors have managed to make all of the various characters fascinating and I got more and more hooked as it went on. I liked Lilith as she was angry and surly but there was much more to it. Her love for Kayla was her redeeming quality. Magnolia was just wonderful and oh so funny. She really lightened the mood when all around her was chaos and evil deeds! A really enjoyable read.
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‘Razor’s Edge’ is edge of the seat stuff and it had me hooked from the start. Luce Potter is head of the Yakuza and is hell bent on revenge after her lover Brooke was almost killed by a traitor in their midst. Throw in some Russian mobsters and a tight-paced story that pulls the reader right into the shady underworld inhabited by Luce and her compatriots and you won’t want to put this book down. Isabella has written a tense and addictive thriller that still manages to show the softer and intensely passionate side of Luce and Brooke’s relationship. I loved it and highly recommend this 5 Star read.
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‘Unspoken’ is a beautiful love story set in the most wonderful place. It made me feel at home and had a group of characters I would love to know and a setting I want to visit. Desiree is an adorable woman who wants to make her own way in the world, without the interference of her dragon of a mother. Her attraction to gorgeous butch Rowan causes her to think seriously about what she really wants. Liz McMullen has an amazing gift of writing likeable and lovable characters and making the reader really care about them. Her story had me grinning from ear to ear with joy. I am so glad it is the first in a series as I can’t wait for the next one! Highly recommended.
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