Week In Review

Joan Hall shares some great writing-related links today and a gorgeous photo shot from her front porch … take a look over at her place >>>

Wow! It’s already Friday again. Not that I’m complaining, especially since I have a three-day weekend coming up. But time is flying and we’re already over halfway through January.…

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The BookBub Experience

P H Solomon shares an insightful post about advertising with BookBub and how it worked for him. Check it out over at Story Empire >>>

Hello, Story Empire readers! We seem to be sharing our November experiences this week. Wednesday it was Joan’s lessons from NaNoWriMo but today it’s another book trip where you get to s…

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews #Poetry Bette A. Stevens, #Fantasy Fiona Tarr, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach

Check out some great reads and reviews over at Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore today >>>

Welcome to the Friday edition of the Author Update with recent reviews for authors on the shelves of the bookstore. The first author and poet today is Bette A. Stevens and a recent review for her p…

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Lessons From NaNo ~ Planning Ahead

Check out Joan Hall’s post on writing and planning over at Story Empire … are you a planner, a pantser, or a plantser? >>>


Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. Some of you know I participated in NaNoWriMo back in November. (Thanks, Mae!) In case you aren’t familiar with this annual event, the goal is to write 50,000 n…

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#NewBook: Inferno

Hi everyone. Today, it gives me great pleasure to host All Authors Publishing with the launch of their latest anthology, Inferno, which I am proud to be a part of >>>

Greetings, one and all!


Today is the launch day for our latest Anthology, Inferno: Concordant Vibrancy 4 …


One story has the ingredient of Purpose, brought up by Adonis Mann in “Express-Oh”.


Another looks at Commitment with Carol Cassada’s contribution, “Not Always Like This”.


A firey tale is all about Consequences, and Harmony Kent delved deep into this ingredient with her story, “The Fireman”.


Love is also examined with Beem Weeks’ tale, “The Complications of Fire”.


And we have the ingredient of Reinvention as told by C. Desert Rose’s story, “Calliope’s Inferno”.


In another story, we see that Tenacity is an important ingredient no matter what the circumstance through Y. Correa’s, “Moxy”.


Synful Desire’s, “Antipode” touches on how the ingredient of Risk can be as scolding as any.


Da’Kharta Rising shows us in “The Chronicles of Aidan” how Conviction is as good an ingredient as any to keep the fire roaring.


And last but never-ever least, Queen of Spades indubitably demonstrates how Empathy is the most powerful of ingredients when maintaining our soul’s fire burning in, “The Calefaction of Insight”.


Now that the picture has become clear and Inferno’s stew is bubbling, come serve yourself a bowl. Come get your copy of, “Concordant Vibrancy 4: Inferno”.






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January Book Reviews! @JacqBiggar @Virgilante @MaeClair1 @teagangeneviene @rhanidchae

Some great books and reviews over at Denise Finn’s place … well worth checking out for your next reads >>>

One Dyke Cozy by Rhani D’Chae  “One Dyke Cozy” is a short story about two girls that became best friends at eight years old, Shy and Gabby. They are complete opposites but balance each other.…

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Resolutions for Writers

Check out an intersting post from Mae Clair today, on Story Empire, all about writing goals and resolutions. How do you do it? >>>

Hello, SEers! You’re with Mae today, and I’ve got a New Year’s question for you—did you make any resolutions? I rarely do. Well, at least not any I take too seriously, but this year I got to thinki…

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#BookReview: Strangers by C L Taylor

Hi everyone, today I have another book review for you. This was another quick and fun read >>>

About the Book:

The Sunday Times bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club author of Sleep returns with her most gripping book yet.

Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

The million-copy bestseller returns with a gripping new novel that will keep you guessing until the end.

My Review:

Thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books for a free ARC of this book.

I first came across this author late last year when a supermarket had a twofer deal on a couple of her paperbacks. I grabbed them and quickly devoured them. I loved C L Taylor’s writing so much that I put her other books on my Christmas list and now have a further five to read when I get the chance. So, when I saw this title available on NetGalley, I jumped at the opportunity to review it. Strangers did not disappoint.

As the description tells us, we meet and follow three very different people, who are strangers to one another. The writer weaves these three separate and disparate threads together nicely. I connected with each of the main characters, but my favourite was Ursula. To me, she seems to have the most character of them all and makes for a strong female lead.

The plot, pacing, characterisation, and scene setting are all done well, and I found this to be a quick and fun read, perfect for a dark winter’s night. The identity of both the Harbourside Murderer and the Stalker kept me guessing right up until the end. I give this book a solid five stars and am looking forward to reading more of C L Taylor’s books.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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Macro vs. Micro Thinking

Craig Boyack has a fun post today over on Story Empire all about writing >>>

Hi Gang. Craig here, and you get me twice this week. I was on vacation when I wrote this post. It will go live shortly after I return to my paycheck job. I’d just put in a decent day of writing (20…

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Week in Review

Joan Hall has some useful writing links in her weekly roundup today >>>

I’m still trying to get back into the swing of blogging. Amazing what taking a few weeks off will do. Some of you might know I was home with the flu for over a week. (Yes, I took a flu shot, …

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#BookReview: Deadly Waters by Dot Hutchison

Hi everyone, it gives me great pleasure to share my latest book review with you all. This read is another NetGalley ARC … darn you, Mae Clair, for getting me onto NetGalley! I have enough to read without adding more, lol! 🙂

While my review says it all, I have to say that I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a book as much as this as far as I can remember. It’s not a Stephen King, but it’s just different … and immensely enjoyable and well written. Okay, I’ll stop gushing now and give you the details >>>

About the Book

From the bestselling author of The Butterfly Garden comes a suspenseful new series for the #MeToo era about vigilante justice, close friends, and getting away with murder.

Florida journalism undergrad Rebecca Sorley is like any other college student. She tries to keep up with her studies, her friends, and her hot-tempered roommate, Ellie, who regularly courts trouble with the law.

When a male student’s remains are found in alligator-infested waters, the university warns students to stay away from the reptiles. But then a second body shows up, and the link is undeniable. Both men belonged to the same fraternity and had a reputation for preying on and hurting women.

Ellie has previously threatened to kill men who don’t take no for an answer. Rebecca and her friends thought Ellie was kidding. But now a vigilante killer is roaming campus—someone who knows how to dispose of rapists. Someone determined to save female students from horrible crimes.

With each passing day, those who know Ellie become more convinced she’s responsible. But if she is, stopping her might not be in everyone’s best interest…



My Review






Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer for a free ARC of this book.

This is definitely one of those blow-you-away reads that I wish I could award 10 Stars instead of 5. What can I say … this is an amazingly good book. So good, in fact, that I feel any review I offer, even an absolutely raving one, will not be able to do it justice.

For sure, I will be following this author around from now (online, lol!) and reading more of her books.

So, what got me so hooked? When I came across this book on NetGalley, the cover caught my attention, and then I read the book description … oh boy. I was delighted when I received the ARC but thrilled as soon as I started reading. It is rare that a narrative will grab me like that on the first line and keep hold of me until and even after the very last word.

In many ways, the subject matter is not an easy one to read; however, the author flipped it on its head and interspersed some much-needed humour at the darkest moments … I found myself rollercoasting from frowning deeply and trying not to leak tears to not just laughing out loud but actually guffawing. And much to my husband’s dismay, even went so far as to read him some of the cornier jokes, which I felt were just perfect for that specific point in the story.

It’s a sad testament to modern life that what happened to these young college students is all too common, as is the reaction (or lack of) to such awful events. When the police and authorities fail to protect them or take the perpetrators of sexual assault into hand, one student enacts her own vigilante justice. We don’t find out the reveal of which one of a group of seven she is until the end of the book; however, I did have a vague idea before then but my hunch only added to the fun of the read, watching the subterfuge that abounded.

Normally, I’m not at all one for vigilante justice or revenge killings … or revenge at all for that matter … but, most surprisingly, I found myself rooting for all of the girls, even the one leading the drunken young men to hungry alligators. I absolutley did not want her to get caught or punished. Yep … I’m still chewing over that one.

Not a single one of the characters was a cardboard cut out, not even the most minor of them. I connected with them all, and felt as though I was tagging along with the main character and her friends, rather than simply reading about them. The scene setting, plot, and pacing were spot on. The only negative is that the book had to end, lol. I call that a job way well done.

So, in case you haven’t guessed yet, Deadly Waters gets a resounding 5 (wishing for 10) stars from me.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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#NewBook: Eventide by Mae Clair

Hi everyone. Today, it gives me great pleasure to host fellow author and friend Mae Clair, who is showcasing her latest book, Eventide. Take it away, Mae >>>

Hi, Harmony! Many thanks for welcoming me today to your blog. It’s fantastic to be here promoting my new release, Eventide. The book is part mystery and part supernatural suspense and uses dual timelines to examine the lives of people living in the same house, in separate centuries.


My main character (in the present) and her sister are both empaths. Everyone has a measure of empathy in them, but some people have it in abundance. It’s easy for them to tap into the feelings of others and put themselves in another’s shoes. This can be a good—allowing an individual to see multiple sides of a given situation—but there are also drawbacks.


When empathy becomes too strong, it can be overwhelming. A person with strong empathic abilities has to learn to disconnect. Otherwise they can drown in the sorrow. It’s great to be able to feel elation and happiness, but empaths often tap into misery, desperation, and fear.


Madison Hewitt, the lead in Eventide is rebuilding her life after witnessing the murder of her husband three years ago. Because of her empathic abilities, she experienced a complete shutdown when she witnessed his death. Afterward, she spent three years in a care facility, never speaking a word. You can learn more about what happened to Madison in the previous book, End of Day.


In Eventide, she is thrilled to be independent again, the new owner of property located outside of town. But no sooner does she move in, then she senses someone is watching her. Someone who knows about her past and isn’t ready to let her forget.


Madison breathed deeply, savoring the quiet. Already, the air grew heavy with the heady mustiness that blooms around water at dusk. She loved the smell. Relished the fickle skip of breeze wafting from the creek. A few bats flitted between trees. Further away, a mourning dove cooed from somewhere among the branches.


As much as she enjoyed being outside, there was still unpacking to do. Maybe later, she’d relax on the balcony with a glass of wine and watch night settle. Alcohol didn’t mix well with meds, but she’d been off her pills long enough. She deserved the treat.


Warmed by the thought, she headed toward the house. The sight of a dead squirrel sprawled by the front door crushed her sense of tranquility.


“Damn.” The animal must have been injured, crawled up on the porch, and died. It was an odd place for a wild creature to seek shelter in the waning moments of life, but the area was infested with small rodents. The poor thing had probably tussled with a fox or a raccoon. She peered closer but didn’t see a mark on it. As unpleasant as the task was, she’d have to dispose of it. Part of living so far from town meant dealing with the occasional critter in her yard or home.


Inside, she located a trash bag and a pair of plastic gloves. When it came time to put the carcass in the sack, she averted her eyes. The little body hung limp in her hand, faintly warm through the thin layer of her gloves. She bundled the bag shut and glanced to the rickety floorboards, praying she wouldn’t discover blood.


A chill prickled her spine.


The squirrel’s body and tail had concealed a single word stenciled in capital letters on the doormat. One that might have been inviting under other circumstances, but now seemed sinister.




Madison glanced over her shoulder, the swiftly falling night abruptly unsettling. She sprinted across the driveway to the detached garage, then dumped the bag in a trash can. Of course, no one was watching her, but it was hard to squash old fears.


How many women survived seeing their husband butchered with a knife? How many people knew what it felt like to be murdered?


This is just the beginning of problems for Madison. To get to the root of her troubles, she’s going to have to unearth what happened to the people who occupied her home during the late 1800s when it belonged to a family named Stewart. Curious? I hope so. J


Hopefully, you’re curious enough to order Eventide which is available from all major booksellers online. You’ll make this author very happy. Thank you in advance for your consideration! J


Universal Purchase Link




The darkness is coming . . .

The old house near Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania is a place for Madison Hewitt to start over—to put the trauma of her husband’s murder, and her subsequent breakdown, behind her. She isn’t bothered by a burial plot on the property, or the mysterious, sealed cistern in the basement. Not at first. Even the presence of cold spots and strange odors could be fabrications of her still troubled mind. But how to explain her slashed tires, or the ominous messages that grow ever more threatening?

Convinced the answer lies in the past, Madison delves into the history of the home’s original owners, only to discover the origin of a powerful evil. An entity that may be connected to a series of gruesome attacks that have left police baffled. No matter where she turns—past or present—terror lingers just a step away, spurred on by a twisted obsession that can only be satisfied through death…


Order Eventide HERE

Connect with Mae Clair at BOOKBUB and the following haunts:

Amazon| BookBub| Newsletter Sign-Up
Website | Blog| Twitter| Goodreads| All Social Media


And, in case you missed it, here’s my review for this fantastic read >>>


Thanks to NetGalley and Lyrical Underground for an ARC of this book.

I have read all of Mae Clair’s Hodes Hill books, and this one is by far my favourite. I loved the mix of the supernatural with typical ghosts spiced up with a deadly and terrifying ghoul. All in all, this is a great series that works well both to read as a run on and for each book to stand alone, although you get more by seeing the character progression throughout the series if you read them in order. Having read of Madison, the main character, in previous books and seeing her struggle through the eyes of others, it is nice to see her getting a book to herself, and what a strong heroine she turns out to be.

The plot runs both in the past (1800s) and in the present day and gives you plenty of mystery, suspense, and twists in both timelines. While I sussed out that something was up with the historical brothers early on, I completely failed to work out what it was, so kudos to the author for that bit of cunning.

I highly recommend this book and will be reading more from this writer. A solid five star read.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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#BookReview: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Hi everone,

Today, I share my first review for 202o! This was a free ARC book via NetGalley, and I loved it. I’ll let the book description and the review say the rest >>>

About the Book:

‘A gripping novel . . . Beautiful and chilling’ Madeline Miller, author of Circe

BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick 2020

On Christmas Eve, 1617, the sea around the remote Norwegian island of Vardø is thrown into a reckless storm. As Maren Magnusdatter watches, forty fishermen, including her father and brother, are lost to the waves, the menfolk of Vardø wiped out in an instant.

Now the women must fend for themselves.

Eighteen months later, a sinister figure arrives. Summoned from Scotland to take control of a place at the edge of the civilized world, Absalom Cornet knows what he needs to do to bring the women of Vardø to heel. With him travels his young wife, Ursa. In Vardø, and in Maren, Ursa finds something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God and flooded with a mighty and terrible evil, one he must root out at all costs.

Inspired by the real events of the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch trials, Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Mercies is a story about how suspicion can twist its way through a community, and a love that may prove as dangerous as it is powerful.


My Review:

Thank you to NetGalley and Panmacmillan for a free ARC of this book.

I haven’t read any of Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s books before this one. The book premise pulled me right in, even if the cover didn’t, as the imagery fails to show the brilliance of the narrative.

Apparently, the author has written previously in YA and children’s literature. All I can say is that I’m delighted she has now produced an adult book. This is a fantastic read. The author has obviously done her research well and transplanted this into spectacularly gripping fiction. I will be looking out for more books from this writer.

As the description shows, this story is set in 1617 and centres around a small island off Norway. The conditions are bleak, and to survive, everyone must pull together. Unfortunately, after tragedy strikes in the form of a deadly storm, zealous witch-hunters break into the new-found and fragile solidarity of the survivors–mostly women–and bring yet more pain and destruction in their determination to dominate. Set amdist this dramatic time and place are two women who discover an unlikely love for one another. This only adds to the tensions and need for secrecy. Another even more deadly storm brews–this one on the earth rather than from the heavens, but no less menacing for its man-made ferocity.

I found the world building, scene setting, plot, pacing, and character development excellent. This was a book I could not put down. Usually, I shy away from historical fiction because it’s just not my thing … The Mercies, however, managed to grab me by the neck and didn’t let go until I’d finished every last word. In short, I loved this book. If you want tension, suspense, a hint of a thriller, and strong female characters, then this is the book for you. Don’t worry about the genre. Seriously, go read this book. I give it a solid five stars and want to see more adult fiction from Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

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Expansion Pack: Character Archetypes + a trick

Check out some great writing tips over at Story Empire today from Craig Boyack >>>

Hi gang. Craig here with you again. Last year sometime, I wrote a series here about The Hero’s Journey. This is a link to PART ONE. Then I went on to write several Expansion Packs. Those are easy e…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Reviews #Mystery James J. Cudney, #Memoir Brigid P. Gallagher, Children Annika Perry, #Romance Harmony Kent

Oh Baubles got some love just before Christmas over at Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. I’m well late reposting because, firstly, I was away and unable to use the internet or my computer, and secondly, I ended up unwell (four viruses back to back and the last one triggered my asthma). Anyhoooo, here it is at last … Sorry, Sally! And a HUGE thank you! 🙂

Since the middle of November I have featured all the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore with a recent review and since we have a few days left, I will now share more up to date reviews that have bee…

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Featured On the Reef ~ Harmony Kent @harmony_kent

Oh Baubles gets some unexpected love On the Reef over at Sarah Brentyn’s place today. I’d be delighted if you could check it out >>>

    On the Reef is a series featuring fabulous indie authors from around the blogosphere and beyond. Titles, covers, and blurbs that catch my eye, new releases, great reads… Basical…

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To series or not to series? That is the question.

Check out Staci Troilo’s post on whether to write a series or not over at Story Empire today >>>

Ciao, amici! It’s time for another Friday Writing Question. Today’s is a simple one: Series or Standalone? I’ve written both single titles and sprawling sagas, and I can see a ben…

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How to Publish with KDP: Overview and Invitation

Hi everyone … if you’re an indie author, you won’t want to miss this upcoming series >>>

Hello SErs. Harmony here. From January 2020, I plan on running a post series dedicated to taking a step-by-step look at how to get your finished manuscript from your computer and on sale on Amazon …

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – New Book on the Shelves #Paranormal #Fantasy Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4: The Light by Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara has a new book out, and it is getting some love over at Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore today >>>

Delighted to feature the latest book by Marcia Meara – Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4: The Light the latest in the Paranormal fantasy series. About the book The Magic is Back! For Robert MacKenzie C…

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Finding your author’s voice

Check out this thought-provoking post on finding your author’s voice by Craig Boyack over at Story Empire today >>>

Hi, Gang, Craig with you again. I need to come up with a post, and this one has been gnawing at me for a while now. Recently, I struggled with a section of a draft I’m working on, and the bes…

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Presenting: Oh, Baubles by @harmony_kent #NewRelease #ChristmasNovella #ChristmasRomance #CleanRomance

My latest book, Oh Baubles, gets some love over at Mae Clair’s place today 🙂 >>>

Are you in the holiday spirit? I’ll be the first to admit I turn into a sentimental sap for the entire month of December. I’m kind of a sentimental sap the whole year, but I’m ext…

Source: Presenting: Oh, Baubles by @harmony_kent #NewRelease #ChristmasNovella #ChristmasRomance #CleanRomance

Seven Encouraging Quotes

Some lovely inspirational quotes from Joan Hall over at Story Empire today >>>

Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. The year is winding down and I’m still recovering from NaNoWriMo.  More about that to come, but I will say I’m celebrating! Now back to the things at han…

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#BookReview: Born in a Treacherous Time by Jacqui Murray

Hi everyone. Today, I have a review for you from fellow author, Jacqui Murray. I came across book one in The Crossroads Trilogy after seeing a book-launch post on Mae Clair’s blog. The introduction to that book recommended that I read this book first, instead … so, I did. I’m now set up to read Survival of the Fittest, which I’m looking forward to. Here’s my review:

About the Book:

‘The book’s plot is similar in key ways to … Jean M. Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear–Kirkus Reviews

Born in the harsh world of East Africa 1.8 million years ago, where hunger, death, and predation are a normal part of daily life, Lucy and her band of early humans struggle to survive. It is a time in history when they are relentlessly annihilated by predators, nature, their own people, and the next iteration of man. To make it worse, Lucy’s band hates her. She is their leader’s new mate and they don’t understand her odd actions, don’t like her strange looks, and don’t trust her past. To survive, she cobbles together an unusual alliance with an orphaned child, a beleaguered protodog who’s lost his pack, and a man who was supposed to be dead.

Born in a Treacherous Time is prehistoric fiction written in the spirit of Jean Auel. Lucy is tenacious and inventive no matter the danger, unrelenting in her stubbornness to provide a future for her child, with a foresight you wouldn’t think existed in earliest man. You’ll close this book understanding why man not only survived our wild beginnings but thrived, ultimately to become who we are today.

This is a spin-off of To Hunt a Sub’s Lucy (the ancient female who mentored the female protagonist).

“Murray’s lean prose is steeped in the characters’ brutal worldview,Fictig her story on timeless human concerns of survival, acceptance, and fear of the unknown. Even if readers have a general sense of where the plot is going, they’ll still find the specific twists and revelations to be highly entertaining throughout. A well-executed tale of early man.”

My Review:



I picked up Born in a Treacherous Time after coming across book 1 in the Crossroads Trilogy, which recommended I read this book first. This is the first time I’ve read this sort of fiction, and the author did a great job with her research and portrayal as far as I can see.

A few spelling errors presented themselves in the text, which pulled me out of the read somewhat … things such as site instead of sight, knap instead nap (for sleeping), fascial instead of facial, etc.

Other than the above mentioned errors, I found this to be a well formatted and entertaining read. So much so that I read this novel in one sitting, and I am all set up and ready to move onto book 1 of The Crossroads Trilogy now.

I give this a solid four stars and look forward to more from this author.

NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07CTCR944/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Born-Treacherous-Time-Humanity-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B07CTCR944/

You can find Jacqui Murray on Twitter: @AskATechTeacher

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Oh, Baubles #TuesdayBookShare @harmony_kent

My latest book gets some love today over at Joan Hall’s place >>>


Happy Tuesday, Readers! It’s the Christmas Season, and I’m delighted to welcme back friend and fellow author Harmony Kent here today talking about her brand-new release, Oh Baubles. I l…

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Book Review Tuesday: Serang @Virgilante, If Darkness Takes Us @bsmithnovelist, My Baby Wrote Me a Letter @JacqBiggar

Some great book reviews from Mae Clair today … I have 2 of these on y ereader waiting for me >>>

Hello, and welcome to my first Book Review Tuesday of December! Bear with me, because I plan to share several books I read in November today and next week. After that, Christmas Eve and New Year…

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Writing Betwixt #inspiration #creativity

Check out this interesting post from Mae Clair over at Story Empire today … what inspires your creativity? >>>

Hello, SE friends! Welcome to the first Mae Day of December. As we transition into a new month and approach the end of the year, I thought it an ideal time to talk about “betwixt moments.” Think of…

Source: Writing Betwixt #inspiration #creativity

My First #BookReview for Oh Baubles!

Hi everyone.

I hadnt planned on posting today, but I just saw this awesome-sauce review of Oh Baubles from D L (Denise) Finn and had to share! I’m doing my happy dance right now 🙂

Denise’s Wonderful Review:






5.0 out of 5 stars
This is the perfect read for not only the busy holidays but at any time of year!

6 December 2019 – Published on Amazon.com

Verified Purchase

A huge thank you for everyone who has bought my book, and to Denise for taking the time to leave this lovely review.

Off to carry on with my happy dance now! 🙂


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Friday Fun

Hi everyone. TGI it’s Friday!!! I don’t know about you, but I’m well ready for the weekend.

Yesterday, I had a lengthy hospital appointment to chat with my orthopaedic consultant. The upshot of the epic clinic time is that I am now on a waiting list for a full hip replacement. Which, due to the pain I am in and the limits to my already limited mobility, is good news. I’m not looking forward to it, but it seems to be my only option at this stage. The waiting list could be anything from 3 to 6 months. I’ll keep you all informed.

Anyhooo … the funny bit comes from yesterday when hubby and I were getting ready to leave the house for the hospital … (apologies to my Story Empire buddies who have seen this already, lol) …

Me: Alexa, turn off music … (it all goes quiet) …

husband (pretending to be Alexa): why? …

me: because we’re going out …

husband (still pretending to be Alexa): can I come with you? …

me: no



Honestly, we can be a silly pair at times!


And in other BIG news … drum roll please …

Oh Baubles went on sale today!!!

While I’m mega excited, I’m also terrified. I always am, no matter how many books I publish, lol.

If you’d like to take a look, here’s the universal link to the book: http://mybook.to/OhBaubles

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Author Essentials Part 4: The Budget

A useful post about budgeting as a writer from P H Solomon over on Story Empire today >>>


Good morning and Merry Christmas, Story Empire readers! PH here again today with another author essentials post. Previous topics covered domain name creation, email address usage and establishing y…

Source: Author Essentials Part 4: The Budget

The “classic” trilogy

Check out this interesting post on Classic Trilogies by Craig Boyack over at Story Empire >>>

Hi gang! Craig with you again today. I’m in the middle of writing a trilogy, so take this info with a grain of salt. I’ve done my homework, and I want to share some of that here today. …

Source: The “classic” trilogy