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Soulhaven (Deb E Howell)

Soulhaven@read.iridescent.nz

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Writer, mum, general dog's body from the south of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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An enforcer wanted dead for crimes she didn’t commit... An assassin wanted dead for crimes …

Review of 'The Emperor’s Edge' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Not sure if I'd go so far as to say "It was amazing!" type 5-star. But certainly a "I loved it" (not quite exclamation mark territory, though) 5-star. I mire than "really liked it", anyway. Most enjoyable, and I stole every free moment to read it, and am very glad to have bought it as a set of the first three books. So I'm onto the next.

Review of 'The Heart of Stone' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Right-ho! Time to be all objective about a subjective experience, and stuff...

FIRST: Good book. Highly recommend to those interested in Epic Fantasy. There's war, gruesome fighting, friendships, loyalty, true love (not of the romantic kind), evil, magic... all of that. And a Golem.

You're in good hands with Ben Galley. His descriptions and metaphors are as epic as the tale.

So, several totally honest facts:
I read an ARC copy. There were some errors, which I presume have been fixed for the final release.
I started this in February...
I am a mum to a toddler (who was a little over 1 when I started this), and no, he does not sleep through the night.
I am from a middle-income family, and I picked up more work over the past few months, but the days and weeks got no longer to accommodate the extra work, and we need the …

Sanyare (Paperback, 2015, Trabuco Ridge Press) 3 stars

Review of 'Sanyare' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This one is a tough one to review.

I finished it, and willingly, so that's a big point in its favour. No DNF, here.

I even found myself carving out any time I could spare to read it at times. There were times I was ready to gush over it.

And yet...

Early on, I wanted to know amore about how these portals opened up. What did they look like. Were they doors? Holes in the ground? Did they float in mid-air? How was security monitored? Were there keypads? Or guards? Rie was able to use someone else's "code" to go through a portal, so I'm guessing there weren't guards there. So, I wondered how she input this "code".

I was also a bit concerned that while the Shadow Realm was so named because it had short daylight hours, it also seemed populated with dark-skinned beings (vampires, dark elves, and …

Warrior's Touch (2018, Holland House Books) No rating

The ultimate betrayal exposes a new enemy and forces Llew and Jonas to ally with …

Review of "Warrior's Touch" on 'Goodreads'

No rating

Just putting this here as a wee Goodreads Notice Board for WARRIOR'S TOUCH.

Release date set for 2nd September 2018! Counting down!

04 July 2018: We have a cover. The paperback is currently in the process of having a proof copy printed. If all goes well, then we will push the little red button that starts the release process and the countdown will truly be on. Keep watching my spaces (Facebook, Twitter, website...)

13 October 2016: After a crazy year of moving house and welcoming a new baby, WT has finally been returned to my editor for second round of edits.

29 June 2015: Well, that read-through was eye-opening. Some small errors to fix. And a couple of bigger things (a Scrivener/Touch Screen error that saw an entire scene in the wrong spot, and an editing error that saw an old paragraph still in the story, even though it's irrelevant …

Review of 'Late Blossoming of Frankie Green' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

This was my experience... I'm sure many others will enjoy.

I was expecting a light read, but it took me a while to get through this one. Not because it was heavy reading, but more because I just didn't get sucked into the characters enough to fully care. There were countless missed opportunities to dig a bit deeper. I suspect it had to do with it's round-robin between the three girls, when perhaps three decent books could have been produced? Each from a different woman's POV. Just a thought. I kept reading to find out who Frankie Green ended up with, even though I didn't really care. I didn't know Jason enough to really like/dislike him (I mean, by the end, he wasn't cool, but if Frankie had changed, maybe he could, too? ... with a gentle prod). And Floyd... he had a few one-liners and the like, but I …