#BookReview for Daria’s Daughter by Linda Huber

My review for Daria’s Daughter by Linda Huber, 5/5 stars.

I’ve read a few of Linda Huber’s books, and enjoyed every one of them, but this has to be her best so far. I was hooked from the first pages, with harassed mother Daria getting her daughter ready for their trip to Spain, only to be involved in a horrific accident on the way to the airport.

The story pulls you in as we, the reader, are privy to certain facts that the characters aren’t, and keeps the adrenaline going with every missed opportunity, those few seconds too late or too soon that would make all the difference.

The reader can feel pain and anguish Daria is going through; there are some truly touching moments as she mourns her daughter’s death, her marriage falls apart, and friends and family no longer know how to treat her. Huber has poured all the emotions into this book, making you feel part of the characters’ lives and their secrets.

Well written and well edited, this is a story that will break your heart and make you smile, an emotional roller coaster with a bitter-sweet ending that you’ll find yourself thinking about long after you’ve finished reading it. Highly recommend.


#BookReview for It Will Be Quick by Karl Drinkwater

My review for It Will Be Quick by Karl Drinkwater, 5/5 stars. It also earns a Pink Quill Book Pick badge (click here for more information.)

Where do I start with this review? I love Drinkwater’s books, I’ve read all of them so far, and each one remains in my mind for a long time after. It Will Be Quick is no different. This collection of short stories held me spellbound, each one cleverly crafted and so well written you feel like you’ve read an entire novel in just a few pages.

It’s not easy to create characters and situations in short stories that capture the reader, but Drinkwater has achieved this and much more. You’re desperate to know what happens to the two strangers stranded on a rocky island in the middle of the ocean, fighting for their lives as hours, then days, pass; your heart aches for the little boy who sacrifices everything for an undeserving mother; you are with a mother as she gives birth, so incredibly written that you’re left stunned at the end; and a story from an era of thousands of years ago, sad, poignant, and frighteningly real, will remain with you for a long time.

These are just some of the stories. There are many more, such as the old man shunned by a society that only listens to money, a woman who finds a computer game gives a much-needed edge to her life, a man whose cycling holiday takes a bizarre turn, and then there is the stunning ‘Miasma’, which you have to read for yourself.

Once again Drinkwater has surpassed himself, proving that anything he writes is a must-read. As with all his books, I highly recommend It Will Be Quick.

Paperback links:

Ebook coming soon!

Two books in one month!

Last month, I decided to do something a bit reckless – I released two books about 10 days apart! I didn’t actually write them both in September, that would have been impossible, but seeing as they were both ready I thought it would be a good idea to publish them.

Why? I finished writing The Dragonfly Grove in July, but my editor couldn’t start work on it until the beginning of August. So, rather than sit back and rest, I dug out a children’s book I wrote about 10 years ago to see if it was any good.

To my surprise, Adventure in Malasorte Castle wasn’t too bad! It needed a bit of work, and a completely new ending, but the main story was there and it was good. I spent a pleasant couple of weeks going over the manuscript, rewriting certain parts, tweaking others, and by the end I had a book that was almost ready. I printed it out, got my red pen, and went over it again. One final read-through on my Kindle, and at long last it was finished.

In the meantime, the editor had gone over The Dragonfly Grove and sent me back the (fortunately) few corrections/alterations. So while my children’s book was with the ARC readers, I worked on sorting out this manuscript. This time I only sent it to two beta readers who I knew would point out anything that wasn’t right, in order to cut down times, and to not have too much conflicting advice that would drive me crazy!

By the beginning of September, Adventure in Malasorte Castle was ready and up for pre-order on all the retailers. The paperback followed soon after, and started selling immediately. Some of the ARC readers got back to me with their reviews – luckily they loved it! On the 29th September, my author friend Sarah Northwood and I held a Facebook event for the launch of our books, which were both released on the 30th. It was a great success, with lots of other authors joining in and chatting about their books, but it was a long, tiring day!

I spent the first two weeks of September preparing The Dragonfly Grove, and both the ebook and paperback were ready to publish on the 21st September. I didn’t hold a Facebook event (two in one month would have been too much!) but I may do something this month to celebrate its launch.

I also set up two newsletters, one for Helen Pryke and one for Julia E. Clements, where I’d love to get in touch with readers, chat about my books and books in general, and pass on any great offers on amazing books I’ve read. There’s also an exclusive short story you can download if you sign up for the Julia E. Clements one!
You can find details in the books, or you can sign up for my Helen Pryke one from this blog or my Facebook author page.

Do I regret it? No, not at all. It was hard work but very satisfying to finish both books together. Will I do it again? Probably not!

Now, I really am taking a couple of weeks off to recover from last month, but I already have a few ideas for new stories…

Adventure in Malasorte Castle by Julia E. Clements
#CoverReveal for The Dragonfly Grove

What a week!

Nothing seems to happen for ages, then it all happens at once! This has been an incredible week for me:

  • My children’s book, Dreamland, won a Readers’ Favorite 5-star seal and a lovely review. See my article here.
  • I also published my second women’s fiction novel, The Healer’s Secret, after holding a book launch event on Facebook. A few authors joined in with some great giveaways, and we met a lot of new friends during the event. There was behind the scenes info, excerpts from my book, and fun games all day long. You can check out the posts here, although all the giveaways are closed now.
  • Then, on Friday, I discovered I’d won the members’ choice award for my Christmas short story over on the Readers Review Room. I even got a certificate!

MC Cmas story award (1)

You can read my story, and everyone else’s, here.

All in all, it was an exciting, if tiring, week. I need to get some rest, so I’ll wish you all a merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year!


The Healer’s Secret Online Launch

On Thursday I’ll be hosting the online launch on Facebook for my latest book, The Healer’s Secret. All through the day there’ll be behind the scenes information, excerpts from the book, games, and a great giveaway. You can join in the fun here.

Other authors will be dropping in throughout the day to chat and do some giveaways too, so keep an eye out for those!

I hope to see you there!

You can still pre-order The Healer’s Secret on Amazon at the special price of 99c/99p.

healer promo pic1

Book Release: The Way of Life

Annette Spratte is re-releasing her book, The Way of Life, today. I’ve read the full-length version of the book, and it is well worth the read. This version is slightly shorter, but it still has all the elements that draw you into the story and make you fall in love with Josie and Jim.


Here’s the blurb:

“You’d rather have me wonder what happened to you?” he asked.
“You can stop wondering if you want to,” she told him. “But you can’t stop knowing.”

Josie would rather bite off her tongue than tell Jim about her past. The past that made her spend a lot of time in clinics and therapy. The past that still gives her nightmares she wakes from screaming.
But then the past almost repeats itself.
Only this time, Jim is there to protect her – at a tremendous cost.

“Annette Spratte has a wonderful way of writing that is easy to read, but at the same time pulls you into the story until you feel as if you are a part of the book yourself.” -Helen Pryke, Author-

Here’s my review of the original book:

Wow, this is a long book, but well worth the read! The author uses descriptive narrative incredibly well, so that the reader lives each character’s experiences with them and becomes deeply involved in their lives.
Josie has had a traumatic experience in her past, which still has an effect on her now but, despite this, she has a wonderfully bubbly personality and gets on well with people. She also has a deep empathy towards others who are suffering, which she uses subconsciously to help them.
Jim is a shy man who has always had problems connecting with people, his religious beliefs have kept him holding back until he finds the right woman. When he meets Josie, the two of them form a deep bond that goes beyond love. But Josie must overcome the traumatic events of her past in order to be able to form a future with Jim.
I loved this book, Annette Spratte has a wonderful way of writing that is easy to read, but at the same time pulls you into the story until you feel as if you are a part of the book yourself. It is a romance with Christian tones but don’t let that put you off as the story is so much more, it is a story of courage and hope that many women will be able to identify with.

Annette has also created an interview with Josie and Jim:

Welcome, you two! I’m so glad you could join me for this little interview. The story of your love is rather spectacular. Are you nervous about it being released to any number of people?
Jim coughs and blushes. Josie: A bit, yes. Of course it’s very personal. But I hope that it will encourage people who have gone through troubled times like I have. I want them to know that there is hope and it’s worth it to fight your way back and not let the bad things eat you up.
Jim, you don’t seem so comfortable.
Jim: No. But I agree with Josie. People might benefit.
It was something like love at first sight for the two of you. What were your thoughts about each other after you’d met?
Jim (big grin on his face): I just knew she’s the one. I can’t even tell you why, I just knew it. Josie (smiles at him): I wasn’t so sure at the start. I mean, I could feel he’s special, but I wasn’t ready to make a commitment. I didn’t even know if I wanted a relationship at that point. But he kept showing up and I kept wanting to see him and it was as if things were decided for me and there was nothing I could do about it. I guess he’s just irresistible.
There was a time, though, when things didn’t look so good between you.
(Strong reaction from both) Josie: Don’t remind me of that! Jim: It was awful. I felt like a zombie without her. Both simultaneously: I’m so glad that’s over! (Laughter)
Your friends and family had a lot to do with it, didn’t they?
Josie: I had never before met people like that. They are so supportive and loving. They just take you at face value and don’t judge you. Meeting them was like being wrapped in a warm blanket after being out in the cold for hours. Stacey is a friend for life, truly! And Jim’s dad is one in a million, too.
And yet you didn’t let them in on your relationship for a very long time. How come?
Jim: I wasn’t sure if it would hold up. My dad and my brother have always been nagging me about girls, which was a very sore spot. I wanted to be sure before telling them. It took a while. Josie: It was his choice. What surprised me, though, was that Lisa didn’t get wind of it. I still wonder how she could have missed it! Jim: Yeah, my sister isn’t very perceptive. She only sees what she believes. It can be trying at times.
She was really mad at you when she found out. How’s your relationship now?
Both look sad. Josie: She’s not really talking to either of us. I tried to make up with her, but it didn’t work. I really hope she’ll come around eventually. Jim: I’m just glad that she behaves herself at family meetings. It would be terrible on my parents if we had an open confrontation every time we met. But she’s putting on her best face to keep the family peace.
So, what are your plans for the future?
Josie: Uh, well… (blushes) Jim only grins.
Josie: No comment. Jim: Well, you know, I’d love to raise a family, but I suppose I’ll have to wait a bit. The lady isn’t convinced, yet. (The lady boxes his arm.)
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me! Anyone who would like to know more about this wonderful couple, check this link:


Dreams Collide Book Release

Today’s the day, congratulations to Kristina Beck! Dreams Collide, the second in the Collide Series, is released today. The first book, Lives Collide, is free today as well!


Tina craves adventure, food, and her new client, restaurant owner Gerry.

At sixteen, Tina was full of energy, fearless, and desperate to get out of New Jersey. But her dreams shattered when her mother died tragically. She was thrust into the role of mothering her family while hiding the horrible truth of that day.

Now that Tina feels she’s paid her penance, she wants to rediscover the ambitious girl she used to be. With her new dream job and a move to Hoboken, it’s her time to spread her wings. Tina’s first client is a restaurant owner who tempts her—not only with food but with himself. She’d felt this kind of attraction only once before in college and is flooded with memories of an unforgettable kiss. One of her biggest regrets.

Gerry desires anonymity, a new life, and the beautiful website designer Tina.

Gerry fled Germany to escape the destruction of his reputation. After months of staying under the radar, he opens a restaurant in New York City. When he hires a website design firm, Gerry finds himself working closely with Tina—whom he had a taste of years ago and now finds a sweet indulgence.

Even as they admit their attraction to each other, an unexpected circumstance threatens to separate them again. Will their love be strong enough to give up their dreams? Or will someone be left behind?

My review:

I read the first book in the series, Lives Collide, and had high expectations for this book. Luckily, it didn’t disappoint! Gerry and Tina’s story of second chances, missed opportunities and falling in love is a fun read, with a few twists and turns along the way. You find yourself rooting for them all the way through, but as everyone knows, the path to love is never easy, and Gerry and Tina must overcome some obstacles before they can find their HEA. This is a great sequel, and I look forward to reading the next one!


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