Now available as a box set

“Beach and Beyond” Box set Romantic Suspense

“Crumbs to Caviar” (Book one)
Shona and her husband take time to recover at their beachside holiday home after the accident that shattered their world. But what should have been a fresh start for the young couple begins a chain of events that will turn their lives upside down. Shona is forced to face the ghosts of her past with tragic consequences.

An ocean away, Blake Coleman lives the celebrity lifestyle. Numerous women pass through his life. But Blake has no interest in committing again. Caring for his disabled brother and his corporate empire his life is full, yet empty.

A twisted tale of a life shattered by betrayal and dangerous obsession, beachside holidays and a love that could change it all.

“The Cost of Caviar” (Book two)
Building a new life beside magnificent Teal Lake should have been easy. After all, Shona McGuire wasn’t asking for much. A return to the ordinary life, security for her son and a man to love. But when tragedy strikes, and a stranger seeking solitude arrives at the lake, everything is thrown into turmoil.

“The Cost of Caviar” continues the story of Shona McGuire and Blake Coleman started in “Crumbs to Caviar”.

This bundle contains both Book one and Book two of the “Beach and Beyond” series. “Crumbs to Caviar” and “The Cost of Caviar” are also available individually on Kindle.

The author of this book resides in New Zealand. If you are a reader from the United States, the spelling of some words may differ slightly from what is familiar to you. A glossary at the back of the book provides insight in to the New Zealand terms.

Sneak preview

Yesterday I wrote those wonderful words, “The end.”  Actually it should have been “The beginning,” because this is book one of an upcoming series.  A few trusted people have to work their magic before I push the publish button, but not long to wait.

Here is a sneak preview.

Prologue

A bleak December day, a slippery highway, and Shona McGuire’s ordinary life would never to be the same.

Before the accident Shona’s life was not exactly as she would have planned it. In fact, it was nothing like the dreams that filled her head while she struggled with the trials and tribulations of adolescent hood.

For Shona McGuire, her early memories always return to the beach. To the tumble down bach her family have owned since she was a child, covered in sticky candy. As far as she can remember, it has always been tumbled down, with threadbare carpets and frayed curtains. A special place where sand carried in by bare feet, and their old dog’s tooth marks on the corner of the sagging couch, go unnoticed. The lawn is a tapestry of course white sand and sparse patches of Kikuyu, the only grass resilient enough to survive the salt laden air that blows off the waves, and coats the distorted glass windows in a thin, greasy film.

The handful of tiny wooden homes sit empty for most of the year. But when the holidays arrive, they come alive with the sound of laughter, and the smell of sausages, pipi fritters and crayfish cooking on the barbeque.

Her mind takes her back to Sea Dog Takeaways, and the old couple wrapping greasy fish and chips in unsold newsprint. Of her father sipping cold beer, while her mother tossed green salad, and baked fresh loaves of crusty bread.

It takes her back to a time of innocence. Memories of a handsome boy named John Myer, of two free spirits galloping ponies down the windswept beach, of diving in the crystal clear waters of the harbour, and gathering shellfish from the shallows.

Now only the bach remains unchanged, a tumble down wooden structure, that holds the family’s memories etched deep within its walls.

They say you can never go back. That the things you have left behind are best not revisited. But they never told her to go back would be the biggest mistake of her life. It all started on a slippery highway on December 23rd.

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Happy 4th of July!

I get to wish my friends in the USA best wishes a little early. Today it is the 4th of July “down under.”

New Zealanders celebrate the 1840 signing of a document between representatives of the British Crown and 500 Maori chiefs in The Bay of Islands, Northland.

On February 6th the “Treaty of Waitangi” is marked by a public holiday and formal celebrations. Unfortunately the festivities are often plagued by protest and tension.

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Enjoy a little bit of New Zealand this 4th of July. A story that will break your heart and then take you on a journey to heal it.
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Review. Just This Once.

Review of Just this Once, Rosalind James

I was curious to read a fiction by this popular New Zealand author. I personally need good bones in a story and Rosalind James did not disappoint.

I find many “Romances” lack in plot, however this book had wonderful descriptions, believable characters and the story, while having a predictable ending, was complex enough to keep me interested.

This is a well written, enjoyable romance. It will leave the reader a little more knowledgeable about New Zealand, life down under and lead them to care about the characters, their insecurities and their journey.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys romance with a decent life story behind it.

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“Planet Purgatory” – by Benedict Martin.

I have read and reviewed Benedict Martin’s previous book “Charlie Robot.” Although this is not my normal genre I very much enjoyed his writing, and was eager to download the latest story “Planet Purgatory.”

I was not disappointed. “Planet Purgatory” opens up an imaginary world that transports you from reality in the very best way. Benedict Martin has a style of writing that allows you to visualise the places, people and creatures. He also shows his diverse talent by including detailed pictures of the characters throughout the book.

The main character David has human flaws, secrets and weaknesses. He travels in search of help to save Harkness, its occupants and his family. The journey keeps the reader turning the pages, while he introduces a variety of otherworldly creatures often with humour and sometimes even a little sadness.

Benedict Martin has a unique writing style. His imagination, his quality presentation, and his ability to transport the reader to another world make his work definitely worth a look. I would highly recommend this well-paced story to any reader wanting to escape to another world.

I look forward to reading his next book.

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“Review started the day off well.”

I hope your weekend is going well. I have been a little neglectful recently updating my blog. Why? My new novel is in the pipeline. In fact I am working furiously on the first draft and hoping to be able to update soon. It is a romantic suspense. Set in New Zealand although the main character travels to one of my favourite cites, Los Angeles.

It is always lovely to see a reader taking the time to write about your work. This morning my day started with this Goodreads review by reader Lizzy. Very constructive and well thought out comments.

This was a great book. A family saga which was very well written, with engaging complex characters.

I loved the setting of this book in New Zealand, as a Kiwi knowing with some of the places made it easy to connect with this book.

This book is a family saga about two family, initially it is a story of the two main characters as individuals and then combines as the characters meet and the story unfolds.

The characters are well described, with a sympathetic angle. Even the characters who have unflattering character flaws are still described sympathetically.

The story is well paced, the character well developed and described so that you feel as if you know them.

The family saga is set in the modern time frame and it is good to read a family saga which is not historically based.

This book is a really good read,which I highly enjoyed. The storyline, the characters and the ending were all satisfying.

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“This Nearly Was Mine.” Review.

Review “This Nearly Was Mine,” by Nancy Farkas

“This Nearly Was Mine,” is a work of fiction but reads a little like a memoire. The author’s writing is deeply personal, honest and emotive. I am sure most readers will relate, through their own life experiences, to some part of this story.

The journey takes the reader from the main characters first love, to marriage, children and from disappointment to celebration. Because of the authors style of writing the reader is given a window in to life that feels real, and will involve and sweep them along with the story.

From the tragedy of family, to the passion found and lost, to the disappointments and love of children, to the comfortable acceptance of long term partners and soulmates. “This Nearly Was Mine,” is a well written and well-paced novel.

I would recommend this story to romance readers, readers of memoires despite it being a work of fiction, and suggest it is probably more suitable for women readers.

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