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Aussie outback romance meets Italian sexy

Review of The Sunnyvale Girls by Fiona Palmer Last year, I read and loved Fiona Palmer’s The Sunburnt Country, so when Penguin asked me to read Palmer’s latest book, The Sunnyvale Girls, I jumped at the chance. For those of you not familiar with Palmer’s work, she is the Queen of Australian Outback […]

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A Middle-Grade Story That Even Adults Would Enjoy

Book Review: Coriander Jones Saves The World by Kim English   Review by Sandra Selvas Villatoro “Coriander Jones Saves The World” was a fantastic read. Targeted to middle-grade and young-adult readers, but it could be easily enjoyed by adults as well. It is a story that never belittles anyone’s intelligence and shows […]


The Beginning of A Fantastic Series

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas   Review by Sandra Selvas Villatoro I know this books is a HUGE bestseller and that it came out a couple of years ago, but I still think it’s an underrated book in the Fantasy genre, so I wanted to share my review […]

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Announcing The Writers’ Shack’s first Read 4 Review book: Mariner’s Hollow by FG Capitanio There’s been quite a few posts about Frank Capitanio and his debut book, Mariner’s Hollow on The Writers’ Shack lately. We’ve interviewed the author to discuss winning the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award; we’ve reviewed Mariner’s Hollow. Now Capitanio […]


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The Writers’ Shack launches Read 4 Review, a brand new initiative for book lovers   You might remember that a month or so ago, we put some feelers out to see if anyone was interested in a Read 4 Review program. Well, the response from both authors and readers was […]

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Book Review: Silent Screams by C. E. Lawrence

By Mark Combs Title: Silent Screams Author: C. E. Lawrence Genre: Thriller Series or Standalone: Book 1 of 3 in the Lee Campbell-profiler Series Blurb A Deranged Killer’s Twisted Urges –In the streets of New York City, the Slasher chooses his victim–and makes his move. As he wraps his fingers […]


The perfect combination of classic and contemporary

Mariner’s Hollow – a paranormal mystery that keeps the reader guessing to the very end. Over the weekend, I posted an interview with Frank “FG” Capitanio, the author of the award winning novel, Mariner’s Hollow – which won Gold in the IPBA Benjamin Franklin Awards. If you read that, you’d […]

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Recipe book review: Peter Gordon Everyday

I love Peter Gordon’s inspirational dishes. I went to The Sugar Club many years ago (sadly it no longer exists) for a birthday celebration and everyone on our table of 10 had something amazing to eat. Often called Europe’s father of fusion cuisine, Peter’s… Related posts: Recipe: Macadamia Nut Crusted […]


Book Review: The Great Game by D. R. Bell

By Mark Combs Title: The Great Game Author: D. R. Bell Genre: Thriller Series or Standalone: Standalone Blurb After years of patient preparation, a block of countries led by China and Russia stages an overnight financial coup to unseat the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency.  Fortunes are made […]

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The Moon Dwellers

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Beneath a scorched and desolate earth lies a subterranean solar system where the Moon people dwell. Riley Banks reviews The Moon Dwellers by David Estes