RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
Good Pussy Bad Pussy
Rachel’s tale is all about how our bodies react physically to sex and delves into serious themes of consent as Rachel wonders why she enjoys some of her sexual encounters even though she didn’t desire them. Is she free because she gives into her lusts? And if she is free, why does she feel so dirty? She struggles with good pussy, bad pussy, with being faithful and wanting to give into her desires. Sex drives us all, and as she searches for happiness and a life, she realizes she can’t do that and not fall for her desires.
Amy Aimee rights hot sex, from romantic to dubious consent BDSM. Rachel’s mercurial passions are conveyed with skill, and romance fans will find a lot to sink their teeth in as they journey with Rachel to find what she’s searching for.
I give it 4 out 5 stars. It’s very well written romance and if you’re a fan of the genre, I’m sure you’ll love it more than me (I do confess to being male). But the themes in this novel are well worth reading and reflecting on. I doubt there’s a lot of romance out there that can make you reflect on the hold your desires have over you and the choices, often hasty and regrettable, you make while gripped by them. So check out Good Pussy, Bad Pussy!
~ Reed James , Naugthy Ladies Publications Blog & Goodreads
That Old Devil Called God Again
Archbishop Jonathan Blake
Jonathan's first book, For God's Sake, Don't go to Church was written with a vision, this book draws on that vision in action. I received my copy via Kindle as it was released and have devoted today to reading it. Don't expect an easy ride- it challenges to our very core, and it would be easy in the early chapters to give up on it finding Jonathan's reflections to be TOO much to bear. However, all that is needed is an open mind and Jonathan concludes his damning thesis on religion with a challenge to experience re birth. Far from dismantling my own belief system, Jonathan has enriched it through this book. It is both one of the most controversial but also the most inspirational works of the 21st century, a timely and urgent message for all. It is a must read for all. ~ Natasha Morgan, Amazon
That Old Devil Called God Again
Archbishop Jonathan Blake
Revd Fr Christopher Morgan is a parish priest and has been a psychiatric Chaplain. He writes:
Just finished reading this- amazing, challenging, hard hitting (occasionally I wanted to scream), but I persevered, and have found it the most inspirational piece of work I have ever read. ~ Reverend Fr Christopher Morgan
Where is Lonely?
A really excellent read. If you want to broach issues such as friendship and being lonely within a positive and creative story, this is the children's book for you . The main characters of Chelsea and the ogre are beautifully delineated and the plot moves us on with some delightful illustrations and twists. This would be great to use with children of all abilities and suitable for either home or classroom use.,the teaching notes at the end are both open and useful, giving plenty of scope for further exploration. If you liked the gruffalo you will love this little tome!
On the other hand, should you just want to delight in the tale and enjoy the experience without an agenda for teaching, it is a touching read without being sentimental or cliched.
Highly recommended. ~ Andrea Davies Miller, English Teacher and Freelance Editor
Where is Lonely?
' Where is Lonely? is an enchanting book. A fantastic teaching tool for PSHE & Circle time.
It would sit well in both a group or 1 to 1 situation. The illustrations are stimulating and would encourage
even a reluctant child to participate. The formate keeps your interest throughout the story.
I would highly recommended this book to the primary age range.'
Joy White, Primary School Headteacher.' ~ Joy White, Primary Head Teacher
Gawain Legacy, The
Are you looking for something a little different to read this summer? If so, there are worse ideas than to pick up The Gawain Legacy.
Lara is running from her past littered with tragedy and a loveless marriage. As she is preparing to write a new chapter in her own life, she meet Will, whose attempted suicide pulls her into a journey seven centuries in the making. Will has in his possession a manuscript with clues left by a fourteenth century poet, which brings with it a complex and enigmatic trail across the country and into France. But Will and Lara, are not the only ones interested in the secrets at the end of the trail.
Being chased by unknown adversaries, Lara and Will must not only follow the clues, but evade capture by Will’s pursuers. The chase brings treachery, betrayal, and secrets not only hidden in the manuscript, but in Lara’s own past.
The Author uses in depth knowledge of Arthurian legends and ancient language, bringing history to life as each page turns. The landscapes are authentic, and the idea is original, and the tale snakes in and out of history almost seamlessly. But like any good snake, there is a twist in the tail.
The story has a sci-fi element that seems to come out of nowhere. Leaving the fourteenth century poet and his work, a drug that is designed to unfold the fabric of time itself raises the stakes and changes the story. Just as the plot reaches its thinnest point, the revelation resuscitates the readers interest in the plot, and the novel begins to almost read itself. The Author’s prowess is slick, intelligent, and startling. Although the reader is energised by the plot and the novels pace, it is not entirely flawless.
The story is perhaps too complex for the small size of the novel, with so much in it, there are times when the reader is still confused by the methods that lift each curtain. Perhaps in places the story is too intelligent. Furthermore your empathy for Lara is tested by her almost inhuman infallibility. Her character is tested consistently, and yet she never seems to waver from her angelic moral code. All in all the novel could have been longer, allowing not only for better description of the code breaking, but to allow for more comprehensive characterisation.
With this said, you are never compelled to put the novel down and forget it. The reader must complete the quest, this will not go unfinished, and it will definitely leave your bookshelf more than once. If you like Dan Brown, and if you like Daniel Keyes, then you will adore The Gawain Legacy. From amazon, at just over six pounds, there are fewer books of such calibre at such a low price. Perhaps you could also check out his library of other works that have flown beneath the radar for too long.
I rate this book 3.5/5 ~ Adam Ward, http://www.mystudentstyle.co.uk/2014/08/26/gawain-legacy-review/
Gawain Legacy, The
A story that runs at a breakneck pace from the first page. It keeps you guessing right up to the breathless finale. This has the mystery of The Da Vinci Code along with echoes of Kate Mosse and Barbara Erskine. The mysterious Will has uncovered a series of clues in a stolen manuscript of Gawain and the Green Knight. Lara is vulnerable and desperate having just left her husband and she follows him to Chester to uncover the first clue. But whatever treasure lies at the end of the trail is also being sought by another group. There are twists and turns throughout. I promised myself I’d only read “one more” chapter and stayed up halfway through the night. ~ Mayflower
Gawain Legacy, The
I think this is Mackley's best novel yet. First of all, I think the title itself draws you into it, and it excited me to read it as well. It was a really great read and very enjoyable.
Definitely a recommended read. ~ Denisa, Amazon.co.uk
Gawain Legacy, The
You feel submerged within the plot from the first page and will be unable to put the book down until you finish it. The characters are believable, the twists and turns are unexpected, you can’t predict what will happen next, although you try and the ending will play on your mind weeks after. A truly enthralling read! ~ Natasha, Amazon.co.uk
Gawain Legacy, The
A really good read, this is a well paced and strong story. The characters are three dimensional, the dialogue is 'real' and flows well and the sense of place is excellent. The story keeps you guessing right to the end with lots of twists and turns changing what you were confident you had figured out into - well, I didn't see that coming. ~ Sara Geller, Amazon.co.uk
Gawain Legacy, The
Absolutely loved this book. Fast paced and exciting from the very beginning. I read it in 2 evenings because i couldn't put it down. You can really see the author's enthusiasm for medieval literature shine through, he makes Gawain even more interesting and exciting. A few reviews have compared this book to Dan Brown, I disagree, The Gawain Legacy is well written and much less predictable. I would recommend it to anyone. ~ Holly Cook, Goodreads and Amazon
Pagan Portals: The Morrigan
"Morgan has created a fascinating and endlessly useful volume for anyone who has either been called by or is seeking the Morrigan. I have honoured the Morrigan for many years and was pleased to see so many of her different aspects explored; her different names, her personality, her creatures and her 'darker' aspects. Most importantly, Morgan uses her own experiences to show how relevant the Morrigan is in the modern world, and how to find her power, magic and majesty. This book combines serious academic research with deeply personal experience to build a balanced yet evocative image of this Irish goddess. A brilliant read for anyone interested in Celtic spirituality but absolutely essential for anyone studying the Morrigan and her sisters."
~ Mabh Savage, author of A Modern Celt: Seeking the Ancestors
Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth
Andrez Bergen has done it again. In Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth, Bergen weaves a story that is both unique and nostalgic. Set in 80s era Australia, Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth uses pop culture references to root a surreal story in a way that many writers envy.
Mina is a quiet senior girl in Australia. The reserved member of her friend group, Mina has little difficulty blending into the background of her own life. She has a distant father, an abusive brother, and a dead mother. Mina retreats into her own world, reading comic books and writing stories.
And interacting with a bird-like woman named Animeid.
As Mina deals with an abusive environment, her mental state gradually declines. Things around her fall apart. Close friends become distant. A beacon in the form of a strange girl shines in Mina’s life. Angelika’s presence rocks Mina’s life and spurs her to make some major changes. Additionally, a force beyond Mina’s control sets her on path that explores the depths of her mind.
Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth walks a fine line between a traditional coming-of-age story and surreal fantasy. Bergen draws in the reader with a protagonist that fosters compassion and identification, than flips the switch and drags the reader into a swirling nest of emotions. The mystery behind Mina’s life emerges, adding another layer to the story. As we learn more about Mina and her emotional health, the book becomes harder and harder to put down.
Bergen’s latest novel keys into popular events of the 80s, especially references pertaining to the goth movement. From music to hair to makeup, Mina and other character embrace goth culture. Further, Bergen pays homage to comic books through Mina’s own love for the medium. Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth is a great read for those who love the music of the 80s, comics of the 70s, and classic films of the 60s as well as addictive coming-of-age stories. Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth is available in print and digital formats from Perfect Edge Books. ~ Mara Wood, NerdSpan
Witchcraft Today - 60 Years On
As its title suggest this is an anthology of modern articles on Wicca, it brings together a range of authors and various modern practitioners writing about modern neo-pagan witchcraft or describing how they personally came to the subject.
In the introduction Rachel Patterson makes rather generalised comments that not everyone will agree with that there are no 'secrets' left in witchcraft and that we all have the power within us to work magic.
It also examines the evolution of Alexandrian Wicca and how it developed in Australia, also the creation of Seax Wica in the United States and articles on other home-grown American traditions such as Eclectic Wicca.
There are also articles on 'hedge witchcraft'. solitary witches, 'nature witches', 'male witchcraft' and witchcraft in the future.
The anthology concludes with a section called 'Journeys on the Crooked Path' this features short pieces by various people recounting their own spiritual journey to wherever they are now in the neo-pagan witchcraft scene. ~ BM Cauldron, TC 153 Summer 2014
Don't Drink and Fly
Moving between an unpolished Glasgow and a complex island community Devitt’s magical mayhem conceals shadowy family secrets. Bernice and Maggie, amidst spells and betrayals uncover a multitude of duplicities which tests and ultimately cements the bonds of their friendship. Sad and funny in equal measure Cathie Devitt’s debut "novella" Don’t Drink And Fly is the first of what I hope will be many adventures for Bernice. Looking forward to the sequels.. ~ Laura Marney, Aothor & Creative Writing Lecturer
Open Book Theater Management
A powerful insight into a straight-from-the-hip method of shooting down the stars and capturing your theatrical dreams. A great balance of practical wisdom, clear methodology, and space for artistic expression ~ Max Lewendel, Artistic Director, Icarus Theatre Collective
I am in the middle of reading your book, and couldn't wait to tell you how good it is! Not only is really well written and you just want keep reading, but it is like I am reading my own story! There are so many parallels. And more than that, I think it tells the story of many, many women, and it is good to know, that we are not alone, but that we have many sisters on this planet. Thank you for sharing your experiences. ~ Shivapriya, letter to author
Believe and it is True
“Believe and It Is True” is an inspiring real-life story of faith, courageous exploration and spiritual healing. As I read Deborah Lloyd’s life story, the numerous blessings she has received as she opened to new forms of spiritual healing seemed to flow right off the page and into my heart. She is surely the ideal author to introduce readers to the various aspects of New Age spirituality, for her sincere and humble voice instantly inspires trust. She grew up in a Catholic family, and although she still maintains her Catholic faith, in her quest for healing she has gradually discovered practices such as Reiki, yoga and meditation, and gradually opened to ideas such reincarnation, channeling, past life regression, and synchronicities – and as a result, witnessed profound miracles in her life and a blossoming of her heart and mind into new levels of joy and communion with God. It is a delight to walk with her through these discoveries, and deeply touching to hear of the many ways in which her life has changed. She has not only overcome severe physical limitations but a very negative self-image formed through a crippling illness in childhood, and emerged stronger than any doctor thought possible, and with great gifts to share with us. Her beautiful faith has only deepened throughout this process, and readers will surely also find their own faith enhanced, no matter what their spiritual orientation may be. Each of the book’s chapters ends with a lesson conveying a spiritual truth, such as, “When we say ‘yes’ to God-given opportunities, wonderful things happen.” My sincere recommendation is, say yes to “Believe and It Is True” – and watch as healing miracles start manifesting in your own life.
~ Ram Das Batchelder, amazon.com
Timothy J. Jarvis
A lost writer, an old manuscript (partly in unknown tongues), a sinister puppet show, a timeslip into the far future, and a bitter understanding of what lies behind the façade of the world.
It’s a brave writer who could take those ancient rituals of the dark fantastic and make them work in a fervid new form. But that is the achievement of The Wanderer by Timothy J Jarvis, an astonishing debut novel deeply infused with the traditions of supernatural and metaphysical fiction.
It has been devised with a subtle understanding of the motifs and mechanics of the strange and visionary in literature. The skilful use of stories within stories suggests Arthur Machen’s The Three Impostors, while the scenes of a ruined city after a catastrophe, brings to mind images from M P Shiel’s The Purple Cloud, or Edward Shanks’ People of the Ruins. And there are also suggestions of a wider cosmic tragedy such as we encounter in Hope Hodgson’s The Night Land, and even of the serene realm of Shangri La in James Hilton’s Lost Horizon.
It is an unusual meditation on the nature of fantasy, that shunned half-brother of literature, which also astutely exemplifies the form: a book essentially about the mainsprings of the macabre that works itself as a significant new coiling of the dark. But it is far from an academic treatise. The book shifts between sordid pubs and smeared rooms, evoked with grimy authenticity, and weird horizons in worlds of dream or hallucination.
Most of all, though, The Wanderer is that rare thing, a thoroughly engrossing and exhilarating story, laced with playfulness, which also glimmers with intelligence and audacity. We should be wary, though. The book itself reveals a force seeking out certain artists, poets, and others, as prey it can pursue forever through the underworld – an infinitely dark and cruel game of the kind hinted at by Sarban in The Sound of His Horn, but vaster still in its remorselessness and terror. How do we know it isn’t one more lure in that labyrinth?
Don’t read this book unless you’re ready to defy the gates of Hell. ~ Mark Valentine, http://wormwoodiana.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/the-wanderer-timothy-j-jarvis.html
Open Book Theater Management
5.0 out of 5 stars - Essential reading for anyone and everyone in the theatre industry
This book is an essential read for anyone who has just started out in the theatre industry, is thinking of starting out or - hell, is even experienced in the industry.
Beckley's passion for encouraging ethical theatre production is clear from the outset and his personable style of writing makes the book readable and, most important of all, the concepts understandable. His clear experience and history in the industry (including one example of a time he ended sitting in an aisle in a supermarket in despair) demonstrate that this man is not a theatrical philosopher but an experienced practitioner who knows what change in the industry will make a difference to those on the ground.
I won't go in to too much detail as to the actual content and ideas, as that is something which needs to really be experienced by those that read it, but I will say one thing. The concepts and ideas are not easy to stomach at first; a prime example being the 'three guiding principles' at the outset which clearly state that making art is not the first priority. As hard as this could be to fathom, along with other ideas which seem may seem alien, they ring true and in the depth of your heart, you feel that he is right. There is the risk that some may find the tone occasionally over-bearing, even arrogant. But this is a personal thing. Approaching this book with an open-mind and a willingness to learn will pay dividends.
His passion, again, for the subject make for a compelling argument and you leave the book feeling that, if everybody read this, the industry may just be the better for it.
The inclusion of a complimentary website, with examples of budget sheets, is great - especially for people like me who are to accounting and budgets what flocks of birds are to aeroplane engines.
The outcome of my reading this book? My small production company is now fully signed up to this style of theatre production - and I hope many others follow suit.
This is the voice of a theatre practitioner who knows what change needs to take place, and is unafraid of being the person to make that change happen. ~ D. Segeth, Amazon