Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Woo ah! might as well ask which was my favourite raisin in the wedding cake. Far too many authors/genre have woven their magic in my time to list or offend by not listing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A charm of Gold Finch at the bird feeders, literally race to see how many of these little charmers have fluttered down to breakfast.
A single pair came for the first time this year followed by their three offspring-word seems to have circulated on the vine and the numbers have peaked at 30-35 (they are quite flighty to count) much to the annoyance of the almost resident House Sparrows.
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Smashwords book reviews by manicmini

  • The Prince of Ravens on Aug. 17, 2014

    Brilliant balance of action/dialogue. Crisp characters & scenery - hang it - actions speak louder than words-book 2 already in my library.
  • Blood Gift Part One on Aug. 20, 2014

    Being a reader not a writer I do not attempt convoluted in depth reviews so here goes...a damned good read!
  • Blood Gift Part Two on Aug. 20, 2014

    Look forward to more
  • The Orphan and the Shadow Walker: The Awakening on Sep. 04, 2014

    Excellent storyline,characters and rolling adventure.
  • The Orphan and the Shadow Walker: Pathway to the Truth on Sep. 04, 2014

    Another exciting read by Graeme Bourke
  • Jaram: The Final Journey on Sep. 05, 2014

    Read 1 to 3 straight through, could not put the story away. Was disappointed that it came to a final exciting end and having to re emerge back into the real world and the washing-up.
  • The Battle of Verril on Sep. 10, 2014

    Masterfully woven epic series drawn in twists & turns through legend & prophecy from Androcles to Space Odyssey & beyond.. Although I found some of the threads distracting I could not give any less than a highly recommended goodread.
  • A Warrior's Redemption on Sep. 17, 2014

    Would have really enjoyed this adventure, however, found the extensive religious dialogue annoying in it's repetition, quantity and placement. Will not be making a rush to read books 2 & 3 already on my bookshelf.
  • The Rise of the Red Shadow on Sep. 26, 2014

    Having devoured the expertly crafted Book of Deacon trilogy this prequel did not disappoint.
  • Jade on Sep. 26, 2014

    Hope this was just a taster!
  • Forgemaster (Book 1 in the Spirit Guide Saga) on Oct. 05, 2014

    Compelling superhero action packed read, even if somewhat risque for my tastes.
  • The Road to Amber on Oct. 27, 2014

    Cannot believe I read this to its end, such ritual abject misery and deprivation, what poison mushrooms brought this nightmare into being?. Would not recommend if you are on a downer to start with. Did I enjoy it? NO, more compelled to read it.
  • Blood Gift Part Three on Dec. 03, 2014

    Ms. Abbott's writings continue to improve. It is easy to relate to the characters and visualize the set, which can be as exhausting for the reader as the cast & we do not have travel rings.
  • The Wall Between on Dec. 09, 2014

    Even better than Kingdom Beyond The Rim, another I could not put down. Excellent characters that all added to a storyline with a grand finale that leaves one expecting more.
  • Kingdom Beyond the Rim on Dec. 09, 2014

    The few typo's show the author was really carried away with the moment, as was I so they do not detract from an excellent storyline. Vivid characters described in detail come alive in the imagination.
  • Radiance on April 21, 2015

    Perfect weekend off, no one at home and a book that demanded it not be put down until finished, two actually, both Grace Dravens
  • Entreat Me on April 21, 2015

    Another of Grace Dravens contributions to my perfect week-end off. No one at home and a book that demanded to be read.
  • Chronicles of Den'dra: A Land Torn on Oct. 26, 2015

    Can only repeat 1st reviewer on all counts.
  • Sabazel on Nov. 01, 2015

    Thoroughly enjoyable read, looked forward to the continuations.
  • The Winter King on Nov. 01, 2015

    Could not put it down,myth and legend given a life.
  • Shadow Dancers on Nov. 01, 2015

    Just when I thought the gods had allowed a happy ending I find book 4 in the series-not that I'm complaining!
  • The Falcon in the Barn (Book 4 Forest at the Edge series) on Dec. 13, 2015

    Such a gripping storyline read this book 4 almost non-stop. Although not a cliffhanger the ending leaves plenty of scope for a book 5 (hope so)
  • The Forest at the Edge of the World (Book One, Forest at the Edge series) on Dec. 13, 2015

    Compelling storyline, although it could do with a proof read the errors do not detract from the reading, look forward to book 2,3,& 4.
  • Soldier at the Door (Book 2 Forest at the Edge series) on Dec. 13, 2015

    And the Shin Saga just gets better & better. A big plus is the crafting into the current book of the 'story so far'. Excellent read, cannot wait to start book 3.
  • The Mansions of Idumea (Book 3 Forest at the Edge series) on Dec. 13, 2015

    Another excellent adventure. If this were a film/tv series I could easily see 'I hate Idumea' becoming a well worn catch phrase. Personally, after this no:3 I can really say 'I hate Idumea'!
  • The Brush of Black Wings on Jan. 07, 2016

    Another great Grace Draven droll plot. Look forward to a continuance very soon.
  • Evolution's Essence (Book 3 and conclusion to the Star Pirate Legends) on Feb. 06, 2016

    Thoroughly enjoyed all three of this series-lost 1 star for (I think) incorrect predicted text & 1 for a bit of a race to finish three quarters of the way through which held plenty of material for a forth book. Would still recommend it a worthwhile purchase for the characters alone.
  • A Viking Tale on March 26, 2016

    Loved this, turbulent tale,never sure it would be a happy ending.
  • Ravens in the Sky on June 11, 2016

    To quote Erin Miller 'He better release the next one soon' look forward to 'Ravens Bane'.
  • The Highlander Howls, The Beginning on June 13, 2016

    Although 'The Waltons' style emotional displays overly saccarine and the spoken dialect not exactly 'Oor Wullie' in both The Vanishing & The Beginning thoroughly enjoyed the bones of the tale and look forward to #3.
  • The Archer From Kipleth on July 16, 2016

    Epic,adventure,action packed, a great read.
  • Mystic Memories on July 31, 2016

    The most disappointing feature of this book ends. Could not put it down, Characters,settings events, timeline[s] so .......jummy!
  • Rightful Heir on Aug. 28, 2016

    Loved this, enormous descriptive detail,which truthfully became a little distracting as the tale unwound it meant skipping parts to follow the dialogue flow. However, re-reading it in its entirety whilst awaiting what must surely be book 2 of a trilogy will give great pleasure.
  • Be With Me on Sep. 22, 2016

    Thoroughly enjoyed this gentle story of hard life in Iron Age Britain.
  • The Cavalier of the Apocalypse on Sep. 27, 2016

    Not a typical whodunit, not my typical read but yes! I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and characters of this pre-revolution French drama. I am sure to include further Aristied Ravel mysteries in my 'A' list
  • Quivers and Quills on Oct. 05, 2016

    Although the start is a bit slow it soon snowballed to unputdownable. Look forward to catching up with the twins later adventures but know will be disappointed if their finding their ideal 20th C. versions of Robin Hood & Guy of Guisbourne are not carried through-Sigh!
  • The Bride and the Brute on Oct. 16, 2016

    Loved the characters & plot but the story itself seemed very abbreviated especially towards the end. Will not put me off other O'Donnell creations. Of the 222 pages less than half were the actual story the remainder being advertising for excerpts from her other books but since it was a freebee no complaints.
  • Shadow of Hope on Oct. 31, 2016

    Amazing story, perfect balance of dialogue and detail-played out in the mind as if one was there.
  • Hero Wanted on Oct. 31, 2016

    So ridiculous its got to be a classic, chuckled my way through from start to finish and still chuckling. Got everything a good family film needs so why isn't it?
  • Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I on Nov. 21, 2016

    Hard Read of epic proportions in deed and doings. Rather than be 'unputdownable' regular breaks are as essential to the reader as the army of cast.
  • Bring Me to Ruin on Dec. 04, 2016

    Totally epic & unputdownable,
  • Behind My Back on Dec. 14, 2016

    Look forward to a continuation -(at least one more)-totally empathised with Lennox and her convoluted introvert/extrovert nature.
  • Magic Thief of Gavalos on Jan. 22, 2017

    An amazing epic adventure,really pulled me in. Extremely well researched, could carry on and fill the page with esteem-instead highly recommend anyone with remotest interest in the Greek Pantheon/witchcraft/adventure to just read it.
  • Surrender Of A Highlander on Jan. 26, 2017

    Perfect balance of characters & their roles, good guys,bad guys,ghost guys & gals. Just everyday life in highlands with a few twists. Thoroughly engaging read