Marigold Deidre Dicer
Marigold Deidre Dicer is my pen name (I'm Sarah Thomas)
Marigold: For all the beautiful things I love
Deidre: For the old soul who resides within me
Dicer: For my love of stylised violence. Yep.
I'm an Australian writer living in Brisbane, Queensland. I like to explore things in my writing that I would, quite frankly, never do in real life. Some of things my characters say and think I agree with, and some I don't. Therefore, I try to make them as much into real individuals as possible.
Please check out my novel, The Black Swan Inheritance.
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Smashwords book reviews by Marigold Deidre Dicer
Arafura - Blood, the Wet and Tears
on Sep. 05, 2014
Somehow I started reading this book without realising it was going to be a romance. With the mention of the dead body in the blurb, I latched onto that and expected something a bit more mystery-y (I know that’s not a word). Now I am not a big romance reader, though I do delve occasionally when I know what I’m getting into. So it wasn’t really until two-thirds of the way through the book that I could let go of this naive idea it would suddenly turn into a mystery and found myself really getting into the romance instead.
However I’d managed to mislead myself aside, I did connect with main character Kat from the get-go. I want to be a teacher someday, so I was really into Kat’s experiences in the classroom and how she connected with students. The book also didn’t shy away from the troubles that can crop up in the profession, so I loved all the little subplots about the students’ families and fundraising for the school. Kat’s family are a great bunch of characters too – especially Lily. Lily is adorably awesome.
There were some trippy things going on this story that are worth mentioning, as I was surprised the story went there, but not disappointed in any way. There was enough scepticism and empathy from Kat to make her reactions believable, so I was happy to go with it. I won’t spoil it by saying what ‘it’ was, exactly, but just be aware: occasional trippiness.
The setting for the book was really what made it for me. The author described Darwin and the ‘build-up’ (which is what the locals call the horrid humidity that occurs for days and days before a big cyclone, as the book explained) so well that I could clearly see and feel the environment surrounding the characters. I’ve never been to Darwin, but we get our fair share of hot summer storms in Queensland. I know how oppressive that humidity can be, and it was great to see the sheer awkwardness of trying to go about your day when you’re just pouring sweat and your mind has been shot by the heat. Those little details tend to be forgotten in favour of the plot, so it was nice to have the environment really support the plot in that way.
I really enjoyed this book, and hopefully the sequel will be out soon. Thumbs up!
Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic, Dowser #1
on Nov. 09, 2014
Well, thank goodness for that. I've had such a bad run of paranormal novels lately I was beginning to lose faith in the genre. But never fear! Cupcakes are here!
Okay, let's be serious now. Jade is a great main character, I loved her connection to her family and her cooking, and the story! It had everything I wanted! Magic, vampires, werewolves & werecats, murder mysteries with black magic vs good magic and lost inheritances and it was all just so FUN! I had forgotten how much fun this stuff could be :)
Maybe I could see the twist a little too early, but its one of those twists that's okay to see coming - in fact, it makes sense for Jade to be in dark while the reader figures it out, and the reader could also pick up on little behind-the-scenes nods that indicated yes, other characters knew it too and were making moves to rectify the matter. I hope that's enough to explain it without giving it away. It was a good twist that made a seriously enjoyable novel turn into something really emotional too.
People, this book is free. It is more than worth what it's asking. I had a rollickingly good time with this, and I'm so relieved to have a new series to sink my teeth into.
Arafura - Unfinished Business
on Dec. 16, 2014
This book starts off with a bang, and it keeps on delivering. Nicely paced with good doses of action, drama and romance, I absolutely recommend it. After reading the first book, I knew it couldn't end there, and the sequel takes everything that was great and builds on it, raising the stakes to a thoroughly satisfying ending. I loved all the supporting characters, who each had their own quirks and stories to tell. Kat's world was wonderful to dive back into, and the tropical setting of Darwin was as prominent as in the first book. Isn't it nice to venture into a different part of the world?
While I found it difficult to classify the first Arafura book in terms of genre, this one falls neatly into suspense romance. It's the first I've read of that genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and so I'm open to reading more!