December Debuts: magic, romance, running away – and a hint of kiwiness.

Before posting my ThinkKit response today, I’d like to introduce a few debut releases from some of my writer friends. Emma Lindhagen is a writer from Sweden (her book is out on the 13th of December), and JC Hart & Catherine Mede are both kiwi writers. Their books are available currently.

All of the authors have been key people in supporting my own writing journey, and keeping me going when I’ve really felt like giving up. They’re brilliant writers, and all-round awesome people.


Cursed Love

Final-e-book-Cover-Design-for-Approval-20-10-14A family curse. A lifetime of grieving.

Jinny Richards past and future are about to collide. Will she survive?

At 18, Virginia ‘Jinny’ Richards was a drug addict who fell in love with Dean Bradford. By 20, Dean was dead. Jinny believes the family curse is to blame, and never wants to fall in love again. She has worked hard to hide her past and now has a job as a successful Insurance Assessor.

Ethan Montgomery lost his wife to breast cancer. He’s mourned her for three years and now he’s ready to move on. He understands Jinny’s pain, but he wants the feisty Jinny and nothing, not even a curse, will stand in his way.

When work throws them together, loving Ethan is the farthest thing from Jinny’s mind. He’s tardy and egotistical, even if he is good looking and makes her weak at the knees.

Things get further complicated when Steven Bradford turns out to be the client, bringing up the heartache and pain Jinny has carefully buried for eighteen years.

Will she find love a second time around? Or will the family curse claim another victim?

Add to your Goodreads To Be Read list, watch the Youtube Trailer, buy on Amazon.

In The Spirit



Welcome to Kotahi Bay!

When Alyssa returns to the Bay for her Gran’s funeral, she finds herself in possession of the house of her dreams and apparently,  a centuries old ghost itching to escape its bonds.

Still, the house has given her an escape route from a dead end job and a nasty break-up, so perhaps dealing with a ghost might be worth it.

But between the residents who think she should step into her Gran’s role as the town witch, a suspiciously nosy neighbour, and increasingly threatening occurrences around the house, Alyssa must decide whether this new home is worth it, or whether it’s safer to leave the Bay for good.

You can purchase In The Spirit on here, Amazon UK, Amazon Au,  iTunesKobo, Barnes & Noble, and Inktera.

Going Home


Orryn ran away from home as a young teenager. After years spent trying to forget, she is forced to face the memories she’s been hiding from.

Thea never understood why her sister left. Her childhood was happy and she lives her adult life surrounded by people she loves, but she never stopped wondering.

When the two sisters meet again, a struggle to mend the bond they once shared, and reconcile their differing memories of their childhood, begins.

In a world were blending in is valued above everything else, scars can be a dangerous thing to show. After years of drifting and hiding, Orryn returns to her homeland and must choose between baring her scars and losing her sister a second time.

You can get news from Emma about this book release on Twitter, or on her blog.

Book Review: Here At The Gate

Here at the Gate, by Christine Campbell, is a brilliant book. It follows the journey of self-discovery for the protagonist, Mhairi, but what it really does is take you on an adventure all of your own.

The blurb:

Mhairi had worked hard to build herself a normal, stable life, but there had always been a dark fear inside her. No matter how happy she was, it was always there… It was as though she was standing outside a high-walled garden, barred from the secret of her past by the wrought-iron gate. She could see all the bushes and trees, the rhododendron and hydrangea. She could even smell the roses and the honeysuckle, but then the gate would swing shut and she was outside and it was dark…

She needed to remember what she had spent a lifetime forgetting.

Here at the Gate

I was curious to read a book from Christine from what she wrote on her blog. Her posts were always well-written and insightful, and I was not disappointed with this novel. I bought the paperback version, which was of excellent quality. And the cover art is stunning, too.

At first, I wasn’t sure how well I would relate to a mature Scottish woman and I took at as an exercise of challenging the way I saw the world. It was much slower paced, and more focused on families and relationships than I am. It was a good challenge.

The further through the story I got, the more I could relate to Mhairi. She needed control, craved security, and would do anything to protect herself and her own.

She wasn’t willing to face her past.

I cried while reading this story – both good and bad tears. Her pain was strong, but so was her spirit. Through the strength of this character, I was able not only to see the world in a different – slower – light, but also to reflect on my own pain and loss; and my own strength.

Thank you, Christine, for this beautiful read.

You can buy Here At The Gate on Amazon, and other retailers.

Book Review: Mr Something

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“Isaac Ward knows that a man should obey the law, protect his country; do what’s right. But when an improbable corpse leads to an impossible device, these duties collide head on – and only one can win.

Dreaming of changing the world for the better, Isaac takes the device for himself. This is his chance to do something. Be someone. But he has his work cut out for him. The world is a big, stubborn place, and not so easily changed – and before he can even try, he has another, far more pressing problem.

How to stay alive.

Mr. Something is a fast-moving and provocative adventure story, ranging from the towers of San Francisco to the villages of Malawi. It examines duty, significance, and one of the world’s greatest issues: the one billion human beings living – and dying – in extreme poverty.”

Kiwi author, Jay H. Baker, has tackled the superhero theme with a fresh perspective. The story goes beyond fighting criminals in one suburb, town, or even in one country, and follows Isaac’s adventure as he teams up with “sidekick” Amy to tackle one of the biggest issues in our contemporary world: poverty. Continue reading

Book Review: Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold

Written by Terry Brooks,  published in 1986 by Futura Publications.

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The blurb was intriguing and the book lived up to its promise of escapism. A Magical Kingdom (knights, dragons, magicians… the whole nine yards) is advertised for sale in a Christmas catalogue, and a frustrated, single lawyer is tempted by the challenge. Written for adults, though it is something I would have enjoyed as an older child (middle grade or older) as well. It was a light and entertaining read, and the minor characters were diverse and humorous. I particularly liked the character of Questor Thews, whom I found to be better developed than the protagonist, Ben Holiday. Continue reading