No Rest for the Dead – Collab

Warning: Possible Spoilers

Ten years after Rosemary Thomas was executed by lethal injection for the murder of her husband, Christopher, Detective Jon Nunn is convinced he made a mistake. The evidence he finds after the case is closed reveals a web of deceit surrounding the murder. When the old suspects are brought together due to a clause in Rosemary’s Will, Nunn takes the chance to put the closed case and Rosemary’s memory to rest, once and for all.

No Rest for the Dead is murder mystery, written by twenty-six bestselling authors to raise money for charity. Continue reading


To Affinity and Beyond – Part One

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For once, gray skies yielded to unblemished blue and Bridgley glowed with health. Perfect, but for one thing.

The first day back after mid-term break.

Sat in isolation, Elysia did her utmost to ignore the sunny weather and focus on following the instructions laid out before her. As her eighth attempt at the Affinity Test, she could run through the simple examination blindfolded. She wouldn’t, but that was beside the point.

Two steps to go and her potion was a hideous shade of green. Considering most of her attempts exploded, she figured she was doing well. Her potion wasn’t the right color or consistency but green soup worked. Continue reading

Sneak Peek – To Affinity and Beyond

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“What is that stuff?” Nephele asked, waving a hand in a vain attempt at dispelling the stench.

“Burn salve.” Elysia shrugged. “I’m pretty sure I did everything right.”

Nephele rolled her eyes but couldn’t quite fight off her smile. The wave of her hand was more decisive this time and the air responded with a strong breeze that quickly whisked the putrid gas away. Elysia left her to it, retrieving the sports bag they kept stashed in an abandoned animal den at the base of an old tree.

“How’d the test go?” Nephele asked.

Tugging at her sash as she hoisted the bag onto her shoulder, Elysia frowned. Unlike the other students, hers remained monochrome; the school shield the only emblem on the dull fabric.

“Oh,” Nephele mumbled. “There’s always-”

“I’m five weeks from Graduation; I don’t have a ‘next year’.”

~To Affinity and Beyond, Nim Riel

The plague that almost destroyed the world brought with it a natural defense the survivors call ‘Affinity’, a special ability unique to the wielder. For Elysia, a student at South Bridge Academy for the Gifted, her Affinity isn’t the ‘pride and joy’ she always believed it to be.

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Follow me on Patreon!

follow me on patreonHi everyone!

Recently, I’ve been working on my Patreon page – – and finally finished setting it up. For those of you unfamiliar with the site, it’s a great way to help support my writing journey by buying me coffee and a sandwich every so often.

You’ll get to keep up with my travels to new worlds in each of my stories and get access to some exclusive rewards!

I’d love it if you’d come check it out! Just remember your hiking gear. You never know where the road will lead you, as a wise Hobbit once said:

“It’s a dangerous business… going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Hoping to see you on the flip side!


The English Assassin – Daniel Silva

Warning: Possible Spoilers

Ex-Israeli agent and art restorer Gabriel Allon heads to Zurich, Switzerland to work on a painting owned by a reclusive millionaire. Upon his arrival, Allon is framed for his would-be employer’s murder and thrown into a high-stakes spy game regarding Switzerland’s collaboration with Nazi Germany in WWII.

The English Assassin is a thriller by Daniel Silva and the second installment in the Gabriel Allon series.

After sailing through most of my local library’s Jeffery Deaver collection, I thought trying someone new would make a nice change. The English Assassin caught my eye. (Probably because of the whole ‘English’ thing but it was more than likely the ‘Assassin’ bit, I can’t say.)

Considering I’d never heard of Daniel Silva before picking up this book, I faced reading this as I always do with unfamiliar authors. With a sense of trepidation I hoped would be replaced with cheer rather than disappointment.

Upon reading the novel, I can’t say I was impressed. Continue reading

A Maiden’s Grave – Jeffery Deaver

Warning: Possible Spoilers

Three escaped convicts hijack a school bus filled with deaf students and their two teachers and take refuge in an abandoned slaughterhouse. Arthur Potter, the world-weary leader of the FBI hostage negotiation team called in to handle the situation, battles against the state police, the assistant state Attorney, an over-zealous hostage rescue captain and the perps themselves to bring the girls to safety.

A Maiden’s Grave is a thriller by Jeffery Deaver.

There were a lot of characters to remember in this one. Along with the three perps and the two teachers – only one of whom can hear – there are eight students all between seven and seventeen. Then you have the team outside the slaughterhouse with the FBI agent Arthur Potter, vying to win enough favor to get the hostages to safety unharmed. For simplicity’s sake – and my own sanity – I’ll focus on the main three.

Let’s start with the villain, simply because I don’t have a lot to say about him. Continue reading

Braver, Stronger and Smarter


Hi everyone! Sorry it’s been a while.

I haven’t had much chance to create anything new recently. Fortunately, my sister’s jumping on board with all these offerings for Mural Monday so here’s another one of her recent creations.

In keeping with the traditional graduation cap decoration, she set off on her creative journey with her craft supplies. It took her a while to come up with something to decorate her cap with but finally settled on something motivational and quintessentially British as a shout-out to our homeland.

Personally, I think Winnie the Pooh makes an awesome (and cuddly) motivational speaker.


Praying For Sleep – Jeffery Deaver

Warning: Possible Spoilers

After escaping from an asylum, Michael Hrubek sets out to find the woman whose testimony during a murder case put him there. Lis knows he’s out there and coming for her but with an approaching storm threatening her home, she decides to stay to defend it from the oncoming floods.

Praying for Sleep is a thriller novel by Jeffery Deaver.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I really should start taking better notes. For this particular novel, my notes (all two sentences of them) include one incredibly helpful comment: “it wasn’t exactly trying to find a criminal and solve a crime so much as a manhunt.” While true, it doesn’t help me write this review about what I did and didn’t like about it.

So here goes nothing. Continue reading

The Blue Nowhere – Jeffery Deaver

Warning: Possible Spoilers

When a sadistic hacker – codename Phate – begins to invade people’s lives through their computers, luring them to their deaths, the authorities turn to Wyatt Gillette for help. Imprisoned for his own successful hacking attempts, Gillette teams up with homicide detective Frank Bishop to bring the killer to justice.

The Blue Nowhere is a mystery/thriller novel by Jeffery Deaver.

I was wary about reading this one but since I finished the few Lincoln Rhyme books in my local library, venturing into the few other books by Deaver made sense. I’ll be the first to admit my knowledge of computers is limited to word processors and a very basic understanding of video games so The Blue Nowhere was a step out of my comfort zone. Continue reading

Don’t Fear The Reaper

Grim Reaper

Today’s ‘Mural’ Monday is more of an ‘odd creation’ Monday but a cute one!

If you’re keeping up with Soul Keepers (or read some of the other stories I’ve written), this guy will probably make a lot more sense what with my odd obsession for ghosts and undead creatures. Although, I’m not sure Reapers count…

Grim here was a Christmas present about two years ago from my sister, about the time the first draft of Soul Keepers was being written (tempus fugit and all that). While working on my novel (which has found itself on a back burner again), I found myself wondering how a Reaper (or Reapers plural in my story’s world) would handle the dead rising. Fun fact: Soul Keepers actually wound up less about the zombie apocalypse than I intended but the original plan was a lot more zombified.

I digress. Given the topic of my WIP and Soul Keepers itself, I suppose it’s no surprise where my sister got her inspiration from.

I feel a little sorry for him actually, I put him somewhere safe, forgot about him for a while and found him a few days ago buried under everything. I’ll be sure to put him in a place of honor now though. He deserves nothing less!

‘Til next time!