Meet Maretha Botha #RRBCPIF


Time has come once again for the members of Rave Reviews Book Club to take a moment and “pay it forward” by spending a day supporting another member, who in turn will support another member, who in turn will… well you get the idea 🙂

I am lucky to have been assigned the talented children’s author Maretha Botha, who has created the wonderful world of Fauna Park.

Who is Maretha?

MarethaAuthor/Illustrator Maretha Botha admits to being addicted to espresso and chocolate, and hiking occasionally on the moors, as well as being a seasonal gardener. In addition, she has written a series of children’s books – Fauna Park Tales. Books 1-3 are available in Kindle as well as black and white paperbacks. To enhance reading pleasure for better readers in her target market, 9-13, she has added some illustrations.

Additionally, she has combined books one and two in a 174-page Colour illustrated Version, should you want to see colour illustrations on the printed page as well.

What has she written?
Maretha has written a series of animal books based in the fictional location called “Fauna Park” where the animals commune together in an attempt to protect and preserve them all. I reviewed the first instalment of this series recently here:
It almost made me wish I had a couple of kids to read the book to … almost 😉


Where can I find her?
Well, like most of us these days, Maretha can be contacted around the web and you can find her at these places:
On her blog:
On twitter:     @MarethMBotha
On Amazon:

So, now you’ve met Maretha it’s time you got to know her furry friends who live within the pages of her books 🙂


#RRBCPIF – Lizzie Chantree

Hello and welcome to the second installment of my Rave Reviews Book Club Pay It Forward posts and today I would like to introduce you to Lizzie Chantree.

lizzieLet me tell you a little about Lizzie, now I hope you are sitting down and don’t have cold feet ’cause this lady will well and truly blow your socks off! Lizzie describes herself as an enthusiastic inventor, businesswoman and artist. (It can’t just be me who is amazed at the idea of a “real life” inventor!) She founded her first company at the age of 17 (seventeen??? wowzers!) and has been creating products and driving her family mad ever since.

She has appeared on Sky News, ITV Lunchtime News, This Morning, The Gloria Hunniford show, The Big Breakfast, BBC’s Worldwide Radio Service, amongst others for becoming one of Fair Play London’s Female Innovators for inventing Runaway Spray, a ‘ladder’ stop spray for hosiery. (Now there is an invention we all need!)

She lives in Essex, with her gorgeous family and a very unusual dog.  In between the school run and baking cakes (or burning them!), she sits in her rooftop studio daydreaming about gaps in the market and how she can fill them. (Can we all come and sit in that studo? It sounds like heaven!)

Lizzie has have written sizzling beach read; Babe Driven, Medical intrigue novel; Love’s Child and magical romance; Finding Gina. Her latest novel is set in the school playground and is about some very unusual school mums!

So I think we need to hear more about those books don’t we?

babedrivenBabe Driven: Harriet’s crazily successful business idea is under serious threat, and the danger seems to be coming from inside her own family. She whisks her sister and her friends away to an exotic location to try and work out whose side they are on. It’s time to start damage limitation.

When the girls arrive at the glorious villa owned by Harriet’s maverick business partner Nikki, they find a gorgeous band and their sexy lead singer Max staying next door, out to entice their new neighbours into all kinds of trouble.

This isn’t a holiday for Harriet and she can’t afford to be distracted. She has to sell her business idea to the powerful resort owner, the elusive Mr Grant, while she is there, or she may not have a business to go back to. Harriet will have to choose between family and friends, business or pleasure. For someone who stays out of the limelight, even though her new company is the hottest ticket in town, she’s going to have to avoid the front pages of every newspaper if she wants to survive the ride!



Love’s Child: Jemima Trent is desperate to have a designer baby to keep up with her socialite friends, reconnect with her work-obsessed husband, Lucas, and regain some respect from her domineering father, but the number of women able to conceive each year is in decline and no one seems to know why.

Dr Cole believes that the answer can be found in a warehouse full of delinquent teenagers, where David Love and his beautiful girlfriend Tilly, have been hitting the headlines for turning youngsters’ lives around. Dr Cole’s violent and callous employer will stop at nothing to discover the reason behind their success and why girls at the warehouse are able to fall pregnant.

Jemima finally tries to step out of her father’s shadow, but discovers they are more alike than she could ever imagine. David and Tilly race to protect a secret they have held for years, that could have a bearing on family life for generations to come. An action packed love story, with powerful men and formidable women.

Lies, deceit and betrayal, all in the name of love!


findingginaFinding Gina: Gina had traversed the breadth of the country in her little campervan to try and find everyone on her grandmother’s list, before her father drunk himself into an early grave. She lent down and pulled the battered and worn journal from her bag and opened it to the latest page. The neatly written names were etched onto her heart and she was determined to visit every single one and compensate them in some way. Her family’s debt had to be repaid.

Toby, heir to Bluebell Manor, couldn’t believe his luck when a flame haired beauty arrived at his door. Just when he thought all hope was lost! Looking for somewhere to stay for the night, Gina’s decision to turn left on a country lane, might have greater consequences than she could ever realise.

Lewis read another provincial story about a ‘guardian angel’ who had been helping families across the country and his reporter’s nose began to itch. He was sure that if he could track down the girl they were talking about, he would unearth an even bigger story. He just had to work out how to locate her and then find out what it was that she was running from!

And if that wasn’t enough – you can even watch book trailers:

So, if you want to find out a little more about Lizzie then you can connect with her:
On her Website:
On Twitter:  @Lizzie_Chantree
On Facebook:

#RRBCPIF – Lisa Mackay

Well it’s that time again when the folks at Rave Review Book Club put aside their self promotion and spend a day or two (or three) “paying it forward” by concentrating on a fellow author.

lisaIn this vein I would like to introduce you to Lisa Mackay.

Lisa is the author of  the adult romance SEXY M.F. Series
A Contemporary Romance Trilogy which comprises:
Book 1 – M.F.
Book 2 – Missing Foxx
Book 3 – Mine Forever

She describes herself as a freelance writer and author oh but that is not all. During her very busy and exciting career as a singer/songwriter, performer and musician travelling the globe for the last twenty-odd years, she also completed a course at the National Film & Television School in the U.K. (Anyone else impressed!! Wowzers!)

She has also directed a pilot for television and worked as a Script Supervisor for acclaimed and esteemed British director and screenwriter Jane Gull.

As a creative individual, when she retired from performing she realised her passion for writing was becoming much too strong to ignore, so took the leap and embarked on her first adult contemporary romance novel M.F. (Book 1 of the Sexy M.F. Series)one of many more to come in that genre.  Yes, this is one very impressive lady!

So let’s discover a little about these books shall we 🙂

mf1Sexy MF Book 1: Young photographer Vivienne Banks could never be accused of throwing caution to the wind. ‘Cautious’ could be her middle name!
A tragic childhood colours her future and trust must be earned. When her love life hits the rocks, Vivienne hits the bar with devastating consequences.
In his sights already, gorgeous billionaire philanthropist Maxwell Foxx comes to her rescue. But who is rescuing whom and at what price?
Will Vivienne ever truly understand the significance of the M.F. tattoo over Max’s heart?
And will Max ever be able to move on from the ghosts in his past, and the bonds that tie him to another?

mf2Missing Foxx- Sexy MF Book 2: Following a lead on Monica, Max has flown down to Portsmouth in the hope of finally bringing her to justice for the death of Charlie his beloved nephew.
Justice seems to have been served when he arrives to find her and Steve one of his trusted employees, dead in a hotel room.

Monica’s death has finally given him closure and released him from the confines of her
‘unbreakable bond’.
She no longer poses a threat to those he loves and knowing that Vivienne’s finally ready to accept his proposal of marriage, life just couldn’t be better.

On her own in the penthouse waiting for Max to return, Vivienne stumbles upon an intruder.
The shock and surprise that it’s someone she knows only too well is compounded by the realisation that no one is going to save her. No one knows she’s in danger. Least of all Max.
Frightened and defenceless Vivienne has no choice but to face the intruder alone and accept her fate.
But who would want to hurt her? Or is Max their ultimate target? If so, she will sacrifice everything to protect him.

mf3Mine Forever – Sexy MF Book 3: Vivienne has everything she could ever wish for, including the heart of her sexy, gorgeous, paramour. Max has proposed, vowing to fiercely love her for every moment of every day until forever. Against all odds and any hope she’s also pregnant with his babies.
Finding out that he’s secretly planned a romantic wedding just completes her fairy-tale romance. Life just couldn’t get any better than this…
But as the festivities of her best friend’s wedding are in full swing up on deck, Vivienne soon realises to her horror, that Monica has returned to claim her prize!
Max is gone, taken by force and without a trace.
Having suffered the wrath of Monica more than once, Vivienne knows only too well how evil and twisted her heart really is. Vivienne must face the heart breaking possibility that Max could be lost to her forever.
But how could Monica have engineered Max’s abduction with such stealth? She must have had help! If so, who can Vivienne trust? And what will Monica do with him?
Only moments ago Vivienne’s future looked so bright and full of promise, but now it seems so empty and hopeless.
No me without you….
Max is the love of her life. He promised her forever and Vivienne won’t rest until she finds him…even if it takes forever.

Ohh they sound good don’t they – and I don’t know about you but I’m loving the soft black & white of the artwork!

So, if you want to know more about Lisa you can find her:
On Facebook:
Or on Twitter:  @lisamackayuk
At her website:


Book Review – Outshine

Hello to you once more.

Yesterday was one of those glorious sunny days, blue skies with a few fluffy white clouds and a soft breeze to take the edge off the heat. The perfect weather for sitting out in the garden with a good book (or a kindle), and that is exactly what I did 🙂

I actually got through two books, both short and easy reads. The first of which was:

Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir by Karen Ingalls

My Rating: 4/5

My Thoughts: This might not be the most in depth account of a journey from cancer patient to cancer survivor but you do get a true sense of what Karen, and those around her, had to deal with from the moment of diagnosis.

Simply written and honest this book is not littered with too many medical terms, but rather concentrates on the human aspect of the situation. You get a true sense of what Karen felt during the different stages of her treatment and there were a few times that a tear was brought to my eye.

What comes through more than anything though is the overwhelming love and support Karen received from those around her, most especially her husband who sounds like a treasure of the rarest form.

I imagine this book could be of comfort and help to anyone any who find themselves with the same, or similar, diagnosis – and the list of helpful contacts at the end is an added bonus.

Ultimately Karen lets us know that the two most important things to fight an illness like cancer (after the medical help) are your own strength and belief you can beat it, and the support and love of those around you.

A worthwhile read



#PIF #RRBC Meet Blaire Sharpe

I am pleased to share with you the second author I am hosting for the RRBC Pay It Forward Week – please welcome to my blog Blaire Sharpe author of “Not Really Gone


Blaire Sharpe holds master’s degrees in Business and Mental Health Counselling. She specialises in working with adults suffering from mood disorders and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Blaire lives in a suburb of Detroit with her husband, three children, and two dogs. This is her first book.

You can connect with Blaire on her blog, join her on facebook or follow her on twitter


Not Really Gone by Blaire Sharpe:

NotReallyGoneIn every family there is a rock—the person that keeps things together. In Blaire Sharpe’s family, that rock was her grandma. As she shares the inspiring story of her relationship with her grandma, Blaire expands on the notion of what it really means to be loved.

When she was just an infant, Blaire’s troubled parents divorced. Since both parents were incapable of raising Blaire and her siblings, the children were slated for foster care—until their grandmother, Eleanor, stepped in to raise them as her own. As Eleanor valiantly struggled against a family legacy of alcoholism and depression, she modelled strength and wisdom to endure the most challenging of times. Still, Blaire’s life was not perfect. As she matured into adulthood, she battled addictions that eventually led her into recovery, just as Eleanor’s health began to decline. When she found herself sandwiched between two generations, each increasingly needy, Blaire poignantly reveals how she discovered the true meaning of love and commitment, and the essence of what it means to be a mother.

Fancy a little peak into the book – then check out Blaire’s blog for an excerpt



#PIF #RRBC Meet Paula Radell

Time has come around for another of the wonderful RRBC’s Pay It Forward Weeks

The idea being to pay forward support by promoting an author for a whole day. The author assigned to me today is Paula Radell.

I must confess being given Paula to promote threw me at first as she doesn’t yet have a book out for sale and I wondered what I would possibly have to tell you about her but in fact we have the opportunity to meet Paula at the most exciting (or should that be terrifying) point in an author’s world – getting that first book ready to share with the world!

About Paula: Born and raised near the beaches of southeastern Virginia, Paula now lives in Mendocino County, California with her husband Ray, a couple of adopted tabby cats (Matthew & Diana, named after a favorite fictional couple!), and Willow, a 3-year old retired racing Greyhound.

Always a passionate reader and a freelance writer, Paula started her first WordPress blog in 2013. The following year she set up her website and established Passionate Reads & Promotions, a consulting service for self-published authors, collaborating with them on story development, beta reading, editing and various types of social media marketing. She is an experienced Goodreads Group Moderator, a NetGalley Professional Reader, and a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. Having become addicted to social media in 2012 – and understanding the power it has in today’s dynamic publishing world – she went on to complete 5 post-grad courses in Advanced Internet and Social Media Marketing from the University of San Francisco in 2014.

Paula is currently writing her first fiction novel, Where Angels Sleep, a dark but ultimately inspirational romance set in the holiday season – release date expected in Autumn, 2016. She has two other works in progress: Deception, a dark romance/crime novel, and Night Shift, a collection of “fictionalized non-fiction” nursing stories based on her previous career as an RN, with contributions from nurses around the world.

Paula has worked as an RN – in every area from the Neonatal/Pediatric ICU to Obstetrics, Newborn Nursery, Psychiatry, and a Retirement Village. She’s currently a freelance health care project consultant, a casual but passionate writer, and a sassy editor. These days, she is especially proud of her reputation as a seriously unrepentant bookaholic, passionate about novels featuring complex romantic relationships, mystery, suspense, humor, hope, a healthy dose of unadulterated lust, and a bit hit of the paranormal.

She loves cooking & trying new recipes; sipping French & California sparkling wines; feasting on hot fudge sundaes & Cherry Garcia frozen yogurt; traveling, action-suspense movies with romantic subplots, comedies, books & book boyfriends; David Gandy; Jamie Dornan; philosophical arguments; writing; editing; art; and laughing inappropriately at the worst possible time (not necessarily in that order).

Paula’s debut novel: Synopsis …

Where-AngelsSleepFinal-200x300Matt St. Clair is an angry, bitter, broken man; a man without hope, faith or purpose. But he wasn’t always that way. Once the Chief Resident at a major university Trauma Center, he was a committed family man, married to his high school sweetheart, with a beautiful daughter, loving family and friends, and a bright future ahead.

Until, in a tragic twist of fate, he lost it all.

In the aftermath, a toxic blend of grief and guilt sent his life spiraling out of control, taking everything, leaving only shadows and demons in its wake. Convinced that there was nothing and no one with the power to heal him, he decided to end it all. But first there was one final stop to make — to ask forgiveness, say his last goodbye, and find peace with his decision.

Little did he know that another twist of fate was waiting in the wings. In the least likely place, on the brink of self-destruction, Matt meets a couple of strangers who will challenge everything he’s come to believe about life, love and family. All it will take is a leap of faith and a spark of hope – two things that have eluded him for the past three years.

To save himself, can he risk loving and losing again?

Where Angels Sleep is a dark but hopeful inspirational romance with a faint hint of the paranormal. Due to mature themes, adult language and sexual content, it is most appropriate for readers over the age of 18.

If you fancy a sneak peak at this work in progress (and it does sound worth a peak doesn’t it) Paula has made an excerpt available on her blog.


To find out more about Paula’s work and follow her on her journey to bring “Where Angels Sleep” to publication check out one (or all) of the following links:

And of course her website where you can find out more about 
Paula and her work:

Good luck on your journey to complete this book Paula… I look forward to reading it 🙂


RRBC Pay it Forward Week – Mistral Dawn

Greetings everyone 🙂

rrbcI am delighted today to be able to host a wonderful author on my blog as part of the Rave Reviews Book Club Pay It Forward Week #RRBCPIF

I would like to introduce you to “Mistral Dawn” an author of Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Erotica

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US, but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats.

You can find out more about Mistral Dawn here:
Her Blog

Or contact her directly
Via email:
On twitter: @MistralKDawn

If you want to discover more about Mistral Dawn’s book please check out the links and blurb below – please note these books contain adult/explicit content

Taken By The Huntsman (Spellbound Hearts Book 1)

HuntsmanDiscarded and ignored by those around her for most of her life, Cassie is a lonely human woman struggling to find her place in the world and meaning in her life. Cadeyrn is the Erlking, the leader of the Wild Hunt, a hundreds of thousands of years old Fae who has always known his purpose. He has spent his entire long existence tracking the criminals of Fairie and punishing them for their crimes.
While hunting for the murderer of a child who has escaped to Earth Cadeyrn comes across Cassie and realizes that she is the one that the great mother goddess has designated as his soul mate. He kidnaps her and takes her to his fortress in Fairie to protect her from his many enemies. He knows she will be angry and that he’ll have to work to earn her trust, but he finds his task to be even more challenging than he had thought it would be due to Cassie’s difficulty in opening her heart.
Will Cadeyrn be able to convince Cassie that the bond between them is real and earn her love?

Bound By The Summer Prince (Spellbound Hearts Book 2)

PrinceThe Summer Court is in an uproar. The king has just been executed for unpardonable crimes, and the queen is prostrate with grief over his loss. This leaves the Summer kingdom bereft of true leadership; a problem which is compounded by the fact that the laws of Fairie require balance to be maintained by having a male and a female ruler for both Season Courts at all times. Uaine, the Summer prince, is the only one who can put things right, but he is without a mate. Knowing that he must take a bride quickly, for the sake of his people, even though he is struggling with his own feelings of pain and anger over his father’s treachery, he goes for a walk in a forest near the palace to try to clear his head and determine how best to choose a female to rule beside him.

While walking Uaine discovers a human female running loose in Fairie, which is against the most basic tenets of Fae law. Furious at one more problem he must deal with, he takes her prisoner and locks her in the dungeon; only to discover later that she is his soul-mate. The magical bond between them means they are meant to be together forever, but humans can’t feel the magic of Fairie. Will Uaine be able to win her heart and convince her that she can trust him to keep her safe from all the dangers of Fairie…including himself?

Roni is a human con woman and petty thief. Having run afoul of the local crime syndicate in the city where she is staying, she finds herself running for her life. Trouble is no stranger to her, but when she falls through a hole in a wall and finds herself in a world with carnivorous trees and rocks that eat people she realizes she may have found more of it than she can deal with. Rescued/arrested by the prince of the Summer Court, it doesn’t take long for her to formulate a plan to use him to get herself home. Unfortunately for her, she soon finds that her heart, which she had thought long ago turned to stone, has begun to feel the love she has been playing at. Will she be able to overcome a lifetime of caution and allow herself to follow her heart? Can a criminal love a cop?

Intrigue In The Summer Court: Spellbound Hearts #2.5

SummerJillian knows something bad is going to happen! She has been a loyal adviser to the throne and friend of the queen, Briallen, for thousands of years, and now Roni and Uaine’s wedding and coronation are to take place in just a couple days. The Summer Court will have a new king and queen, who, it is hoped, can repair the damage and heal the schism the late king created.
But Jillian can’t shake the feeling that trouble is brewing. Many of the Summer nobles aren’t happy about the changes that are taking place in the Summer Court, and many of the other Fae just aren’t too sure about having a human on the throne…even if she has been blessed by the goddess. When Angelica, the leader of the Pixies, comes to her with news of a plot to murder the prince and princess, Jillian’s suspicions are confirmed. Will the two of them be able to unravel this conspiracy in time to save the royal couple? Or will prejudice prevail, and the hope for peace in Fairie be lost forever?

*This is a novella and is number 2.5 in the series. Taken By The Huntsman is the first book in the series, and Bound By The Summer Prince Is the second book in the series

Captivated By The Winter King (Spellbound Hearts Book 3)

winterKate is a woman on the run. After years of being physically and emotionally abused by her fiance, she’s finally had enough. But leaving might be even more dangerous than staying, so she needs to get as far away as she can as fast as possible. A late night, desperate drive through the pouring rain ends suddenly when a cat appears in the middle of the road. While trying to avoid the half-drowned creature, Kate loses control of her car and crashes through a portal to Fairie.
Ankou is a fallen God of Death and the king of the Winter Court of Fairie, and he’s facing pressure from every direction. The magic of the Court is out of balance due to the centuries-long lack of a queen. He is harried constantly by the Court nobles who want him to either step down or take a mate. All the duties of a ruling pair rest squarely on his shoulders. And added to all this is a soul-crushing loneliness. His existence stretches back hundreds of millennia, and in all that time he has never found the one person who could warm his lonely heart. He is exhausted and discouraged, and the last thing he needs is to go tearing off into the night on a fool’s errand. But one of his lingering god powers is the ability to sense the right course of action to follow, and his instincts are screaming at him to go to a particular place in the forest of the Winter kingdom and wait. Imagine his surprise when he finds the one he has been waiting for his whole life!
Using a careful blend of patience, seduction, and domination, the Winter king tries to win his soulmate’s love. Feeling safe and valued for the first time in her memory, Kate explores her new freedom by agreeing to try the BDSM games her lover suggests. As she experiments with both domination and submission, she learns just how liberating surrender can be. Will Ankou be able to convince Kate that she can trust him with her feelings as well as her body? Will Kate find a way to overcome the trauma of her past and open up her heart to accept the love that is offered to her? Can these two broken people find a way to fit all their disparate pieces together into a stronger, united whole? You’ll have to read to find out!