Leo takes to the pirate life years after watching his mother's brutal murder at the hands of a trio of ruthless pirates. Gabriella flees to a ship filled with a cargo of slaves in order to escape her abusive husband. They meet when the slave ship is captured by Leo, who is now the captain of his own pirate vessel.
I could taste the salt on my lips, hear the creaking of rigging and the wind hitting the sails and feel the Caribbean sun warm my face as I read this wonderful book by K.A. Perkins. Smart, well researched and oh so very readable, this is a great tale of romance on the high seas.
The FBI added Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist List on 02 May 2013. In addition, the state of New Jersey announced it was adding $1 million
to the FBI’s $1 million reward for her capture. Shakur becomes the first woman
ever to make the list and only the second domestic terrorist to be added to the
Assata Shakur, the former Joanne Chesimard, was a member of the Black
Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. She was convicted in the May 2, 1973
killing of a New Jersey police officer during a shoot-out that left one of her
fellow activists dead.
Keep up the great work, Peter Mutanda!
Peter Mutanda's UniverSoul Reflections is so much more than a book of poetry. This marvelous collection of stories comes across as an autobiography of sorts - rich in vision, setting, history and emotions. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing in Mr. Mutanda's 'Reflections' on life, events and circumstances. His poetry sparks a connection to readers, drawing you into his deepest thoughts about life. A definite must read!
witty British farce guaranteed to cheer almost any reader up – no matter how
bad a week they've had – yet this is a difficult review to write. I could wax
lyrical about this book for page after page – but I don't want to give anything
away and spoil any of the myriad delightful twists and turns.
Written with a
chatty, friendly style it is hard not to warm to, plus a clever use of language
and whimsical humour to send up the British class system.
The Noisettes’ dazzling front woman Shingai Shoniwa tells Phiona Okumu
that she’s excited to be homeward bound.
Shingai Shoniwa speaks exactly
how she sings – smokey, syncopated south London – on Hey,
, the Dennis Ferrer-produced monster hit from which most on this
side of the world will recognise her voice.
Three years ago, LA Reid – the
music mogul and former chairperson of the Island Def Jam Music Group – flew
Shoniwa and her indie-rock band the Noisettes from the United Kingdom to
perform at an industry party he hosted in New York City.
Well written with
an authentic voice and a wry humour, Bountiful Creek transports the reader to
nineteenth century America, apparently effortlessly – which of course is both
the mark of a great book and a great writer.
In 1861, Martha
Somerville is 18, and delighted to receive an offer of marriage from Wilby
Winterborne - but she is no silly romantic, and it is very clear that Wilby has
his hands full. Despite having admired him from an early age, she sets him a
challenge. He must raise $50 to buy a parcel of land to farm and settle in one
place rather than follow the nomadic-like lifestyle he has enjoyed up until
He is the former pimp married to his childhood sweetheart; the shrewd
businessman who smokes 30 joints a day.
Snoop appears, as if by magic,
in a puff of his own smoke. The rapper, actor, gangster and stoner
extraordinaire has reinvented himself as a reggae-singing messenger of hope. Snoop
dead, long live Snoop Lion.
We meet in his management
office in Los Angeles, an enormous warehouse dedicated to all things Snoop. On
the walls are huge Snoop posters, to the left is the Snoop television studio,
where two near-naked women are chatting, and to my right is an old-fashioned
video with a stack of Snoop VHSs lined up alongside it.
Zanzibar's famed singer Bi Kidude, renowned for her haunting voice and energetic performances, has died.
Kidude, a legend in East
Africa, was thought to be around 100 years old. She died on Wednesday
at her home.
has died, we are making funeral arrangements," her nephew Baraka Abdullah
Said told Agence France-Presse.
said his aunt had been confined to bed for the past several months.
whose real name was Fatuma binti Baraka, and who performed and toured up until
very recently, was best known for Taarab music, which combines Arab and African
contains minor spoilers of the early portion of the book*
The Forgotten Queen
is a delightful and clever retelling of the legend of King Arthur. It opens at
the birth of Avalon in the magic waters of the lake. Her mother, Lady Vivien
(the Lady of the Lake) is horrified at the beauty of her newborn and 'dispells'
the majority of it, with Avalon's father, Merlin, helplessly looking on. Lady
Vivien believes excessive beauty to be a curse that would get in the way of Avalon's
Coelho's latest novel weaves a story that takes
place in the past while the ideas it explores, he says, are more relevant than
ever to the present.
Manuscript Found in Accra is set in 1099 in Jerusalem on the eve of
the crusades, where a wise man known as the Copt dispenses philosophical
guidelines for living to an audience of Christians, Jews and Muslims gathered
to ask questions and listen.
still have the same problems right now that you had back then," Coelho,
author of the international best seller
Told through the diary and memoirs of five
narrators, Why She Left Us is a darkly chilling tale of wasted life, exploring
the psychology of the book's events and their effects on the survivors as well
as the different ways people deceive themselves as well as others.
The narrators' voices are powerful and
unique as they recount the events leading up to a number of family tragedies:
Monica – despairing, depressed and suicidal, though unrepentant despite being locked
in a hospital for the criminally insane.
is a stand-alone book in the De Amerley Trilogy and opens at a graveside in the
Scottish Highlands. Ailsa and Edward were childhood friends until Edward's estranged
father died and he and his mother left Scotland for De Amerley Hall – his
mother's childhood home. He left the ten year old Ailsa with a kiss and a
promise of betrothal.
Ten years later, he returns to
Scotland for Ailsa's mother's funeral, feigning forgetfulness of his promise
and cursing the fact that Ailsa has grown into a beautiful woman.
Congratulations to Helen Rowles,
Candy Westphal and Tracey Andrews who have all won a print copy of Thores-Cross!
They all chose cover number 2,
which will be used when the book is published 1 June 2013, and
will be contacted separately by email.
Thank you to everyone who took part
in the competition. For another chance to win a free copy, pop over to
goodreads and enter the giveaway, or click on the box below.
A haunting novel set in the North Yorkshire Moors about
isolation, superstition and persecution,
Welcome to The
Next Big Thing. My writer friend, Dakota Douglas, recently tagged me for a
‘chain’ blog entitled ‘The Next Big Thing'. The deal is that I answer a few
questions about my current work-in-progress, then I invite other authors to do
the same. A bit like a chain letter, except it is only focused on an author’s
work-in-progress. Dakota Douglas was tagged previously by Sherrie Lowe. I've
included details of their blogs so you can explore the answers to the
questions. The authors I have chosen have been tagged below my answers.
Mia's fiancé, Oliver, is a landscape
gardener who has been hired by the absent new owner to redesign the gardens of
the Mansion – the only residence on the Island. Robert Breckt proves to be
handsome and charismatic, able to charm strangers into getting into his car –
and straight into danger. It is clear that there is much more to Robert Breckt
than meets the eye, and he has Mia in his sights.
The three protagonists meet as Oliver
describes his new plans for the new garden to Mia.
Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, widely seen as
the grandfather of modern African literature, has died at the age of 82.
From the publication of his first novel, "Things Fall
Apart", over 50 years ago, Achebe shaped an understanding of Africa from
an African perspective more than any other author.
As a novelist, poet, broadcaster
and lecturer, Achebe was a yardstick against which generations of African
writers have been judged. For children across Africa, his books have for
decades been an eye-opening introduction to the power of literature.
Sunday 17 March 2013, just a few hours after the constitutional referendum, it
was business as usual in Zimbabwe with the unlawful arrest and detention of
Beatrice Mtetwa – a Board member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
and senior, much respected member of our legal profession.
was attending to a client whose home was being raided and was placed under
arrest after requesting the production of a valid search warrant and inventory
list for materials that had already been removed from the home by the police.
Berlin, 1940, and Kurt Muller finds
the body of one of his co-workers, Kleister, slumped at his work station in the
Communications Unit of the Abwehr. He supposedly committed suicide, but Muller
is not convinced and the police (ORPO) do not seem interested in carrying out a
thorough investigation. He takes it on himself to consult the head of his
section about his concerns, but not only are his ideas dismissed, but also reported
to Muller's uncle – Reinhard Heydrich, the head of the RSHA (Reich Security
Headquarters, incorporating the ORPO, KRIPO, Gestapo, SD & SS).
Rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa is being
charged with allegedly "obstructing or defeating the course of
Zimbabwe police arrested the
country's most prominent rights lawyer and four senior officials with the prime
minister's party on Sunday, a day after the nation voted in a referendum on a
new constitution that calls for more protection against human rights
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's chief legal adviser, Thabani Mpofu, is accused of
impersonating police by compiling dossiers on unspecified crimes, a police
Stevie likes girls, and the younger the better – as long as
they are legal. He's in his mid-thirties, and he won't sleep with a girl if she
is 15 and 364 days old, but once she's passed that 16 birthday,
she's legal and fair game.
Stevie's story is narrated by Morgan, a Director for a local
community centre, and Stevie's friend. She wants to protect her girls from the
likes of Stevie – whether they want to be protected or not – a difficult task, especially
when 16 year old Jessica catches Stevie's eye – or is it the other way round?
Lucy Tessier has a problem – a problem that can only be
solved with a knife – then shereally
has a problem.
Dressed in her brother's clothes, she enlists in the army as
Rob Edwards in a desperate attempt to hide. At first she is suspected of being
abducted, but knows that is only a matter of time before the real story comes
out, that she stabbed her guardian when he raped her.
Terrified of discovery, Lucy throws herself into army life.
Drills, guard duty and hospital duties fill her days while she waits for an
opportunity to desert and escape before her secret is discovered.
Alec and Jimmy prepare for their 27 flying op
over WWII Berlin. Alec hands Jimmy a ten-bob note – his winnings from a bet
involving three WAAF and a bicycle. He puts it in his locker with a very
special letter he has written to his wife and child, because he thinks they'll
come back. Alec puts on his lucky gloves, climbs into his aircraft and takes
Fast forward to 1952, and Isabel – newly wed to Philip, a
hard-working doctor – is trying to make a new home in an old, dreary flat with
shared facilities and a forbidding, sinister and downright unfriendly landlady.
I was asked by the writer to review this book and after some initial hesitation, I have now read all of the poems, over one hundred of them, and I am delighted and impressed with the quality of the writing and the diversity of the subject matter. I was reminded at times of the protest songs of the sixties, the poetry put to music of my young generation, but this book is far more sophisticated and compelling. I am pleased that I took the time to read them.
The writing is very good and there are some real gems of use of language, for example, in `The Widow' in which the emotion is heartbreaking he says;
Bobby Lee is a normal 12 year old
boy – until his mother dies. As the eldest sibling, he takes the brunt of the
chores, as well as helping his brother and sister through their grief. His
father is an undemonstrative man, struggling with his own grief, but does
appreciate his eldest son and rewards him with a much coveted Macbook on Bobby
Lee's 12 birthday.
Lee begins to suffer a series of extreme headaches, and he starts to change. He
is stronger, animals avoid him, and his eyes glow a light blue – until he
drinks water and returns to normal.
Matthew Strong is a quiet man, a loner, a family man and
profoundly affected by the War Between the States – especially his final battle.
We meet him on the day of his death – a death brought by a wolf as Strong
searches the sky in vain for a falling star on which to wish for life.
He leaves behind a pregnant wife,
Elizabeth, and two children: Rebecca and Thomas. His third child, Lily Rose,
soon joins them, but Elizabeth leaves the three children orphans when she dies
of a broken heart minutes after the birth.
Born in Ethiopia to exiled South Africans, Bax & Corah,
babysat by Uncle Thabo Mbeki (later President Mbeki) Pamela Nomvete had an
unusual childhood. In her heart a South African, she had never seen her true
home, living most of her life in the UK. Her parents campaigned against
apartheid, a stance that led to them being forced to leave their eldest
daughter behind in South Africa and a five year fight to get her back.
from 'Uncle Thabo', regular visitors were Chris Hani, Kofi Anan and Miriam
When you're sick, as I've been these past few weeks, there's nothing better to do in bed but lie around, reading a Kindle book about a time long ago and characters that grow in your mind as well as your heart.
I'm thrilled to have met Ms. Perkins on Goodreads, where she posted about a pirate romance. Of course I had to give it a go! After all, I consider "Captain Blood" to be one of the best movies of all time. This book did not disappoint.
Ms. Perkins is a sensational storyteller, knowing how to grab your attention, and hold onto you throughout.
Kai-Lee is an historian who we meet when she is depressed
after a profound realisation about the meaning of life. In a universe that is
an endless cycle, where everything is recycled, "ideas, trends, fashions, political
movements, and of course mistakes", people themselves are not; making
history not only about every single person who ever lived, but dependent on
each life lived.
So each life, no matter how ordinary and insignificant in
the grand scheme of things, can have a profound effect on human history.
Where did you grow
Tyne, England.Where did you go to school?:
Park Primary and Middle Street Comprehensive.
Did you always want
to be a writer?:
As a kid I was shy and had trouble mixing. One of my
constant companions was my active imagination. Up to the age of 10, I
dallied with being an air stewardess, astronaut, archaeologist,
tennis star or superhero. I also wrote stories on a toy typewriter, which
my dad bound and illustrated. These were inspired by my favourite author
at the time, Enid Blyton.
In the Fairweather's garden, under the apple tree is a
hidden world – InhabitANT – home to a colony of ants.
One of the OccupANT's, Zube (short for ExuberANT) is late to
meet his friend, BrilliANT and takes his life in his hands to cross The
Forbidden Quadrant (the patio to Two Legs like you and me). He barely survives
a brush with a broom, then an encounter with a soldier ant – SergeANT 33 –guarding
the nest. Once she recognises him she warns him of yet another threat – the colony's
greatest enemy, RepugnANT, is on the prowl.
Derkein Odessa is both angry and concerned when his father
appears after a long absence. He is bruised and bloodied and his friend Luther
is dead. He had a bag full of weapons – plus a talisman which they dug up in
Brasil. Taking it from the earth caused an earthquake and somehow transported
him and Luther to New York.
Somebody wants that talisman; has killed Luther to find it,
and now they are after Derkein's father. Despite Derkein's entreaties to this
father to give up the talisman, he refuses, claiming it's his only connection
to Arcadia and Derkein's (dead) mother, and he prepares to flee to England.
After a heavily intense weekend I got a call from an artist who is
working out of the UK. I learnt a whole lot about the world of art and
literature. I got insight into one of the writers that I have a lot of
admiration for. Peter is one of the most interesting and passionate individuals
I ever come into contact with. I found myself wanting to share a bit about this
person and we caught up with him for a meeting of the minds…
a bit about yourself
I'm a Zimbabwean cultural activist, humanitarian and,
most importantly, a dedicated artist.
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received this book from the First Reads program I was excited to have found a
new author that I had never heard of before. K.A Perkins does an excellent job
portraying a 17th century Caribbean. An Ill Wind tells the story of a young
girl, Gabriella, who is sold off into marriage to a man who, well lets just
say, he isn't very nice. She befriends a slave girl who helps her through her
tough times, and takes care of her as best she can. This is a novella, the
first in the Valkyrie series, so its just a quick read, but has a lot of story
packed into its' 116 pages.
I met Andrea Taylor on authonomy.com, an excellent website and author's resource where authors post some (or all) of their book and critique each other. I loved 'The de Amerley Affair' and was overjoyed to find that not only had she published it, but also two more books in the De Amerley Trilogy. I have reviewed 'The de Amerley Affair' elsewhere on this blog and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who enjoys engaging and well-written historical fiction and romance.
In 1848, Caroline is fifteen and forced to accept Sir
Gregory Preston's marriage proposal – despite him being in his forties, fat,
ugly and creepy. Her father has lost the family fortune and Preston is rich –
he is their only hope to avoid penury and Caroline has no choice but to go
along with their plans – or so they think.
Accepting his proposal gives the family two years' grace –
while they are engaged, Sir Gregory will pay the bills.
Caroline has a plan to
avoid her fate, but this is thwarted when Sir Gregory turns up to collect
Caroline two months ahead of time.
Teoh Yun Ling, one of Malaysia's first female judges, is
retiring and returns to The Garden Of Evening Mists where she first met Nakamura Aritomo nearly forty
years earlier. The garden is an important character in the book and shows the
brutal control of nature needed to create beauty and peace in the garden.
Gardens are also used to showcase colonialism through the image of formal
English gardens where the indigenous species are pushed out and the invaders
celebrated. Yet the garden also serves as a place of peace, solace and escape.
It's not often that I read poetry, let alone review a book of it. It's not that I don't like or understand poetry, quite the opposite. I am however no expert on the subject, so when I was initially invited to review this book by Peter Mutanda, I was initially hesitant. My hesitancy lies only in my own shortcomings, not in that of the genre or author. You see, I don't consider myself qualified to judge poetry, which is what in essence I felt I would be doing if I reviewed it.
But, my reviews are written as a reader, not an expert.
Eric and Edith live in an Anglo-Saxon settlement which is
under threat from invading Vikings.
The Victorian blacksmith, Dan, and his wife Sarah are under
threat from the lady of the manor.
And Zoë and Ken's modern rural idyll is under threat by a
ghost ship (a Viking longboat, that
makes its way upriver in fog) and a campaigning neighbour, as well as the
cracks in their own marriage.
I was fully engrossed in all three timelines which were
well-balanced, expertly interwoven and convincingly presented.
of South Africa and Zimbabwe, mopane worms are a staple part of the diet in
rural areas and are considered a delicacy in the cities. They can be eaten dry,
as crunchy as potato chips, or cooked and drenched in sauce.
When harvest season for the worms began recently, I decided to document
the process, and it somewhat stomach-turning. But the worms can be mighty tasty
and they're very nutritious. Here's the scoop on mopane worms.
THE MOPANE WORM
The worm is the large caterpillar of the Gonimbrasia belina species,
commonly called the emperor moth.
SARA FURLONG BURR is the author of Enigma Black, an exciting, fast-paced, action-packed and at times humorous and heart-breaking book about Celaine as she is transformed into a modern-day superhero, fighting to destroy the greatest threat the USA has yet seen - The Man in Black
Where did you grow up?:
In the United States in the state of
Michigan, in a small town called Three Rivers.
Where did you go to school?:
Three Rivers High School. I later attended college at Glen Oaks
Community College where I received my Associates in Business –a degree I have
yet to use today.
UniverSoul Reflections is a
collection of over 100 poems. The majority explore global politics, racism and
the way people treat each other, and also includes a few love poems for good
It is a thought provoking collection, highlighting the plight of
people who have had a less fortunate start in life than I have and I will never
look at the world in the same way again.
I highly recommend this book to any
student of the human race and culture – you WILL find a favourite poem that
will stay with you.
K. A. Perkins takes romance, adventure and historical fractions to create a splendid tale. Gabriella and Leo's lives are torn apart, yet they throw caution to the wind to avenge the wrongs.
When the novel opened up, both characters were faced with potentially devastating circumstances, but over the course of Dead Reckoning readers experience their growth and development. I was truly impressed with the strength that Gabriella developed, because her initial circumstances only showed a weakling.
Knight of the Purple Ribbon is a character-driven historical
novel following the fortunes of Christoph, an unhappy, eldest son of the Swiss
Baron von Graffenreid. In his 40s, he has spent his entire life following his
domineering father's wishes/commands, putting his own desires and ambitions to
one side, yet still never living up to expectations.
When he is disinherited at a family gathering, he decides to
become his own man, forgoing his father's generous allowance and setting sail
to America to make his own life and fortune.
I like a book that grabs my attention from the beginning and doesn’t let go. Dead reckoning is one of those books. Some might say that it’s a Bernard Cornwell type tale of adventure on the high seas, but it is much more than that. Rather than painting pirates as the swashbuckling adventurers that some authors do, Perkins portrays them as they truly were – violent, bloodthirsty, predators. That credibility is a large part of Dead Reckonings charm.
The action takes place in the Carribbees (Caribbean), and the accounts of the high seas engagements between ships are action packed and detailed, the battles bloody and realistic.
Die Easy is Zoë Sharp's 10th novel about Charlie Fox – a strong,
motorbike-riding ex-special forces soldier turned self-defence instructor
Charlie is the character most strong, independent women long
to be: calm in a crisis; skilled in a fight; beautiful; witty; sarcastic;
sometimes apparently omniscient… Okay maybe I'm laying it on a bit thick, but Charlie
Fox is still one of my favourite fictional heroines, and with good reason.
Die Easy opens with Charlie chained to a briefcase and her
boyfriend, Sean Meyer in the middle of a shootout, and thank goodness for that
– at the end of Fourth Day Sean had been
shot in the head and has been in a coma with no clue as to whether he would
live or die.
The year is 1671 and after watching his mother suffer brutality at the hands of three of the most feared pirates in history, Leo vows he will avenge her death one day when he is older.
Gabriella is a young woman married to Erik, a cruel Dutch slave trader. Erik rules the house with an iron fist. He is an irascible man, prone to violent mood swings and always finds fault with his wife and his slave, Klara. Gabriella lives in fear of Erik and hopes for the day when she and Klara can flee without being found.
Noree Cosper is the author of A Prescription for Delirium, the first book in the Van Helsing Organisation Series. A Prescription For Delirium is well-written, tantalising, compelling and chilling with plenty of action and a strong, cursed heroine, and you can see my full review in the review section of this blog.
About You & Writing:
did you grow up?:
you always want to be a writer?:
I probably started thinking about being a
writer in middle school That’s when I wrote my first short story.
The book opens on to the scene of an exorcism in 1536 Rome,
and is written from the devil Ose's point of view which immediately grabs the
reader. There is plenty of action and a twist at the end – a great opening to
the book, which left me eager to read the rest.
Now to the present, and Ose is still causing trouble. The
rest of the book is narrated by Gabriella (the same Gabriella who 'smote' Ose
in ancient Rome? Maybe, all will become clear) as she hunts the devil. a
fascinating character already, she sees auras, spots hellhounds and is
obviously much, much older than most humans.
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A haunting novel set on the North Yorkshire Moors about isolation and superstition, Thores-Cross follows the story of Jennet, a woman orphaned in the Eighteenth Century. She lives in an isolated community and becomes shunned within it, leading to tragic consequences which continue to have effect through the centuries. Emma Moorcroft is a present-day writer who moves to her dream house with her husband, David.