September Book Reviews

Looking for a good read? D. Wallace Peach has a few reviews for good reading material …

Myths of the Mirror

Another month of reviews

including some from my Autumn Reading Challenge
(which I’m already behind on – yeesh).

This month, my offering of  4 and 5 star reviews includes thrillers, humor, sci-fi, horror, short stories, and YA fantasy. I hope you enjoy the browse.

Click on the covers for Amazon global links.


You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas

This debut novel by Biswas travels at breakneck speed. Set in India, it deals with the atrocious and criminal practice of throwing acid in women’s faces. But that’s only one theme in this complex and engaging plot that kept me riveted from page one. I’m not surprised that this book is receiving so much acclaim.

A police investigation headed by Jitan Bhatt into the mutilations and murders of several women intersects with an acid attack on Anjali Morgan, his lover. Everything goes totally crazy, and I mean Totally Crazy, as…

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Ordering for Australian Customers!

An opportunity if you live in Australia and need some October reading!

Things in the Well

As many people know, ordering books through Amazon AU can be very expensive, so thanks to some hard work by Louise Zedda-Sampson, we are now offering a direct ordering service for some of our recent books. This only applies to folks in Australia (only Australia, sorry, not New Zealand at this point), as prices elsewhere seem reasonable on Amazon, especially if you can get free shipping. If you are in New Zealand, please contact us for a quote with your address and which books you’d like, thanks!

Please note: Stocks of some titles are limited so it may be a while till we can have these printed and shipped locally. If you’re in a hurry, please do check with Louise or Steve!

Any one of the above books is $25 AUD including shipping!
Additional books are an extra $15 including shipping!
Don’t forget to let us know which…

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Cinnamon scrolls … are real!


For the Saturday Mix, the theme for this week is “mad about metaphor.”  My mom and I had freshly-baked cinnamon rolls this morning.

Cinnamon rolls:
Sweet spirals,
Soft chewy dough,
Bliss soon to follow.
Aroma and taste,
Fully embraced:
Drizzle of glaze,
Icing on the cake!

Cinnamon Roll, Sweet, Pastry, Icing, Roll, Baked Image from Pixabay. This looks better than my own cinnamon roll.

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How to – and how not to – run an online writing community. And publishing post Covid. Interview with literary agent Peter Cox of @Litopia @agentPete

So, you want to know all about Litopia? Roz talks to Peter Cox …

Nail Your Novel

You’ve seen the posts here about Peter Cox’s writing community Litopia – the home of Pop-Up Submissions, where manuscripts are critiqued live on air by writers, readers and a chat room. Sometimes the guest critic is me! I’ve always been impressed with the show. For a start, it looks amazingly slick. But underneath that is a genuine love of books and reading, who value writing that is done well.

On one of our pre-show chats Peter remarked: ‘someone should write a piece about literary communities. I’ve made every mistake in the book.’

Someone definitely should, I said.

So here we are. We also talk about the publishing world post-Covid: what might publishers be looking for? What do readers want? Can that question even be answered yet?

But first, Litopia.

Roz Tell me about Litopia. What is it, how long has it been running, how big is it now? What made…

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You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS? – by Chris Graham (aka The Story Reading Ape)

Please, I beg you, please read … writers everywhere need you

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


A stack of books and words Read - Review - RepeatIf not, why not?

I don’t have time

The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record your feelings about it.

I can’t write long fancy reviews like those I see on book review blogs

You don’t have to, Amazon, for example, only ask you to use a minimum of 25 non repeating words.

I can’t express myself very well

No-one is asking you to produce a literary masterpiece, start off with things you liked, didn’t like or a mix of both about the book, e.g.,

I liked this book because –

it reminded me of –

it made me think about –

it made me so scared I couldn’t sleep for –

it made me feel homesick for –


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