What the reviewers said about THE ASSASSIN’S KEEPER

“This book is reminiscent of the macho detective heroes of the 80’s. In many ways it reminded me of Charles Bronsen in St Ives.
Pedro has that ultra cool, unflappable Bronsen swagger. John, too is a man’s man.
This is no messing, hard hitting detective fiction. No fluff, no frills just getting on with the action.”

“The excellent dialogue in this book made it a hit for me. The author knew his characters well and was able to keep the dialogue entertaining and authentic.
Good use of the politics of the time to create an unusual plot line.”

“This is detective work 80’s style and it makes a pleasant change. It you grew up in the 80’s or just remember that time, you will get a warm feeling from this book as memories of 80’s cop shows return.”

“Many other characters will enter the plot like the treacherous Sue West, the mysterious dance school owner Rosa and ‘insufferable ass’ Edward.
However, it is John’s contentious relationship with Pedro which is central to the book and which never ceases to take surprising twists and turns.
The author has created distinctive and real characters who carry the plot very well.”

“The Assassin’s Keeper is written very much like a TV series. What I mean by that, is that the action could easily be broken up into a ten part series.
The book has all the elements of good TV detective drama with red herrings, punch ups, murders, back stabbing and intrigue all dotting the path to the explosive conclusion.
A highly original work written in a slightly unusual format. This is not a who-dunnit or a quest for justice type thriller; it examines a rather complex and drawn out plot of revenge in which the stakes could not be higher.”

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GREAT REVIEWS for THE ASSASSIN’s KEEPER

John McClements has been getting some terrific reviews for his conspiracy based, thriller THE ASSASSIN’S KEEPER and you can grab your kindle copy today for only 99c (limited time offer ends May 12)

An interesting blend of detective fiction and international espionage.
This book is lively, entertaining and modern. The language is accessible and the pace is very good throughout.
The author is efficient with words, in terms of being able to set the scene well without laborious descriptions.
I agree with the other reviewers about the authenticity of the characters.
Nice read.

 

The author’s forte is in his characters and dialogue. Many authors of fiction are so immersed in complex plots that the characters are secondary and the dialogue is wooden and poorly thought out.
I found the characters jumped off the page and did have a real feel to them – especially the men. I did find Drinda rather intriguing and it was a pity she never continued later into the book.

 

Conflict is vital in any crime thriller and there is no shortage of conflict between these characters. The dynamic between John and Pedro is fascinating. While John is always on the back foot in terms of his relationship with Pedro, he is man enough to stand up to the suave Argentinian and tell him off or tell him to go to hell. John thinks he is merely doing detective grunt work for Pedro, but he wants out, his marriage is suffering and he cannot keep up with running his restaurant and doing Pedro’s dirty work and then he hears something…a name…chills run down his spine and suddenly it all falls into place and it is more shocking than he can ever imagine.

 

 

 

Now 99c and 99p – Next of Sin Psychological Thriller – Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Apple

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BLOOD IS CRUELLER THAN WATER.

A series of supposed drownings all bear an eerie hallmark and young lawyer Gaby is the first to link them as the handiwork of a ruthless and conniving serial killer; a killer with a mask of respectability and success, a killer she knows only too well.

Recently married and on the brink of partnership at her firm, Gaby should be on top of the world, but she has stumbled upon something which will make her enemies in high places and will tear her personal life to threads. Who will believe her? Who can she trust?

Gaby joins forces with former detective, Robbie Baggio and they race to gather the evidence and bring down the web of evil protecting this serial killer. However the killer’s instincts alert him to danger and when those closest to the Gaby start turning up dead, she must rely on both her legal skills and grim determination to ensure justice is served.

Conspiracy at the top levels of the judiciary and corruption weaving its way right to the heart of family life; there is more to Gaby’s mission than unmasking the murderer.

A thriller that will make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again and the safe answer…..is NO.

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DEAR LEILA – Chicklit Humour Book 99c on amazon Until Sept 3

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Sex and the City meets Bridget Jones in a laugh out loud chick-lit tale of two women in two cities.

When Leila and Kimi reignite a high friend school friendship via an on-line exchange some years later, the results are a hilarious batch of frank and feisty emails flying across the Atlantic.

Leila, in London, is single and playing the field with the emphasis on playing. Kimi is in NYC heading for splitsville with her cranky and possibly cheating hubbie. They bare all in their spicy emails to each other about the bad, mad and dangerous to know of the male world and how there is a fine line between love and farce.

A thoroughly modern and quirky tale of life, love and lust in 2015 and how social media has lead to a very new moral or immoral code.

Funny, lively and fast moving.

Warning: Some bad lingo and mild sexual content.

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REVIEWS

This book tells the tale of two women’s lives via the vehicle of their email exchanges. As the book takes the form of emails it is very in intensive in terms of action as there are no lengthy descriptions or irrelevant waffle it’s just frank banter and heart to heart revelations. The author kinda gets how in the cyber world we reveal stuff and do stuff we would not do in ‘real’ life as somehow what goes down in cyberspace, stays in cyberspace..or does it.

Both Kimi and Leila have rather modern attitudes about love and dating and they certainly don’t take no prisoners. Although this is a light-hearted read, some more serious issues ie stalking, divorce and affairs are tackled in a realistic way.

This is a very lively and pacey book and you will be pleasantly amused by the many unexpected turns.

I know another review criticized the grammar of this book; but I feel that it was written in a highly colloquial way and just how one writes when we write emails – it is not meant to be written like a novel where all the syntax is dead right. It’s conversational.
It’s fast moving and very modern. The author does not dwell on things; it’s really about having a laugh and not to be taken seriously like a full length novel.
This is the first time that I’ve read a story that was told entirely through email transactions, and I have to say that I quite liked it! That was definitely a very clever way of telling a story and I think the author executed it well. This is a fun, short, and fast-paced read that can easily be read in one setting (trust me, you’ll want to!). Can’t wait to see more from this author.

SUPERB CRIME FICTION for Summer Reading.

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BLOOD IS CRUELLER THAN WATER.

A serious of supposed drownings all bear an eerie hallmark and young lawyer Gaby is the first to link them as the handiwork of a ruthless and conniving serial killer; a killer with a mask of respectability and success, a killer she knows only too well.

Recently married and on the brink of partnership at her firm, Gaby should be on top of the world, but she has stumbled upon something which will make her enemies in high places and will tear her personal life to threads. Who will believe her? Who can she trust?

Gaby joins forces with former detective, Robbie Baggio and they race to gather the evidence and bring down the web of evil protecting this serial killer. However the killer’s instincts alert him to danger and when those closest to the Gaby start turning up dead, she must rely on both her legal skills and grim determination to ensure justice is served.

Conspiracy at the top levels of the judiciary and corruption weaving its way right to the heart of family life; there is more to Gaby’s mission than unmasking the murderer.

A thriller that will make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again and the safe answer…..is NO.

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The Problem with Paleo: Taking a Deeper Look at the Popular Myths and Fallacies of Eating Like a Caveman – Kindle edition by Joey Lott. Health, Fitness & Dieting Kindle .

Holy Health Food or Paleo Propaganda?

So, you’ve given up grains, sugar, and dairy—the evil white foods—in the name of health and weight loss. Seems like a pretty good plan, right? After all, the world is abuzz right now with paleo diet plans and low-carb lifestyle tips. It seems everyone has gotten on the paleo bandwagon, but is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

Lots of Hype, But How Much is True?

The industry experts—the Wolfs, the Sissons, the Kressers—claim that a paleo or “primal” diet can cure all that ails you. Diabetes will disappear. Digestion will run like clockwork. Your excess weight will melt right off, and your muscles will be the envy of bodybuilders everywhere. The trouble is that most people don’t question if any of it is really true. Worse yet, some people start to experience negative side effects—fatigue, weakness, anxiety—and go to greater dietary extremes, still sucked into the paleo ideology.
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NOW on amazon – Pressure Cooking Reinvented

presscookPressure Cooking is back in Vogue

PRESSURE COOKING is availible in kindle and paperback on AMAZON until 18 NOV click here

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TIME and MONEY – the two things we do not have a lot of these days.

Pressure cooking is FAST, you can whip a meal for 8 in less than ten minutes cooking time.
Everything goes into the pressure cooker and so there is only one dishwasher friendly pot to wash.
SAVING ELECTRICITY – Back in the 80’s when my Mom was using her pressure cooker electricity was not as expensive, but these days it is extortionate and is sometimes higher than the mortgage in terms of monthly outgoings. With a pressure cooker you can cook a meal in 10-15 mins, when it would have taken at least one hour in an oven where it would have been eating up electricity. And who wants to clean the oven – NOT ME! The faster cooking times and the fact that everything is in one pot saves a bundle when it comes to power.

So to get you going, here are delicious soup, meat, fish and chicken recipes from around the world. Included are cake and loaf recipes as well.

Book includes a detailed set of tables so that you can cook any kind of food any time with confidence.

FAST, FASHIONABLE FOOD.

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I know I’ve had those thoughts and for years I’ve avoided using the pressure cooker that I inherited from my mother (sound familiar?). It’s time to drop those fears and haul it out it out of storage, or get one of the fancier new ones that are making a comeback, and try one of these delicious-sounding recipes.

Lisa makes a good argument for using a pressure cooker and even writes about some great health tips that I wasn’t aware of about the advantages of pressure cooking. There’s an excellent variety of recipes to choose from, although there is a heavy leaning toward meat dishes (fish, poultry, different meats). There are soups, veggie, quick bread and dessert/holiday dishes included, so you’re sure to find something you’d enjoy. I’m going to try the Jaipur Shrimp Curry and the Steamed Lasagna shortly. There are some things I wouldn’t have thought about making in a pressure cooker (like the lasagna), so my curiosity is piqued!

Highly recommended recipe collection. Get going with your pressure cooker and save some money on those nasty electric bills at the same time!

5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing It Back to the Kitchen October 15, 2014
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I often wondered why the pressure cooker went out of style. My mom wasn’t much of a cook (sorry, it is the truth) but the family always LOVED pressure cooker night! If you’ve never tried food from a pressure cooker, you’re in for a treat. Far superior to the over-blended flavors a crock pot provides and you don’t have to leave the darn thing on all day just to cook a meal! This time saving appliance needs to return to our lives. The next one I find on sale is coming home with me.

As for this book – yum! A wide variety that I’ll be trying. Many different styles and countries (Norwegian, British, French, Chinese, ‘cowboy’, Greek) are represented and appreciated. There are a few I’ll adapt for our family but the introduction provides a solid base of knowledge so I’m relatively certain I won’t mess anything up with my substitutions.

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Reasons October 9, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition

I grew up in the era when pressure cookers were mainly used to can green beans! Ha! Lazuli’s book is an eye-opener. She gives compelling reasons to use a pressure cooker in our often harried days of not much time. I was surprised and pleased to learn the benefits of pressure cooking which include: health and nutritional benefits, time saving benefits, and even money saving benefits!

Lazuli gives practical and delicious recipes from soups through desserts. As a person who has lived in various countries during my life, I especially appreciated the international flavors Lazuli has included in this book.

This book is highly recommended! Enjoy!

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Book Review HOLLY LEAVES – Family Drama

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When five friends go to a psychic for a reading; the predictions make no sense at all because they just cannot envision the tragic circumstances in which everything the psychic says will come to pass.

A group of relatives and pals agree to go for a group reading with a mysterious psychic: their emotions range from eager anticipation to nervous excitement and in the case of Sasha a poo-poing and putting it all down to hocus pocus entertainment.

Yesod catches their attention with pin point accuracy about their pasts and inner conflicts; however her predictions about the future appear to some baffling and out of sync with the reality they all know. Even sceptic Sasha is thrown off kilter by Yesod’s apparent inability – or was it rather a disguised refusal – to read her.

The session strikes a chord of confusion and self doubt into Lee and Gemma; but was the reading so elliptical for Lianne. Did she read something into it the others have missed? Why does Lianne go asking pertinent questions about her past while alienating herself from the others?
Michelle is overcome with guilt: she believes she knows that her own dirty secret lies behind Lianne’s strange behaviour. Confiding in Lee, she reveals all.
But is Michelle’s hunch correct or is the truth so deeply buried in the psyche of one of the other friends that even Yesod could not perceive it.

Seemingly unbreakable friendships are wrecked in a web of deception, lies and infidelity and someone will pay the ultimate price. Nothing is as it seemed and nothing will ever be the same again.

Some skeletons are best left in the closet.

BOOK REVIEW

British author Lisa Gordon, born in Johannesburg where she studied Law at Witwatersrand University before moving to England to complete her studies in Industrial Economics at the University of Warwick. Interestingly she also studied with the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London and it is in this capacity that she appears on BBC. She also campaigns against injustice and unfair trials abroad. The subject of this Play HOLLY LEAVES is astrology and she explains her passion for her subject in her statement, `Growing up in Johannesburg was truly an amazing experience which I will always treasure. It is a city of bright colors, vibrant people, stark contrasts and extremes: extreme wealth, extreme poverty, extreme emotions, extreme thunderstorms, often extreme violence and yet every minute I lived there I felt alive. As I sit here in safe and picturesque England I long to leave this sterility and head for the chaos of Africa where somehow every minute means so much more. Perhaps my image of my homeland is very much my metaphor for life: that at the extremes of existence one is truly living and experiencing this thing we call life to the full. I am incurably inquisitive and if there is something going on on this planet, I want to know about it. I ended up with a degree in Economics, however the economics and financial world never beckoned and so at 23 I took a pretty sharp left turn and decided to study astrology. I have always loved helping people and I am fascinated by the meaning of life, destiny and karma and so I often think it was fate that prompted me to take this direction which in many ways has been a difficult route, but very revealing in terms of self-discovery. I was the resident astrologer on many local UK radio stations for many years. Although my foray into astrology may have left my spiritual life richer, my bank balance was a basket case, so it was back to the drawing board career wise and I began studying to be a Chartered Accountant. Bored to tears with studying audit, I decided to start writing a book one night.’ This play HOLLY LEAVES has won awards both as a play and as a novel: the reasons are apparent after reading this work.

The flavor of this story is beautifully described in the `stage business’ section that opens the play: `Four women and a young man are standing at the front of the stage with the curtain down. Sacha, an attractive, tall and flamboyantly dressed woman is pacing impatiently. Michelle, a neat woman in a suit sits anxiously. Lianne, who is short and plump, wearing black trousers and a blouse sits patiently legs crossed. Gemma in a tracksuit is chewing gum casually. Lee, a good looking young man stands somewhat awkwardly at the side of the stage.’ From this vivid character delineation Gordon unwinds a visit to a psychic, Yesod (`She believes there is no such thing as bad luck: what we perceive as bad times are just opportunities to change. She gives you ideas on how to approach change; she’s never negative….Yesod does believe in freewill and in a person’s ability to shape their own future but she also believes that we have chosen a specific life path, almost like a mission for this incarnation and thus certain hurdles are inevitable.’) Four women and a man, friends, enter the realm of Yesod and the manner in which each responds to Yesod’s predictions and perceptions of their pasts `sets the stage’ for an entertaining and deeply informing study of the how we as people interact – a barrage of secrets, lies, insights, misconceptions and deceptions, infidelity – an the manner in which each of the characters interacts with the others unveils mysteries only a psychic would devise! Or as Sacha perceives, `That’s what spiritualism seems to be about; everything has some deep, esoteric meaning that you just can’t bloody figure out.’

Lisa Gordon has created a little masterpiece of a play that steps in the literary circle with ease. She has written other books and hopefully will continue with new ones, as her ability to iron out the wrinkles in our strange world we have cluttered with ill deeds is quite remarkable. Grady Harp, September 14

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Great reading for lousy weather – NEXT OF SIN now only 99cents or 99 pence

Feeling cold, watching the rain drip off the gutter?  Time to escape to Shakespeare’s county, Warwickshire and then to a sizzling London and finally to the shadow of Mount Sakurajima.

Next of Sin is Lisa Gordon’s second novel and is 99 cents or 99 pence on amazon until Wednesday 27th Aug.

Lisa won first prize in the American Gem Literary Contest of 2012/2013.

The DREAM which made her life a NIGHTMARE.
A string of murders dating back to 1987 and in all that time only one witness and she doesn’t even know she’s a witness!

A strange recurring dream is haunting you; you see a psychologist and a psychic as your try to figure it out. Then……it hits you; the memory floods back! Suddenly everything you thought you knew about yourself, your family and your past is cast into doubt.
Someone you love is a KILLER.
But who will believe you? He is popular, successful, charming and credible. The police will say that you have no evidence. People will call you mad, paranoid or vindictive.
You select your allies with great care, as there are few you dare trust in this duplicitous new world.
You set about assembling the evidence: secretively and urgently, before he strikes again. However, he gets wind of your suspicions and this time when he kills, it’s someone very close to you, someone who knows the truth.
Suddenly you realise that you are up against more than just him, he has eminent and influential friends and the scales of justice are rigged against you.
What would you do? What will Gaby do?
A book that will make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again and the safe answer…..is NO.

 

WHAT DID REVIEWERS SAY?

“It certainly proved to be a good read. This excellent reads starts you out with a bang as you experience the killing of a young teen, but why? What does this have to do with the rest of the story? Ah! Our author draws you in with the ‘I have to find out,’ trick. It’s been a while since I have read a book that takes you around so many curves in the story and yet at the end ties all the notes into one bow. This one does.
It is a tale of murder and suspense, family and friends, trust and betrayal, all tightly weaved within the read. The character development is excellent, as is the description of locals, bringing everything to life in the mind’s eye. I loved how it ended, although perhaps a bit sad in some ways, the author definitely brought all the mysterious pieces together. I am happy to recommend this book, a very well written read and well worth your time.” SHIRLEY P JOHNSON AMAZON TOP 1000 REVIEWER.

“Ever wonder what happened to those stories filled with suspense with twists and turns? You know the kind that Alfred Hitchcock produced, making us bite our nails and worry for the hero or heroine! Well Lisa Gordon has penned that type of thriller and it’s worth reading. Her heroine, Gaby thought she was leading an ideal life. She was a rising star in her legal firm and just married a handsome man. Then the nightmares started plaguing her and memories of a childhood trauma erupted. To save her sanity Gaby must delve into the secrets of a serial killer and risk her own life to bring him to justice.

I really enjoyed this suspenseful novel! It reminded me of a Hitchcock thriller, filled with danger but not depending on blood, guts, and gore like modern novels. This is a thriller that delivers chills while chasing an elusive killer. You won’t know until the final pages if this clever killer escapes. Gaby evolved from a society socialite into a brave woman fighting for justice. Pick up this book and enjoy a story worthy of Hitchcock.”  DIANNE RAPP

“What if you suspected a relative of yours is a serial killer? What would you do? That’s the premise of this outstanding thriller murder mystery. I was caught up in the story right from page one. It’s the sort of story where you know what the outcome should be, but aren’t really sure the heroine will survive? Seeing it all unfold is really worth the read. This book comes highly recommended.” JAMES HOAG

“Absolutely loved this book. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with the characters & the story line..I couldn’t wait to see what was gonna happen next. The characters are so real you seemed to really connect with them. I found myself feeling the sadness, frustration, & triumph with them. This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I can’t wait to read more…Waiting very impatiently for her next book.” JULIE’S BOOK REVIEW

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SHOCK AFTER SHOCK

BOOK REVIEW of NEXT of SIN by Glyn Smith-Wild

What do you do if you discover that someone very close to you is a killer?
That’s what this book is all about. Lisa describes the doubts, the conflicts of emotion and the raw feelings of reality as the story unfolds. The protagonist, Gaby, and her friends come across with consummate reality, and before the end of the book, you come to know them very well.
Lisa has either travelled widely, or really knows how to use Google Earth. No matter, the descriptions of the many international venues come across vividly, and you feel yourself transported to each of them.
I think I would have given this book a five star rating were it not for the number of typos. It is only because of that that I have awarded four stars.

Link to book here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00I0ZF28C/r

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