Blogroll Tag with The Author Collaborative Network

Does my energy seem busy to you? Maybe excited? If you said yes, you are right. H.M. Clarke and I recently put together a wonderful group on Goodreads called The Author Collaborative Network, where authors come together to support one another.

If you are an author and would like to join us, please get in touch with me on Goodreads. We’d love to have you. Today’s blogroll tag is part of The Author Collaborative Network, a.k.a. ACN or the Network.

How do we play blogroll tag?  One of us asks a question, the person who is asked the question answers it, and then asks a new question of the next person, and so on until it stops.  If it stops.  Who says it has to?  Not me.  🙂

Fellow Network member Melissa Barker-Simpson, author of several wonderful books including her new release Hands of Evil: Morgan and Fairchild Series (Volume 2), asked me this question. To see the question that H.M. Clarke asked Melissa Barker-Simpson, click here.


“What do you think paranormal romance novels like The Dreaming and Desert Sunrise contribute to the world?”

Well, Melissa, I think that books like The Dreaming and Desert Sunrise potentially contribute a lot to the world. For one, they help people with paranormal abilities to understand some of the ways those abilities can work to improve the quality of their own lives; they also offer a realistic view of how to use those abilities.

In addition to those reasons, romance novels likes the ones I’ve published also offer uplifting entertainment and raise the bar for what people can offer one another in real life romance.  As a bonus, if the stories put the reader in a good mood, that’s good for them and everyone around them.

Now, I get to ask my question. I chose Hiram Crespo. You can read Hiram’s answer by clicking here. Hiram, will you share three books that inspired or influenced you to write your book Epicurean philosophy?

As always, thank you for reading.


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5-Star Review: “The Enclave” by H.M. Clarke

I’ve just finished reading my second book by H.M. Clarke and her range is pretty stunning. I read The Kalarthri first, book 1 of The Way to Freedom series, which was a fantasy suitable for any age. The Enclave is every bit as intriguing and imaginative, but worlds apart. To begin with, I would recommend this for an older audience because of the mild violence and the more sophisticated storyline.

The Enclave is a Sci-Fi space adventure with lots of action and intrigue. The main characters are all very well written and likable, which adds so many dimensions for me. Commander Katherine Kirk is one of those awesome kick-ass heroines you love to read about. She also shows a vulnerability at times that makes her even more worthy of the title of heroine. She has not had an easy time, and she’s not looking for one. What she wants is to make the world a safer place.

If you’ve read Christine Feehan’s GhostWalker series, you will be familiar with some of the scientific experimentation going on in one of the enclaves Katherine works so diligently to defend.

So now, I’m waiting patiently for another book from this series.

Please join me on Goodreads to discuss “The Enclave” if you read it or have read it.

As always, thank you for reading.


5-Star Book Review: The Kalarthri by H.M. Clarke

I’ve been particularly pleased to read two wonderful, suitable for all ages, fantasy books in a row. Both are by new-to-me authors. Both are the first in their series. Both feature 10-year-old main characters. Honest, I didn’t plan this. It’s a case of the Universe delivering to me what I like to ask for from a book – good times.

“The Kalarthri” (The Way to Freedom, Book 1), as I mentioned above, is a fantasy about a young girl, Kalena, who is born into a feudal society where she, as second born, is automatically a servant. Neither I, nor Kalena, had any idea of what the future held for her. I braced myself in case I was in for a long, sad tale full of abuse and violence. H.M. Clarke instead delivered a tale that was sugar and spice, where the spice was a welcome accent. The story is highly imaginative, flows well, and kept me interested from beginning to end.

An imaginative tale where Kalena grows in many ways, I highly recommend this book for a parent-child read. You know, where you, and your child, read the same book at the same time, so you can talk about it? Or how about for a family read where you take turns reading aloud?

I invite you to join my discussion for “The Kalarthri” on Goodreads. One of the best parts of reading good books, is reading good books and sharing them with one another.

As always, thanks for reading.