Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Dancing

For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn't exactly plain vanilla - and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won't be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice ...

Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn't take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her ...

This is a really cute story about Zebrowski's summer barbecue and what happens when she brings both Nathaniel and Micah as her plus one. Also tagging along is Matthew - Monica Vespucci's child with the vampire Robert(deceased) - whose age I am not entirely sure of. I'm not sure if everyone at the party is aware that the child isn't theirs but all of them together are the picture of a modern family.

Anita likes the little boy and is protective of him to a degree but is still adamant that she is not wanting children of her own, though Nathaniel - her ultimate domestic goddess or should that be god - does. So barring accidents I don't think we are going to be hearing the pitter patter of little Anita's any time soon. I just hope that it won't become a problem in their relationship because I think losing Nathaniel, even if not in a forever way (ie dead) would break something in Anita. I know it'd break something in me the reader.

Its a short, sweet, no nookie e-special that is definitely worth the price I paid for it, which wasn't very much.

I give it

Monday, 14 August 2017

Meet a Writer Monday Presents...

... Ally Robertson

1. Tell me about your book Epic Crazy Love and where you got your inspiration for it?

Honestly, I had a crush on a man who was unavailable to me and I used him as a muse for the hero of the story. I wrote the happy ending I would have liked.
Here is my book trailer so your readers can see what the story is about.

2. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?

For the hero I think Kit Harrington fits Cassidy’s description perfectly, but he would need blue contacts for the role. As for Caprice... hmmm Drew Barrymore would be awesome.

3. Mountains or the beach?

Mountains. I live in beautiful British Columbia Canada. I have many mountains to choose from and it is the location of my story.

4. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?

General Martok, son of Urthog. A recurring character in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I am sure to be saved. It will be a glorious battle! Qapla'

5. What is your best childhood memory?

My Dad took me for a ride on the mini-bike when I was around 5 years old. He sat me on the gas tank and drove through a huge puddle. But we hit a rock under the water and it ejected us both face down into the mud. My dad quickly got up on his arms to stop from crushing and drowning me in the muck. We both has mud in our teeth and everywhere and I kept squealing... “Lets do it again Daddy”.

6. If you had to choose to live without one of your five senses, which would you give up and why?

Touch. If I lost my sense of touch I would feel less pain from my fibromyalgia. As an artist losing my sight and hearing would be too sad. As a foodie losing smell and taste would also be devastating.

7. If you could get away with a crime, would you? If yes, what would it be?

Rob some rich dude who doesn’t deserve his money.

8. Would you rather explore a new planet, or the deepest parts of the ocean? Why?

I’m a Trekkie, gotta explore space and planets! It has always been my dream to go to space, one I will never realize, but that doesn’t stop me from dreaming.

9. What makes you cry?

Too many things. I am very sensitive and empathic. I try to avoid the news cause it often makes me bawl.

10. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?

Romance. I am drawn by my desires to have a love so strong it can stand the test of trauma and strife.

11. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

I believe so. As a consumer it is the cover that 1st pulls me in and tempts me to read the blurb or an excerpt. From there I decide if its worthy or compelling.

12. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

Reviews should be honest and reflect the readers rating. They can both make or break sales. However in this day and age of internet trolls you can’t always trust reviews.

13. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

Nobody holds the reigns. The story and plot is intense and chaotic. There are many trials the two protagonists have to face. Just when you think things are going smoothly BOOM, the rug is pulled out from under them and they are fighting to persevere yet again. It is a bit of an emotional roller coaster. So buckle up, because it’s a runaway train and no one is in control.

14. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

Some of it began as real, most of the characters are someone in my real life as well, but they bare no resemblance to the people they once represented. This story took on it’s own life and my imagination went into overdrive. There are many twists and turns.

15. Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer? If so, what do you do during the day?

I am a digital artist and photographer. My website is


Can two reunited soul mates conquer deceit, begrudged malice, extortion, multiple mental and physical traumas and maintain an intense, lasting, abiding love?

What lengths would you go to protecting those you love? ‘Epic Crazy Love’ Is a harrowing journey following two reunited soul mates, both are empathically connected artists who struggle with mental illness. Cassidy and Caprice will find their strength and courage tested most severely among the wilds of the Cornwall Ranch, in the beautiful British Columbian mountains. Where survival is a struggle. Where evil men do evil deeds.


About Ally

Ally is a writer and multi-talented artist living near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Disabled from fibromyalgia, she uses digital art and photography as her medium to stay focused and to bring her joy and purpose.


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Two Brutes, One Barista

J.D.’s got a problem. He’s an MMA fighter who’s lost his belt, his honor, the mobility in his shoulder, and the sexist pigs he’s been mooching off of have just gone insane… but, that’s not the problem. The problem is about five foot five, with big brown eyes, and serves coffee next door. The problem talks sh*t when they play video games, and is at least an 8/10 on the Hot Crazy Matrix… but is no unicorn (the problem believes in Bigfoot). Further frustrating our hapless hero, the problem wants to run her hands allll over him, but doesn’t believe in happy endings. Follow along as J.D. tackles his problem, sees it tied to a tree, and gets busy trying to nail down a solution in a boat, and with a goat, here, there, and frankly, everywhere. The biggest barrier to J.D. licking his problem on a more permanent basis? His jackass siblings just drove him to buy a ticket home…