VIVIENNES BLOG, by NZ author Stephen LEATON (release mid-January ’15)

VIVIENNE’S  BLOG Author Stephen K. LEATON It was a lot easier to read and enjoy Vivienne’s Blog than it has been to write this review. Not wanting to sell it short, I actually spent time refining my understanding of the genres mentioned among the publisher’s material: thriller, chilling suspense, fantastical, psychological thriller, or mystery. The … Continue reading VIVIENNES BLOG, by NZ author Stephen LEATON (release mid-January ’15)

A History of Crime : The Southern Double-Cross

A HISTORY OF CRIME - The Southern Double-Cross  By Dinah HOLMAN Publisher: Ravenbourne Books Ltd, Auckland NZ © Dinah Holman, 2014 ISBN: 9978-0-473-27278-1 Oh, Ms Holman – let this be the first of such a series, puh-lease? I have not enjoyed such a story before, and I want more like it. The way you have … Continue reading A History of Crime : The Southern Double-Cross

Swimming in the Dark, by Paddy RICHARDSON

This merging of the stories of two distinct families from different locations and times into one interacting tale of misery, fear, hate and hurt, resolves the unfolding drama in a most satisfactory way. Between their two stories are common themes - fear of imposed authority and abuse of power. These themes drive characters and events … Continue reading Swimming in the Dark, by Paddy RICHARDSON

A Taste of Gold, by Deryn Pittar

In this cross-over of genre for the author, she has introduced two characters –  twins Levi and Jason, whose skills give them a mental telepathic communication link, and a sensing of precious minerals—gems or metals. As college age scholars of geology, they are in New Zealand to explore the Coromandel area for its old gold … Continue reading A Taste of Gold, by Deryn Pittar

TAKA KIRO WAI –He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Tētāhi Hoiho by Keri KAA

TAKA KIRO WAI – He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Tētāhi Hoiho Author Keri KAA Artist Martin D PAGE   This Māori language, 59 page picture book is an amazing compilation of story, artwork and photography, decorated and enhanced with examples of Māori weaving and carving patterns. Publisher Tania was kind enough to relate the story to … Continue reading TAKA KIRO WAI –He Kōrero Pūrākau mo Tētāhi Hoiho by Keri KAA

TE RAKAU WHAKAPAPA – The Generation Stick – a story of courage

Te Rakau Whakapapa – The Generation Stick – a story of courage Author Wikitoria Dansey   Te Rakau Whakapapa is a multi generational story of historical fiction, set in what is now known as the Bay of Plenty NZ, home of the Arawa and Mataatua peoples, depicts events typical of tikanga Māori, especially of te … Continue reading TE RAKAU WHAKAPAPA – The Generation Stick – a story of courage

DREAMTIME – pt 1 of Guardians of the Shimmer by Garth LAWLESS

From the moment I realized the fantasy is set in New Zealand, is well written, and its antagonists are a family of parents and teenagers, I knew the author is on a winner.His descriptive passages are vivid; we See the green bush, the space between the shimmer curtain, the safe haven, the dream worlds ... … Continue reading DREAMTIME – pt 1 of Guardians of the Shimmer by Garth LAWLESS