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The Joy of being Curious

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Life is too precious

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Be kind to multitaskers – we are really doing our best

Well, I was going to write a post about feeling guilty over multitasking all the time, about feeling that I am not good enough at anything I do (home, family, you name it), about autumn not being my season. And then I thought – who on Earth wants to read or hear about that?! This too shall pass. I will multitask to survive, and when I can no longer multitask, I will relax. Right?

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CARVED WOODEN HEART by E. H. Newton & Starla Hartless – my review no.65

Having already enjoyed some of Elizabeth Horton-Newton’s writing (the intense thriller Riddle and her fascinating short story Old Habits in Twisted Tales), I was rather intrigued to see how she would handle the genre of romance (with elements of erotica). Starla Hartless remains a mystery to me, but this partnership might prove quite successful in this genre.

Not usually an avid reader of romance/erotica, I read the book with curiosity, comparing at first with other works by E. Horton-Newton. The writing is easy to follow and has a steady flow to it. The timeline and subplots all fit nicely as we follow Dani through her love life and professional growth, sometimes going topsy-turvy in comparison to the traditional romance ways (she both meets and loses the passionate lover in the first part of the book, but read on for more surprises). You will enjoy reading about how she grows as a person, about her friendships and family ties, and of course, the steamy bedroom scenes, if you are a fan (quite hot, though never vulgar). There is passion, lust, skin, heat, but also emotion and tenderness.

However, what I find the greatest value in this book are the characters who evolve over time, following the romance stereotype to a certain point, yet preserving a believable feel to them, which makes you root for them or against them. The contrast between the men in Dani’s life is really interesting to observe, and your preconceptions of them change throughout the book as the subplots entangle and resolve. Dani, the heroine, grows through the story, from the naive young journalist who falls head over heels for a hunk, to the responsible, strong and decisive woman. Jesse is intriguing, too, and I bet romance fans will go crazy over the wild artist that he is. Doug is such a promising man who genuinely loves Dani and saves her in her hardship (not liking the mistakes he made out of that love though;). Brandon will keep the readers’ interest in suspense (avoiding spoilers) and Dylan – he is just a treasure. My absolute favourites are the side characters – Dani’s gynaecologist, Kelly, Milagro, Kathryn, and Dani’s parents who made me smile, chuckle and even tear up by the end of the story. The authors must have had so much fun weaving their scenes into the mix.

I am absolutely certain Carved Wooden Heart will provide romance fans with all the elements they expect, and then some, including the wonderful scenery and amazing dream houses in the wilderness. Your very own jacuzzi house in the mountains, to share with the love of your life? Oh come on, who’d say no to that!?

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When a review makes you gulp:)

Getting a review like this, in such fine company as this, from an author I really admire is just… well, no pressure at all, right;)? But it only inspires me to write more and better! Wow!

Read short stories! They are gems.

More “Crooked Tales” –

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Elizabeth H.Newton talks of Crooked Tales

It has been a great joy and honour to have been invited into the Readers Circle of Avenue Park with another story for an anthology, a sequel for the Twisted Tales. Here to tell you more about it is the fantastic author, Elizabeth Horton Newton, who also has her own new romance coming out soon, Carved Wooden Heart.

CROOKED TALES: Deception & Revenge in 15 Short Stories (Short Story Tales Book 2) –

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Party anyone?

​Are you ready for the #childrensbook #party today? I am (and nervous too;)

Karina Kantas has lots of authors and surprises lined up for children, teachers, parents… Back2School can be fun!

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​Thank you to everyone who voted – there is still some time left to vote! Thank you, Metamorph Publishing! As funny as it may seem – it is NOT about winning. It’s about support!

The voting for the #SIBA #book #awards goes on till September 10.





You can win these children’s e-books today at the Facebook children’s book event Back 2 School organized by Karina Kantas.









Contact me via direct message for an advanced review copy of Average Daydreamer on my Facebook blog Anita’s Haven.

And there is one of my short stories in each of these anthologies:





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