Friday 10 June 2016


Hi Everyone

I’m going to be on In The Chair With Imogene Nix (a web blog/tv show). Needless to say I'm extremely nervous even though Imogene sent me a nice YouTube lecture on what to do for an interview.
I’d love to know what questions you’d like asked. I thought just this once I would answer one question - if I know the answer - about any of the characters in the Zyrgin world and what they are up to. That is one question. So if you wanted to know what happens to a specific character and if I know I will answer even if I didn't want to say anything about it yet. If your questions are chosen, Imogene will name you in the links! So, pop along to Imogene’s blog and ask away!

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The interview will be posted in about three weeks. I really admire Imogene for the professional show she's put together. I will post the link on my Facebook author page when my interview is up and running.
Can a cyber-enhanced warrior and a ship's captain find love together?

Levia Endrado never wanted to be a warrior, but at seventeen she was deemed suitable for battle. After intense training and multiple enhancements, which gave her superior strength and healing ability, she was sent off to defeat the enemy—a killing machine with a mission.

When the war was over, she had to find a new life. At twenty-seven she's a washed-up veteran without a future. Or she was, until she met Sandon Daria.

Serving as a pilot aboard Sandon's spaceship the Golden Echo makes Levia long for a different and gentler life. But old hurts and even older enemies aren't so easily forgotten. Particularly when they come back for her.

Sandon is determined to show Levia that she's more than just a BioCybe…she's the woman who completes him. Getting close is just the first step, keeping her alive is an even bigger challenge, but one he's willing to take because the prize is their combined future.

In a bleak future where government systems are breaking down and lawless bands of men terrorize the country, botanist Natalie Hanson fears for her life and hides in a cave in the Rocky Mountains. When she is captured by human raiders, a fierce alien appears and slays her attackers. Natalie is now held captive in her own cave by the sexy and striking alien commander, Zacar, who informs her that she will be his breeder. Natalie soon realizes that these aliens worship strength. So what will happen when Zacar finds out she has severe asthma?

 In a bleak and apocalyptic future, Julia Benzoni flees the violence-saturated world of her mafia family to build a peaceful life in a No Name Town, Montana. Now, while civilization disintegrates into anarchy around her and evil men prey on the innocent, she’s pursued by an alien, whose warrior life thrusts her back into the world where might makes right and violence is the order of the day. Torn, she now has to choose between her need to distance herself from war and violence and the alien warrior who holds her heart.


In a bleak and apocalyptic future, where the Zyrgin Warriors are getting ready to conquer Earth, Marcie is sent to infiltrate the alien stronghold in the Rocky Mountains, only to be betrayed by her own people. Instead of stealing the alien’s technology and accomplishing her mission of causing mayhem and destruction among them, she is captured by Larz, an arrogant alien, who wreaks havoc with her heart when he insists that she will be his woman. Still, he may no longer want her when he discovers her secrets…ones she doesn’t even know she has.

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Dance of Love New 4 Star Review

Dance of Love by Inge Saunders is a short, fun and flirty read. The author paints a convincing tale as she introduces her characters whose depth and emotions are so raw and relatable you feel it! Ashley's passion for achieving her goals, to finding true happiness no matter what obstacles stand in her way I find sincere. And her determination, her grit and her passion to make her dreams become a reality compliments and enhances the plot. The hero is likable and sincere. He is true to his beliefs and stands by his decisions with a strong sense of thoughtfulness and determination one just has to respect.                 

At the end of the day I'd say Dance of Love is a remarkable story of life, love and chasing dreams, teaching us to never give up on things our heart sets out to achieve but rather to put our best foot forward until we win the battle of fulfillment in the end.

4 Stars.                                                                                               


All roads lead to Rome when Ashley Solomons embarks on fulfilling her dream to become a world-class dancer. But there’s one person who stands in her way. “It`s a no from me,” Antonio Machiavelli.

When Antonio’s auditions for a lead principal end in wintry Cape Town, the last thing he expects is to have more than a knee-jerk reaction to an audition. Ashley not only verbally challenges him, but also translates her fire and cheekiness into an edge of your seat performance.

Can Antonio keep his distance from Ashley? Can Ashley focus on fulfilling her dream of becoming a lead principal? Or will love have its way?



Ashley grimaced.                                              

He let the girl get to the chorus before dismissing her as well. The other panel members spoke kindly, and she didn’t leave in tears as the candidate before her had.

Before he could call next, she walked out on stage. She didn’t stand a chance in hell, so why give him the satisfaction of ordering her around? Finding her center, she met the eyes of the panel and blinked. Maybe she should have Googled Antonio Machiavelli, she mused standing transfixed. He was much younger than she expected and more attractive.

He appeared to be in his early thirties, with a mop of dark curls falling across his forehead. Even seated, he towered over the other judges. No wonder every girl’s unnerved. He`s intimidating with his tanned hands folded in front of him on the table.. His grim scowl reminded her to not cave.

“What’s your name?” the lone woman on the panel asked with a kind smile.

“Ashley,” she replied.

The woman glanced down at her clipboard. “It says here you have no formal training.”

Antonio Machiavelli gave a deep sigh. Her brow furrowed. “Yes.”

Nail-biting silence reigned for a moment then the woman waved her hand. “Proceed.”

Antonio Machiavelli placed his fingers at his temples. “Do we have to? She has no formal training. She’s wasting everyone’s time.”

Ashley’s jaw clenched. “How about you let me finish my audition? You’ll have enough ammunition to ridicule me with after.”

That got his attention. She couldn’t see the color of his eyes, but if she had to guess, she’d say fiery red. He sat forward in his chair, leaning over the table, dwarfing it.

He had the persona of an angry wolf out to devour her. The thought set her heart racing. What? She watched too much True Blood.


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Inge Saunders fell in love with books when she started reading romance novels with her grandmother. Intrigued by the worlds books unlocked, it was inevitable she would take pen to paper.

She forms part of Romance writers’ Organization of South Africa (ROSA) and currently has two books out with Decadent Publishing; Falling for Mr. Unexpected and her latest release Dance of Love.


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Tuesday 10 February 2015




About two years ago I joined ROSA and met Kathy Bosman,  imagine my surprise when I found out while we were chatting that she used to live in Zambia around the same time I did in the 90s. When I heard she had a new book coming out on Friday I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do a blog about a fellow ROSA and a great author.

Me: It's a really small world, I couldn't believe when I joined ROSA that we were both living in Zambia at the same time.
Kathy: I know. I can’t believe it. Was so great to connect with a fellow “Zambian.”
Me: When exactly were you there?
Kathy: We moved there in 1997 and stayed until 2004. My husband and I worked in education.
Me: What is the best memory you have of Zambia, what really made an impression on me was the friendliness of the Zambians.
I have to agree, the Zambians are so friendly. The racial tension found in South Africa doesn’t exist there. The best memories were my friends – I don’t know why but the friendships I had in Zambia were one of the best in my whole life – there people had time for relationships. I just remember how green the grass used to get in the rainy season – great gardens for my kids (then babies and toddlers) to play in. Oh, and the meat was amazing. I could buy a large beef or lamb roast for next to nothing. We loved Elmo’s pizza in Kabulonga and the breadsticks with a tomato and onion sauce at Steers.
Hey I lived in Kabulonga in Roan Road. Quite close to Kabulonga supermarket.

What is the worst memory you have of Zambia
Potholes and power cuts. Also dysentery. I had it twice. My hubby had it once. It’s worse than malaria. Thankfully, I never got malaria. Oh, and did I mention the giant cockroaches?
The people there weren’t perfect. They used to steal. A lot. And they had a tendency to go to the labour department about every little gripe! Being a boss was hard.
Do I remember the cockroaches and the giant spiders! I used to drink a lot of coke those days and I think it killed any germ wanting to take up space in my stomach.
Have you always planned to set a story there or did the idea come to you and then you decided on a setting.
Kathy: I wanted to set a book there – so it partly sparked the story.
Have you ever been back to Zambia? If not would you like to.
Kathy: No, we’ve never been back. Have sometimes had a longing to go back.
Marie: Tell me about your book. What is it about.
Mix together a beautiful ballerina and ballet teacher, a sexy single dad, and a precocious-yet-sweet daughter, and emotions run high. Add racial and cultural differences, work contracts coming to an end, and hurts and memories from the past and sparks fly.
Rowena loves to dance but has ended up teaching ballet instead. When she helps out Cameron’s difficult daughter, a bond develops between the two dancers. Cameron makes Rowena uncomfortable because he stirs up new, unwanted feelings which make no sense when he intends to leave Zambia soon when his contract ends.
Cameron can’t resist sanguine live-wire Rowena who makes his daughter smile for the first time in years. But can he risk his heart again when memories of his late wife come back to haunt him? And Rowena has a lot more at stake in giving her all.
Marie: What did you like the most and the least about your main characters
I liked Cameron’s gentleness and ability to stay calm and thoughtful. But he needs to let go of the past. I loved Rowena’s liveliness and friendliness like a true Zambian. She struggles to voice her emotions though.
What is next for you?
I’m working on the second book of The Album series. Hard going! I also need to complete a short story by the middle of March!

Kathy agreed to share an excerpt of dance of the firefly with us.
She’d expected him to disappear. Instead, she jumped as a shadow appeared in front of her. The man stood a foot from her. Close up, his presence seemed to permeate her. For a brief moment, her gnawing sorrow vanished, and attraction surged in like a current of potent goodness. His features were clear-cut yet contrasting: bronzed skin against almost ginger hair. It could pass for golden brown. Speckles of day-old matching beard. Light brown eyes like the earth near Lake Kariba. Sturdy posture, straight and purposeful. Broad shoulders. Strength she could rely on at this time.
She pushed the crazy thoughts away.
His expression had changed to almost lost. Patience settled upon her, sweet and refreshing after days of pure irritation at everything that moved.
“Maybe you could help Jamey.”
“I’m sorry?”
He raked his fingers through his hair. There was anxiety there. Suffering. She took her leg down to give him her full attention.
“What could I do?”
“You could give her extra lessons.”
“I’m full up already, Mr. Hosking. I don’t have time….”
“Jamey loves to dance. Her late mother was a ballet dancer. It’s her only connection with her.”
Late mother! Rowena’s lungs drained of air. Oh, how she could identify with her pain. Although her mother’s death was recent, only six days ago, and she wasn’t a child, she suddenly wanted to hug Jamey and fill her heart with love to take away the lonely hopelessness. How could she have been so impatient with the child? No wonder she was so restless. The recital had become more important than the children. Creating a good image for her studio to increase the size of her classes had taken precedence over putting something into the ones she had.
He peered into her frozen face. “I’ll pay you double the price of a normal lesson. Please.”
She nodded. “I will. Of course.”
He instinctively grabbed her hand. “You won’t regret it. Jamey’s a very bright child, and she’s crazy about you.”
Her insides shuddered, and her toes curled at the simple contact. His hand was warm, and he squeezed a little too hard, but suddenly she wished he would keep it there. But he didn’t.
He laughed. “Yes. She says you’re so beautiful, like her mommy. You do look a bit like her.” His eyes became dreamy and distant, as though a lifetime of memories passed through his mind.
A pang shot through her. Imagine a man like him loving her with the intensity he directed toward his late wife? What a selfish thought. He was still grieving.

 I loved the excerpt so I twisted her arm for more and here it is.

Cameron slipped out the door before Rowena spotted him watching her. His heart rate betrayed his surprise. He’d never seen anything so beautiful. Samantha used to dance beautifully, but not with so much feeling. His late wife’s ballet had been a perfect craft. Each step melded into the next neatly and graciously, without anything out of line. He felt like he could almost see the imaginary lines on the stage when she danced. The perfect spaces she kept on.

Not this woman. Her dancing was rough, raw, and deep. In those few moments of watching Rowena through the high studio window from the dark outside, his whole soul had been shaken to the core. It was as if she’d touched something deep inside of him.

Since Samantha died, the only human being who mattered was Jamey. Few people understood what it was like to lose a spouse after six years of marriage and eight years together. It was like losing a leg or an arm. Everything you did was crippled. Every moment of every day, you remembered your loss and felt less capable of achieving your goals.

So how could he be so fascinated with another woman? He climbed into his Land Rover and took a potholed road to Kalundu to pick up Jamey. The familiar jarring of the huge gashes in the tar forced him to drive slowly. In some places, the surface of the road consisted of more dirt than tar. Boredom lulled him into a dream world.

Flashes of the teacher’s dance came back to him. Why couldn’t he stop thinking of it? Why did he suddenly long to take the woman in his arms and kiss her thoroughly? Her pertinence had attracted him. The raw energy she displayed had drawn him. The young woman’s unusual appearance had fascinated him. He’d been mesmerized by her fake blonde streaks against dark, straightened locks pulled into a tight ponytail, clear green eyes, and caramel skin. The unusual coloring and bone structure, with her high cheekbones and pointy chin, were softened by the smoothest-looking skin he’d even seen and rounded cheeks.

Saturday was going to be interesting. Not like he would pursue anything. He wasn’t ready for a romantic relationship. But browsing was free. Experiencing a person from a distance should be safe. Pity he couldn’t spy on the class. He had the means to, but would his conscience let him? A small smile tugged at his mouth. He could watch her before and after the lesson. In his mind’s eye, Samantha peered at him from the stage, her body poised in an elevated step, questioning him with her gaze, her gentle smile warming his heart. Yeah, it wasn’t time yet. Would his memories ever let him think of anyone other than his late wife?


Monday 6 October 2014




Thank you Inge Saunders for tagging me in the Meet My Main Character Blog hop. You can read about Inge’s main character here.



  A little about Inge.




First time author Inge Saunders fell in love with books when she started reading romance novels with her grandmother. Intrigued by the worlds books unlocked, it was inevitable she would take pen to paper. At age fourteen she wrote her first novel which wasn`t such a roaring success according to her brother. Not discouraged, she realized something fundamental: as a writer you can only write about what interests you, a principle she still upholds in adulthood. When she`s not writing about that ‘inexplicable attraction’ she`s reading almost every sub-genre in romance out there, spending time with friends and family and taking hikes in her hometown`s National Karoo Park. She`s forms part of Romance writers` Organization of South Africa (ROSA) and currently has two  books  under  contract  with  Decadent  Publishing,  Falling  for  Mr.  Unexpected (set  to  be released at the end of September 2014) and Dance of Love ( due later in 2014).


And now on to my character from my book Alien Mine.


·         What is the name of your character? Is s/he fictional/historical?

Natalie Hanson is a fictional character living alone in a cave in the Rocky Mountains.


·         When and where is the story set?

A few centuries from now in the Rocky Mountains in Montana. It is a Dystopian world set in the stage in history when civilization is balancing on the edge of collapse and are about to tip over into chaos. Think fall of the Roman Empire.

That interesting period when no one realize that their civilization is collapsing. Water is strictly rationed. They use a Touch Cell Soft which is a device that functions as a cell phone and tv combined. Except everyone only gets six hours a month to use it because satellites are breaking down one after the other and no one has the knowledge anymore to fix it.

Raiders are killing and looting in large numbers and even take on towns and small cities. Of course my hero does not hesitate to take on these Raiders in defense of the heroine.


·         What should we know about your character?

She is a botanist and passionate about saving trees. She has asthma and are still mourning the death of her parents. And she’s about to have some visitors from outer space. Visitors who seriously worships strength.


·         What is your character's goal?

She wants to replant the pine trees that almost became extinct and she is lonely. She would like to be able to have a simple conversation. To have a family and a normal life. With the increasing violence in the world, the mountain is the safest place for her but since the death of her parents she miss having some to talk to.



·         What is screwing up your character's life (main conflict in writerly speak)?

The Raiders are suddenly looking for her and Aliens land on her mountain and move into her cave and take over her life. As if that is not enough the leader of the Aliens inform her that she will be his breeder. She also find out that they did not tolerate weakness so what would Zacar do with her if he realize her children could inherit asthma from him.



·         What is the title?

Alien Mine



·         When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

19 June 2014



I am very excited to announce that next week Rachael Thomas will talk about her character. She signed with Mills and Boon this year and I get to read her book this month when it is released.



Rachael’s BIO


I’ve always loved reading romance and writing is something I’ve done since I was a child. I live and work on a farm in Wales, a far cry from the glamour of my stories, but that makes slipping into the world of my characters all the more appealing. When I’m not writing or working on the farm, I love nothing more than to visit grand historic house or ancient castles.







Sunday 9 March 2014


Thanks to Elsa Winckler for the invitation to join the blog tour. Do visit her website: and her

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Look out for blogs from these wonderful authors, Mary Buckham, Cassandra L Shaw and Rachael Thomas.
What am I working on?

My first book, Alien Mine will be published by Black Opal Books this year. After serious second book jitters I finished the rough draft of Alien under Cover and are editing it. I am also editing the first book in a trilogy I am writing about angels and zombies. I am plotting the second and third book for that series and writing the rough draft of the second book.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I write paranormal and I’ve noticed the trilogy I’m writing have a strong fantasy/adventure feeling.

Why do I write what I do?

I have read romance since I was a little girl and still love it. Paranormal will always remain my favorite genre to read and to write. That said I have ideas written down and half written books for any genre you can mention as long as it is romance.

How does my writing process work?

I work full time so that means I do my writing after work. I normally get home about five then I relax for an hour and then from six to ten I write or edit or plot. Saturdays I try to write six hours and Sundays four. The good thing about these long hours and the fact that I stick to it is that it allows me a social life as well. If I take a Saturday to visit or go to the movies it is not a problem because of all the hours I have put in already.


Please tell me about your writing process. I love to learn from other authors.