Guardian of Secrets: Her Deathly Pact by Jana Petken


Jana Petken has had an interesting life. She has been a bodyguard for the Saudi royalty, an air hostess, has many special skills, loves travelling, lives in Spain and has now added brilliant author to her list of achievements. Her book Guardian of Secrets: Her deathly pact was one of the first books by an indie author that actually brought tears to my eyes. You can find out more about her at

Her new book Mercy Carver is out –

This has been one of the best books that I have read in a long time! I am not exaggerating when I say that my life came to a standstill till I finished the book. I can only marvel at the amount of research the author must have done. It is a long book, but so well written that I found myself racing through it to find out what would happen next. Her characters are brilliant, each one so well thought out, and beautifully developed. The story itself is in turns romantic, horrific, enchanting and as a whole, sublime. It had me close to tears very often and don’t get me started on the goose bumps. I have to say Jana Petken, you are truly a brilliant writer! Please write more! This was a marvelous experience!

Check out Guardian of Secrets: Her deathly pact by Jana Petken at


The Meat Market by James Chalk


To be honest, I’m not a big fan of explicit sexual scenes in books. But I’ve tried not to let that get in the way of how I feel about a book, since most people seem to be quite fine with it. Funnily, I have no problem with gore. The more, the better. Stephen King, you have a lot to answer for. My ultimate dream is to write an awesome horror story. But I don’t think I have it in me. I can think of the stories, but I find that I’m unable to come out with the gore or the sex.

Well, James Chalk, had no problem with either. He always warns readers that there are sexually explicit scenes in his book, which a lot of authors don’t do. I have to admit that I did skip some scenes, but that didn’t take away from a great story. So without further ado, here’s a review of The Meat Market by James Chalk, a dystopian thriller. It was my first review and is rather short, but hopefully it gets the message of the book across.

John Harkon is like an Ethan Hunt of the future. While introducing us to a brilliant character, James Chalk takes us into a well built sci-fi setting which seems all too possible. The book also nudges us to think about the present, clearly something close to the author’s heart. You know there are books that you can read a bit at a time and there are books that you blast through. This definitely falls in the second category. Great read!!

About James Chalk

Although he holds degrees in electrical engineering and computer science, first and foremost James Chalk is a husband and father. He has been blessed with the perfect soul mate and two amazing, grown daughters who light up his life. He is an expert in artificial cognition and computer vision who spent more than twenty years doing R&D for the defense and intelligence communities. James Chalk is also a life long martial artist and a certified whitewater kayaking instructor. He can be found somewhere on the Atlantic ocean, living aboard a 43′ sailboat with his wife and two large dogs. Check out his author page at

You can check out The Meat Market at

James Chalk lives on the water literally. I am jealous of his yacht, which is beautiful and is home to him and and his wife Monique, who is an awesome musician by the way (you can find her many songs on Youtube), but as usual I’m digressing. James Chalk has written a couple of spin-offs of Jonathan Harkon, but I’m still waiting for the next book. Will give you a heads-up when it comes out.

Circle of Five

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When I first started getting reviews for Circle of Five, my ultimate dream was to beat the 22 reviews that an author called Dolores Stewart had. Her book was also called Circle of Five and she topped the list. After the initial,”Couldn’t I have come up with a more original name?” all I wanted was to get 23 reviews, just one more than her.
Well, 63 reviews later and with the second book nearly ready, Dolores, bless her, is still at 22 reviews and the name doesn’t matter anymore. To introduce my book, here is the blurb:

Circle of Five is the first book in the Pha Yul trilogy.

After a sudden lightning storm, Sam, Cassie, Ryan, Maya and Seb find that they’ve acquired strange and amazing powers. Confused and scared, they turn to Mr. Harris, a teacher in their school, who offers to help them control their powers.

But is there more to Mr. Harris than meets the eye? His cryptic explanations about their powers, how and why they manifested, leaves the five kids with more questions than answers. Can they trust Mr. Harris? Is he telling them the truth, or does he have his own reasons for helping them? What is the truth behind the secret society that he belongs to? The children try to figure out the answers as they work towards gaining control over their powers.

Unknown to them, danger lingers near. They have to face the threat and put their lives at risk. They must learn to trust one another and combine their powers to survive…will they make it? Are their powers strong enough? And will they finally find the answers they seek?

This blog isn’t just about my book, though I will not promise not to bore you with some of my favourite reviews of my book. It’s about the amazing indie authors, who write so well and are unknown. I hope some of you read the books that I’ve reviewed. I have read and enjoyed the books that I have reviewed here.

Here, I must add the different reasons why I’ve found these particular books appealing.

1. Some are genres that I’m not overly fond off, but have been written so well, that I feel that readers who enjoy that genre would like it.

2. Some are genres that I enjoy and even if it isn’t too well written, I’ve suggested them because the storyline is clever and enticing.

3. I confess that I personally like some of these authors and think they’re great writers. I may not have found their books fantastic reads, because it may have been a genre that I don’t personally enjoy, but I’ve thrown some of those in too…I mean, who am I to judge? You, the reader, can be the judge.

All I ask is that, if you do find a book interesting or well written or witty, do leave a review, even a short one. From personal experience I can’t begin to explain how much it warms the author’s cockles.