“In a gentle way, we can shake the world” Ghandi

As we embark on each New Year, it should be a time of optimism that brings hope for the year ahead. An opportunity to create a prosperous community in which we live and build a promising, sustainable future for our children.

But as we draw to the end of April 2017, it is evident with each new day, that we are living in increasingly uncertain and dangerous times.

With many influencing factors such as:-

  • The change of governing style in a number of different countries.
  • The displacement of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and refugees throughout the world.
  • Ongoing threats of terrorism and violence against race and religions.

You may think these problematic issues are too great for you and I to make a difference. But there is hope. Let’s take a step back for a moment. No matter what race or religion we are, what is one thing we all have in common…

Humanity – the state of being human. (Oxford Dictionary)



Ironically yesterday was Earth Day. All of us share this planet, if we are  to make a difference in caring for our earth, surely we also need to take care of mankind.

I want to share this video that was part of a movie made in 1940 called ‘The Great Dictator’. Charlie Chaplin played the part of a Jewish Barber who happened to look like the identical twin of the ruthless dictator. He takes to the stand under the pretense of that dictator and made the following remarkable speech….

Don’t you think it’s quite poignant that after 77 years the words spoken are just as apt today? So I ask you, how can we ensure we make a difference?

The Oxford Dictionary describes humanity as:-

compassion, brotherly love, fellow feeling, humaneness, kindness, kind-heartedness, consideration, understanding, sympathy, tolerance, goodness, good-heartedness, gentleness, leniency, mercy, mercifulness, pity, tenderness, benevolence, charity, generosity, magnanimity

I believe all those qualities are essential factors for humanity and building better, stronger communities. For me there is one important quality missing from this list:-


  • being concerned more for the needs of others than yourself.
  • Putting those needs of others before yourself
  • Doing for others and expecting nothing in return

What does humanity mean to you?

Collectively, if we each put our differences aside and made human kindness a priority, we can make a difference. It’s up to us to change people’s mindsets and  ultimately our actions towards one another and our communities.

In the words of Gandhi:-

You must not lose faith in humanity.

Humanity is an ocean;

if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Let’s begin to shake the world in a gentle way!

Pax Vobiscum


What The Heart Wants Releases May 10, 2017

What the Heart Wants

An Opposites Attract Anthology

from the authors of

Genre: Contemporary Romance Anthology

Release Date: May 10, 2017

All proceeds go to benefit the Terry Foundation 


She’s a rebel.
He follows the rules.
He’s a romantic.
She doesn’t have time for hearts and flowers.
Sometimes opposites attract.
Sometimes love doesn’t make sense.
But you know what they say:
The heart wants…
What the heart wants.



Ball Out
Boone Walker spent most of his life on the back of a horse. As a retired rodeo star, he traded the circuit for a quiet life on his family’s ranch. He has no interest in love or the complications relationships bring with them.

Until he lays eyes on the quirky, beautiful woman at the local coffee shop.

Paisley Stone lives the life of a gypsy. When her van breaks down in the town of Red River, she feels trapped like a caged animal. But after a few months of small town life, it starts to feel like home.
Even more so when she serves coffee to the moody, ruggedly handsome Boone.

She can’t help but hope he’ll throw a lasso around her heart, and Boone knows that Paisley will be the hardest creature he’s ever had to wrangle.

Drive Me Crazy
Ben’s a straight-laced college student who always does what’s expected. But when Lilli, a free-spirited musician, gets into his Uber one Friday night, nothing will be the same.
She’s bright and loud and challenges everything about him. Ben hates it. Except that, for some reason, he doesn’t.
And when Lilli keeps tumbling into his passenger seat after a string of increasingly horrible blind dates, he can’t help wondering if fate may be trying to tell him something.
They have nothing in common, but Ben’s done playing it safe. He thinks Lilli might be the one he’s been waiting for . . . if he can only convince her to try one last first date.



The Romance Reassignment Bureau puts right what Fate has wronged. Ben Rigby and his team are the best agents in the business. They are forced to examine their true purpose in the matters of love and destiny, when they receive a double assignment for the same night.

After the wrong halves of each couple meet by accident, can Ben, his team, or even Fate stop these opposites from attracting?




Jiffy Kate

Meg Williams decides going abroad alone is what she needs to get out of her current funk. But a bathroom door with no lock and a hankering for coffee when there’s only tea, just might make her solo trip turn into an adventure for two.
This is a holiday she’ll never forget.

A clinical and ambitious surgeon destined to become one of his generation’s best doctors.
An intuitive and compassionate practitioner determined to improve the lives of her patients.
He repairs broken bodies.  She heals broken souls.
Neurosurgery is his soul mate.  Can she be content with being his mistress?

Meet-Cute: When boy meets girl in a way that’s considered adorable, awkward, or amusing.

Screenwriter Britt Daniels is the queen of the meet-cute. From mixed-up cappuccinos at coffee shops to awkwardly intercepted text messages, Britt creates the perfect first meeting for rom-com movie characters.

Unfortunately for Britt, life doesn’t imitate art.
Or does it?
Hollywood heartthrob Luke Taylor is fed up with demanding divas and spoiled brats. He’s looking for someone simple. Someone sweet.
Someone like Britt Daniels.
When he learns that Britt has a strict no-dating policy when it comes to actors, Luke takes it as a personal challenge.
Unfortunately for him, Britt’s immune to his big blue eyes and trademark charm.
Luke realizes it’s going to take more than Hollywood glitz and glamour to win Britt’s heart. He needs to be sincere. He needs to get creative.
He needs the cutest meet-cute of all.

Love Wanted

An athletic, confident, visually stimulating man who will end up being yet another heartbreaking disappointment.

Xtine McCoy believes in true love. Soul mates. The one. However, the one never seems to be the guy she chooses. Tired of watching Xtine being kicked around by her romantic whims, her friends take matters into their own hands and force her to date outside her comfort zone.
On paper, Sherman Campbell appears to be everything she’s been looking for. He’s funny, kind, smart, and titillating. The perfect man. That is, until they meet. Caught up by her own preconceived notions of a romantic hero, Xtine struggles to see past the court jester for the knightly prince.

Can Sherman help Xtine find the true love she seeks or will he prove to her once and for all that all men, no matter the type, are the same?

Heart Strings

A young executive. A street-wise musician.
Two worlds that never should intersect.
Until they do.
Charlotte Preston is tired of the world she inhabits. Her life consists of meetings, deadlines, and budgets. She is surrounded by chaos—stuck in a job she hates, and a life that is slowly killing her. The only thing that brings her happiness and peace is him.
Montgomery Logan is the voice that soothes her at the end of the day. He’s the stranger with the whiskey-colored eyes whose music is the balm to her weary soul.
They never speak. At least not with words.
Until one day things change.
Can their worlds combine? Can they see past their differences for the people they are within? Or will they forever be defined by outward appearance?


The Years Between Us

All she wanted was for him to be her first kiss. Instead, he may just be her first heartbreak…

Logan Redfield is everything Hope Tollison is not: legal, gorgeous, and more than a little wild. Sixteen-year-old Hope wants him anyway. She has since the very first moment she tripped and fell into his arms. Unfortunately for her, Logan refuses to cross that line. Instead, he keeps them firmly entrenched in the friend zone.

Hope waits for him anyway, eager for the day she’s finally old enough to take that kiss.
What she doesn’t know might just destroy her though…
Falling for a teenager was never part of Logan’s plans. He’s too old and too messed up for a sweet girl like Hope. But when he finds himself falling for her anyway, he’s forced to do whatever it takes to ignore the way he feels for the one girl he shouldn’t want. Even if that means making her hate him for the rest of her life.
After all, letting her go is the only honorable thing to do.
At least that’s what Logan believes… right up until he loses the only future worth fighting for: one with Hope. Now he has to lay it all on the line and convince her to set aside the years between them and trust him with her heart one final time.
Can he do it, or has he broken her beyond repair?

A Still Life
Charlotte Sweets has it all. Parents that are still married, great SAT scores, friends, sports, and highly sought after A.P. grades.  
Heath Gooding is just a kid from the wrong side of the river, satisfied that he makes it through each day without getting killed. His goals include living until he’s twenty, and saving up enough money to get out of the Rapids alive.
When Charlotte’s school visits Heath’s side of town for a volunteer project, the two of them cross paths and find that maybe they aren’t as happy with the status quo as they once thought.

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The Roman by Sylvain Reynard


Sylvain Reynard

On the Release


The Epic Ending to

The Florentine Series

‘The Roman’


G’day Everyone,

Welcome to Kez’s bookshelf.

It’s quite a bittersweet moment to review ‘The Roman‘ today. I’m excited that the release of this installment to the amazing Florentine series is finally upon us. But I’m saddened that this is the final book of the series. I’m going to miss William and Raven.

I hope you’ve brought along your relics as we re-enter the underworld one last time…..


The Roman


Paperback edition includes bonus content.
Raven and her sister, Cara, are at the mercy of a small detachment of Florentine vampyres, who are delivering them as a peace offering to the feared Curia in Rome.
Though she s unsure William survived the coup that toppled his principality, Raven is determined to protect her sister at all costs, even if it means challenging Borek, the commander of the detachment.
In an effort to keep Raven from falling into the hands of his enemies, William puts himself at the mercy of the Roman, the dangerous and mysterious vampyre king of Italy. But the Roman is not what he expects
Alliances and enmities will shift and merge as William struggles to save the woman he loves and his principality, without plunging the vampyre population into a world war.
This stunning conclusion to the Florentine series will take readers across Italy and beyond as the lovers fight to remain together. Forever.”


My Review

Every once in a while a novel comes along that is so profound, so compelling, it will have you reeling. ‘The Roman’ is most definitely that book.

The story continues where ‘The Shadow‘ left readers. Immediately, you’ll be drawn back into the dark and dangerous world that is William and Raven’s. But hold onto your seats and your hearts people…for this is no easy ride.

The Roman‘ is fast paced and the suspense is intense!! It’s a rollercoaster of emotions as the improbable lovers fight to remain together and William desperately tries to protect both Florence and Raven.

While we know ‘The Roman’ is a story about trust, betrayal, love and redemption. For me, there were two key elements that shine through, ‘courage’ and ‘the power of love’. There is no doubt that Raven is one courageous young woman, but it is William’s courage that comes to the forefront in ‘The Roman’.

As you follow William and Raven on their arduous journey, their emotions become yours. Anguish, fear, happiness, contentment, when the hairs on Raven’s neck are raised, you’ll feel them and when there are tears of sadness and tears of joy, you’ll shed them.

The Roman‘ most definitely delivers the epic ending The Florentine series deserves. In fact it’s beyond epic!!

Sylvain Reynard is no ordinary author. He is an exceptionally gifted storyteller, his penmanship outstanding. If you are new to his writing and this series, don’t start with ‘The Roman‘. The Florentine series needs to be read in sequence, so you’ll need to start with the novella ‘The Prince.’

Congratulations SR on a compelling ending to The Florentine series. Five stars is simply not enough for this read… it’s off the charts!!



The Official Sylvain Reynard Fansite (Argyle Empire) compiled a list of music that inspired ‘The Roman‘….


The Roman

is available


paperback, ebook and audiobook

check it out



You can also find SR’s full

library of books on his own

Amazon page here:

Sylvain Reynard

Thanks for dropping by and if you haven’t experienced SR’s writing before, what are you waiting for….do it!!

Pax Vobiscum






The Prince by Sylvain Reynard

  The Prince




The Gabriel’s Inferno  &  The Florentine series


Sylvain Reynard


G’day Everyone,

Welcome back to Kez’s bookshelf.

With the final installment to The Florentine series (‘The Roman’ ) now recently released, it’s a great time to revisit the novella that bridges it to the very popular contemporary romance – Gabriel’s Inferno series.

But before we do so, let’s take a moment to introduce the wonderful writer behind these two incredible series for those readers who have just come across his incredible storytelling style.

Sylvain Reynard

I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Charities page.

Picture and text about Sylvain Reynard extracted from http://www.sylvainreynard.com.au 


My favourite places to find Sylvain Reynard (SR as he is fondly known) are:





Within my bookshelf collection, ‘The Prince’ (as with all novels written by SR) takes pride of place on a bookshelf I call ‘A Class Above the Rest’. Very few novels call this particular shelf home, so for me it is a great privilege to be able to discuss these stories. In my view, SR has created the benchmark for a great romance story and both the Gabriel’s Inferno and The Florentine series can be defined as – Great love stories to be remembered for all time.


The Prince

As we know, ‘The Prince‘ bridges The Gabriel’s Inferno and The Florentine series. For readers new to the enchanting penmanship of SR, this is a delightful way to be introduced to the charismatic Professor Emerson and his lovely wife Julianne. The beloved couple share a wonderfully romantic scene within ‘The Prince‘ which has proven to be a favourite among SR’s readers. But of course to know more about their love story and to understand how Gabriel obtained the priceless Botticelli illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy, readers need to visit The Gabriel’s Inferno series.

This novella intrinsically introduces the hard edge, unscrupulous Prince of The Florentine series and his followers who are the inhabitants of the Florence underworld. The Prince is seeking revenge for having his prized possession, the  Divine Comedy illustrations, that were stolen from him centuries ago. Thanks to the Emerson’s, these illustrations are now on exhibit at the Uffizi Gallery and the Prince consequently sees Professor Gabriel Emerson as his prime target for retribution.

As we read above about Sylvain Reynard, he always bases his stories around redemption and while the Prince is a dangerous creature full of angst, showing no mercy, there is that hint of ‘righteousness’. It’s intriguing how this is explored further in The Florentine series.

Why not join me again here as we enter the under world of Florence for the last time to review ‘The Roman’.


Pax Vobiscum


The Florentine Series by Sylvain Reynard

The Florentine Series



Paranormal Romance


Written by the Prestigious

Sylvain Reynard



G’day Everyone,

Welcome back to Kez’s bookshelf

Today, I wish to pay homage to this incredible love story and it’s creator.

Sylvain Reynard is no ordinary author. He is an exceptionally gifted storyteller and his penmanship outstanding.

To award The Florentine Series five stars, is simply not enough for this phenomenal read….



The Florentine series is a paranormal romance set in the wonderful city of Florence. It’s a gothic tale about the mysterious vampyre William York  who happens to be the Prince of the Florentine underworld and ruler of his principality. One fateful evening he is drawn to the most delightful scent he’s ever encountered.  As he reaches it’s source, he finds himself unexpectedly captivated by a pair of the most beautiful green eyes that belong to Raven Wood. Hence begins the powerful love story of two most improbable lovers and their fight to stay together…..


As I ponder  The Florentine series…

I’m reminded of the Frankie Goes to Hollywood song – The Power of Love.


Let’s take a closer look at the three novels that make up the series more detail:




Within the first novel of the series, we are introduced to Raven Wood – who works at the Uffizi gallery as an art restorer. A compassionate young woman with a courageous spirit, she is also known for the selfless act of putting others first, even before her own safety. Raven is a curvaceous woman of beauty who happens to walk with the aid of a cane. Her diversity is her strength. She is a wonderful heroin and a very relatable character for many female readers.

In the beginning, we learn of that fateful night that begins in tragedy and changes destiny’s course for both Raven and William. As Raven discovers William’s supernatural abilities, she is drawn into his dangerous world of vampyres, hunters and the Curia. The underworld is cold, calculated and full of traitors eager to see William’s demise. As the Prince of Florence, his principality is a prize for any ambitious vampyre.

With his priceless Botticelli’s illustrations of Dante’s The Divine Comedy safely back in his possession, William endeavors to uncover the thief and seek revenge against Professor Emerson for having once possessed what was rightfully his. Which proves to be more difficult than he envisioned.


The Shadow

The mystery and intrigue woven into the Florentine series continues in the second novel of the series  – ‘The Shadow’. It is masterfully crafted in true Sylvain Reynard style and is one of my personal favourite SR novels.

While the storyline continues to takes place in the underworld of Florence, incorporating renaissance history, art and architecture in true Sylvain Reynard style. Many thought provoking questions and innuendos brought to the forefront are answered. Additional revelations are also uncovered as William and Raven fight adversity to remain together and allow their love to flourish. In all the turmoil and angst to keep William’s greatest weakness (his love for Raven) a secret from his enemies, he is losing control over his principality fast.

But of course, not all the secrets are revealed within “The Shadow’, leaving readers in great anticipation for what was to come in the final installment of the series….



Every once in a while a novel comes along that is so profound, so compelling, it will have you reeling. The final novel to this incredible series is most definitely that book.

The Roman‘ is fast paced and the suspense is intense!! It’s a rollercoaster of emotions as the improbable lovers fight to remain together and William desperately tries to protect both Florence and Raven.

While we know ‘The Roman’ is a story about trust, betrayal, love and redemption. There were two other prominent elements to this tale – ‘courage’ and ‘the power of love’. There is no doubt that Raven is one valiant young woman, but it’s William’s courage that comes to the forefront in ‘The Roman’.

As you follow William and Raven on their arduous journey, their emotions become yours – anguish, fear, happiness, contentment. When the hairs on Raven’s neck are raised, you’ll feel them. And when there are tears of sadness or tears of joy, you’ll shed them.

The Roman‘ most definitely delivers the epic ending The Florentine series deserves. In fact it’s beyond epic!!



I highly recommend Sylvain Reynard and believe his penmanship makes him one of the best new age lyrical writers of today. The phenomenal ‘The Florentine Series’ is simply unforgettable and a perfect read for those new to the paranormal genre….


You can find SR’s full

library of books on his own

Amazon page here:

Sylvain Reynard


Pax Vobiscum


Constellation by Jennifer Locklear



Jennifer Locklear

on the release of your

stellar new contemporary romance novel



G’day Everyone,

Welcome back to Kez’s bookshelf. What a great evening it is here at Kakadu National Park Australia. Grab your swag and join us around the campfire. Tom has the billy brewing, so we’ll soon be enjoying a nice cup of Australian bush tea.

Lay back and make yourself comfortable. Take in the beauty of the southern evening sky as we discuss this stellar new novel “Constellation” by Jennifer Locklear.  Perhaps even ponder what could be written in the stars for you….




Title: Constellation

Author: Jennifer Locklear

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 20




She’s intelligent, beautiful, and emotionally numb.

He’s older, sophisticated, and harboring secrets.

Up-and-coming executive, Kathleen Brighton is ready to launch her family’s firm into the next level of success. Polished and professional on the outside, Kathleen’s personal life is a source of constant struggle and letdown. But after one night alone with Jack Evans, her sexy new colleague, her life takes a turn toward erotic intensity.

Torn between her instinct to guard herself and her irresistible desire for Jack, Kathleen has only known heartache. And when she finds herself in the middle of a shattering personal crisis, she must trust fragile and uncertain bonds to survive. Will Kathleen conquer the demons of her past to find a future worth fighting for?




In the beginning, lust is alive and well between Kathleen and Jack that leads to a number of steamy and intense moments between our stars crossed lovers. But these encounters quickly develop into something far more substantial and as both come to terms with what this means. Kathleen, who is more comfortable with people at arm’s length, is quickly bonding with Jack’s witty and charismatic daughter Heidi. And just as the planets appear to be aligning for the three to build a future together (as often can be the case in real life), the cosmos has different plans….

The character development in the story is compelling and really well done. While Kathleen and Jack are very likeable characters, Heidi’s charisma is heart warming and Kitty Hawke their domestic feline – is puss with attitude. As a reader, you very quickly form a fond attachment with these characters and when the unexpected occurs you’ll weep with them.

There are great quips throughout the story which hint at the author’s witty sense of humour that will sure to make you giggle.  All in all this was a fabulous contemporary read and I award it five dazzling stars.


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Thank you Hype PR team and Jennifer Locklear for the opportunity to read and review this stellar new contemporary romance novel. It’s a fabulous story and I look forward to the second book in the series with great anticipation.

Congratulations Jennifer Locklear, wishing you much success.

Reach for the stars!!

Pax Vobiscum




Book Review for Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci


Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci

Roman Crazy listed 

‘Best Romance of the Month September 2016’

by Goodreads

Released September 13, 2016


Buongiorno tutti,

Today we are in Rome as we celebrate the release of this delightful little read titled ‘Roman Crazy’. We have saved you a seat with an incredible view. Please sit back and relax while Tom pours you a glass of limoncello…Saluti!


Of course an evening view such as this is not complete without some Italian music to set the ambiance. Please press play and enjoy ‘O Sole Mio’ courtesy of Tuscan Trio while reading through the synopsis and review for this great little five hearts treasure.                                                                                                                                                ❤💚❤💚❤




Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?




Thinking of a trip to Italy, perhaps you’re about to begin your vacation and looking for that perfect read to accompany you? Or are you looking for a heart warming story to provide a little escapism from everyday life? Then look no further, this little gem is it!!

Roman Crazy is a wonderful read about life’s second chances. With a dreamy Italian man (whose name rolls off the tongue like caramel chocolate) and a burning desire to rekindle an artistic flare, Avery soon finds herself faced with two of them.

Marcello is the gorgeous Italian man from Avery’s past and he is passionate with a capital (P). Couple this with Avery’s own passionate nature and the connection is dynamite. Both Avery and her friend Daisy are sassy chicks, which leads to some fabulous quips within their dialogue and many great giggles along the way.

This page-turner is hard to put down, with the wonderful descriptions of sights and scenery as well as the incredibly delicious food mentioned throughout; you’ll soon be transported to Rome and living this adventure alongside Avery.

Congratulations to Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci, this is a most enjoyable read, I award it five heart warming stars and highly recommend it.

I’m looking forward to what’s ahead for our broads abroad!

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Wanting to know more about this little treasure and it’s authors?

Why not tune in to the special SR’sFlorentineSeries Fanbased Podcast featuring Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci as special guests


Thanks for stopping by, how about another round of limoncello before we depart…saluti!!

Until next time


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