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Saturday, October 22, 2011


I am thrilled to post links to my two latest reviews for Charade of Hearts, our very own Oliver’s story, and Her Biggest Fan, a spooky read for Halloween. I’m proud to announce both books were nominees for book of the week at LASR. A big thank you to Snapdragon for the fabulous reviews! Here’s why.

Charade of Hearts by Sharon A Donovan
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (122 pgs)
Heat: Sensual
Rated: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

While scuba diving off the coast of Diamond Head with her diving partner on a quest
to find a family heirloom, underwater photographer Dominique St. John witnesses his
brutal murder and photographs it, ensnaring her in a deadly jewel ring. Then when
the investigating officer turns out to be her partner’s identical twin, a man she
knew nothing about, her life becomes a Charade of Hearts.
Welcome to the world of greed, intrigue, deception and murder. At its core is a blue
diamond worth millions.

As honest as his twin was corrupt, Honolulu Homicide Detective Oliver Carvalho must
convince Dominique that her diving partner and best friend was a crook. In a race
against time, Oliver must rescue her from a ruthless killer, but his biggest challenge
proves to be Dominique herself. Her heart has been torn by betrayal and can only
be redeemed with love.

Charade of Hearts is every bit the adventure the wonderfully suitable cover suggests!
Dominique St. John and her partner, the utterly wonderful Roberto, set off to photograph a shipwreck, but also to locate a very specific treasure. They are not far from the stunningly beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. For long moments at the start, we are distracted with the “wild and exotic beauty…of …majestic mountains … pristine beaches…butterfly and reef fish…” and even the contrast of light at the horizon. Then Roberto
is murdered.

It’s a shocking event; and perhaps a spoiler to mention here, but that event happens early and seems the true start of this dramatic, suspenseful tale. Roberto was targeted, through the very eyes of the man who ordered
it: the Dragon. We see and understand just that hint more than Dominique does, and so sense the growing danger she faces.

The beauty of the backdrop for this tale is so well described, fans of Hawaii will be thrilled to read, and those who aren’t, will be fans by the time they finish. Descriptions are truly almost poetically enchanting, often in sharpcontrast to the actual activity in any scene.


Charade of Hearts
Oliver’s story!

Her Biggest Fan by Sharon A Donovan
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (278 pgs)
Heat: Sensual
Rated: 5 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

From the shadows of the woods, he keeps vigil. The stage is set to drive the pretty
little princess insane. He’s coming for her. And when he catches her, he’ll pounce
on her like the big bad wolf.

After receiving a disturbing fan letter, New York Times best-selling author Tess Kincaid flees to the New England home she’s inherited following her father’s death.

The manor has been tainted, every room staged to resemble the way it was in its glory days. However when Tess calls the police, the chilling props vanish into thin air.

Ruggedly handsome Sheriff Mike Andretti is called to investigate the reported burning candles, dancing gargoyles and otherworldly events. When he discovers no trace of the eerie setting, he finds himself caught between duty and desire. Is the woman with the bewitching green eyes delusional or is this a trap of twisted wit set by a demented fan?

Award-winning author Tess Kincaid doesn’t want to know her biggest fan. He’s gotten way too close. Somehow. She can’t know he’s a particularly predatory photographer.

She does know he’s been in her home. What he doesn't know is she’s leaving: leaving New York and her stylish condo, and returning to her charming coastal-Maine roots.

The tense drive, the dramatic storm all amount to nothing, compared to what she’s escaping. Only – will she escape? For in her Dad’s old home, another chilling scene awaits…or then again, does it? Donovan cleverly plays with believability in this chilling tale.

Our main character sees and hears things no one else does. When she arrives, Tess wastes no time getting help, and the local sheriff, Mike Andretti seems so sympathetic…yet even he cannot find the hint of a stalker.

Donovan has a wonderful ability to ratchet up the suspense from a creepy feeling all the way up to terror (and everywhere in between.)

Her Biggest Fan will appeal to fans of the classic suspense/thriller for sure!

This is an exceptional combination of suspense and romance. Make this one a ‘Must read.’


Her Biggest Fan
An edge of your seat chilling suspense
ISBN: 1-60154-813-3



Sharon Donovan said...

Thank you Snapdragon!

katsrus said...

Congrats on the great reviews. Loved Her Biggest Fan. Haven't got to read Charade of Hearts yet. Will be adding that to my reading.
Sue B

Sharon Donovan said...

Thank so very much, Sue! You are such a dedicated fan that Oliver and I do so apppreciate! We love hearing from you.

Mary Ricksen said...

You my friend, are freaking amazing and I love you to death!!
You make life so much better just being in it. Thanks Sharon, I love you!

Hywela Lyn said...

I agree with Mary Sharon dear friend, you are truly amazing, these reviews are wonderful, and so well deserved!

Sue, you'll love 'Charade' it's an amazing, breathtaking story starring the gorgeous Oliver!

Lyn XX

Oliver said...

Ladies ladies let us not forget that I starred as the hot detective in Charade of Hearts. Celebratory champagne on the house!

Sharon Donovan said...

Mary, how'd I get so lucky to have you in my life, love you too!

Sharon Donovan said...

Thank you Lyn, dear one. Sit and have some of Oliver's bubbly. Love you!