Book Review – Trafficked: The Diary Of A Sex Slave By Sybil Hodge

I recently read Trafficked: The Diary Of A sex Slave by Sybil Hodge. Below is my review of Hodge’s (fictional) account of people trafficking,


“A gripping account of a young woman tricked into becoming a prostitute by a person previously regarded as a friend. The victim is trafficked first to Italy

then, on attempting to escape is moved to the UK where she is forced to have sex with wealthy men in a luxury apartment. I won’t spoil the ending but would

recommend Hodge’s book”.

(for the original review on Amazon please visit the following link,

SFWG 2014 Flash Fiction Contest RESULTS


Well worth checking out. I am a member of The Short Fiction Writers Guild. Kevin

Originally posted on Short Fiction Writers Guild:

We would like to thank everyone that took the time to submit to our “Evil Christmas” flash fiction contest.  We were simultaneously scared and amused by all the creativity.

And now for the results!

First Prize goes to Jennifer Vandenberg for her story, “Advice from Siblings.”

Second Prize goes to Al Stevens for his story, “Santas on Patrol.”

Third Prize goes to Robin Leigh Morgan for her story, “A Haunted House at Christmas.”

Always be on the lookout for future contest announcements!

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“The Angler and the Owl” by Viv Drewa

Originally posted on theowlladyblog:

angler and the owl


For 25 years France Hunter has been studying owls, and has discovered five new species around the world. Her work has kept her busy and she never had time for a relationship. She travels with Jason “Doc” Bradley, a former paramedic, and his cousins Tony and Andy Bradley. Now, on her last outing she is joined by a magazine writer, Cathy Birch, and a world famous angler, John Sinclair, who has also dedicated his life to his field.
As the small caravan travels to the Amazon river France falls and severely injures her left arm. Against Doc’s recommendation to turn back, she pushes on. This is her last trip and she wants to go to the place where she found her first new owl.

While fishing a blue-ringed owl lands on John’s canoe and looks down the river to where France’s group is, and then looks…

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Opening Pandora’s Box

During the past 10 days I have been busy contacting reviewers to ascertain whether they would write an honest review of my books in return for free copies of same. While searching for book review blogs I came across one site which states that it only reviews romances. As most of my stories are, broadly speaking in the crime genre I rapidly reached for the back button on my web browser. My finger paused in mid air as I considered my short story, “Samantha”, the book blurb of which reads as follows,

“Samantha tells the story of a young girl forced into prostitution in the city of Liverpool. Can Sam’s love for Peter, a man she meets in a nightclub, save

her? Or will Sam end her life in the murky waters of Liverpool’s Albert Dock?”

The focus of Samantha is Sam’s entanglement in (and her desire to escape) the world of forced prostitution. However there is, throughout the story a strong romantic strand. Samantha falls head over heels in love with Peter and struggles with her conscience due to the inability to confide in him that she is, in effect a sex slave. Had Sam and Peter met under other circumstances (with Samantha holding down a job as a secretary for instance) they would, very probably have walked off into the sunset hand in hand. However Sam’s lieing about her profession means that the course of true love runs far from smoothly. Consequently Samantha is no Mills and Boon romance.

Having written the above I realise that my metaphorical pen has run away with me. When I wrote Samantha the romantic aspects of the story did not figure significantly in my conception of the plot. Samantha was, for me primarily a tale of a young woman brutally forced into sex slavery by her pimp, Barry. However, looking back I see that Samantha took on a life of it’s own with the romantic angle playing a greater part than I envisaged.

As authors, characters and plots spring from our imaginations. However, once Pandora’s Box is opened we are unable, try as we might to close the lid. Characters and plot take on a life of their own frequently leaving the writer surprised at the unexpected turn of events.

In conclusion I remain of the opinion that Samantha is primarily a story about a young girl forced into the sex trade, however the “love interest” does play a greater part than I, as the author foresaw when penning my story.

For Samantha please visit

Free Book Promotion – Sting in the tail

Sting in the tail is free in the Amazon Kindle store from the 22nd – 26th January 2015.

To download Sting in the tail for the UK please visit or for the US

If you download Sting in the tail or any of my other books please do consider leaving a review on Amazon and/or your own website.

To visit my Amazon author page please visit for the UK or for the US

A Guest Post By Yours Truly

A big thank you to Anju of for hosting the following guest post by me on her excellent blog ( The piece deals with my latest collection of poetry and prose, “Dalliance” which is available, as an ebook in the Amazon Kindle store.