Home to Bindarra Creek by Juanita Kees *Guest Post & Review*

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Juanita Kees, who I met at the Romance Writer's of Australia conference in August. Her book, Home to Bindarra Creek, was shortlisted for a RUBY award and I'm excited to share my review with you today.

Juanita graduated from the Australian College QED, Bondi with a diploma in Proofreading, Editing and Publishing, and achieved her dream of becoming a published author in 2012 with the release of her debut romantic suspense, Fly Away Peta.

Under the Hood (Book 1 in the Tag Raiders series) followed in 2013 as one of the first releases from Harlequin's digital pioneer, Escape Publishing.

In 2014 Juanita was nominated for the Lynn Wilding (Romance Writers of Australia) Volunteer Award, and was a finalist in the Romance Writers Australia Romantic Book of the Year and the Australian Romance Readers Awards.

She escapes the real world to write stories starring spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in.

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Today I want to tell you about a fictional town so real you’d want to live there. People so rich in character, so loveable and entertaining, you’d want to take them home. Welcome to Bindarra Creek, a struggling country community whose townspeople work hard and love deeply.

Set in the tablelands of New England, Australia, Bindarra Creek is a drought stricken community full of intrigue, adventure, drama and honest country goodness. Life and love in a small country town has never been more challenging.

A Bindarra Creek Romance is the brainchild of romance author, SE Gilchrist who had a vision and invited her fellow Hunter Romance Writers into a collaborative writing venture that took Amazon’s Westerns (small town) category by storm. Since the release of the series in July 2015 with SE’s Bindarra Creek Makeover, these standalone stories written by thirteen different authors have dominated the top twenty spots on Amazon in their category.

What made this series so special is the bond the thirteen authors formed during the planning stages, and the love and hard work that went into every story as each of the authors put their own individual stamp on the series. We found ourselves so invested in this town and its people, it felt real. Not only did we create a town and characters we loved, we also forged strong friendship bonds that will carry us far beyond the last book in the series.

My characters, Dan and Alice, from Home to Bindarra Creek were born out of the community spirit of the preceding novels. As book six in the series, I had my work cut out for me to match the talent of popular authors like Lee Christine, Susanne Bellamy, Sandie James, Kerrie Paterson and, of course, SE Gilchrist. The line up to follow was just as talented with well-known YA author, Stacey Nash, hot on my heels and fellow romantic suspense author, Erin Moira O’Hara, only one book away.

Even though I was part of this series myself, I have waited on every new release with excitement and anticipation as each author takes the reader on a new journey with a different voice yet still manages to embrace the community spirit and feature characters from preceding stories. These ladies are very clever storytellers and I am proud to be part of this collaborative writing (ad)venture which has made Home to Bindarra Creek the book that keeps on giving.

We’re just over halfway in this series with books still to come from Linda Charles, Lauren K. McKellar, Simone Angela, Marianne Theresa and Noelle Clark. Each one can be read as a standalone, so it doesn’t matter which one you read first. Come on, go and see what the fuss is all about...

Home to Bindarra Creek by Juanita Kees

Bindarra Creek Romance
When fate brings together two lost souls, it’s time to leave the shadows behind and come home to Bindarra Creek...

Alice Pritchard has learned to live with her haunted past. She’s comfortable in her cocoon in sleepy Bindarra Creek, but with rejuvenation of the town, she has let go of the memories.

Dan Molyneaux roars into her life in his high-powered V8 and reopens the Riverside Pub forcing her to face her ghosts. Slowly he melts the ice around her heart, but love always comes at a cost.

Hey! Here's my review.

A fantastic rural romance set in the Bindarra Creek world. Bindarra Creek is a series of 13 books by 13 authors, all set in the same small town. I haven't read any of the other stories from this series, so I can vouch for the fact that they can stand alone.

City boy leaves behind his high-stress career and meets country girl. Kangaroo poo, a swearing cockatoo, and foam bullets may be involved. I loved Alice and Dan - both people I'd like to hang out with, so I enjoyed spending time with them as I read their story of romance and redemption. The fictional town had a very authentic Aussie feeling. This story tugged at my heartstrings and tickled my funnybone. 

I reviewed a complimentary copy.

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Don't Mean a Thing by Renee Conoulty *Cover Reveal*

Hey Everyone!

I'm so excited to unveil the cover to my debut novel, Don't Mean a Thing.  I can't stop staring at it. The Darwin skyline on a beautiful teal background. I think I'm as infatuated with the swing dancing couple as they are with each other. 

Don't Mean a Thing is the first book in the Got That Swing series and will be coming out on November 2, 2016 with Kindred Ink Press.

What if you finally took the lead, but life refused to follow?

Thirty-year-old introvert, Macie Harman, has finally found a career she is passionate about and after months of training, she’s begun her new job in the Royal Australian Air Force. Leaving behind all her family and friends, she’s travelled to the other side of the country where the only person she knows is Rachael, the extroverted girl she went through basic training with. Everywhere Macie goes, Rachael is there too. Macie looks for a way to widen her circle of friends and discovers a local swing dancing class.

The jazz music captures her heart and Matt, the sexy swing dancer, sweeps her off her feet. Matt has claimed the tropical Northern Territory as home and has no plans to leave. He loves his teaching career with its predictable routine and has a great bunch of friends. All he wants now is the right girl to make his house a home.

Military life is tougher than Macie expected and not everyone can deal with the inevitable separations and last minute changes. Is this unpredictable transient life something Macie wants to fight for or could she give it up and put down roots with Matt?

There Is Always More To Say by Lynda Young Spiro

Soho 1984: Two people meet and their worlds are changed forever. An unexpected meeting – a look that means their lives will never be the same again. In “There Is Always More To Say”, Lynda Spiro chronicles the lives of the couple through friendships, marriage, fleeting moments and snatched time. It is a passionate account about a connection between two people that never dies even when tested by distance and when life throws the unexpected at their feet. “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction both are transformed.” C G Jung

Hey! Here's my review.

This story is told in the style of a stream of consciousness letter to the main character's soul mate. Names and genders seem irrelevant to this story where "I" is recounting her memories of times spent with her soul mate "you". Due to the stream of consciousness style of writing, it was repetitive at times. Quite different from everything I've read recently but engaging enough that I read the whole book in one day.

I reviewed a complimentary copy.


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Pants on Fire by Victoria Lloyd

Humour for younger readers from a first-time children’s author. They looked like ordinary, innocent pants, but those pants had just hypnotised the headteacher!

Tony Trebelli has a little trouble telling the truth. He tells the most enormous lies in the world and nobody ever believes him. That is, until the day he gets his new pants. When he tells his first fib, they get a little warm. When he tells his second, there's a definite smell of burning. By the time he's on his third, there's smoke… but Tony doesn't care. Because each time this happens, Tony's lies get believed! His pants have the power to hypnotise his teachers – even Mrs McMahon, the headteacher herself. However, when Tony's pants suddenly get too hot to bear, he finds himself naked in the playground. Suddenly his lies become less appealing and Tony learns his lesson.

Taking the theme of the playground chant, 'Liar, liar pants on fire,' Victoria Lloyd has written an hilarious story for younger readers. With plenty of alliteration, repetition and humour this is a terrific text for children able to read on their own but who don't want a longer novel. This will be a highly illustrated text and with a theme of 'pants' every child will want to pick it up. Pants it is not!

Hey! Here's my review.

**Interview with my 5 & &-year-olds**
Me: What did you think of this book?
5: It was awesome!
7: It was the most coolest thing ever.

Me: Which bit was your favourite?
5: When he was running around the school with his pants on fire and it was burning his ... booty.
7: My favourite bit was the same as Molly's, but a different bit. He was running around the school (acts out the scene - running around the room clutching his bottom), and the bit where he was using palm fronds to cover himself because he had no pants on (luckily, he kept his own pants on for the remainder of the interview).

Me: Why?
5: Because it was just so awesome.
7: Because he was naked at school and that's really funny.


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Secrets of the Suburbs by Alisa Schindler

Secrets of the Suburbs is the story of Lindsey, a 42 year-old suburban mom who seems to have it all – doctor husband, two great kids, satisfying part-time work; all the spin classes, shopping and lunches she can fit into her busy schedule.

But when a drunken moment with her friend’s husband opens up a well of desire, excitement and emotion that she didn’t even know existed, it throws her perfectly perfect life into turmoil. Because as Lindsey opens her heart and body to this forbidden passion; her eyes open as well, and she is forced to take a closer look at her life, her marriage and herself.

Already her friends are starting to whisper, her husband is growing suspicious and there is a Secrets of the Shore Facebook page that just may be talking about her.

Will Lindsey stay in her safe, pretty world with her seemingly perfect husband who just might have secrets of his own, or will she break every rule and follow her heart?

Whatever she decides, she'd better figure it out fast because in small town suburbia nothing stays secret for very long.

Sexy and engaging, with characters who seem like friends and issues that make you think about marriage, satisfaction and the lines we draw, Secrets of the Suburbs is the perfect book to curl up with next to your (sweet) snoring husband.

Hey! Here's my review.

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I'm a little wary of adultery stories, it's a topic that makes me feel uncomfortable, but I adored Love At First Flight, so I decided to give this a go too. Secrets of the Suburbs centres around a group of female friends, rather than the illicit relationship. It is told from various character's points of view. I enjoyed spending time with these women. I'm not the type to attend neighbourhood garden parties in stilletos, but I would enjoy having a cuppa and a chat with these girls.I enjoyed being a voyeur, watching their lives unfold and unravel. 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.


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