Catch a Falling Star by Geralyn Corcillo *Release Blitz*

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Geralyn Corcillo, who is on tour with her latest book, Catch a Falling Star.

When she was a kid growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Geralyn Vivian Ruane Corcillo dreamed of one day becoming the superhero Dyna Girl. So, she did her best and grew up to constantly pick up litter and rescue animals. At home, she loves watching black & white movies, British mysteries, and the NY Giants. Corcillo lives in a drafty old house in Hollywood with her husband Ron, a guy who's even cooler than Kip Dynamite.

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Catch a Falling Star by Geralyn Corcillo

When TV star Wendy Hunter is about to have her most closely guarded secret viciously exposed by the paparazzi, she desperately tosses out a juicy bone to distract them: she announces her engagement to southern high school football coach Colin Scott. One problem. She's not really engaged to him. In fact, she barely knows him. Um ... barely. But will one unforgettable night last year be enough to get him to go along with her charade?


Wendy goes to Louisiana to see him and discovers that Colin is not so thrilled to be suddenly "engaged" to her. He's got some secrets of his own that his famous "fiancée" is putting in serious jeopardy. Still, he agrees to her fake engagement ... as long as she agrees to play by his rules: Wendy has to stay in town for three weeks to play the part of Colin's one true love, all without wrecking his life.

Let the games begin. But when their time together is up, will either of them be able to--or want to--go back to the way things were?


**This novel reads as a stand alone story within the In Love in the Limelight universe, where the stars and paths of different characters might cross, and where the paparazzi is always ready to sink in its glittery talons.



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The Sister by Louise Jensen

Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's words, the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie's sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan's home.

But something isn't right. Things disappear, Dan's acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace's mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie ...or was there?
 



Hey! Here's my review.

A fabulous psychological thriller with twists and turns I didn't see coming. 

The cover caught my attention and the words inside kept it. I listened to the audiobook edition. The narrator was excellent. She was well suited to the book and brought the characters to life.

The story flicks back and forth from the past to the present, showing the close friendship between Charlie and Grace, and how Grace is (isn't) coping after Charlie's death. I can't say much more without risking spoilers, but I loved it.

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


★★★★★ 

  • Where: Bookouture (Publisher)
  • Format: audiobook

The Rise of Memphis - February Chronicles by Kitty Kendall

Jane Nichols has taken on the challenge of her lifetime. Fifty-two sexual adventures in fifty-two weeks.
Even though it’d just been a little fooling around so far, the first five weeks of 2016 have shown her more excitement than she’s seen in her twenty-eight years.

But it’s not all about the raunchy bedroom romps. She’s meeting unique and fascinating men who are showing her a whole new side to sex that she hasn’t experienced before.
Jane has an exciting opportunity to play the field. A chef, a musician, an artist, and a poet are all willing participants in her game. 

The question is. . . will she finally break her one golden rule of no sex with strangers?

***The Rise of Memphis books contain adult situations and graphic language. Please do not purchase any book in this series if you find this offensive.***




Hey! Here's my review.

I read the first book in this series and was intrigued enough to want to follow the series further and see Jane get to know herself better by getting to "know" a few more men.

This novella takes Jane further on her journey of sexual self-discovery, with plenty of graphic scenes to keep erotic romance readers engaged, as well as further character development to deepen the story.

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


★★★★

  • Where: Author Invitation
  • Format: ebook

#RWAus16 Highlights - Ain't Love Grand



Hey Everyone!

On the weekend, I attended the 25th Anniversary Romance Writers of Australia conference in Adelaide, South Australia. What an awesome weekend, so many highlights! Hello to all my new friends **waves**

Those of you who follow my Facebook author page will already know that I felt like the heroine in a chick lit novel by the time I made it to the conference. On Thursday night, I made myself beautiful. First impressions count and I was about to meet so many of my online friends for the first time. I epilated my legs (even though nobody saw them all weekend, Adelaide is much colder than Darwin) and polished my toenails (nobody saw them either). To finish off my beauty regime, I relaxed with a cleansing clay mask on my face. My face tightened, it must be dry and ready to wash off, I didn't remember it being that warm last time... Yep. Chemically burnt my face! I don't want to post the photo here, but you can see it on Facebook if you want a giggle. Cortizone, aloe vera sorbolene and a full night's sleep later and the colour went back to normal. Phew!

Friday morning I arrived at the airport with what I thought was over an hour to spare, only to hear an announcement as I walked through the doors that checking in for my flight was now closed. I raced to the counter and begged to be let on the plane. Luckily this wasn't the black moment in my real life story and they let me on. I ran to the security area. Beeped on the way through the metal detector. Damn bangle. Made it through there, flushed and sweating. Yep, security guy thought I looked dodgy and decided to test me for drugs and explosives. Argh! Got to the gate as everyone was boarding. Phew again.

My roomie Michelle Skidmore and I on our way to the
Love is a Cabaret cocktail party
Of course, then I was bracing myself for the third thing. It always comes in threes. As I walked to my room along the carpeted hall of the hotel, ready to meet my roomie for the first time, I stumbled. I caught my balance and when I looked to see what I'd tripped on, there was nothing there. I took a few more steps and it happened again. One foot felt heavier than the other, like I wasn't picking it up properly as I walked. the combination of the fact that I'd studied gait (walking) and how it could be affected by neurological conditions when I was at uni and the book I'd been reading on the plane where a character had tripped over something non-existant had me concerned for myself as much as I was concerned for the fictional character in that book. Two more steps and it felt even worse. OMG, am I dying? I lifted my foot a little higher from the floor to discover the sole of my shoe was dangling. Thank god my third thing was a dodgy shoe and not a dodgy roomie! My roomie was so awesome that we immediately embarked on an emergency shoe shopping trip together. Thanks Michelle, you rock!

I met up with Monique McDonnell for lunch
Brand new shoes on and I click clacked down the road, a sound I rarely hear since I practically live in thongs in Darwin. We found the conference venue, registered and then went our separate ways to meet up with friends. I was excited to meet  so many of my online friends for the fist time and meet new friends (who I can now social media stalk too).

On Friday afternoon I had the opportunity to pitch my book to a couple of publishers.Friday night was the cocktail party with the theme Love is a Cabaret. Much fun (wine) and chatting left me with a sexy husky voice for the rest of the weekend.

Saturday I attended writing workshops and panels on the themes of Building your heroine's inner strength, Romantic elements and The Black Moment. Saturday evening was the gala dinner and awards night. I was proud to cheer on so many friends who were highly commended or won awards, including my roomie, my critique partner and the two ladies I'd actually met in person before this weekend. More wine, more chatting and lots of dancing followed by some catching of Pokemon on the way back to my hotel.

Tess Woods, me, and Vanessa Carnevale 


Oh, so much dancing!


Sunday morning I slept in a little... I skipped the early session to catch up with Tess and Sarah for breakfast, then snuck into the back of the workshop about structuring story, great dialogue and murdering cliches. The next session I chose was about tricks and traps of publishing contracts. So much interesting information to take in over the weekend. The last part of the day was an insight into collaborative writing, the reveal of the plans fo next year's conference (I'm saving all my change in my piggy bank - it looks awesome) and a final address from Fiona McIntosh that had me in stitches.What a fabulous weekend, I can't wait until next year.


Ain't Love Grand













Text to speech apps for Android

Hey Everyone!

I love audiobooks, but not everything is available in audio, so I often use the Text to Speech function to listen to ebooks. Today I'm going to tell you about the apps I use on my Android phone.

Ages ago I blogged about using a text to speech app to read ebooks. I no longer use the set up I mentioned back then as the IVONA engine isn't compatible with my new phone and they don't offer the Australian voice anymore. If your phone is compatible with IVONA and you like a UK accent, then give it a go before the free Beta testing is over. IVONA had the least robotic sounding voice I've come across.

The next best Australian voice I've found so far is included in the Google TTS engine. They used to have a few Australian accents to choose from, but they have cut it back to one. Google have a huge variety of other accents and languages available and they're all free.


Once you have a TTS engine you're happy with, you need another app to manage your ebooks. These are my two favourites. Check out their features to see which one suits you best.

eReader Prestigio has a beautiful interface. It is perfect for people who like to switch between reading and listening. 

You can load all your ebooks into the app and access more via the inbuilt store (paid and free). You can separate your bookshelves into recent and all, then scan the covers to see what you feel like reading next. 

There's an elegant page turn animation and simple audio buttons, allowing for adjustments in rate and pitch. The main issue I have with this app is that the US accent is the default one, so everytime I opened the app, I had to select the Australian voice again. 



@Voice Aloud Reader is another fantastic option. It isn't set up as well for reading, with a scrolling screen, but if you plan to listen to the whole book, it's perfect. 

The voice settings are saved, so you don't need to set it up each time. The audio options are more flexible. As well as rate and pitch, there is an option to edit speech. Very handy for non-phonetical words such as lasagne. 

None of the text to speech options are clever enough to distinguish between wind (breeze) and wind (turning), so there are a few words that you just have to figure out by context as you listen.

@Voice Aloud Reader also has the option to record. I have an example in the Youtube video below (via a few other conversions to get something I could imbed here).

As well as ebooks, @Voice can read many other types of files. You can sync it with Pocket to read things later via audio, or share directly from a webpage to the @Voice app to listen now or add to the queue.

The customer support for @Voice Aloud Reader is fantastic too.


Here's an example of the Australian Google TTS in action reading out a flash fiction I wrote called My Best Cooker Hat.