Renee Conoulty: August 2016


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Death by Diploma by Kelley Kaye

Emma Lovett leaves her philandering husband and crosses the country to begin her teaching career at a high school in Pinewood, Colorado.There, she meets Leslie Parker, a fellow teacher given to quoting Shakespeare to fit all situations, and the two become fast friends.

Arriving at work early one morning, Emma discovers the body of the school custodian, a man who reminds her of her late father. When the police struggle to find the killer, the ladies decide to help solve the murder. Their efforts lead them to a myriad of suspects: the schizophrenic librarian, the crude football coach, the mysterious social studies teacher, and even Emma’s new love interest.

As Emma Lovett discovers the perils of teaching high school, she and Leslie learn more than they ever wanted to know about the reasons people kill.

Hey! Here's my review.

A fun cozy mystery set in a school.

I work in a school, so I was intrigued to read a book dealing with the dynamics between teaching staff. I'm glad my school isn't quite like this one. 

I was glad to see the author explained why they didn't leave all the investigation to the Police, considering there was a murder. I don't think I would have gotten as involved as they did, but I enjoyed peeking over their shoulders to see it all play out. 

I loved the friendship between Emma and Leslie. I related most to Emma and Leslie kept me entertained with her relevant Shakespeare quotes.

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


  • Where: Author Invitation
  • Format: ebook

Sunday, 28 August 2016

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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Friday, 26 August 2016

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

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

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

Monday, 22 August 2016

#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

Saturday, 20 August 2016

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.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Feel the Fear and Write Anyway!

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Margaret, who is my guest today, chatting about author fears.

Margaret K Johnson is an award-winning author and experienced adult education tutor. She writes women’s fiction, fiction for people learning to speak English and non-fiction. Her books have been published by Cambridge University Press, Cengage Learning, Crooked Cat Publishing, Omnific Publishing, and Earthy Works Publishing. Her novella Kilimanjaro recently won an Extensive Reading Foundation Gold Award.

In 2014, Margaret founded WriteUP Courses – creative writing courses with a confidence-building element. Since then, she has since helped many students to embark on their writing dreams, or to use writing for therapeutic purposes.

Margaret lives in Norwich, East Anglia, with partner and her bouncy son and dog, and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

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Guest Post - Author Fears

Writing can be a scary business.

When I first began to write, I didn’t know I needed to be scared. I was twenty-one years old, fresh out of Art College, and convinced that my idea of writing a best-selling romance novel to finance my career as an artist was a good one. (Hindsight and experience are wonderful things)! As I wrote I was completely driven; absorbed with my story and able to ignore the sceptics around me.

Then came rejection – caringly worded, but rejection nevertheless. One short paragraph for all those months of effort. I was hooked on writing by then – couldn’t have given it up if I’d tried. But now, post-rejection, it was harder to ignore those doubters around me – the cynical responses when I told people I was writing romantic fiction. The jokes about pink dresses, bouffant hairdos and little yapping dogs.

I pressed on, but underlying all my efforts, there was a big, enduring fear. ‘This is my dream. What if it doesn’t work out?’

I know now, that I was far from being alone. A few years ago, I carried out some research with established writers about their fears when they were just starting out. They were much the same as mine – anything from I feel silly saying I’m a writer, to I can’t stand the thought of adverse criticism of my writing, to How do I know when my novel is finished?

Two years ago, I established WriteUP Creative Writing courses, using my experience of writing and being published to combine the development of writing skills with building my students’ self-confidence, and I’ve encountered these same fears over and over again in my classes.

Fears about writing are very powerful things. They can stop you from ever picking up a pen or switching on the laptop. After all, if you don’t produce anything, don’t finish anything, or never show your work to anyone, then it can’t be judged, and you can’t fail.

Except to yourself, of course, and that’s possibly the biggest failure of all.

Because to have had the idea of writing in the first place, you must have wanted to do it. You must have wanted to experience the thrill of expressing your ideas and feelings, and of finding that others are moved or entertained by what you have produced. Of seeing your novel on a shelf in a book store.

Fortunately, it worked out for me. Those early efforts of mine gradually began to get published – enough to keep me writing and to make me crave more. Over the years, I began to write exactly as I wanted to write, instead of trying to please other people. I was also commissioned to write educational fiction, and my books have been published by Women’s Weekly, Cambridge University Press, Omnific Publishing and Crooked Cat Publishing.

But along with publication came other fears. Would I be able to get the next book published? What would people think of my books when they came out? Would people buy them?

Authors can be a pretty fearful bunch! But perhaps that’s natural when it’s so hard to make a living from writing, and when the words you do put down are often drawn from a deep part of you – a part that non-writers might not choose to express.

I’ve pulled together the fears I see my students dealing with on a day-to-day basis with my own experience of triumphing over fear, to create an e-course called Feel The Fear and Write Anyway, which will be available soon. In it, I’ve tried to provide the kind of reassurance, practical advice and insight I could really have done with when I was first starting to write. And above all, I want to help would-be writers to connect with each other and to give each other encouragement and support. A group of my current students have been trialling the course for me, and I’m really excited about their feedback.

In the meantime, I decided to give people the chance to start working on their writerly self-confidence straight away, so I produced a free video series – The 10-Day Fear-Busting Challenge for Authors, which people can sign up to now. Every day for ten days, you receive a daily email with a link to a short video which looks at a different author fear. You can sign up for the challenge here:

Wishing all you writers out there the very best of luck with your writing! And remember, Feel The Fear and Write Anyway!

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

All At Sea by Heather Wardell

Melissa and Owen met on New Years' Eve and he proposed on Valentine's Day. Now it's March, and they're about to set sail on a two-week Caribbean cruise - and get married on the last day at sea. Though their relationship's moving fast, Melissa's wanted to be married for years and she knows the smart stable Owen is a great catch so she's sure they'll be fine.

At least, she's sure until she meets his brothers on the cruise and discovers she's dated both of them: Austin, the fun-loving flirt whose kisses still haunt her dreams, and Nicholas, the sweet horror movie fan whose lack of ambition upset her in ways she still doesn't understand.

Melissa expected to spend tons of time onboard with her fiancé, but he instead spends nearly his every waking moment in the casino displaying a previously unseen love of gambling. This surprise, and the time she spends with Nicholas and with Austin, makes her question everything she thought she wanted.

Her relationship with Owen was just fine before, but suddenly 'just fine' doesn't seem good enough to keep a marriage alive for a lifetime. Melissa has two weeks to decide: stay with Owen or jump ship.

Hey! Here's my review.

This is the ninth book in the Toronto series, but can be read as a stand alone novel. I haven't read any of the other books and didn't feel like I was missing anything. 

I loved Melissa and found myself mentally giving her relationship advice as I read. It's not a good idea to discuss your past relationships on a first date, but it's probably a discussion you should have before you get married, or something like this could happen. 

With a light-hearted chick lit style, this novel delved into the deeper issue of what is important to make a marriage work and what are realistic expectations.

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


  • Where: Author Invitation
  • Format: ebook

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Evan And Darcy by Melanie Coles

Jane Austen gets a little dusty in this outback retelling of a beloved story about a man who learns that first impressions can be wrong when you’re looking for Ms Right.

Wheat farmer Evan Bennet is happy being single until his brother falls for the new girl in town, wealthy hotel owner Claire Bingley. Suddenly finding a girl seems more appealing…unless you’re talking about Claire’s best friend, pretentious lawyer Darcy Fitzwilliam. Her cold manners have Evan seeing red, and when a cute girl with links to Darcy’s past catches his eye, he’s even more determined to dislike her.

When a startling revelation turns Evan’s world upside down and he unexpectedly crosses Darcy’s path again, he’s forced to reassess his opinion of her. But just as he starts to open his heart, a crisis engulfs his family, threatening to destroy any hope of a future with Darcy.

With a cloud hanging over his family, Evan knows his chance of winning Darcy’s heart is gone… until some surprising news and a generous gift leave him wondering if her heart might be his after all.

Hey! Here;s my review.

A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice with gender reversals. 

I loved reading a romance told entirely from the perspective of a man, not something I come across often. Evan grew on me more and more as I read. 

I was delighted to discover that the book is set in country Victoria, not far from where I grew up. 

Evan and Darcy maintained the themes and spirit of Pride and Prejudice, but I became swept up in the story on its own merits. 

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


  • Where: Netgalley
  • Format: ebook

Friday, 12 August 2016

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

Hey! Here's my review.

I'd been recommended this book by lots of authors, so I finally got my hands on a copy. It's not a writing craft book, it's an inspirational book. 

In a nutshell - The magic is in the creating, not in the creation. Don't be afraid, go out there and live a creative life. 

Elizabeth does a fantastic job of narrating her own audiobook, bringing the anecdotes to life. I felt like I was sitting around having a coffee and a chat with her. 


  • Where: Audible
  • Format: audiobook

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

My brother's an egghead by Gretel Killeen


The only problem is, Tig and Pop are ALIENS! So staying out of trouble might not be so easy . . . 

More brain-crackingly funny adventures coming soon!

Hey! Here's my review.

**Interview with my 7 & 5-year-olds**

Me: What did you think of this book?
7: I'm gonna give it zero out of ten because I didn't like it.
5: Me too. Zero out of ten.

Me: What was your favourite bit?
7: I only liked that they were going to see the one and only ice cream tree because that seemed silly and I like silly.
5: Me too. 

Me: What didn't you like?
7: What I didn't like was every single sentence of the book. 
5: Me too. I agree with everything what Tommy says.

Me: Do you want to read the next one?
7: No.
5: Nope.

This one didn't do it for me either. It was partway through a series and didn't give us a chance to care about any of the characters. It might have been better if we started with book one, but there still seemed to be too much weird stuff going on and not enough plot.

  • Where: Local library
  • Format: paperback

Monday, 8 August 2016

Blame by Nicole Trope

'I am here because they suspect me of something. I am here because I am a suspect. I know that, she knows that. Everyone knows that.' Anna

'It wasn't my fault. None of this is my fault!' Caro

Caro and Anna are best friends... they were best friends. Over a decade, Caro and Anna have bonded while raising their daughters, two little girls the same age but living two very different lives. The women have supported each other as they have shared the joys and trials of motherhood, but now everything has changed.

There's been a terrible car accident, an unimaginable tragedy that leaves both families devastated. Over two days as Caro and Anna each detail their own versions of events, they are forced to reveal hidden truths and closely guarded secrets.

The complicated lives of wives and mothers are laid bare as both women come to realise that even best friends don't tell each other everything. And when hearts are broken, even best friends need someone to blame.

A hard- hitting, provocative and gripping read from the queen of white-knuckle suspense and searing family drama.

'If you love writers such as Jodi Picoult, Nicole may just be your cup of tea.' The Hoopla

Hey! Here's my review.

A psychological drama that sucked me right in.

A terrible accident has occurred and former best friends Anna and Caro are now in separate rooms telling their own side of the story to the police. In a combination of flashbacks and each character unburdening themselves to the Police, the intricacies of what has happened over the past ten years unfold. Both characters came across as unreliable for different reasons and my opinion as to who was to blame shifted back and forth as I read. 

This book gave realistic insight into alcoholism, miscarriage and the autism spectrum - not representative of everyone, but no two experiences are ever the same. 

I loved how this dark novel gave hope at the end, following up the main characters a few years in the future to show how they'd grown throughout their experience.


  • Where: NetGalley
  • Format: ebook

Saturday, 6 August 2016

After You by Jojo Moyes

“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future...

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

Hey! Here's my review.

I read Me Before You a couple of years ago and loved it. It was my introduction to Jojo Moyes and I then proceeded to read everything else of hers I could find. When I heard that Me Before You was being made into a movie, I grabbed my copy of After You and patiently waited for the movie to come out so I could read it straight after.

After You picks up right where Me Before You left off and shows how the events in the first book have transformed Louisa. I don't want to risk spoiling either book, so this review is rather cryptic. The main point I want to get across though is read the first book, then read this one. Now. Off you go.

I listened to the audiobook. The narrator was fantastic and brought the characters to life. A great followup to seeing a movie.


  • Where: Audible
  • Format: audiobook

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Alphabet Dating by Monique McDonell

Serena’s friends have a plan to get her dating again - 26 dates in a month - one for every letter in the alphabet. What could possibly go wrong?

When Serena Sanders reluctantly agrees to participate in the Alphabet Dating Plan she knows it will be tough but there’s so much she hadn’t factored in. Who knew men were so complicated? Not Serena.

As she begins dating her way through the alphabet she starts to learn more about herself and her friends than she ever expected as secrets and hidden agendas are revealed. Alphabet Dating is a love story – a tale of lost love, unrequited love, platonic love and ultimately it’s about learning to love again.

Hey! Here's my review.

A fun quick chick lit read in a conversational tone.

I enjoyed this story and felt like I was sitting down with the main character, having a cuppa while she told me what she'd been up to. I felt a little confused at times, trying to keep track of all the dates and their names. I'm glad my friends never tried to organise 26 dates for me!


  • Where: Amazon
  • Format: ebook

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The Family Law by Benjamin Law

A vivid, gorgeously garish, Technicolor portrait of a family. It’s impossible not to let oneself go along for the ride and emerge at the book’s end enlightened, touched, thrilling with laughter.’ – Marieke Hardy

Meet the Law family – eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humorist. Join him as he tries to answer some puzzling questions: Why won’t his Chinese dad wear made-in-China underpants? Why was most of his extended family deported in the 1980s? Will his childhood dreams of Home and Away stardom come to nothing? What are his chances of finding love?

Hilarious and moving, The Family Law is a linked series of tales from a wonderful new Australian talent.

Hey! Here's my review.

A collection of funny anecdotes about Benjamin's Chinese Australian family. I laughed out loud several times, especially at his mothers blunt reactions to things. 

I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the author, that I picked up free via Audible Australia. I've had it sitting there for ages and I'm glad I finally found the time to give it a go. Sometimes authors should stick to writing, but Benjamin did a great job of narrating his book.


  • Where: Audible Australia
  • Format: audiobook