Renee Conoulty: October 2016


Sunday, 30 October 2016

Full Time Author

Hey Everyone,

There are only a few more days until my debut novel, Don't Mean a Thing, is published. And if publishing a book isn't enough work on its own, I decided to do it the week before I move interstate!

My hubby is in the Royal Australian Air Force (just like the heroine in my book) and it's time for our next posting (PCS for my US military readers). He's been away on a training course for several months now and I can't wait for our family to be all together again. I've pushed for publication before I leave because the story is set in Darwin, where I'm currently living, and I really wanted to have my book launch party "on location". I've managed to schedule it for one hour after hubby's flight gets in, so cross your fingers for me that there are no flight delays. Follow Renee Conoulty - Author on Facebook and I'll try to get some Facebook Live video from the party.

I'm excited about the next step in our military life adventure (little plug - I have a collection of flash fiction called #militarylife that you can get free when you sign up for my newsletter). We have an eight-day road trip coming up a week after my launch party. I've had a great time planning our route and booking accommodation.

Another aspect to this new adventure is that I've had to quit my job. I was working as a Teacher's Aide in a primary school. It was difficult to say goodbye to my three classes of kids. They each wrote me a letter and after being brought to tears in the classroom when a couple of the kids read theirs out, I haven't quite built up the strength to read the rest. My team brought forward our Christmas dinner, so that I could make it, so Friday was a huge day.

I woke up yesterday morning and thought Well, I'm unemployed, then it occurred to me that, no, I'm not unemployed. I'm a full time author. 

Friday, 28 October 2016

Rock Your Revisions by Cathy Yardley

Do you feel overwhelmed trying to revise your novel?

Faced with a hot mess of rough draft, maybe you feel confused, unsure of what to fix -- or rather, what to fix first!

Editing fiction takes a slightly different mindset than writing the first rough pass of a novel. There are a lot of moving parts in a work of fiction. The trick is to not try and tackle everything at once.

ROCK YOUR REVISIONS: A Simple System for Revising Your Novel will show you a clear, easy-to-follow process for editing a novel. It will help you:

- Test for story structure on a macro level, providing detailed checklists for character and plot arcs.

- Test for story structure at the scene level, making sure each serves a purpose in the novel (and hopefully more than one!)

- Gain insight on the mechanics of the novel -- checking POV choice, dialogue, exposition vs. detail (showing versus telling), and more, with a systematic scene-by-scene approach.

This book goes straight to the point, putting theory in plain language, adding illustrative examples, and finishing each section with exercises designed to help you see how to not only edit a novel, but improve your reader's enjoyment of your book.

Hey! Here's my review.

I read this while in the midst of revisions on my first novel. It laid out a systematic approach to revision which I found helpful. I listened to the audiobook and took down notes to apply later. It was interesting and narrated well, so I devoured the whole thing in one sitting. 

If you are ready to revise your book and don't know where to start, this guide breaks it down into simple steps.


  • Where: Audible
  • Format: audiobook

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes

writing craft, plotting, What makes a romance novel a romance? How do you write a kissing book? 

Writing a well-structured romance isn’t the same as writing any other genre—something the popular novel and screenwriting guides don’t address. The romance arc is made up of its own story beats, and the external plot and theme need to be braided to the romance arc—not the other way around. 

Told in conversational (and often irreverent) prose, Romancing the Beat can be read like you are sitting down to coffee with romance editor and author Gwen Hayes while she explains story structure. The way she does with her clients. Some of whom are regular inhabitants of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. 

Romancing the Beat is a recipe, not a rigid system. The beats don’t care if you plot or outline before you write, or if you pants your way through the drafts and do a “beat check” when you’re revising. Pantsers and plotters are both welcome. So sit down, grab a cuppa, and let’s talk about kissing books.

Hey! Here's my review.

Short, sweet and to the point. Plan to reread frequently.

I had this book recommended to me and loved it. It takes the popular concepts from other writing craft books and applies them to romance writing. I'd been struggling for a while, trying to figure out how popular story structures fit the romance story I'm writing. Gwen spelt it out clearly for me while amusing me with all the 80s music references.


  • Where: Amazon
  • Format: ebook

Monday, 24 October 2016

The Rarest Thing by Deborah O'Brien *Guest Post, Review & Giveaway*

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Deborah O'Brien, who is about to release her latest novel, The Rarest Thing. I had the pleasure of reading an advanced ebook copy, but the special gift edition paperback looks divine. If you live in Australia, you can enter the giveaway below for your chance to win one of the special editions.

Deborah O’Brien is an Australian writer, visual artist and teacher. She is the author of four novels for Penguin Random House: the bestselling 'Mr Chen’s Emporium', its sequels, 'The Jade Widow' and 'A Place of Her Own', plus 'The Trivia Man'. 

Her forthcoming novel, 'The Rarest Thing' is set in the Victorian High Country in 1966 and will be published by Lomandra Press on 1 November 2016.

Together with her family and two dogs, Deborah divides her time between a house in Sydney and a country cottage on the outskirts of a heritage-listed Gold Rush town, overlooking a creek frequented by platypuses. It is her dream to own a small herd of alpacas.

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Crafting Characters

How do you come up with your characters? That’s a question people often ask me. I wish I could tell them I compile meticulous character cards before I start writing and that I make a detailed plan indicating exactly what will happen to my characters over the course of the book.

That would be a logical and sensible approach to characterisation, but I have to plead guilty to doing the exact opposite. No cards, no plans, no details. Just an initial idea around which to build a character. It could be a mannerism, an accent, a personality trait or even a job. It might be a combination of those things but at the outset it’s always woolly and ill-defined.

In the case of my heroine, Dr Katharine Wynter, from The Rarest Thing, I started with her name – Katharine, as in Hepburn, but quickly decided I would make her the opposite of the feisty actress. I envisaged my Katharine as someone who eschews the company of other people for reasons that become obvious as the book progresses, reasons I have to confess I wasn’t sure of at the beginning. I just trusted they would emerge as I got to know the character. And thankfully, that’s what happened.

I suppose you could compare it to meeting someone for the first time – you don’t know much about them except for their name and the way they look. Then you hear them speak and that provides a few more clues, but it will take you a long time to get to know the real person, flaws and all.

Because I work this way, there will always be gaping holes in the characters’ psychology in the first draft. In the second and successive drafts I go back and fill the gaps until I know my characters inside out and they’re no longer mere acquaintances.

Katharine’s personality is very much informed by the story of the mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus) whose discovery at Mount Hotham in August of 1966 is the starting point for the book. Presumed to have been extinct, this rare little creature mirrors Katharine’s own place in the world – timid, vulnerable, and endangered.

My leading lady is a palaeontologist – a profession which has always fascinated me. Hunting for ancient fossils in mysterious places seems incredibly romantic. But I could never be a palaeontologist in the real world, not the least because I dropped Science at the end of Year 10. In my imagination, however, I could give my female protagonist the profession of my dreams and live the experience vicariously through her.

Once I began researching the nuts and bolts of palaeontology, I actually discovered it’s a dirty, dusty job, involving scavenging in quarries and caves. In a way that seemed to suit my protagonist, a woman who would rather be looking for ancient bones in caves than dealing with fellow human beings. Her situation changes as the book unfolds, but I won’t spoil it for you by going into the details. Suffice it to say that Katharine’s journey into the High Country to find the Burramys in its habitat is also a journey of self-discovery which has her discovering strengths she never thought she possessed.

The Rarest Thing by Deborah O'Brien

It’s 1966, and a mountain pygmy possum – a species that scientists considered to be long-extinct – is discovered in the Victorian High Country and transported to Melbourne where newspapers dub it ‘the world’s rarest creature’.

Thirty-year-old Dr Katharine Wynter is a palaeontologist who’s more comfortable with ancient bones than live human beings, particularly men - an exotic species of which she has little personal experience, apart from a predatory professor who has made her working life hell.

Having studied the tiny possum in fossil form, Katharine is curious to see it in the flesh, but her much anticipated visit is disrupted by the presence of wildlife photographer, Scott King, taking pictures for an international magazine.

Before long, Katharine finds herself thrown together with Scott on a quest to locate the miniature marsupials in their habitat - the rugged Australian Alps. Along the way, the timid scientist discovers a side to her character she never knew existed, while the dashing photographer abandons his bravado and confronts memories he's hidden for decades.

As for the elusive possums, the cute little creatures lead their pursuers on a merry chase...

Hey! Here's my review.

A cute little snaggletooth possum is the catalyst for an expedition through the mountains, a journey of self-discovery and a blossoming romance.

The character's and story felt so real that I had to check the author's note at the end to find out which bits were truth and which were fiction. I enjoyed spending time with the timid heroine and seeing her grow. She was someone I could imagine being friends with. I loved the Aussie setting, a glimpse into life in Victoria in the 60s. 

I reviewed a complimentary copy.


  • Where: Author Invitation
  • Format: ebook

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

I Believe in Me - Guest Post by Nicki Clifford

Hey Everyone!

I'd love to welcome Nicky Clifford to the blog today, whose contemporary romance novel was released yesterday.

Writing has always been a passion for Nicky Clifford and as a student she penned poems, short stories and articles, many of which were successfully published. But a lack of confidence in her novel writing led her to follow a different career path and for many years she worked in the corporate world of HR & Training.

Now with her sons having reached their teens and with her husband’s encouragement, Nicky has decided to focus on her writing once again and, glued to her writer’s chair, has completed three novels. Her debut novel, Never Again, is the first to be published and hits the contemporary romance shelves this autumn. The book is set in her home county of Berkshire and also in the Swiss Alps where Nicky has many happy memories, having worked there in her student days.

As well as dedicating her time to writing, Nicky also works part-time for a local charity. She will make a donation from the book royalties to the charities, Auticulate and Childhood Tumour Trust. Having completed a writing course at Reading University, she is a member of her local writing group which she says, were staunch in their support and have helped enormously in encouraging Nicky to launch her first book.

Nicky was a keen ice-skater, managing to perfect backwards crossovers, mohawks and one foot turns, but has recently hung up her boots to spend more time relaxing with her friends and family at home in Berkshire.

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I Believe in Me

It has taken me until the age of 50 to believe in myself sufficiently to publish my debut novel. Why is that?

Self-belief is not about ‘outsides’
Today’s society can be too focused on the commercial and on how things appear from the outside: how much money someone earns, how they look, the car they drive, the job they do, etc. etc. Self-esteem, self-worth, self-belief, whatever you like to call it – this cannot be bought, cannot be worn like a badge and has no designer label attached to it. When you have self-esteem, it makes life easier; when you don’t, the path ahead can seem bewildering and scary.

Seeking approval in all the wrong places
To me, self-esteem is how I feel about myself. It took me a long time to realise that it is not about what I achieve or what other people think of me. For too many years, I looked for self-worth in all the wrong places. I craved approval from others and when I didn’t get the pat on the back I was hoping for, it further reinforced to me that I was not worthy. What an unpredictable way that was to live.

Compare / Despair
One sure-fire way to shove your self-belief into a blender is to compare yourself to others. When I did this, the chances were high that I would fall short as I generally compared myself to those I admired. So this would then leave me feeling useless, less than and more often than not resentful and envious. None of these emotions were conducive to peace of mind or self-worth.

The Journey to Self-Esteem
The journey to self-esteem has been a long one. In order to feel good about myself, I had to summon up rigorous honesty and self-searching. It was impossible to like and approve of myself when I didn’t have a clear idea of who exactly I was. So I began the bumpy journey of discovering “me”, warts and all.

Time Takes Time!
I had to learn to accept myself exactly as I was (yes, including those blasted warts!), to truly believe that no one is perfect and to know that it is okay to be different from other people. This process has taken me more years than I care to remember, in fact in a lot of ways, it is still ongoing…

Treat myself worthily
I had to learn to be kind to myself, to nurture myself, to praise myself; I had to shove my internal critical parent into the darkened broom cupboard in the recess of my mind to allow my unconditionally loving and affirming internal fairy Godmother to roam free.
With all these new self-esteem tools at my disposal, it gave me the freedom and space to turn thousands of written words into a published novel. When doubts jabbed at me and the ‘I can’t do this, I’m not good enoughs’ pointed their fingers at me, I would tell them, none-too-politely, to ‘sling their horrible hook’! Hence, at the age of 50, Never Again was born.

Never Again by Nicky Clifford
Mountains, Mystery, Romance: Can you run from your past? 

Harriet Anderson’s life is spiralling out of control. Unused to such mayhem, she ditches her high-powered job to take refuge in the Swiss Alps where she meets Philippe Smith, a crime writer with a dark and shadowy past. Thrown together by chance, is their fate intertwined? Will the karma and romance of the mountains and the quaintness of the Alps soothe their troubled souls? 

Or will their rocky paths create avalanches that cannot be avoided... 

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

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.

  • Where: Review Request
  • Format: ebook

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

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?

Sunday, 16 October 2016

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.


  • Where: Author Invitation
  • Format: ebook

Friday, 14 October 2016

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.


  • Where: Borrowbox
  • Format: ebook

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

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.

Desperate Housewives on Facebook.

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.


  • Where: Author Invitation
  • Format: ebook

Monday, 10 October 2016

How to Publish Your Book by Jane Friedman

We have all heard the stories of publishing “miracles,” such as the struggling English teacher who fished his first short story out of the trash, turned it into a novel in two weeks, and ended up becoming one of the best-selling authors of all time. Or the teacher living on welfare whose book got published because the head of a publishing house gave the first chapter to his daughter to read, resulting in one of the most successful franchises in the world. Or the stay-at-home mom of three active children who wrote at night and just happened to have her manuscript picked up from a slush pile, turning her into a wildly successful Young Adult writer.

Hey! Here's my review.

A great collection of lectures full of advice and information about how to publish your book. Much of this was information I'd read on Jane's blog and other blogs on publishing, but it was nice to have it all collected together and have it read to me. In the everchanging publishing world, information quickly becomes out of date. This audiobook was published last year, so is still relevant and worth a listen.


  • Where: Audible
  • Format: audiobook

Saturday, 8 October 2016

I Am Not an Idiot! by Jeff Amster

As parents, we often forget what it is like to be our kids' age. We struggle between their need for the here and now versus our desire to teach self-control and the realization of better things in the future. We see their increasing cravings of independence flipped against our nurturing instinct and guidance to view and care about the world around them.

This funny, yet discussion provoking book shows kids the balance between urges and broader issues compelling awareness to help them (and us as parents) achieve balance so we're not classified in the extreme.

Hey! Here's my review.

**Interview with my 5 and 7-year-olds**
Me: What did you think of this book?
5: Boo, actually yay. Awesome.
7: Oh yeah, oh yeah (complemented with dance moves).

Me: Which bit was your favourite?
5: When he said I am being an idiot.
7: My favourite bit when he said "I want pancakes," then "No, I don't. I want cereal," that was my favourite bit (there was actually no mention of pancakes or cereal in the book - LOL - he means the bit that talked about kids changing their mind about what they want to eat).

Me: Why?
5: Because he was saying "I am not an idiot," and now he's saying "I am being an idiot."
7: Because I like that bit because it sounds a bit funny.

  • Where: Author Invitiation
  • Format: pdf ARC

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Absolution by Michelle Dennis

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Michelle Dennis, who is on tour with her latest contemporary romance novel, Absolution (book 2 in the Infinity series).

Michelle Dennis lives in Perth, Western Australia; she has always loved reading and in the past few years this love has expanded into creating her own written words and worlds.
Michelle has a love of medieval and fantasy creatures, and her first book, Wolfbaene, revolves around this theme and brings the world of knights, castles and dragons to children around the world.

Michelle is a devoted wife and mother, and fits her writing schedule in around her busy lifestyle. Michelle shares her home with a very mature Dachshund named Phoebe Rose, and a whole bunch of cats who are under the impression they are the owners of Michelle’s home.

She is currently working on a sequel to Wolfbaene, and when she’s not in the world of dragons and other mythical beings, she can be found listening attentively to the other characters in her head, who are shouting for her attention.

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Absolution by Michelle Dennis

Valentine Hewitt is on a collision course. The darkness of tragedy and guilt taints his life, but he wants this darkness; he needs this pain and guilt, so he won’t ever forget.

Now, Abbie has burst into his world with a blinding brightness that threatens to light the dark shadows of his heart, and he’s not ready for absolution.

Book links
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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Fall into Magic by Melissa Baldwin

 Fall into Magic by Melissa Baldwin
Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Melissa Baldwin, who is on tour with her latest romantic comedy novel, Fall into Magic.

Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then, she has written and published four more novels, Wedding Haters, See You Soon Broadway, Not Quite Sheer Happiness, and Friends ForNever.

Melissa resides in Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer.

When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, fashion, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.

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Fall into Magic by Melissa Baldwin

After a devastating breakup in the middle of her summer vacation, Summer Peters knows she needs something to distract her. What better than the arrival of fall, Halloween, and a new client? Though she assumes that Alexander Williams will be a hands-off client, she is surprised to find him very down-to-earth. She’s immediately drawn to him, much to the dismay of his overprotective assistant. When it becomes obvious that he feels the same, she begins to wonder if their meeting was meant to be.

Just when she thinks she could be ready to move on with her life, her ex-boyfriend Jake returns for a second chance. She’s in for even more of a surprise when she learns her nosy, meddling neighbor is actually a psychic pushing to reveal details of her future.

Summer doesn’t know which way to turn as she feels like she’s being pulled in different directions. Between Alexander, his assistant, and her ex-boyfriend, she fears she may not be ready to move on after all. She considers turning to her neighbor for advice but the fear of knowing exactly what the future holds is more frightening than not knowing.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

A story for each season

Hey Everyone!

Spring has sprung down under (except for where I live, where everyone is going troppo with the build up). The bird are tweeting, the flowers are blooming, and a new chick lit short story anthology has hatched onto my ereader. If you feel like catching some spring fever with me, grab your free copy of Spring Fling - available at your favourite ebook store.


It’s a time of renewal and growth. A time to shake off the winter doldrums and let the sunshine in. A time to ditch the old and welcome the new. A time when things blossom and bloom — often when we least expect it. 

Spring is also a time for awkward first dates, fun flirtation, bad breakups, sexy men, hilarious misunderstandings and the first flush of new love. 

Fall in love this spring with six warm, funny and fabulous romantic short stories by some of Australia’s leading chick lit authors. 

After all, everyone deserves a Spring Fling. 

If you're north of the equator and all those pumpkins are making you smile, you may be more in the mood for some colourful leaves raining down on you (as long as you don't have to rake them up), check out Autumn Leaves. (Translation for my northern friends - Autumn = Fall) Also available everywhere for free.

Sometimes the end is just the beginning... What if leaving one life behind meant the best was yet to come?

Six of Australia's leading chick lit authors present a moving and hilarious collection of autumnal stories that show the seasons may change, but true love is perennial. 

I read this one last year and loved it. You can read my review HERE.

If you need a little warming up, check out Summer Daze. Yep, free.

Summer… when hot days, steamy nights, surf, sand and sizzle make that first flush of new love feel dreamlike.

Relax by the water’s edge and dive into this all new collection of summery short stories by six of Australia’s leading chick lit authors.

If you're like me, and need a bit of cooling down. You guessed it, there's a winter collection aswell. The winter collection is only $8.99 ... nah, just kidding, it's free too. So pick your favourite season, or grab them all. Happy reading.

Six sizzling fun-size chick lit stories

Amazon download links