Renee Conoulty: 2017


Saturday, 16 December 2017

All I Want for Christmas

Hey Everyone!

I've still got my two front teeth, so that's not what I want for Christmas... What I don't have for Christmas, though, is my husband. The military got him for Christmas this year.

Yes, I knew when he joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) that he might miss major holidays, but knowing and experiencing are different things. This is the first time he's missed Christmas and it probably won't be the last. But that's just another part of military life.

We've chosen to look at the positives. This year, the kids will have two Christmases. One with their Grandparents on December 25 and another when Daddy comes home to visit in January.

Since we began this military journey, we've learnt to pick up everything and start all over. Our kids have learnt to make new friends. I've learnt to reinvent my career. As a military family, we've grown stronger and learnt to be resilient. And that's one of the best gifts the military has given us.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Song of Us by J.D. Barrett

Zoe Wylde is a woman at a crossroad. Five years ago, she fled her successful career as a concert harpist in London to return to her Bondi home. She still plays, but now her audience is on the way out ... literally. It's complicated and complication is something Zoe understands well. Her best friend is chasing a new love, her brother's chasing too much love and her father has been married far too many times. Compared to them she thought she was doing okay. She's met the guy she is sure is the one. He wooed her and has been sleeping with her for almost five years. It would all be perfect ... if he wasn't married.

Zoe is learning that hearts, like harps, are capable of beautiful music if treated the right way and can be tricky to manoeuvre. She's over the old tune. But does Zoe have the courage to rewrite the song of her own life?

The Song Of Us is a soulful story of family, love and the notes that define our lives by the author of The Secret Recipe For Second Chances. 

Friday, 8 December 2017

It Doesn't Show Signs of Stopping by Geralyn Corcillo

Hey Everyone!

If you enjoy devouring stories in a sitting or two (like with my short stories - Gotta Be This or ThatCatching Onix and Wife, Mother, Woman) then you might enjoy the latest Christmas themed story, It Doesn't Show Signs of Stopping, from my friend, Geralyn Corcillo. I've invited her over here to say hi and tell us a little about her latest story and her favourite (or should I say favorite) Christmas tradition. 

Hey Renee! 

I am delighted to be on your blog today. For me, December is the season of giving ... and the season of wonderful, heart-warming stories! So, I am thrilled to share with your fans that from now through Sunday, my 12K Christmas story “It Doesn't Show Signs of Stopping” is FREE on Amazon Kindle.

If flirty cross-country texters Dan and Tanya can manage to get together this Christmas, they might just find out if what they have is as real as it feels.

I wrote this story - and I'm giving it away - because I love to indulge in and share the warm cozy magic of the holiday season. And you know what? Besides Christmas stories, I love Christmas cookies almost as much! Have you ever heard of the cookies “kolucis”?

In my house growing up, making kolucis at Christmas was an EVENT.

They were the favorite Christmas cookie recipe of my Gram Mogilewsky and my mom. You pronounce the Polish (maybe Lithuanian?) kolucis as “kuh LOTCH eez.” The cookies are like tiny nut rolls, only sweeter, crispier, and flakier. And don't worry, you do not have to decipher my Mom's writing underneath years of baking stains - the full recipe is written out at the end of this post.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wife, Mother, Woman - Now on Audio

Hey Everyone!

I'm excited to announce the Wife, Mother, Woman is now available as an audiobook. I adore audiobooks so ever since I decided to publish a book, I've wanted to publish an audiobook. I enjoyed the process of independently publishing this flash fiction collection so much that I decided to have a go at independently narrating and publishing an audiobook edition. I had a ball and it's now in the process of being distributed to Audible, iTunes, Kobo, and lots of other places. But just incase you're as impatient as me, it's available for immediate download below. Purchasing via the Payhip widget below is a great way to support my author career as I get a greater percentage of the royalties (100% - I get ALL of them) Purchases are processed via PayPal, so very secure.


Monday, 20 November 2017

Nominated Best New Author

Hey Everyone,

I was so excited at the beginning of the month to discover that I'd made it to the voting round of AusRom Today's Reader's Choice Awards for  Best New Author. Voting closes at the end of November and I'm in with a good chance to win. I've been trading the lead position back and forth with another author and it's looking to be a photo finish.

This is the first time in my life I've had a chance at winning a popularity contest. Give my nerdy inner teenager a boost - vote for me.

All you need to do is click THIS LINK then like the image (on Facebook)

If I win, I'll run a giveaway in celebration. Stay tuned...

Friday, 17 November 2017


Hey Everyone,

I was so excited to see words and my name up on five billboards around Brisbane today. It would have been even more exciting if I'd been there in person, but I made do with taking screenshots of the live feed on my phone. One of the feeds was down, so I was rapt that another featured writer, Ray See, was a Brissy local and took a photo for me.

The Queensland Writers Centre is running an #8wordstory writing competition and I was lucky enough to have my story selected from thousands of entries to be featured on the billboards. The competition is running until November 24. Entry instructions on their website

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dance, Romance & Sexy French Accents

When Australian Lily Johansson earns the opportunity to dance for the prestigious Bohème Ballet in Paris, she fulfils a lifelong dream and continues a family legacy — but it comes at a cost.

While Lily falls in love with the City of Light and her professional life catapults her into fame, her personal life suffers as the relationship with her fiancé deteriorates. On a stormy night, an argument sends Lily racing across the road and a speeding car tragically changes her life forever. Lily’s heart, once full of love and hope, is smashed to pieces and her career crumbles into a hopeless mess. Stumbling into a solitary future she’d never planned, Lily must learn to live with the grief of losing the man she loved and find her way in an unfamiliar world.

Hey! Here's my review

A fabulous free prequel to Beneath the Parisian Skies. I loved getting some insight into the backstory of the heroine and the cliffhanger ending made me want to pick up the novel immediately.


  • Where: Kobo
  • Format: ebook

Lily Johansson returns to Paris, the city that broke her heart and destroyed her ballet career, hoping to ease the guilt over her fiance's death and to make amends with her estranged sister Natalie, a ballerina with the Boheme Ballet.

Terrified of loving again, Lily nevertheless finds herself becoming entangled with the driven composer Yves Rousseau. Lily has many reasons for keeping Yves at arm's length but as he recounts the colour, drama and intensity of the Ballets Russes in 1917, the magic of this Bohemian era ignites a spark within her.

Meanwhile, cast in the role of honouring Ballet Russes dancer Viktoriya Budian, Lily's sister Natalie develops an unhealthy obsession. Natalie's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic as elements of Viktoriya's tragic life resonate in her own. Lily fears for her sister's safety and sanity so when Natalie goes missing, she and Yves set out on a desperate quest across France to find her and, along the way, battle their own demons.

Could the search for her sister, lead Lily to realise that ballet -- like love and life -- should not be abandoned so easily?

Hey! Here's my review.

I picked this book up straight after finishing the free prequel, Parisian Dreams. I love Alli Sinclair's dual narrative style and adore the dance themes that run through this series. 

The Paris setting was brought to life, I'd love to visit one day more than ever. I don't think I have the discipline (or the figure) for ballet, though.

Dance, romance, and sexy French accents - yes, please!

  • Where: NetGalley
  • Format: ebook

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Kindred Spirits by Whitney Dineen

Release Blitz || Kindred Spirits by Whitney Dineen

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Seasons of Summer by Melissa Baldwin *Release Blitz*

Release Blitz || Seasons of Summer Novellas Box Set by Melissa Baldwin

Melissa Baldwin has bundled her Seasons Of Summer Novellas into a box set, and it’s available now! If you haven’t started reading this collection, make sure you grab the box set. Each novella sells for $.99, but you can get all four books in the box set for only $2.99! Basically, that’s a free book!!

Seasons of Summer Novellas Box Set by Melissa Baldwin Series: Seasons of Summer
Published by: Melissa Baldwin on September 27, 2017 Genres: Romantic Comedy

After a devastating breakup, Summer Peters knows she needs something to distract her. Become a fly on the wall for a year and discover how Summer handles new experiences and challenges that each season throws at her. Will these ups and downs lead to the life of her dreams?
Fall Into Magic - Book One
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?

Winter Can Wait - Book Two

Following a fabulous fall, Summer is not looking forward to the frigid winter. Much to her dismay, she knows this winter is a time for many changes in her life, including moving on from the heartache of the past.

To Spring with Love - Book Three

Summer is thrilled to be done with the frigid winter. Spring is in the air, and she’s ready for a fresh new start. Her career is thriving, she’s searching for a new place to live, and she’s finally ready to take her relationship with Alexander Williams to the next level.

Return to Summer - Book Four
Summertime has arrived and things aren’t only heating up outside for Summer. After a rocky spring, Summer thinks she’s finally moved on from the heartache of last year. She’s found a new place to live, her company has new clients, and her relationship with Alexander Williams is going strong, despite the desperate attempts by others to sabotage it.

About Melissa Baldwin

Melissa Baldwin is an avid runner, planner obsessed, and has always had a love for writing. She is a wife, mother, and avid journal keeper who took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember…or Forget. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women and is now a published author of ten Romantic Comedy novels and novellas.

When she isn’t deep in the writing zone, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, traveling, running, indulging in fitness, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.

Organized by Karan & Co. Author Solutions

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Haunting Me by Nikki LeClair *Cover reveal*

Hey Everyone! 

I can't wait to share the gorgeous cover of Haunting Me by fellow Kindred Ink Press author, Nikki LeClair. It was designed by the same person who did the cover for my novel, Don't Mean a Thing, and my upcoming short story duet, Gotta Be This or That

Before I show you the whole cover, here's a bit about the book.

Phoebe Mercer has what most people envy: a wonderful boyfriend, fantastic friends, and a job in the city’s top law firm. Getting engaged is just the honey in her tea! Then she gets run over by a hot dog cart, wakes up with a concussion and the ability to see ghosts. Well, one ghost. A loud, obnoxious woman who claims to have been murdered for her vast fortune. Soon, Phoebe is solving a mystery that not only threatens her relationships, but her career as well. As she begins to battle feelings for the ghost’s handsome nephew, she realizes quite a few people in her life are not as they seem. Slowly, Phoebe uncovers the secrets and lies around her, learning that in order to solve this mystery and be free of the ghost, she must lie herself. The only catch? The secrets Phoebe has kept from the people in her life could ruin everything for her, and her ghostly companion, in the end.

Preorder HERE

Okay, enough teasing...
Here's the cover!

About Nikki:

Nikki LeClair lives in Canada with her loving husband and their two rambunctious children. When she isn’t ordering her children to behave or begging her Border Terrier to listen to her, she sits behind her lap-top plotting out the next adventure of her new characters. She’s a fan of a good glass of Pinot Noir, and can’t live without her favorite Tea blends.
She enjoys hearing from readers and fans of her work. 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Secrets Between Friends by Fiona Palmer *Release Blitz*

Title: Secrets Between Friends
Author: Fiona Palmer
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Genre: Women's Fiction
Release Date: September 12, 2017


Friendship is a million little moments, but can it survive this one? Three friends embark on a luxury cruise to celebrate their ten-year reunion in this heartfelt story of how long-held secrets can catch up with even the best of friends. 

Life was about living, experiencing and emotions. The good and the bad. You had to laugh to cry. You had to love to hurt. You had to jump to fall or fly.

Best friends Abbie, Jess and Ricki are setting sail on a cruise ship, rekindling the excitement of a school excursion they took ten years earlier to the historic port town of Albany, the oldest city on the stunning turquoise coastline of Western Australia. But are they truly prepared for what this voyage will reveal?

Ricki, a dedicated nurse, harbours a dream she hasn't chased. Is she actually happy or stuck in a rut?

Jess, a school teacher and single mother to little Ollie, had a tough upbringing but found her way through with the help of her closest male friend, Peter. But Peter has bought an engagement ring and is ready to propose to Ricki . . .

Abbie had it all: a career, a loving boyfriend and a future, but a visit to the doctor bears scary news. Her world is tumbling down and she feels adrift at sea.

SECRETS BETWEEN FRIENDS is a poignant novel of romance, family dynamics and friendship. Through her highly relatable, sympathetic characters, beloved Australian storyteller Fiona Palmer writes about issues, experiences and emotions we have all faced while posing the ultimate question: What is really important in this life?

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Author Bio

After writing eight bestselling novels set in rugged rural Australia, Fiona Palmer set herself the challenge of writing a story that takes place on Western Australia's gorgeous coastline, which she regularly visits. SECRETS BETWEEN FRIENDS contains the same engaging storylines, emotions and hearty characters as the books Fiona's passionate readers know and love, only it is set on this wider landscape. Before becoming an author, Fiona was a speedway driver for seven years and now spends her days writing both women's and young adult fiction, working as a farmhand and caring for her two children in the tiny rural community of Pingaring, 350km from Perth.

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Along Came a Ranger by Debra Holt *Release Blitz*

Happy Release Day to Debra Holt!! ALONG CAME A RANGER by Debra Holt, the third book in her Texas Lawmen series is available today!

Along Came a Ranger by Debra Holt
Series: Texas Lawmen #3
Published by Tule Publishing on September 11, 2017
Genres: Romance
Pages: 187

No cowboys allowed. That is Stacy Smith’s motto. Having overcome a rough childhood, she vows to not repeat the same mistakes that her mother made. Writing bestselling romance novels as Sabrina Noelle, she is happy to stay in her ivory tower, creating perfect worlds for her heroes and heroines that keep her busy and her heart whole.

Texas Ranger Davis McKenna handles crisis situations on a regular basis. But when he is stranded in a hotel elevator with a gorgeous woman on the verge of panic, he soon realizes that there’s more at play than just his protective instincts.

Take one determined Texas Ranger and one equally stubborn romance author and there is bound to be a showdown at high noon where desires and hearts are concerned. Can Stacy risk opening her heart to the man who represents everything she never wanted?

About Debra Holt

Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers. Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most. She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).

When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure. She read her first romance…Janet Dailey’s Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles…and sighs…to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.

Debra invites you to visit her website at She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at Twitter is and Facebook at

Monday, 11 September 2017

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.
One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.
Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

Hey! Here's my review.

Eleanor Oliphant is quirky heroine who stayed with me long after I finished reading her story. She discovers that "completely fine" might not be fine after all. I connected with this book in a similar way as I did to The Rosie Project - The main character had me intrigued and I had to keep turning the pages to see what would happen next. An engaging, character-driven story of adult self-discovery.

  • Format: ebook
  • Where: NetGalley

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Two Last First Dates by Kate O'Keeffe *Excerpt & Giveaway*

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Kate O'Keeffe, who is on tour with her latest book, Two Last First Dates.

Kate O'Keeffe is an award-nominated author of fun, feel-good romantic comedies. She lives and loves in beautiful New Zealand with her family, two scruffy dogs, and a cat who thinks he's a scruffy dog too. He's not: he's a cat.

To date, Kate's written the chick lit series, the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, and the new Cozy Cottage Café Series.
Connect with Kate via

Two Last First Dates by Kate O'Keeffe

To Paige Miller, Two Last First Dates sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

Paige is having a rough time. She's unhappy in her career and her One Last First Date ended in total disaster. Now, she has to figure out what to do professionally and personally. Life as a spinster with fifteen cats doesn't sound too bad, though.

Deciding to give up on love, Paige begrudgingly befriends Josh Bentley, the friendly coffee delivery guy, while helping out at the Cozy Cottage Café. His T-shirts make her eyes roll, but their runs have become an important part of her day and a blessing to her waistline, because Bailey's cakes are too good to pass up.

Meanwhile, her best friends offer to find Mr. Right for her, and all Paige has to do is let them. Then, the man of her dreams walks through the door. Marcus Hahn is as good-looking as he is charming, and any thoughts Paige had of being alone with those fifteen cats, fly out the window. Now, she just has to hope her friends choose him as her Last First Date.

But in the end, are Two Last First Dates enough to find The One?

Read the Cozy Cottage Cafe series

Book 1: One Last First Date

Book 2: Two Last First Dates is available now!

Book 3: Three Last First Dates - coming October 31, 2017 Preorder Now at

Book 4: A Final Last First Date - coming early-2018


“Look, Helena. I’ve got to do something. I’ll talk to you later, okay? I promise.”

She gave me a meaningful look. “Sure. You go, girl. I’ll back you up, no matter what.” She hit her fist against her chest, like she was a centurion, pledging her allegiance to me.

I turned and walked through the line of cubicles to Portia’s office, nodding as people said hello. This wasn’t the time to be social. I was on a mission, and I wasn’t going to allow anything to get in my way.

I arrived at Portia’s office and stood, collecting my thoughts. I could see her sitting at her desk, immaculate as always in a pale pink suit with black trim, tap-tapping on her keyboard. I lifted my hand and knocked firmly on her door. Her head popped up, a look of surprise on her face.

“Paige. What are you doing here?” she asked, pushing her chair back and standing up.

Did she look nervous?

I stepped into her office and closed the door behind myself, leaning up against it as my heart raced. “I need to talk to you.”

“Okay,” she replied uncertainly. She gestured for me to take a seat. I shook my head in refusal. I needed to be standing for this.

“I thought we’d said all we were going to say last night?”

“No, Portia. You said all you were going to say. I didn’t.”

She tilted her head. “Oh?”

I clenched my hands at my side, preparing to launch into the speech I’d practiced on the way here this morning. My mind was made up; I had something to say.

I took a deep breath and looked directly at her. “Portia, I quit.”

Okay, so it wasn’t much of a speech, and practicing it hadn’t exactly taken very long this morning, but I wanted to ensure I hit the right tone. And hadn’t I learned in my years in marketing that a clear, simple message was the most effective?

To my unutterable surprise, Portia laughed. “I think you misunderstand, Paige. I fired you.”

“No, you didn’t. Your exact words were, ‘I’m moving you on.’ I remember. You never said I was fired.”

She shot me a condescending look, as though I was a three-year-old who needed to have the difference between a hug and a punch explained to them. “Paige. We talked about this. Your work has not been up to scratch for some time now. That’s why I am moving you on.”

I jutted out my chin, defiant. “But you can’t. Because I quit.”

She put her manicured hands up in surrender. “Sure. If that’s the way you want to play it, fine. Take your petty revenge over whatever it is you think I have or haven’t done.”

“I will. Thank you.” My voice dripped with sarcasm.

As I turned and put my hand on the doorknob, ready to leave, she added, “So, do I take it you don’t want that job in Dwight’s division, then?”

I pursed me lips. It was true, Portia had fired me—or “moved me on,” as she’d insisted on calling it—but she’d also offered me a role in her colleague Dwight Barlow’s team, working in product development. She thought I’d be a better “fit” there as she didn’t think email marketing campaigns were “quite my passion,” as she’d put it. I’d almost scoffed. Of course, email marketing campaigns weren’t my passion! Was she insane?

My interest had been piqued by the chance to work for a different boss, someone perhaps whose team wasn’t plotting to torture and kill him. That never makes for a harmonious working environment, in my experience. So last night, I’d agreed. Getting away from Portia and my yawn-inducing job had been the most important things to me.

And today? Things felt . . . different.

I narrowed my eyes at Portia, with the supercilious look she so often had on her face. Although I’d never shared Helena’s Tarantino-inspired depth of hatred for her, this was the last time I ever wanted to lay eyes on her again.

“You know what, Portia? I don’t want that job, or any job at AGD. Let’s agree I quit and I’ll leave right now. I even brought my own box to clear my stuff.”

She pursed her lips and stared at me through her designer glasses.

I locked my jaw and squeezed my hands into fists at my sides once more. What was her next move going to be?

Still staring at me, she let out a puff of air and nodded.

I’d won.

I smiled at her. “Good. We’re done here.”

I could almost hear that old nineties band, singing I’ve got the power! as I flung Portia’s office door open and strode toward my desk, people popping their heads over the tops of their cubicles to see what was going on as I passed by. My heart was racing, adrenaline was pumping around my body at a rate of knots, and it felt good, oh so good! Daa-da, da-da-daa-da . . . I’ve got the power!

I reached my desk and began to collect my things. Before I could say “wannabe gangster,” Helena was at the entrance to my cubicle. “Oh, my god! What happened?” She glanced at the box in my hands, half full of my personal paraphernalia. “Oh, hell. She fired you, didn’t she? That nasty, conniving bitch!”

At Helena’s loud exclamation, several more of my colleagues arrived at my cubicle. “Did you say Paige was fired?” one asked. “Oh, my god!” exclaimed another.

It's getting, it's getting, it's getting kinda hectic. Daa-da, da-da-daa-da.

“You cannot take this, Paige! This is wrong, so wrong. You must have your revenge!” Helena exclaimed vehemently, her fist in the air, her face turning purple with rage.

I half expected her to launch into the Samuel L. Jackson Ezekiel vengeance speech I’d enjoyed while watching Pulp Fiction. I admit, I’d rewound and watched that speech a few times. But instead, I held my box against my body and smiled at them all. “Actually, I quit.”

There was a collective gasp.

“You did? Why?” someone asked as another said, “Good for you!” Helena gawped at me.

“Yup. And . . . I have to go.” I collected my jacket and dropped it into the box and slung my purse over my shoulder.

“But . . . don’t you have to work your month’s notice out?” Helena asked.

“I figured since The Princess doesn’t exactly want me around, we’d forget about that whole notice thing.”

My—now ex—colleagues stepped aside like the parting of the Red Sea, and I walked through them all. “Bye, everyone! It was great to work with you all. Good luck!”

“Hey,” Helena said, grabbing my arm. “Good for you.”

I grinned at her. “Thanks. It was nice working with you. And thanks for the tip on Tarantino. I’m not sure I would have done this if it hadn’t been for him.”

She gave me a knowing nod. “Quentin changes lives.”

Usually, I would have thought she’d possibly taken her admiration for the guy a little too far, but in this, I decided she was right.

Stay off my back, or I will attack and you don't want that. Daa-da da-da-daa-da.

As I left, I glanced up between the row of cubicles toward Portia’s office. She was standing, watching me, her skinny arms crossed across her chest. I waved and smiled at her, enjoying every moment of my minor triumph.

I was no longer an Email Marketing Assistant. I was out of here. And I was free.

Monday, 28 August 2017

Kim vs the Mean Girl by Meredith Schorr

High school sophomore, Kim Long, is no stranger to the “mean girl” antics of Queen Bee Hannah Marshak. When Hannah steals Kim’s diary and in front of the entire class reads personal (not to mention humiliating) entries Kim wrote about her crush, Jonathan, Kim vows to enact revenge.

Kim and her loyal best friend, Bridget, come up with the perfect plan to put the evil Hannah in her place once and for all. But will their scheming have the desired effect of getting even, or will Hannah emerge more celebrated by her peers than ever?

Kim vs. The Mean Girl can be read as a young adult standalone novel, but it is also a prequel to the popular Blogger Girl adult romantic comedy series and is set in 2000. Told in the duo perspectives of teenage Kim and Hannah, fans of the series will get an inside look into Kim’s early passion for reading, writing (and Jonathan) and find out why Hannah is so darn mean.

Hey! Here's my review.

Light fiction that will make you smile.

I loved Blogger Girl and was excited to find out more from before. This is a great stand-alone young adult novel as well as a prequel to the Blogger Girl series. It took me back to my teen years with so many relatable incidents and characters. 

If you've read the Blogger Girl series, make sure you read this. If you haven't, then read them all. 


  • Where: Author Invitiation
  • Format: ebook

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Love Unlimited *Release Day Blitz*

Happy Release Day to all the authors in the Love Unlimited Anthology!
A fabulous FREE collection of stories!


Explore the unlimited nature of love and its many incarnations in the Love Unlimited Anthology, featuring eleven stories that cross generations, cultural backgrounds, and borders. Love Unlimited will warm your heart, tickle your funny bone, and envelop you in the wonderful and complex human emotion the world calls “Love.”

Bryana Beecham -- Love Letters to the Universe
Geralyn Corcillo -- In Her Space
Laura Chapman -- Smyth Saves the Date
Katie Leonard -- SuperMom and the Theory of Mind
Kelly Cain -- Summer Healing
Anne Hamilton -- The Shining Girl Zainab
Muhammad Shahid -- Kaneez's Bulbul
Samantha Bryant -- Flygirl's Second Chance
Therese Gilardi -- Paris in April
Lizbeth Durano -- Starting Over
Amy Gettinger -- Kiss My Sweet Skull


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Gotta Be This or That: A Short Story Duet *Cover Reveal*

Hey Everyone!

I'm excited to tell you that I have a collection of two short stories - a short story duet - coming out with Kindred Ink Press on October 4, 2017. These stories are set before Don't Mean a Thing and will be available exclusively on Amazon. One story takes place around Halloween and the other around Christmas. Here's your chance to meet Matt and Macie before they meet each other.

Here's the cover...

Got That Swing #0.5

And here's the blurb...

Gotta Be This or That: A Short Story Duet (Got That Swing #0.5)

Jump into the Got That Swing series with a duet of short stories set before book one, Don’t Mean a Thing. Meet Macie and Matt before they meet!

Jeepers Creepers

Coerced by a coworker, Karen steps away from comfort and takes her first swing dance lesson. While she steps on toes and twirls into pool tables, two handsome men dance into Karen’s life making her choose between Matt, the man she has chemistry with on the dance floor, and Lowan, the man she has chemistry with off the dance floor.

Baby, it’s Cold Outside

Macie is gearing up for a crazy Christmas season at work and a calm one at home. Straightening shelves at work, presents with her boyfriend on Christmas morning, and a few glasses of bubbly are all she has in mind for the holiday. But her world is on the verge of turning upside down, and the biggest decision of her life is looming. And she has no idea.

Releasing October 4

Preorder HERE

Gotta Be This or That: A Short Story Duet (Got That Swing, #0.5)

And if you haven't read Don't Mean a Thing yet, you can grab yourself a copy HERE

Monday, 21 August 2017

#RWAus17 Conference Highlights - Love Gone Wild

Hey Everyone!

It's been a week since I got back from the Romance Writers of Australia conference and my head is still spinning. It was such a fabulous weekend, full of friends, food and lots of stuff that doesn't start with "f'". This was my second RWAus conference (you can read about last year's conference HERE).

So many highlights from this year's conference, here they are, in no particular order:

I received my first sale ribbon this year. (Although I almost missed the presentation ceremony - too busy gossiping with friends before the cocktail party...)

My first sale ribbon

The cocktail party theme this year was Love Gone Wild - so anything animal themed was the go. I decided to get my feathers on and be a lovely black and white bird (not one of those nasty magpies that used to swoop me on my way home from school). I was excited to meet fellow military wife and author, Cathryn Hein, at the cocktail party - though you couldn't miss her in her inflatable horse costume!

Me and Cathryn Hein at the cocktail party

I'm not a morning person, but I made the effort on the Friday morning to get up before the sun, dab some makeup on, apply mascara without poking myself in the eye, and make my way to the rooftop bar to join a group of romance writers and the crew from Channel Seven's Sunrise weather segment. I missed the first cross but stuck around for the rest of the morning as Sam Mac chatted about our conference and presented the weather. Being on live TV was a fun experience. I'd planned to stand in the background to bulk up the crowd but somehow found myself quoting a line from Don't Mean a Thing on camera. You can see that segment HERE 

Me, Alison Stuart, someone I didn't meet & Alli Sinclair waiting for the next Sunrise weather segment
(Photo credit: Diane Curran (owner of Bondage Bear as seen in the video link above)
On Friday evening, just before the cocktail party, I interviewed Tess Woods for an in conversation book signing event at Dymocks Brisbane as part of her book tour for Beautiful Messy Love (see raving about book HERE) I had a few questions prepared and the conversation flowed beautifully (the messy bit came when I attempted to eat some of the finger food after, dropped a bit, then kicked it under the book signing table so the Dymocks staff would think it was Tess - the love bit comes now - when Tess reads this post and still loves me). I'd been a bit nervous earlier, but after speaking on National TV earlier that day, I figured I could handle anything.

Me and Tess Woods in conversation
(Photo credit: Vanessa Carnevale)
What's a gathering of friends without a few selfies? Here's one of the many group photos from the weekend. Kindred spirits.
Lisa Ireland, Amanda Knight, Me, Sarah Lamb and Tess Woods
(Photo credit: Tess Woods)
One of the presentations on Saturday was relating dance to romance and a couple of ballroom dancers performed during that session, and also at the awards dinner. Yay! Some dancers to play with! I dragged them both onto the dance floor and had a ball.

Me, wearing my butterfly wrap, and Pauline, the ballroom dancer, at the Butterfly Ball
(Photo credit: Diane Curran)
I decided to get my vintage on for Sunday. Wearing a polkadot turban is one way to stand out in the crowd.

Vintage me