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Saturday, 5 January 2019

Furiously Swinging Through Life

Hey Everyone!

Over the past twelve months, I've been participating in the Australian Writers’ Centre’s monthly Furious Fiction competition. You can find out more about the competition here -

I decided to add another level to the challenge so as well as the official prompts, I worked a reference to swing dancing into each story. I'm collating the stories into a themed collection titled Swinging Through Life. Here's the blurb...

Swinging Through Life: Flash Fiction Collection

The dance of life – one step forward, one step back.

Whether they lead or follow, the characters from these twelve tiny tales will dance through your heart. Will innocent Dulcie be caught in a seedy speakeasy? Can ambitious Kate get the attention she desires? Does swing dancing always lead to romancing?

If you like stories you can read before your coffee goes cold, you'll love this flash fiction collection. Grab your copy of Swinging Through Life and jazz up your reading list today.

And here's the cover... You'll have to work a bit harder for this one.

P.S. If you can't get the jigsaw puzzle to work, head on over to my Facebook page and I'll share the cover image tomorrow.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Romance Reader's Advent Calendar

Hey Everyone!

I usually put my Christmas tree up on the first of December but this year I was flat out hosting my daughter's eighth birthday party that day and recovering from said party the following day so the tree didn't go up until Monday afternoon. This year, the kids found the blue tinsel in the bottom of the box so we have a blue and white themed tree. Now I'm officially in the Christmas spirit and to celebrate, I'd love to share an advent calendar with you that will be kinder to your waistline than the ones I gave the kids - although if you run around as much as them, you'll have no problem devouring a chocolate filled calendar too.

Every day between December 1 and 24 (in your local time zone), the numbered door will unlock with a message and a gift. Tap on today's date to open the door.
If you’ve come to the calendar part way through the month, no worries! It just means you get to open lots of doors all at once.
This amazing calendar was set up by Elizabeth Ellen Carter and I'm thrilled to be included. Take a peek under door number 2 to see what I'm giving away.

The Elizabeth Ellen Carter and Friends Advent a door today!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for your next surprise. Just leave this page on one of your 62 open browser tabs and you'll find it again easily. (Please tell me I'm not the only person with that many browser tabs running on my phone...)

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Sixty Seconds by Jesse Blackadder

 Inspired by the author's own family experience. The Brennans - parents Finn and Bridget, and their sons, Jarrah and Toby - have made a sea change, shifting from chilly Hobart to a sprawling purple weatherboard in subtropical Murwillumbah. Feeling like foreigners in this land of sun and surf, they are only just starting to settle when, one morning, tragedy strikes - changing their lives forever.

Determined to protect his wife, Finn finds himself under the police and media spotlight. Guilty and enraged, Bridget spends her nights hunting answers in the last place imaginable. Jarrah - his innocence lost - is propelled suddenly from his teens into frightening adulthood. As all three are pushed to the limit, questions fly: Who is to blame? And what does it take to forgive?

A haunting and ultimately redemptive story about what it takes to forgive.

Hey! Here's my review.

I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages. I found the concept intriguing but also confronting so I waited until I was in the right mood. The story is based on the author's experience of her little sister drowning in a backyard swimming pool. I was worried that I would sob my whole way through the book, but it wasn’t that type of story. It didn’t go into graphic detail and handled the topic sensitively (though I may have shed a tear or two near the end).

What I found most intriguing, from a fellow author’s perspective, was the use of POV in the story. It was told from three character’s POV. The teenage brother was written in first person, the father in third person and the mother in second. It’s rare to see second person used in fiction and I thought it worked well in this story. I listened to the audiobook edition and the male narrator was an excellent fit.


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

The Sky Over Brigadier Station by Sarah Williams

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to fellow Aussie author, Sarah Williams, who recently interviewed me on her podcast.

Sarah Williams spent her childhood chasing sheep, riding horses and picking Kiwi fruit on the family orchard in rural New Zealand. After a decade travelling, Sarah moved to Queensland to raise a family and follow her passion for writing. She currently resides in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

When she's not absorbed in her fictional writing world, Sarah is running after her family of four kids, one husband, two dogs and a cat. If that's not enough, she also mentors and teaches writing workshops and hosts Write with Love - a weekly writers and readers podcast.

Sarah is regularly checking social media when she really should be cleaning. 
You can find her online at:

The Sky Over Brigadier Station

Noah McGuire stayed away from Brigadier Station for a reason. He’s spent almost a decade in New Zealand’s South Island, trying to forget his past. But the memories still haunt him and the last thing he wants to do is see his estranged family and attend his brother’s wedding.

However, the only way he can collect his inheritance is if he returns to his family’s property and faces the demons he’s been hiding from.

When it comes to rounding up hundreds of cattle in a day, doing so by horseback doesn’t do the trick quite like a helicopter does and Riley Sinclair is one of the best pilots in the country. It’s a dangerous job, but she has nothing to lose. Until she meets Noah and her bravery is finally tested.

Can they make a life together or is the pull of the sky too strong?

About the book

The Brigadier Station Series is a family saga about three sons who each have their own love story. They are very family and small-town community focused.

The Sky over Brigadier Station is the second in the Brigadier Station series which is set near Julia Creek in the isolated Queensland Outback of Australia.

In this novel, I reversed the gender stereotype. Riley, my heroine is very Alpha and dominates the relationship while Noah is the one who gets left behind on the station, so she can go fly Helis!

The Sky over Brigadier Station also touches on Domestic Violence and PTSD. These are both big issues I wanted to draw attention to.

Print and digital through all the usual online retailers. 
Here's a link:

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Seven Days to Paradise by Karan Eleni

Happy new release to debut author Karan Eleni! Book three in the Launching Love series, SEVEN DAYS TO PARADISE, is out now!

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Series: Launching Love #3
Published by Kindred Ink Press LLC on July 11, 2018
Genres: Sweet Romance, Romantic Comedy

From debut author Karan Eleni comes book three in the Launching Love novella series from Kindred Ink Press – a sweet romance about making time to relax, letting love find you, and dealing with trouble in paradise. 
Lorilynn Matthews has been in the same dead-end job for six years and is ready for a break. When her recently-dumped best friend suggests a girls’ week on a cruise through the Caribbean, Lori is hesitant but accepts the invitation. 
As his brother’s best man, Clayton Weldon agreed to co-organize a joint bachelor/bachelorette party. What he didn’t agree to was reliving his honeymoon with his ex-wife. When someone else’s drama lands in his lap, he wants to avoid it, but it gives him an opportunity to escape his own, if only for a moment. 
Will a chance meeting, seven days on a cruise ship, and drama at every turn make for the excursion of a lifetime or create the need to reach for life preservers to ride out the end of the trip?

About Karan Eleni

In no particular order, Karan Eleni is a bookworm, blogger, reviewer, publisher, author services wizard, former band manager and merch girl, crocheter, proud auntie to two mini bookworms, momma to two spoiled black cats, and newly published author.

She lives in Central Minnesota and spends a majority of her time living in the book world until her family drags her kicking and screaming from her house (unless they bribe her with tacos).

Follow Karan on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads at @karaneleniwrite. If she ever logs in, she’ll thank you and follow back.

About Kindred Ink Press

Kindred Ink Press is an independent publisher of (almost) all things romance. From romantic comedy to cozy mystery, historical to contemporary real-life romance, we’ve got a bit of romance for just about everyone. Our books range from quick reads to those of epic length and can be found in digital and print formats with audiobooks coming soon.

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