Renee Conoulty: July 2016

Books

Saturday, 30 July 2016

NT Literary Awards

Me, Mel & Cai
Hey Everyone,

On Wednesday night I had the privilege of attending the NT Literary Awards in the Northern Territory Library at Parliament House. I wasn't one of the finalists, but it was exciting to go along and support our local Northern Territory writers. Especially in the fabulous company of Cai Bohm from The Bookfeed Blog and Mel A Rowe from R & R Ramblings.


The night began with drinks, nibbles and mingling. It was great to see some familiar faces from the Darwin Writers Festival earlier in the year.


The Zip Print Short Story Award finalists
 There were seven categories on the Northern Territory Literary awards for poetry, flash fiction, short story, essay and theatre. These awards were for previously unpublished works from new and emerging writers living in the Northern Territory. A book with the works by winners and finalists was given to each attendee (here's the online PDF if you want to check it out)


The 2016 Territory Read NT Book of the Year Award was also presented. This award is given out every two years to a published book written by a Northern Territory resident. There are three categories for this award for Best YA or Children's Fiction, Best Non-Fiction and Chief Minister's Book of the Year Award. Congrats to all the finalists and winner.


Not all the fun was had in the library though... Much chatting (and some catching of Pokemon) was had on the way to the carpark. The hundred metre walk took 45 minutes. If you can't win them all then you can at least try to catch them all.


Congrats Shona Ford on making the finals
(and catching a Drowzee)

Thursday, 28 July 2016

What Happens at the Beach... by TA Williams **Guest Post & Review**

Hey Everyone!

I recently introduced TA Williams (again - I love his books) and his latest book, What Happens as the Beach ... I'm back today with my review and a guest post from the author.

Guest Post
How come I write books for women?
(seeing as I’m a man)

TA (Trevor) Williams talks about why he writes what he does

There are a number of reasons why my books, particularly the What Happens… series, are aimed at a female audience. The first is because I was told to do so. One of the things about working for a big publisher like Harper Collins is that you get an editor. My editors, Clio and Charlotte, have been wonderful. They read my books and then make all kinds of suggestions as to how to improve them. Time and time again they have proved to be bang on the money and I know my books have got better as a result. It was Clio who “suggested” I should try writing from a female point of view and aim at the female reader. A “suggestion” like that is one you ignore at your peril. If Harper Collins says jump, you jump. At least I do.

The second reason why I write books aimed at women is that you lot read more than men. Although we all know that 84% (or is that 73%?) of all statistics are made up on the spot, it appears incontestable that something like two thirds of all books bought in the UK are bought by women. This may be a terrible indictment of the male of the species (too much football and beer, perhaps?), or it may simply be because the female of the species, justly renowned for her multitasking skills, manages to fit books into her crowded day better than her opposite number. I don’t know the answer, but it seems sensible to appeal to the bigger market. Business is business, after all.

The third reason is that I enjoy writing the sort of books I write. Call them chicklit, call them romantic comedy (my preferred designation), they are a lot of fun to write. One thing I know without a shadow of a doubt is that any author should write what he or she enjoys writing. I can’t imagine anything worse than trying to get the creative juices going when attempting to write something that doesn’t appeal. My very first book, Dirty Minds, was about a man trying to write an erotic novel and failing. That was me. It took me less than 24 hours to realise that I didn’t have the experience, the talent or the desire to write smut, so I turned it on its head and made the book about somebody trying to write a dirty book. It charts the ensuing complications as he engages the services of a bunch of female authors to help him. The result was a romantic comedy that I thoroughly enjoyed writing.

My new book, What Happens at the Beach… was also a lot of fun to write. I wrote it last winter while it was cold and damp outside, dusk falling some days at four o'clock in the afternoon and a general air of gloom around the place. Writing about a sunny beach in the beautiful south of France did a great job of cheering me up. There’s the lovely scenery, the smell of the pine trees in the air, the gentle lapping of the waves against the sand and, of course, the world-renowned food and drink. Needless to say, there’s a big black Labrador in there as well just so my readers and I can get our regular canine fix. It saw me through the grim grey days of winter and I hope it will do the same for the readers, female or male.


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What Happens at the Beach... by TA Williams


For the perfect summer romance…

It’s finally time for Natalie Dryden to decide what she really wants! After ditching her sparkling engagement ring, and her ghastly fiancé, she jets off for the sun-kissed shores of Southern France – the only place that has ever truly felt like home. For the first time ever, Natalie is determined to forget all about men and follow her dreams!

…head to the French coast!

Only, avoiding the male population isn’t quite so easy, especially when she meets smooth-talking Philippe and gorgeous fisherman, Remy! But then Natalie, quite literally, bumps into brooding millionaire Mark whilst swimming in the glittering azure-blue bay – and her life is turned upside-down.
Love might be off the cards for Natalie, yet suddenly she finds herself in her dream job and working with her dream man! But is it all too good to be true…?



Hey! Here's my review.

I loved the latest in the What Happens series as much as the others. These books are all chick lit romance, all include a labrador but are about unrelated characters. 

I've dated a mummy's boy, so I related to Natalie from the start, dealing with a man who took his mothers side instead of standing up for his partner. I was proud of her for standing up for herself and knew she could have a better life than the one she was living. 

I adored the tranquil beach setting of Southern France and the building tension between the main characters. I'm not much of a history buff and when I realised that the thing the main characters had in common was a love of history, I was a little worried I may get bored with all the history references, but don't fear, TA Williams is never boring. The history references were sprinkled about and were intriguing. 

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

★★★★★

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon

The Building Blocks of Good Fiction
Goal, motivation, and conflict are the foundation of everything that happens in the story world. Using charts, examples, and movies, the author breaks these key elements down into understandable components and walks the reader through the process of laying this foundation in his or her own work.

Learn what causes sagging middles and how to fix them, which goals are important, which aren’t and why, how to get your characters to do what they need for your plot in a believable manner, and how to use conflict to create a good story. GMC can be used not only in plotting, but in character development, sharpening scenes, pitching ideas to an editor, and evaluating whether an idea will work.

Be confident your ideas will work before you write 200 pages.

Plan a road map to keep your story on track.

Discovery why your scenes aren’t working and what to do about it.

Create characters that editors and readers will care about.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Love at First Flight **Paperback Giveaway**

Hey Everyone!

Last year I read Love at First Flight by Tess Woods and loved it so much that I threw it at all my friends. Well, not literally, I might have damaged my ereader, but I did talk about it to everyone and have managed to bring it up in conversations many times since then.

I'm not the only one who loved it either. It won the 2015 AusRom Today Reader's Choice Award!

Today, Love at First Flight has been released in paperback with a gorgeous new cover.


Isn't it pretty! And that cover captures the emotional turmoil of Mel, the main character, so well. 

I'm hosting a giveaway of one paperback copy, open to Australian residents only.


In case you're not sure about entering, here's the blurb to tempt you in.

What if the love of your life is not your husband? A compelling novel that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty, viewers of Offspring, The Good Wife and movies like Up in the Air. 
'Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. The second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. The me I had spent a lifetime perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage it brought to all our lives, I still don't regret it. 
Mel is living the dream. She's a successful GP, married to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, her picture-perfect life unravels. Seated on the plane she meets Matt, and for the first time ever she falls in love. 
What begins as a flirty conversation quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with consequences that neither Mel nor Matt seems capable of avoiding. As the repercussions hit friends and family, Mel's dream romance turns into nightmare. She learns that there are some wounds that never heal and some scars that you wouldn't do without. 
LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT will take everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head.

And if that's not enough to convince you to enter, here's my five-star review from last year.

Matt and Mel met on a plane. They were both in committed relationships, but had an instant connection and had an affair. I generally don't like adultery stories, but this one didn't play out like I was expecting it to and I loved the way it ended. 
It was told in alternating POV between Mel and Matt. Mel was a flawed character who grew throughout the book. She had become complacent in her marriage and came to the understanding that she had contributed to her marriage problems. I really liked Matt, he was a little bit cocky and very passionate.

I loved the Australian setting with references to places that I am familiar with. There was a great blend of sexual tension, smutty bits, friendship and family. I don't give out the five stars very often, only when a book really makes me feel something. This book did make me laugh at times, but it also made me stop and take a closer look at my own relationship.

Now scroll back up and enter the giveaway. But if I've done my job too well, and you don't want to wait a whole week for me to select a winner, you can grab your copy in store at any good bookshop or online at Booktopia (ships to Australia and New Zealand).

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Never Say Die by Stevie Kopas

horror short stories
Family, friends, lovers… 

Those are just a few examples of the strong bonds that hold humanity together. But when the dead begin living, and the living start to die, who will remain connected, and who will be torn apart? 

Never Say Die: Stories of The Zombie Apocalypse, explores how different relationships are put to the ultimate test when the end of the world comes crashing down around them. 

Some will live, some will die, but one thing is for certain: Some bonds don’t break. 

Jack: Years after the zombie outbreak decimates the population, Jack’s sister is mysteriously taken. Will he be able to find his sister, or better yet, once he finds her, will he be able to accept what she has become? 

Gordon and Elena: The morning of an estranged couple’s divorce is about to get a lot more stressful when a mysterious illness turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected. Will the two be able to set their differences aside before their journey’s end? 

Patient 63: After a terrorist attack, civilization crumbles when a lab-created virus infects over half the world’s population. Dr. Henrick Kennedy has found the vaccine in his sixty-third patient, a former infected, but his intentions are anything but good. Graham, a lonely janitor, has fallen in love with the imprisoned Patient 63. But is love enough to save the world, or will love be the means to its end all over again? (Previously released in At Hell’s Gates, Volume 2: Origins of Evil) 

Rosie: A little girl is given a vaccine to protect her from the impending zombie apocalypse, but when things don’t go as planned, Rosie and her mom must find a way to escape their home and make it to the evacuation zone alive. The human race may depend on it. 

Trevor: A troubled young man makes the decision to end his life, but when the dead come back to life and his city is overrun, Trevor has suddenly found the will to live again, only this time he realizes he has a found a new purpose in life: Revenge.




Hey! Here's my review.

A collection of five zombie themed short stories, each with a distinctly different voice. 

Stevie explores the horror sub genre with a different zombie origin in each story. These stories are not all blood and gore (though there is plenty of that too), they focus on the relationships between characters and how they cope in the zombie apocalypse. 

My favourite was Rosie - a story told from the perspective of a six year old girl. It reminded me of Room by Emma Donoghue, the horror described by an innocent, naive first person narrator. With two children of my own a similar age, this story really touched me.

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


★★★★★

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  • Format: ebook

Friday, 22 July 2016

Copping It Sweet by Anna Clifton *Guest Post & Review*

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Anna Clifton who has recently released her latest novel, Copping it Sweet.



If you're interested in learning a little more about me then I can help you with that here too, although I'm never quite sure what to say in these 'about me' bits.

On thinking back on how I came to be writing romance novels, I realised that I've held down more than fifty jobs in my life so far. They've ranged from scooping ice-creams, to selling glow sticks, to stumbling around in a container ship on absurdly impractical 3-inch heels, trying to work out who's legally responsible for contaminating an entire cargo of Swiss chocolate. If nothing else, my ‘interesting’ working life and the wonderful characters I've met along the way have been great 'copy'; it was inevitable they'd demand creative exposure in some shape or form eventually.

My fascination with the romance novel itself first unfolded when I was staying on a friend’s outback cattle station; I just happened to pick one up from her big sister's bookshelf. As a fourteen-year-old reader I instantly fell in love with its passion, its just-for-the-hell-of-it fun and its unbridled HEA optimism. Many years later, as a writer, I would come to love the scope that the genre offers for exploring the endless mystery around why we feel, think and behave as we do – a special focus in my stories about love, friendship and family.

I currently live in Sydney in an often too-small house with my husband and three children and our two spoilt-rotten cats. Our ‘adopted’ pets, a permanently randy alpha-male Brush Turkey and several roof-dancing possums, share our bush gully backdrop.

Anna x


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Guest Post

Hi Renee. Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog to talk about romance novels and the wonderful possibilities child characters bring to them. 

The plotline of the first romance novel I ever read is hazy now. What I do remember is its opening scene, and the riveting ‘show don’t tell’ way that the author laid out the tense but loving relationship between the male protagonist and his angsty teenage daughter. The first setting is his bedroom. He’s getting ready to go to a ball. His daughter is challenging his authority, yet her need for love and reassurance is coming through loud and clear. What is also coming through is her father’s growing fear that he has little clue how to parent her through her coming teenage years.



As I read that scene I made a vow that if children ever featured in my books they would not be mere accessories to the main characters. They would be central to their parents’ existence, just as that anxiety-ridden teenager had been central to her father’s. Four of my five published novels would eventually feature children. They span all ages and personality types, but they share the basic need of all children to feel loved and secure. And each of them will demand this from their parents in ways that will change all of their lives.

In Making Ends Meet, it’s Harry’s seven-year-old daughter, Rosie, who takes matters into her own hands to help her father move on from his no-future marriage with her mother. 

In Adam’s Boys too, I was additionally challenged with the ‘show-don’t-tell’ imperative in fiction writing. The reason being that Abbie’s son, Henry, is only three and unable to articulate his needs, namely having his father front and centre in his life. Nevertheless, Henry will finally let his mother know in no uncertain terms that she can never again make him choose between her and his new-found father, Adam.

Finally (and I can’t say too much because of spoilers) in my latest release, Copping It Sweet, it takes two teenage boys to finally lay down the gauntlet to Sara to face her long-held fear of her violent husband. 

Copping It Sweet is a story about the insidious nature of intimidation and control. But as with all of my novels featuring children, it is also about the power of children’s unconditional love and trust to inspire and strengthen us to look for hope where we least expect it. 


Copping It Sweet by Anna Clifton

To find out her secrets he’s willing to risk everything—including his heart.

Sara Sullivan has a landlord who wants to evict her, a 1960s Beetle that rarely starts, and a looming exam she’s all set to fail. But none of that compares to the return home of Detective Sergeant Cooper Halligan, her best friend’s brother and the single biggest threat to the secret she’s guarded for years…

Cooper Halligan is happy to be home. But he’s not happy to discover that Sara Sullivan is a permanent fixture within his family, especially when he’s the only one who knows about the sinister marriage lying hidden in her past.

Sara’s crime-boss husband is the prime suspect in the murder of an innocent street kid, and now Cooper’s prepared to do anything to find out what Sara knows.



Hey! Here's my review.



This book was my introduction to Anna Clifton and read so well as a stand-alone that I didn't realise it was part of a series until I came to write my review. 

I loved the familiar Australian setting, those little touches that make me feel at home while I read. There was the perfect balance of romance and suspense, raising the stakes near the end to the point that I couldn't see how the characters would survive.

 Looking for an alpha male cop fix? Here it is.

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


★★★★

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Iggy and Me series review and holiday inspiration

Hey Everyone!

I shared our review of Iggy and Me back in June when we read the whole series. I got a bit behind in all my reviews, so here is a wrap up of the rest of the series.


Iggy and Me and The Happy Birthday (Iggy and Me #2)Iggy and Me and The Happy Birthday by Jenny Valentine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I usually interview my 5 and 7 year old kids for the reviews of the books I read them as a bedtime story, but I got a bit slack and left it too long before talking to them, so the last three books have mixed up in their minds.

They both enjoyed this one and stayed engaged in the everyday antics of the story. These series is perfect for beginner readers or to read a chapter or two aloud to your kids before bed.



Iggy & Me on HolidayIggy & Me on Holiday by Jenny Valentine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My 5 and 7 year old kids loved this book. They were intrigued with the campervan so I had to look up images to show them what it was like. This book made such an impression on them (and me) that I planned a campervan holiday for our family when we finished reading. We just got back and had a ball. My kids were amazed by the magical slide out bed in the roof too. This is my favourite book of the series.

 


Iggy and Me and the BabyIggy and Me and the Baby by Jenny Valentine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this to my 5 and 7 year old kids as a bedtime story over a few nights. They both related to the characters in the book and began asking me if they could have a baby brother or sister. Luckily for me, Iggy's mum already had all the excuses lined up, so I could just repeat them to my kids.
We all loved seeing the world through Flo's eyes, Iggy's quirky antics and the fun interactions between their parents. Amusing for adults and children alike, a great series.


We had a fabulous family holiday, inspired by book three of this series.

We drove down the Great Ocean Road in Victoria,

London Bridge - yes it fell down ... I did walk all the way out many years ago though.


then up to the Grampians

Family hike up to the Pinnacle


and back through my hometown of Ballarat.

Reliving childhood memories of feeding the swans at Lake Wendouree


Monday, 18 July 2016

Charlie Franks is A-OK by Cecily Paterson

Unlike her drama-queen twin sister, Charlie Franks is always fine. At least she is until she has to start a new school, finds out she can't ride her new horse, and gets told that her Mum has something totally weird wrong with her.

Charlie's not A-OK. Not at all.
And she can't see how things are ever going to get better.

'Charlie Franks is A-OK' is the sequel to 'Love and Muddy Puddles' and is Australian author Cecily Anne Paterson's fourth novel.




Hey! Here's my review.

I stumbled on the first book in this series and enjoyed it so I was delighted when the author approached me to offer a review copy of the sequel. This book tells the story of the other sister, the twin I'd seen as almost perfect and coping well with the tree change. It carries on from the first book, but could be read as a stand alone.

I discovered that Charlie is A-OK, but is far from perfect. She is like any young teenage girl trying to find her place in the world. I found her more relatable than her sister, more like I was at her age (minus the horses). 

This book is perfect for those who like realistic middle grade/ya fiction and/or horses.


★★★★

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  • Format: ebook

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Hungry for Love by Lucy Beresford *Guest Post & Review*


Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Lucy Beresford, who is on tour with her third novel, Hungry for Love. 

Lucy’s a writer and broadcaster, and Hungry for Love is her 3rd novel. She’s also the author of the international self-help best-seller Happy Relationships. Her second novel, Invisible Threads, set in Delhi was shortlisted for the Rubery International Prize and is in film development. When not writing, she hosts a weekly Sex & Relationships phone-in show on LBC Radio.

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Guest Post Recipe


SuperBread (yeast and gluten free) – loosely based on the bread found in “Deliciously Ella” cookbook

Makes one loaf
500ml (2 cups) of cold water
375ml (1 and a 1/2 cups) of pumpkin seeds
100g (1 cup) gluten free flour, or rice flour
100g (1 cup) almonds
50g (1 cup) sunflower seeds
3 heaped tablespoons of psyllium husk powder*
2 tablespoons of dried mixed herbs (I use rosemary from the pot used at my wedding ceremony!)
salt and pepper to taste
* I bought mine online but most health food shops stock it. It’s the ingredient that binds the others together, so sadly there’s no substitute.
1. Blend the almonds and half the pumpkin seeds in a food processor until a smooth flour forms. 2. Tip this flour into a bowl and stir in the remaining pumpkin seeds, the flour, sunflower seeds, psyllium powder, dried herbs and salt.
3.Stir the mix well before gradually pouring in the water.
4. Let the mixture sit for an hour or so to let it fully absorb all the water and firm up. While this is happening, heat the oven to 180C.
5. Grease a tin with coconut oil or olive oil
6. Tip the mixture into the tin and level it out
7. Place the tin in the oven and bake for between 40-60 minutes.
8 It’s done when the top is browning and a skewer comes out clean when you insert it into the middle of the loaf.

It’s great fresh or toasted, and works brilliantly with either sweet toppings or savoury with cheese and chutney. You can also freeze slices to have ready access to what I’m sure will become your favourite bread

Enjoy!


Hungry for Love by Lucy Beresford

Jax is about to cancel her wedding to Jonty. On the day. By text. A scrumptious celebration of survival for anyone who's longed for love or felt unworthy of it, Hungry for Love will show you the importance of self-respect and that love can be found where you least expect it.


Hey! Here's my review.

This is Jax's story, told in third person through a whole cast of character's. The beginning had me intrigued to find out why the wedding was being called off and the author kept me engaged by holding off on telling me straight away. 

The story has the fun light feeling of chick lit while delving into deeper topics such as eating disorders and strained family relationships, topping it all off with some foodie sex. I had trouble at times keeping track of whose perspective the story was being told from but i liked the way it was all wrapped up at the end.

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


★★★

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  • Format: ebook

Thursday, 14 July 2016

The First Lie by Virginia King

paranormal mystery
“A dizzying array of events, mysteries, supernatural intrigue, and action!” – Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Reviews

Someone is trying to kill you.

When Selkie Moon flees Sydney to start over in Hawaii it's to live life on her own terms. But Life has other plans.

Though she tries to dismiss the warning as just another nightmare, it soon becomes apparent that someone, or some /thing/, is stalking her. Attacked by frightening visions and mysterious compulsions, she must piece together the fragmented clues before time runs out.

Virginia King effortlessly blends funky creativity and deep spirituality – with a dash of Celtic folklore – to craft a story of one woman’s fight for truth, and her discovery that the lies we tell ourselves are the most dangerous of all.




Hey! Here's my review.

A completely engaging read that I devoured in two days. 

 The First Lie is described as a paranormal mystery, but it is so much more. It's a journey of self-discovery entwining folklore with friendships, spirituality with suspense, art with abusive relationships, deceit with denial and romance with ran-out-of-alliterations.  It's funny and spooky and kept my turning the pages.

I liked Selkie. She was quirky (though she would have hated me calling her that) and surrounded by a cast of interesting characters. 

I listened to the audiobook, which I received free in exchange for an honest review. The narrator was fantastic and well suited to the book. She spoke clearly with an international accent that was easy to listen to. She brought each of the characters to life with authentic accents from around the world.  I found her pace perfect and didn't need to speed up the audio. 

★★★★★

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  • Format: audiobook

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Valentina: a hauntingly intelligent psychological thriller by S.E. Lynes

When  Glasgow journalist  Shona McGilvery moves with her partner  Mikey  and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness.

But with Mikey working offshore, the  frightening  isolation of the Aberdeenshire  countryside begins to drive her insane...

That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina. 

She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend – or does she?

As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears...

A hauntingly intelligent, addictive psychological thriller from debut author S. E. Lynes.  



Hey! Here's my review.

This is the perfect book to read without knowing anything. I don't want to give away any spoilers, so all I will say is I loved it. As a military spouse whose husband often goes away for work, I could relate to Shona and her desire to connect with the outside world. Being home alone with a small child in a new town can be very isolating.

The psychological twists and turns kept me engaged and turning pages. Just when I thought I'd figured it all out, another layer to the plot would be revealed. 

This is a fabulous debut novel and I'm looking forward to see what else this author has in store for us. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

★★★★★

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  • Format: ebook

Monday, 11 July 2016

What Happens at the Beach... by T.A. Williams **Release Day Blitz**

Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to TA Williams, whose latest book What Happens at the Beach is released today.

Firstly, my name isn't T A. It's Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, "Dirty Minds" one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn't possibly comment. Ask my wife...
I've written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I'm enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.
I've been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she's right.
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What Happens at the Beach... by T.A. Williams

For the perfect summer romance…

It’s finally time for Natalie Dryden to decide what she really wants! After ditching her sparkling engagement ring, and her ghastly fiancé, she jets off for the sun-kissed shores of Southern France – the only place that has ever truly felt like home. For the first time ever, Natalie is determined to forget all about men and follow her dreams!

…head to the French coast!

Only, avoiding the male population isn’t quite so easy, especially when she meets smooth-talking Philippe and gorgeous fisherman, Remy! But then Natalie, quite literally, bumps into brooding millionaire Mark whilst swimming in the glittering azure-blue bay – and her life is turned upside-down.
Love might be off the cards for Natalie, yet suddenly she finds herself in her dream job and working with her dream man! But is it all too good to be true…?

Book links


Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Rise of Memphis - January Chronicles (Rebel and a Saint Book 1) by Kitty Kendall

erotica
A crazy new years eve, a cheeky little disguise and a hot new game. Suddenly men are lining up to play.

Three years after Jane’s fiancé cheated on her, she’s finally ready for some serious bedroom action, but she has one problem—she doesn’t do casual sex.

So what does a good girl from the country do? She takes a risk that changes her life and becomes her own naughty twin - Memphis.

Things don’t always go to plan though, and the hilariously horny romps prove to be as steamy as they are fun.

Jane’s transformation has her soaring into unexplored sexual territory. But will this long awaited experience be everything she anticipated it to be?



Hey! Here's my review.

Plain Jane is finally ready to reclaim her sexuality after keeping men at an arms length for years after a messy breakup. Jane doesn't do casual sex but isn't ready for a relationship either, so sex with a man at arms length seems like the perfect solution. 

With the confidence obtained from an alter ego and a new man in her sights each week, Jane's encounters are far from plain. 

This erotica novella is perfect for a quickie read or you could tease yourself a little reading a chapter at a time. I enjoyed her January antics and I'd love to see what she gets up to for the rest of the year. The erotic scenes were well balanced with plot, character development and a dollop of fun.

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


★★★★

  • Where: Author Invitation
  • Format: ebook

Friday, 8 July 2016

How to add a quote to Goodreads


Hey Everyone!

Have you read a book with an amazing quote, then looked for it on Goodreads but the quote wasn't there?

Have you written a book with memorable quotes and would like a way to share these with readers?

I'd love to introduce you to Goodreads quotes. It's a feature that's been around for a while, but lots of people don't know how to add a new quote to the database.


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

The Memory Child by Steena Holmes

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When Brian finds out that his wife, Diane, is pregnant, he is elated. He's been patiently waiting for twelve years to become a father. But Diane has always been nervous about having children because of her family's dark past. The timing of the pregnancy also isn't ideal - Diane has just been promoted, and Brian is being called away to open a new London office for his company.

Fast-forward one year: being a mother has brought Diane a sense of joy that she'd never imagined and she's head over heels for her new baby, Grace. But things are far from perfect: Brian has still not returned from London, and Diane fears leaving the baby for even a moment. As unsettling changes in those around Diane began to emerge, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems.

A woman's dark past collides head-on with her mysterious present in this surreal and gripping family drama.
 



Hey! Here's my review.

I enjoyed this psychological family drama, following the trail of clues the author scattered throughout the book and trying to work out exactly what happened. I managed to figure out most of the twists, then second guessed myself as I read on. I love it when authors can make me do that. The characters were vividly written and the plot well thought out. The topics of post-partum psychosis and how becoming a mother can change your life are explored.

I listened to the audiobook edition. The narrator was fabulous and well suited to this book.

★★★★★

  • Where: Audible
  • Format: audiobook