Renee Conoulty: August 2017

Books

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!

About LOVE UNLIMITED

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

Where to Find LOVE UNLIMITED 

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


Monday, 7 August 2017

The Shape of Us by Lisa Ireland

Four different women. The same big problem. One magical solution? 
Despite excelling at university, Mezz has ended up the second-choice doctor in a two-doctor town, and won't be winning Mother of the Year any time soon. Miserably overweight, she knows it's only a matter of time until her gorgeous husband starts to stray...

Jewels runs a successful business and lives in her dream house. All she needs to make life complete is a baby. She'll do anything to lose weight and become a mother... just as soon as the Tim Tams are finished.

Ellie's life looks perfect on Facebook. But unlike the sunny snapshots, her world in Canberra is dull: she left everything behind in London, and the woman she sacrificed her life for is hardly ever home. Her ever-increasing waistline is testimony to just how small Ellie's life has become.

Kat's baby is her world. As a Bosnian refugee, she wants nothing more than a stable, happy life for Ami, but Kat's relationship with Ami's dad is collapsing. If she could just lose the 'baby weight' maybe Josh would look at her the way he used to.

When Mezz, Jewels, Ellie and Kat meet in an online weight-loss forum, a common goal accelerates their friendship. As the kilos start to disappear but their problems don't, they begin to realise that weight-loss might not be the key to happiness, but that supporting and believing in the ones you love, and yourself, just might be ...
 



Hey! Here's my review.

This is the type of book I would pick up and hand to random strangers in Kmart and insist they buy... Okay, it's the actual book I did that with. The story has stayed with me long after I finished reading. It's a fabulous example of contemporary Australian women's fiction - full of friendships, romance, and personal growth. I laughed, I cried, I ran out of pages too quickly. 

Four women from diverse backgrounds meet in an online weight loss forum and develop a deeper friendship. They share their struggles and each takes a different path on their journey. This book would be particularly relatable to anyone who has ever stood on the scales and seen a number they didn't like. 

★★★★★   

  • Where: Borrowbox
  • Format: ebook

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown


Hey Everyone!


I'd like to introduce you to Aimee Brown, fellow book blogger and debut chick lit author (sound familiar??). She's on virtual tour with her novel, Little Gray Dress. I was curious about whether Aimee's journey from blogger to author was similar to mine, so I asked her.

Aimee Brown is a writer and an avid reader. Little Gray Dress is her first published novel. My second novel is in the works now. She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She spends much of her time writing, doing homework, raising three teenagers, binge watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal.

Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets.

She would love to hear your thoughts on Little Gray Dress! If you’d like to chat with her she’s very active on social media. You can find her at any of the networks below. Stop by and say hello!


From Blogger to Author 
‘When Did I Realize I wanted to Write a Book?’ 

By Aimee Brown

I started Hello…Chick Lit in April of 2015 with the anticipation that I was preparing an audience for when I finally completed writing the book I so desperately wanted to write.

I’ve known I wanted to write for about ten years. It happened the moment I sat down with the very first Shopaholic book. I’d found my calling, in the form of chick lit. For some reason not long after, I sat down and wrote a story. I don’t still have it and it would probably be considered more ‘sweet romance’ than ‘romantic comedy’ but I loved writing it.

I enrolled in a creative writing class in 2009 and was nervous as all get out. I knew I would be possibly reading my assignments aloud. Luckily there were only about twelve of us in the class. It was so scary listening to others stories, none of them the genre I’d written in. They were mostly drama, fantasy and a few were even really depressing. Everyone was going for the feel of true, smart, classic literature for the most part. I don’t remember a single one that made me laugh or leave the class feeling good.

The day came that it was my turn to read my first story aloud. I had thirteen copies printed out for the class and the instructor. I literally hid behind my laptop as I read. I don’t think I looked up once. When it was over the teacher actually stood and applauded. She was impressed! She liked how I kept her attention, made the class laugh and tied up all my loose ends in a seventeen-page story.

“I think you might be a romantic comedy writer.” She said. It took everything I had to hold it together. No one had ever read or been read, one of my stories. And after all the stress I’d put myself through, she loved it.

“That totally reminded me of a Sex and the City episode.” One guy said. I took that as a HUGE compliment. That is exactly what I was going for and the lone nineteen-year-old dude in the class called it.

“It’s not even realistic…” the girl who’s story put me to sleep, whined. Another compliment. Why would I want a boring book? It’s FICTION lady. And chick-lit is fun, sometimes unrealistic and funny. I’d found my calling.

Now, being finally published is much like a dream. I thank God for that class because, without it, I’m not sure I’d have had the confidence to finally pitch a book to a publisher. I can’t wait to finish the next one and see where my new career goes.



Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another when she least expects it?

AmazonUSeBook – $2.99 | print – $9.99
AmazonUKeBook – £1.99| print – £6.99
Barnes & Nobleprint – $9.99



I have the cutest Giveaway for the tour - pictured here & open worldwide.
Included is a 'create' coffee cup, some dark & handsome K-cup pods, a cute Life is Short, Eat Cake wall art, some tiny macaroons, a Little Gray Dress bookmark & postcard!

Enter here:

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer **Cover Reveal**


Today is the cover reveal for Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Ugly Beautiful GirlUgly Beautiful Girl
By Tracy Krimmer
Genre: Coming of Age/ Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: September 27, 2017

Blurb:
Nerd. Weird. Ugly. That's me. And I don't want it to be anymore.

Now is my time to make my mark on the world. My college roommate doesn't make it easy. Neither does her brother, Jesse, but for completely different reasons. He makes me feel things I've never felt before.

Wanted. Important. Beautiful.

But we can't be together because it isn't real. Someone like him could never fall for someone like me. We aren't meant to fit together.

Even if I fall apart without him.


You can find Ugly Beautiful Girl on Goodreads

You can pre-order Ugly Beautiful Girl here on Amazon
Ugly Beautiful Girl will be available on Kindle Unlimited


Tracy KrimmerAbout the Author:
Tracy's love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She's been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

You can find and contact Tracy here:
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