Renee Conoulty

Books

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 Calendar...open 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. 
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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!


Release Blitz Signup || Karan Eleni – Seven Days to ParadiseSeven Days to Paradise by Karan Eleni
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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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Aloha Love by Susan Murphy *Release Blitz*



From the author of the Confetti Confidential series, Susan Murphy, comes a new women’s fiction novel about finding yourself through the toughest of experiences and learning how to not only love again, but how to love yourself.


Release Blitz Signup || Susan Murphy – Aloha LoveAloha Love by Susan Murphy
Published by Kindred Ink Press on June 20, 2018 Genres:Women's Fiction, Chick Lit

     
They say ‘true love comes but once,’ but what if you missed it? 
Jennifer Bell knows she missed her chance more than twenty years ago. Heartbroken and alone, she fell into the arms of a charming guy and into his violent hold. Barely escaping with her life with scars that would likely never heal, she vowed never to let herself fall in love again. 
Throwing herself into her work as a marriage celebrant, she spends her time helping others achieve their fairy tale ending. But what if the chance for love found its way back to her? 
While on a working holiday to Hawaii, with her best friend Anna (who is having a major life crisis of her own), an encounter with the man she lost all those years ago could change everything. 
Will she have the courage to fight for what she wants?

About Susan Murphy


Susan Murphy is a Civil Marriage Celebrant based in South Australia. With over 8 years experience, she’s had the pleasure and blessing of conducting ceremonies all over the country including weddings, baby namings, commitment ceremonies, funerals and anything else that has been requested by a client. The stranger the better!

With a passion for words and a determination to one day (even if it was from the nursing home) become a writer, she made a fateful decision to attend a Masterclass with the amazing Fiona McIntosh, and from there ‘Confetti Confidential’ was born.

“Writing about weddings came naturally to me. I’d been a part of that world for so long and seen everything there was to see – good and bad. But there had to be humour. Coming from a large Irish family there was no way I could write without the laughs. I drove my family nuts giggling away to myself while writing this book.”



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.

Sign up for the Kindred Insider email newsletter to receive new releases, sales, and exclusive content in your inbox! http://kindredinkpress.com/insider