Waiting On Wednesday: Tiger Catcher by Paullina Simons

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

 

Published by: Harper Collins

Expected Publication: 15th April 2019

Can true love ever die? The first novel in a beautiful, heartbreaking new trilogy from Paullina Simons, the international bestselling author of Tully and The Bronze Horseman.

Julian lives a charmed life in Los Angeles. Surrounded by friends, he is young, handsome, and runs a successful business. Everything changes after he has a fateful encounter with a mysterious young woman named Josephine.

Julian’s world is turned upside down by a love affair that takes him-and everyone else in his life-by storm. For the two new lovers, the City of Angels is transformed into a magical playground.

But Josephine is not what she seems and carries secrets that threaten to tear them apart-seemingly forever.

A broken man, his faith in tatters, Julian meets a mysterious stranger who tells him how to find Josephine again if he is willing to give up everything and take a death-defying trip from which no one has ever returned.

So begins Julian and Josephine’s extraordinary adventure of love, loss, and the mystical forces that bind people across time and space. It is a journey that propels Julian toward an impossible choice which will lead him to love fulfilled … or to oblivion.

The Tiger Catcher takes readers from the depths of despair to the dizzying heights of joy in the first novel of an unforgettable trilogy of love lost and found. For all fans of Outlander, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Jojo Moyes.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Life has been a bit chaotic lately, but I’m back and trying to catch up on the past two weeks of blogging that I’ve missed.

I get a lot of emails from PR teams advising of authors coming to Australia and events being held etc, so I’m introducing a new heading to this post titled BOOKISH NEWS. I’ll endeavour to share any upcoming events I know about and any interesting bookish relate news I come across.

Bookish News:

Walker Books has announced that New York Best Selling author Neal Shusterman (Scythe trilogy) will be touring Australia and New Zealand  in April and May of 2019. Shusterman is set to appear at the Sydney Writers Festival from the  29th April, he will then be in Auckland on the 6th May and Wellington  on the 7th May before returning to Australia for the Scribblers Festival in Perth from 9-12th May.

The much awaited program for the Sydney Writers Festival (29th April – 5th May) has been launched and tickets are now on sale for all sessions.

Likewise, there are still tickets left for the Newcastle Writers Festival (5-7th April).

Currently Reading:

 

Inspired by the incredible true story of Lee Miller, Vogue model turned one of the first female war photojournalists, the new novel by the bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress

Manhattan, Paris, 1942: When Jessica May’s successful modelling career is abruptly cut short, she is assigned to the war in Europe as a photojournalist for Vogue. But when she arrives the army men make her life as difficult as possible. Three friendships change that: journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules, paratrooper Dan Hallworth takes her to places to shoot pictures and write stories that matter, and a little girl, Victorine, who has grown up in a field hospital, shows her love. But success comes at a price.

France, 2005: Australian curator D’Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to manage a famous collection of photographs. What begins as just another job becomes far more disquieting as D’Arcy uncovers the true identity of the mysterious photographer — and realises that she is connected to D’Arcy’s own mother, Victorine.

Crossing a war-torn Europe from Italy to France, The French Photographer is a story of courage, family and forgiveness, by the bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress and A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald.

 

“I believe we can change the world. But first, we’ve got to stop living in fear of being judged for who we are.”

Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough.

In Girl, Stop Apologizing, #1 New York Times bestselling author and founder of a multimillion-dollar media company, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.

 

 

 

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In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time.

The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity, convinced the woman’s disappearance is connected to her own.

As tensions rise, Thomas joins the struggle for Ireland’s independence and Anne is drawn into the conflict beside him. Caught between history and her heart, she must decide whether she’s willing to let go of the life she knew for a love she never thought she’d find. But in the end, is the choice actually hers to make?

 

 

 

 

hoping TO read:

Can two broken boys find their perfect home?

Sam is only fifteen but he and his autistic older brother, Avery, have been abandoned by every relative he’s ever known. Now Sam’s trying to build a new life for them. He survives by breaking into empty houses when their owners are away, until one day he’s caught out when a family returns home. To his amazement this large, chaotic family takes him under their wing – each teenager assuming Sam is a friend of another sibling. Sam finds himself inextricably caught up in their life, and falling for the beautiful Moxie.

But Sam has a secret, and his past is about to catch up with him.

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Waiting On Wednesday:

REVIEW: Sleep Tight, Platypup by Renée Treml 4/5 Stars

REVIEW: Lottie And Walter by Anna Walker 3/5 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: Lottie And Walter by Anna Walker

 

Published: 5th March 2019

Publisher: Puffin Books, imprint of Penguin Random House Australia

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback picture book courtesy of publisher for review

RRP: $24.99

3/5 Stars

An original, compelling, and visually stunning treatment of a common childhood predicament: overcoming a fear of the water.

Lottie goes to swim lessons every Saturday, but she never gets in the water. That’s because she is convinced there is a shark in the pool, a shark that wants to eat her and only her. But then Walter appears. Walter likes singing and reading books and bubble baths, and his favorite food is fish sticks, just like Lottie. When Saturday rolls around again, Lottie is no more ready to jump in the pool than she was before. Or is she? Sometimes it just takes a special friend to find the courage that was inside you all along.

When I opened my mail and discovered a new Anna Walker picture book, I knew I was in for a real treat; and I was. As I have come to expect from Anna Walker, Lottie & Walter was a beautiful picture book with heart and soul that is sure to capture the attention of readers word wide.

Lottie is afraid of the water thanks to a crippling fear of what might be below the inviting glass-like surface. It makes swimming lessons a particular tough challenge, as Lottie sits on the edge of the pool wanting desperately to swim with her peers and the swim instructor, but too afraid to dip even her toes in the water.  For Lottie has a secret, deep within the depths of the swimming pool, a shark is lurking, waiting specifically to eat her the second she gets in the water.

One day after lessons, Lottie peers into a puddle of water and meets Walter, a singing-bubble-bathing-loving Walrus who instantly becomes her best friend. In next to no time, Lottie and Walter are inseparable, but can he achieve the impossible and gently coxes her into the water at a birthday party?

Lottie & Walter is a story about irrational and crippling fears; those ones that we all have, that we know don’t make any sense, but simply can not shake. For Lottie, it’s a deep seated fear of the sharks and the unknown waiting below the water’s surface. It’s also a story about unwavering friendships, be they fictional or real, and the power they have over opening our minds to new possibilities and experiences.

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REVIEW: Sleep Tight, Platypup by Renée Treml

Published: 5th February 2019

Publisher: Puffin Books, Imprint of Penguin Random House Australia

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback Picture Book, courtesy of the publisher for review

RRP: $19.99

4/5 Stars

A cosy story for anyone who’s still just a little bit afraid of the dark. Featuring  author-illustrator Renée Treml’s comforting storytelling and delicate illustrations of Australian native animals.

Poor little Platypup is frightened of the dark. What is that shadow? Who made that noise?

But there’s nothing to fear. With his mother by his side, the little platypus ventures out of his burrow to explore. The moonlight dances on the water. Leaves whisper and gumnuts knock in the wind. Platypup discovers that his home by the river is just as lovely in the dark of night as it is during the day! And that’s not scary at all.

Despite Renée Treml being a well known Australian picture book author and illustrator, with a bunch of awards and acclaim to her name, Sleep Tight, Platypup, is one of the first of her books that I have actually sat down and read. Looking at her backlist now, I’m certain it won’t be my last.

Renée Treml is a beautiful storyteller and illustrators whose books will immediately capture the attention of readers of all ages thanks to her command over colour, stroke/line work and the gentle caress of her story. Unlike many other popular contemporary picture books on the markets these days, her books aren’t flashy, using bold colour and humour to lure the reader inside, instead they keep a classy, refined feeling that emanates warmth, love, and a special hug from one held dear. You know the instant you turn that first page that you are in for a real treat.

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REVIEW: Love’s Fun by Karen Deen (Time For Love, Book 4)

Published: 8th March 2019

Publisher: Self Published

Pages: 278

Format: Ebook for review and paperback purchased at Books By The Bridge

RRP: $1.41 (AUD on Amazon AUD or $0.99 USD)/  (paperback was $10)

4/5 Stars

Love’s fun … until it’s not

Alesha
First meeting I managed six words
Didn’t stop him looking
The next time there was a few more
Didn’t stop him touching
Third time gets easier
But it didn’t stop her looking or touching him
Luckily fourth time his words flowed, convincing me it’s not as it seems

She wanted him
But he wanted me
I’ll fight for what’s mine

Xavier
You look back and say there is that one day when your story changed.
For me there are two.

The day I met Alesha.
Her eyes, that timid smile, the nervousness.
No woman before even comes close
The one I didn’t know I needed

Then there is that other day
The one that changed everything in a way I couldn’t control.
I promised to always protect her
Instead I introduced her to my hell
Now only she can save me

Despite being book four in an established series, Love’s Fun by Karen Deen is the first book I’ve read by this author. Coming highly recommended by a close friend, I was both intrigued and a little dubious about jumping into a series at book four; however,  I was assured that this book could be read as a stand alone within the series, and am happy to report that was indeed the case.

Insta-love really isn’t my kind of thing, so when I started this book and realised that featured heavily, I was admittedly a bit worried about how the book would continue for me. I’m not the type of reader to be instantly swayed by a hero’s supposed out of this worlds good looks, or even someone in real life. I want connection, chemistry and something real and tangible. So Xavier’s smug attitude and the long descriptions about how panty-dropping hot he was, did little for me. I could see his intrigue, and I admired how forward he was in knowing what he wanted and how to effectively go about getting it while still thinking of Alesha’s feelings. I got his interest, I really did. He just moved from like zero to two hundred in a blink of an eye and it left me reeling somewhat. That said, as the book progressed, the depth of Xavier’s true character was revealed and he was no long some Greek Adonis, but a living, breathing hero fighting for what he couldn’t live without: Alesha.

Alesha on the other hand, I instantly connected with her on some bone deep, soul bearing level that I wasn’t expecting. She was shy, scared of doing the wrong thing and a massive book lover, there really wasn’t much not to love! I enjoyed her take on the world, and found myself nodding my head energetically more often than not with some of her statements. Not going to lie, I laughed out loud at one point, and even started talking to the book … in public … as I agreed with her so much! I just … gah… I just got her. In a world of raunchy reads, overly confident super-model heroines who snap there fingers and get everything they have ever wanted, Alesha was a breath of fresh air that I’ve been waiting a while to find. For some she will be too naive and innocent, but I know so many women like her in real life and I can not thank Karen Deen enough  for representing them on the page, hell, for shinning the spotlight on their own brilliance and giving them a chance to shine in a romance that everyone can devour.

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Gift Of Life by Josephine Moon

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

 

Published by: Michael Joseph (Penguin Random house)

Expected Publication: 2nd April 2019

From the bestselling author of The Chocolate Promise and Three Gold Coins comes a colourful and heartwarming story about a cafe owner who is given a new chance at life after receiving a heart transplant – but her new life comes at a price. 

You’ve been given the gift of life, now go live it. 

Gabby McPhee is the owner of The Tin Man, a chic new cafe and coffee roasting house in Melbourne. The struggles of her recent heart transplant are behind her and life is looking up – until a mysterious customer appears in the cafe, convinced that Gabby has her deceased husband’s heart beating inside her chest. 

Krystal Arthur is a bereaved widow, struggling to hold herself and her two young boys together since Evan’s death, and plagued by unanswered questions. Why was her husband in another city the night he died? And why won’t his spirit rest? 

Krystal is convinced that Gabby holds the clues she needs to move towards a brighter future. Gabby needs Krystal to help her let go of her troubled past. The two women must come together to try to unlock the secrets in Evan’s heart in order to set free their own. 

By the internationally bestselling author of The Chocolate Promise, this is a profound and moving novel about the deeper mysteries of love and loss – and the priceless gift of life.

 

Waiting On Wednesday: The French Photographer by Natasha Lester

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

 

Published by: Hachette Australia

Expected Publication: 26th March 2019

 

Inspired by the incredible true story of Lee Miller, Vogue model turned one of the first female war photojournalists, the new novel by the bestselling author of The Paris Seamstress

Manhattan, Paris, 1942: When Jessica May’s successful modelling career is abruptly cut short, she is assigned to the war in Europe as a photojournalist forVogue. But when she arrives the army men make her life as difficult as possible. Three friendships change that: journalist Martha Gellhorn encourages Jess to bend the rules, paratrooper Dan Hallworth takes her to places to shoot pictures and write stories that matter, and a little girl, Victorine, who has grown up in a field hospital, shows her love. But success comes at a price.

France, 2005: Australian curator D’Arcy Hallworth arrives at a beautiful chateau to manage a famous collection of photographs. What begins as just another job becomes far more disquieting as D’Arcy uncovers the true identity of the mysterious photographer — and realises that she is connected to D’Arcy’s own mother, Victorine.

Crossing a war-torn Europe from Italy to France, The French Photographeris a story of courage, family and forgiveness, by the bestselling author ofThe Paris Seamstress and A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald.