It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sorry for the radio silence everyone. I’ve been itching to be back posting regularly, but unfortunately, University has been taking up all my spare time lately with assignments and study and I had to make the very adult decision to put it first. Because of this, I haven’t read as much as I would have liked recently as well …  I’ve got two more assessments due before the semester is done, and I’m hanging for the semester break!

 

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A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town. How far would you go to follow your dream?

Queensland, 1994 When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she’s captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding sugarcane fields. Working in a male-dominated industry is challenging, but Claire has never let that stop her pursuing her dreams-until now. She must gain permission to film at Australia’s most historically significant art deco cinema, located at Starlight Creek. But there is trouble ahead. The community is fractured and the cinema’s reclusive owner, Hattie Fitzpatrick, and her enigmatic great nephew, Luke Jackson, stand in her way, putting Claire’s career-launching project-and her heart-at risk.

Hollywood, 1950 Lena Lee has struggled to find the break that will catapult her into a star with influence. She longs for roles about strong, independent women but with Hollywood engulfed in politics and a censorship battle, Lena’s timing is wrong. Forced to keep her love affair with actor Reeves Garrity a secret, Lena puts her career on the line to fight for equality for women in an industry ruled by men. Her generous and caring nature steers her onto a treacherous path, leaving Lena questioning what she is willing to endure to get what she desires.

Can two women-decades apart-uncover lies and secrets to live the life they’ve dared to dream?

 

 

 

 

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A new adult novel from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…

Three knocks can change everything…

“She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead.”

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart. 

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

 

 

 

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Waiting On Wednesday: Kindred 12 Queer #LoveOZYA Stories

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: Walker Books Australia

Expected Publication: 1st June 2019

A ground-breaking collection of YA short stories by 12 of Australia’s finest writers from the LGBTQIA+ community.

What does it mean to be queer? What does it mean to be human? In this powerful #LoveOzYA collection, twelve of Australia’s finest writers from the LGBTQIA+ community explore the stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers – the connections that form us. This inclusive and intersectional #OwnVoices anthology for teen readers features work from writers of diverse genders, sexualities and identities, including writers who identify as First Nations, people of colour or disabled. With short stories by bestsellers, award winners and newcomers to young adult fiction including Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G Coleman, Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Erin Gough, Benjamin Law, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas, Ellen van Neerven, Marlee Jane Ward, Jen Wilde and Nevo Zisin.

 

Waiting On Wednesday: The Accusation by Wendy James

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 Australia

Expected Publication: 20th May 2019

A bizarre abduction. A body of damning evidence. A world of betrayal.
Eighteen-year-old Ellie Canning is found shivering and barely conscious on a country road, clad only in ill-fitting pyjamas. Her story of kidnap and escape quickly enthrals the nation: a middle-aged woman with a crazy old mother has held Ellie in a basement, chained her to a bed and given her drinks from an old baby’s sippy cup. But who was this woman and what did she want with Ellie? And what other secrets might she hide?

When the accusation is levelled at local teacher Suzannah Wells, no one seems more bewildered than Suzannah herself … to start with. The preposterous charge becomes manifestly more real as she loses her job and her friends. And the evidence is strong: a dementia-affected mother, a house with a basement, a sippy cup that belonged to her long-dead daughter. And Ellie Canning’s DNA everywhere. As stories about Susannah’s past emerge, even those closest to her begin to doubt she’s innocent.

And Ellie? The media can’t get enough of her. She’s a girl-power icon, a social-media star. But is she telling the truth?

A powerful exploration of the fragility of trust, and the power of suggestion, from the author of The Golden Child and The Mistake.

 

REVIEW: The Rats of Tobruk by Mark Wilson

Published:  1st October 2018

Publisher: Windy Hollow Books

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback Picture Book (Borrowed from the Library)

RRP: $25.99

5/5 Stars

When a Bedouin boy, Omar, is separated from his family in Libya during WW2, he makes his way to the coast to look for them. Tired and hungry, Omar is taken in and cared for by two Australia soldiers, Bluey and Albert, as they struggle to survive during the Siege of Tobruk.

When Bluey disappears during a patrol, Omar is determined to find him, and uses all his knowledge of the desert as he searches for his friend. This is a story of friendship found in the most unusual of places, and a boy’s determination against all the odds

The Rats of Tobruk by Mark Wilson is a moving dedication to the brave ANZAC’s who fought in the battle of Tobruk (Syria in WWII), and became known affectionately (by the ANZACs, even if the name was originally given by the enemy) as the Rats of Tobruk for they hid inside their tunnels and lived like rats.

In the lead up to ANZAC Day (April 25), The Rats of Tobruk  is another fine example of the many stories that the world wars have brought about the brave men and women who fought side by side in the wars, their sacrifices for their country and fellow soldiers, and the personalities who built the legend of the ANZAC’s.

The Rats of Tobruk , although fictionalised here as a memorial to the memory of a solider named Bluey and his friend Albert, is told through the eyes of young Omar, a local child left abandoned and alone in Syria during the wars outbreak. Taken in by the Australian soldiers at Tobruk, Omar begins working in the ‘kitchens’ with Bluey and a tight friendship is born. When the fighting becomes more intense, Bluey and Albert are instructed to go over the top during a night raid, where Albert is injured and Bluey never returns. Missing his friend, Omar goes in search of him, only to find his friend dying. Omar stays with him, a comfort in the dark.

The Rats of Tobruk is easily one of the more recognisable picture books about the war and the ANZACS. Mark Wilson has crafted a moving tale about the bond between soldiers and a local boy named Omar. These three people existed, and Wilson includes a short two page history lesson about the Rats of Tobruk, the battles fought and lives lost, and the story of Omar, Albert and Bluey amongst the end papers.

Featuring full colour, double page illustrations, Mark Wilson has down an astounding job of capturing the sentiment and setting of both the war and terrain. Using mixed mediums (paintings and hand drawings of what is potentially replicas of the black and white etched images mentioned in the book) he has established the book as not only a historical and educational device, but a beautiful and haunting thing to behold.

AS a history lover, I’ve ordered myself a copy of The Rats of Tobruk to add to my own collection and truly believe that its a story every child needs to know and hear. Not only to serve as a memorial to those who scarified everything for the freedom we have today, but as an educational text, and discussion point for the upcoming ANZAC day services.

I highly recommend this book.

 

To purchase a copy of The Rats of Tobruk, visit the following online retailers:

Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | Kinikuniya |

To learn more about Mark Wilson, visit the following social media sites: 

Mark Wilson’s WebsiteFacebookTwitter | YOUTUBE

Waiting On Wednesday: The Cinema At Starlight Creek by Alli Sinclair

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: Harlequin Australia

Expected Publication: 20th May 2019

 

A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town.

How far would you go to follow your dream?

Queensland, 1994: When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she’s captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding sugarcane fields. Working in a male-dominated industry is challenging, but Claire has never let that stop her pursuing her dreams-until now. She must gain permission to film at Australia’s most historically significant art deco cinema, located at Starlight Creek. But there is trouble ahead. The community is fractured and the cinema’s reclusive owner, Hattie Fitzpatrick, and her enigmatic great nephew, Luke Jackson, stand in her way, putting Claire’s career-launching project-and her heart-at risk.

Hollywood, 1950: Lena Lee has struggled to find the break that will catapult her into a star with influence. She longs for roles about strong, independent women but with Hollywood engulfed in politics and a censorship battle, Lena’s timing is wrong. Forced to keep her love affair with actor Reeves Garrity a secret, Lena puts her career on the line to fight for equality for women in an industry ruled by men. Her generous and caring nature steers her onto a treacherous path, leaving Lena questioning what she is willing to endure to get what she desires.

Can two women-decades apart-uncover lies and secrets to live the life they’ve dared to dream?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

I had an exceptionally bad reading week last week, but an exceptionally fantastic bookish week. Over the weekend, I had a mini holiday with my sister in Melbourne and I pretty much tried to track down every bookish related thing I possibly could. I visited 10 plus bookstores in the end (and didn’t buy a single book; I have no idea how that happened myself!), The State Library, The Wheeler Center for Writers and two bookish themed bars and it … AMAZING. I’ll try and recap it all (which pictures) for anyone travelling to Melbourne in the future. You seriously need to hit some of these stops up pronto!!

On that notes, it’s Easter this coming weekend, so I wish every single one of you the most happiest, chocolate-y filled weekend possible. I hope you all have a brilliant Easter and spend those days off with the ones most near and dear to you. Happy Easter Everyone!

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Tickets for the Sydney Writers Festival (29th April – 5th May tickets are still on sale.

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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.

A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town. How far would you go to follow your dream?

Queensland, 1994 When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she’s captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding sugarcane fields. Working in a male-dominated industry is challenging, but Claire has never let that stop her pursuing her dreams-until now. She must gain permission to film at Australia’s most historically significant art deco cinema, located at Starlight Creek. But there is trouble ahead. The community is fractured and the cinema’s reclusive owner, Hattie Fitzpatrick, and her enigmatic great nephew, Luke Jackson, stand in her way, putting Claire’s career-launching project-and her heart-at risk.

Hollywood, 1950 Lena Lee has struggled to find the break that will catapult her into a star with influence. She longs for roles about strong, independent women but with Hollywood engulfed in politics and a censorship battle, Lena’s timing is wrong. Forced to keep her love affair with actor Reeves Garrity a secret, Lena puts her career on the line to fight for equality for women in an industry ruled by men. Her generous and caring nature steers her onto a treacherous path, leaving Lena questioning what she is willing to endure to get what she desires.

Can two women-decades apart-uncover lies and secrets to live the life they’ve dared to dream?

At the outbreak of World War I, 129 women were registered as medical practitioners in Australia, and many of them were eager to contribute their skills and expertise to the war effort. For the military establishment, however, the notion of women doctors serving on the battlefield was unthinkable. Undaunted, at least twenty-four Australian women doctors ignored official military policy and headed to the frontlines. 

This book explores the stories of the Australian women who served as surgeons, pathologists, anaesthetists and medical officers between 1914 and 1919. Despite saving hundreds of lives, their experiences are almost totally absent from official military records, both in Australia and Great Britain, and many of their achievements have remained invisible for over a century. Until now.
Heather Sheard and Ruth Lee have compiled a fascinating and meticulously researched account of the Great War, seen through the eyes of these women and their essential work. From the Eastern to the Western Fronts, to Malta, and to London, we bear witness to the terrible conditions, the horrific injuries, the constant danger, and above all, the skill and courage displayed by this group of remarkable Australians. Women to the Front is a war story unlike any other.

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12 hours and 6 minutes

Winner, 2017 Indie Reader Discovery Awards, Fiction

Once in Africa, I kissed a king…

“And just like that, in an old red barn at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, I discovered the elusive magic I had only ever glimpsed between the pages of great love stories. It fluttered around me like a newborn butterfly and settled in a corner of my heart. I held my breath, afraid to exhale for fear it would slip out, never to be found again.”

When a bomb explodes in a mall in East Africa, its aftershocks send two strangers on a collision course that neither one sees coming.

Jack Warden, a divorced coffee farmer in Tanzania, loses his only daughter. An ocean away, in the English countryside, Rodel Emerson loses her only sibling.

Two ordinary people, bound by a tragic afternoon, set out to achieve the extraordinary, as they make three stops to rescue three children across the vast plains of the Serengeti—children who are worth more dead than alive.

But even if they beat the odds, another challenge looms at the end of the line. Can they survive yet another loss—this time of a love that’s bound to slip through their fingers, like the mists that dissipate in the light of the sun?

“Sometimes you come across a rainbow story—one that spans your heart. You might not be able to grasp it or hold on to it, but you can never be sorry for the color and magic it brought.”

A blend of romance and women’s fiction, Mists of The Serengeti is inspired by true events and contains emotional triggers, including the death of a child. Not recommended for sensitive readers. Standalone, contemporary fiction.

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW: The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale by Nette Hilton and Bruce Whatley

Published:  20th February 2012

Publisher: Working Title Press, Imprint of Harper Collins Australia

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback Picture book (Borrowed from Library)

RRP: $24.95

4/5 Stars

It’s the night before Easter and for the first time Billy and his band of little bilbies must deliver the eggs. ‘This is fun,’ they sing as they hide eggs here and there and up and down. But when one of the bilbies gets into trouble, only Billy knows what to do.

 

 

 

Following on from where The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Games let off,The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale is Bilby’s first official outing as the Easter Bunny-Bilby. Full of Nette Hilton’s quirky humor and quick thinking, combined with Bruce Whatley’s easily recognisable illustrations, this picture book is sure to delight small kids far and wide.

Sticking with their unique Australian tale, The Easter Bunnies have stepped down and let the winners of the Easter Games, the Bilbies carrying on their legacy. Stepping up to the plate, with such big shoes to fill is daunting for all the Bilbies, especially for Billy Bilby who takes his leadership seriously and with so much pride. As their first Easter approaches, the group have trained hard and are ready to succeed in their first Easter mission; they almost do until there is a slight mishap and then it takes all of their combined efforts to bring the mission home successfully and without any of the Easter magic disturbed.

What I love about these books (both the Easter Games and Easter Tales) is how uniquely Australian they are. Not only do they feature the Australian animals heavily through out the books, but the landscape and overall feeling of the book is clearly recognisable as simply Australian. By featuring and highlighting animals such as the Bilby, Hilton and Whatley are also doing their bit in educating young Australians on our own flora and fauna, while opening discussion areas with their parents about the Bilby and their endangered species position. They are also super cute and just a delightful twist on the overdone, traditional Easter picture book.

All in all, The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale is a another great addition to any child’s growing library and it suited to a young child’s imagination, love of magic and the mystery of Easter, and just a general feel good story that will delight and educate at the same time.

To read my review of The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Games, click here.

To purchase a copy of The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tales, visit the following online retailers:

Amazon AUSAngus & RobertsonBooktopiaDymocks | Harper Collins Australia

 

To learn more about Nette Hilton, visit the following social media pages:

NETTE HILTON’S WEBSITE |

To learn more about Bruce Whatley, visit the following social media pages:

Bruce Whatley’s Website|