Waiting On Wednesday: We Are Displaced By Malala Yousafzai

Weekly Meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

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: Allen & Unwin AUstralia

Expected Publication: 8th January 2018

Starting with her own story of displacement as an Internally Displaced Person, Malala will introduce readers to what it means to lose your home, your community, and the only world you’ve ever known. She will share the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her various journeys to refugee camps and the cities where refugee girls and their families have settled. The anecdotes will focus on different parts of each girl’s story – from what it was like the day she left her home to what daily life is like in a refugee camp.

In a time of immigration crises, war, and border conflicts, WE ARE DISPLACED is an important reminder from one of the most famous people to experience displacement that everyone deserves universal human rights and a home.

Kell’s Bookmark Clique Christmas Long Lunch 2018

This past Sunday, I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Kell’s Bookmark Clique Christmas themed long lunch/party alongside 32 avid romance readers and authors from all over the country; some of whom made the trek from as far as Queensland and Canberra for the fabulous event.

This year, the lunch was held at  Casa Ristorante, an Italian restaurant smack dab in the middle of Darling Harbour and while the meal was lovely and the cocktails kept flowing, it’s the people that make these events so memorable and a highlight of my book year. A fact that was clearly evident by the cheers erupting from everyone as each new guest walked through the door; it was probably lucky we had hired a private room with our screams of excitement, laughter and the general chatter of 32 women speaking excitedly all at once, non-stop for hours on end.

Thanks to some beautiful hand made bookish decorations by Kell, the room and tables looked stunning and kind of magical; the perfect place for us to chat for hours on end.

The fun didn’t stop there however, as each attendee got spoiled rotten by Kell, the group’s fearless leader, with these beautiful hand made book flowers.

Photo by Lucy Migliorino

 

While everyone’s favourite Di from Di’s Dazzling Dezines, aka the world’s most creative superstar, gifted everyone these beautiful pink bookmarks.

Di’s is you girl If you ever need anything book related made (shirts, pillows, bookaroos/protectors, coasters, bookmarks etc… the list is truly endless!

Kayla from Flossy DESIGNED gifted everyone the cutest hand made earrings:

And Penny surprised everyone with the most out of the world cupcakes! I got the pink one and the white one is Kates!

 

As well as general catch up, food and wine, and way too much laughter (as if there could be such a thing!), we traditionally do a randomly assigned Secret Santa at the Christmas lunch, whereby every attendee is to gift one of their favourite books of the year so far; I received MR. MASTERS by T.L Swan as my secret santa book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aussie Author Jennifer Ryder also gifted attendees with an Advance Readers Copy (ARC) of her new upcoming book SING IT SAM that is due for release on the 12th February 2019. It sounds amazing!

There were also lucky door prizes galore, with gifts donated from Cliquesters, authors and readers alike. I won a copy of new-to-me Aussie Author Karen Dean’s book LOVE’S DANCE, which I’m intrigued by and can’t wait to dive in.

Kat T. Masen also got up and told everyone about her new book box –  Books Ever After – which is a special curated book box featuring signed special edition books by Australian Authors and signed book plates by International Authors. This new business venture sounds amazing, and is perfect for anyone who loves book boxes and wishes Australia had more of a variety available here!

As you might have guessed, the event was amazing with friendships spanned all over the country united by the love of books and all things romance. While the food was good, the cocktails even better, and the sheer amount of gifts/goodies totally surprising and overwhelming (I still can’t say thank you enough!), the entire party/event would not have been the same without the people there.

In all honesty, the 31 women who attended are some of the bravest, most creative and ingenious women I have ever had the pleasure to meet. They are selfless with their time, energy and love and it feels like one big family reunion every time we get together. While a number of people have attended various other events in the past, it was fantastic to see some new faces embraced whole heatedly within the clan and I hope they had as amazing time as I did.

What’s more Kell from Kell’s Bookmark Clique really out did herself with this event, thinking of every little thing and covering every whimsical element that made sure we all had the best day imaginable. I also want to give a shout out to Kell’s inspiring speech about the group of women gathered there, where we celebrated the new business ventures of members, cheered on the success of the authors and were treated to some top-secret-squirrel-behind-the-scenes information for some things in you-had-to-be-there-moments.

All in all, the long lunch was the perfect way to kick of this festive season and to empower and build up those in the room, and I can not wait to the next get together hopefully in February of 2019 at Books By The Bridge!

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

I’ve been travelling overseas for the past three and half weeks so today’s post may be a little bit longer than most to compensate for the Monday’s missed. While I listened to audio books and read the odd book while away, I was pretty much going from the moment I woke up until the moment I fell asleep each night and didn’t get anywhere near as half as the amount of books reads as I thought I would.

 

Currently Reading:

 

There are three ways you become a Monarch
1. Born
2. Marry
3. Steal

They stole it.

And I had a choice:
Fall into line, serve our new King, or fight.

My new motto?
It’s only treason if you lose.

Morrigan Crow may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the mystical Wundrous Society, but her journey into Nevermoor and all its secrets has only just begun. And she is fast learning that not all magic is used for good.

Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She’s hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery – but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan’s unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor?

Worst of all, people have started to go missing. The fantastical city of Nevermoor, once a place of magic and safety, is now riddled with fear and suspicion…

Listening to:

If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough. Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard. With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for. Except for a boyfriend. Or a husband. But who needs either one of those?

hoping TO read:

 

 

Just Finished:

Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

Most people would describe Katherine Berger as a responsible girl with a big heart, a loyal friend who takes care of those close to her, and the possessor of a wicked sense of humor. There was something about her that most people didn’t know. “My name is Kat Berger, and I love porn.”

When twenty-five-year-old Kat is dragged to a porn convention by her best friend, she’s both embarrassed and nervous. The last thing she ever expected was to meet someone who makes her laugh like no other. This is a story about acceptance and friendship, and a love born out of the most unexpected of places.

When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Due to a series of lies and coincidences, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life.

Lottie is thrust into the real world of royalty – a world filled with secrets, intrigue and betrayal. She must do everything she can to help Ellie keep her secret, but with school, the looming Maradovian ball and the mysterious new boy Jamie, she’ll soon discover that reality doesn’t always have the happily ever after you’d expect…

A thrilling world of parties, politics and bad ass princesses, this is the first book in the brand new series THE ROSEWOOD CHRONICLES.

Last week on the blog:

 

Sunday Shelve It!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Bookish Podcasts

Hosting The Ultimate Author Dinner Party

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY:  99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

REVIEW: The Wall of Winnipeg And Me by Mariana Zapata 5/5 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Shelve It!

Brought to you (and me) by Magan & Estelle @  Rather Be Reading

*Note: this is a month’s worth of books being shelved – including books brought on vacation.

 

FOR REVIEW (Ebook)

 

 

 

FOR REVIEW (PRINT)

 

Wunder is gathering in Nevermoor …

Morrigan Crow may have defeated her deadly curse, passed the dangerous trials and joined the mystical Wundrous Society, but her journey into Nevermoor and all its secrets has only just begun. And she is fast learning that not all magic is used for good.

Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She’s hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery – but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan’s unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor?

Worst of all, people have started to go missing. The fantastical city of Nevermoor, once a place of magic and safety, is now riddled with fear and suspicion…

It had been two long years since Lincoln Callahan had found himself in front of the gates to Stringybark Creek. He was in the army then – a lifetime ago. Linc had always been the unsettled Callahan, looking for danger, the one who couldn’t wait to leave the family farm.

This time he was back for his little sister, Hadley’s, wedding. From far and wide, the Callahan relatives were streaming toward Stringybark Creek.

Linc’s little brother, Griffin, was the steady son, the one who stayed at home, the one who did the right things. And now, the one who had feelings for city-girl, Cash Sullivan.

For Cash, the offer to manage her best friend’s luxury beauty spa tucked away in the country had come at the right time. She knew she needed to make smarter choices in her life, starting with the men she dated, and an enforced break in the country seemed the right way to consider her options.

When Linc sets eyes on Cash at a family dinner, their swift attraction floors him. But Cash is his brother’s girlfriend…what was he thinking?

As Linc, Griff and Cash form an uneasy triangle, each of them have personal demons to face before they can open their hearts.

Purchased (Print)

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“Rock is alive and rolling like thunder in “Next to Normal.” It’s the best musical of the season by a mile…an emotional powerhouse with a fire in its soul and a wicked wit that burns just as fiercely.”–“Rolling Stone”

“No show on Broadway right now makes as a direct grab for the heart–or wrings it as thoroughly–as “Next to Normal” does. . . . [It] focuses squarely on the pain that cripples the members of a suburban family, and never for a minute does it let you escape the anguish at the core of their lives. “Next to Normal” does not, in other words, qualify as your standard feel-good musical. Instead this portrait of a manic-depressive mother and the people she loves and damages is something much more: a feel-everything musical, which asks you, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts.”–Ben Brantley, “The New York Times”

Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre, “Next to Normal” is also available in an original cast recording. It was named Best Musical of the Season by “Rolling Stone,” “The Washington Post,” “Los Angeles Times,” and “The New York Times.”

Brian Yorkey received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Original Score for his work on “Next to Normal” and was also nominated for Best Book of a Musical. His other credits include “Making Tracks” and “Time After Time.”

Tom Kitt received two 2009 Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations for “Next to Normal.” He also composed the music for “High Fidelity” and “From Up Here.” His string arrangements appear on the new Green Day album “21st Century Breakdown,” and he is the leader of the Tom Kitt Band.

Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Filled with magic and fierce emotion, Lisa Jensen’s multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.

They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier’s cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was. Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

This definitive retrospective of Friends incorporates interviews, history and behind-the-scenes anecdotes to offer a critical analysis of how a sitcom about six twentysomethings changed television forever

When Friends debuted in 1994, no one expected it to become a mainstay of NBC’s Must See TV lineup, let alone a global phenomenon. In the years since, Friends has gone through many phases of cultural relevancy, from prime-time hit to 90s novelty item to certified classic. Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe have entered the pantheon of great television characters, and millions of people around the globe continue to tune in or stream their stories every day.

I’ll Be There for You is the definitive retrospective of Friends, exploring all aspects of the show from its unlikely origins to the elusive reasons why we still watch it. Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller relives the show’s most iconic moments, analyzes the ways in which Friends is occasionally problematic and examines the many trends it inspired, from the rise of coffee-shop culture to Friendsgivings to the ultimate 90s haircut, the Rachel.

Weaving incisive commentary, revelatory interviews and behind-the-scenes anecdotes involving high-profile guest stars, I’ll Be There for You is the most comprehensive take on Friends, and the ultimate book for fans everywhere.

 

Purchased (Ebook)

 

A comprehensive collection of all short stories, deleted scenes, and special features from the Knitting in the City series.

Includes:
**Janie and Quinn**
-Deleted (love) Scene from ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ (new)
-Interview with Janie and Quinn (shared on a blog 2014)
-Short entitled, ‘Neanderthal Seeks Honeymoon’ (shared in ‘Scenes from the City,’ free or $.99 limited release 2015)
-Short entitled, ‘Neanderthal Seeks Baby, part 1’ (shared in newsletter, 2016)
-Short entitled, ‘Neanderthal Seeks Baby, part 2’ (shared in newsletter, 2017)

**Elizabeth and Nico**
-Deleted Scene from ‘Friends Without Benefits,’ Original Opening (new)
-Deleted Scene from ‘Friends Without Benefits,’ Not so nice Nico (new)
-Deleted Scene from ‘Friends Without Benefits,’ Hunting an Elk (new)
-Deleted Scene from ‘Friends Without Benefits,’ Original Confrontation (new)
-Short entitled, ‘Most-Definitely-With Benefits’ (shared in ‘Scenes from the City,’ free or $.99 limited release 2015)

**Sandra and Alex**
-Short entitled, ‘Hacking the Hacker’ (shared in ‘Scenes from the City,’ free or $.99 limited release 2015)
-Short entitled, ‘The Junior Hackers Society’ (new)

**Ashley and Drew**
-Deleted Scene from ‘Beauty and the Mustache’ Furry Purse (shared on a blog 2014)
-Deleted Scene from ‘Beauty and the Mustache’ Eavesdropping (shared on a blog 2014)
-Short entitled, ‘A Winston Christmas’ (shared in newsletter 2015)
-Short entitled, ‘Beauty and the Beard’ (shared in ‘Scenes from the City,’ free or $.99 limited release 2015)

**Fiona and Greg**
-Deleted Scene from ‘Ninja at First Sight’ Greg’s Point of View (new)
-Extra feature, Greg’s Valentine’s letter to Fiona (shared on a blog 2016)

**Marie and Matt**
-Short entitled, ‘Dirty Talk is for Parties’ (shared on a blog 2017)

**Kat and Dan**
-Extra feature, Dan’s Creative Curse Words (new)
-Novella entitled, ‘Scenes from the Hallway’ (shared 2018, free limited release)
-Extra feature, Dan’s Valentines Letter to Kat (shared on a blog 2018)
-Deleted Scene from ‘Marriage of Inconvenience’ Crying Material (shared on a blog 2018)
-Deleted Scene from ‘Marriage of Inconvenience’ Astronaut Specialist (new)

A Christmas story that packs a punch…

It’s Shelby Yule’s job to make sure the office Christmas party was a success. That means no dodgy Kris Kringle presents, no one gets too sloshed, and there are definitely no dance floor injuries. Never did she think she’d have to worry about the shy new guy, her inappropriate crush, starting a fight.

Adam Tide can’t help it if his job as the lead coder means he has a better relationship with his project management software than his human colleagues, but that doesn’t mean he’s unaware of Felix, head of HR, and the way he treats Shelby. Adam has suffered a whole twelve months of Felix being a dick and after one over–warm beer he just can’t take it anymore.

Decking Felix lands Adam in the Emergency Room, and likely the unemployment line, but since Shelby’s New Year’s resolution is to go after what she wants most, there’s still a chance this season will be jolly.

purchased (Audiobooks)

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of TheChicSite.com founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.

Founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.

Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.

From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son’s request that she buy a necklace to “be like the other moms,” Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.

 

REVIEW: The Wall of Winnipeg And Me by Mariana Zapata

Published: 28th February 2018

Publisher: Self Published

Pages: 673

Format: Audiobook and ebook (Purchased)

RRP: $5.03 AUD for the ebook | $44.79 for print (from Amazon)

5/5 Stars

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

This book … this book is everything.

I’m starting to understand that you can always make time for the things that matter.

The Wall of Winnipeg And Me is a swoon worthy romance from the QUEEN of the slow burn, Mariana Zapata. Touted as perhaps Zapata’s most well known and loved book to date, The Wall of Winnipeg And Me comes in at a whooping 673 pages of divine writing, sexual chemistry and just beautiful writing and characters.

Aiden Graves is one of the country’s most successful and well known defensive footballers, but  no one really knows the man behind the name … except perhaps for Vanessa Mazur, Graves’ personal assistant. On a daily basis, her life revolves around his every grunt, whim and need; covering everything from cooking his many daily vegetarian meals, to managing his email and social media accounts, knowing his daily schedule, handling his manager from hell and rescheduling and dealing with the fall out when Graves chooses not to attend his public events. One could say Vanessa lives and breathes Aiden’s life, all without a single thanks or smile in acknowledgement from the big man himself. Fed up and pushed too far one day, Vanessa walks away from Graves for good only to find the man at her door step weeks later begging for her to come back. Desperate Graves makes an offer that Vanessa can’t ignore, but is the cost too high? And how will her pride handle working under the most insufferable and thankless man she has ever meet before?

Aiden Graves lives and breathes football. For as long as he can remember, the sport that he doesn’t even particularly like has ruled every moment and movement of his life.Until it doesn’t. When his personal assistant of two years, Vanessa Mazur , leaves suddenly and without warning, Graves finds his mind straying from the single-minded course of football and his life in disarray. Promising the one thing he knows she can’t refuse, will he win her back to work? And what will it cost him in the long run?

I LOVED Vanessa and Aiden’s story. Right from the book’s opening I was sucked into their crazy world of non-stop football training and harsh fitness regiment. As something so far so removed from my own, it was both fascinating and so alien to me, but it felt so real and tangible all at the same time. More importantly though, watching this enemies-to-lovers story and marriage-of-convenience story unfold before my very on eyes was a truly magical experience. Zapata’s narrative is not only larger than life, but it’s honest and real and just breath taking. The sexual chemistry sizzles away unexpectedly and unhurriedly in this book, allowing the characters to literally fall in love before your eyes as they first get to know each other as people, before becoming friends and eventually lovers.

“I don’t know,” I stuttered, “Do you love me?”
His gaze was so intent the entire world seemed to stop. “You tell me. I never stop thinking about you. I worry about you all the time. Every beautiful thing I see reminds me of you. I can’t finish my practices in Colorado with out wishing you were around,” he said in a steady tone. “You tell me what I feel.”

While The Wall of Winnipeg And Me is clearly a sports romance book, I truly believe this is a book for readers of all backgrounds and tastes because of its authenticity, honesty and the connection between the characters that is neither instant or forced. In fact, if you open ANY of Zapata’s books, the one thing you know you can always count on is that within the pages is one hell of a good story where two characters from very different walks of life will meet and slowly but surely fall in love in the most earth-shattering, swoon inducing story you will have read in a LONG time.

Honestly, I don’t want to give too much away with this one, so do yourself a favor and hunt down a copy ASAP. You will not be disappointed.

 

To purchase a copy of The Wall of Winnipeg And Me, visit the following online retailers:

Amazon Aus | Amazon US | Amazon Ca | Amazon UK | Audible | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository |

 

To learn more about Mariana Zapata, visit the following social media pages:

Mariana Zapata Website | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

 

 

Waiting On Wednesday: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Weekly Meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

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: 8th January 2019

Readers and critics alike raved over USA Today bestselling author Sally Thorne’s smash hit debut novel, The Hating Game—which sold in over 20 countries. Now she’s back with an unforgettable romantic comedy about a twin sister and brother struggling over an inheritance—and the sexy best friend who comes between them.

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

… If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska, aka the best man on Earth, not in looks, brain or heart. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend.

Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. One percent of Tom has had to be enough for Darcy, and her adoration has been sustained by his shy kindness. And if she’s honest, his tight t-shirts.

Now Darcy’s got three months left to get her life together, before her twin insists on selling the tumble-down cottage they inherited from their grandmother. By night, she’s working in a seedy bar, shooting down lame pickups from bikers. By day, she’s sewing underwear for her best friend and wasting her award-winning photography skills on website shots of pens and novelty mugs. She’s enjoying living the messy life, and a glass of wine or ten… until that one night, when she finds a six-foot-six perfect package on her porch.

Tom’s here, he’s bearing power tools—and he’s single for the first time in a decade.

As a house flipper extraordinaire, Tom has been dispatched by Jamie to give the cottage a drastic facelift that will result in a ton of cash. Darcy doesn’t appreciate Tom’s unsentimental approach to knocking down walls, and he really, really doesn’t approve of her current burnout boyfriend. They can’t be in the same room together without sparks flying- and it’s not the faulty wiring. One bedroom wall separates them at night, and even that’s looking flimsy.

Will Tom ever see Darcy as anything other than a little-sister obstacle to get around? And can she stand up to her most formidable opponent—her twin? This time around, she’s determined to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers, and he’s never managed to say no to her yet…

Hosting The Ultimate Author Dinner Party

Surprise! You are hosting the world’s most epic dinner party and you are able to invite just TEN of your favourite authors to attend the prestigious event. Who do you invite?

A couple of weeks ago on facebook, I asked if you could meet any author in the world, who would you choose? Today, I’m upping the ante and your are hosting the event of the lifte time with ten of your favourites (living or dead, because nothing is ruining this fantasy dinner party!)

To be honest, I thought it would be super easy to answer this question, but alas narrowing it down to  just ten authors was a lot harder than I ever expected. Thankfully I’m fortunate enough to have been able to attend a number of author events, writers festivals and even hosted a couple of events at work that I’ve meet many of the authors who first sprang to mind. So here is my list.

JK Rowling

Kristen Ashley

Sarah J Maas

Jane Austen

Honey Brown

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Becky Albertalli

Marissa Meyer

John Green

Nick Bland

Remember to play along and leave your list in the comments below!