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EVERYONE knows seventeen-year-old Grace Foley is a
bit mad. She’s a prankster and a risk-taker, and she’s not afraid of anything—except losing. As part of the long-running feud between two local schools in Swanston, Grace accepts a challenge to walk the pipe.

That night she experiences something she can’t explain. The funny girl isn’t laughing anymore. She’s haunted
by voices and visions—but nobody believes a girl who cries wolf.

As she’s drawn deeper into a twenty-year-old mystery
surrounding missing girl Hannah Holt, the thin veil between this world and the next begins to slip. She can
no longer tell what’s real or imagined—all she knows is
the ghosts of Swanston, including that of her own mother, are restless. It seems one of them has granted her an extraordinary gift at a terrible price.

Everything about her is changing—her body, her thoughts, even her actions seem to belong to a stranger. Grace is losing herself, and her friends don’t understand. Is she moving closer to the truth? Or is she heading for madness?

 

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Bridget Jones meets Thelma and Louise in this fresh and very funny romantic comedy, as one woman finds the answers she needs (plus a little love) on a trip into the stunning Australian desert.

When Amber Jones wakes up in her sister Sage’s speeding car, with no idea how she got there (though the hangover is a clue), all she wants to do is go home. But Sage is convinced a road trip to Alice Springs will finally answer the burning question: who is Amber’s father? Because nine months before Amber’s birth, her late mother Goldie made the same trip . . .

Armed with just a name and Goldie’s diaries, Amber agrees to search for a man she’s never met in one of the world’s biggest deserts.

And that means spending two weeks in a convoy of four-wheel-driving tourists and camping in freezing desert nights. To make matters worse, her fellow travellers hate her and the handsome tour leader Tom thinks she’s an alcoholic.

But slowly the desert starts to reveal its secrets – and Amber must decide which horizon to follow . . .

 

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Quinn Hamilton had it all—A grades, a loving family, and a spot on the waitlist for the latest Hermes handbag. The one item left unchecked on her to-do list was her brother’s best friend, Liam, and that was only because Braden was overprotective when it came to his mates.
When tragedy struck, Quinn was left with nothing. Not even the handbag made it.

Three years later, Quinn’s focused on the things that count—getting a steady job, looking after her mother, and playing it safe. Her dreams of working for a fashion magazine haven’t just left the building—they’ve dived into the gutter, never to be touched again.
But when completing a two-week internship in the city, Quinn meets someone who makes her do the one thing she’s been trying desperately to avoid—feel. Will this sexy man who knows so much of her history help her go after what she wants? Or is their brand of passion as outdated as last season’s trends?

She’s running from her past, but her past is running faster.

A kickass home décor boutique – tick
A sassy mouth and absolutely no filter – tick
A wall so strong no man could ever tear it down – tick, tick, tick!

Or so I thought.

Until I meet Detective Ben Hunt, the owner of exquisite blue eyes, a god-like physique and a seductive smirk that makes me weak at the knees. He charges into my life like a force of nature. No matter how hard I try to keep the walls up around my heart, he’s made it his mission to shatter them. I have no chance of resisting him, but I would make sure I won this tug of war.

Which was what I wanted.

Right? When did the idea of losing myself to him start to sound so good?

I wish Ben was the only battle I faced. There’s a reason this small town needs a good detective. One way or another I’m going to have to brace for impact, because no wall I build can stop the new threat thundering toward Monroe.

After all, secrets only stay a secret for so long around here.

 

REVIEW: The Game Player By BJ Harvey

Published: 23rd March 2016

Publisher: Self- Published

Pages: 211

Format: Ebook (Free on Amazon)

RRP: $3.99 – but currently FREE on AMAZON!

4/5 Stars

From the USA Today bestselling author of the Bliss series comes a new spin off series featuring your favorite Bliss series characters who are yet to meet their match.

Matt Taylor’s motto:
“I’m the king of the cut ‘n’ run. I wine them, dine them, then slide inside them, making sure I get up, get dressed and get out before they can even utter the words “second date.”

Mia Roberts’ motto:
“I’m queen of the chase. I meet them, greet them, date them and leave them. A social butterfly, I’m happily single and happy to stay that way.”

The players have been found.

The challenge has been set.

Whatever happens, they’ll soon find out that playing the game can get you played in the best possible way.

Game Player is the first book in the Bliss series by New Zealand author BJ Harvey. It’s a super fast rollicking read that left me smiling from ear to ear and wondering why it took me so long to pick up a BJ Harvey book in the first place!

Game Player is not a sports romance book like I first thought, but rather a fast paced romance between a self confessed man-whore and the girl who got under his skin. The characters are sassy and command attention through their lightening tongues and their soul baring honesty. What I think I loved best about them perhaps was that while the characters did bare their souls, and their incredible strength through out the duration of the novel, neither character permitted themselves to fall victim to stereotypes and they challenged every preconceived notion I might have had going into the book.

Matt Taylor is an Alpha male  with a capital ‘A’.  He is also a man well known by his peers – and let’s face it, perfect strangers – as the ultimate play boy. For years he has no trouble picking up women, using them and moving on. As easy as that …. but when it comes to Mia Roberts, he finds his game lacking it’s usual appeal. Matt was a lot of things in this book, but he was so refreshingly honest and direct that I loved his character almost instantly. He was the type of character who was brave enough to stand out for his differences and I found him not only charming, but compelling as a the hero and lead. It was refreshing to see this type of character not represented as a snarky-but-hot-asshole.

Mia Roberts is one hell of a heroine. Forget your damsel-in-distresses, and lacklustre heroines who take whatever shit the alpha male, or any male for that matter, might dish up to them. Mia is smart, sassy and has a mouth on her that will have you laughing out loud. She takes no shit from anyone, and while she isn’t a player like some, she isn’t looking to settle down any time soon. So why does Matt get under her skin so much? I loved Mia’s character so much. While she didn’t have life all figured out like some, she was willing to try things outside of her comfort zone when allowed to do so on her own time. She was passionate and fiery and fiercely loyally and proud. While there were some scenes that made me cringe at her choice of words, her viper tongue and the way she dealt with situations when she felt she had no control (particular a few of those towards the end of the book), I respected her for her differences.

There wasn’t a lot I didn’t love about this book, in fact I thought for sure it was going to be a 5-star book. But on reflecting the narrative while I sat down to write this review, a little voice nagged at the back of my mind about the pacing of the story. Like I said at the beginning, this book is fast. Like super fast. While the characters have known each other for more than two years, the events happen in the space of a matter of months and some times the characters timeline was hard to comprehend and even at odds with what they were saying. The story also seemed to jump around a bit, like it was missing a couple of scenes that possibility needed to be slotted in at certain points. Then again, maybe that was just me reading it and wanting more. More of the characters, more of the story. More of everything.

As a whole I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get stuck in the rest of the series. The characters were uniquely original and familiar all at once, the setting and plot fiery and fierce and all in all it was a super hot romance that I was sad to see finish (when the story ended naturally ended not because of how it finished!).

To learn more about BJ Harvey, visit the following social media sites:

BJ Harvey’s website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr

To purchase a copy of Game Player visit the following online retailers:

Amazon AUS | Amazon CA | Amazon uk | Amazon Us | BArnes & Noble | Ibooks | Kobo 

 

 

 

 

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

 

This week I’m planning on hitting up the Sydney Writer’s Festival for the YA Day on Saturday and possible a session or two on the Sunday if everything goes to plan. In preparation of the festival, I’m reading Begin, End, Begin the #LoveOzYA anthology and loving it. It’s making me all that more excited to hear some of the authors speak!

In just two weeks time I’m also heading to Kell’s Bookmark Readers Retreat in the picturesque Hunter Valley and I thought it was probably about time I started reading some of my books for the retreat! Every time I choose to not start the books too early because I want them fresh in mind for the retreat, only to leave them almost to the last minute and panic I won’t read them in time. Hopefully with a two week window, I should be a bit better off this time.

Lastly, this week I’m concentrating on my own writing a lot, as I’ve signed up to pitch some of my work to publishers at the CYA conference on the 1st July and I’m petrified right now.

 

Currently Reading:

The YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.

I had never really known the full impact words could make until three words changed my life. “I’m being deployed.” They came out of nowhere and turned my world upside down.

I had so many questions for Alex but instead of asking them, three words slipped off my tongue. “We are done.” I loved this man more than anything but his decision to re-enlist broke me. I didn’t have the strength to live out my worst nightmare… Burying the man I love.

He made his decision. Now it was time to live with mine.

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

hoping TO read:

‘Is there anything that’s concerning you?’ Felicity says. ‘College, home, boyfriends?’ Though she’s more or less smiling at this last one.

I don’t smile. Instead, I feel my face go hot. Silence stretches as wide as an ocean. When I look up, Felicity has this expression on her face like she’s just seen Elvis. Slowly, she leans forward and in a gentle voice I’ve never heard her use before she says, ‘Have you done a pregnancy test?’

When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn’t believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don’t add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls every aspect of how she goes about her daily life. She’s even given her eating disorder a name – Nia. But as the days tick by, Hedda comes to a decision: she and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby is born. 17 weeks, 119 days, 357 meals. She can do it, if she takes it one day at a time …

Heartbreaking and hopeful by turns, Karen Gregory’s debut novel is a story of love, heartache and human resilience. And how the things that matter most can’t be counted. Perfect for fans of Lisa Williamson, Non Pratt and Sarah Crossan.

 

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Eleanor Oliphant is a bit of an odd ball. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. That, combined with her unusual appearance (scarred cheek, sometime wearer of an eczema glove), means that Eleanor has become a bit of a loner – or ‘self-contained entity’ as she calls it. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life and phone chats with ‘Mummy’ (in prison for crimes unknown).

But everything changes when Eleanor falls for the local Hipster-band frontman, Johnnie Rivers. As Eleanor prepares herself for her inevitable union with the object of her desire (appropriate attire, new laptop for Instagram stalking), she inadvertently befriends the new guy from her office, Raymond.

As Eleanor navigates the waters of obsessive love and her long-distance relationship with ‘Mummy’, she realises she can only overcome the horrors of her past if she accepts a little help from Raymond…

Filled with unabashed wit, Eleanor Oliphant follows its quirky and troubled female narrator as she realises that the only way to survive her current state of mind is to open her heart to friendship.

A year ago, a devastating bushfire ripped Annie’s world apart – killing her grandmother, traumatising her young daughter and leaving her mother’s home in the mountains half destroyed. Annie fled back to the city, but the mountain continues to haunt her. Now, drawn by a call for help from her uncle, she’s going back to the place she loves most in the world, to try to heal herself, her marriage, her daughter and her mother.
A heart-wrenching, tender and lovely novel about loss, grief and regeneration, Ache is not only a story of how we can be broken, but how we can put ourselves back together.

Lola Fitzpatrick is bright and ambitious but she’s also headstrong and stubborn. When one evening, out of the blue, she has to make a life-changing choice, she decides quickly and rashly. And without a piece of vital information that might have changed everything.

Lola’s daughter Bey has inherited Lola’s determined nature. Yet her impulsive reactions place her in danger, leading her to run away from what she wants most. And then, one night, she’s standing in front of the man she loves, with her own choice to make…

For both Lola and Bey, everything changes in a moment. But their biggest mistakes might also turn out to be their greatest opportunities…

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s the only money guide you’ll ever need

That’s a bold claim, given there are already thousands of finance books on the shelves.

So what makes this one different?

Well, you won’t be overwhelmed with a bunch of ‘tips’ … or a strict budget (that you won’t follow).

You’ll get a step-by-step formula: open this account, then do this; call this person, and say this; invest money here, and not there. All with a glass of wine in your hand.

This book will show you how to create an entire financial plan that is so simple you can sketch it on the back of a serviette … and you’ll be able to manage your money in 10 minutes a week.

You’ll also get the skinny on:

Saving up a six-figure house deposit in 20 months Doubling your income using the ‘Trapeze Strategy’ Saving $78,173 on your mortgage and wiping out 7 years of payments Finding a financial advisor who won’t rip you off Handing your kids (or grandkids) a $140,000 cheque on their 21st birthday Why you don’t need $1 million to retire … with the ‘Donald Bradman Retirement Strategy’

Sound too good to be true? It’s not.

This book is full of stories from everyday Aussies — single people, young families, empty nesters, retirees — who have applied the simple steps in this book and achieved amazing, life-changing results.

And you’re next.

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Harlequin Romance Readers Survey

 

Harlequin Australia are undertaking a massive survey right now and they need your help to better understand what their branding means to you and how to improve their product – both the packaging and what’s inside.

So if you a romance reader of any type, I highly encourage you to take part in this fantastic opportunity to give the romance giant some valuable feedback. In exchange for your honest, Harlequin are offering up some neat prizes as well 🙂

If you’d like to participate in the survey, click here: http://bit.ly/2q1bgSl

 

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 hosted three author signings across two separate e events last week at work and after pulling as many hours as I could throughout the week at work, I’m still very much exhausted!

Currently Reading:

 

From the USA Today bestselling author of the Bliss series comes a new spin off series featuring your favorite Bliss series characters who are yet to meet their match.

Matt Taylor’s motto:
“I’m the king of the cut ‘n’ run. I wine them, dine them, then slide inside them, making sure I get up, get dressed and get out before they can even utter the words “second date.”

Mia Roberts’ motto:
“I’m queen of the chase. I meet them, greet them, date them and leave them. A social butterfly, I’m happily single and happy to stay that way.”

The players have been found.

The challenge has been set.

Whatever happens, they’ll soon find out that playing the game can get you played in the best possible way.

The YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.

 

By the time this is all over, she’ll know what it’s like to kill, or what it’s like to die.

Mia Morgan doesn’t let anything get to her. After freeing herself from an obsessive boss and saving loved ones from a serial killer, she feels like she can handle anything life throws at her. But now that killer – a deranged hunter who preys on women for sport – is coming for her. And if she runs, others will pay the price. As if that’s not enough, Ben Bowden, the brilliant detective who has made her life hell for the past four years, has some insane plan to protect her. If she collaborates with him, Mia might just have to acknowledge her true feelings. But if she keeps him out, will she let the hunter win?

Ben Bowden is sick of finding dead bodies. If being the lead detective on the biggest case in the country didn’t come with enough pressure, now the psychopath Ben is chasing has Mia Morgan in his sights. And Mia doesn’t want his help. She hasn’t forgiven him for the past, and is being less than cooperative with his investigation. Protecting her is a challenge, and the sparks that fly whenever they’re together aren’t helping. But he has to make her trust him – somehow – because she has a plan that terrifies him to the bone.

Can he convince her to work with him? Or will she risk everything to single-handedly turn the hunter into the hunted?

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‘Is there anything that’s concerning you?’ Felicity says. ‘College, home, boyfriends?’ Though she’s more or less smiling at this last one.

I don’t smile. Instead, I feel my face go hot. Silence stretches as wide as an ocean. When I look up, Felicity has this expression on her face like she’s just seen Elvis. Slowly, she leans forward and in a gentle voice I’ve never heard her use before she says, ‘Have you done a pregnancy test?’

When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn’t believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don’t add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls every aspect of how she goes about her daily life. She’s even given her eating disorder a name – Nia. But as the days tick by, Hedda comes to a decision: she and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby is born. 17 weeks, 119 days, 357 meals. She can do it, if she takes it one day at a time …

Heartbreaking and hopeful by turns, Karen Gregory’s debut novel is a story of love, heartache and human resilience. And how the things that matter most can’t be counted. Perfect for fans of Lisa Williamson, Non Pratt and Sarah Crossan.

 

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