Waiting On Wednesday: Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

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.


Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

Published by: Walker Books Australia

Expected Publication: 1st April 2018


“We don’t pick and choose what to be afraid of. Our fears pick us.”

Tash Carmody has been traumatised since childhood, when she witnessed her gruesome imaginary friend Sparrow lure young Mallory Fisher away from a carnival. At the time nobody believed Tash, and she has since come to accept that Sparrow wasn’t real. Now fifteen and mute, Mallory’s never spoken about the week she went missing. As disturbing memories resurface, Tash starts to see Sparrow again. And she realises Mallory is the key to unlocking the truth about a dark secret connecting them. Does Sparrow exist after all? Or is Tash more dangerous to others than she thinks?

“A beautifully crafted psychological thriller. I couldn’t put it down.” Fleur Ferris



Waiting On Wednesday: A Place With Heart by Jennie Jones

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.

A Place To Stay was one of my favourite reads the year it released, so I’m super excited that were back continuing with this series.

A Place With Heart by Jennie Jones

Published by: Harlequin Australia

Expected Publication: 19th March 2018

Can three misfits build a family in this remote Australian town?

Jaxine Brown has made a good life for herself with her café and her animal rescue shelter in Western Australian outback town, Mt Maria. But the homecoming of her secret teenage daughter, Frances, changes everything. At only seventeen, Jax was coerced to give up the baby to Frances’s father and his wife. Finally, she has a chance to make it right for her resentful and awkward teenager, and hasn’t got time to think about the recently returned handsome former detective, who inexplicably disappeared in the middle of their only date last year.

Detective Senior Sergeant Jack Maxwell arrives in Mt Maria, seemingly back in uniform as Officer In Charge, while his mate Senior Sergeant Luke Weston is on leave. But Jack’s real purpose is investigating suspicion of drug trafficking and the man they’re watching works in the closest mine to the town. He expects to have this case wrapped up in four weeks, and feels he can take his time, not only with the case but also with Jaxine Brown, the woman he hasn’t been able to get out of his mind.

When graffiti and vandalism escalate in an issue involving stolen animals, Jax and Frances are unwittingly drawn into a mystery that suggests a connection to the same mine Jack has under surveillance. Can Jack get to the bottom of the furtive goings-on, and do whatever it takes to protect the would-be family that’s wound its way into his heart?

A new outback romance from the bestselling author of The Swallow’s Fall series.

RELEASE DAY BLOG TOUR: The Hook-Up Experiment by Emma Hart


By Emma Hart

Release Day – March 13


1.Hate-screw my high school nemesis.

2.Remember to hate him.

3.Prove my brother wrong.

It should be easy.

It isn’t.


As the owner of Pick-A-Dick, New Orleans’ premier hook-up website, my job is simple. Connect two people for a no-strings, no-expectations hook-up. The plus for my clients is that I’m the one who gets to sift through the dick pics—except this time, they’re required.

My problem? My brother, co-owner of Pick-A-Dick’s sister dating site, doesn’t believe it’s possible to hook up with someone three times and not fall in love. 

I disagree. I know it’s possible.

And my disagreement is exactly how I end up reconnected with my high school nemesis, Elliott Sloane. The guy who asked me to junior prom and then stood me up. Who egged my car when I rejected him, and convinced my senior homecoming date to ghost me. 

It should be easy to hate-screw him. If only he was still that person, instead of a hot-as-hell single dad, working as a builder to make ends’ meet, fighting for custody of his daughter.

Not to mention packing in the pants department…


Three hook-ups.

One outcome.


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About Emma Hart

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.




“Is she okay with that juice?” Peyton watched her go.

I selected the Blu-ray from the cupboard and shot a smirk her way. “Sorry to break it to you, but you’re getting a juice box.”

“I can live with that.”

I turned away and hit the eject button on the player. “You didn’t have to say yes to her, you know.”

“Of course, I had to. Have you seen those eyes? How do you say no to her, ever?”

“I think of all the times she screams and swings her arms like a tiny terrorist, and it’s pretty easy.” I put the disk in and turned around.

Peyton had one eyebrow raised. “See, now, I’d think that’s reason to say no.”

“It depends on the day. Sometimes it results in her being put to bed to calm down, which means she ends up taking a rare afternoon nap, and I get some peace and quiet.”

“That’s a thing around her? She was talking to me for thirty minutes flat about what I did and didn’t like.”

“Only thirty minutes? Lucky you. She has about three hours of material of that.” I took a seat on the sofa, making sure to leave space between us for Bri. “Did she get started on hedgehogs yet?”

Peyton looked a little confused. “Hedgehogs?”

“YouTube is the devil.”

“That…was quite the jump in subject.”

I laughed as the main menu music hit on the TV. “I’m going to preface this by saying kids are weird.”

“Some get that from their parents.”

I blinked at her for a second. She wasn’t wrong if half these people who had a mini-career opening fucking toys on YouTube were parents.

“There are a bunch of stupid videos on YouTube, and apparently, watching people open toys is thrilling.”

Now, she looked really confused.

“And on one of those she watched, the person had a pet hedgehog who wasn’t having the nonsense of her opening a Hatchimal on camera, so it stole the egg.”

She blinked several times in quick succession. “I have no idea what you just said, and if I’m honest… Please don’t explain it.”

I laughed and hit play on the TV.

“Here’s your dooce-box,” Briony said, handing Peyton two. “And das mine. I can’t do the straws.”

“Oh. Right. Okay.” Peyton looked at the two juices that had been thrust at her.

Smiling, I took one from her. I pulled the straw off the back, out of the tiny plastic slip, and poked it through the foiled hole in the top. “There you go,” I said to Briony. “What do you want for dinner?”

She put the straw in her mouth and pursed her lips as she sucked the juice up. Peyton watched her, lips twitching, as she put her straw in place.

“Pizza!” Briony announced.

Oh no. I’d eaten too much pizza lately.

Was there such a thing as too much pizza?

Maybe if the toppings were changed up…

“Peydon, do you want pizza?” Bri asked, leaning right into her.

“I like pizza,” she replied, smiling sweetly down at her. “What’s your favorite?”

“I like spots and cheese.”


I coughed on my water. “Pepperoni,” I explained. “They look like spots on the pizza.”

Peyton’s eyes met mine for a minute. Silent laughter shone back at me. That really was toddler logic at its finest.

“You know,” she said, looking down at Peyton. “Spots are my favorite, too!”

Once again, Briony gasped. “Reawy?”

“Really, really. I love spots.”

Oh, Jesus.

It might have been a mistake introducing these two. Not only was my daughter becoming increasingly obsessed with someone who seemed to be a brunette, adult version of her…

No, that was the problem. Peyton was the brunette, adult version of Briony, attitude and all—and if there was anything my daughter didn’t need, it was someone who could teach her a thing or ten about sarcasm.

“I’ll order pizza,” I said, going to stand.

“Oh, you got it last time. I’ll go call them.” Peyton put her juice on the side table and tried to move, but Briony stopped her.

“No. Mimi told me that only gentlemen buy dinner. Princesses sit and look priddy.”

Peyton looked down at her. “Sit and look pretty? I like to buy my own pizza sometimes, and that’s okay.”

Without missing a beat, Briony said, “Princesses sit and look priddy so the mens buying dinner don’t know dat we can kick dere butts.”

Top Ten Tuesdays: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s topic was: Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

As someone who more often than not has a love-hate-relationship with poetry (leaning more towards hate), this book was a complete surprise for me. I randomly picked it up to read not all that long ago and absolutely devoured it. I cringed in parts, was utterly uncomfortable in others, and angry yet again. But I found myself nodding along more often than not, and there was this indescribable feeling of belonging and comfort as well.

Kylie Scott has been a must buy author for me for a long time now. While I brought this one quickly, it took me a long time to actually get around to reading it. I went in thinking I knew what the story was about and was completely blown away in a good way by this story. Scott creates characters that are oh so real, who sweep into your life and completely ruin you.

I’ve read a number of John Green books so far, and I never thought one would take the place of The Fault In Our Stars. While I’m not sure if this one does over take it, it definitely sits on par with TFIOS for me. This book is so completely raw, and you can literally see the parts of John Green put of himself on the page. The book is confronting, difficult, raw, and oh so rewarding in a way that will break your heart and leave you with a glimmer of hope, love and a sense of something better just beyond the corner.

This is the first book by Tess Woods that I’d read, but it definitely will not be the last. This book is …. everything. Completely topical with current world events and Australian politics, but its about so much more that I truly struggle to break down why it spoke to me so much and why everyone should read it STAT, just know that you should.

I had no idea where this book was going, but I was so there for the ride. This cover doesn’t do much for me ( I am no where close to the intended audiences age though, and I admit, it works for them), but the story is engaging, and I am so intrigued to where Jessica Townsend is going to take the rest of this series.

This was the stand out book for me in 2017. All I’m going to say about it here, is that you need to read it!

This book was, and still is, a stand out book for me. I read it years ago and it sparked a whole new genre that I simply can’t get enough.

This wasn’t my first Marchetta novel, but it’s THE novel that sparked my obsessions with audio books and left me reeling head first into one of the longest book hangovers I’ve ever had. 

Written with sheer panic and fear on the page, this book is yet another stand out for me. While the Bronze Horseman is still perhaps my favourite Paulliana Simons book, this one was the most eye opening and surprising book. It’s raw, gripping, and utterly terrifying. I loved it.

And my final book in this list is yet another poetry book, because I’m still utterly shocked and surprised that I’m reaching for poetry and loving it. It’s moving, and encompassing and just … everything.

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 unexpectedly had a surprise three day long weekend at the beginning of last week and I smashed out books left right and centre. For some one who really struggled to read in January as I was so burnt out from reading and work, this has finally made me feel like I’m back on track and rekindled my love of reading and books. I think switching up formats and styles has helped to get me back on track and I’m super excited to see what the rest of the year brings.

Out of everything I read last week, I highly encourage everyone to read THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomson and if you have young kids, WE ARE ALL WONDERS by R J Palacio. Both of these books are extraditonary books that speak to the heart and basis of humanity in both positive and negative ways. They are books to be experienced, and I can’t implore enough that you need to read them!


Currently Reading:




‘THIRTEEN is my favourite read of the year.’ Sarah Pinborough

‘Outstanding.’ Lee Child

‘Smart and original. This is a belter of a book.’ Clare Mackintosh


They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife.

This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn.

All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom?

What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?


Listening to:


There are three things you need to know about Sandra Fielding: 1) She makes all her first dates cry, 2) She hasn’t been kissed in over two years, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Sandra has difficulty removing her psychotherapist hat. Of her last 30 dates, 29 have ended the same way: the man sobbing uncontrollably. After one such disaster, Sandra–near desperation and maybe a little tipsy–gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Argumentative, secretive, and hostile Alex may be the opposite of everything Sandra knows is right for her. But now, the girl who has spent all her life helping others change for the better, must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.

This is a full-length, 110k word novel and is the third book in the Knitting in the City series. All books in the series can be read as a standalone.

hoping TO read:

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, reclusive mountain man, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.

This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series.




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Waiting On Wednesday: Forgotten Women – The Leaders by Zing Tsjeng

Top Ten Tuesdays: Favourite Book Quotes 2 – Quotes About Books

Top Ten Tuesdays: Favourite Book Quotes

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sunday Shelve It!

Waiting On Wednesday: Forgotten Women – The Leaders by Zing Tsjeng

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.

I’m  actually really excited to read this new series by Zing Tsjeng about all the forgotten women throughout history. The first book in the series is The Leaders, with other titles to follow including: The Scientists scheduled for release on the same day,

Forgotten Women: The Leaders by  Zing TSjeng

Published by: Cassell, Imprint of Hachette

Expected Publication: 13th March 2018

The 48 influential and rebellious female leaders that history should never have forgotten.

FORGOTTEN WOMEN is a new series of books that uncover the lost herstories of influential women who have refused over hundreds of years to accept the hand they’ve been dealt and, as a result, have formed, shaped and changed the course of our futures. From leaders and scientists to artists and writers, the fascinating stories of these women that time forgot are now celebrated, putting their achievements firmly back on the map.

THE LEADERS weaves together 48* unforgettable portraits of the true pioneers and leaders who made huge yet unacknowledged contributions to history, including Grace O’Malley, the 16th century Irish pirate queen; Sylvia Rivera, who spearheaded the modern transgender rights movement; and Agent 355, the unknown rebel spy who played a pivotal role in the American Revolution. Chapters including Rebels; Warriors; Rulers; Activists and Reformers shine a light on the rebellious women who defied the odds, and the opposition, to change the world around them.

*The number of Nobel-prize-winning women.

Top Ten Tuesdays: Favourite Book Quotes 2 – Quotes About Books


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s topic was: Favourite Book Quotes

So I have a confession to make. I adore quotes. I love them. So this week’s TTT was both amazing and terribly daunting to me, as I had to narrow it down to just TEN quotes…. so I’m cheating and doing two posts. My first TTT post today was about quotes FROM books, and this post is quotes ABOUT books.

  • She reads book as one would breathe air, to fill up and live – Anne Dillard
  • Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • A book is a dream you can hold in your hands – Neil Gaiman
  • Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up heart and soul – Joane Harris
  • Words are the most powerful things there are. Words change thoughts, and thoughts change actions, and actions change the world – Megan Jacobs, Yellow
  • A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies – George R R Martin
  • I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book – J K Rowling
  • The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go – Dr Suess
  • Words are life – Mark Zusak, The Book Thief
  •  But Books are more than words and ink.They can make you laugh and weep…

    They can help you go to sleep…

    Books can make you really clever…

    … and they stay with you forever.

    But the very best thing a book can do …

    … is to be read and loved by YOU.

     – Not Just A Book … by Jeanne Willis (Author) & Tony Ross (Illustrator)

    And an honorary mentions to:


  • That moment when you read a line that is so beautiful you just close the book and stare at the wall for a moment. – unknown.
  • Reading forces you to be quiet in a world that no longer makes place for that. – John Green
  • It’s likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read. – Lemony Snicket
  • Picking five favourite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose. – Neil Gaiman