Saving Wishes Box Set on Sale For Just $0.99!

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of everything G.J. Walker-Smith writes. I’ve devoured every single one of her books, and have them as both ebooks and paperbacks because the stories mean so much to me. So when I heard that she was doing an extra special sale on the boxset featuring the first three books and a novella, I knew I had to share in here.

If you are a fan of contemporary romance, small town romance or YA/NA, then these books are totally for you. Full of larger than life characters with big personalities and easily identifiable, but special settings they are sure to capture your attention (and heart) right from the very first book. I know they did for me. Also the box set is just 99cents! That’s a bargain no matter which way you look at it, so go and grab yourself a copy ASAP! You won’t regret it, I promise.

Box set of the first three books and novella in the #1 internationally bestselling Wishes Series.

(Complete story with HEA)

Saving Wishes (Book 1 of the Wishes Series)
*iBooks Best Of 2013 Breakout Book Of The Year (Au & NZ)*

For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.
She’s been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she’s stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.

Thankfully, it’s temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls.

When Adam Décarie arrives in town, all the way from New York, life takes an unexpected turn. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing: fate brought him to her.

Saving Wishes is the story of a girl who doesn’t quite fit the life she’s living, and the boy who helps her realise why.

Second Hearts (Book 2 of the Wishes Series)
Storm Shells (Book 3 of the Wishes Series)
Bonus novella: Sand Jewels (Book 2.5 of the Wishes Series)

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Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2016 (AWW2016): Update 11 (November)

*Click on the book’s title to be taken to its Goodreads entry or on reviewed to see my review.

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2016 (AWW2016):

Read 50. Review: 40.

Read: 57/50

Review: 33/40

  1. The Grass is Greener by Loretta Hill (REVIEWED)
  2. Seducing His Enemy’s Daughter by Annie West (REVIEWED)
  3. The Reluctant Jillaroo by Kaz Delaney (REVIEWED)
  4. Darkest Place by Jaye Ford (REVIEWED)
  5. Thorne by Charlotte McConaghy (REVIEWED)
  6. Escaping Mr Right by Avril Tremayne (REVIEWED)
  7. Captive Prince by C.S Pacat
  8. Prince’s Gambit by C.S Pacat
  9. King’s Rising by C.S. Pacat
  10. A Vow To Secure His Legacy by Annie West
  11. My Friend Ernest by Emma Allen and Illustrated by Hannah Sommerville (REVIEWED)
  12. Cyclone by Jackie French & Illustrated by Bruce Whatley (REVIEWED)
  13. Something Wonderful by Raewyn Caisley and illustrated by Karen Blair (REVIEWED)
  14. Moon Dance by Jess Black
  15. Frankie by Shivaun Plozza (REVIEWED)
  16. Yellow by Megan Johnson (REVIEWED)
  17. Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Forstier (REVIEWED)
  18. Blow Me A Kiss by Karen Collum & Illustrated by Serena Geddes (REVIEWED)
  19. Dandelions by Katrina McKelvey & illustrated by Kirrili Longergan (REVIEWED)
  20. Don’t Think About Purple Elephants by Susan Whelan & Gwynneth Jones (REVIEWED)
  21. Desert Lake: The Story of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre by Pamela Freeman & Illustrated by Liz Anelli
  22. A Soldier, A Dog and a Boy by Libby Hathorn & Illustrated by Phil Lesnie (REVIEWD)
  23. Outside by Libby Hathorn & Ritva Voutila
  24. Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride by Kandy Sheperd
  25. Rose’s Vintage by Katye Nunn
  26. Treasured Secrets by Kendall Talbot
  27. Forward March by Christobel Mattingley (REVIEWED)
  28. The Story Of A Little Goat by Jacque Duffy (REVIEWED)
  29. The Beach They Called Gallipoli by Jackie French & Illustrated by Bruce Whatley (REVIEWED)
  30. Dirty by Kylie Scott (REVIEWED)
  31. Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven
  32. Treasured Lies by Kendall Talbot
  33. Treasured Dreams by Kendall Talbot
  34. Reflection – Remembering Those Who Serve In War by Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg and illustrated by Robin Cowcher (REVIEWED)
  35. Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
  36. Losing Faith by Jennifer Ryder (REVIEWED)
  37. Seeking Faith by Lauren K McKellar (REVIEWED)
  38. Hooker by J.L. Perry (REVIEWED)
  39. Why My Mummy? Kai Shares His Mother’s Experience Of Cancer by Donna & Kai (REVIEWED)
  40. Ruin & Rule – Peppa Winters
  41. Mad Men, Bad Girls  The Guerilla Knitters Institute – Maggie Groff (REVIEWED)
  42. Sin & Suffer – Peppa Winters
  43. Shadow Lily by G.J. Walker-Smith (REVIEWED)
  44. The Flaw In Raffaele’s Revenge by Annie West
  45. OH, ALBERT! by Davina Bell and Illustrated by Sara Acton (REVIEWED)
  46. Fine by Michelle Wright
  47. Elegy by Jane Abbott (REVIEWED)
  48. Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil by Melina Marchetta
  49. The Gobbledygook And The Scribbledynoodle by Justine Clarke, Arthur Baysting and Illustrated by Tom Jellet (REVIEWED)
  50. Nitro’s Torment by Nina Levine
  51. Playing It Cool by Amy Andrews (REVIEWED)
  52. The Vineyard in the Hills by Lily Malone (REVIEWED)
  53. Isadora by Charlotte
  54. Red Dust Dancer by Eva Scott
  55. The Art Of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns (REVIEWED)
  56. A Taste For Kandy by Rhian Cahill (REVIEWED)
  57. Craving Justice by Fiona Archer

REVIEW: Dirty (Dive Bar BK 1) by Kylie Scott

Published: 19th April 2016

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia/ St Martin’s Press

Pages: 288

Format: Ebook – purchased. Will purchase print copy when they arrive in store

RRP: $29.99 – Print | $5.99 – Ebook

5/5 Stars dirty kylie

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty?

Kylie Scott is one of a kind. She’s the only author that I’ve received the book on the day of release and finished it that same day. Well before midnight. I bow down to you Kylie; this book was perfection. It had everything I wanted and more: a good story line, relate-able and realistic characters, romance, humour, and fantastic writing.

Kylie Scott is the queen of unique, hilarious, jaw dropping and page turning openings. And Dirty is no exception. No other author has been able to hook me so completely and so effortlessly as Kylie has done with her last five books (LickPlay, LeadDeep and now Dirty).

Stepping away from the glamour of the Stage Dive Boys, Dirty is a rock star book with a difference. That being one that highlights the other side of the glamour and lights, with bands that splits up, relationships that don’t hold out, and houses that are falling apart and no money to speak off. It’s the heartbreaking story of Vaughan, who we meet briefly in Deep as part of a support act of Stage Dive’s tour), a rock star musician whose band was up and coming and had it all but made, only to be left alone and broken on the other side of fame.

Kylie Scott is renowned for writing romances with relatable characters. She usually includes plus side characters, and ones with pretty big, but every day flaws. In Dirty, the first of a new spin of series from the much loved and highly praised Stage Dive Series, we have Vaughan a man running from his past and unable to see past what could have been’s, and Lydia a women so desperate to be loved that she almost marries the wrong man and is a victim of societies preconceived misjudgments. Both characters have huge personalities that clash and complement each other, and don’t event get me started on the sizzling off the charts chemistry these two share.

Vaughan might not have his shit together, but he’s a grown up and he owns his mistake. All of which makes him the perfect hero and book boyfriend in my mind. He is so caring and it’s not his emotions holding him back from Lydia, but rather their time and place. It’s refreshing. What’s more I adore the way he is with Lydia, constantly telling her he loves her for who she is, not who she could be say she loose a couple of kilos here and there.

‘I didn’t like you trying to hide parts of yourself from me.’ Vaughan stared at the wall. ‘I’m not like that asshole, picking and choosing which bits of you suit him and expecting you to change the rest. I’m into you, Lydia. All of you.’

The respect and acceptance between Lydia and Vaughan is an aspect I personally find lacking in a lot of books across all genres lately, and I’m so relieved that Scott doesn’t have characters that are always stick thin and perfect. The world isn’t that way; people aren’t usually that way, so why must all of the kick arse characters be that way!

I also loved that Lydia and Vaughan don’t buy into the love at first sight thing. But rather crazy at first sight is their thing.

‘Do you believe in crazy at first sight?’

Lines creased above his brow. ‘What?’

‘I’m not down with the whole L-word and I don’t think this, whatever this is, is that. So don’t freak out and suddenly accuse me of being a stage-ten clinger or something, got it?’

‘Okay.’ He looked amused.

‘But what if there was crazy at first sight? Because I think we have a credible basis for that.’

For a moment he just stared at me, obviously deep in thought. ‘I definitely thought you were crazy the first time I saw you, sitting in my shower in that dress.’

INSTA-love is clearly not Vaughan or Lydia’s thing, and I for one I can’t help but love Scott more for that. Especially because witnessing these two characters first meet, get to know each other and their slow dance falling into love was simply beautiful to watch and it made the story so much better for it.

From the moment they meet their world was never going to be the same, nor as quiet, as the week they spend together is fraught with traumatic, and dramatic turn after turn. Yet these dramatic events are still, in many ways, everyday occurrences for some people, so the drama in the book and their relationship felt real and honest and not over the top like a lot of books on the market currently.

Lastly, the tiny cameo by Stage Dive’s favourite drummer, Mal was just the icing on the cake for this already awesome book. As a self confessed lover of the hyperactive Malcolm Ecrisom, the way he was snuck in to the book with the romance book throwaway line was kind of epic. Kylie Scott you are a god among mere mortals.

‘Trust me, never mock a romance book,’ said Mal with all the zest of a manic street preacher. ‘You have no idea the amount of good they can do between the sheets and on the streets. If you love your girl? Buy her books.’

I couldn’t agree more Mal, I couldn’t agree more!

And lastly, one last teaser quote from Lydia, because she is bad arse and so much fun to read.

Apparently the French refer to an orgasm as the little death. However, that didn’t cover it. Try the mass murder of all my hopes and dreams. It shouldn’t have felt so astonishingly mind-numbingly superb to fall for a man who’d never be mine. But it did.

Love Sucks

When I finished the Stage Dive series, I honestly didn’t think Scott could top that series, or create better characters then those from previous books, but you know what? She did. I love Lydia and Vaughan and am so intrigued by the secondary characters in this book that I can’t wait for the second book in the series, Twist to be released in 2017.

 

 

To learn more about Kylie Scott, visit the following social media sites:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Australian Cover

To purchase a copy of the book, visit the following online retailers:

Ebook: Amazon US | Amazon UK | ibooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Print: Book Depository | Wordery | Angus & Robertson’s Bookworld | Booktopia

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REVIEW: The Vineyard In The Hills By Lily Malone

Published: 22nd August 2016 (Originally published as  So Far Into You in October 2015)

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Pages: 248

Format: Paperback

RRP: $29.99

5/5 Stars 

A new Australian rural romance about a millionaire wine tycoon, the woman he betrayed and the second chance neither was looking for…

When she cut her viticulture degree short and moved home, Remy wasn’t thinking about anything more than making the next dollar for her pocket. Working two jobs to keep food on the table and a loan shark from the door, Remy and her mother slowly build a new life together. Then a freak storm tears through the Margaret River Wine Festival — and Seth Lasrey tears through Remy’s life.

Seth is old money. She is no money. He’s the boss. She’s his employee. He is society connections and expectations. She is threats and bad decisions and lost dreams. They seem to be so wrong they can only be right — until a costly mistake and a timely deception drives them apart. Remy picks up the pieces of her life and begins anew. The last thing she expects is Seth to show up in her small town in South Australia, bringing with him memories that she can’t escape and a damaged heart that she’s not sure she can resist.

Previously published in ebook as So Far Into You.

I love that feeling when a book just captures your attention and holds you captive from the first to the very last page. Sadly it’s all too rare to find a book that does simply that these days, but Lily Malone’s  latest release The Vineyard In The Hills  did just that and so much more. I started this book at 11 am and read it straight through without moving. If that doesn’t say how amazing this book is in itself I seriously don’t know what will!

The Vineyard In The Hills by Lilly Malone was everything I could have dreamed the book being and then some. Set firmly in wine country Australia, more specifically the lovely Margaret River region, the book is just as beautiful as it’s picturesque setting. It’s a story about first loves and second chances, about family and loyalties and what it means to have a place that is your very own. It was simply divine!

Much like our protagonist  Remy, I fell head over heels for Seth  early in the book and really enjoyed the story of how the pair fall in love.  In fact the narrative itself was so well written and so descriptive (without being overly descriptive) that it was almost like their story was playing out on a movie screen before my very eyes. And what a romantic story it was!  Remy and Seth just clicked from that very first moment and the pair have crazy chemistry it was electrifying!

I honestly can not recommend The Vineyard In The Hills  more highly enough; the story was refreshing and unique, picturesque and sizzling hot. But more importantly the characters were so down to earth that they could almost be anyone you’d meet on a daily occurrence (well minus Seth’s millionaire status that is).

The Vineyard In The Hills  is the perfect lazy summer day book, or one best read with a glass of your favourite wine on hand.

 

To learn more about Lilly Malone, visit the following social media sites:

Lily Malone’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |

 

To purchase a copy of The Vineyard In The Hills, visit the following online retailers:

Escape Publishing | Booktopia  | Amazon AUS | Amazon US  | iBooks | Kobo | Angus & Robertson | Dymocks |

 

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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

November is such a busy month for me every year that I always struggle to fit everything in. This November has been even more chaotic then normal for me as my best friend got married last week – hence the radio silence – and I was in the bridal party. It was the most magical day and so much fun. But alas there wasn’t much time for reading or blogging so I have so much to catch up on.

With December being ushered in this week, there’s only a couple of days left of NANO and I’m hoping to get my butt into gear and smash out the last 7 thousand or so words so that I hit the 50 thousand word goal in time. I will do this… I will!

 

Currently Reading:

City girl Paula married her lovely farmer, the only problem is he comes with a farm… Another heart-warming rural romance from the queen of Australian story-telling, Tricia Stringer.

Self-reliant Sydney girl, Paula, is looking forward to a new life in the country. Just married to sheep farmer Dan Woodcroft she can’t wait to escape her protective family and exchange her busy existence for a new life down on the farm in rural South Australia.
But life on the farm proves rather different to what she was expecting. Why does everyone talk about the weather all the time? Why does no one seem worried by the mice plague? And how is she supposed to feed all those shearers?

With Dan’s brusque Aunt Rowena to contend with, his gorgeous ex-girlfriend showing up with a grudge, and communication between her and Dan breaking down, Paula begins to question whether she can cope — is the life of a farmer’s wife is really for her? Forecast: stormy weather.

 

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

 

 

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 Hoping to read this week:

In 1934, the three Miss Allens – Ruby, Adeline and Clara – arrive in the seaside town of Remarkable Bay for their annual summer holiday. It’s the last time they’ll spend summers as a family. Adeline is engaged, Ruby is weighing up an offer, and Clara is just eighteen and about to start her life. But by summer’s end, the lives they have known will change irrevocably and a mysterious secret will tear the family apart.

Eighty-two years later, Ruby’s great-granddaughter Roma Harris moves to the now sleepy Remarkable Bay, retreating from tragedy. Roma’s distant cousin Addy arrives too, fleeing a life with too much drama. It’s only when the women discover an old guest book that they start asking questions about the mysterious third Miss Allen. Who was she? Why has she disappeared from the family’s history?

If they solve this mystery from their past, could it change the women’s future?

 

Last week on the blog:

What are you planning on reading this week? Let me know in the comments below🙂

 

 

 

 

Kell’s Bookmark Clique Readers Retreat Take Two: The Hunter Valley

Earlier this year, you might recall that I attended the first ever Kell’s Bookmark Clique Readers Retreat in Ettalong with 23 other book lovers. Well this weekend I’m gearing up to do much the same with the second ever Readers Retreat this time being held in the beautiful Hunter Valley.

This time a group of I think 23 women again are heading to the beautiful Hunter Valley for a three day, two night retreat. For those not in the know, the Hunter Valley is a beautiful area consisting of stunning homesteads and an abundance of vineyards and I really can’t wait to get up to the property we’ve hired from this Friday onwards.

Depending on internet strength etc, I’m going to be keeping my facebook page and Instagram account active with updates throughout the weekend, much like I did last time. So if you want to see what were getting up to, make sure you follow both The Never Ending Bookshelf on Facebook here, and Instagram here.