Now Hosted by Book Date
Is it really Monday again already? Last week flew by and yet it was so bookish full on, there were times I didn’t know what to do with myself! For those looking to join in with the Bindarra Creek Read Along. I’m setting that up this week. So It’s happening!!!
On Wednesday night I was invited to Harlequin Australia’s HQ in Sydney for an exclusive Bloggers only night with Maria V Snyder. I had an absolute blast there and can’t thank Theresa from Harlequin enough for making the whole night possible. As I mentioned in my wrap post on the event (link down below), the event was a really small and intimate affair and it was just so much fun. There was this magical sense of communitiy too from the bloggers in the room and I just loved it. I’m also giving a massive shout out here to the genoristy of two people in the room in particular, the first being Theresa from Harlequin who heard about how I lent my copies of the books out to a friend and never got them back, and gave me a copy of Poison Study, and the second to Rachel from The Rest Is Still Unwritten, who donated me her old ARC copies so I still had a signed copy of the books. Your generosity made a very personally difficult week amazing and I seriously cannot thank either of you enough!
Then on Saturday, Meg and Tom Keneally had an author talk for their book The Soldier’s Curse at one of the local libraries. This event was so much fun. Meg and Tom are two very passionate and friendly lovers of the written word, who talk continuously and candidly with Carolyn Duncan for an hour – but we could have listened to them, and they could have talked for the entire day I think! It was another fantastic book event and it made me so grateful for the opportunities that I have as an avid reader and blogger to go to these events.
Lastly, I know I’ve mentioned it here a lot on the blog in the last five months, but my back still isn’t good. After almost five months with injury the frustration of the situation really got to me this week and I want to shout out a quick, but meaningful thank you, to my support network who kept me going when I all I felt I could do was crash down and stay down. I saw a chiropractor towards the end of the week, so fingers crossed we get some answers and results now….
As the Titanic and her passengers sank slowly into the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, 1912, a nearby ship looked on. Second Officer Herbert Stone, in charge of the midnight watch on the SS Californian sitting idly a few miles north, saw the distress rockets that the Titanic fired. He alerted the captain, Stanley Lord, who was sleeping in the chartroom below, but Lord did not come to the bridge. Eight rockets were fired during the dark hours of the midnight watch, and eight rockets were ignored. The next morning, the Titanic was at the bottom of the sea and more than 1,500 people were dead. When they learned of the extent of the tragedy, Lord and Stone did everything they could to hide their role in the disaster, but pursued by newspapermen, lawyers, and political leaders in America and England, their terrible secret was eventually revealed. The Midnight Watch is a fictional telling of what may have occurred that night on the SS Californian, and the resulting desperation of Officer Stone and Captain Lord in the aftermath of their inaction.
Told not only from the perspective of the SS Californian crew, but also through the eyes of a family of third-class passengers who perished in the disaster, the narrative is drawn together by Steadman, a tenacious Boston journalist who does not rest until the truth is found. The Midnight Watch is a powerful and dramatic debut novel–the result of many years of research in Liverpool, London, New York, and Boston, and informed by the author’s own experiences as a ship’s officer and a lawyer.
Hoping to read this week:
From award-winning author Kendall Talbot comes a new romantic adventure to dive into…
The discovery of The Flying Seahorse, a 13th century shipwreck, nearly killed Archer’s two best friends. Now, with their recovery assured and his fiancée back at his side, Archer can finally hunt for the treasure that has haunted him since his father’s death years before.
Rosalina learned things about herself that she didn’t expect: her capacity to love, her capacity to forgive and her capacity to do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves. Shooting Nox with a spear gun saved Archer’s life, and brought them back together — this time forever. Now she’s with her fiancé, in the beautiful Mediterranean, with a real chance of ending the guilt that’s tortured Archer for two decades.
But Nox isn’t dead, and he hasn’t given up. Archer and Rosalina may believe that they are safe, but nothing could be further from the truth. What once was about treasure is now about revenge — and it’s very, very personal.
Tessa Gibson reluctantly embarks on an elaborate plan to fund her escape from a dangerous collision with her past.
With the help of an isolated country town and the government grant meant to rebuild it, she’ll secure new identities for her and her sickly daughter. Desperate to escape the nightmare stalking them, it never enters her head she’ll fall in love – not only with a cop but an entire community that makes her feel like one of their own.
With his career on shaky ground after his ex-partner is charged with fraud, Constable Dylan Myers (aka Dodge) returns to his hometown of Bindarra Creek. What he finds is a community struggling to survive. When an attractive young woman presents a proposal to the town council, his internal cop radar is activated. Something isn’t adding up about Tessa Gibson. No matter how much she makes his pulse race, Dodge doesn’t need or want any complications – especially in his love-life, which is just fine as it is.
But neither Tessa nor Dodge are a match for his grandmother and her CWA cronies. They’ve got their own ideas on how to draw new life to Bindarra Creek…and not even the monster from Tessa’s past will stop them.
Last week on the blog:
What are you planning on reading this week? Let me know in the comments below 🙂