REVIEW: Books Ever After Book Box – December 2018

The perfect indulgence for romance readers

What Is the Books Ever After Book Box?
Books Ever After Book Box is the perfect indulgence for any romance reader.
The Books Ever After Book Box is an Australian produced,pay-as-you-go, romance book box designed for romance readers across a wide variety of genres. Unlike most book boxes, Books Ever After is not a rolling subscription,  each purchase is a one-off deal with boxes offered every 2-3 months.
Cost:   Cost varies by country. See table below.
Payable by: Paypal or direct deposit upon receipt of invoice. Each box is put up for pre-sale before invoices are sent out.
Shipping: Books Ever After ships Australia wide and internationally to New Zealand, UK, and America.
What’s include:
Included in each box is two romance paperbacks. One signed by an Australian author, and one paperback by an international author with a signed bookplate. Both books feature limited edition, never before covers. There is also a variety of swag included in each book ranging, but not limited to bookmarks, lip gloss, ebooks, and special edition, one-of-a-kind items.

My Thoughts:

I was fortunate enough to attend a lunch with a bunch of romance readers late last year where Kat, the organiser of this box attended and spoke a little about the box. What was clear right from the get-go was that the passion and enthusiasm Kat had for the Books Ever After Book Boxes and she came up with the concept because as Aussies, we often miss out on book boxes due to  astronomical shipping costs and exchange rates. What’s more, Romance is largely under represented by the few boxes available in Australia. I was really intrigued by the promise of the boxes, so much so that I ordered the first box, the December box, that very same day.

As a whole, I was really impressed with both the presentation of the Books Ever After box and the content inside.

Shipped in a white padded postage bag, with the big black sturdy box tucked inside, I was relieved to find that the box for this book was rather large. Too many subscription boxes in the past have either tried to jam the book and swag contents into too-small boxes, satchels and once even an envelope; all of which have resulted in destroyed books and items. For this particular box, the protection off the box, and the inside contents, no corners have been cut in order to preserve the items themselves.

I must admit here, that the picture above is not how the box actually arrived. I was so excited after a long day at work to come home and find the box waiting for me that I eagerly ripped into it to see what was inside. I didn’t wait to take photos immediately – I know, rookie mistake – but I can promise you that the contents were packed much neater and well-presented then my half-arsed attempt above.

The books were laid down flat, with the black shredded material over the top and the swag items loosely nestled in and around the shredded protection. The breakable object, and stand out swag item for its uniqueness and creativity was wrapped in a plastic bag as added protection.

 

The two books included in my box were a signed copy of Ashton Scott by Nina Levine (Australian Author) and a paperback of Drive by Kate Stewart (International author)  with a signed bookplate stuck inside the front cover.

I was worried that I might have already purchased one or both of the books that would be included in this box, but was super ecstatic to discover that I had neither read the two books included, or previously brought them. In fact, both books were ones I had been eyeing off and were on my TBR list on goodreads!

In terms of exclusive covers, the covers themselves are foil printed (or rather the titles are foil printed) with a limited print run to the Books Ever After Book Box run.  While I know that is part of the marketing angle of the book box itself, it’s an aspect I can take or leave really; I’m more excited to have two new books that I haven’t read before. The fact that they are both signed (either the book itself or the bookplate inside) is the selling point for me!

I was also surprised to discover a voucher inside the box for an e-copy of Never Never by Lilliana Anderson, bringing the book tally for this book box up to three!

Other swag pieces making up the box included : a Beth Prentice bookmark and lip gloss

an Eden Summers bracelet. The other side of this bracelet reads ‘Romance with a side of sizzle & sarcasm.’

A JA Low door hanger and key ring

Nina Levine included a postcard of her Sydney MC bikers and T. L Swan a postcard advertising her book Green.

Lastly, because it was Christmas and a December gifted box, a Christmas Decoration was included in the box. I’m not sure if all of these items were the same, but I received a purple, glittery, butterfly.

Perhaps though, the most impressive and most unexpected surprise swag was the adorable mini Books Ever After Mug. While somewhat impractical, this is seriously the cutest thing I’ve seen!

I know this particular box costs a lot. Removing the cost of shipping, while lets face it, there is nothing anyone can do about in Australia, the box itself is $50 AUD.  $50 for a one-off book box isn’t cheap, but when you look at the box as a special gift every couple of months and attempt to run some of the numbers, I think the box comes out being a good investment for avid romance readers.

With Indie books ranging anywhere from $15 AUD to $30 AUD at books signings it’s a bit hard to estimate the costs of the paperbacks included in this book themselves. Let’s say they are $15 each though, the included ebook is $6.60 on Amazon Australia, and let’s estimate that adorable little mug to be around $15 printed. Our total already is $51.60, that’s not including the Christmas decoration included in the box, the special edition cover, or the lip gloss and various bookmarks, fridge magnets and marketing material. I think it’s safe to say, us readers come out ahead here.

I think this book box is the perfect way for romance readers who haven’t had the chance to get to one of the bigger indie signings  a brilliant way to get their hands on signed paperbacks that are otherwise a lot trickier to come by.

Besides, I’m using this box, and the Valentine’s Day one that I’ve recently pre-ordered as a gift for myself and a way to introduce me to some new-to-me amazing authors that I may never had heard of or tried before.

The next book box releases in February and is Valentines Day themed. If you, or someone you know would love one of these boxes, be sure to get your pre-order in quick as a recent post on facebook stated that there were only a few boxes left to pre-order for Valentines Day.

If you happen to be going to Books By The Bridge in February, there is an option to pick your box up on the day to save on shipping costs as well.

To learn more about the Books Ever After Book Box, visit the following social media pages:

Books Ever After Website | Facebook

 

 

 

 

Last Chance Reminder: Heart Of The Town Signing is Happening Today!

To celeberate the release of their new rural bindup collection, S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine are having a local book signing and they would love for you to come!


WHO: S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

WHERE: Big W Charlestown

WHAT: Book Signing

WHEN: Saturday 28th July at 10 am

 

Come along on Saturday 28th July at 10 am and say hello to S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine and get your book signed.

 

AUTHOR EVENT REMINDER: Heart of The Town Book Signing

To celeberate the release of their new rural bindup collection, S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine are having a local book signing and they would love for you to come!


WHO: S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

WHERE: Big W Charlestown

WHAT: Book Signing

WHEN: Saturday 28th July at 10 am

 

Come along on Saturday 28th July at 10 am and say hello to S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine and get your book signed.

 

Author Signing: Heart Of The Town Book Signing

To celeberate the release of their new rural bindup collection, S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine are having a local book signing and they would love for you to come!


WHO: S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

WHERE: Big W Charlestown

WHAT: Book Signing

WHEN: Saturday 28th July at 10 am

 

Come along on Saturday 28th July at 10 am and say hello to S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine and get your book signed.

 

Author Event: Heart Of The Town Book Signing With S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K McKellar and Lee Christine

To celeberate the release of their new rural bindup collection, S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine are having a local book signing and they would love for you to come!


WHO: S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

WHERE: Big W Charlestown

WHAT: Book Signing

WHEN: Saturday 28th July at 10 am

 

Come along on Saturday 28th July at 10 am and say hello to S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine and get your book signed.

 

Local Book Signing: S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

To celeberate the release of their new rural bindup collection, S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine are having a local book signing and they would love for you to come!


WHO: S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

WHERE: Big W Charlestown

WHAT: Book Signing

WHEN: Saturday 28th July at 10 am

 

Come along on Saturday 28th July at 10 am and say hello to S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine and get your book signed.

 

Waiting On Wednesday: Heart Of The Town (Mindalby Outback Romance Series) by S.E. Gilchrist, Susanne Bellamy, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

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: Harlequin Australia

Expected Publication: 23rd July 2018

 

Can its determined inhabitants save a dying country town? Four different writers tell the story of Mindalby, a beautiful country town threatened with extinction when its cotton mill closes.

Cotton Field Dreams by S.E. Gilchrist

Sasha comes to the small town of Mindalby to recover from a traumatic event with vengeance on her mind – the last thing she wants is a relationship. Local single dad, Cole, is drawn to this smart determined nurse, but could Sasha’ secrets destroy the relationship before it has begun?

Starting Over by Susanne Bellamy

When fashion designer Serena Quinlan arrives in Mindalby for the annual cotton festival she meets local leather worker Paul Carey and commissions him to create accessories for her designs. Their mutual attraction is powerful, but hampered by Serena’s search for her father and the arrival of her ex–fiance. When Serena uncovers the truth of her birth, will it blow their budding relationship apart?

More than a Promise by Lauren K McKellar

Asher is struggling to keep her head above water. With her job at the real estate agent, her father’s addiction to the bottle, her absentee mother’s increasingly pushy text messages and trying to be a good mum to daughter Dakota, she has no time for relationships…even if Flynn Carmichael is the most beautiful man she’s ever seen.

A Daughter’s Choice by Lee Christine

Lynsey Carter’s relationship with her father is fraught, so when she hears that the cotton mill that is her birthright has closed down (and her father is lying low), she returns to Mindalby to support her mother and seek out answers. Torn between family loyalty and duty to the community and an old passion for Julian Stone, her high school sweetheart, Lynsey has a lot to deal with. More than that, she has built a life for herself away from Mindalby. How can she stay there now?

 

LOCAL AUTHOR SIGNING:

WHO: S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

WHERE: Big W Charlestown

WHAT: Book Signing

WHEN: Saturday 28th July at 10 am

Find Your Tribe And Love Them Hard: The Book Community

It’s Sydney Author Event (SAE) week and this week I’m looking back at the book community and thinking where and how did I find this amazing place.

As a general rule I’m not the kind of person who can just go up to anyone and start chatting, I don’t like going out in town drinking and I prefer to enter a function with at least one other person I know right off the bat (rather than walking in alone and looking lost). I have self confidence issues … and I own that. Anxiety is a thing and overthinking shit thoroughly cripples me at times. And yet, when it comes to the book community, I have  tried to embrace every facet of this crazy world head on and by myself.

Four years ago I brought myself a solo ticket to IAD in Queensland on a whim after hearing that Jessica Shirvington was going to be signing there. I booked a hotel room for one and went to the first ever Indie Authors Down Under Event (hosted by Jodie O’Brien & Jess Savage)  not knowing a soul. I had never meet a single one of the authors signing, and for many of them, I had not yet read their books. It was a spur of the moment decision to book and it’s one I have never ever forgotten. Looking back now, it’s also one that changed my life massively for the better.

I can remember walking into that room utterly terrified, and strangely excited for although I didn’t know a soul there, I knew these were my people. We all loved books and talked about fictional characters as though they were standing right in front of us as  living, breathing people. I got them and they got me. I spent the day mostly on my own, moving from table to table chatting to every single author and buying way more books then my suitcase should be able to carry, I spoke to people I had never meet before (even though inside I was terrified and so anxious and second guessing every single word that came out of my mouth). I’d started my blog prior to this event, but I was so green and had no clue what I was doing as a blogger or even as a reader. To be honest, I still don’t think I do; the only difference is now, I do what I feel is most natural and I talk about the books I want to talk about – rather than signing up for everything and everything under the sun.

I remember sitting alongside Lesley Jones – yes, that Lesley Jones – at the after party dinner and not having a clue who this  astonishingly amazingly and friendly woman was. I remember chatting at length with Abby Glines one-on-one about writing and books  (she is so natural and down to earth). I can recall Rachel Brooke’s one of kind light and bubbly personality welcoming me into the book world and I remember watching Jay McLean giving a speech with the ore organisers and thinking: your books ruined me and gave me the biggest book hangovers ever! I can recall meeting TJ Hamilton because her books had dancers on the covers and back then I taught ballet. While speaking to her, it occurred to me that this is what I want to do. I want to write books about what I love, talk to people with similar interests and be proud of what I’m read. It was a turning point for the lost little reader I was back then, that read everything but didn’t really know what I wanted out of life.

While its true, I largely kept to myself that night, I also know that I have this event to thank for some of the most amazing women I know today. It was at this event  that I saw the start of many friendships, not that I knew it at the time!  I meet Ryn and Kell for all of about five minutes that night, but the spent the bus ride to the airport chatting to Ryn and the flight home. I went out for lunch with the local girls  and made new acquaintances, that turned into friendships and now we make a unique kind of family. These lunches turned into into a thing, that turned into crazy ideas of publishers giving us books for retreats. Retreats that we later went on … All the time. Sanctuaries where I have meet and become friends with some of the most astounding women from all different walks of life. Women that I chat to almost every day, women I see once every so many months if I’m lucky, but it feels like I’ve known them my whole life.

 

The First ever Kell’s Bookmark Clique Readers Retreat

Breakfast gang for the first ever Kell’s Bookmark Clique Readers Retreat

Since IADU, I’ve attended a number of signings up and down the East Coast of Australia – including, but not limited to: Australian Romance Readers Association Brisbane Conference, Canberra Conference, Melbourne Conference; Sydney Author Event 2016, Fictionally Yours Melbourne 2015 and 2017, Books By The Bridge 2017 and a number of Romance Writers of Australia conferences, Sydney and Newcastle Writers Festivals and a number of Kell’s Bookmark Clique retreats – but one thing remains the same, no matter where you go and whose is in attendance … romance readers, and this big ‘ole book community of ours has so much to give. It brings people together and gives hope when all else fails. It crafts unique friendships, and wild families and memories that will last a lifetime. It quadruples your TBR in less than five seconds  flat and it has a whole lot of heart. It gives voice to part of the community that society and the media often like to repress and look down their noses at, and it ALWAYS seeks to make you smile, inspire and delight you. 

Jessie L Star at Fictionally Yours Melbourne 2017. I have been reading her stories since the early days of FictionPress.com and was so excited to finally meet her.

This book world has given me more than simply words on the page and fictional boyfriends, it’s given me friendships that turned into a tight-knit family, and a space to be comfortable about myself. A place to be. To love the books I’m reading, and to love what I do here on the blog, allowing my passion to shine through.

BOOK SIGNING: Sarah Barrie & Tea Cooper

Are you struggling to think of the perfect gift for Mum this Mother’s Day? Do you dread getting the stereotypical pyjamas, dressing gown and slipper combination once again? Do you want something a bit more unique? Then I have some perfect news for you.

This coming Saturday 13th May, both Sarah Barrie (Romantic Suspense) and Tea Cooper (Historical) will be signing books at Big W Charlestown from 11am. Both of these women write superb books that is sure to keep Mum (or yourself) racing through the pages, so why not come along on the day and get a personalised signed copy for that one of a kind gift?

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?

She can run but she can’t hide…

As her father’s only heir, Catherine Cottingham expects to inherit their sprawling property in the Hunter Valley. What she doesn’t understand is why her father is trying to push her into a marriage to the pompous and repulsive Sydney businessman Henry W. Bartholomew.

When the will is read it becomes clear money, or the lack of it, lay behind her father’s plans. Catherine is mortified — as a married woman all her possessions will pass to her husband, the overbearing Bartholomew. Her only alternative is to wait until her twenty-first birthday and inherit the property in her own right, but can she elude such a determined man until then?

A chance encounter with a travelling circus and its fiery lead performer, Sergey Petrov, offers the perfect solution and Catherine escapes to the goldfields. But there is more to the circus than spangles and sawdust and Catherine finds herself drawn into a far-reaching web of fraud and forgery…

A stunning new novel from the bestselling author of The Horse Thief and The Cedar Cutter

 

 

Struggling To Pick Something For Mum This Mother’s Day? Come Along To A Local Book Signing and Pick Up A Personalised Signed Book!

Are you struggling to pick a present for your Mum this Mother’s Day? Does your Mum like cooking? Historical romances set in our own backyards? Romantic Suspense edge of your seat reads? If you answered yes to any of these, then come along to Big W Charlestown this week and grab a signed copy of some of the country’s best writers.

On THURSDAY 11th MAY at 5.30pm Australia’s favourite home cook JULIE GOODWIN will be in store signing copies of her “Julie Goodwin’s Essential Cookbook”.

On SATURDAY 13th MAY 11am – 2pm local Australian historical romance author Téa Cooper and romantic suspense guru Sarah Barrie will be signing copies of their books just in time for Mother’s Day!

 

Both events are taking place at BIG W CHARLESTOWN. So come along and say hi to all three authors and grab a copy of their signed books. A personalised signed book would make a one of a kind present this Mother’s Day!