BOOK SIGNING: Julie Goodwin

Are you struggling to think of the perfect gift for Mum this Mother’s Day? Or do you just love Australia’s favourite home cook and the original Masterchef Winner? If so, then I’ve got some perfect news for you!

Julie Goodwin will be signing copies of her latest cookbook, Julie Goodwin’s Essential Cookbook, this Thursday 11th May 2017 at 5.30pm at Big W Charlestown. 

Australia’s best-loved home cook and original MASTERCHEF, Julie Goodwin is back with the accessible and practical cookbook every family needs.

Looking for the perfect meal for your family?

All you need to make delicious food to feed your hungry loved ones is contained here in one place. Collected here for the first time you can find Julie’s essential go-to recipes: from making a great omelette, to roasting the perfect chicken, preparing simple and satisfying soups and salads and baking classic cakes, muffins and desserts that will become family favourites.

Whatever ingredients you have in the house, no matter the season or occasion, you can put together a tasty feast that will please everyone, every time.

Personalised signed books are the perfect gift for that hard to buy for person or something a little bit more unique and personal then your usual run of the mill gift this Mother’s day.  So come along and say hi to Julie and get your copy of her book signed on the day!

WHEN: Thursday 11th May at 5.30 Pm

WHERE: Big W Charlestown

 

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!

 

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 know it’s just under a week away, but I want to wish all the Mummies out there a beautiful and very Happy Mother’s Day for the coming weekend! I hope that your significant others stock pile you with everything your hearts desire, and perhaps a book or three as well 🙂

For those struggling to think of something to get their Mum this Mother’s Day, I’ve got a Mother’s Day Gift Guide coming up this week to try and help you out!

I’m ready to throw myself into a rather chaotic week ahead. This week I’m hosting not one, but THREE local author books signings at work. On Thursday I’ll be helping out Australia’s favourite home cook Julie Goodwin, and on Saturday the delightful historical author Tea Cooper and romantic suspense guru Sarah Barrie. I’m really looking forward to both of these events!

Currently Reading:

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

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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REVIEW: The Impossible Story of Olive In Love by Tonya Alexandra 3/5 Stars

REVIEW: Good Night Stores For Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo 5/5 Stars

COVER REVEAL: Let It Be Me by Lauren Firminger

AWW Bingo Challenge 2017 Update: April

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017 (#AWW2017) Update 4: April

Sunday Shelve It!

 

 

REVIEW: The Impossible Story Of Olive In Love by Tonya Alexandra

Published: 27th March 2017

Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia

Pages:  284

Format: Paperback courtesy of the publisher

RRP: $19.99

3/5 Stars

A break-out quirky novel that will appeal to readers of Rainbow Rowell.

I get that I’m impossible.
I get that I’m mad and rude — perhaps even a drama queen at times.
But you’d be impossible if you lived my life … You’d be impossible if you were invisible.
Shakespeare was an idiot. Love is not blind. Love is being seen.

Plagued by a gypsy curse that she’ll be invisible to all but her true love, seventeen-year-old Olive is understandably bitter. Her mother is dead; her father has taken off. Her sister, Rose, is insufferably perfect. Her one friend, Felix, is blind and thinks she’s making it all up for attention.

Olive spends her days writing articles for her gossip column and stalking her childhood friend, Jordan, whom she had to abandon when she was ten because Jordan’s parents would no longer tolerate an ‘imaginary friend’. Nobody has seen her — until she meets Tom: the poster boy for normal and the absolute opposite of Olive.

But how do you date a boy who doesn’t know you’re invisible? Worse still, what happens when Mr Right feels wrong? Has destiny screwed up? In typical Olive fashion, the course is set for destruction. And because we’re talking Olive here, the ride is funny, passionate and way, way, way, way dramatic.

This story is for anyone who’s ever felt invisible.

This story is for anyone who sees the possible in the impossible.

Invisibility. It’s something every human being on the planet has considered at some point in their life. For some, it’s the means to the end when we would rather the floor open up and swallow us whole to stop others witnessing our transgressions and embarrassment. For others, it’s that daily reminder that you have once again been over looked and ignored by your peers and others. For me personally, there have been vast periods of my life where I have experienced both sides of the coin, and yet I’ve never really thought through the ramifications of invisibility. Debut Australian Author Tonya Alexandra has.

The Impossible Story Of Olive In Love is an intriguing read with a fascinating basis. The book is centred around seventeen year old Olive, who through not fault of her own, is suffering from a gypsy curse her family brought on three generations before her. Totally invisible to everyone around her – her family included – Olive is forced to tackle the world alone and in a way most of us couldn’t deal with. She can’t open doors, or eat in public, strangers constantly run into her and no one is really aware of her existence outside of her family and even they haven’t laid eyes on her. Olive lives her life as though she is in limbo, waiting for her one true life to magically appear before for, as he is the only person gifted to truly see her.

I wanted to love this book so bad. I was so excited to be asked to review it and eagerly dived into the book full heartedly. I was sucked into the story almost immediately and despite reading it quickly I’m still mystified and confused by my feelings on the book, even now some months later. It’s also why this review is so late. I keep yo-yoing with my take on the book!

I don’t think I liked Olivia as a character. She is snarky and horrible to those around her; and yet I can understand why. Here is a seventeen year old girl whose life is largely dictated to her by the convenience and beliefs of others. Unlike you and me, she can’t walk in through her own front door because society could not deal with or process seeing a phantom door opening on its own. Or perhaps even more alarming, she can’t even see what she looks like. To have such a fundamental part of who you know yourself to be – as partly given by knowing what you look like – is something every person would crumble under. I applaud Tonya Alexandra for writing such a flawed and complex character that I can appreciate, but sadly I just didn’t connect with Olive as much as I would have liked and I fear that may have swayed the book slightly for me.

What’s more I didn’t feel anything between Olive and Tom, our leading man. I tried so hard but she was such a bitch to him and he was just too good, to the point he almost had no dimension beyond the words on the page. Meanwhile, Olive’s blind best friend Felix felt real to me. While Tom did absolutely nothing for me, Felix was my hero. Through his character and Olive’s, Alexandra touches on the concept of disability and the socially accepted scale of what makes one ‘normal’ and ‘acceptable’ to ‘invisible’ and ‘made up’. Thus we get a glimpse into the realities of living with mental illnesses in current society ; if you can’t see it then people assume it just isn’t there. As a whole I really enjoyed Felix and Olive’s interactions and really loved this side sub plot. The book’s ending has given me some hope that perhaps there will be a second book in the series. Despite not connecting with this one, I would still read a sequel as there is so much left unanswered in what is a relatively short narrative and the ending is rather intriguing as well.

All that said there are pure moments of gold in this book. When Olive isn’t dramatising everything, you can see the heart of a real person and those around her. She is strong, but vulnerable. Snarky and almost cruel, but there’s a hint of something else there waiting to be explored. What’s more the way in which Alexandra has dealt with the issue of mental illness and it’s awareness is nothing short of amazing. I defy anyone to read it and not recognised people they know. She has given a voice to group of people who have been constantly silenced through societies own blindness and stubbornness.

To learn more about Tonya Alexandra, visit the following social media pages:

Tonya Alexandra’s Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr | harlequin australia

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

Harlequin Australia | Booktopia | Angus & Robertson’s bookworld | Amazon Au | AMazon US | ibooks | Google Play | kobo | Dymocks AU |

 

REVIEW: Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls (100 Tales of extraordinary Women) by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Published: 20th March 2017

Publisher: Particular Books (Imprint of Penguin Books)

Pages: 212

Format: Hardcover courtesy of the Publisher

RRP: $32.99

5/5 Stars

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. This book inspires girls with the stories of great women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.

More than a month after this gem of a book was released, it is still trending on most online book stores as one of their top five books sales. There’s a reason for that; this book is not only one of a kind, but it is a remarkable piece of non-fiction that is as inspiring as it is ground breaking and humbling. It’s the kind of book that every household needs as it speaks to our fundamental rights in an easy, down to earth, conversational way that will appeal to both young and old.

Now that you’re holding this book, all we can feel is hope and enthusiasm for the world we’re building together. A world where gender will not define how big you can dream, how far you can go. A world where each of us will be able to say with confidence: “I’m free.”Foreword by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls consists of 100 short stories- almost snapshots – about real women from both the present and the past, young and old, black and white and from every corner of the globe. Every single one of these women featured have stood up and tried something that no one believed they could, or should do. All 100 stories illustrate that just because you are female, you are not limited or inferior to anyone based on gender, culture or race. It seeks to nurture and reaffirm the belief that we are all people and the sky is our limit, while questioning why should we stop there – there is nothing you can not do without hard word, persistence and belief in yourself.

‘Hilary became the first woman nominated by a major party for President of United States of America.

There was a time when girls could not be whatever they wanted, but that time is gone.” Hillary Rodham Clinton – Presidential Candidate – USA

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a highly passionate, powerful and engaging read that is sure to get readers thinking. It’s the type of book that will appeal to all ages, socio-economic statuses and cultures. What is truly divine about the book is the simple fact that is covers so many different women across time and the planet. It’s seeks to not only inspire the next generation, but reinforce the current ones that our fight is still relevant today and to show just how far we have come and how far we have yet to go with a smile on our faces and a spring in our step.

Alek wants every girl on the planet to know, “You are beautiful. It’s okay to be quirky, it’s fine to be shy. You Don’t have to go with the crowd. – Alek Wek – Supermodel – Sudan

I read Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls from cover to cover in one afternoon and it just about brought me to tears – happy ones I assure you – and left me speechless. I knew this book was going to be amazing when I read the publishers pitch on it months back, but nothing and no one could prepare me for irresistibility of this book. It seeks to empower, inspire, enliven, and encourage women of all ages and races from all around the world. It’s ground breaking and breathtaking and truly a sight to behold.

I am quite aware of the hazards. I want to do it, because I want to do it. Women must try to do the same things that men have tried. If they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.” – Amelia Earhart – Aviator – USA

Packaged as a hardcover short story anthology for children, the book features bite sized stories that pack an emotional punch. Each story covers one personality and their achievements/fight through a double page spread (one page text, one full page coloured illustration). Let me tell you these illustrations are simply superb with a number of illustrators having contributed throughout the length of the book.

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”Malala Youzafai – Pakistan – Activist

The stories themselves are reasonably short, ensuring that they are the perfect length for a parent to read a story to their child before bed and still have time to discuss anything that might arise. However do not mistake their brevity for lack of substance or for a barrier to age. These stories might be aimed for children, but their include just the right amount of information to inform and inspire, while giving the reader some food for though and something to look into later.

‘That’s when I realised why princesses in their films were so helpless: they had all been created by men.’ She promised herself that she would create a new type of princess: strong, independent, and … brave!’ – Brenda Chapman – Director – USA

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls is a truly delightful and empowering read, that I urge every parent to consider purchasing for it is one of the most important books you and your child may ever read together. Together you can read the awe inspiring tales of the pioneering women, and true heroines of our time, who have gone before us and made our reality what it is today.

When Girls see other women doing this job, they will feel that they can do it, too.”Xian Zhang – China – Orchestra Conductor

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls seeks to sing the praises to the unsung heroines who refused to be told no and bow in inferiority. It’s a testimony to the women who wouldn’t be told ‘no’ regardless of what it might have cost them, who believed they were worth more and who have contributed to society in such significant ways whether it be working for NASA, teaching children and fighting for educational rights, building new technology, overcoming disabilities and running for political office. There is something in this book for everyone, if only they are game enough to open it’s pages.

 

To purchase a copy of Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls, visit the following online retailers:

Penguin Books Australia | Booktopia | Book Depository Angus & Robertson Bookworld | QBD | AMazon

 

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

Gah another week has flown by and this time I barely managed to read anything! I was going so well before and now I’m falling behind in my reading as I take more and more on at work. Hopefully this week will see a lot more reading done 🙂

 

Currently Reading:

Lawson Cooper-Jones has two priorities in life – his son, Ned, and the survival of the dairy farm that has been in his family for generations. Despite the best efforts of the town matchmakers and the determined pursuit of local girl Adeline Walsh, Lawson’s heart belongs still, and only, to his late wife.

But when a flat tyre strands Lawson and Ned in nearby Rose Hill, he’s surprised to find a woman living alone in the old general store of the deserted town. Ned immediately forms a bond with the beautiful stranger called Meg, and Lawson is surprised to find himself captivated by her too.

Although shy at first, Meg starts to open up to him about the haunting secrets of her new home and, with Lawson unable to get her out of his head, they agree to investigate the history of the old building together. Soon they find their friendship has bloomed into something more.

But when meddling Adeline makes it her mission to uncover the truth about the newcomer and her real identity is revealed, Lawson and Meg’s budding romance comes crashing down. Can they both learn to forgive in order to claim a future for their damaged hearts?

A moving story of secrets, love and new beginnings from bestselling author Rachael Johns.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. This book inspires girls with the stories of great women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.

Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they’re not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet.

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She’ll do whatever it takes to track this killer …

Harmony Talbot’s world is destroyed when she arrives home and discovers her cousin’s dead body, left with a single white rose as the killer’s calling card. Lightning shouldn’t strike twice, but this is the second unsolved murder in Harmony’s family. Harmony is determined that this time there will be justice, even if she has to track down the culprit herself.

Homicide detective Bern Knight is good at catching criminals. Though meaningful, his work leaves little time for relationships, and the last thing he needs is a beautiful, bumbling amateur sleuth getting herself into trouble. Whoever committed this crime is no ordinary murderer; he’s a ghost, leaving behind no evidence until more bodies with the same sadistic markers start turning up.

As a digital forensic investigator, Harmony has a special set of skills that she’s fully prepared to use, no matter how much the stern detective is against her interference. Tracking the killer is no easy feat, but Harmony lures him out of hiding. Except now she’s the one in the killer’s crosshairs…

 

 

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BLOG TOUR: Tempting Justice By Fiona Archer (Sons of Sydney Book 2)

COVER REVEAL: Beneath The Parisian Skies by Alli Sinclair

REVIEW: The Boy And The Spy by Felice Arena 3.5 Stars

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