Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017 (#AWW2017) Update 11: November

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Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2017 (AWW2017):

Read 60. Review: 50.

Read: 51/60

Review: 20 /50

Additional specific goal to read at least one of each of the following: Non-Fiction, a Classic, and a Poetry book.

 

  1. A Place To Stay by Jennie Jones (REVIEWED)
  2. She’s The One by Bronwyn Stuart (REVIEWED)
  3. Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein (REVIEWED)
  4. This Love by Lea Darragh (REVIEWED)
  5. The Long Paddock by Alissa Callen (REVIEWED)
  6. In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu (REVIEWED)
  7. Florette by Anna Walker (REVIEWED)
  8. Family Forests by Kim Kane and Illustrated by  Lucia Masciullo (REVIEWED)
  9. The Golden Child by Wendy James (REVIEWED)
  10. Me And You by Deborah Kelly and Illustrated by Karen Blair (REVIEWED)
  11. Valentine by Jodi McAlister (REVIEWED)
  12. A Letter From Italy – Pamela Hart (REVIEWED)
  13. Playing By Her Rules by Amy Andrews
  14. Playing The Player by Amy Andrews
  15. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  16. The Impossible Story of Olive In Love by Tonya Alexandra
  17. The Currency Lass by Tea Cooper
  18. Before You Forget by Julia Lawrinson
  19. Situational Critical by Amanda Knight
  20. When Mina Meet Michael by Randa Abdel-Fattah
  21. Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior and illustrated by Cheryl Orsini
  22. Fire by by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  23. Cyclone by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley (Previously reviewed in AWW2016)
  24. Flood by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  25. Pete The Sheep by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  26. The Tomorrow Book by by Jackie French and Illustrated by Sue Degennaro
  27. Good Dog Hank by Jackie French and Illustrated by Nina Rycroft
  28. Josephine Wants To Dance by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  29. The Beast Of Hushing Wood by Gabrielle Wang (REVIEWED)
  30. Tempting Justice by Fiona Archer (REVIEWED)
  31. Buying Thyme by TJ Hamilton
  32. The Irredeemable Prince by Alyssa J Montgomery
  33. Three Words by Lauren Firminger
  34. Wreck by Fleur Ferris (REVIEWED)
  35. Private Lives, Public Property by Jessie L Starr
  36. Sapphire by J A Low (REVIEWED)
  37. The Build-Up Season by Megan Jacobson
  38. My Brother Tom by Michelle Worthington and Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn
  39. The Three Legged Kangaroo from Uluru by Michelle Worthington and Illustrated by Dave Atze
  40. Vigil by Angela Slatter (REVIEWED)
  41. Corpselight by Angela Slatter (REVIEWED)
  42. Nineteen Letters by Jodi L Perry
  43.  In His Custody by Fiona Archer
  44. Silk Queen (BK 2) by GJ Walker-Smith
  45. Beautiful Messy Love by Tess Woods
  46. Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
  47. 47 Things by Liliana Anderson
  48. Forgetting Foster by Dianne Touchell
  49.  The Greatest Gift by Rachel Johns
  50.  No One Likes A Fart by Zoe Foster Blake and Illustrated by Adam Nickel (REVIEWED)
  51. Trust by Kylie Scott, narrated by Andi Arndt

 

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017 (#AWW2017) Update 6: AUGUST

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Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2017 (AWW2017):

Read 60. Review: 50.

Read: 41/60

Review: 19 /50

Additional specific goal to read at least one of each of the following: Non-Fiction, a Classic, and a Poetry book.

 

  1. A Place To Stay by Jennie Jones (REVIEWED)
  2. She’s The One by Bronwyn Stuart (REVIEWED)
  3. Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein (REVIEWED)
  4. This Love by Lea Darragh (REVIEWED)
  5. The Long Paddock by Alissa Callen (REVIEWED)
  6. In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu (REVIEWED)
  7. Florette by Anna Walker (REVIEWED)
  8. Family Forests by Kim Kane and Illustrated by  Lucia Masciullo (REVIEWED)
  9. The Golden Child by Wendy James (REVIEWED)
  10. Me And You by Deborah Kelly and Illustrated by Karen Blair (REVIEWED)
  11. Valentine by Jodi McAlister (REVIEWED)
  12. A Letter From Italy – Pamela Hart (REVIEWED)
  13. Playing By Her Rules by Amy Andrews
  14. Playing The Player by Amy Andrews
  15. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  16. The Impossible Story of Olive In Love by Tonya Alexandra
  17. The Currency Lass by Tea Cooper
  18. Before You Forget by Julia Lawrinson
  19. Situational Critical by Amanda Knight
  20. When Mina Meet Michael by Randa Abdel-Fattah
  21. Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior and illustrated by Cheryl Orsini
  22. Fire by by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  23. Cyclone by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley (Previously reviewed in AWW2016)
  24. Flood by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  25. Pete The Sheep by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  26. The Tomorrow Book by by Jackie French and Illustrated by Sue Degennaro
  27. Good Dog Hank by Jackie French and Illustrated by Nina Rycroft
  28. Josephine Wants To Dance by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  29. The Beast Of Hushing Wood by Gabrielle Wang (REVIEWED)
  30. Tempting Justice by Fiona Archer (REVIEWED)
  31. Buying Thyme by TJ Hamilton
  32. The Irredeemable Prince by Alyssa J Montgomery
  33. Three Words by Lauren Firminger
  34. Wreck by Fleur Ferris (REVIEWED)
  35. Private Lives, Public Property by Jessie L Starr
  36. Sapphire by J A Low (REVIEWED)
  37. The Build-Up Season by Megan Jacobson
  38. My Brother Tom by Michelle Worthington and Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn
  39. The Three Legged Kangaroo from Uluru by Michelle Worthington and Illustrated by Dave Atze
  40. Vigil by Angela Slatter (REVIEWED)
  41. Corpselight by Angela Slatter (REVIEWED)
  42. Nineteen Letters by Jodi L Perry
  43.  In His Custody by Fiona Archer
  44. Silk Queen (BK 2) by GJ Walker-Smith

 

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017 (#AWW2017) Update 5: JULY

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Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2017 (AWW2017):

Read 60. Review: 50.

Read: 41/60

Review: 19 /50

Additional specific goal to read at least one of each of the following: Non-Fiction, a Classic, and a Poetry book.

 

  1. A Place To Stay by Jennie Jones (REVIEWED)
  2. She’s The One by Bronwyn Stuart (REVIEWED)
  3. Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein (REVIEWED)
  4. This Love by Lea Darragh (REVIEWED)
  5. The Long Paddock by Alissa Callen (REVIEWED)
  6. In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu (REVIEWED)
  7. Florette by Anna Walker (REVIEWED)
  8. Family Forests by Kim Kane and Illustrated by  Lucia Masciullo (REVIEWED)
  9. The Golden Child by Wendy James (REVIEWED)
  10. Me And You by Deborah Kelly and Illustrated by Karen Blair (REVIEWED)
  11. Valentine by Jodi McAlister (REVIEWED)
  12. A Letter From Italy – Pamela Hart (REVIEWED)
  13. Playing By Her Rules by Amy Andrews
  14. Playing The Player by Amy Andrews
  15. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  16. The Impossible Story of Olive In Love by Tonya Alexandra
  17. The Currency Lass by Tea Cooper
  18. Before You Forget by Julia Lawrinson
  19. Situational Critical by Amanda Knight
  20. When Mina Meet Michael by Randa Abdel-Fattah
  21. Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior and illustrated by Cheryl Orsini
  22. Fire by by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  23. Cyclone by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley (Previously reviewed in AWW2016)
  24. Flood by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  25. Pete The Sheep by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  26. The Tomorrow Book by by Jackie French and Illustrated by Sue Degennaro
  27. Good Dog Hank by Jackie French and Illustrated by Nina Rycroft
  28. Josephine Wants To Dance by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  29. The Beast Of Hushing Wood by Gabrielle Wang (REVIEWED)
  30. Tempting Justice by Fiona Archer (REVIEWED)
  31. Buying Thyme by TJ Hamilton
  32. The Irredeemable Prince by Alyssa J Montgomery
  33. Three Words by Lauren Firminger
  34. Wreck by Fleur Ferris (REVIEWED)
  35. Private Lives, Public Property by Jessie L Starr
  36. Sapphire by J A Low (REVIEWED)
  37. The Build-Up Season by Megan Jacobson
  38. My Brother Tom by Michelle Worthington and Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn
  39. The Three Legged Kangaroo from Uluru by Michelle Worthington and Illustrated by Dave Atze
  40. Vigil by Angela Slatter (REVIEWED)
  41. Corpselight by Angela Slatter (REVIEWED)

 

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

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Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2017 (AWW2017):

Read 60. Review: 50.

Read: 30/60

Review: 13 /50

Additional specific goal to read at least one of each of the following: Non-Fiction, a Classic, and a Poetry book.

 

  1. A Place To Stay by Jennie Jones (REVIEWED)
  2. She’s The One by Bronwyn Stuart (REVIEWED)
  3. Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein (REVIEWED)
  4. This Love by Lea Darragh (REVIEWED)
  5. The Long Paddock by Alissa Callen (REVIEWED)
  6. In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu (REVIEWED)
  7. Florette by Anna Walker (REVIEWED)
  8. Family Forests by Kim Kane and Illustrated by  Lucia Masciullo (REVIEWED)
  9. The Golden Child by Wendy James (REVIEWED)
  10. Me And You by Deborah Kelly and Illustrated by Karen Blair (REVIEWED)
  11. Valentine by Jodi McAlister (REVIEWED)
  12. A Letter From Italy – Pamela Hart (REVIEWED)
  13. Playing By Her Rules by Amy Andrews
  14. Playing The Player by Amy Andrews
  15. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  16. The Impossible Story of Olive In Love by Tonya Alexandra
  17. The Currency Lass by Tea Cooper
  18. Before You Forget by Julia Lawrinson
  19. Situational Critical by Amanda Knight
  20. When Mina Meet Michael by Randa Abdel-Fattah
  21. Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior and illustrated by Cheryl Orsini
  22. Fire by by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  23. Cyclone by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley (Previously reviewed in AWW2016)
  24. Flood by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  25. Pete The Sheep by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  26. The Tomorrow Book by by Jackie French and Illustrated by Sue Degennaro
  27. Good Dog Hank by Jackie French and Illustrated by Nina Rycroft
  28. Josephine Wants To Dance by Jackie French and Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  29. The Beast Of Hushing Wood by Gabrielle Wang (REVIEWED)
  30. Tempting Justice by Fiona Archer (REVIEWED)

REVIEW: Tempting Justice by Fiona Archer (Sons of Sydney Book 2)

Published: 18th April 2017

Publisher: Self Published

Pages: 340

Format: Ebook courtesy of the author for review

RRP: $ 5.42

5/5 Stars

His reckless behavior as a child caused the deaths of his entire family. On the lonely Sydney streets, the orphan found friends. Found “brothers.” Never again will Seattle Homicide Detective Heath Justice break the rules and risk his new family. Order and discipline govern his life…until he meets a curvaceous redhead. With two ugly murder cases to solve, the last thing he needs is this disconcertingly lovely, whirlwind of chaos, yet…charmed by her wit and intelligence, Heath can’t resist.

She believes rules are meant to be broken

Deep into writing a murder mystery, author London Shaw is shocked when she herself is implicated in a homicide. She can’t believe the ever-so-authoritarian Detective Heath Justice expects her to simply ignore the crime and go on about her business. Not happening. Although the man’s whiskey rough voice, cuffs, and masterful touch could melt any woman’s resistance—and does—she has a craving to do a little investigating herself.

When all or nothing is your only play

When Heath’s murder investigation threatens a far-reaching conspiracy, everyone he cares for becomes their target—including the woman he’s come to love.

The Justice brothers are back in the last instalment from Aussie author Fiona Archer, Tempting Justice, but this time it’s Heath’s time to get down and dirty with his leading lady London, a YA writer.

Following on from the explosive Craving Justice, Archer leaves nothing behind in this whirlwind of mystery, suspense, murder and the sweetest and truest love story I’ve read in a while.

Set about a month after the events of book one, Heath Justice meets his leading lady in one of the most quirky and adorably sexy cute meets there is. Right from the first time London creeps on to the page I was instantly drawn to her character and loved the contrast between the controlled rule-abiding Heath and the laid back sassy London. The pair will have you laughing one second and swooning the next as they learn to navigate each other and the situations they unwilling encounter as the book’s main events unfold.

I really am speechless when it comes to this book. Not only did I encounter just about every single emotion there is during the initial read of the book, but I’m in awe of the way Archer was able to pull the whole thing off. There is so much going on in this book, that I can not even begin to understand the mastery of the story telling that Archer has under her belt in order to pull the whole thing together so powerfully and effortlessly.

Every time I think I know what to expect from Archer’s writing, she ups the ante and has me dancing on the edge of my seat as I race the book to it’s epic conclusion. This book is everything I could have dreamed and then some. Archer’s writing style is flawless, her characters engaging and larger than life. The plot itself is complex and everything you could want from a romantic suspense book that is heavy both on the suspense and romance. This book seriously has it all and I can’t wait to dive into the rest of the series.

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

Amazon AUS | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Barnes & Noble | ibooks AUS  | Kobo |

 

To learn more about Fiona Archer, visit the following social media sites:

Author Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest |

 

 

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017 (#AWW2017) Update 3: March

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Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2017 (AWW2017):

Read 60. Review: 50.

Read: 20/60

Review: 11 /50

Additional specific goal to read at least one of each of the following: Non-Fiction, a Classic, and a Poetry book.

I was away on a houseboat for the month of March and didn’t have access to the net and thus didn’t write any reviews during this time. Because of this I’ve fallen behind on my review count for this challenge, but  thankfully not my reading count for the challenge and I am determined to make the review count up in April!

  1. A Place To Stay by Jennie Jones (REVIEWED)
  2. She’s The One by Bronwyn Stuart (REVIEWED)
  3. Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein (REVIEWED)
  4. This Love by Lea Darragh (REVIEWED)
  5. The Long Paddock by Alissa Callen (REVIEWED)
  6. In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu (REVIEWED)
  7. Florette by Anna Walker (REVIEWED)
  8. Family Forests by Kim Kane and Illustrated by  Lucia Masciullo (REVIEWED)
  9. The Golden Child by Wendy James (REVIEWED)
  10. Me And You by Deborah Kelly and Illustrated by Karen Blair (REVIEWED)
  11. Valentine by Jodi McAlister (REVIEWED)
  12. A Letter From Italy – Pamela Hart (REVIEWED)
  13. Playing By Her Rules by Amy Andrews
  14. Playing The Player by Amy Andrews
  15. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  16. The Impossible Story of Olive In Love by Tonya Alexandra
  17. The Currency Lass by Tea Cooper
  18. Before You Forget by Julia Lawrinson
  19. Situational Critical by Amanda Knight
  20. When Mina Meet Michael by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017 (#AWW2017) Update 2: February

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Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2017 (AWW2017):

Read 60. Review: 50.

Read: 12/60

Review: 10 /50

Additional specific goal to read at least one of each of the following: Non-Fiction, a Classic, and a Poetry book.

  1. A Place To Stay by Jennie Jones (REVIEWED)
  2. She’s The One by Bronwyn Stuart (REVIEWED)
  3. Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein (REVIEWED)
  4. This Love by Lea Darragh (REVIEWED)
  5. The Long Paddock by Alissa Callen (REVIEWED)
  6. In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu (REVIEWED)
  7. Florette by Anna Walker (REVIEWED)
  8. Family Forests by Kim Kane and Illustrated by  Lucia Masciullo (REVIEWED)
  9. The Golden Child by Wendy James (REVIEWED)
  10. Me And You by Deborah Kelly and Illustrated by Karen Blair (REVIEWED)
  11. Valentine by Jodi McAlister (REVIEWED)
  12. A Letter From Italy – Pamela Hart (REVIEWED SCHEDULED FOR 14TH MARCH)

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017 (#AWW2017) Update 1: January

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Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2017 (AWW2017):

Read 60. Review: 50.

Read: 8/60

Review: 6 /50

Additional specific goal to read at least one of each of the following: Non-Fiction, a Classic, and a Poetry book.

  1. A Place To Stay by Jennie Jones (REVIEWED)
  2. She’s The One by Bronwyn Stuart (REVIEWED)
  3. Wayward Heart by Cathryn Hein (REVIEWED)
  4. This Love by Lea Darragh (REVIEWED)
  5. The Long Paddock by Alissa Callen (REVIEWED)
  6. In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu (REVIEWED – SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY)
  7. Florette by Anna Walker (REVIEW SCHEDULED FOR FEB)
  8. Family Forests by Kim Kane and Illustrated by  Lucia Masciullo (REVIEWED)

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017 #AWW2017

It’s that time of year again when I choose what reading challenges I want to commit to for 2017. This year I’m only signing up to the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2017 (#AWW2017) in order to focus on my own reading,  the blog and my personal writing goals for 2017.

With all of that in mind, and given how well I went in 2016, this year I’ve decided to challenge my self to read 60 books written by Australian Women and review at least 50. That’s ten up on both counts from last years challenge. With any luck 2017 will see my well and truly beat these counts, but we will have to wait and see what the year holds yet.

Looking back at my 2016 challenge, there are a couple of areas in which I identified as areas to improve on. For example in 2016 I did not read a single non-fiction book by an Australian woman nor did I read a poetry book or any classics. This year I am aiming specifically to include at least one of each of the above and ideals some more books that have been published more than ten years ago.

Much like last year I will be doing monthly updates on the last day of every month so that I can track how well this challenge is progressing throughout the year.

 

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Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2017 (AWW2017):

Read 60. Review: 50.

Read: 0/60

Review: 0/50

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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