Waiting On Wednesday: ‘All The Little Pieces’ by Lauren K. McKellar


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.

Lauren K. McKellar announced this book yesterday and it sounds AMAZING! It’s being released sometime next month, which is even more exciting because that means virtually no wait! Lauren K. McKellar has been a one-click author for me for a long time now and I can’t wait for this book to be released.

Published by: Self Published

Expected Publication: July 2019

Have you ever wanted something so much it hurts? 
I ache for a family. I crave it like oxygen, like water, like life. But I’m broken, damaged—a million little pieces that just don’t seem to fit.

She’s a beautiful flower, scorched by the hot summer sun. I want to carry her, hold her, love her—but how can you save someone who doesn’t want your help? 

*All the Little Pieces contains themes of loss. Reader discretion is advised.

Waiting On Wednesday: Echo Springs by Leisl Leighton, Daniel De Lorne, TJ Hamilton and Shannon Curtis

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: 20th August 2018

Wholesome country living isn’t what it used to be… This town has a dark side, but what will these cops sacrifice to save it? A compelling suspense, set in the outback.

Blue lights in the red dust…

Echo Springs on the edge of the outback – a town where everyone knows your name, and your business. But the wholesome country living and welcoming community aren’t what they used to be. Echo Springs has a dark underbelly, and it is seeping ever outward.

Four cops…

The small police station is overrun, and officers are working overtime to stem the tide of illegal activity from graffiti through to murder. From prickly Leila to heartsore Ben, Cooper with something to prove to Mac who’s driven to succeed, the Echo Springs force is determined to keep the town safe.

Putting everything at risk…

But the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been, and it’s not just the town these officers have to keep safe. It’s their hearts as well. With bullets flying and bodies piling up, they will have to decide how much they’re willing to risk and what they’re willing to lose.

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.


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!


3rd Birthday Celebration Giveaway: Annie West & Michelle Douglas (M&B Authors)

Today I’m continuing on the tradition of supporting local authors this week. This wasn’t something I set out to do yesterday, but I found that when I organised this week’s prizes the first few just happened to be local authors so I thought why not continue the theme.

Today I’m embracing a new-to-me love affair with Mills & Boon, in particular two local writers the divine Annie West and  Michelle Douglas. With Valentines day just around the corner I thought I’d quickly spotlight these two authors and maybe host a giveaway of each of their books 🙂

Annie West has written a whopping 30 + books (at last count from her website) for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She writes sexy daring reads in far off places that are just sure to sweep you half way across the world and fall in love.


Michelle Douglas has written 20 or so books for Harlequin Mills & Boons sweet contemporary romance line. Her books, while not necessarily as ‘hot and sexy’ as say Annie West’s, are simply breathtaking with enchanting heartfelt romances that will make every hopeless romantic swoon.

Today to honour these two fabulous ladies, I’m offering TWO lucky readers the chance to win a copy of either ONE of Annie West’s novels (picture above) or ONE of Michelle Douglas’ novels (as picture above). This giveaway is open internationally to anyone the book depository ship too. Entries close Midnight Sunday 7th February, with winners notified by email and then announced on the blog the following afternoon. I take no responsibility for shipping.

To go in the draw to win one of two of the above books, simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite romance story trope… or what type of romance story can’t you walk past? Are you a fan of the secret baby? Or more into the marriages of convenience? To you harbour a secret love for the best friends brother? Best friends turned lovers?

For me I have a massive weakness for royal romances and I can’t walk past a marriage of convenience romance.

Best of luck and happy reading every one!




Australian Women Writers’ Challenge 2015 Complete (AWW2015)

After doing so well in this challenge last year, I thought I’d challenge myself to read 50 books written by Australian Women Writers and review at least 40 of them.

I started out strong and was well on my way to achieving this challenge by mid year, then life got in the way and I didn’t get to review nearly half as much as I should have. So while I read more than enough books to complete the challenge this year, I sadly didn’t review enough 😦 I’ve got probably another twenty to thirty reviews planned in dot points but thanks to my recent back injury and the chaos of November, didn’t quite make it to finishing them this year. That said I’m still happy with what I did achieve this year and plan to commit to the same level of the challenge next year.

Currently I’ve read:52/50

Reviewed: 25/40

1. Storm Clouds – Bronwyn Parry (REVIEWED)

2. Fly In Fly Out – Georgina Penney (REVIEWED)

3. Runaway Lies – Shannon Curtis (REVIEWED)

4. Maxwell Sisters – Loretta Hill (REVIEWED)

5. The Enemy Inside – Vanessa Skye

6. The Secret Prince – Justine Lewis (REVIEWED)

7. Avery – Charlotte McConaghy (REVIEWED)

8. Wardrobe Girl – Jennifer Smart (REVIEWED)

9. Snowy River Man – Lizzy Chandler (REVIEWED)

10. Stone Castles – Trish Morey

11. Bad Romeo – Leisa Ravyen

12. Jilted – Rachael Johns (REVIEWED)

13. The Road To Hope – Rachael Johns (REVIWED)

14. The Sheike’s Princess Bride – Annie West

15. Meet The Anzacs – Claire Saxby (REVIEWED)

16.  Deep – Kylie Scott

17.Lest We Forget – Kerry Brown (REVIEWED)

18. The Beach They Called Gallopoli – Jackie French

19. The Chocolate Promise – Josephine Moon

20. Broken Juliet – Lesia Ravyen

21. Confessions Of A Once Fashionable Mum – Gerogina Madden (REVIEWED)

22. Northern Heat – Helene Young (REVIEWED)

23. High Strung – T. Gepart (REVIEWED)

24. Crash Ride – T. Gephart (REVIEWED)

25. Only We Know – Victoria Purman

26. Back Stage – T. Gephart (REVIEWED)

27. Just The Way We Are – Jessica Shirvington (Author), Claire Robertson (Illustrator) (REVIEWED)

28. Fly-In Fly-Out Dad – Sally Murphy (Author), Janine Dawson (Illustrator) (REVIEWED)

29. Desertion – River Savage

30. Brave – Natalie Gayle

31. Paradise City – CJ Duggan (REVIEWED)

32. Lethal In Love 1 – Michelle Somers (REVIEWED)

32. Lethal in love 2 – Michelle Somers (REVIEWED)

33. Lethal in love 3 – Michelle Somers

34. Lethal In Love 4 – Michelle Somers

35. Picnic At Hanging Rock

36. Secret Cord- Geraldine Brooks

37. Sight – Juliet Madison

38. Blind Attraction – Eden Summers

39. Twisted Perception – T.L.Smith

40. Christmas at Grandma’s Beach House – Claire Saxby (REVIEWED)

41. Infatuation – River Savage

42. Lethal In Love 5 – Michelle Somers

43. Lethal in Love 6 – Michelle Somers

44. More Than Enough – Jay McLean

45. Slide – T. Gephart

46. Paradise Road- CJ Duggan

47. A Kiss from Kringle – Rhian Cahill (REVIEWED)

48. The Secret Years – Barbara Hannay

49.  Believe – Natalie Gayle

50.. Mistletoe Maverick – Shannon Curtis (REVIEWED)

51. An Outback Christmas – Louise Reynolds (REVIEWED)

Waiting On Wednesday: ‘The Reluctant Jillaroo’ by Kaz Delaney

Weekly Meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

I absolutely adore Kaz Delaney and her books. So when she mentioned this one earlier this year I was pretty excited. Then a couple of months ago she shared the cover on Facebook and I kind of just fell in love. Is it not the most beautiful cover? This is a book I’ve been waiting for ages, and for some reason was under the impression it came out much later next year, so you can imagine my surprise when I received
Sarah McDuling Young Adult Buzz Booktopia email today and this is listed close to the top. I’ve reordered this book and can not wait to devour it when it arrives.

‘The Reluctant Jillaroo’ by Kaz Delaney

Expected Publication: 4th January 2016

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Pages: 352 

Surf-loving Heidi impersonates her horse-mad twin sister in this rural romance from Australia’s queen of teen, Kaz Delaney. Suitable for teen readers of Rachael Treasure.

Heidi Gage is all about sun, skating and waves until her twin sister, Harper, dislocates her knee.

If Harper doesn’t go to jillaroo camp at Winmaroo – and seriously impress the teachers – she can kiss her dream school goodbye. And what’s the point of having a twin sister if you can’t switch places now and then, right?

Blame it on guilt, or on sisterly love, but before the dust has settled Heidi is heading to the country for ten days of horses, snakes, rats and creepy crawlies and trying to look like she knows what she’s doing.

Heidi’s about to learn a lot can happen in ten days. Flying under the radar isn’t easy when you’re falling in love.

What 2016 new release books are you most waiting on?

Waiting On Wednesday: ‘Wicked Heart’ by Leisa Rayven

Weekly Meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

I haven’t done one of these in months, but when I saw this books cover and synopsis being revealed I simply couldn’t resist. I had the absolutely pleasure of meeting Leisa Rayven recently at the Fictionally Yours Melbourne epic signing event in October and I can tell you I was absolutely fan girl-ing over her. Some of you might remember I kind of lost the plot when I was reading Bad Romeo and Broken Juilet earlier this year. I know that quite a number of friends picked up the books (and absolutely loved them of course) thanks to my incessant facebook posting about them. Well it looks like it might all be happening again soon, as Leisa Rayven recently revealed her cover for her upcoming book, Wicked Heart!

Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

Expected Publication: May 3, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Pages: 304

Liam Quinn is talented, gorgeous, and one of the biggest movie stars in the world.

He’s also the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.

After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred, and one moment of weakness will lead to a scandal that echoes around the world.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic will tell you, love doesn’t always follow the script.

Have you read this series so far? Did you love it? Are you eargerly awaiting the third book as much as I am?


Why isn’t it May 2016 yet?

Waiting On Wednesday: ‘In Safe Keeping’ By Lee Christine

Weekly Meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

I haven’t done one of these in months, but when I saw this books cover and synopsis being revealed I simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt Lee Christine’s ‘In Safe’ series is one of my favourite romantic suspense series. They are gritty, brutal and honest, with real everyday people falling in love in some of the worst periods of their lives; what’s not to love?

‘In Safe Keeping’ by Lee Christine

Published by: Escape Publishing

Expected Publication: 1st December (Amazon)/ 8th December iBooks


It was only supposed to be a casual affair, a stress-relieving night time romp, a secret just between the two of them. But when divorce lawyer Laila Richards ends up on the opposite side of the bench to high powered lawyer, Evan Barclay, in a very public, very high profile divorce, she knows their fling will jeopardize the case of her career, and breaks off their relationship.

Stunned by Laila’s decision, Evan vows to make the beautiful lawyer deal with him, both in and out of the courtroom. But when suspicious activity begins to emerge, and Laila’s safety is threatened, Evan fears his client — his best friend, the son of the only family Evan has ever known, may be involved.

Bound by client confidentiality and battling a massive conflict of interest, Laila and Evan fight to win, fight for justice, and fight for a chance at a relationship that’s anything but casual.


Let’s Talk Books With Juliet M. Sampson, Author Of Bon Voyage and Behind The Mask

Let's Talk Books

Today I’m happy to be hosting another Aussie Author, Juliet M Sampson on the blog as we chat about our books and reading habits.

Juliet M Sampson is the author of two distinct works:  Behind The Mask and Bon Voyage. She is currently working on novel number three and a variety of Children’s Picture Books.

What are you currently reading?

At the moment I am reading Almost French by Sarah Turnbull and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.

What’s the last book you bought?

Burial Rites By Hannah Kent.

Do you prefer to read books in print or electronically?

Print. I love to hold a book and turn the pages.

If I was to walk into your house right now, what would your bookshelves look like? Do you have an organisation system (genre, colour, author…) or are you just happy to go with the flow?

I have many books of different genres. I have a section where I keep all my picture books that I have been collecting since childhood. I also have a section for my novels but these books are not sorted by genre, colour or author.

How often do you read?

Reading other authors’ books is a luxury and I try to read once a week but really that is not enough. I would love to read more but I dedicate a lot of my day to writing my novels, so that does not leave much extra time for reading.

Describe what you would expect to find in your dream book?

My dream book is one that I can’t put down. The story is interesting and I can relate to the characters in some way.

How do you choose what to read next?

This is an interesting question. What I read next can actually be quite random. For example, I was given Almost French by a friend as she knows I love Paris. It is a light-hearted, romantic tale. I can relate to the story as I have visited Paris twice. In contrast, I chose Burial Rites as I saw a documentary on Hannah Kent. The historical background of her story and how she managed to obtain the information, further inspired me to want to read the book.

So you’ve started a book and discover it’s not for you. Are you more likely to discard it or finish it?

I am not proud to say this but to be honest, I probably would discard it and not finish it. A story must take my interest. If it doesn’t, I just keep thinking about all the other jobs I have to do.

If you could read any book again, for the first time, what book would you choose?

This is another hard question as I have enjoyed so many books that I have read. If I had to choose one, it would be Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick. After reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret and watching the movie, Hugo, I was curious to read his book, Wonder Struck.

What is it about books that appeals to you so much? What is your favourite part about reading?

What appeals to me so much about books is they allow people to gain knowledge and understanding. It is through books that we can learn. Books can convey messages about issues in society or allow people to travel to other countries or to just escape from reality for a while and use their imaginations. My favourite part about reading is it is an opportunity for my to relax and escape into the world of imagination.

Was there any particular book that inspired you to start writing?

No. There has not been one particular book that has inspired me to start writing. I have always wanted to write from a very young age. I loved people reading to me and hearing stories.

Do you have any advice to other writers out there?

My advice is never give up on your writing. Try and write as often as you can and keep a notebook with you to jot down ideas. If you are passionate about your writing nothing will stop you making your dream come true.

And lastly, what are you currently working on?

I am always busy with my writing, researching and developing ideas. At the moment I am in the editing stages of my third novel. I will also be taking part in a project/book that involves giving a little inspiration and hope to others facing challenges. As well as this, I am working on two picture books.


To find out more about Juliet and her work head on over to the following sites:

Author Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter | Pan Macmillan |

To purchase a copy of Behind The Mask Visit the following retailers:

Pan MacMillian | Book Depository | Amazon |

To Purchase a copy of Bon Voyage! visit the following retailers:

Pan MacMillian | Book Depository | Amazon |