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?