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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Do you Like Free Stuff?

I know it’s a stupid question, because let’s face it who doesn’t like getting things for free!

For a short time only It happened At Cafe Nix is available for free on Wattpad!

A day in the life of a famous café.  
A chapter in the life of favourite characters.  
A story about how life can get in the way of love.
14 Authors – 15 Happy Endings

Long distance relationships don’t work
Nix Sutherland is at a crossroads. She loves running the family business, the famous Sydney Harbourside Cafe Nix, and she also loves Linc, whose vet practice is in Melbourne.

After months of jumping on planes and swapping cities, both of them too stressed and tried to enjoy being together, it’s all come to a head. In the middle of a typically busy day at the cafe that includes everything from broken hearts to breaking waters, cops to canoodling couples, Nix realises that loving the cafe means giving up Linc.

Meet Nix and characters from the novels of favourite Escape Publishing authors in fresh original shorts, and experience a day in the life of Cafe Nix.

Who are the Cafe Nix authors?
In order of appearance they are:
Elizabeth DunkThe Silver-haired Saviour:  In the style of The Lies We Tell
Juanita KeesUnder His Persuasion:  Characters from Tag Raiders Series
Sandra AntonelliNiagara Falls at Cafe Nix:  Characters from Driving in Neutral
Jane O’Reilly: Hunk of the Month:  Characters from The Holiday Survival Guide
Nicole Flockton: Bound by Their Wedding Plans:  Characters from Bound By His Desire
Cate Ellink: Deeper Diving:  Characters from Deep Diving
Ros Baxter: Stand and Deliver:  Characters from Lingerie for Felons
Jenny Schwartz: Kissing Time:  Characters from Hero Duty
Ainslie Paton: No Dick Moves:  Characters from Insecure
Jennie Jones: 12 Bells and a Baby:  Characters from Swallows Fall series
Lee Christine: In Safe Company:  Characters from Grace & Poole series
Lily Malone: Angry Birds and Turtle Doves:  Characters from So Far Into You
Rhian Cahill: Christmas Wishes Do Come True: Characters from Christmas Wishes
Amy Andrews: Risqué Business:  Characters from Risky Business

Where can you get It Happened at Café Nix?
It will be released on Wattpad on April 2 and later will be available as a complete volume through Smashwords.

*Information found via Escape Publishing website*

Personally I’m hugely exited for these stories and can’t wait to read them! So head on over to Wattpad to read them now! It’s actually pretty well planned that this collection releases this week, afterall what are long weekends for if not reading? You know where I will be 🙂

UPDATE: As of Friday 3rd April, Wattpad are reporting 1.5 thousand people have read these stories! So you know they must be good, and FREE!

 

 

Let’s Talks Books With Lee Christine, Author Of In Safe Hands and In Safe Arms

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Today I am super excited to have Aussie Author Lee Christine on the blog. Lee is the author of two romantic suspense titles – In Safe Hands and In Safe Arms – with a third due out next year. I actually had the pleasure of meeting Lee early last year in Brisbane at the Australian Romance Readers Convention, and have been hooked on her writing ever since. So if your a fan of romance, crime and a bit of suspense, or just love a really good read, make sure you check out her novels (only available in ebook) because I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed.  Anyway, enough of me fan girling, here’s what Lee had to say when we chatted books.

                                                                            

What are you currently reading?

The Hit by David Baldacci

What’s the last book you bought?

Under Cover of Dark by Juanita Kees

Do you prefer to read books in print or electronically?

Electronically

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?

A bit of both actually. One bookcase houses all the classics. My husband has autobiographies and biographies organised in another. And then there are the piles of fiction books stacked against the wall of the study.

How often do you read?

I try to read every night, even if it’s just a couple of pages.

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

As I love romantic suspense, it has to be a mystery, crime or thriller, woven into a hot romance.

How do you choose what to read next?

It’s whatever takes my fancy at the time, so I guess that means what mood I’m in.

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

Absolutely discard it. I won’t force myself to finish a story I’m not enjoying or one I’ve lost interest in. I don’t diss the book.

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

Beach Music by Pat Conroy. I read it one year when I was skiing in Falls Creek. My children were sharing the room with me and I couldn’t put the book down. It was 3:00am when I got to the end. I started crying, and so as not to alarm the children and my husband, I went into the bathroom and sat on the loo and finished it. I sobbed my heart out for about ten minutes before falling into bed, exhausted. My family wondered why I woke with a headache and didn’t go skiing the next morning. It was heartbreakingly wonderful, but I’m not sure I’m up to reading it a second time.

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

The journey, the escapism, the (mostly) satisfied feeling you’re left with at the end of a truly enjoyable novel.

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

Funnily enough – it was a non-fiction book, Black Heart Thick Face. I’ve written from the age of 15. Song lyrics to begin with, then magazine articles and finally novels. Black Heart Thick Face inspired me to stop procrastinating and pen a novel.

Do you have any advice to other writers out there?

Just finish the book. You need to prove to yourself, and others, that you are capable of completing a novel. No matter if you believe it to be bad, a narrative can always be improved.

And lastly, what are you currently working on?

I’m writing my fourth romantic suspense novel, set in Italy. It’s a stand-alone, not part of my ‘In Safe’ series. It’s a cat and mouse story about intellectual property theft, and due in to my editor at the end of October.

To learn more about Lee Christine check out the following social media sites:

Website | Facebook | Twitter|  Publishers Website |

To purchase a copy of In Safe Hands (Book One in the “In Safe Series) click here:

Escape Publishing | Amazon AU | Amazon US | Amazon UK | iBooks |

To Purchase a copy of In Safe Arms (Book Two, “In Safe” Series) click here:

Escape Publishing | Amazon AU | Amazon US | Amazon UK | iBooks | Big W |

REVIEW: Dear Stranger by Elise K. Ackles

Published: January 1st, 2014

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Pages: 21 pages (Novella)

Format: Ebook courtesy of Escape Publishing and Netgalley.

RRP: $1.19

4/5stars

A beautiful love letter to the most troublesome of holidays…

Soft-hearted Reese Ahearn is single for Valentine’s Day. Again. But that’s not going to stop her from spreading the holiday’s sentiment on the streets of Melbourne with short, sweet, anonymous love letters, left for strangers to find.

The last thing she expects, however, is a reply…

 

Dear Stranger is the first book of Elise K. Ackers that I’ve read, and I’m pleased to say it won’t be the last. For the past six months everywhere I go, I’ve seen this authors name or spotted one of her books somewhere, so when the opportunity to read and review this novella came around Valentines Day I jumped at the chance. I’m glad I did, for Dear Stranger is a light, quick romantic read that hits all the right spots.

Reese might be single, but that’s not going to stop her from enjoying the day, especially not this day, for today is Valentines Day. Despite not having a significant ‘other’ to celebrate the day of love with, she dresses up in a romance worthy dress and goes about her day in much the same manner as she does every other day. The only difference being that she’s living small gestures of love and hope for others in similar situations to herself, by leaving love letters for strangers in random spots. Like Reese, Ian is simply going about his day as well, that is until he notices Reese at the coffee shop. What pique’s his curiosity into action however is the note she leaves unassuming on a table. Insistent he gives it back to her, but also curious for himself, he grabs the note before anyone else can take it. Warmed and touched by the note’s sentiment, he spends the day trying to track down the mysterious letter write.

This novella warmed my insides and made me smile like a fool. As a self proclaimed hopeless romantic, I can’t recommend this narrative enough. It’s short enough to read in one sitting, but long enough to pique your interest – just as the notes do for Ian. And that cover, man I love that cover. It’s simple and beautiful, full of hope and with the promise of love. Just like the writing. Dear Stranger is the perfect read for fellow romantics or someone just looking for a good read by an author whose definitely leaving her mark on the Australian Industry.

For more information on Elise K. Ackers and her other books, head on over to goodreads or visit her website. To purchase your very own copy of Dear Stranger visit Escape Publishing or Amazon.

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Excerpt: February or Forever By Juliet Madison

Yesterday marked a year since Juliet Madison first got published. In one incredible year she’s managed to publish not one, but FIVE books. The most recent, February Or Forever (Tarrin Bay series book # 2), was released yesterday. Today Juliet shares an excerpt from this book.

FEBRUARY OR FOREVER by Juliet Madison

Available worldwide from all ebook retailers 1st February.

Published by Escape Publishing.

In this heartwarming coastal romance, Escape bestselling author Juliet Madison asks, what if your favourite celebrity fell in love with you?

Yoga teacher and single mother, Chrissie Burns has a plan: move into the rundown beach house left to her by her deceased aunt, renovate it, sell it, and move on. The scene of a terrible accident years ago, the house needs to get out of Chrissie’s hands as soon as possible.

But Tarrin’s Bay, where the house stands, has more to offer than bad memories. The town is lovely, the people friendly, and even Chrissie’s young son finds friends and begins coming out of his shell. Employed at Serendipity Retreat as a yoga instructor, Chrissie is shocked to be given the role of private teacher to Drew Williams, Australia’s top singer/songwriter for the month.

Relationships between instructors and clients are strictly forbidden, but Drew draws happiness out of Chrissie with his down-to-earth nature and sense of humour. Days of stretching and bending may bring Chrissie unexpected peace and strength, but she knows that this interlude must end, and there’s no pose or position to aid her when Drew walks away and leaves her broken-hearted. 

Excerpt:

We have a V.I.P. guest staying with us for the month of February, arrived last night. He’s requested daily yoga sessions — private sessions — and I assured him we could accommodate his request.’

Wow, only a few days in a new job and she was getting a promotion? Just what she needed; a chance to expand her experience and keep busy and focused on work. ‘Of course, I can do that.’ Chrissie thought it was probably some corporate guy on stress leave, needing a month of rejuvenation.

Now, I know you can only do five days a week and the occasional Saturday, but he is fine with that. I said you would create a personal program for him to practise on his own time too, to get the most out of his stay.’

Definitely.’ Creating individual yoga programs was one of her favourite parts of the job. She loved selecting the poses to suit each person’s needs and putting them together into an exercise prescription. Yoga was more than exercise; it was about unifying the body, mind, and spirit.

Great.’ Helena clapped her hands together. ‘Now there’s one other thing,’ she picked up a manila folder, ‘I’ll need you to sign a legal document agreeing to keep the knowledge of his visit to yourself. His lawyer has requested complete discretion and privacy during his stay. Can I count on you for your professionalism?’

Man, who was this guy? Oh my God. What if he was some big name politician…did politicians even do yoga? She couldn’t imagine the pollies taking a break during Question Time for a spot of downward dog.

I won’t say a word to anyone,’ Chrissie replied, her brows drawing together. ‘Who is the guest?’

Helena opened her mouth but closed it again, then led Chrissie to the corner window of the office which had a snippet of a view into the V.I.P. garden. ‘See for yourself.’

Curiosity tingled inside as Chrissie peered out the window. Her heart beat faster in anticipation then skidded to a halt at the sight of the man. There, sitting on the garden swing, swaying back and forth with a guitar on his lap, was none other than the owner of the voice that had permeated her car only minutes before.

Buy Now: Amazon / Amazon UK / Amazon Aus / iTunes / Kobo / B&N Nook / GooglePlay / All Romance / Ebooks.Com / Booktopia / JB Hi-Fi / Big W / Escape Publishing

Watch the Book Video Trailer: http://youtu.be/TI3adsN70VQ

Visit Juliet online: website, blog, facebook, Goodreads, and twitter.

REVIEW: Secret Santa by Rhian Cahill

Published: December 1st 2013

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Pages: 39

Format : Ebook (Purchased)

4/5 Stars

 

 

From bestselling author Rhian Cahill. Sometimes Santa doesn’t give you what you want — he gives you what you need.

The last thing Jenn wants this Christmas to be is merry. Hibernating in her apartment is the perfect plan for someone who has lost way more than just her Christmas cheer. She’ll re-emerge on December 26th and move on with her life.

Morgan has had just about enough of dancing around the sexual chemistry between himself and his manager, Jenn. If he has his way, she won’t spend this Christmas — or any other — alone. With the help of a bogus set of secret Santa envelopes, he’s going to deliver a Christmas present to the woman he loves, one she’ll never forget!

 

Secret Santa is a short Christmas themed novella from best selling romance author Rhian Cahill.

Christmas is about family and friends, so after the loss of her parents in a tragic car accident this year, Jenn would rather not celebrate Christmas at all this. She doesn’t want the reminder nor the pain that the holiday season is sure to bring, in fact if she could she’d probably try and work right through it. Alas that is not an option, so instead she’d be quite happy to ignore the whole thing and hide out in her apartment until it’s safe to come out again.

Jenn’s boss Morgan has other ideas however. He is in love with Jenn and can’t bare to see her upset and alone for the holiday season. After Jenn knocks him back on spending Christmas with him and his family, he is forced to rig the Secret Santa ballot.

Secret Santa is a really sweet novella that will leave you smiling and looking forward to the Christmas season. It’s cute and quirky, and as you read it you really just hope that everything will work out for Jenn and Morgan.

I really loved the characterisation of Jenn and Morgan and the way their relationship progressed in such a short space of time. I only wish we got to spend a bit more time with them.

Rhian Cahill’s writing was delightful and exactly the kind of thing you’d want to read to get you in the Christmas Spirit. Definitely and author I’ll be looking out for in the future.

How adorable is that cover!

For more information on Rhian Cahill visit her website, Escape Publishing website, Goodreads or Facebook

Read as part of my Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2013

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