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!

 

 

REVIEW: 12 Daves Of Christmas By Juliet Madison

Published: December 8, 2014

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Pages: 101

Format: Ebook – purchased

RRP: $3.99

5/5 Stars

A beautiful, uplifting holiday story from best-selling author Juliet Madison about a lonely writer, her grandmother’s ghost, a road trip, and 12 different Daves.

Abby Solomon may write happy-ever-afters for a living, but doesn’t believe she’ll have her own. But then a surprise visit from her grandmother’s ghost sets her off on a journey she’ll never forget.

Grandma Charlotte wants to find her first love, Dave, who she mistakenly thought had died in World War II. A quick search yields a list of twelve possibilities, and Abby and Charlotte set off on a Christmas road trip – twelve Daves over twelve days along the sun-drenched East coast of Australia.

With just over a week to make the meeting happen, Abby has to meet a dozen Daves – some sweet, some quirky, some downright dangerous, while trying to honour her book deadline and enduring the awkward challenges of having a ghost as a travelling companion. But when she comes across a young doctor who looks like one of the heroes in her novels, Abby has the chance to discover that true love transcends time and space and that happy endings aren’t only to be found between the pages of a book.

If you are looking for a bit of a laugh and some seriously amazing writing, you need to check out 12 Daves of Christmas by Aussie Author Juliet Madison.

Abby Soloman isn’t feeling Christmas this year, which is just as well given her looming book deadline might just see her missing out on celebrating this year as it is. The recent passing of her Grandma isn’t helping her holiday spirit either. When she sat down to try and finish her next big romantic best seller a knock at the door changes her life. While the delivery of her Grandma’s old romance books may not mean much to anyone else, Abby is touched by the memories and meanings her Grandma’s books hold for her – after all she is where she is thanks to these books in the first place. But upon flipping through them she discovers a love note addressed to her Grandma and signed by Dave and that’s when things start to go a bit haywire. Dave isn’t her Grandfather. And there’s the ghost of her beloved Grandma Charlotte now standing before her in her kitchen insisting that Abby NEEDS to find the Dave from the letters. Upon some investigating, another issue arises… there are 12 potential Dave Smith’s that may or may not be the Dave that knew her Grandma and it’s looking like Abby might need to go and meet them all to suss out who the correct Dave Smith might be….

Straight out I’m just going to say that I absolutely love this novella to pieces. Never before have I read something so short that is so full of emotion, intrigue and able to make me actually laugh out loud. Juliet Madison’s is a creative genius in the way that her narrative is not only breathtaking, but that she is able to develop her cast of characters in a moving and uplifting story about true love and the lengths we go to find it, while twisting a variety of Christmas story stables to create this simple but masterful 101 page novella.

It’s a no brainer that 12 Daves of Christmas was always going to be a quirky Christmas story – I mean it’s all in the title for starters. What is perhaps a surprise however is the way that Madison has flipped a very stereotypical genre and story on its head and created a unique and fun loving story about family and first loves.

Unlike the traditional Christmas Carol where ones ‘true love’ receives a myriad of materialistic gifts over the course of the Christmas season that are meant to symbolise love, Madison’s 12 Daves of Christmas has Abby’s much loved Grandma Charlotte returning as a ghost and giving her a variety of life experiences and creative fodder through a once in a lifetime chance of finding Charlotte’s one true love. On paper this doesn’t sound like much, but for Abby it really is a chance of a lifetime as she steps outside of her comfort zones to find Dave Smith. Over the course of 12 days Abby and Ghost Charlotte visit 12 Daves to see if they can find her Dave, often meeting heartbreak as each potential Dave is crossed off the list. With Charlotte’s energetic and eccentric personality, she insists that Abby must write down something about each Dave they encounter on their little road trip. Her only rule is that each trait recorded must be something positive and different.

Juliet Madison’s sense of humour and creative prowess shines bright in this cute and hilarious novella. Whether it be about the afterlife’s bureaucratic problems, or the different personalities they encounter and the mischief Abby and Charlotte get themselves caught up in, there is something for everyone to laugh at and fall in love with. One particular highlight for me was the way Juliet Madison was able to tie her unique and quirky take on the Christmas carol and transition it alongside the original by merging the two together in a contemporary take on society and its characters. 12 Daves of Christmas is a highly enjoyable narrative that I can’t recommend enough.

 

To learn more about Juliet Madison and her writing visiting the following sites:

Juliet Madison’s Website | Escape Publishing | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

To purchase a copy of 12 Daves Of Christmas visit the following retailers:

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

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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

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