New Release! The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis (Wildstone #3)

When life gives you lemons…

Brooke Lemon has always led the life she wanted, wild adventures – and mistakes – included, a fact that her perfect sister Mindy never understood. So when Mindy shows up on Brooke’s doorstep in the throes of a breakdown with her three little kids in tow, asking to switch lives with Brooke, she’s shocked.

Wanting to make amends, and find a way back to being sisters, Brooke agrees to trade places with Mindy for a few days so she can put herself back together…without admitting she’s just as broken. Her sister needs her though, so she takes the kids and returns to Wildstone. But how do you face home – and the man you left behind – after seven years away?

The Lemon sisters are about to learn you can’t outrun your demons – but if they can overcome their differences they might realise that the one person who can help them the most is the one they never thought to ask.

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My Thoughts On The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

The Lemon Sisters by author Jill Shalvis starts with the character of Mindy showing up on her sister Brooke’s doorstep, in complete meltdown mode. So, Brooke takes the kids to give Mindy some respite, as a favour, in the pursuit of a much needed breakaway for Mindy. Unbeknown for Brooke, the breakaway befits both sisters. Well, not so much a break for Brooke, more a return home to face her past. She has her own demons to face with secrets held close. Conversely Mindy is facing her own battles and inner turmoils of motherhood, marriage and life.

This latest book in the Wildestone series by author Jill Shalvis is a read not to be missed. It’s a heartwarming story full of family challenges and relationship turmoil. A few twists and turns keep the pages moving, and Brooke and Mindy were a hoot to read,. Garrett and Linc add more emotion and hilarity right alongside Brooke and Mindy. Each of the character’s dialogue had this reader chuckling as the chapters flowed.

A top pick in reading that is undeniably unputdownable.
Review copy received from the Author #JillsBookaholics

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New Release! The Wicked Viscount by Heather McCollum

1685, Scottish Highlands

Cat Campbell knows all about Nathaniel Worthington, fifth Viscount of Lincolnshire. The determined Englishman is never far from Finlarig Castle, where his sisters train women to do more than read and write. And thanks to the fiery kiss they shared nearly a year ago he is never far from her thoughts. No one ever trained her how to forget an irresistible man.

Nathaniel knows he should keep his distance from the fierce Scottish lass, but when an urgent letter from Queen Catherine calls Cat to London, he can’t resist volunteering to escort her. The tension between the two has simmered for months, but the long journey in close quarters creates a raging wildfire that could burn them both.

Secrets of their past and the treachery lurking at court put both their future together and their very lives at risk.

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New Release! Secrets of Silvergum by Mandy Magro

Can dark family secrets ever truly be buried?

When a horrible twist of fate leaves teenage friends Emma Kensington and Zane Wolfe reeling in the wake of a fatal accident, the two are driven apart for decades.

As a professional bull rider in America for the past sixteen years, Zane has stayed a sensible distance from the one woman he’s always loved but could never have – Emma, his childhood friend, and his brother’s wife. But a phone call revealing his stepfather’s sudden death means keeping half a world between them is no longer an option. Returning to Silvergum, how will he keep his long-held feelings under control?

For Emma, the death of her father-in-law, Peter, is shadowed by the secrets he’d been blackmailing her with. She’s finally free to tell the truth to the man she’s covertly loved from afar all this time. But Peter’s hand stretches beyond the grave, and all too soon Emma discovers she’s not the only one who has been keeping secrets. And to make peace with her past, she could very likely lose everything she loves most…

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New Release! I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

The irresistible new standalone from Sophie Kinsella is a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything . . .

Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour.

That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time.

Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.

Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants?

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Penguin Random House Australia  *  Booktopia  *  Google Play  *  Amazon Australia

 

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Q&A With Author Nicole Alexander

Today’s Q&A post features Nicole Alexander, author of the newly released novel Stone Country. Stone Country is published by Penguin Random House. Ms Alexander discusses aspects of her book, her writing process and future writing endeavours. Welcome to Talking Books Blog Ms Alexander!

 

Congratulations on your latest novel Stone Country. Can you tell us a scene that did not make it into the finished story?

Thankyou. I haven’t had a novel out for a couple of years now so it’s very exciting that Stone Country has hit the National Top Ten Bestseller list. Every scene made it into the novel and I added a couple of extra scenes during the editing process. The duality of human nature lies at the heart of Stone Country and some of the questions I asked myself during its creation included such things as, what sets us apart from our friends and family? Why do we make certain choices during a lifetime? Ones that can just as easily mean our triumph or our downfall. Delving into particular character traits in Stone Country, required lots of redrafting, hence the extra scenes.

How many hours a day do you set aside for writing?

I work on a weekly word count of five thousand words which means that some days I might be glued to the desk for ten hours and others, less. And writing on weekends and during evenings is often a given. It depends if the writing gods are feeling generous and also, what’s happening on our property. We downsized a few years ago and now concentrate on breeding beef cattle, but my day job (farming) can still be very intensive at times, especially with the ongoing drought.

Did you always aspire to become an author?

In my teens I began to think about writing and the art of storytelling, both written and oral. I dabbled with writing at school and university and then, when I finished my studies, I began to write as a hobby and my career grew from that. Initially I wrote travel and genealogy articles, and short stories. An apprenticeship that lead me to try my hand at a longer piece of fiction that became my first novel, The Bark Cutters. It was short-listed for an Australian Book Industry Award and it was that recognition that gave me the confidence to continue with my writing.

How many books have you written in your career? Which one was the most challenging to write?

My published works include poetry and inclusions in both fiction and non-fiction anthologies. Stone Country is my ninth novel. Every work has its unique challenges and as I mature as a writer, each novel inevitably represents both a personal and professional milestone. As for the most challenging I would have to say it was most definitely Stone Country. It required a huge amount of research. Stone Country spans the period 1901 to 1940 and is set in Adelaide and the mid-north of South Australia, and the Northern Territory. I spent considerable time in both locations, researching the history of these regions, and tracing the steps my characters would take on the page. The away-from-the-desk research component of my work definitely feeds my inner Indiana Jones and ensures that the story is completely authentic in terms of time and place.

What can readers expect in your writing endeavours?

Big stories that celebrate our extraordinary history and magnificent landscapes. Drama, adventure and passion with strong, flawed characters that drive the narrative onwards. I treat the land as a character in all of my works. It is a living breathing entity after all.

 


About Stone Country

From nineteenth-century Adelaide and the red dirt of mid-north South Australia, to the cattle stations and buffalo plains of the far north Ross Grant’s journey is one of desire, adventure and determination, to the heart of stone country and beyond.

South Australia, 1919. Ross Grant has always felt like the black sheep of his wealthy Scottish family. An explorer at heart, he dreams of life on Waybell, their remote cattle station in Australia’s last remaining wilderness, the Northern Territory.

Then his brother Alastair is branded a deserter after going missing during the Great War. To help restore the Grants’ damaged reputation, Ross is coerced into marrying Darcey Thomas, a woman he has never met.

Disgusted by his manipulative family, he turns his back on his unwanted wife just hours after the ceremony, and heads to Waybell with no plans to return. He carries with him the hope of carving his own empire in the far north.

But Ross has not counted on Darcey’s determination to be his wife in more than just name. Nor did he anticipate meeting Maria, a young, part-Chinese woman who will capture his heart. And he certainly wasn’t prepared for how this beautiful yet savage land will both captivate and destroy his soul . . .

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*The pictures featured in this Q&A post are courtesy of Penguin Random House.