New Release! Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

Run for the hills temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.

Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful – OK, crazy hot – chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself…just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she gets Spence immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

Purchase Links

Amazon Australia * Angus & Robertson * QBD Books * iBooks * Amazon US

 

Thoughts On The Book

Another top read in the Heartbreaker Bay series by author Jill Shalvis. This instalment centres around Spence who has always grabbed this reader’s attention. A story full of laughs and drama that just entertained. Unmissable series.
Review copy received from the Author

 

The Heartbreaker Bay Series

   

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New Release! Playing With Forever by Amy Andrews

Country boy, Ryder Davis has the world at his feet. A stellar rugby career, a winning way with women and a beach view that keeps him in blue sky and bikini babes. He’s living the dream. The last thing he needs is a Great Dane called Tiny destroying his feng shui.

Dog whisperer, Juliet Morgan is about to start living her dream and she’s counting down the days. In two months she’ll finally be moving to Italy and no man’s going to stop her this time. Not even a rugby superstar with a badly behaved pooch.

But when Ryder skids into the animal shelter looking for help Juliet agrees to assist him with his canine issues. Pretty soon they’re assisting each other out of their clothes and tumbling headlong into a sex thing with an expiry date.

Neither of them expected it to become more. But when for now starts to feel like forever Juliet hits the panic button. Ryder knows he has to play the long game and let her walk away. After all it’s not over until the final hooter sounds and all’s fair in love and rugby.

Each book in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.

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Thoughts on The Book

Ryder and Juliet were such a good pairing in this story. I liked both characters. Playing With Forever was enjoyable reading from start to finish, and another good instalment in the Sydney Smoke Rugby Series by author Amy Andrews.
Review copy received from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley

 

Sydney Smoke Rugby Series

   

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New Release! War Flower by Mary-Anne O’Connor

Can love prevail, when horror becomes too much to bear?

The 1960s are beating a fresh pulse of political and cultural upheaval through Sydney. For sheltered convent schoolgirl Poppy Flannery such changes seem irrelevant. But it doesn’t stop her from longing to join in, especially if it means spending time with the popular boy she secretly loves, Ben Williamson. So when the opportunity for a dream escape to Surfers Paradise arrives, Poppy and her twin sister Rosemary seize it and find themselves in the midst of the swinging sixties at last.

Rosemary embraces their secret new life with a vengeance, discovering drugs, boys and radical politics in a haze of parties, music festivals and protest marches. But such freedom is stolen when Rosemary’s great love, Angus, is sent to Vietnam, along with Ben.

Soon a war fought thousands of kilometres away will arrive on the twins’ door in the form of orphaned refugee Thuy. As many more victims begin to appear, including shattered versions of Australian soldiers, they must decide how far they will go for the men they adore, and ask themselves whether love really is all you need.

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Harlequin Australia * Amazon Australia * Booktopia * Angus & Robertson  *  Amazon US

 

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Thoughts On The Book

War Flower by Mary-Anne O’Connor is set amongst the back-drop of the technicolour sixties, moving through the seventies all the way to the eighties. Revolving around the characters of Poppy Flannery, Ben Williamson and Angus Tanner. The story has multiple stories within that wove together in what was an attention grabbing story.
Ms O’Connor’s third book is heartfelt and full of controversial moments.
Review copy received from Harlequin Australia via Netgalley

 

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Virtual Blog Tour! We That Are Left by Lisa Bigelow

Today’s feature Guest Post is by author Lisa Bigelow as part of the virtual blog tour for the novel We That Are Left.  We That Are Left is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99 and is available now.

 

Writing, Working and Learning
By Lisa Bigelow

Over the last ten years I’ve juggled writing between work and post-graduate study. In order to switch between the different writing modes needed to do each task I’ve found it helpful to create different physical environments. I wrote much of my novel on my laptop, often in a café without wifi so there were no distractions, I did my paid work in an office whenever possible, and study was done on a desktop computer in my spare room at home. I often took my novel scenes for a walk or a swim or to a gym session and let a conversion or incident play out in my head before rushing home to write it all down.

Every now and then I picture myself living in a little cottage beside a beach, writing in a sunny room and taking new characters out for a walk along the shore. For now that dream is only possible on holidays, but one day…

 

About We That Are Left by Lisa Bigelow

A moving debut novel about love and war, and the terrifyingly thin line between happiness and tragedy, hope and despair.

Melbourne, 1941. Headstrong young Mae meets and falls head over heels in love with Harry Parker, a dashing naval engineer. After a whirlwind courtship they marry and Mae is heavily pregnant when she hears that Harry has just received his dream posting to HMAS Sydney. Just after Mae becomes a mother, she learns Harry’s ship is missing.

Meanwhile, Grace Fowler is battling prejudice to become a reporter on the afternoon daily newspaper, The Tribune, while waiting for word on whether her journalist boyfriend Phil Taylor, captured during the fall of Singapore, is still alive.

Surrounded by their friends and families, Mae and Grace struggle to keep hope alive in the face of hardship and despair. Then Mae’s neighbour and Grace’s boss Sam Barton tells Mae about a rumour that the Japanese have towed the damaged ship to Singapore and taken the crew prisoner. Mae’s life is changed forever as she focuses her efforts on willing her husband home.

Set in inner Melbourne and rural Victoria, We That Are Left is a moving and haunting novel about love and war, the terrifyingly thin line between happiness and tragedy, and how servicemen and women are not the only lives lost when tragedy strikes during war.

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Allen & Unwin  *  Booktopia  *  Amazon Australia  *  Google Play  *  iBooks

 

 

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Excerpt Spotlight! Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey

 

Excerpt

“NYPD. Open up…”
Ever opens the door, but I can only see a sliver of her goddess figure because the chain is still on.

“Oh. Is something wrong, Officer?”

“As a matter of fact, there is.” I tug my ever-present notebook and pen out of my back pocket, pretending to consult the first page, which sucks,
since it means taking my eyes off her for a second. “We’ve gotten several complaints about the smell of chocolate coming from this apartment. You
know anything about that?”

Ever bites her lip and throws a guilty glance over her shoulder. “Maybe. What’s it going to take to make this go away?”

I lean forward, close enough to hear her breath go shallow through the crack. “What’s it going to take?” I drop my eyes to her exposed stomach
where a rhinestone sparkles from its place of honor in her belly button. “We can start with a thorough inspection of the premises.”

 

About Disorderly Conduct by Tessa Bailey

You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone…

Police academy cadet Charlie Burns can’t believe his luck when the gorgeous blonde he meets in a bar murmurs those magic words: “Nothing serious, ’kay?” Mind-blowing, no-strings sex with Ever Carmichael—it’s the holy grail of hookups for a guy who’s too busy following in his law enforcement family’s footsteps to think about getting serious. Charlie’s all about casual…that is, until Ever calls it quits and his world tilts on its axis.

Ever knows that when you control the relationship game, you can’t get played. But for the first time, she wants more than short-term satisfaction. Step one: end her fling with commitment-phobic Charlie. Step two: sacrifice herself to the ruthless NYC dating scene. Yet everywhere she turns, there’s Charlie, being his ridiculously charming self. No online match or blind date compares to the criminally hot cop-in-training, but they’re over. Aren’t they?

If love is a four-letter-word, why does the idea of Ever seeing someone else tie Charlie up in knots? Now he’s desperate to win her back…and a little date sabotage never hurt anyone, right?

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Avon  *  Amazon  *  Barnes & Noble  *  Google Play  *  iBooks

 

 

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About The Author

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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