Book Series Spotlight! Valentine Bay Series by Melanie Shawn

Welcome to the feature spotlight for author Melanie Shawn’s latest series Valentine Bay. There are three books in the series and each one is a stand alone 18+ read. All books are available now from leading retailers!

Protecting My Heart by Melanie Shawn (Book One)

Welcome to Valentine Bay!

Ella Fletcher spent all of high school in love with the boy next door–her best friend, Donovan. It was never more than that, but she fooled herself into believing friendship was enough.

Donovan Valentine knew he could never make a move on his best friend Ella. After all, she depended on him. He was the only stable man in her life. If denying his feelings was the price he had to pay for protecting hers, then he was more than willing to pay it.

Celebrating their high school graduation, they drunkenly took part in a marriage ceremony using fake IDs. But now, fifteen years later, it turns out that the IDs weren’t so fake, and neither is the marriage.

When Donovan returns to Valentine Bay to straighten things out, will this accident turn into the best thing that ever happened to them?

*** Standalone romance with HEA and no cliffhanger ***

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Rescuing His Heart by Melanie Shawn (Book Two)

To Genevieve Rollins, Gavin Valentine has always been a casual hook-up. A no-strings fling. The sexy fighter pilot was only in town when he was on leave, so it could never be more than that. She didn’t have feelings for him. What would be the point?

But when he tells her he’s moving home to Valentine Bay, she just may have to rethink everything between them. Can she dig down under her sassy, sarcastic shell and find true vulnerability inside?

For Gavin Valentine, life has taken a turn. Diagnosed with a medical condition that means he’ll never be cleared to fly again, he loses everything that matters to him, pretty much overnight. The future he’d always seen for himself is gone in a blink.

Can the lone wolf pilot open up enough to let love in, and learn that sometimes the future you never pictured is the one you were meant to have?

*** Standalone romance with HEA and no cliffhanger ***

18+

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Rocking Her Heart by Melanie Shawn (Book Three)

Stand-alone Valentine Bay romance, complete with HEA–and plenty of heat and heart along the way!

When sexy rock star Jet Valentine’s five years of bad behavior finally causes his life to implode around him, he knows it’s time to make a fresh start. There’s only one place to do that: Valentine Bay. And there’s only one person who can help: his friend and rival since high school, Abby Baxter.

When Abby Baxter reads all about Jet’s life falling apart, her heart goes out to him. But can any relationship they start in the aftermath survive? And how can she trust that he’ll still want her after his life is back on track?

When all is said and done, will Jet find life with Abby as fulfilling as the thrill of the stage? And will Abby ever be able to trust that he does?

18+

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New Release! The Wrong Callahan by Karly Lane

It had been two long years since Lincoln Callahan had stood in front of the gates to Stringybark Creek. He was in the army then – a lifetime ago. Linc had always been the unsettled Callahan, looking for danger, the one who couldn’t wait to leave the family farm.

Linc’s little brother, Griffin, was the dependable son, the one who stayed at home, the one who did the right things. And, now, the one who has feelings for rebellious city girl, Cash Sullivan.

When Linc locks eyes with Cash at a family dinner, their swift attraction floors him. But Cash is his brother’s girlfriend … what is he thinking?

As Linc, Griff and Cash form an uneasy triangle, each of them have personal demons to face before they can open their hearts.

The Wrong Callahan by Karly Lane is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP, $29.99.

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Feature Post! The Girl On The Page by John Purcell

The Girl On The Page Book Cover The Girl On The Page
John Purcell
Contemporary Fiction
HarperCollins Publishers Australia
24 September 2018
Paperback, EBook
400

About the Book

Two women, two great betrayals, one path to redemption. A punchy, powerful and page-turning novel about the redemptive power of great literature, from industry insider, John Purcell.

Amy Winston is a hard-drinking, bed-hopping, hot-shot young book editor on a downward spiral. Having made her name and fortune by turning an average thriller writer into a Lee Child, Amy is given the unenviable task of steering literary great Helen Owen back to publication.

When Amy knocks on the door of their beautiful townhouse in north west London, Helen and her husband, the novelist Malcolm Taylor, are conducting a silent war of attrition. The townhouse was paid for with the enormous seven figure advance Helen was given for the novel she wrote to end fifty years of making ends meets on critical acclaim alone. The novel Malcolm thinks unworthy of her. The novel Helen has yet to deliver. The novel Amy has come to collect.

Amy has never faced a challenge like this one. Helen and Malcolm are brilliant, complicated writers who unsettle Amy into asking questions of herself - questions about what she values, her principles, whether she has integrity, whether she is authentic. Before she knows it, answering these questions becomes a matter of life or death.

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My Thoughts On The Novel

What a read! Amy was such a tumultuous character. Mr. Purcell creates character's you are enchanted with one moment and shocked by the next. A top pick in reading with shocks and drama aplenty.
Review copy received from HarperCollins Publishers via Netgalley

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New Release! I Can’t Remember The Title But The Cover Is Blue by Elias Greig

I Can't Remember The Title But The Cover Is Blue Book Cover I Can't Remember The Title But The Cover Is Blue
Elias Greig
Humour & Gift
Allen & Unwin
1 December 2018
Paperback, Ebook
240

 

Synopsis:

As any retail or service worker will tell you, customers can be irrational, demanding, abusive, and brain-scramblingly, mind-bendingly strange. They can also be kind, thoughtful, funny, and full of pathos. Something about the often-fraught interaction between customer and worker, with the dividing line of the counter between them, loosens inhibitions, and has a kind of hot-house effect on eccentricity.

In I Can't Remember the Title But the Cover is Blue, veteran bookseller Elias Greig collects the best, worst and downright weirdest customer encounters from his years working as a Sydney bookseller. From ill-behaved children to nostalgic seniors and everything in between, this hilarious and unpredictable book is the perfect gift for anyone who's ever been on the wrong side of a counter.

I Can't Remember The Title But The Cover Is Blue by Elias Greig is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $19.99.

 

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My Thoughts On The Book

I Can't Remember The Title But The Cover Is Blue by author Elias Greig is a laugh out-out-loud read full of amusing, cringeworthy quips that bring out the smiles. The novel portrays moments in a bookseller's life that would leave many running for the hills, but which still entertain many in his plight. After all, who hasn't asked that question "I can't remember the title but the cover is...". An aptly named novel that is a nice, surprising read that should not be missed.
Review copy received from Allen & Unwin

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Q&A With Fleur McDonald – Author of Where The River Runs

Today’s post features author Fleur McDonald, discussing her latest novel Where The River Runs. Where The River Runs is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

 

Detective Burrows has been a recurring character in some of your previous novels. Can you tell us a bit about his character?

Dave Burrows is a detective who is tenacious, has great integrity and loves his work. The modern day (2018) he’s married to Kim and lives in Barker, South Australia. In the Dave Burrows series, which is set back in the early 2000s, he’s married to Melinda and is a new Dad to Bec. He’s driven and rarely lets anything stop him from achieving the result needed to solve the crime.

What were some of the challenges in the writing process when writing this book?

I had spinal surgery in January and the due date for this book was the 1st of March. It was really difficult to write while I was on heavy pain relief which tended to addle my brain! I spent a lot of time writing while lying on my bed, with the electric blanket on my back and the fan blowing on me. It was a challenging time, but between the amazing people at Allen and Unwin and I, we got the novel finished! And now, here it is!

What is your favourite quote in your book?

‘The healing rain didn’t seem like it was about to let up for the night and for that she was grateful. She pulled up a chair and sat with her legs tucked up underneath her, enjoying the sounds of nature’s music.’

Can you tell us something about your book that is not already revealed in the synopsis?

Dave’s brother is critically injured in a farming accident and he has to work out whether he wants to go back and see Dean or stay in Barker.

Describe your perfect book heroine/hero?

Harry Bosch from Michael Connelly’s books. I’ve been a little in love with him for many, many years!

What can readers expect next from your writing endeavours?

A young Dave Burrows novel, which is lot more hard core, than previous ones. In fact in the words of my editor: “Without A Doubt is tougher and more hard-bitten than your other Dave Burrows novels and I think that suits the pair of you! The storytelling feels strong and assured and we see Dave at his most rugged and his most vulnerable.”

I loved writing this novel and hope to write many more like this.

 


 

About Where The River Runs

Ten years ago, thirty-year-old Chelsea Taylor left the small country town of Barker and her family’s property to rise to the top as a concert pianist. With talent, ambition and a determination to show them all at home, Chelsea thought she had it made.

Yet here she was, back in Barker, with her four-year-old daughter, Aria, readying herself to face her father, Tom. The father who’d shouted down the phone ten years ago never to come home again.

With an uneasy truce developing, Chelsea and Aria settle into the rhythm of life on the land with Tom and Cal, the farmhand, who seems already to have judged Chelsea badly. Until a shocking discovery is made on the riverbed and Detective Dave Burrows, the local copper, has to tear back generations of family stories to reveal the secrets of the past.

Chelsea just wants a relationship with her dad but will he ever want that too? Or will his memory lapses mean they’ll never get that opportunity?

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