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Hey Everyone! 

I'd love to introduce you to Rosie Miles, who is on tour with her debut novel, Never Surrender. 


I stumbled upon Rosie in real life, rather than on the internet like all the other authors I know. We met in front of the romance section of the bookshelf in my local Target. I can't help but stop and browse, even though I had no plans to buy anything, and I often start up conversations about books with random strangers. Well, a few weeks ago, that random stranger was Rosie! We tracked each other down online, as Rosie was only in my town on holiday, and I'm excited to welcome her to my blog today.



Rosie Miles has always been fascinated by cops. If she didn’t hate guns with such passion, she would have joined the force. Instead she writes about the cop behind the badge and the loves that challenge them.
She enjoys overseas travel but relishes the road trips she takes with her forever man, to different destinations throughout Australia, looking for settings for her next story.


Married with three adult children, Rosie believes that: Life is to be lived, You never stop learning, and you never, ever, give up on your dreams.

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Interview


What inspired you to write Never Surrender?

I had a dream, really, I dreamt Quinn, sitting in that bar, bourbon in hand, waiting, and watching. I woke up, my heart racing. I was so excited. I grabbed my notebook that lives on my bed side table and wrote it down. It took a while the next morning to decipher what I’d written.


Did you know how Never Surrender was going to end when you started writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Renee, I had no idea how it was going to end.  I honestly started from page one and just kept writing. All I knew was that Quinn and Maggie were destined for each other. Plotter or pantser? Would you believe a pantser that plots? My first draft, I just get it down, no sense no order, just writing. Then I read what I’ve written, (thank heavens for computers so I can read what the words say, even if they’re misspelt.) I then apply what I’ve learned from Alexandra Sokoloff’s Writing Love, Screenwriting tricks for Authors.  I use the Three-Act, Eight-Sequence Structure, so as my story flows.


How long did it take you to go from first idea to publication of Never Surrender?

Way too long. You could say my whole life.


Which character do you relate to most and why?

Maggie, definitely Maggie. Why? I think because she’s made mistakes in her life and is brave enough to admit it. She puts others first.  She is emotionally torn between career and love.


I love the cover! Who did your cover design and how much input did you have?

I’m so glad you like the cover. I must admit every time I look at it I smile.  Entangled asked me what sort of cover I preferred.  I gave them a list and this is what the cover artist came up with. Did it tick all the boxes? Pretty close. 


What do you do when you aren’t writing?

Between working at a job I love and spending time with my family, I research holiday destinations. I’m looking at houses in Tuscany at the moment.  My forever man and I are heading over there late next year.


Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Renee, I’d like to thank you for being lovely enough to talk to a complete stranger at the book shelves in Target. If we hadn’t chatted, I wouldn’t be here on your blog. I have made some wonderful friends on my journey to publication. Without them, it wouldn’t have been half as much fun.
Thanks.


 Never Surrender by Rosie Miles

Police officer Maggie Sinclair prides herself on her independence. She doesn't need anyone, especially her ex-lover. Working undercover to expose a prostitution ring, Maggie rescues two teenaged girls—but blows her cover in the process. Now she's in deep, and the only person who can help her is the last man she wants to call...

Detective Quinn 
Keller remembers Maggie telling him Hell would freeze over before she needed him. He offered her everything, and she rejected him. Now he has the opportunity to show Maggie they're stronger as a team—even as their attraction becomes increasingly hotter. But this passion won't just bring them together or tear them apart...it could get them both killed. 


Hey! Here's my review.

I've always vowed that I wouldn't give a boyfriend a second chance. If we couldn't work things out, then it wasn't meant to be. Characters have to prove themselves to me in a second chance romance, for me to hope they get back together. By the end of Never Surrender, I was cheering for reconciliation.

Rosie Miles debut novel fits neatly in the romantic suspense category romance box. It met my expectations. The romance side was a little predictable, but I would have been unhappy if it had gone any other way. The suspense side kept me guessing, though I spotted the clues with the 20:20 vision of hindsight. I loved the familiar Australian setting. 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

★★★★

  • Where: Author Invitiation
  • Format: ebook



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In the vein of "Year of the Dog" and "The Higher Power of Lucky," thisMiddle Eastern coming-of-age story is told with warmth, spirit, and a mischievous sense of humor 
Spunky eleven-year-old Wadjda lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with her parents. She desperately wants a bicycle so that she can race her friend Abdullah, even though it is considered improper for girls to ride bikes. Wadjda earns money for her dream bike by selling homemade bracelets and mixtapes of banned music to her classmates. But after she's caught, she s forced to turn over a new leaf (sort of), or risk expulsion from school. Still, Wadjda keeps scheming, and with the bicycle so closely in her sights, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. 
Set against the shifting social attitudes of the Middle East, "The Green Bicycle"explores gender roles, conformity, and the importance of family, all with wit and irresistible heart."



Hey! Heres' my review.

Set in modern day Saudi Arabia, this middle grade fiction book tells the story of Wadjda, a spunky eleven year old girl who is challenging what is expected of her. As I was reading, the scenes sprung to life, as if in a movie. I thought it would be fabulous as a movie and was excited to read in the "About the Author" section at the end, that this is the author's debut novel and was based on her award winning feature film "Wadjda".

This would be a fantastic book for readers of any age to gain insight into everyday life in Saudi Arabia. The writing is simple enough for middle grade readers yet still engaging for older readers.

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

★★★★

  • Where: NetGalley
  • Format: ebook

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When Australian Lily Johansson earns the opportunity to dance for the prestigious Bohème Ballet in Paris, she fulfils a lifelong dream and continues a family legacy — but it comes at a cost.


While Lily falls in love with the City of Light and her professional life catapults her into fame, her personal life suffers as the relationship with her fiancé deteriorates. On a stormy night, an argument sends Lily racing across the road and a speeding car tragically changes her life forever. Lily’s heart, once full of love and hope, is smashed to pieces and her career crumbles into a hopeless mess. Stumbling into a solitary future she’d never planned, Lily must learn to live with the grief of losing the man she loved and find her way in an unfamiliar world.


Hey! Here's my review


A fabulous free prequel to . I loved getting some insight into the backstory of the heroine and the cliffhanger ending made me want to pick up the novel immediately.

★★★★★

  • Where: Kobo
  • Format: ebook

Lily Johansson returns to Paris, the city that broke her heart and destroyed her ballet career, hoping to ease the guilt over her fiance's death and to make amends with her estranged sister Natalie, a ballerina with the Boheme Ballet.

Terrified of loving again, Lily nevertheless finds herself becoming entangled with the driven composer Yves Rousseau. Lily has many reasons for keeping Yves at arm's length but as he recounts the colour, drama and intensity of the Ballets Russes in 1917, the magic of this Bohemian era ignites a spark within her.

Meanwhile, cast in the role of honouring Ballet Russes dancer Viktoriya Budian, Lily's sister Natalie develops an unhealthy obsession. Natalie's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic as elements of Viktoriya's tragic life resonate in her own. Lily fears for her sister's safety and sanity so when Natalie goes missing, she and Yves set out on a desperate quest across France to find her and, along the way, battle their own demons.

Could the search for her sister, lead Lily to realise that ballet -- like love and life -- should not be abandoned so easily?
 


Hey! Here's my review.

I picked this book up straight after finishing the free prequel, . I love 's dual narrative style and adore the dance themes that run through this series. 

The Paris setting was brought to life, I'd love to visit one day more than ever. I don't think I have the discipline (or the figure) for ballet, though.

Dance, romance, and sexy French accents - yes, please!


★★★★★
  • Where: NetGalley
  • Format: ebook









One farmer + two stunning girls competing for his affection = 1 hit reality show

Gorgeous farmer Adam Armstrong loves his life — he owns and runs his own piece of heaven, a successful pearl farm, and spends his days outdoors in Australia’s stunning Kimberley. There’s just one thing missing: someone to share it with, but when you live in one of the most uninhabited places on Earth it’s not easy to meet the perfect woman.

Enter Evangeline Sinclair, PA for hot new reality show Perfect Mate — smart, funny, passionate and determined to help him find his ideal partner. What could go wrong, right?

Adam has signed a contract to pursue a relationship with one of the contestants and he’s a man of integrity, but Evie, with her very personal interview questions, is opening him up in unexpected ways. Can he stay true to his agreement to find love in front of the cameras rather than behind?

For Evie, a year in professional wasteland after an on-air debacle has left her desperate to salvage her career and Perfect Mate’s success will ensure this. But can she stand by while the man she’s falling in love with is ruthlessly exploited?



Hey! Here's my review.

With as much drama as you'd see on reality tv, plus all the drama from the cutting room floor, The Farmer's Perfect Match is an entertaining read.

Life on a remote pearl farm doesn't give Adam many chances to meet women. Being part of the Perfect Match reality TV show sounds like a good idea but don't turn out exactly as planned. I loved Adam's character, down to earth and honest. I enjoyed having likeable characters to cheer for and villains to hate. I was satisfied that everyone got what they deserved and all the ends were wrapped up nicely. 

It was an interesting insight into what goes on behind the scenes in a reality tv show. The balance of trying to let things unfold naturally and needing to replay the action to get the perfect shot. 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.


★★★★

  • Where: NetGalley
  • Format: ebook








The adventures of Extraordinary Ernie and Marvelous Maud continue but who or what is making the usually cheerful and dependable Maud so grumpy? And why are she and Ernie arguing all the time? It seems to Ernie that being his sidekick just isn t important to Maud anymore. Then Valiant Vera says that if the two trainee superheroes can t work together, they will be thrown out of the Superheroes Society. Ernie and Maud must learn the value of teamwork (and how to get a sheep out of a tree) before it?'s too late. Ernie and Maud are back for another hilarious and fast-paced book full of the same sort of delightful characters and hilarious story that entertained readers in Extraordinary Ernie and Marvelous Maud. 





Hey! Here's my review.

This is the third book in the Ernie and Maud series, but the first one I have read. I have enjoyed other books By the author, so decided to pick this up on the last trip to the library.

***Interview with my 4 & 6 year old***

Me: What did you think of that book?
Him: It was thumbs up ( while holding up two thumbs)
Her: Awesome

Me: What was your favourite part?
Him: the rescue
Her: When the boy rescued the sheep

Me: Would you like to be a superhero?
Him: Yes! I have a superhero costume!
Her: **nods**

Me: What would your superhero name be?
Him: Batman
Her: Molly
Him: Molly, you could be in my club! We could have a club of three, me, Molly and Harry.

Me: Who would you have for a sidekick?
Him: Molly. Molly you could be Batman 2!
Her: Tommy
  • Where: Local Library
  • Format: paperback
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Hey Everyone!

How often have you made vague new year's resolutions only to have them to fall by the wayside. I'll never drink again. Sound familiar? Broad goals might be easy to make, but they are hard to keep. This year, make your resolutions smart ones.



S - Specific

No more "be healthier" resolutions this year. Be more specific. Break your broad goal into steps or narrow it down. "Be healthier" may become "improve my fitness". "Better myself" may become "read more books".

M - Measurable

How do you know when you've achieved your goal? Choose a benchmark to you need to reach to know you have succeeded. You may choose to measure your fitness by timing how long it takes you to run a certain distance. Read more books? Work out how many books you usually read, then choose a number to aim for.

A - Achievable

If you spend most of your time sitting down, then winning the next marathon might not be a realistic goal. Completing a marathon might be though. If you haven't read a book since high school, then my goal from last year of read 200 books in 12 months might be beyond you, but read 12 books may be a more achievable goal. Choose a resolution that you have a chance at succeeding with.


R - Relevant

Choose a resolution that is relevant to your life and you are more likely to stick with it. Work towards something you care about.

T - Time bound

Set a time limit for your resolution. When do you want to achieve your goal by? The end of the year? Within six months? Choose a time and set yourself a reminder to check if you have succeeded. If not, don't give up, just set a new goal and keep at it.






Your "be healthier" resolution might look like this: I will improve my fitness by jogging for a solid ten minutes on the treadmill, three times a week, by the end of March. To achieve that, you may need to start out walking for ten minutes, then build up to walking for five and jogging for five.

Your "better myself" resolution may look like this: I will broaden my knowledge by reading 12 books by the end of the year.

If these resolutions aren't relevant to you, don't just call them SMAT goals, make up your own.

My SMART new years resolution is: I will finish writing the first draft of my novel by the end of February. What are yours?








 Hey Everyone! 

I'd like to introduce you to Sasha Black. Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.

When she's not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.

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Your hero is not the most important character in your book. Your villain is.

Are you fed up of drowning in two-dimensional villains? Frustrated with creating clichés? And failing to get your reader to root for your villain?

  
In 13 Steps to Evil, you’ll discover: 

ü  How to develop a villain’s mindset
ü  A step-by-step guide to creating your villain from the ground up
ü  Why getting to the core of a villain’s personality is essential to make them credible
ü  What pitfalls and clichés to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs
  
Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create superbad villains. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned writer, this book will help power up your bad guy and give them that extra edge.

These lessons will help you master and control your villainous minions, navigate and gain the perfect balance of good and evil, as well as strengthening your villain to give your story the tension and punch it needs.

If you like dark humour, learning through examples and want to create the best villains you can, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting superbad villains. Read 13 Steps to Evil today and start creating kick-ass villains.


Hey! Here's my review

I've been reading Sasha's emails for a while and I love her writing tips. I've always struggled with how to write villains so I jumped on the opportunity to read a review copy of 13 Steps to Supervillians. Sasha's quirky and amusing voice came through in this how-to book just as well as it does in her emails. It was packed full of actionable tips and good explanations for why your villains need depth. This book informed and entertained.

★★★★★
  • Where: Review Request
  • Format: ebook

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Book Excerpt

Why Writers Fudge Up Their Villains

Villains are like newborn infants. So much glorious potential. Until we writers get our grubby mitts on them and balls it up. With the careless flick of a pen, we can turn a finely sculpted baby villain into a cringe-worthy cliché because we didn’t make him bad enough, or we create something so heinously evil it’s unrealistic.

A villain might be a plot device, but he still needs a purpose and a goal, or he’s unworthy as an opponent for your hero (See STEP 3 for motives and goals).

While researching this book, writers told me all kinds of problems they encountered while creating their villains. From getting the dialogue right and avoiding clichés, to knowing how evil to make a villain, to how to reveal her motives without using blatant exposition.

Behind all these issues lie two basic barriers that are the Achilles in every writer’s villainous heel:

1. Depending on the point of view (POV) the book’s written in, the villain is usually seen through the eyes of your hero.

A solitary POV gives you a page-limited amount of time to show your villain’s best, most authentic and devilishly evil side. Page-limited to the point it makes it eye-wateringly difficult to convey her backstory effectively without information dumping. You have to be better, clearer, more tactical and more concise with your words to create superbad villains.

2. Writers are hero worshippers.

We love our heroes and protagonists more than our spouses. And as a result, we spend shameful amounts of time honing our protagonist’s muscular heroics into shape. But that relegates our villain (the plot-driving conflict-creator) to the corner of our book, complete with a nobody-loves-you-anyway hat. In other words, writers don’t pay enough attention to their villain.

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Goal, motivation, and conflict are the foundation of everything that happens in the story world. Using charts, examples, and movies, the author breaks these key elements down into understandable components and walks the reader through the process of laying this foundation in his or her own work.

Learn what causes sagging middles and how to fix them, which goals are important, which aren’t and why, how to get your characters to do what they need for your plot in a believable manner, and how to use conflict to create a good story. GMC can be used not only in plotting, but in character development, sharpening scenes, pitching ideas to an editor, and evaluating whether an idea will work.

Be confident your ideas will work before you write 200 pages.

Plan a road map to keep your story on track.

Discovery why your scenes aren’t working and what to do about it.

Create characters that editors and readers will care about.


"This book belongs on every fiction writer's bookshelf. Anyone who has ever had a story to tell and is dying to get it down on paper will find guidance and inspiration in GMC. The presentation is clear, immediate, and relevant to all writers--from novices to seasoned professionals. Experienced author Debra Dixon has done a magnificent job of demystifying the toughest aspect of fiction writing: that of a giving a story shape, form and urgency." — Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling and RITA® Award winning author of over 40 novels and novellas

“One of the best in her craft.” — Toronto Star

“Goal, Motivation & Conflict is one of my all time favorites.” — Jane Porter (Flirting With Forty), award winning and bestselling author with 10 million books in print, in twenty languages and 25 countries




Hey! Here's my review


I'm inhaling writing craft books left right and centre. This is my favourite so far.

When my critique partner gave me some feedback about clarifying my character's goals, motivation and conflict, she mentioned "there's a book called GMC." Too impatient for an email response for the author's name, I searched GMC on Amazon and found it straight away. 

Once I started reading, it made so much sense. I wanted to devour the whole book in one go, but I forced myself to ration it out. I wanted to make sure I absorbed s much as I could. I think, like my critique partner, that I'll reread this book every year as a refresher. 

This book gave em an understanding of how to apply goal, motivation and conflict to characters, scenes and the book as a whole. I recommend it to everyone who is interested in writing craft.

★★★★★

  • Where: Amazon
  • Format: ebook






Hey Everyone!

This post is especially for my Aussie friends. I don't often jump up and down and shout out about a product, but this time I couldn't help myself. My favourite ereader, the one I use everyday, is going on sale today! It is usually $189.95, but for four days only Kobo Australia will be making it available 

With a 6 inch screen, it is the perfect size for reading. Bigger than my smartphone but not as bulky as a tablet. I love the Pearl E Ink screen, so easy to read outside in the sunshine (I have a lot of that where I live). The first ereader I had was the Kobo Touch. I loved it, but was so excited to upgrade to the Aura . Mostly because of the built in frontlight, but I love the smooth edge to edge design. No raised bevel on this baby! 


Four days only! 

Starting June 26th until June 29th 2015.

I chose the Kobo because they are easily available in Australia and are compatible with epub ebooks. The majority of the books I read are epub, as that is what is available through my local library. 

If you do spoil yourself with a new Kobo Aura or already have a Kobo, why not treat yourself to a new romance book. They are on sale too. If you don't have a Kobo, you can download the Kobo app for free and read on your smartphone or tablet.







Hey Everyone!

I had a review request for a zombie book just after my last zombie fest, but I have been suffering from zombie burnout, so it kept getting put aside for fun romance novels. I originally tried to download the audiobook from audible, but it wasn't licensed for Australia. Since then, on advice from Amazon, I added a friend's US address to my account so that I could redeem a gift voucher that I received.  I realised this week, that this may let me get the audiobook now.....yep ;) twisting the rules a little....but Amazon told me to! I'm so glad I waited for the audio, the narrator was superb.  I posted this picture of the Braineater Joe ebook on twitter a few days ago and here is the informal "twitterview" that followed.







Stephen Kozeniewski ‏@outfortune Jul 9
Hope you enjoy it, !


To be or not to be.... Bahahaha! I love it!


:) okay I think I found a kindred spirit in you,

Renee Conoulty ‏@HeySaidRenee
I "borrowed" a friends US address and got myself the audio after all. Awesome narration! Loving the humor.


Ohhhhhhh! Dat's 's fault. I had nothing to do with it. :)

Steve Rimpici ‏@StevesVO
. Glad you're enjoying it although I am merely a vessel for the master's words.

Renee Conoulty ‏@HeySaidRenee
Great teamwork boys!

Renee Conoulty ‏@HeySaidRenee 5h5 hours ago
I just finished and loved it! Steve and Stephen were a perfect match - how did you end up working together?

Steve Rimpici ‏@StevesVO 2h2 hours ago
. Regular audition but I add a subliminal "choir of angels" track to better my odds of getting hired.

Renee Conoulty ‏@HeySaidRenee 1h1 hour ago
Stephen, was it the subliminal angels that won you over? Or was you publisher involved in the decision?

1h1 hour ago
I don't remember any angels, just stunning inborn talent and skill cultivated over years of hard work.

Stephen Kozeniewski ‏@outfortune 1h1 hour ago
Although I endorsed 's audition, per our contract the decision was 100% 's. I think they chose well :)

Renee Conoulty ‏@HeySaidRenee
You guys make me smile! I'll tag you both again when my blog review (incl this "twitterview") is up. Any last words?

Stephen Kozeniewski ‏@outfortune
., you are my superior narrator. You are also my friend. I have been...and always shall be...yours.

Steve Rimpici ‏@StevesVO
. Keep calm and keep listening!


Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski

Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he’s now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder.

But Jones’s investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings. Unfortunately, finding liquor during Prohibition is costly and dangerous. From his Mason jar, the cantankerous Old Man rules the only speakeasy in the city that caters to the postmortem crowd.

As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city’s stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn’t stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism.

Cracking this case is a tall order. Braineater Jones won’t get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity.


Hey! Here's my review.

Braineater Jones woke up from the big sleep, discovered he was undead, but had no idea who he was. Set in the 1930's, in an alternate reality, where sentient zombies coexist with humans Braineater Jones put on his Private Eye hat and picked up a few detective jobs, so that he could pay for alcohol to keep his brain pickled enough to keep it functioning. He continued working on the side to uncover his own story too. 

Written in a hardboiled noir detective style, you can imagine Humphrey Bogart with a gaping hole in his chest, and almost hear his drawl. Actually, I pretty much did! I listened to the audiobook and Steve Rimpici was amazing! He gave each of the characters a unique voice and portrayed Stephen Kozeniewski's dry humour flawlessly. I was smiling the whole way through and actually laughed out loud a few times. Not just an LOL that you type when you think something was funny, the one where your kids come over and ask you what you were laughing at (but you can't tell them because...well....severed heads and Shakespeare may not be quite as funny to 6 year olds)




★★★★★  
  • Where: Author Invitation
  • Format: audiobook
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Hey Everyone!

I'd like to introduce you to Marilyn Forsyth, who has just released her latest novel, The Farmer’s Perfect Match.

Marilyn Forsyth would love to live in a world where everyone’s story has an ending as happy as those in her books. Her emotion-packed outback romances combine hunky heroes and huggable heroines with settings in some of Australia’s most remote and beautiful places. When she’s not in her writing cave creating characters for readers to fall in love with she can be found travelling, painting in watercolours or canvassing local cafes for the perfect coffee/cake combo.

She has two grown sons and lives, surrounded by bush, with her husband (you may recognise him from some of her stories) in the foothills of a coastal village south of Sydney. She is also part-owner of a castle in Scotland. (Okay, okay, it’s only a one-square-foot plot in the castle grounds but, hey, it entitles her to be called ‘Lady Marilyn of Chaol Ghleann’.J)

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Guest Post

Reality Check

I have to tell you, after doing a heap of research for The Farmer’s Perfect Match I was gobsmacked by the things I discovered, and I haven’t been able to watch reality television the same way since. A major theme of my book is the difference between appearance and reality, and nowhere is that more evident than in the profusion of reality-based programs on our screens. Look, don’t get me wrong, I’m not condemning reality TV. I watch it a lot (just ask my husband J), but with much more than just a grain of salt these days.


I’ve read that all Top 20 of Australia’s most watched television shows in 2015 were reality-based. It doesn’t surprise me, it’s clearly what television viewers want, and studios are constantly coming up with new, and increasingly sensationalised shows (honestly, Married at First Sight? Who’d do that?) to feed that hungry audience.


It seems we watch RTV for the same reasons we watch our favourite scripted shows: characters to empathise with, interesting settings, an entertaining plot. But the thing is, real life doesn’t have a plot and, let’s face it, much of everyday life is pretty mundane. Of the hundreds of hours’ worth of footage that go into making a one-hour show, most of it ends up on the cutting room floor, leaving editors to stitch together an intriguing story with the bits they’ve saved. I understand it’s the nature of the beast, but to combine audio/video from different sets of footage to portray a character in a misleading way, or to coax characters into verbalising feelings they may not yet feel, or to play dramatic music over an innocuous scene in order to create a sense of conflict, it’s…well, it’s audience manipulation, isn’t it?


Evie and Adam learn all this and more about reality television in The Farmer’s Perfect Match.

The Farmer’s Perfect Match

One farmer + two stunning girls competing for his affection = 1 hit reality show

Gorgeous farmer Adam Armstrong loves his life — he owns and runs his own piece of heaven, a successful pearl farm, and spends his days outdoors in Australia’s stunning Kimberley. There’s just one thing missing: someone to share it with, but when you live in one of the most uninhabited places on Earth it’s not easy to meet the perfect woman.

Enter Evangeline Sinclair, PA for hot new reality show Perfect Mate — smart, funny, passionate and determined to help him find his ideal partner. What could go wrong, right?

Adam has signed a contract to pursue a relationship with one of the contestants and he’s a man of integrity, but Evie, with her very personal interview questions, is opening him up in unexpected ways. Can he stay true to his agreement to find love in front of the cameras rather than behind?

For Evie, a year in professional wasteland after an on-air debacle has left her desperate to salvage her career and Perfect Mate’s success will ensure this. But can she stand by while the man she’s falling in love with is ruthlessly exploited?



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Jane Austen gets a little dusty in this outback retelling of a beloved story about a man who learns that first impressions can be wrong when you’re looking for Ms Right.

Wheat farmer Evan Bennet is happy being single until his brother falls for the new girl in town, wealthy hotel owner Claire Bingley. Suddenly finding a girl seems more appealing…unless you’re talking about Claire’s best friend, pretentious lawyer Darcy Fitzwilliam. Her cold manners have Evan seeing red, and when a cute girl with links to Darcy’s past catches his eye, he’s even more determined to dislike her.

When a startling revelation turns Evan’s world upside down and he unexpectedly crosses Darcy’s path again, he’s forced to reassess his opinion of her. But just as he starts to open his heart, a crisis engulfs his family, threatening to destroy any hope of a future with Darcy.

With a cloud hanging over his family, Evan knows his chance of winning Darcy’s heart is gone… until some surprising news and a generous gift leave him wondering if her heart might be his after all.



Hey! Here;s my review.

A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice with gender reversals. 

I loved reading a romance told entirely from the perspective of a man, not something I come across often. Evan grew on me more and more as I read. 

I was delighted to discover that the book is set in country Victoria, not far from where I grew up. 

Evan and Darcy maintained the themes and spirit of Pride and Prejudice, but I became swept up in the story on its own merits. 

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


 ★★★★

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We met in front of the romance section of the bookshelf in my local Target. I can't help but stop and browse, even though I had no plans to buy anything, and I often start up conversations about books with random strangers. Well, a few weeks ago, that random stranger was Rosie! We tracked each other down online, as Rosie was only in my town on holiday, and I'm excited to welcome her to my blog today.Rosie Miles has always been fascinated by cops. If she didn’t hate guns with such passion, she would have joined the force. Instead she writes about the cop behind the badge and the loves that challenge them.She enjoys overseas travel but relishes the road trips she takes with her forever man, to different destinations throughout Australia, looking for settings for her next story.Married with three adult children, Rosie believes that: Life is to be lived, You never stop learning, and you never, ever, give up on your dreams.Connect with RosieWebsite | Blog | Facebook | TwitterInterviewWhat inspired you to write Never Surrender?I had a dream, really, I dreamt Quinn, sitting in that bar, bourbon in hand, waiting, and watching. I woke up, my heart racing. I was so excited. I grabbed my notebook that lives on my bed side table and wrote it down. It took a while the next morning to decipher what I’d written.Did you know how Never Surrender was going to end when you started writing? Are you a plotter or a pantser?Renee, I had no idea how it was going to end.  I honestly started from page one and just kept writing. All I knew was that Quinn and Maggie were destined for each other. Plotter or pantser? Would you believe a pantser that plots? My first draft, I just get it down, no sense no order, just writing. Then I read what I’ve written, (thank heavens for computers so I can read what the words say, even if they’re misspelt.) I then apply what I’ve learned from Alexandra Sokoloff’s Writing Love, Screenwriting tricks for Authors.  I use the Three-Act, Eight-Sequence Structure, so as my story flows.How long did it take you to go from first idea to publication of Never Surrender?Way too long. You could say my whole life.Which character do you relate to most and why?Maggie, definitely Maggie. Why? I think because she’s made mistakes in her life and is brave enough to admit it. She puts others first.  She is emotionally torn between career and love. I love the cover! Who did your cover design and how much input did you have?I’m so glad you like the cover. I must admit every time I look at it I smile.  Entangled asked me what sort of cover I preferred.  I gave them a list and this is what the cover artist came up with. Did it tick all the boxes? Pretty close.  What do you do when you aren’t writing?Between working at a job I love and spending time with my family, I research holiday destinations. I’m looking at houses in Tuscany at the moment.  My forever man and I are heading over there late next year. Is there anything else you would like to share with us?Renee, I’d like to thank you for being lovely enough to talk to a complete stranger at the book shelves in Target. If we hadn’t chatted, I wouldn’t be here on your blog. I have made some wonderful friends on my journey to publication. Without them, it wouldn’t have been half as much fun. Thanks. Never Surrender by Rosie MilesPolice officer Maggie Sinclair prides herself on her independence. She doesn't need anyone, especially her ex-lover. Working undercover to expose a prostitution ring, Maggie rescues two teenaged girls—but blows her cover in the process. Now she's in deep, and the only person who can help her is the last man she wants to call...Detective Quinn Keller remembers Maggie telling him Hell would freeze over before she needed him. He offered her everything, and she rejected him. Now he has the opportunity to show Maggie they're stronger as a team—even as their attraction becomes increasingly hotter. But this passion won't just bring them together or tear them apart...it could get them both killed. Hey! Here's my review.I've always vowed that I wouldn't give a boyfriend a second chance. If we couldn't work things out, then it wasn't meant to be. Characters have to prove themselves to me in a second chance romance, for me to hope they get back together. By the end of Never Surrender, I was cheering for reconciliation.Rosie Miles debut novel fits neatly in the romantic suspense category romance box. It met my expectations. The romance side was a little predictable, but I would have been unhappy if it had gone any other way. The suspense side kept me guessing, though I spotted the clues with the 20:20 vision of hindsight. I loved the familiar Australian setting. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.★★★★Where: Author InvitiationFormat: ebookPurchase linksAmazon | Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | EntangledEnter the giveaway below for your chance to win$20 Gift Card/Voucher to Bath & Body Works (spa package) International entries welcome.a Rafflecopter giveawayPop in and see Rosie on her other blog tour stops10/19/2015Books on Fire ToursSpotlight10/19/2015Drifting Into BooksSpotlight10/20/2015Sweet N Sassy Book A HolicsSpotlight10/20/2015A One-Click Addict's Book BlogReview10/21/2015Harps Romance Book ReviewReview10/22/2015Desire Me OnlySpotlight10/22/2015Harlie's BooksSpotlight10/23/2015Life with two boysSpotlight10/23/2015Becky on BooksSpotlight10/26/2015Teatime and BooksSpotlight10/26/2015Deal sharing auntSpotlight10/27/2015Fictional Rendezvous Book BlogSpotlight10/27/2015Rachel Brimble RomanceSpotlight10/28/2015Reviews by CrystalSpotlight10/28/2015Hey Said ReneeInterview10/29/2015A Biblio RomanceSpotlight10/29/2015Jacklynn Love's ReadingSpotlight10/30/2015You Gotta ReadSpotlight10/30/2015The Naughty Librarians PlaygroundSpotlightThe Green Bicycle by Haifaa al Mansour In the vein of "Year of the Dog" and "The Higher Power of Lucky," thisMiddle Eastern coming-of-age story is told with warmth, spirit, and a mischievous sense of humor Spunky eleven-year-old Wadjda lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with her parents. She desperately wants a bicycle so that she can race her friend Abdullah, even though it is considered improper for girls to ride bikes. Wadjda earns money for her dream bike by selling homemade bracelets and mixtapes of banned music to her classmates. But after she's caught, she s forced to turn over a new leaf (sort of), or risk expulsion from school. Still, Wadjda keeps scheming, and with the bicycle so closely in her sights, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Set against the shifting social attitudes of the Middle East, "The Green Bicycle"explores gender roles, conformity, and the importance of family, all with wit and irresistible heart."Hey! Heres' my review.Set in modern day Saudi Arabia, this middle grade fiction book tells the story of Wadjda, a spunky eleven year old girl who is challenging what is expected of her. As I was reading, the scenes sprung to life, as if in a movie. I thought it would be fabulous as a movie and was excited to read in the "About the Author" section at the end, that this is the author's debut novel and was based on her award winning feature film "Wadjda".This would be a fantastic book for readers of any age to gain insight into everyday life in Saudi Arabia. The writing is simple enough for middle grade readers yet still engaging for older readers.I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.★★★★Where: NetGalleyFormat: ebookPurchase linkAmazonDance, Romance & Sexy French Accents When Australian Lily Johansson earns the opportunity to dance for the prestigious Bohème Ballet in Paris, she fulfils a lifelong dream and continues a family legacy — but it comes at a cost.While Lily falls in love with the City of Light and her professional life catapults her into fame, her personal life suffers as the relationship with her fiancé deteriorates. On a stormy night, an argument sends Lily racing across the road and a speeding car tragically changes her life forever. Lily’s heart, once full of love and hope, is smashed to pieces and her career crumbles into a hopeless mess. Stumbling into a solitary future she’d never planned, Lily must learn to live with the grief of losing the man she loved and find her way in an unfamiliar world.Hey! Here's my reviewA fabulous free prequel to Beneath the Parisian Skies. I loved getting some insight into the backstory of the heroine and the cliffhanger ending made me want to pick up the novel immediately.★★★★★Where: KoboFormat: ebookLily Johansson returns to Paris, the city that broke her heart and destroyed her ballet career, hoping to ease the guilt over her fiance's death and to make amends with her estranged sister Natalie, a ballerina with the Boheme Ballet.Terrified of loving again, Lily nevertheless finds herself becoming entangled with the driven composer Yves Rousseau. Lily has many reasons for keeping Yves at arm's length but as he recounts the colour, drama and intensity of the Ballets Russes in 1917, the magic of this Bohemian era ignites a spark within her.Meanwhile, cast in the role of honouring Ballet Russes dancer Viktoriya Budian, Lily's sister Natalie develops an unhealthy obsession. Natalie's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic as elements of Viktoriya's tragic life resonate in her own. Lily fears for her sister's safety and sanity so when Natalie goes missing, she and Yves set out on a desperate quest across France to find her and, along the way, battle their own demons.Could the search for her sister, lead Lily to realise that ballet -- like love and life -- should not be abandoned so easily? Hey! Here's my review.I picked this book up straight after finishing the free prequel, Parisian Dreams. I love Alli Sinclair's dual narrative style and adore the dance themes that run through this series. The Paris setting was brought to life, I'd love to visit one day more than ever. I don't think I have the discipline (or the figure) for ballet, though.Dance, romance, and sexy French accents - yes, please!★★★★★Where: NetGalleyFormat: ebook The Farmer's Perfect Match by Marilyn Forsyth One farmer + two stunning girls competing for his affection = 1 hit reality showGorgeous farmer Adam Armstrong loves his life — he owns and runs his own piece of heaven, a successful pearl farm, and spends his days outdoors in Australia’s stunning Kimberley. There’s just one thing missing: someone to share it with, but when you live in one of the most uninhabited places on Earth it’s not easy to meet the perfect woman.Enter Evangeline Sinclair, PA for hot new reality show Perfect Mate — smart, funny, passionate and determined to help him find his ideal partner. What could go wrong, right?Adam has signed a contract to pursue a relationship with one of the contestants and he’s a man of integrity, but Evie, with her very personal interview questions, is opening him up in unexpected ways. Can he stay true to his agreement to find love in front of the cameras rather than behind?For Evie, a year in professional wasteland after an on-air debacle has left her desperate to salvage her career and Perfect Mate’s success will ensure this. But can she stand by while the man she’s falling in love with is ruthlessly exploited?Hey! Here's my review.With as much drama as you'd see on reality tv, plus all the drama from the cutting room floor, The Farmer's Perfect Match is an entertaining read.Life on a remote pearl farm doesn't give Adam many chances to meet women. Being part of the Perfect Match reality TV show sounds like a good idea but don't turn out exactly as planned. I loved Adam's character, down to earth and honest. I enjoyed having likeable characters to cheer for and villains to hate. I was satisfied that everyone got what they deserved and all the ends were wrapped up nicely. It was an interesting insight into what goes on behind the scenes in a reality tv show. The balance of trying to let things unfold naturally and needing to replay the action to get the perfect shot. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.★★★★Where: NetGalleyFormat: ebookThe Middle Sheep by Frances Watts The adventures of Extraordinary Ernie and Marvelous Maud continue but who or what is making the usually cheerful and dependable Maud so grumpy? And why are she and Ernie arguing all the time? It seems to Ernie that being his sidekick just isn t important to Maud anymore. Then Valiant Vera says that if the two trainee superheroes can t work together, they will be thrown out of the Superheroes Society. Ernie and Maud must learn the value of teamwork (and how to get a sheep out of a tree) before it?'s too late. Ernie and Maud are back for another hilarious and fast-paced book full of the same sort of delightful characters and hilarious story that entertained readers in Extraordinary Ernie and Marvelous Maud. Hey! Here's my review.This is the third book in the Ernie and Maud series, but the first one I have read. I have enjoyed other books By the author, so decided to pick this up on the last trip to the library.***Interview with my 4 & 6 year old***Me: What did you think of that book?Him: It was thumbs up ( while holding up two thumbs)Her: AwesomeMe: What was your favourite part?Him: the rescueHer: When the boy rescued the sheepMe: Would you like to be a superhero?Him: Yes! I have a superhero costume!Her: **nods**Me: What would your superhero name be?Him: BatmanHer: MollyHim: Molly, you could be in my club! We could have a club of three, me, Molly and Harry.Me: Who would you have for a sidekick?Him: Molly. Molly you could be Batman 2!Her: Tommy★★★★Where: Local LibraryFormat: paperbackPurchase linksAmazon | KoboHow to write smart new years resolutions Hey Everyone!How often have you made vague new year's resolutions only to have them to fall by the wayside. I'll never drink again. Sound familiar? Broad goals might be easy to make, but they are hard to keep. This year, make your resolutions smart ones.S - SpecificNo more "be healthier" resolutions this year. Be more specific. Break your broad goal into steps or narrow it down. "Be healthier" may become "improve my fitness". "Better myself" may become "read more books".M - MeasurableHow do you know when you've achieved your goal? Choose a benchmark to you need to reach to know you have succeeded. You may choose to measure your fitness by timing how long it takes you to run a certain distance. Read more books? Work out how many books you usually read, then choose a number to aim for. A - Achievable If you spend most of your time sitting down, then winning the next marathon might not be a realistic goal. Completing a marathon might be though. If you haven't read a book since high school, then my goal from last year of read 200 books in 12 months might be beyond you, but read 12 books may be a more achievable goal. Choose a resolution that you have a chance at succeeding with.R - RelevantChoose a resolution that is relevant to your life and you are more likely to stick with it. Work towards something you care about. T - Time boundSet a time limit for your resolution. When do you want to achieve your goal by? The end of the year? Within six months? Choose a time and set yourself a reminder to check if you have succeeded. If not, don't give up, just set a new goal and keep at it. Your "be healthier" resolution might look like this: I will improve my fitness by jogging for a solid ten minutes on the treadmill, three times a week, by the end of March. To achieve that, you may need to start out walking for ten minutes, then build up to walking for five and jogging for five.Your "better myself" resolution may look like this: I will broaden my knowledge by reading 12 books by the end of the year.If these resolutions aren't relevant to you, don't just call them SMAT goals, make up your own.My SMART new years resolution is: I will finish writing the first draft of my novel by the end of February. What are yours?HeySaidRenee: How to write smart new years resolutions https://t.co/fJjMvfLFMc#ModayBlogs #goalsetting #resolution— Renee Conoulty (@HeySaidRenee) January 4, 201613 Steps to Evil  Hey Everyone!  I'd like to introduce you to Sasha Black. Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.When she's not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.Connect with Sasha viaTwitter | Facebook | Pinterest | InstagramYour hero is not the most important character in your book. Your villain is.Are you fed up of drowning in two-dimensional villains? Frustrated with creating clichés? And failing to get your reader to root for your villain?  In 13 Steps to Evil, you’ll discover: ü  How to develop a villain’s mindsetü  A step-by-step guide to creating your villain from the ground upü  Why getting to the core of a villain’s personality is essential to make them credible ü  What pitfalls and clichés to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs  Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create superbad villains. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned writer, this book will help power up your bad guy and give them that extra edge.These lessons will help you master and control your villainous minions, navigate and gain the perfect balance of good and evil, as well as strengthening your villain to give your story the tension and punch it needs. If you like dark humour, learning through examples and want to create the best villains you can, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting superbad villains. Read 13 Steps to Evil today and start creating kick-ass villains.Hey! Here's my reviewI've been reading Sasha's emails for a while and I love her writing tips. I've always struggled with how to write villains so I jumped on the opportunity to read a review copy of 13 Steps to Supervillians. Sasha's quirky and amusing voice came through in this how-to book just as well as it does in her emails. It was packed full of actionable tips and good explanations for why your villains need depth. This book informed and entertained.★★★★★Where: Review RequestFormat: ebookPurchase link http://books2read.com/13stepstoevilBook ExcerptWhy Writers Fudge Up Their Villains Villains are like newborn infants. So much glorious potential. Until we writers get our grubby mitts on them and balls it up. With the careless flick of a pen, we can turn a finely sculpted baby villain into a cringe-worthy cliché because we didn’t make him bad enough, or we create something so heinously evil it’s unrealistic.A villain might be a plot device, but he still needs a purpose and a goal, or he’s unworthy as an opponent for your hero (See STEP 3 for motives and goals).While researching this book, writers told me all kinds of problems they encountered while creating their villains. From getting the dialogue right and avoiding clichés, to knowing how evil to make a villain, to how to reveal her motives without using blatant exposition.Behind all these issues lie two basic barriers that are the Achilles in every writer’s villainous heel:1. Depending on the point of view (POV) the book’s written in, the villain is usually seen through the eyes of your hero. A solitary POV gives you a page-limited amount of time to show your villain’s best, most authentic and devilishly evil side. Page-limited to the point it makes it eye-wateringly difficult to convey her backstory effectively without information dumping. You have to be better, clearer, more tactical and more concise with your words to create superbad villains. 2. Writers are hero worshippers. We love our heroes and protagonists more than our spouses. And as a result, we spend shameful amounts of time honing our protagonist’s muscular heroics into shape. But that relegates our villain (the plot-driving conflict-creator) to the corner of our book, complete with a nobody-loves-you-anyway hat. In other words, writers don’t pay enough attention to their villain. Purchase link http://books2read.com/13stepstoevilGMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon Goal, motivation, and conflict are the foundation of everything that happens in the story world. Using charts, examples, and movies, the author breaks these key elements down into understandable components and walks the reader through the process of laying this foundation in his or her own work.Learn what causes sagging middles and how to fix them, which goals are important, which aren’t and why, how to get your characters to do what they need for your plot in a believable manner, and how to use conflict to create a good story. GMC can be used not only in plotting, but in character development, sharpening scenes, pitching ideas to an editor, and evaluating whether an idea will work.Be confident your ideas will work before you write 200 pages.Plan a road map to keep your story on track.Discovery why your scenes aren’t working and what to do about it.Create characters that editors and readers will care about."This book belongs on every fiction writer's bookshelf. Anyone who has ever had a story to tell and is dying to get it down on paper will find guidance and inspiration in GMC. The presentation is clear, immediate, and relevant to all writers--from novices to seasoned professionals. Experienced author Debra Dixon has done a magnificent job of demystifying the toughest aspect of fiction writing: that of a giving a story shape, form and urgency." — Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling and RITA® Award winning author of over 40 novels and novellas“One of the best in her craft.” — Toronto Star“Goal, Motivation & Conflict is one of my all time favorites.” — Jane Porter (Flirting With Forty), award winning and bestselling author with 10 million books in print, in twenty languages and 25 countriesHey! Here's my reviewI'm inhaling writing craft books left right and centre. This is my favourite so far.When my critique partner gave me some feedback about clarifying my character's goals, motivation and conflict, she mentioned "there's a book called GMC." Too impatient for an email response for the author's name, I searched GMC on Amazon and found it straight away. Once I started reading, it made so much sense. I wanted to devour the whole book in one go, but I forced myself to ration it out. I wanted to make sure I absorbed s much as I could. I think, like my critique partner, that I'll reread this book every year as a refresher. This book gave em an understanding of how to apply goal, motivation and conflict to characters, scenes and the book as a whole. I recommend it to everyone who is interested in writing craft.★★★★★ Where: AmazonFormat: ebook My favourite ereader is on sale Hey Everyone!This post is especially for my Aussie friends. I don't often jump up and down and shout out about a product, but this time I couldn't help myself. My favourite ereader, the one I use everyday, is going on sale today! It is usually $189.95, but for four days only Kobo Australia will be making it available for just $129!Forget Me Not by Stacey NashWith a 6 inch screen, it is the perfect size for reading. Bigger than my smartphone but not as bulky as a tablet. I love the Pearl E Ink screen, so easy to read outside in the sunshine (I have a lot of that where I live). The first ereader I had was the Kobo Touch. I loved it, but was so excited to upgrade to the Aura . Mostly because of the built in frontlight, but I love the smooth edge to edge design. No raised bevel on this baby! Four days only! Starting June 26th until June 29th 2015.Get the Kobo Aura eReader for just $129! I chose the Kobo because they are easily available in Australia and are compatible with epub ebooks. The majority of the books I read are epub, as that is what is available through my local library. If you do spoil yourself with a new Kobo Aura or already have a Kobo, why not treat yourself to a new romance book. They are on sale too. If you don't have a Kobo, you can download the Kobo app for free and read on your smartphone or tablet.Save 30% off great romance eBooks on Kobo.com! This weekend only.Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski **Interview & Review** Hey Everyone!I had a review request for a zombie book just after my last zombie fest, but I have been suffering from zombie burnout, so it kept getting put aside for fun romance novels. I originally tried to download the audiobook from audible, but it wasn't licensed for Australia. Since then, on advice from Amazon, I added a friend's US address to my account so that I could redeem a gift voucher that I received.  I realised this week, that this may let me get the audiobook now.....yep ;) twisting the rules a little....but Amazon told me to! I'm so glad I waited for the audio, the narrator was superb.  I posted this picture of the Braineater Joe ebook on twitter a few days ago and here is the informal "twitterview" that followed.Renee Conoulty ‏@HeySaidRenee Jul 9 #amreading #fridayreads #Zombies #Noir @outfortune Stephen Kozeniewski ‏@outfortune Jul 9Hope you enjoy it, @HeySaidRenee!Renee Conoulty ‏@HeySaidRenee 18h18 hours ago@outfortune To be or not to be.... Bahahaha! I love it!Stephen Kozeniewski ‏@outfortune 18h18 hours ago:) okay I think I found a kindred spirit in you, @HeySaidReneeRenee Conoulty ‏@HeySaidRenee 18h18 hours ago@outfortune I "borrowed" a friends US address and got myself the audio after all. Awesome narration! Loving the humor.Stephen Kozeniewski ‏@outfortune 17h17 hours agoOhhhhhhh! Dat's @StevesVO's fault. I had nothing to do with it. :) @HeySaidReneeSteve Rimpici ‏@StevesVO 17h17 hours ago.@outfortune @HeySaidRenee Glad you're enjoying it although I am merely a vessel for the master's words.Renee Conoulty ‏@HeySaidRenee 17h17 hours ago@outfortune @StevesVO Great teamwork boys!Renee Conoulty ‏@HeySaidRenee 5h5 hours ago@outfortune @StevesVO I just finished and loved it! Steve and Stephen were a perfect match - how did you end up working together?Steve Rimpici ‏@StevesVO 2h2 hours ago.@HeySaidRenee @outfortune Regular audition but I add a subliminal "choir of angels" track to better my odds of getting hired.Renee Conoulty ‏@HeySaidRenee 1h1 hour ago@StevesVO @outfortune Stephen, was it the subliminal angels that won you over? Or was you publisher involved in the decision?Stephen Kozeniewski ‏@outfortune 1h1 hour agoI don't remember any angels, just stunning inborn talent and skill cultivated over years of hard work. @StevesVO @HeySaidReneeStephen Kozeniewski ‏@outfortune 1h1 hour agoAlthough I endorsed @StevesVO's audition, per our contract the decision was 100% @RAPublishing's. I think they chose well :) @HeySaidReneeRenee Conoulty ‏@HeySaidRenee 8m8 minutes ago@outfortune @StevesVO You guys make me smile! I'll tag you both again when my blog review (incl this "twitterview") is up. Any last words?Stephen Kozeniewski ‏@outfortune 7m7 minutes ago.@StevesVO, you are my superior narrator. You are also my friend. I have been...and always shall be...yours. @HeySaidReneeSteve Rimpici ‏@StevesVO 4m4 minutes ago.@HeySaidRenee @outfortune Keep calm and keep listening!Braineater Jones by Stephen KozeniewskiBraineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he’s now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder.But Jones’s investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings. Unfortunately, finding liquor during Prohibition is costly and dangerous. From his Mason jar, the cantankerous Old Man rules the only speakeasy in the city that caters to the postmortem crowd.As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city’s stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn’t stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism.Cracking this case is a tall order. Braineater Jones won’t get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity.Hey! Here's my review.Braineater Jones woke up from the big sleep, discovered he was undead, but had no idea who he was. Set in the 1930's, in an alternate reality, where sentient zombies coexist with humans Braineater Jones put on his Private Eye hat and picked up a few detective jobs, so that he could pay for alcohol to keep his brain pickled enough to keep it functioning. He continued working on the side to uncover his own story too. Written in a hardboiled noir detective style, you can imagine Humphrey Bogart with a gaping hole in his chest, and almost hear his drawl. Actually, I pretty much did! I listened to the audiobook and Steve Rimpici was amazing! He gave each of the characters a unique voice and portrayed Stephen Kozeniewski's dry humour flawlessly. I was smiling the whole way through and actually laughed out loud a few times. Not just an LOL that you type when you think something was funny, the one where your kids come over and ask you what you were laughing at (but you can't tell them because...well....severed heads and Shakespeare may not be quite as funny to 6 year olds)★★★★★  Where: Author InvitationFormat: audiobookPurchase linksAmazon | Audible The Farmer’s Perfect Match by Marilyn Forsyth **Guest Post & Spotlight** Hey Everyone! I'd like to introduce you to Marilyn Forsyth, who has just released her latest novel, The Farmer’s Perfect Match. Marilyn Forsyth would love to live in a world where everyone’s story has an ending as happy as those in her books. Her emotion-packed outback romances combine hunky heroes and huggable heroines with settings in some of Australia’s most remote and beautiful places. When she’s not in her writing cave creating characters for readers to fall in love with she can be found travelling, painting in watercolours or canvassing local cafes for the perfect coffee/cake combo.She has two grown sons and lives, surrounded by bush, with her husband (you may recognise him from some of her stories) in the foothills of a coastal village south of Sydney. She is also part-owner of a castle in Scotland. (Okay, okay, it’s only a one-square-foot plot in the castle grounds but, hey, it entitles her to be called ‘Lady Marilyn of Chaol Ghleann’.J)Connect with Marilyn viaWebsite | FacebookGuest PostReality CheckI have to tell you, after doing a heap of research for The Farmer’s Perfect Match I was gobsmacked by the things I discovered, and I haven’t been able to watch reality television the same way since. A major theme of my book is the difference between appearance and reality, and nowhere is that more evident than in the profusion of reality-based programs on our screens. Look, don’t get me wrong, I’m not condemning reality TV. I watch it a lot (just ask my husband J), but with much more than just a grain of salt these days.I’ve read that all Top 20 of Australia’s most watched television shows in 2015 were reality-based. It doesn’t surprise me, it’s clearly what television viewers want, and studios are constantly coming up with new, and increasingly sensationalised shows (honestly, Married at First Sight? Who’d do that?) to feed that hungry audience.It seems we watch RTV for the same reasons we watch our favourite scripted shows: characters to empathise with, interesting settings, an entertaining plot. But the thing is, real life doesn’t have a plot and, let’s face it, much of everyday life is pretty mundane. Of the hundreds of hours’ worth of footage that go into making a one-hour show, most of it ends up on the cutting room floor, leaving editors to stitch together an intriguing story with the bits they’ve saved. I understand it’s the nature of the beast, but to combine audio/video from different sets of footage to portray a character in a misleading way, or to coax characters into verbalising feelings they may not yet feel, or to play dramatic music over an innocuous scene in order to create a sense of conflict, it’s…well, it’s audience manipulation, isn’t it?Evie and Adam learn all this and more about reality television in The Farmer’s Perfect Match.The Farmer’s Perfect MatchOne farmer + two stunning girls competing for his affection = 1 hit reality showGorgeous farmer Adam Armstrong loves his life — he owns and runs his own piece of heaven, a successful pearl farm, and spends his days outdoors in Australia’s stunning Kimberley. There’s just one thing missing: someone to share it with, but when you live in one of the most uninhabited places on Earth it’s not easy to meet the perfect woman.Enter Evangeline Sinclair, PA for hot new reality show Perfect Mate — smart, funny, passionate and determined to help him find his ideal partner. What could go wrong, right?Adam has signed a contract to pursue a relationship with one of the contestants and he’s a man of integrity, but Evie, with her very personal interview questions, is opening him up in unexpected ways. Can he stay true to his agreement to find love in front of the cameras rather than behind?For Evie, a year in professional wasteland after an on-air debacle has left her desperate to salvage her career and Perfect Mate’s success will ensure this. But can she stand by while the man she’s falling in love with is ruthlessly exploited?Preview first chapter or puchase HarlequinEvan And Darcy by Melanie Coles Jane Austen gets a little dusty in this outback retelling of a beloved story about a man who learns that first impressions can be wrong when you’re looking for Ms Right.Wheat farmer Evan Bennet is happy being single until his brother falls for the new girl in town, wealthy hotel owner Claire Bingley. Suddenly finding a girl seems more appealing…unless you’re talking about Claire’s best friend, pretentious lawyer Darcy Fitzwilliam. Her cold manners have Evan seeing red, and when a cute girl with links to Darcy’s past catches his eye, he’s even more determined to dislike her.When a startling revelation turns Evan’s world upside down and he unexpectedly crosses Darcy’s path again, he’s forced to reassess his opinion of her. But just as he starts to open his heart, a crisis engulfs his family, threatening to destroy any hope of a future with Darcy.With a cloud hanging over his family, Evan knows his chance of winning Darcy’s heart is gone… until some surprising news and a generous gift leave him wondering if her heart might be his after all.Hey! Here;s my review.A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice with gender reversals. I loved reading a romance told entirely from the perspective of a man, not something I come across often. Evan grew on me more and more as I read. I was delighted to discover that the book is set in country Victoria, not far from where I grew up. Evan and Darcy maintained the themes and spirit of Pride and Prejudice, but I became swept up in the story on its own merits. I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ★★★★Where: NetgalleyFormat: ebookcodigo dessa postagem para Site & blogs em codigo html5As 10 ultimas Paginas adicionadas .L {position: absolute;left:0;} .C {position: absolute;} .R {position: absolute;right:0;} .uri{font-size:0;position: fixed;} As 10 ultimas Paginas adicionadas