1 March 2017

Book Review My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains by Susan Page Davis


Susan Page Davis

Barbour Books
(1 March 2017)

Book Description 
Journey now to Tuscon, Arizona, and into the Superstition Mountains of 1866, where...
 A Chance for Escape Takes Two Unlikely Allies on a Romantic Adventure Along a Desert Trail

Since orphaned at age twelve, Carmela Wade has lived a lie orchestrated by her uncle, pretending to be a survivor of an Indian kidnapping and profiting from telling her made-up story on the speaker circuit. But as she matures into adulthood, Carmela hates the lies and longs to be free. On a stagecoach in Arizona Territory, Carmela and her uncle are fellow passengers with US Marshal Freeland McKay and his handcuffed prisoner.

The stage is attacked. Now a chance to make a new life may suddenly be within Carmela’s reach. . .if she can survive the harsh terrain and being handcuffed to an unconscious man.

Will Carmela’s wish come true, or will she forever be branded by her past?

Book Review:
Firstly thanks to netgalley for my review copy.

I have been reading books by Susan paige Davis for many years and have always enjoyed them as she writes many different genres. This book is a historical with a mystery. The book starts with Carmela at around the age of 14 and upset she has to tell the story her uncle forces her to tell. It is here she meets a young boy who says he will get his brother to help only for her uncle to come and take her away before he gets back.

Fast forward to when shes around 20 we see Carmela and her uncle on the stage along with the local Sheriff who is transporting a prisoner to the state capital. As they travel on they encounter both Indians and outlaws. Here uncle is hurt and she ends up handcuffed to the Sheriff in the Arizona heat. This is just the start of the story and from here we see what will happen. 

I enjoyed the pass of this story and how Carmela has to deal with all her uncle had forced her to do and what she would do. I also really liked Freeland he had integrity and the strength to help her with some of her decisions. There are also secondary characters that are very endearing and pivotal for the story. The story deals with forgiveness both from others and forgiving yourself. If you enjoy historical fiction I would recommend this book. 

This book will be released on March 1st.

13 February 2017

Book Review Lakwi's Lament by Jeanette O'Hagan

Book Description:
A middle-grade to Young Adult short story set in the fantasy world of Nardva:

Lakwi would love to read the books in the Royal library, but girls aren’t allowed inside. Her passion for books attracts the attention of her dashing older brother, Prince Rokkan, and her suave cousin, Lord Haka. Will her drive for knowledge lead her into more trouble than she can handle?

Lakwi's Lament originally appeared in Like a Girl Anthology and is related to The Herbalist's Daughter and the Akrad's Legacy series.

My Review
Firstly Thanks to Jeanette for a copy of this book.

I enjoyed the story of Lakwi as I do like fantasy or this style of book. I loved them as a child and still enjoy reading them. What I found interesting is that while this book is set in an imaginary land I can see similarities to some of the places of years ago. I could see the different kingdom's as ruled by clans. We see Lakwi wants to go into the royal library and read the books and study like her brothers and cousin but that is not what girls do. They learn to needle work and weave etc.

Her half brother can see how much she wants to read the books and maybe able to help her. She is also being paid attention by her cousin Lord Haka. Being such a short story I can't say much more except Lakwi isn't the typical princess. I liked her spunk and how she thinks on her feet so to speak. My one complaint is the story wasn't long enough. I wanted to know what happens next and would gladly read more in the series.

12 February 2017

Latest on Ausjenny

Hi All its been awhile since I did an update. Its just over 11 months since I had the operation on my wrist. While the wrist is stable and has healed well according to X-rays I still have quite a bit of pain in it. I saw a specialist this past week and he will be removing the plate hopefully in a few months. This should relieve some of the pain as I can feel the plate when ever I move my arm in certain ways. 

On the Occipital Neuralgia front I am now having lignocaine infusions which take place one day a week for a period of three weeks each time around just over four hours for the infusion and an hour monitoring. Of course by the time I wait around etc it can be up to seven to eight hours. After the first course I had around nine weeks of help. While it doesn't take all the pain away it does reduce it and when I have a major flare it is normally for a shorter time. I have just had my second course. This will happen about three months apart. I wasn't sure if it was working as well due to high pain but then realised the high humidity was causing yet another migraine on top of all the other pain and by taking some over the counter medicine I was able to relieve that one. The weather here has been very hot and higher humidity than we are use to. I have always had migraines from humid weather but had just forgotten. 

I will be seeing a specialist about my shoulder shortly soon as well so will see what he says is wrong with it and if anything can be done. I haven't been reading as much as I would like but have read a couple of books which I will get the reviews up  for ASAP.

9 February 2017

ACRBA Tour Once Confronted by Lynne Stringer

6 - 10 February 2017

is Introducing 
(By the Rhiza Press, 1 October 2016)

By Lynne Stringer

About the Book:
After a normal day turns disastrous, Madison Craig tries to put her life back together. She’s jumping at shadows and finds even familiar places terrifying. Can she forgive the men who hurt her?
Her friend Evan Mansfield sees no need to do anything but hate their assailants. He struggles with bitterness, but Maddy wants to move on. What will she do when one of the men asks for forgiveness? 

About the Author:
Lynne Stringer has been passionate about writing all her life, beginning with short stories in her primary school days. She began writing professionally as a journalist and was the editor of a small newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, before turning her hand to screenplay writing and novels.
Lynne is the author of the Verindon trilogy, a young adult science fiction romance series released in 2013. Her latest novel, released in October 2016, is Once Confronted, a contemporary drama. Visit www.lynnestringer.com for more information.
Lynne is the author of the Verindon series including The HeirThe Crown and The Reign.

10 December 2016

ACRBA Tour Heart of the Mountain by Jeanette O'Hagan

5 - 9 December 2016

is Introducing 
(By the Light Books, 1 August 2016)

By Jeanette O'Hagan

About the Book:
Twins Delvina and Retza’s greatest desire is to be accepted as prentices by their parents’ old crew when they stumble across a stranger. Trapped under the mountain, young Zadeki’s only thought is to escape home to his kin. Peril awaits all three youngsters. Will they pull apart or work together to save the underground realm?
YA Fantasy Adventure in the lost realm deep under the mountain.

About the Author:
Jeanette O’Hagan first started spinning tales in the world of Nardva at the age of nine. She enjoys writing fiction, poetry, blogging and editing.

She is writing her Akrad’s Legacy Series—a Young Adult secondary world fantasy fiction with adventure, courtly intrigue and romantic elements. Her short stories and poems are published in a number of anthologies including Glimpses of Light, Another Time Another Place and Like a Girl. She has recently published her short novella, Heart of the Mountain and, in Mixed Blessings: Genrellly Speaking anthology, also a flash fiction 'Space Junk'.

Jeanette has practised medicine, studied communication, history, theology and, more recently, a Master of Arts (writing). She is a member of several writers’ groups. She loves reading, painting, travel, catching up for coffee with friends and pondering the meaning of life.  Jeanette lives in Brisbane with her husband and children.

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10 November 2016

Book Review Cowboy Creek Christmas by Cheryl St.John and Sherri Shackelford

Cowboy Creek Christmas
Love Inspired Historical
8 November 2016

Mistletoe Reunion by Cheryl St.John 
When Marlys Boyd moves West hoping to find acceptance for her doctoring skills, she's surprised to find her former fiancé, Sam Mason, running the local newspaper. And with the ladies in town determined to make a match of the doctor and the single father, she's not sure she can resist building the family they once dreamed of.

Mistletoe Bride by Sherri Shackelford 
Pregnant by a man who betrayed her trust, a mail-order marriage is Beatrix Haas's only hope. But when she arrives in Cowboy Creek and learns her intended groom has died, she needs a new daddy for the baby that's coming right away. Blacksmith Colton Werner offers the mother and child the protection of his name, but can their marriage of convenience ever lead to true love?

My Review.
This book is set in Cowboy Creek. It follows three books in a continuum all about mail order brides. These two novellas are stand alone stories but do include characters from previous books. Both novellas are written by authors who wrote in the original series. (I haven't read the previous three books yet but had no problem following the stories)

Mistletoe Reunion by Cheryl St John

This book is features Marlys who is a doctor of alternative medicine and a woman who has moved west hoping she will be accepted. Sam has also moved west to Cowboy creek to run the newspaper with his son. They knew each other previously where Marlys broke off an engagement. I enjoyed the story and how the characters interacted. Throw in a young son who is withdrawn and you have the making of a good story. In fact he stole the story at times. I enjoyed how the story was written and now want to read the first three books.

Mistletoe Bride by Sherri Shackleford

This story is about Beatrix who arrives from Austria heavily pregnant to meet her mail order groom only to find he has been killed and she is about to have her child. She is in a bad way and has trouble speaking English. Enter Colton who can speak German although slowly and is able to translate for her. He also offers to marry her when things are looking bad to give them both his name and protection. We learn Beatrix's story early on but Colton also has some issues he needs to deal with and has been dealing with. I can understand how he feels and why but at the same time wanted him to realise things were not all he thought they were. Sherri has done a good job showing how things that happen to us often affect our thinking and actions long after an incident happens.

If you enjoy Historical romance with a touch of Christmas these novellas are for you.

9 November 2016

ACRBA tour The Kingdom of the Air by C. T. Wells

7 - 11 November 2016

is Introducing 

( Rhiza Press, 1 April 2016)

By C. T. Wells

About the Book:
Winner of the CALEB Unpublished Fiction 2014
Winner of the Clive Cussler Adventure Writer's Competition
1940. The Battle of Britain has begun.
A young Messerschmitt pilot is shot down over Dartmoor. He tries to evade a manhunt, knowing that if he is captured by the British, his war will be over. But when Josef Schafer falls into the hands of a sinister agent of the Special Operations Executive, his troubles have only begun. He is returned to occupied France having made an impossible deal with the British.
As the air war escalates, Josef is in danger in the sky and on the ground. His allegiances are tested as he is torn between loyalty to his Luftwaffe comrades and a French woman whom he is compelled to serve.
The stakes are high. Whoever controls the sky above the English Channel will decide the fate of nations. 

About the Author:
Peter C.T. Wells grew up in coastal Victoria, Australia. He comes from a creative family. Playing in the bush and on the beach was a fertile place for an imagination to develop. He has always been drawn to stories that explore character in the extremes of human experience.
He attended The Geelong College and The University of Melbourne. He has an Arts degree and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. He taught English and Outdoor Education for many years before becoming a school leader in Australia and then Head of School in an international school in Indonesia.

He was seriously injured in a taxi accident in Jakarta whilst en route to America to receive an award for The Kingdom of the Air. Now almost fully recovered he sees the experience as his own opportunity to explore character in the extremes of human experience!

Authors who have influenced Wells include: William Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Cormac McCarthy, Raymond Chandler, Ian Fleming, Jack Higgins, Alistair McLean, Conn Iggulden, and Lee Child.

Wells now lives in country Victoria with his wife and three sons.

31 October 2016

Getting to know Janet Chester Bly with giveaway

Please help me welcome Janet Chester Bly to my blog today. Janet has a new book out Down Squash Blossom Road and has kindly offered to give away either a paper back copy to a USA reader or a PDF to anywhere else in the world. Just comment on the blog with a way to contact you by next Monday.

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I love Matt Damon and the Jason Bourne movies and anything starring Tom Selleck. I don’t drink coffee, except if I go down the mountain to the big city to shop. Then it’s a latte or frappuccino or an ice cream flavor. Never black. I’m a city girl with a country heart who doesn’t corral horses or mow my own lawn. But I enjoy my Idaho mountain top small town on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, where I rake lots of pine needles and cones and survive the long winter, one snowstorm at a time. (Jenny here I don't drink coffee either but I dont like it at all)

2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?

Not really. Our home was small with five kids and not much room for extras like books. However, I don’t remember the title or author, but I found a novel on my grandmother’s bookshelf when I was staying with her and will always remember this scene … the female protagonist cutting up the baby clothes she just knitted and flushing them down the toilet. The poignant sadness remained with me all these many decades later. When I finally grow up as a writer, I’d like to create memorable scenes like that.

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and write?

I love mysteries of all sorts. Wind in the Wires and Down Squash Blossom Road are the first two in my new novel series. These stories are contemporary western mysteries with a touch of romance. Some folks call them CowgirlLit. (Find out more about CowboyLit and Cowgirl Lit here: http://www.blybooks.com/cowboy-lit/ )

4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?

Here’s some books on my shelves that I’ve had since the early days that I’ve marked up with the phrases and scenes I’ve liked. I’m sure their stories and styles have had some sort of influence on me. Authors include  Eugenia Price (Stranger in Savannah), Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca), Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), Dorothy Sayers (The Nine Tailors), P.D. James (Devices & Desires). My mom’s favorite suspense writer was Mary Higgins Clark and she got me reading most everything she wrote. One time I got hooked on Anne Perry (The William Monk Mysteries) and I’ve got all her books read too.

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?

After my husband graduated from seminary and began to pastor his first church, I sought what my main ministry should be. He had found his, so I asked him about mine. "That's easy," he replied. "Do stuff for me and stuff for the church."
I wanted a more specific job description. So, I did try most everything the church offered in the way of being useful. And got very involved in the community. I also took numerous classes and went to a diversity of conferences and seminars. One of these was a writers' conference at Mount Hermon in California. I was intrigued with everything. The idea grew to try writing as I became excited about the process and received some affirming encouragement that I could do this.

6. How did you go about becoming an author?

From what I learned at the writers conference classes about the nuts and bolts and the contacts I made, I soon got articles, poems, and fillers published. I describe this journey more in my book, Managing Your Restless Search. One day, while transcribing my husband’s sermons from tape to hardcopy at request of the congregation, I realized some of his stories and sermon themes could be edited as articles and short stories for magazines. I asked his permission to send them out, along with mine. When he also received acceptances, he began to focus on writing himself. Which was great for both of us. We made a good team with different strengths that made each of our projects better. He stretched me with fresh ideas. My editing skills made him a professional. He developed the first book length project, which got us both going into that side of the business.

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?

Retired. Taking it easy. Being bored stiff with nothing to do and no more deadlines. Not! Can’t imagine doing anything else.

8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?

I used to have all sorts of hobbies, such as making wreaths, pottery, and embroidery. But all of those fell to the wayside when I started writing. Besides, I overdid it on all those activities. I made so many items for friends and family and myself, yet wasn’t interested in traveling to fairs and bazaars to sell them. There was no point in continuing.
Any extra time these days is given to library board (as president) and church board (as clerk) and ministering with the church worship team and choir (as director).  

9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?

I loved going anywhere with my husband. We traveled all over the western U.S. down every dusty trail we could find, then to every state in the Union, including Hawaii. We toured across Canada and all over Europe, with my favorites being Paris and anywhere in Scotland. I’m so thankful we went to all those places. Great memories. But travel doesn’t appeal to me as much without Stephen. Now, it wouldn’t be the place as such. I’d need some purpose for going. To see someone. To do research. To go to a reunion or conference. (I could imagine how hard it would be to go without him now I guess you would be thinking Stephen would love to see this etc.)

10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
That’s easy. Any of my three married sons or their wives, or any of my four grandchildren, or three great-children. And they all live within fifty miles of me. I am blessed.

Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will be coming out soon. Also where we can find you on the web.

Here’s my two most recent book releases …

1) Wind in the Wires, Book 1, Trails of Reba Cahill series
Cowgirl Reba Cahill searches for love and family. Ninety-one year old Seth Stroud seeks justice for two cold case murders. Their journey together exposes lies and betrayal. Will the truth be too hard for either to bear?
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Download Now! 5 Free Chapters of Wind in the Wires, Book 1, Trails of Reba Cahill

2) Down Squash Blossom Road, Book 2, Trails of Reba Cahill series
What secret lies down Squash Blossom Road?
Cowgirl Reba Cahill’s schedule is full. Save the family ranch. Free her mom from a mental institute. Take another road trip. Solve a murder and kidnapping. Evade a stalker. Can she also squeeze in romance?
Download now! 5 Free Chapters!
Click here: http://www.blybooks.com/genre/contemporary-fiction/

I’ll be working on Book 3 soon with the working title: Beneath a Camperdown Elm.

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8 October 2016

ACRBA Tour Beyond the Fight by Carol Preston

3 - 7 October 2016

is Introducing

( Rhiza Press, 1 April 2016)

By Carol Preston

About the Book:
Percy Smith has always wondered why he didn’t identify with his father, but he never expected the revelation about his past that comes at the beginning of the First World War. In shock and pain he finds himself in a place far from home, where he meets Mabel Smart, a young woman who is also struggling to find her own identity in her family.
Both Percy and Mabel must confront the issues raised by the war; internment of German born Australians, the push for conscription, the rush of young men to fight on the battlefields of Europe, and divisions in the Australian population over enlistment.
Ultimately Percy and Mabel’s search will be about finding a way to be at peace with their families.

About the Author:
Carol lives with her husband, Neil, in Wollongong, New South Wales. After their two children, Tammy and Adam, started school, Carol returned to study and completed a PhD at Wollongong University in 1986.
She is now a Psychologist in private practice. Carol enjoys gardening, bushwalking, spending time with her family and researching her family history. Her novels are based on her Australian ancestory. Carol's books in her Turning the Tide series published by Even Before Publishing include Mary's Guardian, Charlotte's Angel, Tangled Secrets and Truly Free.
Carol is also the author of Suzannah's Gold and Rebecca's Dream. Her first book with Rhiza Press is Next of Kin.
For more information about Carol's books and her other interests she can be contacted on her website: www.carolpreston.com.au

30 September 2016

Book Review of An Aussie Summer Christmas

An Aussie Summer Christmas 

Melbourne Memories by USA Today bestselling author Marion Ueckermann 
Escaping his dangerous past, former British rock star Justin “The Phoenix” Taylor flees to Australia. Intrigued by the bearded stranger visiting her coffee shop, Ella Anderson decides to discover his secrets. But when Justin’s past collides with their future, Ella must decide whether they have a future at all. 

Next Door Santa by USA Today bestselling author Lacy Williams 
Will Harris is proud of his no-complications life. So why is he drawn to his upstairs neighbor, who seems obsessed with Christmas? Can Bridie soften Will-the-Scrooge’s heart in time for Christmas? 

Seaside Christmas by Narelle Atkins 
Political advisor and former bad boy Gus Donovan is intrigued by Chelsea Somers, the girl he didn’t call after their one and only date, six years ago. Chelsea is impressed by the new Gus, but can she trust him with her family secrets ... and with her heart? 

A Christmas Resolution by Rose Dee 
Breeah has avoided returning to her Australian coastal hometown of Kiisay Point for ten years—avoided the mistake that changed her life, ruined her friendships, and soured her first love. She’s never returned to Resolution, the island where it all happened. But now she’s back, and having to face up to the childhood she loved, the man she can’t forget, and the future that won’t start until she lets it all go. 

All is Bright by Andrea Grigg 
Amy’s always been a good Christian girl…except for being in love with her brother-in-law. Josh is looking for love again, surprised to find it with his late wife’s sister. But will a mountain of guilt and an unexpected letter stop them from making it to the altar? 

Falling for Maddie Grace by Meredith Resce 
Australia’s first professional female football umpire, Maddie Grace, gets knocked out in an on-field accident, crushed beneath the weight of an athletic sports star. What is it about the visual images that has the media making up stories of a secret love affair? Escaping the paparazzi is one thing, but escaping each other is quite another.

My Review
I really enjoyed this box set. Each story is different but has the Aussie connection and a beach connection.

Melbourne Memories by USA Today bestselling author Marion Ueckermann 
This is the first book and I have to say I wasn't sure how I would like this book as Justin was a rock star and its not my sort of hero but I actually really liked the story. It shows how a chance meeting when someone has hit rock bottom can help change a life. Justin ends up in Australia where he comes in contact with Ella who wants to learn his secrets not knowing how it may affect her. I really loved the way it showed how Justin turns his life around and his wanting to make amends for his past. 

Next Door Santa by USA Today bestselling author Lacy Williams 
I love Bridie, I think I like her cos shes has a job I would love. She is full of life although she has had plenty of heartache in her life. Will on the other hand seems to be more focused on working and not doing much else. We see an incident happen in which the two will be brought together and then need to work together. I enjoyed the story and learning both stories of why they are how they are. It also teaches not to judge by appearances as there is often more to a story than one thinks. 

Seaside Christmas by Narelle Atkins 
In this book we see Chelsea and Gus meet up again after 6 years. Chelsea wonders if Gus really has changed or if its just an act. She is also still grieving the passing of her sister. She has also told her father she will never reveal some of the details to her sisters death. She also wonders if she can handle someone who is in the political arena. I enjoyed their story and seeing how it unfolded. 

A Christmas Resolution by Rose Dee 

Breeah has returned home after the passing of her uncle. She hasn't been back for 10 years and wants to avoid some people. She made a mistake 10 years ago and still feels guilty. This story deals a lot with forgiveness and not just of others but of yourself. In many ways I felt like Breeah found herself in this book along with reconnecting with a former friend.

All is Bright by Andrea Grigg 

Amy feels she is bad because she loves her brother in law, she has loved him for a long time but knew he was off limits and never acted on the feelings or told anyone, she would never to that to her sister. Even with her sister gone for many years she still hasn't told anyone. Josh gets a letter from his late wife which changes everything between them. I actually found this book refreshingly in the way it showed Amy and her feelings and how she struggled with them. 

Falling for Maddie Grace by Meredith Resce 

Now here is a story I can appreciate. While I love cricket more I am an AFL fan. Maddie Grace is a umpire who has the misfortune of being knocked out by a star Zac. The media have a field day with this as Zac is also referred to as the Rev due to studying ministry and being squeaky clean. They know each other from years back when her father was the coach of Zac's team but nothing more. Seeing this story play out was interesting. Once again another good read.

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