Review: The boy in the cemetery by Sebastian Gregory

untitled (27)The boy in the cemetery by Sebastian Gregory

This is the story of a girl who lived but was not alive…

Carrie Anne is desperately unhappy. Tangled in a web of abuse, she seeks solace in the cemetery that backs onto her garden. But something creeps between the gravestones. Carrie Anne is not alone…

…and a boy who was dead, but could not die.

‘The cemetery is home to a boy. He has guarded these forgotten bones since meeting a gruesome end two hundred years ago. Neither dead nor alive, he has been watching for a long time. And now, he finally has the visitor he’s been waiting for…”

 

The boy in the cemetery is a very Burton-esque horror story. It is hard to pin down as one genre because there is a horror/supernatural aspect to it, but at it’s core there is the friendship between Carrie Anne and “The boy”- together they enact retribution in a very unique style.  Often uncomfortable because of themes of neglect, abuse, loneliness and revenge- Sebastian Gregory pulls it off with great style. It is a creepy novella, where everyone somehow, gets what they deserve.

Sebastian Gregory  has one hell of an imagination and his other novels are just as twisted- which makes them all ghoulishly delicious.  The boy in the cemetery is a must read for it’s innovative plot and spine tingling delivery.

 

Review: Coming home to you by Liesel Schmidt

untitled (25)Coming home to you by Liesel Schmidt

When one door closes…

Zoë and her fiancé Paul had everything ahead of them. So when Paul dies suddenly, Zoë doesn’t recognise the life she’s left with. Helping a friend by housesitting for a stranger is the last thing she wants to do – but she can’t deny that she needs time away from the memories which crowd her flat. So, collecting the keys, Zoë lets herself into her temporary home.

…another one opens.

Surrounded by a stranger’s belongings – his toothbrush, his favourite records, the pictures on his walls – Zoë begins to build a picture of the flat’s owner, Neil, who is away in the military. Driven by a need to know more, Zoë begins writing to Neil and finds herself feeling an unlikely connection with him. But while some people are destined to share our lives forever, others are sent simply to help us on the way. And for Zoë, a new life is just beginning…

Proof that life can change in the most unexpected of ways, Coming Home to You is the superbly moving debut from Liesel Schmidt, perfect for fans of Cecilia Ahern and Jojo Moyes.”

 

Coming home to you is an amazing debut by Liesel Schmidt. I can not remember the last time a book made me cry like this one. Liesel Schmidt’s beautiful writing is so emotive and empathic, I really felt all of Zoe’s heart break.  The novel really touched me, being in a similar situation, myself- I fully remember the journey of emotions and saying to myself “my life was so well planned, what do I do now?”. Zoe, became rudderless, but serendipity intervened and gave her a new opportunity that she desperately needed.

Coming home to you, is heart breaking, heart warming and will re-instil hope that fate always has an ace up her sleeve for all of us. It is a wonderful book that I will be adding to my list of favourite books. I can not wait to see what Liesel Schmidt writes next. Five stars is not enough.

 

Down Under

cover55505-smallThe Secret Prince by Justine Lewis
“Prince Alexander Davros is on the run. From the press, from his bodyguards, and from a secret that threatens his position as heir to his country’s throne …

Journalist Maddie Lawson is determined to prove herself capable of covering hard news. She’s fuming when her boss tells her to investigate reports of a European prince holidaying undercover in Sydney. As far as Maddie is concerned, Alexander Davros is a freeloading playboy.

When their accidental meeting results in a media frenzy, Alex is convinced Maddie’s just been using him for a story. And Maddie can’t believe the cute surfer she kissed was actually royalty. With her professional reputation in tatters, Maddie has no choice but to accept the royal family’s offer to travel to Europe to write a profile on the Prince.

While furious that his father has arranged for Maddie to visit, Alex is forced to keep her close or risk having her uncover his secret. And as they spend more time together, the attraction between them grows. But if Maddie discovers the truth, she’ll have to choose between the career she’s worked so hard for and the man she’s just getting to know … ”

The secret prince is complete escapism bliss. It is a wonderful début by Justine Lewis and the perfect fairy tale for a winter’s day. It is contemporary, but there is still plenty of old fashioned romance too.

The secret prince is the kind of novel we all would wish to live but never admit to. Full of exotic locations and majestic situations, it is a glorious escape into a world full of King’s. Castles, and Prince’s- although, it is a world that no longer exists in our time, I can still dream about it.

A sweet, quick read that will keep those Cinderella day dreams alive.

 

 

untitled (23)World Change (Earthbound 1) by Maggie Munday

“Clare gets transported from present day Florence to an alternate world, one that looks like fourteenth century Italy. The only way back is through a portal half a world away, plus the local High priestess wants her dead, and the only one she can trust is a vampire called Trevi. He is the only one who exits in this world, and she knows more about what he is than he does. He is hard to resist, especially when he saves her life. Trevi can take her home but he is keeping one big secret. She will have to be like him to survive the journey through the portal back to her world making a myth a reality ”

Maggie Munday does it again! With “World change”, she created a fantastic alternative urban fantasy universe, filled with gorgeous vampires and other supernatural creatures. I loved it and I wished I could visit there.

Trevi is by far the sexiest vampire I have ever read, he is dark, brooding and dangerous. There is so much packed into this epic novel: intrigue, adventure, and an incredible romance. There were many tender moments between Trevi and Clare, that just melted my heart and plenty of action to keep me on my toes.

Once I started reading, I could not put this book down, the only bad part about this book, is the wait for the next one in the series. I highly recommend!

 

 

 

 

 

cover53418-smallChasing the flame by Cheryl Adnams
“Sometimes the hottest fire burns with an old flame. Trisha Carne has loved Brian Muller, of Muller’s Field vineyard, for as long as she can remember but the moment has never been right. Then an unexpected kiss on New Year’s Eve has Brian looking at her in a new way. Has she finally caught his attention? Brian’s been doing it tough since his wife left him, and has retreated into the safety of bachelorhood. So he’s surprised to find this new fling with an old flame is starting to bring him back to life.  Until his ex-wife turns up in McLaren Vale and he’s thrown into a state of confusion. Will Brian and Trisha let their pasts keep them from finding true happiness? Or will they have the courage to chase the flames that still smoulder between them?”

Another sexy story from the McLaren Vale, this time with another Muller brother. The delectable Muller brothers were first introduced in “Bet on it” and although it is a sequel, Chasing the flame can be read as a stand alone, but I recommend reading in order because both books are so wonderful.

Brian just smouldered with angst ridden sexuality and Cheryl Adnams really delved into his psyche and delivered a truly three dimensional character that you could really fall in love with and wish he was a real man that you could stand a chance with. I don’t think I could pick my favourite Muller brother because each of them are so blissful in their own way.

Cheryl Adnams has a way of bringing the McLaren Vale to life vividly, and the location becomes almost a character in its own right. Chasing the flame, is witty, sexy, and deeply romantic. I found that I was not so much reading the novel but experiencing it.

I can not wait for the next book in the series, and I wish there were so many more Muller brothers to pick from. Great read that will not disappoint, perfect for those long winters night’s to add some spicy steam.

 

 

 

untitled (24)Will of the heart by Darry Fraser

“So your father’s will leaves you bewildered and angry, and with the possibility of losing everything you love – your cattle station home in the red desert of central Australia. Do you stand up and fight for it against your father’s wishes or do you follow and find that the road home leads directly to another’s heart? ”

 

Will of the Heart is gorgeous novel, with a beautiful setting and stunning characters. Toni and Callum are electric as their desire for one another reaches a glorious climax. Toni and Callum’s romance was so gracefully written, it touched my heart and gave me hope that my own Callum is out there waiting for me.

Darry Fraser never disappoints. She is a phenomenal new Australian author that delivers every time! I can highly recommend every book she has written. Each story is packed with wonderful locations, romance and a lot of soul.

Guest Post: Rebecca Raisin- Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe

 

untitled (22)I LOVE Christmas! And with that comes a total adoration for Christmas carols! I’m the girl walking through the shops with a huge smile plastered on my face as I sing along to the music blaring out over head. It can be pan-pipes, instrumental, a kids choir, it doesn’t matter, if it’s Christmassy – I love it!

I’m one of those people who has kind of hyper-emotional reactions to anything. For example if I find something funny, I can laugh for DAYS about it. This crazed, belly-holding kind of laughter that makes people shake their heads and wonder if I’m sane. The same thing goes with Christmas music…Tour banner CW

I happen to adore the song Amazing Grace, but uh oh, I find it really quite sad! In that gorgeously haunting way! So seriously, cue the ugly crying! As soon as the opening melody starts, a full-fledged blubber-fest begins…because… it’s so beautiful! And it makes me think of all the things I’m grateful for, and the magic of Christmas and the fact Santa is on his way! It’s probably no surprise that the opening scene of Christmas at the Gingerbread café features, Lil kind of in the same predicament.

Here’s a small excerpt…

Amazing Grace blares out from the speakers above me, and I cry, not delicate, pretty tears, but great big heaves that will puff up my eyes, like a blowfish. That song touches me, always has, always will. With one hand jammed well and truly up the turkey’s behind I sing those mellifluous words as if I’m preaching to a choir. Careful, so my tears don’t swamp the damn bird, I grab another handful of aromatic stuffing. My secret recipe: a mix of pork sausage, pecans, cranberries and crumbled corn bread. Punchy flavors that will seep into the flesh and make your heart sing. The song reaches its crescendo, and my tears turn into a fully-fledged blubber-fest. The doorbell jangles and I realize I can’t wipe my face with my messy hands. Frantic, I try and compose myself as best I can.

“Jesus Mother o’ Mary, ain’t no customers comin’ in here with this kinda carry-on! It’s been two years since that damn fool left you. When you gonna move on, my sweet cherry blossom?”

So in a way, Lil is very similar to me when it comes to her emotions and Christmas music! This theme carries on through the three books, and of course plays a part in her Christmas Wedding! What’s not to love about feeling all sentimental and sweet at this time of year!

As the stories progress, Lil develops and so do her reactions to music, and certainly Amazing Grace. It’s yet to happen to me, I still blubber like a fool, but only when I’m home alone!

Thanks for having me here today, Robyn! And I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

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Snow is falling thick and fast outside the Gingerbread Café and inside, its owner Lily is planning the wedding of the year. Her wedding! She never dreamt it would happen, but this Christmas, she’ll be marrying the man of her dreams – in a Christmas-card-perfect ceremony!

The gingerbread is baking, the dress is fitted and the mistletoe’s in place – for once, everything’s going to plan. That is until her mother-in-law arrives… Suddenly, Lily’s famous cool is being tested like never before and her dream wedding is crumbling before her eyes.

In the blink of a fairylight, the Gingerbread Café has been thrown into chaos! Lily thought she had this wedding wrapped up, but with so much to do before she says ‘I do’, can Lily get to the church on time – and make this Christmas sparkle after all?

Tour banner CWThe Gingerbread Café series:

Christmas at the Gingerbread Cafe

Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Cafe

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Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café

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Review:

Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Café is one of those rare uplifting books that should become a Christmas reading tradition. It encapsulates everything that the season should be in one feel-good package. The entire “Gingerbread” series is phenomenal and must be read. Rebecca Raisin’s created a masterpiece of romantic fiction by adding her own wonderful compassion and sunny disposition- that makes it is impossible not to fall in love with this book and the series. Five stars is not enough because I will be re-reading every year to start the Christmas season off with.

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Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.

Review: An Irish Promise by Isabella Connor

untitled (20)An Irish Promise by Isabella Connor

“A promise is a promise …
Art historian, Rachel Ford has returned to the Irish village of Kilbrook intent on keeping her promise to take revenge on the school bullies who ruined her childhood and destroyed her family.
Australian actor, Finn MacKenzie sets hearts fluttering when he turns up in sleepy Kilbrook to help his aunt with a school production. He seems to have a charmed life, yet his confident façade hides heartbreak and tragedy. Although Finn isn’t looking for love, when he meets the mysterious Rachel, there’s a definite spark between them.
Rachel is torn between her desire for revenge and this new love affair. She doesn’t want to deceive Finn, but can she trust him to keep her real identity a secret? And will he understand why she must keep her promise, no matter the cost? ”

 

“An Irish Promise” is a masterpiece! I thought “Beneath an Irish sky” was fantastic but I was blown away.  There was so much packed into this book, I could not put it down. There was romance, intrigue, mysteries and a few corkers along the way. This novel was heart-warming, tear jearking and very thought-provoking. There are some amazing plot twists that you just wont see coming, so I am limited with what I can say for spoliers but, this book packs a memorable punch.

I fell in love with Finn and Kilbrook and I was despondent for days when the book ended. I was left wanting more, or for it to be a never-ending story. “An Irish promise” was so beautifully written page flew by and totally immersed me into the story- once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. This is the perfect book for long winters nights to escape into a world of lush greenery and intense drama. If I could give ten stars, I would! This is a series that I will be purchasing in paperback and re-reading often.

Both books are linked by the setting but they are very much stand alone stories and can be read in any order. I can highly recommend them both.

 

 

Book Break Episode 7

untitled (6)Pan Macmillan has started their own web show called Book Break. This exciting new monthly show offers exclusive interviews with authors and book reviews. This months show will be broadcast on Friday and it can be viewed below or on the YouTube channel.

Book Break #7: M.J. McGrath, Emily St. John Mandel, Nickolas Butler are in the spotlight! We’ll be talking about writing rituals, inspiration and methods. and will be broadcast live on 31/10/2014 :: 12:30 BST. Click on the image below to start player.

 

 

 

BOOK BREAK – the online book show series – Episode 7

Log on during your lunch hour for the latest Book Break episode where author Alexandra Heminsley is joined by M.J McGrath and Emily St. John Mandel who will be talking about their latest titles and their writing quirks, inspirations and methods.

 

Broadcast date: Friday 31st October
Broadcast time: 12:30pm 

In episode seven of BOOK BREAK, anchored by author Alexandra Heminsley (Running Like a Girl), we are joined by M.J. McGrath, an award winning writer and journalist, and Canadian author Emily St. John Mandel to discuss North American literature, dark locations and even darker plots.

 

M. J. McGrath joins us to discuss the location that inspired her latest title The Bone Seeker, a gripping, atmospheric thriller set in the Arctic’s long white nights; the very personal murder of a young girl will explode a decades-long tale of the very darkest betrayal.  Mel shares her experiences of writing journalistically, non-fiction and fiction, and the future for her Edie Kiglatuk Mystery series.

 

While Emily St. John Mandel shares insight into her new release ‘Station Eleven’ and find out what drove her to write this post-apocalyptic narrative. Station Eleven, her fourth novel,begins with a dramatic end.  The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb. Thrilling, unique and deeply moving, this is a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything – even the end of the world.

 

We’ll also hear from Nickolas Butler in our writer’s room segment to get an insight into his perceptions of the novel form as a debut novelist, and take a sneak peek into the celeb-filled Taking Hollywood launch party

Follow #bookbreak on Twitter, subscribe to the Pan Macmillan’s YouTube channel or watch the broadcast right here at 12:30pm on Friday 31st October. 

 


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Cover Reveal: Fragments (Running on Empty, #1) by M.R. Field

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Title: Fragments (Running on Empty, #1)

Author: M.R. Field

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 8, 2014

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Synopsis

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Under the lights, amongst the jazz shoes, blistered feet and caked faces of the dance troupe, you pretend you’re someone else. The melody begins and your body responds. You allow it to weave into your skin until it’s made itself home in your soul. It is that dance that drives you. It is that dance that will continue to save you. It is that dance that will release you.

Until him.

Until your heart can no longer shut him out, even after he’s pushed you away.
You can’t let him in again, can you? There’s only so much of your heart left to give.

Alex
She is the reason I can’t stay. The reason that the covered bruises, the lies and the hurt are too much. I am no good for her. But when I see her again, I can’t stay away. Like Dante said, “The path to paradise begins in hell.”

About The Author

M.R. Field

M R Field is an author from Rural Victoria and has completed a Bachelor’s degree with Honours from Latrobe University, Melbourne. After growing up with the river at her front door, she returned back to her hometown after many years of living in the city. She now lives a tranquil lifestyle with her husband and two young children.

M R Field has always held a love for writing, filling journals as a child which progressed to more eloquent pieces as an adult. After ten years of creative instruction, she decided to turn these ideas into manuscripts. She adores creating new story lines and is a big fan of a happily ever after, but believes strongly in making her characters work for it.

She has recently decided to join the independent publishing world with her debut novel, Fragments, due for release on December 8th, 2014.

 

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