Monday, 22 August 2016

Read-a-thon | Bout of Books 17

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I've decided at the last minute to participate in round 17 of Bout of Books.  It's Children's Book Week here in Australia so I have a busy work week ahead.  My plan is to go for a pretty laid back approach.  At the very least I'm going to try and finish all of the books I'm currently reading, (which is sitting at about 10).  If by some miracle I manage that, I have some more of the shortlisted CBW books to carry on with, the Man Booker longlist and a couple of book club reads I need to get to as well.

Here are a couple of the titles I'm currently reading:




I've got a little bit of everything going on.  Are you joining in?  Planning on reading a little or a lot?  Let me know and we can chat books together!

Until next time, happy reading :)

C.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Book Haul | National Bookshop Day 2016


This past Saturday is one I look forward to every year - in fact, it's one of the very best days of the year!  National Bookshop Day!!  I know that traditional bookshops can be a lot more expensive than Big W, Target or Kmart.  But I still like to support them, not only to share my #loveyourbookshop feels but it's a local business and I like supporting those as well.

I had to work Saturday morning, but after that I went and visited my local Collins bookstore.  I didn't really have anything in particular that I wanted to buy.  I had a 10% voucher that was burning a hole in my wallet, (one of the perks of buying books at the writers festival last month)*

So here are the new books that I'm welcoming home.  Did you manage to visit a bookshop today? And more importantly what did you buy?!


Oi Frog! is a wonderful kids book, fairly simple in concept, with the frog asking a cat what various animals sit on but the kids & I love it to bits.


This is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare collection and is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew and I'm looking forward to it very much.


* I just realised I didn't show you what I bought at the festival - which I will post about next week, I picked up some fantastic books.

Until next time, happy reading :)

C.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Find me on Bloglovin'

Follow my blog with Bloglovin You can now follow my blog via Bloglovin'! In my infinite wisdom I thought I had already organised this, but as usual me thinking about doing something doesn't necessarily mean it has happened. Oh dear! But it's all sorted now...so on with the reviews and such. Until next time, happy reading :) C.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Book Review | Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh



I'm pretty sure that I mention this every time I do a review that this relates to - but I love second chance stories.  It started early for me, I'm pretty sure I can blame Austen's lovers from Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot - who showed me in the most wonderful way that even those who didn't think it possible, got their happily ever after.  There is just something perfect about love that takes it's time.

As with the other books in the series, Rock Wedding brings the angst, (although not quite as much as previous books in the series).  Both Abe and Sarah come with baggage from the past.  When we meet up with our couple, Abe has begun to work through the issues that drove him to drugs & alcohol.  He's sober and determined to make amends with Sarah.  While Sarah is recovering from the stillbirth of her child and domestic violence with Jeremy.  It felt like instead of dealing with obstacles in their relationship, Abe and Sarah could concentrate on rebuilding their relationship and I appreciate that is how Nalini wrote their story, we may not know all of their past going into their story, but we do know they have history.

One thing I enjoyed about this book was how strong Sarah was, her past was incredibly hard, and despite everything that has happened she has risen above it to become a successful business owner, I love that Nalini never fails to write strong female leads.  And oh my stars...Abe courting Sarah - Nalini can most definitely write an amazing wooing scene.

think this was a wonderful conclusion to the series, we get to revisit our couples at some important moments in their lives, our couples have gotten their happily ever afters.  I'm looking forward to reading more in the Rock Kiss universe when we return to New Zealand, (if you sign up for Nalini's newsletter you'll find more information about that!), and Rock Wedding will most definitely be on my reread shelf.


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Until next time, happy reading :)

C.

Blog Tour | Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh




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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…

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Blurb

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss  series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…
After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.
Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love…even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.
But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?
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Excerpt from ROCK WEDDING by
Nalini Singh

Plowing his gloved fists into the punching bag in front of him on the morning of the fourth day, Abe blocked out the other sounds in the gym and attempted to lose himself in the rhythm of the mindless action. It worked for about a minute before his mind filled with Sarah again. Her shy smile when he gave her a compliment. The way she’d sit curled up under his arm and read to him on lazy summer days.
Hard on the heels of that memory came one of him throwing her books in the pool in a drug-fueled rage. She’d been sobbing as she tried to save them.
“Fucking bastard,” Abe muttered, talking to his past self. He punched the bag so hard that it threatened to swing back right into his face. He didn’t care. He deserved to have his face beaten in.
Ripping off his gloves afterward, he showered, then went straight to a bookshop.
It was too little too late, but now that he’d remembered his asshole behavior, he couldn’t just leave it. Ball cap pulled low, he wandered the aisles… then realized most people here didn’t care who he was; they were more interested in the volumes that lined the shelves. He spent an hour inside the murmuring quiet of the store, searching for the titles he remembered seeing on their bedside table. She’d definitely read him Jane Austen.
He couldn’t remember which one though, so he bought the entire set.
And there was this one romance novel she loved and had read over and over again. He’d teased her it would fall apart in her hands one day. She’d just smiled and read him a paragraph that she’d told him was part of her favorite scene. What the hell had it been? Yes, that was it. In the end, it turned out the store didn’t have that book in stock, so he bought her a bunch of new releases featuring people with dogs or puppies on the covers. He definitely remembered seeing covers like that in their home
After spotting it in a display, he added in a nonfiction book about a woman who’d set up her own company while nearly flat broke and who was now a millionaire. At the counter, he paid extra to have the books wrapped up and packaged.
He’d called his car service earlier; the driver shot him a funny look when he put the package in the passenger seat and gave him Sarah’s address. “I’m a courier now?” the stocky middle-aged man asked, having worked long enough for Schoolboy Choir that he was a friend. They’d all missed his calm demeanor and total trustworthiness when he broke his leg recently and had been out for a while.
“Best in the business,” Abe responded.
The other man snorted. “I’ll get it to her now.”
Blowing out a breath after the gleaming black town car pulled away, Abe went to where he’d parked his SUV and got in. He didn’t want to go home to his empty house, but he didn’t want to barge in on his friends either. David and Thea, Noah and Kit, they needed time alone. As for Molly and Fox, while the newlyweds were back home after a short wedding trip, having postponed their honeymoon until later in the year, Abe wasn’t about to bust up their love nest.
Gabriel and Charlotte probably wouldn’t have minded the company since they’d been doing the sightseeing thing, but the other couple had flown back to New Zealand twenty-four hours earlier—after inviting all of them to their own wedding.
His phone buzzed right then.
Picking it up, he saw a message from Fox. Molly and I are at that Thai place with the noodles you like. We saved you a seat if you want to join us for lunch.
Damn, he loved his bandmates. On my way, he messaged back.
Starting the engine, he tried not to obsess over if Sarah would call him after receiving his long overdue gift. Hell, he’d be content with her throwing the books at his head. All he wanted was for her to talk to him, to let him show her he wasn’t that guy anymore, the one who’d destroyed them both.

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Excerpt #2 from ROCK WEDDING by
Nalini Singh
Sarah sat on the floor of her living room, books spread out all around her.
Having worked nonstop for days, she’d given herself the afternoon off. First, she’d gone to see her son. The anniversary had rolled around again, and though she hurt, this month wasn’t one of the bad ones. She’d talked to him, told him about her day, left him with a kiss.
Her plan for the rest of the day had been to get into her pj’s and curl up on the couch with Flossie to binge-watch a favorite television series. Then had come the buzz at the gate that made her heart thunder and her skin flush… and the delivery of a most unexpected package.
I hope you’re doing okay today. Say hi to Aaron for me. I’m sorry I threw your books in the pool. I was a dick. – Abe
Sarah stared at the note card again, still not certain she was reading it right. The first two lines, they turned her throat thick, but the rest… He’d been so high that day that she’d have bet her business he had no memory of the ugly incident. Sarah had never forgotten it: she could still feel the wrenching ache of the sobs that had overwhelmed her as she tried futilely to fish out books that had been well and truly drenched.
Abe, meanwhile, had moved on to throwing the pool furniture into the shimmering blue water.
Her fingers trembled as she picked up a leather-bound copy of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It matched the other Austen novels he’d sent her, the set a lovely reissue packaged for collectors. Beside the fancy collector’s editions lay cheerful paperbacks with laughing couples and/or dogs on the covers.
She stifled a wet laugh. He’d clearly chosen those at random, but it was cute that he’d remembered she liked romances with animals in them. Half the time when she’d read to him or talked to him about her favorites, she’d thought he was mostly asleep. It hadn’t mattered—she’d just liked being with him.
The most surprising book in the package was the one about the entrepreneur who’d gone from rags to riches on stubborn grit and sheer determination.
It gave her a funny, fluttery feeling in her tummy to realize Abe really did take her business endeavor seriously. It wasn’t mockery, not when he’d gone to the effort of choosing these other books with her likes specifically in mind. He’d thought she’d like the book because she was an entrepreneur too.
Her eyes burned.
Her hand went to her phone, but she hesitated, the memories of her awful loneliness while she’d been with Abe holding her in place. Curling her fingers into her palm, she picked up the television remote instead.
She had to keep her distance if she was to have any chance of protecting her battered heart. Because this Abe? The one who sent her flowers and books and who dropped by to make sure she was all right? He was more dangerous than the man who’d broken her to pieces.

© Copyright 2016 by Nalini Singh

Haven’t read this series yet?
Start the Rock Kiss Series NOW!
Rock Addiction (Book One) Rock Kiss Series

Rock Courtship (Book 1.5) A Rock Kiss Novel:

  • Rock Redemption (Book Three) Rock Kiss Series

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1hP7G54

Nook:http://bit.ly/1VIYkH2

iBooks: http://apple.co/1ITi0i7

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Author Information
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Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.

If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.

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I'll have my review of Rock Wedding up tomorrow so until then, happy reading :)

C.

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