Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Introducing ... Anne Hamilton

~ Author Spotlight ~ 

Let me introduce you to another one of my in real life author friends, Anne Hamilton. I met Anne her through Omega Writers where she has positioned herself to offer support, encouragement and guidance...
Anne Hamilton, a long time writer and mathematician, has a number of publications to her name. Anne has a trilogy of short books about how maths integrates with God’s great creation called The Singing Silence The Winging Word and The Listening Land. She has just had published her 27 year project a young adult fantasy Many-Coloured Realm.

I asked Anne if she'd jump onto my blog today to play 
FIVE FAVOURITES 
so here we go...

Favourite foods - lemon syrup cake, lemon chicken, lemon lime and bitters, roast almost-anything
Favourite colours - lemon (what a surprise!) and indigo
Favourite authors - The anonymous author of the narrative poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Paul of Tarsus, John bar Zebedee, CS Lewis
Favourite pastimes - writing, reading and thinking
Favourite places - the Isle of Lewis in the Western Hebrides and Moeraki on South Island of New Zealand: the two places that I've been where just coming into the place I've felt a sense of spiritual peace


Yes! I found Moeraki the most peaceful place too. We'd love to get back to NZ South Island this year :) Thank you so much for jumping in and playing my game today Anne. 

God's Poetry - The Identity & Destiny Encoded in Your Name is on my TBR list - so I haven't written a review but another friend has written a fantastic review HERE




What’s in a name? Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But is that true? Are names simply labels to be swapped around indiscriminately? Or are they more significant? God’s Poetry is about identity and destiny as well as the ancient concept of the power of names to body forth purpose and meaning. It’s also about why most of us never come into the calling prophetically breathed into what we are called.

Genre: Non Fiction





Monday, January 21, 2013

Mellington Hall by Meredith Resce



~ an Aussie Review ~ 

mellingtonBlurb from Goodreads... When Sarah Montgomery finds a man lying half-dead in the snow, she doesn’t stop to think of the consequences of trying to save his life.

But being a Good Samaritan to a stranger yields nothing but trouble. In her parents’ absence, she struggles against a deadly fever and a vicious snow-storm, doing her best to save the life of a stranger.

But when her self-righteous neighbours eventually come to see how she fared during the storm, they draw a very different conclusion, and before she knows it, her reputation is in tatters, and she has been cast out of the church and her home.

Alone and destitute, Sarah is determined to seek work as a servant from the man whose life she has saved. But all is not well for the master of Mellington Hall. Someone wants Lord Alan Mellington dead, and he doesn’t know who or why. The only person he seems to be able to trust is the gamekeeper’s daughter, Sarah Montgomery, who has intervened to save his life not once but twice. 

This story blending mystery, scandal, murder and romance comes from one of Australia’s best-loved authors, Meredith Resce.


I have now read a few of Meredith Resce's books and though there is something about her style of writing that frustrates me, her books grip me completely! She is great at drawing the reader in from very early in the book and doesn't let them go until the roller-coaster of a story has ended. 
Mellington Hall takes a look at how gossip (and only one side of the story or part of a story) can take on a life of its own and hurt many people. 




This is an unsponsored review 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Secret Keeper

The Secret Keeper
By Kate Morton

~ a review ~
Blurb from Goodreads – 1961 England. Laurel Nicolson is sixteen years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day and lay to rest her own feelings of guilt. One photograph, of her mother and a woman Laurel has never met, called Vivian, is her first clue.

The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams, the lengths some people go to fulfill them, and the strange consequences they sometimes have. It is a story of lovers, friends, dreamers and schemers, play-acting and deception told against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

A while back I read Kate Morton’s, The Distant Hours and have to admit, though I enjoyed it, I found myself taken away from my own writing. Generally I read books I can get though in a day or two. As an author, larger books dampen my own creative well and often need emotional investment by me the reader. So to accept The Secret Keeper from the Net Galley to read and review was a tough decision but being near Christmas, I decided to take that chance.

I was not disappointed! In fact I was so glad I accepted this book to read! 

I savoured every page. It is an eloquent and delicious read. I even slowed my reading because I didn’t want it to end. And the twists – they just kept coming. Some a little predictable but one twist towards the end caused me to throw down my iPad and say out loud ‘no way!’

Kate really is an awesome storyteller. Grab all of her books today!




I received a complementary ecopy of The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton through the Net Galley to read and review

Friday, January 11, 2013

Introducing ... Andrea Grigg

~ Author Spotlight ~ 

Let me introduce you to a very lovely in real life friend and author... 

Andrea Grigg grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, but has lived most of her life in Australia. She lives with her husband on Queensland's Gold Coast, where they have raised their three adult children – two daughters and a son. If she isn't teaching ten-year-olds, being a domestic executive or socialising, Andrea can be found in her cave, writing stories.

I asked Andrea to play that little game I like to call 

FIVE FAVOURITES

I actually interrupted her holiday to ask... oops... But none the less... she has agreed to play ... I always get excited when people like to play games with me ... well, some games.. So... these are her ...

Favourite foods - ice cream, anything with custard (can you tell I'm a sweet tooth?)
Favourite colours - blue (particularly duck egg blue)
Favourite authors  - They change all the time, but for now:  Kate Morton (S.E Qld girl!) Francine Rivers
Favourite pastimes - writing, reading, music, catching up with friends
Favourite places - I love having a holiday, but nothing beats coming home

I love Kate Morton too, I'm reading The Secret Keeper at the moment... she's an amazing story teller

Thank you for playing Five Favourites. I hope everyone knows a little more about you now.

Andrea's debut novel  A Simple Mistake was one of my favourite reads last year. Here's the blurb... 

When Nick and Lainey meet again after 10 years so much has changed. Nick is now a famous celebrity and Lainey is the girl he left behind. As a member of a highly successful band and with an emerging acting career Nick can have any girl he wants. Now he wants Lainey back.
They had been so close when growing up, but after Nick left to seek fame and fortune, Lainey had never heard from him again. Now she has moved on from what she felt for Nick as a teenager. Or has she?
After discovering what kept them apart for so long, they tentatively rekindle their past romance. The feelings are just as strong as before but can Lainey accept Nick's lack of faith? And can their new relationship survive Lainey's secret?

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

You can read my review HERE and click below to bet your hands on your own copy

Monday, January 7, 2013

Introducing ... Carol Kilgore

~Author Spotlight ~ 

Let me introduce you to one of my blogging friends Carol Kilgore... 
Carol Kilgore is an award-winning author of several published short stories and many essays and articles. Solomon’s Compass is her second novel, a blend of mystery, suspense, and romance she calls Crime Fiction with a Kiss – always at least one crime; always a love story. Carol and her Coast Guard husband live in San Antonio, Texas, with two herding dogs that like nothing better than pack time on the patio.
You can find Carol here:



Today is a very special day for Carol. She is revealing her latest book cover. But before we get to that, I asked her if she'd like to play 

FIVE FAVOURITES

so you can all get to know her a little better... and she said yes! YAY... here we go ...

Favourite foods...
Anything Mexican
Salads
Pasta
Olives
Avocados

Favourite colours...
Yellows
Greens
Reds
Oranges
Some Blues

Favourite authors...
My Blogging Buddies
Lisa Scottoline
Dr. Seuss
Lisa Gardner
David Baldacci

Favourite pastimes...
Hanging out with Live-In Handyman
Reading
Playing with our dogs
Finding treasures in little out of the way shops
Talking to friends

Favourite places...
Beaches
Mountains
New York City
Texas
Our patio 

Thanks for playing Carol, I do love how you found 5 things in each category. :) 


AND NOW.... 


Drum roll please.....


The big REVEAL.....







The death of her beloved uncle, Randy Rankin, brings US Coast Guard Commander Taylor Campbell back to Texas to take care of his estate and find out if he really did bury his treasure. Jake Solomon’s job is to make sure Rankin’s killer doesn’t set his sights on CDR Campbell. Set along the Texas Gulf Coast, SOLOMON’S COMPASS is a story of love, loyalty, and the value of keeping a promise.



Don't you just love the cover!! I can't wait to download this one when it's released on April 2nd.

Carol's work available from Amazon now...