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Preface

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Welcome to my book.

It is time for you to grab a coffee and sit back and relax, I am going to tell you some stories. Now before you put my book down shaking your head and I know you are thinking to yourself hang on I am on a blogging site not a book. Well let me tell you what I mean. Blogging is storytelling and in the end, we all become stories.

This is the start of my story. I have been an avid reader as long as I can remember. I can’t imagine not having books around to read. I love all different forms of books, from paperbacks, hardcovers, eBooks, and even audio books. If I want to read a book I will find it and have it there ready to read. My ‘’to be read’’ [TBR] list gets longer every day; as I see another book, that another great author is releasing, it is added to my list.

As I a child I would devour everything with enthusiasm and my avid appetite for reading knew no bounds. I read Autobiographies, Sweet Valley High, Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables Series, True Crimes, Chic-lits, even Thrillers, no book was left unread in my presence. As an adult, my reading tastes have not really changed. I still read so many different genres from the middle-of-the-road chick-lits, the hard-hitting and emotional autobiographies, books with ethical or moral themes, crime thrillers, psychological thrillers, and it goes on and on.

Have you ever picked up a book that you just can’t put down? Do you find yourself saying “Just one more page… and I’ll … ring my mum … put the washing on … do the housework … go to sleep?”  That’s me every day, I sometimes find it hard to put down a good book and so I get through quite a few books, and that is why I decided it is time for me to put my thoughts of books down to share with you.

I will be posting reviews and comments based on what I have read. I would be grateful for suggestions and comments on posts, but remember I am brutally honest – if I like it, I’ll say, if I love it, I’ll say, if I hate it, I’ll say.

Make yourself at home and use the menus on my page to flick through my BOOK.

See you in the next chapter.

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Chapter Seventeen – The Chosen Ones

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The Chosen Ones (DI Robyn Carter #5)
by Carol Wyer

The Chosen Ones is a gripping, fast-paced, intriguing, suspenseful thriller.

It all starts with the body of Jordan Kilby been displayed on a scarecrow frame. Robyn is called out to investigate the murder. When two more murders occur, Robyn and her team realise it is a serial killer they are after. Trying to link the victims together and solve these murders, is not easy work. There is a web of secrets and lies that Robyn must unravel to help her uncover who is behind this. Will Robyn and her team solve this before any more lives are lost?

Carol has written a great suspenseful thriller, that will keep you guessing through every chapter. There are so many twists and turns your head is going to be spinning. You will not want to put this book down so be ready for some late nights.

I don’t believe it, Carol has left us with a cliff-hanger of an ending again. I do hope the next book in this series is not too far away. I love a good cliff-hanger but I also want to know what happens next.

Carol Wyer is up there with some of the best authors when it comes to writing suspenseful thrillers. When I see a new book written by Carol I know that I won’t be disappointed.

I do highly recommend this book, and all in the series. This and all of the books in this series can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend that you start at the beginning.

This is the 5 books in the series to date:
#1 Little Lost Girl
#2 Secrets of the Dead
#3 The Missing Girls
#4 The Silent Children
#5 The Chosen Ones

Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

Expected publication: May 24th 2018 by Bookouture

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See you in the next chapter.

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Chapter Sixteen – Small Great Things

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Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult

I absolutely always enjoy Jodi Picoult’s writing. There is not one book of Jodi’s I could say a bad word about.

When I knew this story involved discrimination, social injustice, the joy that comes with having a baby and then losing a baby. It really made me think, is this a book for me? Well of course it was. I believe in the truth no matter who is in the right or wrong.
When books are told from different perspectives it gives the reader so much more insight into the book and its characters. This book gives three perspectives from the following characters.

Ruth Jefferson is an African-American labour and delivery nurse with more than twenty years’ experience.

Turk is a proud white supremacist. Turk and Brittany Baur are the parents of the baby, Davis.

Kennedy McQuarrie is a white female public defender “who doesn’t see colour”.
Ruth being African-American has hasn’t been an issue, until the day that her shift brings her to do a routine check up on Brittany and Turk’s newborn baby. Turk is not happy at having an African-American looking after his family and requests that Ruth is not allowed to touch their baby, in which the hospital complies. The next day, the nurse who is caring for the baby is called away because of an emergency with another one of her patients. Ruth is the only other nurse who is free and so she takes charge of Davis. Suddenly, she finds that Davis unexpectedly stops breathing. Ruth is torn between instinct and following orders. Despite her efforts in the end to save Davis, he passes away. The parents then blame Ruth for their son’s death which sets the events of the remainder of the novel in motion.

Kennedy McQuarrie takes Ruth’s case but insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Ruth is very conflicted by Kennedy’s suggestions about the case. Ruth who is a strong woman and a single mother tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family, as the case becomes a media sensation. Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust through the trail and they need to see what is right in front of them, and see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others and themselves might be wrong.

Will Ruth end up in prison for the murdering an innocent baby, or will she be acquitted?
This book will provoke a lot of emotions from the readers, some will agree with Jodi Picoult’s writing of this story others will disagree with her.

I would highly recommend this book. I believe this book may open the eyes of some of the readers to how racial they might be without realising it.

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See you in the next chapter.

It is amazing all the different covers for this one book. Which one do you have?
I have the second one.

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Mother’s Day 2018

A history of Mother’s Day: From campaigns for peace to cards, flowers and family reunions

 

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On Sunday many Australians will spend the day celebrating their mothers and other special women in their lives.
Some mums may be given cards, flowers and gifts, while others may enjoy breakfast in bed or a lunch out.
Mother’s Day has long been a part of the Australian calendar, but where did the idea to dedicate the second Sunday in May to honouring motherhood come from?
The modern Australian celebration of Mother’s Day actually grew out of calls for peace and anti-war campaigns following the American Civil War (1861-65).

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In 1870, American writer and women’s rights activist Julia Ward Howe, best known as the author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, appealed to women to unite and bring peace throughout the world (later known as the Mother’s Day Proclamation).
She proposed that a mother’s day for peace be commemorated every year in June.
But the idea of a mother’s day did not gain traction until 1908, when West Virginia woman Anna Marie Jarvis held a church memorial to honour the legacy of her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis.
Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who nursed wounded soldiers during the Civil War and created mother’s day work clubs to address public health issues.
Anna Jarvis wanted to continue her mother’s work and pushed to have a day set aside to honour all mothers.
In 1914 her campaigning paid off, when US president Woodrow Wilson officially declared the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day.
“The impact of the Civil War was still there … and there was also a rising concern that America might find itself involved in another war, particularly given what was happening in Europe,” said Richard Waterhouse, emeritus professor of Australian history at Sydney University.

Mother’s Day in Australia
But it was not until 1924, following the losses of World War I, that Mother’s Day was first held in Australia.
Sydney woman Janet Heyden started the tradition after becoming concerned for the lonely, forgotten aged mothers at Newington State Hospital where she regularly visited a friend.
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She successfully campaigned for local schools and businesses to donate gifts to the ladies.

“There were so many mothers who were no longer mothers, so many wives who were now widowed because of WW1, and there were also so many women who never had the prospect of becoming mothers or wives because a whole generation had been wiped out in the trenches of the Western Front,” Professor Waterhouse said.

“There was this mood for Mother’s Day, and the American Mother’s Day fitted better than other mother’s days that were celebrated in other countries.”

Commercialisation of Mother’s Day
It was during the 1920s that Mother’s Day became commercialised in the United States, with card companies like Hallmark and florists marketing gifts. Anna Jarvis was outraged and spent the rest of her life campaigning against the commercialisation of Mother’s Day, dying penniless and in a state of dementia in a sanatorium in 1948.

“Mother’s Day was part of a very consumer society which America had become in the 1920s and it was very quickly adopted in Australia as well,” Professor Waterhouse said.

Today, Mother’s Day is a billion-dollar industry in Australia.

A time for family reunions
While Mother’s Day initially began to promote peace and support women, over the years it has become an occasion for family reunions in Australia.

“It’s not just about recognising the role of mothers, though that’s still there, but it’s really recognising Mother’s Day as a day in which families can get together,” Professor Waterhouse said.

“That’s becoming increasingly important because in the busy world in which we live, families don’t get together as much as they used to.”

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Photo: Family lunches are a popular way to spend Mother’s Day in Australia.

Today, Mother’s Day is a day for all women.
“It’s no longer linked to a particular set of values and a particular view of the role of women,” the professor said.
“It has a kind of universal appeal and a cross-cultural appeal so that it can appeal to all ethnic groups in Australia.”

Father’s Day started ‘to counter Mother’s Day’
And for those wondering about the origins of Father’s Day?
“It was basically made up to balance Mother’s Day,” Professor Waterhouse said.
“Mother’s Day was designed to give women greater moral authority and recognition; men’s authority at that stage was unchallenged.
“Father’s Day was really a kind of a counter to Mother’s Day and to some extent a commercial decision.”

Source: ABC Radio Canberra By Penny Travers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-13/history-of-mothers-day-from-civil-war-to-family-reunions/8517898

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Chapter Fifteen – Bloodtree River

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Bloodtree River
by Sarah Barrie

OMG! Absolutely magnificent! Sarah Barrie has written an intense Romantic Suspense story, I could not put this book down. There are so many twists and turns you are going to want to keep reading to find out the what happens! This book it one that I will have no trouble recommending, it is definitely one of my Top reads of 2018!

The story starts with Detective Indiana O’Meara been asked by her boss Ben Bowden to go undercover in Tasmania on a Cattle Station, Calico Mountain Lodge. There have been several girls that have gone missing while working there. Indy agrees to go undercover to solve the mystery of their disappearances.

I enjoyed Indy’s first day in Tasmania where she is at a Cattle Draft looking for the people who run Calico Mountain. She does not know much about horses but she does know when one is not being treated properly and that owner soon finds out!! It is also her first run in with Logan Atherton, the main suspect in the case.

She begins working at Calico, in the stables alongside Logan. She has befriended a couple of the staff, one is Tess Atherton and the other is Jules Miller. Indy knows that things are not what they seem there. Can Indy trust her intuition when it comes to Logan? Are the rumours she hears true?

The chemistry that Sarah has created between Indy and Logan was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters, the good guys and the bad guys. It was like I was there in Tasmania with the detailed descriptions of the landscapes and the remote properties.

This is the first book of Sarah Barrie’s that I have read and I must say if this is the quality of the story writing I will be looking for more of them to read!  Sarah is an excellent storyteller!

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Australia for a copy in return for an honest review.

Published: April 23rd 2018 by Harlequin (Australia) TEEN/MIRA 

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Chapter Fourteen – Behind The Badge

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Behind the Badge
by Shelley Wade

This debut novel by Shelley is extremely well written and has a great storyline. The two things that you want in a novel. I was hooked from the beginning and I found that I wanted to keep reading into the early hours. It is a page-turner that you just won’t to put down.

You are in for a roller-coaster of a ride with this novel. It is a fast paced, action packed romantic novel. You are going to be saying ‘OMG’ more than once.

Jackson Taylor is director of the Los Angeles branch of the FBI. Ashley Haven is his second in command. These two characters are the heart of the story. More of their lives are revealed as we get further through the story.

It all starts with a mission that has gone wrong and Jackson is held hostage. Ashley takes charge to rescue him. It is after this mission that their true feelings for each other come out.

Ashley is a character that you will easily relate to her. You will feel every emotion with her, throughout the story.  She is brave and strong and has a never give up attitude.

Jackson has a heart of gold, that he wears on his sleeve. He is an intelligent, passionate agent. He will do what it takes to protect his agents and also his family.

There are times in this book where you will find yourself having a little giggle and times where you will be biting your nails. This book has it all and so much more. There are so many twists and turns in this story, it that will have you on the edge of your seat.

I am not going to spoil this book for you. If you want to know what happens with Jackson and Ashley, you are going to have to go out and buy it. Believe me it is definitely worthwhile.

I do hope that this is not the last we see of Jackson and Ashley.

I highly recommend this book.

Thank you, Shelley Wade, for this copy in exchange for an open and honest review.

Published February 2nd 2018 by Lulu Publishing Services

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Chapter Thirteen – Wild In Love

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Wild in Love (Book 5 of the Maverick Billionaires series)
By Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully

This is Daniel Spencer’s story.

We are pulled into this story from the very first page. It is captivating read.

Daniel is building a lakefront cabin at Lake Tahoe. For his extended family to come and holiday. He owns Home Improvement stores and also has lots of DIY videos.

Tasha Summerfield’s life was turned upside down the day her dad called her into his office and told her to get out of town. His company was being investigated for fraud. Tasha Brought a run-down little shack, in Lake Tahoe. Tasha has been watching DIY videos on renovating her little home.

Daniel and Tasha’s paths cross when Daniel hears a scream and runs to find Tasha hanging from her roof. Daniel offers to help Tasha but she feels that she does not deserve it after what her family has done.

Will Lake Tahoe’s beautiful surroundings bring Daniel and Tasha together? Will Daniel get Tasha to trust him? Will there be a HEA for Daniel?

Well the only way you are going to find out is to read Daniel’s story for yourself.

This book is a standalone or can be read in order of the series. But, I can guarantee that once you have read this if you have not read the other you are going to want to. Each book has the story of one of the Maverick Billionaires, and every story keeps you wanting more and more.

Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully have done a fantastic job bringing us this series. I have to be honest and say I cannot pick who has written what in these books, as it flows so well. The characters are down to earth, sexy, smart, brilliant and lovable. What more could you want!!

I have loved each and every Maverick story. Daniel’s story was definitely my favourite and I would without a doubt recommend this book. Just as I would recommend the whole series.

Thank you to Bella Andre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

Published April 25th 2018 by Maverick Oak Press 

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See you in the next chapter.

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Cover Reveal – Tattered by Devney Perry

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USA Today bestselling author Devney Perry is unveiling the cover to TATTERED, the first stand-alone novel in her adult contemporary romance series, Lark Cove, releasing June 19, 2018.

See below for the cover, information on the book, pre-order links and about the author.

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About the Book
Title:
Tattered
Series: Lark Cove #1
Author: Devney Perry
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Genre:
 Adult Contemporary Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
Thea Landry has always known her place in modern-day society. It’s somewhere just above the trash can her mother dumped her in as a newborn but below the class where much comes easy. With her tattered shoes and bargain-bin clothes, her life has never been full of glamour.

So when a rich and charismatic man takes interest, she doesn’t fool herself into thinking their encounter is anything more than a one-night stand. Months later, she’s kicking herself for not getting his phone number. Or his last name. She’s given up hope of seeing him ever again.

Until one day, years later, Logan Kendrick waltzes into her life once more and turns everything she’s built upside down. This time around, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s going to fight to keep him in her life—not for herself.

But for their daughter.

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About the Author
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Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers!

Where to Find Devney Perry

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