Aussie Author of the Month – Leigh Hutton

Welcome to this months Aussie Author of the Month, Leigh Hutton and her book Rev Girl.

Please don’t forget to enter this months Giveaway for a Signed Copy of Rev girl and Sticker pack.

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REV GIRL

Inspired by a true story

It’s hard to be the new girl, but it’s even harder being the new girl who races dirt bikes . . .

Ever since her parents forced her to move from Canada to Silvertown, Colorado, Clover Kassedy hasn’t fit in. So how do you deal when everyone hates you?

Focusing all her energy on racing her motorcycle did it for a while, but now that Clover’s managed to find a bestie and a boyfriend, the pressure on the sixteen-year-old is worse than ever.

She’s determined to get to the World Championships, where she could finally meet her idol – an Australian, the World Champion – and have a shot at becoming a professional dirt bike racer. But with her super- competitive dad, workaholic mother and relentless bullies at races and at high school, Clover is struggling to make her dreams a reality.

Will it be her scheming ex-best-friend who shatters her world? Or will she let her ‘perfect’ boyfriend – the guy who has finally made her feel like she belongs in their school and their town – stop her from becoming an international racing star?

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July Wrap Up 2014

 

 Monthly Wrap up 

 

 July

 

It has been a pretty slow month for me, as much as I try to get back in the swing of things, something else happens to throw me off.  Any way not a lot of reading this month but what I have read have been great. Don’t forget to enter the Col Elliott Competition to win a copy of his book In between the laughter.

 

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No Limits by Laurie Foster

In Between the Laughter by Col Elliott

Rev Girl by Leigh Hutton

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Accidentally Married on purpose  by Rachel Harris

Reviewed in July

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

The Wolf Siren by Karen Whiddon

Reckoning by Kerry Wilkinson

Scorched by Erica Hayes

 

Challenge Updates

Vampire Challenge: The Fiery Heart, Silver Shadows 5/10

Dystopian Challenge: Reckoning 13/20

Out do yourself challenge 49/116

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play Me by Blue Ashcroft #Review

 Title: Play Me

Author: Blue Ashcroft

Series: A1pha

Publisher: Independent

Source: With thanks from Netgalley and publisher

Release Date:  2014

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The Synopsis

Living in a mansion with three hot dudes could be any girl’s dream…it’s just not Kira Wilson’s. Not when Alex Dumont is one of them.

Other girls know him as A1pha, a beautiful, arrogant pro gamer and newly minted billionaire. Kira knows him as an ex crush and a major pain in the butt. But he’s also an old friend and gaming buddy, and when she needs to hide from her abusive ex, she knows that Alex and his roommates Ethan and Ollie (her former gaming teammates) are the right friends to depend on.

Despite the rocky history between them, Kira knows Alex is right when he states that no one can protect her better than he can. Kira’s just not sure that physical safety is worth the danger the grudge-holding, haunted, and utterly delicious pro gamer poses to her heart.

But with her ex hot on her trail, and Alex looking at her in a way that’s hard to resist, she’d better figure it out soon.

Important note from the author!
A1pha Episode 1 is the first novella in a three part planned new adult romance series about Kira Wilson and her three hot, nerdy housemates. Each installment is a little over half the length of my typical novels, with an intense cliffhanger at the end. Hope you enjoy!

My Thoughts

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This book really blew me  away, although very short but highly entertaining novella. Play me centers around Kira who has left an abusive relationship and runs to her ex best friends who have suddenly become rich. Although her relationship is rocky with Alex, she knows that only him and her other friends can help keep her safe from her ex.

What makes Play Me so fun is that it gives you the chance to geek out, all the characters though extremely hot are gamers. I love the interaction between the characters they are fun, flirty and sexually charged. They are described as gamers but it does not feature so much in the book to make you bored.  The story is fast paced and full of tension.  I really can’t wait for the next Installment of A1pha especially after being left with a major cliffhanger.

All up a fun and exciting read that really surprised me, I could not put this one down and I highly recommend it.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday #10

 

top ten tuesdayTop ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the broke and the bookish.  each week a different question is posted and as a blogger you have to answer them.

This weeks question:

Top Ten Authors I own the most books of

1. Laurell K Hamilton, I own all of the Anita Blake books so far.

2. Charline Harris, Southern Vampire Mysteries and Harper connelly series

3. John Marsden, just about every book he has written

4.  L.J Smith, Vampire diaries and Night world

5. Richelle Mead, Everything she has written, Dark Swan, Bloodlines, VA and Georgina Kincaide.

6. Virgina Andrews oldies but goodies

7. Anne Rice most of her series.

8. Rachel Caine, Weather warden series

9.Veronica Roth, Divergent series

10. Lauren Kate, Fallen and Tear drop

 

 

It’s Monday What are You Reading?

Accidentally Married on Purpose (Love and Games #3)

 

 One ring plus one wild night equals one crazy love

Sherry Robicheaux loves men. She loves love. And she loves an adventure. So when she meets a mysterious man while working backstage at a country music concert in Vegas, she’s all about what’s happened in Vegas staying there.

Country music superstar Tyler Blue just wants a weekend of anonymity…though there’s something about the spunky waitress with the streaks of purple hair that tempts him like no other. Until the next morning, when they both wake up with fuzzy memories…and rings on their fingers.

Convincing Sherry to maintain the ruse for his public image isn’t the hardest part—it’s reminding himself that their time spent playing husband and wife in her small town of Magnolia Springs can’t last. Tyler’s first love will always be music—and the road is no place for a sweet downhome girl.

 

 

The Sunday post #25

vectorstock_43821-1-1The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Very stressful week this week, not much done on my blog unfortunately, due to a problem at my kids school.  Now we have to make the horrible decision between taking the kids to a better school which means moving an hour away and hubby having to work away, or stay here where the school is not a good fit for my children.  decisions decisions, I might go read a book lol.  don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway from this months Aussie Feature Author.

 

It’s Monday what are you Reading?

Giveaway Review of In between the laughter by Col Elliott this months Aussie Author of the month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aussie Author of the Month #review # Giveaway- Col Elliott

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Title: In between the Laughter

Author: Col Elliott

Genre: Memoir

Source: With thanks from Author

Release Date:  March 2014

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Col Elliott has become one of Australia’s favourite entertainers.

Most know him from his many albums, television appearances, live work and DVD’s… However, there is a whole lot more to this man, who’s own life story will surprise and delight!.

From a ten quid Pommie, to a life in poor working-class Melbourne…

In the stables at 14, to the Navy at 16, and sent to vietnam at 17 … old enough to serve, yet too young to vote or drink. He writes a graphic account of gun-line operations in North Vietnam. Still a kid, surrounded by danger, and under fire. .

Life before show business, was as a Navy Sonar Operator and eventual Instructor.

He spent his 18th birthday in Vietnam, as part of the rescue team, when the USS Forestal lost 134 brave souls.

At 19, he was part of the rescue team that operated when the ‘Melbourne’ cut the ‘U.S.S. Frank. E. Evans’ in half … 74 men died that morning.

Col’s early life is related with much humour and honesty.

And throughout the book, you continue to follow his journey, as he and a rag tag bunch of unlikely heroes travel to exotic and often dangerous ports, as a rough and ready band of wandering minstrels.

Through all of this, humour plays an integral part… This is a story of survival and as a reader, Col gives you an insight into his battles with depression, alcoholism and at just 37, a major heart attack. He regroups and emerges unbeaten.

It tells of his rise through the tough ranks of Aussie comedy…

Many long and wonderful, event filled years of marriage.

When Asked, his wife (Karen) states” it has never been boring” !!

Three daughters, several granchildren and growing.

This is an Australian story that covers all bases. Belly laughs, Aussie humour, adversity , pathos , mate-ship , action and adventure. Col Elliott’s story will surprise many … An enthralling read.

 

My Thoughts

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In Australia we have a habit of making our criminals our heroes, Ned Kelly and Mark Chopper Read are just a couple, But after reading this book, My New Australian hero is Col Elliott, For someone who had defended our country, risking his life and saving others, Keeping us entertained and brave enough to admit to his flaws in this amazing Memoir, Col is truly an Aussie Icon and Hero.

I grew up hearing about Col Elliott he is a favorite of my parents, although I may have been too young to understand his jokes, those I were allowed to watch anyway he was still a house hold name growing up.  As I got older only then did I understand the brilliance of this man’s unique brand of Comedy.

Col Elliott has a fantastic way of making the audience feel involved in his skits, and with his Aussie humor and adult jokes, you can’t help but laugh throughout his performance.  What I didn’t hear though is what started his comedy career and what was going on off stage in his life.  In Between the Laughter you get and Inside pass too his life from when he joined the Navy at a really young age to his honest account with his battle with Alcohol. although the book has some strong subjects like war and Alcoholism, it does not stop you from laughing at his stories and feeling touched about the positive points in his life.

When I picked up this book I thought it would be like every other Memoir I have read, a long-winded dark and drawn out story reliving the dark days of his career, like you get with a lot of Memoirs these days, I was pleasantly surprised though when I started reading and It was nothing like that at all.

We have a tradition in Australia, that when we have BBQ’s and no we don’t eat Shrimp on a Barbie, The men mostly will drift off and spend the night drinking and talking about funny events in their lives, basically Talking Shit.  This is what It felt like too me, Short wonderful stories, still in chronological order, from Col Elliott’s life.

I found his stories, to be entertaining, funny and human, I particularly loved reading about his exploits in the Navy.

Overall I loved this book and I am giving it 5 Stars, In between the laughter kept me up at night reading and laughing at his exploits, as well as feeling emotional when he talks about his family and his problems with Alcohol. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting a lighter memoir to read, or even if you are just up for a laugh, grab this book you won’t be disappointed, I know I wasn’t .

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This is a pretty tame clip from Col Elliott, but if you want to see the more Adult clips just do a quick search on YouTube.

It’s Monday What are You Reading?

Silver shadows by Richelle Mead

 

 

 

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

 

 

The Sunday post #24

vectorstock_43821-1-1The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I didn’t get much done this week in regards to my blog sorry about that but I have a great week coming up, Including an awesome giveaway from this months Aussie Feature Author.

 

It’s Monday what are you Reading?

Engaged at the Chatsfield Review

Books Received this Week:

 

 

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Engaged at the Chatsfield by Melanie Milburne #Review

Title: Engaged at the Chatsfield

Author: Melanie Milburne

Series: The Chatsfield

Publisher: Harlequin

Source: With thanks from Netgalley and publisher

Release Date:  May 2014

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The Synopsis

Introducing The Chatsfield in this fantastic prequel, USA TODAY bestselling author Melanie Milburne invites you to step inside the world’s most exclusive luxury hotel empire!

Where secrets lurk behind every door…

A whisper, a rumor, a scandal!

Glitz, luxury and decadence—Juliet Montague should be having the time of her life. Her friend’s hen party is being held at the extravagant Chatsfield Hotel, London, but when she is surrounded by perfect, ultra-stylish women, each with rings on their fingers, a fake fiancé seems her only defense.

Until that very same fake fiancé arrives at the party! Now she must persuade Marcus Bainbridge, her older brother’s gorgeous best friend, not to give the game away. But as the charade deepens, will the lines between what’s real and what’s fantasy start to blur?

Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!
Collect all 8 fantastic titles
May–December 2014

My Thoughts

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What a great start for a new series from Harlequin!  I love it , all the glitz, glamour and drama you need in one short story.

Juliet is invited to a hens night at the magnificent Chatsfield Hotel, where all the rich and famous stay. Juliet is the black sheep of the group, single and never really fit in, after a friend asks if she is seeing anyone, Juliet panics and mentions that she is engaged to her brothers best friend who is luckily in the middle east somewhere and not likely to find out about her little white lie.

Juliets weekend all comes apart when Marcus her unsuspecting fiance walks in and stays at The Chatsfield Hotel, now she is caught in her lie and has to convince Marcus to play along for her prides sake, which leads to an embarrassing, funny and romantic weekend that they will never forget.

A great romantic, swoon filled read, although short it is definitely a precursor to more exciting trysts at The Chatsfield Hotel, and I can’t wait to read more.  I loved Juliet she is not famous, special or rich, she is just herself and she is wonderful, who doesn’t freak out when all your friends are getting married and expect you to have settled down with the rich sexy husband.  Just as well Marcus did show up because I think they make a awesome couple.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to escape to the ritzy Chatsfield Hotel for a while.