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Favourite Reads of July

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What a reading month I had in July! I’ve become obsessed with young adult fantasy and sci-fi novels and can’t get enough of them. They’re soooooo good! Well, the ones I read were.

Once again, with so many amazing books, I’m hard-pressed to choose a favourite but I think the honour has to go to…

The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerYep, not one but three books are getting my favourite vote of July: These Broken Stars, This Shattered World and Their Fractured Light.

Oh, and the related short story This Night So Dark by the same authors.

Sci-fi is not normally my thing but these were absolutely amazing. I read all three books in a matter of days. They were so addictive I was reading every chance I had, and if I wasn’t reading I was thinking about the characters.

The world-building was fantastic, the conflicts and stakes huge, the characters vivid, and the romance… OH MY GOD, THE ROMANCE! Completely sighworthy.

Loved. LOVED!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffIlluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Amie Kaufman is now officially an auto-buy author for me, which means I’ll be buying Gemina, the next in this new series, as soon as it releases, which is soon. Whee! Also sci-fi but what makes this different is the way the story unfolds. It’s told via a ‘file’ of interview transcripts, diary entries, intelligence appraisals, schematics, graphics, and all sorts of interesting things. I wasn’t sure it would work for me but it absolutely did. Not quite as romantic (but still containing a satisfying romance) as the Starbound books but another fantastic read that I devoured in record time.

Glass Sword by Victoria AveyardGlass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Book two in the young adult fantasy Red Queen series (told you I was on a binge) and it didn’t disappoint, except for ending on a cliffhanger but I half expected that.

If only it wasn’t so long until the next book!

The Summer Bride by Anne GracieThe Summer Bride by Anne Gracie

I’m so sad to end this wonderful, wonderful series! The Chance sisters and their heroes were all gorgeous and I just adored Lady Beatrice, who was terrifically sly and naughty but in the best possible way. I was thrilled to see Daisy and Flynn get their happy ever after, and see all the other threads in the series tied up satisfyingly. This one was particularly poignant because of both Daisy and Flynn’s backgrounds.

The Bird and the Sword by Amy HarmonThe Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

Wow, what a stunningly written book. The premise is very clever: a girl cursed by her dying mother to never make a sound and imprisoned by her father finds magic and power in words. That probably doesn’t do it any justice at all and I recommend you check out the bookstore pages and reviews for just how incredible this book is. Even if fantasy isn’t your thing I think you’ll find this beautiful.

Odd Apocalypse by Dean KoontzOdd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

Poor Odd, trouble always finds him, and in this case—the fifth book in the Odd Thomas series—it’s quite big trouble in the form of a recluse and his strange mansion.

I’m intrigued to see where the Annamarie storyline goes. It’s curious, that one. I own all the books in the series so I guess I’ll find out.

The Tournament by Matthew ReillyThe Tournament by Matthew Reilly

And also the related story Roger Ascham and the King’s Lost Girl. This was fun, as you’d expect from a Matthew Reilly book, and I adored seeing all the historical characters popping up. Fast paced and interesting, with a good lashing of sex and chess facts thrown in that never slow the story, this was an entertaining and enjoyable read. As was the accompanying short story which you can download for free from ebook stores.

 

What were your favourite reads?

 

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Teaser Tuesday!

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Teaser TuesdayWelcome again to another fun instalment of Teaser Tuesday, the blog series where I share snippets from my works-in-progress, up-coming releases and published novels. Most of the time. Occasionally I like to spice it up and let writing buddies tease you with their works too.

Today is such a day and I’m delighted to host historical romance author Anne Gracie on the blog. Her Chance Sisters series, including The Autumn Bride, The Winter Bride and The Spring Bride (current finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia’s prestigious Ruby Awards), has been a blast and I’ve been eagerly awaiting book 4—The Summer Bride—and Daisy’s story. The girls are all great characters but I’ve developed a real soft spot for Daisy and so want her to reach her happy ever after. I bet if you’ve been following the series you feel the same.

Here’s Anne to tell you more about the The Summer Bride. Oh and don’t forget to read right through to the end. There might be a giveaway!

 

Romance Author Anne Gracie

The Summer Bride is the first “friends-to-lovers” story I’ve written, and I have to say I really enjoyed watching these two following their separate paths, all the while fighting an attraction that can’t be denied.

I loved Daisy and Flynn. Daisy is down-to-earth and outspoken and funny, and Flynn . . . well, Flynn’s a real charmer — brash, confident, and very masculine. And though it took him a while to work out what he really wanted, when he did, he went all out to get it.

Daisy and Flynn are on different courses. He wants to marry an aristocratic lady, she doesn’t want to marry at all. She has plans . . .

Daisy had no illusions about herself. She was a little Cockney guttersnipe with a gimpy leg and a foul mouth—though she was working on the swearing, and her grammar. But she loved beautiful clothes and—praise be!— she was good at making them.

She was going to be somebody, and she was going to do it all herself; Daisy Chance, Dressmaker to the Toffs, with a shop and a business all her own. That was her dream, and she was so hungry for it she could almost taste it.

The fact that Daisy fancies Flynn and always has, is irrelevant. She’s a realist, and a businesswoman, and respectability is what matters now.

Daisy pretended to stare out of her window but watched him from the corner of her eye. He was one good-looking man, Flynn. His breeches fitted nice and tight, his legs were long and powerful, and he smelled beautiful—clean and manly, not like so many posh gents who drenched themselves in perfumes and smelled like a blooming flowerpot.

No, Flynn was all man. She fancied him rotten—always had, from the first day he’d come swaggering into Lady Bea’s parlor, as brash and confident as if he owned the place. Those bold blue eyes of his had summed up every female in the room, a perfect invitation to sin.

The Summer Bride by Anne GracieFrom the very first he’d been danger wrapped in shades of masculine elegance—he’d just come from Freddy Monkton-Coombes’s very exclusive tailor—all the while complaining about having to dress like a pea-hen—not a peacock—in drab colors. With a gold earring in his ear, like a bloomin’ pirate. He was wearing it today; it glinted in the dim light.

He’d flirted with her that first day, just a bit—and she’d flirted back.

Daisy sighed. In the old days she’d have gone after him like a shot, but she’d turned respectable now, and so had Flynn.

He was planning to marry the finest young lady in London, and Daisy was starting up a business of her own. They were on different pathways, and a romp between the sheets wasn’t on the cards for either of them.  More’s the pity.

Besides, Flynn was her friend, the first man she’d ever been friends—real friends—with. The men she’d known in the past were users—pimps, predators, thieves and swindlers—all crooks of some kind.

Flynn was different, and she wasn’t going to risk spoiling their friendship with a bit of rumpy pumpy, no matter how tempting it was. That sort of thing never lasted—and the break-up always ruined the friendship.

So it was look but don’t touch.

She eyed his long, muscular thighs in their gleaming boots, and smiled to herself. Lucky he was such a treat to look at.

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Oooh, I can’t wait for this book. I pre-ordered it back in March and today is the day it’ll be popping onto my Kindle and racing to the top of my to-be-read pile.

I bet you’d love a copy of The Summer Bride too. Well, here’s your chance to win one. Yes, lovelies, we have a…

GIVEAWAY!

For your chance to win a paperback copy of The Summer Bride simply answer this question from Anne:

What’s your favorite romance trope? Friends to lovers? Revenge? Second chance at Love? Convenient Marriage? Secret baby? Amnesia? Etc

Comment away and we’ll pop you into the draw.

Please note: Giveaway closes Friday midnight Friday AEST, 8th July 2016. Open internationally. Rah!

The Chance Sisters books are available right now from Booktopia, BookdepositoryAmazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play, or your favourite bookstore.

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