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A Tour of Shadows’ Australian Setting with Paula Weston + giveaway!

A Tour of Shadows’ Australian Setting with Paula Weston + giveaway!

Don’t you love a book that gives you a very certain sense of time and place? A strong setting always makes me feel as if I’m right there in the middle of the action along with the characters, and in Paula Weston’s Shadows, we’re thrust into a paranormal romance set in Australia…with angels. This was absolutely perfect, as I bought the book while I was in Sydney last summer after reading rave reviews from overseas friends, and as I read it I got to relive a little bit of my trip through reading the story.  As we kick off the official Shadows blog tour today, we asked Paula if she’d take us on a guided photographic tour of the book’s gorgeous setting. We’re so pleased that she agreed to share her pictures and writing process with us, and invite you to join us as we explore Gaby and Rafa’s world… Read more »

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Shadows: review

Shadows: review

Title: Shadows (The Rephaim #1)Author: Paula WestonRating: 3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 10, 2013 Age Group: YASource: Tundra BooksShadows by Paula Weston is the first installment in her Rephaim series. This Aussie YA title has had a lot of buzz  since its release a year ago, and at long last it’s arrived here in North America. It’s certain that most fans of readers of paranormal romance who try out this series will clawing for the next. Shadows is based on angel lore. So yes, you’ve read the same story, the same myth, the same names, only, as in all other angel books, there are little tweaks here and there to differentiate it from the crop. But, as I’ve always said, whatever the material, if the writing is good then the book is good. It’s only been a year since the death of her twin brother, Jude, and Gaby has run away… Read more »

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Rebecca Lim on Embracing the Flawed Heroine + Exile Giveaway!

Rebecca Lim on Embracing the Flawed Heroine + Exile Giveaway!

If you’re suffering from angel withdrawals now that the Unearthly series has ended, might I suggest the Mercy series by Australian author Rebecca Lim? It’s definitely among the more thoughtful angel books that I’ve read, and has a most unusual premise: Mercy has no memory of her life before, and wakes up in different human bodies that she must help.  One of the things I find unusual and fascinating about this series is the way Mercy hands out punishment to the wicked with such terrible justice. With the U.S. release of the second book Exile releasing this month, we’ve invited the author to share her experience in writing about divine beings who aren’t necessarily perfect. ~ Wendy ———————————————– Embracing the Flawed Heroine by Rebecca Lim It’s been tricky, writing about angels. Questions of faith and religion are intensely personal and when your heroine is a fallen angel, you need to… Read more »

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Stormdancer: review

Stormdancer: review

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff When a book arrives with a massive amount of fanfare, in the form of glowing advance praise and accompanied an agreebly affable author, it’s necessary to take a step away from all the hype to ensure that a review isn’t influenced by outside factors. Which I did–I avoided reviews, fled the country (okay, that wasn’t just to read this book), and read it away from much of the joyful noise that surrounded the book’s release. After the promise presented by the author’s description of the story as “telepathic samurai girls and griffins in steampunk feudal Japan,” I’m happy to find that this particular novel proved to be an exciting and memorable a reading experience. Stormdancer is nearly operatic in its scope and grandeur, and young Yukiko’s reluctant quest to find a supposedly extinct griffin–and her subsequent relationship with the fierce, noble beast–is both thrilling and moving. The thing is,… Read more »

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An Interview with a Thunder Tiger (& Stormdancer giveaway!)

An Interview with a Thunder Tiger (& Stormdancer giveaway!)

Imagine, if you will, a black sky filled with lightning as a sky-ship floats high above the mountains of Shima. On the deck, buffeted by wind and lashing rain, a 16-year-old girl named Yukiko stretches out her senses and feels a flicker of warmth and a heartbeat. Could it be that the mythical griffin, long thought to be extinct, actually exists after all? Yes. This fiercely proud “thunder tiger,” with the beautiful head and wings of an eagle and the sleek hindquarters of a tiger, is named Buruu. As Yukiko gets to know him under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, she finds keen intelligence in this unlikely ally. We’re very fortunate that Buruu has permitted us to submit some questions to him, as arashitora do not often deign to speak to mere mortals. Character Interview with Buruu Your relationship with Yukiko starts off on a rocky note. I guess it’s a little… Read more »

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Totally Outrageous Preloved Giveaways! And a Poolside Vlog with Shirley Marr

Totally Outrageous Preloved Giveaways! And a Poolside Vlog with Shirley Marr

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know we’re big fans of Aussie author Shirley Marr. Today happens to be Shirley’s birthday, and she’s celebrating with us on her official blog tour for her newest book Preloved!  Read our review from last week, download the pink sugared popcorn recipe card, and then join us for a little afternoon pool party. Like all good parties, it might just come with some special party favors for a few of our lucky guests… Shirley Marr’s Vlog And that’s right–it hardly seems fair, but our wonderful birthday girl is offering YOU a present! Along with 1 autographed copy of her new book, Shirley is offering one lucky winner a beautiful sterling silver locket necklace similar to the one that plays such an important role in the book. Grand Prize – 1 autographed copy of Preloved by Shirley Marr, plus a beautiful necklace… Read more »

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Night Beach: review

Night Beach: review

Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar “But there the night is close, and there Darkness is cold and strange and bare; And the secret deeps are whisperless; ..and music is The exquisite knocking of the blood…”   The Fish, Rupert Brooke (1911) Night Beach is an intense, evocative novel that explores the shadowy recesses and dark corners of the mind that birth, feed and foster art and obsession. It’s an unsettling story, delving into unchartered spaces of the consciousness, a story that balances precariously between the real and the unreal. Eagar takes those shades between light and darkness, between solid and intangible, and distils from it a novel that beautifully crystalises the mercurial nature of creativity, and the mental torment of fixation. As with her debut Raw Blue, Eagar’s writing is at once both familiar and striking. She writes about Australian surf culture and life with the apparent ease of experience,… Read more »

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