Category Archives: Competitions

Cover Reveal, & Tarrin’s Bay Gift Pack to WIN!

The cover fairies at Harlequin Australia have done their magic again, this time with the third book in my Tarrin’s Bay series, MIRACLE IN MARCH. What do you think?

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Here is the blurb for this story, due for release March 8th 2015.

A new Tarrin’s Bay novel from best-selling author Juliet Madison. She took a break from real life,  and found what she didn’t know she was looking for.

Emma had plans, travel plans, going-far-away plans, but her family means everything to her, so when they needed help, she was there to deliver it. Running the family business of beachside cabins in Tarrin’s Bay might not be the same as the French Riviera, but Emma finds a certain level of peace in the beautiful setting and small town community.

But when she finds that her ex-boyfriend, a man she left behind without explanation, staying in one of the cabins, her peace is ruined. She knows the only way to get it back is to share the secret she’s been hiding for five years, and admit to him the limitations that she now carries. But James has his own truths to share, and he’s not the man that Emma once knew.

They are both in very different places than before, but it’s a time for renewal and second chances when their reunion brings secrets to the surface, dreams to be remembered, and the realisation that they are both in need of a little miracle.

 

So now that the March book is gearing up for release, I guess I better start planning the April book! Luckily, the characters and story are already taking shape in my mind. All I’ll tell you for now is that the hero and heroine will be next door neighbours. One is a social butterfly, the other is a bit of a hermit. One has a physical disability, the other has emotional scars. But despite their clashing personalities they may just find something amazing that bonds them together. There will be a candle shop, feuding pet cats, and tattoos. Which means skin. And muscles. 😉 And of course, as with all my small town stories, there will be secrets. And this will be the first TB book in which neither of the characters are parents. More later!

Giveaway time!

Tis the season for giving, so I am giving! I have a fabulous Tarrin’s Bay gift pack to send to one lucky reader anywhere in the world (because don’t you just hate it when there’s a fab giveaway and you’re not in the right country to be eligible?!). No probs here, I’ll wear the postage costs, because I want to reward my readers for supporting this series (I have to get all the way to the December book, so please keep buying and reading them and telling your friends!) 😉

The only catch? You must be a member of my Tarrin’s Bay Series Readers Group on Facebook. And the winner can’t be one of my family members (sorry Mum).

So here is WHAT you could win:

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  • Two signed, lined notebooks featuring The January Wish and February or Forever on the front. Fill them with your ideas, musings, study notes, recipes, goals and dreams, or whatever you ‘wish’! I hope you will cherish them ‘forever’. 😉 Sorry, if you’ve read the February book you might remember that Drew likes puns.
  • A 2015 calendar featuring beautiful photos of the Australian NSW South Coast, where I live, and also the inspiration for the setting of the Tarrin’s Bay series. This is from south coast photographer Andy Hutchinson.
  • A framed postcard of one of our local beaches. I can just see my characters walking along the shore… 🙂
  • A message in a bottle! A mini-bottle, with real sand and a shell from one of our beaches! And, I will write you a secret message inside.
  • Sterling silver beaded earrings featuring the colours from the book covers, handmade locally.

And here is HOW you could win:

1. Join my Tarrin’s Bay Series Readers Group on Facebook HERE (if you’re not already a member). Once I’ve approved your request to join, you’ll be able to see the post about the giveaway.

2. Read the instructions in the giveaway post in the Facebook group, and comment on the post with your entry.

3. Winner announced December 9th. 

So get cracking, only one week to win! Good luck 🙂

Release Day! HAUNTED EVER AFTER is here

Today is the official release day for HAUNTED EVER AFTER, my new full length romantic comedy novel with a touch of magic. And over the next two weeks I’m running a special competition to win a beautiful silver bracelet from Mantraband of the winner’s choice (Open Worldwide, free shipping). See below.

HAUNTED EVER AFTER

HauntedEverAfter-JulietMadisonMixing romance, humour and a sparkle of magic, Juliet Madison is back with a new full-length novel about a bride-to-be, a mystery and the stripper next door.

When bride-to-be Sally Marsh attends a weekend away with her bridesmaids, the last thing she expects is an uninvited guest: the ghost of her fiancé’s ex-girlfriend.

Red is quirky, loud and distracting, and Sally is soon desperate to find the reason behind her presence, so she can rid herself of her embarrassing shadow before the wedding day. Unfortunately, the ghost is reluctant to share the reason for her existence, but very enthusiastic about Ty, the surprise hen’s night stripper who keeps showing up at awkward moments.

Time is running out for Sally, but it’s also running out for Red. By the time all is revealed, Sally will be tested to the limits, and go above and beyond everything she’s ever believed in order to ensure not only her own happy-ever-after – but Red’s as well. 

 

>> BUY NOW from Escape Publishing or via the links below:

Amazon.com / Amazon AU / Amazon UK / iBooks / Kobo / B&N / Google Play / Booktopia / Ebooks.com / JB HiFi / AllRomanceEbooks / Big W Ebooks

If you enjoyed FAST FORWARD, be sure to check out Haunted Ever After which has lots of funny moments as well as emotional and heartwarming moments.  This one also has a touch of mystery, and what romcom novel of mine wouldn’t be complete without a wacky underwear scene? There’s one in here too. Two, in fact. 😉

And to celebrate the release, I’m joining forces with two fellow authors from Escape Publishing who also write Magic Realism Romance; Sarah Belle and Jacquie Underdown, in a fun Facebook party with lots of giveaways! It starts tonight (Sep 1st) and will run for 24 hours (the party – not us, we will hopefully get some sleep at some point). Join the event HERE!

GIVEAWAY!

motivational_bracelets_inspirational_bracelets_1024x1024WIN a beautiful silver inspirational bracelet from Mantraband with your choice of affirmation engraved on it, plus an ebook of your choice written by me (6 to choose from). Open WORLDWIDE and free shipping for the bracelet. The bracelet prize will be delivered as an email gift voucher which you can use to order the bracelet of your choice free of charge. Winner drawn 15th September.

To enter click the following rafflecopter link:

 >> a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! And i hope you enjoy HAUNTED EVER AFTER! 🙂

Nominate books in the AusRomToday Reader’s Choice Awards!

There’s a fabulous new website, AusRomToday, celebrating and promoting all the diverse sub-genres of romantic fiction, and they are holding their first Reader’s Choice Awards and taking nominations for your favourite books and authors from 2014. The top ten most nominated books and authors in each category will go through to the public voting round, so make sure you add all your faves to help them get to the top!

You can nominate books HERE.* *Remember, only Australian authors and their books are eligible for the awards.

If you’d like to nominate any of mine, hooray! Cyber hugs to you 😉 Here are some details to help you… >> My eligible books are:

  • THE JANUARY WISH
  • FEBRUARY OR FOREVER
  • HAUNTED EVER AFTER

>> My eligible categories (you can vote in any or all of them, and for multiple books and authors):

  • Best established author
  • Author of the year
  • Cover of the year
  • Book of the year

To nominate, fill in the simple web form on the page HERE. Thanks to readers for supporting Australian books and authors, and thanks to AusRomToday for hosting these awards! 🙂

A one-of-a-kind competition (Aus residents only)

high resI love giveaways and I just had to share this one with you… my good friend and critique partner Alli Sinclair whose debut novel LUNA TANGO has just been released, is running a contest to win an original oil painting! The painting encompasses the passion of the tango, and you can see the prize HERE.

To enter, all you have to do is take a photo that depicts the tango – it can be of you and another person embracing in the tango way, it can be a drawing, it can be of LEGO minifigures getting their groove on, it can be of your pets, your kids, soft toys – anything! Just give it a tango flare.

I’ve already entered, you can see my photo with the dashing Marco on my blog post about the RWA conference here. 😉

For all the contest details and where to send your photo to, visit Alli’s blog.

Have fun and good luck! 🙂

Would You like Magic With That?

This week Escape Publishing launches its new category of novels, Magic Realism Romance:

Not quite paranormal, not quite fantasy, this genre believes that magic is a part of the every day, and that there’s more to our lives than can be explained. If you’re looking for a little mystical, a little miraculous, a little more, this is the romance for you.

Some of my novels will be included in this category: FAST FORWARD, I DREAM OF JOHNNY, STARSTRUCK IN SEATTLE, and my upcoming releases HAUNTED EVER AFTER and 12 DAVES OF CHRISTMAS. They fit the description because they are set in the real world with real people (and so aren’t full-on fantasy or paranormal), yet have that little touch of magic to take the story beyond the realm of the world we know.

Time travel, wishes, angels, ghosts… they’re all part of Magic Realism Romance, and each is included in one of my MRR books. Mine are also known as Romagic Comedies, because they have romance, magic, and comedy. If you like these types of stories, I have a facebook group you might like to join: Romagic Comedy Readers & Writers.

 

…This week, MRR authors from Escape Publishing are having a blog tour to celebrate this niche genre. Check the Escape blog for all the links. Today, for my post, I’m sharing an acrostic poem! I’m also having a giveaway to win an advance copy of my September release, HAUNTED EVER AFTER, as well as a copy of fellow Escape Artist Robyn Neeley’s book BATTER UP! See the rafflecopter at the end of this post to enter.

Here is what you could experience when you read a Magic Realism Romance novel:

 

Magical elements

Angelic intervention

Ghosts galore

Intuitive insight

Charmed heroes

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Racing against time

Extraordinary scenarios

Animal attraction

Love potions

Intelligent plots

Spells and sparkles

Magic lamps and more!

 

>>WIN! One advance ebook copy of HAUNTED EVER AFTER by Juliet Madison (read it before everyone else!), plus one ebook copy of BATTER UP by Robyn Neeley. Open worldwide. Winner drawn 13th August and notified via email.

To enter, click the rafflecopter link:>>  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! 🙂

 

HAUNTED EVER AFTER:

HauntedEverAfter-JulietMadisonMixing romance, humour and a sparkle of magic, Juliet Madison is back with a new full-length novel about a bride-to-be, a mystery and the stripper next door. 



When bride-to-be Sally Marsh attends a weekend away with her bridesmaids, the last thing she expects is an uninvited guest: the ghost of her fiancé’s ex-girlfriend.

Red is quirky, loud and distracting, and Sally is soon desperate to find the reason behind her presence, so she can rid herself of her embarrassing shadow before the wedding day.

Unfortunately, the ghost is reluctant to share the reason for her existence, but very enthusiastic about Ty, the surprise hen’s night stripper who keeps showing up at awkward moments. 

Time is running out for Sally, but it’s also running out for Red. By the time all is revealed, Sally will be tested to the limits, and go above and beyond everything she’s ever believed in order to ensure not only her own happy-ever-after but Red’s as well.

 

BATTER UP:

cover50018-mediumShe mixes more than flour and sugar into her cake batter, and he’s about to find out if a little bit of magic is to his taste…

Bakeshop owner Emma Stevens has a secret — a delicious, slightly unorthodox secret. Each Monday, she mixes up a premonition to share with the bachelors of Buttermilk Falls, and sets one lucky man on the path to true love.

When reporter Jason Levine finds himself mixed up in a Las Vegas bachelorette party, he hears the strangest rumour: the marriage is happening thanks to magic cake batter. Seriously sceptical, and sick of frauds, Jason journeys to the backwater town of Buttermilk Falls to expose the baker and release the townspeople from her evil clutches.

But when Jason meets Emma, tempers flare and sparks fly. Will Jason cling to his logic at the expense of a future, or will he let himself fall under Emma’s spell?

 

Have you read many Magic Realism Romances or perhaps Romagic Comedies? Let me know some you’ve enjoyed…

Giveaway Time! Celebrating 100 Reviews of Fast Forward

FAST FORWARD has now reached 100 reviews on Amazon.com and I’d promised I’d do a giveaway when I reached that magic number. So here it is! 🙂

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First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who’s bought a copy of my bestselling, wacky, time travel romantic comedy, and extra thanks to those who’ve taken the time to leave a review or star rating whether it’s been on Amazon, Goodreads, iTunes, or elsewhere. Here are some of the comments people have made:

  • “I don’t give 5* ratings easily… Those 5 brilliant, sparkly stars my friends I now reward to Juliet Madison for writing this funny, witty, magical tale I will never forget.” – Ananda
  • “If you love movies like Suddenly 30 (13 Going On 30), you’ll love Fast Forward.” – Diane
  • “I don’t write many reviews, but I had to rave about this story! it was an amazing, realistic peek into the future. Juliet Madison must have the mind of a creative genius to have come up with all of this.” – Closophari
  • “This is definitely a must-read, you won’t regret it, it’ll make you smile from beginning to end.” – Ben
  • “The first time I read it I had to put the book down in some spots because I was laughing so hard I couldn’t hold the book still.” – Annie M

If you haven’t yet read it, you can grab a copy from Amazon HERE or from other ebook retailers, links are HERE (click buy now on that page to see all retailer links).

Now, onto the giveaway…

I love giving stuff away, and I also know how frustrating it is when a giveaway is restricted to a particular country, so I’ve made 5 of the 6 giveaways international! For each prize that you’d like to win, all you have to do is click the rafflecopter link and enter. That way if you already have one of the books you can just enter for the ones you don’t have or any you might like to give as a gift if you win.

Winners will be drawn on 21st July and notified by email. Good luck! 🙂

 

PRIZE #1: AUSTRALIAN RURAL ROMANCE BOOK PACK (Australian entrants only, this pack is HEAVY!)

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1 x print copy of OUTBACK DREAMS by Rachael Johns

1 x print copy of THE HOUSE ON BURRA BURRA LANE by Jennie Jones

1 x print copy of RIGHT AS RAIN by Tricia Stringer

1 x print copy of DRIFTWOOD by Mandy Magro

Plus, 1 x ebook of your choice from Juliet Madison, and assorted swag (postcards, magnets…etc)

>>ENTER BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW (Australian delivery addresses only!):

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

PRIZE #2: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE BOOK PACK (International giveaway!)

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1 x print copy of ALL HE EVER NEEDED by Shannon Stacey

1 x print copy of THE LOOK OF LOVE (The Sullivans #1) by Bella Andre

Plus, 1 x ebook of your choice from Juliet Madison, and assorted swag

>>ENTER BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

PRIZE #3: FUN & FLIRTY BOOK PACK (International giveaway!)

bookprize2Prize consists of:

1 x print copy of LUCY IN THE SKY by Paige Toon

1 x print copy of FLIRTING WITH FORTY by Jane Porter

Plus, 1 x ebook of your choice from Juliet Madison, and assorted swag

>>ENTER BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

PRIZE #4: CAPTIVATING BOOK PACK (International giveaway!)

photo 5Prize consists of: 1 x print copy of THE INEVITABILITY OF STARS by Kathryn R. Lyster

1 x print copy of CAPTIVATE by Vanessa Garden

Plus, 1 x ebook of your choice from Juliet Madison, and assorted swag

>>ENTER BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

PRIZE #5: WOMEN’S FICTION BOOK (International giveaway!)

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1 x print copy of THE WEDDING SEASON by Su Dharmapala

Plus, 1 x ebook of your choice from Juliet Madison, and assorted swag

>>ENTER BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

PRIZE #6: WOMEN’S FICTION BOOK (International giveaway!)

winterlodgePrize consists of:

1 x print copy of THE WINTER LODGE by Susan Wiggs

Plus, 1 x ebook of your choice from Juliet Madison, and assorted swag

>>ENTER BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

How’s that for a giveaway? Why have just one when you can have six!

Good luck, and thanks for helping me celebrate 100 Amazon reviews of FAST FORWARD!

FF-BestsellerAmazonAspiring supermodel, Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her twenty-fifth birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd.

Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self? Or will she be stuck in the nightmare of hot flushes, demanding children, raunchy advances from her husband and hideous support underwear forever?

 

 

Book Bundle Giveaway!

Author Jennie Jones is holding a multi-book giveaway to celebrate the first birthday of her bestselling rural romance, The House on Burra Burra Lane.

It is OPEN WORLDWIDE, and all you need to do to enter is visit my interview HERE, click the little green ‘subscribe to Jennie’s newsletter’ button on the right side of the page, then say ‘yes’ on the Rafflecopter form. Easy!

The winner will receive a special limited edition USB key from Escape Publishing, with six books loaded onto it just for you. Plus you’ll receive swag including bookmarks, postcards…etc.

CLICK HERE to enter and read an interview about my book The January Wish. Good luck, and tell your friends! 🙂

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Can you help Escape Publishing choose a new category?

My publisher, Escape Publishing, is updating their website and revamping their categories for various books. They are looking for the right name to give a category of books that don’t quite fit into other categories, including some of my books such as Fast Forward, I Dream of Johnny, and Starstruck in Seattle.

Can you help?

What these books have in common is that they are set in the real world but have elements of something magical or supernatural, but are not full-on paranormals or fantasy books. They may be comedies or emotional dramas or mysteries, but all have a magical element that is crucial to the story, such as time travel, ghosts, wishes and magic lamps, illusions, premonitions, magic powers…etc.

If you come up with the winning title you can win a set of these books from Escape Publishing! So what do you think? Are they best described as Romagic, Supernatural, Alternate Reality, Other-Worldly, Romantic Illusion, or something else?

Have your say! Go to Escape’s blog and leave a comment with your email address to have a chance of winning the prize. Click HERE.

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Vote for me in the Best Australian Blogs 2014 – People’s Choice

The Best Australian Blog competition is on again! While we await the official list of finalists, there is a People’s Choice category, and if you so wish, I’d love for you to consider voting for this blog!

To vote for me in the Best Australian Blogs 2014 – People’s Choice category, simply click on the banner below, or visit this url HERE.

The blogs are listed alphabetically, you can find mine in the F-K category. My blog name is: Juliet Madison.

You can also vote for any other blogs you like too, or you can vote for one, it’s up to you. **Make sure you click right through every page till the end where you click on ‘done’, in order to register your vote.

To tweet about the awards, use the hashtag: #bestblogs14

Thanks! 🙂

Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop

I’m taking part in Book’d Out’s Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop!

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FoFBetween now and midnight on the 28th January, you have the chance to win prizes from myself and all the other participating blogs (which you can see here.). I’m giving away an advanced ebook copy of my upcoming release, FEBRUARY OR FOREVER, a heartwarming story set in a small Australian coastal town.

To win, enter via the Rafflecopter link at the bottom of this blog post. Contest open worldwide and winner notified via email and in the comments on this post. Good luck! 🙂

And now, for my Australia Day post:

 

AUSTRALIAN FICTION – My Top Picks

I love the diversity of Australian fiction, and I find I’m reading more and more books by Australian authors these days, partly because many of the authors have become my friends, and partly because I relate to the Aussie voice, sense of humour, and landscape.

Whether it’s rural, coastal, or urban, it doesn’t matter – I like all kinds of Australian settings. Though I am particularly drawn to small town settings because I love the community atmosphere and close-knit relationships between characters. And that’s why I’m writing my own small town series, the Tarrin’s Bay series, to explore the many stories and characters that can be present in small towns, and bring them to life. The first book in this series, The January Wish, has just been released, and the second book (though they can be read in any order), February or Forever, is out on 1st February (but as mentioned, you could win an early copy!).

Today I thought I’d give some of my fellow authors a plug and share a few Australian books I’ve enjoyed, both recently, and in the last few years. These books are all by Australian authors, and are set in Australia.

 

> Rural Top Pick: JILTED by Rachael Johns

Jilted bookpage– Three words to describe it: emotional, honest, fulfilling

She left him at the altar, but her heart was always his…

After more than ten years away, Australian soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope Junction, determined to remain anonymous while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.

But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn’t long before the people of Hope’s are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie’s visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.

Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together again, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. For Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.

When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?

 

> Small Town Top Pick: HOUSE FOR ALL SEASONS by Jenn J McLeod

HFAS-– Three words to describe it: clever, intriguing, original

Four women. Four lives unravelled. The truth will bind them forever.

Bequeathed a century-old house, four estranged friends return to their hometown, Calingarry Crossing, where each must stay for a season at the Dandelion House to fulfil the wishes of their benefactor, Gypsy.

But coming home to the country stirs shameful memories of the past, including the tragic end-of-school muck up day accident twenty years earlier.

Sara, a breast cancer survivor afraid to fall in love;

Poppy, a tough, ambitions journo still craving her father’s approval;

Amber, a spoilt socialite addicted to painkillers and cosmetic procedures;

Caitlin, a doctor frustrated by a controlling family and her flat-lining life.

At the Dandelion House, the women will discover something about themselves and a secret that ties all four to each other and to the house – forever.

Small towns can keep big secrets…

 

> Romantic Suspense Top Pick: WINGS OF FEAR by Helene Young

Wings-of-Fear-Front-Cover1-184x300– Three words to describe it: riveting, well-written, intelligent

High above the crystal-blue waters of North Queensland, Captain Morgan Pentland patrols the vast Australian coastline. When Customs Agent Rafe Daniels joins her crew, she is immediately suspicious. Why is he boarding her plane when she isn’t there? And why is he asking so many questions?

What Morgan doesn’t know is that Rafe has her under surveillance. Critical information about their Border Watch operations is being leaked and she is the main suspect.

Morgan’s ex, elite police officer Carl Wiseman, is back on the scene after she finally found the courage to throw him out. Is he trying to regain Morgan’s affections of are his intentions more sinister?

When Morgan and Rafe are shot down in a tragic midair attack, they realise they have to start working together – and quickly. One of Australia’s most loved icons is the next target and they have only nine days to stop it.

Will they uncover details of the plot in time, or will the tension that is growing between them jeopardise everything?

 

> Thriller/Crime Top Pick: BEYOND FEAR by Jaye Ford

coverLeft– Three words to describe it: unputdownable, scary, cinematic

Imagine if your worst fears came true. . . Again.

At seventeen, Jodie Cramer survived a terrifying assault at the hands of three strangers. Her schoolmate Angie was not so lucky…

Now thirty-five, Jodie is a teacher and mother of two – and her past is a horror she’s buried deep. When she sets out for a weekend in the country with three friends, all she has in mind is a few laughs and a break from routine.

However, unknown to the four women, their secluded cabin was once the focus of a police investigation and, like Jodie, it nurtures a dark secret. As her friends relax, the isolation reawakens Jodie’s terrifying memories. When she finds evidence of trespassers, she is convinced they are being watched.

But no one will believe her and as her past threatens to overwhelm her, she begins to doubt herself – and her sanity. Until two men knock at their door …

 

> Coastal Romance Top Pick: NOBODY BUT HIM by Victoria Purman

19292– Three words to describe it: sexy, beachy, satisfying

She didn’t expect to run into her first love… or to fall back in love with him! 

At eighteen, Julia Jones left for the city with a head full of grand plans for an exciting life that certainly didn’t include her home town of Middle Point – a main street with a pub – or Ryan Blackburn.

But fifteen years – and a lifetime later – she’s forced to put her big city life on hold when she heads home to finalise her mother’s estate. Which is where she runs smack bang into the town’s new champion… the same Ryan Blackburn. The sensible thing to do? Stay the hell away from him and head back to Melbourne as fast as her stilettos can carry her. But Julia finds his offer of a helping hand and a hot body too delicious to refuse and dives into a reckless, one-time fling. What she doesn’t realise is that tomorrow has a way of sneaking up, and that saying goodbye to her home town – and to Ryan – is much harder the second time around.

 

> Romantic Comedy Top Pick: HINDSIGHT by Sarah Belle

9689– Three words to describe it: funny, heartwarming, magical

Humour, wit, and just a touch of humility: the swinging 60s as you’ve never seen them before.

The universe has sent Juliette a sign. She wishes it had been an email instead…

Juliette’s career is on fire, her marriage and family are in melt-down, and a red-hot goddess wants her husband. But those are the least of her worries when she wakes up on her lounge room floor in the year 1961.

Without any of her modern conveniences — nanny, housekeeper, surgically attached mobile phone, designer wardrobe, and intravenous lattes — Juliette is just over fifty years out of her comfort zone. But as she takes on the role of a 1961 housewife, with gritted liberated teeth, she discovers an unexpected truth: slower doesn’t mean boring, at home doesn’t mean dull, and priorities don’t mean sacrifices.

As she finds unexpected friendships, a resuscitated love life, tragedy and triumph, Juliette begins to wonder if she really wants to return home after all.

 

> Women’s Fiction Top Pick: THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty

Husband'sSecret_Aus– Three words to describe it: honest, interesting, compelling

A funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love and secrets.

When her husband announces he’s in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother’s house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame.

Rachel is a woman in her sixties consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter twenty years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.

Cecilia is the quintessential “I don’t know how she does it” woman. A devoted mother to three daughters, she runs her household like clockwork, is President of the P&C, owns an extremely successful Tupperware business and is happy in her fifteen-year marriage. Until she discovers a letter in their attic labelled: “To my wife Cecilia, to be opened in the event of my death”… Her husband’s secret is a bombshell beyond all imagining with repercussions across the lives of all three women.

 

Have you read any of these books? If not, why not check them out! What are some of your favourite Australian books? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

>>And now, to WIN an ebook copy of FEBRUARY OR FOREVER, simply click the Rafflecopter link and follow the instructions. It’s quick and easy. Remember, giveaway closes midnight Jan 28th. Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

>>Once you’ve done that, head over to Book’d Out to see the list of participating blogs and enter their giveaways too!

 

Good luck… I’ll leave you with a brief blurb for the first two books in my Tarrin’s Bay series:

TheJanuaryWishcoverTHE JANUARY WISH: When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it’s the most out of character action she can think of. Hers is not a life of wishes. Hers is a controlled life of order, plans and preparation…of science and research and diagnosis and treatment. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far-reaching consequences.

A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia’s small coastal town with secrets that can’t be shared. Between feelings of guilt, gossip, and a growing attraction to an emotionally unavailable colleague, Sylvia’s well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities.

They say be careful what you wish for, but, for Sylvia, the unexpected consequences may be just what the doctor ordered.

 

FoFFEBRUARY OR FOREVERYoga teacher and single mother, Chrissie Burns has a plan: move into the rundown beach house left to her by her deceased aunt, renovate it, sell it, and move on. The scene of a terrible accident years ago, the house needs to get out of Chrissie’s hands as soon as possible.

But Tarrin’s Bay, where the house stands, has more to offer than bad memories. The town is lovely, the people friendly, and even Chrissie’s young son finds friends and begins coming out of his shell. Employed at Serendipity Retreat as a yoga instructor, Chrissie is shocked to be given the role of private teacher to Drew Williams, Australia’s top singer/songwriter for the month.

Relationships between instructors and clients are strictly forbidden, but Drew draws happiness out of Chrissie with his down-to-earth nature and sense of humour. Days of stretching and bending may bring Chrissie unexpected peace and strength, but she knows that this interlude must end, and there’s no pose or position to aid her when Drew walks away and leaves her broken-hearted.