Hello, dear readers.
This will be short and sweet, just like the title.
This week I’ll be joining the Heart and Craft Community Group Facebook page for a chat about Paranormal Romance, which will be fun. I'm looking forward to meeting one author in particular for the first time as we've been chatting for ages, but we've never properly met (almost) face to face. J
I’ve also registered for the 2020 Romance Writers of Australia Online Conference. It would have been wonderful to attend a live conference in Fremantle, Western Australia as originally planned. I looked forward to meeting more of the wonderful authors I’ve been chatting to online, but there will be other conferences and hopefully it will be back over my way again soon.
I also enjoyed a long lunch with my publisher. LOL Still pinching myself to type that.
And I didn’t poison her with my cooking. Always a bonus. ;) We talked about books, covers and writing, and it was wonderful and inspiring. I hope I can share a sneaky peek of my cover with you soon. J
Blue by Sue-Ellen Pashley
What would you do to protect your family?
17-year-old Penn just wants a real life. One where he's not forced to lie and steal for his abusive stepfather Gep. One where he and his twin brother, Jimmy, are free from Gep's dark magic.
When they move to yet another town to steal magical artefacts for Gep, Penn is hopeful that things might be different this time. Especially when he finds himself attracted to a girl in his class, Selti.
But when Jimmy starts to weaken, fading like their mum did before she died, Penn knows he'll do anything to save him. Even if that means betraying Selti... or giving in to his own powers.
A modern retelling of Pinocchio with an urban fantasy twist.
Penn’s desire to escape is never stronger than when Gep is punishing him. Only his stepfather’s favourite form of punishment is to torture his brother, Jimmy, so Penn will do what he wants. And what he wants is to acquire more power by any means necessary.
When he meets Selti, for the first time in his young life, he finds a reason to be happy again. She captures his heart and gives him a sense of hope, and he finds ways of being with her rather than fulfilling his stepfather’s wishes. Which only makes things worse for Jimmy, and Penn’s not ready to face the guilt or the truth of his actions.
This is one of the books I’ve had the privilege of beta reading. I loved this retelling of Pinocchio with its dark, modern twist. But most of all, I think this has one of the best ‘YA first kiss’ scenes I’ve ever read. I remembered that scene long after I finished the book and I doubt I’ll be the only one who feels that way. This story will appeal to YA lovers of all ages.
Life Above Zero by Lauren Kerr
What is Life Above Zero?
There is more to life than just surviving. There is thriving, flourishing and soaring. There is a life above zero and everyone deserves to live it.
This book equips you with the practical skills and mindset, backed with psychology, research and statistics to help you unlock the code to success in your life and beat the mental health epidemic. Lauren shares personable, relatable stories to prove you're not alone in your experiences and empowers you with universal assignments to up-level your own health, relationships, career and business. In this book you'll discover the psychology to be happy in our fast-paced, demanding world of quick fixes and results. (With some positive, warm and fuzzy vibes thrown in, sprinkled with some tough love!)
Are you ready to live a Life Above Zero?
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours and is an International Accredited Life and Wellness Coach and Neurolinguistic Practitioner. After working in Child Protection, she started her own Life Coaching Practice, blog and podcast where she educates and empowers others how to live a "Life Above Zero". Coined in the positive psychology field, this term reminds people that happiness and health are more than the absence of unhappiness and disease.
This is a fascinating guide and resource on finding pathways to enjoy a positive outlook on life. By focusing on wants and needs, and looking back at previous choices, Ms Kerr encourages her reader to take ownership of their decisions, set intentions and work towards positive goals and ideals. She also encourages them to realise the things we treasure most in life are the ones we earn and work hard to achieve. She does this be relating personal experiences and encouraging her readers to be honest with what they want. To set realistic goals and be aware they need to do the work first to reap those rewards. Ms Kerr also asks the reader questions through ‘universal lessons’ along with guidelines and suggestions to follow. There’s also a questionnaire on her website to help the reader set goals in relation to her book. An interesting read. J
I’ve been working hard on editing, writing and beta reading. There are some wonderful books in the works. Once I’ve finished my current paranormal story, I’ll be writing another romantic suspense one. I have some online book launches to look forward to, and yes, I’ll be adding to the TBR pile. I can’t seem to help myself. And all going well in September, there will be another live book launch to attend.
Until next time, stay safe and well. J