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Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown *Cover Reveal*




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I'd like to introduce you to fellow book blogger, Aimee Brown, who is unveiling the cover for her debut novel, Little Gray Dress.

Aimee Brown is a writer and avid reader, often blogging her thoughts on chick lit books. Little Gray Dress is her first novel published. She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She spends much of her time writing her next book, doing homework, raising three teenagers, binge watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to use far too many swear words. Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and many, many pets. She would love to hear your thoughts on Little Gray Dress

If you want to chat with her she’s very active on social media. 


Title: Little Gray Dress 
Author: Aimee Brown 
Genre: Romantic Comedy 
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books 
Release Date: August 2nd, 2017 
Pre-Orders Available: Early July 

Blurb:
Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another grand appearance when she least expects it?

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Participate in the Book Tour: Aimee would love to have you as a part of this upcoming release day book tour! If you'd like to sign-up to review the book during the tour or post a feature, author q&a, author guest post, excerpt, or giveaway, 
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Meeting Liane

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On Friday night, I had the chance to meet my all time favourite author - Liane Moriarty.

Not long after I moved to Wagga Wagga, I was driving home in the car and flicked on the local radio. I heard an announcement that the local library was running an annual event called One Book One Wagga where they encouraged as many people as possible to read the same book and that this year's book would be Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (you can read my review here). And to top off that news - she would be coming to a gala dinner right here in little old Wagga!

As soon as I got home, I looked up the phone number to the library and called them to find out how to get a ticket. The librarian who answered didn't know so hunted down the guy who'd been on the radio and put him on the phone. I could hear the smile on his face as he explained to the overenthusiastic library patron (me) that he couldn't pre-book a ticket and I could follow the library Facebook page to find out when tickets went on sale. Well, I stalked that page and now everyone at the library recognises me from my profile picture.

When hubby asked me what I wanted for my birthday this year, I told him all I wanted was this ticket I'd just bought for myself. And lots of chocolate... I kept my ticket somewhere safe - in the box where the extra copies of my paperback are kept - until the big night. I obviously didn't get it out and read it often enough because I turned up to the venue listed on the receipt ticket (where I picked up the ticket) instead of the venue the actual event was being held. Thank goodness I was early and the correct venue was only a couple of streets away.

I made my way past tables filled with small groups of friends, mother/daughter's, couples, and found my seat at a table right near the stage. I introduced myself to the other people sharing table c. I'd walked past Liane on my way in but she'd been busy talking to other important looking people and I'd felt a bit shy. Half a glass of wine later, I spotted her walking towards her table. Phone in hand, I strode across the room, smiled and said "Can I have a selfie?"After snapping a couple of photos, I remembered to introduce myself...

Liane was lovely and very down to earth. I checked how to pronounce her name - it's Lee-Ahn not Lee-Anne and then had a conversation about other author's names. Jodi Piccoult is Pee-Coo not Pee-Colt and Roald Dahl is Roo-All not Rolled. I managed to slip in a mention that I'd written a book too and she told me she loved the title Don't Mean a Thing. Squeee!

The conversational interview was excellent. Liane answered the big question that everyone wanted to know - What's our Nic really like? Check out the video below if you want the down low on meeting Nicole Kidman. Liane is a fabulous storyteller.



Truly Madly Guilty features a character who plays the cello, so in honour of this we had a cellist perform throughout the evening. The music was hauntingly beautiful.


To finish off the night, I bought the newest edition of my favourite book, Big Little Lies, and got Liane to autograph it for me. I decided to get the new cover with "Our Nic" on it to prove that I met Liane after she was super famous. As a parting gift, so Liane could say she met me before I was super famous, I gave her one of my bookmarks.







Dead Again by Sandi Wallace *Guest Post & Review*

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I'd like to introduce you to Sandi Wallace who has just released her latest novel, Dead Again. Dead Again is Sandi’s second rural crime thriller starring Georgie Harvey and John Franklin and can be enjoyed as a standalone or as part of her rural crime series. It is the sequel to her debut novel, Tell Me Why, winner of the 2015 Davitt Award Readers’ Choice and shortlisted for the 2015 Davitt Award Best Debut. She has also won prizes in the Scarlet Stiletto Awards for her short crime fiction.

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IT COULD ONLY HAPPEN IN THE COUNTRY


In the urban world, everyone hurries, everywhere. Noise clamours 24-7 via trams, trains, trucks, tooting cars, music of all types, accents of all origin, laughter, arguments, haggling and begging, with this eclectic cultural fusion set to equally diverse odours and aromas. And residents are likely to know one or two of their immediate neighbours, although probably not well, and few of those living further along.

Contrast that to rural life, which tends to meander at a slower pace, and to a much quieter soundscape, with livestock replacing trams. Some folk come from way back – so far back that roads in the area are named after their family or the old homestead and even the “incomers” (anyone who hasn’t lived there: a. all their life or b. thirty years, depending on who you ask to define “local”) tend to know loads of people in the area. So, the community is tighter, at times almost to the point of suffocation, but mostly the upsides outweigh the loss of privacy.

The two worlds sit in sharp contrast, don’t they? And while bad things and crimes happen everywhere, some are more common in the city—such as white-collar embezzlement—and urban crime seems detached, somewhat anonymous, yet not victimless. Often, even a crime against person in a metro area strikes hard at only a relatively small number of people, while a similar occurrence in the country will rock that entire community.
Daylesford cop, John Franklin says, “All this fallout … could only happen in the country,” in Dead Again. Could he be onto something?

Picture a tumultuous love triangle involving neighbours in the spa town of Daylesford. One bloke considered an incomer because he left town as a kid although he re-inherited a tribe of relations when he returned; the other having lived there all his life. It’s a fractious situation likely to blow its top at some point and where hardly anyone would have a clue about this dispute if it went on in inner suburbia, it’s different in the country. Lots of people know the players. They’ll take sides.

They might bend the truth. Things could get out of hand … and fast.

And that’s just part of Franklin’s current caseload.

And then, across the state, Melbourne journalist, Georgie Harvey is researching a feature story on the tiny town of Bullock and its recovery after being ravaged by wildfire two years earlier. It is a community trying to find its way forward, but in limbo without the arsonist being held accountable, and under the cloud of controversy about whether rebuilding should be allowed.

Yep, that’s a melting pot in the making, right there.

The outcome is driven by what Georgie uncovers in Bullock. How that connects with a crime spree in Daylesford that has Franklin frustrated because he’s supposed to know everyone and what they’re up to on his patch. And how desperately a murderer wants to keep his secret.

So, what do you think? Could some things only happen at that time, at that place, in the country?


Dead Again by Sandi Wallace

It is almost two years since wildfires ravaged the tiny town of Bullock, and Melbourne journalist, Georgie Harvey, is on assignment in the recovering town to write a feature story on the anniversary of the tragedy.

In nearby Daylesford, police officer, John Franklin, is investigating a spree of vandalism and burglaries, while champing to trade his uniform for the plain clothes of a detective.

When Georgie’s story and Franklin’s cases collide, she not only finds herself back in conflict with the man she’s been trying to forget since their first encounter, but she uncovers the truth about how the fires started – a truth no-one is wanting to believe.


Hey! Here's my review.

This is the second book involving Georgie Harvey and John Franklin. I enjoyed it as a stand-alone novel. You don't need to read the first book to understand this one, but if you have the chance, I'd recommend reading book one first.

I grew up in country Victoria and loved the familiar setting for this rural Aussie crime novel. A journalist and a cop make a great crime solving team even when they don't realise they're working together. I loved following all the different threads of the story and seeing them all interweave.  I reviewed a complimentary copy.

★★★★★

  • Where: Review Request
  • Format: ebook

Best Friends For Now

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Today is the official publication day for Best Friends For Now.

Best Friends For Now began as a three sentence story my 6-year-old daughter wrote down for me after a vivid recount of her dream over breakfast one morning. We had recently moved into a new home in a new town and my kids were settling into a new school. Between her vivid imagination and my worries about how a transient military life might affect my kids, a longer story evolved. Molly's original three sentence story is included at the end of the book.

If you would like your child's story fleshed out into a book, contact our publisher Duck Soup Press.

Best Friends For Now by Molly Conoulty

Molly and her family have moved into a new house in a new town. Molly is being as brave as she can be, but everything is new and strange - including Jenny, the woman who lives in Molly's bedroom wall. 

As Molly gets to know Jenny, she soon discovers friends come in all shapes and sizes, and the best ones will be there for you when you need them. Even if it's just for now.  


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Best Friends For Now

Book Boyfriend Blog Hop #chicklitmay


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May is all about Mother's Day, my Mum's birthday and reading chick lit. Mother's Day and my Mum's birthday have been and gone, but there's still plenty of time for chick lit. Thirty of my chick lit author friends have got together to host a blog hop and huge giveaway. 


Instructions for the hop: 

Hop to all the stops linked below, collect the Book Boyfriend 2017's name at each stop, then submit all 30 names to 
traciebanister@gmail.com in order to be entered in the Grand Prize giveaway. This giveaway includes a Kindle Paperwhite + 30 e-books, one from each of the authors participating in the hop. 

Entries for the hop will be accepted until Sunday, May 21st at midnight E.D.T. A winner will be chosen on Monday, May 22nd. This Grand Prize giveaway is open internationally.