Monday, 22 April 2019

Special Announcement: About a Girl by Kathryn White

Exciting news! It's been a long, long time coming but finally, I'm releasing a new novella. The title is About a Girl and it tells the story of Callie Taylor, a nineteen year old who eloped with her high school sweetheart and then broke up with him on the same day. The blurb is below:

When Callie Taylor was eighteen she eloped with her high school sweetheart. Then they broke up. On the same day. And they never told anyone that they were married.

Almost a year later, Bill Darcy is back, living in the house next door and caring for his recently-orphaned sister. And he's determined to win Callie back.

Over the course of a single day, Callie finds herself learning some huge life lessons as she struggles to reconcile her head with her heart. Can she forgive Bill? Or, more importantly, does she even want to?

I'm really excited for this one, and not only because it is the first time that I've released a book as both an eBook AND in paperback since 2015. Callie is a wonderful character and she's certainly had more than her fair share of struggles, as I hope you'll soon discover when you read the book. There are some really fun supporting characters--I just love Callie's well-meaning but wacky mum.

About a Girl releases on the first of June. The pre-order links for the eBook are already up on Amazon and Smashwords. You can find About a Girl here:

Or check in with your favourite eBook retailer. Paperbacks should be available on the first of June. 

Friday, 12 April 2019

Friday Funnies

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

The opening pages make the plot of this book clear. It's about an ambitious young woman who has a crush on her sexy-but-mean-and-arrogant boss. And faster than the reader can shout, "Workplace sexual harassment!" Bennett has his wicked way with Chloe in the boardroom. And then he steals her panties. Oh and theres lots more hot and steamy sex, underwear thefts and somehow, despite an epic tiff somewhere toward the end the pair end up together and get their happily ever after. 

And that's really it. The whole thing is void of character development, meaningful dialogue or any shades of realism. I was about to write the whole thing off completely when, thanks to the bio of the authors at the back of the book, I made a surprise discovery. Much like a certain other popular erotic romance, Beautiful Bastard had started life as Twilight fanfiction. (Because you know, there's nothing like taking a chaste romance that was written by a devout Mormon and intended for fourteen year olds, and dropping the characters into an adult setting with lots of steamy love scenes. One wonders what's next? The Erotic Adventures of Inspector Gadget: Sex Robot?) Anyway, this one wasn't for me, but it may appeal to anyone looking for a light and steamy read.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Review: Batman The TV Stories

When SBS started showing repeats of the 1960s TV series of Batman, I never expected to get hooked. Nor did I expect just how zany--and just how camp--these old episodes could be. Batman the TV Stories goes back in time and collects the comics that helped to inspire the TV show. From the Joker to Mr Freeze, many of Batman and Robin's main adversaries are here, as are some of the bizarre crimes that made their way onto the show. The final comic showcases the debut of Batgirl, who, of course was created with the show and its declining ratings in mind.

Unlike the TV series, the comics are deadly serious and are aimed squarely at an audience of twelve year olds. They're entertaining and a lot of fun, but for me, they soon became boring after a while. I suppose I'd already seen the same stories played out on TV and told in a way that was funnier than these comics ever intended to be. Still its a good trip through history and there is a lot of nostalgia here for Batman fans.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Review: The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Reading is an excellent way to become educated. Before picking up my copy of The Island of Sea Woman I was scarcely aware of the Korean island of Jeju and the proud tradition of the haenyeo. This book changed all of that for me. 

The novel opens in 2008 with an old woman going about her work on the beach. It soon becomes obvious that Young-sook and her companions are something of a tourist attraction--something that she does not welcome. Even less welcome is the family of tourist who soon begin to pester her with questions. When Janet an American woman of Korean heritage insists that Young-sook must have known her grandmother, a diver named Mi-ja, Young-sook knows that she must leave--and fast.

Moving back in time to 1938, the novel reveals that Young-sook and Mi-ja did indeed know one another. One was the daughter of a well-respected haenyeo, the other the daughter of a man who had helped the Island's enemy--the Japanese. Despite her tainted past, Mi-ja is accepted and loved by Young-sook's mother and the two girls are best friends and in many ways raised like sisters. But the era--World War Two, followed closely by the Korean War, are turbulent times for the island and it's people, and eventually, during the darkest moment in the island's history, one of these women will commit the ultimate act of betrayal.

There is a lot on this novel--a lot of history, a lot of strong women and a lot of sadness. Some moments made me laugh, many more made me teary. I loved the insight into the unique culture--where the women are the hunters, engaging in dangerous work, while the men look after the children. It's a long read, but it is also engaging--don't sit down with the intention of reading just a chapter, you'll easily read over a hundred pages like I did and almost ended up late for work. 

Overall, this one is quite well done and should appeal to a broad audience.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for my ARC.