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I was just looking up some historical romance books on the US HarperCollins website, when this “you might also like” list of recommendations came up.
Since when do I get to appear alongside these authors?
Sometimes – and no matter how many other books you have piling up – you just have to reread a favourite author.
I’ve been working my way through Lisa Kleypas’ 1870s Victorian Ravenels series. What makes Hello Stranger unique is that, in a sea of dukes and duchesses, neither lead character is a member of the aristocracy. Kleypas has a knack for writing Victorian England, and her research into the day-to-day life of the era is fantastic.
I reviewed the book last year, and you can read it HERE.
(And here’s the PINK US cover!)
Dr Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.
As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett’s skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he’s ever known.
First signs of spring (however, there’s one last blast of winter on its way over the coming few days!)
I am VERY busy at the moment. VERY. That is all I have to say this week! (Except that if you’re having a bad week, maybe watch this Belarusian man driving his horse-drawn car!)
Hannibal from next door now comes to hang out with Crazy Cat.
Crazy Cat (the grey one) is ENORMOUS.
Children’s Book Week begins in Australia today, and so I thought I’d recommend a favourite of mine: We Found Hat by Jon Klassen. It’s short on words, but at least as funny for adults as for kids (in fact, all of Klassen’s books are!).
I had the opportunity to attend a special screening of Danger Close – The Battle of Long Tan last night with some Vietnam veterans (including my father) and other members of the Australian Defence Force. They actually had a counsellor there just in case, and now I understand why – it was quite the experience.
Long Tan is the best-known battle Australia (and New Zealand) fought in the Vietnam War, but I was still amazed both by the quality of the movie, and the actors in it. The “face” of the movie is Major Harry Smith, played by Travis Fimmel, of Vikings fame.
In the 1960s my father was an armoured personnel carrier driver stationed in Nui Dat, which is the base under attack in the movie. He later fought another major battle only a few kilometres from the base: Binh Ba, which had its fiftieth anniversary this year.
It was amazing to see people my father knows portrayed on the big screen, and to know people who consulted on the film.
I would strongly recommend this movie, as long as you’re prepared for it. It’s very confronting, and that much sadder because none of it is fiction.
Romance.com.au (run by Harlequin/HarperCollins) has the first two chapters of my book up, if you’d like to read them.
Because these last few years have been pretty insane – I think sometimes you just need to laugh.
Here is one of my favourite videos of the year so far: a man in Belarus who cut his Audi in half, attached a horse to the front of it, and now gets around in a vehicle he doesn’t have to pay maintenance on!
My favourite part: the police stopped him, but because he hasn’t broken any laws, they didn’t know what to do!
This has been… quite a week. So many good things happened (I’d love to share NOW, but can’t) that I’m worried there’s a disaster on the horizon!
We had t-shirt weather for the first half of the week, and then on Friday night it snowed. I am so mad I didn’t see it, because (and despite nasty stereotypes about Canberra) we NEVER get snow. A little bit settled on the mountains, but by Saturday morning the sun was back. It’s going to be around 17 degrees (about 63 Fahrenheit) by the end of next week, so I guess that’s winter finished.
I spent the second half of the week stalking the Romance Writers of Australia conference (in Melbourne this year) online. I really should go in 2020.
Someone broke the cat!
P. L. Travers in the role of Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, circa 1924.
Today would have been the 120th birthday of the Australian creator of Mary Poppins, P. L. Travers.
As an adult she travelled Australia and New Zealand, and later England as an actress, changing her name to Pamela Lyndon Travers.
Travers created Mary Poppins while renting a cottage in Sussex, England in 1933, and the first book was published in 1934.
The eighth and final book in the series was published in 1988.
Travers died, aged ninety-six, in April of 1996.