Australia Day

Increasingly controversial as it is, tomorrow is Australia Day, marking 231 years since the British First Fleet arrived in New South Wales.

Here’s a publication from 1901, announcing the “new” Australian flag.

Source

The edition of the Review of Reviews; front cover signed by Egbert Nuttall, after the winning designers of the 1901 Federal Flag design competition were announced. Australian flag 1901

And things aren’t going to be very comfortable for the official, mostly outdoor events here in Canberra (the capital city), that run over the 25th-26th!

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Rome: City and Empire

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We visited the Rome exhibition at the National Museum of Australia on Sunday afternoon (a tip: go late in the day and you won’t have to wait in a queue for an hour – but there’ll be some fingerprints on all the glass cabinets!).

Here are a few more shots:

The entrance (with me!).

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The Emperor Augustus, who looks suspiciously like Vladimir Putin!

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And I was SO happy to see they’d labelled Crimea as Ukraine, despite what Russia is currently up to.

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ARRA Finalists 2018

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The Australian Romance Readers Association have announced the finalists for their 2018 awards. You can read about it on their blog HERE. Members can vote until the middle of next month.

Here are the nominees:

 

Favourite Paranormal Romance – proudly sponsored by Hachette Australia

Clash of Storms by Bec McMaster

Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston

Hunt: Red Riding Hood Retold by Demelza Carlton

Lionheart by Thea Harrison

Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

The Chosen by Thea Harrison

When Darkness Follows by Athena Daniels

 

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance

Almost Perfect by Tamara Martin

Breakeven by Michelle Diener

Cursed by Keri Arthur

Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

 

Favourite Short or Category Romance

A Baby in His In-Tray by Michelle Douglas

Destroyed by Jackie Ashenden

Getting Lucky by Avril Tremayne

Inherited for the Royal Bed by Annie West

Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter

Playing Dirty by Amy Andrews

Shock Heir for the Crown Prince by Kelly Hunter

Stranded with Her Greek Tycoon by Kandy Shepherd

The Million Pound Marriage Deal by Michelle Douglas

Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Synder

 

Favourite Historical Romance – proudly sponsored by Hachette Australia

Lord Garson’s Bride by Anna Campbell

Marry in Scandal by Anne Gracie

The Desert Nurse by Pamela Hart

The Devilish Duke by Maddison Michaels

The Juliet Code by Christine Wells

The Laird’s Christmas Kiss by Anna Campbell

The Laird’s Willful Lass by Anna Campbell

 

Favourite Contemporary Romance – proudly sponsored by Allen & Unwin

A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London

Bittersweet by Jacquie Underdown

Captivated by Tessa Bailey and Eve Dangerfield

Chaser by Kylie Scott

Cinderella and the Geek by Christina Phillips

Resurrection by Karina Bliss

Snatched by Cathleen Ross

The Lost Pearl by Emily Madden

 

Favourite Romantic Suspense

At Your Service by Sandra Antonelli

Bloodtree River by Sarah Barrie

Dark in Death by JD Robb

Retribution by Diane Demetre

The Secrets of Palmerston House by Phillipa Nefri Clark

The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard

Whitsunday Dawn by Annie Seaton

 

Favourite Continuing Romance Series

Bad Bachelors by Stefanie London

Dashing Widows by Anna Campbell

Marriage of Convenience by Anne Gracie

Outback Brides by Kelly Hunter, Victoria Purman, Cathryn Hein and Fiona McArthur

Sydney Smoke Rugby by Amy Andrews

The Lairds Most Likely by Anna Campbell

True North by Sarina Bowen

 

Favourite Debut Romance Author – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

Georgia Tingley

Helen Hoang

Laura Boon

Maddison Michaels

Marianne Delaforce

Marie Tremayne

Megan Mayfair

MV Ellis

Sandie Docker

 

Favourite Australian Romance Author 2018 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia

Amy Andrews

Anna Campbell

Anne Gracie

Annie West

Christina Phillips

Kandy Shepherd

Kelly Hunter

Kylie Scott

Michelle Douglas

Penelope Janu

Phillipa Nefri Clark

Sarah Williams

 

Favourite 2018 romance that made me cry

Bittersweet by Jacquie Underdown

The Lost Pearl by Emily Madden

Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair

Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter

Photos of You Tammy Robinson

 

Favourite 2018 romance with laugh-out-loud moment

Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London

Captivated by Tessa Bailey and Eve Dangerfield

Chaser by Kylie Scott

On the Right Track by Penelope Janu

Playing Dirty by Amy Andrews

The Love Coupon by Ainslie Paton

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village by Joanna Nell

 

Favourite Australian romance of 2018

Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair

Elsa’s Stand by Cathryn Hein

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott

King’s Reign Nina Levine

Maggie’s Run by Kelly Hunter

On the Right Track by Penelope Janu

Playing Dirty by Amy Andrews

Playing House by Amy Andrews

So Wild by Eve Dangerfield

The Dairy Farmer’s Daughter by Sarah Williams

The Lost Pearl by Emily Madden

The Red Dirt Road by Alissa Callen

Okay, summer, that’s enough now!

I had so many plans for this week. I am reading three review books at the moment: one Regency, one Victorian, and one (first person – which is odd) contemporary romantic suspense.

However, I’m not sure what I’ll get done, because every time I check the forecast for Canberra, the temperatures have gone up again.

Here’s what we can currently expect for the rest of the week (and the dry, inland heat is… not fun! Whenever they forecast rain, it never actually happens!):

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The Week: 31st December 2018 – 6th January 2019

Sunset on Friday – the hottest day this week.

Happy New Year. But – just as important – Merry Christmas again!

Making varenyky yesterday afternoon. We made ninety-five in the end (not all in this picture).

Today is Ukrainian Christmas Eve, which is The Big Day for Christmas in Eastern Slavic cultures. This evening is the time for kutyaborschtveranyky, and more presents.

Our resident baby magpie is having trouble with the heat

This time of year is always so hectic for me. Apart from anything else, it has been Really Hot in Canberra for weeks, with a “cold” day being about 35 Celsius. We’re constantly sweaty – and getting some absolutely massive spiders in the house!

Wish List for 2019

Book Feature: Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul

End-of-Year Escape