The Week: 11th – 17th June

Winter at the Kingston Foreshore on Lake Burley Griffin

Boycott Russia World Cup 2018

I will think terrible things about soccer fans for the next month!

Coming Up Soon

Watchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo

Maybe it take an author…

A Roswell Remake?

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Queen’s Birthday

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Avon, what are you thinking?

Unmasked by the Marquess (Regency Imposters #1) by Cat Sebastian

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Avon, what are you thinking?!

Admittedly, Avon Romance has never been known for beautiful historical romance covers, but recently I’ve been cringing badly at some of their offerings.

There was the infamous – and awful – 80s prom cover for Lisa Kleypas’ Hello Stranger (a book I otherwise loved), and now there’s THIS.

I don’t even know where to begin! There’s the fact the people look like they’ve been poorly made in Photoshop. There’re the modern hairstyles. There’s the modern clothing.

However, the thing I find most awful about this one are THE VEINS. Both models’ skin otherwise looks smooth and artificial, so they stand out even more.

I don’t know when women collectively decided that bulging veins were a sexy trait for men, but they make me feel a little ill. It’s bad enough that the hero in this has hands that make him look a hundred, but why does he have bulging veins… on *his shoulders*?

Apologies to author Cat Sebastian. Often a good book is hidden behind a terrible cover.

Unmasked by the Marquess (Regency Imposters #1) by Cat Sebastian

The Week: 4th – 10th December

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We have rainbow number plates in Canberra.

The big news in Australia this week: we finally, decisively legalised same sex marriage. It’s permanent this time, unlike when the High Court took it off Canberra four years ago. Our local government is giving free marriage licences to anybody who got married in Canberra that time and then had their marriages declared invalid.

It was inevitable it would happen – the world is changing – and those who wasted over a hundred million of our dollars on a survey, and stalled and stalled and stalled, should be ashamed.

Varenyky Ukrainian Dumplings Potato Dumplings Ukrainian Food Sonya Heaney Canberra Australia 9th December 2017

Ukrainian food for the weekend.

It’s nearly Christmas, and I haven’t ever been this disorganised. Everything is late this year!

100 Years Ago

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Coming Up for Madeline Hunter

A Devil of a Duke (2018) (The second book in the Decadent Dukes Society series) A novel by Madeline Hunter

Recommended Christmas Read

A Baby for Christmas (Sweet Home Montana Book 2) by Joan Kilby

My review of His Frontier Christmas Family (Frontier Bachelors #7) by Regina Scott

His Frontier Christmas Family (Frontier Bachelors #7) by Regina Scott

My review of Twelve Days in December (Hearthfire Romance #3.5) by Michele Paige Holmes

Twelve Days in December (Hearthfire Romance #3.5) by Michele Paige Holmes

This Cover!

A Time to Give (About the Baby #1) by Kathryn Shay 2005 Harlequin Cover

 

This Cover!

Harlequin infamously (at least in my mind) goes crazy with the Christmas babies. It’s the time of year books emerge with triplets, or quadruplets, or even quintuplets, plastered on them.

However, this 2005 cover… I’m not sure what the designer was going for with Blurry Christmas Ornament Baby.

Obviously the author thought so, too, and the book was rereleased in January 2017 with the second cover.

A Time to Give (About the Baby #1) by Kathryn Shay 2005 Harlequin Cover

A Time to Give (About the Baby #1) by Kathryn Shay 2017 Cover

Important News

I found it on Saturday, and now will share.

The hideous American cover for Lisa Kleypas’ Hello Stranger now has a UK/Australian rival:

Hello Stranger Lisa Kleypas

(Yes, it’s tiny. I will update when I find a bigger version.)

It has a very “Victorian London” feel to it – I lived and worked on London streets like that.

It might not be the most spectacular cover ever made, but at least it looks like the 19th century, rather than the 1980s Prom Queen version:

Hello Stranger (Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas

The Week: 25th September – 1st October

Blue Sky Sunny Afternoon Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Eucalyptus Trees Garden Gum Trees Nature Hot Sonya Heaney 27th September 2017Sunny, warm Canberra on Wednesday – the national news said it was raining here (they always say that)!

Another week, another struggle to get my reading up to date! I have about forty review books I’m behind on. Hmm…

Coming Up for Mary Balogh

My review of A Talent for Temptation (Sinful Suitors #4.5) by Sabrina Jeffries

My review of The Reunion by Sara Portman

Harlequin’s Free Reads

The Latest Romance Genre Insult

The Week: 18th – 24th September

Spring Flowers Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 21st September 2017 Garden Nature Red

Spring in Canberra

Mostly gorgeous week here. We had temperatures up to 30 degrees, which makes it nearly ten degrees warmer than Barcelona a couple of weeks ago. The difference? In Barcelona everyone dresses for summer. In Canberra a lot of people dress like it’s mid-winter. People are weird.

We booked a group family trip to Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains this week. We’ll be going over New Year. It will be summer here, so hopefully the mountains won’t be too snowy at that time of year!

Yesterday the highway between Canberra (as in Australia’s capital city) and Sydney (as in Australia’s biggest city) was closed because of a bushfire. We knew people who had to turn around and come back to Canberra.

In September.

Just after winter.

We also had the hottest September day in history, and they are predicting a catastrophic bushfire season (yes, here “bushfire season” is actually a thing) for us. But – hey – climate change doesn’t exist…?!

Floriade is in full swing, but I haven’t been this year (so far). I really need to go earlier one year before half the flowers have died!

New (AWFUL!) cover for Lisa Kleypas

My review of Amish Christmas Twins by Patricia Davids

Hunger Games and Twilight are getting theme park lands in South Korea

Truth?

Pride and Prejudice Anniversary