The Week: 5th – 11th March

Sunny Autumn Afternoon Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 8th March 2018 Blue Sky Sunshine Garden Nature

Blue skies and sunshine for Canberra in autumn.

Another week, another lot of world news on repeat (Russian assassinations, American mass shootings, more political drama). It’s a long weekend here, with summer temperatures in the thirties predicted at least until next weekend. Yesterday was spent at the lake, and at some point this weekend we’re planning to finally get to the Special Forces exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.

At some point I have to get more reading done. I’m so behind with my review books!

My review of Accidental Family (The Bachelors of Aspen Valley) by Lisa Bingham

Accidental Family (The Bachelors of Aspen Valley) by Lisa Bingham

Recommended Winter Sport Read

Treacherous Slopes by Terri Reed

Make A Date With Harlequin: Highlander

Harlequin Publishing Logo

ANU Library Update

Ruined books ANU's Chifley Library Canberra 2018

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Book Dress

Sylvie Facon has created a dress made from the spines of books 😍 Wow


The Week: 26th February – 4th March

The National Library of Australia in Canberra last night, on the first night of the Enlighten festival. It was a gorgeous night, and I have never seen crowds like this at the event before.

Queanbeyan Lawn Cemetery near Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 28th February 2018 Blue Sky end of Summer

Visiting my grandparents’ graves on the last day of summer.

Kangaroos Queanbeyn Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 28th February 2018

Canberra’s kangaroo plague – a blurry picture from the car window!

Summer ended this week, but the temperatures haven’t dropped. Many people say autumn is the best season in Canberra – warm, but not too hot, and with all the autumn colours.

I cannot believe all the snow in Venice. this time a year ago we were sitting out in the piazzas in the sunshine, drinking wine. What a difference!

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This week marked the fourth anniversary of Russian Special Forces invading and overtaking Ukraine’s Crimea. Putin waited until his showcase event – the Sochi Olympics – was done, and then sent his troops in. Four years now, and the Crimean Tartars are experiencing the sort of persecution they suffered under Stalin, and the Russians are pulling down historic palaces on the peninsula.

My review of Hello Stranger (Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas

Hello Stranger (Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas

50th Anniversary of Romeo and Juliet

Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet 1968

The Flooded Library

 The RUC at Turner was drenched in floodwater on Sunday Canberra Flood 25th February 2018

Release Day for Lisa Kleypas

Hello Stranger (Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas

The Week: 19th – 25th February


I have no idea why it keeps starting partway through!

Plenty of Winter Olympics-watching happened this week. The best moment was Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir winning ice dance gold.

R.I.P. to Emma Chambers

Kyiv Ukraine Euromaidan Memorials Sonya Heaney May 2016

This week marked four years since the pro-Russian snipers opened fire on the public in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital city. The war rages on, even though I haven’t seen it in the Australian, European, or American news for a long time.

Ukraine's Oleksandr Abramenko won the men's aerials freestyle skiing gold medal to break Belarus' dominance in the event at the Winter Olympics..

Ukraine did win a gold medal in Pyeongchang, however!

My review of Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

Lisa Kleypas News

Hello Stranger (Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas

Out Soon

The Secret of Flirting (Sinful Suitors #5) by Sabrina Jeffries

Reread: My Life Next Door

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Bombing of London Library

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The Week: 12th – 18th February

IMG_5664 Canberra Australia Summer Sunset Sonya Heaney 12th February 2018 Australian Capital Territory Tuggeranong Sky Clouds Nature

IMG_5673 Canberra Australia Summer Sunset Sonya Heaney 12th February 2018 Australian Capital Territory Tuggeranong Sky Clouds Nature

Monday summer sunset in Canberra.

Another hot week, which has made watching the Winter Olympics an odd experience!

The National Multicultural Festival is on here in Canberra at the moment, and we braved the heat and the crowds yesterday afternoon to pay a visit. Should have worn something traditionally Ukrainian!

The Middle Eastern/Gulf section was very strategically organised this year, including the Palestinian part, which has Trump to thank for the slightly awkward Jerusalem billboards. Also notable: Qatar was nowhere near countries like the United Arab Emirates.

We finished it all off with drinks at a Hawaiian bar.

My review of Medal Up: A Winter Games Duology by Nicole Flockton and Fiona Marsden

 Medal Up A Winter Games Duology by Nicole Flockton and Fiona M Marsden

Recommended Olympic-Themed Read

Walk on the Wild Side (One Hot Fling #2) by Natalie Anderson

Fifty Shades is still going?

Fifty Shades of Grey Fifty Shades Freed 2018 Reviews IMDB 3.5 out of 10

Go Canada!

Tessa Virtue Scott Moir Team Event Ice Dance Figure Skating Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 12th February 2018

More Olympic Stuff

Ukrainian Aljona Savchenko and Frernch Bruno Massot of Germany won gold. Pairs Figure Skating Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Korea 2018

Second Sport Update

Jarryd Hughes

I think everybody should know…

Diaper Duty Vampire (Vampires of Amber Heights Book 1) by R E Mullins

The Week: 29th January – 4th February

Wednesday summer sunset in Canberra

One of our (still fluffy!) young magpies hanging out on Friday afternoon.

Who Gets A Happily Ever After In 2018?


My review of His Sinful Touch (The Mad Morelands #5) by Candace Camp

His Sinful Touch (The Mad Morelands #5) by Candace Camp

My review of Honor-Bound Lawman by Danica Favorite

Honor-Bound Lawman (Love Inspired Historical) by Danica Favorite

Rereading Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber

Formula One (finally!) gets rid of “grid girls”

Formula One Race Podium Melbourne Australia Sonya Oksana Heaney 20th March 2016 Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Sebastian Vettel F1

For Chinese New Year

Chinese-themed Book Sculpture


The Week: 22nd – 28th January

Canberra Summer Sunset

This heatwave just keeps going. Canberra was the hottest capital city in the country for more than a week.

So, US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been jailed for 175 years. I stayed up into the early hours of Thursday morning (Wednesday US time) to watch him being sentenced. He will be sentenced on even MORE crimes in a few days.

I’ve had some involvement in gymnastics or another for over thirty years, having been a competitive gymnast before I had to give it up for ballet, having been a coach after that, and having a brother who was on the squad for the for the Athens Olympics until injury made him quit. So I’ve felt pretty invested in this case.

Here are a few bizarre stories from Russia this week:

Hunting Dog Shoots Owner in Southern Russia

A dog is suspected of shooting its owner to death during a hunting trip in southern Russia on Sunday.

A dog is suspected of shooting its owner to death during a hunting trip in southern Russia on Sunday.

And also:

Russian Carjacker Flees Snowball-Throwing Traffic Cops

A carjacker in Russia’s Far East has made a brief and unlikely getaway from traffic police who were filmed throwing snowballs in an attempt to stop his escape in a stolen car.

We Need Bodice-Ripper Sex Ed

Sarah Mayberry Julie James Contemporary Romance Book Covers

My review of The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter: A Victorian Romance by Mimi Matthews

The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter A Victorian Romance by Mimi Matthews

Free (legal!) movie script downloads.

Cinemaaustralia Cinema 4 at HOYTS, Forest Hill Shopping Centre, Forest Hill, Victoria, Australia.

Serialised Historical Romance?

Mischance (Corsets and Carriages #1) by Carla Susan Smith

Cover Love

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill #2) by Julie Klassen

The Week: 15th – 21st January

Saturday sunset in Canberra. One of many 39-degree days we’ve just had or have forecast for the next week. The garden is dead!

Blue sky and heat on the anniversary of the 2003 Canberra firestorm.

A sulphur-crested cockatoo watches me water the garden at sunset. Look at the orange summer light…

This has NOT been a productive week, but is has been very hot! We have a serious heatwave around here at the moment – forty-ish degrees every day.

After days of high temperatures, I didn’t really need to see this on Saturday night: Canberra will be the hottest city in Australia on Sunday and Monday.

There are a few authors I was supposed to be in contact with, and I am sorry for not doing that.

I became sick at the end of last week, with something that reappears every so often. From there I became sick in general. For a few days this week I was literally only eating a third of a piece of fruit a day, and struggling to keep that down. As you can imagine, it didn’t exactly leave me with the energy to get out of bed! In the end, all I could do was drink sugary drinks to try and get some energy out of them.

I am sure people have heard of the enormous paedophilia story going on in US gymnastics at the moment. It’s a long read, but this is an important article about it:

The U.S. Gymnastics System Wanted More Medals, And Created A Culture Of Abuse To Get Them

Also, this horrifying development – silencing victims by threatening lawsuits:

USA Gymnastics won’t seek fine if McKayla Maroney discusses abuse


Hear Larry Nassar’s victims in their own (powerful and brave) words

This week marked fifteen years since the horror of Canberra’s 2003 firestorm. It was even hotter that year, and we had a severe drought, and – combined with the dangerous winds – there were never “better” conditions for a catastrophic fire.

The rest of this week:

The West just does NOT get it.

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My review of Marrying His Cinderella Countess by Louise Allen

Marrying His Cinderella Countess by Louise Allen UK Australian Mills and Boon Cover

My review of Miracle on Ladies’ Mile (A Gilded Age Holiday Novella) by Joanna Shupe

Miracle on Ladies' Mile (A Gilded Age Holiday Novella) by Joanna Shupe

Cover Love

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill #1) by Julie Klassen