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

End of 2018

Library and Information Week National Library of Australia Canberrra Hume Repository 2018

I usually finish the year with a post listing my favourite reads of the past twelve months. However, this year I think I’ve only read about a fifth of the books I intended to, and so I’ve decided not to write one for 2018.

This isn’t because I haven’t read great books, but because I don’t think I’ve read enough to make a proper list!

So, instead, I’ll finish 2018 with a promise to try and read more in 2019!

 

The Week: 29th October – 4th November

(Post from Friday night):

I was going to start this post with some flippant comment, but instead, I left Canberra for Sydney this morning, only to discover that a massive bushfire is about to hit my part of town (much like in 2003), along with a severe heatwave and huge winds. After I arrived in Sydney I heard from my father that houses in my own suburb have had trees fall on and crush them. Other – massive – trees have fallen and blocked major roads. The fire is still out of control, and getting closer.

It’s raining in Sydney. I wish they’d send some of their rain to us.

I am flying to China in a few hours, so I guess I just hope for the best…

But – hey – climate change doesn’t exist, right?

.Halloween Canberra Australia 31st October 2018 Sonya Heaney Jack-o-Lantern Pumkpin Witches Hot Afternoon.

Halloween indoors because it was too hot outside!

On Wednesday we booked tickets to travel to a few countries next year. I’m going back to Ukraine for several weeks, and then on to Romania (I’ve been to the border on the Ukrainian side before, but never actually to Romania!), and to Georgia. So: to two of the countries currently being invaded by Russia, and one neighbour!

Goodreads Choice Awards 2018

Happy Halloween!

le-squelette-joyeux

Manga Sense and Sensibility

Manga Classics Sense and Sensibility by Po Tse (Art by) Stacy King (Story Adaptation) Jane Austen (Original Story)

Memorial to the Great Purge

To China

Goodreads Choice Awards 2018

Goodreads Choice Awards 2018

I have a long history of saying how much I despise these awards, but if you’re a member over at Goodreads you can now begin voting for the “best” books of 2018.

The awards are more a popularity contest than a measure of quality, and they notoriously snub genres favoured by women. They also exclude books released in the final two months of the year. However, if you want to vote the first round is open now, and will close in a few days.

 

The Week: 1st – 7th January

First Sunset of 2018 Sonya Heaney Canberra Australia Sky Clouds Summer Garden Nature

The first Canberra sunset of 2018

Ukrainian Christmas Eve Canberra Australia Ukrainian Embroidery Ukrainian Culture Sonya Heaney 6th January 2018

Happy Ukrainian Christmas! It’s HOT here – 39 degrees today, and we’ve had high temperatures most of the week.

I’ve been working my way through a good book or two, but haven’t had as much time to read as I need to finish any of them yet!

Ukrainian Christmas Eve

Christmas Candles Ukrainian Christmas Sonya Heaney Zazzle Store

Cooking for Ukrainian Christmas

Varenyky Ukrainian Food Christmas Ukraine Canberra Ausrealia Sonya Heaney 5th January 2018

Wish List for 2018

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Fancy running a bookshop for a week?

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My review of The Husband Hunter’s Guide to London (Husband Hunters #1) by Kate Moore

The Husband Hunter's Guide to London (Husband Hunters #1) by Kate Moore

My review of Montana Groom of Convenience by Linda Ford

Montana Groom of Convenience (Big Sky Country) by Linda Ford

Wish List for 2018

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What I want to read in 2018:

Tycoon (The Knickerbocker Club 0.5) by Joanna Shupe

  • More books set in New York’s late-19th century Gilded Age.
  • More romantic suspense books based on real-world issues.

To the Brink by Cindy Gerard

  • Anything by Cindy Gerard. Why no new books?
  • More Regency romances that are on the serious side. I’m tired of Disney fluff with pop culture titles.
  • Some child-free sweeter stories. If you want to pick up something less about the sex (e.g. some of Harlequin’s lines), it’s really, really hard to find something that doesn’t have an abandoned baby/cutesy identical twins/a kid who wants a wife for his daddy as its focus.
  • Some historical romances without a gimmicky thing that connects the characters. Families? Yes. Spy clubs? No.