Cover Love

I knew the publisher was rereleasing Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower series books with new covers (but no stepbacks, if they’re important to you!), but I hadn’t seen the one for the fourth book, Scandal in Spring, until recently. I really like these new covers. The US stepbacks were looking a bit bodice-rippery and dated.

We’ll just ignore the fact she looks like she’s attending a Middle Ages-themed party, rather than living in the early Victorian era!


Cover Love

I love all the covers for Mary Balogh’s current series. The US covers are gorgeous, as are the covers for the UK/Australia.

I’m guessing Americans aren’t going to be seeing our covers, so here is the one for book #2.

While I know that the woman on it should absolutely NOT be wearing lipstick as a respectable lady in Regency England, I’ll let them get away with it for this Bath-themed design. I love it when cover designers make use of clothing of the era instead of going for the whole undone-dress-no-corset-flowing-hair look.

Hats and bonnets don’t have to ruin an image!


New Cover for Madeline Hunter

I mentioned Madeline Hunter’s new series starting later this year, but I never got around to showing the cover for book #1.

I like the colours, and have mentioned a few times that I like indoor historical settings on covers, but am sick of seeing this same cover model turning up time and again!


The Most Dangerous Duke in London (Decadent Dukes Society #1) by Madeline Hunter

Three sinfully handsome dukes, three scores to settle, three hearts about to meet their matches. All in one thrilling new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Madeline Hunter.

Name and title: Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton. Affiliation: London’s elite Society of Decadent Dukes. Family history: Scandalous. Personality traits: Dark and brooding, with a thirst for revenge. Ideal romantic partner: A woman of means, with beauty and brains, willing to live with reckless abandon. Desire: Clara Cheswick, gorgeous daughter of his family’s sworn enemy.

Clara may be the woman Adam wants, but there’s one problem: she’s far more interested in publishing her women’s journal than getting married – especially to a man said to be dead-set on vengeance. Though, with her nose for a story, Clara wonders if his desire for justice is sincere – along with his incredibly unnerving intention to be her husband. If her weak-kneed response to his kiss is any indication, falling for Adam clearly comes with a cost. But who knew courting danger could be such exhilarating fun?

The Week: 16th – 22nd January



Wednesday evening in Canberra


Canberra’s heatwave continues…


And kills our garden!

So, apparently the new thing people do when they turn seventy is go on trips to Europe – or, at least my relatives seem to think so. With two people in my family turning seventy this year, both decided to celebrate that way – and take me along!

This week we booked a trip to southern Spain and Barcelona for August. I get to spend more time in one of my favourite places in the world: Seville. The trip came completely out of the blue. I still have to go to Italy in a few weeks, and to London after that!


We went to the National Museum on Saturday to see the visiting exhibition from the British Museum: A History of the World in 100 Objects.

We had to queue for over an hour – I don’t even want to know what it’s going to be like when we go to the Versailles exhibition at the National Gallery!

It is much more “the history of the world according to the British Empire”. There’s so much from certain parts of the world, and NOTHING from the whole eastern half of Europe (including the Black Sea and the whole of Slavic civilisation – none of my heritage!), huge parts of Africa, etc.


The fires active on Wednesday afternoon.

Our region of Australia has had bushfire, after bushfire, after bushfire this week. Hot weather and strong winds make the worst fire conditions.

Firestorm in Canberra, Australia. 18th January 2003.

This week was the fourteenth anniversary of the firestorm that destroyed huge parts of Canberra. The picture above is what my city looked like for a whole day (except the sky turned black after a while – and then bright red). We had those water-bombing helicopters right over us. They saved our street.


I could go on about the terror of Trump – but what’s the point? I am TERRIFIED for Ukraine.

His wife steals Obama speeches, and the man himself steals an Obama cake!


We’re a day ahead of the US (so I’d done this post before the Women’s Marches across the world), so I’ll just add this on at the end!:





Recommended Read


Victoria the Great – for fans of anything Victorian


My review of A Woman of Spirit by Kate Loveday


Cover Love

The House in Quill Court by Charlotte Betts

Reindeer Romance?


Cover Love

The woman looks too much like Lily James, but I love Harlequin’s Christmas covers for their historical romance line. Firstly, because the winter theme means they keep their clothes on! Secondly, because you never see hats on heroes!

Oh – and thirdly, because I like the winter look to it.

Bound by a Scandalous Secret

New Cover for Joanna Shupe

One of my favourite series – ever – and Joanna Shupe’s third full-length (and fourth overall) instalment in her Knickerbocker Club series now has a cover.

The book will be released at the beginning of 2017.


The privileged members of the Knickerbocker Club can never climb too high up the social ladder. But for one charming New York bachelor, does the ascent take precedence over love in the Gilded Age?

As owner of a well-respected national newspaper, Calvin Cabot has the means to indulge his capricious taste for excess—and the power to bring the upper crust of society to its knees. So when a desperate heiress from his past begs for his help, Calvin agrees . . . as long as she promises to stay out of his way. Except, like the newsman, this willful beauty always gets what she wants.

Lillian Davies lives a life brimming with boundless parties, impressive yachts, and exotic getaways. But when her brother disappears, Lily knows that blood runs thicker than champagne and she’ll spare nothing to bring him back alive. Unfortunately, the only man who can help her is the one she never wanted to see again. Can Lily keep Calvin at arm’s length long enough to save her brother and protect her name . . . even when the tenacious powerbroker turns out to be absolutely irresistible?