The Week: 5th – 11th January

christmas-canberra-australia-blue-silver-1st-december-2014-sonya-heaney1

Busy week! Hot week. It was Ukrainian Christmas, which we celebrate over the 6th (Christmas Eve) and 7th. Now we have New Year next week, and then half the family has birthdays. Before we know it there’ll be two Easters to deal with! Apparently there’re already hot cross buns on the shelves, which is sad. Good on Paris for leaving their decorations up for the second (and original!) Christmas!

This guy isn’t ours, but when he stands out in the rain, looking pathetic…

Ernie Ragdoll Cat 9th January 2015 Oksana Heaney Sonya Heaney

Terrible things happening all over the place this week, too. Russian news claimed the terror attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris were organised by the CIA, while some of their Orthodox leaders praised the attacks. Too many terrible people in the world at the moment…

A cartoon from The Canberra Times made it all over the world after the event:

Charlie Hebdo Cartoon The Canberra Times

I found out this week that people in my family have been called up into the Ukrainian Army to fight the Russian invasion. On a better note, I received a letter from Australia’s Prime Minister (well, probably his office, but close enough!) addressing some of the issues we’ve had with his handling of Ukraine – and the fact he continues to call the country by the Russian insult ‘the Ukraine’.

Revisiting the Russian romance book thing…

Dimitri Her Russian Protector 2 by Roxie Rivera

Cover Love

The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

My review of What A Woman Desires by Rachel Brimble

What A Woman Desires by Rachel Brimble

My review of Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress by Theresa Romain

Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress (The Matchmaker Trilogy #3) by Theresa Romain

My review of Cowboy Seeks a Bride by Louise M. Gouge

Cowboy Seeks a Bride by Louise M. Gouge

Weird book packaging…

The M.D. She Had To Marry by Christine Rimmer

The Week: 16th – 22nd June

 Canberra Australia Lake Burley Griffin 21st June 2014 Sonya Heaney Michael Heaney

Picture taken by my brother on a bike ride around Canberra yesterday morning.

What a week. Things just get worse and worse in relation to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Catholic church in Sydney was trashed by Russians on Friday night. Russians are writing burn in hell on the walls? It’s not Ukrainians who will be burning in hell when this is over, Putin.

This isn’t just an Eastern European situation; Vladimir Putin’s propaganda is spreading far and wide. I don’t know whether I’m more angry or sad. What happened to Russia?

 Look what Russians did to the Ukrainian church in Sydney, Australia. 20-21june2014

Russian propaganda spray-painted on the outside of the Ukrainian church.

I read heaps this week, including some novellas. I tried to force myself to read things I wasn’t necessarily in the mood for – I need some more variety in my reading! So I read contemporary stories, urban fantasy, historical fiction…

My review of Written in my Heart by Caroline Linden

Regency

My review of Million-Dollar Maverick by Christine Rimmer

Million-Dollar Maverick by Christine Rimmer

My review of One Night with a Cowboy by Elizabeth Otto

One Night with a Cowboy by Elizabeth Otto

My review of Night of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

Night of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

My review of Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews

Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews

Million-Dollar Maverick by Christine Rimmer

Million-Dollar Maverick by Christine Rimmer

Finding true love: priceless

RUST CREEK RAMBLINGS

People say that the odds of finding your perfect partner are rather like the odds of hitting the lottery: slim to none. It’s hard to believe, faithful readers, but Nate Crawford may just have accomplished both. We have the scoop on Rust Creek Falls’ best-kept secret: our former mayoral candidate is now a very wealthy man! Yet he is going out of his way to make sure no one finds out. The question is, why?

Insiders whisper that Nate is also keeping another secret from his new girlfriend, nurse Callie Kennedy—a big one—and it could be a game changer. Place your bets, dear readers! What will she do when she learns her “regular guy” boyfriend is really a maverick millionaire?

Million-Dollar Maverick by Christine Rimmer

Sometimes you read a bunch of Harlequin books with similar titles and covers and they start to get all mixed up in your mind. However, this author does some things to make her books stand out a little more than others.

Using a Montana setting is interesting for these small town romances. It’s not exactly uncommon, but it sometimes makes a nice change from the oh-so common Texas! I really liked the introduction of the main characters and thought the opening part of the book really set the scene and made you imagine the location. I’m not sure I want to *experience* a Montana winter, but it sounds fascinating!

This is a well-crafted little book with all the things you’d expect from a slice of Americana. Harlequin Special Editions are pretty consistent in quality, more so than most other Harlequin lines.

There’s a scene at the end that’s a pretty good argument for not having children! There seem to be a lot of horror pregnancy and childbirth stories popping up in category romance these days! Good thing I’ve never been a maternal sort of person!

This was a solid, quick read.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.