The Week: 21st – 27th March

Easter 2015 Sonya Heaney.

Happy Easter! This is not “our” Easter; Ukrainian Catholic (and Orthodox) Easter is on the first of May. I will be in my grandmother’s village in Ukraine on the day, so I doubt I’ll be getting a post up then!

We just booked another trip to Europe. It sounds like an insane thing to do when we’re leaving on the other trip in a month, but if we wanted our preferred flights and accommodation, we had to do it now.

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We will be in Venice for the duration of Carnival 2017 (in February – winter!), and then spend the better part of a week in London on the way home. I used to know every nook and cranny of central London, having lived there for years, but I haven’t visited for a while and have been desperate to go back (must be all those historical romances I’ve read!).

We went to the Tom Roberts exhibition at the National Gallery yesterday (because it’s always a good idea to wait until the last days of a months-long exhibition to visit!). It was very warm and sunny, despite being almost halfway through autumn. Here was Parliament House on the way home:

Parliament House Canberra Australia 26th March 2016 Sonya Oksana Heaney.

Coming Soon: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)

The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14) by J.R. Ward

A series to look out for.

Tycoon (The Knickerbocker Club 0.5) by Joanna ShupeMagnate (The Knickerbocker Club #1) by Joanna Shupe

My review of Tycoon (The Knickerbocker Club 0.5) by Joanna Shupe

Tycoon (The Knickerbocker Club 0.5) by Joanna Shupe

My review of The Unforgettable Hero: A Playful Brides Story (Playful Brides #4.5) by Valerie Bowman

The Unforgettable Hero A Playful Brides Story (Playful Brides #4.5) by Valerie Bowman

My review of The Wild One (The de Montforte Brothers #1) by Danelle Harmon

The Wild One (The de Montforte Brothers #1) by Danelle Harmon New Cover

The Week: 14th – 20th April

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Ukrainian Easter eggs.

Happy Easter…

Overshadowed as it is for my family and friends by Russia’s increasing invasion and theft of Ukraine (and the world’s pathetic response). Easter is a really huge deal in Ukrainian culture – bigger than Christmas. It’s just very hard to enjoy it this year, with friends stationed here looking at being called back to Ukraine to fight and relatives living day to day not knowing what is going to happen to them.

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We went a little crazy with our patriotic Ukrainian decorations this year!

 Colours of Autumn in Canberra Australia 17th April 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney 1

The weather in Canberra has been beautiful. Autumn is a gorgeous season, even with that annoying bald English prince, his wife and baby visiting!

As for my week in reading? I’ve been reading a lot of category romances. Review books. I’ve been trying things that I wouldn’t usually try, and finding some interesting reads.

My review of The Empty Nest by Fiona Palmer

The Empty Nest by Fiona Palmer

My review of When I Met My Duchess by Caroline Linden

When I Met My Duchess by Caroline Linden

My review of What a Woman Needs by Caroline Linden

What a Woman Needs by Caroline Linden

The problem with Christian fiction

Harlequin Love Inspired Christian Historical Romance

The Week 29th April – 5th May

Pysanky Ukrainian Easter Egg Hand Decorated Ostrich Egg

By JustEggsquisite

Христос воскрес!

Today is Ukrainian (and other countries’) Easter. NOT necessarily Orthodox Easter (I’m Ukrainian Catholic) – a common (and very irritating for people like me) misconception!

Ukrainian Easter is a much bigger deal than Australian (American etc.) Easter, with lots and lots of traditions. Pysanky – intricately-decorated Easter eggs – feature in the baskets taken to church.

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We moved my brother into an apartment in the city on Friday. I used muscles I didn’t know I owned (and they still hurt!) and have blisters on the bottoms of both my feet. Removalists are now at the top of my list of respected professions!

Heartland by Cathryn Hein

My review of Cathryn Hein’s Heartland is HERE.

 The Other Side of Us by Sarah Mayberry

The Other Side of Us and Stroke of Genius are both still FREE.

The Week: 25th to 31st of March

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Ukrainian Easter egg from yevshan.com

Well it’s technically Easter here, but as I’m Ukrainian and we follow the Julian calendar, Easter for us this year doesn’t happen until May. Today is not a big deal for us (Ukrainian Easter is a huge deal, however).

Quite a few books came out this week, and I haven’t got around to reviewing them all yet.

My review of Sherryl Woods’ Sand Castle Bay is HERE.

Sand Castle Bay by Sherryl Woods

My review of Robyn Carr’s The Wanderer is HERE.

The Wanderer by Robyn Carr

The RITA Award finalists were announced, and I think – overall – I’m happier with this year’s nominees than I have been in as long as I’ve been following the competition.

In particular, I’m thrilled about the Romantic Suspense category, and I covered the finalists in that category HERE.

Last Man Standing by Cindy Gerard

Some exciting new books coming out in the next week including Julie James’ Love Irresistibly.

Love Irresistibly by Julie James