The Week: 1st – 7th May

Yesterday was the second anniversary of my Ukrainian grandmother’s death. We dropped by the cemetery, and the whole place was full of kangaroos (look how huge the males are!!)! I took a video of them all jumping through, but I haven’t uploaded it yet.

Gorgeous days in Canberra.

The galahs are back and eating another hole in our centuries-old eucalyptus tree. The little idiots don’t look remotely repentant for the destruction they’re taking part in!

And this little creature has moved in permanently. Very tame, and happy to sit near you on the deck.

It has been a good few weeks for reading for me. It’s one of those times of the year where it seems all my favourites have a book coming out, and I have a sea of great review books to pick from.

My review of Marry in Haste (Convenient Marriage series #1) by Anne Gracie

My review of What Regency Women Did for Us by Rachel Knowles

The Making of Romance Covers

Copyright and Book Covers

The Death of a Prima Ballerina

 Fabio on Fox

The Week: 14th – 20th March

EDIT: Updated below the original post.

I will be in Melbourne, attending the Formula One Grand Prix when this post goes up. I might update when I get back!

Below is the view from the seats we have every year. It’s the podium at the end of the race.

Romance readers! Susan Mallery used the guy on the right as the inspiration for one of her heroes – even though she is from the only country in the world that doesn’t follow F1.

Sonya Heaney Formula One Melbourne 2012

We had some truly crazy weather  Melbourne, including wind so strong it destroyed buildings and made it impossible to go for a walk! And then we had an equally crazy Formula One race to see. Crashes and fires and restarts – a mess!

That thing on the left used to be a car:

alonso_crash_630_Melbourne 2016

Happy Canberra Day!

Enlighten Canberra Australia 12th March 2016 Sonya Heaney National Science and Technology Centre Questacon.

New Harlequin Promotion

In the past few weeks, harlequin has been launching a bunch of promotional things. They seem to still be offering seventeen free reads over at their site.

Happy Birthday to Fabio!

Fabio Retro Romance Book Covers

My review of Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs International Cover

My review of The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors #2) by Sabrina Jeffries

The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors #2) by Sabrina Jeffries

My review of A Duke by December (A Year Without A Duke #5) by Sabrina Darby

A Duke by December (A Year Without A Duke #5) by Sabrina Darby

This Cover!

I’m not going to lie: I own a copy of this. I spent some time, effort and money to track down a second-hand copy.

It’s as awful as the cover promises (and don’t you love how it has Fabio’s autograph on it?!).

One read was enough for me, but one line is still stuck in my head years later. It’s one of the descriptions of Fabio-er-Marco being aroused at the sight of his (very young) heroine. He felt:

A boulder in his trousers.

Pirate Fabio

Here’s the wonderful blurb:

My Love,
They call me privateer—cold, ruthless, brazen and bold. Yet, from the first moment I saw you, I was overcome. You were but a helpless child, orphaned and innocent, when I rescued you from almost certain defilement and death—and whisked you off to my Caribbean island hideaway to be shockingly pampered by my loyal crew.
And now you are a woman—as beautiful as the dawn…and as wildly unpredictable as the winds and the sea. You are in my blood, cara mia; your breathtaking loveliness haunts my dreams. But to have you, I first must tame you—to awaken you to the dangerous ecstasy of a pirate’s passions…and a lover’s touch.

The Week: 2nd – 8th February

Sunset Canberra City Australia 7th February 2015 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Driving home in Canberra city last night.

Happy birthday to my mother for Tuesday and me yesterday!

I updated my recommended authors list this week.

Never, ever buy books from Australian booksellers if you can buy them overseas! Weeks ago I ordered two books from Australia and one from overseas (America) for my mother. The American one arrived before her birthday. I still haven’t seen the others. How can Australia Post be that bad…?? The shop is just down the road.

I was going through one of those phases: I’d read so many bad books in a row I didn’t know what to do! A sickeningly misogynistic new adult book. An adult contemporary romance written in first person, present tense, which was driving me crazy (‘I go here. I do this. I think that. I scream. I eat. He looks at me. We kiss. I. I. Me. I.’). I read a book set in Georgian England where everyone spoke like they were from 2015 New York.

But the end of the week came and I came across some more promising reads. I think the phase is over.

That strange “rule” about romance fiction never tackling anything serious

The Accidental Duchess by Madeline HunterOver the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann

Religion in Romance

Kyiv Ukraine 2013 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

My review of Wagon Train Cinderella by Shirley Kennedy

Wagon Train Cinderella by Shirley Kennedy

My review of Surrender by Pamela Clare

Surrender (MacKinnon’s Rangers #1) by Pamela Clare

Scary 90s Romance

Romantic Times Magazine Cover July 1992 Fabio