The Week: 3rd – 9th July

Crazy cockatoos hanging out here on Friday afternoon. They’re so smug – even when destroying everything in sight! Their feathers look so nice. 🙂

I read a couple of good books this week, but one doesn’t have a release date for months, so I don’t think there’s much point reviewing it yet!

Over-Reading a Genre?

JRR Tolkien family settle $80m merchandise row

My review of Afraid to Lose Her by Syndi Powell

My review of The Engagement Charade (Smoky Mountain Matches #11) by Karen Kirst

My review of Convenient Proposal To The Lady (Hadley’s Hellions #3) by Julia Justiss

Happy Belated Birthday, Canada!

JRR Tolkien family settle $80m merchandise row

Today, the 21st of September, is the 78th anniversary of the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.1937. FIRST EDITION

I can only imagine that when you sell film rights in 1969, and then actually make the movies decades later, you’re going to run into some legal issues with the changing face of merchandise!

JRR Tolkien family settle $80m merchandise row

JRR Tolkien’s family have settled an $80m case against Warner Bros over the merchandise rights of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

The famous author’s daughter, Priscilla Tolkien, and his estate, joined up with publisher HarperCollins to sue Warner.

The estate sold the rights to the films in 1969 along with some merchandising.

But they said the studio had overstepped the mark with video games, apps and gambling games. Warner said the matter was “amicably resolved”.

It ends a legal wrangling which first began in 2012, when the family sued the studio for $80m in damages plus legal costs for copyright infringement.


Warner then counter-sued, claiming the estate had made an “about face” and had previously consented to merchandise rights.

However, the estate had argued the rights only allowed Warner Bros to create “tangible” goods such as figurines, clothing and stationery.

They claimed the studio had gone beyond the deal by using Tolkien’s characters in digital form – including in online gambling games and casino slot machines – which the family said caused irreparable harm to the author’s legacy and reputation.

After settling the case, Warner Bros says: “The parties are pleased that they have amicably resolved this matter and look forward to working together in the future.”

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films were released between 2001 and 2003. The trilogy won 17 Academy awards, a record for a movie trilogy.

His Hobbit series was released between 2012 and 2014.

Twenty Years of Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

Yes, I’m a day late (it was first published on the 26th of June), but it is the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter.

I was at the end of my schooling when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out. So, I wasn’t exactly thrilled by a book craze about a little wizard boy and his magic wand, complete with cutesy illustrated covers.

I moved to London shortly afterwards, and was watching live on television when the casting for the first movie was announced. However, it was also the time the first Lord of the Rings movie was released, and I was accidentally in Leicester Square the evening of the world premiere (which meant I got to watch all the red carpet arrivals, even though half of them weren’t famous yet – Orlando Bloom? Viggo Mortensen? Who’re they?!).

The media in England set up a fan war between the two franchises, with plenty of British newspapers printing long lists of “evidence” J. K. Rowling plagiarised J. R. R. Tolkien. I believed it at the time; not anymore.

Eventually, my boss made a deal with me: she’d read my Lord of the Rings books if I gave Harry Potter a chance. I was about twenty, and not that interested, but in the end I did actually enjoy them (though I never finished the series).

Viktor Krum Harry Potter Movies

My favourite character was that Bulgarian (? – Hungarian?) wizard guy who was Hermione’s boyfriend for about three seconds. I wanted them to end up together!

My boss HATED The Lord of the Rings (I don’t really blame her); she couldn’t get past the first twenty-thousand pages describing all the Hobbits. I didn’t hold it against her that she didn’t finish.

So, I’m no Harry Potter fangirl, but this was definitely an important Book-World anniversary to mark. We need another quality book franchise for the next generation. Maybe next time everyone won’t be raging misogynists and will let the female author publish under her real – feminine – name.

The Week: 21st – 27th September

Sunset Gowrie Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Spring 25th September 2015 Sky Clouds Grey Pink Nature.

Friday sunset in Canberra *

Strange Sky Canberra Australia 21st September 2015 Sonya Heaney Christopher Heaney Clouds Sunset Nature 2

Canberra’s sky doing something bizarre at sunset on Monday evening.


My father took this picture at the state border when coming back from checking if another possum had moved into my grandmother’s house. I want to know how he took it, because that sure looks to me like he took it while driving! Enlarge it, and I bet you’ll agree he lied when he told me he stopped the car (remember, in Australia the driver is on the right of the car)!

I’ve hardly read anything for a couple of weeks – I’m worried about this blog!

I seem to have gone off historical romance a bit (after reading hardly anything BUT that!), but maybe I’m just reading the wrong books…

This week sounds like a string of bad news!

Cat 3 Queanbeyan Australia Sonya Heaney 19th September 2015

Even though the RSPCA was rude, unhelpful, suspicious, and tried to fob me off onto other organisations because they’re not actually interested in helping animals, I’ve found somewhere for our gorgeous, HUGELY pregnant stray cat, and she’ll go there on Monday. I desperately want to keep her, but I don’t know how people who travel manage to have pets! We’re going to be in Ukraine and Italy, and at the Gold Coast and in Melbourne in the next seven months. Not ideal for a cat, but I don’t know how I can let her go!

I love her so much, and even if she’s sound asleep, she wakes up and follows you from room to room if you move, like a very, VERY loyal dog, but even sweeter! You get in BIG trouble if you don’t talk to her and pet her the whole time, and she hates being on her own for even a moment. (That’s my mother and me in the background. Our cat insisted on sitting with us for lunch – on her own chair – and she’s at the table, while we’ve been shoved over onto the side!)

26thseptember2015Russian occupiers in Ukraine during the week tearing down the houses of native Crimean Tatars, and raising Russian, terrorist and SYRIAN flags in occupied regions of the east.

Russian occupiers in Ukraine during the week, tearing down the houses of native Crimean Tatars, and raising Russian, terrorist and SYRIAN flags in occupied regions of the east.

DanielaDaniela's murderer.

I said a few months ago that someone I grew up with was murdered by her boyfriend (look how gorgeous she was).

This week, he was charged with the additional offences of raping her both before and after her death. It makes me feel sick.

It is because of things like this, and like the man who punched a woman at the football in Western Australia on Friday night that I have ZERO tolerance for anyone who claims they’re not a feminist.

The Hobbit’s 78th Birthday

Today, the 21st of September, is the 78th anniversary of the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.1937. FIRST EDITION

No more of these…?

Category Romance. No more home renovation. No more ageing parents going into homes. No more bakers. No more etc. etc. etc.

Could we stop putting this scene in every romance… Please? 🙂

Romance Cover Art

It’s in the Hairstyles!

Historical Romance Fashions and Hairstyles Versus the Reality Victorian Era Portrait Book Cover

Shana Galen on why she loves historicals

The Rogue You Know (Covent Garden Cubs #2) by Shana Galen

My review of Amish Redemption (Brides of Amish Country #13) by Patricia Davids

Amish Redemption (Brides of Amish Country #13) by Patricia Davids