ABS-olutely Great Romance!

There’s no doubt about it, when I pass by a book and glimpse some skin I stop. Who can resist a shirtless guy? I can’t. It’s one of the main reasons I read romance novels, and because I love finding out about the man behind the cover.

It’s even more pleasing when I find out the guy, whilst stubborn, is actually really sensitive due to his past or present experiences. But let’s be honest, those blurbs are too damn short.

So in celebration of ABS-olutely great romance, here are four reads from some of our favourites: Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Ashley, Shelly Laurenston and Manda Collins…

9780062076083Bound by Flames

by Jeaniene Frost

Now that Vlad knows his nemesis, Mihaly Szilagyi, is still alive, the hunt is on. But after the close call Leila suffered at Szilagy’s hands he refuses to accept her help finding him, let alone allowing her anywhere near the madman. Vlad’s seen enough death to last all his lifetimes – he doesn’t plan on putting his beloved in the path of destruction too. Leila understands Vlad’s resistance, but with her psychometric abilities, she’s the perfect person to check for loyalty among his ranks and search for Szilagyi – if only Vlad will accept her help.

Stuck between staying true to Vlad and helping him defeat his nemesis, Leila’s forced to more… 

Grab a copy of Bound by Flames here

shifter-matesShifter Mates

by Jennifer Ashley

A sexy Shifters Unbound Anthology, including the novellas Lone Wolf and Feral Heat

Together in one volume for the first time, two sexy paranormal tales of untamed passion, uncontrollable attraction, and unquenchable desire…

In Lone Wolf, Ellison Rowe is a wolf Shifter and a self-proclaimed cowboy, but he’s still searching for someone to ease his loneliness. Maria is a human taking refuge among the Shifters, trying to move on from her haunted past. When Ellison and Maria team up, the more…

Grab a copy of Shifter Mates here

the-unleashingThe Unleashing

by Shelly Laurenston

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life–but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a more…

Grab a copy of The Unleashing here

a-good-rake-is-hard-to-findA Good Rake Is Hard to Find

by Manda Collins


Heartbroken by the loss of her brother, Miss Leonora Craven vows to uncover the truth about his “accident,” which seems to have been anything but. Jonathan Craven was involved with the Lords of Anarchy, a notorious driving club, and Leonora can’t help but suspect foul play. But the only way she can infiltrate their reckless inner circle is to enlist the help of Jonny’s closest ally, Lord Frederick Lisle. If only he didn’t also happen to be the man who broke Leonora’s heart…


Frederick isn’t surprised to find more…

Grab a copy of A Good Rake Is Hard to Find here

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The winner of a print signed by Philippa Nikulinsky is…

To help celebrate January, our month of Australian Stories, we had a print signed by Philippa Nikulinsky, the author of Firewood Banksia, to give away.

All you had to do to win this beautiful print,  worth $220, was buy a copy of his beautiful book Firewood Banksia

…and the winner is:

R.Knight,Terang, VIC

Congratulations to the winner!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have plenty more prizes to giveaway! Check them out here.


Are you a winner of 1 of 2 original artworks?

We had 2 original artworks during December and January to giveaway. These pieces were created by Cheralyn Darcey and Sofan Chan. They themselves are the authors of Australian Wildflower Reading Cards and Buddhism Reading Cards, respectively.

All you had to do to enter was buy a Rockpool Reading Card Set. Check out if you are a winner below….

Artwork by Cheralyn Darcey 

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And the winner is…

M.Bartle, Werribee, VIC

Artwork by Sofan Chan








And the winner is…

J.Walkden, South Hobart, TAS

Congratulations to the winners!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have plenty more prizes to giveaway! Check them out here.


Did you buy a book from our Holiday Haven Collection? You might have won a book pack worth $415!


During December and January we threw some of our favourite holiday reads together to make our Holiday Haven. You could find thousands of books handpicked for our sections:

New Year, New You
Beach Reads
Australia Wide
Summer Reading
Boredom Busters
Back to School

And if you ordered anything in our Holiday Haven range, you went into the draw to win a book pack worth $415! Are you the winner? Find out below……


And the lucky winner of a book pack is…

H.Toohey, Kinross, WA

Congratulations to the winner!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have plenty more prizes to giveaway! Check them out here.


Have you won a Dinner for Two at Quay Restuarant, a North Face backpack, or a bat and ball signed by Glenn Maxwell?

During November and December we gave you the chance to enter a bunch of competitions to give you a stellar start to 2015. We had a North Face backpack, a ball and mini cricket bat signed by Glenn Maxwell and dinner for two at Peter Gilmore’s award-winning restaurant Quay, valued at $520, up for grabs.


All you had to do to enter was order Walking Home by Sonia Choquette.

And the lucky winner of a North Face backpack is…

V.Judd, Tarneit, VIC. 3029. AU


All you had to do to enter was order a book from the Glenn Maxwell series.

And the lucky winner of a Kookaburra ball and mini Kookaburra cricket bat signed by Glenn Maxwell is…

R.Chapman, Rupanyup, VIC


All you had to do to enter was order Organum by Peter Gilmore. The dinner, at Peter Gilmore’s award-winning restaurant Quay,  includes a 4 course menu with wines to match, valued at $520!

And the lucky winner of dinner for two at Quay is…

A.Cardenzana, Eight Mile Plains, QLD

Congratulations to the winners!
Not a winner? Don’t worry, we have plenty more prizes to giveaway! Check them out here.
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Are you the winner of a Leatherbound Classics library? Trust us, you want to be!

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In December we gave you the chance to enter our Leatherbound Classics competition. We had a Leatherbound Classics library to giveaway to one lucky customer! All you had to do to enter was buy a book from the series.

Quite frankly everyone in the office was upset that employees can’t enter competitions, what a prize!

And the very lucky winner of a Leatherbound Classics library is…

B.Wilson, Macquarie Park, NSW

pride-and-prejudicePride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

This is an exquisite leatherbound edition of Jane Austen’s classic novel of manners and mores. One of the most popular tales of romance in the English language, this volume features a satinribbon bookmark, distinctive stained edging and marbled endpapers.

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’. So begins “Pride and Prejudice”, Jane Austen’s classic novel of manners and mores in early nineteenth century England. Attention centres on haughty Elizabeth Bennet and the dashing but aloof Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Adversaries at first in more…

Browse our Leatherbound Classics series here


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Absolutely Fabulous News!

We’ve all heard the news and now we are SO excited!

Aren’t we?

Well, if you haven’t already heard there may be an Absolutely Fabulous film released this year!

ab_fab_-thumb-300x418I have loved this show for so long, I can’t even remember when I started watching it. My mother always hated it but my grandfather adored it, he saw things my way. I think what we both loved about Absolutely Fabulous was how over-the-top and funny it was, yet it was still a sharp commentary on what happens when you hate the life you’re stuck with and will do anything to make it, well, Absolutely Fabulous!

Who doesn’t love a mother trying to hold onto her youth by trying every single diet ever mentioned, wearing ill-fitting clothes by the hippest designers out there, constantly re-decorating her apartment and trying anything new that comes her way! Let’s be honest, you are only as young as you feel, so I applaud you Eddy!

As for Eddy’s daughter, Saffy, who has to look after her own mother and try as she might to make sure Eddy doesn’t get too carried away, I can relate. Sometimes I feel like the parent when I’m dealing with my mother’s life.

Oh, I must mention Patsy. Eddy’s best friend (at times) who encourages Eddy through all her antics because she herself wants to live and love life forever but can’t do it by herself!

Let’s hope the movie doesn’t disappoint!

Now let’s get down to some of the biggest romance books coming out in 2015. We think they are going to be Absolutely Fabulous, and we think Patsy and Eddy would feel the same way.

hard-to-come-byHard to Come By
by Laura Kaye

Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team–sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the more ….

 Grab a copy of Hard to Come By here

quarterback-drawQuarterback Draw
Play-By-Play Series : Book 9
by Jaci Burton

Grant Cassidy knows how to be a football star – Flash that dazzling smile, throw the winning pass, get the girl. But while the hot quarterback loves the game and the lifestyle, no woman has come close to catching his heart. Then he matches wits with a smart, gorgeous model, and Grant finds himself wanting more than a fling. Supermodel Katrina Koslova might live in a world of glitz and camera flashes, but she works hard to provide more…

Grab a copy of Quarterback Draw here

the-road-to-hopeThe Road to Hope
by Rachael Johns

Nurse Lauren Simpson is known in Hope Junction for the wrong reasons – and she’s over it. Watching the man she’s always loved marry someone else is the last straw – she decides to get out of Hope. But her resolve is tested when the hot new locum doctor arrives in town.

Doctor Tom Lewis also has skeletons in his closet – including a painful breakup and devastating family news. He’s hit the road with his vintage ute and surfboard, to travel the outback and live in the moment. When Tom and Lauren more…

Grab a copy of The Road to Hope here

the-secrets-of-sir-richard-kenworthyThe Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
by Julia Quinn

Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can’t be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family’s infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She’s the type of girl you don’t notice until the second-or third-look, but there’s something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she’s more…

Grab a copy of The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy here

Cartel Trilogy : Book 1
by Lili St. Germain

How much is a life worth?

I grew up in Colombia, the daughter of a wealthy drug lord. I lived a life of extravagance, until one day a drug run went horribly wrong and everything came crashing down around us.

I was given away. A payment for a debt. The Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club became my new owners, and I did everything I could to survive.

But falling in love with more…

Grab a copy of Cartel here

Match Pointematch-pointe
by Indigo Bloome

The sizzling new erotic romance from the internationally bestselling author of Destined to Play.

Eloise Lawrance, a beautiful and dedicated ballerina, is on the cusp of achieving her dreams when her career is abruptly left in tatters. Enigmatic gambling tycoon Caesar King approaches her with an alluring proposition she can’t refuse – to dance as inspiration for the top-ranked men’s tennis player for two years.

Cleverly manipulated by more…

Grab a copy of Match Pointe here

And to celebrate the world (person) behind Absolutely Fabulous, here is Jennifer Saunders’ story!

bonkersBonkers : My Life
by Jennifer Saunders

She’s been in two of the most popular double acts in TV history. As the Saunders one out of French and Saunders, she gave the world one of its longest-lasting, most-loved comedy partnerships. And in Ab Fab’s Eddie and Patsy she created two hilarious monsters we’ve taken to our hearts.

Bonkers is the story of how it all came about. Or at least the bits she recalls. The rest she made up. Either way, it’s all more…





And to finish this blog here are scenes from Absolutely Fabulous!


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