Our Fave 5 Regency Wallflowers

We are hopelessly devoted to wallflower Regency romances! The shy or just stubbornly independent (and most of the time rightfully so) women of these stories start out as wallflowers but with a little help from a Rake or Prude, they end up as heroines.

These Rakes and Prudes help them see that they’re more than what they are; or annoy them enough that they fight back. This, however, can prove disastrous for the Rakes and Prudes who have fallen in love with them. Here are our fave 5 Regency wallflowers…

Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower Series

1450308723.63Devil in Winter

The Wallflower Quartet Series : Book 3

by Lisa Kleypas

A devil’s bargain.

Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: “marriage”.

Sebastian’s reputation is so dangerous that thirty seconds alone with him will ruin any maiden’s good name. Still, this bewitching chit appeared, “unchaperoned,” on his doorstep to offer her hand. Certainly an aristocrat with more…

Grab your copy of Devil in Winter here

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The Bridgertons Series : Book 3

by Julia Quinn

Will she accept the offer before the clock strikes midnight?

Sophie Beckett never dreamed she’d be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famed masquerade ball. Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, waltzing in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.

Who was more…

Grab your copy of An Offer from a Gentleman here

y648Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake

Love By Numbers Series : Book 1

by Sarah MacLean

A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen’s club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried–and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she’s vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she’s been missing.

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss–to do those things, Callie will need a more…

Grab your copy of Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake here

AWeekToBeWickedA Week to Be Wicked

Spindle Cove Series : Book 2

by Tessa Dare

Unexpected lovers find themselves together in Spindle Cove with A Week to be Wicked, the second book in Tessa Dare’s utterly delectable historical romance series.

This Regency Era delight finds a restless British lord desperate to escape the quaint and too quiet small seaside resort he’s trapped in and he gets much more than he expected when he eagerly agrees to escort a beautiful, brilliant, socially awkward lady scientist to more…

Grab your copy of A Week to Be Wicked here

xand-then-he-kissed-her.jpg.pagespeed.ic.4GVqt8X9fSAnd Then He Kissed Her

The Girl Bachelors Series : Book 1

by Laura Lee Guhrke

Supremely sensible Emmaline Dove wishes to share her etiquette expertise with London’s readers, and as secretary to Viscount Marlowe, Emma knows she’s in the perfect position to make her dreams come true.

Marlowe might be a rake with a preference for cancan dancers and an aversion to matrimony, but he is also the city’s leading publisher, and Emma is convinced he’s her best chance to see her work in print…until she discovers the lying scoundrel has been rejecting her manuscripts without ever reading a single page!

As a publisher, Harry finds reading more…

Grab your copy of And Then He Kissed Her here

Bruce Springsteen memoir, Born to Run, coming soon!

‘Someday girl I don’t know when
We’re gonna get to that place, where we really wanna go
And we’ll walk in the sun, but till then tramps like us
Baby we were born to run’

1838One of the greatest musicians of the modern age, Bruce Springsteen, will be releasing his long awaited memoir Born To Run, later this year.

“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Springsteen writes. “But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.”

In a statement overnight, publishers Simon & Schuster reported that Springsteen has been working on the autobiography for seven years. Springsteen describes growing up in Freehold, New Jersey and according to Simon and Schuster recounts “his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band”.

“If you were to ask any publisher to name a cultural figure whose autobiography would provoke the greatest enthusiasm, Bruce Springsteen’s name would be on every list,” said Ian Chapman, CEO of Simon & Schuster UK. “Beyond being one of the most admired individuals in the world, he is a captivating storyteller with a unique way of expressing himself.”

“It is the book we’ve been hoping for. Readers will see their own lives in Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary story, just as we recognise ourselves in his songs.”

Listen to a little of The Boss today, on us!


GUEST BLOG: Bestselling author Fiona Palmer on what she’s been reading

fiona palmerBestselling Australian Rural author, Fiona Palmer, chats about what she read in January.

In January, I took my kids to the coastal town of Bremer Bay, south west of WA, where we crammed in 4×4 driving, snorkelling, sand surfing, boogie boarding and fishing. So the books I read during this month were chosen with an intentional theme – each book was set in WA and cantered around “fly in fly out”.

First up was Georgina Penney’s Fly In Fly Out. Jo Blaine works overseas on an oil rig in the Atlantic Ocean and finds a man in her house when she arrives home. Of course she knows this guy, Stephen Hardy and ends up letting him house-sit and look after her cranky cat while she’s away. Things get heated between them but Jo is keeping a dark secret from their past, which is linked to Stephen’s farm in Margaret River. It’s a great read and I powered through it.

Next was Loretta Hill’s book The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots. What a hoot this was! Loretta writes it like it is, you can tell she’s lived the FIFO life and has the swearing men down pat. Some may find that hard to read but for me it just made it all the more real, not a sugar-coated version. It follows Lena Todd, a city girl who is sent to the outback to join a construction team and prove herself in a male-dominated world. I love reading these kind of stories. Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and great likeable characters.

Loretta’s next book The Girl in the Hard Hat is the follow-on book and continues with the same gang. This time Gavin is the lucky guy who gets the girl. Wendy goes to the Pilbara to search for her father, who left her at birth, and takes on a job as Safety Manager at the iron ore wharf. Nobody likes the safety person and she soon gets the nickname ‘The Sergeant’. Again Loretta delivers in another funny read with plenty of heart.

All books have a romantic thread and happy ending, just how I like my reads. I highly recommend all three. It’s great to get an insight into the FIFO lifestyle and working in the Pilbara. The descriptions of the landscapes were fabulous.

The Saddler Boys

by Fiona Palmer The Saddler Boys

School teacher Natalie has always been a city girl. She has a handsome boyfriend and a family who give her only the best. But she craves her own space, and her own classroom, before settling down into the life she is expected to lead.

When Nat takes up a posting at a tiny school in remote Western Australia, it proves quite the culture shock, but she is soon welcomed by the inquisitive locals, particularly young student Billy and his intriguing single father, Drew.

As Nat’s school comes under threat of closure, and Billy’s estranged mother turns up out of the blue, Nat finds herself fighting for the township and battling with her heart. Torn between her society … Read more

Grab your copy of The Saddler Boys here!

Read an extract of The Saddler Boys

Last Chance to Win an Australian Stories Themed Prize Pack!


January at Booktopia is Australian Stories Month; it’s a way for us to celebrate Australian authors, books and readers, be it a piece of fiction, a cookbook, or a kids book, we’re here to celebrate it! Authors in particular get a special shout-out through our annual countdown to Australia’s Favourite Author, as voted by you (click here to find out who made our top 50 for 2016).

We decided to add to the excitement surrounding Australian Stories Month, by giving 5 customers the chance to win an Australian Stories Prize Pack! If you haven’t entered, you better act fast because the competition ends January 31st! Just order any title from our Australian Stories Showcase for your chance to win.



Mastering Your Mean Girl

The no-BS guide To becoming wildly Wealthy, fabulously Healthy + bursting with Love

by Melissa Ambrosini

An inspiring, upbeat, beautiful and affirming handbook to help women find their natural confidence and learn how to love themselves.

Are you ready to activate your dream life?

You know that sneaky voice inside your head telling you that you’re not good enough, smart enough, skinny enough, whatever enough? That’s your Mean Girl. And she’s doing her best to more…

Click here to order Mastering Your Mean Girl


Flower Addict

by Saskia Havekes, Nicholas Watt (Photographer)

Saskia Havekes is at the forefront of artistic flower arranging in Australia. Grandiflora is an oasis of beautiful blooms, sculptural branches and lush swathes of foliage at Potts Point in inner-city Sydney. Saskia’s large-scale installations and breathtaking arrangements are luxurious and bold, stemming from a deep love and appreciation of nature.

In Flower Addict, Saskia shares some of her favourite floral moments, photographed by more…

Click here to order Flower Addict

Head to our Promotions and Competitions page, where you could be a winner every day!


Inaugural Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival, Blak & Bright, to launch in February 2016

Passionate or curious about Indigenous culture, stories or books?

Then this festival is for you!

Blak and Bright

Blak & Bright, the inaugural Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival, will take over the Wheeler Centre for four days of panels, performances, workshops and more, from February 18-21.

The festival will feature more than 60 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander novelists, oral storytellers, poets, songwriters, playwrights and comedians, from Victoria and many other states and territories.

Blak & Bright aims to showcase Indigenous writing in all its forms and to help increase the profile and readership of all Indigenous writers and writing. The majority of sessions at the festival will be free and open to all.

The programme will include three workshops, led by acclaimed novelist and nonfiction writer Anita Heiss, Stella-shortlisted novelist and poet Ellen van Neerven, and Age Book of the Year memoirist, Kate Howarth.

Other programme highlights include a keynote speech, launches, oral storytelling, new writing, a ‘sampler’ of theatre writing, a stunning premiere performance entitled ‘Native Dignity’, and a gala event featuring singer-songwriters.

Upcoming Events


Anita-Heiss_headshot.jpg-e1453075743560Opening Address: 20 reasons why you should read Blak

The multi-talented Anita Heiss will ‘unpack the Blak’ and present 20 reasons why and how you should read Indigenous literature. She’ll be joined by two of our finest Indigenous actors, reading excerpts from 20 Blak books. Learn More





Keynote: Big Stories, Big Genres

What are the big stories that award-winning writers Tony Briggs and Bruce Pascoe are telling, and what are the big urgent stories that are yet to be told? Find out how our leading writers are re-storying our past, and penning new narratives.

Featuring Tony Briggs and Bruce Pascoe. Learn More.



Tammy-Anderson_Sistas Are Doing It…

How do you build and sustain a career as a Blak writer? Hear from three inspirational women who have lived extraordinary lives and shared them with the world through the written and performed word.

Featuring Tammy Anderson, Anita Heiss, and Kate Howarth. Learn More






View all upcoming events at Blak & Bright here


VOTE NOW: Australia’s Favourite Author 2016 – The Final Vote!

Here we are, after two weeks of nominations and voting nation-wide, we now have 75 of Australia’s Favourite Authors assembled for the final vote!

You can vote for as many authors as you like, but you only get one chance to vote, so choose wisely! Don’t forget to spread the word, use the social buttons at the bottom of this post to share to family and friends.

Polls close this Sunday. On Monday the 25th of January, we’ll start counting down the Australia’s Top 50 Favourite Authors, as voted by you!

Don’t forget to check out last year’s results here!

So what are you waiting for? Get voting!


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Can’t Wait to See Critically Acclaimed Brooklyn in Cinemas?

Critics are raving about Brooklyn!

Booktopians….you could secure yourself a double pass to see this amazing film, out February 11th, if you buy a copy of Brooklyn!!!*

Brooklyn is a romantic drama, based on the bestselling book by Colm Toibin, adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby and starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.


The film follows Eilis (Ronan), a young Irish woman who leaves her small town in Ireland hoping for a brighter future in 1950s Brooklyn. Despite her initial homesickness, she falls in love with Tony (Cohen) an Italian-American who opens her eyes her new surroundings. But a family tragedy leads Eilis back to Ireland, where her American sophistication catches the eye of the charming Jim (Gleeson).


Order and Receive a Free Double Pass!*

by Colm Toibin

For a limited time only, order a copy of Brooklyn and receive a free double pass to see the movie, out February 11th. *Please note: offer available while stocks last and limit one free double pass per order.

Young Eilis Lacey dreams of life beyond the confines of her tiny Irish village, but unlike her beautiful sister, Rose, Eilis’ gifts are of a more practical nature: she has a head for numbers, and is a loving and dutiful daughter. Yet her ambition cannot be hidden and soon is noted by the Parish Priest, Father Flood. Via a church contact, he arranges for Eilis to travel to America where a job opportunity has arisen in New York with a more…

*Please note: offer available while stocks last and limit one free double pass per order.

About the Author

Colm Toibin was born in Enniscorthy in 1955. He is the author of seven other novels including BlackwaterLightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. He lives in Dublin.


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