REVIEW: Monkey Business by Kathryn Ledson

Last week, after a slight (okay, six week) reading hiatus, I guiltily reached for my pile of advanced reading copies, looking for something that would entertain and delight, without asking too much of my poor out-of-use brain. I picked up Monkey Business by Kathryn Ledson, and boy am I glad I did. Much like the hypercolour cover,  Ledson’s latest proved to be the perfect pick-me-up for my greyer-than-usual grey matter.  Monkey Business is the second book in the Erica Jewell series (a series I now realise I heard about at this year’s Romance Writers of Australia conference, but only just now made the connection with) and, while the series is very closely linked, the book does not suffer from being read in isolation. Having said that, after reading Monkey Business, I now want Kathryn to hurry up and write more books so I can devour them. Continue reading

REVIEW: Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough (review by Haylee Nash)

Romance Specialist Haylee Nash has her first taste of Colleen McCullough in Bittersweet…and finds herself going back for more.

I must confess something – prior to Bittersweet, I had never read a Colleen McCullough (I know, I know,  take away my romance specialist badge). So when the review copy for Bittersweet landed on my desk, I approached the book with an equal mix of excitement and trepidation. Continue reading

Dianne Blacklock answers Romance at Booktopia’s ‘Firsts’

Australian author of contemporary women’s fiction, and of new release The Best Man, Dianne Blacklock answers Romance at Booktopia’s ‘firsts’.

1. Who was your first crush?
Hutch, the blond one from the TV show, Starsky and Hutch. I was almost debilitatingly obsessed. Is there anything more overwhelming than those adolescent crushes? Continue reading

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Mandy Magro

As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Rural Romance author Mandy Magro to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
Out in the bush, snuggled up in front of a campfire with the man of my dreams, the glimmering country sky above and nothing to be heard for miles other than the sounds of nature. What could be more romantic than that? Continue reading

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Fiona Lowe

As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Mills & Boon author Fiona Lowe to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
Given that it’s freezing cold while I’m writing this, my mind goes straight to the Australian high-country with its towering snow-gums and majestic ranges. There is nothing more special than a picnic in the snow on a still and sunny day with mulled wine and a man to keep you warm. Continue reading

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Nicole Alexander

nicolealexanderAs part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Rural Romance author Nicole Alexander to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
Winter in the outback means a crackling fire, a glass of merlot and my man by my side. Continue reading

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Melanie Milburne

746As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Mills & Boon author Melanie Milburne to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
A candlelit dinner, soft romantic ballad playing in the background, champagne and scintillating conversation with the man of my dreams (who happens to be my husband, fortunately!) Continue reading

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Nicola Marsh

nmarshAs part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Contemporary Romance and Young Adult author
Nicola Marsh to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
Fabulous food. Sexy saxophone. Dim lighting. Irresistible aftershave. Loaded stares. Spontaneous laughter. Clever innuendo. Subtle touches. Slow building sexual tension… Continue reading

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Rachael Johns

As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit682 and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Rural Romance author Rachael Johns to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
Going to a chocolate factory! And preferably my date owns the chocolate factory. I’d marry him on the spot! Continue reading

Australian Romance Author Showcase with…Margareta Osborn

As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling Rural Romance author Margareta Osborn to the stage.

1. Describe the perfect date.
My husband and I camped up in the mountains, lying in our swag by a fire, looking up at the stars chasing satellites. It would be a balmy night. We’d have just had a camp oven roast cooked by someone else who has now strategically disappeared. A bottle of wine would be to hand and no children within one hundred miles.
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