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The Locksmiths Daughter by Karen Brooks review…

Mallory Bright is at the beginning of this book a shamed woman who hides from everyone except her playwright friend Caleb. She enjoys the theatre but not the walk through the streets of Queen Elizabeth's London where her former fiancé ridicules her. As readers, we are drawn into an Elizabethan England with Protestants against Catholic… Continue reading The Locksmiths Daughter by Karen Brooks review…

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Christine Bongers books next in my book collection…

Christine presents difficult topics through teenage girls eyes, so realistically it makes you feel sad, confused and frightened with the characters. I love her writing and have enjoyed her presentations at Somerset Storyfest. If you like Fiona Wood, Cath Crowley or Jaclyn Moriarty, you'll love Christine Bongers' gripping new coming of age story, Intruder.I don't… Continue reading Christine Bongers books next in my book collection…

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Sweet Adversity by Sheryl Gwyther another treasure

Many of these Young Adults or as they are now referred to as Middle Grade books are the genre I most adore and I'll give these to my granddaughters to enjoy. Sheryl Gwyther’s mango-gorging, tree-climbing, pirate ship-building, book-reading childhood in Queensland’s tropical far north inevitably led to the best job ever – writing stories for… Continue reading Sweet Adversity by Sheryl Gwyther another treasure

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Glitter Rose by Marianne de Pierres in my book collection

More books in my collection Marianne de Pierres also writes under Marianne Delacourt. http://www.mariannedepierres.com/about/ ABOUT Marianne de Pierres My word journey began when I was eight years old with a sweet Enid Blyton rip-off entitled ‘The Splendid Six’. My dear sister solemnly typed it for me on an old typewriter and made word substitutions all the… Continue reading Glitter Rose by Marianne de Pierres in my book collection

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Female authors books in my collection…

Today I'll showcase Karen Brooks who is a legend in my eyes. She's written exquisite books I've thoroughly enjoyed. She inspires me with her strength of character having suffered health issues and dramas, all of which she's overcome. Karen has also appeared on television. Wikipedia Karen Brooks is an Australian author, columnist, social commentator and academic. Brooks was… Continue reading Female authors books in my collection…

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Marisa Parker books in my book collection

A talented local author, and former President of Gold Coast Writers Assoc. Marisa has written two beautiful books about her parents' lives. https://www.marisaparkerauthor.com/ Here's her Bio Ciao! My name is Marisa Parker. I am the middle daughter of Italian parents,Eugenio Piergiovanni and Maria Martore. Despite a thirteen-year age gap betweenthem, my parents were adventurers and always… Continue reading Marisa Parker books in my book collection

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the hypnotist’s love story by Laine Moriarty reviewed by Jill Smith

Book Review by Jill Smith©May21 Title: the hypnotist’s love storyAuthor: Laine MoriartyPublisher: Pan Macmillan AustraliaEllen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who is looking for love. She’s empathetic and encouraging to all her clients. She’s well liked and finds the boring balding men looking back at her from the dating sites as father figures not someone she’d… Continue reading the hypnotist’s love story by Laine Moriarty reviewed by Jill Smith

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Nick Earls books…

More from my book collections. Nick Earls writes about the urban world with candid clarity and humour. He also wrote the Word Hunters series for children illustrated delightfully by illustrator Terry Whidborne. Nick Earls is the author of twelve books, including bestselling novels such as Zigzag Street, Bachelor Kisses, Perfect Skin and World of Chickens.… Continue reading Nick Earls books…

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My Isobelle Carmody book collection…

Isobelle Carmody was born in Wangaratta on 16 June 1958, the eldest of eight children. She began work on Obernewtyn Chronicles at the age of fourteen. This was soon after the death of her father in a traffic accident. She continued to work on them while completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in literature and philosophy; she worked in public relations… Continue reading My Isobelle Carmody book collection…

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Continuing my book collection authors, books and bio’s…

Here are books by local Gold Coast writing friends of mine. I've thoroughly enjoyed their books and invite you to do the same. First my lovely writing buddies and fellow members of The Ten Penners Kate Russell and Julie Baythorpe. Kate Russell is a writer based on the beautiful Gold Coast, Australia. "Shadow of a… Continue reading Continuing my book collection authors, books and bio’s…

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Maddy West and the Tongue Taker book review by Jill Smith

Maddy West and the Tongue Taker by Brian Falkner (Goodreads Author), Donovan Bixley (Illustrator) Book review by Jill Smith copyrite March 2021 Maddy West is a normal nine year old with a remarkable gift. Her mother takes her to the doctor and he tells them her gift is valuable. Her best friend Kazuki is a great baseball pitcher, he’s… Continue reading Maddy West and the Tongue Taker book review by Jill Smith

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This is a very Irish story. I love how Maeve sets the scene as a small coastal town that serves the tourists during the short summer months then barely survives through the tough winter.The prologue is the pivotal scene in the book, later repeated as the critical scene unfolds.The 1950s are tough for those who… Continue reading

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More Book Reviews…

Following the blog tour for 10 Naughty Numbats I thought I should read some more picture books to warm my heart. Somewhere in Australia by Marcello Pennacchio, Danny Snell (Illustrator) Scholastic offer another delightfully illustrated learn to count picture book. The Australian animals enhance the lesson for the youngsters to count on. and another picture book... Amy… Continue reading More Book Reviews…

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Books on Tour Blog Tour kicks off with…

The Blog tour kicks off with Romi Sharp of Just Write for Kids post. This is a delicious introduction to the creative world of the author Grace Nolan. Learn the Tens Facts with Grace Nolan Posted on February 22, 2021 by Romi Sharp #onetotenandbackagain #tennaughtynumbats #bookcampaign #booksontourpr Just like her new picture books, author Grace Nolan is an absolute delight to meet! Her… Continue reading Books on Tour Blog Tour kicks off with…