Stacking the Shelves #20 and the week ahead…


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews.

For Stacking the Shelves, I take the opportunity to share what books I’ve bought, won or received for review. Click on the book cover to go to Goodreads and find out more information.

The week gone…

I feel like I’m finally catching up on review books for October, YAY! I’m also recovering from two weeks of hayfever (thank you Spring) and a sinus infection (eck!) and I’m preparing for my first ever NanoWriMo.

Last night I enjoyed an entertaining soccer game at Parramatta Stadium where Sydney FC took on the Western Sydney Wanderers. Even though I play soccer I don’t particularly enjoy watching it, but last night was a lot of fun. I hadn’t really decided who I would cheer for until I got there and saw one of the grandstands full with a bunch of rowdy Wanderer supporters and their taunts- I decided I would go for Sydney FC. I do live in Western Sydney, but i don’t want to be aligned with bully fans like that. Besides, Brett Emerton plays for FC and he went to the same school as me so I felt i had a good reason to support them! Overall, it was a great game and a late night 🙂

Over the past week I’ve posted about:

Small Town Storm by Elise K. Ackers

Caroline and the Captain by Maggi Andersen (short story)

The Great Deception by Joy Chambers

Indie Author Corner: Meet Joanna Mazurkiewicz + ebook giveaway

The Secret Keeper Giveaway (AU only)

Escape to the Country by Prue Phillipson (short story)

Unfortunately I started to read Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter but just couldn’t get into it. I’ve abandoned this one for now and may try it again a bit later in the month. I think I need to be a lot pickier about what YA books I accept for review because I keep getting disappointed 🙁

For review:  This week I received an uncorrected proof copy of The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton, the publicist at Allen and Unwin has gushed about this one and i’m excited to read it. In the meantime, i have a giveaway for australian followers to win a copy of The Secret Keeper here.

The Secret Keeper

Synopsis: 1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can’t wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything.
2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds – Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy – who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined.
Shifting between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present, The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, theatre and thievery, murder and enduring love.

And from Harlequin Mira, I received Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl and After Moonrise by P.C Cast and Gena Showalter.

 Synopsis: For makeup artist Grace Barrett, Hollywood isn’t the land of golden opportunity. It’s the land of difficult divas, cheating boyfriends and unemployment. So when her great-aunt offers her a free place to stay in Jackson Hole, Grace thinks she’ll spend a little time in the sticks to figure out her life, and then move somewhere exciting to live out her dreams. But it turns out that there are a few more thrills in this small town than Grace was expecting….Cole Rawlins is a rugged Wyoming cowboy born and bred. Yet he can’t help but be drawn to the fascinating big-city girl who moves in across from him. He wants to get close enough to Grace to see past her tough facade, but if he does, she might see the real Cole. The one with a Hollywood history gone bad. As they discover a sizzling attraction, it becomes harder for him to keep his demons at bay—and those fires from long ago may burn them both.

They’ll need more than scorching-hot passion to make this opposites-attract affair work. But if they can learn to trust one another enough to reveal their secrets, they just might have a chance at forever.

After Moonrise

Synopsis: Includes the stories Posessed by P.C Cast and Haunted by Gena Showalter.

Possessed by P.C. Cast

Being a psychic detective who can channel only negative emotions makes Kent Raef good at catching murderers, but bad at maintaining relationships. Then Lauren Wilcox arrives with a most intriguing case: her twin sister has been murdered and is communing with Lauren’s spirit – and sharing her body. Raef’s the only one who can track the killer and free the spirit. But soon he begins to wonder just which twin he wants to save…and why…

Haunted by Gena Showalter

Artist Aurora Harper is convinced she’s witnessed a crime – a murder so brutal she’s repressed the memories, only to paint the scene by the light of the moon. Now she needs her new neighbour, Detective Levi Reid, to help her track down the victim – and the killer. Levi’s dealing with his own memory issues, but one thing he knows for sure: Harper is meant to be his, and nothing can take her away from him – not in this life…nor in death…

The week ahead… upcoming reviews on the blog:

Seconds Away by Harlen Coben

The Robbers by Paul Anderson

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

All He Ever Needed by Shannon Stacey

I also have another indie ebook giveaway coming up this week…

So, that’s it for me. What books have you added to your shelves this week?


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