Book Review: The Family Secret

Book Review: The Family Secret

The Family Secret Author: Fiona Palmer Published: 2016 Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia My Rating: 4.5/5 I wasn't expecting to enjoy The Family Secret as much as I did. Although I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, I must admit I did. And the cover...

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Author Interview: Natasha Lester

This week I have something very special for you. An interview with the amazing Australian author Natasha Lester. Natasha is fast becoming one of Australia's favourite historical fiction novelists, a fact that will be all but cemented with the upcoming release of her...

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Traditional Publishing vs Self Publishing

To traditionally publish, or to self-publish, that is the question on every aspiring author's lips. Ten years ago the question would not have been on the radar. But with the technology and resources more readily available, self-publishing is becoming both an...

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Book Review: Her Mother’s Secret

Her Mother's Secret Author: Natasha Lester Published: 2017 Publisher: Hachette Australia My Rating: 5/5 "From England to the Manhattan of the 1920s and 1940's, be swept away by the story of a brave young woman chasing a dream in the face of society's disapproval."...

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The Evolution of Personal Blogging: Where to now?

I have been blogging for so long that I actually can't remember when I started, or what my very first blog was called. I'm pretty sure it was around 2009 that I wrote my first blog post on the go-to platform back then "Blogger". Early on I blogged as "Lipgloss Mumma"...

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Book Review: Crazy Busy Guilty

  Crazy Busy Guilty Author: Lauren Sams Published: 2017 Publisher: Nero, Swartz Publishing My Rating: 4/5 "There's life Before Baby and life After Baby. Any idiot knows that. I knew that. Except I didn't know what life After Baby would really be like..." Crazy...

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Writing Prompt Challenge No. 1

Thanks for joining in with my very first Writing Prompt Challenge. The idea of the challenge is to flex those creative muscles in your brain and get some words down on the page. It is ten minutes of free writing, no editing, just letting those fingers run wild with...

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Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

It's a common saying, and one with good meaning. But I wonder if it's one of those things that you only learn via experience? It must be, as I see so many people putting their eggs in one basket. Relying on one central thing in their life from which to draw their...

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Minimalism: It’s about the important things

The older I get, the more the idea of minimalism resonates with me. I've never been a hoarder, but still, at times, I feel overwhelmed by stuff. And the older I get, the more I feel myself rebelling against needless consumerism. It really gets my hackles up! When we...

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What’s your crazy dream job?

Last week I was listening to Kelly and Brooke's Let It Be podcast where they were answering listener questions. One inquisitive listener asked the girls, 'If you could do any job in the world (other than what you do now - even if it's your dream job!), what would it...

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3 Easy Steps to Build Your Author Platform

  Whether you plan to self-publish, indie publish or follow the traditional publishing route, building your author platform is a necessary part of your tool kit.   So what is an author platform? Put simply, an author platform is your presence on the...

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Choosing the grey areas of life

Scrolling through Facebook the other day, I came across this quote from Sally Coulter. Now, I have no idea who Sally Coulter is, but this quote and it's inherent message kept streaming into my consciousness all day.   I'm not sure where I sit with this. As much...

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Book Review: The Dangers of Truffle Hunting

The Dangers of Truffle Hunting Author: Sunni Overend Published: 2016 Publisher: Harper Collins My Rating: 5/5 Is life too short to play it safe? Kit Gossard's life is neatly mapped out. A secure photographic Job. A partner ready to commit. A wedding in the family...

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Hi, I'm Jodi. I write women's contemporary fiction, and I'm currently working on my first novel. By day, I'm a proofreader, because I just can't get enough of words! Here on my blog I share my journey towards publication, writing tips and advice, and I review books along the way.

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