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Loose-leaf Links #26

Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits and pieces on sci-fi and fantasy I’ve come across and share them with you over tea. Today’s tea is Afternoon Darjeeling from Taylors of Harrogate. It’s a lighter tea (as Darjeeling tends to be) that resists overbrewing and is one of the nicest Darjeeling […]

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Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie, Imperial Radch, Ancillary Justice, Hugo Awards, science fiction, sci-fi, SFF

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Published: October 2015 by Orbit Format reviewed: Paperback, 336 pages Series: Imperial Radch #3 Genres: Science fiction Source: Dymocks Reading Challenges: #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks Available: Abbey’s ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Dymocks ~ Kobo Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for previous volumes/books. For a moment, things seem to be under control for the soldier known as Breq. Then […]

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Australian SFF book bloggers

One thing I find interesting about being involved with both the writing community and the reading community is noting where these groups intersect–and where they should intersect but don’t. Last month’s meeting of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild discussed marketing books. Naturally, the topic of reviewing arose. With paid reviewers rapidly disappearing from news outlets, connecting […]

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Wicked Embers, Keri Arthur, Souls of Fire, urban fantasy, book review, Melbourne, Earl Grey Editing, tea and books

Wicked Embers by Keri Arthur

Published: July 2015 by Piatkus Format reviewed: Paperback, 375 pages Series: Souls of Fire Genres: Urban fantasy Source: Gift Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks Available: Publisher (print) ~ Abbey’s ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Dymocks ~ Kobo Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for previous volumes/books. Keri Arthur, New York Times bestselling author […]

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Loose-leaf Links #25

Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits and pieces on sci-fi and fantasy I’ve come across and share them with you over tea. Today I’m giving you a closer look at The Art of Tea‘s Tabitha Blend, which was specially made to go with Livia Day’s novella The Blackmail Blend. Check out my […]

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Tempting Mr Townsend, Anna Campbell, Dashing Widows, Earl Grey Editing, romance, Regency romance, tea and books

Tempting Mr Townsend by Anna Campbell

Published: Self-published in February 2016 Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: Dashing Widows #2 Genres: Romance, Regency romance Source: Amazon Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks  Available:  Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Kobo ~ Smashwords Beauty – and the Beast? When Anthony Townsend bursts into Lady Deerham’s fashionable Mayfair mansion demanding the return of his orphaned nephew, the lovely […]

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2016 mid-year check-in

While 2016 has been a bit of a rough year for most, it has been rather kind to me so far. It afforded me the chance to attend Contact2016, as well as participate in voting for the Hugo Awards and judging the Aurealis Awards for the very first time. It has been challenging in the […]

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Survivor, Amanda Pillar, Graced, novella, urban fantasy, vampires, hot chocolate, Earl Grey Editing

Survivor by Amanda Pillar

Published: Self-published in July 2016 Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: Graced #1.5 Genres: Fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy Source: Publisher Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016 Available: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Google Play ~ iBooks ~ Kobo Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Billie Young is a city […]

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Mt TBR report: June 2016

  Entries for the Aurealis Awards started coming in this month. It has been a challenge to juggle them with reading for the Hugos and reading review books. However, I’m doing a decent job of keeping up with the Aurealis reading and the voting deadline for the Hugos is in a month. Things should ease […]

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The Blackmail Blend, Livia Day, Cafe La Femme, the art of tea, Tabitha Blend, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea

The Blackmail Blend by Livia Day

Published: June 2015 by Deadlines Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: Café La Femme #1.5 Genres: Crime Source: Bought direct from publisher Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016, #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks Available: Publisher (tea and e-book) ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Kobo Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for previous volumes/books. Six romance writers Five secrets Four poison pen letters Three stolen manuscripts Two […]

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