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Aurealis nominations and the Convenors’ Award for Excellence

The shortlists for the Aurealis Awards were announced yesterday. Congratulations to all of the nominees! It was a delight to witness the celebrations on social media, particularly among the first-timers. I found the experience surprisingly hard as a judge. I just want to shake everyone and rave about these wonderful stories, but will need to […]

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Among Galactic Ruins, Anna Hackett, Earl Grey Editing, books and tea, tea and books, sci-fi romance

Among Galactic Ruins by Anna Hackett

Published: Self-published in August 2015 Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: The Phoenix Adventures #0.5 Genres: Romance, sci-fi, adventure Source: Amazon Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017, Read My Valentine Available:Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~Kobo ~ Smashwords When astro-archeologist and museum curator Dr. Lexa Carter discovers a secret map […]

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GUFF Interview: Donna Maree Hanson

The Get Up-and-over Fan Fund is designed to promote connections between fandoms in Australasia and Europe. This year GUFF will send one delegate from Australiasia to Worldcon in Helsinki in August. Voting is open to all interested fans, regardless of nationality. It closes 1 April. Deciding how to rank the candidates can be a pretty […]

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Wanted, A Gentleman, KJ Charles, historical romance, Earl Grey Editing, tea and books, books and tea.

Wanted, A Gentleman by KJ Charles

Published: January 2017 by Riptide Publishing Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Genres: Historical romance, LGBTQIA Source: NetGalley Reading Challenges: Read My Valentine Available: Publisher (print and electronic) ~ Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Kobo Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest […]

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Loose-leaf Links #33

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 the Salamanca Blend from The Art of Tea. A mix of green and black, it’s a light tea with a strong combination of fruity […]

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Hold Me by Courtney Milan

Published: Self-published in October 2016 Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Series: Cyclone #2 Genres: Contemporary romance Source: Amazon Reading Challenges: Read My Valentine Available: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~Kobo ~ Smashwords Jay na Thalang is a demanding, driven genius. He doesn’t know how to stop or even slow down. The […]

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Mt TBR Wrap-up: January 2017

2017 got off to an epic start. With the deadline for Aurealis judging breathing down my neck, I’ve been tearing through the books faster than I’ve been acquiring them. At the rate I’m going, I should have no trouble making it to 100 books by the end of the year. In fact, I’m thinking of […]

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GUFF Interview: Belle McQuattie

The Get Up-and-over Fan Fund is designed to promote connections between fandoms in Australasia and Europe. This year GUFF will send one delegate from Australiasia to Worldcon in Helsinki in August. Voting is open to all interested fans, regardless of nationality. It closes 1 April. Deciding how to rank the candidates can be a pretty […]

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The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart, Stephanie Burgis, Earl Grey Editing

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

Published:February 2017 by Bloomsbury Publishing Format reviewed: E-book (mobi) Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade Source: NetGalley Available: Publisher (print) ~Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~ Booktopia ~ Dymocks ~ Kobo Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Aventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon […]

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Loose-leaf Links #32

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 White Peach from Adore Tea. It’s a mixture of Chinese white and black teas and is perfect for cold brewing in summer. Follow Up […]

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