Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sun...Surf...and Serenity

I have just returned from Byron Bay, where I have done nothing but sit by a pool, sit in a pool, tinker with my WIP and read. I don't get nearly enough time to read in my day to day life, so for ten days I have caught up on all the books I have been putting to one side.

And my recommendations are;

Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell. Wow! This is Anna's debut novel and has made me a fan of the historical. (wow again!). Fabulous conflict and a heroine you cried for and a hero to die for. For those of you having problems on inner conflict, this book is a fantastic example. She has crafted the conflict so it builds the entire story.

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart. Ris Wilkinson suggested to me eons ago that I read Mary Stewart and I had sourced several of the books from second hand stores where they have sat on my shelf due to them being small print, me being short-sighted etc. Well, I finally got around to reading this one, and am now a huge fan. She has a beautiful way with words and I fell in love with the heroine from the get go. Although a mystery with a romantic element, it is the romance where she excels in her turn of phrase.

Spanish Magnate, Red-Hot Revenge by Lynn Raye Harris. This is the lady that won the Instant Seduction contest, and boy...did she deserve it. Fantastic debut novel and I cant wait to read more.

Anyway, enough of the book reviews and back to the WIP "The Antonelli Marriage of Revenge".

Much to be learnt from these fabulous writers.


  1. Wow I have this picture of you by the pool and I'm so jealous. There's no pool here and I'm pretty sure I'll be shot if I try to sit somewhere and read at the moment. Ahh well I can live vicariously through you can't I? ;)

  2. Love, love, love Mary Stewart. Read those years ago as an impressionable young person and still re-read them on occasion. Try My Brother Micheal and The Gabriel Hounds too. Fabulous.

    But yes, lucky you with the Byron Bay holiday! Is this to make up for the lack of skiing?

  3. Yes, Byron Bay was to make up for the cancellation of skiing. My knee went down in a blaze of glory and my sister had a bulging disc, so no skiing for either of us. So instead, we all went to her house and sat by her pool. Not much of a holiday for my sister, but I had a great time. And Lacey, I revel in your jealousy, especially now as the holiday is over and not even sure it really happened.

  4. BTW Felicity, I have no idea why my post went on as Paul. You know it's me, Jackie, right? Lol!
    Anyway, if you do get to NZ sometime, I can recommend Cardrona ski field in the South Island. Lovely skiing and accomodation right on the ski field.

  5. Hi, Felicity. I'm late finding your post, but thank you for the lovely words about Spanish Magnate. :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    And thanks for reading me by the pool!