Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The true-to-life tempest of C.J. Campbell (book feature + giveaway)

Please welcome C.J. Campbell, author of Tempest, an exciting, just-released YA fantasy romance. I asked C.J. about the unique experiences in her own life that inspired this book. Here's what she shared...


A little less than a decade ago my life was very, very different. The year was 2013, and oft, that year had sucked. I’d been through a heck of time with the worsening of a serious, physical illness, and lots of other not-so-nice things and I was wrecked—physically, mentally, and emotionally. Most days I barely had the strength to put one foot in front of the other. I was a hot mess. I was young, early twenties, and should’ve been filled with life but instead I was filled with pain. My mother, she knew I loved anything Tolkien related, and so The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug had just released in the theatre—this would be something good to do together.

But, when the day arrived, I remember not even wanting to go. It had been an awful day. Just the worst, probably the darkest up until that point. But, we went despite the heaviness.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

A decades-old scandal. A mysterious inheritance. An interview with Nola Li Barr.

I'm not sure what it was about Nola Li Barr's Skyline Mansion series that caught my eye. Maybe it was the beautiful cover, the AAPI themes, the intriguing premise of solving a family mystery and finding love along the way, or some combination of all three.

With the recent release of Secret Blossom, the third book in Nola's women's fiction series, I wanted to know all the goss behind the Skyline Mansion, and get the lowdown on the author herself.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Fully vaxed and feeling fine!

Enough time has passed that both doses of my COVID vaccine have settled down, and my immune system is now loaded with the world's tiniest defence force. The side-effects I experienced were nowhere near as intense as I was expecting, something that many of my friends reported as well.

Fatigue was the most common reaction we had in our little network. On top of that, I had a mild and somewhat amusing gut reaction, while my partner seemed to respond with unpleasant moods. But it was all very manageable, and I'm so very thankful that for all the faults and foibles in our system, things still seem to be ticking along in WA.

Thinking of you lots, friends in other states. Here's hoping things get better soon 💙

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Guy from the Flower Shop — moving house!

Heads up, everyone!

The Guy from the Flower Shop will be coming to Kindle Unlimited ebook retailers later this year, so this is the last month you'll be able to get a copy of it free with my newsletter.

UPDATE 30/08: Due to unforeseen but entirely unsurprising events, "Flower Shop" will no longer be coming to Kindle Unlimited. However, it's already available on Kobo Plus, and should soon be available through digital lending libraries using OverDrive.

Latest on my blog

Out Now: The Guy from the Internet

A sweet romance with a touch of family drama.

Holly Chee does not have her life together. She's flip-flopped on uni courses and career choices, and somehow scared off her long-term fiancée-to-be, much to the chagrin of her immigrant parents.

But she does have her streaming channel, where she broadcasts her art from her one-bedroom Mount Lawley apartment. And she has that guy from France... assuming he's even who he says he is.

The Guy From The Internet is a sweet #OwnVoices Asian-Australian romance novella, set in the world of Somerville Downs.

Now available on Amazon in digital and paperback.

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The Guy From the Library is a sudden puppy short story, free for my newsletter subscribers, available now on StoryOrigin.