Sunday, October 3, 2010

In My Mailbox (37) and weekend update

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Spring has FINALLY sprung! It's T-shirt weather, there's some vitamin D circulating through my body and I bought a pair of new sunglasses. Actually I went a bit nuts on the shopping yesterday. Two new outfits and a bra set from Pleasure State, who make some of the prettiest lingerie around. I am in saving-for-OS mode, but when I went to cancel my mobile phone carrier so I could switch to another they offered me a crazy huge discount to stay. So I did. Which means I had several hundred dollars worth of FREE MONEY to play with and what do you do with free money? YOU GO SHOPPING.

I have been finishing up book two in my series, which is oddly PANIC INDUCING. I have set myself a deadline: October 5. Which is in TWO DAYS. It doesn't have to be perfect then but it needs to be done. There's only about 1500 words left to write and I'm probably going to bawl all the way through them.

There's a video on YouTube that's a friend sent to me this morning and I am dying to post it here, but it's not very PG-13. Actually, not at ALL. It's an homage to Ray Bradbury and it is the funniest thing I have seen all year. Girl after my own heart! If you've seen it you'll know what I mean. Even funnier than the one that came out of Alabama a few months back. ("Run and tell THAT, homeboy!") There are some very funny and talented songwriters out there.

For review:
Embrace, Jessica Shirvington
(Hachette Australia, October 14)

Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet’s idea of perfection. But why does he seem so reluctant to be anything more than a friend?

After he gives her the world’s most incredible kiss – and then abandons her on her front doorstep – Violet is determined to get some answers. But nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln’s explanation: he is Grigori – part angel and part human – and Violet is his eternal partner.

Without warning, Violet’s world is turned upside down. She never believed in God, let alone angels. But there’s no denying the strange changes in her body ... and her feelings for Lincoln. Suddenly, she can’t stand to be around him. Luckily, Phoenix, an exiled angel, has come into her life. He’s intense and enigmatic, but at least he never lied to her.

As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...

Jessica Shirvington is Australian and married to Matt Shirvington, the Olympian athlete and FOXTEL presenter.

Woo! Aussie books rule! Happy weekend all.


  1. Embrace looks really cool!

    Happy reading.

  2. I've been seeing this in a few other people's mailboxes today and wasn't all that interested until I found out it's by an Aussie, now I HAVE TO read it :-)

  3. Good luck with your writing, Rhiannon.

    Embrace sounds great! I'm adding it to my wish list. I got one book this week as well it's a YA about time-travel.

  4. Quite liking the look of Embrace, and the cover's pretty awesome - the way it hints at what the book is about without shouting it.

    Your talk of spring is making me wistful. I absolutely can't stand the approach to winter. If I ever win the lottery I'm literally buying a home in Australia too and just following the warm weather around the planet for the rest of my life.

    Good luck with the writing!

  5. i hope its a good kind of bawling! :)

    and i didnt know this was by matt shirvington's wife. interesting. i normally dont go for paranormal, but i'm kind of interested in this...

  6. You know I was thinking this morning? I can't wait to have your book in my IMM post! ;) I would make a video just for you!! :D

    Do NOT forget to feed your character in that second book, missy! Even if the last 1500 words are all about a huge feast. ha!

  7. Embrace looks very interesting... and another Aussie author YAY!!!!

    I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of it :)

    Come visit me if you get a chance :)

  8. Embrace sounds good!
    I hope your writing went well :)

  9. I'm not a love triangle person (really, I'm not), but I can't pass up a book with a character named Lincoln. How cool is that? I have a little (BIG) brother named Lincoln, and I love how unusual it is as a first name. And...angels? *sigh* I guess I'm in.

  10. Sounds like a great book! Congrats on the free money and the new purchases - so much fun!! :)