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ACRBA Tour Unnoticed by Amanda Deed

on Jun 6, 2017 in Book Reviews

5 – 9 June 2017
is Introducing
(By Rhiza Press, 1 March, 2017)
Amanda Deed

About the Book:

Plain Jane O’Reilly is good at being unnoticed. Detested by her stepmother and teased by her stepsisters, Jane has learned the art of avoiding attention. That is until Price Moreland, an American with big dreams, arrives in her small town.
Does she dare to hope someone might notice her?
However, Price Moreland may not be the prince that the whole town thinks him to be. Was his desire to be a missionary a God-given call, or just a good excuse to run from his past?
Complete with an evil stepmother, a missing shoe and a grand ball, Unnoticed takes the time-old Cinderella fairy tale and gives it an Australian twist.

About the Author:

Amanda Deed has penned several Australian Historical Romances, including The Game, winner of the CALEB Prize for Fiction in 2010. She resides in the South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne with her family, where she works full-time in her local church office.
Outside of work and family, Amanda loves to write stories filled with intrigue and adventure using her favourite themes as a backdrop: Australia, heritage, romance and faith. Her books include UnnoticedEllenvale GoldBlack Forest Redemption and Henry’s Run. For more information, go to www.amandadeed.com.au.

My Thoughts and Goodreads review:

I’ve enjoyed Amanda Deed’s Ellenvale’s trilogy, so was looking forward to reading Unnoticed and I wasn’t disappointed. It is a charming and engaging Cinderella retelling set in 19th century NSW.

It has all the elements of the original, a neglected beauty, a distant father, a nasty stepmother and stepsisters, a fairy godmother, a prince, a ball and a shoe – but recasts them appropriate to the time and in fresh ways. Deed also weaves through the story strong spiritual themes. Unnoticed should delight Amanda Deed fans, lovers of Australian historical novels, romances and Christian fiction.

I’m looking forward to reading her next Australian historical fairy tale retelling.

My Goodreads review of Unnoticed is here.

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ACRBA Tour Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

on May 2, 2017 in Book Reviews

1 – 5 May 2017
Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance

is Introducing
Looking Glass Lies (By the Waterfall Press, 2 May 2017)
By Varina Denman

About the Book:
A poignant and relatable novel, Looking Glass Lies captures the war women wage against themselves, and the struggle to see beauty reflected in a mirror not distorted by society’s unrelenting expectations.
For most of her [...]


ACRBA Tour Activate by Adele Jones

on Apr 4, 2017 in Book Reviews

Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance is Introducing Activate (By the Rhiza Press, 1 November 2016) By Adele Jones


Night Witches Blog Tour

on Mar 17, 2017 in News and Events

Mirren Hogan is releasing her historical novel based on the Russian woman pilots who flew during World War II, defending their country from the German army. Mirren and I shared tutorial groups at Swinburne and she co-edited Tied in Pink and Like a Girl Anthologies. While Mirren’s favourite genre is fantasy, she writes great historical [...]


Month of Poetry 2017

on Jan 16, 2017 in News and Events, Snippets

It’s January again … the start of a new year and time for month of poetry again.  In Month of Poetry, I – with a bunch of wild, talented, inspiring poets – challenge ourselves to writing a poem each day of the month.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve felt like my poems have needed [...]


Like a Girl Blogtour

on Feb 4, 2016 in Book Reviews

Like a Girl anthology blog tour with Maree Long and Jeanette O’Hagan


2015 in Reveiw

on Jan 3, 2016 in News and Events, Snippets

Wishing you all a Happy New Year for 2016. Praying that you find God’s blessings on your life and dreams.

2015 has been full of a number of exciting developments, particularly with respect to writing.
I attended a number of workshops, festivals, conferences and retreats in 2015 – including giving my first workshop on Writing Description, Giving [...]


In the Lion’s Den

on Jun 26, 2015 in Homilies

Have you ever been falsely accused? Perhaps you were blamed for the actions or mistakes of others. Maybe you were the target of prejudice or unfounded rumours. Perhaps someone maliciously spread lies about you. When this happens, our reputation and relationships can be shattered but what makes it particularly distressing is that it’s undeserved and unfair.


Open Our Eyes

on May 17, 2015 in Snapshot, Snippets, View Point

I wrote this poem about a month ago – when some politicians in Europe were calling for a ’stop the boats’ policy like Australia’s of huge numbers refugees dying at sea after fleeing among other things the ravages of ISIS. Thankfully, Europe rejected the idea of turning refugees back to the killing fields. Now, it [...]


Christmas Wishes

on Dec 25, 2014 in Christmas

Wishing everyone a joyous Christmas and a wonderful New Year. It is a time to remember our family, even when they can’t always be with us; of giving as well as receiving; of hope for peace and goodwill in midst of the turmoil and heartbreak of this world.
It is also a time to remember the birth [...]

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