Thumbs up to Sweet Damage by Rebecca James – scary (and I like to be scared, but only by books – can’t handle suspense in movies), but also, TENDER.
What? (you gasp). But it’s not even available in Australia yet (details). Ah, yes, but that’s what they call having “contacts”. So consider this my equivalent of doing a reccie for you. Of course, we already know it’s going to be good, but I’m seriously excited by the thought of T.D. doing suspense.
Look, I’ve been dying to read this ever since it arrived fulfilling my pre-order. It was going to be my reward read when I had a written a manuscript that would be both best-selling and award-winning – don’t know why that’s taking so long. Anyway! I can’t wait any longer. Love the territory CK’s exploring here.
Obviously, everybody should be wearing this swimsuit from BlackMilk down at the beach this summer. I know I will be. I’m going to surf in it and keep the cape on, that way I can stage interventions if anybody drops in or fades. I love BlackMilk so hard. I love BlackMilk so hard the main character of my next book (news on that shortly) wears it ALL THE TIME. Because she can.
Also, if you are a beach goer, and you don’t already use it, you should consider getting some of this:
(That stunning camera work is mine by the way – note the artfully placed frangipanis – and people often wonder why I don’t have more Instagram followers …) Ella Bache’s Sunguard is the best product I have ever used, and I’m in the water for 1 to 2 hours most days, so I’ve tested a few. Since I started using it (thanks Fran!) my foundation is now about 2 or 3 shades too dark. So. You know. Proof right there.
Also, everybody needs to read these books if they haven’t already:
From time to time, I get REALLY ANNOYED that more fuss isn’t made of Karen Foxlee’s writing in Australia. And then I get a smile of satisfaction when I remember she is KICKING ARSE in the U.S. I loved this book, particularly the evil snow queen.
Jaclyn Moriarty treats her characters with tenderness and care, and she must set them a good example because that is also largely how they treat each other. Her plots resolve themselves as if by magic. She is WONDROUS.
What are your summer essentials?
I know, because I was number 111,220 and my husband was 111,221. But it’s not enough. Maybe you’re like me and you didn’t know you COULD pledge to do your part in stopping violence against women in Australia. If that’s the case, you might want to visit White Ribbon and pledge now (HERE). Let me know if you do.