Book Review: The Freedom of Birds by Stephanie Parkyn

About the Book: Two French storytellers and a runaway girl travel through fairytale lands, Italian theatres, and the battlefields of France in search of a place to belong as Napoleon's Empire falls, from the author of Josephine's Garden. Remi Victoire is the golden child among all the theatre orphans; he dreams of a life on … Continue reading Book Review: The Freedom of Birds by Stephanie Parkyn

Submissions Opens for Heroines Anthology Volume 4

The 2022 Heroines Anthology is now open for submissions of short fiction and poetry. The Heroines Anthology is a collection of stories of women written by women. Works with a particular focus on telling lost women's history, untold stories, and reimagined myths, fairy tales, folklore or legends, or speculative fiction, are particularly encouraged.  The 2022 Heroines … Continue reading Submissions Opens for Heroines Anthology Volume 4

Book Review: The Riviera House by Natasha Lester

About the Book: Paris, 1939: While working at the Louvre, Eliane Dufort falls for talented painter Xavier. But when the Nazis occupy the city, Xavier leaves for England and Eliane must send her sisters to the country. Broken-hearted, she finds herself working with the mysterious Rose Valland on a dangerous secret mission for the French … Continue reading Book Review: The Riviera House by Natasha Lester

Book Review: The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock

About the Book: Meet Mercy Blain, whose house has just burnt down. Unfortunately for Mercy, this goes beyond the disaster it would be for most people: she hasn't been outside that house for two years now. Flung out into the world she's been studiously ignoring, Mercy goes to the only place she can. Her not-quite-ex-husband … Continue reading Book Review: The Other Side of Beautiful by Kim Lock

Book Review: Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells

About the Book: Paris, 1944: The war is nearly over, but for members of the Resistance in occupied France, it is more dangerous than ever before. Twenty-five-year-old Gabby Foucher loathes the Nazis, though as the concierge of 10 rue Royale, she does her best to avoid conflict—unlike her bolder sister Yvette, who finds trouble at … Continue reading Book Review: Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells

Behind the Pen with Michelle Wright

Today I warmly welcome Michelle Wright to Behind the Pen, chatting about her debut novel, Small Acts of Defiance. Michelle Wright is an award-winning writer who brings to life a remarkable range of characters, winning many awards, including The Age short story competition. Her collection of short stories, Fine, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's … Continue reading Behind the Pen with Michelle Wright