Mid January (already?), STRW Down Under Showcase continues, Our Schedule This Week!

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Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words’ Down Under Author Showcase continues this coming week, starting off with John Terry Moore, author of Black Dog, published through Dreamspinner Press.  I hope you all have been discovering new authors and great stories as the month progresses.  I know I have added immensely to my TBR pile and auto buy authors.

I’ve posted interesting facts about Australia and New Zealand every day this week and today is no exception.  Here are our Australia and New Zealand Facts of the Day:

Interesting Facts about Australia:

It is thought that Aboriginals have called Australia home for between 40,000 and 80,000 years.

It is estimated that at the time of British settlement there was about 300,000 Aboriginal people who spoke around 250 languages.Botany-Bay-Australia.12

British settlers aboard the 11 ships of the First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay in 1788 but moved north to Port Jackson (Sydney Cove) a few days later when they found the Botany Bay site unsuitable. They arrived at Port Jackson on the 26th January 1788 (now Australia Day).

The number of convicts transported to Australia was about 162,000; they were transported in 806 ships.

About 98-99% of the convicts sent here were from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland but some were sent from other British colonies like Canada and India, while others came from New Zealand, Hong Kong the Caribbean and other countries.

A lot of soldiers were also transported here for crimes like mutiny and desertion.

The Transportation of British convicts to Australia ended in 1868.

Find out more here at Australian Tales!

New Zealand Fascinating Facts!


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Christmas in New Zealand follows soon after midsummer’s day. Many northern hemisphere traditions prevail in NZ, including tinsel-covered pine trees and christmas cards portraying snow & reindeer. The pohutukawa tree comes into peak-bloom in late December and is known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree.

(Plus did you see those cool Glowworm caves in an earlier Fact? No, go back and see what you missed each day of the month!)


Our Schedule This Week At Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:

Monday, January 12:

  • Down Under Day 12 Intro-Welcome, John Terry Moore, AUS/NZ facts and 
  • Down Under Author : John Terry Moore (interview/contest)
  • A Dangerous Reality by Layla Wolfe Book Tour and Contest
  • ‘The Harvest: Journey’s End’ by MA Church – Excerpt tour and contest
  • A Sammy Review: Down and Dirty by Rhys Ford

Tuesday, January 13:

  • Down Under Day 13 Intro-Welcome, Beany Sparks! AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author  Beany Sparks (contests, interview)
  • Review: Beany Spark’s Paws and Magic stories
  • Book Blast: Tristan’s Lover by Nicoline Tiernan” (contest)
  • HL Foster ‘A Valet’s Duty’ book blast and contest

Wednesday, January 14:

  • Down Under Day 14 Intro-Welcome, A.B. Gayle, AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author: A. B. Gayle (contests, interview)
  • A Sammy Review: Red+Blue (Opposites Attract #1) by A.B. Gayle
  • A Sammy Review: Leather+Lace by A. B. Gayle

Thursday, January 15:

  • Down Under Day 15 Intro-Welcome, Lisa Henry, AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author Lisa Henry (contests, interview)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: The Two Gentlemen of Altona (Playing the Fool, #1)
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: The Merchant of Death by Lisa Henry and J. A. Rock
  • A MelanieM Review:  When All The World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and JA Rock
  • Burnt Toast B&B (A Bluewater Bay novel) by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz (tour and contest)

Friday, January 16:

  • Down Under Day 16 Intro-Welcome, Meredith Shayne, AUS/NZ Facts of the Day
  • Down Under Author Meredith Shayne (contests, interviews)
  • A MelanieM Review:  Whitewater by Meredith Shayne
  • A MelanieM Review:  Cutting out by Meredith Shayne
  • A Barb, the Zany Old Lady Review: Burnt Toast B&B by Heidi Belleau and Rachel Haimowitz

Saturday, January 17:

  • Down Under Day 17 Intro-Welcome, Pelaam!
  • Down Under Author Pelaam (contests, interviews)
  • A MelanieM Review: Angel in a Bookshop by RJ Scott

Winner Announcements and its almost Thanksgiving


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The Rush is On!

Thanksgiving almost here and the rush is on for getting all things ready whether it is shopping for ingredients, finalizing the menus and guest lists, traveling to family and loved ones.  Whatever is on your agenda, this is the week we are all scurrying to get it done.

And then its December.  Oh my.

So Happy Thanksgiving for those of us in the US and Ex pats Abroad!

And Happy Reading to all and to all a Good night!

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STRW Winner Announcements:

Meredith Shayne’s winners were:
Ist Prize – Paperback – Denise D.
2nd Prize – $10 BDP Voucher – H.B.
3 x 3rd Prize – ebook – Trinitee M., Lisa G., Shelly H.

Susan MacNicol’s “Love You Senseless” Winner is Serena S

Sarah Madison’s ” Walk A Mile” Winner is Bronwyn H.

Our Schedule this Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:

Monday, November 24, 2014:

  • MelanieM Review: Who Knows The Storm by Tere Michaels
  • Choosing Happy by Aria Grace Excerpt Tour and Contest
  • A PaulB Review: Galactic Treasure (Earth Con #2) by Theodora Marie Adams

Tuesday, November 25, 2014:

  • TB: Bailey Bradford Off Course Book tour
  •  Charlie Cochrane’s No Better Corpse for the Job Book Tour
  • Sloan Johnson Teach Me Cover Reveal and Release Date Announcement‏
  • A MelanieM Review: Radiant Burn by Laura Harner (PF2014)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014:

  • VBT: The Bones of You by Laura Stone.‏  Tour and contest
  • Renee George ‘Kiss My Ash’, Book tour and contest
  • A MelanieM Review: Sand and Ruin and Gold by Alexis Hall
  • A PaulB Review: Ciro by Remmy Duchene

Thursday, November 27,2014 – Happy Thanksgiving!:

  • A MelanieM Review: Manipulation by Eden Winters
  • A Sammy Review: Thunder Snow by Owen Keehnen
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:  Third Eye by Rick R. Reed

Friday, November 28, 2014:

  • Share the Love – Lucky Strike by Jane Davitt -book tour and contest
  • A PaulB Review: “Unjustified Claims (Hidden Wolves #3)” by Kaje Harper
  • Iyana Jenna ‘Slippery Slope’ Excerpt Tour and contest
  • A MelanieM Review: Chestnuts Roating Anthology (Angel Martinez, Freddy Mackay, Toni Griffin

Saturday, November 29, 2014:

  • Texas Fall (Texas #6) – RJ Scott Book Tour and Contest

Announcements, Winners, and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

  • So This is Happening….

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is growing once more.  We now have another reviewer with one more on the way.  We are holding more book tours, contests, and author interviews than I had ever hoped to go along with our ability to read and review more stories.

And this December look for some major announcements about upcoming events that will be held on an international level.  I am so thrilled over our expansion and hope you are too!  Now on to the announcements…




I was over at author Jamie Lake’s blog last week to talk about Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words, books, and book reviews. You can check out my interview with Jamie here.    Jamie Lake is the author of gay erotica, including his Bad Boys series.  You can find Jamie’s books here at his website  and online at amazon…

Now more news….

  • New reviewer  at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.  We are happy to welcome Mika as our new reviewer.  We are now happily up to 6 reviewers, and it looks to be seven shortly.   Be sure to say hi and be looking for Mika’s reviews already being posted.


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Lee Brazil’s Romance Tour:  The Winner is Serena

Zee Kensington’s Finally Home Tour:  Sula22

RJ Scott & Chris Quinton’s Heat Contest:

  •  Ardent E.
    Tracy G.
    Kim W.
    Lisa G

All have been notified.  Congratulations to all, and my thanks to all who participated.

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Monday, November 10, 2014:

  • On Tour with Meredith Shayne and her release, Cutting Out (tour and contest)
  • A MelanieM Review:  Billionaire with Benefits by Anne Tenino
  • A MelanieM Review:  Semper Fi by Keira Andrews

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 (Veterans Day):

  • In The Author Spotlight:  Keira Andrews and Semper Fi (guest blog and contest)
  • Protector of the Alpha by Parker Williams  Book Blast and contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  • Cover Reveal for Lane Hayes ‘The Right Words (contest)
  • Susan Mac Nicol’s ‘Love You Senseless Book Tour and Contest
  • Book Blast for The Blue Moonlight by HL Foster (tour and contest)
  • A Barb,the Zany Lady Review: Wholehearted by Cate Ashwood (audio)

Thursday, November 13, 2014:

  • A MelanieM Review: Precious Metals by LA Witt
  • A Mika Review: Heart by Garrett Leigh
  • A MelanieM Review:  Say Something by BA Tortuga

Friday, November 14, 2014:

  • Go Into the Wild with Sue Brown and The Hidden Wolf (Sapphire Ranch Wolves #1) Tour and Contest
  • Gin Rickey 2 by Renee George Book Blast and contest
  • Beany Spark’s Ryan’s Wizard  Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review: Final Blow by Havan Fellows

YA Saturday, November 15, 2014:

  • An Aurora YA Review: Carnival-Decatur by Zoe Lynne



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Back from GRL and Chicago Today and The Week Ahead at Scattered Thoughts



airplane-flying-through-cloudsSo I am still in the air, coming back from Chicago!  So it will be short and sweet today.  I will bring you all up to speed next week as I expect to be busy apologizing to the pups for being away later on and catching up on my zzzzz’s and  home stuff.

Winner Announcement:  From Rachel Haimowitz: Congrats to vitajex, the winner of the signed paperbacks!

Without further ado, here is the week ahead at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words…

Monday, October 20:

  • Riptide Publishing’s Billionaire with Benefits Tour and Contest
  • N.R. Walker’s Red Dirt Heart Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review: Merry Christmas, Josh by Andrea Speed

Tuesday, October 21:

  • Jude Dunn’s One Thing Leads Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  DMZ by Andrea Speed

Wednesday,  October 22:

  • Piper Vaughn’s “Hook, Line and Sinker” Cover Reveal (contest)
  • Double book blast: Jackie Nacht ‘A Bittersweet Haunting’ and ‘Zombie Run’‏ (contest)
  • “Stand by You” and “Foundation of Trust” Author: AM Arthur Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  Stand by You by A.M. Arthur

Thursday, October 23:

  • Sean Michael’s “Bruised” Tour
  • A Barb, the Zany Old Lady Review:  Anchored by Rachel Haimowitz
  • A MelanieM Review:  Say Something by BA Tortuga

Friday, October 24:

  • Heat – RJ Scott & Chris Quinton’s Book Tour and Contest
  • Author Spotlight:  Zee Kensington on Finally Home (contest)
  • CjElliot’s “Aidan’s Journey” Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  Brothers in Arms (Broken Road Cafe #2) by TA Webb

Saturday, October 25:

  • In Our Author Spotlight:  Ashley Ladd
  • A MelanieM Review:  Spaghetti Western by E.M. Lynley


So, there’s this conference I’m Going to…and the Week Ahead at Scattered Thoughts…



GRL 2014, Here I Come!!!

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So, here it is Sunday and my departure for Chicago and this year’s GRL is only days away.  Am I excited?  You betcha!  All my favorite authors (well, most of them) will be there, new authors to meet, new bloggers and readers to meet up with, and talk all things books and romance, and of course, friends I haven’t seen since last year to party with.  Book signings, author readings, so much going on. It’s going to be wonderful!  I will tell you all about it when I return.

But until then…argh!!!!!  Packing, unpacking, repacking, chargers, cords, stuff!!!!!!!  Costumes? Check! Party duds? Check! Spanx?  Where are the f*@#$king spanx?  And shoes.  Need shoes but do I need boots?  Over thinking things here clearly! Kindle?  Last minute check..along with a few other items.  I ordered new Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words long sleeved t-shirts, my nod to the Chicago location in October.  People may not recognize my face but they certainly know Kirby from my logo!

Here is the first look.  Long sleeves, black cotton unisex t-shirt.  I am also going to make them in short sleeves as well. Kirby on the front, the rainbow book on the back.  What do you all think?  Anyone else want one?  I’m thinking of making them available on the website, along with a tote.  See?  Busy, busy, busy!


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Last minute musings.  I stayed up late last night (and into this morning) finishing up Red Dirt Heart 3 by N. R. Walker.  I love this series and characters and this book was amazing!  And before that?  RJ Scott’s Last Marine Standing, the first in her new Heroes series.  Wonderful too.  So many new books to tell you all about….but not just yet!

This week?  Several great book from Aleksandr Voinov that you shouldn’t miss.  Barb, our Zany,Old, Lady, reviews Counterpunch.  And I review the third (perhaps final) story in the Memory of Scorpions series, A Taste of Poison!  Love that series too.  So I’m heading off to the suitcase room and mayhem.  See you in a week’s time!  Happy Reading all!

 Winner Announcement:

  • Congratulations to Kestral, winner of Jamie Lynn Miller’s Amazon gift card.
  • Congratulations to the following winners of Beany Spark’s ebook contest:  Ilona F.,Emily W., and Lisa G

So here is our upcoming week’s schedule at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words:

Monday, October 13:

  • Susan McNicol’s “Love You Senseless” Book Tour and Contest
  • Sarah Madison’s “Walk A Mile “Book Tour and Contest
  • A PaulB Review:  Death Gets A Boyfriend by Sophie Bonaste

Tuesday, October 14:

  • Talia Carmichael’s Wicked Defense Book Tour from Totally Bound
  • Varian Krylov Book Tour and Contest
  • A Barb, the Zany Old Lady, Book Review:  Counterpunch by Aleksandr Voinov

Wednesday, October 15 (and I’m flying!):

  • Riptide Publishing Book tour for A Taste of Poison by Aleksandr Voinov
  • A MelanieM Review:  A Taste of Poison by Aleksandr Voinov
  • A MelanieM Review:  Fire and Light by Berengaria Brown

Thursday, October 16:

  • On Tour with BA Tortuga and her release, Say Something (contest)
  • A MelanieM Review:  Changing Tide by D. P. Denman

Friday, October 17:

  • Book Tour:  Raine O’Tierney’s Most Beautiful Words (contest)
  • A MelanieM Review: Burning Ashes by H. Lewis-Foster

Saturday, October 18:

  • A MelanieM Review:  Acting Out by Sharon Maria Bidwell



Glorious October and This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words


fall-clip-art-fall-clip-art-11This year our fall has been glorious!  The weather is perfect, holding off those cold temperatures while still giving us a taste of the clear, crisp air and blue skies that I think of when fall arrives in Maryland.  The Farmers markets and stores are full of Crisps, Cortlands, Stayman’s and Winesaps!  Am I thinking of homemade apple pies?  You betcha!

The leaves are just starting to turn here so I hope there will be plenty of color  around when I return from Chicago and GRL.   As we approach the dates for GRL, we are starting to lighten our schedule in anticipation.  It’s just temporary and we will be back up and reading away upon our return.  So many things to prepare for, think to pack, and get excited about.  So many great authors will be there and I can’t wait to hear about all the new books, events, and author readings that will be taking place.

This week, our young YA reviewer, Aurora, has her first review on Saturday.  I can’t wait for more of her reviews and fresh perspective from someone with much younger eyes and mind than mine! lol  PaulB, Barb, the Zany, Old, Lady and Sammy are well accounted for too.  How much fun is this?  But if you want to review for Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words, we have plenty of room for more reviewers.  Drop me a note and let’s talk!

Quick Cool Announcement:  Riptide Publishing has a new Josh of the Damned story, Merry Christmas, Josh from  Andrea Speed, free at Riptide right now.  Go here to download!  If you love the Josh of the Damned warped universe as much as I do, this is a great gift to get for yourelf!  Do it now!

Now onto to our schedule for this upcoming week.

 The Week Ahead at Scattered Thoughts And Rogue Words

Monday, October 6:

  • Cover Reveal for Unicorns and Rainbow Poop by Sam Kadence
  • Morticia Knight’s All Fired Up Tour (contest)
  • A PaulB Review: A Heart for Robbie by J.P. Barnaby
  • A MelanieM Review:  Midsummer Baker by Megan Derr

Tuesday, October 7:

  • Skylar Wood’s Jade Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  Hidden Gem by Lissa  Kasey
  • A SammyL Review:  All Star Virgin by Ben Raphael

Wednesday, October 8:

  • Riptide’s Bump in the Night Book tour and contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  Red Dirt Heart 2 by N. R. Walker

Thursday, October 9:

  • RJ Scott’s GRL Guest Blog and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  A Foundation of Trust by A.M. Arthur

Friday, October 10:

  • Andrew Q. Gordon’s A Closed Door Book Tour and Contest
  • Garrett Leigh’s “Slide” Book Tour and Contest
  • A MelanieM Review:  Accidental Contact and Other Mahu Investigations by Neil Plakcy

Saturday, October 11:

  • An Aurora YA Review: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman