Book Review: Gripping final novel in the post-apocalyptic Project Renova Series Legacy by Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4

I’ve had Legacy on my list for far too long. I think I didn’t really want to finish the post-apocalyptic Project Renova series!

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Legacy by Terry Tyler

‘Out of all the death and destruction has come the freedom to be who we really are.’

Kindle Edition, 538 pages

Published October 22nd 2018

ASIN B07JNC9K6Z

Series Project Renova #4

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“A hundred years after the world was devastated by the bat fever virus, the UK is a country of agricultural communities where motherhood is seen as the ideal state for a woman, new beliefs have taken over from old religions, and the city of Blackthorn casts a threatening shadow over the north of England. Legacy travels backwards in time to link up with the characters from Tipping Point, Lindisfarne and UK2. 

Seventeen-year-old Bree feels stifled by the restrictions of her village community, but finds a kindred spirit in Silas, a lone traveller searching for his roots. She, too, is looking for answers: the truth behind the mysterious death, forty years earlier, of her grandmother. 

In 2050, Phoenix Northam’s one wish is to follow in the footsteps of his father, a great leader respected by all who knew him…or so his mother tells him. 

In 2029, on a Danish island, Lottie is homesick for Lindisfarne; two years earlier, Alex Verlander and the kingpins of the Renova group believe they have escaped the second outbreak of bat fever just in time… 

Book 4 of the Project Renova series rebuilds a broken country with no central government or law, where life is dangerous and people can simply disappear…but the post-Fall world is also one of possibility, of freedom and hope for the future.”

Project Renova picks up 100 years after the outbreak of the bat virus killed off most of the world’s population. The setting is still in the UK, and the island of Lindsfarne features heavily. Many of the new characters in Legacy are related to people we met in the earlier novels of the series, and they are all impacted in some way by what happened earlier.

 

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LEGACY by Terry Tyler 

The majority of LEGACY is set around 100 years after the deadly bat virus swept across the UK, and the rest of the world. The UK is now an incredibly dangerous place  with no central government where survival is never guaranteed, agriculture is essential and time consuming like it was in the past, repopulating the world has become imperative, and new beliefs have taken over.

It made total sense to me that the generations rebuilding after most of the world had been wiped out would become fascinated with nature and I loved how almost everyone had what would be considered “hippy” names.

I love how LEGACY tied up almost all of the loose ends of the PROJECT RENOVA series by traveling backwards in time and that all of the main characters are directly impacted by events that happened earlier in the series. It really gives the entire series a fantastic full-circle kind of flow. I was also glad to see my least favourite charecter, Dex,  and my favourite character, Lottie, have their stories tied up so perfectly for very different reasons!

LEGACY is a brilliantly woven conclusion to the fabulous post-apocalyptic PROJECT RENOVA series. I can’t wait to see what Terry Tyler has in store for us next. 5 stars!

 

 

 

 

 

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Flash Fiction: ‘Ey You

“That’s a cute puppy! What’s his name?” asked Bob’s granddaughter while they enjoyed their coffee together.

She often brought him a take away coffee – and usually a big piece of carrot cake from their favourite local café – but she had never seen the shaggy black and white Border Collie before. He was so tiny she was able to pick him up and hold him in her hands.

“Oh, that’s ‘Ey You,” he replied.

“Huh?”

“’Ey You,” he repeated, slowly enunciating each word. “You know, like hey you.”

“Oh right, now I’ve got you. ‘Ey You. Has he been behaving himself for you?”

“Oh yes, he’s a very good puppy.” Bob’s eyes lit up in delight as she handed the puppy over to him. “You’re a very good boy, aren’t you?” he told him, as he nuzzled his face.

Bob’s granddaughter continued to bring him coffee. Soon, she had to stop bringing carrot cake when he was put on a soft food diet. Then, she was forced to put sickly sweet thickener in his coffee. Finally, she had to stop bringing coffee, but he somehow always managed to let her know that he still knew her.

‘Ey You usually sat on Bob’s bed, providing him with great comfort during the lonely nights in noisy, and often scary, nursing home. Bob loved to bring him along on their walks in the garden and he quietly sat on his lap the entire time.

On the day Bob’s granddaughter said her final goodbye to her Pop, she drove straight from the hospital to the nursing home. She couldn’t stand for his belongings to be in that miserable place anymore, especially not ‘Ey You. Even though ‘Ey You is only a stuffed toy, he will always have a place in her heart. After all, he was her grandfather’s only friend in the end.

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‘Ey You and his buddy, Spot, being looked after by my cat called Zeus 

NOT BAD PEOPLE, a contemporary Australian drama by debut author Brandy Scott @HeyBrandyScott

My first completed book of February is the slow-burning contemporary drama NOT BAD PEOPLE by debut author, Brandy Scott. The novel is set in the fictional country Victorian town of Hensley. My own hometown, the Mornington Peninsula, gets a brief mention, so I thought it was fitting to take my copy on a trip to my local beach. It was a lovely beach read!

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NOT BAD PEOPLE by Brandy Scott

“Three Friends. Too many secrets. Honesty is the best policy. Usually.”

Paperback, 464 pages

Published: January 29th 2019 by HarperCollins – AU

ISBN: 1460756177 (ISBN13: 9781460756171)

Source: HarperCollins – AU

 

“A clever, compelling debut novel with a unique premise of what happens when three best friends engage in what seems to be a harmless act, but instead results in tragedy, leading the women to confront buried resentments, shattering secrets, dark lies, and the moral consequences that could alter their lives forever.

Three friends, thirty years of shared secrets, one impulsive gesture…and a terrible accident.  

It’s New Year’s Eve, in a small town in the rich wine country outside Sydney. Thirty-something Aimee, Melinda, and Lou are best friends reveling in the end-of-year celebrations. And what better way to look ahead to the coming year than to let off Chinese lanterns filled with resolutions: for meaning, for freedom, for money? The fact that it’s illegal to use these lanterns is far in the back of their minds. After the glowing paper bags float away and are lost to sight in the night sky, there’s a bright flare in the distance. It could be a sign of luck—or the start of a complete nightmare that will upend the women’s friendships, families, and careers.

Aimee is convinced their little ceremony caused a major accident. The next day, the newspapers report a small plane crashed, and two victims—one a young boy—were pulled from the wreckage. Were they responsible? Aimee thinks they are, Melinda won’t accept it, and Lou has problems of her own. It’s a toxic recipe for guilt trips, shame, obsession, blackmail and power games.
They’re not bad people. But desperate times call for desperate measures.”

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There are three main characters in NOT BAD PEOPLE. Lou is a feisty single mum whose teenage daughter is causing almost as much trouble as she did when she was a teenager. Aimee has a seemingly perfect husband, children, winery, and life. Melinda is successful single businesswoman who has recently moved back to small-town Hensley from the big city.

The three thirty-something woman have been best friends since childhood, mostly because they are related to each other and their parents were friends with each other, just like most small town friendships are formed. Their lives begin to fall apart when an innocent incident on New Years Eve appears to cause an accident and now they are forced to deal with the consequences.

This is made far more complicated by living in small country town where no secret is ever truly safe and resentments have been left to fester for years, generations in some cases.

I really enjoyed NOT BAD PEOPLE and I felt that Brandy Scott set the scene of a small country town – quite similar to the one I grew up in –  perfectly. The characters were extremely well-developed and I found myself able to relate to all of the three main characters at different times.

I did find some of the longer chapters would have flowed better for me if they had just focused on one characters at a time rather than going back and forth between all three main characters, but that’s probably just a personal preference of mine.

NOT BAD PEOPLE is a delightful novel, perfectly encapsulating the way small towns react to drama, and hold onto their secrets and resents. I especially loved the dynamics between the three friends and the slow-burning pace of the action.

Perfect for fans of the Moriarty sisters and for relaxing with a nice glass of wine. 4 stars!

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NOT BAD PEOPLE by Brandy Scott and a lovely bottle of wine 

 

A review ROAR by Cecelia Ahern (@Cecelia_Ahern), a book of feminist short stories

I was intrigued by the idea behind Cecelia Ahern’s book of thirty feminist short stories about thirty women. The book swag that came with it was also a lovely surprise!

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ROAR by Cecelia Ahern, plus some amazing book swag

“I’m here, I’m here, I’m here”. 

Hardcover, 352 pages

Published November 1st 2018 by HarperCollins

ISBN 0008283494 (ISBN13: 9780008283490)

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“Have you ever imagined a different life?

Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided?
Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar?

The women in these startlingly original stories are all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Was Kept on the Shelf and The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged her Husband, discover thirty touching, often hilarious, stories and meet thirty very different women. Each discovers her strength; each realizes she holds the power to make a change.

Witty, tender, surprising, these keenly observed tales speak to us all, and capture the moment when we all want to roar.”

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Each story involves a different woman who is undergoing an issue that makes them feel uncomfortable, undecided, or angry told from a feminist perspective. In short, all the women in these stories want to roar!

The main idea behind these stories is wonderfully original, as they are told through allegories. Some of the situations are really quite outlandish, but they mostly managed to ring quite true.

I found myself able to relate to many of the characters and the universal everyday issues they experienced as women struggling to have it all, as we do often do in this day and age. None of the main characters were given names, and I felt this was a nice touch that really made the women feel like ‘every woman.’

ROAR is a refreshing and creative take on feminism. I did feel that it became somewhat repetitive, but the ideas behind it are fascinating. 4 stars!

Book Review: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen

I’ve been hoarding my beautiful Vintage Classic edition of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY for some time, so I was excited to make the time to revisit an old favourite during my month of selfish reading.

I was giving the gentlest of nudges to hurry up and get reading by the brilliant author of THE GIRL ON THE PAGE, John Purcell, who reminded me of the universality of Jane Austen’s novels in his bestselling debut. We have since bonded on Twitter over our mutual agreement that there is no problem in the world that can’t be made better by curling up my favourite classic author.

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SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen

“I do not attempt to deny,” said she, “that I think very highly of him – that I greatly esteem, that I like him.”

Paperback, 444 pages

Published: June 26th 2014 by Vintage Classics (first published October 30th 1811)

Original Title: Sense and Sensibility

ISBN: 0099589346 (ISBN13: 9780099589341)

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“Elinor is as prudent as her sister Marianne is impetuous. Each must learn from the other after they are they are forced by their father’s death to leave their home and enter into the contests of polite society. The charms of unsuitable men and the schemes of rival ladies mean that their paths to success are thwart with disappointment but together they attempt to find a way to happiness.”

 

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It’s been years since I read SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, or any of Jane Austen’s novels, and it felt just like catching up with a good friend. Austen’s debut novel tells the story of two sisters, Marianne and Elinor Dashwood, who are about as  different as two sisters can be.

Marianne is the youngest and has the very strong opinions commonly found in teenagers. She is convinced that her future husband will love all the same things as she does, will sweep her off her feet in a whirlwind romance, and that it is only possible to truly love one person.

Elinor is far more sensible and spends a great deal of her time making excuses for Marianne’s rudeness to potential beaux and well-meaning neighbours alike.

The novel begins when Mr Dashwood’s death means that the girls and their mother are forced to leave their home to allow their elder half brother and his greedy wife to move in. This reflects Austen’s own life, as she was also forced to move due to unfavourable inheritances.

Marianne finds romance with the charming Willoughby, while scorning the elder and far more steady Colonel Brandon. Elinor is left wondering if her romance with her sister in law’s brother, Edward Ferrars, was all she thought it was when she encounters a rival she never knew existed.

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed reading SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Even though this was Austen’s very first novel, it is a delightful read. I couldn’t help but think on this reading that a lot of the problems he characters went through were very British and could have been solved with a little bit of straight talking, but their polite inability to say what they really think is one of the reasons the rest of the world loves the British so much.

5 stars!

 

Australian Aged Care Royal Commission Submission Guide

A lot of people planning to make a submission to the Aged Care Royal Commission in Australia are finding it hard to decide where to start, so I’ve put together this brief guide that will help you plan your submission and make things easier for you.

I recommend starting off by drawing up a rough plan. Only you will see this plan, so don’t worry about making it perfect. Put your records away for now and just start writing everything that you can think of that you want to include in your submission.

If you are finding it difficult to get started, check out the guide provided here: https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/submissions/Pages/Guidance-on-making-a-submission.aspx Not all of these areas will be relevant to you, but there is plenty there to start you off.

A lot of people prefer to use a pen and paper at this stage, but a word document is fine too. Spend as long as you need on this stage of the planning process. Don’t worry about going into too much detail here, just include enough information so you will know what you mean later on.

Once you feel that you have included all the information you want to include in your submission it’s time to plan your first draft. Firstly, have a look at your plan and decide how you are going to order your submission. You may want to go in chronological order, or perhaps you would prefer to group information in the same order of the guidelines provided above.

Next, go through your rough plan and add headings for all of your information following the order that you decided on earlier. Make notes beneath your headings regarding any supporting documentation you wish to include.

Now you are ready to begin your final draft. Underneath each of your headings write down exactly what happened, where it happened, who was involved, and why you think it is relevant to the Royal Commission.  You may want to go back over these guidelines and your records to make sure you’ve included all relevant information.

Include a note to indicate whether you will also be including supporting documentation in regards to each incident if applicable.

Make sure you stick to the facts and incidents that happened to you or your family member/friend. These incidents can be emotionally charged, but your submission will be clearer and hold more power if you do your best to simply write about what happened.

For your first paragraph, I recommend including information regarding who you are, why you are making a submission to the Royal Commission, whether it is on behalf of another person, and the service this submission is about. If you are making an anonymous submission, make sure this information doesn’t reveal your identity.

Remember to make a separate submission for each service you have experience of.

Once you have finished your final draft, read over it again and check your plan to make sure you have included all of your information. Run your document through spell check and also read through carefully to make sure it is clear, concise, and free from obvious spelling and grammar errors.

Please don’t feel pressured to have a perfect document, as long as it is clear and readable. If you are still unsure, I am happy to confidentially proofread your submission. Email ACRCSH1@gmail.com

You can make an anonymous submission to the Royal Commission. Your submission will still be considered, although you won’t be notified of any outcomes.

The Royal Commission emphasised that it is unlawful for an employer to take punitive action against an employee or ex-employee who provides evidence or a submission to the Royal Commission. If you have any concerns about this or a related issue, please contact your ANMF branch for support immediately http://anmf.org.au/documents/ANMF_Royal_Commission_Update2.pdf

Submissions can be made online at https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/submissions/Pages/default.aspx (this is the preferred method). Prepare your submission on a word document first and you can then copy and paste it into the submission form.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to prepare your submission offline first, the submission form can be downloaded from Aged Care Royal Commission – online submissions form (PDF 467KB) and completed offline, either digitally or by printing and then scanning the document.

This form can then be submitted by beginning the online submission form and uploading your completed form when prompted, or emailing it to ACRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au

If you are unable to communicate via email please phone the Royal Commission on 1800 960 711 to make alternative arrangements.

If you have concerns that information that you are considering providing to the Commission may be defamatory, you should consider seeking independent legal advice.

Please note that preparing a submission for the Royal Commission can be an emotional experience and trigger distressing memories. If you or somebody you know is struggling, please seek help. Every submission is important, but please make sure you take care of yourself first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Reveal: The Cinema at Starlight Creek by Alli Sinclair @allisinclair @HarlequinAUS #StarlightCreek

I’m thrilled to be sharing with you an exclusive early look at the cover of the latest book by the brilliant Alli Sinclair, THE CINEMA AT STARLIGHT CREEK.

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THE CINEMA AT STARLIGHT CREEK by Alli Sinclair

A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town.

How far would you go to follow your dream?

Queensland, 1994: When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she’s captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding sugarcane fields. Working in a male-dominated industry is challenging, but Claire has never let that stop her pursuing her dreams-until now. She must gain permission to film at Australia’s most historically significant art deco cinema, located at Starlight Creek. But there is trouble ahead. The community is fractured and the cinema’s reclusive owner, Hattie Fitzpatrick, and her enigmatic great nephew, Luke Jackson, stand in her way, putting Claire’s career-launching project-and her heart-at risk.

Hollywood, 1950: Lena Lee has struggled to find the break that will catapult her into a star with influence. She longs for roles about strong, independent women but with Hollywood engulfed in politics and a censorship battle, Lena’s timing is wrong. Forced to keep her love affair with actor Reeves Garrity a secret, Lena puts her career on the line to fight for equality for women in an industry ruled by men. Her generous and caring nature steers her onto a treacherous path, leaving Lena questioning what she is willing to endure to get what she desires.

Can two women-decades apart-uncover lies and secrets to live the life they’ve dared to dream?

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Alli’s Bio:

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Alli Sinclair

Alli Sinclair, an adventurer at heart, has won multiple awards for her writing. She has lived in Argentina, Peru and Canada, and has climbed some of the world’s highest mountains, worked as a tour guide in South and Central America and has travelled the globe. She enjoys immersing herself in exotic destinations, cultures and languages but Australia has always been close to Alli’s heart.

Alli hosts retreats for Writers at Sea and presents writing workshops around Australia, as well as working on international film projects. She’s a volunteer role model with Books in Homes and is an ambassador for the Fiji Book Drive. Alli’s books explore history, culture, love and grief, and relationships between family, friends and lovers. She captures the romance and thrill of discovering old and new worlds, and loves taking readers on a journey of discovery.

Alli’s website is: www.allisinclair.com

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