Friday, November 1, 2013


Day 1 has arrived.


To crack off this wonderful event like the fireworks it deserves is the lovely Amy Andrews. I read her book Holding Out For A Hero and totally dug her story. Here is my review. Amy has a guest post for you all to read and a great giveaway and 5 Quick Things about her. 

Big CONGRATULATIONS to Amy for selling over * said in Dr Evil voice * ONE MILLION BOOKS!!!

Welcome Amy.


Amy is an award-winning, best-selling Aussie author who has written thirty + contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. She has written for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Entangled, Harper Collins and Momentum. 

To date she's sold over a million books and been translated into thirteen different languages including manga. 

She loves her kids, her husband, her dogs, cowboys, men in tool belts, cowboys in tool belts and happily ever afters. Please, DO NOT mess with the HEA! Also good books, fab food, great wine and frequent travel - preferably all four together.

She lives on acreage on the outskirts of Brisbane with a gorgeous mountain view but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.

5 Quick Things:

 A quote that means something to you. 

“It takes a whole village to raise a child” 

I like the simplicity of the message in this saying. 

A song that describes you. 

“I get knocked down but I get up again”

See, I know you are all sitting there singing along to this tune

Who is your book girlfriend?

 Bridget Jones from Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. Because Bridge was the quintessential every-girl which made her so relatable. And how amazing is it to get to start a whole new sub-genre> 
Without Bridget there would be no chick lit! 

Author that inspired you and why? 

Jennifer Crusie

Her books opened my eyes to an entirely different kind of romance!

 Will you be attending the Indie Author Down Under Gold Coast event in March 2014?

Facebook Link

 Afraid not L

Title: Holding Out For A Hero
Author: Amy Andrews

State: Queensland
Published By : Momentum Moonlight
Date Released : 15th October 2013
Genre : Contemporary Romantic Comedy

When sensible schoolteacher Ella Lucas rides into her home town on a Harley and seduces the resident football hero, Jake Prince, she figures she can be forgiven and move on. After all, she's just buried her mother.

Two years later, back in the city, their paths cross again but this time Jake is in the process of destroying her favourite dive bar. With her home facing a wrecker's ball, her school being closed down and her 15-year-old brother hell bent on self-destruction, it's the last straw. Throw in a dominatrix best friend who is dating a blue ribbon guy so straight he still lives at home with his mother, it's no wonder the sanest person in Ella's life is a dog.

With all this to contend with, the last thing Ella needs is Jake back in her life. But, as fate would have it, Jake is the only chance she has to save her school.

As the school football season heats up, old secrets threaten to surface and Ella takes on greedy developers, school boards and national tabloids. But can she save not just her home, her school and her brother, but also the reputation of the man she's never been able to forget? And, more importantly, does she want to?

Holding Out for a Hero is a quirky, heart-warming tale of unlikely romance, friendship and family.


Ella was so nervous she couldn’t decide whether she was going to throw up or have a full-blown panic attack. From her vantage point in the opposition stands, she watched Jake and Pete talking, or rather strategizing, if their hand gestures were remotely indicative.

Jake wore a baseball cap tugged low on his forehead and a pair of dark sunglasses but still she could see people nudging each other and pointing at him. Although that may not have anything to do with who he was and everything to do with how he looked and the fact that eighty-five percent of the spectators were women. And not just any women, but mothers. Ella had seen enough of them over the years to recognize that if any one group of women could use a bit of gratuitous eye candy from time to time, it was mothers.

And Jake certainly didn’t disappoint. The man was simply mouth-watering in his jeans and snug-fitting tee. He was like the Lindt chocolate of eye candy. The Ferrero Rocher. The Tim Tam. Ella could practically feel the fat cells on her ass multiplying as her mouth watered.

My top 5 Heroes

Heroes have been on my mind a lot lately since the launch of Holding Out For A Hero on the 15th Oct so I thought I’d give you a run down on my top 5 favourite heroes from the 30 + books I’ve written. Although, of course, I love them all!

#1 Jake Prince. It has to be Jake from Holding Out For A Hero. Ask any writer and they’ll most likely tell you their fav character is always their most current one. What can I say about Jake? Ex footy star, rescuer of strays – dogs and people – wickedly sexy, laidback, reluctant hero. Fav Jake quote –

“No buts, Cam. Men just don’t talk to women like that. That’s the number one rule, mate. Are you a man or a boy? This is where you decide.”

#2. Nathaniel Montgomery from Taming the Tycoon. Think Richard Armitage in a suit and dark glasses. Busy, important, rich successful - completely in control. No time for crazy hippy chicks who wear crystals and live on canal boats. I think he’s one of my favourites because he already has two women in his neat, orderly life who completely confound him – his mother and his grandmother. And then along comes Addie…..Fav Nathaniel quote -

“It means in a few seconds I’m going to kiss you—long and hard—and then I’m going to throw you on a bed or, hell, the floor if the bed’s too damn far, and I’m going to strip off your clothes and make you come loud enough to give every tourist here today something to really take home with them. And if you don’t want that, Addie, you’d better speak up now because I’m barely hanging on by a thread here.”

#3. Vasco Ramirez aka Rick Granville from The Devil and the Deep. Okay yes, it’s complicated. TDATD is a book in a book. The heroine, Stella, is an historical romance novelist who has written a smash hit pirate romance called Pleasure Hunt. The book is about Lady Mary Bingham and her pirate captor, Vasco Ramirez, who she based on her very close childhood friend Rick Granville – the hero. Only Rick doesn’t know that. Or he doesn’t in the beginning anyway…. TDATD tells Rick and Stella’s story but also includes snippets of the fictional pirate story and the delicious Vasco. Think all long dark hair and swashbuckling swagger. Fav Vasco quote (cos he’s really just Rick anyway) –

“Do not thank me yet, Lady Bingham.” He smiled with steel in his lips. “There are a lot of miles between here and Plymouth and by the end of it my men may well care less about you being a lady and more about you being a woman.”

#4 Nick from Sister Pact. Another complicated one. I co-authored SP with my sister under a different name -Ali Ahearn – so not a lot of people know about it, but trust me, Nick is the real deal. He’s one of those tall, broad “capable” guys. You know the type – can shear a sheep, slay a dragon, build a bark hut and plough the back forty all before the suns up for the day. And he appoints himself as Frances’s champion.

Fav Nick quote -

Nick, one eye on Edward’s hand, one eye on Frances, drew himself up to his full height. “Mate, you’d better take your hand off her or this colonial farm boy is going to show you why his ancestors ended up in Botany Bay.”

#5 Nathan (Nate) Trent from my novella The Billionaire Claims His Wife. Nate’s another loaded, successful guy – a renowned fertility specialist with a chain of clinics and the patent on a fertility wonder drug. And he has all the arrogance and stride of a man at the top of his game. So I decided to bring him down a peg or two by making him naked, desperately ill with a crippling flu and having to rely on the mercy of the one woman he’s never been able to forget – his ex-wife.

Fav Nate quote –

Nathan chuckled as he drew close enough to lean in and kiss her. He smiled and handed her the martini. “Dirty,” he said. “Just the way you like it.”

Doncha just love a good hero? J




One Digital Copy 

Holding Out For A Hero

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Goodreads Link: 

Social Media Links:

Twitter @AmyAndrewsbooks


Later on today I will have my review for Carmen Jenner's - Welcome To Sugartown.





  1. Wooot!!! Great to wind the window down in the Kombi and have the wind in my hair for the first leg of this incredible road trip! Thanks for having me along Mich!

    1. Oh is that how you spell Kombi, lol! OOps I been spelling it wrong. Better go fix that :D

      Yay! Got the head out the window, free as a bird, driving along.

      No worries, thanks for coming along on the road trip :D


    2. Oh.... well now, I'm not sure. LOL. Its probably just as likely to be me that got it wrong. Once upon a time I used to be an excelletn speller but spell check has made me lazy.... #writerfail

  2. Great post Mich! Loved reading all those quotes. Guess I'm adding yet another book on my TBR list!

    1. Thanks Rachel. Amy brought the goods I just posted it up :D

    2. Thanks Rach - hope you enjoy :-)

  3. Love the Nick quote!

    Contemprorary romance isn't my thing but it's great to see successfull Aussie Authors in all sorts of genre :)

    I'm not going to miss this ride for anything, Mich! I'm there all the way ;D

    1. Hey Tien - jump on in, the engine's running like a dream! ;-)

    2. Thanks Tien for the support , much appreciated :D


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