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Cover Reveal – Cook Fast Eat Well by Sue Quinn.

Recieving this cook book from Murdoch Books was a delightful surprise. And although I can’t go into it too much yet – but do promise a proper review soon – this book is just amazing for those new to the kitchen. My ‘nearly a teen’ eldest daughter has claimed this book as her own and has already enjoyed making a few things out of it. And so, you can guess it is an absolute pleasure to be able to present this cover reveal.

5 Ingredients, 10 Minutes, 160 Recipes

Sue Quinn • ISBN: 9781760522537 • Murdoch Books • 256pp Paperback • Embargo: 1 July 2017 • RRP $35.00

Cook Fast, Eat Well shows us that cooking dinner doesn’t have to mean long lists of ingredients and hours in the kitchen.

Five ingredients cooked in ten minutes, this cookbook has it all: plates to share and light bites, salads and soups, pasta, meat, poultry, seafood dishes and desserts, all easy to prepare and easy to eat!

Featuring over 160 recipes, all healthy and fast without compromising on flavor, from avocado pesto gnocchi to chicken fajitas to cheesecake.

  • Quick fix time-saving tips that don’t compromise on quality or taste
  • Must-have short-cut ingredient staples for your pantry


Sue Quinn is a respected Australian cookbook author and food writer with an emphasis on healthy recipes. Sue’s recipes and articles   have    appeared   in    leading    food    publications including Delicious and BBC Good Food magazines. Sue was strongly influenced by the cooking of the Italian, Greek and Lebanese communities of Sydney, where she was born and raised. A former national newspaper journalist and foreign correspondent, she has also drawn on her extensive travels for inspiration for recipes and food writing.


Cook Fast Eat Well

By Sue Quinn

Plates to Share and Light Bites
Fried Padrón Peppers with Togarashi p.18
Broad Bean and Sesame Dip p.30
Zucchini and Feta Fritters p.48
Salads and Soups
Roast Capsicum Soup p.96
Miso Soup with Tofu p.100
Avocado Pesto Gnocchi p.128
Clam and Tarragon Pasta p.134
Cheesy Orzo with Garlic and Black Pepper p.152
Meat, Poultry & Fish
Steak and Blue Cheese Butter p.170
Vietnamese Duck Rolls p.180
Fish en Papillote p.196
Sweet Things
Orange and Rosewater  Syllabub p.224
Chocolate Cake in a Mug p.226

Cover Reveal – A Whole New Way to Eat: Best recipes from the people who started the wholefood movement in Australia by Vladia Cobrdova.

A Whole New Way to Eat

Oh be still my little cook book addicted heart! Another fabulous creation sent to me by Murdoch Books that I am now happy to share with you. My review will come in the next few days, but as I was sent all this gorgeous information, I wanted to share it too.

A Whole New way to eat title

Best recipes from the people who started the wholefood movement in Australia

Vladia Cobrdova • ISBN: 9781743368978 Murdoch Books • Extent: 248 Paperback • RRP:  $39.99

The About Life team who led the wholefood movement have at long last put together a collection of their beloved recipes. From humble beginnings as a juice bar with some basic wholefood grocery items, About Life has now grown into eight natural wholefood stores across  the Sydney region and now Melbourne.

Their philosophy towards food hasn’t changed in their 20 years of operation, no more complexity, just simplicity and goodness: food as medicine.

Nutritionist and recipe developer Vladia Cobrdova recreates over 135 of the mouth-watering dishes she’s made popular in the stores’ busy cafes, takeaway and ready-made meal sections. These are recipes your body will love from your taste buds to your gut.

A Whole New Way to Eat is a modern take on healthy eating for those more interested in eating well than following the latest craze. With recipes to cover every social occasion as well as being seasonal, local, sustainable and delicious, this is a must-have cookbook for every Australian kitchen.


Vladia Cobrdova is a nutritionist, recipe developer and Wellness Ambassador for About Life, Australia’s largest independent wholefoods retail chain.

Cover Reveal -Taste of the French Caribbean by Chef Denis.


Being the cook book addict that I am, it gives me great pleasure to take part in this Blog tour for Chef Denis and his new cook book. What’s more, I get to share one of the recipes… which honestly looks perfect for the type of hot summer weather we’re having here in the Adelaide Hills right now – not quite the Caribbean, but it just goes to show you can bring the tastes of the French Caribbean to any part of the world! 😉

And so, here we go –

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Stir up an authentic taste of the Caribbean at home with Chef Denis Rosembert’s first ever cookbook. The St Lucia born restauranteur lovingly curates his favourite dishes — from delicious jerk chicken to spicy mutton curry and sweet golden apple cake — for you to recreate, bringing the unique flavours and exotic aromas of the island — renowned for its seafood and exquisite chocolates — vividly to life in your own kitchen.

At his much-loved restaurant Chez Denis in Norwich, England, Denis Rosembert blends the eclectic cuisines of Africa, Europe and Eastern India that combine to make St Lucian food so rich and so special. His colourful, infectious, easy-to-follow recipes are the ultimate celebration of island life, food and drink and entertaining and will soon have you inviting friends and family round to experience your own taste of the Caribbean.

About Chef Denis



Chef Denis Rosembert

Denis Rosembert was born on the island of St.Lucia where he started training to be a

chef in 1973. After a couple of years he was invited to England to continue his training. Since then Denis has worked in various hotels and restaurants across Britain and America in the role of Commis, Sous and finally Head Chef. In 1989 he moved to Norwich, where after a brief stint working for the Sports Village, he finally realised his dream and opened his own restaurant Chez Denis.

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Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup.


300g sweet potatoes

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 stick of celery

1 medium onion

small leek

cloves garlic

1 bay leaf

1 litre chicken or vegetable stock

25ml coconut milk

35ml coconut cream salt and pepper


  1. Put vegetable oil in a pan and add celery, onion, leek, bay leaf and garlic.
  2. Add diced and peeled sweet potatoes; simmer for 15 minutes on a low heat.
  3. Add chicken stock or vegetable stock. Cook until the potatoes are soft but not over cooked.
  4. Remove from the stove and blend the soup. Do not strain the soup. Return the blended soup to the heat, then add the coconut cream, and milk, bring to the boil. Remove from the heat after 2 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ready to serve.


Cover Reveal – Backyard Chickens: How to keep happy hens by Dave Ingham.

As a chook mummy myself with a backyard home to several chickens, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to help promote this book…

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So, what’s it all about? Let’s take a look at the press release. Though it is pretty self-explanatory and my two girls (aged 12 and 9) have already started reading this book – to our chickens. Both daughters are loving it so far, and have been telling me a lot of important things we should now be doing for our egg laying girlies.

Okay, here wo go, press release time. I do just want to add that I am still reading ‘Backyard Chickens’ right now (when I can get it off my daghters) and so will be leaving a review here on it in another couple of weeks. My kids go back to school next week so I hope to pinch the book back then! 😉


Dave Ingham • 9781743367537 • 224pp Hardback•
Embargo: February 2017 • RRP $35.00

About the book – 

Keeping a few hens was once only for rural dwellers with big yards – or inner-city hippies. Now it’s mainstream and an attractive proposition wherever you live. Fluffy little recycling units that eat weeds, bugs and scraps and turn them into organic eggs – what’s not to love?

From ISA Browns to Australorps, Dave Ingham helps you to navigate through the pecking order using classic anecdotes and tips to tame these fluffy friends. Chickens are great backyard pets for young and old – they’re a natural extension for everyone with a vegie patch, and for those who like eggs but are concerned about the welfare of commercial hens.

This book is the perfect reference, whether you’re already keeping chickens or an absolute beginner thinking about getting a couple of chooks. Dave Ingham offers compulsively readable advice on how to start, housing and feeding, settling chickens in with other pets, troubleshooting, and the (minimal) commitment required to keep your backyard hens healthy and happy.

‘This book is the what for, how to, where and why of chickens
for novices and wranglers alike.’
Costa Georgiadis, ABC Gardening Australia


Dave Ingham runs Rent-a-chook, selling chicken coops offering try-before-you-buy mini henhouses since 2001.

Until next time,


Cover Reveal -KASPER MÜTZENMACHER’S CURSED HAT, by Keith R. Fentonmiller.

Welcome to the latest Cover Reveals for up and coming books…

Today’s Cover Reveal is for:



by Keith R. Fentonmiller.

Available now for pre-order, guaranteeing delivery to your device on March 20, 2017.


Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release­­: March 20, 2017

Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky

 Pre-Order: Amazon US | Amazon UK

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 Kasper Mützenmacher keeps a divine “wishing hat”—a thought-operated teleportation device—locked in the wall safe of his Berlin hat shop. According to an old prophecy, after Kasper’s Greek ancestor stole the wishing hat from Hermes, Fate cursed his progeny to sell hats, on pain of mayhem or death. Kasper, however, doesn’t mind making hats, and he loves Berlin’s cabaret scene even more. But his carefree life of jazz and booze comes to a screeching halt when he must use the wishing hat to rescue his flapper girlfriend Isana from the shadowy Klaus, a veil-wearing Nazi who brainwashes his victims until they can’t see their own faces.

Isana and Kasper’s happiness proves fleeting. Years after her mysterious death, Kasper struggles as a lonely, single father of two until he meets Rosamund Lux, recently released from a political prison where Klaus took her face. Kasper soon suspects that Rosamund is no ordinary woman. According to the prophecy, certain Lux women descend from the water nymph Daphne, who, during Olympian times, transformed into a laurel tree to avoid Apollo’s sexual advances; they, too, suffer from an intergenerational curse connected to Hermes’ stolen hat. As Kasper falls deeper in love, Rosamund’s mental health deteriorates. She has nightmares and delusions about Klaus, and warns that he will launch a night of terror once he’s collected enough faces.

Kasper dismisses the growing Nazi threat until the government reclassifies him as a Jew in 1938. His plan to emigrate unravels when anti-Jewish riots erupt and the Nazis start loading Jews on boxcars to Dachau. Then Rosamund goes missing, and Klaus steals the wishing hat, the family’s only means of escape.

Kasper, however, will face his most difficult battle in America. He must convince his wayward son and indifferent grandson to break the curse that has trapped the family in the hat business for sixteen centuries. Their lives will depend on it.

 Book One of the Life Indigo series, Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat is a fantastical family saga about tradition, faith, and identity, set during the Jazz Age, Nazi Germany, and the Detroit race riots of 1943. Comparable works include: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Everything Is Illuminated, and Underground Airlines.

 Catherine Bell, author of Rush of Shadows (winner of the Washington Writers’ Publishing House 2014 Fiction Prize), calls the Cursed Hat “highly creative and imaginative, brimming with invention, mythology, psychology, secrets, characters, generations, cleverness and wisdom. Incredible, overwhelming, compelling.



About The Author:

Keith is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His short story, Non Compos Mentis, was recently published in The Stonecoast Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Another story, Exodus, will be published in Running Wild Press’s forthcoming fiction anthology.

Find Keith Online:

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Cover Reveal – Mer-Charmer: World of Aluvia, Book Two by Amy Bearce.

Welcome to a new section of my blog where I do Cover Reveals for up and coming books… and how could I not share such a simply gorgeous cover?

So, here we go… Cover Reveal for:


MER-CHARMER, by Amy Bearce

Genre: middle-grade fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release­­: May 9, 2016

Cover Artist: Amalia Chitulescu

Find Online: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads


 Fourteen-year-old Phoebe Quinn is surrounded by magic, but she can’t muster any of her own. Her sister is a fairy keeper. Her best friends are merfolk. And all she does is dishes and housework.

When Phoebe finds out a terrible sea creature is awakening that preys upon the peace-loving merfolk, she becomes determined to help them, even though it means going with Tristan and Mina to their home deep in the sea.

Beneath the waves, Phoebe learns she’s more like her sister than she realized. The merfolk are drawn to her, and she can sense the magic of the sea all around her. Magic is finally at her fingertips, but that’s precisely why the stirring dark power under the waters decides it wants her most of all.

Now she must not only help the peaceful merfolk escape this ancient enemy, she must master her out-of-control powers. If she fails, she will die and darkness will rise and enslave the merfolk once more. But embracing her full power could cost her the very people she loves the most.


Amy Bearce

About The Author:

    Amy writes stories for tweens and teens. She is a former reading teacher with a Masters in Library Science. As an Army kid, she moved eight times before she was eighteen, so she feels especially fortunate to be married to her high school sweetheart. Together they’re raising two daughters and are currently living in Germany, though they still call Texas home. A perfect day for Amy involves rain pattering on the windows, popcorn, and every member of her family curled up in one cozy room reading a good book.

Find Amy Bearce Online:

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Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.

Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!

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