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Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest!


Tonight, I’m participating in the Did I Notice Your Book blogfest, hosted by awesome bloggers Ninja Captain Alex and Ciara Knight. As the name alludes, this blogfest encourages us to post about a book we’ve noticed. Here are the rules:

You can choose a book that you’ve read, something you saw on a blog or social media site, Goodreads, or a sales website. Anything that caught your eye because of a great cover, blurb or reviews, but DON’T tell the author that their book has been noticed. Instead, shout out on social media sites, and encourage others to do the same, until the author finds his/her book. 

Leave a blog comment at Ninja Captain Alex’s BLOG or Ciara Knight’s BLOG when the author finds their book. 

Only two rules: 

1) You can’t post about your own book. 
2) The book shouldn’t be on the New York Times or USA Today bestseller list. 
This is your chance to shout out about a book that might not have been noticed by others.
Confession time: there are 94 participants in this blogfest and I’m secretly hoping one of them will notice my book. Don’t know why I feel the need to share these embarrassing things, but there you have it. Moving on to the book I’ve noticed, I decided that I wanted to feature a book by a fellow indie new adult author, so I had a look through Goodreads to see what caught my interest. Here’s the book that captured my attention the most:


Description (from Goodreads): 

Courtesy of watching his mom’s relationships, Sebastian Hawkins knows what girls need to do to get a guy. He has what he considers a PHD in hooking up. When he needs extra cash for a car, Sebastian starts up an online venture as The Hook-up Doctor, to anonymously help girls land the guy of their dreams. Of course, his services don’t offer a happily-ever-after guarantee. He’s seen firsthand getting together never means staying together. 

And then he falls in love… 

With the last girl he would expect…

Totally not in his game plan. 

Suddenly, Sebastian finds himself muddled in the game he’s always prided himself on. He can’t even pick up girls at parties anymore! Why would anyone want to be in love when it turns you into a stuttering, screwed-up, mess with really lame stalker tendencies? Stalking? Totally not his gig. 

But the Hook-up Doctor won’t let himself go down easily. He’s always known how to give a girl what she wants and now it’s time to figure out what a boy wants… and he definitely plans on getting it.

Regular followers of my blog might realise part of what caught my attention about this book – the main character’s name is the same as the main male character in my soon-to-be released novel, The Big Smoke. And I don’t think Sebastian is a very common name!  What A Boy Wants sounds right up my alley and I’m looking forward to reading it.
I wonder if Nyrae will notice that I noticed her book? 🙂
Speaking of blogfests…
To celebrate the official launch of my new adult novel, The Big Smoke, I’ll be hosting a blogfest called The Year I Turned 18 from Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November. Seeing as both Ceara and Seb (the two main characters) turn 18 throughout the story, I thought it might be fun for us all to post about the year we turned 18. You can find out more about the blogfest in last week’s post.

Your turn

Have you read What a Boy Wants or other books by Nyrae Dawn? If so, what did you think?



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Genre Favorites Blogfest by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Tonight I’m taking part in the Ninja Master‘s Genre Favourites Blogfest.
Initially, I thought participating in this blogfest would be easy. After all, all I have to do is list my favourite genre of movie, music, books and a guilty pleasure genre from any of the three categories. But then I realised something… I don’t really have genre favourites! Seriously, I don’t! So, instead, I’m going to list a handful of my specific favourites in each category, which will give you an idea of how NOT clustered into genre they are.
Favourite movies
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Death at a Funeral
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Cruel Intentions
  • Knocked Up


Favourite music
  • Lisa Mitchell
  • Missy Higgins
  • The Beatles
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Eagles
  • Powderfinger

Favourite books

  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • 48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (yes, I know, I know. Be quiet)
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Time-Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

My guilty pleasure 

Since I’m already breaking the rules, I’m going to share a guilty pleasure that doesn’t actually fit into any of the above genres. But it’s still entertainment, so I’m not straying too far. My guilty pleasure is… reality television. Right now, as I’m writing this, I’m watching Big Brother Australia (nomination night!) and taping X Factor Australia. I also quite enjoy Misbehaving Mums to Be and World’s Strictest Parents. I even like Border Security. Yes, it’s a very, very guilty pleasure!

Your turn

Do you have favourite genres or are your favourites all over the place like mine?


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