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Just Add Passion

Isn’t that a great name for an emporium where the owner, Michelle Greening, is passionate? About everything.  Just Add Passion has art, books, coffee, crafts – you name it, they have it. And this beautiful, picturesque, historical building is also the venue of regular, hosted events such as WA Author Day where you can meet and greet some of WA’s finest talent.  Chat to an artist, have your favourite author sign a book, grab a coffee from the Just Add Coffee vintage caravan (it’s awesome stuff!) or browse the wide range of hand-crafted gifts inside the shop.  A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Perth’s hills.

Earlier in March, I was honoured to be a guest at WA Author Day, along with some truly awesome local talent like Jennie Jones, Anne Marlene Kuhn and Demelza Carlton. It was a small crowd but we had an amazing day. In between signing books and chatting to readers, we drank tea and coffee, ate cake and sandwiches, laughed a lot and talked some more. Michelle is a warm and friendly hostess, and a generous soul. I think all of us came away richer for the experience.

Thanks to Michelle, you can now purchase signed copies of Home to Bindarra Creek and Finding Paradise at Just Add Passion gift emporium.

About Just Add Passion:

Photo courtesy of Just Add Passion

Situated in Stoneville, just 3 minutes from Mundaring, you will find an adorable little old house with a rich history, now acting as a Book, Gift & Art Emporium. We are an Emporium full of delightful handmade treasures and an ever growing range of WA Authors books. The added touch of our permanent coffee van, which you will find situated out the front of our gorgeous building, is quite unique in itself. Next time you visit our little slice of heaven, why not indulge yourself and enjoy a beverage with perhaps a delectable homebaked treat on our lovely front deck, while taking in the beautiful ambient surrounds and then browse the many rooms, behind the Purple Curtain, at your leisure. Read More…

Featured Books at WA Author Day:

The quiet suburb of Oakleigh may never be the same again. Not as long as the gods are in town…

From the shores of Mykonos to Melbourne Australia, Arian and Ajax find that sometimes in life or death true love is worth fighting for.
Arian Kendrick has always felt she doesn’t quite fit in. On holiday in Mykonos she rescues a little girl from drowning and discovers powers she didn’t know she had. As her long-dormant mystical talents blossom, so does her heart when she meets Ajax, the handsome, mysterious Greek-Melbournian who swears he is destined to be in her life.

When fate brings together two lost souls, it’s time to leave the shadows behind and come home to Bindarra Creek…

With rejuvenation of her small home town in the pipeline, Park Ranger, Alice Pritchard has no choice but to let go of the past. Dan Molyneaux roars into her life in his high-powered V8 and reopens the Riverside Pub, forcing her to face her ghosts, his possum problem, Curly the cockatoo who swears like a sailor, Old Man Jake who’s appointed himself caretaker of the property, and Grandad Charlie who’s determined to find her the man he thinks she deserves. Alice would love to ignore them all and keep living in the cocoon she’s created for herself in sleepy Bindarra Creek, but fate has other plans for her.

Actress Edie Granger is in a spot of trouble.

When a big–time producer threatens to ruin her career–and possibly the rest of her life–she flees to her remote hometown in the Snowy Mountains and opens a theatre to put on her comedy whodunnit Who Shot the ProducerEdie is suddenly centre stage in the biggest role of her life. Can she pull it off ? And can Ryan ensure everyone survives to make it to the curtain call?

Three sisters. An absent prince who promised to protect them. And the wolf is at the door…

When war breaks out, Rudolf promises Portia and her sisters he will protect them. But his father falls in battle, and Rudolf is forced to return home to command his father’s armies.
Shifting alliances turn Portia and her family from friends to sworn enemies. To win the war, Rudolf must conquer her home, and risk losing her forever.
When the wolf is at the door, who will win – love or war?

A true story of courage, faith, love and tragedy…

Ice Cream in the Desert is a journey into the hearts and minds of an Australian family struggling to survive in the most isolated desert regions of Australia during the 1900’s. Based on real events, it is a story that is filled with faith, adventure and tragedy. Most of all, it is a story about the ability of the human spirit to channel strength from an unconquerable source of love.


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A Rocky Romance Anthology

Rocky Romance
by Monique Hall, Monique Mulligan, Teena Raffa, Louise Loder, Karen Weaver and Mike Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s not hard to understand why this anthology of short stories has been a popular stocking filler this Christmas. Well-presented, well-edited and well-written by both experienced and debut authors, this was a very pleasant holiday read. Set along the Rockingham coastline in Western Australia, this book is not only a collection of wonderful romance stories but also a peek into the beautiful coastal area and the abundant wildlife that call it home. Enjoy the sunrises and sunsets and the taste of love, all while watching the penguins, dolphins and whales at play. Life doesn’t get any better than that.
A Healing Hand by debut author, Monique Hall is a beautiful story of survival, commitment and love through the trials of a life-threatening illness. Expertly handled and sweetly written, Miss Hall has the perfect voice for Young Adult Romance.
Next came The Point of Love written by Monique Mulligan. I’m a lover of penguins so this story was spot on as it featured the battle to save the endangered penguin sanctuary at Point Peron and brought to life history in the area I never knew existed. Another debut author, Miss Mulligan delivered a sweet and heartfelt romance.
Perhaps Love by Teena Raffa came as no surprise as yet another expertly written love story. Teena is a well known children’s author whose books I unashamedly adore. Her romances do not disappoint with their sweet, innocent touch and the magic of emotions she weaves around her characters. Full of fun, this one had me smiling all the way through to a satisfying end.
Love on the Rocks by Louisa Loder put a quirky spin on rediscovering love in a tired marriage and finding the alternative to a divorce to make it work. This was my first introduction to this author and I wasn’t disappointed. A cleverly put together story.
Written in present tense, The Whale Whisperer by Karen Weaver diverted from the path of traditional romance writing to take the reader on a different journey. Cara arrives in Australia after fleeing Ireland and a failed relationship. She’s not looking for love at all, but who can resist the romance of the beach and the lure of an Australian accent? Not this girl!
Last, but certainly not least, is the story written by Mike Murphy, Under the Rotunda. This was probably the most touching of all the stories in the book. Two lonely people in their twilight years, on the beach in the rain, seek refuge together under the canopy of the rotunda. A lovely story that proves you’re never too old for love or the companionship of a close friend.
Rocky Romance is a read I’d highly recommend. The stories are short and entertaining, and each author brings their own unique voice to coastal delights of Rockingham.

Thanks to Serenity Press for my review copy.

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