I have always liked books set in the outback and in other parts of Australia. Recently I read two books by Australian authors where cowboys played a role one in Australia and one in Montana. One was an authentic setting in Broken Hill, Australia and one was a fictional town called Marietta in Montana, USA. I thought right, an Aussie is going to write a novel about cowboys in Montana. But I was agreeably surprised with the results. Here are my reviews on these two books…

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Shelley Noble: People’s Lives Can Be Fascinating

It’s my pleasure to welcome Shelley Noble AKA Shelley Freydon to Ruby on Tuesday. SHELLEY NOBLE is the NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling Author of the women’s fiction novel BEACH COLORS, a #1 Nook bestseller, STARGAZEY POINT, BREAKWATER BAY and several tie-in novellas, Holidays at Crescent Cove, Stargazey Nights, and Newport Dreams.
As SHELLEY FREYDONT she is the author of the CELEBRATION BAY FESTIVAL MYSTERIES (Berkley Prime Crime). And the upcoming Gilded Age Newport mystery series beginning with A Gilded Grave.


Maggie Toussaint’s Newest Romantic Mystery Rough Waters

The thing I love about mysteries and especially amateur sleuth mysteries is the wealth of characters the sleuth is involved with. It’s hard to believe there was a not too distant time when detectives were only allowed to detect, no girl friends, no hobbies, just an occasional sidekick to voice his/her thoughts to. In the typical cozy mystery anything goes: hobbies, cupcakes, crafts, children, extended families, nosy neighbors, bossy mother-in-laws, matchmaking aunts, and other quirky characters. In Maggie Toussaint’s newest romantic mystery, many of the elements of a cozy mystery show up- small coastal town, a strong female florist, protective mother and best friend, a treasure hunting navy seal, and two adorable kids. She is able to weave the story into a page turning romantic mystery with numerous plot twists. For an excerpt read..


Auckland Zoo

Originally posted on Eat. Love. Travel.:
Visiting the zoo in Auckland, New Zealand was adventurous, appealing and everything out of ordinary.  I realise I’m a traveler & all, but I must say, the zoo was absolutely beautiful. The exterior landscapes & exhibits were just the beginning of the lovely day. Once again, we were blessed…