Monday, April 1, 2019

The True Story of Maddie Bright :: Giveaway ::

The True Story of Maddie Bright – by Australian writer Mary-Rose MacColl.  

You will love the key character Maddie (old and young) as her story sweeps through time and intersects with the lives of Edward VIII and Princess Diana, two of the most loved and hated figures of the twentieth century.  

Sweeping fascinatingly through history from WW1 to the early  21st century, you’ll get caught up in the genuine hysteria of ‘The Digger Prince” Royal Tour of Australia – some 99 years ago, when Prince Edward visited 110 towns and cities in less than two months. 

The True Story of Maddie Bright is also a moving and cautionary tale for our times – about the cult of celebrity in its many forms.

Mary-Rose MacColl says, “It’s called the TRUE story and obviously it’s a novel and novelists have no duty of care to history but I like to stick to historical fact wherever I can and when it comes to real people, I research them pretty thoroughly to understand them enough to have them walk around in the novel believably.’

This novel is available in stores now.



***With thanks to Allen & Unwin, I have three copies of this fascinating novel to giveaway***

For your chance to enter, please email your name and address to retrogoddess@mail.com, with The True Story of Maddie Bright in the subject line. 

Please note that this giveaway is only open to residents in Australia.

The giveaway will be drawn a Monday, 15th April 2019 at 5pm Sydney time.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Remembering the celebrities who passed away in 2018.


In Memoriam. 


Penny Marshall, actress/director. Aged 75.



Stan Lee, comic book legend. Aged 95.



Sondra Locke, actress. Aged 74.



Mac Miller, rapper. Aged 26.



Charlotte Rae, actress. Aged 92.



Emma Chambers, actress. Aged 53.



Dame June Whitfield, actress. Aged 93.



John Mahoney, actor. Aged 77.



Hubert de Givenchy, fashion designer. Aged 91.



Tab Hunter, actor. Aged 86.



Burt Reynolds, actor. Aged 82.



Neil Simon, playwright. Aged 91.



Aretha Franklin, singer. Aged 76.



Anthony Bourdain, chef and TV personality. Aged 61.



Kate Spade, fashion designer. Aged 55.



Verne Troyer, actor. Aged 49.



Avicii, DJ/musician. Aged 28.



Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist. Aged 76.



Margot Kidder, actress. Aged 69.



Dolores O’Riordan, singer. Aged 46.



Unfortunately, there were many more I could have added but the list would have been too long.



*The images on this page are not my own - they have been sourced from the internet.



Monday, October 22, 2018

Michael - My Brother, Lost Boy of INXS by Jen Jewel Brown and Tina Hutchence.

Michael - My Brother, Lost Boy of INXS by Jen Jewel Brown and Tina Hutchence

It’s very rare for me to become so engrossed in a book, that I can’t put it down. This book was one that I keep thinking about even weeks after I finished it.

Tina Hutchence writes about her brother in such a loving, caring, older sister kind of way.

I enjoyed reading about his childhood in Sydney, Hong Kong and Los Angeles and his family dynamics.

His adventures with Helena Christensen and the time they spent at his French villa, were a highlight for me and it seemed that this period of Michael’s life was when he was most happiest.

Reading about his relationship with Paula Yates, was difficult. I know that it’s only Tina’s side of the story but it felt claustrophobic.  Michael’s life in London seemed like a cage he couldn’t get out from...constantly harassed by the tabloids and he couldn’t just pack up and head to other country because Paula to stay in the U.K., so she could be with her daughters with Sir Bob Geldof. Michael didn’t want to be away from his daughter, Tigerlily. A difficult situation that was compounded due to Michael’s brain injury acquired from an assault in Copenhagen, Denmark before his relationship with Paula.

Tragic end to a beautiful man.



Thursday, August 2, 2018

Raising Boys in the Twenty-first Century - Steve Biddulph

Steve Biddulph’s original ‘Raising Boys’, has been my favourite parenting book since having my son, over 11 years ago.

If you aren’t familiar with Steve Biddulph, he is one of Australia’s most respected and well-liked family therapists. Look him up, he has wonderful advice.

His book ‘Raising Boys’ has been updated with new information (yay!). This updated book has a new title, ‘Raising 21st Century Boys’.

The new information includes:
  • Cutting-edge science about brain and normal development including the latest findings on testosterone and how those precipitate the full-on fours and the emotional eights.
  • How puberty can be turned into a wonderful time for making better men.
  • Getting the school starting age right, finding a boy-friendly classroom, and what to do at home so your boys love stories, reading and books (love this!).
  • How role modelling really works and how being a single mum or dad can work out just fine.
  • A reminder that no two boys are alike, and we have to get to know our own unique little boy.

Key topics include:
  • Boys and crying
  • Boys and ‘bad’ behaviour 
  • Reading and communication
  • Countering the effects of porn
  • Transgender/gay children and the development of sexuality development.

This book is like having a therapist at home. Highly recommended for all parents of boys.

Available on paperback or Ebook.



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

***GIVEAWAY*** Sami Sparrow’s Bullet Compendium of Decorative Designs

The first dedicated book with creative ideas and resources for bullet journallers, scrapbookers, card makers and other creative compulsive planners and decorators.

Bullet journals are the ultimate asset for people who want to be mindful and productive at the same time. They’re the new obsession for creative organisers and planners everywhere, helping millions to de-stress by allowing them to list commitments, goals and interests in a fun and imaginative way. But what if the journaller is lacking inspiration, isn’t a talented artist or lacks confidence when it comes to unleashing their inner creative?

This is where Sami Sparrow comes in with a handy flip-through book of ideas: icons, banners, borders, wreaths, illustrations and lettering. As well as this traceable art, there are bonus how-to steps and stencils, making Sami Sparrow’s Bullet Compendium of Decorative Designs the essential practical resource for organising your life in an imaginative way that reflects the sentiment, mood and character of the moment.

RRP $19.95. In stores and online now.



With thanks to Harper Collins Australia, I have three copies of Sami Sparrow’s Bullet Compendium of Decorative Designs to giveaway.

To enter, please share from my Facebook page - www.facebook.com/retrogoddesses 


Please note - you must have an Australian address to enter this giveaway.
  

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Family Next Door - Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth’s latest novel has just been released and it doesn’t disappoint. It sucks you in and you become completely engrossed in what goes on behind closed doors, especially with the mysterious woman who moves into the street.



I asked Sally a few questions about The Family Next Door.

I think we all have a curious nature when it comes to our neighbours. Was that curiosity your inspiration for this book?

Yes! I’m the local Mrs Mangel of my neighbourhood. I always have my nose in other people’s business and if they are not up to anything interesting, I’m imagining that they are. So it was a natural progression that I’d write a book about neighbours who are a little too interested in their neighbours.

Are any of the characters based on your actual neighbours?

Let’s just say that my neighbours were a little nervous when they found out the title of the book I was writing! But no, none of my characters are based on them. I find it much easier to write about made up people, because then I can make them do really bad things and I don’t have to worry about their feelings!

What are you currently working on?

Currently I’m working on promoting The Family Next Door. But as soon as I wrap that up, I’ll be back to editing my 2019 book, The Mother In Law.



Monday, February 5, 2018

What I’ve Been Reading ::: The Way Mum Does It

The Way Mum Does It 

Edited by Alexandra O’Brien, this book features a collection of words of wisdom from the Over 60 online community. 

It features tips and advice on topics including health and beauty, gardening, cleaning, travel, finance, plus more.

The advice is straight to the point and easy to read. 

I think this book would make a nice gift for a young adult moving out of home for the first time.