Sunday, 12 May 2019

Motherly Wisdom - Celebrating Mother's Day

Over the years, the strong women in my life have always shared their words of wisdom with me. I'm grateful for this because as I've grown older, their words seem to have more meaning.

I thought I would ask some celebrity mothers, what motherly advice have the women in their lives  have shared with them?

Jessica Rowe 

The best piece of advice from my mum was, "stop looking at yourself in the mirror and get busy doing something!"

Jess has been busy for years! She's a mother of two, television host, author, cat lover, and a crap housewife (a self-confessed crap housewife). In her latest book, she delves into the reality of not being Nigella Lawson in the kitchen (so relatable for me) and just not being the 'perfect housewife' but embracing it instead.

Diary of a Crap Housewife, is funny and honest. It's available in all bookstores now or online at Booktopia

Motherly Wisdom. Celebrating Mother's Day. Jessica Rowe. By Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses
Jessica Rowe

 Alison Brahe-Daddo

I must confess, I wanted to be Alison when I was a teenager. She was everything I wanted to be, she was beautiful and a Dolly Magazine cover girl. If you were an Australian teenage girl in the early 90s, you would understand my excitement to have Alison participating on my blog!

Alison is married to actor Cameron Daddo and they share three beautiful grown-up children together. 

She is also a patron of Rize Up Australia, a support and advocacy group who do incredible work with domestic abuse survivors.

The best advice Alison's mother gave her is, "when your child brings home their loved one, find something you like about them because you will build a wedge between you and your child if you only pick out the negative."

That is something very important for parents to take note of when their children are growing up. Something I will remember. 

Motherly Wisdom. Celebrating Mother's Day. Alison Brahe-Daddo. By Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses
Alison Brahe-Daddo

Kate Ceberano

Singer/songwriter Kate Ceberano's grandma, Kathleen Joyce, told her, "a little bit of what you fancy does you good".

What a beautiful way to look at life! 

I fancy listening to Kate's new album with Paul Grabowsky. It's called Tryst and it is a collection of love song and reinterpretations of some of the great love songs from the past 50 years. 

Motherly Wisdom. Celebrating Mother's Day. Kate Ceberano. By Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses
Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky, Tryst

Shanna Moakler

Shanna's mother, Gail Moakler, told her, "reach for the stars, the world is yours!" 

Shanna is a mother of three, a model, an actress, a reality television star, Miss USA 1995, an activist and she has her own line of makeup called, Smoak Cosmetics

She has fulfilled many of her goals in life with the love and support from her mother.

Motherly Wisdom. Celebrating Mother's Day. Shanna Moakler. By Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses
Shanna Moakler

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and mother figures around the world, past and present.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Daughter of Bad Times - Rohan Wilson ::GIVEAWAY::

A suspenseful, truthful and compelling novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Roving Party.

'I'm a great fan of Rohan Wilson - and this is his best novel yet.' - Favel Parrett, bestselling author of Past the Shallows and When the Night Comes 

'It's impossible not to consider, as you read Daughter of Bad Times, that everything in 2075 is already here now and we are doing nothing to stop it. An utterly compelling vision by one of our finest writers.' Heather Rose, bestselling author of The Museum of Modern Love

'Ferocious and brilliant' The Australian Book Review on To Name Those Lost

'What better pitch than helping the refugees of the world? Who doesn't want to help refugees, right? The five Australian facilities are immigration detention centres, sure, but they're also manufacturing plants. That means two revenue streams for one facility. And we also clean up our image. We're not just a corrections company anymore-now, we're building communities, we're saving lives.'

Rin Braden is almost ready to give up on life after the heartbreaking death of her lover Yamaan and the everyday dread of working for her mother's corrupt private prison company. But through a miracle Yamaan has survived. 

Yamaan turns up in an immigration detention facility in Australia, trading his labour for a supposedly safe place to live. This is no ordinary facility, it's Eaglehawk MTC, a manufactory built by her mother's company to exploit the flood of environmental refugees. 

Now Rin must find a way to free Yamaan before the ghosts of her past and a string of bad choices catch up with them both. 

In its vision of the future, Daughter of Bad Times explores the truth about a growing inhumanity, as profit becomes the priority.

Daughter of Bad Times by Rohan Wilson is available now. Click here to purchase.

Daughter of Bad Times Rohan Wilson book giveaway. By Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses


With thanks to the lovely people at Allen & Unwin, I have three copies of this intriguing book, Daughter of Bad Times to giveaway.

All you need to do is follow my Instagram page and email me your name and address to Easy! Each book is valued at $29.99.

Please note, you must be living in Australia to enter.

This giveaway will be drawn on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 5pm. Winners will be notified by email.

Daughter of Bad Times Rohan Wilson book giveaway. By Rachel Hancock @retrogoddesses
Author of Daughter of Bad Times, Rohan Wilson