Please welcome Juanita Kees as my guest poster today, talking about her To-Be-Read pile. Juanita is a great writer and I’m extremely lucky to have her as my CP. Check out her books listed at the bottom of the post. Now, over to you, Juanita…

Hello and thanks, Kerrie for having me here today.

There is something magical about a story, whether it’s told or read. I grew up on bedtime and camp fire stories. Television only reached the shores of South Africa in 1976 and even then, it was restricted due to the government’s opposition to its introduction. Starting broadcast at 6pm and ending at 10pm, it aired for a total of 28 hours a week with an equal split between English and Afrikaans.  Only the ‘well-to-do’ owned a television at first and later, with the release of colour television, the same applied. Hence, my family’s love of books and music—it was pretty much all we had!

So every night, we’d huddle around the radio to listen to episodes of the comedy and drama segments. There were the police heroes of Squad Cars, the scary bedtime stories of Ten O’clock Tales and the thrilling adventures of science fiction in The Mind of Tracey Dark. But most memorable of all was my very first hero – Jet Jungle.

 Jet Jungle was an adventure superhero and appeared in the hit radio play, The incredible adventures of the most amazing man of our time, broadcast on South Africa’s Springbok Radio. We used to hang out for the Sunday paper to read the comic too and only ate Jungle Oats for breakfast. The main character Jet Jungle, created and voiced by Brian O’Shaughnessy, was the strongest man in the world and oh boy, could he fill out a lycra suit! Along with his black panther Jupiter, they would hunt down and avenge criminals and occasionally encounter an alien or two.

So I guess the thirst for intrigue, adventure and suspense was nurtured in my creative mind from an early age and this is what eventually formed the foundation of my own stories to come. It started with Fly Away Peta, continued in Under the Hood and peaks in my work in progress, Under Cover of Dark. Not satisfied with a strong hero and feisty heroine, I wanted more…of everything. So in all my books, I hope you will find plenty of action to keep you glued to your seat. The same applies to what I like to read. I love historical, suspense, mystery, paranormal…in fact, I love reading anything!

What I’ve just read:

GRACE GROWS by Shelle Sumners (Allen & Unwin)

(Read the full review on The Other Side)

If you’re looking for a novel that’s not only unique but original, GRACE GROWS by Shelle Sumners is the book for you. Sex and the City lovers are going to adore Shelle’s writing voice. GRACE GROWS is upbeat, funny and a very sweet read.

What I’m reading:

MY WILD RIDE by Fiona Johnson (Allen & Unwin)

The true story of Fiona’s battle with cancer and her determination to overcome life’s greatest challenges.

What I want to read:

A GRANDMOTHER’S WISDOM by Catriona Rowntree (Allen & Unwin)

Channel Nine Getaway presenter, Catriona Rowntree has a memoir coming out 20th March. This is Catriona’s story, interwoven with her Nan’s homespun advice.  Her Nan’s words of encouragement, warmth and love helped to guide her behaviour and choices.

Books on my TBR bookcase:

Wow, if I had to name them all it would be a list fit for the Guinness Book of Records, so perhaps it’s best if I send you off to my Goodreads Page.

I can tell you that next up on my list to read is SILVER CLOUDS by Fleur McDonald.

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Under the Hood:

When Scott Devin buys a struggling car dealership in a semi-rural area in Western Australia, the last person he expects to see in charge is a stilletto-wearing, mini-skirted foreperson. Exactly the distraction a struggling, male-dominated workshop doesn’t need! But there’s more to TJ Stevens than meets the eye.

TJ Stevens has two major goals in life: to preserve her grandfather’s heritage and protect her teenage rehabilitation program – and she’ll go to any lengths to do it. Scott Devin’s presence is a threat to everything she’s worked hard to achieve, so keeping him at arms-length shouldn’t be a problem…or will it?

Fly Away Peta:

Peta Johnson will go to extreme lengths to protect her daughter Bella. When Bella is kidnapped, the search for her takes Peta back to the small town of Williams, a place she’d vowed never to return to. The town where her dreams were shattered and her nightmare began. Back to the place she’d been destined to meet two very powerful, yet very different men. One would break her heart, the other would destroy her soul. Both would change her life forever.