Guest post: Jessica Whitman, author of Wild One and giveaway

Jessica Whitman is the author of new release Wild One (Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99, now available), second in the Polo Season series. (The first book, High Season, has received rave reviews). It’s a fun and sexy story about following your passions and finding love. Today, I’m pleased to welcome Jessica to Sam Still Reading to talk about when she knew she wanted to be a writer. Thanks Jessica!


By Jessica Whitman

I was an early and voracious reader when I was a child. The kind of kid who used to bump into telephone poles walking home from school because I couldn’t put my book down long enough to even make it from point A to point B. One day, I found myself staying with my grandmother, who lived in a tiny town and had a rather limited library in her home. This was, of course, pre-Kindle, pre-internet, pre-everything. I had read and re-read all her Reader’s Digests, and I was bored and desperate. So I decided to write my own story. Something I would like to read. Because I couldn’t stand the idea that I was out of words. And, being an adolescent girl, I chose to write a love story. It all started there…

Thanks Jessica! I’m very glad that you grew up pre-internet and Kindle, otherwise we may not have your books to keep us readers going! If you’re interested in learning more about Wild One, you can check it out via these retailers:

You can also connect with the publisher, Allen & Unwin via many forms of social media:

Twitter: @AllenAndUnwin



Instagram: @allenandunwin

for book talk and book pics.

Giveaway Time!

Thanks to Allen & Unwin, I have two copies of Wild One to giveaway! Winners must live in Australia and provide a name and street address to receive their book. Just leave a comment on this post about the last book that had you so engrossed that you couldn’t put it down. Entries will close on 17th September at 11:59pm GMT +8. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply with their name and street address otherwise another winner will be drawn. Copies will be sent by the publisher. I am not responsible for lost books in the mail.

And finally, do drop by some of the other blog tour posts-

Blog Tour for Jessica Whitman’s Wild One

Just a quick post to tell you all about the blog tour that’s coming up for Jessica Whitman’s Wild One in conjunction with the kind, cake-eating people at Allen & Unwin (seriously, check out their Instagram and Twitter for cake goodness!) The book is now available (released on the 24th August, RRP $29.99) and has the approval of the hottest polo player on earth, Nacho Figueras. So while you’re waiting for my post on the 10th, why not drop by some of the other blogs?

Or, you can read more about the book here. If you like Jilly Cooper, polo or romance, this is a great book.

Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading 22/8/16

I didn’t have much time for book shopping last week (and looking at my diary, not much time coming up in the next fortnight) so I was super happy to get book love in the mail this week! Every single one of these books looks fantastic and I’m desperate to get to them. (I may not have done much reading this weekend due to close following of the Romance Writers of Australia’s conference on Twitter – #RWAus16).

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne has had rave reviews from everyone I know who had read it. It’s a love-hate work relationship between Lucy and Joshua but there is no way Lucy is going to lose any of these games. Now it’s time for the biggest game but maybe it’s not hate, but something else… Thanks to Hachette Australia for the copy.

The Fence by Meredith Jaffe is about neighbours and the turf wars (or in this case, fence wars) that can arise. Gwen is up for war when new resident Frankie suggests a fence between their properties that would destroy Gwen’s perfect yard – there’s nothing neighbourly in this feud. Thanks to Pan Macmillan for the book, which is released on 30th August.

Thanks to Allen and Unwin for the following four books, all released this Wednesday. I adore Maggie Joel’s books, so I am thrilled to see she has a new book out. The Safest Place in London takes place during World War II as two mothers and their daughters shelter in a tube station. During wartime, everyone is looking to keep them and their loved ones safe, even at the expense of others.

People tease me for my love of Japanese fiction in translation, but who could resist the cover of The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami (translated by Allison Markin Powell)? Hitomi takes a job at Mr Nakano’s shop to find that not only does every piece have meaning, but that it’s home to many characters.

Finding Sanity: John Cade, Lithium and the Taming of Bipolar Disorder by Greg De Moore and Ann Westmore is how John Cade, recently returned POW and doctor worked on treatment for bipolar disorder in a disused kitchen. There, he discovered lithium – which is still commonly used today. I’m kind of ashamed that I didn’t know that lithium treatment was discovered by an Australian prior to this.

Jessica Whitman’s Wild One is a sexy, scandalous novel set in the high glamour world of polo. Kat Parker is a former Hollywood It Girl who meets Sebastian Del Campo, star polo player who doesn’t have his heart in the sport. Together, they decide that Seb’s grandmother’s story is perfect for a Hollywood screenplay. But will their connection make or break their careers? This book is part of the Polo Season series (introduced by Nacho Figueras).

If you want to check other bookshelves, do drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies. Overseen by Vicki (I’d Rather Be at the Beach), Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) and Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit), I’m sure you’ll find many books for the wish list!

It’s Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Book Date and formerly by Book Journey and J Kaye. Click on the pictures to read more about the books.

What I Read Last Week:

What I’m Reading at the Moment:

Up Next:

One of the above!