COVER REVEAL: No Limits by Ellie Marney

Gooooooooooooood morning! Today is a VERY exciting day because we are joining in on a cover reveal! I use VERY because 1. this is our first ever cover reveal and 2. it’s for a book by one of my fave Aussie authors. So I’m basically bouncing off the walls right now. Well, as much I can be on a cold winter’s morning with no coffee in my system yet. 🙂

Both Annette and I love the Every trilogy to pieces (we book toured Every Breath throughout 2015/2016) but mate, I have been impatiently waiting for this book ever since Ellie announced that she was writing it. I am a HUUUUUGE Harris Derwent fan (see here, here and here) (and more on that below) and I can’t waaaaaaaaaaaait to read this book in August. But before I start listing every reason why in minute detail, please scroll down and get a load of this delightful cover.

 

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And here’s the blurb:

New Australian YA romantic crime from the author of the award-winning Every series…

Boozer, brawler, ladies’ man – nineteen-year-old Harris Derwent is not a good guy.

His one attempt to play the hero – helping out his old flame, Rachel Watts – has landed him in hospital. Now injured, broke, and unemployed, he’s stuck back in the country, at his father’s mercy. Harris needs to pay off his dad’s debts, and fast. But working as a runner for a drug cartel is a dangerous path – especially if Harris agrees to narc…

Eighteen-year-old Amita Blunt is the perfect police sergeant’s daughter – practical, trustworthy, and oh-so responsible. Getting involved in Harris’s case was never part of the plan. But working at the hospital, she’s invisible – which makes her the ideal contact for a boy feeding information back to the police…

Harris and Amie’s connection is sizzling hot – but if the cartel finds out about them, things could get downright explosive. Backed into a corner, with everything at stake, it’s time for Harris and Amie to find out if love really has no limits…

“A novel of bruising empathy and excitable romance…This is modern Australia for so many growing up on the periphery right now, picked apart with exquisite and smart insight from one of Australia’s best crime and YA writers.” – Danielle Binks, Begin End Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology.

The release date is Monday 14 August 2017. Pre-orders will be available from 1 August.

The book will be released on ebook and print on demand on Amazon – readers can order their copies (including print copies) there. More platforms to follow.

If you, for whatever bizarre reason, have not read the Every trilogy, I’d suggest getting on that right about yesterday. Sadly, Harris doesn’t appear as a character until the last book (Every Move) but trust me when I say that you’re making an excellent life choice. And look, because I’m super nice, I’m going to include the page numbers of my top 5 fave Harris moments below. When I say I’m a fan, I’m being pretty goddamn serious. I mean, (and this is gonna sound really bad) I could give a shit about Mycroft and Rachel when I was reading Every Move. Every page, I was like SHUT UP I DON’T CARE WHERE’S HARRIS. …Okay no, I did care about Mycroft and Rachel. But you know. ANYWAY, here’s those page numbers, with a comment that may or may not make sense (depends if you’ve read it):

  • pg 22 – flipping a town off, be still my beating heart.
  • pg 52 – back. muscles.
  • pg 76 – well he can be my self defense teacher anytime.
  • pg 95,96,97,98 – dancing!! on!! his!! toes!!
  • pg 272 – ‘you taste like sunlight’ FUCKKKKKKK OFFFFFFFFFF

Alright, that’s enough outta me. Be sure to check out the other No Limits cover reveal posts going up this morning and mark 14/8/17 down in your diaries as a Very Important #LoveOzYA book release day. Or No Limits release day. Whatever blows your dress up.

WOOOOOO YEEEEEEAAH HARRIS DERWENT.

– Rachel.

7. The Costume Shop In Kensington – LiOS

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‘… Camilla dragged me to a costume shop in Kensington that had an honest-to-god Star Wars Stormtrooper outfits for hire, which suddenly rendered the Spring Dance passably endurable.’ – pg 140

Melissa Keil told us that the costume shop in LiOS is based on The Costume Factory in Kensington, which has sadly burnt down in the years since the book was written. Sad face.

HOWEVER.

In the original draft, the costume shop was based on Rose Chong Costumiers so of course we decided to HAD to visit that… but it was closed on the day we went. More sad face. I guess that’s what we get for book touring on a Sunday?

We didn’t let the locked doors stop us entirely though, no sir-ee. We cupped our hands to the window, pressed our noses to the glass and had a good ol’ peer inside. We couldn’t see a stormtrooper costume but we did spy a sailor moon outfit and a golden morphsuit, so that was cool. I know where I’m going if ever I need a Serious Costume.

So even though we didn’t get to go inside, I’m glad we visited it because the outside is so damn cute! And doesn’t it totally look like a place Camilla would go?

– Annette

6. The Yu Kan-do It Karate Dojo – LiOS

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‘The Yu Kan-do It Karate dojo looks like a cross between a Japanese tea house and a medieval torture chamber’ – pg 134

When we emailed Melissa to ask if Mike’s karate dojo was based on a real one, she replied with that while she didn’t want to base it off her old karate school, quite a few similarities did sneak in. Melbourne Kyokushin Karate is in the Banana Alley vaults near Flinders Street Station and I quite enjoyed visiting this location because even tho the dojo is initially mentioned in the above quote, it’s also the scene of this hilarious moment later on in LiOS when Sam is trying to get Mike to forgive him after they’ve had a fight. It’s one of my fave parts because it’s so ridiculous and I remember laughing my head off when I read it for the first time (as well as every time since). We went there on a Sunday so there wasn’t a lot going on – it looked mostly empty from the outside when we were trying to discreetly peer in so we got our pic and left pretty quickly, but it was a nice walk, even though it was a bit longer than we expected because google maps didn’t know how to direct us there, onya google maps.

– Rachel

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5. Brighton Beach – LiOS

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‘Apparently, I am going to a beach party… I’ve never been out to Brighton. When the train pulls into the station, we pile onto the platform in a confusion of bags and towels…’ – pgs 96 & 103

I mean, how lucky are we?  Not only does Australia have the best YA authors, but they also write scenes in their books that mean we get to visit some of the best beaches in the world.  #grateful.

When we pulled up in the car park we saw that they had a Mr Whippy van which was super exciting.  So we scrounged all our change together and bought an ice-cream each.  Actually – I’m pretty sure Rachel paid for mine and I probs owe her money for that… Then we strolled along the beach, eating ice-cream and not being able to converse properly because of the wind.  It was pretty great.

-Annette

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4. Minotaur – LiOS

 

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‘So are we still on for Minotaur tomorrow?’ – pg 64

Confession: I’d never been into Minotaur before going for LiOS book tour reasons and Annette promised me life size cut outs of Daryl Dixon and Rick Grimes so I was pretty excited. But Minotaur didn’t deliver on this, therefore I don’t like Minotaur.

Juuuuuuuust kidding. Minotaur is the average nerd’s dream shop. It truly is pop culture galore and you could spend an entire afternoon in there and not get bored. I like that the shop is underground too, it’s like a Cave of Wonders in the Melbourne CBD. Also, that purple sign totally lures you in.

– Rachel

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3. The Kino Cinema – LiOS

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‘The Kino is one of my top five favourite cinemas…’ – pg 58

Because I am not Rachel and I have a terrible memory (srsly people, she’s like rain man) I could never remember when or why the Kino was referenced in the book and I kept picturing it as a pub (any one else remember playing Keno as a kid?). Turns out it’s actually much nicer than a pub.

The Kino is a cinema which we did not go into, but it looks much fancier than my local (although Eastland does now have reclining seats in all cinemas).  I mean, check out that font!  We visited this location towards the end of the day and, while I was pretty tired, I also thought it necessary to try to ruin every one of Rachel’s photos.  I succeeded.

-Annette