My Top Five Vacation Spots by Lisa Henry – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Lisa Henry who is visiting with us today to celebrate today’s release of Anhaga.

My Top Five Vacation Spots

Hi, I’m Lisa Henry, and I’m excited to be here today to tell you a little bit about my newest release Anhaga, and a little bit about myself. I’m going to share with you my five top vacation spots, so you can learn a bit about me, and also judge me for my choices! I recently just got back from the US from a vacation, and on my new favourite places is… INDIANA.

No, wait, come back, I’m serious. Here’s a bit of backstory. JA Rock and I once wrote a series of books set in Indiana and, in the comments on the drafts of that first book, The Two Gentlemen of Altona, JA’s hatred of Indiana grew more and more hilariously apparent. Look, the only reason I picked Indiana to set it in was so we could riff off Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona. It rhymed, okay? There was nothing deeper there. But it turned out that JA, as someone who’d grown up in Ohio, hated Indiana with a passion I can only relate to as a Queenslander hating New South Wales at State of Origin time. JA lives in Chicago now, and when I visit we drive to Ohio to hang out with other friends. And we decided that at some point instead of just driving through Indiana, one day we’d actually stop and explore things.

Which we did, in June. And it was wonderful. What’s more fun than road-tripping with a good friend and her dog? We stayed overnight in Story, which is a beautifully restored historical town in the middle of nowhere. We also visited the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, the RV Museum, a massive candle outlet store, Nappanee, and the biggest ball of paint in the world. Yes, it’s a thing, and yes, it was amazing.

Look, Indiana is never going to be on a list of must-see places in the world, but sometimes, if you look a little harder at the ordinary places, you can find wonderful things.


The first time I went to Amsterdam as a poor backpacker, I hated it. Looking back, this is entirely because I was still suffering from the flu I picked up in Paris and I would have hated literally anywhere. But I’ve since been back to Amsterdam, and I loved it. It’s such a vibrant and beautiful city, and there’s something there for everyone.


Melbourne is probably my favourite domestic holiday destination. That age old question of which city is better: Sydney or Melbourne? It’s Melbourne. Always.


Whenever I think about how much I wish I lived in Europe, where not everything is a 20+ hour plane ride away, I remember the fact that I’m only a few hours away from somewhere as amazing as Vanuatu, and count my blessings. Vanuatu is the sort of place that regularly ranks on the World Happiness Index. It’s definitely the sort of place you visit, then spend the rest few months wishing you could just live on a hut on the beach and never have to go to your day job again.
Last time I was in Vanuatu we visited the island of Tanna, where the sand on the beach is black because its volcanic, and you can go and watch the sun rise over an active volcano that spits lava into the air as you sit right there. It was an incredible experience. We were also staying somewhere that only had electricity for part of the day, so at night we’d just fall asleep in our beachside huts, listening to the rolling ocean only metres away, and the rumbling of the volcano in the distance. It was magical.


I mean, where else can you find creepy faceless monk statues around every corner? The old city of Tallinn is so beautiful, and when you get tired of all those hills and stairs, you can hop on the little train and get driven around instead! Also, that gorgeous front cover for Anhaga? Totally Tallinn.
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Aramin Decourcey—Min to his few friends—might be the best thief in Amberwich, and he might have a secret that helps him survive the cutthroat world of aristocratic families and their powerful magic users, but he does have one weakness: his affection for his adopted nephew, Harry.

When the formidable Sabadine family curses Harry, Min must accept a suicide mission to save his life: retrieve Kazimir Stone, a low-level Sabadine hedgewitch who refuses to come home after completing his apprenticeship… and who is in Anhaga, a seaside village under the control of the terrifying Hidden Lord of the fae. If that wasn’t enough, Kaz is far from the simple hedgewitch he seems.

With the Sabadines on one side and the fae on the other, Min doesn’t have time to deal with a crisis of conscience—or the growing attraction between him and Kaz. He needs to get Kaz back to Amberwich and get Harry’s curse lifted before it kills him. Saving Harry means handing Kaz over to his ruthless family. Saving Kaz means letting Harry die. Min might pride himself on his cleverness, but he can’t see his way out of this one.

The Hidden Lord might see that he never gets the choice.

About the Author: Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.

Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

Lisa has been published since 2012, and was a LAMBDA finalist for her quirky, awkward coming-of-age romance Adulting 101.

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