New Release! I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

The irresistible new standalone from Sophie Kinsella is a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything . . .

Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour.

That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time.

Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.

Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants?

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Q&A With Author Nicole Alexander

Today’s Q&A post features Nicole Alexander, author of the newly released novel Stone Country. Stone Country is published by Penguin Random House. Ms Alexander discusses aspects of her book, her writing process and future writing endeavours. Welcome to Talking Books Blog Ms Alexander!

 

Congratulations on your latest novel Stone Country. Can you tell us a scene that did not make it into the finished story?

Thankyou. I haven’t had a novel out for a couple of years now so it’s very exciting that Stone Country has hit the National Top Ten Bestseller list. Every scene made it into the novel and I added a couple of extra scenes during the editing process. The duality of human nature lies at the heart of Stone Country and some of the questions I asked myself during its creation included such things as, what sets us apart from our friends and family? Why do we make certain choices during a lifetime? Ones that can just as easily mean our triumph or our downfall. Delving into particular character traits in Stone Country, required lots of redrafting, hence the extra scenes.

How many hours a day do you set aside for writing?

I work on a weekly word count of five thousand words which means that some days I might be glued to the desk for ten hours and others, less. And writing on weekends and during evenings is often a given. It depends if the writing gods are feeling generous and also, what’s happening on our property. We downsized a few years ago and now concentrate on breeding beef cattle, but my day job (farming) can still be very intensive at times, especially with the ongoing drought.

Did you always aspire to become an author?

In my teens I began to think about writing and the art of storytelling, both written and oral. I dabbled with writing at school and university and then, when I finished my studies, I began to write as a hobby and my career grew from that. Initially I wrote travel and genealogy articles, and short stories. An apprenticeship that lead me to try my hand at a longer piece of fiction that became my first novel, The Bark Cutters. It was short-listed for an Australian Book Industry Award and it was that recognition that gave me the confidence to continue with my writing.

How many books have you written in your career? Which one was the most challenging to write?

My published works include poetry and inclusions in both fiction and non-fiction anthologies. Stone Country is my ninth novel. Every work has its unique challenges and as I mature as a writer, each novel inevitably represents both a personal and professional milestone. As for the most challenging I would have to say it was most definitely Stone Country. It required a huge amount of research. Stone Country spans the period 1901 to 1940 and is set in Adelaide and the mid-north of South Australia, and the Northern Territory. I spent considerable time in both locations, researching the history of these regions, and tracing the steps my characters would take on the page. The away-from-the-desk research component of my work definitely feeds my inner Indiana Jones and ensures that the story is completely authentic in terms of time and place.

What can readers expect in your writing endeavours?

Big stories that celebrate our extraordinary history and magnificent landscapes. Drama, adventure and passion with strong, flawed characters that drive the narrative onwards. I treat the land as a character in all of my works. It is a living breathing entity after all.

 


About Stone Country

From nineteenth-century Adelaide and the red dirt of mid-north South Australia, to the cattle stations and buffalo plains of the far north Ross Grant’s journey is one of desire, adventure and determination, to the heart of stone country and beyond.

South Australia, 1919. Ross Grant has always felt like the black sheep of his wealthy Scottish family. An explorer at heart, he dreams of life on Waybell, their remote cattle station in Australia’s last remaining wilderness, the Northern Territory.

Then his brother Alastair is branded a deserter after going missing during the Great War. To help restore the Grants’ damaged reputation, Ross is coerced into marrying Darcey Thomas, a woman he has never met.

Disgusted by his manipulative family, he turns his back on his unwanted wife just hours after the ceremony, and heads to Waybell with no plans to return. He carries with him the hope of carving his own empire in the far north.

But Ross has not counted on Darcey’s determination to be his wife in more than just name. Nor did he anticipate meeting Maria, a young, part-Chinese woman who will capture his heart. And he certainly wasn’t prepared for how this beautiful yet savage land will both captivate and destroy his soul . . .

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*The pictures featured in this Q&A post are courtesy of Penguin Random House.

Book Spotlight! An Irresistible Temptation by Elsa Winckler

She has enough trouble in her life – she doesn’t need him to add more.

While school teacher Dana Roux is attracted to hotel tycoon David, she has no intention of ever acting on it. He’s way out of her league, and, as a former investigative journalist, David would soon discover the sordid scandal of her father’s incarceration and suicide.

David Cavallo quit his job as a reporter because he no longer had the stomach for it. Now he works with his brothers, enjoys life and especially enjoys flirting with women. Usually they reciprocate, but Dana steers clear even though he can tell she’s tempted. But at his brother’s wedding, they share a kiss that leaves him aching for more. Could Dana be the one? Before he can explore his feelings, he learns of his role in her father’s fall and suddenly his hoped for romance becomes complicated.

Will the past define their future?

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Book Spotlight! An Impossible Attraction by Elsa Winckler

He was Mr. Wrong until he did everything right.

When Interior Decorator Zoe Sutherland is offered the career-building opportunity of a life time – working on super star architect Dale Cavallo’s glamorous new hotel – she’s thrilled…until she meets Dale. He may be the most handsome and sexy man she’s ever met, but he’s also the most arrogant and mysterious. He denies her access to the hotel’s floor plans, interfering with her ability to work. And when she stands her ground and challenges him, his smoldering looks threaten to derail her focus and remind her that there is more to life than work.

Dale’s life is his career. He enjoys women, but has a love ’em and leave ’em attitude, which has worked until Zoe. She fires up more than his libido and one night of loving is not nearly enough. He wants more. That she might be out to steal the plans of his more daring project to date, has him thinking that perhaps he should keep this potential enemy even closer…in his bed.

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Book Spotlight! On The Same Page by Penelope Janu

Sometimes a girl just has to do what’s in her heart …

By day Miles Franklin, named after the famous author, is a successful lawyer. But by night she writes historical romance novels under the pen name Emma Browning. When Miles’s assistant covertly enters her boss’s novel in one of Australia’s biggest literary awards—and it wins—Miles’s perfectly ordered world is torn apart.

Lars Kristensen smells a rat. As the CEO of Iconic International, the company publishing Miles’s prize-winning novel, he’s determined to meet the author and uncover her true identity.

But Miles is equally determined to protect her privacy—and to keep writing—even if it means mastering pole dancing, and choreographing a love scene in the back of a horse-drawn carriage … Well, she is a romance writer, after all.

Miles has the grit to keep her secret, but Lars has the smouldering looks and arrogance of any romantic hero she has ever imagined.

Hmm. Sometimes a girl just has to turn the page …

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