Virtual Blog Tour! We That Are Left by Lisa Bigelow

Today’s feature Guest Post is by author Lisa Bigelow as part of the virtual blog tour for the novel We That Are Left.  We That Are Left is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99 and is available now.

 

Writing, Working and Learning
By Lisa Bigelow

Over the last ten years I’ve juggled writing between work and post-graduate study. In order to switch between the different writing modes needed to do each task I’ve found it helpful to create different physical environments. I wrote much of my novel on my laptop, often in a café without wifi so there were no distractions, I did my paid work in an office whenever possible, and study was done on a desktop computer in my spare room at home. I often took my novel scenes for a walk or a swim or to a gym session and let a conversion or incident play out in my head before rushing home to write it all down.

Every now and then I picture myself living in a little cottage beside a beach, writing in a sunny room and taking new characters out for a walk along the shore. For now that dream is only possible on holidays, but one day…

 

About We That Are Left by Lisa Bigelow

A moving debut novel about love and war, and the terrifyingly thin line between happiness and tragedy, hope and despair.

Melbourne, 1941. Headstrong young Mae meets and falls head over heels in love with Harry Parker, a dashing naval engineer. After a whirlwind courtship they marry and Mae is heavily pregnant when she hears that Harry has just received his dream posting to HMAS Sydney. Just after Mae becomes a mother, she learns Harry’s ship is missing.

Meanwhile, Grace Fowler is battling prejudice to become a reporter on the afternoon daily newspaper, The Tribune, while waiting for word on whether her journalist boyfriend Phil Taylor, captured during the fall of Singapore, is still alive.

Surrounded by their friends and families, Mae and Grace struggle to keep hope alive in the face of hardship and despair. Then Mae’s neighbour and Grace’s boss Sam Barton tells Mae about a rumour that the Japanese have towed the damaged ship to Singapore and taken the crew prisoner. Mae’s life is changed forever as she focuses her efforts on willing her husband home.

Set in inner Melbourne and rural Victoria, We That Are Left is a moving and haunting novel about love and war, the terrifyingly thin line between happiness and tragedy, and how servicemen and women are not the only lives lost when tragedy strikes during war.

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You Down With OTP? Yeah, You Know Me! Guest Post by Author Gina L. Maxwell!

Today’s feature post is part of the Ruthless virtual blog tour. Ruthless by Gina L. Maxwell is the newest book release in the Playboys In Love series.

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Guest Post by Gina L. Maxwell – You down with OTP? Yeah, you know me!

Anyone who grew up in the 90’s will recognize that line as a Naughty By Nature rap song, except it was technically called O.P.P., of which the definition is an entirely different topic that we won’t get into right now.

This post is about OTPs, or for the pop-culture impaired, One True Pairing. It’s the fictional couple—or people, if they’re not yet a couple—you most want/love to be together in any given show. The act of wanting them to be together is called shipping, which derives from the word relationship. For example, I ship Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak from the CW Network television show, Arrow. From the very beginning, I wanted Oliver and Felicity to get together and be a couple, so I shipped them. Got it? And because I love them the most of any couples (or possible couples) on that show, they are my OTP. And just to add more confusion to the made-up-words mess, when you ship a couple, you combine their names into one. So my OTP’s name is Olicity. Isn’t that adorable?

Anyway, I absolutely love Olicity. He’s strong and moral and loyal and she’s awkward and quirky and smart. They’re absolutely amazing together, and they had probably the most perfect first kiss I’ve ever seen in a TV show or movie. I couldn’t find GIF long enough to show the whole thing, so I found several that pieces it together for you.

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Incidentally, that first kiss pretty much sums up their entire relationship on the show throughout all of the seasons so far. It’s so frustrating when the writers of a show mess with your OTP, but I don’t want to talk about it because the whole thing makes me super stabby. If there’s a God, they’ll fix what they broke before they have mutiny on their hands from the entire fandom.

The heroine in my upcoming release, Ruthless, is Addison Paige. She’s a self-proclaimed honey badger, tough and willing to fight for what she believes in and what she wants—including one man in particular, Roman “Ruthless” Reeves. If she had a favorite OTP, I think it would be Ragnar and Lagertha from the show Vikings.

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There are so many similarities to be drawn between the two couples. They’re playful with each other, even when arguing, and their banter is witty and fun thanks to Addison’s snark.

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Addison is every bit as strong and confident as Roman and isn’t afraid to let him know it or push back on him when he needs the reminder. They leave the shields and swords out of it, thankfully.

 

About Ruthless by Gina L. Maxwell

ruthless_ginalmaxwellPeople call me Ruthless for a reason.

Whether I’m in the court room or in the bedroom, my reputation is well-earned. I’m either working hard, working out, or working my way into some woman’s panties. But none of them share my particular kink, and I walk away feeling unsatisfied.
Until I met her.

She’s a friend of a friend, which makes her off-limits in my book. But then temptation had me by the balls and I had her up against a wall. She literally fucked my world off its axis, but it can’t happen again.

My plan was avoidance, but that got blown to shit when my firm hired her as a new junior attorney. Now I’m her boss, and I’m supposed to act like I don’t want to bend her over my desk every five minutes.

But I’ve never held myself back with anything before, so consequences be damned. It’s time to take what I want and show her how damn good it feels…to be ruthless.

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About The Author

Gina L. Maxwell is a full-time writer, wife, and mother living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weather. An avid romance novel addict, she began writing as an alternate way of enjoying the romance stories she loves to read. Her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, hit both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists in less than four weeks, and she’s been living her newfound dream ever since.

When she’s not reading or writing steamy romance novels, she spends her time losing at Scrabble (and every other game) to her high school sweetheart, doing her best to hang out with their teenagers before they fly the coop, and dreaming about her move to sunny Florida once they do.

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Guest Post by Author Teri Anne Stanley – A Shot With You Virtual Blog Tour

Today’s feature guest post is part of the virtual blog tour for A Shot With You by author Teri Anne Stanley.

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Whiskey Sour by Teri Anne Stanley

Most true bourbon aficionados would say that you should only drink Kentucky’s best with a little water, if you have to add anything at all. Some wouldn’t even condone ice. But seriously…how many people can drink straight whiskey without making that face? You know the one. The “HOLY CRAP, MY ENTIRE BODY’S GOING TO CATCH ON FIRE!” face.

And if the bourbon industry turned their nose up at the cocktail mixers of the world, they wouldn’t sell much liquor, would they?

Besides, there are so many awesome cocktails that include bourbon, that it would be very wrong to ignore them.
There’s the Old Fashioned, which is made with whiskey, bitters, simple syrup, a twist of orange and a cherry. The Manhattan, which has bourbon, vermouth (bleh!) and a cherry (I detect a theme!). Don’t forget about the Mint Julep…mint, sugar, bourbon…

And my old family favorite, the Whiskey Sour. I remember getting to have a tiny bit of this on special occasions when I was younger. It was sure better than the beer we’d maybe possibly try to sneak out of the garage refrigerator! The traditional recipe calls for fresh lemon juice, sugar, and whiskey, but here’s the Big Dick version (Big Dick was my dad, Richard. Not a commentary on the character or man parts of anyone):
1 can of frozen lemonade
Dump the contents of the can in to a blender
1 can of bourbon
Use the lemonade can. It will help rinse all the lemonade into the blender.
Add a bunch of ice and grind the heck out of everything, until you have a slurry.
1 can of Sprite
Give it a quick mix.

You gotta do that part last, because 1), if you add the Sprite after the bourbon, you’ll be sure to rinse out any residual liquor that would otherwise go to waste stuck to the inside of the can, which would be wrong, and 2) the fizzy in the Sprite would go whizzy if you added it before you blenderized it.
Pour into glasses, give to guests, and watch Mom start to act silly.
Cheers!

 

About A Shot With You by Teri Anne Stanley

One more will never be enough…

Bourbon is in Brandon Morgan’s blood. His family owns the best bourbon brand in the ashotwithyou_teriannestanley_entangledpubcountry—or it will be with his marketing genius. And after meeting the fiery daughter of a tequila distillery owner, he’s never been more sure.

His barrels, her tequila. It’s a match made in heaven. But only if he can keep his hands off the owner’s daughter…and his secrets to himself.

Lesa Ruiz will do anything to keep Little Possum afloat, but one look at Brandon’s gorgeous dimples and Lesa knows two things for sure: forever is not in the cards with this man and he’s way too sexy to resist for long.

Well, three things… Brandon is hiding something, and she’ll need to get a lot closer to figure it out and save her family’s legacy. Shots, anyone?

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About The Author

terriannestanley_authorTeri Anne Stanley has been writing since she learned to hold a crayon. Though her handwriting hasn’t improved, her spelling is a little better now. She spends her days as an evil genius’s sidekick in a research lab, and her nights weaving tales of heroic hunks and sassy, smart women. When she’s not at work, Teri, Mr. Stanley, and the Stanlettes enjoy spending time at their weekend estate, located in the thriving metropolis of Sugartit, between Beaverlick and Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.

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Guest Post by Author Karly Lane – Third Time Lucky Virtual Blog Tour!

Welcome to the Virtual Blog Tour post for Karly Lane’s latest novel Third Time Lucky! As part of the blog tour, Karly has written a guest post “Writing Believable Characters”. Third Time Lucky by Karly Lane is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99, available now.

Writing Believable Characters By Karly Lane

There’s nothing worse than reading a book, or watching a movie, for that matter, and not believing in a character. It can ruin the entire story.
The key word is believability. You have to believe in the character. It doesn’t matter if they’re the hero or the villain, it doesn’t matter if they’re a farmer or a super hero who can fly, unless that character is believable, as a person, your reader isn’t going to feel anything, except maybe, annoyed.
So how do you make a character believable? One way is to give them flaws. A book about a perfect woman with perfect hair and a perfect job, living in a perfect mansion with a perfect pool boy to clean her perfect pool… well, let’s face it, we hate her already don’t we? It’s not to say you can’t have this woman who seems to have the most perfect, everything. You can, and she could be fascinating, if you give her some flaws.
Having flaws in characters doesn’t have to be a bad thing, in fact giving a glimpse of what lies beneath the surface of a character, brings out empathy in the reader. Your character who seems to have everything, might be hiding the fact that she gets crippling anxiety whenever she leaves the house. She might have a fear of dogs, or spiders, she might feed her kids cereal for dinner when she can’t be bothered to cook dinner one night or have a bad habit of locking herself out of her house. If she has flaws that we can all connect to in some way, it makes her relatable.
You need to show your character’s layers. So, using Miss Perfect, again, maybe on the outside she comes across to her employees in the story as a cold-hearted tyrant, but then we find her later that evening sitting alone in front of her tv, crying at a soppy ad for staying in touch with your loved ones. Why does this horrible, hard-nosed business woman, who made three of her staff cry before lunch, become a blubbering mess, over a silly telephone ad? These kinds of things show a deeper context to the character, it gives her emotions, and emotions make characters feel real.
Another way of bringing out the feels for your reader is to give your character memories. Having something spark a memory from childhood; remembering a first love, hearing a song that instantly sends them back to another place or time in their mind, we’ve all experienced that. Readers need to see characters as people. If we can relate to something like a familiar memory, then we can believe in that character. And really, isn’t that the whole point to reading a good story? To believe in it so completely that we feel as though we were part of it?

 

About Third Time Lucky by Karly Lane

When her marriage ends, December Doyle returns home to Christmas Creek. Will she conquer her fear of heartbreak? A heart-warming novel about betrayal, ambition and the power of love.

After a disastrous marriage, December Doyle has returned to her home town to try to pick thirdtimelucky_karlylane_allenandunwinausup the pieces of her life and start again. She’s also intent on helping breathe new life into the Christmas Creek township, so the last thing she needs is trouble.

Bad boy Seth Hunter has also returned to Christmas Creek, and trouble is his middle name. Wrongly convicted of a serious crime in his youth, Seth is now a successful businessman, but he’s intent on settling some old scores.

As teenagers, December and Seth were madly in love, and seeing each other again reawakens past feelings. But will Seth be able to overcome his destructive anger about the past, and can December conquer her fear of heartbreak to make their relationship third time lucky?

By the bestselling author of Second Chance Town, this compelling novel is about betrayal, ambition and the power of forgiveness – and love.

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About The Author

Karly Lane is the best-selling author of nine novels including Second Chance Town, karlylane_author_allenandunwinausGemma’s Bluff, and Bridie’s Choice. A certified small town girl, Karly is most happy in a little town where everyone knows who your grandparents were. Her novels range from romantic suspense to family saga, and she is passionate about writing stories that embrace rural Australia and the vast communities within it. She lives on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW with her husband and four children.

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Guest Post by Author Jessica Whitman!

Today’s feature post is a guest post by author Jessica Whitman as part of the blog tour for the newly released novel Wild One, available now!

 

Romance tropes – you gotta love ‘em!
By Jessica Whitman

I love writing romance for the same reason I love writing screenplays – there is an expected frame around the stories that allows for wild creativity within nice, firm boundaries. And like screenplays, I don’t have to spend a lot of time thinking about the structure of the story – the structure is basically inherent to the genre. So I am allowed to spend my time developing character and writing fun dialogue and making sure the psychological foundation of the story all makes sense, instead. I actually find the tropes of romance to be extremely freeing and fun to work within.

 

About Wild One by Jessica Whitman

In the irresistible tradition of Jilly Cooper, Nacho Figueras presents the second addictively readable novel in the glamorous, scandalous, romance-filled Polo Season series.

Love, scandal and seduction in the glamorous world of polo

When Katherine ‘Kat’ Parker wrote and directed a blockbuster movie she became WileOne_JessicaWhitman_AllenandUnwinHollywood’s ‘It Girl’ overnight – until with one flop she wasn’t. Now Kat is back living in Florida trying to find the inspiration to write what she hopes will be her comeback screenplay.

Despite being an exceptionally talented polo player, Sebastian Del Campo has never shared his famous family’s intense passion for the sport. He has, however, excelled at other polo-related activities – like partying hard and having liaisons with beautiful women.

When Sebastian meets Kat he finds her down-to-earth attitude refreshing. Keen to get to know her better, he regales Kat with stories of his trailblazing grandmother, Victoria, who was a pioneering polo player.

Kat’s imagination is fired by Victoria’s story and she realises she’d make a great subject for a screenplay. Seb agrees and the pair head to Hollywood to seek out funding for a film that could make or break both their careers – and their growing feelings for each other . . .

Fun, sexy and entertaining, this novel is about taking a risk to follow your passions in life – and love.

Category: Popular fiction
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Arena
Pub Date: September 2016
Page Extent: 320
RRP:  $29.99

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About Author Jessica Whitman

Jessica Whitman teamed up with the face of Ralph Lauren, world-famous polo player Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Figueras, to bring to life a romantic trilogy set in the glamorous world of international polo. ‘Nacho’ Figueras is the captain and co-owner of the award-winning Black Watch polo team. The ‘David Beckham of polo’, he has featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes and Gossip Girl, and was voted the second most handsome man in the world by Vanity Fair. Nacho lives in America and Argentina with his wife and their four children.

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Winners will be contacted by email. If giveaway is not claimed within twenty-four hours, prize is forfeited. Giveaway is offered by the Publisher. Winners will be drawn randomly and cannot be contested. Giveaway open until midnight AEST Saturday 10 September 2016.
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