New Release! Talk Of The Town by Rachael Johns

Happy new release to author Rachael Johns! Talk Of The Town is published by Harlequin Australia and is available now!

Talk Of The Town by Rachael Johns was enjoyable reading from the first chapter. Some revelations in the story were eye-opening and the differing twists in the story often snuck up on this reader. The secondary characters too, were a stand out that deserved accolade on their own. An all round great read.
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About Talk Of The Town by Rachael Johns

Lawson Cooper-Jones has two priorities in life – his son, Ned, and the survival of the dairy farm that has been in his family for generations. Despite the best efforts of the town matchmakers and the determined pursuit of local girl Adeline Walsh, Lawson’s heart belongs still, and only, to his late wife.

But when a flat tyre strands Lawson and Ned in nearby Rose Hill, he’s surprised to find a woman living alone in the old general store of the deserted town. Ned immediately forms a bond with the beautiful stranger called Meg, and Lawson is surprised to find himself captivated by her too.

Although shy at first, Meg starts to open up to him about the haunting secrets of her new home and, with Lawson unable to get her out of his head, they agree to investigate the history of the old building together. Soon they find their friendship has bloomed into something more.

But when meddling Adeline makes it her mission to uncover the truth about the newcomer and her real identity is revealed, Lawson and Meg’s budding romance comes crashing down. Can they both learn to forgive in order to claim a future for their damaged hearts?

A moving story of secrets, love and new beginnings from bestselling author Rachael Johns.

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New Release! Jewel In The North by Tricia Stringer

A saga that has spanned three generations as told within the three stand-alone novels contained in the Flinder’s Ranges series from author Tricia Stringer. Each instalment portraying a story with stand out characters. A striking backdrop of a story with vivid descriptive’s and detailed characters outlined within, in a time that was anything but easy. This series has been stunning reading from the first book. Jewel In The North by Tricia Stringer was another highlight read in an already remarkable series.
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About Jewel In The North by Tricia Stringer

A breathtaking historical family saga of love, death and forgiveness and a quest for the Jewel in the North

1895 The Flinders Ranges are a beautiful but harsh landscape as Joseph Baker, a pastoralist in that unforgiving environment, knows all too well. For three generations his family have farmed the land, married and had children at their property at Wildu Creek, but now, struggling with hostility from the local community for his choice of wife, Joseph finds himself fighting to save not just his friends and family but his very existence.

His son William has his own battles to fight: not only the drought that takes over the land but his own despair, as he faces rejection from the woman he loves. Meanwhile, a ruthless enemy will stop at nothing to take from William what he considers to be his. Could the vicious and cunning Charles Wiltshire be his nemesis? Or does another man, in a quest for the Jewel of the North, hold the key to his destruction?

As the First World War looms on the horizon, two men struggle to survive both the elements and each other on a quest to find that they hold dear — but only one will have the courage to stand strong.

The deeply satisfying conclusion to the bestselling Flinders Ranges series.

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New Release! Finding Hannah by Fiona McCallum

Finding Hannah by author Fiona McCallum was, at times, a devastatingly heart wrenching reading. Strong friendships portrayed with a few surprises through the course of the read. It was a story that was effectively written with emotionally affecting moments within. Readers keep a box of tissues handy.
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About Finding Hannah by Fiona McCallum

findinghannah_fionamccallum_harlequnA tender story of one woman’s journey through grief, and learning to live life again.

Hannah Ainsley has the perfect life — an adoring husband, a close relationship with her parents, a wonderful job, and amazing friends. Best of all, it’s Christmas — her favourite day of the whole year! It’s a time to share with her family and friends, and enjoy the festivities.

But this year will be like no other. Tragedy strikes and Hannah’s world is shattered. If she’s going to cope, she’s going to need all the support she can gather and draw on every bit of her strength. Life will never be the same again but it’s soon clear she has no alternative but to pull together a future from the remaining fragments.

As Hannah heads towards the next festive season she will have to make a decision — should she stay with the people who have supported her or should she leave? Could the answer lie in a delayed gift?

Fiona McCallum’s most touching novel so far is a rich tapestry of deep emotions that is sure to capture the hearts of many.

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New Release! Daughter Of Mine by Fiona Lowe

Happy new book release to author Fiona Lowe!

Daughter Of Mine by Fiona Lowe was a tumultuous, 360 degree story, filled with so many obstacles and heartache and twists for the portrayed characters. Energetic, opinionated personas that were prickly at first, but nevertheless, they grew on you. Characters that had this readers opinions turning. Events and circumstances, secrets and lies. An exceptionally magnificent read. From the start I was gripped by the happenings within the events of the small town setting and the vivacious starring characters portrayed. The obstacles and contentious issues were believably written and had me completely outraged on behalf of each of the characters. Loved this story and was so pleased with the finale and would not have complained if the story kept going 🙂 A book that will be in my fave reads that I could go back to again.
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About Daughter Of Mine by Fiona Lowe

When your world falls apart the only person you can depend on is your sister.

daughterofmine_fionalowe_harlequinausThe three Chirnwell sisters are descended from the privileged squattocracy in Victoria’s Western District — but could a long-held secret threaten their family?

Harriett Chirnwell has a perfect life — a husband who loves her, a successful career and a daughter who is destined to become a doctor just like her.

Xara has always lived in Harriet’s shadow; her chaotic life with her family on their sheep farm falls far short of her older sister’s standards of perfection and prestige.

Georgie, the youngest sister and a passionate teacher, is the only one of the three to have left Billawarre. But is her life in Melbourne happy?

Despite all three sisters having a different and sometimes strained bond with their mother, Edwina, they come together to organise a party for her milestone birthday — the first since their father’s death. But when Edwina arrives at her party on the arm of another man, the tumult is like a dam finally breaking. Suddenly the lives of the Chirnwell sisters are flooded by scandal. Criminal accusations, a daughter in crisis, and a secret over fifty years in the making start to crack the perfect façade of the prominent pastoral family.

A thought provoking novel about family expectations, secrets and lies.

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Q&A With Author Penelope Janu!

Today’s feature post is my Q&A with author Penelope Janu! InpenelopeJanu_author At The Deep End by author Penelope Janu is available now.  Welcome to Talking Books Blog Penelope!

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to think of yourself as a writer even though you are only imagining your characters, and not actually writing anything down. But make sure that one day, when the time is right, you do actually write something down …

What research do you do when you are trying to brainstorm for writing a book?

inatthedeepend_penelopejanu_harlequinausI’d like to say a lot but … not terribly much. In the early stages of writing I think up my characters, and then I work out what they’re passionate about. I find a voice for the main character. Then I make sure the character has an interesting story to tell. That’s when the research kicks in!

Can you tell us a scene that didn’t make the cut while writing In At The Deep End?

Good question! I wanted Harriet (outgoing) and Per (aloof) to dance together. But the scene was only sketched and didn’t quite fit in anywhere so I hit delete (sob!). However … in my next novel there is a dance scene between my characters early on, and it is crucial to the plot in so many ways. The scene very different to the one Harriet and Per would have had, but it’s a dance scene nonetheless!

What is the most difficult aspect of your artistic process?

I don’t plot my novels, so it is often difficult to assess ‘where I am going’ and ‘will I ever get there.’ Time is the other thing – I love writing and am so lucky that I now have the opportunity to write many days of the week.

But writing is also hard work and you have to dedicate time to it. A lot of time!

How many hours a day do you write?

I try to write for an hour early in the morning before the house wakes up. On the weekend I stretch this out to two hours. In the evening I try to write for another two hours. And whatever I can squeeze in during the day (at lunchtime if I’m at work, on public transport, wherever). It would probably be more efficient (and easier on my family) if I only wrote five days a week, but I don’t feel I get enough hours done that way. My characters clamour for attention seven days a week!

What can readers expect next from your writing?

My next novel is another lighthearted book, and the heroine has an interesting backstory, just like Harriet does. The novel is very much stand alone, but the hero is Per’s twin brother Tør, a Norwegian diplomat (he is a fantastic dancer, by the way).


About In At The Deep End by Penelope Janu

A quick-witted, contemporary romance about losing your cool.

inatthedeepend_penelopejanu_harlequinausWhat woman doesn’t love a real-life hero? Harriet Scott, for one. The fiercely independent daughter of famous adventurers, she grew up travelling the world on the environmental flagship The Watch. So when Harriet’s ship sinks in Antarctica and she has to be rescued by Commander Per Amundsen, an infuriatingly capable Norwegian naval officer and living breathing action hero, her world is turned upside down.

Like their namesakes, the original Scott and Amundsen who competed to reach the South Pole first, Per and Harriet have different ways of doing things. Per thinks Harriet is an accident waiting to happen; Harriet thinks Per is a control freak. But when Harriet realises that Per is the only one who can help her fund the new ship she desperately wants, she is forced to cooperate with him.

Per refuses to assist unless Harriet allows him to teach her to swim. But there is more to Harriet’s terrible fear of water than meets the eye. Can Harriet face her fears and come to terms with the trauma and loss of her past? And will she begin to appreciate that some risks are well worth taking—and that polar opposites can, in fact, attract?

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