New Release! Amber and Alice by Janette Paul

Take a hilarious road trip into the Australian outback in this witty romantic comedy, with an enticing family mystery thrown in!

When Amber Jones wakes up in her sister Sage’s speeding car, with no idea how she got there (though the hangover is a clue), all she wants to do is go home. But Sage is convinced a road trip to Alice Springs will finally answer the burning question: who is Amber’s father? Because nine months before Amber’s birth, her late mother Goldie made the same trip . . .

Armed with just a name and Goldie’s diaries, Amber agrees to search for a man she’s never met in one of the world’s biggest deserts.

And that means spending two weeks in a convoy of four-wheel-driving tourists and camping in freezing desert nights. To make matters worse, her fellow travellers hate her and the handsome tour leader Tom thinks she’s an alcoholic.

But slowly the desert starts to reveal its secrets – and Amber must decide which horizon to follow . . .

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New Release! Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley

Happy new book release to author Sasha Wasley!

Dear Banjo was a bumpy ride for the characters, but best friends Willow and Tom were an unmissable read. Complicated, heartfelt and challenging, their antics made for some entertaining reading from start to finish.
Review copy received from Penguin Random House

 

About Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley

They were best friends who were never meant to fall in love – but for one of them, it was already way too late.

Willow ‘Banjo’ Paterson and Tom Forrest were raised on neighbouring cattle stations in the heart of the Kimberley. As young adults, sharing the same life dreams, something came between them that Willow cannot forget. Now ten years have passed since she’s even spoken to Tom.

When her father falls ill, Willow is called home to take over the running of the family property, Paterson Downs. Her vision for a sustainable, organic cattle station is proving hard to achieve. She needs Tom’s help, but is it too late, and all too complicated, to make amends?

Tom’s heartfelt, decade-old letters remain unopened and unmentioned between them, and Willow must find the courage to finally read them. Their tattered pages reveal a love story like no other – and one you’ll never forget.

Dear Banjo is a wildly romantic and utterly captivating story about first love and second chances from an exciting new Australian author.

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Q&A With Author Sasha Wasley

Q&A feature with author Sasha Wasley, debut author of Dear Banjo. Published by Penguin Random House, RRP $32.99 and is available now!.

Are there any scenes that got cut from the finished book that you can mention?

There are several, but mostly from the end of the book when I was struggling to let go of the characters! There was one scene where my lovers explained in detail what had been going on in their heads during previous misunderstandings and my editor (rightly) said, ‘This is all pointless backtracking!’ Oh, let me tell you, it was tough to do but I cut that entire scene. My editor said I just needed to let them ride off into the sunset, because the reader knew they were perfect together. Very good advice. All in all I think I must have cut a good 20,000 words from the final book!

What is the first book that made you cry?

The first book I can remember really bawling over was Anne of Green Gables. Like, bawling so hard I couldn’t see or breathe. That whole series broke my heart over and over again. I don’t know how Lucy Maud Montgomery could have killed off so many wonderful characters! She gave JK Rowling a run for her money. If LMM was alive and on Twitter today, she’d be tweeting annual apologies for killing off beloved characters.
@LucyMM: This year, I apologise for killing Matthew Cuthbert. #sweetoldman #heartdisease #uglycry

What is your favourite go-to read?

When I’m tired and don’t feel like fully engaging with a new book, I reread my true-paranormal books! I love being spooked and the stories are nice and short so I can stop reading without my naughty brain telling me ‘just one more chapter!’ I also love reading Jane Austen books and her juvenilia. If I have to work in the morning or get the kids to school, I avoid anything that’s got the potential to keep me up reading all night (ie stories I do not yet know back to front).

What was the most challenging scene to write in the book?

Probably the weekend muster scene. Willow is challenged by the station manager, who is sceptical about her organic, humane farming ideas, to accompany the droving team on a 3-day muster. Willow, almost 30, hasn’t been on a muster since she was a teenager. I had to keep going back to Google and Youtube and my books on cattle grazing to make sure I got the facts right, as well as weaving in the unspoken tension and awkward attempts to rebuild between Tom and Willow. It is a very enjoyable scene and it’s now one of my favourites in the whole book, but it took time to get it right.

What can readers expect next in your writing?

More Patersons! This book is part of a series. I have just finished first-drafting Free’s book (Willow’s younger sister) and have now gone onto sketching out Beth’s story (the eldest Paterson girl). I may take a short break and detour into finishing my YA paranormal series later this year, but my priority is the Daughters of the Outback series.

 

About Sasha Wasley

Sasha Wasley was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. She lives in the Swan Valley wine region with her two daughters. She writes commercial fiction, crossover new adult/YA mysteries and paranormal. Sasha Wasley’s debut novel, The Seventh, was published in January 2015. Her first new adult paranormal romance series, The Incorruptibles, debuted in 2016.

 

About Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley

They were best friends who were never meant to fall in love – but for one of them, it was already way too late.

Willow ‘Banjo’ Paterson and Tom Forrest were raised on neighbouring cattle stations in the heart of the Kimberley. As young adults, sharing the same life dreams, something came between them that Willow cannot forget. Now ten years have passed since she’s even spoken to Tom.

When her father falls ill, Willow is called home to take over the running of the family property, Paterson Downs. Her vision for a sustainable, organic cattle station is proving hard to achieve. She needs Tom’s help, but is it too late, and all too complicated, to make amends?

Tom’s heartfelt, decade-old letters remain unopened and unmentioned between them, and Willow must find the courage to finally read them. Their tattered pages reveal a love story like no other – and one you’ll never forget.

Dear Banjo is a wildly romantic and utterly captivating story about first love and second chances from an exciting new Australian author.

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Q&A With Author Jennifer Scoullar!

Welcome to today’s book feature Q&A post for Fortune’s Son author Jennifer Scoullar. Ms Scoullar’s newest novel Fortune’s Son, published by Penguin Random House Australia.

What research do you do when brainstorming a book?

Once I’ve come up with a new story idea, I read lots of non-fiction books around the theme and subject matter. With Fortune’s Son, for example, I literally read every text ever written about Thylacines! With this being my first historical saga, I also did a lot of internet research about turn-of-the-century Australia, and Tasmania in particular.

But no amount of research beats spending time in the landscape of your proposed novel. Reference books can’t buy you drinks at the bar and tell you stories. Statistics can’t show you the beauty of an ancient huon pine tree, framed by a pink sunset. For this reason, I spent quite a bit of time in Tasmania. When you travel to the heart of your story, maps turn into places, population figures turn into people and mountains become metaphors for our connection to country.

What was the first book the made you cry?

Black Beauty

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

Believe that you can earn money writing what you love. It takes hard work, but don’t give up. Ten years ago I was told nobody would publish adult novels with animal point of view in Australia. Fortune’s Son has passages written from the point of view of both a dog and a thylacine.

Can you tell us a scene that did not make the cut while writing Fortune’s Son?

This makes me smile. Although Fortune’s Son has animal point of view, my editor did suggest I cut the dog honeymoon. ‘The fact that Sasha has puppies will indicate to readers that the dogs mated,’ she said. How unromantic! I had an entire chapter about how Sasha became Bear’s mate. It took me ages to write. Perhaps I’ll put it up on-line as a stand-alone piece

How many hours a day do you write?

I try to write for four hours a day. This increases when I’m nearing a deadline.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m busy writing another historical saga, a sequel to Fortune’s Son. It begins in 1929, at the start of the great depression, and follows the lives of Belle Campbell’s twin grandsons.

 

About Fortune’s Son by Jennifer Scoullar

Can one man’s revenge become his redemption?

Young Luke Tyler has everything going for him: brains, looks and a larrikin charm that turns heads. The future appears bright, until he defends his sister from the powerful Sir Henry Abbot. His reward is fifteen years hard labour on a prison farm in Tasmania’s remote highlands.

Luke escapes, finding sanctuary with a local philanthropist, Daniel Campbell, and starting a forbidden relationship with Daniel’s daughter, Belle. But when Luke is betrayed, he must flee or be hanged.

With all seeming lost, Luke sails to South Africa to start afresh. Yet he remains haunted by the past, and by Belle, the woman he can’t forget. When he returns to seek revenge and reclaim his life, his actions will have shattering consequences – for the innocent as well as the guilty.

Set against a backdrop of wild Tasmania, Australian gold and African diamonds, Fortune’s Son is an epic story of betrayal, love and one man’s struggle to triumph over adversity and find his way home.

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Q&A With Author Christine Wells!

Today’s Q&A post features author Christine Wells. Ms Wells new release book, The Traitor’s Girl, published by Penguin Random House, is available now, RRP $32.99.

 

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

This is what you were meant to do so stop trying to prove yourself by getting published—people won’t take you seriously as a writer, published or not, unless you make writing a priority and treat it like a job. Slow down, take risks and believe in yourself. And for the love of God, develop a better process or you’ll regret it later!

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

Brainstorming a book isn’t something I do consciously. I usually become obsessed with a fascinating part of history and want to know all I can about it. I read everything I can get my hands on, and somewhere in this process, the idea for a book comes to me. I tend to read biographies and general texts in this phase, then delve deeper into original sources as I write the first draft.

Can you tell us a scene that didn’t make the cut while writing The Traitor’s Girl?

I wrote a gorgeous scene where the three friends, Vi, Steph and Annabel, go through the amazing couture gowns stored in Annabel’s grandmother’s attic. I had so much fun researching iconic dresses of the 1920s and 1930s for this scene, but in the end, it had to go because it didn’t do much to advance the story. I can never let anything go completely, though, and I find it easier to cut if I keep cut scenes in a separate file. My ‘snippets’ file for this book was 20,000 words long!

How many hours a day do you write?

This varies greatly. When not on deadline it might be two hours a day of actual writing. Three months out from deadline it is often much more than that. However, it is not at all good for the body to be sitting typing for so long at a time so I don’t recommend long stints at the computer if it can be avoided. RSI is a huge problem for writers.

What can readers expect next from your writing?

I hope readers can expect strong, memorable characters facing great challenges during a fascinating time in history. A bit of humour, a bit of mystery, a love story. All those good things!

 

About The Traitor’s Girl by Christine Wells

‘I think I’m in danger. It’s a matter of some urgency. You must please come at once.’

After receiving a mysterious summons from her long-lost grandmother, Australian teacher Annabel Logan agrees to visit her home in the Cotswolds. But when she arrives at the magnificent Beechwood Hall, it appears abandoned and the local villagers have no idea where the reclusive Caroline Banks might be.

The one person who might know something is enigmatic journalist Simon Culpepper. He reveals that Caroline Banks was once known as Carrie Granger. A socialite’s daughter, Carrie became a spy and agent provocateur for MI5 during the Second World War. But when British intelligence failed to investigate a dangerous traitor, she decided to take matters into her own hands …

Concerned that her grandmother’s secret past has caught up with her, Annabel stays on to investigate. But the more she uncovers, the more difficult it becomes to know who to trust. There are strange incidents occurring at Beechwood and Annabel must use all her ingenuity and daring to find Carrie before it’s too late.

From the streets of Seville, Paris and London in the thirties and forties, to the modern English countryside The Traitor’s Girl is a captivating story of passion, intrigue and betrayal.

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