New Release - Inheritance of the Blood by Imogene Nix

Hello and welcome Imogene Nix

Thanks for coming over to talk about your brand new sparkling book, Inheritance of the Blood, which releases on Sunday 1st of October. 

Why did you choose to write this book/story, what inspired you?

This book was written around the time of my husband’s accident. I guess it’s kind of a mixture of where I was at that time, the darker focus I’m now seeing in my work.

The inspiration is what could happen if fate tore apart two lovers apart. Then through strength of will they manage to find their way back together, albeit with a supernatural foe determined to keep them separated.

That was a tough time and totally unexpected but I am glad to hear that all is well now with your husband. 

 

Inheritance of the Blood

Blurb

In the darkness evil waits…

As a young bride Kira was whisked away from everything and everyone she knew, including her new husband and became Christina, an operative of the Displaced Persons Unit.

As the danger grows she sees an opportunity to save her husband Vasya and sister Serina. But nothing is the same. Serina is grown up—married and pregnant.

Vasya too is older and darkly forbidding. Trusting Christina doesn’t come easily until a catastrophic event takes place. Now, knowing the truth everything he thought he knew is changed. But at a very high cost.

The four must work together to defeat the Demon, Zuor and the stakes are higher than they imagined and all could be lost.

Now for the important stuff, if you pre-order Inheritance of the Blood today you get it at a super special price of 0.99 cents. 

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http://www.imogenenix.net

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New Release - Wild about Harry by Susanne Bellamy

Hello and welcome Susanne Bellamy! 

Today is indeed and exciting day because we are all “Wild about Harry,” your new release!

Tell us about what spurred the idea for your story.   

I worked in Cloncurry years ago and spent weekends getting to know the area. We visited places such as Mary Kathleen (sadly the mine had closed by that time) the field of crosses, Quamby, a dam where I attempted to learn to waterski, and much more. I learned to play netball (badly), took part in a fashion show, learned to drive a monster pick up truck, and was a member of CATS, the Cloncurry Amateur Theatrical Society. We put on several theatre restaurant/reviews and a play. On one memorable occasion, we took our show ‘on the road’ down to Kynuna … in the back of a cattle truck! It had been power-cleaned, and sported a canvas ‘roof’, with an armchair, beanbag, eskies, and lots of enthusiastic ‘players’. We stayed at the Blue Heeler pub, quintessential Outback accommodation.

The thing about living so far west was that there were so many opportunities to do different, fun things. We made our own fun, and enjoyed life. Harry, the protagonist of my next book, has forgotten how to enjoy life, but Bri turns his life upside down. In doing so, she also learns a lot about herself, and discovers what a wonderful place outback towns are, and comes to know the warmth and welcoming nature of people in the west.

Wild About Harry is book 5 in my series, Hearts of the Outback. Set in and around Mt Isa, the books are linked by location, and characters from each book pop up in other books, although each story is complete in itself. I love meeting familiar characters again, especially when I’ve previously enjoyed their company, and this group of characters have ties that bind, family and friends. I hope you enjoy them too.

 

Wild About Harry

Blurb:

Trying to be both father and mother to his young daughter, Harry Douglas has no interest in a new relationship. If he had known that helping Briony Middleton on a lonely Outback road would put his closely guarded secret at risk, he wouldn’t have played the white knight.

Bri has no time for relationships; her focus is on avenging her grandfather’s ill-treatment at the hands of a big mining company by gathering photographic evidence of wrongdoing and stopping a proposed super mine.

But as fate and Harry’s daughter keep throwing them together, what will Bri do when she discovers Harry’s secrets?

 

BUY LINK:  AMAZON

If you want to find out more about Susanne and her awesome books you can find her here 

http://www.susannebellamy.com

 

7 Minutes with an Author - Rachael Johns - Part 2

HELLO AND WELCOME RACHAEL JOHNS! 

Thank you for coming over to chat about your writing life in this two part special of 7 Minutes with an Author. 

1. How do you balance your writing day?

Often not well! But writing is my full time job, so for me this means dedicating school hours (most of the time) to my profession. I drop the kids off at school, then come home and head into my cabin (office). I check emails, social media etc, then usually read through the writing from the day before, tweak/edit that a bit and then get stuck into new words. Writing is only one part of being an author, so I have to juggle deadlines for other things such as edits, blog posts, promo articles, etc. Often I’m writing one book, editing another and thinking about the one I’ll be writing next. Oh and promo-ing the latest release. I’m not very organised, so I wouldn’t say I have a specific method to juggling these things, I just get it done! (A bit like an organised madness that works eh?) 

2. What time do you get to bed when writing a new story? 

Whether or not I’m writing a new story, I go to bed between 10-11pm every night. I rarely write at nights these days, so it’s not really a factor. Saying that I’m actually ALWAYS writing a new book! Breaks are few and far between in my life at the moment. 

3. If you knew then what you know now, about writing, what advice would you have given yourself? 

Don’t be impatient to get published. Take time to learn your craft and listen to feedback but don’t take it all on board as gospel. Protect your writing voice and keep at it. You’ll get there eventually. I think today we are so lucky to have the option of self-publishing but I think a trap many new writers fall into is self-publishing their first books because they are being rejected by traditional publishers. Sometimes this is because a book doesn’t fit a publisher’s imprint, but often it’s because they are simply not at publishable standard yet. But with it being so easy to self-publish, the option is very tempting. I’m so glad it wasn’t around when I started out as I’d hate for some of my earlier practise books to be “out there”. Saying that, I’m not against self-publishing – it’s definitely a viable option these days, but people need to be sure they are doing it for the right reasons!  (All good advice. I know I have made every mistake possible with my first self-published book.) 

4. What types of stories do you like to read?

Of course I love reading books about relationships – whether that be romance or the complicated relationships between friends or family – but I also really love a good crime novel. I find I can enjoy these books much more than I can books in my own genre, as when I read WF and romance, it’s hard to switch off my internal critic. As I’m reading, I’m always analysing whether I think things are working and how/why the author has done certain things. 

5. What are you reading now?

I’m almost finished Monica McInerney’s A TRIP OF A LIFETIME. I love her book LOLA’S SECRET and this one is linked, so it’s fab to read about Lola again! 

 

6. What T.V. shows do you like to watch or binge on?

I need to make more time to watch TV as I have so many recommendations from friends. I love Offspring, Nashville and Packed to the Rafters. Currently though I’m watching The Handmaid’s Tale with my hubby! It’s so disturbing! (I haven’t watched Handmaid’s Tale yet, but everyone is saying the same thing about it.) 

7. If you could be one superhero who would you be?

Hmm… you know, I’m not really a superhero fan so I have no idea!!! Sorry :) (OMG! We have to convert you!) 

If you want to know more about Rachael you can find her here at: 

WWW.RACHAELJOHNS.COM

 

TALK OF THE TOWN

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. 

Buy links: 

Booktopia     Amazon      iTunes     Kobo 

7 Minutes with an Author

Hello and welcome Rachael Johns! 

Thank you for coming over to chat about your writing life in this two part special of 7 Minutes with an Author. 

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on?

I’ve just finished editing my November book, called THE GREATEST GIFT. I’m very excited about this book – the main theme I guess is family and how it comes in all different shapes and sizes. The book deals with egg donation and what it means to be a parent or want to be a parent. There’s also a fun hot air balloon theme, which I had a hoot researching! (I have a feeling that this one is going to pull at our heart strings, Rachael.) 

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript? 

To be honest, at some time during the writing of EVERY book I write, I want to throw it into the fire. I keep hoping writing will get easier, but the more books I write and the more I learn, I think the tougher I get on myself. I question every thing I write these days and so the hardest challenge I find is overcoming the self-doubt, trusting my gut and not letting negative thoughts stop me from finishing. (What you say rings true for so many authors at every stage of their journey.) 

3. Because everyone always wants to know. Are you a panster or plotter?

I’m a plantser – it’s a term I recently heard that basically means I sit on the fence. I am in the middle. I like to know a few key things about my characters and plot before I start – like the premise and the black moment and what the conflicts are – but I don’t really make many notes about these things, or outline the book before I start. If you’re holding a gun to my head and I have to choose one or the other, I’d have to group myself in with the pantsers!! (Ha ha ha ha, I think I might come pretty close to what you say here.) 

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)  

Well, this depends on my mood at the time of reading reviews. But yes, I do read reviews and I know not all authors do. I try to remain objective when reading them and I really appreciate the readers and reviewers who take the time out to explicitly explain what worked and what didn’t. I’ve learnt a lot about my writing from reading my reviews, however I’ve also learnt to take everything with a grain of salt. In the end, reviews are only one person’s opinion. Some can be quite harsh, but unless I’m in an overly emotional mood, these are more likely to make me laugh than cry!

The only reviews that really make me cranky are those that are actually nothing about the story – like one star reviews given because someone couldn’t get the ebook to download properly OR the book had too much God stuff and it was an inspirational! Come on people! Be fair! (Very true.)

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?) 

Whenever I have a new release, I send out a newsletter to my reader list, I run a #shelfie contest on my FB page and I try to do in-store signings and library events. In the beginning I did a fair bit of blogging, but these days, I prefer to spend my time actually writing the next book. I’m lucky that I’m also with a big publisher who promotes my books heavily through their own social media outlets and through magazines and other avenues as well. I’m not huge on self-promo – could have never been a salesman – so I try to link any blatant promo to a contest so that the reader has an opportunity to win something! That makes me feel better :)   

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it?  Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

I love hanging out on Facebook where I have an active page and a reader group (Readers of Rachael Johns). It doesn’t feel like a chore to me – I share bits and pieces from my everyday life, my reading tastes, fun links I find, and also book related stuff like cover reveals and new releases. The best thing about this though is meeting Facebook readers at events; whenever I do an event there’s usually at least one or two people who I have “met” via Facebook and meeting them in person is such a buzz. I’m also on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads but don’t spent as much time on these mediums. My one tip with social media is have fun with it – choose the platform that you enjoy the most and don’t stress too much about it. I know social media is important these days, but in the end the most important thing is still writing a good book and then another and another. You just have to look at some of the bestselling authors out there who aren’t active at all on Twitter or  Facebook to see this is true!

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?  

Don’t regret the things you do, regret the things you don’t do! (Great saying!)

If you want to know more about Rachael you can find her here at: 

www.rachaeljohns.com

 

TALK OF THE TOWN

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. 

Buy links: 

Booktopia     Amazon      iTunes     Kobo 

 

7 Minutes with an Author - Georgia Carter Mathers

WELCOME Georgia Carter mathers!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.  

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on? 

At the moment, I’m working on The Miana Prophecy. The themes will follow on from Trelloran Seduction, but some of the themes will be accepting our own weaknesses and deficiencies, even if this means accepting that we’re struggling against something we can’t control—things like mental illness. Of course, the other overarching theme will be deepening intimacy and trust between Kaitlau and Pietah. I’ll also be talking about poverty, wealth and war. Those are deep themes Georgia.  

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript?  (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like Frodo?) 

The hardest thing about writing is struggling against the chaos of life, long enough to put words down on paper. I often find myself in the position where I am off in a story world, experiencing what the characters are experiencing, but in reality, I’m sitting at green lights with the cars behind me beeping. A teacher said the following when I was surprised to learn that she reads fantasy, “Reality sucks.” What you’re saying here Georgia is so true, our stories are a wonderful way of escaping the harsh pressures or every day life. 

3. Because everyone wants to know, are you a panster or a plotter? 

Lol, I am both. I use a combination of inspiration (dreaming, mental images, videos, news events and current affairs) and consciously plotted material to create my stories.

4. How important are reviews to you?  Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)

Reviews are important to me. I haven’t had a bad one yet, but that’s only because people are polite, I think. Everyone has their own way of viewing something. Obviously, I get upset when people treat my work as though it were crap. That has happened to me, just not in a review. As an intensely sensitive writer, the thought of a bad review makes me feel ill. As a publisher, a bad review is a chance to see where I went wrong. I can do better next time. Not everyone is going to like what we write so we do have to come to terms with the good and the bad. 

5. How do you market your books?  (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?) Any events you want the reader to know about e.g. Coming appearances or singing? (If you haven’t got any that is fine.) 

I market my books in a variety of ways. The key is to create word-of-mouth buzz about it. Of course, that is easier said than done. You can see my website for updated events, but I will be available for book sales and signings at the Arts and Design Kirribilli Markets on 8 January, 12 February, 12 March. I am attending the ARRA conference in Melbourne (24-27 February), and I’ll be signing books there as well. If you haven’t got your ticket yet, get in now. You don’t want to miss out. I bought an extra ticket for my husband—he wanted to come to the Awards Dinner—that was a surprise. I will be signing books at the Writers Unleashed Festival on 19 August 2017. More dates will be added to the calendar as I go, but 2017 is filling up fast.

The Facebook party for Trelloran Seduction is also happening on December 16, 12-1 pm! Be there; I’ll be giving away prizes. 

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it? Where do you hang out the most? Any tips to share?

Hmmm. Social media. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I like it because interacting with other writers and readers gives me support, but often, I don’t use it as effectively as I should. Facebook is the easiest for me, so quite often I go there if I need a break from something. My social media tip is that the algorithm owns you now—if nothing is happening, blame the algorithm. It works for me. Hahahaha. True. 

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying? 

I am different, so what! It’s okay that I’m different.

If you want to know more about Georgia you can find her here at: 

 http://www.darklovestories.com

 

Trelloran Seduction

It begins on the 300th day of 2195 on Volen …

There is no such thing as an individual. All the humans think of themselves as units with predetermined roles, and they do not grow old with their lovers. The females are sacrificed when they turn thirty, leaving their male counterparts behind.

Princess Kaitlau is a nymph who can take any form. She is also a refugee. She came to Volen through the charmed window after escaping her prison on Trellora.

King Ganim, the vampire who is thought to have created Kaitlau, must be punished. She had thought he loved her as a father, but that could not be. Although he was never present in the chamber, the king had ordered the priests to repeatedly rape her. Merely punishing her father is not enough. She wants him dead. It will be done.

Kaitlau has been observing a particular rebel killing priests on Volen. He is just the one to help her. But feelings for the rebel start to emerge when he agrees to carry out her assassination plans, and gradually as they work together, love begins to matter more than revenge.

Buy link: https://darklovestories.com/books/trelloran-seduction/

 

 

 

7 Minutes with an Author

WELCOME Juanita kees!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.  

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on? 

Home to Bindarra Creek is a small town story about a girl who has loved and lost, and a guy who thinks he’s lost everything until he finds love where he least expects to. It’s time for both of them to leave the shadows behind.

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript?  (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?) 

Midway I want to rip them to shreds. By the end I want to burn them, and somewhere during the edits, I’m always convinced they’re not publishable. The hardest thing is trying to get your characters out of a situation that wasn’t written into the plot. Characters often develop a mind of their own :) (Oh I totally understand!)

3. Because everyone always wants to know. Are you a panster or plotter?

I’m a plotpantser, a hybrid author who sometimes gets the plotting right until the characters decide to fly by the seat of their pants instead. (Ha ha ha, you gotta love those unpredictable characters!)

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)  

Reviews are important. They are the yardstick other readers use to decide whether or not to buy your book. A bad review can rip your heart out and destroy your spirit, but reviewers don’t have to be mean, nasty trolls. A good constructive review can help an author give the reader what they want in the next book or a revised issue. Not everyone will enjoy your writing. I have to remind myself of that often. The only time I get upset is when a reviewer leaves a one star review and doesn’t take the time to tell me what it was they didn’t like about the book. (We do need thick skin, don’t we?)

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?) 

I believe in doing everything in moderation because the most effective marketing tool is still word of mouth. So if you loved Home to Bindarra Creek, please tell your friends about it. :)

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it?  Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

I’m not so keen on Twitter and Instagram. I’m on LinkedIn, but seldom even look at it. I love Facebook because it’s a mix of interaction, pictures, quotes etc. I can always find something there I can relate to or share. (It’s the hotel California, where you can check in and never leave. Lol) 

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?

Many years ago, racing legend Peter Brock told me to live my dreams … so I did. (Brilliant!)

 

If you want to know more about Juanita, you can reach her here: 

Website: https://juanitakees.com/

Home to Bindarra Creek

Buy Links: https://juanitakees.com/shop-now/

Park Ranger, Alice Pritchard lives with the ghosts of her past. As long as she has her rescued wildlife to rehabilitate and Bindarra Creek parks to care for, she’ll never need a man again. Now, with rejuvenation of the town in the pipeline, she has no choice but to let go of the past.

Dan Molyneaux roars into her life in his high-powered V8 and reopens the Riverside Pub forcing her to face her ghosts, his possum problem, Curly the cockatoo who swears like a sailor, Old Man Jake who’s appointed himself caretaker of the property, and Grandad Charlie who’s determined to find her the man he thinks she deserves. Alice would love to ignore them all and keep living in the cocoon she’s created for herself in sleepy Bindarra Creek, but fate has other plans for her.

Dan isn’t looking for love or the friendship of the two crazy old men who appear to have ‘adopted’ him. All he wanted was the peace and quiet of the country, away from the city highways. Soon he’s swept along by renovations, fundraisers, hell-raisers and the problems of a small town coming back to life. But it’s the park ranger he’s curious about. Why would a girl as beautiful as Alice bury herself in a backwater town so far off the main highway, it was merely a blip on the satellite map? What he uncovers raises some of his own ghosts from the dead.

 

7 Minutes with an Author

WELCOME Erin grace!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.  

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on? 

I’m working on the Sequel to my Scottish time-travel romance Love in Ruins. THe new book, called ‘From the Ashes’, will features some of the favourite characters from the first story. From the Ashes is also a time-travel romance, but this time the hero is from the future. (I’m very excited about this book.)

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript?  (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?)

To answer your last question…every single day. The hardest part I found was trying to make the book stand alone from the first and not let the original ‘cast’ take control, as they are not the main characters this time. It’s harder than you think. Characters really do have a way of controlling the story if you let them. (You really have to slap them back in their place. Don’t you?) 

3. Because everyone always wants to know, panster or plotter?

Bit of both. For me, the story usually starts of as a type of synopsis (which I love doing, by the way!), and it doesn’t always start at the beginning. Quite often I get a ‘scene’ in my head and flesh it out from there. I use plotting like breadcrumbs, scattering them ahead through the book, as its a lot less scary than facing an empty page. Yet, I’m flexible enough to move or change ideas when I get to them (in the plotting) or delete them altogether.

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)  

Reviews are important to me, especially if they contain good, constructive feedback – good or bad. Anyone can be a critic, but it takes a special kind of reader to give a ‘critique’. In any profession I believe you benefit from different points of view, but it’s also about the inner satisfaction of knowing how you made a reader feel and how they reacted to the characters you worked hard to evolve. (Makes what we do so worth while when a reader nails your story.)

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?)

I probably don’t do as much marketing as a I should, but after 9 years I’ve found the best kind of ‘marketing’ is to keep producing books. As I once heard, you can’t stock a store with only one shirt. If your customer likes the shirt, they may want pants, etc. And, the best time to give them what they want is while your ‘goods’ are fresh in their mind. My initial advice is to always start off with at least one book ready to go and one waiting in the wings….and keep writing! 

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it?  Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

Good in moderation. It can become a time-vampire (as I’m sure many would agree). I rarely tweet, as the lines are so saturated with people promoting one thing or another. I prefer to ‘hang out’ on Facebook as this gives me an open and direct contact with readers and fellow authors. I’m always happy to answer questions from readers and try to engage in many events. My only advice to anyone is to keep the tone pleasant, never make it personal.

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”  ~ Anton Chekhov

If you want to know more about Erin you can find her here; 

http://www.eringrace.info/#!

 

Love In Ruins 

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Eager to escape a disastrous relationship, archaeologist, Ellie Harper, jumps at the chance to travel to the remote Scottish Highlands, and excavate the ruins of Castle MacKinnon. However, no matter where she goes, the shadow of her ex follows her, promising she will never be free of her painful past. 
But, when a mysterious stranger turns up half-dead on her doorstep in the middle of a violent storm, Ellie is thrust into the realm of ancient secrets and impossible magic that challenges everything she holds dear. 

Faced with a heartbreaking decision, Ellie must put her emotions and logic aside to help Laird Ewan MacKinnon find a way home to the thirteenth century – if one exists. What she doesn’t expect is to journey to a past more astounding than history, find a love more precious than ancient treasure, and survive the deadly wrath of an evil man’s revenge. 

 

7 Minutes with an Author

WELCOME SUSANNE BELLAMY!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.  

1. What is the theme of your new release?

Trust is integral to relationships and has to be earned. In Long Way Home (Hearts of the Outback bk 3), Sarah Tait will neither trust nor forgive Detective Caleb Richards. The first time they met he slapped handcuffs on her and now, he’s asking for her help to find a kidnapped thoroughbred stallion. But sometimes it’s easier to trust when you dislike a person because there are no rose coloured glasses to distort the picture. (Sounds like fun. Looking forward to this one.)

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing your current release?  (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?)

I needed to do quite a lot of research on horses, endurance riding, and plants of the outback. While I rode a few times as a teenager, I’m not a rider but I was fortunate to connect with Sandy Vaile, whose help with the equine elements was wonderful. The tricky part was to use her information and make it sound realistic. I actually enjoy research because I love to learn. (Same here Susanne. I love research.) 

3. Because everyone always wants to know. Are you a panster or plotter?

I’m an organic writer. Each story begins with seeing a ‘meeting’ between the protagonists followed by asking questions to get to know them and what they are doing in that place. The story grows as I get to know the characters and see them interacting with one another. I wish I could plot more than a brief outline, but after ten or so stories, I realise that I have to do what works for me. A story ‘grows’ in its own way and reveals itself when it’s ready. (I like the term ‘organic.’) 

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)  

No writer likes to read bad reviews that offer nothing by way of constructive criticism. That said, I try not to pay too much attention to negative statements, although it’s brilliant when a reviewer absolutely ‘gets’ my story. Those reviews, I read again, just to remind myself that real people actually enjoy my book babies. 

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?) Any events you want the reader to know about e.g. Coming appearances or signing?

I use social media, FB and Twitter, and my infrequent newsletter to let readers know. Friends and fellow authors often share these posts for me, which is greatly appreciated. My experience with blog tours is that they can be fun, but not to expect too much from them. 

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it? Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

By nature I’m more of an introvert. I’m also a technogumby so you could say I have a love/hate relationship with electronic devices and the Web. Best tip: deal with people as you would like to be dealt with; and keep your posts positive! 

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?  

Don’t worry, be happy. To a fair degree, happiness is a choice for most of us so, as much as possible, I choose to be happy and look for the good.

As for my writing, Nelson Mandela said it best: It always seems impossible until it’s done. (Both are very good quotes and true.)

If you want to know more about Susanne, you can visit her here; 

http://www.susannebellamy.com 

 

Long Way Home 

Available 30 June. Pre-order on: Amazon

Blurb

The first time they met Detective Caleb Richards snapped handcuffs on Sarah Tait and she vowed never to forgive him. But when he seeks her help to find a kidnapped thoroughbred stallion she becomes his unwilling assistant. 

Sarah sets out on a marathon endurance ride. As Caleb tags along, he realises that the horse whisperer has deeper secrets than he’d ever suspected.

Can he uncover Sarah’s secrets and win her trust? 

 

 

Other books in the outback series,

Book 1
Book 2

 

 

7 Minutes with an Author

Welcome Lily Malone!

So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing. 

1. What is the theme of the book you are working on?

The book I’m writing is Butterfly House Book 2 (for want of a more imaginative title). It is a romantic comedy with a mystery twist. It’s set in my local area of the south west of Western Australia and it involves also the stealing of the (now famous) Cowaramup Cows. The first Butterfly House was a lot of fun to write, but now I need to kick on and get Book 2 written!

2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript?  (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?)

One of my books which is currently in submission process is not a romance, it’s women’s fiction. The hardest thing for me was to make sure it never sounded too much like ‘romance’, and also to actually end the darn thing. I have had so many endings to that particular book. I had a Happy Ending (too much like romance); and I now have a not so happy ending. I think I wrote the ending 4 times, different each time.

3. Because everyone always wants to know are you a Panster or Plotter?

Here’s a 1 word answer for you!

‘Pantster’ :)

4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.) 

They are important and they can give great information. For instance, two of my books were initially self-published and are now with Escape Publishing. Seeing early reviews of the works (as self-published titles) has helped me correct and rework later versions of the book. It’s like getting a second chance in some respects. I’ve had some doozy 1-star reviews. The one that springs to mind says: “This book is F*%KED UP”. That doesn’t help much – I guess it just lets that particular reviewer feel important and have a vent I think. Reviews that give good feedback about characters and events in the book (without revealing plot) – those are the ones you want to pin-up on your wall. (Your real writing room wall, not a pinterest one… see question 7)

5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?) Any events you want the reader to know about e.g. Coming appearances or signing? 

Oh, I’m not the best person to answer this one. I don’t do much marketing. I use Facebook to let friends know when something new is coming out, or when it’s on a special offer or special price. I have a Facebook profile and a Facebook Page. I’m a member of Australian Rural Romance and I like that site and enjoy writing for it. I think the organiser of ARR does a wonderful job in keeping the theme and pulling all the rural romance releases together like she does. If something is on special I’ll let Twitter know, and I enjoy my blog writing. The thing that I’m not so into is organised Facebook parties, or blog hops. I don’t do many (um, I haven’t yet done ANY) facebook paid advertising. Personally, I’m not a fan of getting sponsored posts in my FB feeds or Twitter feeds, but other authors I know use them and use them a lot. 

I had a lot of fun last summer when my Fairway To Heaven book appeared in a print bind-up with Victoria Purman and Juliet Madison. I approached my local bookstore in Busselton and told them about the book, and I know I sold that shop out a few times over as friends bought the book. Our local book club reviewed Fairway To Heaven in the 3-book bind-up as their February book of the month, and that was fun. I took some shelfies in the bookstore, and my lovely friend Juanita Kees took a selfie with her hubby Gav, holding the book. A photograph a colleague snapped of me the day those print beauties arrived would have been one of my most popular Facebook posts in terms of likes and shares. So that was nice.

It’s a very special thing having a print book and I am stoked to say that it looks like later this year, I’ll be able to say I can do it again!! 

6. Social Media – Love it or hate it?  Where do you hang out the most?  Any tips to share? 

I love social media – it works for me but I don’t do everything. For example, I never remember to take a camera with me and I’m very mobile phone phobic… so you won’t find me on instagram. I’m also not one for designing things or making things pretty – you should see my hair and my wardrobe (hint, many pairs of tracksuit pants, jeans and t-shirts) so pinterest isn’t for me either. I can’t be bothered. On the other hand, I really enjoy my time on Facebook and Twitter, and I have come to enjoy Goodreads a lot to see what other people are reading and what they liked. I don’t like Goodreads so much when it comes to my own reviews sometimes. See question 4 :) 

7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?  

What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger! (I swear, I should be an olympic weightlifter by now…)

If you want to know more about Lily you can find her here;

 

 

 

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