Shani Struthers…Choose Your Cast of ‘The Haunting of Highdown Hall’…

I have just finished reading ‘The Haunting of Highdown Hall’ by Shani Struthers, and loved it! It was a pacey, twisty, spooky read that has left me hanging out for more books in the Psychic Surveys Series. No pressure of anything Shani, but I’m ready when you are!

Today, I am stoked to welcome Shani who has chosen those she would cast as the characters in ‘Haunting’ on the big screen…

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‘Good morning, Psychic Surveys. How can I help?’

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The latest in a long line of psychically-gifted females, Ruby Davis, can see through the veil that separates this world and the next, helping grounded souls to move towards the light – or ‘home’ as Ruby calls it. Not just a job for Ruby, it’s a crusade and one she wants to bring to the High Street. Psychic Surveys is born.

Based in Lewes, East Sussex, Ruby and her team of freelance psychics have been kept busy of late. Specialising in domestic cases, their solid reputation is spreading – it’s not just the dead that can rest in peace but the living too. All is threatened when Ruby receives a call from the irate new owner of Highdown Hall. Film star, Cynthia Hart, is still in residence, despite having died in 1958.

Winter deepens and so does the mystery surrounding Cynthia. She insists the devil is blocking her path to the light long after Psychic Surveys have ‘disproved’ it. Investigating her apparently unblemished background, Ruby is pulled further and further into Cynthia’s world and the darkness that now inhabits it.

For the first time in her career, Ruby’s deepest beliefs are challenged.

Does evil truly exist? And if so, is it the most relentless force of all?

 

Character 1 –  Cynthia Hart

Tell us about this character:

1950’s movie star, Cynthia is world-famous – ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’ – the papers call her. About to star in Hollywood blockbuster, Atlantic, she is in demand the world over. Cynthia is also dead. On Christmas Eve, her thirty-first birthday, she suffered a fatal heart attack at her home, Highdown Hall, her glittering career cut cruelly short. Cynthia’s not happy but it’s not just her early demise that upsets her, it’s something else or rather, someone else. Someone who is waiting in the shadows, who refuses to let her pass into the light – someone whose grudge grounds them both.

Who would you choose to play this character?

Cynthia Hart is based on a true-life movie star but I cannot reveal her name in case I get sued! A friend of a friend inherited her house back in the ‘90s and this is based on his story of what he experienced there. However, I have chosen a less well-known 1950s movie star to be the face of Cynthia – Rhoda Baxter – who has the same Titian curls, sapphire eyes and voluptuous figure! I’ll let you into another secret – Cynthia Hart is the name of my grandmother – although she died when I was 7, she was so glamorous and movie star like, I thought the name quite befitting!

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Character 2 –  Ruby Davis

Tell us about this character:

Ruby Davis is the latest in a long line of female psychics – she can see through the veil that separates this world and the next – and because she can, she feels it is her duty to help earthbound spirits move towards the light, or home as she and her grandmother call it. To that end, she has set up a company called Psychic Surveys who specialise in domestic spiritual disturbance. By occupying high street offices her aim is to remove the taboo surrounding psychic matters, to put the normal into paranormal. Aged twenty-four, Ruby herself is a down-to-earth, ordinary character, albeit with an extraordinary gift.

Who would you choose to play this character and why?

I have a Pinterest board with all Psychic Surveys characters pinned to it and I have to say, although Ruby was picked from hundreds of pictures and is no one particularly famous, she is Ruby – exactly how I envisaged her. It’s the eyes…

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Character 3 –  Cash Wilkins

Tell us about this character:

Cash works with computers – a word as mysterious to Ruby as the psychic world is to others. At the beginning of Psychic Surveys, she meets him in the pub – they are reading the same book – and quickly they strike up a deal. She wants a website, he wants to learn more about her fascinating career. She agrees to let Cash accompany her to an initial survey – that survey is Highdown Hall, the home of Cynthia Hart. Cash’s fascination is not just with Highdown but with Ruby too and a tentative relationship develops. Ruby is wary of men, she finds they tire easily of her work and the effect it has on her – but Cash seems different, he wants to help her. “I don’t know, it just seems really noble what you do, helping grounded spirits to move on, unusual but noble.”

Who would you choose to play this character and why?

Again, I picked the face of Cash from hundreds of Pinterest contenders – there’s no one else I would consider him to be, no one famous anyway. But hey, look at him, he’s gorgeous isn’t he?

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Character 4 –  Theo

Tell us about this character:

Theo is in her late sixties and as wide as she is tall, almost! Her hair, instead of snow-white, is pink, a soft, tasteful shade of pink but pink nonetheless! Whenever Ruby see’s her she is reminded of a line from Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem, The Night Before Christmas, the one that referred to St Nick as a ‘right jolly old elf’. But Theo is no elfin-like creature, she is actually one of the most formidable women Ruby has ever met – a long-timer in the field. Although Psychic Surveys is Ruby’s business, she often tends to take her cue from Theo.

 

 

Who would you choose to play this character and why?

Easy one – Judi Dench but with pink hair!

Other team members include Ness, in her early fifties with dark hair and winter pale heart-shaped face. Whereas Theo is effusive in nature, Ness is more sombre – Ruby suspects past experiences have made her so, particularly her work as a psychic with Sussex Police, but if that is so, Ness is not saying. At twenty-one, Corinna is the youngest of the group – a sensitive rather than a psychic, she is bright and bubbly despite her preferred Gothic attire with abundant Pre-Raphaelite red curls.

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Character 5 – Jed

Tell us about this character: Jed is undoubtedly the star of the show. A black Labarador that has long since passed – he attaches himself to Ruby during a psychic cleansing – switching his highly developed sense of loyalty from the family he once protected to her. And he is a protector, coming to the rescue on several occasions when Ruby finds herself in psychic trouble. Ruby suspects he is more than just an animal spirit but what he is she doesn’t fully know – not yet.

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Also by Shani, The Runaway Year

runawayWhen the going gets tough… it’s easy to run. Layla does, as far away as possible. Penny and Hannah do too, each in their own way. But how long can you run and what happens when you stand your ground? Over the course of 12 hectic months, three best friends embark on an emotional rollercoaster of a ride, discovering that if it’s love you’re up against, true love, you can’t escape that easily.

 

 

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Choose Your Cast..Georgina Penney’s ‘Unforgettable You’…

Today I welcome fellow Naughty Ninja, Georgina Penney to the blog. Her second novel, Unforgettable You is a prequel to her debut novel, Irrepressible You, which was released in February 2014, (and is one of my fave books!)  Welcome Georgina, can you give us the blurb for Unforgettable You, please?

After months working on an oil rig in the Atlantic Ocean, engineer Jo Blaine can’t wait to get home. Her job is tough, and she is desperate for some long overdue girl time. The last thing Jo needs when she walks through her front door is to find a strange man staying in her house. When she learns that her uninvited guest is none other than Stephen Hardy, she’s tempted to head straight back out to sea. Stephen has always felt guilty for the part he played in ruining Jo’s life years earlier and immediately jumps at the chance to make things up to her by looking after her apartment and her giant cranky cat. It takes some fast talking, but Jo is finally convinced to let him stay. And by the time she leaves for her next shift at work, they’re both eagerly anticipating her return. But as they grow closer, it soon becomes clear Jo is hiding something about her past that is coming back to haunt her. After a lifetime of taking care of herself and her sister Amy, Jo isn’t used to sharing her problems, especially when they involve her messy family history. But when threats start to escalate, Jo must decide whether to trust Stephen before her stubborn independence places them all at risk.

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Now here’s the fun bit – choose your cast!

 Jo Blaine

Jo’s a tough lady. She’s six foot tall with short red hair, dark blue eyes and a body that’s been whipped into gear climbing all those steps on the oil rigs she works on. She’s hiding a whole lot of secrets and is deeply protective of the people she cares about.

Who would you choose to play this character?

Hilary Swank would be about right. She’s got the right air of tough fragility. As well as being hella hot with short hair!

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Stephen Hardy

Stephen’s a tall, blond, tanned surfer looking dude who just happens to be the marketing wiz behind his family’s successful winery. He’s a genuinely nice guy who’s trying to atone for the mistakes he’s made in his past.

Who would you choose to play this character and why?

I’ve been wondering this a whole lot. It’s a bit of a cliché, but I think I’m going to have to go with Luke Hemsworth. Because he’s super hot but he still comes across as a nice guy who’d have a temper under there somewhere.

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Amy Blaine

She’s adorable. She’s a little blonde pin up barber who’s cuter than a box full of kittens in a marshmallow factory. (Amy is also the protagonist in Irrepressible You)

Who would you choose to play this character and why?

Can I have a young Doris Day? Because I think Doris has all the cute and the wise-cracking to hold her own as Amy.

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Mike Hardy

Mike’s Stephen Hardy’s big brother. He’s almost identical in looks but he’s a total smart arse.

Who would you choose to play this character and why?

Chris Hemsworth because he looks a lot like his brother but has an edge to him that would suit Mike nicely.

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He’s a giant fat-arsed Maine Coon Cat.

Who would you choose to play this character and why?

This kitty here. Because it’s huge and fluffy and looks epic!

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Thanks Georgina! Two Hemsworth brothers – mmmmmm!

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You don’t become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, which is why writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the latest media frenzy dies down.

When he meets Amy Blaine, a perky blonde who dresses like a 1950s pin-up girl, he knows he’s hit the satirical jackpot. He begins to fill his weekly London column with snarky observations about her life, clothes, and even their most intimate moments. It doesn’t occur to him that Amy, who is letting her guard down for the first time in her adult life, might be upset – after all, it’s hilarious, and his readers love her!

It isn’t until Amy discovers the extent of his betrayal that Ben begins to realise just how badly he’s cocked up the best thing that ever happened to him. But is it too late?

 

Author Magic Moment and Giveaway: Women’s Fiction Author, Maggie Christensen…

Today’s guest is Women’s Fiction debut author, Maggie Christensen, whose novel, ‘Band of Gold’ was released in April 2014 and will soon be available in paperback.

Hello Maggie, congratulations and welcome to Author’s Magic Moment!

What was the first story you ever wrote?

As far as I can recall it was a short story for a magazine competition I entered as a child and it was called The Snow Drift. I loved what we called ‘composition’ in class but never seemed to have long enough to finish the story!

Of all the individuals you have created, do you have a particular favourite? What appeals to you the most about this character?

I love Anna in Band of Gold, but I think my favourite is Jenny from my next book The Sand Dollar. I like her because she reminds me a bit of myself. She’s a perfectionist, very controlled and needs to learn to take life as it comes and become more flexible.

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You write about more mature protagonists. How is this different from the majority of women’s fiction, which seems to focus on thirty-forty somethings?

I choose to write about older women because as an ‘older’ woman myself, these are the sort of books I enjoy reading. Life for older women presents similar and different challenges to their younger counterparts. They still look for a HEA, but theirs may include stepchildren – even teenage stepchildren – and ex partners with their attendant issues. I can also explore those issues which only emerge with years. Issues such as aging and death of parents, retrenchment, retirement, downsizing, grown children, grandchildren, widowhood and the empty nest syndrome. 

Anna is in her late forties. She has had a busy and happy marriage and career and her daughter, at twenty-two, is in the throes of her first serious relationship. Anna’s life is following the traditional pattern. Then, on Christmas morning, her husband places his wedding ring on the kitchen table and walks out. The book, written in first person present tense, takes the reader into Anna’s shoes as she deals with what follows. 

Has being published changed you at all? If so, how?

Yes! Suddenly my writing and all the associated tasks of being published have become much more of a priority. Also it’s pretty wonderful to have people reading what I’ve written and actually enjoying it. I find myself enmeshed in a wonderful community of writer and readers – my idea of heaven.

What would we find on your bookshelf / e-reader?

Currently I’m reading Jenn J McLeod’s Simmering Season. I’m loving it and was fortunate enough to be in Coffs Harbour on the day Jenn was doing  book signing so got to finally meet her and had both of her books signed. My bookshelf holds books by many of my favourite authors including but not restricted to Liz Byrski, Helene Young, Marcia Willett, Joanna Trollope, Erica James, Barbara Delinsky, Elizabeth George, Sue Grafton, Caro Frazer – the list could go on and on.

What’s the most unappealing thing you’ve ever eaten?

Can I have two? Tripe and cod’s roe. When I was a student, three of us flatted together and took turns at cooking. One of my friends found cheap meals to cook which were not necessarily appetising – tripe and cod’s roe were two of her favourite offerings.

If you could be any of the following characters for one day, who would you be and why? How would you re-write the ending?

 a) Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind.

b) Thelma or Louise from Thelma and Louise.

c) Princess Leia from Starwars.

d) Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys.

Holly Golightly because she looked so elegant. I can’t forget Audrey Hepburn in the movie. My ancient copy of the book has her on the cover in her small black dress, hair elegantly on top of her head, with a long cigarette holder in her hand. I would give her a happier ending with Holly knowing that the cat was safe and, as the narrator hopes, having arrived where she belonged, preferably with her soulmate. She would finally have found what was hers before she threw it away. 

Of all the books in history, which do you wish you wrote and why?

Any of Jane Austen’s, of course, but preferable Pride and Prejudice.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

I can’t image as I’m not into superpowers. 

If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you?

I’d go back to Regency England as I love the fashions and I’d have to take my husband with me as I couldn’t survive without him.

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Can you tell us about your works in progress?

My next book, The Sand Dollar, will be published before the end of the year. It is book 1 of my Oregon Coast books.

An unexpected redundancy and a childhood memento take Jenny Sullivan across the ocean to learn a long hidden secret and embark on a journey of self-discovery such as she’d never envisaged. Moving between Oregon and Australia, The Sand Dollar is a story of new beginnings, of a woman whose life is suddenly turned upside down and the reclusive man who helps her solve the puzzle of her past

I’m currently working on Book 2 of the series, The Dreamcatcher, which follows one of the minor characters from The Sand Dollar. While the Sand Dollar moves between the Sunshine Coast of Australia and Oregon, The Dreamcatcher is set solely in Oregon. My mother-in-law lives there so I have lots of opportunities for research.

Finally, can you give us a sneaky excerpt from Band of Gold, please?

‘I don’t want to be married anymore.’ 

The band of gold, symbol of our twenty-five years of marriage lies on the table between us. I am stupefied, unable to speak. Tears prick my eyes as my first coffee of the day grows cold beside me. The sun is shining brightly through the kitchen window. The turkey is sitting on the kitchen bench waiting to be cooked. My parents, daughter, brother and sister, along with her husband and children are due to arrive in five hours’ time. The house is redolent with the scent of pine needles and Christmas pudding. It’s Christmas morning and my world has collapsed.

‘What do you mean?’ I finally utter, thinking this must be Sean’s idea of a bad joke. My mouth goes dry. My head begins to spin. The bottom has dropped out of my world. I look over at the man I have loved for over twenty-five years, his bushy greying blonde hair, his ruddy cleanshaven cheeks. He looks no different from any other morning. He’s wearing the bright yellow tee shirt we bought on our holiday in Bali last year.

His steely blue eyes meet mine. This isn’t happening.

‘I can’t do this anymore, Anna.’ His waving arms take in the kitchen including me, ‘All this; family, house, job. I need to get away.’

He pushes his chair back from the table and strides out of the kitchen. I sit there in a daze, my mind going round in circles. Is it too late to call off Christmas lunch? How can I even think of such a thing? Does Sean mean he’s going to leave right now? How will I explain his absence? God, this is really going to be the Christmas from Hell.

Maggie is kindly giving away one e-copy (from Amazon) of Band of Gold to one lucky reader. All you have to do to be in the draw is leave a comment for Maggie!

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Choose Your Cast, Alexa Bravo’s ‘In Bed With the Boss’…

Hello and welcome to a new concept for the blog – one where authors get to choose the cast for their novel!

I love imagining who might play a character on the big screen inspired by a book I’m reading. It conjures up all sorts of possibilities, so now there will be a regular spot devoted to giving readers a chance to see who the author envisions playing a character.

My first guest is the lovely Alexa Bravo, whose debut novel  ‘In Bed With the Boss’  was released by Escape Publishing on May 1st.

Congratulations on your new release, Alexa. I love that cover – could look at it all day!  Can you tell us a bit about ‘In Bed With the Boss’, please?

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Trish Carter is chasing the career opportunity of a lifetime, and nothing is going to stand in her way. 

After a failed marriage and years of self-doubt, she needs her business proposal to succeed, and there’s only one hurdle left: presenting to the Board of Directors and charismatic CEO, Keith Donnelli. 

So it can only be the stress and extreme tension that leads her to jump the hot stranger in the elevator. But the unexpectedly explosive encounter puts all her plans in jeopardy, when the stranger isn’t a stranger at all. 

Now, her whole future rides on how well she can resist the temptation of sleeping with her boss.   Will Trish finally have the chance to make her secret dreams come true or will following her heart destroy her chance at a future?

 

 Protagonist: Trish Carter, Manager, curvy brunette, sassy, hard-working and unaware of her own attraction.

Tell us about this character: Trish is a divorced middle management executive who has dedicated herself to succeeding in her career after failing to keep her marriage together.

She is bright and ambitious but carries emotional scars inflicted by her ex, who never failed to make her doubt herself and her power as a woman.

Trish has hidden depths of passion that she holds on a very tight leash, unknowingly waiting for the right man to teach her to trust again.

When she finally lets go, the results are explosive and have far-reaching implications for her life and her future.

Who would you choose to play this character? Jennifer Connelly, for her beauty and grace, her apparent frailty and hidden strength.

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  Hero: Keith Donnelli, CEO, tall, dark and brooding, physically and emotionally scarred from a horrific car accident that almost took his life.

Tell us about this character: Keith has been to hell and back.  He is astute in business but was fooled once by a woman and is determined to never be fooled again.

He has very defined business goals and needs his star performer, Trish, to be on board with convincing the other executives to follow his plan.

What he does NOT need is to be distracted with an office romance, especially one that puts the plan in jeopardy.

For Keith, the hardest lesson yet to learn is that you can’t control everything, not in life and not in love.

Who would you choose to play this character and why? Chris Pine, for those dazzling blue eyes and that take-charge attitude.

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  Who is Alexa Bravo?

Alexa Bravo “self-published” her first manuscript at age 12, when she typed a one-page romance story in the seventh grade and gave it to the girl sitting next to her in class to read. Before she knew it the story had been passed along from classmate to classmate and Alexa was getting requests for more stories and taking reservations for those already in circulation.

Alexa has always been passionate about reading as well as writing and despite her “real job” managing a business, she enjoys as many romance novels as she can lay her hands on and sometimes, she writes one too. Alexa hopes to one day write a classic regency romance, her favourite type of love story but for now, the corporate world and all its possibilities for illicit liaisons is more than enough to inspire the romantic in her.

Alexa lives in Sydney, Australia with her three beautiful girls and her very indulgent husband

 

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Author Limelight and Gift Card giveaway: Chick Lit author,Monique McDonell…

Hello Monique, congratulations on the release of ‘A Fair Exchange’, and welcome to Author’s Limelight!

Here’s the blurb-

Who hasn’t wondered about their first love?

What happened?

What went wrong?

Where are they now?

What if you got a second chance?

Amelia Armstrong is about to find out.

What a shame her long-lost love, Matt, has returned (looking way too good and acting way too sweet) when her life is a shambles and she has finally decided once and for all to put herself and not whichever man is currently in her life, first.

How do you balance that desire to recapture that loving feeling with the need to finally be the best version of yourself?

What if this really is the one, how do you choose when to stand your ground and when to cut your losses?

Amelia takes a journey from Sydney to New York and back again trying to find the answers while negotiating with pop-divas, ex-lovers, crazy teenagers, a well-meaning cousin and the tabloids.

A Fair Exchange is a story about being a grown up when, maybe, you’d much rather be sixteen again.

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What was the first story you ever wrote? I don’t remember the very first story I ever wrote. I wrote a lot of stories as a kid. I had notebooks full of them. I do remember writing a story about Sunny the Easter Bunny that I got to read out to the school assembly in Year 1.

Of all the individuals you have created, do you have a particular favourite? What appeals to you the most about this character? That is such a hard question. I always love my female leads, I consider them friends that I get to hang out with for the duration of the novel. In A fair Exchange my favourite character is Matt. He has a big heart and even though he’s had a few tough breaks he is a really optimistic and generous character.

Has being published changed you at all? If so, how? I think being published has opened me up to a whole new world of people I wouldn’t have accessed otherwise. Lots of writers and readers have come in to my life. Also I’m really bad at talking about myself in real life, I love asking questions and finding about other people but being a writer I’ve had to get over that a bit or no one would ever know I’d written a book.

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What would we find on your bookshelf / e-reader? I read loads of romance and I also read lots of chicklit and literary fiction. In paperback this week I’m reading The President’s Hat for book club, I recently read the latest Fannie Flagg book, The All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion. On my Kindle you’ll find a mish mash of romance, writing books, cosy mysteries and chicklit. One of the lovely things about writing is you meet lots of authors and I tend to readapt least one book by an author I’ve had contact with, and if I like it then more.

What’s the most unappealing thing you’ve ever eaten? I don’t like soggy food at all. I can’t have pie and ice cream because it gets mushy, no cereal for the same reason or trifle. Having said that, isn’t tripe the most disgusting thing anyone has ever eaten?

If you could be any of the following characters for one day, who would you be and why? How would you re-write the ending?

a) Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind.

b) Thelma or Louise from Thelma and Louise.

c) Princess Leia from Starwars.

d) Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys.

I’ll take D Holly Golightly thank you. (I’d be no good in a war so that eliminates A and C and I don’t want to die so there goes B). I’d give them a happy ending of course. Maybe a nice penthouse overlooking central park and I would like a proposal with a ring from Tiffany’s as well. 

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Of all the books in history, which do you wish you wrote and why? Little Women, it’s my all time favourite book. I love the family and I adore Jo.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? I do think I’d enjoy being able to fly.

If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you? Fun question. I think I’d got to the 1960’s in the USA, maybe I watched too much Happy Days as a kid but it has an idyllic look to it. I might take a computer so I could write down what I saw.

Can you tell us about your works in progress? This week I have released my fifth novel A Fair Exchange. It draws a little on my own experience as an exchange student as a teen and looks at what happens when your first love comes back into your life (that part isn’t based on experience). I have also just completed a novella which I hope to have out mid-year.

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Finally, can you give us a sneaky excerpt from ‘A Fair Exchange’, please?

It was not as if he was the first one to mention it. In the past week everyone who had entered my apartment had commented on the shiny new Vespa parked in the middle of the otherwise empty living room. In fact, each and every one of them had imaginatively said “Amelia you have a red Vespa parked in your living room!” And they all said it in a tone that implied I might not have noticed, as if it may have magically appeared there.

How could I not notice a vehicle parked in what was otherwise an empty room?

What amazed me was that the Vespa was what they chose to comment on. 

Not that Nick had dumped me, after ten years, for a twenty-one year-old. Nor that he had moved out, taking basically all the furniture and leaving me with a great view over the beach and an enormous mortgage. 

No one even commented about the fact that I, in turn, had quit the fabulous job that had always meant way too much to me. 

No, they commented on the Vespa. 

What I could not understand though was why it hadn’t bothered me until right then, when Matthew Blue commented. And when he did comment, why had I collapsed into this embarrassing sea of tears?  How had this happened? How had I become this sobbing pathetic figure of womanhood? And more importantly how had I ended up thirty-six and alone? 

Didn’t I used to have so much potential?

Everyone had said so, hadn’t they? 

“Amelia Armstrong is something special.”  

I was one of those shiny young girls who took risks and dreamed big.

I was one of the smart ones who knew what she wanted and went after it.

I was one to watch. 

If I hadn’t been that kind of a girl I would never have met Matthew all those years ago.

A different girl would not have found herself, on the other side of the world, at sixteen, staring into his dark and dreamy eyes.  S

o where was that girl right now, I wanted to know? And how had a girl with so much potential gotten it so horribly wrong?   

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Release Day: Lingerie for Felons by Ros Baxter…

Today is release day for Lingerie for Felons, the new romantic comedy from Ros Baxter.

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‘If there’s one universal truth, it’s this: You’re always wearing your worst underwear when you land in trouble.

Lola’s parents told her that everyone can make a difference. And she believed them. She’s been fighting the good fights since she was eleven years old. But at 23, Lola falls hard for an Australian stockbroker who thinks Doctors Without Borders is a porno and Joni Mitchell sounds like a harp seal being battered to death. She cuts him loose, but over the next fifteen years, through protests, misunderstandings, humiliating predicaments, and a number of poor underwear choices, their lives and paths continue to converge.

Along the way, Lola learns a few important life lessons: Never wear a red lace thong to a strip search. Make sure you take motion sickness pills if you’re going to the Southern Ocean to save the whales. And sometimes, Mr Right can be all wrong, and Mr Wrong just needs time to find the right path.

Funny, touching, emotional and political, Lingerie for Felons is Bridget Jones meets An Inconvenient Truth, about doing the right thing, finding the right person, and always thinking through your underwear choices.

Lingerie for Felons: Laugh. Cry.  Look at the world a little differently.

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Author Limelight and Giveaway: Contemporary Romance Novelist, Elise K Ackers…

Today’s Limelighter is a 2012 Romantic Book of the Year (RUBY) finalist, multi published romantic suspense and contemporary romance author, and  a lot of fun to share a taxi with! Her newest release, Dear Stranger, is up for grabs today.  Please welcome the always lovely, Elise K Ackers!

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What was the first story you ever wrote?

I’ve been writing since I could first grip a crayon, so it’s hard to remember, but it was probably about Trixie and Shiloh. My dad and I used to send our cat and dog on great adventures – to the moon, to a waterslide park (poor cat). I’ve heard I wrote an ‘episode’ when he was at work that we read before bedtime.

Of all the individuals you have created, do you have a particular favourite? What appeals to you the most about this character?

I shouldn’t have favourites, but the hero in my first published title has resonated with me the most. Jordan Hill, a small-town cop with a hero complex in Small Town Storm is everything I esteem in a man; loyal, witty, brave and off-beat. He’s devastatingly handsome (please excuse the bias) and he has this way of loving people that I admire.

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Has being published changed you at all? If so, how?

It has – it’s been the override switch for excuses. I’ve always written, but once I landed a publishing contract, I wanted another one. Then another one. Being published has helped me to prioritise my writing in a way I didn’t before, and given me a hunger for the next project, the next release. I’ve got so many goals now, whereas before I just had the one goal: to get published.

What would we find on your bookshelf / e-reader?

On my e-reader there are lots of books by my fellow Escapees and Destineers – I like to support the authors I’m published with. There are also heaps of young adult, new adult and contemporary titles, and a bunch of fantasy and historicals. My book shelf is full or Nora Roberts, Julie Kagawa, J.K.Rowling and classics.

What’s the most unappealing thing you’ve ever eaten?

Escargot. In my mind, I couldn’t separate the delicacy from the slimy garden pest. I couldn’t bring myself to chew it, so I swallowed it whole then drowned it with wine.

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If you could be any of the following characters for one day, who would you be and why?


a) Scarlett O’Hara
from Gone with the Wind.

b) Thelma or Louise from Thelma and Louise.

c) Princess Leia from Starwars.

d) Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys.

Holly Golightly. Not because I’m a fan of her choices or even the man who claims her heart, but because if I were her for a day, I’d never ditch that poor cat on the raining, frightening streets of New York.

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Of all the books in history, which do you wish you wrote and why? 

The Harry Potter series. Sure, there’s the fact that J.K.Rowling captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide (oh, and the billionaire thing), but my answer’s from a fan perspective. If I’d created these characters, I’d know all the things that never made it to the page. As writers, we have to know details that the readers never need to know – if only for character depth, motivations and continuity. I wish I had greater insight into all of the characters I love so much.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

The ability to stop or significantly slow time. I’d get so much done! I would be multitasking in the moments between moments. I’d never be late. I’d get to savour the beautiful moments and possibly prevent the bad ones. I’d write thirty books a year and need a dozen pseudonyms so everyone didn’t know to be sick of me.

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If you could go back in time, where would you go and when? What is one thing you would want to take with you?

*romantic sap alert* I’d probably go to my parents’ wedding. They are so in love with one another after almost forty years of marriage, and it would be a joy to sit in a back pew and see them make promises to one another that I know they’ve kept. And I’d take a digital camera.

Can you tell us about your works in progress?

I’m doing the final edits of a New Adult title called One for the Road. It’s about a wallflower who crosses the world to find herself, and the larrikin who finds her first. Set on an organised group tour through Europe, it’s got lots of cultural flavour, lots of settings, and hopefully lots of laughs.

 

Dear Stranger blurb:

A beautiful love letter to the most troublesome of holidays…

Soft-hearted Reese Ahearn is single for Valentine’s Day. Again. But that’s not going to stop her from spreading the holiday’s sentiment on the streets of Melbourne with short, sweet, anonymous love letters, left for strangers to find.

The last thing she expects, however, is a reply…

Excerpt:

Temptation called Adaline forward with a finger curl and a smile. The man’s fairy tale hero good looks had drawn the eyes of every woman in the room, and as he worked his way down the passenger list, speaking briefly with those he would show the world, he alternated between lothario and lad, endearing himself to all.

Adaline could almost hear the quickening heartbeats of the women in line behind her as they moved closer to the spotlight of his attention.

She stepped forward, introduced herself and heaved her suitcase onto the scales.

‘Adaline Sharp,’ he repeated, checking his list, his affected Australian accent hinting at how long he’d been so far from home. He noted the weight of her bag. ‘Solo. Aussie. One bag, fifteen kilos.’

It was a good thing he hadn’t weighed her emotional baggage – her crap was well in excess of the allowable limit. It was also what was going to keep her immune to him.

If you’d like to connect with Elise, here are her links:

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Website

Twitter

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About Elise K. Ackers:

Elise K. Ackers is a romantic suspense and contemporary romance author based in Melbourne, Australia. She is a 2013 Romantic Book of the Year finalist, print and ebook published with Destiny Romance and Escape Publishing, and known to do some pretty strange stuff in the name of research.  You can chat with her on Facebook and Twitter (@EliseKAckers), and find out more at her author website.