Writers On Reading: Jennifer Scoullar On The Books that Inspire Her

Today I welcome Rural Fiction author Jennifer Scoullar to the blog.     Jennifer is a fellow horse lover, a subject she has written about in Brumby’s Run. Jenny is also a keen environmentalist and her latest book Billabong Bend tackles the issue of conservation. For riverine farmer Nina Moore, the rare marshland flanking the beautiful Bunyip River is the most precious place on Earth. Her dream is to buy Billabong Bend and protect it forever, but she’s not the only one with designs on the land. When her childhood sweetheart Ric Bonelli returns home, old feelings are rekindled and Nina dares to hope of a future for them both on the river. But a tragic death divides loyalties, tears apart their fledgling romance and turns her dream into a nightmare. Will Nina win the battle for Billabong Bend? Or will the man she once loved destroy the wild wetlands she holds so close to her heart? Billabong Bend is a star-crossed love story which sets Nina, a floodplains grazier, and Ric, a traditional cotton farmer, on a heart-rending collision course amid the beauty of New South Wales’ northern riverlands. *   Thanks to Jennifer for visiting Flying Pony and good luck with Billabong Bend. * 1. Which books do you most vividly remember from your childhood? I loved Enid Blyton when I was very little, but after that it was horse books all the way. The Follyfoot Farm series by English writer Monica Dickens for example, and the Green Grass Of Wyoming Series by American writer Mary O’Hara. But my all-time favourite was the home-grown Silver Brumby series by...

Writers On Reading: Cathryn Hein Talks Books and Reading

This week I welcome Rural Romance author, the lovely Cathryn Hein to the blog. Cathryn has a brand new release, Rocking Horse Hill, which sounds like a brilliant read. Ever since she was a little girl, Emily Wallace-Jones has loved Rocking Horse Hill. The beautiful family property is steeped in history. Everything important in Em’s life has happened there. And even though Em’s brother Digby has inherited the property, he has promised Em it will be her home for as long as she wishes. When Digby falls in love with sweet Felicity Townsend, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Em worries about the future. But she is determined not to treat Felicity with the same teenage snobbery that tore apart her relationship with her first love, Josh Sinclair. A man who has now sauntered sexily back into Em’s life and given her a chance for redemption. But as Felicity settles in, the once tightly knitted Wallace-Jones family begins to fray. Suspicions are raised, Josh voices his distrust, and even Em’s closest friends question where Felicity’s motives lie. Conflicted but determined to make up for the damage caused by her past prejudices, Em sides with her brother and his fiancée until a near tragedy sets in motion a chain of events that will change the family forever. Rocking Horse Hill is a moving family drama and passionate love story from the author of Heartland.  * Thanks Cathryn for visiting Flying Pony and all the best with the new release. *   Thanks for inviting me to contribute to Writers on Reading, Pamela. Lovely to be here.  ...

Writers On Reading: Rural Romance Author Jennie Jones Talks All Things Books

This week it’s my pleasure to welcome back to the blog the lovely Jennie Jones author of The House On Burra Burra Lane.    The House on Burra Burra Lane is Jennie’s debut, bestselling novel. Available in eBook and paperback it is the first in her Swallow’s Fall series of rural/small town Australian romances and can be purchased from all good eRetailers through Escape Publishing or in paperback from many Australian bookstores at Harlequin (Australia) MIRA.   A dilapidated house, a city girl looking for a tree change, and a rugged vet with a past. Just another day in rural Australia… Just ten days after her fresh start in the isolated Snowy Mountains, Samantha Walker trips over a three hundred pound pig and lands in the arms of Dr. Ethan Granger — and the firing line for gossip. It was hardly a ‘date’ but sparks of the sensual kind are difficult to smother in a community of only 87 people. Now there’s a bet running on how long she’ll stay and what she’ll get up to while she’s in town.Ethan has his own issues — Sammy’s presence in his childhood home brings with it painful recollections of family scandals and a bad‐boy youth. When the gossip around them heightens, his life is suddenly a deck of cards spread on the table for all to see. Then Sammy’s past catches up with her… and it looks like all bets are off.      A Christmas novella, Twelve Days at Silver Bells House and book two in the series, The House at the Bottom of the Hill will be available late 2014/early...

Writers On Reading: Canadian Author Francis Guenette Talks All Things Books

Today’s Writers On Reading Blog Interview is with Canadian author Francis Guernette. Francis has spent most of her life on the west coast of British Columbia. She lives with her husband and finds inspiration for writing in the beauty and drama of their lakeshore cabin and garden. She has a graduate degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She has worked as an educator, trauma counsellor and researcher.     The Light Never Lies is her second novel.         Francis has the most amazing view from her deck which obviously inspires her writing.       As circumstances spiral out of control, Lisa-Marie is desperate to return to Crater Lake. The young girl’s resolve is strengthened when she learns that Justin Roberts is headed there for a summer job at the local sawmill. Her sudden appearance causes turmoil. The mere sight of Lisa-Marie upsets the relationship Liam Collins has with trauma counsellor, Izzy Montgomery. All he wants to do is love Izzy, putter in the garden and mind the chickens. Bethany struggles with her own issues as Beulah hits a brick wall in her efforts to keep the organic bakery and her own life running smoothly. A native elder and a young boy who possesses a rare gift show up seeking family. A mystery writer arrives to rent the guest cabin and a former client returns looking for Izzy’s help. Life is never dull for those who live on the secluded shores of Crater Lake. Set against the backdrop of Northern Vancouver Island, The Light Never Lies is a story of...

Writers On Reading Series: Monique McDonell, author of A Fair Exchange

Today I welcome to the blog the gorgeous Monique McDonell. Monique and I have been members of the same writing group since 2004 and over the last two years Monique has published no less than five titles. If you love fun, flirty Romances you’ll love Monique’s books including A Fair Exchange, hot off the press this week.     Before we find out what Monique likes to read here’s a little about A Fair Exchange, along with an excerpt. A Fair Exchange A Fair Exchange 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.       Excerpt It was not as if he was the first one to...

Writers On Reading Blog Series: Fleur McDonald, Author Of Crimson Dawn

This week I welcome to the blog Fleur McDonald who has just released her fifth Rural Fiction novel Crimson Dawn, following the success of Red Dust, Blue Skies, Purple Roads and Silver Clouds. Fleur is the real deal when it comes to Rural fiction – she lives and works on an 8000 acre station in Western Australia. CRIMSON DAWN             Fleur McDonald Laura Murphy will need to call on all her grit and determination to retain her beloved farm… But will her fierce independence close her off to the possibility of love? Since inheriting Nambina, the property that’s been in her family for generations, Laura Murphy has worked wonders. Rather than just focusing on farming, she has set up a successful school teaching women the basics of managing a property. But the notoriously self-reliant Laura is lonely and still scarred by a tragedy from her past. She’s also grappling with the hostility of her former best friend, Meghan Hunter. The fact that Laura’s ex-boyfriend Josh is Meghan’s brother only makes thing worse. When a solicitor contacts Laura saying he’s representing clients who may have a claim over Nambina, Laura’s entire world is turned upside down. In holding on to the property she’s worked so hard to build, Laura realises she needs to reach out to friends and family, or risk losing everything… Celebrating strength in the face of adversity, as well as the enriching power of love, CRIMSON DAWN is Fleur McDonald’s fifth novel with Allen and Unwin, since being discovered via Friday Pitch. *  1.Which books do you most vividly remember from your childhood? All of the Enid Blyton books. The...