Writers On Reading: Tricia Stringer Talks About Her favourite Books and Characters

This week I welcome to the blog, Rural Romance author Tricia Stringer. Tricia published her first rural romance via Print on Demand back in 2004 before it was a recognized genre. Since then she self-published two more titles before Harlequin Australia accepted her book, Queen of the Road. It was an exciting debut with Harlequin, going on to win RWAs Romantic Book of the Year in 2013 and also being listed in Get Reading’s 50 Books You Can’t Put Down campaign. In 2014 her second book with Harlequin, Right as Rain was published . Tricia grew up on a farm and lives in rural South Australia where she loves to write stories of country life. Her next book, Riverboat Point will be out this December.       Mack’s determined to do what’s right for her father…but will she choose what’s right for herself? Mackenna Birch returns to the family farm in Australia to find her beloved father unwell and her scheming younger brother home from the city, showing a great interest in taking over the business. Mack longs to make big changes to the farm — changes her father has approved. But with her dad’s ailing health, all her plans have been put on hold. Mack finds herself turning to Hugh — her old friend and neighbour — as her confidant. Then, out of the blue, Adam, her holiday romance, turns up. Mack has to juggle some tough decisions and try to make those around her happy. But can she find the balance and have her own ever-after? Thanks for visiting Flying Pony Tricia and all the best...

Writers On Reading: Phillipa Fioretti Talks All Things Books

This week its a pleasure to welcome to the blog Phillipa Fioretti. Phillipa is an award-winning artist and Australian author and a graduate of the Hachette Australia/Queensland writer’s Centre Manuscript Development Program. Phillipa is the author of The Book Of Love, The Fragment of Dreams and her latest release is For One Night Only. When Ornella vacations in Sicily, she meets Hugh, an archaeologist working on a dig in the beautiful town of Taormina. Hugh convinces Ornella to join him on a trip to the island of Stromboli, where they hike up a live volcano at dusk. After a passionate night together Ornella, an actress usually focused on her career, suspects she’s in love. But after breakfast the next morning, Hugh vanishes. Ornella is left with Hugh’s phone, sunglasses and a sudden end to the love affair she thought she didn’t want. Desperate to know if Hugh ran out on her or if he’s met with disaster, she wants to search for him. But with an important screen test in Rome and her agent impatiently waiting for her, Ornella faces a dilemma. Little does she know the danger Hugh is in – and that she is the key to his survival. * Thanks so much for visiting Flying pony Phillipa and good luck with the new release. * 1. Which books do you most vividly remember from your childhood?     Dot and the Kangaroo and Harry the Dirty Dog 2. Who are your three most favourite fictional book characters? Tell us what you love about each of them.  Merival from Restoration by Rose Tremain, because he’s charming, naive,...

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...