Today I received a wonderful Saturday present in the form of a Google Alert about my first book, Tree Change.
D.D. Symms is a popular romance writer and I was thrilled to read his blog post on Goodreads.
The use of language and details in Tree Change by Tea Cooper
I find myself attracted to the type of prose that Tea Cooper pens ... similar to the flow written by Anita Shreve. The imagery draws me in and yet the language is not "literary" to the point where a reader is lost.
It's like sitting on a grassy hill and watching the clouds float above. An example:
"...ever since she had stepped onto the sand and looked up at the Shack, she had opened a box of forgotten memories and the images had come flooding out in colors far brighter and more intense than she remembered.
"The high-pitched whistle of the kettle pierced the fog in her brain, and she grimaced as she tipped the boiling water over the tea bag, ignoring the water slopping over the edge of the mug and pooling on the bench."
How many details are too much in a story and what can be left out? Certainly, we don't need to know that water pooled on the bench and yet it fits in and completes the picture and the mood of what is happening at this point in the story.
I think it flows organically ... the best way for all stories to flow and the best way for authors of all styles to express themselves.
Thank you, D.D. I'm not sure my writing is worthy of the comparison however I am truly flattered!
Forced to choose between the world she wants and the man she loves, Cassia opts for fame and fortune. But it's not enough—one taste and she's hooked again...
Despite her success in the Sydney art world, Cassia yearns for the idyllic life she once lead with Jake in their shack over looking the Pacific Ocean. Seeking closure she falls, like an addict, straight back into his arms, and out again equally quickly. Not only has he taken up with his brother's wife, but it seems they have a child.
Truth is, Jake's living a lie, sworn to secrecy, and hamstrung by the debt he owes his estranged family. But one glimpse of Cassia and he knows he cannot live without her. Her fey, artistic character and magical body possess his imagination and his heart. Can he convince her to trust him long enough to save the crumbling remains of their relationship?
Happy Birthday, Eve! Thanks for stopping by with your lovely flashy banner. I want one! My first anniversary was a huge emotional milestone, I'm fascinated to hear how you have found your "first".
So The Waiting Game turns one year old today and as it was my debut book it got me thinking about all the firsts I experienced with its publication.
This year has flown by, but I can still remember the flutter in my heart when I first saw ‘copyright by’ and the copyright symbol next to my name.
And seeing my cover for the first time? I can admit that it took me a while to realize Big Ben was in the background—I was distracted by something in the foreground. Abs can say so much, don’t you think?!
Then there was seeing my book appear on all the bookseller sites that I usually purchased books from. Typing in my name and having my book pop up to buy—yep, total rush!
But as I raise my glass in celebration of The Waiting Game being out a year, the absolute icing on the cake was the first time a reader took the time to contact me and tell me how much they enjoyed my book.
I think that’s why all the firsts surrounding the release of your debut book are so special. The fact that people are prepared to take a chance on a new voice and without any pre-judging dive right in for an adventure, well, it’s the greatest of compliments. It is also why writers write—to share a story.
If you’ve been looking for the next adventure to dive right into, then consider the wait over! Here are all the details you need to immerse yourself in The Waiting Game:
Five years ago a madman stalked her. Kidnapped her. Tattooed her.
When security expert Cameron Dexter—the man Brooke Bennett once loved—appears unexpectedly at her door with terrifying news, the former musician discovers she can no longer hide from her past. After five years, her vicious kidnapper is out of prison and on the hunt—for Brooke.
Now he’s returned to complete his art.
Cam failed to protect Brooke once before. Now he’d rather die than let her be captured. With her life at stake, Cam vows to keep her hidden and safe. Brooke, however, is done with running. Unlike Cam, she wants to stand and fight. Emotions both old and new roil between them, but addressing their heated past must wait. Together they set a trap in London to catch a killer. But they soon discover the enemy wears many faces...
And waiting is no longer an option.
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Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave me quite the taste for adventure and my love for romances began when my mother shoved one into my hands in a desperate attempt to keep me quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals! When I wasn’t consuming books by the bucketload, I could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down my adventures. As a teenager, I wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, I worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucketload, until realising I was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense myself. I live in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with my very own sexy hero husband!
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My favourite time in the whole business - cover reveal time! Here is the cover for LILY'S LEAP!
Lily's Leap was my first historical romance. It has been re released by Escape Publishing and has this beautiful new cover. If you've read and enjoyed Matilda's Freedom I know you will love this story as much as I do. Like Matilda, Lily's Leap is set in and around Wollombi and the Hunter Valley and several of the characters from Matilda's Freedom make an appearance.
Here's the blurb from Escape ....
From Escape's Queen of Australian historical romance comes a story about a privileged member of Australian's squattocracy, a bushranger, and a very special horse.
Born into the rough, but privileged society of the Australian colonial landowners, Lilibeth Dungarven finds herself married, widowed, and, much to her distress, back under her father’s thumb, all before her twenty-first birthday. Determined not to forgo her dream of breeding the perfect racehorse, Lilibeth ignores propriety and sets out to restore the family’s flagging fortunes.
When Captain Tom and his mismatched band of bushrangers stumble across a mob of the best horses they’ve ever seen, and the daughter of the famed Dungarven horse stud, they know their fortunes have changed. Their catch is worth a king’s ransom. All they have to do is hold her for seven days. How hard can it be to control the pampered daughter of a colonial upstart?
Lily's Leap is now available on Netgalley for reviewers and I'd love you to add it to your Goodreads TBR!
The re-release of PASSIONFRUIT & POETRY is live! This book has been unavailable for the last month and it now has a new cover, designed by the wonderful Victoria Miller, and it's been reformatted. This is NOT a new edition, it's the same story that originally released in June, 2013. Passionfruit & Poetry is a contemporary, small town romance set in the fictional town of Oldfield and in Sydney.
I've always loved this book and I am thrilled to see it available again! Incase you haven't read Jeanie's story here's the blurb. As yet there are no reviews on Amazon but you can find them on GOODREADS.
PASSIONFRUIT & POETRY is available worldwide from Amazon
When famous Sydney fashion photographer Xander Fitzgerald takes a shot of Jeanie Baker, his ISO settings hit red alert and no one's life is ever the same again.
Jeanie believes she is content - a small town girl happy running the Cafe Cinematique with her grandmother until her life takes an unexpected turn and she is thrown unwillingly into the limelight.
For a girl with few ambitions Jeanie's new life is at once both terrifying and strangely liberating. In Xander's company she blossoms into a woman she hardly recognises but the sophistication of Sydney is all smoke and mirrors and her past comes back to haunt her. All she wants to do is head home, back to passionfruit pie and her grandmother's warm hug.
Captivated by the girl he first glimpsed through the lens of his camera Xander must prove his connections with her past are not what she believes.
Most people know I have a fascination for all things Indian, and that includes Bollywood movies! This book has gone straight onto my TBR pile after I read this review:
“This is a great read which hooks you from the first page. The characters are brilliantly realized and you can identify with each one. Loved Maya, she is so feisty and full of life. The chemistry between Krish and Maya is there right from the first page and I for one wanted to read on to find out more. There is so much more to this book than the romance between the two main characters - there is family drama, tension, conflict. Loved it. Can definitely see this one as a Bollywood blockbuster one day.”
Renita D’silva, bestselling author of Monsoon Memories.
Adite is giving away a PDF copy of The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal to one lucky Australian commentator!Here's the blurb and an excerpt incase you need anymore convincing! Bollywood here I come!
Dancing with the enemy ... Krish Dev needs to find a bride—and quick! With a marriage arranged by his father looming, Krish finds the key to his freedom in Maya Shome, but is this dazzling beauty really all she seems...?
Maya has only one thing in mind: revenge. But when the host of the most exclusive high society party asks her to dance what is meant to be an innocent tango leads to an engagement to Krish—her enemy’s son!
Arranging their own marriage could work to their advantage … if they can resist mixing business with pleasure!
‘This marriage would be strictly in name only. Or the deal is off.’
Krish laughed. The sound waves reverberated inside her, making her feel all warm and fuzzy.
‘You mean leave sex out of it?’
Krish’s dark eyes seemed to pick out her body vibrations even before she could.
‘Are you absolutely sure about that?’
Maya seethed. She wished she could wipe that all-knowing look off his face. If only she didn’t feel this strong surge of attraction for him—but that was her secret to keep…just one of many.
‘I’m sure you can find a discreet way of taking care of that side of things for yourself.’
He clicked his tongue in mock disapproval. ‘You haven’t been paying attention, jaaneman.’
Maya was back to worrying her lower lip and Krish leaned across the table to run a finger across her mouth.
‘I’ve told you before that I’m a one-woman guy. And I don’t share what’s mine.’
Her lips tingled at his touch even as his words held out a deep, velvety promise that made her breath catch.
Breathe, Maya, breathe!
She pulled away and stuttered, ‘I…I mean it…No sex or the deal is off.’
About the Book:
The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal
Published by: Harlequin India.
Author: Adite Banerjie
Digital Release in Australia: 1st May 2014.
Digital Release in USA/Canada: 2nd June 2014.
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About Adite Banerjie
Adite Banerjie is a screenwriter and published author. Growing up in a home with a filmmaker dad who worked in the world's largest film industry (yes, Bollywood!) and a voracious reader for a mom, it was inevitable she would fall in love with both films and books.
She turned to fiction writing after a fulfilling and exciting career as a business journalist. When she penned her first romantic short story, she won the Harlequin India Passions Aspiring Authors Contest (2012). Her debut title, The Indian Tycoon's Marriage Deal, based on the winning short story, was released in December 2013. Her second title, Trouble Has a New Name releases in India in July 2014. She dreams that someday one of her novels will be made into a Bollywood film complete with song, dance and all that jazz!
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Wendy L Curtis is another fellow Escapee and today is RELEASE DAY for ABOVE AND BEYOND. Congratulations, Wendy! Lovely to have you visiting on such a special day! I'm dying to find out about Rob and Roxy's story - it looks as though the setting is hot ... seriously hot!
Above And Beyond is Rob and Roxy’s story but it isn’t where they started and it may not be where they end. Okay, this love story may be a bit on the sappy side, but I like that. High stakes emotion with plenty to lose make the best stories, especially when a baby is involved. Not their baby, but Roxy is as fierce as any new parent and she delivered her Papua New Guinean’s friend’s baby in a hut, so it’s personal. This scene comes right after the birth when Roxy and Rob meet again and she’s wondering how the hell her paid escort from Cairns a month ago has turned up to rescue them.
Roxy wrapped the baby up properly and handed her to Madi’s waiting arms. Then all three of them cried. Granted, the baby wailed a little louder but Roxy sat in a dilapidated hut, in a tropical storm, while men wanted to kill her somewhere out there, and celebrated the miracle of new life.
‘Look!’ Madi pointed towards the doorway. She put the crying baby to her breast, where she latched on and quieted.
Roxy saw it too. A thin column of light wavering slightly, getting closer. A torch. They’d found them. They’d found them and this baby deserved to live longer than ten minutes. Roxy grabbed her long, heavy torch from her pack and pressed her finger to her lips, helping Madi and the baby to shuffle into the darkest corner with the blanket still ready for the afterbirth.
Roxy huddled close to the entrance, pressed to the wall like a picture frame, barely breathing. She held the torch up with both hands. If she was going down, she was going down fighting. Fuck them. Who were they to say when she checked out of this world?
A bulk in all black crawled into the space and Roxy brought the torch down as hard as she could, and she heard a grunt as the figure slumped to the floor. She heard Madi choke back a scream. Just before she delivered the blow she heard her name. The voice sounded male and familiar. Impossible.
Roxy lifted the hood just off the face of the would-be attacker and shone the torch. No. Way. No way in the world. ‘Rob?’ She pulled the hood right back and she was sure. ‘Oh no. I’ve killed him. Christ. How did he get here?’
‘Friend?’ Madi asked.
‘Something like that.’ Her finger ran down his strong cheek and she brushed his hair away from his forehead. She touched behind his head where she’d struck and rubbed her fingertips together. Not wet, no blood. Her sigh sounded out.
‘Love. Lover.’ Madi’s bright white smile beamed across at her.
‘No. No. Friend.’
Madi just kept smiling.
Rob stirred. Roxy felt incredibly stupid, and attracted, and pissed off — but mostly stupid and attracted. ‘Rob? Jesus. What are you doing here? How?’
He groaned and touched the back of his head then he dragged himself into the hut properly. ‘Long story. I’ll fill you in when I get my brains back out of my arse.’
It sounds fascinating! I bet you had fun writing it! What's next?
I adored writing Roxy and Rob’s journey but I get a feeling they have a lot more story to tell. I mean, what happens when Roxy gets back to the island with the baby? What happens when Rob goes to meet his daughter in Tasmania? How is the baby’s father going to feel when he sees Roxy again and is that how she lands back in danger (because she does, just sayin’)? With all good intentions, but, how is this long distance relationship going to work, they never do, do they? Yep, they have more to come but I hope you get a connection with them in their story so far and love them as much as I do.
I'm looking forward to reading Roxy and Rob's story! Thanks for dropping in on your special day, Wendy! I hope the champagne is on ice!
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