In the gritty underbelly of 1920s Sydney, a fresh-faced country girl is about to arrive in the big, dark city – and risk everything in the pursuit of her dreams.
Sydney is no place for the fainthearted—five shillings for a twist of snow, a woman for not much more, and a bullet if you look sideways at the wrong person.
Dolly Bowman is ready and willing to take on all the brash, bustling city has to offer. After all it is the 1920s, a time for a girl to become a woman and fulfil her dreams. Turning her back on her childhood, she takes up a position working as a housemaid while she searches for her future.
World War I flying ace Jack Dalton knows he’s luckier than most. He’s survived the war with barely a scratch, a couple of astute business decisions have paid off, and he’s set for the high life. But a glimpse of a girl that he had forgotten, from a place he’s tried to escape suddenly sets all his plans awry. Try as he might he can’t shake the past, and money isn’t enough to pay the debts he’s incurred.
Today, I'm joining a Meet the Character bloghop to introduce you all to my favourite gal, Dolly Bowman better known as Jazz Baby, from the book of the same title releasing October 22, 2014.
Thanks to Elsa Winckler for tagging me in on the fun. Elsa writes contemporary romance for Escape Publishing.
She likes the heroines in my stories to be beautiful, feisty, independent and headstrong. And the heroes must be strong but possess a generous amount of sensitivity. They are of course, also gorgeous! Her stories typically incorporate the family background of the characters to better understand where they come from and who they are.
She won an award for her first Afrikaans romance in 2010. Elsa's books Love in Writing and Touched to the Heart are both set in South Africa.
You can find out more about Elsa on her website. Thanks again for letting me join the fun, Elsa!
What is the name of your character? Dolly ... take the floor!
My name's Dolly (short for Dorothy, after my mother, but don't tell anyone). I'm about to make a new name for myself. I haven't quite worked out how yet but I've taken the first step in the right direction.
· When and where is the story set?
I grew up in a little country town called Wollombi but it was time to leave. I was sick of the run down watering hole where I'd spent the last six months trying to earn enough to keep body and soul together so I jumped a train and here I am in Sydney. I lined up a job at Mrs Mack's boarding house - it can't be too difficult. Changing sheets and cleaning is the same everywhere, isn't it?
· What should we know about you?
There's not a lot to know - yet. I'm about to make a name for myself. And how!
· What is your goal?
For goodness sake ... it's the 20s! Time for a girl to become a woman and fulfil her dreams. I'm going to take on everything this brash, bustling city has to offer ... and more!
· What is screwing up your life (main conflict in writerly speak)?
My brother, my brother's best friend and a choice bit of calico named Cynthia who thinks she's the bee's knees!
· What is the title?
JAZZ BABY - and in the words of the song ... that's me!
· When can we expect the book to be published?
I hit the limelight on October 22nd!
You can find Jazz Baby at ...
Harlequin Escape | Amazon.com | iTunes | Amazon.Aus | Kobo
Meet next week's author S E Gilchrist
SE Gilchrist lives in the beautiful Hunter Valley of Australia with her children, two dogs and two cats. Her favourite words are‘what if’ and ‘where’. She writes in the romance genres of: science-fiction / futuristic, fantasy, paranormal, post apocalyptic/dystopian, ancient history and rural romance.
SE is the author of nine books of varying lengths, including the best-selling science-fiction erotic romance, Awakening the Warriors.
SE debuted with Paying the Forfeit, published by Momentum Books on 1Dec2012. Next, Legend Beyond the Stars(awarded 3rd place in RWAus Emerald Contest Single Title Section 2011), the first book in her science fiction romance series, was published with Escape Publishing on 10Jan2013.
Other awards include, Bound by Love placed 2nd in two separate contests in 2012 and a single title yet to be released,Beyond Aquarius, received an Honorary Mention also in 2012.
She is keenly interested in the environment, animal welfare, kayaking and bush walking. Together with author and close friend, Sandie James, SE runs a face-to-face writing group, Hunter Romance Writers.
SE’s books are available in ebook format and from most e-tailors. Don’t have an e-reader? No problem, download a free reading app. Click here to link to the ones available on Amazon.
She loves to hear from her fans; to do so please visit the ‘contact’ page or follow her via social media.
When Stars Collide, the latest book in the Darkon Warriors series will be released 22nd October 2014. Available for pre-order now: Amazon USA, Amazon AUS, Amazon UK and Kobo.
You can find out more about SE's worlds at her website.
#1 The Look
#2 The Clothes
#3 Where to be seen in Sydney
Now you’re a choice bit of calico! Swell!
JAZZ BABY releases on October 22nd with Escape Publishing and is available for Pre-order NOW
First published on THE ESCAPADES BLOG
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