Welcome back to our Showcase Series.
Today it’s Rural Historical & Dual Timeline – Now and Then (part I)
with authors Tricia Stringer, Tea Cooper and Kaye Dobbie
Heart of the Country by Tricia Stringer
Tricia Stringer grew up on a farm in country South Australia and has spent most of her life in rural communities, which is where she loves to be. Tricia has filled various roles in her local community, owned a post office and bookshop and spent many years in education. She and her husband currently live in the beautiful Copper Coast region.
Tricia loves to write stories that portray rural Australia. She has several rural romances with a new one due in December, Between the Vines.
Heart of the Country is her first historical and will be followed with another in May next year.
Back cover blurb for Heart of the Country by Tricia Stringer
Lives are intertwined by love and community then ripped apart by hate and greed but remain always bound to the land they love…
1846. Newly arrived from England, Thomas Baker is young, penniless and alone. Eager to make his mark on this strange new place called South Australia, he accepts work as an overseer on a distant sheep property, believing this will be the opportunity he seeks. But when Thomas’s path crosses that of ex-convict, Septimus Wiltshire — a grasping con man hell bent on making a new life for himself and his family at any price —trouble is on the horizon.
But Thomas is made of stern stuff and his fortunes take a turn for the better when he meets spirited farmer’s daughter Lizzie Smith, and soon he envisages their future together.
But this land is like no other he has encountered: both harsh and lovely, it breaks all but the strongest. When his nemesis intervenes once more and drought comes, Thomas finds himself tested almost beyond endurance with the risk of losing everything he and Lizzie have worked for… even their lives.
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Lily’s Leap by Téa Cooper
Téa Cooper always knew one day she would write a novel. It probably started with a rather risqué story in the back of an exercise book at boarding school featuring the long suffering school gardener – not really the stuff romantic heroes were made of but it was before she knew any better.
Téa writes contemporary and historical fiction. Her historical novel, The Horse Thief will be published by Harlequin (Australia) MIRA at the end of October 2015.
Back cover blurb for Lily’s Leap by Téa Cooper
From Escape Publishing’s queen of historical Australian romance comes a new story about a privileged member of Australian’s colonial squattocracy, a bushranger, and a very special horse.
Born into the rough, but still 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 the daughter for seven days. How hard will controlling a pampered farmer’s daughter be?
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Colours of Gold by Kaye Dobbie
I currently juggle my writing with sharing an old house and big garden with my husband, as well as far too many animals. Sometimes writing anything is a struggle but I keep trying because I love it.
Looking back, I always seemed to be writing something, but the first time I actually thought I might make a career as a writer was when I won the local short story contest.
Kaye’s next rural book Sweet Wattle Creek will be published in September by Harlequin (Australia) MIRA and is available for pre-order now.
Back cover blurb for Colours of Gold by Kaye Dobbie
The child has no name, she’s a little girl…lost and forgotten.
1867: Named by the wife of the paddle steamer captain who finds her half drowned in the Murray River, Alice must survive in a world that reviles her. Because Alice has a gift…or a curse. She can see an aura of colours around the people she meets — and those colours tell her of impending doom.
With her friend Rosey, Alice runs away to the gold fields and then joins a troupe of entertainers where people pay to hear her predictions. But she can never escape her past…along with the frightening man in the dark coat who follows her wherever she goes…
Present: Annie Reuben is an art restorer in her father’s business, but times are tough. After being given a long-lost painting found in the basement of a condemned hotel, Annie becomes intrigued by the two girls who stare out at her from the ruined canvas.
Who were Alice and Rosey? And why does Annie find their lives so important? As Annie becomes caught up with finding answers from the past, she finds herself being stalked by the same frightening man in the dark coat who follows her wherever she goes…
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Coming next week on the Showcase Series
A Rural Chill with Romantic Suspense
with authors Helene Young, Sarah Barrie and Bronwyn Parry
Country to City and Home Again (part I)
with authors Lisa Ireland and Therese Creed