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The stories behind the stories

I love reading! I also love finding out the inspiration that led to the story. It could be a snippet, a newspaper article or an over-heard conversation.

For book club this month we read two wonderful books – Outback Blaze by Rachael Johns and The Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey.

I really enjoyed both books but especially liked learning the tid-bits on why the authors wrote about what they did.

Rachael’s inspiration for Outback Blaze was watching, in horror, as the local supermarket, her husband managed, burnt to the ground due to an electrical fault.
Ella’s inspiration for The Paris Time Capsule was this amazing discovery.

So, are you interested in the story behind the story?


October reads for Book Club

Well we all enjoyed our books from last month authors – Annie West, Sarah Belle and Anna Campbell.

This month’s reading is –

Rachael John’s Outback Dreams

Rachel Harris’ My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

I have to confess I’m friends with Rachael Johns and am lucky enough to read her work before it’s published. However, I never got to read the ending of Outback Dreams and really wanted to see Faith and Monty’s HEA. Now I can 🙂

Bonus books for the quick readers in our group are –

Kandy Shepherd’s Reinventing Rose (because we love funny chick lit stories)

Rachel Harris’ A Tale of Two Centuries (because it’s linked to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century)

So what are you reading this month?

The Lucky Seven Blog Challenge

My gorgeous CP and friend  Rachael Johns has tagged me in the “The Lucky Seven” blog challenge.

The challenge. Post seven lines from an unpublished work of fiction. I’ve chosen to post from my current mss.

The Golden Rules:

■ Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript (fiction or non-fiction)

■ Go to line 7

■Post on your blog the next 7 lines, or sentences, as they are – no cheating

■ Tag 7 other authors to do the same

From page 7 –

“And you?” She swallowed some of the enthusiasm into her voice. Not wanting to appear too eager.

“I came here for work but am on a forced holiday break with my sister. She believes working too hard is not good for one’s soul.” His stance was relaxed, with his arms loosely hanging by his side as his smile grew wide with the mention of his sister.

Cute. Tick.

Family guy. Tick.

If he was single she’d give him a third tick and hit the trifecta.

Most of the writers I know have already been tagged however, if you haven’t and want to be – consider yourself tagged 😀

One Perfect Night – celebrating Rachael Johns’ launch day

I am absolutely delighted my friend and crit partner (CP), Rachael Johns, is celebrating her launch day today.

If the cover doesn’t entice you (how could it not!), check out the first few lines –

“Don’t look now, but Mr. McSexy just entered the building.”

“Blast.” Peppa Grant spun round and did exactly what her best friend and colleague Izzy had ordered her not to. Her breathing faltered at the sight of six foot plus of unadulterated male who now towered at the entrance to the company’s function room. An anxious hush fell over the previously buzzing room. As all eyes snapped to him, she tried not to quake in her costume’s fairy shoes.

I’ve read this book and it’s fabulous. Rach has a great writing style and I’m thrilled she’s now a published writer.

If you want a great read, you can buy it –

At Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/One-Perfect-Night-ebook/dp/B005Z1CF2A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1321790650&sr=1-1)

or Carina Press (http://ebooks.carinapress.com/262D0727-23A2-4E9D-B75E-249FF29C76DF/10/134/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=5BB8BC4C-4898-4073-8306-FECF92B5DC5B)

AUTHOR BIO: Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a chronic arachnophobic, a supermarket owner by day and a writer by night. She rarely sleeps. Rachael received The Call from Angela James telling her Carina wanted to publish her book on April Fools Day and, when she told her friends, half of them wondered if it was a big joke. Luckily it wasn’t. As an active member of Romance Writers of Australia, Rachael has finaled and placed in a number of romance writing contests. Each success is uplifting and publication is her dream but even if none of this happened, she’d still write. It’s a much better option than ironing, which she refuses to partake in. Ever.