Friday, September 05, 2014

Louise Forster: A New Beginning and a HEA.

Photo courtesy of Glen Innes Tourism

I love writing about country towns and the characters in them. It all started a few years ago on a visit to Glen Innes. If you’re from outside Australia, it’s a beautiful country town with many heritage listed Edwardian buildings. All of them proudly preserved. My favorite time of year there, is during the Celtic festival. Lots of gorgeous men in kilts, pipe bands, delicious food and wine.

We were visiting a friend and I happen to look in an empty, Edwardian shop window, you know the ones that are so deep you can hardly see the back of it. The floors had beautiful mosaic black and white tiles laid in a flower and scrollwork pattern. I thought, someone should do something spectacular with this place. At least in fiction I could make it happen; my heroine turned it into a restaurant. I started with two sisters and a niece travelling to Tumbled Creek, to attend their beloved uncle’s funeral. The story unfolded and became ‘Home Truths’. My heroine, Jennifer Dove, meets, Calum McGregor, a hot local farmer/electrician.

London-based chef Jennifer Dove loves her exciting, fast-paced life and she has every intention of returning to it ASAP. This trip to Tumble Creek — middle-of-nowhere Australia — is just a blip, a trip out of time, to visit her sister and niece and farewell her beloved Uncle.
But barely hours into her stay, she disturbs an intruder in her uncle's house, is questioned by police, and finds a pair of fluffy pink stilettos in the bedroom. Things are not all they seem in Tumble Creek, and much as she tries not to, Jennifer is sucked in to the mystery surrounding her uncle. Who is his girlfriend Veronica, and why is she not here? What are the locals hiding? And why can she not get sexy local Calum McGregor out of her mind?
All is not what it seems in this sleepy, small town, and as Jennifer unravels its mysteries, she might just be tying herself to Tumble Creek forever. 
When times are tough farmers, or their wives, often need to take on a second job to keep the farm going. Working the land is tough, sometimes heartbreaking. I’m sure there are many US farmers who can relate. But it’s not only farmers, these days it can happen to anyone. Share with us what you and your man have to do to keep pace in today’s busy lives.

 After a lifetime in the bright lights and the big city as a prima ballerina, Katherine Bell has finally returned home to her small, snowy town where the weather might be frightful, but her friends and family are delightful. She's ready for a quiet life using her skills and knowledge to help her community.

But things aren’t as simple as she hoped. There’s a blizzard outside, a daredevil girlfriend in her house, and a persistent, sexy Australian called Jack Riley who needs to be kept at arm’s length.

And something sinister has stalked her to her snowy hideaway…

My reward, and I’m sure this applies to all writers, is knowing that someone out there is reading my work, enjoying it, getting a laugh out of it, and helping them escape from day to day life for a while.

What would you name your dream place? if it were a restaurant, a boutique, a pre-loved furniture store, or whatever you fancy.  Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Home Truths!

Have fun!

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***Louise's winner is Kelly~S!  Please email with your mailing details!***


erin said...

I'd love to own and operate a book store :) I'd call it the Book Nook and encourage people to come in and read. By this time I should be independently wealthy so it won't matter if people buy *winkwink* Thanks for sharing!

Jenny Schwartz said...

What a great idea - rescuing a store in fiction :) And "Home Truths" is a lovely read.

Anonymous said...

Hi Erin, I love the sound of Book Nook. I can see it with lounge chairs and coffee tables where people can sit and choose which book they want to take home. Thanks for dropping by :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny, thank so much for dropping by. :)

Mary Preston said...

I love books, crafts & good coffee and tea.

I'd just call my little corner of the world Marybelle's. You would come for the shopping & stay for the company and ambience.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary, that sounds really lovely. I'd come visit :)

Kelly~S said...

I already have my copy! But I wanted to say that these are just 2 of Louise Foresters books, and all of them are REALLY great. They remind me of those romance novels back in high school I always read too quickly, and I have always read her books more than once... So grab one of her books, and a cozy chair, and try and pace yourself... You'll enjoy it! ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly, I'm so glad you enjoyed my's really made my day! Thank you :)