Expression of Interest: Are You Interested In Being Part Of Let’s Talk Books?

Let's Talk Books

As many of you would know, I run the regular Friday feature here titled “Let’s Talk Books” to showcase authors, bloggers and readers alike in what they are reading, shelving and how they choose what to read next.

It’s basically just a lot of fun for everyone and I’m looking for people – readers, bloggers, writers (both aspiring and published) – who might be interested in being part of the feature over the coming months.

If you’d like to check out the feature a bit more, you can check out previously featured readers, bloggers and authors here.

Or if you think this might be something you’d be interested in taking part in, then leave a comment on this post or email me at nevendbkshelf@live.com and I’ll be contact with you ASAP.

 

 

Let’s Talk Books With Dianne Blacklock, Author Of The Secret Ingredient

Let's Talk Books

 

*Excuse me while I fan girl not so quietly in corner*

Today I’m chatting books with Australian author Dianne Blacklock. I’ve been a massive fan of Dianne for years; in fact I’m almost certain that when I transitioned from teen to adult books years ago, it was one of Dianne’s books that I first picked up. I’ve never looked back since. With that in mind, to be hosting this chat with Dianne Blacklock today on the blog is kind of a dream come true. Not to mention my mind has reverted to giggly school girl;  I’m that excited!

Dianne Blacklock is the author of Call Waiting, Wife for Hire, Almost Perfect, False Advertising, Crossing Paths, Three’s a Crowd, The Right Time, and in November 2011, The Secret Ingredient.

When she’s not writing she goes on rampages through the house, cleaning and emptying out cupboards and making everyone do extra chores. Needless to say, the family prefers it when she’s writing.

Before we jump right into the interview here, I highly recommend that sign (if you haven’t already) up for Book Chat. A newsletter Dianne Blacklock and her two writing pals, Ber Carroll and Liane Moriarty run. It’s brilliant and a fantastic way to keep up to date with three of Australia’s fantastic authors! Click here to be taken to the most recent newsletter.

What are you currently reading?

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, the first of the highly acclaimed ‘Neapolitan Novels’. I’ve had it for a while and have been trying to get into it, but to be honest, it hasn’t grabbed me yet. However, these books have so much buzz around them, I’m going to persevere for a little longer.

What’s the last book you bought?

A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler. Loved it.

Do you prefer to read books in print or electronically?

I like both. I like how I can press a button on my ereader and have a book moments after I’ve read a review, or heard a mention, and had my interest piqued. But after I’ve read a few books in a row electronically, I crave a paper book. Not for the smell or the feel of it, or other nostalgic reasons, but because I like the architecture of a book – that you can make your way around it easily, know how far you’ve got to finish a chapter, or how long the next chapter is, to decide whether you’re going to stay up and keep reading! You get a better feel for where you are in the story.

What do your bookshelves look like? Do you have an organisation system (genre, colour, author…) or are you just happy to go with the flow?

Definitely go with the flow! I guess I do put books by the same author together, but that’s about as far as my organisation goes. I’m actually not keeping as many books as I used to, since I moved from my long-time family home that had abundant bookshelves, and downsized to an apartment. I had to cull a lot during the actual move, and I’ve realised lately that it’s time for another cull – the shelves are starting to overflow. I have to be honest and accept that no matter how much I enjoyed a book, if I’m not likely to read it again, there’s no need to keep it. As an author, I’d rather my books were out there in the world … even though I get no further remuneration if they’re shared or sold secondhand. But readers can’t always risk spending money on a book they don’t know if they’ll like, so I’m happy for them to come across them in other ways – as long as they buy a copy sometime in the future!

How often do you read?

I’m reading all the time, because I’m an editor as well as an author. So sometimes when I’ve been working intensively on a manuscript, right into the evening, I’m not as inclined to read in bed that night, which is my favourite time to read otherwise.

Describe what you would expect to find in your dream book?

Characters I instantly relate to, or am intrigued by, and want to spend time with. Some humour, lots of heart. I love when I read a book that says something about human nature, something that’s so right, so obvious, but you’ve never thought about it that way until that moment.

How do you choose what to read next?

I’m a bit of a mood reader, so as I said above, that’s why I like my ereader – I can strike while the iron’s hot and be reading a book right after I’ve heard about it, which may have been through word of mouth, or a review or article, mostly online.

So you’ve started a book and discover it’s not for you. Are you more likely to discard it or finish it?

I used to think I had to slog through a book no matter what, once I’d started. Now I know life is too short, and there are too many books to read! I’ll give it a fair chance (see Question 1!), but I certainly don’t feel I have to persevere with a book when I’m it’s not engaging me.

If you could read any book again, for the first time, which book would you choose?

The first book that popped into my head was Pride and Prejudice. After mulling it over, I still think it’s the one. When I’ve reread it over the years, I’m always struck by how fresh and relevant it still is. It may be about the vagaries of the marriage market in 18th century England, but it contains sharp, enduring insights about human nature. It’s also very very funny.

What is about books that appeals to you so much? What is your favourite part about reading?

Reading a book is a totally individual, unique experience. No one else will read a book the same way I do, or any other reader. You create the world of the novel in your own head – that’s why readers are often disappointed with screen adaptations of their favourite books, because it’s not how they pictured it. I love movies, but I love that books provide something no other medium can. I love that readers will pick up entirely different things in my books, and see things from their own perspective, so it’s like I’ve written a different book for every individual, because of what they bring to it. It’s a little bit magical.

Can you tell us a bit about your blog and how long have you been blogging for?

My blog is a disgrace! Seriously. I started in September 2011 – that’s 5 years ago! – but I’m afraid it’s too far down my list of priorities, behind writing books and editing. I have all these plans to start regularly blogging, but I never follow through for very long. A couple of years ago I decided to run a series of conversations with writers to guarantee interesting content for my followers, but that has since fallen by the wayside as well. It’s all about time, and I just don’t seem to have enough of it.

Do you have any advice to other bloggers out there?

I wouldn’t dare. Do any of them have advice for me?

And now on to your writing, can you tell us a bit about your writing style. Are you a pantser or a plotter?

A bit of both. I start off with a few characters and a premise, and go from there, by the seat of my pants. The writing actually gets the story going. The end comes reasonably soon after, of its own accord, I don’t work on that. It may change as the novel progresses, but at least I have an end point in mind. Then at a certain stage I realise I have to plan out the remainder of the novel – it may be a few chapters in, or it may be halfway through, but at some point, I have to plot out what still has to happen, how I’m going to get there, how I’m going to fit everything in.

Do you prefer to write in 1st or 3rd person?

I’ve never written a book in 1st person, so I guess that means I prefer 3rd person! I wouldn’t mind trying 1st person, but it would have to be a very compelling voice, and a story that suited being told in that limited perspective. I often like to include more than one perspective, so that’s why I use 3rd person – it’s much more flexible.

Are you an early riser writer or a late night owl writer?

Definitely not an early riser, it’s not my natural time of the day. My most productive working hours are probably from sometime in the afternoon until about 8 in the evening. If I’m on a roll I’ll work on, but I know myself that I lose coherence if I work too late.

Was there any particular author/book that inspired you to start writing?

I’ve always written, since I was a little girl, so I suppose all the books I read back then inspired me. However, in high school I remember being totally in awe of Charles Dickens – the richness of his characters in particular. I still have a picture perfect image of Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, my favourite of his.

Do you have any advice to other writers out there?

Read, read, and then read some more. If you want to be a practitioner in any area, you have to keep up on your reading to stay informed and relevant. I’d suggest that’s even more on point for a writer. That doesn’t mean that you only read in your genre, in fact, I’d recommend you read widely, well out of your comfort zone. Until you have absorbed in your bones what good storytelling is, you can’t be expected to reproduce it yourself.

And lastly, what are you currently working on?

Hm, can’t say a lot about it right now, but it’s set in and around the vineyards in the Hunter Valley, and involves three generations of women. Funnily enough I’m toying with a 1st person voice for one of the characters, but it’s early days yet, so we’ll see if it takes!

To learn more about Dianne Blacklock, visit the following social media sites:

Dianne Blacklock’s website | Facebook | TWITTER | Goodreads | PAN MACMILLIAN WEBSITE | BOOK CHAT WITH BER CARROLL, DIANNE BLACKLOCK AND LIANE MORIARTY

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

 

 

I made it! It’s late on Monday afternoon right now, but I still made it! We won’t talk about the black circles currently taking up residency under my eyes or the massive book hangover I have for the weekend’s Sydney Author Event. I will say however that I had the most amazing and full on weekend in Sydney surrounded by authors and readers alike. I’m not going to say too much on the event just now though, as I’m hoping to have a wrap up post up tomorrow or Wednesday on it. So keep checking back because I also have some pretty amazing signed books to give away over the next few weeks as well.

This week I’m jet setting off to SA to attend the annual Romance Writers of Australia conference and I’m really looking forward to it. This is my third of these conferences that I’ve been fortunate enough to attend and they are just so much fun. I’m finding my writing is lagging lately, so I really need the creative kick that this event always initiates!

And because I’m attending so many bookish events last week and this week, I won’t have a lot of time to read😦 I’m going to try and sneak it in there when I can though because the day doesn’t feel right if I haven’t read at least one page. Not that I’ve ever been able to stop just there …  The book I’ve chosen this week has come highly recommended by I think half the internet and some close friends whose opinion I value highly. It’s the first book by that author that I’ve ever read, and I’m rushing it in now in between ARCS simply because spoilers are popping up online and I don’t want to ruin a book I’ve been told to go in blind for. So wish me luck. I hear I’m going to need it!

P.S Make sure you follow me on Instagram and Facebook as I post a lot there over the SAE events this past weekend, and will be doing the same this coming week with RWA. I’ll try and write some posts as well while I’m away, but past experience has taught me that there’s not a lot of spare time at this events.

 

Currently Reading:

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

 

LISTENING TO:

 

Just Finished:

 Hoping to read this week:

‘Dammit, Tess, he doesn’t seem worth protecting.’

‘I’m not protecting him, sarge,’ she said. She dropped her gaze, biting her lip, and for the first time in his experience she spoke in a small voice. ‘I’m protecting me.’

For police officers Steve Fraser and Tess Ballard, a split-second decision saves the lives of fifty members of a cult ­- but also puts their careers on the line. Tess’s work is everything to her; she’s forged a new life through sheer determination, so when her past returns to haunt her, Steve must race through wild country if he is to save the people he most cares about.

In SUNSET SHADOWS, the thrilling new novel by multi-award-winning author Bronwyn Parry, you will feel immersed in the dramatic beauty, isolation, wind and the sun of the deep Australian bush – and its sinister shadows . . .

 

Last week on the blog:

Waiting On Wednesday: ‘Empire of Storms’ by Sarah J Maas

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

Sunday Shelve it!

What are you planning on reading this week? Let me know in the comments below🙂

 

 

 

 

Waiting On Wednesday: ‘Empire of Storms’ by Sarah J Maas

Weekly Meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

I binge read this series last year and still can’t get enough. So much to the point that the week that Booktopia put this and the now release, A Court Of Mist and Fury, up for pre-order back in January, I pre-ordered both books and have been trying NOT to count down the days to its release.

empire of storms (throne of glass book 5) By Sarah j maas

Published by: bloomsbury

Expected Publication: 6th september 2016

 

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down

For more information visit Goodreads.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Previously hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey; Now Hosted by Book Date

T minus 5 days until the Sydney Author Event! I’m super excited to be attending this event on Saturday. I had tickets to the 2014 one but had a dance concert on the day so I couldn’t go. This year I’m assisting one of the authors there, but also have tickets to attend as a fan and I could not be more excited if I tried. I spent a good chunk of Sunday getting read for this event, and next week’s RWA Conference. So for once I’m organised and ready and raring to go! Are you going to the Sydney Author Event? If so leave a comment below, I’d love to catch up with everyone I can. … any excuse to talk books with fellow book lovers and I’m there!

Because of this weekend’s event, I’m strictly reading SAE Attending authors now. I’d hoped to have a lot more read by now, but life had other plans and got in the way.

 

Currently Reading:

 

I’m having a meltdown. Not the put-her-in-the-loony-bin kind, but the rock-in-the-corner-so-I-can-breathe kind. Maybe they’re one and the same and I really do need to be put away, but I think I just need a little air. I’m bone tired. My eyes look like I haven’t slept in weeks. I’m eating my feelings and developing a pudge that isn’t gonna go anywhere if I keep binging on chocolate, nachos and wine.

I’m 28 and everyone has left me. I have no friends. My boyfriend left. My mom died, so technically she left me too. I hate my job.

I get this overwhelming ‘oh my God, is this what my life is gonna be?’ feeling and I want to die.

Curl up and die.

And since I don’t feel my heartbeat fading or my breathing getting even slightly faint, I panic that I’m gonna have to live.

Maybe Maby is a heartbreaking, and at times, hilarious story about coping with loss, finding love in New York, and learning to recognize hope in the middle of it all.

 

LISTENING TO:

 

Just Finished:

 Hoping to read this week:

‘Dammit, Tess, he doesn’t seem worth protecting.’

‘I’m not protecting him, sarge,’ she said. She dropped her gaze, biting her lip, and for the first time in his experience she spoke in a small voice. ‘I’m protecting me.’

For police officers Steve Fraser and Tess Ballard, a split-second decision saves the lives of fifty members of a cult ­- but also puts their careers on the line. Tess’s work is everything to her; she’s forged a new life through sheer determination, so when her past returns to haunt her, Steve must race through wild country if he is to save the people he most cares about.

In SUNSET SHADOWS, the thrilling new novel by multi-award-winning author Bronwyn Parry, you will feel immersed in the dramatic beauty, isolation, wind and the sun of the deep Australian bush – and its sinister shadows . . .

 

Last week on the blog:

Let’s Talk Books With Bronwyn Parry, Author of Sunset Shadow (Goodabri Bk 3)

REVIEW: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Script Book by  J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne  4/5 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday:  Top Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

Sunday Shelve it!

Australian Women Writer’s Challenge 2016 (AWW2016): Update 7 (July)

What are you planning on reading this week? Let me know in the comments below🙂

 

 

 

 

Sunday Shelve It!

Brought to you (and me) by Magan & Estelle @  Rather Be Reading

 

Purchased (Print)

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

How to break up with someone else’s fiancé
by Chelsea Porter, aka The Breakup Girl

* Tell him it’s not him, it’s her.
* Try to ignore how gorgeous Callum McKinnel is. You are breaking up with him, after all. 
* Fall just a little bit when he rescues your dog.
* Try to resist when he asks you to join his family for Thanksgiving dinner in Jewell Rock.
* Succumb anyway.
* Succumb to a lot more than that.
* Remind yourself that you are The Breakup Girl. You don’t do commitment.

Wonder what would happen if The Breakup Girl stopped following her own advice…

From the bestselling author of The Horse Thief comes a historical story of love, intrigue and danger in the majestic cedar forests of the Hunter Valley.
 
Even if time heals all wounds, you still bear the scars…

Wollombi: 1855. When Roisin Ogilvie moves to Wollombi her thoughts are only of protecting her illegitimate son, Ruan, from the grasps of his powerful and dangerous father. Posing as an impoverished widow, she settles into a quiet existence as a local dressmaker. She doesn’t expect to catch the attention of Irish champion cedar cutter Carrick O’Connor, or any other man for that matter.

Carrick O’Connor may have won the coveted Wollombi Wood Chop, but his mind is on the beautiful seamstress and her son. Or rather, on who they remind him of. Determined to exact revenge for the horrors of his past, Carrick plans to return to Ireland to seek revenge on the land agent who was responsible for the death of his wife and child, and his transportation. Then, hopefully, he can return to Wollombi to start life afresh.

But a murder charge, a kidnapping, a growing attraction, and a past that refuses to stay silent will turn both his and Roisin’s lives upside down and will lead them to a hard choice. Redemption? Or cutters’ justice?

For Review (Print)

CURIOUS MINDS by No. 1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich and screenwriter Phoef Sutton is a must-read thriller for fans of the Stephanie Plum mysteries including ONE FOR THE MONEY and TRICKY TWENTY-TWO.

They couldn’t be less compatible, but they make a great team…

Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little-to-no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich and (some people might say) handsome.

Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard. Her assertive (some people might say aggressive) spitfire attitude has helped land a dream job at Blane-Grunwald bank. At least, Riley Moon thinks it’s her dream job until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.

An inquiry about missing Knight money leads to a missing man, missing gold and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon could hope to stop it…

 

‘Dammit, Tess, he doesn’t seem worth protecting.’

‘I’m not protecting him, sarge,’ she said. She dropped her gaze, biting her lip, and for the first time in his experience she spoke in a small voice. ‘I’m protecting me.’

For police officers Steve Fraser and Tess Ballard, a split-second decision saves the lives of fifty members of a cult ­- but also puts their careers on the line. Tess’s work is everything to her; she’s forged a new life through sheer determination, so when her past returns to haunt her, Steve must race through wild country if he is to save the people he most cares about.

In SUNSET SHADOWS, the thrilling new novel by multi-award-winning author Bronwyn Parry, you will feel immersed in the dramatic beauty, isolation, wind and the sun of the deep Australian bush – and its sinister shadows . . .

 

Purchased (Electronic)

 

 For Review (Electronic)

 

Let’s Talk Books With Bronwyn Parry, Author of Sunset Shadow (Goodabri Bk 3)

Let's Talk Books

 

Today I am truly privileged (and super excited – that’s putting it mildly!) to be hosting Bronwyn Parry in this week’s edition of Let’s Talk Books. For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading a Bronwyn Parry book, you are in for a real treat today!

Hands down Bronwyn Parry is one of my favourite Australian authors so when I tentatively asked if she would consider being part of this feature and she said yes, I literally starred at my computer in shock, before breaking out (in mind if not in body) into the wildest happy dance. I’ve been living on cloud nine ever since🙂

Bronwyn Parry is the author of 6 full length romantic suspense novels and two novellas. She writes utterly gripping, fast paced crime stories set against the backdrop of small Australian country towns. Each story is fraught with the issues and fragilities these towns face, while featuring larger than life characters with tremendous heart and courage, and the odd cunning and devious opponent. Because of this, Brownyn Parry has been labelled on more than one occasion as Australia’s answer to Nora Roberts!

Bronwyn’s 6th book, Sunset Shadow releases in a couple of days (August 9), so if you haven’t picked up one of her books yet, what are you waiting for?

I grew up surrounded by books, and have a love of reading and stories. Commercial fiction, literary fiction, children’s literature, history – my bookshelves are forever overflowing!

I write gritty romantic suspense, set in Australia’s wild places. My first two books, As Darkness Falls and Dark Country are both available in Australia, NZ, the UK, and Germany, and as ebooks in many other countries through the main online retailers

I live on 100 acres of beautiful bushland in the New England Tablelands of NSW, Australia, with my husband and three border collies, and I love to travel in Australia’s wild places.

 

 

       

Without Further ado, I give you all Bronwyn Parry!

Thanks so much, Jess, for inviting me to your blog!

What are you currently reading?

I’ve just finished Pamela Hart’s The Soldier’s Wife – a wonderful book! Now I have to choose between her next one, The War Bride, or Jenn J McLeod’s The Other Side of the Season, or Charlotte Nash’s The Horseman. So many great books ­– I wish I could have a reading binge!

What was the last book you bought?

Shannon Garner’s Labour of Love – a wonderful, heart-warming memoir of her experience as a surrogate.

Do you prefer to read books in print or electronically?

These days, because of some eye-sight issues, I find it easier to read electronically, where I can adjust the font size and brightness. I mostly read on my laptop, and that means I can knit or stitch while I read – a double win!

What do your bookshelves look like? Do you have an organisation system (genre, colour, author…) or are you just happy to go with the flow?

My bookshelves are all overflowing . . . Basically the books are grouped into subject areas. Romance and crime are mostly in the spare room. Children’s books and old favourite YA books are in the spare room wardrobe. Classics and old favourite adult fiction on one bookshelf in the living room; another one has textile and craft books (and CSS design and thesauri – because there was just enough space there!) Historic costume books also in the living room. History, literary and genre theory, and quilting books in the sunroom.

How often do you read?

I read every day, but sadly, not enough time for fiction at present. There’s this PhD that I’m trying to finish . . .

Describe what you would expect to find in your dream book?

Well-realised characters who are emotionally courageous; a gripping plot; a fascinating setting; and skilled use of language. I want to be there with the characters.

How do you choose what to read next?

Mostly by my mood – sometimes I want something light, sometimes I want something that will really absorb me.

So you’ve started a book and discover it’s not for you. Are you more likely to discard it or finish it?

I’ll discard it. Life is far too short, and there are too many good books, to use precious time reading a book that I’m not enjoying.

If you could read any book again, for the first time, what book would you choose?

Joanna Bourne’s The Black Hawke. I love her books – beautifully written and exquisitely structured, with fascinating characters. The way she gradually reveals Adrian’s story is masterful.

What is about books that appeals to you so much? What is your favourite part about reading?

Characters. I love reading about people who could be real. I like to come to know them and follow their journey – hopefully one that will end optimistically!

Can you tell us a bit about your writing style. Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you prefer to write in 1st or 3rd person? Are you an early riser writer or a late night owl writer?

I’m mostly a pantser, although I do have some ideas about the plot when I start which may or may not end up being in the story. I’ve always written in 3rd person, and I use both the hero and heroine’s POVs in my books – but not anybody else’s. I have somewhat reluctantly become an early riser as our three border collies need walking, although it is lovely strolling through the bush in the early light with our old dog! However, I don’t get much writing done in the mornings. My best writing time is at night, when it’s dark outside and everything is still and quiet.

Was there any particular book that inspired you to start writing?

I don’t think there was a particular book, because coming from a book-loving family there were so many, but I suspect that Jo in Little Women may have been influential in allowing me to imagine myself as a writer.

Do you have any advice to other writers out there?

I encourage aspiring writers to sit down and write: to play with different story ideas, to experiment with different styles, to try different things and stretch themselves until they find their own voice – the stories that they want to tell, and the way that they want to tell them.

And lastly, what are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on two novellas, as the creative practice component of my PhD. One is contemporary-set, and linked to my Dungirri series. The other is something of a change for me – still a romantic suspense, but this time set in 1816, in Yorkshire. I hope to have more news about both of those within a couple of months!

Goodabri Series:

       

Dungirri Series:

    

Novellas:

                                                       

To learn more about Bronwyn Parry, visit the following social media sites: Author Website | SUNSET SHADOW’S PAGE | Facebook | TWITTER

‘Dammit, Tess, he doesn’t seem worth protecting.’

‘I’m not protecting him, sarge,’ she said. She dropped her gaze, biting her lip, and for the first time in his experience she spoke in a small voice. ‘I’m protecting me.’For police officers Steve Fraser and Tess Ballard, a split-second decision saves the lives of fifty members of a cult ­- but also puts their careers on the line. Tess’s work is everything to her; she’s forged a new life through sheer determination, so when her past returns to haunt her, Steve must race through wild country if he is to save the people he most cares about

.In Sunset Shadows, the thrilling new novel by multi-award-winning author Bronwyn Parry, you will feel immersed in the dramatic beauty, isolation, wind and the sun of the deep Australian bush – and its sinister shadows . .

Releases: 9th August 2016

To purchase a copy of Sunset Shadow, visit the following online retailers: BOOKTOPIA | ANGUS & ROBERTSON’S BOOKWORLD | HACHETTE AUSTRALIA |