Joanna was born in the Australian outback, but grew up in Melbourne when she was adopted by her aunt and uncle. She was an only child, who knew who her biological father was but the identity of her biological mother was kept from her. She moved to England and married an architect. They live in Cornwall. In 2010 she was contacted by her sister. Unaware she had any siblings she was stunned to discover that she was one of eight children. She and her sister got to know each other and their reunion has brought joy to both of them.
Welcome to my stop on Rachel’s blog tour for her new crime thriller Scared To Death.
Tell us a little about yourself, Rachel, what you do when not writing.
I currently live in Brisbane, Australia after emigrating here 11 years ago from the UK. Prior to emigrating, I played guitar in bands, helped run a pub, and worked in local radio as a freelance producer and broadcast assistant. To date, I’ve written eight books with Scared to Death being the latest.
If I’m not writing, I’m usually thinking about writing or sorting out the business and marketing side of the writing in between my part-time job! Continue reading
Welcome to day one of the blog tour for Visions of Zarua, Suzanne Rogerson’s debut fantasy novel. During the next two weeks there will be reviews, giveaways, excerpts, guest posts, Q&As and more, so please do check out the links listed below.
I’m very pleased to welcome Barb Taub, a firm favourite in the world of writing and blogging.
In halcyon days BC (before children), Barb wrote a humor column for several Midwest newspapers. With the arrival of Child #4, she veered towards the dark side and an HR career. Following a daring daytime escape to England, she’s lived in a medieval castle and a hobbit house with her prince-of-a-guy and the World’s Most Spoiled Aussie Dog. Now all her days are Saturdays, and she spends them traveling around the world, plus consulting with her daughter on Marvel heroes, Null City, and translating from British to American.
That’s some bio, Barb. Anything you can add? And you kind of answered the next part of my question which was going to be, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? But maybe you could elaborate 🙂
I’ve always thought of myself as a writer. Although I was a journalist when younger, and had a syndicated humor column in several American newspapers, the financial realities of raising four kids who had unrealistic expectations — they thought they should eat EVERY day, sleep in actual beds, and wear clothes—meant that I spent many years on the Dark Side (HR professional). You can’t believe how much money employers are willing to pay you to fire people. Continue reading
Burned-out and broke, twenty-two-year-old single mother Anna Jennings moves to her grandparents’ rural home for the summer with her four-year-old son, David. The sudden appearance of shadowy dinosaurs forces Anna to admit that either she’s lost her mind or she can actually see her son’s active imagination. Frightened for David’s safety, Anna struggles to learn the rules of this bizarre phenomenon and how best to protect him. But what she uncovers along the way is completely unexpected: revelations about what her son’s imaginary friends truly represent and dark secrets about her own childhood imaginary friend.
Living next door is Jamie Presswood, Anna’s childhood friend who’s grown much more handsome and hardened than the boy she once knew. But past regrets and their messy lives are making the rekindling of their complex friendship prove easier said than done. Between imaginary creatures stalking her son and a tumultuous relationship with David’s biological father, Anna may find it impossible to have room in her life or her heart for another man. But as David’s visions become more threatening, Anna must learn to differentiate between which dangers are real and which are imagined, and whom she can truly trust. Continue reading
For ex-army veteran Pauline Parril life marches along in orderly formation now that she is happily married, raising three children, and ascending a promising career ladder. But the handles of her safe and comfortable world soon turn upside-down when a termination letter lands on her lap and her once-loving husband Donald grows distant as he fools around with an attractive co-worker. Complications further arise when Pauline returns to school and meets Michael Fortune–the handsome and exciting poetry professor who threatens to get out of hand. Pauline once endured a long deployment to a war-torn country halfway around the world, but can she survive the front lines of her fraying household? FInd out how she does it in the Perils of Pauline, an uproarious tale à la Bridget Jones of an intrepid every-woman as she steps through the challenges of rebuilding her life while learning that there’s actually more to discover about herself than she ever dreamed possible. Continue reading
Originally published by Doubleday in 2011 as The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and soon to be a major film production by Paramount Pictures, based on Kim Barker’s memoir, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT is due to be released on March 4th, 2016 and stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina. Barker uses her wry, incisive voice to expose the absurdities and tragedies of the “forgotten war,” finding humor and humanity amid the rubble and heartbreak.
Kim first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002. At the time she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her stories about Islamic militants and shaky reconstruction were soon overshadowed by the bigger news in Iraq. The more she delved deeper into Pakistan and Afghanistan, the more her love for the hapless countries grew, along with her fear for their future stability. Read this darkly comic and unsparing memoir before you watch the movie. Continue reading
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The Debt Collector
I pay my debts, and I expect others to.
I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father’s passing meant I would automatically take on dad’s debts. I refused.
And I paid for that refusal.
So did my sister. Continue reading
To celebrate the release of her new novel, A Nightingale in Winter, a historical romance set in WWI, I’m very happy to welcome Margaret to BetweenTheLines with the remarkable story of how her novel eventually found its way to the publisher.
Over to you, Margaret….
The publication of my novel A Nightingale in Winter by Omnific Publishing on 24 August is proof that it is never too late, and that it’s a good idea to keep everything you write.
I finished writing A Nightingale in Winter in the late 1990s – it had taken me two years to complete, fitting it around a busy a full-time job as a student adviser in a Nottingham Further Education College. My evenings followed the same routine – I would come in, get changed and have a cat nap. After that, I would prepare a meal and supercharge myself with a large cup of coffee and a glass of wine. Then I would write for around two hours. A Nightingale in Winter is the story of a volunteer nurse during the First World War, so naturally I needed to do some research too, and I used my holidays from work to do this, visiting the Imperial War Museum to read original diaries and letters. In short, I invested a huge amount of effort, time and faith in Nightingale. Continue reading
Under The Stars
by Linn B Halton
(formerly The Quintessential Gemini)
For twenty-one years, the focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work. Love interests and hobbies came and went, but what has always been there for her—her only constant other than her cat delightfully named No. 4—was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced.
With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself.
She has ignored hints of “changes to come” in her horoscope forecasts, written by the wonderful and renowned astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas.
Mark is now an “A” list celebrity in the UK and his new agent is determined to raise his profile in America. So, he has to take on the new, and very talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site.
When Katherine discovers James has been writing the forecasts, rather than Mark, her life explodes in confusion as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Insecurity, self-doubt, guilt, stress, and frustration, coupled with village gossips and merciless reporters wanting eye-catching headlines leave Katherine feeling vulnerable and in need of guidance.
The stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headlines ‘Mystic Love Triangle’ she’s just as surprised as everyone else! None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store?
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About Linn B Halton
Linn began writing in March 2009 and her debut novel was published in February 2011. In a recent interview Linn was asked about genres:
“From a very young age I knew romantic fiction was always going to be my genre. I am, and will always be, madly in love with love! Whether that’s love of life, a partner, or the things I’m passionate about.
My stories are about love, life and real relationships – but romance is always the one thing that holds each story together. Often there’s a light, psychic touch and I never dreamed I would write drawing upon my personal psychic experiences. But as my interest and understanding in the subject has grown, it is now such a part of my life that it finds its way into my fictional tales. However, what is heartening is that most of my experiences have been uplifting and it’s wonderful to know loved ones are around me always. I hope it will make readers stop and wonder ‘What if?’
The result is that I get a lot of mail from readers who have had similar experiences and some are sharing theirs for the first time with me. I always feel that’s something rather special and for which I’m very grateful.”
Love, life and beyond… but it’s ALWAYS about the romance! Linn is published by HarperImpulse, Endeavour Press and Sapphire Star Publishing.
Linn is also the managing editor of Loveahappyending Lifestyle emagazine.