Cover Reveal- The Elf King’s Lady

0515 The Elf King's Lady_FinalThe day is finally here when I can show the world the cover for The Elf King’s Lady, due for release from Momentum Australia in November 2015.

I hope you all love it as much as I do. The colours are fabulous.

In the midst of a war between elves and men, two unlikely companions find love. But in this battle of ages, can they defy the very blood that courses through their veins?

The human kingdom of Thorius is once again under threat from the dark elven menace. General Kain Jazara has sworn to protect Thorius from all danger, magical or otherwise – but first he must rescue the highborn family of alluring healer Lady Alique Zorba.

Thrown together in their quest to save Alique’s family, and eventually themselves, from the merciless elven clan, the pragmatic General and the impulsive Lady Alique discover an undeniable passion. But when Kain’s world is torn apart by a personal revelation, he turns his back on both Alique and his homeland.

Can Kain find a path back to love and victory in time? Or will he allow revelations from his family’s mysterious past to destroy his relationship, his happiness, and his kingdom?

The Elf King’s Lady

Kain JazaraThis Wednesday the 5th August is cover reveal day for my next book in the Wildecoast Saga, The Elf King’s Lady. I can’t wait to share this beautiful cover with you but what I can share now is the blurb for the story.

In the midst of a war between elves and men, two unlikely companions find love. But in this battle of ages, can they defy the very blood that courses through their veins?

The human kingdom of Thorius is once again under threat from the dark elven menace. General Kain Jazara has sworn to protect Thorius from all danger, magical or otherwise – but first he must rescue the highborn family of alluring healer Lady Alique Zorba.

Alique ZorbaThrown together in their quest to save Alique’s family, and eventually themselves, from the merciless elven clan, the pragmatic general and the impulsive Lady Alique discover an undeniable passion. But when Kain’s world is torn apart by a personal revelation, he turns his back on both Alique and his homeland.

Can Kain find a path back to love and victory in time? Or will he allow revelations from his family’s mysterious past to destroy his relationship, his happiness, and his kingdom?

Favourite Doctor Who Episodes

Dr Who CastAt the moment, I’m watching Doctor Who reruns for the nth time and that puts me in mind of my favourite episodes. We are talking the modern doctor, so here goes:

John BarrowmanThe Empty Child- was a memorable episode because it introduced Captain Jack Harkness into the series, one of the most enjoyable characters of all time. The three way tussle of the travellers was entertaining.

Tooth and Claw- was one of the scariest episodes and to this day, I hold my breath, expecting that werewolf to catch Rose or the Doctor. I loved stepping back in time as the Doctor meets Queen Victoria and we discover the origins of the Torchwood Institute.

Girl_in_the_FireplaceThe Girl in the Fireplace- has to be one of the most romantic episodes ever, starring David Tennant and his brief romance with Marie Antoinette- a poignant story of the great lady and her brush with the Doctor.

Blink- was pretty special and introduced possibly the most terrifying monsters in the Doctor Who series. Forget the Daleks and the Cybermen, the weeping angels are truly scary and even more deadly. We don’t see much of the Doctor and his companion Martha but this episode features Sally Sparrow and a truly amazing plot.

Series 4- with Donna Noble is my favourite series- for all that there is no romance between these two, they are great friends and Donna is able to make something of her life where before it was so mundane. My favourite episodes are Fires of Pompeii and The Unicorn and the Wasp.

Dr Who VincentVincent and the Doctor-I loved meeting Vincent Van Gogh and seeing the tragedy unfold all over again. His works of art were truly stunning. Almost a happy ending.

The Day of the Doctor- I could watch this over and over again because not only did I get to see David Tennant as Doctor again (my all-time favourite Doctor)but multiple Doctors in one episode made for some very funny moments.

Did you notice I have a theme of favourite episodes? Except for Blink, they all go a back in time, examining great historical events and people. And in Blink, the Angels kill people by sending them back in time so I’m still sticking with my favourites theme.

David Tennant imageWhat are your favourite Doctor Who episodes and why?

Release Day- World of Thorius Boxed Set

World of Thorius Boxed SetIt’s time to add another baby to my tribe. Today I released a boxed set of Princess Avenger and The Lady’s Choice titled World of Thorius Boxed Set. It’s available only at Amazon for all you kindle aficionados. So go ahead and enjoy, the set is only US $2.99. Please leave a review and a rating if you enjoy the read!

Release Day- The Lord and the Mermaid

The Lord and the Mermaid coverToday marks the release of The Lord and the Mermaid from Momentum Australia, a Pan Macmillan imprint. It is hugely exciting for me and a chance to continue to tell stories from the world of Thorius begun with Princess Avenger and The Lady’s Choice. I hope you enjoy!

You can purchase The Lord and the Mermaid from all good ebook retailers.

Stay tuned for the cover reveal of my next book in July from Momentum

This Writing Life

The Lord and the Mermaid coverIs there anything better than telling a story to the world? No, there is not!

I thought I’d put some thoughts down about my writing life. It’s a wonderful mix of left brain/right brain, love/hate, drive/ procrastination, confidence/despair. A writer’s life holds such contradictions, it’s no wonder we fear for our sanity.

But a writing life is wonderful. There is nothing better than escaping into one’s own world, in fact, I live there most of the time. Creating a character from our imagination and then having them surprise us with their actions or words is such a joy. For, though readers like to imagine a writer has control of all aspects of their manuscript, this isn’t the case. Once let loose on the page, our imagination and characters can and do make amazing things happen.

The Lady's Choice Cover- newAt the moment, the right side of my brain is taking a back seat to the left- yes, I’m editing. I love this part of the process where you get to file off all the rough edges and see your word sculpture taking shape. It’s a multistep process. For example, The Elf King’s Lady, which I’m working on at the moment, was edited multiple times by myself before it was sent to my editor. She has come back with suggested changes which I’m currently working on. Once this is complete, the manuscript will move to another editor and then her suggestions will be sent back to me for another revision. There will be another edit after that and more work for me to do but by then I will almost have the finished product.

With at least four books to be released this year, I’ve been editing all year and the pressure is mounting within to write another story. I have three ideas in mind, involving my world for which there are now two series: my self-published Brightcastle Saga and Momentum’s Wildecoast Saga. Momentum’s will obviously be the focus. Lucky I have Brightcastle Saga Book 2 already written and-you guessed it- awaiting another edit!

Princess Avenger Ebook coverSounds busy but I pace myself. I have to. All writers have another life and most have other jobs. Almost all have children or grandchildren to care for (other than their book babies).

I hope that gives an insight into my writing life though I really haven’t touched on the agony of actually writing the story yet. That would be a whole blog series! Perhaps I can look at that later in the year and get some other writers to help.

In the meantime, happy reading- you’d better enjoy it because now you know how much blood sweat and tears goes into a book.

Kendall Talbot’s Treasured Secrets Revealed

Kendall Talbot public pictureToday I have the pleasure of Kendall Talbot’s company on my blog. Kendall Talbot is an award winning author, thrill seeker and hopeless romantic. She’s travelled extensively, some 36 countries so far and she’s addicted to experiences that make her scream… white water rafting, scuba diving with sharks and hang gliding are just a few. Her stories reflect her sense of adventure and her love affair with her very own hero.

Her debut novel Lost in Kakadu (Escape Publishing, 2013) has resulted in a clutch of award nominations and most notably won the exclusive title of Romantic Book of the Year 2014.

Kendall collects junky jewellery and expensive perfume, her favourite night out is with great friends and a fabulous bottle of wine or two, and she rarely watches TV. She lives in Brisbane with her hubby, her two grown sons and her fluffy little dog, Josie McLuvin.

Welcome Kendall!

Thanks, Bernadette, it’s great to be here!

Tresured Secrets book cover mediumThis book is such an adventure, taking readers from Tuscany to a yacht off the coast of Greece. Where did you come up with the plot idea?

One of the major inspirations behind Treasured Secrets came from my 20th anniversary holiday to Tuscany. Florence is a treasure trove of history and architecture, bustling with tourists and little café’s eager to serve you bread and wine within seconds of finding a table to sit at. My husband and I went on a couple of city tours and one such tour took us to the Church of St Apostoli, a small insignificant church compared to many of the other magnificent churches dotted throughout Florence. Inside the church, inlaid in the mosaic floor tiles, was an oval pattern. Our tour guide told us it was the trap door where they tossed the bodies during the 13th century plague that killed 50 million people in Europe. My mind went crazy thinking about entire families being wiped out by that horrible disease. Then I began to wonder what happened to all their precious things they left behind. On the plane flight home, I began plotting my Treasured Secrets action adventure romance.

The way you research the books is kind of off the charts! (Witchetty grubs? You are a braver woman than I!) What type of research did you do for TREASURED SECRETS?

I was really lucky with those witchetty grubs I just happened to find them in my garden. How else was I going to get the flavour right in my scene? It’s important for me to write about and draw from actual experiences. Obviously many of them are pure fabrication, and thank goodness too, some of my characters go to hell and back. Treasured Secrets is as much a treasure hunt as it is a culinary adventure. Rosalina, my Italian heroine in Treasured Secrets is a talented chef, so food and flavours abound as much as the treasure hunt action. Every one of the meals she makes in my books I made for myself. In fact, recipes from “Treasured Secrets” debut in their own book “Rosalina’s Treasured Treats” you can find this on my website and cook along as you read the book if you like. In addition to the cooking, Rosalina’s home in Treasured Secrets is a 700 year old villa that I holiday in in Tuscany. Villa Pandolfini is in Signa, a little village just a fifteen minute train ride from Florence. This spectacular historic villa with extremely high ceilings, magnificent frescoes and original antique furniture was surrounded by vineyards and olive-groves and offered an extensive view of Arno Valley.

What are you working on now? Any new books on the horizon?

Book two in this series, Treasured Lies will be out in October 2015 and book three, Treasured Love, will be released April 2016.

I used to daydream about robbing a bank that I worked at in 1992. So guess what? I robbed that bank. In a book of course. Double Take my first crime novel, is a gritty Quinten Tarantino meets Nora Roberts story set in that bank I worked in. I also chose 1992 as the year its set, a time before the internet, mobile phones and electric windows. It was also a time of Cheers, Cagney and Lacey, boom boxes and Carrington Blush fake champagne. It was so much fun writing in that era.

Lost in Kakadu image003_jpg@01D07AB0 Rosalina s Treasured Treats Cookbook cover medium sizeTell us about the cookbook:

Treasured Secrets is as much a treasure hunt as it is a culinary adventure. Rosalina, my Italian heroine in Treasured Secrets is a talented chef, so food and flavours abound as much as the treasure hunt action. Every one of the meals she makes in my books I made for myself. In fact, recipes from “Treasured Secrets” debut in their own book “Rosalina’s Treasured Treats” readers can find this on my website and cook along as they read Treasured Secrets if they like.

What inspires you to write? 

The story. Once I get an idea for a story in my head it won’t leave me alone. I dream about it. I think about it constantly, even at work when I’m trying to do my boring bookkeeping job. It’s like I’m possessed and the only way to rid it from my brain is to write about it. My bank robbery stayed in there for 22 years, so when I finally sat down to write it, it took just 3 months.

Thanks Kendall, it’s great to get an insight into your writing life!

You can purchase Treasured Secrets here:

Amazon

Booktopia

Kobo 

iTunes

Google Play

You can find Kendall here:

Email: kendall@universe.com.au

Web: www.kendalltalbot.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kendalltalbotbooks

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