Release day and #shelfie contest

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Release day is always exciting and nerve-racking. Writers spend so much time writing our books that when the time comes for our books to be released to the wild, it’s a little like the baby bird flapping its wings and leaving the nest. So today, The Cinema at Starlight Creek is out in Australia and New Zealand and available in print and e-book! For my readers outside Australia, the international edition will be available on 5 November.

scarf and necklaceTo celebrate, I’m running a #shelfie contest until 11.59 on 3 June, 2019. There will be two winners drawn randomly.

To go into the draw to win a vintage scarf (styles will vary) and a Parisian necklace, all you have to do is:

  • take a photo of The Cinema at Starlight Creek in the wild in a bookstore or on your e-reader
  • tag me on any of my social media accounts and use the hashtag #shelfie #TheCinemaatStarlightCreek
  • you get an extra entry if you tag friends on your post
  • you get an entry for each social media form you use

My social media links are:

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Twitter

A little more about the book:

A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town.

How far would you go to follow your dream?

Queensland, 1994: When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she’s captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding sugarcane fields. Working in a male-dominated industry is challenging, but Claire has never let that stop her pursuing her dreams-until now. She must gain permission to film at Australia’s most historically significant art deco cinema, located at Starlight Creek. But there is trouble ahead. The community is fractured and the cinema’s reclusive owner, Hattie Fitzpatrick, and her enigmatic great nephew, Luke Jackson, stand in her way, putting Claire’s career-launching project-and her heart-at risk.

Hollywood, 1950: Lena Lee has struggled to find the break that will catapult her into a star with influence. She longs for roles about strong, independent women but with Hollywood engulfed in politics and a censorship battle, Lena’s timing is wrong. Forced to keep her love affair with actor Reeves Garrity a secret, Lena puts her career on the line to fight for equality for women in an industry ruled by men. Her generous and caring nature steers her onto a treacherous path, leaving Lena questioning what she is willing to endure to get what she desires.

Can two women-decades apart-uncover lies and secrets to live the life they’ve dared to dream?

Harper Collins:  https://bit.ly/2Cp1ywN

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DenZ9o

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2FEcIAR

Booktopia: https://bit.ly/2TSL6fp

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2Mhf61G

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2Mlz8IN

 

 

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Give away!

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GIVE AWAY TIME! Who would like a chance to win an advance reading copy of The Cinema at Starlight Creek? I’m giving away two and there’s two ways you can enter: answer my question in the comments below (1 entry) and/or sign up for my newsletter (1 entry). If you’ve signed up for my newsletter previously you already have an extra entry allotted! Yes, you can do both and give yourself a double chance! Entries close Tuesday, 7 May at 11.59 pm AEST.

Question: If you could choose to meet a favourite Hollywood star (past or present), who would it be and what would be the first thing you’d say to them?

Newsletter sign-up link: https://allisinclairauthor.wordpress.com/newsletter/

Good luck everyone!

More about the book (releases May 20 in Australia and New Zealand and 5 November the rest of the world as The Cinema of Lost Dreams):

A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town.

How far would you go to follow your dream?

Queensland, 1994: When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she’s captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding sugarcane fields. Working in a male-dominated industry is challenging, but Claire has never let that stop her pursuing her dreams-until now. She must gain permission to film at Australia’s most historically significant art deco cinema, located at Starlight Creek. But there is trouble ahead. The community is fractured and the cinema’s reclusive owner, Hattie Fitzpatrick, and her enigmatic great nephew, Luke Jackson, stand in her way, putting Claire’s career-launching project-and her heart-at risk.

Hollywood, 1950: Lena Lee has struggled to find the break that will catapult her into a star with influence. She longs for roles about strong, independent women but with Hollywood engulfed in politics and a censorship battle, Lena’s timing is wrong. Forced to keep her love affair with actor Reeves Garrity a secret, Lena puts her career on the line to fight for equality for women in an industry ruled by men. Her generous and caring nature steers her onto a treacherous path, leaving Lena questioning what she is willing to endure to get what she desires.

Can two women-decades apart-uncover lies and secrets to live the life they’ve dared to dream?

You can find out more HERE

UPDATED – 8 May, 2019: The winners have been drawn from the large amount of entries from people who have left comments on this page, signed up for my newsletter and/or left a comment on my blog. The winners are:
Anne (WA)
Shell Giallo
Congratulations and I’ll be in contact to get details so I can post you a copy.
Thank you to everyone who entered and spread the word. I’ll be back with another give away soon!
The Cinema at Starlight Creek will be available in print and ebook from 20 May, 2019.

 

Better Reading Top 100 List

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Better Reading is a wonderful website that gives readers opportunities to learn more about authors and new releases. It’s a great place to hang out with other readers and chat about books you love. Every year they do a Top 100 books list where readers can vote for their favourite book. It doesn’t need to have been published in 2018 so these lists often have classics on them like Tolkien and Jane Austen. However, this year seems to have a huge amount of Aussie authors, which is absolutely fantastic to see!
I’m super pleased to tell you that Burning Fields came in at #13 and, to be honest, I’m still in shock! I’d like to extend a million thank you’s to those of you who voted for Burning Fields or have told other people about my books or taken the time to read them. I greatly appreciate your support and can’t thank you enough!
The Top 100 books will be in a special section of all Big W stores throughout the year. So very cool and it’s lovely to see Burning Fields getting an extended shelf life!
You can check out the Better Reading Top 100 Books of 2018 list HERE

Cover reveal & pre-order

One of the biggest thrills when a book is coming together is seeing the cover. I’ve been blessed by the cover fairies on every book of mine and just when I think they can’t do any better they come up with something like this …

 

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Isn’t it beautiful? I’m very excited about my May 20 release date for The Cinema at Starlight Creek. This is for my Australian and New Zealand readers and shortly I’ll be able to show you the cover and announce the date for the international edition which will be titled The Cinema of Lost Dreams.

Would you like to know a little more about the book? Here you go!

A heart-stirring novel of loss, love and new hope set against the glamorous backdrop of 1950s Hollywood and a small Australian country town.

How far would you go to follow your dream?

Queensland, 1994: When location manager Claire Montgomery arrives in rural Queensland to work on a TV mini-series, she’s captivated by the beauty of Starlight Creek and the surrounding sugarcane fields. Working in a male-dominated industry is challenging, but Claire has never let that stop her pursuing her dreams-until now. She must gain permission to film at Australia’s most historically significant art deco cinema, located at Starlight Creek. But there is trouble ahead. The community is fractured and the cinema’s reclusive owner, Hattie Fitzpatrick, and her enigmatic great nephew, Luke Jackson, stand in her way, putting Claire’s career-launching project-and her heart-at risk.

Hollywood, 1950: Lena Lee has struggled to find the break that will catapult her into a star with influence. She longs for roles about strong, independent women but with Hollywood engulfed in politics and a censorship battle, Lena’s timing is wrong. Forced to keep her love affair with actor Reeves Garrity a secret, Lena puts her career on the line to fight for equality for women in an industry ruled by men. Her generous and caring nature steers her onto a treacherous path, leaving Lena questioning what she is willing to endure to get what she desires.

Can two women-decades apart-uncover lies and secrets to live the life they’ve dared to dream?

And good news is that The Cinema at Starlight Creek is now available for pre-order!

Harper Collins:  https://bit.ly/2Cp1ywN

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DenZ9o

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2FEcIAR

Booktopia: https://bit.ly/2TSL6fp

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2Mhf61G

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2Mlz8IN

 

Welcome to 2019!

arra 2018 nominee badgsI hope 2019 has started off super well for you and you’re finding some fabulous books to read. I’ve just finished Belinda Alexandra’s The Invitation which was absolutely beautiful. I’m a long-time fan of Belinda’s books so please go and check out her amazing stories.

This year is shaping up to be an exciting and busy one for me, and it’s started off fabulously with the news that I’ve received two nominations for Burning Fields the Australian Romance Readers Association (ARRA) awards: 

  • Favourite 2018 romance that made me cry
  • Favourite Australian romance of 2018

Thank you so much to the ARRA member who voted for Burning Fields. I really appreciate your support!

Filming for Trust Frank starts in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait! Director and producer Penny Moore has assembled an amazing cast and crew and I’m really looking forward to this beautiful film being shown around the world later this year. 

I’ve had a sneak peek at the cover of my 2019 book and I’ll be sharing the cover very soon, so if you’d like to be one of the first to see it, please sign up for my newsletter. You can do so HERE.

As always, I love hearing from you so I’d love to hear what you’re looking forward to this year. Please feel free to drop me a line or post in the comments below. 

Have a fabulous day!

Win 100 books? And a sale?

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Better Reading has opened voting for the best 100 books of 2018. If you cast a vote, you could be one of seven winners to win the whole 100 books that make it onto their list! How cool is that? Of course, I’d be forever grateful if you chose to put Burning Fields on your voting list.

Voting link is here: https://www.betterreading.com.au/news/do-you-want-to-win-100-new-books-vote-now/

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And if you haven’t got a copy of Burning Fields but would like one, it’s still available in bookshops and online in Australia and New Zealand. In fact, Burning Fields e-book is currently on sale at the moment! You can check it out here!

Release Day!

Burning FieldsRelease days never get old and I’m so excited to let my Aussie and New Zealand readers know that Burning Fields is hitting the bookstore and e-book shelves today!

I also want to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for your support and I am sure I can say this on behalf of every author: when you share posts about our books, take the time to read them, tell other people about our stories and/or review on your blog or on places like Good Reads – anything that helps get the word out about our stories – it is always greatly appreciated. Really, really appreciated! So, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Here’s a little more about Burning Fields:

1948 The world is struggling to regain a sense of balance after the devastation of World War II, and the sugar cane-growing community of Piri River in northern Queensland is no exception.

As returned servicemen endeavour to adjust to their pre-war lives, women who had worked for the war effort are expected to embrace traditional roles once more.

Rosie Stanton finds it difficult to return to the family farm after years working for the Australian Women’s Army Service. Reminders are everywhere of the brothers she lost in the war and she is unable to understand her father’s contempt for Italians, especially the Conti family next door. When her father takes ill, Rosie challenges tradition by managing the farm, but outside influences are determined to see her fail.

Desperate to leave his turbulent history behind, Tomas Conti has left Italy to join his family in Piri River. Tomas struggles to adapt in Australia—until he meets Rosie. Her easy-going nature and positive outlook help him forget the life he’s escaped. But as their relationship grows, so do tensions between the two families until the situation becomes explosive.

When a long-hidden family secret is discovered and Tomas’s mysterious past is revealed, everything Rosie believes is shattered. Will she risk all to rebuild her family or will she lose the only man she’s ever loved?

With an engaging, gutsy heroine and a lush North Queensland setting, I found so much to love about Burning Fields – Barbara Hannay

PRINT:

MIRA Harlequin (Harper Collins)

Booktopia

Bookworld

Dymocks

 eBOOK:

iBooks

Amazon

Google Play

Kobo

 

Burning Fields cover reveal!

I have been anticipating this day! I am so very pleased to finally reveal the most gorgeous cover for my upcoming June release, Burning Fields. This is the Australian and New Zealand cover with my wonderful publisher, Harlequin MIRA and it is now available for pre-order (links below). For those of you outside Australia and New Zealand, I am very pleased to inform you Burning Fields will be available through my wonderful USA publisher, Kensington Books, in November this year (I’ll keep you updated as to when it is available for pre-order. So without further ado, here’s Burning Fields (Aus/NZ edition):

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Isn’t it beautiful? And Rosie on the cover looks just how I imagined her. I am so very fortunate to have the wonderful Barbara Hannay provide such an amazing quote! 

Here’s a little more about the story:

1948 The world is struggling to regain a sense of balance after the devastation of World War II, and the sugar cane-growing community of Piri River in northern Queensland is no exception.

As returned servicemen endeavour to adjust to their pre-war lives, women who had worked for the war effort are expected to embrace traditional roles once more.

Rosie Stanton finds it difficult to return to the family farm after years working for the Australian Women’s Army Service. Reminders are everywhere of the brothers she lost in the war and she is unable to understand her father’s contempt for Italians, especially the Conti family next door. When her father takes ill, Rosie challenges tradition by managing the farm, but outside influences are determined to see her fail.

Desperate to leave his turbulent history behind, Tomas Conti has left Italy to join his family in Piri River. Tomas struggles to adapt in Australia—until he meets Rosie. Her easy-going nature and positive outlook help him forget the life he’s escaped. But as their relationship grows, so do tensions between the two families until the situation becomes explosive.

When a long-hidden family secret is discovered and Tomas’s mysterious past is revealed, everything Rosie believes is shattered. Will she risk all to rebuild her family or will she lose the only man she’s ever loved?

PRE-ORDER LINKS:

PRINT: 

HARLEQUIN

BOOKTOPIA

BOOKWORLD

DYMOCKS

eBOOK:

AMAZON

iBOOKS

GOOGLE PLAY

Europe – a dream come true

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First real-life sighting of my book!

I’ve been very quiet on the blog lately, mostly due to deadlines (hooray – deadlines are good as it means I have books contracted!), plus a family holiday (cruises rock!), and the chance to fulfil a dream I’ve held close to my heart since I started this publishing journey many, many years ago – a book tour in Europe! Now things aren’t so hectic, I’ll be writing a series of blog posts about the cities I visited and I’ll include travel tips (the ex-travel agent in me can’t resist!). I hope you enjoy the journey!

When I found out that the translation rights for Under the Spanish Stars had been sold by my USA publisher, Kensington Books, I was ecstatic! The German publisher who bought the rights, Aufbau Verlag, are very well-respected and I was excited to see one of my books in a language other than English. The German market has always been in my sights as I had heard from German friends that their book industry is very strong as reading is a valued part of their lifestyle. Plus, German-language readers tend to like Aussie author’s stories. Always a bonus!

So when the opportunity arose to go to German speaking countries and visit booksellers, readers, authors and my publisher, as well as undertake research for future books – I couldn’t say no! I packed my bag and jumped on a plane (okay … three) and flew from Australia to Europe in a daze because I couldn’t quite believe I was about to tick a few items off my wish list. 

First stop was Vienna and even though I was jet-lagged I had to find the nearest bookshop and get a copy of Die spanische Tänzerin (The Spanish Dancer). I found the biggest bookstore in Vienna (four floors!), called Thalia and went in search of my beloved book. Yes, I may have squealed when I found a copy and the shop assistants were so very sweet when they realised who I was and why I was there.

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Inside the book

I had always hoped that one day a book of mine would be released in hardcover, but I didn’t expect to get so emotional to see if for the first time! The book designer at my publisher did such an amazing job, and the white on the cover feels like linen, and the graphics and type are glossy and raised. Inside is a gorgeous floral design and there’s also a built-in bookmark that is a lovely grey ribbon. One of my bookish German friends told me these bookmarks were very popular with the East German publishers and, as my publisher was originally in East Berlin (and was the largest publisher in the GDR), they’ve continued with this tradition. I found it very hard to stop gazing at this beautiful piece of art that my publisher had created. 

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The in-built ribbon bookmark!

After signing books I started my trek back to the hotel, exhausted but elated. As I walked through a gorgeous park and in front of a statue of Strauss, I found a group of people dancing tango. The DJ played music but it could only be heard by the dancers as they wore headphones. Given my first book was about the tango, I couldn’t help but take this as a sign that this trip would be unforgettable. Vienna had already captured my heart but that was just the beginning … Stay tuned for more!

If you’d like to keep up-to-date with new releases, give aways and author interviews, please sign up for my newsletter HERE.

 

 

Upcoming events

It’s July already! How on earth did that happen? I hope you are doing super well and managing to stay warm if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere and if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you are managing to stay cool!

With the release of Beneath the Parisian Skies in Australia and New Zealand (international edition will be released next week – stay tuned!), there’s been a flurry of activity with interviews, book signings and events. More keep getting added to the schedule (which is fantastic!) and this week I’ll be officially starting my nationwide book tour. If you’re in Geelong, Perth, or Brisbane I hope you can make it to one of my events. I look forward to seeing you and chatting all things books! 

Here’s a rundown of where I’ll be over the next month:

GEELONG – SATURDAY, 22 JULY

Meet the author Big W Geelong

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERTH – WEDNESDAY, 26 JULY

Tickets for Stories on Stage available HERE.

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This will be a fun and interactive event hosted by the wonderful Monique Mulligan, book reviewer and publisher. The supper provided is legendary and may be part of the reason I was more than happy to make the trek west! Well, that and the fact I absolutely love Perth!

PERTH – THURSDAY, 27 JULY

Book your FREE seat for the Midland Library event HERE.

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BRISBANE – WEDNESDAY, 11 AUGUST

Book your FREE seat for the Victoria Point Library event HERE.

I’ll be talking about my extensive research behind Beneath the Parisian Skies and the incredible connections the Ballets Russes (in Bohemian Paris) has to Australian culture and dance. Learn about the Australian National Gallery’s collection of Ballet Russes costumes and designs by Matisse, Picasso and Coco Chanel. There’ll be give aways!

BRISBANE – FRIDAY, 13 AUGUST TO SUNDAY, 15 AUGUST

Romance Writers of Australia Conference, Brisbane. If you’re at this conference, please find me and say hello!

GEELONG – TUESDAY, 15 AUGUST

Book your FREE seat for the Geelong Library event HERE.

I’ll be talking about my extensive research behind Beneath the Parisian Skies and the incredible connections the Ballets Russes (in Bohemian Paris) has to Australian culture and dance. Learn about the Australian National Gallery’s collection of Ballet Russes costumes and designs by Matisse, Picasso and Coco Chanel. There’ll be give aways!

 

That’s it for now and I’ll keep you updated as more events are planned. 

Happy reading! 

Alli