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.

 

Capricorn Coast Writers Festival

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With a little over four weeks until The Cinema at Starlight Creek hits the shelves in Australia and New Zealand (it will be released as The Cinema of Lost Dreams in November throughout the rest of the world), I’m gearing up for lots of events that will have me travelling Australia far and wide in the months of May, June and July. I’ll be posting a calendar with all the events shortly, but for now I want to announce my first event which will be appearing at the Capricorn Coast Writers Festival in Yeppoon, Queensland. 

I’m really excited about this festival as it’s the inaugural one and I know the organisers have been working so very hard to make this happen. It is so wonderful to see the passion and care they have put into this event and I hope that if you are in the vicinity of Rockhampton and Yeppoon that you can come along and support this festival.

I’ll be running a workshop on Creating Memorable Characters and also doing a breakfast panel about the state of the publishing industry. I’m really looking forward to these and also attending other sessions presented by some of Australia’s most talented and loved authors. 

If you know of anyone in this region, please let them know about this wonderful festival and if you’re in the vicinity, please come and say hi!

You can find out more details about the festival HERE

 

 

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

 

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!

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: 

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eBOOK:

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New covers never get old

TANGO-POD-MESECINOM-00007423582175Today I’m super excited to reveal the Serbian cover of Luna Tango (Australian/NZ edition) which is also called Midnight Serenade (USA/Canada/UK edition). I love how the publishers in the different territories I’m published in put their own spin on covers and titles – it’s always a surprise to see what they come up with!

Just to show you how different the take can be on one story, I’ve posted the Australian/NZ and USA/UK/Canada editions as well. 

By the way, I have some exciting news about to be announced so if you would like to be one of the first to know, 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 

 

World wide give aways!

Beneath the Parisian Skies high resTo celebrate the release of Beneath the Parisian Skies in Australia and New Zealand, I’m offering a special give away. All you need to do is participate in my #Shelfie contest – take a photo of Beneath the Parisian Skies in a bookshop or at home, at the beach, on a mountain, in outer space … wherever you want … then tag me in social media (links below) and you automatically go into the draw for a gorgeous Parisian necklace. The contest will be open until Wednesday, 19 July, 11.59 pm AEST. Creative entries are encouraged!

Alli’s social media links:

Facebook: @AlliSinclairAuthor

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Instagram: alli_sinclair

And for those of you who live outside Australia and New Zealand, you still get a chance to win a Parisian necklace! All you need to do is sign up for my newsletter and you automatically go into the draw to win. Entries close on Tuesday 25 July at 11.59 pm DST. This is also release day for Under the Parisian Sky (the international edition). There’s also a pre-order bonus – if you pre-order now you’ll receive a FREE copy of my novella Parisian Dreams, which is the lead up to Under the Parisian Sky

You can enter for competition for the necklace and sign up to pre-order and get your free novella HERE. 

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Behind the Story: Cathryn Hein

Cathryn Hein author photoI’m super excited to have Cathryn Hein on the blog today. Cathryn is the best-selling author of ten rural romance and romantic adventure novels, and a regular Australian Romance Reader Awards finalist. A South Australian country girl by birth, she loves nothing more than a rugged rural hero who’s as good with his heart as he is with his hands, which is probably why she writes them! Her romances are warm and emotional, and feature themes that don’t flinch from the tougher side of life but are often happily tempered by the antics of naughty animals. Her aim is to make you smile, sigh, and perhaps sniffle a little, but most of all feel wonderful.

Cathryn currently lives at the base of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales with her partner of many years, Jim. When she’s not writing, she plays golf (ineptly), cooks (well), and in football season barracks (rowdily) for her beloved Sydney Swans AFL team.

Welcome, Cathryn. Please tell us your story behind the story!

I come from a land of volcanoes.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Not what you think about when you think of Australia, is it? But it’s true. Australia has one of the best volcanic fields in the world. The Newer Volcanic Province stretches from Melbourne through to Mt Burr, north-west of my home town of Mt Gambier, and contains a whopping 400+ volcanoes. There are at least 20 eruptive sites around Mt Gambier alone.

Volcanoes are what I grew up with. As a kid, a great day out was climbing to the top of Mt Schank crater, south of Mt Gambier, and sliding to the bottom again on your bum. We also did it around Mt Gambier, from the Potter’s Point lookout to the Valley Lake far below. We’d get filthy, tear clothing, occasionally hurt ourselves and have the best fun imaginable.

Mount Elephant in western VictoriaThere’s a kind of romance about volcanoes too. They’re ancient, majestic and the view from the top is spectacular. I love them – their crooked forms and cratered bellies, their eroded slopes and stony ridges. And I’m particularly pleased that my favourite, Mt Schank, is only dormant. That it’s like a hibernating bear, snoring softly as it waits for the right moment to reawaken.

It seems inevitable then that I would one day write about a volcano. Not only write about one but develop a whole series of stories set in the shadow of my fictional Mt Schank, Rocking Horse Hill.

Rocking Horse HillRocking Horse Hill is the first in my Levenham Love Story series, and features an old money rural family with an historic property at the base of a volcano. The hill plays a pivotal role in the story, as a place of beauty and passion, as well as great drama and heartache for both its heroine Emily Wallace-Jones and sexy hero Josh Sinclair. At its heart, Rocking Horse Hill is a lover’s reunited story, but it’s also a story about friendship and family, and its lush southeast South Australia setting is stunning.

My latest release Wayward Heart continues the story. It’s a friends-to-lovers romance, a much-favoured trope. And in the Jasmine and Digby’s case, these friends are also two very broken people—Digby from tragedy and grief, Jasmine from heartbreak and humiliation. When circumstances bring them close, they discover unexpected strengths and wonders in each another. What happens next is deeply emotional and passionate, but it’s a relationship tangled with family drama and the wreckage of Digby and Jasmine’s past, and their happily ever after isn’t going to be easy.

Summer and the Groomsman 800x1200Other books so far in the Levenham Love Story series are Summer and the Groomsman – set around Josh and Em’s wedding – and RomantiSanta and the Saddler - 400x600c Book of the Year finalist Santa and the Saddler, which introduces two new characters and their families. Its follow-on story, Chrissy and the Burroughs Boy will release this year and there are plenty more to come. I think at last count I had at least 5 more in the pipeline.

I can’t keep away from the place but there’s a reason for that. I feel passionately about the setting, it’s in my memories and in my heart and I want my characters to find as much happiness in this land of volcanoes as I had growing up.

Wayward Heart by Cathryn HeinCathryn’s latest release is WAYWARD HEART, available in all good bookstores and online now.

Blurb for Wayward Heart:

Jasmine Thomas should feel safe in her cosy cottage at Admella Beach after finally putting an end to an ill-advised romance. But her perfect sanctuary is shattered with the arrival of hand-delivered threatening notes. Someone has discovered her secret.

When the notes escalate to vandalism, Jasmine’s anxiety rises. But in such a small place, telling the police would mean the whole town finding out.

Digby Wallace-Jones is stumbling through the motions of life, wrapped in a fog of grief since his fiancée Felicity died. Withdrawn from his family, Digby doesn’t care about anything beyond his loss. But in a chance meeting with Jasmine, his sister’s best friend who he’s known forever, even he can see the tension she carries. Worried and feeling protective, he continues to drop by, but it’s more than that. Jasmine soothes him; and, unlike the rest of his family, he can talk to her about his pain without fear of judgement. But as much as he likes Jasmine, Digby’s enduring love for Felicity means he has nothing left to give and he pushes Jasmine away.

Jasmine knew they were supposed to stay friends ‘with excellent benefits’ but she can’t help her wayward heart from falling for this tortured, kind and sexy man. How can she ever loosen the grip Felicity’s memory has on Digby’s soul and remind him he still has a life ahead of him?

If you’d like to see Cathryn climbing Mount Schank click here!

A SPECIAL GIVEAWAY!

Cathryn has kindly offered to send one lucky commenter on the blog a book of their choice from the volcano/Levenham stories: Rocking Horse Hill, Wayward Heart, Summer and the Groomsman, or Santa and the Saddler. 

What we’d like to know is: what’s your favourite landmark and why? It can be from your childhood or now.

Good luck everyone! Comment by June 30 for your chance to win!

Discover more about Cathryn and her stories at cathrynhein.com or email Cathryn at cathryn@cathrynhein.com

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