It was announced this morning that THE POSTMISTRESS made the BETTER READING Top 100 list (she comes in at #36!).
This is a reader voted list and includes classics and best selling international authors...so THANK YOU to all those readers who gave her your vote and to my team at Harlequin MIRA who had such faith in this story. I am thrilled.
You can see the complete list HERE
While writers have been practising social isolation for years, many of you are struggling and it is fascinating to see people turning back to old fashioned entertainment such as jigsaw puzzles.
So here is a bit of fun while we all bunker down. Every Sunday afternoon (AEST) I will post up an online jigsaw puzzle featuring one of my book covers. Bearing mind I have 12 book covers, this should see us through to return to normality (whatever that will look like). There will be a prize for the first person to complete the set!
YOU WILL FIND THE JIGSAWS at www.alisonstuart.com or on my Facebook page @AlisonStuartWriter
JIGSAW CHALLENGE WEEK 1
My absolute favourite part of the whole book production process is seeing a new cover for the first time. Have the 'cover fairies' seen what I see in my book? And I have to say I have been singularly blessed with the design team at HQN/Harper Collins Aus. Hot on the heels of the stunning cover for THE POSTMISTRESS, comes this cover for THE GOLDMINER'S SISTER. Thank you 'cover fairies'... you have done me proud :-)
The Goldminer's Sister will be released on 8 July and is available for preorder now!
The Goldminer's Sister
Gold is a fever. Will it lead her to love ... or death? A suspenseful romance set on the turbulent goldfields of 1870s Australia, for readers of The Postmistress and The Woman in the Green Dress.
1873. Eliza Penrose arrives in the gold mining town of Maiden's Creek in search of her brother, planning to make a new life for herself. Instead she finds a tragic mystery - and hints of betrayals by those closest to her.
Mining engineer Alec McLeod left Scotland to escape the memory of his dead wife and child. Despite the best efforts of the eligible ladies of Maiden's Creek, Alec is determined never to give his heart again.
As lies and deceit threaten Eliza's life, Alec steps in - although he has problems of his own, as he risks his livelihood and those he holds dear to oppose the dangerous work practices at the Maiden's Creek Mine.
When disaster draws the pieces of the puzzle together, Eliza and Alec must save each other - but is it too late?
PREORDER LINKS for THE GOLDMINER'S SISTER
Yes, it's two days to Valentine's Day.
Did you know that St. Valentine was a priest in 3rd century Rome, beaten and beheaded by the Emperor Claudius for secretly carrying out marriages (a practice prohibited by the Emperor who wanted the men in his army to have no emotional attachments)?
Actually there are several candidates for the title of St. Valentine... but it doesn't matter.One of them was executed on 14 February and somewhere along the line became the patron saint of courtly love and epilepsy.
I have had great fun this Valentine's season by letting my inner contemporary romance author loose and penning a novella for a Valentine's Day anthology. BE MINE:VALENTINE NOVELLAS TO WARM THE HEART contains FOURTEEN (yes 14!) wonderful stories and is available on Amazon for just 99c (or free if you are with Kindle Unlimited).
And writing as Alli Stewart, my contribution is HEALING HEARTS....
It had only taken a moment… a flash of lights, a scream of metal and Chris Kingsley’s life had turned on its head.
In the months since her best friend, Sarah had died, Meg Taylor and Sarah’s husband, Chris had been there for each other but Meg’s fiance has returned from London for their long planned wedding and Meg and Chris’s comfortable routine is about to end. It is time for both of them to let go of the past and start living again.
But what will it take for these two broken hearts to realise that they belong together? Maybe a nudge from St. Valentine, may be the answer.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO PURCHASE...
BOOKTOPIA LAUNCHES NEW $5K PRIZE FOR AUSTRALIAN AUTHORS
Australian online bookstore Booktopia are today announcing a new book prize for Australian authors, the Favourite Australian Book (FAB) award for 2019. The $5k prize will be awarded to the book determined to be the favourite of the Australian book-loving public via an online poll on the Booktopia website.
The longlist of nominees has been selected by Booktopia staff, reflecting the Australian books first published in 2019 that Booktopia staff members loved and want to champion, across fiction, non-fiction, children’s and lifestyle titles.
You can view the longlist and vote for as many, or as few books as you like at https://bit.ly/2RmiA6h
The winner will receive a cash prize of $5k, a trophy, and year-long highlights across Booktopia’s website, social media and content platforms.
The FAB Award replaces the Australia’s Favourite Author poll that has been run in previous years.
Friday 17 January - longlist announced and voting commences
Friday 31 January - voting closes
Monday 3 February - winner announced
Alison writes historical romances and short stories set in England and Australia and across different periods of history.
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