Welcome to Episode 2 of In The Chair. So much is happening right now, so lets get straight to business.
Today's episode features an interview with Elizabeth Ellen Carter and book review by Charlotte of Of Fire and Snow by Danielle Belwater and some of the latest news and gossip!
Recently I was on the Gold Coast and had the opportunity to catch up with Elizabeth Ellen Carter. She's (today) fronting the Productivity Commission hearings in Brisbane talking about copyright. Incidentally, it's one of the points we look at in her interview. Take a moment to follow her stream on Twitter & Facebook to stay up to date!
Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Elizabeth Ellen Carter’s debut novel, Moonstone Obsession, was published in 2013 by Etopia Press. Earlier that year, the Regency adventure romance had been shortlisted in the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Awards for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Set in England and France during the French Revolution, it was heralded as ‘edge-of-seat adventure and intrigue’ and ‘a rollercoaster of love, blackmail, ill-gotten gains, treason and trickery’ with Carter described as ‘a writer worth keeping an eye on’ with ‘a hint of classic suspense novelist Daphne du Maurier’.
Her second novel, Warrior’s Surrender, was published by Etopia the following year. Set in Northumbria in 1077, it sets the relationship between a displaced Saxon noblewoman and a Norman baron against the turbulent backdrop of England in the years following the Norman invasion of 1066. Reviewers found the novel ‘a fast moving and passionate read’ with ‘strong characters, an intriguing plot, and plenty of action… a sexy romance to be savoured’. Readers agreed, voting Warrior’s Surrender Favourite Historical Fiction in the 2015 Readers & Writers Down Under Readers Choice Awards.
Also in 2014, the short story Moonstone Promise, spinning off from Moonstone Obsession as part of Etopia’s Valentines Heat anthology, followed the fortunes of one of the supporting characters back home to 18th century Pittsburgh in a tale of ‘second chance romance’.
Warrior’s Surrender (now in print as well as eBook) was named Favourite Historical Fiction at the 2015 Readers & Writers Down Under Readers Choice Awards in March this year.
Carter moved up to 1802 for the light-hearted romantic short story Three Ships, part of the Christmas 2014 anthology A Season To Remember, and ventures briefly into contemporary romance for the first time with her Romance Writers of Australia annual Little Gems competition placegetter, The Tin Bear, publishing in August 2015.
And another Moonstone Obsession character, the sinful Lady Abigail Houghall, features in the full length novel Moonstone Conspiracy which was a 2015 finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards for best historical romance.
Carter has completed her fourth novel, Dark Heart, which is set in ancient Rome, and is now working on Captive Of The Corsairs, set around the pirate-plagued Mediterranean Sea of the early 1800s.
Both Dark Heart, which is currently being edited, and Captive Of The Corsairs bring together the elements for which Carter has become known in just a few years – in-depth historical detail woven through gripping adventure and captivating romance.
Carter released the short story September Harvest as part of the Second Chance Cafe anthology in November 2015 and the indie release gothic Regency novella Nocturne in February 2016.
The author lives in Australia with her husband and two cats. A former newspaper journalist, she ran an award-winning PR agency for 12 years.
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Our "In House" reviewer, Charlotte, took a look at "Of Fire and Roses" by Danielle Belwater.
Nathaniel West’s mother is dead, his father a lost cause. Anger has become a way of life, until he meets and falls in love with Cora Ewell. Only Cora has a secret, one that could kill them both.
An age old dark magic resurfaces and it becomes a race against time for Cora and Nate to find the long buried secrets to saving everyone they love and each other.
After a near fatal accident leaves Nate in limbo, he must find a way to get through to Cora before time runs out and she is forced into life eternal with the evil wizard, Elias Stafford.
Book 2 in this series (Of Blood & Snow) is available now!
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Danielle Belwater adores the concept of true love and thoroughly believes everyone has their Prince Charming or Snow White out there somewhere, even if they have to fight demons, ghosts, and wizards to find it.
Danielle has been having a love affair with words since she was young and in primary school, writing some rather imaginative tales. This love has followed her into adulthood.
She lives in rural South Australia with her husband, young daughters and way too many animals to mention. She spends most of her time dreaming up characters, stories, ghostly tales, and watching Firefly re-runs. She also cooks the odd meal for her family to avoid them looking like skeletons at official author functions!
Danielle is passionate about reading and her interests include pretty much anything with words from rolling four volume epics to the daily newspaper.
E-Copy Sex Love & Aliens Volumes 1 & 2 - J Anastasi
3 x Hematite Necklaces - R Bush, B Griffiths & C Ahern
E-Copy Sarah's Duke - R Bush
E-Copy Scarred Perfection- J Carling
E-Copy of Fire & Roses - A Jarvis
E-Copy Prowling The Vet - K Milan
1 set of Paperback Grave Robber for Hire - S Nolan
E-Copy EITHER Twin Flames or Grave Robber for Hire - S Nolan & J Anastasi
I'll be emailing winners later today!