Today I received a letter from one of my favourite authors and good friend, Jenn J Mcleod. Can’t wait to get stuck into her latest release, “Season of Shadow and Light”, sounds like just my sort of story – lots of secrets and drama. See below for Jenn’s letter and also your chance to win three of her books. Good luck!
Thought I’d write you a letter!
No, not only because I love a good rhyme, but because I have some news to share.
First of all, congratulations to you on The Maxwell Sisters. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a book that much for a long time, nor laughed that much while reading one. What a joy.
My big news is two-fold. This May saw my third book hit the shelves – Season of Shadow and Light. It is also one year since I bought my caravan with plans to #WriteRoundOz—literally and figuratively speaking. (And I’d love you to take part in my crazy author Q&A of the same name. I’m harvesting quite a lot of authors on my blog.
I admit to not having travelled too far from home as yet—only short trips in between staying close to my dad in Coffs Harbour. But by the time you’re reading this letter those plans would have kicked up a notch. And I can’t wait!
I remember hearing Di Morrissey say in an interview years ago that when she needs new book inspiration she pack up the motorhome and hits the road. I said at the time, “I so want to be like Di Morrissey.”
Well, step one—the selling the house bit, not the millions of sales bit—happened last August. It was a huge undertaking to sell (or give to charity) everything I own and become basically homeless. My downsizing was by choice—a far cry from my poor character, Aiden, who loses everything including his heart to the wrong girl. Financial ruin sends him back home to his uncle’s pub in the tiny town of Coolabah Tree Gully where the once-time executive chef is now executive chip fryer, whipping up bistro meals for a colourful bunch of locals, and stirring his cousin, Sharni.
Everything changes when rising floodwaters bring a travelling trio into town: Paige and her six year old daughter (Matilda), and Nana Alice who are taking a road trip to give Paige some space from her cheating husband. A road detour is the last thing any of them need, especially Alice who, thirty years ago agreed to a promise.
Now she’s going to have to start protecting Paige a little more fiercely because someone in this tiny town knows the truth can wash away the darkest secrets.
Sometime this season:
The secret keeper must tell.
The betrayed must trust.
The hurt must heal.
As you know, Loretta, every story needs shades of light and dark. Readers who enjoyed the fun banter and complicated lives of your Maxwell Sisters will enjoy Aiden, Paige and Alice in Season of Shadow and Light. As this Goodreads review from Peta states:
“ . . . the story had many twists and turns, moments of joy and absolute heartbreak, wonderful characters who made you laugh and cry, and too many secrets for two families to have been burdened with.”
Now for the exciting bit….
WIN – 3 x BOOK PACK GIVEAWAY
For your chance to WIN all THREE Jenn J McLeod novels* simply leave a comment below. From now until the end of May, Jenn drops into some of her favourite author blogs to say hello to readers old and new. She’ll then collect the comment names from each author blog post, picking a lucky winner from one major draw and announcing the name end May on her blog.
If you’d like to find out more about Jenn and her contemporary women’s fiction about small towns keeping big secrets, head on over to her website or, like me, follow the Facebook and Twitter fun.