I’m stoked today to have the gorgeous Loretta Hill, a fellow West Aussie, on my blog. I read Loretta’s latest book THE MAXWELL SISTERS in the summer holidays and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a gorgeous fun story about three sisters who return home for a family wedding and a LOT of drama ensues.
Anyway, Loretta has written me a letter about this book, so without further ado, over to Loretta. And if you comment on this blog, she’ll enter you in the draw to win your very own signed copy of THE MAXWELL SISTERS.
Did you have a nice Happy Valentines Day? I hope you celebrated in true romance writer style by drinking lots of champagne, eating copious quantities of chocolate and thinking very inappropriate thoughts that you shortly wrote down for use in your upcoming manuscript. Ha ha!
(Hah – I wish Loretta. Instead I braved the crowds in Perth to take my kids to see THE GIANTS. It was well worth it though)
I’ve had a very hectic month with unfortunately not a lot of time for daydreaming or writing for that matter. My new book, “The Maxwell Sisters” just hit shelves last month and I’ve been very busy chatting to readers and bloggers about it. I’m really excited about this one. It’s such a different book to my first three and I’m hoping it will be just as well received.
In fact, today, as you read this, I’m on a plane to NSW to commence my three week book tour. Very excited! I just love talking to readers and writers about all things books and writing. On this trip, I get to do it 24/7 for three weeks. How good is that? I’m all set for stop offs in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria as well. So I hope my readers will check out the events page on my website (www.lorettahill.com.au) to see if I’ll be passing through their local library or bookstore. Would love to meet as many people as I can.
“The Maxwell Sisters” is a story very dear to my heart. It’s all about family and the secrets we keep to protect the ones we love. I have three sisters myself, so I know all about that dynamic of love, rivalry and loyalty that threads through that very close bond.
Natasha, Eve and Phoebe are estranged sisters, torn apart by their past who are currently living very separate lives in different cities. But when Phoebe decides to get married at their childhood home, Tawny Brooks Winery, they must all return to face the music…. which just happens to be wedding bells. They’ve all got a secret, are so terribly vulnerable and don’t know how much they need each other right now. There is plenty of romance in this book with a wonderfully cheeky winemaker, a frustrated but hopeful groom and a brooding ex-husband hoping for a second chance. But at it’s core, this book is about the relationship between the three girls. Family shapes us into who we are and it is only by nurturing these important relationships in our lives that we are able to grow.
In addition to my book tour, I’ve been doing a blog tour. And as you know, you are my last stop before I return home to my own blog. I’ve been visiting with all my favourite authors, Jennifer Scoullar (http://jenniferscoullar.com), Helene Young (http://www.heleneyoung.com), Fiona Palmer (http://www.fionapalmer.com) and Jenn J McLeod (http://www.jennjmcleod.com) and talking about the six main characters in my novel. So far, I’ve spoken about Natasha, Eve, Phoebe, Adam and Spider. There’s only one person left…. Heath – Natasha’s dark and broody, estranged husband. Natasha is not ready to deal with the breakdown of her marriage. So she decides to keep her impending divorce a secret and turns up to her sister’s wedding alone saying her husband can’t get away from work. She never thought that Heath would find out about Phoebe’s wedding, turn up anyway and force her to pretend they are happily married. I loved writing Heath. He’s such an alpha hero. Arrogant, dominant and just can’t talk about his feelings. However, on the inside, he’s mush. In this novel, he really has to learn how to let that mush out… otherwise he’s going to lose his wife forever. It was really nice to play with his inner struggle and explore the ever evolving growth of a marriage. Being in committed relationship isn’t as simple as saying, “I do,” and Heath and Natasha certainly learn a lot about themselves and their capacity to love in this reunion story.
Anyway, I spoiled myself for Christmas with a copy of “Outback Ghost” which I have saved for the plane ride to Sydney and am probably reading right now! So I’ll let you know what I think. Though, I’m sure it’s a no brainer. I’ll love it like the rest of your books.
(Aw thanks heaps Loretta, I hope you love reading about Adam, Stella and Heidi as much as I enjoyed writing them!)
So happy writing and thanks for having me on your blog today. If you’d like to read my wrap up blog for this blog tour, please catch me next week on my own blog…. I’ll also let you know how the first part of my tour went!
PS. Don’t forget to comment on this blog for your chance to win!!