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Girl in Between Blog Tour: An Ode To My Publisher:

Posted May 12, 2017 by Hannah in Blog Tours / 0 Comments

I’m so excited to have Anna Daniels, author of the funny and charming debut Girl in Between, as part of her blog tour! Keep scrolling as Anna talks about her relationship with her publisher, Louise Thurtell, and what it means to have someone just as passionate as you are in your dreams. And keep an eye out tomorrow for my review of Girl in Between, which is in bookstores now!

Hello! I’m typing this to you on Friday 5th May, having just heard the news that my publisher of Girl in Between, Louise Thurtell, is leaving Allen & Unwin after ten years.

Before I start sobbing into the keyboard, there’s a funny story behind Louise and I meeting, so I think I’ll begin with that.

In 2015, my manuscript was shortlisted for the Vogel Award, but at 38,000 words, it was very short, so whilst I knew deep down that Girl in Between would not win the prize, my dearest hope was that a publisher would recognise the potential in my writing, and wish to develop it with me. That person turned out to be Louise Thurtell!

I arrived at the Vogel’s party, held atop the Allen & Unwin terrace in Sydney in April 2016, knowing in the back of my mind that I’d like to meet Louise. I’d done a bit of stalking on the Allen & Unwin website and saw that Louise had started the Friday Pitch submission for A&U because she wanted to encourage more unpublished writers to send her their material. I also read in an interview where Louise particularly loved championing authors from rural and regional Australia, who might feel daunted by the publishing process.

I asked to be introduced to Louise at the party, and when we met, I immediately felt at ease. Louise grew up in Orange and I grew up in Rockhampton, so we got each other as ‘country girls’ from the very first. I told Louise that I’d brought my Mum and Dad along to the awards night, and she said she’d love to meet them. Well, that sparked off a very funny chain of events!

My parents are characters! They’re not as ridiculous as Brian and Denise in Girl in Between, but they’re very funny and lovable and have an uncanny ability to charm and disarm! I introduced Louise to them and walked away to retrieve drinks, and when I turned back I saw that Mum and Dad had Louise wedged between them on a couch! She could not escape!

They all got along like a house on fire, with Louise talking cattle and sheep with my Dad until apparently he at one point said to her, ‘So, are you going to be able to help this daughter of mine out or not?’ Louise then replied, ‘Well, you know her manuscript’s too short…she’d have to write another 40,000 words,’ to which Dad immediately said, ‘Oh Louise! She’d do that in her sleep!’  Too funny. To this day Dad still takes credit for sweet-talking Louise into giving me a publishing deal! He’s dreaming!

From that initial meeting at the Vogel’s party, Louise then requested my manuscript, and wrote back within the week saying she really enjoyed it and hoped we could turn it into an amazing novel. She said she thought I had the talent to do so. I almost fell off my chair when I read her email, and after I jumped up and down and patted myself on the back, I got down to business, workshopping ideas with Louise for how I could develop Girl in Between.

When you’re in the creative industries, you use your talents and pursue your passions, but sometimes you need just one person to believe in and champion you to help you achieve your dreams.

Louise instilled such blazing confidence in me and my writing that I never had a chance to doubt my ability to transform Girl in Between from a novella of 38,000 words to a novel of over 80,000 words…something I never thought I could do.

Girl in Between will be one of the final books which Louise publishes at Allen & Unwin, and I consider myself so lucky and fortunate to have worked with her.

Thanks very much for everything you’ve done for me and all the other debut authors in Australia, Louise. Best wishes for your next chapter!

Anna x

When you’re the girl in between relationships, careers and cities, you sometimes have to face some uncomfortable truths . . . like your Mum’s obsession with Cher, your father’s unsolicited advice, and the fact there’s probably more cash on the floor of your parents’ car than in your own bank account.

Thank goodness Lucy’s crazy but wonderful best friend, Rosie, is around to cushion reality, with wild nights at the local Whipcrack hotel, escapades in Japanese mud baths, and double dating under the Christmas lights in London.

But will Lucy work out what she really wants to do in life and who she wants to share it with?

Girl in Between is a warm, upbeat and often hilarious story about life at the crossroads. Featuring an endearing and irrepressible cast of characters, it will have you chuckling from start to finish.

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Girl in Between by Anna Daniels is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99, available now.

 

Anna Daniels has enjoyed great success as a comedic storyteller since kicking off her career by winning the ABC’s ‘Comedy Segment of the Year Award’ for an interview with Russell Crowe. She then went on to co-create the ABC’s first online sketch comedy series ‘Tough at the Top’ with Melbourne comedian, Anne Edmonds.

For several years Anna wrote and presented funny upbeat stories for The Project, winning over viewers with her warm, silly, endearing style. Having grown up in Rockhampton, she particularly championed the stories and characters of rural and regional Australia with affection and humour. As well as The Project, Anna has written, presented and/or produced radio, TV and online content for Queensland Weekender, Red Symons’ Breakfast Show, and the BBC One series,  ‘John Bishop’s Australia.’ Anna continues to report for The Project and often presents on ABC Radio Brisbane.

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Blog Tour: Vernal by Randi Cooley Wilson

Posted July 2, 2016 by Hannah in Blog Tours, Giveaways / 1 Comment

vernal randi cooley wilsonI’m so excited today to host Randi Cooley Wilson, new adult author of fantasy and paranormal romance! Fantasy is one of my favourite genres right now, and I definitely am keen to explore more new adult fantasy worlds. Randi talks her favourites in this guest post.

First, a little bit about Vernal!

vernalSerena has a bright future etched in stone.
Tristan has a dark past that haunts him.
Together, they have a love that can never be.

Sheltered, and unable to escape her bloodline, Serena St. Michael has spent the last two years training at the Royal Protector Academy. Struggling with a dark past, Tristan Gallagher’s current assignment is to protect a lifetime of secrets. One chance encounter will change everything. Serena must decide if she will follow her heart, forsaking all she’s ever known and risking a future worse than non-existence. Tristan will break every rule to save Serena, even if he can’t keep her. In their world of darkness, one love will ignite an ancient war. When pasts collide with the present, and secrets are revealed, will love be enough? Or will one lie destroy it all?

When you’ve hidden behind a mask for so long, would you reveal yourself for love? Vernal, the first novel in The Royal Protector Academy series is a dangerously exciting and darkly romantic tale that will take your breath away.

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Randi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. A resident of Massachusetts, she makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets.

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Don’t forget to check out the giveaway below – now take it away Randi!

I am a huge fan of fantasy literature. As an author, one of my favorite things to write and design within a storyline is the actual art of world building. To visually create something from nothing but words and your imagination, that a reader can get lost in, is the epitome of fantasy writing. Personally, I love to be taken on a journey where the lines of realism and escapism blur. I believe that most of us who read, have an innate desire to explore and be driven to a state of awe. We crave transportation out of the day-to-day mundane tasks and activities into a whole other world filled with mystery and adventure. We love to lose ourselves in a good fantasy. Step out of this world and into a new one. Check out my top 5 favorite fantasy worlds!

  1. Forgotten Realm

Dungeons & Dragons fans this is for you. I read somewhere that creators of the game have said that the Forgotten Realm is a place that is connected to Earth, however, most people have forgotten about this ‘other world’. It’s filled with strange topographies, dangerous creatures and powerful gods. All this in a reality where magic and the supernatural are real. Who wouldn’t want to visit this?

  1. Shangri-La by James Hilton

Shangri-La is the mythological kingdom featured in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton. It’s described in the book as a mystical, harmonious valley. An earthly paradise or utopia, where everyone is isolated from the outside world, but is happy. Inhabitors of this fantasy world live beyond the normal lifespan and seem almost immortal.

  1. Camelot

I love the legend of King Arthur. In my opinion, it’s one of the most romantic fantasy tales. It contains everything I love in a fantasy story: courts, chivalry, forbidden love, royal obligations, knights, etc. The Arthurian world and realm is one of those fantasy worlds that I simply adore because it blurs the lines between realism and escapism. It’s designed after real cities, but it’s actual location is never revealed.

  1. Asgard

Norse gods portrayed by Chris Hemsworth? Yes, please.  A small planetary body that exists on another dimensional plane. Sign me up! I am a sucker for the fictional realm and capital city within the Marvel Comics universe. Plus, Thor lives there. Enough said.

  1. Middle Earth

J.R.R. Tolkien is the first author to have taken me away to fictional fantasy worlds when I was introduced to Middle Earth, the setting of the epic Lord of the Rings series. I am a sucker for a character struggle, especially when it’s to control the world if you’re angelic, elf, or demonic. Through in dragons and fantasy creatures of all kinds and that is a fantasy world I’d like to visit. Tolkien said it best when referring to Middle Earth, “it’s a different stage of imagination.”

Thanks for stopping by Randi!  For more goodies on the Vernal blog tour, head over to YA Reads for a full schedule!

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