Giveaway: Country Secrets

Country SecretsCountry Secrets, the “3-in-1 Australian bestsellers” anthology featuring The Wildwood Sisters by Mandy Magro, Secrets of Whitewater Creek by Sarah Barrie and my very own, Snowy River Man, is due to be released on 1 August.

To celebrate, I’m giving away two copies to Australian residents or, for international readers, an ebook copy of your choice of either Snowy River Man or By Her Side from Amazon/Kindle.*

To enter, simply fill out the form below.

For extra chances to win, you can sign up to receive my blog updates by email, follow me on Twitter @Lizzy_Chandler or “like” my Lizzy Chandler Facebook page. Or you could simply share this post with your friends. Let me know what you’ve done in the comment section of the form.

Entries close 31 August 2016. The winners will be contacted by email.**

* International residents must have an Amazon/Kindle account to be eligible for an ebook prize.

** Email will only be used to contact the winners and if you indicate you would like to be notified of further book giveaways.

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Snowy River Man – soon to be in print

Country SecretsLoved the concept of Snowy River Man, but don’t read ebooks? Here’s good news for you.

My first novel, Snowy River Man, will be coming out in print next month. It will be published by MIRA as part of an anthology, Country Secrets, alongside stories by best-selling Aussie authors Mandy Magro and Sarah Barrie.

You can pre-order a copy of Country Secrets from the following book stores:

What do you think of the cover?

The story

Is the romance of the majestic Snowy Mountains enough to heal the wounds of the past?

The last time Katrina Delaney saw Jack Fairley was the morning after a one-night stand. Seven years later, she dreams of a missing boy – Jack’s son. Frantic with worry, Jack is willing to do anything to find his son, even though neither Katrina nor Jack have any reason to trust each other, or the attraction that flares between them.

Praise from Aussie bookbloggers for Snowy River Man

A nice mixture of suspense and romance, with a gritty plot and delightful characters; the word pictures painted of the countryside around the Snowy Mountains, the chill in the air, the blackness of the night sky plus the vividness and brightness of the stars – all was exceptionally well done. – Brenda Telford, Goodreads

Lovers of the outback and overseas audiences will enjoy the luscious settings, and the romantics will certainly appreciate this love story with a difference. – Deborah Cook from Debbish

With a dash of suspense, a sprinkle of romance and bucket loads of just great fiction you will be quickly immersed in this short, sharp and sweet tale that will warm your heart and leave you feeling content with the world at large. – Jess from The Never Ending Bookshelf

A quick, engaging read offering an appealing tale of love, betrayal, forgiveness and family… – Shelleyrae from Book’d Out

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Australian Romance Reader Award Finalist 2015

ARRA 2015 finalist logoI’m thrilled to announce I’m a finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Award for “Favourite New Romance Author for 2015”.

To say this news has come as a shock would be an understatement. I’m so glad people are reading and enjoying my books. It has inspired me to try even harder to get my work out there.

A new year, a new computer, a new writing project…

You can see the full list of award nominees here, including my writing buddies D B Tait, Kandy Shepherd and Cathleen Ross. Voting is open to all ARRA members and closes on 28 February. Winners will be announced on 19 March at the awards dinner.

Are you going? I’d love to see you there.

Remember, if you don’t yet have a copy of my latest novel, By Her Side, I’m hosting a giveaway here – closes soon.

Happy reading!

 

Release day: By Her Side

My new book, By Her Side, is out today.

A romantic suspense, it features Vince, an undercover cop who is persuaded into acting as the temporary bodyguard for Rory, the independent-minded granddaughter of a wealthy Sydney business man.

You can buy a copy at AmazonAU, AmazonAmazonUK, Booktopia, iBooks and Kobo. (Please note, it’s only available as an ebook.)

It already has a 5-star review on Goodreads!

 

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Jack Fairley: romance hero

imageWhen I first saw the cover of Snowy River Man, I was thrilled. That’s my hero: Jack Fairley! Just as I’d imagined him.

The character of Jack was inspired, in part, by my uncles, Jack and Rody. They were wheat-sheep farmers from the Riverina district. Both rode horses. Both were kind, solid men with a strength borne of long years battling drought, floods and fluctuating prices. Both had big families, too, like ours, and a special way with children.

Although I grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches, like a lot of city kids I’d visit my country cousins during school holidays. I loved staying on the farm, especially at Jack and Rita’s. That’s where I discovered the family “library” and snuck away to read ancient books like Mary Grant Bruce’s Billabong series. But there was plenty of outdoor activity, too. Rita taught us to ride and we’d help round up mobs of sheep. As we got older, Jack let us drive his ute while he stood on the trailer at the back to distribute feed, or stopped to treat a fly-blown sheep. Back at the farm, we watched, fascinated, as he strung up a wether, cut its throat and slit its belly, letting the farm dogs snap up the bloody entrails. He enjoyed our horrified reaction. “You like eating lamb’s fry, don’t you?” he asked. “Where do you think it comes from? City slickers!”

I can’t remember ever hearing a cross word from Jack. Even that time when I accelerated the ute instead of braking and he fell off the back of the trailer.

Years later I learned that he’d distinguished himself as a soldier before he settled down and had a family. He rarely spoke of it, only opening up when one of my nephews went off to Afghanistan. Jack was a modest man. I like to think my hero Jack Fairley shares some of his good qualities.

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This is the fifth in a series of guest posts I wrote when Snowy River Man was first published. It first appeared on The Neverending Bookshelf.

Why romance?

Romances, like coming-of-age stories, deal with one of the most dramatic and risky times of the human lifespan: choosing a mate. Choose wisely, and happiness may result; choose badly, and we get misery. Many of us have experienced the misery, but we still like to be reminded of the courtship phase, that thrill of meeting someone and thinking, “Could this be the one?”

Could this be the partner who will help protect and provide for us when we’re at our most vulnerable; who’ll share the housework – not as a “help” but because it’s their job as a human being; who’ll stay fit and good in bed; who’ll share our sense of humour; who’ll put us first – but can care for others, too?

With 3.5 billion females on the planet, logic tells us that we can’t all find that perfect partner or, at least, not in the same person continuously. Most of us have “settled” for someone all-too-human, someone with irritating habits, a little selfish at times: people like us. We’ve had to develop our own qualities to keep seeing the good in the person we wake up with, qualities such as patience, tolerance, forgiveness and a willingness to let go of mistakes, both ours and theirs; as well as a sense of humour. We’ve had to become the kind of person we want our partner to be.

In reading romance, we relive the time when everything was at risk. We hope that something good will come of it, and fear that maybe the person we’re falling for is not the one we want them to be. We remember that extraordinary high called “limerance”, and the agony of not being sure it’ll work out. Except, in romance novels, we know it will work, because it’s fantasy.

My debut romance, Snowy River Man, is about more than limerance; it’s about love, and the qualities a couple need to create a happy life together. It’s a story of what happens when two people who have seen the worst in each other are given a second chance.

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This is the fourth in a series of guest blog posts I wrote for the release of Snowy River Man. A version first appeared on Love Reading Romance blog and is reprinted here with permission.

Launch giveaway winner announced

imageThe winner of the launch giveaway for Snowy River Man is Catherine McLean.

Catherine originally entered Book’d Out’s Australia Day Blog Hop giveaway, so I’m glad she won this time round.

So far, Snowy River Man has attracted several 5-star reviews on AmazonUS and an average of 4-stars on Goodreads.

If you do read and enjoy the book, I’d encourage you to write a review. It helps to get the word out there.

I’m surprised – and gratified – how many readers have found the book engrossing. Here’s what some have had to say:

I read this book in one night, it’s a real page turner, the plot is full of suspense, mystery, and when you’re sure of what is going to happen next, the author changes the direction and leaves you again, desperate to know how things are going to resolve! (Julia Damatto)

There is a lot of plot packed into Snowy River Man, which made for a fast, page-turning read. (Sam Still Reading)

I guess my love of suspense shines through. Even a confirmed crime reader enjoyed it. (You can read her review here.)

For everyone who missed out, you can buy Snowy River Man for around the price of a cup of coffee from Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon AustraliaBarnes and NobleBooktopiaBookworld, Google Play,iBooks StoreKobo, and the publisher: Escape. Remember, it’s in ebook format only.

Thanks for participating and happy reading!

Cheers
Lizzy

First review of Snowy River Man – and it’s 5 star!

imageSnowy River Man, my debut romance novel, is being released on Sunday and the first review is out.

Over the past few years, I’ve heard a lot of warnings from authors, “Don’t read the reviews!” But when someone tags you on Facebook and says they loved your story, it’s very tempting to check out what they have to say. And I’m glad I did!

Brenda, a Goodreads librarian, writes:

I thoroughly enjoyed Snowy River Man which is the debut novel for Aussie author Lizzy Chandler. A nice mixture of suspense and romance, with a gritty plot and delightful characters; the word pictures painted of the countryside around the Snowy Mountains, the chill in the air, the blackness of the night sky plus the vividness and brightness of the stars – all was exceptionally well done. I did feel the ending was a little rushed, but I have no hesitation in recommending Snowy River Man highly, and will be looking out for the author’s next title with interest. (Read the rest of the review here)

For a first review, it couldn’t get much better and I’m thrilled. I’m so glad someone loved my characters and setting. When I read it out to my mum she said, “That sounds like a book I’d like to read!” I’ve always been a bit nervous about my family reading my work, but maybe it’s time to get her an e-reader?

Snowy River Man will be available from this Sunday, 22 February. You’ll be able to buy a copy at Escape, Booktopia, Bookworld and Amazon. (How come they’re all different prices?) I do hope you’re temped to read it.

Note: Book bloggers can still request a review copy on Netgalley for another four weeks, but you must use this link because it won’t appear on a search. Let me know if you have any trouble!

Cover reveal: Snowy River Man – my debut romance

imageThis week I finally finished writing a romantic suspense novel. It has been a long, hard journey and I’m relieved it’s done. I’ve never been great at rewriting, so this has been a real step up for me in terms of my writing skills.

I was just about to send it to my editor when I received an email from her with the cover for Snowy River Man. It was perfect timing.

And here it is!

I’m thrilled. The guy on the cover is every bit as gorgeous as my hero, Jack Fairley, the rugged mountains grazier in my story. And I love the shorter, snappier title. (It was called Her Man from Snowy River when it was a finalist in the Clendon Award some years ago.)

What do you think?

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Snowy River Man will be published by Escape Publishing on 22 February 2015.