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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Snowy River Man’s setting: the inspiration

On the road out to Angler’s Reach on Lake Eucumbene (where Murray Tom has his cabin)

When Snowy River Man was published in February, I wrote a number of author spotlights for various blogs. Over the next little while, I’ll be reblogging a few of them here.

The first is about the inspiration for the setting.

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When I was a born, there was a record heatwave. Mum and Dad packed us kids into a bus and we all headed south to Jindabyne where it was cooler. Along the way, we stopped at Lake Eucumbene on the northern reaches of the Snowy River Shire.

In the early 1960s, to make way for the lake as part of the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme, the old town of Adaminaby was flooded. As residents moved to higher ground, they left pubs, churches, shops and houses to the rising tide. My family must have talked about that sunken town for years afterwards. Or maybe I read about it for a school project. I don’t know. But the idea of a ghost town hidden underwater haunted me.

Years later as an adult when I visited the site, and saw the skeletal remains of gum trees reaching out of the water, I had the weirdest sense. It was as if I could see through the depths to the old town – to a time of bullock carts, prospectors and settlers, and before that, to the indigenous tribes who had inhabited the area. I knew I had to use that setting in a story. Eventually, the story became Snowy River Man, which features a child who is fascinated with the lake and what lies beneath.

Snowy River Man starts with a country rodeo and grazier Jack Fairley riding a brumby stallion. By the time he finishes his ride and looks around, his six-year-old son Nick has disappeared…

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A version of this post first appeared on All the Books I Can Read blog and is reblogged 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!