What does a house or a home mean to characters in a book? With the release of my fourth book in the Swallow’s Fall series, The Turnaround Treasure Shop, I decided to go outside my four walls and ask my neighbours - authors of contemporary and historical fiction.
Over 12 days special guest authors talk us through A house is a home when…
It's SATURDAY and I'm welcoming BARBARA HANNAY!
(And there's a giveaway too!)
And I'm having a fan-girl moment here...
"Multi award winning, bestselling author Barbara Hannay, with more than forty novels published in twenty-six languages worldwide, writes contemporary stories for Harlequin Mills&Boon, and rural romance with dual time lines that combine contemporary and historical stories for Penguin Australia."
Character bio: Luke, a former cattleman from North Queensland has had a keen interest in carpentry since boyhood. Now, a qualified builder, he's restoring his grandmother's old homestead, the same homestead where his grandmother, Kitty, lived during WW2 when two US airmen crashed their plane. Little does Luke know he's about to uncover big family secrets.
The House: The old neglected homestead is set on a cattle property just outside Charters Towers. It's a classic Queenslander – a simple large rectangle with deep verandahs all round and a peaked iron roof sweeping low, like a hat brim. At the start of the book it's dilapidated with a rusted roof, peeling paint, sagging wooden shutters and broken verandah railings.
What makes a house a home for Luke?
Having a hand in the building or restoration of a home is important to Luke. Perhaps the best way to describe this is to quote an excerpt. Luke has been talking to Sally, a journalist (also his romantic heroine).
An excerpt from Moonlight Plains by Barbara Hannay
He could hardly confess a love affair with a house to this girl. How could he explain the wonder of it? Discovering a broken-down thing of beauty and absorbing the wonderment, sensing the haunting memories of the people who'd lived there? Being gripped by a need to restore and rebuild.
Luke takes this task seriously.
'There's no value in just knocking something together and tarting it up with a coat of paint. You've got to make sure you get it right the first time. You need to make something that'll last.'
As happens in all the best romances, however, Luke has to learn that even the most beautiful building can't transformed into a home without love at its heart.
I couldn’t not let you have a little bit more … so here's another excerpt from Moonlight Plains by Barbara Hannay (this time from Sally’s point of view – a journalist, and Luke's romantic heroine in Moonlight Plains):
Read the full excerpt of Moonlight Plains on Barbara’s webpage http://www.barbarahannay.com/ruralromance-moonlightplains.html
Charters Towers, 2013
You'll find all the links of where to buy Moonlight Plains, and find out more about Barbara Hannay and her bestselling books over on Barbara's webpage: barbarahannay.com
Leave a comment to go into the draw to WIN a copy of Moonlight Plains
courtesy of Barbara.
Open to Australian postal addressees only.
And pop back tomorrow to see the next of my special guest authors and discover what a house or home means to a man who is determined to live a solitary live after being held hostage by the guilt of what happened one hot and stormy summer night…
Jennie, in the company of Barbara Hannay x
After you’ve left a comment or a question for Barbara, why not scroll down or click the links and visit previous days and maybe win a book there too:
Monday 18th: USA & Australia bestselling author Anne Gracie with The Spring Bride
Tuesday 19th: Award winning author Fiona Lowe with Truly Madly Montana
Wednesday 20th: Historical fiction author Eliza Redgold with Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva
Thursday 21st Much loved international bestseller Rachael Johns and The Road to Hope
Friday 22nd Me! And The Turnaround Treasure Shop
"We may not have everything in life we want but at least we can have it all in a book." ~ Jennie Jones