GIVEAWAY NOW ENDED
Winner is: Kerry McKenzie!
We’re back with four fabulous authors over four days and a book giveaway a day!
What does a house or a home mean to a character in a book?
All my guest authors this week are ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association) 2014 Award finalists for Romantic Suspense fiction - and for good reason.
In today's post there's an international giveaway of an eBook copy of the featured book: GRIEVOUS HARM
plus a choice of one of any of my books (Amazon Kindle) for either you or a friend.
Today's guest is Sandy Curtis, author of Romantic Suspense and Contemporary Romance
John Corey, hero
Character bio: John’s family were forced to leave their cattle property when his father committed suicide after the bank threatened foreclosure. He went to university to study law and ended up in Intelligence in Canberra before being seconded to the Agency, a covert group answering only to the Prime Minister. Losing his first girlfriend in terrible circumstances has led to him guarding his heart, but he can’t help the overwhelming feelings he develops for Kate Maclaren. He’s a good man, but he must go beyond his own moral code in order to keep them both alive, and it tears him apart to know that this will lose him the love of his life.
The house where John grew up had been in his family for generations, and since they were forced to leave he has found it impossible to call another dwelling “home”. He remembers the wide verandahs, the high ceilings, the old kitchen and bathroom that were modernised during the good years. He remembers his mother’s vegetable garden that she kept alive in the drought by using the dish-washing water and water she saved from their showers. He remembers the eucalypts and the tang of their oil in the summer heat, swimming in the creek with his brother, learning about cattle from his father. But he also remembers the devastation of drought that tore his family apart and took away the only home he ever knew.
What makes a house a home for John?
It’s not bricks and mortar, or lavish interiors, or architectural design, or landscaped gardens that create a home for John. His love for Kate makes him realise that a house will only be a home if she is there with him.
Grievous Harm: book blurb
Extract from Grievous Harm by Sandy Curtis
As the plane began its descent over the snow-capped Brindabella Ranges into Australia’s capital, John had no feeling of coming home. His unit in the neatly laid-out city was no more his home than the short-term flat he’d rented in Brisbane while negotiating with Leon Thompson, or the little cottage where his mother lived in a small town in Outback New South Wales. This lack of belonging hadn’t bothered him for years, but the thought of who he was now going to see brought it back with an ache he’d thought long buried.
The face of the dead girl started changing in his mind, growing older, the hair darker. But the expression of pain was the same, the foetal curl of the body the same. Sweat filmed his forehead as he tried to banish the image, and he concentrated instead on the meeting ahead of him. It had been years since he’d seen Toni Webster, but he knew the guilt they both felt would never be erased.
Toni Webster watched John Corey walk into the well-lit restaurant. Canberra was caught in winter’s icy grip, but the room was pleasantly warm, and he shrugged out of his coat as he looked around. Toni took the opportunity to assess the visible changes in him. He’d been a lean youth whose natural muscularity had been honed by the heavy workload of a storeman-packer as he’d worked his way through university. She’d noticed his hands, once, as they’d lain protectively on her sister’s waist; strong hands, capable hands, and the urge to push him away from Jessica’s slender body had been almost uncontrollable.
Outwardly, little about him had changed. He’d filled out a bit, but that was only natural for a man in his mid-thirties, and the weight certainly wasn’t from fat. His dark blond hair was now a light brown, but still as thick, though the shorter style emphasised his broad forehead and strong facial bones.
She wondered if he would recognise her, but his scanning of the restaurant stopped as soon as he saw her. He walked towards her table, and her tension increased. He hesitated when he reached her, as though waiting for permission to sit, or to speak.
‘Hello, John.’ She was grateful her voice sounded firm, and relieved that it could almost be construed as welcoming. She saw him visibly relax, but his eyes, a shade of blue that was almost grey, held a wariness she found disconcerting. She gestured for him to sit.
‘How are you, Toni?’ he asked.
The old urge to lash out, to punish him with her words, rose in her chest, but she quickly repressed it. He hadn’t deserved it all those years ago, and he definitely didn’t now.
Other books by Sandy Curtis
All Sandy's books can be read as stand-alone novels.
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Huge thanks to Sandy for participating in my A house is a home when... series.
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Giveaways drawn Sunday 22 Nov midnight AEST.
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Winner is: Kerry McKenzie!
Jennie, in the company of Sandy xx