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Earl Grey tea with Australian author Fiona McArthur

 

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Today I’m having Earl Grey tea with a fellow Tule Publishing author, the fabulous Fiona McArthur. It’s a pity we’re having this early in the day, otherwise we could’ve had some bubbly – her other favorite drink!

We’re talking about her new release, Holly’s Heart, part of the Outback Brides series. But before we look at her book, let’s find out more about her!

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine?

I do love my Early Grey tea to start my writing day. I use my grandmother’s teapot and watch the mist on the paddocks as I write. Of course, the perfect end to a day, has very effervescent bubbles in a flute glass.

  1. Read or jog?

Jog? What is this jog? Explain this jog? I need to walk more. [I had such a giggle over this, Fi – I totally agree!]

  1. Cats or dogs?

Dogs. Cats don’t like the beach and dogs go berserk there. Nothing more joyful than a dog at the beach.

  1. Heels or flats?

I adore heels, the higher, the glossier, the more extravagant the better – but to look at only.

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Briefs, sorry, I should say granny undies JBut they are sooo comfortable.

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate –

Oh yes, white, please. With white on top and white on top of that. Thank you.

  1. Sweet or savoury

Savoury – as in cheesy stuff. Nothing with mold. Anything cooked, or fresh, and with those tiny crispy biscuits and wine.

  1. Sea or mountains

I would have to say, looking at the mountains from the sea. Have you seen my farm? Or my walks on my retreats. I love, love, love, photographing both. Be warned.

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Likes are easy I like a lot of things – Babies, people, sunrise, sunset, Uluru – though that last one’s a real wow and is the setting in my next book after Holly’s Heart.

Dislikes – that’s harder; when I forget not to judge people, when I’m running late, when I forget to put petrol in the car, when my deadline is zooming past for a book, and the rest is trivial – if it wasn’t it would be more than dislike.

C. Three things on your bucket list

I love to travel. So…

Visiting Egypt!!!  I’m going on my birthday in November, yayyyy, by myself, because none of my children or my husband will come with me. At least I won’t have to worry if I snore. Quick Story. I called off my wedding 37 years ago to go to Egypt and missed my husband too much. We married, the kids have grown, and darn it, I’m going to see Egypt before I get too much older.

Two and three? To see my children grow old – in the company of my husband.

D. What triggered this specific story?

The setting is the trigger for all of the books. Wirralong is a fabulous Aussie town from four Aussie authors who have very vivid imaginations. We had the best time creating the townspeople and the Wedding Venue. I’ve so loved being a part of the Outback Brides world but did feel it needed a doctor just in case. So I gave it two. This would be because midwifery has been my life and I love medical drama and heroic medical heroes.

Blurb:

Doctor Ben Briely is keen to settle into life as a small town general practitioner and help his grandmother run Briely Park. The city life was never for him. He’s finally found the peace he’s longed for, until the arrival of that one woman he’s never been able to forget, threatens to shatter it all. No way is he revisiting that road of unrequited love…except Holly Peterson seems fragile and in need of saving, and Ben’s never stopped being Holly’s white knight.

After losing her sister and her faith in the world of medicine, Holly Peterson moves home to Wirralong along with her two nephews. Determined to rebuild her life and create a loving home and sense of belonging, she opens the Outback Brides Coffee Shop as her new vocation. When she learns that Ben Briely, the man she said no to years ago is home to stay, Holly fears she’ll lose her heart and her focus on her nephews if she lets him in.

Will Ben be able to break through Holly’s fears and barriers or will history repeat itself and destroy him once again?

Social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fiona.McArthur.Author/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fiona_mcarthur_author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FiCatchesBabies

Buy links:

Tule Book Club 

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Amazon.aus

iTunes

Kobo

Thanks for having tea with me Fiona – all the best with this one! And I hope this time you get to enjoy Egypt – it sounds wonderful.

 

Tea with author Ines Bautista-Yao

Today I’m having ginger tea with author Ines Batista-Yao from the Philipines. We’re talking about her latest book, Swept off my Feet as part of her Loving the Book Book-Blitz. Before we find talk about that though, I think we should get to know her better!

Questions:

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? Tea! Ginger tea because it soothes my throat but recently, when it was in Taiwan, I took tea with milk and brown sugar and I loved it!
  2. Read or jog? Read!
  3. Cats or dogs? Dogs!
  4. Heels or flats?I  used to love heels but when I had kids… well… I’ve tossed that dream out the window.
  5. Boxers or briefs? Bikini briefs
  6. Milk, dark or white chocolate – Milk
  7. Sweet or savoury- Sweet!
  8. Sea or mountains- It’s so hard to choose. I love them both.

B. Five likes and five dislikes 

Likes:

  1. Unicorns
  2. The color pink
  3. Theme parks
  4. Romantic comedies
  5. Star Trek

Dislikes:

  1. Traffic
  2. Love stories with unhappy endings
  3. Mosquitoes
  4. Bad grammar
  5. Poorly seasoned food

C. Three things on your bucket list

  1. Visit Paris
  2. Ride a Disney Cruise
  3. Actively support a foundation

D. What triggered this specific story? 

I was watching the ballet recital of my niece (one of many I’ve seen because I have cousins who grew up dancing ballet and they have shows every year), and I was trying really hard not to zone out. The problem was, I didn’t want to appear rude so I told myself to pay attention and not just scroll through my phone. While watching the young girls dance, bits and pieces of a story started coming to me. I quickly wrote it down. A few days (or was it weeks?) later, I was in my daughter’s school, waiting for her, and I noticed there was a martial arts class nearby and the instructors were quite good looking.

The idea of a ballerina and a martial artist seemed to fit so well together! A few days later, Bas and Geri were born!

Thank you so much for having tea with me, Ines!

We have a lot in common, Ines – I also love unicorns amd romantic comedies!

Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s
in your Heart, Only A Kiss, When Sparks Fly, All That Glitters, and Someday
With You.
She has also written several short stories. Among them are “Plain
Vanilla,” “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica:
Love Notes from a Festival, “Things I’ll Never Say,” part of the Summit Books
anthology Coming of Age, and “Before the Sun Rises,” part of the Ateneo
University Press anthology Friend Zones.
She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone
magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher.
She is also a wife and mom who lives in the Philippines with her husband and two little girls. Her books are available digitally on Amazon and Buqo.ph.

 

Connect with the Author here: 
Why my life sucks
by Geri Lazaro
1. My dad left when I was a kid.
2. My mom is in love (insert eye roll).
3. With a guy who is like 10 years younger than her!
4. My friends think he’s hot. (Gross)
5. I love ballet but our dance studio has a leak and we
have to dance in this smelly studio that doubles as an aikido dojo.
6. There’s this Dojo guy who thinks the studio belongs to
him.
7. Friends think Dojo guy is cute. (Ew.) (Okay, objectively
maybe but still, ew.)
8. I’m failing algebra.
9. Need to quit either basketball or ballet. Or both.
10. Dojo guy keeps showing up! (Fine, he does aikido in the
same building but whatever.)
11. Dojo guy is asking me to dance with him. And maybe he
is as cute as my friends say.
12. I don’t know what to do anymore! 

 

 




Snippet:

“Did you see him?” My ballet classmate Helena, whose hair was always in a perfect bun without a single strand out of place, floated over to me, pink skirts flapping up and down in her rush. 

“Who?” 

 “This guy! I can’t believe you didn’t see him when you entered.” Then her bright, excited expression fell. “Oh, Geri, I hope you weren’t wearing your basketball outfit when you arrived.” 

I pulled her phone closer so I could study the image on it. I blinked when I saw who it was. It was Dojo guy. He was talking to someone else in a martial arts kimono too. A girl with long hair cascading down her back. So there was no question of who Helena had just stalked in that photo. I put Helena’s phone back in her hand and wrinkled my nose. “Ew. Yeah. We kinda got into an argument.” I saw her eyes widen. “And yeah, I was wearing my basketball clothes.” 

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