Release day: Close to the Wind
Today is the official release of Close to the Wind by Zana Bell (paperback, Choc Lit). Here’s the blurb:
Georgiana da Silva is catapulted out of the Victorian drawing rooms that stifle her and into a world of danger when she escapes her fiendish fiancé to engage in a mad dash across the world to save her brother before an unknown assassin can find him. Meanwhile, Captain Harry Trent is setting sail for New Zealand. With a mission to complete and the law on his heels, he’s got enough trouble of his own without further complications. Thrown together, unable to trust anyone, Georgiana and Harry are intent on fulfilling their missions despite the distractions of the other. But liberty comes at a price and the closer they get, the more they must question the true cost of being free.
Zana dropped by today to tell us about this book:
“But why write a New Zealand historical? What about a Regency instead? Or how about a Scottish Highlands book?” I had this response from many editors, many agents, many – dare I say it – Kiwis! The simple fact is that as a migrant, I find the histories of Australia and New Zealand fascinating. I fell in love with the convict times in Australia when I wrote my novel Forbidden Frontier about real-life Charlotte Badger: convict and pirate. And then I fell in love with the 1860s gold rushes of both countries. What times they must have been. Adventurers, wanderers, swindlers, men from the peerage, men from the prisons, all converging on the goldfields with little more than tents and pans, whiskey and a swagful of dreams. Boom and bust, fortune and fatalities. Men living on the edge, risking all, in the greatest gamble of their lives. Australia and New Zealand also provided women with new opportunities. While colonial life was undoubtedly challenging, the letters and diaries of these courageous women show how fascinated they were by their new surroundings and lives; generally willing participants in adventures unimaginable back home in Victorian England. They wrote with humour, with exasperation and even fear but never with bored languor. New Zealand and Australia are countries largely made up from migrants. In Close to the Wind, I wanted to capture some of that rambunctious energy and raw excitement of arriving in a new land with the promise of a much brighter future ahead.
All ARRA members who leave a comment on this article will go in the draw win a copy of this book. The giveaway closes on 27 October 2013. (The winner is Lynette)