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Guest blogger: Sarah Williams

23 June 2019

Putting a voice to rural romance

With five published and bestselling rural romances to my name, I decided that 2019 would be the year I would create my first audiobook. I am an avid listener of audio and it has been growing exponentially over the years. Then I found out Myles Pollard, my favourite Ryan brother from Australia’s most popular TV drama, McLeod’s Daughters, would be attending a charity event in my rural town for my kid’s primary school.

Sounds like the start of a good novel doesn’t it?

After building up the nerve to talk to him, I blurted out something along the lines of ‘Will you narrate my book?’

He was very friendly and asked for my card and within a week he was signed up to do it. Two months later we have a finished audiobook version of The Brothers of Brigadier Station, and we are planning a short book tour together where we will meet readers and fans and teach some workshops on making audiobooks. And Myles is all booked in to start recording #2 and #3 in the series this September.

When I asked Myles what he like about my story he said: ‘There is a lot of heart in the story and in its characters. The genre is unashamedly romantic and sentimental, but Sarah has given her world, its people and their motivations surprising depth and integrity. I love that the characters’ dilemmas and solutions they invent to overcome them are complex and nuanced.’

And why does he think readers will love it? ‘Sarah’s story is heart-warming and uplifting. The world she has created is beautiful, even when the characters are sad and dejected. The book will make you want to move to the country to live a simpler, honest, happier life. There is empathy and pathos in the writing that is always balanced with good humour. It’s also very sexy, a little steamy, but always grounded in truth and plenty of class.’

You can now get The Brothers of Brigadier Station in print, ebook and audiobook at all online retailers or direct from Sarah’s website.

Tour dates:

  • Chermside Library, Thursday 26 September, 6 to 8 pm
  • Carindale Library, Friday 27 September, 1 to 3 pm
  • Queensland Writers Centre, State Library of Queensland, Friday 27 September, 6 to 8 pm
  • Books by the Bridge, Sea World, Gold Coast, Saturday 28 September, 11 am to 4 pm

The Brothers of Brigadier Station

When Meghan Flanagan, a vet-nurse from Townsville, moves to Brigadier Station in outback Queensland to marry the man of her dreams, she is shocked to discover that perhaps her fiancé isn’t the man she wants waiting for her at the altar. The man she’s destined to marry, just might be his younger brother.

Cautious of women after a disastrous past relationship, Darcy is happy living on his beloved cattle station, spending his spare time riding horses, going to rodeos and campdrafting. He didn’t expect the perfect woman to show up on his doorstep. Engaged to his brother.

With the wedding only hours away, Meghan must make the decision of a lifetime. But, her betrayal could tear the family apart. She knows all too well the pain of losing loved ones and being alone.

Now that she has the family she so desperately wants; will she risk losing it all?

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