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Guest blogger: Louise Forster

5 January 2020

Life on the land is the toughest in living memory, yet there’s still hope and romance.

Love and romance—can one exist without the other? I write about it all the time. Has romance died with the influx of social media? I certainly hope not. I think it’s just different. People still date, see a movie, go out to dinner, and meet up with friends, some minus their phone. Romance depends on how interested a person is, if they like the person enough to want to learn more about them. Discovering everything there is, which can be a wonderful and romantic experience. So surely romance is a natural way of things. Friends become lovers, perhaps they’re romancing without realising it. Perhaps the changes are subtle, the touches, eye contact, and goodbye hugs last a little longer.

How different is romance in cities to the country? So far I’ve only written books using country towns, and their people, but bringing characters in from a city. Australians have a uniquely dry sense of humour. It’s something all of us treasure, and a great tool to bring depth to characters. I live in a small town; it has one pub, one general store, a post office and various small businesses. You find the answer to many questions at a local pub.

Country people are happy to stop and have a yarn, a chat about what’s happening on the land. But even if you’ve known them all your life, ask first how they’re doing. How’s the family? Would you like a coffee? Generally, people are happy to answer questions, the idea of helping out is a welcome dialogue to their daily tasks. And aside from helping out, they love to know what you’re doing. They also want to know why you’re doing it.

Oh, you’re writing a book about romance. Oh yes, lots of romance here, you can find out who’s dating who at the pub. Men do talk, not about themselves so much, but about the women in their lives. Like asking a mate, what do you know about Jimmy? He’s texting my daughter Leslie all hours of the day and night.

They might give you the semi-profile-squinty-eye and a chuckle. And a subtle warning: I better not be in it. Or: Does this mean, I’ll be in a book, I’ll drink to that.

There’s also genuine wishes of good luck, hope it’s a huge seller.

And when you’re famous, you can throw us all a barbie … we’ll bring the beer.

Home Truths in Tumble Creek

Jennifer is a chef, Calum is a farmer/electrician, and together they discover each other, unravel Uncle Bob’s secret, the Russian Diplomat’s involvement, and the elusive Veronica.

London-based chef, Jennifer Dove, loves her exciting, fast-paced life and she has every intention of returning to it ASAP. This trip to the small country town of Tumble Creek is to visit her sister and niece and farewell her beloved uncle. But barely hours into her stay, she disturbs an intruder in her uncle’s house and is questioned by police. Things are not all they seem in Tumble Creek, and as much as she tries not to, Jennifer is sucked into the mystery surrounding her uncle. What are the locals hiding?

And why can she not get sexy local Calum McGregor out of her mind?

“Gorgeous Aussie hunks. Escapism at its best.”

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3 Comments
  1. 5 January 2020 3:21 pm

    Lovely, Louise. Yes please help to keep the romance alive, using the wonderful stories in your books. I love how down to earth and ‘real’ your characters are ❤️

    • 6 January 2020 5:08 pm

      Hi Janine, and thank you. I love hearing you enjoyed my characters. I enjoyed writing them.

  2. 5 January 2020 1:50 pm

    Thanks for having me, Debbie. 🙂

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