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Renee Conoulty – the Military Wife

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Welcome, Renee! Please tell us a bit about yourself.

The military wife – the heroine in her own love story.

I’m a military wife. I quit my job, packed up our family and moved across the country for my husband’s job. Then I did it all over again four years later. And I’ll do it again, and again, and again.  Because I love him.

I took care of the house and our kids while he was away for training for five months, and while he was away for more training, and away for short exercises, and away for long exercises. And I’ll do it again for the next training, and the next exercise and the next deployment. I cope because I have to.

I struggle to find work because employers know military wives won’t stay forever. I have to step out of my comfort zone to make new friends every time I move, then make more new friends when they move. I learnt a new language full of acronyms and military slang so I could understand what my husband was talking about when he came home from work. I changed hobbies according to what was available where we lived. I adapted. I grew.

I am strong but that’s not why I’m the heroine. I’m not any better than any of the other characters in this story world. I’m the heroine because this is my story and my happily ever after.

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Wife, Mother, Woman by Renee Conoulty

The everyday life of a military wife. 

This flash fiction collection takes you inside the lives of ten military affiliated women. Whether they serve the military or support those who do, they all face relatable problems. Making new friends, finding new jobs, solo parenting. Being wives, being mothers, being women.

Available now from  Amazon

Renee Conoulty is an Australian Air Force wife and mother of two. She writes stories of dance, romance and military life including Don’t Mean a Thing, Catching Onix, Wife, Mother, Woman, and Best Friends for Now.

When she’s not devouring books, reviewing and blogging on HeySaidRenee, or writing her own stories, Renee can be found swing dancing. Or possibly napping. She tweets about reading and reviewing @HeySaidRenee and about writing, military life and dancing @ReneeConoulty, but hasn’t created a handle for nap talk yet.

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Meet my Character

I was tagged by the lovely Jennie Jones to participate in the Meet my Character blog hop. Thank you Jennie!

Born and brought up in Wales, Jennie Jones loved anything with a romantic element from an early age. At eighteen, she went to drama school in London then spent a number of years performing in British theatres, becoming someone else two hours, eight performances a week.

Jennie wrote her first romance story at the age of twenty five whilst ‘resting’ (a theatrical term for ‘out of work’). She wrote a western. But nobody wanted it. Before she got discouraged a musical theatre job came up and Jennie put writing to one side.

She now lives in Western Australia, a five minute walk to the beach that she loves to look at but hardly ever goes to – too much sand. Jennie returned to writing four years ago. She says writing keeps her artistic nature dancing and her imagination bubbling. Like acting, she can’t envisage a day when it will ever get boring.

Her latest book is 12 Days at Silver Bells House, now available for pre-order. Visit Jennie’s site here

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Now I want to introduce one of my characters from Breakaway Creek.

1.) What is the name of your character? Alex Baxter

2.) Is he a fictional or a historic person?  Entirely a figment of my imagination!

3.) When and where is the story set?  It is a dual timeline story set in both the present day and the 1890s, on a cattle property in Central Queensland. Alex is my hero from the 1890s.

4.) What should we know about him? Alex was adopted by the Baxter family and always believed himself to be their cousin who was orphaned at birth. Then, one day, he uncovers a shocking secret…

5.) What is the main conflict? What messes up his life? Alex falls in love with Emma, who is visiting his adoptive brother and sister-in-law. She feels the same way, but before they can marry, Alex knows he must tell her the truth about his ancestry.

6.) What is the personal goal of the character?  Alex must learn to trust and forgive before he can hope to find the happiness he craves with Emma.

7.) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

This is the blurb for Breakaway Creek:

Two city women, a century apart, find love and adventure in the Queensland outback.

Betrayed by her boyfriend, Shelley Blake escapes the city on a quest to unravel a century-old family mystery. Her search takes her to a remote cattle station run by Luke Sherman. Shelley and Luke try to resist their mutual attraction as he fights to reclaim his children from a broken marriage, and Shelley uncovers the truth about her ancestors, Alex and Emma.

Emma’s story of racial bigotry and a love that transcends all obstacles unfolds in the pioneering days of the 1890s. Shelley and Emma are separated by time but they’re bound by a dark secret to a place called Breakaway Creek.

8.) When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

It was published last year and is available from Clan Destine Press, Amazon, Kobo and iTunes.

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Now I would like to tag two other authors who both write fabulous romantic suspense with rural settings.

The first is fellow Clan Destine Press author, Sandi Wallace.

Sandi is a crime writing personal trainer. Her debut novel Tell Me Why was released in September 2014 and is the first book in her new Rural Crime Files series.

Tell Me Why is set mainly in Daylesford, part of Victoria’s spa district, and combines thriller and police procedural with a touch of romance. The sequel is already in-house with her publisher.

Sandi has been shortlisted in the 2014 Scarlet Stiletto Awards with results to be announced at the gala dinner on Friday 21 November. She won the ‘Best Investigative Prize’ in the 2013 Scarlet Stiletto Awards and has been a finalist in other short story competitions. She also regularly contributes articles on health and other topics.

Sandi has devoured crime fiction in film and print since an early age. For equally as long, she’s wanted to be a crime writer – although she still wonders if she could’ve been a police detective and writer. She is currently polishing the third book in her series, and plans to start the fourth in the new year. Sandi lives in the beautiful Melbourne hills with her hubby and furry family. Her new release is Tell Me Why.

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To purchase Tell Me Why, visit Sandi’s site here.

Next is Sandy Curtis, another Clan Destine Press author whom I have known for a number of years and who has been kind enough to share a room with me at several RWA conferences.

Sandy Curtis’s first five novels were published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and Bastei Luebbe in Germany. They were nominees in the Ned Kelly Crime Awards, and two were finalists in the mainstream section of the Romantic Book of the Year Award. They are all now available as e-books from Clan Destine Press. Her sixth thriller, Fatal Flaw, and seventh, Grievous Harm, are published by Clan Destine Press in print and as e-books.

Sandy was a magazine feature article writer for two years, a newspaper columnist, and has had short stories and serials published in leading Australian women’s magazines. She was a member of the Management Committee of the Queensland Writers Centre for four years and has organised WriteFest, the Bundaberg writers festival, since its inception in 2005. In December 2012 she was presented with the Johnno Award by the Queensland Writers Centre for her “outstanding contribution to writing in Queensland”.

Her new release is Grievous Harm.

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To find out how to buy her books, visit Sandy’s site here.  

The Charming Hero Blog Hop

Welcome to the Charming Hero Blog Hop!

Join me and a group of fellow authors as we tantalise you with the charms of our handsome heroes.

If you would like to win an ebook copy of Breakaway Creek (ePub or Mobi format) all you have to do is tell me my handsome hero’s name.

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– What’s your hero’s name and where does he come from?

Luke Sherman lives on a cattle property in the Central Highlands area of Queensland.
– What’s your charming hero’s profession?

He’s a grazier and is equally at home on a horse, motor bike or tractor .
– Now, there’s a lot about our heroes that sets all women in a flutter. What’s your hero’s greatest weapon when it comes to seduction?

The wicked glint in his green eyes.
– If your hero resembled one or more celebrities, who would they be? (provide pictures, he could be a blend)

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– Apart from being incredibly charming, how would you describe your hero’s personality?

He’s responsible, a great father, a hard worker, and has strong family values. He has a good sense of humour and has a caring, considerate manner.
– Post a scene of ten lines or less that captures your hero using his charm to win over both our readers and heroine.

You were screaming! Did you have a bad dream?’ He ran a caressing hand over her hair. ‘You’re shaking.’

She nodded, hardly able to frame the words. ‘It was awful.’

‘Don’t worry, you’re safe now. I’ll stay awhile if you like.’ He squeezed her tight.

She nodded again and clutched at him as if he were her only chance for salvation.

‘It was Bevan,’ she mumbled, shuddering. ‘I keep remembering the knife.’

‘I’m so sorry, Shelley.’ He flicked the light switch and pushed the door closed then reached for a chair and sat down. He pulled her onto his lap. ‘You’ve been through hell, all because of me.’

To read more, you can purchase my rural romance Breakaway Creek from Clan Destine Press, Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Lulu and Nook. The print version will be available any day now.

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