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Take Me Home by Suzanne Gilchrist

I’m very excited to welcome to the blog, Suzanne Gilchrist, the brains behind A Bindarra Creek Romance.

Love romance? Love adventure? Love suspense? Welcome to my writing world.
If you love reading sweet, heart-warming and small town romances or passionate love stories sprinkled with suspense or sexy, dangerously high-stake romances then visit my books page. Under my new writing name of Suzanne Gilchrist, my stories encompass contemporary, sweet small-town romances and under S. E. Gilchrist, you can find edgy science-fiction/space opera romances, apocalyptic, and contemporary romantic suspense/adventure romances. No matter the genre, my stories always feature strong, independent women and gorgeous men they soon realise they can’t live without.

Hi everyone and thanks so much Juanita for hosting me as guest on your blog today to help celebrate the release of my latest novel, Take Me Home.

Over the last few years, I’ve become torn as a writer – do I continue to write in the genre I was first published in (science fiction romance) or do I concentrate on writing small town, sweet romances? It’s a hard decision for me as I love both worlds.

While my passion for science fiction was born from watching Doctor Who and Lost in Space on our old black and white telly with my father (not to mention reading everything I could get my hands on), my passion for stories set in small country towns was fuelled by my love for the vast open spaces of Australia.

From the time I was sixteen, I had itchy feet. My first venture travelling without my family was when I hopped on a bus alone to visit a girl friend who’d moved to Melbourne. My first interstate trip. I quickly followed this up with a camping tour through South Australia, the Northern Territory and Outback Queensland. Since then, I’ve travelled throughout Tasmania (again camping and Oh MY Gosh is it cold down there!), extensively through New South Wales and the Northern Territory and parts of Queensland and Western Australia. I’ve also travelled to Hong Kong, Bali, Singapore, New Zealand, Florida, Los Angeles and Boston.

Along the way I met some lovely people, struggling to make a living in harsh landscapes and difficult economies, and who gave me a new appreciation of life beyond my normal urban parameters.

My fascination with the amazing variety of the Australian landscape has never waned. Couple that with my desire to highlight the often heart-breaking difficulties facing our cousins living in small, dying towns manifested itself in the Bindarra Creek group writing series I organised.

Take Me Home is the first book in series three set in the fictional community of Bindarra Creek. As is often the case with writers, my first vague idea quickly morphed into a far different story than I’d envisaged.

Usually I begin my books with a situation or event before populating my story.

However with Take Me Home, I began with a character.

Abby Taylor, almost forty years old and living a life alone. The first question I asked myself was – why? Why was this attractive and personable woman living that kind of life? And it came to me immediately – she couldn’t have children and, in her grief and disappointment, now shuns all thoughts of family life.

I instantly knew I had my story. And I also knew how to turn Abby’s life upside down and challenge her hard-won choices. And I also knew I had to give her a HEA.

I hope readers enjoy meeting the quirky characters of Bindarra Creek again through our series.

And I hope you join me in cheering on Abby as she struggles with past griefs and learns to move onto a brighter future in my romance, Take Me Home.

To celebrate the release of Take Me Home, the ebook version of Bindarra Creek Makeover which was the first romance in the original Bindarra Creek series, has an updated cover and will be on sale this weekend 20th July and 21st July at $0.99.

Details of buy links are on my website

Take Me Home

Forgiving the past was too painful until now.

Almost forty, Abby Taylor has built a new life for herself in the small country town of Bindarra Creek. When an old friend convinces her to give two adolescent boys a temporary home, she is torn between a growing love for these orphans and the grief in her past.

After his marriage fell apart, Roman Taylor has focused on his career. An unexpected phone call sends him rushing to Abby’s side where he is drawn into his estranged wife’s new life – a life that could offer a future he thought he’d lost forever.

Will they seize this second chance? Or will fate once again destroy their dreams?

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Cotton Field Dreams by S.E. Gilchrist

Happy release day to S.E. Gilchrist! Today marks the start to another fabulous rural romance series from seven of the authors of the hugely successful A Bindarra Creek Romance. S.E. Gilchrist is the brains behind the concept of this joint venture which will no doubt be a hit with readers.

Thanks so much Juanita for hosting me on your website to chat about the inspiration behind Mindalby Outback Romance series.
Around June 2016, I decided to organise another group writing venture outside the Bindarra Creek community we’d built. I wanted to bring a fresh twist to the overall series arc and after a bit of brainstorming with my good friend Sandie James, came up with the idea of a major business going bust overnight. I recalled the impact the closing of the National Textiles had on the town of Maitland. It was considerable and sent shockwaves throughout the community. Many employees had worked there almost their entire lives and were owed over $21m. Not only had they lost their jobs, but also, their entitlements. I thought how much worse it would be if the same thing happened in a remote location and if the business should be the major employer.
After pouring over a map of New South Wales, I decided somewhere on the edge of the Outback would suit the series perfectly. I needed a river close by, possibly a national park or two and nothing much else. Somewhere a little south of Bourke seemed and a trifle north of the small town of Louth seemed ideal. So I settled on the north-west area where the Darling River meets the Warrego River, used the street layout of the township of Walgett and our fictional town of Mindalby was born.
I think making it a cotton growing region seemed a natural progression with the National Textiles in the back of my mind and this also led to the failed business being a cotton gin / mill. Research of the area, revealed that cotton is grown in the Bourke region and thus, the idea sounded feasible.
Just like Bindarra Creek Romance series, though, it took a group of enthusiastic members to bring our new community to life and our stories to fruition. We had fun with our characters and developing our map to include farms and other outlying properties.
Initially, and in what must have been a major moment of madness on my part, I thought having stories with parallel timelines was needed to give our series a different take. What was I thinking? It took Kate Cuthbert from Escape Publishing to point out the folly of that idea! So re-writes were in order and some of us had to do some BIG re-writes. But we’re a professional bunch and after a lot of ‘Oh my Gods!‘ we knuckled down and persevered.
Hopefully our stories are stronger as a result and that readers will be engrossed in the challenges of a small town working to overcome major economic problems.

Cotton Field Dreams

Sasha comes to the small town of Mindalby to recover from a traumatic event, plan her next move, and seek out information to avenge her beloved uncle – the last thing she wants is a relationship. But when she meets local single dad, Cole, she can’t help but be drawn to his warmth and his humour, and his two engaging children. Cole says and does all the right things, and Sasha finds herself falling, but will all of her secrets destroy the relationship before it has a chance to begin?

Mindalby, a small town, a community, a home. But when the mill that supports the local cotton farmers and employs many of the town’s residents closes unexpectedly, old tensions are exposed and new rifts develop. Everyone is affected and some react better than others, but one thing is certain: living on the edge of the outback means they have to survive together, or let their town die.

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