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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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What Happens in the Ruins by Kelsey McKnight


Hands up: who loves a hero in a kilt? Me! Today, it’s my pleasure to welcome Tule author, Kelsey McKnight and her Scottish heroes to the blog.

From Scottish lairds to billionaire businessmen, Kelsey McKnight will ignite your soul, no matter what century it lives in. Kelsey is a university-educated historian from southern New Jersey. She has married her great loves of romance, history, and literature to create her own tales of dashing heroes, sultry bad boys, and lovable heroines who have their own stories to tell. They will take you through the ballrooms of Victorian London, to the hills of the Scottish Highlands, and into New York City penthouses, all at the flip of a page. When she’s not writing, Kelsey can be found reading, drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family, and working for two separate nonprofit organizations.

Hello everyone, and thank you to Juanita for having me on as a guest blogger today, to talk about my latest release, What Happens in the Ruins, book two of The What Happens Series.

I’ve always loved Scotland—the mystery, the lore, the history, the kilts…well, the kilts weren’t a deciding factor in my love of the land of my forefathers, but it certainly helps when imagining a romance. And to me, nothing is more romantic than the thought of a hot Highlander wooing you in the shadows of a castle older than America.

When I wrote the first book in the series, What Happens in the Highlands, I really focused on the dream of an American girl finding love in a land of rolling green hills and the sort of brogue that makes your toes curl. With What Happens in the Ruins, I took a more serious turn, exploring the aftershocks of loss and finding love despite closing off your heart. The main character, Sorcha, is such a flash of joy in the first book, no one would see that her party girl ways are just covering up for a deeper grief.

Blurb:

Can she stop her past from ruining her future?

Sorcha Mackinnon isn’t your typical tortured artist. She is also a party girl, a vintage shopper, and the heiress to a whisky fortune. But when inspiration suddenly flies out the window, she’s left with an empty whisky glass and a blank canvas…until a childhood friend waltzes back into her life.

She’s known Danny Gordon since birth, but they lost touch as their careers took them in different directions. He offers to show her the parts of Scotland he swears will spark life back into her brushes. And as they tour the sights on the back of his motorcycle, Sorcha realizes that under the tattoos and smart mouth, Danny may inspire more in her than just a new painting.

But as a good time begins to morph into an ever after, Sorcha is reminded of old wounds that just won’t heal. Danny tries to open her heart, but her self-imposed isolation makes things harder than ever. Now she must decide what to do, because what happens in the ruins doesn’t always stay there.

Excerpt:

The automatic floodlights turned on, filling the gardens. I blinked several times as I tried to register what I was seeing. At the base of the hedges, on a massive black horse, sat a knight. His armor shone in the florescent lights and he held a shield in one hand, a sword in the other. I thought someone must have spiked my champagne.

“Um, guys?” I called over my shoulder, not taking my eyes off the medieval sight. Katie and Rose came up behind me. “Are you seeing this?” I asked.

“Who is it?” Rose leaned over the railing, but Katie pulled her back.

“Stop! What if it’s Lachlan? You still have the veil on. Come on, let’s put it in your room for safekeeping.”

They disappeared again, leaving me alone with the guy in the tin can. “Lachlan, is that you? Is that the suit from the entry way?”

“Fair maiden!” the knight yelled. The sound of his tinny voice startled the horse and he began to trot from side. The knight pulled on the reigns in an apparent attempt at calming his mighty steed and carried on his proclamation. “Sorcha, I—” The horses reared and began to stamp. “Bollocks, this bloody—”

“What the fuck is going on?” I asked.

Thistle meowed at my feet and I picked her up. We both continued to watch the spectacle with interest. The knight dropped the sword first, then the shield. I wondered if whoever was in there even knew how to ride a horse.

“Sorcha, I’ve come to—stupid horse—um…Sorcha, let down your hair!”

I just rested my elbows on the railing, Thistle tucked in the crook of my arm. “Okay, what the bloody hell is this?”

The horse trotted backward, knocking over a potted plant and making its rider curse in Gaelic. It was oddly fascinating, like watching an antiquated train wreck. The horse went side to side while the knight struggled to stay upright. They were completely at odds and getting worse by the moment. I loved it.

“Princess, it is I—” The horse reared one last time and the knight fell hard to the ground with the sound of someone taking out the recycling bin.

The horse began to bolt and Lachlan appeared from the shadows, chasing it down. The knight rolled from side to side, unable to get up, and Rhys and Sean ran to help him. Their brash laughter echoed around them and I had to join them as the knight’s helmet was removed.

Buy Links:

What Happens in the Highlands: https://tulepublishing.com/books/what-happens-in-the-highlands/#order

What Happens in the Ruins: https://tulepublishing.com/books/what-happens-in-the-ruins/#order

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