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Break The Spell

BEGINNINGS

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Australian Speculative Fiction Anthology Vol 1

 Belinda Brady – Author of ‘Break the Spell’

Belinda is passionate about stories and after years of procrastinating, has finally turned her hand to writing them, with a preference for supernatural and thriller themes; her love of both often competing for her attention. She has had several stories published in a variety of publications, both online and in anthologies. Belinda lives in Australia with her family and has been known to enjoy the company of cats over people.

 

Q. What sentences in writing have changed your life?

Way too many to choose from. I adore so many authors and they each have their own talent and unique way of writing that I simply can’t point at one sentence and state it changed my life. If I had to mention one sentence, and this I remember from one of my childhood favourites, is from R.L. Stine’s thriller titled Beach House. 

He slid the glass door shut, closing out the sound of Amy’s last terrified screams.” 

That line gave me such chills, and I loved this book so much that I still have my original copy, all these years later.

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Q. Have you ever read the ending of a book after only reading the first few chapters?

Reading the end of a book is a weakness of mine, especially if the book comes highly recommended, and I can’t help but spoil things for myself. One book I couldn’t stop myself from reading the ending of was, ‘Gone Girl’, by Gillian Flynn. I was already hooked on the storyline and wanted to see how it ended, but of course I still read the entire book after that little spoiler.

Q. Who is the best villain you have written to date?

My villain in my story, ‘Break the Spell’. I have a fondness for all my villains, but this one really stands out. You’ll have to read my story to find out why!

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Q. Which book left you empty inside once you finished writing it?

Though I am yet to write a book, a short story I wrote titled, ‘A Quick Minute’, which can be found in Issue 7 of The Ginger Collect publication, left me feeling empty for what I had done to my main character. Even though I knew her fate when I first thought of this story, it still hurt to write it. I think the normalcy of her situation, before it all goes to hell, is what really hit home for me

Q. Best closing scene, you have written?

I’m really fond of the closing scene I wrote for my story, ‘Break the Spell’, in this anthology. It’s a wicked little twist and one I thoroughly enjoyed writing. 

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Dangerous Deeds

Beth Prentice is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Westport Mysteries, The Unleashed Mysteries and the Aloha Lagoon Samantha Reynolds Mysteries. Killer Unleashed, her GHP debut novel, received a bronze medal in the 2016 Readers Favorite International Book Awards. Her main wish is to write books you can sit back, relax with, and escape from your everyday life…and ones that you walk away from with a smile! When she’s not writing you will usually find her at the beach with a coffee in hand, pursuing her favorite pastime—people watching!

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Q. What sentences in writing have changed your life?

I’m not sure any writing has changed my life, but one line I wrote definitely affirmed it. It’s from Dangerous Deeds and is something I believe deeply. Discrimination is wrong.

Q. Which book left you empty inside once you finished writing it?

None. I always leave my books on a happy note. I want the reader to close the book and walk away with a smile.

Q. What is the best opening sentence you have written?

“You have dialed emergency triple zero. Your call is being connected.” Invitation to Murder. This line immediately pulls the reader into the action – someone has just phoned emergency – Oh, my goodness! What’s happened? Every reader who reads that first line needs to know the answers and more.

Q. Have you ever read the ending of a book after only reading the first few chapters? If no, why, if yes…why?

Lol, I always read the last page first!! It relieves the anxiety of not knowing what’s going to happen and then I can relax and enjoy the story J

Q. What don’t you want to see in a well-written villain that happens frequently?

I hate it when the villain is just plain bad and doesn’t have any other qualities. Even bad guys believe what they are doing is for good reasons. They’re multi-dimensional and need to be portrayed that way J

Q. Who is the best villain you have written to date?

I think Joe Woods from Dangerous Deeds. He reappears in Deathly Desire, the third instalment in that series. He thinks he’s a great guy and full of love, but he’s seriously evil.

Q. Best closing scene, you have written?

I think it’s the last chapter in Deathly Desire, the third instalment in The Westport Mysteries. We learn what happens to Lizzie and her stalker. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’d made the decision for something bad to happen to a major character in that series. This scene wraps everything up and still gives me the feels when I read it.

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Who knew buying a house could be so dangerous…

Lizzie Fuller bought a lonely, run down old house that pulled on her heartstrings. Why? Probably because it reminded her of herself.

What she didn’t bargain for was the engagement ring and letters of forbidden love hidden under the attic floorboards. Nor the lazy cat, or the drop-dead gorgeous handyman. And she definitely didn’t want the stalker.

As the renovation begins and the house starts to slowly return to its former glory, the letters dog her dreams. Why was the writer forced to turn away from his love? Why was their love forbidden? And why was this all hidden under the floorboards?

Filled with a drive to reunite the ring with its rightful owner Lizzie sets on a journey of lost love, heartache, and public damnation.

But can she restore the house to its former glory, and find who it all once belonged to before her stalker catches up with her? Or will she lose everything…including her life?

Dangerous Deeds is the first book in this light-hearted romantic mystery series. If you like crazy families, fun engaging reads, and a sweet romance, all tied together with a ribbon of danger then you’ll love this first book in The Westport Mystery Series

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Sacrifice

To our fallen men and women. Lest We Forget.

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By MC D’Alton

Sophie’s gaze ran up and down the long bronze list bolted onto the memorial.  Her eyes blurred as she blinked back the tears. The soldiers forever immortalized, never to grow old:

Corporal James Stewart.

Lance Corporal Cassidy Newman.

Lance Corporal Shamus Bailey Wilson.

The names on the plaque stared back at her with a cold, hard accusation.

“I should have brought you home,” she whispered to their shadows.

ANZAC Lest We Forget

Retired, Royal Australian Navy Pilot, Lieutenant Sophie Murray, swallowed back the pain. It hurt to stand, but she refused to sit. It hurt to be out here where all and sundry could stare at the melted skin which was her face, but she’d not let those boys down a second time.

It was an unusually balmy April morning out at Beachmere ANZAC memorial. The small sea side town where three of the diggers from the 4th Battalion, who were…

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Racing Dreams and Family Saga’s

Merindah Park

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Renee Dahlia

 

A brand new rural romance series about an emerging racehorse stud and the family desperately trying to make their racing dreams come true.

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‘Money lost, nothing lost. Courage lost, everything lost.’

My dad’s favourite quote. Maybe not one I should be listening to, given my gambling-addict dad sank our once-famous horse stud into a deep, deep hole. Five years I’ve been digging it out. Slowly. Carefully. And now … I am risking it all. Risking Merindah Park on a stallion. Tsuyoi Red, runner up in the Japan Derby last year.

Now is not the time to get distracted by a gorgeous, pragmatic veterinarian.

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I’m at a crossroads in my life. Though my father encouraged me to follow my dreams and become an expert veterinarian, he left our family’s horse farm, Tomikusa, to my younger brother. My family expects me to honour my father’s wishes and marry a neighbour-a perfectly nice man who I don’t feel any spark with at all. But my own ability to bet-successfully-on horse races has given me options.

This decision would be easier if I didn’t feel the wicked chemistry hovering between me and the handsome, broad-shouldered Australian that my brother has decreed I will travel with to Australia to look after an injured horse. I’m usually so good at calculating the odds. But how do I choose between losing my place in my family, and losing myself?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Renée Dahlia is an unabashed romance reader who loves feisty women and strong, clever men. Her books reflect this, with a side-note of dark humour. Renée has a science degree in physics. When not distracted by the characters fighting for attention in her brain, she works in the horse racing industry doing data analysis and writing magazine articles. When she isn’t reading or writing, Renée wrangles a partner, four children, and volunteers on the local cricket club committee as well as for Romance Writers Australia.

Q.  What sentences in writing have changed your life?

That’s an incredibly esoteric question! There is a sentence in a Lisa Kleypas book (A Wallflower’s Christmas) that I credit with giving me the idea to attempt to write a romance novel. I’d written non-fiction for over a decade, when I read this. I complained one day that I’d read all the books in the house, and there was nothing new at the bookshop, and Matthew challenged me to try writing one of my own.

Q. What is the best opening sentence you have written?

I have a soft spot for the opening sentence in The Heart of a Bluestocking (http://books2read.com/u/3yD16v).

It perfectly sums up the heroine, Claire.

‘No,’ Claire said emphatically. ‘I don’t owe you my time.’ She lifted her chin a fraction and glared at her father. He stared back with those astute eyes.

Q.     Best closing scene, you have written?

I enjoyed writing the epilogue to the Merindah Park series – it gives the reader one last taste of all the characters, as well as a nod to the success of one of the horses whose stories are threaded through the series.

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Loss, Love, Redemption and a Miracle on Four Hooves.

I’ve been to Scotland before, as has Mel. That doesn’t stop us from being struck afresh by the beauty of the lochs and mountains.

The drive from Inverness up to Lairg is every bit as challenging as Sadie found it when she first arrived, except that it’s summer and there is no sheep auction due for some time.

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I’ve accompanied Mel, (my partner in writing all things steampunkerish and my fellow BookBaybZ) to interview Sadie Munro, heroine and horse whisperer extraordinaire, the main character of my new bestselling release Epona.

We pull up to a large stone mansion. Scaffolding hugs its west wing. The beautifully manicured garden sports summer blooms and emerald green grass. The front door opens and out steps a woman I know almost as well as I know myself.

“You made it!” She smiles bringing together her hands beneath her chin as her fiery curls hug her cherry cheeked face. They emphasise eyes as green as the manicured lawn.

“Please to meet you.” Mel walks up and holds out her hand.

“Any friend on Mich’s…” She wraps a warm hug around Mel.

“Good to see you again.” I squeeze her shoulder before stepping inside the wide open entrance of Saorsa.

 

 

 

“How are Nan and Oupa?” I ask as she waves us toward her study.

“Oh very well. They are in town, meeting with the council, then they are going to play bridge with friends.” Sadie smiles and the enitre room lights up. “Come sit down, Giles will be in shortly with some tea and some of Mrs Perkins home-made short bread.”

“That’s nice.” Mel smiles when a greying gentleman in a suit walks in, tray in hand, and places it down on the table before us.

“Well don’t mind me,” I sit back with a steaming cup of Oolong, “Mel knows what she wants to ask.

Mel fires up her trusty iPad and nibbles on her lip, apparently unsure where to start.

“It’s been quite a journey for you, Sadie, and I’m not just referring to the hills. How have you been getting on?”

“It’s been interesting. Good, not easy but we’re happy… I’m happy, thanks.”

“You met your neighbour, Blane, under less than ideal circumstances. Do you think that’s why things were a bit tense between you?”

Sadie sits back in her chair hugging her cup of tea as she considers Mel’s question. The green of her eyes sharpen as a soft blush caresses the freckles on her face.

“Yes and no. It’s hard to see past the trauma when you sitting plum in the middle of it. I think the fact that his presence reminded me there was still good in the dark world I was lost in. It scared me, still does some days.”

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I nod and bite into my biscuit. “Gosh these are good.”

“Leave one for me.” Mel looks at me over the rim of her glasses. I answer with a cheeky grin.

“Have you always had a connection to horses?”

“Since I can remember. Theirs were the first voices I heard as a child. They’re mighty and majestic, I often shudder to think I nearly pushed them away from my life.”

“Starting over in a new place seems like such a great thing to do. But that’s not your experience, is it?”

“I guess it helped that I arrived with no expectations. I was a hollow shell when I knocked on Munro Manor’s front door. It’s strange, like the soul of a horse who knows her kind, I knew I’d come home. I mean Africa was home, but she expelled me, and Scotland opened up her arms as though she knew I’d return to her someday.”

“Was there a moment when you turned a corner and saw a future, after all the grief of the past?”

Sadie swallows hard, leans forward and places her cup on the tray then places her elbows on her knees and looks Mel dead in the eye.

“The night Epona found me. But as humans, I guess we’re always turning corners aren’t we?”

“Thanks for your time and the great shortbread.” Mel smiles as she sits back and tucks in to her tea and biscuit.

“It’s such a pleasure. Please come back anytime.” Sadie replies.

EPONA

Michelle Dalton Author Epona Romance Womens Fiction BookBaybZ

Can Sadie overcome the trauma of her past and find redemption in the wild Scottish Highlands?

After a horrendous attack on her family farm in South Africa takes the lives of her loved ones and leaves her wounded, her only escape is to leave the country of her birth for the highlands of Scotland and her last living relatives. But Sadie’s life may still be in danger.
Blane Buchan is an Englishmen living in the small highland town of Lairg, seeking a life away from the emptiness of London society and a past he’d rather forget.

When Sadie finds a mysterious blue roan mare, she must use the gift given to her from Epona; Protector of horses. But the mare just might be the one who saves her.

From the mountains of South Africa to the wintry Highland Moors this is a story of redemption, love and the powerful connection between humans and horses.

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