Louise Reynolds, Outback Bride and Giveaway!

We have author Louise Reynolds visiting and sharing. She also has a giveaway of her latest Outback Bride for one commenter!


Thanks for having me here, Nas.


People often ask writers where they get their ideas and I thought this was a good opportunity to share.

My new release with Destiny Romance, Outback Bride, takes place in the big sky country of outback Australia. Three years ago we were travelling in the outback when the heavens opened. Drenching rain quickly turned the dirt roads to mud; dangerous and almost impossible to drive. Luckily we were not far from a tiny one-pub town.

It was Derby Day, a major horse-racing day in Australia, and the pub was full of people from surrounding properties. They were holding a sweep and we were just in time to get the last horse. When it won, we shouted the bar. 

We met so many wonderful people that day, but the person who remained vividly in my mind was a young woman from an outlying sheep station. As the rain kept pouring, we settled in over a couple of beers. She told me that she was about to go off wool-classing but that she’d rather have stayed and run her family property, a place she loved deeply. Her father was automatically passing it onto her brother and there was so much disappointment and anguish in her that my heart was breaking.

I wondered what it would be like to love your home so deeply but be denied the right to it because of gender. In Outback Bride, Lara is in exactly this position. Years after her departure, and after creating a new life for herself in the city, she’s suddenly called back home. Here’s the blurb:

 

“Legal star Lara Burke has worked hard to escape her country past and is finally on the way to being made a partner at her city law firm. At the worst possible time, her former flame Jake Forester arrives, bringing tragic news from home.

Forced to return to her family property, Jindaburra, Lara must confront her past at the home she loved and lost. But big-sky country and bittersweet memories are not all that await her at Jindaburra.

As Lara's past and present collide, old passions are rekindled and new connections are formed. And as her visit comes to an end, how will Lara choose between the city life she's grown to love, and the life she left behind?”

I have a kindle copy of Outback Bride to give one commenter.

 

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Outback Bride can be purchased here:





 

23 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great backdrop for a story! Nice to meet you, Louise!

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    1. Hi Karen. Nice to meet you too! I'm so glad I could tell Lara's story.

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  2. I loved reading the story that led into The Outback Bride. What a great premise-

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    1. Thanks, Shelly :-)

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  3. Love the sound of the story!! It's great how random encounters can develop into awesome ideas! :)

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    1. So true, Jemi. The memory of that girl stayed with me until I just had to write the book. I hope she's found some happiness.

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  4. I love that this story was inspired by a true story, Louise. I can't wait to read The Outback Bride. It is waiting for me on my iPad.

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    1. Thanks, Jen! Hope you enjoy it.

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  5. Love how you brought a real life story into the creation of this--sounds awesome!

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  6. Hi Meradeth! Thanks. It's lovely to have something real-life to tie your story to. Somehow it makes it more personal in the telling.

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  7. What a wonderful story this promises to be. You'd want to hope that the brother loved the property just as much.

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  8. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for visiting!

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  9. Sounds like a great story and the cover is beautiful!

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    1. Hi Darlene, I have some serious cover love for this title. Actually all the Destiny books have good covers. Here's my first one which I also adore http://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=Her+Italian+Aristocrat&search_type=books&search%5Bfield%5D=on
      Thanks for commenting!

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    2. Well, that didn't work, lol. Anyway, it's also a beautiful cover :-)

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  10. Australia has its pull on me. It's the one place I most want to visit - a great setting for a story. I also like the way the author got the idea for Outback Bride.

    Good luck, Louise. Enjoy the ride.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Hi Rawknrobyn! Love your name and thanks for commenting!

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  11. Interesting to read about your inspiration for the book. It sounds like a good one!

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    1. Thanks, Sherry!

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  12. Such a moving story from the girl you met in the outback. No wonder she inspired a book.

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    1. Hi Dora! We often talk about her. And in that strange way of the outback where everyone knows everyone even at extraordinary distances we have had news of her.

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  13. I like it when past and present collide. I think many people can relate.

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  14. This sounds like a memorable story set in a gripping setting. Look forward to reading it.

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