The Travelling Heart

December 2018 Newsletter & Book Chat

December romance and women’s fiction book chat with Stella Quinn. FREE reads for you. Such a lot to share with you this December. A new release! Catching Snow, this year’s Christmas novella, is up for preorder now, release date December 1st. Free reads from me and my author friend Megan Mayfair … if you love a heart-warming short story you can read over coffee, you’ll love these A wrap up of what’s been happening in blogland over the past few months: The Travelling Heart (my own blog, where I interview authors about the romantic destinations they’ve chosen for their novels Espresso Tales, Megan Mayfair’s blog interviewing authors about their backstories My Illustrated Review, Jayne Kingsley’s illustrated re-imaginings of her favorite authors’ characters (and their clothes, because Jayne is a style guru) The Upcoming Famous & Fabulous Romance Writers blog on the RWA website Read on to check it all out!…

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The Travelling Heart: a journey with author Jillian Jones

LATITUDE 47.2692° N, LONGITUDE 11.4041° E This month, The Travelling Heart talks to author Jillian Jones about the setting that inspired her upcoming contemporary romance The Three Date Rule.   What romantic destination did you choose for your novel, and why? Choosing one destination of the myriads of options in my novel, The Three Date Rule, was a challenge. The novel opens at The Melbourne Cup. This event takes place each year on the first Tuesday of November and my husband and I had the opportunity to attend in 2013. It’s a curious social wonder, filled with glamour and excitement and it definitely captured my imagination, inspiring the ‘meet cute’ for my Christmas themed story. My hero and heroine, Ryan and Kate, later end up on an organised Christmas tour of Austria and finally, they celebrate New Year in Switzerland. When the idea of the story presented itself, I saw…

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The Travelling Heart: a book lover's journey to romantic destinations with Stella Quinn

The Travelling Heart: a journey with author Megan Mayfair

LATITTUDE 37.8136° S, LONGTUDE 144.9631° E This month, The Travelling Heart talks to author Megan Mayfair about the settings that inspired her recently released women’s fiction title, The Things We Leave Unsaid, and its two soon-to-be-released companion novels.  What romantic destination did you choose for your novel, and why? I decided that my hometown of Melbourne was the perfect setting for The Things We Leave Unsaid. It’s a diverse, multicultural city with a fabulous food and coffee scene. Tessa’s café was inspired by the sorts of cafes I see in my local area and greater Melbourne. How bookworthy is Melbourne as a setting? I’ve lived in Melbourne my whole life and feel it is a great setting. Hidden laneways, trendy bars, amazing galleries and dinging trams make it atmospheric and interesting. Not to mention the weather – it’s kind of a character on its own! Melbourne pops up a bit…

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The Travelling Heart: a book lover's journey to romantic destinations with Stella Quinn

The Travelling Heart: a journey with author MC D’Alton

LATITUDE 26.6500° S, LONGITUDE 153.0667° E This month, The Travelling Heart talks to author MC D’Alton about using the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia as a setting in her contemporary suspense novella, Memories of Love: True Love never Dies. What made you choose the Sunshine Coast as your romantic destination? The Sunshine Coast was our first home when we arrived in Australia 8 years ago from South Africa. I fell in love with the people and their cruisey approach to life, not to mention the spectacular surroundings, beaches, nature walks and the simplicity the area brings to family living. Also, it makes for the perfect romantic setting 😉 Just how bookworthy is it? As a setting, the Sunny Coast (as locals love to call it) has all the lure of beach town living. From Noosa down to Caloundra, the beaches are pristine, the surfing amazing, and vibe, addictive.  There are…

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