The Travelling Heart

The Traveling Heart: journey to New York City with author Rachael Eliker

LATITUDE 40.7128° N, LONGITUDE 74.0060° W This month, The Traveling Heart talks to author Rachael Eliker about choosing New York City as the setting in her Pop Star Romantic Comedy series. The third in the series, See a Star Rise, is having a 99c promotion from February 11 to February 16, 2019 … that’s a tiny price tag for a romantic journey to New York! Check it out here. Rachael, what made you choose New York City for your series? For my Pop Star Romantic Comedy series, a majority of the main characters’ time takes place in New York City. Though I’ve never visited—and if I’m honest, can’t really imagine myself ever living there—it’s a place I find fascinating and would love to visit someday. There are so many nationalities and cultures, arts, food, parks, history…it seems to have it all! NYC is also a hub for music recording/production, so…

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The Travelling Heart: a book lover’s journey with author Megan Mayfair

36.7570° S, 144.2794° E This month, The Travelling Heart settles into a chair at the airport next to author Megan Mayfair to talk about the setting that inspired her just-released novel Tangled Vines. What romantic destination have you chosen, Megan? Tangled Vines is set in regional Victoria, specifically the Bendigo and Heathcote areas. The Doyle’s sprawling homestead, Mulberry Estate, is set just out of Bendigo and my main character. Frederick, has his winery, Fox & Grey, in Heathcote. The locations are close to one another and my characters shuttle between the two locations. How bookworthy is regional Victoria? My inspiration This is a photo I took at Blairgownie Estate – a winery located in the same region as the fictional Fox & Grey winery. I’ve always loved this area of Victoria – the Bendigo and Heathcote areas. They are beautiful areas with lovely natural landscapes, lush gardens and gorgeous architecture…

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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 Darry Fraser

LATITUDE 35.9667° S, LONGITUDE 145.6500° E This month, The Travelling Heart talks to author Darry Fraser about the settings that inspired her historical rural romances.  What romantic destinations have you chosen for your novels, and why? Daughter of the Murray and Where The Murray River Runs are set on the banks of the Murray River, in Victoria, Australia. The Murray River has been in my blood since the mid sixties when as a child the family moved to Swan Hill for Dad’s job. I guess country has always been in my blood though I’m the only one of three kids all born in the city who took to the bush as soon as I could. There’s a serenity about the river, and it has a strength that, even though we humans continue to muck it up, seems to say that no matter what, it will prevail. It truly is a mighty…

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