AUSSIE MONTH with Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Describe yourself in one word:
Tell us about Nocturne:
I was originally going to talk about my most recent full length historical romance called Moonstone Conspiracy – the sequel to Moonstone Obsession. Then something happened. A new story hit me full force two days before Christmas and wouldn’t let me go and has demanded a quick release. It’s a novella called Nocturne and it will be out on February 1.
What inspired this novel?
My husband and a good friend of ours were commissioned by the Canungra RSL to create an online biography of all the World War One soldiers from the district. It went live on December 18 and I devoured the stories of heroism, tragedy and love on those pages. From there Nocturne was born, telling the story of Thomas Worsley who fought another war, the Napoleonic Wars, 100 years earlier and like so many came back scarred from his experience
What are you reading right now?
I’ve just finished Tamara Leigh’s medieval The Unveilling and I’m about to dive into stories by Susanne Bellamy and Noelle Clark.
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
See Europe – and all the places I’ve never seen, but know thanks to Google Earth…
Best thing about being an Aussie?
Living in the best country in the world with magnificent beauty, friendly people and Tim Tams.
What you want readers to know about the romance genre?
Read it! Romance is the stuff of life! Love, adventure, drama, comedy, history, passion – no other genre can offer as much.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2016?
I’m keeping everything crossed that my full length Roman-era romance, Dark Heart will find either an agent or publisher. I’m about to start work on a new full length Regency romance set in Sicily called Captive of the Corsairs, as well as plans to self-publish at least another two short stories, a Victorian-era romance caper and a contemporary fiction piece called The Crossing.
What were your big achievements of 2015?
Oh my goodness! Winning Best Historical Fiction at the Readers & Writers Down Under for Warrior’s Surrender, being selected for RWA’s Little Gem’s anthology with the contemporary romance The Tin Bear, seeing Moonstone Conspiracy published and making the decision to be a hybrid author.
In her first posting as governess, Ella Montgomery discover beautiful Blackheath Manor hides family secrets and suppressed passions.
Mysterious music in the darkness of night draws Ella to the talented Thomas Worsley, the brother of her employer, the Earl of Renthorpe.
Grievously wounded in the Napoleonic Wars that killed his beloved twin brother, Thomas is held prisoner at Blackheath by more than his blindness and scars.
Fuelled by a bitter jealousy, the Earl has ensured Thomas is only a memory, his name etched on a marble memorial in the Bedfordshire village graveyard.
Drawn together by their love of music, Ella and Thomas begin a clandestine affair, but how far will the Earl go to keep his family’s secret?
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