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10 things most people don’t know about Alison Stuart.
- I was born in Africa… My father had come to Kenya in the British Army during the Mau Mau uprising and my mother had been born in Kenya and returned there after the war as a child welfare officer. Deciding there was no future in either Kenya or England, they emigrated to Australia when I was 10. A decision for which I will always thank them.
- I joined the Australian Army Reserve when I was still at university because I was nursing a broken heart and wanted to do something that challenged me…and I got paid to do it. Little did I know it would be the start of a nearly 20 year part time career…or that I would meet my husband during officer training.
- I have visited a refugee camp on the Thai Burma Border to teach a group of amazing young women at the Karen Young Women’s Leadership School about the United Nations conventions on the rights of women.
- I am a lay preacher in the Anglican Church.
- I am a needlework and quilting nut – a hobby that unfortunately clashes horribly with writing and is thwarted by having 2 needy cats who think that my lap is theirs of right when I come to sit down in the evening.
- Oh…I am owned by 2 cats…the Kat brothers, Oliver and Toby.
- I am a Capricorn with a deep distrust of water. I like to admire the sea from the safety of terra firma. I am terrified of yachts and scuba diving (although I will snorkel). I also hate heights.
- I own very few “How to write” books…I don’t know whether this is hubris or fear. My two favourites are Donald Maas’ Writing the Breakout Novel and the Nowrimo bible “No Plot, No Problem” by Chris Baty.
- When I was younger (and slimmer) I did a bit of amateur musical theatre, mostly Gilbert and Sullivan, which accounts for the hidden references to Ruddigore you will find in GATHER THE BONES if you look hard enough.
- My favourite thing to do on holidays is go on ghost tours and yet I have only recently done the ghost tour that runs in my own home town.
So now you know all about me…Thanks for stopping by
When a seventeenth-century cavalier hurls himself over her garden wall, Doctor Jessica Shepherd is more angry than surprised. Although she ís no stranger to military re-enactors, there ís something different about Nathaniel Preston. If he ís to be believed, something…or someone…has sent him forward in time from the midst of a civil war to the quiet English countryside of the twentieth century.
With time working against them, Nathaniel has to convince Jessica why fate brought them together before he ís forced to return to his own era and certain death in battle.
Can the strength of love overcome all obstacles, even time itself?
“If you could lend me your horse, I would be grateful. It is a long ride home. You have my word that I will return it anon.”
“My horse? I don’t own a horse. Look, Nathaniel, you’ve lost a bit of blood, if you like I can give you a ride home.”
“But you said you had no horse?”
“In the car.” I could not help the exasperation that crept into my voice. His continuing delusion had really begun to concern me. “Nathaniel, look at me. What year do you think this is?”
“The year of our lord 1645.”
“1645?” I stared at him. “Nathaniel, it is 1995.”
He narrowed his eyes. “No, you jest.” He sank onto the kitchen chair, his eyes glassy.
“I do not jest. Now stay there. I’m going to ring my brother. Perhaps he can talk some sense into you.”
Keeping a wary eye on my visitor, I reached for the phone and carried it into the living room while I waited for Alan to pick up.
“Hey, Jess.” Alan greeted me cheerfully.
“Alan, are you busy?”
“I’m correcting papers, nothing I can’t put off. Is this important?”
“I have a man in my kitchen who thinks he is living in 1645,” I whispered.
“Sounds like a case for the psychs, not me.”
“Please come over, Alan. There is something about him…sorry I can’t explain–”
“Is he threatening you?” Alan’s tone was alarmed.
“No, not at all. He’s just a little…confused.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Alison Stuart is an award winning Australian writer of historicals with heart. Whether duelling with dashing cavaliers or waywards ghosts, her books provide a reader with a meaty plot and characters who have to strive against adversity, always with the promise of happiness together. Alison is a lapsed lawyer who has worked in the military and fire service, which may explain a predisposition to soldier heroes. She lives with her own personal hero and two needy cats and likes nothing more than a stiff gin and tonic and a walk along the sea front of her home town. She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at her website, facebook, twitter and Goodreads.
Find Alison on the Web
Blog: Ms.Stuart Requests…: http://www.alisonstuart.blogspot.com
Facebook: Alison Stuart- Writer https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alison-Stuart-Writer/177254485659744?fref=ts
Buy Link: http://lyricalpress.com/secrets-in-time/