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27 November 2014

'Meet the Character' Blog Hop

Prue King is nineteen and lives on Karinya Station, one of seven girls. She and her friend Sally decide to go on the adventure of a live time—a road trip, right around Australia. Neither Prue nor Sally is in any hurry to settle down, unlike some girls their age. They want to see the country and be independent. When they meet brothers Dan and Steve on the Sunshine Coast Prue is stunned by her feelings for him, but her plans remain the same. She and Sally are determined to get to Perth where they will live for at least a few months and decide what their futures hold. When the girls leave the brothers behind though, a horrifying experience will change their plans and their lives, perhaps forever.

Coming soon on Amazon

I was 'tagged' by author Christine Gardner on this Blog Hop. Christine lives in Central Victoria, Australia, Christine lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her husband and a Siberian husky, Esky, the proud owner of the back yard. After a life-long love of reading and of history, she spent several years at TAFE (vocational education) studying visual art, editing and professional writing. After a year of freelance editing she then returned to studies, this time at university, eventually emerging with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), majoring in History and Philosophy.

It was the subject of Women’s History and her Honours thesis that led to the writing of a non-fiction book, ‘Not Guilty’, a tragic story of infanticide in 1910, as well as a fiction version of the same story, ‘Her Flesh and Blood’. She has also written several novels for children and young adults and is now focused on fiction for adults. Her last novel was ‘Stony Creek’, a rural romance, and she is currently working on ‘The Road to Karinya’. This tells the story of Prue, a young woman from on an outback station in New South Wales, who heads off on a road trip around Australia with her friend Sally. Prue and Sally are looking for independence and adventure but that’s not all they find.

While not having quite managed the road trip around Australia, Christine and her husband did spend some time on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland; a highlight of Prue’s travels, it was also the place Christine’s eldest son (of five) was born. ‘The Road to Karinya’ will be available very soon and you’ll find it on Amazon. Find out more about Christine's work on her blog.


1) What is the name of your character?

Lady Eleanor Cobham, Duchess of Gloucester.

2) Is she fictional or a historic person?

Eleanor was a real person, born in England in the year 1400

3) When and where is the story set?

Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, Wales UK.

4) What should we know about him/her?

Eleanor Cobham was falsely convicted of treason and witchcraft, and sentenced to imprisonment for life.

5) What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

Her husband was the Duke of Gloucester, heir apparent to the English throne - and his enemies used Eleanor's interest in astrology to attack him.

6) What is the personal goal of the character?

Eleanor seeks redemption through forgiving those who persecuted her.

7) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham is available now in paperback
and eBook on Amazon UK and Amazon US and in all popular formats on Smashwords

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