Alicia enters the audio book market

  

Another first!


My short story, Maggie, is now available as an audio book - narrated by yours truly. If you'd like to hear a sample, you can find it here.

This is the first of many I hope! :)

THE place for a writing retreat!


This is where I'd LOVE to have a writing retreat ... or maybe spend a few months as 'writer in residence' (if I could be so lucky!).

Some of the fabulous timberwork inside the castle
Larnach's Castle in Dunedin, New Zealand, is not only one of my favourite places in the world, it's also chock-full of fascinating history - from its flamboyant first family's drama-filled early days to total abandonment, use as a mental asylum & WWII billet house, and now in the care of its present-day saviours ... what a sensory overload!

A new story takes shape...

Jacko, one of our favourites


Yes, it was time to start a new project and I had a hankering to write another rural story featuring some of my favourite things ... 
horses for one!  :-)



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The Café Birds - literal chick lit!

A no-fail recipe: in five pretty cafés, blend women friends and their modern day dramas with to-die-for coffees and scrumptious cakes and serve…. 

 

Available from Amazon & other good book retailers in paperback and ebook :)

Readers of THE CAFE BIRDS have had this to say: ‘It made me laugh.’ ‘It made me cry.’ ‘It made me hungry.’ ‘It made me want to meet ALL my girlfriends in a pretty café and laugh, cry and eat.’

Bon appétit!


What do we have here?

A wannabe Cafe Bird perhaps? ;)
I made him, BTW - the bird that is! :)

Café Birds ... & a Cow :)




This time the Café Birds flocked to the delightful local dairy centre (you'd never guess it was a dairy centre from the photos, right?!) which inspired one of the cafés in the book.

With me in the flock is (in alphabetical order) Aileen Albatross, Anne Apostlebird, Erica Egret, Marg Mockingbird, Penny Pardalote & Sue Seagull. We missed you, Helen Hummingbird.



Oh, and gumbooted Clara Cow deserves a mention too!

Morning tea with the Café Birds!



Following comments from readers like, 'I want to "do" the cafés mentioned in the book,' and, 'Reading The Café Birds made me hungry', I've decided to organise five Café Birds morning teas in the cafés that inspired The Lakehouse, Coffee Bean, Dining Car, Rainforest and Gallery cafés featured in the story.

I wish all my readers could be there high-teaing with us!




The Token Female - a future project

All going well, in the near future I'll be releasing THE TOKEN FEMALE, a tale of corporate duplicity and sabotage with a touch of romance.

Nobody expects the 'token female' Verity Parker to break through the glass ceiling of multi-national Australian mining company RCL Alumina, so it comes as a shock, especially to her male chauvinistic colleagues, when she succeeds in snatching the job of CEO from the waiting hands of ruthless corporate nemesis Royce James. But then comes the real test, keeping her tenuous hold on the job and surviving the perils of upper management, some of which will take her right to the edge....


This is a re-release of my 2012 novel A Heart's Glass Ceiling, which is undergoing a complete makeover. And for those of you who read with your ears :) I'm also planning to release The Token Female as an audio book. :)

Sisters of War, a novella by Alicia Hope


  
A tale of love, betrayal and courage in wartime Austria, of lives lived under the ever-watchful eye of the Third Reich.

 To Elise, a fourth generation Australian, world war two felt surreal, like the vague memory of an old black and white movie. Fuzzy facts and grainy images indistinguishable from those of childhood bad dreams.

But sitting at the bedside of her critically ill mother-in-law, she was about to learn the harsh reality of what had happened during those dark times, from the lips of someone born in one of the darkest of dark places….

A story based on the real-life experiences of five women who lived, loved and lost amid the atrocities of war.
Did these horrors really happen in a ‘civilised’ country
 a mere generation ago?



Sisters of War e-book and paperback now available from Amazon

REVIEWS:
★★★★★ "Couldn't put it down!" from Chelsea on Amazon:  I loved everything about this book! Cleverly written ... I couldn't put it down! Riveting story of war torn Austria. If you love a well written story intertwined with factual events then this is the read for you! Great work Alicia Hope. 

The Long Road to Loving Grayson, a novel by Alicia Hope


Being in love with one man, but married to another, isn't a situation uber-capable HR officer Maggie had prepared herself for.

And when civil engineer Grayson travels to a remote western Queensland town to relieve for six weeks, he isn't expecting to have to summon the Flying Doctors, survive a tropical cyclone, or lose his heart.

So when he finally sets off on the journey back home, neither of them realises that Maggie is also on the road ... 
the long road to loving Grayson. 

And there are plenty of roadblocks and obstacles along the way, so buckle up!

 
The Long Road to Loving Grayson is available in paperback and e-book from a number of retailers including Amazon, the Apple iBookstore, and Smashwords.  

REVIEWS:
★★★★★ From Goodreads author and reader, Jenny Schwartz: The Long Road to Loving Grayson is a wonderful, genuinely Australian story with a "Pom" for a hero - never mind his nationality *wink* I loved Gray. You'll enjoy the story. The characters are real and their struggles compelling. And the final line is brilliant.

Maggie, a short story by Alicia Hope


A story that tugs at the heart, MAGGIE is set in a small farming community in Western Australia 



"A symbol of love and compassion," he whispered, pressing something small and cool into her hand.
Blinking away the haze of tears, she glanced at her open palm and saw a dark gem float into view. It was a garnet, her garnet. The precious gift intended to bring comfort during his absence, the reminder he would return for her. The gift she'd lost but which had somehow found its way back to her ... the way he never had.

 

Maggie is available as a paperback, an e-book, and as an audio book from a number of outlets including Amazon, the Apple iBookstore, and Smashwords.

Her Fortescue Diamond, a short story by Alicia Hope

A short story with a modern-day take on an age-old dilemma...


You write such wonderful heroes in your books Alicia, I've fallen in love with every one of them so far. So, how come you still haven't found a hero of your own?' 
'That's because the heroes in my stories are make-believe men. No real man could live up to them.' 
'Well of course they're not real Luvvy, you're a fiction writer. But writing about impossibly handsome, heroic types in your books shouldn't stop you from finding one in real life.' 
'But Polly, real-life heroes just don't exist. Or, if they do, they're as rare as ... the Fortescue Diamond.'

Rare? Maybe so, but just how perfect must the right man be?
Her Fortescue Diamond, is available in paperback and e-book from a number of outlets, including Amazon, the Apple iBookstore, and Smashwords.