For the horse lovers out there!



Bad things often happen in threes ...

 and it’s a long road back from tragedy for trick rider Abbey Miller. 
She heads home to the farm seeking solace, only to be confronted with a suspicious death, mounting debts, a squatter she can't seem to shake, and more than one chance to make things right. 
Abbey has some tough choices ahead.
Cut and run, or stay and ride it out?
Defy her beloved uncle again, or redeem herself?
Lower her guard, or fortify her heart's defences?
 
Sometimes life offers us a second chance and for the lucky, more than one. And it can be the hitchhikers collected along the road that make a journey worthwhile.
 
Out now in ebook and paperback! 
 

 

Songs from The Long Road to Loving Jackson

Here are the songs I feel represent Abbey and Granger, the main characters from my latest novel, THE LONG ROAD TO LOVING JACKSON.

For Abbey it's Who You Thought I Was by Brandy Clark, and for Granger, The Spark by William Prince (rockin' his deep, smoky voice!).

Both songs the story's author also loves. :)

Look who gets a cameo!

Yes, this big fella gets a jersey (or should that be a saddle cloth?!) in The Long Road to Loving Jackson. And what a lovely fella he is. :)

Big Kiwi 'Cooper'

The first in the LONG ROAD series

 

Maggie's in love, just not with the man she married.

It's a situation the uber-capable HR officer never anticipated having to face, 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.  
Like Australia's outback highways, there are plenty of roadblocks and obstacles to be negotiated along the long road to loving Grayson, so they'd better buckle up! 
 
Share this romantic journey through remote and ruggedly beautiful north-western Queensland, and meet some fair dinkum, colourful characters along the way.
 
 Available in ebook and paperback from your favourite retailer

"Highly recommended." - One Stop Fiction reviewer Kathleen Lance
I am not a fan of romance novels with insipid characters who can never manage to talk to one another. This romance is different. The setting is wonderful, the character of Maggie satisfyingly complex, and the conclusion very nicely done. [I highly recommend] The Long Road to Loving Grayson for fans of romance, and of light fiction in general.


"Aussie Outback Romance." - Amazon reviewer 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. The characters in this story are real and their struggles compelling. And the final line is brilliant!

 

The next novel in the LONG ROAD series



If castle walls could speak, what secrets would they tell?

To solve an age-old mystery tainting New Zealand’s Lorienne Castle and her own family’s past, Aussie Claire-Rose must brave the castle’s gloomy halls, delve into ancient history, and unearth more than one long-hidden secret.
Complications arise in the form of the castle’s handsome co-owner, and the life-altering calamity she thought she’d left behind on the mainland, but which follows her across ‘the ditch’.
 

The Long Road to Loving Byron - coming soon!

At home with the hard-working author ...


The full revision of The Long Road to Loving Grayson - done and dusted. 🙋
Is that someone trying to read the new version over my shoulder? 
Na-ah, buddy, no spoilers! 😤

Good news for bibliophiles who read with their ears

Sisters of War is now available as an audio book, narrated by yours truly.

Like to hear a sample? Then click here.

Alicia enters the audio book market

 Another first!


My short story, Maggie, is now available as an audio book - narrated by yours truly, and the first of many I hope! 

If you'd like to hear a sample, you can find it here
or
 

THE place for a writing retreat (and inspiration for the setting of my new novel) :)


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!

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 :)




At one of our final (fun) gatherings, these 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', this year (2016) 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!




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. 

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 in paperback, e-book, and as an audio book from a number of outlets including Amazon, Apple Books, 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.