Thursday, 30 June 2022

New Summer Novel!


Today, I'm excited to announce the release of my new novel, Lake of Echoes!

 Available HERE for only 2.99!

After writing a French historical trilogy (The Bone Angel), which can all be read as standalones, then three Australian-set drama novels, I hankered to return to a backdrop of rural France, where I live. 

I’ve always loved history, but wanted this book, the first in a new French village series, to take place more recently, ie. the 1960s. In France, this was an interesting period of social change, revolution, and feminism. So, given that I write about strong female characters, this seemed like a good time period.

I have always been (a bit morbidly) fascinated by psychopaths, but I’m not a crime writer (others do it far better than me!). I’ve also also been fascinated, and horrified, for much of my life, by the disappearance of the Beaumont children, three Australian siblings, from Glenelg Beach in South Australia, in 1966. The children, aged 9, 7 and 4, like many other children of that time, were allowed to catch the bus to the beach and spend time there alone. That would never happen these days. 

Lake of Echoes explores both of these themes. I hope you enjoy it. Here's the description:

A vanished daughter. A failing marriage. A mother’s life in ruins.

1969. As France seethes in the wake of social unrest, eight-year-old Juliette is caught up in the turmoil of her parents’ fragmenting marriage.

Unable to bear another argument, she flees her home.

Neighbours joining the search for Juliette are stunned that such a harrowing thing could happen in their tranquil lakeside village.

But this is nothing compared to her mother, Lea’s torment, imagining what has befallen her daughter.

Léa, though, must remain strong to run her auberge and as the seasons pass with no news from the gendarmes, she is forced to accept she may never know her daughter’s fate.

Despite the villagers’ scepticism, Léa’s only hope remains with a clairvoyant who believes Juliette is alive.

But will mother and daughter ever be reunited?

Steeped in centuries-old tradition, against an enchanting French countryside backdrop, Lake of Echoes will delight your senses and captivate your heart.

Emotionally gripping historical women’s fiction for Kelly Rimmer and Kristin Hannah fans.

“A testament to female resilience, depth and strength, this is a universal story set in a changing world. JJ Marsh, author of The Beatrice Stubbs Series.

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Thursday, 9 June 2022

WW2 Tragic Oradour Massacre

Back in 1998, I’d not even begun writing novels, but after a very moving visit to the French village of Oradour-sur-Glane, I vowed to myself that one day I had to write about this terrible tragedy.

Photo courtesy of Venetia Hos-Edwards

On 10 June 1944, Oradour-sur-Glane, situated in the Haute-Vienne Department, was burnt to the ground and 642 inhabitants massacred by a German SS company. After the war, a new village was constructed, but the then French president, Charles de Gaulle, stated that the original village should be maintained as a memorial and a museum.

 

Photo courtesy of Venetia Hos-Edwards


Photo courtesy of Venetia Hos-Edwards

Many years later, I learned that the countryside area in which I live in France, was a hotbed of French Resistance fighters against the Nazi Occupation. This, and the tragedy of Oradour-sur-Glane, became the basis for my novel, Wolfsangel, second (standalone) story in my French historical series: The Bone Angel.

Wolfsangel is on sale for 99c/p HERE at your favourite retailer for a short time only.

Excerpt:

As we hurried back to the old district of Lyon, I understood that look on Ghislaine’s face.  I saw how the Occupation had changed us; how the Resistance had brought together people from every level of society and turned us all — from the aristocrat to the simple farmgirl — into counterfeiters, thieves, and murderers.


 

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 Oradour-sur-Glane Memorial Centre 

Thursday, 10 March 2022

New Season, New Books!


Spring is in the air in rural France! While I don't mind a bit of winter, it's lovely to finally step outside to warm sunshine instead of cold and fog. When March comes around, I love seeing the new flowers peeping from the earth, hearing the birdsong, and admiring the new baby animals.


To celebrate spring, I'm taking part in a huge book giveaway!

👩🏻👩🏾👩🏼‍🦳 It’s Women’s History Month! If you haven’t read my novel, The Lost Blackbird you can enter to win it on BookSweeps right now — PLUS over 45 Women’s Fiction novels from a great collection of authors AND a brand new eReader!
It's free to enter so why not give it a go.

 Here's the link:👉 bit.ly/WomensFiction-March22

 

 Good luck, and if any of your reader friends might be interested, please share this post with them.

Cheers,

Liza x

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