I’m really happy to introduce you all to Allisa Callen this week. I’ve recently discovered Australian rural stories and I’m loooooving them. You can only imagine my joy when Allisa accepted my offer to have her here as a Guest Fox. She writes long and short rural fiction featuring country roads, secrets, romance and the odd boot-chewing puppy. I can’t wait to read “Beneath Outback Skies”
Australia and America might occupy different hemispheres, but their history, at times, went hand in hand. Whether someone lived in the Old West or the outback, their experiences were often similar. It was just the frontier that differed. In many parts of Australia today men and women continue to carve out a life in a beautiful and often harsh land. It is the stories of these men and women that are celebrated in a booming Australian genre called ‘rural fiction.’
I’m lucky enough to live on a small slice of Australia at the gateway to the outback as well as to write in such a genre. Inspiration for my stories surrounds me, whether it is the brown snake stealing water from the dog bowl, the sun setting over the cattle yards or the resilience of bush communities in times of drought, flood or … fire.
Summer here is often scorching and this year the fire risk has been high. In January we discovered what pioneers would have learned very quickly, that humans can be powerless against Mother Nature. A bush fire consumed what little cattle feed we had left and threatened our farm house. But thanks to local volunteers and the fire brigade the only thing we lost was fence posts.
While the outback can deliver many trials it also is a place of great beauty. The vivid colours, the sense of space and the timelessness of the rugged landscape all combine to make it a special place. So special, in fact, that my heroine in Beneath Outback Skies puts her life on hold to save her historic ranch from a never ending drought. But when an unexpected guest arrives, and is not all he seems, battling the drought becomes the least of Paige Quinn’s worries.
Despite Australia and America being hemispheres apart they share a common denominator of generations making a life in a beautiful but sometimes inhospitable land. In the homegrown Australian genre of rural fiction the lives of such men and women, their struggles and their joys, are captured on every page. And with the digital-wave of eBooks such stories can be read and enjoyed no matter hemisphere you may live in.
Beneath Outback Skies (eBook)
Blurb: Paige Quinn will let nothing and no one distract her from caring for her crippled father, Connor, and fighting for her remote, drought-stricken property, Banora Downs. Least of all a surprise farm-stay guest named Tait Cavanaugh, whose smooth words are as lethal as his movie-star smile.
Except Paige can’t help noticing that, for a city-boy, Tait seems unexpectedly at home on the land. And he does ask a lot of questions…
It doesn’t matter how much he helps out or how much laughter he brings into her life, she soon suspects he is harbouring a big secret – the real reason he has come to Banora Downs…
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Welcome to the blog, Alissa! I find the stories of Australia to be fascinating. So many people who went there or were sent there into such a different and often harsh corner of the world, so far from what they knew..and apparently, despite the vast amounts of new immigrants and the strong cities, the country and people still need to be strong and strive to be independent….and know that nature has her way.
You have my interest! More on my tbr list!
Hi Tonette, lovely to cyber-meet you and thanks so much for your blog welcome:) Yes, even today, nature can wreck such havoc and not just Downunder. Wishing you a wonderful Northern Hemisphere summer!
Thanks, Alissa…but where I am , we have had WINTER all Spring, although we had mild weather most of Winter. I hope your Autumn is nice and Winter treats you well!
Sending you some Autumn sunshine to warm your Spring – was 31C (think that is 90F) here today but the nights are cooling down and animals (horses and dogs) need coats on. Used to live in Colorado and once visited Kentucky and loved the green countryside. Can only imagine how pretty it’d look with all the bulbs out. Fingers crossed the sun follows soon:)
Thanks for the warmth and wishes, Alissa! The is due to arrive later this week. I moved here from Colorado; we have something else in common! It is pretty here. I hope we see more of you.
Sorry I’m just now checking in, Alissa. I love seeing guest foxes here at 4F1H.
Your experience with the fire last year sounds horrific. I probably would have freaked.
Love your writing here in this column today and it makes me want to read your story.
Hi Jeff, thanks so much for having me:) The fire was frightening but thankfully it was soon under control and all the kids could talk about was being on the news. I look forward to catching up on all the blog posts here. All the very best with your rom com and romantic suspense. There is a new publisher here (Escape Publishing) looking for both of these.
wonderful that your kids were grounded well … so they were not overly traumatized by the approaching fire. You must be raising them well.
Thanks for being a Guest Fox on here, Alissa. When I prepared the post I already liked it, and your book is on my TBR list as well. I had the best intentions reading it during my holidays, but it was just too busy 😉 Hope to welcome you here again one day !
You are very welcome Iris:) It was such fun being here and love reading all the posts – especially all the yummy Easter ones. So miss peanut butter reeses cups!
Hi Alissa and Iris,
I really enjoyed Beneath Outback Skies. It was my first ever ebook!
Thanks for stopping by, Heather. I am still to read the book, but already look forward to it!
Hi Heather ,
Am so glad you enjoyed BOS and can’t wait for your Breakaway Creek to hit my ipad so very very soon!
Blurb for BOS has me intrigued. I’ll be adding this one to my TBR pile too, Alissa. I loved your last one, What Love Sounds Like – beautiful story.
Thanks for stopping by, Susanne !!!
So lovely to see you here:) Am so thrilled BOS is on your TBR pile:)
Great post Alissa – I strongly believe the experiences of small town or rural living are similar the world over! The landscape may be different but the feeling is the same 🙂
Hi Rach, thanks so much for stopping by:) It won’t be long and Northern Hemisphere readers will be able to read your own wonderful rural book ‘Jilted’ in print!!!