If you were at the ARRA convention this year, you may remember Helene Young from her fantastic book reading and launch of Shattered Sky. Her books, set in North Queensland, combine romantic suspense with the increasingly popular rural lit category. Her debut novel, Border Watch (rereleased as Wings of Fear), won the 2010 Australian Romance Readers Award for Favourite Romantic Suspense and is nominated for this year’s R*BY Award in the Romantic Elements category.
BOOK GIVEAWAY: Helene is giving away a copy of her R*BY Award nominated novel, WINGS OF FEAR. For a chance to win, tell us why you love—or would love to try—Australian romantic suspense.
Some rules: Post your answer as a comment to this post. Multiple entries are fine. By entering, you give us permission to quote your entry in future blog posts and articles. You also give us permission to send your email address to the author, who will be organising delivery of the book. Open to international readers. The giveaway ends midnight on Monday, July 25 AEST. Wandergurl, Decadence and I will pick our favourite answer. The winner must provide a delivery address within one week after we announce the result on the blog.
Where you do your best writing
At home, sat on my couch with my (aptly named) laptop in my lap! (And lap dog at my feet…)
Favourite thing in your writing space
That laptop again. :) (And maybe the dog?)
Best food and/or beverage to accompany a good read
If it’s a good read I may not need food or drink!
One thing you would never do in the name of research
Kill someone… I’ve ‘crashed’ an aircraft, but can assure you no crew were injured in that particular research mission
How friends and family would describe you two days before a deadline
Manic, gorgeous, painful, talented—depending on whether it’s my turn to cook dinner…
One book you’d save in an emergency and three words to describe it
NOooo, don’t make me choose! My iPad with 4000 titles? (That’s the iPad my husband’s going to buy me after he reads this blog!)
Your life in a book—what would the title be? In which genre or category would it be shelved?
Taller Than She Looks — Chick Lit
One book you loved as a child
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Describe yourself as the heroine of a romance novel
She shook the shower of cement dust from her and narrowed her sea-green eyes before taking careful aim again with the sniper-rifle. (This is fiction, right ??)
Best advice for surviving the zombie apocalypse
Ensure you have sufficient books, chocolate and Baileys Irish Cream. :)
Favourite method of procrastination
Surfing the internet for recipes!
Do you kill fairies?
Um, is there a lie detector here? It’s possible I may have tortured a couple, but only in the interest of allocating appropriate time to the best book!
SHATTERED SKY (Border Watch, Book 2)
Hachette | 9780733624919 (P)
On a routine surveillance flight east of the Australian coast, Captain Lauren Bennett’s crew pick up a mayday call. A yacht is under fire. For the international smugglers operating below the radar of the navy and Border Watch, sinking a pleasure craft is just part of their day’s work.
Lauren has other ideas.
As she pursues the men into the isolated country of Cape York, she’ll need all the help she can get. That will mean joining forces with the cynical navy officer Callam Granger, who’s already shown his contempt for her. What will it take to convince him she’s right this time?
Can they put aside their old animosities to outwit, outrun and ultimately out-fly the traffickers? Or will another death shatter Lauren’s life completely?
This post is part of a series of Q&A-type posts featuring authors who write romance fiction or fiction with romantic elements. Each post will feature the same set of questions or prompts. We tried to make them fun and easy for the authors—and we hope you enjoy them, too!