Tuesday, 5 November 2013

ACRBA Tour Faith in the Great South Land by Mary Hawkins



4 - 8 November
Introducing
(Barbour Books October 1, 2012)
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About the Book

Elizabeth Waverly never dreamed that taking a convict transport back to her home in Australia would change her life. But from the moment she lays eyes on John Martin, she cannot resist her growing attraction to him. She knows the man faces a life sentence for murder, but her heart refuses to believe he is guilty of the charges against him. How could someone who so valiantly protects others and accepts another prisoner's punishment be a brutal felon? Yet once the transport ship lands in Australia, their paths are bound to head in very different directions. Is their love destined to become a bittersweet memory of what might have been, or will faith show them another way?



About the Author

Mary is a multi-published Australian romance author with 19 titles. After being published by Harlequin Mills and Boon medicals, Heartsong Presents and Barbour, her most recent single title Bargagula series was published by Ark House Press in Sydney. She is a member of the Society Women Writers Tasmania, Romance Writers of Australia, Omega Writers, Australian Christian Writers Fellowship, American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers America and their Faith Hope Love chapter. Her Heartsong Presents back list titles are being released by Truly Yours Digital Editions. Faith in the Great Southland is now available with the other three in this series to be released June and July. She is available to speak and share what she has learnt about writing novels, her writing journey and faith in our incredible God. For more about Mary, go to her website.

Review from Iola Goulton

Faith In The Great Southland is the first of four novels in the Australian Outback collection. I actually purchased this collection years ago, and have read and enjoyed all four of the stories, but I think Faith In The Great Southland, the story of John and Elizabeth, remains my favourite.

Mary Hawkins knows how to create compelling characters and a page-turning plot. She gives readers a clear understanding of the horrors of the criminal transportation system without being overly graphic (and after one character makes an early comment to another that conditions are much better than they used to be). While this story is fiction, transportation was fact and Faith in the Great Southland gives the reader an appreciation for what early Australian settlers—criminal and free—went through in the early years of colonisation. Well worth reading.

You can find out more about Mary Hawkins at her website.

I am a freelance editor specialising in Christian fiction, and you can find out more about my services at my website, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. I love reading, and read and review around 150 Christian books each year on my blog.


eBook Giveaway

Mary is giving away an Amazon Kindle eBook copy of one of her Truly Yours Digital Editions. Readers choice from her Great Southland series or Search series. To enter the drawing, please leave a comment on this post. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 12 November.

13 comments:

  1. It's great Mary's books have another life online! I read them some years back and glad they are being presented again. Thanks, Iola for making us aware of this. It's part of our history we must never forget.

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    1. You are always so encouraging, Rita. Thank you so much.

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  2. Whilst admiting some close affiliation with the author I add my bit uncoerced. I'm not into reading much in this genre but you understand why I read this and her others. I did really enjoy them (and learnt some things about her family history---interesting) Hope you who read them will enjoy them too.

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    1. Have to smile but he will get an extra hug for this! The family history he refers to crept into book three, Love in the Great Southland, from the Pedler and Telfer south Australian Family history books from our family associations.

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  3. Mary, congratulations on having your stories make their way to Ebooks. That's such an exciting step. I'm sure many new readers will discover you as a result. :)

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    1. It has been a great abut very welcome surprise and great that Barbour Publishing is releasing them again through their new division, Truly your digital editions.

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  4. Mary, it's so exciting to see your backlist now available in digital format! I agree with Iola's comments - your books are well worth reading :)

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    1. Thank you, Narelle. One very exciting thought is they are now available worldwide in a way not possible with the print edition and will hopefully not go "out of print" again.

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  5. I did read this book when it was originally released and need to re read it but my reading is not happening but once the headaches are controlled and some of the side effects calm down I hope to read more. I do remember its a good book.

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    1. Thank you, dear Jenny, once again for all you seek to do for us authors but do take care of yourself.

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  6. Haven't read this one but it looks great! I'm always wanting to read good Christian books now that I seem to be getting my capacity for concentrating back. :) Blessings to you Jenny and to Mary. Love, Sheri

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    1. Hope you keep improving, sheri, and thank you for commenting.

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    2. Sheri i am so glad you have your capacity for concentrating back I want mine too. I can actually read better on the computer than a book or anything right now. Oh Mary Sheri is my friend I visited in the states she out did me with braking her arm. Sheri I am sure you would love this book.

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