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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday Spotlight - Margaret Tanner!

Hello from Nashville, TN!

In case you're wondering what I'm up to, my friend Penney is producing a pilot for a TV sitcom and I'm tagging along LOL! Of course we're taking a little time to sight-see. I'll tell you all about that in another post.

For now, please welcome friend and fellow author, Margaret Tanner with her book, Shattered Dreams.

Margaret Tanner is an award winning multi-published Australian author. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels, and prides herself on being historically correct. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia. She is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, the Melbourne Romance Writers Group (MRWG) and EPIC. In 2008 she won Author of the Year at AussieAuthors.com. Her contemporary novel Holly and the Millionaire went to No 12 on the Fictionwise Romance Best Sellers list. Her favorite historical period is the 1st World War, and she has visited the battlefields of France and Belgium, a truly poignant experience.She is married to Laurie and they have three grown up sons. Outside of her family and friends, writing is her passion. Find out more by visiting her website.
Three young soldiers leave a shattering legacy as they pass through Lauren Cunningham’s life. Danny her childhood sweetheart is killed in action in 1915. Captain Blair Sinclair returns from the war with amnesia and believes Lauren to be his fiancée. Dick McKinlay is a shell shocked soldier who is prepared to marry her to hide a terrible secret. Even if Blair can forgive Lauren for being an impostor, will she always be haunted by the ghost of her lost first love and tainted by the scandal surrounding her marriage to Dick?

Excerpt: Another letter arrived, dated the twenty-ninth of March, 1915.

Darling Laurie,

There is not much doing at the moment, but word has it we are set for battle soon. I can't wait. We are trained and ready, yet still they just leave us sitting here. I hope you are well. We had a quiet sort of Christmas, although the food was better. I had plum pudding among other things. There were chocolates and sweets, too,that reminded me of you, as I remember how you like sweet things. Can't understand why you're such a slim little thing the way you eat.

We are burned nearly black from the sun. One poor devil in my platoon has coloring like yours, only his hair is real carroty, and he got badly burned.

Did I tell you we climbed the pyramids, oh, and I saw the Sphinx. Take care, Laurie, and keep writing. The feeling is we will be leaving shortly. I miss you, and think of you all the time. I do love you, and wish, well, you know, I better not say in case your father reads this letter, but I'll never forget. Love, Danny.

She folded the letter up, and got the others out of her jewel case. Sitting on the bed, she re-read each of them and her eyes misted over. Danny, who had always hated school, penned rather a good letter. She had done as he asked and written two letters to Blair Sinclair. If he answered she would continue writing, if he did not, well no-one could say she didn’t try.

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0130 hours, 25 April 1915. Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey

The air felt chilly as Danny waited on the deck of the troopship. It was so dark he couldn’t see land, even though someone said it was less than three miles away. When his turn came, he climbed down the rope ladder and found himself in a small open boat. Excitement surged through him. He had traveled halfway around the world for this moment and was keen to give a good account of himself. His equipment and ammunition weighed more than eighty pounds, but he wouldn’t have cared if it had been a hundred and eighty.

He found himself next to Ernie, his friend since their training days at Broadmeadows, in what seemed like another lifetime. So much had happened since then. All the biblical places he had visited, the exotic foreigners he had mingled with, Laurie would be enthralled when he told her. It warmed his heart just thinking about the love they shared and she wouldn't cheat on him like some girls did, and he hadn’t cheated on her, either.

I should have finished that letter, he thought, and posted it in Lemnos. Laurie would understand, she always did. He would finish it off tomorrow, and with any luck he would be able to tell her they had actually begun fighting.

When four boats were full, the pinnaces towed them towards land.

“I'm f…f…frightened,” Ernie stammered.

“Nothing to be frightened of, mate.” Danny gave a soft chuckle. “Just pretend you're back working as a grip man on the trams. The noise of the pinnaces sounds rather like a tram, don't you think?” Hope those Turks don't hear us, though.”

He gripped his rifle between his knees as they had been instructed to do, and he was surprised when his hands became sweaty. Ernie's arm shook as it pressed up hard against his own.

“Stick with me—we're mates, I'll look after you,” he comforted his friend, wondering whether the slight clicking noise close to his ear might be Ernie's teeth chattering.

It seemed spooky quiet, as they only spoke in whispers, and the slight splashing of the waves against the side of the boat was barely audible. About fifty yards from shore, the pinnaces cast off the boats and the sailors started to row them to the beach.

Shattered Dreams is just one of Margaret's books available now from The Wild Rose Press!

Remember Friends - my holiday-themed romances will continue on Tuesday. Hope to see you then!


19 comments:

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Pamela,
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog for your Saturday Spotlight. I am proud to sharing the same page as a talented author like you.

Regards
Margaret

Karlene Blakemore-Mowle said...

Your book sounds great Margaret, loved what I read on here :)
Yay for the wild rose press!!!

Kathleen said...

Fascinating and haunting excerpt! Congratulations on another terrific book.

Pauline B Jones said...

I'm a day late, but wanted to stop by and say hi!

Celia Yeary said...

MARGARET--Hi, there, I wouldn't miss your interview for the world!Your varied writing styles are intriguing. It's not often an author can write in such widely different genres. I have a WWI (then called The Great War, I believe)--novel in the beginning stages. I made a good start, and have since become side-tracked.The idea came from an old letter my sisters and I found in our mother's things,, written by her mother, our grandmother, who died at age 20 in 1918 with the Spanish flu. It's such a great letter--that's what interested me about your story--those letters. Take care--Celia

Victoria Roder said...

Your research and basing a book on an event is intruiging. Best to you.

Keena Kincaid said...

Margaret,
Just stopping in to say hello. Great blog and I love your excerpts. World War I is just such a haunting event...I sometimes wonder how anyone managed to survive.

Ginger Simpson said...

How wonderful that another TN author would recognize the talent and charm of Margaret Tanner. I'm a fan, always mention her as a favored author, and I'm so stoked to read this book. It's about time.

Susan Macatee said...

What a great excerpt, Margaret! I love romances set during wartime. Such emotion in that scene!

Mary Ricksen said...

Great excerpt Margaret. Sounds like a winner! Good luck!

Erin said...

Hello Margaret, How exiting to find you blogging. I’ve read Shattered Dreams. While lost in the pages of Shattered Dreams I remember thinking how it was the most unpredictable warm romantic plot I’d ever read. This coupled with your by the gentle pleasure of your writing style has turned me into quite a fan. Thank you for the joy of being permitted to share your stories. --- (Thank you Pamela) --- Erin

Ilona Fridl said...

Hi, Margaret!
This is one of your books I have read and loved it. Keep up the good work!
From your fellow Vintage Rose.

Gail Symmonds said...

You are such a clever lady Margaret. You must spend an enormous amount of time on research. Congrats on another great book.

Gail :)

Cate Masters said...

Wonderful excerpt, Margaret! Congrats on Shattered Dreams, it sounds like another fantastic read. Sorry to be late, am catching up after the holiday!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Everyone,Karlene, Celia, Kathleen, Keena, Susan, Mary, Ilona, Cate, Gail, Pauline, Victoria, Ginger and Erin
Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving a comment, I really do appreciate it.

Best wishes
Margaret

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Everyone,
I forgot to mention that the lovely cover of Shattered Dreams was designed by the fabulously talented Rae Monet

MAGGI said...
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MAGGI said...

Tried to leave a message Margaret!
Congratulations on what sounds like an intriguing read.
Maggi Andersen

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Maggie,
Thanks for dropping by I appreciate it.
Cheers
Margaret