Edits Edits Edits

Without giving too much away, I started edits on The Artist’s Secret at about 3am (now it’s nearly seven in the morning). Don’t ask me why I chose that time to begin!

The manuscript is still a bit of a mess, but in this screenshot you can see what it looks like “behind the scenes” when you’re working with an editor on a book: lots of highlights and shifting of words and comments in the margins!

Edit Screenshot The Artist's Secret by Sonya Heaney Historical Romance

Eurovision Revisited

The Eurovision final should have taken place this weekend (stupid virus), so it’s time to revisit the best performance the competition has ever seen: Ukraine’s Verka Serduchka in 2007!

As I say every year, I’m a dot in the video. I was travelling with my brother at the time, and I think we were the only people in Finland who were accidentally in Helsinki on Eurovision weekend!

How Reader Behaviour Is Changing During the COVID-19 Crisis

How Reader Behavior Is Changing During the COVID-19 Crisis

This article turned up in my email today, and it makes for an interesting read. Because each week feels like a year at the moment, it’s probably already a little out of date (it’s dated the 24th of April), but it shows that while people are still buying books, readers’ habits are changing.

Of course, this is a US-focused piece, so things are likely different in other countries. Australia is in a good position to start opening up again (and some of our restrictions have already been lifted), so I assume readers here are likely to return to in-person book shopping faster than – say – the US or the UK.

Documenting the Pandemic

I’m sure that many other places around the world are doing a similar thing – and it would be worth checking out – but here in Canberra the ACT Heritage Library has put out a call for submissions to help correctly document this point in history.

Because we live in an online world now, we’re in danger of losing records of life during the pandemic. History that’s written in books so often misses the human element.

The library is asking for (both paper and digital):

photographs
written works such as diaries and recollections
ephemera such as posters, flyers and mail-outs
audio recordings such as oral histories and, recorded recollections
video such as video journals, short films, and digital stories

You can find email and mail addresses HERE.

 

Writing Inspiration: Victorian Queanbeyan

The Landowner's Secret and The Artist's Secret by Sonya Heaney Brindabella Secrets Series Covers

Thanks to Nichole Overall, an author and historian of the Canberra and Queanbeyan region, I’ve finally seen a Victorian-era photograph of The Dog and Stile, the pub that is in the background of my Brindabella Secrets series (book one is currently on sale for $1.99 for readers in Australia and New Zealand!).

The Dog & Stile Inn of 1841, oldest surviving building in Queanbeyan (officially that's The Oaks of 1838 in Oaks Estate, now Canberra), on Macquoid St (named for Supreme Court Sheriff Thomas Macquoid owner of Tuggeranong H

The photograph is from the mid-1800s, and the building still stands in Queanbeyan, New South Wales (but no longer operates as a public house). You can see what it looks like now at the link to Nichole’s account.

Mary Balogh Series Information

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All right, so I’m VERY late to this party, but during one of my procrastination sessions yesterday afternoon I came across a blog post from Regency romance author Mary Balogh that explains in quite a lot of detail what is going on with her current Westcott family series, and her plans for future books. It also explains her motivation behind the novella she published last year.

(On a side note, the model on this cover looks a bit like the woman on my cover for The Artist’s Secret!)

I thought it was an interesting read for Balogh fans.

You can read the post HERE.

The Landowner’s Secret only $1.99 on Kobo!

Readers in Australia and New Zealand! In addition to The Landowner’s Secret being discounted on Kindle for the month of May, the price has now also been dropped on Kobo.

Kobo Australia

Kobo New Zealand

You can read the first two chapters HERE.

The Landowner's Secret May 2020 Price Promotion

New South Wales, 1885

When Alice Ryan wakes to find thugs surrounding her cottage, on the hunt for her no-good brother, she escapes into the surrounding bush.

It is wealthy landowner Robert Farrer who finds her the next morning, dishevelled, injured, and utterly unwilling to share what she knows. With criminals on the loose and rumours that reckless bushrangers have returned to the area, Robert is determined to keep Alice out of danger, and insists on taking her into his home-despite the scandal it may cause. Convincing her to stay on with him for her own safety, however, is going to take some work.

What Robert doesn’t expect is his growing attraction to the forthright, unruly woman staying in his home. Before either of them can settle into their odd new situation, their home and wellbeing come under threat and they will need to trust each other to survive. But they are both keeping secrets, secrets that have the potential to ruin their burgeoning love, their livelihood … and their lives.

The Landowner’s Secret Price Promotion!

Beginning today, and lasting until the end of May, The Landowner’s Secret will be only $1.99 on Amazon for readers in Australia and New Zealand. Book description below the image.

The Landowner's Secret May 2020 Price Promotion

New South Wales, 1885

When Alice Ryan wakes to find thugs surrounding her cottage, on the hunt for her no-good brother, she escapes into the surrounding bush.
It is wealthy landowner Robert Farrer who finds her the next morning, dishevelled, injured, and utterly unwilling to share what she knows. With criminals on the loose and rumours that reckless bushrangers have returned to the area, Robert is determined to keep Alice out of danger, and insists on taking her into his home-despite the scandal it may cause. Convincing her to stay on with him for her own safety, however, is going to take some work.

What Robert doesn’t expect is his growing attraction to the forthright, unruly woman staying in his home. Before either of them can settle into their odd new situation, their home and wellbeing come under threat and they will need to trust each other to survive. But they are both keeping secrets, secrets that have the potential to ruin their burgeoning love, their livelihood … and their lives.

On this day: French women finally vote

After decades of campaigning, the women of France voted for the first time on the 29th of April, 1945, when municipal elections were held. Legislation for women’s suffrage had been passed in October the year before.

While late, France wasn’t the last European country to grant women the vote. Women’s suffrage came even later in Italy, Greece, San Marino, Monaco, Andorra and Switzerland. Liechtenstein was the last to adopt equal voting rights – only in 1984.

This image from May of 1935 is of French suffragette Louise Weiss demonstrating alongside women holding papers saying The Frenchwoman Must Vote.

Suffragettes in France demonstrate in May of 1935. French women didn't win the vote until the mid-1940s. Louise Weiss along with other suffragettes in 1935. The bold text on the newspape

Out Now: Heiress for Hire (A Duke’s Heiress #1) by Madeline Hunter

Heiress for Hire, the first book in the Duke’s Heiress series by Madeline Hunter is out today. I’ve only read one page so far, but I’m excited to start a new series by a favourite author!

Heiress for Hire (A Duke’s Heiress #1) by Madeline Hunter

Heiress for Hire (A Duke's Heiress #1) by Madeline Hunter

Minerva Hepplewhite has learned the hard way how to take care of herself. When an intruder breaks into her home, she doesn’t swoon or simper. Instead she wallops the rogue over the head and ties him up—only to realise he is Chase Radnor, a gentleman and grandson of a lord, and a man who makes it his business to investigate suspicious matters. Now he’s insisting that Minerva has inherited a fortune from his uncle, a wealthy Duke. Only one thing could surprise her more: her sudden attraction to this exasperating man . . .

Chase can’t decide whether Minerva is a wronged woman or a femme fatale. Either way, he’s intrigued. Maddeningly, with her unexpected inheritance, she has set up a discreet detective business to rival Chase’s own. She may be the perfect person to help him uncover the truth about his uncle’s demise. But as proximity gives way to mutual seduction, Chase realises he craves a much deeper alliance . . .