Erin O'Riordan: Welcome back to WIP Wednesday. Last week, I didn't mention anything creative I was working on. I've been very busy with my mainstream editing job, adding punctuation and pizzazz to career and educational articles. Very soon, I will dip my toe back in creative waters. I have a Shakespearean-inspired short story called "Pucked" coming out in an anthology edited by Barbara Cardy soon.
Kathleen Heady: My first novel, The Gate House, is due to be republished soon by Whiskey Creek Press. My current works in progress are both part of the Nara series. Nara is a young woman with roots in the Caribbean and the United Kingdom.
Lydia’s Story bridges the present day and World War II in a story of family ties and the greed for possessions. As she delves into the past, Nara finds that descendants of a French aristocratic family are on the trail of their own lost possessions, which they believe Nara may have stumbled upon in her search for the truth about her great-grandparents.
In Nara of the Islands, I tell Nara’s story on the fictional island of St. Clare, where she grew up in a laid-back tropical environment, with an undercurrent of magic and belief in the power of charms and potions.
Nara has her own FaceBook page – Nara from the Gate House.
My website is www.kathleenheady.com
Ariel Tachna: Inherit the Sky by Ariel Tachna (work in progress)
Caine Neiheisel is stuck in a dead-end job at the end of a dead-end relationship when the chance of a lifetime falls in his lap. His mother inherits her uncle’s sheep station in New South Wales, Australia, and Caine sees it as the opportunity to start over, out on the range where his stutter won’t hold him back and his willingness to work will surely make up for his lack of knowledge.
Unfortunately, Macklin Armstrong, the foreman of Lang Downs who should be Caine’s biggest ally, alternates between being cool and downright dismissive, and the other hands are more amused by Caine’s accent than they are moved by his plight. It will take all of Caine’s determination—and an act of cruel sabotage by a hostile neighbor—to bring the men of Lang Downs together and give Caine and Macklin a chance at love.
Image attribution: Evelyn de Morgan, Le Philtre D'Amour, 1903 - public domain
Carol Rivers: IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER begins in the cold Winter of 1919, two months after the Armistice that ended the Great War. Life in London's East End is harder than ever and for young Birdie Connor the battle is only just beginning. Frank, her older brother, has been sent to prison for deserting his army post. Shame is heaped on the Connor family, but Birdie fights to clear their name and squares up to some of the most notorious underworld characters of that era. The novel is out October 2011, paperback and Kindle.
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