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Penelope’s Ghost is a deviously delightful romance from down under. It was exciting to read about such a unique and unusual locale. Many of us Americans will never have the chance to visit the Land of Oz, but author Goldie Alexander bring the outback to the reader. The novel tells the story of Lisa Harbinger, newly divorced and desperate for work as she gets back on her feet after her husband leaves her for another man. To that end, she reluctantly takes a position as nanny to two unruly children at an old, posh, historical house on the South Coast. There she meets the strange (and strangely haunted) Prescott clan, headed by Richard Prescott, a cold, aloof, but utterly delicious (and very available!) man who is himself newly divorced. Very soon some serious sparks fly between Lisa and Richard, but when old family secrets come to life, as well as a vengeful ghost, the couple find themselves battling forces beyond their human understanding.
A must read!
by Goldie Alexander
Genre: Paranormal/Romantic Suspense/Contemporary
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Date of Publication: April 9th 2014
Word Count: 83,560
Haunted. Haunting. Redeemed.
When Lisa Harbinger takes a job as nanny to a prestigious Australian family, she gets more than she bargained for: two spoilt children, vengeful ghosts, a long-unsolved mystery and a blazing passion she and her enigmatic boss are unable to deny.
“He fell in love with someone else,” Richard repeated thoughtfully. “Was she a friend of yours?”
It must be time to confess. What he would think of me after that, I didn’t dare consider. “Actually, she was a he. Simon fell in love with Robert and finally admitted he was gay.”
Richard’s eyebrows shot up. “Married to someone as lovely and intelligent as you? That’s almost impossible to believe.”
Lovely? Intelligent? Not knowing how to respond to these compliments I said quickly, “I think Simon always knew he was gay. Even when he married me, he was just in denial. I was too dumb to wake up to it.”
“When you did realise, how did it make you feel?”
“Angry. Miserable. Then totally stupid,” I answered. “There were so many hints, but I kept on ignoring them.” Then I dared to venture, as the atmosphere between us was definitely pulsing, “He was never interested in sex.”
His face blank, Richard turned to the next page of the book we were sharing, then another. In the pause I heard an owl hoot and the wind rustle a branch against the window.
At last he put down the book. “Never interested in sex. That mean you’re not? Let’s find out.” With this, he placed one arm around my waist and with the other hand tilted my head so I faced him. Then he carefully and delicately placed his mouth over mine.
Goldie Alexander Interview:
Tell us, Goldie, how did you begin writing?
I began my writing career with four YA Dolly fictions written under the name Gerri Lapin. These books taught me to stick to a specific word count, to create convincing character, settings, plot and what genre to follow.
Do you advise getting a publisher or self-publishing?
Depends on circumstances. I think it is always better to find a publisher because there is a certain snobbery in the writing game. The hierarchy, no matter how much we might dislike it is as follows: big name publishers, small name publishers, educational publishing and self publishing. All this may be quite inaccurate as far as the quality of the book but it is hard to get through such notions and have the public buy enough copies.
What advice can you give for writers releasing their first novel?
Be pleased with yourself. Enjoy the moment. It is said that it isn’t the first book that counts but the second. Do you have it in you to write another?
What was your favorite character you ever wrote about?
Always the major heroine in my last book. In “Penelope’s Ghost” it is Lisa Harbinger She is feisty without being too ‘gung-ho’ and has a definite mind of her own.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Life! Books, film, TV, people I know, people I see on public transport, stories in the news. I am a magpie that picks up bits of writing material everywhere.
If you couldn’t be a writer, what occupation would you choose?
A famous TV presenter who talks about books and interviews other authors.
I would run a country where everyone loves each other.
If your books could impact the world in any way, what would you want that way to be and why?
To make the world a place where racism, homophobia, sexism, and hatred no longer exist. To make the world a better place.
Is there anything else you’d like to add about Penelope’s Ghost?
I hope people enjoy reading it, and if they do, that they please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about it. They can also go into my blog at http://www.goldiealexander.com/blog and they can look up some of my other books on http://www.goldiealexander.com.
About the Author:
Goldie Alexander has published over 75 books plus many prize winning short stories and articles. For children she is best known for, “My Australian Story: Surviving Sydney Cove”, now in its 10th edition. Amongst recent work are three collections of short stories: ‘Killer Virus’, ‘My Horrible Cousins’ and ‘Space Footy”.
Her latest novels for Young Adult include ‘The Youngest Cameleer’, ‘In Hades’ a verse novel, and ‘That Stranger next Door’. For middle grade readers: ‘eSide: A Journey into Cyberspace’. ‘ Cybertrix: 2043, and ‘Neptunia’, and the Junior novel ‘Gallipoli Medals’. She has authored the how-to-write ‘Mentoring Your Memoir’, facilitates creative writing workshops and mentors emerging authors.
Penelope’s Ghost is Goldie’s first, but far from last, Romance novel.
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