Monday, April 15, 2013

[Book Tour] Secrets in Time by Alison Stuart & Author Interview

Secrets in Time
by Alison Stuart



Can love endure across time?

When a seventeenth-century cavalier hurls himself over her garden wall, Doctor Jessica Shepherd is more angry than surprised. Although she ís no stranger to military re-enactors, there ís something different about Nathaniel Preston. If he ís to be believed, something…or someone…has sent him forward in time from the midst of a civil war to the quiet English countryside of the twentieth century.

With time working against them, Nathaniel has to convince Jessica why fate brought them together before he ís forced to return to his own era and certain death in battle.

Can the strength of love overcome all obstacles, even time itself?


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Alison Stuart is an award winning Australian writer of historicals with heart.  Whether duelling with dashing cavaliers or waywards ghosts, her books provide a reader with a meaty plot and characters who have to strive against adversity, always with the promise of happiness together. Alison is a lapsed lawyer who has worked in the military and fire service, which may explain a predisposition to soldier heroes.  She lives with her own personal hero and two needy cats and likes nothing more than a stiff gin and tonic and a walk along the sea front of her home town.  She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at her website, facebook, twitter and Goodreads.
Find Alison on the Web


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Facebook:  Alison Stuart- Writer

Twitter:  @AlisonStuart14

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Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Although I am an Australian by citizenship, I was born in Kenya in the dying days of the British Empire. I trained and worked for many years as a lawyer in a variety of different areas but by far the most interesting was the time I spent in the armed forces and working for one of the emergency services (I still have a ‘thing’ for fire trucks…and men in uniform). I am now a “recovering” lawyer and proudly put down “writer” as my occupaition. I find I have far more interesting conversations at customs and immigration. I am married to a devilishly handsome hero and have 2 grown sons who have flown the nest so it is just the two of us and are 2 needy cats rattling around the house these days. I live in one of the oldest parts of Melbourne, Australia and although I have lived and travelled in different countries, there is nowhere else I would choose to live.

Please describe your writing environment.
Since my sons left home, my husband and I took over their bedrooms as our offices (none of this boomeranging back home!). As my husband is pathologically untidy and I’m not, we could never share a creative space. I love having a “Room of My Own” (as Virginia Woolf would say). I work on a battered Victorian cedar desk that is ergonomically disastrous but I have had this desk since I was 16 and anything modern and efficient is not an option! My husband built some bookshelves to sit on the desk where I keep my favourite reference books to hand. It is also the room where I have my sewing machine and all my quilting bits and bobs. Definitely MY space!

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?
I have a little pewter statue of an English Civil War soldier which I’ve had for years. He sits on the bookshelf above my computer screen and has travelled the world with me. A few years ago I thought I had lost him and I was devastated because I couldn’t replace him.

Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
I am not a plotter. I will begin with a rough idea of characters and a vague plot but the joy in writing for me is letting the characters tell their own stories. When they start talking back at me I know I am on the right track.

What do you do on a typical writing day?
6.30:  Go for a walk along the foreshore with a friend and her dog
7.30 – 8.30:  Breakfast and chores
8.30:  Sit down at desk, flex fingers, remove cat from desk…check facebook and email.
9.00:  Remove cat from desk. Check website and blog
9.30:  Remove cat from desk, make a cup of tea, read the paper
10.00:  Check facebook and email…remove cat from desk.

….Yes, it is true…I am the world’s greatest procastrinator but when I am in the writing zone I can turn out as much as 10K words in a day. Just takes me a while to get there.

How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Please visit my website: . You can also find me on Goodreads.

Thanks for having me…it’s been fun!

Thanks, Alison!

Alison will be awarding ecopies of her two previously published books THE KING’S MAN and the award winning BY THE SWORD, which are set in the same period as this story, to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Be sure to COMMENT!

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  1. Hi Alison,

    Enjoyed reading and reviewing your book. Hope you have a succeful tour.

  2. Thanks for calling past, Maria and so glad you enjoyed the book (and gave it a wonderful review too!)

  3. Thank you for hosting ... sorry I'm a day late!

  4. I enjoyed this book.