Bestselling Australian Author
Bestselling Australian Author
Téa Cooper tempts us to the limit. I’ve taken a leap with Lily and now I’m looking for freedom with Matilda. I’m not protesting about the protea boys either because I’m up for a tree change. Add a passionfruit cocktail and a bit of poetry - and I’m on a winning streak.
(Spot the titles of Tea’s six books!)
Take it away Téa:
Are there cowboys or country manors in any of your stories?
Yes I have cowboys! (Yay!) I wasn’t aware I had cowboys I thought I had bushrangers but apparently by default bushrangers in the US are cowboys! I’m happy to say that my darling Thomas Roscomon the divine bushranger hero in Lily’s Leap is officially a cowboy.
I’m so happy for you! Your own cowboy - surely a dream come true.
Will you tell us about yourself and what genre(s) you love writing?
I write contemporary and historical romance – always Australian, to date anyway. I started with contemporary but I was hijacked by the local Historical Society and found myself doing museum duty…and so Lily’s Leap was born…set in Wollombi my home “town” (more of a village really but it was gazetted as a town in the nineteenth century and nothing much has changed around here since then).
One day when I was doing “Museum duty” I came across the plans for one of the oldest houses in the area and Matilda just leapt onto my computer - and the rest as they say is history!
What writing project did you put aside to answer these questions?
Absolutely none! (Seriously?) I have just finished 50ks30days so I have put my latest story aside for a week or two to let
it settle before I let the evil internal editor loose on it. (Ah ha!)
What are books for?
Escape! (Nice promo!!)
Great promo Téa! (We share a publisher - Escape Publishing)
Will you name one entity you feel supported you outside of family members?
Without a doubt Poppy the Rottweiler! She is my constant companion and a wonderful sounding board. As long as I have treats on my desk she agrees to every plot change, every character and every conflict – she is so good for my self-esteem!
Do you see writing as a career?
Writing has always been a part of my life and a part of my various careers but fiction writing? No, I didn’t see it as
career. It was something I wanted to do but doubted I ever would. It is beginning to feel as though it might be a career and that’s something I am very excited about.
Looking at all six book covers, I’d hazard a guess that Téa’s on the right track.
An unconventional woman clashes with colonial society in this spicy and sweet Australian-set historical romance.
His carefree bachelor days over, Christopher Matcham returns to Sydney to take responsibility for his mother, two stepsisters, and the family property. Fortune smiles on him when he is introduced to Matilda Sweet, a woman in need of work. Though unusual, Christopher senses that her fresh ideals and positive outlook can only benefit his sisters, so he hires her as a companion.
By the time they arrive at Christopher’s family home, the two are fast friends. But Matilda’s unorthodox ways and her convict heritage make her a second class citizen to the family. Christopher has responsibilities, and they include an
advantageous match. A breeches-wearing, fish-pond-swimming, plain-talking convict’s daughter will never fit in. After all, romance is a luxury the upper classes cannot afford…
Where to buy Matilda's Freedom:
Barnes & Noble
Born into privileged society, Lilibeth Dungarven finds herself married, widowed, and much to her distress, back under her father’s rule, all before her twenty-first birthday. But this feisty and independent young woman has a dream: she is
determined to breed the perfect racehorse and restore the family’s flagging fortunes.
When the devastatingly attractive Captain Tom and his mismatched band of bushrangers stumble across a mob of the best horses they’ve ever seen, and the daughter of the famed Dungarven stud, they know their fortunes have changed. Their catch is worth a king’s ransom. Surely it can’t be too difficult to contain this beautiful young woman with violet eyes for seven days?
Where to buy Lily's Leap:
Barnes & Noble
Thank you Téa and Poppy the rotty for popping in to the country manor. Wishing you happy sales for your new release Matilda's Freedom.
Hope you visit again and tell us about the latest work in progress!
Here's where you can find Téa Cooper after I wave her off at my country manor door:
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00AG3WHRU
Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question - we'd love to hear from you!
Jennie & Téa
6/7/2013 02:22:59 am
Tea, great to meet you, and especially to read about your books. I sometimes think we all get so busy that although we know the names of the authors, we don't always get a good handle on what exactly they write. Your books sound wonderful, and I'll definitely be checking them out. Jennie, thanks for another wonderful, relaxing, and enjoyable post. Hope to see you both in Freo.
7/7/2013 02:13:00 am
Thank you for taking the time to comment. I'm thrilled you like the sound of Lily and Matilda - I really hope you enjoy a taste of Wollombi. Unfortunately I won't be in Freo but enjoy!
6/7/2013 05:52:56 am
Hi Noelle - how nice to see you up at the manor! I will definitely see you at the RWA annual conference in Fremantle, Perth in August where we'll be adding even more books to our To Be Read pile :)
6/7/2013 01:11:23 pm
Hi Tea and Jennie,
7/7/2013 01:54:18 am
Hi Cate, lovely to see you here with Tea and Poppy. Keep patting all those dogs too! And I agree about life herding us in the direction we're meant to go. That's a great take on it (I'll pinch that one).
7/7/2013 02:10:25 am
Thanks for stopping by...sometimes I think my life is more about herding cats than anything else - that's why Poppy figures so largely - plus the fact she is very large indeed! I'm giving her a pat, 'as we speak' and she sends a large slobber back!
7/7/2013 01:40:19 pm
Thanks Jennie and Tea and Poppy :)
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