Meet The Author Moment With Anneli Purchase / @anneli33 / @SherylBrowne / #LLm

Welcome to another Meet The Author Moment! Today we’re featuring author Anneli Purchase. Read on to learn more about Anneli!

The Interview

Anneli[7][AC]: What inspired you to write your first book? 

[AP]: I had enjoyed writing short stories for a long time but when I joined the local writers’ club and saw that so many of the members were writing longer works, I began to think about telling a longer story. My mother had an eventful life and I thought this would be a good starting point. I took her story and fictionalized it. Julia’s Violinist was the result.

[AC]: Do you have a specific writing style? 

[AP]: I try to make my writing sound like an ordinary person talking, telling a story. It needs to be entertaining and colourful without being flowery, and yet with enough detail to make the reader feel as if they are in the scene they are reading about.


[AC]: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

[AP]: Not necessarily a message, but I hope that readers will still be thinking about the book and its characters long after they finish reading.


[AC]: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

[AP]: Very often the events in my novels have their beginnings in something I’ve experienced or seen, but I take care to add a lot of fiction as I build the story around them.

[AC]: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 

[AP]: I don’t have a writer in mind that I try to emulate. My mother was an excellent storyteller who always kept her listeners spellbound to the end. What I am trying to do is to combine her talent for storytelling with well-crafted language, written correctly in terms of grammar, and in the voice that the story calls for.

The Books
Author: Anneli Purchase
Orion’s Gift

Orion’s Gift

Will fear become their nemesis or will passion and trust surmount the violence and hostility they have endured? The exotic landscape of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, described by an author who has been there, provides the backdrop for this story of romance and treachery. More info →
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Julia’s Violinist

Julia’s Violinist

The lovely Julia has it all—a seemingly perfect life. The aftermath of WWII changes all that. Widowed and homeless, Julia and her two small children become refugees in their own land. As she tries to rebuild her life, Julia is drawn into a love triangle. New flames or old flames—both can burn and destroy. More info →
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The Wind Weeps

The Wind Weeps

The Wind Weeps is a pure Canadian tale of love, betrayal, and triumph, told with gusto, humour, and bold insight. More info →
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Fall In Love With Julia’s Violinist / @anneli33 / #LLm

Welcome to the café! Today we’re featuring Anneli Purchase’s title, Julia’s Violinist.
And here’s an excerpt…

Excerpt From Julia’s Violinist

Hover over the text in the box, then scroll to read the excerpt…

Three days later the POWs gathered their few possessions and lined up at the Stalag gates to have their passbooks stamped on their way to freedom. The last distribution of mail was done as the soldiers passed through the gates. Only a handful of POWs had mail. Karl thought he must have heard wrong when his name was called. The Russian guard tossed a tatty bundle of letters to him and read the next name. Karl was stunned. Not a single letter for over a year and now, on the last day, a bundle of … thirty-one, he counted. All from Julia.

He was frantic with wanting to open them, but nothing, not even these special letters, could make him lag behind in the POW camp. Out! Out! Just get out first, and then I can look at them.

As soon as he was out of sight of the prison camp, he sank down on the ground beside the road. His hands trembled as he opened the first letter. Through tears he saw her lovely handwriting, so perfect and neat; words that spoke of loneliness and longing. Each letter contained a small anecdote of Julia’s home life and ended with the hope that they would see each other again. Around the edges of the pages his name was written over and over in a border design, “KarlKarlKarlKarl. I miss you, Karl.”

He wasn’t sure how long he sat there. Other recently released POWs walked by. No one stopped. They had seen it all and there was nothing unusual about a man sitting in the dirt crying his eyes out as he read his mail.

 

Julia’s Violinist

Julia’s Violinist

The lovely Julia has it all—a seemingly perfect life. The aftermath of WWII changes all that. Widowed and homeless, Julia and her two small children become refugees in their own land. As she tries to rebuild her life, Julia is drawn into a love triangle. New flames or old flames—both can burn and destroy. More info →
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Anneli’s Café Order

And what would Anneli order at our café counter?

“My favourite treat is an almond croissant with a tall Americano coffee.”
Sounds fab! But what about the music?

 

Anneli’s Music
“Music that contributed to the inspiration of JV was from an old German choir book that my parents brought to Canada with them over 60 years ago. The sheet music for the song is pictured on the cover of Julia’s Violinist. It is a song calling for the peace of night to come to take away the troubles and fatigue endured during the long hard day.”
Wonderful. Here’s a little German choir music to get us inspired!

 

Meet The Author Moment: Caroline James / @CarolineJames12 / @anneli33

Good morning! Today we’re going to spice things up at the café with a new feature: Meet The Author Moment. Today, we’re introducing LLm’s own Caroline James. Welcome Caroline!


CJ SYTYACC with book and caption[AC]: What do you absolutely need to write?

[CJ]: I have a passion for food and the hospitality industry. When my fingers touch the keyboard and my head clicks into gear on this subject, the words start to flow and I’m off! I met so many fascinating characters in my years as an hotelier and latterly as a consultant and the hotel environment is a hot-bed of characters and gossip. The best piece of advice I ever had was to write what you know, so I work on that basis and adapt incidents and experiences that I’ve come across or been part of. I often think the stories seem far-fetched, but in truth I’ve generally toned them considerably!

[AC]: What inspired you to create the lead characters?

[CJ]: I’ve worked with chefs for many years and had a good insight into the machinations of what makes a so called ‘celebrity chef,’ seen constantly on our TV screens. I also appreciate how hard they work and wanted to weave a story around the industry from a different point of view – backstage and how it might work. The lead male character is loosely based on a chef who had a reckless lifestyle off-stage but was a completely loveable rogue.

[AC]: Was there an alternate ending?

[CJ]: I remember listening to crime writer Ian Rankin talk about his writing and he said that he never knew the ending of his novels until he wrote the last page. I felt like this with So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? It wasn’t until right at the end that I knew for sure what would happen and was then able to write it. So I guess the ending could have had many alternatives.

[AC]: Where were you when the idea for this book came to you?

[CJ]: Stonked off my face at a food festival in Ireland, enjoying Irish hospitality at it’s best! The festival was Kinsale’s Annual Gourmet Food Festival – a truly incredible event and for those that can stay the course, it is three days of total food and drink debauchery. Paradise for me! Wonderful people and fantastic entertainment; sadly the host of the festival, the enigmatic Derek Davies, died earlier this year but the show goes on and will ride successfully into its 40th year in 2016. It was blindingly obvious to me to base a book around this event because it is so colourful and interesting. Some of the plot came from an experience I’d had with a crazy chef in France but again, no one would believe me if I’d kept to the truth!J

[AC]: You’re in a café, like this one, and you go up to the counter. What would you order?

[CJ]: A large Americano, with hot skimmed milk on the side, then I’ll loiter around the glass dome that covers a tray of chocolate brownies and tell myself not to go there, but deciding that life is too short not to, I’ll order two to have with my coffee.

[AC]: What’s up next for you? Anything you can share that’s in the works?

[CJ]: I’m continuing the Coffee, Tea series. My debut book Coffee, Tea, the Gypsy & Me has a strong fan base and I am constantly asked what happens to the main characters, Jo and Hattie. So, Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean & Me is about to be born and we find Jo and Hattie have moved on in years and following life changes for both, go on holiday to Barbados. The book is a romantic comedy – a story about the friendship between two women who have both suffered loss. The story shows that there is hope in middle years, romance can happen and life really does begin again. I loved writing this book and enjoyed the research, especially the pina coladas which were compulsory throughout! Two more books will follow next year: Coffee, Tea, the Boomers & Me and Coffee, Tea, Christmas & Me. Can’t wait – 2016 is going to be busy!

Author: Caroline James
Let’s Hear It For the Boys

Let’s Hear It For the Boys

Let’s Hear It For The Boys is a tribute to the men of Movember. The HitLitPro authors have created nine short stories to celebrate the men in our lives, the effect they have on our hearts, our minds (and our bodies), and the difference they can make to the world around them. All profits from the sale of this anthology are being donated. More info →
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Coffee, Tea, the Gypsy & Me

Coffee, Tea, the Gypsy & Me

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Genre: Romance
Jo’s romance with the gypsy began with his first kiss, she never forgot it… When Jo Edmond’s husband runs off with their nanny and disappears into a Spanish sunset, Jo resolves to make a new life with her baby son. She impulsively purchases Kirkton House a run down guest house and with the help of a colourful cast of characters, establishes a thriving country house hotel. Jo opens the hotel during Fair Week, a famous 300 year old gypsy tradition, hated by the locals and loved by every tinker and traveller in the country. Romance is the last thing on her mind, until the enigmatic John Doherty walks into her life... More info →
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So You Think You’re a Celebrity…Chef?

So You Think You’re a Celebrity…Chef?

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Genre: Romance
"AbFab Meets MasterChef in a soap!" ... Mix together… A tough-cookie media agent who's clawed her way to the top, and a con-man who wants to open a cookery school. Add in a washed-up celebrity chef whose career needs re-building…Flavour with…An aging rock star fresh from rehab, and a Sloane Ranger food writer who gets her own TV show…Bring to the boil…At a Gourmet Food Festival, in Ireland, where anything goes! More info →
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Giveaway

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A Gift Of Appley Green / @MiriamWakerly / @anneli33

Happy Saturday! Any exciting plans for the weekend? How about getting away with us for a little while? Here at the Author’s Café, we thought we’d escape to a quaint English village for a look at what life’s really like there, before flying over to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula for a little romance and a lot of setting. Read on for more on this edition of The LLm Author’s Café!

 

Shades of Appley Green

Shades of Appley Green

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Genre: Contemporary
Steph is a special, but troubled young woman. Chosen by the most venerated man in Appley Green to fulfil his mission, she feels publicly admired rather than privately loved. She certainly does not trust men! More info →
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Excerpt From Shades of Appley Green

Steph reflected that people everywhere go through these things all the time. Parents die, babies are born, work comes and goes, families move house. This was the stuff of life. She remembered how she would tell herself they were lucky to both have jobs and two healthy children and over again she would count their many blessings.

‘.. but if I give up my job, Lucas will have to wave goodbye to his idea of increasing our mortgage …’

She was brought back to reality by Barnaby striding into the bedroom, still in his boxers. “I’m going with Faith to see wonderman,” he announced.

“Excuse me?” she said, hurriedly slipping the Diary under her pillow and getting out of bed.

“Your hero bloke! You know. Faith said I could go with her.”

Steph’s mouth fell open. “I don’t think so!” She shook her head, surprised that her daughter would go ahead and fix something like that without telling her, or asking her permission in fact. “I’ll speak to her about it …”

She tapped lightly on Faith’s bedroom to warn her she was coming in. “You awake?” she pushed the door open.

Faith was dressed, brushing her black wavy hair – the complete opposite of her own straight, fair hair – in front of the full-length mirror. She turned to look at Steph with an easy-going smile; she was so beautiful, a female version of Lucas, Steph felt a lump in her throat. If only Lucas could be here with them now to see how his children had turned out …

“Hi!” said Faith. “You look awful.”

“Hmm. Thanks. Faith – did you tell Barnaby he could go with you to see Jackson?”

“No-o. He kept going on about it and I said I’d ask you,” said Faith pulling her hair up into a scrunchie. “He took it as a definite maybe. Think he feels left out.”

She had half-guessed this might happen from the start. Steph sat down on Faith’s bed. “This may be getting a bit too cosy, you know. I shouldn’t be involving my family as closely as this with work.”

“Oh, Mum. He’s more than work. A blind man could see that!”

Steph looked up sharply. “What do you mean?”

 

 

Orion’s Gift

Orion’s Gift

Will fear become their nemesis or will passion and trust surmount the violence and hostility they have endured? The exotic landscape of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, described by an author who has been there, provides the backdrop for this story of romance and treachery. More info →
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Excerpt From Orion’s Gift

Kevin held the boat steady for me. It had a 9.9 Johnson mounted on the stern. I shuddered. Johnson. Sylvia and Joel Johnson. Well, I wasn’t going to allow him back into my life. I was finished with Joel for good. And to think I actually missed him the first few days. Good riddance, Joel. If I don’t see you before I die, it’s fine with me.
“Here’s your life vest, Sylvia.” Kevin was practical, organized, and savvy about the real things in life. Unlike Joel. For that matter, everything about Kevin was unlike Joel. Could be why I liked him so much.
“Thanks. Do you think we’ll see any dolphins?”
“We might if we get out some distance into the bay. Let’s push off and we’ll putt out a little way and have a look around.”
We glided over the glassy water easily. A couple of hundred yards from the beach, Kevin cut the motor and we drifted in the sudden silence.
Now that we were sitting still and the air was no longer whooshing past, I felt the soothing rays of the sun soaking into me. The early morning wisps of mist had lifted from the bay, leaving clear blue sky reflected in a deeper blue sea. I filled my lungs with the fresh, salty air.
“Have a look.” Kevin handed me a pair of binoculars. “Up towards Mulegé, Bill told me. If you see any fins or tops of their bodies breaking the surface, let me know and we’ll try to get closer without spooking them.”
Moments later, I pointed. “There!” Kevin started the motor and, at a slower, quieter speed, angled the boat towards the school’s probable destination, so that eventually our paths would cross.
Hundreds of sleek bodies broke the surface only to curve and dive down immediately and reappear a few yards farther on. Kevin cut the motor again and we drifted, a mere speck in the middle of the huge Bay of Conception, closer than we had hoped to a huge school of dolphins, all aiming for the head of the bay.
“Listen to them!” I whisper-shouted to Kevin. The mewling, whistling, singing, and crying, as they repeatedly broke the surface of the water, was an eerie choir piece. Hauntingly beautiful, it gave me goosebumps in spite of the warm day. Kevin’s face mirrored my feelings exactly—somewhere between awe and ecstasy. My mind was suddenly in turmoil, balancing this rare and precious moment with the realization that I probably had few of them left. Peaks of happiness and bottomless pits of misery played havoc with my emotions.
My eyes filled with tears. “Thank you for bringing me out here. That was so beautiful.” I lowered my head. Just needed a moment.
“It would have been a shame to have to enjoy this all alone,” he said.
Still trying to come to terms with the amazing spectacle we had just experienced, we sat a moment longer watching the last of the dolphins disappear in the distance.
“Uh-oh!” Kevin pointed towards the open end of the bay. “Whitecaps.” He started the motor and turned the skiff towards home. Within minutes, the breaking waves had moved much closer and the glassy smooth surface changed to ripples that grew into an uncomfortable lump. I’d heard San Diego fishermen talk about the lump in the sea. Now I knew what they were talking about.
“Hang on,” he said. “It could get bumpy. I’ll take us to the nearest point of land and then we’ll work our way home along the beach.”
I gripped the gunwales of the boat where they began to curve towards the bow. We bucked into the choppy whitecaps that had now overtaken us. In no time, the sleeves of my blue cotton shirt were soaked from the spray. Two-foot waves didn’t seem like much but they followed one after the other so briskly that the small skiff took a pounding. My stomach clenched into a knot of fear as we were tossed in every direction. I tightened my grip against the bouncing of the boat. More waves splashed over the bow, soaking the front of my shirt. I was glad the water was warm. It would have been an ordeal to be splashed with icy water every few seconds. The finer spray wet my face so the drops were running off my chin. I glanced at Kevin in the stern of the boat. He was completely dry except for a bit of salt spray in his hair. He looked so good and I could only imagine what I looked like. Drowned rats came to mind.

 

Recipe of the Day

By Sansvase (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Sansvase (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
How about a little taste of Mexican coffee? Though I’m not so sure this will be the brew you want to start out your day, but rather end it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Tbsp Tequila
  • 1 Tbsp Kahlua
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/3 cup melted vanilla ice cream

Directions

  • In a large mug, combine Tequila, Kailua, and coffee.
  • In a small bowl, melt vanilla ice cream in microwave for 20-30 seconds.
  • Add ice cream to the coffee mixture and serve immediately.

 

Music of the Day

Says Anneli…

The songs I associate with the writing of Orion’s Gift are ones I heard played on someone’s portable (old-fashioned now) cassette tape player on the beach that was the setting for Orion’s Gift. Crosby, Stills, and Nash have been long-time favourites of mine, and their songs “Southern Cross” and “Change Partners” fit the storyline for my book perfectly.

Says Miriam…

CD – Adele’s 21 – Moving, emotional lyrics in all her songs, but words haunted me from Rolling in the Deep – ‘… we could have had it all …’ Succinct and powerful, this tiny sentence says so much and must’ve been something that Steph in Shades of Appley Green thought constantly, albeit as a strong character she did not allow herself to be beaten.

Adele’s songs, in fact the titles alone, could provide inspiration for entire novels! The following track, Rumour Has It, for example – well, don’t villages thrive on rumour and gossip?