Mission Romance blog: All Things Fantastical

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Today I’m at Mission Romance talking All Things Fantastical, describing how my Shadow Through Time trilogy world-building was inspired by something quite personal to me (but not anymore!).  Do pop in and comment so you’re in the draw to win a free ebook of Destiny of the Light.

 

Book Review: ‘A Princess of Mars’ by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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I’m at the Darkside DownUnder website today with a book review of one of my all-time favourites. I’ve just re-read A Princess of Mars prior to watching the Disney movie it inspired: John Carter. As a teenager I devoured the Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom series featuring the Earthman John Carter and his Martian princess Dejah Thoris, and you’ll be surprised at how romantic they are. Enjoy!

Magic Thursday blog: One fantasy series, hold the steak

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I’m giving away an ebook of Destiny of the Light to one commenter on the Dark Side Downunder Magic Thursday blog.  Do pop over if you’ve got a minute.  You’ll learn about the worldbuilding consequences of being a vegetarian and a seat-of-the-pants fantasy writer!

‘Women with Fortitude’ blog at Momentum Books

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Today I’m at my publisher Momentum Books website blogging about ‘Women with Fortitude’ for International Women’s Day, and promoting the Australian Women Writers Reading and Reviewing Challenge.  Do pop over and leave a comment.  I’d love to hear who your favourite strong female character is and why.

Reviews of Destiny of the Light

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Reviews are starting to come in and I thought I’d share some:

Destiny of the Light

 Reviewed by Nas on “Romance Book Haven”

DESTINY OF THE LIGHT by Australian author Louise Cusack is book one of a three book trilogy.

It is a saga of forbidden love. Betrayal, honor and family. Talis is a noble hero. And Khatrene is a strong heroine who was brought up in our world but adapts to life on Ennae and all its magical powers.

Louise Cusack’s superb storytelling makes these characters stand out and the whole story is very visual. I’m looking forward to getting into the second book in this trilogy. As a reader what I love about these series is that though it depicts other fantasy worlds, you are not thrown out of the story by other world languages. The author explains this away by explaining that their mind adapts to our language for them to converse with an Earth being.

DESTINY OF THE LIGHT is an exciting, fantastic, tale which will grip you from the very first page and keep you flipping your ereader pages late into the night!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Through Time Trilogy
Reviewed by Helen Lacey on Amazon
This review is from: Destiny of the Light: Shadow Through Time 1 (Kindle Edition)

I adored this book. I read it when it was first released several years ago and was delighted when I was able to download it onto my Kindle and once again get swept away to the sepia world of Ennae, and fall in love with the hero, Talis. If you like fantasy romance this book is a must read. Louise Cusack weaves a seductive story of adventure, betrayal, honour and love and created characters who come alive on the pages. I’m so looking forward to returning to Ennae in book two and three of The Shadow Through Time trilogy. Destiny Of The Light is a captivating story from start to finish.

The View From Here Literary Magazine article

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I’ve done a guest article for The View From Here literary magazine, on the story behind the deal with Momentum Books that saw my fantasy romance trilogy re-released as eBooks.  If you like the nitty-gritty details of publishing, this one is for you:

Edgar Rice Burroughs has a lot to answer for

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When I was thirteen and my girlfriends were reading Stephen King, Jacqueline Susann or Tolkien, I was deep into Edgar Rice Burroughs, unashamedly devouring book after book about the ‘clean-limbed fighting man from Virginia’, John Carter who was somehow on Mars (Barsoom) saving the princess and fighting alien creatures.

Not for the first time in my life, the ‘stranger in a strange land’ theme had captured my imagination and let it soar.  To me these novels were the equivalent of Mills & Boon.  I gorged on them, dreaming of hunky heroes who could leap amazingly into the air (low gravity) and of feisty, beautiful princesses who needed rescuing.  My romantic fantasies have always thrived in an otherworld setting, and it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge that, particularly as the new John Carter movie appears set to rekindle all those thrilling, goosebump moments.  For those who haven’t seen the trailer yet, please indulge:

Writer are often unable to articulate where their inspiration comes from, but I can trace mine back through a thread of ‘stranger in a strange land’ stories that have enthralled me at critical moments in my life.  John Carter’s experience of being thrust into Barsoom was pivotal, and it transported me into a visceral world of action, adventure and romance.

A few years later when the subtleties of characterisation became more important to me, I discovered Paul Atreides who had also been uprooted from all that was familiar and transplanted onto the barren planet Dune, immortalised in Frank Herbert’s Hugo and Nebula award winning series of novels.  Paul Atreides was younger than John Carter, barely into adulthood, but as the son of the Duke Atreides, Paul’s young life had been consumed by training – in combat, leadership and strategy.  He could fight, but he could also think, and when I first met Paul between the pages of a crisp new paperback, I was of an age where I’d realised that smart was most definitely sexy.  So I fell in love all over again, and when Paul’s beloved Chani needed no rescuing and fought alongside him to overcome the evil Harkonnen threat, I was mesmerised as much by the world they were saving as the blossoming romance between them.

It should be no surprise then that Talis, the hero of my first published novel, would be a champion to the princess, a trained and talented fighter and a clever, insightful asset to the throne he served, not to mention a sensitive and honorable man.  I adored him (and still do), but as an author, it’s such a thrill to discover that readers of Destiny of the Light have loved Talis as much as I do, if not more!  And the re-release of my trilogy as eBooks has come at a time when warrior heroes are finding an appreciative audience in the movies, as well as among readers!

I’d love to hear what your favourite ‘otherworlds’ are (Pandora? Narnia? Alice’s Wonderland? Barsoom?) and what enchanted you most about them.

Do tell!

eBook giveaway and Friday Feast

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Do you like giveaway books?  Fabulous food? A combination of both?  Then head over to Cathryn Hein’s Friday Feast blog where I’ve shared the recipe for my famous King Island Pie,  and am giving away an eBook copy of “Destiny of the Light”, the first novel of my Shadow Through Time trilogy.  If you’d like to wallow in the decadence of some seriously delicious pie, and have the chance of winning a copy, I’ll see you there!