Hi guys, happy Tuesday! Today I’d like to welcome the lovely Sue-Ellen Pashley, author of a new fantasy-romance novel called Aquila. The book was published by the wonderful people at Random House on the 2nd March 2015, and is now available for purchase in e-format.
Aquila by Sue-Ellen Pashley
Synopsis: “True love can take you higher than you ever dreamed.Eighteen-year-old Nick Larcombe is a self-confessed non-romantic.
Until he lays eyes on Grace Carr, who has just moved to Bruny Island with her grandmother, Lillie.Already bruised and battered by life, Grace isn’t looking for any sort of relationship, but when Nick, the mysterious boy next door, somehow rescues her from sure death at the bottom of a windswept cliff, Grace needs answers.
But how can Nick give her the answers she needs when he’s been sworn to secrecy, ordered to keep his true nature hidden from the girl he’s fallen hard for? And what will his community do when they discover he’s fallen in love with a human? Intensely romantic, Aquila is a story of sacrifice and passion, and how true love can make you soar.”
Top 5 authors that have influenced me to write a book like Aquila.
That’s a tough one – there have been so many authors that have influenced what I read and enjoy and therefore, what I love writing about. But if I have to narrow it down…
- Anne McCaffrey – particularly the Dragons of Pern. It was my first real taste of fantasy and boy, was I hooked! And I loved how the stories were part of normal day-to-day life for the characters but that didn’t mean it wasn’t magical.
- Susan Collins – The Hunger Games. For me, this was one of the first books (or series) where first person present tense seemed to work really well. I loved reading it and I loved writing in the same format. It just made sense to me.
- Charlaine Harris – The Harper Connelly series, where it’s all about the ‘other thing’ that makes her different and the relationships she has because of this.
- Jane Austin – the relationships, the romance, the stop-breathing moments of pure emotion surrounded by societal norms – sigh.
- Colleen McCullough – the character development in her books, the twists and turns, the relationships that form and struggle…all of these things make for a great read and are things that I aspire to in my writing. Ladies of Missalonghiis is one of my favourites.
If you like this book, then you will like Aquila…
This is always a hard one to do, so instead of looking at one book, I’m going to use a few. Hope that’s okay!
So, if you enjoyed:
- the romance and the angst but also the strength of the bond between characters in Persausion by Jane Austin or Twilight by Stephanie Meyers
- the ‘otherness’ of the characters in the Harper Connelly series by Charlaine Harris and the Teardrop trilogy by Lauren Kate.
- the development of relationships and love in the real world where characters aren’t your average humans in the Modern Witch series by Debora Geary
…then you will like Aquila!
5 romantic gestures the Nick Larcombe might do to show his love for Grace.
For someone who initially described himself a self-confessed non-romantic, Nick does pretty well at thinking of romantic gestures that show Grace how much he loves her. These are ones that I can see him doing in the future:
- Taking her flying and giving her a view from the clouds. Continuing to share something that he loves with her (although they’ll definitely have to talk about landing!)
- Taking a photo of their favourite spot on the Island for her to be able to hang in her room – taken as the sun is just about to rise so that the colours fill the canvas
- Organising tickets and then taking her to Hobart for a classical music concert, even though it’s not the type of music he really loves. As a surprise, of course!
- Knowing how much Lillie means to Grace, taking them both on a picnic to a beautiful spot on the Island where Lillie can paint to her heart’s content.
- Lots more of those kisses which are just for Grace – hot and steamy where she knows that Nick is absolutely in the moment with her…that it’s just about the two of them.
Aww, Nick sounds like such a romantic! Definitely wouldn’t mind meeting someone like him. Thank you so much to Sue-Ellen for taking the time to answer my questions, I hope you all had a blast reading her answers.
Purchase a copy of Aquila on the Random House Australia website.