We are so very excited that two of our lovely Aussie Owneders, the fabulous Cassandra Page and the superstar Stacey Nash, will BOTH be releasing books in October! Because we think they’re incredibly talented (and believe me, once you get your mittens on their books, you’ll agree) we thought we’d let them each share a bit about their published-manuscripts-to-be with you.
Take it away, ladies!
— From the other Aussie Owned & Read chicks
Cass interviews Stacey
For those that haven’t read Forget Me Not, the first book in the Collective series, how would you describe the world you’ve created?
The world of the Collective series is one where super-advanced tech exists, like devices that allow cloaking, telepathy, and teleportation. They’ve actually been around for a very long time, but they’re kept hidden from the general public by a secret group whose sole purpose is to keep everything in the world on the right path. That group, the Collective, believes too much power in too many hands is not a good thing.
One of the things I love about FMN is that, while there is romance, the action and plot are what sweeps you along. But it must have been exhausting for Anamae and her friends. Does the poor girl get to have a rest? What next for her?
Ah yes, there’s always lots of excitement in poor Anamae’s life. She does get a small rest but it’s all off the page between books 1 and 2. However, readers will get a chance to see her have a lovely rest at the end of RM. And don’t worry, she’ll get her happily ever after. Eventually.
On the subject of romance (and I’m sure you knew I was going to ask this), I’m on Team Will. Jax is alright, I guess. 😉 Either way, will there be kissing?
Yes. There will be kissing, but I’m not going to tell whose lips will be touching. Since you’re a Will fan though, I will tell you that he gets lots of page time in Remember Me as half the story is told by him.
Stacey interviews Cass
Isla’s Inheritance is set in Australia. Was it always intended to be this way, or was that a subconscious choice?
It was deliberate. I toyed very briefly with the idea of setting the trilogy somewhere else, but I wanted to stick pretty closely to “write what you know” — so the books are largely set in Canberra, where I live.
But there are story reasons why it’s set here. If you read the blurb, you will probably guess — from the reference to iron — that the “fantasy” part of my urban fantasy is related to the fae. I decided very early on in the drafting process that I didn’t want cute Disney elves, and my ruling class of fae are renowned for their cruelty to those in their service. As a result, the fae in Australia are almost all refugees of one kind or another: “lesser” fae who want to live free of oppression and fled here over the years.
You can chose one character from your book to spend an entire day with. Who would you choose and why?
Oooh, I’d definitely choose Jack. He’s strong without being domineering, smart without being arrogant — my kind of guy. *fans self*
My second choice would be Sarah, Isla’s cousin. She was so much fun to write. While she’d be a blast to hang around, she is also the sort of friend who isn’t afraid to tell you you’re acting like an idiot. And to drop everything to bring emergency cake if you’re feeling blue. What girl doesn’t need a friend like that? (Of course, I’m twice her age, so she wouldn’t want to hang out with me, but shhh!)
Isla is the first book in a trilogy, when can we expect to see book 2?
Remember Me (Collective #2)
by Stacey Nash
When all is lost, she must remember…
Anamae Gilbert managed to thwart The Collective and rescue her father, even though his mind is now a shell. Determined to stop Councilor Manvyke hurting her family again, she’s training to become an active resistance member and enjoying a growing romance. But things never sail along smoothly – Manvyke wants retribution. And Anamae’s name is high on his list.
After a blow to the head, she awakes in an unfamiliar location. Anamae can’t remember the last few weeks and she can’t believe the fascinating new technology she’s seeing. She’s the new kid at school and weapons training comes with ease, but something feels off. Why does the other new kid’s smile make her heart ache?
And why does she get the feeling these people are deadly?
Release date: 1 October
Publisher: HarperCollins AUS Impulse
Isla’s Inheritance (Isla’s Inheritance #1)
by Cassandra Page
Seventeen-year-old Isla Blackman only agrees to participate in a Halloween party séance because Dominic, an old crush, wants to. She is sure nothing will happen when they try to contact the spirit of her mother. But the séance receives a chilling reply.
SHE IS NOT DEAD.
Isla doesn’t want to upset her father by prying into the family history he never discusses. When the mysterious and unearthly Jack offers to help her discover the truth, Isla must master her new abilities to protect her loved ones from enemies she never knew existed.
Release date: 9 October
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press