Australian Fiction Outback Style and giveaway with Alissa Callen

Australia and America might occupy different hemispheres, but their history, at times, went hand in hand. Whether someone lived in the Old West or the outback, their experiences were often similar. It was just the frontier that differed. In many parts of Australia today men and women continue to carve out a life in a beautiful and often harsh land. It is the stories of these men and women that are celebrated in a booming Australian genre called ‘rural fiction’ or ‘rural romance.’

I’m lucky enough to write in such a genre as well as live on a small slice of Australia at the gateway to the outback. Inspiration for my stories surrounds me, whether it is the brown snake stealing water from the dog bowl, the sun setting over the cattle yards or the resilience of bush communities in times of drought, flood or … fire.

Summer here is often scorching and this year the fire risk has been high. In January we discovered what pioneers would have learned very quickly, that humans can be powerless against Mother Nature. A bush fire consumed what little cattle feed we had left and threatened our farm house. But thanks to local volunteers and the fire brigade the only thing we lost were fence posts.


While the outback can deliver many trials it also is a place of great beauty. The vivid colours, the sense of space and the timelessness of the rugged landscape all combine to make it a special area. So special, in fact, that my heroine in Beneath Outback Skies puts her life on hold to save her historic ranch from a never ending drought.

Paige Quinn will let nothing and no one distract her from caring for her wheelchair-bound father, Connor, and fighting for her remote, drought-stricken property, Banora Downs. Least of all a surprise farm-stay guest named Tait Cavanaugh, whose smooth words are as lethal as his movie-star smile. Except Paige can’t help noticing that, for a city-boy, Tait seems unexpectedly at home on the land. And he does ask a lot of questions… It doesn’t matter how much he helps out or how much laughter he brings into her life, she soon suspects he is harbouring a big secret – the real reason he has come to Banora Downs.


Despite Australia and America being hemispheres apart they share a common denominator of generations making a life in a beautiful but sometimes inhospitable land. In the homegrown Australian genre of rural fiction the lives of such men and women, their struggles and their joys, are captured on every page. And with the digital-wave of eBooks such stories can be read and enjoyed no matter what hemisphere you may live in.


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Alissa is graciously giving away a kindle copy of What Love Sounds Like to one lucky commenter. Australian rural fiction often contains horses and dogs as they are part of life on the land.  Beneath Outback Skies features a pony called Gidget and a blue-heeler puppy called Bundy. What is your favourite name for a pet ( any sort)?  Giveaway ends @12am est May 15, 2013 with the winner announced shortly thereafter.  Good luck! 

Outback speech pathologist, Mia Windsor, believes her morning from hell is over. Then suited-up, city-boy Kade Reid strides into her office and announces he and his wide-eyed niece are the clients that she will be living with for the fortnight.

Kade Reid adheres to a single edict — money is as important as breathing. But when he becomes an instant father to four-year-old Tilly, he escapes to the only place he was allowed to be a child…the family property of Berrilea.
As Mia and Kade work together to help Tilly overcome her speech delay, can they face their fears in order to give Tilly the family she so desperately needs?


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