Saturday, May 2, 2009
Saturday Stopover from my Thursday Tourist
My Thursday Tourist, Margaret Tanner missed her flight (she mumbled something about VP Biden's warning about flying/Swine flu) and is making a late appearance. Anytime I can host this talented and favorite author, is fine with me. Here's a little about her:
Margaret Tanner is an award winning multi-published Australian author. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels, and prides herself on being historically correct. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia.
Margaret is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, the Melbourne Romance Writers Group (MRWG) and EPIC. Her fellow writers from the MRWG have been an inspiration and a tower of strength, so generous with their help and support that she will always feel indebted to them.
The Trouble With Playboys is special to me as my late father served in the 2nd World War in Singapore and Malaya. He was engaged to my mother at the time, and wrote many poignant letters to her, which I had access to. I wanted the memory of their love and fortitude, and that of their generation, against such tremendous odds, to be remembered, but not in some dusty history book shoved in an out of the way library.
Because of my Dad’s war service, I was able to get first hand information on the terrible happenings and chaotic situation in the few weeks before Singapore capitulated to the Japanese, which adds realism to my story.
When a wealthy Englishman, Paul Ashfield travels to Australia in search of the birth mother he thinks deserted him, he never expects to meet and fall in love with Daphne Clarke. Upon meeting her parents, Paul is horrified by the possibility that they have the same mother. He beats a hasty retreat, believing he has slept with his sister.
Amidst the turmoil of WW2 they meet again in Singapore, where he discovers the truth, Daphne is not his sister. They marry as the Japanese pour into Malaya and Singapore teeters on the brink of invasion. In the chaotic aftermath, each believe the other has died during the bombing. When they finally see each other again, it is in a church, where Paul is about to enter into an arranged marriage.
Note: You can read more about Margaret and discover more of her enthralling stories on her website.