The Callahan Split – 2016 Australia Day Book Giveaway

 

I am thrilled to be part of the 2016 Australia Day Book Giveaway, hosted by Shelleyrae and Bookdout!

It runs from today until Wednesday January 27 – Leave a comment on my blog and visit other participating bloggers and leave a comment, to be in the running to win fabulous books by Aussie authors.

On my blog, you could win one of two copies of The Callahan Split or one of two copies of It Started with a Kiss!

 

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My latest novel, The Callahan Split, centres on the lust, love, loss and lives of several fictional players on the international tennis circuit.  And as it happens, coincides with Australia’s summer of tennis…in fact the first page begins with sisters and doubles partners playing at The Australian Open!

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Here’s a little more about the novel –

In tennis, as in life, nothing ever goes truly to plan.

Samantha and Annie Callahan are successful doubles champions — the toast of the Olympics, Wimbledon, and Flushing Meadow. But their winning partnership spirals out of control when Annie’s new boyfriend announces their engagement at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Amidst rising anger and betrayal, Samantha completely changes both their destinies when she does the unthinkable after a devastating Wimbledon loss.
The sisters are driven to create new lives by confronting the past and taking control of the present. But can Samantha and Annie both win? Click here to read more.

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It Started with a Kiss…After the pain of her marriage breakup, Friday Jones makes some major blunders – from a misguided affair to online dating disasters. But can heartbreak actually be the best thing that ever happened to her? Click here to read more.

If you’d like to win one of these books, please leave a comment below – and make sure you visit all the other amazing Aussie authors who are joining in this promotion.  

Click here to check out the other authors – there’s quite a few!

Good luck!

It’s really here! The Callahan Split

After months of blood, sweat and tears I can hardly believe that today I get to tell you that my next book is finally here. It is!

The Callahan Split – now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Kobo. I’ll post details of iBooks shortly.

Delivered to your Kindle August 1 2015.

I really love this one and believe me when I say that a little piece of me is contained in every full stop in the book!

Here’s what you’re in for: The Callahan Split…

The Callahan Split by Lisa Heidke

So here’s the blurb:

The Callahan Split: No one knows you better than your sister.

‘In pro tennis just as in any memorable film or book, you have your hero, villain, heroine, damsel in distress, rake and, of course, the girl next door…Let me tell you a story.’
Samantha Callahan

In tennis, as in life, nothing ever goes truly to plan.
Samantha and Annie Callahan are successful doubles champions — the toast of the Olympics, Wimbledon, and Flushing Meadow. But their winning partnership spirals out of control when Annie’s new boyfriend announces their engagement at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

‘Janko has the announcement. To say my bride, Annie, is for me the new koala. It matters not that Annie win tennis, she is Janko’s new wife, about to be.’

Bear, the sisters’ coach, guides Annie as much as she’ll allow. But when she insists on dropping Samantha in favour of a singles career, her game and rankings plummet.

‘You are such an older sister,’ Bear said. ‘Controlling, logical, determined.’
I glared at him.
‘What? You are. Annie’s more relaxed, sociable. God forbid if you were both like you.’
‘What’s that supposed to mean?’
Bear snorted. ‘You’d kill each other.’

Samantha is left floundering. Disillusioned, her only sweet spot is the growing passion between her and Bear.

I walked up to him, my mind blank, and pressed my lips to his. When I pulled away, there was a look of confusion on his face. Then he returned my kiss and I let my towel drop – again.
‘Sweetheart,’ he said, as we stumbled our way toward the bed. I silenced him with more kisses.

Amidst rising anger and betrayal, Samantha completely changes both their destinies when she does the unthinkable after a devastating Wimbledon loss.

A very bad thing!

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Afterwards, the sisters are driven to create new lives by confronting the past and taking control of the present. But can Samantha and Annie both win?

The Callahan Split: Do you like the cover and the blurb?

Tennis, sisters and splits

So, I have a completed manuscript and a title but am still working on the cover…with a little help from my friends.

Initially, the kind of cover I envisaged was something abstract like this:

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But then a few people commented that it was too obscure and that the tennis reference wasn’t strong enough…Did they want something like this?

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I think not.
And then a wacky friend came up with this one –

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The image is lifted from an original photo titled Tennis Girl, taken by Martin Elliott in 1976, of his then 18-year-old girlfriend, Fiona Butler.

I can’t use it, but I did laugh…sisters, tennis and a bit of raunch. …And I will definitely be using the byline ‘no one knows you better than your sister‘. Thanks Nicholas!

I also like the reference to Wimbledon…which brings me to my next point! Am off to London on Thursday! Yippee.

Yes, I’ll visit Princess Charlotte, have High Tea at The Ritz and attend the Chelsea Flower Show, But hopefully, I will also be inspired to create the perfect cover…or at least be able to tell someone far cleverer than me the kind of cover I’d like for The Callahan Split!

So, we’ve established that the title is The Callahan Split...

A story about two sisters…

Now here’s a bit more information…

In tennis, as in life, nothing ever goes truly to plan.

Samantha and Annie Callahan are successful doubles champions — the toast of the Olympics, Wimbledon, and Flushing Meadow. But their winning partnership spirals out of control when Annie’s new boyfriend announces their engagement at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Bear, the sisters’ coach, guides Annie as much as she’ll allow. But when she insists on dropping Samantha in favour of a singles career, her game and rankings plummet.
Samantha is left floundering. Disillusioned, her only sweet spot is the growing passion between her and Bear. Amidst rising anger and betrayal, Samantha completely changes both their destinies when she does the unthinkable after a devastating Wimbledon loss.
The sisters are driven to create new lives by confronting the past and taking control of the present. But can Samantha and Annie both win?
Thoughts?

*******Update

Look what the lovely (and perhaps slightly strange) Robin Riedstra has come up with!

Tom

 

Love it!