Please welcome Téa Cooper as my special guest today. Téa is a fellow member of Hunter Romance Writers and a prolific writer who writes both contemporary and Australian historical.

Téa writes historical and contemporary romance featuring strong-minded women and irresistible Australian men.  Her heroes and heroines have to fight long and hard for what they believe in before they reach their happy ever after. Many of her books are set in her own back yard and take their inspiration either from the fascinating local characters she knows and loves or those haunting the local museum.



So tell us, Téa, what was the last book you read?

Secrets in Time by Alison Stuart. I love Alison’s books particularly the ones set in the seventeenth century – I studied that period of English history at University. A swashbuckling cavalier who time slips – it made me laugh and it made me cry! You can’t ask for much more.

You can’t beat swashbuckling 🙂 And what are you currently reading?

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. It is hilarious! I’m trying to incorporate chunks of it into my WIP!

I tend to have two or three books on the go at once. I’m revisiting a book called Carve Her Name with Pride at the moment. It’s all about Violette Szabo she worked for the French Resistance. It’s another period of history that fascinates me. I think I’d like to write a story set during the Second World War.

Both books sound fascinating! What book(s) is/are next on your reading pile?

Forbidden Angel by Megan D Martin, about a woman captured by the Nazis who finds herself in a concentration camp is next on my Kindle. Cora’s Heart was given to me by a friend who shares a love of romance and knitting with Rachel Herron, the author and Jeanette Winterspoon’s Lighthouse Keeping that I stole from another friend’s library. I thought I had read all her books but I discovered I hadn’t.

You’ve been a busy girl lately. Tell us about your latest releases.

I’ve got two releases this month!

The Protea Boys
is a rural/small town romance set…well, set in my own backyard really because I used to own a protea farm! But it is most definitely fiction, or wishful thinking!
And my first historical Lily’s Leap released on May 6th. It’s a romantic romp through nineteenth century Wollombi…bushrangers, horses, dashing heroes and heroines, wonderful fun!


Congratulations on your releases! Tell us a little about yourself:

Téa Cooper lives in a stone cottage on one hundred acres of bushland just outside the time-warp village of Wollombi. When she is not writing, Téa can be found haunting the local museum or chatting to the locals, who provide her with a never-ending source of inspiration.

Tree Change her first contemporary romance novel was published in December 2012. Her second, a historical novel Lily’s Leap – set in Wollombi, was published in May 2013. Her first Australian rural/small town romance, The Protea Boys was also released that month.

Passionfruit & Poetry and A Winning Streak will be published in June and her second Australian historical novel Matilda’s Freedom in July.

When Téa is not in lurking in the museum she can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or you can email her at

 Thanks for being my special guest today, Téa!