What’s in my TBR pile? Guest post – Deborah Challinor

Today I’m very excited to welcome historical author and fellow Hunter Romance Writer , Deborah Challinor, to my blog. 

Deborah writes full time. Her new release, Girl of Shadows, is her eleventh novel. She writes Australian and New Zealand historical fiction set in the 19th, and occasionally 20th, centuries. When she isn’t writing, she’s trawling antique shops, visiting historical sites, or lying on the couch watching Meerkat Manor and Baboon Bandits. She lives in New South Wales with her husband, who lives to surf. She can’t cook, keeps all her books in alphabetical order, and actually likes ironing.

(She also doesn’t like having her photo taken!)

Deborah’s website is http://www.deborahchallinor.com and she’s on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/friday.woolfe.9.

Welcome Deborah! Please tell us – What was the last book you read?

dr sleepThe last book I read was Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. It’s the sequel to The Shining, and I’ve been waiting for it for years. It’s excellent. I’ve always wondered what happened to Danny Torrance. I’m currently half way through A Humble Companion by Laurie Graham, one of my favourite authors, along with Kate Atkinson and Pat Barker. I’m also reading Possessing the Dead: the artful science of anatomy by Helen MacDonald, a non-fiction about the 19th century cadaver trade in Scotland, England and Australia.

An eclectic mix there Deb – and explains so much about you 🙂 So what’s next on your list?

secretlifeofjamescookOn my (print) TBR pile are: The Last Days of the National Costume by Anne Kennedy; The Burial by Courtney Collins; The Secret Life of James Cook by Graeme Lay; Burial Rites by Hannah Kent; The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas; The Liar’s Daughter by Laurie Graham; The Secret Fate of Mary Watson by Judy Johnson; and Shift by Hugh Howey. Don’t know if I’ll get to that last one – I’m still only half-way through Wool. I’m finding it hard to get into, though I am a fan of speculative fiction. I loved The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin.

Most of the above, I’ve noticed, are historicals, and as I’ve just finished writing my latest, perhaps I don’t like to read them when I’m writing one. Mostly I read crime (usually British), a bit of paranormal, spec.fic., and non-fiction when I’m working. I’ve also just noticed the titles on my TBR pile – clearly ‘burial’ and ‘secret’ are ‘in’. I’m not even going to start on what’s on my digital TBR pile. I’ll be here forever. It’s so easy to be indiscriminate when all you have to do is click to buy.

It is far too easy to buy ebooks, isn’t it?!  Can you tell us about your latest release?

Girl of Shadows, published by HarperCollins Australia, is out in Australia on 1 December, and is the sequel to Behind the Sun.

Girl of Shadows front cover‘1830: Convict girls Friday Woolfe, Harriet Clarke and Sarah Morgan have been transported to Sydney from London. Sarah has been assigned to jeweller Adam Green, Harriet is a maid for the Barrett family, and Friday is working as prostitute in a brothel. Each of them is struggling to forget the brutal crime they committed.

But their fate is no longer their own to control. Vicious underworld queen Bella Jackson holds the girls’ futures in the palm of her hand, biding her time until she exacts payment for what she knows about their misdeeds.

Harriet, racked with guilt, becomes convinced that their lost friend is haunting them, and while Friday succumbs to the bottle, Sarah has to fight for everything she holds dear. Once again, the girls must join forces to save one of their own. But which one?’

Available from Dymocks, Big W, etc, and as an e-book from Amazon, Kobo and ibooks.


I’ve had the pleasure of a sneak preview read of Girl of Shadows – and as Molly Meldrum used to say – ‘do yourself a favour’! It’s a fantastic read. 

Thanks for being my guest today, Deborah, and good luck with your new release.

15 thoughts on “What’s in my TBR pile? Guest post – Deborah Challinor

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-4416">

    Thanks for having me on your blog today, Kerrie. I’m really pleased you enjoyed Girl of Shadows. I’m just going through the first draft of the third book in the series now, The Silk Thief. Three down, one more to go!

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-4419">

      I can’t wait to read it – hurry up 🙂

    li class="comment even thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-4425">

    I just love Girl of Shadows cover, Deb. Its beautiful and cant wait for Xmas so I have more time to read it. It was interesting to learn your reading tastes, altho the cadaver book sounds like a bit of a worry! Great post Kerrie and Deb. Congratulations on your current release Deb – I hope it sells like hot cakes.

      li class="comment odd alt depth-2" id="comment-4442">

      Thanks, S E. Yes, the book on body-snatching is vaguely gross, though fascinating. I’m researching for a possible new novel on the creepy side of 19th century Sydney. Tons of material to choose from!

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-4443">

    I adore the covers of this entire series, but I think Girl of Shadows in my favourite. The colours are gorgeous.

    I hear Doctor Sleep is really good, my hubby is a huge Stephen King fan too.

    li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-4447">

    It’s always lovely to learn something new about an author.

    Doctor Sleep isn’t a light read by any means. As for the names of your characters, I’m curious as to where you get them from. I have a distant relative named Sarah Morgan, an Aunty named Harriett. lol

    I love the cover of Girl of Shadows also the title.

    Suzanne 🙂

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-4448">

    It’s always lovely to learn something new about an author.

    Doctor Sleep isn’t a light read by any means. As for the names of your characters, I’m curious as to where you get them from. I have a distant relative named Sarah Morgan, and an Aunty named Harriett. lol

    I love the cover of Girl of Shadows also the title.

    Suzanne 🙂

    li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-4455">

    Love your new cover Deb. I love Stephen Kings movies but find his books hard to read except Stephen King on Writing. That one is dog eared and I loved it.

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-4459">

    Stephen King has a sequel to The Shining! Hold the phone…!!
    And I agree with you on how easy it is to get e-books, for sure. You think, oh, it’s only $2 or $3… and it adds up pretty quick.
    Thanks for sharing your TBR.
    Lily M

    li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-4474">

    Hmmm books on shelf in Alphabetical order huh!
    *snickering* Yep I’d say that says it all.
    Love History, love your writing and know I shall enjoy this series as well as soon as I get to them 🙂

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-4491">
    Linda Charles

    I love seeing what other people are reading. The Secret Life of James Cook – now that would be an interesting read. I might add that to my TBR pile. Very interesting list – as you say, plenty of secrets …

    Love your cover for Girl of Shadows – just gorgeous.


    li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-9819">

    I have just finished reading Girl of Shadows – brilliant again. Can’t wait for the Silk thief. When is it due for release on in ibook or ebook. It is the only way I can get books where I am. Thank you

      li class="comment even depth-2 parent" id="comment-9837">

      Hi Faye – thanks for your nice comment about Girl of Shadows. The Silk Thief will be out in about November this year, as a print book and an ebook, followed by A Tattooed Heart later next year (print and e). Cheers, Deb

        li class="comment odd alt depth-3 parent" id="comment-96917">

        Absolutely hooked on your books Deborah, just finished the Silk Thief and was very excited when I got to the end and found a fourth book The Tattooed Heart, BUT so so sad we have a bit of a wait. I look forward to it amazing stories love the characters. Thankyou for a great read

          li class="comment even depth-4" id="comment-97408">

          Thanks for your nice comments, Kay. I’ve really enjoyed writing this series and I’ll be sad when it finishes. But you never know – Friday, Sarah and Harrie might just turn up in another series at some point.

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