10 – 4 Tuesday and GIVEAWAY

23 Jul


Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! 

10 – 4 Tuesday is a quick way to get to know an author and their latest release. I will ask our guest to share 10 things about themselves and their book and then 4 questions for fun 🙂  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to welcome Sarah Belle!  She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book HINDSIGHT. 🙂

GIVEAWAY DEETS: Sarah is also giving away one digital copy of HINDSIGHT on each of her tour stops…yep, that’s right…you can win a copy right here. (Amazon or iTunes only) All you have to do it leave a comment with your email address so that we can contact you and let us know what your favorite genre is! Easy-peasy 🙂

Hi Sarah!!! Thanks for joining us for 10 – 4 Tuesday 🙂

Thanks so much for having me, Christine!

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

I live in sub tropical Queensland, Australia with my hubby and four young sons, where we own a family business. I gave up full time work when I had my fourth child because I just didn’t know how to manage work, kids aged 0-6 and a house without going crazy. Then I found writing, and haven’t stopped since!

Love your writing journey story Sarah 🙂 What’s genre (s) do you write?

I don’t know that there is a genre name for what I write – perhaps we need to invent one? Does anyone have any suggestions for romantic comedy with a hint of magic / time travel? Maybe ‘romagic comedy’?

I love romagic…perfect! Share your blurb for HINDSIGHT!

CoverHumour, wit, and just a touch of humility: the swinging 60s as you’ve never seen them before!

The universe has sent Juliette a sign. She wishes it had been an email instead…

Juliette’s career is on fire, her marriage and family are in melt-down, and a red-hot goddess wants her husband. But those are the least of her worries when she wakes up on her lounge room floor in the year 1961.

Without any of her modern conveniences — nanny, housekeeper, surgically attached     mobile phone, designer wardrobe, and intravenous lattes — Juliette is just over fifty years out of her comfort zone. But as she takes on the role of a 1961 housewife, with gritted liberated teeth, she discovers an unexpected truth: slower doesn’t mean boring, at home doesn’t mean dull, and priorities don’t mean sacrifices.

As she finds unexpected friendships, a resuscitated love life, tragedy and triumph, Juliette begins to wonder if she really wants to return home after all.

Are there any other genres that you write?

Not yet – HINDSIGHT is my first, but I am keen to explore other genres.

Do you prefer to write at a certain time of day, or are you one of those lucky authors who can write wherever and whenever?

I write whenever I don’t have a child hanging off me! Actually, I still write, even if one is sitting on my knee. That part usually requires extra editing!

LOL…I can imagine. What’s the easiest part of writing for you?

I guess I find coming up with crazy, magical scenarios the easiest. Getting it out of my head is another matter.

I know exactly what you are saying. It’s a blessing and a curse. What was your favorite and least favorite part about writing this book?

My favourite part was…hmmm…good question! Probably the entire 1961 component because my mum used to tell me stories when I was a kid and it sounded like a great time to live in. My least favourite part would have to be actually getting it all down in the first draft – I find that really hard.

I love that HINDSIGHT is set in the early 60’s. So, your book might be considered an historical as well. So maybe your genre is Hisromagic or Romagicistorial? teehee Why should we read HINDSIGHT?

HINDSIGHT will make you laugh out loud and then have you reaching for the tissues. My hope is that readers sink into the book and emerge with a smile on their face.

What do you hope readers walk away with when they finish your book?

Hopefully the motivation to slow down a bit, enjoy the moment. One reviewer actually wrote that she was going to turn off her electronic devices when she got home from work so that she could spend more time with her family and friends. It was the best review I could ever have asked for.

Can you tell us a little bit about your current WIP?

A woman buys a spell off the internet and casts it on an ex-boyfriend. Of course, it goes horribly wrong and she’s left trying to get her life back on track. It’s another ‘romagic comedy’! (do you think that term will catch on?)

Now the 4:

Everything you write suddenly starts coming true and you want to use your powers for good…what would your next book be about?

Ohhhh, that’s a goodie. A shooting star that covers the earth in magical dust that brings about world peace, feeds starving children and saves all endangered animals? Of course there would have to be a villain who would try to stop it, but wouldn’t succeed. Oh and the star would also take all of the fat and calories out of chocolate.

You’re stuck in a day that will repeat over and over, like the movie GROUNDHOG DAY. Which day would you pick to relive?

Certainly none of the days I gave birth! Ouch! I’d have to go for my wedding day, because even though none of my children were around then, it was a great day, I had much less grey hair, no wrinkles and a complete absence of bags under my eyes!

You can appear on any reality television show of your choosing…which one would you select and why!

These questions are so hard! I’d go for a home renovation show because I like to keep busy and I can’t sing or dance or pout.

If you could only sing instead of talk, dance instead of walk, or drink instead of eat which would you choose and why?

And I thought the last question was hard! Ummm…drink instead of eat. I could be like Patsy on ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ and only drink champagne!

Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4 Sarah!  Please share an excerpt from HINDSIGHT 🙂

The newspaper on the table in front of me catches my attention and my one working eye is instantly drawn to the date under the main headline. Within a nanosecond the desire to faint again, swear profusely and lose control of my bladder simultaneously is overwhelming. No, that cannot be right! No possible way is that date correct. April 1st, 1961? This has to be a joke, a well-organised, perfectly executed practical joke. This paper is clearly a reprint — like the ones you can give as a birthday gift, because that is not today’s date.

But then there’s the lounge and kitchen — how could it be redecorated while I lay asleep on the floor? Admittedly, a minor civil war could have raged in there without waking me. Chris always says that my level of unconsciousness during sleep surpasses that of death. But even so…

There is a high possibility of me succumbing to another dizzy spell as I lurch out of the kitchen and race off to inspect the rest of the house. It comes as no real surprise to find that every room of the house is also in its pre-renovation state. Ethan’s room with bunk beds, Callum’s room with a cot, as well as our master bedroom, sans ensuite, and the front room is still a formal dining room, not Chris’s office. The same old furniture and lino flooring continues throughout the entire house. My heart rate resembles a berserk drum solo, complete with clashing cymbals and thumping bass drum that reverberates around my entire body causing uncontrolled muscle spasms. I must look like Joe Cocker dancing.

Back in the kitchen, hyperventilating, I have to ask the one question that will make Chris question my sanity.  But there’s no other option. The terrifying thought that’s rushing through my head has to be confirmed

 “The date. What is the date?” I say clearly and slowly so that he understands me. The only thing that keeps me vertical is being able to rest my hands on the back of a chair.

“It’s April 1st. Juliette, are you OK?”

“No, no! The year, what year is it?” Pins and needles climb up my legs until my body ceases to exist from the waist down.


“What year?” My arms and hands begin to tingle and lose their firm grip on the back of the chair.


Silence fills the intervals between peaks of panic.

There, it’s been said now; the practical joke can end. I await with a level of anticipation that is aneurism-inducing. Now he can tell me that the joke is over and I can tell him how convincing it was, and that he really had me going because 1961 is over fifty years in the past and it is freaking impossible to travel back through time. But he doesn’t say anything. He just stands there and looks at me.

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I’m so excited that we met Sarah. You’ve been terrific to interview and I’m glad you joined me for for 10 –4 Tuesday!  Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online 🙂

Thank you for having me, Christine. It’s been great fun. You ask some amazingly tough questions!


Author Info

Sarah Belle started her professional life in the hospitality industry, working in some of the roughest hotels in Melbourne in the late Eighties, surrounded by drug dealers, prostitutes, pimps, and undercover police. Tiring of the inherent dangers of her working environment, Sarah completed a business degree and went on to work in the recruitment industry and the Department of Defence, where she met and married the man of her dreams: a dashing, Army Blackhawk pilot. They have four young sons and live on the beautiful Queensland coast, where Sarah’s days are spent being a frazzled mum, writer, Bikram Yoga devotee and the only woman in a house of five males.


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19 responses to “10 – 4 Tuesday and GIVEAWAY

  1. Tasty Book Tours

    July 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Thank you for hosting today! Great Interview!

  2. bobbyesbookblog

    July 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

    My favorite genre is NA and Paranormal 🙂 Thanks for the interview 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      July 23, 2013 at 8:48 am

      So glad you came by…good luck with the giveaway 🙂

  3. ChristineWarner

    July 23, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Sarah Belle…thank you so much for sitting in the hot seat. I had such a great time interviewing you and your book sounds fantabulous (Hmmm..another new word me thinks..lmbo)

    Happy Sales and HAPPY WRITING!

    • Sarah Belle

      July 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks so much for having me, Christine. I love your blog. Your questions really had me thinking and I love, love, love romagihistorical! We could start a whole new dictionary together! Maybe call it the ‘Warbel’?

      • ChristineWarner

        July 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm

        LMBO…I love it! We definitely have to talk!

        And thank you for coming on my blog and making your answers so fun!

  4. sadiecate

    July 23, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Hi Sarah! I enjoyed your interview. Congrats on your debut novel. I grew up in the sixites. It was defintinitely a time of change in the world.

    I absolutely love the sound of Hindsight!

    Happy sales!

    Kathleen Ann Gallagher

    • ChristineWarner

      July 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by Kathleen 🙂

      • sadiecate

        July 23, 2013 at 8:36 pm

        I always enjoy myself at Christine’s Words! (Waving) Sarah was a an interesting guest author.:)

    • Sarah Belle

      July 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      Hi Kathleen! Thank you for your congratulations. So many periods in history fascinate me, but the 60’s really was a time of enormous change – and loads of eyeliner!

      • sadiecate

        July 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        Yes, I used to get up at 5;30 am to pile on the make-up in the late sixties. Great times!

      • ChristineWarner

        July 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm

        Love the eyeliner 🙂

  5. J.A. Garland

    July 23, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Great interview! I’ve never read a romantic comedy…sounds like fun!

    • ChristineWarner

      July 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

      I hope you get the chance to check out a romantic comedy soon J.A…they’re always a lot of fun!

      • Sarah Belle

        July 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

        They certainly are – lots of laughs.

  6. Michelle Harlan

    July 23, 2013 at 11:58 am

    This is the first I’ve heard of this book, but it sounds fantastic! I love romance, and if you can toss in some time travel, magic & laughter, even better!
    Thanks, Ms. Warner, for introducing me to this book. It’s going on my summer TBR list.

    • Sarah Belle

      July 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Hi Michelle,
      There’s nothing like a bit of magic and humour with your romance! It’s like cream and jam on warm, fresh scones!

    • ChristineWarner

      July 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Love to hear that Michelle! So glad you came by and found a new author and a new book 🙂


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