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Louise Cusack, her SHADOW THROUGH TIME trilogy and a GIVEAWAY!

I've been hearing a great many things about Australian author Louise Cusack's Shadow Through Time Trilogy so I invited her to tell us a little about the trilogy as well as about herself! But she came bearing gifts!


LOUISE CUSACK BIO:



Louise Cusack is an International award winning fantasy author whose best-selling Shadow through Time trilogy was selected by the Doubleday book club as their ‘Editors Choice’.  This series is now available as eBooks, published by Pan Macmillan’s digital imprint Momentum Books.



In 2006 Louise presented the Queensland government’s Queensland Writing Showcase in New York, and in 2009 she was invited to attended the prestigious Crossover multi-media think tank sponsored by the South Australian Film Commission. 

Louise also runs her own business Writers: Working with Louise Cusack and has completed over 150 manuscript assessments and tutored more than 80 writing workshops.

You can find Louise on her: website  facebook  twitter and goodreads





 So over to Louise now....



I’ve been a dedicated vegetarian for thirty years, and a published author for twenty, so you’d think I’d notice if those two passions ever intersected. 



Alas… not. 



But let me explain.  It starts with my romantic fantasy trilogy Shadow Through Time which is set on the sepia world of Ennae where there are no wizards, goblins, elves or fairies.  It’s different to your usual romantic fantasy series, and publishers liked that.  They commented about the fact that it was quite unusual to have a world with no animals or insects, only people and plants.



I’d thought that was odd myself when I was writing it, but as a seat-of-the-pants creator, I didn’t question the world that was appearing in front of my characters, I just captured it as clearly as I could.  It was only later when the first book was released that a girlfriend of mine noted the obvious: every hard-muscled warrior and champion I’d created was vegetarian.  The were no animals on the Earthworld of Ennae to eat!



I’d like to be embarrassed about the fact that my prejudices have insinuated themselves into my work, but to be honest I’m delighted.  The men in this romantic fantasy series are literally to die for, and I hope you’ll enjoy them in: Destiny of the Light, Daughter of the Dark and Glimmer in the Maelstrom, now published as eBooks by Pan Macmillan’s digital imprint Momentum Books, and available where all good eBooks are sold.



To celebrate the release of the trilogy I’d like to give away a copy of the first book of the series Destiny of the Light to one lucky commenter.

25 comments:

  1. Louise sounds like a workhorse who loves what she does. Really nice covers and her heroes sound unique.

    Hope you're having a good day, Nas!

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  2. These are gorgeous covers. Nice to see Louise Cusack feature here.

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  3. I think it adds something to the story when an element of the author's own lifestyle is included in a story--certainly makes room for more diversity.

    Great book covers!

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  4. I'm agreeing with Golden Eagle. I guess that's why it's interesting to know a bit about an author to get a glimpse of what's behind some of that writing.

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  5. Hi JL, Theresa and The Golden Eagle!

    Thanks for coming along to read this post on Louise Cusack and her Shadow Through Time Trilogy!

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  6. Hello Cleemecenzie!

    Our comments cross-posted!

    Thanks for coming along!

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  7. I can see how your belief would manifest itself in your writing. It makes sens to me!

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  8. I don't know if I've read another story with all the heroes being vegetarians! Love it :)

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  9. Sorry I'm coming in late, but thanks so much for the comments ladies! Much appreciated. I'll pass on your cover compliments to my publishers. I thought they did a great job too! And it's lovely to have hosts like Nas who allow authors the space to reveal something of themselves, so the books make more sense. Much appreciated!

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  10. I love to hear about wonderful writers who give back through teaching.

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  11. Great covers. I think bits of of an author's real life probably seep onto the page more than we think. But the reader rarely knows what it is. Nice to meet you here.

    Hi, Nas!

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  12. I love the sound of the world Louise has created. Fab covers too!

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  13. Hi Louise, nice to see you over here. Since I've discovered you are of Irish extraction, like me, I'm realizing just how many Irish characteristics you have. The Irish love storytelling and that you have that quality too. You should discover some of the Irish mythology, Louise. It is a very rich, fantastical patchwork of epic tales and unforgettable characters. Although Ireland is a tiny country, its mythology is, in my opinion, as rich as Indian or Egyptian mythology. Great inspiration for writers in my opinion.

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  14. Hi Louise,

    I like the sound of your hero in your books and the covers are so beautiful.

    All the best!

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  15. Hi Louise,

    I like the sound of your hero in your books and the covers are so beautiful.

    All the best!

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  16. Thank you, Leslie. I love teaching too. The next best thing to writing is talking about writing!

    Carol, it's lovely to meet you too. I'm always fascinated by hearing the story behind a book too. Should be more of that sort of 'reveal' I think.

    Hey Lacey, thanks for the compliment re covers. My publishers will be chuffed.

    Hello again, Maria! I'm definitely exploring my Irish side with the storytelling. Although I do have a fascination for Irish dancing as well (I have two left feet but I love to watch it).

    Thanks for the good wishes, Laura. I'm sure you'd love the heroes in my books. Readers seem to only have compliments about them. Talis is my favourite. I've been in love with that man for decades now, and the honeymoon is far from over :-)

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  17. I always think that's so funny when I'll put something in my writing that's so uniquely "me" and not even realize it at first. Congrats on your release!

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  18. Thanks Susan. I suspect if we knew it was happening we'd censor ourselves a lot more as we're writing. So it's better we don't realise, I think!

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  19. Great covers and I like the sound of this series.

    It's interesting how who we are and what we do creeps into our writing. The same has happened to me.

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  20. It's a little bit startling when you realise something about your book AFTER it's been published! There's that moment of "Crap, is this gonna ruin everything?" before you recover and decide to just go with it - like your vegetarian warriors!

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  21. Hey Medeia and Rachel, it is an odd feeling, and I did have an "Oh hell!" moment until my agent assured me that my biases had given the story something unique. Still, it would have been nice to have realized it while it was happening :-)

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  22. Hi Nas and Louise .. interesting books to read .. I like the idea - I imagine she has a wealth of help to offer people at her workshops.

    Her covers are great aren't they - the brand is there and the enticement from the title names ..

    Cheers Hilary

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  23. How interesting! I love it when the story just kind of unfolds at its own will. :)
    Hi Nas! Haven't been here in ages but not cuz I haven't wanted to... my blogging has been minimal. Glad to see you're well! :)

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  24. Hi Hilary and Pk! Thanks for dropping in, and thanks also for the lovely comments.

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  25. Congratulations to Theresa Milstein for winning the Book 1 of Louise Cusack's Shadow Through Time Trilogy- Destiny of the Light.

    Please contact Louise through her website!

    Thank you to all my lovely friends for coming along and chatting with Louise Cusack!

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