Chris Gardner

The joys of self-publishing.


Free ebook–Inheritance.

I’ve put Inheritance up free on Amazon for the next four days, starting tomorrow, so have a look and let me know what you think. I hate writing blurbs; I find it very difficult to describe a story without giving too much away, but here goes. It’s set mostly in country Victoria, Australia, and begins, with Jo, in a contemporary setting. An efficient executive who has worked for the same company for years, she suddenly finds her comfortable life turned upside down when her long-term boyfriend dumps her for a younger woman. As she is wondering what to do next her uncle dies and leaves her his quaint old country cottage. Throwing her usual caution to the wind she decides to move in to the charming little Rose Cottage, but life in the country is not at all what she expected and as she learns the history of the cottage  . . . well, that’s enough said. I think it’s a good read and I’m pretty sure you won’t be bored. I happen to live in country Victoria myself but the imaginary Hope Valley is nothing like where I live.

We’ve been here over 20 years and it is home but I still find it a slightly odd feeling when I visit my family back in Mildura, where I grew up. I went to see my mother last week for her 93rd birthday and it’s good to see the town seems to be thriving. It’s kind of in the middle of nowhere-like a rather large oasis in the desert. It’s set on the beautiful Murray River, which is the border between Victoria and New South Wales; I was actually born on the New South Wales side and lived in a settlement called Curlwaa, on a citrus orchard. On this visit my sister took me for a drive and we found the property where we lived; the house has gone and so has the school we attended but there are still some vaguely familiar areas. I was only six when we left there and grew up in Mildura but I do have some memories of the old place. I vividly remember sitting at the big old dining table watching my mother pull all the gizzards from chickens and spotting the occasional soft egg amongst the mess. Very exciting! I also remember picking the middle out of the fresh bread when we walked up the long driveway to pick it up from the gate where the baker left it. Bread has never tasted better than that!

Let me know which of my books you’d like to read for free next. I’ve just had Sanctuary up and all of the others will be free at some time in the next few weeks.

Happy reading.


Here are some of the reviews for Inheritance from the Amazon UK page, which don’t show up on my Author Page.


5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 28 Feb 2013

By s johnson – See all my reviews

This review is from: Inheritance (Kindle Edition)

Absolutely brilliant book. Looked forward to reading it every evening. Expected the book to be quite predictable but that was not the case. Really recommended.


5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING, 31 Jan 2013

By P. Scholtz – See all my reviews


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This review is from: Inheritance (Kindle Edition)



4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, 2 Mar 2013

By jill wood – See all my reviews

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This review is from: Inheritance (Kindle Edition)

Expected easy going book but was pleasantly surprised although sad in places very enjoyable read not the usual predictable end.




Romance and Research.

I’m currently working on a rural romance–a retro rural romance–and it’s surprising how often I find myself stuck because I need to research some probably inconsequential thing. Maybe it’s because I actually have more of an interest in history than romance (as far as writing and reading goes!) but I do like a mix of the two. Perhaps most readers wouldn’t notice if the gears on the tractor my heroine is driving in 1970’s outback Australia are in the wrong place, but I would know.

Luckily for me, my husband drove tractors around that time and was able to give precise instructions on how to drive the typical tractor that was around then. I also have a sister and brother-in-law who spent most of their lives farming and a nephew who still runs their family farm. Still there have been other bits and pieces surprisingly hard to find out. Considering I had some personal experience with outback life myself I didn’t realise how ignorant I was.

Of course my experiences of what I call outback, which is an isolated station, not a farm near a town, are childhood memories. My best memory is actually romance and rural mixed together nicely, even though I was only eleven! I was staying on a station with family friends and we went to a wool-shed dance, which, for those of you who don’t know, is a dance held in a shearing shed.

It was, I think, 1963, and I vividly remember the dress I wore, a favourite at the time–pink checked gingham, with a frill down the front and stiff petticoat lining. I think I wore little white socks and black shoes. The band was an aboriginal group I’d seen perform at the local agricultural show, and the lead singer, a fourteen year old boy, was pretty good eye candy for a sheltered eleven year old.

I was swept off my feet, though, by a twelve year old boy from a local station. I’m not sure if we danced–probably–my main memory was of him spending what I considered a lot of money on buying me what there was to eat there. I was very impressed. The next day he swam across the river to spend some more time with me and later he sent me my very first love letter, signed, Your boy.

It makes me wonder why I’ve never written a rural romance before really! They obviously breed their men romantic out there in the bush.

My writing has been very varied and I enjoy trying different things–some of it comes very easily and some is a real struggle but the main struggle is simply having the discipline to sit at the computer every day and write something. I often find myself checking my email or facebook or even doing housework, rather than actually writing. Probably the most fun I’ve had writing was the fantasy I wrote for kids, ‘Beast of War’. I became so fond of the characters in that book I was more sad than relieved when it was finished. I’ll let you know when it’s up on the free promotion at Amazon later this month. I’d love some (good) reviews. Stay tuned and happy reading.