Monday, November 28, 2011

Amanda Deed's "Ellenvale Gold"

Title: Ellenvale Gold
Publisher: Even Before Publishing

Cover blurb: It is the time of Australia’s harsh rogue-filled gold rush of the 1850s when Miss Penelope Worthington suddenly finds herself orphaned, isolated and alone. With a large sheep station to run single-handedly, she has little option but to enlist the aid of a mysterious, but sinister stranger.

But who is the more treacherous? Gus—the scruffy, trespassing, ex-convict who co-incidentally shows up looking for work just when she desperately needs a farmhand or Rupert—the handsome, wealthy neighbour who would willingly marry her at the drop of a hat and solve her apparent dilemma?

Repeatedly, her faith is tested as she faces the unforgiving elements, deceit, lies and uncertainty. But where and how will it all end? But…is it the end? Will vengeance return or will Penny’s faith prevail?
1) How did this story come to you?
I wanted to write an historical romance set in Australia. The Victorian gold rush was a very formative part of our national identity, so I thought it would make a good backdrop to a romance.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I wrote the first draft back in 2000. It took me years to gain the courage to put it out there and then take steps to find a publisher. As it turned out, I had another novel published first, but finally this one is ready for the market.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. It surprises people that although I am an artistic person (I play music and paint occasionally), I have a passion for mathematics.
2. As soon as the weather is warm enough, I go barefoot as much as I can.
3. I wore running shoes beneath my Victorian style wedding dress (not so I could escape, but for comfort).

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am about to send the sequel to Ellenvale Gold off to the publisher. Next I plan to write the third and final installment of the Jacksons Creek Trilogy.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks for having me on your blog today.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?


  1. After reading 'The Game' ... I can't wait to read Ellenvale Gold!! I love Amanda's writing style.

  2. thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  3. thanks for sponsoring the giveaway

  4. This sounds like a very interesting book! Thanks for a chance to win it!

  5. please enter me thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  6. This sounds like such a interesting book and one that I want to read. Please enter me.


  7. I've read a little bit about ELLENVALE GOLD just recently. It looks wonderful.


  8. Amanda,

    I've never read a book about Australian gold rush. Sounds great!

    fictionfan1 [at[ cox [dot] net

  9. Hi all. Thanks for dropping by and for your encouraging comments. Thank you to K Dawn Byrd for having me on your blog. Blessings. :)

  10. Ellenvale Gold sounds like a great story and one I would love to read.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  11. I love learning through historical fiction. Australia always intrigues me, so I would love to read your book.
    Linda L.

    dalrock (at) wolfenet (dot) com

  12. My fingers aren't cooperating.
    My e-mail is dlarock(at)wolfenet(dot)com

    Linda L.

  13. Just love to read historical fiction! Thanks so much for having the courage to publish books that demonstrate the importance of faith in the Lord.

  14. This book sounds like full of the kind of adventure I like!! Please enter me! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

  15. My favorite tv mini-series was set in Australia, The Thorn Birds that showed some sheep shearing. :O) I would love to read your book,
    Ellenvale Gold! Thank you for your generous offer to give away one of your books!
    Dawn Adams

  16. Oh Amanda you know I want to read your book. (I plan to get it in Melbourne if I dont win it)
    please enter me ausjenny at gmail dot com

  17. Hi there everyone. Wow, so many people sound interested in my wonderful Australia. I'm so happy to be able to share this country with you all through my novels. Can't wait to see who wins!

  18. i would love to learn more about Australia's history and geography. Thanks for the chance to win this noverl