Hi! I’m Lisa Henry, and welcome to the blog tour for my new release, Lights and Sirens. I’m visiting some of my favourite blogs around the place to talk a bit about writing Lights and Sirens, and sharing some of my influences, my ideas, and even an excerpt or two! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, for your chance to win a prize of a $20 Amazon voucher plus a selection of Australian treats that I’ll post worldwide. The winner will be drawn on September 21.
Those of you who follow me on Facebook probably know that I live in the most unimaginatively named city in the world: Townsville.
I mean… come on? Don’t get me started on that.
But the point of this post is that I’ve lived in Townsville for a very long time, and never written a novel here before. I did write a novella set in Townsville once, but since it was historical I figured that it hardly counts. That Townsville wasn’t my Townsville. That Townsville was a Townsville that barely exists anymore, though you can still catch glimpses in the architecture, and I guess that some things—like the insets, or the smell of frangipanis on a humid summer night—never change.
But modern Townsville, with its suburban sprawl and arterial roads and shopping centres, isn’t a place I’ve really written about before. It got a cameo in the book previous to this one, Two Man Station, when my country coppers ended up in the comparatively big smoke briefly, but this is the first time it’s actually been the main setting, which felt a little strange.
Usually when I write a novel, my characters and the places they inhabit are very distinct from my own life. Whereas with Lights and Sirens, when I was having a few drinks in City Lane, I knew that this was where Hayden and Matt would hook up. When I was waiting in traffic one day, watching an ambulance try to get through an intersection, I knew that could have been Hayden on his way to a job. And when I was walking my dog around my neighbourhood and saw that old railway cottage at the base of Castle Hill, I knew this was the house that Matt was renovating. It felt very strange to have my stories come together in a very familiar landscape.
I hope that I’ve done a fair job with my representation of Townsville. Obviously there are places I haven’t named because they aren’t huge chains—the bar in City Lane with the garden gnomes, the gay pub in Flinders St West, the coffee place at The Lakes—but the locals will know them. Just like I hope the locals will forgive me for characterising the foreshore at Pallarenda as the place where the perverts and hoons go!
There’s more to Townsville than perverts and the hoons, I promise. It’s just that when you’re writing from the point of view of a police officer and a paramedic—both of whom are used to seeing the worst that any place has to offer—it’s a little hard to also see the city the way that a tourist might: the ocean, and Magnetic Island, and views like this one here:
Title: Lights and Sirens (Emergency Services #2)
Author: Lisa Henry
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 13th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 231 pages
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Reviewed by: Belen, Ele, LenaR
Paramedic Hayden Kinsella is single and the life of the party. He likes driving fast and saving lives, and he doesn’t do relationships—he does hookups. Except he wouldn’t hook up with copper Matt Deakin if he were the last guy on the planet. Hayden thinks the feeling is mutual . . . until clearing the air leads to a drunken one-night stand, which leads to something neither of them was expecting: a genuine connection.
Police officer Matt Deakin moved to Townsville to take care of his elderly grandfather. In between keeping an eye on Grandad, renovating his house, and the demands of his job, he somehow finds himself in a tentative relationship with Hayden and very slowly gets to know the damaged guy beneath the happy-go-lucky persona.
But the stressors of shift work, fatigue, and constant exposure to trauma threaten to tear Hayden and Matt apart before they’ve even found their footing together. In the high-pressure lives of emergency services workers, it turns out it’s not the getting together part that’s hard, it’s the staying together.
Emergency Services Series
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
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