Fiona McIntosh

Here it is!

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I am excited to finally release details of the new historical fiction novel that will be published end March….here’s the blurb to whet your appetite.

Luc Bonet lost his family at birth and is brought up by wealthy French Jews in the foothills of the French Alps. When he is confronted with his true identity he joins the French resistance, leaving behind his family’s fortune, their home overrun by soldiers, their lavender fields in tatters.
Lisette Forestier is on a mission of her own, to work her way into the heart of a senior German officer – and to infiltrate the masterminds of the Nazi hierarchy. What Luc and Lisette hadn’t counted on was meeting each other. When they come together at the height of the Paris occupation German traitors are plotting to change the course of history. But who, if anyone, can be trusted, and will their emotions become their greatest betrayer of all?
Set against the backdrop of turbulent WWII France, this is a rollercoaster of a read that has it all – action and adventure on every page, heartbreak and horror, love and passion, battles and treachery. And accompanying Luc every step of the way is a pouch of lavender seeds, a symbol of freedom and hope, and the promise of a new life in a faraway land…if only they can make it through.

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  1. cc19 January 13, 2012

    I can’t wiat Fi! Will definitely be getting my hands on a copy as soon as it hits the book stores :)

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    • fiona January 13, 2012

      Thanks….look out for it last week in March. Perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day….anytime!
      Fx

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  2. paul January 13, 2012

    starting to get a bit worried as to what you were going to write next. as soon as this book hits the shelf i will have my copy

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    • Fiona January 13, 2012

      Never worry, Christine, there is always a book on the go! In fact coming up this year is the release of The Lavender Keeper, the release of a new children’s fantasy and the release of a new adult fantasy and we already have two new releases lined up for 2013. Plenty on the wind! If you keep reading them, I’ll keep writing them! Many thanks for the loyalty xx

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  3. Amber January 20, 2012

    Woo hoo!!!! I can’t wait :) have been waiting for another one of your great historical fiction books. Fields of Gold was fantastic i’m sure this one will be just as good :). Will you be doing another book tour in adelaide like you did in 2010 at the Marion library?

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    • Fiona January 20, 2012

      Hi Amber
      Thank you – glad you loved Fields of Gold. Have to admit, The Lavender Keeper is my favourite tale. I loved writing it for so many reasons – the wartime era, the Parisian streets I walk the characters through, the lavender fields of Provence, and then the characters themselves – a tense, heartbreaking triangle, each with their own special story and a strong action/adventure underpinning a bittersweet romantic tale. I know you’re going to love it!
      And yes, absolutely, I’ll be back in SA on tour and I’m sure we can do something fun again at Marion. See you there.

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  4. Shell January 22, 2012

    Has definitely “whet” my appetite Fiona!

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  5. Maddy February 3, 2012

    Yay! Beautiful cover F – you can just about smell the lavender! Look forward to the launch!

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  6. Nicola Lang February 14, 2012

    I’ve already left HUGE hints about what I would like for Mother’s Day 😛

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    • Fiona February 14, 2012

      So much better than a box of chocolates for Easter too! Thanks Nicola. I hope I’ll meet you when I’m on the move around the states and that I will have the opportunity to sign your book.

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  7. Vikki February 19, 2012

    I CANT WAIT!! I am just finishing Destiny and although I want to find out what happens I dont want the book to end! I am looking forward to your new book release and enjoy all that you pen.

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    • Fiona February 19, 2012

      That’s what I love to hear, Vikki! Not wanting a book to end is a fantastic compliment, thankyou!

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  8. Deb April 14, 2012

    Hi Fiona
    The Lavender Keeper is great read – I really enjoyed it. I’m very picky about books, as a self confessed Anglophile, anything with a remotely American flavour is quickly replaced on the shelf. I’ve recommended it to numerous friends and think it would make a great movie.
    Very much looking forward to l Luc’s Promise and enquire when it might be published.

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    • Fiona April 15, 2012

      Hi Deb, thrilled that you enjoyed TLK and especially that you have recommended it. Word of mouth, especially where books are concerned, is just about the most powerful marketing I could hope for and if it continues to blaze a bright trail then maybe that film we all think it could make so well, may just move from dream to reality. I agree, it does lend itself to a sweeping move and I hope Daniel Craig is reading this and will play Colonel Markus Kilian for us all! Volume two will hit bookstores around end March 2013. We’re working through the editorial process now. Thanks again. F

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  9. Gilly April 29, 2012

    I have just read The Lavender Keeper and LOVED it. Can’t wait for the sequel

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    • Fiona April 30, 2012

      Hooray! Thanks for sharing your pleasure, Gilly. Sequel’s not far away. It’s written and now being edited. Thrilled you enjoyed. F

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  10. vivian May 21, 2012

    Great book, thoroughly enjoyed it and now dying to know when the sequel is released!! Thank you – Vivian

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    • Fiona May 21, 2012

      Hi Vivian – fantastic! So glad you enjoyed and you’ll be pleased to hear that I’ve written the sequel and almost finished the second draft so the editing process is well underway. It will be released at the end of March 2013. In the meantime I have my new children’s book out in August called The Rumpelgeist and I have my new adult fantasy out in November called The Scrivener’s Tale. I’ve been busy! Thanks again for reading The Lavender Keeper. F

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  11. Thelma McComber May 27, 2012

    Hi fiona

    Have just purchased The Lavender Keeper and am halfway through the wonderful book. I am so looking forward to it’s sequel, Luc’s Promise and will be their to snaffle it as soon as it is released. Keep up the great work, love your writings?

    Thelma

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    • Fiona May 28, 2012

      Hi Thelma…I did reply to this when I was overseas but I’m so sorry, I can see it didn’t go through, which is most annoying. I like to reply immediately to readers and I just want to thank you again for reading The Lavender Keeper and I’m working on the second draft of the sequel now and loving it! Thanks again. F

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  12. Ray May 30, 2012

    Thamk you Fiona, just finished TLK – loved it, found it thoroughly absorbing not only because I’m a History teacher but a hopeless rantic & avid reader, mainly of female authors! You just do it better! I’m thinking of Kate Morton, Diane Chamberlain, Monica McInerney & you of course! Can’t wait for Luc’s Promise- March 2013 can’t come quick enough! Keep well & keep writing! Ray- I’ll have to fight my wife off to get first dibs at Luc’s Promise!!

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  13. Ray May 30, 2012

    Oops! I meant romantic!!

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  14. Glenda Bernstein July 2, 2012

    Have just finished the Lavender Keeper. Couldn’t put it down !
    When can we expect Luc’s Promise in Store
    Regards, Glenda

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    • Fiona July 2, 2012

      Hi Glenda….thanks for reading it and obviously I’m so delighted that you enjoyed it. Hooray! The sequel is out for March 2013. I’ll keep you posted – Luc’s Promise is a working title but those titles have a way of sticking!

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  15. Kathryn Pearce July 30, 2012

    Hi Fiona I just finished reading The Lavendar Keeper. I couldn’t put it down! Was so excited to read at the end that you were writing the sequel, but devasted to hear how long I have to wait to get my hands on it :). Best of luck with your creative thoughts and looking forward to reading some of your other titles.

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    • Fiona July 30, 2012

      Hi Kathryn

      Fantastic news that you enjoyed the book – thanks for sharing. I wrote the sequel quite fast but the publisher chooses the timing and besides, it is really helpful to have the year to do all the trimming and checking and extra work that goes into making a novel that much more powerful and enjoyable for the reader. My editor at Penguin works hard alongside me to ensure it’s lean with muscle, if you get my drift. That takes time. We might go over the manuscript half a dozen times just working out where to keep pruning and each time the manuscript gets that much stronger. We’re agonising over titles, and we’re about to start playing with cover art (my favourite bit) and again that takes a team of people all coming together to get it spot on. I promise you it’s worth the wait, Kathryn :) In the meantime, you are very kind to consider some of my other titles. Perhaps Fields of Gold might be up your alley if you like historical saga? Thanks again – I have such wonderful readers!

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  16. Rosie Wright August 13, 2012

    Hi Fiona
    My Mum & sister always pass me on their favourite books and your ‘The Lavender Keeper’ was one of my most gripping reads. It only took me a week to read and I work full time….I just let everything go on the weekend, and reluctently finsihed it savouring the last couple of chapters. There are not many authors that have the knack to absorb you so far into the book that feel as if you are there or that you are the main character in the story….you do that so well. Fields of Gold was one of my ‘all time’ favourites and ‘The Lavender Keeper’ is just as brilliant. You are now my hero Author and like all your other followers I can’t wait for the sequel. Thank you so much…. PS- I do have a life hahaha

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    • Fiona August 13, 2012

      Hi Rosie

      Love your email. Thank YOU for being so loyal to my books and for reading them with such undivided attention – grin! I’m thrilled you’ve enjoyed them and promise there’s plenty more where they came from. The Lavender sequel is out next March and just today I signed the contract for the next historical adventure-romance, which I’ll start writing later this year. Keep reading!

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  17. AJ September 14, 2012

    I’ve just finished ready the Lavender keeper and enjoy it a LOT! It was the first time I’ve read one of your books and now I’m off to hunt down the others! Has ‘Luc’s promise’ been released yet?

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    • Fiona September 14, 2012

      Thanks, AJ…it’s scheduled for release early next year. Lots of other books of mine to fill the gap in the meantime :)

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