Friday, 11 October 2013

Spotlight - Sarah Belle

Hi everyone,

Today I would like to welcome the lovely Sarah Belle. Sarah’s time shift, Romagic novel, Hindsight is published through Escape Publishing.

Thanks so much for visiting today, Sarah!

And I’ll let Sarah explain the term ‘Romagic’, she does it far more eloquently than I do. J

What type of romance do you write and what exactly is ‘Romagic’?
I write ‘Romagic Comedy’(which is a little buzz word I came up with that is now taking off!) which is romantic comedy with a twist of magic – time travel, spells, imaginary friends and such. It is set in the real world, where ordinary people  are put into extraordinary situations.
How do you develop your plot and characters?
I come up with an outrageous situation – such as waking up and finding that you’ve time travelled back to 1961, and then I create the character for whom this would create the utmost upheaval and conflict. Then the fun begins!
Are you working on anything at the present?
I am nearly finished my second manuscript – just a bit of polishing to go- about a woman (not a witch) who casts a spell and ends up turning her entire life upside down and losing her soul mate. She then has to try to get him back.
Oooh, that sounds like a lot of fun – another one to added to my ever growing TBR pile ;)
What is your favourite book?
Carmilla’ by J.Sheridan LeFanu. It was written in 1872 and is a hauntingly beautiful gothic tale of a female vampire. It was rumoured to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  I’ve been reading it over and over again since I was 13!
If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
To the UK- I long to stand in castles that are 1,000 years old and absorb their history. To visualise  all those who have stood there before me and imagine their stories would be amazing. ( day!)

What inspires your writing?
Emotions and people who dig deep in tough times, especially women. I loved the film ‘Steel Magnolias’ because it shows how incredibly strong women are when they need to be. Bringing that strength to life, and honouring women is the main theme behind Hindsight.

Thanks Sarah for dropping in for a visit! Check out the snippet of Hindsight below...and remind me not to eat curried sausages any time soon – lol!

You can purchase Hindsight from a heap of sites such as Amazon, iBooks, Nook and All Romance ebooks. For the complete list check out the links at Escape Publishing.


Thanks so much for having me Nicòle! It’s been great and I love your questions!  X


Sarah Belle started her professional life in the hospitality industry, working in some of the roughest hotels in Melbourne in the late Eighties, surrounded by drug dealers, prostitutes, pimps, and undercover police. She then completed a business degree and went on to work in the recruitment industry and the Department of Defence, where she met and married the man of her dreams: a dashing, Army Blackhawk pilot. They have four young sons and live on the beautiful Queensland coast.


Blurb –  Hindsight

Humour, wit, and just a touch of humility: the swinging 60s as you’ve never seen them before! 

The universe has sent Juliette a sign. She wishes it had been an email instead...

Juliette’s career is on fire, her marriage and family are in melt-down, and a red-hot goddess wants her husband. But those are the least of her worries when she wakes up on her lounge room floor in the year 1961.

Without any of her modern conveniences — nanny, housekeeper, surgically attached mobile phone, designer wardrobe, and intravenous lattes — Juliette is just over fifty years out of her comfort zone. But as she takes on the role of a 1961 housewife, with gritted liberated teeth, she discovers an unexpected truth: slower doesn’t mean boring, at home doesn’t mean dull, and priorities don’t mean sacrifices.

As she finds unexpected friendships, a resuscitated love life, tragedy and triumph, Juliette begins to wonder if she really wants to return home after all.



Sadly, for my family, the neighbours’ hospitality ran out last Saturday. We had enough leftovers to cover us for Sunday dinner, the Last Supper as it was termed in my mind. Each night dinner has been put on the table, with varying degrees of success. There was the meatloaf, which has been renamed ‘meat brick’ due to its crunchy texture and brick-like exterior, the tuna casserole that looked and tasted like ‘fish Playdoh’, the lamb chops that could double as hammers, the egg and bacon pie that had cracks akin to the San Andreas fault line, curried sausages that exploded in their skins and ended up looking like circumcised penises bobbing around in luminous yellow goo and of course, tonight’s disaster, spaghetti bolognaise.

“Smells….nice, Jules, new recipe?” Chris asks as he dry retches his way through the kitchen to the bathroom with Ethan and Cal.

“Ummm, yes.”

“Mmmm, can’t wait!” But the look on his face tells a different story.

From behind the bathroom door I can hear Ethan ask, “Dad, has something died in the kitchen?”

“No mate, why?”

“Then what’s that awful smell?”

“Shhhh, Eth,” Chris answers him quietly. “I think it’s meant to be dinner.”

“Does that mean we have to eat it?”

There is a pause before Chris says, “Yes mate. Your Mum’s working hard to make dinner and we have to remember that she has lost her memory. We need to be really understanding and patient with her, OK?”

“Maybe she forgot how to cook? She keeps burning my toast.”


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Thanks for stopping by.


Nicóle  xx



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