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The Other Side of the Season

SOSAL finalEverything has a reflection…

When offering to drive her brother to Byron Bay to escape the bitter Blue Mountain’s winter, Sidney neglects to mention her planned detour to the small seaside town of Watercolour Cove.

Thirty-five years earlier, Watercolour Cove is a very different place. Two brothers are working the steep, snake-infested slopes of a Coffs Coast banana plantation. Seventeen-year-old David does his share, but the budding artist spends too much time daydreaming about becoming the next Pro Hart and skiving off with the teasing and tantalisingly pretty Tilly from the neighbouring property. His older brother, Matthew, has no time for such infatuations. His future is on the land and he plans to take over the Greenhill plantation from his father.

Life is simple on top of the mountain for David, Matthew and Tilly until the winter of 1979 when tragedy strikes, starting a chain reaction that will ruin lives for years to come. Those who can, escape the Greenhill plantation. One stays—trapped on the mountain and haunted by memories and lost dreams. That is until the arrival of a curious young woman, named Sidney, whose love of family shows everyone the truth can heal, what’s wrong can be righted, the lost can be found…

. . . and there’s another side to every story.

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What readers and reviewers are saying…

“Emotive and multi-layered, this is a novel to curl up with” (but make sure the tissues are close at hand).” Read in full at  Write Note Reviews

“McLeod delivers a story packed with pathos, Aussie wit and a great sense of place… an irresistible tale.” Read in full at Rowena Holloway.com

“Stunning writing, spellbinding storytelling, art in all its glory and the message that it’s never too
late to make things right.”
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Season of Shadow and Light ~ (NB: different covers, same beautiful story)

image002Shadow cover screenshotSometime this season…
The secret keeper must tell.
The betrayed must trust.
The hurt must heal.

When it seems everything Paige trusts is beginning to betray her, she leaves her husband at home and sets off on a road trip with six-year-old Matilda, and Nana Alice in tow.

But stranded amid rising floodwaters, on a detour to the tiny town of Coolabah Tree Gully, Paige discovers the greatest betrayal of all happened there twenty years earlier.

Someone knows that truth can wash away the darkest shadows, but…

Are some secrets best kept for the sake of others?

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What readers and reviewers are saying…

“Season Of Shadow and Light is an amazing story, weaving an intriguing web of family, love, and community. It’s about the lies we tell and the secrets we keep to protect those we hold dear and what it feels like to finally find a place to call home. Without a doubt, her best novel yet.” www.1girl2manybooks.wordpress.com

“Jenn J McLeod delivers her best yet – a winning story of self-discovery, acceptance, renewal and coming home, in a distinctively Australian setting.” www.writenotereviews.com 

Simmering Season

When a school reunion brings home
more than memories…

It’s summer storm season and Calingarry Crossing is sweltering.

A devoted mother, sole breadwinner, and now local publican, Maggie Lindeman is back in Calingarry Crossing with her teenage son to sell the family pub, hoping to turn their lives and finances around. The trouble is, the girl people once called Magpie is so busy protecting everyone else she has no idea the perfect storm is heading her way until her past and present collide with the unexpected to blow the lid off a lifetime of secrets.

Maggie once had a crush on Dan Ireland, now a work-weary police crash investigator, still hell-bent on punishing himself for his misspent youth. Dan has ample reason for not going home to Calingarry Crossing for the school reunion, but one very good reason why he should.

Maggie is dealing with a restless seventeen-year-old son, a father with dementia, a fame-obsessed musician husband, a dwindling bank account and a country pub that just won’t sell. The last thing she needs is a surprise houseguest for the summer. Fiona Bailey-Blair, daughter of an old friend and spoilt with everything but the truth, whips a maelstrom of gossip when she blows into town.

This storm season, when a school reunion brings home more than memories, Maggie Lindeman will discover …

… there’s no keeping a lid on some secrets.

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What readers and reviewers are saying…

“Simmering Season showcases McLeod’s ability to portray life in all its facets. In its laid-back Aussie way, this novel reaches out and grips your heart. Simmering Season is not a race to an intense climax. It is a wonderful exploration of letting go, of life, and of the decisions made along the way.” Rowena Holloway, Amazon

“Jenn J McLeod has written a big book with a big cast of characters and a heap of secrets. At 460 pages, it is proof of her writer’s talent and publisher’s faith in this series of Australian country-set stories. The author knows her setting well, so that it becomes a living character in its own right.” Margaret Sutherland, Author, Amazon

“The fact that this novel has the same strength and depth of quality as House shows that she is going to be a steady and consistent talent in Australian fiction.” Book Muster Down Under, Amazon

House for all Seasons – #5 Top-selling debut novel, 2013.

HFAS front cover workingFour women.
Four lives unravelled.
The truth will bind them forever.

Bequeathed a century-old house, four estranged friends return to their hometown, Calingarry Crossing, where each must stay for a season at the Dandelion House to fulfill the wishes of their benefactor, Gypsy.

But coming home to the country stirs shameful memories of the past, including the tragic end-of-school muck up day accident twenty years earlier.

Sara, a breast cancer survivor afraid to fall in love;
Poppy, a tough, ambitious journo still craving her father’s approval;
Amber, a spoilt socialite addicted to painkillers and cosmetic procedures;
Caitlin, a doctor frustrated by a controlling family and her flat-lining life.

At the Dandelion House, the women will discover something about themselves and a secret that ties all four to each other and to the house – forever.

Small towns can keep big secrets…

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What readers and reviewers are saying…

“McLeod’s love of the country is evident in her writing … the perfect book for a rainy weekend, once started it is hard to put down.” Sophia Whitfield, Culture Street – books, film and theatre news & reviews.

“I cannot say enough good things about this book.” Read the full review (by Daystarz Books).

“The cast of supporting characters in House for all Seasons is large and yet they are all vividly drawn. (I was reminded of Monica McInerney’s beautifully crafted stories.)” Author ~ Helene Young Goodreads

“Jenn J McLeod’s debut novel is an enthralling read that will leave you feeling compelled to ponder your own childhood memories. A captivating story.” Heike Boughton, The Australian Women’s Weekly

“A painful exploration of estrangement, loss, truth, redemption and the power of wishes.” Elaine Fry, The West Australian

“This debut novel from Australian Jenn J McLeod impressively weaves a tale of secrets, scandal, surprise and reunification.” Ross Southernwood, The Sun-Herald

“A warm, engaging read, and such a great cast of characters. All readers will find someone they can relate to.” Dianne Blacklock, author of The Best Man.

Special project: Writing The Dream

I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to this anthology.

 A collection of 25 stories written by talented authors. No two writers are the same, but they have one thing in common: they are storytellers at heart and their deepest desire is to be heard. Writing the Dream shares the stories of twenty-five Australian writers, from emerging to established authors. Some are traditionally published, while others have taken the self-publishing route. Some have faced rejection after rejection, while others have had a dream path.

But, while their writing journeys are different, all of them strive to create, entertain, inspire and inform. And all of them have unique and creative voices that deserve to be heard.

With contributors including Anna Jacobs, Juliet Marillier, Natasha Lester, Jenn J McLeod, and a host of other talented writers, the stories in Writing the Dream are set to strike an inspirational chord in every hopeful writer’s heart.

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Jenn J. McLeod’s books on Goodreads

Writing the Dream
Writing the Dream

reviews: 11

ratings: 20 (avg rating 4.85)

House for all Seasons
House for all Seasons

reviews: 68

ratings: 253 (avg rating 4.04)

Simmering Season
Simmering Season

reviews: 38

ratings: 107 (avg rating 4.05)

Season of Shadow and Light
Season of Shadow and Light

reviews: 48

ratings: 104 (avg rating 3.91)

The Other Side of the Season
The Other Side of the Season

reviews: 23

ratings: 63 (avg rating 4.32)