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Criterion Hotel – this is where all the trouble started for Julia Belleville

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It isn’t fiction – the Criterion Hotel, Rockhampton – owners: Megan and Ryan Turnbull (Image courtesy The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin)

Readers of my two books The House of Secrets: Julia’s Story and To Love, Honour & Betray – will know this hotel – The Criterion Hotel in Rockhampton – because it featured prominently in both books.

Yes, that’s right. It wasn’t a figment of my imagination although it’s internal layout might have been fictionalised.

READ THE FULL STORY OF THE HOTEL HERE

American troops did commandeer the hotel as an officer billet in WWII and it was the location for many social events – my elder sister Deidre Hofmann​’s engagement party was held here (probably late 1962).

If you’re ever visiting Rockhampton, you should check it out. It’s well located overlooking the Fitzroy River – and there’s another name from my books.

Other local landmarks that were mentioned include the Rockhampton General Hospital (up on the hill). The city name was fictionalised.

While all the characters are purely fictional, I chose to set my books in a setting I knew well – even though I left the area as a teenager.

Check out the book details at this link – http://www.jmarymasters.com

 

To Love, Honour & Betray: now on Amazon

It’s a great relief to have got to this point – having first been over optimistic about the timeframe for the release of book 2 of the Belleville family saga. I expect to have the real thing in my hands by the end of next week. First print run is in production.

For those who buy via Amazon, To Love, Honour & Betray is now available at this link:
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There is an Amazon preview screen to read the first chapter and a half here:
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The next anxious period is waiting for reader feedback. Who can say how readers will respond to the way the characters’ lives have developed …….