FitzOsbornes at War Excerpt And Other Exciting Things

'The FitzOsbornes at War' Australian paperbackI’ve just done a bit of work on my author website – given it a fresh coat of paint, swept the floors, polished the windows, that sort of thing. Oh, and I’ve also added a new annexe and arranged some shiny new articles on the shelves. There’s a photograph of the cover of my new book. There’s an excerpt from the book. There’s a bit of historical background information for readers who’d like to know more about England during the Second World War. There’s even a set of free downloadable Teaching Notes for the novel, if you happen to be a teacher, although the Teaching Notes won’t be available until the book is released in April.

Gosh, two blog posts in twenty-four hours. I don’t know what’s come over me. It must be all the excitement of having a new book out in seven weeks.

15 thoughts on “FitzOsbornes at War Excerpt And Other Exciting Things”

  1. I am SO EXCITED! I wish I could go to Australia to pick up a copy…but no, another nine months of seemingly endless waiting is on the list for me…I truly love your books, so thank you for writing something with strong female characters, humour, and a ripping good plot!

    1. Well, Australia is a nice place to visit . . . Although there’s always online book buying, if you’re feeling rich enough to pay for the enormous postage costs.
      Glad you’ve enjoyed the series so far!

      1. Hahaha I just pre-order the Austrailian edition, and the shipping was $10 (USD) more than the book.

        1. I know, postage here is ridiculously expensive AND the American dollar is worth less than the Australian dollar, so the whole thing becomes very expensive for you Americans. Can I ask where you ordered the book from? I’m planning to do a blog post with a list of on-line booksellers, for those who want to order the book.

          1. Sure. I ordered it from Abbey Books. It was one of the online sites that was recommended on your link “Buy the Books”. They also have the most reasonable prices. 🙂

  2. What will The FitzOsbornes at War most likely be “rated”? (Note: A Brief History of Montmaray was Children’s in my local library and The FitzOsbornes in Exile was either Children’s or Younger Teen.)


    1. My Uncorrected Bound Proof says that the target audience of The FitzOsbornes at War is “secondary school age” (that is, 12- to 18-year-olds), although the back cover says “Category: Fiction for young adults and adults”. So that’s what my Australian publishers think, but individual booksellers and librarians will decide for themselves where they want to shelve it. Personally, I don’t think it’s a children’s book – I think it’s a crossover teenage/adult novel. But then, I’m not sure A Brief History of Montmaray was a children’s book, either.

  3. Hey, there!

    I’m 13 years old, and I LOVE the Montmaray series! I enjoy the humor, romance and thrilling plot. I can’t wait until it comes out in the U.S! Please please please keep writing, I love your work!

    1. Hi, Mesa, and thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m really pleased you’ve enjoyed the series so far, and I hope you like the third book. Sorry you have to wait so long for The FitzOsbornes at War, though!

  4. Hi Michelle
    Waiting breathlessly for this one to come out! I’ll take a copy to England with me late April for my daughter Allison, too – she’s currently writing an e-serial which is “Downton Abbey for teens”.
    In the meantime, check out my just-published novel, “the Horses Didn’t Come Home” (HarperCollins)
    Best wishes
    Pam Rushby

    1. Hi, Pam! I didn’t realise you were related to Allison Rushby, the YA author! Hope you both enjoy Montmaray Three. Her ‘Downton Abbey’ serial sounds terrific.
      And congratulations on your new novel, Pam. It sounds as though it will fit in really well with the recent ‘War Horse’ film.

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