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  • Writer's pictureMaya Linnell

Talking lucky desk cats and gold fever with Nicole Hurley-Moore


Nicole Hurley-Moore's newest book The McAlister Legacy came out earlier this month, and I was lucky enough to read an early copy thanks to my publisher Allen & Unwin.

I really enjoyed the dual timeline and the element of mystery, especially the gold fever running through the book. Nicole's characters are warm, her settings are always well written and it's a cosy read that will appeal to a wide audience.

Author spotlight

Five fast minutes with Nicole Hurley-Moore

Do you have a good luck charm or a special token that sits on your desk/in your office?

A lucky cat and an old Chinese jade carving of a weird looking bird.

Favourite exercise to counteract all the hours sitting at the keyboard?

I go for a walk or hit the elliptical cross trainer.

What’s your go-to weekday dinner dish?

Lasagne – I make it from scratch and it’s a family favourite.

Which career would you choose if money wasn’t a factor and writing wasn’t an option?

Hmm, maybe a medieval history lecturer.

Favourite book from your childhood?

There’s a lot. I was always besotted with fairy tales, such as the Six Swans. As for books I really love Tom’s Midnight Garden and The Wizard of Earthsea.

Which jelly bean do you eat first, and which do you leave until last?

I always eat the black ones first and leave the green ones because… ew!

Have you done anything special with any of your advances?

Yes, I bought a KitchenAid stand mixer. I love to cook and I’ve always wanted one. (Note from Maya - I have one of these too, Nicole. An invaluable tool for the keen baker!)

Which of your books would you love to see converted to TV or a movie, and who would play the leads?

The McCalister Legacy – maybe Liam Hemsworth (I mean who doesn’t like a Hemsworth?) and Adelaide Kane.

You’re snowed in on the side of the Swiss Alps with access to only one novel and one electronic device. Which do you choose?

My laptop and Pride and Prejudice.

Favourite Aussie book so far for 2020?

There’s so many wonderful books at the moment it’s hard to choose. I just finished The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan by Lisa Ireland and really enjoyed it.

Best one-line sentence from one of your book reviews?

“A heartwarming tale of taking chances, facing your fears and opening yourself up to new experiences.”

– Beauty and Lace

Thanks so much Maya for letting me stop by. (My pleasure Nicole!)


The McAlister Legacy

Someone is hiding a secret, one that could change Berry's life and alter her tragic past

As a child, Berry McCalister’s family was torn apart by shocking violence. Eleven years on, she returns to the small town of Harlington, determined to confront the past and, finally, to cut all ties and sell the farm.

Complicating her desire to get out of Harlington, Berry is drawn to her childhood crush, Nate Tarant. He never knew she existed back then, but things change, and this time Nate seems to be very much aware of her presence.

Berry begins to question the long-believed story of what happened to her family. Will she ever find out the truth? And can one old rumour shed light on the real events of that terrible night?



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CONTEST NOW CLOSED! Thanks to Allen & Unwin for providing the giveaway copy.


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