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Rachael Johns shares her dream career as a newsreader and the Pandora's box of book advances

Something to Talk About was released by Harper Collins on April 20.


Do you have a good luck charm or a special token that sits on your desk/in your office? All my empty Diet Coke cans! It’s my writing poison. Favourite exercise to help ward off author’s arse? I used to run, but recently had a back operation, so am trying to walk, but it’s not enough. What’s your go-to weekday dinner dish? Pasta – either carbonara or bolognaise. One thing ALL my kids eat. Which career would you choose if money wasn’t a factor and writing wasn’t an option? I always wanted to be the news reader for Channel Seven! Either that or something to do with acting – probably musical theatre! Favourite book from your childhood? I’m gonna cheat and choose the whole Baby-sitter’s Club series. Which jelly bean do you eat first, and which do you leave until last? I eat the blacks and whites and leave all the colours. Have you done anything special with any of your advances? Paid school fees? Hah! I used to always buy a Pandora charm bracelet but for some silly reason I stopped doing that a couple of books back. I usually buy myself some kind of treat though. Which of your books would you love to see converted to TV or a movie, and who would play the leads? THE GREATEST GIFT. I’d love Asher Keddy to play Harper, Liam Hemsworth to play Jasper and Teresa Palmer to play Claire. 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? The Thornbirds because I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read and have been meaning to for years and my laptop so I can write a book of my own if the inspiration strikes. Favourite Aussie book so far for 2020? Ooh such a tough question, but I think I’m gonna have to go with THE LOST LOVE SONG by Minnie Darke (I’m only halfway through but I’m calling it!) Best one-line sentence from one of your book reviews? ‘I love this twist on the secret baby plot – Rachael Johns is an evil genius’, Kat Mayo from Book Thingo on THE KISSING SEASON.



It’s the opposite of love at first sight…or is it?

Dairy farmer Tabitha Cooper-Jones has a heart of gold, yet she’s the eternal bridesmaid. Everyone’s best mate. Despite facing some serious challenges over the years, she’s built a successful ice-cream business and cafe, she’s adored by her family and is an integral part of her hometown – there’s just one thing missing from her life. But the last thing Tab wants is a man – or worse, love – to stop her achieving her dream. In town for a temporary teaching contract, Fergus McWilliams thinks the small community of Walsh will be the perfect place to stay under the radar but he couldn’t be more wrong. Suddenly, the kids’ cricket team coached by Ferg is inundated with female supporters – single female supporters – and that’s only the beginning.

The only woman who doesn’t seem to have her sights set on Ferg is Tabitha. Despite a disastrous first meeting and a visit from a past love, circumstances keep throwing them together. Neither can deny the sparks between them, but can friendship even be possible for these two strong-willed people? A moving story of overcoming obstacles and learning to love, from ABIA award-winning author Rachael Johns.




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