If you were stranded on an island what 10 things would you most want with you? (Aside from family and other loved ones)
- Chris Hemsworth – does that really need further explaining? I’d deliberately get stranded on an island if he was going to be there!
- Electricity – because I will need to be able to use my InStyler. I’m sorry, but there is no excuse for frizzy hair.
- Bear Grylls – you know that guy from Man vs Wild. He seems pretty clued up about how to survive on an island, and let’s be honest, if I’m worried about having frizzy hair, I’m really going to need someone who knows how to hunt and build shelter.
- Matches – just in case Bear Grylls forgets how to build a fire with a stick and a rock.
- Chocolate – look, I’m so completely addicted to the stuff and it’d be cruel to Bear and Chris to be stranded on an island with me while I’m detoxing from chocolate.
- My Kindle – while Chris is there there is always a chance he may not be much of a conversationalist and I will expect Bear to be busy hunting – so my kindle will keep me occupied.
- My laptop – man, stranded on an island with no distractions? Imagine how much writing I’d be able to get done. Makes me want to go out looking for a deserted island.
- Sunscreen – with an extremely high factor. I burn like crisp!
- SAS Survival Handbook: How to Survive in the WIld, in Any Climate, on Land or at Sea by John Lofty Wiseman – yes, Bear will be there, but hey, I’m not relying on anyone else but myself for survival!
Mobile phone – so I can call the rescue party!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Of Love and Vengeance
by Louise Lyndon
Forced to marry Lord Aymon to ensure her young nephew’s survival, English Lady Laila vows undying hatred for the Norman she holds responsible for the deaths of so many innocents. Discovering Aymon has committed an act of treason gives her the chance to seek vengeance he deserves. But can Laila let Aymon die at the hands of the king once she learns the truth?
A hardened Norman warrior, Lord Aymon has lived through atrocities no man ever should. With the invasion of England over, all he wants is a quiet life and a wife who will give him heirs and obey his every command. Instead, he finds himself wed to feisty and outspoken Laila. But when she learns the truth of his treasonous act, can Aymon count on her to keep his secret?
Laila heard them long before she saw them. Their angry, frenzied shouts and thunderous roars filled her ears. With her hands tied securely behind her, she was dragged up the lane toward Tyburn Gallows, where she was to be hanged for a crime she did not commit. The mob sounded blood thirsty. Large. Frightening.
There was no sign of Aymon. Or Hugh. Had they left her alone to die?
Her chin trembled and her nails dug into her palms.
She suddenly fell to her knees and screamed until she tasted blood at the back of her throat. She kicked out and tried to crawl free as her hair was almost torn from the roots as she was pulled up and shoved along the lane.
Her eyes burned with her tears.
“I am innocent!” Laila screamed.
They came around a corner, and that’s when she saw them. There must have been a least two thousand men, women, and children, hungry for her blood. And when they saw her, they erupted into a wild fever of roars and cries for a slow and painful death. Their thirst had been piqued, and now it must be sated.
Laila was shoved into the center of the clearing.
She glanced wildly around in a desperate search for Aymon’s towering, bulky frame. She could not see him.
But what she could see was the Tyburn Tree. The gallows she was to be hanged from. The executioner, hooded, stood beside the tree as he waited patiently for her. Laila’s mouth suddenly went dry.
Louise grew up in country Victoria, Australia, before moving to England, where for sixteen years she soaked up the vibrancy of London and the medieval history of England. She has since returned to Australia and now lives in Melbourne.
She has been writing the moment she picked up a copy of Diana Gabaldon's first Outlander novel twenty something years ago. She thought to herself, 'this is what I want to do' - not travel back in time, but become a novelist! She has always had snippets of dialogue and scenes floating around in her head with characters screaming at her to bring them to life.
In 2013, Louise won first prize in the Crested Butte Sandy Writing contest – Historical category for her story, The Promise, which is now called, Of Love and Vengeance.
When not writing, she can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls - under the guise of competing in Spartan races all over Australia.
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