My friends are verrrrrry accustomed to getting WhatsApps from me telling them they HAVE to come to this or that book launch. Usually, it’s a launch happening at my home away from home, Love Books in Melville. Occasionally, I will venture to Exclusive Books Rosebank or Hyde Park but that’s as far as I go. I certainly didn’t expect to get an invitation to a launch while I was on holiday, so I was thrilled to discover that writer Melissa A. Volker (Missy) was launching her novel SHADOW FLICKER on the banks of the Kromme River in St. Francis.
I was a beta reader on Missy’s second novel A FRACTURED LAND, which I thoroughly enjoyed so I was very keen to go to this launch (you can find out about beta readers in my interview with Amy Heydenrych here.)
Missy was in conversation with the lovely Karen Lane who is so knowledgeable about books, and always has brilliant recommendations for what we should be reading. It was a delightful in conversation, I caught up with many old friends and the setting was pure magic.
The book is a romantic suspense, set in St. Francis, which made it all the more enjoyable, particularly as this was my first visit to that part of the world. As Karen Lane pointed out, the great thing about this novel is that it looks at the pros and cons of wind farming, so you get to explore both sides of the debate, and I have to say I learnt a lot. Even the evocative title (which I LOVE) speaks to the shadows the wind turbines make in the setting sun.
Experiencing St Francis Bay
I read it on the beach at St. Francis Bay and it’s such a page-turner, I finished it in a day. After that I made sure that I visited some of the places Missy mentions in the book including the St. Francis Brewing Company, which I highly recommend. My lovely BFF, artist and photographer, Jane Thomas and I sampled the Sexy Shiraz there – delish – although I have to confess I didn’t feel too sexy the next day after drinking a leetle too much of it.
SHADOW FLICKER and A FRACTURED LAND are published by Karavan Press and are available at all good bookstores, including Love Books and Exclusive Books. I recommend both books, they make fabulous gifts and are great book club reads.