Saturday, 25 April 2009

Margaret Tanner: 'The Trouble with Playboys'


The essence of the story is about love lost and found against a background of the 2nd World War, and how one man’s lust had the power to ruin the lives of the following generation.

It is partially set in Wangaratta, my birth place, and an Australian country town that is still dear to my heart. Parts of the story are set in Malaya and Singapore . As my late father served there during World War 2, I was able to get first hand information on the terrible happenings and chaotic situation in the few weeks before Singapore capitulated to the Japanese and Pearl Harbour was bombed.

My father was engaged to my mother at the time, he wrote many poignant letters to her, which I had access to. I wanted the memory of their love and fortitude, and that of their generation, who fought against such tremendous odds, to be remembered, but not in some dusty history book shoved on some out of the way library shelf.


When a wealthy Englishman, Paul Ashfield travels to Australia in search of the birth mother he thinks deserted him, he never expects to meet and fall in love with Daphne Clarke. Upon meeting her parents, Paul is horrified by the possibility that they have the same mother. He beats a hasty retreat, believing he has slept with his sister.

Amidst the turmoil of WW2 they meet again in Singapore , where he discovers the truth, Daphne is not his sister. They marry as the Japanese pour into Malaya and Singapore teeters on the brink of invasion. In the chaotic aftermath, each believe the other has died during the bombing. When they finally see each other again, it is in a church, where Paul is about to enter into an arranged marriage.

Margaret Tanner is an award winning multi-published Australian author. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels, and prides herself on being historically correct. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia .

Margaret is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, the Melbourne Romance Writers Group (MRWG) and EPIC.

In 2008 she won Author of the Year at

Her contemporary novel Holly and the Millionaire went to No 12 on the Fictionwise Romance Best Sellers list.

The Trouble with Playboys is published today by the The Wild Rose Press.


Lindsay Townsend said...

Hi Margaret,
This sounds a fantastic novel! I wish you a happy release day and many sales!
Best wishes, Lindsay

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Lindsay,
Thank you for the good wishes and for allowing me to visit youg blog.


Celia Yeary said...

Margaret--what an intriguing storyline. For you to know so much about the location and the events in your novel makes it even greater. Good luck on sales--knock 'em dead! Celia

Cheryl said...

I love the storyline--it is just fraught with all kinds of tension! (My kind of book!) The cover is beautiful, too!

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Margaret, I whole-heartedly agree about not leaving history on some dusty book shelf. I applaud your novel's storyline. Amazing!
And the cover art is delish.

Congrats on your release!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Celia, Cheryl and Savanna,
Thank you so much for dropping by, and for your kind comments, I truly appreciate it. It is a lovely cover, but I certainly can't take credit for that.


Kaye Manro said...

Happy release day, Margaret! Lovely storyline and your cover is great. Good luck with the sales.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Kaye,
Thanks for dropping by I appreciate it.


Anonymous said...

Margaret, Congratulations on yet another ‘child’. And, Thank you I look forward to reading ‘The Trouble With Playboys,’ it sounds divine. --- I absolutely love your stories. Please keep them coming. ---- (Thank you Lindsay) ---- Eric

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Eric,
Thank you so much for dropping by, and for your lovely comments. Much appreciated.


Mary Ricksen said...

This sounds like a great story line to me. Looking forward to another from you too!

Serena said...

Hi Margaret,
Sounds like a wonderful book! And a real please-pick-me-up cover.

Well done and congrats!


Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Serena,
Thanks for dropping by, I appreciate it

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Mary,
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Lovely to see another TWRP author

jean hart stewart said...

sounds like a wonderful book. I love books that take one into another period. Since all mind do too I do too I'm a little prejudiced. I don't think I have the fortitude to write about the modern scene. Jean

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Jean,
Thank you for dropping by. I agree there is nothing like a good historical to transport you back in time. Love them - That's why I write them I guess.