ALASLOver 1.1m Reads in Serialization

As Long as She Lives

now available in Kindle and Paperback

"Conroy's writing draws you in and makes you feel what her characters are feeling. And we all know there's nothing better then getting swept into a fictional world. Cait is full of fight, full of love. You couldn't ask for a better female character." Amazon Review

Never underestimate a woman who survived.

Suspense, international intrigue and romance, set in Melbourne, Australia.

"…give everyone a different part of your story, then the gossip will be all about putting your story together, not questioning it."

After four years teaching in central Africa, Caitlyn Lancaster returns to her family in Australia, telling them she's been sent home because of looming political unrest. But Cait is more fragile than she and her Federal police handler anticipated. She's forced to accept that childhood family friend, now police detective, Riley Duncan must be told the brutal truth if she is to keep herself and her family safe.

With Riley's support, Cait begins to recover her strength but civil war erupts around her friends in Umoja and her harrowing secret becomes the key to that nation's future.

Putting her faith in her handler, Cait takes the ultimate risk only to discover that Agent Koffa has failed to take into account one vital detail. He's not as good at his job as he thinks he is."

"The defining element of my life is my addiction to Story - written, drawn, filmed, barely hinted at in the finds of an archaeological dig. if there is a narrative to enjoy, I will find it or create it. I was lucky enough to stumble into a first career turning some of Australia's best loved books (and some not-so-loved!) into audio books. Now, like many women as they enter their forties, I'm embarking upon a second career, this time writing my own stories about curious, compassionate women who get themselves into trouble and find their own way out." - Darcy Conroy

"As Long as She Lives" Available at Amazon

And many more places through: http://darcyconroy.com

Check out Stephen Campbell’s conversation with Darcy on Crimefiction.fm.

In her conversation with Stephen, Darcy explained how her husband urged her to try serialization. "So, he said, 'Look, let's use your highly honed sense of guilt that your mother put into you for good. He said, 'Why don't you try posting...the next draft that you start...on one of these reading sites, because I'll bet you that even two people are reading it, and you know they're waiting, there is no way your guilt will allow you to backtrack and confuse them. You'll just have to keep going forward, and you'll finally get to the end of this draft.'"

After posting a chapter where she found she'd written herself into a corner, "Because I was determined to get to the end, and because I had those readers that I didn’t want to have to say, 'Oh, I’m sorry, would you read this chapter instead,' I wrote myself out of it. And I swear that some of my best twists came up from that."

Congratulation on your book launch, Darcy, and on getting your book onto the shelves at Dymocks Bookstore!

Oh, and I almost forgot, but don't you forget. When you've finished reading Darcy's book, please leave a review on Amazon or wherever you bought it. It is SO important for new authors (for all authors), and it helps them write more books for you.


idalupino1Ida Lupino - Mother of Us All

When it comes to “compassionate women who get themselves into trouble and find their way out,” that’s Ida Lupino all over.

In 1949, Ida Lupino and her husband Collier Young, a movie executive and producer formed the independent production company, The Filmakers.

Ida Lupino directed and helped write a series of low-budget movies on social themes including illegitimacy (Not Wanted), rape (Outrage), and The Bigamist. In addition to appearing in many films noir, in 1953 she became the first woman ever to direct one, this week’s feature about a real-life psychopathic killer, The Hitch-Hiker (1953). By the way, it's a public domain film, so you can watch it on YouTube.

She took a woman’s approach to directing, which was then a man’s job. The back of her director’s chair didn’t say “Ida Lupino.” It said, “Mother of Us All.” When she made “requests” of her cast and crew, she did so by asking “would you do…for mother?” She said, “I’m not the kind of woman who can bark orders.”

Maybe not, but she sure knew how to make one hell of a film noir. No wonder it’s the first movie that popped into Philip Sternwood’s mind when Laurel Gray spoke to him about her filmmaking aspirations in episode six, and why she’s so eager to discuss the film with him in this week's episode.


LastHeartthrobcopy2Last Heartthrob Episode Seven
I Shouldn't Have Called

(Reading time: approx. 18 min.)

Preview: Laurel said, “I wouldn’t want to take a ticket to the gala away from a student who earned it because I wouldn’t like it if that happened to me. But, all things being equal, I’d like to go. I’d enjoy talking with the other students.”

“Well, movie buff to movie buff, I think you should go. And I think you should talk to Tom Kahane, Chad Reve or no Chad Reve,” replied Phil.

“Okay,” she said. “You’re on.”

“And this question of earning stuff. My views on that subject have evolved somewhat since I married–since my law school days. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I worked my tail off in school. Still do. My in-laws: great people. Smart people. Hard-working people. My son. Bright boy. Good student. Impeccable manners.”

“You must be very proud.”

“I am proud. He deserves the best. The thing is, he’s going to get the best, you know?”

Episode Seven I Shouldn't Have Called (with all the good stuff).

Read Episode Seven FREE online or on Kindle.

It's best to read any mystery from the beginning.

Read Episode One FREE online or on Kindle.

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:14:03 -0700