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Sunday, 27 March 2016

12 Men of the Zodiac Boxed Set Easter Egg Hunt!

The Men of the Zodiac authors are having a little Easter fun with the release of the Zodiac boxed set. We’re having an Easter Egg Hunt! Please join us for the chance to win a $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Gather all twelve different colored eggs on participating authors’ sites and enter them in the Rafflecopter. Winner will be announced at the Men of the Zodiac Author Chat on Facebook, Easter Monday, March 28th8-10 pm EST. Stop by the party to see if you won, chat with the authors, AND for the chance to win great books and prizes!
Libra and Scorpio are right here on my site, ready and willing to jump in your Easter basket!Sonya Weiss is keeping an eye on the Gemini and Cancer (my hero, Nic) heroes…Amanda Usen is hiding Aries and Taurus…Sarah Ballance is keeping Sagittarius and Capricorn out of trouble…Theresa Meyers is in the pool with Aquarius and Pisces…and Leo and Virgo are Entangled in Romance at the moment…but they are all waiting for you! 12 months…12 men…12 fantasies come true…12 eggs for you to put in your basket for the chance to win!
Here’s the Rafflecopter-Basket… Click to start gathering eggs!

Friday, 11 March 2016

Cooking with the Muse: an anniversary

Four years ago today, I became a published author.

 I will never forget the feeling of that day as a lifetime dream came to fruition. Because coincidentally, on March 12 2012 two books were published as I made a double d├ębut with two different publishing houses.
Winter of the Passion Flower with Lyrical Press, and Holiday Affair with Entangled Publishing, hit the e-book stands on the same day and my writing career began.
 Holiday Affair become my most successful and enduring e-book, going to print on demand, audio and reaching #33 on all of Amazon US
Over the past four years I have written twenty stand alone e-books, had two books go to audio book with Audible, and fifteen of these books are available on print on demand. I have one book in traditional print and available in books stores in Australia and New Zealand, and in e-book internationally. Two more print books in the same series are contracted for publication with Pan Macmillan.
My e-books have been included in three boxed sets: the very successful Love Down Under and Christmas Down Under sets and the upcoming Men of the Zodiac which includes my Ten Days in Tuscany
Other books have been bundled in the Romance AbroadBundle
and Adventures in Time.

I have experimented with genres moving to contemporary romance, through steam punk with the Adventures in Time bundle, through historical with Capturing the Pirate’s Heart, and paranormal with Hot Rock, and Silver Valley Witch. (both of the paranormals are two of my favourites)

 I've explored Australian coastal romance with Holiday AffairSeductive Secrets and Dangerous Desire, and Beach House, and ventured into Australian rural romance with Loving LucyOutback Affair and of course my first single title, KakaduSunset.
I've learned that I love to write and have settled comfortably into the genre of romantic suspense. 
I’ve visited, researched and written books set in exotic locations. Two Italian set books: Ten Days in Tuscany and Italian Affair.  Half Moon Bay in Northern California for Tangling with the CEO, Brushing Off the Boss, and Guarding His Heart are three more favourites which have been popular with US readers too.

Highlights of the last four years?

  • Discovering RWA. I could not have done it without the support and climbing the steep learning curve that RWA introduced me to
  • Making friends across Australia and the world who understand the world of an author.
  • Meeting readers at book signings and receiving emails from readers.
  • Working with Eloisa James in a garden in Tuscany
  • Selling three books to Pan Macmillan Australia
  • Seeing Kakadu Sunset in the brick and mortar  book stores
  • Signing with a US agent-Fuse Literary!

So how did it all happen? The recipe for success:

Cooking with the Muse:
1 cup of inspiration
1 cup talent
2 cups of passion
2 cups of belief in yourself
2 and a ½ cups of determination
 Fingers on keyboard and bottom on seat as you mix the above for as much time as you can spare each day. For as long as it takes until the mixture is smooth and flowing. Place in your imagination and let the product mix until it rises. Let it stew in the passion and add frequent pinches of determination. When the mix is right, turn out the words and let them sit for at least a week before you decorate them with the remainder of the passion.
Be selective in who you give it to taste.

Follow your dreams... persevere... and they will come true if you believe in yourself!

Leave a comment below to go in the draw for a surprise give away... What do you think is the most important ingredient?

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Happy days!

Being an author is hard work, but despite the hours spent at the computer, meeting deadlines, spending hours doing promotion and time on that evil time suck of Facebook, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Kakadu Sunset has been out for a couple of months now and the response since  publication has overwhelmed me. Not a day passes that I don't receive an email or a Facebook message telling me how much the reader loved the story and asking when Book 2 will be out! Good news... Daintree Sunrise will be out at the end of the year and I am sure it will have another spectacular cover  from the creative souls at Pan Macmillan Australia!

The experience of having a print book in the stores has been totally different to my past five years as an e-book author, and for me, it gives credence to the assumption that yes, many, many readers still prefer to hold a print book in their hand. I guess when you are immersed in the e-book world.. reading and writing e-books, we tend to forget that.
Some of the lovely comments I have received...from such a wide ranging readership:

I am a 65 year old male, normally reading Clive Cussler, Lee Child, James Patterson, Vince Flynn, Daniel Silva, David Baldacci, Matthew Reilly. Kakadu Sunset took my eye on the new release shelf in a bookshop, read the back cover and thought I would give it a try as something different. Phew, very glad I did as I did not want to put it down, it had me right from the start and finally read it through sitting up in bed at night over only 4 nights.
I will be adding your name to my list of look for authors in the future, keep up the excellent writing.

OMG, I have just finished your book Kakadu Sunset. BRILLIANT.
It truly was a edge of your seat suspense filled story & a love story to top it of. You should be very very proud of your first book.

It has been wonderful receiving feedback and seeing the great reviews going up on Amazon and Good Reads. I love to hear from readers and you can contact me at

Do you read print or e-book? Or both?

My rambling thoughts...
·    Storage – Readers can store hundreds, even thousands, of books on one device. But do they read them all? Buying an eBook is just a matter of one click and books are often cheaper...but does this devalue the author’s work?
Reading a print book for me is more than holding and reading the book... the reading  experience begins with going to the physical book store and browsing through many books to find the right one.  Picking it up, reading the blurb, touching the glossy cover and yes, even inhaling the aroma of fresh pages!
What are your thoughts on this?

To celebrate Kakadu Sunset being out for two months I have a give away below
Summer is almost over down under so let’s move from the outback to the beach!
A $10 gift card and a copy of Beach House.
Enter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway