Kiss It Better will be out soon. This is my third Jardin Bay book and was an emotional book to write and revise. Quarter Life Crises don’t sound as dramatic as the more well-known Mid Life Crises, but they’re just as devastating. You think you’re heading down one road, but suddenly you’re questioning it.
When Cassie Freedom’s dream of nursing in Africa shatters, Jardin Bay welcomes her home to its familiar security. But Dr Theo Morrigan is about to change everything. Theo’s had to leave his medical practice to take over the family business, and now he’s thinking of a more personal takeover; that is, until his own life is rocked by revelation of an old secret and suddenly the man who needed no one, needs a broken-hearted nurse.
I have a secret project under way. Editor and stars aligning, I’ll be able to tell you about it soon. I hate having to keep secrets!
Meantime, I’m writing Chasing Xanadu, a full length (80,000 words) romance novel with a touch of suspense. It’s set in the Kimberley and has sunken treasure, tangled family loyalties and a Hollywood-worthy romance (this is a bit of an in-joke – Jolene, the heroine, is an actress).
If you’ve not heard of the Kimberley region in north west Australia, you’ve missed out one of the most spectacular wildernesses on Earth. More details here.
Or maybe I should say, “A change of purpose”?
Even before I had a website, I had a blog. That blog has changed, quite radically over the years, but it’s been the heart of my website efforts.
However, the time has come for my “Blog” to become “News”.
I’m really sad to make this decision, but I put on my “reader’s” hat and realised that when I visit an author’s website I want to know about their books and their news. Blogging has become less and less a website thing, and more and more something re-invented as Facebook or Google+ posts, only shorter and snappier and with photos.
So this page is about to become NEWS and will feature information on cover reveals, new books, reviews and giveaways. I hope you still visit — and I will definitely be keeping up with you all on your blogs, Facebook, Twitter and everywhere else I can (in a friendly way) stalk you
With Hero Duty out and earning some fantastic five star reviews, this little duckie can go back to paddling in her own writing pool. Joy!
I’ve been reading some great books to take my mind off Release Week terrors, including Barbara Freethy’s Just As You Are which was emotional and compelling — and free! Unbelievable. Another fabulous freebie was Cait London’s Season of Truth.
I’ve also re-activated my Wattpad account — or to put it another way: after signing up two years ago, I finally got the courage together to pop up two short stories, Dark Oasis and Guarding Christmas, that I’ve had as free reads here on my website. The only problem? Finding MORE stories and books at Wattpad that I want to read.
I was hoping to get to the beach and take some quiet time, maybe a few photos, but yeah … life doesn’t want me to be quiet right now! So, no photos.
A project I’ve been working on for a while is nearly at the point where I can share it with you. Nearly, but not quite. So frustrating.
I can tell you that I’m writing a full length book (80,000 words have never been so terrifying) in which the hero is so down to earth and yet alpha male amazing that I want to run away with him rather than let the heroine have him. I think Jolene would fight me for him, though. She’s a fabulous heroine. So strong, but working out who she is and what she’s willing to fight for. Throw in an old shipwreck, tangled family loyalties and the beautiful, remote Kimberley coast and you can see why writing “Chasing Xanadu” is rocking my world.
So what have you been doing? Read any great books? Written any?
With Hero Duty releasing 1 June, this is the slightly crazy release week where my plans tend to go wildly askew. Never mind! Hero Duty has already garnered some five star reviews. Visiting Goodreads this week is making me very happy!
Janie won my Aussie ephemera giveaway. Congrats, Janie!
BookLikes chose three random winners of Hero Duty. Happiness! I love giving away books. I think that comes from being a devoted readaholic
And I have a number of graphics I made to celebrate Hero Duty that I haven’t shared yet — or have I? I forget!
Before you look at the graphics, a quick and sincere thank you to everyone for your friendship and support through the week. I thought new releases became easier as you put out more books. I’ve discovered it’s the opposite! Thank you all for being there.
Hero Duty releases today. It may take the various book sites a while to catch up (Australia being half a day ahead of the US), but this is it!
I want to say a heartfelt thank you to some people who played a big part in getting Hero Duty out and awesome.
First up, my critique partner Eliza Redgold. If I could grant one wish for all authors, it would be to have a crit partner as good as Eliza. Thank you for loving Brodie’s story and making it better.
Escape Publishing and the Harlequin Australia team are amazing. Kate Cuthbert accepted Hero Duty for publication and Lauren McKellar made it shine. Good editors deserve chocolate forever and a day. Danielle Maaitt designed the gorgeous retro-style cover.
Reviewers and fellow readers on Goodreads, BookLikes and Twitter have been supportive, encouraging and more important in my writing journey than they may guess. Thank you!
Finally I want to say thank you to the members of Romance Writers of Australia and of the Australian Romance Readers Association. I consider you all friends because you’re crazy like me: crazy in love with romance!
I recently self-published an essay, “The Romance of Hope”, exploring romance novels not simply and traditionally as love stories, but as stories of hope: stories that show us the power of hope in our lives and how to use it.
As a long time reader of romance novels this is my answer to everyone who asks “Why do you read them?”
I had a very mini-coastal escape on the weekend. I drove down to a local beach. It seemed effective though, because on Monday I finished the-story-that-would-not-end and sent it off to my crit partner with the message “please, don’t hurry to return it!” The story is fabulous, but getting the emotional development right in under 12,000 words was a challenge.
Joyously, that means I can finally focus on my Kimberley novel. I’ve been turning over ideas for this story for a couple of months, and this time has actually allowed a useful evolution in my thinking. The plot is stronger for it.
I’ve never actually been to the Kimberley (I’m such a bad traveller) so this photo to your right is a cheat — it’s from my southern beach, but still beautiful. If you’re curious about the beauty of the Kimberley coast, Kimberley Stock Photos has an incredible collection of images.
I’m energised at starting a new project. On Tuesday I bought maps to plot the location of my fictional outback homestead. For a reluctant traveller, I’m oddly fascinated by maps. So many possibilities, maybe?
It was funny walking through the crowded shopping mall with my maps. The characters I’ve been thinking about for two months now were very nearly as real to me as the chaos around me. Oops! Eccentric author moment
I’m not sure how this novel will develop. I don’t want to lose my momentum by talking about it too much. I need to WRITE it instead. But expect a splash of history, a dash of gothic romance and a strong contemporary romance.