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“Hero Duty” Release Update

Hero Duty releases 1 June from Escape Publishing.

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The edits are complete. Thanks, Lauren McKellar, for improving the story and, as with all my editors — I’ve been so lucky — honing my writing style.

I can’t wait to see the cover. Unlike many authors, I don’t use actors as inspiration, so I don’t even know who I’d cast to play Brodie and Jessica. For Brodie, the actor would have to convey power under complete control. A man of few words, but those he says, he means. And for Jessica, an actress who is smart, whose inner strength shines through, who is beautiful and haunted. One cover to communicate all this, and the drama of the Australian coastal setting. What a challenge!blurb

Hero Duty is a book that completely absorbed me, well before I started writing it. I remember boring a friend silly outlining it over lunch — she’s a very good friend and I don’t normally do this, so she was enthusiastic and helpful. Maybe we both fell a bit in love with Brodie?

The story is simply one that reminds me to hold on to hope. Jessica has so much, and yet she is scared and lonely. Brodie is an ex-soldier, a man of honour, who has to build a new life. They need each other for the courage and joy they bring each other. That’s the power of love.

Juliet Madison – In Love with Coastal Romance

JulietMadisonI know Juliet as the author of magical romantic comedies such as Fast Forward and I Dream of Johnny, but starting with The January Wish, Juliet’s revealing her soul as a coastal romantic.

Welcome, Juliet! and thank you for sharing your five favourite beach things — and that’s not all she’s sharing. Check out the end of the post for a chance to win photographic print of Tarrin’s Bay, the setting of Juliet’s new series, and a $25 Amazon giftcard.

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My five favourite beach things:

1. Favourite beach: Kendall’s Beach at Kiama, which is close to where I live. It’s small and quiet (though can get busy in summer holidays), and has a kids park, grassed area, a view of the Lighthouse, BBQ areas & picnic tables, and shaded areas with trees for the sun-sensitive people such as myself!

2. Favourite beach food: Sushi from our local sushi place. It’s fresh and tasty for a hot summer’s day.

3. Favourite beach drink: I only ever bring water, but I think the ideal drink would be a nice cold and  fruity frappe. One of our local cafe’s makes really nice berry frappes.

4. Favourite beach music: All I need is the sound of the waves, that is music to my ears. But if we’re talking beach songs, the one that keeps popping into my mind is a little daggy but fun – Kokomo by The Beach Boys. It makes me think of summer, sun, and relaxation!

5. Favourite beach memory: The first time my son went to the beach and experienced the sand, rocks, and water. He was a toddler at the time, and it was great to see his smile and laughter at the new experience.

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My new Tarrin’s Bay series is inspired by my small coastal town, and the first book THE JANUARY WISH is available now:

When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it’s the most out of character action she can think of. Hers is not a life of wishes. Hers is a controlled life of order, plans and preparation…of science and research and diagnosis and treatment. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far-reaching consequences.

A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia’s small coastal town with secrets that can’t be shared. Between feelings of guilt, gossip, and a growing attraction to an emotionally unavailable colleague, Sylvia’s well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities.

They say be careful what you wish for, but, for Sylvia, the unexpected consequences may be just what the doctor ordered.

>> Buy THE JANUARY WISH from all good ebook retailers:

Amazon - Amazon UK - Amazon Aus - iTunes/iBookstore - Kobo - B&N/Nook - GooglePlay - BigW ebooks - Booktopia - JB HiFi ebooks.com - All Romance ebooks

>> Visit Juliet online at her website, blog, facebook, Goodreads, and twitter.

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>> WIN! Enter via Rafflecopter below to win a $25 Amazon gift voucher and a coastal photographic print of the setting of the Tarrin’s Bay series. Competition is open worldwide and the winner will be drawn at the beginning of February.

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Coastal Romance: The New Wave of Rural Romance

wavesWhen Harlequin used the term Coastal Romance (or CoRo) at the Romance Writers of Australia Conference in August (see my notes here), it was a lightbulb moment for me.

Rural Romance is huge in Australia. It’s triggered discussions on the Australian Romance Readers Association loop and we all have our favourites.

I recommend Kelly Hunter’s Wish, Cathryn Hein’s Heart of the Valley, Rachael Johns’ Man Drought, Jennie Jones’ House on Burra Burra Lane and the romantic suspense of Helene Young and Bronwyn Parry, among others. So many great books.

The appeal of Rural Romance is its:

  • SETTING  The Australian outback is gorgeous, varied and dramatic. All by itself, it is romance.
  • HUMOUR  Often this is understated, but it is real. Aussie heroes and heroines can laugh at themselves, and underlying that laughter is hope. No matter how tough things are, they’ll survive and things will get better.
  • CHARACTERS  Determination, resilience and honour.
  • COMMUNITY  This is the big one. Against the sense of society fragmenting, of loneliness, Rural Romance celebrates the spirit of community. There is love — not just between the hero and heroine, but in giving them a place to belong, a web of relationships to support them.

To this, Coastal Romance adds two important elements:

  1. It taps our happy memories of seaside holidays.
  2. The sea has always meant freedom.

I remember the success of the TV series, Seachange. Coastal Romance doesn’t ask us to imagine a radically different life (most Australian cities and towns cluster on the coast), but to embrace the chance to be free, to be who we really are. When you stand on a beach and look at an endless horizon, anything is possible.

Do you have any favourite Coastal Romance novels? I enjoy the many books Jayne Ann Krentz sets on America’s north west coast, and can’t wait for River Road. And yeah, Coastal Romance isn’t just Australian :)

***Update: There is a new Coastal Romance group on Facebook. All welcome!

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It’s Love, Dude – Release Day!

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From our favourite short story writer comes a debut full-length novel about sand, sun, small towns, and surfing…

Zane Carlton is a World Champion surfer. Molly Georgiou is a shy, small-town girl. They have nothing in common except an instantaneous attraction and an impossible quest for a rare, endangered Australian marsupial. But Zane is determined to make it work, and invites Molly to take a step into his world. But Molly isn’t ready for the spotlights and attention — she loves her town, its quirks, its characters. Opposites attract, but can two such different people find both a woylie and forever?

Releasing a digital book in Australia is interesting. Some places have it for sale at the start of the release day – like iTunes Australia. Others are operating on American time and I have to WAIT till their clocks catch up – like Amazon (so worth the wait!). “It’s Love, Dude” is available in a whole heap of places, and Escape Publishing has all the links in a cute pop up here. Just click the “Buy Now” button.

To celebrate the release of this fun coastal romance, I’m chatting with J’aimee Brooker and to be honest, I’m a bit startled at how painfully truthful I am. Being an author is not for wimps.

Finally, don’t forget your chance to win a copy of “It’s Love, Dude” over at BookLikes. Open internationally, but closes 6 October.

Memories of Love Release Day

What does Anzac Day mean to me? was where I started Memories of Love, the short romance releasing today from Escape Publishing. I wanted to write a story that celebrated the day.

For non-Aussies, Anzac Day (25 April) is the day we honour those who fought and died for our country and for peace. But at the heart of the day is a celebration of mateship. In the tough times, we are there for one another.

I didn’t want to write a war story, but I knew I couldn’t run away from writing about grief, heartbreak and hope. I wanted to write about hope — and love.

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In a style reminiscent of Robyn Carr, an intensely emotional story about taking chances and risking your heart.

When her family home burns down, it’s the final heartbreak for Rita Jorden who has already lost her parents. Her boss, former SAS captain and head of Tamerlane Security, Ivan Novak, steps in, offering her his home and his help. But Ivan has his own demons, and although he’s interested in Rita, there’s darkness in his past that could cause her harm. Thrown together into a situation that’s too close for comfort, this story can only end in one of two ways: in the destruction of Rita’s dreams of love — or the gift of healing and hope to two damaged survivors.

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Comprehensive buy-links are available at Escape Publishing. (They’re really snazzy and pop-up, which is why I’m sending you there. Have fun!)

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I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to Nas Dean, my editor at Escape Publishing, who believed in Rita and Ivan’s story, and challenged me to tell it from the heart — no glossing over the rawness of their emotions. As always, the entire Escape team has been awesome. Thank you, guys! A special shout-out to Danielle Maaitt for the most perfect cover. The Escape Artists (fellow authors) all deserve extra chocolate (okay, maybe not on Easter Monday *groans* but I’ll save it!) for their ongoing support, silliness and simply being themselves and making me welcome.

To the readers and reviewers who energise me with your enthusiasm — thank you!

“Memories of Love” releases in 1 week

Memories of Love releases in a week. To celebrate, I’m sharing a snippet. This story is written from my heart, written to celebrate the mateship of Anzac Day, which is all about being there for one another in the tough times.Memories Of Love_Final

So, first the blurb, then the snippet.

In a style reminiscent of Robyn Carr, an intensely emotional story about taking chances and risking your heart.

When her family home burns down, it’s the final heartbreak for Rita Jorden who has already lost her parents. Her boss, former SAS captain and head of Tamerlane Security, Ivan Novak, steps in, offering her his home and his help. But Ivan has his own demons, and although he’s interested in Rita, there’s darkness in his past that could cause her harm. Thrown together into a situation that’s too close for comfort, this story can only end in one of two ways: in the destruction of Rita’s dreams of love — or the gift of healing and hope to two damaged survivors.

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“We’ll contain the fire, but we can’t save your house.”

Rita nodded. Part of her had been mourning it since she stumbled out of bed. There would be no recovering from this. Her mobile rang and she blinked to realise she still held it.

It was instinct to answer.

“Rita, I need you to come into the office. An emergency.” Ivan Novak, her boss, owner and chief executive officer of Tamerlane Security.

Late night calls were always emergencies.

Rita cleared her throat, feeling the harsh pain of the smoke she’d swallowed. “Ivan.”

“Did I wake you?” A touch of amusement lightened his voice. “You sound croaky.”

“My house is on fire.”

“What?”

Heads turned as his voice exploded from the mobile.

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Memories of Love is available from Escape Publishing from 1 April, and currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Review copies are available from NetGalley.

The Escapades

First up, my excuse! The Bureau of Meteorology has said it, so it’s official: This is the hottest summer on record. So my brain really did melt :)

But it doesn’t matter because there’s still time to read along with THE ESCAPADES!

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30 authors, 30 wicked minds. Join the fun!

My contribution to the madness is on Day 8, and I couldn’t resist being a little naughty ;)