Aislinn is an Australian Expat living in Qatar. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and History, which she loved, and then went on to do a Masters in an unrelated field. She now largely pretends that last degree never happened.
She is the author of the ‘Soldiering On’ books, a Romantic Suspense series. She enjoys reading, writing, travelling, and fantasising about her future cottage in a forest. Now that she’s published, her next life dream is to own a dog.
I have two – yes, two! – debut new releases out on August 5th. The prequel novella, and the first book, of my Soldiering On series.
The Soldiering On series features a group of men and women injured while serving their country. Under the leadership of former Sergeant Major Duncan Pierce, they form a security company – Soldiering On – to prove to the world they still have what it takes.
Soldiering On features diverse characters saving lives and falling in love along the way.
Duncan Pierce returns from war, broken and disheartened.
He and his friends – all former military, all injured in the line of duty – are finding it tough to demonstrate that they are still just as capable. All they need is a chance. So Duncan comes up with a strategy – start his own Security Company, and show the world they’ve all still got what it takes. But he needs someone with a little business know-how and the capital to put his plan into action…
Mandy Lennox is looking for a new opportunity to prove herself – and Duncan’s idea of starting a Security Company with other Vets that were injured in the line of duty is just the thing. Unfortunately, Duncan is reluctant to let an ambitious socialite anywhere near his business plan. But Mandy doesn’t plan on letting that stop her.
They clash – each having a very different idea of what the company should be, and both too stubborn to agree on anything.
But you know what they say: opposites attract…
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Station Alpha (Soldiering On #1)
A single phone call shatters her life…
Christine Ramirez’s phone rings in the dead of night. A man’s voice – unfamiliar and urgent – tells her to run.
She flees, but deadly, unknown assailants pursue her through the night. Her only saviour is the gruff stranger on the other end of the line.
Paul has a secret. He’s been watching her – maybe a little more than the assignment strictly requires. He shouldn’t reveal himself, but he can’t let anything happen to Christine. Even if it costs him the job that means the world to him.
With the mysterious villains still pursuing Christine, Paul whisks her away to a Soldiering On safe house. There, passion flares between them, hot and undeniable. And they are powerless to resist its lure, even as the villains get ever closer to finding them…
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Please welcome wonderful author, Sandy Curtis to my chair today...
Thanks, Annie, for having me as a guest on your blog. I love the cover of your latest novel, Kakadu Sunset. It reminds me of our trip there a few years ago, and can’t wait to read the story.
Like you, I love all the wonderful aspects of Australia and Australian life, and all my novels are set here. My latest story, Murder, Mayhem & Men On Pause, is set in Brisbane, and although I grew up in Sherwood, I focus a lot on New Farm with its fascinating mix of old houses and modern unit blocks. In this excerpt Ellie Cummins arrives at the old building she’s been hired to re-design:
‘Thank God the sun’s shining. Still cold though.’ Ellie parked outside a three-storey red-brick building in New Farm. A huge Poinciana tree bowed leafless but graceful limbs over the road and footpath. The rain of the day before had refreshed everything. Even the adjoining houses, wide-verandahed timber Queenslanders, remnants of a more genteel era, appeared to sparkle in the sun. Paintwork looked bright, roofs clean. Even the gardens, some lovingly tended, others left to run a little wild, seemed almost Spring-like with their glossy leaves and winter blooms.
This building actually existed when I was a teenager, but I don’t know if it still does. I visited there quite a few times because the only writer I had met lived in the top unit, or ‘flat’ as it was called in those days. The tiled foyer, wide, sweeping staircase with timber bannister worn by years of hands gripping its smoothness, the views across Brisbane and down to the river - some memories stay in the mind forever, and it’s not surprising the place should come so vividly to mind when I needed it.
Setting is such an important element in stories. Not only does it create the scene in the reader’s mind, but when viewed through the eyes of the characters it gives an insight into their emotions, and sometimes their backgrounds. In this scene, Ellie and her friend Cass are secretly following Ellie’s daughter Miranda as she tries to find a street kid who might have information they need.
They’d worn sneakers, but their footsteps sounded loud in the still, crisp night air. The pavement was bitumen, broken and uneven in places, and they stumbled in their haste, grabbing each other for support. At an old brick building that formed one corner of the entrance to the alleyway, they stopped. Ellie looked around the corner. Dark though the street had been, the alleyway was darker. She took two paces forward, closed her eyes for a moment to let them adjust to the greater darkness, then opened them. Rubbish bins, industrial size. Boxes - some cardboard, some timber. Garbage lay in windswept piles against doorways and obstacles. The smell of rot hung in the air – timber rot, food rot, and, Ellie was sure, body rot. And the acridity of stale urine.
Cass stayed behind her, closer than a shadow. Ellie was tempted to switch on her torch, but didn’t want to betray their presence.
They moved cautiously, slowly, trying to see where Miranda had gone. Cockroaches scurried in the garbage, making it seem alive. Ellie hoped it was cockroaches. Better them than rats. She remembered rats from her childhood – the derelict house across the road that swarmed with them, the way they boldly ran across in the night and invaded her home in their search for food. The council rat-catchers with their fox terriers that ferreted out the rats and bit their necks and killed them. Blood dripping. Limp furry bodies. Nightmares. She shuddered.
Halfway down the alleyway her trepidation turned to gut-shrivelling fear. Miranda had disappeared.
‘Are you scared?’ Cass whispered, so close the back of Ellie’s neck prickled.
‘No,’ Ellie hissed. ‘I’m pissing my pants because I like the warmth.’
The words were barely said when she felt sorry for their harshness. She turned to apologise, and found her mouth wouldn’t work.
Nothing would work - her mouth, her legs, her arm that should have been lifting up to point out to Cass the dark shape coming down the alleyway after them.
I like to use real places whenever I can in my stories, and have been delighted when readers contact me to tell me that was their beachside village, or they’d been to that art gallery, or they’d never look at that particular building in the same way again because of what I’d written about it.
Murder, Mayhem & Men On Pause
A bankrupt husband.
A marriage on the rocks.
A cop more sexy than the legal limit.
Just when Ellie Cummins is free to shed her corporate wife image, she finds the body of a young woman in an apartment she’s been hired to re-design. Her fledging business depends on this contract, so she tries to ignore the long-buried grief the trauma exposes.
When Ellie learns that her daughter has a personal connection to the victim, and the police have no leads, she and friends Cass and Kandy decide to investigate the murder. But Brisbane’s alleyways are dark and their detective skills dubious, so how far will they go for justice?
Kandy once lived a hard life on the streets, but will uncovering her husband's secret life destroy all she’s achieved since then? And solid, dependable Cass isn’t as content with her life as she seems.
And is the cop who responded to their call more interested in Ellie than the investigation?
For the three friends, it's a time of change and self-discovery. And the realisation that life, like love, doesn’t play fair.
Sandy is offering a free e-book of Murder, Mayhem & Men On Pause. To be in the draw, just comment on this post with the name of one of her three contemporary romances.
Please welcome the lovely Darcy Delany to my chair...
Would you tell us about your latest release?
Love to, Annie! My current release, I Don’t Date in December, is Book One in the Modern Day Fairy Tale Series. It’s a story about a strong woman who meets her match, but they both have to learn to trust what they have with each other to make it work.
Here’s the blurb:
Successful Sydney-based consultant Blaise Lee is on the cusp of securing a partnership and a coveted office with harbour views. But it comes at a price.
It means she can’t date in December. Any time she tries, work interferes and men drift away like the memory of a bad Christmas present.
When Blaise is sent on a last minute business trip to Cairns in December, she meets Jonty Lucca. Tall, dark hair, rippling muscles and a smattering of stubble, Jonty is the sort of man she’d date in a heartbeat—if it wasn’t December.
Army Captain Jonty Lucca has just secured a dream job with the Australian SAS. His itinerant army lifestyle has played havoc with his relationships before, so he’s not looking for a girlfriend before he posts out to Perth.
But when he meets Blaise he falls under the spell of L'incantesimo. The enchantment. And he’s not about to let Blaise walk out of his life, regardless of her rule about not dating in December.
What inspired you to write I Don’t Date in December?
For the last few years I’ve had a crazy December work schedule, which is completely antithetical to the Christmas spirit! I found myself feeling more frazzled than festive, which made me wonder, how successful would dating be in that context? And lo and behold, a story was born!
What is your favourite part about the writing process?
The planning. I love researching pictures to model my characters on, exploring where they will live and their occupations. It gets me excited about putting fingers to keyboard!
What sorts of heroes do you enjoy writing?
I like strong alpha heroes with a softer side—men who are successful but not aggressive about it.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Everywhere! I might hear a line in a song, or overhear a remark, and ‘bang!’ a book is born—that is how The Go-Between, the second book in the Modern Day Fairy Tale series came to life. Quite often I see a picture in a magazine and know ‘that’s my hero/heroine!’ Pinterest is another source of inspiration-I like saving writing prompts for future use.
Where can we find you online?
You can connect with me on Facebook (facebook.com/darcydelanyauthor), Pinterest (Darcydelanyauth) and Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15304692.Darcy_Delany).
Where can we buy I Don’t Date in December?
You can buy I Don’t Date in December on Amazon and Kindle. Happy reading!
Darcy Delany writes contemporary romance, chick lit, science fiction and historical fiction featuring strong, sassy and quirky heroines.
Darcy loves history, fabulous food and old movies. A fan of British home shows, Darcy dreams of one day restoring a Georgian mansion, if she can pay contractors to do all the hard work for her.
Annie loves sharing her writing chair with special guests! If you'd like a turn...please email her! firstname.lastname@example.org