by Iris Blobel
I'm excited to tell you all about the re-release of INNOCENT TEARS,
The book has enjoyed a rewrite and an awesome new cover.
I hope you'll give Flynn and Emma's story a chance.
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♥♦♥ Blurb ♥♦♥
Becoming a parent can be daunting at the best of times, but for Flynn McCormack, a business lawyer in Melbourne, it pulls the feet right out from underneath him. He’s become a father to six-year-old Nadine literally overnight. He didn’t know about her existence, and the news throws him into chaos, even more so when he is asked to take over custody.
With the help of Emma, an employee at the hotel where Nadine and her grandparents are staying, Flynn tries to do the right thing. Yet, the right thing in his eyes differs from his parents’ ideas, and Emma is voicing her opinion, too, leaving Nadine right in the middle of it all, still grieving the loss of her mother. There’s no doubt she’s afraid about where and with whom she will settle.
Will a letter Flynn receives help him decide what to do?
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Chasing Trouble is the second book in my Trouble series released on 16 July 2018. The heroine in this book, Ava Cardona was a secondary character from my first book, The Trouble with Mr. Pretty. I didn't originally plan on writing a book for her, but I kept picturing this character who was a successful lawyer, always dressed immaculately without a hair out of place, messed up and dirty. I wanted her life that seemed to be perfect, be anything but perfect. So I took her out of her city life and I stranded her in the country on the side of the road in the middle of a storm soaking wet, covered in mud and cow manure. It's fun to be a little mean to characters.
This story is about family secrets and a second chance at love. Ava arrives home after being away for 10 years. She’s stuck on a farm with the man who once broke her heart and needs to deal with the pain and secrets of her past to be able to trust in love again.
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chasing-trouble-sonia-stanizzo/1129081691?ean=2940162142416
Thanks for having me in your chair, Annie—though I’d like to think of it as a sun lounger, with gentle Whitsunday waters tickling my toes …
My second novel, On the Right Track, has just been released, and I’m very happy to have it on the shelves and in e-readers. I think the novel was beautifully summed up in the front cover quote, written by Tricia Stringer: ‘Intriguing characters and colourful settings. If you like romance and a little mystery, get ready to enjoy this novel.’ I particularly enjoyed writing the setting for this book because it allowed me to re-explore regions that were special to me when I was growing up—the rural outskirts of large towns where some kids caught a bus to school and some kids (like me) rode their ponies. My character Golden Saunders is a speech pathologist who treats children, and I loved exploring this ‘communication’ aspect of the novel too.
Golden turns her back on the past following a number of challenges, emotional and physical. Tor Amundsen, very much a romantic hero, ultimately allows Golden to discover for herself what she really wants out of life. Golden and Tor follow an action packed, emotionally charged but ultimately fulfilling path to happiness—and I can’t wait to find out how readers respond to that journey! Feel free to get in touch via my website: www.penelopejanu.com
HarperCollins (links to all retailers): https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9781489255211/on-the-right-track/
Amazon (e-book): https://www.amazon.com.au/Right-Track-Penelope-Janu-ebook/dp/B07884NGNM
Itunes (e-book): https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/on-the-right-track/id1325070994?mt=11
Penelope lives on the coast in northern Sydney with her six children (rapidly growing up) and her distracting husband. A lawyer for many years, she has an interest in social justice issues and the natural environment. Whether coastal or rural, Penelope’s novels celebrate Australian characters and communities. Her first novel, In at the Deep End, was published by Harlequin Mira in 2017.
A traumatic past, a charismatic stranger and a family legacy … Golden's quiet country life is about to get messy …
When the diminutive but fiery Golden Saunders falls from her horse and smashes her leg irreparably, and her racing family is disgraced by a corruption scandal, she thinks she's hit rock bottom.
Then the enigmatic Tor Amundsen, United Nations diplomat (read: spy), arrives on the scene and proves her wrong. His investigation into her family pulls her back into a world she had escaped, and the branch of the family she has tried to avoid at all costs. Tor is infuriated and frustrated by the impossible mixture of fragility and fierceness that is Golden, true, but he is also strangely protective of her.
Golden wants no part of it. Men have pushed her around her whole life. The last thing she needs is an arrogant, irritatingly handsome man telling her what to do. But it turns out Tor has a way with animals, children and, well, Golden…
Before too long, she finds their overwhelming attraction is overriding her good sense, and as they are both pulled deeper into the murky world of dirty money, things are about to get messy, and Golden's small, quietly ordered life will change beyond recognition…
Can Golden overcome her fears and the shadows of the past and reach for a new kind of future? Will she ever be able to get her life back on the right track?
A big thank you for having me in the chair. It seems to be where I spend most of my time now that I’ve ventured down the gnarly path of being a writer. A place you would be well-acquainted with, Annie, having churned out a plethora of outstanding novels in your short career.
As writers, we spend hours tapping away at the keys. These hours blur into days, weeks, months and years, spurred on by the stories in our head, the voices in our mind, the feelings in our heart and the insatiable desire to share it all with our readers. Writers, write. That’s what we do. And along the way we hope to become better writers telling better stories. The widely touted theory of it taking 10,000 hours of practise to be an expert at anything is currently being debunked by science because other variables are essential to being an expert. For me, I think one of the key variables is grit. It takes grit to stay in the chair, to keep tapping at the keys when the rest of our lives are calling us to take a break. It takes grit to commit to the stories, the voices and the feelings, and to massage the manuscript into shape until we can set it free to bring life to our readers. Angela Duckworth talks about gritty people as those who believe “everything will be all right in the end, and if it’s not all right, then it’s not the end.” Writers are gritty people.
And it was grit which became the core characteristic of my heroine and hero in my debut romantic suspense, Retribution. Jessie Hilton is a soloist in the Australian Ballet company. She is disciplined, ambitious and driven to achieve her dreams, even against the worst odds. It will take all the grit she can muster to become principal dancer and escape her past. My hero had to be her match; a man with equal power, passion and fortitude. Since I’ve always had great respect and gratitude for the men, women and animals of our country’s armed forces, I knew my hero would be one of them. They’re a rare breed who place themselves in harm’s way to fight for our freedoms and way of life. A uniquely Australian character, my hero is a professional soldier with a damaged past and worthy of finding love again. Then there is BJ’s dog, Whiskey, who is also a main character. She is integral to the story and a true hero. And like Jessie and BJ, Whiskey possesses grit.
Retribution is gritty and demanded to be written. The story is my way of paying tribute to the people who have endured more than most. Those who have lived hellish childhoods, those who have fought for our freedom and those who have experienced unimaginable trauma. It explores how those with grit overcome their pasts while others never recover from their suffering. With the overarching theme of forgiveness and redemption, Retribution pays homage to the human condition in all its glory and misery.
A gripping, romantic suspense of betrayal, hope and love
by Diane Demetre
Jessie Hilton is tough. Since the age of fifteen, she has dreamed of being a principal dancer with the Australian Ballet Company. Now at twenty-four, she stands on the brink of fulfilling her dream unaware of a secret buried deep within her.
Ex-military officer, Brad Jordan is rebuilding his life with the help of his boisterous Border collie, Whiskey. After helping Jessie out of a tight spot, he discovers a kindred spirit in the ambitious ballerina.
But with the sudden attention of an unwanted admirer, Jessie’s life begins to spin out of control. Called back to her family home in country New South Wales due to her father’s unforeseen illness, she is torn between career and family. As her dream of being principal dancer fades, her stalker edges ever closer. But there is more to overcome than a lurking psychopath. Can Jessie and Brad confront their own demons and escape the past?
Award winning author, Diane Demetre writes genre-busting stories which delve deep into the human psyche, and Retribution is no exception. Winner of Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript, Retribution is her first romantic suspense. If you love a cast of complex characters, a slow simmering romance and an intriguing plot, don’t miss this page-turning romantic suspense with a twist.
You can find out more about this book on Diane’ website www.dianedemetre.com or purchase it at any amazon store through these direct quick links…
The lovely Alli Sinclair has a new book out this week.
I am reading it at the moment and loving it! Alli and I area t the Bellingen Readers and Writers' Festival in a couple of week with Fiona McArthur!
It will be great fun talking about romance together.
Alli Sinclair’s new book Burning Fields follows a North Queensland woman and her star crossed lover in an Australian take on Romeo & Juliet boasting themes of woman’s rights, racism and immigration during the 1940s.
1948. The world is struggling to regain a sense of balance after the devastation of World War II, and the sugar cane–growing community of Piri River in northern Queensland is no exception.
As returned servicemen endeavour to adjust to their pre–war lives, women who had worked for the war effort are expected to embrace traditional roles once more.
Rosie Stanton finds it difficult to return to the family farm after years working for the Australian Women's Army Service. Reminders are everywhere of the brothers she lost in the war and she is unable to understand her father's contempt for Italians, especially the Conti family next door. When her father takes ill, Rosie challenges tradition by managing the farm, but outside influences are determined to see her fail.
Desperate to leave his turbulent history behind, Tomas Conti has left Italy to join his family in Piri River. Tomas struggles to adapt in Australia–until he meets Rosie. Her easygoing nature and positive outlook help him forget the life he's escaped. But as their relationship grows, so do tensions between the two families until the situation becomes explosive.
When a long–hidden family secret is discovered and Tomas's mysterious past is revealed, everything Rosie believes is shattered. Will she risk all to rebuild her family or will she lose the only man she's ever loved?
Advance praise for Burning Fields:
With an engaging, gutsy heroine and a lush North Queensland setting, I found so much to love about Burning Fields – Barbara Hannay, author
Harlequin MIRA – https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9781489256607/
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Bookworld – http://bit.ly/2FMh1vu
Dymocks – http://bit.ly/2HKqMH2
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Thanks for having me in your chair, Annie.
Firstly, I need to give you a huge thankyou (and hugs) for all your support with not only this book, but also that other one I wrote which is still sitting on the cloud drive waiting for it’s moment. This writing gig is a huge learning curve and you’re my hero as well as my editor and mentor.
OK, now the confessions are over, let me share a little about myself.
I’m an accountant by day and a writer by night (& morning, and weekends, and any spare 5 minutes). I started writing about five years ago when I realised I wasn’t doing anything just for me. I tried a bunch of different things and writing was the one that stuck. I feel like I’ve found ‘my thing’.
I completely rearranged my life, selling my business and getting a part-time job, to create more time to write. My part-time job turned into two part time jobs so I’m actually working full-time hours, but I still have more time than when I was working for myself and it’s made all the difference to getting my book finished.
Fun fact: I can only write first person. I tried third person at first and it wasn’t working. Then I rewrote it in first person and it just clicked. My story suddenly worked and it was easy, it flowed.
One of the funnest things about writing this book (yes I know that’s not proper english, my editor will kill me lol) has been making teasers. I’ve got a couple to share with you today.
And when I was making the teasers I discovered that Spark has a whole lot of KISSING in it. So much, in fact, that I’ve had to add a warning to the blurb!
There’s an excerpt on my website called ‘Does this bother you?’ which goes with the teaser of the same name. You can check it out before diving into the whole book.
Blurb (note the warning is in first person!)
I might be inexperienced, but that's not going to stop me from saving my brothers business. Even if HE gets in my way.
He might be a black belt mechanic, but that doesn't make him the boss.
The only problem is, I can't seem to stop KISSING him.
I won't let him distract me. I won't, dammit.
When Alex Vance flees back home to Tempest Beach, she is horrified to find her brother, Dan, is in an induced coma after rescuing their parents from a fire.
She decides to take over management of his motor workshop so that he has a business to come back to when he wakes up.
The only problem is the head mechanic, Jake Lawson, who thinks he should be in charge.
Black belt martial artist Jake has plans that don't include the sweet, but sassy Alex. She might be smart, but a business degree isn't going to help her change engine oil or replace a wheel bearing.
Sparks fly between the two and, despite their differences, they can’t seem to stop KISSING.
When the bank threatens to foreclose they have to work together to find a way to save Dan’s business.
The stakes are raised when a shady loan shark wants payback and soon Alex is fighting for Dan's life as well as his livelihood. And if she can't find a way to repay the debt, she will be the one who pays the price.
Throw in a kick-ass crew of sexy martial artists and you've got yourself a delicious mix of adventure, mystery and mayhem, complete with a gorgeous beachside location and a love at first sight affair.
About Tracy Brenton
My favourite books to read are “kissing books” (full credit to ‘The Princess Bride’) and if there isn’t at least a little bit of romance in a story then I’ll probably lose interest. So it won’t come as a surprise to learn that all of the stories I write have a romance at their core. Even the zombie ones!
I love all things creative and take way too many pictures of sunsets and all the pretty flowers around my home on the Mid North Coast of NSW. I’m currently working hard on developing a taste for coffee and writing the next book in the Tempest Beach series.
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For readers of The Woolgrower's Companion and The Three Miss Allens… Their friendship transcends nationality and background, but can it overcome the horrors of the past? A post-Second World War story of strong female ties and family, secrets and lies, set in the multicultural Australia of the fifties.
Can the Bonegilla girls defeat their past? Or will it come to claim them?
1954: When sixteen–year–old Hungarian Elizabeta arrives in Australia with her family, she is hoping to escape the hopelessness of life as a refugee in post–war Germany.
Her first stop is the Bonegilla Migrant Camp on the banks of the Murray in rural Victoria, a temporary home for thousands of new arrivals, all looking for work and a better life. There,
Elizabeta becomes firm friends with the feisty Greek Vasiliki; quiet Italian Iliana; and the adventurous Frances, the daughter of the camp's director.
In this vibrant and growing country, the Bonegilla girls rush together towards a life that seems full of promise, even as they cope with the legacy of war, the oppressive nature of family tradition and ever–present sorrow. So when a ghost from the past reaches out for Elizabeta and threatens to pull her back into the shadows, there is nothing that her friends wouldn't do to keep her safe.
But secrets have a way of making themselves known and lies have a way of changing everything they touch...
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The book that is not Jenn J!
Jenn J McLeod has been disappointing readers for years! So here she is, my friend and fellow nomadic novelist, to explain herself.
Thank you for allowing me use your blog to confess. You’re right, I have let my readers down with my last four books. So, with my 5th novel being about the secrets we keep and the lies we tell, it’s an opportunity to come clean.
For years my readers have been falling in love with the small towns in my stories. I know because I receives emails and messages requesting addresses, directions – even GPS coordinates – for Calingarry Crossing and Coolabah Creek. (And let’s not forget Watercolour Cove, which I based on your beautiful hometown.)
Regrettably, I’m constantly breaking the bad news that my settings are the result of an author’s imagination.
But change is in the air.
The fifth-generation cattle property in central QLD where I camped in a paddock in the shadow of ancient Mount Hedlow to write this story, does exist. Inspiring my fictional Iron Pot Hill Farm Retreat is Henderson Park – both a real holiday destination and a stunning wedding venue, offering the most picturesque settings for beautiful country-loving brides.
What this all means is that my readers can finally pack their bags and head to Henderson Park Retreat (between Rockhampton and Yeppoon) for a very real taste of the place my characters, Ava and John, fell in love (despite everything telling them they shouldn’t).
While I love all my stories, A Place to Remember takes readers to a magnificent part of Australia. Not only is the setting smack bang over the Tropic of Capricorn in central Queensland—where rocky volcanic peaks rise dramatically from otherwise flat grazing land—it’s where cattle country (and cowboys) meet the pristine coastline of the southern Great Barrier Reef. And that makes it a very special part of the world.
You can check out the vision board I used while writing and see the photos I took when I revisited Henderson Park Retreat earlier this year. www.jennjmcleod.com/hpk.
I’m going back soon. Maybe I’ll see you there!
A curious daughter
An affair to remember
Running away for the second time in her life, twenty-seven-year-old Ava believes the cook’s job at a country B&B is perfect until she meets the owner’s son, John Tate. At twenty, the fifth-generation grazier is a beguiling blend of both man, boy and a terrible flirt. Ava’s first mistake is flirting back. Her second is enjoying a clandestine affair right under the noses of John’s formidable parents. Ava knows she’ll never forget the spring she met John Tate, while he’s unlikely to remember a fling with the hired help.
And as fate would have it, she was right.
Thirty years later, Ava returns to Candlebark Creek and so does her daughter, Nina, who is determined to meet her mother’s lost love for herself. While struggling to find her own place in the world, Nina discovers an urban myth about a love-struck man, a forgotten engagement ring, and a dinner reservation back in the eighties. Now she must decide if revealing the truth will hurt more than it heals.
Come home to the country, to Candlebark Creek, and to the Ivy-May Homestead—a fifth generation Queensland cattle station hiding three decades of secrets and lies.
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About the author:
Jenn J McLeod moved to the Coffs Coast in 2004 and operated a Sawtell cafe and a B&B before selling everything in 2014 to live a nomadic life in a caravan she calls Myrtle the Turtle. Jenn is best known her Seasons Collection of stories – four life-affirming tales of friendship, family, and contemporary country life, including the 2013 bestselling House for all Seasons. Her fifth novel, A Place to Remember, is her 2018 and is available in print and as an e-book. You can connect with Jenn online where she wastes good writing time posting travel pics and having fun on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @jennjmcleod_nomadicnovelist
It's Christmas time
There's no need to be afraid
At Christmas time
We let in light and we banish shade
...and so begins one of my favourite Christmas songs. (Band Aid 1984)
I was watching the video clip yesterday on You Tube as I do most years, and it led me to reflect on age and life. Some of the singers in that clip have now passed on, and the others are heading into their later years.
Many of them achieved great things, both in the music world and in fundraising.. the Feed the World initiative of Bob Geldof.
As an author, I would hope that I've brought pleasure to my readers in the past year. Reading a Christmas message this week that thanked me for all my books made me smile. and fired that enthusiasm to keep writing the many stories that are in my head.
2017 is ending on a nice note. My new release (out 15 January ) HIS OUTBACK NANNY reached #2 on a bestseller list on pre-order last night. You can see it on my website... http://www.annieseaton.net/prickle-creek-farm. html
Have you read the Prickle Creek Farm series? I have e-copies of Book 1 and 2 to give away to a lucky person who comments below in the next 24 hours... up until the main prize for the Coastal Christmas Blog Hop is drawn.
A huge thank you to the 29 authors who participated in the blog hop. It has been an amazing success and the blogs have been wonderful. If you haven't had a chance to read them, click here and have a browse... wonderful recipes, tips for your pets, Christmas decorations, nostalgic stories, ghostly stories and many other interesting things!
I hope you've all discovered new authors to read too.
So 24 hours left to enter the draw for $150 gift card first prize , and second prize of 30 e-books. Plus another 30 e-books are being given away to commenters on each blog.
I would like to wish each and every one of my readers a wonderful festive season, wherever and however you celebrate. I hope you have a wonderful 2018 with those you love ..... and reading many fabulous books!
This is the first post of a fabulous Christmas blog hop you can follow for the next month. Thirty e-books to be gifted and a $150 gift card too!
I love the way the year winds up down under. School holidays, Christmas parties, family visits, and then the Christmas tree goes up and brightly wrapped presents pile up beneath it.
Long walks on the beach are taken as the weather warms up and the ocean entices for swimming.
It is coming up to that time of the year again...can you believe the festive season is upon us and we are already writing Christmas posts?
Australian readers will know exactly what I am thinking about when I imagine the heat of Christmas day, the cicadas chirping in the hot still air, and the welcome sound of the summer surf breaking on the beach. The beach on the left is where my featured book is set...Black Rock Beach.
I am blessed in that we live by the ocean, and it's like being on holidays all year round. But the Christmas break is special here in my town. Holidaymakers arrive, and the mood is happy.
How do we spend Christmas day? We’ll get up very early, always ham and eggs for breakfast, and then we do the Santa Claus presents with the grandchildren. It's a special one this year as we have a new baby grandson, Charlie.
Then we’ll go for a lovely walk on the beach (if it’s not too hot!) followed by a swim. We’ll come home to a cold lunch of fresh prawns, (shrimps for the US readers) oysters, and good old Aussie Pavlova and fruit!
We’ll lie around for the afternoon, relaxing and reading our new Christmas books, probably with chilled champagne close by.
What do you love to do best at Christmas? Where do you spend the day?
Comment below to go in the draw for an e-copy of Diamond Sky.... the third book in the Porter Sisters series where another another Christmas day is celebrated at the end of the story.
The Porter Sisters
My featured Christmas book is Christmas with the Boss It is a feel good story that will leave you with a smile!
A couple of years ago a friend told me about a ghostly encounter she had in a house not far from where I live and it fired my imagination. I combined her experience with a Christmas visitor to the lovely Black Rock Beach beach down the hill from our house and Christmas with the Boss was born!
You can find ithere on Kindle, Nook, iTunes and Kobo
Now don't forget to increase your chance of winning, leave a comment below, and also enter via the rafflecopter below! If you tweet and share you get even more entries!
Winners of the e-books and the $150 gift card will be announced on Christmas Eve.
What a great present! What are you waiting for?
Annie loves sharing her writing chair with special guests! If you'd like a turn...please email her! firstname.lastname@example.org