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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The joy of living in small towns. 

Why do we love living in small towns? I live in a small coastal town in Australia and when I visited Half Moon Bay a few years back, the small town feel of the towns dotted along the coast appealed to me.
Here are the top five things you need to know about small town living and some examples of the lovely town of Nebbiton I invented on the beautiful Half Moon Bay.
1. You may not see all of your fellow community members often, but when there is a crisis, everyone rallies together. Same goes for a celebration… like the wonderful welcome garden party for Liam in Half Moon Bay.
A welcome reception? He seemed pleased about it, by the grin on his face. Maybe she’d read him wrong. Maybe it was just her he didn’t like?
And unfortunately for her, he exuded even more hotness when there was a hint of a smile on his face. God help her if he actually smiled at her. She went weak at the knees just imagining it.
“Oh, but you have to come. Liam doesn’t have a car yet and we’ve organized for you to drive him to our place.”
Why did they always do this to me? She swore that Mitzi and Thelma had completed People Manipulation 101 right before they’d taken up Matchmaking 101. She tried to stare them down but they both quickly looked away from her and back to Liam.
2. For some reason, there always seems to be more time and life happens at a much slower pace. Time for smelling the roses, homemade baking and enjoying the good old country air. What’s not to love! You get back to your roots and great pleasure is taken in…things like baking, woodwork, sewing and walking the dog.
Liam whistled as Georgie called out and they were rewarded with a scuffling noise a short distance ahead of them. She stopped and put her hand up. “Wait up. If we keep walking, he’ll think we are going down to the beach.”
“In the dark?” Liam peered ahead but couldn’t see the dog, nor could he hear it any more.
“He’s not real smart.” He could hear the grin in Georgie’s voice, despite the rain that was getting heavier by the minute. Water was beginning to trickle down beneath the collar of his shirt but he didn’t care.
He squeezed her hand as they kept walking. He was beginning to love this dog.
3. If you think back to your childhood, when life was not quite as chaotic and cities were smaller, you may be lucky enough to remember a wide open sky with a carpet of stars. An inky black sky where the stars are etched like crystals.
The storm had blown itself out, not that they had heard much of it… Liam had whispered sweet nothings in her ear before taking her to delightful places. Now the night sky was filled with stars and the silver sheen from the rising moon polished the ocean.
4. Less traffic and you can always find a parking spot. But the time you save doing that, may well be spent chatting to those you meet on the street.
Cliff Cottage, Ana’s house, was six miles south of Nebbiton, and Thelma and Mitzi lived on the edge of town, so it was only a short while before she turned the truck onto Main Street, past the BB Hardware store, to where Main Street turned into an unpaved road and meandered through the vegetable farms.
“It’s like being out in the country,” Liam commented, as Georgie parked the car on the road outside the old farmhouse. She pulled on the handbrake and turned to him with a smile, determined to keep her cool. “You are in the country. Even though we’re not far from the city or even from Half Moon Bay, the Nebbiton Chamber of Commerce does all it can to preserve the old feel of this town.”
Liam smiled at her as she opened the door. “I like it. It has a nice vibe.”
Georgie laughed as she slid from the car. “Let’s see if you still feel that way after an afternoon in Thelma and Mitzi’s clutches.”
5. Another thing we don’t realise until we have spent any time in a small town is the sheer amount of noise – in the city noise is our constant companion.
After he put the coffee on, Liam crossed to the window and looked out over the ocean. There was not a breath of wind and the silver sheen of the calm water soothed him. Nothing moved; the trees were still in the quiet before sunrise, and there was no birdsong.
I hope you enjoy Guarding His Heart and the sweet romance that takes place in the lovely small town of Nebitton! I’d love to move there and meet all of the lovely folk that live there.
Don’t forget it is Book 3 in the Half Moon Bay series, after Tangling with the CEO, and Brushing Off the Boss

Get your copy today! On sale for just 99¢!

Some people get under your skin.
Some get into your heart.
Bestselling author Liam Wyndham needed an escape, and Half Moon Bay, with its small town charm and beautiful ocean, is the perfect place to enjoy his writer’s block in sweet isolation. But all of his plans to become a surly recluse disappear when spitfire carpenter, Georgie Sacchi, marches into his house.
Georgie wants an adventure, and she has a plane ticket that promises her everything she needs—excitement, independence, and a way to escape the memory of her last ruined relationship. Still, she has one last job to complete before she can leave the country. The last thing she needs is a recalcitrant author with a gorgeous face (and a hot body) distracting her from her plans.
But life doesn’t always give you what you think you need…

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!

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