I’ve just returned from four fabulous days at the RWA Get Fresh Conference in
Melbourne. I was blown away by the friendliness and openness of such a large
group of authors. There were about 400 of us all packed into the beautiful Park Hyatt Melbourne.
the one thing I loved above all else was being able to connect with people in
person. It was lovely to meet people that you chat online with in the flesh. I
also need to thank Delwyn Jenkins for looking after all of the newbies with
grace and kindness. She had a hundred of us on her hands so it was a big job. J
also did my very first book signing – thanks ARRA for organising the event (72
authors needed some wrangling).
the cover of my latest historical romance, Masquerade. It will be available very
soon but for now we just have to bask in the beautiful cover. J
the outside world she’s referred to as Lord Tressely’s child bride – but
nothing could be further from the truth.
Sophia’s entire life is a lie. For her
protection she has hidden within a sham of a marriage for years. In a desperate
gamble to save all that she loves and repay a debt of kindness to her dying
husband, Sophia must produce an heir. A night of passion is all she wants and
the masquerade ball may be the opportunity she’s been looking for. An illicit
tryst with the wickedly handsome Lord Mathias Eldridge appears to be the answer
to her prayers. What she didn’t expect was for Mathias to spin her senses and make
her wish for a different life. But Sophia discovers that the repercussions of
her actions could threaten to destroy not only her entire world but also her
Today I have the luscious cover of Sinful Liaison from the lovely Samantha Holt. Sinful Liaisons is the third book in the Cynfell Brothers series.
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Book 3 of the Cynfell Brothers Series
greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. The Cynfell brothers are the very
embodiment of a sinful existence. But could the right woman change that?
It’s not every day a duchess comes across a naked man on the
roadside. It’s not every day a duchess takes said naked man home with her. But
Evelyn Chesworth can hardly leave the poor man in nought but his skin on the
dangerous road to London. Particularly when he’s so attractive...
Lord Pierce Cynfell is in a world of trouble. With his
brother threatening to cut him off and his gambling debts increasing, his
beautiful rescuer couldn’t have come at a better time. He can’t help but be
attracted to the worldly, mature woman.
So he certainly isn’t going to say no when she offers to
write off his debts in return for one thing—his body.
However, it soon becomes clear more than his body is
becoming involved. While everyone else might think he’s only there for the
money, the beautiful widow slowly draws him deeper until he wants to unlock
every secret buried beneath those tight corsets.
Evelyn might let Pierce beneath her corsets but she’s
determined it will be no more than that. She has loved and lost twice in her
life and won’t let that happen again. Meanwhile, she has too many other things
to worry about—like the preservation of her son’s land.
When Pierce begins to show himself as more than a skilled
lover, Evelyn has a choice—let herself be vulnerable again or send away the man
who lights a fire in her body, heart and soul.
as you can see I’m finally back. I managed to finish my rural romance which is the
second instalment in the Violet Falls series but then I was hit with the winter
lurgy. Anyway, I’m better and feeling like I’m back on top of things (which is
always a bonus).
I’ve been quite slack lately, my writing list has grown but I haven’t managed
to cross much off it. So it’s high time that I became a little more proactive
and start writing ‘properly’ again.
taking a tiny break before I begin my next Australian rural romance and
finishing off a fairytale that I started last year. I’ve written over half of
it and it would be a shame not to finish Mariella and Prince Navarre’s story. My
Wolven Heart is the second book in the Tales from the Hearthfire series, the
first being Black is the Colour.
from the Hearthfire tells the stories of the three Rubana sisters, Ciana,
Mariella and Elisabetta. In Black is the Colour, Ciana (the youngest) had to
save her lover from the witch’s curse. It was a story about true love, magic
Wolven Heart is the eldest sister’s story. Mariella finds herself forcibly
married to a man she loathes and separated from her beloved sisters.
a bit of a blurb –
into a marriage she never wanted. Mariella finds herself in a dark and
mysterious world. The village of Darcel Holt is hidden in the heart of a deep
wood. It is steeped in misery, slavery and fur. As Mariella unravels the
secrets of the village she must ask herself, who is truly the monster -
Mariella’s new husband or the enigmatic stranger in the forest?
Navarre Trevoré must fight to free his people from their bound slavery. He has
no time to dally with a mortal – particularly the wife of his sworn enemy. But
Mariella’s kindness touches his heart and her soulful eyes haunt his dreams and
cause him to entertain thoughts that he never should have.
this is what I’m spending the next couple of weeks on. As much as I love the
contemporary rural romances (and I really do love them), it’s nice to dip back
into a fantasy medieval world which is filled with enchantment and in this
particular case, werewolves. J
you’d like to check out the first book, Black is the Colour here’s a link –
Ciana has loved Oran all her life
and nothing, not even her father will prevent them from being together. But the
Mayor of Stonemark has higher aspirations for his daughter than the village
blacksmith. He engages the help of a witch and dark magic to bend Ciana to his
Oran knows that he doesn’t deserve
Ciana. But their love is stronger than the metal he forges and welds. She has
his heart and he will never turn from her no matter the cost.
Separated, Ciana will need all her
strength to journey through the deep forest and save Oran from the witch’s
curse. Alone and with only a trail of black feathers to follow, Ciana will
fight against the odds and attempt to bring her lover home.
promised my lovely editor that I’d have the next book in McKellan’s Run series
to her in two weeks. No probs, it’s pretty much finished – it just needs a bit
of a polish and I need to revise chapter five, oh and I have to add a scene at
the end of chapter seven and eight... and thirteen. Oh dear!
okay... I’ll catch with you guys after the deadline.
lovely Tess Woods is with us today to answer a few questions and tell us a bit
about her novel, Love at First Flight. Tess lives in Perth, Australia with one
husband, two children, one dog and one cat who rules over all of them. Love at
First Flight is her first novel for HarperCollins.
What inspired you to write this story?
been inspired by the tragic love story, the story of great love that just can't
be. My favourite book The Bridges of Madison County stayed with me years after
reading it and played on my mind. Then I read Twilight and out of nowhere I had
to write my own book. Before this I had never entertained the idea of writing.
But the longing in Twilight and the knowing that the one you love is the one
that is dangerous for you resonated with me and I just had to write about that.
So with the themes of desire and danger, I wrote a book about a married mother,
because I wanted to write of what I know. I wanted to bring the great love
story into the world of the typical suburban mum who is chasing after kids,
working and running a home. I wanted her to have that Romeo and Juliet moment.
So I wrote 'Love at First Flight'.
you working on anything at the present?
I’m writing my second book and I’m very excited! I am writing a
contemporary romance called Flat White With One which is about my main
character Mel’s son as an adult (he is a teenager in Love at First Flight).
Nick is Australia’s most popular football player, a real playboy who falls for
a young, conservative Egyptian girl named Anna with a tragic past who is
anything but the typical footballer’s girlfriend. Flat White With One is their
love story. Nick and Anna are tested by her family, Nick’s football community
and the Australian public as nobody seems to approve of them being together.
you come up with the titles to your books?
didn’t come up with the title for my book! I came up with Flight. But I got a memo from my
editor, Anna, that Flight could
be about birds or kites and she wanted something that sold the story more. I
received that email while I was having lunch with my friend Emma on her
birthday. I complained and moaned about needing to change the title. Emma came
up with Love at First Flight. I
emailed Anna. She thought I was a genius. I happily took the credit! I’ve been
told by my literary agent that she is letting me keep the title of my next book
Flat White With One for now so
we’ll have to wait and see if I don’t end up naming that one either, hey!
What is your favourite
The Bridges of Madison Countyby
Robert James Waller captured my heart like no other love story could. I read it
in one sitting, I simply couldn’t put it down. That such a passionate love
story could take place between two quite outwardly plain, middle-aged people in
sleepy Iowa, where not much ever happens, was amazing to me. The connection
between Francesca and Robert and their tragic Romeo and Juliet ‘not meant to
be’ love pulled at my heartstrings. They made me believe in love at first sight
and I went on to write my own book inspired by their intense love. I thought
Robert Kincaid was the most romantic male character I have ever come across.
“But, I am, after all, a man. And all the
philosophic rationalizations I can conjure up do not keep me from wanting you,
every day, every moment, the merciless wail of time, of time I can never spend
with you, deep within my head. I love you, profoundly and completely. And I
made you want to be a writer?
I’ve always been a hopeless bookaholic. I was inspired by other writers
and other stories. Books like Tully, The Bridges of Madison County and The
Horse Whisperer stayed with me and inspired me. But when Stephenie Meyer wrote
Twilight, something shifted inside me when I read it and I just had to write a
at First Flight – Blurb
A family is threatened by an irresistible attraction in
this compelling debut that will appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty and Anita
Looking back on it now, I can see it was instant. The
second we locked eyes. Boom. Just like that. The me I had spent a lifetime
perfecting began its disintegration from that moment. And despite the carnage
it brought to all our lives, I still don’t regret it.
What would you risk to be with the love of your life?
And what if your soul mate is the one who will destroy you?
Mel is living the dream. She’s a successful GP, married
to a charming anaesthetist and raising a beautiful family in their plush home
in Perth. But when she boards a flight to Melbourne, she meets Matt and her
picture perfect Stepford life unravels as she falls in love for the first time
What begins as a flirty conversation between strangers
quickly develops into a hot and obsessive affair with disastrous consequences
neither Mel nor Matt could have ever seen coming. Mel’s dream life turns into
her worst nightmare.
Love at First Flight will take
everything you believe about what true love is and spin it on its head.
a snippet –
love, have a good night.’
too, hey? Be safe. Don’t talk to strangers. See you tomorrow. Love you.’
His voice was warm.
No suspicion there whatsoever. Of course there wasn’t, Adam trusted me. I’d
never given him reason to be suspicious before.
you too, Adam. See you tomorrow, darling,’ I croaked.
dropped the phone into my bag and walked back into the bathroom, with a sudden
sharp headache behind my left eye.
Hercules?’ Sarah looked up from painting her toenails.
fine,’ I said flatly. ‘He says hi. He’s having an early night.’
bless him, like he needs the beauty sleep,’ she laughed.
regarded myself coolly in the bathroom mirror. ‘You are a stupid, stupid
woman,’ I hissed at the reflection.
I vigorously shook Matt from my head, wiped
off the red lipstick, replaced it with a clear gloss, and sent a mental kiss to
my unsuspecting husband who was missing me back at home.
If you would like to find out more about Tess, here are her