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Release day: Her Doctor Prince

30 November 2021

Today is the official release of Her Doctor Prince by Fiona McArthur (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Cover image of Her Doctor Prince by Fiona McArthurSingle midwife and the Prince!

Fiercely independent Carmen O’Shannessy’s in serious trouble. Becoming temporary midwife to Zandorran royalty solves her financial woes, but working alongside sinfully gorgeous prince Zafar plays havoc with her resolute singledom! And when her dreams of Arabian nights with her enigmatic new boss come true, Carmen doubts her heart will ever recover from having to kiss this prince goodbye… .

Meet the men and women who offer life-changing skills and dedication in their particular area of expertise as they find wonderful partners in medicine and life. A sweet medical romance series by Fiona McArthur – winner of the 2020 RWAustralia Contemporary Romance Of the Year.

Fiona dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I was tempted to call Zafar my woke sheikh. I’m more a lover of sensitive new age guys than alpha males, but I wanted to write this book and the guy was an Arabian prince. So of course he needed some work. Welcome to book 3 in the Healing Hands—Doctors by Specialty series and Carmen’s ‘Taming of the Sheikh’ book. It’s standalone, so you don’t need to read the others in the series first but you will find Tilly in there briefly from Dr Bennett’s Babies and I love cameos by previous heroes. This is not my usual small town midwife story though as we have gunfights and private jets—and princes. Once, with writer friends, I stayed at the Crown Plaza Coogee Beach. Crown Plaza was an ‘affiliated to the maternity hospital’ hotel—and they had midwives for privately insured patients who could bring their families during their postnatal stay while they rested after birth. This was obviously a place a sheikh would come to chase his pregnant cousin to bring her home. And a place for Carmen to teach that entitled man about Australian midwives who protect the mothers they care for. Hope you love it—I had such fun writing it.

You can find out more about this book at Fiona’s website or buy it from here.

Release day: His Heart’s Home

30 November 2021

Today is the official release of His Heart’s Home by Susan Carlisle (Modern Masters of their Castle #3) (paperback and ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Cover image of His Heart's Home by Susan CarlisleWhen opposites attract…sparks ignite!
Historical architect Jordan Glass moves to rural England in her continued effort to escape an affair gone wrong that included losing a baby while in college. Eight years later still vowing to steer clear of relationships, she takes on a job rebuilding a damaged manor knowing it’s the perfect place to live in solitude. What she doesn’t plan on is Craig Lewis the owner arriving before the work is finished. Worse he brings his daughter along and they must share temporary lodging with Jordon.

Craig is shocked when his ex-wife drops their pre-teen daughter on his doorstep – permanently. He struggles to relate to his angry child and desperately wants to gain her trust. To give her a secure place to live he decides to renovate a wing of his family home Llywelyn Hall. Life is further complicated by him being sexually drawn to the beautiful architect. Equally frustrating is Jordon communicates with his daughter far better than he does.

Craig’s family struggle tugs at Jordon’s heartstrings. Against her better judgement, Jordon is pulled deeper into their lives, tipping friendship over into desire.

Susan dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

It all started with a week-long visit to England focused on tours of castles and manor houses. The idea for the Modern Masters of Their Castle trilogy formed. His Heart’s Home is the last book in the trilogy. The book takes place in a manor house loosely patterned after one I visited. While I toured the manor I listened carefully as the guide explained the different rooms and events from the house’s history. Other events in the book I imagined. A story formed. Writing His Heart’s Home was like revisiting the manor house all over again. I hope my readers enjoy Jordan and Craig’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

You can find out more about this book at Susan’s website or buy it from here.

Guest blogger: Tanya Nellestein

28 November 2021

November has been a month of discoveries and manifestations of new realities. It was supposed to be the month I wrote the final book in the Valkyrie of Birca series as well, but one can’t have everything!

First discovery—which is actually not new to me, if I’m being honest. November is NaNoWriMo, where one undertakes to write many words in the space of a month. A worthy challenge. Unless, of course, I need to write many words in one month, and then I dig my toes in and completely refuse to write anything. I’ve always been a rebel and doing the complete opposite of what most other writers are doing is exactly what I’ve come to expect of myself.

Speaking of being a rebel, despite the obvious reasons I write about Vikings (refer to previous blogs on this topic), I have wondered how I became an author of Viking adventures when everything I’d written before was contemporary? Cathleen Ross challenged me to explore this through my ancestry. Turns out, I’m 66% Viking.

The report kindly explained that I couldn’t be 100% Viking because that would also make me a time traveller.

The Scandinavian Vikings are my closest match, which makes sense as The Valkyrie of Birca series is set in Sweden. The Vikings of Sweden expanded across the vast landscape of Finland and Russia, taking their longships overland when needed, and navigating the great rivers until they reached the Black Sea. This is even more proof—my name is Russian. I’m named after the main character in Dr Zhivago and, according to some (don’t ask me who), the name you are given in this life is an indicator of the culture you were born into in the last life.

Side note: I think there is a real future for me in tracing ancestry and through lines, if this authoring gig doesn’t work out.

You may be asking, how do I know all this? It started with spitting into a little cylinder and sending it to Ireland for analysis. A couple of months later, I received a report that gave a breakdown of my ancestry based on my DNA. The results gave me an ethnicity estimate that included England, North Western Europe, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark and Germanic Europe. All countries with clear links to the Vikings!

But I needed proof. So, I sent my DNA results to another company that does something scientific with them and confirmed that I am indeed a Viking! The next step is to do some fancy tracing business to determine which famous Vikings are in my family tree! I think I will need to pick the brain of Cathleen for guidance on this (she is the descendant of some pretty radical folks!)

Meanwhile, I wanted to honour other parts of my heritage as well. Undoubtedly, you would have noticed Scotland amongst my ethnic origins. There is an historic Scottish land ownership custom where landowners have been long referred to as ‘Lairds’, the Scottish term for ‘Lord’, with the female equivalent being ‘Lady’. Established Titles offers a Lordship or Ladyship title pack, which contributes to the preservation and protection of woodland areas in Scotland.

Long story short, you may now address me as Lady Tanya Nellestein. I believe they have even planted a tree in my honour.

To recap:

  • I’ve written nothing this month
  • I’ve discovered I am descended from the Vikings
  • I’ve joined the ranks of the landed gentry of Scotland

All in all, not a bad month! But now I REALLY must return to the keyboard and bring the final chapter of Queen Brenna’s story to a close. If you want to pile the pressure on, buy all three of the Valkyrie of Birca series (available on Amazon) and demand I finish the fourth posthaste! That’ll teach me.

You can find Tanya here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

 

Author spotlight: Louisa Duval

27 November 2021

In the lead-up to ARR2021 in December we will be spotlighting the authors who will be signing. In the spotlight today we have Louisa Duval.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Kylie Scott. A friend recommended her to me and that was my gateway into romance reading and writing.

What do you write?

Contemporary, small town, 1st person. I have a standalone novel, and an upcoming series.

Which usually comes to you first—characters or plot (or something else)?

Characters, I think! I was inspired by my local rural fire brigade and wanted to write a story about these volunteers winning against bushfires and in love.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

I’m launching Ignite in February 2022 and I reckon Liam Hemsworth with dark brown hair, and some stubble would make a great Dr Harry Cain. Isabelle Cornish, from SAS Australia and Home and Away, would be a great match for my sheep-farming, car-racing heroine, Stacey Turner.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less:

I’m releasing the audio edition of Whisky and Sunshine, the prequel for the series, in December. Amanda Turner finds love in a Scottish whisky distillery with a grumpy CEO. Like Scottish accents? You’ll love this!

What else are you working on in 2021?

I’m currently writing a standalone novel about Floribunda Frost, who’s arrested by her high school ex and sentenced to community service as an entrant in the annual Harvest Festival Queen quest. It’s a second chance at love with a posse of octogenarians ‘helping’ the young lovers get back together.

In 2022, I’m releasing my series of full-length novels, starting with Ignite in February. The Turner family live on their historic sheep station and are members of the Ballydoon Rural Fire Brigade. When their sister returns home to get married, an arsonist starts lighting fires. The Turners will do everything they can to stop the fires while finding love along the way.

Louisa’s latest releases:

 

You can find more information on Louisa on her website.

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Author spotlight: TM Clark

25 November 2021

In the lead-up to ARR2021 in December we will be spotlighting the authors who will be signing. In the spotlight today we have TM Clark.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Mills & Boon and Silhouette books in general, but a favourite from that time was Sorrel Sunset by Gena Dalton (1983).

What do you write?

I write stories of the heart, set in Africa. Contemporary African novels—they all have a love of the land, and often elements of a love story between people, too, but tend towards the suspense/thriller side of the genre. I mostly write in the third person, but when writing in an animal’s POV, that’s first-person … depending on the story. My novels are standalone books, but some do connect with people (little Easter eggs) appearing in other books. I guess you could call my books my African universe …

Which usually comes to you first—characters or plot (or something else)?

Characters, then plot. But not always … sometimes there is just an idea that grows.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

I would choose Cry of the Firebird, and cast Kate Beckinsale as Lily Winters and  George Clooney as Quintin.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less:

Cry of the Firebird. African-set contemporary thriller, South African-born Dr Lily Winters has Alzheimer’s, but she must find out who is tainting the drugs in her South African community and stop them before she can’t remember what it was she was researching, or loses her life trying.

What else are you working on in 2021?

I’ve been shopping a thriller based in Africa to agents in the United States. I’ve begun plotting out a family saga set in South Africa and how the relationship between the maid and her employer is so much more than just a pay cheque. And I’m rewriting the book I lost, Daughters of Africa, which is sequel to Child of Africa.

TM’s latest releases:

You can find more information on TM Clark on her website.

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Feature book: Muster in the Dust

24 November 2021

Muster in the Dust by Mel A Rowe

Series: Elsie Creek #5
Subgenre: rural romance
Release date: 23 Sep 2021
Publisher: self-published
Format: ebook
Length: 338 pages
RRP: $4.99 (ebook)

Mandy Must’s whole world is Avallon Downs station, where she lives and works with her father and sister. The head stockman’s been ill, and Mandy’s taken over his work plus runs her own cattle, does the books, paperwork and farming. She works herself to the bone with no thanks from her father or sister. Both seem selfishly oblivious to how much they rely on her.

Mandy’s exhausted but determined to ask her father for the new Head Stockman’s job. She can do the work—she’s already done the work for months, and she wants the job with a passion.

To be honest I was rather furious with Mandy’s father. He’s a wealthy cattle station owner but never shows one ounce of thankfulness to Mandy, or one ounce of affection. That’s all reserved for her flighty sister. He sits on his behind and lets Mandy run around like a slave. I was extremely unimpressed but in the end—ah well, read it and see …

We’ve met Jonathan Riggs before, better known as Rigsy. He’s a distant cousin of Monet (see Xmas Dust), and he’s been an absolute charmer through the series. People—including Mandy’s father—think he’s a drifter, but in fact he’s one of the hardest workers ever. He picks up a huge number of jobs around town, helps with stock inspection, helps the railway crews at the train station, volunteers with the firies, and is presently managing Sandlot Station while the owner’s away. He’s a general all-round nice guy and goes out of his way to help old ladies; such a chivalrous, quietly heroic, thoughtful man.

He meets Mandy at the annual Cattleman’s Games, when she and her father and sister come to Elsie Creek. Mandy hopes to win acclaim with her carefully selected horses in the rodeo. Mandy’s rather smitten by Rigsy, and he falls for her like a ton of rocks.

Mandy is crushed, totally pierced with deep hurt when her father refuses to consider her for Head Stockman, so Rigsy whisks her away from all the madness in town, leaving her father and sister to cope with all the paperwork and things she usually does. They might appreciate her more if they have to do it for themselves! I loved the way he stood up to her father, all quiet and respectful, but taking no nonsense. Go, Rigsy!

It’s like a holiday for Mandy. He takes her to Sandlot Station so she can have timeout—and their romance blossoms, despite Mandy’s father going absolutely ballistic about it. (Whatever, I’m backing Rigsy and Mandy.)

There’s a lot of deep family hurt and conflict here that presents obstacles. Rigsy has a special plan for his life, and so does Mandy. Is a relationship even possible when two people are planning two separate things?

The way Mel A Rowe works the story out is perfect. Who knew rugged, outback Australia was so romantic? A deeply satisfying book. And yes, both Cecil the water buffalo and Karma the croc make further appearances. It wouldn’t be Elsie Creek without them.

Reviewed by Malvina

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

Author spotlight: JF Lowe

23 November 2021

In the lead-up to ARR2021 in December we will be spotlighting the authors who will be signing. In the spotlight today we have JF Lowe.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Lexi Blake

What do you write?

Contemporary romance, romantic suspense, military romance and erotic romance. Depending on the series or standalone I mostly write in third person, however there are a few in first person.

Which usually comes to you first—characters or plot (or something else)?

Plot. Actually, that’s a lie—usually a title then the plot.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

One series is currently in the works, but it’s a TV series (so shh) so I will pick another, Wickedly Innocent and the lead character would be Ibrahim Çelikkol.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less:

Seducing Philly. Escaping prison might not have been an option, but escaping him would turn out to be impossible. Nobody would have thought a degree in criminal psychology would end up with her behind bars, on death row of all things. It was his fault if he hadn’t have been so damn… Nope, she wasn’t going to think about the brute of a man who thought he was good enough to flirt with her. He’s the most infuriatingly lazy and self-assured man she’d even met, and now she was stuck in this cruel and callous hellhole.

What else are you working on in 2021?

Releasing November 2021, Seducing Vegas and romance anthology Tis the Season for Romance. In December 2021, Seducing Wall St and Caught Under the Mistletoe romance anthology.

JF Lowe’s latest releases:

You can find more information on JF Lowe on her website.

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Release day: Rolled in Dust

23 November 2021

Today is the official release of Rolled in Dust by Mel A Rowe (Elsie Creek #6) (ebook and paperback, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Cover image of Rolled in Dust by Mel RoweWhen it comes to first and second impressions, they couldn’t get any worse. But when a heated moment ends with a kiss—it breaks all the rules.

As Elsie Creek’s newest resident, Que is way too jaded to go near any man, let alone Connor, the judgemental jerk next door. Busy trying to fit in, she now has to pretend that kissing the beautiful bad boy meant nothing!

Yet the chemistry Connor shares with the feisty single mother is undeniable. So to avoid the temptation of diving too deep, he’ll obey her house rules of no afterschool visits, no talk of the past, and forget a forever future. Perfect for this military man dancing with his own demons, eager to return to base and avoid the small-town gossipers.

That is until trouble crosses boundaries in their very own neighbourhood, threatening everything they love—who will be left standing?

Mel dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

It’s a meet-cute that goes wrong when a single mother meets the military bad boy next door … Just imagine the DING-DING-DING of the bell getting hammered in a boxing ring, sending characters to their corners. It’s how this couple behaved—except when they kiss … Along with the most unlikely heroes (who even surprised me), Rolled in Dust is the perfect standalone introduction for those who have never indulged in the bestselling Elsie Creek series.

You can find out more about this book at Mel’s website.

Guest blogger: Mel A Rowe

21 November 2021

Do you fall in love with the animals in romance stories?

WC Field’s said, ‘Never work with animals or children.’

They’re scene stealers.

Which is so true. I’d never realised the power of this statement until a reader recently posted on social media about how much he loved the animal characters in the Elsie Creek Series.

It spurred on some comments of how many other readers love the animals in stories, too.

Animals, with issues, have their own story to tell!

Assorted animals become scene-stealing stars, especially in the bestselling Elsie Creek Series. I’m not kidding …

In the 2021 RuBy finalist, Caked in Dust, there’s an angry hen who attacks people, yet falls for the sexy fireman! Who wouldn’t—that fireman is smokin’!

For Muster in the Dust, there’s a three-legged crocodile amid all the action. That’s right, a retired man-eater, steals the show.

There are specially trained rodeo horse who play a big part in the race for Muster in the Dust.

Dogs are mentioned, like the cattle dog hitting holiday mode on the cattle station, in the other 2021 RuBy finalist and 4 x 2021 ARRA finalist in Xmas Dust.

Adding to the canine menagerie is a tail-less cattle dog in my latest release, Rolled in Dust. He’s a pup of mystery, with a very unusual name for a male pup.

But my most loved character in the Elsie Creek Series, who generates a tonne of fan mail, is the infamous water buffalo called Cecil. There is no Elsie Creek Series without this amazing mascot who stole the show from the first book in the series, The Art of Dust.

So if you love your animals in romance, take an armchair tour of the Northern Territory outback with the Elsie Creek Series today. It’s like having a holiday at home.

Happy reading,
Mel xx

Australian bestselling author, Mel A ROWE creates escapes for today’s busy women to enjoy from the comfort of their home. Delivered with a dash of drama, witty humour and quirky family units, Mel is known for reinventing romantic versions of home, taking common characters on uncommon journeys that lead from boardrooms to billabongs as they try to find their own HAPPILY EVER AFTER.

You can find Mel here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Rolled in Dust

When it comes to first and second impressions, they couldn’t get any worse. But when a heated moment ends with a kiss—it breaks all the rules.

As Elsie Creek’s newest resident, Que is way too jaded to go near any man, let alone Connor, the judgemental jerk next door. Busy trying to fit in, she now has to pretend that kissing the beautiful bad boy meant nothing!

Yet the chemistry Connor shares with the feisty single mother is undeniable. So to avoid the temptation of diving too deep, he’ll obey her house rules of no afterschool visits, no talk of the past, and forget a forever future. Perfect for this military man dancing with his own demons, eager to return to base and avoid the small-town gossipers.

That is until trouble crosses boundaries in their very own neighbourhood, threatening everything they love—who will be left standing?

Set in the uniquely rugged and romantic outback, the bestselling Elsie Creek Series is the perfect home for healing hearts and new beginnings.

Are you ready to Escape to a HAPPILY EVER AFTER? The Elsie Creek series can be enjoyed as a standalone or beautifully binged in order.

Find your copy at your favourite online bookstore HERE.

Author spotlight: Susan Mackie

20 November 2021

In the lead-up to ARR2021 in December we will be spotlighting the authors who will be signing. In the spotlight today we have Susan Mackie.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Barbara Cartland, while I was in hospital having my appendix at age 12. The tea lady provided the book.

What do you write?

Small town and rural romance with a bit of suspense and/or mystery.

Which usually comes to you first—characters or plot (or something else)?

The characters and their motivation come to me first.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

Charlie’s Will. I would cast Liam Hemsworth as Angus and a fresh unknown for Rose (tall, auburn hair).

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less:

A Place to Start Over. While recuperating from her biggest mistake, Harriet’s had time to plan a fresh start, away from the city. She heads north, it’s a long drive and she’s only just beginning to heal, so she’s booked a stopover at Barrington Homestead. Harriet meets Drummond Murray on the road to Barrington. A cattle farmer and fifth generation local with impeccable manners but not much warmth. Ben Evans is a local stock and station agent, good humoured and welcoming. Except Harriet is keen to continue her journey. Circumstances keep her in Barrington and after months of feeling helpless, feeling needed strikes a chord.

What else are you working on in 2021?

A novella for the Love in a Sunburnt Land anthology, vol. 2—with four other Aussie authors. I’m also starting Barrington book 3, for release late 2022.

Susan’s latest releases:

You can find more information on Susan on her website.

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