Guest blogger: Juanita Kees
A town so real
Today I want to tell you about a fictional town so real you’d want to live there. People so rich in character, so loveable and entertaining, you’d want to take them home. Welcome to Bindarra Creek, a struggling country community whose townspeople work hard and love deeply.
Set in the tablelands of New England, Australia, Bindarra Creek is a drought-stricken community full of intrigue, adventure, drama and honest country goodness. Life and love in a small country town has never been more challenging.
‘A Bindarra Creek Romance’ is the brainchild of romance author SE Gilchrist who had a vision and invited her fellow Hunter Romance Writers into a collaborative writing venture that took Amazon’s Westerns (small town) category by storm. Since the release of the series in July 2015 with SE’s Bindarra Creek Makeover, these standalone stories written by thirteen different authors have dominated the top twenty spots on Amazon in their category.
What made this series so special is the bond the thirteen authors formed during the planning stages, and the love and hard work that went into every story as each of the authors put their own individual stamp on the series. We found ourselves so invested in this town and its people, it felt real. Not only did we create a town and characters we loved, we also forged strong friendship bonds that will carry us far beyond the last book in the series.
My characters, Dan and Alice, from Home to Bindarra Creek were born out of the community spirit of the preceding novels. As book six in the series, I had my work cut out for me to match the talent of popular authors like Lee Christine, Susanne Bellamy, Sandie James, Kerrie Paterson and, of course, SE Gilchrist. The line-up to follow was just as talented, with well-known YA author, Stacey Nash, hot on my heels and fellow romantic suspense author, Erin Moira O’Hara, only one book away.
Even though I was part of this series myself, I have waited on every new release with excitement and anticipation as each author takes the reader on a new journey with a different voice yet still manages to embrace the community spirit and feature characters from preceding stories. These ladies are very clever storytellers and I am proud to be part of this collaborative writing (ad)venture, which has made Home to Bindarra Creek the book that keeps on giving.
We’re just over halfway in this series, with books still to come from Linda Charles, Lauren K McKellar, Simone Angela, Marianne Theresa and Noelle Clark. Each one can be read as a standalone, so it doesn’t matter which one you read first. Come on, go and see what the fuss is all about …
Home to Bindarra Creek
When fate brings together two lost souls, it’s time to leave the shadows behind and come home to Bindarra Creek…
Alice Pritchard has learned to live with her haunted past. She’s comfortable in her cocoon in sleepy Bindarra Creek, but with rejuvenation of the town, she has let go of the memories.
Dan Molyneaux roars into her life in his high-powered V8 and reopens the Riverside Pub forcing her to face her ghosts. Slowly he melts the ice around her heart, but love always comes at a cost.
Writing fun, action-packed, sexy stories filled with feisty, caring characters ready to risk everything for love.
Juanita graduated from the Australian College QED, Bondi with a diploma in proofreading, editing and publishing, and achieved her dream of becoming a published author in 2012 with the release of her debut romantic suspense, Fly Away Peta.
Under the Hood (Book 1 in the Tag Raiders series) followed in 2013 as one of the first releases from Harlequin’s digital pioneer, Escape Publishing.
In 2014 Juanita was nominated for the Lynn Wilding (Romance Writers of Australia) Volunteer Award, and was a finalist in the Romance Writers Australia Romantic Book of the Year and the Australian Romance Readers Awards.
She escapes the real world to write stories starring spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in.