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Guest blogger: Suzi Love

15 August 2022

Thanks for having me here to talk about the setting of my latest book, Kelly’s Justice.

I lived in Vanuatu, previously the New Hebrides, for nine years and loved every minute of it as the people are warm and welcoming and our kids lived an adventurous and safe life.

Unfortunately, like the rest of the South Pacific, peaceful Vanuatu was targeted for several years as a stepping stone to move drugs from South East Asia into Australia. My hero in Kelly’s Justice works for Australian Customs and is in Vanuatu tracking some of these drug smugglers. My heroine, Kelly, knew Grant previously from their time in the Australian Army and is sent from America to Vanuatu to rescue kidnapped teens. Their paths cross when they, and the teenagers, get caught up with a large and desperate drug smuggling group and their lives are only saved because Kelly and Grant have military experience, a knowledge of Vanuatu life and speak French, English and the local Pidgin, Bislama.

This story is based on events that happened while I lived in Vanuatu. Drug smugglers tried many ways to ship their drugs, often repackaging them in South Pacific countries in the hope of fooling Australian and New Zealand Customs with different custom forms. Drugs were seized from inside boat hulls and in all sorts of household cargo, including the lining of fridges.

Australia sent drug experts and Customs Officers to help Vanuatu Customs catch these criminals and, as locals, we celebrated every time millions of dollars of drugs were seized and destroyed.

During my years in Vanuatu, millions of dollars worth of drugs were seized and many drug smugglers were sent to jail. So my story is about a feisty heroine and a yummy hero who help keep Vanuatu safe and free of drugs, the same way customs kept it safe when we lived there.

Kelly’s Justice is part of the Phoenix Force Series written by Australian authors, featuring ex-military heroines fighting for justice and solving international crimes.

Hope you enjoy reading about Vanuatu as much as I enjoyed my trip down memory lane while writing it.

Suzi is giving away three ecopies of Kelly’s Justice. To go in the draw, just leave a comment. The giveaway will close on 28 August 2022. (The giveaway is now closed. The winners were Lisa and Terry.)

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Kelly’s Justice

Kelly, codenamed Riddles, normally needs no help solving international security problems, but when someone from her past damages her reputation and threatens her life, she needs assistance. Joining forces with her old friend, an expert on South Pacific politics, they destroy an island drug cartel and rescue kidnapped teenagers. But can she and Grant finally have a future together after an old enemy tries to kill them both?

Kelly’s Justice, Book 4 in the Phoenix Force Series is on sale at Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited. Find it here.

7 Comments
  1. Terry permalink
    15 August 2022 6:18 pm

    Thanks for the chance Suzi 😁

    • 15 August 2022 6:20 pm

      Hope you get a chance to read Kelly’s Justice.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    15 August 2022 5:33 pm

    Thank you for the chance

    • 15 August 2022 5:45 pm

      Could you please leave your name so you can be entered in the draw. Thanks.

  3. Lisa Flenley permalink
    15 August 2022 5:20 pm

    Thankyou for the opportunity! You’re a new author to me & I LOVE finding new authors!

  4. 15 August 2022 9:28 am

    Reblogged this on Suzi Love and commented:
    Thanks for having me here to talk about the setting of my latest book, Kelly’s Justice.

    I lived in Vanuatu, previously the New Hebrides, for nine years and loved every minute of it as the people are warm and welcoming and our kids lived an adventurous and safe life.

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