Books in the Wild

My latest release is a fun longish novella in a new series about Princes and Princesses set in the mountainous region north of Italy where it’s easy to sneak in an imaginary principality in an obscure valley. The series is Powers and Principalities.

The first in the series is The Price of Duty.

Once upon a time there was an ordinary girl who fell in love with a handsome young man.
When disaster struck, forcing her to leave, she never expected to see him again.
Imagine her surprise, when they meet again, to find her frog was really a prince.
She knew that princes only married princesses so an ordinary girl couldn’t dream.
Unless her father was rich enough to buy her a prince.

The prince was delighted to meet his first love, if only he didn’t have to do his royal duty.
To save his country, he needed to marry a princess urgently.
Even if the prince had to sell himself and his title to do so.
With a potential princess waiting in the wings, now was not the time to fan an old flame.
What was the prince to do? Should he forsake his kingdom for love, or must he sacrifice everything for his duty? Can he have it both ways, compromising his honour in order to keep love in his life or will his betrayal cost him everything?

Will Gemma and Udo risk everything for the Fairytale when the price could be their hearts?

Spies, Lies and Dangerous Lovers.

I went a little off theme with this story which was written for the 2015 So You Think You Can Write competition sponsored by Harlequin and Wattpad. Instead of my usual contemporary couples I found an unusual heroine who has a dark history and has been spending the last few years as a Russian Spy. It’s a total fantasy so if you are after James Bond or Atomic Blonde, the resemblances are very surface. I teamed her up with a dedicated doctor who had just experienced a life changing moment in his life. And then I ripped them apart. The story starts in the present day when all the lies they told five years ago, come home to roost.

The story is more confronting and explicit than my other stories but the darkness is redeemed by the occasional gleam of humour.

The Spy Who Saved Me,

Available where eBooks are sold

A man who has nothing to live for is saved by a woman who is Death’s BFF. Today is his chance to return the favour.

Five years ago, Doctor Gabe DiMello lost everything and found something he never expected. Himself.
Now the woman who dragged him from the abyss is back and he has a chance to regain all he lost.

Anna Khalinova’s life changed forever after her brief relationship with Gabe. Now the time has come to face the past and make a new future. To reveal the secret she’s kept for five years.

He saves lives, she takes them. Can they find common ground?

An Award Winning Romance set in Australia between a cold-hearted female spy and a yummy doctor with a jaunt to Russia and Europe. There is a little action, in bed and out. Not really a thriller but a little bit thrilling.

The spies are lightweight and the themes are heavy.

Winner of the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award 2018.

CW #MeToo incidents generally off page.

Secrets and Lies

My most popular release is the Award finalling Tell Me No Lies. It is the first book in the Brizvegas Billionaires Series.

It’s been seven years and long past time for software tycoon Lucas Hall to cut final ties with Harriet Emerson. Except now he knows she lied to him all those years ago. Before he hands her the divorce papers, Lucas intends to know the whole truth.

Harriet had lied to ensure Lucas didn’t forsake his future. Now he’s back and one lie is exposed. Dare she take a chance to be with Lucas, knowing it won’t last.

Her secrets could change everything.

Available at Amazon and KU

My novellas that have been published over the years in anthologies are now available as a stand alones in the Hearts of Brizvegas Series on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. They are stand alone but can be read in order for added enjoyment.

Swept Away finalled in the 2017 Ruby Award.

Swept apart by the force of a tsunami, Sean and Sophie have fought their own battles to survive. Now they must confront the challenges caused by the decisions they made separately if they want to be together again. Sophia thought she had her happy ever after. Until it was swept away along with her brand-new husband only hours after arriving at their tropical honeymoon destination. Sean lost a lot more than a limb in the aftermath of the tsunami that separated him from his wife. Still battling the effects of that day, he has to make hard decisions about his career as a musician. Pushed into an engagement with a girl chosen by his parents, while numb with grief, he can’t believe his eyes when Sophie appears at the party with another man. Now both must choose between a new life and the life they thought lost.

Amazon

Road Trip Baby

Whose baby? 

Fran knew Ethan didn’t want children, but when contraceptive failure leads to pregnancy, she doesn’t expect his total denial of responsibility. Now she has one last chance to find out the secret stopping him from accepting his child. The clock is ticking and they are a long way from home. 

Ethan knew sleeping with his sister’s best friend was a mistake. Especially when he can’t give her the home and family she deserves. Her betrayal stunned him into a reaction that sent her away. Now he’s thinking clearly and maybe he does have something to offer, even if he has to reveal his shameful secret to make it happen.

Amazon

Road Trip Baby is also tied for first for the Koru Award of Excellence Novella Romance Book of the Year from New Zealand and a Ruby finalist with Romance Writers of Australia.

Man of Ice.

Originally published in the Medal Up Duology with Nicole Flockton. Nicole’s story about Brady came first and is titled Fighting Their Attraction. It will be re-released by Nicole soon. My story is about Brady’s old skating partner, Maybelle Li and her new partner.

Man of Ice: How can the Games go so wrong for friendly, upbeat Maybelle Li? Her ex-skating partner is raining on her parade with memories of the past, and her current partner, Bohdan Dovzhenko, is the hottest thing to hit the ice this decade—and the coldest companion. He’s all work and no conversation beyond grunts and commands. But as their medal hopes rise, so does Bohdan’s word count. He’s not made of stone, and being locked outside of Belle’s sunshine is simply no fun. Now their growing closeness may be too hot to dismiss—but will it burn down their chance to forge a new future as well?

The Forgotten Groomsman

Formerly published as Beautiful Stranger in the Kiss Me Anthology in 2018, the story has been refurbished and recovered to match the rest of the series.

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She trusted him with her body, but can she trust him with her heart.

Caro has good reason not to trust men. Her life was almost destroyed by one years ago. But when a beautiful stranger at a wedding tempts her to dabble again, she’s almost sure she can resist asking for more. She knows it will only lead to heartbreak and betrayal. If only her heart hadn’t already betrayed her.

Reece remembers Caroline from when she was a teenager, the kid sister of one of his friends. She’s all grown up now and he likes what he sees but she doesn’t seem to recognise him. He’s already made a mess of one relationship. Can he be what Caroline needs?

 

Christmas Novella

Still available.

A Holiday novella called The Runaway Christmas Elf.

He wants her to stay forever, she needs to know why she left.

Holly loves Christmas. It’s the one thing about herself she remembers after an accident left her with minor bruises but a major case of amnesia. The last thing she expects is a man who doesn’t celebrate the holiday to walk into Santa’s Domain and claim he knows her. Intimately.
Ori knows why Holly ran. But he wants a second chance, whatever the cost. Whatever his father may think about non-Jewish girls. All he needs is a few days to convince her, remind her, that what they have is worth fighting for. There’s a lot more at stake than she knows and if it means celebrating Christmas, he’s prepared to put everything on the line to make it happen.
When the past comes back along with Holly’s memories, they must decide how far they’ll go…or if they’ll stay…for love.

This is an Australian story set in Brisbane with Australian spelling and language.

 

 

I have another two short stories in the RWAus Little Gems Sunstone Anthology from 2016 and another short story published in the 2017 Little Gems Onyx Anthology by RWAus. There is also a short story in the Jade 2018 Little Gems and I have a story that placed third in the Spicy Bites Chains 2018 anthology. There is a print copy set available here.

I have two short stories in the Tiger Eye Little Gems in 2019. I came first in the the 2019 Masks Spicy Bites and that story is in the anthology. This year Little Gems was re-imagined as Sweet Treats and I have one short story in the new Cupcakes Anthology.

 

Print Anthology of the first four Hearts of Brizvegas Novellas. Available from me.