Friday, January 22, 2016

An award nomination and an interesting find...

More good news this week. Thanks to some wonderful Aussie readers, The Secret Years has been nominated for an Australian Romance Readers award. I'm thrilled and honoured to get this nod.




















Also in the past week, my husband and I have been going through boxes of "stuff' and in much the same way that my characters might stumble upon things, we've found a lot of interesting memorabilia, including this "occupation currency" used by the Japanese in the Pacific Islands during the war.



There were also slim volumes about the ordeals of fighting in the islands and the New Guinea jungles (which would have been very useful for research while I was writing The Secret Years)  These two pics leapt out at me. These men could so very easily have been Harry Kemp, or one of our very own uncles.



Saturday, January 09, 2016

Happy New Year!

I'm on deadline, hence the slow start to the year on this blog, but I hope it's going to be a wonderful year for you, bringing you good health and a deep sense of satisfaction from your achievements.

In terms of my books, I've had a great start with a new book straight out of the blocks on New Year's Day.


The Husband She'd Never Met is an amnesia story, just like my very first romance Outback Wife and Mother, published in 1999, only this time it's the heroine who has amnesia. 

I love giving my characters problems I'd hate to have to deal with in real life. The story was a lot of fun to write, so I hope you enjoy it.

In Australia, you can buy it from Booktopia as a Forever Duo with Christy McKellen's debut book Unlocking the Boss's Heart, or you can buy it as a stand alone ebook from all the usual places.

I should mention I've bought lots of books from Booktopia and they are fabulous to deal with. Super professional.





In other book news this month, three of my favourite stories are now available on Kindle for just

S1.50.  Outback with the Boss won a Romantic Time's Reviewer's Choice Award and A Bride at Birralee was a finalist in the Romantic Book of the Year. the other story is the cutie, Outback Baby. So why not grab a bargain?

I still love to read physical books, but I also enjoy reading books on my iPad, especially when I'm travelling and I've installed the Kindle app, so I have a choice of places to purchase. I'm still in awe of that one click buy. So incredibly easy and such a luxury to lie in bed with a cup of tea and buy books. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Here's another giveaway opportunity. For people who sign up for my newsletter, you won't just receive up to date info about my books, you'll also have a chance to win three Christmas romances...

Plus your choice of one of my Penguin novels...



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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A pre-Christmas giveaway.



 I have a new romance coming out on New year's Day.



 It's called THE HUSBAND SHE"D NEVER MET and, like the very first romance I ever wrote, it's an amnesia story.







Romantic Times have given it four stars and the reviewer comments...  A mystery filled with intertwining secrets makes Hannay's story all the more interesting...



A lovely big box of the book arrived yesterday and as Christmas is on the horizon, I decided it's time for a giveaway.

To be in the draw, you can leave a comment on my Facebook page or here. Good luck!!




Friday, November 13, 2015

This week at our place....

I found a very Christmassy looking bush in our patch of rainforest.







The lilies I planted in the grove (that we planted a few years earlier) all flowered.





And I worked out how to finish my current book with sticky notes on my study wall.

No, I'm sorry the hearts aren't sex scenes. They mark a different time line. :)

Oh, yes, and I changed the banner at the top of this blog. Not sure how it works on your screen, but I need to slide my browser bar to see the whole panoramic shot that my nephew, who was visiting, took for us.


Sunday, November 01, 2015

Jacaranda time...

We always make sure we include a trip to Herberton at this time of the year to see the jacarandas.

The displays aren't as stunning as the southern avenues and parkland, but I think I enjoy these trees so much because they pop up, dotting the hillsides, in what is normally pretty dry and dusty country. It's such a lovely surprise to emerge out of the bush and there they are...



Herberton is an old mining town to the west (still on the Tablelands) and the minerals in the soil give the trees a depth of colour that my camera couldn't quite capture.

 But I thought they were still worth sharing.

When I was growing up in Brisbane and we still had major external exams, there was a saying, "If you haven't started studying before the jacarandas flower, you've left it too late.' :)

Thursday, October 08, 2015

An exciting week in North Queensland...

It's been very exciting in FNQ with the Cowboys' big win. We've been hanging out for this for years. We  had family staying for the big game and the girls decorated the TV area with plenty of posters supporting the team and they even taught us the Cowboys' song!

And my husband cooked the most scrumptiously delicious post-game roast lamb.





The girls also went fishing with Pappy to re-stock the fishpond.

And a great time was had by all!!!