Release Day …… His-And-Hers Family ….

My third Harlequin Special Edition, His-And-Hers Family is released today!

I’ve had so many reader emails asking me about Fiona Walsh, the good natured and bubbly schoolteacher who played a part in my first two books which were also set in the small town of Crystal Point.  I’m delighted that she finds her own happy ever after in His-And-Hers Family.

It’s available here from Harlequin …..

Or here from Amazon …..

I hope you enjoy Fiona and Wyatt’s story and I look forward to inviting you back to Crystal Point very soon.

Marriage Under The Mistletoe Aus/Nz Release & Cover

MUTM Aus CoverI just love the Australian/NZ cover for Marriage Under The Mistletoe, which hits downunder shelves this month!

It’s so exciting having a Christmas release. I hope everyone enjoys this story, which I’m delighted to say it’s now a Romantic Times nominee for best Special Edition of 2012. I’m up againt some stiff competition in this category, but it’s simply awesome being nominated.

I also have a release date for book 4 – August 2013! I’ll be posting more about that book in the new year.

Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe Christmas!

Release Day ….. Marriage Under The Mistletoe

Today is the official release day for my second Harlequin Special Edition – Marriage Under The Mistletoe.

I am delighted to once again take readers back to the small seaside town of Crystal Point – this time to meet Evie Dunn and Scott Jones. I hope you will share their journey as they fall in love.

I’ve had some wonderful reviews for the book so far –

“…. contains great characters, pulse-pounding dialogue and heated encounters that will keep readers rapt.” RT Book Reviews (4.5)

“….richly satisfying romance filled with shivering intensity……” Fresh Fiction Reviews

I’ll also be doing several blog stops over the month of November with book giveaways and a basket of goodies at the end of the month to one commenter who comes along to one or all of the blogs stops. Here’s a partial list of where I’ll be blogging –    

http://jemifraser.blogspot.com/

http://nas-dean.blogspot.com/

http://serenatattistoryeditor.blogspot.com/

http://romancereader-riya.blogspot.com/

http://ishmarind.blogspot.in/

http://romancebookhaven.blogspot.com/

http://julietmadison.wordpress.com/

Here’s the link to buy Marriage Under The Mistletoe from Harlequin & Amazon.

Looking forward to catching up around the blogosphere!

 

 

Another Crystal Point book on it’s way . . .

I’m excited to say that a few weeks ago I sold Book 4 in my Crystal Point series.

Out of all the letters and emails I recieved from readers about book 1, Made For Marriage, one of the most often asked questions was – what happens to the girl in the red dress? That girl was Grace Preston – the uber smart and all-business New Yorker who never lets anyone get close. When I first conceived the idea for my Crystal Point series and the characters started to come alive, I always sensed that Grace would be a stand-out character – mostly because she is so seriously flawed. I also knew that Grace would need a special man who could see past her prickles and frosty reserve and to the woman beneath – and right from the very beginning I knew that man would be Cameron Jakowski. The small town cop is a family friend and the one person who has always been able to get under Grace’s super-cool skin.

The book will be released in mid 2013 and hopefully will be followed by a few more in the series. and for those readers who asked when is the free-spirited Mary-Jayne Preston going to meet her mach? Well, I’m working on it and will keep you posted.

Marriage Under The Mistletoe …. Cover!

I have a fabulous new cover for my November release Marriage Under The Mistletoe.

The art department at Harlequin have once again made my day. They have really captured the feel of the book and the characters and I just love the Christmas elements in the picture. It is everything I imagined it would be.

Don’t forget you can pre-order it from Amazon …..

And my January 2013 release, His-And-Hers Family is available for pre-order from Amazon too!

 

 

On The Shelf . . .

A couple of days ago I had one of those unforgettable experiences – I got to see my book on the shelves for the first time. Made For Marriage is a June Harlequin Blush release in Australia, after hitting the shelves in the US in January and the UK in March. It was quite a wait since its initial release and when I was out shopping with my sister on Saturday morning we headed for one of the big local chain stores and spotted it. We squeed, hugged and then took a photograph.

Actually, seeing the book on the shelf was all kinds of awesome and I’m so glad my sister was with me to share the moment because she was always one of my strongest supporters during those years when I was writing and submitting and trying to get published.

Of course I’m hoping to have many more books on the shelves . . . but like most ‘firsts’ in life, this one feels extra special.

 

 

Australian cover for Made For Marriage . . .

I’m very excited to see the Australian cover for my book Made For Marriage.

And equally excited to be sharing the duo with the awesome Karen Templeton, who has been one of my favorite Special Edition authors for the past decade.

I am so looking forward to seeing the book on the shelves. That’s one photo opportunity I’m not going to miss 🙂

Made For Marriage is released in Australia in June.

Book 3 release date and title . . .

I have a release date and a new title for book 3 in my Crystal Point series.

It’s called His-And-Hers Family and will be released by Harlequin Special Edition in the US in January 2013.

This is Fiona’s story, so to all the lovely readers who emailed me and asked what was happening to the cheerful redhead and when would I be writing her story, look out for her book early next year! I’ll have a cover up on my books page when it’s available.

Horse Tails . . . Red

A few years ago my husband was on a job and noticed a a photograph on the wall in this particular clients home. It was of a horse, full stride, chasing the finish line in a race. My husband got talking with the owner and was told the picture was of the horse he was currently training. The owner said he’d be looking for a a good home for the horse once his racing career was over and my husband said to keep us in mind (Not that we needed another horse, but this animal was special, as we discovered)

A year later the phone rang and it was the owner, telling us the horse was available. I was away at the time, on the Gold Coast at my writers meeting, and I got the call from my husband saying he was on his way to pick up our newest aquisition. Red Enzo. Who was once, we were told, the second fastest two year old in the country. Twelve hours and one round trip later, Red became part of our growing brood. He is, without a doubt, a stunning looking animal. A 17.3 hand chestnut gelding with a full white blaze. As soon as I saw his photo I knew I’d found my new dressage horse.

But he also suffers from navicular disease and his front hooves are mishapen like a ducks bill. He spent much of his racing career medicated with painkillers and injected with meds directly into the hoof prior to a race. He had numerous wins, came second as a two year old at Flemington (you know, where the Melbourne Cup is raced) and could have been a champion if not for his poor, hopeless feet. He had the heart for winning, just not the hooves.

So my plans for him to have a dressage career faded fast. He was to become a trail horse and used on short, gentle rides. I started riding him and he is a quiet, gentle giant. And he has a unique and quirky personality. He waits patiently for his feed every afternoon – and doesn’t get caught up in the running around, shouldering in for a spot near the fence when the feed buckets come out. He loves a scratch under the neck and adores a hose down on a hot day. He’s been a great honarary big brother to our yearling quarterthorse Calvin, and looks after the youngster in the paddock.

I often use my dogs and horses in my books, like in Made For Marriage, the heroine’s horse was actually based on a beautiful horse I owed in my teens, called Indiana. And I’ve already promised my readers that Red will find a home in one of my books very soon. So, stay tuned.

Next month I’m featuring another of my horses in Horse Tails . . . Jack! My husband’s twenty two year old quarterhorse who inadvertantly found his way on to uTube once.