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.

Release date for book two . . .

I have a release date and title for my second Special Edition. Marriage Under The Mistletoe will be released in US in November 2012.

I’m very excited about this book as it is about one of my favourite characters from Made For Marriage, Evie Dunn. Evie is a widow and single mother who runs a Bed & Breakfast. She’s a sensible, reliable, thirty six year old woman who has no time for love or lust. Until a certain twenty seven year old firefighter enters her life and has her thinking about very little else!

As you can tell from the title, the book is set around Christmas time. I’ve always loved reading Christmas themed books and it was even more fun to write one. Like Made For Marriage, this book is also set in Crystal Point – a small town at the southern most point of the Great Barrier Reef. And it’s summer time in Australia at Christmas. There’s no snow, very little eggnog, and dinner usually consists of prawns (shrimp), cold ham and salads. But we do have Christmas trees and presents and play carols. As for the mistletoe? Well, Evie Dunn has the plastic variety  . . . but it still does the trick!

I hope you enjoy Marriage Under The Mistletoe and I’ll post the cover photo as soon as it arrives!

Grand Prize Blog Tour Winners . . . .

Well, my blog tour to celebrate the release of Made For Marriage is at an end and the Grand Prize Winners have been announced.

Check out the Winners at Romance Book Paradise

They are . . . .

Of the $50.00 Amazon Book voucher – the winner is Chey!

Of the silver Pandora Bracelet – the winner is Shelley B!

Congratulations ladies – please get in touch via the contacts page.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented. It has been fun.

I’ll be touring again for the release of book 2 in November.

UK cover for Made For Marriage

This is the sparkly new cover for Made For Marriage for it’s UK release next month.

The book is released as a duo for the Cherish line and
it’s very exciting to see it with a new look.

At this stage it’s set for release in Australia/NZ in about April/May
for the Blush imprint and I’m so looking forward to seeing on the
shelves downunder. I can’t wait to sneak a snapshot of it on the
shelf 🙂