Friday, 22 May 2015

International Day for Biodiversity and World Turtle Day

22 May is the International Day for Biodiversity (with a special focus on marine environments) and 23 May is World Turtle Day.

The only time I've seen a turtle in the wild was many years ago in the Whitsundays when my partner and I went bare-boating for a week. The scenery and weather were spectacular, and we had a great time even though we managed to run the yacht aground on our first night! (Hint: the tidal range in the Whitsundays can be huge. Luckily, we got stuck in the mangroves and not on coral reefs.) We saw the turtle as we were sailing towards Turtle Bay on Whitsunday Island, appropriately enough.

Let's hope both turtles and the Great Barrier Reef are protected for many generations to come.


Photo credit: "Total internal reflection of Chelonia mydas" by Brocken Inaglory - Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

May update

Just after Easter I managed to get away to the country for a few days with the family. The weather was perfect, and the bush was green and peaceful.





I somehow had two sets of edits for different books land in my inbox at the same time, so I've been buried in editing for most of the month. I'm really pleased how these two books are shaping up. One is due for release in July and the other in October.

The Sydney weather has been crazy lately. First, we had three days of torrential rain, then we were hit by a massive hailstorm that pulverized our garden. Some of the ice still hadn't melted by the next morning. All this rain is playing havoc with my son's soccer games, which I don't mind at all because it leaves me more time for reading!

And finally, I've lost a few kilos since starting the CSIRO diet. Not a huge amount, but I feel a lot better and I have fewer cravings. I didn't follow the diet slavishly but I am eating a lot more vegetables now, and I feel it's a nutrition plan I can follow long-term, which is far better than yo-yo dieting.

Well, that's all the news for this month. :)


Saturday, 2 May 2015

FIREWORKS AT MIDNIGHT is free on Amazon from May 1 to 3


FIREWORKS AT MIDNIGHT (Book 1 in my Serendipity series) 
Free on Amazon from May 1 to 3!



It’s New Year’s Eve, and Megan has an old year’s resolution to fulfil. Before midnight strikes, she’s determined to put her ex-boyfriend behind her by kissing a new man. Her friend has the perfect candidate lined up for her, but that’s before gorgeous, sexy Dane crosses her path. Dane is the most amazing man Megan’s ever met, but he has plans he can’t break, and besides, he’s leaving for China tomorrow.

Is Megan ready to throw caution to the winds and take a chance on Dane? On New Year’s Eve anything can happen, and the only guarantee is fireworks at midnight.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

New release: All Work and No Play


My second Serendipity romance is now available:

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY

Anna Reynolds is stuck with the infuriating Giles St Clair. If she wants to meet her project deadline, she needs the highly sought after consultant’s help. But everything about Giles annoys Anna, from his posh English accent to the way every woman swoons at his feet.

And the worst thing about Giles? She can’t help being attracted to him. Not that she’ll ever act on that attraction. A messy office affair would stall her career, and she’s not interested in being another notch on Giles’s bedpost.

When a close encounter with Giles in a stationery cupboard forces the truth out, Anna forgets all her own rules. She and Giles need a circuit-breaker, and one steamy summer night together might be just what they both need.

But is one night enough?

Only 99c on Amazon or free on Kindle Unlimited

(Will be available through other retailers later this year.)

Thursday, 2 April 2015

April Update

In an attempt to keep this blog interesting, I thought I might try a monthly update of what I’ve been doing. So here is my first!

The beginning of this year has just zoomed by, and I can’t believe three months have already passed and the first school term is ending this week. This past month has been very busy writing-wise. I released Fireworks At Midnight, a contemporary novella, which I have chosen to enrol in KDP Select (meaning it is also available to Kindle Unlimited subscribers). This is the first time I’ve used KDP Select, and I hope to learn more about their special promotions, etc. I need to be in KDP Select for at least 3 months; after that I’ll review my options. I also need to get a move on and write the second novella in the series. I’m hoping to start that next week maybe.

This month I’ve also been hard at work doing edits for my first Entangled Lovestruck romance. I’m really excited about this book. The story has changed a number of times, but I think it’s getting there. I don’t know about other writers, but I tend to get stagefright when I receive that first editorial letter from my editor. At first the changes/suggestions seem so enormous and frightening! So I usually let the letter percolate in my brain for a couple of days before I jot down in point form everything that needs doing. With a plan at hand, it’s a bit easier to jump in and start the edits.

Some good news: Samhain Publishing has bought a contemporary romance of mine! It’s about a sexy (of course) cop and a girl who runs a yarn store. I had a lot of fun brainstorming this one. I even created a Pinterest board, which I may make public later on. I’m looking forward to publishing this story. Don’t have a release date yet, but hopefully it’s later this year.

On a more personal note, I’ve been trying to follow the CSIRO diet for the past three weeks. I’m not exactly overweight, but I do have some middle-age spread around the waist and a hereditary risk of developing type 2 diabetes, so I thought it was time to start eating better food. The first week I lost 1.4kg much to my surprise, but since then my weight hasn’t budged. I do think my diet’s improved, though. Lots of salads and far less rice and pasta (my favourite carbs). With Easter looming ahead, I’m hoping to resist the lure of chocolate easter eggs and hot cross buns!


By Ikonact via Wikimedia Commons

Sunday, 15 March 2015

New release: Fireworks At Midnight


This year I'm planning to publish some shorter works under the series name Serendipity. These will be short, breezy romances that blossom seemingly out of nowhere. Initially they will only be available on Amazon (free on Kindle Unlimited), but will be available on other platforms later on.

My first Serendipity romance is:

FIREWORKS AT MIDNIGHT

It’s New Year’s Eve, and Megan has an old year’s resolution to fulfil. Before midnight strikes, she’s determined to put her ex-boyfriend behind her by kissing a new man. Her friend has the perfect candidate lined up for her, but that’s before gorgeous, sexy Dane crosses her path. Dane is the most amazing man Megan’s ever met, but he has plans he can’t break, and besides, he’s leaving for China tomorrow.

Is Megan ready to throw caution to the winds and take a chance on Dane? On New Year’s Eve anything can happen, and the only guarantee is fireworks at midnight.


Only 99c on Amazon (or free on Kindle Unlimited)

Monday, 16 February 2015

The Real Men series concludes


ONE REAL MAN concludes my Real Men series. I've had a great time writing these books and have worked with some wonderful editors, especially Stacy Abrams. Each book has had its own challenges. This is the first series I've written, and it hasn't always been plain sailing. I don't know what it is, but writing a series doesn't come naturally to me like it seems to with other writers. I've loved spending time with my characters, and I hope some of my readers have too!

The other books in the series are:

REAL MEN DON'T BREAK HEARTS - Ally discovers that Nate, the man she holds responsible for her jilting, is her new landlord.
 
REAL MEN DON"T QUIT - Tyler and Luke know their fling can't last. She has a daughter to care for, and he has a book to write.
 

WHITE-HOT HOLIDAY - A Christmas novella. Can Naomi show Aaron the magic of Christmas when he's stuck down under?