Water Park Fun

I had a really great day today at a pop-up water park. The concept sounds kind of strange but it’s basically where all the rides are inflatable and can be moved around the country. I received the tickets for Christmas and I went with my husband and my brother and sister-in-law and their two young boys. We chose the perfect …

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Advertising ROI

There are some newsletters and blogs which allow you to advertise a book for free and there are others you have to pay for. I checked out the popularity of the websites using Alexa and only paid for the promotion if they had decent newsletter numbers or a high hit rate ranking. In the end I spent about $330 on my …

Promo: Demelza Carlton – Awaken

Demelza Carlton has a new series, and she’s retelling fairy tales. I’ve got to say it sounds exciting and the covers are all gorgeous. The next in the series, book 2, is Awaken and it’s out today. Amazon Website A sleeping beauty. A kingdom frozen in time. Only one can save them all. Once upon a time… Lord Siward intended …

Research Trip – Volunteer Fire Fighters

When I think about summer in Australia I think of the hot sun, the beaches, the sea breeze and the flies. But I also think about bush fires and how they can rage across the land with such incredible power. It’s always interested me and I knew I wanted one of my heroines to be a volunteer fire fighter. While …

Research Trip – Occupations

When I started writing my new series, I decided I needed to know the basic premise of each book before I started. The books are linked by four friends, in fact the tagline of the series is: Four childhood friends, one coastal town, and a whole lot of trouble. So I needed to come up with occupations for my four …

Place to Belong Released!

Today is release day for Place to Belong, the final book in The Flanagan Sisters series. I’m a little nervous about this one, as it’s my first male/male romance. I really hope you love Sean and Hayden as much as I do. Website Sean Flanagan has spent a lifetime alone and rejected, constantly hiding who he really is. With a …

Research Trip – Scouting Location

I have just spent the last four days on a research trip in the south of Western Australia. The days were full of exploration and interviews and I had an absolute blast. My aim for the trip was two-fold: to reacquaint myself with the area in terms of setting – sights, sounds, smells, and to talk to people to get …

Editing the first draft

I finished the first draft of my latest manuscript, Nothing to Fear, at the end of last year. So what comes next is editing. I always print out the whole manuscript so I can sit on the couch and go through it with a coloured pen.

Promo: Anna Jacobs – Gifts For Our Time

The final installment of Anna Jacob’s Rivenshaw Series is out this month. Set during World War Two, it sounds really interesting. Website Germany 1939, and Christa Sommer boards the Kindertransport, unsure that she’ll ever see her beloved mother and father again. Once in England she is taken in by elderly Mrs Pelling, who grows to love Christa as the daughter …

Australian Romance Readers Convention

The Australian Romance Readers Convention is on in about 6 weeks and I’m going for the first time. The convention is about romance and aimed at readers of romance, so there are all sorts of interesting panels talking about things like favourite romance tropes, favourite book boyfriends and feminism versus romance fiction. In addition there were be a whole lot of authors there, …