Release day: By Her Side

My new book, By Her Side, is out today.

A romantic suspense, it features Vince, an undercover cop who is persuaded into acting as the temporary bodyguard for Rory, the independent-minded granddaughter of a wealthy Sydney business man.

You can buy a copy at AmazonAU, AmazonAmazonUK, Booktopia, iBooks and Kobo. (Please note, it’s only available as an ebook.)

It already has a 5-star review on Goodreads!

 

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Snowy River Man: the road to publication

imageAs most of my regular readers will know, a few years ago I established the Australian Women Writers Challenge (AWW). Back then, I was trying to find a publisher for a suspense novel I’d written. The novel attracted interest from an agent, and subsequently from several editors, but wasn’t accepted for publication. Instead of fulfilling my dream of becoming a published author, I found myself devoting more and more time and energy to convening the AWW reading and reviewing challenge which aims to overcome gender bias in the reviewing of books by Australian women.

While AWW has been a lot of fun, and I’ve been privileged to work with many fine bookbloggers and writers who joined the AWW team, I didn’t relinquish my dream of becoming a published author.

In late 2013, a psychic writer friend of mine told me that my “guides” had a message for me. They had given me everything I needed to get published, they said; what I needed was a kick up the derriere. Submit, my writer friend told me. Submit one of my old romances that had done well in the Clendon Award competition in New Zealand; send it to Kate Cuthbert at Escape Publishing.

Chastened and obedient, I updated the manuscript and sent it off to Kate. Several months later, Snowy River Man, as it is now called, was accepted for publication. My dream had been fulfilled: finally, I was going to be a published author – in a genre that I’d pretty well abandoned – all because I followed the advice of a psychic!

After finishing the revisions for Snowy River Man, I revised another manuscript from my bottom drawer – a romantic suspense – and sent that off to Kate. I’ve yet to hear whether that will be accepted. Lately I’ve been busy writing articles for AWW, as well as reading and reviewing for pleasure. Soon I’ll have to get back to my own writing. The question is, in what genre? Should I rewrite another romance, pull out the fantasy novel I’ve drafted, work on the thriller I’ve begun, or try once again that literary work I abandoned years ago? My problem is, I like all these genres and have no idea what I should be writing next.

Maybe I need another chat with my friend the psychic?

Snowy River Man will be released on February 22. You can pre-order a copy from AWW’s sponsor Bookworld here or Amazon.

It’s Monday – what are you reading?

imageIt’s a month since I’ve posted about my reading and, since getting my latest manuscript off to the editor at Escape, I’ve had the luxury of browsing the shelves at both Katoomba and Mona Vale libraries to find authors recommended by my book group on Facebook. (The problem with that system is, I think I got the book piles mixed up and returned a couple of books to the wrong library. We’ll see…)

Since my last post, I’ve read – and reviewed on my other blog – the following suspense novels:

I’ve also read and will post reviews for:

  • Charlotte Link, The Watcher and
  • Judith Lennox, The Winter House (historical saga)

I’m currently reading Jodi Picoult’s The Tenth Circle which I’m really enjoying.

All of the above authors, apart from Val McDermid, are new to me, and most of the books have been really good reads. It’d be hard to pick a favourite, but I loved the Swedish island setting of The Darkest Room, found the concept of Tarnished absorbing and was impressed by the structure of Kind of Cruel.

imageFinally, yesterday I posted a wrap-up of my reading for the Australian Women Writers Challenge this year, which turned out to be mostly of suspense, the highlight of which was Anna George’s debut thriller, What Came Before. I have a hunch I’ll be reading more broadly in 2015.

What are you reading? Have you discovered any great books this year?

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“It’s Monday: What are you reading?” is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Aussie bloggers who normally contribute include Debbish, Shelleyrae at Book’d Out, Shannon from Giraffe Days, Jess from The Never Ending Bookshelf, Brona at Brona’s Books and Michael at Literary Explorations. (Anyone I’ve missed?)

Cover reveal: Snowy River Man – my debut romance

imageThis week I finally finished writing a romantic suspense novel. It has been a long, hard journey and I’m relieved it’s done. I’ve never been great at rewriting, so this has been a real step up for me in terms of my writing skills.

I was just about to send it to my editor when I received an email from her with the cover for Snowy River Man. It was perfect timing.

And here it is!

I’m thrilled. The guy on the cover is every bit as gorgeous as my hero, Jack Fairley, the rugged mountains grazier in my story. And I love the shorter, snappier title. (It was called Her Man from Snowy River when it was a finalist in the Clendon Award some years ago.)

What do you think?

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Snowy River Man will be published by Escape Publishing on 22 February 2015.

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