Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Make It A Season To Remember - And Get Yours FREE!




 Well it may not be snowing in Australia - let's face it, they're all lying on the beach over there, sipping Margharitas as we speak - but four Australian authors have joined forces to produce an anthology of stories to savour, with your feet up, lights twinkling on the tree, your cat purring on your lap and/or a glass of something festive in your hand.

Not only that - it's FREE!

Eva Scott, Susanne Bellamy, Elizabeth Ellen Carter, and Noelle Clark bring you four stories on the Christmas theme, spanning time and places. Uplifting, funny, thought-provoking, heart-warming, A Season to Remember will make your heart sing. 



So here's the blurb and a short excerpt from each to get you in the festive mood:

Three Ships by Elizabeth Ellen Carter


 
Blurb: 
 
An adventure romance set in the early 19th century on the Devon Coast. Laura Winter lives on St Joseph’s Rock, a tidal island that is home to a lighthouse that protects Ashton-on-Sea. On a late November day a violent storm brings not only the handsome Lieutenant Michael Renten but also a clutch of pirates bent on wreaking mischief. 

Excerpt:

“Why doesn’t the lieutenant do something?” Laura whispered tautly.

“Just wait,” her father insisted.

Blackwell too had stopped running as he watched his two men close the gap. They were now only ten yards away when Renten picked up the lantern, pulled out the candle and dropped it in the cauldron.

The blackguards closed in – five yards, two yards – then the powder in the cauldron ignited. Renten disappeared in a flash of light and billowing smoke.

The two men ran into the miasma and, a moment later, their cries of distress were heard as they ran right off the edge of the cliff.

Laura gripped her father’s hand at the sound and the sight.

When the white-blue smoke cleared, the cliff edge was deserted, save for the cauldron. 


Sands of Time by Noelle Clark 

Blurb:

Kitty faces her first Christmas without the love of her life. She looks back with fondness on the memories of Christmases past and, with the love and support of her grandson Joe, finds inner strength to face the future with anticipation. Kitty realises that, as she gets older, time passes so quickly. Although sad and happy memories flood through her on this special Christmas day, she chooses to embrace every moment of life.

Excerpt:


“Merry Christmas.” He reached into a small canvas tote and pulled out a small, square box wrapped in Christmas paper and tied with red and green ribbon.

She took his face in her hands and kissed him tenderly.

He pulled away, his face as eager as a child’s. “Here, open it.”

She ripped off the ribbon and tore at the paper. Inside was a dark red velvet box. She flipped open the lid, revealing two gold earrings set with dark blue sapphires. Love swelled inside her, almost making her swoon. Unshed tears stung the backs of her eyes.

“They’re beautiful!” Her words were barely audible. She kissed him again, deeply, lovingly. When they broke their embrace, Billy rose and walked over to his wooden dinghy, untied the plastic mistletoe, and returned, attaching it to a stumpy mangrove bush next to where they were lying on their towels.

He lay down next to her again. She still remembered how his eyes looked that day—deep, dark pools exuding love. He bent his head and kissed her. “I love you so much, Kathryn. I adore you.”

Their embrace, fuelled by their love, fanned the flames of passion. There, on the sandy crescent of beach on Kingfisher Island, with no witnesses save some gulls and a few waterbirds, they consummated their love for the first time, pledging their devotion—and their lives—to each other.
 

 All That Glitters by Eva Scott

 
Blurb: 
 
Molly is a modern day Cinderella, second best to her half-sister Aimee and never measuring up to her step-mother’s expectations. Now Aimee has the chance to marry an elderly millionaire and Molly is expected to keep the man’s grandson, Connor Rathmore, from sabotaging the event. Handsome, charismatic and very, very sexy - how is she going to keep him from sabotaging her heart?

Excerpt:

“Well, are you ready?” She sounded rude but it was all she could manage to say. On the way over to pick him up she’d been too preoccupied to consider him at all. Instead she replayed the conversation she’d had with her stepmother. After receiving a reprimand for arriving late, Maria had grilled her over Connor Rathmore and found her answers less than satisfactory. Then the lecture started on her appearance. Where were the shoes? She’d kicked off those horrible expensive shoes at the airport and hadn’t given them another thought. An unforgivable act in her stepmother’s eyes. It was impressed upon her that she must try harder and remember her sister’s happiness. Of course. Molly loved her half-sister, Aimee, despite the fact the girl was spoilt rotten. Underneath all the embellishments she really did have a good heart. It wasn’t Aimee’s fault she’d been raised to be a life-sized doll.

She appraised the man before her. She steeled herself not to react to him. When he’d opened the hotel room door, more primal male than any man she had ever encountered, something unexpected happened to her. Bam! Right to the heart. Very inconvenient and impossible, the idea could not be entertained. Not for a millisecond. The consequences would be devastating.

“Good evening to you too.” He bestowed what she assumed was his best killer smile. “Shall we go?”

He stepped through the door, so close the heat radiating off his body hit her like a furnace. Her natural reserve began to melt. The scent of him was so… masculine and her knees wobbled as she caught her breath. Moving away wasn’t an option, even if she tried.

He smiled as if aware of the effect he had on her. Without looking back he strode towards the elevator and pushed the button. They stood in silence side by side while they waited. The animal magnetism between them shimmered, increasing with every passing second.

Molly’s senses scrambled. She stumbled into the lift. This situation would need careful handling. The man beside her must not guess his presence caused a meltdown. Her attraction to him created a complication she did not need. Just one week. Please help me make it through this one week. If her stepmother suspected an attraction between Molly and Connor, all hell would break loose. 
 

Touch of Christmas by Susanne Bellamy

 
Blurb:

As Starship Bluefire settles into orbit around Earth, Captain Andra Veluthian anticipates meeting her favourite human, Colonel Nick Madigan. Have his efforts to save the planet succeeded? And if so, will she lose any chance to be with him?

Knowing Andra’s fascination with all things Terran, Nick has planned a surprise for her. After all, it is Christmas, the season of giving. But when Earth’s leader and the Gravlarian captain spend time planet side, the temperature soars.

Excerpt: 

 
Beyond a set of double doors, a large, round, backlit table occupied the centre of the conference room. Patterned with galaxies and distant star systems, it was a thing of beauty in an otherwise utilitarian space. As a symbol, it was priceless. Gravlarian attitudes were rather like the Arthurian legends he’d read about. As in the fabled court of Camelot, their round table accorded all attendees the same right to speak as equals.

Light refreshments were served as a preliminary to the serious business ahead of them and his delegation intermingled with the Gravlarians. Diplomacy demanded he chatted with members of her staff but when they assembled at the round meeting table, Nick made sure he was beside Andra. She stopped beside two vacant seats. Was the starship captain’s inclination the same as his?

At the touch of his hands, a seat automatically unclamped from the table. He held it, knowing the gesture would not be lost on her. Her tawny eyes widened and their colour deepened, rivalling a desert sunset. Basking in the glow, he almost forgot the reason for their meeting today, the report cached in his wrist-corder.

Clearing his throat, he keyed in his guest access code on the reader embedded in the table, followed by his palm print. “I’m ready.”
 

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Author Profiles:  

Elizabeth Ellen Carter 

A future with words was always on the books for Elizabeth Ellen Carter who started writing her own stories when she ran out of Nancy Drew mysteries to read at the age of ten. Using her mother’s Olivetti typewriter with all italic keys, she spent endless school holidays making up her own (italicised) stories and then using the Dewey Decimal System to arrange and categorise her bookshelf.

Somewhere around the age of 13, she determined to become a journalist and at 17 was awarded a newspaper cadetship. She covered news, council, education and health but had the most fun as an entertainment and features reporter covering film, TV and music.

Best of all, she met her husband at the newspaper and, together, they started a small award-winning media, marketing and advertising agency. Today, she works as marketing manager for an international organic skin care company.

In 2012, Elizabeth also returned to the keyboard to write stories (and found laptops are so much better than manual typewriters).

Her debut novel, Moonstone Obsession, was shortlisted for the 2013 Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Awards for unpublished manuscripts.

Elizabeth is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, the Australian Romance Readers Association and the Gold Coast Writers Association. She is currently published by Etopia Press.

Website: http://eecarter.com/


Noelle Clark

Noelle Clark is an Australian author of contemporary romance and commercial historical fiction novels. Her books weave romance, intrigue, and adventure into colourful, exotic, and interesting locations around the world. Widely travelled, Noelle uses real life experience of places, culture, and people as a backdrop to her stories, giving the reader an authentic taste of the location. Her novels feature strong, mature heroines and heroes, who—often without knowing it—are ready for new beginnings.


She lives close to the sea and shares her home with two cats and two dogs. She has two grown up children, and five very small grandchildren. When Noelle's not writing and travelling, she plays guitar, tends her vegetable garden, enjoys the company of family and friends, and—of course—reading.


Noelle is a member of Queensland Writers Centre; YON Beyond Writing Group; Romance Writers of Australia; and Australian Romance Readers Association, and is currently published by Etopia Press and Secret Cravings Publishing. 


Website: www.noelleclark.net

 
 Eva Scott 
 
Eva Scott writes contemporary romance set in her homeland of Australia and historical fiction set in the Ancient World. Her books offer passion and adventure in some of the most beautiful and intriguing places in the world. Her heroes and heroines are strong, sassy and ready to rise to their challenges, and learn a little bit about themselves along the way.

Having lived overseas for several years, Eva returned to study Anthropology before heading off to live in Papua New Guinea for a year. There she met the love of her life, author G.W. Gibson, who was stationed there with the Australian Defence Force. The rest is history, romantic history.

She now lives on the Redcliffe peninsula with her husband, small son and an assortment of animals. When Eva is not writing she enjoys mentoring first-time authors, cooking up a story, practising yoga and getting out on the bay on her stand-up paddle board.

Eva is a member of Romance Writers of Australia; North Lakes Writers Group; Queensland Writers Centre and Australian Romance Readers Association. She is published by Musa Publishing and Harlequin Escape.

Website: http://www.evascottromance.com/

 
Susanne Bellamy 
 
Susanne is an Australian author of contemporary and suspense romances set in exciting and often exotic locations. Her heroes have to be pretty special to live up to the real life one she married. He saved her life then married her. They live on the edge of bush land on a mountain in beautiful sunny Queensland, Australia with two children and their dog.

Paris will always be one of her top spots, and she fell in love with Scotland when they visited the west coast (nothing to do with fine single malts!), and recently had her first real trip to Italy--tick off one Bucket List item! She has enjoyed New Year in Kathmandu and trekked in the Annapurnas, sailed in Ha Long Bay on a junk, and stayed on a floating hotel beside a tethered elephant in Thailand. The Peak in Hong Kong and Mt Faber cable car ride in Singapore are favourite spots. Susanne loves travelling to new places and exploring the culture and history, and meeting new people. These experiences are gradually being incorporated into her stories.

Her as yet unrealised dream is a trip into Earth’s orbit.

Susanne is a member of RWA and enjoys mentoring new authors. She is published with Escape Publishing, and will be a 2015 release author with Entangled Publishing.

Website: http://www.susannebellamy.com/

 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Honor's Debt - Sparks Fly On Robinhill Farm




Noelle Clark has done it again!

Following on from the stunningly lovely Rosamanti and the romantic suspense of Let Angels Fly, she has returned with part one in a new series of heartwarming stories, all centred on Robinhill Farm.

But while her novels are romantic, there is a lot more to them than 'boy meets girl'. Noelle interweaves suspense, adventure and conflict into her stories, with strong characters and gripping plots. Read one and you're hooked!

Here's the blurb:




In a quest to make amends for a long-ago indiscretion, Honor unexpectedly discovers the one thing she’s been missing in her life.



Honor Quirk arrives in Ireland excited—and a bit anxious—about meeting up with the estranged family of her late great-grandmother. The welcome from the residents of Robinhill Farm, Dermot and Bryan, is confusing and far from comforting. One is warm, the other aggressive. The outwardly antagonistic Bryan makes it very clear he doesn't want her there, branding her a gold digger. 

Dermot, on the other hand, is delighted to meet her.

But Honor is no pushover and stands up to Bryan, letting him know that his bad attitude and trail of baggage have nothing to do with her. Despite their confrontational and hostile relationship, an undeniable attraction to each other creeps insidiously into the house on Robinhill Farm. They both desperately try to stifle the sparks, but living under the same roof makes it impossible. Unable to cope with the turmoil of living with Bryan, Honor runs away, straight into the arms of a charming newfound friend, Sean, who offers her a home—and love.

Shattered, Bryan finally takes control of his irrational belief that all women are evil, and fights to bring back the woman he loves. But is it too late?

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Now, what about that Bryan? 


As always with Noelle's books, her love of travelling to far flung destinations pays dividends in the atmospheric and beautifully painted locations she uses. Honor's Debt is set in the stunning and colourful Irish countryside, where such sights abound:







Now, here's an excerpt:

She moved to sit in the comfortable old chair she usually sat in and jumped when she realized someone else was already sitting there.

“Oh, sorry, I…” She felt her mouth hang open and her eyes nearly pop out of her head as she recognized the man sitting there. No further words would come out.

His gaze was ominous and his black eyes seemed to see right into her soul.

Molly’s face glowed. “Look who’s come to visit you, love. Now isn’t that a lovely surprise?”

“He he,” Pat sounded slightly drunk, “bet you didn’t expect to see your cousin here now, did ye? Sit down here lass.”

She felt Pat’s shaky hand on her elbow as he guided her to the chair next to Bryan’s, but before she could sit down, Bryan stood and took a wobbly step toward her and wrapped his arms around her. As she stiffened from his touch, she heard his muffled voice from somewhere near her ear.

“Now it’s my turn to be the unwanted visitor.” He whispered so that only she could have heard his words.



About Noelle Clark

Noelle Clark is an Australian author of contemporary romance and historical novels. Her books weave romance, intrigue, and adventure into colourful and often exotic locations around the world. Widely travelled, Noelle uses real life experience of places, culture, and people, as a backdrop to her stories, giving the reader an authentic taste of the location. Her novels feature strong, mature, heroines and heroes, who—often without knowing it—are ready for new beginnings.

She lives close to the sea and shares her home with two cats and two dogs. She has two grown up children, and five very small grandchildren. When Noelle's not writing and travelling, she plays guitar, tends her vegetable garden, enjoys the company of family and friends, and—of course—reading.


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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Announcing - Freya's Choice... Whatever She Wants, She Usually Gets

Nothing much happens in Abbey St. Francis, but Freya’s about to change all that…

I am delighted (considerable jumping up and down is involved) to announce that my Paranormal Adventure novel - Freya's Choice - has found a home with those lovely people at Amber Quill Press.

The official blurb will follow later, but here's my elevator pitch:
 

Betrayed by a former husband, Eve is scared of her feelings for the gorgeous, hunky farmer, Mark Latimer. All she needs is a little more time, but when beautiful, enigmatic Freya sweeps into the village, suddenly nothing is as it was. All around her, people behave strangely, and when Freya decides she wants Mark, Eve is forced to accept that she’s in love with him and will do anything to win him back – even if it means taking on the most powerful goddess of them all.


This story marks a departure for me. The eagle-eyed amongst you (who have passed this way before) will have noticed a few subtle changes to this blog. I have already marked the extracts from Seducing Amanda and Vienna Valentine as being strictly for the over 18s. This is because Freya's Choice won't be. It doesn't contain graphic sex scenes, although there is a gorgeous hunky guy, who looks very much like this:

Now, now calm down ladies (and gentlemen, where applicable). This is a pretty close representation of major character Mark Latimer. When I add to this that Mark isn't just a pretty face and six foot six of muscled deliciousness, but also a caring guy with a great personality, I think you begin to see why my main female character - Eve Lawson - isn't going to let Freya get her claws into him. Not if she can help it anyway.

But Freya isn't like other women. She is a Norse goddess. Not just any old Norse goddess either. They simply don't come bigger or more powerful than this one.


Eve is your everyday, normal, down home girl. Just like you or me, but when she feels threatened, her anger grows even greater than the two enormous cats that protect the goddess. Will that be enough to beat her foe? Or will she need help from a god even more powerful than Freya?



Well, I'm not going to tell you here, am I? No, you'll just have to be patient. 

Freya's Choice will be released at the beginning of February 2015 in the usual ebook formats, and in paperback at the end of that month. More news when I get it - including the cover reveal, when I get it. Can't wait!
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Meanwhile, why not have a look at some of the current great titles Amber Quill have to offer. Just click the link:



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