Fight for a Prize

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Book 5 in Secret Confessions: Down & Dusty…

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Clarissa may have been daydreaming about her head stockman, Brandon, every day and night of the long, hot drought, but Brandon has never been anything more than friendly and professional, and Clarissa has long accepted that life will never imitate fantasy. Until Brandon recommends an old friend—a renowned bull-rider and stockman—for a job, and suddenly Clarissa finds herself in the middle of a competition between two of the hottest men that she’s ever seen. But Clarissa doesn’t fancy herself a prize—and with two cowboys willing to do whatever it takes to make her happy, she might just decide that the winner takes all.

Clarissa is available today!

Secret Confessions: Down & Dusty

 Casey – Rachael Johns
Lucky – Cate Ellink
Kelly – Fiona Lowe
Brooke – Eden Summers
Clarissa – Mel Teshco
Skye – Rhyll Biest
Maree – Elizabeth Dunk
Frankie…

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Enemies to Lovers—Shakespeare edition

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This week in our series about popular romance tropes we’re looking at the perennial ‘Enemies to Lovers’ plotline.


By Gracie MacGregor

‘My only love sprung from my only hate!’ William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

I know Jane Austen is often touted as the first romance novelist, but she had a helpful predecessor in her compatriot, one William Shakespeare, playwright and poet.

Shakespeare was a master romancer in the enemies-to-lovers trope.

Sometimes his enemies were purely circumstantial: the bitter feud between the Capulets and Montagues was never going to be enough to keep Juliet from her Romeo.

At other times, they were fiercely intentional, desperately protecting their hearts and souls from the threats they perceived came from love and vulnerability to another.

You could argue Katherina might have been better off if she’d fought her passion for bordering-on-misogynistic Petruchio just a little harder.

But we’re all better off for the barbed…

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AUSSIE MONTH with Sandra Antonelli

AUSSIE MONTH with Sandra Antonelli

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Sandra Antonelli

AUSSIE MONTH with Sandra Antonelli

Describe yourself in one word:
Velvety.

Tell us about yourself:
Hi I’m Sandra. I write romantic leads who are ‘mature’, meaning they are over forty and not dead from the waist down. My novels Driving in Neutral, For Your Eyes Only and A Basic Renovation, are all smartassed tales of finding love later in life (and in the case of A Basic Renovation, sometimes even much, much later in life) and getting it on.

What inspired this novel?
The inspiration for all my novels stems from a love of rom-coms, thrillers, my worship of witty banter in Screwball comedies from the 40s, and my annoyance that there are, still, so few women over 40 portrayed as heroines and protagonists in novels and films. It’s time to stop talking about it and do something more than a token middle-aged female character (yes, I’m looking at…

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AUSSIE MONTH with Maggie Bolitho

AUSSIE MONTH with Maggie Bolitho

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Maggie Bolitho

AUSSIE MONTH with Maggie Bolitho

Describe yourself in one word:
Mercurial

What inspired Outback Promise?
When I was on an extended trek around the outback in 2005, the power of those vast landscapes whispered stories to me the whole time. One of the stories associated with the Devil’s Marbles – that of the Kwerreympe spirits that lure children away from their families – grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go.

What are you reading right now?
Just started Don’t Call Me Kit Kat by K.J. Farnham. I love it so far.

Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
Visit Canada’s Maritime provinces. I’m Canadian by birth and Australian by choice. I’ve seen far more of Australia than I have of Canada. It’s time to see a bit more of my home and native land.

Best thing about being an Aussie?
Everything! But most of…

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AUSSIE MONTH with TF Walsh

AUSSIE MONTH with TF Walsh

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TF Walsh

AUSSIE MONTH with TF Walsh

Describe yourself in one word:
Imaginative

Tell us about what inspired Cloaked:
My latest novella, Cloaked is the first story in The Wulfkin Legacy Series. I grew up listening to bedtime Romanian stories that could only be compared to the Brothers Grimm tales, and ever since then folklore and mythology has fascinated me. These influences have trickled into my stories, and in particular Cloaked & Cloaked in Fur, which are based in Transylvania—a place seeped in legends. Now, when it comes to love, I’m a sucker for stories about two people from different worlds falling madly in love and fighting against the odds to stay together. This is the story I wanted to tell in The Wulfkin Legacy series; showing how far someone was willing to go to hold onto true love.

What are you reading right now?
Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Number…

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Secret (historical) Baby!

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This is the second Secret Baby! post in our series about tropes in romance literature


by Frances Housden

My first six books were all contemporary romantic-suspense, and any secrets were simply part of the intrigue. A writer has to come up with an excellent reason for the heroine to become pregnant in an era where condoms and birth control methods are freely available. Why, I’d have to lock the hero and heroine away in a French chateau—oops, I already did that in Honeymoon with a Stranger.

Then why, you might ask, have I written four secret baby plots out of the six books in my Chieftain series? I don’t need an excuse—writing books set in 11th-century Scotland chucks birth-control out the window, or arrow-slit if you want to be pedantic—but it’s the reason behind the secret that adds another dimension. Any secret adds tension, makes the characters’ lives difficult—but…

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AUSSIE MONTH with Jenn J McLeod

AUSSIE MONTH with Jenn J McLeod

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Jenn J McLeod

AUSSIE MONTH with Jenn J McLeod

Describe yourself in one word:
Gypsy (given these days I live and write fulltime in a caravan).

Tell us about The Other Side of the Season:
The Other Side of the Season is my fourth country novel and a story about love—first love, family love and enduring love—set among a fictional banana growing area on the NSW Mid North coast.

When offering to drive her brother to Byron Bay to escape the bitter Blue Mountain’s winter, Sidney neglects to mention her planned detour to the small seaside town of Watercolour Cove and the local man who is claiming to be their grandfather.

Thirty-five years earlier, Watercolour Cove is a very different place for brothers David and Matthew and the teasing and tantalisingly pretty Tilly from the neighbouring property. When tragedy strikes in the winter of 1979, those who can leave, do, while one…

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