A Christmas Message From Me To You

christmasTwas the week before Christmas and in the Hill house
Lived four noisy children, Loretta and spouse
The Christmas tree stood amidst all the mess
A symbol of hope, laughter and zest

The children were excited, they’d given their orders
From Lego to dolls, from play-doh to transformers
Loretta was tired, having acquired this list
It was exhausting being Santa without elves to assist

But Christmas is more than presents and food
It’s more than just shopping and collecting your loot
They laid him in a manger on the day of his birth
He would bring joy to the world and peace on Earth

So Loretta went to her desk and sat down to write
Hands to the keyboard, she began to type
“To all of my readers, fellow writers and friends I wish you a Christmas that never ends.
A day full of joy
Months full of love
And a 2013 that is blessed from above”

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The Next Big Thing

Next Big ThingWell, I’ve been tagged in the biggest blog chain this year called, THE NEXT BIG THING by my fabulous critique partner and talented writer, Nicola E. Sheridan (http://nicolasheridan.com) Nicole writes paranormal romance about genies, manticores, demons and other strange and delightful mythical creatures for Eternal Press. Today she’s instructed me to tell you all about my next book by answering the questions below. After that, I have to tag another author to tell you about their Next Big Thing to keep the chain unbroken.

So here are my answers to the blog questions for THE NEXT BIG THING

 What is the title of your next book?

Hard Hat CoverThe Girl in the Hard Hat

 Where did the idea come from for the book?

The story takes place on an engineering project I worked on as a structural engineer about ten years ago. It is set on the Pilbara in northern Western Australia. This place really struck a chord with me while I was there both for the environment and the people I met. My story is definitely fictional but I hope readers get a real feel for what it’s like to live and work in the outback.

What genre does your book fall under?

Rural Romance and/or commercial women’s fiction

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

RachelThat’s a hard one! For Wendy maybe Rachel Taylor and for Gavin….hmmm…. Chris Hemsworth!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

There’s a new girl in town and she’s bringing a storm…literally.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am represented by Clare Forster at Curtis Brown Australia. My publisher is Random House Australia.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Eight months. I was on a very tight deadline.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

There isn’t really another book I can compare it too. I haven’t read any other outback romances set on a construction site other than my first book, “The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots.”

But if you want a gutsy outback romance, try Margareta Osborn’s “Bella’s Run.” That was the last rural romance I read. Loved it.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I wasn’t on the Pilbara during cyclone season. But I’ve always wonder what if I was? What would it have been like? What potential dangers could I have faced? I had to do a lot of research on cyclones and cyclone safety for this book. It was a real eye opener.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Comedy and romance are two things, I believe, should always go together. Readers of The Girl in the Hard Hat should prepare for some quirky characters, witty flirting and a lot of laughs.

Sheba and me - Copy 2 (2)Okay, that was the final question.  Now it’s my turn to tag someone! I’ve got together with some of the other girls writing rural romance and we’re forming a bit of rural sub-chain over the next few weeks. First up, I’ve dobbed in Jennifer Scoullar, author of Brumby’s Run.

Set amongst the hauntingly beautiful ghost gums and wild horses of the high country, Brumby’s Run is a heartfelt, romantic novel about families and secrets, love and envy and, most especially, the bonds of sisterhood. Jennifer has agreed to tell you about her “Next Big Thing” next Wednesday at http://jenniferscoullar.com/Don’t forget to check it out.

Cover Reveal!

One Little White Lie Cover

Random Romance will launch in February 2013 with five new e-titles, two rom coms, two erotic novellas and a scintillating outback romance, followed by another five books throughout the year.  This is my first e-book only publication. So I’m feeling very up to date and technologically on the pulse! Happy to be riding the “fast, convenient and fun” wave with the rest of my peers.  My husband and I currently share a kindle but I think with all these great new e-books coming out, I’m going to need one of my own. (I can hear my bookshelf sigh with relief.)

In other good news, if you’d like to catch a sneak peak of “One Little White Lie.” The first chapter will also be published in the back of “The Girl in the Hard Hat,” come Jan.

Stay Tuned!