The Power Of Positive People

12063559_10207763119061441_4575479100650142771_nI’ve come home refreshed after another lovely Saturday night in Perth catching up with my writing buddies and beta reading partners, Juanita Kees and Jennie Jones, at Juanita’s place. We dubbed it ‘Hotel Kees’ this morning because we get so incredibly well looked after by Juanita and her family when we take over (err, visit) for a weekend.

Juanita’s youngest son Daniel gives his bedroom over to one of us, and Gav always cooks a feast for the evening plus the most brilliant bacon and egg toasted sandwich you ever did see (which makes the perfect hangover cure for a Sunday morning).

I am so lucky to have found Juanita and Jennie. It is a tough road, this writing caper. Lots and lots of hard yards spent on your own, in your own imagination, typing words on a page that you will then delete by the bucketload later. It gets lonely, and having folk you can talk books and writing with (who don’t glaze over when you mention turning points and character arcs) are worth their weight in gold.

Positive people are worth their weight in gold, I’ve come to discover. So my motto from the weekend is, surround yourself with the people who give you wings, not with those who set out to clip them.

Love you ladies.


Joining the team at Australian Rural Romance

Wonderful news this week to be invited to join a wonderful team of rural romance authors at the dedicated website for rural romance fans, Australian Rural Romance.

There’s a great team behind ARR, and I’m very pleased to call them all friends. Many of the names already at ARR are known to me, but some are new authors and I’m looking forward to reading their books.

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Giveaway time at the blog | So Far Into You

Picture 1Look at the authors I get to share a book birthday with! Three of us are West Aussies too – or ex-pats (me, Shona Husk and Nicole Flockton). These are Escape Publishing’s new releases for October, and So Far Into You is one of them 🙂

Thank you to my many friends and readers who have already pre-ordered So Far Into You. You cannot know what a thrill it is to have your support.

If you have a Kindle as your e-reader of preference, then you might like to know that So Far Into You is on pre-order sale at Amazon Australia, currently 99c. If you are in Australia but use for your book purchases, you should be able to snap it up cheap there too. If I hear of other etailers offering specials, I’ll be sure to let you know.

You can find all etailers where So Far Into You is available on the Escape Publishing website here.

If you’d like to win an e-book copy of So Far Into You, tell me what it is about Aussie romance and/or Australian settings that you love. You can email me your comment at with GIVEAWAY in the subject line, OR – write your comment below. I’ve got more than one copy to win… and I’d love to see what you love about Aussie writers and Aussie writing. If you already have the book on download, you can enter for a friend.

I’m Bat Girl, or maybe I’m Bat Fan

One of the brilliant things about being involved in a writing group is they challenge you to write stuff that is out of your comfort zone… I love being part of the Naughty Ninjas for just this reason, but it’s also kinda scary because… you know… they’re a bit naughty. (They do nudie runs at romance conferences and have been known to hand out penis lollipops at book signings… that kind of thing. When this happens, I tend to make sure I’m rearranging books on a shelf somewhere, all innocent-like).

Anyhoo, earlier this year Rhyll (The Lady Biest) posted in our Ninja Facebook Group about a call for submissions to an American anthology called Strange Shifters. In romance writing (for the uninitiated) there is a sub-genre called Paranormal (all the vampires, ghosts and angel/demon stuff); and I guess Shifter romance is a sub-sub-genre of Paranormal. Shifter is the ‘hero or heroine can morph between human and werewolf/bear/wolf/leopard…’ That type of thing.

I’d been watching a lot of Ice-Age movies at the time thanks to Mr 5 and Mr 7, and for some reason, I got inspired by Diego, the Saber-Tooth Cat in the movie franchise. And Diego inspired my saber-tooth-cat story. (Minus the smut because Diego wouldn’t do that…)

I found out yesterday that my 3000-word story, Tar Pit Triage, made the cut and will be part of the Anthology: Coming Together: Strange Shifters.

The beneficiary of my flash of Shifter creativity won’t be me. Any royalties earned by the anthology go to the Bat World Sanctuary! (Yep, this story gets battier). header-smallComing Together supports Smut for Charities, and the charity for this collection is the Bat World Sanctuary. ( The editor, Lynn Townsend, said she chose this particular charity simply because “she loves bats.”

Lynn says: “Bat World Sanctuary cares for injured bats and homes ones that cannot return to the wild, as well as helping to spread awareness, prevent deforestation, and other bat-saving efforts.” Adding to all the complete weirdness of this story so far, Coming Together: Strange Shifters, with Tar Pit Triage inside is due out on Halloween! pic7

How cool is that?

Sometimes it’s fun to step out of the contemporary romance comfort zone, and now I get the super ninja kick-ass feeling of being Bat Girl. Or maybe it’s the warm and fuzzy feeling that I’m a bat fan.

Or I’m just completely batty, but you knew that 🙂