Joanie’s Dilemma by Marianne Theresa

Joanie's Dilemma (A Bindarra Creek Romance #12)Joanie’s Dilemma by Marianne Theresa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another lovely instalment in the Bindarra Creek Romance series. Joanie’s Dilemma is a tale of insecurity and conquering fears all while holding out for that chance at true love. The characters are challenged at every turn and Marianne Theresa makes them work hard for their happy ending. A good light read with a strong Aussie flavour.

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As far as small town gossip goes, Joanie believes she’s crossed the line. Working out how to pay back her late husband’s gambling debts didn’t include sleeping with her best friend’s cousin on the night of the funeral.

Nash Johnson isn’t the marrying kind, so when he does offer marriage after their one night together, Joanie is suspicious and wants no part in alleviating the man’s guilt. She has to move on with her life and look to the future.

But when a new woman arrives in town, she sets more than a cat among the pigeons. For Joanie, trust takes on a new meaning, but who can she depend on when she feels those close to her have let her down. Can she trust her best friend, can she trust the man who says he loves her?

The, just when she thinks the future is full of promise a tiny complication arises, and nothing prepares her for the life changing consequence she never saw coming.

Oh RuBY!

RBY-FINALIST-2016Wow, what a year it’s been. 2016 has been a year of celebration for me. I’ve been blessed with two beautiful new babies – a niece and a nephew – and my book baby, Home to Bindarra Creek has done very nicely since its release in December 2015.

Last month I received the news that Home to Bindarra Creek had made it to the finals in Romance Writers of Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year Award (RUBY). I’m thrilled to be there with several wonderful authors who I admire greatly. Years ago, when I began this journey, I had dreams and aspirations but I never imagined being nominated, not once but twice, for this prestigious award.

I didn’t make this journey alone though. With every story I write, I have the support of my amazing critique partners and beta readers whose feedback is invaluable, and my family who make sure I’m fed and watered while I immerse myself in my own little world.

Home to Bindarra Creek might never have been written were it not for the fabulous SE Gilchrist whose brainchild the series was, and the ladies from the Hunter Romance Writers who so kindly invited this West Aussie to join them in this venture. What a pleasure it’s been to work with such a talented and organized group of authors. We created a town we all wanted to live in. Thank you.

To my wonderful critique partners: Kerrie Paterson, SE Gilchrist, Jennie Jones, Lily Malone, Claire Boston, Nora James, Susanna Rogers, Anna Jacobs and Teena Raffa-Mulligan – your input is magic. You’ve helped me craft a book with heart. My beta reader, Anne O’Dell, who gives me such wonderfully honest feedback – you’re a treasure. Not to be forgotten, my editor Belinda Holmes – you make me smile with your wonderfully uplifting comments and suggestions. And of course, readers, judges and RWA for making all this possible.

The Ghost of His Past by Simone Angela

The Ghost of His Past (A Bindarra Creek Romance #11)The Ghost of His Past by Simone Angela
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This debut small town story from Simone Angela was an intriguing read. Again another unique voice in this series. With every new release I continue to be enthralled and entertained by each author’s different spin on this country town. This story didn’t disappoint. It was every bit as enjoyable as each new release has been so far, and kept me turning the page long after I should have been asleep. Each new story brings a new adventure and a greater insight into this town. If I had one very small bit of critique it would be that I would have liked to have seen the author explore the suspense element a little more deeply and use the arrival of Mark’s ex wife to its full advantage. Given that this is Ms Angela’s first foray in rural romantic suspense, I thought she did a wonderful job with the plot.

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When you’re haunted by a dark past, can you ever find the light?

Architect Mark Bradford escaped to the country town of Bindarra Creek with his seven year old daughter, never wanting to relive the nightmare of his past.

When Frenchwoman Brigitte de Rosier arrives as Mark’s live-in nanny, Mark’s world is turned upside down. All those painful memories he thought buried long ago, resurface, and he struggles with inner demons and guilt.

Brigitte came to Bindarra Creek to spend time with her uncle, her own guilt hanging over her head. She never expected to be drawn to her remote, new boss and his lonely daughter. She wants to bring some light into their shadowy lives but can’t seem to get through to him.

Mark is over-protective and doesn’t agree with Brigitte’s belief in giving his little girl some freedom. But there’s a very good reason for that.

When Brigitte stumbles upon the shocking truth, Mark confesses all and she finally learns the reason why he’s been so up and down. Will the ghost of his past keep them apart forever?

Stolen Sanctuary by Stacey Nash

Stolen Sanctuary (Oxley College) (A Bindarra Creek Romance #7)Stolen Sanctuary (Oxley College) by Stacey Nash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not a huge YA/NA fan but there are authors out there who write this genre really well, and occasionally I add one to my TBR list. Stacey Nash is one who has mastered the YA/NA voice and in this Bindarra Creek romance release, she really captured my attention. I enjoyed the plot and premise of this story. The characters were engaging and it was a truly enjoyable read from start to finish. I might have to read more of the Oxley College adventures having read this spin off of the series.

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Is home really where the heart is?

The one thing that keeps Oxley College’s Molly McLean calm amidst midterm exams and keg parties is knowing she’s got a quiet place to land in her hometown of Bindarra Creek. But even from college, Molly’s heard rumours about her small country hometown’s big city makeover. She knows reviving tiny Bindarra Creek will draw in more tourists—so while home for the summer, she sets out to convince her conservative parents to spruce up their motel in order to cash in on the influx of new business that will surely come.

However, Molly never thought the town’s makeover would have a negative impact on her little slice of home until she returns to the stables were she’s worked every summer since she was thirteen. Sexy city boy Callan Hunter is turning the tranquil property she loves into another churn-people-through tourist spot. Butting heads with the business-minded hottie is the last way Molly thought she’d be spending her holidays, but there’s no way she can stand around and allow the stables her grandad hand-built to be torn down. If she can’t convince Callan to ease up on the bulldozing, Bindarra Creek will no longer be a sanctuary. It’ll be a concrete jungle.

Tempting Fate by Erin Moira O’Hara

Tempting Fate (A Bindarra Creek Romance #8)Tempting Fate by Erin Moira O’Hara
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of life in the small town of Bindarra Creek. Ms O’Hara adds a touch of suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat. Every challenge a small town could offer – from a raging bush fire to armed bandits and stampeding cattle – has Samantha Quinn questioning her decision to come to Bindarra Creek in her quest to find her mother. And then there’s the sexy Senior Sargeant Riley Morgan who had my own heart racing. Throw in a long standing family rivalry and you have a winner.
I love Ms O’Hara’s sense of humour and the way she captures her characters to build a story that is full of action, intrigue and romance. And how gorgeous is that cover?

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About Tempting Fate

Honoring their mother’s last wish, Samantha Quinn and her young brother leave the vibrant, beachside city of Newcastle for a small country town in Northern New South Wales. Samantha’s quest is to locate the woman who gave her up at birth. She never imagined meeting a man who could tempt her to stay, or that she’d be running for her life from a raging bush fire, armed bandits, and stampeding cattle.

Riley Morgan is enjoying life after ten grueling years in Sydney’s Drug Squad. As Senior Sergeant in his hometown of Bindarra Creek, his toughest duty these days is seeing the occasional drunk safely home. Then fate delivers Samantha— a sexy, gutsy and enthralling woman who threatens to take the long-standing rivalry between the Morgans and Sullivans into a new arena.

One More Day by Linda Charles

One More Day (A Bindarra Creek Romance #9)One More Day by Linda Charles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes it’s good to go country … Yes, it is 🙂

Part of the Bindarra Creek Romance series, this is a lovely read from Linda Charles filled with emotional challenges for the hero and heroine. A classic story of a girl trying to find herself and a country boy trying to escape who he is. They each have lessons to learn and to teach each other. A sweet, emotional story with lovely warm characters and a great plot.

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Sometimes it’s good to go country …

Local grazier Matt Stirling’s life is about to change. He’s Mr Loyal to his best mate and the town he loves. A dangerous teenage dare cost Matt and his best mate their planned futures. Since then love has never been an option, besides flings are overrated until he meets fun-loving opera singer, Kate Martin. Kate arrives in town to create a regional schools choir. With her plans for the children in mind she pushes her way into his life. For the first time in years Matt starts to think about his future as he teaches this sexy international star about living in the country because she is making him desire things he shouldn’t.

For the first time in her life, Kate can be Kate without a string of advisors monitoring her every move. She’s been a city girl for too long and has escaped to the country to discover the real Kate. Her idea of country living included cows, spiders and home-cooking, she didn’t have someone like Matt in mind, with his lean hard body and winning smile.

When the consequences of Matt’s tragic past surfaces Matt and Kate wonder if they can be together beyond one more day.

Rural romance series with a difference

Back in July 2015, S E Gilchrist announced the release of book one in the Bindarra Creek Romance series,  Bindarra Creek Makeover. Over the next thirteen months, thirteen fabulous authors brought the town of Bindarra Creek to life. Here is what S E had to say about a series that took Amazon’s Westerns Category by storm:

A bit about Bindarra Creek Makeover

Bindarra Creek Makeover v3Almost two years ago, the character of Tessa came to me when I wrote Dance in the Outback. I had this vague idea at the time of writing other stories based on various young people who had sought and found help in a children’s refuge in the Blue Mountains. Tessa was originally blonde, blue-eyed and bubbly and I was certain her story would be a light-hearted and fun-type of romance. Since I was involved in writing science fiction romance series at that time, she was shelved, but I always knew one day the details of her story would come to me. One day, I read an article about remote country towns offering houses for sale or for rent at crazy cheap prices in order to encourage tradesmen with families to come and live in their towns. The desperation and the entrepreneurial spirit of that particular town impressed me. I coupled that with an idea of government funding to revitalise communities, Tessa and Dodge and Bindarra Creek Makeover was born.

But when I began to write Tessa’s story, it dawned on me fairly quickly that she (a) was not blonde and (b) had a far darker shade to her life than I initially envisaged. Consequently, out the door went all my preconceived notions. The premise of the story is of a young woman who comes face-to-face with a nightmare from her past and then, in a moment of panic, undertakes a risky plan in order to keep her daughter safe.

A bit about the Bindarra Creek Romance series

The concept of involving other authors in a group anthology isn’t something new. However I believe we offer something a little bit different in that our stories will share characters and in each individual story, reveal a town slowly coming back to life. We currently have thirteen authors and the idea is to have one story published each month over a period of thirteen months, beginning July 2015.

The map of the town is based roughly on the small township of Manilla, NSW and is situated in a similar locality, on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range and New England tablelands of NSW. Quite a few of the townspeople of Bindarra Creek will make an appearance here and there throughout the individual stories. Each of us has come up with a cast of colourful characters, some of whom are eccentric and quirky and who also make appearances in other writers’ stories. But of course, the cream of the lot, are the members of the Country Women’s Association. There are also various events that will occur in some stories and I can’t wait to read about the Mud Run.

Come visit our website and fall in love with the people of Bindarra Creek as they fight to rebuild their town and their lives.


Tessa Gibson reluctantly embarks on an elaborate plan to fund her escape from a dangerous collision with her past.

With the help of an isolated country town and the government grant meant to rebuild it, she’ll secure new identities for her sickly daughter and herself. Desperate to escape the nightmare stalking them, it never enters her head she’ll fall in love – not only with a cop but an entire community that makes her feel like one of their own.

With his career on shaky ground after his ex-partner is charged with fraud, Constable Dylan Myers (aka Dodge) returns to his hometown of Bindarra Creek. What he finds is a community struggling to survive. When an attractive young woman presents a proposal to the town council, his internal cop radar is activated. Something isn’t adding up about Tessa Gibson. No matter how much she makes his pulse race, Dodge doesn’t need or want any complications  – especially in his love-life, which is just fine as it is.

But neither Tessa nor Dodge are a match for his grandmother and her CWA cronies. They’ve got their own ideas on how to draw new life to Bindarra Creek…and not even the monster from Tessa’s past will stop them.

Bindarra Creek Makeover will be available from most eTailers from 15th July 2015 and paperback from Createspace. Please visit my website or the Bindarra Creek Romance series website for further details.

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