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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.

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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?