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Win A Romantic Rendezvous


Happy New Year! 2019 came around quickly, didn’t it? I know it’s not Valentine’s Day yet, but today I want to talk about romantic rendezvous.

For those of you I’m friends with on Facebook, you’ll have seen that I spent December on an adventurous trip around the USA. We packed a lot of bucket list activities into four weeks and even managed a few promo photos with some stars you may recognize.

Overdrive had a few romantic encounters on the trip. The very popular Minnie Mouse took a moment to hold a copy and pose for photo at Disneyland, Anaheim. That was pretty awesome.

On our next stop in Vegas, we visited the 4th floor of the M and M store where NASCAR number 18 holds the floor, so that seemed like an appropriate rendezvous point for the Calhouns to enjoy. To my disappointment though, Danny Koker from Counts Kustoms wasn’t in when we visited his garage on the tour (now that would have been my kind of romantic rendezvous!), but we did get a look at the amazing custom cars in his showroom. The Calhouns would have loved Koker’s collection.

January through to March will be jam-packed with Romantic Rendezvous for me. I’m taking Country Suspense on the road to our local Big W’s here in Perth. I’ll be spending a day with the awesome Lily Malone at a few of the Big W’s on January 19th 2019, signing books and having a ball. If you’re in Perth, come in and see us at Armadale, Belmont and Riverton Forum. Lily’s fabulous new read, The Cafe by the Bridge is one not to be missed. Full of wonderful country humour, this book will keep you entertained, smiling and crying right up until The End.

And here’s another romantic rendezvous for you, because there’s nothing like a good Australian Rural Romance to keep you warm. Once again, our lovely Australian Rural Fiction authors have come together to give the gift we all love best. Books, books and more books! To be eligible to enter, you will need to be a member of the ARF FB group. I can vouch that it is a great group where you will discover many more authors to interact with and more books to add to that ever-growing TBR pile, so join us here today.

Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a book pack of signed print copies from some of our wonderful authors. The winner will be drawn on Australia Day. ​Click the PLAY button in the link above to see all the books on offer.

March will see Shadows over Wongan Creek join Whispers and Secrets on the shelves, making Wongan Creek a three book series. I’ve seen the mock up of the cover and it’s beautiful. I can’t wait to share it with you very soon.

The most exciting Romantic Rendezvous of 2019: Every year, the Australian Romance Readers Association presents an opportunity for readers to meet their favourite authors. For the first time, I will be signing at this event in Perth. This year’s Romantic Rendezvous features special guests, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Celeste Bradley.

I’m so excited that I’d like to offer Australian readers the chance to win a door ticket to the event, supplied by courtesy of ARRA. The winner will also receive a gift bag of goodies and a copy of Country Suspense by Sarah Barrie, myself and Melissa James.

To enter the competition, leave a comment on this blog to tell me where and what your ideal Romantic Rendevouz would be. The competition closes on February 14th and winners will be notified via email and on this blog. Open to readers in Australia only. If you’d like to know more about this event, please visit ARRA’s blog.

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Families First I Say!


Today, I’m very proud to introduce you to Linda Charles. I first met Linda when thirteen authors embarked on a journey in the fictional town of Bindarra Creek and fell in love with her writing. Her book in that series, One More Day, was a heartwarming read I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m so happy to see another Australian Rural Romance series hit the shelves with this lovely lady’s name on it. Here is Linda to tell you all about what constitutes a family.

First, I’d like to thank you, Juanita, for asking me to write this blog post.

When I first heard the premise for the township of Mindalby, where the biggest employer in town closes its doors, my first thought was how do families cope with such a crisis? The next question was what constitutes a family? I think families comprise many different variations, and perhaps they always have. I’ve worked alongside the same people for the past 18 years and I regard them as my second family. I spend more time with them than I do my own family. That’s a sentiment I hear a lot in our office! They know all about my foibles, weaknesses, strengths and sense of humour, which is so important. I feel right at home with these colleagues. They have supported me and offered comfort through some of the toughest crises in my life. I think the world of them and regard them as more than good friends. We are like one big blended family all with the same aim, to enjoy our time at work together, despite not always enjoying the work side of things.

Families are fun! Who else would put up with our private goofiness?

Families are trusting! Who else would put up with all our traumas?

It takes a lot of effort to make today’s modern family work. Blended families, once rare, are now quite common. When you mix in various step parents and step-children, and, in some cases, many marriages which can have its own branch of children, and in-laws, you’re talking about quite a lot of people.

The vast majority of us want a happy home-life, and we try our best to navigate and negotiate around individual needs to make everyone feel part of a family. That’s when Rachael, my heroine came to mind. Rachael, despite her in-control and calm public veneer, yearns for a family, the type of mad mix she grew up with as a foster child in Mindalby. The type of family where you feel at home, can drop your bundle, and nobody minds.

You want that firm, solid base in your life and being part of a happy family can provide that. It gives you the strength to pursue new ventures and take calculated risks. You can flourish, knowing that someone is there, watching you with interest and love.

The beauty of families is that they are elastic and forgiving. They can be stretched and pulled, but manage somehow to retain their strength and stay firm for all its members.

As a foster child Rachael had experienced many forms of families and it wasn’t until she moved into the Henderson home that she truly understood the strength of being part of a loving family. When tough times hit she works hard to make things work out for them, she sacrifices a lot to do this.

Mike, my hero, craves for a family of his own. He misses his own family in Ireland very much and would do anything he could to recreate it.

I hope you enjoy Rachael and Mike in A Reason To Stay.

Rachael, a successful lawyer in Sydney, returns to her foster family and the only place that ever felt like home: Mindalby, to help with the failing family business, the town’s bakery. With the cotton gin’s closure, all businesses are struggling, and it looks like the only option is to close up the bakery and hope to sell. But when Rachael returns, she realises that her skills give her other options: refreshing and revitalising the bakery and a chance to rekindle her love of baking.

Irishman, Mike O’Malley is a staying kind of man, looking to settle down in Mindalby with a woman who loves the wild country and wants to get involved in the community. Rachael is not that girl, but the attraction is hard to deny. Determined to show Rachael that Mindalby can be a home, he draws her out into the community and deeper into his life. But when it comes time to make a decision, can he trust Rachael to risk her heart?

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A Reason to Stay by Linda Charles

Rachael, a successful lawyer in Sydney, returns to her foster family and the only place that ever felt like home: Mindalby, to help with the failing family business, the town’s bakery. With the cotton mill’s closure, all businesses are struggling, and it looks like the only option is to close up the bakery and hope to sell. But when Rachael returns, she realises that her skills give her other options: refreshing and revitalising the bakery and a chance to rekindle her love of baking.

Irishman, Mike O’Malley is a staying kind of man, looking to settle down in Mindalby with a woman who loves the wild country and wants to get involved in the community. Rachael is not that girl, but the attraction is hard to deny. Determined to show Rachael that Mindalby can be a home, he draws her out into the community and deeper into his life. But when it comes time to make a decision, can he trust Rachael to risk her heart?

Mindalby, a small town, a community, a home. But when the mill that supports the local cotton farmers and employs many of the town’s residents closes unexpectedly, old tensions are exposed and new rifts develop. Everyone is affected and some react better than others, but one thing is certain: living on the edge of the outback means they have to survive together, or let their town die.