Wonderful to see so many Escape authors on the list at the ARRA Awards. Congratulations to all and thank you ARRA, for your ongoing support.

The Escapades

We are so proud to be nominated for nine Australian Romance Reader Awards for books released in 2016!


We acknowledge especially Sarah Barrie, who has two books nominated, and our wonderful Secret Confessions: Down & Dusty authors who have both single title nominations and a nomination for best series.

You can find all the nominees here.

As always, we thank the Australian Romance Readers Association for all their hard work in running the awards every year, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the awards dinner on 25 February.

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Cover Reveal: Whispers at Wongan Creek

WhispersAtWonganCreek_Round1_V1Here it is at last! I think I may be in love with my hero. I had to be to write him. Along came my cover today and I’m ecstatic. The cover artist has captured him perfectly. Thank you, Escape Publishing 🙂 Now all I have to do is wait until November 15 to see if readers will love him too.

I had great fun writing Travis and Heather’s story, from their sizzling attraction to the conversations they have. And of course, there’s Casey and Harry who I hope you’ll love as much as I do.

Whispers at Wongan Creek

Travis Bailey has his hands full managing his canola farm while taking care of his orphaned niece and his elderly neighbour who is battling the onset of Alzheimers. He doesn’t have time to fall in love. Social worker, Heather Penney, knows what it’s like to care for someone with a debilitating illness. She lost her mother to Motor Neurone Disease. Initial blood tests show she might carry the same gene so her future isn’t guaranteed. Travis and Casey are fast winning her heart, but the small gold mining town of Wongan Creek holds sad and dangerous secrets. Travis’ twin sister drowned under suspicious circumstances and the town bully he suspects of her murder has turned his attentions to Heather.

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.