She might be the biggest star in Australia, but she never forgot the small town she came from, or the man she left behind…
Peta Johnson may be rich, famous, and adored, but it doesn’t protect her when the man she married turns out to be a monster. With her little girl missing, Peta will do anything to get her back – including returning to the small Western Australian town she vowed never to see again.
Jaime Caruso left his heart in Williams when he left to pursue a military career, but it soon shrivelled and died when he discovered the girl he loved didn’t love him enough to wait. Back in town to help his ailing father, Jaime struggles with the memories and plans to leave – permanently – as soon as possible.
But then Peta returns and Jaime gets swept up into the nightmare she is living. Feelings long buried soon bubble to the surface, and as they race to save the life of the daughter Jaime doesn’t know is his, they must decide if life – and love – really does give second chances.
Release date: February 25, 2017 from Escape Publishing
NOTE: To those who have read the original version published as Fly Away Peta in 2012, I’d like to stress that the story has been completely rewritten, updated, refreshed and the plot expanded. Thank you ❤
Under the Hood (Book Two )
When Scott Devin buys a struggling car dealership in a semi-rural area in Western Australia, the last person he expects to see in charge is a stilletto-wearing, mini-skirted foreperson. Exactly the distraction a struggling, male-dominated workshop doesn’t need! But there’s more to TJ Stevens than meets the eye.
TJ Stevens has two major goals in life: to preserve her grandfather’s heritage and protect the program – and she’ll go to any lengths to do it. Scott Devin’s presence is a threat to everything she’s worked hard to achieve, so keeping him at arms length shouldn’t be a problem…or would it?
Under Cover of Dark (Book Three)
New Australian romantic suspense follows Under the Hood, about a Western Australian drug gang, the teenagers they recruit, and the cop who wants to bring them down.
When Mark Johnson delves deeper into his investigation into the murder of Tiny Watts and the involvement of a teenage gang with sleazy lawyer, Gino Bennetti, and his drug world ties, the last thing he expects is to be interviewing Gino’s widow, a woman in a world of trouble.
When her husband is shot and killed, it is both a relief and a disaster. Lily has her son to protect and secrets that run deeper than the scars she bears. Mark Johnson is the last person she wants uncovering those secrets, especially the truth about her son, Luke’s involvement in Tiny Watts’ murder.
As the investigation continues and Lily’s wounds begin to heal, she finds the detective easy to trust and the friendship between them blossoms into more. But the secret Lily holds places everyone in very real danger. When it is finally revealed, Lily will lose everything: her son, the man she’s grown to love, her freedom, and her life.
What Readers are saying about Under Shadow of Doubt
- A fitting beginning to a new rural suspense series by one of Australia’s most popular romance authors ~ Lily
- Very intriguing. Fast paced and suspenseful. Right when emotions high at the end of a dramatic event, BAM, a twist with the couple’s relationship ~ Carolyn
- Absolutely loved it another super read by a great author this sucked me in right from the start i could not put it down.A great romance with plenty of twists and turns.A super start to a series cannot wait to read the rest ~ Poppy
- This book takes you for a thrilling ride with Romance, action & intrigue ~ Charidy
- I love the concept of this fast paced story. Very suspenseful for a romance novel, with great twists and turns, and a gutsy main female character who would do anything for her daughter ~ Claudia
- If you like romances that are a little bit different it is worth a read ~ Kira
What Readers are saying about Under the Hood
The characters were both extremely well written and the author really used the fact that both are strong willed to bring some truly delightfully entertaining moments of conflict that gave me as reader the heat and passion I was looking for in this read ~ Desere Steenberg (Goodreads)
The issues addressed in “Under the Hood” are serious ones, intense, and handled well. But most of all the story is a romance, and it delivers ~ Jenny Schwartz (Goodreads)
I loved this book. There are a few loose ends left untied, ready to be dealt with in the next book of the series. I’m looking forward to reading it 🙂 ~ Kerrie Paterson (Goodreads)
I love how this story goes from being an funny, comedic, romance to a drug infested mystery. Not many authors are able to pull that transition off so easily. Juanita Kees is a fantastic story teller and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with in the future. ~ Amy Mcglone (Goodreads)
Cars, smouldering eyes, troubled teens and ice cold beers – that and more in Under the Hood, an Aussie novel with a raw undertone. Juanita does away with stereotypes and gives you a raw novel that entertains as well as informs.~ Booknut 101 (Goodreads)
It packed lots of goodness. TJ is feisty, feminine, and ready to risk everything for kids who have nothing. I am really hoping there is second book in this series ~ Maria (Goodreads)
I really liked both TJ and Scott. They were both open, honest and strong characters that were easy to relate too. I really enjoyed reading this book, it’s a great love story ~ Harlequin Junkie (Goodreads)
This book is a fun, action-packed and very sexy read that also deals with some seriously heavy issues (which at one stage made me cry) ~ Vanessa (Amazon)
I came across the first chapter of this book during the 2011 Mills and Boon New Voices contest and loved it. I thought TJ was a great character, as was the strong and decisive Scott Devin. Looking forward to sexy copper Mark’s story ~ SpoiltDiva (Amazon)
What readers are saying about Under Cover of Dark
Wow! Loved it! Fast paced, thoroughly interesting and engaging story which had me wanting to page turn faster than I could read! ~ TashNZ (Goodreads)
A fast moving, sexy story. Love a book I can’t put down and this was one I could not put down ~ Cheryl Adnams (Goodreads)
The story doesn’t dwell on the darkness, but nor does it shirk it. The terrifying sense of powerlessness suffered by the heroine is well conveyed ~ Jenny Schwartz (Goodreads)
If you enjoy a good romantic suspense, then this is the book for you. The story sizzles and there’s wonderful chemistry between hero and heroine. Suspenseful, warm and touching ~ Susy Rogers (Goodreads)