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Cover Reveal: Burnout


With Fast Lane due out on July 23rd, Book 3 of Calhoun Customs Garage, Burnout, is with the editors. Mason’s story will be out later in 2019, but I’m so excited to share the cover with you already.

The beauty of having these covers as I’m writing the books, is that the cover fairies have done such an amazing job, I’m totally inspired by them. I pictured Mason as a bad boy, but the extra touches on the cover, like the leather band on the model’s wrist, all add so much more depth to his developing character.

These two models were made for the cover of Burnout. How good is their chemistry? Their broody mood captures the nuances of the story perfectly. Mason is a tortured soul, carrying the guilt of his brother’s death on his shoulders. He not only has to learn to love himself again, but also to cope with the return of his ex, Paige Drew, to Bigfork Montana.  He needs to let go of the past, and he starts that journey in book 1, Overdrive.

The wreck of his pickup stands under cover, a reminder of the sins he can’t let go. He feels that if he does, he might lose sight of the memories of his little brother, so he refuses to scrap or fix it. Until his future sister-in-law, Charlie Jackson, draws the graphics that will go on the paintwork when he’s ready to let go of the past. Below you’ll find the graphics that inspired this scene from Overdrive:

Excerpt:

Charlie clutched the sketch pad tighter to her chest. Doubts flickered across her beautiful face. Chase wanted to reach out and drag her away from the monster that taunted them with its damaged body and steadfast silence. She chewed her lip and a monster of a different kind rose in him as he noticed Mason’s gaze follow the movement.
“I had an idea for a design come to me last night, so I drew it for you.”
Mason frowned. “Why?” He barked out the word, but she didn’t shrink from it.
“Because I think it might be exactly what you want. I think it might even be what Mitch would have liked.”
“Don’t mess with me, princess.” His growl turned to a snarl. “You didn’t even know my brother.”
“Mason.” Chase gripped Mason’s shoulder and drew him back out of Charlie’s face.

Photo from Rapid Grafiks and Signs

She tipped her stubborn chin up a little higher and turned her sketch pad around for them to see. “This is the design for the hood. The skulls represent races won and lost, the flag means it’s over, but not for long. Only until the next race. And the cowboy hats … well, this is Montana after all.”
Mason’s sharply indrawn breath had Chase wanting to see what she’d done, but he could wait. Tension drained from Mason’s muscles, the danger of his anger past.
Charlie flipped the page. “And this is for the sides. Look at it, Mason. Really look at it.” She pressed the sketch pad into his hands.
He looked, holding the page between his thumb and forefinger, poised to tear it out. He didn’t. Instead he listened to Charlie in a way Chase had never seen Mason listen before.

Photo from coastairbrushTV

A little smile spread across her face, signaling her victory. “Your two skulls again, one regenerating, the other staying the same. Chasing each other across the sky, together yet apart, the blue flame that binds them together burning eternal. Mitch will always be with you, Mason.”
The burn of loss lodged in Chase’s throat. He hoped Mason would see exactly what she’d drawn and how perfect it was for the pickup. It might even spur him on to fix it or, at the very least, not continue to destroy it or himself further.
When Mason spoke, his voice was tight. “Do you seriously think showing me a pretty picture will make things right?”
“No, nothing will make what happened right. We can’t undo the past, but we can make amends. We can make things brighter again. Do you think Mitch would want you to stay angry at a chunk of metal? Do you expect the people, standing outside that window watching you, to forgive you when you can’t forgive yourself?”

I wish I had the talent to paint graphics like that 🙂 . I hope you’ll enjoy Mason’s story.

 

 

 

 

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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.